Monday, December 8, 2014

Heart Grows Fonder





Title: Heart Grow Fonder
Author: Cristy Rey
Kindle edition
Publication Date: December, 2014

Wrong place. Wrong time. Right people.
Jessie Bravo knows what’s wrong with her life; she just doesn’t know what to do about it. Eleven years ago, she saved Tyler Cantrell from getting his ass kicked by gay-bashing high school jocks. Since, they’ve been the closest of friends. Years later, Jessie circled the drain of chronic depression, spiraling out of control, and it was Tyler’s turn to save her. Who knew her best friend would become a Hollywood A-lister? Though Jessie credits Tyler for keeping her together, living in the shadow of her best friend’s celebrity isn’t all it’s cut out to be. It’s up to Jessie to figure out what she has to do to be happy: get better or get lost.
Stardom is on the horizon for British television actor Boyd Kerrington. He’s starring opposite Tyler Cantrell in an American feature film sure to blow his career out the water. For all the years he’s focused on his career, however, he’s settled in his personal life. That is, until he meets Tyler’s best friend, Jessie. Jessie is refreshingly cool, passionate, and compelling…but she’s also complicated. Worse yet, she’s not interested in remaining in the celebrity stratosphere, even for her lifelong friend.

MyReview
This is actually quite a personal experience to me, having known someone who battled with depression before. I could still remember the time when he seemed to be falling apart that I could no longer hold him tight because he chose to slip away. So allow me to share that this book, Heart Grow Fonder, holds a dear part of me and I couldn’t stop the memories and my tears while reading it.

Tyler Cantrell had been living the life of the rich and famous, and he finally revealed his true nature through a video, together with his best friend, Jessica Bravo. Tyler is gay, yes, but he was still well-loved by people around him. And then there’s Jessica. Always hiding in the limelight. Until the freakin’ famous English actor Boyd Kerrington noticed her in the video.

Boyd & Jessica’s world collided. The very world that Jessica was trying to escape from was continuously chasing her. Boyd belongs to the stars, like Tyler does, but Jessica doesn’t want to be part of that. She is definitely broken and there isn’t much that Boyd could do to mend it.

Words cannot express what and how I truly felt for Jessica. She reminds me of my brother whenever he zones in to his world, not getting out of the box, not letting anyone in. I am thankful to Cristy Rey for sharing this story because it is very realistic; it delves deep into my heart and mind. It is one of the few books that really capture the innermost emotions of my heart.


about author

Cristy Rey is the author of the urban fantasy Incarnate series. She also writes and publishes unconventional romantic women’s fiction.

Cristy lives in Miami, FL where she is a reader and writer most of the time, and a knitter much less of the time than she was six months before she took up writing again. She writes the books that she likes to read. She describes her writing style as riot grrrl Jane Austen sprinkled with a little magic.

There’s always a killer soundtrack running in the background of her novels – all you need to do is turn to the playlist to know what’s up.

Find Cristy Rey Online

Friday, December 5, 2014

Deadly Love (A Chinatown Haunting Thriller)


DeadlyLoveAmazonCover

Title: DEADLY LOVE 
(Chinatown Haunting Thriller # 1)

Author: Wesley Robert Lowe

Sexy, Sleazy and SupernaturalI’m Jasmine Huang. Five years ago, I was murdered in Beijing when I was twenty. I gave birth eight months later. I was haunted by not knowing who the real killer was and stalked my ex for years, finally winding up in Vancouver’s Chinatown when I discovered the truth. That allowed me comfort in leaving the natural world and I was en route to the Next Place when I heard my daughter Mei-Mei call me back to earth. She’s all that’s important to me and I will not leave unless she is with me.
In the first place I look is this old Chinaman ghost. This horny lech tells me I’m beautiful and wants me to help him. Ugh! I keep looking for Mei-Mei but find nothing but a fourteen-year-old hooker and her demon pimp. Surly, obnoxious, evil.
But I need these sick, twisted creatures to help me find Mei-Mei in this dangerous spiritual netherworld. I hate it.

This had been, what… my 5th book by Wesley Robert Lowe and as far as I know, ever book of his keeps getting better and better. I’ve read Tiger, Snakes & Crane (from the Shaolin Darkness series) and Ghosts of Chinatown (which I still haven’t reviewed yet). Now I’m onto another thriller story – more on the paranormal / supernatural side and as usual, I am blown away.

This is another chillingly haunting story only Wesley Robert Lowe can deliver. Deadly Love features Jasmine Huang and her life after murder, after death, after pregnancy and after her child’s disappearance – yes, all in that order! Unbelievable, yes, but in the netherworld, it is possible! The different paths that Jasmine had undertook to find her daughter Mei-Mei were no easy feat, I felt my chest heaving andcrushing through the every struggles she had to take. Mr. Lowe clearly has the talent to dig deep into the mind of a psychopathic. A supernatural genius!

