Monday, 24 April 2017

Book Musings - Falling for the Billionaire Wolf and His Baby by Sasha Summers

Title : Falling for the Billionaire Wolf and His Baby
Author : Sasha Summers
Series : Blood Moon Brotherhood #1
Genre : Paranormal Romance
Source : Netgalley

Blurb : 

When Jessa Talbot’s boss offered her a promotion, she agreed—no questions asked. Her family needed the money, but fighting the attraction she feels for her brooding employer is tough. Worse, she instantly bonds with his infant son she’s caring for. But this is a temporary solution and she can’t get attached to either of them.

Finnegan Dean is cursed. He’s a nicely dressed monster, the wolf inside always looking for a way out. But there are two things he and his wolf agree on. They must protect baby Oscar and Jessa—his mate. While the wolf hungers to seal their bond, Finn fights the instinct. After all, if he really cares for her, he’d never doom her to the life he lives.

My Musings :

I confess I was hesitant to pick up this book. I usually first look at the book cover and this one didn't appeal to me at all. But the blurb was at odds with it and so I had to take a chance and try out the new author and the book!

After finishing the book, I was kicking myself because I don't know how I missed this author. I loved the story. It didn't leave much time for me to get bored or get deviated from the storyline. From the beginning to the end, the book had me in its grasp and it only spit me out at the end. 

The writing was engaging and the story was fast paced. The romance was steamy and the protagonists' interactions were in turns swoon worthy and sizzing. Jessa is a total good girl with big responsibilities and I love her falling for Finn who is THE Alpha! I was literally drooling at Finn's hotness. He is the kind of Alpha hero I absolutely love! And add the members of the Brotherhood to them and you have a cast of guys who you can dream about. 

The tale is full of sweet romance, hear-me-roar heroism, strong friendship and suspenseful danger. In spite of being a romance, there were enough twists and turns to keep my mind occupied. There are still lots of questions unanswered and I think the future books in the series would lead to the answers. For now, though, there are certain aspects of the story which have saddened me like the case of Mal and the ending. I felt the Mal situation could have been avoided and well, the end isn't the end at all. Now I have to keep waiting for the next book. 

I look forward to the sequels for more captivating stories.

I received a copy for reviewing purposes from Entangled publishing through Netgalley.

My one line review : An engaging paranormal book with elements of romance and danger.

My rating : 4/5

My reread factor : 3/5

Floryie

Friday, 21 April 2017

Blog Tour / Book Musings - The Unlikeable Demon Hunter by Deborah Wilde


Welcome to the blog tour of The Unlikeable Demon Hunter by Deborah Wilde. I am your host today and I am reviewing it.



The Unlikeable Demon Hunter 
Nava Katz 
Book One
Deborah Wilde

Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Te Da Media
Date of Publication: April 18, 2017
Number of pages: 420
Word Count: 87,400
Cover Artist: Damonza


Blurb :

Bridesmaids meets Buffy with a dash of the seven deadly sins.

The age-old story of what happens when a foul-mouthed, romance impaired heroine with no edit button and a predilection for hot sex is faced with her worst nightmare–a purpose

Ari Katz is intelligent, driven, and will make an excellent demon hunter once initiated into the Brotherhood of David. However, this book is about his twin Nava: a smart-ass, self-cultivated hot mess, who is thrilled her brother is stuck with all the chosen one crap.

When Nava half-drunkenly interrupts Ari’s induction ceremony, she expects to be chastised. What she doesn’t expect is to take her brother’s place among the–until now–all-male demon hunters. Even worse? Her infuriating leader is former rock star Rohan Mitra.

Too bad Rohan’s exactly what Nava’s always wanted: the perfect bad boy fling with no strings attached, because he may also be the one to bring down her carefully erected emotional shields. That’s as dangerous as all the evil fiends vying for the bragging rights of killing the only female ever chosen for Demon Club.

Odds of survival: eh.

Odds of having a very good time with Rohan before she bites it: much better.


My Musings :

Nice work on the book name! It sure made me give it a second look. And the book cover? It's so colourful and gives attitude which perfectly suits Nava and gives a hint of what is coming in the tale.

