Thursday, 29 May 2014

WANNA BE RICH & FAMOUS?

I'm pleased as pie to present Nathan Mercer who is a man on a mission to help people reach their goals no matter what! 

If you want to be rich, famous, thinner, bigger, better, stronger or just change your life,  his self help book is for you! 



Everyone knows that tortoise beat the hare in the race.  Very few people know how the tortoise prepared for that moment. 
Join Tommy the Tortoise on his journey through the six goal setting steps that transformed him into the "fastest" creature in the forest. 
The same six step process that works for tortoises has been proven effective for humans as well. Like any journey, however, you cannot get to where you want to go until you are willing to start.
All of the tools you need to have success in reaching your goals are in this one book.  The story is used to guide the reader through the goal setting steps with sections afterwards that include insights, activities, and worksheets. 

10% of all proceeds will be given to the Paralyzed Veterans of America to help support the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.
 
 


http://fit4amom.blogspot.com

Nate currently lives in Cranberry Twp, PA with his family, pet cat, and pet bird.
He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, having served with the United States Marine Corps. He was a member of the USMC Reserves, 2nd MP Co out of Pittsburgh PA. During Desert Storm, he served in the largest prison camp in Marine Corps history and performed customs checks for Marines traveling home.
Nate returned to Indiana University of Pennsylvania after Desert Storm and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Education. He returned to school almost 20 years later to earn his M.B.A. from Strayer University.

He has taught in public schools for seven years, managed auto dealerships for nine, spent a year as a mortgage broker, and is now a personal development trainer. 
Website:  www.natemercer.com


My Review:
 
I have to be honest! This book is a difficult read. In between the beautiful story where little Tommy's friends help him reach his goal, there are activities to do, personal anecdotes shared, motivational posts and so much more to help you. It's very unsettling in a way to jump from an almost children's fairy tale into facts and actions, but personally I could not find another way in which this book would have worked. It is necessary to write such a book in this manner, as each step in Tommy's story must follow with steps the reader must follow. The way in which the author guides you step by step in a unique and very gripping manner, is very refreshing. He kept me going, as I was dying to find out how Tommy and his friends reached their goal. 
All in all I believe this is a great book, which will serve you well in reaching your goals. I believe in this author and will personally use the steps and information provided to reach my own goals from now on. I give this book a well deserved 5 stars! 


Why should you? Read these reviews first!

Frances Thomas (www.francesothomas.com)

Nathan Mercer's book reminded me of those by Patrick Lencioni, another author who understands the value of the story.  Here Mercer uses the fable of the tortoise and the hare as a backdrop for down-to-earth advice on how to set and achieve goals.  I work at a college with first year students, and I'm sure I will be drawing on some of Mercer's ideas to motivate my students to succeed.  But oh, how I wish they had read this book back when they were high school freshmen.  Parents, take note.

Mercer's book, however, is equally valid for adults who make the same resolutions year after year and never carry through.  Having powerful enough "whys" is the answer for everyone.
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Tom Cerja:  "Go from 'I Can't' to 'Congratulations!'"

Nathan Mercer is a natural leader. I had the blessing of working with him on projects in college, and always admired his leadership style. We happily followed his lead with confidence. "How the Tortoise Became Fast" is a no-nonsense approach to achieving goals taking you from "Can't to Congratulations." Putting your goals on paper, justifying them, mapping them out, and identifying your staunchest allies speaks to his military training / service and the various leadership roles his career has afforded him.

I read the book in under two hours, and can not wait to circle back and do my "homework." In just one week I will embark on my annual New Year's resolutions. Thanks to "How the Tortoise Became Fast" . . . I am confident 2014 will be the year they ALL get accomplished. Thank you Nate.

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Nate Mercer:
Check out my book "How the Tortoise Became Fast" at www.natemercer.com
Available in Paperback and ebooks for Kindle, Nook, and iTunes



So what's your dream? Whatever it is, there is no such thing as tomorrow and no better book to help you than this one. 

Monday, 26 May 2014

FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS

My author of the week is none other than Melissa A. Petreshock. If you love Vampires, Dragons and sassy chicks, then get a load of this book!!



