Friday, February 28, 2014

Review: One Exquisite Night In Paris

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Hello fellow readers! Welcome to my stop on the tour for One Exquisite Night in Paris hosted by Pump Up Your Book


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Title: One Exquisite Night in Paris
Author: Andre Phillip-Hautecoeur
Publisher: Hautecoeur Press
Published: November 30 2013
Source: Received from author in exchange for honest review
Format: Paperback
Pages: 198
My Rating: 3 Stars
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Syopsis:
It’s a real story. A boy-meets-girl version of a girl-meets-boy story where she’s from Paris and doesn’t speak any English, while he’s from New York and speaks no French, and they only have one amazing thing in common. It’s a story for all who have yet to experience the most amazing night of their lives; a night impossible to live anywhere else but Paris…purposefully the most wonderfully enchanting city in the entire world. Enchantment, fantasy, luxury and fairytale all converge in only two places; once in our dreams and once when our dreams meet Paris. It all distills into one perfect night; "the most amazing night of your life" creating a perfect memory which lasts, and lasts forever. Everyone should live the perfect fantasy of “One Exquisite Night in Paris."

Melissa's Musings:

My first thought on this book is that the writing style is certainly unique. It doesn't so much tell a story as weave bits and pieces of the author's journey of his relationship with his wife together. At first I was bothered by the style, because it didn't feel concrete. As I kept reading I got used to it, and rather enjoyed the uniqueness of it.

The book dealt a lot with the struggle to bridge cultural gaps, which can be difficult in any mutlinational relationship. I can relate on a small level given that I am from the US and my fiance is Canadian, but I'm quite thankful that we don't have the language barrier that the author and his wife did. It put a major strain on their relationship and caused some problems. At the same time, I enjoyed the details the author used to demonstrate how love transcends language. You can tell in his descriptions of their first meeting that this was truly a love at first sight encounter.

The book had a first person perspective, but I also felt that I got enough of Eff, and Prisce's opinions and views on things that I didn't feel that the book was lacking in that regard. I have to admit that I did not realize that this was a true story until after I started reading it. I don't think it changed my reading of the story all that much, but it certainly does explain the unique writing style.

As I mentioned previously, the book jumps around a lot. First they are celebrating one thing or another with a fine meal or at a restaurant in New York. Then the author is describing the beauty and history of Paris. Anyone who wants a story that centers around historical events and descriptions of Paris will love this book. The author's enthusiasm and love of Paris is also quite apparent in his descriptions and fascination with creating the "One Exquisite Night in Paris" 

To be honest I felt kind of let down by the fact that there was all this buildup to the "One Exquisite Night in Paris." I felt like I had already gotten enough of the French scene in the author's descriptions of his own experiences and the interpretations of his experiences in Paris with his wife. In that respect, I wish that the story had focused even more on Eff's adjustment to life in New York, and their adjustment to finally being together.

While quest for the perfect night in Paris was a bit of a letdown for me personally, I did enjoy the overall story. It was refreshing to see the story told in such a bold, precise, sure way. I would definitely recommend this book.

About the Author:

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Andre Phillip-Hautecoeur defines himself as, “…not a writer really.” He simply had an 

urge to write something about Paris.

It’s the city exactly at the intersection of romance, history, fantasy and enchantment; 

everyone faces Paris in some form of a dream. He came to know and love Paris hanging 

onto the hem of his wife’s skirt. She’s Parisian, she’s everything French without 

constraint; she makes understanding all of Parisness a pleasure. An understanding which 

made him want to write.

Together they make home between New York and Paris. Shuttling back and forth 

continues to be the ultimate dream.

His latest book is the contemporary romance, One Exquisite Paris Night.


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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Guest Post: The Curse of the Overactive Imagination by Gwen Knight

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Hello Fellow readers!

Welcome to my stop on the tour for A Hunter's Passion a paranormal romance by Gwen Knight, hosted by Pump Up Your Book. Read on to find out more about the author, the book and some of the downfalls to having an overactive imagination.


The Curse of the Overactive Imagination
By Gwen Knight

Writing is my life, but there are certainly some downfalls with this particular pastime. The first that comes to mind is ‘the curse of the overactive imagination’.
There have been many nights that I have frightened myself while reading. My particular genre of choice is the paranormal. I love the mystery and that magic, but more so, I love the danger and excitement. Anything can happen from the summoning of a demon to being savaged by a werewolf. I have read books that have had me cowering under the blankets in my bedroom, afraid to so much as breathe. My overactive imagination runs rampant. Is there something hiding under my bed? Or in my closet? I attempt to reassure myself that my two manly dogs would risk life and limb to protect me. But then my imagination takes me even further...what if they are scared, and when that dreaded monster pops out of my closet, take off running?

