Nandini Bajpai that you absolutely must check out. Nandini and I met online four or five years ago when we were both starting our writing careers in a class taught by Uma Krishnaswami. I had the pleasure of reading an early draft of STARCURSED and absolutely LOVED it. I am so happy to share that it is now available for everyone to read! Here's the summary from Goodreads:
In the ancient city of
Ujjayani, the planets align to decide the fate of two starcursed lovers.
Born under the curse of Mars, brilliant and beautiful Leelavati,
daughter of the famed astronomer Bhaskarya Acharya of Ujjayani, knows
she can never wed. But when her childhood playmate, the handsome and
rich Rahul Nagarseth, returns from sea, their attraction is rekindled
under stormy monsoon skies.
As Leela, forced by fate to relinquish
Rahul, tries to find solace in teaching at her fathers observatory, a
fleeting alignment of the stars is discovered that can help overcome her
curse. But Rahul is called away on a war to defend his kingdom. Can he
return in time or will she lose him forever to the will of the planets?
in turbulent twelfth century India, against the backdrop of the savage
wars waged by Muhammad of Ghor and his band of Turkis, Starcursed is a
sweeping tale of science, romance and adventure that will transport its
readers to another world.
This story will truly take you to another world. It is one of those books that you start and trust me - you won't stop until you've turned the last page. Clever, lyrical and intriguing - indulge yourself with STARCURSED. You can thank me later. :-)