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Book Excerpt from Hot Spring

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Here’s an excerpt from comedy “Hot Spring.” If you enjoy the excerpt, then check out the other excerpts at the other tour stops. And if you’d like a chance to win a copy of the book, go to the bottom of the post and find out how you can participate!

Excerpt 7: The tourists take a drive in the city.

 Our limousine was shiny on the outside and clean on the inside. Master Gawd thought highly of its overall look.

“Even though it ain’t the red sporty kind, it somehow has this bigness to it that I like,” said Master Gawd, speaking to our suited driver. “I know this is the kind of car that can stand a few hard knocks and in a bang it will cause more damage to the other car.”

“Glad you like it sir. This German car, this one. Mercedes Benz.”

“These Germans deserve praise,” replied Gawd.

The driver had given us some bottles of water and hot towels as refreshments. On the way out of the airport, a tower with a large wide top end stood firmly at the front gate. Its pale grey surface was strongly lit and contrasted with the calm stillness of the dark night sky. A red light occasionally flickered at the top of the tower that made me somewhat nervous.

Gawd asked, “What is that?”

“Oh sir this one called Control Tower. Been here long time and all the visitors to Changi always talk about it. “

“Oh yeah, what does it do?”

“They signal to all the aircraft la, when to land, when to take-off like that. It is high up so that they can see everything. Last time I got one British guy who said that it looks like a shepter.”

Gawd asked, “What’s a shepter?”

“A stick. That one the king always hold.”

“I think he means scepter, Master!”

As I am bad with questions, I asked a really silly question that I should not have asked.

“At the top of the tower are thick blue glass windows that we cannot see through, even though it is lit up. If there are people inside, they must be very frustrated trying to look at us.”

“Ah, that one special window sir. They can look out, but we cannot look in. It’s like that one, always,” replied our brown driver.

For a while, we drove on quickly along a straight road that was lined with dark rows of trees. I started to open my bottle of water silently, and after I sipped it I thanked the driver for his thoughtfulness.

“Good for you sir. This one made in Singapore. Called NEWater.”

“What’s so new about it,’ asked Gawd.

“It’s not bought from Malaysia, haha. It really made in Singapore by high-tech. They use science and special machines to purify it, then can drink. Very safe, even our ministers also drink it.”

“That’s awesome, this high-tech water. If you didn’t tell me I wouldn’t even believe it! It tastes just like water!” replied Gawd.

“It is water what, haha,” said the driver.

“Where is it from?” Because I spoke in a soft voice, I think the driver did not hear me, so he kept silent.

Soon I could see more rear lights of cars on the road called expressway, and more tall buildings coming up on the right side, their lit windows forming regular patterns in the night sky. As we drove up a sloping road of a large bridge over a river, there was a colourful circle on our left.

Gawd asked, “Hey, look over there. What is that?”

Our brown driver turned his head to the left for a short while, and the car briefly moved. I felt nervous again.

“Oh sir that one is Singapore Flyer. It’s very fun. Can go high up in the sky, like flying aeroplane like that.”

“That’s cool. I wanna try that someday,” replied Gawd.

I mumbled, “When I sit in an aeroplane, I throw up easily. If it is like an aeroplane, then I think I better not try it.”

“No lah sir,” reassured our brown driver.  “It very stable one, my family and I went and it’s really okay. It not totally the same as aeroplane. Aeroplane take off and go to the sky rite? This one go round and round in a circle. It fun, and at the end everybody can go home. If it is really aeroplane we all be somewhere else, then how to come back to Singapore?”

After a short pause, Gawd asked, “There are lots of really tall buildings here eh? It’s quite awesome to see them all rising up all over the place”.

“Ah ya sir that is the Central Business District, with all the offices. The tall ones mostly banks.”

I noticed that on the left was an unusually big structure. “What is that super-big structure over there, the one that looks like three buildings joined together at the top? Is it a bank too?” I asked.

“Oh no sir. That one casino sir, not bank. Cannot be the same as bank la, must be different, if not we all in big trouble. Ha ha.”

“They look almost the same on the outside. So they must be different on the inside, are they?”

“I don’t know sir, I am Muslim, so I cannot go into a casino. But bank is ok for me. You are probably right, they are different.”

