Monday, 30 April 2018

Wrap Up Post; Spring Into Horror Readathon

Now, where did April go? Oh well, nevertheless I've been a bit busy with the Spring Into Horror Readathon. As I'm a bit of a sucker for horror, mystery and thrillers, it wasn't like it was a hard readathon for me in that sense.

Here's the list of books I managed to read this month (one of the reviews will come later on, July at the earlierst due to the blog schedule).

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon; Closing Survey

Dewey's Readathon is more or less over and I have to admit that I gave up on reading at 11 PM last night as I couldn't think straight anymore. It's not fun reading if I feel like it's a chore instead of fun, so I went to bed. Nevertheless, at least I managed to read some books, though not as many as I had planned.

Now it's perhaps time to write the closing survey.

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? I had to throw in the towel at the 10th hour as I couldn't think straight anymore.

2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!
Poems on the Underground edited by Gerard Benson (poetry anthology)
Love Poems by Pablo Neruda (poetry collection)
Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra (novella)
Finne kyrkjedøra i meg by Per Helge Genberg (novella)

3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners? Probably Love Poems and Poems on the Underground.


4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile? I do like it as it is, even though I never complete the entire readathon as I get a bit sleepy after a while.


5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep? This isn't my first readathon and I'm sure I'll participate again. I might be interested in volunteering, but I haven't quite decided yet.

Book Tour, Review & Giveaway, Murder, She Knit by Peggy Ehrhart


Murder, She Knit
A Knit & Nibble Mystery Book 1
by Peggy Ehrhart
Genre: Cozy Mystery

Since her only daughter left for college, widow Pamela Paterson has kept busy as associate editor of a craft magazine and founder of the Knit and Nibble knitting club in quaint Arborville, New Jersey. Now, she’s trying out a new hobby—solving murders!


Pamela is hosting the next Knit and Nibble meeting and can’t wait to liven up her otherwise empty home with colorful yarn, baking, and a little harmless gossip. She even recruits Amy Morgan, an old friend who recently moved to town, as the group’s newest member. But on the night of the gathering, Amy doesn’t show. Not until Pamela finds the woman dead outside—a knitting needle stabbed through the front of her handmade sweater . . .
Someone committed murder before taking off with Amy’s knitting bag, and Pamela realizes that only she can spot the deadly details hidden in mysterious skeins. But when another murder occurs, naming the culprit—and living to spin the tale—will be more difficult than Pamela ever imagined . . . 
Knitting tips and delicious recipe included!




Personally, I enjoyed reading this novel and the characters were well developed. I would perhaps like to get to know a few of the characters a bit more and that Catrina, the cat who "adopted" Pamela, got a slightly bigger role, but there might be a chance this could happen in the future books, so I'm not too worried about that really. I also found the New England setting and the knitting club really charming (add wild turkeys) and I would love to read the future books in this series.
Peggy Ehrhart is a former English professor who lives in Leonia, New Jersey, where she writes mysteries and plays blues guitar. She holds a Ph.D. in medieval literature from the University of Illinois and taught writing and literature at Queens College, CUNY, and Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she was a tenured full professor. Her short stories have appeared in Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine, Crime and Suspense, Flashing in the Gutters, Spinetingler, Crime Scene: New Jersey 2, and Murder New York Style. A longtime member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, Peggy served on the board of MWA New York as head of the Mentor Committee. She was president of Sisters in Crime NY/TriState from 2013 to 2015. Peggy regularly attends mystery writing conferences and participates in conference panels and also gives talks on mystery fiction at libraries in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey.


Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts and a giveaway!





Saturday, 28 April 2018

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon; Opening meme

It's less than one hour left until Dewey's Readathon officially starts, which means it's time to answer the opening meme. For those who are unfamiliar with it, Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon is basically a reading marathon where you read for 24 hours, even though I might admit that since it starts at 2 PM where I live, I do get some sleep during the night. I don't see the point in trying to push myself if my head is too loopy due to lack of sleep.

