#review False Colours by Georgette Heyer 

False Colours is a light historical romance by Georgette Heyer. You can read more about the book at Goodreads.

My review:

I found this book an absolutely enjoyable read. Quite as funny as Cotillion and Friday’s Child by the same author, without the slightly prolonged last part of Friday’s Child. The end was a bit tame, but the whole story went by without the dreaded sagging middle which sometimes creeps in even the brilliant works of Georgette Heyer. All in all, a light hearted and very comedic love story. The shades of grey are very well done in the characters. 

#review Parker Pyne Investigates by Agatha Christie

Parker Pyne Investigates is a collection of short stories featuring the offbeat problem solver Parker Pyne.

 Blurb: The forlorn, the anxious and the puzzled have all beaten a path to Parker Pyne’s office where, armed with just an intuitive knowledge of human nature and a small retinue of talented employees, he turns their fantasies into reality – for a modest fee, payable in advance.

Here’s my take on the book, story by story.

The Case of the Middle-aged Wife: An entertaining read which offers a delightful and lateral view of romance and marriage.

The Case of the Discontented Soldier: Very imaginative with a twist at the end.

The Case of the Distressed Lady: Quite a good twist but not entirely unexpected.

The Case of the Discontented Husband: Left me laughing.

The Case of the City Clerk: Again a lateral view of life. 

The Case of the Rich Woman: More than a twist, this offers you a lens to look at life and happiness in a broader perspective.

Have You Got Everything You Want?: With this story, the direction of the book veers from human puzzles to the more gruesome world of crime. You remain curious till the end.

The Gate of Baghdad: The descriptions are vivid and the twist is believable.  

The House at Shiraz: Good twist but saw it coming.

The Pearl of Price: Entertaining read.

Death on the Nile: I found this the weakest of stories. The motive for the murder was not very satisfactory.

The Oracle at Delphi: Good twist at the end. Enjoyed reading.

All in all, a superb repertoire of mysteries which will keep you hooked to reading. The tone of the book changes midway and I felt it would have been better to have kept the funny stories separate from the crime ones, but still the book doesn’t disappoint at all. Another Christie entertainer.

#review #BathTangle by Georgette Heyer 

Bath Tangle is a historical romance by Georgette Heyer. It features two strong protagonists and a sort of double romance with two secondary characters which are much more likeable than the main characters.

​I really didn’t know how to rate this book. The beginning and the end are so much better than the middle.

First of all, I had a different impression of it than what the book turned out to be. I picked it up, thinking it would be something in the line of a light adventure, maybe similar to the Corinthian. The cover gives the impression of more liveliness than is present in the story. 

*Warning for spoilers ahead.*

The start gives us a different picture of the heroine than what we find as the book progresses. She doesn’t come across as headstrong and bad tempered in the beginning, but soon that image is dispelled. The book becomes dull for a few pages but perks up as the setting changes. 

Serena and Ivo are not very lovable or aspiring protagonists. The plus about the book is they had been depicted with all their faults without any excuses. However, continued clashes and battle of wills just makes the reader tired. The ending provided some insight and of course a lot of romance but I did wonder what sort of life they would have together if they can’t get along with each other. Moreover, they are unlikely to retain many friends either. A romance rather like Wuthering Heights, though a bit mellower.

Another thing I missed was that very little explanation was given for their past. Little or no account why they became engaged or why it failed. It would have helped to understand them better.

The reason I ended up giving four stars was that there was an uplifting feeling in reading Serena’s totally independent nature. She does become aspiring in the sense that she doesn’t care about anyone’s opinion and cuts herself no slack, so to speak. However, it is clear she can do as she pleases because of the license her position and social status gives her, so that takes away any feeling that she has faced any hardships to become what she is. Still it was good to read this sort of female character.

Do you believe in vampires? Guest post by author Maya Tyler

Today I have on my blog, Maya Tyler, paranormal romance author. She’s here to share the truth about researching vampires.

Over to Maya.

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Do you believe in vampires?

Good fiction is believable, introducing the possibility of truth to the reader. How to create believable fiction? An author can use history to authenticate a fictional story. What if there is no basis in reality? My paranormal world—filled with angels, vampires, wizards—is not real and cannot be based on fact. What, other than fact, can be used to persuade a reader to believe?

Vampires are (most likely) fictitious, yet an astounding amount of information exists out there—scores of books, TV shows and movies, and websites—each source with their unique take on this fascinating creature. The sources vary—from true believer to complete skeptic—and are often contradictory. How can a vampire both burn, and walk, in the sunlight? As I looked deeper, I uncovered a compelling world rivalling even our own reality. Still, I faced the dilemma of selecting which combination of traits would make up my vampire—

Marisa’s mind raced… “This is unbelievable.”

“What?” Corgan smirked. “The little you actually know about vampires?”

“For your information, I can tell the difference between truth and the Hollywood version.”

Corgan looked at her with a raised eyebrow.

“I can,” she insisted. “No coffins, blood with healing properties, flying, super speed, super strength, immortal, mind-reading, fortune-telling, death by sun…”

— From A Vampire’s Tale

—and determining the customs, rituals, and laws of this ancient culture.

