Lovecarnation: The Promise
Lovecarnation Trilogy Book 1
by RKC Puthran Genre: Contemporary Romance
Emotionally complex and gripping, author RKC Puthran brings you an unforgettable story of the transcendental power of love.
Fresh out of college with an MBA and a job at a prestigious bank in the US, Rohan Rai seemingly has more than any twenty-five-year old Indian could have. But he has a different dream for his life, and a clear-cut plan to get there. A cocky workaholic determined to climb the corporate ladder as fast as possible in order to achieve his goals, he doesn’t care who he alienates on his meteoric rise to the top.
Then he meets Shona. She’s everything Rohan’s not—an easy-going Irish girl who lives in the moment, loves Whitney Houston, and enjoys life to the fullest. Although there’s no room for any love in Rohan’s three-year plan, he finds himself increasingly drawn to her. As their relationship blossoms, Rohan slowly finds himself viewing life differently, until a past grudge escalates and his inner demons resurface. Torn between his ambition, his responsibilities, and love, he must now re-examine everything he believes in…or risk losing it all.
Lovecarnation – The Promise is the heart-wrenching first book of the Lovecarnation trilogy, a thought-provoking series about fate, destiny, and the timelessness of true love.
May 25, 1996
In the beautiful countryside of Missoula, Montana, on a lonely street in the afternoon, a car came to a
“Please be careful, Hugo. We are parents now!” cried the lady sitting in the back seat of the car next to a baby who was crying incessantly, strapped in the car seat.
“I am sorry,” the father apologized, feeling very guilty.
“Can you please pick him up and see if you can calm him down?”
The baby was crying even more loudly now. The mother unstrapped the car seat belt and picked him
up. Unable to calm the baby down, she got out of the car with him in her arms and walked around caressing his back. The road was vacant, and the cries of the baby filled the air. There were a few shops a short distance away, but most of them were closed, and the place looked deserted. The cries became louder and louder. The mother kept walking slowly, worried, not knowing what to do. The baby was born two days ago, and the parents were going back home from the hospital. The little one had been crying continuously for the last two days. When they were still at the hospital, Grandma said on the phone that it must be colic or gas. The worried parents had gotten all the medical checks done, but doctors were not able to find anything abnormal with the baby. The mother, however, knew that something was definitely wrong. She did not sleep even a little since the baby was born, wondering why the baby was behaving that way.
There was pain in the way the baby cried, as though his little heart was breaking and his soul was being torn out of his body. The only quiet time in the last two days was when the baby fell asleep tired of crying.
With sweat trickling down her neck and the baby simply refusing to stop crying, the frustrated mother
turned around to get back into the car. Suddenly she came face-to-face with a middle-aged woman wearing a red bandana on her head and a long, flowing, colorful maxi dress in blue, black, and red. Her thick, long, bushy hair had beads tied all over, and both her wrists were covered with beautiful bracelets. The woman, who most probably was a traveling gypsy, looked at the crying baby very attentively.
“Lovecarnation,” she said, and looked at the mother, who by now was even more worried and stepped back a bit. “Don’t worry; he will stop crying when he goes through all his memories. He will smile when he sees new hope, in this new life,” the woman said. This time she was looking straight into the eyes of the mother.
“What memories? What are you saying?” The mother was a bit shocked and stepped back further, clutching the baby tighter.
The woman smiled, looked at the baby, turned around, and walked away. The terrified mother ran
toward the car.
“Who was that?” asked the father as the mother hurriedly threw herself and the crying baby into the
“Let’s go quickly. This place is weird,” she said while strapping the baby into the seat.
As the car moved, the mother looked out of the window and noticed the mysterious woman at a
distance walking through a small door into a corner shop. A nicely crafted wooden board on the door of the shop read - Irish Fortune Teller.
