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March 15, 2014

So, if you've been following me on Twitter or reading my blog in the last few days, you will know that I have updated the book covers of Chasing Pavements and Make You Feel My Love, the first two books in the Soulmates Saga.  And this is how they look now:

I hope you like them!

June 22, 2013

I have a new book out now on Smashwords and Amazon Kindle.  See below....

Make You Feel My Love ~ A Contemporary Romance Novel by Neha Yazmin

“Love isn’t simple, and definitely not easy. Life is very powerful and destructive. And the Universe has its plans for all of us, some we would never imagine in a million years.” 

After a tumultuous year, star-crossed lovers Mukti and Jamie have finally resolved their personal issues and are starting a new life together in New York City. Mukti has found her calling in life and Jamie’s music career is taking off.

But as all this brings new obligations and responsibilities, their love is once again put to the test.  The sequel to Chasing Pavements unravels even more secrets and lies which threaten to split them apart forever.

***To celebrate the launch of Make You Feel My Love, the prequel Chasing Pavements is now FREE to download from Smashwords in any e-book format***

May 12, 2013

This is the first time I am updating this site since December 3, 2012.  Below is the reason I've been away so long.

Taken from my blog:



When Life Becomes Stranger Than Fiction – An author’s story (Part I)

Some authors live amazing lives and share them with the world through their writing.  Others inhabit a quieter existence, but their imagination and creativity creates the most riveting of stories.  Personally, I always thought my life was pretty simple, drama-free.  Yes, I’d had my issues, and recent years have been particularly emotional, but it’s only in the last few months that my life has really been swept up in whirlwind of drama, chaos and pain.

It all started with some exciting news though.  In November of last year, I got engaged.  The wedding was due to take place on Christmas Day 2012, so I had very little time to do anything other than go to work and come home to plan and prepare for the big day.  Time passed too quickly, and before I knew it, it was half-way through December and I’d left ordering my bridal bouquet till the last minute.  Only to be told by the company that they don’t deliver over the festive period!

I thought it was the end of the world, that the wedding was going to be a disaster – when you’re a stressed out bride-to-be, a professional in the financial services industry who is also trying to make it as an independent author, thoughts like these enter your head.  I should have waited a little longer before I let my catastrophic thoughts get the better of me though, because heartbreak would engulf me by the end of the day.

About an hour after I spoke to the bridal bouquet company, I received a call which changed my life forever.  My mum had been taken into emergency brain surgery.  My world turned upside down.  She’d fallen down the stairs and hit her head.  Blood clotted in her brain, squashing it.  The surgeons were able to remove the clot but warned us that she may never recover from the injuries incurred, or worse, never wake up.  It felt like my life was over.  My writing, my upcoming wedding, none of it seemed to matter now.  I might lose my mum, the most important person in my life, I didn’t care whether I wrote another word or got married on Christmas Day, or any other day. 

The two weeks that followed were hell.  Mum was still unconscious.  Machines were breathing for her.  No one knew what was around the corner.  I was falling apart, and also into depression.  I wanted to cancel the wedding.  My family urged me to reconsider.  Everything had been arranged and paid for, not just by me, but by my fiancé’s family too, so it would be unfair to make them suffer such losses.  I understood all this, but I didn’t have the strength to carry on.  I didn’t have the strength to do anything.  Could I go through with the ceremony while my mum was in hospital, fighting for her life?

When Life Becomes Stranger Than Fiction – An author’s story (Part II)

A few days before Christmas, I had a dream that my mum would open her eyes on the day I first visited her after the wedding.  By then, my family had succeeded in convincing me to go through with it.  I’d also realised that my mum would be devastated when she learned that I’d cancelled it.  She’d blame herself and feel guilty forever.  It wouldn’t help her recovery.  So the show went on, but because of my emotional state, everyone (apart from me) decided it was best that I didn’t visit the hospital until a few days after I got married.  It wouldn’t be much fun for the guests, or my new in-laws, if the new bride was constantly breaking down with tears.

