Friday, March 24, 2017

Film Review: Man up (2015)


Synopsis:

Jack has blind date with Jessica. But Nancy appeared on the their blind date and pretend to be Jessica. Along the way, Jack has connected to Nancy and decide that she is the right one for him.

Review: 

This is bittersweet romance comedy you should watch, I don't even know the actress or actor, but this film is not boring and I really like it. I really recommend if you loved romance comedy.

I laugh and cry watching this film, because this film is good. The connection between Nancy and Jack feels so natural and funny. The ending also romantic and sweet. I think there is no reason to not to like this romance comedy. It's just funny and sweet at the same time.


My rating: 8/10


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Selene.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Book Tour : Ice Dragon Tales by Hurri Cosmo



Genre : M/M Romance
Published : February 2017


Prince Joron of Blade Rain was kissed by a man he had no idea was King Aric of Claymoor Doom. Of course King Aric had no idea the one he kissed was even a man since Joron was dressed as a woman. Disguised to escape the newly crowned king of Blade Rain who just happens to be Joron's brother, Joron is swept off his feet by Aric when he is rescued by him from an assault. Aric is also swept off his feet by the beauty of the "woman" and that one amazing kiss. Aric, who is led to believe the beautiful woman he kissed is actually the princess, immediately goes to the king of Blade Rain and offers for the princess’s hand in marriage and his offer is accepted. Unfortunately, King Aric is now betrothed to Liarta, Joron’s sister. But an emergency has King Aric racing home without finding out the mistake he has made and now Joron must ride to Claymoor Doom to renegotiate the offer since Liarta is in love with someone else and does not want to marry King Aric. 

Imagine Aric’s surprise when he discovers the Prince is the one he thought was the Princess! So Aric does the only thing he can think of. He will release Liarta from her obligation of marriage, but only if Joron takes her place... in the marriage bed.

Things are going well for King Aric. He had Joron safely hidden away. Diagus, although a continuing threat to Joron, had left his castle empty handed, and the Cetin Gang was headed for his dungeons. He should be thrilled but – something was not right. He could feel it. 
 
Sure enough, when he returns to Claymoor castle, he finds Joron has been kidnapped and he must ride immediately to rescue him. And knowing the culprit, it was not going to be an easy task. However, Aric has a trump card; a letter from a dead king. Seemingly nonsensical at first, it now points a finger directly at a murderer and Aric is convinced Joron is next. Somehow he has to find him and get Joron back into his protective arms before it’s too late. 
 
Unfortunately, there are other huge pitfalls just waiting in the shadows. It turns out Joron is the true king of Blade Rain and Aric's long dead wife miraculously returns to claim Aric as her own. Between all the lies, murders, and life altering revelations, is there hope for these two at all?


King Diagus of Blade Rain is in a bind. He is duty bound to produce a royal heir and the only way he knows that can happen is if he beds a woman. Definitely not his idea of Happily Ever After. In fact, far from it. Except instead of walking down the aisle with the princess he has arranged to marry, Diagus is off in the wilds of Claymoor Doom. But there’s a good reason. Rumor had it there was someone near Gray Valley with Diagus’s stark blue eyes. A possible relative and therefore an heir? Was there a chance he might not have to marry a woman, after all?  Regrettably, Diagus finds no one matching the rumor’s description. What he does find is a heinous, black magic plot for murder and Diagus is the next on the list.

Tama’s pregnant sister claimed to be carrying the child of a king. Not just any king. The mighty king of Blade Rain. She was determined to get out of the very poor house of Hilman and into the lap of luxury. But fate had its own agenda. Sadly, Tama must raise his nephew all by himself after his sister unexpectedly dies in childbirth. It’s not a problem, though. He loves Aydin as he loved his sister – with all his heart.

However, Tama’s lazy and abusive father, Beourn, is angry and extremely disappointed. Being the grandfather of a crown prince, he was looking forward to moving to the castle and living a life of extravagance. With his daughter’s death, that was no longer possible. So, he does the unthinkable. He kidnaps Aydin with the intent of selling him to the rich and powerful king. Tama is stunned he would do such a thing and chases after Beourn to rescue Aydin.