 About Hot Spring

god-chuck-ebook-cover-webuse-lgeThe Wonderful Adventures of Godfrey and Chucky

Godfrey is young, wealthy and able-bodied. He has all the women you can imagine, and unbelievably deep pockets. But Godfrey wants more. His Great Greatness wants to rid the world of a menacing scourge, and restore what is truly superior to an elevated position. Why would anyone stop him? Who could possibly stop him?

Chucky arrives as the new assistant, and tries to perform every duty that is handed to him. What challenges for a dull servant! Look at him muddling through! With passports of exclusive privilege, the two adventurers make a splash in tropical Langkawi, where the water is blue and the girls are brown. Then they rendezvous with the locals in Singapore, where pleasures are plentiful and multicolored. Food and money are found in piles. Life in a global city should be, possibly, one of uninterrupted leisure…shouldn’t it?

Desire is a seductively red piece of jade, which resides even in our dreams.

“I am a healthy, strong and sexy male with a life, most of it sex life.” – Godfrey Mann

“I did not know how to reply, since the words were difficult to speak.” – Chucky

Links

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17227290-the-wonderful-adventures-of-godfrey-and-chucky

Author Website: http://www.godfreychucky.com/

Buy from Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/The-Wonderful-Adventures-Godfrey-Chucky/book-NQYQUKGIbUGq0zRHM-Jvag/page1.html?s=zqrnKeiLgkq5BRmcoIuP3A&r=1

Author Bio

I committed myself to writing playful and profound books for discerning readers of good taste. I hope to give to my readers delightful characters in moving scenes that will help all of us to appreciate life better.

I have lived in parts of Asia, USA and Europe, so I hope to combine these diverse experiences to craft some great literature.

Giveaway

If you can give an answer to one of the three questions below, you’ll be entered into a raffle for one of five eBook copies of Hot Spring. Please mail your replies to ddaiichi@gmail.com and put ‘Enchanted Book Promotions’ in your subject line.

If you can’t find your answer in the excerpt here, check out the other excerpts featured during the tour for an answer.

Godfrey and Chucky giveaway quiz
1. Chucky is Godfrey’s

  • a. Golf buddy
  • b. Temporary servant
  • c. Love interest
  • d. Page boy

2. What is Godfrey’s other name?

  • a. Godly
  • b. Goodness
  • c. Gawd
  • d. Godzilla

3. Where do Godfrey and Chucky stay in Singapore?

  • a. A Bed and Breakfast Inn called Geylang Eggs
  • b. A modern business hotel called Quickie Profits
  • c. A colonial style luxury hotel called the Raffles Hotel
  • d. A Chinese-themed luxury hotel called the Red Jade Palace Hotel

April 30, 2013 at 12:51 am Leave a comment

Book Review Succubus Rising

cover600Title: Succubus Rising

Author: B.R. Kingsolver

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Purchase: B&N and Amazon

Book 3 of the Telepathic Clans Saga, Succubus Rising

The Goddess has plans for Brenna and Rebecca, and the Goddess has a wicked sense of humor.

Rebecca Healy is a true wilder, growing up with no contact or knowledge of other telepaths. Discovered by a Clan member on the streets of San Francisco, she felt like she’d hit the jackpot. Finally, she knew what she was, or at least she thought she did.

When Brenna O’Donnell, long-lost heir of the O’Donnell Clan, and the strongest telepath in history, is returned to her family, she and Rebecca form a tight bond. Brenna has it all, looks, money, power, and men falling all over her.

Rebecca isn’t jealous, but it would be nice to find someone who would really love her and stick around in the morning. She’s intrigued by a handsome South American general, but of course, he has his sights set on Brenna. Carlos de Vargas wants more than love. His Clan has its back to the wall, and they hope for an alliance with O’Donnell. An alliance that would lead to war.

The story began in The Succubus Gift and continued in Succubus Unleashed. In Succubus Rising, questions are answered and new mysteries are revealed.

I finished Succubus Rising in under three hours, almost flying through the pages. This book is a quick, suspenseful read that grabbed my attention from point one and didn’t let go until the end. I loved the character interactions and their dynamics. Protagonists Brenna and Rebecca are multi-dimensional, complex characters with histories too complicated to relay here shortly. I also liked Carlos de Vargas, a South American general who’s both charming and intimidating. He was a great character, and a type of person we don’t always see featured in paranormal romance.

The book had a lot of romance but an equal amount of suspense. The story was well-crafted and the writing was all right as well. An interesting, enjoyable and suspenseful read.

