Ozoni and Onsens: A Daydreamer Detective Novella by S.J. Pajonas

OzoniRating: 2**

Published:

I received this e-book from author blog subscription for an honest review, thank you!

This is short prose set in Japan and surrounded by its culture. The plot takes a reader to Mei’s plan to spend her first vacation in five years together with Yasahiro, her boyfriend, they plan to take a trip and really relax. However, the plan does not come to reality, Mei is known for bad luck and this is another story of all the weird events to fall exactly for the holidays before New Year.
I would say the title is misleading because there wasn’t anything involved with mystery, so I suppose this is a short glimpse of “normal” story between the books, which I have not started yet, but are on my Kindle.

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Dreams Beyond the Shore by Tamika Gibson

Dreams_BeyondTheShoreRating: 2**

Published: September 15th 2017 by Blouse & Skirt Books

I received an e-arc for an honest review!

The book has received Caribbean Book award on 2016!

Dreams Beyond the Shore tells about two teenagers who has to take a different path than their peers, it’s the story that leads to inspiring youth who chooses to go for their dreams and stand against their parents and the path they want their child to take. What’s more, this plot takes it more complex – told by two main character’s perspectives, Chelsea Marchand and Kyron, two teenagers of complete lifestyle opposites. But you have heard – opposites attracts? Chelsea belongs to Politicians high society class family and Kyron – not even near that…but what does unites them? Being too much influenced by their fathers criminal life activities overshadowing themselves…

This is a story set in rather small island, giving readers a new setting, because how many stories have you read that are set in Caribbean? They both sparkle a fast romance and flirting but as much as everything else is going around them, it also comes between them. It was interesting read, but I didn’t connect with both characters. The writer has interestingly written a plot to build up, for both of teenagers finding more about those who they love, they both go through a lot and they learn…

Give a try to read and I am looking forward for your opinion!

 

Writing & Selling Short Stories & Personal Essays: The Essential Guide to Getting Your Work Published by Windy Lynn Harris

Writtin&SellingRating: 5*****

Published: September 19th 2017 by Writer’s Digest Books

I received this e-arc copy from Writer’s Digest Books for an honest review, thank you!

This book is focused on American audience, but I think it’s worth to read anyone who want to write short or long stories, this book is perfect, because it involves to work and practice on one’s writing style, shape it and answer the questions that bugs you – where to start and what’s the protocol and how things are working from that point, questions that make one to write better.

I was recently given a book for an honest review by author, and it lacked basic punctuation, this is the book that gives the guidance even in this topic, because a writer can’t just blame the “editor” for not correcting the mistakes, the author has to write including the punctuation, the editor can correct but you want to polish your work to it’s best until you choose to show it to someone who will review it. It also gives the knowledge of literature genres and how to develop ideas on creating the topics for your story. The author has given examples of short stories, guiding the reader into knowledge.

Writing and Selling book is giving the guidance how to apply to magazines and submit your written work to online publications and publishers as well. It’s worth a read for everyone who wants to succeed, being spotted from the crowd. I think it is great, maybe you didn’t study literature and aren’t aware of the basics….and you have always wanted to write, this is for you!

 

 

 

Mehndi for the Inspired Artist by Morgan Alex, Iqra Qureshi, Alex Morgan, Sonia Sumaira, Heather Caunt-Nulton

mehndiRating: 3***

Release date: October 17th 2017 by Walter Foster Publishing

50 contemporary patterns & projects inspired by traditional henna art.

I received this e-arc from Walter Foster Publishing for an honest review, thank you!

This is practical photo study book with enough information for an individual to learn some Mehndi art basics and from there to create your own. I really liked the way book started giving an opinion for reader to browse for more information and opinions on the henna patterns and techniques, as the writers state – there are many varieties between different regions and culture variations.

However, I loved the book had so many photos and exact description about how henna may look on body at the beginning, after 24h and 72h. It also tells the best ways how to start practicing on different surfaces not only hands/palms or ankles, it has easy step-by-step tutorials for art on glass jars or boxes – I would highly suggest to climb out of the box and variations, creating your own unique patterns and places – canvases, paper, furniture, walls and try to place henna on someone else.

Diwali is celebrated this week and I think this Mehndi book showed an example how Diwali patterns can be celebrated/ used all year round, not necessary following the traditional thoughts henna is only used for bridal and party occasions.

Snowed In (Christmas With A Billionaire Novella) by Lila Monroe

screenshot_2017-10-14-00-29-591747906693.pngRating: 2**

Published:  December 2nd 2015, Kindle


Synopsis:

Throwing a blow-out bash for hot rock star-turned-music exec Ace Carmichael should be as easy as pecan pie. It’s my chance to prove my party-planning skills, but this bad boy client isn’t making life simple with his broody looks and aversion to shirts. If only he’d stop tempting me to jingle all the way … to his hot tub … this could be my big break. But thanks to four feet of snow, the event of the year is suddenly a party for two. So deck the halls with a dangerously sexy tattooed rocker, a dozen cases of champagne and … me.


