Tuesday 30 September 2014

RELEASE DAY BLITZ - THE FINE ART OF PRETENDING BY RACHEL HARRIS

Title: The Art Of Pretending
Series: The Art Of Fine Pretending
Author: Rachel Harris
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Release Date: 30th September 2014

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According to the guys at Fairfield Academy, there are two types of girls: the kind you hook up with, and the kind you're friends with. Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Reed is the second type. And she hates it. With just one year left to change her rank, she devises a plan to become the first type by homecoming, and she sets her sights on the perfect date—Justin Carter, Fairfield Academy’s biggest hottie and most notorious player.

With 57 days until the dance, Aly launches Operation Sex Appeal and sheds her tomboy image. The only thing left is for Justin actually to notice her. Enter best friend Brandon Taylor, the school’s second biggest hottie, and now Aly’s pretend boyfriend. With his help, elevating from “funny friend” to “tempting vixen” is only a matter of time.

But when everything goes according to plan, the inevitable “break up” leaves their friendship in shambles, and Aly and Brandon with feelings they can’t explain. And the fake couple discovers pretending can sometimes cost you the one thing you never expected to want.


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EXCERPT

An exhale of breath leaves Brandon’s lips, almost like a laugh, and he scoots closer to me on the blanket. I twist my legs under myself, sitting tall as I face him. He cups my chin and tilts it toward him, drowning me in the now dark-green depths of his eyes, the cologne I gave him for his birthday filling my head. It’s woodsy and yummy and I always loved how it smelled on the store testers, but on Brandon, it’s even sexier. My eyes flutter closed, and I inhale again, this time slowly. Goose bumps prickle my arms, and my head gets fuzzy.
Brandon slides his hand down the column of my neck and brings the other up, threading his fingers through the hair at my nape. His breath fans across my cheek, and everything south of my bellybutton squeezes tight. 
When his mouth first meets mine, it’s hesitant, questioning. But as I move my lips with his, he quickly grows bolder, coaxing them apart.
Desire, pure and raw, electrifies my veins as his tongue sweeps my mouth. A whimpering sound springs from my chest, and instinctively, I wrap my arms around his neck, tugging him closer. Needing more. My teeth graze his full bottom lip, and I pull it, sucking on it gently.
He moans and knots his fingers in my hair, and a thrill dances down my back.
Brandon is an amazing kisser, just as I knew he would be. I have no control over my body’s reactions. I lose myself in his lips, his tongue, and his strong arms, forgetting time and space and even my surroundings—until Gabi’s snicker brings reality crashing around us, reminding me we have an audience.
And that I’m kissing Brandon.
We break apart, out of breath, and stare into each other’s eyes.
That was unexpected. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Award-winning and Bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls next door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Emotion, vibrant settings, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books...and kissing. Lots of kissing. 

An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romance, and LOVES talking with readers. 







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Monday 29 September 2014

BOOK BLITZ - A LITTLE LIKE FATE - CHEYANNE YOUNG

Title: A Little Like Fate
Author: Cheyanne Young
Publisher: 336 Love
Release Date: 1st October 2014

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Part 1 
Robin Carter made a promise to her grandfather on his deathbed: to stop killing herself climbing up the corporate ladder and to follow her heart- wherever it may lead. Her plan is to quit her life and hit the road in the middle of the night. When her knocked up teenage niece begs to come along, the pair find themselves stranded in the middle-of-nowhere Texas. Too much alcohol and one redneck festival later, she’s starting to regret everything until she trips over a handsome cowboy named Tyler. Whether it’s the alcohol or his sexy southern voice that sways her, she doesn’t know. But she’s going to find out. 

Part 2 Robin and her niece Miranda have decided to stay in the tiny but friendly town of Salt Gap, Texas while they figure out what to do with their lives. With only a picture to go by, Robin goes on a scavenger hunt through town trying to discover the link between her late grandfather and coincidence that brought her to the same place. 

