Tales From My Hard Drive - Megan Karasch

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
 Title - Tales From My Hard Drive
Author - Megan Karasch
Genre - Chick lit
Date published -  December 18th 2010
Publisher - Createspace
Format - Paperback
Pages - 170
Rating - 5 out of 5

Melissa is a 40 and something year old and just caught her husband cheating on her. The man whom she was married to for more than a decade and whom she thought was the love of her life. Angry, hurt, disappointed, she decides she needs a new life far from LA and Brett-the son-of-a-bitch who broke her heart. So bye bye LA - hello New York!!!
She moves in with her friend and finds a job at trendsetter. com as a journalist. It's not a job she is crazy about, but she needs every buck to get on her feet.
But when you least expect it, chances appear. Only this time, the stake is high. Being single at 40, even in NY, is not easy. So she decides to try online dating..and that's when the craziness starts. Dating all kinds of people, mostly weirdos, she starts writing down her "dating adventures" (more like her dating catastrophes) and publishing them in the New York Beacon. Each time hoping she would find Mr Right for her, could it be that Mr Right was already in her life? Torn between her hard drive and the real life, Melissa is going to tell you a story you will never forget.

Ok, this looks like me while reading the book

lol Pictures, Images and Photos

I can't remember laughing so much while reading a book! Melissa's adventures are surely something I will never forget. She is funny, young spirited, totally lovable character. And of course... the romance! I try not to say much, because I really don't want to spoil it for you, but I will only say YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!
'Tales From My Hard Drive' is surely the funniest, wittiest romance story I have read in my life! Don't believe me? Well see it for yourself, but let me warn you,don't read it at night...you will laugh so hard you will wake up the whole neighborhood!
I would like to thank the author for sending me a copy of this LOVELY book. She is amazingly talented and the humor is so fresh. I really love her writing style and yes...can't praise the book enough!
So what are you waiting for? Get your copy of this fab book now!

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The Christmas Phoenix - Patricia Kiyono

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Title - The Christmas Phoenix
Author - Patricia Kiyono
Genre - Contemporary Romance
Date published - November 24th 2011
Publisher - Astraea Press
Format - Kinde Edition
Pages - 
Author's website - http://www.patriciakiyono.com/
Rating - 3 out of 5
Christmas is all about giving, about family and spending quality time together..and about new beginnings.

Jess' life is not easy. Being a single parent to her 14 year old son,after losing her husband means she is in charge about everything. This means working a lot just to put some food on the table. No wonder she feels exhausted, having two jobs, a teenage son and no partner to help her out.
Jake Thompson has just moved into the neighborhood, coming to this town so he would "heal" his wounds and recover from a disastrous relationship.
One can say, both Jess and Jake have been hurt enough in life. But Christmas is a time for miracles to happen. They both have been mourning and suffering for far too long.
Will they rise from ashes just like a phoenix?

This short and sweet story is not only about love, but about family as well. I really felt sorry for Jess and everything she's been through. She is a lovely mother, warm and caring. My heart was really breaking when I was reading certain parts of the book.
My only complaint would be that the story was too slow paced for my taste in the beginning. However, I enjoyed it! It really made me think of life, priorities, second chances, forgetting and forgiving.
Definitely would love to read more by Mrs Kiyono. 

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The Key - Felicia Rogers

Sunday, November 27, 2011
Title - The Key
Author - Felicia Rogers
Genre - Paranormal, Young Adult
Date published  -    December 16th 2010
Publisher -  Solstice Publishing
Format - Kinde edition
Pages - 
Rating - 3 out of 5

I want to thank the author and the R2R program for giving me a copy of this book.

Reviewing this book is really going to be hard for me. WHY?
If you check this book on Goodreads you will see it as part of a List BOOKS THAT GET YOU HOOKED. Well, I agree, this book got me hooked from the very first page, though I am not really sure why. Now don't go judging me, but I personally don't think the story is original, it did remind me a lot of TWILIGHT, and I did have some issues that bothered me a lot. But before explaining the WHY's for not thoroughly enjoying this book, let me say few words regarding the plot.

