Book Blog Tour: The Midas Tree by Dr. Lesley Phillips (Guest Blog)

I am part of The Midas Tree Blog Tour, a novel by Dr. Lesley Phillips. She is gracing Oops! I Read Again today, on my birthday, with a guest post for me, the birthday girl! Scroll down for her birthday meditation tips and to check out her novel. Enjoy!

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Author: Dr. Lesley Phillips
Date of Publication: November 11, 2012

The Midas Tree is a mystical realm where spiritual beings and animals live together in relationship to one another and their environment.

Our hero, Joshua, is drawn into this amazing realm from his home in the garden of color and light. The book follows Joshua’s adventures in the Midas Tree as he grows and learns about his life and destiny in this new world, as he searches for a way back home to his spiritual parent Morfar and the garden of color and light.

Joshua and his journey are analogous to each human’s journey toward spiritual enlightenment. The Midas Tree is planet earth and the creatures and spiritual beings who live there are teachers and guides. They teach Joshua how to meditate and use other spiritual techniques to help him on his mission to return home.

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Guest Post

A Birthday Meditation

Your birthday marks your progress through life. You have arrived at this particular time and place for a reason. Everything you have been through until now has been a step on your path; so what a great time to review and reflect upon this.

Birthdays are a great time to review your life.

Every year we make New Year’s resolutions and your birthday is your new year. So it’s a great time to look at where you have been and where you are going. Your birthday should be a celebration of you, your achievements for the year just passed and your hopes and dreams for the year yet to come.

How well do you know yourself?

This might sound like a strange question, but many of us take on the desires and wishes of our parents, family and friends. We adopt their beliefs and concepts of reality and believe that they are ours.

Did you become a doctor, lawyer or business woman because your father wanted you to? Did you rebel against your mother so that now you wear tattoos and black leather, but really you’d really be more comfortable in a pink jumpsuit or a pair of jeans? Do you believe in the same political party, religion, music, as your peers to fit in or because you genuinely agree with it?

These types of questions are great to ask yourself. Then you can let go of all the energy that isn’t you so that your unique personality can shine through.

Are you happy with where you are?

Do you accept yourself and your life exactly as it is in the moment? Perhaps you are living in the past, wishing that things could be as they once were? Or else you strive for the future hoping that things will change; believing that they would change if only I could get that job, meet that boy or receive a financial windfall.

There is not a moment of your life that has passed that is the same as another and not one in the future that will resemble another from the past. Every one of these moments is yours and can never be taken away from you. They are positions on your path. The trick is to BE exactly in the moment that you are now, rather than in a past memory or future possibility.

Do you have a clear vision for your life?

Your special day is a great time to realign with your spiritual path. Do you have a clear vision for your life? Or do you lack purpose, or feel unclear and confused?

Your birthday is a day where you can reconnect with your highest potential. Where you can revisit the vision you had for your life, even before your were born.Connect with your potential, tap into your power and know that you are the creator of your life. You have everything you need to make your vision a reality.

Let Your Birthday Lead You To Your Highest Vision?

Let this birthday set the blueprint for the rest of your life. Ask yourself what would be my ideal day? Then allow yourself to experience this on your birthday. Take the day off work and spend the day doing things to pamper your soul. Be in nature. Go to the beach. Read a book. Have a massage and a manicure.

Do whatever it takes to anchor your desires into reality. If you follow this exercise, you will find that by living this birthday exactly as you want your life to be, you set up and anchor in your intention for following years.

Celebrate Your Uniqueness

Astrologers say that the time and place of birth is an indicator of your personality, your life challenges and your life purpose. As no two human beings are born in exactly the same place at exactly the same time, everyone is unique and has their own path to follow.

Your birthday is an ideal time to celebrate your uniqueness; what is different and special about you. After all there only is one you and you are here for a reason. You occupy a particular position on the game board of life. You are here to play a specific not in the symphony of souls. You carry with you the potential to raise the vibration for all of us.

