Sunday, January 31, 2016

Book Blast and Giveaway: Falcon Song by Kristin Cross

Falcon Song
Falcon Song by Kristin Cross 
Kate can handle that Jason Falcon is gorgeous. 
 And she can handle that he is fantastically talented, and competent, and funny, and sweet, and . . . . well, all of the things he is. What she isn’t sure she can handle is that he and his country band have suddenly become wildly famous. Even though she has always known that he near worships her, with millions of girls now throwing themselves at him, Kate is afraid that Jason will find he no longer loves Kate best. Then, when she discovers something completely earth shattering, it only makes her more unsure. Realizing that she can never settle for less than absolute devotion, as she is struggling to find what her place will be in Jason’s new top of the charts world, Kate wonders how you can ever truly know that things will work out. Does True Love Always Lead To Happily Ever After?

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“So much emotion came through the words of this story. I felt it all—regret, forgiveness, redemption, and a powerful love that wrapped it all together. I had a hard time putting it down. This story really touched me!” DL “I loved this story! Jason is one of my favorite heroes ever. I felt like I was right there with them through it all.” JM

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Excerpt:

Kate found Jason asleep on the porch swing again. Her drive had left her drained, without answers and somewhat resigned. As she looked down at him sleeping, still, the only thing she really knew was that she loved him. Loved him dearly. In spite of everything. When it came right down to it, that was what made her happy. She wished there was a way to separate this crushing heartache from the sweet peace she felt when she was with him. Who knows, maybe she could get really good at ignoring the parts of his life she didn’t understand. She sat down on the edge of the swing and touched his beautiful hair. His eyes opened slowly and this time there wasn’t a smile, but there was a sweet, sincere tenderness as he quietly watched her for a few seconds. She stroked his cheek and then ran a finger over his sensuous bottom lip. Even if he wasn’t perfectly trustworthy, he was definitely beautiful. She kissed the tip of her finger and put it back there on his lip and said softly, “Wake up, sleepy head. You’re gonna get a million ‘squito bites out here.” He sat up and reached out to touch her cheek. “I’ll live. How was Texas?” She sat down beside him. “Still big.” He smiled sadly, “I told Cody you’d driven to Texas to talk to God. He said he didn’t even realize God lived there. He’s decided that’s why Texans are egotistical.” She laughed. “That’s exactly what I needed just now. Laughing feels good. I thought I didn’t get to see you until tomorrow? What brings you tonight?” He groaned and made a sound of disgust. “Ah, I Googled myself. It was awful.” She pushed the porch swing with her foot. “I know.” “I’m not really as bad as it looks. I swear.” “I know.” 


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Kristin CrossAuthor Kristin Cross:
 Kristin Cross was a mostly obedient child—unless her mom wanted her to put her book down. She grew up in the Rockies and traveled with her family enough to want to travel more and have adventures in all those exotic looking places on the map that she hasn’t been to—yet. Now, as an adult, she also loves relaxing at home in the mountains and coming up with stories about those places. Motherhood has been her best time yet, and she wishes she’d had more than just four marvelous children. She loves a good storm, a beautiful sunset, the wind in her face, puppies, and fresh mangos with her shrimp. And her husband, DJ. She truly adores DJ.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: The Fall of Lord Drayson by Rachael Anderson

Coming soon from USA Today Bestselling Author Rachael Anderson

The Fall of Lord Drayson

The Fall of Lord DraysonWho is he really? A high and mighty Lord, or a lowly servant? 
 When Colin Cavendish, the new earl of Drayson, informs Lucy Beresford that she and her mother have two months to vacate the house they've called home for the past two years, Lucy is fit to be tied.They have no money, no relations they can turn to for help, and nowhere to go. How dare the earl break the promise his father had made to the Beresfords without so much as a twinge of conscience? Mere hours later, Lucy discovers the earl unconscious and injured in the middle of the road. Grudgingly, she takes him into her home to tend to his wounds, but when he awakens with no recollection of who he is, Lucy seizes the opportunity to teach a much-needed lesson in humility. Pushing her own twinge of conscience aside, she informs the earl of Drayson that he is nothing more than a mere servant. Her servant, in fact. And thus begins the charming tale of a pompous lord and an impetuous young woman, caught together in a web so tangled that it begs the question: Will they ever get out?


