Book Review : The Flood by Steven Scaffardi!

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Today I am reviewing a lad-lit comedy by Steven Scaffardi. First let me introduce the author to you:

Steven

Stand-up comedian Steven Scaffardi published his debut novel The Drought in September 2011 to fantastic praise. The Drought is Scaffardi’s foray into the world of lad-lit. Born in south London in 1978, Scaffardi is a former sports journalist who started performing stand-up comedy in January 2011. In his short spell on the stand-up circuit he finished runner-up in the Golden Jester comedy competition. 

Book Summary

The Flood

One bet, four girls, eight weeks, multiple dates. What could possibly go wrong? 

Following his traumatic eight month dry spell, Dan Hilles is back in the driving seat and ready to put his dating disasters behind him.But if only it were that simple.

After a drunken afternoon in the pub, fuelled by the confidence of alcohol, Dan makes a bet with his three best pals that will complicate his love-life more than ever when he brazenly declares that he could juggle multiple women all at the same time. With just eight weeks to prove his point, Dan is about to find out how hard it is to date a flood of women without them all finding out about each other, especially when they come in the shape of an ex-girlfriend, a stalker, the office ice queen and the one that got away.

My Review

Dan Hilles is a desperate man. Desperate because he needs to prove to his 3 best friends that he is a babe magnet while just months ago he had suffered an eight month long sexual ‘drought’. To prove that he is not a guy to be labelled as a nice guy, he simply makes a bet to juggle four girls on multiple dates in a matter of some weeks, thus bringing on ‘The Flood’!.

The consequences are hilarious and even strenuous when he comes to realize how difficult it is juggling multiple girls and having to look over his shoulder all the time. His best buddies, Rob, Ollie and Jack, manage to land him in the most outrageous situations, some which make you laugh out loud and others that make you shake your head wondering if anything as weird as this could ever happen.

The story is obviously written from a man’s perspective however there were certain inputs about what a woman might have thought in certain situations and I couldn’t agree more to it. The author has a good understanding of how a female mind works too!. Just like his last book, Steven plays with words in a nice way, my favorite one being ‘crotch-roads’ instead of crossroads. I can’t discuss the context though since I will have to go very much in detail for that.

There are some good twists throughout the story since each of the four girls (and a fifth one who isn’t part of this bet), have very interesting characters. How Dan barely manages to escape in situations where these girls just happen to come together unintentionally, is funny. The book cover illustration is very nice. More than anything else, what happens in this book are disasters whether it be related to sex or dating. The sex (limited as it is) isn’t portrayed to come across as erotic.

Once again, getting to know how a man’s mind works, is a bit shocking!. Is sleeping with a girl (or as many of them, for that matter!), the only thing that rules their minds?. Even though that’s a sinister thought, this is definitely a lad lit book that both men and women would equally enjoy reading. This book ends with a suggestion that another fun and happening book is in the works :). Good luck to the author to come up with yet another hilarious read.

The first book in this Sex, Love & Dating Disasters series is The Drought, which I have reviewed here. It so happens that The Drought is also the very first book I ever reviewed on my blog, three years ago. The second book, initially planned to be titled as The One That Got Away, was later renamed as The Flood, which is more apt I feel.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars, which by Goodreads standards mean that ‘I really liked it’!

Links to the book

Amazon (for $0.94) ~ Goodreads

Source : I received an ebook copy of this from the author for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

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Giveaway : $50 PayPal Cash (Open Worldwide)!

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Robert Erich of Money Nomad is giving away $50 PayPal cash through a Rafflecopter giveaway form, shown below. I am a part of this giveaway too. If you follow me on Twitter, just claim that entry in the giveaway form. There are lots of other ways to get more entries. So go ahead and check it out.

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Giveaway is open internationally and ends on May 16th, 2016. Winner will be contacted by Rob. Good Luck!

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Free Your Fury with Reebok!

