Sunday, 31 October 2021

Turner by Karl Drinkwater


Turner by Karl Drinkwater
Published by Organic Apocalypse in July 2015.


How I got this book:
Received as a reward for supporting the author's Kickstarter campaign

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Some islands don't welcome visitors.

An isolated Welsh island seemed like the perfect escape for a convict on the run, a jilted woman, and a policeman seeking a quiet life. When the surly locals turn to murderous violence the three visitors are forced to flee together, trying to stay one step ahead of their increasingly insane pursuers.

The bad news keeps coming. There are too many to fight. There is no escape from the island. And the worst storm in years has just begun. They can only run and hide as they face a night of horror and madness. If they don't work together then none of them will live to see the light of day.

This tense survival horror novel is a homage to decades of nasty villains, scary predicaments, and bloody books and films.

I don't often read horror fiction, especially not novels with blood and chainsaws on their covers, but as it is Halloween I thought I should get into the spirit and so, finally, braved Karl Drinkwater's thriller, Turner. It's a fast-paced, exciting tale with a tense vibe that reminded me of the horror videos I tended to avoid as a teenager! I loved how Drinkwater evoked the chilling atmosphere of the isolated Stawl Island village with its decidedly unwelcoming villagers. Welsh language sentences, albeit then translated for readers, are cleverly used to increase our protagonists sense of alienation from the locals surrounding them. The deranged Lord reminded me of characters in satanic Dennis Wheatley novels (which teenage me did love) and it was fun to learn how different the real Lord and island are at the end of the book. I was relieved that there weren't too many pages that I had to read through my fingers although several scenes are seriously disturbing and my imaginings of what might be about to happen really didn't help my peace of mind. If you're not out trick or treating tonight and want a gorily scary Halloween read instead, I'd recommend getting yourself immersed into Turner.

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Saturday, 30 October 2021

Meditation For Beginners by Ntathu Allen


Meditation for Beginners: How to Meditate for People Who Hate to Sit Still by Ntathu Allen

Published by TCK Publishing in July 2018.

How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the publisher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Meditation is a powerful technique to calm your mind, increase your ability to solve problems, and handle all of life’s challenges. It has been used for thousands of years to help regular people like you and I live happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives.

Hundreds of clinical research studies show that regular meditation lowers your stress, improves your creativity, and reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety. If you could put these results in a pill, meditation would be the #1 bestselling drug on the planet!

Meditation for Beginners shows you the easiest and fastest way to learn to meditate like a pro—in as little as five minutes a day!

Here’s what you’ll learn in this short but powerful book:
How to get rid of overwhelming feelings, reduce stress, and face life’s biggest challenges in a more relaxed, positive, and cheerful manner
How to get back the energy and zest for life you had as a teenager
How to create more “mental space” so you can think more creatively and solve difficult problems in life with ease and grace
How to find your own inner balance so you can get what you want in life while letting go of the things that no longer serve you
Simple tips to develop a personal meditation practice which you can use anywhere and anytime to regain peace of mind and a sense of harmony in your relationships and your life

Reading two spiritually-themed books last month - the novel The Seekers' Garden by Isa Pearl Ritchie and self help guide Humanity's Cry For A Change by Kate Heartsong - revived my enthusiasm for learning to meditate properly so it seemed particularly apt timing when TCK Publishing offered me a review copy of Meditation For Beginners by Ntathu Allen. As Allen herself mentions in this book, 'when the student is ready, the teacher will appear' and that sentiment rang particularly true. Previously I have enjoyed meditating after a yoga class, but I wanted a way in which to also meditate without that hour-long lead-in. Surprisingly, Meditation For Beginners felt as though it was particularly tailored for this situation with Ntathu Allen understanding exactly the catch-22 of people needing meditation in order to gain calm in their hectic lives yet those selfsame lives being the reason meditation seems impossible!

