Book Review: Madam Love, Actually by Rich Amooi


I would like to thank Rachel @ Rachel’s Random Resources and the author for providing me with an opportunity to be part of his awesome blog tour. Unfortunately, I was plagued with technical difficulties that kept me from writing my post. I’m very sorry this happened and am appreciative for the copy. All views expressed are my own.


 

Lance Parker is an arrogant know-it-all. As author of the bestselling book Your Soulmate Doesn’t Exist, he says love is for losers. Madam Love is a fortune teller and matchmaker who has brought hundreds of couples together. When the two clash during a radio interview, she admits even someone as irritating and impossible as Lance has a soulmate. He says she’s delirious and a fraud. Then the gauntlet is laid down: Madam Love has two weeks to prove Lance wrong and find him a soulmate. When Lance meets wonderful Emma by chance, he doesn’t know what to think anymore. But Emma has a secret. She’s Madam Love, actually. And it’s going to take a whole lot more than a crystal ball to get her out of this mess.

 

This was a phenomenal romance! When Rachel first sent me an email about this book, I was over the moon. It was a romance novel featuring a fortune teller as the main character! I feel that this novel could have easily been a film as well!😀 The worldbuilding and plot was phenomenal! 

I found myself laughing through The night while reading this one The main characters were great in every way and they went through the plot in the most ideal way possible. There was also so much than what you read at first glance and thought Lance & Emma made a swoon worthy couple. I also loved that the main character is a fortune teller since I do a good bit of fortune telling myself. This novel was truly something magical and I couldn’t recommend it enough!💖

From Great & Popular Reviewers!😀

“A delightful romantic comedy. Easily in my top ten of the year!”
—Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews


“OMG! The funniest and entertaining romantic comedy that I ever read.”
—Books Are My Life

“A delightful and charming story full of laughter and wit with characters you just can’t help but fall in love with.”
—Sinfully Wicked Book Reviews

“Funny as hell.”
—Ana’s Column

“Crazy, fun and, uplifting . . . pure escapism.”
—Ellesea Loves Reading

“The perfect pick-me-up book.”
—The Spoonie Mummy

“I defy people not to read this book and smile, laugh, gasp and swoon.”
—Bernadette Maycock

“This book is filled with so much laughter and love… but warning if you read this in public don’t be surprised if you get strange looks because you’re laughing so hard.”
—Audio Killed the Bookmark

“Rich Amooi has earned a spot alongside my favorite female authors: Kristan Higgins, Kirsty Greenwood, Sally Thorne, and Penny Reid. Bravo! Keep the fun coming, Rich!”
—Sarah Marshall

“A delightful treat.”
—Books and Bindings

“So good I had trouble making myself stop reading to go to sleep.”
—Lisa Loves Literature

“A wonderful, humorous romance that is SO fun!”
Kristan’s Beachread Bookshelf

Rich Amooi is a former radio personality who now writes romantic comedies full-time. He is
happily married to a kiss monster imported from Spain. They live in San Diego, California
with their very hairy daughter, a mini goldendoodle puppy. Rich believes in public displays
of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.

I know it’s not on current tour but since I wasn’t able to be a part and these really cool bloggers were able to post, I thought they should be recognized in case anyone wanted to know from a different perspective and check out these lovely book-blogs!


Thanks so much for your understanding, Rachel! So sorry about the late review! I appreciate your resources. Lol.


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Thanks so much for checking out my review, lovelies! You guys freakin rock! I have been blog hopping around and getting back into my groove. I haven’t been able to access a few sites and it’s been very frustrating!😵 But Akismet sent me a link so they can try and analyze all my issues more. *Sighs* but it’s not stopping me!!!😀 No matter what I am going to keep blogging because as soon as I signed back on I didn’t realize the relief and all the smiles I had just to have my friends around, my real friends! You guys! Until Next Time! Xoxoxo!


 

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WP Issues, Marked As Spam And Can’t Comment!


Sorry guys but for some reason I am getting marked as spam when I try to comment.😖 My site is running slow and my post that have been scheduled are not posting correctly so I am currently under maintenance while tech services fix the issues. I live your faces and it means the world to me all the vibes and great wishes I received.

