6 REASONS WHY KDRAMAS ARE WORSE THAN WESTERN SHOW

I just cannot NOT reblog this!!

Enigmatic Musings

  1. They have just ONE SEASON!
  2. And in that single season, they suck you in emotionally and once sucked in, you can never get out of it. It’s a blackhole. tumblr_mgrcot7KLJ1qj7wgmo1_500
  3. They raise your standards in the opposite sex…..way too high.
  4. Despite knowing that the girl is going to get together with the narcissist, arrogant guy, Kdramas still make you root for the pleasant, patient and generous guy.
  5.  And then your heart breaks into million pieces after the OTP gets together and the good guy is left alone.
  6. THE ACTORS- OMG!! ARE THEY EVEN REAL HUMAN BEINGS? {pssst. Semi-divine creatures.}collage1Don’t believe me? Try watching a K-drama. If you manage to survive and undergo none of the aforesaid ‘reasons’, then you’ll be the first one to do so!(I haven’t mentioned Jdrama, Tdrama and Animes because they’re a whole different world! And also because I’m more of a Kdrama watcher than the…

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The Making of Nebraska Brown Blog Tour

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I’m so thrilled to be part of Louise Caiola’s blog tour for her new book  The Making of Nebraska Brown that released in February.  It is one of my favorite reads of the year and I can’t wait to tell you how much I loved this book!
Also, you can enter the contest at the end of this post to win some really cool stuff!!

Today, Louise stops by my blog to tell you about  raising a reader.

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  RAISING A READER

 

Fill a young child’s soil with book seeds and a reader you will grow. Yes? If only. Truth be told, as a mom myself I have seen firsthand that it takes more than a cultivated literary earth to bring up an individual who likes to read. Raising a reader in some cases requires patience and a loving attitude toward the written word. Some young people will gravitate in that direction on their own. How fortunate for those parents whose children voluntarily seek out the enjoyment of a good book. But since not everyone is naturally drawn to reading, does that mean all hope is lost?

Most definitely not. We owe it to our kids to first stoke and then nurture their literary appetite. Children most typically learn by example. We can be sure that our young ones witness us spending some free time with an open book in our lap. Even if you aren’t a so-called Reader yourself, or if the hours just never seem to be as free as you would like. We can still carve out a small niche of time whereby we share an old favorite book of nursery rhymes or perhaps a Disney tale that has withstood the test of generational goodness.

As much as I embrace the eBook technology, I implore you to invest in a collection of print books for your family. There is NOTHING like the feel of that binding, the smell of the pages. Nothing like folding he corner of the page that contains a verse you just adore. Handing down a dog-eared copy of a book you have read and re-read to somebody you love is an easy way to help ensure you raise a reader who will inherently go on to raise a reader of their own.

Thanks for stopping by, Louise!  I gotta raise a few readers myself. 🙂

Wanna know more about The Making of Nebraska Brown ?

The Making of Nebraska Brown

The Making of Nebraska Brown

Here is the blurb :

The last thing eighteen-year-old Ann Leigh remembers is running from her boyfriend in a thick Nebraska cornfield. This morning she’s staring down a cool Italian sunrise, an entire continent from the life she once knew. The events of the eighteen months in between have inexplicably gone missing from her memory.

All at once she’s living with Tommy, an attractive, young foreigner asking for her continued love. Though he’s vaguely familiar, she recalls a boy named Shane in America who she reluctantly agreed to marry. Juggling a new world while her old one is still M.I.A is difficult enough without the terrifying movie scenes spinning a dizzy loop in her mind: glimpses of a devastating house fire, a romance gone wrong, an unplanned pregnancy, and a fractured family – each claiming to be part of who she once was – a girl and a past somehow discarded.

Ann Leigh must collect the pieces of herself to become whole again, but she doesn’t know who to trust especially when Tommy’s lies become too obvious to ignore. And above all, her heart aches to discover what became of the child she may or may not have given birth to.

The Making of Nebraska Brown tells the story of one girl’s coming apart from the inside and the great lengths she’ll go to reclaim herself and find her way home.

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Review : Circus of Lost Souls by Riley J.Ford and Rebecca Hamilton

Circus of Lost Souls

Circus of Lost Souls

BLURB : 

Cirque du Lune is killing off teenagers, but it’s all part of the act.

Or is it?

