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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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Phillipa Ashley

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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PURCHASE LINKS:

Amazon UK

Amazon.com

Waterstones

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…

This Vicious Way

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.

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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.

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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

Amazon.com

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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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.