Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Top Ten New-to-Me Authors of 2014

As always, Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by  the girls at "The Broke and the Bookish".

Here is the list of top 10 authors (in no particular order) that are new to me, from the list I read in 2014! 

1.  Carol Weston - Book: Ava and Pip
2.  Rosamund Hodge - Book: Cruel Beauty
3.  Sophie Jordan - Book: Uninvited
4.  Gayle Forman - Books: If I Stay series
5.  Shannon Hale - Book: The Goose Girl
6.  Soman Chainani - Book: The School of Good and Evil
7. Colleen Oakes -  Book: The Crown
8. Rachel Hartman - Book: Seraphina
9. Rainbow Rowell - Book: Fangirl
10. Lisa Kleypas - Book: Love in the Afternoon

Does any of the above authors made your list?  Or do you have different list?  Please share with me..I always look forward to hearing about new books/authors..  What authors made to your list?

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Win $100 AMAZON GIFT CARD & Help An Author!

Hi readers!  Greetings!

Do you know Sariah Wilson, the author of "The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back"?  If you don't, you must start reading her books.  She is one of those amazing authors, whose books will make you feel good even years later after reading them.

So, let me get back to the helping this author part.

Her new book, "Royal Date" is nominated for Amazon Scout program.  If she gets enough nominations, she will get a publishing contract from Amazon.  This is just you helping this author with just your nomination.  You can read about her book and a short excerpt before nomination in the link below.

And it will also enter you into a $100 Amazon Gift Card from the author's site.  Visit her link - http://www.sariahwilson.com/Sweeps.aspx and follow the simple instructions to nominate her book.  If you would like to mention the referral id when asked for, please mention booksaremagicblogspot@gmail.com.  You can refer others for another sweepstake, which will for referrals and it's also $100 Amazon Gift Card.

If her book gets selected for this program, everyone who nominated will get a FREE copy of this book.  Sounds good, right?

Please help an author get a publishing contract!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Review: Devil Music by Carly Orosz

Original Title: Devil Music
Series: Devil Music #1
Author: Carly Orosz
Publisher: Logsine Labs Press
Release Date: April 14th 2014
Source: Review copy from the author via Novel Publicity
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Cain Pseudomantis leads a miserable life. Bound to the mortal world by a powerful spell no demon could hope to break, he must obey his human master’s every command or face harsh punishment. He finds solace in the rock music which he listens to when he isn’t running unsavory errands for his master. Then everything changes. While on a mission in a seedy section of 1980s Los Angeles, Cain impulsively buys an electric guitar and discovers an unusual talent for music, a talent that catapults him to hair metal stardom. With three superpowered human band mates and his beautiful girlfriend Michelle by his side, his life starts to look a lot better. But Cain soon finds that even rock stars have troubles. The crusading televangelist Nathaniel Breen—who happens to be Michelle’s father—accuses him of turning the city’s youth to Satan worship. Meanwhile a mysterious killer known only as the Engineer terrorizes the Los Angeles rock scene with a series of brutal murders. When Cain and his friends attempt to unmask the killer, they discover a deadly secret that could cost Cain his hard-won freedom, and possibly his life. 


Although urban fantasy is what I would go for, when asked to choose a book, this is something I would not immediately pick up.  But, after reading this book, I don't regret even the slightest picking this up.

Cain is a demon, who is enslaved by Mr. Warwick and treated badly.  He is sent out on errands by his master, which he has no memories on, later.  He was sent out to find a girl for Warwick's son, Lance, and make her love Lance.  But, when Cain goes to LA, everything changes for his good.  He makes new friends, finds a new talent in the electric guitar and above all, he may also be liking Michelle, who is the girl he was sent to find and deliver, which he has no intention of doing.  Meanwhile, there is a serial killer on the loose, who targets young men involved with music.  Cain and his friends need to find the killer before he draws close to any of them.

It was a big read, but a good read!  Interesting premise!  Wild and different characters!  You couldn't make a demon more interesting than this.  Yeah, at first I had my doubts.  How can a demon be so spineless?  But, there was some past involved in this as well.  He was trained to be like a dog, just to do his master's bidding that he became fearful to show his feelings at anything.  But, as he becomes free of his master's control, his real strength began to show.  And there were so many different side characters that are interesting to read.  There could be more on Cain's past, which would have helped for better understanding.

The killer's premise was also brought on well.  The suspense went hand in hand with fantasy and it worked too.  Although you will be able to guess who the killer is, after some time, it still will not stop you from reading more.

There are some unanswered questions, but I suppose that this is a series, so it doesn't end here.

Interesting and recommended read for someone who wishes to try something different!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Life Of A Blogger: 10 things I’ll never do

We all have some things we would never ever do.

I have some too..

1.  I will never do a house chore that is not extremely urgent when I have my favorite book waiting for me.

2.  I will never be satisfied with my collection of clothes.

3.  I will never live without an electronic gadget (Kindle, tablet, PC, laptop, smartphone) near me.

4.  I have a full time job and my working time is 9 hours.  I know after many experimentations that I will never work the full 9 hours productively. (Please someone say I am not alone in this..this is normal, right?)

5.  I will never get rid of the habit of checking my mails every time I see my mobile on the table.  I am not even that busy person, who gets important mails all the time.  But, still I think some habits are hard to give up.

6.  I will never ride the bus that is over-crowded again.  Once I have to do this every single day, but now?  NO, A BIG NO!  Don't think I am exaggerating.  You must see our buses (see picture below), if you have to know what I am speaking about.

7.  I will never stop re-reading Harry Potter.  It's been so many years, and I still always feel the need to go back to that one series again and again, just after a few months of finishing them...again.

8.  I will never stop talking, even when I know I should.  Like when my husband is extremely angry or my boss is being an idiot!

9.  I will never travel anywhere without a book (or a Kindle).  I will deeply regret it, if I forget this..happened only once or twice in my life.

10;  I will never love another person in the world, the same way I love my husband. (Awwww!  I know! :))

So, that's it!  What are yours?  Tell me the things you will never do.....

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