Maddie just moved to a new town to live with her grand-mother. She is a senior attending the local High School, and of course, she feels like an outcast. Everyone out there seems to belong to a group, or already has a lot of friends. Two months after her arrival, Chase Donovan, also a senior starts attending the same school. He seems to like her from the very first day, though he is not quite sure why. Dougal Lachlan is the weirdo, the creep that is constantly stalking Maddie, staring at her for hours and making her feel very uncomfortable. From the very first day he arrives at the school, Chase becomes Maddie's protector, getting even into a fight with the weird Dougal guy.
Why does he feel so over protective over a girl he'd just met?
Well sure, it could be love..but it could also be the fact that Maddie is THE KEY.
Gryphons, mythological creatures, nightmares, shifters and of course, romance..this book has it all.

And now I come to the part "why I rated this book 3/5?"
First thing that bothered me was the plot resemblance with some other paranormal books. I don't know, it just didn't feel the story was original (though there were Gryphons involved).
But what bothered me the most were the dialogues between Chase and Maddie, and some of the other reviewers seem to "see" this as a problem as well. Well, Chase and Maddie are supposed to be 18, but somehow I felt them as they were grown ups. What I love the most in YA books is the teenage spirit, behavior, problems, way they act when in love..well, in this book it seems like the characters were not developed in the right direction. They surely don't seem like teenagers to me (or am I just old fashioned? Hmmm) .
Despite the flows I think the book has, I did enjoy it, especially the first half of the book. The second part I found a bit slow paced.
So, do I recommend this book? Well...YES.
Would I read the sequel 'Mara's Secret'? Oh absolutely! 

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A Cornish Christmas - Nell Dixon

Friday, November 25, 2011
 Title - A Cornish Christmas
Author - Nell Dixon
Genre - Contemporary Romance
Date published  -   November 25th 2011
Publisher -  Astraea Press
Format - Kinde edition
Pages - 
Rating - 3 out of 5

This is a short, yet sweet romance story about Meg and Adam. Meg is managing a clothingstore, while Adam is a part of a lifeboat crew and specializing to become a doctor. There are sparkles between them, yet Meg just doesn't allow Adam too near. Her father, a fisherman, drowned when she was a teenager, and she would really be crushed if she sees another man close to her heart lose the battle with the waves.
But Adam doesn't give up. His affection is just too pure and sincere to back up. Will he manage to win Meg's heart?
This is indeed a sweet Christmas story. I've been wanting to read something from Nell Dixon for quite some time now, and I am really grateful to the author for sending me a review copy of this sweet read. 
I could understand Meg and her fear to get into a relationship with Adam. And Adam..Oh he is really adorable, protective and warm person.
I really enjoyed this book. I am a big sucker for romance stories, especially Christmassy reads. Oh well, I am already feeling the Christmas Fever:)
It is a short and enjoyable read, the only problem I had with it was at times it appeared slow paced. However, I am really looking forward to reading another book from Nell, especially Renovation, Renovation, Renovation. Heard great comments about it.
So, my dear blog readers, if you are looking for a short yet sweet romance story, check it out. Get all cozy in your chair (or wherever it is you prefer to read), grab a blanket and a cup of hot choc and enjoy the Christmas magic.
Oh, and since today is the official release day, Congrats Nell! For all you romance lovers, grab your copy HERE
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Watch Over Me - Daniela Sacerdoti

Thursday, November 24, 2011
Title -Watch Over Me
Author - Daniela Sacerdoti
Genre - Paranormal, Romance
Date published  -   November 15th 2011
Publisher -  Black & White Publishing
Format -Paperback
Pages - 256
Rating - 5 out of 5

"If you have something precious and fragile and you keep it locked away like a little plant trying to grow into the darkness, well, it'll die and your secret will turn into regret. Love needs to be in the light of day. A secret love will eat itself and die, or eat your heart and kill you."

