Guest post: Author Doug Hauger on tolerance


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There is chaos and order...war and and and death and a realm that exists between it all. A realm called the Void. A place of honor, loyalty, duty and redemption. A world, where an immortal race called the Procuri, is sworn to uphold the laws where the "Realm of Four" exists. And two of its most esteemed Guardians are Maya and Hieronymous. Through conflicts with the polymorph Maldoror, a member of the Children of Non, and the siren like Abdiel, one of the ethereal beings known as the Maginites, they have been to heaven...and hell...and survived both. But in the end they are torn apart by that which could ultimately save them.

Their journey takes them beyond the human condition of the battlefields of Rome, the fall of Christ, a Chinese famine and the ship warfare of the Napoleonic era. It shows them the gift of life and the significance of death. It reminds them about what is forgotten and what is remembered. It is about the inevitability of change...and it all begins with a choice...

That is the LEPIDOPTERA.

Guest post: #Writing and loving #books by O.N. Stefan @olgaolha


Sleep then My Princess is an emotional thriller set in Arizona. While mourning the death of her husband, Senior Tissue Engineer, Stephani Robbins, is plagued by recurring visions of a child being locked up in a chicken coop. Meanwhile, someone is sending her creepy love poems, roses, and photos that have been taken without Stephani's knowledge.
As more photos appear, the police suspect that Stephani has hired someone to take these photos. She before she can convince the police to take her seriously she is kidnapped. While imprisoned she discovers why she has been having these visions and it is more chilling than she ever imagined. Can she make it out alive?

Guest post: A Howl for Mayflower by Dan Gilmore @SBPRA


Aging widower Tobias Seltzer prefers to spend his time with dead authors rather than live, but flawed, humans. That is, until the night Mayflower Bryant corners him in the basement laundry of the Coronado and persuades him to dance with her in his skivvies. Almost against his will, Tobias is drawn into the lives of his misfit neighbors - a grieving widower, a pregnant, homeless teenager, a one-handed juggler, a Vietnam vet left brain-damaged by a misfired suicide attempt, a woman on the edge of Alzheimer's - and discovers that all problems can't be solved by reading books. Sometimes, the only solution is life itself. Dan Gilmore's debut novel takes a darkly humorous, painfully honest look at this last-minute journey toward love and self-discovery.

Guest Post: being an author by Uta Christensen #amwriting @SBPRA


Taken by force by the Nazis from his German family, 16-year-old Janos becomes trapped in the last-gasp efforts of World War II. His years-long incarceration in Russian POW camps takes him to places of darkness, where he survives a near-death experience, and survives physical and emotional starvation in hard labor camps.

Though vast numbers of prisoners die, Janos comes to thrive as he finds friendship, compassion, healing, mentoring, and love as well.

Looking back at his experiences after many years, now a successful executive in Germany, Janos relates his horrifying and good experiences to a pretty young woman. She is drawn into his moving tapestry of shocking events that took place in POW camps deep within Russia, but shift eventually to uplifting experiences. This important story proves the saying that those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.

Mini Book Review: The Grown Up by Gillian Flynn


A young woman is making a living, faking it as a cut-price psychic working at Spiritual Palms (with some illegal soft-core sex work on the side). She makes a decent wage - mostly by telling people what they want to hear. But then she meets Susan Burke. Susan moved to the city one year ago with her husband and 15-year old stepson Miles. They live in a Victorian house called Carterhook Manor, built in 1893. Susan has become convinced that some malevolent spirit is inhabiting their home, and taking possession of the stepson. She has even found trickles of blood on the wall. The young woman doesn't believe in exorcism or the supernatural, but she does see an opportunity to make a lot of money. However when she enters the house for the first time, and meets Miles, she begins to feel it too, as if the very house is watching her, waiting, biding its time.... 

Blog tour giveaway: Win a copy of The reason by @QuentinBrentBks [INT]



Illicit profits were all part of Zane Donaldson's work at a financial firm, but suddenly the stakes change when his family is violently abducted. Following a trail that was never meant to be uncovered, Zane realizes that with Quantitative Easing, the Federal Reserve is doing something no criminal has ever accomplished--and the catastrophic economic implications are worth killing over.

Together with a computer hacker and a seemingly helpful special ops warrior, Zane must decide between exposing the truth and preserving the financial strength of the world. However, only Zane knows the real truth and why it can't be revealed. The Federal Reserve isn't just about money. While it also involves domination and control, it all comes back to one thing.

The Reason.