Around two and a half years ago - February 5, 1994—Bombay, India
I was at the Bombay International Airport surrounded by my entire family. A young MBA, twenty-five years old, chasing the America dream, I was all suited and booted, ready to say goodbye to everyone to fly off to America—for the second time. Last time it was for my studies just two years ago to get an MBA degree. But this time, it was for a job that I had landed with a multinational bank. It was the stuff dreams were made of. There was not a single person in Bombay who did not tell me how lucky I was. They weren’t wrong though. I was lucky, as not everyone who finished college got a job right after, and at a bank in America, at that! I had every reason to be excited.
However, this was not exactly what I had wanted to do in life. I wanted to be an entrepreneur and have my own business. While pursuing my MBA, during my spare time, I had drawn ambitious plans on how to set up a software start-up company. I then wanted to venture into the food industry by starting a chain of fast-food restaurants serving baked chicken dishes. I loved chicken. The idea was to create a very different brand of fast food which would be not only healthy but also very tasty. I had decided to complete my MBA, and unlike others, who immediately start looking for a corporate job, my plan was to go back to Bombay and start working on my business—by first looking for investors.
But as the saying goes, “Man proposes, God disposes.”
Just before the last term, we had companies visiting the campus for recruitment. Though I had prepared myself not to get into the corporate world, it seemed a bit unwise not to go to the campus interviews. If nothing else, it was at least an opportunity to learn something new. So I went, totally unprepared. But on that day I had answers to every question thrown at me. Somehow my subconscious mind had prepared me for the day, and I was selected for the job. Even to this day I don’t know how it happened. I got something I never wanted and something I didn’t know how to say no to. Only sixteen others from a batch of almost two hundred were selected along with me. I informed my dad and the family, and it was celebration time back home. How would I tell them what I wanted to do in life?
RKC Puthran lives in Dublin, Ireland along with his wife Rashmi and 7 year old daughter Natasha.
Born and brought up in India, RKC started working as a teenager to support his family while pursuing his studies. His first job was that of a salesman for a sewing machine company.
Unable to sell even a single machine even after 2 months of hard work in the hot sun, the company refused to pay him his salary and he quit. He then took up several jobs from working as a cashier in a 5 star hotel to working for a diamond merchant and in the share market.
Post-graduation, RKC joined a company in the banking and finance sector as a junior officer. Through sheer dedication and hard work, RKC rose through the ranks and managed to get an assignment in London.
He later managed to move over to London on a temporary contract banking job along with his wife for a short period before finally settling down in Dublin, Ireland with a full time job in a bank.
RKC’s intense passion for writing made him write short stories during his spare time though he never submitted any of them for publication. He however wrote articles of general interest which were published in the newspapers.
He co-authored 2 non-fiction books but he did not credit himself on the cover as he wanted his name to be on the cover of a novel first.
‘LOVECARNATION – THE PROMISE’ is RKC Puthran’s debut novel and the first book in the LOVECARNATION TRILOGY Series.
What is something unique/quirky about you?
I look at life very differently and there is an element of spirituality in the way I deal with life. I genuinely feel one should aspire to do something bigger than oneself in one’s life.
I am a dreamer and have done stupid things which I am definitely not mentioning here J
Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you!
As a teenager, I had to earn for my family while pursuing studies. I took up a job as a salesman in a sewing machine company.
It was tough going from house to house in the hot May month sun of Mumbai though thankfully we did not have to carry the machines but just the brochures.
After almost 2 months of hard work, neither me nor my 7 other colleagues were able to sell even a single machine.
The company was furious and refused to pay us our salaries. The head of the company visited us but before he did we cooked up a plan.
We wanted to go to the police to report how the company was not paying its employees but needed evidence. So we decided to record the conversation with the head on a small walkie-talkie tape recorder (this was in the 90s and there were no camera phones).
The head arrived and we all waited outside with our tape recorder in a bag hoping when he calls us in, we would record him and then use that as evidence in the police station.
However as things turned out, he did not call the entire team in but just me as I was the one who had made the maximum noise. So he thought I was the leader of the gang.
