Guest Blog & Giveaway: Riz Khan Pays TTS Another Visit!

I’m having tons of fun with this blog hop!  Today we have a reader on the blog!  I’m sure many of you know Riz from his blog post before on here but now he’s here to talk to us today about books an escapism.  At least that’s what I got from it! LOL  There’s a giveaway at the end of this post!  So be sure to check it out.  It’s not sponsored by Riz but by us and the author giving away the book!


Books mean a lot of things to allot of different people.  This got me thinking.  Picture for a moment a hillside.  The sky is a bright blue and there are some wispy clouds.  For those of you with hair picture the wind gently blowing at your hair and likewise for those of you wearing clothes.  Now let’s try this again.  I know, I know, it’s kinda odd, but humor me.  Picture a road somewhere.  The rain is pouring down.  Every single part of you is drenched so much so that you’re shivering.  Imagine the cold water splashing your face and hands.  Picture how much you would long to be in warm clothes and in front of a glowing fire.  Ok let’s try one final one.  Picture yourself standing on a dark plane.  The sky is a dull green and the ground some kinda dull brownish color.  For some reason the ground has a warmth to it.  You look up and spot a red shining orb in the sky, perhaps some kind of moon, who knows.


I am no author and therefore couldn’t put you in those three scenarios in the same way an author could, but I am sure that for those who did play along you had some idea of what I was trying to get at. Books give one a type of escapism that many other mediums do not.  They allow an author to feed us information which we interpret.  So then we can find ourselves on a hillside, or a rainy road, a castle, or in the middle of a war.  A book takes us away from where we are and puts us in another place and in the shoes of other people.  Those books then take it a step further and begin to work on our emotions.  So then we begin to like, or even loathe characters.  We feel the plight of some whilst at the same time passionately dislike others.  It’s a form of stimulant that if done will takes us whole, mind and soul.  Am I being over dramatic with that last statement?  Possibly, but think for a minute, haven’t you ever felt passionate about a book you have read?  Of course you have, you wouldn’t read a book if you didn’t care about reading. 


  As I started out this blog, I said books mean allot of different things to allot of people.  I think for me and I am sure plenty others one of the biggest and best things about books is the element of escapism.  That chance to be somewhere else even for just a little while.  The chance to feed the imagination and see where it takes you is priceless.  So whilst my body is exactly where it is the moment I start reading, my mind is where ever the author decided to take it.  Now let’s relate a book which really gives you that escapeism to the world we live in.  Think for a moment about a book you really really enjoyed.  The characters appealed to you and the events moved you.  Now can you remember exactly where you were when you first read that book?  I bet you can, if not, then maybe it’s just me and perhaps I need a lay down in a darkened room for a decade or two.    I hope these ramblings are something at least some of you can relate to.  In a way I guess I am saying we get what we want from books and the medium is unsurprisingly very rich, and I think allot of that has to do with the meeting of two minds, the authors and of course your very own.   



I have THREE e-book copies of Stolen Moments by Janus Gangi to give away!  To enter, all you have to do is comment.  Winners will be drawn by  Please provide a valid email in the email box so that I may notify you if you win.  This contest will close and winners will be decided on Friday November 25 at 8 PM Eastern! Good luck!

Synopsis: Providence is the realm in which Providence, the Goddess of the Universe, lives. When she created the Universe she created three realms. The Spiritual comprised of spirit demons, angels, and spirit guides. The Temporal comprised of all created living things and solid matter. The Magickal comprised of generational witches, elves, sprites, and wizards.

After a great civil war between the Vampyres, there was a split between the clans, the Vampires and the Vampyres. The Vampires claimed their right to choose their own prey and that included humans. Vincent Blair, the King of the Vampyres, signed a treaty with the Goddess of the Universe and one of the provisions of the treaty was the Goddess’ beautiful daughter Sehkmet’s hand in marriage.

Together with other supernatural beings and humans, Elizabeth and Vincent are agents of Providence heavens police force. They are assigned to missions to maintain the balance of the Universe. After one of their most important missions, Vincent disappears. Elizabeth is left to carry on by herself. She is assigned to the Spiritual Realm where she takes on the job of a Walk-In. When Elizabeth is given a new assignment, a handsome actor named David Contour turns her world upside down.

Follow the adventures of the heroes, their nemesis Veronica Eisine and her minions of demons, and other interesting characters as their lives unravel with the many Stolen Moments that pass them by.

Misty graduated from Capital University in 2005 with a degree in English Literature. She is an avid reader and is the owner of The Top Shelf

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Misty graduated from Capital University in 2005 with a degree in English Literature. She is an avid reader and is the owner of The Top Shelf

8 thoughts on “Guest Blog & Giveaway: Riz Khan Pays TTS Another Visit!

  • November 24, 2011 at 12:32 am

    I’m a fan of Egyptian history and have read a lot about it. I’m curious about the mix here with paranormal in this story. Something new for me to try.


  • November 24, 2011 at 1:15 am

    i love stories about Egypt and this one piqued my curiosity. thanks for hosting!


  • November 24, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Books have always meant that I could escape between the pages and lose myself in the words and phrases, loved books from an early age.
    Egypt is magical and now for the history to be mixed with a little of paranormal makes this a book that sounds very interesting!

  • November 24, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Another giveaway? WOWSERS!
    We’ve got lots to be thankful for today, don’t we?

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!!

  • November 24, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Hey Doug D – you and I love this stuff don’t we? I’m having so much fun celebrating Top Shelf’s Birthday Bash! Thanks Misty! And Riz!

  • November 24, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    This book sound GREAT 🙂 I am loving the Top Shelf guest blogs and opportunities to appreciate authors I am not familiar with! (not to mention the giveaways!!!)

  • November 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Congrats to Pam Stack, Charmaine and Doug Dutcher! I will be contacting you with how to claim your prize.

  • November 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Thank you

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