The Past Week at Once Upon A Time
- Sunday: Showcase Sunday #2
- Monday: Kingdom Launch Day
- Tuesday: Warbreaker Group Read – Part Two
- Tuesday: Kingdom Blog Tour: Of Toddlers and Redbull
- Wednesday: Kingdom Blog Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway
- Friday: [Review] Black Dawn by Rachel Caine
- Saturday: A Guest Post From Ann Pearlman: How I Write
You may have noticed that this week was the week the Kingdom blog tour kicked off. The launch day post features an international Kindle Fire giveaway and the other giveaway is also international and for a signed paperback copy of Kingdom. If you like sci-fi, this one is really worth reading.
Around The Blogosphere
- I really enjoyed The Evolution of the Big Bad Wolf post in the Midsummer Dream Fair this week. In fairness, they’re all fab posts with fun giveaways. I really recommend you follow the Dream Fair throughout June, I’m loving it.
- There was an interesting post over at Fantasy Faction this week entitled ‘Want to Self-Publish Fantasy? Think Again.‘ It is a well thought out post with some decent advice which simultaneously doesn’t attempt to put you off from writing and self-publishing altogether. There was another article on writing humour into fantasy which is really a must read for all writers, whether you want to be funny or not.
- Oh, Gemma, Gemma, Gemma. She has now tried to force me to read Firebrand by Gillian Phillips three times in total, knowing that I love fantasy and more so when I point out that I do indeed own the novel. I just don’t seem to find time to squeeze it in! Well here is her five star review for said book. Perhaps you’ll have more time than I do.
- I discovered an article by Cuddlebuggery via Twitter entitled ‘Five of the worst ways to ask for print ARCs‘ which was a pretty funny read.. and so true!
- Amanda reviewed Graceling by Kristin Cashore which is a novel I want to read and her review only reminded me how much I’m going to love the series. Then she went and talked about her thoughts on the Kindle one year on from when she first bought it.
- Finding Mr. Flood by Ciara Geraghty is getting a makeover according to Chick Lit News and Reviews. I really like it. It’s quite elegant and the colours are lovely.
- Oh no! Hanna has finally read her last Jane Austen! Check out her review for Northanger Abbey and for the love of all that is Austen, recommend some loveliness to satisfy her cravings.
- Stephen Zimmer has been getting around a bit recently as part of his blog tour (which will be stopping by here in the near future). There was a written interview on Kentucky Geek Girl that I thoroughly enjoyed reading, and on another of his stops he decided to try doing his interviews by video which was actually a lot of fun to watch and a great idea.
- And I adore this book. My review for Throne of Glass will be up this week, however, I had to link to Sam’s review, for we seem to share the same opinion: awesomeness!
Not Quite The Blogosphere
- On a slightly low point for a moment.. it was revealed that unemployed Brits were bussed into London in order to work on the Jubilee river pageant. 14 hour shifts, in the cold and the rain, unpaid. Some of these had to sleep under the London Bridge beforehand. Not cool, British government. We’re better than this. Here is the article.
On My Tumblr
I’m just going to leave this link here. I only posted a couple of things but they’re amazing.
I finally was able to buy Scrivener yesterday using the 50% off code I received upon completing the 50,000 words necessary to ‘win’ NaNoWriMo last November. Yay! This means that I finally don’t have the excuse of no proper writing programme to not write and should hopefully start developing a few stories. I currently have 5 different story ideas on the go of varying genres and have been imagining the world of my epic fantasy today. I want to get a feel for the size of the world, and the visuals before I write a bland brown-green epic fantasy.
I have had a pretty terribad week. My depression played up something awful and I was ill towards the beginning as well with what I can only assume were digestive problems. It didn’t help my reading too much.
- what does book authors want – for people to buy and love their books I’d expect
- cuddled up in couch with a book – keep your couch, I have my comfy chair
- rainbow wall of neg – what’s a neg?
What Am I Reading?
Finished: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Started: Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin, My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent
What Next? White Wedding by Milly Johnson presuming I’m still in a chick lit mood when I come to it.
As mentioned above, my reading week wasn’t great. I read about 170 pages of Clash of Kings within a couple of days but upon realising the size of my review pile, swiftly plopped it back down again and no longer managed to read very much at all. I’ll try again this week.
- Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb | Goodreads
- Velvet by Mary Hooper | Goodreads
- The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern | Goodreads
- Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill | Goodreads
- Traitor’s Blood by Michael Arnold | Goodreads
- Seraphina by Rachel Hartman | Goodreads
All together now: a-squee! I actually got a “How many damn books do you need?!” comment from the other half this week. The answer? All of them. Some Girls Bite and The Book of Tomorrow are swaps from Kayleigh from the UK Book Swap group (and hopefully I’ll get to the post office Monday to send off my side of the swap – le sigh). The rest were all review copies from their respective publishers (thank you to Random House, Hodder & Stoughton and Bloomsbury). I just want to huggle the lot of them. Aren’t they gorgeous?! And I’m so excited to read them. I will read them. Promise.
- Here by Denise Grover Swank | Goodreads
- Frey by Melissa Wright | Goodreads
- Paradox: Progeny of Innocence by Patti Roberts | Goodreads
- Violet by Rebecca Meacham | Goodreads
- DarkWalker by John Urbancik | Goodreads
- Jake West: The Keeper of the Stones by M.J. Webb | Goodreads
- Jake West: Warriors of the Heynai by M.J. Webb | Goodreads
- Once Bitten by Trina M. Lee | Goodreads
- She’s Gonna Be Mine by Jennifer Skully | Goodreads
I love my freebies. You know that by now though. Here, in particular, sounds amazing.