Sunday, 26 May 2019

The Sunday Post: May 26th

Hi guys it is time again for The Sunday Post!!!!

What did I posted this week?

On Monday I shared with you guys What I am currently reading, What I plan to read next, What I recently finished and What books I recently received on It’s Monday! What are you reading? And Mailbox Monday. On Monday I also participated in the Audiobook tour for The Stiff in the Study by Shea MacLeod.

I didn’t post anything on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

On Friday I shared with you guys the first line of my current read and an excerpt from Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G Wodehouse on Book Beginnings and The Friday 56.

What I plan to do next week?

Monday: Not yet decided
Tuesday: Their Baby Dragon Book Blitz 
Wednesday: Can’t Wait Wednesday 
Thursday: Not yet decided
Friday: Book Beginnings and The Friday 56
Saturday: Review of Dragon Called 

Most beautiful covers
Most beautiful book covers I spotted last week

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Friday, 24 May 2019

Book Beginnings and The Friday 56: May 24th


Book Beginnings


“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

Yes all of your guesses are right. Currently I am reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and  no, it is not a reread, this the first time I am reading it and needless to say I am really really enjoying it.

The first line, I feel, introduces us to the writing style of Jane Austen.


The Friday 56

“‘That,’ I said quietly, ‘we shall see. Sit down and let’s confer. I am bound to say the thing seems simple to me. You say this girl has gone to visit friends in country. It would appear obvious that you must go there too, and flock around her like a poultice. Elementary.’”


For The Friday 56 I have chosen Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G Wodehouse. I recently bought this book and I can’t wait to read it. I have read one P.G Wodehouse book before and I had loved it, so hopefully I would love this one too.


Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. Here we have to share the first sentence( or so) from our current read. And The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's voice. Here we have to share a sentence from page 56 of any book.

Monday, 20 May 2019

The Stiff in the Study Audiobook Tour: Spotlight and Narrator interview


Author: Shéa MacLeod

Narrator: Yvette Keller

Length: 4 hours 20 minutes

Series: The Viola Roberts Cozy Mysteries, Book 2

Publisher: Shéa MacLeod

Release date: May 17, 2017

Genre: Cozy Mystery


Viola Roberts is at it again! The sleepy seaside town of Astoria, Oregon is the last place you'd expect to find a dead body. That is until the director of the local museum turns up dead in the study and Viola's friend, Portia, is accused of the crime. Viola ignores her looming deadline and bout of writer's block and sets out with her best friend, Cheryl, to solve the murder. From starting riots at local dive bars to breaking into crime scenes, Viola will stop at nothing to prove Portia innocent even if it means putting herself in the cross-hairs of the killer. Viola Roberts cozy mysteries:
  1. The Corpse in the Cabana
  2. The Stiff in the Study
  3. The Poison in the Pudding
  4. The Body in the Bathtub
  5. The Venom in the Valentine
  6. The Remains in the Rectory
  7. The Death in the Drink

