Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #153

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

Fannie and Tru by Karen Hattrup
Publication date- May 31st 2016


Goodreads Summary:

When Frannie Little eavesdrops on her parents fighting she discovers that her cousin Truman is gay, and his parents are so upset they are sending him to live with her family for the summer. At least, that’s what she thinks the story is. . . When he arrives, shy Frannie befriends this older boy, who is everything that she’s not–rich, confident, cynical, sophisticated. Together, they embark on a magical summer marked by slowly unraveling secrets. 

 I love to read books with plots like this, so I'm really looking forward to this one. 

What are you waiting on this Wednesday? Link me to your posts in the comments below, so I can check it out. Happy waiting, and happy reading! 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Release Day Blast- Adore by Nina Lane

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We're so thrilled to be celebrating the release of Nina Lane's ADORE! This next chapter in Liv & Dean's story is incredibly steamy and heart-wrenching, and we can't wait for everyone to get swept away in their story once again. Make sure you pick up your copy today!

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About ADORE (Spiral of Bliss #4)

Liv and Dean West have always fallen together, but this time they might fall apart...

Liv and Dean have everything…almost. With a rambunctious toddler, crazy work schedules, and too many responsibilities, they’ve lost sight of their passionate, intimate marriage. And Professor West is none too happy about that.

Determined to lure his wife into hot new adventures, Dean struggles with his need to have Liv all to himself and the reality of sharing her with the world.

Then he gets an opportunity that could change their lives…and Liv is faced with the prospect of her white knight going places where she can’t follow.

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Need to catch up on the series? Find out more about AROUSE, Spiral of Bliss #1!

Read a Sneak Peek of ADORE

I grab the spatula and slap frosting on the cake like I’m flogging it. Dean comes up behind me. “I missed you,” he remarks. I growl in response. “I love you,” he adds. Another growl rumbles in my throat. I turn and smack Dean’s chest with the spatula, leaving a smear of chocolate on his shirt. “You were supposed to be home at eight,” I say accusingly. “I had it all planned out. Nicholas was going to be sleeping peacefully, I’d be showered and all prettied up with lingerie on under my dress, waiting for you with a glass of scotch and a delicious gourmet dinner, followed by homemade chocolate cake. Afterward, I was planning to take you upstairs and actually get sexy. “However, since you were inconsiderate enough to come home three hours early, you get nothing.” I wave the spatula in the air and turn back to the cake. “Nothing!” “Oh, I’ve got something.” Dean slides his hands around my waist and pushes his groin up against my bottom. “I’ve got the hottest, sexiest, most perfect wife in the universe.” “Hah. Good luck with that.” “Mmm.” Dean pushes my hair away from my nape and kisses the back of my neck. “You smell like Spaghetti Os with meatballs. My favorite.” “Again…” I push my hips backward in a half-hearted attempt to shove him away, but the movement only presses my ass closer against him. “Good luck.” “I don’t need anymore luck.” Dean presses his lips in a line over the ridge of my collarbone. “I’ve already got you.”

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New York Times& USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances and spicy erotica. Originally from California, she holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she's that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer. 


I genuinely enjoy this series by Nina Lane and I hope you guys check out her books.
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Monday, February 08, 2016

Review- Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis

Summary-

SOMETIMES YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN…

After an overseas mission goes wrong, Army Special Forces officer Jacob Kincaid knows where he must go to make things right: back home to the tiny town of Cedar Ridge, Colorado. All he needs to scrub away his painful past is fresh mountain air, a lakeside cabin, and quiet solitude. But what he discovers is a gorgeous woman living on a boat at his dock.

Sophie Marren has nowhere else to go. She’s broke, intermittently seasick, and fighting a serious attraction to the brooding, dishy, I’m-too-sexy-for-myself guy who’s now claiming her dock. Something about Jacob’s dark intensity makes her want to tease—and tempt—him beyond measure. Neither one wants to give any ground . . . until they realize the only true home they have is with each other.


