Would anyone like to do a cover reveal? πŸ˜Š

This is just a quick post to see if any of you would like to take part in a cover reveal for the second book in my Cage of Lies saga ‘Linked’?

  
I’d love us to do the reveal on October 5th and the book will be released on October 15th (I’m going to be offering ARCs too within the next few days)

Here’s the blurb for Linked:

In a world she never knew existed, Maya is coming to terms with how much her life has changed. Danger lurks around every corner, nothing is as she expects and she’s never felt so alive. But the choices she makes could change everything and jeopardise the things she cherishes most. There is so much to learn and so much to love but her heart is pulling her back. The Guardians are hiding in the shadow cast by their Wall, concealing the truth from the people inside. It’s a shadow that darkens her happiness and she can’t stop fighting until the truth comes to light. It would be easier to walk away but Maya has never run from anything and she’s not about to start now. 

So, if this sounds like your cup of tea I’d love to have you along for the ride 😍 just email me at susanne3587@hotmail.com and I’ll send over a copy of the cover! Or if you’d prefer to post your email in the comments I’ll send it to you from there ☺️

I’m really pleased to say that the reviews of Chained are coming in and they are really positive (you have no idea how nerve wracking it is to finally set your book baby free lol) You can check them out at goodreads or preorder it at Amazon (no more shameless plugging I swear)

Thank you in advance for getting involved – I’m seriously falling for my blogging family and feel free to ask me to do anything for you in return! xoxo

  

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Goodreads friends!

This is just a quick post because I would like to have all of you as goodreads friends! 

  
It’s just hard to find people who are the right kind of book crazy with no starting point and I am a bit late to the goodreads party…

  
I don’t think it’s weird to ask right? 😳 I just love getting recommendations for new books and discussing them with people who enjoy them as much as I do…

  
I have lots of wonderful friends but just not that many who are book crazy like me and even those who are haven’t always read what I have and sometimes you really really need to vent or cry or explode with excitement πŸ˜­πŸ˜‚πŸ˜²

  
And if I find something new I want to tell you all about it! 

  

So if that sounds like the way you like doing things too then please be my friend on goodreads and like my Facebook page!! ☺️☺️xoxo

Why lighthearted parts of books are so important πŸ˜‚

I love the drive, drama, passion and mission that make books and characters so great but I always enjoy reading those parts of the story that just emphasise the fun side of our favourite characters. This is a post about some of the lighthearted things which make these stories even better and make me fall in love with the characters a little bit more… *contains mild spoilers for some very popular series*

1. Zip lining in Divergent

  

It was the moment where I really felt that Tris truly became Dauntless and lived up to the name in the best possible way! I would love to do this too πŸ™ˆβ˜ΊοΈ

2. Magnus’ party in City of Bones

  

I loved his party and bits of it had me laughing to myself and wishing I got invited to things like that (I’d avoid the drinks though) 🍹

3.  The baseball game in Twilight

 This was so much fun until it all went to hell! I loved finding out things that the Cullens did with their vampire powers which were purely for the fun of being immortal and better than everyone else at everything! ⚾️

4. Quidditch in Harry Potter

  

So like 99% of the time when Harry was playing quidditch, no one was trying to kill him… Okay maybe like 50% of the time… Or 30%… Either way he was having fun and I felt like we got to know a lot about him and his friends and teammates through it without it having to do with being the chosen one! ⚑️

5. The Hunger games when…

  

Oh right, the games part of the Hunger Games was no fun in the traditional sense of fun 😳 but the interviews were pretty great

6. And in Game of Thrones when…

  

Remember when Ned found out about Cersei’s children and then… No that was no fun… But then there was the time when Drogo and Danerys were really happy and everything was coming together and… Okay maybe not then then… But then Robb and his wife and his mother went to that wedding and weddings are always fun… Well okay nearly always… But Joffrey’s wedding, that one was definitely worth smiling over! 🐲

That’s all of the ones I can think of off the top of my head, can you think of any more? 😊 xoxo

An offer of ARCs!Β 

  
On October 1st my book Chained is going on sale and I’m looking for anyone who would be interested in having an advanced copy in return for an honest review (feel free to love it 😍). If you know anyone else who would be interested then please let them know too ☺️

I’m also up for doing cover reveals and interviews and anything else that anyone would like me to do!

I can’t think of a better group of people to read it first and I’m seriously excited whilst simultainiously terrified but that’s okay lol. 

