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Amazing sale on Amazon UK!

The Rook is an amazing book and my personal favorite.
This is a first novel in a fab UF series.
The whole series is amazing, and this is book #1.
Book #1 in a very good historical paranormal YA.

Thanks to Hannah from Once Upon a Time for telling me about this sale!


Hello, me dears! We are back from Brighton and normal blogging will resume as usual :)

Now I've got 2 winners to announce:


Mary Preston
for winning her pick of a historical romance
 (old winner didn't get back to me)


 from Kimba The Caffeinated Book Reviewer
for winning Dark Dates by Tracey Sinclair!
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Thank you to everyone who participated and keep an eye out for 800 followers giveaway next Monday :)

August New Releases I'm looking forward to!

Please note, I'm not mentioning the books I've read or have already, only those I would want to buy.

I've pre-ordered The Iron Wyrm Affair, because hello? Lilith Saintcrow is on my autobuy, but the rest of the books will have to wait until my book buying ban is lifted.

What are you waiting for?

The Postman Knock #4

Hi, folks!

Hopefully by the time you are reading this I'm away for a long weekend to Brighton (as in UK, not US!).
I'm praying that the hot weather will hold and I'll be meeting my old friends, having nice meals and catching up on everything that's happened like mad.

Not much on the bookish front this weekend...

Thanks to Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster! Both books have been on my wishlist and I'm very exited to read them.

Last Sunday I said that August would be my month for catching up on reading my paperbacks.
Not only that, I've decided that I will not be accepting or requesting ebooks for review until I go through my present backlog, and I also won't buy any ebooks or paperbacks until I'm down to the last 10 of them in total.
It's a huge decision, but my buying habit spiralled out of control in the last few months and I have to reduce my TBR pile to a more manageable size as I'm not reading as fast as I did last year anymore. Be that my new job at fault or my general tiredness in the end of the day, but the fact is I add 6 to 12 books to my actual TBR pile every week and read only about 3 of them, and I'm very unhappy about the current ratio.

So far I have 85 books (18 of which are my review copies). If I reduce them to 10 by November, I'll be ecstatic.

So, hello new resolution!
Anyone wants to join in?

I will still feature the occasional book on Sunday and will be telling you about my progress and reading highlights of the week, if that's alright with you, guys?

I'm leaving you with another fabulous video from TED where musician plays the audience.
This is unbelievably beautiful and makes you smile...

In this fun, 3-min performance from the World Science Festival, musician Bobby McFerrin uses the pentatonic scale to reveal one surprising result of the way our brains are wired.
Listening to Bobby McFerrin sing may be hazardous to your preconceptions. Side effects may include unparalleled joy, a new perspective on creativity, rejection of the predictable, and a sudden, irreversible urge to lead a more spontaneous existence.

Happy Sunday!

The Reasons Why You Should Write That Novel, A guest post from J.D. Netto

5 Reasons Why You Should Write That Novel!

 I have been hard at work on my first novel for 6 years. The beauty of crafting a world and exploring each character is an art that I have fallen deeply in love with.

I heard it said once that every story worth telling is a story worth writing. Before even considering publishing, I had to love my story first and believe there was more to it than mere entertainment.

So this post is an encouragement to you! If you have amazing characters bubbling inside of you, eager to get out, I have one thing to say to you, “Write!

Write your novel because…

1) …it is your story.

No one will ever write like you. Stories are written every day but the amazing thing is that no one can create your story for you. Imagine if all the great authors thought there were already too many stories out there and decided to bottle their gift. Stories can shape a generation. You never know who will read yours.

2) …you love writing.

With the revolution in the publishing industry, many people see it now as a gold mine. But above the money, you need to love the craft. By loving and investing in your talent, money will be a consequence rather than the focus.

3) …you believe in it.

From fiction to biographies, every author needs to believe in his or her story. Even fantasy stories have hidden truths in every line. If you don’t believe in the world you are creating, than your readers will never believe in your characters.

4) …there is a purpose to it.

Have a purpose to your writing, even if the purpose is entertaining yourself or your readers. Never write your novel without a goal. If we have a goal to reach with our writing, we will make the time and effort to invest in it.

5) …of you.

Write for you and no one else.
  It is a great deal when someone decides to write a book and actually sticks to the idea. I learned so much by simply deciding to finish that which I started. I met so many great people and stretched myself to limits I never thought I could go.

There were times when I thought I was going to stop. The frustration of not being able to decide a character’s fate, the agony of spending longs hours writing only to find that you are not satisfied with what you have written discouraged me.

But I knew aside from everything else, I was doing this for me. I had to know the fate of those characters. I had to write them.