Guest post and Goodreads giveaway: Little Jakey by Richard Edgley


Little Jakey, the greatest black panther of all time, has ventured deeper into the rainforest alone in search of adventure and excitement. Jakey finds himself in need of a house, but not just any home! He is searching for the best place he can possibly find. Finally, Jakey finds the perfect place, and all that's left to do is make a few minor improvements. Just what kind of house would Jakey want? Find out in the exciting new children's book Little Jakey's House.

Book Review -Targeted and Trolled: The Reality of Being a Woman Online


Published: October 2015
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Format: Kindle
Source: Netgalley ARC

A feminist campaigner is sent death threats online at a rate of over fifty-per-hour. A woman who shares on social media her experience of rape, so that others might feel brave enough to speak out, is bombarded with abusive messages. More than a hundred female celebrities have their personal nude photographs stolen and published by hackers. The victims of these stories of trolling and internet crimes have just one thing in common: their gender.
Most of us use the internet every day, but we rarely stop and think about the way we are received there and whether the treatment of women online differs from the treatment of men. As a Buzzfeed journalist, Rossalyn Warren has first-hand experience of the sexism and misogyny targeted at women online – the insults about their appearance, the rape threats, and in some instances even stalking.
In Targeted and Trolled, Warren exposes the true extent of the global problem. Informative, empowering and inspiring, this book is both a shocking revelation of the scale of the problem and a message of hope about how men and women are working together to fight back against the trolls.

Guest post: author @pohasselgren on Body Language -From Head to Toe


I recently published a book, “Body Language - from Head to Toe”, that combines my interest of American idioms, slang, and other expressions with my understanding, as a surgeon, of the importance of anatomy.

“Body language” usually refers to feelings, emotions, and intentions expressed by various forms of nonverbal communication, including positioning the body or parts of the body in different ways, gestures, eye movements, and facial expressions. For example, a smile indicates that one is happy or pleased, a frown that one is worried or angry, etc.

In contrast, body language in the book “Body Language - from Head to Toe” refers to the use of body parts (anatomy) in the spoken or written language. Such words occur in many idioms, slang, and other expressions, and the book is a collection of them.

Book review: I'll Be Home for Christmas by @roisinmeaney


Published: Oct 2015
Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland
Format: Kindle
Source: Netgalley ARC

It's three days before Christmas ...
Tilly boards a plane on the other side of the world. She's determined to reach Roone, a small island off the west coast of Ireland, in time for Christmas Day. Tilly carries a troubling secret and Laura, a woman she's never met, might be the only one who can help her.
Except that Laura has no idea that Tilly exists. And with five children, a mother-in-law stranded on the island and a husband with whom she's barely on speaking terms, an unexpected guest is the Christmas present she's not expecting ...
A storm is heading for the island, but will peace be restored before the snow melts?

Blog tour review: Never Kiss a Man in a #Christmas Jumper by Debbie Johnson


Published: November 2015
Publisher: Harlequin impulse
Format: Paperback
Page count: 210
Source: ARC from publisher

Today is my stop on the Blog tour. Hurray!

I was really looking for something to get me in the Christmas mood ( yeah I know it's November but I don't care) after having a hard year and even looking at the cover makes me smile.

Maggie and Marco come from completely different worlds. He's a handsome American hunk and she's a single mum running her own business in the UK.

The world literally collide one day when Marco crashes into Maggie while out cycling. Marco ends up on the loosing end and winds up in hospital with more than his ego battered. Maggie feels a connection to this handsome stranger and even though she has reserves she agree's to look after him while his family are away.

I just loved the characters in the book. I took a real shine to Maggie and her daughter. They were just really down to earth and relate-able. So much so that I really got into this book and managed to finish it in two sittings because the plot flowed really well! 

Guest post and #giveaway: #Win a kindle copy of Even Angels Fall


After suffering an unthinkable loss, Abbey Miller and her family move to Leeds to rebuild their lives and start again, but the pain and grief that Abbey carries with her is impossible to escape. As she finds herself becoming increasingly isolated from her family, she develops a firm friendship with Lucy, Nathan and Liam, who introduce her to a brand new and exciting world, far removed from all of her problems. But will her new friends bring her the light hearted relief she has longed for? Or will she find herself getting drawn deep into their dangerous and intoxicating world?After suffering an unthinkable loss, Abbey Miller and her family move to Leeds to rebuild their lives and start again, but the pain and grief that Abbey carries with her is impossible to escape. As she finds herself becoming increasingly isolated from her family, she develops a firm friendship with Lucy, Nathan and Liam, who introduce her to a brand new and exciting world, far removed from all of her problems. But will her new friends bring her the light hearted relief she has longed for? Or will she find herself getting drawn deep into their dangerous and intoxicating world?