This is a story of a 35 year old woman, Eilidh, who's life is torn to pieces. After many attempts to have a baby, she and her husband Tom finally succeeded. She waited for so long to feel that joy, to feel those little kicks of the new life that is growing inside of her. Yet, she was not destined to have that baby. Shortly after the miscarriage, she finds out that her husband Tom is cheating on her, and that's when she decides..she needs a new life! A new life away of the painful memories, away from the failures.
She is off to Glen Avich, this little place in Scotland she used to live when her mom and dad had marriage problems. There, she is reconnected with Jamie, once a friend..but could it be she is starting to grow feelings for him?
Both Jamie and Eilidh have been very unfortunate in their love life, and they have both lost faith in love. But Destiny has plans for them, plans they are both not even aware of.
Even when it seems everything is lost, help can come from the most extraordinary places!

Oh, I don't think I will ever be able to express with words how much I enjoyed this book! Maybe if you were able to see the river of tears I cried while reading it, you could understand me. Eilidh is such a loveable character, so unfortunate, yet so strong.
I could be Eilidh..
Every woman could be Eilidh!
It was really easy to relate to her, and to feel the pain she is going through. But oh no..you won't be sorry for her, you will admire her! She is a fighter, someone you would love to be your best friend or a relative. I look up to her, for her strength to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and head towards a new life.
For even when the womb is empty and the heart is broken, hope is the last to leave. Make sure you never let it go, because When you let go off hope, you have nothing!

"Watch over me" is a debut novel by fantastic Daniela Sacerdoti. Funny, but while reading it, I didn't have the impression this is the FIRST book Daniela has written. I absolutely enjoyed every single page of it! By all means Daniela is a talented storyteller and someone that will surely conquer your hearts!
Finally I would like to thank Daniela and her publisher for sending me a copy of this book. It surely is a diamond I am going to keep forever!

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Watch the trailer of this AMAZING book. I love it!

Visions - Anna James

Monday, November 21, 2011
Title - Visions
Author - Anna James
Genre - Paranormal
Date published  -  June 11th 2011
Publisher -  Sugar and Spice Press
Format - e-book
Pages - 57
Rating - 3 out of 5

Pru Bailey has just found out that Laura Bailey isn't her birth mother, but her mother's relative that adopted her when she was 5 years old. She inherits a house by her real parents and is on her way from California to New England to see the house. But the house is haunted by the ghost of Jane Adams, her birth mother that was stabbed to death by her father. At least, that's what the rumors say and the police who didn't really have much evidence, except the fact that Mr Adams committed a suicide after. The logical explanation was that it was a crime of passion and the reason for it were their marriage problems.

However, Pru is suddenly having visions that will revel the mystery of her parents death.

I did enjoy this read, though it's a novella, and I rarely read novella's because I know I will have some issues mostly because they are too short and the author doesn't have the "space" to express him/herself. Yes, I had the same feeling with this novella too. It felt like the story would have been more interesting if there were more pages to it.
What bothered me the most is the romance element in this book. It just felt like it was added during editing..Let me explain, I didn't mind the romance scenes and I am not saying they are not well written, but somehow felt they were introduced too early. What I loved was the mystery and action element in the story, that's what made this novella interesting to me. It felt like watching and episode from "Ghost whisperer" and I love that series.
It is an easy and enjoyable read, and I would like to thank the author and the R2R program for giving me a copy.

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In My Mailbox (#1)

Sunday, November 20, 2011
In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren

This is my first IMM post and I am so excited! Yay! I've been blogging for a month now, but I have already started getting my first books from authors and publishers. Thank you all for your support, my blog readers, twitter buddies, and of course fabulous authors for your interest in my reviews.  So here is what I got in my mailbox in the past two weeks:) All books I got are from the authors/publishers, so BIG THANK YOU to all of you for being so kind and sending me these "diamonds".

Those are all paperbacks, but I got some great e-books as well:)
Follow the links to read the synopsis from Goodreads. As you can see, I got some really great books. What about you? What did you get in your mailbox this week?

