Wednesday, April 30, 2014

#FBQ(18)-->FREEBIE and BARGAIN books quota



FREEBIE & BARGAIN books quota is a Monday and Thursday feature which will feature FREE and BARGAIN eBooks/Paperbacks that I read recently or want to read and which is/are available at a BARGAIN or FREE currently

Checkout these #FREE and #BARGAIN deals. Enjoy! :)

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Kindle Deals:

Remember Me by Danice Alle
Secrets from a dark past threaten to destroy the promise of one man’s future.

Out on a daring rescue mission, Amanda Darlington feels duty-bound to care for an unconscious gentleman after he stumbles drunkenly into the path of her carriage. Aware of the dangers in nursing a potential scoundrel back to health, she nevertheless takes a chance on the handsome stranger—especially when he awakens with no memory.

When Jackson Montgomery comes to, he is greeted by a vision of beauty that instantly sparks the fire of passion within him. But as his memory returns, the shattering secrets hidden in his past threaten to destroy any chance he has of winning Amanda’s love. Only through feigned amnesia can Jackson capture Amanda’s heart, but can he do so before she learns the truth of his brazen charade and his dark past?


Sweet Water by Christina Baker Kline
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train comes a beautifully wrought novel about a daughter's search for the truth about her mother's death. Both a Southern literary saga and a psychological thriller, “it will grab readers from the first line" (Chattanooga News-Free Press).











A Wedding Story by Susan Kay Law
Unlike her two sisters who followed their dreams to the altar,Kathryn Bright Goodale doesn't want to be a bride.
What she needs is to win the Great Centennial Race now that her late husband has left her penniless. So Kate reluctantly turns to the famous adventurer Lord James Bennett for help. Once, long ago, James stole from her a lingering, forbidden, and unforgettable kiss. And now the lady wants the incorrigible rogue to stick strictly to business -- and is troubled that shemay not be able to resist him if he does not.
James, too, can never forget that wild, passionate moment in Kate's garden, and he's certain the rigors of a far-reaching adventure will be too much for her. But the fetching young widow surprises him with her bold determination and a courage that compliments her breathtaking sensuality. Might Lord James be competing for a more elusive, yet far more valuable, prize: the hand and heart of Kathryn Bright Goodale?

ARC Book Review--> When Hari Met His Saali by Harsh Warrdhan

 When Hari Met His Saali
Title and Author: When Hari Met His Saali by Harsh Warrdhan
Print Length: 237 Pages
Publisher and Publication Date: Harlequin India, May 2014
Language: English
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic comedy, Chick-lit, Indian Writing

Blurb:

The only magical thing missing from her life... happened to her sister! 
Her idea of romance comes from movies and magazines.
His idea of romance is that it is unnecessary.


Tia was in love with her career and her lifestyle in America. And she was madly in love with Hari. But where was the romance she craved?
Simi was the young girl left behind in a small town in India who hadn't seen her sister for years. She was a dreamer. But what did she really want out of life?
And then there was Hari. Straight-forward and uncomplicated, it felt like nothing he did was ever good enough for Tia. But didn't every man want an ambitious and successful wife no matter how demanding they were?
Theirs was a love story that was never going to be conventional. But what happened to Hari and Tia was something that nobody would have predicted.
Mix two sisters with bad history between them and one clueless man, to form one whacky triangle, and you get a cautionary lesson in how you should be careful of what you wish for in the name of love?
Set in Los Angeles and Nagpur, India, When Hari Met His Saali is a funny, fresh, and outrageous look at young people and their dreams, longings, aches and heartbreaks. It is a fascinating take on the grand idea of love and the reality of romance. In a breezy, humorous narrative anchored around a magical twist, the story of Tia, Simi and Hari unfolds from romantic comedy into a climax full of suspense.


