Saturday, 28 February 2015
Every week Gill posts a theme & then you have to go pick a book cover based on that theme that you love or has caught your eye.
For week 5 the theme is cover of a YA book which is a very fitting theme for me seeing as I've spent a lot of my week planning a big YA mini convention type day for for work that will be happening later in the year.
This was quite an easy one to pick for me, I didn't have to trawl my Goodreads shelves for too long. So my cover for YA is
Matched by Ally Condie
This book came out back in 2010 & it is one of those that has really stood out to me when shelving books in my job in a library.
It's very simple in it's design but the use of the colour green against the plain background really makes it pop & it always catches my eye.
The image is gorgeous too & take a look at the other covers in the series as they are equally as amazing.
Friday, 27 February 2015
Publication date: February 23rd 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Quinn Westwood is completely over Sawyer Carson. He broke her heart years ago and disappeared from her life without a word. So yeah. She’s over him. Never even thinks of him. In fact, she’s spending her college summer break surfing and lifeguarding in the Outer Banks, while nursing a bruised heart from a different relationship gone wrong. She doesn’t have room in her mind or heart for Sawyer—until she runs into him at a beach bonfire and the sparks that fly between them are way hotter than the flames heating the sand.
Sawyer never got over Quinn. The only thing stronger than what he feels for her is the secret keeping them apart, but sharing it would destroy more than just his life—it’d ruin hers, as well. Still, he can’t seem to keep away from her, can’t seem to keep his hands off of her soft, tempting skin. Especially since she has even less self-control when it comes to reigniting the physical side of what made them perfect together.
But secrets have a way of slipping out, and when Sawyer’s is revealed it threatens to shatter everyone involved. He’ll have to face walking away a second time, and Quinn will have to decide if fighting for him is worth it when the fallout could affect more than just her heart, but also those of the people she loves most.
Surf & Surrender is the second book in Riley Edgewood’s Summer Love series, but can be read as a stand-alone novel.
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Thursday, 26 February 2015
(Little Beach Street Bakery #2)
Publication: 26th February 2015
Genre: Romance, Women's Fiction
And yet there's something unsettling about the gentle summer breeze that's floating through town. Selina, recently widowed, hopes that moving to Mount Polbearne will ease her grief, but Polly has a secret that could destroy her friend's fragile recovery. Responsibilities that Huckle thought he'd left behind are back and Polly finds it hard to cope with his increasingly long periods of absence.
Polly sifts flour, kneads dough and bakes bread, but nothing can calm the storm she knows is coming: is Polly about to lose everything she loves?
The story opens very differently from the first book, Polly is finally settled & happy, her business is going well, she's now living in the lighthouse she bought and she is in love with Huckle. Everything is going so well but then suddenly it isn't & Polly's life begins to unravel again putting her almost back at square one. Throw in yet another powerful storm that rocks the island & brings the memory of the storm that took one of the islanders a year ago & you have one heck of a story.
It was a joy to be back on the island, to see how Polly's relationship has blossomed with Huckle and how she has embedded herself right into the heart of the community. All of the islands inhabitants are back & help add lots of character & charm to the book. There are the characters you can't help but love which include Jayden, Flora & Kerensa & then there are characters like Polly's new boss, Malcolm that you can't help but despise.
Polly is back in Summer At Little Beach Street Bakery with her fighting spirit and her determination to do what is right for the island. The book was full of Jenny's usual humour and wonderful dialogue & whilst the island still had all it's idyllic charm it just wasn't quite as engaging as the first book which is why it only has the 4 stars instead of 5.
And Jenny if you are reading this I would really love to see a book set out in Savannah with Huck's family farm taking centre stage. I would love to see more of his brother Dubose & Clemmie.
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
I'd totally forgotten that this year's givers were being emailed yesterday (23rd February) & I was sitting at work when I saw a tweet appear on the library twitter feed from somebody who'd just received an email to say they had been successful with their application. I immediately checked my own email accounts & discovered that my personal application had been successful but there was nothing in my work inbox about my institution application but hey 1 out of 2 isn't bad. Except about 4 hours later I checked my work emails again to see that my institution had been successful as well.
