How To Be Famous, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt
AshBooks Review for How To Be Famous by Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt:
This book was surprisingly quite good and provided an easy read with a glimmer of humour. These two are actually quite interesting as well as being rather attractive.. annoying hey. I would read this book again as it really gives you an idea of what celebrity life can be like, including lows and highs.
User Submitted Reviews:
“Now I don’t know for sure if the tips to being successful and famous work, and I have no plans on finding out, but with common sense and intelligence it makes sense.” – reviewed by Freda
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Cost of Dreams by Gary Stelzer
AshBooks Review for Cost of Dreams by Gary Stelzer:
Cost of Dreams tells the tale Kate Bowman a wildlife biologist and Flora Enriquez a young Mayan who has lost her lover during the civil war in Central America and their struggle on the healing and search mission.
Gary Stelzer wrote this book working full-time as a doctor so you cvna be sure that the medicla and survival hints in here are accurate.
User Submitted Reviews:
“Flora, the main character in the story, she was amazing. Her story is one of constant struggle, and yet she stays so positive throughout it all. A woman to be admired if ever I read of one. I found myself drawn to her”
Book Review - 9 Dragons
AshBooks Review for Nine Dragons (Audio) by Michael Connelly, read by Len Cariou
A fast paced, gripping and dark novel about an LAPD detective immersed in the underworld to find the killer of a shopkeeper in his neighborhood. A world of triads, crime rings and illegal immigration carried out by chinese gangs…
User Submitted Reviews:
“A good crime thriller, the plot keeps you guessing this is not a title to be missed.” – review by Haley
Book Review - Strictly Sundays by Joe Fitzpatrick
AshBooks Review for Strictly Sundays by Joe Fitzpatrick:
We gotta say that the cover was the first thing that got us. Such a good looking roast! As you can probably tell, Joe Fitzpatrick is a cook and in this book eh shares with us all non how to make “real food that fills the belly”, not just on Sundays, but on every other day as well.
For more information visit the book website: http://strictlysundays.com/
User Submitted Reviews:
I love this cookbook!! I made the cabbage rolls, and they were a hit! – by Freda
Book Review - Wrapped in Pleasure by Brenda Jackson
A classic and an original Westmoreland story from New York Times Bestseller BRENDA JACKSON. When a mix-up forces Delaney Westmoreland to share her vacation cabin with irresistible sheikh Jamal Ari Yassir, they both get an unexpected lesson in passion. Seduced by a Stranger Johari Yassir wants adventure—not marriage to a stranger in her homeland. Handsome stranger Rasheed Valdemon offers her a whirlwind romance. What will happen when she realizes she’s been seduced by her husband-to-be?
©2010 Publication date: 01/01/2010
Brenda Jackson was born in Jacksonville, Florida. She is married thirty-seven years to her high school sweetheart, Gerald, and have two sons, Gerald Jr. and Brandon.
She is a member of the First Coast Chapter of Romance Writers of America. She began my writing career in the eighth grade at Northwestern Junior High School. She began her professional writing career began in 1994 when she signed on with Kensington Arabesque. Her first book, Tonight and Forever, became a huge success. Since then she has introduced the Bennetts, the Westmorelands, the Savoys, and the Steeles. A listing of my books can be found on her website; http://www.brendajackson.net/
What a hot story! There was no lack of romance in this book. It was so hot, I felt my own temperature rising. The characters were fun, and I enjoyed the bringing together of two cultures. There were so many good points to this book, and am happy that I am continuing with the next in the series, Seduced by a Stranger.
A very entertaining read, for any romance lover out there!! Definitely on my recommendation list!
- by Freda
Having been writing this blog for a quite a while now, I think it’s about time I mentioned one of my favourite authors. Being that my favourite genre is fantasy (yes, I’m still a child at heart), many might assume J.R.R Tolkien features at the top of my list. However, much as I enjoy Tolkien’s work, no author can quite compare to the might of David Gemmell – not in my eyes.
Working as a labourer, a bouncer and freelance journalist, Gemmell wrote his first novel – Legend – in 1984, at the age of 36. Despite the massive success of this book, it wasn’t until he released his third – Waylander – in 1986 that he could afford to work as a full-time writer. Although I still wasn’t born by this point, the story of Gemmell’s rise to success has always been an inspiration to me – only slightly less so than his works themselves.
Although his first three books were of the Drenai Series, which grew to be nearly a dozen books long, Gemmell’s Fantasy Fictions works include the Jon Shannow Series, the Stones of Power Series, the Hawk Queen Series and the Rigante Series, as well as both the Troy and Greek series of Historical Fiction and a over half a dozen individual titles. My personal favourites are White Wolf and The Swords of Night and Day (from the end of the Drenai Series), as well as the Troy Series as a trilogy. It is worth pointing out, however, that David Gemmell died before the third of the Troy Series (Lord of the Silver Bow) was finished and his wife, Stella, completed the work for him.
