BLOG TOUR – Michael’s Spear

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The Universe is coming apart at the seams. As Jonathan and his friends fight to save it, their every move is being watched from the shadows. Lilith, the last Archdemon has plans of her own, and with the legendary Michael’s Spear under her control Jonathan has never faced a more lethal foe. With the odds stacked against him, Jonathan will need all the help he can get if he is to fulfil his destiny. It’s time for Gabriel’s grandson finally to spread his wings…

I am delighted to have Hilton Pashley the author of Michael’s Spear on my blog today doing a guest post!

 

Imaginary Friends.’

There is a moment in the creation of every story when the characters become real to the author. It’s an odd process, and one that initially had me wondering whether I needed medication. By ‘real’, I mean that the characters cease to be puppets in one’s head and start to take back some control in what they do and say in the narrative.

I first noticed it when writing Gabriel’s Clock, the start of the Hobbes End trilogy that now ends with Michael’s Spear. I would type that a character would, say, be running screaming for the exit, and suddenly they would turn round and say “actually no, I think I’d rather be brave and punch the monster on the nose”. Cue an internal dialogue that has me having an intense conversation with a fictional being about their motivations, rather like an actor with a director. I’m glad these conversations tend to happen at home, as opposed to the coffee shop in the Millennium Library in the centre of Norwich, where I can often be found hunched over a steaming keyboard. I can imagine the clientele edging towards the exits, hazelnut latte’s in hand, as they stare at the man muttering out loud to his laptop.  

Initially I thought I might need psychiatric help, but then I caught an episode of the Open Book programme on Radio Four, hosted by Mariella Frostrup. Her guests that day were the authors Zadie Smith and Thomas Keneally; I was most relieved to hear that they too had the same experience and so cancelled my appointment with the doctor.

It is once a character becomes ‘real’ that the story really gets going; I think the same thing also happens to readers. It’s an important moment because it’s at that point that you start to care about what happens next and – hopefully – want to read on until the end. Does the guy get the girl? Does the villain get their just desserts? Does that dangerously unstable jar of piccalilli explode and cause a massive incident of culinary destruction? If the author doesn’t care then the story won’t get written, and if the reader doesn’t care then the story won’t get read, either way, it all hangs on the moment you realise you have a bunch of imaginary friends living in your head, and that – talking to yourself in public aside – can only be a good thing.

   

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The Social Media Tag

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I wasn’t tagged in this but I spotted it on Bex from My Shelf & Myself and like Bex I think it’s a good opportunity to share some of my favourite blogs which I think are pretty similar to Bex’s. I’m also going to take this time to thank  Chloe, the original creator of this tag.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who tagged you.
  2. Choose a Blog or Blogger per category and explain why you chose them.
  3. Tag others to do this (up to you how many)

INSTAGRAM-  A BLOG WITH A DESIGN YOU LOVE

I absolutely love everything about Kelly who blogs at Kelly’s Rambles I think it also helps that Kelly is one of the nicest people ever on Twitter and real life! Her blog is so unique and beautiful. I wish my blog was as lovely as her’s!

FACEBOOK- A BLOG WITH A FRIENDLY BLOGGER

I’m giving this one to the wonderful Megan from Probability Reading and you should definitely check out her blog and follow her on Twitter!

TWITTER- A BLOGGER WHO COULD JUST WRITE 140 CHARACTERS AND YOU WOULD STILL LOVE THEM

I’m giving this to my favourite siblings and thats because I love them both so much however I think I’m only allowed to choose one but I’m a rebel! Jess & Bex were my first blogger friends and they can say anything and I would love them all the same!

YOUTUBE- A BLOG WHICH KEEPS YOU ENTERTAINED

I absolutely love Steph who blogs at A Little But A Lot   I love all her posts! She always has the best ideas and is really funny!

SNAP CHAT- A BLOGGER WHO’S UPDATES YOU CAN’T WAIT FOR

I’m giving this one to Alice from Ardently Alice I love reading her posts and am always anticipating her next post.Alice writes in such a carefree way and it honestly feels like your just catching up with a friend

TUMBLR- A BLOG WHICH IS VERY DIVERSE AND HAS VARIETY

I’m going to give this one to Carly from Writing From The Tub I absolutely adore her blog and the diverse posts she has! She is also the loveliest person who will always tempt you with pictures of food!

PINTEREST- A BLOG WHICH IS FULL OF CREATIVITY AND INSPIRATION

This one is definitely going to give this one to Grace from Almost Amazing Grace . She blogs about a variety of things and I’m always so excited whenever it pops up that she has a new post because she never fails to amaze me with her posts. Also her writing is fabulous!!

