Sunday, 31 July 2016

It Has Arrived!


Thank you, Liberty Books 󾔃. You said 31st July and you meant it. The book was waiting for me when I returned home from the launch party. <3 More about the party shortly.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Giveaway - The Devil's Prayer

The Devil's Prayer - Luke Gracias



"Win one of eight signed paperback copies of The Devil's Prayer.
Genre: Historical horror thriller.
Giveaway ends: 26th August"

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar... and Teach You Philosophy Through Jokes

This book was a lot of fun. Here are some of my favorite parts:
"Then, each month, you'll receive a new set of commandments. Cancel anytime and keep the first set, absolutely free."

On Free Will
When asked whether he believed in free will, twentieth-century novelist Isaac Bashevis Singer replied, tongue-in-cheek, "I have no choice."

On Ethics
Sorting out what's good and bad is the province of ethics. It is also what keeps priests, pundits, and parents busy. Unfortunately, what keeps children and philosophers busy is asking the priests, pundits, and parents, "Why?"

On the Golden Rule that is a part of most religions:
Similar considerations led English playwright George Bernard Shaw to wryly rewrite the golden rule: "Do not do unto others as you would have others do unto  you; they may have different taste."

On Ethical Dilemmas
Although I'm happy in my current job, having recently received a promotion (I'm the new Thane of Cawdor), that's not enough for my wife who is eager for me to get ahead. I'm not saying I lack ambition, but I am reluctant to do what it takes to climb higher -- the long hours, the bloody murders. And yet, don't I have a special obligation to consider my wife's desires? We are, after all, a family.

MacBeth, Scotland
Ethical Meat Shoppe. Animals that died naturally.

On Philosophy of Law
A lawyer sends a note to a client: "Dear Frank: I thought I saw you downtown yesterday. I crossed the street to say hello, but it wasn't you. One-tenth of an hour: $50."

On Relativity of World Views
The twentieth-century American philosopher W.V.O. Quine wrote that our worldview is relative to our native language, a framework we are unable to climb out for a different perspective. 

'We won't publish your book 'The Life of a mayfly: An Autobiography' because it's only a page long!'

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

A Tag Team Giveaway Event – Suicide Lake by Ashley Fontainne @AshleyFontainne

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Suicide Lake - Ashley Fontainne, Sara Morsey, RMSW Press

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Welcome to a Tag Team Tag Team Event & Giveaway!


This is where myself (Sherry at fundinmental) and Laura at fuonlyknew tag team authors and their books.


We share our reviews and giveaways, giving you two views and two chances to win!




I am a huge fan of Ashley Fontainne’s and I am always eagerly awaiting whatever she comes up with next. That being said…check out Suicide Lake and the fantastic giveaway at the end of the post.


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Ashley Fontainne is a MUST READ bestselling author, to me, so…when Suicide Lake came up for grabs, I was all over it! I like a little romance with my murder, so Suicide Lake held all the must haves for me. Another hit not to be missed for all mystery/thriller readers.


Poor Renee.


Such a dark and dismal life. She has finally given up. As I read about her, I thought I might even be tempted to walk out on that beautiful dock, check out the heavily polluted water, think about all the suicides that have happened before…and dived in myself.

Ironic that a dead body would save her.


The small town must have a “dick” for a sheriff. Isn’t that mandatory? LOL


I get angry for her. It’s not like she doesn’t try. No education, bad situations and  bad choices can take control of our lives, don’t you think? I am very suspicious when she is offered a job at the mayor’s office.


Ashley Fontainne has a way of stringing me along, letting me become complacent, thinking all is good…then BAM…she kicks my teeth in… my heart beats faster and fear and suspense build to an almost unmanageable level. Her endings are the cherry on top of the sundae.


My only complaint…I am so spoiled by her novels that start with action at a fever pitch and go from beginning to end, fell a little flat in Suicide Lake. The first half of the novel seemed a bit slow and not up to her usual standards. Could this be me? Could it be my mood at the time of reading? Does that ever happen to you?


