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Blog Tour: To Be Enlightened by Alan J. Steinberg @AlanJSteinberg8 @RRBookTours1 #RRBookTours

Welcome to the tour for “cosmic love story”, To Be Enlightened by Alan J. Steinberg. Read on for details and a chance to win a $100 Amazon e-gift card!

To Be Enlightened by Alan J. Steinberg
Contemporary Fiction/ Literary Fiction/ Romance

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To Be Enlightened is a cosmic love story that follows Professor of Philosophy Abe Levy as he grapples with what it means to love both his wife, Sarah, and the ocean of silence within. It is also an intellectual exploration of the most intimate of subjects: our consciousness.

Abe Levy’s long tenure as a philosophy professor has motivated thousands of students to ponder age-old questions in light of New Age ideas. Though Abe is passionate about his teaching, he is obsessed with a powerful childhood dream of heaven. To return to that heaven, he must reach enlightenment in his lifetime. Day after day, Abe settles into deep meditation, reaching the very cusp of his goal but unable to cross the threshold. Desperately, he commits to doing whatever it takes, even if it means abandoning his wife for a more ascetic life-a decision that sets off a cascade of consequences for Abe, Sarah, and those he loves the most.

Vedic wisdom holds that during the forty-eight minutes prior to sunrise, which is called the Brahma Muhurta, a wave of purity and balance sweeps through the world, gently waking it up, along with the birds and other animals. I sip my coffee, enjoying the silence and morning calm. About fifteen minutes before sunrise, the birds start singing praises, enlivening and infusing the atmosphere with optimism for the approaching day. The transition rarely fails to uplift me.

A high-pitched fluttering followed by a distinctive buzzing draws my attention. I look up to see a large, shiny purple hummingbird hovering about a foot above the center of the table, looking at me as if wanting to speak. It flits its beak up, down, and sideways, and—zip! It’s gone. I don’t remember ever seeing a hummingbird so close. I sit for a moment. I know that hummingbird! I’ve seen her many times before in my dream. But she was always a bee.

I do asanas and pranayama and then walk toward our bedroom for my morning meditation. The hummingbird gets me thinking about omens. If there really are omens, does it mean that God communicates with us only at specific, special times? Or is it that at certain times we become still enough to precipitate an omen? Maybe there are always omens and we aren’t aware enough to appreciate them? I bet it’s even more complex than that. I adjust my pillows for meditation. In a half lotus, my eyes close.

Mantra, mantra, maaaantra, mmmannntraaaa, maaa…mantra emerges from shimmering pool, drop of water in reverse. Mantra, mantra, mmmmaa…the place on surface of pool where mantra will emerge begins to move, vibrate…I am observing and hearing the mantra’s emergence from my consciousness. It is separate from the real Me, the observer…The school’s administrative board has asked me to head the search committee for a new chief of campus security. I don’t know anything about security. I’m not going…I observe that thought, and this thought, arise in the same way the Mantra emerges.So interesting…Mantra, mantra, mantraaaaa, maaaantra…surface of pool, no ripples, no thoughts, no feelings coming from body or mind, endless…one side, silent awareness; other side, activity. Mantra, maantraa, mmmmm…mantra barely tickles my expansive surface…Bliss surges through body, mind. Bliss is caused by awareness of subtle disturbance at junction between…Mantra, mantra, mantraaaaa, mmmmmmaaaaaaa…flowing outward, all directions; I am a boundless, luminous mirror between my self and my Self… Mmmaaaa…mmmm…maaaaa…I am the surface of the ocean, impossibly still, deafeningly silent…needing to let go…ready to let go…fearing loss…Mmmmmmmm…decision made, must go forward, will go forward…surrendering all I thought I was for what I am…individuality dissolves: raindrop, ocean…

I am.

I am—the vast, unbounded ocean of consciousness. I am—unmoving wholeness. I was never that body or that mind. I have been observing Abe Levy since the moment he was born, and much, much longer than that. I am—at peace. I am—now awake. I was sleeping before. I can see the sun and the planets clearly. They are so dear to have nurtured Mother Earth, allowing her to birth humanity. I notice distantly that my body is glowing. Time is immaterial and has lost its grip on me…

* * *

Back in my body, I look over at my bedside alarm clock. More than an hour has gone by. I lie down to rest and a deep sleep envelops my body and mind, though I am awake, aware, and witnessing.