Shéa MacLeod writes urban fantasy post-apocalyptic sci-fi paranormal romances with a twist of steampunk. Mostly because she can’t make up her mind which genre she likes best so she decided to write them all. After six years living in an Edwardian town house in London just a stone’s throw from the local cemetery, Shéa headed back to her hometown of Portland, Oregon. She plans to live out her days eating mushroom pizza, drinking too many caramel lattes, exploring exotic locales, and avoiding spiders. Shéa is the author of the Viola Roberts Cozy Mysteries and the bestselling Lady Rample Mysteries.
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Narrator Bio
Yvette Keller’s first job as a narrator was reading aloud to keep her little brother out of trouble. Her favorite party trick is reading words upside down. Little kids need to see the pictures. Yvette lives in her beloved home town of Santa Barbara, using a lifetime of vocal stamina in her home studio. She produces technical VO industrials for Mesa Steps Consulting clients in addition to audiobooks. A lifetime of reading and speaking has proven one thing: Yvette loves stories. She is thrilled to be making books accessible and engaging through her narration work.
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Q&A with Yvette Keller, Narrator of The Viola Roberts Cozy Mysteries
  • When did you know you wanted to be an audiobook narrator?
    • I always wanted to get paid to read books. But how was always the question. Who pays other people to just read books? I “made do” with a career teaching people stuff from books, making technical training videos, and speaking in front of audiences. At some point, enough people said to me, “Hey, why don’t you narrate audiobooks?” that I started believing it might be possible.
  • How did you wind up narrating audiobooks? Was it always your goal or was it something you stumbled into by chance?
    • I’d been asked several times whether I was an actor or a voice over pro and I always said, “No, I’m just a corporate trainer.” But (secretly) I took some classes and researched low-cost options for my self-published author friends. When I read the Viola Roberts Cozy Mysteries, I contacted Shea immediately: “I feel like you wrote these books FOR ME. Can I (pleasepleaseplease) narrate them?” Narrating satisfies two dreams: Getting paid to read books AND supporting fantastic indie authors!
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • Honestly, I started out listening to audiobooks that I suspected I wouldn’t like. By that I mean books that I worried would not hold my interest. I figured that listening to them while I drove, washed dishes, or pulled weeds meant I wasn’t “wasting” my time. I’ve since realized that only certain books work for me as audiobooks: Literary books with rich language and deep themes frustrate me as audiobooks - I want to read the words myself. On the other hand, action adventure novels, mysteries, and autobiographies (read by author is my favorite) are wonderful companions to have pouring in through my ears. Now I’m addicted and convinced that audiobooks make chores go faster.
  • What are your favorite and least favorite parts of narrating an audiobook?
    • My favorite part is knowing I’m contributing to accessibility: By making the story come to life in an audio format, someone who can’t read the book can listen to it instead. Whether that is someone with a disability or just someone who doesn’t have the time to read, I’m expanding the reach of fun stories. My least favorite part is the “producer” role. Editing, mastering, and to some extent marketing the books all take time away from reading another book and bringing more books to the audience.
  • Is there a particular genre you feel unsuited for? Have you ever declined a project because you didn’t think you were right for it?
    • My primary training is not as an actor, so I’m unsuited for anything that I personally would never read. That means if you have a blood-soaked thriller, or a gory true-crime book, or a horror novel, sorry, but I’m not available.
  • How closely do you prefer to work with authors?
    • As close as possible! An an independent producer, I’m really providing a service to the author. I want them to be ecstatic when they hear their book! That means I take advantage of whatever time they offer me to get background on characters, making sure I pronounce things correctly.
  • Do you read reviews for your audiobooks?
    • Yes! I love interacting with reviewers and fans, especially through Goodreads. This is super-natural to me because I was an instructor and facilitator for so many years. Back then the “learner” or “client” really mattered to me; I wanted to be a great trainer or facilitator so they met their goals. Now, I want to be an amazing narrator so that listeners are entertained. If they provide feedback about what they like (or hate) about my performance, I appreciate that they took the time and effort to share that with me. I’m super grateful!
  • If so, which ones stand out to you most, positive or negative?
    • All reviews are one data point; one lister’s feedback. What stands out is when a group of reviewers will leave the same feedback. For example, I gather fans really like my pace and the fact that I keep the voices consistent across all the books. Sadly, negative reviews are rarely constructive. “I didn’t like it,” or “I don’t recommend this,” isn’t helpful to me. Negative ones *might* stand out if they included why something hit them wrong way, but without that, the review isn’t actionable - I can’t learn from it, so I move on.
  • Bonus question: Any funny anecdotes from inside the recording studio?
    • I’ve been told since Kindergarten that I am an “outstanding” reader. By then I was reading Cajun Night Before Christmas in a Creole dialect, and mimicking the Southern accents of my friend’s mom. I was a kid-actor and participated in theater all through school. In college, I was taking an intensive, 6-week class where we only read Moby Dick. One of the best compliments that stuck with me came from the Dean of American Studies, who said one day after class, “You are one of the few truly great readers of Moby Dick.”

THE CORPSE IN THE CABANA
May 9th: The Book Junkie Reads . . . Lomeraniel May 10th: Viviana MacKade May 11th: Valerie Ullmer Page Princess May 12th: Jazzy Book Reviews Turning Another Page May 13th: Lone Tree Reviews Audiospy Mystery Thriller Week May 14th: T's Stuff eBook Addicts May 15th: Guilty Indulgence Bookclub The Book Addict's Reviews Lily G Blunt
THE STIFF IN THE STUDY
May 16th: The Book Junkie Reads . . . Lomeraniel May 17th: Viviana MacKade Audiospy Mystery Thriller Week May 18th: Valerie Ullmer Page Princess May 19th: Jazzy Book Reviews Turning Another Page May 20th: Lone Tree Reviews Books and Life May 21st: T's Stuff eBook Addicts May 22nd: Guilty Indulgence Bookclub The Book Addict's Reviews
THE DEATH IN THE DRINK
May 23rd: The Book Junkie Reads . . . Lomeraniel May 24th: Viviana MacKade Audiospy Mystery Thriller Week May 25th: Valerie Ullmer Page Princess May 26th: Lone Tree Reviews Turning Another Page May 27th: Jazzy Book Reviews The Book Addict's Reviews May 28th: T's Stuff eBook Addicts May 29th: Guilty Indulgence Bookclub
 
