Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Title and Author: Silk by Chris Karlsen
Series: The Bloodstone Series Book 1
No. of Pages: 301
Publication Date: Books to Go Now (December 14, 2014)
Language: English
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Historical, Crime, Murder Mystery, Serial Killer, Series

Blurb:
It is the time of Jack the Ripper, the widowed Queen Victoria sits on the throne of England. The whole of London is on edge wondering when or where Jack will kill next. The Palace, Parliament, and the press are demanding the police do more to find him. 

In another part of London, rough-around-the-edges war hero, Metropolitan Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone has his own serial killer to find. Inter departmental rivalries, politics, and little evidence to go on hamper the investigation at every turn. In a battle of wills, Bloodstone presses forward following his instincts in spite of the obstacles. 

Adding to those problems, away from the strains of the investigation, he is engaged in the ups and downs of a new relationship with a lovely hat maker. 



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Book Review:
Silk by Chris Karlsen is the first book by the author that I have read. This book is a serial killer, murder mystery set in Jack the Ripper's era of havoc in England. Where one side Jack the Ripper is keeping the people of England edgy, on the other side there is another vicious serial killer leaving a trail of dead bodies.

I love mysteries and when I heard about this book, I was intrigued. The beautiful cover again  charmed me and I knew that I had to read this book. :)

This book is different from our normal mysteries. It is more darkly sketched with a black and white description of a historical era. I loved Chris' expertise in creating a sinister world with a devious killer. She has a way with words and created the most haunting visuals in my mind. The author is able to give an insightful tour of a serial killer's mind to the readers which had a chill running down my spine. Her contrasts between the thinking patterns of the hero and the killer are most profound and very enlightening.

The settings are realistically developed and the danger feels most real like it is truly there. I felt frightened and tempted to go double check the locks! The crimes are well described and despite being honest, are not gritty as I had feared them to be.

The characterization is admirably done but still this is one book where the villain overshadows the hero and I will remember him for a long time. That being said, the real shine and allure is added through descriptions of the settings and events, the author's writing style and the enlightening study of human nature that this book presents.

The only point that needed more work is the tension in the mystery. The mystery unfolds too soon and the tension after that is loose which had it been more tight would have definitely made this book a full 5 star book from me.

All in all,  Silk was an entertaining read that I absolutely enjoyed reading. It kept me at the edge of my seat and I got goosebumps reading the story. 4 out of 5 to it and recommended to all mystery and historical fiction lovers. I am happy that I found Chris and will be checking out her other books too. She is a talented author and I wish her the very best.




I received a copy of the book from the author and the tour organizers. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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About the Author:


I was born and raised in Chicago. My father was a history professor and my mother was, and is, a voracious reader. I grew up with a love of history and books.


My parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto me. I wanted to see the places I read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated me. I’ve had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa.


I am a retired police detective. I spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. My desire to write came in my early teens. After I retired, I decided to pursue that dream. I write two different series. My paranormal romance series is called, Knights in Time. My romantic thriller series is, Dangerous Waters.


I currently live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, four rescue dogs and a rescue horse.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

 Singaporean-Cuisine Meme

"Diet another day. Have Singaporean food today!" is what I my friend said to me the first time I went with her to try out the Singaporean cuisine in a nearby restaurant. Now, I have never had the chance to visit Singapore but I have heard so much about the place from my friend who happens to live there that I feel as if I know all about it.

With her every description, I could make a visual image of mouthwatering smells floating in the air as I imagined myself nearing the hawker stands selling some of the signature and very famous dishes of Singapore!

Much like this description with a very vivid visual playing in my mind, I sat listening in the restaurant, enchanted with the many possibilities of good food that a foodie in me could find if I visited Singapore. But, thanks to my friend who knew of this nearby restaurant which served some very classy Singaporean food, I was able to taste and fall in love with Singapore even before I visited the place!

That was the day and it has been so long since but my love for the place and its varied and vivid cuisine has only increased. It was this love that had me jumping in joy when I heard of the Singapore Food contest on Indiblogger. Granted I heard about it very late but no matter, I am so happy to finally share a few of my favourite dishes from this food haven!

1) If I ever get to visit Singapore, the first dish that I will try out there which I absolutely loved eating here in India is Chicken Rice. Shocked? I know what you must be thinking. You must be thinking that Chicken Rice is so commonplace, we eat it at home and don't even count it as anything special but...
Singaporean Chicken Rice is different. It is special and so popular that it is often called the "National Dish" of Singapore!

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Just look at those colours. It makes my mouth water already. :)

Singaporean Chicken Rice is a dish where the rice is cooked in chicken stock and served with steamed or boiled chicken with a side offering of cucumbers and sometimes other veggies and chilli sauce. Some variants use soy sauce chicken and serve with soy sauce but isn't it fun trying out all these delicious variants of this very popular dish! 

According to my friend, it's so popular that we can find it everywhere from hawker stands to lavish restaurants. I hope I visit Singapore soon and get to enjoy this delicacy in its natural environment. :)

2) The next dish on my list is Fried Carrot Cake. When I first heard of this dish from my friend, I was like "What? What did you say? Fried? Are you talking of a cake that is fried?"

