Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Blog Tour: A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love by Linn B Halton

Hello, there!
Absolutely delighted to be a part of the Blog Tour for Linn B Halton's A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love. It is hosted by the lovely Debbie of Brook Cottage Books. Scroll down to read my review (forgive if you think I was just rambling, BECAUSE I LOVED THIS BOOK and don't know how to put it in words. So, please...) and try your luck to win a £25 Amazon Voucher or a Cupcake themed Swag Bag. Wonderful, right?

A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love: With Cupcakes, Coffee, and Karma
Author: Linn B Halton
Genre: Chick-lit
Format: Kindle
Publication Date: January 15th, 2016
Publishers: Choc Lit
Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US

A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love
Life isn’t all love and cupcakes …
Katie has had her fair share of bad luck, but when she finally realises her dream of opening a bakery it seems things can only get better.
But the reality of running a business hits Katie hard and whilst her partner, Steve, tries to help she begins to sense that the situation is driving them further apart. Could Katie be set to lose her relationship and her dream job?
Then, one winter’s day, a man walks into her shop – and, in the space of that moment, the course of Katie’s life is changed.
But nobody finds happiness in the blink of an eye. Sometimes it takes two Christmases, three birthdays and a whole lot of cake to get there …
Previously released as Sweet Occasions by the author. Revised and edited by Choc Lit December 2015.
It is always the hype that does the trick. When everybody starts talking about a particular book, I do have a tendency to buy and read it soon. I can hardly resist the temptation to get my hands on them as soon as possible. I couldn't miss the opportunity this time since I had always wanted to read Linn B Halton's works. Thus, I said "yes" immediately to this blog tour opportunity. How glad I am about the decision now; The Absolutely Delightful reading experience was it.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Review & Giveaway: Six Lies by Ben Adams

Hello, Bookworms!
Delighted to be a part of the Blog Tour for SIX LIES by Ben Adams, the author of SIX MONTHS TO GET A LIFE, his debut book, which was the No: 1 Romantic Comedy seller in Amazon. Scroll down to read my review and try your luck for a chance to win an EBOOK OF SIX LIES. Sounds great, right? Do check it out!!!

Author: Ben Adams
Genre: Humour, Romance
Format: Kindle
Page Length: 280 Pages
Publication Date: November 23rd, 2015
Publishers: SilverWood Books
Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US

How would you feel if, one day, you discovered everything you thought you knew about your family was a fabrication? Your mother wasn't your mother, your father was a liar and your whole upbringing was a sham. Confronted with this exact situation, Dave Fazackerley doesn't feel great. It doesn't help that he has just buried the woman he thought of as his mother. Or that his wife, his one true soulmate, recently jumped into bed with a librarian. Even his band, his only escape from reality, is going through a rough patch. How will Dave respond? Will he discover the truth about his family? Will his band ever play a gig again? More importantly, can Dave entice his wife back from the arms of the book-dork or will he take a chance on a new love?
I was going through a reading slump, the cliches had worn me out and I was looking for a different but interesting read. It was the title and the description of the book which drew me in towards it. SIX LIES. I expected it to be a story with lots and lots of humor in it and a brief glance through Author's profile and his previous work told me the same. And it's written by a male author. Oh yeah! it makes a difference. I have read many women's fiction novels, and I do know the way we view and observe life. Six Lies is written from a male author's perspective. So I was really into this, curious to view the life and all things related to it from a man's point of view.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Girl In The Ice

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. It spotlights the upcoming releases we are anticipating.

The Girl In The Ice
Author: Robert Bryndza 
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publication Date: Feb 12, 2016

Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice… She is not the only one. 
When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.
The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.
What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding? 
As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.
The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?
A page-turning thriller packed with suspense. If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter, discover Rob Bryndza’s new series today – at a special launch price.
Watch out for more from DCI Erika Foster
She’s fearless. Respected. Unstoppable. Detective Erika Foster will catch a killer, whatever it takes

The Girl In The Ice sounds like an episode from CASTLE, one of my favorite TV shows. So eager to check it out... The blurb is so promising and enthralling. So I have set my mind on picking it up as soon as possible. 
Do you like gripping thrillers? Then consider buying this book :)

What are you waiting for this week? Do tell me.