Happy reading!

Dear Dee - Sue Uden

Saturday, November 19, 2011
Title - Dear Dee
Author - Sue Uden
Genre -Fiction
Date published  -  March 31st 2011
Publisher -   Olympia Publishers
Format - Paperback
Pages -195
Author's website - http://www.sueuden.com/
Rating - 5 out of 5

A friend of mine recently said it's darn hard to review books you absolutely loved! I agreed, however to be completely honest with you, it's been a while since I felt that way about a book. It's been a while since a book left me absolutely speechless!
But now, after reading "Dear Dee" I feel like whatever I would say about this AMAZING book, I won't be able to truly and appropriately present to you this terrific read. It's like my brain is really really struggling to write a coherent sentence, while all I want to say is OH MY DEAR GOD! FABULOUS..AMAZING..MESMERIZING!
But I know you want to hear more, so I am going to try although I know there is no way possible to describe with words my fascination over this book!

"As a work of fiction this leans on the truth. It is said that truth is stranger than fiction. It is also less kind. But in life who knows what is true and where the fiction starts"

Jacqueline Ann was the perfect baby when she came to this world, the perfect daughter to John and Nickii Tolley and the perfect sister to Claire. However 30 years later she is a shadow of all she once was. She is no longer the open, affection and fun loving kid. She is no longer "Kee", what her parents once used to call her. Now she is someone who is "ill", mentally unstable, mood changing, unpredictable, disappearing many times from home. Does she even have a home?
Though, (Thank God) I have not experienced what this family is going through I can't help but notice..it's something that some family out there maybe is experiencing. While reading this book, once again you will realize the true values of life and family. You will cry over this family's pain, sympathize with them, maybe even feel angry at life. But one thing is for sure, you will "feel" every written word.
This a story of a family who is trying to cope with a mental illness.
A story of someone who is struggling to get her own life back!
A story of winning...
and moving on.
A story about LIFE!

Though this is her debut novel, I must say Sue did an excellent work! I love her writing style full of emotions. She is by all means not just an excellent storyteller, but also someone who understands humans psychology well.
I feel privileged to be her Associate Reader at loveahappyending.com
To find out more about this amazingly talented debut author and her book, visit her page http://loveahappyending.com/sue-uden/   

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Winners of "Watch over me" by Daniela Sacerdoti Giveaway

Friday, November 18, 2011
Before announcing the TWO LUCKY WINNERS, I would like to thank Daniela Sacerdoti for her lovely interview and for genorously offering two copies of her debut novel to my blog readers. Best of luck with the book Dani, and for the rest of you, my lovely followers I have another news - I will be reviewing Dani's book soon, so stay tuned.

And now the moment you have been waiting for:)

By using random.org I have selected two winners that will have the pleasure of enjoying Dani's book, and their names are SILVY and STEFFI!
Congrats guys! You will be notified by e-mail and don't forget - you have 48 hours to claim your price. You will also be contacted by the publisher so you give them your home address. 

Thank you for entering!

Coexist (Keegan's Chronicles #1) - Julia Crane

Thursday, November 17, 2011
Title - Coexist (Keegan's Chronicles #1)
Author - Julia Crane
Genre - Paranormal
Date published  - June 19th 2011
Publisher -   Valknut Press
Format - Paperback
Pages -210
Author's website - http://juliacraneauthor.com/
Rating - 2 out of 5
"There has to be something more in this world than what the average eye sees!"

Keegan is a sixtien years old elf! Now I know you will start thinking of Santa and Christmas, but it's not that kind of elf. These elves are more human-like elves, maybe a bit shorter than an average human and with a bit sharpened ears, but overall very similar to humans.
Keegan is gifted, her mother is a healer, her brother is a seer, and her father is the chosen one, the one that will lead elves in the great battle that is supposed to come.
Keegan's brother Thaddeus, saw that Keegan will be married to Rourk and he is mighty good in predicting! But Keegan's life is suddenly shaken by finding out there's a great war going, and she must find out how to use and control her gift.
A war is been going on since the beginning of time, but this has been shield from the eyes of humans"

Ok, I must admit this sounds amazing and even poetic, so even got me thinking of the symbolism..a war is indeed going on, evil and good fight every day since the beginning of time. Evil and good in the human nature!