Our plan to record him was failing as the tape recorder was in the bag. However as I was about to go in, one of my colleague quickly removed the tape recorder and gave it to me.
I switched it on to record and immediately put it in my trouser pocket.
Then there I was standing in front of the company head with him shouting at me for being inefficient. He said he won’t pay anything and we can go to the courts but nothing will happen as he has connections everywhere.
I was really happy as everything was getting recorded. Then suddenly his eyes went to my trouser pocket which obviously looked stuffed as the tape recorder was small but not that small (again, it was the 90s).
He immediately grew suspicious and asked me what is in there. I was rattled. He insisted I take out whatever I had in my pocket. The only option was to run but I was too scared and took out the tape recorder.
He started laughing like a true Bollywood villain. I was caught. He kept laughing as I looked out toward my colleagues. All of them were dumbstruck.
He took the cassette out, wiped away all that was recorded and returned the tape recorder but not before warning me how he can land me in trouble if I tried anything more.
He then called all the others in and fired all of us from the company without paying our dues.
This happened a long time ago but is still fresh in my memory. I would love to meet him some day for coffee!
Where were you born/grew up at?
I was born in my village (home birth) in Kundapura, India but grew up in Mumbai entirely.
I moved to London after marriage and finally settled down in Ireland. I am here now since the last 10 years.
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
I think it would be nice to spend the last day with all my family members in Disneyland, what say?
Who is your hero and why?
This may sound cliché but I see a hero in every person I meet. There is something nice you can learn from every individual even if he is your enemy.
Having said that, if I have to take names, I have been truly inspired by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Vishen Lakhiani, Tony Robbins, Sandeep Maheshwari, Elon Musk and several others who have gone way beyond and done way more than what a normal human being does in his lifetime.
What kind of world ruler would you be?
It is very important to raise human consciousness if we want world peace and prosperity.
Raising human consciousness does not mean initiating everyone into yoga and meditation but just creating the necessary awareness that we are all connected and breathe the same air. There is a little bit of you in me and a little bit of me in you.
If this little awareness comes into our consciousness, we will stop hurting and hating each other.
The other very important thing that needs to happen in the world is equable distribution of wealth.
Well, realistically there can never be equal wealth with all since the world is now a market driven economy. But the gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ definitely can be brought down and should be brought down.
As a ruler, I will work on these 2 things first though there are hundreds of others things that need change in the world.
What are you passionate about these days?
I just finished Book 1 in the Lovecarnation Trilogy and very soon I will be starting with Book 2. So writing, yes.
I am planning to start an NGO soon as I feel I am now in that position in life where I can reach out and help people in a massive way. I am really hoping Lovecarnation – ThePromise clicks so I can use the funds to finance my NGO.
My wife is extremely passionate these days about organic food and wants to promote organic farming. I want to help her on that as I too feel it is time the world switches over to organic and says goodbye to chemicals and GMO food.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I watch television and it is news most of the times (that’s only when my daughter permits me once she is done watching her cartoons).
I love motivational videos on YouTube and it is the go-to place for me whenever I am stressed or low.
How to find time to write as a parent?
Very difficult. I mostly write during the weekends as I have a full time job.
I have to shut myself up in my room with my 7 year old daughter banging the door every 30 minutes.
More often than not, I give in and open the door and there goes my writing schedule for the day.
When writing the final scenes of my novel Lovecanation - The Promise, I had to really concentrate and it was getting tough at home.
So I started going to my local library and it really helped, until one day when I got a message on my phone. It was my daughter writing from my wife's phone.
The message read, "Daddy, do I not allow you to work at home? Why did you go to the library?"
I felt quite guilty. I do spend enough quality time with my family but perhaps I need to release my weekends a bit more for my wife and daughter.
Now that the writing is complete for Lovecarnation:Book 1 – The Promise, it is time for marketing and interviews and my weekends are still busy.
