Tuesday, May 31, 2016

#ARCBookReview: Blossom & the Beast (The Alder Tales #1) by RS McCoy

Title: Blossom & the Beast
Author: RS McCoy
Series: The Alder Tales #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Shifters
Length: 320 Pages
Publication Date: 31st May 2016

ARC Book Review:
Blossom & the Beast by RS McCoy is the story of Blossom Frane, the youngest daughter of the head of a Bear Clan who is just weeks away from her transformation when she meets Kaide Landel who takes an instant fancy to her and whisks her away as his prospective bride. Blossom is feeling like Beauty from Beauty and the Beast, whisked to an unknown land against her wishes by a brooding Beast. But is Kaide really the Beast she thinks him to be?

This is the first book by RS McCoy that I have read and when I heard about it the first time from the author, I got intrigued by the whole Beauty and the Beast reimagining that she hinted at! 

The cover is okay, nothing very spectacular about it. It is the title and the blurb that are interesting and will attract the attention of readers, especially paranormal romance lovers.

The plot is well conceived and executed and the author had me intrigued right from the start. Her world building is meticulous and while she started slow, she soon picked up pace and had me visualizing the world as she sketched it in the book. The book is set in a future time with the world divided in four groups representing fire, water, air and earth where each human has a totem (animal transformation) which he or she gains at a certain age. Blossom is just weeks away from gaining her totem which she hopes is a bear just like her mother and brothers. 

I empathized with Blossom right from the start. She is overly protected to the point of being a prisoner with no choice of her own in even the simple matters like going anywhere at will! She also knows that one day she will be traded to her future husband in exchange for food, fabric and other goods that support her clan. This is the way of life in her world and she knows it but doesn't necessarily like it. Then when Kaide, a fire clan high ranking official, a Vice Syndicate, trades her from her father, she is left with no choice but to accompany him but is still hell bent at being difficult at every turn. I enjoyed her altercations with Kaide right from the start.



Both Kaide and Blossom are feisty, headstrong and stubborn characters and it was entertaining watching them butt heads. Kaide is a strong, alpha character and I loved him right from the start. He is brooding and dangerous but nevertheless a good man and a big softy. I loved how he fumbled in his efforts to win Blossom's affections and his shyness also had me falling more in love with him. A complex man with a past, his character is developed with expertise by the author and she unravels the layers to his character all through the book that not only took the story forward but also kept up the interest in it.

I was also intrigued by Blossom's three brothers and Kaide's niece and am eager to read their own story. Hope the author tells us their story soon!

The story is fast paced and apart from Blossom and Kaide's romance, there is plenty of suspense, political manipulation and intrigue in Kaide's career as a politician that will affect and change his and Blossom's lives forever! All this and more is handled with ease by RS McCoy and I loved her writing style and know that I will be checking out her other books too while I wait for the next book in this series.

The story ends in a cliffhanger and while I don't like books with cliffhangers, I didn't feel very angry at being left hanging here because the story gradually paced to it and didn't abruptly end. I got to see Blossom and Kaide's romance come to a everlasting love before the ending so this did pacify me a little. Still the reader is left to wait for the next installment which hopefully will take Blossom and Kaide's story forward so this did make me feel a bit dissatisfied but apart from this, Blossom & the Beast  by RS McCoy is an entertaining and different story that had me engaged throughout and has left me wanting to read the next book.

4 out of 5 to Blossom & the Beast by RS McCoy and recommended to all lovers of paranormal romance.



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

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Monday, May 30, 2016

#BookReview: A Secret Colton Baby (The Coltons: Return to Wyoming #1) by Karen Whiddon

Title and Author:  A Secret Colton Baby by Karen Whiddon
No. of Pages: 288
Series: The Coltons: Return to Wyoming #1
Publication Date: January  2014 by Harlequin
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Book Review:
A Secret Colton Baby by Karen Whiddon has a mysterious baby, a bewildered hero who has just found out that he is a father, a heroine with a scary past that has her running to a new town and a stalker come alive from her past. As if this is not enough, soon there is also a deadly virus loose on the town with everything under quarantine.

With so much mystery and suspense promised, I dived into this book and I am so glad that I did! My first book from Karen, I thoroughly enjoyed her story development and skill with which she maintained and enhanced both the romance and the suspense.

Theo Colton's backstory of how he had to forego his rodeo career after an injury and Ellie's past that had her fleeing to a new town and living as a hired cook were interesting and intriguing.

