{Bookish Review} Sherlock Sam and the Ghostly Moans in Fort Canning by A.J. Low

Sherlock Sam and the Ghostly Moans in Fort Canning
By: A.J. Low
Series: Sherlock Sam #2
Published on: March 2013 by Epigram Books
Genres: Mystery (MG)
Source: Library

The adventures of Sherlock Sam continue! Together with his loyal sidekick robot Watson, Sherlock Sam is fast becoming Singapore's Greatest Kid Detective!

In Sherlock Sam and the Ghostly Moans in Fort Canning, mysterious sounds fill the air at one of Singapore's most-loved historical attractions. Ghosts don't exist, or do they? Will this mystery prove too difficult for Sherlock Sam to solve?
It took me years to pick up this book simply because it's a middle grade book. I first came across this Sherlock Sam series when I was invited as a panel speaker in AFCC 2013. The reason why I finally grabbed a copy is due to pure curiosity because this book is set in Singapore!

This is the second book in the series but I have no problem following the characters. What caught my interest was a talking robot (Watson). It's amusing to read about Sherlock's interaction with Watson. This robot is smart! In this book, the kids get to solve some mysterious moans at Fort Canning and the story was really easy to follow. I really think middle grade kids will enjoy reading this. We get to know some local language too, just some.

I find myself hunting for the first book to read how it all started. Good read!

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As usual, I spent most of my time rushing for the deadlines for working during non-working hours. This will probably go on for several more weeks till the kids finish their final exams around October. However, me and husband managed to have some quality time together playing board game. We played Flash Point twice this week and it's quite fun!

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Yay! Quite a number of books this week and that is amazing! Been in a mood for some local books and my copy of Mount Emily arrived! Body Parts looks really good too! Just hope that I have more time to read.

{Bookish Finds} Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino

Wish You Were Here
By: Renee Carlino
Published on: August 15th 2017 by Atria Books
Genres: Romance

Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, floating from interest to interest, job to job, and guy to guy, searching for a spark but never quite finding it. All she knows is that she won’t discover it working as a waitress at a pies-and-fries joint in Los Angeles or living with her fun but aimless best friend in a tiny apartment in the Arts District.

Then Charlotte collides with Adam, a gorgeous and soulful painter who seems just as lost as she feels. Their instant connection turns into a midnight drink… and a whirlwind night of champagne, Chinese food, and the kind of conversation that only happens in romantic comedies. But the next morning, Adam gives Charlotte the cold shoulder, leaving her confused and hurt—and wondering if the few odd moments between them the night before were red flags in disguise.

Months later, Charlotte hasn’t been able to shake Adam, so she decides to find out what happened the morning after their magical night together. This fateful decision rewrites their wild love story, but what Charlotte doesn’t know yet is that the ending has already been written.
Saw this book in Goodread's monthly romance newsletter and I'm already intrigued by what happened. There's just something in this second chance book that calls out to me. Why did Adam give Charlotte the cold shoulder? I'll just have to read the book to find out!

What do you think about this book?

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Still a busy week for me as my students are preparing for their term 3 exams but I managed to find some time to read a little. Hopefully there will be a review coming up this week!

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{Bookish Interview} Directions of the Heart by Marie Lavender

Directions of the Heart
By: Marie Lavender
Published on: July 25th 2017
Genres: Romance

Embark on a remarkable journey of drama, romance, and passion...

​In all of these amazing stories, there's one burning question...is love worth the risk?

Without You
Reece and Jenna are two childhood friends separated by time and distance. Can they find a way to heal their bond, or perhaps forge a new one?

Strange Heat
Spurred by her friend’s close call, Victoria decides to take a risk and prove the lifestyle she led was her downfall. But as Tory sinks deeper into the tumultuous abyss of desire with the mysterious Rick, can she climb back out before it’s too late? Or does she even want to?

Struggling to run her family’s farm on her own, Sadie takes on a hired hand, Matt. As they grow closer, so does the danger. Someone wants her legacy. Can they combat this new threat, as well as the demons of the past, before Sadie loses everything, including her life?