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Top Ten Books I've Recently Added To My TBR

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Hello, Book Lovers!
Today's TTT topic is Top Ten Books I've recently added to my TBR. According to my Goodreads TBR, I haven't added many books in this year. So I have taken the books I added in December as well into consideration. Without further ado, here are the top ten books from my Goodreads TBR.
I do not read Time Travel stories. But, this year I was planning to explore more genres, and thus added two Time Travelling stories to my list. THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD is one among them. The other one was Passenger, which I removed from the list after reading a couple of mixed reviews. The hype and the bad reviews always kill my mood. Unfortunately, I'm a mood reader *Sobs*. Hopefully, I will enjoy this, when I get my hands on it.

I'm sick of cliches and the usual themes. I'm constantly searching for diverse reads. And this particular book caught my attention. It's about a little boy who influences the life of a hundred-year-old woman called Ona. I loved reading the prequel, A WOMAN IN A MILLION, an elegantly written short story, that is free on Amazon now. So excited for THE ONE IN A MILLION BOY now!
Ahh, this is the fairy tale retelling of THE SLEEPING BEAUTY. I'm participating in the fairy tale retelling challenge, hosted by Mel and I was on a hunt for some great books. Cait from Paper Fury had listed this book as one of her favorite reads of 2015. So, I've decided to give it a whirl, despite all the mixed reviews I came across.

Another retelling, but this has nothing to do with the retelling reading challenge. The credit goes to the TV show, ONCE UPON A TIME. I recently started watching it and have finished Season 1. Rumpelstiltskin is my favorite character so far. Oh boy, I like villains now. I liked the twist the show makers have given to his tale and looking out for more retellings of his story. So RUMP is on my To-read list now.

A Jane Austen meets X-men story, which I'm eagerly waiting to be published. It will be out on 9th February 2016. Whoa! I love love love X-men characters and I call myself a proud Janeite. I have to read this, can't wait! *shudders with excitement*

This is for the POPSUGAR reading challenge. I have to read a Non-Fiction book. After doing a lot of thinking, I have chosen FURIOUSLY HAPPY, which has received too many praises, and good reviews. The blurb describes it as A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? and I say Bring it on! I am ready to peruse NON-FICTION now, as long as they are NOT dull or boring or sleep inducing :D

It looks like I'm running after Fantasy novels. I just realized it!!! My TBR is full of fantasy/ retelling books. THE SHADOW QUEEN is one of the most anticipated books in 2016. Snow White, The Evil Queen, the Huntsman ... Right! It is  the retelling of Princess Snow White's story.

I was lucky to receive an eARC via Netgalley. Yippee! Debut book by Samantha Mabry. I have seen many bloggers listing it out as the one they are looking forward to reading it in 2016. Can I call myself lucky then? :P LOL! I will tell you more, after reading it.

This is the one and only chick-lit book on my list. Just because I love Camilla Isley's writing! My expectation is too high for this book. *clears throat* I have also managed to get an eARC from the author. YAY!

Another book that I have kept aside, waiting for the hype to subside. I love stories about other bibliophiles, as I can easily relate to them. Mostly. And the hero is from India or Indian origin or something like that. It would be nice to see how the author has dealt that part. Because I rarely come across a book that mentions or has characters from my country, INDIA.

Do we share any common books? Have you read any books from my list? Do you want to recommend any? Do tell me.

