Thursday, May 28, 2015

Title and Author: How a Star Falls by Amber Stokes
No. of Pages: 67
Publication Date: Seasons of a Story (November 19, 2014)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult & College, Novella
Language: English

Book Review:
How a Star Falls by Amber Stokes is the first book by the author that I have read. The beautiful and mysterious cover and the intriguing title were the first things that attracted me towards this book and then the blurb sealed the deal for me.

Expecting a fantastical love story, How a Star Falls came as a complete surprise and nothing like my assumptions. The idea behind the story is great but the execution didn't come up to the mark. Somehow I didn't connect to the characters like I wished I would.

Parts of the story are great but when I compare the whole story, I wasn't very mesmerized by it. The whole idea of a star falling just didn't come out right when the protagonist applied it to herself and the coincidence of the usage of the same constellation and her excuse why she had been here when the hero found her didn't look very believable. The roommate angle also felt incomplete.

The inspiration part about following your dreams raised my hopes that now there would be some solid moral here but that too was left halfway. The hero suddenly started following those same steps which he had rejected for so long when his family had told him. Overall, the story lacked a dept that I had hoped to find here and so, despite the author's engaging writing and the beautiful descriptions of the night sky and places, the story fell short from becoming memorable to me.

All in all, How a Star Falls is a sweet, clean, light and a quick read romance that I finished reading very quickly. 3 out of 5 to it and recommended to romance lovers. Amber is talented and I would be checking out her other books in the future.

I received the book from the author and the publicists 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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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Welcome to the tour for the New Adult Historical Paranormal The Keys of the Watchmen by Kathleen C. Perrin.
The Keys of the Watchmen by Kathleen C. Perrin
Katelyn Michaels plans on hating every moment of her visit to Mont Saint Michel with her father’s new French wife. Once there, she is confused when she experiences sensations of déjà vu and hears voices as she and her younger brother explore the medieval village and abbey.

When the oddly-dressed but alluring Nicolas slips Katelyn a strange medallion, she is whisked back through time with him to the 15th century where her Watchmen hosts tell her she is the only hope to save Mont Saint Michel from the invading English armies. Even worse, she learns those armies are led by a fallen angel intent on learning the mount’s closely-guarded secret.

Katelyn is torn by feelings of anger at being taken back in time, inadequacy at finding a modern solution for a medieval problem, and responsibility for the mount’s starving inhabitants. She is also perturbed by her surprising attraction to the ill-tempered Nicolas. Will she stay to learn why she was chosen by the Archangel Michael and find a way to save his mount?

Book Review

The Keys of the Watchmen by Kathleen C. Perrin came as a surprise to me. When I agreed to review it I wasn't expecting the book to be so unique and fantastic. The cover is intriguing and mysterious and caught my attention right from the start and when you add the unconventional title, I knew I had to check it out.
The blurb is okay but after reading the book, I feel that it could have been made more appealing.

Kathleen's writing style is simple, engrossing and she manages to mystify the reader right from the start. She creates a seamless flow of events in the story and kept me interested right till the end and then eager to read the next book.

Time travel is a subject that has been used so many times and very rarely is it executed so as to make the story memorable. The author in this book manages to balance the present and the past beautifully in this story. The variations are developed expertly and I could visualize the eras which was very enjoyable.

The characterization is well done and characters come alive right before the readers' eyes. I questioned the existence and the motivations of several characters in this book but then was impressed as they slowly developed and played their roles.

All in all, The Keys of the Watchmen by Kathleen C. Perrin is a different book and a unique experience that I enjoyed and recommend to historical and paranormal lovers. 4 out of 5 to it and I hope to read more from Kathleen in the future.

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.