The chemistry between these two characters is both sensuous as well as heartfelt. I enjoyed meeting the other Coltons and hope to read their story too.

The story is fast paced and had me engrossed throughout. Karen's writing style is engaging and she managed to create a thrilling, suspenseful and curiosity stirring atmosphere where I spent each second curious to know what happened next, all the while hoping for a happy ending.


The baby is so cute and I wanted to cuddle him and loved each and every scene with him in it.

All in all, A Secret Colton Baby by Karen Whiddon is a total entertainer with a good plot, well developed characters and good writing. 4 out of 5 to it and recommended to all lovers of romantic suspense. I will be checking out the other books in this series in the future.


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~Books in The Coltons: Return to Wyoming series~

Book 1: A Secret Colton Baby by Karen Whiddon
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Book 2: Her Colton Lawman by Carla Cassidy
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Book 3: Colton Holiday Lockdown by C.J. Miller

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

#ARCBookReview: Batman/Superman Vol. 4: Siege by Greg Pak

Title and Author: Batman/Superman Vol. 4: Siege by Greg Pak
Publication Date: 22 Dec 2015 by DC Comics
Genre: Comics & Graphic

Blurb:
WHO IS SUPERMAN’S JOKER?
Someone is targeting the people closest to Superman—those who wear his sigil, those he cares most about, even innocents whose lives he’s saved. The attacks seem random, but Batman recognizes the pattern. A madman who hates you so much he strikes at the people around you…this is Superman’s Joker. 
Worse, the method of the attacks is even more bizarre: the bullets leave no residue, no clues, then seem to disappear into nothingness. Even the World’s Greatest Detective is at a loss. 
But when Batman hatches a plan to draw the killer out of hiding, a crucial clue is uncovered—one that reveals that the killer is more closely tied to Superman than they could have imagined! Can Superman, Batman and Supergirl defeat this threat from Superman’s past…or will Superman’s Joker prove to be his final undoing?

ARC Book Review:
Who doesn't love Superman and is not grudgingly impressed by Joker?
 In this installment of the Superman/Batman comics, we face Superman's Joker's chaotic presence where he is freely targeting people close to Superman. It will take both Superman's strength and Batman's planning to take down this super villain.

I am a big fan of Superman and Batman and enjoyed reading this comics. We even get to see Supergirl's action and it was pure pleasure reading the book.

The plot is well conceived and executed and I enjoyed the artwork of the story too which is both detailed and so expressive without being crowded.

The writing is crisp, concise and fluid. I was able to imagine myself actually present in all the action and felt the thrill of danger, the tight anticipation of defeating Joker and the fan admiration for my beloved superheroes while reading the comics.

A fast paced story that held me captive throughout and I finished it in one sitting, this one is a must read. 4 out of 5 to it and recommended to all Superman and Batman fans.




I received the book from the publishers via Netgalley 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 28, 2016

#BookReview: Shards of Hope (Psy-Changeling #14) by Nalini Singh


Book Review:

I have become a huge fan of Nalini Singh. She can write spellbinding and heart thumping contemporary romances as witnessed in her Rock Kiss series and then jump genres to write mesmerizing paranormal Psy-Changeling books like this one.

I love the Psy-Changeling series and have read the books multiple times. Shards of Hope is no exception. I had been intrigued by Aden who seemed mediocre in his abilities and just a normal Psy-medic but then we also kept getting hints of hidden power and personality from him. So when I got my hands on his story, I just could not wait and boy! Was I shocked!

Aden is shown in his true glory in this book and we get an indepth insight into his character and life. His true agendas, his personal life and his hidden love for Zaira are all revealed and left me breathlessly turning the pages of the book!

Zaira's story had me empathizing with her but still I kept thinking that for Aden she sometimes didn't match but then maybe this difference in their attitudes and characters is the main draw.

Anyhow, the romance and relationship building is superb and quintessentially Nalini. The story is fast paced and we get to witness new and more dangerous developments in the Psy, Changeling and Human worlds.

I loved revisiting some old favourites and enjoyed reading about their present love filled lives, all the while feeling like I was visiting old friends whom I had accompanied to their HEA in the previous books!

All in all, Shards of Hope is an engrossing, engaging and expertly written Psy-Changeling book that left me eager to read more. I cant wait for the next book in the series and give it 5 super shiny stars out of 5! Recommended to all adult paranormal, scifi and romance lovers, go checkout this must-read Psy-Changeling series!




