Friday, October 3, 2014

The Shiro Project by David Khara - Promo Post

Hi Everyone,

I will be part of this tour and able to give you my opinion on this thriller on november 15th. 
Until then, enjoy the synopsis and some informations about the author and the translator.
See you on november 15!


The Shiro Project

by David Khara
(translated by Sophie Weiner)
 Release date: November 18, 2014
at Le French Book
250 pages
ISBN: 978-1939474247


When yesterday’s enemies become today’s best allies and when mankind seems on the verge of repeating the errors of the past, what can a lone man do against the madness that is bound to follow? After his mentor is kidnapped, a Mossad agent teams up with his worst foe, but first must face himself. He is enlisted against his will in a fight that’s not his own and takes him from present-day Czech Republic to past Manchuria. He has to put an end to the activities of a mysterious group who have gotten their hands on weapons of mass destruction. What do Japanese war camps, US Army research and an annihilated modern-day Czech village all have in common? [provided by the publisher]
The book contains some violence


French author David Khara, a former reporter, top-level sportsman, and entrepreneur, has always been a writer.
After studying law, he stepped into journalism working for Agence France Press,
and then became creative director for several advertising companies.
He loves new technologies and started his own company at the age of twenty-four,
becoming an online business pioneer for French industries.
He then focused his life on writing fiction.
In 2010, he published The Bleiberg Project, which became an immediate success in France.

David Khara is also an accomplished athlete in fencing and rubgy, and he even played football as a linebacker.
He acknowledges that his culture is a much American as it is French, since he spent a lot of time in West Virginia and Manhattan,
and is an avid fan of writers such as Dennis Lehane.
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Sophie Weiner is a freelance translator and book publishing assistant from Baltimore, Maryland. After earning degrees in French from Bucknell University and New York University, Sophie went on to complete a master’s in literary translation from the Sorbonne, where she focused her thesis on translating wordplay in works by Oulipo authors. She has translated and written for web-based companies dedicated to art, cinema, and fashion as well as for nonprofit organizations. Growing up with Babar, Madeline, and The Little Prince, Sophie was bitten by the Francophile bug at an early age, and is fortunate enough to have lived in Paris, Lille, and the Loire Valley.

Thursday, October 2, 2014


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Title: Serpent’s Kiss
Genre: Erotic Romance
Author: Sherri Hayes

Expected publication: December 4, 2014

After losing her husband unexpectedly, Katrina Mayer decided to open Serpent’s Kiss. She wanted it to be a place where she and her fellow kinksters could play and socialize.

Five years after the doors opened, the club is everything she’d hoped it would be. On Friday and Saturday nights, Serpent’s Kiss is filled with men and women who share a similar desire to explore the pleasures BDSM has to offer. The club has continued to grow, and over the years, many of its members have become friends.

The one thing Katrina didn’t expect when she’d decided to open a club was the human drama that came with it. Learning to balance her life as the club mistress has taken some getting used to, but she wouldn’t change a thing.

Sherri spent most of her childhood detesting English class. It was one of her least favorite subjects because she never seemed to fit into the standard mold. She wasn’t good at spelling, or following grammar rules, and outlines made her head spin. For that reason, Sherri never imagined becoming an author.
71a8706b1176a738beed03e0856a5345.jpgAt the age of thirty, all of that changed. After getting frustrated with the direction a television show was taking two of its characters, Sherri decided to try her hand at writing an alternate ending, and give the characters their happily ever after. By the time the story finished, it was one of the top ten read stories on the site, and her readers were encouraging her to write more.

Six years later, Sherri is the author of six full-length novels, and one short story. Writing has become a creative outlet for Sherri that allows her to explore a wide range of emotions, while having fun taking her characters through all the twists and turns she can create. She is most well known for her Finding Anna series about a young woman rescued from being a sex slave by a wealthy Dominant. The third book in that series, Truth, released July 25, 2013.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014


In this witty, sexy tale, an erotic novelist meets the fictional hero of her most recent book in real life, and must decide whether she wants to get him back between the pages—or between her sheets.

