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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Blog Tour: The Other Side by Faraaz Kazi and Vivek Banerjee Review + Giveaway


Today I am very excited to be hosting my stop on the blog tour for The Other Side by Faraaz Kazi and Vivek Banerjee organised by awesome fellow blogger Sarika @The Readdicts
As part of my post I will be posting my review of this gripping book.

Publication Date: 31st October 2013
Published by: Mahaveer Publishers
Pages: 320
Source: Received a copy for the review tour

Synopsis

"A slow rasping sound made me turn. I jumped back, the cell phone leaving my hands and smashing against the concrete floor. Someone was seated on the chair, rocking back and forth. Through the fallen light, I could see those hands placed on the arms of the chair, two gruesome wrinkled limbs with ugly boils plastered over the black skin. The red bangles on its wrists shone in my eyes, momentarily blinding me. That thing and I call it a thing because I could sense it wasn't human as no human could have such a hideous form, as vile an existence as the one seated opposite to my horrified self."

From a honeymoon in the hill that goes horribly wrong to an obsessed lover who wants his first love in life and in death; From a mentally deranged man who collects body parts of various women to stitch together his dream girl to a skeptic who enters a mansion of horrors to win a bet and much more, this book is filled with scenarios that are guaranteed to give you goosebumps and sleepless nights.
'The Other Side' is a collection of thirteen tales of the paranormal; a world that our eyes refuse to see, our ears deny hearing and our senses ignore the feel of. This is a book for someone who is brave enough to take up this invitation to journey through uncharted waters along with the authors, who were inspired by some bizarre experiences to pen down this work where the lines of reality have been blurred by the footsteps of imagination.

Each story takes you on a tour de force of unadulterated horror and draws upon the deepest fear in the human mind- the fear of the UNKNOWN!

My Thoughts

When Sarika offered me a spot to join this tour I got really excited because as far as I can remember I have never read any horror books/stories so after reading that synopsis I immediately accepted the offer and eagerly waited for my copy to arrive and when it arrived after reading few pages and checking out that trailer I got a little apprehensive about reading it thinking I might not be able to handle it. But thank goodness I read it, I would have regretted if I hadn't.

The Other Side is a collection of thirteen stories each with different paranormal activities and if you include the awesome Prelude and Epilogue you'll get 15 awesome (in creepy way) stories. 

Each story is different from other. If one had tortured but good souls other had the most ruthless killer, if one was come unknown creature other was a loving and innocent soul of a motherless child and so on.

I lost into the book right from page one (i.e Prelude) where our main characters are both the authors who are trying to brainstorm a theme for their new book. And then the stories. I am going to share my feedback on each story:

1. That  Fateful Night (4/5): This was a very nice start to the book. The story is about an aged couple who died century ago when no one stood up to help them. It shows us the good side of the "other" world. I also liked the hidden message in the story- never neglect old people in our surrounding.

2. The Long Weekend (2.5/5): The start was interesting with all the planchette reading and Ouija board but I was lost, confused towards the end. I could not understand what happened (but maybe its just dumb me ;) ).

3. The Man Who Did Not Fear (5/5): This was my favorite. It made me shiver, had my heart beat faster and I had goosebumps even after finishing the story. It was awesomely filled with horror which left me sweating in this biting cold. It is about a college guy who considered himself fearless and agreed to stay in an old hunted house for a night when his friends offered him cash as a bet.

4. Strangers In the Night (4/5): Nicely written story that surprised me at the climax. It had the perfect start with a guy giving lift to a beautiful girl who was standing outside the cemetery.*SPOILER* All along the story I thought that 'bad guy' was the girl and then bam! it was other way around- you are introduced to the famous paranormal creature the Handsome Werewolf. (So ladies be careful before taking that lift just make sure you are not with some sickeningly handsome werewolf ;) ) *SPOILER END*

5. The Muse Comes Calling (5/5): Another awesomely superb story with the amazing theme. It features a guy named Abhijit Mukherjee who has become a bestselling author. What Happens when the characters you created comes to life? And they didn't at all liked the way you told their story?
Wanna know? Read this story and you'll get all your answers *evil smile*

6. The Lady In The Pub (3/5): It was a nice story but was not horrifyingly creepy which could make me excite or jump. It is story about a girl who never got the love of her life and now she comes searching for him periodically.