***About the Series***

Urban fantasy, paranormal thriller that takes place in and around Vancouver’s colorful Chinatown. They are the stories of the sexy, gorgeous and very dead actress Jasmine Huang. Jasmine loves her daughter but she also has her own needs. She wants to find love or romance or even just a decent guy. Until she does, she has to juggle the dangers of the netherworld and the natural world.

Biography

Robert Lowe

Wesley Robert Lowe

Wesley Robert Lowe’s passion is to grab readers with stories that hang on deep into the night, long after they’ve turned the last page. Contemporary worlds infused with mysticism. Breathless, brain-twisting plots. High-stakes suspense that churns the psyche. Stories where disparate worlds clash, collude and collide.

Thrillers that grip the soul.

Lowe has played in a rhythm and blues band, composed scores for Sesame Street, produced an internationally recognized indie feature film, acclaimed documentaries, and headed a $5 million community fund. He has a Master’s of Music degree and has been Chaplain for Chinese-Canadian WWII veterans since the mid-1990’s.
*** For a limited time, get a complimentary copy of UNLEASHED, (Number One in four categories of Kindle), the short prequel to SHAOLIN DARKNESS by copying and pasting the following link into your browser http://eepurl.com/316T1 

You can also find out more about Wes at http://wesleyrobertlowe.com/

Thursday, December 4, 2014

If You’ve Got It, Haunt It

If You’ve Got It, Haunt It
(A Haunted Vintage Mystery #1)
Author:  Rose Pressey

Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published December 2nd 2014
by Kensington Books

Complimentary copy provided by Netgalley

Cookie Chanel has a passion for fashion–and a murder mystery to solve!
Cookie Chanel has opened her own vintage clothing boutique, It’s Vintage, Y’All, in the charming town of Sugar Creek, Georgia. Always on the lookout for stylish second-hand steals, she attends the estate sale of deceased socialite Charlotte Meadows. But she gets a lot more than she bargained for when Charlotte’s ghost appears before her–offering fashion advice and begging Cookie to find out who murdered her.
As the persistent poltergeist tags along and a possibly psychic pussycat moves into the shop, Cookie sorts through racks of suspects to see who may be hiding some skeletons in the closet. Do a clothing store owner and a disembodied socialite have a ghost of a chance of collaring a killer–or will Cookie’s life be the next one hanging by a thread?
Don’t miss Cookie Chanel’s Fashion Tips!



 Cookie Chanel is a one tough cookie! Sole proprietress of It’s Vintage Y’All, a vintage clothing store, Cookie has a great taste in fashion, especially with the classic ones. At an estate sale, the ghost of the recently murdered socialite, Charlotte Meadows, appears to her, and asks for her help. Charlotte believes Cookie would be the one who’s going to uncover the mystery and discover her murderer.

Shocked and bewildered, Cookie consults her next-door friend, tarot reader Heather, thinking she could help her drive the ghost away since Heather could talk to spirits. But to her dismay, Heather is actually a fluke. An Ouija board and a mysterious cat that appears from nowhere proved to be her helpful allies in Charlotte’s murder investigation. Well, there’s also Detective Dylan who makes Cookie’s life quite exciting, especially after a second murdered body is found.

This isn’t my the first time I read a ghost-came-from-dead-to-avenge-her-death story. Earlier this year, I read about another light-hearted mystery novel featuring the ghost of a prominent woman in the society and her daughter-in-law is the only one who could see her. There’s also the bestfriend dabbling in paranormal/psychic abilities and an undercover agent who’s going to help out the main character. The major difference is of course, the plot, and that the ghost in the book was fashion-challenged and quite a bi*ch, as compared to this one by Rose Pressey, whose ghost was well-dressed, well-mannered and well-loved by people.

Major & minor similarities aside, I actually liked this book. I’m all for fashion and murder and mysteries. When these 3 topics collide in a story, I’ll be sure to read it. If You’ve Got It, Haunt It is bewitching, Cookie, Charlotte, Wind Song, (and yes, also Heather) had me under their spell. A fun and enjoyable read that will get you hooked in minutes.





ROSE PRESSEY

Rock ‘n’ Roll is Undead, No Shoes, No Shirt, No Spells, How to Date a Werewolf, and Me and My Ghoulfriends are available on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords. Only 99 cents.

Rose Pressey enjoys writing quirky and fun novels with a paranormal twist. The paranormal has always captured her interest. The thought of finding answers to the unexplained fascinates her.

When she’s not writing about werewolves, vampires and every other supernatural creature, she loves eating cupcakes with sprinkles, reading, spending time with family, and listening to oldies from the fifties. Yeah, she loves Elvis. She can’t help myself.

Rose lives in the beautiful commonwealth of Kentucky with her husband, son and two sassy Chihuahuas.

