Cover Reveal- “little Grey dress” by Aimee Brown

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What a gorgeous front cover! This book will be released on the 2nd August 2017 🙂

What is the book about?

Emi Harrison has avoided her ex-fiance, Jack Cabot, for nearly two years. Her twin brother Evan’s wedding is about to end that streak.
 
From bad bridesmaid’s dresses, a hyperactive sister-in-law, a mean girl with even meaner secrets, and too much to drink, nothing seems to go right for Emi, except when she’s wearing her little gray dress.
 
When she speed-walks into Liam Jaxon’s bar, things get more complicated. He’s gorgeous, southern, and has no past with Emi. He may be exactly what she needs to prove for the last time that she doesn’t need or want Jack!
 
Her favorite little gray dress has made an appearance at nearly every major event in Emi’s adult life. Will it make another grand appearance when she least expects it?
Pre-Order the Book in early July.
This book is Aimee’s first published novel . She’s currently studying for her Bachelor’s degree in English Writing. She has announced that there will be a book tour 2-12th August to kick start her launch of Little Grey Dress- follow Aimee on facebook https://www.facebook.com/authoraimeebrown/ or check out her website here: http://authoraimeebrown.com/ for more updates!
Cant wait to read this 🙂 well done!
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Fairytale Snippet!

Hello everyone!

So im back working on my fairytale mashup story and thought would give you a raw unedited snippet!

Enjoy 🙂

Cinderella remembered that day and each time she went to sleep she wanted to wake up. She only held her for a few minutes and being young herself she felt for that minute she matured- but her step father had other plans, snatched the little bundle she spent hours getting her into the world -out of her welcoming arms. She knew the girl would bring shame on the family- she felt foolish in how it led to that day but he was handsome and fell for his ways- not knowing what happened to him or where he went- not even a name but left her with a scar and a haunting past.

She wondered what happened to her daughter -where she is now and what did she look like? Did she have blonde hair like herself or aubern like her dad?  Did she even know of her?

Shaking her head from her thoughts she turned and mopped the floor. Soon after she walked out into the fresh air and chucked the bucket that became dirty from all the muddy walks her step father went on. The sun was blazing down and it was the only warmth she was use to as she hardly saw her step sister. Taking her shoes off so her feet can also feel the freedom she went to the chickens humming as she went along.

 

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What do you think? (I love the new cinderella film- great for helping my inspiration)

I have set a goal to write at least 100 words a day to get me back on track for the deadline 🙂

Writers block will be beaten!

Hope everyone is having a great bank holiday weekend! 😀 Any plans?

xx

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*Author Interview* -Lenny Montgomery

Hello everyone- its that time again for another fantastic author interview, this time with the lovely Lenny!

Here we go…..

Tell us a bit about your book

In Ignato is set in the 30th century, about 800 years from now.  It is a tale of space exploration with the underlying theme of a son searching for the truth of his father’s death.  The story opens with the culmination of the events that lead up to the MC’s father’s death, 30 years previously

 

What would say is the genre for your book 

Science fiction

 

Where did the inspiration come from? 

My inspiration comes from my love of Star Trek, and other classic science fiction shows and books, but predominantly Star Trek.

 

How did you come up with the title for your book?

I love how Latin looks, and how, for some reason, Latin has a sci-fi look to it which is bizarre if you think about how Latin is one of the oldest languages there has been.  I wanted a snappy one or two word title that covered the whole theme of the novel, which is the unknown.  Whether this is the unknown being that they are on a new ship, going further into space than before, or the unknown of what happened to the MC’s father and his ship.  It is a voyage of discovery in all senses.  In Ignato means “into the unknown” but the English does not sound like a book-title to me.

 

How long did it take you to finish writing the book before the first edit? How many drafts were there in total? 

I have not finished the book yet.  So far it has taken me longer than I intended as I had to put it on hold twice, once to finish my thesis for my first degree, and then because of a job where I had no spare time…what time there was I had to spend sleeping.  I may have to put it on hold a couple more times due to exams for my second degree, but I intend to finish it this summer; if all goes according to plan I will edit three to four times.

 

Are there any characters in the book based on people you know? 

