Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Goddess Fish Promotions Book Review: The Last Gambit

The Last Gambit
by Om Swami


GENRE:   General Fiction-> Coming of Age



Success by design is infinitely better than a win by chance. Vasu Bhatt is fourteen years old when a mysterious old man spots him at a chess tournament and offers to coach him, on two simple but strange conditions: he would not accompany his student to tournaments, and there was to be no digging into his past. Initially resentful, Vasu begins to gradually understand his master’s mettle.

Over eight years, master and student come to love and respect each other, but the two conditions remain unbroken – until Vasu confronts and provokes the old man. Meanwhile, their hard work and strategy pay off: Vasu qualifies for the world chess championship. But can he make it all the way without his master by his side?

Inspiring, moving and mercurial, The Last Gambit is a beautiful coming of age tale in a uniquely Indian context.


Excerpt :

Saving a few times, like when he was sleeping, living with Andrei was a continuous challenge. He was just not designed with any sense of living in a world sans chess. He couldn’t even pour tea without spilling it in the saucer. He would never remember to turn the gas off after cooking. And the only thing he knew how to cook was an omelette. It was scary to be in the same car with him because he would just stop anywhere and start making notes on some game.

He would forget his wallet in the restaurant and keys in his car. It’s hard to imagine that the genius Andrei, immaculate on the chessboard, would be so clumsy in real life. The man who could think through lengthy lines of variations in his head could not string together two words to hold a conversation. He never spoke to my parents. He would say he didn’t have any conversational skills. Surely, he could have learnt these skills, if only he had made an effort.

 I kept my hopes up for six long years and then one day I realized that ‘if only’ doesn’t work with people like Andrei. If it could, he wouldn’t be Andrei then.


Review: I've always been a fan of stories about chess. I got hooked on stories about the game from the musical "Chess." So this book intrigued me from the get go.

This book is the story of a young chess player and his coach/master. The dynamic reminded me of The Karate Kid in some ways.

It was very inspiring. Its the kind of book you will pick up again and give a re-read, when you need to feel light in your life. 

A fabulous read!

Rating: 5 stars

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Om Swami is a monk who lives in a remote place in the Himalayan foothills. He has a bachelor degree in business and an MBA from Sydney, Australia. Swami served in executive roles in large corporations around the world. He founded and led a profitable software company with offices in San Francisco, New York, Toronto, London, Sydney and India.
Om Swami completely renounced his business interests to pursue a more spiritual life. He is the bestselling author of Kundalini: An Untold Story, A Fistful of Love and If Truth Be Told: A Monk’s Memoir.
His blog omswami.com is read by millions all over the world.
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Brief Description of the Book
Success by design is infinitely better than a win by chance. Vasu Bhatt is fourteen years old when a mysterious old man spots him at a chess tournament and offers to coach him, on two simple but strange conditions: he would not accompany his student to tournaments, and there was to be no digging into his past. Initially resentful, Vasu begins to gradually understand his master’s mettle.
 Over eight years, master and student come to love and respect each other, but the two conditions remain unbroken – until Vasu confronts and provokes the old man. Meanwhile, their hard work and strategy pay off: Vasu qualifies for the world chess championship. But can he make it all the way without his master by his side?
Inspiring, moving and mercurial, The Last Gambit is a beautiful coming of age tale in a uniquely Indian context.



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Monday, October 9, 2017

Goddess Fish Book Tours Cover Reveal: Devil's Gamble

by Michele Arris


GENRE: Steamy Contemporary



Sienna Keller saw how men used her mother, and from an early age she swore she’d never allow it to happen to her. So when she meets smooth-talking billionaire Gavin Crane, who uses his connections to help her art career, she resolves to keep things strictly professional—no matter how gorgeous he is.

Gavin might be the son of the head of the Kavanagh organized crime family, but he wants no part of that life. It’s important to him to prove to Sienna that he’s a good guy. But when she winds up in the hospital with a gunshot wound, he is driven to exact revenge. His father agrees to provide security to watch over her as well as find the man who shot her, but at a cost—Gavin must come back into the family business.