If you do not embrace what is special and unique about you and express this in the world then we will all lose out because our game will be a shambles and our symphony will sound flat.

A Birthday Meditation

The greatest tool for self reflection that I know is meditation. It helps you turn within and tune out the signals from the outside world so that you can be clear about you. Spend some time on your birthday in meditation reflecting on the points I have made in this article. Then emerge refreshed and ready to take on the challenges and joys of a whole new year.

Find a comfortable chair and relax.
Start by taking a few deep breaths in and out.
Then tune into an energy center near the base of your spine.
Create a flow of energy from here to the center of the earth (grounding).
Place your conscious awareness in the center of your head.
Reflect on what came up for you when you read this article.
Allow anything that is not you to flow down your grounding to the center of the earth.
Allow anything that is interfering with your clarity to flow down your grounding.
Allow anything that keeps you out of the present moment to flow down your grounding.
Allow the beliefs of others that are not right for you to flow down your grounding.
Relax be in the center of your head and reflect on your life.
Why are you here?
How have your experiences so far been important?
What do you want to create for yourself in the coming year?
In this state of silence ask for what you want and get ready to receive.
Continue your meditation for as long as you wish.
When you are ready, open your eyes and go about your special day.

About Dr. Lesley Phillips

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Dr. Lesley Phillips is a speaker, author, workshop leader, spiritual and meditation teacher based in Vancouver BC, Canada. Her book “The Midas Tree” a spiritual adventure story that teaches meditation and more will be published on November 11th 2012.

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Book Relay Invite: Tempest by Julie Cross (Philippines)

To all Filipino book bloggers or even just avid readers, I have good news!

I am organizing a Tempest Book Relay! Yey! So the deets first on Tempest. :D

Tempest (Tempest, #1)

Title: Tempest (Tempest #1)
Author: Julie Cross
Genre: YA sci-fi (time travel)

The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.

That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler. Recruit… or kill him.

Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

Sorry, this is only open to Philippine-based bloggers/readers. So the details on the tour!

I have one hardcover copy and we will pass this around. The tour will start around November 9 or 10. I only require you to sign the log sheet and write a dedication to Julie Cross on the book and of course, to post a review in your blog and/or your Goodreads profile. :) You have three days to read the book and you have to pass it to the next tour participant. It would be appreciated if you can write your reviews within one week after you read Tempest. :)

I have four bookmarks to give away to tour participants whose reviews got the most comments. So yey!

If you’re interested or if you have further questions, feel free to shoot me an email at tomakunisnumberone [AT] gmail [DOT] com. :D

For those who have read Tempest and are interested in joining the upcoming Vortex tour, shoot me an email too! :)

Thank you and have a good day! :)

Book Blog Tour: Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama (Review)

Monstrous Beauty

Title: Monstrous Beauty
Author: Elizabeth Fama
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Date of Publication: September 4, 2012

Fierce, seductive mermaid Syrenka falls in love with Ezra, a young naturalist. When she abandons her life underwater for a chance at happiness on land, she is unaware that this decision comes with horrific and deadly consequences.

Almost one hundred forty years later, seventeen-year-old Hester meets a mysterious stranger named Ezra and feels overwhelmingly, inexplicably drawn to him. For generations, love has resulted in death for the women in her family. Is it an undiagnosed genetic defect . . . or a curse? With Ezra’s help, Hester investigates her family’s strange, sad history. The answers she seeks are waiting in the graveyard, the crypt, and at the bottom of the ocean—but powerful forces will do anything to keep her from uncovering her connection to Syrenka and to the tragedy of so long ago.

My Review

I’m gonna drop the bomb now: I loved this book. I gave it five stars and a whole lot of hearts. I know it got mixed reviews and even some of my favorite bloggers did not like it but this time, I won’t be affected. I always question myself when I like a book when bloggers who like the same books as me don’t. Yes, I know, signs of a low self-esteem but they’re just more established and I feel like I don’t get the book because I loved it. But now, nope, I don’t care, I should be able to unapologetically like a book. Heehee.