Nicolas turns to the right and hugs the shoreline of the mount some distance around the island before he heads out into the open sands. I match him step for step. I understand what he meant about the sand pulling shoes in. In some spots, I can hardly pull my feet out of the goo. Nicolas is walking quickly, confidently, not using his stick yet.
            After about twenty steps, I feel the coldness of water and the heavy tug of a current. This must be the Couesnon River, which has cut a shallow channel in the sands, and is being pulled out to sea with a tremendous amount of force. Without his stable strength, I would fall. The water comes up to our knees, but we get through it quickly. Then when we reach the other side of the channel, Nicolas begins to use his ‘divining rod.’ It’s a slow, methodical process as he bends slightly to inspect each stick placement. From that point onward, every foot closer to the shore is a victory. At times, we’re forced to move sideways. As we zig and zag, attempting to make forward progress, Nicolas pats my hands clenched around his waist, as if to reassure me that all is well.
            I can no longer feel my feet, but I still match his every step. At one point, he stops completely, and I feel the whistling of something close to my ear. An arrow! I recognize that unhallowed sound from my escape from the English ship. But unlike that experience, there is no shouting, no sound of angry Godons. We remain standing stationary like that for at least a half an hour, and all the while, Nicolas squeezes my hand. I don’t even want to know what just happened, but I trust him.
            The sound of our breathing under our makeshift tent is the only sound I hear. And the staccato clogging of my heart begging for relief because I can feel my feet again, and they’re a pulsing mass of pain. I want nothing more than to move, sit down, or run. Just standing there without moving an inch is one of the most painful things I’ve ever experienced. I feel the throbbing in my arm and thigh as the blood pumps against my stitches, threatening to explode. I think I might die if I have to stand immobile for one more instant but I can’t let Nicolas down. I promised I would do exactly as he says. And so I do.
            Finally, he shifts slightly to the side and I breathe out in relief at being able to move, but he stops again. I bite my lip to keep myself from screaming out in agony. And then slowly, step by miniscule step we continue. However this time, he stops after every step and waits for what seems an eternity, but is probably only about five minutes. Now I really know what it means to cross the Fire Swamp, avoiding the flame spurt, fighting the Rodents of Unusual Size, and navigating the lightning sands, and it is by far the most difficult voyage I’ve ever made.
            When my feet touch a different texture, I don’t even realize it at first because they are so numb. Not until Nicolas pulls me down to the ground do I realize we’ve made it to the mainland. We’re in the salt marsh, the tufts of salty grass I remember from our drive to the island. I’m hoping we might find some of those salt marsh sheep. They’d be just fine in place of a fat pig.
            After we remain flat on our stomachs for another eternity, Nicolas finally sits up. He pulls my shoes and socks out of his knapsack and hands them to me. I can hardly get them over my swollen, frozen feet, but I finally begin to feel some relief. I’m grateful they’re dry. Nicolas puts on his sabots. He won’t find any warmth from them, but they will provide some protection. He indicates that we’re going to move along the marshy land on our bellies. The ordeal is not over. I’m beginning to wish I’d let Nicolas go alone after all.
            It takes us at least another two hours of working our way over the damp, bumpy terrain. Now, it’s not only my feet that are cold and wet, but every inch of my body as well. I’m grateful that Nicolas’s course robe is between me and the ground, because it provides some protection for my wounds. Now I know why the Montois are starving. I’d just as soon starve as go through the Fire Swamp ever again. And then the reality hits me: I’ve got to go back the same way I came.
       Finally, we make it to a dilapidated farmhouse. Nicolas pulls me to my feet and we press ourselves against the wall as we work our way around to the door. It hangs askew, and creaks as he attempts to open it. Inch by inch, he creates enough of a gap for us to slip inside. When we finally make it, I collapse with fatigue.


Kathleen C. Perrin holds Bachelor’s degrees from Brigham Young University in French and Humanities, and graduated summa cum laude. She is a certified French-to-English translator. While completing her education, Kathleen met and married a dashing young Frenchman. They have spent years investigating the mysteries and beauties of his native country, and have a cottage in Brittany. For a ten-year period they took tourists to Mont Saint Michel, where she served as tour guide.

Kathleen has lived in Utah, New York City, France, and for eight years in French Polynesia. She has worked professionally as a language and music teacher, translator, interpreter and writer. She has published several non-fiction articles, academic papers, and a religious history about Tahiti.

Traveling and learning about new countries and cultures is a passion for Kathleen, but her latest passion is sharing the mysteries of France through her fiction.

The Perrins have three children, and currently reside in Utah.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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"My mother is special!"
Haven't we all claimed this at one or the other time in our lives?
I know I have.

My mother became my friend, my confidante and my partner in crime ever since I opened my eyes in this world for the first time. She could adapt herself to become someone my own age, in one instant and then instantly grow up to become a strict advocate of discipline teaching me good manners in another instant. We played together, we fought together, we braved all seasons of hardships together and in the end, I became a better person because of my MOM!