She’s still afraid of relationships, so when the hot cowboy Tyler starts to get a little too friendly, she’s more than happy to spot all the red flags she can find to help her avoid liking him. Like the waitress Elizabeth and her weirdly close relationship with Tyler. But as Miranda is quick to point out, they’re on a journey guided by fate and that can only mean one thing – if she’s meant to find love in Salt Gap, it will happen with or without her permission. 

Part 3 
With Tyler’s help, Robin discovers the secrets of her Grandfather’s past and learns what it means to be a part of the community at Salt Gap. Miranda’s baby is due soon and with the holidays around the corner, Robin and her niece are forced to confront the people and the drama they left behind when they moved. 

When everything starts to fall apart, the guys in their new life help pick up the pieces of their old one and put everything back in place.


EXCERPT

My cell phone rings at an ungodly hour in the morning. I roll over on my air mattress and grab the phone off the floor, yanking it from the charger. It’s a phone number I don’t recognize. Oh, and it’s six in the evening. Not such an ungodly hour after all.
“Hello?” I ask, not knowing what to expect.
“Hey there.” It’s way better than anything I could have expected. It’s Tyler.
“Hey. My rent check’s not late, is it?” I say it in jest, but in reality I’m not even sure what day it is. Every day blurs into the next one when you’re jobless. Although I’m pretty sure we’ve only been here a week.
“I didn’t call for business.” His voice has a playful tone to it that sends a shiver down my spine. I roll over in bed and close my eyes.
“Then why did you call?”
“You want to get a drink tonight? Pop-a-Top?”
“What is Pop-a-Top?” I ask. I try to sound like I don’t care what it is or what he’s asking, but I can hardly breathe without hyperventilating. Is he asking me out? There’s no way he’s asking me out.
“It’s the only bar in town that’s decent enough to take a woman. I know I could use a drink and since you don’t know anyone in town, I thought maybe you could come along.”
“Ah, okay,” I say with my eyes still closed. I’m trying to picture Tyler’s chiseled tan face but all I see is the back of my eyelids. It’s definitely not a date offer, though. Just a feeling-sorry-for-the-new-girl kind of thing. I sit up in bed and rub my eyes in an effort to wake up. I’m not a charity case. “No, thanks. I’m good.”
The other end of the phone is silent for a few seconds. My mouth opens, but I feel kind of stupid asking if he’s still there, so I don’t say anything. With the terrible reception in this town, maybe he isn’t there anymore.
He clears this throat. “Well…okay then.”
I swallow and try not to think about how his voice sounded a like a mixture between bitter and disappointed. It doesn’t matter what he thinks. It’s not like I’m trying to impress him. I smile so it shows in my voice when I say, “Thanks anyway. I’m not much of a drinker.”
“You don’t have to drink. You could come just for the scenic view.”
“There’s scenic views in Salt Gap?” I ask. It sounds sarcastic but I’m being serious.
He laughs. “Okay maybe that was a lie. Does seeing Big Large’s butt crack when he bends over to play pool count?”
I know he’s just being friendly and it would probably help me to get out of the house, but I’m not dressed and I don’t know anyone besides Tyler. As much as the hairs on the back of my neck are tingling with the idea of going out with him tonight, I grip the phone tightly to my ear and say, “Thanks for the offer, seriously, but I can’t tonight.”
“I’d like to know what’s so important that you can’t skip re-watching episodes of The Big Bang Theory to come have some fun on the town.”
I roll my eyes and glance around my messy bedroom. “Wouldn’t you like to know.”
Tyler’s voice turns coy. “I’m about to find out.”
A bright beam of light appears in my bedroom window, scanning like a set of spotlights across my entire room as a car turns onto my street. No—I realize with a cold shock of terror—not onto my street, but into my driveway. I shoot out of bed and grab the first shirt I find, an old Texas A&M T-shirt that’s entirely too big, and throw it on over my sports bra.
I take one look at my hair in the mirror above my dresser and realize there’s no reason to bother trying to rake my fingers through it—I’ve got one bad case of bed hair.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Cheyanne is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, nail polish and paid holidays. She lives near the beach with her family, one spoiled rotten puppy and a cat who is most likely plotting to take over the world.  