However, I experienced some difficulties reading this book. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying it's a bad book, however I must say it's not actually my cup of tea. It was challenging I admit, so far in my "history" of reading I have never came up with elves (except the ones in Santa's stories), so I really didn't know what to expect. Though I guess, this may disappoint the author if she reads my review, but I have to stay honest, book about elves is just not my kind of read.
But, before judging me (I hope you won't) I really gave this book a fair chance, yet I didn't like it that much.
So you see, besides "my" problem with elves, whom I found really less interesting than vampires lets say, I had some major problem with understand the main character Keegan. I really didn't like her, I simply couldn't get into her "psychology" and understand her. She's a modern elf, with a Facebook and Tumblr account, ok I get that..but I really didn't "feel" her personality.
There's a war going, yet I didn't feel the dynamics. I loved the fact that there are lots of dialogues, and the book is really easy to read, however, I am giving it 2 diamonds, and truly hope I will enjoy the sequel more.
My deepest gratitude to R2R from PNR&UFF group on Goodreads and the author for generously giving me a copy of this book. 

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Therian (The Bloody Crescent, #1) - Roxanne Kade

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Title - Therian (The Bloody Crescent #1)
Author - Roxanne Kade
Genre - Paranormal
Date published  - October 9th 2011
Publisher -  48fourteen
Format - e-book
Pages -280
Author's website - http://roxykade.blogspot.com/
Rating - 4 out of 5

"Every couple of years the crescent moon turns a deep crimson color. It stays that way for three full days. It's the best time for spells to be cast and for the positive energy to be drawn to yourself"

Now, how's the sound of that!
Amberlyn Darksky is everything but normal. Living with her overprotective dad while not actually knowing her mother, makes her more miserable and sad every day. Lorena, her lovely mother, died while giving birth to her, and Amber is not only living with this cruel fact but also with her gift (or shall I say CURSE!)
She has the ability to "see and feel" other people's memories, their joy, happiness, but also pain and sadness they have ever experienced in their lives. Too much for a 18 year old girl who never got the chance to really live, have friends, go out.
Though her father Carmine strongly forbids her to apply for college, she feels the urge to breakthrough his "shelter" and discover what normal life is.
But can a person that is not "normal" actually experience normal life? Despite her dad's disapproval, she is off to Minnesota and the Cyprus Falls University. But instead of finally having a normal life, enjoying college, making friends, partying like every other, she is about to encounter her Destiny!
Vampires, paranormal creatures, mystery and romance..be aware, this book will have you totally sucked in from it's first page.
What I truly admire the author for, now that I read the book, is her talent to describe events so vividly! Look out for the prologue and the moment Lorena is giving birth to Amber! Honestly, I could almost feel the pain she was going through, could smell the blood and experience the horror Carmine (her husband) is going through after receiving the news.
Occasionally I could feel certain "holes" in the plot, but this didn't influence the pleasure of reading this book! Roxanne surely is a talented writer, building up her own unique style of writing and I will watch out carefully for the next installment!
Thank you R2R group on Goodreads and Roxanne for generously giving me a copy of this book.

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Sophie's Turn - Nicky Wells

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Title - Sophie's Turn
Author - Nicky Wells
Genre - Chick Lit, Romance
Date published  - July 9th 2011
Publisher -  Nicky Wells
Format - Kindle Edition
Pages -
Rating - 4 out of 5
Before starting my review on this amazing book, I have two things to confess: First I am a sucker for chick-lit books and second, I just love music and rockstars! So what happens when I see these two combined! THE INEVITABLE - I LOVE THE BOOK!