I tried to be strong.  It was hard but I found that if I kept my head blank of all thoughts and took deep breaths whenever any painful memory invaded it, I could just about make it.  Being blank was the only way I survived those first couple of days after the wedding – it was so overwhelming.  So many new faces, a whole new life, a new routine…  I kept telling myself that I’d feel so much better when I finally saw my mum.  Thankfully, my dream about her waking up came true.  I think I cried non-stop for an hour at her bedside when I saw her eyes, fully open.  They were so warm and you wouldn’t have been able to tell that they had been closed for over a fortnight.  It was also the first time my husband was allowed to visit the hospital, and the first time he saw me cry so much.  It brought us closer together and I’m really glad he was with me.

Things have been very tough ever since and the New Year started with a mix of pain, worry, tears and also some laughter and excitement.  It was the first time in my life that I literally had no free time whatsoever.  If I wasn’t trying to be a good wife, a good daughter-in-law, a good employee at work, I was trying to be a good daughter and visiting mum in hospital every day after work.  She’s been improving slowly.  She still hasn’t regained her speech, mainly because she can’t swallow, and the right side of her body is pretty much paralysed, but things could be a lot worse so we’re extremely thankful that she is still with us.  All we can do is hope and pray that she continues to get better.

Life remains hectic and unpredictable but the pain is bearable because I have a husband who is very supportive and knows how to make me laugh.  I don’t know when I’ll be able to continue with my writing, and I apologise to fans of the Poison Blood series who are eagerly awaiting Book 3.  I promise you all, as soon as I have time to write regularly, I will continue with the vampire romance – hopefully you’ll think that it was worth the wait.

In the meantime however, I am planning to publish my second contemporary romance novel (the first one being my debut Chasing Pavements).  I’d written and edited this forthcoming book a while ago, so there’s not much to do apart from uploading it to Amazon and Smashwords.  I have a summer 2013 launch date in mind for this book, so watch this space.

December 3, 2012

To celebrate Chasing Pavements' first Christmas, the e-book is available to download at a lower price during the festive season from the below retailers:

Apple iBookstore US & UK
Amazon US & UK

Over the weekend, POISON BLOOD, BOOK 1: REVELATION hit the 350 downloads mark at Smashwords, while POISON BLOOD, BOOK 2: ABSOLUTION hit the 300 downloads mark :)

PB1: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/220349
PB2: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/241225

NY xXx

November 6, 2012

In the last few days...

My blog on Blogger surpassed the 2,000 page views mark.

Yesterday (November 5, 2012) PB1 hit the 250 downloads mark since its September 1 release on Smashwords, and PB2 surpassed the 200 downloads mark since its October 1 release.  Both books are doing well at the Sony Reader Store and Barnes & Noble Nook Store according to figures up to October 31.  Not sure if/when Apple’s figures will be available...

I noticed that Chasing Pavements and the Poison Blood Series are available to download via WHSmith, this is in partnership with Kobo: http://www.whsmith.co.uk/eb_eBooks&as_Author=Neha+Yazmin  This is quite exciting because that’s where I used to buy most of my books from :)

Seven Smashwords customers have added me as a favourite author.

October 31, 2012

For a chance to win a free Kindle copy of my book Chasing Pavements, follow/attend the e-launch party of my friend Susan Buchanan's new book The Dating Game, released Friday, November 2nd. 

Sooz is giving away 50+ e-books in total, so make sure you enter the raffle
on her blog: http://susancbuchanan.blogspot.co.uk/2012_11_01_archive.html

Neha xXx

October 13, 2012

Just a quick update:

Chasing Pavements held onto No.17 poistion in Diesel eBookStore's 'Topselling Indie Romance' list all last week, until dropping to No.22 on Friday.  But it still means it was in the top 25 all week!

