29 February 2012

Waiting On Wednesday, #1


Rivals (The Ivy, #3) by Lauren Kunze
Publication Date : May 6th, 2012.
Publisher : Greenwillow Books
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Decisions, decisions . . .

You’ve survived your first semester and captured the interest of not one but two of the hottest guys on campus.

Now who are you going to choose?

Callie Andrews returns for her second semester at Harvard determined to do better than the previous fall, where those Bs on her report card seemed pretty good compared to the state of her extracurriculars (F, as in if at first you don’t succeed, you should probably stop trying), friendships (C-minus, since she and former BFF Vanessa are still on thin ice), and love life (D, as in don’t even go there). But various campus rivalries soon threaten to thwart Callie’s resolve. Will Callie ever be a match for—

Grace Lee
the take-no-prisoners managing editor

Alessandra
the gorgeous transfer student

Clint
the guy who might just be too perfect

and Gregory
the guy who may never be perfect enough.

Callie will face some of the toughest choices imaginable: in friendships, in loyalties, and in love. The pressure to pick a side—and a suitor—has never been higher. But will she and her friends choose well?

Well, I just finished with The Ivy and Secrets (The Ivy #2) in one go over the past 4-5 hours and I'm dying to get my hands on the third book! Anyone else excited about this? This is my first Waiting on Wednesday Post btw, so thanks for checking it out :)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that showcases upcoming releases that we are excited about.







28 February 2012

Cover Reveal : Dreams (Sarah Midnight Trilogy #1) by Daniela Sacerdoti

Or more like a cover feature since I'm a little late on the reveal.
A friend and one of the coolest authors around, Daniela Sacerdoti, has just written first Young Adult book Dreams, Book One of the Sarah Midnight Trilogy. She's also the author of Watch Over Me, a contemporary fiction novel. Today I'm going to do a cover reveal of Dreams which has already been done a while back but I'm revealing it on my blog only now. So here you go, check it out and decide if it's something you'd like to read =)


Dreams (Sarah Midnight Trilogy, Book One) by Daniela Sacerdoti.
Publication Date : 17th Date by Black and White Publishing.
Audience & Genre : Young Adult, Paranormal.
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You’d never think it could happen to you.
You’d never think that one day you’ll stand in a graveyard, rain tapping on a sea of black umbrellas, watching your parents being lowered into the earth, never to come back. It’s happening to me.
They said it was an accident. Only I know the truth. My parents were hunt- ers, like their parents and grandparents before them, hundreds of years back, scores of ancestors behind me, fulfilling the same call. I must fol- low in their footsteps. I am the only one left to keep the promise.
I can never give up the fight, this fight that has been handed down to me, thrust upon my unwilling shoulders. I’d rather be buried with my parents, my brave, fierce father and mother, who lived and died by the Midnight motto:
DON’T LET THEM ROAM.


Ever since her thirteenth birthday, seventeen-year-old Sarah Midnight’s dreams have been plagued by demons – but unlike most people’s nightmares, Sarah’s come true. Her dreams guide her parents’ hunt as Sarah remains in bed, terrified but safe, sheltered from the true horrors of the Midnight legacy. But all this is about to change. After the murder of her parents, she is cruelly thrust into a secret world of unimaginable danger as she is forced to take up their mission. Alone and unprepared for the fight that lies before her, Sarah must learn how to use the powers she’s inherited and decide whom to trust before it’s too late . . .


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Daniela Sacerdoti was born and raised in Italy but has lived in Scotland for the past ten years. She holds a degree in Classics from the University of Turin and has taught Italian, Latin and Greek. Writing has always been a big part of her life – her great-uncle was the renowned Italian writer Carlo Levi.
Her first novel Watch Over Me was published in November 2011. She lives in Glasgow.




