Friday, 29 July 2016

Book Review!

Title: The Lace Makers of  Glenmara

Author: Heather Barbieri
Year of Publishing: 2009
Plot: You know how it sometimes feels like it's all going wrong, all at once? No? Well, just ask poor Kate Robinson, and she'll tell you how it feels. You see, she's supposed to be a fashion designer but her line isn't doing well, then her boyfriend  Ethan leaves her for a top model, then her mother dies! Poor thing. So, Katie decides to do something fun, you know, to clear her head. You deserve it, girl. She takes a trip to the Emerald Isle which he and her mother had  initially planned to do together. She stops at the small town of Glenmara and there she is befriended by a group of lace-making village women. Under Kate's mentorship, the women discover that the  lace could be put to more than one good use. She teaches them to make, ahem, lingerie out of it. Which wouldn't be a big deal if this wasn't a pretty traditional catholic village so a couple of feathers are bound to be rustled.
Review: I really loved Kate's  subtle kick-ass atitude lurking underneath all that apparent softness: Your boyfriend leaves you for a scrawny anorexic model? Migrate to a tiny Irish village and start making the tiniest sexiest bit of lacy lingerie which he'll never have the pleasure of seeing you in. Infact, I think I just though of a new name for this book. It shoul have been called: Revenge? It's best served wearing Lace! Yep. Take that all the Ethans of this world. I also loved the warm friendhip and companionship she cultivates with the  women, and that priest going through all that heartache over a few harmless pieces of lace? Super funny.
The book was a fun read and I highly recommend especially if there's a certain Ethan-like jerk you'd like to get back at. If you know what I mean? 😜
Lest I forget, there's a cover reveal party coming up right here in a few hours so stay tuned, all right?
You know I love you almost as much as I love me, right?
Cheers,
Chiomaah

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Book Review

Title: Free Food for Millionares (yes. Ironic, I thought so too)


Author: Min Jin Lee
Date of Publishing: April 2008
Publishers: Grand Central Publishing
Plot:
This is the compelling tale of Princeton graduate Casey Han, the daughter of  working class Korean immigrants. Inspite of her ivy league education, she finds herself jobless several months after graduation and neck-deep in debt. It also doesn't help that Casey has such expensive tastes in clothes and hats. I guess that explains the hat-wearing lady on the cover. Lee delves deeper into Casey's life as she struggles to keep her head above water.  Plus, we get a glimpse into the life of other Korean immigrants, some rich, some poor as their lives unfold in a America
Review:
Am really ashamed to admit that before now, all knew about Korea could be summed up in one short sentence: cars, electronics and K-pop. Not any more. I know a lot more about Korea and Koreans now. But seriously,America has always been the object of better-life fantasies for many of the world's, well, not so priviledged. The promise of a land where everything is possible and the lure of the gold-paved streets which supposedly abound in the US is difficult to resist. But how much of this is true? And when we fianlly land at say, JFK and realise that the  colourful TV commercials may have been left out a few details about life over there, what happens to us? Is it invariably more difficult to navigate hardship in a foreign land than if we were back at home? It was easy for me to identify with Casey's struggles and am pretty sure a lot of not-so priviledged young women  will do the same. I love authors who possess the super human ability to create and bring to life different fascinating characters. Reading this book was like penetrating deep, into the life of each person and for that I found the book really powerful. This book could be some sort of textbook for Korean immigrants in the USA. Plus, I think am ready to have my first taste of Korean food, for example kimchi?
It's an old book but if you haven't read it yet, I think you owe the bookstore a visit.
Rating: πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹
You know I love you almost as much as I love me, right?
Cheers,
Chiomaah.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Girl from Jussara book blitz!

So the wonderful folks at www.sagesblogtours.com are organising a book blitz for the hot new paranormal romance Girl from Jussara and they were gracious enough to let us be a part of it.
So here is an excerpt:
Girl from Jussara
By Hettie Ivers
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

What if your “soul mate” was a monster?  Would you embrace your destiny?  Or chop his head off in his sleep?  