Release date: March 29th, 2016
Published by: Grand Central Publishing
Page numbers: 368

Review-

It is no secret that I love all Jill Shalvis books. Her books are like comfort reads for me. They always manage to leave me feeling all warm and gooey inside. After her last book in the Cedar Ridge series I was quite excited to get to Jacob's book in Nobody But You. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy Jacob's book as much as I thought I would. It wasn't bad by any means, it just wasn't my favourite of the lot.

Jacob is returning to Cedar Ridge after a long time. He has things to fix with his family and he has missed them. Now only if he could get himself to express it. I liked Jacob. There was nothing really wrong with him. But there was nothing really special about him either. I wanted him to open his eyes and see how much the people around him cared for him. 

Then we have Sophie. Sophie is supposed to be a fierce and fiesty heroine with her vulnerable side. She's lost everything because of her cheating husband, she's broke and she's living on a boat. She wants to make the right decisions for herself now and Jacob seems all kinds of wrong and temporary. I liked Sophie but I never really connected with her.

Sophie and Jacob did have chemistry but there was something missing between them. I can't put my finger on it but I didn't feel like cheering their romance on like I did for Hudson and Bailey. I also feel like I sorta missed out on the entire family bonding time which we got in the last book. Yes, there were things Jacob and Hudson had to work through but we didn't get enough time with the entire Kincaid clan.

The one thing in the book that disappointed me the most though was the lacklustre glimpse we got of Kennedy and Mitch's story. I was expecting a full length book for them, or at least a novella but we got a very incomplete and unsatisfactory ending for them. So while this was not my favourite Jill Shalvis book, it was okay. I would only suggest you try out some other books of hers for the first time.

*Note: A copy of this book was provided by the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.


Friday, February 05, 2016

The Readdicts Monthly Giveaway 2016 #2 (February) *Featuring Srishti Quickies*

Hi everyone, welcome to our February giveaway, as part of our Monthly Giveaway 2016. If you missed the January giveaway, check it out here.


This time, we have collaborated with Srishti Publishers and Distributors and we are giving away four- yes. four- books and these books are all the books released by Srishti Publishers and Distributors under their Quickies line. 

Here's what you can win: 

   

This giveaway was planned at the perfect time, becasue Srishti has come up with the Quickies box-set which was launched at the World Book Fair in Delhi recently. That's also why Arup @ Srishti has very generously offered to give away a box-set of all the four Quickies to one lucky winner, which means that this giveaway will have two winners! 


You can find Sarika's reviews for the books at the following links: 


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*The giveaway is open to residents of India only. 
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*Once winners are picked, they will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or new winners will be picked. 

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Thank you so much for stopping by, and happy reading! 

Also guys, our buddy KM over at Writer and Tales has started her own monthly giveaway, so make sure you check out her first giveaway

And of course, we'd like to thank Arup and Srishti for always supporting us. Don't forget to show them some love in the comments! 


Book Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway- The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oohmerbhoy


The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy 

A fantastic adventure story that will transport you to a dazzling world of myth and magic.
16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesnt seem so bad.
Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdomsincluding killing anyone who stands in her way.  Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Auroras arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear. 
With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.




Book Details:


488 pages; Genre: Fantasy; Age: Young Adult; ASIN: B01131UDHE


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

“Perfect for fans of Harry Potter”  

- Alyson Serena Stone 


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

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

Buy Links: AMAZON (IN) / FLIPKART


                                  Excerpt:                                                

Chapter 11
Lessons in Magic


Today you will start lessons with me and learn to access your mage powers,” said Uncle Gabriel. “There are a few training exercises I want to start with, which will help you to access and channel your magic. I want you to have an open mind, and follow my instructions very carefully.”

