Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl
This week’s theme is Love
This week’s theme is Love
Monday – Eleanor reviewed fantasy The Last Dragon Rider by Errin Krystal
Tuesday – Saw a book promo for Irish family romance That Summer At The Seahorse Hotel by Adrienne Vaughan
Wednesday – Terry reviewed women’s fiction Bear Medicine by G Elizabeth Kretchmer
Thursday – Noelle reviewed WW2 #PTSD Fred’s Funeral by Sandy Day
Friday – Alison reviewed fantasy Keepers by Sacha Black
and I reviewed fantasy romance River by India R Adams
Saturday – Karen B reviewed suspense Maggie’s Revenge by Jacquie Biggar
Discussion Post – 40 Days Until She Dies, discussed Emily Barr’s book The Truth And Lies Of Ella Black
Posts from around the blogosphere
Tips for debut authors
How to run a Goodreads Giveaway
Monday: I reviewed cold war drama The Leipzig affair by Fiona Rintoul
Tuesday: Noelle reviewed historical mystery A Tincture Of Secrets And Lies by William Savage
Wednesday: Judith reviewed thriller novella My sweet Friend by H.A Leuschel
Thursday: I reviewed romance Resolutions by Carol Warham
Friday: Teri reviewed horror Ghosts Of Manor House by Matt Powers
Saturday: Brittany reviewed children’s fiction Muffy & Valor by Karl Beckstrand
Plus links to interesting posts from the blogosphere
Lucy has tips on how you can support book bloggers
Laura asks, What makes a good villain?
Do you want more visibility for your blog? Susie has some great tips.
5 Ways That Playing with Pricing Can Sell More Books
Shruti wrote an entertaining satirical piece on the problems some authors have writing about the opposite sex.
Chris has tips For Giveaways On Goodreads
Do you enjoy books that feature book shops?
Monday: I reviewed romantic suspense – Bound By Shadows by Reily Garrett
Tuesday: Cathy Ryan reviewed vintage mystery – Offstage In Nuala by Harriet Steel
Wednesday: Terry Tyler reviewed family drama Chergui’s Child by Jane Riddell
Thursday: Anita Dawes reviewed young adult fantasy – Keepers by Sacha Black
Friday: I reviewed historical fiction – Whales And Strange Stars by Kathy Sharp
Saturday: Olga Miret reviewed horror – Ghosts Of Manor House by Matt Powers
PLUS: Interesting posts from around the Blogosphere
Links to good weekly posts
Pages Unbound – Trends in 2018 book blogging
10 Things All Writers Should Know Before Signing A Contract
8 qualities more important than writing talent Anne Allen
The history of the seaside town of Bournemouth
Evalina explains how to create a good user profile on netgalley or Edelweise
Win a critique of your manuscript
Prologues – love them? Hate them?
Today I’m looking back at some of the popular ones.
Ten Reasons Your Book Is Not Getting Reviewed (By Book Bloggers) https://wp.me/p2Eu3u-9Ky
Book Blogger Bashing: In The End You’re Only Hurting Yourself https://wp.me/p2Eu3u-9HD
Adventuring During Canada 150, Red Chairs, Forest Fires and The Rockies https://wp.me/p2Eu3u-adh
To Bee Or Not To Bee – #SaveTheBees https://wp.me/p2Eu3u-anT
Authors Reviewing Authors (It’s A Minefield) https://wp.me/p2Eu3u-aBT
Writers: Are You Ready To Sign With An Independent Publisher? Read This First https://wp.me/p2Eu3u-aIm
If you’re looking for new ideas to freshen up your book blog, why not consider one of the many challenges available to bloggers.
I’m going to try the 2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Shannon @It Starts At Midnight (on Twitter here ) and Nicole @Feed You Fiction Addiction (on Twitter here) All the details and a signup can be found here
How it works:
I assign each Tuesday a topic and then post my top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join me and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.
You’ll find the schedule of upcoming TTT topics below so you can plan ahead. I’ll post a Linky on the blog each week so you can link up your post (if you want). If you don’t have a blog, post your picks in the comment section below! Have tons of fun talking books and getting to know your fellow bloggers!
Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Ambrosia @ The Purple Booker (on Twitter here) If you want to join in grab your current read, flick to a random page, select two sentences (without spoilers) and share them in a blog post or in the comments of The Purple Booker.
Don’t forget that you can also use #TuesdayBookBlog for any book related blog post that you publish on a Tuesday which would include all of the above challenges.
I’ve been reading some great posts for this book tag and thought it about time I joined in.