After escaping the supernatural beast who claimed to be her fated mate, a pregnant, 16-year-old Lupe finds refuge with the Reinoso werelock pack, forging a complicated love-friendship with both the pack's charming, former Alpha, Alcaeus, and the dark and enigmatic pack doctor, Kai. 

This is the story of Lupe and of how she managed to get Alcaeus and the rest of the Reinosomale werelocks so well wrapped around her little finger. 

Prequel to "Slip of Fate."  May be read as a standalone or as part of the Werelock Evolution series. 

**Mature Content Warning** - This story contains violence, dark subject matter, strong language, and sexual situations and is intended for adult readers. 

Author Bio

Hettie Ivers loves to tell stories—the more twisty, darkly humorous and smutty, the better!  A workaholic insomniac with an overly active imagination, Hettie began writing as a distraction from the real life corporate mergers that were giving her nightmares. 

As a dog lover and lover of hot men, she thought it'd be fun to write about both—combined into one paranormal package.  Hettie favors stories in which realistic, relatable characters must navigate fantastical, larger-than-life circumstances. She's a sucker for sexy antiheroes, underdogs, and flawed protagonists, and she enjoys fresh spins on classic tropes with a sprinkling of satire. 

Monday, 25 July 2016

Aria & Ethan by Kad Rayan book blitz!

Aria & Ethan
by Kad Rayan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 25th 2016

Summary:
A car accident. Aria is broken. Ethan is her first love but… he’s also her ex-boyfriend.
Do you think True Love can do miracles?

Aria is booktarian (a person who reads a lot of books). She's pursuing her dream of becoming a writer.

But what to do when your life comes crashing down?

The main storyline is the relationship between Aria and Ethan her ex-boyfriend, leader of a rock band and still in love with her. Ethan's dedication and love never fails to inspire her.

Do you believe you can help someone who doesn't want to be helped?

This book is about hope and love. An inspirational Love Story. A Life Lesson.

"He held her hand and began speaking; “I was an idiot all those years ago when I refused to move in with you. Aria, I was scared of the commitment but I’m not scared anymore.""

If you like heart-wrenching love stories with a Powerful Life Lesson then you’ll love Aria & Ethan. The first tale in a YA contemporary series. Graseen Ville series.

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Buy Links (On sale for only $0.99 from July 25th to 29th!):
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EXCERPT

“Aria stop being so stupid!” he hissed at her as though he had had enough, “You are going to do your treatments and you are going to get better.”
         “No I am not Ethan! Its over! Just leave me alone!” She gritted her teeth against the tears that threatened to stream down her face.
         Ethan dropped down on the floor beside the bed then knelt in front of her. He grabbed hold of her hand and held it so tightly that Aria was forced to feel it.
         “Aria, I need you to stop this,” he told her, staring her in the eye as though he was trying to push the words into her mind, “I need you to get better because I need you. Aria I love you and I have always loved you. I can’t imagine my life without you.” Tears started flowing. She saw the seriousness on his face and it made her weep. There was nothing she could do but cry.
          “Ethan, please leave me alone,” she wept, “I can’t do this.” Her heart pounded as she saw the bitterness on his face. She wanted nothing more than to throw herself into his arms and take that look off his face but she couldn’t take him down with her. There was no way she could let him give up his dreams to take care of her for the rest of his life. She had to be harsh to be kind.
          Ethan looked down at their hands and she was sure that he was going to cry. She wanted to tell him not to. She wanted to tell him that she loved him too and that she wanted to fight for him but she couldn’t hold him down.
         “Dad wants me to go on a business trip to New York for a few weeks. I told him that I couldn’t because you need me but I guess I should go and leave you alone,” He sighed as he stood up, dropping her hand from his own”…
… The front door of the house clicked shut as Ethan left the room. She wanted to get up, run to him and tell him not to go but it was never going to happen. Her heart pounded as she realized she had broken her own heart. There was nothing she could do but let him leave. From the way he had spoken he made it sound as if he wasn’t going to come back. The thought of never seeing him again made her feel sick. She wanted to shout out to him and call him back but she couldn’t even manage to open her mouth.