Anyway, here's my answers for the opening meme.
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Bryne, Norway

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Probably "The Spy" by Paulo Coelho

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? A chocolate macaron from Chili Chocolate and some orange flavoured marzipan with chocolate coating.


4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I'm obviously a bookworm and I'm currently working at an independent bookstore in Stavanger (Norway).


5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? I've usually made some kind of calzones and slowcooked latte for the previous readathons, but I didn't get the time to do it this time as I had a few errands in Stavanger to do before the readathon started, so now I'll be drinking tea and eating fish & chips instead.

Omtale; Vampyr av Steffen Kverneland

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Siden jeg har en viss svakhet for vampyrer, klarte jeg ikke å motstå fristelsen da jeg kom over romanen Vampyr av Steffen Kverneland på tilbud for en stund tilbake. Nå har jeg lest den og her er omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Årets mest originale utgivelse.
En gotisk røverroman om den dystre hemmeligheten bak vår største maler, om svik, fortvilelse og syk kjærlighet, sett gjennom øynene til en forfyllet tegneserieskaper.Ulikt alt annet du har lest. Og bedre enn det meste.

Mine tanker om boka
Den er definitivt makaber og morbid til tider (noe som er et pluss for min del), og den var fascinerende, underholdende og bra skrevet. Boka veksler mellom forteller-stemmer, samt har illustrasjoner, hvorpå sistnevnte gjør at boka får et litt annet uttrykk. Hvis en liker vampyrer og kunst, kan boka definitivt anbefales.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Book Blitz; When They Came by Kody Boye

Review; RoseBlood by A. G. Howard

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As I am a fan of all things Phantom of the Opera, I basically could not resist RoseBlood by A. G. Howard and today I'll post the review of this retelling.

Description from Goodreads
In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera. 

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.


My Thoughs On The Book
Personally, I really enjoyed reading RoseBlood and the more I read, the more I wanted to read so I could find out what happened next. A few of the things that bugged/annoyed me was among other things the somehow rushed last chapter to tie up loose ends, using the racist word "gypsy" (sometimes in combination with "tainted blood" and other bad references) instead of Romani and the fact that the name Rune is a male name (at least in Norway).

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Book Blitz; The Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Unforeseeable Truth About Ethan Wilder by Cookie O'Gorman

Book Tour; Daughter of the Sun by Zoe Kalo

About the Book

Title: Daughter of the Sun (Cult of the Cat series, Book 1)
Author: Zoe Kalo
Genre: YA contemporary Egyptian mythological fantasy/paranormal
Word count: 93,000 words / 330 pages
DOWNLOAD FREE at www.ZoeKalo.com
Mystery, adventure, a hint of romance, and the delicious sweep of magic…
16-year-old Trinity leads a quiet life until fate takes her to the Island of Cats.
As Trinity tries to solve the mystery of an ancient papyrus, she’s pulled into a vortex of bloody sacrifices, evil curses, and a prophecy that points to a horrifying destiny.
The author is giving away the first book in the series for FREE to readers who sign up for her mailing list on her website at www.ZoeKalo.com

Praise

“This was an amazing story!” –Hot Off the Shelves
“Wow- this book was a stunning, magnificent adventure!” –The Recipe Fairy
“If you are looking for a Young Adult Fantasy book that is different from the norm, then look no further. Daughter of the Sun is full of Egyptian mythology, with layer upon layer of mystery just waiting to be uncovered.” –Archaeolibrarian

About Zoe

Storyteller at heart…
A certified bookworm and ailurophile, Zoe Kalo has always been obsessed with books and reading. The pleasure of writing and sharing her fantasy worlds has remained. Today, Zoe passes her stories to you with lots of mystery, adventure, a hint of romance, and the delicious sweep of magic.
Currently, she balances writing with spending time with her family, taking care of her clowder of cats, and searching for the perfect bottle of pinot noir.
Connect with Zoe Kalo on the web: www.ZoeKalo.com / Facebook / Twitter

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Omtale; Sauebondens liv - fortellinger fra den engelske landsbygda av James Rebanks

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Jeg kom over boka Sauebondens liv - fortellinger fra den engelske landsbygda av James Rebanks på biblioteket og jeg motstod ikke fristelsen. Nå kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Noen mennesker har frihet til å velge sin egen retning i livet. Slik har det ikke vært for James Rebanks. Han er odelsgutten på en sauegård i Lake District som i mer enn seks hundre år har vært i familiens eie. 

