Monday, October 31, 2016

Review: Spitting on Hans' Tosti

TITLE: Spitting on Hans' Tosti: How It Feels to Be Groped and Preyed Upon by Your Boss
AUTHOR: Karin Bosman
RELEASE DATE: July 5th, 2015
PUBLISHER: CB- Logistics
FORMAT: paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy


Sexual harassment at work, the real life story about unwelcome and unlawful behaviour in the workplace. The intimidations of sexual harassment unwittingly pull you into a world of sadness and loneliness. This story gradually reveals how an apparently stray kiss leads to degrading harassment.


'Spitting on Han's Tosti' is a tale of sexual harassment, an honest tale of how your workplace can become an awful place and how going daily to work can feel like hell.

The author took the courage to tell us her real experience and she does it with grace and without looking for pity. She is honest, brave and open about her journey to escape an abusive boss. She uses nicknames to identify each person involved and I think it was a great decision because that way it's easy to imagine the situation in any scenario, I mean that this kind of things happen every day and it's sad.

The book has a really good style and it feels like hearing a friend telling you about his-her life. For moments it was hard to imagine going through the situations the author had to face. But I believe she come out of it stronger and despite all, happier because she could expose his boss.

This one is a really good non-fiction book and a good choice if you want to read about this topic.




Friday, October 28, 2016

Review: Intomesee: In Pursuit of a Passionate Life @WeMahaErwin

TITLE: Intomesee: In Pursuit of a Passionate Life
AUTHOR: maha Erwin
RELEASE DATE: July 31st, 2016
FORMAT: Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy


The 1967 Summer of Love never ended in the City by the Bay. It just morphed into the “play ethic” of the hyper-rich and upwardly mobile. 
Introducing Aimée, a San Franciscan who plays by the rules – hooks up, no strings attached – until her bourgeois world collapses. Desperate, she must find a husband. A Mr. Half-Right will do, so long as he provides her financial security again. Matador, the pharmaceutical magnate who concocts the newly-launched female libido drug, Intomesee, exceeds all her expectations. His st, pharma-drugs give her passionate highs, but does she possess the je ne sais quoi to intoxicate him in the city, designer built for free love?



Maha is a proud American, Erwin is a flying Dutchman. We hooked-up during an overland safari across the heart of Africa. When the tour ended, we got hitched. Disillusioned with our careers in finance and science, we sold two of our homes and started to travel again. Five years later, we’re still possessed by an unrelenting wanderlust, lugging around our huuuuge suitcases wherever we go. Cape Town. Rome. San Francisco. Ubud.

We’re not ones for bummin’ it. We live large. Kinda. Our Airbnb homes overlook outrageously scenic landscapes. Weekdays, we swim along pebble beaches. Weeknights, we enjoy cultural events and festivities. Weekends, we climb active volcanoes. But, recall, we’re not lazy butts. We wake up early and sleep late, typing loooots of words per day. Writing fiction gives us purpose.

This summer, to celebrate the release of our debut novel, “Intomesee: In Pursuit of a Passionate Life”, Erwin grew a Hemmingway beard. Maha hopes his scruffy look is just a phase, not an excuse to justify his shameless drinking habit. Erwin hopes Maha unscrews the rusted bolts in her head, or else his sci-fi thriller, “Humanity Rebooted,” will never be published by the end of next year.

If you’re curious about our itinerant lifestyle or want to explore the rapidly changing world with us (from your comfy armchair), send us a Goodreads message! We’re always happy to make new friends.




Intomesse is the story of Aimée, it's a mix of bizarre situations, experimental drugs, and eccentric characters. I had some issues enjoying this book, however, it's fast to read and a good book.

The plot is quite solid and it's easy to follow the story. I had a hard time understanding Aimée, she is definitely not one of my favorite characters. She sounded a bit dramatic or anxious, I really don't know but there was something about her I didn't like.

The book has a good writing style, it has smart dialogues and the authors managed to create a different kind of chick-lit book. I also have to add that the book has a strong sexual component, there were many graphic scenes which also made the book a bit better.



Monday, October 24, 2016

Review: The Delivery Girl

TITLE: The Delivery Girl
AUTHOR: Tony McAndrew
RELEASE DATE: May 28th, 2015
PUBLISHER: Wild Wolf Publishing
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review


"Tough, uncompromising and yet also enchanting and deeply moving."
In a run down burnt out city, if you need drugs, money, a gun, nine year old Anna Ramanova is The Delivery Girl. Foreign, precociously bright, abused by all around her she is the one all the other children hate. Hers is a world of casual brutality, gangsters and goons, drugs and booze, prostitutes and paedophiles, where the ugly sisters of self-harm and suicide wait to show her the only road out of a miserable existence. That is until a grotesque but strangely endearing old hunchback enters her life. As impeccably gracious as he is ruthlessly violent, deliverance, it seems, comes in many forms.



