Another Shot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton @rararesources @FreddieJoJo1

Hello Readers! I’m excited to be part of blog tour for Another Shot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources. Please check out the book details and excerpt in this post. I hope you enjoy it.

Book Details:

Another Shot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton​
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Love Story
Publication Date: November 2017
Another Shot is the first book in a trilogy

Synopsis:

“It used to make me feel special, the fact that they knew me, knew what I wanted, but it had soured with repetition. I’d become my drink order – that’s what it felt like. But it was okay. People watching in this place made me feel part of the world, got me away from the house for a few hours. And it was here she came back to me. I hadn’t seen her for three decades and suddenly there she was, standing next to my table. 

‘Hello, Freddie’.”

Another Shot tells the story of Freddie and Jo-Jo, who are reunited in a coffee shop thirty-five years after the end of their teenage romance. Jo-Jo finds Freddie through a mutual friend, and tells him that she is emigrating following the death of her husband. She gives him a photograph of the two of them on their first weekend away, a trip to Blackpool.

How they originally met, why they parted, what happens in their lives apart is all told through a series of flashbacks. These memories feed into events when they meet up again and explain why, despite the passage of time and the intensity of their still simmering love, there is no future for their relationship.

Excerpt:

( Freddie and Jo-Jo’s first meeting in thirty five years is over and Freddie is left in the coffee shop with his memories and reflections. He needs to decide what he’s going to do next. )

Freddie – The chair opposite me was empty. I looked again at the photo Jo-Jo had left behind. Thirty-five years. The lane and the field would still be there, but the Avenger was long gone. And Sam. And his greyhounds. And the pork pie hat. I finger traced Jo-Jo’s photographic image, bringing her back to me. We were sitting in a photo booth; I was leaning in from the side. It had taken us ages to fix the stool at the right height, standing opposite each other, me turning it clockwise, Jo-Jo anti-clockwise. ‘That’s right. Leave it alone.’ ‘It isn’t. It needs to come down more.’ And then the wait outside. Spitting with rain. My anxiety. My anticipation. Would they come out okay? Our first pictures together, proof of a connection. The photos dropping into the metal grid; us waiting ten seconds whilst they dried. I’d tried not to smile too widely, embarrassed by my chipped front tooth. Jo-Jo was holding up two fingers in a peace sign, the camera had caught her glancing sideways at me. Her auburn hair. Her nose freckles. Why hadn’t I kissed her when she’d left the coffee shop?’

Purchase Link:

UK –  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Another-Shot-Stephen-Anthony-Brotherton-ebook/dp/B077S1ZHPC

US – https://www.amazon.com/Another-Shot-Stephen-Anthony-Brotherton-ebook/dp/B077S1ZHPC

Author Bio:

‘I was born in Walsall, grew up in the West Midlands and now live in Telford with my two cats, Boris and Tai. After working in the health and social care sector for over thirty years, I have now taken early retirement to write the trilogy that has been rooted in my head for most of my life.

Another Shot is the first book in the Shots trilogy, which is based on a first love relationship I had as a teenager. It tells the story of Freddie and Jo-Jo, who are reunited in a coffee shop three decades after the end of their teenage romance. How they originally met, why they parted, what happens in their lives apart, and what happens when they reunite is all told through a series of first person vignettes. The second book, An Extra Shot, will be published in July 2019. I am currently working on the final instalment.

Getting these stories down on paper has been a cathartic process. I hope you enjoy them. ‘

Social Media Links – Instagram @freddiejojoreunited

Twitter – https://twitter.com/FreddieJoJo1

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The Secret of His Turquoise Eyes (Mindblood Series Book 1) by Praachi Verma

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The Secret of His Turquoise Eyes (Mindblood Series Book 1) by Praachi Verma
Publication Date : March 29th 2019
Read Date : June 26th 2019
Genre : Fantasy / Sci-fi
Pages : 439
Stars : ★★ 1/2 /5

Praachi marries elements of fiction, science, spirituality and romance, transforming them into a thrilling journey- a concoction of unthinkable yet logical unnaturalness.” (Free Press) 

“The adventure never fades. Fantasy, science, para-normal characters and unpredictable secrets entwines to create a stellar masterpiece.” (The Pioneer) 

THE SECRET OF HIS TURQUOISE EYES is a page turner of a mystery thriller. It melds together fantasy and science in such a way that it will stay with you long after you finish.