As Sienna begins to let her guard down around Gavin, seeing the kind, caring man he’s always wanted her to see, his secrets begin to pile up. Has she done the one thing she vowed never to do—trusted her heart to the wrong man?


Because this is a cover reveal, there are no excerpts included with the tour.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Award winning author, Michele Arris, writes steamy contemporary romance.
Michele is always plotting out her characters’ next move. Even when she’s not seated in front of her laptop writing about strong-willed, professional heroines and the complex heroes who strive to have them, she’s plotting scenes in her head.
I love to write story where my characters are guaranteed their Happily Ever After.”
In her spare time, Michele enjoys reading all types of romance genres. She loves paranormal romance as well as historical romances, enjoys watching period classics (Little Dorrit, The Buccaneers, and Persuasion to name a few), actually looks forward to working out, is a holistic enthusiast/vitamin junkie, and spending time with family and friends – simply enjoying life.


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Monday, October 2, 2017

Goddess Fish Book Tours Book Review: The Accidental Wedding

The Accidental Wedding
by Debra Elizabeth


GENRE:   Contemporary Romance



Unemployed Keira Callahan decides to try her luck at the casino before delving back into job hunting. As she walks through the casino, she bumps into the most handsome man she’s ever seen. When he asks her to dinner, she doesn’t hesitate. As she learns Cade Tyndale’s story—he needs to wed or lose his British estate, her impulsive nature rears up and she agrees to marry him and move to England for one year. What does she have to lose except her heart to the impossibly handsome Earl of Barrett?



“Forget it, Elizabeth. I don’t see how I can pull it off,” Cade Tyndale, the fourteenth Earl of Barrett, said to his twenty-three-year-old sister. It saddened him to see the frown on her pretty oval face. “Besides, eligible young women don’t pop up out of thin air these days. I fear the worst, that Edward will indeed inherit the estate even though I’ll keep the title, Earl of Barrett. What’s a title without the estate? I won’t be in charge of making any decisions about how the income is spent. Those decisions will fall to Edward. We must resign ourselves to it.”

Elizabeth shook her head vigorously, her blond hair flying out around her head. “Cade, don’t say that. We’ll figure something out,” she said, turning and staring out the window of their ancestral home.

“It’s not fair. Why does it have to be like this?”

Cade walked to her and wrapped his arm around her shoulders, giving her a gentle squeeze. “I know, but that’s what the will states. There’s no contesting it. If I could have changed the terms, you know I would have done it.”

She turned into him and buried her face in his chest, soft sobs escaped her throat.

He stroked her hair while holding her tight. “Please don’t cry. It won’t be so bad.”

“Perhaps a ball,” Elizabeth said.

“A ball?”

“Yes, of course. Young women love balls, and you’ll be able to find a suitable wife.”

Cade gently grasped her small hands within his. “Stop.”


“Please stop. There will be no ball. I cannot find a wife like that. There is no fairytale ending here.”

“But Cade…”

Cade shook his head. “I’m sorry, Elizabeth, but there’s nothing more I can do.”

Tears welled again in Elizabeth’s blue eyes before spilling down her cheeks. “Won’t you keep trying?”

He tried to pull her in closer for a hug, but she ran out of the library. Cade watched her leave, then turned to gaze out the window. He was out of options to make things better for her and for the future of the estate. There was no way he’d find a bride in less than a week. It was hopeless, and Edward would inherit the estate.

Behind him, he heard footsteps and turned to see his valet enter. “Will there be anything else, sir?”

Cade shook his head. “No, Clifton. Let’s go. There’s nothing more I can do here. Besides, I’m looking forward to enjoying myself in Las Vegas for a few days.”
“Very good, sir. The car is waiting.”


Review:  This book made me go Squee! This is a plot that my younger self had floating in my head when I daydreamed about marrying a handsome Brit...and if not a member of the aristocracy, at least Davy Jones from The Monkees or George Harrison...or Simon Le Bon.

I'm a sucker for a cute accent.

This was a wonderful quick read that gave me warm fuzzy feelings. Keira and Cade are just a perfect couple. 

