Friday, February 12, 2016

Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway- The Cupcake Witch by Poppy Lawless


The Cupcake Witch (novella)

Release Date: 2015



Summary from Goodreads:
Julie

Buttercream. Vanilla. Fondant. Dark chocolate. Brown sugar. Molasses. Baking has always been my true love, but it wasn’t until my mother’s death, and the unexpected inheritance of Serendipity Gardens, that my bliss called me. Bittersweet. But Serendipity Gardens has more to offer than just a potential shopfront. An unusual recipe box left to me by a distant relative might be the key to unlocking my dreams.

Too bad the most powerful family in Chancellor has plans that could turn those dreams to ruins—literally.

Too bad the son of that powerful family is just the kind of guy I’ve been looking for.

Horatio

I suppose being heir to the Hunter family’s Blushing Grape Winery should make me happy, but nothing could be further from the truth. With my mother gone, my father has taken me under his wing, and I despise everything about the way he does business. Sour grapes, indeed. Instead of raising money for charitable causes, my true passion, I’m chasing my father’s manifest destiny.

Too bad his dream includes paving paradise.

Too bad the property owner is the sweetest woman I’ve ever met.

They say the course of true love never runs smooth.

But that’s nothing a magical cupcake can’t solve.


Get the book on Amazon.


REVIEW:

The Cupcake Witch sounded extremely intriguing because how could food- desserts, at that- and magic not make for a good combination? This book is actually the second in a series of novellas, but each of the stories can be read as a standalone. An extremely enjoyable read, The Cupcake Witch was a short, sweet and superb read. 

Julie lost her mother to cancer and so did Horatio. While on the one hand, Julie's dad is extremely supportive of her wish to start her own dessert and tea shop with an array of organic products for sale; on the other hand, Horatio's dad is very controlling and demanding and wouldn't have no for an answer. Julie and Horatio meet in a rather bumpy way, but once everything is understood between the two, the relationship between sweet Julie and dashing Horatio was the cutest. 

The Cupcake Witch is set in a small town where everyone knows everyone. These setups always give warmth to stories, and make them very welcoming. It was wonderful meeting the town folk and especially getting to know about the bazaars, festivals and entertainment there. Everything just seemed cosy and cute. The townspeople were so wonderful and seemed almost too good to be true. 

The most interesting part of The Cupcake Witch was the way the whole aspect of wizardry was introduced. Just when I started questioning the "witch" in the book title, I got the answer I was looking for. The best part of the book, however, was the many delicious desserts and food items that were described in a sumptuous and mouth-watering manner by the author, whose writing was somehow very pretty and her storytelling, quite magical. 

*Note: This book was provided by YA Bound in exchange for an honest review. We thank them for the book. 



About the Author:

Romance author. Cupcake connoisseur. Certified herbalist. Beach bum. Fan of all things Starbucks. Holistic healing advocate. Surfer girl wanna-be. Lost guru. Maker of dandelion wine. Counselor. Paranormal buff. Etsy addict. Secretly Jedi. So not a geek girl. Gifted in sarcasm. Hot wife. Ninja mom. And now, I'm ready to share a whole head full of witty, mouthy, smart, lovely, heart-warming, and hot characters with the world. Are you ready?

Poppy Lawless is the author of the forthcoming series Love & Chocolate releasing in 2015 and The Glass Mermaid. Poppy holds degrees in English and Psychology. She is a counselor in the field of mental health and is a trained herbalist. Poppy's new series blends the best of romance with a Practical Magic or contemporary Bewitched appeal.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Review- The Cupcake Witch by Poppy Lawless

The Cupcake Witch on Goodreads

BOOK SUMMARY:

They say the course of true love never runs smooth.
That’s nothing a magical cupcake can’t solve.

Julie

Buttercream. Vanilla. Fondant. Dark chocolate. Brown sugar. Molasses. Baking has always been my true love, but it wasn’t until my mother’s death, and the unexpected inheritance of Serendipity Gardens, that my bliss called me. Bittersweet. But Serendipity Gardens has more to offer than just a potential shopfront. An unusual recipe box left to me by a distant relative might be the key to unlocking my dreams.

Too bad the most powerful family in Chancellor has plans that could turn those dreams to ruins—literally.

Too bad the son of that powerful family is just the kind of guy I’ve been looking for.

