Thursday, April 20, 2017

#GuestPost: Ghosts of Our Past by Michael Phillip Cash, author of The After House



Paperback: 212 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 30, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500600369
ISBN-13: 978-1500600365




ABOUT THE BOOK:

Remy Galway and her daughter Olivia are rebuilding their life after a failed marriage in a 300 year old cottage in historic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island.

Little do they know, another occupant is lurking in the haven of their own home. 

Will the After House be their shelter or their tomb?





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Guest Post:

“Ghosts of Our Past” by Michael Phillip Cash

I’m sitting here in my den, laptop where it should be (on my lap), and I’m watching my new (old) favorite channel – MTV Live. I grew up on MTV. It was Channel 29 for the first 20 years of my life and it was on 24/7.  Then, for some generation-killing reason, some corporate guy at Viacom decided to stop airing music videos, so they went full on into reality TV. 

I don’t like anything about reality TV, except a Tony Robbins show on NBC that aired many moons ago. I love music, and I love watching live shows, so this channel has become my therapy for when I’m writing – which is what I’m doing now.  

One of my favorite bands, Eagles of Death Metal, is on MTV Live right now. They’re playing live in Paris, and they’re wearing red feathers on their shirts. I liked the Eagles of Death Metal in the past, but watching them playing now, live, I LOVE THEM. Absolutely love them! 

 I’m not one to point out something negative, but the Eagles of Death Metal were playing during the Paris terrorist attacks in November 2015 at The Bataclan. I remember watching the news thinking of the horror everyone at the concert was going through. People lost their lives that night because of a senseless act of violence. But now I’m watching this band play live on MTV and let me tell you they are tighter, better and stronger than ever. This band witnessed hell in front of their eyes and here they are, playing harder and louder than ever before.

Should the ghosts of our past stop us from moving forward from accomplishing what we were born to do? The answer is a resounding HELL NO! Nothing, absolutely nothing, should stop you from doing what you love. I’ve personally had some setbacks in life, sour life changes that made life a bit more difficult. Our past should not represent our future. Anthony Robbins said that. We must forge ahead and create our future. 

When you write, it’s easy to get caught up in the emotions of the past. Your characters could have been people you knew, loved or hated. Stopping what you love because of a setback is not living. Curling up and not moving forward is not what we are intended to do.  Everyone has setbacks. All setbacks are simply steppingstones to getting where you want to be. No past-life ghosts should haunt you for more than ten minutes. Life is too short to be dwelling on ‘what happened’ in the past. The past is prologue to your life now. 

If you are reading this, you are alive, and breathing, and well. Life is good and you should be grateful that you have an opportunity to wake up every day and thank everything and everyone for taking those first steps in the morning. Every day above ground is a good day. Anthony Robbins said that too.

Now, please excuse me. This live performance from the Eagles of Death Metal has gotten my blood so pumped up, I have to continue writing more of my current manuscript.

“And then we dance all through the whole night.” – Eagles of Death Metal


ABOUT MICHAEL PHILLIP CASH

Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter. His novels are best-sellers on Amazon under their genres – Young Adult, Thriller, Suspense, Ghost, Action Adventure, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. 

Michael writes full-time and lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wonderful wife and screaming children. You can follow him @michaelpcash.


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Monday, April 10, 2017

#BookReview: Jugnu (Firefly) by Ruchi Singh

Title and Author: Jugnu by Ruchi Singh
Publication Date: March 18th 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Clean Romance, Indian Romance, Indian Author, Indie Author

Book Review:

Jugnu by Ruchi Singh is her latest offering and a book that takes us to the lovely hill station of Kasauli. This is the story of Zayd and Ashima, two souls scarred by their traumatic pasts who are brought together by destiny and love.

I enjoy Ruchi Singh's writing style and had thoroughly enjoyed her previous book, Take 2. So when she offered her latest to me to read and review, I just could not resist despite my huge load of pending books.

This book's intriguing title is the first thing that will attract a reader's attention. The blurb is also interesting and had me eagerly awaiting the arrival of the book.

The high and shining aspect of Jugnu (meaning Firefly) by Ruchi Singh that makes it a memorable story is the expertly done characterisation. The plot felt known to me but still the distinctive story telling style and the admirable way in which the author developed her characters, had me glued to my seat and turning the pages eagerly until the very end.

Zayd is in Kasauli for a new start but his past mistakes follow him here too. Ashima is struggling with too many responsibilities and a heart shattering loss that she balances with a love powered hope. Both have faced too much tragedy and too much loss in their lives. I loved how Ashima portrayed the dutiful Indian wife, mother and daughter-in-law who sacrifices her happiness for the sake of her family and revels in their contentment. 