I loved how Allen pitches Meditation For Beginners. Reading her words is calming in itself which put me into a great frame of mind to begin practice. I also realised that through the way in which I achieve mindfulness doing two of my favourite hobbies, walking and crochet, I have effectively already been meditating. Tapping into those mindsets helped immensely with my first few sitting still meditations so I'm immensely grateful to Allen for pointing out the link. Allen's reassuring observations on incorporating meditation into my daily routine without requiring specific equipment or settings, really struck a chord too. It's too early yet to say whether meditation will root itself fully this time, but I already feel far more confident in my practice than I have done in the past and, after a week, am still eagerly anticipating my meditation time rather than it beginning to feel like a burden.

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Friday, 29 October 2021

Chipper Makes Merry by Kimber Fox Morgan + #Giveaway

 

Join Us for This Tour From October 4 to October 29
 
Book Details:

Book Title Chipper Makes Merry by Kimber Fox Morgan
Category: Children's Fictions (Ages 3-7)
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher:  Simple Wonder Press, 34 pages
Release date:  October 2021
Content Rating:  Rated G - Suitable for All Ages
 
Book Description:

A "Mom's Choice Award Winner"!

Tip toe, tip toe, crackle, crunch!

​Chipper the Fox sneaks through the forest to spread cheer to his weary friends. Will his merry making be a success? Or will a smelly fish disaster and a log pile tumble ruin his plans?

“Chipper Makes Merry” takes you on Chipper’s arctic quest filled with lessons of love, kindness and determination.
 
 
 

Meet the Author:

Morgan is a fun wife, and imperfect mom of 3 crazy kiddos and 2 little lemon (problematic) dogs. She tries to live her strengths the best she can. She likes to say she is creative, not crafty. Morgan is a homemade Halloween costume type of mom. She lets her kids mix the play doh. She bakes fun birthday cakes (cutely, but far from perfection). She loves a homemade valentine and a school project. Chipper the Fox is an extension of Morgan's creative strength. Originally designed as character to create merry during the holiday season, Chipper has grown and developed into a story of determination and love.

connect with the author: website ~ instagram  ~ facebook
 
Tour Schedule:

Oct 4 –
Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 4 - Cheryl's Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Oct 4 - Working Mommy Journal - book review / giveaway
Oct 5 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Oct 5 - Sandra's Book Club – book review / giveaway
Oct 6 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 6 - Splashes of Joy  - book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 7 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Oct 7 - Bound 4 Escape - book review / giveaway
Oct 8 – Kam's Place – book review
Oct 12 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review
Oct 12 - The Book Review Crew - book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 13 – Older & Smarter? – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 13 - The Adventures of a Traveler's Wife - book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 14 – Wottaread – book spotlight / author interview
Oct 14 - Chit Chat with Charity - book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 15 – Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting - book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 18 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Oct 19 – Laura's Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 20 – Lisa's Reading – book review / giveaway
Oct 20 - icefairy's Treasure Chest - book review / giveaway
Oct 21 – jayme_reads – book review
Oct 21 - I'd Rather Be At The Beach - book review / giveaway
Oct 22 – Books for Books – book review
Oct 22 - Nighttime Reading Center - book review / giveaway
Oct 25 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 25 - Reading Authors Network - book review/ giveaway
Oct 26 – I'm Into Books – book review / giveaway
Oct 26 - Westveil Publishing - book review / giveaway
Oct 27 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
Oct 27 - Jazzy Book Reviews - book review / giveaway
Oct 28 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Oct 28 - Rajiv's Reviews - book review 
Oct 29 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 29 - @twilight_reader - book review 


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Thursday, 28 October 2021

A Bigger Picture by Vanessa Nakate


A Bigger Picture: My Fight to Bring a New African Voice to the Climate Crisis by Vanessa Nakate
Published by One Boat today, the 28th October 2021.

How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


In A Bigger Picture, Vanessa Nakate exposes the shortcomings of our global discussions around climate change, which consistently envisage the environmental crisis as a problem for future generations. Such an image is only possible through the erasure of the voices of people living in the Global South, where environmental disasters are already having a devastating impact on communities, and especially on women.