'The Delivery Girl' is one of those books that is hard to read but addictive at the same time. Anna's life is a mix of horror and suffering. An abusive step-father, a couple of bullies at school, awful step-brothers and being part of a drug scheme is not the best scenario for a nine-year-old girl. We witness a tormented soul who contemplates suicide at a really young age until a mysterious figure comes into the picture.

Reading this book was difficult, and worst knowing that this kind of stuff happens in the real world. Anna is sweet and somehow innocent despite her surroundings and wakes up in the reader emotions and feelings that shake your body. 

The writer created a solid and believable world where cruelty is as normal as breathing. The writing is really good and the characters are well built. The action is non-stop and the rhythm is intense.






Friday, October 14, 2016

Review: Necromancist @CharmainePauls

TITLE: Necromancist
SERIES: Seven Forbidden Arts #6
AUTHOR: Charmaine Pauls
RELEASE DATE: October 11th, 2016
PUBLISHER: Satin Romance
FORMAT: Paperback & Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy


Nine years ago he took her virginity. Now he’s back for revenge.
Alice Jones has loved one man only–the man who stripped her from her clothes and defenses to leave her vulnerable and cold, the man who took her virginity and went downstairs for ‘a glass of water’ never to return. After nine years the once poor and shamed Ivan Kray is back in London, now a world-famous rock star. He is wealthy, successful, surrounded by millions of fans, and built like a machine while she is struggling, single, overweight, and has to borrow affection from her neighbor’s cat. To make matters worse, he blames her and her family for driving him away. This time round, Ivan doesn’t come to her with gentle caresses and roses. He comes with vengeance and thorns that will either purge or destroy her.
A malnourished toddler barely kept from starving by a nursing dog, Ivan Kray grows up into a hard and emotionally scarred man with a golden voice and a cursed art. Suffering from visions and voices in his head, he finds peace in Alice Jones’ heart and naked arms, only to be knocked down once again. When she chooses her upper-class family over him, he slaves for nine long years to climb to the top of the ladder with one purpose only–to take revenge. He swore he’d be her first and last, and he isn’t a man to break his promises. His plans of submitting Alice to his will are hampered when someone tries to kill him. The sinister attempts on his life are more than the actions of a fan gone fanatic. When his hunter uses Alice to achieve his ominous goal, Ivan must acknowledge his true feelings and put his skills as necromancist to the ultimate test. Will his unusual ability be enough to save Alice before it’s too late to tell her the truth?


AMAZON | B & N
South African born Charmaine Pauls is a gypsy at heart who likes to look at the world from the lens of her camera. She writes dark and paranormal romance novels. The author currently resides in Chile with her husband and children.



Just when you thought this series couldn't get any better, Charmaine surprise us and bring us a darker and more twisted book. 'Necromancist' has one of the hottest but most complicated male characters and set the bar higher for future books. As usual the story flows naturally, it's fast to read given the really good writting style and the temperature reaches unreachables highs.

This time we meet Alice and Ivan, their relationship is based on something that happened nine years ago, when he took her virginity and she thought he walked away breaking her heart. What begins as revenge becomes an intense play between two broken souls. Little by little we get to know them and understand their past, we discovered two people who are afraid to love and be loved due to their past.

The romance is too strong, their relationship is intense, hot and full of fire. This book has a darker tone and Ivan enjoyes a kind of sex that can be a little too much for some. However, is hard to stop reading once they are together, the passion is almost palpable and your eyes get glue to the pages.

I was waiting to see what was their conection to the characters from previous books and was mind blown when I found out how they are conected. The plot is solid and each chapter brings a new surprise.

Overall, I loved this book and is a great addition to the series. Charmaine has a gift to write this kind of books and I can't wait to see what's next.






Thursday, October 6, 2016

Blog Tour: In The Line Of Duty @Carolyn_Arnold


Police are People Too

“You experience the emotions, distractions, frustrations and successes of the characters in every chapter of In the Line of Duty.  I found her heartfelt details to be spot on with a line-of-duty death. Being able to put such a tragic situation into words, is difficult in itself, but she does it with compassion, knowledge, and respect for those in uniform who know what it is like to lose a brother or sister in blue.”
-- Carl J. Harper, Training Officer, ERT (SWAT)
Sadly, as humans, we tend to judge that which we don’t understand. And let’s be honest, most of us haven’t stood in the shoes of a police officer. We’ve never faced an armed subject at one o’clock in the morning or had to make life-and-death decisions on a daily basis. We’ve never had to focus in a traumatic situation and make a significant judgment call. We’ve never had to face families and friends who have been left behind and tell them that their loved one won’t be coming home.
In general, people either point fingers at the police or put them up on pedestals. No one is perfect, however, and sometimes that pedestal cracks. Instead of doing either of these things, though, I think it’s most important that we respect our law enforcement officers and accept that they are human, just like the rest of us. They have families and friends. They have feelings. They have hopes and dreams.
In the Line of Duty was inspired by my love of law enforcement, for those who serve and who have served, but I also wanted to write a book that showed the human side of policing. I wanted to paint a vivid picture that shows that police are people and illustrate how the loss of a brother in blue affects them—not only on a professional level but more importantly, on a personal one.
The characters in my book must carry on after a great loss to find the person who killed their fellow officer. Their grief tears apart relationships, changes people’s viewpoints, and has them acknowledging their own mortality, just as it would anyone.
So the next time you see a police officer, remind yourself that police are people, too, and deserve the same compassion and kindness as you or me.

