Book Review – The Earl’s Countess Of Convenience

Mills & Boon kindly asked me to review The Earl’s Countess Of Convenience by Marguerite Kaye.

A countess in name only…

…tempted by a night with her husband!

Part of Penniless Brides of Convenience: Eloise Brannagh has witnessed first-hand the damage unruly passion can cause. Yet she craves freedom, so a convenient marriage to the Earl of Fearnoch seems the perfect solution!

Except Alexander Sinclair is more handsome, more intriguing, more everything, than Eloise anticipated. Having set her own rules for their marriage, her irresistible husband might just tempt Eloise to break them!

The Earl’s Countess Of Convenience is an enjoyable historical romance with engaging characters, who portray a real sense of the societal norms in the early eighteen hundreds.

Though I found the book slow at the beginning, it picks up soon as the chemistry between Eloise and Alexander develops.

I was left guessing about the ending, till the ending!

Thank you Mills & Boon and Netgalley for the opportunity review The Earl’s Countess Of Convenience.

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Book Review – You Say It First

Mills & Boon have kindly asked me to provide my honest review of You Say It First by Susan Mallery. So here it is:

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You Say It First by is a gently simmering romance set in a wedding town.

Pallas Saunders adores running her quirky wedding venue, Weddings in a Box. But if she can’t turn the floundering business around, she’ll have no choice but to trade taffeta for a stable career.

Sculptor Nick Mitchell is struggling to fill his time between commissions, so takes a day job as carpenter at Weddings in a Box… The job has its perks—mainly the captivating owner, Pallas.

Then when a desperate bride wants something completely new, Nick inspires Pallas to think outside the box. Could building a dream wedding be the start of their fairytale?

Though I usually prefer love stories with a tad more tension and conflict, I did like this book mainly because of the sweet lead characters and their colourful friends and family. The novel paints an interesting image of life in a small town, where views are entrenched in legacy and history.

For those who enjoy a cosy, slow-burner to while away the winter blues, #YouSayItFirst would be a good choice.

My gratitude to Mills & Boon and NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book.

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Homage to great writers – Louise L. Hay

For all of us book lovers, there are certain authors, who have influenced us through the years. Whether fiction or non-fiction, these books have helped transform our perceptions.

The first in this series of homages to great writers is to the incomparable Louise Hay, founder of Hay House, the publishing company. Very few authors transcend their writing and inspire us by their approach to life’s unpredictable ebb and flow. Louise Hay was one of them.

‘You Can Heal Your Life’ which she published in 1984, sold over 30 million copies world-wide. She went on to produce many other books until her passing in 2017.

Louise Hay’s positive affirmations and motivational teachings continue to support millions. If you haven’t already come across her works, they are highly recommended.

Garden sheds and Spanish Steps

Roald Dahl famously wrote from his garden shed. John Keats based himself in the heart of the Eternal City, at the foot of the Spanish Steps.

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Whether it is a blogger, scriptwriter, poet or novelist, each has their particular ‘Creative Space’ where they produce their masterpieces.

So, what is that elusive, stimulating place and how do you find yours?

The answer depends on where you are most relaxed and least distracted. For inspiration to flow unabated, the mind must be calm and receptive.

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For some, busy coffee shops and book stores provide the perfect ambience to spark their imagination. Others prefer the tranquillity only nature can bestow, and sit under a tree, by a bubbling brook or, in a park in the middle of the city.

Truth is, you don’t need to go anywhere to find your writing nirvana. Curling up on the sofa with a notepad and pen can be just as rewarding from a creative perspective.

With some trial and error, you too will make your own creative space.

 

New year’s resolutions and other disappointments

Yes, it’s that time of the year, again. Everyone is taking stock of their highlights and achievements over the past year. I usually plan to do two or three things every January, and by the time December rolls in, I would have forgotten two or three of them.

This year, miraculously, I managed to stay on track. I’d intended undertaking some things that scared me. However, I knew I won’t be able to face my fears without some help. It came in the form of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as Tapping), which freed me from a number of phobias and fixations, to the point where I can comfortably share my fears.

Though I’d been writing for many years, I struggled to share my work, even with close friends and family. Through EFT inquiry, I was able to understand the root causes of my reluctance, which revolved around exposure. Nervousness, self-consciousness and a general lack of confidence in my writing had held me back from publishing my novels.

Having worked those issues out, I plucked up the courage to start small, by writing a blog. As the blog started to receive positive feedback, I felt empowered to share more, and eventually took the humongous step of publishing my debut romance, Krish. At first, I didn’t publicise the release. However, as the download numbers increased, and positive feedback poured in, I felt encouraged to overcome my greatest hurdle, Social Media. I recently signed up to Tweeter (@BhogaytaNina) and Insta (@NJBhogayta). Still getting the hang of them… Don’t know how to get the links.

For once, I’ve actually managed to complete my to-do list for the year. How about you? How are you getting on with your new year’s resolutions?

 

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When Nicole Hill lands a new client, the magnetic yet disturbing Raphael De’Angelo, her carefully orchestrated life takes a dangerous turn. In the blink of an eye, everything Nicole holds precious is snatched away from her.

Too late Nicole discovers how deadly and twisted the alluring powerbroker can be. But she isn’t going to back down without a fight. De’Angelo was going to pay for destroying her life.

What Nicole doesn’t realise is that the more she craves revenge, the closer she draws to the deceptive De’Angelo, and the more peril she courts. It might become impossible to escape his enthralling web of deceit…

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Laziness, boredom, whatever…

For the past few days, I have struggled to find the zest for writing. Maybe it’s the weather, or just plain laziness? Whatever, I keep finding distractions like Instagram or Netflix. Even drying up dishes has suddenly taken priority over knuckling down to pen Krish Book II.

In fact, I’m not reading either. Though there are my usual two to three novels on the go, I have left them to gather dust on the coffee table. Very strange behaviour indeed, given my love for books.

Frustrated with the inertia, I decided to kick-start my lust for creativity with visual aids and poured through some holiday snaps. Here are a few that inspired me. Enjoy!

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The truth about me

It had been a morning like any other in the office, me battling my usual demons, oblivious to the fresh hell the next call would bring. That day, I met Raphael De’Angelo for the first time.

De’Angelo turned out to be the most intolerable client I’d ever had the misfortune of encountering. For reasons beyond my comprehension, he seemed hell-bent on destroying me, and I couldn’t escape the powerbroker’s immense reach. Cornered, I was left with no other option but to fight back.

Though I am weary and scarred, our battle is far from over. No-one can predict the outcome. However, I am ready to tell the world where it all began, starting with the truth about De’Angelo, who he is and what he did to me.

My real name is Nicole Hill. I’m twenty-six years old and I work in the city. I am fairly ordinary except for one very bad thing I did five years ago… Click link to continue reading my story https://www.amazon.co.uk/Krish-Part-N-J-Bhogayta-ebook/dp/B07J2N1QL1/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1538828392&sr=1-2&keywords=krish

 

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Reigning darkness

Just a few years ago, I remember having to wear my winter coat by this time of the year. Today, there is glorious sunshine, reminiscent of a warm spring morning. In fact, judging by the tiny pink buds peeking from some branches, one would be forgiven for thinking it was April, already.

The only sign of winter’s impending arrival is the darkness, closing in earlier and earlier each evening, reigning longer, way into the mornings. That has to be the worst aspect of mid autumn, waking up at six thirty a.m. only to find the stars are still shining in a night sky.

Hammering the final nail in the season’s coffin, British summer time ends next week. Clocks go back. Days will become even shorter, but at least, mornings will be as they should, light and star-free.