Tuesday, 5 December 2017

New YA Read

Becoming Charlie by Kristie Haigwood is out! Happy Release Day! Here's a little more about the book and the series, directly from Kristie. Honestly, I'm really looking forward to this book/series! 


I hope I didn't lose you at YA, because Charlie's story is anything but ordinary. First, I'm going to tell you my plan, and then I'll let you have a sneak peek into Charlie's world. Today is release day, and the reviews from the ARCs I sent out are rolling in, so if you don't believe me, go check them out for yourself.

The Plan:
Charlie will have two books as a teenager, and so will Sean. Same story, different POVs.
Becoming Charlie - Part One
Becoming Charlie - Part Two
Becoming Sean - Part One
Becoming Sean - Part Two
The end of both of the second parts will have alternate endings. See, this series is good for all ages, well, above 13 anyway. The first ending at the end of part two will end completely for the younger audience with a HEA, while the other will end on a pretty big cliffhanger. Now, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking that you will read both endings. And that's completely fine. You're going to need that closure to get you through until I get the ADULT book written. Yes, Charlie and Sean are 15 and 17 in part one. They are 16 and 18 in part two. They will be 25 and 27 in book 3. One book will wrap up their adult book, and yes, it will be titled...

Becoming Us.
Here's the prologue. If you decide to purchase the book and love it, please return and leave an honest review. And tell your friends. Word of mouth is the best advertisement.


Prologue
Mental pain is a real thing.
In most cases, when mental pain is triggered, the brain sends signals to the heart, causing it to contract so fiercely that it pulls the tendons and nerves—the heartstrings—that support the most important muscle in the human body. Sometimes these tendons snap, causing an intense, physical reaction. Most of the time, this type of pain stays in the chest area, settling in around the heart, making the individual who is experiencing it hyperventilate or feel extreme discomfort. Instances that might cause this to happen are getting your heart broken, losing a friend, loved one or pet, witnessing or hearing about something horrible or even reading a good ugly-cry book.
There is another type of mental pain that is so much worse. The type of mental pain I'm referring to is so severe and traumatic that, almost immediately after the mind registers what happened, it starts to shut down as a defense, and in some cases blacks out and causes the person to forget what took place, a condition also known as amnesia. Numbness and/or bouts of anger usually occur when this happens. Some triggers for this type of mental pain are losing a child, accidentally killing someone, being a victim of rape or PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), to name just a few.
I suffer from the second one. Or maybe I should say that I used to suffer from the second one. The day Sean Reese walked into my life was the day I started to heal and live again. My name is Charlie Mason. If you have a little while, I'd like to tell you my story.

BUY THE BOOK HERE:

US 
The Becoming series will be available at B&N, Kobo, iBooks and anywhere else digital books are sold. If you'd like a paperback, those can be purchased at Amazon, too.


Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Review for Immersion by Colleen Nye

Immersion by Colleen Nye

Blurb:
Three things Seren knew: #1 Her life felt odd being so tame. #2 She lost her parents when she was young and missed then dearly. #3 Her life was never going to be the same after the day Chase came back into it.
In a world, not unlike our own the economy has tanked allowing the inhabitants to seek solace in a world of virtual gaming. Now, money hungry corporations will stop at nothing to make a buck, even if that means releasing a product that will claim millions of lives.

Review:
I was pretty excited about this book when I started reading it. I thought the concept was pretty cool and seeing the way we are becoming more and more obsessed with technology and how much technology is taking over our lives, it felt appropriate I guess?

I really liked all the characters, I can't say much out here about why or whom I liked because spoilers. But I thought that the book was well thought out and had a pretty good concept.

This might be just me but I felt that in some chapters/scenes, I would have liked to have one single clear POV compared to just having dialogues/inner monologues from different characters. And in some places the book felt too dry for me, I mean the story was pretty exciting and a lot was happening but in some places I felt that the book was a little dry. It could be a little more polished.

But I LOVED the fact that the book was like wrapped up neatly by the ending of the book. Yes people NO CLIFFHANGERS!! Whohoo! In all honesty, I love when a book comes full circle, I love the fact that we got to see the "After" scenes. 

