Wednesday, July 8, 2015


A multicultural romance and erotic romance writer, Suleikha published her first short story in February of 2011. Her debut novella, Spice and Smoke, from Samhain Publishing, was released on April 10, 2012. As an avid reader, television addict and movie junkie, Suleikha seeks to marry her love of all things Indian with her love of all things romance!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Multicultural Fiction Is Not a Monolith

As I follow publishing trends for both my day job and my budding career as a romance writer, I'm always fascinated by reader/reviewer/publisher response to genre fiction written by writers of color — primarily women of color, but men as well. Nowhere else, except perhaps in LGBT fiction, will you find that we are all judged together. Someone reads one bad book by an author of color and, all of a sudden, you don't know if you can read another one. Or, one book by an author of color didn't hit, so we're not going to publish someone else.

Did that happen with Fifty Shades of Grey? No. With the plethora of lackluster New Adult novels that followed Easy? The motorcycle club books that hit the shelves after Kristen Ashley hit it big? I can't recall seeing people fear that the next book might suck. No, if anything, the subsequent titles were snapped up like Chex Mix at a Super Bowl party. And even if some titles are less than thrilling, people keep buying. Publishers keep publishing.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

On Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, Race and Shame

I learned a lot this past week about perception, language and who has the right to the floor when it comes to speaking about such issues.

As a woman of color growing up in a small Midwestern town and an intellectually liberal but socially conservative family, I did all of my radical growth in private. My sexy books, my rebellious phase with tattoos, my first taste of a wine cooler. It was only when I moved out of the house I grew up in that I began to become more comfortable giving voice to what I liked, what I desired. And, goodness, I have always loved innuendo. I have been punning and perving since long before “That’s what she said” became a catch phrase. Because it was the only way I knew how to channel things inside me that were still culturally taboo. “I can’t do it, but I’m sure as hell gonna talk about it!”

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


At last, it's Bollywood and the Beast release day! Hurrah!

This is really a book of my heart, one that I hope speaks to a wide audience.

Check out what Heroes and Heartbreakers and RT Book Reviews had to say about the story!

It’s not just the roses that have thorns.

American-born ingĂ©nue Rakhee “Rocky” Varma knows a career in Bollywood is no fairy tale, but that
truth hits home when her outspoken nature lands her in hot water with the media.

Banished to her leading man’s crumbling mansion on the outskirts of Delhi until things cool down, she is wholly unprepared to meet her costar’s reclusive brother, Taj Ali Khan. Taj, a former action hero until a stunt gone horribly wrong ended his career, wears a cape of scars and a crown of rudeness.

As his cynicism collides with her determination to stick it out in Bollywood no matter what, sparks fly. But little do they know that demons not of their making may turn their fiery, fragile connection to ash. And it will take more than sheer grit to face down the most frightening monsters of all—the ones inside themselves.

Get it at Samhain at its initial sale price of $3.15 or snag it at Amazon for $3.44.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Excerpt: Meet Taj from BOLLYWOOD AND THE BEAST!

My next Bollywood Confidential romance comes out on February 11, 2014, from Samhain Publishing. So, now is as good a time as any to introduce you all to my reluctant hero (okay, so he's a jackass), Taj Ali Khan.

Check out the excerpt below this lovely (and appropriate) picture of Kunal Kapoor, one of the real-life visual inspirations for this beastly Bolly boy.

Source: Verve magazine/Pinkvilla.Com