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A Boy Named Khwahish now available!!

Okay, I’m a terrible author, because I forgot today was when my book was going to be published (despite being given this information a long time ago), and only realised that it had gone live after I clicked on the buying link out of curiosity which is mother flippin’ awful of me D: D: D:
And I also have an exam in 48 hours that I HAVEN’T STUDIED FOR because I procrastinated D: D: D: D:
But yeah this is it this is a very short, ranty, panicky blog post saying that my book is now live, I’m scared for my life because finals, and also, I’m alive and haven’t actually disappeared into the void?

But yes,

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The last year of school was supposed to be a stressful mess, but Sathya never expected it would get this stressful or this messy. He’s pissed off with his parents, his best friend is convinced something is wrong with him, and there’s a new guy with a pretty face and dazzling eyes, and Sathya just can’t seem to ignore him.
Or rather, Sathya doesn’t want to ignore him.

Word Count: 10k
Tags: Young Adult, Contemporary, Multicultural, Coming of age, Indian high schools, first loves, friggin fluffy
Content Warnings: Homophobic family

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Buy at Beaten Track all-romance

I’m going to figure out if I can do a giveaway but that’ll have to wait till exams end I’m afraid D:

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Yaay Cover Reveal!

Hello!!!!!!

I finally buckled down and made a cover for the next book in the Love Like Coffee Series, Kaapi.

Ta-daaaa!!
Kaapi Book CoverWhat do you think? And I have a blurb too:

Alan is a fool. This is an established fact, because he went and fell in love with Vaibhav, his irritatingly suave, ridiculously handsome, and frustratingly wonderful boss.

Now he spends everyday dreaming up completely inappropriate scenarios that involve their Boss-Secretary relationship, and wishing that Vaibhav would stop being so professional and just throw him over his desk and have his wicked way with him already, since there’s no way it’d actually happen in reality.

Maybe he should start writing erotica. At least then there’d be some type of happy ending in his life.

Damnit, he needed more caffeine.

The book should be out by late June, or early July, most probably. I’m so excited!

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I have a new Website! And Other Good News!

Yup! After quite a bit of thinking and blinking and coffee drinking, I decided to split up my blog and have a separate website with only static content. I just changed it in most of my profiles, and all I have left is to change it in the books and re-upload them. I know this is probably like my third time changing the website and stuff, but I like to keep messing with these things because sometimes I feel bored with the same stuff. The new website is damn good, even if it’s just me saying it. I had a ton of fun figuring things out and tinkering with it till it came out properly.

So yeah, check it out at bit.ly/deeaditya.

And oh, oh, the other good news:

I got accepted into the Master’s Program at Drexel University!!!!!!!

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I’m so excited! Things get finalized next week, but I’m super happy about it. If everything goes well, I’ll be in Philadelphia for the next two years, doing research just like I always wanted.

And that’s it from me for now. Hope everyone has a great week!!

I’m (barely) alive!!!

I had great plans for 2016. I swear I did. Then Uni, or more precisely, my final year project happened.

I mean, I really like my project. I get to spend all day in a lab, measuring things out and inoculating microbes into nutrient broths and washing test tubes and Petri plates (a lot of washing to be done, to be honest) and feeling very self important.

The downside is that it completely wipes me out by the time I get back home.

Unfortunately that means  I barely have enough energy to do my college work by the time I get home, let alone write. I missed two of my TTT instalments, and the worst part is that I had stuff ready to upload, but I fell asleep and forgot to do it.

I also haven’t started on Kaapi, which is really terrible because I had a whole month for it and I just wasted it. But I promise it’s going to be out by May.

In other news, I have a 10k word story that I wrote for an Anthology that’s coming out! Not sure when, exactly, but it’s in the editing stages right now. So that’s one proper achievement for this year so far. I’ll share more ddetails about that later!

Hopefully I’ll be writing more and sleeping less in the coming months, and keep up with my TTT instalments. Hope you all have a good week!

The Year That Was & The Year That Will Be

Wow, it’s 2016 already?! I hope you guys had a great time over the holidays and you partied/ got drunk/ had hot monkey sex/ read tonnes of books/ watched lotsa movies or did whatever made you happy. I slept through the new year and… yeah, basically I just slept. And ate cake. And watched LGBT short films on YouTube. And ate cake.

I guess it’s time for that previous year/ upcoming year round up that I kept putting off. This was supposed to be up on December 30, but I don’t call myself a procrastinator without reason.