So I am going to have loads of books to gift again this year. I am so pleased to be given this opportunity again as I absolutely love being able to share my passion for books & reading.
So on April 23rd I will have 18 copies of the wonderful Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen to gift & I now need to wait to see how many titles I have been allocated for my institution application. Fingers crossed it will be copies of The Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb as I would really love to be able to share my love of fantasy with others.
Monday, 23 February 2015
Catching Lightning by Katie Stephens
Published: 23rd January 2015
Stars: 5 *****
Is there ever a right time and place for love?
Can one ever tell when or where it will strike?
Can the love of a man win over the loathing of his country?
You never know where or when lightning will strike, but when it happens on a trip back to Kenya to bury your parents you know the timing isn’t great.
Mel has spent the past 14 years resenting her parents for abandoning her at a boarding school in England while they went back to Kenya, a country she had come to hate, to run an orphanage and school for their charity. A tragic accident forces her to return to Kamuti for her parents’ funeral, forcing her to face her fear of flying and hatred for the place which has now stolen her parents from her for good. But meeting the people who meant so much to her parents and above all the gorgeous, England-educated Sam was not part of the plan.
Finding her mother’s diaries reveals a lot of unanswered questions and the discovery of a detailed itinerary of a trip round Kenya that her parents dreamed of making with her makes Mel realise that maybe she has had things wrong all these years.
Will taking the trip help her find her answers? Will visiting the most beautiful and memorable locations of the land make her fall in love with the man, the country, neither or both?
When Mel discovers the ultimate painful secret about her past and loses her job as a teacher at a posh girls’ school, she has one final choice to make – as they say lightening only strikes once.
A modern day OUT OF AFRICA in reverse story, CATCHING LIGHTNING provides the kind of realist escapism which would appeal to readers of Jill Mansell, Erica James and Santa Montefiore, with a pinch of Belinda Jones thrown in for good measure.
Melinda Purcell is a teacher in a girls' secondary school, she enjoys her job & at the beginning of the book we see her looking forward to spending her annual holiday with her parents. Her parents, Nick & Freda have spent most of her life working for a charity in Kenya so she treasures the time that she spends with them. Unfortunately tragedy strikes when her parents are both killed in a tragic car accident forcing Mel to face her fears & get on a plane to Kenya to attend their funeral & sort out their estate.
Her fear of flying is so great that she has to be sedated in order to fly to Kenya & it's not just her phobia of flying that is causing her concern. She has a strong hate for Kenya always feeling that her parents loved it their more than they loved being with her. So with a sense of duty she heads out with her godmother Moira to make arrangements to bury her parents, Mel has every intention of getting everything over & done with quickly so that she can return to her life England as soon as she can.
Upon arriving in Kenya, Mel meets Samson who picks her & Moira up from the airport & despite his good looks she can't help but find him annoying & arrogant. On the drive from the airport to the camp she can't hide her disgust for the country that she believes took her parents from her & it takes a while for her walls to come down. What follows is a journey about Mel finding peace as well as finding her parents even though they are gone. Mel had always believed that her parents chose Kenya over her but through her mother's scrapbooks, journals & diaries she learns otherwise.
This is a truly beautiful story about love & loss, secrets & lies & about a young woman's need to find herself in a country that she has loathed for so long. Mel is a truly wonderful character who has to overcome so much at such a painful time in her life. Kenya really gets under Mel's skin and I found myself falling in love with Kenya through Mel's eyes. Katie Stephen's writing had the ability to sweep my along & I devoured Catching Lightning in one sitting, staying up way too late in order to finish it.
Catching Lightning made me feel so many emotions, I felt Mel's pain, I shared her joy, at times I found myself smiling to myself as Mel experienced new things. The story was also made by the many secondary characters who all played major roles in telling Mel's story. Kerry who became Mel's friend whilst at the camp added some humour & sparkle & it was wonderful seeing the bond that grew between the pair. There were the many other people that Mel met during her time in Kenya, the teachers & children at the school and of course Samson. Samson plays a major part in helping Mel to grieve and find the peace she has been so desperate to find.
