Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Book Review : Indigo Awakening by Dr. Janine Talty

Indigo Awakening: A Doctor's Memoir of Forging an Authentic Life in a Turbulent World by Dr. Janine Talty

Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Energy Psychology Press; 1 edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600700632
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600700637
My review:

This book is truly fantastic! Dr. Janine Talty has written an incredible book about her experiences as an Indigo and her journey to find out the answers to the questions that had been lingering in her mind since childhood : Who am I? What is the purpose of being born?

Indigo Awakening has given me a deeper understanding of the special kind of people known as Indigos. This book is written from an adult Indigo's perspective, so it is not hard for us to understand how Indigo individuals view the world. They are more advanced in thinking and are able to grasp higher-grades Mathematical concepts easily, but they have problems excelling in studies in the current way of education.

They don't feel belonged easily, and this often leads to isolation. But, they will always receive guidance from their mentors, which will eventually lead them to the right path. I think, maybe some of them enjoy being solitary, since ordinary people don't understand them.

Indigo children are alleged to possess uncanny traits and abilities, like having memories of past lives, using non-verbal communication (telepathy), and displaying talents in arts, music and science. They have a feeling that they are here, incarnated as humans, because they have a special yet unknown mission to carry out.

In a chapter, Dr. Janine also mentions about auras, and seeing it with peripheral vision. Although I don't really understand how it works, it really intrigues me. So, I googled about it and a source says that actually everyone can see auras with a little practice. I did for a few days, but alas, I saw nothing. Have you ever seen it?

Dr. Janine Talty uses her own words to deliver her story in detail, giving us a better insight of Indigo individuals' world and their special traits and personalities. Some of the events in the story cannot be described scientifically, but I believe they are real, because this memoir is written by a doctor who is an Indigo herself and is wholly based on her own experiences. If you are interested in knowing more about Indigo kids and adults, then this book is your best choice!

Favourite lines:

"No matter how many people are there to support us throughout life's ups and downs, when you get right down to it, we make the real journey on our own." (pg 234)

"Good teachers never preach; they lead by example, and they never stop being students either." (pg 245)

Rating : 10/10

A great THANK YOU to Jeff Anderson for sending me a paperback copy of Indigo Awakening! And to Dr. Janine Talty, thank you for willing to share your thoughts and experiences with everyone!

About the author:

Dr. Janine Talty, today a successful osteopathic physician, as a child found herself bewildered by a world full of challenges that she could not understand. She felt isolated, unable to cope with the regular life issues that other children managed easily. She could not comprehend math or spelling—yet she could see energies that others could not see, and had levels of awareness than no-one around her possessed. She exhibited unusual artistic and healing talent. She spontaneously remembered and drew pictures from “old memories” of places her family had never visited. Only as she grew into adulthood, painfully learning to cope with her challenges, did she realize she was an "indigo," one of a generation of people with unusual talents and abilities, yet who rarely fit neatly into societal roles.

Read more about Indigo Awakening
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Win A Signed Copy of Dark Time by Dakota Banks

Dakota has kindly offered a SIGNED paperback copy of
Dark Time: Mortal Path Book 1 to one lucky winner. This giveaway is open worldwide and will end on 9th December, 2009.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Lots of Lovely Surprises!

I won a paperback copy of The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner from Cornhusker Academy. Dear Susan even signed it for me! Thank you, Susan!

A diary from the Salem Witch trials, a young college student looking to make it on her own, and old lady looking for a reason...
what will be discovered?

Visit Susan's website for more details.

I won the Fire Opal Fantasy Chandelier Earrings from Etsy Jewelry Design and Supply Shops Street Team. Thanks for sending me these gorgeous earrings, Aprilee!

Aprilee's Etsy shops:
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I won a $25 gift certificate from Bel Canto Designs. The owner, Mari, kindly sent me an exquisite vintage brooch. Thanks, Mari! I really love this beautiful brooch!

I won this pretty Eyeglass case from DEBSDREAMS. Thanks, Deb! I think this will be useful, because I have *myopia!

*= short-sightedness

I won some cool punk/gothic goodies from Ichigo Black! Thanks, Sasha! I love all of them! It was so great to receive such an awesome prize pack!

Beautiful Brown beanie Hat with White Sequin Flower -  Babies and Infants

Beautiful Black Sequin Flower with Black Crochet Headband - Newborns, Infants, Toddlers - Adults
I won a beautiful brown beanie hat, a white sequin flower, one black crochet headband and a black sequin flower from Celeste & Company. These are all very pretty!

