20 January, 2018

Thankful Thursday #Week 3

There is a new linkup started by my fellow blogger Shirley. This blog hop is to share a list of a few things on every Thursday that we are thankful for in that week. I usually participate in #ThursdayTreeLove hosted by Parul on alternate Thursdays and so I decided to join #ThankfulThursdays too in every alternate week.




This week has been routine but here are a few things that I am thankful for:

1. I have completed reading 2 books.
No Ordinary Girl by Cheryl Elaine and
It happens by Karan Sharma
2 books in a single week is an accomplishment for me actually. It means that I got more free time this week. Reviews of those books are coming soon.

2. We are planning for a get together with friends the coming weekend and I am grateful for it and looking forward to a good time.

3. I did some shopping at the starting of the week and bought some good collections :-)

4. Celebrated a festival called 'Sankranthi' at our home in a satisfying way.

5. Visited one of my favorite stores and bought some cool candles. I always love purchasing nice scented candles :-)

The only disappointment is that I couldn't draw/ paint this week. But, no worries, I have a few more days to end this week and I might get time :-)

Have a Happy weekend all of you. Please join #ThankfulThursday blog hop if you can and add your post every Thursday.

Be grateful for every little thing in life and don't forget to smile.


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Until Next time,

His Christmas Miracle by Summerita Rhayne - Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal by The Book Club of HIS CHRISTMAS MIRACLE by Summerita Rhayne


HIS CHRISTMAS MIRACLE
by
Summerita Rhayne

Blurb

Her impossible wish...


Kyle Masson, Irish billionaire, discovers he had been married to a con woman. Now, left with the pregnant surrogate mother for his child, he’s determined to focus on being a proper father and to care for her throughout her pregnancy. His experience has left him suspicious and cynical. Duped by one woman, he’s determined to not let the expectant mother, Chrissie out of his sight. So, when she plans a trip to India without his knowledge, he follows hot on her heels.


Chrissie feels oppressed by Kyle's overbearing manner. After losing her father, she feels confused and alone and wants to get acquainted with the family he left in Goa. Kyle’s heavy-handed tactics drive her mad. But she's also attracted to him. Surely she can’t be drawn to a man this bossy. And then an insidious, incredible wish begins. That her baby should have both the parents.


As compelling attraction drives them together, the improbable dream appears to take a hazy shape.


But Chrissie knows her dreams are poised to be shattered. For she is bound only to be a surrogate, never a real mother...


His Christmas Miracle is a sensual, but tender romance set in beachside Goa at coastal India.


It is sequel to two other Christmas romance stories, His Christmas Delight and His Christmas Surprise.

About the author


Summerita Rhayne writes contemporary and historical romance with lots of emotional conflict. She first got published in 2013 and has won contests with prestigious publishers such as Harlequin and Harper Collins India. Her pet belief is, if the inspiration is strong enough, the story characters will find a way to make the writer pen them down, even when writing time is in short supply. When cerebrally confronted with the sizzling interaction of two Alpha characters, the only way to get peace is write their book!

At heart, she's a family person and even though she loves her medical teaching profession, she happily becomes a homemaker when not at work. She loves winding down with music, romcoms, cricket (strictly watching only) and social networking. 


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18 January, 2018

Being Happy and feeling happy #QuotedStories

Many people are confused about what makes them happy. Some are bored with their routine lives of work, kids, planning for next day and so on. Some misunderstand that happiness is associated with luxury, power, and money. But, after getting all these also, happiness is not guaranteed. A few find happiness by helping others and making someone smile. A few find happiness in their family's happiness. Some find happiness in their hobbies and some in their passion for work.

Where do you find happiness? Did you think through what makes you happy? 


I think about it sometimes and I found following make me happy:

1. Being positive
Even though we have problems, if we can feel positivity and hope that there will be a light at the end of the tunnel and move forward, it makes us happy. Of course, this is the hardest part when we have a lot of problems and are facing many failures and are completely off the track. But, we have to try. I try to keep my positive spirit in those tough situations. Facing challenges and coming out successfully gives happiness.

2. Being grateful 
Being grateful helps me to be happy. Appreciating every little thing in my life and counting my blessings make me happy.

Ex: I am happy -
  • when my toddler completes his lunch without me running behind him for hours to feed.
  • If I need not cook for that day :-)
  • If I get some house help from my family
  • If I get time to read a good book
  • If I could meet or talk to an old friend etc.,


3. Making others smile
Sometimes, even a small gesture and a kind word can bring a smile on others' face. Helping other moms to engage their kids makes me happy as I know how frustrated moms will be the whole day managing the kids without anyone's help. Striking a casual conversation after a long time with a friend will bring a smile to the friend. Indulging kids in chocolate/ ice cream once in a while and doing some naughty things along with them is more fun.

