I’m joining #shortathon18 – see what I’ll be reading!!!

I saw this and was sold, not to mention it’s being run by 2 of my fave bloggers, Destiny at Howling Libraries and Kathy at Books and Munches

Short-a-thon is a readathon that is going to take place from 12:00AM December 21st to 11:59PM December 31st. (You can go by your own time zone!)

The goal is simple: to focus on reading the SHORTEST books in your TBR! These can be short stories, novellas, graphic novels, manga—if it’s got a low page count, it works!


My Short-a-thon TBR

I didn’t want to go big as it’s Christmas and I’ll be flitting about everywhere with family so I’ve gone for 6 novellas (and I might try and squeeze in a full length too!)

1-50 pages

• The Assasin and the Healer by Sarah J Maas

50-100 pages

• The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J Maas

• Cleaner Of Bones by Meg Kassel

• The Assassins and the Empire by Sarah J Maas

100-150

• The Assasin and the Underworld by Sarah J Maas

• The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J Maas

Over 200

• Legend by Marie Lu


Here’s how you can join in…

Create a TBR in a blog post, tweet, or whatever else you like to use.

Leave a comment on Destiny or Kathy’s post (links above) with a link to your TBR so they can add you to the official participants list (you can do this any time between now and December 21st).

Use #shortathon18 on social media so we can all find each other and cheer one another one, and be sure to follow us on Twitter at @shortathon! They will be hosting reading sprints and challenges everyday.

Good luck reading people’s!

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Books, or should I say ‘book’ I want in December.

Can you believe it?

I can’t quite believe it!

There is only 1 book I want in December!

I’m in shock, only 1!

But maybe I’m a bit glad as I can buy some more Christmas mince pies with the money!!!

Anyway, without further ado, here is the 1 book I want in December:

I’m worried I’ve missed some!

Shout out some December releases in comments!

The Weekly Epilogue…on a different day!

Welcome to The Weekly Epilogue! Hope you all had a good week?

Back to work for me after a week off. And it was hard!

I also found it hard to get into reading. Not whilst I’m actually reading, just getting to that point! I think I’m putting too much pressure on myself to read to a schedule….it will all come out in the wash I suppose!

Also…..I got new headers! It’s my first go at making so no laughing!

Bloodstained Beauty by Ella Fields

Pucked Love by Helena Hunting

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Cress by Marissa Meyer

How was your week?

What did you read?

Charley Davidson Reread Tour….and some fun facts!

I saw this reread invite from St Martins Press and I decided to get involved, who doesn’t love a reread?! You also get some fun facts about the series below as well as my review!

Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave is out 15 January 2019……

Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones

My book to reread was First Grave on the Right, the book that started it all!

My review:

A person who can see and talk to dead people is totally normal in Charley’s life and she just also happens to be a PI.

This comes in handy when 3 lawyers are murdered with the same MO…….enter Charley (and Uncle Bob!)

Charley is hilarious, sarcastic and sometimes a little too much! But her inappropriate thoughts made me love her!

Then we have the sexy, mysterious Reyes, who I pictured as Ian Somerhalder whilst reading!!!

Fantastic plot, funny, fast paced, silly and sexy! This was girl heaven and I’m going to make sure my friends read it. With ice cream.

I couldn’t leave without adding a line that made me snort:

‘You named your breasts?’

‘I named my ovaries too, but they don’t get out as much.’

Book 2 please!

A FUN FACT FOR EACH OF THE CHARLEY BOOKS:

First Grave on the Right

The concept for First Grave came about while Darynda was working as a sign language interpreter in her hometown. She stole many of the names from students at the schools where she worked, including Reyes, Garrett, and Amber. As far as Darynda knows, they have all forgiven her for her thievery.

Second Grave on the Left

Uncle Bob is a combination of two people: Darynda’s oldest brother, Luther, and the principal at the high school where she worked for several years.

Third Grave Dead Ahead

This was originally titled Third Grave Straight Ahead, but Darynda’s web designer, Liz Bemis, asked her to change the name to Dead Ahead. Firstly, it fit the content better, and secondly, Liz got tired of spelling the word Straight wrong while updating the website. Dead is much easier to type.

Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet

Quentin Rutherford makes his first appearance in this book. While his first name was stolen from Darynda’s little brother and his last name stolen from yet another Jr. High student, Quentin is physically sculpted from her oldest son, Jerrdan, a bona fide blond-haired, blue-eyed devil with a sparkling smile that melts even the staunchest of hearts. And, like Quentin Rutherford, he was born Deaf. Not that he let it stop him for a second.

Fifth Grave Past the Light

This book was fun to write! Darynda was trying to come up with something truly creepy to throw into the book, and she figured what would be creepier than having an apartment full of departed women crawling up the walls, skittering across the ceiling, and huddling in the corners? Also, it is one of the hotter books, so that was fun, too. Because, you know, Reyes.

Sixth Grave on the Edge

Darynda really wanted to open this one on a humorous note. She wanted to have Charley on a stakeout with a departed elderly man, who also happens to be naked, riding shotgun. Which begs the question: Are we really stuck in (or out of) whatever we are wearing when we die for all eternity? ‘Cause that would suck.

Seventh Grave and No Body

Osh’ekiel was originally supposed to be in one book only. And he was supposed to be a very bad guy. But Darynda fell in love with him while writing the book and decided to redeem him and give him a bigger role. Just how big his role would become didn’t come to Darynda until plotting Eighth Grave. He has been one of her favorite characters since she wrote that first scene with him.

Eighth Grave After Dark

Darynda wanted to really turn the tables on Charley and force her to have to stay in one place, thus the sacred ground of the convent came into play. It was fun and challenging to write a “locked room” mystery, so to speak, but that’s why she loves writing so much.

The Dirt on Ninth Grave

One of Darynda’s favorite books in the series, she looked forward to writing this book ever since she came up with the concept while plotting Sixth Grave. Part of what makes a romance so fun is the falling-in-love part, and she wanted Charley to fall in love with Reyes all over again. This book was doubly fun because the audience knows all the characters’ backstories, and they get to watch in anticipation as Charley slowly unravels the mysteries of her past, while seeing her fall head-over-heels for the same guy all over again.

The Curse of Tenth Grave

This book had one of those too-close-for-comfort calls. Right before Tenth Grave went to print, after going through editors and copyeditors and readers of all shapes and sizes, a savvy proofreader let Darynda in on a little secret: A Sherpa is part of a culture, not an occupation. Thanks to this razor-sharp reader, Darynda narrowly escaped insulting an entire culture in one fell swoop. Aka, her worst nightmare. Her gratitude is unending.

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight

Darynda dreamed of going to Scotland for so long, she finally decided to just put it in one of her books. She had Charley accidently materialize in the magical country, only to find out weeks after finishing the book that she would finally get to go there herself. In person. For realsies. It was even more magical than she’d imagined it would be, and she can’t wait to go back.

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave

This book has one of Darynda’s favorite epiphanies EVER!!! She thought, what if someone out there in the universe, a child perhaps, knows everything about Reyes and Charley? Everything starting from their supernatural heritage to their human identities? And what if that person wrote a book about them? Or a series of books? Say, perhaps, a set of children’s books and Garrett just happens to stumble upon them while doing research? How fun would that be? And the international bestselling children’s book (fictionally speaking) The First Star was born.

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave

By far the hardest story in the series to write, penning the last Charley book was a bittersweet experience. But Darynda knew she had to go big or go home, so what better way to go out with a bang than to end the world as we know it by starting the zombie apocalypse? Because that’s what writers do. We start apocalypses.

My first ever Six for Sunday!

Another meme! Yes it’s true!!!!

Six for Sunday is the brainchild of Steph at A Little But A Lot and this week’s prompt is:

Authors I’d Like to see Collaborate
#SixforSunday

I’ve got a mix of YA/NA fantasy authors and romance authors (mostly dark cause that’s how I like it!!!) to mix it up!

📚 Kristen Ashley and Sarah J Maas

Just thinking of a fantasy they could write together makes my toes tingle!

📚 Amelia Hutchins and Amo Jones

The darkness all rolled up into 1 book. The mind boggles!

