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The Shoestring Travelust

Travelling, it leaves you speechless,

Then turns you into a storyteller.

-Ibn Battuta

This personifies my life. If you would ask me 6 months back to describe myself, I would be silent. I did not know how to; before I started travelling. Once you start travelling, it turns the most silent lambs into great storytellers. Travelling liberates you. When you travel to a particular place, you are mesmerised; by the beauty, the simplicity and by travel itself. You have no words to explain how you feel, what you think. But once you are back home, you have a bagful of memories and a dictionary full of words which get poured out and get stitched into a nice woven story. A story, where you can relate to every part; you are transported to another world and live that journey all over again.

Nowadays, an entire weekend off from work is a…

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Hero High, Mina Chara – Blog Tour

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31439265Reality TV meets Superhero High School in this intriguing story about friendship, fame, and what it means to be a hero.

In Icon City superheroes save the day every day on the quarter hour. Led by Captain Fantastic, scores of superhero celebrities do their best to train the next generation. Seventeen year old Friday Fitzsimmons and Jake her childhood friend are their latest starstruck recruits. When Doctor Dangerous returns from the dead and the Figure in Flames decimates the city, Captain Fantastic is betrayed by one of his own.

Torn between Jake, Ashley and her feelings for Doctor Dangerous, Friday must decide if her childhood friend is worth fighting for, and if the worlds most famous super-villain is worth saving, all while learning how to be a hero.

 

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Hero High is an amazing story about superheroes and reality TV. Yes, actual, real superheros who got their powers in a very Barry Allen like way are on reality TV which documents their life at Superhero School. Uh huh, there is even a school. Cool, eh?

The thing I love most about this is the main lead. Friday or as I like to call her Fitz is awesome. She is so good. She’s funny and sarcastic and stands up for herself and doesn’t take shit from anyone. Role model, anyone? She’s always ready to help and actually takes the whole superhero business very seriously, unlike most of the students at school, even though her power isn’t much help to the masses. She can slow her mind to spend more time thinking and people outside believe that no time has passed. Which of course makes her a math genius. I mean, if a problem took me say, 10 minutes to solve, but my professor thought I answered it in the time it should have taken me to read the problem, I’d be hailed as a math genius too. And I’d love it. Just like Fitz does.

But, there’s more than that. I love that even before she was officially a superhero, she was still going out of the way to help people, even if it was just her family. She really had no childhood to speak of and the only friend she had was Jake who turned out to be pretty darn shitty in the end. I mean, the amount of hate I harbor for that boy is so huge.

Of course, there’s the love interest, Ashley. He’s all dark and mysterious and pretends to hate Fitz because he thinks she likes Jake (which is so not true). He’s there for Fitz when it counts and he’s always helping her. But, he’s also harboring a secret which will tear them apart because in the end, Fitz will have no choice but to leave him. I feel for the boy, I do, but I don’t know if what he’s doing is right or not. I mean, I still love him, tortured soul that he is, but still. Some of the things he does are pretty questionable.

Which, brings me to the cliffie ending. I mean, oh God, what was that? I gotta know who it was in the end, lady. I will die otherwise. I mean, I gotta know. Is it someone we’ve met? Is he not introduced yet? Is it Ashley? (Yes, this question is as much of a cliffie as the ending because we don’t know if what I’m talking about is good or bad and I LOVE THAT!)

All in all, this is an amazing read and you should definitely pick it up if you like superheroes and angst and action and falling for someone you aren’t supposed to. So good. Really.

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I ran as fast as I could until I heard the little girl cry. “Mrs Mine!”

I froze, and looked back. “Who’s Mrs Mine,” I asked.

“My bunny,” the little girl replied.  As a small child I had a stuffed bear and stupid as it was, I knew how she felt. That bunny was a member of the family. I dropped the little girl and pushed her forward.

“Run!” I yelled. “I’ll get your bunny.”

Lisa scooped up the girl and reached out to drag me back but she was too slow.

“Fitz!” Lisa screamed as I ran back towards the car, blocking out every sound, not letting myself think. I dropped to the floor and grabbed the toy like it was a baton in a relay race with no seconds to spare. I could hear each drop of fuel hit the road like the pounding of my pulse. Something blurry in the sky was speeding towards us and Lisa made a run for me again. Just as my fingers whispered across hers a voice boomed from above.

