10 Statements – Tarrah Anders

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Tarrah Anders has been writing since she was in middle school and throughout college. She never vocalized or followed through with her desire to be a writer, until one day she read a horrible book and thought: ‘I could do better than that!’ Tarrah kept her writing romance from her husband for nearly two years, but finally told him because… royalties and taxes. When he immediately tried to skip forward to any steamy scenes, then referred to the moment as in Lethal Weapon 4.

Tarrah is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, but currently resides in beautiful San Diego with her own little family while working during the day as a social worker. She is a hardcore San Francisco Giants fan and anything dealing with cupcakes and Zombies.

Find me…

Website:  www.tarrahanders.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TarrahAnders/
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/tarrahanders
Instagram:  www.instagram.com/tarrahanders
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/Tarrah_Anders
Amazon:  amazon.com/author/tarrahanders

 

My personal motto:

As Buzz Lightyear says: “Never give up, never surrender.”

 

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… waking up to a 3-year-old calling for me from his bedroom, getting him ready for Pre-School , getting myself to my day job and sitting in my office for a solid hour until the caffeine kicks in.
  2. I lose track of time by listening to music, I get so caught up with the imagery the lyrics sometimes provide that I look like I’ve zoned out for a solid hour whilst daydreaming, which also helps lead to storylines or just really good pictures behind the eye lids.
  3. I have always… created to-do lists. I have them everywhere, in my planner, on my computer, in my phone… sometimes I forget to cross things off in one and not the other, so I probably need to come up with a better system.
  4. I have never… said … Never. I try to keep it out of my vocabulary, unless I’m telling my toddler to “…never do that again!”
  5. Home means to me… the place that I go to to sit on my side out the couch and ‘vedge out after my long day of doing things and stuff.
  6. I am inspired by… children – they aren’t touched (yet) by the world and I wish I could re-see things through their eyes.
  7. I would like to meet… author BB Easton – I feel like she’s my spirit animal.
  8. My worst character trait… is my sarcasm. Not everyone gets it.
  9. My best character trait… is my sarcasm, my husband sure gets it!
  10. The best advice I was given… is from Nike: “Just do it!”

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Frozen Over

TYSON MADDOX is confident, cocky and a playboy. He is also the CEO of Mad Designs, a company which he was born into, a revived fashion company in the city. With the upcoming launch of their summer campaign, Tyson takes notice of one of the models employed by his company. When circumstances arise to provide the perfect opportunity, he makes his move. With her he is the open, caring and attentive one woman man. However, when he learns about a side job which she has, all is lost. If Tyson doesn’t get his way, then they’re done. Too bad, he’s miserable without her.

ALLISON STAFFORD was hired to become the face of Mad Designs for the new summer line. She’s beautiful and not afraid to eat doughnuts in public. When she catches the eye of the CEO, she doesn’t know how to interpret his affections. When they become an official item and Hell has Frozen Over, but it’s over before they know it, before the ice is fully thawed.

ALLISON & TYSON deal with their issues, until his past catches up with them and tries to pull them apart. Will they get the chance that they both need or will they be torn apart?

Buy link:  books2read.com/u/m2X1n7

 

Christmas Cats (Inca Cat Series, #2) by R.F. Kristi

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The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Another adventure story from Inca the extraordinary Siberian kitty-cat. It is Christmas time, and Inca is ready to enjoy the holiday season with her Siamese sister Cara and brother Fromage – the cheese loving Tabby cat, not to forget their adopted hamster Charlotte. Life turns interesting when their neighbourhood tough dog – Boss comes around asking for help to save the loss of his master and domicile. Another mystery to solve with the help of their neighbours Monk the Blue Russian cat and Polo the Pekinese doggy. An eventful time is around the corner for the newly formed detective team headed by Inca.

Genre(s): Children’s ebooks > Animals > Cats
Children’s ebooks > Fiction > Animals
Series: Inca Cat Series, #2
Length: 72 pages
Release date: 2016-11-17

 

Teaser


…We had seen Boss walk by in the safety of our home, but none of us relished the thought of meeting him one-on-one.

‘I met him in the park this morning’, said Polo. ‘He actually came up to me and asked me how I was and whispered that he very much wished to meet Monk and the group who solved the mystery of the lost diamond necklace of my Señora.


My Opinion

This book sees Christmas approaching. Inca – a Siberian cat and her family are looking forward to their planned Christmas festivity. Knowing Inca and her way of thinking, you can guess that some mystery needs to be solved as well.

With Christmas Cats, R.F. Kristi has created another beautiful story of cats, their human Missy, further animals, and a mystery. It is a highly enjoyable read, you are drawn very close to Inca – if you are willing to let it happen. R.F. Kristi’s love for animals shows. She carefully elaborates the four-legged characters; the two-legged characters are of sufficient depth as well. Inca – charming sleuth and confessing Dr. House fan – guides the reader through the story, making it a feel-good read. The story comprises likeable characters, two little mysteries, and it has a really good flow. It is the second book in a series and – as I also enjoyed the first one, I am looking forward to reading the next one.