As the body count rises with each performance, one girl at this renowned theater-based summer camp finds herself contemplating what’s real and what’s not.

What if it’s not just a horror show, but a live snuff performance perpetrated by real-life, infamous serial killers? What if the murders . . . are real?

REVIEW : 

When I first heard of Rebecca and Riley working on a book together, I was beyond excited having been a fan of their earlier works.   The day I got hold of a copy, I immediately read it and LOVED IT!! It is truly said that when two things combine, they bring out a new flavor and that’s what happened  here.  It was anything but different from my usual read and I really enjoyed it. With each turning of the pages, my heart kept racing yet I couldn’t put it down until I was done till the last page. I really enjoyed how each character had a distinct personality, an element of their own. As the scenes move, you might think that you know what’s gonna happen next and that’s where you will be proved wrong. With so many twist and turns, it makes one heckuva spine chilling read that keeps you hooked to the book while glued to your seat and leaves you hungry for more.  There were some scenes that reminded me of the Final Destination and SAW series.  Not for the faint hearted, anyone with the stomach for murder, mystery, psychological horror should go for it. You won’t be disappointed.   And I can bet that it will make a great movie!!

I understand that it’s just been a few days that #CoLS hit stores but am already salivating for a sequel !

Rebecca Hamilton’s Top Five Favorite Book to Film Adaptations

Hello all! Rebecca Hamilton here! I’m stopping by as part of my tour to celebrate the German release of The Forever Girl! You can learn more about that and all the cool stuff planned for this month by hopping over to my BLOG.

When it comes to Book-to-Film adaptions, the big screen doesn’t always get it right. How often have you thought, “It doesn’t do the book justice”? Some movies, however, do—or at least come close. Naturally, that’s all subjective, but I’ve spent some time thinking of the top five that do for me.

#5. The Hunger Games

 

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

 

 

I actually saw the movie before reading the book, and the movie is one of the reasons I chose to read the book. The driving force? The movie captured the emotion and characterization so well that I figured the book itself must have been packed with it. How can I turn that down? It seems fans who read the book first were equally pleased! There is a definite joy in seeing one of your favorite books come to life on the big screen. It’s disappointing when it falls flat (as it often does) but that was not the case here.

#4. Twilight

 

Twilight

Twilight

 

 

Next on my list is the epic TWILIGHT SERIES. I found this movie to be well-cast. Even those who hated Bella’s character in the novel seemed to hate Stewart’s role in the movie for the same reasons. And, by the same token, those who loved Bella loved Stewart in the role. Same goes for ALL the characters. Whether you loved them or hated them, loved the book or hated it, the fact is these movies lived up to their book’s counterparts.

#3 . Carrie

 

Carrie

Carrie

   A story that starts with a religious nutcase mother?A girl, an outcast, with witchy powers? All right, you got me, I’m THERE. This is one of my all-time favorite paranormal horror stories. It’s sad to think it was almost thrown away with dinner scraps! It’s iconic! I quite enjoyed the recent remake of this novel as well. (I suppose everyone has their favorite, though, and there are things about the original film that I missed in the remake). Still, the book to film was well done, and so was the remake. It’s one of those stories that would be hard to do wrong, because it’s just so damn good, and for the same reason, it’s also hard to do the story justice. Check this one out when you can.

#2. Girl, Interrupted

 

Girl, Interrupted

Girl, Interrupted

 

    

I saw this one on my birthday. I don’t remember which birthday, but I remember seeing it, possibly because it’s such a great movie, but also possibly because for some reason my mom really didn’t want me to go to the movies that night, even if someone else was paying for it. But, nonetheless, I managed to go. I don’t think I so much as blinked. Just thinking about it makes me want to see the movie again. And read the book. So, truth is, I didn’t know this was a book first! So perhaps I can’t fairly say it was a great adaption. But it was SO good that I can imagine it only either did the book justice or outshined the book. I guess I will have to read the book to see for sure!

#1. Queen of the Damned

 

Queen of the Damned

Queen of the Damned

 

 

And finally, my absolute FAVORITE! Combining two of Anne Rice’s famous novels to make one KILLER movie! I could watch this one again and again. Heck, even the sound track kicks ass. This is, for sure, my favorite on the list. (Had to save the best for last!) If you haven’t seen the movie or read the books, make sure you have done both! Put it on your bucket list if you must! I highly recommend this one. I actually feel like this film was ahead of its time. Not just in material, but in execution as well. The story really came to life on the screen; the acting was exquisite. It is classic and sexy and dark and brooding and just everything you love about a good vampire tale.

