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Friday, August 19, 2016

Review: Driving Me Mad by Lindsay Paige

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Publication Date: 6th July 2016
Pages: 314 
Source: Won in a giveaway held by author


He was my therapist.

She was my client.

He’s the person I lean on and turn to.

She’s the person who brings me relief when there seems to be none.

He makes me smile and laugh when anxiety and depression consume me.

She helps me breathe when depression is choking me.

I don't know how to live without him.

I don't know how to be honest with her.
Are we driving each other mad?


My Thoughts

I shouldn't have read the blurb for book 2 before finishing this one because it kinda ruined this book for me a little, I already knew what will be the end, there was no guessing there. So please don't even give a look to the blurb of book #2.

Though this was a bit slow paced for my taste, I liked it. I liked how things unfolded, how the lead characters looked after one another, how they always prioritized each other's careers before everything else. I like it when people not only give priority to their careers but also to their partner's careers, pushing them to do best. This story also provided me a great way to see how much people suffer from inside in anxiety and made me see how I can help these people. 

This story was not something that I usually read. I have always found myself gravitating towards more dramatic stories maybe because I think that life is already full of so many complications why to go for more sad type of complications in leisure time stories too. But I think I have to change this thinking, these type of stories could show us how there is still hope even in the darkest times.

I don't know anybody who is going through anxiety and depression of this magnitude. After reading this I am amazed to see how much strong these people are, how brave they are to continue and give it a tough fight and not give in. I just want to give them a bear hug. While reading I so wished to go into those pages and hug them so tight, tell them that everything is gonna be fine I am here with you, you just exist and I'll push you forward. 

Initially, I was able to relate to Brit's anxiety attacks, though I never had that frequent attacks but I occasionally had few when I was over worried about something and I'd just break down until my mom or a friend hold me, let me cry and tell me how I am gonna go through. 
As the book progressed I was amazed to see how strong Brittany is and I really liked her relationship with her best friend Rebecca. Rebecca was the perfect friend, she was there for Brit untill the end, knew when she need to leave her alone and when she need to stay. I also liked how understanding Britt's parents were. I just wished her parents and Rebecca had more scenes.
Trace was good. The way he looked after Brittany was endearing but I really wished that he looked after himself if not the same way at least 50% of that. I really wished me communicated more with someone in his life.

All in all, it was a good read which was evenly panned out and nicely dealt with all the themes of the plot.

Few Updates while Reading this book:

08/06 page 92 "Received the book yesterday after I won it in a giveaway by the author . started reading at midnight and now couldn't stop it. I am at chapter 10 already and loving it. I like Rebecca how she cares for her friend, I get Brittany and her attacks, and I love how Trace and Brittany get each other. it makes me feel.so good that they r there for each other."
08/06 page 111 "I love the way they end their dates :D it fill me with warm n fuzzy feelings :P"

08/07 page 182 "Oh my goodness. Brittany is like me can't seem to hide stuff from mom :P"

08/09 page 270 "everything was going great... why this sudden change in mood!!! I am really afraid that something bad is going to happen"

08/18 page 294 "I am so sad for both of them... but my heart is breaking for her parents :(" 
08/18 page 305 "he hasn't reached out to me, so I'm not going to reach out to him" I hate this 
08/18 100.0% "finished! yay! it took me long but I finished a book :D
ADVICE: Don't read the blurb for book 2 don't read anything about book 2.
I knew there is a book 2 and read it's blurb on bookmark so I kinds knew what was gonna happen, but would I certainly loved it more if I went in blind."

3.5 out of 5

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Book Blast: The Conspiracy at Meru by Shatrujeet Nath


The Conspiracy at Meru (Vikramaditya Veergatha # 2)


VICTORY IS TEMPORARY. THE BATTLE IS ETERNAL.

Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine have fought valiantly to repel the rampaging hordes from Devaloka and Patala – but Avanti has been brought to its knees. Ujjayini lies battered its citizens are scared and morale is badly shaken. Meanwhile, the barbaric Hunas and Sakas are gathering on the horizon and cracks are emerging between the allied kingdoms of Sindhuvarta.

The only silver lining is that the deadly Halahala is safe. For now.

Bent on vengeance, Indra is already scheming to destroy Vikramaditya, while Shukracharya has a plan that can spell the doom for the Guardians of the Halahala. How long can the human army hold out against the ferocity and cunning of the devas and asuras? And will Vikramaditya’s love for his queen come in the way of his promise to Shiva?

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The Gaurdians of The Halahala  (Vikramaditya Veergatha # 1)


The deadly Halahala, the all-devouring poison churned from the depths of the White Lake by the devas and asuras, was swallowed by Shiva to save the universe from extinction.

But was the Halahala truly destroyed?

A small portion still remains – a weapon powerful enough to guarantee victory to whoever possesses it. And both asuras and devas, locked in battle for supremacy, will stop at nothing to claim it.

As the forces of Devaloka and Patala, led by Indra and Shukracharya, plot to possess the Halahala, Shiva turns to mankind to guard it from their murderous clutches. It is now up to Samrat Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine to quell the supernatural hordes – and prevent the universe from tumbling into chaos!

A sweeping tale of honour and courage in the face of infinite danger, greed and deceit, The Guardians of the Halahala is a fantastical journey into a time of myth and legend.

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About the Author

Door-to-door salesman, copywriter, business journalist & assistant editor at The Economic Times; Shatrujeet Nath was all this before he took to writing fiction full-time. He debuted with The Karachi Deception in 2013, followed by The Guardians of the Halahala and The Conspiracy at Meru, the first two books in the Vikramaditya Veergatha series. At present, he is writing volume three of the series. Shatrujeet lives in Mumbai, but spends much of his time in the fantasy worlds of his stories.


