21 Sep 2014

Cover Characteristic (24) Sunglasses

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Today I'm joining in with the Cover Characteristic meme hosted by Sugar and Snark. Every week the author chooses a theme and you have to pick five of your favourite book covers featuring that object.

Today's cover characteristic is Sunglasses.







18 Sep 2014

Cat Thursday (3) Sleepy Cats

Cat Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The True Book Addict that celebrates the beauty, wonder and hilarity of cats! The idea is to share funny or cute cat pictures and videos that you may have come across, or even pics of your own beloved kitties. Hop on over to The True Book Addict to sign up with the Mr Linky if you're taking part.

There are few things cuter than a cat curled up and sleeping peacefully. They can sleep all day if left to their own devices, and often in the strangest places and positions. Check out this gallery of entries for a competition to find Britain's cutest sleeping cats.

And here are some sleepy cats belonging to me and my friends and family:

14 Sep 2014

Bloggiesta To-Do List Sept 2014



I took part in the Bloggiesta back in January and really enjoyed it. Now it's nearly time for the Bloggiesta again, it's coming up on Thursday 18th September.

 For those that haven't heard of it, here is the blurb from the site:

In short, Bloggiesta is a blogging marathon revolving around ticking off those items on your to-do list and improving your blog while in the good company of other awesome bloggers doing the same thing. Our awesome mascot Pedro (Plan. Edit. Develop. Review. Organize) is ready to break out the nachos, enchiladas, drinks, mariachi music and whack a pinata or two! It’s nothing short of an awesome fiesta!
You can sign up here with the linky all this week and write your own sign-up post with your to-do list.

Most bloggers use the Bloggiesta as a chance to catch up with little jobs they've been putting off like fixing their layout or organising their labels. There are sample to-do lists available as well as mini challenges. Here are the past mini challenges, but the new list will go live on Wednesday 17th September.

Click Me Quick (10)


Today it's time for 'Click me Quick'- a feature where I share the blog posts, web articles and videos that have uplifted, interested or inspired me over the past week.

This week I've found the following gems for those interested in books, art and creative writing:




Cover Characteristic (23) Swimwear

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Today I'm joining in with the Cover Characteristic meme hosted by Sugar and Snark. Every week the author chooses a theme and you have to pick five of your favourite book covers featuring that object.

Today's cover characteristic is Swimwear.







Life's a Beach Contest

Author Laurie Larson is hosting the Life's a Beach Contest contest with a fantastic prize pack that includes paperback copies of her novels Roadtrip to Redemption and Tide to Atonement, as well as a choice of two shell necklaces-gold or silver.

To enter, all you have to do is post a picture of your favourite beach, along with the name of the beach and location and post the link on Laurie's blog, Facebook page or Twitter. Include your name and email address or Facebook page/Twitter name so you can be contacted if you win. The contest is open until 9th September.

Here's my entry:

I couldn't narrow it down to just one beach so I've decided to share two of my favourites-one from abroad and one from my home country-sunny England!

Playa de San Juan, Tenerife [© A V Brown, 2014]

#Tackle TBR Day 7 Update & Book Cover Opposites Challenge


Today is Day 7 of the Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon hosted by Wishful Endings. The idea is to challenge yourself to catch up with finishing as many books on your reading list as possible over the two weeks from 8th-20th September.

There will be a giveaway for all read-a-thon participants. If you'd like to join in, you can sign up here and follow the hashtag #TackleTBR on Twitter for updates.





12 Sep 2014

Feature and Follow Friday (3) Before Book Blogging

It's time for Feature and Follow Friday again, a meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The idea is to make friends and gain new followers, as well as discovering some awesome new blogs to follow yourself.

To take part, all you have to do is sign up on the linky below then create a blog post linking back to the host's post. Then visit as many other blogs on the linky as you can to introduce yourself and follow them, remembering to follow back anyone that follows you!



Cover Reveal: To Make a Witch by Heather Hamilton-Senter



Welcome to the cover reveal for To Make a Witch (Sword of Elements #1.5)  by Heather Hamilton-Senter! This YA Fantasy novella will be released on October 1st 2014.