JOIE DE VIVRE...Perfume Roll On...1/3 oz Bottle...
I received a sample perfume (1 ml) from Jen's shop, OASIS. Thanks, Jen! It smells really lovely! The name "Joie de Vivre" expresses a cheerful enjoyment of life; an exultation of spirit. Isn't it a beautiful name?

Spiced Pear
Warm Vanilla Sugar
Jojoba oil
Perfumer's alcohol

Jen's other shops:
jenxcreations - Jewelry
jensvintage - Treasures and Supplies

Dewy Moss, Designer Crocheted Bracelet/Cuff, One of my Bestselling Designs
I won this lovely Dewy Moss Crocheted Bracelet/Cuff from Fashion Touch. Such a deep and luxurious colour combined with shiny onyx beads brings memories of old fairy tales. I also received a spare bead along with this cuff. Thanks, Elena! I really love it!

Monday, November 23, 2009

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Book Review : Dark Time by Dakota Banks

Three hundred years ago, she sold her soul to a demon. Now she wants it back.
Dark Time: Mortal Path Book 1 by Dakota Banks

Product Details:

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Eos (July 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061687308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061687303
For centuries, the woman calling herself Maliha Crayne has lived a second life - as an assassin for the malevolent creature who owns her soul. A haunted killer with the blood of countless victims on her hands, she has finally discovered a way to nullify the demonic pact that chains her: If she saves a life for every one she has taken, she will be free. But if she fails, her punishments will be unspeakable, unendurable...and neverending.

This is my first attempt at reading an urban-fantasy novel, and I'll have to say it's awesome! Dark Time is an action-packed novel which is full of danger and intrigue, in which Maliha strives to achieve a goal that seems impossible to reach. Please be aware that there are some adult contents in this novel.

Maliha is a super-girl. She heals inordinately fast, has looks that kill, is filthy rich, highly-skilled at martial arts and runs at a high speed. Plus, her best friends are a pro-hacker and a remote-viewer. Maliha looks as if she is perfect, and I was never worried about her, not even once. Even though she seems like she has everything anyone can ask for, she is actually lacking of one thing : her soul.

There are a lot of action scenes in this book, which I loved reading. Don't think Maliha is always unwounded, though. She is always hurt, but she heals faster than ordinary people.

Maliha has two best friends : Amaro and Yanmeng. They are loyal to Maliha and will do all they can to help her. Their friendship is true and long-lasting. I think it's a good thing that the author "gives" her two best friends. It must be good for her to have someone to trust after 300 years of solitude.

As Maliha tries to uncover the mysterious death of two computer experts, she uncovers a political scheme which leads to a battle with her with her nemesis/stalker, face-to-face.

Maliha's love interest, DEA agent Jake has a secret concerning his past. He did something that seemed impossible for normal people at the end of the story. Will we find out more about him in the next novel?

Dark Time is a well-written urban fantasy novel which combines a thrilling plot and an interesting concept, nicely blended in both historical and modern backgrounds. The ending is quite surprising, so I hope more will be revealed later. I thoroughly enjoyed Dark Time and I simply can't wait to read the next book in the series!

Rating : 10/10

I'd like to thank Dakota for sending me a paperback copy of Dark Time: Mortal Path Book 1. Thank you, Dakota!

Visit Dakota Bank's Website.
Read more about the Mortal Path Series.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Congratulations, Winner!

There are 133 entries for this contest! And the winner of the SIGNED paperback copy of A Circle of Souls is...

#128 Ashley!

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Win A SIGNED Hardcover Copy of Taken By Storm by Angela Morrison

Taken by Storm by Angela Morrison: Book Cover

Angela is offering a SIGNED hardcover copy of Taken By Storm to one lucky winner! And the best thing is, this giveaway is open to everyone!

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Thursday, November 19, 2009


I just love these wonderful illustrations by Laura Laine! Check out her beautiful artworks on her website here:


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Book Review : The King's Rose by Alisa M. Libby

I love this cover! It's so beautiful!

Book details:
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (March 19, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0525479708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525479703
Life in the court of King Henry VIII is a complex game. When fifteen-year-old Catherine Howard catches the king's eye, she quickly transforms from pawn to queen. But even luxury beyond imagination loses its luster as young Catherine finds her life and her heart threatened by the needs of an aging king and a family hungry for power. Will their agendas deliver Catherine to the same fate as her infamous cousin, Anne Boleyn sacrificed at the altar of family ambition?