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P. S. Blog Tour and Giveaway of  £10 Amazon Gift card. Sunkissed by Carys Jones. Check it out here if you like paranormal/ vampire stories.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Sunkissed by Carys Jones

Hey! Today, I'm excited to be a part of the blog tour for SUNKISSED by CARYS JONES. It's a Paranormal story. If you like books about Vampires, then this one is for you...There is also a giveaway of £10 Amazon Gift card. Check it out!
Author: Carys Jones
Genre: Paranormal
Publication Date:January 15th,2016
Dawn Summers is dying. It’s 1853 and as the seventeen-year-old continues to fade away she has visions of the father she never knew, urging her to fight for her life.

In the small village of Fandova the only medical care is in the form of the mysterious Dr. Moralus who has a known penchant for bloodletting. Thomas, Dawn's fiancĂ©, is warned against inviting his intervention, but feels he has no choice, he pleads with the doctor to save Dawn’s life…whatever it takes.
Carys Jones loves nothing more than to write and create stories which ignite the reader's imagination. Based in Shropshire, England, Carys lives with her husband, two guinea pigs and her adored canine companion Rollo.

When she's not writing, Carys likes to indulge her inner geek by watching science­ fiction films or playing video games. 

She lists John Green, Jodi Picoult and Virginia Andrews as her favorite authors and draws inspiration for her own work from anything and everything.

To Carys, there is no greater feeling then when you lose yourself in a great story and it is that feeling of ultimate escapism which she tries to bring to her books.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Waiting On Wednesday with These Vicious Masks

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. It spotlights the upcoming releases we are anticipating.

These Vicious Masks
Genre: Teens & YA
Publication Date: February 9th, 2016
Jane Austen meets X-­Men in this gripping and adventure-­filled paranormal romance set in Victorian London.

England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared.
Jane Austen meets X-Men!!! Do I need to explain more about why I want to read this book? I grew up watching X-Men: Evolution cartoons. Didn't miss an episode. My favorite characters were Wolverine, Rogue, and Shadowcat. No specific reasons why I liked them much. But I remember concentrating too hard on an object to move it around like Jane and Professor Charles and trying to walk through the walls like Kitty did. Lol! How I wished to be a mutant and save the world *Hides Face in Palms*. And Jane Austen, one of my favorite writers. She made me fall in love with all that's "Proper English" and soon I became an Anglophile. Well... These Viciouc Masks is set in Victorian England- another reason why I'm eager to read it. I'm ready to meet Evelyn, Rose, Mr. Kent and Sebastin Braddock. Are you? 

Do you have this book in your TBR or have you received an ARC? Share your thoughts with me.

Happy Reading!
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Sunday, 10 January 2016

Ringing in the New Year Book Tag

A New Year Book Tag! A better way to start the season. Book tags are awesome to read and fun to share. It gives away a lot details about each blogger and you get to know them well. I LOVE BOOK TAGS. The internet will you book tags for each season. So this particular tag I found at A SPOONFUL OF HAPPY ENDINGS by Jody. I like her blog and never miss her reviews. Head over to her place, if you wish to know more about her. Let me describe her in a few words for you guys, Jody- A CHICKLIT LOVER

Back to new year book tag...
Scroll down to read my answers.

Best book/series that you’ve read in 2015
An easy task! Without a doubt, it's Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets and To Kill a Mockingbird. From the cover to the last page, I love everything about these two books.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: A Sudden Crush

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. It spotlights the upcoming releases we are anticipating.
A SUDDEN CRUSH by Camilla Isley
Genre: Women's Fiction
Release Date: February 4th, 2016
Joanna Price is a city girl with the perfect life. She loves her job as a book editor, she just married Liam, high profile bestselling author and the man of her dreams, and she’s headed to the Caribbean to enjoy two weeks of paradise for her luxurious honeymoon.

Connor Duffield is a gruff, grumpy rancher from the Midwest. He is a country boy who has a no-nonsense approach to life, more scars than he’d like to admit, and he hates city girls.

So it’s just a misfortune they have to sit next to each other for a six-hour plane ride. Even more so when their flight is caught in the perfect storm and Joanna wakes up stranded on a desert island with Connor, the very man she hoped she would never have to see again.