Following the death of her vampire uncle, twenty-one-year-old CAITRIONA HAYDEN finds herself in the midst of a trio of quintessential alpha male suitors in 22nd century sovereign America where human females should be seen and not heard.

Theo Pendragon claims her as his ward, ordained to guard her through to a long-awaited destiny unbeknownst to Cait, but finds more than he expected when passion ignites within the dragon for the first time. Always drawn to the pursuit of knowledge rather than the heat of desire, powerful demigod Dante cannot deny everything his future holds in Caitriona. America's monarch, ancient vampire Corrin, has no interest in the frivolity of love, yet marrying Cait could be the answer to his continued survival.

Soon, Cait goes from studying for college exams to choosing a husband in seven days, knowing the consequences are eternal, the love undying, and the bond timeless.

FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS is a New Adult Fantasy Romance set in a world filled with shapeshifting dragons, a powerful demigod, an ancient vampire monarch, and a sassy human chick keeping them all on their alpha male toes.

Available now from Swoon Romance in eBook format.




Melissa A. Petreshock is a full-time writer and member of the Romance Writers of America with past experience in the medical and educational fields. Spending a number of years in Massachusetts, living outside Boston and in Springfield, Melissa has returned to her home state of Kentucky where she now resides on a small farm. (And secretly hopes to find dragons.) She lives a semi-sane life as a married mom of three human children and four felines, indulging hobbies of music, general geekery, and a minor television addiction in what free time she finds. Melissa supports mental health awareness and teen suicide prevention work.

FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS is her debut NA Fantasy Romance novel and the first book in the Stars and Souls Trilogy.

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FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS Excerpt
*Cait POV*

