#WattpadWednesday – An Interview with Aanchal Budhiraja aka TooHotToBeTrue2

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An Interview with Aanchal Budhiraja aka TooHotToBeTrue2 on Wattpad

(Of the Baking With Boys fame)

Okay, so I’ll start by saying that this is my first interview, ever (where I’ve been the interviewer, of course. There’ve been a shit ton of interviewee interviews in my life. We can thank my need for a job for that one.)

Any how, we’re getting off topic. This is my first interview and Aanchal is a dear friend of mine. So, if we’re absolutely, ridiculously unprofessional or we talk absolute shit, please forgive me. You’ve been warned.

Time to start!

I think this is the part where I introduce the guest for today/tonight/whatever time you’re reading this on.

And that person is Aanchal Budhiraja! A 20 year old college student, pursuing her masters in economics, Aanchal loves to write quirky stories about love, friendship and adventure, always leaving us wanting more with the abhorrent cliffhanger endings for each chapter. She loves to dye her hair in awesome colors and works out at odd hours of the day (seriously. Odd hours. She works out at midnight. So, you can say she is obsessed.)

She’s best known for her stories Baking With Boys and The Demon Babysitter.

Now that we know who we’re meeting today, let’s get started!

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Happily Ever After, A Fairytale Anthology – Book Review

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 From princesses and princes, to witches, ice queens, imaginary friends, and dorks, Happily Ever After: The Write More Publications Fractured Fairy Tale Anthology has it all! Seven unforgettable stories by seven talented authors! Some stories are fractured takes on classics, while others are originals that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page!

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This book gives you warm fuzzies. Seriously, if you’re looking for fuzzzies and warmth and cuddling and feeling good, this is what you should read. Set in a fairy tale – esque background with humor, fantasy and romance, this anthology is perfect for an afternoon read snuggled in your bed as you dream about your Prince Charming.

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The stories are short and crisp, not taking too much of your time. So, yeah. That’s an added advantage. But, the stories are all sweet and cute and lovely and beautiful and made me swoon in parts and laugh in others and then cry in some.

Yes, this book is like the perfect package!

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I adore all the stories. They’re so cute and funny and adorkable! For real. There’s princesses and princes and warriors and knights and unicorns and evil queens and magic and ghosts and it is all so amazing! For real! 😀

It is the best thing ever! This compilation is something you should definitely read if you’re into fairy tales because this is made just for you. 😀

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Love Charms and Other Catastrophes, Kimberly Karalius – Blog Tour

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25819497Aspiring love charm maker Hijiri Kitamura was excited to come back to Grimbaud for her sophomore year-until she learns about the upcoming charm making competition. Grimbaud has just started to recover from the tyranny of Zita’s love fortunes and it would be too easy for the winning charm maker to take Zita’s place. The only solution is for Hijiri, with the support of her friends and fellow rebels, to win the contest herself.

Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done, especially when Love itself has decided to meddle in Hijiri’s life. Concerned that it’s favorite charm maker has given up on finding a boyfriend of her own, Love takes matters into its own hands and delivers the perfect boyfriend to her in a giftwrapped box…literally.

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Okay, so let’s be honest here. All three covers of Kim’s books are adorable! Like we all know, I only read this book because I loved the cover so much. (If you don’t, you should check my review for Love Charms and Other Disasters – Love Fortunes and Other Disaster, Kimberly Kiralius – Book Review. And now that that shameless part of self promotion is done, we can move on!)

I absolutely loved this book! It is so adorable. And it’s filled with the cutesy, adorable, smitten feeling all through the story. It starts with Hijiri, the heroine, finding a huge gift box on her doorstep. And, her gift is a boy. A live, breathing boy. Tailor made for her by Love himself. One who loves Hijiri so much already!

Hijiri, like any sane person, is befuddled and shocked at this. She can’t stomach the fact that this boy is in fact a charm. And so starts her mission to solve him, like he’s a puzzle and to prove to Love that she can solve him without falling for him.

“I don’t know what to do with you.”

“That’s okay, I’ll be here when you do.”