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twitter username:  rosepressey
genre:  Romance, Mystery & Thrillers

Monday, December 1, 2014

Club Luxe 1: The Private Room

Club Luxe 1: The Private Room 

Author: Olivia Noble
(Billionaires Underground #1)
Publication date: September 18th 2014
Genres: Adult, Romance

Victoria Chase is Chicago’s hottest new reporter, looking to make the scoop of the century. Rumor has it that in the bowels of the city lies a private sex club for the wealthy elite. Willing to do anything for a story, she infiltrates the club, determined to uncover this urban legend. She didn’t expect to run into him:
Malcolm Cage.
The famous billionaire bad boy is the king of Club Luxe. Every Friday night, he reigns supreme over untold sinful pleasures in his underground kingdom. His one rule? He never participates and only watches—until he sees Victoria.She sets his body and soul on fire, and Malcolm does not plan on letting her go. Can Victoria keep it professional and get her story? Or will her heart betray her under Malcolm’s smoldering gaze?


I swear, I haven’t read a book this erotic and brain-freezing before. Yep, my mind froze after reading all those sizzling exhibition scenes and all that jazz.

Victoria Chase thinks she’s got an XXX in her hands – an eXclusive, eXplosive eXposé. She’s finally earned an invite to a very secret, hush-hush night club that catered to the rich and famous and powerful. Once she & her friend Chloe gained an entrance to this private sex club, she was in for the biggest surprise of her life. In just a few hours, she found herself exposed to a large number of patron while she is engaged in an erotic scene with the King of Kink himself, Malcolm Cage. But the story isn’t just about sexual exhibitions. There is a certain drama incorporated in the plot – there’s the missing child issue and revenge / avenge factors from one of the characters.

The word “hot” always come to my mind whenever I read eroticas but this word doesn’t count on this book. I’d say, it’s explosive! Really mind-combustible. Positively nerve-wracking. Totally volatile & tempestuous! The erotic scenes could easily tip the Richter Scale to high magnitude and could definitely cause a tectonic earthquake of emotions.




Olivia lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful children. Balancing two rambunctious rug rats and a very large man-child with her writing is often difficult, but she somehow manages. (“Mommy time” is a common and sometimes dreaded phrase in her house.) She likes to keep her books romantic, steamy, and filled with fun characters that get into all kinds of trouble. (Most of the time based on similar trouble she’s already gotten into.)

Check her out on these pages:

Olivia Noble’s Blog: http://nobleolivia.blogspot.ca/

Twitterfeed: https://twitter.com/AuthorOlivia

Facebook Timeline: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorOliviaNoble

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Friday, November 7, 2014

smooching rules

got this from an email.. sounds interesting huh!?

Rules of Kissing Correctly:

1) When kissing, make sure your eyes are closed (you can peek a little, but nothing more!).

2) When you are kissing someone, make sure it is not someone else's b/f or g/f!

3) You may NOT eat pizza anytime before you make out.

4) If a person is a bad kisser, you may NOT stop and leave at anytime-it's rude!

5) A person with braces may not kiss another person who has them.

6) When kissing, make sure your hands are where they're allowed (they can wander sometimes, and some people don't like that).

7) NEVER ask someone if they're a good kisser- you will either get a wrong answer, or the truth will hurt you.

8) If! you were expecting more than kissing, don't complain- you will get less the next time.

9) Kissing more than one 1 person in a day can result in you not being allowed to kiss one of those parties anymore.

 10) Don't kiss someone for the first time while you are laying in their bed.

I very much like to kiss these kids! Kyle & Kian have adorable lips!! i'm biased.. they're my sons!


Wedding Cakes & Centerpieces by Sam Siv

Wedding Cakes: An Illustrated Picture Guide Book For Wedding Cake Inspirations

Sam Siv

*Learn the traditions and symbolism behind the wedding cake
*Learn how to choose a wedding cake based on your own personality and preferences
*Learn tips in choosing a perfect baker
*Learn how to mix and match designs to find something you like
*Learn about the most popular wedding cake flavors
*Learn how to avoid problems about your cake on your wedding day
*Learn how to pick a cake within your budget 
This illustrated guide book for wedding cakes is definitely useful and highly recommended. Not only it gives insight of the type of wedding cake a betrothed couple should choose, Sam Siv also introduced and informed the readers the history on how cakes became customary pieces in wedding events. How to choose the perfect cake for your wedding based on your preference, motif, style and budget were also discussed in the book.

What I loved most, however, were the pictures of all the assorted types of wedding cakes; they were all beautiful and mesmerizing. I am actually amazed by the creativity of the bakers who baked, decorated and crafted those wedding cakes posted on the book. I don't think I can choose only one among the collection of wedding cakes, almost all of them are my favorites! But those that really stood out to me were the beach-inspired sea-shell wedding cake; the one where the cake topper was placed on the lower tier, and the black chocolate cake with while decorations. I'm glad I bought this book, it will surely help me get an idea for my sister's upcoming wedding.

