Weekly Wrap Up September 18th

Hi hi!

Sunday again and time for my weekly wrap up! And it was another relatively busy blogging week as I managed 8 posts this week, including two reviews! Click the two links below to catch up:

Black List by Will Jordan
Soul Rights by Liberty Gilmore

I also had a cover reveal for Corpus, which looks fab! You can see that one here:

Cover Reveal- Corpus by Rory Clements

Also this week, after some minimal teasing, I finally got to tell you all about my wonderful new guest reviewer! These two posts tell you all you need to know about Ellen 😊

Some news…

All about Ellen – Guest Reviewer

One of my fave punk publishers turned one and there was a great giveaway on the blog, you can read about it below! The winner will be announced soon! 

Fahrenheit Press is 1! Giveaway Time!

I also had the usual Triple S post on Saturday, featuring Rachel Dove yesterday:

Saturday Series Spotlight- Rachel Dove

And I managed to squeeze in a cover share for Joyce Schneider yesterday too! 

Cover share for J.A Schneider

I am way behind on posts and reviewing, but I’m planning on rectifying that later on tonight with some serious drafting to be done! 😉

I also managed to read 3 books this week, but reviews will be a while yet! I read 

  • Dance With The Enemy by Rob Sinclair
  • Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
  • Tell Me No Lies by Lisa Hall

I’ve also started Michael J. Malone’s A Suitable Lie in prep for a blog tour in early October! 

Next week I have an Adam Hamdy related post! But it’s not Pendulum, so you’ll have to keep an eye out to see! 😉 I’m also on the blog tour for Andy Blackman’s new book and I should have some reviews as well! 

I can’t see there being a wrap up next week, as I’m going to London next Sunday, but you never know, I may be super productive! 😂 

How has your week been? 📚

Saturday Series Spotlight- Rachel Dove

Hi everyone,

It’s Saturday, which means its time for another series post and today is the turn of Rachel Dove on the Triple S post.

About Rachel:

I am a wife, mother of two boys, perpetual student, avid reader and writer of words. I sometimes sleep, always have eye bags and dream of retiring to a big white house in Cornwall, with 2 shaggy dogs, drinking wine on my seafront balcony whilst creating works of romantic fiction. All done with immaculate make up and floaty dresses.

In the meantime I nearly always remember to brush my hair, seldom have time to look in a mirror and write many, many to-do lists.

My first solo novel, Crossing Life Lines is out now in Kindle and paperback format. Look out for my horror shorts, published through Bayou Brew Publishing: The House of Sugar Blood, August 2013 and Uni Assassin, out now, and my short story, Mallow Girl, out now.

In July 2015, I won the Prima magazine and Mills & Boon Flirty Fiction Competition, with my entry, The Chic Boutique on Baker Street, out now in ebook and paperback.

You can find all the relevant links to connect below:

Facebook

Twitter

WordPress

Amazon Author Page

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And now read on for Rachel’s fab post…

Series Spotlight

I have never written a series of books before, but when I finished The Chic Boutique on Baker Street, I realised that I loved Westfield, and the characters and location had so much more to say.

The Chic Boutique is the book I wrote last year after winning the Prima and Mills & Boon Flirty Fiction Competition. The book has been out since late April this year and has been getting great reviews, which I am thrilled about. I am working on a different book at present, due to be completed by the end of the year, and then I have two more in the Westfield series planned, featuring new characters and locations, and perhaps a couple of established ones will pop up too!

I love reading, and picking a series of books was very hard, but I still say that The Hunger Games trilogy is a good series. I just love the characters, and the storyline, and I always reread them every year.

My favourite series however are the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris. You may know that this series was adapted for TV in the form of True Blood. I love the TV series too, but the books, as always, are better and there are plenty to go at too! They are very unique, and I love her easy style of writing. I still have book 1 in her latest series on my bookcase to read, but I dare not in case I get obsessed as my TBR pile is already so huge!

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Huge thanks to Rachel for joining me on the blog today! 🙂

Weekly Wrap Up September 11th

Hi everyone,

It’s Weekly Wrap Up time! This week was another busy week for me on here, I had 7 posts this week! First up, I finally got around to reading and reviewing The Truth About Julia. I was slightly underwhelmed to be honest and you can read why here:

The Truth About Julia by Anna Schaffner

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Next up, I FINALLY got to post my review for All Fall Down by the lovely Tom Bale. All the stars for this actin-packed read:

All Fall Down by Tom Bale

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I reviewed Find Me by J. S. Monroe this week too. I was expecting great things, but this fell a little flat. Click the link below to see why:

Find Me by J. S. Monroe

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I was delighted to take part in a cover reveal for Orenda Books latest author, Thomas Enger. Cursed looks like a great book. Click the link to see why:

Thomas Enger Cursed Cover Reveal

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I also got around to reading and reviewing a book that’s been on my TBR for quite some time, The Damaged by Simon Law. Another one that just didn’t quite hit the mark for me this week:

The Damaged by Simon Law

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I was lucky enough to be joined by Steven Dunne yesterday for my series feature, and he has a great post so click the link to catch up!

