Friday, October 3, 2014

The Shiro Project by David Khara - Promo Post

Hi Everyone,

I will be part of this tour and able to give you my opinion on this thriller on november 15th. 
Until then, enjoy the synopsis and some informations about the author and the translator.
See you on november 15!

Lucie


The Shiro Project

[thriller]
by David Khara
(translated by Sophie Weiner)
 Release date: November 18, 2014
at Le French Book
250 pages
ISBN: 978-1939474247
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SYNOPSIS

When yesterday’s enemies become today’s best allies and when mankind seems on the verge of repeating the errors of the past, what can a lone man do against the madness that is bound to follow? After his mentor is kidnapped, a Mossad agent teams up with his worst foe, but first must face himself. He is enlisted against his will in a fight that’s not his own and takes him from present-day Czech Republic to past Manchuria. He has to put an end to the activities of a mysterious group who have gotten their hands on weapons of mass destruction. What do Japanese war camps, US Army research and an annihilated modern-day Czech village all have in common? [provided by the publisher]
The book contains some violence
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


French author David Khara, a former reporter, top-level sportsman, and entrepreneur, has always been a writer.
After studying law, he stepped into journalism working for Agence France Press,
and then became creative director for several advertising companies.
He loves new technologies and started his own company at the age of twenty-four,
becoming an online business pioneer for French industries.
He then focused his life on writing fiction.
In 2010, he published The Bleiberg Project, which became an immediate success in France.

David Khara is also an accomplished athlete in fencing and rubgy, and he even played football as a linebacker.
He acknowledges that his culture is a much American as it is French, since he spent a lot of time in West Virginia and Manhattan,
and is an avid fan of writers such as Dennis Lehane.
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 ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR

Sophie Weiner is a freelance translator and book publishing assistant from Baltimore, Maryland. After earning degrees in French from Bucknell University and New York University, Sophie went on to complete a master’s in literary translation from the Sorbonne, where she focused her thesis on translating wordplay in works by Oulipo authors. She has translated and written for web-based companies dedicated to art, cinema, and fashion as well as for nonprofit organizations. Growing up with Babar, Madeline, and The Little Prince, Sophie was bitten by the Francophile bug at an early age, and is fortunate enough to have lived in Paris, Lille, and the Loire Valley.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

COVER REVEAL: WELCOME TO SERPENT'S KISS BY SHERRI HAYES

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Title: Serpent’s Kiss
Genre: Erotic Romance
Author: Sherri Hayes

Expected publication: December 4, 2014

SYNOPSIS
After losing her husband unexpectedly, Katrina Mayer decided to open Serpent’s Kiss. She wanted it to be a place where she and her fellow kinksters could play and socialize.

Five years after the doors opened, the club is everything she’d hoped it would be. On Friday and Saturday nights, Serpent’s Kiss is filled with men and women who share a similar desire to explore the pleasures BDSM has to offer. The club has continued to grow, and over the years, many of its members have become friends.

The one thing Katrina didn’t expect when she’d decided to open a club was the human drama that came with it. Learning to balance her life as the club mistress has taken some getting used to, but she wouldn’t change a thing.


AUTHOR
Sherri spent most of her childhood detesting English class. It was one of her least favorite subjects because she never seemed to fit into the standard mold. She wasn’t good at spelling, or following grammar rules, and outlines made her head spin. For that reason, Sherri never imagined becoming an author.
71a8706b1176a738beed03e0856a5345.jpgAt the age of thirty, all of that changed. After getting frustrated with the direction a television show was taking two of its characters, Sherri decided to try her hand at writing an alternate ending, and give the characters their happily ever after. By the time the story finished, it was one of the top ten read stories on the site, and her readers were encouraging her to write more.

Six years later, Sherri is the author of six full-length novels, and one short story. Writing has become a creative outlet for Sherri that allows her to explore a wide range of emotions, while having fun taking her characters through all the twists and turns she can create. She is most well known for her Finding Anna series about a young woman rescued from being a sex slave by a wealthy Dominant. The third book in that series, Truth, released July 25, 2013.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

HAPPILY EVER AFTER BY ELIZABETH MAXWELL

Synopsis 
In this witty, sexy tale, an erotic novelist meets the fictional hero of her most recent book in real life, and must decide whether she wants to get him back between the pages—or between her sheets.