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Being Who I Am And Giving Less Fucks


If you are bothered by cussing, I am sorry and I am also sorry that there is some of my history of abuse in this particular post. I never try to write anything that offends anyone or makes them feel uncomfortable so if abuse or cursing makes you uncomfortable than this may not be the post for you.💖

“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

This last month has been a rough one and can say that it was a new kind of rock bottom for me. Lately I have been all gloom and doom and even though I know my situations warrant it, I shouldn’t allow it to let me fall apart. What has me broken up as of this week has been others’ opinions and words about me.

I know I shouldn’t give two fucks about what other people think of me but the truth of the matter is I give more than two fucks, I give as many fucks as possible. This has been an issue for me since a very young age. From the years before puberty, I believed that everything was my fault and I couldn’t forgive myself. I forgave everyone around me but I couldn’t forgive me. I never understood why I was this way and people took advantage of this gift/weakness my whole life. Before even becoming a teenager, I saw things that now when I look back at it, I wonder how in the hell did I even survive? How was I able to make it through the torture and violence? But most of all, how was and is it possible that the only person I ever hated was myself? From seeing my best friend and my first love die in front of me at age 14 to dying a few times under the age of 10 because of a request of one of my stepfather’s “customers, to not getting justice from all the torture I endured as a child because of stupid laws that the U.S. Government has that protects predators because the victim can’t speak due to trauma to being prosecuted in my 20s because I was desperate to do anything to get away from my abuser because the authorities said it would take 6 months to even process DNA to giving birth to a beautiful child that saved my life but knowing she was created from date rape, to now knowing my children have been hurt sexually by another child and facing chemotherapy medication and all that bullshit. I mean, I can go on for days here but that’s not the point of this post. The point is I have seen my fair share of Hell on Earth and I know we all go through shit. I know there are people that have it worse than me out there and that breaks my heart as well but it still doesn’t solve the question that I have been asking for years, why can’t I hate? Why is the only reason I know what hate is is because I hate myself and that is all? I can’t for the life of me figure it out and know that it’s my biggest weakness yet my greatest gift. I hated myself for the longest time for not knowing why I can’t hate others. I sometimes can’t understand why I have prayed for those whom have hurt and tortured me. I prayed for them to get their karma, yes. But I also prayed that they would get help and wouldn’t hurt someone else. There’s things that I have seen and have been through that I can’t even mention in this blog because of it being too much and too raw for me or others to handle. Still the same question remains, why is there only love for others in my heart?

 “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be loved again.”

– Maya Angelou

So now I am taking us back to the beginning of this post, how have other’s words have hurt me so bad, at least this time? Well 2 days ago, I was discriminated against twice within 1 hour for being a spiritualist. First I was told that because it was related to Books & Writing that it wasn’t allowed in an online community. When I was told that it wasn’t allowed and saw that other’s even the leaders posted things other stuff that wasn’t books or writing I wrote back to the leader of this group that took down all my posts and in return she was rude and even though I told her my cards were with books and I apologized about some other guidelines I didn’t know about she treated me like utter shit. I kept saying ma’am and she was rude and disrespectful because of my views and to tell you a story about yourself or the querent because of my dyslexia and Meneires Disease, I use images at times to read. Even when you go to a Tarot place it’s called getting a reading because with Tarot & Oracle it’s all about using your intuition(or gut as some refer to it as) to look into the images and see what message the image is telling your intuition at that time. Tarot & Oracle cards even have ISBNs and I use them for creative writing purposes as well just like many other writers do. I said all of this in a respectful manner but was told I would be banned. So she can talk about baking and other people can have photos with their books with different objects but anything about Tarot was off limits.
To make this situation worse after talking to this lovely woman, I go on Goodreads and I have an unread message from someone that I never talked to before that says if I were you, I would stay away from those crystals and stones and cards because they will send you to hell or whatever. So I respond saying thanks for that knowledge and I will assume that he is a well read man because he’s on Goodreads that he understands many beliefs use different types of tools to get closer to their faith or just making themselves better people and that’s what I am getting to with this, what is so wrong with someone doing something that makes anyone be a better person or strive to be. Even Catholics use rosaries and atheist go to therapist or doctors. What’s wrong with doing anything to make you a better human being?

I just became more spiritual recently and it’s what has saved me. Along with this community, my recent newfound spirituality(not my first time) is what gave me the strength to start seeing my love for others a gift, what gave me the strength to move on and live and love life again because I am mother fucking worth it.

