Jennifer Haymore, the duchess hunt is on sale

Wowwww, I am so excited! I mean truly excited! One of my favourite historical romance Jennifer Haymore ebook , the duchess hunt will be on sale. I hope everyone will start reading Ms. Haymore books. She writes a very compelling and beautiful historical romance story.

Here is the link for the sale

October 21, 2013

I have lots of news today, and lots of free books to give away! 

(1) THE DUCHESS HUNT is on sale!

The Duchess Hunt (US edition) ebook is on sale this month wherever ebooks are sold.

Here are some links if you’d like to pick up THE DUCHESS HUNT for $1.99. 

 

Cheers Aretha

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review, giveaway and interview of Love Me by Diana Alberts

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Love Me Blurb:

Thomas Jones has come to Vegas to win yet another account for his marketing company. But when he sits across from beautiful and sensual Brianna Faulk to deliver his pitch, his desire to leave Vegas as quickly as possible is replaced by the need to get close to her. Yet she resists his
charm.

Brianna knows a date with Thomas could jeopardize her job, but he’s so maddening and insistent, she has a hard time denying him just one date. But that’s all it can be: one date. Because she has to protect her job and her secrets, even if it means giving up a chance at a life she never thought she’d have again.

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About Diane:

Diane Alberts is a multi-published, bestselling author with Entangled Publishing, Swoon Romance, and Decadent Publishing. She has, as of this date, four books with Entangled Publishing, one book with Swoon Romance, and five older books with Decadent Publishing. Her February release with Entangled Publishing, ON ONE CONDITION, hit #18 on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list, and TRY ME hit #76 on Amazon. Her Swoon Romance novella, CAPTIVATED BY YOU, hit #31 on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list. Diane is represented by Louise Fury from the L. Perkins Agency.

Where you can find her:

Website: http://dianealberts.com/

Blog: http://dianealberts.com/blog/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dianealberts

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Diane-Alberts/121705201245084

Giveaway:

Link to Diane’s site for the giveaway .

http://dianealberts.com/contestsgiveaways/love-me-top-100-contest-win-a-kindle-and-customized-cover/

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Next my Interview with Diana Alberts:). She is a very nice and friendly author:)

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Thanks so much for inviting me here today to talk about Love Me, the second book in my Take a Chance series with Entangled Publishing!

  1. Why did you pick Las Vegas as the meeting place between the characters?

It just seemed the perfect backdrop for the type of books I wanted to write for these characters. The first book, Try Me, began with Jeremy stumbling around the desert drunk off his ass and lost. I mean, how many other places can a man wake up drunk, in a desert, and have no recollection as to why he got there?

It had to be Vegas, baby.

  1. Do you believe everyone has a story worth remembering?

Oh my God, yes! We all have one. Some might be more colorful than others, but we all have quite the colorful stories behind us. I don’t think I’d ever want *mine” told, but some might find it interesting. 😉

  1. What is the story that has touched and inspired you to write romance stories?

The first romance book I ever read was Highland Velvet by Jude Deveraux. I was twelve, and I couldn’t put it down. I can remember every detail of that day. Exactly where I was laying on my grandmother’s floor. The smell of dinner cooking as I opened the book, not knowing I would fall in love. And that day? I decided I wanted to be a romance author.

  1. How does that translate into your writing?

Hmm…I’m not sure! I like to think that my love of romance books shines through in everything I write, but I’m not sure if I succeed there. I was, first, a romance reader—and I’m still an avid romance reader. I love, breathe, and live in this genre.

I wouldn’t have it any other way!

  1. What is your favorite moment in the “Love Me” book?

I think I’ll have to go with the epilogue! With the Take a Chance books, I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from readers that LOVED the epilogue in Try Me, so I tried to keep that special ending going in all four of the books. In Love Me, I think I succeeded, because I’m already getting tons of tweets and emails about the end. Woot!

Thanks again for having me here today!

 My review

Love Me explores love, marriage, and relationships- and the power of the past to work upon them. Adding that is intelegent, mature, observant and ponders broad contemporary issues that impact on our daily lives will probably ensure that half its potential readers tune out immediately.

At first, I thought Thomas would be your stereotypical playboy hero  with smooth moves (as did Brianna), I feel like I should point out that they both fool me, the first will suprise me with his gold heart and the later will surprise me with her indepent character.

Thomas is a marketing executive who has come to Vegas hoping to land a big contract with the Golden Hand Casino. His company wants to branch into the Vegas market, but Thomas hates Vegas! Next ,  he meets Brianna, the business woman he from Golden Hand Casino. They literally bump into each other at their first meeting and things start to simmer!

I love Aberts’ writing style. It’s witty, quick and in times snappy as well :). This book is  a fast-paced romance between  two people who aren’t quite sure whether they are ready to move on from previous heartbreak, but can’t bring themselves to stop themselves in the process.

 

I will give this book 4 stars

 

regards

aretha zhen

My review of belonging by karen anne hopkins

Rose became Amish so she could be with Noah, but is this where she really belongs?
‘I left everything I knew behind. but it was worth it. He was worth it’.
No one thought an ordinary girl like me would last two minutes living with the Amish, not even me. There are a lot more rules and a lot less freedom, and I miss my family and the life I once had. Worst of all, Noah and I aren’t even allowed to see each other. Not until I’ve proven myself.
If I can find a way
to make it work, we’ll be Rose & Noah, together forever.
But not e
belongingverybody believes this is where I belong’.