James Rebanks' første bok ble en stor publikums- og kritikersuksess. Hans skildringer av sauebondens liv er fascinerende lesning, det er engasjerende, rørende og ærlig. Boka hans om et gammelt yrke forteller historien om en dypt rotfestet tilknytning til et særegent landskap og en stille og tilbaketrukket livsstil. 


I en stemningsfull og klar prosa tar Rebanks oss gjennom en sauebondes år. Boka er en unik fortelling om livet på landsbygda, et liv som de fleste av oss har mistet nærheten til. Det er en historie om arbeidslivet og menneskene rundt ham, hans egen barndom, hans foreldre og besteforeldre. Det er historien om å holde ut i et vanskelig yrke, fortalt med en kjærlighet til jorda og dyra som smitter over på leseren. 


For Rebanks og hans familie former været og årstidene livet. Om sommeren skal sauene på fjellet og høyet i hus, om høsten gjelder det å gå på markedet og skaffe nye dyr til flokken, om vinteren må dyrene holdes i live, og litt senere, vårens kribling når lammingen nærmer seg. Den påfølgende beitesesongen gir dem pågangsmot til et nytt år som sauebønder.


Mine tanker om boka
Selv om den tidvis var noe repeterende, var det allikevel en viss sjarm i boka. I tillegg har forfatteren nok kunnskap til at en faktisk kan lære noe av å lese boka.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Book Blitz; The Nerdy Necromancer by S.E. Babin

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This is my stop during the book blitz for The Nerdy Necromancer by S.E. Babin. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz takes place on 24 April. See the tour schedule here.

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The Nerdy NecromancerThe Nerdy Necromancer (The Deadicated Matchmaker #1)
By S.E. Babin
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Comedy
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 24 April 2018

Blurb:
Helen Reaper has a weird relationship with the dead. As in she can bring anyone or anything back to life, so she’s constantly bombarded by people begging her to restore their loved ones, their pet fish, that cute girl who fell off a building while taking a selfie. Super. Annoying. So Helen becomes a necessary introvert and a homebody, choosing to absorb herself in books instead of real life.

The Deadication Dating Agency comes to her this time in the form of a mysterious letter and a cute little puppy.

They know someone who’s already dead who won’t mind her talent one little bit. Can a woman who raises the dead find a love that stays alive?


You can find The Nerdy Necromancer on Goodreads

You can buy The Nerdy Necromancer for only 99 cents here on Amazon
It’s available to read with Kindle Unlimited.

About the Author:
USA Today Bestselling author S.E. Babin has a passion for writing books with a paranormal twist. Whether it's romance or mystery, she loves taking the norm and turning it into the extraordinary. Her love of reading turned into a curious exploration to see whether or not she could write her own novel. Beginning with discarded pages of angsty novels and a slightly popular reimagining of Beowulf's Grendel in her high school English class, Sheryl spent way too much time in the library, killing any chance of her becoming a cheerleader or anything even remotely cool.

You can find and contact S.E. Babin here:
- Website
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Goodreads
- Amazon
- Instagram

Giveaway
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Top Ten Tuesday; Frequently Used Words in Fantasy Titles

It's Tuesday and time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic of the week was frequently used words in X titles and I decided to write about fantasy.

