Thursday, 18 October 2018

Dead End - Blog Tour Extract


BLOG TOUR ALERT! And it's a genre that I enjoy and wish I could spend more time in - crime. I love a good crime, so when I was asked if I wanted to be involved in this blog tour, I jumped at the chance!

Dead End is the third DI Kelly Porter novel - following Dark Game and Deep Fear - by Rachel Lynch and follows DI Kelly Porter as two cases come crashing together. When the seventh Earl of Lowesdale is found hanging at Wasdale Hall, people assume that he decided to end his life. But when the coroner finds signs of possible fowl play, DI Kelly Porter is assigned to find the truth.

Meanwhile, two hikers have gone missing and Kelly is assigned to lead the search. But as she begins to dig, she discovers possible ties to two other unsolved disappearances and turns into a race against the clock. But when the two cases slowly begins to lead back to Wasdale Hall and with Kelly's own family secrets coming into the light, it becomes more important to discover the truth, no matter the cost...

Doesn't that sound good and slightly messed-up?!

Now, as part of my stop, I have a small extract for you! There is some bad language as this is an adult crime novel but, hopefully, you guys will love it!

Before I hand it over to Dead End, I want to thank Ellie from Canelo for asking me to be involved in this tour! And now, over the extract!

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag

It’s rare I do tags. I know. But I saw this somewhere on Twitter - I think it was from Fantastic Book Dragon - and when I saw it, I thought it would be nice to try and do this and dip my toe into tags again and to get into the Halloween spirit. Yes, I like Halloween in theory but in real life, I kinda suck at it. 

So, answer seven questions linked to the seven deadly sins. Should be easy, right?… right? (and before I go on, I tried to find put who created this but I didn’t. So, if you created this, thank you!). And am not going to Tag anyone - if you want to do this, please do! It was weirdly fun to do! 

So, let’s get started… 

Friday, 5 October 2018

Book Review - Time's Convert

  • Title And Author: Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness
  • Publisher: Headline
  • Physical, eBook or Audiobook: Physical
  • Bought, Borrowed or Gifted: Gifted by publisher in exchange for an honest review
  • Length: 448 Pages or 15 Hours and 46 Minutes
  • Buy From: Book Depository - Foyles - Waterstones - Audible
Oh boy… this was a long read. 

Not page wise, just time wise. I started this on 28th August, according to my Goodreads. And I finished this on 1st October. So, around five weeks. That’s a long time for me, dear readers, as you well know. Plus, you know I have audiobook the trilogy this is a companion novel of - All Souls or A Discovery of Witches, to give the trilogy its unofficial title - earlier this year. But when I heard this was coming out and it was going to follow two of my favourite secondary characters, Marcus and Phoebe, I knew I had to have it. I had it preordered and everything. 

Then several things happened. First, my preorder of a signed copy got cancelled (Boo!) and then was asked by the lovely Caitlin at Headline if I wanted an advance reader copy. Hell yeah, I replied, and what I got was a beautiful hardback advance reader copy. And, as I was reading this, I managed to get a ticket to a Deborah Harkness event in Waterstones Tottenham Court Road branch on Friday 2nd November (and that sold out fast! I know three other bloggers and vloggers -  - are going as well so this should be fun!)

Marcus is a vampire made in the 18th century during the American Revolution. Over 200 years, he finds himself in love with Phoebe Taylor, a human who has decided to be become a vampire to be with Marcus. 

But her transformation will prove to be challenging. As she is secreted away to get over the first 100 days of being a vampire, Marcus is reliving the past, reliving his journey from the battlefields of American Revolution, the French Revolution and his bloody past, both human and vampires. 

But once they have come to terms with themselves, will they still want to be together? 

So… where do I begin with this…?

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

BBC National Short Story Award & BBC Young Writers Award 2018

You think after last year that I wouldn’t be invited back to watch Front Row after the “Boob at the Beeb” incident (go back to my post last year to read about that!). But nope, I was asked back and  jumped at the chance to go! I mean, stories, awards, wine, sign me up! 

Expect for the wine part. You see, last year, the award ceremory was held at BBC Broadcasting House. This year, it was at the University of Cambridge. In Cambridge. Which meant I had to either drive or train it up. And because I am a little stubborn, I decided to drive, meaning it took around 1 hour and 25 minutes there and the same back. Now, I don’t normally do this is any event.The event has to be special! 

Plus, Cambridge is meant to be stunning, right? 

So, after a surprisingly easy drive up to Cambridge, and trying to find somewhere to park without getting too badly lost (Yes, I got lost and Cambridge is full of bicycles. I have never seen a city with so many bicycle riders!), I slipped into University of Cambridge, trying not to think too hard that this will be the only time I will ever get into a university without the fear of crippling student debt hanging over my head or wondering if I was smart enough to be there. 

Oh yeah, the panic I felt about possibly going to uni when I left college came screaming back (I think I would have done publishing/english or something linked to myths, so classics? WHO LAUGHED!?)

Sunday, 30 September 2018

SURPRISE OTHERWORLD CONTEST!

SURPRISE CONTEST TIME!!! 

