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Robin Hood’s Dawn – Author Q&A and GIVEAWAY!

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I’m incredibly excited and honoured to host an Author Q&A along with a brilliant giveaway for ROBIN HOOD’S DAWN by Olivia Longueville and J.C Plummer!

ROBIN HOOD’S DAWN is the first book in a trilogy, and centers on the English legend’s origins. An Earl forced into exile, Robin Hood gathers a band of men against the injustices of the Sheriff, and unravels a deep web of treachery and double-crossing threatening the nation. Set in ancient woodland, lavish royal courts and exotic shores of the Holy Land, this is a sight between good and evil, justice and tyranny, love and hate.

I have ONE COPY to give away! Thanks to the team at Smith Publicity one of you lucky guys could be in with a chance of winning it. I didn’t manage to read the whole thing as it came reeeally close to this giveaway going up but the first few pages, man… intrigue abound for a legend/historical fiction lover.

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Book Things · Just For Fun · Twitter

A Beautiful Novel Aesthetic!

So the wonderful Aneeqah N on Twitter put out a call for authors to respond to. She said:

It’s been a tough week in this community, and as a writer, that can really made it hard to stay motivated on your work.

so I want to do something: reply to this tweet w/a description of your WIP/book + some keywords and I’ll make you an aesthetic!

I, being the visual geek I am, told Aneeqah of my WIP (five, queer, UK teens band together against the supervillain who overtook their city) and she came up with THIS THING OF BEAUTY

aesthetic. london street corner, 5 teens standing against the light, hack screen, nerdy boy looking up, quote 'and the only solution was to stand and fight', pile of books, girl jumps of building, wires, punk rock girl.

ISN’T IT AMAZING?

I love the quote in the middle and the pictures chosen are A+ like, really. It looks like stills of some soon to be released YA thriller or something.

If you want to check out her other beautiful aesthetics and/or RT mine, the link is HERE!

I’ll just be fanning myself over here.

 

Book Things · Just For Fun

2017 End of Year Book Survey

Best books of 2017

 

WOOHOO! Another year, another survey by Jamie @ PerpetualPageTurner

I discovered this last year and it was such a handy way to look back at my reading and the stories I’d fallen into.

Note from Jamie: The survey is for books you read throughout the year, no matter when they were published, and is not limited to just books that came out in 2017!!

 

Number Of Books You Read: 41 (on target! YES!)
Number of Re-Reads: 1
Genre You Read The Most From: YA Fantasy.

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Book Things · TBR lists

18 Most Anticipated Releases in 2018

There are many, many, many books coming out next year it’s easy to get whiplash HOWEVER.

There are a few books which make me squeal and will get top priority come their release dates in 2018, including a few pre-orders. SO. Here follows my 18 Most Anticipated Books of 2018 (in no particular order)

INCLUDING PITCHWARS AUTHORS!!! ❤

UNDEAD GIRL GANG by Lily Anderson – May 8th

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This is described as THE CRAFT meets VERONICA MARS.

Let me emphasize…. E   C T meets VERONICA MARS

Wiccan teens – women of colour – trying to solve a murder like WHAT. How did I not know about this til now?!

and Speaking of witches….

THE WICKED DEEP by Shea Ernshaw – MARCH 6TH

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Nnngh. NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGH.

Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic meets the Salem Witch trials in this haunting story about three sisters on a quest for revenge—and how love may be the only thing powerful enough to stop them.

JUST. COME ON. I mean I could do without the ‘love saves all’ but if it’s sister love I don’t care cause GIRL POWER and stuff.

Majorly hype.

THE TRAITORS GAME by Jennifer A Nielsen – February 17th

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Kestra, who’s kidnapped to steal a blade, and who isn’t going along with their plans like – YES give me your ‘fuck you’ females please, all of them.

SUITORS AND SABOTAGE  by Cindy Anstey – April 17th

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Regency romance with some murders going on maybe? I’m hoping to read more historical this year, I loooooove regency so – yes. Top. Of. List.

HEART OF IRON by Ashley Poston – February 27th

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Ever since I read Geekerella by Ashley I fell in love with the science fiction series she created. It was an incredible addition in the novel itself and showed a clear love of fantasy so when she announced a sci fi, Anastasia inspired… like I don’t know how much money this is but TAKE WHAT YOU NEED.