If ever there was a way to fall in love the fantasy genre, reading David Gemmell’s masterpieces is the best and easiest.
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Book Review - Sugar By Bernice McFadden
Bernice McFadden, whom we have recently mentioned about her book giveaway has kindly got back to us to tell us more about her novel, Sugar and the campaign she is doing for its 10th annniversary:
“I believe that my ancestors speak to me and through me.
Do I hear voices? Not in the way you think. Their words come to me disguised in thought and the visions come as memory.
It’s like watching a movie. Techno color images, dialogue and off camera prose.
With my first novel, Sugar – Sugar herself came to me as a long, dark note.
Her rhythm so haunting I had to jot her down on paper, turning her music into a poem.
Some years later, when she’d made my home her home, I heard her voice; saw her slender neck, and her open mouth as she threw her head back in laughter.
So I wrote her a short story.
Even more years passed and this writing thing was inching up my spine and gnawing at my skin and Sugar was fully formed by then, standing in the middle of my living room, cigarette smoke a cloud above her head, her hand pressed firmly into her hip, those dark eyes looking deeply into my own – demanding more than thirty pages with the unlikely end.
And I obliged her.
In the early 90’s I began sending out SUGAR to editors and agents and I received 73 rejection letters over a nine-year period. In 1999 I finally acquired representation and a week later my agent secured a two-book deal. Sugar was published in 2000 to great reviews and received numerous awards.
After writing SUGAR and the numerous books that followed, I realize now that my purpose as a writer is to breathe life back into memory.
Back in 2000 Sugar, although a universally appealing story, was only marketed to African-American readers and so was immediately pigeonholed as a “Black Book.” Ten years later I am trying to reverse that damage by placing it within the radar of readers from all backgrounds who enjoy an engaging, and thought provoking read.
In order to do that as well as commemorate the 10th Anniversary, I have initiated a campaign to sell 10, 000 copies of SUGAR by Jan 9th, 2010.”
Title: MaRIO DE JANEIRO Testino
Photography by: Mario Testino
Text by: Gisele Bündchen, Caetano Veloso and Regina Casé
If there was ever a book that we’d die to have right now, it’s Mario Testino’s MaRIO DE JANEIRO Testino, published by Taschen.
It’s a collection of photography of and inspired by the “boys and girls of copacabana”. Stunning, visually arresting photography accompanied by texts from supermodel Gisele Bündchen and others like Caetano Veloso and Regina Casé make this a sexy, nostalgic read. The hardcover comes in 3 colors, red, yellow and orange, in hues that are meant to resemble the gorgeous sunsets in the Brazillian capital.
“Mario Testino has been fascinated by Rio de Janeiro since his earliest summer vacations. “When I was 14, on holiday, and going from my house to the beach and seeing everyone walk everywhere in their tiny bathing suits—the girls and boys were so sexy and carefree and wild—I just could not believe it.” This easy sensuality, sexual freedom and lust for life left a deep impression; Testino has been going back ever since, for work and fun, passion and inspiration. Featuring candid shots of exquisite cariocas baring nubile flesh, including supermodel Gisele Bündchen, MaRIO DE JANEIRO Testino captures the essence of this incomparably seductive city and its sultry citizens. From its breathtaking sunset panoramas, to the throbbing chaos of its world-famous carnival, this is Testino’s love poem to the Brazilian metropolis that captured his teenage heart, and never let go.”
Images and Excerpt from: www.mariotestino.com
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The next in our series of Halloween Horror book reviews is this gem from Seth Grahame-Smith; or should I say, this gem from Jane Austen, featuring zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains will be in want of more brains.” The opening line of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies sets the tone for the entire book; mostly Jane Austen, with zombies crammed in. That being said, it actually works rather well! Imagine, if you will (or even can), 18th Century Britain; quiet, quaint and overrun with zombies. However, don’t let the likes of 28 Days Later fool you into thinking these are the crazed and insane type of zombies – oh no, these are the idiotic and sluggish zombies from Night of the Living Dead. Nevertheless, Elizabeth and Jane Bennet get sent to China to learn the art of hacking zombies to pieces, where Elizabeth’s skills are honed to surpass even those of Mr. Darcy!
I think you get the general gist of the novel… To be honest, there’s not a lot more I can say about this book without ruining the bizarre surrealism of the entire thing. A particular highlight I should point out, however, is Charlotte Collins’ early zombification, which causes her steady degeneration into a lisping wreck! What is for sure is that this book will make a fine Halloween present for most people, if perhaps not hardened Austen fans.