Name your favourite cartoon
Garfield! (anyone now humming the theme tune? I know I am!)
One of my favourites is a Thanksgiving episode. Garfield has got himself stuck at a butchers in place of a turkey. An old lady comes in and says to the butcher, ‘Can I have one without fur, please?’
Name a song which is your current favourite
I recently heard Footloose again and am now determined to learn all the lyrics so I can genuinely sing it and not mumble the bits I don’t know.
What could you do for hours that isn’t reading?
Really, really tough as I LOVE reading. BUT, I also enjoy walking out in nature, especially in Spring and Summer. At home I tramp along the local canal and investigate the countryside.
What do you love to do that your followers would be surprised about?
I do like to dance. Whilst looking up the lyrics for Footloose (see above) I found video clips of Flash Mob dancing. Brilliant! You must watch this.
What is your favourite, unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?
Geneology – I take great delight in researching the family tree and finding out about our ancestors.
What is something unusual that you know how to do?
I know how to do a Tsukahara Vault (I’m busy right now, so here’s a clip of someone else!)
Name something you made in the last year
I made a cake and actually followed the recipe! It’s a standard joke in our house that I throw together ingredients and cook almost everything at 180c for 30 minutes.
What is your most recent none-book personal project?
My year long challenge to do ONE good deed a day for a whole year. I loved it so much I did it for two years. I took it on after reading a book! A Year of Doing Good by Judith O’Reilly. Shh! Pretend I didn’t mention a book!
Tell us something you think about often
I often think about my friends and how I can help them.
Tell us something that’s your favourite, but make it oddly specific.
I’ve always been drawn to a cosy ‘me-cave’ I would love a bed with curtains. Years ago I remember seeing one (similar to the picture below) in a French museum farmhouse and I wanted to climb right in. They make me feel safe.
Feel free to join in. This tag comes from Katie and you can watch her original video here.
For more information on Top Ten Tuesdays and the weekly meme themes check out The Broke and the Bookish Blog
1) The Dead Detective by J.R. Rain
I liked the fact this was fun with great ghosts and zombies
Medical-school-dropout police detective Richelle Dadd is… well, dead.
But that won’t stop her from trying to hold on to her house in a divorce battle with a bitter husband. Or keep her from digging into her own murder, to discover who put the bullet into her heart. And it certainly won’t stand in the way of finding out the reason she’s been reanimated as a zombie assassin, no longer in control of her life.
Richelle will face off against Gypsy shamans, double-crossing ghosts, a partner she can’t trust, and her own undead nature in a journey into the depths of the occult world and out the other side without losing her sense of humor – or humanity – along the way.
It’s a good thing her deductive skills – and her aim – are still up to par. Goodreads
2) The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker
YA horror, I liked this and bought the next book too.
Cherry blossom lipstick: check
Smokey eyes: check
Skinny jeans: check
Dead kid in the mirror: check
For sixteen year old Mattie Hathaway, this is her normal everyday routine. She’s been able to see ghosts since her mother tried to murder her when she was five years old. No way does she want anyone to know she can talk to spooks. Being a foster kid is hard enough without being labeled a freak too.
Normally, she just ignores the ghosts and they go away. That is until she see’s the ghost of her foster sister… Sally.
Everyone thinks Sally’s just another runaway, but Mattie knows the truth—she’s dead. Murdered. Mattie feels like she has to help Sally, but she can’t do it alone. Against her better judgment, she teams up with a young policeman, Officer Dan, and together they set out to discover the real truth behind Sally’s disappearance.
Only to find out she’s dealing with a much bigger problem, a serial killer, and she may be the next victim…
Will Mattie be able to find out the truth before the killer finds her? Goodreads
3) The Black Hours by Alison Williams
Great insight into the English witch trials
‘Look upon this wretch, all of you! Look upon her and thank God for his love and his mercy. Thank God that he has sent me to rid the world of such filth as this.’ 1647 and England is in the grip of civil war. In the ensuing chaos, fear and suspicion are rife and anyone on the fringes of society can find themselves under suspicion. Matthew Hopkins, self -styled Witchfinder General, scours the countryside, seeking out those he believes to be in league with the Devil. In the small village of Coggeshall, 17–year-old Alice Pendle finds herself at the centre of gossip and speculation. Will she survive when the Witchfinder himself is summoned? A tale of persecution, superstition, religious fundamentalism, hate and love, ‘The Black Hours’ mixes fact with fiction in a gripping fast-paced drama that follows the story of Alice as she is thrown into a world of fear and confusion, and of Matthew, a man driven by his beliefs to commit dreadful acts in the name of religion. Goodreads
4) The Alchemical Detective by Kirsten Weiss
Book #1 of a series which kept me buying the books
Where Alchemy, Demons, and Good Wine Collide… with a Lake Monster Named Tessie. A psychic has been murdered in an occult ceremony and the police pay a visit to Riga Hayworth, metaphysical detective. But this time, she’s not a consultant on the case. She’s a suspect.