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RachaelAuthor Rachael Anderson
 A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Instant Mix Achar (Pickle) Recipe containing Carrot, Radish and Green Chilli

Achars or pickles are always a hit with me with their lip smacking tanginess and the ample scope of experimentation with a variety of ingredients. 

Today's Mix Achar recipe uses ingredients like Carrot (Gajar), Radish (Muli) and Green Chilli (Hari Mirch) and contains the goodness of these healthy ingredients. Great accompaniment to all flat bread food items like paratha, roti, kulcha and bhatura as well as rice dishes like biryani and pulao, this pickle is not only quick but also simple to make with easily available ingredients and gets ready in a jiffy!



Instant Mix Achar (Pickle) Recipe containing Carrot, Radish and Green Chilli


Cooking Instructions:

Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup carrot (gajar) cut in thin, long slices.
1 cup radish (muli) cut in thin, long slices.
1 cup of green chilli (hari mirch) cut in half.
2 tbsp mustard oil,
2 tsp crushed Aniseed (Saunf),
2 tsp crushed Mustard seeds (rai),
1/2 tsp Nigella seeds (kalonji),
2 tsp crushed fenugreek seeds (methi),
1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
1 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1/2 tsp red chilli powder (lal mirch powder)
Salt to taste.

Steps to prepare the Instant Mix Achar (Carrot, Radish, Green Chilli achar/pickle):

1) Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl except the oil.
2) Heat oil in a pan.
3) Add the mixture of step 1 in the oil and mix well.
4) Remove from the heat and serve right away with Roti, Parathas like the zero-oil Sattu Paratha, Pulao etc.
5) You can also store it in a clean and dry container to relish later. Refrigerate to keep it fresh until a week.

Tips:
1) You can also add other vegetables like turnips to this pickle.
2) To keep the pickle fresh and to stop it from spoiling, always use a dry and clean spoon to take out the pickle. Keep it away from moisture which can cause to spoil early.

Hope you enjoyed this recipe. I absolutely love this Instant Mix Achar (Pickle) with its healthy ingredients and the taste buds teasing taste that am sure will make it your favourite too!

Do try this simple recipe in your kitchen and share your views with me in the comments section. I love hearing from you. :)

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

#BookBlitz and #Giveaway: The Last of the Firedrakes (Avalonia Chronicles #1) by Farah Oomerbhoy

 The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy
Book Details:

Title and Author: The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy
No. of Pages: 488 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Age: Young Adult
ASIN: B01131UDHE


Blurb:


A fantastic adventure story that will transport you to a dazzling world of myth and magic.

16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn’t seem so bad.


Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms—including killing anyone who stands in her way.  Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora’s arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear.

With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.



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Review Excerpts:

"...the narrative components echo the classics; the Academy of Magic at Evolon could be Hogwarts, while the Shadow Guards are reminiscent of Tolkien's Ring Wraiths or Rowling's Dementors...a beautifully drawn fantasy world."
- Kirkus Reviews

“Perfect for fans of Harry Potter”
- Alyson Serena Stone 

“The Last of the Firedrakes is a wonderful book! It's STUNNING, in fact. I'm a firm lover of fantasy novels and this one did not disappoint me since it has everything I could have wished for - a diverse array of characters, magic, never-ending action and amazing world-building. It will satisfy anyone's need for a fantastical adventure!”
- Melissa @ The Reader and the Chef

“Five stars, HIGHLY recommended for plot and pacing, if you like Harry Potter, you'll like The Last of the Firedrakes, trust me!”
- LilMar