Sophie Penhalligan is a journalist working for the Read London. She has a steady relationship for two years with Tim, and is waiting for him to propose. Tim is everything a girl would possible want and life with him would be safe, secure, cozy. Wait a minute..is that what she really wants?
Oh, there were times when she felt live and wild, times when she ended up following "Tusk" on their Tour. And Dan..the-yummy-wan't-to-die-for Dan! She still remembers him, even after ten years!
But what happens when she sees him again? Is her comfortable relationship with Tim in danger? Could it be she still has feelings for Dan "The wild thing"?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Through flash backs and virtuous past-present switching, Nicky Wells is going to entertain you and make you love her characters! Though this is her debut, I have to say Nicky did a great job in creating a funny, witty, warm modern romance story, full of twists and turns.
I confess, I didn't like Sophie at the beginning but by the end of the book I felt I could understand her and her confusion, and actually imagine myself in her shoes. I loved her best friend Rachel and the relationship she has with her. As for my favorite character, it would definitely be DAN! Yummy, wild but warm..I really want to read about this rockstar more. And speaking of more, I overheard Nicky is working on the sequel, so keep your fingers crossed guys! Let's hope we will see more of Dan, I promise you, you will love him!

This surely is a very amusing and interesting book, and I highly recommend it to everyone!
Oh wild thing, you make my heart sing!

I am proud to be an Associate Reader of Mrs Wells at loveahappyending.com and I am truly grateful for the copy of this book I received. To find out more about Mrs Wells, visit her PAGE

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Beg for Mercy (Cambion #1) - Shannon Dermott

Monday, November 14, 2011
Title - Beg for Mercy (Cambion #1
Author - Shannon Dermott
Genre - Young adult, Paranormal
Date published -   October 19th 2011
Publisher -  CreateSpace
Format - Paperback
Pages - 472
Author's website - http://www.shannondermott.com/
Rating - 5 out of 5

Mercy is a teenager, but she doesn't have the problems most teenagers have. Sure, she is "obsessed" with boys, but that's pretty much normal at her age. The "only" problem there is she's not allowed to kiss one, because she is a succubus.

"I wish I was a vampire if such things existed instead of a succubus. Based on the folklore, they were just as deadly but possessed the power to not harm anyone if they chose"

Now you see..She is really not allowed to have an intimate contact with a human, because she really doesn't know how to control her powers. The first time she tried to kiss a boy (Paul), ended up in almost killing him. Now, with Luke in the picture she really has to be careful. Not to mention Flynn, that awesome guy everyone loves, and Paul, her best friend, who I must say is my favorite of them all.

I really loved this book! It's a young adult with paranormal elements, and though there could have been more paranormal to suit "paranormal lovers" demands, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
What I really loved is the fact that it was such an easy read that holds your interest until it's last page. It's well written and enjoyable read. Perfect even for those that are not much into paranormal books.
I love Mercy, and though at times she seems confused, not knowing which guy to chose or what she really feels, I could totally understand her! The book sucked me in from the first page and I am really thankful to my buddies from R2R and the author for generously offering me a copy of this book! I am looking forward to reading the next installment!

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Daniela Sacerdoti - Interview and a giveaway

Saturday, November 12, 2011
Today I have the pleasure of speaking with, and welcoming Daniela Sacerdoti and her debut novel "Watch over me" which will be released on November 15th, 2011
She was born in Italy, in Naples, but grew up in a small village in the Italian Alps. She moved to Scotland to be with her husband, and now lives near Glasgow with their two sons. Though she misses her home country, she adores Scotland and considers herself adopted – there is nowhere she'd rather be. She used to work as a teacher, but became a stay-at-home mum when she was pregnant with her second son. Though she's been writing for as long as she can remember, "Watch Over Me" is the first book she ever submitted.