Here are ten frequently used in fantasy titles;
Dark
Blood
Magic
Dragon
King
Moon
Fire
Tales
Night
Shadow

Monday, 23 April 2018

Omtale; Bare du som passer på av Jarle Sten Olsen

For en liten stund tilbake, var jeg såpass heldig at jeg fikk tilsendt et leseeksemplar av krimromanen Bare du som passer på av Jarle Sten Olsen fra forfatteren. Nå har jeg fått lest boka og i dag kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Tom Moen, video-journalist i NRK, blir presset til å dra til Bø i Telemark for å utføre et oppdrag for SORG, spesialenheten for overvåking av reaksjonære grupper. Oppdraget, som i utgangspunktet virker som en enkel jobb, viser seg å være langt farligere og gjør at han må nøste i en fortid mange ønsker å glemme. Tematisk fokuserer boken på fremveksten av et nytt ytre-høyre, i Norge såvel som i Europa, og trekker paralleller tilbake til andre verdenskrig.

Mine tanker om boka
Bare du som passer på er en lettlest krimroman med et greit tempo - ikke for fort og ikke for tregt. I tillegg belyser den noen av utfordringene med fremveksten av et nytt ytre-høyre.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Review; The Uninvited Corpse (Food Blogger Mysteries #1) by Debra Sennefelder

It's almost a bit sad that Mystery Thriller Week is over for this time, but I still has one review left; the review of The Uninvited Corpse by Debra Sennefelder. I was fortunate enough to recieve a press copy/eARC of the book from the author and today I'll post the review.

Description from Goodreads
Leaving behind a failed career as a magazine editor and an embarrassing stint on a reality baking show, newly divorced lifestyle entrepreneur Hope Early thought things were finally on the upswing--until she comes face-to-face with a murderer . . .

Hope's schedule is already jam packed with recipe testing and shameless plugs for her food blog as she rushes off to attend a spring garden tour in the charming town of Jefferson, Connecticut. Unfortunately, it isn't the perfectly arranged potted plants that grab her attention--it's the bloody body of reviled real estate agent Peaches McCoy . . .


One of the tour guests committed murder, and all eyes are on Hope's older sister, Claire Dixon--who, at best, saw Peaches as a professional rival. And suspicions really heat up when another murder occurs the following night. Now, with two messy murders shaking Jefferson and all evidence pointing to Claire, Hope must set aside her burgeoning brand to prove her sister's innocence. But the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer intent on making sure her life goes permanently out of style . . .


Includes Recipes from Hope's Kitchen!


My Thoughts on the Novel
The Uninvited Corpse is the first book in a new series and it is a great start. There's several relatable characters in the novel and well paced. I also fell a bit in love with the dog, the New England setting and the chickens. An added bonus is that Hope, the main character, is a food blogger.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Review; Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

As part of Mystery Thriller Week, you have maybe figured out that I'm reviewing a few books. Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan, which I recieved as a press copy through Netgallery from the author/publisher is one of them. Today I'll post the review of the book which also enables me to cross of Japan in the Literary Voyage Around the World Reading Challenge

Description from Goodreads
Clarissa Goenawan’s dark, spellbinding literary debut opens with a murder and shines a spotlight onto life in fictional small-town Japan.

Ren Ishida is nearly finished with graduate school when he receives news of his sister Keiko's sudden death. She was viciously stabbed one rainy night on her way home, and there are no leads. Ren heads to Akakawa to conclude his sister's affairs, still failing to understand why she chose to abandon the family and Tokyo for this desolate town years ago.


But Ren soon finds himself picking up where Keiko left off, accepting both her teaching position at a local cram school and the bizarre arrangement of free lodging at a wealthy politician’s mansion in exchange for reading to the man’s catatonic wife.


As he comes to know the figures in Akakawa, from the enigmatic politician to his fellow teachers and a rebellious, alluring student named Rio, Ren delves into his shared childhood with Keiko and what followed, trying to piece together what happened the night of her death. Haunted in his dreams by a young girl who is desperately trying to tell him something, Ren struggles to find solace in the void his sister has left behind.