Hopefully once the book releases, my weekends will be a bit free for my family until I take up Book 2 in the series.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Honestly I do not want to bracket myself into anything but if you insist, I think I am -
Writer / Creator
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I was a voracious reader right from my childhood.
It was an advert in one of the newspapers during my college days that hooked my attention.
The advert read, “Why not be a writer?” I took up the course though never completed it.
I however started writing for national newspapers and can never forget the day when my first article was published. Thus the writer in me was born.
Do you have a favorite movie?
I mostly watch Bollywood movies being from India.
My favourite is psychological thrillers which have unexpected endings or stunning twists in the climax.
I like to be surprised.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
Definitely my upcoming novel LOVECARNATION Trilogy has all the potential to be a grand Hollywood movie.
I really wish to see the series on screen and hope some Hollywood production house shortlists my novel.
Please spread the word! J
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
There is inspiration in every animal just like there is in every human being.
I don’t have any favourite animal as such but if I have to choose, it will be the lion – just because of the sheer raw power and the aura that it exhibits.
What inspired you to write this book?
I started with writing articles and short stories long time ago to test my ability to put words on paper. I realized I was good when my first article was published, not just because it was published but because it was published in one of the biggest newspapers of India that time.
Then my full time job took over with hardly any time to write. I started writing again after almost a gap of 10 years. I wrote articles which again found publishers. I then co-authored 2 non-fiction books. The books did reasonably well but not great.
The story in Lovecarnation dawned upon me some 5 years ago. Obviously the first version was very weak and when I look at the 9th version today (which will be the published version), the characters and the plot have come a long way.
I started actually sitting down and penning the story for Book 1 – The Promise some 2 years ago and it has been a lot of hard work and sacrifice, especially on the family front as they had to deal with me being behind a closed door every weekend.
It is immensely fulfilling to see Lovecarnation – The Promise on pre-orders today and up for release soon. I am sure the readers will love the characters I have built as much as they will love the plot and the story. The climax is epic and a thread of the story will be carried into the next book but it is not a cliff-hanger. I wish to make this very clear that Book 1 can be read as a stand-alone. I don’t want to force anyone to buy my second book though I am sure you will as my characters will become part of your life and you will want to know more about their journey.
Writing the novel was obviously the next level for me after articles, short stories and non-fiction. Authors like J.K. Rowling, E.L James and Indian authors Chetan Bhagat and Amish Tripathi have been my biggest motivators.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Book 2 and 3 in the Lovecarnation Trilogy. I will announce the dates as soon as Book 1 is released.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters inLovecarnation – ThePromise?
So Rohan Rai is from India and has moved to California for a job though it is not exactly what he wants to do in life. He however has no choice as he needs to earn money to settle his siblings and to also finance his dreams.
He meets Shona at work. Now Shona is completely opposite to what Rohan is. Rohan is a workaholic and completed devoted to his goals. He doesn’t care whom he alienates on his meteoric rise to the top and he definitely has no time for love.
Shona on the other hand is a very easy going Irish girl, loves music and lives in the moment.
Though Rohan tries everything he can to keep away from Shona, he cannot stop himself from being drawn toward her. As things take a turn, Rohan is torn between his responsibilities, his ambition and love. Will Shona walk into his life or does fate have something else in store for both?
Come on, now, you don’t want me to tell you everything here, right? Please buy the book. J
How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?
I have a very different way of looking at this. Whenever a writer or an artist creates something, it is not his creation actually. He is only a medium.
The creation was already there in the universe which was looking for a medium to manifest the same into the world.
I know this may sound illogical but only as long as you don’t experience it. I have experienced it when writing this book. The plot, the story, the characters and in fact every sentence that I wrote in the book dawned upon me from the higher intelligence.
The story and the characters was always there somewhere in the universe and when it came to me (in the form of an inspiration), I was ready to manifest it and grabbed the opportunity.
Many singers and composers will tell you that some of their greatest compositions did not happen in their music room but popped into their heads while travelling or sleeping.
Do you know the character of Terminator first came in James Cameron’s dream?
