Straight As A Jalebi

Straight As A Jalebi – Pre-Orders now open! #SAsAJ

I know, I know… It’s been forever…

At least I didn’t wait six months before posting this time! Only four… 🙈 Sorry!

Still, I come bearing some lovely news!

I was able to share the cover of Book 2 in the Rishtay Series, Straight As A Jalebi, last time, and today I am so pleased to let you know that the publisher has set up the pre-order on Amazon for the Kindle version!

The release date is 1st June. 💛

And scroll down below for another little treat!

It is 99p right now, so a bargain!

And if you haven’t read it yet, Marriage Unarranged, Book 1 is a steal at 79p, too!

A teaser blurb…

Who knew that an innocent trip to India would have such an impact on his life?

Sunny had only gone as a chaperone for his sister and her best friend and to attend to a few business matters.

He’s ended up with a deal that was to change the shape of his professional future and possibly his personal one too.

Because the road to love isn’t always straight…

Ritu Bhathal is a fresh, new and much-needed voice for British Asian fiction.
Straight is the second book in The Rishtay Series.

Place your pre-order, here!

That little treat? Well, if you preorder Straight As a Jalebi and send me proof (use the ‘contact me’ form here, or message me via Instagram), I will put you in a draw to win a signed copy of the book when it comes out in paperback a little while after the Kindle release date!

I’m nervous but so excited to bring book baby 2 into the world in two short months!

Marriage Unarranged, My Writing Journey

Of Blurbs, And Other Things

Did you think that writing a book was the hardest part of publishing?

Well, let me tell you, you’d be wrong there.

Yes, writing a story, in excess of 85,000 words, is a mammoth task to undertake, and can take forever (don’t I know it! 🙄) but once you have written all those words, words that can only come from you, as it’s your tale, there is still quite a lot to do.

Skipping the submissions process, if you decide to find an agent and/or publisher, you have to get to grips with things like cover design, formatting, marketing, blurb writing…

Yes, blurb writing.

The hardest thing EVER!


Condensing your whole story into a measly few words, making it engaging, finding a hook – NOT EASY!

And I have been battling with my blurb for the last few weeks, taking to the book shops and online bookstores to research blurbs.

It’s a vast world out there in Blurbia… You have books with two-sentence blurbs. Then there are ones that go one for 300 words, taking a whole back cover up. Some in-between. Some start with a question. Some end with a question.

So, I spent a long time writing various versions, talking to my editor, beta reader team, and a trusted Facebook group, to get feedback and suggestions for improvement.

Obviously, you end up with some conflicting opinions. Some aren’t familiar with your genre so can’t help as practically as others. But this is when you sometimes have to go with your gut.

A couple of years ago, when I finished the first draft, I came up with a simple blurb. After all the tweaks, and the addition of a couple of sentences, (having added plenty more, then taken them away) I finally have my finished blurb!

Want a read?

Aashi’s life was all set.

Or so she thought.

Like in the Bollywood films, Ravi would woo her, charm her family and they’d get married and live happily ever after.

But then Aashi found the empty condom box…

Putting her ex-fiancé and her innocence behind her, Aashi embarks upon an enlightening journey, to another country, where vibrant memories are created, and unforgettable friendships forged.

Old images erased, new beginnings to explore.

And how can she forget the handsome stranger she meets? A stranger who’s hiding something…

Marriage Unarranged – ritu bhathal

And, I am pleased to announce, that, as you can see in the above graphic, my book finally has a Publication Date!

9th February 2020

Stick it in your diary, Peeps, or even better, if you fancy, you can click the link below, and pre-order your ebook from Amazon RIGHT NOW!

If you are more of a hard copy reader, then no fear, that will be out on the official publication date too. They don’t allow for pre-orders on paperbacks, unfortunately.

So, there you have it, Peeps.

My journey to becoming a published author is headed in the right direction, and credit where credit is due. You have all been so supportive over the last few years, encouraging me to go for it. Well, I have! So, thank you all!

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Please, let me know what you think of the blurb, and if you decide to pre-order, thank you yet again!