There are times when I look at a book and the author and give it a chance without an inkling of what is going to happen. And there are times when I regret it but.. there's a big but because this one? It rocked! I  was laughing out loud at Nava's antics by the end of a couple of chapters.

The author has done a great job of hooking the reader with a bit of fun at the start with Nava's misbehavior. There were a few emotional parts too with the way the family doesn't believe in her. It had me frowning and feeling for Nava. But it passed and Nava was back in business annoying and making people fall in like with her at the end.

The author's writing makes for so much fun. It's easy to read and follow. The flow is amazing because I was so into the story I didn't realise that it was a longer book actually. There was no pause at all in the action and humorous situations to bore me. My reaction at the end was like ' I have to read the next book NOW! ' I am so looking forward to the sequel and when I saw the book cover on Goodreads, Nava's pose totally had me giggling. I can imagine what kind of trouble she is going to be! But I digress.

I actually loved the concept of a lone girl among the guys. It had me hopping in excitement to know what kind of trouble Nava is going to bring for them. Each person of the Brotherhood is unique and likeable. And the most likeable person? Nava, of course! Though she has lots of attitude, she has a vulnerable side to her which I can connect with. She is so loveable because of it. And speaking of Rohan, I was biased about him even in the first scene where I met him because of his name. Enough said! He is so tough and rough and has a light side to him at times. I am looking to knowing more about Star Rohan.

I can go on and on about the book but I would like to wrap up saying that if I have a chance to read the author's works, I would unhesitatingly pick them up.

I received a copy for reviewing purposes. This doesn't affect my review in any way.

My one line review : A fun tale which will make you laugh and sit up straight in equal parts.

My rating : 5/5

My reread factor : 4/5


Meet the Author:



A global wanderer, hopeless romantic, and total cynic with a broken edit button, Deborah writes adult urban fantasy to satisfy her love of smexy romances and tales of chicks who kick ass. She is all about the happily-ever-after, with a huge dose of hilarity along the way. “It takes a bad girl to fight evil. Go Wilde.”

Website: www.deborahwilde.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wildeauthor

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Book Blitz - Ponni's Beloved by Sumeetha Manikandan




Blurb

Kalki Krishnamurthy’s Ponniyin Selvan is a masterpiece that has enthralled generations of Tamil readers. Many authors have written phenomenal books in Tamil literature after Kalki Krishnamurthy, but Ponniyin Selvan remains the most popular, widely-read novel. It has just the right mixture of all things that makes an epic – political intrigue, conspiracy, betrayal, huge dollops of romance, infidelity, seduction, passion, alluring women, unrequited love, sacrifice and pure love.

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Excerpt


“I have brought important information for all of you. That’s why I asked the noble Sambuverayar to invite us all here. Maharaja Sundara Chola’s health has been steadily deteriorating. I secretly asked our royal physician, and he says that there is absolutely no chance of his health improving. His days are numbered. And it is up to us, to think about the future of the royal throne.”

“What do the astrologers say?” asked one of the noble men.

“Why ask the astrologers? Haven’t you seen the comet that has been appearing in the sky, for the past few weeks? They say whenever a comet appears, there will be death in the royal family,” said another.

“I have asked the astrologers as well, and they say that the king might live for some more time. Anyway, we will have to decide who should ascend the throne next,” said Pazhuvetarayar.

“What is the use of discussing that now? Aditya Karikalan was made the Crown Prince two years ago,” said one of the noblemen.

“True. But before he took that decision, did Sundara Chola consult any of us? We all have stood by the Chola Kingdom with loyalty and have sacrificed our sons and grandsons in the battlefield. Even now warriors from each of our clans have gone to Elangai to fight for the Chola Kingdom. Don’t you think we deserve the right to be consulted about who should be the next heir to the throne? Even King Dasaratha asked his council of ministers, before deciding to crown Rama. But our Sundara Chola didn’t think it necessary to consult anyone…”

About the author


"Sumeetha Manikandan is a top bestselling romance author whose novellas ‘Perfect Groom’ and ‘These Lines of Mehendi’ (which was published as a paperback novel called ‘Love Again’) have been on the top of Amazon India charts ever since its publication. A bookaholic, thinker, feminist and a daydreamer, she reads across genres and is a crazy fan of history, romance and science fiction novels.