Guest post: Texting in Sick by author Rune Vejby


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Did you know that the average American spends over 3 hours texting every day? Cultural analyst Rune Vejby’s new book Texting in Sick reveals that texting has become the preferred medium for many people — even in complex conversations, such as reporting in sick for work, delivering bad news, and breaking up relationships.

But what happens to our relationships when we handle such conversations on text? How does texting change our attitudes and expectations towards the people we communicate with? And how are trust and empathy impacted when we use a medium with such a limited range of social cues?

Book review: The Gilded Life Of Matilda Duplaine by Alex Brunkhorst


Published: October 2015
Publisher: Mira
Format: Paperback
Page count: 318
Source: ARC 

Family secrets. Forbidden love. And the true price of wealth.

Thomas is a small-town boy and when Lily invites him to a dinner party, he gains access to the exclusive upper echelons of Hollywood society. As he enters a world of private jets and sprawling mansions, his life and career take off beyond his wildest dreams.

Then he meets Matilda Duplaine.

Beautiful and mysterious, Matilda has spent her entire life within the walls of her powerful father’s Bel-Air estate and Thomas is immediately entranced by her. But what starts as an enchanted romance soon threatens to destroy their lives and the lives of everyone around them.

Guest post and Giveaway: Heaven is real but so is hell by Vassula Ryden


The book is Vassula’s fascinating true story, spanning from the 1980s when her days as a diplomat’s wife often consisted of little more than entertaining and playing tennis, to the present day where she regularly talks to God, leads pilgrimages, is invited to speak to huge audiences all over the world from the Vatican City to the Congo and helps feed the poor through her international Beth Myriam project.

Aimed at atheists, agnostics and believers alike, and in no way restricted to the Christian faith, Heaven Is Real But So Is Hell is a book for those seeking truth and meaning in an increasingly complicated world and ultimately promotes a message of hope and oneness.

Guest post: #writing tips from author @siennasway #amwriting


Mistaken identity, kidnap, impending war and forced marriage to an ogre... What is a prince to do?

When Prince Nemir is forced to leave his cushy homeland to make nice with a neighboring kingdom, he knows the trip will be unpleasant. He's not much of the outdoorsy or adventurous type and Tasnia is known for its roughness, its chimera, swamps and worst of all, its oves...

Soluc is the leader of the militia of the oves, the ogre-elf hybrids of Tasnia. But controlling a group of half monsters who want nothing more than to draw blood and have fun is proving more complicated than he expected. Especially when there is an extra prince in the kingdom just to confuse him. Not to mention a jealous brother, willing to stop at nothing to take his place...

Book review: The End of Everything by Megan Abbott


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Format: Kindle
Page count: 246
Source: Bought from Amazon

Thirteen-year-old Lizzie Hood and her next-door neighbor, Evie Verver, are inseparable, best friends who swap clothes, bathing suits, and field-hockey sticks and between whom, presumably, there are no secrets. Then one afternoon, Evie disappears, and as a rabid, giddy panic spreads through the balmy suburban community, everyone turns to Lizzie for answers. Was Evie unhappy, troubled, or upset? Had she mentioned being followed? Would she have gotten into the car of a stranger?

Compelled by curiosity, Lizzie takes up her own furtive pursuit of the truth. Haunted by dreams of her lost friend and titillated by her own new power as the center of the disappearance, Lizzie uncovers secret after secret and begins to wonder if she knew anything at all about her best friend.

Guest post and Goodreads giveaway! Innocence and Gold Dust by Frances Webb


After Eutropius' mother dies while giving birth to him, the newborn is raised by a shepherd and his wife. The shepherd castrates the baby to increase his worth and sells him into slavery, where Eutropius eventually becomes part of a young woman's dowry. He develops a close relationship with his new mistress, Sophie, until he is caught pandering and is released from service without financial support. Eutropius' struggle with his lack of social and sexual power translates into lust for political power and wealth. He is determined to overcome his outcast status and concocts devious schemes (switching brides on the Emperor and kidnapping a bishop) to reach a powerful position in society. However, as he works his way up, public outrage over such a high standing for a eunuch threatens to knock him back down again. With physical violence and verbal insults raging against him, is it possible for him to keep everything he has earned?

