Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Ghost of You and Me by Kelly Oram - Spotlight & Giveaway


The Ghost of You and Me by Kelly Oram

How do you tell someone who hates you and blames you for the death of his best friend that you miss him?

From the bestselling teen and young adult author of Cinder & Ella comes a new heart-wrenching romance sure to bring all the feels.

The tragic death of Spencer Schott unravels the lives of the two people he loved most—his girlfriend, Bailey, and his best friend, Wes. Secrets and guilt from that fateful night keep both Bailey and Wes from overcoming Spencer’s loss and moving on with their lives.

Now, nearly a year later, both Bailey and Wes are still so broken over what happened that Spencer can’t find peace in the afterlife. In order to put his soul to rest, he’s given one chance to come back and set things right...even if that means setting up his girlfriend with his best friend.

With the emotional resonance of Jellicoe Road and the magical realism of The Lovely Bones, The Ghost of You and Me is a story about overcoming grief, finding redemption for past mistakes, and the healing power of friendship and love. Fans of John Green, Sarah Dessen, and Nicholas Sparks are sure to love this haunting new tale from Kelly Oram.

This is a clean young adult romance stand alone novel that reads like contemporary drama romance and has just a touch of magical realism.









Author Kelly Oram

Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen--a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and her cat, Mr. Darcy.




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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top Trending Wedding Destinations in India - Travel Guest Post

  
‘Something old, something new,
Something borrowed something blue…’

Ah, the ages-old adage never fails to excite you. Though all you need is love, to tie the knot, then again, who doesn’t want their ‘big day’ to be cherished. Wedding day is the day when bride and groom do deserve the pedestal to take vows to embrace the worlds of one another. It is indeed an exciting day! And this special day deserves an exceptional venue where no one can hold back from saying ‘I Do’ at once.

The rising trend of doing something “different” on the wedding day has made destination weddings a favourite amongst the couples. Everyone is looking for a unique destination to make the day memorable! So, here are some trending destinations in India, where you get an auspicious start to a new leap in life. Go ahead, take a look!

1.   Goa



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Aloha Goa! The party capital of India definitely has a lot to boast about. And there is no reason why its pristine- blue skies, shimmering seas and golden sand-beaches cannot be the witness to two love birds, tying a knot. The state has flourished a lot in past few years as a wedding destination and therefore, it lacks no luxury or necessity for the perfect wedding. One look at the bride walking down the aisle in the perfect beach setting fills the hearts with joy and ecstasy.

2.   Kerala

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Amidst the beautiful backwaters of Kerala; in the serene dip of the Vembanad Lake and the surrounding Islands; Kerala happens to be the perfect venue to take off into marital bliss. The land is rich with cultural ethnicity and scenic abundance. Whether you want the roaring beach or the lush backwaters in the background, Kerala has it all. Shangumukham Beach, Kovalam and Pathiramanal Island offer different but all in all a perfect setting for the unforgettable wedding!

3.   Jaipur

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It is impossible for a girl with big wedding plans to have not dreamt of a Prince Charming whisking her off her feet and riding into the sunset! Well, what if she could be the princess herself! Yes, this can happen in Jaipur, Rajasthan, a city with a royal past. As many majestic forts and palaces in Jaipur, now serve as resorts and wedding venues to give the love stories the most royal beginning. The forts you can chose from include Samod palace, Jal Mahal, Raj Palace, Gold Palace, Rambagh Garden, many of which were once dwelt in by the royal families.

4.   Mumbai


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Mumbai- the metro of the stars! Get married in Mumbai which accommodates some of the most beautiful wedding venues in India with the legacy of the J. W. Marriott, Leela, Four Seasons, Vivette Banquet, Kohinoor and plenty more. Choose the theme you want to go for at your wedding, and these international hotels will figure out a way to give you the perfect wedding backdrop you were looking for. After all, it is your and your families’ day, why take the burden of it on your shoulders when you have a hotel team at your service.

5.   Lakshadweep

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If you want to etch a wedding to your memory forever, why not visit the faraway lands and tie a knot amidst untouched islands and glistening ocean surrounding them, in Lakshadweep Islands. By inviting your guests to the wedding, you will also treat them with a visit to this exotic destination, covered in lush green evergreen forests. Ever thought of an underwater wedding, if not, think of it now because Lakshadweep offers you a chance to confess your desire for love till eternity form you better half, under waters.

