Book Review—One Wish Away by Ingrid Seymour

Image result for One Wish Away: Djinn EmpireOne Wish Away by Ingrid Seymour

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received an ARC of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely loved it. A rocking story. The main concept is way old—the Genie and the magic lamp in the Arabian nights, who grants three wishes to his master. But I liked the fact that more contemporary elements are woven into the tale. Ingrid while keeping the mystical and magical elements intact added just the right dosage of drama, romance, and action to keep my interest and had me glued to the book.

Marielle is a normal girl with regular problems. Her life is laced with one tragedy after another. She is broken, lonely, trying to keep herself from drowning in her sorrows. She is distrustful and yet still trying to hang on to the last threads of her sanity. Farris is the angel in disguise—the only one who can right the wrongs—but will Marielle trust him enough to accept her share of three wishes…

An enigmatic tale of love, revenge, and magic. A must read.

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Book Review—The Sire by M.S. Fowle

 

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The Sire by M.S. Fowle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

M.S.Fowle weaves a fantastical tale about a kingdom bereft of magik—ruled by a monarch who cannot see beyond his thirst for power. He searches for the Sire, the creator of all magik and in his quest unleashes terrible cruelty on his subjects. War rages and the people of the land live in fear. Magik is prohibited; those found practicing are captured and punished. Here the select few enforce their rule on the laity, to subdue and control them. Amongst this chaos rises a story of faith, friendship, loyalty and …. well magik.

I liked the author’s writing style – the flow is smooth and effortless, though at times I did find it a bit grand in some portions. I had to stop, take a breath and go over the lines a couple of times to let them sink in before I continued further.

The characters are very endearing especially the twins. As you read through you will definitely fall in love with Claire and Walter. They fight yet they stand by each other. They will make you laugh, cry, bite your nails in fear for their lives. You will find yourself enjoying their adventures and little skirmishes.

The end was not surprising yet I was disappointed by the quick closing and felt that it was a bit rushed. It kind of broke the flow that the author had maintained through the earlier chapters. But let’s be honest I was also sad that the story ended.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and do hope there are more adventures of Walter and Claire and we read them soon. I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Piper LeVine, A Gypsy’s Truth by Eris Kelli

I did blog tour & cover reveal of this book a few months back and as a follow-up, today I share with you my review of the book. Go on … spare a few moments and read this. Better yet, go pick both the books in the series available at Amazon – only for today.

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Piper LeVine, a Gypsy's TruthPiper LeVine, a Gypsy’s Truth by Eris Kelli

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Okay, first things first – this is a really good, fun book to read. That said, I have to admit there were few ups and downs in the narration. Some places the flow of the story gets stuck with a phrase or a line that just does not come out well. You have to re-read it to get back to the story. I at times, felt that maybe like the main character Piper, the author too was thinking faster than what she was able to pen down and so you see the narration skip something and then move on.

But … once I settled into the story, these minor errors were completely forgotten. The story overpowers your thinking and you will forget everything else. There are so many amazing characters and the way the story is woven through their lives–is very enjoyable and engaging.

Piper is an intelligent, smart girl and it is a delight to walk with her as she experiences love & joy, pain and sorrow. The people she meets are vibrant, dynamic and full of life– even though they may not be good.

I felt that author Eris has done a remarkable job with this book and I truly look forward to reading the successive books in the series. Hopefully they will be as interesting as this one was.

Just an afterthought – the book needs a more attractive cover. At present, the cover hides a very good book behind it.

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You can connect with Eris Kelli at these links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/eris.kelli

Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/ErisKelliFansPage

Twitter: 
https://twitter.com/
eris_kelli

Author blog: www.eriskelliauthor.com

Second blog: www.authoreriskelli.blogspot.com

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/eriskelli

Pinterest: pinterest.com/eriskelli

Blog Tour & Cover Reveal: Eris Kelli’s “Piper eVine, a Gypsy’s Truth”

I know you all have been wondering where I have been for the past few days (nearly a month, actually). Let me assure you, everything is fine. I have just been busy with things here and there, but that’s for another day.

PIPER LEVINE, A GYPSY’S TRUTH
PIPER LEVINE, A GYPSY’S TRUTH

Today, I have something else to talk about. I have been given the opportunity to host the blog tour & cover reveal of Eris Kelli’s “Piper LeVine, a Gypsy’s Truth” and with great pleasure I would like to introduce to you Eris Kelli —

Eris grew up in the Pacific Northwest as the youngest of eight children. Her writing is fueled by her love of adventure, learning and her drive to explore an idea. She now resides in Midwest America, with her husband, 2 beautiful children, and happy old dog. Currently she is fast at work on the third book in the Piper LeVine Series.