Love in the time of murder and dating tips from Dee with author @denaehaggerty


In Love in the Time of Murder, the Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives face their toughest case yet. Delilah, or Dee as she wishes everyone would just call her already, is the granddaughter of one of the knitting detectives and her life is in a bit of a shambles. She finally manages to pry herself away from her husband’s clutches, move out on her own, and start her own business. But then her estranged husband is murdered and she’s the number one suspect. The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives aren’t about to let one of their own get sent to the slammer and jump at the chance to search for the true killer. As if Dee doesn’t have enough problems, the knitting detectives decide that Delilah being a widow is the perfect opportunity to find her a new man and decide to put their matchmaking skills to use. Will Dee end up in prison for a murder she didn’t commit or will she be taking another walk down the aisle?

Spotlight: I'm Sorry you are not a pick-up artist by @drethangregory


When a man wants to boost their confidence and get better results with women, we look for help from self proclaimed “pick-up artists”. With their gimmicks and code names, they make it seem like you can’t lose. The problem is that you are not a pick-up artist, and a gentleman would not need to seek validation from naive women
I’m Sorry, You are Not a Pick-up Artist presents you with choices that highlight an important point in meeting a new partner, and you will have to test your current beliefs to see how the outcome influences your success.
The Ethan Gregory Approach is a combination of confidence, preparation, and accountability. You will learn why the rules and standards that men typically use can set you up for failure. Embrace the EGA and see your life open up to new partners and new possibilities.
If you liked Choose your Own Adventure books then you will love this book! The make your choice aspect of the book adds an element of fun to the instruction that other dating books don’t have. If you read The Game and other pick-up strategy books, you will want to de-program yourself from selfish interactions with women.
Let’s learn how to communicate like a grown-up artist, not pick-up artist, and start finding genuine partners. There are many quality women waiting for you to see them as their potential partner, let Dr. G help you succeed with the women in your life. 

Guest post: author @RWAndresen1974 on the #writing process



Broadway is easy. Crossing an eccentric billionaire is what's hard. Jeffrey Rothstein discovers this in the dark comedy The Queen and I, about a Broadway playwright who makes one bad decision and then has his life forever changed in the most supernatural way. With the help of the ghost of a 1920s drag queen, Jeffrey sets out to write the next big Broadway hit, while unknowingly being hunted by a sadistic madman with musical aspirations of his own.

#AmWriting news: Simplify your writing competition entries with @theidlescribe


I know plenty of my readers are also writers who love entering competitions to get their writing out into the world. As someone who used to enter lots of competitions I know how hard it can be to keep track of all your entries so I was delighted to here about The Idle Scribe submissions platform.

Today Will is guest posting to tell you a little more about the website and how it works.

Guest post: How to help your hero through a tough time by author Larry W Powell


On September 11, 2001, a plane hit a building in New York City, then another, then another, and Larry Powell’s life changed forever. A tsunami of personal downfalls followed that affected every part of his life. During the subsequent five years that followed 9-11 his marriage ended in divorce, his business failed due to halts in work from affected clients, he lost his home to foreclosure, all his money, business associates and many people who he thought were close friends.

A once confident, self-assured husband, father and businessman, his life was broken. He was left only with his faith in God, and the words of the authors he’d been encouraged by over the years.

Life’s Little Book of Survival Quotes was written for people who are experiencing similar struggles. Containing words of comfort, support and advice, it’s the constant companion that can lift your spirits and keep you hanging in there during your worst of times and even your best of times.

An abundant variety of the most inspirational quotes of all times is broken into categories to remind you that no matter how you’re feeling at the moment or what you’re going through, it WILL NOT last forever.

Each quote represents what many others like you have experienced and survived. And each chapter ends with valuable tips and survival stories of notable people that you’ll surely recognize.

Do you sometimes feel like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel?

Have the right words ever gotten you though a very tough day?

Would you like to have the perfect words at your fingertips for just about any occasion or frame of mind?

Do you want an extensive collection of quotes that are categorized into user-friendly sections?

Giveaway: Win a signed copy of Last light Falling by @lastlightfallin


Arena has left the nation’s administration with a dead president and a weakened military, and while the tragic memories continue to scar her, the government struggles to regroup without its leader. For the people who still remain in hiding, it’s evident the country is all but lost, and with Russian operatives taking over, the nation’s hope of recovering is grim. 

After months in hiding, Arena and her brother, Gabriel, fight to survive the aftermath while they trudge through unkindly terrain across the country to rejoin their friends, but what they soon discover may staunch their journey. The government’s failed attempt to rebirth a broken nation has caused civil unrest like no other. 

After reuniting with their friends, Arena’s decision to stay changes when she discovers the secrets of a refugee camp behind a clandestine group of rebels, known as the Southern Resistance. With an opportunity to escape to a permanent safe haven, Arena risks her life to lead the new fellowship. But the darkest days are upon them, and with a new war brewing, Arena’s path will take a dark turn as her survival is in jeopardy. 