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Mailbox Monday & It’s Monday! What are you Reading?: May 20th


Hello guys! It’s time for Mailbox Monday and It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Mailbox Monday

Last week I bought two books from Flipkart during their sale, Wuthering Heights and Right Ho, Jeeves.
And I got two books from Netgalley The First Mrs. Rothschild and Change of Heart.

It’s Monday! What are you reading?
Currently I am reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.... Yup, currently I am really into classics mode, reading classics and also buying classics.
Next I am going to read Dragon Called by Ava Richardson, I guess after I finish Pride and Prejudice it would be a nice change reading a fantasy novel.
Recently I finished reading Resurrection Men by Ian Rankin.

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Mailbox Monday, which is a place to share what bloggers received over the week. It’s Monday! What are you reading? is hosted Book Date and  It is a place to share what you are reading, what you recently finished reading and what you plan to read next.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Can’t Wait Wednesday: The First Mrs. Rothschild


Hi guys!!! This week my Can’t Wait Wednesday Book is The First Mrs. Rothschild. I just spotted this book on Netgalley. I think it would be an exciting read.

In this award-winning historical saga, passionate young lovers in a Jewish ghetto rise to become the foremost financial dynasty in the world.

It is the turn of the eighteenth century in Frankfurt, Germany, and young Gutle and Meir Amschel Rothschild struggle to establish themselves in the cramped and restricted Judengasse. But when Meir’s talents as a novice banker catch the attention of a German prince, Meir is suddenly afforded entrée into the European world of finance and nobility, and the Rothschilds’ lives are changed forever. As proud as Gutle is of her husband’s success, she is also cautious—very much aware of the fact that her husband’s rise is tied to his patrons’ willingness to “see past” his Jewishness. As their family grows, and a dream of fortune comes true, so does their belief that money will ultimately bring the power needed to establish Jewish civil rights.

Told through Gutle’s intimate journals, revealed across decades—from the French Revolution through personal tragedies and triumphs—The First Mrs. Rothschild paints a rich and intimate tapestry of family drama, world-changing history, and one woman’s steadfast strength.

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, where we spotlight and discuss books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released.