Dante lifts his glass toward me, one brow raised, polite smile on his lips. “A toast,” he offers, and I hold mine up as well. “To the death of old ways and the birth of new beginnings.” The smile plays at something more than mild politeness as he clinks our glasses together, waiting a moment before taking a drink. “This is quite a robust cabernet sauvignon, wouldn’t you say?” I nod, not much of a wine connoisseur myself. “I prefer a smooth mild, fruity merlot with a hint of spice.” His unnatural blue eyes bore into mine. “Though the company improves upon this particular wine with utmost significance.”
“You don’t even know me. For all you know, I make this a lot worse,” I counter, narrowing my eyes and daring him to say otherwise.
His smile tightens, and he looks to the SylvrSky screen. “True as that may be, you’re quite intriguing, Caitriona, a rarity for me. You might imagine the company I keep improves when I find them interesting.”
I gulp down half the glass. This is the strangest day of my life so far. “Really? It seems hard to believe that I could be so interesting to you.”
Dante sips from his glass, watching me as he does. “You have no fear of us, do you?” he asks, head tilted, lips pursed together, crease between his brows.
Repressing the urge to grin at his quizzical expression, far too adorable for a demigod, I shake my head. “No. I don’t see why I should.” His gaze drops to his glass, swirling the crimson liquid, that contemplative expression from the meeting today returned. “Should I?”
“No. No. … Of course not, Caitriona. I have no ill intentions toward you, no desire to harm you.” He reaches his hand out, and I place mine in it, an undeniable need to touch him surfacing. “None whatsoever, my dear.” Dante kisses the back of my hand, a feather-light brush of his lips on my skin, but a rush, an electrical charge at his touch is impossible to miss.
Setting my glass on the counter, I keep my eyes on it, my heart revving like a jumpstarted car that nobody let off the accelerator yet. If it’s natural to his touch or just my reaction to it, I don’t know. But it’s intense, impossible, insane, waking up wanting no one then wanting Theo, and now …
“Aren’t we supposed to have dinner together or something? Theo said that’s why you were coming.”
Seven days. Only seven days to choose the right husband. I take a deep breath, watching from the corner of my eye.
Glancing up and down at my t-shirt and jeans, taking a moment to stop on my bare feet, he laughs, light and airy. A warm smile spreads across his face, making him far more inviting than his ethereal appearance or the elitist persona tabloids describe. “Lovely choice of color,” he remarks of my nail polish. “A remarkable shade of blue.”
“Like your eyes.” The comment slips out as I focus on staring at my toes instead of facing him.
“Thank you.” His voice is soft, accent beautiful on the even simplest words. Reaching, Dante ghosts his fingers over my cheek, hovering, not quite connecting, and I hold my breath, waiting, expecting his touch … wanting it, but he pulls away. “However, I was going to say they complement your eyes.” Picking up his glass again, he takes another drink, far more than a sip this time. “Perhaps you would like to change then we could go to dinner.” His tone is formal, the soft edge gone and gouging me in its unexpectedness.
Considering for a moment, well aware that if we’re going anywhere, I can’t wear this while he’s dressed in black slacks and a midnight blue French-cuffed shirt, I back up, grab my own glass, and finish it. “You know, if you don’t want to do this, that’s fine. I don’t expect you to want any of it.”
Dante’s expression turns puzzled. “I’m sorry? I do not understand. Have I offended you in some manner?”
Refilling my glass, I gulp down half before answering. “Look, I don’t know what you were thinking getting in the middle of this whole thing between the king and Theo, but don’t feel like you have to save me or something. As interesting as you may think I am, there’s no reason for you to be stuck with a wife just because … because … Hell, I don’t even know why you did it, why you offered to marry me. Just know I’m not holding you to it.”
So much for giving him a fair chance. Instead, I’m giving him a way out. I polish off the wine in my glass and turn back to see his face, surprised how stricken he looks. “You do not wish me to court you, to desire your affections,” he states, not bothering to ask, as if he’s sure of the answer.
“I didn’t say that.” Maybe I don’t know what I’m trying to say. Maybe I’m afraid I will feel something for him, something too real, and it’s better for him to walk away if he’s doing this for the wrong reasons. “If you prefer to be alone, I’m not going to demand you change.”
The security of devout loyalty is always better than the pain of romantic heartbreak, or so I’m telling myself as Dante’s eyes meet mine. Blue eyes. Bluer than the sky or the Atlantic. Eyes to lose yourself in. And I swallow my heart before choking on the idea Theo could be right.
“ ‘There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic.’ A quote from a French novelist, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette.” The demigod keeps his gaze steady on mine.
Breathe.
A fair chance. I promised a fair chance, a simple thing.
“She was quite correct.” He steps toward me, blue eyes intensifying, the lights flickering then dimming, making his eyes appear to glow. I set my glass down as he comes close.
A reasonable opportunity. Not an unreasonable thing to ask. Not with Dante. He’s so …
His fingers caress my chin, lifting it, enticing electricity humming through those fingers, and he leans over, running his tongue along my lips, deliberate and sensual, before kissing me. “ ‘Your lips are like wine, and I want to get drunk,’ ” he whispers, his breath candy-sweet.
“Shakespeare,” I reply. He nods, his hair brushing my forehead as he pulls me in, lips as soft and sweet as his breath, and intent on getting impressively tipsy.



 It has been a long time since I have read a book that has intrigued me the way that this one did. I started the book wondering if it was going to be another one of those romance books that are so predictable and by the 3rd chapter I was like WOW! Where is this going?!? I loved the character development, the characters themselves and the amount of detail that the author used when describing them to us. She made all of the characters stand out and have a purpose. The book did not just revolve around Cait and a man....it was several men, however, each person had an important role in the story. Cait is also portrayed as a strong, independent woman who is not just "eye candy". I love when the lead characters have some back bone and are able to carry a story without making them seem weak and dependent. I also love the fact that romance was not the main topic throughout the book (in a traditional sense) and that sex scenes did not overtake the storyline at all. The story flowed from one scene to another so smoothly that it was impossible to stop reading at the next chapter because you didn't want to wait to see what was next in the book. The writing style was so effortless on the readers part that every once in awhile I would see how much of the book was left because it just continued in a easy, smooth flow of words that I never wanted to end.

