Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: The Red Queen

The Red Queen is a historical fiction novel written by Phillipa Gregory. It follows her #1 Times Best Selling book The White Queen and is the second book the series called The Cousin's War.

Release Date: August 19th in hardback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The Royal Blurb:

'Saints' knees, Praise God, I have saints' knees. I am not yet ten years old, but I have saints' knees... Pray God I can meet their challenge and have a saint's end too'

Daughter of one of the most famously incompetent English commanders in France, heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, Margaret Beaufort never surrenders her belief that her House is the true ruler of England and that she has a great destiny before her. Her ambitions are disappointed when her sainted cousin Henry VI of England fails to recognize her as a kindred spirit, and even more when he sinks into madness; but worst of all for Margaret is when she discovers that her mother is sending her to a loveless marriage in remote Wales.

Married to a man twice her age, and a mother at only fourteen, Margaret is determined to turn her lonely life into a triumph. She sets her heart on putting her son on the throne of England regardless of the cost to herself, to England, and even to the little boy himself. Disregarding rival heirs and the overwhelming power of the York dynasty she names him Henry, like the King, sends him into exile, and pledges him in marriage to her enemy Elizabeth Woodville's daughter.

She feigns loyalty to the usurper King Richard III, marries one of his faithful supporters and then masterminds one of the greatest rebellions of the time- all the while knowing that her son is growing to manhood, coached by his uncle, Jasper Tudor, recruiting his army, his eyes on the greatest prize.

In a novel of conspiracy, passion and cold-hearted ambition, Number 1 bestselling author Philippa Gregory has brought to life the story of a proud and determined woman who believes that she alone is destined, by her piety and lineage, to shape the course of history.

I received the ARC last Saturday and I will be reading both books and posting my review of the 2nd nearer the release date. I am very excited to be a part of this blog tour. I wanted tostart reading them already but I'm already well into two books right now and it's hard enough now managing my time, now that I'm working

So The White Queen is having my full attention this weekend. Better post this, half the day's gone. Later dudes.

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Monday, 28 June 2010

Does Blogging and Work Mix?!

Just to say a little Helllo and that I am in fact still around, merely working most of the day so I'm forced to either blog during my lunch break or when I'm crazily tired at night.
For those blogs that I follow, I am still following an checking up even if I do't always feel I have enough Time to comment...TRUST ME, I'M STILL READING YOUR POSTS.
SO TO ANY WORKING BLOGGERS OUT THERE...HOW DO YOU DO IT? I'm finding it difficult to finish books in the time I want and blog at the same time and source new material, network, blog hop etc. etc. etc. all because I leave home at 7:45 and get in by 6 sometimes 7; traffic willing.
Maybe I should quit while I keep my blogging ahead?! Well no I do need the job for my CV and the money for...well me.
I'm off now, Hope to sort my life out soon

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Sunday, 27 June 2010

Mail on Sunday

AKA In My Mailbox is a look at all the Lit related items...books or otherwise, we've acquired during the always is hosted by Kristi, The Story Siren.

This week I have books to be read for review, so my TBR pile will be reshuffled a little. The first 2 books I will focus on in a separate post, solook out for that.
By Phillipa Gregory
I received this from the publishers Simon and Schuster, as part of a blog tour to promote the release of the 2nd book. It's historical fiction and I plan to read the first next!

Major cover lurve of these two books I have a feeling their fab reads, considering The White Queen was at the pinnacle of The Times Bestseller's List.
Thanks Ally

By Jason Letts
I received this from Library Thing, I also plan to read this next. Another attemptat two books at once.
It's YA and also an ebook. I really like the cover too! I've not read anything by this author befor so I hopeit will be good!

It's been really difficult sorting out blogpost while. working 8:45-5, especially considering I get home by 6 most days. I hope I can make it work. That also expalins my lack of postage.
Well that's it from me for now.
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Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Teaser Tuesday: The Game of Triumphs

Teaser Tuesdays, is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.It's very easy to get involved. Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page...
NO SPOILERS! SO BE CAREFUL! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I'm reading The Game of Triumphs by Laura Powell.

"Blaine flicked the die into the air. Sure enough as soon as he caught it, the final face was marked by a zero. 'Nice. So all we need to do is give it a roll and, Open Sesame, a threshold appears.'
       ' I think so, but we don't want-'
Too late..." p.229 

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Sunday, 20 June 2010

Mail on Sunday: WAGs,My Biggest Haul yet!