Also can we just take a moment to appreciate the cover?! I love the cover so much.

Overall a pretty good read.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Review for Veiled by Stacey Rourke


Veiled by Stacey Rourke
Blurb:
Political propaganda would have us believe vampires are our friends. Fanged teddy bears misunderstood thanks to archaic lore. Activists picket for them to be welcomed into our society.

They claim vamps don't kill.
They preach we are safe.
They ... are dead wrong.

One year ago a hive slaughtered my family and left me for dead. Found by a team of scientists with their own agenda, I was forged into an unstoppable weapon.

I possess their strength, with none of their weaknesses.
I can move among them free from their crippling hunger.
I am their greatest threat.

Armed with this arsenal, vengeance will feed my desire to penetrate the seedy underbelly of their fetishized lifestyle and expose them for the monsters they truly are.

Review:
To be very honest, I wasn't sure I'd like this book. I thought I'd never read another vampire book again, much less enjoy it. But hello here we are. This just goes to show I'd read anything and everything that Stacey Rourke writes.

This book was quite different to any other vampire books that I've read. I won't exactly classify this as a retelling, but I'd say you will definitely see some characters and names that maayyyyybe familiar. Honestly my mind was blown at the 60% mark and GOD DAMN I NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT THIS!

Anyway, I loved the story and the characters were amazing. I especially adored Vinx and Batdog, those scenes were just adorable. The writing style was amazing and it just draws you in completely till you're invested into the story. 

As with all of her books especially The Legends Saga, I loved how she intertwines the stories, the legends and the lore, and brings it into the modern world. I cannot wait to see where she takes this story. I'm pretty sure it will be amazing!

Overall, loved the story and I can't wait for the next book!!!

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Review for Chasing Darkness by Julie Cassar


Chasing Darkness by Julie Cassar

Blurb:
As Cecelia Walker embraces her gift of stealing Light, she learns of the horror that lurks in every shadow. A hellacious evil force seeks to quench its insatiable hunger for power. Which souls will fall in the path of its destruction?

Angels, Anninox, and other-worldly warriors wreak havoc and join in the battle for souls, while CeeCee and Cash find themselves as pawns in the center of this deadly game. Chasing the Darkness, they discover that all choices come with a cost. Will her power be enough to save them, or will it be used against her as Dark forces invade every inch of her life and threaten to drive a wedge between these long-lost soulmates?

Review:
I adored Stealing Light and so obviously I was pretty excited about reading the next part of the story.

Chasing Darkness picks up right after Stealing Light, and it seems like the story just gets darker and more complex from here. I think this book was just more gritter I guess?

I love how Julie Cassar has built this whole book world that has more depth with each book in the series and the character development is fantastic. I loved the characters and their distinct personality. And I loved Merrick. He's the new to the whole guardian thing, and I think he's like us readers in the book world, we know a little bit but not a whole lot. I feel like he might have a bigger role in this series. I think Cash and the other guardian angels should get him a book or something like a Handbook of Deamons and Other Important Events. 😂

All joking aside, I loved the book and can't wait for Book 3!!

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Cover Reveal for Veiled by Stacey Rourke


Veiled by Stacey Rourke
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Cover Designer: Wicked Book Covers
Publication Date: Nov. 7th, 2017

Blurb: 
Political propaganda would have us believe vampires are our friends. Fanged teddy bears misunderstood thanks to archaic lore. Activists picket for them to be welcomed into our society.
They claim vamps don't kill.
They preach we are safe.
They ... are dead wrong.
One year ago a hive slaughtered my family and left me for dead. Found by a team of scientists with their own agenda, I was forged into an unstoppable weapon.
I possess their strength, with none of their weaknesses.
I can move among them free from their crippling hunger.
I am their greatest threat.
Armed with this arsenal, vengeance will feed my desire to penetrate the seedy underbelly of their fetishized lifestyle and expose them for the monsters they truly are.
RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013 
Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Adapted for Film. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. 