This was a magical read from start to finish, a wonderful setting, an engaging story & a wonderful cast of characters. It was both a powerful & emotional book that left me longing for more. Well done to Katie Stephens for writing such an amazing story.
About The Author
Katie Stephens is the #1 bestselling author of CANDLES ON THE SAND. She works in PR and lives in Surrey, England, with her husband Will and two young daughters. In 2008 Katie signed herself up for a creative writing course, loved it and found herself spending all her spare time (not much with 2 young children) at the computer. Her first novel Candles on the Sand, set on the Amalfi Coast, was published in 2011 and went on to become an Amazon bestseller.
Sunday, 22 February 2015
Silent Scream - The Blurb
Even the darkest secrets can’t stay buried forever…
Five figures gather round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult-sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood …
Years later, a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders which shock the Black Country.
But when human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed. D.I. Kim Stone fast realises she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades.
As the body count rises, Kim needs to stop the murderer before they strike again. But to catch the killer, can Kim confront the demons of her own past before it’s too late?
About The Author
Angela discovered a love of writing at Primary School when a short piece on the rocks and the sea gained her the only merit point she ever got.
Angela wrote the stories that burned inside and then stored them safely in a desk drawer.
After much urging from her partner she began to enter short story competitions in Writer's News resulting in a win and three short listed entries.
She used the Amazon KDP program to publish two of her earlier works before concentrating on her true passion - Crime.
After many, many submissions Angela was signed in a 4 book deal to http://bookouture.com as their first crime author.
Saturday, 21 February 2015
Hmmm! Now giving someone who is totally addicted to book covers a free choice makes it even harder than when there is a theme. How on earth do I choose just one? Every month there is going to a free choice week so I need to start thinking about how I pick my free choice book covers.
For this free choice I have decided to take a look at what has been/is being published in February & I've picked the cover that has most caught my eye. It is also the book I'm currently reading so here is my pick for week 4
Summer At Little Beach Street Bakeryby Jenny Colgan
And what do I love most about this cover? It's Neil of course. I fell in love with Neil the puffin in Little Beach Street Bakery so it makes me very happy to see that he has pride of place on this cover. And for those of you who have read book one Neil is just as loveable & adorable as he was in book one.
I also like the use of muted colours, it is a total contrast to the bright colours on the cover of the first book. Jenny's books all have very distinctive covers & this one certainly grabs my attention & make me want to take a look inside.
Friday, 20 February 2015
It's 12 Century England and the civil war between Queen Matilda and King Stephen is raging. But life in the fens carries on as usual. Until the mercenaries ride through. And a small red-haired girl named Em is snatched and carried off. After the soldiers have finished with her they leave her for dead. But fenland girls are not easy to kill. Although she has lost all memory of her past life including her name, Em survives and teams up with Gwyl a Breton archer who has almost completely lost faith in humanity. Together Gwyl and his new protege--now crop-headed and disguised as a boy--travel through the countryside giving archery exhibitions. But there is one man who hasn't forgotten the little red-haired girl. He has some unfinished business with her and he is determined to finish it. And one freezing winter in a castle completely besieged, he might well get his chance...
Winter Siege is a stand-alone historical novel started by the late Diana Norman under her pseudonym Ariana Franklin. It has been completed by her daughter Samantha Norman.
About The Authors
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Tuesday, 17 February 2015
For Prince Teryk, life behind the castle walls is boring and uneventful until he stumbles upon an arcane scroll in a long-forgotten chamber. The parchment speaks of Small Gods, the fall of man, and the kingdom's savior—the firstborn child of the rightful king. It's his opportunity to prove himself to his father, the king, and assure his place in history. All he needs to do is find the man from across the sea—a man who can't possibly exist—and save mankind.
But ancient magic has been put in motion by a mysterious cult determined to see the Small Gods reborn. Powerful forces clash, uncaring for the lives of mortals in their struggle to prevent the return of the banished ones, or aid in their rebirth.
Named in a prophecy or not, what chance does a cocky prince who barely understands the task laid before him stand in a battle with the gods?