This book has it all, mystery, intrigue, comedy, romance, fantasy and even some fighting and bloodshed...this book is the whole package all tied up neat and pretty. There is no way for the reader to predict what will happen next and there are so many twists, turns and surprises that you will be on your toes the entire book. Be sure to mark it as a "must read" on your TBR list and make sure that you have nothing else on your agenda as you will not be able to put this book down once you start reading it! Once you read the first page you'll find yourself trying to get to the last page as soon as possible. You'll devour it. You'll become invested in the characters and the world they live in. They will become important to you just like any other friend or family member is. It literally sucks you into the story and you are compelled to find out what happens next! I am already eagerly anticipating the next book in this series to see what happens next and what it means that Cait is the Northern Star....pick this one up and I can assure you that you won't be disappointed!

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The United States is ruled by a King. King Corrin and he’s a vampire. Oh my.
Not to worry we’ve Cait or Caitriona Mary Hayden, human descendent and heir to her vampire uncle’s wealth. College student but she was attacked and all is way not good.
Let’s dial up the layers to this story. Shall we?
Okay then!
Bring on the Imperial Guard or should I say the hunks. Brothers bound by honor and loyalty. Shapeshifters. Dragons. Protectors.
And one forms a bond with Cait. Just call him Theo.
More layers. These are modern times, but not so modern. Woman aren’t permitted independence and when Cait’s life is threatened, King Corrin requires that she be protected and offers his own. To her. As in marriage.
Um...Thank you--NO!!! That idea isn't about to fly if Cait has anything to say. Our snappy, sassy heroine has other ideas...yeah as in black-haired and swirling greens eyes and a body that just won't quit.
And of course that’s not all that's going on in this supernatural tale. We’ve a deity. Dante and he's handsome. Elegant. Swoon worthy.
Now, the King can’t go off on a tangent and marry Cait…not without some major wooing. Soooo a challenge is cast to who can woo the best within a supernatural cast of yummy guys.

Sorry no spoilers. Fire of Stars and Dragons is well worth the read with lively dialogue, world building to captivate the imagination, and super-fast-paced to keep the reader hooked right up the very end.
If you enjoy paranormal romance, then this hot read is definitely for you.
Kindle version ARC provided in exchange for a fair and honest review. 
*Sweet and Spicy Tales review*

It takes a pretty fine book for me to start and finish it right through the middle of the night in one sitting, especially for a book in a genre I don’t read all that often. But Fire of Stars and Dragons was something else. This was a spectacular book and I knew right from the first page that I wasn’t going to sleep (or getting up) until I’d finished it.

Wow – the characters – they were fantastic! I read so many books where I struggle to connect with even one character but Fire of Stars and Dragons brought me five which I absolutely loved. They were wonderfully written. For a quick book, each one was developed so well and yet they all left a little bit open so people like me can sit and complain that I want each of them to have their own story. Now. ;)

Call me weird but I never thought I’d be sat swooning at fictional dragons. But I was. And the demigod too – Dante. Definitely my favourite character. I mean, I loved Cait and all but she had so much good choice I just had to envy her. There was a love triangle (actually there was four involved but love square doesn't sound the same) and I know quite a few people aren’t a big fan of them (me included) but in this book, it was gripping and captivating, and flawless.

Other than the characters I’ve swooned over for long enough – this book was just brilliant. The pacing was spot-on and with the combination of fantasy, romance and phenomenal world-building, it’s difficult for me to see where Melissa could go wrong with this book. It was unpredictable and even towards the end I wasn’t really sure where it was going. Imaginative, creative and full of character, Fire of Stars and Dragons oozes originality and I would recommend anyone to pick this book up. You won’t regret it!

5/5.

*Book gifted for honest review. Review also on my blog at http://www.reviewedthebook.co.uk/2014...

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Give me Dragons, throw in an awesomely awesome heroine, mix in fantastical shenanigans and combine it with a love triangle of sorts and I'm hooked. Fire of Stars and Dragons is an awesome story. I was sucked in from the first paragraph and by the time I reached the end, well, I can't wait to see what will happen next.

When Cait's Vampire Uncle unexpectedly dies, it leaves her a very rich heiress. It also leaves her vulnerable to the laws of the Vampires, which basically makes her a dependent even though she is 21 years old. Trying to get the King of the Vampires, Corrin, to allow her to be independent and take care of herself, it all backfires when she ends up with three very different supernatural men vying for her hand in marriage. The catch - she's got seven days to choose who will be her husband. Then there's the whole mysterious destiny of hers that is riding on her decision.

