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


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


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.

I received an ARC from the author and the publishers 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, 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 

*Also read my Review of Mistletoe Cottage (Harmony Harbor #1) by Debbie Mason: Click Here

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