6.   Uttarakhand


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The beauty of the snow in the background, coupled with tall pine and oak trees with snow dripping off its branches; laughs echoing off the mountains- the perfect picture to frame your happily ever after.  The mesmerizing terrains add that extra tinge of drama to your wedding, capturing the love of the moment. You can plan the event on one of the peak points overlooking alluring mountains or you can book your date with some of the most luxurious hotels in the region, like the picturesque Ahaana, enticing Gateway Resort or the alluring Savoy to mention a few.

7.   Havelock Islands, Andamans


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Apart from sandy white beaches and turquoise blue waters, the Andaman Islands also harbour some of the most beautiful eco villages and rustic hamlets in its cradle. If you and your partner enjoy the reined in beauty of the nature then I guess, the villages of the Andaman are the perfect spot. After all, there is nothing more melodious than the music of the waves in the background while you look your partner in the eye.

8.   Kanyakumari


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The southernmost ridge of the country encased with the cascading blue waters and sands splashed with rainbow colours; Kanyakumari is a land with particular significance in the mythology of the country. Seek the blessings of a Goddess who waits an eternity for her long-lost love. Kanyakumari is especially famous for the bliss that hues of sunset bestow to its beaches and a creative wedding planner can turn the location in to the most picturesque venue for the grand affair capturing some wonderful candid shots of the bride and groom.

Every soul dreams of getting married in a heavenly setting- a dream that they have nurtured for quite so long. Some want their special day to be regal, while others want to embrace the serene nature. Let your dreams soar high, because whatever your dream wedding is, India can make it happen!

About the Author:

An ardent traveller by heart and soul, Himanshu is a voracious writer who conjures up magic with his writings. Plan your perfect trips with Himanshu and his first-hand experiences, to make the most out of your dream destinations. Explore his travel stories with Pearls India Tour. Connect with Himanshu via Twitter.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Fatal Façade by Wendy Tyson - Interview & Giveaway


Today, I'm touring Fatal Façade by Wendy Tyson and Lori Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours.
For my stop, I'm featuring an exclusive interview with author Wendy Tyson. Be sure to check out the giveaway as well.




Book: Fatal Façade
(Book 4 in the Allison Campbell Mystery series)
Genres: Cozy Mystery/Suspense
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 13 June 2017)
Paperback: 278 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635112238
E-BOOK ASIN: B06XP2QG4P

Synopsis:

Allison Campbell accepted a dream assignment: a visit to the Italian Dolomites to help Hollywood socialite Elle Rose reinvent herself. A guest cottage on the grounds of Elle’s historic castle promises to be a much-needed respite from Allison’s harried life on the Philadelphia Main Line, and the picturesque region, with its sharp peaks, rolling pastures, and medieval churches, is the perfect spot from which to plan her upcoming wedding.

Only this idyllic retreat is anything but peaceful. There are the other visitors—an entourage of back-biting expats and Hollywood VIPs. There’s Elle’s famous rock star father, now a shadowy recluse hovering behind the castle’s closed doors. And then there’s Elle’s erratic behavior. Nothing is as it seems. After a guest plummets to her death from a cliff on the castle grounds, Allison’s trip of a lifetime turns nightmarish—but before she can journey home, Allison must catch a killer.


Nadaness In Motion's Exclusive Interview as part of the blog tour

Nadaness In Motion: If you could time travel, which era (and country) would you go to?
Wendy Tyson: Ancient Greece. I’m cognizant of the fact that women didn’t fare so well during many eras and in many countries, including Ancient Greece. They were often viewed as the property of their husbands or fathers and had few rights and little recourse under the law. But to time travel for a visit only? That would be fascinating.

Nadaness In Motion: Who are your favourite – and least favourite – classical authors?
Wendy Tyson: Some of my favorites include Charlotte Bronte, Dickens, Victor Hugo, Jane Austen, Hemmingway, and Dostoyevsky.
Least favorite? Probably James Joyce. I’ve really tried, but his work never captured me.

Nadaness In Motion: Which countries are on your bucket list?
Wendy Tyson: I love to travel and I have a very long bucket list. A few from the top of that list are Argentina and Chile (specifically Patagonia), Norway, and Iceland. I’d also like to visit Easter Island.