“Get down!” A man in a super skeleton suit flew down from the sky and wrapped himself round the two of us, deploying a shield from his back. It wasn’t a moment too soon. The car erupted in an awesome display of fire and the crowd oohed and awed at the spectacle as though they were watching New Year’s fireworks. I opened my eyes to the masked, super-suited figure above me.

“Partner Kisaragi, it’s good to finally meet you.” Lisa turned away from his face, only inches from hers, and mumbled something under her breath that might have been “show off”.

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Hi! I’m Mina Chara, I’m a student, an artist, a daughter, sister and companion to my two furry friends, Gimli and Gwynne. This blog is here because I’ve just written a book called Hero High: Figure In The Flames.

This is My Story:

Being dyslexic isn’t so much of a problem, the hard part is not letting it dictate what I like, and what I can do. For years I was scared of reading, but then I discovered YA fiction, real books with main characters I could relate to because most of them were girls.

When someone criticizes my writing, I feel like crying, because I feel like that I’m back in English class getting yelled at again, just wanting to go home, but I’m not a kid anymore, I’m an adult, and as an adult, I wrote a book, and you can too.

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Call Me, Maybe, Ellie Cahill – Book Review

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25894369Clementine Daly knows she’s the black sheep. Her wealthy, powerful family has watched her very closely since she almostgot caught in an embarrassing scandal a few years ago. So when Clementine’s sent on a mission to live up to the Daly name, politely declining isn’t even an option. Of course, the last thing Clementine does before departure is grab a stranger’s phone by mistake—leaving the hunky journalist with her phone. Soon his sexy voice is on the line, but he doesn’t know her real name, or her famous pedigree—which is just the way Clementine likes it.

Despite all the hassles, Justin Mueller is intrigued to realize that the beautiful brown-eyed girl he met at the airport is suddenly at his fingertips. They agree to exchange phones when they’re both back in town, but after a week of flirty texts and wonderfully intimate conversations, Justin doesn’t want to let her go that easy. The only problem? It turns out that Clemetine has been lying to him about, well, everything. Except for the one thing two people can’t fake, the only thing that matters: The heat between them is for real.

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Okay, so this one was a tough call. I mean, this book is really full of mixed feelings for me, because on the one hand, there’s stuff which is absolutely awesome! But, at the same time, the story isn’t all that appealing and falls into a rut midway through.

Like, I love how Clementine is a book blogger! (Go her! I especially love that part!) And I love the whole falling – in – love – on – the – phone thing. It just gives you the cutesy, adorkable, fuzzy, happily ever after feeling. So badly. The romance is super cute and absolutely adorable. That is the only good thing about this book.

Other than that, the only conflict in the book is how Clementine is insecure, how she is not ready, how she doesn’t know what to do… blah blah blah. The ‘me’ conflict in the book is sooooooooooooooooooooooooo dragged out and so huge and boring! Clemetine comes off as a whiny ass more often than not and all her problems seem to be in her head or self inflicted.

Like, take out her insecurities from the equation, and there is nothing that is stopping her from doing anything. I understand that insecurity and self doubt is ingrained in the human brain so deeply that there is no escaping it, but it seems to be overdone here, which I hate. Most of the things seem illogical and you just get so frustrated at her for being the way she is at times.

Like, girl, you would benefit so much if you just got out of your head!

But, like I said, the romance is so cute! And like a – dorable! Just squishy and fuzzy and huggy!

All in all, this was a pretty decent read and yeah. That’s it. It was a decent read. 🙂

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Ellie Cahill is the author of When Joss Met Matt, Call Me Maybe (2016), and Just a Girl (2016). Ellie is also the not-at-all secret pen name of Young Adult author Liz Czukas(Ask Again Later, and Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless). Liz’s books are often compared to John Hughes movies, while Ellie usually gets compared to Nora Ephron. Either way, if you like a good 80s rom-com, you’ve found the right place. When they’re not writing fun, funny romances full of shenanigans and awkward kisses, Liz and Ellie are at home with their family and a golden retriever with different ideas about the definition of “dog bed.”

