Blog Tour, Reviews

“Instant Indian” Review

Hello Friends!

You may not know this about me, or you may know… but I love to cook. I’m no chef, nevertheless I really do enjoy cooking. So, when I saw this blog tour I immediately knew I wanted to be apart of it.

Instant Indian – Classic Foods from Every Region of India Made Easy in the Instant Pot“, written by Rinku Bhattacharya, is a Non Fiction Cookbook.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Rinku Bhattacharya for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Instant Indian


Synopsis

Instant Indian CoverDiscover favorite foods from all over India with the first regional Indian cookbook authorized by Instant Pot!

Rinku Bhattacharya — cookbook author and founder of Spice Chronicles — has put together a collection of 100 authentic recipes that showcase the diversity and range of the foods of India, where every state and region boasts its own unique dishes. Whether you crave takeout favorites or want to be introduced to lesser-known specialties, this cookbook brings the best of India to your table in an instant!

The Instant Pot® lends itself perfectly to Indian recipes, making flavorful, nutritious Indian fare (like simmering-all-day dals, legumes and all manner of curries) in minutes instead of hours. Instant Indian features numerous vegetarian and vegan options, and nearly all recipes are gluten-free.

With step-by-step instructions and color photos throughout, Instant Indian makes Indian cooking easy and fool-proof using all the functions of this popular appliance.

Purchase Links Amazon US | Amazon UK


About Author

Instant Indian - Bhattacharya_picRinku Bhattacharya (spicechronicles.com) was born in India, and now lives in a house with a vibrant backyard in Hudson Valley, New York with her husband, an avid gardener, and their two children. Rinku’s simple, sustainable approach to Indian cooking is showcased on her blog, Spice Chronicles, and in her Journal News column “Spices and Seasons.”

Rinku has been teaching recreational cooking classes for the past nine years, and works extensively with local area farmer’s markets on seasonal demonstrations and discussions. Rinku is also the author of The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles (Hippocrene Books, 2012), winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2013 for Best Indian Cuisine. She writes for the Poughkeepsie Journal, the Journal News, and several online sites, and is a frequent guest on CT Style TV.

 Social Media Links – Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Facebook


My Review

First of all, I don’t really remember ever having Indian food, but I knew I wanted to try it, and knowing that with this cookbook I could not only try it, but also learn how to make it… I was so excited.

I only tried to make some recipes, but I’m planning to make other, especially the vegetarian and vegan dishes, for my friend to try. So I felt like not only was this the perfect introduction to Indian food, as well as an amazing way to connect with other cultures, and connect with family and friends.

Food is an art for me. We can adapt a recipe, we can create new ways to use an ingredient. And with this book I truly loved how it was organized, how the author gave us tips and advices, about the Instant Pot and spices. It was all very informative, especially if you don’t know some of the ingredients that are being used. That been said, if we see it that way, it’s a perfect cookbook.

Let’s talk about recipes, shall we?… Although my mom can’t eat dishes that have many spices because some of them make her a bit sick (she has Crohn’s disease), so she can’t try them all, I know my brother will enjoy some of them, especially the chicken recipes and the desserts. So I’m excited to try them out for the family, instead of just making for me.

I’m thinking about making Shredded Tandoori Spiced Chicken or maybe the Kashmiri Chicken Curry for me and my brother very soon. I haven’t tried all recipes, but those sound delicious. Hell! All the recipes sound very good and I’m having a hard time deciding that recipes to try next.

Thinking about desserts… I’m thinking about translating (because she’s not very good with English) some of the recipes to my aunt so we can make some of them. We are all about making desserts in our family and I love pies and pudding. When I saw the recipe of Vermicelli and Date Pudding, my first thought as “What’s Vermicelli?”, because I didn’t know the word. The second thought was, I need to show this to my aunt and try to make it.

And let’s not even go to rice pudding… My aunt makes this sweet rice (Arroz Doce) every holiday and I just love it. And when I read that there is a rice pudding recipe… As you can probably tell by now, I haven’t tried making the desserts yet, but my love for sweets is big and I’m planning to do it as soon as I have time to go grocery shopping.

Let me just say that I’m in love with this cookbook and that I highly recommend it to does that love to cook and love Indian food. And also, I recommend it to those that, like me, have never tried Indian food but are curious.

This cookbook not only opens doors to everyone that wants to learn more about the art of preparing a dish, it also takes you on a culinary experience into the realm of a rich and colorful cuisine, such as Indian cuisine.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews and basic promo/spotlight posts.