The Winter Palace - A Novel of Catherine The Great by Eva Stachniak

The Winter Palace - A Novel of Catherine The Great by Eva Stachniak.
Audience/Genre : Adult/Realistic Fiction.
Publication : January 10th 2012 by Bantam.

"The Winter Palace" tells the epic story of Catherine the Great's improbable rise to power--as seen through the ever-watchful eyes of an all-but-invisible servant close to the throne. Her name is Barbara--in Russian, Varvara. Nimble-witted and attentive, she's allowed into the employ of the Empress Elizabeth, amid the glitter and cruelty of the world's most eminent court. Under the tutelage of Count Bestuzhev, Chancellor and spymaster, Varvara will be educated in skills from lock picking to lovemaking, learning above all else to listen--and to wait for opportunity. That opportunity arrives in a slender young princess from Zerbst named Sophie, a playful teenager destined to become the indomitable Catherine the Great. Sophie's destiny at court is to marry the Empress's nephew, but she has other, loftier, more dangerous ambitions, and she proves to be more guileful than she first appears. What Sophie needs is an insider at court, a loyal pair of eyes and ears who knows the traps, the conspiracies, and the treacheries that surround her. Varvara will become Sophie's confidante--and together the two young women will rise to the pinnacle of absolute power. With dazzling details and intense drama, Eva Stachniak depicts Varvara's secret alliance with Catherine as the princess grows into a legend--through an enforced marriage, illicit seductions, and, at last, the shocking coup to assume the throne of all of Russia.


"I was a tongue, a gazette. The bearer of "the truth of the whispers."
I knew of hollowed books, trunks with false bottoms, and the meanders of secret corridors. I knew how to open hidden drawers in your escritoire, how to unseal your letter and make you think no one had touched it. If I had been in your room, I left the hair around your lock the way you had tied it. If you trusted the silence of the night, I had overheard your secrets."


The Winter Palace captured my full attention right from the prologue. The book follows the rise of a young polish girl from being the poor book binder's daughter to one of the best spies in the Russian court . Varvara Nikolayevna is a smart, young and highly observant girl who works as a seamstress in The Winter Palace during the rule of Empress Elizabeth, at least until these qualities get noticed by the court's Chancellor who decides to train her to be a spy, one of Elizabeth's tongues as it was called. So begins the story, entering the world of politics and mind games.

"Life is a game and every player is cheating."

Here I thought The Tudors was intriguing. The Winter Palace literally transported me to another world, one of a different time and society. Eva Stachniak is undoubtedly an excellent writer and she captured the essence of the royal society and power play perfectly. Although the subtitle - A Novel of Catherine The Great - is slightly misleading considering the whole book is narrated by Varvara, the story was still captivating. The book managed to hold my interest through out the story and avoided the mid-story slump. There wasn't a slow or boring moment at any time. Varvara's accounts were truly fascinating and she made quite an interesting character. We're able to see the story play out - the good, bad and the ugly of The Winter Palace - through an outsider/observer's point of view and that really made the book stand out from a lof of other works of historical fiction that usually follow a very cliche'd plot.

Once again, I have to mention that Eva Stachniak's writing was nothing short of amazing. More than anything else, it was her words that kept me enthralled, Stachniak definitely has a way with them. If you thought Henry the Eighth's court involved a lot of politics and drama, wait till you read about the Russian court. This is definitely one of the best fiction novels I've read lately which is saying quite a bit since I'm not even into historical fiction all that much.



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26 February 2012

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

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It all begins with a stupid question:

Are you a Global Vagabond?

No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path.

Bria's a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan's a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they've got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward.

But Bria comes to realize she can't run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back.



Review.


WanderloveWanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars







God, my thoughts are all over the place. I feel like no matter what I write, I can't express how much I loved this book.Wanderlove was really good. Scratch that, it was excellent. It's the kind of book that keeps you glued till you finish it.

