Afterlife Academy is free for Halloween and the next five days!

I’ve never reblogged a post before, but this one is worth a trial run with! Afterlife Academy by Jaimie Admans is FREE to download on kindle now!

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Afterlife Academy is going on a free promotion! To coincide with Halloween and the start of NaNoWriMo 2013, for which the first draft was written a few years ago, my first YA novel Afterlife Academy will be free to download for the next few days! It’s a spooky, paranormal read so is perfect for this time of year, and from today (October 30th) until Sunday (November 3rd) the Kindle version will be completely free to download from Amazon!

See?
Amazon UK
Amazon US
Amazon Canada

It’s free in all countries so you can grab it from your local Amazon too!

About the book:
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Even being dead isn’t enough to get you out of maths class.

Dying wasn’t on sixteen-year-old Riley Richardson’s to-do list. And now, not only is she dead, but she’s stuck in a perpetual high school nightmare. Worse still, she’s stuck there with the…

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Guest post: KK Hendin

Today I’ve got a guest post from the very lovely KK Hendin! Enjoy!

Why New Year’s Resolutions Are Not Always A Terrible Thing

God, I am the world’s biggest cliché sometimes.

Once upon a time, it was January first, and I decided that 2013 would be a good year to make a New Year’s Resolution. Mind you, I had never really made one before. But I guess I was feeling optimistic, because I made myself a lovely little list of resolutions for the year of 2013.

One of them was finish at least one manuscript, and self-publish, if that was what I felt was best for the book. There were other ridiculous resolutions on that list that never really happened, like figure out life. But much to my shock, I wrote the words The End many times this year- namely, with Heart Breaths.

I wrote Heart Breaths at a very weird kind of time in my life- I had just parted ways with my job, I had paused school, and ONCE AGAIN, I had no idea what I was doing with my life. (This last bit seems to be a bit of a reoccurrence, truth be told.) I had finished a book and a half, and there was a story tickling my brain.

And so since I suddenly had all this magical free time when I wasn’t looking for a job, I started to write. And I wrote. And wrote. And wrote. And wrote some more.

Writing is a very personal experience- even when you’re not writing an autobiography or something about yourself, pieces of you still end up in what you write. Writing fiction for me is a way to sort through my jumbled thoughts by having others go through similar situations as I have gone through, or I’m going through at the moment. Luckily, I can say that I haven’t gone through the same things that Maddie has gone through, or Gabe, but there are aspects about what they struggle with that were and continue to be intensely personal.

Letting people in, even after being hurt. Learning to trust people. Opening your heart, even with the possibility of getting hurt. Standing up for yourself. Learning to trust yourself.

They’re all things that so many people are struggling with- not just me, and not just Maddie and Gabe. Heart Breaths was a book that helped me explore what it meant to open your heart up after being hurt, and learning that you are so much stronger than you think. And that sometimes, you don’t have to try to do it all yourself- that there are people who love you that are more than willing to help you find your brave.

Heart Breaths is a story of friendship, love and redemption. And beaches J
I mean, just look. How could I not include this?

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It may not be the typical New Adult release, but at the heart of it, it’s the same. About two people trying to figure out how to navigate the weird world of semi-adulthood, and maybe, if they’re lucky, try to navigate the world of love.
God, I’m such a sap 😉

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
KK Hendin’s real life ambition is to become a pink fluffy unicorn who dances with rainbows. But the schooling for that is all sorts of complicated, so until that gets sorted out, she’ll just write. Preferably things with angst and love. And things that require chocolate.
She spends way too much time on Twitter, and rambles on occasion over atwww.kkhendinwrites.blogspot.com.

LINKS:
BLOG: http://www.kkhendinwrites.blogspot.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/kkhendin
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/KK-Hendin/425268687590642?ref=hl
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7231267.K_K_Hendin

Paper Towns

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Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

My opinion: After reading The Fault in Our Stars last year I was intrigued by John Green’s writing, even though I have only really just got into young adult books. I liked the premise of this book and am very glad that I gave it a go.

