Asha’s Stone – Review

33141029Born in a small rural village south of Bangalore, Asha has always yearned to escape the trappings of traditional Indian life. Caught between an alcoholic father and an overbearing mother, Asha’s only comfort—and sense of safety—comes from the protective gaze of her childhood friend Wali. And though her world expands as she blossoms into adulthood, Asha remains torn between her duty to her family and her unending desire to chase her dreams.

When a whirlwind romance with wellborn Charu unexpectedly promises to bring order to her chaotic life, it appears Asha’s troubles have come to an end. But a tempest of betrayal soon threatens to drown her new fragile hope and Asha is forced to flee, more desperate and determined than ever. It is through this journey, over land and through her own inner struggles, that Asha begins to discover who she is and where she truly belongs.

Set against the beautiful backdrop of modern-day India, ASHA’S STONE weaves the poignant story of a young woman struggling to reconcile the past with the present, traditional culture with her unyielding independence, and a childhood relationship with unrequited love. This inspirational glimpse into coming of age in India proves just how powerful self-exploration, forgiveness, redemption and second chances can be.

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4 of 5 Stars

Asha is a young woman in search of independence and hoping to be able to make her dreams true. As any other young woman, you may be thinking. Well, not exactly…

This book is telling us the story of the struggles and frustrations of a girl that lives in a suppressed society where women are supposed to grow up fast and become wives and mothers, and be content and grateful for it.

But Asha is different than all those women; she seeks a life of her own, she has her own ideas and dreams and refuses to be shut down and to have her dreams crashed. Her journey is one that will put tears in your eyes as you follow a strong female character, fighting the world around her to break free.

I’m not sure of the nationality of the author, but if she’s not Indian, then she made a wonderful job researching their culture, despite of being a beautiful written and inspirational story, I enjoyed how much I learned and how much it spoke to me personally, reminding me that we can achieve our dreams and have the life that we deserve if we truly put our heart on it.

I give it only 4 stars because I think it was short, it’s only 80ish pages, and I wish it was a bit longer, it’s such a rich plot that I feel it could be turned into a full length novel with more details, but I loved it anyways.

 

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Tragedy and Desire – Review

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Surviving a recent breakup and the impending anniversary of her parents’ unsolved murder, Perla Fae resists the advances of a sexy as hell, bad boy billionaire in an effort to protect her heart.

Jax Maddox – wealthy, powerful, and a force to be reckoned with – has set his sights on the elusive beauty, but it’s not her heart he’s after. Or is it?

 

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4 of 5 stars

I went through so many different thoughts while reading this!

First, when I started reading this book, I was immediately pulled into the story; it starts with a heartbreaking scene that will leave you both angry and sad at the same time. Then someone else gets in the picture and I thought it was going to be a regular Romance in the work place. And then Mr. Maddox calls Perla to his office and makes her sign an NDA, and I rolled my eyes and thought “another 50 Shades remake”.

But then the story changed, and we were starting to know more about Perla and her sister’s past, their family and how they got to where they are now, and my perspective and opinion changed once again.

This isn’t the regular Billionaire & Cinderella story, Perla is nowhere close to being a Cinderella in this story, despite everything she had to go through in her life, with family and relationships, and despite the fact that she decided she didn’t want to take any more chances to get her heart broken, she is a strong, sweet and fun girl, that shows a great growth through the pages of the book and who I learned to love and cheer for until the end.

The book also has a suspense twist that separates it from the regular Romance stories. With different POVs and enough action to keep you guessing what’s going to happen next.

It was a great read, I would’ve loved to read more interactions between the characters, and not so many monologue-type thoughts, more dialogue would’ve been good, but I enjoyed the story and I’m looking forward to book 2.

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Nicole R. Locker is a resident of Lubbock, Texas, USA. She has a Master of Science in Psychology and a love for pit bulls, Pilates, and romance novels. (And men with Irish accents!) By day, Nicole supervises a team of 11 social workers, and by night, she likes to escape reality and write about Alpha men who can handle their business.

 

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Wolf’s Challenge – Review

32314081Taking risks, especially risks of the handsome male variety, is currently out of the question for Sydney Reid. She will make no exceptions for tall, gorgeous Derrick Porter. Never date a player–it’s rule number one in Sydney’s book, and the charming lawyer constantly devouring her with his eyes is every inch the reason. Despite her best efforts to keep Derrick in the friend zone, sparks fly between the two of them, and Sydney isn’t entirely sure she wants to throw water on the flames.

Can Derrick convince the shy, sexy Sydney to give him a chance, something more than her elusive “maybe”? More importantly, should he? Derrick has a few secrets, the least shocking secret being that he can transform at will into a powerful wolf. He’s still trying to forgive himself for being at the wheel during the accident that killed his son. Losing Sydney when she learns the truth might break him, but he’s pretty sure not having her would be just as bad.

And with an obsessed stalker on their tails, more than their hearts are at issue.