About the Author
Kad Rayan writes YA books to convey emotions and give readers a tool to increase their experience of life.  He's a big fan of One Tree Hill TV show. That’s why his stories are set in the fictional small town of Graseen Ville, North Carolina.

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Monday, 18 July 2016

Consoling Angel by Denise Alicea Tour!

You guys probably know by now that the wonderful Denise  Alicea has been working so tirelessly hard this past few days promoting her latest audiobook Consoling Angel. So today she was kind enough to take a few minutes off her super busy schedule to spend some time with us Literatis πŸ†’! Thanks Denise, you are an angel! Knowing what insatiable bookworms you are she was kind enough to send us an excerpt to whet our appetites and as a bonus, she's added a mouth-watering giveaway to the package. Double coolness.
The exercept is below and the giveaway you'll find by your right hand hand side. So let the fun begin! 😜
Consoling Angel (novella)
by Denise Alicea



Genre: YA Time Travel, Paranormal, Romance
Page Count: 24
Release Date: September 6th 2013

Summary from Goodreads:


Mira did not know what she had in store the day she fell asleep while wanting to escape her
current situation. Overcoming a death from someone so close and burying herself in school and
an internship has kept her somewhat awake and alive. An admiration for the actor, James Dean
was all that kept the memory of her father alive. If she couldn’t be with her father, she could at
least remember what they shared an admiration for together. She always wanted to meet James
Dean… she didn’t know it would come true. Be careful what you wish for. It may just come true.

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Excerpt

My life couldn’t be more complete. As we reached the apartments, I slowly got off the bike,
surprised at myself that I had done this. Ordinarily, I’d never get on a motorcycle. James leaned
over and caressed my cheek. Before I could open my mouth to tell him what was to happen to
him, he gave me a quick peck on the lips. I couldn’t let James walk away, not now.
 Something in me grasped his wrist; my breath caught in my throat. I no longer cared about
the rain. I must have looked like a drowned rat to him. “I have to tell you something,” I blurted
as I waited for his reaction.
 James smiled, then chuckled as he caressed my face.  The rain was preventing me from
seeing clearly. “Sweetheart, it’s raining and you’re soaked. I hope this is important.”  Pulling
him toward me, I faced him. I could change history. I could have him live out his life as he was
meant to. If I couldn’t save my father, I could save him.
 “In the future, when you become famous, please be careful. Remember this: there will be a
day that you are off to a race. You will not see a car until it’s too late. James, please promise me.
It could mean your life.” I must have sounded like a complete and total idiot to him. Geez! I
think I watched Back To The Future too many times. I sounded like Marty talking to the
professor about his impending death.
 Chuckling, he shook his head, expelling the rain off his head and onto me. Laughter
erupted between us as I covered my face. He then cupped my face, kissed my forehead. “Are you
sure you’re not an angel? I cannot promise anything, but baby, I can promise I’ll see you
tomorrow. I’ll pick you up here and you can ditch your responsibilities. Ride with me.”
 Sighing, now I knew how all those girls felt when they looked at him. What an offer that
would be. Ditch school to ride with the man who was loved by so many. I was determined he’d
listen to me.  Gripping his hands from my face, I gazed into his eyes. “I’m serious!”
 Before I could utter another word, his lips descended on mine. My body went toward him
and melted. I couldn’t help but respond as I brought him closer.  I was lost in his warm lips as
they caressed mine. Lingering near my lips, he breathed, “I know you are.” Then, winking as he Kissed me again, smiling that beautiful smile of his, "How else can my angel guard me if she isn't with me?"
There you have it guys, I really hope you've had as much fun as I have (I've had a truck-load, try to keep up).
You know I love you almost as much as I love me, right?
Cheers,
Chiomaah
😍

Buy Links:
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The Devil's Own by Alix Nichols Tour!

