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#FridayBookShare Vampire Labyrinth Redeye by G.P.Taylor #YA #Fantasy

With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so I’ve created the Friday Book Share Game to help search for that ideal novel.

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Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you enjoyed reading and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare. Be sure to like, comment, and share other participants posts.

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

Here’s mine:

I read this book when it was released six years ago, but it’s one of those books that I pick up and re-read quite often – like a comfort blanket – with fangs!

First line – Jago Harker ran through the streets clutching the small leather bag that contained his whole world.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb –

You will come to know hell better than most, Jago. I have waited all these years for you to come back to this town.

England, 1940: Britain is entrenched in war with the Germans when young Jago is evacuated from the Blitz bombings in London to the Yorkshire coast.

With just the memory of his dead mother for comfort, Jago is desperate only to survive the war in some peace. But arriving at the hostile Streonshalgh Manor in the town of Whitby, he is confronted with cruel and frenzied locals, seemingly possessed by ancient stories of clannish retribution and sadistic horrors.

The RedEye comet hovers fatefully over the town; people are being viciously killed; and Jago’s nights are spent as waking nightmares, darting through bloodstained and murderous streets.

As shades of his past come rushing back to haunt him, Jago must confront the truth of this town – the perilous and violent truth of the ancient Vampyres.

Introduce the main characterJago is brave, frightened, but strong

Delightful Design

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Audience appeal Perfect for fans of YA fantasy, vampire stories, horror.

Your favourite line/scene –

(There are so many great scenes in this book and I love how descriptive the author is – in this scene he transports you into the heart of London during the war)

The earth shuddered. Screams rang out as a bomb blew out the front of the pub on the corner of Bethnal Green. The street was filled with thick white dust that blotted out the sun and covered the bodies in the road like a fall of snow. The crowd ran, children screamed, an old woman stood shaking as she looked around helplessly. The air-raid siren wailed a few streets away as the thud, thud, thud moved slowly to the west.

BUY a copy of Vampire Labyrinth: Redeye on Amazon UK or Amazon US

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Interview – Meet author, Samantha Tonge (@SamTongeWriter) #RomanticComedy

There are certain moments in life when you have to act professional and suave, but inside you are jumping up and down like a lunatic because you’re so damn excited. I experienced one of those moments when I met today’s guest in the flesh at an event in Birmingham. If author, Samantha Tonge had any inkling about my fangirling moment she was very gracious about it – I waffled on for ages (sorry, Sam).

I’m even more delighted that she agreed to join me on my blog for a chat about her new release, Breakfast under a Cornish Sun, out TODAY!

Over to Samantha…

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The Fun Stuff:

What part of the world do you come from?

Manchester, northern England. The rainiest part of England, apparently, although when I first moved up here a taxi driver said that was a rumour to keep southerners out!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Um… probably a teacher. I used to practise marking work and signing my name. Ironically that autograph experience came in useful when I became an author!

List three words to describe yourself.

Loyal. Sensitve. Bonkers.

Who would play you in a film about your life?

Isla Fisher as I am a little crazy. Lots of people could tell mad stories about me, that’s why it’s important to keep your friends closer than your enemies! I’m not joking!

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What’s your favourite snack food when writing?

Ooh. Chocolate, it has to be. I went through a phase of donuts but the keyboard got very sticky

If you had a super power, what would it be?

To heal the anxious and depressed. There is too much stress in the modern world.

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The Sensible Side:

Tell us a little about yourself. (How did you get started writing?  What do you do when you’re not writing?)

I started writing, ooh, about eleven years ago. It took me a long time to snag an agent and I signed my first novel publishing deal in 2013. In other words, I don’t give up. I grew up, in Hertfordshire and was blessed with a wonderful mother who always told me I could achieve anything I put my mind to. When I’m not writing or spending time with the family, I begrudgingly go cycling and joyously bake!

Where did the inspiration for Breakfast Under a Cornish Sun come from?

Well, the thrust of the story is that disenchanted Kate Golightly heads to Cornwall to find her very own Poldark look-alike, so yes, the Poldark series did hugely inspire this book! I am always inspired by anything that grabs the public’s imagination (hence my debut novel Doubting Abbey, inspired by Downton). I think we would all, in our dreams, like to run away to the rugged coast and be seduced by a brooding Aidan Turner double – Kate acts on this fantasy and tries to make it a reality, with very unexpected results!

If your book was made into a film, who would you love to play the lead characters?

