Welcome to Random Redheaded Ramblings! My blog is all about my love of books, I have quite a broad taste but I do have a massive soft spot for anything dystopian. I have far too many books but I always need more! I thought it would be a good idea to set up a blog so I can share my passions but I will occasionally also ramble about a lot of other things such as grown up colouring books, tv series,films and my love of Orlando plus did I mention I love books!!! I have a bit more info in my About Me page so please have a look!

Friday, 22 May 2015

REVIEW - Catch Me If You Cannes Part 3 by Lisa Dickenson


Thank you to Little Brown for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

I'm sad today, sad because my time in Cannes is nearing its end (wipes away a tear, picks up the large wine glass), I have enjoyed my time spent so far with the fabulous Jess and Bryony in sunny Cannes, their journey has been full of fun and crepes, snobs and slebs and of course, lots of girly banter.

So part 3, well after the bombshell theory at the end of part 2, which I'm not going in to in case you haven't read it yet, Bryony and Jess try and find out if there is any truth in it.

So to be incredibly vague, part 3 has more crepe eating, lots of romance and sizzling chemistry, yummy food (those crepes are back), megastar confessions and a shed load of laugh of load moments.  

Lisa has done a fantastic job of keeping this story going, each new part keeps the reader engrossed, what will our two leading ladies get up to now and next week it all comes to a end! I have a feeling it is gonna be good!




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Thursday, 21 May 2015

COVER REVEAL - Tarnished by Kate Jarvik Birch

Tarnished (Perfected #2)
Release Date: 2015
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
Freedom comes at a cost...

Ella was genetically engineered to be the perfect pet—graceful, demure...and kept. In a daring move, she escaped her captivity and took refuge in Canada. But while she can think and act as she pleases, the life of a liberated pet is just as confining as the Congressman’s gilded cage. Her escape started a revolution, but she’s trapped, unable to get back to Penn—the boy she loves—or help the girls who need her.

Back in the United States, pets are turning up dead. With help from a very unexpected source, Ella slips deep into the dangerous black market, posing as a tarnished pet available to buy or sell. If she's lucky, she'll be able to rescue Penn and expose the truth about the breeding program. If she fails, Ella will pay not only with her life, but the lives of everyone she's tried to save...

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Book One:
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Praise for Perfected:
“Compelling, imaginative, and unique. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!”
— Mary Lindsey, author of Shattered Souls

Buy Links:
Amazon * Barnes & Noble * Amazon UK

About the Author:
Kate Jarvik Birch is a visual artist, author, playwright, daydreamer, and professional procrastinator. As a child, she wanted to grow up to be either a unicorn or mermaid. Luckily, being a writer turned out to be just as magical. Her essays and short stories have been published in literary journals including Indiana Review and Saint Ann’s Review. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and three kids. To learn more visit www.katejarvikbirch.com

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BLOG TOUR - The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP) by Kate Winter


Thank you to Little Brown for kindly providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

When Rosie Potter wakes up one morning with what she assumes is the world's worst hangover, the last thing she expects is to discover that she's actually dead. With a frustrating case of amnesia, suspicious circumstances surrounding her untimely demise, and stuck wearing her ugliest flannel PJs, Rosie must figure out not only what happened last night, but why on earth she's still here.
Slowly the mystery unravels, but there are many other secrets buried in the quiet Irish village of Ballycarragh, and nobody is as innocent as they first appear. Aided by the unlikeliest of allies in her investigation, Rosie discovers that life after death isn't all it's cracked up to be, particularly when you might just be falling in love . . .

This novel was such a breath of fresh air, really it was, considering the main character has been found dead in her bed by her traumatised best friend, it is funny, romantic and a murder mystery to boot!

Rosie Potter wakes up one morning with a hell of a sore head, feeling rough as a badger's back end she presumes that she has a hangover, unfortunately for Rosie a hangover is the least of her worries, she's dead..

Yes she is dead, she has quite likely been murdered but has no recollection of who, why and when. She sets off sort of like a ghostly Irish Miss Marple (did I mention it is in Ireland? I didn't? Well it is!) to get to the bottom of why she is lying dead in her bedroom with blood everywhere.