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3 Stars

I was looking for a wolf shifter story for a while, I wanted a story where the shifter changed into a real wolf and not those awful hairy men with large teeth and claws. Wolf’s Challenge seemed to be what I was looking for, so I was very excited to start reading this story.

Sydney is a single mom that had several bad experiences with past relationships, she doesn’t want to make the same mistakes, so she had a few rules to avoid certain situations. No players. That was the first rule and why she shoved Derrick off the instant she met him. Why? Because of his sunglasses and chatting with two girls before their running practice. That was my first eye rolling to the book, a man is allowed to chat with girls and wear sunglasses early in a Sunday morning, right?

The judgmental part, made it a bit hard to connect with Sydney and root for her, but I could deal with it, after all, her past was the reason why she was like that, and when we learn more about the details of what happened with her ex boyfriend, it makes it a bit more understandable.

Derrick was nice, the feelings of guilt and need for closure were present in all of his present actions, the fear of rejection and to lose it all again, made him retreat more than once, even when he knew what was the right thing for him. Reading from his point of view was heartwarming and I can say he is my favorite character of the story, along with Angel, Sydney’s adoptive daughter.

Things that made it hard to love the book: Editing issues, missing words, and repeated words, made it hard for the story to flow and distracted me more than once during the most inconvenient scenes. We all know we are not perfect, but a second round of editing could benefit the book a lot.

Reasons why I give the book 3 stars and not a lower rating: It’s not just a shifter romance, it also has a mystery to solve, a crazy bipolar woman to hate, an entire new world to discover, and it opens the doors for the next books, because wolf shifters are not the only strange creatures out there, there are several other kinds that are mentioned and briefly introduced during the story, and I would love to read more about them.

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A few years ago, I read my first romance novel and I was hooked, so much so that I decided to give the idea of writing a story a chance. My style is more gritty than sweet and I look forward to writing many more stories with strong heroines and imperfect but determined characters. Love, courage, hope, and second chances are a few of my favorite themes. When I’m not writing about sexy, strong-willed characters facing nearly insurmountable obstacles, I enjoy spending time with my family, usually hiking or swimming or finding a new place to explore.

 

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Heartless (Amato Brothers, #1) – Review

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My obsession was born of innocence and good intentions, and it began the day I spotted a handwritten journal lying in the bushes outside a townhouse on Lexington Avenue. It was raining sideways that morning, and my plan was to return it the next day; safe and dry.

Only I kept it.

I kept it, and I read it.

A week later, overwhelmed with curiosity and feeling guilty for harboring secrets that didn’t belong to me, I tried to return it.

Only I wasn’t expecting to meet him.

Unapologetically heartless and enigmatically sexy, he claims he knows nothing about the journal I found outside his place, but the reticent glint in his blue-green gaze tells me otherwise.

There’s something different about him; something damaged yet magical, and I’m drawn to him; pulled into his orbit.

There’s just one problem.

The more I get to know him, the more I’m positive the journal belonged to him . . .

. . . and the more I find myself hoping, selfishly, that I’m wrong.

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4 of 5 stars

Aidy is a makeup artist living in New York with her sister and her nephew.  Her days are pretty much the same, focusing on her career and thinking about her future when her sister marry next year and she has to move out. She doesn’t have time to date, that’s why when she finds a journal on the porch of someone’s house during a rainy day, she takes it home and read it, day dreaming about the love story written in it.

When she decides to take the journal back, she is confronted by the house’s owner, Alessio “Ace” Amato, aka, the Lexington Avenue Asshole (at some point I thought the book should be renamed to that). He accuses her of being a stalker and a crazy chick that only wants his autograph, not exactly the best way to meet someone that you pictured as the romantic and heartbroken writer of the journal.

Aidy and Ace keep running into each other in the next days, which makes Ace think that she really is a crazy stalker, until they decide to sit and talk about it, giving her a chance to defend herself and make it clear that there is absolutely no interest on getting to know him or seeing him anymore. Yet.

Their story is some sweet, funny, and tangled mixture of events that lead them into falling helplessly for each other, until the trials of the past interfere and threaten with destroying everything they built.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, it kept me wondering if something else was going to happen, because the last few books I read didn’t end well, so I was a little scared that something bad was coming. Also, it is a bit short, and maybe the characters could have a little more development, especially Ace, we don’t get to read a lot of his daily life like with Aidy.

This is the first of five books, the next ones will tell the stories of Ace’s brothers, which makes significant to point out that this story doesn’t have a cliffhanger, and the next books can be read as standalones.

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13583077Wall Street Journal bestselling author Winter Renshaw writes stories that are sexy, conflicted, and laced with heart. Her books include the Never series, the Arrogant series, and the stand-alone novels Vegas Baby and Dark Paradise.