It doesn’t help that Ken is all sorts of charming and perfectly right for Hijiri. Of course he is. Love made him just for her. He’s smart and cute. He’s so sweet and caring and loving and I just ADORE HIM SO MUCH!!!! ❤

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I just really, really, really adore him! Ken is like the perfect boy. *sighs*

He’s always there for Hijiri whenever she needs a friend, a shoulder to cry on, a helping hand, a believer, anything. He can be anything and everything she needs and that just makes my heart melt. Like, he’s not perfect, of course. But he might as well be. For Hijiri, he is. And that is all that matters.

We must look like two halves of a heart.

The character development for Hijiri is definitely super outstanding. I love how she comes into her own as a person and as a character through the course of the story. She was a timid, shy girl who didn’t really talk much in book one. Then, she made some friends and she spearheaded her friends to victory in the charm making competition and she fell in love. She’s absolutely brilliant. Really. I identify with her a lot in the sense that I am always looking for Happily Ever Afters for others but I don’t really believe that I have one out there. Just like Hijiri. But, her story gets a Happily Ever After and that makes me thinking that maybe, just maybe, I could to. (I’m not really holding my breath for that one. Because I’m not convinced still. Not really.) But, she did find hers and that is what is important.

It makes me believe that our hearts can be tangled and tied to each other no matter how far away we are or how much time passes between.

The setting of the story is absolutely awesome. Grimbaud is facing an identity crisis after Zita’s fall and the town is desperate for another love charm maker to take over. So, of course, there’s a competition to chose who can take over. And, obviously, Hijiri and the charm theory club are participating. There was such a competitive edge in the story. I loved it. All the tests and the quizzes and competitions were amazing. Of course, I absolutely loved Hijiri’s take on all the tasks, how she went about them, what questions she asked, what charms she made, they were truly unique and breathtaking. I loved them all. It shows us just how much Hijiri understands love and what is important when it comes to love.

To keep holding his hand. To feel his arms around her. To laugh at his dorky sweaters and bulky backpack. To know what kissing Ken would feel like. Loving Ken was like dreaming.

The development of the other characters was also done really beautifully in the story. I loved the homey edge that surrounded Fallon and Sebastian. After everything they’d been through, those two deserved it more than anyone else. And, I loved seeing them that way. All loved up and in bliss. ❤

Nico and Martin are taking there relationship forward and those two are just totally remarkably adorable. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows for them, but they’re working through their issues and seeing them so devoted to each other is really heartwarming.

And then, there’s the twins. For the first time, they’re stepping in uncharted territory. They’re having differences of opinion and fighting. That was really refreshing to read. It was also very uncomfortable and daunting. I was just wishing wishing wishing for them to get past their differences and be the sisters I knew them to be. Of course they did that, but it took sometime before their issues were resolved and seeing them that way was sort of eye opening.

“What does our home look like?”

“It’s made of charms. Not very sturdy.”

“Ah! So we are building one together. And here I thought I was the only one working on this relationship.”

All in all, Love Charms is an amazing read and definitely lives up to the expectations I’d set after reading the first one. It’s love and happiness and struggling and finding each other despite all the differences in the world and just being there for your friends and your family and always, always, always opening your heart to love. It’s believing that there is someone in this world, who is made just for you, no matter what else you might think, because it’s true.

“You fell in love with me. Twice. How?”

“I don’t think I can put that answer into words.”

I totally suggest all you guys to go grab this book and read it right now because it is so effing amazing!

“My heart blushes whenever I’m around you.”

 

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Love is real in the town of Grimbaud, and Fallon Dupree has dreamed of attending high school there for years. After all, generations of Duprees have successfully followed the (100% accurate!) love fortunes from Zita’s famous Love Charms Shop to happily marry their high school sweethearts. It’s a tradition. So she is both stunned and devastated when her fortune states that she will NEVER find love.

Fortunately, Fallon isn’t the only student with a terrible love fortune, and a rebellion is brewing. Fallon is determined to take control of her own fate—even if it means working with a notorious heartbreaker like Sebastian.

Will Fallon and Sebastian be able to overthrow Zita’s tyranny and fall in love?