Why are they alone on this forsaken island? What happened to Joanna’s husband?

When her dream honeymoon turns into a hilarious tropical nightmare, Joanna’s first thought is survival. However, she and Connor will quickly discover just how boring paradise can be. As the days turn to weeks, and then months, this mismatched pair will have to learn how to coexist and how to resist the sparkles of an attraction they weren’t prepared to feel.

When they are finally rescued will Joanna’s marriage be saved as well, or will the life she knew and loved be in ruins?
Why Excited? I enjoyed reading Camilla Isley's debut novel I WISH FOR YOU. Beautifully written story with a very different plot. I haven't forgotten Arthur, the Genie yet. It was a modern fairy tale. So my expectations are really high for her next book. 

Have you read I WISH FOR YOU? Did you like it? Do tell me.
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Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Blogging Resolutions 2016

Hey, Friends!
Wish you A Marvellous Year ahead!

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas as well. How did you enjoy the New Year? I don't celebrate New Year. You may ask why?? It's simply because the numbers freak me out. I HATE growing up!!! Oh, you have no idea how much I wish for NEVERLAND to be real... If it was, I would have convinced Peter Pan somehow to let me join him. Ah, that reminds me about reading Peter Pan and watching the Disney movie (1953) this year. I have to update my bookish resolutions. Yikes! 

SO, Last week I shared my Bookish Resolutions. It gave me an idea of coming up with some Blogging Resolutions as well. Not exactly! All these were in TO-DO list. Just thought of listing them out here at Lilac Diaries. I was hoping you, my lovely cupcakes can help me with some tricks and tips to improve my blog. Could you, please? 

Without further ado,

1. Comment, Comment, and Comment

Comment more! Long, long ago, I used to leave a comment on each blog post I read and liked. Later on, it was reduced to just peruse alone. I became too lazy to comment and be a part of those exciting book discussions that often take place around the Blogosphere and on Twitter as well. Missed out many. But it won't be like the last year in 2016. I'm determined to comment more and make new blogger buddies. I have assigned half an hour every evening, only for reading the fellow blogger's posts and be a part of the discussion by writing a lovely comment. 

P. S. It would be really nice if everyone starts using Disqus. The BEST and easiest plugin to follow up the comments.

2. Reply to Comments

From a blogger who LOOOUVEDDD comments to a blogger who neglects all the comments. Pathetic! I know... I know :( So I have made up my mind to reply as soon as possible to each and every comment I receive on my blog. 

3. Add Contact Me & About Me pages

A brief intro page about myself and what you can expect from my blog and a Contact page. I read many articles, which mentioned these two pages as the most important and essential parts of a Blog. I also came upon a blog post about how to add a Contact Form. Sadly, it doesn't work properly. Do you know how? Please do tell me.  

4. Come Up with More Bookish Posts

The Blogger Analytics show more traffic on Bookish Posts other than Reviews. I recently deleted a few drafts I had written on a whim. I loathe my decision now. Hopefully, I can come up with more. 

5. Stop playing with the Blog Design

If you have been following me for a year now, I'm sure you must have seen a couple of headers and changes I frequently added to my blog. 'Experimenting' is the right word. I have learnt to edit the vectors and how to play with the pretty and attractive fonts. Spent lot of time for that. No regrets though. I'm happy with the new header and overall design (credit: Freepik and 1001 free fonts).  I'm planning to stay put with the 'designing thingy' for a year now. 

6. Unclutter the sidebar.

Is it so cluttterd? or does it lack anything? I'm a bit flustered about that.

7. Clean Up the tags.

Either I use no tags or I use many. I wasn't aware about all those SEO Optimization things till now. I need to clean them up and organise them properly. More than 100 posts!!! Phew! I need more tea... 

Do you know how to tackle any of this issue? Can you help? Thanks!

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