#Fascinating Sci-Fi: The Van Laven Chronicles- Throne of Novoxos by Tyler Chase

The Blurb Reads

Sometimes the enemy within is worse than the enemy without…

Lord Comron Van Laven is the brave but deeply troubled heir to throne. Lady Vaush Bastionli, is the spirited daughter of his mortal enemy, the one woman he should never love. But when a cruel twist of fate forces them to rely on each other for their very survival, old hatreds are supplanted by something far too powerful for them to resist.

But a startling revelation about Vaush’s true origins threatens to destroy Comron’s kingdom. Meanwhile, his own deeply disturbing family history may prove to be his undoing. Possessed by his fiery passion for Vaush, yet compelled to protect his realm, Comron embarks on a thrilling, inter-planetary odyssey that plunges the couple into the midst of epic battles and raging political power struggles.

Those seeking to kill or control Vaush relentlessly hunt the two as they race to Novoxos where Comron can help Vaush fulfill her destiny and save the Empire from a horrible, apocalyptic fate. If only Comron’s internal chaos doesn’t destroy them first!

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You’re probably wondering, this is a ROMANCE ONLY blog!! Why am I picking up books which aren’t harcore romance! Well, this book has an endearing forbidden love story which makes it PERFECT for the blog!

The blurb reads,

“Obsessed with Vaush and the desire to protect his realm, Comron embarks on a thrilling odyssey that plunges them into the midst of epic battles and political power struggles, all while being relentlessly pursued by those seeking to control or kill Vaush”

To tell you the truth, I read the first line,

“An action-packed, psychological thriller that explores the depths of obsession and betrayal, and the shocking lengths a man will go to hold on to what he desires most.”

And then I started. And that is where I was taken aback.

There are those books which blow your socks off because they are so well written. This was one of them.

I felt a lot for Comron, surprisingly. He was dominating, ruthless and cold and I didn’t think I would end up siding him. But seeing his love for Vaush and the way he fought and stood up for her, it made me a total convert. It really reminded me of the adage that there is always something soft inside a man who is gruff.

I felt the fight between Ti-Laros and Van Laven was something we commonly saw in the world around us. With people refusing to engage in a dialogue, relations simply crumbled and so much of progress stalls because we are simply suspicious of each other.

I felt Crausin was a fantastic character. He gave me nightmares with the way he lost his stability in the book.

I also felt that the villagers who help Comron and Vaush when they are frozen were sweet. It reminded me that those with riches were often those with constricted hearts and spent too little. Those who have little to begin with, are much more generous to part with it. It is one of the great ironies of life.

I wanted the next book when I finished this one!

I hope the author releases the book soon enough!

 

My Rating: 4/5

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The Funky Female P.I is Here- Jose Picada P.I: Deception Al Dente by Heather Fraser Brainerd

The blurb reads

Having left the dull life of workers’ comp insurance behind to strike it out as a private detective, things aren’t going well for Josie P. Cates. Her new career isn’t as exciting — or lucrative — as she thought it would be. As her bank account dwindles, her first major client finally walks in the door. Chef Marco, a successful local restaurateur, hires Josie to find out who’s skimming money from his business. It doesn’t take long for Josie to discover that things at Bistro Italiano aren’t what they seem. Secrets seem to cling to Chef Marco like splattered marinara sauce. With the help of friends both old and new, Josie unravels a case that takes her from the bistro to the world of deadly dark magic. At least it keeps things from being too boring.

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You know, I’ve always wanted to read about a spunky female detective.

Last year, I chanced on a series called Brett Cornell series. Brett’s an unscrupulous detective who is in your face!!

Read my review of Brett (#1) here.

And it always made me wonder, what if the roles were reversed? What if we had a female investigator who was brazen? Who was exciting. And this book did it for me. Josie is just that type of a character.

And what better beginning than the hero (I think that every heroine is equivalent to a HERO!) saying that life is too boring.

Josie finds herself in a rut. Her job isn’t moving fast enough and the routine is lost on her. She can’t seem to want a change fast enough. That is when her life changes. She gets called to investigate and finds that there is more to the soup than meets the eye.

Deception al Dente - CoverThis book was a riot of ups and downs. Not only was it a mystery but it also combined the paranormal. I’d never have thought that it would make sense to combine these two genres. I was surprised by this book.

I’m looking forward to more adventures from Josie or Jose!! I applaud this book because it is about a female detective! That takes spunk from the authors and I appreciate them for that!