If you want to know more about Daniela, visit her WEBSITE or get in touch with her through FACEBOOK and TWITTER. 
Read the blurb from Goodreads HERE

A: What inspired the story of "Watch over me"?
D: The inspiration came from several things that happened through the years. First of all, my son’s birth – motherhood was so overwhelming, the feelings I had for Sorley so powerful, I didn’t know what to do with them. I bought a laptop and started writing during my maternity leave (I was teaching at the time). I stopped when I went back to work, and started again after my second son, Luca, was born. By then my beloved dad had died, and I felt very motivated to make something of my dreams and my ambitions. I took a dream I had, an incredibly vivid dream in which I was Elizabeth and I saw Jamie as a wee boy, and the story started from there. Also, I read the incredible poem Hallaig, by Sorley McLean, that inspired me to talk about a place where the spirits of those before us are never really gone. And Watch Over Me was born, written in the space of six months and published nearly as it came out.

A: Just briefly, what would you say about your characters, Eilidh and James? Was it hard creating such characters?
 D: Jamie was inspired by someone I love very, very much. It’s a secret as to who he is! Though it’s quite easy to figure out reading my dedication...And Eilidh, well, she’s like an old friend. There’s a lot of me in her, but she’s also her own person. She came to me as she is, it wasn’t hard to create her at all. I miss her, actually! I should write a sequel!

A: What's the message you want to give out through "Watch over me"?
D: I think the message would be to feel free to make your own choices, even if it takes courage sometimes...just like Eilidh did. And to love and cherish family and friends, because they’re all that matters.

A: If "Watch over me" were made into movie, who would you cast in the lead roles?
 D: Oh, this was subject of discussion with my publishers and my husband! I think it’s going to have to be David Tennant, Dougray Scott or Gerard Butler for Jamie, and the lovely Kelly Macdonald for Eilidh.

A: Are there some books or authors that influenced your writing?
D: Sorley McLean’s poetry is a great inspiration for me. I also love Banana Yoshimoto lyrical, haiku-style writing, and Philippa Gregory’s ability to paint incredibly vivid pictures.

A: Which book genre/genres do you especially enjoy?
D: Everything! Women’s fiction, YA, children, fantasy, thrillers, anything I can get my hands on! I have a       very      low tolerance for violence though, so I struggle with certain crime writing and horror is a big no-no. My favourite books of all time are Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoj, and for children, it’s got to be Anne of Green Gables by Lucy M. Montgomery.

A: What's the hardest and the most fun part in being a writer?
D: The hardest bit is to steal time from the family. I always feel very guilty! And also to set my alarm at four in the morning to write, that’s pretty tough. The best bit is just about everything else! The writing itself, and chatting to people who’ve enjoyed your work (which is happening now for the first time).  It’s such an amazing feeling to know that your writing is appreciated and that it touches people.

A: What do you do when you're not writing?
D: I look after my two young boys, Sorley, who’s seven, and Luca, who’s four. I have many hobbies, I love music, reading of course, and cooking...and I love a good blether over coffee with my girlfriends! But I don’t get to do much of these things, as I write nearly all the time when I’m not with the boys.

A: Are you currently working on a new book? (If so when could we expect it?)
D: I’ve just finished the first volume in my Young Adult trilogy, Sarah Midnight. It’s out next May, followed by the second and third instalments six months apart. I’m also working on another YA, Faith, which hasn’t got a home yet, and on the edits of my children’s book, The Really Weird Removal Company, out next Autumn with Floris Books.

A: What advice would you give to those that are trying to break through in the literature world?
D: Be stubborn! You’ll get many, many rejections, so don’t give up. Be disciplined and work extremely hard, writing is a craft that needs to be honed, doesn’t matter how much talent lies underneath. Write for yourself, not for the market. And last but not least, have lots of self-belief, you’ll need it!

I am thankful to Daniela for this lovely interview and for sharing her book with our readers.

Together with lovely Daniela and her publishing company, I will be giving away 2 PAPERBACKS of her debut novel "Watch over me". To enter this giveaway:
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There will be two winners picked by Random.org, which will be contacted by e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond. If not responding, new winners will be picked. 
Giveaway opened to UK and other EUROPEAN COUNTRIES.
Giveaway ends November 18th, 2011.