This book is well paced and full of detail. It’s like a detective meets and adventurer and goes on a crazy road trip. It is full of moments that kept me on the edge of my seat, and more importantly kept me guessing. It is obviously well researched and I loved the detail about map makers adding in a pretend town as a way to keep ownership of the design of the map.

The characters were well formed and I liked that the main character Q was a bit of an underdog and really seemed to have a lower opinion of himself than other people did. I found that really endearing and in some ways reminded me of myself.

I will definitely be reading more from John Green, and my Amazon wishlist has already got somewhat longer!

My rating: Four stars

I originally reviewed this book at Reading in Progress.

Author spotlight: Tara Ford

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When Tara Ford contacted me asking if I would review her new book, Calling All Services, I jumped at the chance! I will be reading and reviewing the book in the coming weeks, but wanted to share some of the information about the book with you beforehand as it looks great!

Alex Frey, successful businesswoman, wife and mother to a busy and demanding family, doesn’t find it easy to take a break. So when she’s hospitalised with a mysterious illness, paralysed and afraid of what the future might bring, frustration meets fear and she can’t wait to escape the hospital, get back in control of things and return her family to the normality of salmon paste sandwiches. At home, her husband Grant is determined to manage the kids, Alex’s parents, his sister and anything else life can throw at him while his wife is away recuperating. But what else can possibly go wrong while Alex is in hospital? The Frey family is about to find out…

The book is available in paperback and Kindle formats and can be purchased at Amazon.

Me

Tara Ford lives in Hampshire, UK with her husband, children and a naughty husky called Meika. In between writing she enjoys taking care of her numerous Koi fish but occasionally she also has to live with a frustrated heron that frequents the garden fence and peers longingly into the well protected pond.

Tara’s writing career began at the tender age of 15 when she wrote a beautiful love story as part of her English literature homework…

Her writing career came to an abrupt end at the tender age of 15 when the teacher tore up her story, exclaiming that the content of the essay was highly unsuitable material for school. Although it had not been in the realms of 50 Shades of Grey, Tara’s first attempt at a short story had been shunned.

Over 3 decades of child-rearing, fish-fostering and dog walking later, Tara has realised her dream of writing. Her first book, Calling All Services, a women’s fiction/humour story, was released in July 2013. She has always wanted to write in this genre but until a couple of years ago, she could never quite think of a good storyline. Then a sudden and frightening illness and some time spent in hospital gave her the beginnings of a novel which would eventually turn out to be the first book of four in the Calling All… series.

Tara has completed the second book in the series, Calling All Dentists, which she hopes to publish, early 2014. Her third novel, Calling All Customers is currently an early stage, work in progress and her plans are to release this in 2015. Tara has ideas for a further series, again in the women’s fiction/humour genre, to be written in the future. Her ultimate dream would be to write a new book each and every year.

Tara’s debut novel, Calling All Services is a peep into the lives of one family, over the course of one unusually, eventful week. A rollercoaster of emotions will have you laughing, crying and cringing as the week unfolds to reveal one disaster after another. Will the members of the Frey family ever be the same again?

Contact details:

Website & Blog:  http://taraford.weebly.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/Tara.Ford.Author

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/rata2e

Goodreads:   https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7125535.Tara_Ford

Pinterest:  https://pinterest.com/rata2e2/

Google+:  http://bit.ly/1bg9SdO

Linkedin:  http://www.linkedin.com/profile/edit?trk=tab_pro

Book Links

Calling All Services UK: http://amzn.to/11zjwVi  15 – 5* Reviews

Calling All Services US: http://amzn.to/196dCAp

Take a Look at Me Now

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When Nell’s on-off boyfriend Aidan calls her into his office, losing her job is the last thing she expects.

Heartbroken and unemployed to boot, she makes a radical decision to blow her redundancy cheque and escape to the untested waters of San Francisco.

But is the glamour of the city too good to be true? And can Nell leave her past behind?

My opinion: This book was the first I have read by Miranda Dickinson and I will definitely be reading more!

When town planner Nell gets a post it on her desk from her ex boyfriend asking to go into his office she thinks it’s so that he can say he wants to get back together. Instead he tells her that she is about to be made redundant.