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I still remember those scorching summer afternoons when she gave me homemade aam panna as soon as I reached home from school. She used to sit, take off my shoes, help me change and then while I drank her special aam panna, listened patiently to all my adventures of the day at school! 

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She tirelessly works to make my life easy and is always willing to sacrifice her own happiness for my sake. I still remember those days when I had exams. She used to stay awake right beside me so that I didn't feel sleepy seeing everyone asleep around me! She used to give me milk, snacks and even listened to my lessons without even once showing her own tiredness to me.

She stayed up late and then woke up early, before everyone else in the family so she could prepare my lunch box and make my breakfast, thus, enabling me to reach school on time.

The fancy dress competitions in school became enjoyable and memorable occasions due to the beautiful dresses she made for me which also won me many awards. I became my teachers' favourite not only because of my good grades (which were a direct result of all the hardwork my mother did in making me revise my lessons well) but also because of those beautiful and creative handmade bouquets she made for my teachers every year on Teacher's Day.

She was the one who stayed awake all night whenever I was ill and took care of me and still does. She is the one who can chat with me endlessly on any and every topic without getting irritated or even bored enough to tell me that "I talk too much!" like everyone else does. 

She gave me my first cooking lesson and if I am a good cook today, it's all thanks to her!

My love for reading and writing started from that first book that she bought me and that first letter she made me write to God, telling him about my day. All my writing prowess and reading talents are her gifts to me.

Her stress relieving head massages are still my favourite. Capable of and proven to have relieved many head bursting headaches and tensions, I still crave her loving touch and avail of every opportunity to have her give me a magical head massage!

There are so many things that my mother did and still does that make me humble and grateful. My words are insufficient to thank her and not enough to tell you of all the sacrifices she has made for my happiness, all the happy memories she has given me and all the valuable lessons she has taught me but whenever someone praises me I happily tell them that whoever I am today or hope to be, it's all because of my mother, #MYFIRSTEXPERT!

She is a fighter, a loving person, my friend, philosopher and a wise guide. She is one in a billion and I am so proud and grateful to call her my MOM. I am truly blessed to have her in my life because My mother is special!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Welcome to the tour for Alice's Portrait by Juliette Harper! This is a sci-fantasy novel that is adult but clean and appropriate for young adult readers. 
Alice's Portrait by Juliette Harper
A year after Kate, Jenny, and Mandy Lockwood inherit The Rocking L, the sisters try to concentrate on their collective and individual futures. In the previous book in The Lockwood Legacy series, Baxter’s Draw, the women made startling discoveries about their father’s secrets, but are mistaken in their belief that everything has now come to light. In Alice’s Portrait, the ghosts of Langston Lockwood’s past once again confront his daughters, forcing them to re-evaluate their understanding of their father and of what it means to be a Lockwood.


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Alice's Protrait is the third book in this series and a continuation to the secrets revealed in the first book, Langston's Daughters. More hidden mysteries come to light in this one. I loved the three sisters, Kate, Jenny, and Mandy Lockwood and have closely followed their journey from the first book. Here too, they are faced with new challenges and have to face new secrets that come to light about their father.

I love Juliette's writing style. The reader is hooked, engaged and invested in her books and I could visualize each and every scene like it was happening right in front of my eyes.

A very entertaining book, I am really eager to read the next books in the series and strongly recommend Alice's Protrait to everyone. A winning drama about three sisters with ample of intrigue and mystery, this series is a must read. 4.5 out of 5 to it. :)

I received the book from the authors 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.




Juliette Harper is the pen name used by the writing team of Patricia Pauletti and Rana K. Williamson. Like the characters of their debut series, The Lockwood Legacy, Juliette is a merging of their creative energies. Pauletti, an Easterner of Italian descent, is an accomplished musician with an eye for art and design. Williamson, a Texan from a long line of hardheaded Scots, knows the world of the Lockwoods like the back of her hand.“We decided to write under a pen name because neither one of us by ourselves could have created Kate, Jenny, Mandy, and their world,” says Pauletti. “Juliette is a little bit of us both. We want to be her when we grow up.”

“Patti teases me that I just don’t want to own up to writing a book with romance in it,” Williamson adds, “but that’s not true. I like the Lockwood women and the way they tackle everything life throws at them. And before we’re done, they’ll be ducking a lot. I imagine coming into the office every day and saying, ‘Okay Juliette, what’s going to happen now?’ She tells us, and we get it down on paper.”

