Friday, May 18, 2018

Thursday, May 17, 2018

GUEST POST: THE GIRL WITH THE GOLDEN HIGHLIGHTS by HARSHA SHEELAM AUTHOR of GOOD EXISTS IN ALL THAT EXISTS

Today I have the pleasure of hosting Harsha Sheelam, author of Good Exists in all that Exists. Today she tells the story of Meera a six year old from India who was abandoned by her parents for being a girl.

The Girl With Golden Highlights.

I’m sure you’d agree that this story has a happy ending.
She was hardly any older than 6 years when her parents, living in a small town of rural India physically abused her, kept her devoid of education and made her do household chores. Now, when I say they belonged to ‘India’, I can hear judgments and pictures of slums thrown at me. No, India’s literacy rate is at 74.04% and also boasts of a few largest companies in the world. 

Now , let’s go back in 2012, when I came across a little girl. I still don’t know her name, but let’s call her Meera.  Meera was born in Haryana, she lived there with her parents. Today, she doesn’t live there anymore; neither does she live with her parents.

Being dissatisfied with a girl child, the father beat Meera every day, while the mother never revolted. Meera suffered at her hands of her birth-givers. She stayed chained at home doing household chores. 
The disappointment of the ‘man of the house’ didn’t last long because his wife was expecting a baby. Bringing new life into this world is a blessing to everyone, but someone else’s life away is a curse.

What Meera was going through wasn’t anything but a curse to be born to such parents who didn’t love her and left only bruises as memories. She wished that her sibling would comfort her, but hardly did she know what would happen next.

Nine months of wait for the parents to find out the gender, and nine months of cruelty faced by Meera by the alcoholic who called himself a man, and a woman who called herself a mother.
“It’s a boy!” he screamed and jumped and distributed sweets to family and friends. While Meera is still locked at her home, not allowed to participate in the happiness.

Hardly a few months from the arrival of a baby boy, than Meera’s parents decide to do away with her. They buy three tickets to the metropolitan city of Hyderabad, India. One for Meera, and two for the parents. But, they buy only two tickets back to Haryana, India.

Meera is abandoned on the railway station, parents immediately board the next train back home. 
On finding her lost, crying, and worried, the railway authorities called the cops. She is taken to the police station and was asked about her family. On asking the name of the father she is terrified, she trembles with fear and doesn’t utter a word. It seemed like she wanted to stay lost, and didn’t want to go home.

The cops had no choice but to let her stay at the city orphanage. The sisters tried their best to find out about her parents. But she never said a word. They only knew she hailed from Haryana. 

She wore a simple ghaghra and had yellow highlights on her hair when I first saw her. It was the first time I saw a 6-year-old with highlights.The Sister at the orphanage told that she applied those highlights herself when she was in Haryana, and loved to dress up.

 While she was dancing on stage she adjusts her duppatta. A little girl, fair, with rosy cheeks, curly brown hair with golden highlights, who doesn’t waste a grain of rice on her plate.
She loves to study along with her friends at the orphanage, dress up, and help others. The Sisters said she is the naughtiest of the rest.
Initially, after a month of her stay at the orphanage, the Sisters asked her if she wanted to go home. 
She said, “This is my home.”
She finally had the love she always wanted. And, wherever she is today, she’d be happy.

Based on a true story. 
-Harsha Sheelam


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Monday, May 14, 2018

#BOOKREVIEW: THE GOOD LUCK SISTER by JILL SHALVIS @JillShalvis @WmMorrowBks #ContemporaryRomance #SmallTown













Title: The Good Luck Sister
Author: Jill Shalvis 
Series: Wildstone #2
Publisher: William Morrow
Published: May 1, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 144
Format: eArc
Source: Edelweiss
Purchase: Amazon
Reading Challenges: 2018 New Release, Netgalley and Edelweiss


