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Wild Sky Cover Reveal

Regular readers will know that I have been eagerly awaiting book two of Lexi Rees’ Relic Hunters series from the second I finished reading book one, Eternal Seas. As such, I am thrilled to finally be able to share the cover for this much anticipated book with you today.

If you are yet to discover this fantastic series, which is aimed at children from eight years and up, you might want to take a minute here to read my reviews of Eternal Seas first and maybe grab a copy before you read on, just to avoid any spoilers.

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Just to make you wait a bit longer for the big reveal, here comes the blurb for Wild Sky first:

After delivering the pearl, Finn and Aria thought life would return to normal.

But with the survival of the clans still in peril, they must continue their quest.

Can they find the next relic before the forces of evil?

Not everyone is who they appear to be

And time is running out …

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Isn’t that wonderfully dramatic! If the cover and blurb have grabbed your attention, you can pre-order your copy of the book HERE.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lorraine-16Lexi Rees writes action packed adventures for children. The first book in The Relic Hunters Series, Eternal Seas, was awarded a “loved by” badge from LoveReading4Kids and is currently longlisted for a Chanticleer award.

She’s passionate about developing a love of reading and writing in children, and as well as an active programme of school visits and other events, she has published a Creative Writing Skills workbook, is a Book PenPal for three primary schools, and runs a free online #kidsclub and newsletter which includes book recommendations and creative writing activities.

In her spare time, she’s a keen crafter and spends a considerable amount of time trying not to fall off horses or boats.

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Pop back in December to find out my thoughts about the book and see if it lived up to expectations. In the meantime, my thanks go to Lexi, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources, for inviting me to be a part of today’s cover reveal.

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Hall of Pillars – Exciting News

Hopefully you will all remember that when I revealed the cover for Hall of Night by Emma Miles, I said that there would be exciting news for anyone who hasn’t already read Hall of Pillars. Well, the time has come for me to share that news!

From now until Hall of Night releases on 18th November, the ebook of Hall of Pillars is free to order from Amazon!!!!

You can place your order here and believe me, you won’t want to miss out on this great book! Here is the blurb if you want more information.

Their only hope for survival is a heart poisoned by vengeance. 

For years humans have fought to survive in the Valley; enfolded by impassable mountains and protected by the Vallier and his loyal Spellwards. But the magical Ward which holds back the fey is failing and fear stalks through the great city of Ayresport. 

Like many, shy Mya has learned to survive on the edges of the wilds outside the protection of the Ward. As the time of her orphaned nephew’s coming of age draws close, Mya is filled with both pride and fear. There is every possibility Jack has the Gift of Magic like his mother, and Mya knows the Gift means death.

A chance meeting leads Mya to an unbreakable friendship that will sustain her soul through the hardest of times, but will courage be enough to keep her and Jack alive? 

When a traitor comes looking for Jack, there is only one choice. Flee, or die.

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Hall of Night – Cover Reveal

As you will know, I am a huge fan of Emma Miles, and as such I am delighted to be helping out with the cover reveal for her latest book, Hall of Night, Book 2 in the Valley of the Fey series.

Before you get to see the cover, here is the blurb:

It will take more than friendship, courage or love, to save them this time.

Feather and Mya had fought hard for their peaceful life, defeating a Dark Fey queen so the people of their valley could be free; so, they could put their feet up in their quiet cottage at the end of a day’s work…

Of course, things won’t stay that way long for Mya and her faithful brownie friend. When visiting the Beltane fair in the wondrous tree city of Ashgrove, they hear rumours of horns, rumours of hoofbeats, rumours of slaughter. The Gentry are coming.Once again Mya and Feather must team up with the Wild Fey and the surly knight, Caelin, to defend the home they love; whilst her nephew, Jack, struggles to bring unity and order to the human city of Ayresport who refuse to accept the fey.

Only if they unite, will they survive.

I am so excited about this book, and I can’t wait for you all to read it. In the meantime, here comes the fabulous cover!

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If you like the sound of this book you can pre-order it here. If you haven’t read Book 1, Hall of Pillars, yet, stay tuned for an announcement coming up in just a few days.

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Chase BookFest

I come bearing news of a fantastic sounding event taking place this Saturday, and organised by the lovely Kim Nash and Phillipa Ashley. If you are anywhere near the Hednesford area in Staffordshire, why not check it out. Looking at the programme of events, you are guaranteed to have an amazing day! Here come the all important details.

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Authors Phillipa Ashley and Kim Nash have joined forces with the Museum of Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, to create a book festival where book lovers are invited to meet some of the UK’s most popular authors.