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In Kimberly Karalius’s First Kisses and Other Misfortunes, two boys discover that true love is harder than it looks, even in the charming town of Grimbaud, in this lovely novella from the author of Love Fortunes and Other Disasters.

Nico is worried. Again. After freeing Martin from the illegal love charms of his evil ex-girlfriend, Nico was sure that their love would be the perfect romance he’d been waiting for. But it’s been months and Nico’s still waiting for his first kiss. Between Martin’s dedication to student government and Nico’s responsibilities at his family’s tourism business, there’s been no time for romance or kisses. Fortunately, the Canal Festival is coming up and like all Grimbaud events, it will be filled with romance…especially the Water Parade, Nico’s favorite part. And this year, Nico will be the captain of his own small boat! It’s the perfect opportunity for a romantic (and hopefully kiss-filled) date with his boyfriend. There’s just one small problem: Martin is afraid of drowning. Will Nico’s dreams of a romantic first kiss be sunk before they are even launched?

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KIMBERLY KARALIUS holds an MFA in fiction from the University of South Florida, and has been sharing stories on Figment.com with a strong following of enthusiastic readers since the site’s conception. Although Kimberly lives in sunny Florida, she prefers to stay indoors and sometimes buys a scarf in the hopes of snow. She loves watching really old cartoons and silent films. Being in Florida certainly has one big perk: going to Disney World. Which she does. Frequently. Love Fortunes and Other Disasters is her debut novel.
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The Player And The Pixie, Penny Reid & L. H. Cosway – Book Review

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The Player and the Pixie
by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid
Publication Date: April 12, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sports, Humor

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How can someone so smokin’ hot be so bad in bed? I mean, Sean Cassidy is absolute rubbish. RUBBISH. He is the epitome of walking, talking false advertising and I want a refund! Plus he’s an arsehole. So… what is wrong with me that I can’t stop thinking about him?

The Pixie and the Player is a full-length, romantic comedy novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the second book in the Rugby Series.

THE PIXIE
Lucy Fitzpatrick doesn’t like rugby.

As the little sister of Ireland’s most infamous rugby player, Lucy can’t seem to escape the championship-sized shadow cast by her big brother, or her mother’s frequent attempts to micromanage her future. Her rainbow hair is as free-spirited as her quest for inner peace, yet overbearing expectations keep bringing her down. And when she’s down, her compulsive little problem lands her in seriously big trouble.

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Sean Cassidy is a cold-hearted brute… or so he’s been told. Frequently. By everyone.

His blonde locks, baby blues, and rock hard bod make ladies the world over drool with desire. As the rugby world’s second most infamous player, he should be basking in his success. But Sean has never been content settling for second place, and his frequent confrontations with Lucy’s big brother leave him cold. And when he’s cold, his compulsive little problem lands him in the lap of Lucy Fitzpatrick.

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Sean has a problem only Lucy can solve. Lucy has a problem only Sean can fix. The solution seems obvious: you scratch my back, and I’ll bail you out of jail. But when their business arrangement unexpectedly leaves Sean scorching hot and Lucy on the precipice of inner peace, can they convince the world—and Lucy’s big brother in particular—that this is the real deal?

Either way, both the Player and the Pixie are about to teach each other some pretty monumental lessons about family, life, but most importantly, love.

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Orconomics, Zachary Pike – Book Review

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25326486Brimming with swords, sorcery, and wit, Orconomics: A Satire introduces Arth, a world much like our own but with more magic and fewer vowels. For the licensed wizards and warriors of Arth, slaying and looting the forces of evil is just a job. The Heroes’ Guild has turned adventuring into a career, selling the rights to monsters’ hoards of treasure as investment opportunities. Corporations spend immense sums sponsoring heroes to undertake quests, betting they’ll reap the profits in plunder funds when the loot is divvied up.

Questing was all business for famous Dwarven berserker Gorm Ingerson, until a botched expedition wiped out his party, disgraced his name, and reduced him to a thieving vagabond. Twenty years later, a chance encounter sees Gorm forcibly recruited by a priest of a mad goddess to undertake a quest that has a reputation for getting heroes killed. But there’s more to Gorm’s new job than an insane prophecy; powerful corporations and governments have shown an unusual interest in the job. Gorm might be able to turn a bad deal into a golden opportunity and win back the fame and fortune he lost so long ago.