An avid reader of historical novels, she has been translating Kalki Krishnamurthy’s classic Tamil novel Ponniyin Selvan for the past ten years and hopes to translate more of his novels to English.

Sumeetha is married to filmmaker K.S. Manikandan and lives with her nine-year-old daughter in Chennai."

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Book Musings - Chirp by Ann Everett

Title : Chirp
Author : Ann Everett
Genre : Contemporary Romance
Source : Free copy from the author

Blurb :

A woman hiding from her future…..

Heiress to the largest steel company in America, twenty-year-old, socially awkward Blaze Bledsoe hides out at Dessie Bishop’s farm. For the last three years, Blaze has eluded one investigator after another, but just when she thinks she’s safe, a PI closes in. Her luck is about to run out in more ways than one.

A man running from his past….

Rance Keller, a tough, hard-living ex-con, fresh out of prison for a crime he didn’t commit, arrives to claim the house his grandmother left him. Finding a strange girl living there, his plans for a solitary life take a turn. Her lack of modesty, no filter, and word-of-the-day fetish baffles him, but those big green eyes and sweet mouth have him losing sleep.

Welcome to Bluebird, Texas

Where two damaged people with secrets, discover trust can lead to passion.

My Musings :

While reading the book, I had only 2 thoughts - Wicked characters and it's one of those books!

By that, I mean it's the kind of book I can reread anytime and any number of times. It was a bit different from other books of the author. For one, it was a bit longer. That's how I felt when I was reading it. Each scene was detailed and vivid. Another is that it was a bit more graphic on details.

The author has done a great job of pairing an ex con with a mouthy virgin. Oh my! I love the couple! Where do I start? Rance is such a bad boy with a good heart. He comes with a big chip on his shoulder. But then life happened and so I can forgive his attitude. He has a huge heart and that shows clearly from the beginning in his interactions with Blaze. As for Blaze, wow, a totally unfiltered gal who spouts what comes to mind at all times. This makes for a very interesting few situations. There were places where I blurted out a few laughs. And that's what endears this book to me!

The story itself isn't too complicated. It's a bit straight forward but what makes it special are the characters. In addition to Rance and Blaze, I loved meeting Rance's brothers and their loves. Yeah they kind of find their own girls in this book. It all makes for a complementary side story. It adds to the charm of the small town story and sky rockets the romance vibe.

Speaking of romance, the heat was bit higher than compared to the author's other works. That was kind of expected because of Rance. The romance was hard and slow especially on Rance's part. He is so stubborn! Argh! I felt Blaze could have prolonged the ending a bit for Rance. Ha I would have loved to see him groveling a bit more.

I recommend this book to romance readers with a penchant for quirky characters.

I received a copy for reviewing purposes.

My one line review : A set of quirky characters and an adamant romance.

My rating : 5/5

My reread factor : 4/5

Floryie

Friday, 14 April 2017

Book Blitz - Finding Anya by Sundari Venkatraman



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This is the Book Blitz of Finding Anya by Sundari Venkatraman.  This is my stop and we have many bloggers who are sharing the love for this book. This tour is organized by The Book Club.

Name of the book: Finding Anya

Author: Sundari Venkatraman

Format Available: Kindle / Paperback

Also available on Kindle Unlimited 

No. Of Pages: 182 Pages

Genre: Romance

 

Blurb

Anya Chhabria wakes up in a hospital room with no recognition of who she is and where she belongs. In her troubled times, Anya finds her anchor in a handsome stranger. But is he really unknown to her? 

Dev Wadhwa's past finds him when he sees Anya lying unconscious in the middle of the road. Not willing to let go of her one more time, Dev takes her to the hospital and later to his farmhouse, where he helps her recuperate. 

Sparks fly and Dev and Anya fall for each other! But the feisty Anya refuses to commit herself to marriage as her loss of memory looms larger than life. 

