Thursday, August 16, 2018

BOOK REVIEW TOUR: RICHER THAN SIN by MEGHAN MARCH @Meghan_March @InkSlingerPR #ContemporaryRomance






Title : Richer Than Sin
Series: Sin #1
Author: Meghan March
Publisher: Red Dress Press
Published : August 14, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 250
Format: eArc
Source: Author via Ink Slinger PR
Reading Challenges: 2018 New Release 

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

BOOK TOUR REVIEW: BILLIONAIRE AUCTION by DEBBIE WHITE @dwhiteauthor @beckvalleybooks #Contemporary #Romance



Title: Billionaire Auction
Author: Debbie Wite
Publisher: Indie Published
SOURCE: Author via Beck Valley Book Tours
Format: Ebook
Release Date: July 30, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Pages: 230

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Monday, August 13, 2018

BOOK REVIEW with GIVEAWAY: COOPER'S CHARM by LORI FOSTER @LoriLFoster #Cooper'sCharm #NetGalley #ContemporaryRomance













Title: Cooper's Charm

Author: Lori Foster
Series: Love at Resort #1
 Publisher: Harlequin
Published: July 24, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eArc
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon


Thursday, August 09, 2018

REVIEW TOUR: IT SEEMED LIKE a GOOD IDEA at the TIME by KYLIE SCOTT @KylieScottbooks #CONTEMPORARYROMANCE @InkSlingerPR




Title : It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
Author: Kylie Scott
Publisher: Kylie Scott
Published : August 7, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 316
Format: eArc
Source: Author via Ink Slinger PR
Reading Challenges: 2018 New Release 

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Monday, August 06, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: MAFIA PRINCESS by BELLA J @BellaJ_Author @TRRtweet #ContemporaryEroticRomance














Title: Mafia Princess
Author: Bella J
Series: Royal Mafia #2
Publisher : Crave Publishing LLC
Source: Author via The Romance Review
Format: ebook
Release Date: May 8, 2018
Purchase:  Amazon


Monday, July 30, 2018

BLOG ALL ABOUT IT CHALLENGE- JULY 2018- SPIRIT




SPIRIT

Belief Kills and Belief Cures

When I saw what this month’s blog all about it challenge topic was spirit, I though this is a good topic to highlight few of the things that add to my island home diverse culture. I decided to talk about the beliefs and customs of my island home, which would cover this month’s topic.

The title of my post indicates a common saying we have here in Jamaica. What this means is our belief system has the power to harm or protect, which depends on what or whom an individual believes in.

Jamaicans have several beliefs and customs, which stemmed from our African ancestors. These are indigenous to the island. Most these beliefs and customs are tied to birth and death. Both Jamaicans who live overseas and those who reside on the island practice these customs. However, it should be noted that the practice of these customs and beliefs is not practiced by all Jamaicans and is only done in some parts of the island. 

Beliefs and Customs
Birth: It is believed if the umbilical cord of a newborn is buried and a tree is planted at the spot of the burial the baby will stay connected to his or her place of birth. Not true, but when someone strongly believes in such a practice, it is hard to convince them otherwise. 

Death and Afterlife:  Prior to the commencement of a funeral for a loved one a festival is held. They call this a Nine Night or Wake. For the first eight nights after the death of a loved one, friends and relatives gather and drink, dance and sing all night. On the nine night, which is the important night, they sing only farewell songs. During this time, they rearrange the deceased room, as they believe in doing so the spirit of the deceased will not recognize the room and return from whence it came. In addition, a final meal is served to the spirit of the deceased and is placed under a cotton tree, which is considered a hiding ground for spirits. They do all of this to pacify the deceased so that its spirit will become harmless.  Again, this all depends on what you believe. I for one did none of these things when I lost a loved one and I am yet to be harmed by a spirit.

Religious Beliefs: Jamaica's value system is steeped in religion. It has a diverse range of cults, sects, denominations and movements.  The most common belief practiced today is Christianity. However, a few persons still follow the religion of the slaves, which is based on African beliefs and practices.  These beliefs include ceremonial spirit possession, spiritual healing, sorcery and drumming and dancing.  One practice stemming from these activities is called Obeah.  They link this belief to sorcery and black magic. Using Obeah can be twofold, depending on the user's intentions. It can be used for good or evil. Now the practice of Obeah is illegal, but there are persons who still perform these activities. This occurs in the deep rural areas. Obeah is based on the belief that the practitioner captures spirits and uses them for malicious purposes.  Sounds scary, right. Then again it all boils down to what you believe.  
In addition to the use of spirits to control or harm someone, the practitioner may prepare a potion, which can also be used for this purpose.  The things that persons will do to keep someone in their lives indefinitely or to destroy someone they think is their enemy, never ceases to amaze me.  

