Monday, August 31, 2015

Book Review: Waiting On You (Blue Heron #3) by Kristan Higgins



Title and Author: Waiting On You by Kristan Higgins
No. of Pages: 464
Series: Blue Heron #3
Publication date: Harlequin HQN (25 March 2014)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Language: English

Book Review:
Waiting On You by Kristan Higgins is the story of Colleen O'Rourke who, although working as a bartender in her own tavern that she owns with her twin brother, is a love expert. She has successfully matched numerous couples in her town but despite this love of the concept of "happily-ever-after love", Colleen is still single with no plans of ever getting serious with anyone because even after a decade she is still hung over her first true love who left her heart broken and her dream life altered forever!

Except now that first love is back. Will Colleen give love a second chance?

The first thing that attracted me towards this book was the cover. It is beautiful and eye catching with a romantic feel to it. The title, blurb and ofcourse, the author whose books I enjoy, all had me picking up Colleen's story to read.

Set in a small town of Manningsport, the book instantly transported me to a cozy town with familiar faces and a general warmth of living in small towns where everyone knows everyone, where gossip runs high but still the support and love of people for each other is also very noticeable.

Kristan manages to engage the interest of the readers right from the start and kept me glued to my seat right till the end. Her writing is fluid, expressive and very heartfelt. I could visualize each and every scenario, feel the emotional upheaval felt by the protagonists and the thrill of wanting to know what happened next!

The characters are well sketched and developed. The author gives the readers an insight into each and every character so we are able to know why they became like this and what motivated their past and present actions. She does not side with any one character and was able to give a fair hearing to even the most hated characters in the book.

I loved Colleen's spunk, independent and rebellious streak. Her ideal family was cruelly broken by her cheating father who then took steps further to hurt her but despite all this and the fact that her first true love also shattered her heart, she didn't break down but decided to live her life on her own terms. She is helpful, faithful and loving which is shown by her deep love for her half sister. Her passion and feelings for Lucas, the man who left her hurting are intense and even after a decade had the potency of making me feel all angry with Lucas on her behalf. 

I loved how Kristan managed to give us an insight into both Lucas and Colleen's actions and leave the judging to the readers. Initially, I almost hated Lucas for hurting Colleen but then as the story progressed I understood why he did what he did and came to really care about him. Made for each other, his love for Colleen won my heart and inspite of all my anger with him, I rooted for a happily-ever-after for these two.

Another lovely character in this book is Colleen's twin, Connor. He is dependable. Loves his sister and is ready to brave the world to protect the people he cares about. His secret romance had my interest peeked and I can't wait to read his story too.

The other characters like Colleen's friends, Lucas' family etc. are also given a fair share of spotlight in the book and I am now eager to read their own stories.

This book is part of a series but can be read as a standalone novel. I haven't read any other books in this series so far but now will be checking them out soon.

All in all, Waiting On You is a very entertaining romance with a strong plot, heartfelt emotions that made me cry, laugh and then fall in love with the characters and the town plus also has some very humourous scenes that had me laughing. A lovely happily-ever-after story that re-enforces our belief in true love and its power to conquer all hurdles to lead to lasting happiness, I give Waiting On You  4.5 stars out of 5 and strongly recommend it to everyone.



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

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Book Review: She Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Zeenat Mahal


Title and Author: She Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Zeenat Mahal
No. of Pages: 260
Publication Date: Indireads (14 February 2015)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, South Asian Literature
Language: English

Book Review:

She Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Zeenat Mahal is the third book by the author that I have read and loved.

The title of the book is quite unique and the blurb intriguing, a reminder of the much loved fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast.


Zoella loves Fardeen but he is too gorgeous, too cool and totally engaged to ever notice her plain Jane self but a horrible turn of events leave Fardeen scarred and then married to Zoella but is this the happy ending with the Prince that she always dreamed of?


I like Zeenat Mahal's style of writing and her books are entertaining. This book is no exception. It is intense with heartfelt emotional play, romance and a strong plot that captured my attention right from the start and until the end.

The characters are realistic and flawed people who felt like people I could relate to. Zoella started out likable and I loved her simplicity, loyalty and her love for Fardeen but somewhere in the later part of the book, I started hating her. She became too stubborn, too closed minded to really see the love around her.