There is definitely one – my arch villain has aspects gleaned from a younger sister.

 

How did you celebrate being published? Did you have a launch party? 

I will have a launch party when I publish.  It will be a celebration of a dream come true.

 

Would you care to give us an extract? 

Sure, I would love to.  Here is an extract from the beginning…

‘Keep her steady!’

‘I cannot, Captain!  It’s not answering – we’ve lost power to the helm!’

‘Try it!  Everyone, this is your Captain speaking – we are under attack.  I repeat, we are under attack – go to your battle stations.’  He stopped for a moment and drew a breath before he went on.  ‘Good luck.’  Slowly, he thumbed off the intercom and turned back to his chair.  He noticed that the Bridge Crew were looking at him and he nodded.  ‘You heard me, we don’t stand a chance.’

At that precise moment, a double salvo shook the ship again.  It seemed as though the enemy knew they were unable to return fire, and used every ounce of their power against them.

‘Captain…?’

It seemed the Captain knew what the Helm was trying to say and he turned to her and shook his head.  ‘I am not considering surrender at all.  That is not an option.’  He turned to the Communications Officer.  ‘Send a signal to headquarters!’

‘Aye, Captain.’  His hands moved swiftly over his control panel.  ‘I can’t raise them…on any frequency!’  He paused for a moment, listening intently through his ear-receiver.  ‘Captain!  The alien ship is signalling us!’

‘Answer them – put them on the screen.’  He turned to the screen…at last face to face with their attackers.  ‘My name is Captain MacAlpin, of the Starship Venture.  We are on a peaceful mission…’

‘You are out of time…in a moment you will be boarded.  I am waiting, Captain MacAlpin – give me your unconditional surrender and I will not destroy you.’

The Captain’s voice was quiet when he replied, but everyone on the Bridge heard every word.  ‘I will never give you that!’

‘You will all die!  You have but one of your earth minutes left…what do you say, Captain?’

Keeping his eyes on the screen, Captain MacAlpin spoke clearly.  ‘Computer, begin Auto-Destruct sequence.  Everyone, this is the Captain speaking – for the last time.  In one minute, this vessel will self-destruct.  I am sorry, but you all know our orders.  Good luck.’

The explosion lit up space for what seemed an eternity and then all that was left was darkness and silence, and debris hanging on nothingness.

 

How do you beat writers block? Any tips? 

I have never had writer’s block, I am very fortunate that way.  When asked to give tips to beat writer’s block I would say walk away from your writing for a bit, go and watch TV or go for a walk, or even write something else.  Don’t sit and stare at a blank screen, or a blank page…that will never beat the block.

 

Do you have any hobbies apart from writing? 

I run a Star Trek fan group in Edinburgh, and I collect Star Trek memorabilia, and also collect books of all genres, fiction and non-fiction

 

When you write, do you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser? 

I hate the term pantser, but I am not a plotter.  It is hard to explain to people how I write but it is not what pantser describes.  When I write I am not just writing anything that comes to me, but I am seeing the story unfolding in front of me like a movie.  I write what I see and hear

 

Do you have any advice for fellow writers? 

Yes.  Don’t listen to advice, and break all the “rules”.  Don’t waste time asking questions about how or what you should write; just go for it

 

If your book became a film- who would you pick to play the main characters? 

A difficult question.  I would probably need to go back in time to find anyone I would consider good looking enough to play my main characters.  A young version of James McAvoy could perhaps play the MC, but I would be hard pushed to find someone enough like Gregory Peck to play the secondary MC, he is kind of inspired by him.  I would need to do a lot of research!

  

 Lastly, where can readers find you and your book on the internet? 

My book is not available yet, but I have a Facebook page: Lenny Montgomery https://www.facebook.com/lenny.montgomery.author

And my website is: http://lennymontgomeryaut.wixsite.com/lennymontgomery

18554495_10212247928656425_1287539599_n.jpgMany thanks Lenny for your snippet and info! Good luck with the degree and got to love abit of star trek 😛

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New balloons!

I have not twisted in a while so I thought do some the last few days. 1st time I twisted a flower- need to practise the petals and 2nd time parrot in a cage (defo improvement from first one timewise) and i also attempted another bunny….

