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The Emerald Tablet Series – Double Cover Reveal

Today’s cover reveal is a double bill featuring two fantastic sounding books from JM Hart. First up, we have The Emerald Tablet: Omnibus Edition. Before I share the cover with you, here comes the all important blurb.

The Emerald Tablet: Omnibus Edition

Shaun can’t shake the deep anger over his mother’s death. But when his father’s desperate actions release parasitic hell-beasts upon the world, he has a much bigger fight on his hands.

Kevin hoped his country would be immune to the pandemic turning everyday people into psychopaths. But as his horror grows, an incredible new power could be the only thing that prevents Earth’s destruction.

Sophia is terrified of God’s plan for her. Plagued by visions of planetary devastation, she prays she can reach her allies in time to save humanity.

As doomsday approaches, can the teens accept their destiny in time to protect their world?

The Emerald Tablet: Omnibus is three books of dark speculative fiction in one. If you like brave teenage heroes, intriguing mystical connections, and apocalyptic international settings, then you’ll love JM Hart’s incredible collection.

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PURCHASE LINKS:

http://books2read.com/The-Emerald-Tablet-Omnibus-book-1-2-3

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QH8KWDZ

Hot on the heels of that, we have the second cover of the day. As always, before you get to see the cover, here is the blurb.

CONVERGENCE:

As doomsday approaches, can the teens accept their destiny in time to protect their world?

Seven special teens. A deadly ancient evil. Can they combine their unique powers and halt the infection before humanity is obliterated? 

Shaun is dying. The plane’s engine is failing.  Kevin must open a portal to catch the falling plane and save Shaun’s life.

Sophia is terrified of God’s plan for her. Plagued by visions of planetary devastation, she prays Shaun and Kevin can reach her in time to save humanity.

CONVERGENCE

PURCHASE LINKS:

http://books2read.com/Convergence-book-3-in-the-emerald-tablet-series

I don’t know about you, but they sound right up my street, and don’t the covers just grab your attention. My thanks go to Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in this cover reveal and helping me discover what sounds like a great series.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

BT_08117_42JM Hart was born in Sydney, Australia and has been a storyteller from a young age, with a particular interest in horror and things that go bump in the night.  Favorite authors include Stephen King, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, to name but a few.  After being told at the age of 11 that writing about dead bodies and newlyweds dying in a plane crash was unbecoming, JM’s life was instead directed towards bookkeeping and finance.

For the next twenty years, immersed in a point-of-sale advertising company, JM occasionally wrote advertising blurbs, learnt how to ride a motorcycle, taught color physiology to spiritual mediums, meditation and relaxation, studied Religions, Kabbalah, tarot cards, astrology, creative and professional writing, philosophy and volunteered at palliative care, and worked on the local church newsletter – not quite the appropriate outlet for a writer interested in the supernatural. And she became a grandmother.

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Top Ten Tuesday – 30.04.19

For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, we are looking at inspirational or thought-provoking quotes from books. Thanks as always to That Artsy Reader Girl for the subject.

I think my choice of quotes will be a very clear indicator of my favourite genre to read, and I’m afraid I have cheated a little bit and included a couple of my absolute favourite authors more than once, because I just love their work so much. So, here goes (in no particular order):-

  1. “One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
    ― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel
  2. “It’s important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse.”
    ― Yann Martel, Life of Pi
  3. “If you never saw the stars, candles were enough.”
    ― Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves
  4. “He made her feel like more than the sum of her parts.”
    ― Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park
  5. “When she came to write her story, she would wonder when the books and the words started to mean not just something, but everything.”
    ― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
  6. “It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them.”
    ― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince
  7. “His feelings for Adam were an oil spill; he’d let them overflow and now there wasn’t a damn place in the ocean that wouldn’t catch fire if he dropped a match.”
    ― Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven King
  8. “Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you’ll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won’t matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns your heart.”
    ― Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows
  9. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
    ― Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan
  10. “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
    ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

What are your favourite inspirational or thought provoking quotes from books?

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Summer on the Italian Lakes – Lucy Coleman

I’ve got a great special offer for you all today. Summer on the Italian Lakes, by Lucy Coleman, which I reviewed earlier this year (you can read the review here) is currently on sale for just 99p.

Make sure you read all the way to the bottom for a lovely message and fab giveaway from Lucy.

BLURB:

Bestselling Brianna Middleton has won the hearts of millions of readers with her sweeping – and steamy – love stories. But the girl behind the typewriter is struggling… Not only does she have writer’s block, but she’s a world-famous romance author with zero romance in her own life.

So the opportunity to spend the summer teaching at a writer’s retreat in an idyllic villa on the shores of Lake Garda – owned by superstar author Arran Jamieson – could this be just the thing to fire up Brie’s writing – and romantic – mojo?