Want to find out more about Rebecca and her books?  Find out all on her website! 🙂

Cover Reveal : Li5t of Five by J. Scott Sharp

The Li5t of 5

Cover Design by Rebecca Hamilton

Book Blurb
 Young teen Richie Lyons is having an uneventful summer, playing games with his friends. He even has a birthday on the way. However, his uneventful life is shattered when he wakes up, on the morning of his thirteenth  birthday, with a list of names pounding through his brain. A list that contains the names of those he cares about most. As if that wasn’t enough, he keeps having a recurring waking dream of a fire that is threatening to take the life of his mom and sister. Richie must fight to understand this recurring list and the visions he is having. Are they prophetic, foretelling an actual occurrence, or a waking nightmare threatening his sanity? In addition, what does the list have to do with the newest local ministry and the strange pastor who came to Richie’s door?The more Richie discovers, the less he understands. 

When Richie finally begins to understand, it may be too late for himself and everyone else that he cares about. 

There is one thing Richie knows for certain.

He may have to grow up much faster than he ever wanted to grow, because there is something very wrong with his visions, and there is something frightening about the list of five.

                                                                                                       The Li5t of Five will release September 29th!
J Scott SharpAuthor Bio
J. Scott Sharp has been writing for much of his considerable life, but only just now decided to take it seriously at 47. This makes him a little crazy. At least his wife Marti and his two dogs, Sumo and Tnur think so.He has his Associates degree in psychology, which qualifies him for nothing except understanding what you’re thinking. At least he likes to think so. He also thinks he understands what you’re feeling, but that’s a whole other problem.He lives in Arizona where he splits his time between watching TV on DVD, working, and writing. His hobbies include stage and close-up magic and reading until his eyes won’t stay open. Closed eyes make it harder to do stage magic, but he tries.

He is the author of short stories Not Even There, Three Blackbirds, andCold-blooded

The List of Five is his first novella.

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Review : Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

 

 

 

Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why

Ever came across some books that keep you haunted for days? Maybe some come across such every once in a while, while for some it takes the rarest of the rare events. I came across this book when my kindred sister Jess whom I met through twitter last year recommended me this book.  And believe me, life have never been the same. This is one beautiful book that I would call a “must-read”.

The book is heart-wrenching and life-changing. It makes us understand the true meaning of the age old saying “think before you act or speak”. We might not realize the impact our tiniest bit of actions can have in the life of others, but am sure reading this book many readers would think more than twice before doing anything. It brings in a desire to change for the better. Many a times we hurt people in our lives unknowingly/unintentionally , yes some do it intentionally too.

I could relate a lot to Hannah, in many ways. She had a tough life.. her’s was tougher. I was in a boarding school most of my school life and had quite a hard time. All the grown ups (parental figures for example) take it as a a phase of growing up. Rumors in High School (or anywhere likewise) can be devastating. And it gets worse when you don’t have even a single friend to go to, a shoulder to cry on , a warm voice to say “everything is gonna be fine”. I didn’t have any too, and the only ones I could think of were the very  ones mocking me. And I could not tell about it to my parents , having your child away from you is one thing and knowing that they are sad and broken inside is another. I did try to tell my dad but it didn’t help since mom cries on my every letter of me begging to change my school, me complaining of my childhood friends giving me a tough time- a mental breakdown. So my only hope dashed too. Yes, at times I had thoughts of ending my life but when images of my parents, relatives – to whom I mattered as they loved me as much as I did to them- start floating on my head, the idea don’t win at all. But am so grateful that I had writing, reading, drawing and music to my rescue – they were my savior and only friends – back in those days.

All I want to say  is a big ‘Thank You’ to the author and how grateful I am for the book. May it help and be a support to all the Hannahs in the world and also bring a sense of realization to others like Justin,Bryce,Mr.Potter,etc . It can help in reducing teen suicides. Teens across the world are going through the same, and not just teens but grown adults at work place, too. There are countless Hannahs, Clays, Bryces, Justins , Jessicas … each has to be reached.

This book changed my life and would change that of many others. I currently can’t wait to give the book to many people I know who read .