Into The Darkness captures the cruel truth behind our darkest secrets which may often cause us to question our faith. In this graphic second installment of the LAST LIGHT FALLING series, J.E. Plemons continues the grim story of Arena Power’s fate, testing her faith while she and her brother search for an answer to their survival in a brooding world filled with chaos

Guest post and Giveaway. Win a signed copy of A Threat below by @VisualMechanic


Three hundred years ago, something terrifying arose and pushed humanity to the brink of extinction. Now, a small remnant – the ancestors of the survivors who were able to escape the massacre below – lives above the clouds, on the top of a Mountain.

When they discover that their water supply is being poisoned Down Below, an expedition, including seventeen year-old girl Icelyn Brathius, must descend and face the monsters, the Threat Below, that wiped out civilization centuries ago.

Icelyn quickly learns that all is not what it seems as she uncovers secrets hundreds of years old and struggles to stay alive in a world where no human is fit to survive.

Guest post: author Linda Flanders on Crisis Intervention


CRISIS INTERVENTION 101 In America, one in four people live with a diagnosable mental illness. Sadly, one in six of those people will have some contact with the police during their lifetime. Tragically, jails and prisons house ten times more people living with a mental illness as there are in hospitals. We want to change that. Mental illness is a brain disorder or chemical imbalance. It cares nothing for race, religion, age or gender. It doesn’t matter if we’re rich or poor, a brilliant mathematician or in special ed. It’s simply another form of illness or injury that affects human beings. And, a mental health crisis is a medical crisis. A person needs help. Crisis Intervention 101 gives a simple overview of mental health and the calls first responders most often are called to; reasons why a crisis can happen, and offers basic understanding about how to verbally de-escalate a crisis. These skills are taught in a common sense approach, and are appropriate for law enforcement, emergency responders, school personnel and advocates. They can also be learned by anyone. They should be learned by everyone. Used across the nation, these de-escalation steps are a change to the traditional authoritarian model. Rather than giving orders, we learn how to “actively listen.” The book uses pictures and short descriptions to show how to build a truthful and honest rapport with another person and how to offer options; allowing a person time to choose the best option under the circumstances. We all want to be understood. These are human communication skills and can be mastered by us all. Imagine the difference if we did. Imagine a world if we do. This basic book includes links to two accompanying videos. These short videos show an overview of a mental health crisis and examples of the verbal de-escalation steps in action. The book and videos are used in a crisis intervention advanced training designed specifically for rural law enforcement.The class is approved by Minnesota Police Officers Standards and Training (POST) for continuing education credits for law enforcement. It can be adapted for anyone who works with people in crisis. 50% of the proceeds from this book are donated to advocacy organizations: 25% to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) St. Croix Valley 25% to HOPE Coalition to end child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence and homelessness.

Eating clean for life: How author @PerryKimberly lost 60 pounds


Eat Clean for Life is a comprehensive program that teaches you step by step how to start eating a healthy diet that will promote good health, more energy, weight loss and beautiful skin. Clean eating consist of eating wholesome, natural foods and eliminating processed junk food. It is a revolutionary program to restore the body's natural ability to heal itself. The book contains simple instructions on what to eat, what to avoid, meal plans and lots of delicious recipes. This book is not just about food. You will also learn about stress reduction, deep breathing, exercise, Ecotherapy, hydrotherapy and exercises that promote energy and healing. There's also a special section on weight loss to show you how to lose up to 10 pounds in 30 days!

The benefits of blogging with author @cubbymom0403


Rheanon Donatesu taught at a prestigious girls school in London. She prided her self in being able to take a young woman under her wing to teach her about science and mostly how to be a leader of women. Clearly an independent woman. Rheanon had always been wild and impetuous. She could turn stone into dust and best anyone at whist, even play cards with the finest gentleman in England and win. What she couldn’t do is wait any longer for the man she loved to come back to her. She tried her hardest to find out where he was, writing letters and talking to his dear mother who was her aunt by marriage.

Rheanon tried even hard to keep her special abilities a secret. Their were only a few who knew about her sorcery Those were the Five Stars.

Her arch nemesis went missing one night during one of the card games. No one could find out who took Miss Lisbeth Ashley. That is until a Bow Street Runner comes knocking on Rheanon’s door asking too many questions. Then another pulls her right off of the street for questioning. This one vowed he would have her in his bed. He would have a hard time convincing her.