Brie’s sun-drenched Italian summer could be the beginning of this writer’s very own happy-ever-after…

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PURCHASE LINKS:

Amazon UK

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.

Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

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GIVEAWAY:

Summer on the Italian Lakes 99p Prize

The fun part about being an author is that you get to spend your days in some wonderful locations, even if it’s virtually! But the only way to be able to sit down and really share with the readers what the experience is like, is to visit in person.

Lake Garda is a place I have visited several times over the years, and it will always be one of my all-time favourite holiday destinations. Whether you fly direct or are planning a grand European tour by road – it is a dream destination.

The villa featured in Summer on the Italian Lakes is fictitious but based on a composite of two properties in which I have stayed. But the descriptions of being up in the hills and the trips taken are real-life experiences.

Italy is an overload of stimuli – everywhere you look, every breath you take in, and everything you touch, fills your heart with love for the vibrancy and warmth of this beautiful country. It’s full of passionate people – for love and life. Fiery temperaments, fabulous food and wonderful wines; flavours that literally grab you with their freshness and taste. Wonderful music and art; scenery that will make your jaw drop; beautiful architecture around which to saunter and so many hidden gems to discover.

But up in the hills where it’s quieter, it’s the perfect place to reconnect with the inner you. For me a holiday has to combine everything – lots of exciting things to experience, but also some time to relax and chill.

So, it was the perfect setting for this book and the only sadness for me, was that I didn’t get to do a research trip! I didn’t need to as all of those memories are locked inside my head, and my heart – but, oh, Italy is calling me loud and clear! If you haven’t been, please do add it to your list of must-sees and Lake Garda is the perfect place to begin.

Do you love a competition?

Hello lovely readers and bloggers!

To celebrate the price drop to 99p I will be running a competition on Twitter for one lucky person to win some goodies –  an Aria tote bag, two beautiful hand-made Italian soaps and a limited edition mug!

No purchase is necessary to join in – just RT one of my lovely blogger’s Tweets for the 99p promo including @LucyColemanAuth and #SummerOnTheItalianLakes, to take part.

If you have already read/reviewed Summer on the Italian Lakes and take a photo of it on your reading device and/or send a link to your review in your Tweet – IF YOUR NAME is the ONE drawn by the third party, I will add two signed paperbacks from my backlist to the prize!

Don’t forget to include @LucyColemanAuth and #SummerOnTheItalianLakes so we can include your Tweet in the competition. Thank you so much for dropping by and good luck!

Terms: Competition closes noon GMT 29 April 2019; international; anyone can enter; prize to be provided by the author; prize winner will be announced on Twitter by @LucyColemanAuth and on Lucy and Linn’s website (competition page) at noon on 30 April 2019 after being selected at random by a third party.

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Top Ten Tuesday – 23.04.19

It’s time for another top ten Tuesday, and today’s topic, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl is a look back at the first ten books that I reviewed. Now, I did review a few books here and there before I set up my little blog, but it was all a bit haphazard to be honest, so I thought I would make my top ten the first ten books that I reviewed here. Obviously I am a little bit biased, but I think this is a great list, and it actually contains some of my absolute favourite books that I have ever read, so it is great to be revisiting them. In order, from my first ever review up, here they are:-

  1. Blackbird – N D Gomes
  2. Isolation Junction – Jennifer Gilmour
  3. The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back – Sariah Wilson
  4. A Dangerous Game – Madeline Dyer
  5. The Toymakers – Robert Dinsdale
  6. The Cocktail Bar – Isabella May
  7. The Smoke Thieves – Sally Green
  8. The Songs of Us – Emma Cooper
  9. Legendary – Stephanie Garber
  10. Mary Rosie’s War – Catherine M Byrne

What was the first book that you reviewed? Can you remember your first ten?

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A Greek Affair – Linn B Halton

I am just popping in to make you all aware of a special offer on A Greek Affair by Linn B Halton. Make sure you read all the way to the bottom for a fab giveaway that Linn is hosting.

BLURB:

More than just a holiday romance?

Her daughter, her job and divorcing her untrustworthy ex are Leah’s main priorities. She isn’t really bothered that her life might be missing a few things. But after winning a prestigious travel blogger award, she’s inundated with offers to review glamorous holiday destinations. Lying around drinking exotic cocktails and being paid for it! What could be better?

Perhaps a romantic trip to idyllic Greece to find the one man who might make Leah risk her heart again…

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Price drop: only 99p – grab your copy now!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.

Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

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GIVEAWAY:

A Greek affair prize

Do you love a competition?

Hello lovely readers and bloggers!

