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How to Blackmail a Highlander by Michelle McLean

How to Blackmail a Highlander

Synopsis

Lady Alice Chivers is done being controlled by her family. On the run from an arranged marriage, she needs a strong highlander to escape. Only Philip MacGregor insists on sending her back to her pampered life, so she’ll just have to blackmail him instead. But now they find themselves in an accidental marriage, and soon they’re both playing a role that feels like it was meant to be real.

Philip is cautious, in control, and in way over his head with his unexpected wife. She’s intense, spontaneous, and can’t follow an order to save her life. And he might be falling completely in love with her. However, her distractions endanger the lives of those he loves. Now he must somehow undo the damage that has been done, before his friends pay with their lives.

Review

 

 

This is such a fun read. I quite enjoyed Lady Alice's character. Her tendency to leap before thinking made this story very entertaining. She is definitely an infuriating woman. On this, I agree with Phillip. Poor highlander doesn't stand a chance. ;)


Alice is being forced to marry someone who scares her. She strongly suspect that the rumors about her future husband are not simply rumors. Unfortunately, her parents disagree and refuse to listen to her complaints. In the end, she decided to take matters into her own hands. It was her life after all, and she is determined to have a long and happy one. That's when she decides to balckmail the highlander...


Phillip can't believe that his simple mission turned into a disaster. It is all thanks to one English lady who refuses to take no for an answer. He will put up with her for now but he plans to send her home as soon as he can find a way. Little did he know how difficult of a task that would turn out to be...


I loved both the main characters. Story is very interesting and well-written. It is definitely one the best books I have read. I do enjoy a good historical fiction.


P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley.

Source: http://www.iambookseater.com/2019/01/review-how-to-blackmail-highlander-by.html

You Don’t Deserve My Love

I did try to be a good friend,

I promised to be loyal till the very end.

But now I am tired, as you must know,

If you didn’t know how to trust,

How not to imagine the worst,

Then it’s your choice,

If you couldn’t hear my heart’s voice.

I am leaving you never to return,

And all your memories, I plan to burn,

Your problems will no longer be any of my concern,

From this day onward, whether I live or die,

No longer my friend! Bye! Bye!

 

© 2019, Fizza Younis. All Rights Reserved

Source: http://iambookseater.wordpress.com/2019/01/14/you-dont-deserve-my-love-a-poem

The Angel Island (Dark World: The Angel Trials #5) by Michelle Madow

The Angel Island by Michelle Madow

Synopsis

The journey to Avalon is full of trials, and not everyone who ventures there is welcome.

After escaping the bunker where she was held captive by demons, Raven’s finally safe with Noah, the wolf shifter she imprinted upon. And they saved all the other prisoners in the process.

Their next destination? The mythical island of Avalon. There, Raven will enter the Angel Trials so she can become a Nephilim and help fight in the war against the demons.

But it turns out the trials don’t start on the island. They start before it. Because only the worthy are allowed entrance to Avalon.

Many challenges await. Challenges that will separate every person in their group, push them harder than they imagined possible, and force them to make insanely difficult decisions.

Who will be worthy enough to enter Avalon? Who will be turned away?

Find out in The Angel Island, a magical urban fantasy adventure with twists and turns you’ll never see coming!

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Review

This journey is so exciting. I absolutely love this series and each book is better than the previous. I can't wait to read the next one!


Raven is on a mission to save her mother. All she knows is that her mother was taken by the demons. Soon she joins shifters and a vampire to hunt down demons and go to Avalon. That's where the Earth Angel is right now and that is where anyone should go if they want to fight against demons. But this journey to Avalon isn't simple nor is it easy. Along the way, they face many trials. Lose companions and make new friends. Now it seems that this exciting adventure is almost over or maybe a new adventure is just beginning...