Being a ghost has it's perks she can listen to people without them knowing she is there and she can walk through walls (but this tastes horrible) but it also has a downside, yes I know being dead is a downside but stay with me, she witnesses another side of her boyfriend, the man who she loved to bits is not the man she thought he was.

Her boyfriend, who her best friend warned her about turns out to be a cheating scumbag, if he is capable of lying and cheating, is he capable of murder?

Who killed Rosie Potter?

There is so much more to this book that I haven't touched upon including a whole host of wonderful supporting characters that really do make this novel such a fantastic read, each character is fantastically described, truly bringing them alive.  

The writing also reminds me a little of early Marian Keyes novels such as Lucy Sullivan and Watermelon, this is Kate's debut novel and she has done an amazing job, I can't wait for the next one!



Kate Winter is a journalist, novelist and storyteller from the North West of Ireland who was lucky enough to grow up with no TV (though she didn't consider it a lucky break at the time) and lots of books. After graduating from University of Ulster with first class honours and the Ulster Television Award for her BA in Media Studies, Kate promptly forged a glittering career for herself in waitressing. Then one day, beside a swimming pool in Australia, Kate decided it was time to write a book. The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP) is Kate's debut novel. 



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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

BLOG TOUR - Alice's Portrait by Juliette Harper ***GIVEAWAY***

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Welcome to the tour for Alice's Portrait by Juliette Harper! 
This is a sci-fantasy novel that is adult but clean and appropriate for young adult readers.

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Alice's Portrait by Juliette Harper

A year after Kate, Jenny, and Mandy Lockwood inherit The Rocking L, the sisters try to concentrate on their collective and individual futures. In the previous book in The Lockwood Legacy series, Baxter’s Draw, the women made startling discoveries about their father’s secrets, but are mistaken in their belief that everything has now come to light. In Alice’s Portrait, the ghosts of Langston Lockwood’s past once again confront his daughters, forcing them to re-evaluate their understanding of their father and of what it means to be a Lockwood.

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“Josh, I feel like we’re asking an awful lot of you,” she said suddenly, keeping her eyes on the horizon in front of her. “You kinda gave up your life to move on this place. You came over here to be with Jenny, not to work with me. There’s no obligation for you to do all this. You ever want out, just say so.”

“From where I’m sitting,” Josh said easily, “kinda seems like I found my life on this place. Just icing on the cake I get to run a dozer, too.”

Kate laughed, quietly blessing the man for his seamless tact. They rode on in silence, all the tension of the moment gone. When Josh first suggested she start coming with him every day, Kate feared she’d be pressed into endless conversation. She was used to spending her days alone and Josh liked to talk. But to her surprise, Josh also knew how to be with someone in companionable silence and how to help Kate explore her new limitations without making her feel limited. That was no mean trick.

Langston would have said the pair of them would have made good saddle tramps. By instinct, Josh and Kate knew how to communicate with one another in short exchanges throughout the day. Over several months they came to know each other well. Josh had a good sense of what Kate could handle physically and she realized he quietly pushed her to do more, helping her build a new skill set and strengthening her good arm — all without saying a word.

He also knew that watching him do things like repair a fence grated on her nerves, but he didn’t try to make the reality of her situation better with empty platitudes. Josh Baxter was rapidly becoming one of Kate’s closest friends, and the fact that he loved her sister only made her think more of him.

After several minutes, he asked, “Did you spend days like this with Langston when you were growing up?”

“Where’d that come from?” she asked.


“Old Langston might be dead,” Josh observed, “but I swear to God he’s haunting this place. Or at least haunting you all. I’m trying to understand the man.”


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Juliette Harper is the pen name used by the writing team of Patricia Pauletti and Rana K. Williamson. Like the characters of their debut series, The Lockwood Legacy, Juliette is a merging of their creative energies. Pauletti, an Easterner of Italian descent, is an accomplished musician with an eye for art and design. Williamson, a Texan from a long line of hardheaded Scots, knows the world of the Lockwoods like the back of her hand.“We decided to write under a pen name because neither one of us by ourselves could have created Kate, Jenny, Mandy, and their world,” says Pauletti. “Juliette is a little bit of us both. We want to be her when we grow up.”