Fardeen started out like a too perfect character I didnt quite like. He was over smart, felt himself too superior and he didn't notice my favourite heroine! But then he shifted just as easily from being a hated character to a swoon worthily lovable beast and a hero I started rooting for.


The romance between Fardeen and Zoella is bittersweet and successfully makes the reader feel each and every emotion felt by the protagonists.


The picture of life in Pakistan is beautifully brought to life by the author. Zoella's family represents the people who value their sons over their daughters even if the supposed son is worthless. They blame the girls for everything even if their accusations are unwarranted. The girls are taught to live with this injustice. I seriously felt like smacking Zoella's mother who was so blind that she didn't notice the diamond of a daughter she had. Her brother and sister-in-law are people for whom I wanted that they get to experience a taste of their own medicine and feel all the cruelty they had meted out to Zoella.


Fardeen's family is poles apart from Zoella's. These are lovable people who value each other and are ready to stand up for each other's happiness.


All in all, I loved and enjoyed reading She Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Zeenat Mahal and give it 4.5 out of 5. Strongly recommended to all romance lovers, this one is a must read.




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~Read my Review of the other books by Zeenat Mahal~

The Contract by Zeenat Mahal: My Review
She loves me, He loves me not by Zeenat Mahal: My Review
Haveli by Zeenat Mahal: My Review

Friday, August 28, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway: Family Magic (Hayle Coven Novels #1) by Patti Larsen

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Family Magic by Patti Larsen is a young adult paranormal novel that won 1st place in World's Best Story contest and is published by Premiere. The tour runs August 3-31 with mostly reviews as well as author interviews and guest posts. Check out the tour page for more information.


 Book Description: 
 Her mom’s a witch, her dad’s a demon and she just wants to be ordinary. But, when an insidious evil comes after her family, Sydlynn Hayle has to choose to be the normal girl she craves or step up, embrace her magic and save her coven from disaster.

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Book Review:
Family Magic by Patti Larsen is the first book by the author that I have read and I am so glad I got to know about Patti Larsen through this tour.

This book is about a teenage witch who, although, part of a coven just wants to be a normal teenager but despite all her wishes to be normal, everything about her is abnormal. Her mother is the leader of a powerful coven, her father's a demon and then she is faced with a crisis that demands her participation with all her magic involved. 
What will happen to Syd now?
Will she ever get her wish of being a normal girl?

Family Magic is all about Syd and her trials and tribulations as a teenager witch. I loved Syd and empathized with her problems. Despite being a witch, her problems are so commonplace and definitely ones that we all have experienced in our lives. 

Patti's writing style is simple, expressive and while I normally don't like books written in the first person, I enjoyed this one. The scenes just flowed and created a mental picture in my mind. I was able to understand Syd's life as it was and empathize with her future hopes for herself. The story moved at a moderate pace and kept me hooked right till the end. I read this book cover to cover and look forward to reading the subsequent books in this series.

I don't want to give away anything but will close my review by saying that Family Magic is an entertaining book that will be enjoyed by everyone. 4 out of 5 to it and recommended to book lovers even those who generally don't read YA. I loved Patti's writing style and will be checking out her other books 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.


About the Author:
Patti is an award-winning author with a passion for the paranormal. Now with multiple series in happy publication, she lives in Canada with her patient husband and six demanding cats.













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Book Review: Rock Hard (Rock Kiss #2) by Nalini Singh

Title and Author: Rock Hard by Nalini Singh
No. of Pages: 398
Series: Rock Kiss #2
Publication Date: TKA Distribution (10 March 2015)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult Romance
Language: English

Book Review:

Rock Hard by Nalini Singh is the third book in the Rock Kiss series, counting the novella in between. I loved reading the previous two books by Nalini in this series and just could not wait for this one.

Starting with the cover, it is hot as usual and instantly creates an image of an alpha hero in our minds that are characteristic of Nalini Singh's romances. The blurb again is very interesting and peeked my interest enough to go further and checkout more about the book.

This is the story of Charlotte Baird whom we met first in Rock Addiction and her new Boss, Gabriel Bishop. Charlotte faced a traumatic past and as a result is painfully shy while Gabriel, a former pro rugby player now turned super wealthy and ruthless businessman has no shy bone in his body. Worlds apart and yet connected by their common chemistry towards each other, their love story is full of hurdles, fears and complexities.