This may be irrelevant but a couple of months ago, I was looking for some pretty screen savers for my phone when I came across a beautiful pencil sketch of a girl leaping with a bunch of butterflies on her trail. I loved it so much that I immediately saved it as my screensaver for a long time. For some reason, when I came across the same picture in Wanderlove, it was a lovely surprise. Knowing that Hubbard drew it just made me like her and the book all the more.

Bria Sandoval has just graduated from high school and after her boyfriend breaks up with her, she decides to skip art school and take off on a trip to Guatemala with a tour group but things don't work out the way she planned. I don't know if it's Hubbard's writing or the plot itself but I found the book addictive. Hubbard's nailed Bria's emotion, they go perfect with her character - she's smart, witty and extremely talented. I could really relate to her thirst for an adventure. It's a phase most teenagers go through at some point of their lives I guess. I have to hand it to Hubbard for writing a book so compelling that at the end of it I felt like packing up my things and taking off.

Wanderlove was an amazing adventure! Although I was only reading about the places, I could picture everything and feel all the things that Bria did. It was wonderful to watch her grow into a stronger person over the span of her trip. I loved that the book didn't jump straight into the romance, we got more than enough time and words to get to know the characters - Bria, Rowan and Starling - and get attached to them. The writing style and the scenery were absolutely amazing! The illustrations were an additional (awesome) creative touch to the book.

This is one of the best YA contemporary books I've ever read and my new favorite! I strongly recommend it to not just teenagers but everyone who loves an adventure. I guarantee that you won't be able to put it down.



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25 February 2012

150 Pounds by Kate Rockland

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In the fast paced life of blogging, two women stand out: Alexis Allbright, of Skinny Chick, and Shoshana Weiner, who writes Fat and Fabulous. Both have over five million loyal readers. Both are hungry for success. But the similarities stop there.
With over 100 pounds on the scale separating them, weight isn't their only difference. Alexis is a loner who is so bitchy the only person who can stand her company is her gay best friend Billy. She gives neurotic New Yorkers a run for their money with her strict daily workout routine, and weighing of food. Shoshana is Alexis’s opposite. Living in Jersey with rowdy roommates, she is someone who “collects friends,” as her mother puts it; and treasures a life of expanding circles...and waistlines.

When both appear as panelists on a popular talk show, their lives intersect in ways neither could have imagined. In turns comedic, heartwarming--and familiar to any woman who's ever stepped on a scale--Alexis and Shoshana realize they have far more in common than either could have possibly imagined, and more importantly, something to offer.






Review



150 Pounds150 Pounds by Kate Rockland

My rating: 4 of 5 stars





150 Pounds touched a personal issue for me. I may not have been affected by my weight but I do know what it's like to look at magazines and movie stars and wish I looked like them, I know all about insecurities. I was that girl. Kate Rockland has approached delicate, controversial and highly important topics - Weight, Appearance, Self-Image and Confidence - and handled them with tact and class.

150 Pounds is the story of two highly successful bloggers - Alexis Allbright of Skinny Chick and Shoshana Weiner of Fat and Fabulous. As you can guess from the names, Shoshana runs a blog that reaches out to plus-size women and encourages them to feel comfortable in their skin while Alexis' delivers the opposite message - that being overweight/fat isn't okay. A joint appearance on The Oprah Show starts a feud between these two and sets the story in motion.

Let me begin with this - every girl/woman would be able to relate to this book. There may be only two protagonists but believe me, we all have a little bit of Shoshana and Alexis in us. Rockland has created two strong and wonderful characters that're polar opposites and yet have more in common than they realize. This is a book about self-acceptance and getting past ones insecurities that's written in a very humorous and entertaining way.

I loved the Shoshana's larger than life personality, Alexis's strength (despite being so stuck up) and the creative blog posts! 150 Pounds is lovely book - one I strongly recommend to every woman out there.





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30 Days Of Hunger Games!

Attention All Hunger Games Fans!