This is without a doubt a fantasy romance, with touches of insta-love, which under normal circumstances would drive me up the crazy wall with irritation, but and this is a big but, it works here. Mainly because of the fantasy elements of the characters. They aren't human and this is not a contemporary romance. This is true fantasy with Dragons, Vampires and a Demigod of epic yummy proportions.

Cait is amazing, she takes to her situation like a fish to water. She's smart, poised and not afraid to stand up for herself and do so vocally. She's refreshing with her non mary sue, non wallflower qualities. She tells it like it is, isn't afraid to dive right in to the crazy, she protects the ones she loves and she loves with a unbreakable strength.

And her suiters. . .holy crap on crackers.

This book is blessed with an abundance of HOT male characters, each of them intriguing and lovable in their own way.

First off you've got Theo, the most yummy Alpha-y Dragon ever. I love him, love him. The moment he touches Cait, she becomes his ward and he becomes her dragon for eternity. That right there is some romantically awesome stuff. Then there is Dante, OMG, can I have him, pretty please! I adore this demigod so freaking much. He definitely holds his own against Theo. And last, there is the Vampire King, Corrin. Poor Corrin, he never really breaks into the love triangle. He's kind of crazy, and I know it was probably intended for me to hate him or just strongly dislike him, but mostly I just felt bad for him. Poor Corrin, he really needs to grow the frack up.

So, there are the three main male players vying for the heart of Cait, but hold the phone cuz' there is more Alpha male goodness packed into this wonderful gem of a book.

The Dragons. Yup, plural. As in multiple dragons for me to obsess over forever.

I'm not going to go into all of them or this review will never end, but suffice it to say I really, really need Melissa A. Petreshock to give me their stories. I'm desperate for these intriguing Dragons to get their HEA's. Desperate. Each one of them stole my bookish heart, some more than others and Cait's nicknames for them are spot on fabulous.

All in all, Fire of Stars and Dragons is fantastic. It's well written and moves along at a deliciously fast pace. With so many men for my book whorish heart to obsess over and a heroine to root for, I'm in a happy book place and Can. Not. Wait. For the next book. Bring it on Melissa, bring it on, you've got me hooked into whatever else you write, especially if it involves my Dragons and yes, that's me being possessive of them - can I have them all, pretty please ;)

Complimentary copy provided for an honest review.

Originally posted on Me, Myself & Books

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I don’t think I can express just how much I loved this book!

The cover is what got my interest at first. It’s just TOO pretty to ignore. I love fantasy novels! Like, LOVE! But I usually prefer a more historical-type or otherworldly setting. What shocked me about this book is that, while it’s set in a futuristic “sovereign” America, the novel had an almost historical feel. The world in which Ms. Petreshock has created is a society full of archaic social conventions, where women have little to no power, and a hierarchy of male supernatural beings make all the rules. It was fascinating to learn about this world, and the author did such a great job at covering every little detail of this society so that it actually becomes believable.

My first thought as I read through this book is that it starts out like a supernatural, futuristic version of The Bachelorette. It may sound a little crazy at first, this woman must choose between three suitors, but it all makes sense within this world. And once you get to know the three suitors, you won’t be able to put the book down.

I also liked how the author gave each character his or her own distinct voice. Each character had their own way of speaking, whether modern or ancient, their own accent, and their own thought process that stayed very consistent throughout the story.

This book is engaging, entertaining, and has the perfect amount of heat to entice romance readers and fantasy readers alike. I am also SO glad that the author rounded out the story and gave me answers!

I will definitely recommend this book to others and keep an eye out for more from this author. 
Review by Tammy Farrell, author of The Darkness of Light

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Available now from Swoon Romance in eBook format.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

TREASURE THE MINE!

My weekend guest is non other than John A. Heldt. In case you don't know him, he is a very popular author. But, don't worry because I am going to tell you everything about him and his book The Mine.

So come with me as we go mining for the treasure that is The Mine.


Blurb
In May 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can't use, money he can't spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of swing dancing and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.