I love mermaid books. I really do. The paranormal creatures I tolerate or love are the mermaids, angels and werewolves. But mermaids seem to really do it for me. What can I say, I love the great deep. So it might be my bias for mermaids which made me love this book as much as I do but it is certainly good.

Mermaids and ghosts. Sounds weird? I can’t believe it myself when I saw the back of the book (I read an ARC) because how can you mash two genres together? But Elizabeth Fama is supercalifreakinawesome as she has woven an intricate and wonderful story with a world so convincing I stopped listening to my lectures in school and just read this book. (Granted, the lectures were boring and it was a rehash. Bad, bad student.) I read it everywhere because I can’t stop. This book has adventure, mystery, romance, danger, myths and everything you’d possibly want. The secrets just kept on coming and I was not ready for any of them. One moment you’d think you got it all figured out but the next thing, boom, Elizabeth has dropped another bombshell and you’d have to form your theory again. Until the very end of the book, you don’t know (well at least I don’t know) what’s the actual deal. This makes for a great reading experience because I was always on edge. So it goes to say that the pacing was extremely well thought out and was gripping.

The book alternates every chapter or every few chapters from the present day (Hester) and 1872/1873 (Syrenka). This totally works because I am so invested in both timelines. Elizabeth Fama writes both time frames convincingly that it was not jarring to read. Even Pastor McKee’s scottish accent was just awesome! Admittedly, I was suffering from Pitying-the-Other-Guy syndrome as I was feeling so bad for Peter yet falling in love with Ezra. Another fictional man. What is happening to my life? Ezra is a naturalist and of course, being a scientist made me relate to him and his unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Syrenka’s life was so poignant, especially at the prologue with Pukanokick. It was heartbreaking and at the same time that you’re feeling pity for her, you know that she’s the one to blame. Actually, everyone’s life was bittersweet or, as Syrenka pointed out, sweet-bitter. Hester was relatable to me, even if I question her actions at times. Just not a fan of her sorta insta-love with Ezra though if you’ve read the book, it makes sense. Peter took a backseat and wasn’t fleshed out but I do understand as he’s not too integral to the story than say the other characters. Linnie seriously creeped the hell out of me. There’s a particular scene, or for me, two scenes (or maybe three or four, depending on your iffy meter), that might be icky or a dealbreaker with others. This is not some fluffy, light stuff guys. It dabbles with death, soul, life, power, revenge and everything in between.

Anyway, I don’t think I can write a review that will give this book justice as I was actually at a loss for words when I finished it. Just see for yourself how Elizabeth Fama went from I-don’t-know-her to will-definitely-read-all-of-her-books for me and how I just gained another mermaid novel I love. Or how YOU will gain a mermaid novel that you’ll love. Or how YOU will get lost in this world and with these characters. Read for yourself. :)

Thank you to Farrar, Straus and Giroux for giving Precious of Pinoy Book Tours an ARC which on the long run, came to me, that I was able to read this. Thank you, most of all, to Elizabeth Fama for writing a tale so exquisite. I love you all! <3

(Sorry if my thoughts are all over the place. That’s good, right? When you read a book and your mind can’t catch up with all that it’s thinking. Heehee.)

“Bringing Avalon Back” Reveals Ancient Worlds of Goddesses, Wizards, and Magic

Bringing Avalon BackIn Lisa Lödy’s new fantasy novel Bringing Avalon Back (set in 1000AD Britain), SageUberchat realizes she is a magician when she swears to Morgan of the Faeries that she will bring Avalon back. With the help of a magic deck of cards, which can be entered by uttering the sacred word, Sage is driven by forces from the future and past to bring Avalon back.