That is why when one decides to write a novel, he also decides to challenge himself in not only his art but in his character. I hope you are ready for the journey.



For years, The Diary of Lucifer has been thought to be pure myth. Hidden from all human knowledge, the Diary was kept a secret, locked away in a small town in the world of Elysium.

Isaac and Demeter find themselves in a dangerous journey as they uncover the truth about the Diary and those who kept it for all these years. But for Isaac and Demeter, danger lies with every step, hidden in the most unexpected places.
Hunted by the Nephilins and the Fallen Stars, they must find others who will join them in the battle to keep the Diary safe and warn the Kingdoms of the coming darkness.

J.D.Netto will be releasing “The Whispers of the Fallen – Book I” in October 2012.
Apart from writing, he works as a graphic designer, musician, and full time artist.

The Whispers of the Fallen Official Website

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Review: Jennifer Government by Max Barry

Jennifer Government by Max Barry


Synopsis from Goodreads
Taxation has been abolished, the government has been privatized, and employees take the surname of the company they work for. It's a brave new corporate world, but you don't want to be caught without a platinum credit card--as lowly Merchandising Officer Hack Nike is about to find out. Trapped into building street cred for a new line of $2500 sneakers by shooting customers, Hack attracts the barcode-tattooed eye of the legendary Jennifer Government. A stressed-out single mom, corporate watchdog, and government agent who has to rustle up funding before she's allowed to fight crime, Jennifer Government is holding a closing down sale--and everything must go.
A wickedly satirical and outrageous thriller about globalization and marketing hype, Jennifer Government is the best novel in the world ever.

 Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US | The Book Depository US/UK | Fishpond


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 Max Barry is an evil genius!

it's no secret that I love satire (Beauty Queens, anyone?), and this is creme de la creme of it. I absolutely loved it, and this book gave me chills.

Review: Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost (Night Prince #1)


Synopsis from Goodreads
She's a mortal with dark powers...

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude...until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire...

He's the Prince of Night...

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all—but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula. Vlad's ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him—a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

 Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK(£3.99) | The Book Depository US/UK | Fishpond


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I want to say to Once Burned "It's not you it's me." I love Vlad to bits, he is hilarious, sexy and one of my most favourite characters Jeaniene Frost has ever made (well, him and Ian).

Review: God Save The Queen by Kate Locke

God Save The Queen by Kate Locke (The immortal Empire #1)


Synopsis from Goodreads
Queen Victoria rules with an immortal fist.

The undead matriarch of a Britain where the Aristocracy is made up of werewolves and vampires, where goblins live underground and mothers know better than to let their children out after dark. A world where being nobility means being infected with the Plague (side-effects include undeath), Hysteria is the popular affliction of the day, and leeches are considered a delicacy. And a world where technology lives side by side with magic. The year is 2012 and Pax Britannia still reigns.

Xandra Vardan is a member of the elite Royal Guard, and it is her duty to protect the Aristocracy. But when her sister goes missing, Xandra will set out on a path that undermines everything she believed in and uncover a conspiracy that threatens to topple the empire. And she is the key-the prize in a very dangerous struggle.

 Amazon  US/UK(£4.71) | Amazon kindle US/UK(£4.49) | The Book Depository US/UK | Fishpond


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 Very unusual. I can tell you that straight away.

Most steampunk novels operate in fictional Victorian era. Kate Locke completely turned this notion on its head and instead gave us present steampunk society where Queen Victoria never died and instead became the undead and rules for all eternity.

Winner of a historical novel giveaway!

Hello, me dears!

Thank you all for your wonderful suggestions of your favorite historical novels. I am definitely looking them up.

The winner who will choose a historical romance novel from the list is...



Review: Scandal Wears Satin by Loretta Chase

Scandal Wears Satin by Loretta Chase (The Dressmakers #2)


Synopsis from Goodreads
From the Journals of Sophia Noirot: A dress is a weapon. It must dazzle his eye, raise his temperature . . . and empty his purse.

A blue-eyed innocent on the outside and a shark on the inside, dressmaker Sophy Noirot could sell sand to Bedouins. Selling Maison Noirot's beautiful designs to aristocratic ladies is a little harder, especially since a recent family scandal has made an enemy of one of society's fashion leaders. Turning scandal to the shop's advantage requires every iota of Sophy's skills, leaving her little patience for a big, reckless rake like the Earl of Longmore. The gorgeous lummox can't keep more than one idea in his head at a time, and his idea is taking off all of Sophy's clothes.

But when Longmore's sister, Noirot's wealthiest, favorite customer, runs away, Sophy can't let him bumble after her on his own. In hot pursuit with the one man who tempts her beyond reason, she finds desire has never slipped on so smoothly . . .

Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US($4.99) | The Book Depository US/UK | Fishpond


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“Go away,” he said. “Do you know you’ve almost no clothes on?”
“Never mind. I need—”
“Never mind? Listen to me, Miss Innocence. There are many things a man can ‘never mind.’ A nearly naked woman isn’t one of them.”

 I adore Loretta Chase, and this series is one of her finest. She is witty, sharp and extremely romantic without being sappy. You don't get to keep the hero angsty, dark and brooding, because the heroine is usually like a hurricane which snatches him and whirls him away until he is too dizzy to brood and have no idea what hit him.

Review: Lover Reborn by J.R.Ward

Lover Reborn by J.R.Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood #10)

library copy

Synopsis from Goodreads
In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. The city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Now back in the Brotherhood – and unrecognisable as the vampire leader he once was –Tohrment is physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair. When he begins to see his beloved in his dreams – trapped in a cold, isolating netherworld – Tohr turns to a self-serving fallen angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost. When he's told he must learn to love another to free his former mate, Tohr knows they are all doomed . . . Except then a female with a shadowed history begins to get through to him. Against the backdrop of the raging war with the lessers, and with a new clan of vampires vying for the Blind King's throne, Tohr struggles between the buried past, and a very hot, passion-filled future . . . but can his heart let go and set all of them free? '

Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository US/UK | Fishpond


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 Fair warning, there will be snark.

You know I read only handful of PNR novels these days, right? When I just started with anything paranormal I've binged on J.R.Ward, Lara Adrian, Christine Feehan and Lynn Viehl until Laurell K. Hamilton made me see the light.

The Postman Knock #3 and my two pence on latest authors vs. reviewers drama

Morning me dears!
How is things with you?
I had a fabulous bookish week despite being really really tired, and I hope you did too!

First of all, I wish... people had more common sense. Then there won't be sites like Stop The GR Bullies who literally shoot indie authors in the foot, authors who already struggle to get accepted for a review from the book bloggers. That site gives me an impression of raging fanaticism, and as you know you can not reason with fanatics.

...and that's pretty much what I've got from there. 
It makes me angry and sad that people think that those of us who review books on Social media sites have to avoid being negative. It's A PRODUCT which has been bought and A CUSTOMER wants to leave A FEEDBACK.  That is it.
To call negative feedback bullying is deranged. We are not mollycoddling McDonald's, Nike or Apple. Look how many negative comments Blogger receives per day because its products are crap (my personal favorite is CAPTCHA). Do you see Google calling it bullying? No.
Please, come back to your senses, people. Don't hurt the industry, and absolutely do not hurt people who blog about books. 
Stalking them is despicable.
Your behaviour is despicable.
If you are interested in reading more about this conflict, here are two fabulous posts from Foz Meadows and Stacia Kane.
Poor Tracey Sinclair, who contacted me after all this crap started, asking me to review her book actually put a disclaimer in her email saying that she will not go after me if I write a negative review, that she is not one of those crazy authors... You know what? That the author needs to say that is a sad state of affairs for all of us. 
By the way, Tracey is wonderful, so come and check her guest post on Ten Hot Spots for a First Date with a Vampire in London. There are some fabulous hidden tourist gems that I had no idea existed.
That's all I have to say, so now back to the books.
Thank you so much, Tor/Forge! I am extremely excited about both books!
The book I'm excited about the most is Stolen Night. I can't tell you how many times its release was pushed back. So many that I gave up waiting. And then I saw it on Amazon UK! SQUEE!!! If any of you haven't read Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel yet, read it. It's stunning.
I've also already read and raved about The Siren and reviewed Between The Lines  - both fabulous books in a very different way.
Thanks to The Book Pushers, Sierra Dean and The Bookaholic Cat!
For Review
Dear Suzanne, we're not worthy, we're not worthy! Thank you so much!

Kindle Freebie
...and that is it for today, me dears.
I'm discontinuing my man candy feature because of this very good post on photos and copyright, and I'm also planning to go through my earlier posts to make sure and delete all the pics that do not belong to me or do not contain books.
However, I will be adding links on cool stuff from StumbleUpon and some YouTube music.
Fabulous mix of Florence!
Happy Sunday!
P.S. Last day to enter my contest for a historical romance of your choice and tell me about your favorite historical novel! Open to all.

Ten Hot Spots for a First Date With A Vampire in London: a Guest post + INT giveaway from Tracey Sinclair!