Poison Blood, Book 1: Revelation surpassed 150 downloads on Smashwords this week, with Poison Blood, Book 2: Absolution surpassing 100 downloads - that's 100 downlaods in the first 12 days of release!

The first two books in Poison Blood Series are now FREE on Apple iBookstore, Diesel eBookStore and Smashwords, with Book 1 also FREE on Barnes & Noble's Nook Store.

I've been added as a favourite author by 5 Smashwords users so thank you!

My blog on Blogger is edging towards the 2,000 pageviews mark.

I think that's it for now, so until next time, happy reading and writing

Neha xXx

October 4, 2012

Okay, it was bound to happen eventually.  I’ve been waiting for it.  Preparing.  Training.  Frankly, I’m surprised it’s taken this long.  All great authors, bestsellers, get their fair share of bad reviews, so who am I to get left out?  Having read a few blog posts by authors about their own bad reviews, I knew that my run of 5-star reviews would come to an end.

And what better way for it to end but with a… 1 star review.  Ouch.

Well, it didn’t hurt that much.  You’ll see why once you read this review for Poison Blood, Book 1: Revelation posted on Smashwords on October 5, 2012.  Seen as I have commented on all the reviews I’ve spotted so far, I really shouldn’t shy away from discussing my first negative review:

“The author can write. She has a good flow with words. BUT, I couldn't get past the 2nd chapter. As soon as she talked about her diamond skin that glitters in the sunlight, that was a big turn off. OK the Twilights were good books, but do all vampires have to have that skin now. I love Twilight but I don't like the skin attributes. I think it is as far fetched as a vampire should be. My opinion but when other authors copy that... Maybe I will pick it up at another time but for now, sorry.”

The part of the review that refers to me and my writing is very favourable - I’m very happy with that.  The reviewer is a fellow indie author herself, so it’s nice to have your peers tell you that you can write.  It’s also a relief that it wasn’t my writing, the story, or how it was executed (i.e. poor grammar, spelling mistakes, poorly edited etc.), that caused the reader to give up on the book. 

I won’t comment on the rest of the review as it is referring more to the reader’s personal disapproval and dislike of a particular skin attribute of the main character, Ellie, in the novel rather than the quality of the writing, the strength of the plot or even the likeability of the protagonist.  Just her skin. 

It is a shame that some readers will judge our characters and books because of his or her skin.  But that is the reality we have to face as authors.  A recruitment consultant once told me that he doesn’t look for reasons to put your CV through - he looks for reasons to not put it through.  It might not be exactly like this for our readers, but some of the same principles still apply.  Readers will not be patient.  They will not make allowances for us - why should they, who are we to them?  Their time is precious, their minds in need of entertainment.  You have to grab them from the first paragraph and give them plenty of reasons to read on.  Give them one reason not to persist, and they will put it down and give it a low rating.  Be ready for this. 

As for my copying the vampire mythology from my beloved Twilight series (and I intentionally conformed to almost all the rules set out by Stephanie Meyer), well it only becomes an issue if you fall within the faction of the vampire fiction fans that do not like sparkling vampires.  Personally, I love the sparkling and everything else about this type of vampire.  More than that though, I love the fact that Ellie is more than just a vampire and I hope readers can give her a chance to tell her story.  There’s more to her than her skin, trust me!

October 4, 2012

It's been another mad week.  Mad but good. 

First, Poison Blood, Book 2: Absolution downloads are going through the roof!  Within the first 5 minutes of it being available on Smashwords on October 1, 4 copies had been downloaded and that really set the standard!  At the time of writing, 60 copies have been downloaded, which is really amazing.  Its also driving up the downloads of PB1, so I'm very happy. 

