Saturday, 18 November 2017

Book Tour & Giveaway; Not Dead Yet av Samie Sands

Not Dead Yet
AM13 Outbreak Series Book 4
by Samie Sands
Genre: Horror, Post- Apocalyptic

The AM13 Outbreak has affected everywhere, the entire world has experienced infection.

Victims of the virus are no longer human, they've changed, become something scientifically impossible. With their loss of human function and their new lust for flesh, there’s only one word to describe them...


The world is divided as everyone tries to work out how to survive. Many have already lost their lives 
in the fight, but there are still a few who are not dead...


Don't miss the other books in the AM13 Outbreak Series!
AM13 Outbreak Series Book 1

AM13 Outbreak Series Book 2

AM13 Outbreak Series Book 3

Samie Sands is a 28 year old freelance graphic designer who has recently decided to follow her lifelong dream and use her creativity in a new way by writing.

She has a degree in Media Studies and PR and has already had articles published in a number of e-zines, including one of the most popular pieces at Zombie Guide Magazine. She has also had short stories included in a number of successful projects.

She lives in a small seaside town in the UK, but loves to travel to gain inspiration from new places and different cultures.

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!

Friday, 17 November 2017

Book Blogger Hop; Author-Only Thanksgiving Party

It's Friday and time for a new Book Blogger Hop post, thanks to Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "If you had an author-only Thanksgiving party, who would you invite?".

There's so many out there I could pick, but some of them are Neil Gaiman, Anne Rice, G. D. Falksen, Toni Morrison, Francesca Lia Block and James Holland. Something tells me that there would be a chance of interesting discussions around that table.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Spotlight; The Painter's Apprentice by Laura Morelli

Book Details:

Book Title: The Painter's Apprentice: A Novel of 16th-Century Venice
Author: Laura Morelli
Category: Adult Fiction, 482 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: The Scriptorium
Release date: November 15, 2017
Tour dates: Oct 16 to Nov 17, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (some adult situations but no sex or explicit violence)

Book Description:

Would you rather sacrifice your livelihood, your lover, or your life? When the Black Death comes knocking on your door, you’d better decide quickly.

Venice, 1510. Maria Bartolini wants nothing more than to carry on her father’s legacy as a master gilder. Instead, her father has sent her away from the only home she’s ever known to train as an apprentice to Master Trevisan, a renowned painter.

When the painter’s servants uncover the real reason why Maria has been sent away, they threaten to reveal a secret that could tear down her family and the future of their trade. She is forced to buy the servants’ silence, but as their greed steadily grows, Maria resorts to more desperate measures. She questions whether her heart’s desire is worth risking her family, her trade, and her future, but Maria’s sacrifices may amount to nothing if the plague arrives on her father’s doorstep before she is able to get back home.

From the author of the award-winning The Gondola Maker comes a rich tale of Renaissance Venice, a heroine with a lust for life, and love against all odds.
Pre-Order Campaign:
Laura Morelli's new book, The Painter’s Apprentice, is out on November 15, and she is offering a set of great bonuses exclusively to her readers. If you like to delve deeper into the “story behind the story,” you’ll want to take advantage of Laura’s pre-order package (ends Oct 31st), which takes readers behind the scenes of The Painter’s Apprentice with videos, pictures, commentary about Renaissance Venice, and other exclusive content. Learn more here and order your copy today!

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Meet the Author:

LAURA MORELLI holds a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University, has taught college students in the U.S. and in Italy, and currently produces art history lessons for TED-Ed. She authored a column for National Geographic Traveler called “The Genuine Article” and has contributed pieces about art and authentic travel to CNN Radio, The Frommers Travel Show, and in USA TODAY, Departures, and other media. Laura is the author of the Authentic Arts guidebook series that includes the popular book Made in Italy. Her fiction brings the stories of art history to life. Her debut novel, The Gondola Maker, won an IPPY for Best Historical Fiction and a Benjamin Franklin Award.

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Book Blitz; Jess, Rising by D. M. Guay

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

My Favourite... Fairy Tale

It's Wednesday and time for a new My Favourite... post thanks to the blogger behind Maureen's Books and the theme of the week is fairy tales.

I struggled to pin it down to just ONE fairy tale, but I grew up with a lot of Grimm's fairy tales and some of my childhood favourites from them includes Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella and Town Musicians from Bremen.

