“The Final Year Project” by Mehana Usha Rani!

Hiya peeps! I’ve got a new release to share with you today, fitting for college students and fans of college-age drama stories.

Check it out, and be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below!

The Final Year Project

 The Final Year Project
~Released: November 29th, 2017
~Genres: New Adult, Young Adult, College, Contemporary, Drama
 
Om Prakash, a senior at Amra College of Technology, is getting ready to spend his final year with his friends, Vikram, Sid and Dev. They want to do something special to commemorate their last year but with no plans yet, they attend the Freshers’ Day Inauguration Ceremony.
 
Enter Sara, the class topper of the freshers batch who looks as perfect as her test scores. Om is instantly smitten. With that, Vikram announces their final year project: Om ♥ Sara. Om has no objections.
 
But Sara does.
 
Unamused by their harassment and hell-bent on revenge, Sara infiltrates their all-male Boxing Club joining as their team manager. Om tries hard to keep peace amongst the team; struggling to hide his affection for her while his friends suffer under her leadership. But when a ghost from the past comes back to haunt the boys, Om finds reason to believe Sara joining the club might have nothing to do with what happened at the ceremony. The very friends he’s trying so hard to protect have secrets of their own. And it’s up to Om to dig deeper before someone gets hurt. 

 

 About the Author
 Mehana Usha Rani
Born and raised in sunny Singapore, Mehana Usha Rani is an alter ego residing in the mind of a 23-year-old.
 
Despite holding a degree in Economics, Rani has a special interest in writing all things noneconomic and is set to publish her debut novel, The Final Year Project, by the end of 2017.
 
~ Connect with Mehana Online ~
 
3 1/2 Roses
PG-17
Drama meets danger, settled in the boxing ring.
College is a place of jokes and drama for this group of friends. With a sassy chick giving a group of guys a hard time, you’re bound to run into some laughs, drama, and a few fights. While Om tries to keep the peace between his crush and his prankster friends, secrets break free of their shadows, turning the little group into a mess.
While this particular style of novel isn’t my personal taste, it wasn’t bad. Written in a way most college students tend to act and think, it would be fitting for readers of that nature. From the first paragraphs, you get a taste of the drama that drips from nearly every page. High in emotion and energy, the whole story ends up being quite exhausting, even though it’s not all that long.
I like the way the chapters were set up, breaking up the story by semesters, which fit the setting. The writing style is very bullet point written, as each new emotion and reaction is listed and pointed out. Set up almost as a screenplay with play-by-play movements and reactions, detailing each character in a somewhat detached sort of style. While it wasn’t bad, it isn’t my particular taste, and I had a difficult time really getting into the story.
Overall, this book wasn’t bad, by any means. I think it holds a lot of appeal for many readers, and could easily grow to have a large following of fans and satisfied readers. If it sounds like your cup of tea, give it a shot. There is a bit of language throughout both the dialogue and narrative, which would be my only warning. If that doesn’t bother you, hopefully you’ll enjoy it!
*I was given a complimentary eCopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.
Let me know what you think of this book, in the comments below!
 
Thanks for visiting!
 
Have a great day! =D
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“A Heavenly Christmas” by Patrice Wilton!

Audiobook Tour
Hiya peeps! I’ve got a new audiobook review for  you today, perfect for the upcoming Christmas season! Yes, I am one of those Christmas-starts-Nov-first kinda gals. Actually, I start my holiday celebrating when October hits!
If you’re looking for a good series for next month, be sure to check this one out! My review for book two is happening next Wednesday, so be sure to check this one out real quick, see an interview with the author, and enter the giveaway at the end of the post!

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“Element Punk, Vol 1” by Nicholas Murray!

Hiya peeps! I have a review to share today, although it’s not one I’m too happy about sharing. But, I do post all my reviews here, good and bad, so share I shall.

The book submitted was one that sounded interesting, but simply wasn’t finished, or ready for public consumption. As it is out in the public though, and a review was requested, I have that below. If you don’t enjoy low-rating reviews, I’ll have more reviews coming soon, for novels I enjoyed quite a bit more.

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Review of “The Discharge” by Gary Reilly!

Hiya peeps! I’m excited to share an awesome book with you guys today. Written by the late Gary Reilly, it chronicles the life of a soldier in the Army, and is highly autobiographical – how cool is that!?

I was able to do a review, and also have that posted below. Check it out, and if you like what you see, be sure to add the book to your tbr list!

The Discharge

 Discharge

~Released: June 23rd, 2017

~ Publisher: Running Meter Press

~Genres: Historical, Military

The Discharge is the third novel in Gary Reilly’s trilogy chronicling the life and times of Private Palmer as he returns from the U.S. Army to civilian life after a tour of duty in Vietnam. It is a largely autobiographical series based on his own two years of service, 1969-1971, which included a year in Southeast Asia.

In the first book, The Enlisted Men’s Club, Palmer is stationed as an MP trainee at the Presidio in San Francisco, awaiting deployment orders. Palmer is wracked with doubt and anxiety. A tortured relationship with a young lady off base and cheap beer at the EM club offer escape and temporary relief.

The Detachment is the second in the series. This novel covers Palmer’s twelve months in Vietnam as a Military Policeman. In the beginning, he endures through drink and drugs and prostitutes but comes to a turning point when he faces his challenges fully sober.

Now, in The Discharge, Palmer is back in the United States. But he’s adrift. Palmer tries to reconnect with a changed world. From San Francisco to Hollywood to Denver and, finally, behind the wheel of a taxi, Palmer seeks to find his place.


 About the Author

 Gary Reilly

Gary Reilly was a natural and prolific writer. But he lacked the self-promotion gene. His efforts to publish his work were sporadic and perfunctory, at best. When he died in 2011, he left behind upwards of 25 unpublished novels, the Vietnam trilogy being among the first he had written.


Running Meter Press, founded by two of his close friends, has made a mission of bringing Gary’s work to print. So far, besides this trilogy, RMP has published eight of ten novels in his Asphalt Warrior series. These are the comic tales of a Denver cab driver named Murph, a bohemian philosopher and aficionado of “Gilligan’s Island” whose primary mantra is: “Never get involved in lives of my passengers.” But, of course, he does exactly that.


Three of the titles in The Asphalt Warrior series were finalists for the Colorado Book Award. Two years in a row, Gary’s novels were featured as the best fiction of the year on NPR’s Saturday Morning Edition with Scott Simon. And Gary’s second Vietnam novel, The Detachment, drew high praise from such fine writers as Ron Carlson, Stewart O’Nan, and John Mort. A book reviewer for Vietnam Veterans of America, David Willson, raved about it, too.


There is a fascinating overlap in the serious story of Private Palmer’s return to Denver and the quixotic meanderings of Murph. It is the taxicab. One picks up where the other leaves off. Readers familiar with The Asphalt Warrior series will find a satisfying transition in the final chapters of The Discharge.


And they will better know Gary Reilly the writer and Gary Reilly the man.

~ Connect with Gary Online ~

PG-17

Life after the military is often a struggle, as many modern veterans can attest to. It isn’t just a modern issue though, and in The Discharge, Gary Reilly shows us just how relatable the post-military struggles of the Vietnam era really were.

I love reading autobiographies, and stories inspired by true people. Getting a glimpse into someone’s life is fascinating, and if it’s historical, even better. Following Private Palmer, knowing there were truths from the author’s life throughout the story, made it awesome. The story was completely captivating, and I truly feel as though I connected with a genuine person.

Being the wife of a military veteran, I felt a special pull to this story. In so many ways, I recognized the struggles my husband and so many of his military buddies encounter, and the entire challenge transcends time. This is a book many people could relate to, and if nothing else, learn from. It’s a wonderful, raw, gritty look at the life of a regular man, making his way through life.

I would definitely recommend this book, and am happy to have had the opportunity to experience it.

*I was given a complimentary copy of this book, from the publisher via Roger Charlie, to read in exchange for an honest review.

Let me know what you think of this story!

Thanks for visiting! Have a wonderful day! =D

Audiobook Review for “Wired” by Leslie North!

 Book Tour

Hiya peeps! I have an audiobook post for you today, with a Dream Cast I put together, and my review! There is also a giveaway at the end of the post, so be sure to read the full post for details!

Wired

The Solomon Brothers, Book 1

 Wired

~Released: April 19, 2017

~Narrator: Rebecca Roberts

~Length: 3 hours 36 minutes

~Publisher: Relay Publishing

~Parent’s Guide: R

~Genres: Adult Fiction, Romance

Star quarterback Marcus Kingston lives and breathes football. He’s trusted his abilities and instincts to get him this far, but an injury last season nearly ended his career. When his coaches want him to wear biofeedback technology to analyze his game, Marcus thinks the idea is ridiculous. Plus, the mousy scientist behind the project knows nothing about sports, and she quickly gets under his skin. But with another QB waiting on the sidelines, Marcus can either agree to participate, or be benched—permanently.

Scientist Clare Wynifred values intellect above most things. With her brain constantly working, she has little interest in her appearance and zero interest in sports. She never imagined her wearable tech being used to improve someone’s game, but its success with the team could get her a military contract. Clare may be too late to save her brother, but her technology could save the lives of countless soldiers. She just has to make it work with the stubborn quarterback, and she’ll be one step closer to her goal.

Marcus and Clare butt heads at first, but their mutual attraction quickly grows. And yet, with everything to lose, it’s easy to ignore that together they might be able to go the distance.

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“Chasing the Dollar” Audiobook Review!

 Book Tour!

Hiya guys! DRR has a new audiobook review to share, and it was really good!

Check out this cozy mystery comedy adventure, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below!

Chasing the Dollar

(Miranda Vaughn Mysteries #1)

 Chasing the Dollar
~Narrator: Teri Schnaubelt

~Released: July 15, 2015

~Length: 7 hours 23 minutes

~Publisher: Ellie Ashe

~Genres: Mystery, Thriller

Miranda Vaughn has spent the last year and a half fighting for her freedom. Arrested for a fraud scheme involving her supervisors, she’s lost her job at a prestigious investment firm, her fiancé, and her reputation. She walks out of the courtroom a free woman, only to find that life has a few more curve balls to throw her way. The jury may have found her not guilty, but Miranda is broke, in debt to her beloved aunt, and can’t find a job because of the cloud of suspicion still swirling around her. She’s not going to be able to move forward with her life until she finds out who set her up.

Buried in the evidence against her, Miranda finds a larger scheme, one involving far more money than the $37 million her boss fleeced from unsuspecting investors. Determined to uncover the truth, Miranda begins her own investigation – leading her to Macau and Belize, and into the arms of one sexy FBI agent, who may or may not prove to be trustworthy. When the danger heats up, Miranda finds herself in a race against time to find the person behind it all. Before he finds her….

“Keep On Believing” Audiobook Review!

Hiya guys! Hope you had an awesome weekend! Do you celebrate Easter? Did you do anything fun?

I filled my weekend with a pretty awesome audiobook, and I’m excited to share it with you! It’s a fairytale retelling, and was so good! Check out my review below, and be sure to leave a comment about what you think of this book!

Keep On Believing

 Keep On Believing
~Released: March 20th, 2016

~Parent’s Guide Rating: PG

~Genres: Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling, Romance

Taking some of the family’s jewels, Ella Spencer and her brother left the kingdom in the dead of night, escaping the clutches of their evil stepmother. Ella realized they need a different life than one of a servant. Now living in a new kingdom, Ella believes this is where they can start over again. So far, it’s working…until her brother’s school teacher starts poking his nose into their business. She cannot tell him the truth, yet deep down inside, she feels that he might be her Prince Charming after all, and be the one who’ll save her from danger. 

Christopher Morgan is hiding secrets that he never plans to divulge. The sister of one of his students intrigues him, and he can’t keep from wanting to know more about her. When a man comes around asking questions, Chris fears Ella is not safe and he needs to protect her. But he finds that he is the one in need of a dream-come-true. Can he hope that Ella will be the one to rescue him out of his life before these secrets destroy him?