What made me feel moved though was that PB2 was given a 5-star rating on its Goodreads page on October 1 (as was PB1 on its respective page).  The same day it first became available!  Which means the reader finished it in one day, loved it, and decided to locate the book page on Goodreads to give it a rating.  Wow!  Of course, I had to send that lovely reader and friend request - well I sort of friend everyone who marks my books on their 'to-read' shelves :)

Second, Chasing Pavements has climbed to the No. 17 spot on Diesel's Topselling Indie Romance Chart today:  http://topsellers.diesel-ebooks.com/ebook_category/topebook/FICINDROM/1.html

As always, here's a snippet so I don't forget:

October 1, 2012

PB2 is out now.  Get your free copy from Smashwords:

Hope you like!


September 29, 2012

Pop on over to the PB2 book page to view the cover :)

The cover for PB1 will be changing too - check out the PB1 book page!


September 28, 2012

Right, PB2 is set to release next week, yay :) 

As with PB1, the second book in the Poison Blood series will be published via Smashwords and Amazon, and then become available at the other e-book retailers in the following few weeks.

To kick things off, I will be revealing the cover for the new book on September 29 on this site, my blog on Blogger, my Facebook and Goodreads pages, and also Twitter.

Hope you'll join me and share your thoughts on the cover.


September 27, 2012

Guess what I just stumbled upon by accident?

Chasing Pavements is currently holding the No.23 position on Diesel eBook Store's "Top Selling Indie Romance eBooks" chart.  Below is the snippet to immortalise the moment:

I noticed the new option of "Romance Indies" on Diesel's "Top Downloads" section of the website a few days ago, but didn't bother clicking it.  There was no way Chasing Pavements would be on that list!  I'm not entirely sure why I clicked on it today, why I scrolled down the page - I definitely wasn't expecting to see my book amongst the bestselling 50 indie romance ebooks on Diesel.  But there it was at 23. 
This is out of the ~8,200 priced indie romance books on the retailer's site at this time!  I wonder if its been higher? 

I wonder if this bestseller list is based on sales in the last 24 hours, last week, last month, or all time?  I imagine its not all-time sales, as the book at No.24 was published a year ago, and by a popular indie author, so I wouldn't assume my book sales have surpassed that title.  Either way, it's nice to be on any bestseller list, a real dream come true!  Thanks to everyone who made this possible.

September 21, 2012

Poison Blood, Book 1: Revelation is now available to download
from Apple iBookstore (US) and Apple iBookstore (UK), as well as Diesel

Oh yeah, the book is free at these retailers too :)


September 18, 2012

As tradition would have it, I shall post here the first review of Poison Blood, Book 1: Revelation

Coming to terms with her new life is hard for Ellie.  She is a moody seventeen year old, living rough on the streets of London.  Still hurt from the revelation of her mother’s secret, Ellie longs for a childhood that she never had. Oh yeah, and did I mention she is a vampire?

I have to admit I was sceptical at first.  Being a novel about vampires, my first thought was ‘I hope it’s not another Twilight knock-off!’  But actually I was pleasantly surprised.  This is definitely not a soppy vampire romance novel!  If anything, it is a coming-of-age story.  It is her past that Ellie finds difficult to come to terms with, not her present.  But if she wants to move on in her new life, her past is the very thing that she has to accept…

I don’t want to give too much away, but as usual with Neha Yazmin’s novels, things are never as they seem.  Just as Ellie comes to terms with one secret, she finds out that her mother was hiding so much more.  Much much more!

I really enjoyed reading this novel.  I loved the way the puzzle pieces of Ellie’s life unfold.  Just as you think you have a grip on what’s happening, Neha drops more bombshells to keep you guessing (and the pages turning!).  If I have one complaint, it is that Book 1 ended just as I was really getting into it.  I hope that Book 2 is released soon.   I have a taste for blood - Poison Blood that is!  Please publish the next book soon!"

And did I forget to mention the rating?  Sorry!  It was five-stars :)


September 15, 2012


Today I finally managed to make some progress on Poison Blood, Book 2: Absolution.  I stayed away from the internet all day to work on it, and I am proud to say that I am close to publishing this book quite soon.  Well, not that soon.  I am a perfectionist, so I will probably end up working on it some more before sending to beta readers.  Then work on it some more.  It's only to ensure that the best version is published!