Release Blitz; Framed by Wayne Kerr

About the Book

Title: Framed – A Black Swann Investigation
Author: Wayne Kerr
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Toronto’s newest homicide detective, Reggie Swann, seemed to have it all: great career, handsome husband and plans to start a family, until she was framed for murder…
A cop has very few friends in prison. After surviving ten brutal years behind bars, Reggie’s conviction is finally overturned thanks to her tenacious mother, a new forensic test and a very clever lawyer. She quickly discovers that getting her old life back won’t be as easy as she hoped. To many, she was still as the media had dubbed her: ‘Black Swann – murderer and cop-gone-bad’. The Toronto Police Department still considers her to be a suspect, Reggie’s husband has remarried and the real killer is still on the loose.
Before Reggie can return to Toronto and solve the crime that ruined her life, she reluctantly agrees to investigate a murder in her home town of Penticton, only to discover the two cases which are separated by ten years and five provinces might somehow be connected. Will anyone believe the wild theories of the disgraced detective?
The real murderer does. He framed her once, this time Reggie Swann must die!

Author Bio

Canadian author, Wayne Kerr, was born and raised in the small town of Biggar, Saskatchewan (New York is big, but this is Biggar). He married his high school sweetheart, Marlene, thirty-nine years ago and has lived happily ever since. They resided in the United States for the past twenty years, but recently returned to Canada and now call the beautiful Okanagan region of British Columbia home. The writer honed his story-telling skills while keeping his five younger siblings and later his daughter entertained during long cold winters. When not reading or writing thrillers, Wayne is probably hiking, biking or playing tennis.
For more information on the author and his books please visit: or follow him on twitter: @waynekerrnovels


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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Top Ten Tuesday; 10 Books I Want My Future Children to Read

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It's Tuesday, which means it's time for a new top ten tuesday post, thanks to The Broke and the Bookish and the theme of the week was 10 books I want my future children to read.

My list includes;
Where The Poppies Now Grow by Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey

Grandmother's Dreamcatcher by Becky Ray McCain and Stacey Schuett

Flo of the Somme by Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey

Ronia, The Robber's Daughter by Astrid Lindgren

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Matilda by Roald Dahl

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

The Flash of Hiroshima by Toshi Maruki

When the Robbers Came to Cardamom Town by Thorbjørn Egner

Book Blitz; Out of the Shadows by Ashlee Nicole Bye

Monday, 13 November 2017

Cover Reveal & Giveaway; Finding Sophie by Laura Lovett

Finding Sophie
Sequel to Losing Cadence
by Laura Lovett
Genre: Thriller, Suspense

Finding Sophie is the highly anticipated sequel to Laura Lovett's debut psychological thriller, Losing Cadence.

For twelve years, Cadence Davidson has dreaded her daughter's twelfth birthday, for that is the day she will tell Sophie who her true father really is.

Sophie's world is turned upside down when she learns that her biological father is really Richard White, the man who abducted her mother twelve years earlier.She wonders if she will ever meet the elusive billionaire, only to find herself suddenly abducted into the life that he has carefully crafted for her and her mother.

Despite his carefully orchestrated plan, Richard White is faced with unexpected events that threaten to tear his newfound family apart. Will Richard be able to find peace and hold on to the family he has fought for a lifetime to bring together?

In this psychological thriller, an obsession that spans decades comes to it's ultimate test. Love, loss and courage coalesce as Richard faces his demons and makes the final choice to find peace and love.

Don't miss the first book- Losing Cadence!

Laura (Hambley) Lovett was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, and received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Calgary in 2006. Her love of writing began at an early age when she would create and draw characters, telling stories to herself as she drew.
An accomplished author in the academic and business world, Laura pursued her love of creative writing to pen her first novel, Losing Cadence, a psychological thriller. Losing Cadence was written over many years as Laura juggled school, work and family, but she made time to pursue her passion for writing.
Laura is a psychologist and entrepreneur, currently running practices in the areas of career and leadership development and distributed workplaces. She was nominated and selected as a Distinctive Woman in Canada in 2013. Laura also enjoys teaching at the University of Calgary and has been an Adjunct Professor of Psychology since 2010.
Laura lives in Calgary with her husband and three children. She loves playing squash, travelling, spending time at the family cabin in Montana, as well as her view of the Rocky Mountains as the snow is falling on her hot tub.