Social problems lik the religion divide, societal pressure, corruption, power politics etc. are also given place beautifully in this book and the author's message of love conquers all is very effectively conveyed. Kudos to her for a story that makes the readers' think, ponder and be inspired to make a positive change in their attitude.


I loved and enjoyed Zayd and Ashima's characters and felt connected to them. Ashima's son won my heart with his sweet baby antics.

The romance is expertly balanced with emotional play and had me feeling each and every change in their emotions as if they were my own. 

The mystery of the title also gets solved in the story and I loved how the author connected firefly to the story. 

All in all, Jugnu by Ruchi Singh is a stellar romance from the author that easily makes a place in our hearts with its fluid narration, realistic characterisation and a well executed plot that sucks the readers in the story. The anguish, love and loss of the characters is realistically portrayed and justified and had me rooting for a happily-ever-after for them.

4.5 out of 5 stars to Jugnu from me and strongly recommended to everyone. I loved this book and look forward to reading more from the author in the future.

I received the book 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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*Also read my Review of Take 2 by Ruchi Singh



Thursday, April 6, 2017

#BookReview: All By My Selfie by Jo Noelle


Book Review:

All By My Selfie by Jo Noelle attracted me because of its quirky title, a catchy cover and a blurb that promised a bit of everything from visiting beautiful Scotland with a swoon worthy handsome Scottish hero from the past, a funny heroine on vacation who reminded me that I desperately need a vacation {sigh} to an ancient curse, some witchcraft, a wholesome romance and a quick read.

I got all this in this novella by Jo Noelle who expertly transported me to the Scottish scenery and had me revisiting its history and experiencing a clean, heartfelt romance with lots of memorable moments. 

Jo's writing style is fluid and the narrative very engaging. Though there were many parts where terms were used that I didn't understand and felt a need for a glossary but apart from this, I enjoyed reading this short, sweet romance.

There is not much character development but still this is a book that gives a pleasant respite from daily life and can be read real quickly.

3.5 out of 5 stars to All By My Selfie by Jo Noelle from me and recommended to everyone.


I received the book for review and the above is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.


#ARCBookReview: The Billionaire Next Door (Billionaire Bad Boys #2) by Jessica Lemmon


ARC Book Review:

The Billionaire Next Door is the second book in Billionaire Bad Boys series by Jessica Lemmon. Having thoroughly enjoyed reading the first book, The Billionaire Bachelor, I was eager to read this book that is Tag Crane, the youngest of the Crane siblings' story.

Tag was introduced as a fun loving, casual dressing man who loves to pump his muscles, be the life of the party and love women without any promises of relationship; but who, despite all his frivolous and casual ways, is a hard worker and travels different places as part of his job of running the luxurious Crane Hotels. I had been intrigued by Tag right from the first moment and could not wait to read this book.

The Billionaire Next Door has all the ingredients of a bestseller romance. It has a hunky, alpha hero with a playfulness no woman can resist; a strong heroine who instantly wins our hearts with her determination to brave all the hurdles in her path, even if it means going from a high paying job as an executive to tending a bar and walking dogs! It also has that "my-neighbour-is-a-billionaire-but-I-dont-know-that" element that adds a thrill to the story and the romance is hot, sexy and explosive.
But despite all these spicy ingredients, I just couldn't get engaged in this story. I started, stopped and then restarted reading this book so many times but after a point, every time, I started getting bored and could not continue.

I felt the plot could have been handled better. We got Rachel's backstory in a few pages and then the romance started which kept going on and on and on with very slow development in the sub-plots.

I loved Rachel and Tag is a likeable character. He had so much potential but could not leave his mark on me. But I loved how they fit together so well despite being so different.

All in all, The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica Lemmon is a decent story that, according to me, had much potential and could have been better handled. I do feel a little let down by this book but still feel that it can be read once. It has some memorable scenes and I enjoyed some parts of the book. 3.5 stars out of 5 to it from me.



I am eager to read the next book in this series, I have come to love. The characters feel like friends and I want more of their stories.

I received an ARC from the publishers via netgalley and I am very thankful to them. The above is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

#ARCBookReview: The Bastard Billionaire (Billionaire Bad Boys #3) by Jessica Lemmon


ARC Book Review:    

I was introduced to Jessica Lemmon's writing when I read her book, The Billionaire Bachelor which is also the first book in Billionaire Bad Boys series. I absolutely loved her book and her writing style and the rest is history. 

The Bastard Billionaire is the third book in Billionaire Bad Boys series and narrates the story of Eli Crane, the middle Crane sibling we all heard about repeatedly in the previous two books but meet as a hero first hand only in this story.

