Friday, July 31, 2015

Thanks to all my fabulous followers and readers who have supported me and helped me make this blog what it is today. 2 years have flown by and I have enjoyed every second of this very adventurous journey where I met talented authors, supportive and helpful bloggers, cool readers and dedicated publishers and publicists.

It's been a memorable experience. I have read so many great books and met and befriended book lovers and authors from all over the globe. 

Wish I could send each one of you a prize! But with the help of some very talented and cool authors, I have come up with 2 Mega Giveaways so you can win over $170 worth of prizes including Bestselling Books, Gift Cards and Paypal Cash.

All the best and I hope you continue liking and supporting the Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff! :)

2 Year Blogoversary Celebration Giveaways!!

~India Only Giveaway~

2 Prize packs - 2 Winners

Prize Pack 1: 

Rs 200 Flipkart Gift Voucher by Njkinny
Paperback Copy of The Girl He Left Behind by Shilpa Suraj

Prize Pack 2: 

Paperback copy of Kingdom Come by Aarti V. Raman,
Paperback copy of Rescued by Love by Shilpa Suraj
1 Ecopy of The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer by Laxmi Hariharan

Open to Indian residents only.

Ends 31st July.

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Card and have a valid postal address in India. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded.No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Nikita (Njkinny) from Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff and sponsored by the participating authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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~International Giveaway~

3 Prize Packs - 3 Winners

Prize Pack 1: 

Signed US hardcover edition of Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh
Ecopy of Her Sister's Shoes by Ashley Farley,  
a Paperback copy of either Among the Joyful or The Balance, or Kindle copies of both books by Erin Eastham
$10 Amazon Gift Card by R.P. Dahlke
Boxset of Darcy Walker series (4 ebooks) by A.J Lape
Paperback copy of It's Your Move, Wordfreak by Falguni Kothari
$10 Paypal cash by Jackie Weger

Prize Pack 2: 

1 Kindle book of Saving O' Connell by Anke Van Zweel
1 Ecopy of The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer by Laxmi Hariharan
1 Ecopy of Million Dollar Question by Ellie Campbell
$10 Amazon Gift Card by Ellie Campbell,
1 Audible copy of Crossing Danger: A Shelby Nichols Adventure by Colleen Helme
1 Ecopy of Unexpected Valentines by Summerita Rhayne

Prize Pack 3: 

1 Kindle book of Saving O' Connell by Anke Van Zweel
1 Ecopy of How To Survive Your Sisters by Ellie Campbell
1 Ecopy of No More Mulberries by Mary Smith
Boxed set of the 1st three of the Dead Red Mystery Series by R.P. Dahlke
1 Ecopy of Siren's Call by Debbie Herbert
Paperback copy of Bootie and the Beast by Falguni Kothari
1 Ecopy of Saved in Sri Lanka by Devika Fernando
1 Ecopy of Trouble Has a New Name by Adite Banerjie

Open Worldwide.

Ends 31st July.

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Card, Paypal Cash and have a valid postal address anywhere in the world. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded.No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Nikita (Njkinny) from Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff and sponsored by the participating authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

....The Kamboj Princesses Saga continues with Rukmani’s sister Lakshaya... 
King Kartikeya must marry a princess. He's determined to do anything to keep the kingdom that he has taken with strategy and sheer guts. If that involves charming a princess into marriage, then so be it.
Princess Lakshaya infinitely prefers the study of science to the art of impressing a suitor. In fact, she would rather have no more proposals at all. But refusing a king as opulent as Kartik is out of question. Drawn against her will by the force of his attraction, she begins to accept him, only to discover hidden secrets along the way.
Can she bring herself to go ahead with this marriage?

Set in Early Middle Ages in India, Book 2 in the Kamboj Princesses Saga follows Lakshaya in her journey to discover desire, passion, intrigue and love.

Releasing on 6th July 2015!

 The Eligible Princess by Summerita Rhayne

Preorder at just $1.99 or Rs 127 instead of $3.99 here: Amazon IN | Amazon US

Got a copy from the author and have started reading. The book so far is absolutely engrossing...Review to follow soon!

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Love long eye lashes that curl and make the eyes look, oh so appealing?
Are you in search of a mascara that can fulfill your dream above but which also doesn't run down your face at the first drop of water that it faces?

Well, I have the perfect product that not only makes enhances the beauty of our eyes by making the eye lashes look thick, long and curled to perfection but also stays intact without running down all over the face. The product that I am talking about is Maybelline The Falsies Volum Express Washable Mascara!

1) Has a spoon shaped brush that gives the eye lashes volume and a good curl.
2) Its Pro Keratin formula builds volume without clamping the eyelashes.
3) The black colour is a rich black and even with one coat gives the eyes a stunning and richer look.
4) Doesn't smudge easily and so is durable for long periods.
5) The moisture in this mascara is just right so it doesn't dry and keeps the lashes looking supple, longer, curlier and beautiful.
6) Is easily removable with a cotton dipped in either water of makeup remover.
7) Doesn't harm the eyes like causing redness, watering and puffiness and can be easily worn even if you are wearing contact lenses.
8) It is opthalmologist tested.