Can Charlotte leave behind her fears and the trauma of her past to embrace the love she has in the present with Gabriel?
Will Gabriel and Charlotte ever have a happily-ever-after?

I just loved this book and think this one is the best one in this series so far. Passionate, heartfelt, emotional with an intense romance that filled me with warmth and a happy feeling, Nalini Singh succeeds in bringing to the readers a story that is like a fairy tale but still so real that it feels right at home in the present world.

The plot is crisply executed with the former book, Rock Addiction's characters and story beautifully merged to sync with this one. I loved Molly and Charlotte's friendly teasing and enjoyed experiencing their true friendship. Charlotte's and Gabriel's romance is truly a hide and seek match between a mouse and a T-Rex and very entertaining. It was fun to watch them butt heads and then make up to each other through simple gestures like sweet bakery products!

Gabriel won my heart with his patience, understanding and love towards Charlotte and how he so carefully and lovingly scraped away each and every one of her insecurities and fears and managed to make her happy again. His every action had me sighing and feeling myself go all starry eyed over him. This is one character I would love to meet in real life. Even his growling, cranky and angry moments were cute and when I saw him with Charlotte and his family, I knew I was a goner.

The author pleasantly surprised and awed me with her novel approach of using 'Memos' to propose love in Rock Courtship and here she uses email, hand written notes and in general things we never saw fitting a romance theme in a romantic story!

Her writing style is witty, hilarious and just as fluidly emotional and heart-shattering poignant. The story moves at a moderate pace and had me enjoying each and every word in it. The scenes and places are vividly described and I think I am slowly falling in love with New Zealand with each of her descriptions of the places there! I have already read this book twice and know this is one book I can read any number of times and still find it enjoyable!

This is the best slow building romance I have read in a long long time and I just loved it!


All in all, Rock Hard by Nalini Singh is a must read book for all adult readers of romance. This book has sex scenes and so should be read by readers above eighteen years of age.

Super shiny 5 stars to it and I can't wait to read the next book in this series. Nalini Singh is a very talented author and one whose books I really like.



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**Books in the Rock Kiss Series**
Rock Addiction (Book One) Rock Kiss Series
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Rock Courtship (Book 1.5) A Rock Kiss Novel

  • Rock Redemption (Book Three) Rock Kiss Series

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Rock Wedding (Book Four) Rock Kiss Series

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Friday Feature and Follow #59



Feature & Follow is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The purpose is to meet new people and gain more followers in the book blogging community. 
If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers. But you have to know, the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.



Question of the Week: Share a random quote from the book you are currently reading.- Suggested byJourney Through Fiction


I just finished rereading Rock Hard by Nalini Singh and again fell in love with this book. :)

Here's a quote that beautifully sums up this book and life in general.

“Bad Things Happen… But Then Good Things Happen” 

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

#ProductReview: Lakme Eyeconic Kajal (Black)

I love applying kajal or kohl to my eyes and accentuate their beauty. A good kajal is a must have for all ladies because it brings out the beauty of our expressive eyes.

But finding a safe and appealing Kajal which is also value-for-money is tough today with so many brands launching their own Kajal products in the market.

Today, I will share my review of Lakme Eyeconic Kajal (Black) with you.

Lakme Eyeconic Kajal claims to be:
-Smudge Proof
-Waterproof
-Long lasting (Claimed to last upto 10 hours)
-Dermatologically tested so safe for the eyes
-Smooth Soft Texture
-Convenient Twist-up format
-Rich Black with creamy finish
-Reasonably Priced

My Review:

I have to confess that I have been a big fan of Maybelline Colossal Kajal for ages.


But recently when a friend strongly recommended Lakme Eyeconic Kajal to me. I just had to buy it and try it out for myself.

Things I liked about Lakme Eyeconic Kajal (Black):

1)  The texture is smooth and applying it is easy. It slides smoothly to give a uniformed effect to the eyes.

2) I liked the twist-up format which saves the tip of the kajal from breaking when I carry it around in my handbag which usually contains a whole lot of stuff. LOL

3) The stick is sturdy and doesn't break easily. Also the rounded tip of the kajal gives a smooth finish.