Hi, I’m Cassandra Bick and I run Dark Dates, a dating agency with a difference. We specialise in matching the tall, dark and fangy with those who are willing to take their romance with a little more bite – but if you do snare yourself an immortal partner, where’s the ideal place for that first date? Here are my Top Ten suggestions…

1. Smithfield

The office of Dark Dates is based in the historic area of Smithfield, which has been the centre of the London meat trade for centuries, and is now home to the beautiful Smithfield Meat Market (or, to give it its proper name, London Central Markets) which is nearly 150 years old. While strolling through a meat market is probably not your idea of fun, you can walk through the middle of the structure (without having to look at any dead animals!), and then have dinner in one of the lovely bars and restaurants overlooking the building – many of whom source their meat from the market, which is why the area has a reputation for some of the best steaks in London. Oops, did I say steaks? 

2. The Globe 
An older vampire will feel right at home in this recreation of Shakespeare’s theatre, which hosts open air shows throughout the summer. Seats (and cushions!) are available but if you’re feeling hardy and don’t mind standing, you can mingle with the groundlings for that proper historic experience. 

3. The Café in the Crypt at St Martin’s In 
the Fields

  Vampires love nothing more than a nice crypt, so why not check out this lovely building right in the heart of tourist London, mere moments from Trafalgar Square? In the evenings the crypt hosts gigs, so you can take in great music in one of the most atmospheric venues in town. 

4. Volupte

 If you’re feeling a bit risqué, this burlesque cabaret club in the heart of the City offers an evening of sexy fun – and it’s dark enough to get up to all sorts of mischief! 

5. Old Vic Tunnels
The tunnels under Waterloo Station have been transformed into a performance space, and regularly host site-specific productions. What better place to take a vampire than an underground show?

6. Wilton’s Music Hall
The world’s oldest surviving Grand Music Hall is not only a fantastic theatre, but is home to a lovely little bar/café, where you can also get in on some cinematic history: the venue is often used as a film set, including for Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows. I can’t promise you’ll bump into Robert Downey Jr or Jude Law, though, sorry.

7. Southwark Playhouse
Tucked down a side street a few minutes’ walk from London Bridge Station, this is another venue that uses railway tunnels as a performance space, and has established a reputation as one of the most original theatres in London. As a plus, its shabby-chic bar will make you feel like you’ve just stepped into a speakeasy – handy for an older date…

8. The South Bank
There are few lovelier sights in London than the South Bank at night, especially in winter, when it is transformed into a festive wonderland. Walk from the London Eye to the Tate Modern and take in spectacular views across the river, and there are plenty of opportunities to eat or drink in the many venues along the way.

9. Paternoster Square
Yhis is a relatively a new development, built in the shadow of the historic St Paul’s Cathedral , so why not pop into one of the bars or restaurants next to one of London’s most recognised buildings, or do some late night shopping in One New Change? Only do take care, I have it on good authority it’s a serious vampire stamping ground around there… 

10. Christ Church Greyfriars
While you’re in the area, if you fancy some outdoor romance, why not sit a spell in the lovely flower garden in remains of this bombed out church just across the road from St Paul’s. The perfect place for an evening picnic – try not to let the fact that it used to be a graveyard put you off. After all, you’re never too far from the dead, or the undead, in London…
(image source)

 Tracey Sinclair works as freelance copywriter, editor and legal directories consultant.  A diverse and slightly wandering career has included writing factsheets for small businesses, creating web content for law firms, subtitling film and TV and editing one of the UK’s largest legal directories. A keen blogger, she regularly writes for online theatre site Exeunt and science fiction site Unleash the Fanboy and her blog Body of a Geek Goddess was shortlisted in the Cosmopolitan Blogger Awards 2011. Her work has been published in a number of magazines and anthologies and her short play Bystanders was premiered in 2011 as part of the CP Players New Writing Season at Baron’s Court Theatre, London. She has published two small press books (Doll and No Love is This, both Kennedy & Boyd) and is now dipping a toe in the digital self-publishing world with her new urban fantasy novel, Dark Dates. 

All Cassandra Bick wants is to be left to get on with doing her job. But when you’re a Sensitive whose business is running a dating agency for vampires, life is never going to be straightforward – especially when there’s a supernatural war brewing in London, a sexy new bloodsucker in town and your mysterious, homicidal and vampire hating ex-lover chooses this moment to reappear in your life…

Witty, sharp and entertaining, Dark Dates is a heady mix of vampires, witches and werewolves – with the occasional angel thrown in – and introduces Cassandra Bick, a likeable heroine destined to join the ranks of fantasy’s feistiest females.

Tracey, thank you so much for such a wonderful post. I've never heard of most of these places, and next time I'm in London, I'll make a point to visit at least few of them!

Tracey also graciously agreed to give away a PDF copy of her book to ONE winner.
Giveaway is open to all and ends 28th July 2012.
Good luck!

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