Thursday, November 10, 2011
Woohoo, time sure passes by quickly. Christmas will be here so soon, yay! Well I assume you all love holidays especially Christmas, so you could spend the day with your family, enjoying the Christmas tree and the whole fun of receiving and giving presents. But, if someone asked you what is the ONE thing you truly wish to have for this Christmas or new year, that would maybe complicate stuff. Yes, we wish for so many things, but PRIORITIES people:)
Well, to be completely honest with you, I wish for many things..a kindle, new book shelves, new books (of course) etc, etc.
However, lately I was very busy at work and my PhD (and blogging of course) so I kind of feel I am lacking some energy. So, what I would really want for Christmas is a nice long vacation with my family somewhere warm and exotic.
This picture pops into my mind...
Ahh, isn't that Paradise! Drinking cocktails with hubby, running on the beach with my son and just enjoying life! Just look at the picture! I could stare at it for hours!
Now you know what I want for Christmas and for the New 2012, so Santa please be kind and allow me to have this vacation. :)

Speaking of holidays and Christmas, did you know today is the official release of Cally Taylor's new book "HOME FOR CHRISTMAS"? Yay!!! It's D Day so CONGRATS Cally and lets see "Home for Christmas" fly up the charts! 

So here is the cover, the blurb from Amazon and the link where you can get this AMAZING book. Enjoy!

Beth Prince has always loved fairytales and now, aged twenty-four, she feels like she's finally on the verge of her own happily ever after. She lives by the seaside, works in the Picturebox - a charming but rundown independent cinema - and has a boyfriend who's so debonair and charming she can't believe her luck! There's just one problem - none of her boyfriends have ever told her they love her and it doesn't look like Aiden's going to say it any time soon. Desperate to hear 'I love you' for the first time Beth takes matters into her own hands - and instantly wishes she hadn't. Just when it seems like her luck can't get any worse, bad news arrives in the devilishly handsome shape of Matt Jones. Matt is the regional director of a multiplex cinema and he's determined to get his hands on the Picturebox by Christmas. Can Beth keep her job, her man and her home or is her romantic-comedy life about to turn into a disaster movie?

A perfect read for this period of the year, "Home for Christmas" will warm your hearts, so make sure you grab a copy of it. You can get your copy  HERE 

The Bringer - Samantha Towle

Monday, November 7, 2011
Title - The Bringer
Author - Samantha Towle
Genre - Paranormal, Paranormal Romance
Date published -   May 4th 2011
Publisher -  CreateSpace
Format - Paperback
Pages -236
Rating - 3 out of 5

"Are you an angel?"
"If I had a penny for every time I've been asked that, well not that pennies are of any use to me, but still. No. I'm not an angel. But I am the one who's here to take you to the angels."

Lucyna is a Bringer, someone who's job is to deliver humans to the door of Heaven. She can't feel..I mean, she is not entitled to feel sorrow, grief, pain. She does understand humans and their feelings, but actually can't sympathize with them and what they are going through while finding out they're dead and about to leave their loved ones. Yes, it's a difficult job, but that's the only thing Lucyna does.
But everything changes for her one day when she "meets" James. She is changed irreversibly!
Could it be she is actually starting to feel? Could it be she is starting to have emotions? Why does she feel she can't bear to be without James?
I did like this book, speaking generally, but since I am giving it 3/5 there must have been few things I didn't like.
Well for start, I really think the story was interesting, but I had difficulties in getting into it completely. Lucyna is confused, that I understand. And I perfectly understand what she is going through, and though I liked the descriptions of her inner turmoil, I think the author over emphasized it.
Another thing which I think this read is missing, though this is totally subjective, is more dialogue. It seemed to me that the author manipulates well the description and the psychology of her characters, but still I felt certain lack of dialogues, which could've made me enjoy this book more.
However it was an interesting book, and I am thankful for the opportunity I have been given to read it. Thank you PNR&UFF group on Goodreads and thank you Samantha for generously giving me a copy of this book.

My rating