Saturday, 11 May 2019

Winging It Book Blitz


Winging It
Lisa Gail Green
(Destiny Rules, #1)
Publication date: March 30th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Sixteen-year-old Zach discovers his mom is a fairy godmother. But what’s really freaking him out is the fact that he’s a fairy too. Now that his mom’s been injured, he must finish her assignments before the next full moon or they’re both grounded, meaning no wings, no wands, and no position in the Organization of Destiny Fulfillment (ODF). Sure it would suck to lose his newfound powers, but Zach quickly learns there’s far more at stake. Failure also means messing up the lives of the people he’s supposed to help.
Forever.
Between a fairy-trainee who happens to be the girl he’s been in love with since fifth grade, a boss he doesn’t trust, and a gremlin physics teacher that wants to eat him, Zach’s pretty sure even a magic wand can’t bail him out.
Winging It has been a featured book on WATTPAD and here are just a few of the comments from readers:
“ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! BRAVO BRAVO! I sincerely, really loved this book. What was funny is I went out on a wing from werewolf and tried out fantasy and I love it. Your book inspires me to read more fantasy. Excellent story telling.”
“Amazing, absolutely amazing. What a beautiful ending.”
“I love this ending! It leaves just enough loose ends that imagination can fill in the gaps. Whatever happens next, I’m glad I somehow found this amazing book!”
“This was one of the best books I’ve ever read please make a sequel!!”
“I really enjoyed the book! And i spent like two whole days reading it.. i couldnt put it down at all XD
And like everyone else if like to read a sequel… soo….SEQUEL!!”
EXCERPT:
Slipping in a puddle under the broken water fountain should teach me to stop gawking at Jenna Macintyre, but I know it won’t. I fell for her when we were ten, and in the six years since, I’ve continued to fall. And stutter. And make an ass out of myself in general.
“Good one, Zachy,” she says, leaning down so that her golden hair swings in my face. She flicks my shoulder, sending shivers down all my nerve endings, straightens up, and heads off toward whatever her next class is. If I had any guts at all I’d call her on all the humiliating things she’s ever said to me, but I don’t. Instead, I wonder if she moves that way on purpose.
Her gaggle of wannabes follow in her wake, blocking the view. Their laughter bounces back down the hall even after I hear the door close behind them.
It’s only after the final bell rings that I realize I should probably breathe if I want to avoid passing out and drowning in an inch of water. So, I shake myself and stand up, leaning on Emmet. I almost forgot he was there. I groan when I feel the heavy material of my soaked jeans clinging to my legs. Nice.
“Loitering now I see, Mr. Slater.” My sixth period Physics teacher’s voice nearly makes me slip again.
“But-” I start.
“Save it for someone who cares. Get to your next class or I’ll be happy to send you to detention.” Mr. Crown slides his Coke bottle glasses up the bridge of his nose and curls his thin upper lip in distaste.
“I had an accident,” I say in a rush.
He raises his eyebrows, taking in my pants, and heat floods my face.
“Not that kind of accident. I slipped in the hall because of the broken fountain.” I ought to threaten to sue.
“That’s what happens when you run in the hallways.”
Is he serious? I draw my hands down over my face, trying to collect myself. “Fine. I’m going,” I say, slinging my backpack over my shoulder.
“Watch that attitude.” He slams the door to his room, and I flip him off before turning back to Emmet, the only other person left in the now deserted hall.
“Take good notes,” I say. “I’m out of here.”
“Thank God,” Emmet says. “I thought you were going to actually go to class like that for a minute.”


Author Bio:
Lisa Gail Green writes paranormal and fantasy because she loves to bring life to the stories in her head. WINGING IT, Book 1 of her new YA fantasy series, Destiny Rules, is NOW available. Sign up for her newsletter for more deals and info at LisaGailGreen.com. Oh -- and she would most definitely have a werewolf for a pet if she weren't allergic.

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Thursday, 9 May 2019

Without a Trace by Carissa Ann Lynch: Book Review



Without a Trace 
By Carissa Ann Lynch 
Publisher: Harper Impulse & Killer Reads
Publication date: 5/04/19
Genres: Mystery & Thriller, General Fiction 
Source: Netgalley 
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5



Synopsis 
From the USA Today bestselling author of My Sister Is Missing
Lily’s gone. 
Someone took her. 
Unless she was she never there…
A little girl has gone missing.
Lily was last seen being tucked into bed by her adoring mother, Nova. But the next morning, the bed is empty except for a creepy toy rabbit.
Has Nova’s abusive ex stolen his “little bunny” back for good?
At first, Officer Ellie James assumes this is a clear custody battle. Until she discovers that there are no pictures of the girl and her drawers are full of unused toys and brand new clothes that have never been worn…
Is Ellie searching for a missing child who doesn’t actually exist?

My Thoughts
Without a Trace was one suspense packed tale right from the teasing excerpt at the start to the very last chapter.

Each chapter ends with a shock because each chapter end introduces a new twist in the tale. After I end a chapter I just can’t wait to start a new one because I have to know what will happen next, Without a Trace is just so engaging. It is an absolute page turner. If I didn’t have studies I am sure I would have finished this book at one go.

It is so full of twists and turns that it never lets you get comfortable, you think you know what will happen next and boom, a new twist appears. There was this one part where I was sure that I know this is how the plot would go, but as soon as I am all confident that I know how Without a Trace would end, a new twist appeared and though a little of my assumption was correct but most of it was way off the mark from the actual course Carissa had weaved for Without a Trace.

Without a Trace is told from three PoVs (except from one time) Ellie, the cop; Nova, the mother and Clara, the neighbour. Nova and Clara are full of secrets and full of mysteries. I loved all three characters but even though Clara and Nova were more complex characters, I loved Ellie more. A badass, tough cop who moved heaven and earth to uncover the truth.  

I just had one minor issue with the book, I am a bit lacking clarity about why a few things happened. These are not very significant and they don’t hinder with the course of the plot or make Without a Trace less suspense packed, but I would have liked a little more of the story devoted to these, so that readers would be able to understand better. I can’t tell which these things are because they will be a reason for major spoilers but I guess you will understand what I am talking about when you read Without A Trace.