Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Review: The Pharaoh's Cat

TITLE: The Pharaoh's Cat
AUTHOR: MAria Luisa Lang
RELEASE DATE: May 16th 2015
PUBLISHER: self-published
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review


The Pharaoh’s Cat, narrated in the present tense by the cat himself, is the story of a free-spirited, quick-witted stray in ancient Egypt who suddenly finds himself with human powers joined to his feline nature. 
The cat immediately captures the attention of the seventeen-year-old Pharaoh, making him laugh for the first time since his parents' death, and is brought to live with him at the royal palace.
The cat also becomes friends with the High Priest of the god Amun-Ra and seeks his help in solving the mystery of his human powers and the supernatural manifestations that later plague him. He has an enemy in the Vizier—the Pharaoh's uncle and the second most powerful man in Egypt. The Vizier hates him for himself and even more for his relationship with the Pharaoh.
The cat participates in festivities at the royal palace, developing an insatiable appetite for good food, wine, and gossip. He later accompanies the Pharaoh on a trip through his kingdom, all the while renewing the Pharaoh’s ability to enjoy life and inspiring him to become a stronger leader. Between the cat and the Pharaoh a bond of love gradually forms which will determine Egypt's destiny.
The Pharaoh's Cat imaginatively blends Egyptology with comedy, drama, and even time travel--the cat and the High Priest will meet Elena, a resident of the twenty-first century and the daughter of a renowned Egyptologist.

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Maria Luisa Lang was born in Rome, Italy, and lives in New York City. She has a degree in art from the City University of New York, and her artwork has been exhibited in New York galleries. 
She often returns to Italy to visit her family. She has also stayed for extended periods in Bath and London. She loves all animals and is an amateur Egyptologist. Her love of cats and ancient Egypt inspired her to write two novels about them. The Pharaoh's Cat is her first novel. She has almost completed its sequel, The Lady of Mystery.

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So this is the story of a talking cat but not any ordinary talking cat. This special feline becomes friends with the Pharaoh as soon as he acquires human abilities. Is this friendship what would take him to many adventures and funny situations.

The story is a bit slow at first and the reading seems shallow somehow. We have a talking cat but he doesn't really do anything extraordinary. His fight with the Vizier has some funny consequences and we have some scenes that make you laugh. Overall, the journey through Egypt is ok and we get to know the characters.

Luckily, half around the book things got interesting when the time travel finally happened. The actions leading to the time jump are quite interesting and from then on the story becomes faster and more exciting.

The writing is good, the language is appropriate and the book is less than 200 pages so it’s fast to read.



Monday, October 26, 2015

Blitz & Giveaway - Cado @dtdyllin


TITLE: CADO
AUTHOR: D.T. DYLLIN
RELEASE DATE: October 26th 2015
PUBLISHER: Tik Tok Press
FORMAT: Paperback & Ebook


Is the love of a bad man as fulfilling as that of a good man—if he’s good to you?The fantasy for most women is the happily ever after, the white knight or the prince charming. Or maybe they imagine the hero swoops in to save them from their mundane existence. But what happens if you catch the attention of the villain instead? Tiffany aka Karma is about to find out…Karma isn’t just a name; it’s a way of life for an exotic dancer with a taste for vigilante justice. She should have been more careful though, because her deeds haven’t gone completely unnoticed. A man who isn’t quite human, with the predilection for destruction, has set his sights on her. His brand of love is tainted…twisted, and Karma is powerless to resist.



D.T. Dyllin is a bestselling author who writes both paranormal and contemporary romance. Anything with a love story is her kryptonite. Her obsession with affairs-of-the-heart is what first drove her to begin twisting her own tales of scorching romance.

D.T. was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Black & Gold for life, baby!) She now lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with her husband and two spoiled German Shepherds.