So for the past few days, the wonderful Alix Nichols has been on tour for her latest book, The Devil's Own Chloe and it's finally our turn to get a tasty slice of all the exciting action. *doing a little victory dance, aka twerking*
So, while am physically demonstrating my delight at this particularly uplifting piece of news, am going to keep typing to let you wonderful Literatis, know what's in store for you today. Smile guys, it's almost like christmas. So a couple of days ago, the delightful ladies at www.clp.com, sent me a copy of the book on the condition that I share my review with you guys. That will be coming up shortly. Plus, there's even a juicy giveaway up for grabs. I told you. It's almost like christmas! Anyway, enough talk, time for the business of the day. Excited already? Bet you are!

Promo Tour: The Devil's Own Chloe by Alix Nichols

Title: The Devil's Own Chloe
Author: Alix Nichols
Genre: Chick Lit/Romantic Comedy
FREE: July 16-18
Amazon: http://amzn.to/29R3guy
Giveaway: http://www.alixnichols.com/swag.html


About the Book

The Devil's Own Chloe is a feel-good romance that tackles some big issues and delivers a shy-guy hero you won't want to forget!

Young Parisian architect Chloe Germain hires childhood friend Hugo Bonnet as a builder. Lethally toxic to loved ones, Chloe keeps them at arm's length to protect them.

Or so she thinks.

Patient and strong, Hugo prides himself on being able to fix anything. Trouble is, he's never tried repairing a chasm in someone's soul before. 

Will his love save Chloe or will fixing her leave him broken
Whats on the Cover: Chloe is an architect, so that expkain that oh-so stylish suit and the shoes,  but of which am just dying to steal. And who knew it was humanly possible to look so insanely hot in devil horns?
My Review: While reading this book, I quickly discovered that it would take almost super human powers to not fall in love with little Miss Lucifer-spewed-me-forth from his loins aka Chloe Germain. I mean, first of all, the girl lives in Paris which automatically helps anyone score like, 250 points on  Chiomaah's Personal Coolness Chart, then she's an architect (I need one for my new house. A girl can dream).  She's snazzy, funny and vivacious. What's not to love?. Seriously, I see young girls (and 


guys), all over the world helplessly falling in love with her. She just seems like someone you'd want to 
have as a girlfriend. But then, it's not hard to see that if you carefully peel off the thin layer of fun she's coated herself with, you'd find a thicker not-so fun layer caused by all the tragedies the poor girl has had to endure. Makes you want to make the world better for her. You know, wipe away an invincible tear from her cheek. Invincible because the devil's spurn herself would rather gauge out her own ryes with a three-pronged fork than let you see it.
And of course I was glad that she finally got her happy ending or that Alix Nichols would have had it with me.
But seriously, very few authors  possess the ability to make a book both sombre and funny the way Alix Nichols has done with this one and I love her for it. 
The book was a wonderfully delightful read and I think girls all iver the world will want to read this book and pass it on to their girlfriends.
Rating: πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹
Oh yes, the giveaway. I almost forgot. Kindly see the side of this blog for all the details and I really hope you had as much fun as I've had on this stop of the tour. We love you Alix, please come again soon, ok?
Cheers,
Chiomaah
😍



About the Author

Alix Nichols is an unapologetic caffeine addict and aand Dante Rossetti Award winning author of critically acclaimed romantic comedies. At the age of six, she released her first rom com.featured highly creative spelling on a dozen pages stitched together and bound in velvet paper. Decades later, she still loves the romance genre. Her spelling has improved (somewhat), and her books have made Amazon bestseller lists, climbing as high as #1. She lives in France with her family and their almost-human dog. **For exclusive content, giveaways and special offers, including a bonus book, subscribe to the monthly newsletter on her author website: 



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Thursday, 14 July 2016

Book Review

Title: Hiding Out In Hollywood (A Hollywood Dating Series #2)
Author: Jennifer Farwell
Genre: Chick Lit