Doesn’t matter, Ashley Fontainne and Suicide Lake rocked and I expected no less.


I received a copy of Suicide Lake from Ashley Fontainne in return for an honest review.

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Sunday, 24 July 2016

9 Reasons Why You Never Forget Your First Subscription Box, Especially If It Happens To Be Booksy!

When I found out that subscription books were available in Pakistan, I was ecstatic. This is something that so many readers have endlessly waited for. Add to that they are also affordably priced and I was in heaven.

Booksy happens to be the first book subscription that I signed up for. I have waited until now to rave about it because I wanted to be sure that they could deliver a second time. I also wanted to see if how I felt about it was not partially based on the fact that it was my first. It isn't!

Here are some reasons why I have fallen in love with this service and will continue to order:
  1. It is not only affordable, it happens to be one of the most reasonably priced boxes out there. It costs you 1500PKR. You will find other services that cost anywhere from between 2000-3500.
  2. It focuses on the book as all book subscription boxes rightly should. The copy that you get is not only good quality but,
  3. They also offer you choices between genres to choose from. To my knowledge, they are the only box service that currently offers that option. For June, they offered a choice between not two but five genres!

  4. They do not limit the books to the YA genre and I cannot stress enough how much I appreciate this.
  5. I chose the dystopian and ended up with something that I absolutely loved. The book also features on so many lists on feminist literature and is one of the popular ones.


    I simply lost it when I saw the book they chose! Here is a picture of my copy:

6. The accessories are fun, of sufficiently good quality, and fun to collect. I especially loved the coloring book since I am a sucker when it comes to them. Here is what else I got in the June box:

7. They come up with ways to keep things fresh. One of the attractions for the July box were the genres:


Then there was this other little attractive offer:

Hey any book services that pushes classics is alright with me! lol

Finally, there was also this:

8. Once you sign up with them, you do not have to keep signing up for every month. There are no complications and you will get your order every month unless you unsubscribe.
9. The service will text you on the day your box will be arriving, so that you know when to expect it.

Needless to say, I ordered the July box and this is what I was sent:

I also got a sort of a journal and loved the hard work that was put into it. Each page contains a writing prompt that can be used to get the creative juices a-flowing. This is what it looks like:


The other thing that I absolutely went gaga over was the choice of book. Since I had chosen comedy, this is what I ended up with:

Like I told a friend, you cannot go wrong with P.G.Wodehouse!

Lastly, there were the writings that were chosen by Booksy to be a part of their boxes:
I am going to cheat and only put up pictures of the one that I wrote lol

What the service can improve:

a. The box itself. For now, it looks quite drab and understated. If they are going to compete with the other fancy brands out there, they will need to work on the packaging.
b. Notebooks. I have received notebooks for two months now and would like something different included in the box next month. It does not matter what it is as long as it is not a notebook!

Looks like I have gone Booksy and am staying that way. They haven't started taking orders for August yet, so you might want to keep an eye out for when they do. Trust me, you won't regret it. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Monday, 18 July 2016

How John Taylor Surprised Me With His Beliefs About Good and Evil -- A Review of Paths Not Taken (Nightside #5)


My Thoughts

The first instance ever that I read the words jet-black describing the MC's mom's hair. The thing with jet-black is that while I have heard it used quite often in my family, I haven't heard it or read it anywhere else. We use it to describe a shade of black darker than black and shiny. Maybe I found this word because this book was written by a British author and not an American one. Could be that this word is one of the vestiges left behind by the British from their time in the Subcontinent.

New word learned: Suppurate
When I looked it up, it meant:

I also made the mistake of searching for images associated with this word. My advice to you? Never be that stupid! *shudders for the tenth time*

"...Lilith frowned, concentrating, and spoke another Word. ...Lilith gave birth to the Nightside through a single effort of Will and determination."

I don't know about the other religions but in Islam, when God wanted to create the world, He spoke one word. He said, "Be" and so the world was. Which is why, it was unsurprising that the scene with Lilith's creation of Nightside seemed quite familiar.