From the Scottish Highlands to the center of Stonehenge; from castle towers to the inner realm of trees, Sage travels in and out of time and space, guided by goddesses and wizards, drawing cards within which even the air molecules are made of magic. Prepare to burst beyond the glaze of what we thought was real. This is a spell far more than a novel and anyone who reads it becomes part of the unprecedented task of bringing a lost world back into reality.

Lisa Lödy was born in upstate New York where as a child she enjoyed nature and spending time in the woods. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in English from Syracuse University. There she learned to hone her craft through writing poetry. This book took her over twenty years to prepare, studying Native American and Druid shamanism and traveling through the United Kingdom. Sage’s magic cards were designed and made by Lödy herself. They helped her write this book, and still exist today.

Bringing Avalon Back is available in softcover (ISBN: 978-1-62137-036-9) and hardcover (ISBN: 978-1- 62137-037-6) from Virtualbookworm.com, Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com and numerous other online sites. It is also available in ebook format (ISBN: 978-1-62137-038-3).

Book Blog Tour: Lost in the Light by Mary Castillo (Review)

Lost in the Light

Title: Lost in the Light (The Dori Orihuela Series)
Author: Mary Castillo

No one remembers…

One October morning in 1932, Vicente Sorolla entered the white house on the hill and was never seen again .

Now, Detective Dori Orihuela helplessly witnesses his brutal murder in her nightmares.

Settling into a 120 year-old Edwardian mansion, Dori restores her dream home while recovering from a bullet wound and waiting to go back on duty.

But then one afternoon, Vicente materializes out of her butler’s pantry and asks her to find a woman named Anna. Dori wonders if she’s not only about to lose her badge, but also her sanity.

Dori and Vicente’s unlikely friendship takes us back to the waning days of Prohibition in San Diego and the dusty barrio of National City. Mary Castillo’s new novel, featuring the wild Orihuela family that first delighted readers in Names I Call My Sister, weaves romance, history and a mystery into a humorous, touching and unforgettable story.

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Excerpt

Idly wondering what to pick from the meals Grammy had prepared for her, Dori plugged her key into the lock. Her heart gave a painful jolt when she looked up into the face of a man. He stared at her from the other side of the wavy glass window of the Dutch door.

His dark eyes narrowed. In one motion, Dori dropped her bag, stepped back and reached for her weapon. But she only felt the bandage under her shirt where her Smith and Wesson should’ve been. She swayed in momentary confusion and then remembered she’d locked it away. When she looked back up into the window, he was gone.

Dori stood there with her pulse kicking against her neck. He couldn’t duck faster than the blink of an eye, nor was the window shade moving in the wake of a sudden movement. It hadn’t been that long since she’d been with a man that she’d start making one up as Grammy had repeatedly warned. Warning pricked at her nerves. She pulled up alongside the edge of the door and peeked into her dark kitchen. She strained her ears, listening for movement in the house. Against her better judgment, she reached over and turned the key.

She pushed the door open and the smell of cologne stopped her short of walking inside. Dori instinctively rocked her weight onto the balls of her feet, her muscles tensing for a fight. Night crept across the yard behind her.

As a cop, she’d been in much scarier situations than this. But back then, Dori had a gun at her hip and a radio for back-up. Unlike real bad guys, figments of her imagination couldn’t send her to the hospital. Dori told herself to go out to her car and call the cavalry.

Instead, Dori propped the door open with an old brick. This was her house damn it and it might feel good to kick some ass.

Dori made her way through the gloomy kitchen and flipped on the light switch. The fluorescents flickered to life and their hum filled the silence. She crossed the kitchen and then poked her head through the door leading into the butler’s pantry. The air held still, as if the house held its breath.

She crept across the floor, scanned the dining room and then reached in to turn on the dining room chandelier, which thankfully had survived the architectural rape and pillage of the 1970s. His shadow moved across the wall in the hallway. Fear shot up her spine.