My Rating: 4/5

I am definitely watching out for some more from this P.I

#Book Review: Eternity (Descendants of the Ra #1) by Tmonique Stephens

The blurb reads,

Eternity Tour BannerROMAN NICOLIS Cursed for 2,000 years, he has tracked his lover’s soul through each reincarnation only to lose her horribly every time. Reclaiming their love is their only salvation. He’s been her friend, her father, her neighbor, but never again her lover … until now. STELLA WALKER A late night walk home throws her into the path of a killer. The last thing she remembers are the deep blue eyes of the man trying to kill her-and the first things she sees after a seven-day coma are the same blue eyes in the handsome face of the man hired to protect her. Is he truly the owner of a security firm assigned to protect her, or the man who wants to finish her off? Is it fear she feels when Roman touches her, or the memory of something sweeter? Past secrets haunt them. An angry demon stalks them. Roman will do anything to recover what they had. Though Stella’s ruined childhood has made her close her heart and body to any man, he must get past the walls around her to gain her love and trust, for it will take their union to defeat an unexpected enemy sent from the Egyptian Gods. A man Romans respects, and Stella trusts. TWO HEARTS, ONE SOUL, FOR ALL Eternity

There’s always something remarkably sad about lovers who don’t meet. I have always cried for lovers who are separated by time and space and this was one such book.

I fell in love with their story, Roman and Stella!! Some stories leave you like that. And I was on their side. I could feel Roman’s pain and his need to be reunited with Stella and I was hooked to this book while reading how Roman went across winning his love.

I’m a sucker for good looking men and the cover left me none too happier!! Look at it

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I haven’t read too much of fiction with a dash of Egyptian spice in it and this was my first. I felt bad for Roman and how hard he had to fight against his urges, especially when he was not born as one who could be Stella’s lover.

I was on a roller-coaster of emotions here and I absolutely enjoyed this book. Its always a good book when you can conclude with a warm and fuzzy feeling knowing that things are alright!

My Rating: 4/5

 

#BookReview: The Big Wide Calm by Rich Marcello

Paige is a rock star. The world just doesn’t know it yet. She’s got the charisma, the drive, and, of course, the mega-musical skills. All she needs is to make her debut album, one that will change the world, inspire revolutions–and make her galactically famous along the way.

When John Bustin, a former semi-famous singer/songwriter offers to record Paige’s album for free, it feels like destiny, like the next step on her way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Guitar in hand, Paige sets off to John’s recording compound, ready to unfold her future.

But the ever-elusive John, with his mysterious history, and Paige, a big dreamer but naive about her footing in life, clash as much as they coalesce. Before they can change the world through Paige’s music, the improbable duo must learn to work together.

A coming of age story and retrospective, The Big Wide Calm focuses on human nature and the complexities of love through the eyes of young and old on the journey of creating the perfect album.

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This book gave me company while I trudge through the annoying period of healing after an ankle sprain.

I read a lot of reviews about this book and I was quite surprised by the bad reviews, Sometimes people can be so negative online.

Firstly, I didn’t take The Big Wide Calm as anything more than Paige Plant’s debut album. For the simple reason that I had never thought of it as something life changing in terms of philosophy. And it is preferable that you don’t read too much into it.

The book takes you through a journey of how Paige goes about recording her album. Her trials and her thoughts as she makes music and makes it much better than what she had ever made. I found the fact that Paige painted her songs, an interesting twist.

I was drawn into the world of songwriting and music and I could imagine a small haunt somewhere, which was the creative spot for writing music and pushing yourself. Sometimes, we do our best when we are not around the usual hustle and bustle of life.

I felt the relationship between Paige and John was a typical teacher student relationship. I could relate to Paige because I was like her, I was competitive and driven towards my goals. Paige also called her friends by their first letters, especially the men, like a David would be a D and that was a quirk i really enjoyed.

I realised how much an artist has to be motivated, to continuously put out good work, and also how hard they have to work in this overtly competitive world. The twists and turns hooked me in and I was totally involved in the story.

At the risk of giving away too much, I’m not going to talk about some of my favorite bits of the story. I felt that the language sometimes seemed to betray Paige’s age. I felt sometimes, the language was like a teenager. But Paige is a confident and a driven character and I appreciate women who are like that.

I felt the end was brilliant. I felt so complete. Like the author said in his interview, by the time the book was done, I could let the book go. And feel complete. This is what I liked.

It is not strictly a romance novel as I want to promote on my blog, but this book is more about the combined love for yourself and what you do.

My Rating: 4/5

There’s something about letting a piece of Art go, says Author Rich Marcello in a #Candid #Interview

He’s the one whose book was my comfort while I deal with a twisted ankle. His book detailed aRich_Marcello songwriter’s experience while writing and cutting out her debut album.