Keira is sweet and more than a little naive, but that is what made you love her. She's really a bit of a Cinderella, without the wicked stepmother/step sisters thing going on. She loves her sister and her family and she's good with children and she is looking for a new job and a place to live.

Cade is the type of hero we all want in a sweet romance too, plus there's no sign of an alpha male to be found. That gets a two thumbs up from me. He is also a victim of a will that says he must be married for a year before he turns thirty or else he must forfeit his inheritance to his not so nice brother Edward and his wife Courtney.

I liked that both were at crossroads in their lives and somehow through a whole lot of craziness managed to get together in an almost fairy tale sort of way, complete with some twists and turns along the way. 

A sweet fun fairytale-ish read.

Rating: 5 stars

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Debra Elizabeth is the romance pen name for fantasy author Debra L. Martin. She has been writing all kinds of stories since her teens and decided to finally publish her romance stories under a pen name so as not to confuse her fantasy fans. She publishes epic and urban fantasy with her co-author and brother, David W. Small and blogs regularly at Two Ends of the Pen.

Debra lives in New England with her husband and two kitties.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Book Blast: When I Fell For You

by Candace Shaw


GENRE: African American Romance



Has a wedding planner with a commitment phobia finally found the man to make her fall head over heels in love?

Reagan Richardson loves planning extravagant, classy weddings as the head planner of Precious Moments Events. Though the notion of walking down the aisle has never entered her mind … considering none of her boyfriends have ever lasted long enough thanks to her. However, meeting Dr. Blake Harrison changes all of that in a glance and she finds herself in uncharted territory.

Blake knows all about Reagan’s fear of commitment but that doesn’t stop him from pursuing the ravishing beauty. Breaking down the wall guarding her heart isn’t as easy as he thought but being with Reagan has stirred emotions in him that no other woman ever has. Can he convince her that history isn’t going to repeat itself this time around?


Excerpt One:

And you’re going to try parasailing? I’m driving the speedboat.”

The thought of being attached to a parachute high above the ocean while dragged by a speedboat made Reagan nauseous. “I’m still contemplating, but I will go jet skiing with you.”

Perfect. Can’t wait either way. I don’t care what we do as long as I see your fine bod in a bikini.”

Heat rushed to her cheeks. Blake always knew what to say to make her weak at the knees. Now she had to go shopping to find a sexy new bikini and a cover-up considering it was a family outing. She couldn’t be too sexy.

You just concentrate on keeping me safe on the jet ski and the parasailing.”

So, that’s a yes to the parasailing?”

Mmm … only if you go really slow.”

I’ll drive at whatever speed you can handle,” he said in a low, deep voice. “Just scream out my name when you’re comfortable and want me to go faster.”

You have a dirty mind, Doc.” Not that I care.

What?” he asked in an innocent manner. “That’s your mind in the gutter. Just want to make sure you can handle the excitement and stamina of it all. It’s a very … uh, thrilling adventure.”

I bet it is.”

Can’t wait for you to find out.”

Are we still discussing parasailing?” she asked, crossing and uncrossing her legs. This conversation was causing her to have the urge to jump in the car and speed to his bed where he’d just finished his nap.

Were we ever talking about parasailing?”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Candace Shaw writes romance novels because she believes that happily-ever-after isn’t found only in fairy tales. When she’s not writing or researching information for a book, you can find Candace in her gardens, shopping, reading or learning how to cook a new dish.

She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her loving husband and is currently working on her next fun, flirty and sexy romance.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Certifiable Wench Bakes: Zucchini, Cheddar, Chive Bread

Its zucchini season again and we are faced with an abundance of zucchini in my garden.  I found this fabulous recipe for a savory zucchini bread at A Pretty Life and my sister loves it. I've made it for her 2 times already.

Its a very simple recipe and it comes out perfectly every time.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tspbaking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 shredded cheddar cheese 
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives  (fresh or dried..I've used Lighthouse Dried Chives and they are fabulous)
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini (You definitely want to squeeze out as much of the moisture out as possible)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and egg.
  4. Whisk the melted butter into the buttermilk mixture.
  5. Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mix, and gently combine. Don't over mix the batter.
  6. Stir in the shredded cheese, shredded zucchini and chopped chives.
  7.  Grease your 9x5 bread pan. I like to use baker's joy on mine

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Certifiable Wenches Easy Kung Pao Meatballs

I am always looking for dinners that come together in an hour or less, cos that's how I roll. I'm lazy, but I like good food.

