Four Amazing Reads!

These are four of the books I read this month that I just couldn’t help but share here.

Come check them out!

Note: All images here were taken from Goodreads.

Wicked Bleu by E. Denise Billups

This is a story about love, murder, jealousy, friendship, among other themes, all mixed and woven into a complex storytelling.

Author E. Denise Billups has a unique writing style that captivates and fascinates. There hasn’t been a book by this author that I haven’t enjoyed.

Simone’s compassionate and kind, a tough lady, and she’s protective of her friends. Her abilities to see ghosts might be new, but she goes into things with an open mind. For that, she wants to puzzle out a 100 year old murder to give a ghost the peace she lacked in life.

I enjoyed watching the budding romance between Simone and Mitchell, the support among her friends, and unraveling the murder mystery alongside Simone.

This is the second book in this series and   as great as the first one. Although I’d recommend reading them in order, you don’t have to.

Highly recommended!

The Necromancer’s Daughter by D. Wallace Peach

D. Wallace Peach has a writing style’ that’s always fascinated me. It’s vivid and it’s captivating, and this book is no different.

I came into the story expecting a wonderful read, and I wasn’t disappointed.

The world building is fantastic, and so are the characters.

You can’t help but feel for Aster, for the hand she was dealt and the quest she’s facing, and even fall a little in love with Barus. I enjoyed the tension between Aster and Joreh, and watching the romance subtly evolving, not taking over the plot.

And the dragons…. It’s such a plus in this story, making it richer. My only wish was that we saw more of them.

I didn’t want the book to end, but couldn’t help but devour the pages, wanting to know more and soon, too soon, I was  reading the last scene.

If you enjoy tales of compassion, of evil vs. good, of impossible odds – and of course, fairy tale retellings, this book is for you!

Mistaken Identity Crisis by James J. Cudney

I’ve had this book for a long while, and for no particular reason, just kept putting it off for later. But then I picked it up and just couldn’t put it down. The pages kept flipping, and before I knew it, I was turning the last page. It helped that this wasn’t a very long book, so I was only up until 1 in the morning.

Intrigue, mystery, humor, and a touch of romance make this a great read.

Kellan is sleuthing again, but this time, he may be in way over his head.

Another murder and an old, unsolved case has Kellan searching for clues. I was almost sure I had things figured out, but ouch, that twist – I didn’t see it coming!

And then we have the mystery of his supposedly dead wife, the mob and their rivalry, and in this fourth instalment, things are finally revealed.

If you haven’t yet read any of this author’s books, you have no idea how much you’re missing out!

Highly recommended!

PS: Nana D is still my favorite. Go, Nana D!

Bloodstone by M.J. Mallon

This is my first book by this author, and what an amazing surprise it was!

Bloodstone follows the story of Amelina, a 15 year old girl with a complex life, a dysfunctional family, and a curse.

From the beginning, I was caught by the steady, descriptive flow of the words. There’s poetry at the start of the chapters, adding charm and imagery to the scenes.

There’s a bit of everything in this book – teenage angst, romance, magical pets, friendship, broken relationships, as well as some scenes verging into the darker side of depression.

Some things were resolved in this book, but not all, leaving the reader satisfied, yet wanting more.

I highly recommend!

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By Chance book review

book cover

 

Author: E. Denise Billups

Genre: Thriller, suspense, psychological thriller

Pages: 479

Publisher: Creativia

 

Blurb:

Visions of the past are haunting, but future premonitions are frightening. Especially knowing the day and time of your death. When Tara McPherson enters her office Piazza the morning of December fifteenth, destiny stares her in the face. A 187-year-old vision begins the moment her eyes lock with a lurking stranger.

 

Tara McPherson was seven when she saw her first premonition. A vision so sinister, she repressed her clairvoyance. Thirty years later, malevolent Tom Spencer enters her life determined to exact vengeance against Alcott Home and Design’s Dream Team—Tara McPherson, Laura Alcott, and Leanne Davis. To save their lives, Tara must overcome her fear and recall repressed visions.

 

Guarded and levelheaded, Leanne Davis is Retro cognitive and sees essences of people’s past. Charming, empathetic, and the consummate Southern belle, Laura Alcott is Clairsentient and knows people’s thoughts before they speak. Compassionate and scrupulous, Tara McPherson is Precognitive and can see the future.