At forty-six, Sadie Fuller’s life isn’t exactly romantic. A divorced, overweight, somewhat sexually frustrated mother of an eleven-year-old, she lives in the suburbs, shops the big box stores, makes small talk with her small-minded neighbors, and generally leads a quiet life. But while her daughter is at school, or when Sadie is up late at night, she writes erotic fiction under the name KT Briggs.

Then, during a routine shopping trip, Sadie runs into someone familiar…too familiar, in fact. She encounters an incredibly handsome man exactly like the one in her imagination—and her latest novel. 

Is Aidan Hathaway really one of her characters? And if so, what is he doing in Target? As Sadie tries to negotiate this strange new world, her eyes begin to open to romantic possibilities in places she never dreamed of looking... places where Happily Ever After might not be so far-fetched after all.

Reactions
Quite honestly, it's the synopsis that attracted me. I wanted a fun story and the idea of ​​characters coming out of a novel to materialize in real life, it is often a reader fantasy. So why not? 
I thought I would have an incredible dose of unexpected but not as much as this chaos.

I admit I was a little disappointed. There are too many elements in this story and it brings a sense of mess and confusion. There is a love story, fantasy, magic spells... As for the characters, difficult to create a bond when you are asking yourself wtf... 
Note that I'm not saying it's bad. It's messy and the novel goes in all directions. 
Even the love story is strange.

So, it's complicated to get involved and to enjoy and relax when we wonder where we are going. 
Yet, this book has potential. The author has a lot of imagination and energy and the writing is good. A little bit more of structure and the plot would have been great in my humble opinion.




HAPPILY EVER AFTER 
BY ELIZABETH MAXWELL  

Traduction du synopsis
Dans ce conte enjoué et sexy, une romancière érotique rencontre, dans la vie réelle, le héros fictif de son livre le plus récent, et doit décider si elle veut le faire revenir entre les pages ou entre ses draps.

At quarante-six ans, la vie de Sadie Fuller n'est pas exactement romantique. Divorcée, en surpoids, mère un peu frustrée sexuellement d'une fille de onze ans, elle vit en banlieue. Elle fait les courses en grande surface, fait la conversation avec ses voisins mesquins et mène une vie tranquille. Mais tandis que sa fille est à l'école, ou lorsque Sadie est encore debout tard dans la nuit, elle écrit de la fiction érotique sous le nom de KT Briggs.

Puis un jour, au cours d'un voyage classique au supermarché, Sadie se heurte à quelqu'un de familier ... trop familier, en fait. Elle rencontre un homme incroyablement beau, exactement comme celui de son imagination et de son dernier roman.

Est qu'Aidan Hathaway est vraiment un de ses personnages ? Et si oui, que fait-il chez Target ? Pendant que Sadie essaie s'acclimater à ce nouveau monde étrange, ses yeux commencent à s'ouvrir aux possibilités romantiques à des endroits où elle n'aurait jamais penser regarder ... les endroits où les "Happily Ever After" pourraient ne pas être si farfelus, après tout.

Impressions
Très honnêtement c’est le synopsis qui m’a attiré. J’avais envie d’une histoire fun et l’idée de personnages qui sortent d’un roman et qui se matérialisent dans la vraie vie, c’est souvent le fantasme des lecteurs.
Je pensais donc avoir une dose d’invraisemblable liée à l’intrigue mais pas autant de chaos.

J’avoue avoir été déçue. Il y a trop d’éléments dans cette histoire et cela amène un sentiment de brouillon et de confusion.
On a une love story, de la fantasy, de la magie… Des personnages avec lesquels je ne me suis pas liée et des rebondissements tous plus étranges les uns que les autres.

Attention, je ne dis pas que c’est mauvais. Juste que le roman part dans tous les sens. Même l’histoire d’amour est étrange.
Du coup, il est compliqué de s’impliquer et de se régaler lorsque l’on se demande où l’on va.
Pourtant, il y a du potentiel et on sent que l’auteur a beaucoup d’imagination et d’énergie. Un peu plus de structure dans l'histoire en aurait fait une belle aventure à mon humble avis.