His muddy gaze slid over me with disdain and his lips curled up into a sneer. “You really didn’t think I was going to let you get away with that, did you?”
Internally I was trying to quickly come up with a plan. I wasn’t some preternaturally gifted being of some sort, not that those existed. Sure I took martial arts and self-defense but...in real life being about a foot shorter than this guy put me at a huge disadvantage. I usually used surprise...and weapons to even those kinds of odds. I was lacking both of those at the moment. I donned the best fake smile I could muster. “Get away with what? I told you I’m not for sale. You got what you paid for.”
The kid’s eyes narrowed and hostility rolled off of him in waves. “You led me on. You made me think—”
“I never led you on for even a second. You paid for and I gave you time in the private room with me where you received a very up close and personal dance that lasted the span of a few songs. I told you before, my sexual favors aren’t for sale. Whatever you’ve heard about me or any of the other girls at Club Elite is a lie. This isn’t that kind of place.” I crossed my arms over my chest and attempted to make it seem like he wasn’t intimidating me. How the hell did he get past the security downstairs and know where to find me?
He rushed at me, letting me know that our little tête-à-tête was over. I dropped my bag and made myself ready. I can do this. Just pretend— My inner pep talk was cut off as I was tackled to the ground and all the air left my lungs. I strained my neck muscles to keep the impact on my head as little as possible. I tried to bring my knee up between his legs but he was already pinning me with his full body weight. I head butted him instead. My forehead made contact with his nose and he screamed in tandem with the loud crunching noise the blow made. Blood spurted everywhere and he rolled off of me. He recovered more quickly than I expected and stars danced in front of my eyes when his fist connected with the side of my face. I collapsed onto my back and blinked dazedly. Taking a full out punch was something I’d never done before. It didn’t feel good, to say the least, and it was more difficult to shake off than people in movies always made it seem.



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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Release day(review) - The Liberty Box @AuthorCAGray

TITLE: The Liberty Box
SERIES: Book One
AUTHOR: C.A. Gray
RELEASE DATE: October 25th 2015
PUBLISHER: Wanderlust Publishing
FORMAT: Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review


Kate Brandeis has it all: a famous reporter at the age of twenty-four, she’s the face of the Republic of the Americas. She has a loving fiancé and all the success she could wish for. But when she learns of the death of a long-forgotten friend, her investigations unravel her perfect memories, forcing her to face the fact that she’s been living a lie. 
Jackson MacNamera, trained from a young age in the art of mind control, returns to the Republic for his mother’s funeral. Within a few hours of his arrival, authorities collect Jackson and take him by force to a room ironically called The Liberty Box, where he must choose between surrendering his thoughts to the new Republic, or fleeing for his freedom. 
Kate, bereaved and confused, finds her way to a cave community of refugees, where Jackson seems to offer her an escape from her grief. The two forge an uneasy bond, and in the process Jackson learns that Kate has some insight which may help the hunters in their attempt to free other citizens from the tyranny of the Potentate. Against the expressed wishes of the Council, the hunters plot a series of daring raids, attempting to prove that not only is freedom possible, but that the citizens are not too far gone to desire it. But with the odds so stacked against them, can the refugees succeed in their rescue missions right under the Potentate’s nose?

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C.A. Gray is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD), with a primary care practice in Tucson, Arizona. She has always been captivated by the power of a good story, fictional or otherwise, which is probably why she loves holistic medicine: a patient’s physical health is invariably intertwined with his or her life story, and she believes that the one can only be understood in context with the other.

Her favorite fictional tales have always been epic battles of good versus evil, with a strong tendency towards parable. An idealist herself, she has always been convinced that these stories have something deeply true to tell us about the human condition, and that is why we love them so much… or at least that’s why she does.

She still wants to be everything when she grows up. She moonlights as a college chemistry teacher (she has a degree in biochemistry, with minors in Spanish and Creative Writing), does theater when she gets the chance, sings, plays piano, was once a personal trainer and in coffee shop management. She is blessed with exceptionally supportive family and friends, and thanks God for them every single day!
 