The Chase BookFest will be held at the Museum of Cannock Chase, Valley Road, Hednesford on Saturday 21 September 2019.

The event is Cannock Chase’s first book festival devoted to women’s popular fiction and thrillers. It has attracted a host of star names including Milly Johnson, Cathy Bramley, Miranda Dickinson, Iona Grey, Nicola May, Mark Edwards and many more best-selling and award-winning popular novelists.

Readers will be able to enjoy author readings and join in question and answer sessions and discussions with favourite writers from the local area and further afield.

They can even have tea with an author by booking onto ‘Tea and Conversation’ audiences with Sunday Times best sellers Milly Johnson in conversation with Cathy Bramley, Romantic Novel Awards winner Iona Grey, best-selling crime thriller writer K.L. Slater and number one best-selling novelist Mark Edwards.

A pop-up Waterstones book shop will be on site for the day along with a variety of book and craft stalls and a unique book-themed ‘Yarnbombing’ display outside.

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Bestselling author Phillipa Ashley said: “The support for previous events shows how much popular fiction is loved by readers.  We’re thrilled that the Museum has been so supportive of this event and of fiction in general.”

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Kim Nash

Author and Head of Publicity at publisher Bookouture, Kim Nash said: “We’ve been so lucky to get so many amazing authors on board and would love to thank them all for being so enthusiastic about the festival.’

Lee Bellingham, Museum Services Manager for Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles, said: “The museum has been hosting very popular ‘Meet the Author’ events for some time now, and along with local authors Phillipa Ashley, Kim Nash and the book loving members of staff, we thought it would be lovely to have a book festival here. We are thrilled to be the venue for the first ever Chase BookFest.

Events like this showcase the museum not just as a home for local history, but as a community venue for arts and cultural activities. We look forward to welcoming authors from around the country to Cannock Chase for the day.”

The day runs 10am until 4pm with tickets available for £3 by calling the museum on 01543 877 666. Tea and Conversation with an author costs £5 and includes tea or coffee and cake, and Q&A Panels cost £3.  Don’t miss the chance to meet your favourite author, book in advance to avoid disappointment.   Please see the museum Facebook page and website, museumofcannockchase.org, for timetables and start planning your BookFest!

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There are one or two of my favourite authors scheduled to appear, so I am going to be green with envy for everyone who is able to go along to this brilliant day out.

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The First Lie – AJ Park

Today I am taking part in a promo blitz for a book that I am very excited to read – it is potentially going to leapfrog it’s way to the top of my TBR pile so keep your eyes peeled for a review coming soon. Judging by the blurb though, it’s definitely not one to read when you actually are home alone!

BLURB:

We’ve all had sleepless nights thinking about it.
You’re home alone. Someone breaks in.
In defending yourself, you end up killing the intruder.
Now you’re the one the police want.

That is the situation that criminal barrister Paul Reeve arrives home to find.
His wife Alice stands in the bedroom, clutching a bloodied letter opener in her shaking hand.

“What have you done, Alice?”
“I didn’t have a choice…”

We would all believe the person we love most.
But would we all make the same choice Paul and Alice make next…?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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After studying literature, linguistics and Spanish at university, AJ Park trained as an English teacher and actor. He has edited magazines and taught English, Media Studies and Drama in secondary schools in England. He was also a competitive fencer for seven years.

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Harry Potter Tag

In honour of Harry’s 39th birthday, I thought it was about time I jumped on board with the Harry Potter Tag. I believe this particular set of questions originated with ZombieGoddess Beauty so make sure you check out her answers too.

1. What house are you in?

I am a Ravenclaw to the core. Reading, studying, and learning new things have always been my favourite ways to pass the time, so really it is the only house for me.

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2. What is your patronus?

A Marsh Harrier – this is what Pottermore assigned to me, and actually it seems quite fitting as a Ravenclaw to have a bird patronus. I grew up watching falconry shows with my dad too, so it is even more perfect that my patronus is linked to happy childhood memories.

3. What is your wand?

376751_10151418978549616_1498608765_nI am quite pleased with my wand from Ollivander’s. It is a 10 3/4″ chestnut wand with a phoenix feather core and is of a hard flexibility. Once again, there is the bird connection, and I feel this want will do me proud.

4. What would your boggart be?

Snakes for sure – thank goodness I didn’t end up in Slytherin, because I am petrified of snakes! Although maybe if I was a Parselmouth and could speak with them, they would be less scary.