Character Interview – Ian Keane from Sacrifice

Hello everyone, thank you for joining us.  Today, I have the pleasure of dropping by at Ian Keane’s, one of the characters from Jessica Fortunato’s new book Sacrifice.  Did I mention how we met? A very good friend of mine in Dublin let me of this awesome antique shop and the owner happens to be Ian. Greetings Ian, thank you for joining me on my blog.

As a huge fan of the series, this is an honor for me, personally.

*Ian gets us  some tea and we sit for the interview*

Ian : Thank you for stopping by me shop.  I’ve never been interviewed before, I hope I don’t disappoint you.

1. My first question is  a little bit of a warm up. Please allow my friends to know more about yourself

Ian : My name is Ian Keane.  I’m roundabouts 84 years old. I have lived in Dublin my whole life. I am a Mystic  I have a knack for pickin’ up on the thoughts of others.  I also have the ability to be seein’ flashes of the future and the past.  Though my sight has failed me a number of times in life, especially considerin’ my own future, but that is a story for another day.

2. When was the first time you realized that “things tell you things”?

Ian : From a young age I would pick up on things my parents were thinkin’. This caused a bit of strife within my family.  My Pops didn’t want his son knowing he fancied the lass down on Werburgh Street.  It bothered my Ma when I could recognize her sadness.  The first time me powers really came through, I was ten and Abigail Moore’s bright red bike went missin’.  I could see her older brother Murphy had hidden it in his friend’s garage clear as day in me head.  Although I didn’t find out for many years that my “gifts” made me a Mystic, I’d always just been considered lucky, or a good guesser.

3. Tell us something about your association to Collectors.

Ian : They’d come into my Pops shop for years.  When I was thirteen I finally asked my Pops why these strangers never looked any different. Nary a wrinkle or grey hair was ever seen.  He explained me then who they were, and what they did.  We often purchased their antiques and above all kept their secret.  Collector’s have been nothin’ but good to me and mine.  They attended to both me parents when they passed, and it was a Collector who finally revealed the origins of my visions.  There are many Collectors I consider kin.

4. *Looks around the shop* I see you do have some rather fascinating things in your shop. With someone like with a huge interest in antiques, can you tell me about some of your favorites at the shop? Maybe, I could end up buying one of these many beauties you have.

Ian : I am not a man who gets too attached to material objects.  However, I do enjoy the times I receive rare first editions of novels.  One of me favorite antiques was an engagement ring a young woman had brought to the shop to pawn.  I could tell she needed the money and selling the ring was tearin’ her poor heart in two.  When I held the ring, I was overcome by the joy that echoed in its very touch.  I ended up paying her $900 dollars and givin’ her the ring back.  My Pops whipped my behind good for that one.

5. What are your opinions on the Collectors? What or how do you see them as?

Ian : That is a difficult question to answer.  I believe they are mostly good, such as humans are.  You will always have a human or Collector who can be bought or won.  You can always find a human or Collector with kindness and love.  Collectors are not unlike humans in many ways.  They are trying to live as fully as we are.  Immortality may seem like a gift, but often I think Collector’s have gotten the short end of the stick.  If you’re going to live forever, there is all the more pressure to live well and wholly.

*The bell rings as the door to the shop opens.  A tall man enters accompanied by a lovely woman with bright violet hair*

Ian : I’m sorry now you must excuse me, I have business to attend to.  Thank you for stopping by, may the road rise to meet you lass. Goodbye then.

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Sacrifice

As an immortal Sin Collector, Liliana lead a transient life of solitude for over one-hundred years.

Now with a growing family, she has found herself liking normalcy and the façade of being human.  However, when old friends begin to turn up dead, it is clear Collectors are not safe.  The battle that Liliana thought she’d won, has only just begun.

She must save herself, her family, and her friends from the Castus, a fanatical group sworn to eradicate her kind.

As Liliana travels the globe making allies, and discovering secrets, she soon learns that the threat to her safety is closer than she ever thought possible.

Will she be able to fight her fate, or will she succumb to an ancient Castus prophecy?

Sacrifice is the latest book in The Sin Collector Trilogy. You can order it on Amazon or find out more by visiting these links.

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Also, August 30th-September 3rd You can pick up the novella in The Sin Collector Series, Thomas, FREE!!