Saturday Series Spotlight-Steven Dunne

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Lastly this week, I finally cobbled together some thoughts on The Constant Soldier by William Ryan. I still don’t think my review did it the justice it deserves though. It is a truly stunning novel. Catch up below:

The Constant Soldier by William Ryan

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So that’s been my blogging week! I’ve been couch-bound here all week as I managed to put my back out. I’ve had herniated discs in the past and this week was just torture as I physically couldn’t do anything for myself. My wonderful husband has had to take the week off to take care of me as well as the kids for which I’m very grateful.

Due to the fact that I was immobile, my kindle became my best friend. As of now, Sunday evening, I’m currently reading my 7th book of the week 😱📚 As you’d expect though, I’m behind on my reviews as I’ve not been able to sit with the laptop. So next week, I should have some more reviews for these going up!

The books I read this week were:

  • The Damaged (reviewed above)
  • Black List by Will Jordan
  • Nothing Short of Dying by Erik Storey
  • Inside The Whispers by AJ Waines (review in October)
  • Soul Rights by Liberty Gilmore
  • A forthcoming novella by a certain Adam Hamdy (more on that later)

Theoretically there will be reviews for 4 of these at some stage next week, I hope! I also have a cover reveal next Wednesday AND I also have some super exciting news coming up be to week which I’m dying to share, but I won’t… YET! 😉

That’s been my week! How was yours?! 😊

Saturday Series Feature- Carys Jones

Hi everyone,

It’s that time of the week where it’s all about the series and today’s post comes from author Carys Jones!

About the author:

Carys Jones loves nothing more than to write and create stories which ignite the reader’s imagination. Based in Shropshire, England, Carys lives with her husband, two guinea pigs and her adored canine companion, Rollo.

When she’s not writing, Carys likes to indulge her inner geek by watching science- fiction films or playing video games.

She lists John Green, Jodi Picoult and Virginia Andrews as her favorite authors and draws inspiration for her own work from anything and everything.
To Carys, there is no greater feeling than when you lose yourself in a great story and it is that feeling of ultimate escapism which she tries to bring to her books.

For more information about Carys please visit www.carys-jones.com or follow her on Twitter; @tiny_dancer85

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Without further ado, I’ll hand you over to Carys…

From Avalon to Bon Temps

 

I’ve always loved the intensity of small town life. How everyone knows everyone else’s business and it is all just one big boiling pot of secrets.

 

My crime series follows the story of lawyer, Aiden Connelly, as he moves his family to the fictional small town of Avalon. Exploring the town along with Aiden was so much fun, especially when he inevitably becomes drawn into Avalon’s dark past…

 

Along with developing the claustrophobic atmosphere of Avalon I loved creating a cast of characters who were able to aide and hinder Aiden in equal measure. I’m equally as attached to the ensemble cast in the series as I am to Aiden which is why it was nice to be able to expand on their stories in later books in the series.

 

Avalon is a place of searing heat and violent storms which sweep in across the town, with the locals seizing the opportunity to let the rains wash away the worst of their sins. But whilst cultivating a secretive nature Avalon is also a town full of friendly, loyal characters, people with hearts as big as their sprawling homes – people like Edmond, Aiden’s kind boss who becomes a friend.

 

Not everyone is welcoming of Aiden. There’s the local Sherriff, Buck Fern, whose sour disposition is reserved for anyone he considers an ‘outsider.’ And wealthy local businessman, Clyde White, is equally distrusting of Aiden’s presence since Aiden is representing the woman who killed his son – local football hero Brandon White.

 

On the surface Avalon looks idyllic. The sun shines on white picket fences and people leave homemade apple pies to cool in open windows. But beneath this sickly sweet façade lies dark secrets which not only bind the town together, they also have the power to tear it apart…

 

Another small town I love to visit via the pages of a book is Bon Temps. It gained notoriety after being the setting for Charlaine Harris’ beloved vampire series, True Blood.

 

True Blood is about so much more than vampires. And werewolves. And faeries. It’s about the close knit community of the town and the trials they are faced to weather together. And everyone has secrets. From sassy waitress Sookie Stackhouse who can hear people’s thoughts to her manage, Sam, who harbours more than just a secret crush on her.

 

Like Avalon, the atmosphere in Bon Temp is hot, sticky, and bubbling with tension. I love how the author chose this backdrop for her vampire series. In the blistering heat it’s the least likely place you’d expect to find sunlight fearing creatures of the night. But they are there. And they test the close minded nature of some of the Bon Temps residents and also liberate those who have always felt oppressed by their small town.

 

With ten books and a successful HBO television series there’s many stories about Sookie and her adventures in Bon Temps to immerse yourself in and I highly suggest you do. The books are fun, utterly engrossing and a refreshing spin on the regular vampire mythology.

 

You can find my Avalon series online – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B011M8U0GM/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

 

Also the boxset of the True Blood books –

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Sookie-Stackhouse-Novels-Boxset/dp/B005R5JSWY/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1468239374&sr=1-2&keywords=true+blood

 

To find out more about me and my other books follow me on Twitter – @tiny_dancer85 or on facebook – https://www.facebook.com/CarysJonesWriter/?fref=nf


Huge thanks to Carys for taking part in my Saturday Series Spotlight feature! 🙂