7. A Mother's Love (3.5/5): It was a sweet paranormal story. It have a couple who longed to have a child but for some unexplained reasons couldn't, it has a old bungalow from British India period and cute ghost of a little boy who was motherless since his birth. I liked how the authors interconnected the events in the story and gave us such a nice ending.

8. Red Bangles (2/5): It was an ok read. A 'stay in the background kind of teenager' boy who felt an instant attraction towards his new classmate and then the rejection and then finally the extreme step of kidnapping her but with a paranormal touch. I don't think it was strong theme for a paranormal story.

9. The Mark of The Beast (3.5/5): Nice read but didn't had anything new. The story was very similar to various tales popular among old people. A cursed creature and his encounter cursing the people who came across him giving them a fate harsh then death.

10. The Mystery Lake (5/5): It was based on the folklore related to the famous Roopkund Lake. I stumbled across the folklore few months back and since then have been attracted to the mysterious place. And reading about the same story with an another angle was superb experience and it was almost believable to me .

11. Possession (3/5): It was an amazing story but I found it similar to the movie 'The Exorcist'. Had I not seen the movie, I am sure I would have surely liked to read the story and would have been scared to the core.

12. Unfulfilled Desires (4/5): It was a bit common theme of a back stabbing lover who killed his so called love and made people think that it was a suicide leaving the girl dead with 'unfulfilled desires'. But the way authors weaved the mystery and made our protagonist solve the mystery was amazing.

13. Dream Girl (4/5): *shudders* This was really creepy. It had a psychotic killer who is making some kind of 'creation- his creation'. While reading it I recalled the movie The Silence of The Lambs and shivered imagining all the gory killings. *shakes of that creepy feeling*

EPILOGUE: It was the perfect ending. It felt amazing to read about Bhangarh (another place which I have find very facinating) Having heard so much about the place and living just 80kms from the place I have always wished to visit it and I hope my father takes me there soon.

OVERALL the book was nicely written, with amazing detail and with almost imagery language, which made it more fun (in horror kind of way) to read it. It was an wonderful experience and had raised my interest in the genre.

Thank you Sarika and Faraaz for the awesome opportunity. :)

P.S.: All views expressed here are my impartial and honest thoughts. 


Book Links:


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About The Authors:



Faraaz Kazi
The winner of the 2013 National Debut Youth Fiction Award and also the recipient of the YCOF National Excellence award in Creative Writing apart from being the first Indian author to win the coveted ‘Best Debut (Romance)’ title at the international Goodreads choice awards, FaraazKazi has been tagged as the 'Nicholas Sparks of India’ by many and is rated amongst the top male romance writers in the country.
A certified soft-skills trainer and a three-time post grad, Kazi is the Founder and CEO of DigiImprint Solutions, India's first exclusive promotional agency for authors and artists that recently forayed into handling corporate brands. He also consults for a few public relations firms and publishing houses. Felicitated by numerous institutes, bodies and organizations alike, Kazi is a well-known name in the social media and literary fraternity. He is fondly referred to as 'The Young Marketer' and operates a revolutionary blog with the same name and writes for major media houses.
Kazi is a fellow member of the esteemed 'Film Writers Association of India.' Truly Madly Deeply, his debut mainstream romance novel is the only Indian book to have seven category nominations in the Goodreads annual readers' choice awards and is also the only Indian book in the 'Top 100 YA Global Fiction' list. Kazi is a voracious reader and counts singing as his second love.