My Review:

Tia Galhotra is ambitious, single minded, focused and determined to make a life for herself in the United States of America with the man of her dreams,Hari Malhotra, even if that means that she has to train and mould him according to her own ideas of perfection!
Hari Malhotra, much to the chagrin of Tia, is recklessly simple and unsophisticated. Born in an affluent Indian family in the United States of America, he thinks of himself as an American. Having dated Tia for six years, he feels it is natural that they are smoothly moving towards getting married. Although he doesn't like Tia's constant domineering and self important ways but he makes do, thinking that he is too fortunate to have a successful, beautiful and intelligent woman like Tia in his life.
Simi is a simple, naive and down-to-earth girl from Nagpur. After Tia left home to go to America, she has taken care of her widow mother and run her house like an adult; giving up her dreams of leaving Nagpur to make a career for herself.

Now Tia is getting engaged and Simi and her mother are invited. 


What will you do if your fiance falls for your sister?

Monday, April 28, 2014

Cover Reveal--> The Harvesting #1- The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak

I am so happy to reveal the new, redesigned cover for The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak, designed by Princess of Shadows.

Title and Author: The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak
Series: The Harvesting #1
Publication Date: January 2014
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Young Adult, Zombies

Synopsis:
“The world, it seemed, had gone silent. It was something we knew but did not talk about. We were alone.”

While Layla Petrovich returns home to rural Hamletville after a desperate call from her psychic grandmother, she never could have anticipated the horror of what Grandma Petrovich has foreseen. The residents of Hamletville will need Layla’s cool head, fast blade and itchy trigger finger to survive the undead apocalypse that’s upon them. But even that may not be enough. With mankind silenced, it soon becomes apparent that we were never alone. As the beings living on the fringe seek power, Layla must find a way to protect the ones she loves or all humanity may be lost.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Are you resisting change? ~Tips to brave your insecurities and strive towards change to improve your life!



Are you resisting change?
Do you make excuses for not making an effort to change your life?
Do you complain more?
Do you feel dissatisfied with your life?
Despite the dreams of a better life; are you afraid to take the plunge?
Does thinking of change only bring negative feelings to your mind?
Have you convinced yourself to settle for less just to avoid change?

If all this is happening to you, then my friend it is time that you brave your insecurities and strive towards a change.







What is change?

Change is an act or process through which something becomes different.

Now this difference can be good or bad. Most people consider change as bad. Maybe because they have had negative experiences in the past whenever change has entered their lives. So now, when they think about change it brings only negative feelings for them rather than any positive ones. They are happy or have convinced themselves that they are happy in their small bubble of a constant and monotonous life with no windows to show them the life they can have if they only try for a change with time.


I read this phrase once and it has stuck with me ever since. People who resist Change let "Life Happen" to them, verses "Happen to Life"


So don't stop dreaming and adapting. Change is the law of life and if you don't grow with time, this feeling of denial will become the greatest regret that you ever have.


Here are a few lessons that life has taught me about embracing a change:


1) Set believable expectations from your life.


If you have too high expectations from your life and if they don't get fulfilled, you will be filled with a sense of negativity. But if you set believable/reasonable expectations and they get fulfilled you will be filled with positive thoughts and an inspiration to keep on changing with time. Having no or reasonable expectations helps us in understanding that trying for an end is possible from our side but always getting the desired result is not in our hands.

2) Follow the "Three A" principle.


A-Accept

A-Adapt
A-Achieve

So go accept your situations, adapt to the required changes in your life and only then will you achieve the life that you have always dreamed of! 




3) Learn from your past experiences.

There is a learning hidden in every experience that we face. Learn from your mistakes and take steps to never repeat them in the future.

4) Acknowledge that you are growing stronger.


Accept that you are getting stronger with each experience and each change in your life. You are gaining wisdom to endure the future storms of difficulties that may strike you.

5) Embrace the fear.


Fear of change is common with everyone. We all fear change. We don't want to come out of our comfort zones and try something which has no sure-shot success guarantee. But once you embrace your fears and make a change only then will you get the life you always wanted because "Success lies beyond fear"Embrace your fears and make a change because "Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change"! :)

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Book Review--> Embers of Light And The Sacred Secret (Part 1) by Abhi

Title and Author: Embers of Light and the Sacred Secret
Series: Embers of Light
Publication Date: Konark Publishers (February, 2014)
Language: English
Genre: Fantasy, Occult, Epic

My Review:
Five strangers are called to India from all over the world on different pretexts and told an incredible story about an age old civilization of the Vaashis, their journey to Earth and the present problem faced by them.