Excerpt:
Chapter 7
The Midnight Market

Later that night, after I had eaten well and rested, we set out for the midnight market. I followed Kalen along the small path, from Pixie Bush into the very heart of Goldleaf Forest.
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It seemed to me that we had been walking for quite a while when I could suddenly hear voices and noises quite clearly in the quiet forest. We came to a large clearing, and the delightful sight left me spellbound. The forest was alive, radiant and subtly lit by pretty, different-colored lanterns hanging from the towering trees. Beautifully decorated stalls and multicolored tents had sprung up all over the place. Some were nestled between the tall trees, and some were haphazardly placed around the edge of the clearing, forming a slightly wonky circle. Fae of all sizes, shapes and colors wandered around, having a marvelous time. There were dryads, naiads, brownies, and little pixies with wings who flitted about the place in groups, laughing and eating at the food stalls.
We came to a stall, which was manned by a small, funny-looking fae with a pointy nose and long ears. Kalen identified him as a gnome. He was selling some strangely colored liquid in glass bottles and was haggling unashamedly about prices with two old ladies, whom I thought were very sweet.
As we walked through the market, Kalen chattered on.
“Although some of the larger towns have shops that sell magical ingredients for potions,” Kalen was saying, “this is the only place you can find some of the really rare items.”
I followed Kalen, who was entering a green tent, where the sign outside read: “Buy a plant for your home and garden.” That sounded quite interesting. Maybe I could buy a plant for Kalen’s mom—she had really helped me, after all—but I remembered I didn’t have any money.
The tent was not what I expected at all. The inside was bewitched to look like a large green house; like the forest, it was much larger inside than it appeared from the outside. The moonlight shone through the glass ceiling, and rows of plants and flowers lined the sides of the tent. We decided to explore.
I walked through the rows of plants, looking at the labels that were written next to them. There were strawberry plants in a small tray, growing wonderful, juicy strawberries, each one of which had a dollop of cream on the top. The sign near it said: “Grow your own strawberries and cream.”
“Try one,” said Kalen. “No one is watching.”
I couldn’t resist; I loved strawberries and cream. I popped the whole strawberry into my mouth. It was delicious and the cream was thick, fresh, and sweet. It was wonderful.
“Lovely, yes?” said Kalen.
“I nodded, since my mouth was full.
“Ms. Herbchild is wonderful at growing things. These strawberry plants with cream are one of her new inventions, but you can only grow them on trays inside the house, or the gnomes lick off all the cream.”

I made a face at the thought of eating a strawberry that had been licked by a gnome.”

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For Farah Oomerbhoy, writing is a passion and reading her solace. She is a firm believer in the fantastic and magical, and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest.
When she was pregnant with her first child ten years ago, a story popped into her head she could not ignore. “I was at my grandmother’s house, and as I looked at the image of a beautiful forest with a castle in the distance on a tapestry hanging on the wall, I imagined myself being whisked away into another world,” she said. It was at that moment the world of Avalonia, with its powerful mages and fae and the evil Queen Morgana, was born. Farah Oomerbhoy’s debut novel, The Last of the Firedrakes, was released in the summer of 2015.

Farah lives with her husband and three children in their family home in Mumbai, India. She has a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Mumbai. Her first novel is The Last of the Firedrakes, Book 1 of the Avalonia Chronicles.


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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #17

Hi Friends,
The below are the books I shelved in the past week. Have a look and share your own with me in the comments section. Now about this meme. Read the below introduction to know more about it. :)

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's all about sharing books you've added to your shelves be it physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in a physical store, or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books got from author or publishers, gifts, and of course eBooks.


~Books received for review~


KISS ME IN CHRISTMAS by Debbie Mason
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~Books I Bought~


Bollywood and the Beast by Suleikha Snyder
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Share in the comments section below.
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Friday, January 22, 2016

Book Blitz and $50 GC Giveaway: Crossroads by Mary Ting

Crossroads by Mary Ting 
Can two worlds collide in dreams? Protecting her from the fallen was his duty. Falling in love was never part of his plan. Loving her was forbidden. Being with her was all that mattered, even if it meant he would be exiled for all eternity. Claudia Emerson's life is about to change when her good friend, who coincidentally shares the same first and last name, dies in a tragic accident. Distraught at the loss of her friend, Claudia's dreams become tumultuous, and through them she mysteriously travels to another world called Crossroads. There, she unexpectedly meets Michael, a nephilim--half angel, half human. Now that she's been there, fallen and demons are after her, suspecting she must be special, and it is up to Michael and the other nephilim to protect her. Her dream becomes a nightmare as more secrets are revealed about who she really is, and the true identities of the people she loves most.