This is a book for you if you like steady-paced, funny, and heart-warming stories for children, lovely illustrations, if you love animals, and if you like interesting four-legged characters.

Recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Hopeful, suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence :mrgreen:
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the author

R. F. Kristi is the author of the Inca Book Series. Her target audiences are children and animal lovers. The series is based on the escapades of a feisty Siberian kitty who considers herself a great sleuth.

‘The Cats Who Crossed Over From Paris’ was released in June 2016 and the ‘Christmas Cats’ followed in December 2016. The third in the series – ‘Cats in Provence’ is currently bubbling and will be completed sometime in February 2017.

Kristi holds a doctorate in economic development and has worked in several international organizations. She has travelled and lived in many countries around the globe. She is fluent in English and French.

Kristi lives in Paris with her family and two cats, Inca and Cara. She is passionate about animal rescue efforts.

For more information see:  www.incabookseries.com

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Christmas Cats?  Or – if you did not yet read Christmas Cats – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


10 Statements – R. F. Kristi

Review:  The Cats Who Crossed Over From Paris

 

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The Cats Who Crossed Over From Paris (Inca Cat Series, #1) by R.F. Kristi

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The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Inca, a Siberian puss, tells the story about her furry family – her brother Fromage, who is addicted to cheese and considers himself a cheese monger, and her sister, Cara, a gorgeous but timid Siamese. Inca, an avid fan of Dr. House, considers herself the leader of the troupe and responsible for the well-being of the family. They own, according to Inca, Missy, a young humanoid who has a well-established cheese shop in Paris. The story revolves around how Missy decides to move to London with her co-partners, Jacques and Genevieve, to run their new cheese shop and café. Can Fromage leave his pal, Charlotte, behind? Soon after arriving in London, the three cats accompany Missy to their neighbour’s house where they meet Monk, a blue Russian cat and Terrance, a golden retriever owned by their famous neighbour, a detective named Solo, living in the same compound in Kensington.

Things start to get interesting when Monk tries to help their neighbour, Polo, a sad little Pekinese whose mistress, a formerly well-known opera singer who is pining for her lost husband, has her valuable diamond necklace stolen. Can Inca and her family assist Monk and Terrance to recover the diamond necklace and resolve Polo’s problems?

Genre(s): Children’s ebooks > Animals > Cats
Children’s ebooks > Fiction > Animals
Series: Inca Book Series, #1
Length: 160 pages
Release date: 2016-07-20

 

Teaser


…I pride myself as a feline version of Dr. House, intelligent, observant and out of the ordinary though I was not sure if the rest of the household had this perception of me. I constantly dream of being like Dr. House, solving cases and saving lives. Well no one could contest the fact that I am intelligent and observant with a serious countenance. I rarely see Dr. House smiling, and I try to imitate that look. He is my hero.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Inca – a Siberian cat and her family.

With The Cats Who Crossed Over From Paris, R.F. Kristi has created a beautiful story of cats, their human Missy, further animals, and a mystery. It is a highly enjoyable read, you are drawn very close to Inca – if you are willing to let it happen. R.F. Kristi’s love for animals shows. She carefully elaborates the four-legged characters; the two-legged characters are of sufficient depth as well. Inca – charming sleuth and confessing Dr. House fan – guides the reader through the story, making it a feel-good read. The story comprises likeable characters, a little mystery, and it has a really good flow. It is the first book in a series and – I am looking forward to reading the next one.

Something I highly appreciated: There is a vocabulary part! Some names and/or words are French or Spanish – they are listed with the English translation. R.F. Kristi definitely is a very thoughtful author. (As a translator I often wonder why foreign language expressions and their meanings are not included in more books.)

This is a book for you if you like steady-paced, funny, and heart-warming stories for children, lovely pictures, if you love animals, and if you like interesting four-legged characters.

Recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Hopeful, suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence :mrgreen:
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the author

R. F. Kristi is the author of the Inca Book Series. Her target audiences are children and animal lovers. The series is based on the escapades of a feisty Siberian kitty who considers herself a great sleuth.

‘The Cats Who Crossed Over From Paris’ was released in June 2016 and the ‘Christmas Cats’ followed in December 2016. The third in the series – ‘Cats in Provence’ is currently bubbling and will be completed sometime in February 2017.

Kristi holds a doctorate in economic development and has worked in several international organizations. She has travelled and lived in many countries around the globe. She is fluent in English and French.

Kristi lives in Paris with her family and two cats, Inca and Cara. She is passionate about animal rescue efforts.

For more information see:  www.incabookseries.com

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Cats Who Crossed Over From Paris?  Or – if you did not yet read The Cats Who Crossed Over From Paris – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


10 Statements – R. F. Kristi

 

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Kima by A. H. Amin

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The author sent me an ARC of this book (pdf format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Christmas Eve 1928 gave birth to a yearly phenomenon in South Africa. A herd of false killer whales were found beached upon the shore. It has also given birth to the story of two young children who meet an old woman named Kima. Kima somehow knows why this has happened, but that’s not all she knows. The children, Alex and Alice, realize that there is more to this woman than what meets the eye, and ear. She will reveal to them a tale, a mysterious story she claims was passed on to her by a mythical Black Seagull.

