Sunday Post – 17th July

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This is part of the weekly meme over at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, where book bloggers can share the books and blogs they have written.

I am delighted to report that I have FINALLY completed the line edit of Breathing Space! I am now turning my attention to writing the course notes for my one day Writing Surgery course that will be running next Friday, which I’m really looking forward to – it’ll be great to catch up with some of my students. I have also found out that my Creative Writing course next term is already full – which is great news and I’m only 3 more spaces away from having the minimum numbers to run my Monday evening course as well – a brilliant position to be in this early, given that the courses have only been available for three weeks.

janelythellbooklaunchOn Thursday, my writing buddy, Sarah Palmer and I were invited to another great book launch – this time at Waterstones in Brighton which is a fabulous shop over three storeys and walking through, I noticed at least two more books I’ll be shortly adding to my reading pile. Jane Lythell’s third book, Woman of the Hour, was released and I came away clutching a hardcover copy, which Jane signed for me. It was a lovely evening, where as well as meeting up with Jane again – a lovely person – I caught up with other writers such as Tracy Fells, Wendy Clarke and Phil Viner. As for Woman of the Hour, I started reading it yesterday morning and found it very difficult to stop, finishing it this morning. I’ll be reviewing it in due course.

 

 

This week I’ve managed to read:
Nice Dragons Finish Last – Book 1 of the Heartstriker series by Rachel Aaron
As the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan, Julius survives by a simple code: keep quiet, don’t cause nicedragonsfinishlasttrouble, and stay out of the way of bigger dragons. But this meek behavior doesn’t fly in a family of ambitious magical predators, and his mother, Bethesda the Heartstriker, has finally reached the end of her patience. Now, sealed in human form and banished to the DFZ–a vertical metropolis built on the ruins of Old Detroit–Julius has one month to prove that he can be a ruthless dragon or kiss his true shape goodbye forever. But in a city of modern mages and vengeful spirits where dragons are considered monsters to be exterminated, he’s going to need some serious help to survive this test. He only hopes humans are more trustworthy than dragons…
This science fiction/urban fantasy mash-up is a delightful read – full of incident in an enjoyably original world with likeable, surprising protagonists – great fun!

 

 

Machinations – Book 1 of the Machinations series by Hayley Stone
machinationsThe machines have risen, but not out of malice. They were simply following a command: to stop the endless wars that have plagued the world throughout history. Their solution was perfectly logical. To end the fighting, they decided to end the human race. A potent symbol of the resistance, Rhona Long has served on the front lines of the conflict since the first Machinations began—until she is killed during a rescue mission gone wrong. Now Rhona awakens to find herself transported to a new body, complete with her DNA, her personality, even her memories. She is a clone . . . of herself. Trapped in the shadow of the life she once knew, the reincarnated Rhona must find her place among old friends and newfound enemies—and quickly. For the machines are inching closer to exterminating humans for good. And only Rhona, whoever she is now, can save them.
I really loved the sense of displacement Rhona feels upon waking up as a clone – I’ve read a number of books where clones are featured and this is one of the best at depicting the fallout of trying to step back into a life only partially remembered. I will be reviewing it in due course.

 

 

Vowed – Book 2 of The Blackhart Legacy series by Liz de Jager
A Blackhart can see the supernatural behind everyday crimes. But some crimes hide even greater evils… vowedKit Blackhart must investigate why children are disappearing from a London estate. However, their parents, police and fae allies claim to know nothing. And as yet more children disappear, the pressure mounts. Luckily, or unluckily, government trainee Dante Alexander is helping Kit with the case. Yet just as her feelings towards him begin to thaw, his life falls apart. As Kit struggles to unravel his problems and dangerous secrets, she meets fae Prince Thorn in her dreams – but their relationship is utterly forbidden.Then Kit digs too deep, and uncovers a mystery that’s been hidden for one thousand years. It’s a secret that could just tear down our world.
I really enjoyed Banished, the first book in this series – see my review here, so was keen to catch up with Kit’s adventures in the sequel. It did not disappoint – and I’ll be reviewing it in due course.

 

 

The Woman of the House – Book 1 of the StoryWorld series by Jane Lythell
womanofthehourLiz Lyon is Head of Features at StoryWorld TV. It’s exhilarating and sometimes glamorous work, but as a single mother with a demanding career, her life is a constant balancing act.
Then simmering tensions erupt at the station, trapping Liz in a web of rivalry, manipulation and deceit. If she trusts the wrong person, she could lose her job. But with everything she thought she knew crumbling around her, can she even trust herself? A twisty drama of secrets and lies in a London TV station, this is the first book in the StoryWorld series from the acclaimed author of The Lie Of You.
I’d heard Jane’s excellent talk at West Sussex Writers where she had mentioned this book – and very kindly invited me along to the book launch – and was intrigued by the original premise. It’s a cracking read, funny, poignant and completely engrossing. I shall be posting a review of it this coming week.
As you can see, it’s been a brilliant reading week with a range of different books, all enjoyably good so I’ll be reviewing them all in due course.