REEBOK CLASSIC INTRODUCES SS16 FURYLITE COLLECTION WITH DYNAMIC MOVING CAMPAIGN 

Reebok FuryLite

Reebok Classic releases the Spring/Summer 2016 collection of the dual gender Furylite, a bold, stylish sneaker fusing stand-out fashion with technologically advanced architectural features. The dynamic new campaign, ‘Free Your Fury’ shot by Warwick Saint, tells a story of freedom and escape while showcasing the shoe’s fashion credentials by pairing it with a series of upscale yet wearable looks.The Furylite Spring Summer 2016 collection retails from AED 345 – 395 and is available at Reebok Classic The Dubai Mall, Stadium Yas Mall & Stadium Abu Dhabi Marina Mall.

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Review : Banjara’s Skin +ve Beauty Cream!

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Banjara’s is quickly becoming a favorite (Indian) brand of mine. On my recent shopping trip to Navaratna Hypermarket (Moonnupeediga, Kerala), I was surprised to see that Banjara’s has a product called ‘Skin +ve Beauty cream’. I definitely wanted to give it a try and decided to buy it.

Banjara's Beauty cream

First of all it’s packaging is very attractive. The golden colored pack has pomegranates pictured on it and one lone pomegranate seed which looks so real.

The tube has a nozzle that dispenses only a slight amount of product on a single press. The cream is a baby pink colored one. It’s consistency is that of a serum – runny & gets absorbed super fast into the skin. It has a really light, pleasant scent to it. It contains pomegranate actives and has an SPF of 15. It is supposed to repair, protect & hydrate the skin.

Banjara's Beauty cream

It immediately imparts a healthy, flawless look on application. I love it’s consistency. Sometimes I just wear this cream alone when going out. No other makeup. This cream would act as a great, moisturizing base to makeup for sure.

Key ingredients in this product are Olive oil, Glycerin, Yashad Bhasma, Pomegranate fruit extract, Vitamin E, Wheat Germ oil, Vitamin A & Provitamin B5.

Price : Rs 50 (AED 2.78) or a tube containing 20 gms

Pomegranate is a great antioxidant. I love how my skin feels wearing it. I highly recommend you to try it. The tube contains 20 gms only and depending on your usage, will last you upto 2.5 weeks.

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Rimmel Wonder’full Volume Colourist mascara & Magnif’eyes Double liner!

READY TO GO DARKER?

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New RIMMEL WONDER’FULL VOLUME COLOURIST MASCARA with Lash-Tint Complex – For Over Time Lash Tinting AND Instant Volume

Rimmel Colorist Mascara

Feel naked and exposed without mascara?. Don’t be scared to go bare!. Rimmel’s revolutionary new mascara reveals more lashes…even when you’re NOT wearing it!. New Volume Colourist Mascara is Rimmel’s first-ever mascara that, gradually over time, makes bare lashes darker AND, in an instant, the volumising formula loads lashes with jet-black impact. Open your eyes to darker, sexier, more noticeable lashes!

Thankfully, Volume Colourist Mascara spells the end of dull, invisible, make-up-free lashes. Its semi-permanent lash-tint complex progressively blackens bare lashes every time you wear it so that, from 2 weeks onwards of regular usage, your naked lashes look DARKER FROM ROOT TO TIP!. Your beautiful bare lashes are more visible, appear longer and have more impact because they’re blacker to their very ends. Ingenious!

MAGNIFY YOUR EYES IN 2 EASY, MISTAKE-PROOF STEPS! 

Rimmel Magnifeyes double liner

New MAGNIF’EYES 2-IN-1 DOUBLE LINER – Magnify your eyes in 2 easy, mistake-proof steps to make a lasting impression at any occasion with our new 24HR 2-in-1 shadow and kohl liner!. The new Magnif’eyes double liner is ultra long-lasting, 24HR, waterproof, crease proof, transfer proof formula will stay put all day. The Magnif’eyes double liner creates endless combinations with our highly pigmented double ended stay true shadow and kohl kajal liner; from matte to shimmer to pearly finishes. The shades have been carefully selected together to wear for a complete eye look; or mix and match to create your own unique look.