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Love,

Jess

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New Releases, Reviews

“Shadow Moon” Review

Hello Friends!

Today is a holiday in Portugal, Dia de Portugal, so I’m enjoying my time home and I’m doing some posts and reviews. So I hope you have fun reading my blog today. As you have probably realized by now, I have done some reviews already and I have worked on others that I won’t post yet.

But… I will share this one with you today. It’s a review of a ARC I received, and I have read previous books of this author and I need to review the ones I have read, but let’s just focus on this one.

Shadow Moon“, written by Jenny Foster, is a Paranormal Romance, published on June 10th 2019, and it’s the second on in the Moon Series, although it can be read as a standalone.

So… Congratulation on this book release, Jenny!

I received a complimentary copy of this book thanks to Jenny Foster. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

46236649Outcast. Killer. Bastard.
I’ve been given many names, and none is a lie.
However, my true nature is a different one.

They call me when they have no other choice.
But my help comes at a price.
The trail of missing children leads to New York City.
A dangerous man hides within the heart of this filth pit.
He’s the one responsible.
I’ll be his judge.
I’ll be his executioner.
He only has one weakness: his daughter, Hope.
She’s everything I despise—rich and spoiled.
But in her heart, I discover something that gets under my skin.
Empathy.
Maybe even love.
The predator within me must and will have her—at any cost.
Deep inside, I feel I have to be careful.
Or the one who pays the price this time—will be me.

In Jenny Foster’s paranormal romance, a suspenseful story about an unexpectedly passionate love awaits you. Tension-filled, sensual and gripping—that’s “Shadow Moon.”

Full-lenght Novel. No cliffhanger. Contains mature themes.

Purchase Links – Amazon


About Author

Sometimes I still shake my head at myself! Me and sci-fi?
“Never,” I would have said, just a few years ago! I am much too caught up in the here and now for that. When I think about how big the universe is, and how small we all seem in comparison, I feel nothing but awe. In my writing, my passion goes to the creatures who live at the edge of our world. Aliens, werewolves, panther shifters, vampires – all of them fascinate me. That’s why I try, with the help of my keyboard, to breathe a life into them.

Social Media Links: Website | Amazon | Facebook


My Review

This is not my first book by Jenny Foster, but the other ones I have read were sci-fi, and this one was a paranormal romance. And for those that don’t know me, I love Paranormal Romances, and if Jenny Foster had already convince me with her sci-fi romance novels… This one was just as amazing!

This storyline follows Hope and Ash. Although it was the second book, it can be a read as a standalone and I really do want to read book one so I can learn even more about the pack and this world and the characters, because it was such a wonderful book that I need to know more.

I find myself wondering about a lot of characters, because this book was just the tip of the iceberg for me. It’s just the beginning and certainly not enough. Hope and Ash were so cute and I just know some other characters deserve just as much love and happiness. It was so much fun to read about their story and see them change and connect and see all the emotions they were having.

I loved all the growth, the interactions between the characters, the love and romance, the friendship, the action and suspense, the little mysteries and the overall feeling I got that I was starting a new book and entering a new world. And honestly who don’t love a Paranormal Romance series.

Fast pace and amazing scenes that made me excited each page. And I couldn’t stop reading the book and ended up reading it during my bus drive back home. I can only hope that Jenny Foster will write another book in this world.


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

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Love,

Jess

Reviews

“The Last Straw” Review

Hello Friends!

I have been meaning to post my review of this book for a while now. But I’m very happy that I’ve finally took time to write all the reviews possible, and this is one of them.

The Last Straw“, written by Ed Duncan, is the second book in the Pigeon-Blood Red Series, a Crime and Mystery novel, published on November 25th 2017.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

The Last StrawWhen a teenage girl witnesses a carjacking gone bad, she is marked for death by a crime boss with no apparent motive. A black lawyer and a white enforcer with an unlikely history forge an uneasy alliance to protect the girl from a hit man with an agenda of his own.

After they find out that the crime boss is the father of the black teenage carjacker, Paul Elliott – lawyer and close friend of the witness’s family – begins counseling them.

As the long-simmering feud between Rico and John D’Angelo reaches boiling point, bodies start to pile up in rapid succession… and old scores will be settled.

Purchase Link – Amazon


About Author

Ed is a graduate of Oberlin College and Northwestern University Law School. He was a partner at a national law firm in Cleveland, Ohio for many years. He is the original author of a highly regarded legal treatise entitled “Ohio Insurance Coverage,” for which he provided annual editions from 2008 through 2012.