“Patti teases me that I just don’t want to own up to writing a book with romance in it,” Williamson adds, “but that’s not true. I like the Lockwood women and the way they tackle everything life throws at them. And before we’re done, they’ll be ducking a lot. I imagine coming into the office every day and saying, ‘Okay Juliette, what’s going to happen now?’ She tells us, and we get it down on paper.”

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

BOOK BLITZ - Life's a Beach and Then... by Julia Roberts


Holly Wilson has landed a dream job but there is one proviso… she must keep it secret, and that means telling lies. Holly hates telling lies.


Her latest assignment has brought her to the paradise island of Mauritius where she meets a British couple, Robert and Rosemary, who share a tragic secret of their own.

The moment they introduce Holly to handsome writer, Philippe, she begins to fall in love, something she hasn’t allowed herself to do for twenty years.

But Philippe has not been completely honest either and when Holly stumbles across the truth, she feels totally betrayed.






Julia Roberts was born in Nottingham in 1956 and shortly afterwards, in 1957, contracted the deadly disease Poliomyelitis, more commonly known as Polio. After a five month stay quarantined in hospital she was discharged on Christmas Eve with her left leg in a calliper. Thanks to extensive physiotherapy, swimming lessons, and persistent parents, who wanted their daughter to be able to walk through her life unaided, Julia was out of her calliper by the age of 3.

It was at primary school that Julia’s creative and performance abilities began to shine through. Having started ballet classes at the age of three, again to help with strengthening her left leg, she was unable to attend for two years due to the death of her grandma and her mother’s ill health. Julia recommenced dancing lessons across multiple styles at the age of 9, and also began elocution lessons.

She was very successful in the Nottingham Speech and Drama festivals and also in a variety of dancing competitions. At the age of ten she wrote her first play which was performed by fellow classmates at Jesse Gray School, and buoyed by that success she entered a short story writing competition, with her creation The Foundling, and was awarded second place.

Despite the challenges of a weak leg, Julia had decided that she wanted to become a professional dancer. Summer Seasons, pantomimes, a Caribbean cruise, and a stint at a theatre in Barcelona followed before Julia hung up her dancing shoes and moved into television. Initially she hit the screen as a TV extra before gaining small acting roles in TV shows such as Citizen Smith and many television commercials. In addition to her on screen parts, Julia also secured a recording contract in the early 1980s with a band called Jools and The Fools.

As the 1980s fitness boom gripped the nation, Julia began teaching fitness classes to supplement her income before becoming one of the original hostesses on the game show The Price is Right in 1983. After 2 series of the show, Julia had a production of her own…her son, Daniel. He was followed 13 months later by her daughter, Sophie, which led her to take a short career break.

During this time, Julia decided to try her hand at television presenting, landing herself the role of chat show host for her local channel in Croydon. One of the shows she presented weekly was entitled Palace Chatback and this led her to become an avid Crystal Palace supporter. She also produced and presented features about her team for Sky Sports.

In 1993, she auditioned to become a presenter for a shopping channel called QVC and, having been offered the job, was one of the first faces to launch the channel on 1st October the same year. Julia has worked there ever since whilst continuing presenting roles for Sky Sports and several corporate
productions.

Throughout her career, Julia has always wanted to write a book but, as a working mum, was time-starved. She kept her hand in writing for magazines and newspapers, and eventually started her first book – a memoir entitled One Hundred Lengths of the Pool - in 2011. The concept was a little different from a standard memoir, with Julia using the numbers of each of the chapters to relate to moments from her life.

Having battled against Polio as a young child, Julia had a new health challenge to face as, in April 2012, she was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia. CML as it more commonly known is a rare type of blood cancer which affects only 600 people per year in the UK. Julia responded well to the early stages of her treatment but in November 2012, her BCR/ABL results showed an increase in the levels of the disease. It was a frightening time for Julia as she feared she may have developed a mutation of CML called T3151 which is resistant to any currently available drug therapy.