I get up and put on my robe. Something is very, very different. It’s as if I am still meditating even though my body and I are active in the world. I am in two places at the same time—the unbounded ocean of consciousness and the bounded world of activity and senses. I have never, ever, felt so good and so focused. I walk to the kitchen, but I don’t seem to be moving.

It happened. The thought comes that I should be jumping with joy, but I’m past that. A more pressing, evolving issue appears to be whether my body can contain my joy. I close my eyes and watch as thin, sparkling beams of Bliss increasingly poke their way through the shell that is my old body, shining out from my new one in a myriad of luminous, waving threads of various lengths and hues. The brightest and most numerous ones are congregated around my solar plexus and the top of my head. The weirdest part of all is that I’m not surprised or concerned by this in the least.

I make oatmeal with whole milk, dried cherries, roasted almond slivers, cinnamon, cardamom, and a hint of nutmeg. I notice something is gone. I am not, in general, an anxious or fearful man, but I now realize I had significant anxiety and fear all my life. I know this because, for the first time, I am completely without those constant companions. Along with my anxieties and fears, my worries about leaving Sarah to go to Fairfield have evaporated. I don’t have to go anywhere now. I am where I have always wanted to be. I’m Here. The weight of responsibility that I had shouldered in guiding Sarah around her triggers has lifted. I think that I can now lovingly support her without feeling bogged down or burdened.

I shower, shave, dress for class, and it all seems to happen automatically, as if I’m uninvolved in the process. I was somewhat intellectually prepared for this, but even after over fifty years of meditation, I’m not prepared experientially. This will take some getting used to.

Walking to my office, the world is delicious. The singing birds are part of me, thrilling me thoroughly from the inside with our perfect twittering. My heart sings with them. My body hums with a hymn as my feet beat the rhythm into the sidewalk.

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Alan J. Steinberg, MD is board-certified in Internal Medicine and practices with the Cedars-Sinai Medical Group in Beverly Hills, California. He also serves as one of the attending physicians for the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers. He grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he learned Transcendental Meditation (TM) in 1975. Earning his undergraduate philosophy degree at Pomona and Pitzer Colleges in Claremont, California, he went on to attend the University of Nevada School of Medicine, receiving an MD degree in 1984. His first book was a non-fiction consumer’s guide, The Insider’s Guide to HMOs (Plume/Penguin), which garnered favorable reviews in the Los Angeles Times and other publications as well as appearances on The Today Show20/20 and C-Span. The book helped sway the direction that healthcare was heading in the late 1990s. His debut novel, To Be Enlightened(Adelaide Books, 2021), is a work of visionary fiction, inspired by some of his own experiences as a lifelong practitioner of TM. Dr. Steinberg lives with his wife of over thirty-five years in Los Angeles, California. They are the proud parents of three young adults.

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Waiting On Wednesday: Ambush or Adore by Gail Carriger

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday was a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Each Wednesday you got to highlight a book that you were really looking forward to. Unfortunately, the original creator is no longer able to host the meme and it has now linked up with Can’t Wait Wednesday over at Wishful Endings.

This week I’ve chosen:

Ambush or Adore by Gail Carriger
(Delightfully Deadly #3)
Genre: Fantasy, Steampunk, Romance, Victorian
Expected Publication: October 1, 2021

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London’s best and most covert spy tries to escape the man who has always adored her.

INTELLIGENCER

Agatha Woosmoss, the Wallflower, is the greatest intelligencer of her generation. And no one knows she exists. She has been invisible, capable, and cunning for well over four decades. Her greatest skill is in her ability to go forever unnoticed. Except by one man.

VERSUS INTELLECTUAL

Pillover Plumleigh-Teignmott is a professor of ancient languages at Oxford University. He’s tried to ignore his training as an Evil Genius and live a quiet life away from politics and intrigue. When an assignment goes horribly wrong, Agatha must hide and heal. So she goes to ground with the only person who’s always kept her safe, Pillover.

Can Pillover hold onto the deadly woman who specializes in getting away? Will Agatha realize that patience is indeed a virtue, and that perhaps it is good to be noticed by the one who waits? Spinning off from the Finishing School series, this story stands on its own and spans decades but was written after Defy or Defend. May contain vampires, old injuries, lost love, and the reappearance of many favorite characters. 

