Friday, 29 July 2016

My Favourite Posts - July 2016


I love being a blogger and I also love visiting other blog sites, not just book blogs either!  

This monthly post brings to you some of my favourite posts that I have read during the month of July!!



















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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

BIZARRE BOOKS #35 - Cooking for Two by Brandon Schulz & Lucy Schulz-Osenlund


Whilst looking through the hundreds of thousands of books on Amazon I discovered hidden gems, books that maybe have been overshadowed and have not had the credit they deserve.

They may be a bizarre, they may be funny or even unintentionally funny, they may be wonderfully cute or they may just be a total WTF!!! book.

This weekly post is a tribute to these wonderful gems and to be honest some of them are worth looking at for their reviews alone!


I am beginning to think after all these years as a dog person I am turning in to a cat person and if I had a cat it would be welcome at my dinner table, in fact I would probably set a place for it.

Joking aside this is actually a great book that shares what cats should be eating and what they should avoid like the plague.

You know one thing I have wondered, how come they don't make mouse flavoured cat food?



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Sunday, 24 July 2016

The Sunday Post #55 - 24th July 2016



Welcome to my Sunday Post, a weekly meme hosted by Kimberley over at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer . Join me as I ramble about my week in and out of the blogosphere.


Hello, how you doing?

My holiday is over and I am back at work, it is pure bliss.

My weeks holiday was wonderful but my kids have far too much energy for my liking, on the plus side they discovered Harry Potter this week albeit the films but they are casting spells left right and centre.

Not a lot else happening apart from my incessant planning of Orlando 2016 and my joy at finally getting to see The Late Late Show with James Corden actually on UK television.

Happy reading book bunnies!
Well actually last two weeks since I didn't Sunday Post last week.


2015 - I reviewed Pawnee by Leslie Knope

2014 - I reviewed Surviving the Evacuation #1 by Frank Tayell
 






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Friday, 22 July 2016

REVIEW - The Walking Dead: Volume 1 Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore

Title: The Walking Dead: Volume 1 Days Gone By

Author: Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore

Publisher: Image Comics

Release Date: 28th September 2006

Source: Own Copy



The world we knew is gone. The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled: no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, the survivors are forced to finally start living.
I won't insult you by explaining the Walking Dead to you, you know what it is about.  The end of the world, hordes of zombies and survivors fighting to survive.

After watching all of the episodes on television, I thought I had better go back to where it all began and read the graphic novel series.  This could be an expensive decision as I rather enjoyed volume one and I think it is on volume twenty something now.

Obviously the tv show and the novel don't always follow the same plot but it was nice to see how the characters were originally imagined.  I mean when I see Rick, I see Andrew Lincoln but this volume shows me the characters in a totally different light.  It also shows how well the casting of the tv show did with matching some of the characters to their on screen counterparts.  

The characters feel wonderfully real, from their facial expressions to the dialogue, all illustrated brilliantly, plus with it being drawn in monochrome shades the world looks suitably bleak.

Yes I know The Walking Dead does feature a lot of blood and gore, something that does not come in shades of gray but those zoms look suitably bloody and nasty, don't worry about that.

Volume One follows Rick's awakening from his coma, his discovery that the world has gone to hell and his family are gone.  Rick finds his family but he also finds new friends, fellow survivors each with their own tale to tell - Carol is not a badass at this point!

I'm still new to reading graphic novels but I have a feeling it is going to expand considerably thanks to this.  Gritty and gripping, it will keep me in zombies until season 7.






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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY - Electing Love by Victoria Pinder

Electing Love


Today is the cover reveal for Electing Love by Victoria Pinder. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.


Electing Love (The Collins Brothers #3)

by Victoria Pinder 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age category: Adult

Release Date: 14 August 2016

Gerard Collins is running in the election for Massachusetts U.S. Senator. He put his name on the ballot to help his FBI agent brother crack a crime family. But the masquerade gets more complicated when his Campaign Manager insists that he’s going to need a political wife.

Movie star Nicole Burns aka Nicole Wyland makes millions staring in romantic comedies, yet she’s never been in love. She left Cape Cod to escape her family and sought to pretend to be anyone else other than Nicole Burns. She goes back home to figure out who she is.

When she saw Gerard Collins was running for office, she intended to confront him over his part in her sister’s mental breakdown. But sparks fly and helping him win is far more interesting to her, and her sister’s complicated past stops becoming a barrier to romance. He’s nothing like what she thought, and the fake engagement is becoming excitingly more real the longer she stays.

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“I will not propose to a woman to win an election.” Gerard Collins pinched the bridge of his nose and shoved himself away from the boardroom table.
He then turned his six-foot three-inch frame away from the table and stared at the ground and grimaced. His campaign manager, Barnie, was silent. Gerard assumed he gave the man time to adjust. Barnie always won elections. Gerard had hired him to ensure success, so he turned his big brown eyes toward the man and began his argument. “The Constitution doesn’t say a senator must be married.”
Barnie adjusted his glasses and sat back in his chair. “But the facts are, in America, single men don’t win elections.”
Gerard leaned closer to the table. This was an argument he had to win, and as a lawyer he’d always won his case. “Barnie, it could happen. I’m not on the ticket for President.”
“True, but you’ve dated far too many women in the past few years, and you are only thirty years old.” Barnie pushed his round glasses higher on his nose. Gerard pressed his lips together as Bernie explained in an even tone, “You need to appear stable. If you want to win this thing, then we need to get you a Jackie Kennedy to stand at your side.”
As he rubbed the five o’clock shadow on his chin, Gerard swallowed and glanced out the window toward the autumn grayness of Boston. While Gerard had no intention to win the election, he knew he had to do everything in his power to appear a true candidate. He sighed and shook his head.
“I’ll get the list in order.” Barnie stood and walked away from the table.
Victoria Pinder


Victoria Pinder grew up in Irish Catholic Boston before moving to the Miami sun. She’s worked in engineering, after passing many tests proving how easy Math came to her. Then hating her life at the age of twenty four, she decided to go to law school. Four years later, after passing the bar and practicing very little, she realized that she hates the practice of law. She refused to one day turn 50 and realize she had nothing but her career and hours at a desk. After realizing she needed change, she became a high school teacher. Teaching is rewarding, but writing is a passion.

During all this time, she always wrote stories to entertain herself or calm down. Her parents are practical minded people demanding a job, and Victoria spent too many years living other people’s dreams, but when she sat down to see what skill she had that matched what she enjoyed doing, writing became so obvious. The middle school year book when someone wrote in it that one day she’d be a writer made sense when she turned thirty.

She's always been amazing, adventurous and assured. It's what gets her through the day.

Her website is www.victoriapinder.com. Please write as she loves writing back to her fans.

You can find and contact Victoria here:
- Website
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- Goodreads
- Amazon

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