Ed currently lives outside of Cleveland, OH. The Last Straw, the second installment in the Pigeon-Blood Red trilogy, is now available exclusively on Amazon. Ed is at work on the third book, Rico Stays. Meanwhile, he has also written screenplays adapted from each installment in the trilogy.

Social Media Links – Goodreads | Website | Twitter | Instagram


My Review

I most say, first of all, I haven’t read the first book in this series, but that didn’t made this book lack. I enjoyed it, and it made me want to check out book one. Crime and mystery are always exciting for me and this one definitely made things interesting from page one.

It was such an unique book with so many elements that made the book realistic and page turning. That was what I did once I finally put my eyes on page one. Honestly, if you think I’m lying, go get the book and see for yourself. The book starts with a carjacking, as you can see from the synopsis, but you will not expecting what happens in the rest of the book.

P1070065We follow the characters, meet lost of people and see them interact. Rico, an enforcer, and Paul, a lawyer… Very different characters with different personalities… What could be better than that!? Honestly it was surprising to read about Rico. Because even thought I already know he was a enforcer, I find myself liking him, for some reasons I’m not telling you, because you have to discover and think/feel for yourself.

Rico and Paul form an alliance to try and protect the teenage girl that witness the carjacking. That right there just made things epic. I never read a book like that before, and I just want to read more books. In a way, that was one of the reasons why I didn’t review before, I just don’t want the all experience to end, but I knew the author and my fellow readers deserved to know my thoughts, and I needed to put them on “paper”.

Also… Besides the interactions between the characters and all the suspense, there was something else in this book that made me enjoy it so much. The descriptions!… I’m the kind of girl that loves descriptions and the author made such a vivid picture in my mind that looked like a movie.

It was so much fun, and that’s really what I love in a crime and mystery novel. I love when books make things not only intriguing that I’m trying to figure out all the connections and mysteries, or so into the book that it almost look like a movie that I’m watching at the edge of my seat. And this book had that!

I so recommend this book! I’m not even saying more.


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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Reviews

“Born Under Fire” Review

Hello Friends!

So, yesterday was my day for the blog tour of a book I have told you guys about in a guest post, but apparently my post wasn’t published yesterday while I was at the book fair, and I didn’t know about it. So first of all, I want to apologize to the author and Nicole (that organized this blog tour). Second, enjoy this review and go check out the blog.

Born Under Fire“, written by Rina Z. Neiman, is a Historical novel with a coming of age story, published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

I want to thank Nicole Pyles, that organized the blog tour, and Rina Z. Neiman for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

BornUnderFire_Cover.jpgBorn Under Fire is a historical novel that tells the story of a girl coming of age and her drive to excel despite the devastating effects of long-term war.

Born in Jerusalem under British rule in 1928, Shula grows up in a world in turmoil as Hitler rises to power and nations enter into war. Amid a landscape of ancient stone ruins next to modern Bauhaus architecture, and desert scrub ending at newly verdant farmlands, Shula grows into her independence as the State of Israel is born.

Based on historical documents and events, Born Under Fire is also about the context surrounding the founding of the State of Israel, as well as the horrors and dangers of growing up in a conflict zone. Shula battles grief and depression due to the shattering events affecting her, her family, and the entire world.

Despite this struggle, her resilient spirit enables her to reach great heights as a concert pianist.

Purchase Link – Amazon


About Author

Rina Z. Neiman is a writer, event producer and public relations professional. Born Under Fire is based on the true story of her mother, Shulamit Dubno Neiman, a Sabra, a musician and one of the first generation of modern-day Israelis. Rina lives in Marin County, California with her husband and son. This is her first novel.

Social Media Links – Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


My Review

This is the first book I have ever read of Rina Z. Neiman, but I do like to read Historical novels and I was interested to read a book that’s set during WWII, because I haven’t read that many, that been said, I liked it a lot.

As we follow Shula’s life and see all the struggles, how life was back then… It still affects me even though I wasn’t alive back then, and I don’t have any family member that was alive then, but Portugal was under a dictatorship not long ago and my grandparents have told me stories about that time, so it connected in a way.