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Blog Tour: Princess and Country by Emmanuelle Snow @SnowEmmanuelle and @Shalini_G26

Princess and Country by Emmanuelle Snow
Romance

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Her best friend and his brother.
A passion that can’t be shared.
A record deal that will bring her all over the world.
And one fateful night.

Country superstar Dahlia Ellis is sweet, leveled-headed, and passionate.

When she finds herself loved by both her best friend and his brother, Dahlia must find a way to come to terms with her own feelings without leaving too many broken heart’s pieces behind.

Despite her best intentions, Dahlia will be sucked into a tornado of love and loss that will hurt her and the people she loves the most.

One night will change the rest of her life.
One night will shatter everything she’s ever known.
And one encounter will give her the courage to dream again.

For Dahlia, fame, money, and beauty don’t mean anything. And her story is one of love, strength, trust, and fate.

When her life falls apart, will Dahlia be able to get back out there and rise to the top again?

Get to know a younger version of Carter Hills in this prequel of Pink and Country.

Princess and Country is the second book in this small-town, second chance, country music romance series.

If you like raw emotions, sizzling moments, relatable characters trying to overcome their flaws to reach their goals, lots of heat, banters, and chemistry, you’ll enjoy Emmanuelle Snow

My throat closed. No air could come in and out of my lungs. I’d never meant to fall for my brother’s best friend. Especially considering I was pretty sure my brother had feelings for her too. I’d known Dahlia Ellis my entire life. I used to cheer them on when they were just kids singing songs to us in her backyard. For as long as I remembered, I considered her a little sister.

Not anymore.

No matter how I tried to bury my feelings and stay away from her, I failed. Dahlia occupied all my thoughts. Even at school, I became a fool every time I caught sight of her or heard her laugher in the hallway.

Nobody knew about my crush. Not even my friends. It’d been going on for quite some time but had intensified in the last few months. So much that I was miserable the days we didn’t cross paths. I tried to ignore my soaring feelings. I really did.

Two years ago, I even dated Vanessa to forget about Dahlia, but it backfired because she cheated on me, accusing me of not caring about her.

Lately, I noticed how Dahlia had been looking at me. With heat and a glint in her eyes.

Each time our eyes met, my heart either beat faster or jammed in my chest.

Smart, Sexy, and Sassy Love Stories

Emmanuelle Snow is a contemporary author of mature YA and New Adult love stories, who likes to give life to strong characters who’ll fight with all they have to reach their life goals and find their own happiness.

Emmanuelle is in love with love. Especially those complicated, deep, and passionate feelings that make a relationship extraordinary and complex, all at the same time.

In her spare time, when she’s not writing or reading, Emmanuelle likes to go on road trips—with her four kids and her own soulmate—watch movies, paint, or do some DIY, always with a cup of green tea in her hand and listening to country music.

She splits her time between beautiful Canada and the small US towns she adores.  

Find all of Emmanuelle’s books here:  www.emmanuellesnow.com/books

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Cover Reveal: Princess and Country by Emmanuelle Snow @SnowEmmanuelle and @Shalini_G26

Princess and Country by Emmanuelle Snow
Romance

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Her best friend and his brother.

A passion that can’t be shared.

A record deal that will bring her all over the world.

And one fateful night.

Country superstar Dahlia Ellis is sweet, leveled-headed, and passionate.

When she finds herself loved by both her best friend and his brother, Dahlia must find a way to come to terms with her own feelings without leaving too many broken heart’s pieces behind.

Despite her best intentions, Dahlia will be sucked into a tornado of love and loss that will hurt her and the people she loves the most.

One night will change the rest of her life.

One night will shatter everything she’s ever known.

And one encounter will give her the courage to dream again.

For Dahlia, fame, money, and beauty don’t mean anything. And her story is one of love, strength, trust, and fate.

When her life falls apart, will Dahlia be able to get back out there and rise to the top again?

Get to know a younger version of Carter Hills in this prequel of Pink and Country.

Princess and Country is the second book in this small-town, second chance, country music romance series.

If you like raw emotions, sizzling moments, relatable characters trying to overcome their flaws to reach their goals, lots of heat, banters, and chemistry, you’ll enjoy Emmanuelle Snow

Smart, Sexy, and Sassy Love Stories

Emmanuelle Snow is a contemporary author of mature YA and New Adult love stories, who likes to give life to strong characters who’ll fight with all they have to reach their life goals and find their own happiness.