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Sunday, 12 November 2017

Omtale; Homegoing av Yaa Gyasi

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I forbindelse med POC Reading Challenge, endte jeg opp med å lese Homegoing av Yaa Gyasi, og nå kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra Goodreads
A novel of breathtaking sweep and emotional power that traces three hundred years in Ghana and along the way becomes a truly great American novel. Extraordinary for its exquisite language, its implacable sorrow, its soaring beauty, and for its monumental portrait of the forces that shape families and nations, Homegoing heralds the arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction. 

Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.
Generation after generation, Yaa Gyasi's magisterial first novel sets the fate of the individual against the obliterating movements of time, delivering unforgettable characters whose lives were shaped by historical forces beyond their control. Homegoing is a tremendous reading experience, not to be missed, by an astonishingly gifted young writer.

Mine tanker om boka
Personlig likte jeg boka veldig godt og den gradvise historien som kommer frem. Det som derimot frustrerte meg litt var det å holde styr på alle karakterene, hvem de var i slekt med og hvilke(n) tidsepoke(r) det var snakk om. Heldigvis var det om ikke annet et slektstre helt fremst i den utgaven jeg leste, noe som hjalp litt.

Book Blitz; Magic and Shadows - A Collection of YA Fantasy and Paranormal Romances by Various Authors

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Omtale; Det som aldri dør av Øistein Borge

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For noen måneder siden fikk jeg tilsendt et leseeksemplar av krimromanen Det som aldri dør av Øistein Borge fra forlaget, og nå kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Kriminaletterforskeren som vi ble kjent med i Borges kritikerroste krimdebut "Den syvende demonen", tar oss denne gang med til Nord-Irland. I et vekselspill mellom nåtid og fortid fører jakten på de skyldige Bogart Bull på kryss og tvers av Nord-Irland, fra Belfast og øya Rathlin helt i nord til Armagh i sør - kjent som «the bandit country». 

Under et ferieopphold i Nord-Irland blir tidligere høyesterettsdommer John Sand og hans kone Monica myrdet. Kripos-etterforskeren Bogart Bull, som er i landet for å besøke sin morfars gård, koples inn i saken for å bistå førstebetjent Miriam Dixon i det nordirske politiet. Da også forpakteren på morfarens gård blir funnet drept, aner politiet en sammenheng med drapet på ekteparet, og Bull oppdager at morfaren bærer på en hemmelighet som strekker seg mange år tilbake i tid. 

Samtidig trekker Borge tråder til urolighetene og attentatene i 1970-årenes Nord-Irland. Konflikten ble formelt bilagt med fredsavtalen i 1998, men det gamle IRA har sine moderne avleggere, ikke minst en mystisk «Tobin» og en hittil ukjent fraksjon som synes fast bestemt på å ta opp tråden der IRA slapp den.

Mine tanker om boka
For min del var det en interessant og spennende krim, med en velbalansert dose action.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Book Blogger Hop: Favourite Part of Blogging

It's Friday again, which means it's time for a new Book Blogger Hop post, thanks to Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question(s) of the week was "What is your favourite part of blogging? Is there a least favourite part of blogging?".

There's several parts of blogging that I really enjoy. One thing is that it gives me an outlet to voice my passion for literature and recommend books. There's this great book blogger community. There's the perks of sometimes recieving advanced reading copies in the mail (come on, how can a bookdragon NOT like free books?). In the time I've been a book blogger (little over five years), I've also gotten the opportunity to discover and read books and authors that I'd never pick up if I hadn't been a book blogger.

So I can't point out one single part of blogging that is my favourite, but book blogging as a whole can be a great thing.

Book Blitz; Eight days on Planet Earth by Cat Jordan

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Omtale; In the Days of Cages av Aparna Lanjewar Bose

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I forbindelse med POC Reading Challenge, endte jeg opp med å lese diktsamlinga In the Days of Cages av Aparna Lanjewar Bose, og nå kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra Goodreads
This dazzling new collection of poems by a remarkably gifted poet penetrates to unravel, expose, and cauterize the stereotypes in a uniquely individualistic style. Rejecting formalism of elites, these verses appear disarmingly simple and direct, too profound and significantly complex to communicate. Without the danger of stunning nostalgia, there is resistance and reflection and a discernible sociopolitical consciousness in addition to a regular reproach of the self whose seemingly endless search for belonging, meaning, and sanity collides with a disjointed, base, absurd, and insensitive world. Tender, confessional, joyous, painful, disturbing, rebellious, and provocative, the poems in this volume celebrate humanity and womanhood in all its complexities.