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Monday, May 18, 2015

I am so excited to share with you all this amazing book by Mary Smith which is FREE from 18-21 May
Highly rated and beautifully written, No More Mulberries takes the readers to the beautiful land of Afghanistan and to witness a soulful romance.

Grab this must read book for FREE and enjoy! :)

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$2.99 or Rs. 165
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~About the Book~

Title and Author: No More Mulberries  by Mary Smith

Genre: Contemporary women’s fiction

Scottish-born midwife, Miriam loves her work at a health clinic in rural Afghanistan and the warmth and humour of her women friends in the village, but she can no longer ignore the cracks appearing in her marriage. Her doctor husband has changed from the loving, easy-going man she married and she fears he regrets taking on a widow with a young son, who seems determined to remain distant from his stepfather. 
When Miriam acts as translator at a medical teaching camp she hopes time apart might help her understand the cause of their problems. Instead, she must focus on helping women desperate for medical care and has little time to think about her failing marriage. When an old friend appears, urging her to visit the village where once she was and her first husband had been so happy, Miriam finds herself travelling on a journey into her past, searching for answers to why her marriage is going so horribly wrong.
Her husband, too, must deal with issues from his own past – from being shunned by childhood friends when he contracted leprosy to the loss of his first love.

~Praise for No More Mulberries~

NO MORE MULBERRIES is so gripping, and the story and characters so interesting and relatable, that I was immediately drawn in. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough as the drama and emotion escalated. Ms. Smith gives readers clear-eyed insight into what Afghans love about their country, but also into the extreme and frightening aspects of Afghanistan's culture, politics, and unrest. Miriam is not the only character who chafes under the oppression of entrenched tradition; her husband, a native Afghan, is desperate to keep his fear and heartache from showing.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I learned a lot as well, as it's a wholly engaging glimpse into an alien culture that is nonetheless always recognizably human.”  By Lornwal

“Overall I found No More Mulberries to be heart-felt, dramatic, and very memorable. I strongly recommend to those who like (emotional) dramatic/love-story. Fantastic.” By Sheri Wilkinson

~Meet the Author~

Writer, freelance journalist and poet Mary Smith lives in beautiful South West Scotland. Although she has always written, whether it was childish short stories, very bad angst-ridden poetry as a teenager, diaries or funding reports, she never really believed she could write for publication. And so she did lots of other things instead including fundraising for Oxfam and later working in Pakistan and Afghanistan for leprosy programmes. While in Afghanistan she established a low-key mother and child care programme providing skills and knowledge to women health volunteers. Those experiences inform much of her writing. Her debut novel, No More Mulberries is set in Afghanistan and she has also written Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni: Real Stories of Afghan Women, a narrative non-fiction account about her time in Afghanistan which offers an authentic insight into how ordinary Afghan women and their families live their lives.

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 His Pregnant Texas Sweetheart by Amy Woods (Amazon IN Buy Link)
Title and Author: His Pregnant Texas Sweetheart by Amy Woods
No. of Pages: 220
Series: Peach Leaf, Texas Book 1
Publication Date: Mills & Boon Cherish (1 May 2015)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Western Romance, Inspirational
Language: English

Book Review:

His Pregnant Texas Sweetheart by Amy Woods is the first book by this author that I have read and I loved her writing style. She brought alive the town of Peach Leaf in my mind with its laid back lifestyle, the considerate people who have lived here for generations and know each other, the joyful hayrides, the yearly pumpkin festivals and the whole peaceful and lovely aura of the place which made me want to visit here sometime! :)

I saw two covers for this book and they both give a feel good feeling. The blurb didn't go along with the story, in my opinion. When I read the blurb, I thought that the heroine would be pursuing the hero but instead the story is entirely different and I mean it in a good sense.

The title could have been better. The story is so entertaining and has great emotional play but the title doesn't do justice to it. There are so many people I know who will never even look twice before moving over this book, just because of the title and in turn, will miss a lovely story.

The characterization is beautifully done and I loved both Ryan and Katie. Both loved each other since childhood but never were able to confess and due to circumstances, when one did, they had to move away. Now years later, they are back. But will their story have a happy ending?