Vivek Banerjee
A pediatrician by profession, Vivek Banerjee is an author by accident.He lives in Saharanpur with his parents, obstetrician wife and two children. The pressures of his profession leave him with little leisure but he still finds time for his varied interests. An avid traveller, he has covered the length and breadth of the country in real life and the rest of the world in his imagination. A voracious reader, music lover, self-confessed geek and an amateur ornithologist, he would rather walk the road less travelled, given the time and opportunity. A Bengali by birth, he has grown up in various towns of North India and studied in many different schools and colleges. He started writing on Rediff blogs where he is known as Ben and went on to write his debut novel THE LONG ROAD.
He has also been published by Westland in 'Chicken Soup for Indian Doctors Soul', Grapevine India in 'Shades of Love' and APK Publishers in 'Shades of Black'.
He won an all India short story competition for his story 'The hunter'which was published in 'Kaleidoscope' by Parlance publishers.
An anthology of stories about the paranormal, 'The Other Side', co-authored with FaraazKazi is a recent offering.
He is also a part of 'Carnival' by Litizen.com


Giveaway

INDIA ONLY (ONE PHYSICAL COPY OF THE OTHER SIDE)

INTERNATIONAL (ONE E-COPY OF THE OTHER SIDE)


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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Book Blitz: Camp Christmas by JK Rock Excerpt+Giveaway

This is my stop during the book blitz for Camp Christmas by JK Rock. Camp Christmas is a novella which is part of the Camp Boyfriend series and is free to download on the publisher website While it is part of the Camp Boyfriend series it can also be read as a stand alone.
This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 17 December till 21 December, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours
So far this series contains 3 book: Camp Kiss (Camp Boyfriend #0.5), Camp Boyfriend (camp Boyfriend #1) and Camp Christmas (Camp Boyfriend #1.5).

Read on to find a awesome excerpt and a fantastic giveaway. :) 

Camp Christmas (Camp Boyfriend #1.5)
by JK Rock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Category: Young Adult
Release date: 17 December 2013

Blurb:
Hannah never meant to be a mean girl – at Camp Juniper Point or at her high school. It just sort of happened during one painful year when her parents split and her life fell apart. Who knew being mad at the world would catapult her to popularity? But since changing the status quo would make her some serious enemies, she’s prepared to ride out her time until graduation. That is, until a camp friend calls her on the act during their school ski trip. Will Julian out her to her friends? Or will the guy she once accused of being King of the Nerds make her wish she was a whole lot more like him?

It is free to download on the Spencer Hill Contemporary website.
Or grab a copy at Amazon.

Earlier books in this series:

Camp Kiss (Camp Boyfriend #0.5)
by JK Rock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Category: Young Adult

Blurb:
The Camp Kiss That Started It All…

Lauren Carlson, a fourteen-year-old expert on the cosmos, superheroes, and science fiction trivia has a crush on her longtime camp friend, Seth. Last summer she’d dreamed about upgrading their relationship to BF/GF status and this year she has a plan… if only her well-meaning cabin mates wouldn’t interfere before she’s ready. She hasn’t even adjusted to her new braces yet, let alone imagined kissing Seth with them. When a dare pushes her out of her comfort zone, will she and Seth rocket out of the friendzone at last? There’s only one way to find out…

It is free to download on the Spencer Hill Contemporary website  
Or you can buy it on Amazon 

Camp Boyfriend (Camp Boyfriend #1)
by JK Rock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Category: Young Adult

Blurb:
The summer of her dreams is about to get a reality check.

They said it couldn't be done, but geeky sophomore Lauren Carlson transformed herself into a popular girl after moving to a new school halfway across the country. Amazing what losing her braces and going out for cheerleading will do. Only trouble is, the popular crowd is wearing on Lauren's nerves and she can't wait to return to summer camp where she's valued for her brain instead of her handsprings. She misses her old friends and most of all, her long time camp-only boyfriend, Seth. This year she intends to upgrade their relationship to year-round status once she's broken up with her new, jock boyfriend, Matt. He doesn't even begin to know the real her, a girl fascinated by the night sky who dreams of discovering new planets and galaxies.