‘A gifted eye that can see the unperceivable, a secret that cannot be seen; with clock ticking the hunt to decode this enigma begins.’ 

Rudra Gautam is a theoretical physicist whose mesmerizing turquoise eyes aren’t just his most impressive feature, but are gifted to visualize the world of electric and magnetic energies around them. He keeps his extraordinary capabilities hidden until his uniqueness is chosen to unravel an abstruse secret. The clues to which are hidden in strangest of places; the directions to which can be obtained only by solving complex codes, that only the most knowledgeable can figure out.

Rudra quickly realizes that he will need the help of Azna Jahe, a Glacial-Geography and Lhasa expert whom he once loved. Their quest takes them on a harrowing journey over the world’s most unforgiving elevations where their innermost fears comes to life. They skim through the layers of increasingly complex ciphers, all while being pursued by a para-human assassin who will stop at nothing to obtain that secret.

But it requires a lot more than just knowledge to unravel that secret; will Rudra be able to cross those barriers to solve it? If so, then will there be any coming back for him?

How far will he go until he realizes that the answer to it lays within him? 

The Secret of His Turquoise Eyes was mixture of fantasy, sci-fi, mystery and thriller that revolved around a turquoise-eyed hero of the book. It was about power meditation and yoga, spirituality, science and technology, greed and cruelty, adventure, and good vs evil, love, and saving the world.

Rudra was uniquely intelligent protagonist who could see aura of person with his inbuilt infrared detecting turquoise eyes. (I wonder why he didn’t have x-ray vision.) His abilities were narrated in first chapter only. He was technically a superhuman and so was his uncle, Gautam who was recently elected as a prime minister of India. He was clever, smart and humble human who was guided to his equally unique quest through his dreams. He was good both as person and in his quest.

Azna was Rudra’s ex-girlfriend. She was a good companion on this perilous journey, a good person and really important part of the puzzle and Rudra’s life. She was smart and all but was shadowed by Rudra.

I liked Rudra’s uncle, Gautam who was father figure to him. He was Rudra’s true parent and after knowing everything about him I liked him.

Villains were fab. So malevolent and creative. Genetic engineering, unimaginable procedure and blood-chilling stories about them was most amazing part of the book. Half star more for creative villains.

Okay, I liked characters a little. Their description was so in-depth that I could have recognized them if they have come out of pages into real life. But… I will talk about it later.

First chapter introduced main character, his Prime Minister uncle/father, how he was raised in monastery and later his uncle came to take him back home, and how Rudra’s journey to Himalaya that directed him towards immense power that in hands of enemy could destroy the world. And then there was a dangerous superhuman enemy on Rudra’s trail.

I was curious to know, why Rudra had this superhuman abilities, specially that turquoise eyes as no Indian had that eye color, why he was dreaming strange things which was directing him to Himalaya, why he was chosen for cryptic ancient book and where it was leading him, why he broke up with Azna. As I read more I had more questions and I got all the answers eventually.

Rudra’s journey from Himalaya to his destiny to meet his love once again, to mysterious caves, deathly peaks of mountains and chilling weather was adventurous. I liked the way all complicated puzzle pieces were placed throughout the story and the way both main characters succeeded in deciphering them along with loads of spirituality, metaphysics, and science.

World-building and plot was different. The Mitzlah clan, power of meditation, yoga and spirituality, science, technology and astrophysics, secret caves and magical world was great to read.

All characters’ life story was thoroughly depicted. Romance was not strongest but I liked Azna’s story and the way Rudra and Azna cleared their confusion.

Mystery was complex. I couldn’t guess where they were heading and what kind of power was awaiting at the end of their journey. Climax was great. Battle between two mighty giants was thrilling, the only moment where I was holding my breath. I cannot exactly describe how I felt for the events after climax till the end. It joined all pieces but it was too out-worldly to actually believe it.

End was okay, different from what I expected, Rudra got what he was wandering for and all. This was first in series but I don’t think I can continue the series.

