Year of reading

I haven’t done as well as I’d have liked in my reading. I have been studying like mad though and I hope that a course being almost complete will give me more reading time in the new year.

While I don’t want to feel pressured to meet reading goals I can’t seem to help but set them.

I would love to read more and not just school books. Aim 1.

I would like to read more from my own book shelves. Aim 2

Clearly I need a tbr challenge to get some of the books on my own shelves some attention.

I have a few book challenges I’d like to complete despite the fact that I keep not completing them. This year I came close to completing the literary reading challenge and think I will try the easy one again.

What I plan to do differently in 2015 is list ahead of time the books I want to read for challenges. This may change obviously but it couldn’t hurt to try something different.

I’d like to also complete a chunkster challenge as I have plenty of big fat books that need reading.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Helldiggers by Neil Asher

A ton of Clive Barkers books

And perhaps a book by Dan Simmons. Unsure which yet.

The books in translation challenge with the beginner 1-3 books being of interest to me. I’ve enjoyed some great translated fiction so I hope to continue with more in the new year.

At least one or two from the following list but it may change

The Piano Teacher by Elfiede Jelinek

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

The Door by Magda Szabo

The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Real World by Natsuo Kirino

The banned book challenge is also one I’d like to do as I have a couple that I own and would like to read.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

I also would love to promote and share about some great Australian authors so the chance to take part in the Australian Woman Writer challenge as well as the Aussie Author challenge Wallaby level would be great ones to be involved in.

As for last year I’ve read some great books and some of my faves of 2014 are

Lakebridge Autumn by Natasha Troop

The Explorer and The Echo by James Smythe

The Martian by Andy Weir

If you haven’t read then I highly recommend adding them to the 2015 tbr.

The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer by Laxmi Hariharan #giveaway


NOW AVAILABLE:†The Many Lives of Ruby Iyerby Amazon bestselling author†Laxmi Hariharan!†This is a character-driven YA thriller with an awesome female protagonist, and she’s set to take Bombay by storm, even if it means putting her life in the balance.

Preorder†The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer on Amazon.
Add The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer†to your Goodreads TBR pile.
Read The Ruby Iyer Diaries, the Ruby Iyer prelude, on Wattpad.

About†The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer

ManyLivesOfRubyIyer_cover_purple (1)A girl desperate to rescue her best friend.
A cop willing to do anything to save the city he serves.
A delusional doctor bent on Bombay’s annihilation.

When Ruby Iyer’s best friend is kidnapped by the despotic Dr Kamini Braganza, she will do anything to rescue him. Anything, including taking the help of the unpleasant Vikram Roy, a cop on a mission to save Bombay.

The city needs all the help it can get, and these two are the only thing standing between Bombay and its complete annihilation by Doctor Braganzaís teen army.

As Bombay falls apart around them, will Ruby be able to save her friend and the city? Will she finally discover her place in a city where she has never managed to fit in? And what about her growing feelings for Vikram?

Preorder†The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer on Amazon.
Add The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer†to your Goodreads TBR pile.
Read The Ruby Iyer Diaries, the Ruby Iyer prelude, on Wattpad.

About Laxmi Hariharan

Lax.selfieA near life experience told Laxmi Hariharan to write. She never stopped.

Laxmi is the creator of Ruby Iyer, and the Amazon bestselling, eLit Gold winner The Destiny of Shaitan (Bombay Chronicles, 1). She has been a journalist and a global marketer with NBCU and MTV. Laxmi also blogs for Huffington Post, among others.

London is where she writes. Bombay is what fires her imagination.

Reach her @laxmi or at

a Rafflecopter giveaway

BROKEN NOTES Release Day Blast with #Giveaway

Happy Release Day:
About The Book:
The Heavy Influence Series is an edgy sexually charged coming of age story. 
A Modern Day ‘WALK THE LINE’ Romance.

The edgy Heavy Influence Series is about young, intense and reckless love between a rising rock star and his younger muse. 
Follow their journey through temptation, deception & forbidden love.

BROKEN NOTES (Heavy Influence, #2)
By: Ann Marie Frohoff
Publisher: AMF Publishing
Pages: 279
Release Date: December 30, 2014

Music fades with a death. Dreams and impulses may kill a future. 

Being rich, famous and in an award winning, multi-platinum band can’t save you from life’s tragedies.

When Jake and Alyssa begin to build a life together in New York City, a death and an unfortunate set of events rattle Jake’s very existence. Alyssa clings to her own dreams. Jake’s blurred take on life may end what they’ve fought so hard to keep. 

Will love remain the same?
Heavy Influence Links:
Book Trailer:
Original Soundtrack:


One signed copy of FIRST KISS (Heavy Influence, #1)
One signed copy of FEVER PITCH (Heavy Influence, #1.5)
Heavy Influence Original Soundtrack Vol. 1
$10 Amazon Gift Card
*Giveaway is open to US and International Residents*

To Enter:
Comment with the reason you want to read Broken Notes as well as your email address to contact you, should you be the winner.
About The Author:
Ann Marie (“Annie”) Frohoff grew up in sunny Southern California. As a teen and young adult, she spent her time frequenting and living in nearly every beachside city up and down the coast.
Ann Marie is a debut author whose vision to tell a story started out like many other aspiring writers, with a dream, literally.
After taking her then eight-year-old daughter to a concert, her dream weaving took on a life of its own. Long story short, she quit her high- paying corporate job and went for broke to follow her dream.
The first installment in her Heavy Influence Trilogy, FIRST KISS, released June 11, 2013 — the series is a story about young, reckless love between a rising rock star and his younger muse, spanning 10 years of their tumultuous and passionate relationship. Each book in the Trilogy will come with a soundtrack of original music, of which the lyrics will appear in the pages of the books.
Annie has settled in the South Bay area of Los Angeles with her family.
Social Media Links:
First Kiss Free 2.12-2.14:
Jake, an up and coming teenage rocker on the verge of stardom, reconnects with Alyssa, the younger girl next door.
When she becomes something more they’re forced to face the harsh realities on his road to fame and the expectations of their friends and family.
Sacrifices are made as everything changes as they know it. 