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Friday, May 27, 2016

#BookBlitz and $50 #Giveaway: The Descendant Prophecies by Mary Ting

Descendants

From TitansFrom Titans (Book #4) by Mary Ting 
Everyone is searching for Mason. Zeus sent Hermes, and the Oracles have used their magic, with no success. A sparkle of hope arises when Eris, the goddess of Chaos, sends an invitation to her wedding engagement party. She’s holding Mason hostage, and Skylar and her friends only need permission to enter Eris’s world to rescue him. At the party, Eris gives them one condition: In exchange for Mason, they must travel to the Land of Reverse and bring back the bottle of gold water King Midas used to wash himself free of his gift. Further chaos follows when Eris not only sets up a hunt in the Labyrinth of Crete, but makes a bargain with the Titans she rescued. The Titans possess power more than anyone anticipated, and Cronus is hungry for revenge after his own children locked him up in Tartarus. No one is safe. Not even the humans. Summary for Book 1: Did you just see a flash of lightning across the sky on a clear sunny day? Don’t blame Mother Nature. Skylar Rome can’t wait to spend her last summer before college with her cousin, Kayla. Everything changes when they meet the Grand brothers. Skylar is sure she should stay away from Mason Grand, but their attraction is undeniable. Then Skylar’s life erupts into turmoil. She steps into a world where descendants of ancient gods have super powers, evil beings chase her, and questions arise about her own identity. She is running out of time and running for her life, while trying to unravel the mystery of what they want from her. Forced into a battle set into motion long before she was born, will Skylar find the answers she seeks, or will she die trying?

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Praise for the Series 
"From Gods takes mythology to a whole new level of imagination with its incredible plot and amazing characters. It's full of hotness that you never want to end!" Michele, Insane About Books

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From GodsFrom Gods (Book #1) by Mary Ting 
 Did you just see a flash of lightning across the sky on a clear sunny day? Don’t blame Mother Nature. Skylar Rome can’t wait to spend her last summer before college with her cousin, Kayla. Everything changes when they meet the Grand brothers. Skylar is sure she should stay away from Mason Grand, but their attraction is undeniable. Then Skylar’s life erupts into turmoil. She steps into a world where descendants of ancient gods have super powers, evil beings chase her, and questions arise about her own identity. She is running out of time and running for her life, while trying to unravel the mystery of what they want from her. Forced into a battle set into motion long before she was born, will Skylar find the answers she seeks, or will she die trying?


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Excerpt:
“Mason, MASON, MASON!” Skylar panicked.
“I know. Skylar, hold on tight. I’m going to brake.”
“But there are cars behind us.”
“We have no choice. Don’t worry. I got this.” Mason pushed down on the brake forcefully. The car hydroplaned to the right. “Hold on.”
Skylar gripped the first thing her hand found. The water from the road jetted up into the air like in a water show, but the car kept gliding sideways, until finally it spun in a full circle and stopped. With no time to waste, Mason turned it to the right and accelerated, hoping to dodge what was coming toward them.
Out of nowhere, a long piece of ice, taking the form of a spear, darted through the trucks’ tires and punctured some of them. More ice spears came soaring out of the rain, but this time ten or more sphere-like ice balls followed, denting the sides of the trucks. One went through a windshield. With flat tires, the trucks now glided as if skating on ice, maneuvering from side to side.
“Did you do that?” Skylar asked excitedly.
“No. Must be Poseidon’s kids. Where the hell are they?” Mason spread his right arm out in front of Skylar as if to protect her. “Bend down, Sky.”
One of the trucks hit another and veered off, hitting yet another one. The crash caused the trucks to flip and tumble, heading straight for Mason’s car. With a look of shock, Skylar held her breath. There was no time to move, think, or get out of the car, so she closed her eyes and prepared for the crash.
Seconds before impact, Mason’s car flew up into the air and over the trucks. Somehow, as if by magic, the water created a liquid bridge, guiding the car safely over, and then it thumped hard onto the ground on the other side. Without looking back, Mason sped away as the sound of screeching brakes and metal hitting metal blasted behind them.