My internet-free day lasted till 8pm.  I needed a break from writing and editing so I let myself indulge.  While tweeting the Amazon.co.uk page of Chasing Pavements, I noticed it had its first review.  And it's another 5-star review.  Yay!

Check it out: http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B00924JXGW/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

The Chasing Pavements book pages on this site and my blog are looking pretty nice with my favourite snippets from these lovely reviews!

Right, must get back to work now.


September 8, 2012

Hi guys,

Check out this lovely review for Chasing Pavements on a great book review blog, A Novel Review: http://anovelreview.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/chasing-pavements-by-neha-yazmin.html?showComment=1347102794435#c480327772168877853

My favourite parts are:

"This is not your typical chic lit book.  There is no sloppy romance and no mushy words.  This is truly a one of a kind book."

"Little by little the story was told to me and it was told perfectly."

"I cannot believe this is Neha’s first book.  It is perfect.  This is definitely a must read."

Just want to thank Charlotte for agreeing to read and review it, and I'm glad she enjoyed it.  What really moved me were the lovely words she wrote in the e-mail she sent a couple of days earlier, when she informed me that the review would be posted today.  It was truly amazing to read the e-mail, thank you Charlotte!  Its messages like these that make me think I wasn't an absolute fool for publishing Chasing Pavements and that there is a market for it somewhere...


September 3, 2012

Hi guys,

Check out the first book in my paranormal romance series, the Poison Blood series, which is available to download for free from Smashwords

More info on the book page on this site: https://sites.google.com/site/nehayazminbooks/books/poison-blood-series

Hope you like!


August 26, 2012

Hi guys,

It's been one of those weeks where everything, and I mean everything, has been happening.

If you read my update from August 23 below, you'll know that my blog on Blogger has been getting a lot of attention these past couple of weeks, both from myself in promoting it and posting regular updates, and from others, with readers commenting how my writing tips are helpful and a couple have gone on to say they were inspired by my journey and that I helped their writing "immensely".  If you follow me on Twitter you would have seen me retweeting these lovely tweets :)

Directly below this update you'll notice that Chasing Pavements is now on Kobo, the last of the major retailers (apart from Amazon) that Smashwords was yet to distribute to.  It took a while but it's there now so that's one less thing I have to check up on every day :)

So, today's big news is... drum-roll please...  Chasing Pavements is now on Amazon.  Hooray!  Very exciting.  For some reason it doesn't feel like you've published an e-book until it's on Amazon Kindle Store!  This is the link to my Author page on Amazon:

And the book pages:

Amazon Kindle (UK): http://t.co/Crq7XmCv
Amazon Kindle (US): http://t.co/3A1ChiYi

It's also available at Amazon's international sites, so visit the one you use and search the Kindle Store :)


August 24, 2012

Hi everyone,

This week keeps getting better - Chasing Pavements is now (finally!) available on Kobo: http://t.co/dTp0HNnr


August 23, 2012

Hi guys,

I've been focusing on my blog this last few days, and trying to edit some of my work, and getting home from work later than usual and I'm so tired all time... in other words, I've been neglecting this site.  Sorry!  But I will try to update this page whenever there is something significant to share.  I suppose over 600 followers on Twitter since joining at the end of March 2012 and getting over 600 hits on my blog since setting it up in mid-July is worth sharing.  Wait, as I write this, have crossed the 700-page view mark, yay!  But I suspect many popular blogs probably get 700 views in one day (lucky them!). 

But why has there been a sudden peak in pageviews this week?  Well, I blog about a mix of things: my experiences as an indie author, my favourite psychology topics and linking them to writing, and helpful writing tips I've learned along the way.  Things I think will be helpful and interesting to fellow writers and anyone related to the book world.  I tweet the blog posts a few times the first day and then when I can on subsequent days.  I'm lucky to have some good author friends I've made on Twitter who RT and give me exposure to more tweeps, so thanks guys!  These writing tips are the ones that get the most RTs and hits.