My posts last week:
Sunday Post – 10th July

NEW RELEASE SPECIAL – Review of The Ghoul King – Book 2 of the Dreaming Cities series by Guy Haley

Teaser Tuesday – Machinations – Book 1 of the Machinations series by Hayley Stone

Review of Night Shift – Book 3 of the Midnight, Texas series by Charlaine Harris

2016 Discovery Challenge – June Roundup

Friday Faceoff – Lady in Red featuring Spy Night on Union Station – Book 4 of the EarthCent Ambassador series by E.M. Foner

Review of Nice Dragons Finish Last – Book 1 of the Heartstriker series by Rachel Aaron

Other interesting/outstanding blogs and articles that have caught my attention during the last week, in no particular order:

The 2016 Discoverability Challenge – Kate Coe At the Half-Time Whistle –
https://hierath.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/the-2016-discoverability-challenge-kate-coe-at-the-half-time-whistle/
I’m taking part in this, so it was interesting to see how another participant was getting on…

High Summer Read-a-thon – https://onceuponalittlefield.wordpress.com/2016/07/16/high-summer-read-a-thon/
I love the idea of settling into a book, knowing others are doing the same around the blogosphere at exactly the same time – social media at its shiny best!

A Short Analysis of Philip Larkin’s ‘An Arundel Tomb’ – https://interestingliterature.com/2016/07/15/a-short-analysis-of-philip-larkins-an-arundel-tomb/
As ever, an excellent article on the finer details of this interesting poem – and my fascination is sharpened by the fact that Chichester Cathedral is only a short drive away and I’m a regular visitor, so I know this tomb.

I have one more week before the schools break up and I’m into major granny-mode, so I’m hoping to get some major chores on my To Do list tidied up this week. Many thanks for visiting and taking the time and trouble to comment – and may you have a wonderful reading and blogging week.

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19 responses »

  1. I love the photo. Looks like summer! You read some good books this week. The Heartstrikers series is one of my favorites. I’m reading the third book right now. And looks like you had fun at the book launch. So great your writing classes are filled/nearly filled up.

    Hope you have a great week!

    • Thank you Jan:). I took that pic a couple of years ago at Highdown Gardens just up the road during the summer holidays. I’ve got the 2nd Heartstrikers book on my Kindle and am hoping to get around to it very soon. I’m delighted the classes are filling up – especially with times being hard. Thank you for visiting and hope you, too, have a good week.

  2. Congrats on the edits! And on your course filling up as well… a three story Waterstones, I could probably lose a day exploring that place! 🙂 I’ve been thinking of reading the Nice dragons series, and I had no idea that Rachel Aaron was also Rachel Bach (I’ve heard good things about those books as well).

    • Yes! I love her sci fi series – it’s really great fun:). Many thanks for your kind good wishes – and yes… three storeys – I tend to avoid the place unless I have some spending money available! Have a great week, Greg.

  3. Yay, congrats on finishing your editing! Editing really seem like SO much work. And that’s also awesome that you’re already getting so many people signing up for your course!

    But gah, why must you make me feel guilty about the fact that I haven’t read Machinations yet? Lol. I know it’s releasing soon, and I was planning to have my review posted on the release date, but I’m a mood reader, and I just really have not been in the mood for it :-/

    I have also heard a lot of good things about Nice Dragons Finish Last and would like to give that one a try. Seems like you had a fantastic reading week though!

    Have a great week 🙂

    • Thank you Kristen:). Yes, it was a fabulous reading week – each one was really enjoyable, but in quite a different way. For what it’s worth, Machinations is an easier read than I thought it would be and I burned through it quite quickly:). And I highly recommend Nice Dragons Finish Last. Thank you taking the time to comment and I hope you, too, have a great week.

  4. Thanks for mentioning my blog 😄 I am definitely going to try Woman of the Hour. I like the sound of The Machinations too. As so many are series, will you carry on with them all?

    • I’m not sure about Machinations – I enjoyed reading it, but it is post-apocalyptic and quite bleak, which isn’t my favourite sub-genre. As for Woman of the Hour – oh, for sure, this was just fun:).

    • It was, thank you:). I haven’t quite finished the WHOLE editing process – just the line edit. I’ve got the timeline edit to do – but that is really straightforward. I’m starting with Running Out of Space and moving through the whole trilogy in one go:)

  5. Congrats on finishing line edits! That’s rough work. 🙂 And nice to see you got to go to a launch. Those are so much fun.

    Hope you have a great week this week too!

  6. Big “YAY!” for the line edits completion! 🙂
    Also, you made me nostalgic about big bookstores: there used to be Waterstones in Dublin (three storeys too!). And there is one called Hughes&Hughes that has I think four or five levels total and it was a place I could get lost in for hours…

    • Yes, it was a fantastic place to have a book launch, for sure. I’m very, very impressed with Head of Zeus as a publisher… And the book is an intriguingly different read, too.

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