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Wildfire

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Paranormal romance author Mina Khan has set her pen a-fire once more and has spun for us a daring tale, Wildfire, a fabulous new paranormal mystery complete with cowboys and dragons. Intrigued? I was eager to see the twist on … Continue reading

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Shadow Train

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I have to confess, the reason I started reading Shadow Train was because the plot promised martial arts and we all know I’m a sucker for martial arts literature. And yes, the rest of the plot intrigued me. The combination … Continue reading

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Ink

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When I first read the plot for Ink I was excited. A story where things on paper moved intrigued me. Even reminds me of the manga Death Note. In the beginning I was all for protagonist Katie Greene. She’d lost … Continue reading

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Poison…A Most Refreshing Tale

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It was Tuesday, Book Therapy Tuesday, the day reserved for going to the book store and purchasing books that will give me the “Calgon take me away!” feeling I so desperately needed. But I didn’t have a book in mind … Continue reading

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Ash Mistry and The City of Death

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When I found out Ash Mistry and the City of Death, the second book of Sarwat Chadda’s popular Ash Mistry series was published in the UK, I was hoping that the US release (The City of Death) would soon follow. … Continue reading

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Book Reveal: BLOOD & HONOR

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Awww yeah! This is a bitter sweet book reveal. Feast your eyes dear readers, on my debut e-novel BLOOD & HONOR, a martial arts story set in a fantasy-inspired Qing Dynasty, China, during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor. This … Continue reading

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2013 Resolutions and Good News

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My dearest readers: Happy New Year!! This is the Year of the Snake. Yes, I know, I’m ten days late with this post. Not the way I’d hoped to start off the New Year and my return to writing. You … Continue reading

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The Savage Fortress

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When I first saw this book by Sarwat Chadda, it was published in the UK under the title Ash Mistry and The Savage Fortress. The plot offered me a front seat trip to India plus action and adventure; I’d never … Continue reading

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Nano Say What?

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On a sunny Wednesday evening early in October, curiosity got the better of me and I decided to take a look at the NaNoWriMo website. I had no intention of signing up because I just couldn’t get the creative juices … Continue reading

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An Illicit Temptation, the Sequel

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Jeannie Lin has once again knocked it out of the park with this riveting tale of love and the fulfillment of desire with An Illicit Temptation, the sequel to My Fair Concubine. Lin’s mastery of the flower language coupled with … Continue reading

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Butterfly Swords…My Return to Romance

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With all my book reading and reviewing, I’m aghast to find I’d neglected to include the one book that got me back on the romance path. Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin is that book. This story made me forget that … Continue reading

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Libriomancer, the novel of my dreams

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I’ve always known about author Jim C. Hines but I’ve never read any of his books. Then I came across iO9’s review of his new book Libriomancer. The headline said it all “Hot damn, this book is pure geeky fun”and … Continue reading

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Hitman: Damnation, part deux

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In my continued pursuit of video game-turned-movie-turned-novels, I found the second installment of the Hitman novel series titled Hitman: Damnation written by Raymond Benson. This book is billed as the prequel to the new video game Hitman: Absolution. For those … Continue reading

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How to Love your Job or Find a New One

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As luck would have it, three weeks ago I came across a post on my twitter feed about a book called How to Love your Job or Find a New One by Joanna Penn. I froze, literally. Could this be … Continue reading

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Upcoming Book Release: STORMDANCER

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U.S. Cover Ok readers, don’t say I never gave you nuttin’. Get ready for the awesome Japan-esque Steampunkian (steampunk-meets-feudal Japan) goodness with the September 18th release of the long awaited novel STORMDANCER by new author Jay Kristoff (http://www.jaykristoff.com). Quickly, mark … Continue reading

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Shadows on the Moon

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Has it become so ingrained in me that whenever I see any book with an Asian setting I automatically conjure up images of fantastic sword-fighting? I’d like to think after three years and two Master’s degrees, I more than anyone … Continue reading

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Spirit’s Princess

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When I first saw the cover of this book I initially got very excited because I thought the story contained sword-fighting and martial arts. I didn’t stop long enough to take a closer look at what the girl clutched in … Continue reading

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The Legend of Snow Wolf: Reincarnation

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I fell in love with martial arts movies at a very early age not knowing the difference between kung fu and wuxia. You see, Bruce Lee movies was all I had at the time. Eventually Jackie Chan movies captured my … Continue reading

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Stories from the East

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Every now and then I come across a novel that stops me in my tracks irregardless of whether it’s from a new or established author. Lately, I find myself almost at a standstill. I’ve found in recent months a growing … Continue reading

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Why I’m Happy about my first Rejection Letter