Eli Crane got wounded on duty and is now a honourably discharged Marine trying to piece together his life which does not involve getting a desk job in Crane Hotels but his family is relentless in their pursuit to draw him in the family business. 

I laughed, cried and wholeheartedly enjoyed Eli's gruff beastly behaviour to get all his family-appointed secretaries to flee and loved how the latest secretary and our heroine, Isabella Sawyer stood up to him.

Their chemistry is instant, hot and explosive. I absolutely loved this couple and enjoyed each and every twist and turn in their love story. Being a huge admirer of protagonists who brave all challenges and setbacks to make the best of their situation, I rooted for both Eli and Isabella.

Meeting the Crane family again was a pleasure and a delight to see all my favourite couples from this series living their dream life. 

The plot is expertly executed and the pace is racy, engaging and had me turning pages eagerly to know what happened next!

All in all, The Bastard Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon is the best book in this series and a real entertainer that I know I'll reread. 5 out of 5 stars to it from me and strongly recommended to all adult lovers of romance. Jessica Lemmon is a talented writer and an author whose writing I want to read more and more in the future.



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Saturday, April 1, 2017

#ARCBookReview and #Playlist: Starlight Bridge (Harmony Harbor #2) by Debbie Mason


ARC Book Review:

Starlight Bridge is the second novel in Harmony Harbor series by Debbie Mason. I had absolutely loved her first book, Mistletoe Cottage and was eager to read the next book in this feel-good series.

Despite being part of a series, this book can be read as a standalone novel but I would recommend that you read these books in order because we meet the main protagonist and other characters of this book in the previous one, so reading in order would help the reader understand the back stories better.

In Starlight Bridge, we get Ava DiRossi's story. I have to confess, I had been intrigued by her in the first book. She had been hinted to have transformed from a strong, vivacious woman to a meek one that had shocked Sophie (heroine in the first book, Mistletoe Cottage) so much that she just could not believe her eyes. Ava works at Greystone Manor and is currently frantically searching for the book hidden here that contains all the dirty secrets of Harmony Harbor including her own that she is determined never to reveal, least of all to her ex.

We also meet the Griffin Gallagher, Ava's ex-husband. Griffin is a retired Seal and back in town after his retirement. He loved Ava and had been devastated when she suddenly divorced him without an explanation. Determined to never make that mistake again, it is soon evident that his heart has other plans.



The romance between Ava and Griffin is full of difficulties but it was amazing how Debbie developed the feelings and emotions of these two. I loved Ava. She has been a victim for too long and is a character that I connected to easily. I rooted for a happily-ever-after for her and stuck to the story until the very end without pause!

Griffin is a nice guy but I seriously didn't know how I would feel about him. He has had two failed marriages, is in love with his first wife but also wants to hold on to his second wife. I mean, what is this? 
He is confused and sometimes I sympathised with him and at other times wanted to smack him but all through, could not help but love him.

I enjoyed meeting Liam, Sophie and Mia from the first book and felt glad to see them so happy together. The supernatural element in this book had me laughing and thoroughly enjoying the resulting chaos. The book of secrets hidden in Greystone added so much appeal and entertainment quota to this book. I loved searching for it along with everyone else.

I laughed, cried and thoroughly enjoyed this book. Another gem from Debbie Mason, this series is proving to be a must read. 4.5 out of 5 to Starlight Bridge, I strongly recommend it to everyone. Go read this book and series for the absolutely gorgeous covers, thoroughly enjoyable stories and memorable characters.

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

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Playlist for Starlight Bridge

  1. Rise Up—Andra Day
  2. Fight Song—Rachel Platten
  3. I Swear—John Michael Montgomery with All-4-One
  4. A Thousand Years—Christina Perri
  5. Let Her Go—Passenger
  6. Chasing Cars—Snow Patrol
  7. Hello—Adele 
  8. Someone Like You—Adele 
  9. One Call Away—Charlie Puth 
  10. Sailing—Christopher Cross 


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Friday, March 31, 2017

#BookReview: Mistletoe Cottage (Harmony Harbor #1) by Debbie Mason


Book Review:

Mistletoe Cottage by Debbie Mason is the first book in her new series, Harmony Harbor. I enjoy Debbie's books and was ecstatic when I heard about her upcoming series. Mistletoe Cottage has me in love with this book, series and the town of Harmony Harbor.

In this book, we meet Sophie DiRossi who fled the town at the age of eighteen when she found out she was pregnant and certain that the boy she loved didn't love her back. Now years later, she is back in town with her daughter. 