Kate is a little quirky, so I think Emilia Clarke of Me Before You and Game of Thrones fame. Poldark look-alike Lucas? I think there is only one option for that! As for Tremain, the grumpy holiday resort manager… an older, more moody version of Zac Efron would do just fine!

Your books are full of interesting characters, humour, and heart-warming storylines (plus fabulous food!). Which of your books was the most fun to write and why?

Thank you! I think Game of Scones was. I adored the Greek island setting and fell in love myself with the two heroes, gorgeous six foot four Dutch Henrik and exotic Greek fisherman Niko. It was huge fun creating the warm village community of Taxos as well – some real quirky characters live there! I was #TeamNiko all the way:-)

Do you plot your novels or do you prefer to go with the flow?

I do an outline but don’t plan each chapter in detail until the day before I write it, as timelines and ideas can change. I let the characters take me where they want to.

What is your research process when working on a novel?

The internet is a wonderful resource for finding chat rooms where people discuss problems your characters might share, for watching youtube videos to do with your setting… I often wonder how writers used to manage pre the World Wide Web. It must  have been a much slower process.

Can you give us a brief excerpt from Breakfast Under a Cornish Sun?

This gives a taste of lovely Kate’s character. She is a singer and has just performed.

“When I stopped everyone gave me a quiet round of applause. I smiled. This was the one area of my life where I wasn’t the slightest bit embarrassed. Compliment my outfit or make-up and my ears would probably glow scarlet but clap my singing and I’d just bow my head or give you the thumbs-up. It wasn’t because I considered my voice amazing—it was because the approval meant less. Of course positive reviews lit up my world for a while but bad ones would never stop me singing. It was what I did. It was me.

Music ran through my bones. It gave my purpose. Singing was my past, present, future and any afterlife.

I closed my eyes again. How good it felt to be performing. A few days away from a mike made me feel like an addict reaching the point of needing a detox—singing again was the ultimate, feel-good rehab.”

What can we expect from you in the future? 

I am currently working on a book that is quite different from any of my others – a little more serious and there is ACTUAL FULL SEX in it. Just don’t tell my kids:-)

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

At my website

Or on Amazon

I am also on Twitter

Thank you SO much for joining me today, Samantha.

If you want to check out Samantha’s novels then pop over to her Amazon page. She also writes hugely insightful blog posts on her website.

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Reader Spot – Meet #BookReviewer Kate Moloney (@BibliophileBC)

Here on the Reader Spot, I share the bookish love of our avid book reviewers. From young adult to historical romance, chick-lit to a murder mystery, they know what they like, and they’re happy to share.  Whether you are a reader looking for a new book, or a writer wondering what your reader wants, I hope you find this series enjoyable.

Next up to the Reader Spot is reviewer, Kate Moloney from Bibliophile Book Club. Find her book review blog HERE.

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What genre do you enjoy reading?

My absolute favourite is crime and all its different facets. I love a good police thriller, and I’ve been reading tons of psychological thrillers lately too. I just love the suspense and the tension within the pages. And don’t get me started on my love of Scandinavian based crime books, they are perfection for me!!! I don’t read much outside my favourites but very occasionally I may pick up a YA, and I have some sci-fi on my TBR too.

Do you have a favourite author in this genre?

I don’t have one particular favourite author, I have many! Ragnar Jónasson, Harlan Coben, Steve Cavanagh, Lee Child, Chris Carter and Jack Kerley are only a handful of authors whose books I will buy without fail.

How do you prefer to read your books?

I don’t have a preference as such! I read physical books (I’m a sucker for a pretty hardback!), I read on my kindle and I have the Kindle app on my iPhone and iPad. There are times where kindle is a godsend, and then there are other times where I actually just want to hold a book and turn the pages. Reading is reading, no matter what platform you choose, just read.

Where do you purchase your books?

I will buy my books anywhere. I love looking through charity shop bookshelves, and I’ve gotten some brilliant bargains lately. I find here (Ireland) chain stores can be a bit pricey in comparison to independent booksellers, so I don’t buy much from them. We have a brilliant independent books store here, which I could spend hours in just looking at all the beautiful new and second hand books. That being said, nothing beats Amazon and The Book Depository for satisfying the need to look at books at any hour of the day!

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Where do you find out about the books you read?

