Thursday, May 21, 2015

Post Reading: The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP) - Kate Winter


Title: The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP)
Author: Kate Winter
Published:  May 21st 2015 by Sphere 
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Falling in love is never simple. Especially when you're dead.

When Rosie Potter wakes up one morning with what she assumes is the world's worst hangover, the last thing she expects is to discover that she's actually dead. With a frustrating case of amnesia, suspicious circumstances surrounding her untimely demise, and stuck wearing her ugliest flannel PJs, Rosie must figure out not only what happened last night, but why on earth she's still here.

Slowly the mystery unravels, but there are many other secrets buried in the quiet Irish village of Ballycarragh, and nobody is as innocent as they first appear. Aided by the unlikeliest of allies in her investigation, Rosie discovers that life after death isn't all it's cracked up to be, particularly when you might just be falling in love . . .

In this hilarious, life-affirming and romantic journey through Rosie Potter's afterlife, she shares the ghostly tale of how she lived, she died, and she loved (in that order).

When Rosie Potter wakes up one morning to a trashed bedroom and zero recollection of the previous night, she knows something has gone terribly wrong. She assumes the odd feeling is just the world's weirdest hangover.

Turns out not only is she wrong but she's also dead. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Post Reading: Panther - David Owen


Title: Panther  
Author: David Owen
Published: May 2015 by Corsair
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Life isn’t going terribly well for Derrick; he’s become severely overweight, his only friend has turned on him, he’s hopelessly in love with a girl way out of his league, and it’s all because of his sister. Her depression, and its grip on his family, is tearing his life apart. When rumours start to circulate that a panther is roaming wild in his south London suburb, Derrick resolves to try and capture it. Surely if he can find a way to tame this beast, he’ll be able to stop everything at home from spiraling towards disaster?

Panther is a bold and emotionally powerful novel that deals candidly with the effects of depression on those who suffer from it, and those who suffer alongside them.

Every once in a while you come across a book that takes you by surprise. A sucker punch to the heart. Deceptively simple but astonishingly powerful.

All you can do is grip the book and let the tide of raw emotions wash over you. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

The art of perfecting blog post visuals

The art of perfecting blog post visuals

Most bloggers skimp on the effort they put into the visual part of their content creation process. I honestly believe that this is a terrible waste. 

As interesting as I think your content, the chances are that I would not read it without a little push. Blog post images are the little push that motivates me to engage with your content instead of merely skimming it.

The soaring popularity of Instagram is proof that image-centric content creation is becoming increasingly favored by readers. There is no getting around the fact that a huge part of blogging involves large chunks of text. However, with right images you can get your readers to re-focus on your content when they lose interest with the blocks of text. Adding images that are relevant to your blog post and including infographics is something that we bloggers should focus on.


Friday, April 17, 2015

Post Reading: The Liar - Nora Roberts

The Liar Nora Roberts Book Review


Title: The Liar
Author: Nora Roberts
Published:  April 16th 2015 by Piatkus 
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When her husband Richard dies in a freak accident, Shelby Pomeroy is devastated. But his death reveals a horrible truth - Richard was a liar and a cheat. Now Shelby is left with the consequences - huge, terrifying debts and mounting proof that her late husband betrayed her in every conceivable way.

Heart-broken but unbowed, Shelby is determined to fix her problems - if only for the sake of her gorgeous little daughter Callie. Returning home to Tennessee and the family she thought she'd lost for ever, she discovers a new sense of strength and freedom. And hope, too, in the handsome form of carpenter Griffin Lott - a straight-dealing man who couldn't lie to her if he tried.

But not everyone is thrilled to see Shelby Pomeroy back in town. And when a shocking act of violence is traced back to Richard's shady business, it becomes clear that she is not safe from him, even in death. With her life in danger, Shelby must face the lies of the past - or lose everything.

The Liar follows the story of a pretty and talented lead singer,Shelby Anne Pomeroy in a small town band. When Shelby meets the charming Richard Foxworth, she falls hard and fast in love with him. Smitten Shelby leaves Rendezvous Ridge, TN for Richard and his promises of love. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Post Reading: Clash of Iron - Angus Watson

Book Review - Clash of Iron - Angus Watson


Title: Clash of Iron 
Author: Angus Watson
Series: Iron Age #2
Published: April 14th 2015 by Orbit
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Iron Age warriors Dug and Lowa captured Maidun castle and freed its slaves. But now they must defend it.

A Roman invasion is coming from Gaul, but rather than uniting to defend their home, the British tribes go to battle with each other -- and see Maidun as an easy target.

Meanwhile, Lowa's spies infiltrate Gaul, discovering the Romans have recruited British druids. And Maidunite Ragnall finds his loyalties torn when he meets Rome's charismatic general, Julius Caesar.

War is coming. Who will pay its price?

Stating that Britain in the Iron Ages was not quite the best place to be would be a gross understatement. The threat of the fast growing Roman empire and the brutally legendary Caesar was imminent and worried even the greatest of warriors.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Currently: Chapter 3 of 12


Aside from some much awaited changes in my shift/job role at work and the #GuiltFreeReads collaboration with Jules, Sydney & Mishma, the other thing that took over my life was my project proposal. Crazy does not begin to describe it.

4 times. That's how many times I changed by project topic. I kid you not.

Have I ever told you that I can be quite indecisive? I detest the finality of making decisions and settling on one topic was damned near impossible. HOW DO PEOPLE EVEN DO IT. After WEEKS of indecisiveness and hesitation, I had pull an all-nighter to write the actual project. And I even made it on time for the submission. ;)

After that like every other normal 20 something, I reveled in the taste of that sweet liberation. And by reveled of course, I meant that I marathon-ed the heck out of my favorite TV shows in bed. I also watched Cinderella and I did love it but mostly I think it was the nostalgia and the dress-envy (So MANY gorgeous dresses) speaking. 

Post-Project-Proposal celebration also included ordering myself some EPIC books for my upcoming birthday (BEST PART OF BIRTHDAYS - ALL THE BOOKS). I will be saying goodbye to 21 and that makes me not-so-happy. But as I've been reminded multiple times I get to finally sing Taylor Swift's 22 and eat LOTS of cheesecake.

It's miserable and magical. 
Oh, yeah. 
Tonight's the night when we forget about the deadlines.

Here's to hoping that my 22 will be magical (I'm going to conveniently ignore that miserable part) because I've already gotten the forget about the deadlines part down to perfection!