2015, especially after March 2015, was a great year for me, and a particularly important one too– because this was when I discovered Goodreads, and the MM Romance Group’s Don’t Read in the Closet event. I wrote 2 stories for the Love is an Open Road event, both of which, different as they are, got good responses. I’m pretty thrilled about that. I also made a lot of friends– cool people who have been at this longer than I am–and I feel like this is what really made my year better. All the people I’ve met so far are friendly and helpful and so nice, I feel happy and blessed to have them in my life. Hopefully, my friends circle will expand further in 2016. I’m looking forward to meeting new people.

One important lesson I learned the past year– it never hurts to ask. I asked the DRitC mods if they could change some stuff in my books, and they did that for me. I asked Debbie McGowan if I could design covers for authors who needed them at BTP (just because I was bored and felt like doing something on Photoshop), and I got 4 gigs: two for JP walker, and 2 for Larry Benjamin. I wasn’t doing it for a fee, but I did get paid, and I’m thankful for that.

More information on covers can be found at decorousanarchystudios.wordpress.com!

Apart from writing and photoshopping, I also read a lot of books– almost 250+. A lot of them were great, a few were bad, because of course, not everything you read is going to be super-duper awesome, and that’s okay. The important thing is to read. When I read a really great book, I analyse what I like about it, and try to imporove my own writing skill based on that. When I read the bad books, I see what I shouldn’t do. Basically, the more I read, the more I learn, and hopefully, the more I improve.

But of course, I also need to write a lot to improve. Which is why I have plans to write more this year. I’m writing one 10k word story for an anthology, and then there’ll be Kaapi, the second book in the Love Like Coffee series (which I’ll have available for free). The sequel to Scar (titled Stain) will be out sometime later, I think, perhaps in June? And then I’ll probably try writing for more anthologies.

I also might convert a few of my AU fanfics into stand alone stories. I don’t want to remove them from my fanfiction.net account, so I’m going to self publish them for free. So that’s two more stories to look forward to from me.

Hmm, what else, what else… oh yes! I’m going to try to be a bit more regular with my Thursday’s Tiny Tales installments. It’s nice to write those things (and it adds content to my blog/website), and people seem to like them. The plan is that once I have a sizeable number, I’ll combine them into a volume and publish them, so people can have all of them in one place.

I’ve also spoken to a friend about making a website (I like my current one, but I won’t deny a professional website will be better), so that’s another thing to look forward to (for me atleast, haha)!

The upcoming year is packed full, especially since I’m also graduating college this year and applying for Master’s programs, but we’ll see how things turn out, eh?

Follow me on twitter @deeromance to see what I’m up to. I don’t blog regularly, but I do tweet at least once every 2 days, so I guess that’s a more reliable method of keeping updated. I also share interesting stuff I see on the net, so you should follow me for that at least, if you’re not interested in my boring life 😛

That’s it for now, and I wish everyone a very happy and productive year ahead!

Introducing Dee A. Version 2.0– Dee Aditya

Hello!

After some angsting and general unhappy puttering about one sleepless night (or is it really early morning?), I decided a change of name was in order.

Honestly, it was because I was very depressed with the results of googling “Dee A”. It’s a sad story, and kinda pathetic, so I’m not going to go into the details of that…

So now I’m Dee Aditya, and not Dee A. anymore. Though I guess everyone knows already, since I’ve changed my name everywhere except on Amazon.

I thought I’d make a new website and stuff to make my change of name a grander affair, but I feel like what I have now is much better than some of the others I’ve seen (that are free). So I guess nothing has changed except my name. (I’m honestly quite pleased with the change too 🙂  )

I’d have to thank Raevyn and the DRitC mods for altering my data on the website and over here, and Samantha for editing the cover for Scar, and SheReadsALot for helping me change the covers on the books’ Goodreads entries.

ETA: And also Debbie McGowan for listening to me whine.

Thank you so much guys!

Aaaand I’m out.

PS. Expect the cover for Kaapi to be out soon 🙂

Applying for an EIN- it’s easy!

So I was super confused about getting this very important thing called an EIN.

Actually, I was super confused about the difference between an EIN and ITIN. I’m still confused (only a little) but my basic understanding is that an ITIN is for an individual, and and EIN is for a business entity. I am an individual, yeah, but I read that and EIN is also acceptable because I am sort of running a publishing thing, which can be called an entity, even if I’m only publishing myself. And besides, I think obtaining an EIN is easier?

You need an EIN if you want to publish anything AND make money from it. On Amazon you don’t need an EIN, just the Tax Identification number of your country. In India, this would be your PAN number (the Permanent Account Number is a ten-digit alphanumeric number, issued in the form of a laminated card, by the Income Tax Department [courtesy Google]).

Since I was very eager to obtain any and all IDs available that recognised me as an adult when I turned 18, I had that sorted out already. Yes, I had an income tax Id without any income, but the card was nice and shiny.
Also, applying for the PAN is super easy. You can do it completely online!

