Thursday, 28 February 2019

Monthly Summary; February 2019

It's the end of yet another month, which means it's time to write a monthly summary including the book haul of the month and the books I've read. At the moment I have a gut feeling that next month's book haul is going to be pretty big as "Mammutsalget" is happening in the beginning of March and I have already pre-ordered roughly 13 books (*facepalm*).

Anyway, here's the book haul for this month and the books I've read.

Books I've Read
Ingenlund - Morrigan's forbannelse by Jessica Townsend
Der lyset slipper inn by Lucy Dillo
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Under udalatrærne by Chinelo Okparanta
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Venneforespørsel by Laura Marshall
En modig datter by Renita D'Silva
Vågespill by Ann Rosman

Book Haul
Thin Air by Michelle Paver (book through Blind Date with a Book Club)
Stifinnerne by Reidar Kaarbø (press copy from the author)
Vågespill by Ann Rosman (physical press copy from the publisher)
Venneforespørsel by Laura Marshall (physical press copy from the publisher)
Kron eller mynt by Jeffrey Archer (physical press copy from the publisher)
Historien om en anstendig familie by Rosa Ventrella (physical press copy from the publisher)
Jeg vet meg et land by Victoria Bø (physical press copy from the publisher)
Perlefarmen by Liza Marklund (physical press copy from the publisher)


Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Book Tour & Giveaway; The Woman America Loves a Latte by Holly Tierney-Bedord


The Woman America Loves a Latte
by Holly Tierney-Bedord
Genre: Women's Fiction 

From the best-selling author of Sweet Hollow Women comes a quirky new thriller for fans of Megan Abbott, Liane Moriarty, and Carl Hiaasen.


Veloura has never stood a chance. Raised by a junkie and orphaned as a teen, she's settled for a life of low expectations. She spends her days sprucing up the shack of a has-been bull rider and washing hair down at the local salon. But when it turns out her fiancé doesn't have her best interests at heart, she's forced to come up with a new plan for herself.

An opportunity to be the spokesperson for a coffee chain means a bright future could be hers, if only she can stay ahead of her dark past.





Holly Tierney-Bedord is the author of several novels and novellas including Sweet Hollow Women, The Woman America Loves a Latte, The Port Elspeth Jewelry Making Club, and Surviving Valencia. She's also an artist and miniaturist, creator of the mid-century dollhouse restoration blog flipthisminihouse.com, and the author of several non-fiction books about creating miniatures. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.




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Top 5 Wednesday; Fictional Places I'd Take a Date To

It's Wednesday and time for a new Top 5 Wednesday post, courtesy of the Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads Group. The theme of the week was fictional places I'd take a date to.

Waffle Heart Café, The Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell
The Tree Broomsticks in Hogsmeade, Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
The Literary Apothecary , The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
La Celeste Pralin, Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Death by Coffee Café, Death by Coffee by Alex Ericksson

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Top Ten Tuesday; Places Mentioned In Books That I'd Like To Visit

It's Tuesday, which means it's time for yet another Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week was places mentioned in books that I'd like to visit.

Here's my picks;

Prague (Czech Republic), Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Guernsey (UK), The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

Vermont (US), The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

Beijing (China), Beijing Doll by Chun Sue

Outer Hebrides (UK), Coffin Road by Peter May

Iceland, The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Solomon Islands, Devil Devil by Graeme Kent

The Mütter Museum (US), Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman

Marrakech (Morocco), The Saffron Trail by Rosanna Ley

Paris (France), The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Monday, 25 February 2019

Cover Reveal; Kingdom of Sand & Wishes


Kingdom of Sand & Wishes: A Limited Edition Collection of Aladdin Retellings
Publication date: May 24th 2019
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Young Adult
Aladdin, but not as you remember it….
On the dusty streets, around the bustling bazaars, being overlooked by a Sultan’s Palace was a land. A land of magic, secrets and treasures buried deep beneath the desert.
Through Arabian nights, dark forces are at work. Dark forces that can threaten the peace of everyone in the Kingdom. Watch our authors as they answer the question, can three wishes save the day?
Join our award winning and USA Today best selling authors for nine action packed fantasy and contemporary retellings with Sultans, sorcerers, romance and more magic than a genie’s lamp can hold.
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Omtale; Kvinnen som ble saget i to av Kari Slaatsveen