Fortunately, an increased dosage of her treatment drug, Imatinib, brought these elevated levels of the disease down and they have continued to reduce. It was in April 2015 that Julia received the news that there is now no recordable level of the disease in her body, although she has to remain on medication for at least two more years.

Throughout her battle with CML she has continued working full-time at QVC, attempting to keep
normality in her life. She signed a publishing deal with Preface Publishing for her book One Hundred Lengths of the Pool and that was a sell-out success on QVC. As a result of the publicity surrounding her book she was approached by the British Polio Fellowship and asked to become an ambassador for the charity which she readily agreed to. In conjunction with QVC, British Polio and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, Julia organised a charity swimming gala where she set herself the challenge of swimming one hundred lengths of the pool while other participants took part in fun races and games. A percentage of the profits from her first book went to polio charities and a similar percentage of her latest book will go to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Following the launch of her first book, Julia needed a well-deserved break and booked a holiday to Mauritius. Her children, now adults, had bought her a notebook with words on the cover that read Hold on people… I’m having an Idea. On the first morning of her holiday, Julia had just that – the idea for her first novel.

Over the course of the ten days she was in Mauritius, she scribbled copious notes, thoughts and ideas. When she arrived home, she started writing.

Life’s a Beach is part one of the Liberty Sands trilogy. Julia has already started writing book two, If He Really Loved Me… , which she hopes to finish in the Autumn.



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Monday, 18 May 2015

REVIEW - The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey


Thank you to Little Brown for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

Every so often I read a book that totally floors me, like wow WTF did that come from?, The Girl with all the Gifts is one of those books. 

It had been on my TBR pile for a while but now it's not and in a way that makes me sad as I wish I could read the story again for the first time but also I am exceptionally happy as this is one hell of a story, I suppose I better stop gushing and start explaining why this is getting 5 stars.

Now the one thing I did not realise about this book before I read it was its dystopian setting, I missed that one!   The dystopian-ness (can this be a word?!!!) sneaks up on you, when the book kicks off it isn't apparent straight away when/where the setting is but it soon becomes obvious that something is a little off.

Melanie lives in a world where every day is the same, she goes to school, she learns with her class mates.  Normal, right? Well not quite, she travels to school not by bus but under armed guard strapped down in a wheel chair from her cell.  This is not a normal school and Melanie is not a normal little girl.

She is exceptionally clever and loves to learn, she watches and takes in everything.and everyone.  She especially loves the time spent with her favourite teacher Miss Justineau. She is the nicest and most playful of the all the teachers and Melanie feels protective towards her, the feeling is mutual.

Melanie notices that her class mates disappear from time to time, where do they go and why do they never come back?  Does the creepy Dr Caldwell know anything about it?  What is wrong with Melaine and her classmates, why are they kept under lock and key, why do soldiers watch their every move?

Well lets expand this world further, well there is not much world left for a start, what's left is the compound in which Melanie and her friends are held, with a small amount of soldiers and civilians, it is an island in a sea of horror.  The population has been attacked by a virus which has turned most of them in to rampant zombie-esque creatures but some of them are different, some still have their full faculties despite the fact they crave flesh.  These exceptions appears normal, they could be anyone, they could even be a little girl.

The story does not stay within the confines of the compound, shit does hit the fan and Melanie, Miss Justineau, the horrible Sergeant Parks and Dr Caldwell form an unlikely team as they journey away from danger in to extreme peril.

I can't really tell you any more about this story because it'll get spoilt for you, but what can I tell you?  It is just incredible, our motley crew struggle on their way keeping out of the way of the "hungries" who would have them for their next meal, staying out of the road of the junkers who sound like something straight out of Mad Max and also keeping out of the way of each other, tensions are running high, their lives are at stake, can they find a safe haven?

The Girl with all the Gifts is simply immense, I read the last hundred or so pages last night, I was glued, it pulls at your heart strings, prepare to have your emotions put through the ringer.  Also prepare to be scared!