5. What position would you play in Quidditch?

Cheering from the crowd. I have a feeling that me and broomsticks, we wouldn’t get along so well.

6. Would you be a pure blood, half blood or muggle born?
 

I consider myself a half blood – my Dad has read the books and watched the films almost as much as I have, but my Mum has never gone anywhere near them.

7. What job would you want after to have after graduating Hogwarts?

I always wanted to go into teaching, so I would definitely say a Hogwarts professor – I am undecided on which subject I would teach though, because they all sound interesting to me.P1040250

 

8. Which of the deathly hallows would you choose?

Definitely the invisibility cloak – just think of all the fun you could have exploring Hogwarts with that!

9. Favourite book?

P1040109The Goblet of Fire. I loved meeting the characters from the other wizarding schools, and I thoroughly enjoyed the challenges that made up the tournament. I think as well Cedric’s death came as such a shock that it has always stayed with me, whereas in the books that came after this one, I was always half expecting a character to die.

10. Least favourite book?

I think I would have to say The Half-Blood Prince for this one. I just find Harry a bit whiny and annoying in it.

11. Favourite film?

The Deathly Hallows. Parts one and two count as one film don’t they, because I don’t think I could choose between them.

12. Least favourite film?

The Prisoner of Azkaban – I think this is because it was the first film where the book was just too long to fit everything in, and I wasn’t a fan of how they got around that. It is probably the film I have watched the least amount of times because I am always really disappointed with it.

13. Favourite character?
 

It has to be Neville – just the way he develops from a scared little boy who really isn’t that great a wizard to being one of the bravest heroes of the Battle of Hogwarts. I loved watching him grow and finally accept that Gryffindor was the right house for him.

If I can pick a runner up too, I would definitely say Luna. I love her quirky nature and how she doesn’t let other people stop her from being her wonderful self.

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14. Least favourite/most hated character?

My gut reaction to this would be Dolores Umbridge, but then I think we are supposed to despise her, so actually JK Rowling did a fantastic job in creating a character we all love to hate. Thinking about it for a bit longer, I think in actual fact my least favourite character would be Pansy Parkinson – she is a nasty, vicious bully who just seems to get worse and worse as she grows up.

15. Favourite teacher at Hogwarts?

As much as I hate to be disloyal to my head of house, Professor Flitwick, the only choice for my favourite teacher has to be Professor McGonagall. Isn’t she everyone’s favourite?

16. Least favourite teacher at Hogwarts?

This is a trickier one. Obviously Dolores Umbridge has to be a contender, but actually I think my absolute least favourite has to be Professor Slughorn. Something about him just makes my skin crawl, and the way he name drops and sucks up to the witches and wizards that he think might elevate his position just sets my teeth on edge.

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17. Do you have any unpopular opinions about the series? 

I’m not sure how unpopular this opinion is these days, but I love Draco Malfoy. The poor boy never really stood a chance at being good growing up in the family that he did, but I think deep down he wanted to be a decent person. Just think, if he had ended up in Gryffindor with Harry and Co, instead of in Slytherin, how different his story would have been. I also always wanted Neville and Luna to end up together and I was really disappointed when it turned out they had married other people.

18. If you could save one character from the finale battle who would you save?

Just one? It would have to be either Nymphadora Tonks or Remus Lupin, just so that Teddy doesn’t grow up an orphan. I think I would have to go for Tonks, simply because Teddy was also a Metamorphagus and might need her help managing his abilities. If he had inherited the lycanthropy instead, I would save Lupin.

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This Vicious Way – Cover Reveal

I am thrilled to be taking part in the cover reveal for the latest book by Madeline Dyer today. I don’t have the official blurb yet, but here is what I can tell you. This Vicious Way is the second book in the brilliant The Dangerous Ones series, and is set in the same world as Madeline’s previous Untamed series. It can be read as a standalone, but if you want my advice, get yourself to the bookshop/internet and grab a copy of all the previous books set in this world as quickly as you can. You won’t regret it!

The Dangerous Ones series is a dystopian/adventure series, and is aimed a slightly older audience than the Untamed series, being Upper YA/NA rather than pure YA, but honestly I haven’t been able to call myself a young or new adult for quite some years now and I still love them. A Dangerous Game, the first book in this series, is my favourite of Madeline’s books so far, and so I am very excited to find out what is in store with This Vicious Way.

Anyway, without further ado, here comes the cover…

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The cover was designed by Molly Phipps at We Got You Covered Book Design, and I think it perfectly reflects the tone of the series so far.

If you want to know more about The Dangerous Ones series, have a read of my review of A Dangerous Game.