But Matt isn't giving her up without a fight. As he makes his case to stay together, Lauren begins to realize his feelings run deeper than she ever would have guessed. What if the guy she thought she was meant to be with forever isn't really The One? Returning to Camp Juniper Point was supposed to ground her uprooted life, but she's more adrift than ever. Everything feels different and soon Lauren's friends are turning on her and both guys question what she really wants. As summer tensions escalate, Lauren wonders if she's changed more than she thought. Will her first big discovery be herself?

You can buy Camp Boyfriend here:

Excerpt

Hannah
Julian paid attention to me. And not just today.
The realization that his dark eyes had followed me other times—at school, at camp—warmed me inside for all of a second. Until I remembered what he would have seen most of the time.
Me doing whatever I needed to in order to maintain my status.
“Don’t make excuses for me,” I snapped.
I would have skied away and left this conversation behind, but all of a sudden, Julian reached toward me. He’d pulled his glove off at some point and now, his bare fingers brushed over my cheek. Warm from the glove, rough from scaling icy cliffs, his touch moved slowly along my skin while his face loomed closer to mine.
My heartbeat skittered into some nonsensical rhythm, the sound echoing in my ears until it drowned out everything else.
“Your dad left the year you pushed Lauren,” he reminded me softly.
“That doesn’t make it right to take the hurt out on everyone else.” I looked down, unable to meet those kind brown eyes.
“No.” His hand cupped my jaw. Tipped my face up, toward his, until I looked at him again. He was closer now. So close I could breathe his breath, minty and warmer than the chilly Adirondack air.
“Why would you like someone like that?” I didn’t like me much these days. Guilt made my chest go tight with each icy breath.
Guilt…and something else.
“Because.” His touch moved down my neck, the tips of his fingers sliding beneath my hair. “Once you realize that you’re strong and smart and funny—that you don’t need the designer clothes or Missy’s approval—you’re going to blow everyone else away.”
Normally, I’d argue with this. But seeing myself reflected in his eyes, I could almost see what he did. Or maybe I just really, really wanted to.
“You’re crazy,” I reminded him, my hand landing on his chest where his heart would be.
Even through my glove and his jacket, I could feel his warmth. A visible shudder happened when I touched him.
Like he’d been waiting for it for a long time. His eyes closed for a second.
“Yeah. Probably.”
We stood there for one timeless second, letting the snow swirl all around us and letting the darkness fall. Then his eyes opened and locked on me.
“Stay still,” he warned, his voice a little rough and his touch anything but.
My heartbeat went ballistic. I couldn’t have moved if I’d tried.
He came closer. His lips landed on mine in a kiss I never would have expected. The contact was soft and sweet, gentle and unhurried. My eyes fell closed, senses focused on the feel of him.
I wondered if his heartbeat pounded as hard as mine beneath my gloved hand. But beneath my lips, he took all the time in the world. I’d been kissed before, but always with guys who acted like they knew what they were doing.
There’d been sloppy kisses. Fast kisses. And hard, aggressive kisses that mashed lips on teeth.
Not Julian. His mouth teased over mine like a guy determined to get it exactly right. I felt dizzy from it and had to put both hands on him to steady myself.
“Hannah.” He whispered my name over my lips as he broke the kiss. His forehead fell against mine. He dragged in raspy breaths as we stood together in the cold night that was almost fully dark. “We should—”
“I know.” I nodded. Backed up a little. I was totally flustered and confused about what just happened, even though the goose bumps all over my arms told me I’d liked it.
A lot…


About the Authors:

Sisters in law Joanne and Karen Rock write Young Adult books under the pseudonym J.K. Rock. They bonded on a set of bleachers, watching their respective Rock boyfriends play baseball, and later, as young wives married into the same big family. Today, they have fun reliving teen drama on the pages of their YA books in their ongoing Camp Boyfriend series, which reviewers have noted for its authentic treatment of navigating relationships and self-identity. Individually, Joanne and Karen write adult romance books for Harlequin. Joanne is a three-time RITA Award nominee and Golden Heart winner. Her books have been reprinted in twenty-six countries and translated into twenty different languages. Karen's debut romance, WISH ME TOMORROW, has garnered critical acclaim for its sensitive portrayal of a cancer survivor's journey. You can learn more about their upcoming projects and previous releases at http://jkrock.net

You can find JK Rock here:

GIVEAWAY

There are two blitz wide giveaways!