My Thoughts on the Novel
I really enjoyed reading Rainbirds, partially because of the writing style and partially because of the characters, which was well written. I also enjoyed reading about the dynamic and relationship between Ren and Keiko.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Book Blogger Hop; How Do I Organize My Books For Review?

It's Friday again, which means it's time for a new Book Blogger Hop post thanks to the blogger behind Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "How do you organize your books for review? Does it work for you or have you had to change it?".

Personally, I sort the books by urgency/priority. The rough draft looks something like this;
1. Book blog tours
2. Library books
3. Advanced reading copies
4. Reading challenges
5. Various books that doesn't fit any other category

It's a somewhat flexible way of doing it and I can tweak it as I go, depending on said urgency, so I don't need to panic too much, but of course mishaps do happen from time to time.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Release Day Blitz; The Weekend Bucket List by Mia Kerick

Review; The Reading Buddy by Bryce Gibson

It's time for yet another review in terms of Mystery Thriller Week. Today it's The Reading Buddy by Bryce Gibson, in which I was fortunate enough to recieve as an e-ARC/press copy from the author.

Description from Goodreads
ACCEPT THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS...OR ELSE! 

A SET OF keys jangled in my hand. The keys were my lifeline. One of them would be what saved the day. I held onto them as tightly as I could. I was being followed. The man running behind me was my stepdad, Morris Heyward. He was holding an axe. 


AFTER THE DEATHS of his best friend and stepdad, seventeen-year-old Blake Thomas can't escape the memories of that night...the screams...the blood...the axe. Now, Blake suffers from social anxiety and making friends at his new home seems impossible. With his therapist's suggestion, Blake joins a social media site called The Reading Buddy. It is supposed to be a way for him to slowly step back into social relationships, and it doesn't take long for him to become online friends with someone known as Charley17. Recovery seems to be within reach, but once the school year starts, three local teens quickly pull Blake into their own circle, and soon it appears that Charley17 doesn't want to share his new friend with anybody else.


The Reading Buddy is a Southern-set throwback to the teen horror and thriller novels from the 1990s and will keep you guessing until the very end!


My Thoughts on the Novel
The characters in The Reading Buddy are well developed and the story itself reminded me a bit of the Fear Street novels by R. L. Stine, which I read quite a few of WAY BACK. So if you loved those books by R. L. Stine, it's a fair chance you'll like this one. Something else that I liked about the book was the portrayal of social anxiety.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Book Blitz; Everything Under the Sun by Jessica Redmerski

Review; The Baby On The Back Porch by Lucia N. Davis

It's time for a new review in relation to Mystery Thriller Week. Today I'll post the review of The Baby on the Back Porch by Lucia N. Davis and I was fortunate enough to recieve this short story as an e-ARC/press copy from the author.

Description from Goodreads
An old cabin, hidden in the forests of the Northern Cascades, has been a silent witness to mysterious events long forgotten. But sometimes the past has a way of resurfacing…

In search of solace after a personal tragedy, Sara Eriksson exchanges vibrant San Francisco for a small mountain village. Initially, everything at the cabin is just as she imagined: Her new surroundings are breathtaking, and her landlord, David, is kind and helpful. As soon as she’s left alone, however, Sara finds her new home is not quite as peaceful as she’d thought. First she has an unwanted visitor. Then, an unsettling dream…


Sara pursues the leads presented to her, but she can’t solve the mystery on her own. It takes both Sara and David to uncover the truth about the past—and discover a connection they never expected.


My Thoughts On the Short Story
I really enjoyed reading this short story, partially due to the descriptions and the paranormal elements in it. I also have a weak spot for rural/remote locations, so it was a bonus with the remote forest setting.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Book Blitz; Wings of Flesh and Bones by Cathrina Constantine

Top Ten Tuesday; Debut Novels

It's Tuesday again, which means it's time for another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. It was freebie theme this week, so I chose to write a list of top ten debut novels.