--Carolyn Arnold
Author of In the Line of Duty (Detective Madison Knight series)

 
Excerpt from In the Line of Duty, Chapter 3:
Troy gripped the sink in the men’s washroom at the Stiles police station with both hands and stared at himself in the mirror. He’d lost men close to him before. The last one was two years ago, and the officer had been killed in a car accident while off duty. He’d left behind two kids and a wife. But Barry…he was different. Life always equaled death, of course. It was a simple equation to accept until it touched close to home. And that’s what Barry’s death was for him--personal.
Losing Barry made it clear just how dangerous this job could be and how fragile life was. One minute here, the next gone. Barry had just been pumping gas, a routine thing, something people did all the time without any thought to their safety. Those on the outside would say that’s the risk he took being in law enforcement. Yes, there was the chance any one of them wouldn’t return home from a shift, but it wasn’t something Troy consciously thought about before heading to work.
In fact, when serving in a SWAT capacity, he’d say it was one of the safest positions within the Stiles PD. SWAT had the toys, and when they showed up to manage a situation, it was often brought under control rather quickly. Even the majority of criminals didn’t want to tango with an AR-15 and armored vehicles. Besides, dwelling on one’s mortality wasn’t healthy. But when something like this happened to one of their own, it spurred on such self-reflection. It could have easily been him in the morgue, or one of his team members. Or Madison…
His insides quivered with rage as his heartbeat slowed with his grief. He squeezed his eyes shut.
“I’ve got Dad’s car tonight,” Barry says. “We’ll take it out on the back roads and see what she’s really capable of.”
“Your dad’s a cop, Barry,” Troy reminds him.
“So? What he doesn’t know won’t hurt him.” Barry takes a few steps down the hall of their high school but stops and spins when Troy doesn’t follow. “Come on, man. Don’t make me take Lyman.”
Troy came back from his thoughts and opened his eyes to find himself staring at his reflection.
That night had been one of the best ever. Barry had sent the car airborne by racing over the railway tracks on the outskirts of the city. They’d even conned some seniors into getting beer for them and drank it by the tracks later that night.
Barry had made Troy feel alive…
Pain knotted in his chest, the regrets over skipping drinks with Barry last week paired with losing a part of his childhood somehow.
Troy pinched the bridge of his nose as the memories continued to rush over him.
“I just got my acceptance letter.” Barry holds the envelope in his hand. “This college has the hottest chicks… Not that it would matter to you.”
“What does that mean?”
“It’s Lauren and Troy sitting in a tree…” Barry sings.
“Seriously? You’re like a girl sometimes, you know that? A big, emotional girl.”
“Hey!” Barry punches him playfully in the arm.
Madison punched him in the arm sometimes, too…
God, what would he have done if Madison were the one who’d been killed?
You’ve reached the end of the excerpt, but In the Line of Duty is available in e-book, paperback, and hardcover from popular retailers.


About In the Line of Duty:
He devoted his life to seeking justice. But would she get any for him?
It was an ordinary day for police officer Barry Weir. It was the end of shift, he was tired, and he just wanted to get home to his wife and kids. But someone had other plans for him, shooting him down and forcing him to make the ultimate sacrifice.
When news of Weir’s murder reaches the department, it leaves Detective Madison Knight and every cop in the Stiles PD itching for revenge. It cuts Madison’s boyfriend, colleague, and Weir’s childhood friend, Troy Matthews, deepest of all, driving him away from everyone he loves just when they need one another the most.
With evidence pointing to a gang-related drive-by, Madison and her team investigate the town’s seedy underbelly in search of justice for their fallen brother. But the deeper they dig, the more convoluted the case becomes. Now they need to figure out if this was a random shooting as part of a gang initiation, a straight-up hate crime, or a targeted kill. But with members of the Stiles PD under attack, they have to do it fast…before more officers pay with their lives.

About the Detective Madison Knight Series:
Murder. Investigation. The pursuit of justice. Do you love trying to figure out whodunit? How about investigating alongside police detectives from the crime scene to the forensics lab and everywhere in between? Do you love a strong female lead? Then I invite you to meet Detective Madison Knight as she solves murders with her male partner, utilizing good old-fashioned investigative work aided by modern technology.
This is the perfect book series for fans of Law & OrderCSIBlue BloodsRizzoli & IslesWomen’s Murder Club, and Hawaii Five-O.
Read in any order or follow the series from the beginning: Ties That Bind, Justified, Sacrifice, Found Innocent, Just Cause, Deadly Impulse, In the Line of Duty, Life Sentence (Bonus Prequel).

About the Author
Carolyn Arnold is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series and has written nearly thirty books. Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark, POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

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