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© 2011 Chelle Ang. All rights reserved. Recently I received my first rejection letter for my wuxia fantasy novel Blood and Honor (original title: Tortoise Navigating Water). A title change was suggested so as to be more competitive in the … Continue reading

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Duty & Desire

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Photo courtesy of http://www.anjugattani.com My fling with romance novels continues with this gorgeous find, the December 2011 release of Anju Gattani’s debut novel DUTY & DESIRE, heralding the author’s arrival into the world of women’s fiction, with strong overtones of … Continue reading

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2012 – Year of the Black Dragon

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January 23 kicks off the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration – the Year of the Black Dragon (aka Year of the Dragon, Year of the Black Water Dragon, Year of the Water Dragon). Whatever name you give it, it is … Continue reading

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Hitman: Enemy Within

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For the past week I’ve been sick with the flu topped off by a very deep and unrecognizable voice change. To the rescue, or in this case, a pick-me-up-with-a-smile, hubby arranged a stellar movie night complete with one of my … Continue reading

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2012 – New Beginning

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© 2011 Chelle Ang. All rights reserved. Let’s face it,  adult life is never without its own unique set of difficulties. For me, 2011 was the year of unwanted challenges. Suffice it to say, I’ve met those challenges head on … Continue reading

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Commercialism & Greed

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 It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly. ~~Thoreau I can’t say I’m the least bit surprised at the lack of holiday spirit that has been permeating the United States of … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks

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               Photo courtesy of –  http://www.dvd-ppt-slideshow.com I’m sure I wasn’t the only one taught by my parent to give thanks for the smallest of things life has given me. We often say grace at the table for the food and … Continue reading

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The Djinn’s Dilemma

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By no means will I call myself an avid romance reader. I’ve shied away from this genre since my high school days. Yes, it’s a long story, one I won’t take the time to get into. Let’s just say that … Continue reading

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Sanctuary: Season 4 Premier

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Since I’ve never had the pleasure of watching Sanctuary before, I didn’t know what to expect from the Season 4 Premier episode “Tempus.” Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised to find this character-driven program set in 1898 Victorian London … Continue reading

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Is Free Will really FREE?

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What would you do if you found out your free will to make any choice you want is suddenly not free? Would you stand and fight or run and hide? The Adjustment Bureau asks and answers the very same questions … Continue reading

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Will I ever learn to enjoy the editing process?

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© 2011 Chelle Ang. All rights reserved. Once again I’m embroiled in editing my first full-length WIP and it’s no surprise, I still hate the process. Yes, I know, hate is a very strong word. Please, allow me explain. After … Continue reading

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One step closer

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© 2011 Chelle Ang. All rights reserved. My grueling 8-day residency at Wilkes University took place last week. This residency is the culmination of a 6-month long semester wherein I read 14 novels, wrote analysis reports for each one, then … Continue reading

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Beastly

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I realize I might be barred from ever reviewing another film but just hear me out. Ok, so I wasn’t asked to review this film, I wanted to.  I’m looking at this film from a screenwriter/fiction writer point of view. … Continue reading

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Master of Arts Creative Writing Degree

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Today started off with a bang! Literally. I woke up at my regular time 6:30am and couldn’t go back to sleep. I dilly-sallied in bed till 8:00am when I decided to walk Yuki and Kaya. By then there was no … Continue reading

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PC is making us dumb

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I’d like to thank  co-blogger Wendy Garfinkle over at Pen and Keys (http://wendycgarfinkle.wordpress.com/) for writing this article with me. I’m plumb annoyed at the stupidity of political correctness, “PC,” as it’s commonly referred to. “Politically Correct” is a term used … Continue reading

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My Latest Book Purchases

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After receiving my Master of Arts in Creative Writing last semester Winter 2010 and now studying for a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, I’ve found that I rarely have time to read for pleasure. But that hasn’t stopped … Continue reading

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My 2011 New Book List

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I’ve always been a voracious reader. Even now I’m reading more than one book, thanks to my iPad and I always find it easy to get right back into each of the stories with ease, no matter where I’ve left … Continue reading

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The Last Airbender

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After going against my better judgement and reading a few reviews, I went to see The Last Airbender. I wanted to judge for myself. The first thing I noticed was that the audience had more adults than eight year old … Continue reading

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True Blood

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I got hooked on the new HBO series True Blood from the very beginning and let me just say WOW!! This series is getting better and better. The series creator Alan Ball is a master. He has really transformed Charlaine … Continue reading

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A Most Intelligent YA Book

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http://ellenoh.com/books/prophecy/ Lately I’ve been fortunate to find good books to read and there have been some stories that grab my attention so much, I’ve had to write a blog post to share my joy. I’m always happy to find books … Continue reading