Also, all the emotions and the connectivity of this book with me as just amazing. I felt like I was listening to my grandparents tell me the story of their lives, with all the ups and downs, with all the things they miss, all the things they regret, all the fears and dreams and definitely all that they have learned and how they have grown as a human being. I saw that in Shula. It was a personal story, that’s why it connected with me, because Shula as the main character gave us, the readers, that opening to the story; it made it possible for us to understand the scenes and the struggles, and the emotions that were connected with actions.

Besides the characters and all the interactions and plot, seeing the society back then and see what all those events and changes lead to, it was quite eye opening. Sometimes we don’t realize that cultures can chance and societies adapt because of the major events that end up molding the world, like a war. And I like that aspect of the book as well.

And everything was well put together because Rina has sew every fiber of this story, from the historical facts to the fictional elements, in an emotional, real and powerful way that made the reading of this books just strong. It was thought provoking, it was true and I honestly mind blown by my own feelings, causing my incapability of making a coherent comment besides “Loved it!”

That bee said, I totally recommend it if you like historical novels that happen during WWII, and if so, get ready for an emotional journey through this tumultuous time in our history. Join a young woman while she fights for her dreams, using all of her strength to keep walking no matter the struggles and adversities in her path. Connect with her and with her courage as she just lives her life.


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

And if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, New Releases, Reviews

“Mr Temptation” Review

Hello Friends!

It was a very busy day today, that’s why I’m only posting the review right now, although I am very excited to share it with you guys. As you know I love this author and I had the chance to read and give my honest review of this book.

Mr Temptation“, written by Rachael Stewart, is a Erotic Romance novel published by Harlequin Mills & Boon this month (June).

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Rachael Stewart for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Mr Temptation


Synopsis

MrTemptationUKCoverMixing business with pleasure…

…has never been more tempting!

Career-focussed Zara Anders, an estate agent for the elite, has sworn off men―until gorgeous Swedish billionaire Daniel Lazenby gets under her skin. Their racy affair heats up quickly, but ends in a hurry when Zara learns about Daniel’s womanizing past. Determined to win her back, Daniel offers her a business deal too good to be true…and some out-of-office fun too tempting to turn down!

Purchase Links – Amazon | Mills & Boon


Author Bio

Author Bio PicRachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heart-warmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.

Despite a degree in Business Studies and spending many years in the corporate world, the desire to become an author never waned and it’s now her full-time pleasure, a dream come true. 

A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she’s not glued to her laptop, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.

Social Media Links – Website | Twitter | Facebook


My Review

This is NOT the first book I’m reading of Rachael Stewart, and once again I loved it and was not disappointed by this story.

This book follows Zara and Daniel… And who doesn’t enjoy a romance story that involves billionaires? I never thought I would gravitate to that type of character, since I haven’t read that many books that involve billionaires, and I still don’t see myself as gravitating towards that, but sometimes it feels good to take an adventure. We all need an escape, and I felt like the characters in this book helped me with that. And hell! I think I need to read more book with billionaires and/or offices.

So, Daniel is the billionaire and Zara is an estate agent and as soon as they meet thing get very interesting and fun. Every page with their interactions got even hotter and more fun as I read the novel. Zara’s confidence kept growing and Daniel’s attitude got tender too, although I love is personality because it made it exciting to read.

Of course, this being an erotic romance novel, it has a lot of hot sex scenes and Rachael Stewart is amazing in creating those kinds of scenes and interactions between characters. Well, it’s not only the hot scenes that are amazingly written, but also all the descriptions that made the entire storyline made sense and be a lot more than just the sexual connection of the characters.

Overall, I have no doubt I love the book and that I recommend it. I love the characters and their developments. I loved the interactions between all the characters, not only Zara and Daniel. And this is all possible because of the author’s brilliant writing style. I’m so happy I was able to read this book and fell in love with the characters and with another of Rachael’s books.


Giveaway

For a chance to Win an e-copy of Mr. Temptation by Rachael Stewart Click Here.

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Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews and basic promo/spotlight posts.

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Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Guest Post

Guest Post “Writing History for Young Adults”, by Rina Z. Neiman

Hello Friends!

I hope you are having an amazing Friday and I hope you have a good weekend. Today I bring you a guest post as part of a blog tour.

Enjoy what she has to say


Are you interested in writing history for young adults? If you are, you will absolutely want to visit Jess’ blog today where author Rina Z. Neiman talks about writing history for young adults and what grabs them and what loses them.

I remember the first time I read historical fiction as a young adult. The book was Michael Shaara’s The Killer Angels set during the Civil War, a topic that reminded me of a boring high school history class. But a friend couldn’t stop raving about the book and convinced me to give it a try.