Source
*Arc provided by Netgalley.
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

THIEF BY C.L STONE


THE SCARAB BEETLE VOL 1

Synopsis
Kayli Winchester is a dirt-poor girl living out of a hotel, forced to be the parent for a drunken father and teenage brother who she’s desperate to keep in school. The only way she scrapes by is to utilize her one skill: pickpocketing. But even though she’s a thief she has a moral code: no kids or old ladies, only targets who can defend themselves. Not that they see her coming…

Thinking she’s been working under the radar, Kayli has no idea The Academy has been watching and taking notice. Now a team that needs her skill has offered her a way out of her predicament and it’s her last chance: work with them, or face jail time. Kayli resists at first, but slowly the boys reveal they can be trusted. With Marc, the straight man, Raven, the bad-boy Russian, Corey and Brandon the twins as different as night and day, and Axel their stoic leader, there’s a lot Kayli can learn from these Academy guys about living on the edge of the law. If only she can stay on the good side instead of the bad.

Especially when the job they offer her is more than any of them bargained for. After it’s done, the hunters have become the hunted and their target is now after Kayli. The Academy boys do their best to keep her hidden, but a thief like Kayli will never sit still for long.

Meet an all-new Academy team in Thief, the beginning of the Scarab Beetle series.

Warning: This is a new adult series. Readers of the other Academy series may need some caution as this series will contain mature sexual and violent situations and themes.

Reactions
I really was surprised by "The Ghost Bird Series", a touching, innocent and original story. So, I eagerly plunged into the adventures of Kayli. I was excited to go back to the adventures of the Academy even if it is of novels for teens.

To be honest, I have not been seduced by the main character. The group intrigued me and the guys are endearing and charming but Kayli puzzled me. 
I haven't been able to attach myself. 
Less loyal than Sang, more sexual and more independent, her difficulty to trust and her need to fly bothered me.
So it was not love at first side, but she had picked my interest along the way.

It's the agreable and original writing of the author that charmed me once again. I let myself be taken by the plot and I began to appreciate this new team. 
And I really had a great time.

More mature with more action, this first volume does not allow the reader to be bored. Endearing characters, secrets and explosions... At the end of my reading, I was excited to put my hands on the sequel...


THE SCARAB BEETLE SERIE 
BY C.L. STONE
THE THIEF VOL 1

Synopsis
Kayli Winchester est une fille extrêmement pauvre vivant dans ​​un hôtel, forcée d'être le parent d'un père alcoolique et de veiller sur son frère, un  adolescent qu' elle est désespérée de garder à l'école. La seule façon dont elle y parvient est en utilisant sa seule compétence: le vol à la tire. Mais, même si elle est un voleur, elle a un code moral: pas les enfants ou les vieilles dames. Ses seules cibles: ceux qui peuvent se défendre. Non pas qu'ils la voient venir…

Pensant qu'elle travaillait sans avoir été repérée, Kayli n'a aucune idée que l'Académie la surveillait et l'avait remarqué. Maintenant, une équipe qui avait besoin de son talent lui a offert un moyen de sortir de sa situation difficile et c'est sa dernière chance: travailler avec eux ou aller en prison.
Kayli résiste au début, mais peu à peu les garçons révèlent qu'on peut leur faire confiance. Avec Marc, l'homme droit, Raven, le mauvais garçon russe, Corey et Brandon les jumeaux aussi différents que le jour et la nuit et Axel leur stoïque leader, Kayli peut beaucoup apprendre de ces gars de l'Académie notamment à vivre sur le fil de la loi. Si seulement elle pouvait rester du bon côté au lieu du mauvais.


Surtout quand le travail qu'ils lui offrent devient plus qu'ils n'avaient esperé. Après que ce soit fait, les chasseurs sont devenus les proies et leur cible est maintenant après Kayli. Les garçons de l'Académie font de leur mieux pour la garder cachée, mais un voleur comme Kayli ne reste jamais assis longtemps.

Rencontrez une toute nouvelle équipe de l'Académie dans "Thief", le début de la série Scarab Beetle.

Attention: Ceci est une nouvelle série pour adultes. Les lecteurs de l'autre série de l'Académie devront faire preuve d'une certaine prudence. Cette série contient des situations et des thèmes sexuels et violents plus matures.

Impressions
J'avais vraiment été surprise par la série "The Ghost Bird Series", touchante, innocente et originale. J'ai donc plongé avec avidité dans les aventures de Kayli. J'étais excitée à l'idée de repartir dans des aventures de l'Académie même s'il s'agit de romans pour ados.

Pour être honnête, je n'ai pas été séduite par le personnage principal. Le groupe m'a intrigué et les mecs sont attachants et charmants mais Kayli m'a laissé perplexe.
J'éprouvais des difficultés à m'attacher à elle.
Moins loyale que Sang, plus sexuelle et plus indépendante, son côté girouette et son besoin de fuir m'a moins emballé.