Price:
Wonder’full Volume Colourist Mascara: 51aed
Magnif’eyes Double liner: 45aed

Point of Sales: Lifestyle, Max, Boots, Carrefour

On-Counter: April 2016

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Book Review : Vampire Vacation by C. J. Ellisson!

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Today am reviewing a Paranormal Urban Adult Fantasy titled Vampire Vacation by C. J. Ellisson. This is the first book in the V V Inn series. First let’s get to know the author..

C J Ellisson

C.J. Ellisson is the USA Today Bestselling author of the NYT Bestselling book, Vanilla on Top, the bestselling V V Inn series, and several erotica shorts. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband, two children, three dogs and two cats. She’s battled severe chronic illness for years and is thrilled to report she’s finally approaching the end of treatment. She turned to writing when she could no longer work outside the home and claims the escape of penning contemporary erotic romance, urban fantasy, and erotica has helped save her sanity. 

Book Summary

Vampire Vacation

Meet Vivian. She’s a 580-year-old vampire who exudes sex, has a talent for drama, and is passionate about two things: her human husband, Rafe, and their resort for the undead. Her ability to project physical illusions has created the perfect vacation spot-a dark, isolated Alaskan hideaway where visitors can have their wildest fantasies come true. 

Vivian knows the best performance requires perfect timing, but the powerful vamp is put to the test when she discovers a corpse in a locked guestroom minutes before the next arrivals. Always cool-headed, Rafe hides the body, convinced he and Vivian can find the culprit without disturbing their guests. Juggling the increasingly outrageous demands of their customers while tracking a killer isn’t easy. 

Will their poking and prodding give them the answers they need, or will it uncover secrets Vivian would kill to protect?.

My Review

I hate vampire stories (Read : the likes of Twilight Saga). Then what made me give this book a chance?. It’s the summary that drew me to it. When a dead body is involved, it instantly piques my interest, how much ever horrid that makes me seem like!. That plus the ‘projection of illusion’ part, made me read this book and boy, I am glad I did. Vampire Vacation is one of the best books I have read recently.

Alexandria a.k.a Dria runs an inn for vampires, complete with every necessity including blood donors, along with her husband of 65 years, Rafe. She exudes sensuality and sex, thus making every customer’s sexual fantasies come alive while staying at the inn. Dria, being 580 years old, is extremely powerful and can manipulate even the thoughts of others, thus making her illusions perfectly believable. How she uses her powers to control situations around her is actually wonderful to read. The erotica part of the story is just something that happens on the sidelines. It’s a hot read, I wouldn’t deny that but the power that electrified throughout the story is what made this read stunning.

While I was in school, someone asked me what kind of power I would like to have if given a chance & I said mind control and the power to project physical illusions!. I didn’t want to be invisible or be able to fly, like my fellow schoolmates mentioned. It’s exactly this that happens in this book. It was like my desires were being fulfilled by reading it!. The author has an amazing imagination and I loved every minute of it.

Rafe’s & Dria’s connection is enviable since they love each other incredibly, something that does not happen within normal couples, after being together for 65 years that is. Lol!. Jonathan, a werewolf, is a wonderful addition to the story, who is a great support for Dria but at the same time vies for her attention every time he possibly can.

Add in a murderer wandering in the hotel premises and the story just escalates into a sheer thriller. The hunt for him is calculated well and Dria once again shows how shrewd and tactful she is. The book cover shows the naked back of Dria. I didn’t quite notice that she was naked, at first. My eyes were drawn to the vivid color of her hair & the contrast created by the moon & the night sky. It’s a pretty cover.

Overall, Vampire Vacation is a fantastic story, pure genius I should say. Can’t wait to read more from the V V Inn series.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars which by Goodreads standards mean I ‘really loved it’!

Links to the book

Goodreads

Amazon

Source– I got this ebook as a freebie for being a subscriber to the author’s newsletter. You can be a subscriber too by checking out her site. All opinions are 100% honest & my own.