Promising fun, fantasy, and financial calamity, Orconomics: A Satire is the first book in The Dark Profit Saga, an economically epic trilogy.

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There’s many things about this book that first grabbed my attention – the unusual name, the cover and the description. Looking at this story, I was sure that it was going to be an interesting read, to say the least. And, I am so pleased that it in fact was an amazing read.

I really, really loved this story. The plot, the characters, the setting, it’s also stupendous in this story. It is, without a doubt, one of the awesomest adventure reads I’ve read so far. It’s the story of a band of misfit heroes who come together (read as forced together through blackmail, bribery etc etc) to embark upon a quest for an unlucky Goddess. In a world where being a hero is a profession, these people are on a quest to fulfill a prophecy for the Seventh Hero who is supposed to save the world.

Yes, interesting shit, like I said. Of course, the plot is really very interesting, but the writing brings something extra to an already amazing plot and makes it even better. The flow of the story, the use of vocabulary, the settings and the dialogue in this are amazing. All in all, phenomenal writing. I really liked it.

The characters, as described are a band of misfits. And, where there is a band of misfits, there’s gonna be humor. So, of course it’s hilarious to a fault. You end up laughing every few minutes. The characters are so sarcastic and their one liners are awesome. Especially Gorm. His personality is a – mazing. He’s got an opinion on everything and he isn’t afraid to voice it. Voice it, he does but in a truly flattering and hilarious way. I love it!

All in all, this was one interesting read and I definitely recommend this book to all fantasy buffs out there! Go read!

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J. Zachary Pike was once a basement-dwelling fantasy gamer, but over time he metamorphosed into a basement-dwelling fantasy writer. By day Zack is a web professional and creative-for-hire, but at night he returns to his lair to create books, films, and illustrations that meld fantasy elements with offbeat humor. A New Englander by birth and by temperament, Zack writes strangely funny fiction on the seacoast of New Hampshire.

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Sticky Notes, Drea St. James – Book Review

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Sticky Notes
by: Drea St. James
Poetry for Beginners, #1
Publication Date: March 31, 2016
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance

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A serial dater and self-proclaimed ninja, Liv Lester thought accidentally running into her date from hell was as bad as her day could get. As it turns out, there are worse things. Not only is her company getting sued, but the only person able to clear its name has disappeared without a trace.

A brilliant lawyer on the fast track to becoming a senior partner, Dax Morgan follows strict rules that don’t include crazy women who pretend to be his girlfriend. His latest case was supposed to be easy. Get in, sue, get out. He certainly didn’t plan on meeting Liv, who throws color into his black and white world and makes him question his loyalties.

After chance encounters, misunderstandings, and a trailer load of sticky notes, the two grudgingly team up and find out they might not be as different as they first thought.

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I absolutely adored this! Seriously, there are no other words to describe it! I absolutely, completely, totally adore this! It is just the absolute best thing ever! ❤

I love the story, I love the characters and I love the way the relationship between the main characters evolves. It is pretty amazing to read! 🙂

Liv, as a character is great! She’s cute and adorable. She’s smart, intelligent and incredibly savvy. She’s loyal and sensitive and takes things to heart. But, she has a great sense of humor and she is extremely competitive about pretty much everything. Yeah, sound good, doesn’t it? I absolutely love her. I really, really do. I like how she blushes all the time and at the same time she can be sexy if she wants to. She’s a klutz and isn’t afraid of speaking her mind. She’s brilliant, really. I love her! ❤

And Dax, oh my Dax! He is truly, completely delicious. He’s sweet and smart and mysterious and sexy. Yeah, all that wrapped into one handsome, glorious package for us to drool over. I’m sure I spent majority of the book fangirling about him and his perfection. He’s just the best. There’s no doubt about it. Yeah, he can be grumpy if he wants to be and he can come off as arrogant and prissy, but he really isn’t. He’s just hiding away from the world and brooding in his silence. He’s a great guy though. He looks after his mother all the time and loves her dearly. And, the way he is with Liv makes my heart melt and turns me into this swoony, gooey mess. I love it! He’s just everything I want in a man, I guess. He’s successful, smart and loyal. Not to mention funny and understanding and loving and caring. The fact that he’s got an amazing body and a handsome face doesn’t hurt either, eh?