It took me on a journey and before I review it, I ask him to feature in this blog’s FIRST interview and he readily agrees!

Here’s Rich Marcello with his thoughts on Love, Art, Books and Writing

Q: What is the book’s genre/category?

A:    It’s literary, millennial coming-of-age fiction. Millennial in the sense, that the heroine of The Big Wide Calm, Paige Plant, is a little older (25) than most coming-of-age heroines. Literary in the sense that it deals with a number of philosophical and existential topics.

Q: What events/inspirations led up to you publishing “The Big Wide Calm?

A:        A number of years ago, I decided to write down everything I believe about love—romantic love, platonic love, and love in a broader community. I’m in the process of writing three novels about these different kinds of love. The Big Wide Calm was just published in July of 2014 by Langdon Street Press. The first, The Color of Home, was published in 2013, and the third, The Beauty of the Fall, will be published in 2015.

Q: Is there a common theme or life-lesson in your books?

A:         Yes. Thematically, even though there are different characters in each novel, they are tied together by struggling to truly and deeply learn to love, even when their histories or current obstacles conspire against them.

TBWC_1129Q: I see that you have published two books. What was the biggest challenge you encountered between writing your first book and second book?

A:         For The Big Wide Calm, I wrote very fast. Basically, I caught a creative wave and finished the first draft of the book in three months. Then I edited it for another year. The biggest challenge was literally dropping everything else in my life so I could make room to ride the wave and channel all of my creative energy into the book.  Because I’ve been writing songs, poems, and novels for a long time, I know it’s rare to catch a wave like that, so I made a decision to honor it and drop everything else I was doing. In a way, it was an easy choice, albeit not a practical one.

Q: Looking back at both of your publications, What do you think you did that makes your books stand out above the rest?

A:           I try to infuse my books with a great deal of emotional intimacy. In addition, because I’m also a songwriter and poet, I try to incorporate poetic and song elements into my writing.  Sometimes I’ll spend a couple of hours on a paragraph until I get the words right. The combination of emotional intimacy and poetic writing is what helps the books stand out.
Q: On that note, would you have changed anything that you have done?

A:            No, I’m really proud of both books. Like most writers I know, I could tinker with a book forever. With that said, with both The Big Wide Calm and The Color of Home, I reached a point where I felt the book was done and I let it go. There’s something about letting a piece of art go that is relational. By that I mean the best novels, in my opinion, have the ability to invoke an emotional reaction in a reader that is unique, that is relational. In that sense, even when someone doesn’t like one of my books, as long as they have some emotional reaction to it, I feel it’s serving its purpose.
Q: Besides personal life, where do you draw most of your inspiration from? 

A:          From dreams. I’m a big believer in writing in the morning, and in a way, going from one kind of dreaming (sleep) directly to another (writing fiction). My best writing comes from that dream-like place where I totally inhabit a character and write from their point-of-view.

Q: What can your readers expect from you in the coming years? 

A:          The Beauty of the Fall will be out in 2015. After that, I plan to write for the rest of my life. I figure I have a good ten novels in me.

Q: What advice would you give to writers just starting out?

A:           Write the first pass of any scene quickly, and then rewrite it until it’s sensual enough that the reader feels like he or she is actually there.

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#GuestPost by Y.L Parker: Angel Wings

images (1)The angel exhibits unconditional love or man. Man need not be afraid of the angel because the angle like man is a creation of god. God made both the angel and man. The angles are higher more sophisticated beings than man sent to help man. Man is made of clay the angel made of pure light. The angel will love you forever. The angels bring and show us gifts. The greatness of these gifts is love, faith, and hope. Angels show us our true path and duty. It is their duty to show us our duty. This is to show love to one another. They teach us and guide us when we forget and fall, and give us the strength and direction to stand.

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#Thrilling Sci-Fi Romance- Doppelganger (The Doppelgangers #1) by Milda Harris

The blurb reads,

Citrus Leahy is having a really bad day. First she’s late to school. Then she runs into the girl who drives her nuts because she always calls her Orange instead of her name. To cap it all off, when Citrus finally makes it to class, she sees herself already inside. Wait. What? Citrus Leahy has a doppelganger! It’s probably aliens taking over the world and her life has just turned totally upside down. Goodbye, normal. Hello, paranormal! Luckily, her crush Aedan has the exact same problem!

I was reading this book and the sequel for a Blog Tour and I was amazed!! Although this book is probably for New Adults, given that the kids in the book are around 13, I was instantly drawn into the book.

Citrus is on her way to school when she realises that there is a problem. Her doppelganger has cleanly replaced her in her life. What is going on? How is it even possible? Why would someone want to take over her life? And is she the only one?

