Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Attack of the 14 Nights of Halloween Giveaway

It's that time of year again. The days are getting shorter, the air is getting cooler and the nights are getting spookier. Yes, it's time for tricks and treats, goblins and ghouls, chills and thrills and huge amounts of sugary sweets. But at the Laughing Vixen Lounge blog it's also time for the 5th annual Attack of the 14 Nights of Halloween Giveaway. Join Laughing Vixen Lounge and our bewitching co-hosts The Kids Did It, The Mommy Island, Herding Cats and Burning Soup, The Hopping Bloggers, Mama Smith's Reviews and Women and Their Pretties for a spooktacular Halloween event.

Enter to win a $250 Prize Pack filled with goodies from 10 wickedly fabulous shops. All shops are offering Gift Cards or your choice of item(s) so there will be something for everyone. Many of the shops have items perfect for any book lover along with lots of unique, handcrafted and custom designs to choose from.

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Challenge Series by Kiru Taye

Title: Valentine (The Challenge Series #1)
Author: Kiru Taye
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Published: January 9, 2014
Three friends. Three challenges. Are they willing to risk everything for love?

Life is good for ex-soldier turned entrepreneur Michael Ede. Or so he thinks. When his friends set him a challenge to exorcise the memory of a woman from his past, he expects it to be a walk in the park.

Socialite Kasie Bosa is spitting fire at men. Her long-term boyfriend has asked for a break via text message of all things. Fuming, she’s told him to go take a dive off the nearest bridge. So the next man who crosses her path is at risk of being shredded with her spa manicured nails.

Bad news for Michael who has chosen her as the object of his challenge. But neither of them can deny the sizzling chemistry between them nor control their responses, it seems. It’s the season of love. Will they escape unscathed?

Title: Engaged (The Challenge Series #2)
Author: Kiru Taye
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Published: April 26, 2012
When savvy PR consultant Ijay Amadi meets successful Industrialist Paul Arinze, the only things on her mind are to forget the pain of her failed relationship and enjoy the delights his branding touch and soul-searing kiss promise. It’s a one-time only event. Perfect.

However, Paul is annoyed to wake up and find her gone the next morning. He isn’t ready to forget the dark-haired beauty or their scorching night together just yet. So he plans to have Ijay right where he wants her—in Abuja, working on his latest business project by day and enjoying the pleasure of his bed by night.

Except when Ijay arrives, she’s wearing another man’s engagement ring. With the explosive desire between them threatening their priorities and loyalties, the stakes get higher by the minute. Who’ll be left standing at the altar when Ijay walks down the aisle?

Title: Worthy (The Challenge Series #3)
Author: Kiru Taye
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Published: September 12, 2016
Tessa Obum and her best friend, Anuli, are linked by a dark secret that could destroy them if it ever comes to light. Men are just the means to an end and society shuns women like her. But she's determined to live on her terms and own her future. Until an encounter with the intense Peter has her questioning her choices.

Peter Oranye has never had a challenge he couldn't conquer. Except the death that claimed the only woman he loved. He's been unable to get close to another woman since and his life is focused on growing his business empire. Until Tessa, a sexy bombshell of a woman tumbles into him one night and he's ready to break his abstinence streak.

Getting involved with a woman who won’t let go of her BFF is wrought with dangers, especially when someone else wants to destroy them. When their secrets come to light, will any of them be worthy of the love they crave?

Title: Captive (The Challenge Series #4)
Author: Kiru Taye
Genre: Adult, Erotic Suspense
Coming: November 11, 2016
With her BFF and ex-lover now happily engaged to the man of her dreams, Anuli Okoro is left to her own devices. She's happy for her best friend. But she's accepted that there can never be a fairy tale ending for her. She's too damaged to ever fit with anyone else. So she's getting on with her life the only way she knows how.

Until she pushes too far and lands herself in hot water. Or rather in cuffs and chains, captive to an annoyingly sexy man who sees the darkness inside her and isn't fazed by it. Fighting him doesn't work because he seems to know her too well. Seems to know how to make her beg for what he can give her.

But she'll be damned if she'll let another man control her. The only option is to escape his infernal contraptions and run, before he totally consumes her.
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Kiru is the award winning author of His Treasure. She writes sensual and passionate multicultural romance stories set mostly in Africa. When she's not writing you can find her either immersed in a good book or catching up with friends and family. She currently lives in the South of England with her husband and three children.