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This morning I wanted to try twisting a monkey up a tree- another new thing for me as the technique to get the tree through the legs took a while! I can make a monkey but not done both 🙂

Last night I twisted a bear- got to the legs and it popped! Here is the face though!

 

So many new techniques learnt 🙂 Really having fun but want to add more to my list of models! 🙂

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What one is your favourite? What would you like me to make next??

 

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Book Review- Hurrah for Gin by Katie Kirby

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This book is not a how-to-guide. It won’t tell you how to get your baby to sleep, how to deal with toddler tantrums, how to be a good parent, a cool parent or even a renegade parent. It is a book about parenting that contains absolutely no useful advice whatsoever.

Instead it shares beautifully honest anecdotes and illustrations from the parenting frontline that demonstrate it is perfectly possible to love your children with the whole of your heart whilst finding them incredibly irritating at the same time.

From pregnancy to starting school, Hurrah For Gin takes you through the exciting, frustrating, infuriating and wonderful whirlwind of parenthood, offering solidarity and a friendly hug after a tough day.

Best served with gin. (Backcover)

 

Review:

What can I say- this book should be given out with the bounty packs we all receive and will come in use instead of most of the stuff given! Its a real account of parenting with a “tells it as it is”  humour- making sure your not alone in what you are feeling. This book should also be on prescription if suffering with PND.

I loved how every situation in there I can relate too and the simple drawings made it even more funny. Each chapter I laughed and re-read again.

I didnt realise this book was made from her blog posts (which I now follow) and its very lighthearted and quick to read as each section is not to much where you can read bits of it when you have time- a great instant pick me up.

My favourite chapters were growing a human (such obvious observations but never thought about it until second time around), bedtime f***wittery (getting this alot now from eldest) and the starting school (nearly finished foundation year).  I also loved the competition bit at the end where blog readers sent in funny moments.

Really recommend everyone who has kids/in a childcare setting/future parents to read.

Good job Katie

10/10

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“Tattered” Cover Reveal

 

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So a few weeks ago I attended Lianne Kays Book cover reveal facebook event for her first book Tattered.

What is Tattered- The bond between us book all about? Its a part of a series and this will be book 1 of a 4 book series! It’s a fantasy/ historical/ romance set in the medieval time period. Books 1-3 with a prequel. And 2-3 novellas and it’s told from 2 povs in book 1. Alba & Kallias. From opposing kingdoms. The release will be this summer!

Here is the blub 🙂

Two kingdoms divided by years of feuding. One desires peace while the other thirsts for revenge.

Princess Alba will do anything to protect her family and her people, even enter an arranged marriage with a prince from Versillius, the enemy kingdom. But unity may already be a lost dream. Even as she pursues peace, forces work to destroy every hope she has.

Prince Kallias just wants to go home, for the war to end and life to return to normal. He never expected his father to betroth him to the Hunturion princess. Or that his life would alter in more ways than one.

Kingdoms will be divided. Homes will be ripped apart. The bonds between friends and family will be shaken. War is coming, and it will tear everything Alba knows about herself and her world to tatters.

Featured guests included Lyman Rate, E. J. Willis, C.M. Ross & Arielle Lynn, Alizabeth Lynn, Layne Calry, Elaine Milton , Angel Blackwood, Angie Grigaliunas and E.H. Demeter
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It was a lovely gathering- Congrats again and cannot wait for release date!

 

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Camp Nano time!

Hello everyone- Happy Easter Sunday to you all 🙂 🙂

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So I took the plunge 13 days late and joined camp nano to help finish off my fairytale story (or at least nearly finish it) I have set a word count of 5k so fingers crossed will get near to that this time as not as tough as nanowrimo limit :s

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Also I have unpacked my big A2 paper and drew a tiara shopkin for Jess to put on her wall (she drew cookie while I was drawing tiara was a nice crafty session) – Anyone else have a lil shopkin fan?

Here is the drawing- took roughly an hour 🙂

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Now to type up a book cover reveal party to post on here tomorrow!

 

Thanks for reading!