4) After applying the Kajal, I noticed that it stayed on for more than 8 hours and didn't smudge.

5) The Kajal is not dry and crooked. It is creamy, smooth and adequately moist so it doesn't make the application on the eyes look uneven and patchy but leaves an even and uniform effect.

6) This kajal doesn't harm the eyes and I didn't experience any redness, itching or watering of the eyes when I used it.



Things I didn't like about Lakme Eyeconic Kajal (Black):

1) The black shade of the kajal could have been richer. It is a lighter black shade but not grey. I have used kajals giving a darker black look than this one before.

2) It does smudge easily if we inadvertently rub it even if it is done lightly. However, we don't touch our eyes it does stay on for hours.

3) It is costly and in my opinion, not value for this much money.

All in all, Lakme Eyeconic Kajal (Black) is good but has potential to be better. It is definitely not the best kajal in the market and also not the cheapest but still not bad either.

I give it 3.5 out of 5.





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Beauty Tips:

- Always remove your eye makeup before you go to sleep so that your eyes stay beautiful, healthy and shining.

-To remove the kajal safely and not harm your eyes, always use a branded makeup remover.





-Njkinny
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Author Interview and Giveaway: Unexpected Gifts by SR Mallery

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Today, I am so happy to have SR Mallery, the bestselling author of Unexpected Gifts on my blog.

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~Meet the Author~

S.R. Mallery has worn various hats in her life. First, a classical/pop singer/composer, she moved on to the professional world of production art and calligraphy.
Next came a long career as an award winning quilt artist/teacher and an ESL/Reading instructor. Her short stories have been published in descant 2008, Snowy Egret, Transcendent Visions, The Storyteller, and Down In the Dirt.

Website/Blog:  www.srmallery.com
Twitter:  @SarahMallery1
Goodreads:
Pinterest:  (I have some good history boards that are getting a lot of attention—history, vintage clothing, older films)
Amazon Author page:   http://www.amazon.com/S.-R.-Mallery/e/B00CIUW3W8/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

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Welcome to Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff, Sarah!

Let's start the Interview.


1) Tell us something about yourself.

Electic. That’s my middle name! In fact, once, when I was applying for a marketing job, the interviewer took one long, hard look at my work experience–– secretary, classical and pop singer, educational film strip composer, production artist, calligrapher, quilt designer/instructor, adult ESL/reading teacher, and writer––and exclaimed, “Well, either you’re the most amazing, versatile person I’ve ever met, or…you’re crazy!”

I got the job, btw.  I didn’t stay long, though...


2) What genre are your books and why did you choose this genre?

My stories/books are primarily historical fiction. Because I also enjoy writing more up-to-date stories who knows about the future, but for now, I get so much pleasure researching past times, I have decided I am going to stick with historical fiction.


3) In one sentence what is your book, “Unexpected Gifts” about?

A ‘lost’ college student, forever choosing the wrong man, learns to how to change her life’s path by reading her ancestors’ diaries, journals, and letters.


4) How did you get the idea of writing this book? What kind of research did you do?

One night many years ago when I was visiting my father, my then two-year-old daughter and I were in bed together.  She was nestled up against me, sleeping peacefully; I was reading a short story my mother had written many years before. As I lay there, taking in my mother’s words, a feeling of comfort and wonder overcame me. ‘There are three generations in bed tonight,’ I remember thinking. That awareness catapulted me into the idea of a confused modern woman retracing the lives of her ancestors through their diaries, journals, and letters, and in the process of seeing their mistakes, learning what not to do in her own life.

As for doing research it was a huge job. I immersed myself in books regarding various 20th century U. S. time periods so I could learn about their lingos, fashion, and customs. I watched documentaries and listened to homemade and commercial CD’s that included songs/music written during the 60’s, 50’s, 30’s, and early 1900s, to help me live and breathe those eras. And always, always, I scrutinized photographs—a practice that not only always sends me back in time, it triggers plots, motivations, and character relationships. 


5) What was the hardest part of writing “Unexpected Gifts”?

Because I had decided to have my main modern protagonist, Sonia, learn from her ancestors, I had to figure out a helpful method to accomplish that. So I came up with a two-columned sheet. On the left side was each ancestral chapter with several flaws that each ancestor had. In the right column I wrote how those particular flaws gave Sonia the insight into how to change her own behavior.