Nadaness In Motion: What is the hardest thing about writing a mystery novel?
Wendy Tyson: Rewriting a mystery novel. I love writing that first draft—all the freedom, all that white space. While editing is critical, I find the rewrites harder, especially the third or fourth rewrite, when you’re really fine tuning language and making sure every word advances the story.

Nadaness In Motion: How many books can you work on at the same time? Don't you worry about mixing bits and pieces when working on more than one book?
Wendy Tyson: I’m currently working on three books—two first drafts and a line edit of another.  I don’t really worry about mixing bits and pieces. I work on each book separately. That is, when I’m focusing on one book, that’s all I do, and I usually don’t work on two books during the same day (unless it’s editing). Plus, the characters for each book are very different from one another as are the settings, tone, etc. It’s rather like having different groups of friends. You don’t mix them up.



Nadaness In Motion: What is the first thing you pick when you decide to write a new mystery? (Place, character to die, book name…?)
Wendy Tyson: Title. Although the title may change eventually, having a great title helps me to define the storyline, consider themes, and flesh out the characters. I like having that word or phrase to root the novel.

Nadaness In Motion: If you could pick one of your books to become a movie or a series, which would it be?
Wendy Tyson: I think the Greenhouse Mystery Series would make a terrific Hallmark Channel movie or television series!

Nadaness In Motion: What has impacted your writing the most?
Wendy Tyson: Two things have impacted my writing the most: my upbringing and my career history.
I come from a family of strong women. My great-grandmother came to this country from Italy as a teen. She had an arranged marriage to an older man, little education, and struggled with English. Nevertheless, she learned the language and the culture and eventually became a successful businesswoman while raising her kids, investing in real estate and flipping properties before it was trendy. I’ve been blessed to experience that kind of grit in many of the women in my family. Their strength fuels my characters.
My career history has also impacted my writing. As a young woman I was a horse farm worker and a veterinary assistant. Later I attended graduate school for counseling psychology and was a therapist, then went to law school. All of these career paths have influenced my characters and my books, but my psych background has probably been the most impactful. I was only in my twenties when I was working with troubled teens and their families. Those kids—their vulnerability, their resilience—have stayed with me and inspired not only the Allison Campbell series but characters and themes in other novels.

Nadaness In Motion: Tell us a bit about Allison Campbell, the protagonist of your mystery series.
Wendy Tyson: Allison Campbell is Philadelphia’s premier image consultant. A dissertation shy of a PhD in psychology, she spends her days helping others reinvent themselves, but her biggest transformation was her own.
Allison had a troubled childhood. Determined to overcome an abusive family life, she decided to become a psychologist. While in graduate school, she grew close to a teenage patient who ran away and was presumed dead. Allison blamed herself. Eventually Allison moved to the Philadelphia Main Line and reinvented herself as an image consultant. She’s able to use her understanding of human nature and her own experiences as an outsider to assist others (and solve crimes), but no matter how successful she becomes, the mistakes of her past haunt her.

Nadaness In Motion: How many parts are you planning for the Allison Campbell Mystery Series?

Wendy Tyson: Fatal Façade is the fourth installment in the series. Right now, I have a contract for six books.


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Books in the Allison Campbell Mystery Series: https://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?source=bk&t=dollycsthoug-20&bm-id=default&l=ktl&linkId=923fc3619a0d2a2bb4401cb5b4155654&_cb=1493315418061
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Keep up with the rest of the tour: 
June 13 – Cozy Up With Kathy – SPOTLIGHT
June 13 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – INTERVIEW
June 14 – Island Confidential - INTERVIEW
June 15 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
June 15 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW
June 16 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW
June 17 - Nadaness In Motion - INTERVIEW
June 18 – Laura's Interests – REVIEW
June 19 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW
June 20 – A Blue Million Books - CHARACTER INTERVIEW
June 21 – Queen of All She Reads - REVIEW
June 22 – Sleuth Cafe - SPOTLIGHT
June 23 – Books,Dreams,Life – INTERVIEW
June 24 – Lori's Reading Corner - SPOTLIGHT
June 25 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

About The Author

Wendy Tyson’s background in law and psychology has provided inspiration for her mysteries and thrillers. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Wendy has returned to her roots and lives there again on a micro-farm with her husband, three sons and three dogs. Wendy’s short fiction has appeared in literary journals, and she’s a contributing editor and columnist for The Big Thrill and The Thrill Begins, International Thriller Writers’ online magazines. Wendy is the author of the Allison Campbell Mystery Serieshttps://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?source=bk&t=dollycsthoug-20&bm-id=default&l=ktl&linkId=6db0b552b92b6df0cd2b1ea67de5395a&_cb=1493316384476 and the Greenhouse Mystery Serieshttps://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?source=bk&t=dollycsthoug-20&bm-id=default&l=ktl&linkId=a5727350c58150329beb3f87894af7ed&_cb=1493316373785.