What starts out as an unbelievable story for these strangers then changes their lives forever!

Who are the Vaashis?
How are they related to these five people who are all from different parts of the world with absolutely no connection with each other?
How is the mysterious sightings of the Y symbol related to their sudden calling to India?
Can they believe this seemingly far-fetched tale of hidden aliens on Earth and a villain returned to take revenge from them?

I am not a great fan of fantasy novels but when Abhi told me about his debut novel, I was intrigued. Aliens, mysterious symbols, Harry Potter style magic and potions; and add to this the idea of Earthlings being the heroes was altogether too good for me to refuse reading the book. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Blog Tour, Book Review and Giveaway--> Old Town Country Romance #1- Wilde Riders by Savannah Young

Title and Author: Wilde Riders by Savannah Young
Series: Old Town Country Romance
Release date: February 2014
Publisher: Short on Time Books

Language: English
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Western Romance

Blurb:
FOUR WILDE BROTHERS…ONE WILDE COUNTRY BAND

WILDE RIDERS is the first novel in a spicy new contemporary romance series about four sexy brothers, their small-town bar and their local country band. WILDE RIDERS can be read as a STAND ALONE NOVEL or as part of the SERIES. 

Cooper Wilde spent his entire adolescence counting the days until he could escape rural northwest New Jersey. Now at 26, he can’t believe he’s coming back. But his late father’s bar, Haymakers, is in financial trouble and his older brother, Jake, has asked for Cooper’s help. 

Riley Smith, 25, is fresh out of her Ivy League MBA program and wants to make an impression on her employer, H & C Bank. Her first solo assignment is a fraud investigation on a business loan they made to Haymakers. 

Even though Old Town is less than 90 minutes from New York City, Riley feels like she’s stepped into another world in this remote, one-bar town. Riley can’t wait to do her business and get back to the city as quickly as her sports car will take her…until she meets Cooper Wilde. He’s not like the other guys in this rural town and Riley feels inexplicably attracted to him.

Add to Goodreads Shelf: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20707166-wilde-riders

Book Review:
Cooper Wilde has worked hard to rid himself of the stigma of being called a "hick from the sticks". Now a successful Wall Street wannabe with a 6- Series BMW and on his way to making his first million before he turns thirty, the only thing he doesnt want happening to ruin his flow has happened and he is forced to go back to the one place he never wants to return..Home in New Jersey.
After his father's death, six months ago, Jake, his elder brother took over the family business and has made a mess of everything.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

#FBQ(17)-->FREEBIE and BARGAIN books quota



FREEBIE & BARGAIN books quota is a Monday and Thursday feature which will feature FREE and BARGAIN eBooks/Paperbacks that I read recently or want to read and which is/are available at a BARGAIN or FREE currently

Checkout these #FREE and #BARGAIN deals. Enjoy! :)

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Kindle Deals:



FREEBIE
This is a collection of three short stories by three talented authors. 

~The Coin Collector~ 
In their small Iowa town, children start to go missing on their tenth birthday. The hot Irish girl across the street claims her creepy father, Mr. O'Darby, is a leprechaun who collects more than just gold coins, and 17-year-old Trent begins to fear for the safety of his brother, Ben, whose tenth birthday grows near. 

~Lucky Strike~ 
Atlantic City, New Jersey – For years, the city has brought to mind bright lights, big shows, and of course, games of chance and luck. For Chance Lamont, the city has begun to lose its appeal. Luck doesn't strike everyone, she'd been told, and they were right. Her life had been steadily going downhill since her teens. Will a chance encounter with someone from her past, as well as a brush with a fabled lucky creature change her fate? Or will her only luck continue to be bad luck? 

Blogging 101--> How to fix the wrong image pickup on sharing a blog post on Facebook?