One of the giveaways is US Only, here is what you can win: signed copies of J. Lynn's FRIGID, Kimberly Sabatini's TOUCHING THE SURFACE, J.K. Rock's CAMP BOYFRIEND, journal, chinese lantern, pen, stickers, assorted bookmarks, friendship bracelets, Camp Boyfriend pen and mini-flashlight and Bath and Body Works Triple Moisture Cream in Aruba Coconut.

US Only


International for a 25$ gift card


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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Promo Post: True Loves First Kiss by Heidi Garrett

Only for a limited time, True Loves First Kiss by Heidi Garrett is only .99 cents for kindle!  True Loves First Kiss is the bind up of Nandana's Mark, The Flower of Isbelline and The Dragon Carnivale.  This series is YA  (ages 14+) Fantasy/High Fantasy/Fairytale Fantasy and is a total of 681 pages.
 
True Love’s First Kiss:
~ Books 1-3 of this five-book series in a single digital bundle ~
Half-Faeries and mortals. Black magic and genocide. Coming of age and coming into power.

~ Book 1 - NANDANA’S MARK ~
Melia longs to fly like the fullblood faeries. 
Her mortal father plots to bring war to the Enchanted world. 
Her faerie mother practice black magic behind closed doors.

Overshadowed by her parent's obsessions, Melia has become an outcast. She seeks aid from the mysterious Illustrator, who makes a strange mark on her forehead. The mark is meant to draw the help of a green-eyed stranger from distant lands. Before he arrives, a tragic accident destroys what's left of Melia’s already fractured family. Her mother is unforgiving. The punishment she metes out will leave her middle daughter torn between guilt and ecstasy—and will complicate her relationship with the green-eyed stranger.

~ Book 2 - THE FLOWER OF ISBELLINE ~
When a false marriage seduces Melia’s sister, 
And the keys to power are at risk,

The cost of denying true love will be apocalyptic. 
Melia is determined to stop her sister from pursuing their father’s damning legacy.

~ Book 3 - THE DRAGON CARNIVALE ~
In Illialei, a light queen practices black magic.

In Tyrannis, the dragonwitch rises to power.

In the Mortal World, Umbra pursues the halfbloods as vessels of incarnation. 
Energies in the Enchanted World are shifting and new alliances are forming; the Battle of Dark and Light has begun. Melia is desperate to make things right with Ryder, the young priest from Idonne, but first she must warn the halfbloods in the Mortal World that Umbra is coming for them--and face the powerful Dragonwitch and her spectacular Dragon Carnivale.
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 About the Author:



In her life and in her writing, Heidi Garrett is fascinated by thresholds and borders between: human and divine, ego and Self, conscious and unconscious, reality and imagination.

Confronted daily with situations where the most superficial aspects of life are valued, she's obsessed with going deeper.

Whenever she's lost her way, fairy tales and fantastical stories have restored her faith.

Whether you've picked up The Queen of the Realm of Faerie series, or a story in her Once Upon a Time Today collection of contemporary fairytale retellings, these stories feature female characters who must draw from their deepest selves to win.

Heidi was born in Texas, and in an attempt to reside in as many cities in that state as she could, made it to Houston, Lubbock, Austin, and El Paso.  She now lives in Eastern Washington state with her husband, their two cats, her laptop, and her Kindle.

Being from the South, she often contemplates the magic of snow and hopes to remind readers that:
Once upon a time, you lived in an enchanted world...