Writing. There is flowery writing and then there is overly descriptive writing that describes character’s nose, eyes, lips, hair and everything with adjectives and some more description! This was the later kind and I’m not fan of such writing. Even the scenery had too much description that made the plot boring. The sentences like “her eyes were thinking” felt really odd. How can eyes think? All I want to say it could be better with some professional help.

I didn’t like word carcass being used for a person who was killed to protect Rudra. It’s good to have vast vocabulary but some words don’t have be replaced by impressive looking synonyms.

Though the author attempted to write a good constructive plot, it felt dry, slow, and unexciting. It didn’t have the strong hold on reader. No humor, nothing to refresh reader from that heavy, complicated cryptic puzzle which made it really tiring.

I’m not fan of sex-in-middle-of nowhere-when-the-enemy-is-on-your-trail-when-anything-can-happen-at-any-time kind of thing. I don’t like such distraction, that too, lengthy.

Characters were okay but I didn’t feel for them or connected with them. They felt unrealistic and unrelatable. There emotions also were not affecting.

Overall, nice concept, interesting at places but it was not for me.

Book Links : Goodreads Amazon

Note : I downloaded free kindle copy via Amazon.

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Passport to Happiness by Carrie Stone @CarrieStoneUK @rararesources

Hello readers! Today I’m pleased to be part of Promo Blitz for Passport to Happiness by Carrie Stone, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources. Please check out the book details in this post.

Passport to Happiness by Carrie Stone​
Publication Date: 30th May 2019
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance

Synopsis:

An inspiring and escapist read – Eat, Pray, Love meets Bridget Jones!

Will the trip of her dreams…

Everly Carter is bored.

With her job, with her single status and with the never ending line of rubbish men on Tinder.  Tired of going through the motions of seeming happy, Everly wants to be happy!
 
So, in a spontaneous moment of bravery (perhaps spurred on by a few cocktails) Everly books a holiday.  Time away, alone, to find out what she really wants from life.

Become the journey of her lifetime?

Everly’s search for happiness takes her to picturesque Swiss villages and the sunsets of glamourous Bermuda.  But with every new stamp in her passport, Everly still feels as though something is missing…

Could it be that true happiness is hard to find, until she finds herself?

PRICE DROP ALERT! Passport to Happiness now just 99p! Grab your copy – http://hyperurl.co/passporttoeb ‘ 

Author Bio –

Carrie was born and raised in London, but her love for travel and adventure has seen her spend the last fourteen years living and working internationally. She is currently based in Spain alongside her husband, young daughter and adopted Indonesian dog, Bali. 

Carrie is a traditionally published author with Harper Impulse, as well as an independently published author. When not writing, she works as a Psychic Medium & Spiritual Coach (www.carriebattley.com). To find out more about her, connect on Facebook (Carrie Stone) or Twitter @CarrieStoneUK

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Quest of Fire: The Gathering Dark by Brett Armstrong @BArmstrongWV @YABOUNDTOURSPR

Hello readers! Today is my stop during the blog tour for Quest of Fire: The Gathering Dark by Brett Armstrong, organized by YA Bound Book Tours. Check out the book details and excerpt in this post.

Quest of Fire: The Gathering Dark by Brett Armstrong
Genre: YA Epic Fantasy/Christian Fantasy
Release date: April 2019

Synopsis :

Jason is an expert at running from his past. When it catches up, he finds himself hiding in a peculiar inn listening to a tale from centuries past.

The story is Anargen’s, a teen who is pulled from all he loves to follow his oaths of loyalty to the fabled King of the Realms. Together with his mentor, Cinaed, he rides north on a special quest to mediate peace talks between ancient foes–the men of Ecthelowall and the dwarfs of Ordumair. Nothing goes as planned. Many on both sides of the dispute despise Anargen’s Order. Worse, an arcane evil has returned to the North. This “Grey Scourge” seeks to ruin the peace talks and ensure a lost treasure held by the dwarfs is never found by those for whom it is meant.

As Anargen’s story unfolds, Jason begins to wonder whether it is truly just a fable. He soon finds himself drawn into the conflict Anargen faced–a battle which has shaped and can destroy his world.

