Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Great Summer Reads Countdown Blitz; Aeonian Dreams by Morgan J. Muir

Morgan J Muir lives in Utah with her fantastic husband, three offspring, and as many cats (but she doesn’t carry them with kits in sacks, and has never been to St. Ives). She grew up riding horses and motorcycles and listening to her grandmother read poetry. She grew up reading any sci-fi/fantasy novel she could get her hands on and so was surprised the day she discovered that she also really enjoyed historical fiction.
Morgan always loved to write and draw and her parents always liked to say that they knew she’d write a book some day.  Ever since she was small she told stories and drew pictures for her tales.  When she got old enough, all of her spare time between classes was spent writing and she always had a notebook with her.
Her first novel was originally written after her first child was born, to help her pass the long, lonely hours as a new stay-at-home mom.  As her kids got older and more came she was too busy to do much with her stories, until one year she was introduced to NaNoWriMo, which finally rekindled the spark that led her to finish what she’d started.

Morgan’s favorite authors are Brandon Sanderson, Kristen Britain and Marion Zimmer Bradley.

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Mariah has chosen to become a vampire, but she can’t remember why.

Upon waking in the labyrinthine caves of Sophus, a centuries-old vampire, Mariah can’t remember all the choices that brought her there, but she does know there are dangerous secrets hidden within her.  As she learns to control her powerful new body— and its bloodthirsty urges— Mariah discovers a unique ability to travel through a world of spirit, the key to remembering her past, and possibly the future. 

At first, it seems her path is simple: learn to control her bloodlust, find her missing husband, and return with him to raise their son. However, things are more complicated than they seem, and neither Sophus nor her husband’s captor is willing to let them go. Mariah must use whatever skills she can to find her husband and protect her still-mortal son, but will it be enough? 

Author Interview:

What is your favorite book that is not yours?
This is a tough question, there are a lot of books that are my favorites, though I could narrow it down be genre. Historical Fiction: Shadow of the Moon by MM Kaye, Fantasy: Anything Brandon Sanderson, Romance: A Rose in Winter, Sci-fi: anything Darkover

Do you write in multiple genres? Which genre is your favorite to write?
Yes, i write fantasy, romance, and historical fantasy. My favorite to write though is Fantasy because I love the freedom of worldbuilding as opposed to being constrained by this world's reality and history (i mean, do you realize that bobby pins didn't exist before the 20th century? No picking locks with bobby pins before then!).

How young were you when you started writing?
I wrote my first book in 3rd grade, so about 9 years old. And I hated the editing/prep for publication process just as much then as i do now.

If you could meet any author, past or present, who would it be and why?
I'm not really sure. I'm so much of an introvert that I'm not sure I would get a whole lot out of a meeting like that. it would probably just be really uncomfortable, and filled with awkward silences.

How long does it take you to write a book, and what was your fastest book to write?
At least a couple years, start to publish. The first draft is the hardest part, and can take a year or more, depending on what I have going on in my life, so I always try to have several manuscripts at varying stages of completion.

What is your favorite thing to do in the summertime?

Camping with my family, and getting to have my kids home from school.

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Top Ten Tuesday; Popular Books That Lived Up to the Hype

It's Tuesday and time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week was popular books that lived up to the hype.

My top ten picks are;

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

The Blackhouse by Peter May

Monday, 30 July 2018

Great Summer Reads Countdown Blitz; Dark Days Of Promise by Shauna Gonzales

Shaunna Gonzales currently resides with her family in the greater Seattle area. Married
over thirty years, her role as wife and mother of four continue to be her priorities.

A storyteller in her youth, she endevored to extend her love of stories to the written word and in 2005 began to write her first novel. Though that manuscript will remain buried, she has continued to learn.
Once told by her doctors that she would never leave her wheelchair -- due to her Multiple sclerosis. It has been tucked in a closet while she continues on. (In other words muddles on.)

Shaunna has worked as a professional reviewer for InD'Tales eMagazine for three years. In 2012 she also served as the vice president of Moonwriters, the on-line chapter of American Night Writers Association (ANWA She prefers to write romantic fiction and has ventured into the romantic suspense, and time-travel genres. Her debut novel, Dark Day s of Promise was released by Desert Breeze Publishing in 2012 re-released 2015.

Although she prefers to spend her days writing, she is willing to share what she has learned from the school of life and is often found "giving back." 

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Thirty-four year old Vicki Laramie must learn to trust before she can love, but she might die trying.

While Vicki’s children grapple with the death of their father -- a man whom she’s successfully fabricated as loving, a lie her rebellious teenager recognizes -- she must find a way to support her family and find a role model for her boys. 

She never intends to fall for Staff Sergeant Chase, her best friend’s son, who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She’d much rather choose a safer man to love, but her children have a voice in the decision she makes. 

