Monday, 31 March 2014

Free ebooks

52 Steps to Murder (Book 1 Dekker Cozy Mystery Series)

Wild Ride: A Changing Gears Novel

Crash Gordon and the Revelations from Big Sur

In Empires and Embraces

Kona (a microshort story)


The Ultimate Erotic Short Story Collection 33: 11 Steamingly Hot Erotica Books For Women

Sophia: the Epic Story of a Teacher turned Sex Swinger

Arushi Raj

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Bitten Series: Sweet and Sour

Uzuri M. Wilkerson
Uzuri Wilkerson was born in Atlanta, Georgia.  Her family moved to Boston when she was nine years old.  She is the second oldest of five.  She has always had a love of storytelling.  When she was younger, one could always find her with a notebook filled with poems and short stories.  She enjoys reading a variety of fictional genres, including chick lit, paranormal, and thrillers.  She’s also an avid television junkie.
Uzuri studied screenwriting at Wellesley College, where she learned to craft short scripts and videos.  After graduating, she eventually moved back to fiction.  She completed Sweet in 2009—the first volume of the “Bitten” series about a turf war in Boston between vampires and hunters.  She signed on with Aziza Publishing during the summer of 2011.
Even today, one could find her with a notebook filled with story ideas.

Book One of the Bitten Series

Witnessing a brutal murder at work is only the beginning of Celia’s problems.  The fact that the victim is a vampire only proves to complicate her life even more.  The vampires of New England have always had an undetected existence among humans but with the unprovoked death of one of their own, the lust for revenge has begun.
Celia’s concerns are magnified once a hunter from Dallas arrives in town.  With Jay’s sexy smile and rugged ways, Celia finds herself wanting to spend time with him despite being mysteriously linked to the nest that is threatening to become extinct if Jay gets his way.
When four bodies are found drained of blood, Jay teams up with a local bunch to take out all the undead, which, coincidentally, includes her boyfriend, Victor.  Celia won’t stand to see anything happen to Victor… but refuses to see Jay hurt either.  Confusion, lust, rage and violence intertwine as worlds collide. Celia will soon discover that her neat little existence is not what it seems as her cryptic past and present start to unravel.

Title Information

  • ISBN-13: 978-061563891-1
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Aziza Publishing
  • Publication date: 06/04/2012
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 416

  • ISBN-13: 978-098817670-6
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Aziza Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/12/2012
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 360


Rating: 3/5

It's Twilight all over again. Since Twilight Saga every YA novel just sum up in one word - Twilight. Sexy Vampire and a Sexy guy who hunts Vampire. An average girl caught between the two. The cliffhanger wasn't really one as it was so obvious how it's going to end.

The stereotypical characters didn't help the cliche plot. The trio - whom we were supposed to like - were so infuriating. Vampire is an escapist, hunter is a jerk and Celia is such a drama queen even though she believes she is not.

As far as writing is concerned, the book is filled with grammatical errors. I kept on imagining what my English teacher will do if she has to read it. The mental pictures were not pretty. But all in all it is an "easy read" book. Not great or extra ordinary but good enough.

Book Two of the Bitten Series
Sharing blood with a vampire can be exhilarating. You experience a high like no other. You feel invincible. The encounter changes your world.
It can also be deadly.
After a traumatic incident with the rogue vampire Milo, Celia agrees to let Victor taste her. They enter into a bond like no other. When their connection allows her to witness things that she wouldn't normally see, Celia begins to doubt her decision to share his blood. Victor has never seen Celia's uncanny gift in another human, prompting him to search for a way to harness her abilities.
In the meantime, Celia finds herself watching her back for dangerous vampires hungry for her scent; her cousin's arrival in town begs many questions; a badly-injured newborn vampire and a pushy new coworker cause her to question her relationship with Victor.
All of your favorite characters return in this racy and thrilling second volume of Uzuri M. Wilkerson's Bitten series. Sweet introduced you to Celia's complicated relationship; Sour reveals the consequences.

Title Information

  • ISBN-13: 978-098817677-5
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Aziza Publishing
  • Publication date: 07/16/2013
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 476


Rating: 3/5

Even though it is an urban fantasy, I found the characters to be very real. Huge development in characters, plots and the pace of the story. While Sweet was exhaustively slow, Sour is packed with action. New characters are introduced and old characters are shown with a fresh perspective. Also, it's much more steamy and filled with macabre. 