Although time consuming, it grew into a back and forth, analytical process all of which was incredibly helpful.


6) How do you approach your writing so as to make them relatable to readers?

I have come to realize that no matter the time period, no matter how different the culture, people have always been people---with hurts, anger, ambition, shame, joy, and love. That has never changed!

So when I write a scene, or in particular, a dialogue, I really picture myself being there, first asking the questions then answering them. I always ask myself, ‘What kind of language would I use? If I were an immigrant coming over from another country trying to speak English, how would I sound? If I were an educated journalist from the Great Depression, wouldn’t my language reflect that? If I were an Irish lass back in the 1920s, how would I talk? There, I not only studied the slightly different grammar structure used by the early 20th century Irish, each time I edited that chapter I read the words out loud with an Irish accent!


7) Tell us a fun moment you had while writing “Unexpected Gifts”.

I would have to say in general, just listening to the various songs/music of each era I was going to write about.  As I drove my car, danced around the living room, or did chores throughout the house, I particularly enjoyed the music from the 60’s.  It brought back SO many memories about Woodstock, an ex-boyfriend’s experience with Timothy Leary, and how actually seeing the Beatles at Carnegie Hall left an indelible mark in my memory bank (even though at the time I could barely hear them through the girls’ screams!)


8) When did you first realize that you had the talent to be an author?

My father, who had been a television writer for many years (he began his career in The Golden Age of Television), read my very first story, “Sewing Can Be Dangerous,” and shook his head.

“What? What? No good? Am I terrible?” I asked him, chewing on a fingernail.

“Well, maybe your language is a tad simple…but your storytelling and your pacing is amazing! Keep it up!”  Boy, was THAT an incentive to keep going!

9) What were the steps you took to get your book published?

My SEWING CAN BE DANGEROUS AND OTHER SMALL THREADS came first. I had a lot of interest from agents, although they were worried about marketing a newbie’s collection of shorts.  Then I got a New York agent who flipped over them and wanted to represent me.  But she had a condition. I had to finish the novel I had begun (UNEXPECTED GIFTS) so she could present/sell both of them at once.

I remember killing myself at that point in time--teaching ESL classes morning and night and scribbling furiously in between to finish my novel. I knew UNEXPECTED GIFTS was far too long and was almost like a first draft but I handed it in. Although she really liked it and told me what a good writer I was, etc, etc, she decided she wasn’t going to represent me anymore. Period. Done.

Of course I was devastated, but I picked myself up and started sending both books to publishers. One small press loved them so much she immediately wanted to sign me up.  So my first foray into the publishing world was through this press. They were lovely to me, but after a while, I decided I preferred having more control, particularly since the publishing business had been changing exponentially and being an Indie writer was no longer looked down on.

10) What is next for you, writing wise?

I’ve been working on an historical fiction Wild West novel, entitled THE DOLAN GIRLS. Here’s the synopsis:

THE DOLAN GIRLS

The Dolan Girls by S. R. Mallery has it all. Set in Nebraska during the 1800s, whorehouse madams, ladies of the night, a schoolmarm, a Pinkerton detective, a Shakespeare-quoting old coot, brutal outlaws, and a horse-wrangler fill out the cast of characters. Add to the mix are colorful descriptions of an 1856 land rush, Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Show, Annie Oakley, bank/train robberies, small town local politics, and romance. Two, in fact!!


11) What is one quirk that, in your opinion, makes you a writer?

Well, much like my main character in UNEXPECTED GIFTS, I have OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)—the ruminating kind, not the hand washing neat freak kind!  In other words, I can’t stop my brain from working overtime and creating plots, scenes, and characters!

For example, I once happened to watch an ant make its way across my bathroom floor and within the hour I was writing a flash fiction narrative from the point of view of the lonely ant—VERY Kafka-esque!!  In addition, I have always liked to watch people and invent little stories about their lives. As I watch them, I keep asking questions in my mind like, ‘What if they...’; ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting if they...’; ‘What would it be like if they...’

12) Before you go, how about an excerpt from your book to intrigue and tantalize us?