So if you don’t know what Chained is about, here’s the blurb:

Terrified of the contamination and the creatures it has created, humanity hides behind The Wall. No one knows what lies beyond the wasteland. Maya has never thought much about what might still be out there, lurking in the forgotten places. But when she’s thrust into the unknown, she is forced to question everything she has ever been told. Not everyone outside died, some of them became something… else. As her heart is torn in two, every choice she makes is harder than the last. What she discovers will change her forever. She knows she will probably die, but Maya has seen enough of death and she won’t let it have her without a fight. 

It’s a dystopian ya and the start of my Cage of Lies series. I really hope you like the sound of it and are interested in giving it a go 😊. And feel free to do a favour swap with me if you would like anything done for your own blog! 

Either comment with your email address or email me at susanne3587@hotmail.com if you’re interested and I’ll send your arc over 😊 (let me know if you’d prefer an ePub or PDF) 

Xoxo

Sisterhood of the world bloggers award πŸ†

  
I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve been nominated for this award!πŸ˜€ Thank you to jessylaw for my nomination 😍

The rules are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their site. 
  2. Put the award logo on your blog. 
  3. Answer the ten questions you were given. 
  4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer. 
  5. Nominate ten other blogs. 

Here are my answers:

1. Would you prefer to read a series or stand alone books?

I won’t say no to anything but I love to read a series. I find that you can get to know the characters and their world so much better in multiple books and so I get more from them. πŸ“š

2. Would you rather be a book reviewer or an author?

My dream has always been to be an author. I am addicted to the written word in every form and can’t stop putting pen to page. I don’t think I’d make the best reviewer because I always find something to like in everything and find it hard to criticise things. So all of my reviews would probably be 4 or 5 stars and the difference would be between me really liking it or loving it lol.πŸ“

3. Your house has been robbed and your bookshelf has been raided. What’s the book you really hope is safe?

I’m pretty attached to my Harry Potter books. I’ve had the first three since I was around eleven and then I queued up at midnight to buy each of the others as they were released so the memory of getting each of them and staying awake through the night reading them is pretty special for me. πŸ’«

4. What is the hardest thing about running a blog?

I would go with time management! It can easily take an hour or two for me to put a post together in the way I want it (usually because I spend hours trawling the Internet for the perfect meme lol). And then once it’s been posted the notifications start coming through as people like/comment and I can’t resist responding at once which can mean that it’s taking time from other things I should be getting on with πŸ˜“

5. What novel are you looking forward to reading next?

I’m super excited for the new Throne of Glass novel which is out next week πŸ˜±πŸ˜πŸ˜†πŸ˜². I’m in the middle of reading the Game of Thrones books which I’m really enjoying but I’ll probably put them on pause to find out what happens next for Celeana! (Plus I’ve watched the TV show of Game of Thrones so I already know most of what happens there lol) πŸ‘‘

6. Do you use an e-reader or paperback books?

I use both! There are some brilliant books available on kindle that you can’t get in paperback and I wouldn’t want to miss out on them even though I do love a solid copy. Plus my hubby built me a huge bookshelf which I instantly filled and there are still nine boxes of books in the loft so he bought me a kindle to help me save on the storage space πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“š

7. Who is your favourite author?

Isn’t that like picking between your children? (I don’t have any children but I imagine it’s the same) I love J K Rowling, Brandon Sanderson, Trudi Canavan, Suzanne Collins, J R R Tolkien… This list could get really long and I can’t pick! 😱

8. If you could be any book character who would you be?

I love Celeana Sardothien from the Throne of Glass books, she’s a kick ass assassin with plenty of attitude and the right amount of vulnerability and she’s pretty damn cool so who wouldn’t wanna be her? πŸ”ͺ(this is a sword not a kitchen knife πŸ˜•)

9. Why did you start blogging?

I’m an upcoming author and I find that in my real life I have very few people who are as passionate about reading and writing as I am so I wanted to find likeminded people to connect with over our crazy obsessive, slightly unhealthy book addictions lol 😸

10. What was the last book you read?

A Game of Thrones (I’m half way into the second book now too). I am addicted to the TV series and had put off reading them so that I didn’t spoil the show for myself (I know I did it backwards this time but it was on my tbr list for so long and the show looked sooo good and I couldn’t resist!) but now that the show has caught up with the books I decided it was high time to educate myself on what really happened! (So far it’s almost exactly the same but I’ve been told there are some difference coming 😬)

My nominees are:

  1. Fiddlerblue
  2. Dash McCallen
  3. Gracedowntherabbithole
  4. 007ravish
  5. Olivia Emily 
  6. Amanda
  7. Notyourmommasbookreviwes
  8. Nerdybirdy
  9. Thewriteedge
  10. Caroline Peckham 

And the questions for you are:

  1. Do you have a TV series addiction and what is it?
  2. Which book character would you secretly like to marry?
  3. What’s the most exciting thing happening to you this September?
  4. Are you a Christmas freak or a Scrooge?
  5. Which book world do wish really existed?
  6. Which book series has you wishing for more?
  7. Would you rather be a vampire or a wizard?
  8. Which magic power would you have?
  9. Happy ending or shocking twist?
  10. What’s the first thing you’d do if the dead started rising?