My Nominations:

I’m not going to nominate anyone in particular, so anyone can feel free to do it!

When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon

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Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

My Thoughts

I would like to thank the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review

It’s been a long time coming for me to read this book. I’ve been excited, the worlds been excited about this book. If your a user of Twitter then you would have seen the hype around this book! After reading this book I can see what they’re talking about when they say how good this book is!

I started When Dimple Met Rishi at the beginning of my New York trip and it was an absolutely perfect way to start it! This book  took me on a incredible journey through the lives of Dimple and Rishi making me laugh in places and informed in others.I learnt a lot about Indian culture while reading this book and it made it all the better. Another plus was that the families were present the whole way through the book

The writing of this book felt so carefree and easy to read, you couldn’t possibly hate this book. From the moment Dimple met Rishi, this book had my heart.

This is an amazing debut that I would highly recommend and I cannot wait for the next book!

Rating: 4/5

Published By:Chapter 5

 

Bad Sister – Sam Carrington

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The gripping psychological thriller everyone is talking about, from the author of Saving Sophie.

 Sisters. Allies. Liars.

 Stephanie is scared for her life. Her psychologist, Connie Summers, wants to help her face her fears, but Connie will never really understand her. Stephanie’s past has been wiped away for her own protection. Stephanie isn’t even her real name. But then, Dr Summers isn’t Connie’s real name either.

And that’s not all the women have in common. As Stephanie opens up about her troubled relationship with her brother, Connie is forced to confront her own dark family secrets.

When a mutilated body is dumped in plain sight, it will have devastating consequences for both women.

Who is the victim?

Who is to blame?

Who is next?

 

I am delighted to be on Sam’s blog tour and even more delighted to be hosting an extract! so without further ado…

 

Lindsay Wade spread four photos across her desk. Each enlarged image showed a different tattoo. 

‘What do you make of these?’ She directed her question at Mack, who, coffee in hand, was staring at the monitor on his desk. He put his mug down and scooted over, the wheels of the chair squealing in protest. He picked up one of the photos.

‘The murderer likes birds?’

‘Helpful. What kind of bird does it look like to you?’ 

Mack tilted his head, squinting, then shrugged his shoulders.

‘No idea. I’m guessing it’s not one specific species, more like a mixture – seems muddled. Perhaps our killer is a crap tattooist?’

‘Quite possibly, as the other three are similar – they’re pretty muddled too.’ Lindsay handed Mack another picture. 

‘I thought there were only three new tattoos. Where’s the fourth come from?’

‘We left a bit too early. When Harry was sewing Hargreaves back up, he found this one on the lower half of the torso. It revealed itself when he lifted the flap of skin that had been sliced and left hanging.’

‘Nothing else hiding in the flaps?’ Mack sniggered. Lindsay silently raised one eyebrow. He dropped his head and stared at the photo, his features suddenly serious. He gathered up the others. ‘Okay, so we’ve got four tattoos that have been created post-mortem, we’re assuming by the killer—’

‘Highly likely I’d say.’ 

‘He obviously had a clear reason for creating these, took some time over them, even though they’re pretty rough. So, we’ve got a bird – of unknown species. A code of some sort?’ Mack continued to sift through the photos. ‘Then, a word – I think, although I can’t make it out, and finally . . . lines and crosses, a pattern?’

‘That’s about as far as I got too.’ Lindsay took the photos from Mack and placed them back on her desk. ‘Do you think they could be prison-related? Or some gang code?’

‘It’s possible, I guess. Tattoos are more prevalent in the prison community in Russia and USA, though, I’d say.’

‘Okay then. We still need to look into the possibility, but . . .’ Lindsay bit on the inside of her cheek, thinking. ‘You suggested in the morgue they could be a message. One that only the person it’s intended for could interpret?’

‘Yes. I was thinking Connie Summers?’ 

‘Well, given that her name is on the dead man’s hand, I suggest we should ask her. It could be that it’s because she’s the one who’ll be able to tell us what they mean?’

Forever – Monica Murphy

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She’s all I could ever want…

I have a reputation around school. Cold. Untouchable. Unfeeling. Only one girl could ever make me want to change and that’s Amanda Winters. Too bad I broke her heart and drove her away.

So to get through the rest of my days in high school, I tell myself I need to focus on more important things. Like taking our football team to championships. Get accepted to the college of my choice. And finish my senior year without wanting to run away from my problems.

But your problems chase after you no matter where you go. And it’s a lot harder when you fight them alone. The longer I go without Amanda, the more I miss her. Her smile. Her laughter. The things she said. How she looked at me like I was the only person who mattered. The way she made me feel…

Why can’t I have everything, including the girl? I’m determined to make things right. And make Amanda mine…

My Thoughts

You can check out my review of the previous book here.

