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

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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

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: THE ONES WHO GOT AWAY by RONI LOREN @RoniLoren @SourcebooksCasa













The Ones Who Got Away
Author:  Roni Loren 
Series: The Ones Who Got Away #1 
Published: January 2nd 2018 
Genres: Contemporary, Romance 
Pages: 384 
Format: eARC 
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Reading Challenges: 2018 New Release COYER Winter with a TwistNetgalley and Edelweiss

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

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

RELEASE BLITZ: WE WERE ONE by ELIZABETH REYES @AuthorElizabeth
















Title:  We Were One (Looking Glass alternate POV)
Author: Elizabeth Reyes
Genre: NA/Romance suspense/Romantic thriller
Release Date:  January 29, 2018

Monday, January 29, 2018

BOOK REVIEW TOUR: BAYSIDE PASSIONS by MELISSA FOSTER @Melissa_Foster @beckvalleybook


Title: Bayside Passions
Series: Bayside Summers #2
Publisher: World Literary Press
Released: January 10, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance 
Format: eARC 
Pages: 364
Source: Author via Beck Valley Book Tours
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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Blog All About It Challenge ~ January 2018 - Winter


I DREAM OF WINTER

When I heard about this challenge, my excitement levels went up a notch. Why? This was a great opportunity for me to start having discussion posts on my blog. However, when I discovered the prompt for January would be winter, I scratched my head and wondered what I have gotten myself into.  What could I possibly write about winter, having had no experience with the season? You see, I from the island of Jamaica, which does not experience the four seasons. Instead, it is either sunshine or rain, hot or cool and the threat of hurricanes between the months of June and November. Now there is a topic I could write extensively on, but that is a story for another time.

Throughout my life, I have had the pleasure of meeting persons who provided me with their varying views on winter. In addition, I have seen photographs of what winter looks like. I know this can never compare to the real thing, but for I have no choice but to experience it through the eyes of others. Growing up, I always wanted to experience what they experienced.  It all appeared so adventurous and fun.  The idea of making snowmen, engaging in snowball fights and creating snow angels and feeling and smelling snow piqued my curiosity. Also curling up beside the fireplace with a good book and hot chocolate, what more could a bookworm ask for. I dreamed of experiencing these things, but the opportunity never presented itself. Then as I got older, I came to realise there is so much more to winter than I originally thought.

The freezing temperatures I have heard about is definitely no joke. I am used to wearing one layer of clothing and so I cannot imagine wearing several layers to combat the cold weather. I am not averse to cold, but when I hear about temperatures such as 10 degrees Celsius, I am thinking hell no and do not get me started when it falls lower than this. Then there is the thing with the ice hmm.   Slipping on ice or having accidents while driving is not something I would want to experience. However, I love the idea of staying indoors due to the freezing temperatures and being the homebody I am it would suit me fine.

In a recent conversation with a relative who lived in the New York for twenty years, I enquired about what she loved most and least about the season. Her response made me laugh.  She stated emphatically that she did not like winter and it only had a good name because Christmas was celebrated during this time. So in essence, her favourite part of winter is Christmas. I understood where she was coming from because after spending most of your life in a tropical climate adjusting to the cold weather would prove a challenge. She hated when the snow get dirty as it is ugly and slippery. She said winter had other redeeming qualities as she enjoyed hot beverages during this time, and she loved the soothing feeling that comes with watching the falling snow.

Now despite the freezing temperatures and the possibility of slipping on ice I still dream of experiencing a taste of winter. I am not sure if it is something I would want to deal with permanently, but I would love to see and feel snow and experience all the good things that come with it.


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


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: ADVANCE by K. A. DUGGSY @Kellyduggsy @QuirkyBlindDate














Title: Advance
Author:  K. A. Duggsy
Series: Haunts for Sale #2
Genres: Dystopia, Sci-Fi, Romance
Publisher: CreateSpace 
Published: March 12, 2016
Pages: 304
Format: ebook
Source: Author via Quirky Blind Dte
Reading Challenges:  COYER Winter with a Twist
Buy :  Amazon


Monday, January 22, 2018

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

INTERVIEW WITH KHALED TALIB @KhaledTalib

Today I have the pleasure of  hosting Khaled Talib on the blog. He will sharing important information about his latest novel  Gun Kiss

You’ve written three novels, but none except Gun Kiss has a splash of romance. Why?

Blame it on an old movie that I watched one evening. A famous movie star who starred in it also reminded me of a pre-university friend who in some ways resemble the actress. Unfortunately, we lost contact. Recently, I approached a newspaper reporter in Singapore for help to find her. He published a story about my novel in relation to finding her. I wanted to give her a copy of the novel.  I named the actress in my novel Goldie St. Helen. The protagonist is Blake Deco. 