I decided last night to tweet all three writing-related posts I'd written so far, at the same time, to see which was most popular, then tweeted that one again later.  I got a few comments on the blog and Twitter about them being helpful :)  This all helped build up to today's post on editing, which is getting RT'd and hits as I speak.  So I will continue to share as many tips and offer as much advice as I can, because these seem to be appreciated!


August 5, 2012

Hi guys,

It's been a few days since I last gave you a proper update, and that's because I've been really busy with my blog, Twitter, writing my paranormal romance series (I'm close to finishing the first draft of Book 2, yay!), and reading a few books.  Normally, I refrain from reading when I'm writing my own stories, but having finally bought a Kindle (I vowed to get one as soon as my bookshelf was fully stacked and it was fully stacked in time for my birthday!) and I just had to download Amanda Hocking's Trylle Trilogy.  I planned for these to be the first books I buy for my Kindle because they helped the indie e-book market to really take off and it felt like a ritual I had to fulfil. 

I was not disappointed.  The books, Switched, Torn and Ascend, are addictive and difficult to put down.  I finished all three in five days and enjoyed them immensely!  These are the first books in ages that I want to re-read and if I had the time, I would have happily re-started them as soon as I finished.  I haven't done that sort of thing since The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown, and before that The Da Vinci Code (also by Dan Brown) and of course my beloved Twilight saga.

Amanda Hocking is a great storyteller and the writing is clean and crisp.  The lead character, Wendy, is typical of the YA paranormal romance genre but she grows and develops and is easy to like and care about.  Her two love interests, Finn and Loki, are equally interesting, and though I had a soft spot for Loki from the point he was introduced (the second book, Torn), I don't think I would have been dissatisfied with whichever boy Wendy chose in the end.

If you're a YA paranormal romance fan and haven't read these books, read them.  They're really very good.

Wow, didn't notice when this quick message morphed into a book review...


August 1, 2012

Wow, exactly two years since I first started writing Chasing Pavements.  Read the story behind it on my blog:


July 31, 2012

Hi all,

Today is the last day you can download Chasing Pavements for free from Smashwords. 

Still a whole day left, so if you haven't yet used the SSWIN coupon code listed on the book page to download the book, do it by the end of today!

And thanks to everyone who has downloaded it in the last few days - I hope you enjoy it and do let me know what you thought by leaving a review at the bottom of the book page.


July 27, 2012

Yes, today's the day the giveaway begins.  Chasing Pavements is free to download from Smashwords until the end of July. 

Get it here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/177590

Enjoy :)

NY xXx

July 26, 2012

There are a few things to celebrate this summer (apart from finally getting some sun and heat in London when it seemed for so long that we’d been robbed of summer!).  First, publishing Chasing Pavements at the end of June, and over the course of July seeing it get listed in the various e-book retailers.  At the time of writing, the following online e-book stores are selling Chasing Pavements:

The second celebratory event is the two-year anniversary of me first starting Chasing Pavements.  I began writing the book on August 1, 2010 so it’s nice that this coincides with the one-month anniversary of Chasing Pavements being published.

It’s also my birthday on July 27 (not to mention the Olympics starts on the same day!) so to celebrate all these occasions, my book Chasing Pavements will be available to download for free via Smashwords from July 27 until July 31.

Full details are on the book page: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/177590

July 25, 2012

Great news, Chasing Pavements is now available at the Sony Reader Store:  http://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/neha-yazmin/chasing-pavements/_/R-400000000000000741884 and was today featured in The Novel-List: http://thenovellist.wordpress.com/2012/07/25/chasing-pavements-by-neha-yazmin-nehayazmin/, a new blog set-up to help authors promote their books, similar to what I'm trying to do on mine (see About): http://nehayazmin.blogspot.co.uk/

It's also my birthday in a couple of days, so planning a birthday giveaway...  Watch this space!