On Christmas morning when they open a mysterious gift, their secure world collapses. Never have the girl’s combined gifts been more critical than now. With the help of a supernatural presence from eighteenth-century South Carolina, they combined their powers to outwit their assailant. But they can’t change Tara’s vision. Doing so will cause greater consequences. The girl’s only choice is to accept fate or risk altering destiny.

 

My review:

 

Another great read!

I was hooked from the first – seriously, I had all the right “whys, whos and whats” to keep me turning page after page after page.

And then came the supernatural, mystical aspect and I kind of fell in love.

The theme is mysterious at times, suspenseful at others, a little creepy at some – but that’s probably because I’m a little faint at heart.

In some parts I’d think “oh, I know what’s coming” and then I’d be completely caught off guard.

And the ending? A twist I totally hadn’t seen coming.

The writing, as I’d come to expect is a mixture of simple and complex, a unique style I’ve come to enjoy from this author.

Totally recommend it!

Get your copy at

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Chance-Denise-Billups-ebook/dp/B00YT22UR6

 

Or add it to your list

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43882968-by-chance

Kalorama Road by E. Denise Billups Blog Tour

So it’s the second day of the Kalorama Road blog tour by E. Denise Billups and I’m super thrilled to be part of it.

Some of you may have seen my review a couple months back but for those who haven’t seen it yet or would like to read it again, there’s a partial review with a link back to the full post below.

So, let’s talk about the book.

book cover

Book blurb:

 

There something Allie can’t remember, hidden memories bordering consciousness that refuse to surface until one day someone, something, ignites horrifying images of a forgotten night.

 

A year after graduating from Emsworth University, a mysterious email appears asking Allie one single question. What happened at 1414 Kalorama Road? Allie has no memory of that night and has tried to recapture what happened when a classmate went missing at an off-campus party. Someone wants her to remember, and they’re getting closer and more insistent. Forgotten memories gradually start to surface with gruesome images and a revelation that could ruin the reputation of her esteemed alma mater, Emsworth University.

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Sounds kind of spooky, huh? I admit, there were scenes in the book that gave me goosebumps.

I’m a fan of the fantastic, and anything paranormal for me is a must read, and E. Denise Billups didn’t let me down.

My review:

I made the mistake of picking up this book when I still had a couple articles to finish for the magazine. Luckily for me, I didn’t need that much sleep, and my kids are savvy enough to fend for themselves.

In short, Kalorama Road was a surprise. Although I liked the premises and the first quarter of the book well enough, I hadn’t expected it to suddenly grip me by the throat and keep me enthralled.

The suspense was… thrilling, for the lack of a better word. There was the possibility of a blooming romance, the unexpected touch of a supernatural manifestation and the mystery of a murder I just needed to see solved.

There were some spooky scenes, parts that had goosebumps breaking all over my body, and of course, the annoyance I felt every time…

Read the entire review here: https://authorsinspirations.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/kalorama-road-enticing-suspenseful-and-wonderfully-thrilling/

 

Are you a booktuber? Check out this book trailer for Kalorama Road:

https://youtu.be/QhVJLy6QOK8

 

About E. Denise Billups:

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An author with a rare mixture of Southern and Northern charm, E. Denise Billups was born in Monroeville Alabama and raised in New York City where she currently resides and works in finance. A burgeoning author of fiction, she’s published three suspense novels, Kalorama Road, Chasing Victory, By Chance, and two supernatural short stories, Rebound, and The Playground. An avid reader of mystery and suspense novels, she was greatly influenced by authors of that genre. When she’s not writing or reading, you can generally find her training for road races and marathons. She’s s a fitness fanatic who loves physical challenges of all types (running, biking, yoga, dance, and more) a discipline she uses to facilitate the creative writing process.

 

I had the pleasure of connecting with the author last year when I first started blogging. Later we both became part of the Conscious Talk Magazine team. Soon we were talking through e-mails, and we got to know each other better. She’s a kind and supportive friend, and an athlete extraordinaire…  I can practically feel her energy all the way here, on the other side of the world.  I feel like a lazy slug compared to her. Did I say I envy her?