Visit her at www.staceyrourke.com
diaryofasemi-crazyauthor.blogspot.com
Facebook at www.facebook.com/staceyrourkeauthor
or on Twitter or instagram at Rourkewrites.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Updates and Workshops

Hello there lovelies!

I've pretty much taken the last week or so off. Sometimes you need to take a little time off social media and everything, in order to recharge yourself. And well I tanked the #LetteringPotterLines challenge on Instagram. I just didn't want to do anything. I did take two pictures but I still haven't posted them.

I found that doing something new just for myself really helps. With no expectations, and no need to take pictures to post on the social media, it made me relax and just wind down basically. Trying on something new doesn't necessarily mean that you need to break your bank for it. There are plenty of things that you can try that won't cost as much. The two things that I'm trying this month are watercolours and an online webinar/workshop. Then next month I'm trying on basics of Calligraphy!

(Lemme know in the comments below if you would like to see which workshops and events I'm participating in.)

I participated in a super fun Show Me Your Florals Workshop that I ABSOLUTELY LOVED! Thank you Stephanie and Becca for organising this. This was my first ever time using water colours. And it was so fun! I didn't take a single picture during the whole challenge week, but did take pictures after to thank Stephanie for hosting the workshop. 


Even though the challenge is officially over, you can still access the FREE workshop materials and learn basics of watercolour by signing up for a free one week challenge HERE.

I also signed up for a FREE live online seminar or "webinar" -
"FIGHT PROCRASTINATION WITH POSITIVE THINKING" by Shelby from Little Coffee Fox and Kara from Boho Berry
This workshop is today (17th August 2017) at 11 Central (9:30PM here in India), so there is still time to sign up for it.

By now you know I struggle with procrastination and positive thinking, so this workshop is PERFECT. And I want to do it with all of you lovelies. Join me and let's prepare to kick some procrastination ass!
Read more about it HERE and Sign up for it HERE or right from Shelby's Blog. 

Another thing that I'm looking forward to is the Show Me Your Drills Challenge by Becca at The Happy Ever Crafter. I absolutely loved the Show Me Your Florals Challenge and I'm really looking forward to the Show Me Your Drills Challenge. This challenge will focus on the basic drills for calligraphy. I think this will be the perfect way to start with calligraphy and lettering, which is something that I've wanted to do for a long time. The registration closes on September 3rd 2017 and the challenge starts the very next day. 
You can sign up for the challenge HERE.

PS: This post is in no way sponsored, I just wanted to put this out there and share the love. ♥
PPS: Comment below and let me know if you want me to post more about workshops and challenges and such. ♥♥♥

Follow me on Instagram and Twitter to keep in touch and see snippets of what I'm up to.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Cover Reveal for Fragile by Diana Nixon

Fragile by Diana Nixon

Blurb:
She was off the limits for many reasons: too young, too naïve, and too beautiful to resist. But most of all – because she was my best friend’s little sister. She was like a taboo that should have never been broken.
But we crossed the line together… We gave in to the temptation and made a mistake that changed us forever.
Years passed, but for some unknown reason, the memories of her never stopped haunting my dreams.
I was even more obsessed with her than I was years ago, while she hated me to the bone. And she had a very good reason to feel that way…
“I owe you a lifetime of us, and I will not let you down, not again…”

Author Bio:

Diana Nixon, an International Bestselling Author of contemporary and paranormal romances, is a woman of contradictions. She was born in Minsk., Belarus. She has a Master of Law degree and speaks several foreign languages, including English, Polish and Spanish.

Diana’s writing career is like a roller coaster ride. It started with a fantasy novel named Love Lines, that was originally written in Russian and only later, it was translated into English. Since then, Diana has published 18 more books, both of contemporary and fantasy genres. Her books are being translated into Spanish, French and Russian.

Diana Nixon is the founder of Inks & Scratches, a literary magazine intended to help authors of all genres find readers and spread the news about their writing all over the world. 


LINKS:

Official page: www.diana-nixon.com
Twitter: @DianaNixon9 https://twitter.com/DianaNixon9
Instagram: @authordiananixonhttps://www.instagram.com/authordiananixon/