Sent i fjor fikk jeg tilsendt et leseeksemplar av novellesamlinga Kvinnen som ble saget i to av Kari Slaatsveen fra forlaget og i dag kommer omtalen av boka.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
En dag slo Otto Knagenhjelm hendene i bakebordet så melskyen sto! Og dro! Otto K er bare en av mange skikkelser vi møter i denne boka. De er alle midt i livet, et liv de prøver å finne seg til rette i, eller bryte opp fra. Her er det oppbrudd og opprørstrang, som utvalgte lesere nok kan kjenne seg igjen i på svært overraskende og tankevekkende måter - for i neste øyeblikk, eller på neste side, forstå at verden også henger sammen på et vis. Tekstene tar leseren med ut i skogen, inn i et kontorlandskap der en regnskapsfører drømmer seg bort i snirklete brosteinsgater i små italienske fjellandsbyer og et lite reisebyrå som har spesialisert seg på gruppereiser for enslige globetrottere, men også til Roar Smebyhaugens bryllup i den vesle kirka på Kapp, en tidlig junidag, der Totenlandet ligger nygrønt ned mot Mjøsa.

Mine tanker om boka
Det er en lettlest og fascinerende novellesamling som leker litt med grensene angående noveller, dikt og kortprosa. Det var noen tekster jeg likte bedre enn andre, men jevnt over er det en veldig bra novellesamling.

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Release Week Blitz; Of Wolves and Witches by Elena Lawson



I am so excited that OF WOLVES AND WITCHES by Elena Lawson is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Elena Lawson, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a $10 GC courtesy of Elena and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

Title: OF WOLVES AND WITCHES (Arcane Arts Academy Book 1)
Author: Elena Lawson
Pub. Date: February 23, 2019
Publisher: Elena Lawson
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 200
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

I messed up. I broke two of the Arcane Council's laws in one day. I swear it was an accident—but try telling that to the Arcane authorities.

Before I could catch my breath, my simple gypsy life of peddling potions with my guardians is wrenched away. I'm forcibly enrolled into the prestigious and supremely snotty Arcane Arts Academy, given shackles under the guise of mercy for my crimes.

As if that weren't enough, my volatile magic bound me to two infuriatingly overbearing shifters in the woods near campus, making me an instant pariah.

At least the history teacher is helpful—not to mention insanely gorgeous. And besides giving me a dangerous distraction, there’s something else he can provide—a way to finally find out more about my father and unravel the dark mystery surrounding his death… but some secrets have claws, and if I’m not careful, knowing the truth could get me killed.

Follow Harper Hawkins as she unravels more than she bargained for in OF WOLVES AND WITCHES, the first book in the Arcane Arts Academy series, an exciting new slow-burn reverse harem paranormal romance series perfect for fans of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Hex Hall!

Scroll up and One-Click today to start the spellbinding adventure!


Excerpt:
It wasn’t fair, I mused, pursing my lips from my seat at the back of the classroom. Having to watch him from his untouchable spot at the blackboard.

The sun decided to show up to work today, heating the academy through the many tall windows, creating a sort of greenhouse effect that left the air hazy and just a bit too warm for comfort. I was sure there was a spell, or sigil, or some sort of incantation they generally used to cool it. Some sort of witchy air conditioning.

But I was glad whoever was in charge of doing that hadn’t gotten around to it yet. Elias—er—Mr. Fitzgerald had removed his suit jacket, and I couldn’t help but notice the top button of his crisp white dress shirt was undone, showing off smooth tanned skin at the shallow dip of his collarbone. He didn’t look to be sweating at all. Which was so unfair.

Even though I’d put on the weird kilt-like skirt that morning and had opted for a short sleeve blouse, I was still sweating.
I brushed the hair from my neck, trying and failing to stare at what he was writing on the board instead of at him.

The sleeves of his dress shirt were rolled up to his elbows, settling in the crease there. His biceps—I didn’t think I’d paid enough attention to them before.

What a mistake that was.

The thin white cotton material was stretched taut against the bulge of his arms, making him look more like a bodybuilder than a teacher.

I licked my lips, suddenly wishing I’d stopped for a glass of water before class. One of these days I’d wake up in time for breakfast.

It’s so damned hot in here.

“Harper?” Elias said, pointing at something he’d written on the board. And I got the feeling it wasn’t the first time he’d said my name.

“Sorry I… I didn’t hear you. What was the question?”

Oops.


About Elena:
Elena lives in a small town in Canada with her family. She writes reverse harem fantasy romance stories full of feisty heroines, unforgettable heroes and spellbinding romance. When she comes out of her writing cave, she can be found obsessively rearranging her bookshelves, drinking wine somewhere sunny, or cooking overly fancy meals for her family and friends.