Liam Gallaghar loved Sophie and was heartbroken when she left. Now she is back in town and though determined never to go down the love lane for Sophie, he cant help but fall a little each time they cross paths.

The romance is heartfelt and engaging. I loved Sophie because she is a realistic character that has made mistakes, is prone to erratic behaviour and despite all this, loves and fiercely protects the people she loves. Liam is a swoon worthy hero. He is loyal, hardworking, passionate and a keeper. I loved how these very different people overcame all their differences and quirks to begin a new life together.

The main plot also features Greystone Manor, a large manor/hotel that the Gallagher family runs and the town leans on for tourist season. It’s failing. Enter Sophie who has just finished her classes to become a manger. She breathes life into the old place and romance into her own life. I liked the small town feel that is so similar to Mason’s other series. So many characters are introduced in this book that are all so very different and have me intrigued. I am eager to read about them and hope they get featured in the upcoming books in this series. I adored Liam and Mia, Sophie’s daughter. Mia's character is so beautifully developed and it was enlightening and entertaining to see the child come out of her shell.


The DiRossi and Gallagher feud also lends many funny moments and I am eager to see what the elderly matriarchs of these two families will do next. They are causing scandals and chaos in this book and I know will be brewing trouble in the next books too.

I am especially eager to read about Sophie's cousin, Ava who has been hinted to have been a vivacious girl once but is now just a shell of her former headstrong and independent self. I want to know what happened to make her like this and know more about Greystone Manor's fate. Can it be saved before it is too late?

All in all, Mistletoe Cottage by Debbie Mason is a book that brings holiday cheer to our homes and makes us believe in miracles. I absolutely loved this book and cant wait to read the upcoming books in this series. 4.5 out of 5 stars to it from me and strongly recommended to everyone. Come visit Harmony Harbor where scandals, budding romances and a touch of supernatural abound!




I received the book from the publishers via Netgalley and I am very thankful to them. The above is my honest and unbiased review.

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#ARCBookReview: Call to Honor (Seal Brotherhood #1, Team Poseidon #1) by Tawny Weber


ARC Book Review:

Call to Honor by Tawny Weber is the first book by the author that I have read and it certainly wont be the last!

"The Poseidon team are hard-bodied, fiercely competitive Navy SEALs. But when a sensitive mission goes disastrously wrong, three of the team's finest will have to trust their hearts and instincts to uncover the truth… "

The above lines of the blurb and the author's name that I had always heard in high praise are the reasons I stopped to check out the book because frankly I just didn't like the cover. After reading the book, it just seems lacking and fails in giving the right impression of the book. The story is so much more than the erotic depiction on the cover. It is emotional, suspenseful, has a swoon worthy romance and realistically portrays the relationship struggles of lovers, parents and friends through the characters in this book.

The title and blurb are well done and apart from the author's already established following, it is this combination that will attract new readers towards this book.

The story follows Navy SEAL, Diego Torres who is given the task of gathering information from single mom, Harper Mclean when a mission goes awry and her ex-husband is suspected of leaking secret information to the enemy. Harper has been running from her ex ever since she understood the lengths to which he would go to take away her son.

Now safe in the knowledge that her ex doesn't know her whereabouts, she is both intrigued and attracted towards the brooding and smoking hot new neighbour who seems to have easily connected with her son.

Tawny Weber's narration style is fluid, vivid and easily sucks the readers in the story. I sat at the edge of my seat throughout the book and could not put the book down until I had finished it. She gives us an engaging story with well played out twists and turns, a thrilling suspense with plenty of danger and a sense of urgency to solve the mystery and a romance that is intense, sexy and super hot!


The characters are people I connected to easily and felt I knew them. I loved Harper and Diego and am eager to read Andi's story.

The only problem I faced while reading the book was remembering the names of the members of The Poseidon Team which confused me initially but after a while I could connect a name with a character.

All in all, Call to Honor is intense, suspenseful romance that is a through and through entertainer that I enjoyed reading and recommend to all adult readers. 4 stars out of 5 to it from me and I look forward to reading more books from Tawny Weber in the future.




I received an ARC from the author, the publishers and the tour organizers via Netgalley and I am very thankful to them. The above is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

#BookBlitz and #Giveaway: A Princess In Waiting (Rotham Royals #3) by Noelle Adams

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A Princess In Waiting (Rotham Royals #3) by Noelle Adams

Synopsis: 
I was born the youngest princess of a tiny country in the Alps, but I've never been any good at being a princess. I'm shy and bookish, and I don't know how to flirt. The only man I'm comfortable around is my best friend, Alex. I used to have a crush on him, but I don't anymore.
I absolutely don't.
Right now, I'm interested in a handsome French millionaire, but I need Alex to help me learn how to be attractive to men. He agrees because he's my friend, but he doesn't seem happy about it.
And I need to remember that Alex is just giving me lessons. He isn't the man I'm trying to win.

