Tuesday, May 24, 2016

My Dream Kitchen

Kitchen is my haven where I feel most relaxed and happy. It is the place where most food experiments happen and where despite the type of the day I have had, my mind is taken away from all my life’s worries.

Being a foodie and a cooking enthusiast, I am always visualizing my ideal kitchen- a place that I will design myself to have everything in it right from the gleaming counter tops I have often seen on famous cookery shows to the state of the art appliances I have often drooled over while window shopping in malls.

My present kitchen is just awful and desperately in need of an upgrade. It is too small and cramped with chipped counters and crooked cabinet doors that are just hanging by for dear life! LOL
One day very soon, I vow to upgrade it and go all out to get my dream kitchen.

I have been researching and visualizing my dream kitchen in my mind for as long as I can remember and from all the various styles, I just love the Eclectic Style Kitchen which allows to have an array of distinguishing features to help us in designing a visually interesting cooking and dining space. With a moderately spaced house like mine, I want my kitchen to look spacious and be able to make clever use of the available space like in this kitchen I just loved!

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This lovely eclectic style cooking space has all the features that I covet in my future kitchen. With its modern look and the perfect combination of timber wood, steel and glass used in the counters, appliances/fixtures and cabinets, this kitchen design has its own unique feel and a very classy look.
Just look at the ingenious use of the space under the stairs where shelves have been added to keep all my cook books and any other stuff I want like crockery etc. A small fridge is also added in the lower section!

The super shiny upper cabinets look like mirrors on the outside but are in fact cleverly disguised cabinets that don’t look odd and beautifully complement the ultra-suave look of the kitchen.
The modern hanging lights with the slightly rustic looking sitting table below and the whole décor of this kitchen and dining space expertly meshes with the drawing room without making it look odd and is just too good.

No kitchen is complete without really great appliances to go in it and this kitchen design has included a stainless steel double door fridge with an ice machine so easily in such a small space. The oven/grill can be so inconspicuously included below the counters amidst the wooden cabinets and will be so ideally placed that I can’t help feeling impressed. With my sleek induction top, I can just visualize the eye catching beauty of my future kitchen!

There are so many possibilities of freely applying my creativity in placing my appliances in this kitchen. The lovely mix and match here with its rustic and modern combination of items has me itching to make my cooking space just like this one. There are just so many things I adore here.
So with this eclectic style kitchen design in my mind, I just can’t wait to go all out and get the kitchen I have always dreamed about!

What do you think of my dream kitchen pick? Does this one call your name? What are your dreams about your ideal kitchen?


#BookReview: In Firefly Valley (Texas Crossroads #2) by Amanda Cabot

Title and Author: In Firefly Valley by Amanda Cabot
No. of Pages: 368
Series: Texas Crossroads #2
Publication Date: May 2015 by Fleming H. Revell Company 
Genre: Christian Romance, Contemporary Romance

Book Review:
In Firefly Valley by Amanda Cabot is the second book in the Texas Crossroads series but the first book that I have read in this series as well as by the author and I absolutely loved the book.

Although part of a series, it can be read as a standalone but I would advise you to read it in order because characters from the previous book also make an appearance in this one and while not very problematic, it sure would have been better for me had I read the previous book first.

This a story of love, forgiveness and the power of faith.

Marissa has seen so much sadness in her past and then she loses her job too. Now working as manager in the struggling Rainbow's end resort, she meets an author Blake Kendall who is staying there as guest. Is he the right man for her?

There is suspense, drama, real life problems and then the power of forgiveness and faith in this book. Amanda Cabot takes us to Bluebonnet Lake and the Firefly Valley where there is not only beauty but also much drama.

I loved how the author developed her characters showing the reader not only the various facets of life but also inspiring us to never lose faith and always strive for happiness even in the face of adversity.

Marissa and Blake are both characters honed by their past and each made me love them because of different reasons.

The story is well paced and had me engaged throughout. I dont want to giveaway much but go read this lovely story and fall in love.

