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Now over to Nicola...

It’s lovely to be here in paradise, even if vicariously (though I would’ve loved to visit Fiji in person!)

While Nas basks in the beauty of Fiji, I’ll answer her questions.

Are you tea addict or coffee?

Neither!  I don’t drink tea or coffee very often.  If I do, I prefer herbal teas.  Though I do enjoy a nice latte at my favourite café now and then.

Wine or Champagne?

I have a wicked sweet tooth so my favourite wine is Muscato. Delicious!

Sweet pastries or spicy samosas and savories?

Can I have my cake and eat it too? I adore sweet stuff and I love spicy almost as much.  What can I say? I love my food!

Jeans or dresses or saris?

I’m a busy mum so jeans daily but I love dressing up!  If I could I’d wear glam dresses every day, though I’m sure I’d get odd looks at school pick up!  
I love seeing women in beautiful saris, such a timeless elegance.

Hugh Grant or Ashton Kutcher?

I’ll have to side with my heroine Shari in BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD here and say Hugh Grant.  There’s something oddly appealing about him…
Besides, my hero Drew Lansford bears a striking resemblance to Hugh so I have to choose him!

Bollywood or Hollywood?

I used to watch a lot of movies pre-kids, both Bollywood and Hollywood.  These days, when I’m not running after them or chained to my computer writing, I spend my limited downtime reading.
Watching the magical, colourful, spectacular Bollywood films inspired me to write BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD. So much fun!
I’m a rom-com girl at heart (another similarity to Shari!) so give me a Hollywood chickflick with a hot hero and I’m in heaven.


It’s an eclectic mix of contemporary romance/romantic comedy/chicklit/women’s fiction. Think ‘Sex and the City’ meets ‘Eat, Pray, Love.’
I think the blurb sums it up best:
Shari Jones needs to get a life. Preferably someone else’s.
Single, homeless and jobless, Indo-American Shari agrees to her best friend’s whacky scheme: travel to Mumbai, pose as Amrita, and ditch the fiancé her traditional Indian parents have chosen. Simple. Until she’s mistaken for a famous Bollywood actress, stalked by a Lone Ranger wannabe, courted by an English lord, and busted by the blackmailing fiancé.
Life is less complicated in New York.
Or so she thinks, until the entourage of crazies follows her to the Big Apple and that’s when the fun really begins. Shari deals with a blossoming romance, an addiction to Indian food and her first movie role, while secretly craving another trip to the mystical land responsible for sparking her new lease on life. Returning to her Indian birthplace, she has an epiphany. Maybe the happily-ever-after of her dreams isn’t so far away?

Today, as part of Nicola’s BOLLY-BITES (recipes taken from dishes in the book) she’s presenting Nas Dean’s fast version of idlis (steamed rice cakes without the rice!).

 Actually in the longer version we have to soak rice and lentils for few hours and grind to make paste, and it takes an hour of steaming. So this is my fast version!


1 cup semolina
Rub in a little oil
Mix in water- just enough to make a paste type mixture
Add 2 teaspoons ENO
Mix fast - it’ll start rising
Spoon mixture into greased IDLI (small lift out pans set in big Idli pan, water already boiling)
Steam for 10 mins
(preparation time to cooked = 20 mins.)
Serve with coconut chutney and sambhar.

Nicola’s giving away an E-book of BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD.
To be in the running, complete this sentence:

If I was stranded in Fiji, I wish it was with… in the comments.

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Edited to add:
Hey all friends, by clicking on the title BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD all throughout the post, will take you to buy this fantastic book!


  1. ...Mike (my better half)!

    [Being first, I get to make the easy answer!]

    That book sounds cool, Nicola. Lately, my entertainment has included several works with Indian love interests, so it would be right up my most recent alley.