My review:

Catherine Howard, King Henry’s 'rose without a thorn' was only fifteen years old when she caught the his lustful eye. Her life changed that very moment. She was introduced to a glamorous and luxurious world which she had not encountered before she became Queen. At first, she found it interesting to pamper herself with gorgeous, specially-tailored gowns and dresses, exquisite, one-of-a-kind jewels and indulge herself in elaborate revelries.

It was not long before she realized the truth that she was merely a pawn of the Howard clan in a game of power and politics. She had to hide her true self and burn her past, for many were out there, waiting for a chance to pull her down into the big, black abyss of no return.

I feel pity for Catherine Howard, because she did not have a choice. In fact, she never had. She was only a teenage girl who had no rule over her own fate. I won't reveal the ending to those who haven't read this book, but I assure you that The King's Rose, a story constructed on accurate historical facts, is exceptionally well-written, highly entertaining, and plausible.

Alisa uses her fascinating style of writing to deliver the story in Catherine’s point of view, which gives me a more exact idea of her feelings, emotions and life. Catherine’s character is portrayed realistically, but somehow, readers will feel that this young girl is very naïve. Alisa describes the Tudor court brilliantly. Thou shalt not trust anyone in court. The court is a dangerous place full of conspiracies, backstabbers and powerful clans who are hungry for power.

The King’s Rose is written for young adults but I think adults will enjoy it as well. Through this novel, you will know more about Catherine's life as the fifth wife of King Henry, relish the grandeur of the Tudor court, and have a real view of what is it like to life in a place where you are all alone and there is nobody you can trust. Overall, The King's Rose is a great read. If you are a fan of historical fictions, you MUST read this book. I promise you will love it! Lastly, if you think being married to a King means a fairytale with a happy ending, maybe you would want to consider about it again.

Rating : 10/10

A great THANK YOU to Alisa M. Libby for sending me a signed hardcover copy of The King’s Rose!

The love letter which leads to Catherine Howard's condemnation.

Monday, November 16, 2009

All In One

16th November, 2009:


A beautiful Swinging on a Star pendant from Teddy Started It Blog. I just love it! Denise also made an announcement here:
Number 12's a Winner (and a special offer)

You can also find Denise on FlutterbyGirly & teddystartedit on Etsy.

An Autumn Flower scarf from Dahlia Scarves from Musings from Mom School.

An ARC of LITTLE BLACK LIES by Tish Cohen on The Hiding Spot

For review:
Dark Time
A SIGNED paperback copy of Dark Time: Mortal Path Book One
by Dakota Banks. Enter to win a NEW iPOD TOUCH 32GB SECOND GENERATION here:
Dark Time Contest

I got a whole stack of books from a lovely middle-aged woman today. These are all free samples and she kindly offered all of them to me! How great is that! I think all these probably cost more than RM 100.

I flipped open the Physics book and found an interesting question:

Q : Why do grass appear green?
A : Grass appear green because the leaves of the grass absorb all the colours of the spectrum except green. Green light is reflected, therefore grass appears green.

I always thought it was the chlorophyll...

My 7-year-old (youngest) brother Jack broke his arm yesterday while riding his bicycle up a hill. No, it's not a hill, it's a small pile of red soil. The poor little baby walked home with tear streaks on his chubby face and kept complaining his how his arm hurts. My dad 'rushed' him to the hospital at 40 km/h because the pain on Jack's arm started to double up every time the car vibrates. He had a bandage and couldn't move his arm. How my heart hurts when I see him in pain!

I don't remember when is this photo taken, but I want to share it with all of you. Have you ever seen a baby pomelo growing inside a big pomelo?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Check Out Marlo Noël's Jewelry!

Pretty jewelry always gets my vote! Please check Marlo Noël's Etsy Shop now! She has an an array of exquisite jewelry specially handmade from various semiprecious faceted briolettes. International shipping is only $4. Custom orders are welcomed.

Read my interview with Marlo Noël HERE.

Book Review : Sing Me To Sleep by Angela Morrison

I love this cover! Pretty, isn't it?