I think the product is great and could not find any cons.

I loved Maybelline The Falsies Volum Express Washable Mascara and definitely think that it is value-for-money. At just Rs 475, it is a great pick because it gives the eyes that needed oomph and style without affecting them adversely. Go buy and try this mascara today! :)

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Amazon IN {Rs 475} | Flipkart {Rs 380, Reg. Rs 475}


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Question of the Week: What is the first book you remember reading? - Suggested byBookish Findings

I think I read the alphabets book the very first time. LOL 
Anyhow, I think I read the very popular Indian comics weeklies, Champak, Nandan, Chacha Chaudhary etc. Then eventually I drifted to Enid Blyton and rest is history. :)
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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Dear Book Lovers,
The awesome COYER challenge is back and with it my excitement is also on the seventh cloud. Hosted by Berls of Fantasy is More Fun, Stormi of Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh My! and Michelle from Because Reading is More Fun, this is a challenge that challenges book lovers to read and review their Freebies or books bought below the rate of $2.99. These can also include the ARCs and books sent by authors and publishers. Are you like me who has over a thousand books laying in my kindle unread and this is the approximate count if I dont count the books lying everywhere in my room with my shelves already overflowing. I am an avid reader who cant live without hording books. So this challenge gives me a motivation to start on the books as yet unread and R&R them. What is better than reading your lovely books and also get chances to meet new book lovers as well as win cool prizes! I am in heaven. :)

In order to participate, you need to sign up either at Berl’s blog, or at Michelle’s blog or at Stormi's blog. And let me tell you the COYER challenge is a lot of fun! I have met some great bloggers thanks to past challenges, and I have also managed to read a lot of the e-books that had been hiding on my kindle for a while. There are mini-challenges, twitter-parties, link-ups and lots of great conversations, too.

Of course, the COYER challenge does have some rules, here are the most important ones – you can find the full list in the official sign-up places with Michelle and Berls – in my mind:
  • You have to read e-books only for them to count towards your challenge. Both kindle/nook/kobo/pdf and other e-formats for reads are permitted, as are audiobooks.
  • The books have to be either free, or very cheap. The upper limit is $2.99.
Once you have read and reviewed a book, you can link to your review in the official link-ups, you don’t have to have a blog to participate, you can link to Goodreads, Booklikes or Leafmarks or any or all buying sites like Amazon, Flipkart as well as a personal blog.
My Winter COYER Goals are:
1) I will try and clean out as many books from my TBR as possible.
2) I will try and participate in the Twitter parties this time irrespective of the time gap.
3) I hope to meet and connect with new blogs and bloggers.
4) I hope to enjoy participating in the challenges and have fun.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Title and Author: Hope In Every Raindrop by Wesley Banks
No. of Pages: 214
Publication Date: Chasing Pace Publishing (14 May 2015)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Language: English

Book Review:

Katie Price is stuck in a limbo after her father's death. Unable to write anything, she is on the verge of losing her writing contract. Taking a chance and caught in a time frame that is fast approaching closure, she decides to randomly choose a place and travel there to find a story.
Bishopville, a small town in nowhere is her destination and it is here that she meets Kyle, an enigmatic young man who speaks little but still intrigues her with his mysterious aura and his curious relationship with the 32 dogs that he trains.
Is there a story here that she can write?
Can she crack the mystery of the unusual dogs that look like wolves and their equally enigmatic  master who shows her around but still makes her feel like he doesn't want her here?

Hope In Every Raindrop attracted me when I read the blurb. Instinctively I knew that this would be a different story and a unique experience. And I am so glad to say that all this is true!

I loved every bit of this book. The cover is nice and had me reliving the soothing feeling of rain and vast open lands away from the chaos and crowd of the city.

This is the first book by the author that I have read and I am so happy that I read his work. I loved his emotionally charged writing style that kept me hooked to the book right till the end. I could not leave the book and finished it in one sitting.

The plot is expertly conceived and executed. I could appreciate all the hardwork and research that the author must have done to bring forth a story that feels so real. The whole insight into the behaviour of dogs, their relationships with humans, names of new flowers and the human psychology had me feeling more enlightened to new facts. A story, in my opinion, is one that not only entertains but also teaches good and new things to the readers. Hope In Every Raindrop fits this criteria beautifully. It not only entertained me but also taught me things that I know will prove useful.

The story moves a bit slow initially but then alters its rhythm to match the developments in the story. I could visualize each and every scene and feel the calm of open country with no pollution, the joy of watching Kyle playing with the dogs, the anticipation of writing a story along side Katie as new thoughts flowed in her mind etc. The romance is clean and more emphasized on emotions than going physical which is a good thing and makes this book different from the other romances.