Plot: It's a scientifically proven fact that unless you have the IQ of a sugar ant, you do not, for any reason at all, want to be caught on the wrong side of the gentlemen (and ladies), of the press. No one knows this better than poor twenty-six year old Emily Watts. Apparently in book #1, she was dating a  hot rock star named Cory Simpson (the name is very rock star-ish, don't you think?), then as a result of a mix-up, for lack of a better word, it apoeared as if she was cheating on him with another guy, Jesse. Of course as true dedicated, rock star-obsessed-fans, Cory's fans turned on her for daring to do such an evil thing. Don't get confused here, this all happened in book #1, I haven't read it either but according to a note from the publisher on Wattpad, where I found this book by the way, it's not a big problem. So there you have it. By the way, my username on wattpad is @chiomaahmia so lets connect, yeah?
Now to Book #2 which is what we're reviewing today. Somehow the dust from all that fiasco has blown over and Emily is trying to get her life back on track, carefully avoiding anyone brandishing anything remotely resembling a camera. Every thing seems to be going well until the hottest movie star in the world Raine Kingston, comes into her life (just what she needs right?), and it seems that all her hard work is about to be undone.
Review: I can just imagine all the  stress she went through in book #1 and I kinda feel sorry for her. Am sure she must have found all that unwanted attention super annoying because she seems like a really private person. Bit I think the most admirable quality about her is her independence. I will explian: this girl snags one of the world's most eligible bachelors and what is she worried about? Her livelihood. Advertisers apparently pulled out of her fashion blog Zeeked (what does that mean, by the way?) and it's still fresh in her memory. She's well aware of the attention that comes with being with such a guy and is worried about the effect on her source of livelihood. If she married this guy she'd be made for life but she doesn't seem to care. That, my people, is seriously sexy. For that quality alone, I found Emily quickly jumping higher on my list of most loved heroines. Emily, Destiny's child had girls like you in mind when they sang Independent Woman.
 I do wish there had been a bit mire emphasis on her work work, maybe a couple of blog entries. You know to shift the focus away from her relationship a little. Yes. That the fashion-obsessed book worm  part of me speaking.
Over all, it was quite engaging and the story kubda draws you in. I wonder if there's goung to be a sequel? 
Rating:πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹

Book Review

Title: Happiness Like Water
Author: Chinelo Okparanta
Whats on the Cover: I think it's quite artistic, even though I cant say I understand it. Is that lady wearing tights or is she just really dark-skinned? The yellow buses in the background are called danfos and are popular in Lagos so maybe it's some sort of representation of life in Lagos or Nigeria in general? Somebody please help me out.
Plot: Happiness Like Water is Chinelo Okparanta's 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature-winning awesome collection of short stories.

Review: I had never even heard of her before I read this book and now I feel really left out. Where on earth have I been? Okparanta tells already familiar stories in such a refreshingly different way, not to talk of bravely attacking a number of  issues such as homosexuality and domestic violence which are still largely taboo here in Nigeria where she comes from. Yes. Am showing off. Who wouldn't? Am so proud of her! From 'America' to 'Grace' (which are some of my favorites by the way), this woman shows such an intriguing mastery of the art of story-telling. The stories were were really engaging and kept me wanting more.
Rating: πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Book Review

Title: Lessons in Life
Author: Laramie Dunaway
Genre: Womens' Fiction
Date of Publishing: February 1994
Plot: Ah fame! Millions would kill for it, very few get. But  if you're the only offspring of famous 70's Bonny and Clyde-style bank robbers, then your photos are going to be splashed all over people magazine- whether you like it or not. So poor Blue  Earhadt was just a normal High School biology teacher with an ex-husband, an ex- boyfriend and a fashion sense that is as on-point as that of a... In short, never mind that. But that was until the governor suddenly woke up one morning, probably from the wrong side of the bed, or off the floor and decides to inject some, well, excitement into her life. Without  asking her permssion of course. Because who needs to ask a girl whether its ok to release her crazed, hippie-bank robbing parents on parole thereby summoning every nose- poking photographer, journalist and pseudo-journalist to her doorstep to get her thoughts on the impending family reunion, right? How sweet. She didn't ask for any of this. But she is a fighter and thats what she'll do- take each day as it comes while trying not to run over any if the dozens uninvited microphone-wielding homosapiens at her doorstep. Not that she needs anymore drama in her life right now