I listen to what my fellow book bloggers are reading. There is a handful of us (affectionately known as Blogsquad between ourselves) and we have very similar taste. We talk books A LOT,  pretty much every day if I’m honest, so if we hear of anything that sounds amazing then we get onto eachother. I’m a member of a couple of Facebook book clubs too, and they are full of brilliant recommendations. Goodreads is also an excellent platform to see what books are being raved about, and to catch up on reviews.

Do you have a budget when buying books?  Do you stick to it if you do?

Sadly, no. That would be the smart thing to do though. I do a monthly book haul post on my blog where I list books I’ve bought as well as any ARC’s received. If I was to add up money spent on books I think I’d be in trouble!!! That being said, I made a conscious decision not to buy as many this month (it’s now the end June) and my haul is 50 books less than last month! (I need help, I know!)

Do you write a review when you’ve finished reading?  If so, where do you post this?

It depends on my time schedule to be honest. Sometimes I could finish a book of an evening and move straight into the next on the list. And then this snowballs until I have a ton of reviews. Other times, I can be quite strict with myself and get ahead of myself with posts. It depends on how life goes though, with two kids it’s not always possible to blog when I want to!

What do you look for in a book? 

I want to be hooked, immediately! I need to be drawn straight into a book within the first few chapters because otherwise it becomes harder to engage with the plot and the characters if I’m not invested early on. I love strong characters (male or female, it doesn’t matter!), and I love a bit of drama thrown in for good measure!

Where do you like to read?

My favourite place to read is definitely in bed! It’s the only time of the day (night!!!) that I actually have a solid 30 mins to an hour to myself with no distractions, no housework to do and the kids are fast asleep. It’s my time to get lost in my book! On a rare occasion, I might actually pick up my book during the day for a few minutes here and there, but it doesn’t happen too often!

What social media platforms are you active on?

I blog, spend far too much time on Twitter and I also have a Facebook page. And I’m on Instagram too, at you guessed it, bibliophilebookclub!

Huge thanks to Kate for taking part in the Reader Spot. Next week we have Jo Robertson from My Chestnut Reading Tree. If you are an avid reader and would like to be included in this feature, then please use the ‘say hello’ page to send me a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

#BookReview Wings of Mayhem by @SueColetta1 #RBRT #Crime

#BookReview Wings of Mayhem by Sue Coletta #RBRT

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Author: Sue Coletta

Category: Crime/Thriller

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Review:

Shawnee Daniels is a computer forensics specialist by day and a cat burglar by night. I loved how the author managed to blend the two ‘roles’ so well. You get an insight into the talented specialist (or hacker!) as she uses her computer skills to aid the detectives, and then the flip side of her secret life of breaking and entering. Continue reading “#BookReview Wings of Mayhem by @SueColetta1 #RBRT #Crime”

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Reader Spot – Meet #BookReviewer Emma Welton (@damppebbles)

Here on the Reader Spot, I share the bookish love of our avid book reviewers. From young adult to historical romance, chick-lit to a murder mystery, they know what they like, and they’re happy to share.  Whether you are a reader looking for a new book, or a writer wondering what your reader wants, I hope you find this series enjoyable.

Next up to the Reader Spot is reviewer, Emma Welton from Damp Pebbles. Find her book review blog HERE.

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What genre do you enjoy reading?

I’m afraid I’m one of those boring people who rarely venture outside their normal genre.  For me it’s crime fiction, thrillers and psychological thrillers.  I also love horror but don’t tend to read as much as I would like. Continue reading “Reader Spot – Meet #BookReviewer Emma Welton (@damppebbles)”

Monday Muse

#MondayMuse Inspired by Alice in Wonderland

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Inspirational people surround us at every turn.  To celebrate some of the incredible women who continue to motivate me on my writing journey I look at the women/characters who are my artistic inspiration.

Last time I honoured fictional film character, Andie from Pretty in Pink. You can read that post HERE.  Today, I’m devoting the Monday Muse to another fictional character, Alice in Wonderland.

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The school holidays are upon us (whoop whoop), and I’ve taken full advantage of the summer sunshine, discounted travel, and staycation deals and whisked my three teens off to London for a few days. Continue reading “#MondayMuse Inspired by Alice in Wonderland”

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#FridayBookShare The Miracle Morning for Writers by Hal Elrod #NonFiction #WritingTips

With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so I’ve created a Friday Book Share game to help search for that ideal novel.

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Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you are currently reading/finished reading this week and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare. Be sure to like, comment, and share other participants posts.

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene. Continue reading “#FridayBookShare The Miracle Morning for Writers by Hal Elrod #NonFiction #WritingTips”