Please join me in welcoming Eris as she shares with us her thoughts on how authors should tackle one of their most difficult task – of finishing the book they’ve started writing.

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How to Write a Book from Beginning to End

By Eris Kelli

Eris Kelli
Eris Kelli

The most popular topic for authors to write about is how to get published. It’s a great topic, but so many of us jump the gun. You will never, ever, ever publish a book no matter how awesome it is, if it isn’t finished.

So why haven’t you finished your novel? Here are some of my old reasons and other that I’ve been given.

–          No time.

–          My computer is having problems.

–          I’m still working on my outline.

–          I can’t get started.

Here is my advice and you can take it or leave it.

As far as not having time goes, if you can carve twenty minutes out of your day, then you have time. It’s true just hang in there with me, and I’ll tell you.

If you were to write one page a day without fail you would have 365 page book at the end of one year. Hey, it’s a book more than no book at all next year, right? And I believe once you get rolling on it’ll  be more than just a page a day.

The thing is if you really want to write you’ll find a way.

I am a busy mother of two. If I were to try to sit down at my computer while my youngest was about, he’d attack the keyboard. I had to write! So, I carried a notebook with me and wrote the old-fashioned way. Typing it later once my little ones were down for the night was a chore, but now I have Piper LeVine, A Gypsy’s Truth.

If it’s trouble getting started, don’t stress it. Just begin and keep going. Nothing is in stone. You can return later and perfect your beginning, middle, or end. I went back and re-wrote the beginning for Piper LeVine, A Gypsy’s Truth, six times and even more with other books I’ve written.

If this sounds like work, you don’t want to do than writing may not be your thing. If you love it and want it, then you have to do the work which comes after the book is written, believe me!

I had the best time writing, Piper LeVine, A Gypsy’s Truth. Not only did I get to go on a great romantic adventure with Piper, who is a fun young woman to tag along with, but I got to explore the Gypsy culture and experience magic!

My wish for you is a great writing adventure of your own. I hope you’ll get the chance to read Piper Levine, A Gypsy’s Truth and feel free to find me on Facebook and tell me what you think. Until then, happy writing and exciting reading.

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You can connect with Eris Kelli at these links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/eris.kelli

Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/ErisKelliFansPage

Twitter: https://twitter.com/eris_kelli

Author blog: www.eriskelliauthor.com

Second blog: www.authoreriskelli.blogspot.com

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/eriskelli

Pinterest: pinterest.com/eriskelli


You can get a copy of Eris Kelli’s “Piper LeVine, a Gypsy’s Truth” on — 
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders or KOBO. Please visit GMTA publishing for more details. 

Here’s a short summary of the book–

PIPER LEVINE, A GYPSY’S TRUTH
PIPER LEVINE, A GYPSY’S TRUTH

Piper LeVine is the daughter of wealthy Senator, Harold and Katrine, or so she thought. When a stranger arrives in the night and throws her identity into question, Piper must uncover the secrets of her true origin.

Treacherous demons from a past she never knew she had are coming for her and only the Gypsies know how to deal with the monsters of myth.

Nicholas proves less than truthful from the get-go, but who can she hold onto amongst a sea of mystic if not hostile strangers? He is dangerous, captivating, and the only one who she knows that will stand against the creatures of the dark that seek her.

In search for the truth Piper will find more than her identity. She will discover her destiny, what she is made of, and the family that determines her fate.

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Thank you for joining me today. Keep a look out for my review of the “Piper LeVine, A Gypsy’s Truth” — to follow soon.

Have a Good Day!!!

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The Other World

A quick little post to share with everyone.

My deviation – ‘The Other World‘ was declared one of the winners of the Halloween Contest hosted by Selunia on Deviantart.com.

The Other World ©2012 ~ssimon14

 

We were supposed to  create a deviation using any three of the stocks provided by her. I used her pics of a cat (tiny thing in the center of the vortex), the setting sun sky and the buildings along with pics provided by others.  Thanks to all the stock providers for some wonderful pictures. Credit details are given here.

Some new creations are also there in my gallery. You can click here to see them.

Hope you like them too. 🙂

Thank you for all your support. 🙂