Where did you come up with the names in the story?
Good question – For the characters, I searched the internet for a good Indian and Irish name. For the title, it is a little difficult for me to reveal how Lovecarnation was born as you will need to read the book.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Developing the characters and writing the climax. Also thoroughly enjoyed other aspects like inputs on the cover design and online posters.
Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?
Realistic. They face genuine issues in life like all of us but unlike most of us, my characters are heroes who surmount the challenges providing inspiration to all.
Who designed your book covers?
JD&J Design LLC and what a brilliant job they have done isn’t it? My special thanks to David Roberts in the team who was my point of contact and who went out of his way to ensure I was happy.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, the book has been reviewed by me a thousand times now before finally signing it off for pre-orders. LOL. I am a bit of a perfectionist which can be stressful at times. I need to understand that a little bit of imperfection is okay sometimes.
Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Learning is an ongoing process. I am sure even Danielle Steel who has written 174 books will tell you that she is still learning.
My editor Cate Hogan, well more than an editor she was like my writing coach, taught me a lot about what NOT to write. I incorporated a lot of her advice ensuring my book had the proper foundation a good romantic novel should have.
One very important lesson I learnt was about dialogues and how only top 5% and very important dialogues between characters should be part of the final version.
If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
The characters are around 25 years of age so would be nice to see a debut actor and actress playing the role of Rohan and Shona.
Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I have given my best and toiled really hard to pen the story. My endeavour has been to provide a quality product which has immense entertainment value to every reader.
I am sure you will love the story and my characters. My humble request is - please post a review on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble and on your social media pages once you finish the book.
Even a couple of lines is enough. You review will be my gift. And yes, please recommend the book to your friends and family.
What is your favorite part of this book and why?
My favourite part of the book is chapter 13. I really loved writing the inner battle Rohan was having when trying to avoid Shona.
If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
I would like to spend time with Simon, the antagonist. I would really like to know why he is like that.
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
This is my debut Novel so there will be elements I must have picked up from around me for sure. I have tried as much as possible to build my characters (at least the main characters) entirely from my imagination.
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story? Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
The bones of the story is really strong and as I mentioned above, the entire book has been reviewed over and over again to ensure it meets the standards of a good novel.
A lot of credit actually goes to my editor Cate who kept me focussed on both the story and the characters ensuring none of them hijack the others.
The prologue and the epilogue play their role very efficiently and once you read the book, you will definitely tell me or write in your reviews that the story had all its knots tied together extremely well.
There is fulfilment in the climax and even though Lovecarnation is a series, you can read the book1 – The Promise as a stand-alone. That is how well I have written the story.
All aspects, the romance, the fight, the loss, the triumph and even the mild xxx scenes are portrayed very beautifully and aesthetically. Lovecarnation – The Promise is the MUST-READ BOOK FOR 2019.
Have you written any other books that are not published?
No. I read an interview by some author recently who wrote an entire novel but did not publish it and has no plans to publish it because he thought it was not up-to the standards and would be unfair on his readers.
That is so impressive of the author. He can very well publish and make money but he thought more about his readers and the value they would get. Hats off!
If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
What did you edit out of this book?
LOL. A lot after the first version. What you see now in the stores is the 9th version so you can imagine how much re-writing has happened.
This is a very good question but one which I can answer only after the book is released and read by my readers. Please do come back to me with this question some 4 months after Lovecarnation – The Promise is released.
I have lot of interesting things to share and you will find it fun only after you read the book as you will be able to relate to what I am talking about.
Fun Facts/Behind the Scenes/Did You Know?'-type tidbits about the author, the book or the writing process of the book.
This is my debut novel so I was a lot more focussed when writing it. There was hardly any fun but I am sure I will be a bit more relaxed during Book 2 and 3 and will surely have fun bits to share then.
What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?
I read everything and in the last few years I have focussed more on reading self-development books. Some favourite books are -
The code of the extra-ordinary mind
Rich Dad Poor Dad
Pride and prejudice
Think and grow rich
What book do you think everyone should read?