Ellen from A World of Words is hosting an event known as 30 Days Of Hunger Games. A couple of blogs have gotten together and we're participating in Ellen's event. There's a LOT of exciting prizes to be won (mentioned below!) and believe me, this is going to be exciting. All the instructions are given here so read on and enter. P.S. I know it may seem like there's a lot to read but the instructions aren't all that time consuming..and the prizes are worth it :) Make sure you read the stuff in bold and colored properly!


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Hey everyone! Welcome to Day 2 of the 30 Days of Hunger Games! Some of the blogs may choose to post one or all of the 30 Days, so if you follow them more then you follow Ellen's blog, you can check their blog to see if they post it up or not! I will require them to post at least one of the posts in order to be apart of this event!

So, for Day 2, we will be doing our own Hunger Games, except without the killing and the cruelty of it all (: This might get a little complicated, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask! So basically, if you choose to enter, you must have a capitol identification card, if you don't have one, go to this site to make one: http://thecapitol.pn/
It basically assigns you to a district, so it's like you're living in Panem as well. If you already have one, be sure to find it because you're going to need it (: Ok, so to say this in simpler way, I will list these easy steps:

1. To enter, you must have a capitol ID card, go to this site if you do not have one: http://thecapitol.pn/
If you do have one, awesome! :) Here's what mine looks like : (it's a bad pic, I know)


2. Go to Ellen's facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-World-of-Words/282984165061708
(Please like Ellen's page first!) Post your capitol ID on the wall of the page and at the end she will save all of them and put them in one album! Please comment below the picture stating your name and what your district is.


3. Reaping Day: March 1! Ellen will be using random.org to pick one boy and one girl tribute from each district. Now it all depends on how many people decide to enter from each district. After reaping day, she will give you more information on how the people will be eliminated.

Sound simple enough? All you need to do for now is get a capitol ID and post it on Ellen's facebook page's wall :)


Oh! and one more thing..remember during reaping day how the tributes get their name put in the reaping ball multiple times to feed their families? Well in this HG, you'd actually WANT to get your name in the ball multiple times. How, you ask?

Well all you have to do is visit each blog and leave a comment on their Hunger Games post! You may only do this ONCE, so if a blog posted more then one HG post, you can comment as many as you want AS LONG AS IT'S APART OF THE 30 DAYS OF HG EVENT! So basically, one comment per post! On your comment, please leave your name (the one on your capital id) and what district you're from. And yes you may comment on this post for an extra entry as well (: You may comment on Day 1 and Day 2 and anything after that, but any comments after February 29 will not count for the reaping, since the reaping is on March 1. This goes for the other blogs as well.



PRIZE PACK!


Oh and of course for the person who is the last man or woman standing at the end, gets a special prize pack:
1 of each bookmark, design made by the lovely Andrea and printed out by Krissy:


Aren't they lovely?

The Hunger Games Tribute Guide



A Hunger Games Poster



Lastly, this is the only prize that will differ, depending on whether you're U.S. or International.


For U.S.:

Well, for whoever has an AMC Theatre near them, or if you don't then we'll figure something out :) You will get ONE FREE TICKET to go see the Hunger Games! Yes, you heard me! Ellen's got free tickets for AMC Theatres as a gift, and she still has them and has decided to give one of them away, now it's ONLY if you have an AMC near you!

For International:
Since Ellen can't give you a free movie ticket to see The Hunger Games, after trying to decide on what to give you to represent the movie, she has decided to give you guys a mockingjay pin!



I hope this is something that interests you guys because Ellen's put a lot of effort into this to plan things out. So if you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Check out the rest of the days on Ellen's blog, A World of Words.