She also writes under the pen name Amy Sparling.









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MY REVIEW - THE LAND OF THE SHADOW - THE END OF ALL THINGS BY LISSA BRYAN

Title: The Land Of The Shadow
Series: The End Of All Things
Author: Lissa Bryan
Genre: Dystopia
Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop
Release Date: 21st August 2014

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In the highly anticipated stand-alone sequel to The End of All Things, Lissa Bryan returns readers to a world devastated by disease, and the breakdown of modern society.

Two years after a horrific virus swept the globe, decimating the world’s population, Carly Daniels and her husband, Justin, have made a safe home in the isolated southern town of Colby. Protected by fences and a vigilant population, the residents there had somehow managed to keep the Infection out. Until the sight of Carly and Justin’s healthy baby girl convinced them it was safe to allow Outsiders in.

Now, in the wake of fresh losses, the small band of survivors struggles to rebuild a community. With only nineteenth-century technology to aid them, they must learn skills long forgotten to provide for their basic needs. Each day brings new challenges, and every choice they make affects their long-term survival. While Carly and Justin adjust to a growing family, and to their roles as community leaders, they must rely on one another for strength and support when they face difficult questions.

Carly has to decide how to move forward in a world where equality, justice, and freedom from tyranny are no longer guaranteed. And when new threats emerge, she has to decide what she is willing to do—and how far she’s willing to go—to protect what she has worked so hard to build.

INITIAL THOUGHTS
As dystopia/post apocalyptic are my favourite genres I was already really looking forward to this book. I was also impatient to be finding out how the characters of Carly, Justin and Dagny were doing. Were they succeeding in re-creating a little community? I also wondered if we would learn anymore about how the virus.

MY REVIEW
I received an e-copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. The cover of the book is quite dark but then that represents the times that Justin, Carly, Dagny, Kaden and the other characters are living in. The cover does fit in with the covers of the rest of the series so far.
So Carly, Justin and their daughter Dagny are still living in Colby, with the rest of its survivors. Kaden is now living with Carly & Justin as they have more or less "adopted him". Kaden dotes on Dagny and really does love Carly & Justin as though they are his parents.
There is the danger of those that survived the virus but still wander around in a zombie like state, and of course there are survivors that want to take what the Colby community have worked so hard to develop. The community of Colby are very careful who they allow to stay and join them. 
Life seems to be struggling along in Colby, and people begin to relax somewhat until a new gang of "survivors" are found whilst out on a routine search to try and find out what happened to a stolen/missing hen. This new band of survivors is made up of mostly men and they seem to have taken some of the "zombies" prisoner and are using them like slaves. Unlike the community of Colby this group of survivors have no conscious and have no qualms about taking what belongs to others. As always Justin's instincts are proven right when the leader of the gang, Marcus, begins showing interest in Colby and what they have. A decision will have to be made soon, should Colby fight to protect what they have created or allow others to come in and take over? Justin as always has a lot on his mind and there is still other environmental danger all around, from illnesses which were quite easily treated and cured in the "before" when medication was in plentiful supply, so when Carly is taken ill, everyone fears the worst including Carly. Carly makes Justin promise to make sure to tell Dagny about her and have father/daughter time, she also insists on herself being quarantined. Justin is so torn, he feels he should be doing his usual jobs/leadership role, be out finding possible medication for Carly and the community and yet he hates to leave Carly's side whilst she is so ill. 
It is one of the new additions to Colby, Pearl that ends up scavenging and searching for the much needed medical supplies. Pearl is one of the characters that we met in "Tales From The End", also now in Colby are Mark, Stacy and the two children they found along their way Veronica and Michael.
So that's just a few of the quandaries and struggles the characters in this book have to deal with. From large outside threats such as Marcus and his gang, and more trivial inner community disagreements over whether to kill the hens for meat or keep them for eggs. 
Sadly the environment and soil are yet to recover enough for the planting and food supplies to thrive and provide enough for everyone within Colby, so food is still somewhat rationed.
This book is so well written and descriptive you feel as though you are there and are part of all the angst and action! I really enjoyed reading this one. I felt frustrated at the end, as something is left as a whopper of a cliff hanger, and I was screaming in my head "Oh nooo Lissa, you really can not leave things right there" but she did! and it is going to feel like another long, long wait for me until the next book is available. This book have some really cosy feeling scenes in them. I love the scenes involving Carly, Justin, Kaden and Dagny. I like that Lissa includes those smaller family things like Justin calling Dagny, "Daggers" for short. Justin can be a tough, hard headed military man one minutes and a soft slushy mess over his wife and family the next. This installment in "The End Of All Things" Series is really packed full, it has action, drama, betrayal on a community level as well as on a personal character level. We know that Carly is doing what she wanted in re-creating a community for her and her family, you sense and do understand how important this is to Carly. I think Justin would be happy with only his little family but, understands Carly's need and is more than willing to comply and try to make her new dream life become as true as is possible in this new world. Though within this book Carly does have the odd wobble of faith/hope in her ideas and wonders if anything can ever become any shade of normal again. You do empathize with how she feels. At times it feels like the community of Colby takes a couple of developments forward only to fall further behind in other things. 
I could really visualise this book series being made into a brilliant film. (As long as they would stick to how Lissa has written the book of course).
So did I enjoy the book? Loved it. Would I recommend the book? I'd highly recommend the whole series so far. Would I read another book in this series? Yesss please!  Would I read other books by this author? I think so yes.