INK, IRON AND GLASS by Gwendolyn Clare – 20th February

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Italy, scripting, writing, politics, intrigue, mother/daughter – NEEEED.

HONOR AMONG THIEVES by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

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I recently read Ink and Bone, the first in the library series, and I was intrigued to find this also by Rachel Caine. A rebel going on sentient alien ships — had me at alien to be honest – and a female thief? Yes please.

REIGN OF THE FALLEN by Sarah Glenn Marsh – 23rd January

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NECROMANCY.

Let me say it again. NECROMANCY. I’m here for this.

RECORD OF A SPACEBORN FEW by Becky Chambers – JULY 24TH

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I looooooved the first book in the Wayfarers but haven’t got around to the second book cause it didn’t really follow my favourite from the first book, so I was a bit ‘meh’. This third book however, another standalone, sounds absolutely incredible. Alien cities and colonies and everything I want from Becky Chambers, basically.

ACE OF SHADES by Amanda Foody – APRIL 10TH

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I’ve yet to finish Daughter of the Burning city simply cause the book is so heavy in its hardback edition BUT its writing is gorgeous, it’s fun, and I’m looking forward to a prim female lead in a dangerous world.

THE SEVEN SISTERS by Neil Gaiman – SOME TIME 2018?!

The sequel to Neverwhere which I really adored, and I’m truly hoping this comes out in 2018! It’s on many 2018 lists. I don’t even know what it’s about but I’m hugely excited.

THE LADY’S GUIDE TO PETTICOATS AND PIRACY by Mackenzi Lee – October 2nd

FELICITY!!!! From what I read of Felicity in Gentleman’s Guide I really, truly loved her. And I’m so glad we’re getting a book in her POV!

VENGEFUL by V. E Schwab – TBA

This has no cover and as I understand it, Schwab is rewriting it from scratch. So. I feel really, really bad for her right now and I still need it in my life. I can’t WAIT.

THE NAMELESS QUEEN by Rebecca McLaughlin – TBA

A thief inherits a throne in this YA fantasy, and I am ALL. FOR. IT.

The PitchWars crew!

Gunslinger Girl by Lindsay Ely – JANUARY 2ND!

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I have a soft spot for the wild west, since my great-grandmother adored cowboy films and novels like this, but throw in a twist like a second civil war and I’m aaaaaall for it. My glorious critique partner in crime had the fortune to be mentored by Lindsay in this year’s PitchWars and couldn’t sing her praises enough, so I’m incredibly excited to read this one next year!

The Disasters by M.K. England – DECEMBER 18TH (I think!)

I was incredibly lucky to be chosen by M.K and her co-mentor Jamie in 2016’s PitchWars as an unofficial mentee, and their advice was amazing. I got a sneaky hint about this book during our google chat and I’ve wanted it EVER SINCE. So glad the time is almost here even though it’s like a YEAR away.

Children of Blood And Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – MARCH 6TH 2018!

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Is there a list this is NOT on?! I read a sample chapter and immediately wanted more, as did many many others.

A Court Of Miracles by Kester Grant – 2018 – I NEED A DATE, KNOPF

Or if not a date, a COVER.

Jungle Book + Les Mis retelling via Six of Crows. I’ve been excited ever since I heard about this,  I mean how could you NOT want to read this? Also Kit’s writing is A+++ from what I’ve seen and she’s super nice.

Book Things · Just For Fun

My 2018 Readerly Resolutions!

2018 looms – it is in fact, only 3 more days away – and I’m already thinking about the habits and patterns I want to bring in to the next 12 months.

Blogging  is obviously a priority, and reading more blogs / discovering more content will be something I look forward to. But in this post I want to focus more on what I want to achieve not as a blogger or a writer, but as a reader. I’ll cover personal things in another post 🙂

Clear Out my TBR with #BeatTheBacklist!

Thanks to THIS POST I’m joining up on a challenge! This means I read everything I wanted to read prior to 2018 and I set a goal OOOFFFF….

40 Backlisted books!

Let’s see if I can do it!

Buy 1 Book A Month / New Release

Literary Agent Dr. Uwe Stender mentioned that if everyone involved in writing / editing / publishing bought ONE book from a proper book store a month, the business would be thriving.

So in order to contribute to this, I will buy one book – either new release or old – every single month to do my bit in keeping this business afloat. I want my career in this business, so it makes sense to support it! Plus 2018 has a TON of books I’m dying to read, so it’s not gonna be too hard.