Things aren’t easy with an ex-husband, not-so-understanding parents, and a jealous neighbour thrown into the mix. What if Anya’s memory never comes back? 

Will Dev and Anya get a second chance? 

Or will circumstances force them apart, yet again?

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About the author

Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 15 titles to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.

Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end. 

Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years. 

Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Blog Tour / Book Musings - Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney


Welcome to the blog tour of Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney. I am your host today and I am reviewing it.


Black Dawn
by Mallory McCartney
Genre: YA/A Fantasy
Release Date: February 14th 2017
Clean Reads Publishing

Blurb :


The end of an Empire, The rise of a Queen

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and upon Emory's arrival she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows.


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My Musings :

I didn't get the symbolism of the book cover till the end when Memphis meets the raiders. I too was in awe of the surprise and the author's writing. She knows how to add the sneaky twist here and there to keep me on my toes.

Usually the blurb is what makes me pick up a book. But this one's synopsis was kind of general with only a few intrigue points. The cover was what made me take a chance and I am glad of that!! I have fallen in love with the characters and the world built around them.

The beginning was just plain confusing! It took me a few pages to get oriented because the author landed me right in the middle of the action. Only after a couple of chapters I was able to get an idea of what it deals with. Once I made a mind map, it was an easy tale to follow. Attention grabbing too with the emotional tension among Memphis, Nyx, Brokk and Emory.

This is one book where the characters grabbed me strongly with their emotions. I love Emory and I kind of hate her too! She is feisty and after her initial confusion, she rallied around her friends. But, that's a huge but, she is falling for Memphis ( again or not, I am not sure ) which makes me annoyed. I am totally pro-Brokk. I love his strength and his silent patience and what he goes through, ouch, it left me hurting. And Memphis? I totally would like to punch him in the face. He comes out as a manipulator and though I distrust him at present, I have a niggling feeling that the author is going to further give him more power in the sequels. Now coming to Nyx, I kind of get where she's coming from so I have no complaints about her. She was totally in character. But poor thing, she is going to be shocked about Adair's actions. As for Adair, what I have read about him has me completely in like with him. I believe he has the outline to be a great villain!

The world built around them is unique. When I first read about the Academy, I thought it was a school-magic based book. I was half right. The Academy isn't just a school. It is more than that, it is a way of thought and so it is more of a deviation from the regular route. The magic system, though a bit similar to some others, seem to have a trait varying from others. I look forward to reading more about it.

The plot of people being oppressed is nothing new. This is an age old problem and the author has some twists and turns in the tale which kept me hopping to read the next page. Twists! Twists! That seems to the motto of the author and I wholeheartedly agree with her. Though it is a very short read, I completed it in 3 hours max!, I recommend this to all fantasy action lovers out there. Don't miss out on a great start to a very good series. I look forward to the sequels with much anticipation.

I received a copy for reviewing purposes. This doesn't affect my review in any way. All are my original thoughts and reactions to the story.

My one line review : A surprisingly twisty tale of action with magic and feels.

My rating : 5/5

My reread factor : 4/5


About the Author


Mallory McCartney currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband and their two dachshunds Link and Lola. Black Dawn is her debut novel, the first in a series. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found dog grooming, book shopping and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Blog Tour / Book Musings - Coed by James Fant


Welcome to the blog tour of Coed by James Fant. I am your host today and I am reviewing it.



Romance

Date Published: 02/14/2017
Publisher: James Fant Books, LLC


Blurb :

Can a man and a woman be best friends without somebody catching feelings?

Travis Barber and Sade Styles are best friends of the opposite sex. Despite what everyone thinks, they are not getting busy...yet.

Co-owners of a popular barbershop/salon in named CoEd, Travis and Sade spend the bulk of their days together. But when Sade’s apartment lease runs out and Travis offers her the spare bedroom of his newly built house, will they end up sharing more than just the utilities?

This witty, fast-paced romance seeks to answer the question: can a man and a woman be best friends without crossing that fine line into the land of lovers. Best case scenario, nothing happens. Worst case scenario, they get to know each other a little too well and end up hating each other!