4. Activities that bring happiness
I love drawing, making crafts, meeting friends, dancing, traveling and writing. There are some activities which relax us and bring out our creativeness. What do you love to do? Explore a lot of activities, try and decide which activity you enjoy. Start practicing that activity at least once a month to start with.

5. Letting go of bad
I am not very good at forgiving people but I keep my space from negative people. I don't try to take revenge or hurt them but I want to go away from them. Forgetting past problems and remembering only the lessons the bad incidents gave us is really a boon. I am still trying to learn it. Someday, I might succeed. If we can forget negative incidents, learn from failures and forgive someone who has done bad to us, we are really in the ideal case.

In conclusion, I choose happiness and I feel, I am alone responsible for my happiness. I want to be so happy that people surrounding me feel happy too. As we know that a smile is contagious, can we make happiness also contagious?




Until next time,






Linking this to #QuotedStories hosted by Upasna.

16 January, 2018

Sankranthi celebrations, A dull snowy day and a lot of books #MondayMusings

I hope you have celebrated the festival Sankranthi with family. Indian festivals are the happiest times to meet friends, cook and eat great food, spend more time with family and carry on the old traditions.

 I have celebrated Sankranthi well by meeting some Indian friends and by eating and cooking good food. I miss India as I want to put a colorful rangoli with a lot of flowers and colors which I cannot do here as we are staying in a rented home, but I convinced myself by putting a small rangoli with chalk on our wooden floor. 


Traditional rangoli for Sankranthi


Traditional sweet 'Arisalu' for Sankranthi
Bhogipallu (Regupallu)/ Jujube fruits

We did a simple Pooja at home and I prepared Payasam (Indian sweet with milk and semiya) and Pulihora( A rice dish). We celebrated the tradition of putting 'Bhogipallu' for children on Bhogi, the first day of the festival. We usually put jujube fruits (Regu pallu) on kids' head along with pennies and flower petals on Bhogi evening. This is to avoid any ill effects(Buri Nazar) the kids might have. We do this to kids from the first year till they reach 5 years of their age. 

Many people display God's idols and traditional wooden toys as 'Bommala Koluvu' which is very good to see during this Sankranthi. We missed some important Indian food like 'Arisalu' but I don't even dare to attempt cooking them as you know, regular cooking itself is a big headache for me.


Kite flying tradition on Sankranthi


Fortunately, kids got a chance to fly kites.  They enjoyed the beautiful time with other kids.

So, that's how we celebrated the important festival in our Telugu household. 

Today, it is the third day of the festival 'Kanuma' and people having cows, decorate them and perform puja. 

Here, it is a snowy day and I am all huddled up at home watching Netflix, blogging, and reading books. Seems like a lazy day. The weather is very cool but the mountains near my home look great from our window with snow and fog. 

Sorry for this long post, but I want to share my current reading list as well. I have got a lot of variety this month, won't you agree? Looking forward to reading more books in January :-)

No Ordinary Girl by Cheryl Elaine #Crime #thriller
The mask beneath her face by Rafael Chandler #horror
It happens by Karan Sharma #RomanticComedy

The Adventures of Popcorn and Jelly bean by Robert Gillespe #Children'sbook
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins #thriller

How did you celebrate Sankranthi? If you don't celebrate, How was your new year celebrations? I would love to know. Have a Happy January. 

Until next time,







Linking this to #MondayMusings hosted by Corinne.


Also, Linking this to #ChattyBlogs hosted by Shanaya Tales.


12 January, 2018

Don't Just read and Leave, Write a comment for me :-)

I am reading about the International delurking week from a few years but never posted anything on my blog about it. You know, I thought it is only for popular blogs with more following. Seriously :0

Still, my blog is not popular with more followers, but I want to know who my readers are, where did they find my blog, what they like/ don't like and what they want to see. Why not, use this opportunity?


Since we are done with the background, let me tell you what this is all about.

International Blog Delurking week is about appreciating or just mentioning that you read my post.

Please leave a comment simply that you are here or take one step forward and let me know what you don't like on my blog or what you are looking forward to reading on my blog. 

Let me know what you love to read more here. Posts about Parenting? Books? Travelogues? Social issues? ANything else?

Looking forward to reading your comments.

