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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

The Vigilante's Lover | Blog Tour + Giveaway


The final book to the Vigilante series by Annie Winters and Tony West will be released today, March 24th 2015. I am honored to be invited to take part in the tour for the fourth volume.

As this is the final book, please refrain from reading the synopsis if you've not started this series as there will spoilers. However, read on if you're interested to know my overall thoughts and opinions on the series as a whole.

The Vigilante's Lover IV (The Vigilante's #4)
By Annie Winters & Tony West

Publication date: March 24th 2015
Publisher: Casey Shay Press
Pages: 210
Age group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Mystery, Suspense
Format: eARC
Source: Author
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis:

If it's time to die, Mia and Jax want to make their final days count.

Separated. Unsure if the other one is alive. Desperate.

Jax's ex-lover has captured Mia, and Jovana isn't playing by anyone's rules but her own.

Jax is in the hands of the Vigilantes, where in-fighting, suspicion and lies are destroying the order of the world's most powerful organization of mercenaries and spies.

In this final installment of The Vigilante's Lover, Jax must find his way to Mia before time runs out on them both.


review

I've watched my fair share of TV shows, but this is the first time that I've actually linked a book to a TV show because of how driven the plot is. From the beginning, we're being introduced to two characters and we follow the story through their perspectives. The build-up from the storyline to the characters is strong and concrete. It is very fast paced and there are so many heart-stopping scenes filled with romance and suspense. One of my favourite aspects to the series is how each volume ends. They leave you hanging, and in a good way. It makes you crave the next book and that is what makes me adore the series so much. I'm so engaged and invested in the plot and characters.

When I read the first volume, I found the characters to be a little lacking. Now that I've read all of the books, I've realised how much I've connected with them. Sometimes you don't realise how much characters can affect you on a personal level, until they do which is the case for this series. I'm proud and happy to see how far they have come along.

There are quite a few sexual scenes in the series and I liked how it contributed to the plot and character development. It wasn't heavy where it completely takes away the essence of the story but drove it instead.

If you're looking for a great and intense romance filled with crazy action, I'd definitely recommend The Vigilante's series. I'm sad to say goodbye to the series but I'm holding onto the hope that the authors will write another novel that takes place after the end.

playlist

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about the author

Annie Winters is the new romantic suspense pen name for Deanna Roy/JJ Knight, the four-time USA Today bestselling author of romances and serials. She teamed up with thriller writer Tony West for a new series that combines the best of romance and a heart-stopping action.

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Monday, 9 March 2015

Chronicles from Chateau Moines | Blog Tour



Chronicles from Chateau Moines
by Evelyne Holingue
Publication date: October 11th 2014
Publisher: Burel Press
Pages: 320
Add the book: Goodreads
Buy the book: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis 

September 1970: Scott’s mother has recently died and his father gets the crazy idea to move his family from California to Normandy. Now Scott has to learn to live without his mom while adjusting to France. In his seventh grade class there is only Ibrahim who comes from another country. Scott doesn’t even want to play his guitar anymore. Why does his father think that life will be better so far from home?
Scott has no idea that his arrival is also a challenge to Sylvie. While her best friend is excited to have an American boy at school, Sylvie cannot say one word to Scott. She can’t even write good songs in her notebook anymore. Why is life so different since Scott moved to Château Moines?
Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War protest era and told from the perspectives of twelve-year old Scott and Sylvie, this is a story about loss and friendship, music and peace, and also about secrets.
Although this is a work of fiction, the cultural, social, and historical background of the early 1970s in France and the United States inspired the writing. At the end of the book the reader will find a list of the songs, the names of singers, and bands mentioned through the novel as well as some elements about fashion, immigration in France, the Vietnam War, and other cultural, social, and historical facts relevant to the period of time.