But he doesn’t get far before he is confronted with a beautiful man being viciously attacked. Of course Tama has to help. If he doesn’t the man will surely die. Except Tama quickly learns the man is far more than just someone in trouble. In fact, the man is a king and will change Tama’s life. Forever.

Author Interview

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I have always wanted to be a writer. Always. I remember laying in my crib dreaming up stories about talking horses and saving kidnap victims. Learning to read was amazing to me because I thought about the fact I could write my stories and they would be ever so much better for learning how to read than boring old Dick and Jane. I had hundreds of pages filled with my scribbles, mostly outlines and thoughts, never anything complete. My first completed novel I did a gazillion years ago but after the first three rejections, I gave up. What really opened a brand new, huge, beautiful door for me was M/M. Like so many, I started with manga. I was going to be a manga artist because I suddenly had all these stories I wanted to tell and doing that in pictures just fired my imagination. I had computer files FULL of stories. Then I read a manga novel and decided that was the direction I wanted to go. Then, of course, I found the M/M novel world and never looked back.

What do you think makes a good story?

It varies and really depends on my mood. I think that’s true for everyone. Sometimes I need something light and fluffy with no tear jerking crap. I honestly don’t like too much of that anyway. When I am reading to escape the world, “important literature” just doesn’t interest me. But sometimes I like long, in depth, falling in love stories. Ones that make you excited to get home from work so you can continue to read. However, I truly love the first meeting, slow burn and lots of romance. I always, always love a dominant partner and a submissive one, as well. It doesn’t have to be a true D/s thing, but I really like that one partner is bigger and stronger and just more forceful. I love a little bit of jealousy, some mysterious drama, and a meaningful ending. I read a book just recently that had me at the edge of my seat wondering how they were going to resolve it. It just simply went over the top for me. Not that I was incredibly disappointed in it, it just got to be a little ridiculous although the story itself was good. For that reason I forced myself to get to the end. But then, the actual end…just ended. In my opinion, and probably mine alone, the reader, after enduring the over the top drama for so long, deserved an epilogue or at least something beyond “they survived and escaped”, which is what it felt like to me. Personally, I needed some time to recover before the words “The End”. But I have to say it did tick off all the other boxes for me.

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer?

Reading, experiencing life, paying attention, listening. Normal stuff. I used to write a lot faster than I do now. I hope I haven’t lost my edge. I do have a full time job now, so that eats into my time. I tend to do the seven hour trek to my mom’s house a lot more these days, too, because she’s sick. But more so, I think it’s because I haven’t done as much reading as I used to. So I am going to treat myself to that.
What is the most surprising things you learned in creating your books

I absolutely love when the characters I create take on a life of their own and take over the story, often times going in a different direction then I had originally had them going. I love it when I run into a plot problem that has already been solved somewhere else in the story, I just have to find it. I love it when I go to write a sequel when I really didn't have a clue I would be writing a sequel but I am still able to take stuff from the first book and make it work. That kind of stuff happens all the time and it surprises me every time it does.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

Right now I get them from a file I have in my computer. But originally I got those ideas from all over the place. Mainly from reading other stories, watching shows or movies, things that happen in my life or things that people tell me about. Sometimes even dreams I have. I love it when an idea hits. Especially one that gives me the whole story right away. Some of those ideas are not as well thought out, though. I still go back to some of them now and kick myself for not putting down more information because I have no idea where I was going with it. So these days when an idea comes I make sure to write everything down.


Author Bio


I live in Minnesota where I holds tight to the idea that here, where it’s cold a good part of the year, I won’t age as fast. Yep, I avoid the truth as much as I avoid mirrors. But one of the reasons I love writing is reality doesn’t always offer up a “happily ever after” and being able to take control of that is a powerful lure. Being a happy ending junkie, writing just makes them easier to find. Oh, I doesn’t mind “real life” and I do try to at least keep it in mind when I write my stories, but I truly love creating a wonderful couple, knowing they will fall in love and have their HEA. Every - single - time. And, of course, that is exactly the reason I love reading this genre, too. Give me a glass of red wine, some dark chocolate, and my computer, whether I am reading or writing, and I will entertain myself for hours. The fact I actually get paid to do it, is Snickers bars on the frosting on the cake.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Book Blitz : Second Chance Marquess by Jessica Jefferson




Second Chance Marquess
by Jessica Jefferson
Genre : Historical Romance

When Wilhemina Turner’s younger sister runs off with a young Lothario, she has no choice but to turn to the notorious rake who broke his promise and her heart, for assistance. George Bartlett, the Marquess of Chesterton, hasn’t forgotten the woman who hurt him so many years ago, but can’t deny her request, knowing that his brother’s reputation, and fortune, is at risk. A series of misfortunes leave the straight-laced widow and committed bachelor stranded, sharing both close quarters and old secrets. But when morning comes, will this unlikely pair find a second chance at love?