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Sunday 28 September 2014

RELEASE DAY BLITZ - THE LAST ONE - TAWDRA KANDLE

   The highly anticipated spin-off series of 
THE POSSE is finally here!

Title: The Last One
Author: Tawdra Kandle
Publisher: Hayson Publishing
Release Date: 28th September 2014

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Meghan Hawthorne is restless. The last year has been a roller coaster: her widowed mother just married a long-time family friend. Her younger brother unexpectedly became a father and a husband. Everyone's life is changing. . .except for hers. As she begins her final summer of college, Meghan's looking for excitement and maybe a little romance. Nothing serious; this girl just wants to have fun. 


But the only man for Meghan turns out to be the last one she expects.

Sam Reynolds doesn't need excitement, and he doesn't want romance. Fun is out of the question. He's been the steady, responsible one since his parents were killed, and serious is his way of life.

When Sam rescues Meghan alongside a dark Georgia backroad, she falls hard for his deep brown eyes and slow drawl. But making him see her as more than just a party girl won't be easy. Sam's tempted by the fiery young artist, even as he realizes that giving into his feelings will mean radical change. . .maybe more than he can handle.

Nobody ever said love was simple.

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THOUGHTS OF ANOTHER REVIEWER . . . .
"As an almost strictly paranormal romance reader, it takes a certain type of author to convince me to dive into straight romance. Tawdra Kandle is one of the few authors I will make an exception for. Her writing style is so easy and relaxing that I have to really keep an eye on the time or I’ll stay up all night to finish one of her books." Carrie Williams, Goodreads Reviewer "Wow. Talk about romance with an edge. From the beginning the characters were so real that I was completely invested in them. The sexual tension woven into the story added so much value to the relationships. I will be reading this book many times just so I can spend more time with Meghan and Sam." Cheryl Garrett, Goodreads Reviewer "I'm in love with this book!!" Leah Fennick, Goodreads Reviewer.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


TK03 Tawdra Kandle writes romance, in just about all its forms. She loves unlikely pairings, strong women, sexy guys, hot love scenes and just enough conflict to make it interesting. Her books run from YA paranormal romance (THE KING SERIES), through NA paranormal and contemporary romance (THE SERENDIPITY DUET, PERFECT DISH DUO, THE ONE TRILOGY) to adult contemporary and paramystery romance (CRYSTAL COVE BOOKS and RECIPE FOR DEATH SERIES). She lives in central Florida with a husband, kids, sweet pup and too many cats. And yeah, she rocks purple hair. Follow Tawdra on Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Instagram Visit her Website and subscribe to her Newsletter for special content and giveaways!

