2016 End Of Year Book Survey! — Dreamy Addictions

Reprinted from the blog of ravenblake99, Dreamy Addictions. Thank you, Raven, and Happy New Year.

Hello Everyone! Welcome to my End Of Year Book Survey 2016! This awesome survey was actually created by Jamie @The Perpetual Page Turner . This was my second time doing the survey and you can find my last year 2015’s survey at here. So, without further ado let’s begin! Number Of Books You Read: 151 Number […]

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Time To Renew

Time To Renew

Quill & Parchment

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Perched on my balcony today and got a call. “Maám, your HDFC card is near to expiry date, and you need a to Renew it” I told him a “Yes, your services have been too good, and I would like to go for the Renewal“, and he was happy to do all the formalities and take care of things for me and then he asked me to fill the KYC form. A KYC form, a Know Your Customer form. They wanted to know me better, my necessities and prerequisites, my limits and my usage. I ended the call with an appointment to see him the following day.

I sat with the form he has left me to fill my eyes fixed on the word Renewal. You know what I was thinking? I was thinking that we have become so empirical and pragmatic in all walks of life…

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REVIEW: SOUTHERN SPIRITS, The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, Book 1, by Angie Fox.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars by Iris Chacon.

(An electronic copy was provided in exchange for an honest, objective review.)


Quirky, original, surprising, and delightful.


In this charming, lighthearted tale, Verity Long travels from Chicaco with her pet skunk, Lucy, to try to save her late grandma’s beloved old house in the declining small Southern town of Sugarland. Verity sells everything from the house except a sleeping bag, a lantern, and the dented urn on the mantel. Still, she must come up with $20,000 more by tomorrow morning or the house goes on the auction block


Enter Verity’s unexpected ally, and former ashy resident of the dented urn: “Frankie the German,” who is the ghost of a Roaring-Twenties-style mafioso. Frankie knows of a deceased criminal associate’s buried treasure on the property of a crotchety old widow up the road. The property is haunted, but the ghostly Frankie has no problem with that. He’ll make it possible for Verity to see and talk with the spirit realm. Of course, the property owner’s shotgun and itchy trigger finger could be a problem for Verity, who doesn’t want to become a ghost. Add to that the possibility of arrest for trespassing by a deputy sheriff who is “drop dead gorgeous,” but no fan of Verity’s since she jilted his brother at the altar.


Author Angie Fox lets Verity narrate her own story in the first person, and Verity’s Southern charm and wit carry the reader gently and happily through all her natural and supernatural encounters. The book is an easy, satisfying read, with no offensive material.

51 Great Similes to Spark Imagination

Great ideas and advice for using similes. Thanks, Jacqui.


I love similes. They say more in 5-10 words than a whole paragraph. They are like spice to a stew, or perfume to an evening out. They evoke images far beyond the range of words.

Simile–the comparison of two unlike things using the word ‘like’ or ‘as’.  As bald as a newborn babe. As blind as a bat. As white as snow.

Wait–no self-respecting writer would use those. Similes are as much about displaying the writer’s facility with her/his craft as communicating. We are challenged to come up with new comparisons no one has heard before. I’ve seen contests on writer’s blogs for similes and most leave me bored, if not disgusted. It’s harder than it looks to create a simile that works. Look at these I found on G+:

  • #1 – Being with him was like sitting through a Twilight Marathon, all sparkles and self-loathing.
  • #2 – She…

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The Giving Season: Top 10 Reasons Why Books Make Great Gifts

Thanks to Cindy Fazzi for this timely post. Merry Christmas.

Cindy Fazzi

Photo by Vince Fazzi, December 2016.(Photo by Vince Fazzi, December 2016)

Still looking for the perfect gift? An email I received from the Authors Guild listed 10 reasons why you should give books to your loved ones this holiday season—and all other occasions!

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Review: A PINCH OF POISON, by Alyssa Maxwell

Review: A PINCH OF POISON, by Alyssa Maxwell

Rated 5 out of 5 stars by Iris Chacon. (An electronic copy of the book was provided to the reviewer in exchange for an honest and objective review.)


This delightful post-WWI English mystery is the second in the author’s “Lady and Lady’s Maid Mysteries” series, but readers need not be familiar with the first book to enjoy the second. A Pinch of Poison stands on its own quite well, setting the tone and pace of England just after The Great War, when Lady Phoebe and her maid Eva strive to solve a murder mystery in a boarding school for well-bred young ladies.

The settings, era, and characters are beautifully developed. The twists and turns of the murder mystery accompany twists and turns in the (perfectly chaste) love lives of Lady Phoebe and Eva. Lovers of Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple will certainly enjoy A Pinch of Poison and will probably also wish to read the first book in the series, Murder Most Malicious, by Alyssa Maxwell.

No one need worry about being offended by any language or behavior in this novel. It is pleasant and entertaining for readers of any age.


Review: A Kiss Under the Christmas Lights


Rated 5 out of 5 stars by Iris Chacon. (An electronic copy of the book was given to the reviewer in exchange for an honest, objective review.)

This delightful novel does for Christmas what Nia Vardalos did for Big Fat Greek Weddings. In this case, the loud, large family is Italian and staunchly Catholic.

With a million close kissundrxmaslitescvrrelatives watching her every move, both socially and professionally, Gia San Valentino is still living in her parents’ house in her mid-twenties. She is dutifully helping her mother and incorrigible aunts with the annual church Christmas Festival when a new soon-to-be-ordained young priest is assigned to Gia’s parish.

That’s fine. Old Father Mario is older than dirt and will be retiring soon.

What’s not fine is that Gia is terminally smitten with Father Mario’s young, handsome replacement! She knows two things for sure: (1) her family must never find out what she feels toward the priest, and (2) there is a special spot reserved for her in hell for what she thinks when she looks at him.

The author wisely lets Gia narrate the story from within the craziness of a huge, nosey, Catholic family, and the resulting story is brimming with heart and humor. With mild language and no explicit sex, this book is fun for readers of any age from 10 to 100. While certain social and cultural aspects of being Catholic are mentioned, there is no religious discussion of the meaning of Christmas. This is just good, clean, wintertime fun and a great Christmas gift for readers.