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 Praise for Crossroads

 “Crossroads by Mary Ting has it all: danger, romance, suspense, incredible characters and an original plot that is sure to thrill. The action never stops as good and evil battle to the death. This well written and fascinating love story will keep readers entranced.” ~ReadersFavorite.com

 “Love is in question. Trust is debatable. No one is safe. Between by Mary Ting is an enchanting, nail-biter that will leave you breathless from the exquisite cover to the thrilling end.” ~Gabby, Nashville Young Adult Fiction Examiner/What’s Beyond Forks

 “Crossroads is an exciting debut book with a rich paranormal mythology, unique angel-lore, forbidden romance, action, suspense and plot twists. With her detailed writing and a plot that flow wells, Mary created a world I enjoyed visiting, and a story that was hard to put down.” ~Katie with Mundie Moms

 “Beyond is an extraordinary story with unforgettable characters, passionately written by an author who clearly understands the true identity of love. Compelling and exciting; this is a must-read for all hardcore fans of the paranormal romance genre.” ~Angie Edwards @ Books4Tomorrow

 “Reading the Crossroads Saga has always put me in a very ethereal place while turning its pages. In BEYOND, Mary Ting takes it to another level and I embrace the new darkness with open wings just like Michael would with his heart-shaped wings” ~Yara, Once Upon A Twilight
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mary ting  Author Mary Ting 
 Bestselling/award-winning author Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children's chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.  
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

ARC Book Review and Giveaway: Surrender My Love (The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor #2) by Melissa Foster

NEW RELEASE........ 
Book #2 The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor, Love in Bloom 
Fall in love with Cole Braden in the Bradens of Peaceful Harbor. Hot, sexy, & wickedly naughty second cousins to the Weston, Colorado Bradens we know and love. 

In SURRENDER MY LOVE... Annalise "Leesa" Avalon never realized that one sentence could change her life until one of her students revealed his crush--and within twenty-four hours she finds herself under fire. After a grueling investigation that turns her life upside down, she steals away to Peaceful Harbor, Maryland, with a new identity to try to pull herself back together and figure out her next step. From the outside, Cole Braden lives a charmed life. He's a top orthopedic surgeon with a thriving practice, strong family ties, and friends he adores. But there's a lonely spot inside Cole that no one can see. He has an enormous heart--and a painful past--but the desire to love and be loved is too strong to ignore. A chance encounter brings Leesa and Cole together, and the attraction is immediate and intense. But a relationship is the last thing Leesa needs--and the only thing Cole wants. Long talks, heated moments, and deep connections are hard to resist, but the harder Cole tries, the more Leesa pulls away. Cole might truly be the right man for Leesa, but is Leesa the right woman for him? SURRENDER MY LOVE is part of the Love in Bloom series. While SURRENDER MY LOVE can be read as a stand-alone novel, for even more reading enjoyment you may want to read the entire Love in Bloom series in series order. 
 **CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**


ARC Book Review
Surrender My Love is the second book in The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor series but the first that I have read and the fourteenth book in Love in Bloom: The Bradens series. Despite being part of a series, it can be read as a standalone.

As is the case with majority of books by Melissa Foster, this one too had me stopping because of the catchy title, an eye catching cover and a blurb that instantly caught my attention.

I enjoyed meeting the Bradens of Peaceful Harbor who are a boisterous lot and fell in love with Cole Braden. He is a smooth talker and seems a flirt initially but then his character is developed and brought out fully to be that of a serious, family oriented and one-woman man who is a workaholic, a book lover (this point definitely earned him extra brownie points from me) and still waiting for "The One". This book narrates Cole's story and had me excitedly cheering for him all through.