Although I missed Sage I was glad to read more about Raven. She is my most favorite character of this series. I love everything about her. She is human in the world of supernaturals still that has not caused her to lose her courage or determination. In fact, she seems to be right at home among vampires and shifters. Noah and Thomas are no less likable. In fact, all the characters are amazing and well-developed and each book in the series brings us closer to them. Every time we learn something new about them, what motivates them, what are they afraid of, how they deal with difficult situations, so on and so forth.


It's a very exciting series and I can't wait to see where it will lead us next. I think it's a must-read for paranormal/adventure fans.


P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book.

P.P.S. I just want to say this, I love the cover! I think this series has the best set of covers I've seen in a while.

Source: http://www.iambookseater.com/2018/12/review-angel-island-dark-world-angel.html

Dreams

How much do you believe in dreams? I have always believed that our dreams are never random. They are our brain’s way of telling us things that we really need to know. It can be about ourselves, about others, about life, or any other thing. But it is important and I usually pay close attention to my dreams. And honestly, they do have a tendency of coming true every now and then.

Also there are times when reality so sad that dreams become our escape. As one of my favorite quotes goes;

“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?” ~Ernest Hemingway

Interestingly enough my dreams are usually highly entertaining. They are complete stories with clear beginning, middle, and an ending. Sometimes they can be bizarre and disturbing too. I rarely have nightmares though. They’re always vivid and I find it intriguing how they have the ability to make me feel so many different emotions. Dreams can make you happy, sad, scared or any number of normal human emotions. Don’t they fascinate you?

There are different theories about dreams but no one knows for sure why we have them. Experts tend to have different opinions on the subject. Some say they’re nonsensical and have no purose whatsoever. I disagree with this assessment. Others say that dreams help us process our emotions, unconscious desires and fears and I agree with this whole heartedly. My dreams are often too obvious for me not to understand their purpose. Although, many a times I simply cannot understand them. They can be so farfetched and strange that it become impossible for me to interpret them in a way that will make any sense. In any case, I do love to dream and find dreams to be highly entertaining.


Dream by Fizza Younis

 

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Monday Musings

 

Close your eyes and let your mind drift,

Sleep will come, dreams will follow.

It is painless to dream,

Let your woes be swallowed.

A way to escape the chaos,

As well as the worries of tomorrow.

Enter this new world, to imagine, to wander,

To escape and ponder.

There is heaven, there is hell, but…

As long as you can dream, all is well!


P.S. I keep a dream journal. I started it because dreams are easily forgotten and I just wanted to keep record of them. They are very useful when it comes to finding ideas for my stories. What are your thoughts on dreams? I’d love to hear your opinion on this. Thank you.

Source: http://iambookseater.wordpress.com/2018/12/24/why-do-we-have-dreams

The Unpopular Opinions About Books

1. Popular books or series that you didn’t like.

Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James is definitely one such series. I only read the first few chapters of the first book and hated it instantly. After that, there was no point in continuing reading. I don’t know if it gets better later or maybe it just wasn’t for me, but there was no way I was going to waste time reading it when I didn’t like it at all.

Another book that everyone seems to like but I don’t is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I know it is a very quotable book. I myself love so many quotes from it but the story itself was nothing good, as far as, I think. Don’t get me wrong though I do enjoy a good gothic romance that one just wasn’t for me.

2. Popular books or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love.

I think Mansfield Park by Jane Austen can be considered one such book. I am not sure how popular it is though, but people seem to hate it for some reason. I, on the other hand, loved it. After Pride and Prejudice, it is my second most favorite book by Jane Austen.

People also seem to dislike Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo for some reason. I think the book is a work of art and I can see why it is so popular. I really loved it!

3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you didn’t want them to end up with or an OTP you don’t like.

This list can go on and on, and never end (lol). First of all, I want to mention that I generally do not like love triangles. I know they are very common in romance especially YA books but I tend to stay away from them. Especially, the ones where the protagonist seems to be attracted to both the contenders and have a hard time choosing one of them. That is just not something I enjoy reading. Still, sometimes books are so well-written and this whole scenario is downplayed in a way that it is interesting to read.