Belonging showed more of a balance to this intense and all-consuming love story. It explores first love , relationship, amish – and the power of love and sacrifice to work upon them.

reading Rose’s transition over to living in the Amish community. I can;t help but Imagining how to lead a  medieval life in the middle of this modern world.   We won’t be  able to use cell phones, internet, laptop or even use appliances to enjoy life such as  watching television.  Rose life is getting upside down. She makes huge sacrifices for Noah. Question is can Noah does the same thing for her?

Rose and Noah bonds will be tested, and difficult questions will be answered. With only love keeping Rose and Noah afloat, will it ever really be enough to keep them together?

Rose’s new friend noted that ‘love is about giving up your life but not your soul’. This is something Rose is still struggling with.She seems to be imbalanced with her love toward Noah. She gave up not only her life but also her soul.  As a reader, I was overcomed by Rose’s compassion and It’s good to see how life’s and love is a whole mess on its own accord.

I will give this book 5 sparkling star because the snippets of the story and the nuances of a character , namely Rose hang around for a while after I’ve finished the last page and this was certainly the case with this book

 

cheerio aretha zhen

 

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: April 2013
Format: ARC

Genre: Normal adult /young adult

Age: YA
Reviewer: aretha zhen

The Railwayman’s wife

The Railwayman's Wife web imageit’s 1948, AND PEOPLE chase their dreams through the books in the railway’s library. Meet the characters Annika lachland, Roy Mckinnon and Frank Dapper. Each bounds by their past, each looks for an aswer for their destinies, and each finds solace within the pages of the books.

Annika’s world implodes when accident occured and she lost her husband (her soulmate). And life turns around for Roy Mckinnon ex militaty and Frank as well. Protection, ambition, and different types od love are the main themes that simmer under the surface of every page.

This is a warm-hearted story of people’s lives after the world war 2. There is no way a book like this can be reviewed in so few words. No descriptive words seem good enough. This book raises many important questions about love, life and how once in a lifetime you can find love that is so pure when it left you, you’ll just become an empty shell. This book is about how you survives the life and refuses the emptiness in life.

 

Rating : 5 glowing stars

Note: I get this book as an uncorrected proof from Allen and Unwin in exchange for an honest review

carolyn jewel not proper enough review by aretha zhen

 

For me Carolyn Jewel’s “Not Proper Enough” was a pretty good read. The storyline was quite ineresting and sensual. Even though the character showed more lust than romantic relationship.

The Marquess of Fenris has loved Lady Eugenia from the day he first set eyes on her. But she married his best friend Robert instead. Lady Eugenia and Marquess of Fenris relationship changes from enemy to friend then to love.

Carolyn Jewel writes a story with great tension and momentum. The emotional and the interwoven story of the many characters inside this book prompt its reader to ponder the deep nature of familial relationships and their hold over one’s life Image.

 

I give this book 4 star

cheerio aretha zhen

Questions of Travels by Michelle de Kretser

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Description

A mesmerising literary novel, Questions of Travel charts two very different lives. Laura travels the world before returning to Sydney, where she works for a publisher of travel guides. Ravi dreams of being a tourist until he is driven from Sri Lanka by devastating events.
Around these two superbly drawn characters, a double narrative assembles an enthralling array of people, places and stories – from Theo, whose life plays out in the long shadow of the past, to Hana, an Ethiopian woman determined to reinvent herself in Australia.
Award-winning author Michelle de Kretser illuminates travel, work and modern dreams in this brilliant evocation of the way we live now. Wonderfully written, Questions of Travel is an extraordinary work of imagination – a transformative, very funny and intensely moving novel.

From the very first sentence of Questions of Travel we know something terrible is in store for our main character. ‘When Laura was two the twins decided to kill her’. We immediately know something was in store for Laura.

A mesmerising literary novel, Questions of Travel explores two very different lives of Laura and Ravi. The intersection between life, travelling and the questions about the meaning of life is the main topic of this book.

Firstly, the narratives follows Laura’s life journey, an unhappy and eccentric woman who heads overseas in search of adventure and the meaning of life.  Then the narrative follows Ravi’s life and his fascination in geography and computers.

Both of the main characters life is intersect and lead to a conclusion that is totally unexpected about a haunting story of loss and the senseless brutality of the tragic of life. This novel is an inspiring story about love, life , and the journey to find home and acceptance.

It’s beautifully written book with a rich language. The story is told in an easy, accessible style that follows a straightforward chronological narrative.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars

Format ARC

I received this book from the publisher allen and Unwin in exchange for an honest review

SOPHIE-MIXED UP MAGIC: UNDER A SPELL

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This book is A cute fast read –that would be perfect for young readers and Young adult. This book is much better than the first one and I lovvveeeee itttt….:).

This book is about the sophie and her current journey as a teenage Djinn. There is quite plenty of action and trouble in Sophie’s life, and the best thing is she still faces everything  with her positive attitude.

Every day is an adventure, in which she has so much fun and well trouble too. Especially now she becomes the enemy of her crush twin sister, well oh well, life certainly could not get more interesting. Added with this fact she will become the slave of her enemy.

Amanda Ashby cleverly explores the best known problems in teenage life while entwining all of the problems with the problem of being a djinn. Her fun , exciting and often humorous adventure story of Sophie tick all the boxes.

I give this book 4 star J

Cheerio aretha