I love dystopia but this is nothing like I have ever read before, I feel a little bereft after finishing it but in the words of Dr Seuss "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened".  Read it!





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BOOK BLITZ - Aftermath by Tom Lewis ***GIVEAWAY***


Welcome to the Book Blitz for Aftermath by Tom Lewis!
Read an interview with the author plus enter the giveaway to win a $70 giftcard!


Book & Author Details:

Aftermath by Tom Lewis 
(After the Fall #1) 
Publication date: March 28th 2015 
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult

Synopsis:
The end of the world came fast. Between the time the warning had sounded on the TV, till when 16-year-old Paige O’Connor awakened sometime later, civilization had been crushed.
The attacks had come by “them” – those things in the ships in the sky that had appeared suddenly, and without warning.
And as Paige would soon discover, the attacks had only been the beginning.
Aftermath is the first book in the new After the Fall dystopian action series, which follows a young girl’s struggle for survival in the wake of civilization’s collapse, and humanity’s domination by an alien race of beings. 


MEET THE AUTHOR

Tell us about your debut novel:
The book’s called “Aftermath”. It’s a fast-paced, dystopian sci fi actioner that follows a teenage girl’s struggles for survival in the increasingly hostile wake of civilization’s collapse, and humanity’s domination by an alien race of beings. I’m calling it a “Hunger Games” with aliens.

“Aftermath” is the first novel in the “After the Fall” dystopian series, which will follow my heroine, Paige, and the remnants of humanity in their efforts to both survive, and reclaim our world.


How did you get into writing?
I started writing screenplays in 1999, and had my first screenplay optioned that year. I followed that up with several other screenplays, a few of which were optioned by production companies and ended up getting me hired for writing assignments. Two of those scripts were made into movies which I produced and directed. The first of those movies was picked up by Lionsgate for distribution, and we’re in negotiations with distributors on the second film, a spooky ghost story called “The Chanel”. It’s about a teenage girl, who after surviving a near-death experience in a car crash, finds herself haunted by a shadowy figure she sees from the corner of her eye – something that followed her back from the other side of death.


You’re also an attorney?
Yes. I practice entertainment law from my office in Santa Monica. My clients are mainly producers, so that’s helped with getting my screenplays out there. Before that, I served in the Marines.


Where did your interest in post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction come from?
My first exposure to the dystopian genre came about 4 years ago, when I was negotiating movie rights to a best-selling novel for one of my clients. I read that novel, and then read the “Hunger Games” trilogy, and then I was hooked. Dystopian, YA, NA, sci fi action, survival, and post-apocalyptic stories are far and away my favorites.


Where did the inspiration for Aftermath come from?
I came up with the idea for Aftermath about a year ago. I was searching Amazon for something post-apocalyptic and dystopian, but with ordinary people thrown into that upside-down world. Most of the books I was finding had either elite commandos, or the threat wasn’t big enough, or there just wasn’t enough action, thrills, or scares. So basically I wrote Aftermath as the story I wanted to read. I originally started drafting it as a screenplay, but then I saw the potential of it as a series of novels. The story is epic in scope – it follows the survivors through the end of civilization, and its conquest by this alien race. And by doing it through novels, I wasn’t limited to budget considerations you have when writing screenplays. But I did have the fun of shooting the trailer I made for the book. You can see that trailer here: https://vimeo.com/124008432


What's next for you?
I’m about halfway finished with the second installment in the series, and hope to publish it later this summer. The working title is “The Whisperers.”


About Tom Lewis

Tom Lewis grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, where his family still resides. He served in the Marines, before returning to Arizona, where he attended Arizona State University, receiving his BS in Business Management. After ASU, he moved to San Diego, where he attended law school at the University of San Diego. He graduated in 1996, and was admitted to the State Bar of California the same year. Shortly after that, he moved to Santa Monica, where he practices law as an entertainment attorney.

When he’s not writing, or handling the legal work for his clients’ films, Tom enjoys working out, hanging out at the beach, bike riding, reading, and movies.
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