 “Serve dinnerbackward, do anything- but for goodness sake, do something weird.”

-Elsa Maxwell

My life may be in shackles but it does not rule me. I can still be a hippie and a free love person and have a spiritual side, I feel that we create our own hells. I know I am writing this by caring what people have thought about me but the reading community has been my other saving grace and I don’t want to make people think I am CRAZY er and I want to be accepted and loved by this community like I was and I’m scared that being a progressive Christian has had an effect on that. I don’t know if I am making much sense but know I don’t want to go backwards and whatever time I have left the this Earth, I want to live it happily. I have been trying to get back into my groove regardless on all the medications I am on because I still got to believe that I am worth it and it’s not all my fault… I can forgive myself for everything and one day I will and I have faith that I will. Thank you for reading this and thank you for being part of my life, loves.💖

#BlogTour For The Things We Learn When We’re Dead by Charlie Laidlaw


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The Things We Learn When We’re Dead

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Humor

Publication Date: January 26, 2017

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With elements of The Wizard of Oz and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Things We Learn When We’re Dead shows how small decisions can have profound and unintended consequences, and how sometimes we can get a second chance.

On the way home from a dinner party, Lorna Love steps into the path of an oncoming car. When she wakes up she is in what appears to be a hospital – but a hospital in which her nurse looks like a young Sean Connery, she is served wine for supper, and everyone avoids her questions. It soon transpires that she is in Heaven, or on HVN. Because HVN is a lost, dysfunctional spaceship, and God the aging hippy captain. She seems to be there by accident… Or does God have a higher purpose after all?

At first Lorna can remember nothing. As her memories return – some good, some bad – she realises that she has decision to make and that maybe she needs to find a way home.

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The old man was as good as his word and a tray was swiftly brought by a male nurse in white clinical overalls who looked spookily like a young James Bond. On it was a plate of grilled lamb cutlets, string beans and sautéed potatoes. There was also a warm bread roll with a knob of butter and, under a silver dome, a bowl of chocolate profiteroles with cream. In short, exactly what she would have ordered in an expensive restaurant, given the choice, and if she’d ever been able to afford to eat in one. Also on the tray was a small metal jug of white wine, which made no sense. During her coma, had it become health service policy to keep patients inebriated? And why the metal jug?

“The boss says that you’re up and about now,” he remarked, placing the tray down and making sure it was well balanced on her knees. The jug of wine and glass he placed on her bedside table. Why wasn’t there a bunch of flowers in a vase? That’s the first thing her mother would have brought. It was the first thing she always took to friends and relatives in hospital, even the ones who suffered from hay fever.

“Who was the old man? The one who was here a minute ago?” she asked, as if there might be several old men in her wing of the hospital. “Grey hair. Beard. Beads,” she added.

The nurse merely gave a small shrug. “He’ll tell you himself the next time you meet. Anyway,” he added, making for the door, and looking uncomfortable, “if there’s anything else I can do, just ask.”

“I’d like to know how long I’ve been asleep.”

“Asleep?” The nurse raised one eyebrow.

“Yes, asleep. I mean, how long have I been here?”

He didn’t reply for a few moments, hands clasped behind his back. “Not long, as far as I know.”

“And how long is not long?” she asked. “Look, if you don’t know, could I please speak to someone who does.” Lorna, running out of patience, had raised her voice. The nurse took a step backwards towards the door.

“All in good time,” he assured her and indicated the tray. “For now, you need to eat. Get your strength back.”

“Look, I really need to know how long I’ve been here. Can I see a doctor? Actually, I shouldn’t have to bloody ask that, should I? What kind of useless hospital is this?”

The nurse, perhaps unused to being shouted at, had backed himself to the door. “Anything you need, just ask. Okay?”

Lorna wanted to scream at him. “But how?” she asked instead, looking around the blank walls for a call button. “And what did he mean by not feeding the little brutes?”