Shaara’s story transported me into another world. The gruesome fighting on battlefields with vaguely familiar names were brought into sharp focus by the author’s descriptive prose. The characters were strong, the story lines interesting, and most importantly, the time period felt real. Suddenly, history was compelling and I was learning a lot to boot. I was hooked on historical fiction.

It’s been years since I first read that book, but the feeling of reading a living, breathing history stayed with me. When I decided to write my own historical novel, Born Under Fire, my goal was to bring to life the birth of the State of Israel in the way Shaara’s novel deepened my understanding for the Civil War.

The main character in Born Under Fire, Shula, is based on my mother. Through Shula we experience not only pivotal moments in the historical timeline, but her feelings, emotions and reactions to these events. Based on my experience, I knew I needed to avoid the history-lesson-voice and concentrate on the human dramas in each event.

An example of this is the dramatization the United Nations vote on the partition plan in 1947. Reading the transcript of this historic meeting, it was clear that I had to find a way to make this event, (which includes an extremely long roll call vote), engaging and interesting.

During my research, I learned that most everyone in Tel Aviv listened to the live broadcast on their radios that night. I created a scene where Shula’s extended family gathers in her apartment to listen to the vote. There is a buzz in the air and Shula sees the same scene repeated in every window on her street. Her 10-year-old brother holds a hand-drawn chart and stands ready with the new pen he bought for the tally. While the roll is called, family members interject and interrupt the proceedings, which keeps the action moving and the suspense building.

YA readers of historical fiction are looking for good stories with believable and relatable characters. Avoid rote repetition of facts and figures and instead opt for Interesting scenarios as a way to pass on information to the characters, and in turn, the readers.

Rina Z. Neiman


Synopsis

BornUnderFire_Cover.jpgBorn Under Fire is a historical novel that tells the story of a girl coming of age and her drive to excel despite the devastating effects of long-term war.

Born in Jerusalem under British rule in 1928, Shula grows up in a world in turmoil as Hitler rises to power and nations enter into war. Amid a landscape of ancient stone ruins next to modern Bauhaus architecture, and desert scrub ending at newly verdant farmlands, Shula grows into her independence as the State of Israel is born.

Based on historical documents and events, Born Under Fire is also about the context surrounding the founding of the State of Israel, as well as the horrors and dangers of growing up in a conflict zone. Shula battles grief and depression due to the shattering events affecting her, her family, and the entire world.

Despite this struggle, her resilient spirit enables her to reach great heights as a concert pianist..

Print Length: 258 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN-13: 978-1986349147
ISBN-10: 1986349144

Born Under Fire is now available to purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Thrift Books.


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on myContact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out myRequest Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

And if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Fantasy, New Releases, Reviews

“The Raven Coven” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you guys are all doing better than I am because I’m sick again, so I slept all morning and this is way I’m doing the review just now. I have read book one of this two part series called “The Raven Tower”.

The Raven Coven”, written by Emma Miles, is a Fantasy novel published on 27th May 2019 and it’s the second part in a series.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Emma Miles for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

The Raven Coven


SynopsisThe Raven Coven Ebook Final

Kesta had left her heart across the sea. They were at peace, her people saved from slavery, and yet… her soul was uneasy.

Chem lies in chaos, its people suffering as a result of the death of the ruling sorcerers. Refugees flee the cursed Borrows, begging for help from those they had made their enemy. A Queen unknowingly makes a dark, deadly pact, and new powers rise to fill the seats left empty by the Dunham necromancers.

Purchase Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK


Author Bio

The Raven Tower 0332lr (1 of 1)I presently live in the stunning county of Dorset where I’m a cat slave to Wolfe and Piglitt I spend as much time as I can outside in nature and love exploring and learning about new cultures and languages. I’ve visited Greece, Serbia, Transylvania, Sicily and Norway as well as making several road trips around our beautiful United Kingdom. I paint, sculpt, dabble in photography and do a little archery but most of all – whenever I get a chance – I write.

My writing started from a very young age when I often found myself being the one taking charge of and entertaining all my younger cousins. They loved to hear my stories and although they mostly called for ghost stories it was fantasy I fell in love with when I read The Lord of the Rings when I was ten. I went on to write stories and short ‘books’ for my friends through school and college; then one evening whilst I was waiting for my aunt and uncle to visit an image came to my mind of a boy sitting beneath a bridge. I didn’t know who he was or why he was there, but from exploring those questions ‘The Wind’s Children’ trilogy blossomed and grew with roots going back into his far history as well as stretching out to his future. The boy’s name was Tobias.