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Prah, Constantine, and Baryeh Reviews: Love Built to Last (Fireflies #1) by Lisa Ricard Claro

Welcome to another month of triple reviews. This book reminds me of a song by Leanne Rimes.

 Remember to stop by Constantine and Baryeh's blogs to see what they thought of the book.

The Blurb
She can’t let go of her dead husband . . .
Maddie Kinkaid believes her late husband, Jack, gives her advice on everything from ordering a pizza to hiring a carpenter, so when she finds Caleb Walker’s business card on Jack’s desk, she’s convinced that he’s the guy to remodel her kitchen.

He can’t decide if she’s worth the risk . . .

Caleb is a single father, and protecting his young son means avoiding romantic entanglements. But there’s heat in every kitchen, and sparks ignite between Caleb and Maddie—until disaster strikes.
As Jack goes silent and Maddie’s guilt consumes her, it looks like Caleb and Maddie will never find their happily-ever-after—at least, not without a little help from Jack . . .

My Review
From beginning to end this was a sweet story. Two people who had lost someone they loved deeply finding love in with each other. A second chance at true love is a miraculous thing.

Ms. Claro did a fantastic job at balancing the sadness if death with the joys found in life. When you put a kid and a dog in a story it is bound to be funny. Add a hot construction guy and a stubborn, spunky woman into the mix and you have the makings of a great romance.

The one thing I didn't appreciate was how hung up the heroine was on her late husband after four years had passed and how much she depended on his messages for so long. But when the reason behind it was revealed, I understood her better.

I give this book four out of five hammer shaped chocolate bars.

I purchased this book from Amazon.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Guest Post: Celestine Nudanu - Haiku Rhapsodies

I'm thrilled to introduce you to my friend, Celestine Nudanu, who is a haiku genius and has recently published a book of her work. I'm looking forward to reading my copy.

Guest Post - Why I Write Haiku

I'm so thrilled to be on my dear friend Nana's blog today to talk about why I write haiku. Actually when Nana asked me to do this I had no idea what to write. I knew I had to pen down something in order to promote my new poetry publication, Haiku Rhapsodies. But then why do I write haiku? My first thought was well... I don't know. I just love the art.

But seriously, I fell in love with Haiku, way into my third year of blogging or so. I was a novice then, (I'm still a work-in-progress, as I love to say for the umpteenth time). The simplicity, brevity and inherent beauty of whatever aspects of nature I want to project, appeal to me so much. For me, the three lines are enough to capture all I want to say in a seventeen or less syllabic structure.  I do love to talk and I talk a lot when in the mood, but despite the fact that I love to play with words, sometimes, writing this short Japanese-origin poem is truly a wonder to me myself.

As Nana will attest, in Ghana, and indeed most of Africa south of the Sahara, we have only two seasons, dry and wet. So very much unlike the four seasons of the West and Europe!  So, writing haiku, which is mostly inspired by nature, is a challenge that I find most rewarding, especially when I blend in the peculiar sights, sounds and rich heritage of Africa.

I lose myself in haiku, both the reading and writing of it. When I see my words on paper or on screen, they tug at my heart; I feel a sense of wholeness. And I mean that. I'm not complete until I write and read haiku.


Celestine Nudanu's Haiku Collection is what I choose to call 'minimalist expressionism' with an African flavour. Not only does the poet in true haiku tradition express so much in cryptic, compact and concise language, but she also vests each piece with subliminal artistry. As the eyes navigate the pages, each poem tells its own story in micro seconds, lingering in the mind as it connects with the next poem. At the end of Haiku Rhapsodies, one is nourished by a corpus that evokes pleasure beyond the printed page.

I must emphasise that it is not easy to take a foreign art form, domesticate it and turn it around into a thing of beauty the way Celestine has done. 

For those who like to enjoy poetry with a dose of the exotic, and indeed for all who enjoy micro poetry, Haiku Rhapsodies is just the right tonic.

Author Bio

Celestine Nudanu is a product of the University of Ghana, Legon. She graduated with a BA in English and Theatre Arts, and MA degree in International Affairs.

As well as being a passionate reader and book reviewer, Celestine is also a poet, with a talent for haiku, the short Japanese poetry form. Although she says she is a work-in-progress, her works have been included in two anthologies: Western Haiku: A Collection, and Ballads, both produced by Dagda Publishing UK. Her haiku have also been featured in renowned online haiku journals including Cattails, (Collected Works of UHTS), The Mamba, Journal of African Haiku Network, (of which she is a Supporting Editor) Akita International Haiku Network, Japan, Flamingo Clouds, Netherlands and Failed Haiku, a Journal of English Senryu.