At forty-six, Sadie Fuller’s life isn’t exactly romantic. A divorced, overweight, somewhat sexually frustrated mother of an eleven-year-old, she lives in the suburbs, shops the big box stores, makes small talk with her small-minded neighbors, and generally leads a quiet life. But while her daughter is at school, or when Sadie is up late at night, she writes erotic fiction under the name KT Briggs.

Then, during a routine shopping trip, Sadie runs into someone familiar…too familiar, in fact. She encounters an incredibly handsome man exactly like the one in her imagination—and her latest novel. 

Is Aidan Hathaway really one of her characters? And if so, what is he doing in Target? As Sadie tries to negotiate this strange new world, her eyes begin to open to romantic possibilities in places she never dreamed of looking... places where Happily Ever After might not be so far-fetched after all.

Quite honestly, it's the synopsis that attracted me. I wanted a fun story and the idea of ​​characters coming out of a novel to materialize in real life, it is often a reader fantasy. So why not? 
I thought I would have an incredible dose of unexpected but not as much as this chaos.

I admit I was a little disappointed. There are too many elements in this story and it brings a sense of mess and confusion. There is a love story, fantasy, magic spells... As for the characters, difficult to create a bond when you are asking yourself wtf... 
Note that I'm not saying it's bad. It's messy and the novel goes in all directions. 
Even the love story is strange.

So, it's complicated to get involved and to enjoy and relax when we wonder where we are going. 
Yet, this book has potential. The author has a lot of imagination and energy and the writing is good. A little bit more of structure and the plot would have been great in my humble opinion.


Traduction du synopsis
Dans ce conte enjoué et sexy, une romancière érotique rencontre, dans la vie réelle, le héros fictif de son livre le plus récent, et doit décider si elle veut le faire revenir entre les pages ou entre ses draps.

At quarante-six ans, la vie de Sadie Fuller n'est pas exactement romantique. Divorcée, en surpoids, mère un peu frustrée sexuellement d'une fille de onze ans, elle vit en banlieue. Elle fait les courses en grande surface, fait la conversation avec ses voisins mesquins et mène une vie tranquille. Mais tandis que sa fille est à l'école, ou lorsque Sadie est encore debout tard dans la nuit, elle écrit de la fiction érotique sous le nom de KT Briggs.

Puis un jour, au cours d'un voyage classique au supermarché, Sadie se heurte à quelqu'un de familier ... trop familier, en fait. Elle rencontre un homme incroyablement beau, exactement comme celui de son imagination et de son dernier roman.

Est qu'Aidan Hathaway est vraiment un de ses personnages ? Et si oui, que fait-il chez Target ? Pendant que Sadie essaie s'acclimater à ce nouveau monde étrange, ses yeux commencent à s'ouvrir aux possibilités romantiques à des endroits où elle n'aurait jamais penser regarder ... les endroits où les "Happily Ever After" pourraient ne pas être si farfelus, après tout.

Très honnêtement c’est le synopsis qui m’a attiré. J’avais envie d’une histoire fun et l’idée de personnages qui sortent d’un roman et qui se matérialisent dans la vraie vie, c’est souvent le fantasme des lecteurs.
Je pensais donc avoir une dose d’invraisemblable liée à l’intrigue mais pas autant de chaos.

J’avoue avoir été déçue. Il y a trop d’éléments dans cette histoire et cela amène un sentiment de brouillon et de confusion.
On a une love story, de la fantasy, de la magie… Des personnages avec lesquels je ne me suis pas liée et des rebondissements tous plus étranges les uns que les autres.

Attention, je ne dis pas que c’est mauvais. Juste que le roman part dans tous les sens. Même l’histoire d’amour est étrange.
Du coup, il est compliqué de s’impliquer et de se régaler lorsque l’on se demande où l’on va.
Pourtant, il y a du potentiel et on sent que l’auteur a beaucoup d’imagination et d’énergie. Un peu plus de structure dans l'histoire en aurait fait une belle aventure à mon humble avis.

*Arc provided by Netgalley.
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.