I listened intently, breathlessly awaiting the secret I was so anxious to discover—how magic worked.
“You are still young and so far your powers have been diminished by the amulet, but if you have tapped into your fae magic already by mind bonding with the pegasus, that means that your powers are already manifesting,” Uncle Gabriel said.
He lit a candle and put it in front of me on the table.
“Now, our first lesson is going to be on concentration,” said Uncle Gabriel. “I want you to focus on this candle. Remove all other thoughts from your mind.”
I stared at the candle, my thoughts drifting in and out. Uncle Gabriel had said he was going to teach me to do magic. This was not magic; this was torture. My thoughts flickered back and forth like the flame on the tip of the candle. Finally I looked up.
“This is silly. Nothing is happening,” I said, getting frustrated.
“You are not concentrating,” Uncle Gabriel said, glancing up briefly up from his work. “Block out all other thoughts. If they come, push them away and keep focusing on the candle. Nothing else is of importance; your whole mind and concentration is on that candle.”
I tried again, but my thoughts wouldn’t leave me alone. Every time I looked up, Uncle Gabriel made me try again. He even changed the object of my concentration, from the candle to a smoothly polished stone, to a vase and back. I tried again and again, and every time it was the same, my thoughts came and went, flitting about in my mind, and my concentration was broken.
“Same time tomorrow, Aurora, and please practice. I expect you to concentrate on an object for measurably longer. Holding your concentration is one of the key aspects to working with your magic. You have to learn to channel your powers properly. If you can’t control your mind and will, then when you release your powers, they will be all over the place, and we don’t want that,” he said seriously.


About the author:



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

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

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Giveaway:

Giveaway Details:
  1. One Amazon Gift Voucher worth 1000INR
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  3. 3 Signed Copies of The Last of the Firedrakes
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Thank you so much for stopping by, and happy reading! Also, many thanks to DDS for letting us spotlight Farah's book on our blog. We hope you check it out. 





Thursday, February 04, 2016

Review- Monkeys, Motorcycles and Misadventures by Harsha

Monkeys, Motorcycles and Misadventures on Goodreads

BOOK SUMMARY:

After having recurring dreams, a man considers retracing Lord Hanuman's epic journey from India to Sri Lanka. While rationality argues against the pursuit, the dream appeals to something deeper, and he sets out with two friends on a 1200 kilometre trek across South India. The journey however, doesn’t turn out to be quite what they expected. Along the way, through encounters with evil cans of pepper spray, wise men, pimps, hellhounds, and manic elephants, they are forced to confront their personal demons. At one of their lowest moments, plagued by doubt, they lose all hope. That's when they experience a sign, the first of many, which renews their spirits and helps them push forward.

Monkeys, Motorcycles, and Misadventures, provides a candid account of the trio’s incredible journey - their misgivings, sufferings, and triumphs, all in search of faith.


Release date: October 2015
Published by: Leadstart Publishing 
Page numbers: 242

REVIEW:

Even though Monkeys, Motorcycles and Misadventures doesn't fall under a genre I normally prefer to read, when I first came across the book, there was something extremely intriguing about it, which is why I decided to step out of my comfort zone and give it a try. I was definitely pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the book, and more importantly, how much I learned from it. This was a book wherein the balance between fun and seriousness was well done and it made for a very entertaining yet enlightening read. 

Monkeys, Motorcycles and Misadventures is the story of an epic trip taken by three best friends Sam, Sri and the author Harsha, after the latter has a dream in which he follows the entire path taken by Lord Hanuman on foot. I've always believed that dreaming is easy, but actually making a dream a reality is what is difficult, and people who pursue their dreams are full of bravery and courage. In spite of how ridiculous it might seem to someone on the outside, the trio go on a journey that changes them; for better or worse, that's for the reader to decide. 

Throughout the book or rather the journey, emphasis is laid on faith and whether what the trio are doing actually makes sense or no. Sam, Sri and Harsha were so different from each other and that gave three different perspectives on a single thing which was very beautiful in a broadening your horizons or taking back something from it kind of way. The incessant and hilarious banter between Sam and Sri, for me, was the highlight of the book and even though the book is Harsha's story, I found myself relating the most to Sam, who seemed like my twin. 

It is clear that a lot of thought and research went into writing  this beautiful book because it taught me so much about our rich Indian mythology, our vast and wonderful country, people, nature and practically everything in between. I'm not the biggest fan of trekking or hiking, but this book has made me want to get out there, explore more, appreciate nature and just live and feel the moment. Besides, being an animal lover, I was touched by the many mentions they got, and major, major plus points for the concept of "dogeism" which had me smiling. 