Loretta Rawlins brings the calm, steady balance from her dual career as actor and inspiring yoga teacher to her love of narrating audiobooks. She has narrated over sixty titles, with some of her favorites being mysteries and inspirational nonfiction. Loretta currently calls Atlanta, Georgia, home.

Nelson Hobbs lives on the sand with a classical guitar in one hand and a glass of sangria in the other. His villa on the beach is lined wall-to-wall with a coveted library of romantic classics. His voice resonates in this paradise which has led to the natural transition to audiobook narrator.

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ANGER MANAGEMENT: Forgiveness to Your Self and Others, Peace with One Self

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Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure (Taldra Book 1)

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An Iroquois family gets tangled in a war between two repressive planets.

Revised, third edition eBook, published in 2016.

On the planet Valchondria, no illness exists, gay marriage is legal, and everyone is a person of color. However, a group called the Maintainers carefully monitors everyone’s speech, actions, and weight; the Maintainers also force colorsighted people to hide their ability to see in color. The brilliant scientist Taldra loves her twin gay sons and sees them as the hope for Valchondria’s future, but one of them becomes entangled in the cult of Degranon, while the other becomes stranded on the other side of a doorway through time. Can they find their way home and help Taldra save their world?

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This very rich sci-fi story captivated me from the beginning. From the main topic of a land where there are no minorities, no differences between races or sexual orientations, to the writing style that transports you into the story in an effortless way, I read this book in record time, unable to put it down.

It’s amazing how the author managed to create such complex society, with characters that felt real, with real struggles, doubts, and concerns. I personally found Taldra’s character fascinating, her commitment with her people and her family are exceptional and add a touch of realism that is hard to accomplish in sci-fi stories.

Degranon includes some controversial topics such as religion, oppression, authoritarianism, fanaticism and homosexuality, and although some of those topics are not explicit, they are an important part of the story development, and leave the reader thinking, after finishing the book, in our own society and cultures.

The fact that Simolke spent so many years creating and editing this book truly shows across its pages. I didn’t read the first edition, with lesser homosexual characters, but this one seemed perfect, I think the author reached a balance of the story and characters that make this book very different from others in the same genre.

I really enjoyed the story and I’m looking forward to read the sequel. I believe I had been trapped into the Degranon’s pages, which some might say “It’s just a book” 😉

 

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Duane Simolke (pronounced “Dwain Smoky”). Education: Belmont University (B.A., ’89, Nashville, TN), Hardin-Simmons University (M.A., ’91, Abilene, TX), and Texas Tech University (Ph.D., ’96, Lubbock, TX), all with a major in English.

Writing published in nightFire, Mesquite, Caprock Sun, Midwest Poetry Review, International Journal on World Peace, and many other publications. Author or co-author of the following books. The Acorn Stories. Stein, Gender, Isolation, and Industrialism: New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio. Holding Me Together. Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure. The Acorn Gathering: Writers Uniting Against Cancer. The Return of Innocence: A Fantasy Adventure.

Winner, Allbooks Reviewers Choice Award and four StoneWall Society Pride in the Arts Awards.

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I want to eat your books – Spotlight & Review

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He’s limping strangely down the hall with outstretched arms and a groaning drawl. A zombie! Could it really be? You race to class, but turn to see he’s sitting in the desk right next to you!

But odds are you’ll probably be okay, because this is no ordinary zombie. This zombie doesn’t want to eat your brains–he wants to eat your books! And he’s not a picky eater with a taste for all genres from mystery to history! But when the zombie catches a whiff of the school library, the children need to come up with a plan fast before all their books become history!

This monster book is silly and fun, with a strong message about kindness and friendship. The little zombie teaches kids not to jump to conclusions and to give everyone a chance. This is the perfect monster book for little ones who want a thrill but aren’t looking for anything too scary. I Want to Eat Your Books is a monstrously fun story not only for Halloween but all year round!

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“I want to eat your books” is a very funny and cute story about the adventures of a group of kids and a zombie that only wants to eat books. The children get involved in a quest to try to save the school’s library when this very particular zombie starts devouring all genres, from non-fiction to horror and history.

Honestly, I laughed on every page of this book, it is very well written and it’s an entertaining story not just for children, but also for grownups.

Through this book, children will learn to take care of their books, to work as a team with a common goal, and to make a habit of reading.

I would recommend it to parents and teachers, as it’s a great tool for the classroom as well as a bed-time story. I’ll definitely save it for when my son is older.

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Karin Lefranc grew up living in four countries, but she’s finally settled down in Connecticut with her husband and four children. She attended Bard College in New York and had the opportunity to travel the world again while working for IDG Books helping to license the For Dummies® series into over thirty-five languages. Karin is also a certified children’s yoga teacher. This is her debut picture book.
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Tyler Parker received his BFA in illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art and also has an MA in Sequential Design and Illustration from the University of Brighton. He is the illustrator of more than seven children’s books including Monsters Meet on Mondays and The Ice Cream Shuffle. He currently resides in Seattle, Washington.

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