Cover Reveal : Sacrifice by Jessica Fortunato

Sacrifice is the second book in The Sin Collector Trilogy by author Jessica Fortunato.  Also from Fortunato is The Sin Collector, The Sin Collector: Thomas, Steam and the short story Banished which can be found in the Nocturnal Embers Anthology.  She lives in Pittsburgh PA with her family, a clumsy black cat, and year round Halloween decorations.

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Find The Sin Collector : Sacrifice , exclusively for Kindle August 30th, 2013!

Sacrifice

Sacrifice

SYNOPSIS:
As an immortal Sin Collector, Liliana lead a transient life of solitude for over one-hundred years. 
Now with a growing family, she has found herself liking normalcy and the façade of being human.  However, when old friends begin to turn up dead, it is clear Collectors are not safe.  The battle that Liliana thought she’d won, has only just begun.
She must save herself, her family, and her friends from the Castus, a fanatical group sworn to eradicate her kind. 
As Liliana travels the globe making allies, and discovering secrets, she soon learns that the threat to her safety is closer than she ever thought possible.

 Today only, you can pick up The Sin Collector FREEClick here, begin the journey and Get Collected!

Cover Reveal : I AM FOREVER by Wynne Channing

I am Forever

I am Forever

Introducing ‘I Am Forever’, the highly anticipated sequel to What Kills Me.

Check out the teaser sypnopsis for the second book which is due out  in Winter 2013

The prophecy said a girl would kill them all.

Against an army of vampires, Axelia fought back and survived. Once fated as the destroyer of the vampire race, she is now welcomed into the immortal empire and revered as a god. But she is not safe. The empire is rife with danger and deceit — and Axelia and her companion, Lucas, are caught in the middle of a bloody war.

With everyone’s lives at stake, Axelia must battle to protect those she loves.

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What Kills Me

What Kills Me

An ancient prophecy warns  a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race.  So when 17 -year-  old Alexia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Alexia and her reluctant ally, the vampire blacksmith Lucas, must battle to survive.  How will she convince the empire  that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction?  And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage  to fight a nation of immortals? 

About the Author 

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                        Wynne Channing is a national newspaper and best-selling  young adult novelist. Wynne loves telling        stories  and as a journalist, she has interviewed everyone from Daniel Radcliffe and Hugh Jackman to the                      President of the Maldives and the Duchess Sarah Ferguson. The closest she has come to interviewing a vampire        is sitting down with  True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard (he didn’t bite).  She briefly considered calling her debut          novel “Well” so then everyone would say “Well written by Wynne Channing.”

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A taste of Korea in India

I’m back after a long hiatus, I guess. 🙂 I FINALLY re-installed my internet connection and it is to stay for quite a while,I think.

Life sure sucks when you lose your internet priviledges. During this time I couldn’t actually find a term for my ‘no-internet’ condition. Then I remembered my archaeology professor who calls herself a “fossil” since she is old, I guess, I can say that my blog/s were in a “fossilized” state all this time and now it gonna get resurrected. Be prepared for more posts and what I have been into all these time when I was missing in action.

So… today’s post is about my experiences at the Korean Cultural Center India. The KCCI was founded very recently (Dec’12) …and since then have been a very great source for anyone interested in learning more about Korean culture. I came to know about it when I attended the Delhi University Korean Students Union movie festival called the “Korean Irresistible Movie Festival” held on the 1st of March this year. I attended the fest once before, it was the year before last.

Now, my craze for the “Hallyu Wave” had been since 2007. (Korean movies and dramas have been very popular in the NorthEast of India since the mid-2000’s). It started with the very popular Korean movies and dramas like A Millionaire’s First Love, My Little Bride,  Full House, Princess Hours(Goong), Stairway to Heaven to name a few. So knowing about the Korean Cultural Center India and the very idea of being able to learn the language and their culture better has been one of the best things ever. I HAD to register myself for the language course rightaway and now the Samulnori Workshop. The Samulnori Workshop is demonstrated by Park Eun Ha from the National Gugak Center, Korea.

The workshop is held for 10 days at the moment… and it has been a very wonderful and refreshing experience. Here is a video of us practicing. (I didn’t realize that a video had been taken and uploaded online…but since  I discovered it now, I might as well upload it). The video was taken on the 1st day and I guess the first 10-20mins of the beginning of the workshop. You can see me missing some beats when compared to the rest of the group. Nevertheless, it was a joyful experience and I have the remaining 9 days to enjoy and live it to the fullest.

        

Okay….. I guess I did a little better in this other video. hehe