Research, imagination, and a bit of common sense led to the creation of my vampire, Corgan Halton. I approached the process conservatively, not wishing to re-invent the wheel or introduce new “unbelievable” elements, but to present a clearly defined and realistic being that inspired readers to ask “what if?” And, with that question, to take a leap of faith. Are vampires real? Believe in the impossible.

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Thanks, Maya. Believe in the impossible, indeed. Where paranormal is concerned, possibilities are endless. I’m sure readers are anxious to know something about the book. So here goes.

A Vampire’s Tale

The best laid plans…

Marisa Clements was never satisfied writing the ‘gossip column’ in the local paper and she quit her job to follow her dream of writing fiction. Floundering in an unforgiving industry, she wrote about vampires, a popular subject she considered fascinating but as real as unicorns, to pay the rent. 

Corgan was tired of human misconceptions about vampires and ‘living’ as a vampire. He planned to tell Marisa his story and end his existence. It was no coincidence Corgan selected Marisa to write his story. With the ability to see the future, he knew she would be a major part of it. He knew if they met, she would help him die, but in doing so, she’d be doomed to the same fate. Once they met, their futures would be irrevocably intertwined. 

Corgan began to care for Marisa and finally revealed the truth to her. He admitted his quest to atone for his past sins had put her in grave danger from a nest of revenge seeking vampires. Corgan must claim her for her own protection. But claiming her is not enough, he must ask for help from his wizard friends and his maker in order to destroy his enemy or Marisa will never be safe. 

Available now:

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About the author:

Maya Tyler is a romance author, blogger, wife, and mother. She has a degree in Commerce, but writing is her true passion. Her short story “Just for Tonight” is included in an anthology called With Love from Val and Tyne and her debut paranormal romance novella was Dream Hunter, published in December 2014. Her second paranormal romance novel A Vampire’s Tale released on March 22, 2017. She writes paranormal romance with a twist and all her books have a common theme – happily ever after.

You can find Maya on the web at the following locations:

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#Review The Courage to Love Her Army Doc by Karin Baine

The Courage to Love Her Army Doc by Karin Baine is a medical romance from Harlequin.

The heroine, Dr Emily Clifford is a dedicated medical professional who has been oversensitive about her birthmark all her life because of a bad parent. Her failed marriage makes her even more emotionally scarred. She seeks refuge at a beautiful Fijian island where she takes her medical skills but is surprised to find another doctor already there. Dr. Joe Braden has his own personal demons to fight.

One of the hallmarks of the book is that it is thoroughly researched. The medical and cultural backgrounds are firmly blended together to form a realistic picture. I liked the portion about dengue and what the author put in as dengue remedies because the disease and the remedies are quite prevalent in India and shows how much thought author has put in the research.

Emily is vulnerable yet strong. Damaged hero Jason is worth drooling over. Both are confused by their mutual attraction and even more complicating is when her brother comes to learn of it. The author has handled it sensitively. When they get stranded on the island, Jason’s determination yet uncertainty about saving them from storm makes him very human. Emily learns new strengths as the book progresses and how she overcomes her weak self image forms the crux of discovering romance.

All in all, a well written and tender romance.

Book under Spotlight: Who Shall I be Today by Sunita Saldhana #TheBookClub

 

Blurb
 
Who Shall I Be Today?
 
A woman can never be “just” a woman. She is a million people in one person. 
 
“Who shall I be today?” is a collection of poems that delves into what makes up a woman. It talks of a mother’s love and fears; a woman’s search for herself; the yearnings of the heart for that someone special. It tells of the hurt and pain that love brings, and the courage to pick up the pieces and start over again.
 
You will find tears and smiles, pain and pride. You will find fear and courage, nostalgia and anticipation. You will find woman in all her avatars.
 
“Who shall I be today” by Sunita Saldhana is something written from the heart. It is a celebration of womanhood. It is guaranteed to touch the soul of every woman who reads it.
 
 
Grab your copy @
 
 
About the author
 
 
“I am a writer and a trainer. I have been writing for more than 35 years now. Besides writing for my own blog, sunitasaldhana.com, and thequillofthephoenix.wordpress.com.  
 
At “The Know & Grow Learning Centre”, I conduct creative writing workshops and courses as well as work with kids and adults on their life skills.
 
I enjoy working with special kids and empowering them with skills to overcome their hurdles and to reach their full potential.
 
Right now I am a retired mom, with both my kids flown from the nest and I am working on publishing a book of my poems.
 
You can stalk her @
           

 

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#Review #HisChristmasSurprise by Kaffeinated Konversations

​Thanks to Kaffeinated Konversations for a fabulous, heartfelt review by the lovely Kavita Singh

“His Christmas Surprise is a romantic novel penned by Summerita Rhayne. It is beautifully wrapped with warmth. It isn’t flashy or tacky but the story grows on you as the characters channel their personalities into realizing love.”

Read the full review here:

http://www.kaffeinatedkonversations.com/his-christmas-surprise/

Download a sample of the book:

Or read initial chapters at Wattpad:

http://my.w.tt/UiNb/TUK2g6ZjSC