Mary Ting  Author Mary Ting:

International Bestselling, Award-Winning, Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke 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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Thursday, May 26, 2016

#BookReview: Her Holiday Rancher by Cathy McDavid

Title and Author: Her Holiday Rancher by Cathy McDavid
No. of Pages: 224
Publication Date: November 2015 by Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Review:
Her Holiday Rancher by Cathy McDavid is the story of Gabe who has been struggling to keep his ranch afloat but after his father's death, he is now faced with sharing the ranch ownership with his two half brothers both of whom want him to sell. Determined never to sell, his only supporter is Reese who is also the trustee of his father's estate. 
Caught between his pledge to save the ranch, his growing feeling for Reese and also feeling like her support is a conflict of interest, what will happen to Gabe? Will he be able to save his ranch and his heart?

I have enjoyed Cathy McDavid's previous books and this one was not an exception. Engaging, written with heart and full of drama, this book had me interested and glued to my seat throughout.

I enjoyed meeting the Dempsey brothers and enjoyed following Gabe and Reese as they sorted out their feelings and their lives.

The story is developed beautifully and the author managed to transport me to the settings of the book making me feel like I was there. The pace is fast and there is never a dull moment.

All in all, Her Holiday Rancher by Cathy McDavid is an enjoyable story that had me entertained and left me wanting to read the stories of the other characters in this book soon. 4 out of 5 to it and recommended to all romance lovers.



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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

#BookBlitz and $50 #Giveaway: Heart of the Billionaire (Almost an Angel #2) by Jennifer Youngblood and Sandra Poole

Heart of the Billionaire The scrumptiously romantic series continues with the second book in the Almost an Angel Series by Bestselling Authors Jenifer Youngblood and Sandra Poole 
 Gracie, an angel-in-training, has completed her first assignment, reuniting Alex and Dawson after their tumultuous breakup. Her elation is cut short when she receives her next assignment: Brooke Matthews—the snotty, entitled, princess, who did everything in her power to snatch Dawson away from Alex. Where in the world will Gracie find a man to put up with this beauty of a beast? Nash Rigby is a bull rider. Used to taking life by the horns, he’s willing to enter into an arrangement—a dubious arrangement—to save his father’s ranch. He’s trained to hang on for all he’s worth for eight seconds, but can this cowboy hang on to Brooke long enough to win the prize? Or, will he be able to see Brooke’s inner beauty and find the love of a lifetime? Maybe … with a little help from an almost angel. Faced with the insurmountable task of helping the cowboy and the billionaire’s daughter fall in love, Gracie digs in, determined to do things her way. When Sheldon, a dark angel with killer looks, floats back into her life, err … afterlife, Gracie must fight against her growing attraction to heaven’s bad boy. Heart of the Billionaire is a stand-alone novel. But to get the full effect of how things work in the realm of angels, check out Candlelight Kisses (Book 1 in the Almost an Angel Series)


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Praise for the Series: 

 "I did not see that ending coming! Gracie is not what I expected either...she doesn't fit the mold of what you think an "angel-in-training" is supposed to be like, and it will be fun to see her continue to learn and change. I love her mentor, Gertrude! It is a fun, clean romance that keeps you interested and entertained. Eagerly anticipating the next one in the series!” by Verified Amazon Customer 

 "Love this series! Nash's desire to save his father's ranch touched me. And it helped he's hot and swoon worthy! And Gracie's love story with the 'bad boy' makes it even more interesting! Love this! Don't miss it!” Always Reading

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Excerpt From Heart of the Billionaire (Book 2 in The Almost an Angel Series)

Stewart Matthews sat poised on the edge of his seat, his body taut—his face wearing the laser-beam focus of a General preparing for battle. In many ways, he was fighting the greatest battle of his life, for it involved the heart of the one he loved the most.
He could only see one way to help Brooke, but she wouldn’t like it. In fact, she would be so angry that she might never speak to him again. That was the price he would have to pay for attempting to save her. Better to be a parent than a friend. Even though he dreaded what was to come, he knew there was no other option. His money had been the thing that sent Brooke down her path of self-destruction. He could only hope that it would also be the catalyst that would save her
A feeling of resignation settled over him as he looked down at the blank page. Then he picked up the pen and began to write …
My Darling Brooke,
From the moment you were born and I held you in my arms, I knew that my life would never again be the same. Never before had I experienced such pure and complete love. And that love has only grown and multiplied over the years. You are my heart, my primary responsibility, and I will take any measures necessary to protect you, even if that means protecting you from yourself.
Sweetheart, my only desire is that you find joy and contentment—the kind that can only come from within. You need to learn to love unconditionally and to love someone so completely that you are willing to put his needs before your own. Please know that I have spent many a night, walking the floors, trying to determine the best course of action to set you back on the right path.
A way has been opened up, and I intend to take full advantage of it. My only hope is that you will one day find it in your heart to forgive me, for what I’m about to do.
A knock sounded. He looked up as his assistant stuck her head in the door. “I’m sorry to disturb you, but the attorney is here and waiting in the conference room. It’s time.”
The moment of truth was here. Once he signed the documents, there would be no going back. He blew out a breath, a rigid look of determination on his lined face. “Tell them I’ll be there in five minutes.”