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Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Review: The Christmas Honeymoon by Alicia and Roy Street

source: Goodreads

Publication Date: 3rd December 2013
Pages: 86
Source: Owns a Kindle copy

Synopsis

Serena always loved Christmas, but her favorite holiday season only brings on heartache after her groom-to-be runs off with another woman only a week before her December wedding. Giving back the wedding gifts and enduring the humiliating gossip in her small town proves to be too much for the quiet librarian who’d been the brunt of nerd jokes in high school, and Serena leaves town—only to return a year later determined to take back her life, her pride, and her joy in Christmas. 

Damien has his own reasons for hating Christmas. No sweet and silly stuff for this handsome Scrooge, who hurls himself into extreme sports, almost daring nature to break through his hard shell. So why does he find his icy heart melting when confronted with the timid librarian whose sweet smile haunts his dreams? 


My Thoughts

When I started reading this book I already knew that it will have a nice and happy ending, it's a Christmas novella after all. I loved reading The Christmas Honeymoon it has a perfect blend of Christmas element and romance well along with some drama. ☺

Serena had her heart broken when her soon to be husband left her few days before the marriage during the Christmas season but instead of turning away from the festival she is back to her town to celebrate Christmas and find the old Serena back. Now the only thing she need is courage to face her ex-fiancé and his wife and those pitiful looks from the people of her town.
Damien have lots of bad memories and has endured so much hurt for many Christmases' that he has become a total scrooge who doesn't see anything special or merry about the festival. He is in search of a wife who could make is house a home and he finally feels that feeling that pull when he sees Serena first time at the cafe.
Story revolves around these two characters, how Serena finally give into her heart's feelings, even though her mind is saying just opposite to do and helps Damien in finding back his Christmas spirit. How Damien helps Serena find her courage to stand up for herself and to be able to answer back the bullies whom she feared since high school.

This story is about second chances, self believing, standing up for oneself and embracing the season's spirit. It has a strong protagonist and a sexy hero with tough exterior and soft heart.
The authors have woven a nice story with perfectly timed twists, believable and relate-able characters sprinkled with a perfect pair of evil villains. ;)

I give this sweet novella 5 out of 5. ☻


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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Release Day Promo: The Saving of Benjamin Chambers by by Anna Bloom


We're excited to announce the release of The Saving of Benjamin Chambers, a Uni Files novella by Anna Bloom.  This tells the story of Ben and when he meets Lilah. You can read it before or after reading The Art of Letting Go.

The Uni-Files novels are NA/Adult British romantic comedies that will make you swoon, laugh and sigh.  The first book, The Art of Letting Go is now available.  The Saving of Benjamin Chambers releases December 4th.

The Art of Letting Go is FREE for December 4th only! 


Excerpt:


Delilah, Lilah or whatever she is called is, standing over on the far side of the room, her back against the wall wearing a figure-hugging red, floor-length dress. Her dark hair and eyes stand out in contrast. She looks like a Forties movie star, all curves and perfect poise, watching everyone with a critical eye. She hates this place and she hates the people that are here, that is clear to me straight away.

I want to jump off the stage to get to her. I can’t tear my eyes away, even though Dave has picked up my guitar and shoved it back into my hands, hissing, “play, you idiot.”

I am walking to the front of the stage still staring when I notice that I am being watched but not by her.

Some guy who looks like a pretentious arsehole is watching me watch her and then he starts to move across the floor to get to her before I can leave the stage. I am stuck like a rabbit in headlights, rooted to the spot as I watch him clearly move towards her like he is proving he has ownership.

When he gets to her he pulls her in close and winds his hands around her waist. I have to physically restrain myself from leaping off the stage and punching him. That’s what I want to do, a deep urge burning inside me. Jump from the stage, bop him on the nose, hopefully causing significant blood loss, and then throw her over my shoulder and march her off with her someplace. Someplace where I can kiss her and talk to her, in no particular order. Then I may well ask her to marry me because I am pretty sure that I want to.