Linking up with Sunday Sketches blog hop over at http://alexandramacvean.blogspot.co.uk 🙂

xxx

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*Author Interview- Angie Grigaliunas*

Hello and welcome to another author interview- today we have Angie Grigaliunas 😀 so take a seat and read on….

 

Tell us a bit about your book?

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My first book, Sowing, follows two sisters on opposite sides of a brewing rebellion in their city. We see both perspectives in first person and experience the struggles both face as they try to navigate their dark, messed-up world.

 

Here is the blurb:

 

People are dead, slaughtered like animals in the night.

 

The reigning power, the Hulcondans, blame rebels. Rabreah, a rebel, knows it’s a lie. Her younger sister, Ariliah, doesn’t; like the majority of the townspeople, she believes those in authority, swallowing their words with complete trust. Besides, she’s too busy fighting her own silent war at home. While Rabreah dedicates herself to truth and freedom, Ariliah is just trying to survive their mother’s abuse.

 

But as unknown forces threaten to rip their world apart, the line between friend and enemy blurs. All is not as it seems.

 

In fact, nothing may be.

 

 

What would say is the genre for your book?

Dystopian but in a medieval setting, not futuristic, and with fantasy elements (namely just another race or two besides humans).

 

Where did the inspiration come from?

 

From the song “Under a Killing Moon” by Thrice. That song gave me the image of a group of people killing someone and another person watching, knowing it was wrong – but also knowing that if they spoke up in defense of the condemned, they’d die too.

 

How did you come up with the title for your book?

 

My editor helped with that! I had original titles that no longer fit the new direction the story had taken, so we found some other stuff that worked!

 

How long did it take you to finish writing the book before the first edit? How many drafts were there in total?

 

I sort of edit as I go, so I don’t know. It took about a year to write it and a year to get it ready to publish. So…several!

 

Are there any characters in the book based on people you know?

 

Nope, I never base a character on anyone. I do sometimes pull quirks/personality traits, but I never try to capture anyone as a character.

 

How did you celebrate being published? Did you have a launch party?

 

I did have a launch party! On facebook though. Mostly I just stared at my computer screen and checked my Amazon rankings five billion times.

 

Would you care to give us an extract?

 

Of course! This is from the first chapter of Sowing (Ariliah’s POV):

His gaze crossed over the group again, and he set his jaw. Rage laced his tone. “And to you, traitors: this is my city, and these are my people. I will not allow you to devour them or thrust everything we know into chaos again. Recant now, turn from your wicked ways, declare your loyalty, and we will forgive.”

           

He studied the drawn faces. Though no one spoke above a whisper, wide eyes shifted about, everyone scanning each other. Suspecting each other.

           

He waited a moment longer and gave a short nod to Lord Masrekah who smirked and gestured to someone behind him. Movement rippled through the right side of the group, heading toward the platform, but I couldn’t see anything else.

           

“Very well,” Lord Siserah said. “We will be generous: take a day to think on it, to consider your options and motivations, to search your own hearts. We will convene again tomorrow. I strongly suggest that, between now and then, you make the right choice.”

           

He addressed Lord Masrekah. “Light it up.”

 

The Hulcondans on the platform parted and glided toward the stairs, revealing a gagged itzalin woman tied to the bonfire pole. Clothing hung in tatters over a thin frame, her pale gray skin almost glowing amidst the retreating black-clad soldiers. Wood lay stacked against and around her legs. Cheers and clapping erupted from behind me, spreading through the crowd as the platform emptied and more people saw. Cries of “drosser” and “slag” split the air mingled with the harsher curses of “feck” and “drecker.” The itzalin’s wide, red eyes darted around the taunting faces, and she pulled in vain against the cords. One of the soldiers lit a torch and hurried over to Lord Masrekah, but he didn’t offer it.

           

My eyes dropped to the hammer in Lord Masrekah’s hand, and my stomach knotted. Why can’t he ever just light the fire?

           

He ripped the gag off, stepped back, and slammed the hammer against the doomed monster’s knees. The itzalin screamed and squeezed her eyes shut, her body heaving. As Lord Masrekah moved to shatter her shoulders, I averted my gaze. Each crack and cry cut through me.

           

I’d been watching bonfires as long as I could remember. Killing the enemy to protect us was one thing. Torturing them was different.