With two deaths to deal with, a suitor after her money, a rebellious son, and Sergeant Chase’s repeated attacks, she can only hope to survive the danger she faces. If she doesn’t, her children will be left without either parent.

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Author Interview:

1.     How long does it take you to write a book, and what was your fastest book to write?
a.     A year but my shortest book took me about six months.

2.     What is your favorite thing to do in the summertime?
a.     Sit in the shade beside my garden.

3.     Is there a message in your book you hope to share with your readers?
a.     No not really but I did in my first book I did.

4.     Are any of your characters based on real people?
a.     Yes, some of my shady characters are based on an ex-boyfriend or my sister's ex-husband

5.     What advice would you give to others who wish to become authors?

a.     Just do it, no matter what the nay-sayers say.

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Sunday, 29 July 2018

Monthly Summary; July 2018

July is almost over, which means it's time for a new monthly summary. I've luckily managed to get some reading done this month, but not so much as I'd like to. Eight books are a good number, nontheless. Some of the books are even for various challenges I'm participating in, such as Foodie Reads and Cloak and Dagger Mystery Challenge.

Books I've Read
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Djevelens rytter by Jan Ove Ekeberg
Et dødelig mørke (A Dark So Deadly) by Stuart MacBride
Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien
Slow-Cooker Fall Favorites by Gooseberry Patch
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
Gutten som elsket rådyr av Samuel Bjørk
The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Books I've Purchased or Recieved
The Lotus and the Storm  by Lan Cao
Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien
Gutten som elsket rådyr by Samuel Bjørk (press copy/ARC from the publisher)
Disclaimer by Renee Knight
I'll Keep You Safe by Peter May

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Omtale; Finna kyrkjedøra i meg av Per Helge Genberg

I forbindelse med Platypire Diversity Challenge (LGBT Pride Summer), endte jeg opp med å lese romanen Finna kyrkjedøra i meg av Per Helge Genberg, som jeg fikk tilsendt som leseeksemplar fra forlaget. I dag kommer omtalen av boka.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Den tretten år gamle guten ser ein vaksen mann gå avkledd på ein varm dag. Det vekker ei spenning som er nok til å skjøne at tiltrekkinga går i «feil lei». Kva skal no skje med odelen, den ætteplikta som er planta så djupt i han, og kva med den nedervde omsorga for dyra? Alt kan slutte med han. 

Finna kyrkjedøra i meg er ei sterk og sår forteljing om å vekse opp på landsbygda i ei tid då det å vera homofil var enda meir skambelagt enn i dag. Det handlar om å vera vennelaus og om sosial skade. Det handlar om å vera seg sjølv der ein bur, og om å finna og få leva med den store kjærleiken. Det er ei forteljing gjennomsyra av bondens kjærleik til gard, jord og dyr, ein kjærleik like sterk alle dagar gjennom året. 

Mine tanker om boka
Jeg føler meg noe splittet med tanke på denne boka. Jeg likte det lyriske språket, tematikken og sauene, men jeg skulle ønske det var "mer" (i mangelvare av bedre definisjoner). Selv om det er en kortroman, syntes jeg den var litt vel kort for min del.

Friday, 27 July 2018

Great Summer Reads Countdown Blitz; The Guise of a Gentleman by Donna Hatch

Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

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The widowed Elise is a perfect English lady living within the confines of society for the sake of her impressionable young son. Her quiet world is shattered when she meets the impulsive and scandalous Jared Amesbury. His roguish charm awakens her yearning for adventure. But his irrepressible grin and sea-green eyes hide a secret.

A gentleman by day, a pirate by night, Jared must complete one last assignment from the Secret Service before he can be truly free. Elise gives him hope that he, too, can find love and belonging. His hopes are crushed when his best laid plans go awry and Elise is dragged into his world of violence and deceit. She may not survive the revelation of Jared's past...or still love him when the truth is revealed.

The Guise of a Gentleman is a clean and wholesome Regency Romance, a.k.a. "clean" that explores finding one's true self, loyalty, honor, and trusting loved ones. With plenty of swashbuckling action, it provides a several good twists that play off of familiar situations and proudly proclaims the redemptive power of love.

Author Interview:

1.      What is your favorite book that is not yours?
That’s almost like asking me which of my children is my favorite. I love so many! It might be a shorter list of favorite authors. One of my favorites as a child, that I read over and over was A Little Princess by Frances Hodgsen Burnett. I also ate up the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

2.      Do you write in multiple genres? Which genre is your favorite to write?
I’m pretty stuck on historical—specifically Regency, but I’m also published in fantasy (with strong romantic elements) and plan to write more fantasies, too.

3.      How young were you when you started writing?
I dabbled with in when I was in second grade and go serious in junior high.