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Excerpt:

Somewhere amongst the handful of blades of varying size, shape, and make would be one special sword, a Machaira Tou Pneuma, Spiritsword. It was said the very words of the High King were inscribed upon it. No other sword had ever existed to be its equal.

Though Anargen had never seen it or even tried to touch one, it was said when a Knight took hold of its hilt, the Spiritsword would take on a life of its own. Fire would catch on the blade and burn till released, though it neither burned the holder nor charred the sword or softened it. It was afire without being consumed.

Or so it was told. Legends also said only Knights saw such a thing take place. In more ancient times, many could see the effect, but now, something was different. There were whispered stories of darker lands where the High King’s rule had never been accepted still having such a keen awareness of such blades’ powers. This, of course, induced riotous laughter amongst those who doubted the verity of the stories about the Spiritswords. Anargen had always taken it to be something like seeing stars in the day. Where there is already some light, it is more difficult to notice a star. But against the night sky they gleam like precious gems in indigo mines.

Anargen licked his lips which were suddenly dry. He had been in this room before, but never before as a Knight, or at least one soon to be confirmed as a Knight. Knowing the stories, the idea of getting to witness the marvel of the Spiritsword was like the inescapable pull of gravity for him.

He made his way over to a grouping of swords. None of them looked particularly magnificent or capable of the wonders ascribed to a Spiritsword. Several had some inscriptions on their blades.

Gnawing on his lip for a moment, Anargen spared one more glance to ensure he was alone and then grabbed a sword and jerked it from its pine rack before he could talk himself out of it. A silly thing to do. The blade got stuck halfway out because of the poor angle. Anargen spent the next several seconds tugging at the blade as he was overcome with anxiety and frustration.

When he realized it would do no good, he took a deep breath and freed it from the groove it was cutting into the rack’s wood and slid it out the rest of the way.  Holding it up, he stared intently.

Nothing happened.

He got into a guard stance, mimicking what he had observed of other Knights. Muscles tensed, he stood as rigid and still as possible, holding the pose till he felt the gentle burn of his muscles tiring.

Nothing happened.

He swung the sword around.

There was a slight rush of air and nothing more.

Sighing, Anargen went through an entire series of slashes, guards, and stabs. Battling invisible opponents, he parried and countered, sortied and delivered finishing blows. One imaginary foe after another fell to the sword.

At length, he was breathing heavily and had only three swords left to choose from. Even as he put back his most recent choice, he noticed it. One sword, slightly longer, double-edged and gleaming with an argent nobility. Well-polished, it was adorned in so many characters of small and precise script, Anargen could scarcely read them. A padded leather hilt showed little use and in the cross-guard and pommel were carvings of a lion, or was it a radiant lamb?

In an instant, his heart knew what his mind was more slowly coming to accept. This was a Spiritsword. The one he had been looking for all this time. He drew near slowly, in fear. Not fear as of a snake that could strike an incautious palm, but a reverent fear.

Swallowing and gnawing on his lip, he reached out with ginger fingers to brush the hilt of the Spiritsword. For a split second Anargen thought he could feel heat rising off the blade and hear a crackle.

“Are you sure you’re ready to handle such a sword?” someone enquired from behind.

Stunned, Anargen whirled round to find Sir Cinaed watching him with a thoughtful expression. “Don’t let me stop you. For one so young and new to the Order, you have excellent form,” Sir Cinaed’s deep voice intoned.

Immediately the teen tensed from neck to knees. Stiffened by reluctance, Anargen turned around and put his hands, warm with guilt and shame, behind his back. “Thank you, sir.”

All Anargen wanted to do was slip out. His cheeks grew warm and he had little doubt they looked like they were on fire. Given his intention to sneak and observe the Spiritsword, the irony wasn’t lost on him.

Sir Cinaed crossed the room and placed a large hand on Anargen’s shoulder and gave it a squeeze. “What brought you in here? I don’t believe I have ever seen you practicing before.”

Anargen offered a rueful smile but really didn’t know what to say. He wasn’t sure what the punishment for something like this would be. The truth burst out on the breakers of a sigh. “I wanted to see what the legends speak of.”

To Anargen’s surprise, Sir Cinaed grinned broadly. “We prefer an experienced Knight be present when first learning to wield a Spiritsword, but I’m proud of your inquisitiveness. Nightfall is approaching, so I must attend to other matters. Another time, however, I can instruct you myself.”