All in all, In Firefly Valley by Amanda Cabot is a lovely story that made itself memorable to me and I recommend it to everyone. 4.5 out of 5 to it. Go read and enjoy this beautiful story. I know I will be checking the other books in this series in the future.



I received the book from the publishers via Netgalley and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

#BookBlitz and $50 #Giveaway: Narine of Noe (Faerie Tales from the White Forest Book Four) by Danika Dinsmore

Narine of Noe Narine of Noe (Faerie Tales from the White Forest Book Four) 
Narine of Noe should have had her whole life to train to take her father’s place as High Sage. But when a mysterious force falls from the skies, sending the world into elemental chaos and her father into mortal danger, the fate of every living creature lands on her shoulders . . . including that of the Eternal Dragon. Without the Dragon it is impossible to regain the Balance of All Things. An elaborate plan to save the world must be hatched, and Narine is forced to take charge in a world gone mad. Before the White Forest was born, before the Great World Cry, the story that started it all. . .   
  
Praise for Narine of Noe and the White Forest series 

A charming, magical journey... ~Cassandra Rose Clarke, Author, The Assassin's Curse series 


 Dinsmore weaves a coming of age story through a world that is both fantastic and believable. ~Rise Reviews 


 I was hooked before I finished the first chapter . . . I fell in love with Narine and you will, too. ~Brenna D'Amico, actor, Disney’s Descendants



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Excerpt:

Narine fidgeted onstage, facing the gathered Assembly and guests. Several hundred bodies filled the Great Hall as she and six other Mentee selects stood waiting for their official Keeper assignments. Their Life Tasks.
Sweating under her heavy ceremonial cloak, she reached over her shoulder and scratched at the top of her right wing. When she became High Sage, she decided, she’d get rid of these ridiculous costumes.
She glanced down at Mabbe, the shorter, darker faerie by her side, who swam inside her own thick green carpet of material, her brown and orange wings poking out the back like webbed tree limbs. Mabbe nodded toward the ceiling. Narine looked up at the piercing blue day beyond the crystal dome.
We should be outside, Narine thought into Mabbe’s mind.
This ceremony is so long, Mabbe thought back, we could have flown to the Standing Stones by now.
Narine stifled a laugh. Applause erupted in the room and she composed herself, dutifully clapping along. Mabbe elbowed her.
Narine elbowed Mabbe back. What?
Mabbe nodded toward center stage. They called your name.
Narine whirled to her left to face the line of Sages and Transition Mentors. Sage Shonore of Carraiglenn, the first non-faerie to ever preside over the Transition Ceremony, beckoned her across the stage. Cheeks red with embarrassment, Narine strode up to her, palms pressed together in front of her chest. When she reached Shonore, she opened her hands and held them up, cupped, as if to feel for rain.
“I offer my service,” said Narine, “as a Keeper of Faweh.”
Shonore stepped back, hooves clacking against the wooden floor, and Narine’s father, High Sage Thorze, appeared in her place. He placed his hands together and then offered them up to Narine, his crystal grey-blue eyes shining.
“I offer you Mentorship through our Transition,” his deep voice resonated from within his solid body, “and the Dragon’s Gift when my service is complete.”
Thorze held up his scepter as Shonore stepped forward again. She clapped her front hooves together and beamed down with wide brown eyes.


“Narine of Noe,” she said, “by consensus of the Sages of Noe, and by authority of the Eternal Dragon, you are hereby Transition Matched with Thorze of Noe, High Sage and Keeper of the Elements.”
Narine took her father’s scepter in both hands. They held it together between them, grinning at each other briefly before composing themselves.
“Thorze of Noe,” continued Shonore, “do you accept this Transition Match?”
“Indeed I do,” he boomed. A smattering of laughter danced around the room.
Shonore bowed to Thorze and Narine, her thick mane spilling over her knobby horns. Father and daughter, Sage and Mentee, turned to the audience and approached the front of the stage together, holding the scepter between them. Narine fought with the bottom of her robe, kicking it out with her right foot. She caught sight of her mother’s angular face in the front row. She stopped kicking and lowered her eyes.