The characterization is admirably done and I loved Katie, Kyle, Doc and the dogs, especially King. The sweet store owner husband-wife duo were also endearing and I felt like I knew them already. Doc is mature, learned and kind. His character made me feel like I was visiting my own grandfather. Kyle looked a bit young to me in the beginning but then the author threw me and absolutely impressed me with how he developed Kyle's character in the story. Katie is sweet, independent and stubborn. She knows what she wants and doesn't back down from a challenge. I loved her grit and her strength to endure all kinds of challenges that Kyle threw her way. The chemistry between Kyle and Katie slowly simmers and then develops into a beautiful bond of love. While the human characters are great, the main characters in this story are the dogs.

I absolutely adored King and would love to adopt him myself. His strength, intelligence and the bond that he shared with Kyle had me feeling both awed and then sighing with love watching these two together. I could visualize him running in the rain, dodging the lightening, sitting regally and watching with intelligent eyes.

"Standing in front of her was a large black dog. It wasn't just any black dog, though.
Its front legs were lean and narrow. Its chest broad, and its eyes fixed on Katie.
It was King."

The other dogs like Biscuit, Belle and the pups also made a place in my heart and now I am itching to adopt a dog!

All in all, Hope In Every Raindrop is a stellar book which had me entertained throughout. I laughed, cried, fell in love and then felt satisfied because there was always hope! Wesley Banks' emotionally laden story made me remember the feelings I feel when reading a Nicholas Sparks book. This not just a simple romance but so much more. 4.5 out of 5 to it and strongly recommended to all readers. Wesley Banks is a talented writer and I am going to checkout his books in the future too.

I received the book 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.

 Some memorable quotes:

1) "Let the rain add to our tears
Until the day when pain has stopped
And we will say there was hope in every raindrop."

2) "There is hope all around us-in every breath, in every raindrop."

3) "In her room at the prow of the house
Where light breaks,
and the windows are tossed with linden,
My daughter is writing a story..."

4) "There has to be hope. Not because it already exists within you, but because it must exist, period. There is no option to lay down because you're feeling hurt. There is no alternative. It is not live or die. It is live or live. Not because you want it that way, or because you've willed it that way. But because it must be that way."

5) "There are stories all around you if you only take the time to look."

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~About the Author~

Wesley Banks was born in 1983 and grew up on the west coast of Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. After spending over 7 years building movable bridges from Florida to Washington he decided to focus on his true passion: writing.

Wesley recently moved from Florida to Oregon to get back to the great outdoors that he’s love so much. He lives with his wife Lindsey, and his two dogs Linkin and Story. Most of his time these days is spent writing, with as much rock climbing, hiking, or skiing as they can fit in.

 Book Review and Giveaway: Hope In Every Raindrop by Wesley Banks



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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Title and Author: Haveli by Zeenat Mahal
No. of Pages: 93
Publication Date: June 2013 (Indireads)
Genre: Romance, South Asian Writing
Language: English

Book Review:
Having already read and loved The Contract by Zeenat Mahal, I already loved the author's writing style. The Contract had a strong and sensual romance more to do with strong feelings that any physical acts and this was what had me loving Zeenat Mahal's style. 

But when I read Haveli, I realized that she has so much more to offer. I absolutely loved the romance, the feisty heroine, the struggles that she threw to make the story more appealing and the whole emotional play that had my heart soaring and then also wrenching as I happily followed the heroine, Chandni.

The cover is nice but I think it could have been more appealing to complement the stunning story. The blurb is interesting and will interest the readers.

The author's writing style is balanced. She writes simply sometimes and then suddenly throws in the flair to go along with the story which is noteworthy. She flawlessly recreates the Pakistani high society culture of the 1970's with all its pomp and show. There are royal descendants, big Palaces (Haveli), the royal etiquette and manners and then the clash of the old with the modern.

The characterization is admirable. I loved the bratty, spoilt but still naive with a heart of gold and a mouth so foul that it can singe you, heroine, Chandni. Her craving for love, belonging and acceptance had me teary eyed. She has created a wall of brattiness around her so she can hide her true soft and loving self. Taimur had me swooning and falling in love with him. His maturity and yet the knack of rubbing Chandni the wrong way put so much fun in the story. They bickered but still felt attracted towards each other and their chemistry is hot! Chandni's grandmother who she calls "The Broad" remained an enigma to me. She is strict but still one can see that she loves Chandni and although she never shows it but cares for her well being. The other characters are also a varied mix of personalities and very entertaining to watch. All the characters in this book are people I loved meeting and learning from. The author truly has the knowledge of human character which she shows here by creating a variety of characters with different personalities.

The story moves quickly and I loved the whole experience. C aka Chandni's journey of finding her true self is funny, thrilling, sad but very entertaining. The romance is hot, conflict filled with many memorable moments.

While I completely loved the book, I still felt that the ending left a few queries in my mind like 
What happened to the absconding-but-then-returned Father?
What happened when everything came to light in front of him?
Were the differences between C and her brother resolved?

All in all, Haveli is an entertaining and a memorable book that I can re-read again. 4.5 out of 5 to it and strongly recommended to everyone. Had the end left me completely satisfied, I would have happily given it 5 stars. Zeenat is a talented author and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

I received the book from the author and I am very thankful to her. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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