Wednesday, February 28, 2018

BLOG TOUR: BROTHER'S KEEPER II: LIAM by STEPHANIE ST. KLAIRE













BROTHER'S KEEPER II: LIAM by Stephanie St. Klaire just released and for a VERY limited time, you can grab it for just $1.99!


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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: ONCE IN A LIFETIME by AMANDA CLAIRE @QuirkyBlindDate













Title : Once In A Lifetime
Author: Amanda Claire
Series: In a Lifetime #1
Publisher: Indie 
Published : December 16, 20
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: ebook
Source: Author via Quirky Blind Date
Reading Challenges: COYER Winter with a Twist
Purchase: Amazon

I received this book for free from the Author.  This does not affect my views of the book or the content of my review.


Monday, February 26, 2018

MARCH TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR TBR PILE CHALLENGE


Take Control of your TBR is a sixth annual Challenge hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer. It is a challenge focused on books on your TBR pile that have been publisher prior to March 1, 2018. 

This will be my first time taking part in this challenge. I have a lot these to go through and I hope by being a part of this challenge I can put a dent in my TBR.


~*Rules*~

Link-up! This is open to everyone. If you do not have a blog then link a shelf entitled Take Control 2018 from your Goodreads account. 

The challenge starts 12am of March 1 and ends at 11:59PM of March 31. It is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer

 ALL books/audiobooks should have been published before March 1, 2018. It does not matter where they come from as such old ARCs count.

- there's a giveaway and books read and reviewed can be linked to join the giveaway.

Twitter Party March 11th @ 2:30 pm (CST)  Come chat about books you have read and win prizes.

Earn extra entries for participating in the Twitter Party
Rafflecopter will close on April 2, 2018, at midnight and a winner will be chosen within 72 hours. Open internationally as long as Book Depository ships to you. 

Prize: New 2018 release valued at up to 20 US dollars or 1 Audiobook Credit from Audiobooks.com

Goal
I aiming to read eight book. 4 physical and 4 ebooks.  Lists and I do not go well together so I will not be making one. I do however, have an idea of the books I want to tackle for this challenge.


signup post can be found here.


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Blog All About It Challenge ~ February 2018 - Red


The Significance of Red in My Life

This month’s prompt for the Blog All About it Challenge is Red.  How fitting, seeing we are in February and one of the things associated with this month is Valentine’s Day.  My focus for this post however will not be on Valentine’s Day.  Instead it will be on the significance of red in my life.

Growing up red was the one thing, which terrified me. Why? It reminded me so much of pain, hurt and disaster.  You are probably wondering what could have possibly made me feel this way. Well, I think it's best I start at the beginning.

When I was five years old, I remember falling and hitting my forehead on a stone. The impact led to my forehead bursting. The reason I remember this incident so vividly was the amount of blood, which flowed from the wound.  To say I was scared was an understatement. I actually believed I would have died because of the blood flow. Do you see where I am going; the colour of blood is red, and that moment was the scariest of my life. 

Fast forward five years later. I saw red in a new light when the boy I had been crushing on gave me my first red rose. I was riding high on cloud nine when I learnt that red rose symbolised love. Then the unthinkable happened, I discover I was not the only girl to receive a red rose from the same boy. You can imagine how heart breaking it was for my ten-year-old heart. 

Now just when I thought I could move past the pain associated with this colour I found myself on the cusp of womanhood. It was then I discover that red will play an important role in my life for years to come and definitely not in a good way.

I thought this would be the extent of my experience with red. If I never knew better, I would have believe the Master of the Universe was conspiring against me. Throughout this time, I saw red, fear and pain as being synonymous. Then I entered adulthood and the significance of red in my life took a 360-degree turn. I found myself surrounded by people who literally made me saw red. That was when I discovered anger was another associate of red.  

 At work I have to deal with people, especially those in positions of power, who seem to get up on the wrong side of their bed each morning. These persons who carry their problems to work and in the process make their colleagues’ lives a living hell. It is things like these that make me see red and I have been seeing quite a lot of it lately.  Do not get me started on my neighbours. Wow! talk about nosey parkers. It would seem everything I do fascinates them even if it is just driving through my gate. They make it their duty to pay attention to other people’s business instead of minding their own.   Added to this is the loud music playing throughout the night with no end in sight, whenever they decide to throw a party.  I can barely hear myself think at times like these.  Now that is enough to make anyone see red.