I have since left Tobias’s world of ‘Naris’ to explore the Valley with Feather in the ‘Hall of Pillars’ which is now available through Amazon. I am now presently finding my way through Elden, the beautiful Fulmer islands, the ravaged Borrows and haunted Chem with Kesta Silene; a shamaness of sorts with a big journey ahead of her. I hope you come along to share her story and join her adventure; she needs you and you won’t regret it.

Social Media Links – Facebook | TwitterGoodreadsWebsite


My Review

‘The Raven Coven’ is the second book and I recommend everyone to read the first book if you even already, so you can experience the full story and understand everything that you need to know to get the full picture of the series. That been said, this book picks up where ‘The Raven Tower’ ended.

Since this isn’t the first book, I really don’t want to say anything and end up giving a spoiler accidentally, so this review will be a bit open and not specific, about particular aspects of the plot.

I loved the book because of various reasons, to name some: it answers a lot of questions I had; it maintain the level of amount of magic and power; the descriptions were vivid; it explores another side of the characters life since some events happened in book one, and that made me learn some new aspects about the character.

I honestly loved the way the author took the characters with this book and it was an amazing journey into a fantasy world that was brilliantly constructed. The plot made sense to me as a continuation of book one and just like the complexion of the characters and all the different levels in theirs personalities and their stories and past, the storyline gives us many themes and relationships.

The book had a good pace that had that action feel to it, and was fun to read at some points, and exciting and adrenaline rush at others, and even interesting and curious. Also, it was emotional too, that made me connect with the characters and their thoughts. Everything was thanks to the tone of the book, the pace the plot and the descriptions that gave me a clear imagine of what was going on, and I like that.

Overall, I loved it. And I’m just sad that there won’t be any other book next because I wish to know what will happen in the future of this series. I will keep my eyes open for future books written by this author.


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Jess

Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, Reviews

“Tuscan Enchantment” Review

Hello Friends!

I know I haven’t been very active here on my blog, things are always getting crazy in my life. But today I have a review of a contemporary romance novel.

Tuscan Enchantment“, written by Kate Zarrelli, this standalone contemporary romance was published on 15th March 2019.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Kate Zarrelli for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Tuscan Enchantments


Synopsis

Tuscan Enchantments CoverThis was no cold marble—this was a man! Antonia goes to Tuscany to rebuild her life. The last thing she wants to do is fall in love, least of all with rich, arrogant, aristocratic Lorenzo.

Librarian Antonia Gray has fled England for northern Tuscany after an unhappy love affair to work on the archive of a 17th century Italian explorer, a member of a centuries-old aristocratic family. There she meets his descendent, Lorenzo Quattromani, rich, arrogant, handsome—and engaged to the beautiful and ruthless Giselle. The last thing Antonia wants is to fall in love, least of all with someone so dangerous. His engagement, though, is not what it seems, and Lorenzo breaks down Antonia’s resistance. But Giselle has other ideas.

Purchase Links – Devine Destinies | Amazon UK | Amazon US


About Author

Kate Zarrelli is the romance and erotica pen-name of Katherine Mezzacappa. Kate is Irish but now lives in Carrara in Northern Tuscany, between the Apuan Alps and the Tyrrhenian Sea, with her Italian husband and two teenage sons. She writes historical, erotic, feel-good and paranormal fiction, set all over Europe, and in her spare time volunteers with a used book charity of which she is a founder member. You can follow her on Facebook at Kate Zarrelli books or on Twitter @katmezzacappa.

 Social Media Links – Twitter |Facebook | RNA Author Page


My Review

First of all, who doesn’t love a good romance story in a beautiful place? Especially when it involves a librarian. I haven’t read many books with librarians as the main characters so of course I was excited about this book because of that too.

That been said, in Tuscan Enchantment we follow Antonia Gray that goes to northern Tuscany to work on the archive of a 17th century Italian explorer. And let’s just pause there… Antonia is a librarian, and I have interned in a school’s library and it was amazing, and she’s working on an archive… Surrounded by amazing findings… of a Italian… Explorer! When I read that bit of information in the blurb I was so curious, the librarian aspect was already making me excited, and this extra information even made enthusiast about it.

