Friday, April 20, 2018

Surprise Giveaway

Hello lovely people of the Internet world. 
I decided to make our day better and..... WE HAVE A NEW GIVEAWAY.

It's quite simple just read and participate. Have a great FRIDAY!! and a lovely weekend.

I'm giving you a book of your choice from Book Depository (up to $15) or a Gift Card (Amazon). There will be ONE (1) Winner.

Eligibility: Open internationally so long as The Book Depository ships to you or you can choose the Gift Card.
If you are unsure if The Book Depository ships to your country, click here to make sure.

Dates: You will have a MONTH to enter (from April 20th to May 20th).

Monday, April 16, 2018

Review: Inescapable Fate @HanleighBradley

TITLE: Inescapable Fate
AUTHOR: Hanleigh Bradley
RELEASE DATE: April 14th 2018
PUBLISHER:  Author Friends With Benefits
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy 

When Georgia Kentley breaks up with her long-term boyfriend Darren over Christmas, she really can't wait to return to work on the 27th of December.
The excitement dies when she meets her new boss, Walker Trent. DCI Trent is a misogynistic pain in the arse. Being a young police officer, Georgia has met her fair share of men who don't understand that she can hold her own. Every single time she has proven them wrong.
Will she be able to prove to Walker Trent just how capable she is or will she get herself into a heap of trouble, danger and chaos? And when chaos ensues who will be there to save her?

Hanleigh is a brand new British author. Hanleigh loves books more than nearly anything in the world; whether it's reading them or writing them, Hanleigh just can't get enough. She relishes in the way authors can create worlds with the words they put in their books. Hanleigh absolutely adores Romantic Fiction. She first fell in love with literature as a small child reading Dr Zeus. She then fell in love with romance literature when she first read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Hanleigh is about as English as it's possible to be. She sometimes wishes she could live inside the world that she can create inside her mind, but since that isn't possible she puts pen to paper and shares that world with this world instead. 


Nooooo. I refuse to continue with that ending. OMG!! You cannot end the book there. I need the second book NOW, like yesterday.

Well, let me tell you what this is about. Georgia Kentley is a police officer who has to deal with a new boss right after breaking up with her long-term boyfriend/best friend. She is a brave woman who due to some events in her past has a strong shield around her, hates being the damsel in distress and works as hard as any man. Then we have the new DCI Walker Trent. At first, he misjudges Georgia and is a bit of a misogynistic. But quickly they have to join forces to catch the bad guy.

The book has a fast passing, the events come and go one after the other. Their past are quickly shared with us so we see where each one is standing. There are some predictable moments but they are ok.

I read it in just a few hours. The book is not too long and the writing is simple and easy to read, those are a few of the reasons why I couldn't put it down. I'm sure that if life wouldn't have put in the middle I would have read it faster. If you like this kind of romance you will devour it as fast as me.

I know the romance it's a bit rushed but this doesn't make it any less enjoyable. The book contains some sex scenes with the right doses of sensuality and hotness.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Review: The House of the Soul

TITLE: The House of the Soul
AUTHOR: Annie Dawson
RELEASE DATE: August 23rd, 2016
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy


Homemaker Ella Casey is circling the middle-age drain. Her once adventurous life is now measured in loads of laundry, her grand dreams of changing the world diluted with each rinse cycle. When she flies to the enchanting California estate of her best friend Teri for a Peace Corps reunion, the accomplishments of her peers threaten to soak up the last drops of Ella’s floundering self-esteem.
Teri Flores is everything Ella is not: glamorous, wealthy, and fearless. Her sprawling mansion, La Casa Del Alma, serves as both artists’ retreat and modern day salon to Teri’s eclectic entourage. Teri entertains her guests with lavish meals, outrageous activities, and impassioned debates, but the weekend sours when old grievances mix with new ambitions.
As past and present collide, Ella struggles to redefine herself, but will her growing need to validate her life end up destroying it?
THE HOUSE OF THE SOUL is a journey of love, loss, and friendship, and a treasure map for anyone brave enough to embark on the precarious voyage of self-discovery. 

