Friday, April 25, 2014

Face Time

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Today is my stop during the book blitz for Face Time (Love in the Digital Age #1) by SJ Pajonas. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. This blitz takes place on 25, 28 and 30 April, you can view the whole blitz schedule here.

  Face Time
Face Time (Love in the Digital Age #1) By SJ Pajonas
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: April 25, 2014
Blurb: After the best first date ever, Lee thought Laura was funny, intelligent, and impulsive; a whirlwind of bright laughter and happiness. Laura loved Lee's sweet smile and the way he expertly filled in every awkward pause. He held her hand and then pulled her in for the most perfect kiss she’s had in years. What could possibly be wrong? Just the 7000 miles that separates them the next day. Even though Lee has gone home to Seoul, Laura can't stop thinking about him. What starts as an innocent text thanking him for their dinner date becomes something much more: someone either of them can't live without. But Laura's got a live-in mother going through a midlife crisis, and Lee's stressful traveling schedule means they'll be apart for some time. Life, family, and a complicated past also get in the way, and they're both going to need actual face time to figure it out. Told from both Lee and Laura’s point of view, FACE TIME is a funny, romantic, modern-day story about two people who connect across the world.
You can find Face Time (Love in the Digital Age #1) on Goodreads
You can buy Face Time here: -
Kobo / Amazon US / B & N / iBooks /AllRomance / Smashwords
Or you can request a review copy of Face Time through Netgalley.
Want to know more about Face Time?
- You can listen to the Face Time playlist - Visit the Face Time visual inspiration Pinterest board -

View a teaser trailer for Face Time from Laura’s point of view:

I was given this book by author for honest review. After a chance meeting Lee and Laura go on a date. After a perfect time together Lee has too go back to his job 7000 thousand miles away. They decide to try a long distance relationship with dates through Face Time and texting. Loved how the author incorporated technology to hold the couple together. They gave each other support and encouragement. Told from both points of view Pajonas tells a story of love.

About the Author: S. J. Pajonas loves all things Asian and has been in love with Japan and the East for as long as she can remember. Writing about Asia and Japan came naturally after studying the culture and language for over fifteen years. She studied film and screenwriting first and eventually segued into fiction once she was no longer working a full-time job. Face Time is the first novel in the Love in the Digital Age series, and Pajonas’s first foray into Korean culture and families. Along with Removed and Released in the Nogiku Series, she continues to take the cultures of Asia and weave them into stories that appeal to people from around the world. Her writing is described as unique and unpredictable. Expect the unexpected. Stephanie lives with her husband and two children just outside of New York City. She loves reading, writing, film, J- and K-dramas, knitting, and astrology. Her favorite author is Haruki Murakami and favorite book is The Wind-up Bird Chronicle.
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Top 10 Favorite Indian Dishes

I just know that writing this guest post is going to make me hungry as does most of my writing. Besides FACE TIME, I have a Japanese dystopian series that I write, and it also makes me crave sushi, tempura, soba, etc. while I’m drafting. I thought I would be safer with FACE TIME, but Lee and Laura’s first date is Indian dinner in Manhattan’s East Village, well known for good curry. Lee also travels to Mumbai during the course of the novel, and then suddenly I was craving curry like mad! I couldn’t get enough. So here are my top ten favorite Indian dishes from appetizers to desserts! (This list is vegetarian, as many Indians are vegetarians, and I tend to only eat the vegetable dishes.)

1. Idli - These fluffy, savory cakes are usually breakfast but we get them for appetizers when we go out to eat. They’re about 2 inches round in shape, light and airy, and are really good for soaking up sauce.

2. Samosas -  Samosas are my favorite Indian appetizer. These fried pyramids are usually stuffed with onions, potatoes, sometimes peas, and plenty of Indian spices. I smother them in tamarind sauce which is a sweet, savory dark brown and red sauce. The two go well together.

3. Paratha - This flat bread is good to have as a side dish to any curry. They are usually pan-fried and whole wheat and sometimes they are stuffed with onions, potatoes, cauliflower, or paneer (cheese). I usually get them plain since they’re an accompaniment to the main meal.

4. Pakora - Obviously I am way into the Indian appetizers, no? Pakora are delicious and I jump at every opportunity to try new ones. They’re basically battered and fried vegetables and paneer. Typical pakora can be onions, hot peppers, cauliflower, potatoes, or eggplant. If you like Japanese tempura but want something a little spicier, try this!

5. Dosas - My whole family goes nuts for dosas. My girls, both picky eaters, eat the plain version. I love the masala dosa. My husband gets some crazy onion chili rava masala dosa.  The Indian men my husband works with eat dosas for breakfast which is why I had Lee eat them for breakfast while he was in Mumbai. I remember the first time I saw a dosa in a restaurant. I said, “What is that HUGE burrito thing?!” loudly and embarrassed everyone I was with. But I got one and never looked back. A dosa is a large lentil crepe wrapped around a filling of your choice. Dip it in coconut chutney. It’s heaven in your mouth.

6. Malai Kofta - This is my favorite meal and every place I’ve had it makes it differently, so it’s always a crapshoot as to what I’m going to get when I order it. Malai Kofta is usually large potato and vegetable balls in a sauce. The sauce can either be just cream or creamy tomato with Indian spices. If you look at this link to Google images, you’ll see how there are two different colored sauces. This meal tastes really good with rice and bread, and the creamy consistency of the veggie balls mixed with the sauce is decadent. One of my favorite meals of all time (not just Indian!)

7. Vegetable Korma - This is also a creamy curry dish as well with mixed vegetables. It also goes well with rice and bread. The best part of a korma dish is the spices. I really love this when I have a cold.

8. Chana Masala - For chickpea lovers! This tomato chickpea dish can be anything from mild to very spicy. The chickpeas are very filling, warm, and inviting. This is a great meal for a rainy day.

9. Gulab Jamun - The first time I had this dessert, I was so happy. There’s nothing better than donuts, until you take warm donuts and you soak them in a sweet, hot syrup. I never pass up on this dessert. It gets me every time! And I’m usually stuffed at the end of an Indian meal, yet I always have room for gulab jamun. Always.

10. Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding) - I love this rice pudding. It’s a thinner base than the traditional American-style rice pudding, and the ground cardamom gives this a distinct Indian flavor. Best with almonds, as far as I’m concerned, and I always eat around raisins.

I hope this gives you a chance to go out and enjoy some Indian dishes today! If you’re still not sure what to get, try the lunch or weekend buffet at your favorite Indian place. It’ll give you a chance to try many different things without committing to just one dish. If you have a favorite Indian dish, leave it in the comments! Let’s share!

And there is a book blitz wide giveaway, here is what you can win:
Grand Prize:
$10 Amazon GC and The Kimchi Chronicles  on Kindle. Or
$10 Barnes & Noble GC and Kimchi Chronicles on Nook

First Prize: $10 Amazon GC or $10 Nook Card
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  1. Thanks for hosting a stop on the FACE TIME book blitz today! I'm now hungry again for Indian food :)


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