Annalise's history had me empathizing with her and then seriously giving thought to the ramifications of one careless accusation made by someone in one's life. Annalise or Leesa is a strong character and her struggle to get back her life and find closure had me admiring her. The romance buildup between Leesa and Cole is brought out beautifully and feels true and heartfelt.

The plot execution is expertly done as can be expected from Melissa and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and meeting such lovely characters that stay with you long after you have completed the book. I am eager to meet these lovely characters again soon!

All in all, Surrender My Love is a lovely and heartfelt romance that had me entertained all through. I give it 4.5 out of 5 and recommend it to all romance lovers above the age of eighteen. Now that I have finished this book, I am eager to start on the first book in this series, Healed by Love and look forward to reading the subsequent books in the series.


I received an ARC 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.

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Meet the Bradens of Peaceful Harbor and fall in love with Nate Braden & Jewel Fisher in Healed by Love. Nate Braden has loved his best friend’s younger sister Jewel for as long as he can remember, but between their age difference and his respect for Rick, he’s always kept his feelings at bay. Now he’s back in Peaceful Harbor, and Jewel is no longer sixteen years old—but there’s an even bigger obstacle standing in his way. Nate and Rick joined the military together eight years earlier. Nate came home a hero, but Rick didn’t make it out alive. THE BRADENS AT PEACEFUL HARBOR are one of the newest additions to the Braden series and the LOVE IN BLOOM family. 
 **CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**


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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa also co-writes the Love on Rockwell Island series with New York Times bestselling author Bella Andre. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary CafĂ©. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod. Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. 

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Monday, January 18, 2016

ARC Book Review and Giveaway: Heart in a Box by Catherine Stine

Title and Author: Heart in a Box by Catherine Stine
Publication Date:  December 20, 2015
Publisher:  Inkspell Publishing

Blurb:
Each heartbeat leads Joss closer a shocking truth that will change everything.

Joss Olstad wins the fight to switch from her private school to a public high to “find her pieces” she lost when the Indian artist father she never knew died. There, Joss struggles with a slutty friend, who flirts with her new love; Indian Culture Club girls who press her on her past, as well as her stoner mother’s lies back at home.  Armed only with her handmade heart boxes that hold private messages, Joss’s search for identity leads her to a scary industrial section of Queens, and a shocking family secret that changes everything.


Book Review:
Heart in a Box by Catherine Stine is the first book by her that I have read and this was a different type of story that had me entertained till the end.

The cover and the unusual title were the first things that attracted my attention towards this book and then the interesting blurb sealed the deal for me. 

The plot is simple and yet the author has implemented it beautifully. Intriguing the readers right from the start the book takes us on a journey of the ups and downs faced by the teenager heroine who is struggling in finding her identity and caught up in some usual and some unusual dramas that seem so life threatening when we are teenagers.

I loved Joss and her mom who are both strong characters, headstrong and stubborn. Joss' inquisitiveness regarding her Indian father and her mother's attempt at trying to protect her daughter from making the mistakes she made when she was her age are both sweet and then frustrating.

The story is well paced and develops seamlessly. It is moving, surprising and a story many of us can relate to.

All in all, a lovely experience, I enjoyed reading Heart in a Box and give it 4 out of 5. Recommended to all readers looking for a different type of story that teaches as well as hooks.


I received and ARC 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.



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Catherine Stine writes YA and romance. Her novels span the range from futuristic to supernatural to contemporary. Her YA sci-fi thrillers Fireseed One and Ruby’s Fire are Amazon bestsellers and indie award winners. Her YA, Dorianna won Best Horror Book in the Kindle Hub Awards. She also writes romance as Kitsy Clare. Her Art of Love series includes Model Position and Private Internship. She suspects her love of dark fantasy came from her father reading Edgar Allen Poe to her as a child, and her love of contemporary fiction comes from being a jubilant realist. Visit her at catherinestine.com and subscribe to her newsletter for news of releases, workshops and appearances.


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