This is one of the great injustices of the climate crisis: those who have contributed the least to its creation are now suffering its consequences most severely. Despite this, people from the Global South – and people of colour from across the world – are often expunged from the picture of climate activism, as typified by Vanessa's own erasure from a press photograph at Davos in 2020. As she explains, 'we are on the front line, but we are not on the front page.'

Witnessing the destructive effects of global warming in her own community propelled Vanessa to become the first climate striker in Uganda at just twenty-one years old, despite risks to her personal safety. In this exceptional book, she traces the links between the climate crisis and anti-racism, feminism, economics and even extremist radicalization, revealing how our best hope of saving our planet is to work together across continents. 

In telling the inspiring personal story of how she found her voice, Vanessa shows readers that no matter your age, location or skin colour, you can be an effective activist.

In common with thousands of people around the world, I first heard of Vanessa Nakate and her climate activism when Associated Press cropped her out of a photograph of five young climate activists gathered at Davos, Switzerland. That that cynical obliteration actually resulted in a global amplification of her voice is perhaps ironic, but as Nakate so eloquently argues throughout A Bigger Picture, the climate emergency movement needs us all to listen to underrepresented Global South voices in order to truly understand the magnitude of the crisis being faced now. Western affluence still cushions us from climate change effects already devastating lives across Africa, Asia and Latin America, so the Global North wilfully overlooks their tragedies, still kidding ourselves that we have time to procrastinate, while activists such as Nakate can see clear evidence to the contrary within their countries and communities.

I was impressed with how Nakate presents realistic intersectional actions needed to avert a rapidly worsening climate crisis. Its magnitude often has me overwhelmed, but I appreciated the clarity of Nakate's explanations and the way in which she uses both personal and more remote examples to illustrate her arguments for change. This multifaceted approach of demonstrating, of speaking out and of coordinating physical projects allows her to speak convincingly from her own experience and I felt my enthusiasm for activism rising with each chapter I read. A Bigger Picture is both a very personal memoir and an excellent guide for other fledgling activists or all ages, abilities and confidence levels - that last being an attribute with which I could strongly empathise. 

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Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Behind Closed Doors by Catherine Alliott + Giveaway



 Join Us for This Tour:  October 12 to Nov 1, 2021

 
Book Details:

Book Title
Behind Closed Doors by Catherine Alliott
Category:  Adult Fiction 18+, 380 pages
GenreContemporary Romance
Publisher:  No Shooz Publishing
Release Date: October 2021
Tour dates: October 12 to November 1
Content Rating:  PG13 + M

 
Get ready to escape with the page-turning new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of A Cornish Summer

'Leaves you with a smile on your face and hope in your heart' MILLY JOHNSON

'Catherine Alliott at her very best' 5***** READER REVIEW

'Packed with fantastic characters, uncomfortable truths, and flashes of pure comedy. Who could ask for more?' JILL MANSELL


Book Description:

From the outside, anyone would think that Lucy Palmer has it all: loving children, a dashing husband and a gorgeous home.

But when her marriage to Michael comes to an abrupt and unexpected end, her life is turned upside down in a flash.

As the truth of her marriage threatens to surface, Lucy seizes the opportunity to swap her house in London - and the stories it hides - for a rural escape to her parents' farmhouse in the Chilterns.

But Lucy gets more than she bargained for when she moves back to her childhood home, especially when it throws her into the path of an old flame.

Coming face-to-face with her mistakes, Lucy is forced to confront the secrets she's been keeping from herself and those she loves.

​Is she ready to let someone in? Or will she leave the door to her past firmly closed . . .

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Meet the Author:
Catherine has sold over 3 million bestselling novels worldwide.

The first of these novels Catherine started under the desk when she worked as an advertising copywriter. She was duly fired. With time on her hands, she persevered with the novels, which happily flourished.

In the early days she produced a baby with each book - but after three - stuck to the writing as it was less painful.

She writes with her favorite pen in notebooks, either in the garden or on a sofa.

Home is a rural spot on the Hertfordshire border, which she shares with her family and a menagerie of horses, cows, chickens, and dogs, which at the last count totaled eighty-seven beating hearts, including her husband. Some of her household have walk-on parts in her novels, but only the chickens would probably recognize themselves.