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Friday 26 September 2014

WHAT AM I READING NOW?

Welcome to my new way of presenting "What I Am Reading Now" 
in a meme style rather than a different page!

Title: Otherworld Nights
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Orbit
Release Date: 7th October 2014

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This short story collection will include many brand-new tales and others only previously available on Kelley Armstrong's website. Most of the stories will feature the werewolves of the Otherworld, Elena and Clay, Jeremy, Karl and other members of the American Pack. These are some of Kelley Armstrong's best-loved and most enduring characters, from bestselling books such as BittenStolen and Frostbitten.

1Demonology - Adam's mother discovers what he is
2Stalked - Clay/Elena honeymoon story from "My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon"
3Hidden - SubPress 2012 Elena/Clay novella
4Twilight - a Cass story from "Many Bloody Returns"
5Chivalrous - Reese's backstory from SubPress's long sold-out "Tales of Dark Fantasy 2" (the Dec'14 SubPress graphic novella picks up this storyline)
6Lucifer's Daughter - Hope/Karl story from "Blood Lite II: Overbite"
7From Russia with Love - Elena bonus story included with hardcover of "Thirteen"
8Vanishing Act - brand-new Savannah/Adam novella set after "Thirteen"

INITIAL THOUGHTS BEFORE BEGINNING TO READ
I have to admit that I am really looking forward to reading this collection of novella's as this series of books is one of my all time favourites! So far I have I've read up to and including book 10. I have also read some of the novella's that Kelley has featured on her website for free, so I think maybe I will have read one or two of these novella's already but am highly anticipating discovering and loving the ones I haven't read and re-reading the one's I have.

How much have I read?
22%


ALSO READING . . . .


Title: Surrender The Sky
Author: Meradeth Houston
Publisher: Muse It Up 
Release Date: May 2014

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Gabby lives by two unbreakable rules: don’t expose her kind, the Sary, and don’t fall in love—too bad some rules are made to be broken.

When Gabby’s most difficult charge accidentally shoots her in front of a class full of students, the event exposes her carefully hidden identity. She shifts from looking like a normal teen to her secret Sary form, revealing her wings and the existence of her kind—immortals who try to keep people from committing suicide. Her incident attracts the attention of the next leader of the Sary, Jassen, who offers her an impossible bargain: she can keep her wings if she makes amends with those who know the truth. Things get more complicated when a rebel Sary, intent on exposing them to the world, starts interfering with Gabby’s work. And there’s no denying her attraction to Jassen, who is torn between his duties and his heart. With threats at every turn and her immortality on the line, Gabby has to find a way to save the Sary or surrender the sky forever.


INITIAL THOUGHTS
As I have already read Colors Like Memories and Chemistry Of Fate, two other Sary stories by Meradeth Houston I am really looking forward to reading another great Sary story. What will the main character Sary in this book be like?" What lessons will this Sary learn and/or help will be given to the Sary's charge? I really enjoyed the other two books by Meradth and gave them both 4/5 stars on Goodreads so I have high expectations of this book!


So that's the two books I am reading at the moment. Unfortunately due to my Meniere's Disease, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Type 3, and Chronic Fatigue (yes it's a long, ever increasing lengthy list of health problems! I know) I am being rather slower than usual reading my books. . . .I hope to be finishing reading and adding my reviews to my blog soon!