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Danika Author Danika Dinsmore 
Danika Dinsmore is an award-winning author, performance artist, and educator. Over the past 25 years she has developed content for the page, stage, screen, and web. Danika currently works in literary and speculative fiction with an emphasis on juvenile & young adult literature. Author of children’s fantasy adventure series FAERIE TALES FROM THE WHITE FOREST, she often takes her interactive Imaginary Worlds Tour on the road, performing and teaching world-building & creative writing at schools, conferences, and festivals across North America.





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Sunday, May 22, 2016

#MusicAlbumReview: The Modern Romantic: New Relaxing Classical Piano Music by Laura Sullivan

 #MusicAlbumReview: The Modern Romantic: New Relaxing Classical Piano Music by Laura Sullivan

I was introduced to Laura Sullivan's exceptional music when I listened to and reviewed her music album Mystical America and fell in love with her musical genius. Her music is soothing, relaxing and so soulful that you cant help but feel moved by it.

In her latest release, The Modern Romantic, she brings to us relaxing and musical piano compositions that held me entranced throughout. Each composition is unique and different from the others and had me feeling loose and miles away from the chaos of my daily life.

This album contains music that suits its name, The Modern Romantic and will have you feeling the magic of romance in no time. 

Calming, enchanting and promoting the holistic health of mind and body, The Modern Romantic is another memorable music album by Grammy Award winning artist, Laura Sullivan and one that I absolutely loved listening to. Strongly recommended to everyone from me, go buy and experience Laura's musical genius. 4.5 out of 5 to it from me and I look forward to listening to more music composed by Laura in the future.


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Thursday, May 19, 2016

#ProductReview: Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder for Mobile, tablet or GPS (Gold)

 #ProductReview: Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder for Mobile, tablet or GPS (Gold)

With the advent of technology, we all have to come to rely on GPS and Google Maps on our mobiles/tablets to navigate and find the best routes through the heavy traffic in the city. To ease us in using these features while driving, a mobile/tablet car mount comes handy. Just mount the mobile/tablet in a car mount and focus on driving without having to worry about holding the mobile/tablet every time we want to check the GPS or use Google Maps!

Having tried many car mount mobile/tablet holders, I just hadn't found that perfect one which would impress me. Most are made of plastic, come with suction that loosens pretty soon and works only on smooth, plain surfaces like glass. 

So when I heard about Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder for Mobile, tablet or GPS which is made of metal, is magnetic, works in 360 degree direction and can be mounted not only on plain but textured surfaces too, I was pretty intrigued. After having used it for quite sometime, today, I'll share my review of this product with you.

About the Product:

 #ProductReview: Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder for Mobile, tablet or GPS (Gold)
Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder for Mobile, tablet or GPS is a 360 degree rotating magnetic mount holder that is the perfect aid to securely hold your mobile, tablet or GPS on your car dashboard. High strength neodymium-iron-boron used in a compact design ensures that the mount takes minimal space while holding your device securely even on rough roads or bumpy rides. The mount works irrespective of whether your phone is in a back case or leather case or has a metal or a plastic back panel.

Features:

  • SUPER UTILITY: 360 degree Universal Magnetic Mount securely holds mobile, tablet or GPS
  • LUXURY LOOKS : Premium golden brass design renders glamor to your car - No more bulky plastic cradles!
  • ENHANCED SAFETY : Strong neodymium-iron-boron firmly holds your phone even on bumpy roads and ensures safer driving experience
  • VERSATILE: Mount can be used not only in Car but also at your office desk, living room or kitchn
  • COMPATIBILITY: Easily compatible with several models of mobiles, tablets and GPS

Colour: Golden

Price: 1999 INR

My Review of Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder for Mobile, tablet or GPS (Gold)


Things I liked about Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder:

1) Classy appearance, quality and Sturdy metallic built and compact design: Bracevor car mount is made of quality brass metal with a beautiful finish in gold colour that makes it look classy and premium as well sturdy unlike the other plastic car mounts that often break easily. Its compact design ensures that it uses minimum space and still work perfectly in holding mobiles and tablets securely while braving each pothole and bump on the road!