“I’m armed,” she called out, backing into the kitchen for a knife. Her Mossberg was upstairs in the safe. Then she remembered the knives were still packed in a box. She had a spork from her and Grammy’s KFC lunch earlier today.

“Walk out the front door and you won’t get hurt,” she ordered, clutching the spork in her hand as she tiptoed back to the dining room. Her voice echoed.

She pressed the light button and the hall lights switched on. “Go out the front door.”

The hall was clear. With her back pressed to the wall, Dori held her breath as she waited for an answer or a creak of a floorboard that would give away his position. She should go for the Mossberg. But she peeked into the front parlor, the room that had suffered the most damage in the house. Something slammed against the front door and the lights snapped off.

My Review

I will try to be coherent while I write this review. I love mysteries. I love ghosts connecting to people to try to find their killer, to get peace, to fulfill a wish, etc. I even love dead-girl-or-boy-and-very-alive-girl-or-boy-falls-in-love stories. And most of all, I love old mansions that can carry so many secrets (even a ghost!). So a detective buying an old mansion, meets a ghost and helps him, forms a friendship with him is a definite check in my book. Tons of checks, I might add. And checks it delivered.

Mary Castillo has written such a rich and compelling novel that I doubt that I won’t like it if I’m not a fan of the plot. I was pretty much glued to this book and I am so happy to have joined the blog tour for this for the chance to read and review this book. Nancy Drew is my personal hero when I was a kid so I pretty much look up to girl detectives. To say I was behind Dori the whole way is an understatement. I love her!

We’re given scenes from both the present and the past and the narrative reveals to us Vicente’s story bits by bits, which is both good for the pace and to get me going. Both timelines were wonderful and I wasn’t grumbling when I was reading about the other. That says something because a lot of books just makes me want to read everything about the past or everything about the future. The novel wasn’t draggy and it was just plain great the whole time.

Anyway, thumbs up for this novel! Now I wanna buy my own old mansion too! Minus the ghost please!

About Mary Castillo

Mary Castillo can remember the exact moment when her destiny to write smart, sexy stories for women began. (And no, it was not the day this photo was taken!) Her Grandma Margie gave her a copy of Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor (banned in 14 states and then when it was made into a movie starring Linda Darnell, condemned by the Hays Office, which controlled decency in movies) and said, “If you have any questions about what they’re doing in that book, just ask me!”

While Forever Amber is hardly a book for a high school freshman (frankly the heroine makes Scarlett a model of propriety and modesty in comparison), Mary was fascinated by a character that seized life with no apologies … and looked doing it.

After a few minor distractions (poor dating choices and pre-med studies), Mary committed herself to writing on February 10, 1994 and then sold her debut to Harper Collins Avon A in 2004. Hot Tamara was selected by Cosmopolitan magazine as the Red Hot Read of April 2005. The book wasn’t banned but Grandma was proud!

A lifelong professional writer, including a stint as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times Community News (second best job in the world), Mary is the proud author of three novels (SwitchcraftIn Between Men and Hot Tamara) and three novellas featured in the anthologies, Orange County NoirNames I Call My Sister andFriday Night Chicas. Her latest book, a paranormal that goes back and forth between modern day and Prohibition, Lost in the Light is now available.

Latina magazine called Mary “an author to look out for” and selected In Between Men and Names I Call My Sister for the Top 10 Summers Reads in July 2009. OC Metro magazine named Mary one of the hottest 25 people in the O.C. (the first but certainly not the last time her hotness has been publicly confirmed). She has also been profiled in Orange County Register, Coast, The Arizona Republic and San Diego Union Tribune.

Mary grew up in a haunted house in National City, CA. She cries every time she sees the movies, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir and Casablanca, and feels that Joan Collins is by far the preeminent TV villain (which is why Joan plays such an pivotal role in the novel, In Between Men).

A graduate of USC, Mary lives in The O.C. with her family.

Also, she may have a mild addiction to Pinterest.