So what are YOU reading? What's the genre? Are YOU enjoying it? Have YOU read either of the books I am reading now? What did YOU think to them? (No Spoilers please)

Thursday 25 September 2014

BOOK PROMO & GUEST POST - WHO AM I? HOW MY DAUGHTER TAUGHT ME TO LET GO AND LIVE AGAIN BY MEGAN CYRULEWSKI

Title: Who Am I? How My Daughter Taught Me To Let Go and Live Again
Author: Megan Cyrulewski
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Release Date: 17th July 2014

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Megan Cyrulewski is an ordinary person who has faced extraordinary challenges and now wants to inspire people and show them that hope gives them the power to survive anything. Who Am I? is about her journey into post-partum depression, anxiety disorder, panic attacks, visits to the psych ward, divorce, domestic violence, law school, and her courageous struggle to survive with her sanity intact-and how a beautiful little girl emerged from all this chaos.


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GUEST POST

There is Nothing Wrong With You.  It’s All In Your Head.


I can't tell you how many times I have heard that phrase, "It's all in your head."  Yes, mental disease is technically all in our heads, but that's not the way people mean it when they say it.  "If you think positive thoughts, you won't be depressed anymore."  "You choose to be anorexic; just eat something."  "You just have the baby blues and you're a new mom; you don't have postpartum depression."

For those of us with a mental disease, do any of those sound familiar?  I'm sorry, but for those of you who are guilty for saying phrases like that, you are completely ignorant.  Why do people think it's okay to judge anyone who has a mental disease?  Unless they've been through it, they have no idea what it's like to literally be controlled by the disease.  Your support is needed; your judgment is not.

I've had people say to me that I should be lucky because at least I don't have cancer.  Seriously.  Unfortunately, people die from cancer.  Guess what?  People also die from mental diseases too.

I'm going to tell you about three people I met in the hospital and after reading about them, you tell me if mental disease is "all in our head."

There was a 14-year-old girl.  She hadn't slept in 4 days.  She wasn't on drugs.  She didn't drink.  In fact, she had never taken any medication for depression before she checked herself into the hospital.  So why hadn't she slept?  Because one of her friends failed a class at their very private and exclusive school.  Instead of telling his parents, he committed suicide by throwing himself off the roof of a house…right in front of her.  She decided, along with her parents, to seek help because she was afraid she might do the same thing if she ever failed a class.  How would you feel if you saw your friend commit suicide right in front of you?  Was her depression all in her head?

There was a woman who was bulimic.  She wasn't allowed to socialize with anyone of the floor except for group therapy time.  At the end of group therapy, we always did about 10 minutes of stretches.  She wasn't allowed to do those because the counselor was afraid she might pass out.  At mealtimes, she had to sit at the "eating disorder" table with a sitter.  She had a sitter with her 24/7.  Someone stayed in her room at night while she slept.  She wasn't allowed to close the door when she used the bathroom.  She wasn't even allowed to take a shower by herself.  She had to keep the shower curtain open while the sitter sat in a chair and watched her.  Do you think that's the life she chose?  To be ostracized by society even in the mental health ward?  Was her bulimia all in her head?

There was a woman who tried to commit suicide.  She had breast cancer.  In fact, while she was in the hospital, she was getting chemotherapy treatments.  Her doctor told her that the chances for survival were very good.  That same day, her husband decided to tell her that he had been having an affair and was leaving her for the other woman.  He said she looked ugly without any hair, which she lost during chemotherapy.  He also told her that she was disgusting when she vomited after a treatment session.  So he left.  She tried to kill herself.  How would you feel if your spouse of 11 years left you because you were "ugly" from cancer?  Do you think her suicidal tendencies were all in her head?

I've been in the mental health ward three times.  My ex-husband loves to shove this in my face as much as possible.  In every court motion, friend of the court meeting, basically every time he saw me, he always made fun of me.  The funny part is that the only person who thought it was a big deal was him.  

You see, I'm not ashamed that I sought help.  I had postpartum depression.  I had a choice: I could try to work through it on my own and not take care of my daughter, or I could check myself into the mental health ward, get the help I needed and get back home to be with my daughter.  Guess which option I chose?  I truly feel that anyone who makes fun of those of us are the ones who need help but are just too cowardly to ask for it.  So instead, to make themselves feel better, they make fun of everyone else.  