Nell has always had a plan, but faced with an uncertain future she enters a travel agent on a whim and decides to go and stay with her cousin in San Francisco. Whilst there she not only finds herself, but also her dreams, new friends and a guy that she really likes.

I really loved this book and found it hard to put down. Not only that, but all of the descriptions of food made me very hungry! Nell is a brilliant character and I really liked that she seemed to unfurl and really accept herself as the story went on. I am definitely Team Nell! I also loved some of the locals we met in San Francisco. There were some amazing characters and even though I have never been to San Francisco, it really brought it to life for me.

There were a few moments in the book that I was holding my breath, just hoping that things would go the way I wanted them to. I also shed a few tears and smiled a lot of smiles when reading this book.

I would definitely recommend this book. The only downside of it is that I think my TBR is going to get even bigger!!

My rating: A wonderful five stars

I received an advance review copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review

United Authors of Chick Lit

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Fasten your seatbelts and put your tray tables in the upright and locked position. Over the next few days, some of your favourite Chick Lit characters will be jetting across the Atlantic to visit with fictional friends on the other side of the pond.

The event kicks off on Monday, 21 Oct.

On Tuesday, 22 Oct., read about Stella from Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes and Chloe from Lying to Meet You as they travel across the Atlantic to visit each other.

On Wednesday, 23 Oct., it’s time to discover what happens when Emma from The Pollyanna Plan and Kim from Blogger Girl meet.

On Thursday, 24 Oct., Izzy from Izzy’s Cold Feet and Jamie from Finding Lucas will be taking you on a trip alongside their characters.

And on Friday, 25 Oct., Kate from Sealed with a Kiss and Pilar from In Need of Therapy will be chatting about their overseas experiences.

Here’s a little sneak peek at the fun, frothy books and sassy gals featured in our international promo, all of which are priced at £2.99 or less:

Finding Lucas by Samantha Stroh Bailey – Daytime talk show producer Jamie Ross is beyond fed up with her toxic bad boy turned metrosexual boyfriend. Spurred on by her gang of quirky friends, she goes on a hilarious, at-times disastrous, and totally life-changing hunt to track down the ”one who got away.” But are some loves best left behind? Available on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Lucas-ebook/dp/B007VIIU6A/ Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Finding-Lucas-Samantha-Stroh-Bailey-ebook/dp/B007VIIU6A and Kobo http://store.kobobooks.com/en-ca/books/Finding-Lucas/-wfpLcDV6keHZR-T80qCUg

In Need of Therapy by Tracie Banister – Handling the problems of hysterical hypochondriacs, lovelorn neurotics, and compulsive man whores is all in a day’s work for super-shrink Pilar Alvarez. But can she deal with her crazy Cuban family, a trio of unsuitable suitors, and a threat to her practice without ending up on the couch herself? Available on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/In-Need-of-Therapy-ebook/dp/B008N6Z36Y Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/In-Need-of-Therapy-ebook/dp/B008N6Z36Y and B&N http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/in-need-of-therapy-tracie-banister/1112265620?ean=2940015006889

Lying to Meet You by Anna Garner – Overworked New York fashion girl Chloe Lane has no time for a real relationship, but when her childhood pal asks her to play the part of his girlfriend in order to test a theory, she decides to go for it. The lies start piling up and things start getting crazy. Will Chloe be able to keep it together? Available on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Lying-to-Meet-You-ebook/dp/B00EZR5M9I Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lying-to-Meet-You-ebook/dp/B00EZR5M9I and B&N http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lying-to-meet-you-anna-garner/1116838753?ean=2940148616924

Sealed with a Kiss by Rachael Lucas – Kate breathes a sigh of relief when she’s dumped at her best friend’s wedding. When she takes a job on the island of Auchenmor, she’s determined to have a year off men, but that’s before she rescues Flora the seal pup with the help of Roddy, her mysterious new boss… Available on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Sealed-with-a-Kiss-ebook/dp/B00BE9EUW0/ and Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sealed-with-a-Kiss-ebook/dp/B00BE9EUW0/