About the Author: 
John A. Heldt is a reference librarian and the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage time-travel series. The former award-winning sportswriter and newspaper editor has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, he is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. When not sending contemporary characters to the not-so-distant past, he weighs in on literature and life at johnheldt.blogspot.com.
Author of The Mine, The Journey, The Show, The Fire, and The Mirror.




My favorite excerpts

  Joel thought about mattresses as he walked north on the Ave.
  He thought about the queen-sized box spring he had in his apartment, the waterbed
he'd had growing up, and the king-sized memory-foam special in his parents' bedroom.
  He even thought about flimsy bunk-bed pads, the kind Saint Xavier's Mission had but
couldn't offer when it told him there was no more room in the inn.
  The pampered youngest son of Frank and Cynthia Smith couldn't remember the last
time fatigue and hunger had gripped him like this. He gained new respect for those who
spent each day walking the streets.
  Joel also thought about the blonde. Who was she? And why had she stared at him?
Was Joel Smith, world traveller, gold-card member, and former all-state linebacker, now
an object of pity? He didn't think so. He saw empathy in those incredible eyes, not
contempt. Still, he wondered.
  As Joel proceeded down the busy arterial, he passed a few familiar sights. Some
things had not visibly changed in fifty-nine years, such as two brownstone apartment
buildings, a Mission Revival grade school in the Heights, and three taverns with colorful
names. He stood before one, the Mad Dog, and considered his options.
  The Mad Dog didn't have memory-foam mattresses for weary time travellers. But it
did have a long sidewalk bench. Joel sat down on one end and extended his legs toward
the other. He pondered walking to a nearby park but decided to stay put. The bench was
hard but relatively comfortable. If necessary, he could make it his bed for the night.
  He closed his eyes and thought of pleasant things: his mother's chicken cacciatore, the
hot tub at home, Jana in a string bikini, Maui, and the blonde. He could still picture her
face.
  Miss Denmark has nothing on you.
***
  A minute later Sandy returned to the dining room, sat down in a chair next to her
husband, and placed a small, strange-looking object on top of the table. About five inches
high, it featured a greenish screen, an array of white numbered-and-lettered buttons, and a
stub-like projection on top that shot up from the dark blue case.
  "What do you make of this?" she asked.
  Mel put on his glasses and closely scrutinised the item. He shook it, held it up to the
lights of a chandelier, and then pressed it to his ear. None of the gestures yielded clues.
  Nor did punching the buttons or reading the lettering on the back.
  "I don't know what to make of it. I've never seen anything like it in my life. Where
did you find this?"
  "It was under a cowboy hat in a cabinet in the trailer. I found it this morning when I
went to change the sheets. What do you think it is?"
  "Who knows? It looks like some sort of communication device, maybe a new kind of
telephone. If it is, the manufacturers haven't let me in on it. It might even be a toy. Hell,
I've seen odder things in department stores. I'm not sure. Either way, it's not ours and we
should probably leave it alone."
  Not satisfied with Mel's answer, Sandy picked up the item and examined it again. She
considered raising more questions or even asking Joel himself when he got back but
decided against it. She slipped the device into the pocket of her everyday dress.
  "You're right," she said, forcing a weak smile. "I'll put it back now. But if he doesn't
get any mail or telephone calls in the next few days, will you at least talk to him?"
  "I'll talk to him. I promise. Now, let's finish dinner."
  Mel dug in. After drowning his potatoes in lumpy brown gravy, he cut his steak into
bite-sized chunks and lifted the largest toward his mouth. But the moment he glanced
across the table, he stopped his arm and lowered his fork. He stared at his plate, sighed,
and then returned to his wife, as if finally validating her concerns and signaling his own about a stranger who had rapidly become an integral part of their lives.


My Review: 

As Joel explores a mine, planets align and a strange phenomena occurs. He is transported from the year 2000 back to 1941! His gold cards, money and mobile phone is of no use and soon he finds himself penniless and homeless. Thanks to a chance meeting, his new friend Tom helps him. The resourceful young man quickly lands a job and starts a new life. This book has you on the edge of your seat, as throughout, you wonder if his secret will be exposed and if he will ever make it back to his own time line.  Better yet, you wonder if he would want to. When he learns that the planets will align again, he is forced to evaluate his options and chose a difficult path no matter what.  This book is well written and a offers the reader an adventure of a life time. I thoroughly enjoyed it! What made this book even more enjoyable was the different point of views (pov) of different characters, mixed with ample dialogue and witty narration. I highly recommend this little treasure! 