In regards to healing, there are persons who believe their illness is caused by an evil spirit, placed on them by their enemy, and so to get rid of this demonic force they would visit an Obeah practitioner.   Frankly I would rather spend my money with a qualified medical practitioner.

There is a lot more I could talk about, but I will leave that for another time.

I grew up in a Christian home and as such was not exposed to these practices. My beliefs are firmly rooted in Christianity. Thank goodness. I know that spirit possession and witchcraft exists, but that is not where my beliefs rest. As a woman of faith, my belief rests firmly in my Christian upbringing.

What are your beliefs?


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


Friday, July 27, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: FRIENDSHIP ON FIRE by MELISSA FOSTER @Melissa_Foster #Contemporary #Romance










Title: Friendship On Fire
Series: (The Bradens at Weston, CO #3)
Publisher: World Literary Press
Released: November 20, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance 
Format: ebook 
Pages: 300
Source: Purchase
Buy: Amazon


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

GUEST POST: BRENDON BERTRAM






Please welcome Brendon Bertram, author of  Moira Ashe: Enemy Within to the blog today.
He will be discussing his favourite detail to add to a character.



GUEST POST

One of my favorite details to add to a character is a scar. Not to every character mind you, and not just to add attitude to a character's design (like the cliché vertical eye scar seen everywhere), but when you craft a story behind it, it can be a potent literary tool.

It can say a lot about the character. Are they a fighter? A reckless fool? or a victim of abuse? maybe they inflicted the wounds on themselves? 

But scars, or blemishes in general, can even say something about the larger world. Is the work the characters do dangerous? Is the world populated by horrid monsters? Maybe they're prayed upon by other people? 

As long as the scars match the story, the options are limitless.

Large or small, it tells a story simply by existing. A visual history carved into the very skin, undeniable and as permanent as the past that caused it.


A blood moon is rising above Abalon. Werewolves, once heard of only in whispers around the borderlands, have been spotted in villages and towns mere miles from the capital, and the king is worried - worried enough to send Lincoln Clarke to find help.

But hunters this far from Abalon aren't exactly keen. Lincoln's gone through half a dozen leads before he finds Moira Ashe lurking in the corner of a tavern, her dark eyes glinting in the candlelight. It takes a bag of gold for Moira to agree even to tell Lincoln what she knows, and more still for her to allow him along on a hunt.

But what should have been a simple job turns out to be anything but. With a suspect Moira can't pin down and a string of bodies piling up in the beast's wake, Lincoln finds himself doubting Moira's skill. And with time running out and the full moon approaching, failure is not an option.

But Moira has her own secrets to protect, and the beast she and Lincoln are hunting may not be the biggest threat after all...



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brendon Charles Bertram was born on May 28, 1994. Working on the family farm on PEI, it wasn’t until March 27, 2015, after the death of his father that he began pursuing writing. He continues to live on PEI, but now occupies his time with travelling the globe, reading texts on philosophy and psychology, and exploring a deep fascination and passion for storytelling.


You can purchase my first book Moira Ashe: Enemy Within on Amazon, or you can read the first five chapters for free on Wattpad.com.
You can also pre-order my next book Moira Ashe: Kindred Spirits on Amazon as well. Chapter one is available right now on my website.

Visit my website: brendonbertram.com for news on everything I’m doing or check me out on Goodreads.com

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: RAINY DAY FRIENDS by JILL SHALVIS @JillShalvis @WmMorrowBks #ContemporaryRomance #Women'sFiction #SmallTown




Title:  Rainy Day Friends
Author: Jill Shalvis 
Series: Wildstone #2
Publisher: William Morrow
Published: June 19, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eArc
Source: Edelweiss
Purchase: Amazon
Reading Challenges2018 New Release, Netgalley and Edelweiss

Monday, July 23, 2018

AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: THE SECRET ADVERSARY by AGATHA CHRISTIE @BlackstoneAudio #Mystery















Title: The Secret Adversary
Author: Agatha Christie
Series: Tommy and Tuppence Mystery#1
Narrator: Nadia May
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Source: Prime Channels via Audible
Format: Audio Book
Release Date: May 2, 2009
Length : 7 hrs 52 mins
Purchase:  Audible, Amazon