Horatio
I suppose being heir to the Hunter family’s Blushing Grape Winery should make me happy, but nothing could be further from the truth. With my mother gone, my father has taken me under his wing, and I despise everything about the way he does business. Sour grapes, indeed. Instead of raising money for charitable causes, my true passion, I’m chasing my father’s manifest destiny.

Too bad his dream includes paving paradise.

Too bad the property owner is the sweetest woman I’ve ever met.

The Cupcake Witch is a stand-alone sweet romance and book 2 of The Chancellor Fairy Tales series.
 


Release date: November 24th 2015
Published by: Love Potion Books
Page numbers: 106

REVIEW:

The Cupcake Witch sounded extremely intriguing because how could food- desserts, at that- and magic not make for a good combination? This book is actually the second in a series of novellas, but each of the stories can be read as a standalone. An extremely enjoyable read, The Cupcake Witch was a short, sweet and superb read. 

Julie lost her mother to cancer and so did Horatio. While on the one hand, Julie's dad is extremely supportive of her wish to start her own dessert and tea shop with an array of organic products for sale; on the other hand, Horatio's dad is very controlling and demanding and wouldn't have no for an answer. Julie and Horatio meet in a rather bumpy way, but once everything is understood between the two, the relationship between sweet Julie and dashing Horatio was the cutest. 

The Cupcake Witch is set in a small town where everyone knows everyone. These setups always give warmth to stories, and make them very welcoming. It was wonderful meeting the town folk and especially getting to know about the bazaars, festivals and entertainment there. Everything just seemed cosy and cute. The townspeople were so wonderful and seemed almost too good to be true. 

The most interesting part of The Cupcake Witch was the way the whole aspect of wizardry was introduced. Just when I started questioning the "witch" in the book title, I got the answer I was looking for. The best part of the book, however, was the many delicious desserts and food items that were described in a sumptuous and mouth-watering manner by the author, whose writing was somehow very pretty and her storytelling, quite magical. 

*Note: This book was provided by YA Bound in exchange for an honest review. We thank them for the book. 


Buy the book: AMAZON (IN) / AMAZON (COM)


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #153

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

Fannie and Tru by Karen Hattrup
Publication date- May 31st 2016


Goodreads Summary:

When Frannie Little eavesdrops on her parents fighting she discovers that her cousin Truman is gay, and his parents are so upset they are sending him to live with her family for the summer. At least, that’s what she thinks the story is. . . When he arrives, shy Frannie befriends this older boy, who is everything that she’s not–rich, confident, cynical, sophisticated. Together, they embark on a magical summer marked by slowly unraveling secrets. 

 I love to read books with plots like this, so I'm really looking forward to this one. 

What are you waiting on this Wednesday? Link me to your posts in the comments below, so I can check it out. Happy waiting, and happy reading! 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Release Day Blast- Adore by Nina Lane

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We're so thrilled to be celebrating the release of Nina Lane's ADORE! This next chapter in Liv & Dean's story is incredibly steamy and heart-wrenching, and we can't wait for everyone to get swept away in their story once again. Make sure you pick up your copy today!

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About ADORE (Spiral of Bliss #4)

Liv and Dean West have always fallen together, but this time they might fall apart...

Liv and Dean have everything…almost. With a rambunctious toddler, crazy work schedules, and too many responsibilities, they’ve lost sight of their passionate, intimate marriage. And Professor West is none too happy about that.

Determined to lure his wife into hot new adventures, Dean struggles with his need to have Liv all to himself and the reality of sharing her with the world.

Then he gets an opportunity that could change their lives…and Liv is faced with the prospect of her white knight going places where she can’t follow.

Add ADORE to Goodreads!

Get your hands on ADORE now: Amazon | iTunes | Kobo

Need to catch up on the series? Find out more about AROUSE, Spiral of Bliss #1!

Read a Sneak Peek of ADORE

I grab the spatula and slap frosting on the cake like I’m flogging it. Dean comes up behind me. “I missed you,” he remarks. I growl in response. “I love you,” he adds. Another growl rumbles in my throat. I turn and smack Dean’s chest with the spatula, leaving a smear of chocolate on his shirt. “You were supposed to be home at eight,” I say accusingly. “I had it all planned out. Nicholas was going to be sleeping peacefully, I’d be showered and all prettied up with lingerie on under my dress, waiting for you with a glass of scotch and a delicious gourmet dinner, followed by homemade chocolate cake. Afterward, I was planning to take you upstairs and actually get sexy. “However, since you were inconsiderate enough to come home three hours early, you get nothing.” I wave the spatula in the air and turn back to the cake. “Nothing!” “Oh, I’ve got something.” Dean slides his hands around my waist and pushes his groin up against my bottom. “I’ve got the hottest, sexiest, most perfect wife in the universe.” “Hah. Good luck with that.” “Mmm.” Dean pushes my hair away from my nape and kisses the back of my neck. “You smell like Spaghetti Os with meatballs. My favorite.” “Again…” I push my hips backward in a half-hearted attempt to shove him away, but the movement only presses my ass closer against him. “Good luck.” “I don’t need anymore luck.” Dean presses his lips in a line over the ridge of my collarbone. “I’ve already got you.”