And of course, Antonia romantic story couldn’t be more fairytale-ish by meeting the handsome Lorenzo. And when I say, fairytale-ish I meant it as a compliment. I love a romance novel that takes me away, no matter if it’s to a different time period, city, country or just the all fairytale and emotional. So I like that.

Talking about the characters, they were well developed and relatable too. And Antonia and Lorenzo are two sides of the same coin in a way. She’s more quiet than he his, but that just make sparks fly and makes their interactions fun to read. And then there is the Countess and she was quite a character, I really liked her.

I honestly love the all concept of the story. Not only does it have the romance, it has drama even twists and mysteries and of course the characters made everything just perfect. A perfect recipe, and just what I needed. We all need some escape with the characters, especially to a pretty amazing place like Tuscany. Very dreamy.

Then of course, there were the vivid descriptions. They helped making Tuscany so real in my mind, I have never been there and I now have added it to my trip list. It was such a perfect setting, and I know I have been saying ‘perfect’ a lot, but it really is.

Overall, it was a very good book, with a dreamy scenery, intriguing plot, fantastic and well written characters and a storyline that make us readers sigh. Or at least it made me sigh.


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Jess

Blog Tour, Fantasy, New Releases, Paranormal, Reviews

“Thread of Hope” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well. I have a new review for you guys, that is part of a series. And I have read and reviewed the first book so I was very curious to this book.

Thread of Hope“, written by Rachel J. Bonner, is the second book in the Choices and Consequences series, a paranormal romance, coming of age, post-apocalyptic novel, published on 2nd May 2019.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Rachel J. Bonner for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Thread of Hope


Synopsis

The enthralling sequel to the compelling Strand of Faith.

Thread Front CoverWhat if your secrets are so dangerous they could destroy the one you love?

Is honesty always the best policy?

Leonie may have run away but Prospero will find her. He loves her and he wants a future with her by his side whatever the consequences. Only when he does find her, he ought to tell her who he really is, outside the monastery. That’ll make her run again. Dare he risk it? But if he doesn’t tell her, someone else may…

Marriage to Prospero is what Leonie wants most and the one thing she knows she can’t have. If he found out what she was really like, what she’d been, what she’d done, he’d despise her and she couldn’t bear that. Better to leave now than live a lie – but it’s harder than she expected. If only…

Gabriel is starting to discover the secrets inherent in Leonie, secrets that not even she knows, secrets that will tear the world apart. And the secrets he is keeping are tearing him apart. How can sacrificing those he loves possibly achieve peace when everything he discovers risks the death of millions?

Purchase Links: Amazon | Google Play | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Scribd | Mondadori | Indigo

During the book tour Strand of Faith will be at 99p, Thread of Hope is priced at £2.99.

Purchase Link for “Strand of Faith” – Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Scribd | Indigo | Angus & Robertson | Mondadori Store | iTunes | Playster


Author Bio

Rachel J Bonner is the author of the four book Choices and Consequences series, the first of which, Strand of Faith, is due out in November 2018.

Getting a degree in engineering, followed by a career in accountancy is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in paranormal romance.  Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun.  When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club.  Target shooting only, honest.  Nothing to worry about.

She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary.  It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.

Social Media Links – Website | Twitter | Facebook


My Review

“Thread of Hope” is the second book in the series and it continues the storyline in book one, so before you read this review, know that I recommend you to read the previous book. That way you will understand the story and the characters actions and background fully.

In this second novel, we keep following Perry Prospero and Leonie’s life as they take another step up on their relationship. And of course, with that step come the unfolding of new information and brings, like the title of the series says, “Choices and Consequences”.

Honestly, I love how the characters are developing and how the relationships, interactions and all the secrets are connecting and proving to be even more important to the all underlining of the story and plot. It’s been quite an exciting, interesting, thought-provoking, emotional journey that will continue in book three.

The concept of this series and the world that the author created is quite amazing and unique in various way, at least for me. I quite enjoyed it and loved how the writing style and descriptions grabbed me and got me to travel this world with the characters and feel like I’m part of their group, learning with them and dealing with all the consequences of our actions, because seriously, that’s what life is about.

Overall, I loved it and can’t wait to keep reading more because I have no idea what will happen next and where Rachel J. Bonner is going to take the characters.


Giveaway

For a chance to win Signed copies of both Strand of Faith and Thread of Hope, plus bookmarks and business cards that match each book, and one of the Holding Crosses that the monks and nuns have, click here.

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Jess

Fantasy, Reviews

“The Emissary” Review

Hello Friends!