Are Travis and Sade making the best move for their friendship?

Purchase Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/COED-James-Fant-ebook/dp/B01N9SH36I/

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/coed-james-fant/1125618398

Kobo: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/696928

iBooks: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/696928


Book Musings :

Whoever follow my reviews know that best friends to lovers theme is one of my favourite ones. So no one will be surprised that I picked this one up for a leisure read. What I expected was a simple story of delayed attraction with the usual antics which would make me laugh and feel in turns. So I was pleasantly surprised with the unusual twists or rather the deeper look into the protagonists' actions.

There were no dearth of supporting cast in this tale. I loved the interactions of the people in the salon. It was refreshing and realistic. Usually I fall in love with the protagonists easily but this time, I wasn't enamoured of either of them till near the end. Trap and Sade, both of them, came across as superficial persons in the beginning more so Trap. Sade seemed better since she looked behind the facade of Ken. But then her actions before the finale made me like her less. Trap was such a playboy! But I loved his character towards the end. Both of their past kind of made me feel for them. Both had sufficient reasons to act like the way they did.

This was a short read. The pages literally turned themselves. But it felt a bit slow at times. I felt the author could have moved to the real meat sooner. The ending was kind of abrupt for me. I would have loved to know more of the couple version of Trap and Sade! All in all, it was a good read which tickled my sad bone along with the happy one.

I received a copy for reviewing purposes.

My one line review : A good read which touched all my feels.

My rating : 3.5/5

My reread factor : 3/5


About the Author :

James Fant is an award winning author who lives in Charleston, SC with his lovely wife and two hilarious children. When he’s not reading everything from business management to mysteries or “entertaining” his family with piano solos and spoken word, James writes inspirational romance and suspense that warms the heart and hopefully makes readers laugh—in public.

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Facebook: www.facebook.com/jamesfantbooks

Twitter: @jamesfantjr

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Book Blitz - The Diamond Heist by Sai Daksh


THE DIAMOND HEIST: A SEVEN AGENT ADVENTURE 
by 
Sai Daksh


Blurb

Life was all fun and play, with a few small adventures and mishaps, for Daksh, Arsh, Garv, Om, Swarit, Aditi and Simran till… 

They are recruited by the Indian Detective Agency. 

They are summoned to the headquarters and given a mission – to recover a lost diamond. 

With all the plans and props in place, they set forth to hunt down the diamond. 

By chance, they stumble upon a conspiracy that is connected to the theft. 

Do they succeed in foiling the conspiracy? What happened to the lost diamond?

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About the author

Sai Daksh Shetty, at the age of eleven, completed the book 7 Agents: The Diamond Heist. At the age of six, he had started writing short stories. At the age of eight, he used to draw comic strips and share it with his friends. Although this is his first book, he plans to write a whole series on the 7 Agents. Since early childhood, he has had a very creative mind and uses his imagination in all his activities. He is very interested in all forms of creative arts. He is very open-minded. The main characters of the book have been inspired by his real life friends. Om, Garv, Arsh and Swarit are his best friends and are in the book, while Aditi and Simran are fictional.     

                          

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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Blog Tour / Book Musings - The Realms of Edenocht by D S Johnson


Welcome to the blog tour of Realms of Edenocht by D S Johnson. I am your host today and I will be reviewing the book today.



Blurb :

Shazmpt has been prepared his whole life to complete the prophecy; however until recently, he was unaware of his true identity as a powerful war wizard.
Hidden on an island in a time realm not his own, he must now search for ancient relics in order to stop the growing evil in the world. All he wanted was to hunt in his beloved forest, but is thrown into a world of sea serpents, dungeons, enchanted castles, miniature men, and air buffs.
Driven by duty and hindered by self-doubt, he is sent on a quest to unite the magical realms once more. He must learn to harness his good and evil powers, but will he survive the shadow…?

Purchase Links
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I0J0T62

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/realms-of-edenocht-ds-johnson/1124089808?ean=9781535107464

My Musings :

I had this one on my Amazon wishlist for a while. So I grabbed the chance to review it when it came my way. The book cover is perfect for the fantasy niche and appropriate to the story. 