​All her novels are published by Penguin Random House internationally, and by No Shooz Publishing in America.


Connect with the Author:  website ~ facebook

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Oct 12 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 12 - Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 12 - Cover Lover Book Review - book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 13 – @booking.with.janelle – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 14 – She Just Loves Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 15 - @twilight_reader - book spotlight
Oct 18 – Kam's Place – book spotlight
Oct 19 – Pick A Good Book – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 19 - Stephanie Jane - book spotlight
Oct 20 - The Pen and Muse Book Reviews - book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 21 – I'm Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 21 - Laura's Interests - book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 22 – Celticlady's Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 22 - Hall Ways Blog - book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 25 – Leels Loves Books – book spotlight
Oct 26 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 26 - Book Corner News and Reviews - book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 27 – The Page Ladies Book Club – book spotlight
Oct 27 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 28 – Sadie's Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 28 - Jazzy Book Reviews - book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 29 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 1 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 1 - Westveil Publishing - book spotlight / giveaway

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Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Blue by L.E. DeLano + Giveaway + Excerpt

Blue
L.E. DeLano
Publication date: October 26th 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

When Blue Mancini’s mother picked her name, it ended up being a self-fulfilling prophecy.

A year ago, Blue’s brother, Jack, was involved in a car accident that killed the father of her classmate, Maya Rodriguez. Luckily for Jack, he got out of a manslaughter charge and into a plea bargain thanks to the top-notch lawyer hired by Blue’s wealthy parents.

The fallout is now affecting Blue as Maya returns to school determined to carve out a pound of flesh from the only member of the Mancini family she can reach. On top of that, Blue has a demanding mother, a father who’s never around, a drama-addicted best friend, and a secretive new guy who’s determined to make Blue his own personal cheer-up project. It’s a perfect storm of misery.

When Maya’s social media taunts and in-person digs finally push Blue to retaliate, they find themselves in afterschool detention and forced into a project meant to foster cooperation and civility. As the layers of their tangled drama unravel, Blue learns more about Maya’s life—and her own sense of privilege—when secrets are revealed that cast a new perspective on everything in Blue’s world.

EXCERPT:

My stomach tightens so hard I feel like I’m going to puke. I glance at my phone again, and the texts from last night are still there.

Maya’s back at school

my mom saw her mom at Target


Maya is back

did u see her pic on IG

 

Did you hear about Maya?

 

I shove the phone back down in the pocket of my coat and I blow on my fingers to get them warm. I should have remembered my gloves but the whole morning is a blur and I had to get out of my house and now I’m sitting in my car in the cold and I can’t bring myself to turn the key in the ignition.

The phone comes out again. I have got to get a grip on myself. I know better, but I open up Instagram and find her picture. She looks good. Well, better than the last time I saw her, which wasn’t a great time for her. Or me.

Last night, I stayed up trying not to obsess about this and nursing a throbbing hand—which makes me tired and wishing more than anything I could go back to bed and forget the rest of this semester. I’m going to be late for school if I don’t get it together. The phone drops from my hand when a fist slams repeatedly into my window, scaring the hell out of me.

“Jules!” I shriek. “What the—”

“Got tired of waiting,” she says, opening the door and sliding into the passenger seat. “You better get moving or we’ve got another unexcused tardy.”

I suppose it’s a good thing she lives four houses down, but right now I wish she lived in a neighboring town and took the bus.

“Let’s go.” I stuff my phone down into my coat pocket, trying to ignore the way it’s vibrating again. Jules’s eyes drop down, having heard it.

“So is everybody all up in your business?”

“Oh God,” I moan. “All day yesterday and still going this morning. This is such a non-event. It really is.”

“Did you see her pic?”

“Yeah, but I don’t think that was meant for me.”

Jules raises her brows. “You don’t?”

“Nah,” I say with what I hope is a careless shrug.

“Back at Audubon and nobody’s gonna keep me down,” Jules reads aloud while looking at her phone. Obviously, she had the picture open. Maya, in her bedroom, wearing a blue hoodie and smiling, both thumbs up. Her hair is longer now and she looks really pretty.