Some parts of the book read beautifully. A few of my favorites, with some background for reference, follow:

"Because Good and Evil and consequences have a way of creeping in, whenever people get together." That is why, according to John, Lilith seeks to destroy the Nightside she created.

According to the angels who show up, they take forms that human minds can comprehend. The pair in question shows up when the MCs go back to a time when humans had yet to be born.
 "Neither angel had much of a personality, as such. Presumably that would come later, after centuries of interaction with Humanity."

"To stay would be contrary to our orders," said Gabriel. "And in many ways, we are our orders.
This is pretty close to what I have been taught about angels.

"I couldn't let her die because of something she hadn't done yet and might never do.... Making decisions like this is what Humanity is for."

There was a whole bit at the end about Good and Evil that I found really fun to read. It fit in nicely with my mood these days since I was also reading Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes at that time.

What was just a teensy bit off-putting was the romance between John and Suzie Shooter. 

Since I had done some snooping before, I did know that it was going to happen. It isn't that they don't make a good couple either. 

I guess it still managed to surprise me.  

The trademark humor was a part of this book in the series too but it was still darker than the previous ones. A favorite scene with the unflappable Cathy:

"Oh, Security!" said Cathy. A closet door I hadn't noticed before sprang open, and a huge and impressively hairy hand shot out of the closet and wrapped itself firmly around both the invading Eamonns. They struggled fiercely against the great gripping fingers, but with their arms pinned to their sides, they were both quite helpless. They shouted and cursed until I strolled over and gave them both a brisk warning slap round the back of the head. A thought struck me, and I looked back at Cathy. "Can I ask what's on the other end of this thing's arm?" "I find it best not to ask questions like that," Cathy said, and I had to agree with her.
I did enjoy returning to Nightside. Can't wait to read the next one!

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Today I Bring You an Expression of Dinosaur Love, Information on How Dinosaurs Sounded, and More About a New Release!

If you remember my review of Dinosaur Lords, then you might recall the bit on Titans. While the author did not mention the name of the species, they did mention:

"They had no voices: they couldn't force cries down the tremendous length of their necks."

As I mentioned in that review:
That got me to start looking up animals without a voice and most links mentioned Giraffes. However, San Diego Zoo says Giraffes do have vocal cords but they make a limited number of sounds with them.

Well, today I came across an article on IFL Science titled, Dinosaurs May Have Been Cooing To Each Other! According to a new study, the "some dinosaurs might have been mumblers, and cooed with their mouth shut rather than bellowed. Think giant dove, only with gnashing teeth."

What will become of the iconic last roars that signal the end of Jurassic Park movies, I thought! Luckily, I read ahead and found this:

"...the ability to make squeaks and squawks without opening the bill has actually evolved separately more than 16 times in the group that contains... dinosaurs. This means that it is quite likely that at least some of the creatures that are often depicted as roaring and shouting were really making far more understated coos and chirrups.

Some I can live with!  Back to the description of Titans and how their neck-size prevents them from making noises, as mentioned in the book. However, according to the article, close-mouth vocalizations are more probable for most large-sized dinosaurs due to the size-dependency and the amount of lung pressure it would take for inflation of an elastic cavity. Spielberg has wrecked us forever. If we ever manage to make one relive, we'd probably end up nitpicking it back to extinction!

In other news, the sequel to Dinosaur Lords, is already out! Here is the cover:

A guest post from the author on Del Rey and Spectra yielded this nugget:

I build my dinosaurs according to the best paleontological information I can find. Theropods –mostly carnivorous bipeds like T. rex and Deinonychus – all have feathers, at some stage of their lives. Big plant eaters like Triceratops, Parasaurolophus, and of course monstrous sauropods like Diplodocus and (yay! she’s back!) Brontosaurus, mostly do not. And Velociraptor is the size of a coyote, not a bald monster as big as a grown man.

