The Star Touched Queen Giveaway!


RoshaI have a real treat for you this week! I interviewed new YA writing sensation, Roshani Chokshi. Roshani comes from a small town in Georgia where she collected a Southern accent, but does not use it unless under duress. She grew up in a blue house with a perpetually napping bear-dog. At Emory University, she dabbled with journalism, attended some classes in pajamas, forgot to buy winter boots and majored in 14th century British literature. She spent a year after graduation working and traveling and writing. After that, she started law school at the University of Georgia where she’s learning a new kind of storytelling.




  1. The Star Touched Queen is your debut novel. Was this the first manuscript you completed?

Not by a longshot! I think the first ms I completed was thinly-veiled TWILIGHT fanfic that I immediately tried querying in highschool.

  1. Where did the idea for The Star Touched Queen come from? Were you inspired by your Indian and Filipino heritage?

The idea for The Star-Touched Queen came from my deep love of fairytales. Growing up, my siblings and I connected to our heritage through world mythology since we didn’t speak our parents’ native tongues. I was really inspired by how Hindu and Filipino myths resembled Western stories and vice versa. To me, that’s because stories are the only global treasure and they’re so often recognizable across cultural spectrums because we are all telling the same tale.

  1. You’ve said you “dabbled in journalism” while in college. Did you always dream about being a writer?

Always! Since I was 7 and I used to write stories and staple them together and hand them out to my family members. If I had my choice, I would’ve picked sorceress but writing is as close as it comes to magic.

  1. In addition to your novel and several short stories, you also write poetry. What do you prefer to write, poetry or fiction? Do you find one easier than the other?

All three require such different mindsets. I always find it easier to write something else when I’m on deadline or under contract for another haha. Poetry is my first love though. I love rich language and manipulating language as its own lens. Even when I’m writing a book or a short story, I try to think about it in poem-form first.

  1. Which character in The Star Touched Queen is most like you?

Kamala. The flesh-eating demon horse. I gave her the personality and sense of humor of me and one of my best friends.

  1. What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m working on a historical fantasy set in the 1890s!

StarTouchedQueenFate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets — thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.

A lush and vivid story that is steeped in Indian folklore and mythology. The Star-touched Queen is a novel that no reader will soon forget.

You can order The Star Touched Queen from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iBooks.


This week, I’m giving away a copy of The Star Touched Queen to two lucky people who leave a comment below. (Sorry, but this giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only. If you are reading this on Goodreads, you’ll need to go to my actual website blog to enter the giveaway.)


The winner of a bag of Midnight Hour swag is Jizeru Montesu. Congratulations! Please email your postal address to


25 thoughts on “The Star Touched Queen Giveaway!

  1. I can’t wait to read this book. I love all types of mythology and im really intrigued to see what the star touched queen has to offer.

  2. This does sound like something I’d enjoy reading! *Adding to GoodReads now* I’m also interested in hearing more about the historical fantasy, that def tends to be one of my favorite genres 🙂

  3. This book sounds fantastic! I’m a huge lover of mythology and folklore/fairytale type stories. This book will definitely be interesting because I have yet to read a book with Indian mythology, and it sounds intriguing. I can’t wait to read it! 🙂

  4. This looks like a really good book. I love any kind of fantasy and have never read a historical one but this would be my first.

  5. In school, I’ve always liked the greek mythology and recently have been introduced to the Indian mythology, but not greatly in depth. This book seems like something that might fit my interests and teach me more about the culture!

  6. This book sounds so interesting! I am Indian so this should be very interesting to read. What I like about it is that I have never heard of an Indian romance/suspense book so this is really intriguing.

  7. Would love to get my hands on this! Sounds amazing. I’m a huge mythology buff myself, and I love checking out different mythologies and seeing how the stories compare across the world. Star Touched Queen is going on my TBR ASAP

  8. I’ve heard about the Star Touched Queen by some of my reader friends but haven’t read it yet! It looks like a great book. Congrats on getting your debut book published. 🙂

  9. I’ve just been introduced to your books and bought the whole Shadow Falls series in one day! I can’t wait for Midnight Hour. This book also souds fantastic and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Thanks for the chance to win one <3

  10. The only life Elli has known has been in the temple, surrounded by luxury, tutored by magic-wielding priests, preparing for the day when the queen perishes—and the ice and fire find a new home in Elli, who is prophesied to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

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