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Cover Reveal: Centaur Legacy by Nancy Straight

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Title: Centaur Legacy (Touched #2)
Author: Nancy Straight
Expected Date of Publication: November 15, 2012

Camille and Drake are on the run, bound for the mythical pasture of Thessaly. They search for the family heirloom that will keep them safe from Zandra while trying to unlock the secrets of her mother’s past. As their journey progresses from the rolling hills of Ireland to the snow covered forests of South Dakota, they find Zandra is no longer the only danger pursuing them.

Camille’s Centaur lineage puts their future at risk; they don’t know who to trust or where to hide. Camille’s family is quick to come to her aid but even they are ill prepared for their ancestor’s Centaur Legacy.

Help comes from an unexpected benefactor in an unwelcomed way. Drake has to choose between being the man he wants to be and the Centaur warrior Camille needs him to be.

About Nancy Straight

Nancy was born in Sioux City Iowa, left the cold of the Midwest in 1991 and only returns to see family in the summer time. She spent ten years traveling the world as a US Marine and settled in rural SC with her husband and two children.

She enjoys reading all types of Paranormal and Young Adult literature.

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Book Blog Tour: Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr (Review + Giveaway)

Carnival of Souls

Title: Carnival of Souls
Author: Melissa Marr
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date of Publication: September 4, 2012

In a city of daimons, rigid class lines separate the powerful from the power-hungry. And at the heart of The City is the Carnival of Souls, where both murder and pleasure are offered up for sale. Once in a generation, the carnival hosts a deadly competition that allows every daimon a chance to join the ruling elite. Without the competition, Aya and Kaleb would both face bleak futures–if for different reasons. For each of them, fighting to the death is the only way to try to live.

All Mallory knows of The City is that her father–and every other witch there–fled it for a life in exile in the human world. Instead of a typical teenage life full of friends and maybe even a little romance, Mallory scans quiet streets for threats, hides herself away, and trains to be lethal. She knows it’s only a matter of time until a daimon finds her and her father, so she readies herself for the inevitable. While Mallory possesses little knowledge of The City, every inhabitant of The City knows of her. There are plans for Mallory, and soon she, too, will be drawn into the decadence and danger that is the Carnival of Souls.

From Melissa Marr, bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series and “Graveminder,” comes a brand-new tale of lush secrets, dark love, and the struggle to forge one’s own destiny.

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My Review

First and foremost, thank you to Pinoy Book Tours for the chance to read this and to participate in the book tour. Receiving the book, reading it and passing it to the next tour participant made me feel a certain excitement I can’t quite described. By the way, this is my first PBT tour and I think I’ll be participating in more tours in the future. Anyway, on to the review!

Admittedly, this is my first Melissa Marr book and I’m happy to say that after reading Carnival of Souls, I am sure I’ll be coming back for more! The world she crafted was nothing short of wondrous. I can see the Carnival of Souls, the Night Market, the black and red masks, everything. Her descriptions and storytelling was amazing, she really sold this alternate world so well. So on the settings front, awesome! Though admittedly, I had a hard time at first adjusting to the daimons, witches and all the rules. But I love how she incorporated and told us about the rules and myths of the worlds she created without blatantly telling us. Sometimes you have to assume that this is the meaning of this and to know that you’re right because she guided you all along. Kudos to Melissa! Once you get the hang of everything, it’s such an easy read. Once I got the hang of everything, I can’t put this book down!