I don’t though, I don’t move from my spot on the edge of the stage. I start to play my guitar instead but not the song the rest of the band are expecting. Luckily it has a long intro so they are able to catch up.

As I start to sing ‘Wonderwall’ I watch as the banker wanker twirls her onto the dance floor.

It’s not a song for twirling, what is he doing the bloody arse?

She has her hands on his shoulders and her back to me but I can clearly see an enormous diamond ring sitting on her left hand from my spot quite a distance away on stage.

Damn it to hell.

I nearly stop singing, but I hold it together and as I head into the second verse my choice of song becomes even more appropriate.

The banker wanker pulls her in even tighter and I get a nasty taste in the back of my mouth. I am just in the middle of the chorus when they take a turn and I catch a glimpse of her face.

That’s what does it. That very moment gives me something completely different to live for.

Her.

She is biting her lower lip and the beautiful eyes are staring far away in the distance, framed by a frown. She looks like she would rather be anywhere then where she is right now. She looks lost, but on top of that she looks lonely and I feel a bubble of something well up inside me, something like joy. Joy at the fact that this guy holding her, who’s obviously bought her the ring, has no idea what she is feeling. I don’t think he has looked at her face once, not to read it the way that I am. This is good. It means that if I can get to talk to her again then I can make sure my words are the right ones, the ones to make her notice me, the ones to make her want to at least talk to me. And, well, if that fails then I will just crinkle my freckles at her, pick her up and throw her over my shoulder and march off with her hoping for the best.

I know that I will do anything to save her from whatever is causing her sadness and by doing that I have a feeling she will save me.

About the Book:


Benjamin Chambers needs saving, he just does not know it yet. Bored of his life of repetitive gigs with a band going nowhere fast and one night stands with girls who are only interested in his role as a lead singer, something has got to change. It’s just what do you do when the only life you know involves messing around with guitars and attempting to run away from any female attention that comes your way.

Ben has a New Year’s resolution and one that he is determined to keep, quit the band and get a life of his own. Little does Ben realise that on his last night with his band Sound Box he is going to meet a girl who will turn everything he knows upside down.
As Ben sets himself the challenge to find ‘The Girl’ again, he may be about to learn that in an effort to rescue her, he himself will be the one to be saved.
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Find The Art of Letting Go: Goodreads | Amazon US Amazon UK | Amazon India



About the Author:

Anna Bloom is a contemporary romance writer who writes about life as it happens.

Combining a busy schedule of looking after two small children whilst working in a local school and completing The Uni Files series she also spends a lot of time imagining kissing hot guys – all in the name of her art.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Author Interview: Rebecca Hamilton

image: GOODREADS

Hey Everyone!!! Today I will be having my first ever author interview with Rebecca Hamilton author of my favorite book The Forever Girl (my review). 

The Forever Girl is special to me, it is the reason I started reviewing books and got the idea of entering the blogging world and this is the story that induced my thirst to read more novels without looking for any big names attached to them. 

To celebrate the success of her first book The Forever Girl Rebecca is having a month long celebration ongoing- FOREVER GIRL MONTH. She has planned out awesome events for the entire month. More details at her blog.

Now onto the Interview. (I am so excited :D )

Me: Hello Rebecca!!! Please Tell us something about yourself.
Rebecca: I LOVE Tacos. As in, I could eat them every day and never get sick of them! My favorite combo is chicken and blackbean tacos :)

Me: Describe The Forever Girl in 10 words.
Rebecca: Here are some words reviewers have used to describe The Forever Girl: Whimsical. Funny. Tantalizing. Extraordinary. Captivating. Wonderfully-written. Mysterious. Impressive. Romantic. Intriguing.

Me: What was your Inspiration for The Forever Girl?
Rebecca: I often find my inspiration in people I know, but I think story-wise a lot of my inspirations comes from shows like Charmed and movies like The Craft and books like The Crucible.