“I think she means more like, the world in general isn’t going to keep her down,” I tell her.

“I guess,” Jules agrees, only she doesn’t sound like she agrees even a little bit. “Lauren says Maya’s got Poly Sci third block with Jones.”

“Well then,” I force a smile as I start the car. “I guess we’ll find out if my theory is right.”

“She better not think she can start something.”

“Jules.” I give her a look. “Drop it, okay? I mean, she and I barely know each other.”

“I don’t think that’s true anymore.”

“No, it’s still true.” I reverse out of the driveway so fast, Jules rocks sideways in her seat.

“Whoa! Don’t go psycho on me! I’m just sayin’!”

“And I’m just saying; drop it. I’ve got enough of a feeding frenzy going on around me without you hopping on the boat, too.”

“You really don’t think that pic was meant for you?”

I stomp the brake just as we’re moving forward, and Jules rocks in the seat again.

“You honestly think I’m trying to keep Maya down? Like I don’t want her to succeed? In spite of—in spite of everything?”

Jules holds up her hands, finally realizing, I guess, that my nerves are a jangling, dangling mess.

“I’m not busting on you. I’m on your side, remember?”

“There aren’t any sides here,” I remind her with a sigh. “Not for Maya, or for me. Neither one of us had a thing to do with it.”

“Yeah, but dude—your brother killed her Dad.”

I put the car in gear and drive.


Author Bio:

L.E. DeLano comes equipped with a “useless” Theatre degree that has opened doors for her in numerous ways. Though mostly raised in New Mexico, she now lives in Pennsylvania with two adventurous kids and two ridiculous cats. When she’s not writing (which is almost never), she’s binge-watching Netflix and planning road trips.

Her debut novel, TRAVELER was selected as a Keystone To Reading Secondary Book Award finalist for school year 2018-19 by the Keystone State Reading Association (KSRA) and also voted one of The 20 Most Beautiful Books in the World for 2017 by MTV UK.

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Monday, 25 October 2021

Black Canvas by Laura Rossi + Giveaway + Excerpt

Black Canvas
Laura Rossi
Publication date: February 14th 2021
Genres: Adult, Dark Romance, Psychological Thriller, Suspense

“I dream of waking up and being someone else—my hair, my eyes, even my voice, completely different—and each time I go to the mirror to check my reflection, to see what I look like, I’m her. Every time. Her. It’s her reflection that stares back at me, but I’m the one who controls it. I’m in control, and that’s exactly why it feels so good. I control her and what happens to me; I control both lives—mine and hers—and I have what I want the most: her looks, her status, her marriage. There’s nothing left of me, and only I know the secret. Only I know it’s me inside, it’s me under that perfect porcelain skin, it’s me behind those sweet, smart deep brown eyes.
And I have him. He’s mine—just mine now. I’m not the other woman anymore. I’m everything he needs.”

“A story of mystery and intrigue weaved together with prose so delectable, so sublime. A must-read. A masterpiece. A thrill.”
Eleanor Lloyd-Jones

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EXCERPT:

“I dream of waking up and being someone else—my hair, my eyes, even my voice, completely different—and each time I go to the mirror to check my reflection, to see what I look like, I’m her. Every time. Her. It’s her reflection that stares back at me, but I’m the one who controls it. I’m in control, and that’s exactly why it feels so good. I control her and what happens to me; I control both lives—mine and hers—and I have what I want the most: her looks, her status, her marriage. There’s nothing left of me, and only I know the secret. Only I know it’s me inside, it’s me under that perfect porcelain skin, it’s me behind those sweet, smart deep brown eyes.

And I have him. He’s mine—just mine now. I’m not the other woman anymore. I’m everything he needs. I can be both the wife and the whore. I’m a better version of myself and a better version of Miss Perfection.

But most importantly I have control.

I’ve never had control.

Then, my eyes open to the real world—right when he’s kissing me in the dream, before he can tell me I’m the love of his life and that he only thinks of me.