I hope you have fun with it! ☺️xoxo

1 month 303 followers and a husky who can’t read…

I am overwhelmed to say that after one month on here I have acquired an amazing 303 followers! Thank you guys so much for coming on this journey with me, I am really enjoying spending time getting to know you all through your own blogs and am so thrilled that you have taken the time to read mine 😍😍😍

I would like to take this opportunity to ask you to have a quick read of the blurb for my upcoming novel Chained. I have found it insanely difficult to write a blurb that I feels sums it up in the right way without giving too much away but hopefully I’ve managed it. I’d love to hear your feedback on it and what you think the book is about based on it 😊 so here goes…

Terrified of the contamination and the creatures it has created, humanity hides behind The Wall. No one knows what lies beyond the wasteland. Maya has never thought much about what might still be out there, lurking in the forgotten places. But when she’s thrust into the unknown, she is forced to question everything she has ever been told. Not everyone outside died, some of them became something… else. As her heart is torn in two, every choice she makes is harder than the last. What she discovers will change her forever. She knows she will probably die, but Maya has seen enough of death and she won’t let it have her without a fight. 

I hope you liked it, I asked my husky Koda to have a look but he can’t read ☺️

  

Randy – the guy who always dies πŸ˜²

I have a special place in my heart for Randy (Randy Random is his full name). He or she turns up in every story, be it book or film and every time they die I cry ‘Randy nooo!’ (Ideally while kneeling in the rain with a camera zooming away from above my head but that’s not always possible).

  
Sometimes the main character will have to fight their way through a group of Randys, killing mercilessly until they find the big baddie. Once they reach the bad guy with a name they’ll pause, have a conversation or even a crash of conscience meaning they can’t bring themselves to pull the trigger. But no one ever cares about killing Randy!

  
At other times Randy will be helping the main character, only to be shot down next to them. They will probably earn themselves a line to mention their passing but will never be thought of again. 
Often Randy has no official name, no actual speech and no real description beyond perhaps male or female, dark or blonde. So I name them Randy and I salute them! 

  

Book hangovers, that awful moment when you realise all of your new friends don’t really exist πŸ˜­

You’ve all been there, you finish a book (or even worse complete a series) just to be spat back out into the real world without so much as a farewell. 

There’s something dreadfully final about completing a journey through a piece fiction that no amount of re-reading can cure. 

You miss your fictional family! Sure, they’re all still there, living their adventures between the pages but where are you? On your way to school or work, talking to your friends and families about trite things like what’s for dinner or who’s used the last sheet of toilet paper. 

‘No!’ Screams your subconscious. ‘I was saving the world this morning and falling in love last night!’ Where’s the justice? Where’s the closure? And why doesn’t anyone understand that you can’t unload the dishwasher because the whole world just ended!

For all you fellow book hangover sufferers I want you to know that I feel your pain. We can come together and share our angst… 

I am currently suffering with two particular hangovers that haven’t shifted despite me reading multiple books since they were caused. 

The first was the end of the Divergent series which sent me into a hysterical rage. I actually threw the book across the room, making my cat glare at me and causing my husband to ask if I had serious psychological issues.

The second has a more hopeful outlook. I am eternally reliving the world of Celaena Sardothien, I ask people ‘what do you think will happen next?’ They push their shaping carts away from me quickly, taking their children but the hand. But that’s okay. Because September is coming and then I’ll get some answers! 😊

Are any of you suffering? Maybe together we can find a way through our pain, I’d love to hear comments from fellow sufferers. 

  

Welcome

Hi,

I am currently working on an upcoming dystopian saga called Cage of Lies and am hoping to get some of you lovely people interested in reading it! 😊

The entire series will comprise of five books; Chained, Linked, Broken, Bound and Free.

I have currently written drafts of all five books and will be releasing the series later in the year on kindle. (I’m just doing the millionth go over for all those pesky missing apostrophes 😲) So soon enough I will be taking a deep breath, closing my eyes and hitting ‘publish’ and I would love to have you along for the ride!

So if you love stepping into the unknown, following your heart, falling in love, and fighting for what you believe in then please follow me and check out my pages for more information on what I’m up to…

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