Wedding Centerpieces: An Illustrated Guide Book For Centerpiece Inspirations: Ideas for Brides and Wedding Planners


The perfect guide for brides on their big day.
Your wedding is one of the most important events of your life, the day of dreams and fantasies. This is the one true day you get to be the princess you are. To make this happen in a beautiful and tasteful way we have created the perfect guide to steer you in the right direction with the selection of your Center Piece. Get yourself a cool drink or warm beverage, put your feet up and prepare to be enchanted. 

Another great wedding guide book from Sam Siv! I got this one for my mom who loves doing centerpieces and table decorations. Give her five different flowers and she will turn that into a big beautiful bouquet. Rightly so, for my sister's upcoming nuptials, my mom is tasked to help with the table decors and centerpieces and I'm glad she liked this book a lot. Not only it gave her various ideas for the themed centerpieces, being artistically inclined, she also took notes of the different do-it-yourself ideas incorporated in the book. Me, I was already beaming with joy by just looking at the pictures of the masterfully artistic wedding centerpieces shown in the book. Truly a helpful wedding guide!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Spiderwick Chronicles

Title: The Spiderwick Chronicles
Books in Series:
1) The Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You
2) The Seeing Stone
3) Lucinda's Secret
4) The Ironwood Tree
5) The Wrath of Mulgarath

Author: by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
Category: Children's Book

From The Barnes & Noble Review


Three curious kids discover a world of brownies, fairies, and other fantastic creatures in this ultra-enchanting launch to Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black's Spiderwick Chronicles.

When the three Grace children -- Mallory, Jared, and Simon -- and their mom move into Aunt Lucinda's old house, readers know there's magic afoot. The kids uncover a nest of assembled junk, and on a visit to the secret library via the dumbwaiter, Jared finds a note describing "my secret to all mankind." After a few mysterious pranks that get blamed on Jared, the boy finally digs up the real prize: Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You. Fortunately enough, the kids meet one of the critters listed in the guide -- a brownie named Thimbletack -- who makes it all "real" and helps provide the book's suspenseful conclusion: "'Throw the book away, toss it in a fire. If you do not heed, you will draw their ire.'"

I actually saw the movie first and my kids and enjoyed it, and so far the movie has somewhat came close to the book but of course, there are still alterations. Once upon a time, upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of fairies and other creatures. Unable to explain the strange disappearances and accidents that seem to be happening on a daily basis, the family blames it all on Jared. When he, Simon and Mallory investigate what's really going on, they uncover the fantastic truth of the Spiderwick estate and of the creatures that inhabit it.

Creatures like Goblins, Griffyn, Trolls, Badgers, Boggarts, Faeries... the list is endless! truly magical and interesting read!
Overall, with the 5 book setting, the story is great and balanced for kids. I just don't get it why they had to divide the whole story into 5 when the story could have been printed on one book.. ha!

My rating: 4 bookmarks

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Teaser: Body Farm


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read.
Open to a random page.
Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!

(make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


"She wasn't hit by a car," I told him. "Her head's been twisted clockwise by ninety degrees!"
page 136 - The Body Farm

by Patricia Cornwell

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Feng Shui: A Feng Shui Quick Guide Book That Makes Sense


Feng Shui: A Feng Shui Quick Guide Book That Makes Sense - Discover How To Bring Harmony and Balance of Feng Shui To Your Home and Office (Feng Shui Home, Feng Shui Clutter, Feng Shui Books) 
Sam Siv

You’re about to discover proven steps on how to bring in harmony and balance of Feng Shui to your home and office. 
This book contains valuable information about Feng Shui and how to apply it to your home and office. You will find useful information on how to layout and decorate rooms in your house or apartment to optimize each with positive energy and prosperity. You will also learn the best colors and arrangements for your office that will attract more clients and money...

Feng Shui: A Feng Shui Quick Guide Book That Makes Sense is a one-of-a kind book about bringing balance & harmony into your home and office. Actually, whenever my husband decides to arrange the furnitures in our house, I always tell him to take note of the proper location and where to place certain items to avoid bad luck. Sometimes, he listens to me, sometimes he doesn't care.

So I got ourselves this Feng Shui guide by Sam Siv for us to follow and we were utterly surprised because we had limited knowledge about Feng Shui. I myself didn't know about the colors associated with maintaining balance in the house. I have always avoided using black because I thought it looms and bring sadness, but I was wrong. Now I know which ones to paint black in order to let energy come to our home. My favorite color is green so I am glad this one brings out more energy for rejuvenation. My husband also learned a lot about using mirrors and about bedroom feng shui for romantic stuffs. This book is really fully loaded with information and we are glad to have bought it.