Book Details:

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (March 18, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1595142754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595142757


Beth has always been “The Beast”—that’s what everyone at school calls her because of her awkward height, facial scars, and thick glasses. Beth’s only friend is geeky, golden-haired Scott. That is, until she’s selected to be her choir’s soprano soloist, and receives the makeover that will change her life forever.


When Beth’s choir travels to Switzerland, she meets Derek: pale, brooding, totally dreamy. Derek’s untethered passion—for music, and for Beth—leaves her breathless. Because in Derek’s eyes? She’s not The Beast, she’s The Beauty.


When Beth comes home, Scott, her best friend in the world, makes a confession that leaves her completely torn. Should she stand by sweet, steady Scott or follow the dangerous, intense new feelings she has for Derek?


The closer Beth gets to Derek, the further away he seems. Then Beth discovers that Derek’s been hiding a dark secret from her …one that could shatter everything.

*I received a SIGNED ARC of Sing Me To Sleep from Angela Morrison. The book will be released on March 4, 2010.


I must say that Sing Me To Sleep is one of the best books I’ve read these few years. Angela cleverly weaves a touching, absorbing story about friendship, family, love and life. Sing Me To Sleep makes me see the harsh realities of life, the unyielding power of friendship, and shows us that true love transcends all.

Beth was once an ugly girl who was bullied some mean boys in school. After she received sessions of beauty treatment in order to be presentable as the Bliss’s soloist during the Choral Olympics, she becomes a beauty. Even though we always say that inner beauty is more important, this novel suggests otherwise. Just take Beth as an example, why did she receive such unfair treatments in school? I’m sure you know the answer well.

Beth follows her choir to Switzerland to participate in the competition. There, she meets a mysterious, handsome boy from the Amabile Young Men’s Ensemble, Derek, and falls head over heels for him. Her love for Derek grows stronger and stronger each passing day, just as Derek's love for her.

Ah, Derek! He is gorgeous, talented and confident. Just the type of guy that any girl would fall for. Behind his glorious façade, he hides a terrible secret, and Beth doesn’t know what is it. Angela keeps me interested by making him play ‘hide and seek’ – he accompanies Beth for a day or two, then he disappears for days and weeks. I’m not sure if he is just fooling around with Beth or that he really loves her. He seems…elusive. This makes me want to know about his secret even more.

Another thing I love about this novel is the support and love shown by the Amabile guys. They are like a huge, loving family, always supportive and caring.

Angela Morrison succeeded in delivering an original, touching story through Beth's voice with her wonderful writing. She makes me realize that true love is not about appearance, status and ability, but rather the deep feeling of love, care, affection and willingness to sacrifice for the person you love, because of who he/she originally is.

Towards the end of the story, I cried. Yes, you heard me. I cried. And I used a lot of tissues. The story is heart-wrenching... and everything is so real. Two different feelings mingle into one in my heart. I was heartbroken, but I also felt a tinge of happiness at the same time. Beautiful, poignant, touching and thought-provoking, Sing Me To Sleep is a book not to be missed.

Rating : 10/10

Many thanks to dear Angela for sending me a copy of Sing Me To Sleep. I really love this book. Thank you!

Visit Angela Morrison's Website
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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Book Review : Taken by Storm by Angela Morrison

Sometimes only love can save you...

Taken by Storm by Angela Morrison: Book Cover

Book Details:

• Genre: Young Adult
• Hardcover: 304 pages
• Publisher: Razorbill (March 5, 2009)
• ISBN-10: 159514238X
• ISBN-13: 978-1595142382


Leesie Hunt has many rules: No kissing. No sex. No dating outside the Mormon faith.

When Michael Walden—a deep-sea diver who lost his parents in a violent hurricane—arrives in town, Leesie sees someone who needs her. They fall for one another, even though his dreams are tied to the depths of the ocean and hers to salvation above.

Will their intense chemistry be too strong to resist?

Leesie and Michael must make the hardest choice of their lives: whether to follow their beliefs or their hearts.

My review:

Taken by Storm by Angela Morrison is a story about the romance that blossoms between a pious Mormon, Leesie Hunt and Michael Walden, a young man who lost both his parents in a storm. It is romantic, moving and thoughtful. The author uses first person narrative for both the main characters to tell the story from different perspectives. This is done through Leesie’s poems, online chatting and Michael’s Dive Log.