C'est l'écriture agréable et originale de l'auteur qui m'a charmé. Je me suis laissée emmener dans l'histoire et j'ai commencé à apprécier cette nouvelle équipe.
Donc moins le coup de foudre mais toujours un bon moment.

Plus mature avec plus d'actions, ce premier tome ne laisse pas le temps au lecteur de s'ennuyer. Les personnages sont attachants, les secrets toujours présents et des explosions sont au rendez-vous.
Bref, à la fin de ma lecture, j'avais envie de connaître la suite...

Source
*Arc provided by Netgalley.
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Knocked Out by Ty Langston

Synopsis
Fresh out of Grad School, Hayley Monroe gets the chance of a lifetime when her boss gives her the opportunity to produce and host a reality series on finding MMA’s “Next Great Hope”. Enter former MMA contender Evan Bates. 

His sudden re-appearance into the sport after a mysterious five year absence not only raises eyebrows, but also temps both in and out of the Octagon. Can Hayley keep everything in check? Or will she be Knocked Out?

Reactions
A short story that was an easy read. I've finished it in an evening.
There is a good potential to develop into something great and be a page turner but I've been expecting more... 

The plot is promising but the author was too superficial in her story.
The characters are interesting. Sad that you don't really have time to get to know them. Evans was well written, with some depth and a complicated background story. But Hayley was lacking of substance.
If think she could have delivered and added much more to the plot.
Their romance (or lust attack) is rushed and not very romantic.

Don't get me wrong, you spend a nice moment. But after reading other books about MMA fighters, I'm missing some adrenaline rush about fights and sensuality in the romance part.


Source
*Arc provided by Netgalley.
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.



Sunday, September 14, 2014

THE ART OF HAPPINESS BY DALAI LAMA AND HOWARD C. CUTLER

Synopsis
Nearly every time you see him, he's laughing, or at least smiling. And he makes everyone else around him feel like smiling. He's the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, a Nobel Prize winner, and an increasingly popular speaker and statesman. What's more, he'll tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that "the very motion of our life is towards happiness." 


How to get there has always been the question. He's tried to answer it before, but he's never had the help of a psychiatrist to get the message across in a context we can easily understand. Through conversations, stories, and meditations, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day anxiety, insecurity, anger, and discouragement. 

Together with Dr. Cutler, he explores many facets of everyday life, including relationships, loss, and the pursuit of wealth, to illustrate how to ride through life's obstacles on a deep and abiding source of inner peace.

Reactions
An awesome book! 

I'm used to read fairly quickly, for once I took my time listening to the stories told between the Dalai Lama and the American psychiatrist Howard C. Cutler. 

Absolutely brilliant, this book is appreciated for its anecdotes about his holiness as well as for its explanations about happiness, suffering, pain, compassion that the Dalai Lama teaches to the reader. 

Very modern, the dialogues are alive and made you think. 
You wonder, you try to open yourself to views sometimes opposing to yours. 

I really enjoyed having the Eastern views of Western practices. I also enjoyed the lack of judgment and the curiosity of this holy man. I like Howard C. Cutler's questions. He brings his professional expertise and practical ideas to try to understand the concepts of the Tibetan spiritual leader and to put them into practice. 

Very curious about Buddhism lately, this book enlightened me and has especially given me a form of joy, good humor and hope.

A book that will stay with me for a long time and I will open it again, happily,  when I will have the need of a kick in the ass! :-)
Wonderful trip!


L'ART DU BONHEUR PAR 
LE DALAI LAMA ET HOWARD C. CUTLER
Sagesse et sérénité au quotidien

Synopsis
Demandez au Dalaï-Lama s'il est heureux, il vous répondra « oui » sans hésiter, car le bonheur est selon lui le but de toute notre existence. C'est ce qu'il explique dans cet Art du bonheur, mélange surprenant de sagesse plusieurs fois millénaire, de bon sens, de réflexions et de conseils concrets, que nous pouvons tous appliquer. 

Tout au long de ces conversations, le Dalaï-Lama nous montre comment vaincre l'anxiété, l'insécurité, la colère et le découragement, et il explore notre vie quotidienne pour nous apprendre à surmonter les obstacles de l'existence en puisant dans notre source de paix intérieure.

Impressions
Un livre impressionnant!