I know that 40 years from now, my ex-husband will still bring up the fact that I was in the mental health ward.  He will probably slip and fall on my driveway in the middle of winter and sue me.  In the lawsuit, he'll claim that I forgot to put salt on the driveway because I was in the mental health ward three times.  If I'm still blogging in 40 years, I'll let you know if I'm right.

You don't need to validate your reasons for seeking treatment to anyone.  Be proud of who you are and how far you have come.   So for those of you who have heard the phrase, "it's all in your head," just politely nod and walk away because the person who says that is not worth your time.  You have more important things to do.  You need to work on yourself to become the person who are meant to be.  You need to to be happy.  You need to rejoice at everything you have achieved in this beautiful world.  You need to live.


Thankyou to Megan for sharing the details of her book and the Guest Post, I found it very informative and as I suffer from Fibromyalgia  I can really identify with it.

Wednesday 24 September 2014

PROMOTIONAL SPOTLIGHT - THE SPACE IN BETWEEN BY JEN MINKMAN

Title: The Space In Between
Author: Jen Minkman
Release Date: 8th September 2014

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When Moira helps out her sister and brother in a Wiccan ritual on Halloween, the last thing she expects is to be swept away to a mystical wilderness. Sitting within the stones of the ancient circle of Penmaenmawr, Wales, she's convinced it's an illusion. But the dark-haired, handsome man with amnesia that Moira meets during her trance cannot be blinked away like a dream.

Hayko, the mysterious stranger, won’t let go. After returning home from her stone circle adventure, Moira is beckoned back night after night to the outlandish dreamland by an invisible force. But the hardest part isn't having to fight the terrifying creatures of these nightmares--it's realizing she’s falling for a guy without a past who isn’t real.

What if you really can fall in love with the man of your dreams?

Tuesday 23 September 2014

PROMO/REVIEW - IN A HANDFUL OF DUST - NOT A DROP TO DRINK SERIES BY MINDY MCGINNIS

Title: In A Handful Of Dust
Series: Not A Drop To Drink
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: 23rd September 2014

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The only thing bigger than the world is fear.

Lucy’s life by the pond has always been full. She has water and friends, laughter and the love of her adoptive mother, Lynn, who has made sure that Lucy’s childhood was very different from her own. Yet it seems Lucy’s future is settled already—a house, a man, children, and a water source—and anything beyond their life by the pond is beyond reach.

When disease burns through their community, the once life-saving water of the pond might be the source of what’s killing them now. Rumors of desalinization plants in California have lingered in Lynn’s mind, and the prospect of a “normal” life for Lucy sets the two of them on an epic journey west to face new dangers: hunger, mountains, deserts, betrayal, and the perils of a world so vast that Lucy fears she could be lost forever, only to disappear in a handful of dust.


INITIAL THOUGHTS
I'm looking forward to reading more about Lynn, and finding out if she has ended up within a small community or is still preferring her own company. Is Lynn still looking after Lucy, whom she seemed to adopt in book one after Lucy's mother died. 
I'm also interested to see what changes occur when the very life force, the water is questioned as to whether it could be the root of the disease that is killing the survivors. I loved book one so I have high expectations from book two! 