As for the characters, gah, I love the characters. I do admit myleast favorite would be Mallory and that might seem problematic given she’s the protagonist. I just found her sort of lacking in personality but maybe that’s what she really is, for now. Her witch father pretty much spelled her her entire life, suppressing what she really is and making her obedient to everything he tells her, to the point that she just accepts everything and hasn’t questioned anything her entire life. [SPOILERS] But now that she knows what she is, I am looking forward to the sequel if she gains some semblance of a personality. [END OF SPOILERS] I don’t know who’s my favorite character but I think it might be a tie between Aya and Kaleb. They are such drawn out characters and you can feel their depth oozing from their dialogue. Well, their status in life and their upbringing certainly made them a certain way but I just love them. Kaleb and his everything and Aya and her everything. I love everything about them, really. Melissa has made Zevi really interesting to look forward to and I am certainly curious what bigger role he’ll play in the future. And Belias! <3

The plot. So obviously it was great because I won’t be able to stand it if it wasn’t. The pace was alright though there wasn’t a rushing-to-the-ending/climax feeling. The conflict was real and I felt it right to the core. However, that was such a tease of an ending! I am not that on edge to read the next book because it wasn’t such a cliffhanger but still, I wanna read the next book badly! I mean, how can you do this to me, Melissa? Gaaaahhh.

I do however do not buy Kaleb and Mallory’s love story yet. [Sort of spoilers ahead] Yes, it was insta-love but there’s the concept of a pack so is it really love or just the strong want to protect and to care? I think there will be an Aya-Kaleb loveline but there’s none right now and I’m happy with that because I love how Aya loves Belias. I do think it’s possible in the future. [End of sort of spoilers] And I do hope Mallory gets a personality so I’d jump more on the Kaleb-Mallory line. I was just feeling giddy with their love story just because of Kaleb. Kaleb <3

Lastly, the cover. I admit I wasn’t too keen on the cover when I saw it but now I get it so I like it. Heehee. See, I’m so easy to please! I certainly was affected with their plights, woes, even love and happiness when I read this. I related to the characters, rooted for them and just went along for the story they’ll tell me, and it was a great story. Good job Melissa and please don’t take too long to write the sequel! Pretty please!

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Book Spotlight: Flukes by Nichole Chase

To celebrate the release day of Flukes, here’s a book spotlight on it! Yey! Thank you to SupaGurl Tours for the chance!

Flukes

Meena has a secret guarded closely by her family—a secret as dangerous as the sea, and buried just as deep. When court appointed community service workers are assigned to Flukes, the family-owned animal sanctuary, everyone is on high alert. It doesn’t help that Meena finds herself attracted to sexy-as-sin Blake Weathering, one of the new workers. If he wasn’t so distracting, she might be able to land Flukes a much-needed cruise line contract.

Blake Weathering, the first in his family to attend public school, has developed a tough image. Unfortunately it lands him in trouble. Now banned from his high school graduation ceremony, getting his diploma is dependent upon a community service gig cleaning fish crap. No diploma, no trust fund fortune—and no way to escape his overbearing father. The last thing he needs is the distraction of a mysterious girl with teal eyes who pulls at his heart strings.

When Blake discovers Meena’s secret, they are both thrown into a desperate search for information about her past. Two worlds pull them in opposite directions, and they will have to fight to hold onto all that really matters.

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About Nichole Chase

Nichole Chase is a daydreamer.

No, really, just ask any of the math teachers that had the misfortune of seeing her name appear on their class schedule.

For years she has had story lines and characters begging for attention, but she resolutely pushed them aside to focus on more normal (read, boring) jobs. Well, no longer She is currently heeding the voices in her head and frantically writing their stories. Nichole resides in South Georgia with her husband, energetic toddler, crazy dog, and two cats.

Nichole is the author of the Dark Betrayal Trilogy, Flukes, and the upcoming Suddenly Royal. When not devouring novels by the dozens, you may find her writing, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.

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Cover Reveal: Weaving Magic by Mindy Hardwick

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Title: Weaving Magic
Author: Mindy Hardwick
Date of Publication: April 27, 2012
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing

He loves magic. She loves romance. But the biggest illusion is the one Shantel and Christopher perform together. Sixteen- year- old Christopher fights to stay sober while fifteen-year-old Shantel struggles in the aftermath of her mother’s death and seeks refuge in a fantasy world. But the unacknowledged roots of their problems refuse to stay buried and soon, the two are headed toward a deadly magic trick. Can Shantel and Christopher move beyond magical illusions to find love?