I'm also usually on a budget and I feed 4 people, so there needs to be enough.

I wanted something different and I had some meatballs. (This time the Sam's Club Angus meatballs, but whatever frozen meatballs you have will work)

Here's what I came up with for this super easy, and super tasty dinner

1 bottle Panda Express Kung Pao Sauce
1 large green pepper chopped in chunks
1 medium onion chopped in large chunks
1 jar of chunk pineapple and about half the juice
1 large container of fresh sliced mushrooms
1 can 8 oz of water chestnuts

Saute onion and pepper until both are soft and onions translucent.
Add sauce, meatballs, water chestnuts and pineapple w/juice and give a stir.
Cover cook for 20 - 25 minutes.
Add mushrooms and cook an additional 5 minutes
Serve over rice and enjoy!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hallmark Movies and Mysteries

OK, I'm a sucker for cozy mysteries.

When I was growing up my mother loved watching Diagnosis Murder, Murder She Wrote, Matlock and Father Dowling. So it is easy to see where my love for this genre has come from.

I love that Hallmark plays these shows, as well as Monk, which is one of my very favorite shows, along with Psych. Oh how I miss good mysteries that weren't all cops and detectives all the time.

I started watching some of the new movies that Hallmark is doing. Some are quite good and others, well they are pretty bad.

I like Lori Loughlin's Garage Sale Mysteries. I really wish there were more books to the series that this set of movies is based on.

I'm up in the air with the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, cos I really dislike Candace Cameron Bure.

Then there's Murder She Baked, which is based on the awesome Joanne Fluke novels feature the character Hannah Swenson. I could go one for hours about how bad these are. I've read most of the books and everything about the casting is off, as well as The Cookie Jar. I can't even watch these, they are so painful. (Well at least to anyone that has read the books)

I think I like the shows that don't have a series of books attached to them, because like movies the books are always better.

What's your favorite Hallmark Mystery?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Blurb Blitz: Tales of Yosemite

Tales of Yosemite
by Jonathan Williams


GENRE: Fiction



A land of vast beauty and constant change, Yosemite National Park never ceases to amaze and inspire its visitors. And fiction writer Jonathan Williams, an avid camper and fan, is no exception. In four charming short stories, he captures the Park’s diverse landscape and unique wilderness, using it as backdrop in all its glory to tell his tales.

The Condor Suit” tells the story of Tim whose life-long dreams of flying prompts him to move to a small town in the foothills of the Sierra to pursue his quest: building a bird suit and flying into the Park. In “Dog Lake,” a young boy on a Yosemite camping trip falls into the lake and disappears, only to discover another world lurking beneath its surface, and the lake magically comes to life. “The Rescue” tells the story of a hiker, and the unusual relationship he forms with a bear and her cub in the park. And with “The Old Man in the Sierra,” visitors in Yosemite National Park encounter a strange man leaving them wondering if he is the Park’s notorious mystery man? Does he exist, or is he the stuff of everyone’s imagination, and simply part legend, part ghost?



Condor Suit:"Tim was about twenty four miles into the flight and passing the main Park entrance when he noticed something strange.  His vision became clearer, and things became brighter."

Dog Lake:"Nathan found himself in a large empty room surrounded by water.  He carefully touched one of the glass walls, and his fingerprints smeared."The Rescue:"Instinctively, I made as much noise as possible, and blew my whistle but the mountain lion continued toward me."The Old Man and the Sierra:"The Old Man stood drenched, his outback hat offering little protection. His eyes closed, he faced the gales, the rain striking his weathered face, and he opened his mouth to the downpour."


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jonathan Williams has worked in Information Technology for over twenty years. He has spent most of his career working in the Financial and Pharmaceutical \ Biotech sectors. He specializes in Database Management Systems.



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