2) Powerful neodymium-iron-boron magnets hold the mobiles and tablets with ease. Bracevor car mount uses 
neodymium-iron-boron magnets to hold the mobiles and tablets to the car mount and these magnets are so strong that they keep the mobiles/tablets in place despite any number of potholes and jerks that we encounter while driving. I was fearful that my mobile would fall off but it didn't. So it's a definite pass from me!

3) The car mount has the flexibility to rotate 360 degrees. Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder can rotate 360 degrees. So just mount your mobile or tablet and enjoy turning it in any direction in all 360 degrees without having to touch the holder once its fixed in place.


4) This car mount holder is versatile and can be used not only in cars but also in our homes either on our office desk, kitchen counter or anywhere else. 


5) Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder works on numerous surfaces,  not only on plain surfaces like glass but also wood, marble, plastic and even textured surfaces like the dashboards of cars!


6) The adhesive is strong and stays intact, keeping the car mount in place for long, not affected by sunlight and humidity as compared to the suction provided by majority car mount holders that weaken with sunlight and humidity and come off in a short time.


7) Can also hold heavier mobiles and tablets weighing even as much as 315 gm which is impressive as compared to the other car mounts available in the market.



 #ProductReview: Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder for Mobile, tablet or GPS (Gold)


8) Two metallic plates, one small and other big are provided to help support mobiles and tablets better when mounting on the Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder.

9) The mount works irrespective of whether your phone is in a back case or leather case or has a metal or a plastic back panel. So either we stick the metal sticker directly on our mobile and mount it or stick on the plastic or leather cover and then mount the mobile with its cover on or just keep it inside the cover and then mount the mobile with its cover on, the mount works beautifully in all these cases because of the super powerful magnets it uses. Amazing, isn't it!


10) The car mount is easy to assemble, is compact in design and easily mountable. Bracevor car mount holder comes with easy to follow instructions and can be easily assembled with the help of these instructions. It is also very compact in design, much smaller as compared to the other car mounts available in the market.



Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder components with assembling instructions.

11) Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder can hold a variety of mobiles and tablets of varying dimensions and weight. Since it uses strong magnets, it can hold mobiles and tablets of varying dimensions and weights unlike the other car mount holders that use fixed size frames to hold mobiles and thus, can only hold devices of a set dimension and weight. I tested Bracevor car mount with my Microsoft Lumia, iPhone 6s and iPad Mini and it was able to hold all these devices easily!

12) Value for money product. Priced at 1999 INR with a current discount of 50%, setting the MRP at 999 INR, Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder is a value for money product that provides quality, beauty, ease and durability at pocket friendly rates as compared to its competitors in the market.


13) Extra adhesive and alcohol wipe pads are also provided. We get two extra adhesive pads apart from the one already present in the car mount holder that can be used to stick the car mount holder anywhere we want. Two alcohol patches are also provided that are used to wipe the surface before sticking the car mount holder.

Things I didn't like about Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder:

So far, I haven't noticed any cons to this product which has managed to really wow me!



Conclusion:

All in all, Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder for Mobile, tablet or GPS (Gold) is one of the best car mount holders available in the market and the best one that I have used so far. It is not only pocket friendly but also a quality product with a sturdy build, premium look and expertly able to work with numerous devices and so much more.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 and strongly recommend Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder for Mobile, tablet or GPS (Gold) to everyone!





I received the product from Bracevor and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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How to Install?

Step 1: Peel the adhesive from the metallic plate and attach to the back of your mobile or mobile case. IMPORTANT: Select the right spot on the back of your device/case so that the device does not graze the surface when installed. 

Step 2: Use alcohol prep pad and clean the surface where you want to stick the mount base. Peel the adhesive and attach it then to the surface ensuring strong adhesion. Stick the magnetic disk to the base and attach your device to the disk (held by magnet).