Monkeys, Motorcycles and Misadventures is about more than just an epic trip. There is so much more to it than just three friends having the time of their lives. The book is about faith, friendship, trust, courage, strength and humanity and I devoured every page of it; but most importantly, it is about not giving up. It is the kind of book with which you have to relax and take your own time to really understand how deep it is and to make yourself a part of the journey. 

*Note: This book was provided by Harsha and Leadstart in exchange for an honest review. We thank them for the book. 


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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Spotlight + Excerpt- No Ordinary Life by Suzanne Redfearn

Summary-

A story about a young mother's fight to protect her children from the dangerous world of Hollywood…

Faye Martin never expected her husband to abandon her and their three children or that she'd have to struggle every day to make ends meet. So when her four-year-old daughter is discovered through a YouTube video and offered a starring role on a television series, it seems like her prayers have been answered. But when the reality of their new life settles in, Faye realizes that fame and fortune don't come without a price. In a world where everyone is an actor and every move is scrutinized by millions, it's impossible to know whom to trust, and Faye finds herself utterly alone in her struggle to save her family.

Emotionally riveting and insightful, NO ORDINARY LIFE is an unforgettable novel about the preciousness of childhood and the difficult choices a mother needs to make in order to protect this fragile time in her children's lives.


EXCERPT-

We’ve been in LA a month and have settled into a routine, not miserable but a good measure shy of content, a sustainable existence that borders on normal.
My mom and I barely see each other, which is perhaps the reason the precarious peace exists.My four shifts at Natrij keep me out until after the rest of the house is asleep, and my mom works the other three days, two as a volunteer at the local library, the third at Star Gazer, a weekly tabloid devoted to stalking celebrities, snapping photos of them, then making up stories to go along with those photos.
Prior to her retirement, my mom had been a middle-school English teacher. Now she uses her writing skills and her obsession with the famous to write an astrology column on the stars, divining their futures from the position of the sun and the moon, the exact moment of their birth, and their current location on the globe.It’s all very scientific hogwash, but the readers love it, and her column is one of the most popular in the magazine.
School ends in a week, and I’m stressed about the summer routine, or rather the lack of routine.Since we moved here, my mom has homeschooled Tom, sparing him from starting in a new school, so he and Molly have been home, but blessedly Emily’s been gone five days a week, sparing us all from her spite.
Emily hates her new school, hates LA, and hates me.And I hate to admit it, but I’m glad she’s not around on the days I’m home so I don’t have to deal with it.The only saving grace is the soccer team she joined.Other than that, she’s miserable and miserable to be around, and when school ends, she’s going to be like a caged elephant with a stubbed toe.
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I’m surprised when I walk into the condo after my shift to find my mom still awake.I look at the clock, 10:15.
“What are you doing up?” I ask, my tongue thick from exhaustion and boredom.The new rhythm of my life—work, cooking, cleaning, laundry—is like elevator music, droning on endlessly without enough differentiation to tell one day from the next.
My mom springs from the couch, her face lit up in a way that scares me.It’s the same look she had on her face when I was eleven and she announced we were going on a celebrity cruise where we would mingle with the famous.A total disaster.Even my mom didn’t recognize the has-beens that were billed as the stars on the cruise, and my dad and I spent the vacation leaning over the railing green with seasickness.
“You’re not going to believe what happened today,” she says.
“You won the lottery.”
“Better.”
“Better than winning the lottery?Tom got up in front of Congress and gave a speech on the injustice of banning peanut butter from school lunches.”
“Better.”
Nothing could be better than that. “What?” I say, tired of the game.
She holds out a business card. “Look who came by the condo today.”
Monique Braxton, Braxton Talent Agency, a Wilshire Boulevard address, a phone number, a website, an email, a Facebook address, a Twitter address.
I shrug.
“Don’t you know who that is?Monique Braxton.She’s like the biggest talent agent on the planet.She reps anyone who’s anyone.Not adults, only kids, but if you’re a someone under eighteen, you’re a Monique Braxton kid.”My mom is so excited that the words spit and sputter like machine-gun fire.