Both Ryan and Katie's characters have depth and showcase so many emotions and experiences that have happened to so many of us. Their strength of character and stubbornness to see the best in life inspires as well as left me smiling, quite impressed and thoroughly entertained by their sometimes clumsy and sometimes too-well-planned moves to show their love for each other!

The supporting characters are also likable people and although flawed had me sympathizing, liking them as well curious to read their story too. 

Apart from the main story line, there are sub plots also here which added more appeal to the story and left me feeling a myriad of emotions.

All in all, I loved reading His Pregnant Texas Sweetheart by Amy Woods with its soulful romance, an engaging story, the funny as well as touching episodes showcasing multiple facets of life and the overall entertainment quality of the story. 4 out of 5 to it and recommended to all romance lovers. I liked this book and will be checking out the other books in this series as well as the other books by the author in the future.

I received an ARC from the author and the publicist, CBB Promotions 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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Saturday, May 16, 2015

I am so excited to share with you this amazing book by Mike Markel which is going to be FREE from 16th to 20th May. 

Regularly priced at $2.99 or Rs. 185, Deviations is the second book in the bestselling and highly rated Detectives Seagate and Miner Mystery Series. Full of action, adventure and a gripping story, Deviations is a must-read. So grab this book while it is free and enjoy reading this action filled saga. :)

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~About the Book~

Title and Author: Deviations by Mike Markel
No. of Pages: 208
Series: Detective Seagate and Miner Mystery #2
Publication Date: 10 July 2014
Genre: Mystery, Women Sleuths, Police Procedurals, Suspense, Thriller
Language: English

Former police detective Karen Seagate is drinking herself to oblivion and having dangerous sex with losers from the bar when the new police chief tracks her down. The brutal rape and murder of a state senator by a lone-wolf extremist gives Seagate a chance to return to the department, but the new chief has set down some rules, and Seagate is not good with rules. At this point, she is just trying to stay alive. With nothing left to lose and nobody left to trust—not even her partner, Ryan—Seagate goes off the grid to find the killer. She doesn’t care that she will be fired again. She has much bigger problems, now that she has been captured inside the neo-Nazi compound.

*All books in this series can be read as standalone stories.

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~Praise for the Book~

"Mike Markel knows how to write dialogue! The chatter in Seagate's head is at once tragic and hilarious. Yes, this woman is a mess, but for some reason I liked her from the beginning. The author pulls no punches with this story and Seagate ends up on the losing end more than once. Still I couldn't help but hope that she'd find a way to pull herself together and solve the brutal murder." ~Amazon Reviewer

"If you enjoy detective novels, add Deviations to your reading list. Detectives Seagate and Miner are not to be missed."~Amazon Reviewer

"If you love reading compelling page turners full with vivid sense of place, wise-ass and witty characters, well-turned plot, and engaging dialogue in stories informed by an understanding of the ways in which we hurt ourselves, heal ourselves, and move on motivated by a belief that everyone deserves what's coming to them--justice for all, whether welcomed or feared--you will be rewarded in reading Markel's novels. The characters are vulnerable and real; the stories vivid and violent, yet admirably restrained; the pacing masterful; and the theme timeless."~Amazon Reviewer

"Detective Seagate is a wreck, like the aftermath of a head-on collision. She's a drunk, lost her job, and doesn't give a hoot about anything including herself. . . . Every step she takes and every decision she makes puts you on the edge of your seat and keeps you there. You want to yell out, "I need to warn you" and "Don't do that" but she does it anyway. I can't go into more details as it would spoil the read, but you want more and she gives you some and then you get hungry and want more. The book is well written, the characters are unique and understandable and her cause is blatant, and full of questions. You can love and hate her, and then you want even more. It's hard to put this one down. I enjoyed every page and gave it 5-stars." ~Amazon Reviewer

"an exciting, gripping, and twisted tale."~Amazon Reviewer

"You need to get the book. You'll be glad you did."~Amazon Reviewer

 "Really a mind boggler! Excellent, excellent read!"~Amazon Reviewer

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$2.99 or Rs. 185
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~Meet the Author~

Mike Markel writes the Detectives Seagate and Miner Mystery series, which is set in the fictional small city of Rawlings, Montana, home of Central Montana State University. That university is somewhat like Boise State University, where Mike teaches, but in Rawlings the weather is colder, the football team less successful, and the murder rate much, much higher.


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