“Just ask, that’s all. Your room is sound-activated so don’t worry, I’ll hear.” He touched a blank place on the wall that somehow made the pneumatic door hiss open. “But he’s right about not feeding them,” he added as the white door closed again, leaving Lorna utterly exasperated. – The Things We Learn When We’re Dead

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What a spectacular novel that was filled with surprise and delight!!! When hearing about this book I wasn’t sure what to think but I am so glad that I chose to give it a chance because the reward was so rewarding that I wi have to read again in the future. From the first pages, this novel captivated me and didn’t let up either until the very end. I gladly endured a night without sleep for this 5 Star read and would without a doubt do it again.💙 This had to be one of the best books that I have read this year and I don’t take saying that lightly. If you are looking for a great plot, fantastic characters and a Book that will have you in awe, than this is the novel for you!😀💙 I overall just adored this 5 Star Read and I highly recommend it as well!😀

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I was born in Paisley, central Scotland, which wasn’t my fault. That week, Eddie Calvert with Norrie Paramor and his Orchestra were Top of the Pops, with Oh, Mein Papa, as sung by a young German woman remembering her once-famous clown father. That gives a clue to my age, not my musical taste.

I was brought up in the west of Scotland and graduated from the University of Edinburgh. I still have the scroll, but it’s in Latin, so it could say anything.

I then worked briefly as a street actor, baby photographer, puppeteer and restaurant dogsbody before becoming a journalist. I started in Glasgow and ended up in London, covering news, features and politics. I interviewed motorbike ace Barry Sheene, Noel Edmonds threatened me with legal action and, because of a bureaucratic muddle, I was ordered out of Greece.

I then took a year to travel round the world, visiting 19 countries. Highlights included being threatened by a man with a gun in Dubai, being given an armed bodyguard by the PLO in Beirut (not the same person with a gun), and visiting Robert Louis Stevenson’s grave in Samoa. What I did for the rest of the year I can’t quite remember

Surprisingly, I was approached by a government agency to work in intelligence, which just shows how shoddy government recruitment was back then. However, it turned out to be very boring and I don’t like vodka martini.

Craving excitement and adventure, I ended up as a PR consultant, which is the fate of all journalists who haven’t won a Pulitzer Prize, and I’ve still to listen to Oh, Mein Papa.

I am married with two grown-up children and live in central Scotland. And that’s about it.

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Valerie’s Musings (Excerpt)http://valeriesmusings76.wordpress.com

Tranquil Dreams (Review)http://klling.wordpress.com

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Insights into Books (Review)http://insightsintobooks.wordpress.com/

The Cozy Pages (Review)http://thecozypages.wordpress.com/

Touch My Spine Book Reviews (Review)https://touchmyspinebookreviews.com

Midwestern Ladies Who Lit (Excerpt)http://mwladieswholit.wordpress.com/

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May 16th

What Cathy Read Next (Review)https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/

Ali the Dragon Slayer (Review)http://www.alithedragonslayer.co.uk

Speedy Reader (Review)https://speedyreadercom.wordpress.com

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Jill’s Book Blog (Review)http://www.jilljemmett.com/

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Nesie’s Place (Excerpt)https://nesiesplace.wordpress.com

Bri’s Book Nook (Review)http://brisbooknook.wordpress.com

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So guys I am so excited that I even made it to get on this poll!!😍 I feel so blessed to be a part of the blogosphere and you guys are the cheese to my macaroni.🧀 If you think I am worthy of this title or maybe there is another awesome blogger on this list that you would like to vote for, please take out time to easily place your vote on Twitter!😙 Thank you so much to those that nominated me and thank you all for reading this post!😙🤗 Yay! *happy happy dances*❤💃✌💖😉🠼/b>



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Stoneman Douglas Highschool Shooting in Parkland, Florida


In Parkland, Florida there has been a massive school shooting at Stoneman Douglas Highschool. This is such a tragic event that is effecting so many. The highschool near Miami, Florida was under attack shortly before 3pm. Many thought that the sounds were fire crackers but unfortunately they couldn’t imagine the tragedy they were facing. The school was locked down and 14 so far have been brought in to the hospital for treatment. There has been numerous fatalities reported but no clear count of devastating casualities yet.

As a mother of 3, this breaks my heart and my thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this horrible act of violence. Situations like this are traumatising and makes any parent or loved one fear their child going through this and their safety in a school. I’m so sorry to everyone for this tragedy and may God be with everyone going through this devastating horror.

Thankfully, a suspect has been taking in custody and I hope the justice system makes sure that the proper justice is served.