This dish is so very different from all the cakes I had eaten and it made such a lasting impression on my mind that I have gone back and eaten it again and again!

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This Singapore Fried Carrot Cake is made with eggs, preserved radish, white radish flour cake and fried carrot cake cubes. Don't ask me how to make it because I haven't tried it in my kitchen. I am totally happy to just eat it and have been trying to convince my husband to learn how to make it. It would be so cool to just sit and relish this dish made by my husband! A girl can always dream. :)

3) The next dish that had me swooning over Singaporean food was Kaya Toast served with soft boiled eggs.
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Kaya Toasts are regular rectangular break toasts slathered with butter and Kaya which is a coconut custard jam with a heavenly fragrance and taste. The butter when it melts between the hot toasts gives it a mouthwatering taste and the tasty and fragrant Kaya adds a twist to our normal butter toast!

Served with soft boiled eggs and usually eaten accompanied by a hot cup of black coffee, this is a favourite breakfast in Singapore and a must try for all of you. I absolutely loved it!

4) Last but certainly not the least on my list of favourite Singaporean food is Teh-Tarik or Pulled Tea.

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Teh-Tarik is all about showmanship and we have seen this showmanship in India and loved it, I am sure. Here the tea makers pour a stream of hot tea between two vessels, keeping the vessels as far apart as possible. This produces a well mixed tea with a good looking froth. I am a tea lover and so when I heard of the Teh-Tarik, I was happy to see something from India being loved in Singapore.

Now these are just a few of the delicacies that I have tried and absolutely loved and they all come from Singapore which has proven to me that Singapore is indeed a food lover's paradise. 

Despite being a tiny island, Singapore has successfully adopted and customized cuisines from all over the world to give them its own characteristic flavour. There is variety, there is taste and there is a unique touch to all the fantastic Singaporean food.

Singapore has sold its food to me and while I already knew of its sky high buildings, its ultra modern infrastructure and the beauty of this small island country in Southeast Asia, now I also acknowledge its attraction when it comes to experiencing memorable food here. 

I am looking forward to visiting Singapore soon and hope to eat and experience every dish there. I even intend to takeaway some for my journey back because Singaporean food is not only super tasty but it's also takeaway worthy! :)

Have you tried Singaporean food?
What are your favourites?

Read more about Singapore here: http://discover.stayfareast.com/

This post is written for the Takeaway Level: Singapore contest on Indiblogger in association with Far East Hospitality.


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


My pick this week is Siren's Call by Debbie Herbert

Expected Publication Date: 1st June 2015
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Mermaid, Suspense, Fantasy

Blurb:
She was irresistible to every man…except one.

Lily Borsage is the ultimate siren: gorgeous, aloof and irresistible to all the men in Bayou La Siryna. All of them, that is, until Nashoba Bowman comes back to town. The Native American kid whose innocent first kiss Lily remembers fondly is now all grown-up, hot as an Alabama summer—and immune to Lily's charms. What self-respecting mermaid could resist finding out more? 
But Nash has a dark history that puts any woman he loves in grave danger, and a heritage of power he isn't ready to accept. And Lily has a secret that no mortal man can ever know. When a mysterious enemy starts menacing Lily, they will both have to risk everything—and embrace their deepest destinies—if they want to survive.


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Why I picked this book?
I have read two books by Debbie Herbert, Siren's Secret and Siren's Treasure and absolutely loved her mermaid romances with plenty of suspense, mystery and intense romance. Her books are set in our normal world and yet shrouded in mystery and hidden secrets. Having read her previous books, when I heard about her upcoming book, I was ecstatic and excited to read it. I am very fortunate that she decided to do a review tour with me and sent me an ARC to read! Yay! :)

I am looking forward to starting on her latest and cant wait! :)

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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I still remember my first smartphone and the happiness I had felt the first time that I held it in my hand. Smartphones have come a long way since then as have I. I have changed so many smartphones since then but that first experience is special and will always remain in my heart.

Coincidentally, my first smartphone was a Motorola phone and so when I heard about the new Moto E (2nd Gen) which has released just at the right time, I was ecstatic. My current phone fell and broke and so I had been on the lookout for a new one and behold! I came across the all new Moto E (2nd Gen)!

Now you will ask me what's so special about this phone? 

1) Well, for starters it is a Motorola phone and as we know Motorola is a trusted and branded company. 

2) Next, is the price factor. It is a budget offering at just 6,999 Rupees! Easy on the pocket, this factor made my eyes shine extra bright! :)

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3) Style- It is stylish and classy. It instantly attracted my eye when I was searching for phones under 10,000 rupees. It comes in two colours-Black and White and also has a very quality feel when in your hand. Its quality feel and also the new option to customize it by changing the side bands, letting you choose a different look for each day, sets it apart from any other smartphone available at this price. Cool, isn't it!

4) Screen Size- It has a screen size of 4.5 inch and is a qHD screen which is just the right size for my hand. Neither too big nor too small.