AKA In My Mailbox is a meme inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie and hosted by the lovely Kristi over at The Story Siren. It's a look at all the Lit related items...books or otherwise, we've acquired during the week.

I splashed some £££ on

Sovereign by C.J. Sansom
of the Matthew Shardlake Myteries
Release Date: Feb 2008
Historical Fiction, Mystery
From Goodreads 'First Reads'
of the WAGs Series
Release Date: May 2010
Chick Lit

Once Upon a Time 1st Place Prize Pack

My story won the first Once Upon a Time Story Contest. I still can't believe it. I've got a big grin on my face while typing this. Thank you so much Melissa (Spellbound by Books), Jenn (Book Crazy) and Reaganstar (Star Shadow)for thinking my story worhty. I am very grateful.

Here's all the info needed, if you want to enter. Hurry though! Deadline is this Thursday 24th June, 2010.
I'm already using everything except the journal, it's so pretty I'm a lil afraid of using it.
The prizes are:
Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks

'That's all there is, there isn't any more'

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Saturday, 19 June 2010

Release of the Week: Wind Warrior

This is a weekly feature focusing on a Book being released that very week. Just so you know not every new release will be posted but the ones of the genres I read/lurve . If you're keen on them too, have no fear- I'll also include where you can find them.

Wind Warrior, Book #1 of the Iroquois Series  is out NOW!
Author: Cynthia Roberts
Release Date: June 15, 2010
Publisher: Tate Publishing
304 pages, Paperback
Book #1 of 5
Historical Fiction,Romance

Blurb from the Backcover:

Leslie Michaels is a visionary, and only those close to her know of her special gift and the visions that come when her mind and body surrender to sleep.  Fate has a way of righting many wrongs, and for Leslie it is a destiny that changes her life dramatically. But not before she is forced to flee into the wilderness to escape a murderous trapper bent on claiming her for his very own.

Faith and a strong will to survive are her only companions, until she encounters Winnokin, the handsome Seneca war chief who first came to her in her dreams.  Not only does he prove to be her rescuer and protector, he teaches her that tragedy can breed happiness and the passion to live and love deeply once again.

Wind Warrior plunges readers into the intimate depths of a relationship that unfolds like a live drama before their eyes while painting an insightful and intriguing portrait of Native Indian life in the 1800s.  It is a story of longing, of a wanton need to survive all odds, and a love so strong it conquers human evil. Wind Warrior expresses with cunning words the simple, raw human emotions that hold readers spellbound and captivates their hearts.

Here's the Trailer:

Places Wind Warrior can be found:
Barnes & Noble
Tate Publishing
Book Depository

To celebrate the release Amazon and Barnes & Noble are offering Special Discounts!

Want to learn more about the Author:
Cynthia Roberts
Official Website
Blog: The Girlz Corner

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International Giveaways of note!

Sabrina at About Happy Books is hosting a giveaway to celebrate her B'day!

Until July 15 2010 (her birthday)  you can enter her birthday giveaway and three lucky winners will each win one book of their choice that costs up to 12 Euro (or books as long as they are under 12 Euro).

For the hows and where to enter>>GO HERE!

Win ARC of Matched by Ally Condie

Only Sexy Books Allowed is hosting this amazing giveaway! I totally want this book!

Wanna score this one> Follow the link. 

Paranormoal 5 GIVEAWAY!

Regina aka The Under Cover Book Lover is having an awesome review. What are the prizes? Well:

Nightshade - Andrea Cremer (ARC)
Paranormalcy - Kiersten White (ARC)
The Eternal Ones - Kirsten Miller (ARC)
Halo - Alexandra Adornetto (ARC)
Pegasus - Robin McKinley (ARC)


FIVE packs of 5 gum:
Zing (Bubble) 

Cobalt (Peppermint)

Flare (Cinnamon)
Lush (Tropical)
Rain (Spearmint)

Fancy your chances; then go here to enter.

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Friday, 18 June 2010

Hops one for Books and one for Blogs

I m totally getting into blog hops and here are two that I really enjoy. One's new to me and the other I've participated in twice already.

The Social Parade hosted by Smart & Trend Mons
Smart and Trendy Moms
Social Parade Followers Friday Blog-Hop is a weekly link-up hosted by Smart and Trendy Moms . It's created for socializing and getting new followers, fans, subscribers, readers without the pressure. Every week will be a new link-up that will focus on following blogs, getting new readers to your blog!  There will also be a Wild Card week.
To take part click the pic above!