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About Nina Lane

New York Times& USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances and spicy erotica. Originally from California, she holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she's that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer. 


I genuinely enjoy this series by Nina Lane and I hope you guys check out her books.
Happy reading! :)

Monday, February 08, 2016

Review- Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis

Summary-

SOMETIMES YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN…

After an overseas mission goes wrong, Army Special Forces officer Jacob Kincaid knows where he must go to make things right: back home to the tiny town of Cedar Ridge, Colorado. All he needs to scrub away his painful past is fresh mountain air, a lakeside cabin, and quiet solitude. But what he discovers is a gorgeous woman living on a boat at his dock.

Sophie Marren has nowhere else to go. She’s broke, intermittently seasick, and fighting a serious attraction to the brooding, dishy, I’m-too-sexy-for-myself guy who’s now claiming her dock. Something about Jacob’s dark intensity makes her want to tease—and tempt—him beyond measure. Neither one wants to give any ground . . . until they realize the only true home they have is with each other.


Release date: March 29th, 2016
Published by: Grand Central Publishing
Page numbers: 368

Review-

It is no secret that I love all Jill Shalvis books. Her books are like comfort reads for me. They always manage to leave me feeling all warm and gooey inside. After her last book in the Cedar Ridge series I was quite excited to get to Jacob's book in Nobody But You. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy Jacob's book as much as I thought I would. It wasn't bad by any means, it just wasn't my favourite of the lot.

Jacob is returning to Cedar Ridge after a long time. He has things to fix with his family and he has missed them. Now only if he could get himself to express it. I liked Jacob. There was nothing really wrong with him. But there was nothing really special about him either. I wanted him to open his eyes and see how much the people around him cared for him. 

Then we have Sophie. Sophie is supposed to be a fierce and fiesty heroine with her vulnerable side. She's lost everything because of her cheating husband, she's broke and she's living on a boat. She wants to make the right decisions for herself now and Jacob seems all kinds of wrong and temporary. I liked Sophie but I never really connected with her.

Sophie and Jacob did have chemistry but there was something missing between them. I can't put my finger on it but I didn't feel like cheering their romance on like I did for Hudson and Bailey. I also feel like I sorta missed out on the entire family bonding time which we got in the last book. Yes, there were things Jacob and Hudson had to work through but we didn't get enough time with the entire Kincaid clan.

The one thing in the book that disappointed me the most though was the lacklustre glimpse we got of Kennedy and Mitch's story. I was expecting a full length book for them, or at least a novella but we got a very incomplete and unsatisfactory ending for them. So while this was not my favourite Jill Shalvis book, it was okay. I would only suggest you try out some other books of hers for the first time.

*Note: A copy of this book was provided by the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.


Friday, February 05, 2016

The Readdicts Monthly Giveaway 2016 #2 (February) *Featuring Srishti Quickies*

Hi everyone, welcome to our February giveaway, as part of our Monthly Giveaway 2016. If you missed the January giveaway, check it out here.


This time, we have collaborated with Srishti Publishers and Distributors and we are giving away four- yes. four- books and these books are all the books released by Srishti Publishers and Distributors under their Quickies line. 

Here's what you can win: 

   

This giveaway was planned at the perfect time, becasue Srishti has come up with the Quickies box-set which was launched at the World Book Fair in Delhi recently. That's also why Arup @ Srishti has very generously offered to give away a box-set of all the four Quickies to one lucky winner, which means that this giveaway will have two winners! 


You can find Sarika's reviews for the books at the following links: 


As always giveaway rules are simple: 

*The giveaway is open to residents of India only. 
*Enter by filling out the Rafflecopter form below. 
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*Once winners are picked, they will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or new winners will be picked. 

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Thank you so much for stopping by, and happy reading! 