Emmanuelle is in love with love. Especially those complicated, deep, and passionate feelings that make a relationship extraordinary and complex, all at the same time.

In her spare time, when she’s not writing or reading, Emmanuelle likes to go on road trips—with her four kids and her own soulmate—watch movies, paint, or do some DIY, always with a cup of green tea in her hand and listening to country music.

She splits her time between beautiful Canada and the small US towns she adores.  

Find all of Emmanuelle’s books here:  www.emmanuellesnow.com/books

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Blog Tour: Men and Country Collection – Riley by Emmanuelle Snow @SnowEmmanuelle and @Shalini_G26

Men and Country Collection – Riley by Emmanuelle Snow
Men and Country
Romance

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Three men. Three stories.

A country music superstar. His manager. And the guy who doesn’t believe in love.

Riley Burns is the manager of the biggest country music star in the world, Carter Hills.

He discovered him at eighteen and brought him to stardom. Yeah, Riley’s career is what everyone in the business aspires to.

Except, nothing in his personal life is worth fighting for. Until he meets her one night and falls under her charm.

The chemistry is there.

But soon she vanishes into the dark night, leaving no trace behind, not even her full name.

What if love at first sight really exists, but only hits someone once?

Riley makes it his mission to find the woman who stole his heart, no matter how hard it might be.

But what if she doesn’t want to be found?

Our eyes met. Something passed between us. Fascination? Lust? Magnetism? Maybe a mix of all three. And much more. I brought my tumbler to my lips, relishing the burning sensation of whiskey as it slid down my throat.

My Adam’s apple bounced.

My heart did one of its moves. The ones where it got all bothered and excited.

I fastened my grip around the glass in my hand.

With a straight back, I moved forward, my steps light and focused.

The woman pushed her long curled blonde hair over her shoulder, giving me a perfect view of her lickable long neck. Was that even a word? I pushed the thought away. I was a man on a mission.

The vampiric side of me, the one I didn’t know existed until now, emerged in full strength.

I blinked.

The temptation to bite the soft flesh of her neck grew bigger by the second.

The woman smiled, and all my restraints broke loose. They caught fire and burned to ashes in the dark night.

Smart, Sexy, and Sassy Love Stories

Emmanuelle Snow is a contemporary author of mature YA and New Adult love stories, who likes to give life to strong characters who’ll fight with all they have to reach their life goals and find their own happiness.

Emmanuelle is in love with love. Especially those complicated, deep, and passionate feelings that make a relationship extraordinary and complex, all at the same time.

In her spare time, when she’s not writing or reading, Emmanuelle likes to go on road trips—with her four kids and her own soulmate—watch movies, paint, or do some DIY, always with a cup of green tea in her hand and listening to country music.

She splits her time between beautiful Canada and the small US towns she adores.  

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Blog Tour: Pink and Country by Emmanuelle Snow @SnowEmmanuelle and @shalini_g26

Pink and Country by Emmanuelle Snow
Romance

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A cabin in the mountains.

A chance for a fresh start.

A dropped towel that seals their fate.

Lost and confused, April Simmons has no clue how to turn her life around. When her best friend sends her to a cabin in the mountains for a month, alone, to work on herself, April has no idea that her handsome, yet broody and enigmatic neighbor is country music superstar Carter Hills.

Carter has everything other people would kill for: money, success, and fame. And yet, being at the top has never felt so lonely.

The moment April and Carter meet, sparks fly, but neither is ready to give in to temptation.

Been there. Done that.

But soon, Carter decides April, the colorful and sassy woman living next door, is worth breaking every rule he set for himself years ago, and nothing she’ll do or say will keep him away. The more April resists, the more Carter pulls her in.

Can April trust Carter with her heart, knowing he has the power to shatter it into a million pieces?

Loving Carter Hills is like riding a roller coaster. It’s breathtaking. It’s fast. It’s scary. And it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

HN touched my forearm, and I snapped out of my daze. I shook my head, blinking, rebooting my confused brain.

        “Hello?”

        “Sorry. Got lost for a moment. What did you say?” I straightened my back, projecting fake confidence. My insides had dissolved a long time ago.

        “I said I’m going into town this afternoon. You need something? Groceries? A pair of boots? Anything?”

        HN fixed me with a heavy stare. My organs failed. My breath caught in my lungs.

        I opened my mouth and closed it a second later.