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The Liberty Box is an exciting, fresh and full of action dystopian story about how powerful are our minds and the consequences of not owning our thoughts. Many of the topics of this book sounded closer to me, the idea of what liberty really means and how we see what we choose to see. Sometimes we can be happy pretending everything is fine because it's easier than facing the reality.

It all begins when Kate learns about the death of someone from a past she had forgotten. With her fiancé’s help she will discover that The Republic of the Americas is not what it seems. From then on tragedy, revelations and survival will fill Kate’s life. She will encounter a group of people willing to fight for real freedom and bring down the Potentate and The Council.

One of them is Jackson who is captured by the agents as soon as he arrives to the Republic. Jackson is an amazing character. He is a centered, down to Earth, honest man. His control over his mind is incredible and plays a key role in the story. I imagine him as a man who lights up a room just by walking in. I adore him and can't wait to read more about him.

The plot is really good. You can see that the author took her time to create a solid, complete and believable story. The explanations are understandable, the writing is flawless and the characters have defined personalities.

I really enjoyed the rhythm of the story because is fast without rushing into scenes. We can follow the action and when is necessary we can sense the adrenaline or danger.

Overall, The Liberty Box is a really good dystopian story worthy of your time if this is a genre you enjoy. I look forward to read the next one.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Review: Architects of Destiny

LET'SCELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF THE THIRD BOOK OF THE CADICLE SERIES
I HAVE A REVIEW FOR BOOK ONE AND LET ME TELL YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!

TITLE: Architects of Destiny
SERIES: Cadicle #1
AUTHOR: Amy DuBoff
RELEASE DATE: April 17, 2015 
GENRE: Science Fiction (space opera) / Young Adult
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review


Out of sight beyond Earth, the Taran empire spans the galaxy from its seat of power on Tararia. Cris Sietinen was born with rare telekinetic gifts—abilities he refuses to ignore, regardless of the governing Priesthood's decrees. But, as heir to the most influential Dynasty on Tararia, only a stifled life of business and politics awaits him within the confines of his family's estate. Determined to be true to himself and explore the potential of his abilities, Cris leaves Tararia to begin a new life touring the stars. When Cris unexpectedly receives an invitation to join the Tararian Selective Service (TSS), the only organization to offer an official telekinesis training program, a new future awaits. It's his dream opportunity to be among people like himself, free from the Priesthood and political objectives. Except, Cris' path was designed, and he's right where the Priesthood wants him. Architects of Destiny is the first installment in the Cadicle series. A fast-paced space adventure with intrigue, coming-of-age and romance, this short novel is a prelude to the defining events in Tararia’s history in the ensuing years.Is it possible to change destiny? The Cadicle series follows three generations of the pivotal Sietinen Dynasty as each learns their part in an elaborately orchestrated galactic conflict. Torn by politics, love and war, the Cadicle and those he holds most dear must choose between duty and morality as the true nature of their purpose unfolds. Through their roles as Agents in the Tararian Selective Service, they will be on the front lines of space battles, but the political skirmishes they must face on Tararia could prove just as dangerous. The Cadicle holds the key to winning both, but at what cost?


Amy has always loved science fiction—books, movies, shows and games. She was born in San Diego, Calif., and moved with her family to Vancouver, Wash., at the age of seven. After devouring some of the classics like Dune and Ender's Game in her tween years, she began writing science fiction and fantasy short stories.
In the ensuing years, Amy attended the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, where she continued to study creative writing, visual art and played viola in the school orchestra. During this time, she began the very early sketches of what would eventally evolve into the Cadicle series.
Amy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Portland State University, and also pursued minors in Professional Writing and Business Administration. After graduating, she moved to Portland, Ore., and began working in business development for an energy efficiency consulting firm. Over the next several years, she primarily wrote proposals to prospective utility clients and managed the proposal development process. She recently transitioned from energy efficiency into the architectural, engineering and planning industry.
Amy currently lives in Portland, Ore., with her husband. When she's not writing, she enjoys travel, wine tasting, binge-watching TV series and playing epic strategy board games.