Her questions don’t get answered but what she realises is that her crush Aedan also has a doppelganger! Who else has been replaced? If they have been replaced, where are the actual people, her friends?

Citrus spends her day planning her escape from the doppelgangers, who seem to have taken over her world, but is she real or is she a doppelganger too? What do they want from them?

This was an interesting book. The questions which I asked were those which came up while Citrus digested the weird situation she was in. I wanted to read more and more about what happens and who the doppelgangers really are. The mysteries though, did not reveal themselves in THIS installment. It made me simply jump over to the next book in the series.

This book was well written in terms of building a reader interest. For those kids who are not very much into reading. I also felt connected to Citrus. Once you get over the novelty of the name, she is a quiet, smart teenager who can think on her feet.

Having said that, because I really wanted to find out what happened next so reading this book didn’t take me too long. It is written in simple language which will draw anyone in.

My Rating: 3.5/5

My First M/M Romance- Destined Mate (Red Moon Packs #2) by Vanessa Sims

The blurb reads,

What do you do when you are forced to mate with someone, so your brother doesn’t have to become Alpha?
You toe the line to protect your brother.

That’s what Noah the Alpha of the Red Moon Pack was going to do.
Or so he thought, until his mate came into the picture.

Mitchell’s task was easy, drop his sister off for her mating with the Alpha of the Red Moon Pack.
He did not expect to find his mate.

Noah and Mitchell have to deal with upset Elders, a slighted sister, and Hunters. Will there mating stand the challenges thrown at them or are they doomed from the start?

Ive never really read much of shape shifter books and this was a first. Also this was my first Gay Romance.

I’ve not been exposed to Gay Romance and this book has been a bit of an eye opener. I’ve had stereotypes and this book has broken them. It bas only taught me that people who fall in love always deserve to have their HEA and that regardless of whether they belong to the same sex, they deserve to be loved.

I was instantly attracted to Noah. He is a tough Alpha Male who isn’t afraid to take tough decisions, which are qualities which everyone should have!! Also, I found the chemistry between Noah and Mitchell HOT HOT HOT!

The end was awesome! I love endings which make me tear up and this one did!

I would say, this book has opened me to reading more books in this genre and I am thankful for that.

 

My Rating: 3.5/5

 

The What the #? Book- The Possibilities of Amy by Jaye Frances

 

The Blurb Reads

Amy is the ultimate trophy girl—gorgeous face, killer body, and a vivacious personality. But there’s something else about her, something that makes her even more special. Amy is new. A transfer student from out of state, she’s starting her senior year without knowing a soul. And that means she’s up for grabs, available.

 Infatuated from the moment he sees her, David is determined to meet Amy, and if the fates are willing, to spend the rest of his life with her. But his shyness prevents him from approaching her—until his friends devise a contest to determine who will be the first to prove their manhood by seducing her.

Let me be upfront. I didn’t understand this book. A lady wrote about men fantasizing about women and it turns out to be great? Especially when 60% of the book is a half baked, incomplete story and the balance 40% is advertising for other books?

I’m glad I didn’t purchase this one. If I would have, I’d have Returned it and Deleted it from my Kindle.

Alright, so the book starts off with Amy. Gorgeous, beautiful Amy and three jocks who put her on The List, where every gorgeous woman from the school had a dubious number allotted to them.

At this point, I was still sufficiently invested in the story. Dave spent hours, nights and days fantasizing about Amy. How they would meet, talk and even kiss. He imagined a life ahead with Amy without taking the essential step of moving forward and asking her out.

Dave finds his territory threatened when his friend Pete makes Amy his next acquisition. Although Pete is a man of many words but less action, he beats Dave in asking Amy out.

The next part is WASTED on Dave’s self pity, anger and guilt over Amy. Dave finally gets the courage to ask Amy out. What transpired next shocked me!

The next part talks about the date and then BOOM! Amy has to move, sob sob sob and END OF STORY!

Geez, whatever happened to writing about even one character who distinctly made SENSE? The book ended with no logical conclusion or any sense. It felt like Dave just woke up from a dream and said, “Oh! This was a pointless chapter of my life. I’ve wasted your time and money on a totally pointless and insignificant memory which I still linger on!”

Possibilities of Amy - CoverI didn’t like this book AT ALL! It didn’t make ANY sense to me. It felt like the author wrote it for the heck of putting out another book to her name. This is simply conjecture though! I don’t know why someone would write such a pointless story which had no meaning and no conclusion!

My Rating: 0/5

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Sadly, my first review has to be this one!! Not worth it. If anyone recommends this, you know it is a paid promo! Please, please invest your time and money somewhere else!

 

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