Vishen Lakhiani’s The code of the extra-ordinary mind.
How long have you been writing?
It has been 18 years since my first article was published. But I haven’t been writing actively though I now will be.
Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
They cannot come all at the same time because your story is always developing as you go along.
One of the characters in my story came in at the 5th version and I think that character has made the story strong.
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
Depends on the genre you are writing. So if it is non-fiction, there is a need for a strong research as you are giving advice (normally) so obviously you cannot write your imaginations.
With fiction, the research may be less but you still need to know the setting, the time period and things that happened during that time.
Research these days has become a bit easy due to the internet. You just type what you need and google will throw all the answers. I however cross check in several websites before concluding.
Do you see writing as a career?
If by career you mean a source of income, well unless you are very lucky, it may take a long time before you can live off your writing.
I think the important thing is, and not just with writing but in every other field, the focus should be to provide quality output and think more about the value you are providing to your end user.
The money will come in automatically once you produce quality.
What do you think about the current publishing market?
This is the best time to become an author. Do I need to say anything more?
Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
I am constantly looking to improve myself and one of the best ways of doing that is by reading self-development books. I do it all the time. The other genere is obviously romance.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
I remember as a child I was able to study with noise around. It was a special ability I had J I still can but given a choice, I would prefer silence.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
I truly admire authors who can do several books at the same time. For me it is one book as I still need to reach that level of focus where I can switch from one story to another and still do complete justice to both stories.
Also I cannot do more than 1 book at a time because of time-constraints I have due to my full time job and a family.
If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
Surely Harry Potter J
Pen or type writer or computer?
Computer – easy to delete and re-write
Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
I love my main characters – Rohan and Shona. They are both very different but still complement each other so nicely.
What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?
I was chosen to become an author.
A day in the life of the author?
Depends how famous you are. J.K. Rowling’s day as a full time author would be very different to someone like me who is yet to taste that level of success.
Advice they would give new authors?
Read, read, read. Know what’s happening around the world and observe people and events very closely. There is a story everywhere.
Describe your writing style.
Very simple and easy to read. My emphasis is more the story-telling aspect than the use of heavy words to impress critics.
What makes a good story?
Believable characters. Hero’s journey. Good twists and if possible some good lesson or inspiration from the main leads.
What are they currently reading?
Lol. I am reading a light book titled ‘Fatherhood’.
What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first? What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Honestly when I started with the first version of my debut novel, I was all over the place. I just kept pouring my thoughts on the word document.
I randomly ended chapters so what I got finally was chapters that were very inconsistent in size (number of words).
When I did the 2nd and 3rd version, I managed to fix the chapter size but the outline was still largely in my mind and not on a piece of paper.
After reading a few author interviews and watching a few videos on writing, I realized how important it is to have an outline and a structure set up.
And that is what I did when working on the next version of the draft manuscript. It was immensely helpful and having the outline on a paper in front made writing a bit smooth.
So yes, I have learnt my lesson. For book 2 of the Lovecarnation series, I will do the outline first and plan my chapters accordingly.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
It is a thin line. The 1st version of my draft manuscript had very original scenes and less drama. I was made to understand by my editor that readers do not want to read the same thing that they did in their life during the day. They need entertainment.
So for me, though I would love to be very original but since I am writing for my readers, I need to give them what they want.
And that is exactly what I have done in my book. I have managed a right balance.
My characters and the situations in my story are believable and every reader will relate to it. However I have also added enough tension and excitement that will keep the readers hooked to keep turning the pages.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the oppositexx?
Obviously the feelings and emotions are different so you have to depend a lot on observation, past incidents or experiences involving the opposite xxx when writing the scenes.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
My debut novel took a long time but I intend to finish my next book sooner – perhaps in 4 to 6 months.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Why just a writer, everyone in every field go through blocks at some point in time. I think it is nature’s way of saying, “take a break now and come back refreshed”.
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