A Touch of Dawn
Caitlyn thought she’d be in the dark forever. But with the light came Jack, the police consultant who found her. Can they take a journey of healing together, or will Caitlyn retreat into the darkness of her mind, where she lived for so long?

(CONTENT WARNING: With an abuse awareness theme in this collection, there may be triggers here for past trauma sufferers. However, HEAs are guaranteed.)

About The Author
Bestselling multi-genre author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 21 other books. DIRECTIONS OF THE HEART placed in the TOP 10 Books of 2017 on Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews blog. TOP 20 Authors of 2017 on Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews blog. Mystery Blogger Award for 2017. A to Z Blog Challenge Survivor in 2016. March 2016 Empress of the Universe title - winner of the "Broken Heart" themed contest and the "I Love You" themed contest on Poetry Universe. SECOND CHANCE HEART and A LITTLE MAGICK placed in the TOP 10 on the 2015 P&E Readers' Poll. Nominated in the TRR Readers' Choice Awards for Winter 2015. Poetry winner of the 2015 PnPAuthors Contest. The Versatile Blogger Award for 2015. Honorable Mention in the 2014 BTS Red Carpet Book Awards. Finalist and Runner-up in the 2014 MARSocial's Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader's Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013 and 2014. Top 10 Authors on AuthorsDB.com. Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors. 

Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for a little over twenty-five years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published 22 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, dramatic fiction, literary fiction and poetry. She has also contributed to several multi-author anthologies. Her current series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series, The Blood at First Sight Series and The Code of Endhivar Series.

Interview With Marie Lavender
Today at Bookish Michelle, we have here with us a multi-genre author, Marie Lavender, for an interview about her latest book Directions of the Heart.

Hi Ms Lavender, could you tell us a little bit about yourself? 
Sure! I’m a multi-genre author writing in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, dramatic fiction, literary fiction and poetry. But, I have many other works in progress in different fields, such as comedy, time travel and dystopian. I live in the Midwest with my family and three cats, though there will probably be eight kitties once I marry my fiancĂ©. I am a shopaholic, a romance reader and I like to dabble in various creative projects at home. I love hot pink! I also moderate three blogs, as well as an author website.

How would you describe your book in one sentence?
Directions of the Heart is the emotional journey of eight different people; a path of loss, growth, redemption, healing and romance.

What inspires you to write the stories in this book?
I think we all have a voice, and it was my aim to give voices to survivors of trauma in this collection.

How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing stories since the age of nine, over twenty-five years, though I know that probably dates me.

How do you find time to write?
Good question! As aforementioned, I’m a blogger as well as an author. Plus, while I have a side job, it’s an even greater difficulty juggling everything along with writing and family obligations. But, when I’m working a project, I usually try to write a little each day, whether it’s writing a paragraph, a scene, a chapter, or simply researching different parts of the book.

What is one of your favorite quotes?
“If something comes up in your writing that is scary or naked, dive right into it. It probably has lots of energy.” – Natalie Goldberg

This quote is really apropos for Directions of the Heart. I pushed boundaries with the book, but it was necessary to properly delve into the characters. I think it came out great, however. The collection has received all complimentary reviews so far!

Here's a little teaser from her book!

And there's a book trailer!

Do visit the links below to find out more about the author and her books!

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{Bookish Finds} Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker

Until It Fades
By: K.A. Tucker
Published by:  Atria Books on June 27th 2017
Genres: Romance

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?

A new book by K.A. Tucker! A big smile formed on my face the moment I saw the book from a book blog. I love her Ten Tiny Breaths series because the author seems to be good at pulling on my emotions along with her characters. Gonna grab a copy of this book!

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In the last few months of absence, I was really tied up with wedding preparation, honeymoon and adjusting to married life and juggling with work at the same time. I think I have the habit of keeping myself very busy that I hardly have time to rest. Work has been taking up most of my time as well and the amount of work peaks after the 12 days of honeymoon. I'm trying to catch up on a lot of things as well.

I need to read!

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