As a somewhat new year’s resolution (yes I am fully aware that it is June) but better late than never right? when writing this. I decided to read more books in German. I can speak fluent German as I live here and well read and obviously write as well. It’s just that I don’t actually like the language.
You’re all probably thinking now well isn’t that great to speak a second language and in a way you are right but I have an aversion to the language you see I learnt it not because I wanted to but because a decision was made that wasn’t in my hands to move here at the age of ten. So I had to learn the language and I have to say German is a hard language to learn. There is so much grammar to take into consideration. And for me personally it has never seemed to flow well.
After having a discussion with a German friend she then said maybe you aren’t reading the right books which I think is right.
So let me backtrack to last year I bought this book.
Well this is the English cover.
This is the German one.
At least this is a hawt cover which kind of helps.
I really didn’t like this book there was so much wrong with the translation but you see I’d already read books by this author in English so that is where I went wrong a lot of the humour was lost or even left out. So I gave up. I quickly resold the books so that I could at least get some cash back.
I gave up for the moment but at some point I knew that I wanted to go back and try again. So I did. And I hit jackpot on one book and one series.
The one series is Elemental Assassin by Jennifer Estep.
The translator for this series is Vanessa Lamatsch and she truly is very talented. She got the humour right, the suspense and the characters. I guess it also helps that the translation was done by a woman because the heroine Gin Blanco is a woman. I’m sure only a woman can explain how a woman acts, can feel and the wrath and revenge that they can carry around and execute it without an issue.
I contacted Ms. Lamatsch and said how she did such an incredible job. And she wrote back, thanked me and was so very humble. She explained that it is a joint effort and what is involved. I won’t bore you with the details.
They will still <——— have no idea what I wanted to say here. Sigh. My mind is a sieve. All I can say though is that if English is your mother tongue and you can speak another language then just give it a try you never know like me you may just find some winners when it comes to foreign books.
From the author who brought you A Thousand Boy Kisses comes the new emotional novel, A Wish For Us.
A story of music. A story of healing. A story of love conquering all.
Nineteen-year-old Cromwell Dean is the rising star of electronic dance music. Thousands of people adore him. But no one knows him. No one sees the color of his heart.
Until the girl in the purple dress. She sees through the walls he has built to the empty darkness within.
When Cromwell leaves behind the gray skies of England to study music in the South Carolina heat, the last thing he expects is to see her again. And he certainly doesn’t expect that she’ll stay in his head like a song on repeat.
Bonnie Farraday lives for music. She lets every note into her heart, and she doesn’t understand how someone as talented as Cromwell can avoid doing the same. He’s hiding from his past, and she knows it. She tries to stay away from him, but something keeps calling her back.
Bonnie is the burst of color in Cromwell’s darkness. He’s the beat that makes her heart skip.
But when a shadow falls over Bonnie, it’s up to Cromwell to be her light, in the only way he knows how. He must help her find the lost song in her fragile heart. He must keep her strong with a symphony only he can compose.
A symphony of hope.
A symphony of love.
A symphony of them.
Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.
After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.
Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.
Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.
When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.
I don’t nearly enough watch enough films, as an avid reader books always seem to get in the way but Jurassic World I have been wanting to watch for a while. But to get the full experience we have to go to the beginning.
The first film was released in 1993. Yes you read right. 1993 featuring Richard Attenborough, Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum just to mention a few and it was a huge hit.
In 1997 Jurassic Park: The Lost World was released not as good as the first one but alright, it was a great addition to the first one.
Now we will come to the one that no one ever really mentions Jurassic Park III they didn’t even try with the name. Sigh Which was released 2001 and let’s just face it dinosaurs just weren’t in any longer.
Film wise the boy with the scar, pirates, the girl with her bow and arrow as well as nearly all of Marvel have come and well are still here. A lot of films are built on franchises now. Why? Well it earns the film companies millions and billions and that is a topic for another time.
Then suddenly 2015 there was a release to a revamp and continuation of the Jurassic Park films. Dinosaurs were coming back. Now this could have epically failed. Thankfully it didn’t, oh to true die hard fans find this plot was too far off the original idea but you know what that is brilliant, who wants to watch something similar to what they have already seen but only twenty something years later. I know I don’t.
In 2018 I can say that I have finally managed to watch Jurassic World. I frigging loved it.
I think what made it different was that the story is built on hybrid and spliced DNA for dinosaurs. That it always had to be a bigger and better product to keep the visitors of the park entertained. That we as human beings who are curious have the tendency to mess with mother nature, genetics and DNA. There is a reason that the dinosaurs are extinct and for the moment we are at the top of the food chain.
What also made the film was that it was fast paced and action packed exactly what I love in a movie. The characters were in-depth and well Chris Pratt. I’m new to the wonders of Chris Pratt, the first time I saw him was in The Guardians of the Galaxy as Star Lord and ladies well just look at that face.
Another great addition was the female character of the film is Bryce Dallas Howard, I saw her in The Village which I hated but that could have something to do with M. Night Shyamalan. He is an odd one, his best film? The Sixth Sense, I see dead people. Bryce then starred in Pete’s Dragon which I loved but here? She was good I mean she saved so many people in a white skirt, admittedly it didn’t stay white for long and was running from dinosaurs in kitten heels. Kitten heals. I mean she faced down a T-rex nuff said really peeps!
Off to watch more films.
Rush and Gia’s story continues in the gripping conclusion to Rebel Heir…
How to screw up a great summer in the Hamptons:
Sleep with your boss. Check.
Blow all your money on a rental you can’t afford. Check.
How to walk away from a man you fall in love with at the end of a summer:
…I’ll let you know when I figure it out.
Rebel Heir is the second book in the Rush Series Duet. Book One, Rebel Heir, is available for sale now.
REBEL HEART AVAILABLE NOW
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How to kick off a great summer in the Hamptons:
Snag a gorgeous rental on the beach. Check.
Get a job at a trendy summer haunt. Check.
How to screw up a great summer in the Hamptons:
Fall for the one guy with a dark leather jacket, scruff on his face, and intense eyes that doesn’t fit in with the rest of the tony looking crowd. A guy you can’t have when you’ll be leaving at the end of the season.
Check. Check. Check.
I should add—especially when the guy is your sexy, tattooed God of a boss.
Especially when he not only owns your place of employment but inherited half of the town.
Especially when he’s mean to you.
Or so I thought.
Until one night when he demanded I get in his car so he could drive me home because he didn’t want me walking in the dark.
That was sort of how it all started with Rush.
And then little by little, some of the walls of this hardass man started to come down.
I never expected that the two of us, seemingly opposites from the outside, would grow so close.
I wasn’t supposed to fall for the rebel heir, especially when he made it clear he didn’t want to cross the line with me.
As the temperature turned cooler, the nights became hotter. My summer became a lot more interesting—and complicated.
All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author.
She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son and beautiful daughter with autism.
With over a million books sold, she is a seventeen-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over fifteen novels, including RoomHate which hit #2 on the New York Times bestseller list and #1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. Other New York Times bestsellers include Stepbrother Dearest, Neighbor Dearest, Drunk Dial, Cocky Bastard, Stuck-Up Suit, Playboy Pilot and Mister Moneybags (the latter four co-written with Vi Keeland).
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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over ninety Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.
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Cover Design: Francessca Wingfield
Seventeen-year-old Reagan seems like the perfect small-town girl. Dubbed a saint by her older brother, Lincoln, she serves the community, makes straight A’s, attends church, spends her summers working with special needs children, and is a piano playing prodigy.
When you’re the daughter of the mayor and the police chief in a sleepy Kansas town, toeing the line is easier than the alternative.
That is, until her brother’s best friend changes the rules.