My list includes;

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Night School by C. J. Daugherty

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Tompkin's School: For the Extraordinarily Taleted by Tabi Slick

Endangered by Dani Hoots

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Monday, 16 April 2018

Review; The Haunting of Dr. Bowen: A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River (Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter) by C.A. Verstraete

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I was fortunate enough to recieve a press copy/eARC of The Haunting of Dr. Bowen: A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River (Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter) by C.A. Verstraete from the author. Today, as part of Mystery Thriller Week, I'll post the review.

Description from Goodreads
Gruesome deaths haunt the industrial city of Fall River, Massachusetts.

Dr. Seabury Bowen—physician to the infamous Lizzie Borden—swears he’s being stalked by spirits, though his beloved wife thinks it’s merely his imagination. But the retired doctor insists that neither greed nor anger provoked the recent sensational axe murders in Fall River. Rather, he believes the city is poisoned by bad blood and a thirst for revenge dating back to the Indian and Colonial wars.


Now, two years after the Borden murders, Dr. Bowen is determined to uncover the mysteries stirring up the city’s ancient, bloodthirsty specters. Can he discover who, or what, is shattering the peace before Fall River runs red? Or will he be the next victim?


Part mystery, part love story, The Haunting of Dr. Bowen reveals the eerie side of Fall River as witnessed by the first doctor on the scene of the legendary Borden murders.


A supernatural tie-in to the book, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, but without the zombies. Based on real-life events and historic documents, though some parts have been fictionalized to fit the story. 

* Contains some light horror details.

My Thoughts On The Book
"The Haunting of Dr. Bowen" was an entertaining read with some spooky elements to it. I might add that it would be beneficial to read "Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter" before reading this one, as it gives a lot of context. What made it even more fun, was that these two books are inspired by the actual case of Lizzie Borden, who allegedly murdered her father and stepmother in 1892.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Review; Rituals of the Dead by Jennifer S. Alderson

It's time for a new book review in relation with Mystery Thriller Week. This time it's Rituals of the Dea by Jennifer S. Alderson, and I was fortunate enough to recieve an e-ARC of the novel, which is the third book in the series about Zelda.

Description from Goodreads
Art, religion, and anthropology collide in Alderson’s latest art mystery thriller, Rituals of the Dead, Book three of the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series. 

Art history student Zelda Richardson is working at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam on an exhibition of bis poles from the Asmat region of Papua – the same area where a famous American anthropologist disappeared in 1962. When his journals are found inside one of the bis poles, Zelda is tasked with finding out more about the man’s last days and his connection to these ritual objects.


Zelda is pulled into a world of shady anthropologists, headhunters, missionaries, art collectors, and smugglers – where the only certainty is that sins of the past are never fully erased.


Join Zelda as she grapples with the anthropologist’s mysterious disappearance fifty years earlier, and a present-day murderer who will do anything to prevent her from discovering the truth.


All three mysteries in the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series are stand-alone novels, yet are even more enjoyable when read in order: Down and Out in Kathmandu: A Backpacker Mystery (Book One) The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery (Book Two) 


Related keywords: art theft, art crime, historical fiction, historical mystery, art history, art mystery, artifact theft, artifacts, museums, anthropology, ethnography, cultural heritage, exhibition, mystery, thriller, missionaries, archival research, suspense, crime fiction, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Leiden, Rotterdam, Papua, Dutch New Guinea.


My Thoughts on the Book
Rituals of the Dead is an entertaining and fast paced thriller and I did read the entire novel in one sitting. What made the book even more interesting was the flashbacks to Papua and New Guinea in the sixties. The book is not "only" a thriller, it's also about cultural exploration (and exploitation).

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Release Blitz; Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake

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Release Blitz for
Beyond a Darkened Shore
By Jessica Leake

Beyond a Darkened Shore
by Jessica Leake
Young Adult Historical Fantasy
Hardcover & ebook, 384 pages
April 10th 2018 by HarperTeen

The ancient land of Éirinn is mired in war. Ciara, princess of Mide, has never known a time when Éirinn’s kingdoms were not battling for power, or Northmen were not plundering their shores.