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

#ARCBookReview and #Giveaway: Touched by Love (Love in Bloom: The Remingtons #6) by Melissa Foster


NEW RELEASE........
Touched by Love, The Remingtons #6, Love in Bloom

Fiercely independent Janie Jansen has always believed there were worse things in life than being blind, and she's spent her life proving it. She's moved away from her overprotective parents, built a life in New York City, and is one of the top technical editors in her company. That is, until an unfortunate accident turns her life upside down and she's forced to give up the very independence she's worked so hard to achieve.

Firefighter Boyd Hudson pushed past his tragic past and is weeks away from accomplishing his ultimate dream―being accepted into medical school. His intense focus on his goal while working three jobs has taken its toll. With a trail of failed relationships behind him, Boyd is painstakingly aware of his limitations and avoids girlfriends completely―a difficult task given his attraction to one of his co-workers.

When Boyd comes to Janie's rescue, she's forced to accept his help, and Janie discovers there's more to the sexy-sounding office flirt than one-liners. Their connection deepens as Janie heals, but it turns out that Janie isn't the only one who needs healing. Boyd's painful past comes back to haunt him, threatening their relationship and forcing Boyd to reevaluate everything he knows about himself.

*** THE REMINGTONS are part of the LOVE IN BLOOM series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. This 6-book hot contemporary romance series features alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They’re flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to readers who enjoy new adult romance, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction. While each book may be read as a standalone, you might enjoy reading the entire Love in Bloom series (The Snow Sisters, The Bradens, Seaside Summers & The Ryders)

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**



ARC Book Review:
Touched by Love by Melissa Foster is the first book that I have read in a long time that has a blind protagonist. This is the story of Janie who is blind but not helpless. Fiercely independent, she is a fighter. Then there is Boyd who has seen darkness and come out a fighter. He juggles three jobs, one of which is where he meets Janie. Both Janie and Boyd are strong characters with challenges in their daily lives and this book narrates the story of their friendship and companionship which develops into true love!

I enjoyed the story right form the start and was impressed by Janie's determination to stay strong and never feel inadequate because of her blindness. Boyd appealed to me because of his gentlemanly ways with Janie and his helpfulness towards her where he never even once coddled her and make her feel lacking because of her blindness.

Melissa's writing style is her usual fluid self and I enjoyed how she took a chance with a blind heroine and gave us, readers, something new to read. I learned so much about the challenges and the ways they cope through this book. 

The characterization is admirably done and I connected with the protagonists right from the start. These are flawed, broken and real life people with real life problems, trying to make the best of each day. I was impressed by their grit and determination towards making a better life and just loved Janie and Boyd.

Their romance builds slowly but is passionate and intense with heartfelt emotional play.

The story is fast paced and one which I really enjoyed reading.

4 out of 5 to Touched by Love by Melissa Foster from me and recommended to all romance lovers above the age of eighteen.




I received an ARC from the author and the tour organizers and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. 

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

#ComicsReview: Superman/Wonder Woman Vol. 3: Casualties of War by Peter J. Tomasi

Title and Author: Superman/Wonder Woman Vol. 3: Casualties of War by Peter J. Tomasi
Publication Date: 24 Nov 2015 by DC Comics, DC Entertainment
Genre: Comics & Graphic

Comics Review:
I have always been fascinated by Superman and Wonder Woman. They are the ultimate power couple. In this comics, they are approached for help by Wonderstar who doesnt remember anything from his past but just knows that his intentions are good. What will happen when our favourite couple trust him? If he telling the truth about not remembering anything? Is he a friend or an enemy?


Now I havent read the previous volumes but still enjoyed this one heartily. It can be read as a standalone.

The artwork is meticulous and expressive. The plot is engaging and crisp and it was fun following all the mystery and action happening in this comics.

A true treasure for all DC Comics fans, I loved this one and will be checking out the previous volumes too.
4 out of 5 to it and recommended to all comics lovers.



I received the book from the publishers via Netgalley and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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