There’s a storm on the horizon.
Riga’s lost her magic and has come to Lake Tahoe to recover and spend quality time with her new love. But life for Riga is never that simple. A psychic’s been murdered, and the police believe Riga has a connection to the crime.
And if that’s not enough, Riga is drafted as the host of a reality TV show about the local lake monster, and her niece is rejecting her metaphysical abilities. Juggling demons, daimons, and angry tarot card readers, Riga must catch a killer before she becomes the next target. Goodreads
5) Swamp Ghosts by Marcia Meara
A romantic suspense with some scary Florida wildlife
Wildlife photographer Gunnar Wolfe looked like the kind of guy every man wanted to be and every woman just plain wanted, and the St. Johns River of central Florida drew him like a magnet. EcoTour boat owner Maggie Devlin knew all the river’s secrets, including the deadliest ones found in the swamps. But neither Maggie nor Gunn was prepared for the danger that would come after them on two legs.
On a quest to make history photographing the rarest birds of them all, Gunnar hires the fiery, no-nonsense Maggie to canoe him into the most remote wetland areas in the state. He was unprepared for how much he would enjoy both the trips and Maggie’s company. He soon realizes he wants more than she’s prepared to give, but before he can win her over, they make a grisly discovery that changes everything, and turns the quiet little town of Riverbend upside down. A serial killer is on the prowl among them. Goodreads
6) Hingston’s Box by Decima Blake
Ghosts and the supernatural
Since investigating the disappearance of fifteen-year-old twin boys, Hingston – a young, talented Detective Sergeant, has been tormented by night terrors. On waking, he remembers a vast, golden meadow that glows with warmth and carries the sound of rapid footfalls and trouser legs pushing through grasses. A curly haired boy runs tirelessly through the meadow. The promise of adventure is lost when the sickening ache of death seeps into Hingston’s bones. Feeling suffocated and tortured, melodic chimes calm him and his panic subsides.
Signed off and leaving the office, a key inexplicably falls from Hingston’s investigation file. Intrigued, he takes it with him, escaping London for Dartmouth where his investigative race begins. Stalked by a challenging elderly woman and hindered by his boss, his determination to solve the case draws him into the supernatural world that connects a murderous past to the present. Goodreads
7) The Children Of Albion by Jill Turner
I included this because of its real life horrors
In post-millennial England, the next generation are falling through the gaps of a very broken society. In the wasteland of a English sink-estate, where the adults are lost to drink, drugs, poverty and destructive relationships, the next generation run ferral, surviving day to day by any means possible.
Starved of food, love and affection, the children face a bleak future following in the crime-riddled footsteps of their parents, and their parents’ parents before them.
However, when the middle-class dreamer, drop-out, and revolutionary teen, Albion makes camp in one of the derelict houses, an unlikely friendship is struck between him and Robbie, a boy born of the estate who desperately longs for things to be different.
With dreams of establishing a modern-day Camelot, and refuge for those children let down by society, Albie and Robbie attempt to create a new and better world, but they soon discover the weight of a crown is a very heavy burden to bear, and the legacy of the last generation is a terrifying and consuming beast. Goodreads
8) Yesterday’s news by Sam Cheever
A mystery with some great ghosts
Anna Yesterday owns Yesterday’s Antiques in small town USA. When she finds an old newspaper clipping lining the drawer of an antique dresser, she realizes she’s never heard the heart wrenching story of abuse and suicide detailed on the yellowed newsprint. So she starts to dig, and her sleuthing exposes an ugly cover-up that casts the residents of Crocker, Indiana into danger and intrigue, and leaves them with a corpse. Goodreads
9) Divinity And The Python by Bonnie Randall
A romantic suspense heavily laced with the Tarot
Divinity – Where desire and deception both hide in the dark
The Cards Forecast Work
Shaynie Gavin is so much more than the sexy siren who mixes cocktails at The Python. A carpenter with a business plan, Shaynie is trying to amass enough funds to launch her own dream – Divinity, a place where up-cycled furniture from the past is sold alongside Tarot readings forecasting the future – and all in a setting that could not be more perfect: a former funeral parlor. Shaynie’s belief that Divinity is attuned with the passions, the loves, and even the lies of its departed souls, allow her to feel satisfied when the cards she draws there reveal Wands, the Tarot’s symbol for work. And yet…Shaynie would be so grateful if the Tarot would also, just once, illuminate a Hellnight from her past. A lost evening whose scars still slither over her skin, Hellnight haunts Shaynie. Yet when she calls the question of that chilling evening into her deck… Goodreads
10) The Soul And The Seed by Arie Farnam
A YA horror – book #1 of a series
Aranka is a moderately normal teenager until those who hold true power in today’s world decide she’s a threat.