She is a member of the Ghana Association of Writers, (GAW) and the United Haiku and Tanka Society (UHTS), USA.

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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Book Review: Ruined by Chanta Rand

The Blurb
Philanderer. Tomcat. Skirt chaser. Heartbreaker. These are all labels thrust upon four-time divorcĂ©, Gerrod Stone. He's ruined any chance he has for a relationship. For years, he’s acted like a dog, treating women like playthings. Now that he’s reached his 50s even he’s tired of his shenanigans. After a life-threatening event makes him reevaluate his life, he swears off all women and self-imposes a vow of celibacy. He refuses to date any woman until he has more to offer.

Full-figured business owner, Swan Peterson is finally living the life she always wanted. Free of her neglectful ex-husband and left an empty-nester when her daughter goes to college, she’s ready to let her hair down and have some fun. She’s starving for the affection of a real man. When she meets handsome Gerrod Stone on a photo shoot, she knows he’s just the man to sink her teeth into. There’s only one problem. Gerrod doesn’t seem to want her. She uses every trick in her box of goodies to ensnare him, but just when she thinks she’s caught him in her web, a host of other characters show up, determined to ruin her plans. 

My Review
I found this mature romance to be highly entertaining. I liked that the hero and heroine had lived full lives before meeting each other. Swan had overcome issues with her ex-husband in order to become a huge success and I appreciated that. I liked the fact that Gerrod was trying to be an honorable man for once in his life only to have Swan try to seduce him.

This was a stand-alone, but I would’ve liked to have read the first book in the series because the characters and the glimpses into their story intrigued me. I guess it’s not too late for me to go back and read Enticed, is it?

I give this book four out of five horse shaped chocolate bars.

I purchased my book from Amazon

Romance readers: Optimist or Pessimist?

I’m of the opinion that people who read romance novels see the glass as half full and life as a wonderful experience rather than the sucky existence that many claim it to be. How did I come to this conclusion? It’s the ending. Each and every romance novel, no matter the subgenre always ends up with the hero and heroine living happily ever after. Always, with no determent or surprise.

The general (yet unofficial) definition, a pessimist is always expecting the worst to happen. In a romance novel the worst happens throughout the novel but never at the end. So a pessimist’s negative, “See I told you they wouldn’t get together” never comes to fruition when reading a romance. A true pessimist would never be able to tolerate this.

So when a person tells me they like to read romance novels I'm pretty sure that no matter how negatively they may portray life, they know it will end up well in the end.
Are you are romance reader? If yes, are you a pessimist, optimist or realist?

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Affairs of the Dead (The Reanimation Files #1) by A.J. Locke #UrbanFantasy

The Blurb
"Help ghosts, stop a thief, and try not to die..."

Necromancer Selene Vanream helps ghosts settle their affairs so they can move on. But when breaking the rules gets her in trouble, she's bumped down to tracking ghosts trying to avoid the afterlife. Ghosts like Ethan Lance, who claims he was kicked out of his body when someone else jumped in. Which might be plausible--if such a thing were possible. And if Micah, Selene's partner, didn't pull her into an investigation of brutal murders that lead directly back to Ethan.

But when the whole mess puts Selene's life in danger, she suddenly has very personal reasons to get Ethan's body back. Between her uncomfortable relationship with Micah, and problems with her boss, Selene learns just how much trouble it can be when you don't follow the rules...

My review
This is the second book I’ve read by A.J. Lock, but the first in this series. Selene is a very interesting character. To be honest for the first half of the book she seemed to lack morals, and she knew it, but when we understand the reasoning behind the decisions she makes, it’s easier to forgive her. It’s almost like Ms. Locke made Selene’s actions (not her as a person, because she was pretty cool) a little unlikable which I found strange until I realized why.

With a book featuring a necromancer I should’ve anticipated the amount of action that was packed into the story, but I didn’t. I was not disappointed. Selene is a kick ass heroine, even though she did get her behind handed to her a couple of times. She’s smart, resourceful, powerful, and not afraid to use deception to do what needs to be done.

I’m looking forward to reading more books in the Reanimation Files series.

I give this book five out of five rune (I image them to look like crystals) shaped chocolate bars.

I purchased my copy from Amazon.