 

Connect with E. Denise Billups:

Blog: https://edenisebillups.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DeniseBillups

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edenise.billups

 

Get your copy!

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kalorama-Road-Denise-Billups-ebook/dp/B079J5YFYJ

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38340854-kalorama-road

 

If you want to know more about the tour, follow the schedule here:

This wordpress community – Join the tour for Kalorama Road by E. Denise Billups

So summer is here and how better than to spend your time blogging and socializing?

WordPress has an incredible community where people from all walks of life meet and connect. Many friendships have bloomed over this platform and leaked on to reality, and I bet most of you guys agree with this assessment.

One such friend I made is author E. Denise Billups, a talented writer who’s also part of the Conscious Talk Magazine team.

Some of you may have read my review of her latest book, Kalorama road (link below if this one doesn’t click) a suspenseful thriller released earlier this year. It was a great read, and no, my review was not biased.

The good news is that Kalorama road will be going on a tour, starting July 15th, and we’re looking for bloggers willing to host this amazing book on their blog.

Anyone interested in helping can choose any of the following:

  • Interview with the author
  • Review – also to be posted on Amazon and Goodreads (copies are limited)
  • A prepared package – blurb, cover display, about the author, links (post will be ready to be posted)
  • A combination of the bloggers choice between book excerpt, blurb, sample chapter, about author and cover display.

 

If you have any suggestions for the tour, feel free to leave a comment.

 

For anyone interested you can leave a comment below or contact me directly through e-mail at jina.salameh1@gmail.com

 

About Kalorama road:

Cover of Kalorama Road

Book blurb:

There something Allie can’t remember, hidden memories bordering consciousness that refuse to surface until one day someone, something, ignites horrifying images of a forgotten night.

 

A year after graduating from Emsworth University, a mysterious email appears asking Allie one single question. What happened at 1414 Kalorama Road? Allie has no memory of that night and has tried to recapture what happened when a classmate went missing at an off-campus party. Someone wants her to remember, and they’re getting closer and more insistent. Forgotten memories gradually start to surface with gruesome images and a revelation that could ruin the reputation of her esteemed alma mater, Emsworth University.

 

Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kalorama-Road-Denise-Billups-ebook/dp/B079J5YFYJ

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38340854-kalorama-road

 

Meet E. Denise Billups:

 

I’m a New Yorker since the age of nine. A work in progress, I’m forever changing to become the true me. I’ve spent many years in the Financial Services Industry, acquired all the credentials, MBA in Finance and several licenses, to boost my career. But a new consciousness is pushing through allowing me to trail other facets of my personality. We all have some inkling of our true selves when we are children. I did. I have the soul and mind of an artist. Professionally trained as a dancer, athletically gifted, I’ve never left that side of me, just channeled my talent to other areas.

Read more about Denise here: https://edenisebillups.com/books/

 

Link for my review for Kalorama Road:

 

Kalorama Road: Enticing, Suspenseful and Wonderfully Thrilling

Kalorama Road, by E. Denise Billups

Goodreads synopsis:
There something Allie can’t remember, hidden memories bordering consciousness that refuse to surface until one day someone, something, ignites horrifying images of a forgotten night.

A year after graduating from Emsworth University, a mysterious email appears asking Allie one single question. What happened at 1414 Kalorama Road? Allie has no memory of that night and has tried to recapture what happened when a classmate went missing at an off-campus party. Someone wants her to remember, and they’re getting closer and more insistent. Forgotten memories gradually start to surface with gruesome images and a revelation that could ruin the reputation of her esteemed alma mater, Emsworth University.