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Book Tour & Giveaway; The Mourner's Cradle by Tommy B. Smith


The Mourner's Cradle: A Widow's Journey
by Tommy B. Smith
Genre: Horror

The tale of a widow's harrowing journey through grief and peril into the cold remnants of a dead world.


Damon Sharpe had in part found victory, he believed, in his battle to unearth a truth obscured by time. By autumn, he was dead, leaving to his wife Anne a house of unfulfilled wishes, remnants, and the key to the enigma of his obsession, the Mourner’s Cradle.

A journey through grief and peril delivers Anne Sharpe from her home in St. Charles to the faraway skeletons of a long-dead civilization where she will find the desperate answers she seeks…or die trying.





Tommy B. Smith is a writer of dark fiction, author of The Mourner's Cradle, Poisonous, and the short story collection Pieces of Chaos, as well as works appearing in numerous magazines and anthologies throughout the years. His presence currently infests Fort Smith, Arkansas, where he resides with his wife and cats.



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Saturday, 23 February 2019

Review; Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

Those of you who have followed this blog for a time, probably have figured out that I am a feminist. Due to that, I couldn't resist picking up Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit and today I'll post the review.

Description from Goodreads
In her comic, scathing essay “Men Explain Things to Me,” Rebecca Solnit took on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She wrote about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don’t, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works, airing some of her own hilariously awful encounters.

She ends on a serious note— because the ultimate problem is the silencing of women who have something to say, including those saying things like, “He’s trying to kill me!”

This book features that now-classic essay with six perfect complements, including an examination of the writer Virginia Woolf ’s embrace of mystery, of not knowing, of doubt and ambiguity, a highly original inquiry into marriage equality, and a terrifying survey of the scope of contemporary violence against women.

My Thoughts On The Book
The book is both rage inducing and thought provoking, mainly as she writes about and points out several issues women struggle with; rape, treaths and being belittled. Some of the essays are better than others, but it's still worth the read. 

Friday, 22 February 2019

Release Day Blitz; Fae's Captive by Lily Archer



I am so excited that FAE'S CAPTIVE by Lily Archer is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Lily Archer, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a $10 Amazon GC courtesy of Lily and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

Title: FAE'S CAPTIVE
Author: Lily Archer
Pub. Date: February 19, 2019
Publisher: Lily Archer
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 215
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon

My college roommate was the worst. Cecile would steal my food, bring guys over at all hours, and party instead of studying. But those quirks paled in comparison to what she did next. She drugged me, and I woke up imprisoned in an alternate universe full of terrifying creatures. Now, the biggest and scariest creature of all—a fae king—believes I’m his mate. He’s freed me from the dungeon, but keeps me close. So close, in fact, that I’m beginning to like his wintery gaze and ice-chiseled body. But secrets and villains lurk throughout this new world, and I don’t know if I’ll survive long enough to figure out how to get back home.





Book 2 is also available! Grab it now!

Title: ROAD TO WINTER (FAE'S CAPTIVE #2)
Author: Lily Archer
Pub. Date: February 19, 2019
Publisher: Lily Archer
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 215
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon

The fae king is growing on me. Every touch, look, and night spent in his arms is slowly melting my resistance. When his feral side takes over, something inside me wants to let go and give him everything. With each passing day, the pull is getting harder to deny. But the road to the winter realm is full of danger, and I need to concentrate on finding my way home, not on the promises of pleasure Leander whispers in my ear at night. Even so, how long can I resist the intoxicating kiss of winter?

Author's Note: This is book 2 of the Fae's Captive Series. Be sure to read book 1 first or risk being lost in the woods with a growly fae king.




Exclusive Excerpt!

A smile quirks up one side of his lips, and the goosebumps spread down my back. He’s handsome in a brutish, alien sort of way. But definitely more scary than anything else. Those dark eyes hide traps and barbs, I’m certain of it.

He edges closer and rests the tray next to me.

My stomach growls again, and I can’t take my eyes off the food. But should I eat it?

With a nudge, he pushes the tray even closer. I can smell the sweetness of the fruit and the doughy bread. Food is food, right? But what if it’s poisoned?

He says something, one word. Maybe it’s ‘eat’, since he gestures toward the tray with one of his bear paws.

My stomach makes the decision for me as it complains loudly and a hunger pang shoots through me. I reach for the bread and take a small piece, then put it in my mouth, testing it. Sweeter than the breads I’m used to, it melts on my tongue.

He nods, his dark eyes glinting, and he says the word again. It sounds like “brantath” to me. I form the word as best I can and repeat it back to him. His face lightens, and he tears another piece of bread from the round loaf and gives it to me.