Arquitects of Destiny is the begining of a series and acts as a prequel for it. As such the book is very dynamic, energetic and exciting. It presents the Tararian Universe using simple words and effective explanations. It's really easy to follow and despite being science fiction all the elements are understandable for all of us. The space travel and the different actors are well built and they come in colorful and vivid descriptions.

The story follows Cris a young boy destined to be the heir of a huge Dynasty who choose to escape and create his own path. There are small time jumps so we can see him grow and finally enter the Tararian Selective Service where he meets his right path.

There is romance, friendship, danger and hidden plans in this story. The characters sound real and their personalities are believable.

The rhythm is constant and the action never stops. The words fly and suddenly the book has ended.

Overall, Architects of Destiny is a fast, dynamic and complete sci-fi book that puts the bar high for the next books in the series. I can't wait to read more.







Monday, October 19, 2015

Review & Author Interview: Chick Lit @thatabbyrose

TITLE: Chick Lit (And Other Formulas for Life)
AUTHOR: Abby Rosmarin
RELEASE DATE: September 16th2015
PUBLISHER: Independent Publishing
FORMAT: Paperback & Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review




Life isn’t a fairytale – or chick lit.It’s 2005 and Katy Sinclaire is two years out of college. She still lives with her old university roommate and still works at the same bookstore that she’s been with since she was a teenager. She spends her days avoiding customers, making fun of the books in the store, and counting the minutes until she can clock out. It is an increasingly unsatisfying life, but it’s also a life that she does not question. That is, until a chain of events forces Katy to confront the painful truth: she is going absolutely, positively, nowhere in life. She realizes that she needs to do something, and now.Only one problem: Katy has absolutely, positively, no idea what the first step should be.The other problem? From her harebrained misadventures, to her chisel-jawed boyfriend, to her best guy friend (who is not-so-secretly in love with her), Katy’s life starts mimicking the very chick literature she mocks. Only life isn’t as predictable as a storybook, a lesson Katy is forced to learn as she desperately tries to figure out her purpose in life – if such a purpose even exists.


Abby Rosmarin is a lot of things, including someone who writes about herself in the third person. Her work can be found on The Huffington Post, Elite Daily, HelloGiggles, and that blog that she insists on updating. A model, a registered yoga teacher, a Bostonian at heart no matter where she lives, Abby also spends her time running, hiking, and kickboxing. Abby can be found on Twitter @thatabbyrose and on that blog she insists on updating at thatabbyrose.wordpress.com.


First of all thanks for this interview….  
Let’s start talking about ‘Chick Lit’

Ruty: How long took you to write the book?

Abby: It took roughly a year and a half to write the first draft.  And that was after two years of letting the book idea meander around in my head before I finally mustered up the courage to sit down and write it.


Ruty: What was your main inspiration to write it?
Abby: This has got to be one of my favorite inspiration stories: Sandra Bullock was my inspiration.  Specifically, her role in The Proposal.  Back in 2006, I was reading a news blurb about her landing the lead role in the movie – which, for those playing the home game, was about a woman who had to pretend she was in love with and engaged to her employee in order to avoid deportation back to Canada.  I remember reading that blurb and going, “Oh, she has to pretend she’s in love with someone?  Gee, I wonder how that ends.  Certainly they don’t fall in love for real!  That never happens in romantic comedies.”

This started a train of thought that eventually evolved into dissecting the formulaic nature of almost any genre.  It made me think about the movie Scream, where the characters are aware their world is shaping up to be just like a horror flick.  Eventually I created the character of Katy in my mind, someone with an expansive knowledge of the chick lit world, but an unawareness that her world is shaping up to be just like one.