  Youngblood Poole
Jennifer Youngblood & Sandra Poole 
Jennifer and Sandra—daughter and mother writing duo—have been writing together for many years and have over a dozen published novels, a collection of short stories, and a children’s book (released under the pen name of Periwinkle Blue). They feel it’s a great privilege to be able to collaborate with each other as it adds a depth and spice to their work that neither of them could get independently. For them, writing is a continual journey of discovery. They have so many ideas for books that it’s hard to focus on one at a time. Both of them have a penchant for chocolate, seafood, and movies. Jennifer has a B.A. in English and Social Sciences from BYU Hawaii, and Sandra has a Masters in Business Administration. Jennifer and Sandra now live in the Rocky Mountains with their families.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

My Dream Kitchen

Kitchen is my haven where I feel most relaxed and happy. It is the place where most food experiments happen and where despite the type of the day I have had, my mind is taken away from all my life’s worries.

Being a foodie and a cooking enthusiast, I am always visualizing my ideal kitchen- a place that I will design myself to have everything in it right from the gleaming counter tops I have often seen on famous cookery shows to the state of the art appliances I have often drooled over while window shopping in malls.

My present kitchen is just awful and desperately in need of an upgrade. It is too small and cramped with chipped counters and crooked cabinet doors that are just hanging by for dear life! LOL
One day very soon, I vow to upgrade it and go all out to get my dream kitchen.

I have been researching and visualizing my dream kitchen in my mind for as long as I can remember and from all the various styles, I just love the Eclectic Style Kitchen which allows to have an array of distinguishing features to help us in designing a visually interesting cooking and dining space. With a moderately spaced house like mine, I want my kitchen to look spacious and be able to make clever use of the available space like in this kitchen I just loved!

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This lovely eclectic style cooking space has all the features that I covet in my future kitchen. With its modern look and the perfect combination of timber wood, steel and glass used in the counters, appliances/fixtures and cabinets, this kitchen design has its own unique feel and a very classy look.
Just look at the ingenious use of the space under the stairs where shelves have been added to keep all my cook books and any other stuff I want like crockery etc. A small fridge is also added in the lower section!

The super shiny upper cabinets look like mirrors on the outside but are in fact cleverly disguised cabinets that don’t look odd and beautifully complement the ultra-suave look of the kitchen.
The modern hanging lights with the slightly rustic looking sitting table below and the whole d├ęcor of this kitchen and dining space expertly meshes with the drawing room without making it look odd and is just too good.

No kitchen is complete without really great appliances to go in it and this kitchen design has included a stainless steel double door fridge with an ice machine so easily in such a small space. The oven/grill can be so inconspicuously included below the counters amidst the wooden cabinets and will be so ideally placed that I can’t help feeling impressed. With my sleek induction top, I can just visualize the eye catching beauty of my future kitchen!

There are so many possibilities of freely applying my creativity in placing my appliances in this kitchen. The lovely mix and match here with its rustic and modern combination of items has me itching to make my cooking space just like this one. There are just so many things I adore here.
So with this eclectic style kitchen design in my mind, I just can’t wait to go all out and get the kitchen I have always dreamed about!

What do you think of my dream kitchen pick? Does this one call your name? What are your dreams about your ideal kitchen?


#BookReview: In Firefly Valley (Texas Crossroads #2) by Amanda Cabot

Title and Author: In Firefly Valley by Amanda Cabot
No. of Pages: 368
Series: Texas Crossroads #2
Publication Date: May 2015 by Fleming H. Revell Company 
Genre: Christian Romance, Contemporary Romance

Book Review:
In Firefly Valley by Amanda Cabot is the second book in the Texas Crossroads series but the first book that I have read in this series as well as by the author and I absolutely loved the book.