📚 Cora Brent and Joanna Ruth Meyer

I can just imagine the beautifulness now…..makes me gaze onto the horizon and sigh!

📚 Marie Lu and Anne Malcom

Both brilliant. Both insanely talented. Would make my year!

📚 Holly Black and Tillie Cole

Omg yes. I even shrieked with joy when I thought of this!

📚 Stephanie Garber and Cora Carmack

Yes! Yes! 100 times yes!

Stacking the Shelves: 10th November……

This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality.

I loved doing this in October so thought I would do again!

If you don’t know, Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

The fact I’m meant to be on a buying ban clearly means nothing to me!

The Gathering (Ivy Blackwood Chronicles #1) by L.A. Fiore

Words like unnatural and impure started the whispers.

From the very beginning, Ivy Blackwood was different. She was only a child when she was accused of setting the fire, one she passively watched engulf the small house she had called home. Her fingertips burned and her hair singed. Some who watched her crossed themselves, convinced she was soulless for she showed no emotion at all. Calm and dispassionate, even when the screaming started that quickly turned to bellows of agony before dying into nothing but the roaring of the fire.

She was locked away where she couldn’t bring harm to herself or others. To all involved, they had protected the world from a monster, but sometimes things are not what they seem.

Sawkill

My first ever…..First Lines Friday!!!

I’ve never done this before but this month I decided to get involved with some memes…

And here is my first!

This is a weekly meme hosted by Wandering Words where you give the first few lines of a book to hook your readers before introducing the book.

Here are my first lines:

‘Shining bright, but not bright enough, the half-moon mocked me from where it sat pressed into the deep, dark sky. Even the stars had abandoned me, winking out of sight the moment I plunged into the dense woods.’

Do you recognize these first lines? Would you want to read?!

And the book is…Bloodstained Beauty by Ella Fields

Blurb:

Fresh out of college and headed straight for my dream job, I didn’t think things could get any better.

Then I met my dream man.

In an instant, my happy ever after had begun.

The life I’d stumbled into was beautiful, and the man I loved was perfect.

But perfection comes at a cost, and I’d slumbered through all the alarms.

Then I met my nightmare.

The man whose bright eyes held untamed darkness.

The man who disarmed me with his peculiar behavior.

The man whose cold, merciless hands shook me awake.

In an instant, questions started to dismantle my happy ever after.

But whoever said the truth would set you free was wrong.

It wasn’t going to repair the cracks in my naive heart.

It wasn’t going to caress my face with comforting hands and reassure me it was all just a dream.

No, the truth shoved me down a rabbit hole, and I landed in the lair of a real-life monster.

Fairyloot Unboxing: October’s Beautiful Deceptions…….

Fairyloot – October

Theme = Beautiful Deceptions

The theme is based on stories and characters that have been built around beautiful deceptions – twists and turns that you just didn’t expect!

  • An exclusive Aelin Candle by Nerd Poured Candles. It smells all lemony and totally delish!
  • Deceptive Queen Socks inspired by Victoria Aveyard’s, Red Queen. Love socks so I am sold!
  • Faerie Deck of Cards featuring art by Emily Haynes in collab with FictionTea Designs. These cards are amazing and based on The Cruel Prince….these will be coming out on family card night!
  • A Stories Keychain by KDP Letters based on The Winner’s Curse. I love a keyring so I’m sold again!!!
  • A beanie! It’s by Fiction Tea Designs and inspired by Six of Crows. Now I look crap in a hat, think sticking a hat on the moon, but I might give this one a go!
  • Wrens Secret peppermint green tea by The Tea Leaf Company. I don’t drink tea so this is going to my Mum!!!

There is also some Grishaverse badges and a bookmark!

Book of the month

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

I was so excited to get this as it was on my ‘must buy’ list for November!

Exclusive cover ✔

Sprayed edges ✔

Signed by the author ✔

Happy Firework Night!

Happy Firework Night UK!

We went to a public fireworks display on the weekend so tonight we will be having some sparklers in the garden with some hotdogs!

Stay safe!

Don’t know about Firework Night?

From Wikipedia: Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London; and months later, the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure.