Unwanted Girl by MK Schiller

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Unwanted Girl by MK Schiller

When I was a kid, I remember my father telling me to get ready because we were going to a special place. Almost bouncing out of my seat, I asked him a million questions on the way. He said it was a surprise, but this place held all kinds of magic and power. It was a place where I’d meet many new friends, who would stay with me for the rest of my life. I’d be able to travel anywhere I wanted. 
“Even space?” I asked. Yes, even there.”
I figured we had to be going somewhere amazing. To my disappointment, Dad pulled our station wagon up to a large brick building: the local library.

I complained he’d tricked me with his promises of grandeur. He dared me to prove him wrong.
As usual, Dad was right.

Inside that brick building, I attended Sweet Valley High and later discovered small town life through Scout Finch’s eyes. I even met my first love at the library. His name was Mr. Darcy (but I call him Fitz).

The first book I remember reading that truly stuck with me was The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. I cried after I read it. I cried for a freaking tree! That’s the power of a good book. It makes us feel compassion for the world around us. Reading, any kind of reading, makes us better people in my opinion. 

As an author, my goal is to always harness those emotional responses through strong but flawed characters. It’s up to reader if I succeed in this, but it is always the goal in every book I pen. 
I especially love writing multi-cultural romances. There is an outcry for more diversity in the romance world. I’m thrilled to be a writer during this exciting time.

Unwanted Girl is about a girl from a rural village in India, who falls for a cynical New York City author. These two have a whole world separating them, not to mention a ticking clock since her student visa will expire in a few months. Both characters also have scarred pasts, carrying heavy burdens that limit their views of a promising future. Yet, together, they learn to embrace life and experience true joy. Shyla, the heroine, wants to write a story, but she is no writer. Nick, although a seasoned successful writer, has lost his passion. The novel goes between the story they write and the life they are living. I’ve never attempted anything so outside the box. But then again, why limit yourself to a box at all? 

Praise for Unwanted Girl. “This smoothly written cross-cultural romance, which initially appears uncomplicated, evolves into an in-depth study of strong emotions and underlying motivations. Schiller has a fine talent for describing cultural conflicts, and the characters are multifaceted and endearing. A truly unanticipated turn of events sends the riveting conclusion into overdrive, leaving readers breathless.” - Publisher's Weekly

   “What are the other meanings for shucks?” she asked. 
   “It has many definitions. It can be a husk on the outer layer of corn. Or it can mean worthless.” She gave him a questioning look so he offered an example, dropping his voice slightly. “Like I don’t give a shucks about what we do as long as we do it together.” Her face flushed slightly, her smile turning suggestive. Encouraged, he dropped his voice a few octaves more. Test the water, Dorsey, but don’t fucking dive in! “Or it could mean to discard.” 
   “As in peel off. For example, she shucked off her black T-shirt in a hurry.” His feet dipped into the complicated waters he’d avoided, waters that could heat up to boiling point if they kept creeping down this dangerous path. 
   “I see. So if I said, do you mind if we don’t shuck tonight, that would be a proper use?” 
   Nick opened his mouth to respond, to try to eat up the words already spilling out into the atmosphere, but she held up her hand, and her lips parted slightly. “But I hope we do shuck one day.”  
   Naughty girl.

Author Bio - 
I am a hopeless romantic in a hopelessly pragmatic world. I have a full time life and two busy teenagers, but in the dark of night, I sit by the warm glow of my computer monitor, and attempt to conjure up passionate heartwarming stories with plenty of humor.

About Unwanted Girl:
When a man loves a woman
Recovering addict Nick Dorsey finds solace in his regimented life. That is until he meets Shyla Metha.  Something about the shy Indian beauty who delivers take-out to his Greenwich Village loft inspires the reclusive writer. And when Shyla reveals her desire to write a book of her own, he agrees to help her. The tale of a young Indian girl growing up against a landscape of brutal choices isn’t Nick’s usual territory, but something about the story, and the beautiful storyteller, draws him in deep. 
Shyla is drawn to Nick, but she never imagines falling for him. Like Nick, Shyla hails from a village, too…a rural village in India. They have nothing in common, yet he makes her feel alive for the first time in her life. She is not ready for their journey to end, but the plans she’s made cannot be broken…not even by him. Can they find a way to rewrite the next chapter?

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