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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Barclay Publicity's Summertime Giveaway- Michelle Madow & Jodi Linton


More than 20 authors will be sharing their best and worst pick-up lines during this EPIC eReader Giveaway! Win dozens of prizes, including swag packs, print or eBooks, gift cards, tote, posters, themed prizes, etc...and of course, a grand prize of four (4) eReaders!

Today we have Michelle Madow sharing her 'oh so amazing experience' (:P ) on the dating app Tinder.
And we also have Jodi Linton sharing her worst pick-up one liner. ENJOY!

Michelle Madow


As I’m sure a lot of you know, the most recent trend in online dating is an app called Tinder. A few months ago, a friend convinced me to give it a try. I did – because why not? It’s free, and since technology is such a big part of our lives in this day and age, online dating has lost a lot of the stigma that it had a few years ago.

For those of you who haven’t heard anything about Tinder, here’s a brief summary about how it works: 
  • You make a brief profile with 1-5 pictures and a few lines about yourself.
  • It’s connected to Facebook, which creates trust that the people you’re talking to are real.
  • If you think a person is hot, you swipe right on their picture. If they’re not your type, you swipe left.
  • A chat box will be available only if both people have swiped right to each other. (This way, you’re not bombarded with messages from people who aren’t your type.) 
Once the chat box is available, both people are mutually attracted to each other! Yay! Now…
it’s time for the inevitable pick up line. I have gotten a lot of terrible ones. 
So I hope you enjoy this collection of terrible pick up lines (and my responses) that I received on Tinder!



For the record, I’m not on Tinder right now. Occasionally (once every few weeks), I’ll go on the app hoping for a miracle, but I give up after a few hours, when I receive an onslaught of cheesy pickup lines and am reminded about why I stopped using the app in the first place.


DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
All-access doesn't mean no problems.

The three Diamond sisters survived the summer in style after coming to live with their long-lost billionaire father. But making a place for themselves at their exclusive new Las Vegas private school is throwing them any number of gold-plated curves. Savannah's YouTube stardom turns into a Sweet Sixteen reality show extravaganza—with complimentary enemies on the side. Dangerous flirtations don't keep Peyton from a gamble that will risk far more than she planned to bet. And when Courtney and the sisters' archenemy, Madison, uncover two explosive secrets, it will rock even this town of glittering illusion—and turn their lives upside down all over again.

Sisterhood, first crushes, and scandalous secrets explode in book two of Michelle Madow's riveting series, The Secret Diamond Sisters.

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Michelle Madow wrote her first novel, Remembrance, in her junior year of college. Remembrance is the first book in The Transcend Time Saga, a three part series about reincarnation and true love that Michelle successfully self-published. The series was inspired by Taylor Swift's "Love Story" music video. Michelle's latest YA series, The Secret Diamond Sisters, about three sisters who discover they are the secret heirs to a Las Vegas billionaire casino owner, was published in March 2014 by Harlequin Teen. The second book in the series, Diamonds in the Rough, released in November 2014, and the third book, Diamonds are Forever, will be coming out in November 2015. Michelle is active on social media networks and has toured across America to promote her books and encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing.

Michelle lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is writing more novels for young adults. She loves reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling the world, shopping, Disney fairy tales, Broadway musicals, and loves talking with fans on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit Michelle online at www.michellemadow.com.
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Jodi Linton

Hey there!

This blog is dedicated to every wannabe smooth-talker. 

My name is Jodi Linton. I’m the author of the Deputy Laney Briggs Series and my upcoming The Original Sinners Motorcycle Club Series with Entangled Publishing. I’ve lived in Texas my entire life. And no, I’m not married to a ‘real’ cowboy. But I do share my suburbia home with a teacher who has a hobby moonlighting as a drummer. 

Today I want to talk about horrible pick-up lines. You know, the ones that make you cringe with their seediness.  I’ve weathered my fair share of creepy one-liners, and while I’m like, “Get the hell away from me!” at the time, they can be quite hilarious in retrospect. 

So when it came to needing a line for this blog post, I asked a fellow author friend about the worst pick-up line ever used on her, and hers beat any of mine hands down.  Her lovely boyfriend shot off this heart-stopper when they first met: “Hey, baby. You got five minutes to regret?”  I’ve gotta say it is pretty good, and yeah, maybe back in the day when my husband was trying every play in the book to snag a date with me this one would’ve made me laugh. And it probably would have made me say, “Buy me a drink, and then we’ll see about the next five minutes.” 

Tell me. What’s some of your favorite worst pick-up lines ever? 

Bye for now, y’all,
Jodi Linton

Jodi Linton is the author of the Deputy Laney Briggs Series and the upcoming The Original Sinners Motorcycle Club with Entangled Publishing. She lives in Texas with her husband and two kids. When she is not writing about sassy females and dirty talking heroes, she enjoys long walks and family time down at the river. Join the Pink Pistol Readers! Jodi Linton's official Street Team for insider scoops on all her upcoming books.

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Pretty Lawless Blurb

She's about to go vigilante on his ass...

Laney Briggs was almost certain that her sexy-assed Texas Ranger, Gunner Wilson, was gonna pop the question. Instead, he went and pulled one helluva fast one—he arrested her best friend, Luke Wagner and skipped out. Now Pistol Rock's firecracker deputy is ready to go Wild West on Gunner...if she can just keep that raw, sexual chemistry under control.

Gunner was planning to propose, and it all went to hell. Now he's boots-deep into an investigation with ties to the Dirty Southern Mafia and corrupt cops. Yep, Laney is definitely gonna have his hide. Especially when she finds out just how much he's been keeping from her...

But Laney has a weakness for Gunner's delectable cowboy hotness. And for him, she will break every rule in the book—including the ones she's sworn to uphold.

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