  2. If I was stranded in Fiji, I wish it was with my ex. :)

  3. If I was stranded in Fiji I wish it was with my lovely Indian husband, because we haven't had a holiday in years.

    Girls, I live in India and I need to read this book. Can't find a print copy anywhere, so I'm trying to win the ebook! Good luck to all participants!

  4. Ha! BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD sounds like a lot of fun!

    If I was stranded in Fiji, I wish it was with my hubby and a sense of adventure.

  5. Thanks Azarimba, Missabegaila and Lynda! You girls all are welcome to Fiji!

    Good luck in the draw Maria! Recently I went on a trip to India and I found BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD depicting it very beautifully!

  6. Awww...very romantic to choose your better half, Azarimba.

    Hope you enjoy Busted in Bollywood.

  7. Sounds like another romantic story there, MissaBegaila?

  8. I hear you, Maria, been years since I've had a holiday too, kids!

    You can get a print copy online (all buy links on my website, available at Amazon (1/2 price at the moment, $US7.70!), BookDepository (free postage worldwide) B&N, etc...
    E-book also available.

    Hope you find a copy Maria, I think you'll enjoy it :)

  9. Thanks for adding all your pictures to the blog post, Nas.

    That sari you're wearing is gorgeous!!!

  10. And the pictures you added of the idlis?
    Well, let's just say it's lunchtime here in OZ and I'm starving! :)

  11. Those look amazing, and the book looks even better!

  12. Busted in Bollywood looks excellent.

    If I was stranded in Fiji, I'd want to be stranded with my family. :-)

  13. If I was stranded in Fiji I hope I'd never be rescued - as long as there was plenty of rum and a cabana boy to flirt with :)


  14. This sounds like such a fun read. If I was stranded in Fiji I should say I'd like to be with my hubby, but I think I'll indulge a fantasy and say Country singer Josh Turner. :-)

  15. Cabana boy essential, Donna, if stranded permanently ;)

  16. We're definitely talking fantasy strandees, Shelley :)

  17. We sound like twins. I'm a Moscato girl too and I LOVE cake and of course rom-coms. Can't wait to read Busted in Bollywood. My copy is on it's way from Book Depository!

  18. We sound like twins. I'm a Moscato girl too and I LOVE cake and of course rom-coms. Can't wait to read Busted in Bollywood. My copy is on it's way from Book Depository!

  19. Fun questions and food at the end, can't get much better than that.

  20. It sounds fantastic! I do love Hugh Grant, too (well, when he was a bit younger).

    Hi Nas!

  21. Ooh, I love saris too! And this book sounds fab. Good luck to everyone with the competition. ;-)

  22. Great responses, Nicola. I've never seen idli's made with semolina - will have to try that sometime. It was a staple in our house when I was growing up.
    If I were in Fiji...hmmm, it would be with any one of my heroes. See, I created them - to me they're quite perfect .

  23. The Bolly bites look delicious. Congrats on the new release, Nicola.

  24. Books and food are two of my favourite things, Nancy :)

    Can't go wrong!

  25. Thanks Talli.

    I did too, which is why he may have inveigled his way into this book!

  26. Thanks Talei (beautiful name, how do you pronounce it? Does the 'ei' make an 'ay' sound?)

    Saris are so elegant.

  27. The beauty of our fictional heroes, Rayka, knows no bounds :)

  28. Thanks M Pax.

    I love hearing from people who are cooking the Bolly Bites, have converted a few people to dahl :)

  29. Hi Nicola!

    I love the cover of Busted in Bollywood. But I'm not getting a chance to read as there is only one e-reader in the house!

    I liked holding print books to read uptil now. Wonder if I'll ever convert?

    And oh yes! Mum made the Idli and it was yum!

  30. Look-wise, I pick Hugh Grant. But they both sound like not the best people for relationships. What a fun question, Nas. Thanks for introducing me to Nicola.

  31. Wow, those giveaways are incredible! and I really MUST try that recipe. It looks amazing.

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

  32. A writer who doesn't drink much tea or coffee??? Unheard of! :)

    Sounds like a very fun book!