MY REVIEW
I received an e-arc of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review. The cover is an image that depicts a scene from within the book. This cover fits well with the cover of book one so I'd say they'd look great on a shelf together. Would I pick this book up from a book store shelf purely on the merits of the cover? I certainly would, it is really eye catching. Then when you read the blurb! Well how could you not read it.
All is not well with Lynn, Lucy, Carter, Stebbs, Vera and the other "survivors". The community is being attacked by a viral disease, that could be airborne, or water borne. Although Vera, Lucy's grandmother has had some medical training she is having problems isolating what or who is the carrier. Lynn as always is working hard, taking the dead bodies, burning and burying them trying to keep the virus from spreading. The sadness and desperation is affecting everyone and when little Maddie succumbs to the illness and dies Vera has some hard decisions to make. Through a process of elimination Vera comes to the conclusion that the possible "carrier" of the disease must leave their community. I will not say who the actual "carrier" is as that would be a spoiler. 
Visitors who have stopped by and spoken to Lynn and the others have mentioned that California is a good place to live that they have more of the "Before" technologies and a better perhaps safer way of living. So Lynn decides that is the place that would be the better place to be, instead of herself and Lucy struggling on in an ailing community.
The book then tells the story of their journey. Before they set off both Lynn and Lucy have some tearful goodbyes to say to Stebbs, Vera and Carter. So Lynn and Lucy set off together with just some food and water supplies and a change of clothes in a backpack on foot. 
Lynn is still very much like her mother taught her to be, distrustful and wary of strangers. Where as Lucy seems to see the good in everyone she meets. They meet a variety of people on their journey such as Joss, another lone female traveler. They have an incident with some males who have knowledge that Lucy can find water so are interested in taking her prisoner. Lynn sheer guts turns that situation around. Lynn and Lucy end up with three horses. In fact they come by those horses just when the walking fatigue has set in. Neither Lynn nor Lucy have ever ridden before but they do take to it quite well and hey it has to be better than walking the whole way to California! Lucy call's her horse Spatter, Lynn ends up referring to her horse as Mister during the ride, so Lucy continues to call the horse Mister and the third horse that they are using to carry supplies that ends up being called Brown Horse quite simply because it is brown. Just as the women have settled into riding the horses the brown horse seems to go lame. As neither of the women is an expert in horsemanship, they decide to stop for the day and rest by a stream. Unusually for Lynn, a man manages to take both herself and Lucy by surprise. I think the man manages to do this as both the women are concerned about brown horse being in pain. The man seems to know about horses and heads off to scavenge some supplies to treat the horse with. Lucy seems to be trusting and friendly towards the man straight away telling him her name. He introduces himself as Fletcher. It takes much longer for Lynn to reveal anything about herself to him.
Fletcher ends up riding along with the women and is a great help at certain points of the journey. Having revealed a "good person" that the woman meet they also come across "bad people" too. The journey becomes more and more difficult, at one point it seriously seems as if both women may die. then they are rescued and taken to a settlement. The people of the settlement have a weird way of life, and it soon becomes apparent to Lynn and Lucy that all is not as it seems.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It has action, drama and plenty of danger thrown in too. I also love the poetry that Lynn quotes to Lucy. During the journey Lynn and Lucy encounter many different people. They even help out a young family by guiding them to a house they had been resting in for a while before starting back out on their trek. I really liked the character of Fletcher and his back story, I'd say he was really taken with Lynn too, maybe they could meet up again in a future part of the story.
The book actually touched on horror with one settlement the women ended up staying in for a while. Absolutely shattered, they end up being picked up and yes they are nursed back to health. They even briefly think of staying there until Lucy is shown how the settlement gets some of its water! The epilogue is a bit of a shock and a twist, where will the series go from there? The ending leaves one character settled and another coming to a surprising decision.
So did I enjoy this book? I truly enjoyed reading this one. I'd been looking forward to it from the minute I finished reading book one. Would I recommend the book? I can genuinely recommend this one. I would go so far as to say this series is a must read for all post apocalyptic fans.  Would I read another book in this series? Whilst pondering this question I made the depressing discovery that Mindy McGinnis has no set plans to write a book three!  Though I was cheered up slightly by finding out that she has done a number of short tales to fit within this series. So I am adding those to my Want To Read List as soon as I find out more about them. I hope there is a Vera & Stebbs one as well as the anticipating the possibility of short tales centered on Lynn, Lucy and perhaps Fletcher too.                         Would I read other titles by this author? I intend to read more by this author. I've discovered that she has some short tales in a few anthologies that I plan to add to my Want To Read List. The Fall is one title and Spring Fevers is another title I am interested in reading.


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