Annie Dawson grew up bouncing around the United States. She began writing while studying Communications and Journalism at the University of Hawaii. After graduation, she worked in television news before joining a leading advertising agency in Honolulu. There she produced a wide variety of documentaries, industrials, and television commercials. At the age of 30, Dawson left the corporate world and traveled to Ghana as a Peace Corps volunteer. Soon after her return from West Africa she married her soulmate and moved with him to New Zealand. Together they are raising two beautiful boys and a variety of two, three and four-legged pets.

I always say that if a book makes you cry, laugh or get mad, the book deserves lots of stars because somehow it touched your emotions and made you feel something, good or bad you felt something just by reading. ´The House of the Soul´ did that for me and more. I don't know if it was the timing, the excellent writing or just the story. I ended up devouring the book and loving Ella. I cried when I lost sight of the vision that separates fiction from reality. Just let me tell you that if you want to read a book that makes your heart and mind blow you need to read this.

Ella is a typical middle age mother with the same hopes and dreams as any of us. A reunion with her Peace Corps friends is the perfect occasion for her to re-define her life. Of course that at first she only compares her achievements and her life with the others and it doesn't turn out good.
So through the story (jumping from past to present), we have to re-live Ella's life to decide what to do next.

Ella is everything I want in a character human, imperfect, real and totally relatable. Her desire to do more with her life and her constant internal struggle because she feels unachieved or a fraud is something I think we all experience at some point in our lives. We like to believe we can change the world and we forget that just saving one life is enough. We are always trying to do what we are supposed to do and others opinion impacts in our choices in ways we cannot imagine.

The different characters help Ella and us to think about life and what truly matters. The pages move too fast and the reading is more than enjoyable.

I recommend and loved this book and would read it again and again.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Review: And Then I Am Gone: A Walk with Thoreau

TITLE: And Then I Am Gone: A Walk with Thoreau
AUTHOR: Mathias B. Freese
RELEASE DATE: September 22nd, 2017 
PUBLISHER: Wheatmark
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy


And Then I Am Gone: A Walk with Thoreau tells the story of a New York City man who becomes an Alabama man. Despite his radical migration to simpler living and a late-life marriage to a saint of sorts, his persistent pet anxieties and unanswerable questions follow him. Mathias Freese wants his retreat from the societal "it" to be a brave safari for the self rather than cowardly avoidance, so who better to guide him but Henry David Thoreau, the self-aware philosopher who retreated to Walden Pond "to live deliberately" and cease "the hurry and waste of life"? In this memoir, Freese wishes to share how and why he came to Harvest, Alabama (both literally and figuratively), to impart his existential impressions and concerns, and to leave his mark before he is gone. 

Mathias B. Freese is a writer, teacher, and psychotherapist who has authored six books. His I Truly Lament: Working Through the Holocaust won the Beverly Hills Book Awards and the Reader's Favorite Book Award, and it was a finalist in the Indie Excellence Book Awards, the Paris Book Festival, and the Amsterdam Book Festival. In 2016 Tesserae: A Memoir of Two Summers, his first memoir, received seven awards.

'And Then I Am Gone'... a non-fiction that it could be the voice of any fictional character but is the real voice of author Mathias B. Freese. A man who moves from New York to Alabama and brings Thoreau to takes us on a journey through his life, his thoughts, errors, and successes. A life that like many other is full of richness and wisdom, a life that is far from perfect but it's real.

I'm not very familiar with Thoreau but still, I enjoyed the book because he is not the protagonist of this story, he only comes to help Mathias with his goal. Write a book with a powerful message before the end comes.

I enjoyed the writing and the passing. I loved the part where he asks himself: Why does he write? His intensive analysis is comparable to any other activity in our lives, it's a profound reflexion on why do we do the things we do? What are we ultimate looking for, what are our motivations? In essence, what is that we want from life? what's the meaning of our lives?


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