Sooo yeah, back on topic now.

You need an EIN if you want to publish on Smashwords. Not if you want to publish books and mark the price as free, but for setting a price, you need it. So yeah.

I got my EIN in under 15 minutes, and it’s easy peasy!

I’m going to share this experience with anyone who’s confused about the process of applying, because I’m a nice person (really, I am!!)

So here’s what happened:
Three days ago, I did some research bout EIN, ITIN, form no blah blah blah blah, etc.

The IRS lines for international customers works from Monday to Friday, 6:00 am to 11:00 pm, Eastern time.

General consensus was that the earlier you call, the lesser your waiting time. So after consulting some time converting sites, I found out that 6 am Eastern time is 3 pm Indian standard time. That was cool.

So I called them up, only to be told that the IRS wasn’t working. Because it was a Sunday. Since I was on a two week holiday, my sense of date/day was completely skewed. So I cursed myself and lamented that 10 seconds of listening to an electronic voice cost me 8 rupees.

I put if off until today, because I was pretty busy the past two days.

I topped up my phone balance (I’m on a pay-as-you-go type of thing, a.k.a a prepaid connection, so I needed to make sure that I didn’t get cut off in the middle of the call. So I topped it up for around 200 rupees, so after the VAT and stuff it came to around 188 rupees or so). I ate some candy.

Then I called up +1 267 941 1099, at around 4.00 pm, IST

I got a mechanical voice asking to press 1 for English. My phone’s proximity sensor thingie is broken, so I couldn’t do that. I ended up having to pull out the battery to cut the call. That was 8 more rupees gone. I cursed myself again and ate more candy.

After transferring my SIM card to my mother’s phone, I called them up again. And I pressed 1 for English.

The second thing said 1 for EIN and 2 for ITIN. My amazing brain decided this was the time to forget all the research I’d done about ITIN and EIN, and made my finger press 2.
And then I was told to wait, and my estimated wait time would be around 4-7 minutes. Soft music played, interrupted every 30 seconds or so by a mechanical voice making announcements about the IRS services. After waiting 5 minutes, I finally decided I was an idiot and I hung up. 48 rupees. Gone.

I managed not to cry by stuffing my face with even more candy. (Cadbury eclairs, if anyone was wondering.)

ONCE AGAIN I called up the number, pressed 1 for English, and 1 again to obtain an EIN (like a good girl).

They put me on hold. I had a stopwatch application open, and I sweated nervously as the seconds ticked by with no response. Then finally a soft female voice spoke, like a choir of angels: “Hello.” She said a series of numbers in a calm and measured voice that I think was her employee ID or something? “How can I help you?”

Still eyeing the stopwatch, I heaved a sigh of relief, cuz it had been only 2 minutes or so. “I’d like to apply for an EIN, please?”

She asked me why. Actually, she said something that was a little too low for me to hear, so I said “sorry?” and she said, “why do you need the EIN?” I blabbered something about being an author and needing it for my Amazon’s and Smashwords’ tax information.

Then she asked me for my name. I spelled it out for her. My name is pretty long, so spelling it out was a little torturous. But we got through that.

Then she asked me if I had something like a trade name.

“Uhh… I write under a pen name, does that count?”

She said it did, so I told her my author name.

Then she said, “I’m sorry, but I have to put you on hold for a moment.”

I freaked. My stopwatch was running, and we were already at like, 4 minutes. I nervously sweated some more and started humming to myself, praying for her to return quickly. She returned after a minute and fifty seconds. Whew.

She apologised and I laughed a little in relief and graciously brushed it off (trufact). She asked me for the street address, which was EVEN MORE torturous than my full name because that shit is pretty long. The lady asked me “Are you sure all this is your street address?” And I said, “Yeah. Yeah, all of it. I’m sorry.” And she sort of laughed and said it was okay.

After spending three minutes or so on that, (my heart hammering away) we got to City, the state or province, Post code, and Country.

Then she asked me for my phone number, which I gave along with my country code.

She asked me a few other things, like did I have an American address or phone number, did I have any other employees, and one or two other things which now I’ve forgotten, but my answer to all of it was no. I didn’t have anyone in America, and I am the owner and the only person in this business.

Then she asked me when I started my business, which is actually when I first published my book. So I told her the publishing date.

And then, she repeated all of it, spelled it out, so I could make sure that all of it was correct. There were two spelling errors, and we changed those. She said “One moment…”

…and then the golden words: “I’m going to tell you your EIN, so please note it down and then say it back to me.”

SUCCESS!

I quickly wrote down my EIN in my diary, and recited it back to her.

“Very good,” she said. “Is there anything else I can help with?”

