28 Mar 2015

#AtoZChallenge Blogs I'm Most Looking Forward to Reading

I'm in a terrific mood today, because not only is it one of those rare Saturdays where I have no plans (this is good news for introverts like myself) but it's also the start of my two week long Easter holidays. This means I now have lots of time to engage in my favourite hobbies-reading, writing and blogging-and this makes me very happy indeed. The lovely, long lie-ins also help :)

Anyway, I've spent most of today trawling through the list of blogs that signed up for the A-Z Challenge theme reveal, bookmarking ones that seemed interesting or had a theme that appealed to me. I didn't manage to get to all the blogs (there are 544 on the list), but I did have a look at about 250 of them, so that's not bad! I'm sorry I didn't have a chance to leave any comments, but I do plan on visiting some of those blogs during the challenge to say 'Hi'.

Here is a 'shortlist' of some of the blogs I'm really looking forward to visiting during the challenge:

27 Mar 2015

Discussion: What is the most important aspect of writing that you would want to be preserved from one language to another?

Have you ever read a book that was translated from another language? If you've read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Anna Karenina, Battle Royale, Inkheart or any of these popular books, then the answer is yes. Many of us will have come across a translated novel at some point in our lives, especially during high school English class, as many of these works are considered 'classics'. Some of the best books ever written were first published in a language other than English.

Smartling, a company that translates websites into many other languages, invited me to imagine that my favourite piece of literature was translated into another language. They asked me to consider how the language of the piece brings the story to life and what is the most important aspect I would like to remain consistent between languages.

Book Blitz: Orenda by Ruth Silver, with excerpt, writing tips from the author and a giveaway!

Today I'm spreading the word about the YA fantasy novel Orenda by Ruth Silver, which was released in December. Fans of both fantasy and sci-fi are sure to love this exciting adventure, featuring parallel universes, magical creatures and a sword-wielding heroine.

For a limited time, Orenda is FREE from both Amazon and iTunes! Keep reading to discover the synopsis, read an excerpt, find out Ruth Silver's tips for new writers and enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card!

23 Mar 2015

Trailer Reveal: Ignite the Shadows by Ingrid Seymour- plus giveaway!

Today I can finally share with you the trailer for the YA sci-fi/urban fantasy novel Ignite the Shadows by Ingrid Seymour, coming from HarperVoyager on April 23rd 2015.

Keep reading to discover the synopsis, watch the trailer and enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card!

The Great and Powerful A-Z Theme Reveal #AtoZChallenge

It's finally time for the Great and Powerful A-Z Theme Reveal Blogfest, in which bloggers share their themes for the upcoming A-Z Blogging Challenge and give their readers a hint of what to expect from it.

Keep reading to find out more about the A-Z Challenge and discover what my theme for this year will be!

20 Mar 2015

Book Blitz: Impervious by Heather Letto, with excerpt and giveaways!

Today I'm taking part in the blitz for the YA dystopian novel Impervious by Heather Letto.
Keep reading to discover the synopsis, read an excerpt and enter the giveaways to win ebook and signed copies of Impervious and a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

18 Mar 2015

Book Blitz: Numbers Game by Rebecca Rode with author Q & A and giveaways!

Today I'm excited to be taking part in the blog tour for the YA dystopian novel Numbers Game by Rebecca Rode.

Keep reading to discover the synopsis, read a Q & A with the author and enter the giveaways for a chance to win a Kindle fire and an ebook copy of Numbers Game!

14 Mar 2015

Book Blitz: Elevated by Daniel Solomon Kaplan with giveaway!

Today it's time for a book blitz! My fellow book bloggers and I are spreading the word about the YA science fiction novel Elevated by Daniel Solomon Kaplan.

Keep reading to discover the synopsis, read an excerpt and enter the giveaway for the chance to win an eBook copy!

5 Mar 2015

World Book Day 2015 #worldbookday

Happy World Book Day! There are lots of fun activities going on all over the world today, including school children dressing up as their favourite characters, a whole host of competitions and authors talking about their favourite books of all time. 

Of course I enjoy reading and talking about books all year round, but today is a great chance to celebrate just how awesome they are and the impact they've had on my life. I'll be sharing my first memories of reading and a list of reasons why books are amazing, as well as a very embarrassing photo from World Book Day in the 1990s.

But first, here's the low-down on some of the main events and ways you can get involved: 

26 Feb 2015

Trailer Reveal: I Heart Robot #Iheartrobot

Today I'm excited to be bringing you the first look at the trailer for I Heart Robot by Suzanne van Rooyen. I Heart Robot is a YA sci-fi romance novel, due to be published on 31st March 2015 by Month9Books.

Keep reading to discover the synopsis and watch the trailer!

12 Feb 2015

Blog Tour: The Family Portrait Series by Gillian Felix, with excerpts, guest post and giveaway!

Today I'm pleased to be promoting the Family Portrait series by Gillian Felix. The fourth book in the series, Perfect Escape, was published on December 12th by Plain Talk Book Marketing and is available to buy now from Amazon, iTunes and Barnes & Noble.

Keep reading to discover the synopses, excerpts from each book and a guest post from the author. You can also enter the giveaway to win a digital copy of Perfect Escape, a Friend Sentiment wallet and a pair of JVC Gumy headphones!

31 Jan 2015

Poll: Help Me Choose a New Name for my Business!

Hi all, today I'm looking for a bit of help and inspiration. I've decided to invest some more time and money into my writing, editing and design business and am trying to come up with a new business name. I'd like a name that reflects the variety of services I provide, which include proofreading, copy-editing, graphics and web design. I've narrowed it down to the following names, which are all currently available in the UK and as domain names.

I'd really appreciate it if you could take the time to vote for your favourite below. If you have any alternative ideas, please post them in the comments.

Thanks! I'll let you know soon which one I choose, and then I'll start redesigning my website. Stay tuned!

17 Jan 2015

The Body Electric Tour with Review and Giveaway!

Today I'm absolutely thrilled and honoured to be hosting a tour stop for one of my favourite contemporary authors-the one and only Beth Revis! I first discovered Revis back in 2013. I'd heard a lot of great things about her Across the Universe series, and when I read the trilogy I wasn't disappointed. The final instalment, Shades of Earth, was my favourite read of 2014. So you can imagine how excited I was when I heard she was releasing another sci-fi novel, The Body Electric!   

Keep reading to discover the synopsis, read my review and enter the giveaway for a chance to win the complete signed trilogy of the Across the Universe series, a signed copy of The Body Electric and an Across the Universe branded water bottle! 

4 Jan 2015

Yearly Wrap-Up: 2014

So another year has flown by, and it's time to reflect on the best and worst bits, as well as what I achieved during 2014. Check out the 2014 End of the Year Book Survey to find out all about my favourite books from last year and have a look at my 2015 Reading List and Challenges to see what I'm planning to read in the year to come.

This year was probably the best year of my life (so far) as it was the year in which I married my best friend, started a new job and went on honeymoon to Tenerife.
Keep reading to find out more about my year.

3 Jan 2015

Stacking the Shelves (8) Christmas Haul 2014

Today I'm taking part in a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! If you'd like to take part please visit the launch page and sign up with the linky on Tynga's latest post.