Although part of a series, it can be read as a standalone but I would advise you to read it in order because characters from the previous book also make an appearance in this one and while not very problematic, it sure would have been better for me had I read the previous book first.

This a story of love, forgiveness and the power of faith.

Marissa has seen so much sadness in her past and then she loses her job too. Now working as manager in the struggling Rainbow's end resort, she meets an author Blake Kendall who is staying there as guest. Is he the right man for her?

There is suspense, drama, real life problems and then the power of forgiveness and faith in this book. Amanda Cabot takes us to Bluebonnet Lake and the Firefly Valley where there is not only beauty but also much drama.

I loved how the author developed her characters showing the reader not only the various facets of life but also inspiring us to never lose faith and always strive for happiness even in the face of adversity.

Marissa and Blake are both characters honed by their past and each made me love them because of different reasons.

The story is well paced and had me engaged throughout. I dont want to giveaway much but go read this lovely story and fall in love.

All in all, In Firefly Valley by Amanda Cabot is a lovely story that made itself memorable to me and I recommend it to everyone. 4.5 out of 5 to it. Go read and enjoy this beautiful story. I know I will be checking the other books in this series in the future.



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Monday, May 23, 2016

#BookBlitz and $50 #Giveaway: Narine of Noe (Faerie Tales from the White Forest Book Four) by Danika Dinsmore

Narine of Noe Narine of Noe (Faerie Tales from the White Forest Book Four) 
Narine of Noe should have had her whole life to train to take her father’s place as High Sage. But when a mysterious force falls from the skies, sending the world into elemental chaos and her father into mortal danger, the fate of every living creature lands on her shoulders . . . including that of the Eternal Dragon. Without the Dragon it is impossible to regain the Balance of All Things. An elaborate plan to save the world must be hatched, and Narine is forced to take charge in a world gone mad. Before the White Forest was born, before the Great World Cry, the story that started it all. . .   
  
Praise for Narine of Noe and the White Forest series 

A charming, magical journey... ~Cassandra Rose Clarke, Author, The Assassin's Curse series 


 Dinsmore weaves a coming of age story through a world that is both fantastic and believable. ~Rise Reviews 


 I was hooked before I finished the first chapter . . . I fell in love with Narine and you will, too. ~Brenna D'Amico, actor, Disney’s Descendants



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Excerpt:

Narine fidgeted onstage, facing the gathered Assembly and guests. Several hundred bodies filled the Great Hall as she and six other Mentee selects stood waiting for their official Keeper assignments. Their Life Tasks.
Sweating under her heavy ceremonial cloak, she reached over her shoulder and scratched at the top of her right wing. When she became High Sage, she decided, she’d get rid of these ridiculous costumes.
She glanced down at Mabbe, the shorter, darker faerie by her side, who swam inside her own thick green carpet of material, her brown and orange wings poking out the back like webbed tree limbs. Mabbe nodded toward the ceiling. Narine looked up at the piercing blue day beyond the crystal dome.
We should be outside, Narine thought into Mabbe’s mind.
This ceremony is so long, Mabbe thought back, we could have flown to the Standing Stones by now.
Narine stifled a laugh. Applause erupted in the room and she composed herself, dutifully clapping along. Mabbe elbowed her.
Narine elbowed Mabbe back. What?
Mabbe nodded toward center stage. They called your name.
Narine whirled to her left to face the line of Sages and Transition Mentors. Sage Shonore of Carraiglenn, the first non-faerie to ever preside over the Transition Ceremony, beckoned her across the stage. Cheeks red with embarrassment, Narine strode up to her, palms pressed together in front of her chest. When she reached Shonore, she opened her hands and held them up, cupped, as if to feel for rain.
“I offer my service,” said Narine, “as a Keeper of Faweh.”
Shonore stepped back, hooves clacking against the wooden floor, and Narine’s father, High Sage Thorze, appeared in her place. He placed his hands together and then offered them up to Narine, his crystal grey-blue eyes shining.
“I offer you Mentorship through our Transition,” his deep voice resonated from within his solid body, “and the Dragon’s Gift when my service is complete.”
Thorze held up his scepter as Shonore stepped forward again. She clapped her front hooves together and beamed down with wide brown eyes.