Go here for your book excerpt. And to get much awaited for answers, visit this blog. The one that I found most useful was this one:

Anything else you would like readers to know about the world of The Dinosaur Lords and the new book, The Dinosaur Knights?
A few things:
  1. It’s not set on Earth.  Not Earth past, not Earth present, not Earth future, not alt.Earth.  It’s set on a planet called Paradise.  
  2. Paradise is a whole world, with a world’s worth of widely differing environments, ecological and cultural.  What you see in this (first, I hope) trilogy is a slice of both.  It’s far from the whole thing, although you catch glimpses of other lands and societies.
  3. Dinosaurs (and pterosaurs, and marine reptiles) are animals.  Like the animals we know, some are pretty smart and some are pretty dumb.  I used to use the high concept, The Renaissance, with dinosaurs, until I realized that suggested raptors with ruffs and rapiers.  Nope, nope, nope. (And thanks again to that mysterious GRRM fellow for providing the perfect capsule summary!  Yeah, it’s right there on the cover.)
  4. It’s a playground for me to tell the stories I most want to read.  If the thought of knights, or samurai, or various indigenous warriors riding dinosaurs to battle appeal to you, you might want to read ’em too.  Everyone’s invited!
  5. I have an unhealthy fondness for numbered lists.

    I followed the blog tour and found out
    the author's favorite dinosaur happens to be the Triceratops, the three books he'd take to a deserted island would be:
    1) Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
    2) The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
    3) Raft Building and Provisioning for Protracted Ocean Voyages
    and he also held an AMA session on Reddit! In the session, he mentions that there will be at least 4 more books in the series. So excited! There was something about a giveaway but sadly, it was not open to readers outside of US/Can and I live right on the other side of the world!


Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Free Ebooks (7-12-14)

Reblogged from: Krissys Bookshelf Reviews

The Keys of the Watchmen on Kindle

The Keys of the Watchmen by Kathleen C. Perrin: While visiting France’s Mont Saint Michel, Katelyn Michaels is confronted by two mysterious young men: Nicolas from the 15th century who insists she is the key to saving the Mount, and Abdon, a malicious fallen angel who will stop at nothing to uncover the Mount’s sacred secret and prevent Katelyn from fulfilling her destiny as a Watchman.

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Strangely, Incredibly Good on Kindle

Strangely, Incredibly Good by Heather Grace Stewart: From the author of the kindle bestselling romantic comedy, The Ticket: Cat Glamour has just divorced and wants to lose weight for her high school reunion. The last thing she expects is for a modern genie to pop out of her Wii, offering her a chance at a new life…and maybe even love. A “quirky, unusual, touching” story of one woman’s adventure into self-love.

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Copper King on Kindle

Copper King by Vivian Arend: Jim, billionaire werebear, is in Las Vegas for a friendly competition with his best friend. There he meets Lillie, another bear shifter, and in one short week the two will realize that a sexy Vegas fling has so much potential.

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Reborn: Vampire Blood Courtesan Romance on Kindle

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Damnation on Kindle

Damnation by Anna Lowe: Behind the doors of the Blue Moon Saloon, alpha shifters confront their darkest fears and their deepest desires. A bear shifter and a stubborn she-wolf: he hasn’t forgotten her, and she hasn’t forgiven him.

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Haunted Ground on Kindle

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Kiss of a Stranger on Kindle

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Bentley (Hawthorne Borhters Romance) on Kindle

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Love on the Rocks by Kay Harris: Dani is a park ranger on the road, escaping her past and in search of adventure. On the way she meets two men attractive men, Hank Tolk and Sean Rush. Their connection isn’t instant, but a disaster drives her to one of them. Can she overcome her past to find a better future?

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Storm Damages by Magda Alexander: Promising law student Elizabeth Watson didn’t plan to fall in lust that scorching hot summer day. And yet, that’s exactly what she did. She risks everything to be with beautiful, brilliant Gabriel Storm. But she can’t walk away. Because all she cares about is the way she feels when she’s in his arms.