I know, it’s rare I do these now but while chatting to the lovely people at Rock The Boat about if I should read Otherearth, the second book in the Otherworld or Last Reality trilogy by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller (even though I haven’t read Otherworld yet. I know, I keep putting it off for one reason or another - hope to correct this before the year is out!), we got chatting about the series and a few others they publish and I said something along the lines of “I would love to do a contest. Maybe this will be the kick up the behind I need to read this!” and Rock the Boat, seeing that I might need a push went “Ok”. 

So now, I have no excuse now not to read this before the end of the year as I’m doing a contest! 

For those unsure of Otherworld, Otherworld is a game. Expect, it’s not. It’s addictive and will make you want to stay forever and make your dreams come true. Otherworld isn’t a game. It’s the next phase of reality and no one saw it coming. 

It’s an sci-fi thriller (best way to describe it) and am intrigued on what you guys think of this. So, the lovely people at Rock the Boat have given me the chance to give away up to FIVE signed copies. FIVE! And all you have to do it fill in the form below. 

Ok, boring stuff time. This is a UK only contest. Sorry, but this is due to publishing rights. There can only be a max of five winners (In the past, I barely get two or three people enter some of my contest, hence me airing on the side of caution). The contest will end on Sunday (7th October 2018) around midday(ish) and winners will be picked at random via random.org. I will tweet the winners and will email them for their address so Rock The Boat can send the winners their winning copy. 


Now, go forth and enter. I wish you luck and hope the odds and the Company are in your favour! 

Thursday, 27 September 2018

eBook Review - The Snowman

  • Title And Author: The Snowman by Michael Morpurgo (Inspired by the classic by Raymond Briggs
  • Publisher: Puffin
  • Physical, eBook or Audiobook: eBook
  • Bought, Borrowed or Gifted: Gifted by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an Honest Review
  • Length: 160 Pages
  • Buy From: Book Depository - Foyles - Waterstones
Andrew, we are in September. Why on earth are you reading a Christmas novella? And a retelling of a well known Christmas classic? have you COMPLETELY lost the plot? 

I am imagining you are all thinking this. Don’t say you’re not. I love Christmas. I love Bonfire Night and Halloween (well… in theory, I love Halloween. I love all the myths and legends on Halloween. In pratice… no. I hate it. I will be the one sitting the dark of my house, pretending that no one is home… but that’s a blog post for another day). So, when I saw this on NetGalley, I thought it would be a fun little read for me. A nice break from Time Convert, my current adult read (which I an enjoying, but it’s so weird reading this book when, the other books In the series, I have audiobooked…). Plus, I was curious on how Michael Morpurgo was going to write this, how he was going to tackle this classic. Tackle it head-on, or go into it from a slight angle… 

When James wakes early on Christmas Eve to discover it had snowed overnight, he’s so excited that he goes out and builds a snowman. He spends all day building him and showing him off to his parents and his grandma, who is staying over Christmas. When he goes to bed that night, waiting for Father Christmas, he wonders about his snowman and, when he looks out of the window, he discovers that his snowman has come to life… 

Where do I start with this novella? 

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

2018 BBC Young Writers' Award - EXTRACT ALERT!!!

To celebrate the reveal of the five shortlist for this year's BBC's Young Writers' Award 2018, the lovely PR people from ED PR said "Do you fancy having an extract of one of the short stories?"

I jumped at the chance. Me to discover new writing talent? Bring it on!

Now, with all five short stories being just under 1000 words long each, the extracts are quite short. Around 250 words. So a delicious appetiser!

Now, I was planning to not tell you anything about my extract it as, I want you guys to read it and all the others on other people's blogs!. But I've changed my mind! So, my extract is taken from Footprints in the Far Field by Reyah Martin, a short story that explores a mother's all consuming grief after the lost of a baby, explored by the child who is left behind.

If you're curious to read extracts or all five short stories, keep  your eyes peeled on BBC.co.uk/ywa or follow the #BBCYWA on all the social media!

Now, over to the short extract to wet your appetite!!!

Sunday, 23 September 2018

BBC YOUNG WRITERS’ AWARD 2018 - ShortlIst Press Release

ALERT! ALERT! I have a press release to reveal to you! It's embargoed and everything and can only reveal it now, as BBC Radio 1's Life Hacks revealed it all first! *feels very special and very honoured*

Anyway, I have a press release, revealing the shortlist of the five stories shortlisted for this year's BBC Young Writers' Award 2018! I have read the press release's description of the five shortlisted stories and they all sounds gripping, and the fact that all are under 1000 words and for them to tell the stories with such depth show a untapped talent, which hopefully means we've discovered five new exciting talents and we will be reading more from them in the near future.

Like I have said before, it is an honour to be involved in showing this press release and be involved over the next few weeks.

Right, before I show the press release, quick info dump time. The winner of the BBC Young Writers' Awards (as well as BBC National Short Story Award 2018 and BBC Student Critics Award 2018) will be announced on BBC Radio 4's Front Row in Cambridge on Tuesday 2nd October. The winning story will be on the Life Hacks podcast the following Sunday. Fast turnaround!

And, in case you want more info, check out BBC.co.uk/ywa or follow the hashtag #BBCYWA. Now, over to the press release!