OK! First, here’s the synopsis:


Can we learn from our ancestral past? Do our relatives’ behaviors help mold our own? 
In Unexpected Gifts, that is precisely what happens to Sonia, a confused college student, heading for addictions and forever choosing the wrong man. Searching for answers, she begins to read her family’s diaries and journals from America’s past: the Vietnam War, Woodstock, and Timothy Leary era; Tupperware parties, McCarthyism, and Black Power; the Great Depression, dance marathons, and Eleanor Roosevelt; the immigrant experience and the Suffragists. Back and forth the book journeys, linking yesteryear with modern life until finally, by understanding her ancestors' hardships and faults, she gains enough clarity to make some right choices.

Here’s an excerpt:


SONIA’S paraplegic Father --CHAPTER 2: Sam––Living With Fear

First thing I killed was no kind of thing at all. It was an enemy
soldier, which was a hell of a lot easier to say than the first thing I ever killed was a man.”
--Steve Mason

“...Nearing the village, we passed women in their beige tunics, black pants, and Sampan hats, shouldering thick bamboo rods weighted down by buckets of water. Most kept their heads lowered as they walked, but the few who didn’t, stared up at us with dead, black-brown eyes and pressed lips. The afternoon was drawing to a close by the time we reached a village compound that reeked of nuoc maum rotten fish sauce and animal dung. An old, leathery woman, squatting by her hooch was our welcoming committee, but once she saw us shuffle by, she scurried back into her hut, clacking loudly in Vietnamese as chickens pecked at rice granules, bobbing their heads up and down in 2/4 time.

            Carbini cut to the chase. “First, pull every one of those gooks outta their hooches, then line them up here,” he barked.

            I watched my troop comb each thatched home, rounding up families of all ages and herding them out into the open like a cattle drive in Oklahoma. I, too, started the mission and stooping into one of the huts, saw a young woman sitting on a straw mat, eating some rice in a black bowl, a young child at her side.

            She was exquisite—the best possible combination of French and Chinese ancestry, with such delicate features, she made my heart ache. My immediate instincts were to protect her and her son from Carbini and this horrendous war, but she just gazed up at me, emotionless.    

            I could hear Carbini yelling orders to get a move-on, and I signaled this girl, this treasure, to follow me. She shook her head vehemently, and curled her legs around her son. I motioned again, but still, she refused. I froze, unable to think, but when Carbini popped his head in the doorway and snarled, “Weylan!” she got the message and followed me out.

            Whimpering slightly, she joined her fellow villagers, gripping her child’s hand and wiping off a tear that had slid halfway down her cheek. I suddenly pictured slave owners in pre-Civil War days and felt my lunch rise up in my throat.

            “Now, get your Zippos ready, men.” As Carbini’s face flushed red, I sucked in my breath. He caught sight of my reaction and came over. “Weylan here doesn’t like my orders. Anyone else here who doesn’t like my orders?” Nobody spoke up.
            He opened up one of my backpack pockets, yanked out my Zippo lighter, and shoved it into my face. Immediately, you could hear the snap of pockets opening and boots shifting. We were getting ready to Rock ‘n Roll.

            Carbini was first. He marched over to a hooch, flipped on his Zippo, and carefully lit the underbelly of its thatched roof. It smoldered for a few seconds, a thin, rising wisp of smoke twisting in the tropical air. From that, a flame grew, nibbling at the straw with a low, blue heat before suddenly bursting into a torch, arcing up towards the sky in a yellow-hot blaze.

            Carbini turned to us and nodded, his eyes glazed. This was our cue, yet I spun around to search for the girl, who was at the back of the pack, crying softly as she hugged her son. I glanced over at some of the other men, their hands jammed deep into their pockets, and decided to follow their lead. The fire was raging full force on each hooch now, the thatch and bamboo crackling like a 4th of July fireworks display, leaving its reflections in the villagers’ eyes and turning the sky dark with thick, bulbous smoke.

            “Weylan! You son-of-a-bitch coward! You’re no better than the rest of us, you hear me?” Carbini started to charge over, then stopped mid-stride.

            In the distance, a large formation of F4’s was headed our way, torpedoing fireballs of napalm every several hundred yards and scattering screaming villagers down the main road. We were ordered to take cover, but followed the fleeing Vietnamese instead, charging after them and trying not to show our own fear...”


Thanks for taking out time to talk to me, Sarah. 

Wish you the very best for the future and hope we get to read more from you in the future! :)

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