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A Promise Of HOme by Wendy Vella: Branna O’Donnell is uncertain what she’ll find when she returns to her hometown, the source of so many conflicting memories. She soon finds a complication in Jake McBride, a Doctor who returned from Iraq angry at the world. There’s an attraction, but it may result in more pain than either can take…

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Darkness Watching on Kindle

Darkness Watching by Emma L. Adams: College student Ashlyn’s normal life shatters when she finds out she can see into the Darkworld, the home of spirits — and the darkness is staring out. Caught between sorcerers who offer her answers and keeping her ordinary friends safe from the supernatural dangers shadowing her every move, it’s up to Ash to uncover the truth and save those she loves.

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Miss Landon and Aubranael on Kindle

Miss Landon and Aubranael by Charlotte E. English: An impoverished gentlewoman of England, Miss Landon’s hopes are few. Disfigured among the beauteous Fae, Aubranael is outcast and alone. Their meeting changes everything.

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Gargoyle Knight on Kindle

Gargoyle Knight by William Massa: Man by day, gargoyle by night. A cursed warrior-king awakens in modern day New York to battle an ancient evil.

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Black Moon Sing on Kindle

Black Moon Sing by L. M. Hawke: Ellery Chee’s shifter community is under threat by a dark force, a dark force she was trying to root out when she was banished for suspected use of witchcraft. Outcast and alone, can the coyote shifter save them all by herself?

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Creation (Technopia Book 1) on Kindle

Creation (Technopia Book 1) by Greg Chase: Sam Anderson needs to escape Earth at any cost. So what if his only out is employment with pirates. Repairing a ship computer is a small price for a ticket to the lawless Kuiper Belt.

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Pianist in a Bordello on Kindle

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Living Your Best Life: Self-Coaching Conversations on Kindle

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A Plague of Shadows by Travis Simmons: Abagail has caught the shadow plague, the most feared illness in the entire world. To save herself and the lives of those she loves, she runs from home to find the only person who can teach her control over the plagues dark magic. Will Abagail find help before she loses herself to the plague?

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Dating the Villain on Kindle

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Adventures in Funeral Crashing on Kindle

Adventures in Funeral Crashing by Milda Harris: Sixteen year old Kait Lenox crashes a funeral and winds up investigating a murder mystery with the hottest boy in school.

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A Rainy Day In Hell on Kindle

A Rainy Day In Hell by Shawn Cameron: Robin was attacked by a group of rednecks in the Louisiana, and the police do nothing to help her. With nowhere else to turn for justice, she finds a voodoo witch, one who summons a werewolf to be Robin’s wrathful retribution.

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Sinner on Kindle

Sinner by John Raptor: A killer is targeting prostitutes in Chicago, and FBI Agent James Harris has seen each of them in his mind. Stranger still, the culprit knows Agent Harris’s secret sin. The killer believes that he and James are bound souls, and requires both a confession from James and a private meeting. If he refuses, he may lose his wife and child.

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THE SNAIL WHO FORGOT THE MAIL by Sigal Adler: The snail mailman forgot the mail, much to the anger of the monster king. Frustrated, the king shows just how he feels about the situation. Will the forest monster king learn his lesson?

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Hooray, We're 10 on Kindle

Hooray, We’re 10 by Sigal Adler: Numbers One and Zero are feeling inferior, and beneath the numbers Two up to Nine…until they realize that together they make TEN. An enjoyable story that will help little ones grasp the importance of teamwork.

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WHO ATE MY SANDWICH? by Sigal Adler: Uncle Jake was a busy man who liked to spend days off resting. On his birthday, his family comes to celebrate. Uncle Jake would like to watch football instead, but invites them all the same. After cake, Uncle Jake finds they’ve given him a surprising gift…

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Catch a Robber on Kindle

Catch a Robber by Gloria Repp: Pibbin, smallest of treefrogs, takes on a big challenge! His friend, Skitter, is in jail, and the rabbits demand proof that she didn’t steal their necklace. Pibbin sets off to track down the robber, hoping he won’t run into the monster of Shadow Swamp. But he does.

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