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Shobhan Bantwal’s books are romantic, colorful, action-packed tales, rich with elements of Indian culture — stories that entertain, educate, and enlighten . . .

Shobhan Bantwal's books are released in India and the Indian subcontinent by Fingerprint Publishing, an imprint of Prakash Books India Pvt Ltd.

The Dowry Bride was released to book stores in July 2015. eBook version is available in all e-formats - Kindle, iPad and Android tablets.

The Dowry Bride - book cover

She is 21, married, childless...and
she is about to be burned alive

As India's dowry culture, inspite of the Dowry Law, remains an ugly reality, will Megha Ramnath contribute to changing it, or will she silently succumb to its dark existence?

Desperate to save herself from the horrific, fiery death planned by her husband and mother-in-law, she decides to run for her life...

What will Megha do now? Where will she go?

She turns to the only individual who can protect her---Kunal, the one man who has shown her friendship and respect in her in-laws' bleak household. Hiding in his home, Kunal becomes her protector. But the forbidden attraction between them complicates an already messy situation.

Will Kunal succeed in safeguarding Megha?

Torn between her affection for Kunal and the conventional ethos of society, which will she choose? Follow Megha as she struggles to piece together her fractured life while unveiling the brutal realities hounding India's Dowry Brides.

Reviews for The Dowry Bride -

"Splendidly depicts passion, brutality, and cultures in conflict"
- Dorothy Garlock, New York Times best-selling author

"Vivid, rich ... expertly portrays a young woman caught between love and duty, hope and despair"
- Anjali Banerjee, award-winning author

"Both the brighter and darker sides of India leap off the pages of this excellent, beautifully composed story ... It is a real page turner!"
- Romance Reviews Today (Jani Brooks)

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Shobhan Bantwal's other books published in India

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These books are available in India from major online stores like; Flipkart, uRead, Bookadda, Infibeam, Homeshop18, Crossword, Landmark, shopping.Indiatimes, etc.

Shobhan Bantwal's books published in USA

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Awards won:

* The Dowry Bride won the “Golden Leaf Award” for best first book.

* The Unexpected Son won the “National Indie Excellence Award” for best multi-cultural fiction.

* The Full Moon Bride won the “Coffee Time Romance Reviewer’s Award” for excellence in romantic fiction.

Praise for Shobhan Bantwal and her novels ...

"Bantwal pairs romance with her trademark taste of how Indian expatriates live in New Jersey, complete with family dynamics and tensions between different ethinic groups."
- Publisher's Weekly on The Reluctant Matchmaker

"The Full Moon Bride is a story that will not only immerse the reader in the Indian culture...but will also grab the reader emotionally... Such is Bantwal's ability to tell a wonderful story"
- Pamela Kramer, on The Full Moon Bride

"Yet another cross-cultural delight by this author."
-Chicago Examiner on The Unexpected Son

"Shobhan Bantwal paints a vivid picture of life in Little India with her colorful descriptions...and characters who will worm their way into your heart."
- Book Reporter on The Sari Shop Widow

"Beautifully written, with realistic dialogue and characters who will make your heart ache at times."
- Romance Reviews Today on The Forbidden Daughter

"An amazing story of modern India. I nominate The Dowry Bride as a Book Sense Pick."
- The Kaleidoscope/BookSense on The Dowry Bride

To buy Shobhan's books on line, click on any of these US bookseller's websites: logo Barnes & Noble logo link to Books-a million  

clip art - Indian dancerTidbits!
* Shobhan's interview with the newspaper The Hindu, New Delhi, India on July 18, 2014, is available on line.
* The 58th Avenue Book Group hosted Shobhan Bantwal on April 15, 2014 in the Storytime Room at Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave., Glendale, AZ. She participated in a discussion of her novel, “The Unexpected Son,” and issues facing women of India.
* TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS, Sunday 10th March 2013, Shobhan was a panelist conducting 2 workshops -
Multicultural Fiction (10:00 AM)
Blurring the Lines Between Genres (2:30 PM).
* Shobhan's interview with e-paper DNA - Pune, India on February 17, 2013, is available on line.
* Shobhan's interview with The New Indian Express on January 13, 2013, is available on line.
* AWARD WON ... THE UNEXPECTED SON has won the 2012 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE BOOK AWARD in the "Muliticultural-Fiction" category.
* GOOD NEWS ... Fingerprint Publishing, a book publisher in India is in the process of publishing all 6 of my books in India and other nearby countries. Four of these have been published todate with the original stories modified to suit the Indian readers.
* FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY ... Shobhan was guest blogger at Novel Thoughts ( on June 26th. One lucky commenter on that blog has won an autographed copy of "THE RELUCTANT MATCHMAKER".
* FREE BOOK FRIDAY - Three signed copies of "THE RELUCTANT MATCHMAKER" were mailed to winners of a contest on the Free Book Friday website.
* 2012 BOOK LAUNCH CONTEST Winners are posted on the CONTESTS page.
* GOOD NEWS ... Kensington Publishing has ordered multiple printings of five books.
* GOOD NEWS ... Shobhan's article "Unusual Setting Equals Success" has been published in June 2012 issue of the Romance Writers Report.
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