Recently, I read a story about a demon possession, and the hairs on the back of my neck stood on end. I was afraid to enter my bedroom because, well, what if there was a demon in there right now, just waiting to get me alone?

Right now, you might be wondering what this has to do with being a writer. For me, I’ve found that even writing about these scary situations can work me up. One memory comes to mind. It was late at night and I was writing a chilling scene with a vampire and a demon, and my black-as-night cat jumped into my lap. So engrossed by the scene, I screamed. Poor beast blinked his green eyes up at me and I could just see him thinking that his owner was insane. I feel bad for anyone that lives with me.

What about you? If you’re a writer, do you find your imagination as active as mine? Does reading have such a powerful hold on you? I’d love to hear some funny anecdotes from your own life.


About the Book:

A Hunter's Passion
Title: A Hunter’s PassionAuthor: Gwen KnightPublisher: HarlequinPages: 55
Genre: Paranormal RomanceFormat: Paperback & eBook

Synopsis:
Ryker Bennett has dedicated his life to hunting down—and eliminating—creatures of the dark. But his latest assignment has him questioning everything he's ever believed in. Jenna Sinclair may be a witch, but she's also the only woman Ryker has ever loved
Jenna thought leaving Ryker two years ago would save him from having to choose between their forbidden love and his sworn duty. But when he tracks her down, it's clear the desire between them burns as hot as ever—and that they'll have to walk through the flames to be together….


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About The Author: 

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Canadian girl Gwen Knight first began to delve into the realm of the paranormal at the age of ten, when she wrote her first horror starring a clawed monster that hid beneath her bed. Since then, her tastes have expanded into many genres. Though addicted to reading and writing, she managed to achieve a degree in archaeology, geography, and mapping. Currently, she lives in the Great White North with her husband, two collies, and black cat. She loves meeting new people and you can visit her website at www.gwenknight.ca, facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GwenKnightx, or twitter https://twitter.com/GwenKnightx.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

ARC Review: Broken Truce


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Title: Broken Truce
Author: D.D. Chant
Series: Broken City #2
Publisher: Self Published
Published:  February 1, 2014
Source: Received from Author in exchange for an honest review
Format: Document format
Pages: 342
My Rating: 3 Stars

Synopsis:
Life isn't turning out the way that Deeta thought it would. With the Lewises defeated and peace between the tribes, she'd believed that the dark times were in the past.
However troubles between the tribes continue and the Andak council has selected Tom as their ambassador and chief spokesman to the other tribes.
Deeta knows that there is still much resentment against the Andak, that Tom is in danger every time he leaves the safety of Andak city.
Struggling with her own complicated feelings against the tribe that she is now a part of, Deeta tries to ignore the changing attitudes growing within her.
Then Tom is betrayed and with the whole City thrown into great danger, Deeta finds that reality can't be ignored forever..

Melissa's Musings:

The book starts out with us finding out that Tom and Deeta are now married, as are Jan and Tom's brother (one of many) Ryder. There is a fragile truce between the tribes as they struggle to rebuild and possibly find peace in their broken world. But, they are being threatened by a tribe who is not happy with Andak rule.

There is a lot of banter between the characters throughout the book. Deeta and Tom, Jan and Ryder, and Deeta and Jan all have good ebb and flow of banter within each of their relationships. I liked it as a tool to break up the action and serious points, but toward the end of the book it did feel like it was starting to wear  somewhat thin.

The main focus of the book felt to me to be the action between the tribes and how Jan, Tom and Deeta all get caught up right in the middle of it. The book is very fast paced, so anyone who likes a page turner will enjoy this.

The familial relationships and friendships still feel somewhat confusing to me, even with the background of having read the first book in this series. I just feel that there are too many relationships and too many brothers and uncles etc. to keep them all straight. I like that the author is promoting the strength (or in some cases lack thereof) of family bonds, but I think this could have been more simply executed.

The dialogue felt a little, lax in some places. It felt too informal, so I couldn't really get into the story quite as much. But I also think it worked in some spots, just in terms of the personality of the characters. I'm not sure if I really like this element or not. 

Overall, this is a solid story, and I'm interested to see how it will end.