“No,” I breathed. It was done. I had that all-important EIN! “Thank you. Thank you so much!”

She sort of giggled. I don’t think she’d ever heard anyone anyone sound as grateful as I did, maybe. “Have a nice day.”

“You too,” I chirped, and cut the call.

And then? Dancing ensued. Not just any old happy dance. Oh no. This one was local, Chennai style. I might have scared my dog.

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Then I ate more candy. So much more candy.

I got a message from my service provider: Last call was charged from Main Bal= 120.00 and duration: 00:14:32. Remaining main Bal= 4.730

That’s my first actual investment in my writing career! I guess I’l have to sell around… 2 books priced at $1.99 to recover that, won’t I?
Hee!

Thank you for reading, and I hope all this rambling helps someone out there!

*Incomprehensible Screaming*

Why am I screaming? Because I just found the PERFECT guys for my next book! *fist pump* *happy dance*

Okay, let’s start at the beginning. So As you know, Caffe Latte, the first book in the Love Like Coffee series is going to be released soon. The second book in the series, which is the one I was hunting pics for, is called Kaapi.

What’s that word mean?

Well, Kaapi is what Coffee is called in Tamil, and even in Malayalam. Anyway, Filter Coffee or Filter Kaapi, like how we call it, is famous in South India, especially in Chennai (where I’m from). I’ve had cappuchinos and mochas and lattes and what not, but nothing quite compares to the taste and smell of hot, bitter-sweet filter kaapi, the drink that encompasses the essence of Chennai, my home town. You can read all about filter coffee here.

One of the MCs is a Chennai born guy who’s currently the CEO of an organization in the USA, in the unnamed city where the first book is based, so filter coffee plays an important role in the story overall, and hence the name.
(Also because I really wanted to name a book after my favourite thing in the world).

This story is special to me because I’m writing it for a good friend. She was the first person I friended on Goodreads, in fact. I couldn’t pick up her prompt because I already picked up Samantha’s, but her prompt was awesome!


Dear Author,
For the last five years I’ve been his right hand man. I handle his schedule, I make his coffee, and I pick up his suits from the dry cleaner. I even make the arrangements for his hook ups with other men. The world sees a ruthless businessman, a cold bastard. But I know him. Behind the icy facade, I see HIM. The man who is meant to be my other half. Question is, when is he going to see ME. Not as his personal assistant, but as a lover, as a partner, as a man.
Thank you
Please only contemporary.
I would like a HEA and sex on-page, but the call is yours
Sincerely,
Eleftheria

If there’s one thing I love, it’s pining and Boss-Secretary relationships. (Oh no, that’s two things). So of course I decided I’d write this when I finished my ‘official’ prompts.

After a long time searching, I found the best guys for the roles of Vaibhav and Alan.

Vaibhav Ganesh

Age: 32; CEO




(Above images belong to MenOfIndia– I am using these purely for illustrative purposes)

Alan Grant

Age: 29; Vaibhav’s Secretary


(Nope, I don’t own these pictures either- just using them for descriptive purposes)

Alan was a little tough, but it was Vaibhav that I really struggled to find photos for! I can’t believe I found someone who is EXACTLY what I imagined Vaibhav to be! Wow! (Also I really hope I won’t be sued for using these pics because I have no money and I’m not even making any money off this book because it’s free.)

So that’s the update for today. Consider Signing up for my newsletter to know when Kaapi and Caffe Latte are coming out.

Take care, guys!

I made Merchandise!

So I was bored *casually ignores the big pile of assignments on my desk*, and I ended up making art for my not-yet-released second DRitC story!

Caffe Latte- Dee A (Epub_Mobi)

Caffe Latte is about Ben Malcolm, a digital artist and Pokèmon enthusiast and all around otaku, who happens to have the biggest crush on one Francisco Ibarra, the new jock in the basketball team. When he meets the Francisco at  Café Café, the coffee shop he’s just started working at, well, things don’t go as he expects them to.

The first in the Love Like Coffee series, Caffe Latte is pretty short and cute (well, my beta reader and editor said so) and is my first ‘original’ work in the contemporary genre. I’m excited for you to meet the characters when the book comes out (which should be sometime in October, I think).

“Coffee is always the answer” and “Chocolate is Happiness” are two of the ‘official’ pins that the employees at Café Café wear. There’s a third one is the café’s logo, but I’m still fiddling around with that, so it’s not done yet.

 

And yeah, I thought it’d be nice to make something tangible that people can look at. Since I already had a society 6 account that was collecting dust, I thought, why not? Sadly, they don’t have pins, but maybe sometime in the future, eh?

So here’s a look at what I made:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are also tote bags and phone cases available, so go and check them out here!

Have a happy week 🙂