Author links: 
Blog: http://johnheldt.blogspot.com





Tuesday, 20 May 2014

SHH! I'M METAMORPHING!!



About the Book



28THAPRIL, 2000: Flight No. 9x4876 bound to Srinagar has crash landed into the Everest Base camp. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the flight mysteriously went off the radar for few minutes and missed its landing. All passengers are feared dead… except for three bodies that are yet to be recovered.
8THDECEMBER, 2050:This, without doubt is the most gruesome murder in recent times. Early this morning, an unidentified woman was found mutilated at the western gates of the abandoned Victoria Terminus Station in Mumbai. Authorities report her head was … well … semi-decapitated and she was drained of all her blood. The shocking part - the crime scene was devoid of any signs of blood spatter…
ROHAN: He was shorter than the shortest girl in school; he had to be ahead in the game!
RUDRA:A man without a past, coaxed into a murder investigation; will he ever grasp the true nature of the crime?
A thrilling tale about two men bound by an untraceable yet undeniable fate - One running away from his past, another unaware of his own.




The Book Trailer




Lesser Known Facts About the Book:

- There is a very strong / intense story of love that is present throughout the book.
- 'Metamorphing' as such is not a real word, rather not a word that is used in the sense that it is supposed to mean (Metamorphosing). I had to spell it out to all publishers while making my submission for the book that I am aware of this fact and I was only playing with words. Was worried that I could get rejected at the mention / sight of the name of the book itself!
- A sneak peek into the college life of a student of Criminology - Learning the ropes of detection, deduction and crime scene investigation.
- There is a Vampire in the book!
- As of now its a trilogy with two parts.
- At one point in time, one part of the book was supposed to be based in the 1900s.

 

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Kunal Pancholi graduated from SRCC Delhi in 2001. He completed his MBA from NMIMS Mumbai in 2006. Previously, in his professional career he has worked with banks, co-founded READO - an audio book publishing company and done a marketing stint with a film production company in Mumbai. Currently he heads Sales & Marketing at a technology start-up. He lives in Chennai with his wife, parents, sister and grand-mom.




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Monday, 19 May 2014

YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!!!

Why? Because it's too seductive!

This week my very special author is B.A. Cairns. If you love mystery, suspense and sizzle then this book is for you! Please read on...if you can handle this. 




Alex Brown is a modern day woman who has everything to look forward to. She is engaged to the man of her dreams, has an adorable niece she dotes on and a loving sister-in-law she looks upon as the sister she never had. However, her existence is shadowed by the death of her brother and when an anonymous note is found on her desk Alex's life takes an unexpected turn for the worst. Kidnapping, murder and love ensues, taking Alex on an adventure she's only ever heard of, but what happens when the truth is revealed? Is there more behind her brother's death than she is made to believe? Can she still trust those she loves? Will she be corrupted by the world she has been dragged into? One thing is for sure, life for Alex Brown will never be the same again. Can those closest to you really hide the darkest secrets?

One reader reviewed it as a, "Very good read. For a debut author I was pleasantly surprised. Addictive too, the boom makes you want to keep reading it and I highly recommend you give it a read." Another wrote, "At first I wasn't sure I liked the book, but then before I knew it I was HOOKED!! Fantastic!! I need the next book I have to know what happens next, there are so many unanswered questions. This book has everything sex, suspense, love, mystery and heart break. This is a must read."