“So?”
“So, look at this.”
Grabbing me by the wrist, she pulls me to her laptop on the kitchen table and wiggles the mouse to wake it.The screen opens to a YouTube page.She clicks the gray triangle in the lower left corner and the video starts to play…a video of Molly!
I watch in disbelief.The video is from our day on the promenade.It starts abruptly, the big man strumming the beginning riff of “Johnny B. Goode,” his body bobbing with the beat.Behind him, off to the side, Molly does little he-man squats in sync with the big man’s big he-man squats.It’s very funny to watch.
Then the big man does a hip thrust and a leg kick, and Molly follows with a hilarious mini-hip thrust and leg kick that causes a burst of giggles from the audience.The big man looks confused by the reaction and repeats the move.Molly mimics him again, and again the audience cracks up.
The big man whirls, spots his miniature impersonator, wiggles his finger for her to come toward him, and that’s when the throwdown begins.
The video is three minutes and fifty-two seconds long and ends with Molly knocking knuckles with the drummer.In the final seconds is when I see us—Emily, Tom, and me standing in the background, matching grins on our faces.
“So, the thing is,” my mom says, “this video’s gone viral.Look at the number of hits.”
I blink at the number, certain it can’t be right.7,867,672.My mom is still talking, but I’ve stopped listening, my eyes blurring as I continue to stare at the glowing digits.
“Did you hear me?” my mom nearly screeches.
“Huh?”
“The Gap wants Molly for a commercial.”
“What?”
“The Gap, you know, the clothes store.”
“Yeah, what about them?”
“They want Molly to be in one of their commercials.They hired Monique Braxton to track Molly down, and Monique Braxton did.Not some assistant but her.Monique Braxton, in the flesh.Here.In my condo.”
She’s so giddy that it’s almost possible to imagine her as the little girl she must have been, enthusiastic and animated, perhaps a little like Molly but with a penchant for the stars.I bet she was one of those girls who collected princess paraphernalia and, when she outgrew that, plastered her wall with movie posters.The passion carried into adulthood, a fascination with the famous that borders on obsessive. The hobby is both endearing and a bit disturbing—an inordinate amount of time and energy spent on people she’ll never meet.My mom can tell you more about most stars than she can about me.She knows how old they are, where they were born, who they’ve dated, what movies they’ve starred in, what tragedies have befallen them, the addictions they have, who they’re related to, who supposedly likes them and who loathes them.She subscribes to every tabloid in print, has sat in at least a hundred studio audiences, and regularly signs up for those ridiculous Hollywood tours that drive past celebrity’s houses in hopes of catching a glimpse of the rich and fabulous.
“And she absolutely loved Molly,” she says. “Of course what’s not to love?Did you see that video?”
I glance at Molly snoring on the pull-out couch.
“Can you believe it?Molly.Our Molly.”
“How’d she find us?” I ask.
“A private investigator.He asked around on the promenade, and one of the managers at one of the restaurants remembered you and pulled out your application.Simple as that.”
Simple as that.My skin prickles, and my stomach knots—millions of strangers watching Molly, private investigators asking around about us, famous talent agents showing up uninvited on our doorstep—it feels like a punch to the solar plexus, a strange mixture of exhilaration and horror, a sickly stew of pride and violation.
“So all you need to do is call her tomorrow to set up an appointment.”
My head shakes involuntarily, causing my mom to squinther eyes and say in a much slower voice, “What do you mean, no?”
“Molly’s not…we’re not…I’m…we’re just normal people.We’re not…” I gesture to the frozen image of Molly on the screen. “That.”
My mom’s face literally changes color, growing from pale peach to so crimson that I feel the heat radiating from her skin.Then she blows, “Jesus criminy Christ, Faye.Bad enough you haven’t an ounce of gumption to go out and do something with your life, but now this amazing opportunity literally lands in your lap, and you’re just going to let it slip right through your fingers.You’re just like your father.A pot of gold could have dropped from the sky with his name on it, and he’d have walked around it, complaining it was raining gold when what we really needed was a bit of rain.”

About the Author-


Suzanne Redfearn is a summa cum laude graduate from California Polytechnic University and is an architect, in addition to an author.  She is also an avid surfer, golfer, skier, and Angels fan.  She lives with her husband and children in California. No Ordinary Life is her second novel.

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