Me: While bringing The Forever Girl to life what was the most challenging part?
Rebecca: Rewriting is always the most challenging part of bringing a story to life for me, especially in a story as complex as The Forever Girl. All the small things work together in a story like this, and any small change has a rippling effect

Me: And what was the most fun/favorite part?
Rebecca: I think the big "twist" was the most fun! I love when a character that seems so unassuming can take over a story like that, and I hadn't seen it coming as I was writing!
(Me: The "twist" really fun. I loved it while reading.You executed it so well :) )
Me: While writing the book with which Character you had the most fun?

Rebecca: Thalia is one of the most fun characters to write. She's just the right amount of equal parts insane and insecure and selfish to really make a well-rounded bad guy!
(Me: I liked her character I just want li'l bit more on her. While reading the book I felt like I didn't got much time to connect with and know Thalia)

Me: Why did you decided to go Indie? And How is your experience so far?
Rebecca: I had a lot of close calls with major publishers that never came through and I just wasn't in love with any of the smaller publishers or what they had to offer. So I decided to just go for it myself, after some encouragement from "fans" I had at the time. I'm really glad that I did! And in doing so, I found my agent and snagged some publishers overseas. Now The Forever Girl is being translated in different languages, such as German and Hungarian, and I couldn't be happier! Also, through all of this, I have met some amazing people I might not have met if not for having published myself.
(Me: Yay!!! Congratulations on reaching overseas. :D )

Me: Any Suggestions for authors who are deciding to go Indie?

Rebecca: Yes! Take the time to put the work into your story. Don't let not having a publisher slow you down. Find an editor, have a beautiful cover designed, learn some things about marketing, and GO FOR IT!

Me: If offered a deal from a traditional publisher in future will you accept it?
Rebecca: Absolutely! My agent is still looking for the right American publisher, and in the meantime I have already accepted contracts from Harlequin's "Darkiss" in Germany and IPC books in Hungary!

Me: When did you first realized that you wanted to an author?
Rebecca: After I wrote my first book! It was a bucket list item at first, but once I finished The Forever Girl I knew I had found my "career" (aside from being a mommy). Now I'm in it for the long haul!



Me: What are you currently working on? Can you share a little of your current work with us? 

Rebecca: I'm working on book 2 of The Forever Girl series called COME THE DARK. A preview of the first chapter can be viewed here

(Me: I am really excited for the 2nd book. Have waiting for it since the day I finished book 1.) 



Me: You ever thought of changing anything in The Forever Girl after it was out in the market? 

Rebecca: Actually, I DID! I changed the beginning half of the story to tighten up the pacing!



Me: Have you ever experienced a writers block? 

Rebecca: Nope, but I get frequent editor's block. Or maybe I'm just procrastinating!



Me: What is your writing style? (I mean do you first plan out everything and then write or go with the flow or something else)

Rebecca: I've done both! I prefer to just write as I go, because I write faster that way, but I edit faster when I plan first, and I hate rewriting so keeping rewriting to a minimum helps!



Me: How do you relax/decompress?

Rebecca: Television! I don't watch TV often but when I do it successfully puts me to sleep every time :)

(Me: Same pinch >.<)



A little fun with This Or That :D

Tea or Coffee? COFFEE -- but with lots of flavor and whipped cream, etc, to the point it's not really coffee anymore. I love hazelnut cafe con leche best :)

Soda or Juice? JUICE

Vanilla or Chocolate? CHOCOLATE

Halloween or Christmas? CHRISTMAS

Summers or Winters? WINTERS IN FLORIDA, SUMMER EVERYWHERE ELSE :)

Sunny Day or Rains? SUNNY!

eBooks or traditional? TRADITIONAL.

Vampires or Werewolves? VAMPIRES.

Romance or Thriller? THRILLER

Charles or Adrian? CHARLES


Me: Thank you very much Rebecca for the Interview and also for giving us such a fascinating world in The Forever Girl.


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