     I can hear the rain crashing on a metal roof and plastic sheeting flapping with the force of the wind.  In the distance a dog barks; its voice lifted above the noise of city life.  An emergency vehicle screams its way down the road, off to save some poor soul, or to catch some bugger acting recklessly and placing others in danger. 
     I’m haunted by the sounds surrounding me; squealing women filling the atmosphere with their laughter, but their naivety leaves them vulnerable.  They become easy prey for the vultures that always lurk in the dark.  Heavy footsteps alert me to the men that stalk by looking for their next target, while others are just looking for a warm embrace to fill a lonely heart. 
     Soft whispers of courting couples trying to steal a few secret hours drift to me in the darkness.  They give me comfort from the hell I find myself in; they let me know there’s good out there and warmth and safety can be found if you look hard enough.
     I know it’s out there, I have felt it many times before, but in this moment that belief is waning.  There is an icy dampness beneath my fingers; a chill has started to seep into the fabric of my jeans.  My bottom is numb from the mixture of the cold, hard floor and the hours that have passed me by while I remain sitting in this same position.   
     I have given up crying out for help, because the piece of cloth bound tight around my mouth is quite efficient at muffling any sound.  My lips have become sore from the harsh material digging into my skin and my throat is dry from lack of moisture.  My eyes are cast into darkness by a makeshift blindfold.  The fabric is so dense and so close to my skin that no light can seep through.  I’m surrounded by complete blackness. 
     However, as one sense is denied and shuts down, the others are heightened, especially my sense of smell.  The foul stench of sewage and the mouth-watering aroma of cheeseburgers and chips float in the air around me.  But there’s one scent that overwhelms them all.  I feel as if I’m drenched in it it’s that strong.  It’s familiar yet not.  A musky, seductive cologne so powerful I feel lightheaded and find myself succumbing to the strange power it holds over me.  All this mingles with a familiar blend of cigarette smoke and whisky.
     I feel lost and disorientated; a helpless victim under someone else’s mercy.  I’m the doll waiting for a child’s hands to possess me, to give me life.  All sense of time has eluded me.  Is it eight o’clock in the morning or eight o’clock at night? 
     Is this the beginning of something or the end?
     I shiver, but not only due to the cold.

**********

     Later.
     Not sure how much later, but I’m jolted from my semi-conscious state at the sound of what I suspect to be a large, metal object hitting another metal object.  Its sound rings through the air like a church bell.  With my heart pounding and pulse racing I listen for further sound. 
     There’s nothing. 
     Silence. 
     I want to call out; my mind screams for me to run for my life, but I can’t move.  I try lifting my head, but even the slightest movement results in the sensation of being repeatedly pounded by stones.
     I hear faint footsteps.  Gradually they draw closer; picking up pace with every move. 
     Then silence.
     The tension makes me want to scream. 
     That exotic, intoxicating aroma assaults me once again.  I feel dizzy as the musky cologne seeps through my aching body into my brain.  It revives me.
     The footsteps return, pace slow and steady.  Whoever is there is in no particular hurry, unlike before.  It’s like they’re drinking in my presence, taking every precious moment to observe their trophy.
     The footsteps stop.  I hear the slight shuffling of material adjusting to accommodate its new shape and sense the person crouching down so they are level with my head.  They are so very close, if I could move my hands I’m sure I could touch them.  Their breath tickles my skin.  This sends a shocking tingle down my spine to the tips of my toes.  Our heavy breathing starts to mingle.
     In and out.
     Together.
     As one.
     My heart takes control over my body.  Where it was once cold, I now find waves of heat coursing through me at an alarming rate.  I’m terrified how my body can behave in such a way.  Never before have I felt such temperature.  I am being scorched with just the whisper of hot air and heady cologne, with a faint smell of cigarette and whisky on their breath. 
     The hot air is now against my ear and I flinch.   A deep, warm, and husky voice whispers, ‘You will be mine.’




Becky Cairns (born 20 May 1990) is a British author who is making a promising stamp in the world of literature. Educated at UCTC, Uckfield, she then went on to study Animal Management at Plumpton College, but later wished to combine her two favorite loves: animals and writing.  From there, she went on to study Journalism at Brighton College and it was in her spare time that she finally gave in to the insistent nagging of her mind to put pen to paper, (or rather fingers to keyboard), and allowed the imagination to flow.  A few years later and Seductive Truths was born, giving birth to the dark, complex and sensual characters that are Alex Brown, William Jones and Gareth Hill.


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So there you have it folks! The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the Seductive Truths.