As a male author, did you find it difficult to write a POV from a woman’s perspective? 

Well, I didn’t dress up like Tootsie if that’s what you mean, but I did spend time making observations. I also tried to delve into a woman’s mind to weave in emotions, thoughts, reflections and the things they talk about in oppose to what men talk about. 

Do you think you understand women better now?

Are you kidding? Of course not! When she goes silent, I have no idea what’s she’s thinking about. I even wrote a scene about that.  

How would you describe the relationship between the characters in the novel?

Happy. Confuse. Intense. Fearful. Anxious. Lost. Perplexed. Hopeful. 

Readers and reviewers have described your action scenes as fast, and there’s plenty of that in Gun Kiss. Why do you feel the pace is necessary?  

Ask most people why they like going on rollercoaster rides? 
It’s pulsating. It’s the same with reading thrillers.  I write that way because my readers want the story to be riveting. I want to share the thrill of writing with my reader. If I don’t feel it, they’re not going to feel it. 

Do you plan to write a sequel? 

I should. It’s a colorful story, if I do say so myself. I’ll consider once I’m done with the present manuscript, which is a murder mystery. Let’s see how it goes. I’ll need to find a new plot. I’m sure it’ll happen… I can feel the characters calling me back for another round of adventure. 


Think Gun Kiss will be made into a movie? 

Anything is possible. My debut, Smokescreen, was read by Paul Greengrass, the movie director. I pitched it to him via Creative Artists Agency and he read it. The idea was rejected but I came that close. The experience gave me inspiration to write some scenes with the actress and her movie agent. 

Who will play your characters if Gun Kiss is ever made into a movie?

I don’t know. Some people in their thirties, I suppose. He must be handsome, and she must be blonde. Am I asking a lot?  Well, you’ll have to consider how long it’ll take before the movie is made. Even if I had some favorites, they’ll be older by then. I am sure Hollywood will have new faces over the years. 

What does Gun Kiss mean and how long did it take you to come up with the title?

It’s a metaphor for finding love at a dangerous time. It took me a while to get it right. I had a few weird titles in the beginning, some even sounded like a soda brand. But then I said, “This one.” It sounded perfect, especially the way the story’s been written.   

American history seems to play a part in the novel. Since the prologue begins with the Deringer that shot Abraham Lincoln stolen at the Ford’s Theatre Museum, did you learn anything new about that fateful night during your research? 

I learned that a man named Samuel J. Seymour was at the theater lived long enough to go on television to tell us what he saw. 
Seymour was about five-years-old in 1865. During a television show called “I’ve Got a Secret” he revealed that he saw the assassin John Wilkes Booth jump off the balcony after the shot was fired. Imagine that… a live witness. Seymour died in 1956.  

Thanks for visiting


ABOUT GUN KISS


A stolen piece of history, an abducted actress and international intrigue…

When the Deringer pistol that shot Abraham Lincoln is stolen and ends up in the hands of a Russian military general, covert agent Blake Deco is tasked by the FBI to head to the Balkans to recover the historical weapon. Meanwhile, the United States media is abuzz with news of the mysterious disappearance of Hollywood movie star, Goldie St. Helen.

After Blake’s return from overseas, he receives a tip from a Mexican friend that a drug lord, obsessed with the beautiful actress, is holding her captive in Tijuana. With the help of a reluctant army friend, Blake mounts a daring rescue. What he doesn’t expect is to have feelings for Goldie—or that a killer is hunting them.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Khaled Talib is a former magazine journalist and public relations
practitioner. His articles have been published and syndicated to newspapers worldwide, and his short stories have appeared in literary journals and magazines. He is also the author of thrillers Smokescreen and Incognito. Khaled is a member of the International Thriller Writers. The author lives in Singapore. 

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Amazon universal link: http://getbook.at/GunKiss

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: FIRST CONTACT by KAT GREEN @hauntsforsale @QuirkyBlindDate













Title: First Contact
Author:  Kat Green
Series: Haunts for Sale #2
Genres: Horror, Mystery
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Published: June 28, 2017
Pages: 180
Format: ebook
Source: Author via Quirky Blind Dte
Reading Challenges:  COYER Winter with a Twist
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Monday, January 08, 2018

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Thursday, January 04, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: THE PROPHECY by PETRA LONDON













Title: The Prophecy
Author:  Petra London
Series: Saga of the Chosen
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Indie
Published: January 27, 2017
Pages: 426
Format: ebook
Source: Gifted from the author
Date Completed: December 30, 2017
Reading Challenges:  2017 New Release Challenge, COYER Winter with a Twist, Blogger Shame Challenge
Buy :  Amazon