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My Week of Reading (24 - 29 July 2017)

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It seems to have been a good week of reading; I managed to get two reviews out.

Her Blackened Soul by Isra Sravenheart:
Amazon: Amazon Review - Her Blackened Soul
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Her Blackened Soul
Genuine Jenn: Genuine Jenn Review - Her Blackened Soul

As you can tell; this is a review that I did for the Genuine Jenn blog.

Deep Blue Truth by Ava Armstrong:
Amazon: Amazon Review - Deep Blue Truth
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Deep Blue Truth
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Deep Blue Truth

I added something extra to this review, so be sure to check it out.

Monthly Reading Goals:
I have finally managed to start this; and I decided to go with the classic; though you will only be finding out when I do the review what I decided to pick up. 
Last Word: One thing I was really happy about this week was that some packages came in the post - I have finally gotten the third book in the Eva Thorne series which is written by Lorel Clayton. I kindly received a copy f…

Bookish Ramblings # 2 - Why I Purchase Ebooks

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This is the second post that I'm doing in this series, and this post's topic is going to be about why I purchase ebooks. For one, living in South Africa, I've got a wider range of books available to me to read; since a lot of the books I read wouldn't be sold here - since the majority (80%) of them are be either self-published or are indie authors.  I'm now able to support authors like this more, besides for just reviewing their books, I'm now able to purchase them as well.  Second reason would be the cost of shipping the paperback format of the sort of books I mention above - all I'll say is that it would be expensive because I don't stay in a country where there is an Amazon online store for that specific country - which means I would have to order from US Amazon, shipping would be be higher than the price of the book itself; hence, ebooks are cheaper. Though, there are cheaper alternatives available now (think Book Depository), though I w…

Review and Author Interview - Deep Blue Truth by Ava Armstrong

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My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2015 Genre: Crime; Romance
Blurb: Nick Kozlovsky is not a guy who gives up easily. He grew up on the tough side of town and never met his father. His childhood consisted of an alcoholic mother with a series of step-fathers who beat him until he learned how to fight back. As a policeman, he had plenty of built-in sensors to detect violent criminal behavior.  Nick’s dream to become a police officer is realized, and even though he’s only a few years into the job, the young patrolman has a lot of heart. He’s happy with the job, but his personal life is in shambles. There are women, but, he has never fallen in love. All of his friends have made the trip to the alter, but Nick soothes his loneliness in ways that aren’t exactly healthy. A random trip to the emergency room changes the course of Nick’s life. Meeting Doctor Grace Robertson energizes him. Not only does he admire her, he is convinced she could be the one for him. For the first time in his young life,…

My Week of Reading (17 - 22 July 2017)

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I've had a little bit more time to read this week. There were times where it felt like I was falling behind, but I've managed to get some decent reading done; and got one review out.
The Comfort of Secrets by Christine Nolfi: Amazon: Amazon Review - The Comfort of Secrets Goodreads: Goodreads Review - The Comfort of Secrets Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - The Comfort of Secrets
Monthly Reading Goals: I'm hoping to get to it this coming week; hold thumbs! 
Last Word: At the moment; I'm busy reading two books. 'Deep Blue Truth' by Ava Armstrong and 'Her Blackened Soul' by Isra Sravenheart. I need to finish both by next week, with 'Her Blackened Soul' needing to be posted on the Genuine Jenn blog.  Other awesome book-related things have happened this week, though I'll only be talking about this at a later stage. Though there is one thing I'll recommend - if you're an avid book blogger - try to interact with autho…

Review - The Comfort of Secrets by Christine Nolfi

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My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2017 Genre: Women's Fiction; with a touch of romance.

Blurb:
Cat Mendoza needs a win. After a business failure and years of dating the wrong men, she’s ready to turn things around.
First she must convince the residents of Sweet Lake, Ohio, that she’s taking her responsibilities seriously. As the events director of the newly restored Wayfair Inn, she has the support of her best friends, Linnie and Jada. But everyone else—including her overprotective mother and the well-meaning Sweet Lake Sirens—can’t help but chime in with advice about her plans, her apparently too-tight clothes, and her undeniable attraction to Ryan D’Angelo, the charming ad exec hired to promote the inn. Cat knows she should keep Ryan at a distance, but she’s drawn closer by the heartbreak he tries to hide. Will uncovering his secrets derail the new life Cat hopes to achieve…or will she gain something to cherish forever?
About the Author:
Award-winning author Christine Nolfi provides r…

My Week of Reading (10 - 15 July 2017)

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This week of reading has been decent, I got one review out.

In Black and White by Catherine Lavender:
Amazon: Amazon Review - In Black and White
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - In Black and White
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - In Black and White

You might be surprised to hear that this is a relatively quick book to get through.

Monthly Reading Goals:
I'm hoping that after I've finished my current read that I will get to this.