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Excerpt:

“So, since you’re my friend, what do you suggest I do to move things along with Stefan.”
He stared at me blankly. “Move things along?”
“I don’t mean I want to jump into bed with him, but I’d like to know if he’s a possibility. What if he still doesn’t want to kiss me?”
“He will.”
“What if he doesn’t?”
“I just said he will.”
“But you said he did last time, and he didn’t even try.”
“Did you give him any encouragement?”
“What kind of encouragement?”
“You know.”
I gave an outraged huff. “I do not know! What do you think I’ve been telling you all this time? I’m completely clueless. I’ve never done this before.  What kind of encouragement am I supposed to give a man to get him to kiss me?”
Alex straightened up, shifting slightly in his seat. “Just… just… I don’t know… gaze up at him soulfully.”
I snorted. “How am I supposed to do that? What does that even mean?”
He groaned, but then evidently decided to take on this particular task. He turned to face me more fully and reached out to take my shoulders, turning my body toward his. “Okay,” he said in a different tone. “Look at me. In the eyes.”
I gazed up at him without hesitation. I looked at him all the time. There was no one I’d rather look at than Alex.
Our eyes met, and he murmured, “Now stop looking like you want to dig into my brain for answers to your questions.”
I gasped at this comment, but he didn’t give me time to respond.
He continued, “I’m serious. Relax. Stop thinking. Just look at me.”
I tried to do what he said and was startled by the look in his eyes. He was gazing at me too, and for a moment I was trapped by the softness, the depth, the warmth of his expression.
My mind blurred over and my heart started to beat wildly. I could feel my pulse in my wrists, my head, my throat.
“That’s good,” Alex murmured huskily. “Really good. Just like that.”
My breathing was growing more shallow, and other parts of my body started to throb. He wasn’t even touching me, but it felt so much like he was.
Trying to make my mind work the way it was supposed to and engage in this conversation, I asked, “So what if he… if he still doesn’t kiss me.”
“Try touching him.”
“I don’t want to humiliate myself.”
“So make it a little casual touch. Nothing definite. Just touch his arm or his chest or something.”
Instinctively, I lifted my hand and pressed it lightly against Alex’s chest. He was wearing a dark blue crew neck shirt, and I could feel his hard, warm chest beneath the fabric.
I heard his breath hitch slightly. “Good.”
Willing myself to act normal, I managed to say, “What if he still doesn’t kiss me?”
“He will.”
“What if he doesn’t?”
“He will.”
“What if—”
He smothered a soft groan. “Then move your hand. Maybe touch his face. But just lightly.”
I raised my hand and used my fingertips to gently stroke along the line of his jaw. “Like this?” I whispered.
Alex seemed frozen, unmoving, as he sat stiffly and stared at me.
I loved the feel of his face so much that I stroked my finger back up to his cheekbone.
He let out a low groan and grabbed my face in both of his hands, pulling me toward him until he was kissing me hard.





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A Princess Next Door (Rotham Royals #1)
I was born the oldest princess of a tiny country in the Alps, which means my future has been planned out for me since I was an infant. I was supposed to marry a rich, arrogant stranger to help restore the royal bank accounts, but I decided to go to college in the States instead. It was the one act of rebellion in my very sheltered life. 

That's how I met Jack Watson. He lives next door, and he's the nicest, sexiest guy I've ever known. My time here is almost over, though. Soon I have to go back home and be the daughter my family and country expects. So there's no sense in letting Jack seduce me with his slow smile, his skillful hands, and his husky drawl. 

Even if I was allowed to have him for a boyfriend, Jack hates formal occasions, pretentious people, and being the center of attention. He'd never hook up with a princess. 

Which is why he can never know who I am.

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I was born the middle princess of a tiny country in the Alps, which means my primary duty in life has always been to make a good marriage for my family and country. That's why I'm marrying Edward Channing. He's rich, handsome, arrogant, and silent.

Seriously, he almost never talks to me at all.

He might be marrying a princess, but he obviously doesn't want to spend any more time with me than he has to. I have no problem with that. We can live entirely different lives and pursue our own interests. I'm sure we can make this arranged marriage work.

Of course, we do need to produce an heir, but I'm trying not to think about that.




About Noelle Adams:


Noelle hand wrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she reads any book she can get her hands on and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.

If you'd like to contact Noelle, please contact her at noelle.s.adams@gmail.com. Or connect with her on TwitterFacebook, and Goodreads.



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