The starting of the book made me doubt whether it was a fantasy story. It felt like a Sci-fi one but then when the first chapter started, all my doubts were cleared away. There was a bit of a disjoint between the prologue and the first chapter. Usually the beginning is not that disjointed.

For a fantasy tale, this was a medium sized book and it was a very fast paced read in addition to it. So it literally took only half a day to finish the story. And it kept me wanting to continue. It was  fun and addictive. There wasn't any time to have my mind wandering. From the get go, there was lots of things happening at once. It was a full ride just reading how Shaz goes from a lad to a wizard. 

The writing style was simple and the narration was easy to follow. The imagery had me immersed in the realm introduced by the author. The characters were rich and well portrayed. Shaz goes through an eventful journey to get to where he is needed. The smooth flow of the tale kept me stable even through the surprising twists and turns taken in the story. 

I can say that the author has done a commendable job of writing a fantastic setting and a adventure rich story for fantasy lovers.

I received a copy for reviewing purposes.

My rating : 5/5

My reread factor : 3.5/5

Meet the Author :

A little about me, first I want to tell you a story, about a young girl who thought she was dumb. Yes, in the first, second, and third grades this little girl, was in the ‘Resource’ program or ‘Chapter 8’ as I have also heard it called. Even though she was then put in the regular class, she knew all too well by then she was not a smart child. All the way through high school this girl struggled. She graduated with a glorious 2.9. Yes, it was heart breaking for those little numbers to reflect the great struggle and all the efforts she had put forth.

She went on to start beauty school, figuring she wasn’t college material. Suddenly, she learned that she wasn’t dumb after all. She was what is called a kinesthetic learner or ‘hands on’ learner. She LOVED it. She went on to do very well, for many years. Until, life got complicated. She had five children, a husband, and a disabled mother who now required constant care. While contemplating how to earn a little bit of extra income, now that doing hair wasn’t an option, a thought came to her, ‘Write a book’ it said.
She replied by looking around and with her finger pointing at herself, she said, “Who me? I graduated high school with a 2.9 remember?”
The little thought came again, “Yes, you. Write a book.”
It so happened, that she had been telling her children nighttime stories for some time, so she did. It took five years to learn from the internet, a few writing classes, some great blogs, a lot of practice, one very good editor and the awesome support of her family. But she did it, and now I bring The Realms of Edenocht Series to you! Yes, that little girl was me, but no longer.

Contact Information
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Blog Tour / Book Musings - The Princess of a Whorehouse by Mayank Sharma


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THE PRINCESS OF A WHOREHOUSE: THE STORY OF A 
SWAMP LOTUS
by
Mayank Sharma



Blurb

Aparajita is a tenacious go-getter. Her name means unconquerable in Sanskrit, and she lives up to its meaning. 

Just like any other ambitious girl, she desires to fulfil her dreams and become an independent individual. Far and wide, the shadow of her melancholy past chases her passage. The fact that her widowed mother is a former sex worker irks the community. Nonetheless, she is not ashamed to reveal her mother's past. 

Will she lose hope, or will she defy an enigma that is centuries-old? Will she ever conquer the hearts of a prestige-obsessed community? 

See the world through Aparajita's prism in a tale stirred by some real life events.

My Musings :

First,the book name caught my attention followed by the blurb. The book cover is apt because it just gives the feeling of trapped women and light at the end of the journey. That's what I was able to understand at a glance. I didn't know how much the story would be similar to the cover until I was half way through the book.

We see lots of social problems in our day to day life and we usually gloss over them. We don't think deeply on it. So I was surprised that the author has attempted to make the readers think on the life of sex workers. Kudos to the author for his pluck!

The  beginning of the book reminded me of Crime Patrol series on Sony. I love watching it and this kind of felt like the beginning of a case file. I was happy that the ending wasn't as bad as they tend to be in it. The narration was in the points of view of both Ramya and Aparajita. The first half deals with the hard facts of life while the second half is full of positive vibes. 