I wonder if he lies to her like he lies to me every time we see each other. Does he tell her he loves her? And why? Why does he love her?

She does nothing for him, besides being her.

‘I love you for what you do for me’

Those are his words of love for me. In the moment, they mean everything, but they don’t stay long. They vanish with him—with my dream.

I’m jealous of what he says to her; I hate the way he looks at her.

No secret meetings, no hiding, no masks to disguise ourselves… Everything is out in the open in my dream. I wonder what that would feel like, to live our love out in the open.

Before I wake up completely, I feel this resentment; the rage resurfaces.

Would he be mine if it weren’t for her? Would he have married me, if it weren’t for her? I start to lose control again. I want what she has. I want him.

I open my eyes and stare at the ceiling for a few minutes. I have no reason to get out of bed so early. I’m alone, and I spend the first moments of my day—of each single day of my life—wondering if he’s sleeping close to her, if he’s breathing her scent… Wondering if and when he’ll call me.

I have no control. He decides. He sets up our meetings. He tells me where and when. My role is to be there on time and the way he wants it. Possibly naked.

It’s only when I get his text that I have the incentive to get up. It changes my day. I work around our meeting, I do what I have to do and I hope time flies to the moment when I’ll see him again.

My whole existence revolves around him.

And is focused on how I can be more like her.

I would do anything, anything, Doctor. Anything to be her.”


Author Bio:

My name is Laura and I am dreamer, the kind that walks around all day and likes to go back and forth, from the real world to her own little world.

I have two kids and a fantastic partner. We work together in our little shop in Italy, near the beach.

When I am not busy working or being a mommy, I like to fantasize about new characters and new stories I'd like to write.

Counterpoints is my first book.

Follow the story @laurarossiauthor on facebook

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Sunday, 24 October 2021

Actores by Sylvain Magilaner González


Actores by Sylvain Magilaner González
Self published in August 2019.


How I got this book:
Bought the ebook via Etsy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Actores, l'amour sans souffrance animale
Tome un

Dans un futur proche, partez à l'aventure et découvrez un monde nouveau, où les animaux et les humains ont appris à vivre ensemble.
Les animaux vont enfin pouvoir jouer leur vrai rôle, d'être des anges de l'amour.

Actores est le premier livre de la collection : Les animaux sont nos amis.
C'est une histoire tout public, dès l'âge de huit ans.
Bientôt diponible en livre.

Les animaux sont nos amis est un projet d'édition écologique, végan, et libre d'influence. Qui apprend à respecter l'environnement, et à protéger les êtres vivants sous toutes leurs formes.
C'est un projet fiancé par l'auteur, sa famille, et ceux qui souhaitent lire des œuvres libres et indépendantes. 

Actores is the first volume of a series about a future world in which animals and humans live side by side as equals. I chose to read it for its vegan message and vegan author, and also to practice my French language skills. Actores is intended for children aged 8 years and above, however its vocabulary and prose complexity was just about on the limit of my French knowledge so it was a satisfying story to read - challenging, but not insurmountably so. I enjoyed discovering the world as Gonzàlez imagines it and could envisage the town at the base of its two hills. I did sometimes struggle with understanding exactly where the story was headed, but this could be due to my inexpert language comprehension. Actores starts slowly, but once it gets into gear the story was quite exciting and I liked the intrigue of the dream sequences at the start of each chapter. I developed an idea of what these might be about and, as it turned out, I wasn't too far from the truth. I don't know that I will rush into the second book in the series, Fleur-salée, but I have it bookmarked for future reading.

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Saturday, 23 October 2021

The Dust Never Settles by Karina Lickorish Quinn


The Dust Never Settles by Karina Lickorish Quinn
Published by OneWorld on the 7th October 2021.

How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


'I have seen ghosts. They will not rest. The whispers of the past are all around...'

Anaïs Echeverría left Peru, the country where she grew up, many years ago. She has built a new life for herself in London: engaged and pregnant, she dares to believe that she has left the ghosts of her family's past behind.

