30 Sep 2014

Ice Massacre Blitz with Excerpt and Giveaway


Today I'm taking part in a blitz for Ice Massacre by Tiana Warner, a YA Fantasy novel which was released on September 18th. Amazingly, the kindle edition of Ice Massacre is FREE to download from Amazon during the blitz!

Keep reading to discover the synopsis, learn about the author, read an excerpt from the book and enter the giveaway to win a signed copy!

29 Sep 2014

The Sending Blog Tour + Excerpt and Giveaway


sending tour

You may remember that earlier this month I took part in The Sending Book Blast. Well today I'm hosting one of the stops on the blog tour. You can find the tour schedule here.

The Sending is a YA fantasy/paranormal novel from author Jandy Salguero. Keep reading to discover the synopsis, an excerpt from the book, author info and giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash!



28 Sep 2014

Cover Characteristic (25) Stilettos

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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 Stilettos.







27 Sep 2014

Banned Books Week: Which Outlawed Books have you Read?

As you may have heard, this week is Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It's about celebrating the books that have been challenged, restricted and outright forbidden in some parts of the world.

According to the American Library Association, more than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. A challenge is an attempt to ban or restrict materials based upon the objections of a person or group. When books are banned, they are removed from libraries and schools and people's access to them is restricted, so it's a type of censorship. Books have been challenged or banned for all sorts of reasons, including their sexual or violent content and religious or political messages.


23 Sep 2014

Book Blitz: Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper by J.L Bryan with Guest Post & Giveaway!



Today I'm taking part in a book blitz for the adult horror/paranormal novel Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper by J.L Bryan, which was released on September 19th.

Read on to discover the synopsis, read a guest post from the author and enter a giveaway to win an ebook copy of the novel!

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.