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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Takhayyal writing prompt 64: Ghost Ship

The Takhayyal picture prompt writing series is BACK with a new prompt to inspire all the amazing Ladies, Gentlemen, Artists, Poets, Writers, Authors, Dreamers, Friends and Family.

Welcome one and all to Nadaness In Motion's picture-prompt writing challenge Takhayyal.

Where will this image take you? A journey through the horrors of the past? Or will it be a historical fiction setting? Perhaps a thriller?







Arabic for Imagine, Takhayyal is a challenge for writers of all ages and genres; a place to spark creativity and explore new genres.
Your post can be in English or Arabic, prose, poetry, short story, flash fiction; you name it and write it.


General rules:
·        No nudity, violence, and/or abuse.
·     Leave the link to your post in comments below OR post your piece as REPLY to this post
·        Your piece MUST be inspired in some way or other by the above picture
·        Multiple entries allowed
·        It is not required but it is a nice and encouraging gesture to comment on others' pieces.
·        Feel free to add your Twitter handle (@....) so I can tag you in my tweets!

Let's IMAGINE!


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tiffany Shand unveils The Shifter Clans Trilogy + Interview & Excerpt

Today, it gives me great pleasure to feature author Tiffany Shand. I've featured Tiffany before on the blog but through book reviews. Today, Tiffany is answering a few interview questions, introducing me and all readers to her new novella series The Shifter Clans, and providing an excerpt from the series as part of a blog tour for the series.

First, let me introduce you to Tiffany Shand's newest paranormal romance novella series: The Shifter Series

The Alpha’s Daughter
Blurb
After being kidnapped as a child, Christy Daine was sent away from her shifter clan to live among humans. For over a decade she has lived in fear of the people who tried to kill her. Living with her bodyguard, Ronan, the two embark on a secret relationship that could get them both killed.
When her father, the alpha of all the clans demands she return home to marry a man he’s chosen for her, Christy will finally have to face her past and her true nature. Danger lurks around every corner and even Ronan might not be the man she thought he was.
As the alpha’s daughter, can she really choose between the man she loves and the man she is supposed to be with? And who can she really trust?



Alpha Ascending
Blurb
After watching her family be slaughtered by the man chosen to be the next alpha, Christy has to turn to the only people left on the island for help. The outsiders are considered outcasts by the shifter clans and were blamed for her mother’s death years earlier.
With Ronan imprisoned, no allies and nowhere else to turn, Christy must learn to trust the people she once viewed as enemies and discover who is really friend or foe. To do that Christy must learn to accept who and what she and discover secrets long buried among the clans if she’s to save Ronan and their future.
Only she can become the true alpha and bring the clans together before it’s too late.

The Alpha’s Curse
Blurb
Christy should be happy now she’s finally with the man she loves, but enemies still cover the island sanctuary that the shifter clans call home. After discovering her brother may still be alive, Christy must go back to the man responsible for killing her family and into the heart of danger.
Now the alpha, she must find a way to stop the people who seeks to destroy all shifters, bring together the clans and the outsiders and stop the centuries old Alpha’s Curse before it can destroy every shifter in existence.