Mine tanker om boka
Jeg har lest bedre diktsamlinger enn dette, men noen av diktene var fullt brukbare. Det jeg derimot likte best, var illustrasjonene.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Book Tour; The Monster of Selkirk by C. E. Clayton

The Monster Of Selkirk
The Duality of Nature  
Book 1
C.E. Clayton

Genre: YA Fantasy

Print Length: 329 pages

Publisher: DevilDog Press

Publication Date: April 18, 2017


Book Description:

Monsters come in many forms, and not everyone knows a monster when they see one. After three hundred years of monstrous, feral elves plaguing the island nation of Selkirk, everyone believes they know what a monster is. Humans have learned to live with their savage neighbors, enacting a Clearing every four years to push the elves back from their borders. The system has worked for centuries, until after one such purge, a babe was found in the forest.

As Tallis grows, she discovers she isn't like everyone else. There is something a little different that makes people leery in her presence, and she only ever makes a handful of friends.

But when the elves gather their forces and emerge from the forests literally hissing Tallis's name like a battle mantra, making friends is the least of her troubles. Tallis and her companions find themselves on an unwilling journey to not only clear her name, but to stop the elves from ravaging her homeland.

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About the Author:

C. E. Clayton was born and raised in Southern California where she worked in the advertising industry for several years on accounts that ranged from fast food, to cars, and video games (her personal favorite). This was before she packed up her life, husband, two displeased cats, and one very confused dog and moved to New Orleans. Now, she is a full time writer (mainly in the fantasy genre), her cats are no longer as displeased, and her dog no longer confused.

More about C.E. Clayton, including her blog, book reviews, and poetry, can be found on her website:

Book Tour & Giveaway; Issaura's Claws by Katharine Wibell

Issaura's Claws
Incarn Saga Book 1
by Katharine Wibell
Genre: YA Fantasy

According to legend, when the world was young, the goddess Issaura appeared among men. Those who treated her with kindness received the gift of the gods—the ability to transform into an animal form. This was a great honor but one that separated this race from other humans. Before Issaura departed the mortal realm, she promised to return if her people were ever at the point of destruction.

Now a threat is rising from a land across the mists of the ocean, a threat that will push this race to the brink of extinction. Responding to the call to war, seventeen-year-old Lluava heads off to find her destiny, one that will carve her name in history.” 

The Kingdom of Elysia consists of two races: the dominant race of humans and the native race of Theriomorphs who can shift into animal form. Although law dictates equal treatment, they neither like nor trust each other. Now brutal and ruthless Raiders are approaching; there is only one chance to defeat them. An army must be raised and trained. An army where each human will be paired with a Theriomorph partner. An army that must fight as one to defeat their common enemy.

Women are not warriors. However, Lluava is not like other women – human or Theriomorph. Her animal form is a magnificent beast whose power and fury she must learn to control. Although Lluava endures intense physical training and strives to overcome the doubts of the male recruits, she faces an unexpected adversary in the commanding general who seeks to break both her spirit and her body.

At the paring ceremony, Lluava is humbled when presented with a unique and ancient weapon. Yet she becomes distraught and angry when her human partner is revealed. If they fail to trust each other, the consequences will be devastating. Death and destruction are on the horizon and time is running out.

The Incarn Saga is a young adult fantasy series inspired by ancient myths, filled with fast-paced action and adventure, and enriched by an understanding of animal behavior that defines the shape-shifting Theriomorphs.

Katharine Wibell’s lifelong interest in mythology includes epic poetry like the Odyssey, Ramayana, Beowulf, and the Nibelungenlied. In addition, she is interested in all things animal whether training dogs, apprenticing at a children’s zoo, or caring for injured animals as a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. After receiving degrees from Mercer University in both art and psychology with an emphasis in animal behavior, Wibell moved to New Orleans with her dog, Alli, to kick start her career as an artist and a writer. Her first literary works blend her knowledge of the animal world with the world of high fantasy.

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