4.      If you could meet any author, past or present, who would it be and why?
Probably Jane Austen, partly to ask her questions about the era in which she lived to fill in research holes, but also because she was both snarky and romantic that I think we are kindred spirits.

5.      How long does it take you to write a book, and what was your fastest book to write?
Each book is different. I can write a novella in a few weeks if I really put my mind to it. Once, I wrote one over a weekend. A full-length novel usually takes several months. The fastest I ever wrote a full-length novel was probably somewhere in the area of three months.

6.      What is your favorite thing to do in the summertime?
Hands down, my favorite summer activity is go to the beach. In fact, I’ll do that in the winter, too—I just dress differently. I also love to swim if the water’s warm, and to go hiking if it’s not too hot.

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Book Blogger Hop; Blogger's First Name on Blog

It's Friday and time for a new Book Blogger Hop post, courtesy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "Do you agree or disagree with this statement: A blogger's first name should be in a prominent place on his/her blog."

Based on the name of my own blog, it's pretty clear I'm not too picky when it comes to the blogger's first name in relation to their blog. I find it more important having a suitable name for the blog rather than whether or not the blogger's name is prominent.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Omtale; Leserne i Broken Wheel anbefaler av Katarina Bivald

Da jeg for en god stund siden kom over romanen Leserne i Broken Wheel anbefaler av Katarina Bivald på Løvås, motstod jeg ikke fristelsen. Nå har jeg lest boka og i dag kommer omtalen av boka.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Feelgoodperle fra ung svensk debutant.

Alt begynner med en brevveksling mellom to vidt forskjellige kvinner, 28 år gamle Sara Lindqvist fra Haninge utenfor Stockholm og 65 år gamle Amy Harris fra Broken Wheel i Iowa. Etter to års utveksling av bøker, brev og tanker om litteraturen og livet bestemmer Sara seg for å besøke Amy. Men da hun kommer til Broken Wheel, er Amy død.Sara står på gaten i liten by in the middle of nowhere. Men der finnes selvsagt også menneskene som Amy har skrevet om. Og de eksentriske innbyggerne i Broken Wheel har ikke noe annet valg enn å ta hånd om den forvirrede svenske turisten. Sara bestemmer seg for å bli, og for første gang i sitt liv får hun virkelige venner - til forskjell fra Mr. Darcy og Bridget Jones - som hjelper henne med å starte en bokhandel med Amys etterlatte bøker.Både Sara og byen livner til, nye og uventede kjærlighetspar dannes, og verken Sara eller innbyggerne tør tenke tanken på at hun snart skal hjem. Da hennes tomånedersvisum nesten har rent ut, får innbyggerne i Broken Wheel en ravgal, fantastisk idé...Leserne i Broken Wheel anbefaler er en romantisk og humoristisk feelgoodroman om vennskapets kraft, kjærlighet til bøker - og om å finne sin plass i tilværelsen.

"Hun hadde alltid syntes at høstluft og bøker passet sammen, at begge deler på et vis hørte sammen med pledd, gode lenestoler og store kopper kaffe eller te, og aldri hadde vært tydeligere enn her i hennes helt egne bokhandel."

Mine tanker om boka
Selv om boka definitivt var sjarmerende, følte jeg at en del av karakterene var noe en-dimensjonale og manglet dybde. I tillegg ville jeg likt å bli mer kjent med Amy. Det som gjør at jeg allikevel hadde litt sansen for boka var alle referansene til andre bøker, samt flere bok-relaterte scener, som den i bokhandelen når Sara leser i flere timer og folk i Broken Wheel samler seg utenfor for å se henne lese. Leserne i Broken Wheel anbefaler hadde også flere fine sitater om bøker.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

My Favourite... Dream Job

It's Wednesday and time for a new My Favourite... post, courtesy of Maureen's Books. The theme of the week was favourite dream job.

My dream job may not come as a shocker for those who know me well enough, but I do want to become a novelist. I've loved to write for over 15 years, so it would be nice to actually get published.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Top Ten Tuesday; Books with Sensory Reading Memories

It's Tuesday again, which means it's time for another Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week was top ten books with sensory reading memories.

My picks are;

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
It's fair to say I got a chocolate craving while reading this one

Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Well, another book where I ate some chocolate while reading it

Biter av lykke by Anne Ch. Østby
*Cough* Chocolate *Cough*

The Saffron Trail by Rosanna Ley
This one inspired me to make a few Moroccan dinners

The Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell
I ended up making a batch of Norwegian waffles after reading the scene at the waffle café

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
I read parts of it during some really crappy weather

The Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry
Another crappy weather read

The Shapeshifters by Stefan Spjut
A third crappy weather read

Jernspøkelset by Ivar Aase
I purchased this one as a bundle with some specially made coffee by a local coffee company and I drank some of the coffee while reading the book

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I read a few chapters of this book at a local coffee shop