Leela Atherton

Biography

I grew up reading Mills & Boon romances, Anne Mather being my favourite author - she rocked my world!. Later on I began writing Modern Romances as a hobby. Passion and Deceit was written with my love for India and all things Indian in mind. Besides reading and writing, I love making up stories and characters in my head, or spending quality time with my husband and daughter.

Wishing you happy reading.
Your feedback would be much appreciated.

21/1/14
Dear Readers
Due to an offer from a publishing house interested in Book1, Passion and Deceit, and Book 2, Passion and Denial, I have taken all six episodes of Passion and Deceit off smashwords while it will be edited and polished up to publishing standards. I do apologise to anyone who has not completed reading all six episodes, but I am eager to work with a professional editor, as P&D is really still a diamond in the rough, and I'd love to see it published as a professional body of work.
I shall keep my Profile and TimeShifter, which I hope to complete as soon as I have the time, on smashwords. Plus Umbeleko's quarterly letters on how our Children's Feeding Scheme is going.
Lastly, I would like to thank Mark Coker and smashwords for everything they have done, which has assisted me in getting where I am today. I had almost given up on writing when I found smashwords, and their support, plus the great feedback from readers, turned my life around.
I would like to thank all my readers, especially the ones who encouraged me with their great reviews and emails. If you would like to email me please do so as I love communicating with readers on: mshardcoreromance@gmail.com.
I shall have a website up and running soon: www.mshardcoreromance.com, it’s currently under construction, but once ready I hope to communicate with readers, writers and aspiring writers. So, do keep an eye on my Profile from time to time and I'll keep you updated on what's new.
With many thanks and best regards
Leela

Smashwords Interview

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has changed my life! 'Passion and Deceit' had been read by my husband and a handful of friends, who thought it was 'great'. Now, after publishing Part One of Passionate Deceit on Smashwords, 5 days ago, I have 578 downloads and 4 reviews! For me, having this number of readers, even if it is free, is a dream come true, and the reviews are an added bonus. I love Smashwords!
Who are your favorite authors?
The List is long . . . As I said in my Bio, I grew up reading Anne Mather, Mills & Boon Author, way ahead of her time. Reading her books helped me to hone my writing skills.
Other Mills & Boon Authors:
Lynne Graham
Michelle Reid

Smashwords Favourite Authors:
Alyssa Kress; Marriage by Mistake
Storm Stone; Casual Car Sex, Casual Car Affair, Casual Car Cravings (Hardcore Romance!)

Other Favourite Authors:
Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice
Linda Howard (Especially her earlier, steamy romance novels)
EL James Fifty Shades Trilogy (A beautiful Love Story)
Monica Ali; Brick Lane
Simon Beaufoy; Slumdog Millionaire
John le Carre - All his books. I love falling in love with his characters.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Leela Atherton online


Books

TimeShifter Part 2
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Series: TimeShifter Part 2, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 8,870. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Time travel
The morning after . . . The police are now staging a nationwide search for 'escaped convict' - Zak. Chloe strives to fight her growing attraction to this mesmerising being, but it is a losing battle . . .
TimeShifter Part 1
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Series: TimeShifter Part 2, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 12,640. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
Zak is a shapeshifter sent back in time on a mission to save the world. Chloe, a prison counsellor, is taken hostage by Zak when he escapes from jail and entraps her in her apartment. Terrified yet attracted to this strange and beautiful being, Chloe tries her utmost to escape. Thrown into turmoil - is she going crazy or can she believe in him?
Umbeleko
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Price: Free! Words: 1,190. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Public affairs
(5.00 from 1 review)
Umbeleko is a Non Profit Organisation situated in Gugulethu, one of the most desperate and deprived areas in South Africa. What are Umbeleko and the people / organisations supporting it doing to make a difference in this poverty-stricken "suburb,'" opposite Cape Town International Airport and just 20 minutes from the thriving City of Cape Town? Read this Newsletter and find out.
Passion and Deceit
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Price: Free! Words: 4,030. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.50 from 6 reviews)
When Maya arrives in London to visit her friend, Jay, she's aware that he has a secret he is keeping from his family. However, deceiving Jay's dangerously, attractive older brother, Rajiv, is something she had not expected to deal with . Now keeping Jay's secret becomes much more difficult with Rajiv watching her every move...

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Smashwords book reviews by Leela Atherton

  • One More Time on Sep. 11, 2013

    This short story read like an excerpt from a novel to me. Have you thought about continuing with it? I fell in love with your yummy hero and would love to see how much further these compelling characters could go!
  • Facing Her Demons on Oct. 17, 2013

    Gripping short story.
  • Pleasure Place on Oct. 23, 2013

    A sultry, poetic love story of desire blooming after five years of marriage.
  • Dirty Shorts Volume One on Nov. 04, 2013

    Sexy and funny. Loved the first story.
  • Skipping the Tiramisu: Becoming the Writer You Were Born to Be on Nov. 07, 2013

    Thank you for turning my dreary day into a sunny day!
  • Flown By The Billionaire on Nov. 26, 2013

    A well written story. Loved the meeting and the tension in the build up. Looking forward to more.
  • Yes ... Mr Richards on Dec. 05, 2013

    Nice. Hope to see more of Jayla and her hot teacher. Left me wanting more...
  • Discipline on Dec. 24, 2013

    So True...
  • Teachers on Dec. 24, 2013

    Nowadays teachers do not get to be valued as they should be... Check out Matt Damon's speech 'The Art of Learning' on You-Tube. Lovely poetry ShubhamKabra!
  • The Apology on Dec. 29, 2013

    Shivanand, your story touched me.Sure it needs editing and the grammar isn't perfect, but your pain evoked an emotional reaction in me. And what is a story if it does not evoke a response? Your story evoked a response - in me.
  • Between the Pages: Sedge and Akiva on Jan. 10, 2014

    Good luck with your upcoming novel. I especially like your opposite characters and their hot, passionate love-making, of course.
  • Sisters on Jan. 21, 2014

    A sad story that keeps the pulls the reader in, with a forgiving, uplifting ending. Keep writing, would love to read more of your work.
  • Asvanasien- A handbook to your own divinity on March 04, 2014

    Wonderful . . . Thank you.
  • Northern Exposure: Episode One on May 12, 2014

    Wow! What a page turner, and such a twist at the end! Cant wait to read the next episode.