23 February 2012

The Traitor's Daughter (The Veiled Isles Trilogy #1) by Paula Brandon

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On the Veiled Isles, ominous signs are apparent to those with the talent to read them. The polarity of magic is wavering at its source, heralding a vast upheaval poised to alter the very balance of nature. Blissfully unaware of the cataclysmic events to come, Jianna Belandor, the beautiful, privileged daughter of a powerful Faerlonnish overlord, has only one concern: the journey to meet her prospective husband. But revolution is stirring as her own conquered people rise up against their oppressors, and Jianna is kidnapped and held captive at a rebel stronghold, insurance against what are perceived as her father’s crimes.

The resistance movement opens Jianna’s eyes―and her heart. Despite her belief in her father’s innocence, she is fascinated by the bold and charming nomadic physician and rebel sympathizer, Falaste Rione—who offers Jianna her only sanctuary in a cold and calculating web of intrigue. As plague and chaos grip the land, Jianna is pushed to the limits of her courage and resourcefulness, while virulent enemies discover that alliance is their only hope to save the human race.



Review.



The Traitor's Daughter (The Veiled Isles Trilogy, #1)The Traitor's Daughter by Paula Brandon

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


It took me so long to get through this book - 4 days - which is highly unusual for me since I tend to read/finish a book at one go. I requested a copy of The Traitor's Daughter because the cover seemed appealing but I'm sorry to say that the book was ordinary at best. I hate writing negative reviews so I'm apologizing in advance.

From the beginning, The Traitor's Daughter was all over the place. Let me start with the prologue - I felt like I was thrown in the middle of a scene and had no clue of what was going on around me. Then the story abruptly shifts to a completely different situation that involved some kind of historic mafia or in this case, a mafia-like guy. It looked like Paula Brandon didn't know which path to take - big bad historic family leader or modern mafia - and got stuck in the middle. I noticed a lot of awkward phrases that didn't go well with the book. Really, it could've just been written better.

I had to literally force myself to get through A Traitor's Daughter. Maybe if the characters were better, I would've been okay with a not-so-great plot/writing. Or if there was some romance. I needed something to make me like it! Jianna is an annoying protagonist. She bugged me from the second she entered the story. I didn't care that she was spoiled but I sure as heck didn't want to read about a brat. What made it worse that her father, Aureste thought she was 'high spirited' and liked her for it when frankly, he should've told her to grow up. There's nothing that made any of the characters special and that's a major reason why I couldn't enjoy the book.

The writing, frankly, lacked creativity and didn't manage to keep me engaged. I felt that the author was trying to write a unique historic novel but didn't know how. Instead, the entire novel was a confused story misrepresented as historic. I felt like reading the script of a bad, amateur film where the characters were a little too obvious.

I'm giving this book two stars because really, it was okay. If the writing had been brushed up a little, the book could've been a decent read.

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22 February 2012

Instinct by J.A.Belfield (Guest Post + Giveaway)

Hey guys,

Today we're joined by Julie Belfield, author of the paranormal Holloway Pack series! Instinct (Holloway Pack #0) was published on January 1st by J.Taylor Publishing and we're going to have a guest post by Julie, followed by a giveaway of an e-copy of Instinct!

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Werewolf Sean Holloway treats the village marketplace like a sexual buffet, though his charm does little to win over his latest entrée of choice. Whether because of Jem Stonehouse’s unique scent, her headstrong nonchalance, or the fact he is forbidden to see her by his pack’s rules, Sean wants her.

When Jem is nothing but flippant toward his advances, he pursues her with vigour, stealing moments alone with her without a libido-driven agenda.

The new and heady experience for him drives their relationship beyond romantic interest, and straight toward love.

That is, until Jem learns the truth about Sean’s heritage. Knowledge of the existence of werewolves leads to only one outcome: death.

In this prequel to Darkness & Light, we are taken back in time, to the very beginning of Jem and Sean’s love-across-the-centuries relationship.

Did it end there? Or did Sean defy his own pack to save the woman he loves?