Excerpt from The Alpha’s Daughter by Tiffany Shand for Nadaness In Motion


“You came here because you want answers. Come, let’s begin.” He motioned for her to follow.
Christy glanced around the other room as she followed him inside. Two chairs sat around a circular table with a crystal ball in the centre. The only light came from two candles that cast eerie shadows around the barren room.
She wanted to laugh but she’d seen Magda use such tools before.
Her inner wolf remained silent, not detecting any threat.
She slumped into the chair, sighed. “I don’t know where to begin. I need more than one answer.”
“What is your most pressing question?”
She shook her head. “Is Ronan okay? He’s my boyfriend, well kind of. We’re not supposed to date.” Why am I saying these things to him? Ronan and I never talk about our relationship.
The man closed his eyes. “He’s fine, I sense him searching someone.”
She nodded. Maybe this guy was genuine after all.
“I did something…something by accident. Now he’s trying to clean it up.” She wrung her hands together.
“Give me your hand,” he instructed. She held out her hand. He stared down at her open palm, brow creasing. “You’re very special. Gifted too.”
“That’s the thing. I don’t want to be gifted. I want to be normal,” Christy told him. “I’m tired of people coming after me, of having no control. I want to be human.” The moment the words came out she knew they were true.
“Be careful, those are dangerous words.” His dark eyes flashed in the dim light of the room.
“It’s what I want. The question is how?” She leaned forward.
He stared at her palm. “I sense a curse around people related to you.”
The alpha’s curse. One thing that prevented any shifter from using magic – except her.
It had never affected her, not even being forced to shift into wolf form every month as the curse forced all shifters to do. At every full moon, a shifter’s most powerful time had been something she’d been able to fight too.
“Yes. It doesn’t affect me,” she said. “If you know what I am, how can I end it all?”
His smile widened. “I think I can help with that, princess.”

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Last, but certainly not least: Nadaness In Motion's exclusive interview with Tiffany Shand

Nadaness In Motion: If you could meet any author/writer – dead or alive – who would it be and why?
Tiffany Shand: That’s a tough question as I love a lot of authors both dead and alive, but I’d have to say Joanna Penn. She’s one of the most successful indie authors out there and I consider her to be more creative mentoring away because after discovering her blog it set me on the path of becoming an independent author and creative entrepreneur.

NIM: Your books have a cinematic aspect when it comes to writing the action parts, how did you perfect that aspect of your writing?
TS: Wow, thanks! I love writing action scenes, they’re so much fun and one of my favourite things to write and visualize, but sometimes it’s hard getting it all down on paper or computer. But I’ve had a lot of practice over the years, so hopefully that has helped me write great scenes. I do sometimes move around the room and try to visualise certain scenes and how the characters would act to move. In my Amaranthine Chronicles, I had to figure out how and what Kaylan would look like hovering on the ceiling since she could fly. That was a lot of fun!

NIM: If you could time travel, which era (and country) would you go to?
TS: Ooh, I’d love to travel back to sometime in the Middle Ages. I’m a real history buff so I’d love to go back and see what things were like back then. Either that or I’d love to travel a hundred years or so into the future to see what things are like then.

NIM: What is your greatest fear? Have you ever used it in your writing?
TS: Spiders, most definitely spiders. I have tried writing about them in one of my books before, but I couldn’t do it because I was too creeped out.

NIM: Now that you have finished The Amaranthine Chronicles & The Shifter Series, have you decided what else you'll be working on in the future? Can you tell us about your upcoming book(s)?
TS: I’m currently working on the final draft of Denai Storm, the third and final book in my Excalibar Investigations Series which will hopefully be coming out in the next couple of months. After that I’m working on a spin-off to that series featuring a minor character from that series and turning it into an urban fantasy trilogy called the Shadow Walker series. After that, I have two other fantasy series planned out and some more non-fiction books for writers.



NIM: What is your least favourite genre, in terms of reading or writing, and what genre(s) would you like to experiment with in the future?
TS: I think my least favourite genre to write would probably be either a contemporary or erotic romance, I don’t mind reading them but I can’t write them. I love fantasy too much, and I’d get bored after a while! I like mixing genres up a bit which is one good thing you can get away with in the fantasy genre.
I’m planning on writing more non-fiction books for writers, I’ve written two short ones so far about building your author platform and one on writing a business plan for writers. I’m looking forward to writing more non-fiction books and hopefully turning them into online courses. In terms of fiction, I’d like to experiment with either young adult or dystopian fiction or maybe even thrillers.

Check out Nadaness In Motion's five-star book review of Tiffany Shand's Building Your Author Platform.
I've also reviewed Betrayed by Blood, the first book in The Amaranthine Chronicles. 

About the Author:
Tiffany Shand started writing short stories when she was a child. She has always done writing in one form or another and started writing novels in her early teens.
Tiffany loves to read books and discovered her love for fantasy and paranormal romance.  She writes both non-fiction and fiction, and love helping writers to build their author platforms.
After doing a creative writing course in her early 20s, she is now a freelance writer and professional editor.
Tiffany lives in Essex with her two spoiled cats and one very nutty hamster.

Connect with the author via her Website, blog (The Creative Authorpreneuer), EclipseEditing, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads