CoverReveal: 50 Shakes of Amazingness @gina_wann @bginareview

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Hello Book Lovers! Today is the cover reveal for 50 Shakes of Amazingness by Regina Timothy.

Book detail:

50 Shakes of Amazingness by Regina Timothy

Genre: Cook Book

Release Date: 12th June 2018

Pre Orders Available From28th May2018

Book blurb:

“One blender + fresh ingredients = 50 shakes to last you all summer!”

50 Shakes of Amazingness presents you with “50- crowd-pleasing and award-winning milkshakes presented in an easy, step-by-step format to ensure success for anyone.”

From the potassium-rich bananas, to the free radical-fighting blueberries, and the nutrient-rich spinach, not forgetting the sweet almond milk – you can be sure of healthy, fun-filled shakes for you and your loved ones.

Filled with classic recipes such as the strawberry shake, and the chocolate shake which are presented with the owner’s own unique twist, this is a collection of simple, straightforward recipes that will help you enjoy a healthy, fun-filled summer.

Whether you are vacationing at some exotic location, enjoying the day at the beach, or simply spending some quality time with family, these simple, delicious recipes are all you need to keep you filled, fueled and smiling all through summer.

50 Shakes of Amazingness is a keeper for anyone who likes to delicious cold drinks or plans to get started.

Regina is happy to share with you some of her favorite shakes of all time.

Author Bio

Reg 2 b.jpgRegina is a writer, cookbook author, blogger and cooking teacher living in Nairobi Kenya.

Regina Timothy is passionate about food. Her articles and recipes appear regularly in Let’s Cook Kenya, Let’s Eat and Cooking magazine.

She loves sharing her recipes and kitchen knowledge, techniques and tips with homemakers all over the world.

50 Shakes of Amazingness is her second book after Full Circle which was released late last year and has been doing really well on Amazon store. Her second recipe book is scheduled for release later in the year.

Feel free to connect with Regina on Twitter at https://twitter.com/gina_wann and visit her blog at https://reginatimothy.wordpress.com/

Now the cover……

 

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Buy Details:

Release date: December 12th June 2018

ASIN: B07D946ZJG

Price E-Book: $0.99

Amazon Pre-order Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D946ZJG

Giveaway:

The author will be awarding 5 copies of the recipe book to randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.

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That’s yum, I can’t wait to try them. Please like share and comment if you like the cover and the book. 

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THREE QUOTES IN THREE DAYS: DAY 2

Many tanks to Jenna @Bookmark Your Thoughts for nominating me in this tag. Please check out her blog. 

THE RULES

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote each day).
  • Nominate 3 new bloggers each day. 

Day 2: 

“I guess when lots of big things are happening around you.. little things can blow out of proportion.”

 

– Esme’s Wish (Esme Series #1) by Elizabeth Foster

I Tag-

Harini@ BooksandReaders

Priyasha @ BOOKS AND CO.

Angie @ Angie Dokos


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#BlogTour #Review: Sarah’s Shadow by Nick Jones @rararesources @nickjonesauthor

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Hey Everyone today is my spot on the blog tour for Sarah’s Shadow, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources. Many thanks to author and Rachel for providing me a copy of this book. Hope you all enjoy reading this post.

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Publication Date – 6th December 2017

Publisher – Full Media Ltd

Read Date – May 25th 2018

Genre – Picture book (School Stories)

Target Audience – Children (age 5 to 7)

Pages– 32

Stars: 5/5

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If you could change something about yourself, would you do it? When Sarah Simpkins is teased about her shadow in the school playground, she finds herself wishing she didn’t have one. That night she has the chance to make the wish come true. But will losing her shadow really make her happy?


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Sarah’s Shadow was a story about Sarah who on being teased about her thin and tall shadow in school ground made a wish that she didn’t have a shadow any more. But as soon as her wish was fulfilled she realized it was going to be difficult to be without shadow.

This was very sweet story, it was fun to read. In just few pages it made me curious to know how Sarah’s wish will come true and what will happen when she lost her shadow or of she will get it back or not. Storyline and language was smooth and very engaging. All illustrations were colorful and beautiful, created by keeping all small details in mind, specifically of Sarah and her shadow. Her expression and feelings was illustrated so beautifully.

The message behind the story was insightful. One should not listen to a person who always looking for something to tease you. It’s very important for kids to understand that falling under peer pressure is not good and consequences of peer pressure can be terrible, some wishes or things one can’t undo. By taking a shadow as object it also tells that no matter how you look or how much something about yourself you don’t like, you should embrace it as a part of yours.

I loved the way Sarah realized her mistake and found her shadow eventually. The end was very powerful and I loved all the tricks she made. Parents would love to read this book with their kids. It will help them to open discussion on peer pressure and other small messages told by this story. It’s a perfect classroom book.

Overall, it was wonderful book with insightful messages and lovely illustrations. I recommend this book to all teachers, parents, and kids would love to read.


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Author Bio: 

nickjonesamazon.jpgNick Jones is an author based in Cheshire, UK, but originally from Bristol. He has written a series of joke books and an illustrated children’s book. His first joke book, Gagged and Bound, was written during the summer of 2014 and was published by Full Media Ltd later in the year to critical acclaim, garnering positive reviews from numerous book review websites such as Reader’s Favorite and The Bookbag. A follow-up, Gagged and Bound 2, was released a year later and received a similarly positive response, and in 2017 Nick returned with the third instalment. Nick returned with a very different book, Sarah’s Shadow, in December 2017. He has several new books in the pipeline including two picture books and a children’s joke book.

Social Media Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nickjonesauthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NickJonesAuthor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickjones.author

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickjonezy/

Purchase Links:

https://full-media.co.uk/product/sarahs-shadow-nick-jones

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sarahs-Shadow-Nick-Jones/dp/0993079490  (UK site)

https://www.amazon.com/Sarahs-Shadow-Nick-Jones/dp/0993079490 (US site)

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Esme’s Wish (Esme Series #1) by Elizabeth Foster

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Publication Date: October 30th 2017

Publisher: Odyssey Books

Read Date: May 24th 2018

Genre: Fantasy / Middle Grade / YA

Pages: 252

Stars:5/5

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“A fresh new fantasy of an enchanting world.” – Wendy Orr,author of Nim’s Island and Dragonfly Song.

When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father’s wedding, her protest is dismissed as the action of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme’s mother, Ariane – so why can’t she?

But Esme is suspicious. She is sure that others are covering up the real reason for her mother’s disappearance – that ‘lost at sea’ is code for something more terrible, something she has a right to know.

After Esme is accidentally swept into the enchanted world of Aeolia, the truth begins to unfold. With her newfound friends, Daniel and Lillian, Esme retraces her mother’s steps in the glittering canal city of Esperance, untangling the threads of Ariane’s double life. But the more Esme discovers about her mother, the more she questions whether she really knew her at all. 

This fresh, inventive tale is an ideal read for younger teens.


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Esme’s Wish is first in the series really sets its level of creativeness and inventiveness that blurb promises. Book is Middle Grade fantasy that can also enjoyed by YA readers. It was about lust for power vs love and doing a right thing for greater good and mainly about daughter-mother love with a struggle of teenage girl in finding truth behind her mother’s disappearance, discovering the world she knew only in stories which was bigger part of her mother’s life, and her trust and love for her mother that takes her through many challenges on the way of her quest. 

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Esme was teenage girl but what I really liked about her was she was not like typical teens- grumpy or sarcastic. She did rebel against her father who was moving on, stopped searching for her mother and now marrying Penelope. But her rebellious nature was genuine. She couldn’t move on or believe and was suspicious regarding her mother’s disappearance as her father never revealed the truth. People kept secret from her. She was nice, kind, strong, conscious and instinctive. Ooh and I loved her gifts. It was amazing.

Her friends Lillian and Daniel were amazing. They eventually became friends she never had whom she can rely on and trust for anything. Lillian was bit timid, less adventurous but sweet and kind who stick to Esme no matter how dangerous the situation was. Daniel was fun, lively and cheerful, and adventurous.

Esme’s mother- Ariane– was missing and so all about her we know by the Esme’s search and her memory of her mother before she went missing. She was great artist and was nice. As Esme got to know more about her, along with her me too felt some things weird about her actions. But I have feeling the next books of the series reveal more about her nature and actions. Same goes with Esme’s father- Aaron. I have few questions regarding his actions as well. Let’s see how these two parents turn out and react in next books. I’m excited to hear their story from their end that I’m sure will come in next books.

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That world building was so creative and awesome. Esme and her father lived in small village on a Picton Island that was a part of an archipelago. It was described nicely specifically the people of the village. The major part of the book was set in the other world that is Aeolia that she found accidentally during her search for her mother. This world had everything you would love to read in fantasy world- It had its own history and myth that was based on Greek mythology, Dragons, Sirens, people with magical gifts, creatures, and many other things which was even more interesting to read. I loved to read Aeolia’s history and its origin and all the info about this new world. Oh and there is a map as well.

Everything was depicted amazingly with stories and all required explanations. Most amazing thing about the book was, readers get to know all the answers they seek and expect from the book. Nothing was left unexplained and yet there was feeling that you will find more about the world in next books. Another best thing was no romance

All characters were great. Those three teens were a bit more mature than I expected. Esme did learn lot in this book about her mother, her gift, and specifically about friendship. Author gave all satisfactory info on characterization with the surety that you will find more about them in next books

Third person narration made the world even broad. Esme’s feelings, grief and curiosity, doubts and her fierce determinations on finding her mom was remarkable. I couldn’t guess a thing how she will find her mother and where the clues that she got from people of Aeolia will lead her. Author created suspense so nicely that it had cozy mystery feeling. As I said earlier, along with Esme I also doubted her mother’s sanity and actions on certain points.

Twist and turns were unpredictable. Climax and end was amazing. Author put all the pieces of puzzles so smoothly. End was minor cliff hanger. There is hint on what you will find or expect in next book but makes you curious to know how that will happen. All in all climax and end were satisfactory.

I don’t have any complains for the book. It turned out as great as was promised and I have great expectations from the next book of the series ‘Esme’s Gift’ that I eagerly want to read.

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Overall, Esme’s Wish was refreshing focusing on daughter-mother love with creative and unique world that will take the readers of this genre to a new adventure. I definitely recommend this book.


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Author: Elizabeth Foster 

To know more about author click HERE.

Purchase Link: Amazon.com / Amazon.in

*** Note: I received review copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to author for giving me a chance to read this book. ***

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Finding Joy by Morven-May MacCallum

Finding Joy

Publication Date: May 31st 2017

Publisher: Brown Dog Books

Read Date: May 20th 2018

Genre: Fiction / Fictional memoir

Pages: 228

Stars: 5/5 5 star_crop

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I would like to introduce myself, I feel it’s only fair. Only I know you so well now, you might get a scare. I know you know I’m in there, though I crept with greatest stealth: I am the hidden monster buried within yourself. Joyce is only sixteen when she’s torn from the life she loves. Two years pass, but Joyce, her family, and her best friend Logan, are no closer to learning what’s causing her dizzying array of symptoms. As Joyce tried to come to terms with her increasing limitations those around her struggle to understand what she is going through. Baffled and unsure, the doctors eventually diagnose Joyce with ME and CFS. But when Joyce and her family refuse to accept this diagnosis, her mental stability is called into question. Desperate for the truth and scared for Joyce’s life, their only hope lies in a private hospital where she is finally diagnosed with Lyme Disease. Can Joyce survive a treatment as brutal as her illness? Can she find her way in a world she no longer recognises?


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That blurb tells all about the book and what’s in it. Finding Joy was fictional memoir about Joyce suffering from Lyme disease written by author who fought this illness herself for almost 10 years and wrote with purpose of raising awareness. This book was raw, direct, honest and poignant account of the disease from perspective of patient, her relative, and friend.

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Joy was 18 old teen who already lost 2 years life without any proper diagnosis. Even her sanity was questioned. I just loved to read her true thoughts. She was damn brave and strong. Her thoughts, pain, suffering, and fight was remarkably raw. Her pain was so excruciating that I feared she might give up at certain point. I admired her for the way she kept fighting the disease.

Beth– Aunt of Joy- was as strong as Joy. She was such an amazing lady. It’s not easy task to manage house, work and take care of a chronically ill patient, and putting aside all your need and life. She did all of that so brilliantly. She was more resilient and relentless than Joy when it came to finding about the disease and its treatment. I think if she was not there, Joy might have given up earlier. It was like she was going through her own kind of pain. I just loved this character from all the aspect.

Logan was true friend of Joy who stuck by her side all the time. His perspective was honest and gave the view of how a person around ill patient feel who is perfectly healthy and why they feel uncomfortable.

Dog– I can’t forget him while I talk about characters. A dog was named ‘Dog’. It made me smile when I read how he got his name Dog. When no one was around he was the only one who gave company to Joy. He was really nice dog and I loved the way he understood Joy’s pain.

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First of all, I didn’t know anything about Lyme disease before. After I got the review request for this book, I researched about it and also checked if it exist in India as well, which found very rare here and only in particular regions. It perked my curiosity to know more about it and I’m glad I read this book.

In first chapter only I got to see how severe Joy’s condition was and I was utterly shocked that doctors couldn’t give a proper diagnosis. Her mental turmoil was heart touching and I could literally see and feel how terrible it might be for her when she couldn’t perform a day-to-day activities and even worst when any other person couldn’t understand her condition. Most horrible thing was when doctors ignored all those pain and difficulties and just told her that it’s all in her head. That was most shocking of all. I couldn’t believe they could do that to her just so the country can show lower ratio to a disease that is hard to diagnose and even harder to treat.

It was emotionally touching to read Joy’s perspective. She expressed her feeling with blunt truth. It felt so real and raw without any sugary coats that made it little hard to read. A normal person really can’t fathom how terrible it was for her or any Lyme disease patient.

I felt sad for her, angry towards medical system, love for her aunt and family. Her Aunt’s perspective gave great view towards her life as a caretaker, as an only person who could see her real pain, and how it truly affects a relative of patient. The way she listed all Joy’s symptoms, her research in finding out what’s wrong with her, how she managed her treatment and the schedule was utterly mind-blowing. She did better job in researching than doctors until they found right doctor.

Most amazing thing about the book was, all chapters that started with points telling about- how chronically ill patients feel, do’s and don’ts around them, how people should behave around them, what they like and don’t like, what they expects and their preferences for certain things, how their caretakers feel, and how healthy person feels around ill person. I bookmarked all those pages. I wish everyone can read and understand all those points.

This book truly showed how much a disease can take from your life; how people changes, behave and act when they know about your illness; how person come to terms with the condition; and how much support, care, understanding, proper treatment, and strong soul a person need to fight against it.

End was really nice. Even at the end it showed some or maybe most people always behave like they used to. Nothing changes their behavior and how immaturely they act. I definitely tag them as Joy did- IIM- Insensitive, Ignominious Morons.

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Overall, it was great book to know all about Lyme disease and truly met its purpose of raising awareness of disease. I highly recommend this book to all readers of all age.


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Author: Morven-May MacCallum

To know more about author click⇒ HERE.

Purchase Link: Amazon.in / Amazon.com

***  Many thanks to author for providing me e-copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review. ***

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