The people of Mide have always been safe because of Ciara’s unearthly ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions. But lately a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Éirinn but the entire world.

Then the crow leads Ciara to Leif, a young Northman leader. Leif should be Ciara’s enemy, but when Ciara discovers that he, too, shares her prophetic visions, she knows he’s something more. Leif is mounting an impressive army, and with Ciara’s strength in battle, the two might have a chance to save their world.

With evil rising around them, they’ll do what it takes to defend the land they love...even if it means making the greatest sacrifice of all.

Praise for the Book

"Beyond a Darkened Shore is thrilling and romantic. This is a must-read for lovers of fantasy, mythology, and folklore." - Kody Keplinger, New York Times bestselling author of The DUFF and Run

“With undead armies, flesh-eating spirit horses, and a powerful heroine, fantasy, romance, and historical-fiction readers will have a great time.” - Booklist

“While Morrigan and Odin are terrifying, raven-haired Ciara is the star. Beautiful, strong, and independent, she is the perfect warrior princess. Epic historical fantasy filled with deadly creatures, simmering romance, and nonstop action.” - Kirkus Reviews
Excerpt

The waves viciously beat against the worn rock, sending sprays of white water into the air. It should have been deterrent enough, but the Northmen were relentless. Their longship had already landed. Men poured from its side like a wave of death. As I took in the square sail—white with a crimson skeletal dragon—my heart beat a furious rhythm in my chest. I’d fought countless Northmen in battles throughout our kingdom, but the sight of that sail still made every muscle in my body clench in warring fear and anger—and memory.

My clansmen’s blood staining the earth red—

—my sister’s hand in mine as we tried to escape—

—her eyes wide as the blood trailed down her throat, and me, screaming, screaming—

I shook my head, banishing the memories before they could weaken my mind further. Sleipnir snorted and pawed the ground in response. Like other horses, he could sense my emotions. But unlike other horses, my apprehension only made him bolder.

Fergus wheeled his horse over to me and spat on the ground. “Let us pray the blood of the raiders will flow this day.”

I glanced at the men assembled beside me and frowned. A Northman longship of the size of the one on our shore could hold at least sixty men, far more than our own crew. “The battle can go no farther than this cliff—not this time.”

“I will cover you as best I can,” Fergus said. “You search for their leader.”

I tightened my grip on the hilt of my sword. My arm muscles tensed, and my heart pounded. Anticipation of the battle was always the hardest: the prickling adrenaline, the torrent of memories, the cold dread. I endured it all because my sisters and mother were huddled in fear in their room. We were the only things preventing them from being killed.

I snapped my attention back to the battle. The Northmen had begun the treacherous climb to our stronghold. With any luck, we would pick them off as they emerged at the top of the cliff. The Northman raiding strategy was always to ambush. Instead of recognizing such actions as dishonorable, they seemed happy to live to fight again. They wouldn’t expect us to be waiting for them, and if we could defeat their leader quickly enough, they might retreat. There was no dishonor in retreat in their eyes either, not when their strategy to ambush meant they were usually slinking into a castle and catching its warriors unawares.

Holding the high ground was our advantage. We had to make it count.

With a shout, the first man made it to the top. He showed a momentary flash of surprise that we were lying in wait for him, but he recovered quickly. Battle-axe raised and shield in front of his chest, he charged. More of the enemy followed, their armor and long beards making them indistinguishable from one another. My clansmen made rivers of their blood.

About the Author


Jessica Leake is the author of the adult novels Arcana and The Order of the Eternal Sun, both with Skyhorse. She worked for years as a psychotherapist, but even though she loved her clients, she couldn’t stop writing. She lives in South Carolina with her husband, four young children, lots of chickens, and two dogs who keep everyone in line. Beyond a Darkened Shore is her YA debut. Visit her at www.jessicaleake.com.


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Friday, 13 April 2018

Release Day Blitz; Bacon Pie by Candace Robinson & Gerardo Delgaldillo



I am so excited that BACON PIE by Candace Robinson & Gerardo Delgadillo is available now and that I get to share the news!