Last Word:
At the moment, I'm busy reading 'The Comfort of Secrets' by Christine Nolfi, and this is an ARC that I received that will be released on the 18th of July. So I'm hoping to get a good chunk of reading in. For those that follow me on social media will know that I'm behind with Camp Nano, so I'm also hoping to catch up with that this weekend. I'm also making quite good progress with my blogging course as well. 
I also seem to have a possible new workstation where I can do my blogging and online sur…

Review - In Black and White by Catherine Lavender

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My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2016 Genre: Women's Fiction
Blurb: Micah Winters always knew that she was different. It was the pigment of her skin and the texture of her hair that revealed that she was a woman from biracial parents. For five decades, Micah’s African American mother has remained silent about Micah’s estranged father (Sidney Irving). It is not until after Sidney Irving’s death that Micah learns that she is the daughter of the legendary novelist and screenwriter. Now with her mother’s memory fading away from Alzheimer’s disease, Micah can only rely on a novel that was written from her father years ago to understand her parents past during the time of segregation in the United States. Micah’s once simple life is not so simple anymore as she tries to make sense of an unfamiliar world as she inherits her father’s wealth and private past. With an abandoned heart, Micah must forgive the past in order to discover who she really is.
About the Author: Catherine Lavender is an…

My Week of Reading (3 - 8 July 2017)

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Hello Everyone,


I managed to get one review done, reading this week has been alright.
Searching for Sarah by Julieann Dove: Amazon: Amazon Review - Searching for Sarah Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Searching for Sarah Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Searching for Sarah
I'll most likely read the second book in this series as soon as it's available.
Monthly Reading Goals: Haven't gotten to this yet, maybe I'll get to this around the middle of the month.
Other Things: Before I end off, I would just like to share something with my readers. I've been in the process of planning a website with my sister for my book blog, and I've gotten to a stage where I've decided on my logo, so here is the logo reveal:

It's exciting to go through the process of my blogging journey, where I plan how things are going to look, and working my way through the more professional side of blogging. I would just like to thank everyone who has decided to join me for my blogging…

Review - Searching for Sarah by Julieann Dove

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Book Cover
Year Published: 2017 Genre: Women's Fiction, with a touch of Chick Lit and a dab of mystery
Blurb: Sarah Keller is convinced that her Mr. Right is stuck in traffic…in another country…on another planet. ‘Thirty-one and still single’ isn’t how she wants to be introduced by her dad. That’s why she’s on five dating websites, posing as anything from an avid gardener to a crazed thrill seeker. Sam Turner is a single dad, workaholic, who owns his own company. Long-term relationships have never worked out for him. That’s why he needs a nanny. When a mutual friend suggests Sarah take the job temporarily, everything changes for them both. Sarah begins falling for the man who meets almost none of her online criteria. And when strange things start happening—things that jeopardize the safety of Sarah, Sam is the last person she would imagine is hiding something.
About the Author: Julieann Dove began her writing career not long ago. Taking a break from her job as a bookkeeper was just what t…

My Week of Reading (26 June - 1 July 2017)

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The first thing you will notice is that I have changed my blog name and url. I'm nearly done with the username change process. 
I've been able to do one review this week.

Lucky Ride by Deborah Coonts:
Amazon: Amazon Review - Lucky Ride Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Lucky Ride Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Lucky Ride
If you enjoy Chick Lit/Women's Fiction with an element of crime and mystery, be sure to pick this one up. 
Monthly Reading Goals: I haven't had a chance to get to this yet, though I think I'll be able to get to at least one of these this month.
Last Word: I plan on finishing 'Searching for Sarah' by Julieann Dove this week, and am hoping to either pick up another review book or carry on with my re-read; which I haven't been able to get on with having to review books. If anyone would like to follow my progress on my blogging course, you can find me either on Twitter or on my Facebook Page. I'll also be doing updat…

Highlights of the Month - June 2017

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This month I managed to read five books this month. If I had to pick a book this month; I'd have to say my favourite is 'Better in the Morning' by Fern Ronay. I would have to say that my second favourite is 'Lucky Ride' by Deborah Coonts. Overall, I had a decent reading month, even though I fell a little bit behind near the end of it. 

Monthly Reading Goals:
I unfortunately didn't manage to get to this one, so I'm going to carry over from this month. So, here's JULY'S reading goals:
Read either:
A Classic
OR

Any non-fiction
I'm hoping that I will get to one of these things this month.

Last Word:
I haven't quite planned what I'm going to be reading for July yet, though I have a very vague idea in my mind. I will most likely read less books in July since I'm helping my mom recuperate from a knee operation, which means that I won't be able to focus on my reading like I usually do.
I've also taken on a blogging course as wel…

Review - Lucky Ride by Deborah Coonts

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My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2017 Genre: Chick Lit; Women's Fiction; Mystery
Blurb: Everyone Has a Hidden Talent For Lucky O’Toole it’s murder…solving it. Surviving in Sin City takes cunning, a pair of five-inch heel, and a wiseass attitude. Lucky has mastered them all and has a pair of legs she uses to kick butt and turn heads. As the Chief Problem Solver for the Babylon, Las Vegas’s most over-the-top destination, mischief is in her job description. She’s good at her job. She’s less good at life. But who has time for a life when there’s a killer on the loose? And who would want to kill a clown? Lucky isn’t in any mood to find out. For one, it’s New Year’s Day and Lucky’s birthday. And she hasn’t caught her breath after a chase to the death in Hong Kong and Macau. Her French chef is pushing to set the wedding date…and introduce her to his mother. Her former lover, Teddie, wounded in the China chase, needs TLC. As if this wasn’t enough. A young woman, in town with the rodeo, sho…