Leesie is a devout Mormon and she thinks it is important to follow the rules. She wants to live her parents’ expectations and is hoping to receive her tertiary education at the Brigham Young University. Then, everything changes when Michael Walden arrives. She feels that it is her responsibility to soothe Michael’s grieving soul and to help him as a friend. However, Michael likes her and he wants something more than friendship. It doesn’t take a long time before Leesie realizes that she is falling in love with Michael, just as he is with her.

Their relationship grows from attraction to passion and love. Leesie is a Mormon and she has her own rules to abide, but Michael keeps on pushing her to step beyond the boundary. Lessie thinks love and sex are two different things but Michael thinks they are the same.

Religion plays a minor part in this novel. This novel conveys some more important messages: Respect others while staying true to our own beliefs, help those who are depressed by loss and grief, hold on to the basic moral values (self-restriction), and learn to cherish what you have at the moment. If you're a teenager who enjoys romantic novels, do pick up this one. Who knows you might get swept by the storm?

Rating : 8/10

My deepest gratitude to Angela Morrison for sending me a signed hardcover copy of Taken by Storm.

Thank you, Angela!

Get swept by the storm on:
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Friday, November 13, 2009

Spotlight + Awards!

I have been spotlighted on Cym's blog! Thanks, Cym! I'm so glad you liked my review!

Picture 3

You can find Cym here:

I was reading the blogs I'm following via Google reader and suddenly, I came upon these:

FOTD - from Wonderland

I got tagged by Mary! Thank you so much! Gee...I'm one of the Hottest Female Bloggers now! ><

Here are the rules:

1.Don't change the banner award. The signature, colour or the text

2. post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and her blog link.

3.Choose 10 female blogger that you know and have never received this Award.

The prize goes to:

Annie & Michelle

Belongs to Froz

Charade Style

Oh Honestly, Erin

One Crafty Mother

The Giveaway Diva


Only thought about 8 at this moment. I'll add 2 more later.

I was tagged by Gloria's Jewelry Box! Thank you so much!

1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.

2. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you've newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

I wish to pass the 'One Lovely Blog Award' on to:
Annie & Michelle
aLtErEd ArT Jewelry by Kelly Reins
design by the sea
Lemon Tree Cards Blog
michvanetta - jewellery and more

Oh Honestly, Erin
One Crafty Mother
Original Mischief
Park-Avenue Princess
Sassmowth designs
Sweet Figments

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Book Review : Peony In Love by Lisa See

Peony in Love by Lisa See: Book Cover

Read the synopsis of Peony In Love

My review:

Peony In Love is a captivating story set in the seventeenth century China, encircling a young maiden (Peony) from a prominent family. Despaired of being caught in an arranged marriage, Peony starves herself to death, only to learn right before her death that the man her father has picked for her is the man she loves. Her journey in both the mundane world and the after-world gives me insight of the traditional bounds and spiritual beliefs of the people in China. This story introduced me to the women who secretly yearns for true love, besides trying to win respect and achieving freedom in a male-dominated society.

“An educated woman is a worthless woman.” Because of this popular adage, almost all of the women in China lost their chance to get a proper education and thus, only the men has ultimate power. Any woman’s writing, even if it were an excellent piece, would be considered not worthy of reading. However, some of the women writers did get their works published to express their opinions and thoughts on various subjects to make sure that their words can be heard by everyone.

Peony died at a young age, but instead of resting in peace, her soul kept roaming the human’s world because her ancestor’s tablet was not dotted, and she could not continue her journey. Even though she was a ghost, she still loved her poet, and tried to make him happy in all ways.

Lisa See’s writing is still as skillful and beautiful as ever. The love between Peony and her poet seems fairytale-like. At first I thought that it was merely a puppy love, but soon I realized that I was wrong. They loved each other deeply, even though they have only met each other for four times. Peony's life resembles that of the main character of the famous The Peony Pavilion, an opera she was quite obsessed with.

The Chinese’s foot-binding tradition has always enchanted and horrified me at the same time. The girls had to endure great pain to shape their feet into perfect three-inch lilies. In the "Spring Sickness In Summer" chapter, you will know more about the procedure of foot-binding, when Peony’s mother binds her niece’s feet.

I also read about marriage preparations, obsequies rituals, as well as the ghost marriage, which is still performed in some places nowadays. Well, I won’t deny that I find that some parts of the story are not logical, especially the part where she helps Qian Yi conceive a son. But after all, Peony is a ghost, isn’t she?

Through this novel, I learned about different aspects of love, uncover the truth that has been kept a secret by Peony’s parents and hear the voices of the women who wanted to be heard through their works of literature. Peony In Love is hauntingly beautiful…it’s definitely a book worth reading.