Derived from both historic tales and figures, Kima is a fictional character portrayed in a way that makes her become real.

Genre(s): Literature & Fiction > Mythology & Folk Tales
Series: n.a.
Length: 140 pages
Release date: 2016-11-03

 

Teaser


She gazed at the small child and she saw her feelings through the little girl’s gestures; it was the same way she had felt when she had looked at the birds earlier that day. Alice met the same eyes that were inspecting her. Noticing the odd way the old woman was looking at her, she stopped biting her nails.

‘It’s not your fault child’ the old woman said.

‘Don’t worry, Kima can tell.’


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Alice and Alex, two white children in South Africa. After more or less falling over false killer whales beached on the shore they meet Kima – a wise woman who tells them an unforgettable story.

With Kima, A. H. Amin has created a remarkable story of two children and a wise woman. Kima’s story, told to her by the Black Seagull, leaves an impression – not only on Alice and Alex; I could hear her voice in my mind. The tale of courageous allies and their endeavour to save the world is beautiful. It is a good read, drawing you close to Kima, Alice, Alex, and the tale. Respect for nature should be on our minds, listening instead of being indifferent. A. H. Amin was inspired by an article about suicide whales on the beaches of South Africa, he did some research on whales and learned that whales use the Earth’s magnetic field to navigate. ‘What if a magnetic field generated by a different source could influence and affect whales?’ Kima, Alice, and Alex are of sufficient depth – as well as believable. The story has a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like mythology and folk tales, as well as nature and food for thought.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence :mrgreen:
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the author

A. H. Amin was born in Iraq, and he had lived most of his life in Kuwait. He studied dentistry in Emirates in his first years and then he continued in Egypt.

He had first came across to his talent when he had met a group of students in Emirates who were discussing the making of a movie. After seeing how his ideas had impressed them, he started to take a little interest in literature.

He started finally after he came up with the idea of a new fiction thriller book, Psychs, which was his first published book, after he received good criticism about his new idea.

At present he continues to write the Psychs’ series and planning for the next one.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Kima?  Or – if you did not yet read Kima – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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Chameleon by Zoe Kalo

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The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

An isolated convent, a supernatural presence, a dark secret…



17-year-old Paloma only wanted to hold a séance to contact her dead father. She never thought she would be kicked out of school and end up in an isolated convent. Now, all she wants is to be left alone. But slowly, she develops a bond with a group of girls: kind-hearted Maria, insolent Silvy, pathological liar Adelita, and their charismatic leader Rubia.

When, yet again, Paloma holds a séance in the hope of contacting her father, she awakens an entity that has been dormant for years. And then, the body count begins. Someone doesn’t want the secret out…

Are the ghost and Paloma’s suspicions real—or only part of her growing paranoia and delusions?

Genre(s): Children’s eBooks > Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Scary Stories > Scary Stories
Teen & Young Adult > Horror
Children’s Books > Sci-Fi & Fantasy > Spine-Chilling Horror
Series: n.a.
Length: 187 pages
Release date: 2017-02-02

 

Teaser


Rubia said something else, but by then I’d turned my face to the call of the waterfall and wasn’t listening anymore. For an instant, a terrible sensation gripped me, as if the sweet-smelling flowers had suddenly wilted and rotted. I was spiraling down, down. then hands, pulling me up.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to 17-year-old Paloma, expelled from school after holding a séance. She is sent to a convent in the middle of nowhere, hoping to be left in peace.

With Chameleon, Zoe Kalo has created an extraordinary story of a young woman who just wants to contact her dead father. Strange things are happening at the convent as some secrets better stay buried. It is a compelling read, drawing you close to Paloma and the events. I suffered with Paloma, inwardly rebelling against the strict rules, and being as surprised by some revelations. Zoe Kalo knows how to keep you glued to the story, giving you the feeling that there is a hidden layer of the past – or evil – on top of your normal world. [You can certainly relate if you watched The Orphanage (2007) starring Belén Rueda.] Paloma is quite complex, Rubia is of considerable depth, the other characters are of sufficient depth (according to their relevance). The story comprises realistic characters in a normal environment with an odd touch, interesting turns, and has a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like young adult suspense stories with paranormal aspects, characters who might turn out every which way, and a subtle creepiness.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence 😳
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the author

A certified bookworm, Zoe Kalo has always been obsessed with books and reading. Reading led to writing—compulsively. No surprise that at 16, she wrote her first novel, which her classmates read and passed around secretly. The pleasure of writing and sharing her fantasy worlds has stayed with her, so now she wants to pass her stories to you with no secrecy—but with lots of mystery…

A daughter of adventurous expats, she’s had the good fortune of living on 3 continents, learning 4 languages, and experiencing a multicultural life. Currently, she’s working on a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature, which she balances between writing, taking care of her clowder of cats, and searching for the perfect bottle of pinot noir.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Chameleon?  Or – if you did not yet read Chameleon – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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