July 21, 2012

It would appear that book reviews are like London buses.  You wait and wait and wonder if one will ever arrive, and then two come along at the same time.  Well, roughly the same time in the case of my book reviews.

The first thing I saw when I finally logged into my e-mail today (my Kindle was delivered this morning so I spent the first half of the day playing with that!), was a notification from Smashwords saying that Chasing Pavements had been reviewed by a customer.  My heart skipped a beat.  Fear, excitement, absolute dread.  Anticipation won out over apprehension very quickly though.  Us authors crave feedback from readers as much as we long for praise for our work.

Hurriedly, I logged into my Smashwords account and was greeted by... five, glowing yellow stars next to my book cover image. 

Wow.  Five stars.  1, 2, 3, 4, 5.  * * * * *

If anyone told me before publishing that the first time anyone would rate my book it would be assigned five gold stars, I would have laughed out loud.

Check out the review at the bottom of this page: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/177590

What really struck me after I read this review was how well thought out it was.  Informative about the book’s main themes, and yet not including any real spoilers.  Though it’s very complimentary about the book, the reader has been honest about what didn’t quite work for her.  This is so helpful and gives me a lot to think about for future editions of the book. 

So, thank you dear reader, I’m elated that you enjoyed it and I will try not to keep you waiting for too long before I publish my next works.

Seen as this review isn’t part of a blog or anything like that, I have copied and pasted it below so I can indulge in my first 5 star review.

If I get any more reviews like this, I might have to add a special page to this site called 'Praise for Chasing Pavements'.  Wait - did I jinx it by saying that? :)

“This first novel by Neha Yazmin was also my first ebook, and I'm glad as it made it easier to read wherever I was, since towards the middle of the book until the end I found it unputdownable. Not to say I didn't enjoy the start, especially the opening prologue.

The story is well told, and a relatively simple one of troubled boy meets troubled girl and how they struggle to overcome their respective pasts and dysfunctional families with the support of one another, but also causing them obstacles to really commit to finding one another. Of course it doesn't go so smoothly along the way and there are a few twists along the way! 

It is a story about love, friendship, family, music, life, destiny and soul mates. Two people who need each other to become their true self.

Neha has a way with descriptions that make the scenes really vivid. I loved the London setting, that London itself becomes a key character in the story. It would not have worked in any other setting.

The recurring themes also come full circle through the course of the book, which I found unfolded beautifully.

I also couldn't finish the review without mentioning the songs (the lead character is a singer!). I enjoyed them all, although in parts I did think there were maybe a few too many - but that in itself was central to the storyline, reflecting key insight into and reflection of the characters and their state of mind. A great mechanism to add to the story telling.

Finally my hidden gem was the QandA with the author at the end which was a nice surprise to allow us to share Neha's experience of writing her first novel.

I look forward to reading some of Neha's other work but hope I don't have to wait too long!”

July 17, 2012

Great news, Chasing Pavements is now available at Barnes & Noble Nook Store!  Hooray!  So, it's just Sony, Kobo, and Amazon Kindle left to go...  I know most of you are waiting for it to become available at the Kindle Store, well so am I.  Haha.

Also, my first book review is in!  RosieReview downloaded it from the iBookStore last Wednesday (July 11), I think, and has already finished reading and writing her review.  I'd like to thank RosieReview for taking the time to do this, and for the lovely things she wrote about the book in her review.  Here a few of my favourite bits from it:

"Chasing Pavements is one of a kind...  I can't believe that this is the author's first book; the way it's written is excellent...  I was captured from the beginning of the story...  a must read."

Read the full review here: http://rosiereview.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/chasing-pavements-neha-yazmin/


July 15, 2012

Hi everyone,

I have started a new blog on Blogger so check it out: http://nehayazmin.blogspot.co.uk/

Also, the introductory offer is over now.  The price has been updated on Smashwords and will be changing at the other retailers in the next few days.  Sorry if you missed out, but there will be more sales in the future so keep an eye out.