I guess by now you know I am not big fan of red and I doubt I will ever be.

If you would like to be apart of this challenge, which hosted by Anna @ Herding Cats and Burning Soup, here is the link:  http://theherdpresents.blogspot.com/2017/12/blog-all-about-it-challenge.html

Monday, February 19, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: UNCHAINED BY A FORBIDDEN LOVE by FELICITY HEATON @felicityheaton #PNR #Shifters













Title : Unchained by a Forbidden Love
Publisher: Indie 
Published : December 16, 2017 
Pages: 330
Format: ebook
Source: Author in exchange for a honest review
Reading Challenges: COYER Winter with a Twist
Purchase: Amazon

I received this book for free from the Author.  This does not affect my views of the book or the content of my review.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: WATCH ME by CYNTHIA EDEN @cynthiaeden #RomanticSuspense













Watch Me
Author:  Cynthia Eden
Series: Dark Obsession
Publisher: Hocus Pocus Publishing
Published: December 9, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance 
Pages: 200
Format: ebook 
Source: Author
Reading Challenges: COYER Winter with a TwistNetgalley and Edelweiss, Blogger Shame, Author Love

I received this book for free from the Author.  This does not affect my views of the book or the content of my review.

Monday, February 12, 2018

#BOOKDEALS #NEWRELEASES and UPCOMING #RELEASES

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February 12-18, 2018



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Friday, February 09, 2018

BLOG TOUR: EYE OF THE MOON by IVAN OBOLENSKY #Excerpt @ivanobolensky















Today I have the pleasure of hosting Ivan Obolensky author of Eye of the Moon on the blog.


Title: The Eye of the Moon
Author: Ivan Obolensky
Genre: Gothic mystery/thriller/magical realism
Publisher: Smith-Obolensky Media
Length of Book: 554 pages
Release Date: February 6th, 2018
Book Links: Amazon and Goodreads


The Basis of Eye of the Moon
Ivan Obolensky

The premise for Eye of the Moon was formed from a piece of family history that my father told me when I was ten. My grandmother had passed away while reading the Egyptian Book of the Dead. As to what the Egyptian Book of the Dead was, I didn’t know when he told me. I was too shocked to ask. The interpretation was left to my imagination — of which I had a prodigious amount. Bad dreams followed, and the story stuck in my mind. Knowing the house that she had lived in made her mysterious death all the more believable and interesting.

I had visited the estate several times while I was growing up, but only briefly. On the surface, it was beautiful, sumptuous, and elegant, but like water that is deep and still, dark currents moved below the surface. I could feel them.

The house was large and surrounded by extensive lawns that gave way to woods that encircled the property and stretched all the way to the Hudson River. By late afternoon, fog would obscure the view from the windows, and the fact that we were completely alone and cut off from the rest of the world could weigh upon the mind, particularly those of the adults that remained. When my father was away during those vacations, there was only the nanny, my brother and sister, and myself. The servants, a butler, a cook, and a handyman slept in the servant’s wing and interacted with us on a minimal basis. Although this isolation never bothered me particularly, it would affect the nannies who accompanied us on those vacations. They saw things in that house, particularly at night. What it was they saw, they never spoke of, at least to me, but I saw the looks and heard the whispers. Several refused to return. After a time, we no longer visited. Whether this was due to the governesses digging in their heels, or my father’s busy schedule was never made clear. 

Such a location had to be written about.
Many gothic mysteries take place in England or Europe. I wanted to write an American version, but in such a way as to differentiate it from its European counterparts. The American dream is an economic story more than one of birth and class, but I didn’t want to write a novel about business. I thought I would start with the promise. A promise is a contract of sorts, and it is contracts that underpin most business transactions. Contracts can seem dry, and the mere mention of the details can have readers streaming for the exit, but what about a contract with a demon? How does one structure one of those? What happens when it is broken? 

Contracts and contract law now gain an extraordinary relevance.
This last brings up the subject of magic. What is it? Is it just our imaginations playing tricks on us? A reader can pick up a fantasy novel and have all the magic they want, but the genre is called fantasy for a reason. I believe that a world with no magic is just a world. Magic exists, but not in the ways most people think. I wanted to explore real magic. The magic for me is in the characters and the dialogues, but there is that other bit, that disturbing bit. Reality can be stranger than any fiction.




[Percy and Johnny are in the limousine heading to Rhinebeck. They are reconnecting after being separated for some years, and Johnny’s Aunt Alice, who once owned Rhinebeck and died there, has come up in the conversation. Percy, the narrator, speaks first.]


    “…I loved Alice growing up. She was always so glamorous.”

     “She was, but under the surface, her life was messy. Her marriages all bombed, mostly because she was either steeped in her research or gallivanting with someone else. I doubt there was a man alive who could have hung on to her. Stories about her death continue to circulate although years have passed.”


     “Ah yes. The famous ‘socialite dies under mysterious circumstances’ that sent everyone into a tizzy of speculation at the time.”

     “Precisely, and the parents are still silent about what happened.”


     “Do you think they know something?”


     “I suspect they know more than they let on. I do try and get them to talk about it every now and again, but so far very little has been forthcoming. Mother changes the subject, and Father ignores the question entirely. He was quite close to Alice — maybe closer than anyone. I think her death is still a source of sorrow.”

     Johnny looked out the window at the rain while I looked back at that time and marveled at how skillfully we had been kept in the dark. Johnny and I did not attend the funeral because such things were considered inappropriate for children. Years passed before we learned how sensational her death had been. It was not that we didn’t know her. We vacationed at her house and saw her regularly. We were in awe of her. In some ways, I was thankful we were left with only the happy memories of her alive.

     Johnny stretched and said, “I don’t blame the parents for not discussing her death. It was a dark time. The press had a field day. ‘Plot thickens. Police called in’ — that sort of thing. The headlines were enough to sour anyone on the subject. On top of that, there was no will. Although much was spelled out in the many trusts instruments that handled her finances, there was a significant bit not covered. I can hardly believe that her banking people didn’t force her to write one up, but such lapses weren’t particularly out of character…”


Percy was brought up with his childhood friend Johnny Dodge at Rhinebeck, the Dodges’ lavish estate overlooking the Hudson. After a trading disaster, the two dissolve their partnership, and Percy’s ties to the Dodge family are weakened. Ever loyal, Johnny eventually persuades Percy to join him for a weekend house party at Rhinebeck with a volatile group of family and guests.

Once owned by Johnny’s legendary socialite Aunt Alice, Rhinebeck holds more than just childhood memories. Alice mysteriously died while reading the Egyptian Book of the Dead when Johnny and Percy were ten, and they have been kept in the dark about that night ever since.

From the family butler, long a faithful servant to the Dodge family, they learn that Alice’s story is far darker than anticipated and will impact the lives of all who are present before the weekend concludes.

Eye of the Moon is a complex and sophisticated web of mystery, Egyptian occultism, sumptuous elegance, high-stakes finance, magic, and intrigue, where family members, guests, and even the staff have their own agendas, and nothing is what it seems.





ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Ivan Obolensky grew up regaled by tales of his ancestors while surrounded by high society. Those stories of intrigue and adventure inspired him and nurtured his love of storytelling, which he brings to his writing, both fiction and nonfiction.

"Eye of the Moon" is colored by the stories of his youth. It was inspired by two questions: If life has given us gifts, what do we owe for having squandered them? To whom do we owe exactly and what will that payment be? Set in a family estate at Rhinebeck, the plot is a complex and sophisticated web of mystery, Egyptian occultism, sumptuous elegance, and intrigue. 

Ivan is a lifelong reader and seeker of the way worlds intersect and connect. His nonfiction articles, weaving history, current events, science and finance, are published online.

Ivan lives in Southern California with his wife, Mary Jo. His hobbies include running, photography, and music.

Monday, February 05, 2018

#BOOKDEALS #NEWRELEASES and UPCOMING #RELEASES

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February 5-11, 2018



All deals are current at the time of posting.
Looking for something new to add to your shelves, scroll down and take advantage of the deals and new and upcoming books.
**Click on the covers to purchase from Amazon **

Enjoy.

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This post is updated daily throughout the week. Please, keep checking back.