Why on earth would they suspect Rheanon? Only one person knows and that person is closer to Rheanon than anybody suspected.

Discussion: Girl power in books with @magicaeseries


A festival in Nosaj’s honor has been interrupted by a mysterious challenger wearing the Circulus de Potentia, a band of gold that gives him unstoppable strength and power. One by one the Guardians fall and a race is on for Alex to go find the wizard with a secret regarding the curious symbol on the golden band. Finding this peculiar wizard named Pythagoras wouldn't be such a daunting task if it wasn't for the packs of wolves that roam the forest and a maze she and her friends will have to solve as well as a riddle fashioned by Daedalus himself. What awaits Alex in the Forest of Factors? Can Archimedes solve the equation in time? Can the Guardians stop this invincible challenger?

A symbol unknown, a riddle unsolved, a maze guarded by a monster, a race against time to find the secrets of the Circulus de Potentia and the most precious thing in the world.

Win a $50 NYC metro card with author @ReachShanaJames


The fall season is just over the horizon and that means summer is coming to an end and hearts will be broken as men everywhere make selections for snuggling up through the winter months. But! You don't have to be left out in the cold, desperate and lonely, wishing for relief for your agonizing broken heart. 

Pocket Pep Talk: Get Over that Breakup, Today! is a new title expressly created to offer quick, sound, comfort, peppered with a lot of tough love, for those suffering from a broken heart. We've all been there and, sometimes, your grief lasts well past the patience of your loved ones, leaving you feeling even more alone as you try to pick up the pieces on your own. No more!

Guest post: Celebrity Madness by author Summer Fox



"Hollywood, by definition, is a lie," or so says "It Girl" wanna-be Alyssya Glenellen in Summer Fox's steamy new send-up of Hollywood celebrity, tabloid media, and books about Hollywood celebrity and tabloid media. Frustrated fashion model Alyssya is on the fast track to become Sweetheart of the Paparazzi, traipsing through a Wonderland of narcissistic leading men, egocentric directors, cut-throat actresses, neurotic billionaires, and addicted sports heroes. Unfortunately, someone keeps threatening to strip, strap, strangle, gag, bag, host, slice, and dice her. What's worse, she was caught by a photographer with a hole in her panties, and it's splashed across the "Scene" page of the Los Angeles Times.

Bookish Gifts: an etsy store feature and 10% discount!



Today I want to introduce you to a wonderful Etsy store called Bookish Gifts. The minute I heard about this store I new it would be something my readers would love so I just had to share it with you. 

Lauren, the owner of Bookish Gifts has put together a wonderful post showcasing her beautiful work. Keep reading and you'll find a discount for all my readers!

Book blogging: help getting over the reviewing slump?


Hello all! 

I hope you've all been doing really well. I've been on holidays for the past week. I had a wedding to go to in Turkey. I had a wonderful week, the weather was just bliss.

Before my holiday I had my diagnosis of inflammatory arthritis confirmed. I had an idea of what was going on. I have had joint pain for the past 2 years but consultants were reluctant to put a label on me until they saw visible swelling. Recently my fingers and ankles have started swelling very badly so that seemed to be enough for them.

Inflammatory arthritis is an autoimmune condition where your immune system over reacts and attacks the body's joints and organ linings. This means I will have to take chemotherapy drugs for the rest of my life. It wouldn't be as high a dose as a cancer patient would take but there are still some nasty side effects.

Guest post and excerpt: Sailor Uncovered by @MooDeere



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Would you take your twin's place if they were accused of murder? Sailor knows she is a survivor and her sister Catherine is not. The twisting story begins with the murder of a man who victimises women. Michael, the brother, makes it his mission to destroy Sailor and in doing so creates a maelstrom of chaos for her to navigate. Her only hope is to trust a journalist. Cliff can prove her innocence but that is not enough to stop Michael. Nothing will stop Michael. The complexities of this story will leave your head reeling with the implications and have you hanging on every word.

Guest post: exorcising your demons through #writing by Suzanne Dillon


Go Book Yourself | Guest Post


This is the story of a young woman living in the Midwest, attempting to have a peaceful, normal life just like anyone else. Coworkers and neighbors know very little about her, assuming her to be reclusive and odd. They are unaware of the gruesome secrets she hides from every day. There are a few, however, who do know her secrets, but they are missing one important detail... where she is currently hiding. For many years she has eluded capture, but her history is about to catch up with her in more ways than one. Not only is the darkness of her past about to ascend, her past will also become her savior. Loving Lily witnesses one woman’s struggle to overcome a terrible past and internal demons in order to be free to love and to live.