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About Mindy Hardwick

Mindy Hardwick enjoys writing romance for teens and tweens including; STAINED GLASS SUMMER and WEAVING MAGIC.  Sometimes, you can catch Mindy writing contemporary, sweet romances including: LOVE’S STORMS and LOVE’S BID. Mindy runs a poetry workshop with teens in a juvenile detention and credits the teens for the inspiration behind WEAVING MAGIC.  You can see some of their poetry at: www.denneypoetry.com. Mindy is included on the Washington State Teaching Artist Roster and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. She lives in Seattle and is hard at work on her next romantic tale.

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Book Blog Tour: Memories by Deanna Lynn Sletten (Review + Giveaway)

Memories

Michael DeCara came home from the Vietnam War a wounded man, both physically and emotionally. He tried putting his life back together, but found civilian life difficult after all he’d experienced in Nam. Raising his young daughter, Vanessa, by himself after his wife left, he found it difficult to commit to one job or one woman for any length of time. Then he met a young woman who made him feel good about himself again and who fell in love with Vanessa as well. But one day his life changed drastically and he left without a word to the girl, believing he was doing what was best for her. Now, years later, she has walked back into his life and he believes they may have a second chance at love–except she hates him and he doesn’t understand why.

Danielle Westerly fell in love when she was only eighteen and her heart was broken when he left her without a word. Her heartache was increased when she made a fateful decision that would alter her future, and she blamed him for her loss. Years later, she is single and has built up a successful career when she accidently runs into the man who was responsible for her past pain. Yet, their chemistry is undeniable. Can Dani give up her anger and let go of the pain of the past and fall in love again with the man she has hated all these years?

Dani and Michael share a journey of heartache, loss and painful memories that threaten to keep them apart. Can they get past these and finally find love again?

*Memories has been chosen as a Semifinalist in The Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Book of 2012 Contest!*

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My Review

Wooo, my first Chick Lit Plus blog tour! Thank you for the opportunity and to rekindle my chick lit-loving self. Haha! On to the review!

After a very stressful week, this is the perfect read to curl around to in your bed, unwind with and just relax. Second chances in love are one of my favorite premises in chick lit and most romance books so that’s a plus. I just think love is sweeter the second time around for characters. But I don’t really believe in that in real life so I guess I’m projecting that on my reading choices. Haha! Okay, I’ll stop getting psychological and analytical here so yeap, review, yeap!

The characters here are flawed and they have some issues and baggage so they’re much more relatable and you just wanna root for them. I was rooting for them all the way. This story has so many feelings and emotions in it that maybe you’d get your heart wrung out but in the best way possible. What better way to exercise those floodgates or those heart muscles than feeling for characters? Well, I can think of better ways but you know what I mean!

Deanna (what a pretty name!) writes smoothly and has this feel of a romantic movie. I dunno how to explain it but you know you’re just in for a heart-melting, maybe-cheesy-and-sappy-but-oh-so-good story in your hands. The premise or plot is nothing new but that is the familiarity which makes us reach for that chick lit novel and just gobble it up. Whether you’re fresh from a break-up, from an academic hellweek or an emotionally and mentally stressing read, it’s the perfect way to unwind those tense neurons from overthinking. Because you’ll most likely read with your heart. Cheesy I know but it’s true!

Hope my review helped and go grab yourselves a copy of Memories! :D

About Deanna Lynn Sletten

Deanna Lynn Sletten is a novelist who writes women’s fiction and has also written one middle-grade fiction action/adventure novel. Her novels include Memories, Widow, Virgin, Whore and Outlaw Heroes. She started her writing career as a freelance writer for parenting publications in the early 1990s and transitioned to writing for blogs and websites until she made the jump to novelist. Deanna is married and has two grown children. When not writing, Deanna enjoys walking the trails around her northern Minnesota home with her beautiful Australian Shepherd.

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