Rating : 9 / 10

A great THANK YOU to dear Lisa for sending me a paperback copy of Peony In Love. I really appreciate your kindness and generosity.

Read more about Peony In Love on Lisa See's Website

About the author:

Lisa See, author of the critically-acclaimed international bestseller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2005), has always been intrigued by stories that have been lost, forgotten, or deliberately covered up, whether in the past or happening right now in the world today. Ms See is probably best known for Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, for which she traveled to a remote area of China—where she was told she was only the second foreigner ever to visit—to research the secret writing invented, used, and kept a secret by women for over a thousand years.

Purchase Peony In Love from:
Amazon (Hardcover)
Amazon (Paperback)
Barnes & Noble (Hardcover)
Barnes & Noble (Paperback)
Random House (Hardcover)
Random House (Paperback)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Winner Redraw
Look at this ring! How pretty it is! Unfortunately, the winner didn't send me an e-mail to confirm her prize. And it's already more than a week. So, I'm selecting another winner (who included an e-mail address). The new winner for this chic ring is...

#91 Jaime

Congrats on winning this lovely ring, Jaime! I will send you an e-mail, and I hope this time, I can successfully get your information.

*In the coming giveaways, those who don't leave their e-mail addresses will be disqualified. I'm sorry, but I don't want the sponsors to feel as if their items are not wanted and I don't want to spend my time tracking your contact information.

Coming up next is a book review for Lisa See's Peony In Love!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Contest : A Circle of Souls by Preetham Grandhi (SIGNED)

Giveaway is now closed.

“A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read.” ---
Linda Fairstein The New York Times Best selling Author of “Lethal Legacy,” “Killer Heat,” “Bad Blood,” “Death Dance”& “Entombed.”

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. With the murderer on the loose, the police desperately look for any clues to lead to his identy. Meanwhile, a psychiatrist in a nearby hospital is also in a desperate search to find the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings s devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope. When these two situations converge, they set off an alarming chain of events. In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.

*** Giveaway! ***

Preetham Grandhi has offered a SIGNED paperback copy of A Circle of Souls to a lucky reader! You have to complete the mandatory entry before the extra entries can count.

Mandatory : Leave your name and e-mail address.

Extra entries:
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Giveaway ends 21st November, 2009.

*Open to US residents only. However, if you've a friend who can receive the prize on your behalf if you win, then please feel free to enter! Thank you!

You can also enter to win a copy of A Circle of Souls on Preetham's Website! Open to US residents, ends November 29th, 2009,

Friday, November 6, 2009

Thank You, Postman!

Recently, many wonderful prizes are dropped on my doorstep by the postman. If you've been reading my blog, you must know that I love receiving things by mail. I always feel so excited when I open the packages one by one, guessing what's hidden inside.

28th October:

Spread Heads! These arrived in less than one week's time! I won these from annies home.

Toothpaste Pete
Toothpaste Pete $4.99

Toothpaste Oscar
Toothpaste Oscar $4.99

5th November:

6th November:

I won this breast cancer awareness soap set from wendiwinn. The soaps smells so nice, I can even inhale the scent before opening the package! There are weekly giveaways on the website, so be sure to enter!

This week's giveaway on wendiwinn is giveaway 13

Win a gorgeous pair of earrings by theresaj on etsy. Giveaway ends november 13, 2009 at 11:03pm est.

I won the Earrings Rose Pink Swarovski Crystal and FreshWater Pearl in Sterling Silver, Weddings from DesignedbyLucinda's blog. These earrings are very pretty. Cindy has offered free shipping to everyone who mentions my name "Aik" during checkout! Offer lasts until 31st December, 2009.

Visit her Etsy shop here:
DesignedByLucinda's shop

I received 3 Large Round Discs & 1 Ruby birthstone (without necklace) from Brag About It. I'm very satisfied with the quality and craftsmanship of the pendants. They are simple, pretty and delicate. I noticed that there are some minor scratches on the back side of the pendants, but this is only a small problem. I redeemed these by using the $30 Gift Certificate I won on Mellisa's blog.

I won this Sterling Silver Clarinet Charm from Lemon Tree Cards Blog. Shelley also owns a shop, Lemon Tree Cards, which sells stationery, party favors, cards, key chains, bookplates and lots of wonderful items.