There are new hunters in town and they mean business.

While Victor was never a likable character, he somehow managed to make me hope that the new gory vampire hunters torture the crap out of him. As for Celia - very, very annoying.

The one thing I loved about the Bitten series is the culmination of old Vampire Mythology with fresh, modern day perspective. Still it's not much of a paranormal novel than paranormal fan fiction.

A Good Read but not a Must Read.

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Author Interview

1) Do you believe that writing is about "Inspiration and not perspiration"?

I think perspiration weighs more in the equation. Yes, you need inspiration but then you have to put in all of the work to make it into something special. That includes getting it published and out there to the public.

2) Which force drives you, motivates you to push yourself harder and farther?

I feel like I'm compelled to complete projects. It took me a while to get to that point. I used to jump around from project to project, picking them up later or not at all. But I get these ideas and then I just have to finish it. So I make the time to get it all out. That's when the perspiration aspect kicks in. I need that to polish whatever I'm working on and make it readable.

3) Is writing your goal, passion or just a hobby?

Currently, it's my passion. I can only work on it part-time. I would love to be able to make it my life's work. So, I guess it's a goal for the future. Hopefully not too far in the future, that is!

4) What are your best and worst experiences in Publication Industry? 

The best was when I first saw my book listed on Amazon. It was amazing! I had a product. I was legit. I think one of the worst was with the difficulty in getting my physical book out there. Some bookstores have these guidelines and restrictions for debut authors who aren't with big-name publishers and it makes it harder to grab an audience that way. I like seeing and meeting people so that I can get them hooked on my work. That way there's a face to this book that they picked up. Of course, that has its difficulties as well, because for every person you manage to hook, there are five others passing you by. So, I think a lot of the marketing and promoting as a whole has been the worst/hardest part.

5) Who is your ultimate guide?

I don't think I have one. It's so beneficial to have someone or some group to help through this process. Being "published" can be very draining and just having someone to vent to and someone there for you at your events, cheering you on, is invaluable.

6) Do you believe that every writer needs a "Day Job"?

I think so. Even if my writing was able to sustain me financially, I know I would still have some kind of part-time job at the very least. If for anything, it gets you out of your lair, meeting people, seeing the world, and gaining inspiration for future stories.

Guest Appearances

Steamy Fantasy
Unnecessary Musings
Michelle Scott’s 21st Century Writer Blog
Samantha Warren
Fantastic Adventures
Speak Without Interruption
It’s Much Better in Dorchester
Shut Up & Read
Stephen Ormsby
Lorraine Beaumont, CRAVE
Frugal Bookstore
Harambee House, Wellesley College
Harvest Co-Op Markets, Jamaica Plain
The Reading Cafe
2012 New England Book Festival – Honorable Mention in Science Fiction
JP Writes and Invites, Jamaica Plain Public Library
The Jamaica Plain Gazette
The Boston Globe
Urban Paranormal Blog
Urban Update, WHDH
The Literati Scene

Contact Information
To book an author signing or guest blog post, please contact Uzuri at:

Arushi Raj

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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Free ebooks

The Key (The True Reign Series)

Secrets Can Be Deadly

Beautiful Chances (The Beautiful Series)

The Beautiful and Damned

THE CURVE BALL (Big Girls And Bad Boys: A BBW Erotic Romance)

This Beautiful Stranger (Reach for Me #1)

Where We Left Off

INN KEEPING WITH MURDER (Old Maids of Mercer Island)

Night Tide (Blake Sanders series)

Last Train Home (The Home Series: Book One)

Grandmother's Natural Medicines: The complete guide by the wisdom of grandmothers

Too Close to Home (Women of Justice Book #1): A Novel

The Highlander's Hope - A Contemporary Romance (THE HUNT) (The Highland Heart Series)

Zane's I'll Be Home for Christmas: An eShort Story

Four and a Half Shades of Fantasy

Lost (Lost Series)

New Vampire Online (New Vampires)