Come to a sleepover with @MrsAmandaProwse and @HaleyHillnow to help Macmillan cancer trust


I wanted to let you all know about a fantastic event that is happening in London on the 17th of September.  

Haley Hill will be reading from her debut novel It’s Got to be Perfect , which draws on first hand stories she encountered after a dramatic career change in her mid-twenties. Haley went from working in the pharmaceutical industry to becoming the founder of the Elect Club dating agency, the UK’s leading matchmaking agency. Anecdotes resulting from that time resulted in this cracking novel, which reached both No. 1 in the Amazon Humour and the Hot New Releases charts. 

Subscription box review: The box of lame by @thatlamecompany #thatlameco


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I was so happy to be chosen to review a new subscription box for That lame company . They offer the most amazing stationary, stickers, cards, phone covers and more.

You have the option to buy individual products from the website or you can sign up the the monthly box of lame. If you choose this service you will receive a mystery pack full of amazing products every month for only £11.50

#Win signed copies of Man the F*ck up by S Kincaid @ManTheFckUpBook


Go Book Yourself | Giveaway

Man the F**k Up is a bedtime story for those in the real world today, where a white knight of strength and power protecting and honoring his fair lady is indeed left for the fairy tales. Before any guy or gal starts to count sheep for the night, Man the F**k Up is sure to provide a laugh or two on how times have’a changed.

Giveaway: Win a kindle copy of #minecraft Diary of A Legendary Enderman's Apprentice by @obsidianknights


Go Book Yourself | Giveaway

Start A Journey With A Enderman's Apprentice Who Can't Shift! Hi,I am Ronan the young Enderman they are talking about, and this is my story. I hope you will read it.

In the first book of this crazy adventure series, you join a Young Enderman whose primary focus is to join the Enderslayer Corps. A group of Enderman who have changed their ways to fight for humanity. Does young Ronan have what is takes? You'll be surprised at what you reveal in his secret diary.

Book review: Asking for It by Louise O Neill @oneilllo @QuercusBooks


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Book review Asking for it by louise o neill

Published: September 2015
Publisher: Quercus
Format: Soft back ARC
page count: 298

Thank you to Quercus and Hachette Ireland for providing the review copy

“What guy was going to say no if she handed it to him on a plate?...She was fucking asking for it

I was about 5 pages into Asking for it when I knew I wasn’t going to be able to put it down, that it was one of those books that would leave me racing to my computer to write this book review.

 It’s the start of the summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma is confident and knows she is beautiful. She uses her beauty to impress people. She adores attention and is only completely happy when all eyes are on her.

Emma is not a character that we are supposed to love off the cuff. She can be quite arrogant and in your face. I think this rams the point home even more. No matter who you are, whether you’re a saint or sinner, you don’t ask for this and you don’t deserve it.

I got quite angry when I read some of the reviews. One reviewer said she couldn’t feel sorry for Emma because of the way she behaved before the incident. Hello!!?? That’s the point. It doesn’t matter!

Guest post: Never give up on #writing by T C O Reilly


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The story is about a man named Jacob(Jakes) Patrick Wallace who is sent back in time over various lifetimes. He thus carries knowledge of a global plague called the Husk plague, that causes people to go crazy and bloodthirsty, that will spread throughout the earth and that leaves only him with the power and knowledge to try and stop it.

 Throughout the book he deals with various people in his life including a love interest named Julia Baldacci and his younger brother named Andy. This first book mainly sets the scene of the oncoming plague by giving glimpses of the future in 2017 etc but mainly plays out over a period starting from 1995 up to date. The ebola virus which ravaged west Africa during 2014 plays a central theme in the book and helps to set the pace of the oncoming plague. 

The antagonist in the story is for the first part mainly played by a man called Rudansky who forms part of a larger group of people which is mainly referred to as the Company. The Company helps to set the scene for a larger worldwide conspiracy which dates back as far as the early 1600’s. With the VOC as the main background of this conspiracy, hence the settings in Amsterdam. 

Jakes however also starts to develop certain abilities which helps him to be stronger, faster and even some psychic abilities which helps him throughout the book from time to time. Later in the book it becomes clearer that even the main antagonist Rudansky is merely a puppet for the bigger threat namely a man called Lord wittenheer who is the creator of the company and who has lived since the 1600’s. 

Later in the book it also becomes clear that this man also happens to be the father of our main character unbeknownst to the main character though which is off course only revealed to him at the very ending of the book. The book ends with Jakes still in 2014 facing off against his father in a dream that he had, setting the scene for the second book which bring us closer to the release of the actual virus and the effect it will have on civilization, with the virus taking a equal but secondary role to jake’s main battle with the company who is still trying to reclaim the world as their own.