I take it, swallowing it just as fast as the first. “So brantath means eat.” My stomach seems to rumble even more. “Or maybe it means bread?”

When he sits on the bed, I yank the fur up and pull my knees to my chest. The entire mattress shifts under his weight as he leans over and butters a bigger piece of bread and offers it to me.

“Brantath.” He leans closer. The scent from the fur and the shirt I’m wearing is the same one that wafts from him. It’s the promise of a cold winter’s night spent next to a roaring fire.

I take the bread, my fingers gently brushing against his. A low growl in his throat has me pulling back. It stops, but he gives me a predatory look, one that frightens me and sends heat blasting through me at the same time. Something’s wrong with me, but I’m too happy about the food to care.

I devour the bread, the butter creamy and delicious. He rises, the bed groaning with relief as he grabs a pitcher and pours water into a crystal cup, then hands it to me. I sniff it. No smell. But it’s not like I’m an expert poison sniffer or anything. I drink, mainly because I’m parched and don’t know when I’ll get my next chance at food or water.

He watches me swallow it down, then holds his hand out for the empty glass. When I reach out to give it to him, he stills, his eyes narrowing. Ferocious. That’s the only word for the look on his face. I clutch the fur and scoot away from him.

With fluid fury he reaches to the table behind him and draws an enormous silver sword.

A choked sound catches in my throat as he raises it. I’m going to die.

“Please, don’t.” It’s the only words I can get out as he lunges toward me.


About Lily:
Lily Archer believes in fairies, mermaids, and fierce fae warriors. Armed with nothing more than her imagination and a well-worn MacBook, she intends to slay the darkest beasts of the fantasy worlds and create true love where none seemed possible.


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Sale Blitz: Anastasia Phoenix Series by Diana Rodriguez

Book Blogger Hop; Favourite Bookish Accessory

It's Friday, which means it's time for a new Book Blogger Hop post, courtesy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The question of the week was "What's your favourite bookish accessory that's NOT a book?".
Apart from my Rosie the Riveter-inspired Hermione Granger t-shirt, one of my favourite bookish accessories is a totebag with a C. S. Lewis quote.

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Book Tour & Giveaway; Shadows of Atlantis by Mara Powers


Shadows of Atlantis: Awakening
by Mara Powers
Genre: Fantasy

"...had me turning the pages obsessively from the very beginning." Readers Favorite.


Enter the legacy of the legend...
Brigitte has been chosen to renew the treaty between Atlantis and the ancient bloodline of Lemuria. As an emissary of nature, her betrothal would ensure the continued function of the Crystal Grid, the life source of the ten kingdoms of Atlantis. But as Brigitte prepares to leave from her home in the magical Dreamvale, her people are attacked by a storm of shadows. Now she is running for her life.

Upon her arrival in the ruling city of Atlantis, she meets D’Vinid, a dejected musician who lives the quintessential Atlantean lifestyle of revelry, escapism and apathy. Under the eclipse of a sacred festival, they are swept into an attraction they cannot resist. Their union may protect humanity from its worst enemy - the shadows of Atlantis. But there is one problem, this man is not her betrothed.

Brigitte soon discovers that the corruption of the Grid could very well be the Grid itself. Citizens have neglected to attend the rituals required to charge the crystals with their psychic emanations. Some have fallen prey to an epidemic called “the madness”, caused by shadowy parasites that feed off human suffering. But as nature always strives toward balance, the crystals have activated a genetic upgrade among the people. The youth have begun to express supernatural powers. Could it be that D’Vinid and Brigitte are meant to be leaders among the awakened? And if so, why does it seem impossible for them to be together?

A mysterious tale of romance, seduction and betrayal that reaches just enough into the modern mind to ask - will we learn the lessons of Atlantis?



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Mara Powers is a rebel of the written word who has tackled the monumental task of recreating Atlantis. When she was 16 in Fort Collins, Colorado, she began visiting the library in search of things she couldn't learn in school. Her goal was to re-define her religion. She studied theology voraciously until she discovered the concept of reincarnation though Hinduism. It was the answer to a lifelong existential crisis that had plagued her for many sleepless nights. The study of reincarnation led her to the channel Edgar Cayce. In his many books, she found his past life readings of lifetimes spent in Atlantis. This was the beginning of a lifelong quest to unravel the secrets of this mystery. She has spent upwards of 30 years exploring the labyrinth of ancient civilizations. Her decision to turn it all into a high concept, visionary fantasy series stems from her study of the esoteric depiction of Atlantis. With the other half of her research rooted in the secular, it was the best way to illustrate both aspects of this fascinating legend. Her work is the legacy of the legend.




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