But now she must return to Lima to sell her ancestral home, the notorious yellow house that looms over the sprawling city below. Concealed within its walls are spectres from the past that demand her attention, remnants of the injustices on which both her country and her house were built. 

The Dust Never Settles sweeps from the bustling beaches and teeming salsa halls of contemporary Lima to the rise and fall of the Inca empire; from vengeful Andean gods, to fishermen crammed into local ceviche bars and a civil war that will devastate the nation. Hauntingly beautiful, effortlessly poetic and epic in scope, it is the story of Anaïs's uneasy homecoming, and a reckoning with secrets that refuse to stay buried.

If, like me, you are a fan of South American magical realism novels then The Dust Never Settles by Karina Lickorish Quinn is an absolute must-read. I was glued to its pages from the first to the last and am still struggling to believe that such an accomplished creation is Quinn's debut. I adored the idea of the perpetually mutating Lima house, the ancestral home of the Echeverrìa family, where our protagonist, Anaïs, either finds or completely loses herself. I'm still not entirely sure which is more appropriate.

Quinn intertwines Anaïs' story with that of a former Echeverrìa maid, Julia, who died under unfortunate circumstances, but was resurrected as a saint. In following these two women through mystical, magical experiences and over several centuries of Peruvian history I was frequently in awe of the incredible scenarios Quinn imagines and I loved the fantastic characters who people her tale from Anaïs' self-involved Mother to terribly-English Rupert, the abandoned two-headed cat, Inki-Killa, to young Anaïs herself - a child who spent her early years surrounded by her family's ghosts.

Story threads weave around each other, turning back on themselves and linking at wonderfully surprising moments which, I know, sounds like it would make for a confusing read, but I found reading this whole novel to be a wonderfully immersive experience. The Dust Never Settles reminded me of novels such as Where the Bird Sings Best by Alejandro Jodorowsky and One Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez with hints of The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan. If any of those novels are among your favourites too then I'm pretty confident you'll love The Dust Never Settles as much as I did.


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Friday, 22 October 2021

The Keepers by Joy Lynn Goddard + Giveaway

 

Join Us for This Tour from October 12 to October 25, 2021
 

Book Details:

Book TitleThe Keepers by Joy Lynn Goddard
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  379 pages
GenreA Family Saga crisscrossing Mystery, Romance and Suspense genres. (Upmarket fiction)
Publisher:  Joy Lynn Goddard
Release date:   June 2021
Tour dates: October 12 to October 25, 2021
Content RatingPG-13 + M:

Author's Note: Children's mental health is a growing concern in today's schools. Often kids suffer in silence because of the stigma attached to their mental health needs. Mental health organizations such as the Canadian Mental Health Association work hard to change this mindset. It can't come soon enough. As a teacher, I worked with troubled teens and saw firsthand the devastating effects of their silence. With this in mind, I began writing The Keepers, for if I could help just one "Alexandre" find his voice, my efforts would be well worth it.
There are a few mature scenes and some bad language here and there, reflective of a character coming-of-age. 

 

Book Description:

Despite struggling to raise a troubled teenage son on her own, Beth Marshall has no intention of selling her beloved vineyard and moving to the city where her ex-boyfriend awaits with open arms. She has strong ties to the land, where she is happy living with her granddad and aunt in the old farmhouse, so when she gets an offer to sell her property, she turns it down. Meanwhile, a writer recovering from a shattering past moves into the guest house, tugging at her heart. She's not going anywhere.

But after her granddad discovers a dead body in their shed, Beth fights jail time. She can't imagine a worse nightmare until she gets a call in the middle of the night with shocking news about her son!

Buy the Book:
Amazon.com ~ Amazon UK
add to goodreads


Meet the Authors:

Joy Lynn Goddard teamed up with husband Daniel Pike to write contemporary adult fiction. Their first and second novels, Moonshadow and The Keepers, have global appeal and won Canada Book Awards. Besides novels, they wrote Buyers, Liars, Sellers and Yellers, a collection of humorous short stories about the real estate industry. Although she is well known for her young adult and junior fiction—starting with the award-winning Daredevils and including Hello, my name is Emily, Charlie's Song, Jazz, When Pigs Fly, and Mrs. Maloney's Garden—her adult novels are quickly attracting attention. Each book involves romance, mystery, and suspense genres.