Friday, May 11, 2018

BOOK #REVIEW TOUR and #GIVEAWAY: SAVE ME by CECY ROBSON @cecyrobson #ContemporaryRomance













Title: Save Me
Author: Cecy Robson
Series: O’Brien Family, #5
Publisher: Cecy Robson LLC
Publication Date: April 25, 2018
Pages: 349
Format: eArc
Source: Author via IndieSage PR
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Standalone
Reading Challenge: 2018 New Release 
Buy: AmazonAmazon CAAmazon UK B & N,Kobo



Tuesday, May 08, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: THE RAINMAKER by PETRA LONDON #UrbanFantasy







Title: The Rainmaker
Author:  Petra London
Series: Saga of the Chosen #2
Publisher: Indie
Published: March 30, 2018
Pages: 657
Format: ebook
Source: Lexis Infinitum PR
Reading Challenges: 2018 New Release 


Monday, May 07, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: LET ME LOVE YOU by JESSICA JAYNE @JessicaJayne13 #ContemporaryRomance


Title : Let Me Love You
Author: Jessica Jayne
Publisher: Indie
Published : December 18, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 207
Format: ebook
Source: Caffeinated Services 
Purchase: Amazon


Thursday, May 03, 2018

REVIEW TOUR: EMBRACING HER HEART by MELISSA FOSTER @Melissa_Foster @beckvalleybooks #Contemporary #Romance


Title: Embracing Her Heart
Series: (The Bradens and Montgomerys (Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls) Book 1)
Publisher: World Literary Press
Released: April 17, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance 
Format: eARC 
Pages: 324
Source: Author via Beck Valley Book Tours
Reading Challenges: 2018 New Release 

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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

REVIEW TOUR: AT STAKE by JOHN W. MEFFORD @JWMefford @beckvalleybooks #Thriller #Mystery

















Title:  AT Stake
Author: John W. Mefford
Series: Alex Troutt Thriller#7
Publisher: Sugar Hill Press
Source: Author via Beck Valley Book Tours 
in exchange for an honest review
Format: Ebook
Published: April 17, 2018
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 326
Reading Challenges:  2018 New Release Challenge

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Monday, April 23, 2018

#BOOKREVIEW: RAINWATER by SANDRA BROWN @SandraBrown_NYT #HistoricalFiction #WomensFiction













Title : Rainwater
Author: Sandra Brown
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Published : November 3, 2009
Genre: Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchase

Purchase: Amazon

Saturday, April 21, 2018

#BOOKREVIEW TOUR: CHASER by KYLIE SCOTT @KylieScottbooks #CONTEMPORARYROMANCE @InkSlingerPR












Title : Chaser
Author: Kylie Scott
Publisher: St. Martins Griffin
Published : April 17, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 278
Format: eArc
Source: Netgalley
Reading Challenges: 2018 New Release ,Netgalley and Edelweiss

Purchase: AMAZON | AMAZON CA | AMAZON UK | iBooks | Books A Million | Indiebound


Monday, April 16, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: NIGHT MIST by HELEN R. MYERS #ContemporaryRomance #ParanormalElements













Title : Night Mist
Author: Helen R. Myers
Publisher: Harlequin Reader's Choice
Published : November 15, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 251
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon

Thursday, April 12, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: WHERE THERE IS SMOKE by CATHY COLE @CathyCole66 #SUSPENSE





Title : Where There is Smoke
Author: Cathy Cole
Publisher: Fireborn Publishing
Published : August 1, 2017
Genre: Suspense
Pages: 412
Format: ebook
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon
Reading Challenges: Blogger Shame


Monday, April 09, 2018

#BOOKREVIEW: GRAINS OF TRUTH by ELIZABETH FERRY-PERATA @elizabethperata #ContemporaryWomen'sFiction













Title : Grains of Truth
Author: Elizabeth Ferry-Perata 
Publisher: 3L Publishing
Published : August 1, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction
Pages: 198
Format: Paperback Arc
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon


Friday, April 06, 2018

#BOOKREVIEW TOUR: BRETT (BAD BOYS AFTER DARK) by MELISSA FOSTER. @Melissa_Foster @beckvalleybooks #Contemporary #Romance



Title: Brett
Series: Bad Boys After Dark # 4
Publisher: World Literary Press
Released: March 21, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance 
Format: eARC 
Pages: 306
Source: Author via Beck Valley Book Tours
Reading Challenges: 2018 New Release 

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

#BOOKPROMO with #GIVEAWAY : APHRODITE'S TEARS by HANNAH FIELDING @fieldinghannah


Today I’m excited to share my stop for the Book Promo of ‘Aphrodite’s Tears’ by Hannah Fielding. ‘Aphrodite’s Tears’ is a romance novel that will be published in April. And throughout this Book Promo tour there will be some fun and unique teasers to read on every stop. And don’t forget to enter the awesome Giveaway!

About the Book:


In ancient Greece, one of the twelve labours of Heracles was to bring back a golden apple from the Garden of Hesperides. To archaeologist Oriel Anderson, joining a team of Greek divers on the island of Helios seems like the golden apple of her dreams. 


Yet the dream becomes a nightmare when she meets the devilish owner of the island, Damian Lekkas. In shocked recognition, she is flooded with the memory of a romantic night in a stranger’s arms, six summers ago. A very different man stands before her now, and Oriel senses that the sardonic Greek autocrat is hell-bent on playing a cat and mouse game with her. 

As they cross swords and passions mount, Oriel is aware that malevolent eyes watch her from the shadows. Dark rumours are whispered about the Lekkas family. What dangers lie in Helios, a bewitching land where ancient rituals are still enacted to appease the gods, young men risk their lives in the treacherous depths of the Ionian Sea, and the volatile earth can erupt at any moment? 

Will Oriel find the hidden treasures she seeks? Or will Damian’s tragic past catch up with them, threatening to engulf them both?

Publication Date: April 12, 2018
Genre:Romance
Pages: 624
Formats: eBook, Hardcover, Paperback



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About the Author:


Hannah Fielding is an incurable romantic. The seeds for her writing career were sown in early childhood, spent in Egypt, when she came to an agreement with her governess Zula: for each fairy story Zula told, Hannah would invent and relate one of her own. Years later – following a degree in French literature, several years of travelling in Europe, falling in love with an Englishman, the arrival of two beautiful children and a career in property development – Hannah decided after so many years of yearning to write that the time was now. Today, she lives the dream: writing full time at her homes in Kent, England, and the South of France, where she dreams up romances overlooking breath-taking views of the Mediterranean. 


To date, Hannah has published five passionate, evocative novels: Burning Embers, a ‘romance like Hollywood used to make’, set in Kenya; the award-winning Echoes of Love, ‘an epic love story that is beautifully told’, set in Italy; and the Andalusian Nights trilogy – Indiscretion, Masquerade and Legacy – set in sensual, sultry Spain.

For more information about Hannah Fielding and her books please visit her website. Or visit her on Goodreads, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.



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This event was organized by Maureen's Books Promotions. 


Tuesday, April 03, 2018

T.W. KIRCHNER - AUTHOR #GUESTPOST and EXCERPT @TinaInLV


GUEST POST

Nevada and The Town from Hell

Usually when the state of Nevada is mentioned, most people think about the glittering city of Las Vegas. If you haven’t seen Vegas at night, it does glitter with 15,000 miles of lighted neon tubing—and can be seen miles away in Nevada’s wide-open spaces. Although Vegas and its little sister up north, Reno, have changed a lot over the years, not much else in the state has. 