“Narine of Noe,” she said, “by consensus of the Sages of Noe, and by authority of the Eternal Dragon, you are hereby Transition Matched with Thorze of Noe, High Sage and Keeper of the Elements.”
Narine took her father’s scepter in both hands. They held it together between them, grinning at each other briefly before composing themselves.
“Thorze of Noe,” continued Shonore, “do you accept this Transition Match?”
“Indeed I do,” he boomed. A smattering of laughter danced around the room.
Shonore bowed to Thorze and Narine, her thick mane spilling over her knobby horns. Father and daughter, Sage and Mentee, turned to the audience and approached the front of the stage together, holding the scepter between them. Narine fought with the bottom of her robe, kicking it out with her right foot. She caught sight of her mother’s angular face in the front row. She stopped kicking and lowered her eyes.

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Danika Author Danika Dinsmore 
Danika Dinsmore is an award-winning author, performance artist, and educator. Over the past 25 years she has developed content for the page, stage, screen, and web. Danika currently works in literary and speculative fiction with an emphasis on juvenile & young adult literature. Author of children’s fantasy adventure series FAERIE TALES FROM THE WHITE FOREST, she often takes her interactive Imaginary Worlds Tour on the road, performing and teaching world-building & creative writing at schools, conferences, and festivals across North America.





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Sunday, May 22, 2016

#MusicAlbumReview: The Modern Romantic: New Relaxing Classical Piano Music by Laura Sullivan

 #MusicAlbumReview: The Modern Romantic: New Relaxing Classical Piano Music by Laura Sullivan

I was introduced to Laura Sullivan's exceptional music when I listened to and reviewed her music album Mystical America and fell in love with her musical genius. Her music is soothing, relaxing and so soulful that you cant help but feel moved by it.

In her latest release, The Modern Romantic, she brings to us relaxing and musical piano compositions that held me entranced throughout. Each composition is unique and different from the others and had me feeling loose and miles away from the chaos of my daily life.

This album contains music that suits its name, The Modern Romantic and will have you feeling the magic of romance in no time. 

Calming, enchanting and promoting the holistic health of mind and body, The Modern Romantic is another memorable music album by Grammy Award winning artist, Laura Sullivan and one that I absolutely loved listening to. Strongly recommended to everyone from me, go buy and experience Laura's musical genius. 4.5 out of 5 to it from me and I look forward to listening to more music composed by Laura in the future.


I received the music album from the composer to listen and share my honest review and I am very thankful to Laura Sullivan. The above is my unbiased and frank review that is not influenced in any way.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

#ProductReview: Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder for Mobile, tablet or GPS (Gold)

 #ProductReview: Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder for Mobile, tablet or GPS (Gold)

With the advent of technology, we all have to come to rely on GPS and Google Maps on our mobiles/tablets to navigate and find the best routes through the heavy traffic in the city. To ease us in using these features while driving, a mobile/tablet car mount comes handy. Just mount the mobile/tablet in a car mount and focus on driving without having to worry about holding the mobile/tablet every time we want to check the GPS or use Google Maps!

Having tried many car mount mobile/tablet holders, I just hadn't found that perfect one which would impress me. Most are made of plastic, come with suction that loosens pretty soon and works only on smooth, plain surfaces like glass. 

So when I heard about Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder for Mobile, tablet or GPS which is made of metal, is magnetic, works in 360 degree direction and can be mounted not only on plain but textured surfaces too, I was pretty intrigued. After having used it for quite sometime, today, I'll share my review of this product with you.

About the Product:

 #ProductReview: Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder for Mobile, tablet or GPS (Gold)
Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder for Mobile, tablet or GPS is a 360 degree rotating magnetic mount holder that is the perfect aid to securely hold your mobile, tablet or GPS on your car dashboard. High strength neodymium-iron-boron used in a compact design ensures that the mount takes minimal space while holding your device securely even on rough roads or bumpy rides. The mount works irrespective of whether your phone is in a back case or leather case or has a metal or a plastic back panel.

Features:

  • SUPER UTILITY: 360 degree Universal Magnetic Mount securely holds mobile, tablet or GPS
  • LUXURY LOOKS : Premium golden brass design renders glamor to your car - No more bulky plastic cradles!
  • ENHANCED SAFETY : Strong neodymium-iron-boron firmly holds your phone even on bumpy roads and ensures safer driving experience
  • VERSATILE: Mount can be used not only in Car but also at your office desk, living room or kitchn
  • COMPATIBILITY: Easily compatible with several models of mobiles, tablets and GPS

Colour: Golden

Price: 1999 INR

My Review of Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder for Mobile, tablet or GPS (Gold)


Things I liked about Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder:

1) Classy appearance, quality and Sturdy metallic built and compact design: Bracevor car mount is made of quality brass metal with a beautiful finish in gold colour that makes it look classy and premium as well sturdy unlike the other plastic car mounts that often break easily. Its compact design ensures that it uses minimum space and still work perfectly in holding mobiles and tablets securely while braving each pothole and bump on the road!