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Cuff Me, Lauren Layne – Release Blast

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New York’s Finest #3
Lauren Layne
Releasing on March 29th, 2016
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Vincent knows he’s not the most
charming of the Moretti brothers. He prefers brooding to flirting, reading to
talking, and he sure as hell isn’t about to give into his mother’s insistence
that he ‘settle down with a nice girl.’ Luckily, Vincent’s gig as one of the
NYPD’s top homicide detectives keeps him busy. As does his long-time partner,
Jill Henley–a tough-as-nails cop with the face of an angel and smart mouth that
makes Vincent crazy in all the worst ways.
After six years of working the
homicide beat with the tight-lipped Vincent Moretti, Jill figure she knows him
better than anyone. Which is not at all. But when their most recent case points
to a potential serial-killer situation, the higher-ups send them on a rare
undercover mission to a place no NYPD officer dares go: the Upper Eastside.
Now the bureau’s most antagonistic
set of partners is posing as Mr. and Mrs. Brooks of Park Avenue. Spending 24/7
in the suspect’s territory brings them closer and closer to their killer . . .
and closer to each other. Soon Vincent and Jill are playing good cop/bad cop in
and out of bed, and Jill’s falling hard. But can she convince Vincent to give
her a shot as partner in life, as well as at the bureau?

 
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Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. A year after moving from Seattle to NYC to pursue a writing career, she had a fabulous agent and multiple New York publishing deals. 

Lauren currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and plus-sized Pomeranian. When not writing, you’ll likely find her running (rarely), reading (sometimes), or at happy hour (often).


 
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Clash, CA Harms – Cover Reveal

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CLASH by CA Harms
A New Adult Standalone Romance Novel
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Release Date: April 12, 2016
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It was time to fight back.
Time to live.
Too much of my life had already been taken from me by a man that should have protected me. At the hands of pure evil I have lived in fear. When most young women were learning to love, I was fighting to live.
I had broken free of the hate.
Finally getting the chance to feel what real love was, but with all good things, bad times seem to follow. At least for me it does. My name is Payton Walters and I refused to allow them anymore of my freedom.
I will not fall…
Not this time.
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C.A. Harms is like any other addicted reader. She enjoys happy endings and HEA love stories. She hasn’t always been a lover of Romance and had once been addicted to a good Mystery. Just recently she has taken on a new liking and now is a full blown Romance novel addict.
She lives in Illinois and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. You will always find her with her kindle or paperback in hand as it is her favorite pass time.
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Bad for You #2
Amber Bardan
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Carina Press
He always keeps his promises.
Angelina has sacrificed everything to be with the man she loves. Forced to abandon her family, and even her own identity, Angelina depends on Haithem as never before. With no more secrets between them, Haithem has become the source of all her needs. Sexually. Emotionally.
But not even Haithem can hide forever.
While they’re sneaking across borders, avoiding persecution from everyone who would see Haithem dead and his prototype stolen, the media fascination surrounding Angelina’s disappearance continues to mount.
For Angelina, it’s a brutal reminder of what she’s left behind and the pain she’s caused to those who believe her dead or held against her will.
To Haithem, it’s a warning: he stands to lose the one person left in his life he loves beyond measure. The hunt won’t be called off until his enemies have destroyed him, his life’s work and everyone involved—including Angelina.
He has only one choice. He’s promised to protect her. And Haithem always keeps his promises.
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Amber is an award winning writer, Amazon Bestselling Author, and m member of Romance Writers of Australia, Melbourne Romance Writers Guild, and Writers Victoria.

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Not everything dangerous is bad.

From the moment Angelina laid eyes on him, she fell into a fantasy. Mysterious, foreign, gorgeous, Haithem offered her what she needed most—a chance to feel again.

But Haithem is much more than he appears to be. He lives in a world of danger where everything comes at a price.

For Angelina, that price is her future.

He’s made sure the life she’s left behind is in tatters. Made her family believe she’s dead. Still, he talks about protecting her, about keeping her safe, but she can’t distinguish his truth from his lies. She can’t separate her pleasure from his betrayal.

Haithem warned her. He told her he’d make her heart race, her body come alive and her most primal needs rush to the surface. His for the taking.

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A Collateral Attraction, Liz Madrid – Book Review

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Some days, it can be tough being an identical twin — especially when your other half is in deep trouble.

Billie Delphine has always been content standing in the sidelines while her identical twin sister, Blythe, gets all the attention, including a glamorous lifestyle with billionaire, Ethan Kheiron, who will do anything to wrestle back control of the family fortune from his younger brother, Heath.

But when Blythe disappears with Ethan while Billie is visiting her in New York, the last thing Billie wants is to be mistaken for her sister — or be falsely accused of a crime that Billie knows Blythe did not commit. So when Heath suggests they work together to find them, Billie agrees.