        “Did you hear me? Pixie?” Warmth stirred low in my belly at the sound of his deep, husky voice. He narrowed the distance between us, his body grazing mine now. When he spoke close to my ear, I stopped breathing for a full minute. “So, do you need anything?”

        “I—I’ll go by myself,” I said, my voice shaky and low.

        “No offense, but the roads are icy, and your car will never make it up here on the way back. We’ll take my truck.”

        “Excuse me, are you making fun of Miss Dolly?”

        “Miss who—? Oh, crap, did you give your car a name?” HN raked his fingers through his already tousled hair sprinkled with snowflakes.

        “Don’t look so surprised. Lots of people do.” I folded my arms over my chest and tipped my chin up. “Anyway, I bet your dick has a name, too. Not judging.” Why was I fixated on his penis? Damn it. Keep your thoughts to yourself, April.

        “I—Never mind,” HN said before his eyes drifted down my body. His voice lowered. “What if my dick has a name? You—”

        My tongue swept over my lips, and my heart pounded faster. I had no oxygen left in my brain to argue. HN’s palm brushed my shoulder, and I shut my eyes, breathing in his manly scent, the addictive mix of pine and cedarwood. Everything inside me screamed to kiss him again. His warmth reached my core. I leaned into his touch, bunting his hand the same way Bernice always did when I petted her.

        “I…what?”

        HN sucked in a breath. My body sizzled.

        I squeezed my legs tight, my composure slipping away.

        My neighbor, without doubt, the most handsome male specimen I’d ever laid eyes on—according to my sex-crazed hormones—clamped onto my forearms with both hands and flashed me a grin. My chest rose and fell in quick succession. I was panting like I just ran a marathon, even as my feet were glued to the snowy ground. I stepped forward, the gap between us shrinking. My breasts swelled. My lips tingled. My lungs idled.

        HN pivoted on his heels and walked away.

        “See you later, Pixie.” His long strides brought him inside his cabin in no time, leaving me speechless and spellbound.

        Aching and needy.

The heat radiating from me could melt the freshly fallen coat of snow all over town.

Smart, Sexy, and Sassy Love Stories

Emmanuelle Snow is a contemporary author of mature YA and New Adult love stories, who likes to give life to strong characters who’ll fight with all they have to reach their life goals and find their own happiness.

Emmanuelle is in love with love. Especially those complicated, deep, and passionate feelings that make a relationship extraordinary and complex, all at the same time.

In her spare time, when she’s not writing or reading, Emmanuelle likes to go on road trips—with her four kids and her own soulmate—watch movies, paint, or do some DIY, always with a cup of green tea in her hand and listening to country music.

She splits her time between beautiful Canada and the small US towns she adores.  

Find all of Emmanuelle’s books here

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Review: Covet by Tracy Wolff

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Covet by Tracy Wolff
(Crave #3)
Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

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Synopsis
I may have reached my breaking point. As if trying to graduate from a school for supernaturals isn’t stressful enough, my relationship status has gone from complicated to a straight-up dumpster fire.

Oh, and the Bloodletter has decided to drop a bomb of epic proportions on us all…

Then again, when has anything at Katmere Academy not been intense?

And the hits just keep coming. Jaxon’s turned colder than an Alaskan winter. The Circle is splintered over my upcoming coronation. As if things couldn’t get worse, now there’s an arrest warrant for Hudson’s and my supposed crimes—which apparently means a lifetime prison sentence with a deadly unbreakable curse.

Choices will have to be made…and I fear not everyone will survive.

What I thought
Let me start by saying that I really enjoy these books for what they are.   These are YA Paranormal Romance-type books you can not take them seriously.  There is no deep meaning they are for enjoyment.  I feel like I need to put this in here since I have seen so many reviews where people are expecting a lot from these characters.  

Let me start by saying that I am team Hudson all the way!  I could not stand how Jaxon treated Grace.  She is not made of glass and does not need to be sheltered for the rest of her life.  Hudson is supportive and pushes Grace when she needs it.  Hudson is also willing to sacrifice his happiness just to make her happy.  

The whole prison section of the book was just insane.  I really hope that Cyrus gets what he deserves.    

I ended this book with so many questions.  Who is the unkillable beast? Who is her? What is going on with Remy? And so on…  I need answers.  I can not wait for the final book that comes out later this year.  

My Rating: /5

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