And, I must add, my absolute favorite part of the book is the notes that are being passed around and the secret messages that they seem to carry. They’re funny and cute and sarcastic and adorable all at the same time and I love the heck out of them. I wish someone would send me such notes at times. I love how their notes change as the story goes forward and you can see the shift in their relationship through the notes. The pranks are only an added bonus. Seriously, these two play the best pranks. We could learn a thing or hundred from them.

So, yeah, I absolutely love these people. They’re great. Their story is amazing. It’s a freaking shit must read because you are seriously losing out if you don’t read this. A light hearted, fun read that leaves you with a smile on your face for hours and hours and that makes you feel good in all the right places at the right time in the right proportion. Yeah, this is a great story and I cannot wait till the next in the series is out! ❤

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“Good, because I would never want to erase a moment we spent together. It doesn’t matter what happened.” Dax pulled her back. “I think I’m in love with you.”

“You think?”

“I know.”

Liv stared at him, eyes going round. She pinched him, earning a howl in response.

“What are you doing? Why did you pinch me?” he asked.

“Just making sure I’m not hallucinating again.” She grabbed a hold of his shirt, pulling him closer. “How much do you love me?”

“Enough to ignore that you felt the need to pinch me. I will also ignore that you think you are having hallucinations, because nothing will stop me from kissing you again. And then I plan to strip this god-awful sweater off you and show you just how much I’m in love with you.”

She kissed him lightly, brushing his lips with hers. “This sweater is not ugly.” Replacing her lips with her hands, she traced his lips. “But you may strip it off me.”

A triumphant grin on his face, he moved his hands underneath the offending garment, tracing her waist and slowly moving up her body, taking the sweater with him on the way up.

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Drea St. James

Mastering uncooperative cooking utensils, fixing wardrobe malfunctions and the ability to speak to dogs are all on Drea’s bucket list. One thing she did tick off her list recently is the conquest of the computer. Well for the most part. There may have been a few incidents proving the contrary to be true. Just don’t mention a supposedly missing ON button to her.

Drea lives with her husband and two extroverted dogs in Perth, Western Australia, the world’s most isolated capital city whose population thinks daylight savings is code for government conspiracy.

Lucky there is always Drea(m)land, where everything is possible. Even staying out past nine o’clock on a school night.

Drea is currently in treatment for her book addiction.

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The Wedding Date, Kelly Eadon – Book Review

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27964387Kate Massie has big dreams-they just haven’t worked out. Yet. In the meantime, she spends her days clerking for a judge and her nights fantasizing about her tall, dark, and sexy gym crush. So when she runs into him one night, she’s shocked to realize he was her shy, nerdy junior-prom date. But that isn’t where the surprises end . . .

James Abell needs a date to his sister’s wedding. So when Kate agrees, he’s relieved . . . until one little lie turns their wedding date into a full-blown fake relationship. Only it doesn’t feel fake-not the toe-curling kisses and definitely not the electricity. Neither of them is looking for something real . . . but they just might fall for their own little white lie.

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So, second chances and a fake relationship? Yeah, sounds fun. Because it is!

The story revolves around Kate and James, two people who kind of, sort of grew up together. Kate went to Junior Prom with him because James was dateless as a favor to a friend. She had a surprisingly good time, but then life got in the way. They didn’t stay in touch after that night.

But, that was then. James has come a long way from being the shy, awkward nerd he was in high school. Now, he’s smart, successful and sinfully delicious. And, as it happens to be, single. Kate has had a crush on him for sometime now, but she only knows him as the sexy man who goes to the gym at the same time as her.