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About The Book:

Title: BACON PIE
Author: Candace Robinson & Gerardo Delgadillo
Pub. Date: April 13, 2018
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 314
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Lia Abbie has the easy life—kicking it back with old school video games, hanging out with her best friend Barnabas, and alternating her living schedule between the apartments of her two dads and her mom.

Kiev Jimenez is a theater geek who loves him some Shakespeare and taking care of his pet armadillo. He has one set goal in life: obtaining the role of Horatio for the Hamlet school play.

When a showdown between Lia and Kiev lands them in the principal's office, they're forced into volunteer work at the cringe-worthy Piggy Palooza Festival, or risk being suspended. Lia and Kiev aren’t thrilled about the situation, especially when it interferes with Lia's relaxed life and Kiev's theater role. But by working together, they may find more than just bacon—possibly a little love in the air.



Excerpt:
The door is already wide open. Mr. Walker is missing in action, but two guys are already there—Tweedle Jerk and Tweedle Jerkier.

I’m not dealing with this crap today. I march up to Cole, who is sitting in my seat again, and watch as Kiev’s eyes seem to follow me all the way until I’m standing in between both of them.

“You need to get out of my seat,” I say to Cole. Does he have his usual basketball shirt on today? He does.

He holds up both hands like he’s trying to tame a wild boar. “Calm down. Calm down, Miss Ophelia Abbie. The bell has not announced the start of this oh-so-wonderful class.”

I give him a look of disdain. “Enough with the Ophelia stuff.”

“What’s wrong with the name Ophelia?” Kiev pipes in. “It’s like the name from Hamlet.”

“What?” I turn to Kiev, not sure what this idiot is talking about.

“You know, O-phe-li-a.” He draws the name out super slowly to get his point across.

“I don’t give a crap about Hamlet—that has nothing to do with my name,” I huff.

Tapping his fingers on the desk like he’s typing on a keyboard, Kiev stares at my face. “Are you sure your parents didn’t name you after the character?”

“Who the hell names their kid after a stupid Shakespearian play?” I’ve read two, and I hated them both.

“Plenty of people. Juliet Weaver, in our grade, was named after Romeo and Juliet.”

“Quit being pretentious.”

“Quit being a—”

I narrow my eyes at him. “A what?”

“You know what you’re being.”

“Shut up, Kiev. Oh, my parents named me after the capital of Russia, because I’m such an important person who has to answer questions for people when they don’t need help answering!” I yell.

“Um, Kiev is actually the capital of Ukraine.” He bobs his head. “You know that, right?” I hear Cole’s loud hooting to my right.

That’s it! Without thinking, I slam my fist directly into Kiev’s nose.





About Candace:

My name is Candace Robinson. I’m just your average hemiplegic migraine sufferer. My days are spent writing, book reviewing and traveling through books for my blog, Literary Dust. I live just outside of Houston, Texas, where it feels like the hottest place on Earth with the crazy weather. No, seriously, one day it’s 30 degrees and the next it’s 70 degrees! I live with my husband and awesome daughter!

You can also follow me on my review blog Literary Dust





About Gerardo:


Gerardo's amazing bio.

Yup. Even though I'm like one-hundred-and-fifty-nine years old, spelled all out, I love to write about contemporary teens in distress. So no magic, dragons, or unicorns.

About me

At the tender age of sixteen years old, when giant lizards ruled the world, I used to be a DJ--turntables and all.
I was born in the States, raised in Mexico, and now live in Big D.
Cloud computing is my area of expertise--just don't ask me what cloud computing means.
I love football, the one played with the feet by footballers, La Liga from Spain being the best.
Chilaquiles is my favorite food. Yummy.
About my novels

Multi-cultural is my writing trade, in English and Español.
My writing must be emotional or else ...
I believe in the Oxford comma, but the Oxford comma doesn't believe in me.
Love first person present tense POV.
In my novels, food tends to be another protagonist.


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