Excerpt

“Fine.” He looked away first, turning his attention back to the items he’d collected upon his desk. “If you want to join me, then you may.”

She squared her shoulders and stood a bit straighter having won their duel of wills. “Good.”

Without another word or a single glance, Chesterton left the room.

Not one to be left behind, Wilhelmina hurried after him, through the study and up the stairs.



“Where are we going?” she asked once they’d reached the top, breathless from the burst of activity.



He strode down the corridor, seemingly unaffected by the brisk climb. “To my bedroom.”



She immediately stopped. “Your bedroom? Why ever would we go in there?”



Chesterton turned back to her, one sardonic eyebrow arched high. “To change,” he answered. “You didn’t expect me to head out in this, did you?” He turned and continued toward the room, looking back at her before entering. “Are you coming?” he asked, voice smooth as warm chocolate.

This wasn’t the first time she’d been lured into George’s bedroom. He’d been an earl, the courtesy title bestowed upon him at birth, but more than that, he’d been a gentleman. Apparently, he’d lost that when he’d inherited the Marquisate. His bedroom was no longer an inviting sanctuary, and this invitation was not one of love as it had once been, but a lewd proposition, tenderness replaced by cruelty, as he watched expectantly for her reaction.

“I don’t think that’ll be necessary,” she stuttered, trying in vain to remain calm and collected as he started to untie the sash about his waist holding his robe closed. He let it fall to the ground and the robe opened, revealing his chest and torso in all its naked glory.

And it was indeed glorious.

She quickly averted her glance, whipping her head around and staring attentively at the painting on the wall.

“Is something the matter, Mrs. Turner?”

She was not about to play this game. She didn’t have the time, and he didn’t deserve the enjoyment it would undoubtedly bring him to see her suffer so. And most importantly, she couldn’t play because she knew good and well that she had no chance of winning.


About Author



Jessica Jefferson makes her home in Almost-Chicago with her husband, two young daughters, French bulldog Lulu, and English bulldog Pete. When she's not busy trying to find middle-ground between being a modern career woman and Suzy-Homemaker, she loves to watch "Real Housewives of [insert city here]" and performing unnecessary improvements to her home and property.

Jessica writes Regency-era historical romance with a modern twist where she invites her readers to fall in love with romance again.


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Film review: Moana (2016)


Synopsis:

Moana took a challenging mission to save her island and her peoples. Her island is dying. During her journey, she meets once-mighty demigod Maui. Together they sail across the open ocean, encountering various monsters and impossible odds.

Review:

I like this film. This is beautiful musical animation that you really should watch. This film is not boring and beautiful. I like Moana, she has strong determination and strong will to achieve what she wants.

I like the relationship between Moana and demigod Maui. Their friendship is bittersweet, but at the end they keep supporting each other until Moana finish the task and save her island and her peoples.
This is good movie for kids too, the animation just really beautiful.

My rating: 4/5


Kind regards,

Selene.

Book Tour : A Human Element by Donna Galanti

A Human Element
by Donna Galanti
Genre : Paranormal Suspense

Evil comes in many forms…One by one, Laura Armstrong’s friends and adoptive family members are being murdered, and despite her unique healing powers, she can do nothing to stop it. The savage killer haunts her dreams, tormenting her with the promise that she is next. Determined to find the killer, she follows her visions to the site of a crashed meteorite in her hometown. There, she meets Ben Fieldstone, who seeks answers about his parents’ death the night the meteorite struck. In a race to stop a madman, they unravel a frightening secret that binds them together. But the killer’s desire to destroy Laura face-to-face leads to a showdown that puts Laura and Ben’s emotional relationship and Laura’s pure spirit to the test. With the killer closing in, Laura discovers her destiny is linked to his, and she has two choices—redeem him or kill him.

Excerpt

She planted her feet shoulder-width apart, and facing the woods, commanded its inanimate objects to obey her wishes. Her hands danced in fury as rocks and branches flew through the air toward one another.

She stripped off her sweater and turtleneck, now damp with sweat. The sun hit the lake from the treetops burning off the fog, shooting millions of sparkles across the water toward her. But Laura closed her eyes to the beauty and fought her war with evil.

The sounds of her battle echoed around the lake as wood and stone broke against each other. She was a creature of nature and hypnotized in the darkness of her mind as she fought. She shrieked with bitter triumph.

Then exhaustion overcame her and her rage drained away. She sank to the ground, weeping. The pain of her many losses overcame her. How could she win against something she didn't even know? But she did know one thing. She and this killer had to be connected. Just as she was connected somehow to the man she sensed deep in the earth here all those years ago. She rose up on her knees and threw back her arms wide open in protest, her chest reaching out toward the sky.

"Just come and get me you bastard! I'm ready!" She opened her eyes and squinted from the sunlight now all around her.

"Laura," a voice called softly from behind her.

She jumped up and turned around to see Ben standing by the shoreline. The adrenaline that had surged through her body disappeared. She felt weakness crash over her in waves. She couldn't form words to say. Tears still streamed down her face.

She reached out a hand to him and it shook. She stared at it as if it weren't part of her body and she tottered on her feet. Ben lunged toward her and caught her before she fell.


About Author


Donna Galanti is the author of the paranormal suspense Element Trilogy (Imajin Books -http://www.imajinbooks.com/ ) and the children’s fantasy adventure Joshua and The Lightning Road series (Month9Books -http://www.month9books.com/ ). Donna is a contributing editor for International Thriller Writers the Big Thrill (http://www.thebigthrill.org/) - magazine and blogs with other middle grade authors at Project Middle Grade Mayhem (http://project-middle-grade-mayhem.blogspot.com/search/label/Donna Galanti) . She’s lived from England as a child, to Hawaii as a U.S. Navy photographer. Donna enjoys teaching at conferences on the writing craft and marketing and also presenting as a guest author at elementary and middle schools.

Visit her at www.elementtrilogy.com and www.donnagalanti.com.
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Book Review : New Dawn by Andrew J Morgan



Synopsis : 

When you're 200 trillion miles from home . . . 
With mankind on the brink of economic collapse, a population growing at an unmanageable rate and a limited supply of natural resources, there is only one place we can look to for our future . . . the stars. A deep space mining tug is sent to a planet codenamed New Dawn to begin a mission to relocate humanity.

. . . the only person you can trust . . . is you
The mission falls into chaos when a crewmember dies unexpectedly. Geologist Jake Brooks must keep his wits about him to uncover what really happened—but are the confines of the ship clouding his judgment? Is there really a sinister motive behind the death—and the mission—or is he letting his mind get the better of him? What really awaits him on New Dawn? He must push on to reveal the truth, no matter who or what stands in his way . . .

Review :


At last I managed to finish another book from Mr. Morgan. I can say that this book is better than the first one, even though the first one have better premise. 

I can see that this book is stronger in term of writing style. I don't know how to say it but it was written like diary so maybe that's plus for me. The story actually is very simple. It just that it was quite long and not to the point. The main character is Jake. He is geologist. For some, he looks like wishy washy between wanting to be hero and not. But at the end of the day, he choose to uncover the mystery. To be honest, I still don't understand what the machine suppose to do. Maybe I am too stupid to understand scince fiction jargon. Or maybe the author are just too incoherent with the plot. It was not an easy read if you want to follow the science part. 

One thing I can say is this book is better than Vessel. It has steady pace. Still a long and quite boring story though. But nonetheless one good learning experience about science fiction. The characters are quite ordinary and simple. They are there just for the sake of being there. You don't miss anything bypassing them. The ending is too weak for my liking. There's no wow factor in the ending. It is what it is. I recommend this story for people who  want to read simple story about science fiction because it is not thriller or mystery.