2) Powerful neodymium-iron-boron magnets hold the mobiles and tablets with ease. Bracevor car mount uses 
neodymium-iron-boron magnets to hold the mobiles and tablets to the car mount and these magnets are so strong that they keep the mobiles/tablets in place despite any number of potholes and jerks that we encounter while driving. I was fearful that my mobile would fall off but it didn't. So it's a definite pass from me!

3) The car mount has the flexibility to rotate 360 degrees. Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder can rotate 360 degrees. So just mount your mobile or tablet and enjoy turning it in any direction in all 360 degrees without having to touch the holder once its fixed in place.


4) This car mount holder is versatile and can be used not only in cars but also in our homes either on our office desk, kitchen counter or anywhere else. 


5) Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder works on numerous surfaces,  not only on plain surfaces like glass but also wood, marble, plastic and even textured surfaces like the dashboards of cars!


6) The adhesive is strong and stays intact, keeping the car mount in place for long, not affected by sunlight and humidity as compared to the suction provided by majority car mount holders that weaken with sunlight and humidity and come off in a short time.


7) Can also hold heavier mobiles and tablets weighing even as much as 315 gm which is impressive as compared to the other car mounts available in the market.



 #ProductReview: Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder for Mobile, tablet or GPS (Gold)


8) Two metallic plates, one small and other big are provided to help support mobiles and tablets better when mounting on the Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder.

9) The mount works irrespective of whether your phone is in a back case or leather case or has a metal or a plastic back panel. So either we stick the metal sticker directly on our mobile and mount it or stick on the plastic or leather cover and then mount the mobile with its cover on or just keep it inside the cover and then mount the mobile with its cover on, the mount works beautifully in all these cases because of the super powerful magnets it uses. Amazing, isn't it!


10) The car mount is easy to assemble, is compact in design and easily mountable. Bracevor car mount holder comes with easy to follow instructions and can be easily assembled with the help of these instructions. It is also very compact in design, much smaller as compared to the other car mounts available in the market.



Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder components with assembling instructions.

11) Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder can hold a variety of mobiles and tablets of varying dimensions and weight. Since it uses strong magnets, it can hold mobiles and tablets of varying dimensions and weights unlike the other car mount holders that use fixed size frames to hold mobiles and thus, can only hold devices of a set dimension and weight. I tested Bracevor car mount with my Microsoft Lumia, iPhone 6s and iPad Mini and it was able to hold all these devices easily!

12) Value for money product. Priced at 1999 INR with a current discount of 50%, setting the MRP at 999 INR, Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder is a value for money product that provides quality, beauty, ease and durability at pocket friendly rates as compared to its competitors in the market.


13) Extra adhesive and alcohol wipe pads are also provided. We get two extra adhesive pads apart from the one already present in the car mount holder that can be used to stick the car mount holder anywhere we want. Two alcohol patches are also provided that are used to wipe the surface before sticking the car mount holder.

Things I didn't like about Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder:

So far, I haven't noticed any cons to this product which has managed to really wow me!



Conclusion:

All in all, Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder for Mobile, tablet or GPS (Gold) is one of the best car mount holders available in the market and the best one that I have used so far. It is not only pocket friendly but also a quality product with a sturdy build, premium look and expertly able to work with numerous devices and so much more.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 and strongly recommend Bracevor Premium 360 degree Universal Magnetic Car Mount holder for Mobile, tablet or GPS (Gold) to everyone!





I received the product from Bracevor 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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How to Install?

Step 1: Peel the adhesive from the metallic plate and attach to the back of your mobile or mobile case. IMPORTANT: Select the right spot on the back of your device/case so that the device does not graze the surface when installed. 

Step 2: Use alcohol prep pad and clean the surface where you want to stick the mount base. Peel the adhesive and attach it then to the surface ensuring strong adhesion. Stick the magnetic disk to the base and attach your device to the disk (held by magnet).

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What do you think of this product? Have you used it? Would you be trying it out?
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