Also guys, our buddy KM over at Writer and Tales has started her own monthly giveaway, so make sure you check out her first giveaway

And of course, we'd like to thank Arup and Srishti for always supporting us. Don't forget to show them some love in the comments! 


Book Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway- The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oohmerbhoy


The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy 

A fantastic adventure story that will transport you to a dazzling world of myth and magic.
16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesnt seem so bad.
Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdomsincluding killing anyone who stands in her way.  Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Auroras arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear. 
With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.




Book Details:


488 pages; Genre: Fantasy; Age: Young Adult; ASIN: B01131UDHE


Review Excerpts:
"...the narrative components echo the classics; the Academy of Magic at Evolon could be Hogwarts, while the Shadow Guards are reminiscent of Tolkien's Ring Wraiths or Rowling's Dementors...a beautifully drawn fantasy world."  
- Kirkus Reviews

“Perfect for fans of Harry Potter”  

- Alyson Serena Stone 


“The Last of the Firedrakes is a wonderful book! It's STUNNING, in fact. I'm a firm lover of fantasy novels and this one did not disappoint me since it has everything I could have wished for - a diverse array of characters, magic, never-ending action and amazing world-building. It will satisfy anyone's need for a fantastical adventure!” 

“Five stars, HIGHLY recommended for plot and pacing, if you like Harry Potter, you'll like The Last of the Firedrakes, trust me!” 
- LilMar

Buy Links: AMAZON (IN) / FLIPKART


                                  Excerpt:                                                

Chapter 11
Lessons in Magic


Today you will start lessons with me and learn to access your mage powers,” said Uncle Gabriel. “There are a few training exercises I want to start with, which will help you to access and channel your magic. I want you to have an open mind, and follow my instructions very carefully.”

I listened intently, breathlessly awaiting the secret I was so anxious to discover—how magic worked.
“You are still young and so far your powers have been diminished by the amulet, but if you have tapped into your fae magic already by mind bonding with the pegasus, that means that your powers are already manifesting,” Uncle Gabriel said.
He lit a candle and put it in front of me on the table.
“Now, our first lesson is going to be on concentration,” said Uncle Gabriel. “I want you to focus on this candle. Remove all other thoughts from your mind.”
I stared at the candle, my thoughts drifting in and out. Uncle Gabriel had said he was going to teach me to do magic. This was not magic; this was torture. My thoughts flickered back and forth like the flame on the tip of the candle. Finally I looked up.
“This is silly. Nothing is happening,” I said, getting frustrated.
“You are not concentrating,” Uncle Gabriel said, glancing up briefly up from his work. “Block out all other thoughts. If they come, push them away and keep focusing on the candle. Nothing else is of importance; your whole mind and concentration is on that candle.”
I tried again, but my thoughts wouldn’t leave me alone. Every time I looked up, Uncle Gabriel made me try again. He even changed the object of my concentration, from the candle to a smoothly polished stone, to a vase and back. I tried again and again, and every time it was the same, my thoughts came and went, flitting about in my mind, and my concentration was broken.
“Same time tomorrow, Aurora, and please practice. I expect you to concentrate on an object for measurably longer. Holding your concentration is one of the key aspects to working with your magic. You have to learn to channel your powers properly. If you can’t control your mind and will, then when you release your powers, they will be all over the place, and we don’t want that,” he said seriously.


About the author:



For Farah Oomerbhoy, writing is a passion and reading her solace. She is a firm believer in the fantastic and magical, and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest.
When she was pregnant with her first child ten years ago, a story popped into her head she could not ignore. “I was at my grandmother’s house, and as I looked at the image of a beautiful forest with a castle in the distance on a tapestry hanging on the wall, I imagined myself being whisked away into another world,” she said. It was at that moment the world of Avalonia, with its powerful mages and fae and the evil Queen Morgana, was born. Farah Oomerbhoy’s debut novel, The Last of the Firedrakes, was released in the summer of 2015.

Farah lives with her husband and three children in their family home in Mumbai, India. She has a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Mumbai. Her first novel is The Last of the Firedrakes, Book 1 of the Avalonia Chronicles.

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Giveaway:

Giveaway Details:
  1. One Amazon Gift Voucher worth 1000INR
  2. One Amazon Gift Voucher worth 500INR
  3. 3 Signed Copies of The Last of the Firedrakes
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Thank you so much for stopping by, and happy reading! Also, many thanks to DDS for letting us spotlight Farah's book on our blog. We hope you check it out.