Are you tired of being fooled?

DON’T BE FOREVER FOOLED THIS APRIL: VICTORIA’S SECRET MEDIA INFLUENCER AND TV PERSONALITY AMY KITCHINGMAN REVEALS 4 OF THE BIGGEST WEIGHT LOSS MYTHS 

Amy Kitchingman

Have you been working out so hard for more than 6 months now but you have not seen any result so far? Have you been skipping that dessert since Christmas but you are still desperately looking at that sagging stomach? Have you been aiming and rushing to lose weight for the summer season but you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel?.

Amy Kitchingman, official presenter for Physique TV’s On The Go, former Miss Great Britain and the new media influencer for the humongous brand Victoria’s Secret sports collection enumerates 4 of the most common weight loss myths that can deceive you, with or without April Fool’s Day!

MYTH #1: THE GREEN LIGHT IS ON FOR ALL GREEN TEA

FACT: Green tea is definitely one of nature’s best gifts to mankind as it fights toxins, improves mental alertness and helps aid weight loss, but this doesn’t mean that all green tea products that are on the market are good for you.  

I’ve seen green tea candy with 50 calories per candy, green tea chocolate with more than 100 calories, green tea chips with more than 200 calories per pack and the worst of them all – the green tea shake that has more than 500 calories per cup as much as a burger with fries! 

Green tea is amazing but only in its purest form. The next time you see ‘green tea’ products, Read the back of the label. If theres anything in there that you cant pronounce,(and this rule goes for pretty much everything) and  doesn’t sound like it comes straight from the green tea plant then put it down.

MYTH #2: DIET FOODS WILL MAKE YOU THIN 

FACT: Although diet food may contain less calories, you have to think about all the nasties ( E numbers and chemicals we cant even pronounce) that have to go inside them to make them taste like the original version. Personally, I keep away from diet food and prefer to eat plenty of the right food,organic foods, in their natural state. Not only is this going to help me maintain my diet long term instead of binging on diet foods, that really aren’t going to satisfy my bodies nutritional needs. But natural foods are going to help my hair, teeth and skin look great too, as well as my waistline.

MYTH #3: LESS FOOD, LESS MISTAKE

FACT: This is probably the worst myth that anyone can believe and sadly there are still many people who believes it. Starving or skipping meals is the greatest mistake that you can do to your body. Our body is like a machine and it needs regular fuel to be able to work. Instead of creating a habit that may lead to disorders such as anorexia, try to develop a healthy eating routine in small portions such as 3 light meals and 2 snacks a day composed of fruits and nuts.

If you’re combining your diet with a work out you also need to be able to fuel that workout affectively. So feed your body!.

MYTH #4: FITNESS IS A SPRINT, NOT A MARATHON

FACT: When people say they are starting a diet, I always ask their near term goals, which are usually to loose weight. And then the long term goals which are usually to keep the weight they have lost off. But to enable this to happen, you need to adapt to a healthy lifestyle. Not just a quick fix of the latest trending diet. These fads are never going to leave you with the long term results you want.Adapting to an overall healthy lifestyle will help you achieve what it is you want, and help you maintain it. I lost a substantial amount of weight over 4 months but those changes that I made back then to enable me to loose the weight in the first place I still practise now.Achieving your fitness goals is not a race, its about how you can make them benefit you the longest.

ABOUT AMY KITCHINGMAN

Amy Kitchingman

Amy Kitchingman is a Dubai-based TV and media personality who is well known for being the endearing TV host for Physique TV’s On The Go, a show that focuses on travelling and restaurant hopping while staying fit and healthy. She is also the former Miss Great Britain and placed 2nd runner up for Miss Tourism World. This experience gave Amy a platform to realize her interpersonal skills and share her bubbly energy with her audience. Equipped with a degree in Media and Performing Arts and later specializing in Journalism and Broadcasting at the London Academy of Media, Amy is considered by many as the princess of English TV in UAE and the darling of the press.