Reagan’s been subject to Ridley’s antics her entire life. Growing up, he tormented and teased her, but he kept his distance—until now. When Ridley breaks a promise, late night phone calls and secret rendezvous in the haystacks quickly transform into a reckless, all-consuming love.
Some promises are meant to be broken. Some secrets will not be contained, and sometimes the consequences we render are more than we can bear.
We’re pretty awesome! We both write books. We both live in the Carolina’s (Mindy in South, Michele in North). We like singing in the car, eating white cheddar popcorn, and going on road trips together. You’ll find us sharing a table at a few book signings each year. We have a love of romance, New York, anything sweet, and great books.
Together we’ve written four novels and one novella, with many more in the works. We’re currently working on the Backroads Duet.
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|Dawn L. Chiletz|
|Prae·to·ri·an /prēˈtôrēən/- a skilled warrior serving as the personal guard of a Roman Emperor.
Bad-boy rock star Roman Creed keeps his secret locked behind a door.
When Seamore Productions offers to find him a new bodyguard through a reality TV show, Roman reluctantly agrees. He needs some good press and better security. The last thing he expects is a beautiful, curious cop to get under his skin and into his past. Why can’t he stop thinking about her?
Tough-as-nails detective Reed Manning keeps her secret locked away in her mind.
After being suspended from the police force, she considers trying out for the show. She’s supposed to keep her eye on the cash prize, but her potential boss captures her attention. What is he so desperately trying to hide?
When a single decision can change a life-
Only yesterday, I wrote in a review that there are three kinds of Rockstar novels and I stick to this idea – because The Praetorian by Dawn L. Chiletz proves me right. Like the book I reviewed yesterday
First, I have to say Ms. Chiletz is a “new to me” author and I like her writing. Even if there is a little “but” coming at the end of this review.
The Praetorian belongs to the best of these three groups. The one that gives you all the classic clichés you would expect from a rock star romance and something NEW…
Or in this case several things new. This “thing” with the reality show was new to me in the relation of Rockstars. And then there was the suspense that was added to the story that came from something totally different.
Actually in my mind this is not ONE but a kind of 3in1 story. We have the Rockstar Romance – then the reality show and then there is something interesting that I would like to call “Murder by Death” feel … . Google that and you will come up with a movie I had to think of constantly while reading. Murder by Death is a 1976 American satirical mystery comedy that is closely related tot he stories of Agatha Christie.
Please for the sake of spoilers do not ask me why that movie is running in circles around in my mind – just take my word for it.
My feelings for this book are somehow 100 % positive while I am not happy with the plot development … Strange right ? Can not say that ever happened. Maybe because the author kept my mind spinning and guessing , spinning again and guessing some more. So yes this is a 5 star read with a few buts..
The 5 stars are for engaging the reader so deeply that I did not want to put the book down – so basically the suspense part – which has been a long time for me since I was feeling something like that with a book. But not for the romance part of the book … well lets say there was romance … but this book is no romance novel… as that took the backseat to the rest that was going on.
And then there is this thing about the plot development … The author kept me on my toes from the beginning on … I was (as I said) guessing and trying to figure out things. The story keeps a steady pace and there is a high build up in tension, but then when the reader is offered a solution the book suddenly kind of gets fast paced as if someone had set a final page number and the author suddenly realized she only had like 10 pages to come to an end. I felt kind of sorry for the characters. They were working so hard to get THEIR time and it was somehow cut short.
If I had a free wish, something that I could request from the author it would be the following : (I think she will understand if I tell it this vaguely to avoid spoilers)
Quoting the blurb : Bad-boy rock star Roman Creed keeps his secret locked behind a door…. The secret behind that door…. Gets kind of lost in the end … with all the suspense and everything going on. There was a moment when I felt that that “secret” deserves its own book. I kind of NEED that “secret” to have its own book. So PLEASE consider it – I think there are several readers out here thinking the same. You can contact me anytime if you want to know what I am thinking and why as I do not want to leave these spoilers here out in the open.
And in the End .. thank you for a “late night reading shift” – I could not put this book down …