However, one coincidental meeting has her finding out that it is in fact, James, her date to Junior Prom. To say that she is surprised is an understatement. And, when their mutual friend suggests that James take Kate to her sister’s wedding as his date, Kate finds herself agreeing. It’s a favor, again, but she can’t say no because James’ sister is getting married to his ex fiancee’s brother and his mother has been on his case insisting he bring a date so that she isn’t embarrassed in front of the groom’s mother.

However, things spiral downward when James’ mother believes that Kate is not just James’ date for the wedding, but also his girlfriend. And so, begins their fake relationship, trying to convince the people around them that they are in fact a couple when in love when they’re just two people who’ve met after a long time and have tons of sexual tension between them.

The crux of the matter is whether or not they’ll give into their feelings for one other.

Yes, awesome plot! I really like it. The story development is great and the character arcs are amazing. It’s like they grow by leaps and bounds in their journey, especially James. Coming out of a complicated relationship and unsure of himself, he turns into this extremely loving and caring boyfriend who loves his girl more than anything else in the world. That is my favorite part to read. How James grows through the story.

Similarly, Kate who is lost and confused and lonely and doesn’t really know who she is or where she belongs finds home. She finds people who love her and who help her embrace who she really is, what she wants to be and leave the past behind.

James and Kate’s story is beautifully told in this book and I adore it.

Kate is smart and headstrong and kind and loving. She is fiercely opinionated and isn’t afraid of speaking what’s on her mind. She’s fun to be around and full of life and loves cracking jokes. She’s also confused and unsure of herself and her life. She’s always second guessing herself and whether she’s worthy or not. The complexity of her emotions makes her a multi dimensional character with complex feelings and I really like that. She’s an absolute delight to read!

James is smart and suave and sexy and hot. He’s a gentleman. He’s kind and caring and sweet. He really loves his family and goes out of his way to make them happy. He may not like his mother most of the time, but he loves her a lot and he does many things he doesn’t want to to keep her happy, like faking a relationship with Kate. He loves his sister a whole lot and his brothers are his best buds. He’s a complete family man and it shows in all his thoughtful gestures. He is truly an amazing person and I love him! ❤

This is a really, really good book filled with lots of humor and quirky dialogue and kissing. A must read for all romantics! ❤

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“I really, really, really like you. And I like who I am when I’m with you.” – James Abell

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Princess of Tyrone, Katie Hamstead – Book Review

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Young girl with a crystal ballApolline is happy hunting magical creatures on her pirate infested outer-perimeter planet. She is a fantastic shot, and doesn’t flinch at the blood and guts of her kills. Never once did she consider she could be the missing Princess of Tyrone.

All her life, she has heard the story of the Princess, cursed to sleep for eternity, unless her betrothed, the Prince of Oran, gave her true love’s kiss. Although Apolline knows she is betrothed, she thinks her fairy guardians arranged it out of ignorance of human ways. The thought she could be a princess is inconceivable.

Then Allard appears. Handsome, charming—but he’s not hers to have. He’s betrothed, too. Her guardians warn her against her new found friendship, but she and Allard meet in secret anyway. Despite her rough exterior, he sees beyond her gun-slinging bravado, and their love blossoms.

But the deadline for the sleeping curse is approaching. If Apolline falls in love with the wrong person, she could end up sleeping forever.

A quirky, adventurous retelling of Sleeping Beauty, with a less than princess-ly princess!

 

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So, where am I supposed to begin with? Maybe with the fact that I absolutely, absolutely adore this book! It is a splendid combination of humor, drama, romance and action and I am in love! ❤

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First and foremost, I am an absolute sucker for fairy tales. Yes, I’m that kinda girl. The one who believes in Prince Charming and his white horse and being swept off of their feet. So, yes, the prospect of fairy tales naturally excites me and that just makes this story all the more better.

In this retelling of Sleeping Beauty, there’s elements of Hansel and Gretel and Cinderella and The Red Riding Hood and Snow White, which is, without a doubt, my most favorite part about the story. I love it. I absolutely freakin’ love it! There are no other words.