While the writing was simple, there were situations where I felt the langauge used was appropriate. It kind of fell flat. Though the book had me engrossed, there were places where the story didn't flow smoothly. There were jumps and jerks and this made me lose my place while reading. I felt the author could have dealt with the subject in more depth. There were few plot holes which had me questioning the characters and the story.

It was a very good attempt on a sensitive issue and the fast paced story has piqued my interest in the author's writing. I just wish it had dealt in more depth! The author has romanticized the plot a bit and this has lost the issue's seriousness in my view. Overall, it was a good book on making the readers think on the sex market.

I received a copy for reviewing purposes.

My rating : 3.5/5

My reread factor : 3/5

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Mayank Sharma is a computer engineering graduate with post-graduation in business management. He works with a leading technology multinational in Delhi. He has authored a number of articles and white papers on software technology and processes. For the first time in April 2014, his article was featured in Better Software magazine published in Florida, USA. Writing has become Mayank's greatest passion when he observed how it can trigger the winds of change. He is gradually transforming from a “left-brained” writer to a “right-brained” writer. Besides writing, he is passionate about sketching, painting, and making sculptures since childhood.

India is the fifth-largest economy in the world with the Gross Domestic Product growth at 7.1 percent. Contrary, India ranks 118 out of 157 countries in the happiness index. The fact seized Mayank’s attention towards social problems affecting social support, freedom of choices, and generosity, to name a few. Having travelled across continents and associated with people with diverse beliefs and values, he became more curious about the social riddles curtailing liberties across societies. He penned his debut novel, The Princess of a Whorehouse, when he came across some real life incidents that quivered his soul.

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Blog Tour / Book Musings - Fear Nothing by Amber Malloy


Welcome to the blog tour of Fear Nothing by Amber Malloy. I am hosting a review on my blog today.



Fear Nothing 
Amber Malloy
Genre: Interracial Romance/ Action
Publisher: Resplendence 
ISBN: 978-1-607350974-6
Pages: 130
Count: 40,000


Book Description:
One psychotic soldier was to blame.

Years ago, Skye Everwood survived a vicious assault, and now, she’s losing her eyesight as she faces her worst nightmare… Her attacker is back to finish what he started.

When the love of her life unexpectedly shows up at her restaurant, she knows it’s not a coincidence. Skye never understood why Bodhi King disappeared after that fateful day. Their plans to get married went up in smoke, just like her dreams to stay in the JAG Core. Unsure if she can trust him with her heart—let alone her life—she searches to find answers to why he left in the first place.


My Musings :

The book name caught my attention and when I read the blurb, I was happy to get a chance to read te book. I love romantic suspense and I was looking forward to reading this one too! 

First thing which I wanted to state was that it was a very short book. I didn't realise that until the end. By the time the book was over, I had got to know the characters but I wasn't really connected with most of them. There just wasn't enough time to savour each personality and the background on them. What I love most about reading a story is the layering of the tale and the characters and I was halfway satisfied with that aspect in this story. Inspite of that, there are many parts which appealed to me.

The short time I knew the protagonists made me like them enough with Bodhi's love for Skype and Skye's strength to get through rough times. The small town feel of the book made me fall in love with the town's people. But what I loved best was the antagonist. Wow, he really is a bad person and I loved his craziness. 

One thing I didn't like much was the heat factor of the book. It was too erotic for my taste. I wished it had more romance than sex in the book. Another thing was the fast nature of the story. At times it felt I was jumping between the scenes. But other than that, I fell in  fast into the story and the happenings.

In short, I can say that I will be picking up an Amber Malloy book in the future without hesitation.

I received a copy for reviewing purposes.

My one line review : A hot romance with a vein of suspense

My rating : 4/5

My reread factor : 3/5


About the Author:

Amber Malloy dreamed of being a double agent but couldn’t pass the psyche evaluation. Crushed by despair that she couldn’t legally shoot things, Amber pursued her second career choice as pastry chef. When she’s not writing or whipping up a mean Snickers Cheesecake, she occasionally spies on her sommelier. Amber is convinced he’s faking his French accent.

Amber loves to talk to her readers and can be found at www.ambermalloy.com

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