5) Processor- I want a smartphone which does not lag and is able to handle my simple chatting, some gaming and a few app using habits easily with the ability to multitask. Here Moto E (2nd Gen) again comes out a champion. It has a 1.2GHz Quadcore Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor and 1 GB RAM which is splendid at this price range and I am sure well capable of giving me a smooth, lag free experience with no-tension multitasking allowed. With this new Moto E smartphone, I can stream videos, play games, chat and listen to music while also be on the internet anytime and anywhere effortlessly!

6) Storage- The new Moto E has 8 GB ROM internal memory which is expandable upto 32 GB via SD card. 

7) It uses a micro SD card.

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8) Camera- The previous Moto E didn't have a front camera which is rectified in this new Moto E which has a VGA front camera. Now we can take selfies anytime and anywhere! It also features a 5 MP back camera for a better photo experience.

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9) Operating System- The new Moto E (2nd Gen) comes with Android 5 (Lollipop) version of android.

10) Last but certainly not the least come "The Moto Experiences in the new Moto E (2nd Gen)". Motorola has finally made the cool Moto Experiences available in their new Moto E (2nd Gen) phone. Usually, made available only in their high-end models, these new features are a happy new addition.

These new Moto Experiences include 

a) "Quick Capture" where we can activate the camera by just twisting our wrists twice.
b) "Moto Display"- Just nudge your Moto E and all the notifications will instantly come on the screen.
c) "Moto Migrate" to quickly and easily transfer contacts, photos and videos to my new phone.

All these super cool features which usually come in smartphones much more expensive than the Moto E, make this smartphone a must-checkout phone in its category. After all, where will we get such admirable features at such affordable price of just Rupees 6,999?

So, with the new Moto E (2nd Gen) I #ChooseToStart my journey of using and enjoying the cool features like "Quick Capture", "Moto Display", customization of the side bands, blogging on the go etc. at a very pocket friendly price! :)

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When Guptaji asked me to come have 'nashta' or breakfast with him and his family, I could not say no. I was ecstatic and happy and do you know why?

Well, Guptaji is also known as #KelloggsWaleGuptaji because his family has many mouthwatering recipes in their cook book, all made from the very healthy Kelloggs cornflakes and can whip up the perfectly healthy breakfast in a jiffy!

I must tell you that I have had Kelloggs cornflakes for breakfast since childhood and when I came to know that Guptaji's family knew of recipes made from my favourite cornflakes, I was both inquisitive and excited to try out the new platter. Guptaji was gracious enough to allow me to choose the dishes I wanted to try out and he would serve me those for breakfast at his house. Exciting, isn't it!

I hopped over to their Facebook page and read about some very diverse yet yummy and sumptuous looking recipes right from my general milk cornflakes to the Chapatti Cornflakes Chivda! Being a foodie and an amateur cook, I noted down the recipes and am now eager to try out the delicious cornflakes dishes at their house.

1) My first pick that I want to try out is the Cornflakes Popcorn Clusters which Guptaji also calls as the "Movie Wala Nashta".

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Just look at these crispy looking yummy clusters that have merged both popcorn and cornflakes. I love munching on popcorn and am eager to munch on this unique and appealing looking nashta soon!

2) Are you trying to lose weight and are on a lookout for yummy salads then Guptaji has just the right recipe for you. His "Homework Wala Nashta" made my mouth water.

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Just look at this gorgeous assemble. Doesn't it look both exotic and simply yummy! What's more appealing is that the ingredients to make it are so simple that we are sure to find them easily in our kitchen. This recipe gave me another reason to want to accept Guptaji's invitation for breakfast.

3) If you love munching on crispy snacks then you are going to love this Chapatti Cornflakes Chivda or also called the "Nakhare Wala Nashta". It's a novel twist to our old, simple chivda and so appealing that I want to go and try it out right now. Accompanied with hot cardamom tea, I think this dish is going to become my new favourite.
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Look at all that golden crispness. I am loving it already! Mrs. Gupta tells me that this recipe proves really beneficial during her children's nakhare. They instantly forget their tantrums when they see their "Nakhare Wala Nashta" in front of them. Hence the name is again and again justified.

4) Last but nowhere the least on my foodie list is the "Best Family Wala Nasta".

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The Gupta family has given our beloved milk-cornflakes recipe a twist with cinnamon and chopped apples to give it a yummy makeover. All this creaminess of milk with the crunchiness of apple and Kelloggs cornflakes with the added sweet smell of cinnamon is starting to make me hungry!

I cant wait till tomorrow to go have breakfast with the Gupta's so I'll try out atleast one of these delicacies today in my own kitchen. But, hey! This is a secret. Don't tell anyone! :)

Will you go and have breakfast with #KelloggsWaleGuptaji?

I know, I will and am already dying with excitement while I wait for the morning to arrive!

This post is written for Kellogg's Waale Guptaji ka Nashta campaign by Kelloggs India. Checkout all the delicious recipes you can make with Kelloggs cornflakes here: https://www.facebook.com/anaajkanashta
Checkout more here: https://www.youtube.com/user/kelloggindia

Meet the #KelloggsWaleGuptaji's family in this video.


Monday, March 23, 2015

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