To celebrate the price drop to 99p I will be running a competition on Twitter for one lucky person to win a goody bag – a limited edition mug and pen, and a Disaronno/chocolate gift box!

No purchase is necessary to join in – just RT one of my lovely blogger’s Tweets for the 99p promo including @LinnBHalton and #AGreekAffair, to take part.

If you have already read/reviewed A Greek Affair and take a photo of it on your reading device and/or send a link to your review in your Tweet – IF YOUR NAME is the ONE drawn by the third party, I will add two signed paperbacks from my backlist to the prize!

Don’t forget to include @LinnBHalton and #AGreekAffair so we can include your Tweet in the competition. Thank you so much for dropping by and good luck!

Terms: Competition closes noon GMT 19 April 2019; international; anyone can enter; prize to be provided by the author; prize winner will be announced on Twitter by @LinnBHalton and on Linn’s website (competition page) at noon on 20 April 2019 after being selected at random by a third party.

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Book Blogger Hop


Book Blogger Hop 

This week’s burning question on the Book Blogger Hop is:

When reading a series, do you re-read the previous book/s before reading the newly released book?

Now you would think this would be a straightforward question wouldn’t you? But no, I like to be awkward. The answer to this question for me is, “Sometimes.” As an example, when Legendary by Stephanie Garber was due to be released, for me it was just the excuse I needed to read Caraval again (like I really needed an excuse). With the release date of Finale fast approaching, I am really hoping that I will have time to reread Caraval and Legendary back to back, and then dive straight into Finale the second I get my grubby little paws on it! Even if I don’t manage it, I fully intend to read the entire series back to back at some point in the very near future. Maybe I will do that as a little Christmas treat this year…

A lot of the series that I love, I had the fortune to discover once there were already a few books out, so I could satisfy my binge reading tendencies that way – this was the case for Harry Potter, Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse books, The Wolves of Mercy Falls, the Raven Cycle. All of these had at least three books out before I started my love affair with them all. Of course, once I had run out of the already published books and had to wait for the next instalment, it was absolute torture.

One of my absolute favourite series is Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles. I struck really lucky there because by the time I started reading, there were eleven books already out in the world. I was in heaven. Of course since then it has been an unbearable wait between books, particularly given Ms Clare’s penchant for a cliffhanger ending. Now, book sixteen (I think) from the chronicles was released this week so I am back in my happy place for a while. Whilst this is a series that I would love to reread for a recap before each new book comes out, there are just too many other books out there that I haven’t read once yet, and it’s just not practical! That said, once they are all finally released, I will be going into full hibernation mode to read the whole lot, so if in a few years time you release that you haven’t heard from me in a while, please send chocolate and coffee – I’ll be under a blanket with my library.

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What about you? Do you reread before a new instalment of your favourite series is released?

Thanks as always to Coffee Addicted Writer for looking after the hop and thanks to Paperback Princess for this week’s question.

 

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Blind Date with a Book

It’s always exciting when something book shaped drops onto your doormat (or in this case is handed to you by your postman because he couldn’t get it through the letterbox, but it’s even more exciting when you aren’t even expecting something. This is exactly what happened to me on Tuesday this week.

Picture the scene – it’s Monday and I am busy pretending to work, but really spending more time on Facebook looking at photos from an epic weekend meeting my Fiction Cafe family and a rather cryptic message pops up from my brilliant friend, K T Robson. “Pick a number between one and four,” she says. I opt for number three and then that’s it, she won’t tell me anything more about why I am picking a number, apart from the fact it is for a blog post. Well, that’s me intrigued, and a good part of the rest of the day is spent with me pondering what it could all be about.

I didn’t have to wait long. Through the miracles of the modern postal service (and it truly is a miracle how fast this happened), the very next day I received this through the post:

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How pretty is that! Almost too pretty to unwrap, but of course there is a book tucked inside, so I had no choice but to unwrap it. I have always fancied trying the whole blind date with a book thing, so this was very exciting. It turns out that K T wanted to send me one, but couldn’t decide between four possible “dates” – the number I chose related to the book she was to pick for me.

So, onto the unwrapping. I was as careful as I could possibly be, wanting to prolong the anticipation:

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After much string untying and careful peeling off of sellotape, this little beauty appeared. Not only does it have a gorgeous cover (how great are those colours), it is a book that I have been meaning to read for a while now. Don’t ask me how, but Malorie Blackman’s books have somehow passed me by until now, although I had heard her name a lot.

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I think this might have to be one of the books that bypasses my book jar experiment and jumps straight to, “Read me now!” not least because I have just discovered that there is going to be a TV series made that is based on the book, and I am definitely a read first, watch second kind of girl.

Thank you so much K T for taking me along on your bookish blind date adventure!

Have any of you ever tried the Blind Date with a Book? What book did you discover?