July 13, 2012

Smashwords have shipped Chasing Pavements to Sony Reader Store now so hopefully it will be available at this retailer's site in a couple of weeks.  Amazon will probably take a little longer but I will keep you posted.

And an update on my book reviewer: Rosie at RosieReview sent me a lovely message via Twitter today; she is currently up to Chapter 18 of Chasing Pavements and is, I quote, "loving it already".  I feel so happy.  This makes it all so worth it.  You really want just one reader to love it and it feels amazing when you hear those words.  I hope Rosie enjoys the rest of the book as much as the beginning - in my opinion, it gets better from this point, so fingers crossed.


July 11, 2012

Hi everyone,

In celebration of Chasing Pavements becoming available in the Apple iBookStore (UK) and US, I have created a Facebook 'author' page: www.facebook.com/NehaYazmin.  The e-book is only £1.99 in the UK iBookStore and $2.99 in the US store, as part of the introductory offer.


July 10, 2012

Hi everyone,

Some very exciting news.... Chasing Pavements is now available to buy from the Diesel eBook Store.

This is the page link: http://www.diesel-ebooks.com/item/SW00000177590/Yazmin-Neha-Chasing-Pavements/1.html

OMG!!  So happy!  Feels like it has been ages since I uploaded to Smashwords but it has just been over a week.  Very quick!

Can't wait for it to appear on the other retailers' websites.


July 7, 2012

Hi guys,

Smashwords has shipped to Diesel now too.  I'm hoping the book will be up on these retailers' sites in a couple of weeks max.


July 6, 2012

Hi guys,

More good news - Smashwords has shipped to Barnes & Noble now too.


July 3, 2012

Hi guys,

More good news - Smashwords have shipped to Apple.  Yay!


July 2, 2012

Hi guys,

Great news - since uploading Chasing Pavements on Smashwords on Saturday morning (June 30), I saw this morning that it's been approved for their Premium Catalog shipping already.  Hooray! 

This means Smashwords will ship my book to major e-book retailers such as Amazon, Apple, Sony, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, etc. in their next shipment - by the end of this week at the latest.  So happy! 

It was shipped to Kobo today in fact, so once they approve it, it might be on their site in a couple of days.  So excited! 

I'm told the other retailers require a little longer to review new shipments so it might be a couple of weeks before my book's available at their stores, but still pretty quick in my book.  I will keep you posted on this page and the 'Where to Buy' page, as and when each of the retailers start stocking Chasing Pavements.

And also, a shout out to Rosie at RosieReview who will hopefully be reviewing Chasing Pavements once it's available on Apple's iBookStore.  Many thanks Rosie!


June 30, 2012

Yes, I've done it.  Chasing Pavements is now available on Smashwords.com.  To visit the book page, click here and take advantage of limited time introductory offer of $2.99.

I will let you know when it's available to buy at your favourite retailers, so watch this space.


June 29, 2012

Wow, building and maintaining your own website is hard work!  And a very lengthy process for someone who isn't as tech savvy as the next person.  But it is fun and I am getting better at it.  Learning quickly.  I have found out very fast however, why most would prefer others to manage it for them.

So, what I have added today?  Well, as 
Chasing Pavements will be published in a matter of hours, I've uploaded a couple of videos and photos and posted the soundtrack list for the book.  Think I will write a blog about this soon, so I won't go into much detail for the time being.  Besides, need to return to improving this site.


June 28, 2012

Right, the preview is up now too, same page: 
Chasing Pavements


June 26, 2012

Just posted up a mini-blurb for my soon-to-be-released e-book, Chasing Pavements, and the cover image, so check it out.

Will be uploading a preview soon, so watch this space.

NY (not the state/city of course, but my initials. Pretty cool, huh?)