Sorrynotsorry bank balance…

Read 1 Book A Week

This year, COUNTING DNF’S, because if I get 200+ pages in I still class that as reading, I read 41 books. Not bad and still over my 40 goal!

However… I want to go beyond that. I want to read one book a week. I’ve no idea how people manage 100+ books a year and I am not an audio book fan. I create a narrator in my head which is unique to that book and most of the time (my director head coming on here) the narrators don’t read the story how I want it to be read. (I know Emma Thompson isn’t available for all audiobooks but please try?!)

I take my time reading content, too, so while I know readers who consume 600+ page novels in a day (dear lord how?!) I’m going to aim for around 50 pages a night. 1 book a week. That’ll work, right?!

Read Widely – Adult / YA / Genre

I read mostly YA this year and within that it was mostly fantasy. I am trash for a good fantasy novel. But while I dotted it with contemporaries and mysteries within that, I feel like I want to dip my toe into the adult sector again, and get into the other areas of novels that I very rarely pay attention to.

Like historical – I LOVE historical, why don’t I read more of it?! And women’s fiction / chick lit, I devoured three of those books in one 7 day holiday years ago and never touched the genre again. And classics, I need to read more of them! Jane Austen is not the only classic author out there.

She’s my favourite, but not the only one.

SO. I need to branch out. Put on my big girl pants and delve back into difficult books.

Read Diversely – At Least 10 Diverse Authors!

In some ways this is tricky – because I want to read from LGBTQA+ authors as well as authors of colour, and not every LGBTQA+ author is out – but I’ll be scouring my TBR pile and prioritizing authors who are classed as diverse, including neurodivergent and disabled.

I pray for the day this type of content becomes normal, and the White Straight (and probably male) Author is no longer the “norm” in publishing.

So what do you think, any suggestions? And how about you guys, any resolutions as a reader?

Blog Tours · Book Things

Fate of the Stars Blog Tour

Fate of the Stars
Arwen Paris
Publication date: September 1st 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

When the fate of the world rests upon you…

Allison Delaney wants to spend her senior year healing from the loss of her father, to leave the shadows of his death and her junior year break-down behind. A Labor Day beach party seems like a good place to start…but there’s more danger lurking than anyone could imagine. Death is coming to Earth if the pods of infectious creatures aren’t stopped. But only one human can help…

To live or die is no longer a choice.

Eenoki is a protector of life but must have a sentient host to fight the invasion. A teenage girl would not be the best choice, but out of desperation Eenoki invades Allison’s mind and body, granting her unnatural abilities and strengths – and helping her escape certain death when the first wave of pods land.

As destruction rains down on Earth’s population, Allison realizes to save everyone, she must make the ultimate choice: Reject her human side and bond with Eenoki to become the Earth’s Priestess – or be killed along with the rest of humanity.

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Author Bio:

Arwen Paris is the author of young adult fiction. Her debut YA Sci-fi Urban Fantasy novel FATE OF THE STARS releases September 1, 2017. The actions packed pages of her novels are filled with characters that are forced to face fears they never expected. When she’s not writing, you can see posts of her (too many) vacations that keep her sane. Arwen lives in Washington, has a big crazy family & after the day job, she writes Fiction For the Fearless – #F3Fanatic

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Book Things · Reviews

OUR DARK DUET by Victoria Schwab

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REVIEW: *****

This was one of my most anticipated books of this year and it didn’t disappoint.

Without going into spoilers – though you should have read this by now damn! – August is now working for the FTF and Kate is still in the nearby city beginning with P but the name escapes me, hunting monsters there.

AND THE CHAOS EATER DESCENDS.

I met Victoria Schwab the day after I finished this book, crying at 2am. I wanted to bleat about my feels. But did I like it? No. I loved it. It was creepy, and weird, and completely compelling. I always read Schwab’s books about 100+ pages a night, they’re so easy to read and engross me from the start.

AUGUST FLYNN though. He’s the star. As he tried to deal with an unwell father, his dead brother’s voice in his head and new responsibility of thinning out sinners, he’s developed a thicker skin. No wonder Kate doesn’t like it when she returns, and oh how lovely are they when they return?

This is a ship I will forever hold dear. Mostly for August, because August is my love ❤ and total hottie, as far as I can tell.

This is rambly. BUY IT. The end.