Often we see that when we share a blog post to Facebook it doesn't always pick up the right image. Ideally it should pick up the post thumbnail while sharing so that the post is easily identifiable. To ensure that the correct image is picked up we should first understand how Facebook picks an image.

How does Facebook pick an image from our blog?
Facebook regularly scrapes our post page and saves the data to our servers.They look for meta data information (Opengraph tags and others) in our post page. The meta data can explicitly specify the image and the description to use when the page is shared.If Facebook doesn't find any meta data then their Algorithms fetch some other image suiting their criteria of a minimum image size of 200 * 200 px from our Page. Facebook shows a wrong image when their Algorithms are not able to fetch the correct image from our Post Page.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

#BlogTour and #BookReview--> Done With Men by Shuchi Singh Kalra


Done With Men by Shuchi Singh Kalra




The Blurb

Travel journo, Kairavi Krishna (Kay) has had it with men. After a series of disasters (losers, philanderers, leeches, mama's boys and possessive psychos), she is all too tempted to walk out on the prospect of ever finding love. Accompanied by her best friend and flat-mate Baani, she sets off for Goa, hoping to get away from her miserable love life and vowing to stay clear of the male species. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

#FBQ(16)--> FREEBIE and BARGAIN books quota



FREEBIE & BARGAIN books quota is a Monday and Thursday feature which will feature FREE and BARGAIN eBooks/Paperbacks that I read recently or want to read and which is/are available at a BARGAIN or FREE currently

Checkout these #FREE and #BARGAIN deals. Enjoy! :)

PS: Please be aware that prices may change at any time. Before clicking the "BUY" button make sure to verify the price.


Kindle Deals:


$3.00
$2.80
7% OFF Sale!
The Great Wedding Giveaway - Book 3 

Tara Buck has always been the good sister, level-headed by comparison to Scarlett, her flaky, impulsive twin. But when Tara learns her fiancĂ© has been cheating on her with one of his school students, the orderly world she’s created for herself suddenly feels as if it’s falling apart. For years she chose the safe option, but from now on she’s going to live a little, stretch her wings…be a little daring. And if that means acting on the long-suppressed feelings she’s always had for Reid Dalton, then so be it! Reid has wanted Tara from the moment he met her, but she’s always been out of bounds. Not only is she his patrol partner at the Bozeman PD, she’s also engaged. But then her relationship blows up, and Reid finds himself battling his own instinct to stake his claim with the finest, hottest woman he’s ever known. 
Even if anything did happen between them, it would only ever be temporary - Reid’s a born wanderer, while Tara’s roots run deep in Marietta. So even if things are good between them, it seems their romance is destined to be short and sweet... 

Read the other books in the Series: Montana Born Brides


$11.99
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60% OFF Sale!
Will the past repeat itself? Rob hasn't had the best of luck when it comes to women and his epic failure with Kit Kendall is still very fresh. Rob might be successful in sports and in business but does he have what it takes to be successful in love? When Rob gets to know Wren Tyler, his sous chef, he's willing to try again even knowing he could get hurt. Wren on the other hand, is very attracted to Rob, but she knows she's not in his league. So when he starts to pay her attention, who could blame her for being a little suspicious? But have Wren's past heartbreaks destroyed her ability to trust? And will Rob be able to overcome his past failures and become the man Wren needs him to be? Only true love will be able to heal Wren's heart and help her trust again.

Read the other books in the Love and Trust Trilogy: Love and Trust Trilogy by Shannon Guymon


An Amish settlement in Ohio has run afoul of a law requiring their children to attend public school. Caleb Bender and his neighbors are arrested for neglect, with the state ordering the children be placed in an institution. Among them are Caleb's teenage daughter, Rachel, and the boy she has her eye on, Jake Weaver. Romance blooms between the two when Rachel helps Jake escape the children's home. 

Searching for a place to relocate his family where no such laws apply, Caleb learns there's inexpensive land for sale in Mexico, a place called Paradise Valley. Despite rumors of instability in the wake of the Mexican revolution, the Amish community decides this is their answer. And since it was Caleb's idea, he and his family will be the pioneers. They will send for the others once he's established a foothold and assessed the situation.