This is a quick read novella about one,Ace, who is extremely rich and hires a person to throw a Christmas party and one, Paige, who is working to reach her aim and love what she is doing – party planning. One may think they both come from different worlds but they click together without a thought or many desire thoughts. This book is about going extra mile of Christmas preparation and it seemed crazy at times – very detailed overcrowded – about creating the Festive atmosphere.

Paige arrives at Ace’s place a day earlier to make sure the party is perfect only to find the main host, is not bothered at all what is going to be set or how it’s going to look. She finds her employed incredibly sexy and her thoughts say he is a womanizer and she is not going to be one of the many…

However, plans have to change as they both find the party morning as snowed in, with closed traffic from air or land, Paige feels terrible as she so much wanted to be spot from all those VIP persons, but she is about to fall in love with Ace and his seduction moves.

However, not everything goes smooth, they are about to see what it is about each other, value them-self and life, take a risk and jump for it.

Getting Wrapped Up: A Sapphire Falls Holiday Bundle (Sapphire Falls #3.5, 3.75)

GettingWrappedUpRating: 2**

Published: November 5th 2016 by EN Fiction, Inc

The 3 book bundle tells about “Getting In the Spirit”, “Getting In the Mood” and “Getting Frisky”short novellas which tell story plot set either in Christmas and New Year’s Eve and jumping to Valentine’s Day. All stories are bound to two main characters, Levi and Kate, starting from the moment when their closest people try to set a blind date for each of them and it goes wrong, but two of them meat and find having ultimate connection. The story takes place in the small town of Sapphire Halls, a very small town that are into festivals, holidays and celebrations. The book starts by giving a reader a warning if you like dirty content you will enjoy the novel (omg – what start is that??? ) and each of the next stories tells that much about each… and to be honest, there’s not much of a dirty talk, flirting, jealously with each other,  yes, and that’s it.

Basically, each of the story novella has one main climax in the plot, there’s one sex scene and side characters but that’s about it. The characters are build up and involves getting to know their background and why both of them wants to celebrate Christmas so bad and get together. The book has overly Christmas mood, like seriously, a lot, too much for me to get the sense of reality popping in the story where two wealthy, grown up people can more or less achieve anything they set their minds to.

By all means, I say, read if you are in reading slum, want romantic stories, your last book was a thriller.

36 Questions That changed My mind About You by Vicki Grant

36_questionsRating: 3***

Release date: October 19th 2017 by Hot Key Books


Synopsis: 

Two random strangers. Thirty-six questions to make them fall in love. Hildy and Paul each have their own reasons for taking part in the psychology study (in Paul’s case it is the $40, in Hildy’s the reasons are significantly more complex). The study poses the simple question: Can love be engineered between two random strangers? Hildy and Paul must ask each other 36 questions, ranging from “What is your most terrible memory?” to “When did you last sing to yourself?” 


I received an e-arc copy of the book by Bonnier Zaffre/ Hot Key Books, thanks a million!

I enjoyed the book, it was interesting, sweet and different teen’s novel. I found 36 questions exactly necessary to be asked to a complete stranger, 36 is at least a start. I read some other reviews about the book and opinions vary from other readers, that it was too boring and should have been only 18 or way less, however, I would say – no, 30 and something is somewhat to start with.

This is not just a simple, plain 36 questions to be asked and straight forward answers to be given, well, maybe that was the plan but for Paul and Hildy it was not the case. Hildy is bubbling girl, a little bit of an introvert and she tries very hard to make things work. She feels so bad about the issues at home and has no clue what more to expect and how to fix them. The day of an interview seems to be one of the worst day’s ever…everything gets out of control…have you had one of those? You might know what it means…however, Hildy is there and she is interested to find this experiment – how to ask and answer 36 questions and whats the outcome, can two strangers have somewhat feelings or not, or can they say “goodbye” and walk away never to see each other again?

Paul on the other hand really needs cash, and he spot this as an opportunity to earn 40 Dollars and that’s it, closed book. He’s here to earn money not to reveal his life or somewhat truth to matters that has no business to the questions and personal life.

So they meet and they ask questions….the topics easily gets to side topics and it seems difficult to keep the real ones in order, but they try and they talk. Paul is defensive and Hildy is like an open folder, although, through whole book the most important issue of WHAT HAPPENED is not revealed until the very last.

I found the book as a big puzzle of what is behind these two, rather normal looking teenagers, 36 questions – some are crazy, but holds something to let you know what’s the issues. The story also involves them both getting angry to each other, withdrawing from the conversation, leaving days/weeks between only to realize the questions are the only reasons to pursue the next meeting. The plot rolls around Hildy’s family and friends, as well as Paul’s, it also involve issues between them both, such as family secrets, pain/trauma, strong will and life as it is without predictions.

It was realistic, keeping in mind that not everything can be seen in “happy, happy” mode, it was in the middle a little bit confusing, because I was trying to guess what’s the big deal they both are trying to hide and are talking around, would have proffered somewhat sooner, BUT this gave the realistic consistence to the story.