Book Blogger Hop hosted by Crazy  for Books
This for all us book bloggers to get to all the other book bloggers that we may not have come across in our bloggy travels. So click the link above to get book blogger hopping.

The Hop isn't just for you to throw your link in there and not visit any other blogs.  It's all about networking and finding new blogs that are of interest. So, in the spirit of the Hop, try to make some time to visit other blogs and don't post your link if you are not planning on visiting other blogs in the Hop that week.  This is a weekly event, so if you don't have time this week, that's fine!  We'll see you next week!

So get hopping guys!

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Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: Paranormal Love!

Waiting on Wendnesday is hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine and is a weekly event all about upcoming releases we can't wait to get into!
I lurve werewolves...seriously lurve Lycan tales, faeries, angels, magic, you name it!I also enjoy a bit of romance, I say a bit well it's a tad more than that :)...I am a girl after all!I lurve YA and many on the contemporary YA authors out today. So this book is perfect or me. A myriad of paranormal love stores by authors I enjoy and authors whose books are on my wishlist.

Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love

Full of dark seduction and modern romance, this short story collection presents a variety of talented voices sure to satisfy every werewolf, ghost, fallen angel, zombie, and shape-shifter’s dark desires.

Editor: Trisha Telep
Release Date: July/Aug 2010
400 pages, Paperback
Authors and their Goodreads Links:
Trisha Telep (Editor)Maggie StiefvaterBecca FitzpatrickRachel VincentKaren MahoneyDiana PeterfreundDaniel WatersCarrie Ryan,Justine Musk, Daniel Marks , Sarah Rees Brennan, Michelle Rowen, Michelle Zink, Caitlin Kittredge

Hope you guys like my WoW choice.....I think it will be amazing!

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Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Review: This is How it Happened by Jo Barrett

While trawling through my local libe, the cover of this book caught my eye and I decided to borrow it. It helps when it's stashed in the QUICK PICK section too. Surprise, what I got when reading it.

Madeline Piatro has suffered serious heartbreak. Her ex, Carlton, has not only broken her heart but her spirit too. She now lives life as one 'hott mess'. Her friends and brother are around whenever she needs them but they all want her to simply get over and move on. Maddy simply can't. This man took all she dreamed and worked hard for. He made sure she suffered.

Alone in her home, one she shared with her Carlton, she's left to ponder the failings of their relationship and decides aptly on revenge. She has plans to hit him where it not there- his EGO. After all 'hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.' However hiring a real- life hit man probably was the best idea...things are about to get interesting.

It did get interesting...very interesting. This is one of my favourite books now. Absolutely brilliant. It is a complete page turner. Barrett's writing style coupled with her great sense of humour and comedic timing makes for a Chick Lit stunner!

She had me right where she wanted me. I loved being there. I felt Maddie's pain and joy. I even hated Carlton just as much as she did and had my hand up to help her exact her revenge. That's how real the author made her characters. I felt like I was reading someone's journal or listening to the horrid times and revenge seeking plans of a close friend.

This book also teaches us women to have our heads on as it's easy to get caught up in covertly poisonous relationships where it seems all roses because we're blinded by the good looks, hot bod and all the attention. Bad eggs have a habit of looking the prettiest in the basket. I know it's not a biography but what I know from friends of mine and life in general, some things in this book does in fact happen.

Right Public service moment over! Back to my actual review. Negatives? To be frank, there weren't any; not from where I was sat reading. I went on Maddie's crazy ride, enjoyed her highs, lows, need for a make over, mind blowing animalistic sex, confusion, sadness, hurt, disappointment, gut wrenching pain, name it. I was there!

This book is one for the ladies, not that it's strictly females only. Though, I can't see many men wanting to read about an absolute prick and the woman who is picking up the pieces of what's left of her life (that he almost destroyed) and her journey to kicking his butt.

I did though :D This review is short because there's not much more to say. I read. It was AMAZING. Now it's your turn.

Verdict: I lurved this book and I lurve Jo Barrett. Her writing style is vivaciously vivid and each character leaps off the page. I will be getting her other book! The fact that was absolutely gutted when I came to the final full stop says it all. This is one for film adaptation too- yep I think it can easily find it's place in Movieland. I'd recommend to any chick lit lover, and especially to any girl/woman who's been burnt recently or otherwise by a dog of a man.

Just so you know this book is one for the more mature reader.

This is How it Happened (not a love story)
Jo Barrett
Release Date: Feb 2008
312 pages, Paperback
I borrowed this...currently buying a copy, I enjoyed it that much!

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