Joy and Dan divide their time between Guelph and Belleville, Ontario, where they spend time with family when not working on their next book.

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Tour Schedule:

Oct 12 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 13 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 13 - Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 14 - Books for Books - book spotlight
Oct 15 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 18 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 19 – Sadie's Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 20 – Kam's Place – book spotlight
Oct 20 - Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 21 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 21 - Celticlady's Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 22 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 22 -
Book Corner News and Reviews - book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 25 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / giveaway
 
Enter the Giveaway:

Win an ebook copy of Joy Lynn Goddard's THE KEEPERS (choice of mobi/epub/pdf) (five winners/USA or Canada) (ends Nov 1)

THE KEEPERS by Joy Lynn Goddard Book Tour Giveaway


 

 

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Thursday, 21 October 2021

Awake With The Songbirds by Kyrian Lyndon + Giveaway

Join Us for This Tour from October 12 to October 25, 2021
 
Book Details:

Book TitleAwake with the Songbirds - Poems from the Pandemic by Kyrian Lyndon
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  172 pages
Genre:  Poetry
Publisher:  Independently Published
Release date:   July 18, 2021
Content RatingPG + M. The book does allude to suicide in one poem and discusses grief and depression in some of the others. There may one or two words of profanity

“She has the ability to convey to the reader some of the most complex thoughts into words that truly reach our hearts.” — Love Books

“Her lyric voice speaks with careful observation and passion. In the narrative mode, she is masterful in reading life around her. Kyrian possesses the sensitivity, insight, and soul of the true poet. Her writing provides a primer on how to compose meaningful poetry. — Lou Jones


Book Description:

This collection consists primarily of poems written during the COVID-19 pandemic, a time of loneliness and rumination.

Lyndon’s poetry stems from intense emotions that swing from one end of the pendulum to the other as she captures the agony of love and loss, along with innocent joy and lighthearted fun.

Each poem is an earnest response to life, love, and everything in between.

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Amazon.com ~ Amazon UK
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Meet the Author:

Kyrian Lyndon is the author of Shattering Truths, the first book in her Deadly Veils series. She has also published three poetry collections, A Dark Rose Blooms, Remnants of Severed Chains, and Awake with the Songbirds – Poems from the Pandemic. Kyrian began writing short stories and fairy tales when she was just eight years old. In her adolescence, she moved on to poetry. At sixteen, while working as an editor for her high school newspaper, she wrote her first novel, and then completed two more novels at the ages of nineteen and twenty-five.

She is forthcoming about being a person with many years of recovery, as well as a trauma survivor. Throughout her journeys, she expressed her thoughts through poetry, embracing every challenge to triumph over adversity. In her conviction that learning, growing, healing, and evolving is a never-ending process, she remains as grateful for the dark days as she is for every flicker of hope and light. She considers herself a cheerleader for those trudging on against all odds in the hopes of living their dreams.

Born and raised in Woodside, Queens, New York, Kyrian was the middle of three daughters born to immigrants --her father from Campochiaro, Italy; her mother from Havana, Cuba. She has worked primarily in executive-level administrative positions with major New York publishing companies.

Kyrian loves nineteenth-century British literature, parallel universe fiction, and dark romanticism. She also enjoys music, art, history, fitness, and cooking.


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Tour Schedule:

Oct 12 –
Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 12 - Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 12 - Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 13 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 14 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 14 - Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 15 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 18 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 19 – Sadie's Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 19 -
Books for Books - book spotlight
Oct 20 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight /giveaway
Oct 21 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 22 – Kam's Place – book spotlight
Oct 25 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 25 -
Book Corner News and Reviews - book spotlight / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

Win a $25 Amazon gift card or 1 of 3 print copies of Awake With The Songbirds. Open to the USA only until the 1st November.

AWAKE WITH THE SONGBIRDS Spotlight Book Tour Giveaway

 


 

 

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