Caleb's daughters are thrown into turmoil. Rachel doesn't want to leave Jake. Her sister, Emma, who has been courting Levi Mullet, fears her dreams of marriage will be dashed. Miriam has never had a beau and is acutely aware there will be no prospects in Mexico.

#BookBlitz and #Giveaway--> Meeting Mr. Wright by Cassie Cross

Book Details:
Title and Author: Meeting Mr. Wright by Cassie Cross
Publication date: April 17th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
Callie Kirkpatrick promised herself she’d never fall in love again.
After catching her boyfriend Ethan cheating on her, Callie decides to retire from the dating game at the ripe old age of twenty-four. Unfortunately for Callie, she’s going to have to see Ethan at her best friend’s upcoming wedding. Stranded in the airport during a weather delay on her way to the nuptials, Callie meets Nate Wright. He’s sexy and uncomplicated, and a one-night stand is just what the doctor ordered for a girl with a broken heart. Callie thinks she’ll never see Nate again —until he shows up at the wedding.

Nate is hell-bent on making Callie forget about her ex, and he makes her question whether she was ever really in love with Ethan at all. As she begins to fall for Nate, Callie wonders if promises were meant to be broken…

Excerpt:

“So,” he says, rubbing the palms of his hands on his jeans. “Are you going to tell me your name?”
For a split second I consider making one up, but even though he’s a complete stranger, it feels wrong to want to lie to him.
“Callie. My name is Callie.”
“Short for…” He draws out the ‘r’ as he searches for a name to guess. “Calliope?” He seems really proud of himself for thinking of another name, and it’s disarmingly cute.
“Good guess,” I tell him. “It’s Callista. And your name is?”
“Nate.”
“Short for…Michael?” It’s an idiotic thing to say, but he laughs anyway.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

#FBQ(15)--> FREEBIE and BARGAIN books quota



FREEBIE & BARGAIN books quota is a Monday and Thursday feature which will feature FREE and BARGAIN eBooks/Paperbacks that I read recently or want to read and which is/are available at a BARGAIN or FREE currently

Checkout these #FREE and #BARGAIN deals. Enjoy! :)

PS: Please be aware that prices may change at any time. Before clicking the "BUY" button make sure to verify the price.


Kindle Deals:


72% OFF SALE
$8.99
$2.56
Beauty and the Beast is the first in a new series of fairy tales for young adult readers. Fans of Disney, fairy tales, and fantasy will love the Faerie Tale Collection by Jenni James.

A prince by day and a wolf by night

Prince Alexander has been turned into a werewolf and has one year to find someone to love the beast and break the spell, or he will be a wolf forever. He has nearly given up achieving the impossible, knowing no girl would ever fall in love with such a monster.

Just when he is about to abdicate the throne to his cousin, he meets Cecelia Hammerstein-Smythe, while a wolf, and begins to hope for the first time in months. Can he balance both worlds as a human and beast, gaining the love and trust of a girl who has every reason to despise him?

Cecelia detests the prince. She only knows Alexander as the arrogant monarch—the tyrant who has made her life miserable—though perhaps he's changed right before her eyes. He's not as full of himself as he once was. The prince is gentle now... but then again, so is the beast.

Checkout the other books in the Faerie Tale Collection: Faerie Tale Collection by Jenni James


The start of a critically acclaimed historical romance series by New York Times bestselling author Courtney Milan...

Hugo Marshall earned the nickname "the Wolf of Clermont" for his ruthless ambition--a characteristic that has served him well, elevating the coal miner's son to the right hand man of a duke. When he's ordered to get rid of a pestering governess by fair means or foul, it's just another day at work.

But after everything Miss Serena Barton has been through at the hands of his employer, she is determined to make him pay. She won't let anyone stop her--not even the man that all of London fears. They might call Hugo Marshall the Wolf of Clermont, but even wolves can be brought to heel...

Checkout the other books in the series: The Brothers Sinister Series by Courtney Milan

 
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