The Pollyanna Plan by Talli Roland – Emma Beckett has always looked down on ‘the glass is half full’ optimists. But when she loses her high-powered job and fiancé, Emma makes a radical decision: from here on in, she’ll attempt to see the upside, no matter how dire the situation. Can adopting a positive attitude give Emma the courage to build a new life, or is finding the good in everything a very bad idea? Available on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/The-Pollyanna-Plan-Talli-Roland-ebook/dp/B00AFAW2GK and Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Pollyanna-Plan-Talli-Roland-ebook/dp/B00AFAW2GK

Blogger Girl by Meredith Schorr – Kimberly Long has two passions: her successful chick lit blog and Nicholas, her handsome colleague down the hall. But when her high school nemesis pops onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book and eyes for Nicholas, Kim has to make some quick revisions to her own life story. Available on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Blogger-Girl-ebook/dp/B00EDTLDSW Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Blogger-Girl-ebook/dp/B00EDTLDSW B&N http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/blogger-girl-meredith-schorr/1116358028?ean=2940148503125 and Apple iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/blogger-girl/id686654939?mt=11

Izzy’s Cold Feet by Sarah Louise Smith – Izzy is engaged to Greg, who is everything a girl could want. The trouble is – all she can think about is the men she loved before she met him. In the week leading up to her wedding day, Izzy is forced to ask herself who she loves the most. And, given the choice, who would she want to spend her life with? Available on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Izzys-Cold-Sarah-Louise-Smith/dp/1909841005/
Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Izzys-Cold-Sarah-Louise-Smith/dp/1909841005/ B&N http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/izzys-cold-feet-sarah-louise-smith/1116263752 and UK Nook http://uk.nook.com/ebooks/izzys-cold-feet-by-sarah-louise-smith/2940045154499

Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes by Sue Watson – TV Producer Stella is over worked, over weight and under fire battling to balance family, career and those weighing scales. In the past she’s always found comfort at the bottom of her mixing bowl but now the most delicious lemon sponge with zesty frosting has no effect. However, life is about to get even tougher… and Stella has to face some truths about herself, her life and her future. Available on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Fat-Girls-Fairy-Cakes-ebook/dp/B005L92JB8 and Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fat-Girls-Fairy-Cakes-Watson-ebook/dp/B005L92JB8

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Tuesday, 22 Oct.
Stella will be on Anna Garner’s blog http://libby-mercer.blogspot.com/ and Chloe will be on Sue Watson’s blog http://fatgirlsandfairycakes.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, 23 Oct.
Emma will be on Meredith Schorr’s blog http://meredithschorr.com/blog/ and Kim will be on Talli Roland’s blog http://talliroland.blogspot.com/

Thursday, 24 Oct.
Izzy will be on Samantha Stroh Bailey’s blog http://samanthastrohbailey.blogspot.ca/ and Jamie will be on Sarah Louise Smith’s blog http://sarahlouisesmith.com/

Friday, 25 Oct.
Kate will be on Tracie Banister’s blog http://traciebanister.blogspot.com/ and Pilar will be on Rachael Lucas’s blog http://rachaellucas.com/blog/

The Fault in Our Stars

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Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

My opinion: I was a little bit wary about reading this book as I was worried that it could be upsetting and a bit depressing as it is about a teenage girl with cancer. I need not have worried.

This book was my firsty foray into reading some of John Green’s writing, and it definitely won’t be my last! I was drawn into the story straight away and really loved the friendly writing style. In fact, I could barely put this down when I was reading it.

We follow the story of Hazel who is a 16 year old terminal cancer patient. She is convinced by her parents to join a support group to meet some fellow sufferers and give her chance to get out of the house. She meets a new friend in Isaac and subsequently meets his best friend Augustus. Hazel gets close with Augustus and they eventually start going out.

The book is very funny in parts and there are also parts that made me cry. It is wonderfully written and I especially liked the parts about Hazel’s favourite book and going to meet the writer. A lot of the time you were able to forget that she was any different to other teenagers, until something popped up to remind you.

The book has a bittersweet ending, and I will warn you, don’t read it in public, you may not want to be around people when you read it. The book is in no way depressing and leaves the reader wanting more. This book will stay with me for a long time and I would certainly recommend it to others to read.

My rating: A big fat tear inducing five stars!

I originally reviewed this book in 2012 at Reading in Progress.