I haven’t done a lot of reviews on audiobooks, although I love them, I end up reading the book as well. But when I got the chance to listen to this audiobook and reviewed it, I had too.

The Emissary“, written by Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio, is the first book in the One Great Year series, published on October 9, 2018. A Fantasy novel that is also an audiobook narrated by both authors.

I received a complimentary audiocopy of this book thanks to Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

P1070193When the world collapses from a Golden Age into one of chaos and strife, mankind’s salvation lies in the hands of eternal Emissaries― guardians chosen to protect the secrets of a sacred, ancient civilization and to guide humanity back to enlightenment even as its darkest hour approaches.

A timeless tale of love reborn through the ages.

Marcus and Theron are two lovers bound by an eternal and unshakable bond. As a series of catastrophic events nearly destroys their world, the two along with a chosen few become Emissaries destined, over the course of 13,000 years and through many reincarnations, to lead humanity into an era of peace and prosperity as foretold by the Elders of their race. But the forces of evil have taken possession of one man, Helghul, who relentlessly pursues Marcus and Theron through time, determined to destroy them and ruin all hope for salvation. The Emissary tracks Marcus’s epic adventure across centuries of human civilization to present day, where envoys of darkness gather threatening to bury the life-giving secrets of Atitala forever.

Good and evil come to blows and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.

Purchase Links – Amazon | Book Depository


Authors Bio

Rene DeFazio and Tamara Veitch are a husband and wife writing team. Rene is an actor, producer and author. Tamara studied English,History and General Arts at Simon Fraser University.

Rene DeFazio was born and raised in Canada and currently resides in the Vancouver area with his wife and writing partner Tamara Veitch. Rene is an actor and producer with numerous film and television roles to his credit. A world traveler and lifelong adventurer, Rene has called upon his unusual and exciting experiences in co-creating The One Great Year novel series. His tireless research and first hand knowledge of exotic locations, customs, sights, and smells help to bring this epic story to life.

Tamara Veitch is a writer, mural artist, and mother of three. She grew up in Canada and attended Simon Fraser University, studying English, psychology, history and General Arts. Tamara has had a lifelong interest in spiritual wisdom and has carefully researched ancient teachings from many traditions to ensure historical accuracy throughout The One Great Year Series.

Tamara and Rene have completed Book I and II in The One Great Year Series and are currently working on Book III. To maintain a dynamic and authentic presentation of the ancient secrets at the core of their writing, they travel to exotic locations in search of esoteric knowledge and cultural insights that will inspire readers everywhere.

In 2012 they received Honorable mention from the New York Book Festival and The London Book Festival. In 2014 they were each awarded an Empowered Writers Award at the World International Peace festival In Vancouver BC, Canada.

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My Review

P1070225I haven’t reviewed many audiobooks before, but this one, just from the synopsis, I knew that it would be an amazing fantasy novel that I really wanted to know more about, no matter if it was by listening to the authors narrate it or by reading it. I didn’t care, I just wanted to be a part of the adventure, and that’s what happened.

I could tell you all about the world that the authors created but I don’t want to spoil anything, so I will leave it in the air, let’s just say that this world is complex, although not enough that you would be confused. Like life itself, it has many aspects, many characters that are connected, twists and turns, action and good and evil battling out.

P1070204I loved that I got to discover all the peculiarities about this world and about the emissaries by listening to the authors narrate the story. I listen to it during workout at the gym and at some points, I was running and I could almost feel like I was there with the characters and was running around. It was perfect for me and I loved that, I loved that the authors not only captivated me with the storytelling and the amazing characters and world, but they also captivated me with how they narrated the story.

I almost don’t know what to say or think. I want to know more about the characters and I want to know if good wins and the future of mankind is safe. I felt like I was on a rollercoaster, thanks to all the emotions, adrenaline, curiosity and concentration I had during the multiple times I listen to the audiobook.

P1070217I didn’t listen to it in one sitting because I wanted to savor every moment and understand the world to it’s fullest. Yet I was still wondering and looking for all the answers and trying to figure out what was going to happen next. Since it’s a storytelling about rebirth and love, as much as it is about saving mankind, in this fantasy world, my heart was fully in.

Overall, it’s an amazing start of a series and I can’t wait to know more and read and listen to more of their books in this series. Do I recommend it? Of course! If the synopsis and my review haven’t sold the book yet, I do hope you still give it a try, just look at the cover and it’s awesome design.


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Jess