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I am delighted to have been invited by my good friend Amanda of Go Book Yourself to write a bit about my personal blog Makeup and Beauty by Amy for you today.

Makeup and Beauty by Amy was an endeavor I started back in 2012. Originally it all started with many suggestions from friends and family alike to start a Youtube channel, where I could share with them my love for all things beauty and makeup related.

Book review: The Butterfly Shell by Maureen White. @OBrienPress


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Thank you to The O'Brien Press for sending the review copy

“There are some things about me you should know:

I always wear my butterfly shell – even when I’m swimming or sleeping

I don’t hurt myself anymore

I believe in ghosts.”

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In 1997, five former black Los Angeles police officers gather for lunch and begin reminiscing about their lives at the 77th Street Division during the 1960s. They remember the riots, the racism, and the discrimination. Two months before the Watts Riot of 1965, one of the officers, Carl Quincy "Q" Sanes, corroborated the testimony of a white officer who claimed the LAPD was racist. A few days after the conviction of O.J. Simpson in the civil suit for the wrongful death of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, the men realize that the racial volatility of the City of Angels is still prevalent after three decades. After a While You Wonder if things will ever change

Raven's Tears: revised and expanded by A E Matson @zenstitcher


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A con turned cop. An urchin turned lady. Two webs of lies. One epic love.

Set in the fantasy world of Menelon, Sir Vincent Sultaire, the infamous "Raven," is serving his term of indenture to the City-State of Fernwall after his conviction for burglary and extortion. A young rakehell and playboy, he's discovering he's lost his heart to the beautiful and enigmatic Lady Angelique Blakesly, foreign-born baronness, widow, and devout member of the conservative Guardian Paladin church. A noblewoman whose earliest memories have been lost to the devastation and destruction of her homeland in the Great War, Angel's careful poise and reserve have been worn away by her playboy lover, and to her astonishment she finds he's somehow stolen her heart.

But all is not what it seems. Beneath the collar of his indenture, Raven's discovered how to play both ends of the law enforcement spectrum to his own interest and profit. And behind the carefully reserved appearance of the baronness is one of Fernwall's newest and most successful high-stakes burglars. The forces involved in the deceptions they maintain intersect in one of the most brilliantly executed thefts of all time. Sultaire is promoted put him in charge of the investigation, a thief set to catch a thief, while Angelique, mentally fragile and beholden to forces beyond her control, is desperate to keep him from learning the truth.

Book review: The Safe Word by Karen Long @KarenLongWriter


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Published: January 2014
Publisher: Createspace
Format: Kindle

A copy of The Safe Word was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.

The Safe Word
Grips its readers from the very first page. I was hooked right from the beginning. The first chapter was really different, but in a good way.

Eleanor Raven is not your typical murder mystery novel detective. She has a dark and rather erotic side. In her work she is top dog, always in control but in her private life she seems to want to surrender all of that control. This made for really interesting reading. I’d never read anything like this in a crime novel before.

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The psychic lure - Win a copy of Cant Fight Fate by @LisaNEdwards


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Can the words of a Psychic influence your thoughts? Your Choices? Your Destiny?

Nikki, an inspirited Aussie girl thought she had her life planned. GET A CAREER, FIND A MAN, START A FAMILY. Life seemed simple, until... accompanying her friend to a psychic changed her life forever. The psychic describes her soul mate. Mr Hollywood, a man with crystal green eyes.

Flash forward 17 years, Nikki's career as a Hollywood Entertainment Lawyer is taking off, and the Green Eyed man is standing in front of her. The words of the psychic are imprinted on her mind... "Remember he's nice to look at, nice to see, but if you chase him, he will flee..." So if she cannot chase him, and she cannot tell him what she knows. Will she ignore the warnings to get what she wants?

With her best friend, Siobhan, who is effectively her audacious and sassier alter ego, they navigate their way through the supposedly predestined life!

Nikki can try, but she Can’t Fight Fate.

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Man the F*ck Up is a bedtime story for dating adults in today’s world, where chivalry in relationships is dead and there, sadly, is no fairy tale ending. Anyone who has ever been in a relationship needs to read this hilarious, honest and profane take on the state of modern day relationships. Author S. Kincaid’s bedtime spin on dating in the 21st century will have you laughing yourself to sleep. With Illustrations by Three Studio Team a perfect match to the humor, Man the Fuck Up it is definitely a conversation starter that should be read by all men and women in relationships everywhere!

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