Ruty: Is Katy based on any real person?
Abby: I know every writer hates when someone assumes the main character is them, but I have to admit that Katy possesses a lot of my character traits – both the good and the bad.  She is very much her own character – her life experiences are not the same ones I had, not when I wrote the first draft at 21, and especially when I was Katy’s age at 24 – but she ended up with a lot of my own personality.

(I had a writing professor warn me that my first book’s main character would essentially be me.  I didn’t believe her, and now she’s been proven right!)

Ruty: What’s your opinion on chick-lit? Is it a genre you prefer? Do you have a favorite chick-lit book?
Abby: Here’s another area where Katy and I differ: while Katy has an outright visceral reaction to chick-lit (at least at first), I actually enjoy a good chick-lit book from time to time.  Just like any genre, I prefer my books to veer far away from the clichés and the overdone tropes, but one of my favorite books (Smart Girls Like Me by Diane Vadino) is considered “chick-lit”.

Ruty: What’s your favorite romance book? And favorite movie?
Abby: When it comes to romance books, Nicholas Spark’s A Walk to Remember has an incredibly tender place in my heart – probably because the movie came out when I was obsessed with 90s pop music and the lead character was played by Mandy Moore.  I read the book imagining Mandy Moore and Shane West as the characters.

As for romance movies, I think my favorite has to be Big Fish.  It’s so offbeat and quirky, but so beautiful and romantic at the same time.  If that movies doesn’t tug at at least one heart string, then it might be time to check for a pulse.


Thinking about the things Katy has to go through…
Ruty: Do you think is there much pressure on young people to figure out what to do with their life at early ages?
Abby: There is tremendous pressure, and I think that pressure has only intensified with time.  Very early on, teenagers are told to figure out a path, figure out what to study in college, pick a career... that’s a lot to take in when you don’t even really know yourself. 

What no one tells you is that most people are winging it, even as they reach proper “adult” years.  Not including my writing, I have switched career paths twice now, and I’m only 29.  But this isn’t really discussed in high schools.  The message is, “You need decide what you want to do with your life, and you better hope the path you pick is right, because college is expensive.”

Ruty: Do you think is possible to have all figured out before your twenties?
Abby: I honestly think you’re kidding yourself if you can go, “I have it all figured out!” at, really, any point, but especially when you’re in your 20s.  What I thought I wanted at 21 was not what I wanted at 24 – and it is certainly not what I want now that I’m 29.  In fact, as I’m rounding out my 20s, I’m probably less “figured out” than I was back when I was 24.  But I’m weirdly okay with that.  I think embracing the uncertainty and embracing the fact that we don’t have it figured out is the first step.  It’s how you stay true to yourself.  Feeling like you should have some set of answers or a clear cut plan is what causes a lot of people to take paths they don’t belong on, to essentially force a square peg into a round hole.

Ruty: Do you believe in “Happily ever after”?
Abby: I believe life is way more complicated than a “happily ever after” can ever really give, but I believe that life can be filled to the brim with happy moments, so long as we keep the right mindset.

I also believe that everything eventually works itself out in the way it’s meant to work out, which, in a way, is a “happily ever after”.

Now let’s go to the writing process…
Ruty: What’s your favorite writing scenario?
Abby: My ideal writing scenario is when I’m so inspired that I write like a woman possessed.  I’ll write with such fervency that I actually won’t even realize exactly what I wrote until I’m done writing it.  It doesn’t happen often, but it’s nothing short of magic when it does.

Ruty: Are you working on anything new right now?
Abby: I seem to always have a bunch of projects simultaneously going on!  Right now I’m polishing up what is technically my third manuscript, which hopes of starting up the agency hunt in a few months.  I’m also slowly putting together a collection of poetry that – fingers crossed – I’ll release through one of my favorite sites (Thought Catalog) in 2016.  And I’m also currently letting the storyline for a potential YA book mingle around in my mind, with hopes of starting the first draft in November (which also happens to be National Novel Writing Month =)).