I guess The Twilight Saga by Stephnie Meyer will be the first on the list. I really wanted Bella to end up with Jacob but we all know that wasn’t going to happen.

4. A popular book genre that you hardly reach for.

That is the contemporary romance. I tend to read more of fantasy, paranormal, historical, and other sub-genres of romance than contemporary. Not that I have anything against it but I just love fantasy aspect of the stories more.

5. Popular or beloved characters that you do not like.

I think by now even you can guess it. Edward Cullen is definitely one such character. So is Heathcliff. And let’s not forget everyone’s beloved Anastasia Steele. (I am sure you can guess which books I’m talking about here).

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.

That would be Sidney Sheldon. Back when I was a teenager everyone seemed to love his books and they were the talk of those days but I never liked his work. Although to be fair I only read one book by him i.e. A Stranger in the Mirror. But I disliked it so much that I never picked another one.

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing.

Well, to be completely honest I don’t mind any tropes at all. To me, the most important thing is that the book is well-written and the characters are likable. If that is the case then everything else goes.

8. Popular series that you have no interest in reading.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I love the Outlander serial and really enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars movie but I have no interest in reading these books. The former because I don’t think I will like to read it and the later because I know it will only make me cry. But mostly I am not reading these books because I watched the serial/movie first and I already know what will happen in the books. I usually don’t like spoilers. They make me lose interest in the story.

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

The Twilight Saga by Stephnie Meyer is one of the series which I did not enjoy reading as much as I loved its movies.

Source: http://iambookseater.wordpress.com/2018/12/23/the-unpopular-bookish-opinions

Something To Think About: To The Past

In the midst of despair, a desire emerged,

To relive my life and this time I get what I really deserved.

All of a sudden I am seven again,

That cute little child inside of me somewhere remains.

I see the world through a whole different light,

Silly little things that will always end in a fight.

Nothing is ever life or death when you’re a kid,

You love with all your heart and nothing is morbid.

I am beginning to be happy with my trip to the past,

Then all of a sudden I get another new start.

I’m sixteen and trying to fit in the world somewhere,

Feeling strange things that I cannot yet share.

“Oh, it’s just the teenage,” that’s what they say,

To me, it’s my life, if you may.

These are not the memories I wish to retain,

Alas! the dreaded teenage, I don’t want to live again.

Now I’m twenty-five, just starting on my own,

A glimpse into the life that I want, all the things that I’m shown.

Ah, to be so young and full of hope,

To be able to aim for the stars with just a little bit of rope.

When you’re in your twenties, how dreamy life can be,

Falling in love as you go, growing like leaves on a sturdy tree.

This is where I want to stay and be at the top of the world once more,

This is the age I missed the most, yes, yes, for sure.

But that is not the purpose of this journey through time,

Reliving what has already been lived would surely be a crime.

So, here I’m to the age I belong,

Where a moment ago I was crying,

I now have no regrets because I know I was trying.

I finally understand that it was futile to regret,

A trip to my past has reminded me all which I should never forget.

From here onward, I will live in the present, be my age,

And give my final performance on this life’s stage.

 

Note: First published at commaful and wattpad.

© 2018, Fizza Younis. All Rights Reserved

Death, I Don't Fear (A Short Story) by Fizza Younis

"Life is always uncertain and we all die someday. I, however, know the exact time of myimpending death. I don’t know how, I don’t know where, but I know that on December 22, 2019 I will die. I’ve always known that. You might think that it must have prepared me for death, no such luck. All my life I have just ignored this knowledge. Now, I only have one year left to live and I have come to realize that there is so much I still need to do. One year would never be enough. I wonder if I am crazy and this is just paranoia. In my heart, though, I know this to be true… death is looking for me and it’s very close to finding me."
Source: http://iambookseater.wordpress.com/2018/12/21/death-i-dont-fear

Stood Divided (Two-Nation Theory) by Fizza Younis

 

The night was dark and it was dreary,

Walking through the mist,

The stranger was weary.

