Thursday, 30 June 2016

June 2016 Wrap Up

June 2016


It wasn’t a big reading month; I think it was more buying books than reading. But what I have read I loved.

Check out my reviews in the links below.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

June 2016 Haul

June 2016

June was a good book buying month, but the only reason why I have bought this much was because it was my birthday at the beginning of the month.
I asked for money; you can’t go wrong with getting money, that way you can buy whatever you want or need. There were so many books that I needed to get.

This isn’t all the books I’ve ordered in June. There are still a few waiting to be delivered, but I’ll add that to my July haul.

This is the only book I actually got for my birthday. I know, for a bookworm you would expect that everyone either got me money (that I asked for), or books….

Okay I bought this because of the cover and the title. I love everything that has to do with the Tudors and that time period. So of course I had to get it.

I’ve been seeing this series for a while now, I mean look at those beautiful covers. When I saw them at a great price at Kmart, I had to get them.

Another book that I needed to get. As soon as I bought it I put everything down and read it straight away.

This is actually my book clubs July book of the month. Really, any excuse to buy books. I’m not complaining.

These books were actually recommended to me. A normal person would buy just the first book and if they like it, then buy book two and so on. But no, not me.
I don’t like starting a series (especially one that has all their books released), until I own them all. I have no patience, when I finish a book and it’s really good, I need the next book asap.
I don’t have book four yet, only because it doesn’t come in the same size as the rest of the series. Only fellow bookaholics will understand.

I’ve heard great things about this book, so I had to get it. Book two in this same edition doesn’t come out till later on in the year, so not sure if I should wait till then to read this one, or just read it soon.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Tea Tuesday ~ Death Of A Fictional Character

Death Of A Fictional Character

What is it that when a fictional character dies, we go into complete meltdown?
We know it isn’t real. This world, these characters, don’t actually exist in the real world. But when something happens to them, they get hurt or killed, it’s like a part of us has been ripped out and trod on.

Not all authors can do this, get us completely invested in a character, make us fall in love with them, even start to see ourselves in them. We declare to the world that this is your favourite character. Big mistake.

As you can obviously guess, I’m referring mainly to George R.R. Martin. And even though I know (after book one), that no one is safe, I still had hope. One by one I declare so and so is my favourite character, only to watch them die a horrible death.
Deep down I actually knew they were going to die; no one survives in the world of GRRM. But you can hope right? Right?

Saying all that, as a massive fan of the written word, you have to give credit where it’s due. Well done to not only George R.R. Martin, but other authors who can make you feel such raw emotions about a make believe character.

I hope to one day be able to do what George has done to others…. Rip your heart out and do a happy little dance on it.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Book Review ~ Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings


Most know her as the Bloody Baroness, the captain of a fearsome glass starship called The Marauder. Androma and her crew strike terror in the hearts of those who cross them amongst the many corners of the Mirabel Galaxy.

When a routine mission goes rogue, the all-female crew is captured by a bounty hunter from Andi’s past and forced into a job that could, quite literally, start a war that will devour worlds.

Meanwhile, on the far side of the galaxy, the ruthless ruler Nor waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time. The final pieces are about to fall into place, liberating a plan that will tear Mirabel in two.

As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, there is one lesson that proves to be true: No one can be trusted in a galaxy that runs on lies and illusion.

From internet sensation Sasha Alsberg and multi-genre author Lindsay Cummings comes a new serialized space opera, full of action, intrigue, and steamy star-crossed romance.

WOW! What an amazing introduction to the Androma Saga.

I fell in love with every single character, all for different reasons. As soon as we were introduced to a new character I said this one is my favourite, it turned out I said it to all of them.
What I love most was they weren’t good guys versus bad guys. They were both, real characters.

Of course I love the girl crew of Marauder, especially Gilly. Her psychotic nature was strangely really enjoyable to read. I think it's because she doesn't hide or care who she is. Saying that, they were all confident, strong women.

The fight scenes, the chase, everything, I was constantly on the edge of my seat. I mean, not because it was short, but I read this in half a day. I just didn't want to put it down.

Hopefully we don't have to wait too long for part two.

My star rating for Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings is:

Friday, 24 June 2016

Currently Reading ~ 24.06.16


In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?

In Brandon Sanderson's intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage— Allomancy, a magic of the metals.

Not long after I posted my last Currently Reading that I decided to put down The Narrow Road To The Deep North by Richard Flanagan. It wasn’t that I wasn’t liking it, I just wasn’t in the mood for that type of book.
I did mention this subject in my Tea Tuesday recently. It’s okay to put a book down if you are not feeling it.

So once I put that book down I decided to pick up my favourite books; The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. I’ve read this book before, actually I’ve also read book two, but never got around to reading the other books in the series.

Unfortunately, I haven’t had time this week to read, which explains why I’ve only read 25 pages.
Hopefully I’ll be able to read more this weekend, we will see.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Book Blog Tour ~ Summer Of Irreverence by Cathrine Goldstein




Straight-laced, veterinary surgeon, Summer Wynters is ready to break the rules. And who better to break them with than the most irreverent of all men, mega rock star Malcolm Angel? With one last summer free from work obligations, Summer moves to New York City, and at the coaxing of her friend, pretends to be a model so she can spend one wild night with Malcolm.

Rock star, Malcolm Angel, tortured by a dark past, may be the poet laureate of romance, but he, like science-minded Summer, has never believed in romantic love. How could he? With his history, he doesnt deserve to be loved.

When Summers honesty, kindness, and exuberance for life changes his perspective, the two discover they are in deeper than either dreamed possible. But when Malcolm discovers Summers been perpetuating a lie, will he forgive her? Even if forgiveness is possible, can a man immune to love teach someone else to believe in it?

Author Cathrine Goldstein has created a playlist to go along with Summer of Irreverence, music that inspired her throughout the book.

“Train was my major influence for Summer of Irreverence The Rock Star, because to me, Pat Monahan epitomizes Malcolm Angels voice. I also listened to a lot of classic rock because of the gritty feel of the book.”


Marry Me Train

Parachute Train

When I Look to the Sky Train

Finish Line Train

From Where You Are Lifehouse Were in Heaven
DJ Sammy (Slow Version)

Lullaby Shawn Mullins

Cant You See The Marshall Tucker Band

Viva La Vida Coldplay

Drift Away Dobie Gray

Dont Stop Believin Journey

Author Bio


I am a bestselling author of gritty romance novels, and a New York City girl at heart.

I am the author of The Letting and The Coupling, Books 1 and 2 of The Letting series; and Summer of Irreverence—The Rock Star, the first book in The New York Artists Series, stand-alone novels featuring strong, talented men and the surprising women they fall for. 

I have my B.A. in English and my M.A. in Theatre. I began my career as an award-winning playwright, and I am a proud member of RWA, PAN.

I am addicted to Luna bars, decaf coffee, yoga (yoga clothes), and I find my best writing ideas come from sweat sessions on my treadmill. I love the works of many authors; my favourites include Hemingway and Bukowski. These days I read a lot of Shel Silverstein and Mo Willems—which brings me to my reason for reading these modern masters, the absolute loves of my life: my two young girls, and my husband (who reads grown-up books, too.)

Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours for letting me read this book....

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