Here's a little about the book:

Synopsis

At her old school, Lacey found herself on the wrong side of a conflict between Celtic gods. Making a new start in an exclusive boarding school in New Orleans, she hopes to forget that she was once on the verge of becoming a powerful witch—and everything she has lost since then.

When a gruesome murder occurs in the very heart of Westover Academy, Lacey senses a connection between it and the desecration of the tomb of Marie Laveau, the Voodoo queen. Haunted by a trauma in her past and the resulting OCD, Lacey must solve the mystery before she becomes the killer’s next target.

Circumstances beyond her control may once again make Lacey McInnis—cheerleader, scholar, and all-around good girl—a witch.

Be sure to add To Make a Witch to your Goodreads 'to read' shelf!

Ready to see the cover? Click on 'read more' for the big reveal!

11 Sep 2014

Cat Thursday (2) Cats Sitting in Strange Places

Cat Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The True Book Addict that celebrates the beauty, wonder and hilarity of cats! The idea is to share funny or cute cat pictures and videos that you may have come across, or even pics of your own beloved kitties. Hop on over to The True Book Addict to sign up with the Mr Linky if you're taking part.

Cats love to sit in strange places-on cars, inside boxes and on high shelves. They seem to squash themselves into the smallest spaces imaginable and don't always look very comfy. Check out these funny pictures: If it Fits, I Sits. Below are some pictures of my cat and my mum's sitting in some odd places.


9 Sep 2014

Phobic Book Blitz + $15 Amazon Gift Card and Ebook Giveaway!



 Welcome to the Book Blitz for Phobic (The Forbidden Doors #1) by Cortney Pearson! Phobic is a new Young Adult horror novel which was published on September 8th.

Keep reading to discover the synopsis, find out about the author, read a guest post and enter giveaways for a $15 Amazon gift card and an ebook of Phobic!

7 Sep 2014

The Sending Book Blast + $50 Giveaway!

Today I'm very excited to introduce you to The Sending, a YA dystopian novel by Jandy Salguero.

About the Book


The Sending
A city's peace is shattered when two university students go missing, and only Daneel and his friends know the shocking truth of what happened. Finding themselves under attack, Daneel leads them in a race to escape the mounting violence.

Mara is willing to kill for the beliefs of the faction that raised her. But as she seeks out her mark, using a rare, mystical form of travel known as the Sending, Mara discovers a powerful connection that challenges the truth of everything she’s been taught.

While Daneel fights to protect those he cares for, Mara must choose whether to cling to the ideology of her home—or open her scarred heart to a searing attraction and the promise of a new life.


Praise for The Sending

The Sending reads like a dystopian Romeo and Juliet where strong, full characters from very different places inevitably collide with passion and conflict. Salguero fills a fresh, vibrant world with a nerve-tingling fast plot. Prepare to be immersed.

~Tamara Ward, author of Hidden Betrayal

The Sending is a thrilling, fast-paced, science fiction-romance that's impossible to put down. Edge-of-your-seat action scenes, and a romantic attraction so intense that it will make you want to turn down the air conditioning, The Sending is a great read that left me hungry for more. I loved this book!

~Sterling R. Walker, author of The Orphan Ship


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Keep reading to discover an excerpt from the book, author info and giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash!

6 Sep 2014

Stacking the Shelves (6)

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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.

4 Sep 2014

Cat Thursday (1) Cute Vids and Pics

Cat Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The True Book Addict that celebrates the beauty, wonder and hilarity of cats! The idea is to share funny or cute cat pictures and videos that you may have come across, or even pics of your own beloved kitties. Hop on over to The True Book Addict to sign up with the Mr Linky if you're taking part. 




2 Sep 2014

Monthly Wrap-Up August 2014

I normally forget to do these monthly wrap-up posts, but I thought I'd better get into the habit again. I'm on a bit of a blogging roll recently and hopefully the momentum will last.

Monthly wrap-up is an opportunity to reflect on the month that's just passed and what I've achieved and review my goal's for next month.

August really flew by because I was off work-it only seemed to last about a week! But never mind, I still managed to get a few things done in that time.