           

She deserves it. She probably murdered someone, maybe a child. She should suffer like this –

 

The itzalin roared again, the sound snapping my head up. Wild flames crackled their way along the wood, and black smoke curled into the air. The smell of burning hair and flesh bit at my nose, more a memory than fresh, and I pressed my hand over my mouth. She kept shrieking, thrashing. Her skin blackened and peeled, the smell intensifying. 

           

It was over in minutes, her body slumped motionless in the flames. I exhaled and pushed it from my mind. Just like all the others.

           

Lord Siserah scanned the people, his eyebrows raised. “Choose wisely.”

 

 

How do you beat writers block? Any tips?

 

A timer. I set it for 30-35 mins and make myself write until it goes off. I nearly always reset it several times. Or get so caught up in writing that I forget to reset it. Other than that, sometimes just taking a break can help. Refocusing. Reading.

 

Do you have any hobbies apart from writing?

 

Writing is pretty much my life…but I take walks, sing…um…that’s about it. Ha!

 

When you write, do you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser?

 

I’m both! I tend to go in without a huge plan, but with this story, I have the two girls telling it, and I have to plot at some point to make sure everything matches up. I have to know who is where at all times.

 

Do you have any advice for fellow writers?

 

Be teachable! Get in a good writing group, learn to give and take constructive criticism, and keep learning. Never stop learning.

 

If your book became a film- who would you pick to play the main characters?

 

Oh, gosh. I don’t even know how to answer that. I don’t really pay attention to actors/actresses. Haha!

 

I see you have new work in progress- care to tell us about it?

 

I’m working on book two of this series (Quelling), which picks up right where Sowing ends.
Besides that, I have another series, more historical/fantasy in a sort of Ancient Rome type of place. Here is the working blurb:
“If they give you a chance, Aster, take it.”

 

Years ago, Aster’s parents smuggled her away to freedom, narrowly escaping the invading Nephele army. At seventeen, the past catches up with her. Torn between death or conversion to the Nephele faith, Aster chooses life – thereby signing that life over their military. A soldier’s path promises prestige…and the possibility of finding her parents.

 

Ruthless and devoted, Helios has never questioned the path before him. Though he despises the new recruits, he obeys tradition, doing his part to train them. It’s merely another step toward power and position.

 

An ancient chimera has other plans.

 

With the city in flames, Aster and Helios flee – only to end up underground, trapped and hunted. If they can find a way to trust each other, they might survive.

 

If they can’t, there may not be a world left to go back to.

 

 

Lastly, where can readers find you and your book on the internet?

 

Book: amzn.to/2ck9So6

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/angiegrigaliunaszewriter
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Angie_ZeWriter

Instagram: www.instagram.com/angiegrigaliunas
Blog: www.angiegrigaliunas.blogspot.com

 

Thankyou so much!  You can also find Angie today 7pm (est) over at Tattered Book Cover Reveal ( https://www.facebook.com/events/166081020576605/?__mref=mb ) and she maybe giving away a free ebook! 🙂 🙂

 

xx

 

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An old memory..

Hello everyone!

Gosh blink and its April! Good job fairytale deadline has moved to July as had no time really with going back to work- moving-bsl exams and wedding prep!  phew…. also didnt have my laptop to hand for a while 😦

So talking of moving when I unpacked a box my very first story I wrote when I was a teenager was hidden inside a book :s brought back many memories of one day possibly selling a book and doing author signings (lol for signings but glimmer of hope for selling one) I called it ” The diary of Lisa Jones” and its written in diary entry form! Might put few snippets of it later in the year for a laugh and to compare my writing style now….

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Also found was an old “bucket list”

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We are nearly all unpacked and settled- becoming more like home everyday 🙂 Because I have not had laptop I have not been able to complete the author life month on my facebook page :s But im back on blog (again) and have lined up a few things in the next few weeks 🙂 They are:- 3 author interviews, a cover reveal party and snippets for some writing 🙂

I also have an idea for a childrens book but that will be some point down the line 🙂

Right now for a cuppa before some BSL revision….

 

Thanks for reading and following- say hello and let me know how your week has been! 😛

 

xx

 

 

 

 

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