He didn't know what the next day might bring,

He was witnessing something historic,

Written in blood, a song his soul would sing.

The day that left many in an utter mess,

What future might hold,

Was anyone's guess.

But one thing was for sure and then some,

All the things that led them to this point,

Would be talked about for years to come.

They were free, at last,

The stranger mused, taking with him,

The wounds he endured in the past.

There was hope for the story untold,

But there was dread too,

For what might unfold.

Between the pages of history,

The truth might be lost,

Somethings might remain forever a mystery.

A nation stood divided that day,

It was true, the freedom was theirs,

But a hefty price they had to pay.

'One' would now become a 'two,'

As he walked into the dark, towards the unknown,

Wondering of the past and the things he knew.

To make his mark, with freedom gained,

And it was all that mattered the most,

The fact that both the nations remained...

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Note: This poem is entered in the 'history-retold-2018' competition at Commaful.com. If you are able to then kindly comment or like my story there because that will count as votes. Thank you!

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Link to my post: https://commaful.com/play/angrygirl87/stood-divided-two-nation-theory/

 

Christmas in Marlow Center by Jordan Elizabeth

Christmas in Marlow Center

Synopsis

Nastassia loves visiting her grandmother’s farm, but when financial struggles strike, the family must face letting the land go. It looks as if this will be her last Christmas on the farm, memories made all the sweeter when she meets Jesse, a young man renting a house on the farm. He came to Marlow Center as a way to come to terms with his broken family. He didn’t expect to fall in love.

Their idyllic holiday crumbles when they find a body in the woods. Dark pasts are about to surface, and the secrets plan to drag them under.

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It's a sweet, romantic, and intriguing story with a little bit of tragedy involved. I loved that even with such a deep storyline it is written in a very light-hearted and relaxing way. I quite enjoyed reading it. It's a story about two young people who meet by chance not realizing that their families are forever connected by heartbreak. As the mystery unfolds many things become clearer to both Jesse and Nastassia. Most importantly they realize that the past should never hold them back. It's a story about family, love, traditions, and letting go of all the things that weigh you down. While at the same time keeping dear the things that matter most.


Nastassia is visiting her father's family farm. Unfortunately, it needs to be sold but her grandmother is not ready to let go of the home she has lived in for many years. However, it is no longer up to her because keeping the farm will simply not be an option anymore. Nastassia has mixed feelings about the place. She doesn't live there but feels a deep connection to the place where her father grew up. It has been in their family for a long time and she wonders if her grandmother is right and maybe they really need to keep it in the family.


Jesse is in town fighting his own demons. He is staying away from his family and trying his best to figure things out for himself. When he meets a sweet girl like Nastassia, he can't help but fall in love with her. But is it the right time for them to be together or are they bound to face heartbreak if they started a relationship? One thing is for sure they do need to figure everything out when the time is right.


I think it is a very well written story. It has the right amount of mystery and haunting pasts to keep readers interested from the very beginning until the end. I'd definitely recommend this short holiday novel to my fellow readers.
P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Source: http://www.iambookseater.com/2018/12/review-christmas-in-marlow-center-by.html

It is a great collection of Paranormal short stories!

Shifters Furever: Paranormal Romance That Rocks - C.D. Gorri

His Winter Mate: Mike and Claire's story is absolutely amazing. It is a quick and fun read. Claire has a crush on Mike but she thinks that he hates her. At least, that's the impression he gives her when she asks him on a date. But the truth is something else entirely. Soon nothing will be able to keep those two together. And finally, they might get their happy ending. 

Snow Angel: Cael and Rayne's story was no less interesting. It even has that "wow, the title makes perfect sense" moment too. I quite loved the ending. Cael has been living in the woods for a while now, he doesn't want to disrupt anyone's life by returning to the city. He is in trouble though, in addition to being malnourished for a werewolf he has sustained an injury that requires care. Just when he thinks things won't get any better Rayne shows up at his doorstep. One thing leads to another and suddenly his life is not looking as bad as it had before.