Habituée à lire de manière assez rapide, j'ai pour une fois pris mon temps en écoutant les récits entre le Dalaï Lama et le psychiatre américain Howard C. Cutler.

Absolument génial, ce livre s'apprécie pour les anecdotes racontées sur sa sainteté autant que pour les explications données sur le bonheur, la souffrance, la douleur, la compassion par le Dalaï Lama. 

Très moderne, les échanges sont vivants et poussent à la réflexion. Vous vous interrogez, vous tentez de vous ouvrir à des vues parfois opposées aux vôtres. 


J'ai vraiment apprécié d'avoir le regard orientale sur les pratiques occidentales; J'ai apprécié aussi l'absence de jugement et la curiosité de ce saint homme. Au même titre que les questionnements de Howard C. Cutler qui apporte son questionnement, son regard de professionnel ainsi qu'un aspect pratique aux idées du chef spirituel tibétain.

Très curieuse sur le Bouddhisme, cet ouvrage m'a éclairé et surtout donné une forme de joie, de bonne humeur et d'espoir. 

Un livre qui va rester à mes côtés pendant un long moment et que je rouvrirai avec plaisir dès que j'aurai besoin d'un coup de pied au cul! :-)

Citations

"Même un physique sans défaut ou une épouse idéale ne sont pas des nécessités. Nous possédons un esprit ? C'est là tout l'équipement dont nous avons besoin pour vivre un complet bonheur."

"Tendre la main aux autres pourrait être un trait tout aussi fondamental de notre nature que le besoin de communiquer."

"Chaque instant et précieux et nous devons en user au mieux."

"Le seul refuge, la seule protection contres ces effets destructeurs de la colère et de la haine, c'est la pratique de la tolérance et de la patience."

"S'il y a une solution, cela ne sert à rien de s'inquiéter. S'il n'y a pas de solution, s'inquiéter est tout aussi inutile."



Friday, September 12, 2014

Little Dark Pieces by Maria McCartan - Review

Synopsis 
Fall under the spell of Maria McCartan in her tantalising debut Little Dark Pieces, the first volume of the Dark Pieces vampire series. Provocatively sensual, edgy and compelling, Little Dark Pieces is a vampire romance with a difference. Down on her luck Londoner Carly Singleton works as a receptionist for a West End media company. Pretty and affable, she brings a ray of sunshine to the office every day and is well liked by both friends and colleagues. Behind her cheerful exterior however, lurks a deeply troubled woman with a complicated past and a yearning to find her Mr Right.

Determined to quit smoking, Carly seeks help at a Harley Street medical practice where she meets the renowned hypnotherapist Dr Nick Craven. Charming and charismatic, Nick is all that Carly has ever wanted and she can’t control the overwhelming desire he stirs in her. She is certain she’s found her fairytale prince, but Nick Craven has secrets—shocking secrets that threaten to destroy all that Carly holds dear.

Little Dark Pieces is an intensely erotic romance about the price of passion and an all consuming love that tips one woman to the brink. It is a tale that will consume you, obsess you and stay with you long after you have turned the final page.

Reactions
Don't know what to think of this first opus of Maria Mc Cartan story. There are some pleasant and fun parts as well as some ones that made me grind my teeth...

I've been rolling my eyes at Nick sexual prowess in bed. Of course, he is exceptional! But, in one particular scene, I've almost spilled my coffee on my screen… Gross! Then I realize it was following the vampire road…Jeez! A warning would have been nice...

I've been sighing a lot too. Carly needy affective behavior is a little bit too extreme… Honestly, who will call a guy a hundred time after just one night? If I was a guy I would have run away... 

And Nick is a jerk. Not his vampire side…just in his way of dealing with his feelings in this relationship…

Being a fantasy fan, I would have loved more vampire actions or explanations. At the same time, if I'm honest, it was different than the "Twilight" love story…A really good point for a vampire romance.

Finally, they were some interesting twists in the action. Like the ending. Really enjoy the last part of the story when Carly is starting to get suspicious. 

The read is pleasant and I have the feeling that the author can surprise us in the sequel. 



Sentence

"But I need to look at you. I need to memorize your face so that when we're apart, I can recall your image in perfect detail."


Author Bio
Since the age of five, Maria McCartan has been making up weird and wonderful stories. Now an adult, she consumes at least two books a week, along with a healthy supply of diet Coke and Galaxy chocolate. She lives in London with her boyfriend.

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