Monday, 12 January 2015

Review: The Magic Poof by Stephen Hodges


Original Title: The Magic Poof
Author: Stephen Hodges
Publisher: Xilbris Corporation
Release Date: June 26th 2013
Source: From Elite Book Promotions
Genre: Children's Picture Books

Seven year old Ange-Marie has always felt different. Who wouldn't when your best friend is literally attached to you? The Poof is a great ball of curly hair that sits directly on top of Ange-Marie's head. His magical and playful nature always seems to produce mischief and adventure. In book one of The Magic Poof series, Ange-Marie must decide what to wear for school picture day. But The Poof also wants to look good for picture day! How does Ange-Marie look her best and keep her enchanted and hairy friend a secret? In the end, both The Poof and Ange-Marie find that compromise is the key in any friendship.

REVIEW

Ange-Marie is different from the regular kids, because she has a magic poof attached to her already curly hair.  It can speak to her and can shape itself into different objects.  They both have fun together, without telling the outside world.  It was the school picture day and the magic poof wants to look good in the picture too.  But Ange-Marie tries to tell her friend that it will give them away.  In the end, their friendship is what wins.

A cute children's picture book, which says about the friendship and innocence of a young girl, Ange-Marie with her magic poof.  It's natural flow and amazing illustrations will attract the little ones for a good nice read.  This will be a good pick for book clubs as well.

5 STARS!

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

In My Habitat - Guest Post by Randi Everheart + Giveaway

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Author: Randi Everheart
Title: Tristan
Series: A Kendall Family Novel #1
Release Date: December 23rd, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Amazon | Goodreads | Createspace

Five years ago, Tristan Kendall left home and the woman he loved to prove himself on the sport bike racing circuit. With his career briefly on hold, he’s come to realize everything - and everyone - he ever wanted was right at home all along. Now he’s determined to win back her heart no matter the cost.

But Victoria Lane’s been through more than Tristan knows since he broke her heart. No longer the girl he once knew, she has a life to live, and a heart to give, but only to someone who’s planning to stick around. And she’s sure that isn’t him. Can he convince her that she’s the only victory lane he wants to be in? 


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IN MY HABITAT

- Guest Post by Randi Everheart

Thanks for having me!


I’ve been writing for many years and have gone through a few desks in my time.  But I’m now happy to report that I am desk-free!  Laptops are so much easier to work on and I do NOT miss my desktop computer.  That said, sometimes I need more quiet than I typically get and retire to my recording studio, taking the laptop with me.  


Yes, I’m also a musician, one who’s recorded a few CDs over the years, though I confess to not having much time anymore.  I have to choose between fiction and music, usually, and used to put music first.  But now fiction is front and center!

Since I work on a laptop now, I don’t really have a desk, unless you want to consider my lap one.  That’s where the magic happens – whether there’s a computer there or not ;)


One of the reasons I need more peace and quiet sometimes is my toddler, who I watch after work while trying to write, too.  He’s very self-sufficient with play.  In fact, when I get down on the floor with him, he gives me about 5 minutes before deciding he’s bored with me and wants to do something else.  It works out pretty well, normally, allowing me to write and hang out with him at the same time.

But I certainly have to stop mid-sentence to help him at times.  Or give him a bottle, change him, or comfort him after a tumble.  And here is his latest handiwork, a broken window that’s still boarded up while I wait for the insurance guys to get it fixed:


He broke it right in front of me while I was writing a sentence.  I was just about to tell him to stop tapping on the glass with his plastic golf club when it shattered.  He was okay, but the window wasn’t!

So that’s my current view as I’m writing right now.  It’s darker now, too, because I leave the curtains closed to prevent him from playing with the boarded up window – that already gave him a splinter!  One table is now in front of it to bar the way.  It’s certainly not the first time we’ve rearranged the room for him.


This is the chair I sit in while writing; it’s also been moved from its usual position due to the kiddo, but that’s been true so long I don’t remember where it used to be!  It’s a recliner and has cup holders for water (and wine).  I used to write on the couch you see behind it until the recliner handle broke a while ago and the spouse and I just can’t around to fixing it.  Funny how every errand takes a long time to do with a toddler around, but my writing takes priority over some household stuff.


I sometimes get my best writing done during his naps or after bedtime, not surprisingly.  Or when my spouse takes over.  I try to get computer errands like promotional stuff done when I’m more distracted.  It’s a life.

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AUTHOR BIO

Randi Everheart is an avid author of romance, due in no small part to being a diehard romantic.  After all, Randi once wrote a song for the object of a crush and penned a fifty page love letter for another! The same spirit now flows into these stories – hopefully to win your heart!

Randi has a Bachelors of Music in classical guitar but has always been more of a rocker, having released several albums under another name.  Tendonitis in both arms ended career plans in music, leading to a new career as a software developer. Today Randi co-owns a software consulting firm and lives in the Maryland suburbs north of D.C., is married, and loves spending time with son Ryan when not writing, playing guitar or golf, or writing smut.


AUTHOR LINKS: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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GIVEAWAY

Please enter the Rafflecopter giveaway to win the ecopy of Tristan by Randi Everheart.  The giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY until March 10th, 2014.  There will be five winners.  So, all the best!

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Monday, 29 December 2014

Cover Reveal: Melting Into You by Cassandra Carr

Today, we have the cover reveal of Cassandra Carr's next romance novel.  Here it is:


Original Title: Melting Into You
Series: Give Me A Taste #5
Author: Cassandra Carr
Release Date: March 2015
Genre: M/M Romance

Seth Mason's life as a macaroni and cheese food truck owner in Austin, Texas, is pretty good, except for one thing: he'd like to find a man to share that life with. As part of an organization Seth founded, he donates leftovers to the local homeless shelter, and meets Ben, a new employee. He's a preppy guy, and very much not Seth's usual type, but the attraction is strong and not going away.

Ben's just moved to Austin from Connecticut to take a job as a case manager at the Austin City Mission, the first time he's left home and family. But only a short time after he starts work, he meets a man who, though he looks like an extra in a surfing movie, intrigues him. He's hardly seen what life in Austin has to offer, and yet finds he wants to discover that with Seth's help.

The passion burns hot between them--hotter even than Austin in the dog days of summer, and neither man can deny it. As they grow closer, both must decide if they have the necessary ingredients for lasting love, or if the relationship will go up in smoke.

Author bio

Cassandra Carr is a multi-award winning romance writer. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out online. Cassandra's books have won numerous "Best Book Of" awards and her novella Unexpected Top was nominated in the E-book Erotic Romance category of RT's Reviewers' Choice Awards.

She thinks the best part of being a writer is how she writes about love and sex while most others struggle with daily commutes, micro-managing bosses and cranky co-workers. Her inspiration comes from everywhere, but she'd particularly like to thank the Buffalo Sabres, the hockey team near and dear to her heart.
For more information about Cassandra, check out her website, "like" her Facebook fan page or follow her on Twitter.
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ALL THE BEST, CASSANDRA, ON THE SUCCESS OF THIS NOVEL!

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?

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