Home For The Howlidays: David and Cassie's story is even more emotional than the other two stories. David doesn't believe in fated mates until he meets Cassie. Now his wolf wants her and he knows that she is his. But she is a 'normal' so he must keep a few things to himself because he doesn't want to scare her. Cassie is not really like other normals. She has an ability too. She can tell shifters apart. She knows what he is and she is waiting for him to say something. Are they making things unnecessarily complicated or is it the best way to work everything out?

I absolutely loved Cassie's character, I think she is my favorite in this book. I enjoyed her story. 

All in all, it's a great collection of paranormal short stories featuring werewolves. I quite enjoyed reading these stories, they are especially perfect for reading during the cold winter days. The pace is good and the characters are all amazing so it will keep the readers interested. The best thing about short story collections is that you can take breaks between stories without feeling rushed. That's why I really love them.

Release Blitz: Lily by Colbie Kay

 

Title: Lily

Series: Book 4, ScentSations Empire

Author: Colbie Kay

Release Date: 11/30/2018

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Designer: Tracie Douglas of Dark Water Covers

 

**This is book four of a series, but it can be read as a standalone.

 Four of my best friends and I started a journey five years ago not knowing where it would take us. We built an empire from the bottom up, and now we are successful businesswomen. But one thing has been missing: love.

 

Lily

 

I'm Lily Blossom, one of the chemists in our company, ScentSations. I'm not like the others though. Being shy and socially awkward, I don't have a chance with Caleb Wentworth. What could he possibly ever see in me?

Caleb wormed his way in though, and I thought, maybe, I was wrong. It's why I believed him when he told me I was beautiful, believed him when he told me I was the one he desired. I fell in love with him...only to find out it was all a lie.

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Satan’s Sinners MC Series

City Lights

Quiet Country

Night Sky

Returning Home

Changing Lanes

Runaway Love

 

The Betrayed (A Rocker Series)

Saving Dawson with novella Saving Grace

Surviving Colton

 

Georgia Peaches Series 

(Co-Written with Chianti Summers)

Sweet Southern Secrets

Sweet Southern Satisfaction

Sweet Southern Summer

 

Cobras MC Series

Double Crossed

 

Christmas at the Clubhouse Anthology

A Sinner's Christmas

Colbie Kay always had a love for reading and wanted to pursue writing. In 2015 she made that dream come true when she published her first book. Since then she has become a stay-at-home mom, writing full-time and bringing her passion to life through the words she creates.

The most fulfilling part of being an author for Colbie is to take readers into a fantasy world between the pages of her books. Becoming an author has also given her the opportunity to fill another passion of hers, which is traveling. She loves being able to attend book signings and meeting everyone that shares her love of books.

Colbie has many more stories to share with you, so be sure to connect with her and keep up with what is coming next.

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Source: http://www.iambookseater.com/2018/12/release-blitz-lily-by-colbie-kay.html

All That We Know (Part One)

"Almost all girls dream about their happily ever after. It is something that everyone knows they do. Sara was no different. Since the day she met Zain she had been dreaming of a future with him, a future full of hope and love. Zain, however, didn’t even know she existed. He was aloof and self-absorbed. For him the only person worth loving was himself. Poor Sara, she was in a world of trouble. But that would turn out to be the least of her worries. Life is so tricky at times, don’t you agree?"

 

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Ebook Giveaway of Fanya in the Underworld by Jordan Elizabeth

Fanya in the Underworld - Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, Aaron Siddall

Synopsis

In an Alaska owned by Tsarist Russia, steamtech is melded with spirit magic to create a mighty machine. The elements are plentiful, but the Higher World crumbles and the local Inuit people are consumed.