I absolutely adored the previous book in this series and so I  highly anticipated this one! I also loved Jordan in the last book even if the ending made that waiver.

I didm’t like the characters as much in this book but I think that may have just been because of how the last book ended with with all the chaos!

My favourite bit of the book is still #cuddlewithtuttle it’s honestly so relatable to a teenager.If you haven’t read this book then it might  not make much sense.

I still love Monica’s writing style and honestly can’t wait to see what she writes next!

Rating: 3.5/5

Published By: EM Publishing

Love Politics War – Yolanda Brown

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Love Politics War is a unique Jazz album with a beautiful reggae feel. Yolanda Brown has really brought something new and beautiful to the jazz world with this album.

Yolanda is an amazing saxophonist and this album just allows the world to see that with so much ease.The way she plays on this album is honestly exquisite.Love Politics War is a soulful album that makes you feel relaxed.

In my opinion this is the jazz album of 2017!

 

The Thousandth Floor – Katherine McGee

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NEW YORK CITY AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE.

A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

WELCOME TO MANHATTAN, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

LEDA COLE’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

ERIS DODD-RADSON’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

RYLIN MYERS’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one?

WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is AVERY FULLER, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down….

My Thoughts

I would highly recommend this book to lover of Gossip Girl. This book is oh so scandalous!

I could see The Thousandth Floor being turned into a tv show, its so good! It shows the contrast of all the rich kids and the “downstairs” kids who aren’t as fortunate. I loved the drama all these kids had, it’s so different to most of the things I read at the moment.

It is set in the future and as a consequence you get to read about all this technology and I was just mind blown and what the kids did with all the technology is so accurate.

I cannot wait to read the next book especially after that ending!

Rating:4/5

Published By: HarperCollins Children

I Don’t Like Being Honest – The Aces

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Tracklist:

Stuck

Physical

Baby Who

Touch

The Aces are an all girl band and I cannot express how refreshing it is to see such a good girl band! Also I love seeing female guitarists and drummers!

Stuck is the dance anthem that will have you jamming a long all day.All the songs on this EP have me singing along.The carefree feeling of this band makes it so easy to listen to, that and the incredible vocals!

Baby Who has such an exciting energy about it.It is so simple but beautiful and features the best production.If your looking for a song to get stuck in your head all day Physical is definitely the song for you.

I can’t wait to hear more from this incredible band The Aces

One Italian Summer – Keris Stainton

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It’s been a year since Milly, Elyse and Leonie’s dad died, and a year since their last trip to Rome. Summer’s here again, and once again they are heading with their mum to Italy – but what’s it going to be like going without Dad? Rome still holds its familiar charms – the sun is still as warm, the gelato as delicious, the people as welcoming. But nothing is quite as it once was …

With grief still raw for all of them, Milly is facing the additional awfulness of having to see Luke again – gorgeous, gorgeous Luke, who she had a fling with last year, and who she made a total fool of herself with – or so she thinks. What’s going to happen this time? What’s more, things between Milly, her sisters and their mum are rocky – Leonie is being tempestuous and unpredictable, Elyse is caught up with her new boyfriend, and Milly feels like she just doesn’t know how she fits in any more.

Over one Italian summer, can Milly find a way back to the life she once had?

My Thoughts

I would like to thank the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

One Italian summer is a beautiful quick read that takes you on a journey to Italy.It’s not your classic summer romance it’s so much more.

I fell head over heels for the Italian setting. Keris makes you feel like your’re right there with the characters and it’s wonderful. One Italian Summer portrays grief in such a way that makes it so easy to feel the characters pain and may or may not make you cry along with the characters.

The book also has a stunning portrayal of sisterhood, romance and family. Each sister was completely different and had me loving each of them and loving their discussions.

A perfect book to read while on holiday but also any time in your life!

Rating:4/5

Published By: Hot Key Books

Starting From Now – Catherine McGrath

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Tracklist:

Starting From Now

When I’m Older

Just In Case

Just In Case (Acoustic)

Never Wanna Fall In Love

Starting From Now is Catherine McGrath 2nd EP.

First of all I would like to say whoever the producer was on this track did an incredible job of blending everything together!

Catherine has got such a unique voice with a rich tone that makes everything she sings sound personal.Her meaningful lyrics tell a story that makes this the ideal EP to listen to at any time.

Just In Case has an amazing beat that will have you jamming along. I your looking for a song that will give you all the feels ‘Never Wanna Fall In Love’ is perfect.

All I have to say is that I can see Catherine McGrath becoming huge in the next couple of years and this incredible EP may be the start of it.