Actually, Victoria, B.C. is only a couple hours north of Seattle, Wash., where more rain is seen than snow. Since snow isn't really a pressing issue, Bruce spends more time trying to remember to leave the "u" out of words like "colour" and "neighbour" than he does shovelling (and watch out for those pesky double l's). The father of two, Bruce is also the trophy husband of a burlesque diva.
Bruce's first short story, "Another Man's Shoes" was published in the Winter 2008 edition of Cemetery Moon. Another short, "Yardwork," was made into a podcast in Oct., 2011 by Pseudopod. Bruce's first Icarus Fell novel, "On Unfaithful Wings", was published in Dec., 2011 while the follow up, "All Who Wander Are Lost", came out in July, 2012. The third in the series, "Secrets of the Hanged Man", came out in July, 2013. The first part of his Khirro's Journey epic fantasy trilogy, "Blood of the King", was released Sept., 2012, book 2, "Spirit of the King," in Dec., 2012, and book 3, "Heart of the King," in Feb., 2013.The two books in the Small Gods series, "When Shadows Fall" and "The Darkness Comes", were released in 2013, after which Bruce took a year out to concentrate on his family and career. Book three in the Small Gods series is Bruce Blake's current project.
Sunday, 15 February 2015
The good news for you is that by sorting out my books I now have a huge pile that I no longer have space for. Over the coming months I will be running giveaways in order to shrink the pile.
The winner of this giveaway will be able to pick 2 books from the list I will send them. It's quite an eclectic mix as I read so many different genres so hopefully there will be something for everyone.
The giveaway is only open to people in the UK
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Saturday, 14 February 2015
I've trawled my read shelf & my TBR shelf looking for a pink cover for Gill at The Book Magpie's new meme but it's hard. The covers that are really pink are just bleurgh & would never have made me pick the book up in a bookshop or library. I've ended up with lots of covers that have pink elements on & actually some of those are incredibly beautiful so I am going to have to cheat just a little & pick one of those.
So my pick for book with a pinkish cover is
The Perfect Lie by Emily Barr
I love, love this cover. In fact all of Emily Barr's books always have covers that make you want to pick them up & hug them.
What I love most about this cover is the way that the pink elements pop against the blue back drop of Venice. It makes for a really eye catching cover. And hey the book is set in Venice. Is there a more romantic destination?
If you've not read The Perfect Lie or indeed any others by Emily Barr then I highly recommend them. All of Emily's books are wonderful cross between a little bit of chick-lit & romance with a lot of suspense & mystery thrown in.
Friday, 13 February 2015
Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her.
While police suspect Jeff of “instant divorce,” Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won’t even tell her his name. She’s determined to escape him, and willing to take any risks necessary to survive.
Unexpectedly, however, the two have a dangerous encounter with people who adhere to a code of justice all their own. At the center of the dispute is a desperate young woman whom Emory can’t turn her back on, even if it means breaking the law.
As her husband’s deception is revealed, and the FBI closes in on her captor, Emory begins to wonder if the man with no name is, in fact, her rescuer.
About The Author
Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, bringing the number of copies of her books in print worldwide to upwards of eighty million. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages.
A lifelong Texan, Sandra Brown was born in Waco, grew up in Fort Worth and attended Texas Christian University, majoring in English. Before embarking on her writing career, she worked as a model at the Dallas Apparel Mart, and in television, including weathercasting for WFAA-TV in Dallas, and feature reporting on the nationally syndicated program “PM Magazine.”
In 2009 Brown detoured from her thrillers to write, Rainwater, a much acclaimed, powerfully moving story about honor and sacrifice during the Great Depression.
Brown recently was given an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University. She was named Thriller Master for 2008, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Sunday, 8 February 2015
(The Small Gods #1)
About The Author
It rained fire the day the Small Gods fled.
Saturday, 7 February 2015
The idea is that every week Gill will give us a theme & we have to blog about our favourite book cover that fits that theme. It doesn't have to be a book that we've even read. Once a month there will be a Free Choice that will allow you to post any cover you like. You can read more about the guidelines & how it works over on Gill's blog
So the theme of week 2 is FANTASY , a genre that I happen to love & one of my favourite fantasy covers belongs to a book that I read back in 2012.
If you haven't read this book yet then please give it a go. It is a truly magical read and a great book for reading groups