When their father dies, the council denies Fanya her inheritance and sells her sister into slavery at the behest of the mysterious Zachary Finley. Fanya's quest to protect her sister and regain what's rightfully hers leads her from the Underworld of Stalgorod to the untamed wilds of greater Alaska.

It isn’t just Zachary Finley who wants Fanya to suffer. Frost Witches and Sea Hags have a thirst for her, and Saints have decided she’s perfect to become their tool.

Magic flows through Fanya and it is ready for her to battle against industry for the fate of enslaved souls.
Source: http://www.iambookseater.com/2018/11/review-giveaway-fanya-in-underworld-by.html

TBR: Books I’ve Been Dying To Read

"My to-be-read (TBR) list is so long that it is practically impossible for me to read all those books. Does that stop me from adding more books to the pile? No, absolutely not. There are simply so many books out there and I want to read as many of them as possible. However, there are definitely some books that I want to read more than the others. I’ve compiled a list of books/series I want to read, hopefully, before this year ends and I thought I’d share them with you all."

Source: http://iambookseater.wordpress.com/2018/11/25/tbr-books-ive-been-dying-to-read

Reading progress update: I've read 10%.

Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

It's such an unusual book but I am quite enjoying it. :)

Dare to Enter (The Crazy Rich Davenports #1) by Shannyn Leah & Kelly Moore

Synopsis
Warning: If you are looking for a sweet, sensitive book with a happily ever after, this isn’t it. It is a totally inappropriate book about a completely dysfunctional family. The F word flies free along with many other curse words. Feel free to get drunk (because the Davenports sure are!) while you’re reading it, and prepare to wet yourself laughing. If sex scenes are not your thing, this book might not be your thing. But, if you have a crazy sense of humor and like raunchy comedies - you’re in the right place. Join in on the craziness of The Crazy Rich Davenport Family.

Lucy’s husband Mark, died a year ago. Her life and her families has been steadily going downhill and things have gotten a little out of control, to say the least. When her daughter plans a birthday party for her half-sister. Lucy decides it’s time they all get their act together, but not everyone is on the same page.

There will be dildos and strawberries flying in the air, along with firecrackers, curse words, and little blue pills being slipped into drinks - hard-ons for everyone! Lucy’s hope for normal in her dysfunctional family will never happen and things only get worse when Mark’s snooty parents drop a bombshell that will only spark more insanity from The Crazy Rich Davenport family.

Hold on for the ride and laughter that ensues.
Review



This book is hilarious! I loved it, it's just so good. There are way too many laugh-out-loud moments to even count. All the characters are weird in their own unique way and the entire family is simply CRAZY. I assure you there is not a single boring moment in this book, but enter only if you dare. It might not be your cup of tea, after all, it was mine though. ;) 

The story is told from five different points of views. Ford, Gemma, Lucy, Daisy, and Yaya. It might be a little confusing if you don't pay attention to which character is telling the story but otherwise, it flows perfectly. Davenports are a strange family. Lucy is still mourning her husband's death even after a year. Yaya (Lucy's mother) is trying to pick up the pieces in the best way she can. Unfortunately, the old woman is crazy and just ends up making everything worse. Ford is probably the sane one, Lucy's eldest son, but he is in love with a woman with multiple personalities. She is also the younger kids' nanny, Daisy. Gemma is Ford's sister, the sweet and kind one, unfortunately for her, she is a little naive and might need a rude awakening before this story ends.

Daisy has issues. Most days it's hard to tell which one of her various personalities will come out to play. There is Tommy, the zombie hunter and then there is Slutty Pepper, but they are not the only ones. There are more people she is hiding in her head and fears that one of them might make an appearance at the most inappropriate time. For now, these tow and Daisy herself are the only ones we have to deal with.

I think this is a great start to a series. I can only imagine how amazing this series will be with all the crazy characters that it has. I absolutely adored this book and would recommend it to all readers.
P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book.
Source: http://mineofbooks.blogspot.com/2018/11/review-dare-to-enter-crazy-rich.html