But a life of luxury, personal shopping sprees and private jets cannot hide the years of unresolved differences between sisters, nor the decades of lies that have left the Kheiron family divided. And even as Billie slowly falls for Heath, she knows that until they all settle their differences, they’re just pawns on someone else’s game of power — where some of them are more expendable than others.

*The author provided a free copy in exchange for an honest review*

So, we all know that I’m a huge fan of Liz’s writing. I mean I was raving about it just yesterday. If you can’t recollect, go check the post here. (10 points to Ravenclaw for shameless self promotion. And, now that that’s out of the way, we can move on with the review.)

The story is about twin sisters – Blyhte, who is outgoing and lively and Billie, who’s reserved and plans each and every thing about her life. They have their differences stemming from deep feelings of insecurity, but they love each other and would die for each other, which is important.

It’s also a story about two brothers who have never seen eye to eye about everything in life and where Ethan accuses his brother, Heath of taking what was his when Heath takes over chairmanship of their family owned company.

Add to that fraud and embezzlement for which Ethan and Blythe are the prime suspects and you’ve get yourself one Hell of a story.

Blythe invited Billie over to New York after three years of tentative texting in hopes of burying a hatchet that had been going on too long and which had estranged the two of them. Billie, who has always been pressed for funds, is uncomfortable with Blythe spending money on her right, left and centre, especially when Blythe herself has been borrowing funds from her six months ago. But, a new boyfriend who has given her a shiny new Gold Card, a penthouse apartment and more money than what she can deal with has changed Blythe.

When Blythe and Ethan fly to Santa Barbara for a polo tournament in which Ethan is participating, Heath enlists Billie’s help to track them down so that he can confront them about the fraud. When Billie informs Blythe about the same, Blythe writes her off and accuses her of sleeping with the “enemy” – Heath. The sisters have an exchange of words which leaves Billie reeling and hating her sister.

Just when Billie is ready to give up on Blythe and has convinced herself that she is indeed, a criminal, Heath steps in and convinces her to stay back and help her sister out because he isn’t quite sure that Blythe has it in her to do this on her own.ips.

Reluctantly, Billie reluctantly gives in and agrees to keep travelling with him. As they spend more and more time together, Heath’s cold exterior begins to disintegrate and Billie is greeted with a softness and comfort she hadn’t ever expected to find in Heath. The chemistry between them increases and as they run around the island, trying to find their respective siblings, they find that they can trust no one but each other.

But, the question is, can they move on from what they’ve been feeling and doing all their lives? Is it possible for them to start anew and bury all their hatchets that have kept them apart from so long?

Billie, the heroine, is possibly the most real character I’ve ever read. She’s too damn proud, takes things to heart, is insecure and jealous and doesn’t have a proper sense of direction. She trusts easily and holds grudges for a long time. She’s incredibly self – righteous and doesn’t really listen to others. She hasn’t really moved on from the heartbreak she felt with her ex a few years ago and is afraid of relationships.

Yes, she is deeply flawed, but that’s what makes her so real. I was really able to identify with her in most of the situations, something that isn’t easy for me. When I thought about it, I was pretty sure I would react in the same way Billie did. And, that is really important to me. It’s the reason why Billie is one of the characters that I’m going to cherish forever.

Heath, the hero, is also extremely well written. For him, his work and his business are everything. He doesn’t have anything else in his life. He’s cold and calculating and for him, everything is a business decision. But, as he spends more time with Billie, his charade slips and we come face to face with a man who has left many things in his life and is looking for any semblance of control he can find. He’s sweet and thoughtful, absolutely in awe of Billie and her beauty, her strength and her heart. The way he loves her is so pure and deep that you can’t help but fall in love with him.

He is one of those boys that you can’t help but love. When he’s with Billie, you see a side of him that’s so sweet and thoughtful and loving and caring, that you wouldn’t be able to recognize him. The care and love that he treats Billie with really tugs at my heart. I adore him for it!

One thing I’ve come to understand is that Liz has a gift of writing complicated, intricate family relationships. I love them. The depth with which she emotes the characters and what they’re feeling right at that moment is beautiful.

Liz is a truly phenomenal author and I would recommend reading her stories to everyone out there! You’re missing out on a lot if you’re not reading her stories, people!

Rating – 4.5/5

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Happy Readings! ❤