Review: You know how after reading a book you go on total rampage like a crazed maniac searching  through every bookstore close and far away from you and grabbing every book ever written by that same author? Yes?  Thank God someone know how I felt after reading this book! It was sometimes funny, sometimes really really funny and yet, sometimes I couldn't help feeling sorry for poor Blue. Having to live through that insane media spectacle and for all the wrong reasons. This book was wonderfully super and I loved it every page. Plus, the short Biology lessons (mostly on reproduction, really) were greatly appreciated. One of the perks of reading a book about a biology teacher, right?
Rating: πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹
Cheers, 
Chiomaah

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Book Review

Title: Shadow Song
Author: Terry Kay
Genre: Romance
What's on the Cover? Is it me or does that really look like Avrum's favourite bench that he loved to sit and think about his famous opera singer.
Plot: It's the summer of 1955 and Madison Lee 'Bobo' Murphy is working as a waiter at the Catskills Pine hills when he makes two unlikely friends. Actually, two friends and someone a little more than a friend- Avrum Feldman a retired New York City furrier and stunningly beautiful Amy Lourie. But like almost all good things, the summer comes to an end and Bobo leaves. More than thirty years later he comes back to town and some old, never forgotten feelings come back to alive.
Review: This was one of the most beautifully written love stories I have ever read. 
Rating: πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹


Friday, 1 July 2016

Book Blitz for Rising Tides by Katy Haye

Title: Rising Tides
Author: Katy Haye
Genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic
Release Date: June 24th 2016
Plumshine Books

Summary from Goodreads:

The truth won’t stay submerged forever
City is the last civilised place left on a drowned Earth, a floating town built from metal and plastic from the Time Before. It’s the only home doctor's daughter Libby Marchmont has ever known or wanted – until her father helps the wrong patient and she's forced to flee.

Cosimo came to City for one reason. Then he should have vanished back to his people on the Wastes. But what about his promise to Libby’s father?

Stranded in the middle of the sea, can the two enemies learn to trust each other? And can they survive long enough to uncover the truth: City isn’t the safe haven Libby always believed it to be …



Get your copy for just 99c/p this week only (Also on Kindle Unlimited).

Early reviews:

Readers’ Favourite described Rising Tides as: “a compelling read [with] cool and ingenious concepts, a captivating plot [and] vivid and engaging characters”.

Kelly St. Clare at YA Books Central called Rising Tides “a gem of the YA genre.”

Get your copy for just 99c/p this week only (Also on Kindle Unlimited).


About the Author
Katy Haye spends as much time as possible in either her own or someone else's imaginary worlds. She has a fearsome green tea habit, a partiality for dark chocolate brazils and a fascination with the science of storytelling.

When not lost in a good book, Katy may be found on her allotment growing veg and keeping hens in order to maximise her chances of survival in the event of a zombie apocalypse or similar catastrophe (admittedly, this would not help if the entire country flooded...).


 GIVEAWAY:
Win a book-lover's survival kit.
Your survival kit is as follows:
1. An Amazon voucher for £10/$15US/$20CAN, AUS, NZ. Load up your Kindle with books to read, while shops remain.
2. A solar charger so when the national grid fails you can still read your books.
3. A mirror. When you are stranded in the open sea you can signal for help by reflecting the sun's light. Alternatively, if you have no wish to be rescued because you still have reading to do, flip the mirror over to depict the slogan, "Go away I'm reading."
4. Ribbon bookmark. If all your books have been washed away by the rising seas, this can be rolled up and packed into the neck of a cut-open bottle and will double-up as a water filter. Note: this will not desalinate salt water, sorry.
5. A bag to put the last of your belongings into. DO NOT LEAVE THIS BEHIND.

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