Fun and Games Mad-Libs style – Love Libs

on November 29, 2016

Everyone loves games and Mad-Libs gives a tribute to the days before handheld electronics.  Take a crack at this fun game I created for Heros and Heartbreakers:

 

Here’s how to play: Fill out the list below with the appropriate (or totally inappropriate) noun, verb, adjective, or name. Complete the Love Lib by selecting the word from your list that corresponds with the bolded direction in the parentheses, and let hilarity ensue! Share your results by copying and pasting the list/Love Lib—that might make filling it out a little easier, too!—down in the comments, and/or tag us on Twitter with the funniest snippets at @heroesnhearts or share the whole story by tagging us on Facebook.

Adjective:
Female name:
Noun:
Noun:
Noun:
Male name:
Verb:
Verb:
Noun:
Noun:
Same male name:
Same female name:
Noun:
Noun:
Noun:
Noun:
Verb:
Noun:
Noun:
Adjective:
Same female name:
Same male name:

To the ­­­(adjective) world, (female name) is a take charge business (noun), but in private, she’s a submissive. She wants two things, to feel  a (noun) against her (noun) and to be dominated by (Male name). She’s waited two years to (verb) with him and tonight she’d get her chance to (verb) the sweet kiss of his (noun) and see if he is the true (noun) she desires.

From the moment, (same male name) set eyes on (same female name) from across the (noun), he knew she was his. He saw beneath her controlled (noun) to the (noun) underneath. He’ll have one chance to prove he is the (noun) strong enough to (verb) her into submission, to give her what her (noun) desires or risk losing her to another (noun).

Tonight, two (adjective) rivals, (same female name) and (same male name) would learn who is the true Master and who is the slave.

 

 

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Debut author Sienna Snow turns the billionaire trope inside out

on November 16, 2016

This past week, I was featured on the USA Today HEA Blog. Here is my post from November 14, 2016.

 

 

When you envision a romance novel’s billionaire tech tycoon, who comes to mind? A tall, dark and handsome gentleman? How about a petite, ultra-smart and sexy Indian female? No? Well, get ready, because in my debut novel, Rule Breaker, that’s exactly what you get.

In many of today’s romances, males lead the pack of billionaires. The goal of my writing is to take the standard trope where the rich, brooding billionaire introduces the naive, young girl to a lifestyle she never knew about, and initially feared, and change it to where the women fully understand and accept themselves and their desires.

I come from a very conservative Indian-American background, where until recently, men and women had strict roles. Females were to marry and raise families and males were to provide for their families. I was fortunate to have parents who pushed me to achieve my education and a mother who believed I could accomplish anything I set my mind on.

The three heroines of the Rule Breaker series are well educated, confident and know what they want in and out of the bedroom. Hailing from diverse cultural circumstances, they have two traits in common: their over-the-top intelligence and their unwavering friendship and devotion to each other. They represent the world we live in: diverse, unique and beautiful.

Arya Rey (Rule Breaker) is a brilliant, Indian-American software developer, whose dedication and attention to detail give her the ability to control every aspect of her technology domain. Milla Castra (Rule Master) is an Italian-born finance genius, who runs not only one but two multinational organizations. Last, but not least, Carmen Dane (Rule Changer) is a New England socialite by night and mergers-and-acquisitions powerbroker by day. There isn’t a deal she can’t negotiate.

By portraying more smart and successful women (who sometimes are even more successful than their male love interests), the story can achieve greater balance and allows the reader to focus on the honest romance kindling between a couple without the distraction of an uneven playing field.

When someone picks up any of my books, I want them to enjoy a fun, fast-paced ride through the world of international espionage, technology and finance with an atypical love story at the center.

 

Here is the link to the original post: http://happyeverafter.usatoday.com/2016/11/14/sienna-snow-rule-breaker-billionaire-trope/

 

 

5 QUESTIONS WITH DEBUT AUTHOR SIENNA SNOW

on November 5, 2016

Today I was fortunate enough to have a Q&A on Readers Entertainment.  This fun Q&A will give you insight into what drove me to write the Rules of Engagement Series.

 

Sienna Snow’s debut novel, Rule Breaker, came out November 1, and readers and critics alike are raving about this talented, new author.

Q:        What inspired you to write Rule Breaker?

A:        I was tired of reading books where the rich and smart billionaire introduces the naïve girl to an alternative lifestyle. I wanted to write a book where the women were well educated, healthy and chose the lifestyle they lived.

Q:        How did you decide to put a twist on the billionaire hero trope for your series?

A:        I had read a series of books where the hero is the wealthy and successful entrepreneur and the female came from rags or close to nothing. It annoyed me that women were placed in a socio-economic disadvantage to their love interest. So I decided that in my books, the females would be as or even more successful than their love interest.

I feel if the females are in a place of power, then the focus can remain on the love story between the couple.

Q:        Rule Breaker features strong, confident, highly educated, accomplished women. What women served as role models for you?

A:        The first person that comes to mind is my mother. I grew up in a very traditional Indian home, where my father was the head of the house and ruled with an iron fist. My mother showed strength, no matter what the situation or issue we had at home. She was the driving force for me to get an education and for me to break the mold of get married young, have lots of babies, and let your husband dictate your life.

The next person who comes to mind is my Catholic school principle, Sister Marie. She had a strength and confidence in her that made me want to be like her. She said many times, her ability to handle any situation comes from God. She would also tell me people can take away things but they can’t ever take away your knowledge.

The last person I will mention is my Aunt Bhavini. She is the epitome of smart, well educated, and confident woman. She is an international software development and implementation consultant. From the moment she married my uncle, she pushed me to seek my education and dreams. She wouldn’t let any naysayers bring her down. She was my main inspiration for pursuing my Masters degrees.

Q:        Please tell us about your rich cultural heritage. (You were born in London and moved to the U.S. at age five, but tell us about your Indian heritage.)

A:        My heritage is Indian, Gujarati to be exact. Growing up, my family was very traditional. They observed all religious holidays and Indian festivals. We spoke our native tongue in our home, though, I never learned to read or write Guajarati.

I love the simple traditions and of course the food. My grandmother was considered a chef, and she taught my mother. There was never a shortage of food. The rule in our home was, from the moment a guest walks in to the moment they leave there is food for them to eat. I’ve carried on this tradition with my family and friends.

Q:        The characters in Rule Breaker are well traveled. Is that a reflection of you and your experiences? Do you and your family travel often, and, if so, where do you go?

A:        Traveling is something that is deep-rooted in me. My goal is to visit every continent in the next ten years. 2016 was a travel filled year. I visited Norway to see the northern lights, hiked Machu Picchu in Peru, and spent a week swimming with my family on Guana Island, a small island in the British Virgin Islands.  For 2017, I have booked two trips so far. First is to Costa Rica and the other is a cruise in Europe going to Spain, France, and Italy.

The places my characters travel to are all places I’ve visited. I feel like it is a small piece of me that I can add into the fictitious lives of my heroines and heroes.

To find out more about this book or the author, visit www.SiennaSnow.com, and connect with the author on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorsiennasnow/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sienna_snow

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/BySiennaSnow/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bysiennasnow/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15076071.Sienna_Snow?from_search=tru

 

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