Monday, April 02, 2018

#BOOKREVIEW: BABY, I'M HOWLING FOR YOU by CHRISTINE WARREN #PNR @ChrstineWarren





Title : Baby I'm Howling for You
Author: Christine Warren
Series: Alphaville #1
Publisher: St. Martin's Press Swerve
Published : January 30, 2018
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eARC 
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon


Thursday, March 29, 2018

BLOG ALL ABOUT IT CHALLENGE- MARCH 2018- FAVOURITE SCENT




MY FAVOURITE SCENTS

I had a hard time trying to figure out my favourite scent. However, after much introspection I came to the realisation that identifying a particular scent as my favourite would prove to be a difficult task. I decided to take an easier route by mentioning all the scents I love.

Baked Goods

Oh, I love the smell that permeates the air during the baking process. It brings back warm memories of my childhood. It reminds me of the days when my I would aid my mom with baking, especially at Christmas time. Those were fun times and the best part was looking forward to the tasting of the batter on completion of the preparation process.

Fresh Country Air



Now, I do not get to experience this often, so when I do it is an absolute joy.  I live in the hustling and bustling city of Kingston (Capital of Jamaica), and you know how heavy the air in the city can be. Therefore, breathing in the fresh country air helps to relieve the stress that comes with living in the city.



Books

There is nothing more amazing than the aroma of books, so intoxicating. Every opportunity I get I will go through my collection of books, or visit the bookstore to get a whiff of that intoxicating scent.  

Besides the above, I also enjoy the smell of coconut oil, vanilla essence, and fresh laundry and finally yet importantly, I love the fresh aroma associated with babies.

Well, that's it for me on my favourite scents. What are yours?



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, March 26, 2018

#BOOKREVIEW: SOMETHING TO HOWL ABOUT by CHRISTINE WARREN #TakeControlTBR #PNR @ChrstineWarren









Title : Something to Howl About
Author: Christine Warren
Series: Alphaville #0.5
Publisher: St. Martin's Press Swerve
Published : January 2, 2018
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 86
Format: eARC 
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon

Friday, March 23, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: MADE by J. L. LORA @jtothelove #TakeControlTBR





Title : Made
Author: J. L. Lora
Series: Trinity #2
Publisher: Indie
Published : October 26, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 441
Format: ebook
Source: Caffeinated Services 
Purchase: Amazon
Reading Challenges:   Blogger ShameMarch Take Control of Your TBR

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

BLOG TOUR and GIVEAWAY: MUTE by ML NYSTROM


“HE LOVES LONG, LOVES HARD, BUT HE DOESN’T LOVE EASY.”

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Title: Mute
Author: ML Nystrom
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: March 3, 2018
Cover Designer: Claire Smith

Monday, March 19, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: BOSS by J.L LORA @jtothelove @Crimson_Romance #TakeControlTBR






Title : Boss
Author: J. L. Lora
Series: Trinity #1
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Published : March 6, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 248
Format: ebook
Source: Caffeinated Services 
Purchase: Amazon
Reading Challenges:   Blogger ShameMarch Take Control of Your TBR



Thursday, March 15, 2018

BOOK REVIEW TOUR: DRIVING WHISKEY WILD by MELISSA FOSTER.





Title: Driving Whiskey Wild
Series: The Whiskeys # 3
Publisher: World Literary Press
Released: February 21, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance 
Format: eARC 
Pages: 312
Source: Author via Beck Valley Book Tours
Reading Challenges: 2018 New Release 

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: BLOOD SUBMISSION by L.E. WILSON @LEWilsonAuthor #TakeControlTBR




Title : Blood Submission
Author: L. E. Wilson
Series: Deathless Night #5
Publisher: Everblood Pulishing
Published : April 4, 2017
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 246
Format: ebook
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon
Reading Challenges:   Blogger Shame, March Take Control of Your TBR

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: KNIGHT PROTECTOR by RUE ALLYN @RueAllyn @Crimson_Romance












Title : Knight Protector
Author: Rue Allyn
Series: Knight Chronicles #2
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Published : February 15, 2016
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: 250
Format: ebook
Source: Author via The Romance Studio
Purchase: Amazon

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