“That would be fantastic.” the words had just left Anargen’s mouth in an excited rush when he realized all of what Sir Cinaed had said. “Seren! I’ll be late!”

The young Knight started to run past Sir Cinaed but skidded to a halt and whirled around. “I’m sorry, sir. I’m running late!”

A deep, rumbling chuckle echoed in the room as Sir Cinaed noted, “Seren is much lovelier company than me.” The mirth gave way to a sudden somber note in conclusion. “Just keep a keen eye. Always.”

About the Author:

I’m a Christian, a writer, a full-time programmer, a husband, a dad, and quite often sleep-deprived. Not necessarily ranked in order of importance, except #1 .

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

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Amazon (E-book / Paperback ) | Barnes and Noble | Books-A-Million

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?’ is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

Hello readers! I hope you all had great week. Mine was not that good. I managed to read only 1 book. It’s tough to read anything and blog when little one is up till 3 a.m. everyday!! And you have to wake up early to prepare meals, do other chores and lacking sleep doesn’t help.

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Rudra Gautam is a theoretical physicist whose mesmerizing turquoise eyes aren’t just his most impressive feature, but are gifted to visualize the world of electric and magnetic energies around them. He keeps his extraordinary capabilities hidden until his uniqueness is chosen to unravel an abstruse secret. The clues to which are hidden in strangest of places; the directions to which can be obtained only by solving complex codes, that only the most knowledgeable can figure out.

Rudra quickly realizes that he will need the help of Azna Jahe, a Glacial-Geography and Lhasa expert whom he once loved. Their quest takes them on a harrowing journey over the world’s most unforgiving elevations where their innermost fears comes to life. They skim through the layers of increasingly complex ciphers, all while being pursued by a para-human assassin who will stop at nothing to obtain that secret.

But it requires a lot more than just knowledge to unravel that secret; will Rudra be able to cross those barriers to solve it? If so, then will there be any coming back for him?

How far will he go until he realizes that the answer to it lays within him? 

This is taking longer than I expected. In the beginning only I didn’t like few things but I want to know what’s going on. So, I will not abandon this turquoise-eyed man.

NEXT THIS WEEK-

Most Probably! If I managed to finish that 400 pages long turquoise eyes secret which I already think could be shorten to 300!

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Some summer loves you can never forget, found in a place where summer never ends and where you’ll discover the essence of the rugged and romantic outback of Australia’s Northern Territory, in this small-town series of Elsie Creek. It’s a place filled with more cattle and crocodiles than people—who still manage to find love…

Are you ready to Escape to a HAPPILY EVER AFTER?

After seven-years, creative Mumpreneur, Kathryn (Kat) Jones, returns to the outback town of Elsie Creek at the request of her dying uncle. Kat can’t fix the man but she can care for his wife, fix his home, and fix his beloved vehicle to get him there.

Workaholic, Kyle Smythe, owns the only mechanical workshop in town, and he’s about to propose to another woman when his ex-muse rolls into his yard seeking help to restore her uncle’s ute.

For Kat, Kyle was her best friend, her creative collaborator, and first and only love. But his rejection tore her heart apart.

Kyle’s scars still sting over Kat’s desertion—especially when he’d needed her the most.

Yet these long-lost summer soulmates are compelled to team-up to make a man they both care for happy in his final days.

Can they work together without re-igniting that spark shared those many summers ago? Or will it remind them of their promises of forever that ended in never…

What readers are saying about this sweet, second chance, small town, rural romance:

“The author paints an amazing picture of the outback with her words drawing you into the story…”

“If you’re fan of Aussie outback stories then you will enjoy this…”

“The descriptions of the outback are so real, you would think you were in Australia yourself.”

“A wonderful outback tale”

Are you a fan of small town romance?

Are you a lover of Australian Rural Romance authors Rachael Johns, Cathryn Hein, Annie Seaton, Fleur McDonald, and Karly Lane?

Then you’ll adore Australian bestselling author, Mel A ROWE’s unique outback spin, set in a place where cattle and crocodiles outnumber the people and where the summer never ends… Welcome, to Elsie Creek.

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