But, other than that, this is a beautiful story. The way that it has been captured and told is stunning. The plot twists are absolutely awesome, the character development is fantastic and the arc of the story progresses beautifully. This story does not feel forced for even a second. There is a reason for each and every scene, every interaction and every moment. I love how it all comes together in the end and we understand that why that one scene in the beginning was so important for the story to progress. Katie is a truly gifted writer and I am in absolute awe of her story. ❤

Coming of the characters, they’re well written. They’re complex and varied, each one having their own purpose and reason. All characters have their distinct voices which come out strongly through the story and help build their personality. The dialogue flows smoothly and there isn’t anything that is forced or awkward or unnecessary.

My favorite character is without a doubt, Appoline. She’s smart and brave and kind hearted and head strong and I love her. She never backs down from a challenge and she’s always on top when it comes to helping people. She’s totally unafraid and brave. She’s also a kickass huntress which gives her a billion points. She’s cute and adorable and easily embarrassed, but she can dish it out just as well and have you turn into a puddle of goo (not the swoony, I’m – in – love – with – you – kind, but the embarrassing kind) in seconds. So, yeah, she’s like a walking paradox but she’s the most amazing thing ever! ❤

And then, there’s Allard. Sweet, sexy and absolutely delicious Allard. He, as you guessed, is the hero. He’s smart and brave and intelligent. He’s like super intelligent and genius which is what saves his life. Yeah, he’s alive because of his quick thinking and an ability to solve riddles, so that is extremely important. Other than that, he’s funny and determined and doesn’t back down without a fight. He’s the most kind hearted man ever. He loves and loves and loves. And, he’s respectful and duty bound and just the most amazing man ever. I love him. I seriously totally love him.

Together, Appoline and Allard make an awesome pair. They’re completely suited for each other and reading their story has made me feel incredibly happy! 😀

This story is a definite must read for all you romance fans out there! Especially if you believe in fairy tales.

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6585259Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.
After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.
She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing.
When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels now available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS Publishing.
Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports, and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

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The Battle of the Brains, Michelle Graves – Cover Reveal

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The Battle of the Brains
The Misadventures of Maggie Moore #2
Publication Date: April 29, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Humor

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Maggie Moore is leaving small-town south Georgia behind to embrace adulthood on her own in big-city Atlanta.

Finding inspiration in the unique people she’s met covering obscure sporting events, Maggie decides it’s time to fill her life with adventure – just as soon as she figures out how to cut ties with good ol’ Murphy, and his pesky laws, once and for all.

Naturally, the universe has different plans.

Before she even sets out to cover her next big story, Maggie is bombarded with old wounds and new insecurities, forcing her to choose between the reality in front of her and the promise of a dream just out of reach.

Channeling the hard-fought lessons of her Dad, Maggie struggles against the seemingly insurmountable force that is her troublesome partner, learning the hard way that things are never as easy as you think they’ll be.

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This Book Contains: 1- Novella, 1-Short Story, and 1-Full-length novel!

Maggie Moore has been put on notice: Find a new place to live and a life for that matter.

Spurred on by her mom’s ultimatum, Maggie sets out to fulfill her dream of Life & Style Stardom, a la Martha Stewart. After a colossal failure on her first assignment, which has nothing to do with crafting or curtains by the by, she finds herself fighting to save her career.

Far from home, and struggling with the aftermath of a family death, Maggie’s already hard fought lifelong battle with Murphy, and his pride-stealing Laws, kicks into high gear. Her enigmatic world-renowned photo journalist currently sporting a chip-the-size-of-Mount-Rainier on his shoulder might have something to do with it.

Determined to succeed despite numerous bumps along the way, Maggie throws herself – quite literally – into the heart of her assignments as she travels across the country, unlocking the oddities of various obscure sporting events and surviving the World’s Most Difficult Partnership along the way.

About Michelle Graves

Michelle Graves

Michelle Graves is a self-proclaimed nomad, moving every two to three years with her husband the Army man, her beautiful daughter, and a fat tailless cat named Torri. When she is not writing away trying to purge her mind of yapping characters she can be found entertaining her daughter, attempting to craft (whilst trying not to injure herself with the glue gun), baking yummy treats, or reading. She admits to having a restless spirit and forces her family to go out on adventures whenever possible. They lovingly play along.

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