Event Hosted by:

The Alliance , by @ShannonRStoker #authorinterview

The Alliance goodreads-badge-add-plus-


The Alliance (The Registry #3)

To overthrow a brutal dictator and free her country, a brave young woman will risk her life and liberty to spark a revolution in this explosive final installment in Shannon Stoker’s electrifying Registry trilogy

“Beautifully written . . . a chilling and shocking look at a futuristic America that will stay with you long after you close the book.” —Jennifer L. Armentrout on The Registry

Mia Morrissey fled to Mexico to escape the government marrying her to someone she did not love. Now, she’s going risk everything so that the rest of America can be free.

Going undercover as part of a diplomatic mission, Mia returns to America. But life there is more dangerous than ever as the walls grow ever taller, and the forgotten country faces its most ruthless leader yet, Grant Marsden…a shadow from Mia’s past. With the help of Andrew, Carter, and other members of the subversive group Affinity, she embarks on a perilous journey to defeat Grant, bring down the government, and destroy the Registry once and for all.

When a terrible betrayal exposes the operation, Mia discovers that her enemies have used her—and so have her friends. Alone and frightened, she’s uncertain who to trust—or whether the mission is worth what she’s sacrificing.

With the fate of her friends and the future of her country on the line, Mia knows that her next step may be the last for her . . . and America.

Please tell me something about you that no one knows –

I have really good balance and sometimes I subconsciously stand on one leg. My husband says I look like flamingo.

What are you reading now? –

I’m in a bookclub and this month we are reading a”Needful Things” I’m also in the middle of The Magicians series

Some of your favourite books and authors? –

I’m a horror junkie and usually read scary books, but my favorite author is probably Terry Goodkind. When I’m in the mood for romance my go to is Jennifer Armentrout.

What is your work space and writing routine like? Share a pic of your work area if you like :)


I have a “writing room” but usually end up in the kitchen for some reason! I usually write at nights, probably working the most from 5- 10 pm. Friday nights tend to be when I get the bulk done.

Is there a genre you’ve yet to write but would like to try one day? -

I would love to try to write horror, but just don’t think I am scary enough.

Dystopian is a popular genre at the moment, what drew you to it? -

I think the freedom to bend the contemporary world. It’s not a landscape created from scratch like with fantasy, but more a different version of where we are living today.

For new readers could you tell us about The Registry series please? -

The Registry series is about a young woman named Mia Morrissey who decides she’s had enough with the predominantly patriarchal society she lives in, where women are traded like goods. With little to no knowledge of the outside world she enlists her father’s worker, Andrew to assist her. Even though the world they live in favors males, young men are seen as having no value whatsoever. The series follows these two as they try to break free of the world they live in.

What do readers have to look forward to next? -

I am working on something more contemporary at the moment. It centers around a young man, who may or may not have committed a vicious crime and the consequences that follow.

About Shannon Stoker

Shannon Stoker lives in DeKalb, IL. She received her undergraduate and law degree from Northern Illinois University where she now works as the Research Integrity Coordinator. It’s not a stretch to say she’s a die-hard Huskie fan!

When she’s not working or writing Shannon spends the majority of her time playing with her terrier mix Nucky or her husband.

She loves watching horror movies, including those straight to DVD classics most people never heard of. If she wasn’t an attorney or an author she would have been a beautician and is constantly bugging her friends to come over and let Shannon play with their hair.

Social Media

Website |  Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Book Links

Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo

Charity anthology – Gifts of the Magi #sale


Stories for Christmas, authors for the New Year!

Find within this magical tome 14 NEW original holiday-themed stories of fantasy, horror and science fiction by a talented group of authors–plus one holiday essay. The tales from our Magi vary from the light and satirical to the dark and serious, and we’ve shuffled the deck to keep you guessing.

• A time guardian may have to choose between preserving reality or destroying the man she loves.
• A snowman comes to life, but he’s not a happy soul.
• Santa makes a terrible bargain in order to save Christmas.
• On Christmas Eve, a furious fairy princess attacks a double-decker bus.
• Two secret agents attend an exclusive Christmas party with an unusual price of admission.
• Soldiers in the midst of the zombie apocalypse try to find the Christmas spirit.
• A boy and his father confront an alien creature on the Longest Night.
• A mercenary packing magical pistols battles a monster while Christmas shopping for her werewolf boyfriend.
• Steampunk detectives find themselves fending off Christmas “elves.”
• Humans exiled to an alternate world blend alien and human holiday traditions.
• A banished prince with a magic chicken finds a nearly drowned soldier–so says the storyteller.
• A bounty hunter searches for a rogue elf.
• A traumatized punk girl confronts the spirits from the worst night of her life.
• In a dystopian future, Christmas is outlawed.
• …And Shirley Jackson Award-nominated author Nicole Cushing reveals the holiday specials that she feels deserve “lumps of coal.”

100% of all proceeds from this book benefit Indy Reads.

Indy Reads is a not-for-profit organization that relies on volunteers to provide basic literacy tutoring to illiterate and semi-literate adults. Indy Reads operates a bookstore in downtown Indianapolis. Learn more at

Gifts of the Magi: A Speculative Holiday Collection is on sale now for 99cents. The price increases to 1.99 on Saturday. All proceeds go to charity so get your copy now to support a good cause