Kindle edition: 277 pages
Published Jan 31st, 2018

Review:
I made the mistake of picking up this book when I still had a couple articles to finish for the magazine. Luckily for me, I didn’t need that much sleep, and my kids are savvy enough to fend for themselves.
In short, Kalorama Road was a surprise. Although I liked the premises and the first quarter of the book well enough, I hadn’t expected it to suddenly grip me by the throat and keep me enthralled.
The suspense was… thrilling, for the lack of a better word. There was the possibility of a blooming romance, the unexpected touch of a supernatural manifestation and the mystery of a murder I just needed to see solved.
There were some spooky scenes, parts that had goosebumps breaking all over my body, and of course, the annoyance I felt every time I had to put the book down to see to something.
The writing style was smart, simple at times, complex at others, with enough sophisticated words to be enlightening as well.
The plot line was realistic (even with the supernatural element thrown in), highlighting ugly truths and endless possibilities that that could, and do, happen all too often in the world.
The characters were believable, their struggles something a person could connect to, their feelings real and sincere.
The modern touch the author adds to the story with the blogging aspect and the way the protagonist meets new people is also something I connected to – something a lot of people will find relatable, the doubts, how easy it is to forget the danger of cyber stalking, the friendship that can be born, even the curious need to make money through this venue.
The bond between the characters – Allie and her sister, between Allie and Lisa, even between Allie and CJ were well crafted, and the Ethan twist totally caught me by surprise.
I loved every aspect of this book, the dialogue, the character and plot development, the storyline and the lies and deceit that Billups presents so expertly and totally recommend it to all who enjoy a suspenseful, thrilling story with a touch of the supernatural.

GET A COPY:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kalorama-Road-Denise-Billups-ebook/dp/B079J5YFYJ
Barns and Nobles: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/%22E.%20Denise%20Billups%22?Ntk=P_key_Contributor_List&Ns=P_Sales_Rank&Ntx=mode+matchall
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/786838

About E. Denise Billups:
An author with a rare mixture of Southern and Northern charm, E. Denise Billups was born in Monroeville Alabama and raised in New York City where she currently resides and works in finance. A burgeoning author of fiction, she’s published three suspense novels, Kalorama Road, Chasing Victory, By Chance, and two supernatural short stories, Rebound, and The Playground. An avid reader of mystery and suspense novels, she was greatly influenced by authors of that genre. When she’s not writing or reading, you can generally find her training for road races and marathons. She’s s a fitness fanatic who loves physical challenges of all types (running, biking, yoga, dance, and more) a discipline she uses to facilitate the creative writing process.
Follow Denise at: https://edenisebillups.com/
Facebook: @edenise.billups
Twitter: @DeniseBillups
YouTube: @E. Denise Billups

E. Denise Billups – author, blogger, entrepreneur, fellow columnist

Center stage today is E. Denise Billups, a woman with so many talents, I’m in awe.

A fitness enthusiast; Denise is the embodiment of a healthy living.

She’s completed several national and international marathons, participated in countless races. She starts her day with a sweaty run, a thirty minute or more of stretching and yoga,  and well, coffee.  And although I’m a proud carnivore, I admire the will power and determination it takes people like Denise to follow a vegan diet for years without breaking.

To top it off, Denise is the proud author of a couple of fictions and thrillers, as well as a short supernatural story. You can find her books here.

Like with Didi and Kim, I began following Denise’s blog when I first started blogging a few months ago, and was glad when she joined the team on Conscious Talk Magazine.

Here are a few of Denise’s excellent articles from the magazine:

 

Is Halloween an Evil or Fun Holiday?

For many, including myself, Halloween is a fun autumn holiday filled with trick-or-treating, costumes, candies, carving pumpkins, and ghoulish theme parties. This tradition brought to America by….

Halloween Flicks: Don’t You Love Good Fright?

Hollywood has unleashed fright for their devoted fans. Every autumn, numerous horror movies hit the theater, a profitable practice for popular movie franchises—Friday the 13th, Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Halloween, Nightmare on Elms Street, and more. This year….

Health Watch: Outwitting Your Genetics

Do you ever wonder if your efforts to live healthy will prevent you from inheriting your family’s legacy of diabetes, heart disease, or cancer? You might be on the right path….

Autumn Harvest: Cooking For Fall.

Autumn Harvest: Cooking For Fall.

Listen . . . With faint dry sound,
Like steps of passing ghosts,
The leaves, frost-crisp’d, break from trees
And fall.
“November Night” by Adelaide Crapsey
Autumn falls with a chill, wrapping its tendrils across summer’s canvas, coloring parks, and country lanes burnt orange, red, and yellow, while evening descends earlier with autumn’s rising. Hallow’s Eve and Thanksgiving waft in the air as grocers and county fairs fill baskets with fall harvest—winter squash, ripe and ready for seasonal dishes….
https://conscioustalkmag.com/2017/09/15/autumn-harvest-cooking-fall/