Where do your ideas come from? - J.A. Belfield

Where do your ideas come from? I get asked that a lot.
My answer is pretty much always the same: um … my head.
Here’s another one I get asked:
How do you pick your characters?
This one is just as easy to answer but there’s no denying there are underlying complications confusing the response.
Why?
Because I don’t pick my characters. My characters pick me.
That never used to be the case when I first started writing.
One day, I decided I wanted to write a novel. So I sat and decided how my main character would look. Then I gave her a name. And took about 15 minutes to ‘make up’ a male for her, along with an extended supporting cast of four. Ta-da! Simples!
Not!
On first pass through, my made-to-order characters lacked what I like to call the 3-D effect. They lacked definition. Their static quality prevented them leaping from the page.

Of course, I didn’t realise this. Not until I (mentally) met Sean Holloway—the leading man of my novella Instinct: A Holloway Pack Prequel.
Although Jem Stonehouse led the story of Darkness & Light (which was the first tale I wrote in The Holloway Pack Stories), it was most definitely Sean who spoke to me and told me their tale.
I was working one of my (pretty flat) made-to-order novels when Sean Holloway began whispering his sweet nothing’s in my ear.
Obviously, I ignored him—I was busy, dammit.

Apparently, he didn’t appreciate being ignored.
His whispers turned to virtual taps on the shoulder … flashes of scene after scene in my mind … and at the point I decided I’d better listen to him, he’d begun yelling out his name in my sleep, on my supermarket trips, whilst I was driving the car … to the point I had no choice but to listen.

I had to admit, I liked his style of attention seeking, though. So much so that I ended up incorporating it into his and Jem’s story … and got him to bug the heck out of her instead with his name invading her mind.
And the basis for Darkness & Light and how Jem & Sean should meet and know (of) each other was born.
Any who have read Darkness & Light will know Sean and Jem have a history. The history was always slightly fuzzy in my mind when I first began writing their tale.
Everything but the vision of how they met. Because I always knew it happened in a market place, eyes meeting across stalls piled high with wares.

At the time, I had no idea whose story it was to be told. After all, I’m pretty sure Sean believed Darkness & Light to be his tale—only my stubbornness to let him have everything his own way prevented me from giving him that much as well.
But I’m getting pretty good at letting ideas stew until the flavours enhance and how much seasoning is required becomes clearer. I did this with Instinct. And the more I let it simmer, the more I understood this one was Sean’s tale to tell. I also realised, I think, that it could be a whole lot more fun from Sean’s perspective—a chance to show the reader just how much of a ‘guy’ he can be.
So Sean Holloway brings you my first story told from a male’s POV: Instinct.
Does this mean he got his own way after all?



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J. A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with her husband, two children, three cats and a dog. She writes paranormal romance, with a second love for urban fantasy.






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21 February 2012

Blog Tour : Always You by Shilpa Mudiganti


Publisher : Inkspell Publishing
Genre : Contemporary Romance
Audience : Adult
Publication Date : March 6th, 2012.
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Lyla has to move on. She’s been stuck in a rut since her heart was broken five years ago. Trying to decide about life with her fiancé, Nick, she resolves to finish one last project before moving to Spain and starting a new life. That is until she is face to face with the one man who broke her heart all those years ago, Alexander Knight.

Five years ago, when Alex and Lyla meet at his friend, Andrew's grave, they fall deeply in love. But, Alex is hiding a secret that will destroy his relationship with Lyla and does. What Lyla doesn’t realize is that Alex has changed since their break-up, because of her love, only she still has hate in her heart towards him.

But now, fate has brought them together in such a way that they have no option but to remain dangerously close - dangerous enough for Lyla to fall in love with him again. How can she? Not after what she knows about Alex and what he did to Andrew.

It’s true that love can change people for the better. But is it enough? What will happen when two broken people with a past come together? Can they forgive and heal?



Make sure you check back here on the 6th for the Release Party which includes a giveaway! Also, here's a sneak peek :)


After the hour-long meeting, Alex sat in the conference room alone, long after his team had left for their coffee break. Today he touched Lyla again…his Lyla. He had casually glanced up from his laptop when she walked in unannounced into the room. To say he was stunned was an understatement. It had been five years, two months and sixteen days since he last saw her, and she looked as desirable as always, perhaps a bit more, considering how long he had waited impatiently for the day he’d see her again.
In a white blouse with puffy sleeves and black skirt hugging her figure intimately, she looked lovely and vulnerable. He did not miss the grimace in her face the moment she laid eyes on him but the look of recognition in her deep green eyes made him alive in a way he felt nowhere else.
What he wanted to do was take her in his arms, and kiss her soft, velvety lips, but he knew how impossible that would have been. Neither the surroundings nor their past would allow that.
He had lost her five years ago and had failed to win her back. None of his calls and letters was answered. Ever. After one year of relentless pursuit, he had given up and quietly acknowledged Lyla would be his dream woman forever.
It was not his nature to share how difficult it was for him to lose her. No one expected that from him. After all, he was Alexander Knights, the man who could have any woman he wanted. But he terribly missed her each day and his body ached for her closeness each night. Yet she wouldn’t come to him because of one mistake, the guilt of which he could never forget.
He knew it was a huge mistake, but she had to forgive him before he could think of ever having a relationship with her again. He never knew it would take so long. However, he tried to move ahead and thought he had safely tucked her in to a corner of his heart. Seeing her today proved he hadn’t, not when she stood across the room from him, her dark lush hair brushing her soft cheeks?
His stomach muscles clenched as he replayed the image of her shaking hands with everyone in the room, and how she had hesitantly shook his. As their hands connected, he had felt a tremor pass through her. Had she felt it too? The longing, the pain, the love? Maybe she had. Maybe there was a chance for them yet.


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Shilpa M Mirza grew up making up stories in her head. Starting with innocent babbling, genre of her stories changed with lessons growing up teaches us all. She thought life would be all about her stories until she completed her technical degree. Security of an IT job lured her leaving her stories to continue brew up in her head. Yet soon she had to fall in step with what fate had planned for her and she penned her first romance novella, Always You to be published by Inkspell Publishing. There has been no looking back since then. Juggling her day job as an IT geek, she has penned down her pet project, an exciting fantasy story of lions and wolves which, to her utter delight, is going to see the light of the day early next year. She says you would fall in love with her wonderful hero and heroine.

When she has time to breathe, she spends time blogging, connecting with her readers and spending time with her loving husband. She lives at Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. You can connect with her on Twitter (shilpammirza), and Facebook (Shilpa Mudiganti).

20 February 2012

Cover Reveal : Surrender (Mimics of Rune #2) by Aimee Laine

Release Date : September 3rd,2012.
Genre : Paranormal, Romance, Shape-Shifting
Audience : Adult

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Face the past or look to the future? Both will hurt. One could kill her.


All her life, Lily Crane has supressed her childhood memories, masking the signs of abuse with a variety of looks. From brunette to blonde, tall to short — as a Mimic, changing shape is her gift. Her right. Her achilles heel.

It’s Lily’s latest likeness, chosen simply by accident, which threatens to repeat a history she’s desperate to forget. Worse, she must do so without the one man who takes all her pain away: Cael Aldridge.

Cael has no intention of leaving Lily on her own. He never has. Now, with the woman he loves in the hands of a predator who wants Lily for her genetics, Cael will do everything he can to bring her home.

Alive.

He can only pray he isn’t too late.


Personally, I really like the cover but maybe not so much the font. What do you think?







19 February 2012

March Release Giveaway!

Since there's barely a week left for February to end, I'm starting the March Release Giveaway right now! I usually end my giveaways a few days before the month ends so it seems only logical to start the next month's giveaway a few days early. Here're your choices :) Btw, if I've left out a March Release from the list below but you still want it, feel free to request for it, I'll send it to you if you win after checking the release date.