Thursday, December 10, 2015

Book Review of Blackwater Lake by Maggie James

Matthew Stanyer fears the worst when he reports his parents missing. His father, Joseph Stanyer, has been struggling to cope with his wife Evie, whose dementia is rapidly worsening. When their bodies are found close to Blackwater Lake, a local beauty spot, the inquest rules the deaths as a murder-suicide. A conclusion that's supported by the note Joseph leaves for his son.

Grief-stricken, Matthew begins to clear his parents' house of decades of compulsive hoarding, only to discover the dark enigmas hidden within its walls. Ones that lead Matthew to ask: why did his father choose Blackwater Lake to end his life? What other secrets do its waters conceal?

A short (25,000-words) novella, Blackwater Lake examines one man's determination to uncover his family's troubled past.

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

Read it. Just go out and get it and read it and then come back and say, "Thanks Joy!" You don't even need to say thank you really. 

This mystery novella keeps you on your toes! The plot is well developed and there are quite a few twists, just when you think you know what happened...bam! That's the best thing about mysteries though right? Don't want them to be predictable.  

I also really enjoyed how deep these characters got in such a short time. We get to really understand Matthew and not only his past, but why he can't let go of solving the mystery of blackwater lake. 

Overall, this story was very, very well written, fast paced and entertaining. If you need to kill a few hours and need a good book, well, here ya go! (I's free on amazon so really what are you waiting for!)

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Interview with author Samreen Ahsan

1. I have to did you come up with the idea of Hue Castle?
There are lots of qualities in Myra that are very similar to me. Just like Myra Farrow in the story, I'm also intrigued by the castles and palaces. I also enjoy visiting Medieval buildings and churches. And perhaps I can say that I'd also like to meet a Medieval (handsome) prince one day. Don't we all? :) Despite being married and a mother of two girls, I'm still fascinated by Disney stories. 

2. Have you always enjoyed writing? When did you first start writing stories for fun?
I was never a writer. I might be born with the skill but never brushed up my talent till 2012 when I decided I should write a book because suddenly there were characters in my mind who wanted to come out in the world and be written by me. They wanted to be read by the world. So when they were haunting me too much, I decided to write. Yes, the characters haunt you. They don't let you sleep properly unless you write all their stories. Though it sounds like a curse but it's a blessing. You get to meet lots of people in your mind--you go to places you think you might never visit--you do things you think might not be able to do it.

3. Out of all the books you've written, which is your most favorite?
The one I'm currently writing. The second book of [Stolen] Series. 

4. What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Never give up. Keep writing. Don't let the characters die in your head. They need to come out. They were born in your mind because they were destined to be written by you.

 History, art and literature are my passions. I love digging out information about prophecies, divine miracles and paranormal events that are mentioned in history and holy books, that don’t sound possible in today's modern world.

Since childhood, I have been into reading and writing—and yes, it can’t happen without imagination, which luckily has no boundaries. Dance and music are also pastimes I enjoy, as well as reading romance fiction. I love to travel and explore historical cities.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Book Review of Once Upon A Stolen Time by Samreen Ahsan

All her life, Myra Farrow has been obsessed with medieval castles—and the kings and princes who once inhabited them. Now, wealthy videogame designer Steve Bernard wants her to model for a princess character in his new game. Myra can’t resist his offer, especially when she learns that Steve plans to film inside the mysterious Hue Castle—a cursed, barren, colorless place forbidden to visitors for centuries. But unknown to Myra, her soul is bound to Hue Castle by blood and sorcery. When she enters its doors, she awakens dark powers that will reach through time—stealing her past, torturing her present, and rewriting her future.

Edward Hue, the last of the Hue royal bloodline, has never stood in the sunshine or held a living flower. Cursed from birth to live in darkness and bring death to all he touches, he is at the mercy of his cruel, tyrannical father, who will not rest until he shatters Edward’s soul and makes his son into a diabolical copy of himself. Edward’s one hope is the mysterious woman who haunts his dreams—who will either break his curse and bring him out of the darkness, or destroy him utterly.

For Myra and Edward, past and future collide in a tale of love, obsession, betrayal, and the hope for redemption.

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

This was one fun read! Myra is a good character to follow and I enjoyed the bouncing back between her and Edward. The idea of Hue castle and it's mysteries was very intriguing. I found this to be a fast, fun read with an awesome ending. 

The ending was so great simply because it was not what I expected at all. When I was reading it my mind just kept thinking, "wait a minute...this isn't what's supposed to happen!"  

There were some parts of the book I found to be a bit repetitive, but overall I still enjoyed this book a lot. Steve kinda got on my nerves at some parts but that's to be expected too. You can't love every character in a book! 

Readers of fantasy, romance and mystery would enjoy this book. Pick up a copy and get going!!

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