The accepted image of the modern world is an illusion. A clandestine force usurps the desires and emotions of individuals, and those who won’t conform must be crushed to preserve the appearance of free will. Aranka and a few others stand in the way, not because they are rebels, just because of the fluke in their genes. Those with power will stop at nothing to protect their supremacy. Aranka is kidnapped and forced to watch as her fellow prisoners are killed one by one.
A small band of outlaws from every corner of the globe fight to free the captives and preserve their own freedom. Kenyen, a young doctor, ventures into the heart of oppression but he can’t stop the terror. He just wants to save one life. In the process he uncovers “the Seed,” the first flicker of hope in a thousand. Goodreads
Thanks for reading, what’s your favourite Halloween read?
“If you read … you’ll like …”
When you’ve read a book, do you sometimes find yourself thinking “oh, that really reminds me of *insert name of another book*”?
Welcome to a new feature, in which my team and I make reading suggestions based on your favourites, be they classics, or newer best sellers. Our recommendations consider not just genre, but writing style, plot—and that ‘feel’ you can’t quite put your finger on.
This week’s choice is from team member Alison:
If you liked ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ by Audrey Niffenegger, you might like:
Tom lives in a different 2016. A better 2016 than the one we had (which, to be honest, isn’t that difficult) made possible by a never-ending source of clean energy discovered in the 1950s. Tom’s world is peaceful, carefree, perfect. But his life isn’t. His father, a brilliant scientist, is distant and disinterested. Tom feels like a failure.
It’s quite a complicated plot, but suffice it to say, Tom falls in love with the beautiful Penelope, messes with his father’s time machine, changes the course of history and ends up in our 2016.
The concepts behind time travel give me a headache. I just can’t get my head around the whole idea. I loved ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ though, because it’s not really about time travel – it’s about relationships and life and it’s so much about the characters. And ‘All Our Wrong Todays’ is about the characters too – and Tom can’t get his head around time travel either. But he has to sort things out to save all those people he accidentally got rid of. Of course, it isn’t that simple. There’s his new family to consider, who are much nicer that the old one. And there’s the new Penelope too.
Tom is a great main character. Aware of his short-comings, he’s an honest narrator. The reader really feels his panic about what he’s done, the dawning reality of where he is and what his new life means. The novel explores his complex relationships, and at the heart of this is a love story, just like ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’.
It’s clever, well-written and very readable despite its complexity.
I still don’t really understand time travel though.
Have you read either of these books?
Rosie @rosieamber1 asked me to write a few short guest posts about how to get the most out of Twitter, so I’m starting with the basics—getting followers.
Much of Twitter’s effectivity is down to how many eyes see your tweets—so whether you’re promoting your book or your blog, growing your business or just hoping to entertain people/get your voice heard, it makes sense to give that number a boost now and again.
At the time of writing I have 87K followers, with very little effort – and no, I didn’t buy them! Don’t ever be tempted to do that, as those for sale are not real profiles, but spam accounts. Yes, a proportion of my followers are accounts trying to get me to buy followers, or porn stuff, people who don’t speak English or general spamming, but I do get followed by many real and interesting people every day.
I’ve found that once you get to around 10K followers, and if you are active on the site (using it most days, retweeting others), your following grows automatically, because you appear on the ‘Who To Follow’ lists.
Here’s how to expand your following:
That should get it all moving! I started trying to grow mine about three years ago, just before I started a free promotion for a book; I was determined that as many people should see it as possible, so made it my aim to get to 10K followers. Just out of interest, I’d like to mention that my proofreading sister, @ProofreadJulia, has developed her whole successful business entirely through Twitter, from my original tuition about the site. Of course she is very good at what she does, and has a good business sense, but this just goes to show how powerful Twitter can be if used to its full potential.
For more Twitter Tips from Terry check out our Wednesday Wing page here http://wp.me/P2Eu3u-7Lw
Do you have any tips to share with others?
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