Sunday, October 26, 2014

Lets make your blog post shine

blogging tips and tricks steps to take before publishing blog post


You know that feeling when you've come up with an amazing blog post idea? You are are up all night composing this wonderful masterpiece and totally buzzed from all that caffeine. 


You finish the post and you are so damn proud of yourself. You are basically on cloud nine and there ain't no one going to bring you down.

You can't wait to hit publish and share this piece of awesome-ness with the world.


Don't.


Seriously, don't hit publish.


A guide to making your blog post shine


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Irish Magic, Love and Horses

Author: Nora Roberts
PublisherPiatkus
Release Date: October 2nd 2014
Series: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy #1
Source: Publisher
Synopsis:

With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends.

Ireland.

County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations—and where her destiny awaits.

Iona arrives in Ireland with nothing but her Nan’s directions, an unfailingly optimistic attitude, and an innate talent with horses. Not far from the luxurious castle where she is spending a week, she finds her cousins, Branna and Connor O’Dwyer. And since family is family, they invite her into their home and their lives.

When Iona lands a job at the local stables, she meets the owner, Boyle McGrath. Cowboy, pirate, wild tribal horseman, he’s three of her biggest fantasy weaknesses all in one big, bold package.

Iona realizes that here she can make a home for herself—and live her life as she wants, even if that means falling head over heels for Boyle. But nothing is as it seems. An ancient evil has wound its way around Iona’s family tree and must be defeated. Family and friends will fight with each other and for each other to keep the promise of hope—and love—alive…

Review: Dark Witch - Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is an author who's books I've read and loved over the years. She is one of those authors I associate with high school along with James Patterson, Danielle Steel, Jeffery Archer, John Grisham and Agatha Christie. Ah, good times.

Dark Witch is set in Ireland and I instantly fell in love with the beautiful setting. Roberts painted a spell binding picture and her writing bought this lush countryside to life. Iona, the protagonist relocates from America to Ireland to reconnect with her ancestors. She finally feels at home but everything is not as simple as it seems. Iona learns that the evil sorcerer who pursued her ancestor the dark witch, Sorcha is back. And this time the evil Cabhan has his sights set on Iona. Iona's destiny is interwined with her that of her cousins, Branna and Connor. The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy follows the journey of these three cousins as they band together to fight this great evil.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Currently ... Page 279 of 365

Say It with Books Sep 2014

Oh yes, we are currently on day 219. That's just CRAZY right?
That leaves me with 86 days before this year ends. Umm...WHAAAAAT? 

Oh well, here's what I am currently... 

READING Dark Witch by Nora Roberts! I finished Marissa Meyer's Cress a week back and I'm in love Captain Thorne. I cannot wait for Winter because JACIN CLAY. 

WATCHING How To Train Your Dragon 2 - Is it weird that I'm crushing on Hiccup? I'm also renewing my acquaintance with Mr Darcy. Made of Honor and About Time (I CANNOT resist a redhead) have gotten me going awwww.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Victorian Era - Beauty and the Beast Style

Author: Kristen Callihan
Publisher: Piatkus
SeriesDarkest London #1
Release Date: 29 September 2014
Source: Publisher
Synopsis:

Once the flames are ignited . . . 

Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family's fortune decimated and forced her to wed London's most nefarious nobleman.

They will burn for eternity . . .

Lord Benjamin Archer is no ordinary man. Doomed to hide his disfigured face behind masks, Archer knows it's selfish to take Miranda as his bride. Yet he can't help being drawn to the flame-haired beauty whose touch sparks a passion he hasn't felt in a lifetime. When Archer is accused of a series of gruesome murders, he gives in to the beastly nature he has fought so hard to hide from the world. But the curse that haunts him cannot be denied. Now, to save his soul, Miranda will enter a world of dark magic and darker intrigue. For only she can see the man hiding behind the mask.

Review: Firelight - Kristen Callihan

I did not know what hit me. But there is no doubt that Callihan has bowled me over with this Beauty and Beast-esque tale. It's been a while since I have come across a paranormal romance that is well, incredible.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Mixology: The Banned Books Edition


Mixology: The Art of Pairing Mocktails + Banned Books

Confession: When I see a book added to a banned book list, I feel this irresistible urge to add it to my TBR. What can I say, I'm a rebel. ;)

To celebrate banned books week this year I've picked out 6 banned books that I simply must read. Also a bonus, I've paired them with mocktails because nothing enhances my reading experience better than a lovely beverage. Well, except chocolates. Cheesecake. And Pizza. Oh well, you get the idea.

Enjoy the pairings!

o1) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian: Sherman Alexie


“I grabbed my book and opened it up. I wanted to smell it. Heck, I wanted to kiss it. Yes, kiss it. That's right, I am a book kisser. Maybe that's kind of perverted or maybe it's just romantic and highly intelligent.” 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fighting Blogger's Guilt


Last month I spoke about my experience as a part time blogger
Julianne, my guest reviewer and blogger at Jules Bookshelf is here today to make some confessions of her own. This Daemon Black fangirl is also started college this year so finding the balance between life and blogging is sometimes quite a struggle. So here we go...

5 THINGS I’M GUILTY ABOUT, AS A BLOGGER

HI…

ERMERGERD. I AM SO NERVOUS RIGHT NOW….