Excerpt 

At the Peace Protest Mustafa, Newly Arrived From Algeria Is Accused to Have Something to Do With Sylvie’s Sister Disappearance. Sylvie Tries to Calm People Down (265-267)

I spot the microphone Scott used earlier today and yank at it. “Stop it!” I shout, and people search for the direction of the voice. Annie makes her way closer to me. 
I tap the mike. “Please!” I start. “We can’t walk for world peace and be violent.” 
“This man is violent!” Garçon yells. His words are followed by grunts of agreement. 
Mustafa has dropped to the ground, holding his head between his hands. His body is shrinking, now as small and beat-up as his suitcase, spilling its contents onto the ground. Detective Richard has already put his weapon away. 
“Mustafa has done nothing,” I say. Now that I have everyone’s attention, I don’t need to shout anymore. “He told us his name and where he is from. He is frightened and nervous and can’t find his papers. Is it a reason to accuse him? My sister has disappeared, and I’m scared. But I refuse to blame someone just because he is new and comes from Algeria.” 
A rumor rolls through the mass of people at the name of Algeria, and I tighten my hand around the microphone to stay calm. “Remember why we are here today. We’ve walked hand in hand against a bloody war that has already taken too many lives. Although it is happening kilometers away from us, we wanted to protest against it. We can’t allow ourselves to become violent and prejudiced.” 
“She’s right!” Annie shouts, and I look for her. I’m so glad she stands up for me. 
“That’s just words!” Garçon’s strong voice booms. “This man shows up when a little one disappears. I don’t buy coincidence. He must have done something. Look at him! He’s guilty as hell!” 
The crowd hums as the tone of his voice rises. I can’t let his hateful words wash over me and drown my own words. I brandish my mike. 
“We have no reason to believe that Mustafa did anything wrong. What’s happening now is wrong! It’s based on nothing.” And Maman’s words come to my lips. “Peace starts at home,” I say, and the words sound right and perfect. 
Thunder rolls through town. Detective Richard is staring at me; his hand is resting on Mustafa’s neck, but his fingers aren’t pulling onto the collar of his shirt. With a gentle push, he helps Mustafa to his feet. Papa extends his arm so close to Mustafa’s face he could touch him. Or punch him. A low murmur rises from the people, but when I believe they will encourage my father to hit Mustafa, they suddenly part to let Detective Richard lead Mustafa away. Their silence is as threatening as their screams were seconds ago. Thunder growls. A fat drop of water hits my forehead.


About the Author

I was born and raised in Normandy, France, where I spent most of my childhood reading. 
My first published piece of writing was a poem about a man spending Christmas behind bars. I was eleven years old and wasn’t paid for my work, but I was hooked.

I studied French Literature at the Université de Caen and at the Sorbonne in Paris and worked in a publishing house before moving to California, following my husband.

It was a challenging time in my life as I was leaving my own career, my family, my friends and my beloved Paris behind.  But how could I say no to the dreams of the man I love?

Readers enjoy escaping the familiar for the unknown. Being a foreigner is discovering the unknown day after day, not only for the time of a book. However, since most things in life come with a silver lining, I credit this move for giving me the opportunity to write. Through my words, I share my affection for my native and adoptive countries that I love equally.

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Music Monday #6 | Nick Jonas & Ed Sheeran



Hi, guys! I will be your music guide for the month of March. These days, I have been obsessed with Ed Sheeran. It's safe to say that I have turned into a big fan of him. I love a lot of his songs but my current obsession is 'Thinking Out Loud'.

The song was released months ago, but I am still addicted to it till this day. The tune, melody and lyrics seemed to fit perfectly, releasing a beautiful music piece that was soothing to my ears.


The next song is Chains by Nick Jonas. There are two versions - the original and the remix featuring Jhene Aiko. Initially, I couldn't decide which version I liked best but I would go for the remix. I think Jhene Aiko really killed it in this song. Her voice was mesmerizing!


Apart from that, Nick Jonas's Gospel Version of Jealous was really good too! Nick Jonas and the choir of people in the music video seemed like they were enjoying their time in the music video. I loved how this song brought a surge of positive energy in me after that.


The final song or group (I should say) was recently introduced to me by a friend of mine. They are Pentatonix. Ever since then, I couldn't stop listening to their songs. They are really talented and I really admire and look up to them a lot. There are a lot of songs from them, but this is one of my favourites. I enjoyed listening to their cover of Say Something by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera. It gives me chills all over my body following that.


I hope you liked the songs that I picked for this week's Music Monday. If you need any songs recommendation, you can shoot any of us a question on our social media and we will try to find a song that suits your taste.

In case you are wondering, I will be back to do more Music Monday posts. As for now, this is it from me. Goodbye and have fun listening!
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