Until next time,







Linking this to Parul's post on International Delurking week.  

The Magic of Stars by Jackie Ladbury - Cover Reveal



The Magic of Stars
Sapphire Montrose always felt like a loser in the struggle of life, but when she becomes the airline manager of a run-down airline she starts to believe she is a winner – until she unwittingly propositions her new boss and all her hard work is undone.

In a moment of recklessness air stewardess, Sapphire Montrose throws caution and her dress to the wind by propositioning a handsome stranger in a hotel in Florence, only to find herself waking up alone and embarrassed in her hotel room.

Unfortunately for Sapphire, it turns out that her new boss, Marco Cavarelli, is the man she failed to seduce and she is now fighting for her job and her self-respect when he tells her there is no place in his revamped airline for an alcoholic woman with lascivious tendencies. To make matters worse she is increasingly attracted to him and he seems to be giving out the same vibes. Or is he simply testing her? One wrong move could be the end of her career. But what if he really is offering love – and is he worth the risk?





About Jackie Ladbury
Jackie Ladbury was desperate to become a journalist when she left school but was ousted within minutes on the day of the exam at her local rag because she'd forgotten to bring a pen.

Short and sharp lesson learned.

Her budding writing career was not on hold for long, though, as Jackie found herself scribbling love stories of pilots and 'hosties' while she flew in aeroplanes of various shapes and sizes as a flight attendant herself.

Fast forward a good few years and, after being short-listed in a couple of prestigious romantic writing competitions, Jackie decided it was time to discard her stilettos, say goodbye to the skies and concentrate on writing romantic novels, where the only given is a guaranteed 'happy ever after.'

Social Media Links –
The Write Romantics -  https://thewriteromantics.com/



Until next time,



10 January, 2018

Trees in a row #ThursdayTreeLove

Here is the first #ThursdayTreeLove in this year 2018.

If you can't be in awe of Mother Nature, there is something wrong with you. - Alex Trebek



Linking this to #ThursdayTreeLove hosted by Parul.

Until next time,

03 January, 2018

Gratitude List for December 2017 #GratitudeCircle

Though it is late, I cannot miss counting my blessings for December.
So, quickly on to my Gratitude List.

1. Dance classes
I never thought that I would teach dance when I learned it. I always thought I would become a professional dancer and perform which I did my whole life till now. I think it is time to take the next step and pass on what I have learned to my next generation. I am very grateful to my Dance teacher Ms. Parvathi Ramachandran for training me with patience.

My Dance classes have picked up from December and I am looking forward to focussing on teaching this year as well.

2. New friends
As we grow older and matured, It is difficult to find good friends. Did you observe? In this new place and new country, I took time to make friendships (Not a hi, bye type but helping each other type). This month and the last month, I have met many people and made new friends - I would say, good friends. I am grateful for this.

3. Zentangle
I tried a new art inspired by my fellow bloggers Raji and Shilpa. This art is different from others as the sky is the only limit to creativity. No two persons can draw the same as everyone thinks differently. It is very relaxing to my mind to draw Zentangles. I might have bored my Instagram and Facebook followers with some initial drawings and I am sorry for that.  You know, it's the excitement after all when we start a new hobby :-)
My Recent Zentangle


4. Books
I got some time to read good books this month. I enjoyed reading 'Empire' by Devi Yesodharan which is an inspiring Historical fiction. 'Destined' by Rubina is a Romance with a nice concept. Mama Graciela's Secret is a Children's story with moral. Black Peppers is a thriller set in 1700 AD in Kerala. Karna's Celestial Armour is a Mythological Fiction. I am grateful for the opportunity to read many genres and different stories.

5. More time with Kids
Even though it was tough being a judge most of the time when my both sons fight for every small thing, I survived their Christmas holidays. We read some good books, did some crafts together and also did some drawings. We watched some movies too.

My elder one's school will re-open day after tomorrow and I don't want to wake up early again for his school :-( Enjoyed good sleep till 8 am in the mornings in these holidays :-)

So, that was from my side. I hope, you had a great celebration welcoming the new year. Cheer up and Enjoy the coming days :-)

Until next time,






Linking this post to #MondayMusings hosted by Corinne, #GratitudeCircle hosted by Vidya, Thankful Thursday linkup by Shirley Corder and #QuotedStories hosted by Upasna.