  33. ...I wish I was stranded with my laptop and wifi! Sick, huh?

    Busted in Bollywood sounds like such a fun read! Thanks, ladies

  34. Great question! I'd definitely take my hubby ... and lots of books! :)

  35. Great interview - and now we get recipes too? So much fun!

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  37. Romance Reader,
    I think you'll have to coerce or pry the e-reader out of your mum's hands ;) (Nas, are you listening?)

    Like you, I still prefer print! Bought my kindle as a birthday present few months ago, rarely use it, still like holding paper/hardbacks in my hands!

    At least your mum made idlis :)

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  39. You're right, Theresa, both Ashton & Hugh don't have a great track record in the romance stakes, do they? :)

  40. I know, Susan, no tea or coffee? I'm bizarre! ;)

  41. Laptop & wifi are fine, Julie, as long as the requisite hunky guy is there too :)

  42. I'm doing loads of recipes for Indian dishes taken from the book, Deniz.
    I wanted to make the blog tour a little different...and delicious!

  43. @ Nicola. Thanks for the info Nicola!

    @Nas - You must have been in the south I suspect. I'm waiting patiently for BinB to reach my local bookshop - or at least my online booksellers!

  44. oh, wow! This book sounds fantastically fun! :D I love the title, and I've got a soft spot for Hugh Grant, too. So def. TBR pile~ :o) Thanks, Nas & Nicola!

    If I was stranded in Fiji, I wish it was with... hmmm... tough one! :D

  45. Hello!

    @Maria, We were in Delhi, Jaipur- the red city, which is mentioned in BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD, visited- Haridwar, Nainital, then onto Shimla, Kullu, Manali- then Punjab. Chandigarh, Amritsar- The Golden Temple, Vagha Border, back to Delhi, then Agra, The Taj Mahal. Then Mumbai. It was a whirlwind tour! But bought saris!

    @Nicola - I know about the e-Reader. Once she was stuck at the dentist then read one whole book on it! Otherwise she prefers print only. And she goes by cover- she won't read if the cover is not to her liking!


    Nice Blog.


  47. Maria, Busted in Bollywood won't in bookshops until mid 2012, so you'll have to grab it online for now.

    Here are a few links:

    Hope helps :)

  48. lol Nas, Romance Reader sounds as keen a reader as you :)

  49. Forgot to say, Nas, that sounds like an amazing trip through India.

  50. i'd say mark harmon

    happy holidays.


  51. @ Nas - you were in my state Uttar Pradesh. I'm in Lucknow which is the capital but most tourists bypass our beautiful city in favour of the Taj :(. Hope you get a chance to come here someday and I'm so glad you enjoyed your rip.

    @Nicola - thank you very much, got my copy! Will be visiting your blog soon!

  52. Hi Maria!

    I remember Lucknow! We crossed it by train during the night and had a stop over for thirty mins! Wish I'd known you then, we could have met!

  53. Nicola!

    For us, we don't actually have any connection to India so it was an amazing trip. All our trips been through reading before that.

    Even your M&B Romance- A TRIP WITH THE TYCOON was a great journey through India! And now BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD completes that journey with spectacular romance and amazing Indian dishes!

    Maria, you will love reading Busted in Bollywood, as it has all Nicola's sensational and master story-telling. But with an alpha hero who flirts and is fun to be with....*sigh*!!!

  54. Busted in Bollywood sounds charming. Congrats on the release, Nicola.

    I'd want to be stranded with Daniel Craig.

  55. Daniel Craig is another great choice, Medeia.

    A perfect alpha, brooding hero...

  56. Thanks to everyone for their fab comments, and a huge thanks to Nas for hosting me here, I had a ball!

    The winner of Busted in Bollywood is...Lydia Kang.

    Congrats Lydia!

    Please email my publicist lewis at entangledpublishing dot com to claim your prize.