My rating : 3.5 of 5


Regards,
Angela

Sunday, March 19, 2017

One old Sunday

There is one Sunday I remembered I woke up around 7 or 8 in the morning and going to pee and after that going to bed again, clinging to my comfy bed and aircon. I wake up later at 9 am later when the birds my father owned keep chirping and the sun still not really shiny because of my dark blue curtains covered. I turn on my radio, listen of my favorite prambors streaming. I like when my favorite songs in on playing. Later, I go down to dining room, eating whatever my mom and house staffs prepared. After talking and asked what my brother doing that day and feeling full, I go back to my room. Sometimes, I wondered what else I should do that day. I want to hang out with friends, or just chill out at home, reading my novels and listen to radio or just study if there is exam on Monday. I remembered how I both dislike and like when Nicholas Saputra as Prambors radio host. I like to listen to his voice because he is handsome but I dislike how boring he sounds to be.

If I decided to stay home rather than hanging out with friends to mal or bazaar, I listen to radio at my room. If later afternoon, my family was going to take nap, I am going to take nap too. Well I was trying to take nap too. Sometimes I open my blue curtain, I look over the balcony because I stay at level 2 with large windows. I saw sun shining so bright and the trees getting shaken because of winds. I listen to the roof getting bit shaken too because of winds. I love that view and sounds. I keep watching it. It feels just right. It feels the world move so slow and I am at pace with it. Everything in my life just right. I can take nap if I like without so much thoughts going on. My mother and brother were taking nap too or if they prefer doing something else. In my mind, I always think Sunday is time for rest because Monday - Friday, I have busy schedule for school and Extracurricular, I have other course beside my school, my chinese class after school. Saturday, I like to go out with friends or just hanging out alone to Roxy or Citra Land or Megamall to watch movie, gramedia or go to salon to take care my hair or eating outside if I am bored with home food.

What in my minds that time just I like to keep list of what I need to buy like I like new sneaker, new romance novel, new pens for school, new shirt or new jeans or just new bags for school or new magazines. I am pretty contented with my handphone or radio. I used old type of Nokia that time, though my friends always ahead of me used new model of Nokia, but I still used my Nokia 3330. I was happy with what I have. What makes me happy is that I realized I have family surrounded me and good school and friends. Life just simple and right. I did not have to think to what I should eat or What time I should go to market (pasar) to buy food to cook. I did not have to think what time I should wash dishes or clothes. I did not have to think much about what other peoples said, because I know I did the right thing, I did good at school and make my mother proud. I did better than my sister. I have some guys hitting on me. I have girl friends who I loved and loved me back. I am not alone get through life and that just feel right.  I was happy.

What I want to say here that we should appreciate more the times when we were happy. That there maybe times when we forget how to feel happy because we are too long being unhappy until we forget how happy and alive feels like. The feeling of getting to be myself, being myself, own myself. The feeling to be truthful and not faking to impress others. The feeling to just feel worthed without someone you ever loved keep judging and makes you feel unworthy. If I could back to that time, I will appreciate two times more that I have ever been. The times when I was free and no ones bothered me and my minds. I was surrounded by peoples who I allowed to be there for me and I loved them, not by peoples who I don't allowed to be in my life and keep bothering me with their judgement, their self righteousness and their priorities. I feel sucks at those peoples and I want those peoples to be disappeared from my life. But for some reasons, I can't. Those peoples stuck with my life and makes me unhappy. I know it does not sounds right to say that. They happened in my life for some reasons, to make me stronger maybe. Maybe they are there to make me learn that they should not take my happiness and my peace until I allowed them to. But well, they win and I lost to myself.

This is what I called life is like wheel of fortune. There is one time I feel happy and worthed, and now I feel lost and unworthy. I really prayed and hope that oneday I will be live freely and on my own and those peoples who makes my life unhappy disappeared from my life and I don't have to see them anymore. I know it might sound childish in any way, yet I just want to live having my rights to choose what path I want to do with my life and freedom to do whatever I wanted without their bad judgements and interferences. That is all I ever wanted. So, there is one day when I am on my own. not belong to someone else. not their interference. not their decisions.

Oneday, I will live my new Sunday with my old happiness when I am at my pace and get through fine life because I am on the right path and I can choose anything and do anything on my own because I wanted to do it.



Kind regards,


Selene.