Born in Leeds and raised in London, Amy is the brand ambassador and media influencer for the following huge brands such as Victoria Secret Sports, Oakley Eyewear, Hautletic, Puma and Talise Fitness.

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Crescina Tackles Thinning Hair One Vial At A Time!

Hair has always been considered an important part of a woman’s identity. Which is why panic ensues when we see strands of hair falling or globs of hair in the shower drain.

Thinning hair is becoming a growing problem amongst women due to several factors such as hormonal imbalance, balding gene, aging, using the wrong hair care products and the list goes on. To combat thinning hair, Crescina has introduced Crescina Re-Growth HFSC 100% which stimulates the bulb cells to produce new hair (Keratin).  The re-growth treatment is available in packaging of 10 vials each containing 3.5 ml of Crescina.

Crescina

Different dosages of Crescina are formulated for different degrees:

● For Initial Grades: Light or advanced thinning. Dosage 200
● For Medium Grades: Serious thinning; Incipient Baldness and advanced incipient baldness. Dosage 500
● For High Grades: Thinning similar to incipient baldness + vertex; advanced frontal baldness + vertex; extensive baldness. Dosage 1300

Key ingredients include CYSTEINE and LYSINE which are fundamental components of keratin. GLYCOPROTEIN, which accelerates the metabolism of the bulb cells and STEM-ENGINE COMPLEX which creates in the follicle a proper environment for stem cells that are responsible for new hair re-growth.

A Swiss patent formula for stimulating the physiological regrowth of hair, Crescina treatment is a product with FDA approval for hair growth, thinning hair and hair loss, which is sold only through selected pharmacies.

Crescina is available from leading pharmacies across the UAE, including Bin Sina from AED 790. For more information please visit: www.labosuisse.com.

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Review : LuvIt Chocolates!

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Have you seen LuvIt’s advertisements?. It basically says if someone tries to share their LuvIt chocolate bar with you, you should beware since they might have some vested interest in doing so!. Lol its funny. Anyways, I decided to give it a try to see if it’s that great.

1) LuvIt Chocolate with Roasted Almonds

LuvIt Roasted almonds

This chocolate bar has quite a bit of tiny roasted almond pieces embedded into it. The chocolate itself tastes nice and after having it, the taste of almonds stays in your mouth. I like it. It comes in a lime green pack with a pic of chocolate & almonds on it. Price : Rs 45 (AED 2.47) for a 38 gms pack.

2) LuvIt Chocolate with Fruit & Nuts

LuvIt Rice crispies

This was the first one that I tried and my first impression was great. The chocolate tastes very high quality & quite phenomenal. There are tiny pieces of cashews & raisins embedded in the chocolate. It’s pretty delicious and you must try it. It comes in a red pack with a pic of chocolate, cashews & different types of raisins on it. Price : Rs 40 (AED 2.20) for a 38 gms pack.

3) LuvIt Chocolate with Rice Crispies

LuvIt Rice Crispies

The chocolate tastes good and is covered with rice crispies. It’s not so pretty to see but is very crunchy. It’s quite nice. It comes in a purple colored pack with a pic of chocolate & rice crispies on it. Price : Rs 40 (AED 2.20) for a 38 gms pack.

4) LuvIt Caramelicious!

LuvIt Caramelicious

This bar is quite thick & has a thick layer of caramel inside it. Sounds delicious but it’s not. The caramel does not ooze out and tastes really cheap. This is one chocolate you should skip. It comes in a silver & brown colored pack with a green colored splash on it. It shows chocolate with oozing caramel in it. However, it isn’t oozing out at all, as per my experience. Price : Rs 10 (AED 0.55) for a 20 gms pack.

Overall I have a good impression about this brand. I bought these from Navaratna Hypermarket, Moonnupeediga, Kerala. These are the only variants I could find. I am not sure if there are more.

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Giveaway : $150 PayPal cash (Open Worldwide)!

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