Life through my Bioscope




02 January, 2018

Secret Tryst by Victoria Pinder - Book Spot Light








Contemporary Romance
Date Published: Feb 27, 2018

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Damien Morgan learned a long time ago that love was just a figment of someone’s warped imagination and good girls simply didn’t exist because women were master manipulators. Nonetheless, he’s happy to wish his brother well when he decides to take the plunge.
Serenity Hanscom is shocked that she’s been invited to the wedding a year after her sister played matchmaker for the groom and had an active role in a plot to murder his sister-in-law. Despite the rather unusual circumstances, Serenity accepts the invitation because it’s an opportunity to mingle with Miami’s elites. But the second she catches sight of Damien, she’s reminded of the horrible events that led to her father’s imprisonment, all because of him. Determined to ignore him, as the evening goes by, she finds herself drawn to him more and more.
Will their plan to stay clear of love backfire on them and instead become the first step to an unexpected happily-ever-after?



Excerpt

This is UNEDITED and will be cleaned up when the book releases in February. This is for sneak peak purposes only!



Once everyone stood up and cheered for the bride and groom's kiss, Serenity sunk in her seat and tried to hide. Her glass was almost empty but it sounded like the ceremony was finished. She stood and joined the crowd of people clapping their hands. Soon, the yacht would return to shore and she'd run.

The bride and groom walked past her fast. The captain said, "Please wait in your seats for five minutes while we transition to the reception. Waiters will offer everyone a glass of champagne for this short intercession."

More champagne might help her survive this. She slumped into her seat and held her hand high to signal she wanted a glass. The waiter handed her glass to the man at the end of the row and her neighbors passed it. Once everyone in her row had a glass, the server moved forward and she nodded her head at the people next to her then took a sip. The champagne tasted sweeter without staring at people her sister almost killed or the man that set her father up. Her skin grew goose bumps and the air grew warmer. There was something tasty in the air itself. A second later, Damien turned around and as he stared at her, he winked, "This will be over soon, sweetheart."

"Don't be sexist." She swallowed her sip and took a deep breath. Damien had no right to say anything like that, to her. She turned her nose in the air. "I'll never be your sweetheart."

"Relax." He then motioned for the man next to him to change seats. Without another word to her, he came and sat beside her. "I'm here to make amends."

"How?" He clicked his glass with hers. She refused to drink and shook her head. "Damien Morgan, that's impossible. You and I can never be friends."

"Why?" He raised his eyebrow.

Tonight he insulted her. Years ago he ruined her life and he had no shame about any of it. She sipped her champagne as steel ran up her spine. "I know who you are and how you knew my father."

He sipped his own glass. "Neither of our father's were boy scouts, sweetheart."

"Perhaps I wasn't clear. Don't patronize me with the nickname 'sweetheart.' It's insulting." Her free hand formed a fist at her side. Damien Morgan was the last person on earth to insult her, again. She knew better than to get riled up. She forced her hand to uncurl itself and gulped another sip. In one minute, she could get up with the crowd and lose Damien.

"I'll happily be your sweetheart."

"Never going to happen." Sometimes she wished she was a guy who could tell another to back away and be respected. She folded her hand over her waist. "Forget this conversation."

"Serenity..."

"Wow." Her eyebrows both raised as she shook her head. "You do know my name?"

"I should not have insulted you earlier. I'm sorry."

"Don't." Sorry echoed in her ear. If it was anyone else, she'd close her eyes, say a prayer and then wish him well. However Damien wasn't anyone else, and he had no idea. She finished her drink and then waved for the waiter to get another. Once she had her drink, she squared her shoulders and stared hard toward the now empty altar. "You didn't know I would walk in on your conversation about me earlier. You didn't know I remembered you at my father's house. And for the record, you say what you want about me. I don't care."



About the Author 



USA Today Bestselling Author, Victoria Pinder grew up in Irish Catholic Boston before moving to the Miami sun. She’s worked in engineering, after passing many tests proving how easy Math came to her. Then hating her life at the age of twenty four, she decided to go to law school. Four years later, after passing the bar and practicing very little, she realized that she hates the practice of law. She refused to one day turn 50 and realize she had nothing but her career and hours at a desk. After realizing she needed change, she became a high school teacher. Teaching is rewarding, but writing is a passion.

During all this time, she always wrote stories to entertain herself or calm down. Her parents are practical minded people demanding a job, and Victoria spent too many years living other people’s dreams, but when she sat down to see what skill she had that matched what she enjoyed doing, writing became so obvious. The middle school year book when someone wrote in it that one day she’d be a writer made sense when she turned thirty.

She’s always been determined. She is amazing, adventurous and assured on a regular basis. Her website is  www.victoriapinder.com.



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