Katy is a twenty-something young woman, recently out of college and with no clue on what to do next. She starts to suffer when the rest of the world seems to be on their paths and she doesn't know her purpose. Being a girl who always makes fun of chick lit and its clichés formulas hasn't prepared her to the fact that sometimes life is exactly like the books (or movies).

Katy is a special character. For me, either you love her or hate her. She is stubborn, close minded and self-centered from time to time. But when you think about it she is just like any other twentyish woman. She wants to be loved, to have a job she enjoys and a purpose to live; you can't blame her for how she is. She is the product of a society that puts pressure on young people to be productive and active. There were moments where I wanted to punch her so bad, don't get me wrong is not that she is annoying or a bad person but she is like that friend your always giving advices to and she never listens. She can't see what is right in front of her eyes and she is always making the wrong decisions.

I loved how the author deals with the "life plan" topic. I believe that today young people (especially in the Occidental World) are asked to figure out their paths at early ages and it's insane. There's so much to try and to discover. I think that asking someone in their twenties to have it all figure out and don't make any mistakes is like asking an apple to be an orange.

Despite having the Chick Lit label on its title, the book is about more than romance. It’s about friendship; discover who you are and learning that only you can know what truly makes you happy.

The writing style is really good, the use of the language is great and the story moves on pretty fast.

Overall, Chick Lit {And Other Formulas for Life} is a book that makes you think about your own life and teaches you that sometimes clichés are not so bad.


Friday, October 16, 2015

Review: The Half Killed

TITLE:  The Half Killed
AUTHOR: Quenby Olson
RELEASE DATE: August 25th 2015
PUBLISHER: World Tree Publishing
FORMAT: Paperback & EBook
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review

Dorothea Hawes has no wish to renew contact with what lies beyond the veil. After an attempt to take her own life, she has retired into seclusion, but as the wounds on her body heal, she is drawn back into a world she wants nothing more than to avoid.
She is sought out by Julian Chissick, a former man of God who wants her help in discovering who is behind the gruesome murder of a young woman. But the manner of death is all too familiar to Dorothea, and she begins to fear that something even more terrible is about to unleash itself on London. 
And so Dorothea risks her life and her sanity in order to save people who are oblivious to the threat that hovers over them. It is a task that forces her into a confrontation with her own lurid past, and tests her ability to shape events frighteningly beyond her control.


Quenby Olson lives in Central Pennsylvania where she spends most of her time writing, glaring at baskets of unfolded laundry, and chasing the cat off the kitchen counters. She lives with her husband and two daughters, who do nothing to dampen her love of classical ballet, geeky crochet, and staying up late to watch old episodes of Doctor Who.


The Half Killed could be labeled as a psychological thriller story with good doses of suspense. It all begins when Julian Chissick, a former priest, contacts Dorothea Hawes. He need help to find the murderer of a Young woman. A simple murder turns into a series of dead bodies and a threat that puts everyone at risk.

The story deals with spiritualism, sessions and a world beyond our own. The rhythm is steady and the characters are good. The writing is really good, the author creates a dark atmosphere and there's an air of suspense and dread around the entire story.

Dorothea, a medium if you want to call it, is the main character of this story. She is a broken, tormented young woman with a shady past. Discovering what happened all this years ago is part of the story. Julian was an odd character, I liked him but he didn’t stand out.

My problem was that I struggled to read the first half of the story. I started the book twice and despite having a really good writing there was something off, for me. I couldn't relate with the characters, I didn't connect to the story and it was hard to focus on reading it.

Luckily, around half the book the story becomes something more, or at least for me this was the part where I was intrigued about what was coming next. The killer's identity is something we all want to discover and the interaction between Dorothea and this other world it's almost addictive.

I think that for someone who enjoys dark stories, this book would be perfect. If contacting with the afterlife is a topic you enjoy in your books, again maybe this one is for you.




Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Review: Indiscretion @fieldinghannah

TITLE: Indiscretion
SERIES: Andalucian Nights #1
AUTHOR: Hannah Fielding
RELEASE DATE: April 9th 2015 
PUBLISHER: London Wall Publishing
FORMAT: Paperback & Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review


A young woman's journey of discovery takes her to a world of forbidden passion, savage beauty, and revenge.
Spring, 1950. Alexandra de Falla, a half-English, half-Spanish young writer abandons her privileged but suffocating life in London and travels to Spain to be reunited with her long-estranged family.
Instead of providing the sense of belonging she yearns for, the de Fallas are driven by seething emotions, and in the grip of the wild customs and traditions of Andalucia, all of which are alien to Alexandra.
Among the strange characters and sultry heat of this country, she meets the man who awakens emotions she hardly knew existed. But their path is strewn with obstacles: dangerous rivals, unpredictable events, and inevitable indiscretions. What does Alexandra's destiny hold for her in this flamboyant land of drama and all-consuming passions, where blood is ritually poured on to the sands of sun-drenched bullfighting arenas, mysterious gypsies are embroiled in magic and revenge, and beautiful dark-eyed dancers hide their secrets behind elegant lacy fans?
"Indiscretion"is a story of love and identity, and the clash of idealsin the pursuit of happiness. But can love survive in a world where scandal and danger are never far away?


HANNAH FIELDING was born and grew up in Alexandria, Egypt, the granddaughter of Esther Fanous, a revolutionary feminist and writer in Egypt during the early 1900s. Upon graduating with a BA in French literature from Alexandria University she travelled extensively
throughout Europe and lived in Switzerland, France and England. 

After marrying her English husband, she settled in Kent and subsequently had little time for writing while bringing up two children, looking after dogs and horses, and running her own business renovating rundown cottages. 

Hannah now divides her time between her homes in Kent and the South of France.

She has written four novels, Indiscretion and Masquerade (the first two titles in the Andalucían Nights Trilogy), Burning Embers, and The Echoes of Love, which won the Gold Medal for Romance at the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards and the Silver Medal for
Romance at the 2014 Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book Awards.

Hannah is currently working on her new book, Legacy, the final title in the trilogy, which is due to be published in Spring 2016.

She is a member of the association Romance Writers of America (RWA) and her website and blog can be found at www.hannahfielding.net


‘Indiscretions’ is the story of Alexandra a young woman who decided to embrace her half Spanish heritage and goes visit her father’s family in Spain. Set in the fifties, this is a story about a colorful, passionate and traditional culture and a woman who in the middle of it all, has to discover herself and love.

This romance is about more than love, it’s about the choices we make to be the person we want. The characters have to discover what they really want and how far they are willing to go if happiness is the prize. It deals with the conflict that comes when different cultures collide and how destiny can be tricky at times.

The story has a fast rhythm and despite its length (the paperback has more than 400 pages) the words flow by quickly and the story drags you into its deepness and it’s hard to let go. The richness of the writing makes it even better.

Alexandra is a nice character because she has a real personality and becomes a tridimensional character. Her flaws and strengths make her sound even more real and you can understand her doubts and actions. Salvador is a mysterious character at first but once the story unravels, we discover a man driven by the sense of duty, loyalty and honesty above all. He is a powerful man, handsome and hard not to love. All of him is consuming not only for Alexandra but for the readers as well.

The author managed to capture the passion and intensity of the Spanish people. As a Spanish descendent I can assure you everything she says about them is true. Her words consume your soul and take you to a place where emotions are skin deep and it’s easy to get lost in the feelings and the story.

I have to talk about the sexual tension and the constant latent passion. This is not an erotic book but the physical attraction between the characters is a major ingredient of the story. It was overwhelming for moments and if it’s was hard for them to live with it, imagine how hard is for the reader that is waiting to know what comes next.

Overall, Indiscretion is an excellent romance book and I’m looking forward to read the next book.





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