Radium Halos

Arushi Raj

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Free ebooks

Miss Tonks Turns to Crime (The Poor Relation Series, Vol. 2)

Nursing a Grudge (A Maternal Instincts Murder Mystery)

Poor Relations

Bound To Love

LARP: The Battle for Verona

In the Lion's Mouth

A Home for My Heart

Arushi Raj

Monday, 24 March 2014

Free ebooks

A Vow of Glory (Book #5 in the Sorcerer's Ring)

Lola's House (Lola Series)

Guardians: The Girl (The Guardians Series, Book 1)

MARKED (Eternal Guardians #1)

Guardians Inc.: The Cypher (Guardians Incorporated)

Amethyst (#1 of the Guardian series)

Betrothal (Queen's Honor, Tales of Lady Guinevere: #1), a Medieval Fantasy Romance (Queen's Honor, Tales of Lady Guinevere)

My Wish (Time Guardians)

GOTHIC GROVELS: (Erotic Tales From Halloween Nights)

The Lola Diaries Drama Jerk

The Ghetto and Other Poems

Sun-Up and Other Poems

Arushi Raj

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Free ebooks

Behind the Mask (Horstberg Saga Volume 1)

You Don't Get Joe!

Seasons of the Moon Series, Books 1-4: Six Moon Summer, All Hallows' Moon, Long Night Moon, and Gray Moon Rising

The Last Call (The Bill Travis Mysteries)

The Descent Series, Books 1-3: Death's Hand, The Darkest Gate, and Dark Union

Right Now (The Seduced Series)

Sleeping With the Enemy: Jackson Falls Book 2 (Jackson Falls Series)

The Babysitter's Seduction (The Babysitter Diaries)

Pleasure (School of Sex #2, Sasha's Story)

Artist Gods of Rock & Other Stories

Spencer's Face (Buckeye Hawks)

Arushi Raj

The Beach

The Beach by Jaye Frances


Alan loves the beach. More than a weekend respite, it is his home, his refuge, his sanctuary. And for most of the year, he strolls the sand in blissful solitude, letting nature—and no one else—touch him. But spring has given way to summer, and soon, the annual invasion of vacationers and tourists will subdivide the beach with
blankets, umbrellas, and chairs, depriving Alan of his privacy and seclusion—the fundamental touchstones of his life.
Resigned to endure another seasonal onslaught of beach-goers, Alan believes there is nothing he can do but prepare for the worst. 

But fate has other plans.

Delivered to him on the crest of a rogue wave, the strange object appears to have no purpose, no practical use—until Alan accidentally discovers what waits inside. Now he must attempt to unravel an ageless mystery, unaware that the final outcome will change his life, and the beach, forever.

In the companion novella Short Time, you’ll meet a respectable but bored middle-class executive, who exchanges his future for six months of excess and extravagance, only to find out the price he must pay for his hedonistic indulgence is beyond anything he could have imagined.

Amazon link for The Beach:

Guest Post

Daydreams, fantasies, and wishful thinking. We’re all guilty of occasionally imagining how much better our lives—our world—would be if we had an unlimited supply of money or the popularity of a famous celebrity.

In the process of gathering research prior to writing The Beach, I was told by a psychologist that it’s a natural desire to want what we don’t have. Maybe it’s just the way we’re wired or a fluke of genetic happenstance, but either way, magically manifesting a new destiny is a common fantasy.

Ever wonder which of life’s treasures is most coveted by those who admit to being tempted by the whimsy of make-believe? It’s life itself—immortality. I suppose it makes sense—there’s little point in acquiring fame and fortune without having the time to enjoy it. But in truth, all the wishing in the world isn’t going to substantially lengthen our personal timeline. And in the case of Alan, the main character in The Beach, it has just the opposite effect.

In the following excerpt, Alan has just met an unusual stranger named Efil. Reluctantly convincing himself that Efil has the ability to fulfill his innermost desire, Alan overcomes his suspicion and attempts to negotiate the deal of a lifetime.