April 17, 2013 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

Book Excerpt from Ganges Boy

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Here’s an excerpt for you from drama novel “Ganges Boy”. This is a coming of age story by debut author Archana Prasanna.

Book Excerpt

There was so much chaos in the city, and he felt certain he could not get used to that. He would feel like a grain of rice simmering all alone in a full pot of water. It was also a very noisy place—cars honking, trucks and buses passing by with their huge engines roaring, the din of voices as people made their way along the sidewalks. All these things were intimidating and solid reasons to stay put. There was another side to it all, however. He was sure the city offered more possibilities—possibilities for a better job, mixing with people who would have wonderful experiences to relate, new things to see and places to go.

Ganges Boy

Ganges-cover-5-4Title: Ganges Boy

Author: Archana Prasanna

Genre: Fiction / Coming of Age / Drama

Ganges Boy is a profound coming of age tale, set against the backdrop of the fascinating city of Varanasi, India. Kabir is an orphaned adolescent slumdog struggling to cope with the loss of his murdered mother. He tries to navigate the harsh reality of street life before getting submerged in a foreign world of luxury where he is forced to discover his own self-identity. The riches of his new life are overshadowed by the greed and immoral behavior he witnesses. This is the story of good and evil, riches and poverty, and the fight of a boy to keep his ideals no matter where he is. Kabir’s journey is emotionally engaging as his colorful experiences give insight into the lives of street children in Varanasi.

Author Bio

Archana Prasanna is a Washington, DC native, but has experienced living in England and India. Growing up around the world has been a source of inspiration for her writing. Archana has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Virginia Tech and a J.D. from Syracuse University. She began writing news articles that appeared in The Washington Post, pr.com, and The Collegiate Times. Ganges Boy is her first novel.

Links

archanaprasanna.com

http://www.koehlerbooks.com/books/ganges-boy/

http://www.amazon.com/Ganges-Boy-Archana-Prasanna/dp/1938467388

April 9, 2013 at 12:59 am Leave a comment

Book Review Catalyst

catalyst-front-300Title: Catalyst

Author: Paul Byers

Genre: World War II Spy Thriller, Historical Fiction

Author Website, Amazon, B&N and Smashwords

In the waning months of World War II, the allied armies advance upon the crumbling German war machine like a juggernaut. In a final desperate bid to save the Fatherland, a plan is conceived that could turn the tide of the war-the completion of an advanced jet-propelled bomber capable of delivering a deadly payload to the shores of America.

Captain Griff Avery of the OSS has just botched the defection of a prominent German physicist, a man crucial to the Nazi end game, letting him fall into the hands of the rogue SS General masterminding the plot. But Avery’s troubles have only just begun: overwhelming evidence points to the woman he loves as the German spy who foiled the defection.

Now under suspicion himself, Avery sifts through the lies and deceit, uncovering the treacherous German operation. Against orders and on the run, Avery is forced to wage a secret war of his own, recruiting the crew of a B-17 Flying Fortress and a reckless group of flyboys and their P-51 Mustangs to help him hunt down the secret SS cell and prevent the slaughter-no matter what the cost.

Suspenseful and thrilling, this world war two thriller has made me interested in the genre, whereas before I didn’t really care for neither spy thrillers nor historical fiction set in the world war two era. The tone is serious from the get-go, the pacing fast, the suspense spine-tingling. I loved this book from start to end, from the conflicted characters to the secretive subplot and the spy storyline, to the sometimes hilarious undercurrent – a stark contrast to the overall seriousness of the book – and the clear-cut writing style.

Main character Avery is stuck in the middle of a plan that can change the outcome of war, and stop an attack on the USA that could prove to be disastrous. It starts with Strovinski, a German physicist, who they were supposed to bring to a safe spot, but who is now in the hands of the SS. When he’s under suspicion for being a spy himself, and he uncovers the plans, Avery recruits other flighters to help him prevent the upcoming attack. He’s a strong and fierce leader, even though he too has weaknesses, which we see every now and then. He has charisma, which is needed if one wants to be a leader – or needs to be one – but too often relies on luck whereas an intelligent plan would’ve been more helpful.

I read this book in about four hours, and I had a blast getting to know the characters, watching the plot unfold, and rushing through the pages to find out what would happen next. A strong, skillfully-written book about world war two that can be enjoyed even by those who aren’t generally a big fan of the genre (like me).

April 6, 2013 at 12:31 am Leave a comment