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The Second First Chance

Strength comes in many different forms.

Riya Desai and Dhillon Vora grew up together. Sharing secrets, hiding in their treehouse, they were playmates, best friends, and later-as teenagers-almost something more. Until the devastating housefire that ripped them apart, claiming the life of Dhillon's father and Riya's big brother, Samir. Riya and Dhillon have barely spoken since that terrible night, but they both made big decisions based on that fire.
Riya has chosen to fight fire with everything she's got, but it's not easy. As the only female firefighter and one of the only people of color at her fire hall, she has to prove herself over and over. Plus, she's hidden her career from her family.
Dhillon wanted to heal things, so he became a veterinarian. When a chance encounter with a rescue dog throws Riya and Dhillon together again, he's furious at her career choice. After what happened to them, how can she run into fires on purpose? For Riya, Dhillon's anger is unacceptable: how can he not see that she's protecting others from the very losses they both experienced?
The Second First Chance is a big, wonderful, messy love story about family, heartbreak, strength, and courage. It shows us that sometimes, what we want is what we least expect, and that everything we need is often right in front of us.

Matched By Masala

Matched By Masala

He cooks for their customers, but he'd rather cater to her heart!

One impetuous, slightly drunken kiss has turned up the heat on chef Amar Virani's feelings for Divya Shah. He's been in love with the sexy pastry chef–his sister's best friend!–since they were teenagers, but a painful tragedy in his past keeps Amar from revealing his true emotions. As they work side by side in Divya's tiny food truck, she realizes there's more than just business simmering between them. For the first time, she's tempted to step outside her comfort zone and take a chance on Amar–even if it means risking more than her heart.

 5-Day Reunion

The Five-Day Reunion

They ended their marriage but they never fell out of love....

Law student Anita Virani hasn't seen her ex-husband since the ink dried on their divorce paprs. Now she's agreed to pretend she's still married to Nikhil until his sister's wedding celebrations are over-because her former mother-in-law neglected to tell her family of their split! The closeness they share during the marriage act gives Anita new insight into the man she once loved so deeply. And reignites Nikhil's feelings for her...

Then There Was You

Then There Was You

Can the perfect love heal even your deepest wounds?

    When helicopter medic Daniel Bliant answers an emergency call at Phil's Bar, he can't believe who the bartender is: the beautiful woman he saw in his ER months ago and hasn't been able to stop thinking about. He should forget her. After all, he knows he's damaged goods. But Annika is intelligent, fun and totally stunning-the breath of life he desperately needs after the incident that left him shattered.
    Annika Mehta is doing just fine. She loves her job as a kindergarten teacher, even if the pay is low and she has a side gig working at Phil's. At least the bar owners are more like family. Sure, she's reeling from a bad breakup and the terrible event that caused it, but she's fine. Really. What she doesn't need is Daniel. He's wrong for her in every single way-so why is their chemistry off the charts?

The, Now, Always

Then, Now, Always

Indian girls don't have babies out of wedlock. Maya did. Now she has to tell Sam his daughter is 15 and in trouble with the law

   Maya Rao has made her own dreams come true; she's the owner of a bustling cafe and bakery in New York and the mother of a beautiful teenage daughter, Samantha. But when Samantha lands in legal trouble over a misdemeanor she didn't commit, Maya is desperate. Desperate enough to call Samantha's dad, Sam Hutcherson, whom Maya left abruptly many years ago, and who is now a successful lawyer. The problem? Sam doesn't know he has a daughter.
   Sam has put Maya firmly in his past, despite how shattered he was when she broke his heart. So he's both dumbfounded and furious to find Maya outside his office asking for help-with a picture of a girl who looks just like him. But as Sam reconnects with Maya, those old sparks begin to fly. Can he even picture a future with the woman who wrecked his past?

About Me

mona

Mona was born in New Jersey and grew up in Bucks County, in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Growing up she was a quiet kid and had few friends but she valued the quality of each of her friends, not the quantity of her friends.

She attended the University of Michigan and graduated with a degree in Biopsychology. Mona continued her education at the Pennsylavania College of Optometry, graduating with her Doctorate in Optometry. Mona married first (and only!) love, Deven, at the age of 25. Deven was a dentist in the army and they spent the next nine years travelling to different parts of the world and country while raising two young children.

Mona always loved to write, but did not get serious about it until 2011. She entered a contest where she had to start a short story with the words “Heads we get married, tails we break up”. She ended up losing the contest but she really loved the whole process of creating a plot, developing characers and putting a thought down on paper. Her first novel, Now, Then, Always, is a romance novel based on that prompt. When she’s not writing or checking eyes or doing laundry or cooking dinner or chauffeuring around her children, she trains for triathlons and loves to bake. Her favorite part of a triathlon is the bike portion, with swimming a close second. She runs because it’s included in the race. One of her ‘claims to fame’ is a quick appearance on the Today Show in 2012 as a semi-finalist in the ‘Quest for the Best Homemade Birthday Cake’ Contest. She is currently working on her second romance novel.

Writings

Mona's Petite Writings'

The Spiral Notebook

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Thoughts as My Daughter Leaves for College

As your oldest child leaves for college. READ MORE

Petite Musings
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