“I want to control this stretch of shoreline,” Alan announced. “Keep others off. And I want them to know it’s mewho’s doing it.”
“Shall I place a high fence around it?”
“No, I want it open and inviting. I want them to smell the salt air and see how beautiful the water is, and then right before they can set foot on the sand, I want them stopped.”
“How?” Efil asked. “How do you want them stopped?”
“I’ll leave that up to you. You figure it out.”
Efil shook his head. “Sorry, it’s all about the specifics. Perhaps if we explore the different options and their consequences, you would be in a better position to—”
“You’re making this complicated,” Alan interrupted. “What if I make that part of my wish—for you to take care of the details after I give you the big picture?”
“If only I could accommodate you.” Efil turned surprisingly serious. “But for a negotiation of this complexity, you’ll have to provide me with precise instructions and the order of occurrence. Otherwise these things can, how do you say, blow up in your face.”
“But you said you would help me work through the process.” Alan’s protest was charged with suspicion.
Efil shot Alan a reassuring wink. “Indeed I did. And if it’s help you want, then it is help you shall receive.” He paused, as if gathering his thoughts. “Let’s examine your objective in its component parts. You want to keep others off the beach. Yes, yes, a good start.” Efil’s eyes rolled up until his pupils completely disappeared. Seconds later, they dropped back to their usual position. “Perhaps I could do away with it, eliminate it entirely, so no one could use it.”
“No, you don’t understand.” Alan was becoming frustrated, not only with the increasing difficulty of trying to explain what he wanted, but also with Efil’s nonchalant and seemingly procedural way of evaluating his request. “If you eliminate it then I can’t use it.” Alan tempered his voice, extending his patience to uncommon extremes. “I still want the beach for myself. I just want to keep everyone else off.”
“I see.” Efil squinted, shooting a spray of electric glitter from the outside corners of his eyes. “You want to make it private. Exclusively for you.”
“Yes! Now you’ve got it.” Alan took a deep breath.
“Efil brought a hand to his chin, momentarily suspending his smile. “Hmmmm. Ownership is tricky. Lots of paperwork. Lots of records to change.”
“So you’re telling me you can’t do it?”
“Didn’t say that. I was merely reviewing the procedure, to make you aware of what’s involved.”
“I don’t care what’s involved. If I owned the beach I could prevent others from using it, right?”
“You certainly could.”
“And they would know it’s me who’s keeping them away?”
“If that is what you desire. Perhaps you would like a large sign with your picture on it, so all would see who was—”
“A picture! I like that. A big sign with my picture on it.” Alan easily visualized a fifty-foot-tall lighted billboard withNO TRESSPASSING in big red letters across the top. And underneath his photograph, By Order Of The Owner.


Rating: 3/5

I tend to love unlikable characters and Alan is the one I can somehow relate. Wanting some peace in a piece of heaven - a beautiful beach where no one can disturb you - is a very tempting prospect. But wishes are a tricky business. You need to spell it out and even then they can go grievously wrong.

The book is very vivid and the author beautiful projects the details to make us not only see but also feel what Alan was feeling. The fact that a female author accurately presented a male's point of view is commendable. The end is definitely creepy and gave me goosebumps but what I loved the most was once the story was finished the Jaye Frances discusses the references and the meaning of the story. It's a mesmerizing wackadoodle story.

Arushi Raj

About the Author: 

Jaye Frances is the author of The Kure, a paranormal-occult romance novel, The Possibilities of Amy, a coming-of-age romance novella, The Cruise-All That Glitters, a humorous adult satire about love on the high seas, The Beach, a sci-fi supernatural tale about a man who is given the opportunity to receive his ultimate wish, and Love Travels Forever, a collection of poignant short stories and essays. Born in the Midwest, Jaye readily admits that her life’s destination has been the result of an open mind and a curiosity about all things irreverent. When she’s not consumed by her writing, Jaye enjoys cooking, traveling to all places tropical and “beachy” and taking pictures—lots of pictures—many of which find their way to her website. Jaye lives on the central gulf coast of Florida, sharing her home with one husband, six computers, four cameras, and several hundred pairs of shoes.

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Saturday, 22 March 2014

Free ebooks

The Jewel Box

MILA 2.0: Origins: The Fire

Shore Excursion (A Sidney Marsh Murder Mystery)

The Mystic Wolves

Confessions of a Prayer Slacker

Running Back

Lavender Days: A life-affirming Anglo-American affaire in Provence

Arushi Raj