Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Welcome to my World: Hero vs. Heroine

Welcome to my World is a chance for bloggers to share various posts, my post is about who my favourite heroes/heroines are, who are more important, and my top three. Before I get around to answering that question I thought it would be an ideal time to share the definition of what a hero and heroine is.
a person, typically a man, who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.
a woman admired for her courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.
"she was a true feminist heroine"
When I was approached to take part in the Welcome to My World I accepted, then tried to think of how I would answer the question. so to make it easier for myself I've broke the subject down to different points.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Book Review: The Secret City [The Alchemist Chronicles #2] by C.J. Daugherty & Carina Rozenfeld

Title: The Secret City
Authors: C.J. Daugherty & Carina Rozenfeld
C.J. Author Info: Website|News|Facebook|Twitter
Carina Author Info: Website|Facebook|Twitter
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Series: The Alchemist Chronicles #2
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: Atom
Publication Date: 1st September 2016
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
'Remember: Demons lie'

Locked away inside the fortified walls of Oxford's St Wilfred's College, surrounded by alchemists sworn to protect them, Taylor and Sacha are safe from the Darkness. For now.

But time is short. In seven days Sacha will turn 18, and the ancient curse that once made him invincible will kill him, unleashing unimaginable demonic horror upon the world.

There is one way to stop it.

Taylor and Sacha must go to where the curse was first cast - the medieval French city of Carcassonne - and face the demons.

The journey will be dangerous. And monsters are waiting for them.

But as Darkness descends on Oxford, their choice is stark. They must face everything that scares them, or lose everything they love.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

The Sunday Post (84)

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, to recap the past week on my blog, showcase books and things we have received.


Friday, 21 October 2016

Product Review: Coolreall Power Bank

As bloggers we get invited to lots of blogger events, were we get to learn more about upcoming books and meet some amazing authors. As a bookish person in general I attend events in book shops, either nearby or a small journey away. I also attend events like YALC.

The problem with attending these events, especially ones that take me away from home for most of the day, is the battery life on my phone. I always leave my house with a full charge on my phone, but was finding that if I used it a lot, the battery was quick to drain. Event in London allow me to charge my phone on the train on the way home, but other than that I was pretty stuck if it ran out.

I invested in a couple of battery packs to help my battery last longer (which came in very handy for Pokemon hunting) I have two. My initial purchase was a smaller battery pack which just about managed one charge on my phone. But with the added increase with Pokemon and spending time with the nephew I needed to invest in a bigger, better batter pack.

After a lot of searching I ended up picking up a Coolreall Power Bank. This is a bigger pack than my previous one, but I am able to charge two devices at the same time. When tested to its limit I charged two iPhone's (5 & 5s) from no battery to full. I also boosted up an iPad mini with life still left in the battery. It also holds its charge really well. I charged it for Pokemon and didn't use it again for at least a week and was happy to find it still had three lights on it out of four. There is also a handy light on the front to help you find things in the dark, or light up your bag by accident :)

I'm not a very technical person, I just know that this does the job, but Ill post the tech stuff below for those who are tech savvy.
Basic data: 3.7V 15600mAh 57,7Wh Input: 5V 2.0A, Output: 5V 2.1A;
Size: 16cm*7cm*2cm
Equipped with over-charged, over-discharged, over-voltage, over-current and short-circuit protection. This battery pack will automatic shutdown if a short circuit or overload output occurred while unit is charging.
[Tech info is from the product page itself and can be found by clicking the link above]

Overall I am super happy with this purchase and have definitely been getting use out of it.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Blog Tour: Lost Stars by Lisa Selin Davis [Tips for Aspiring Writers]

As part of the blog tour for Lost Stars, I have the author Lisa Selin Davis on the blog with some handy hints and tips for all aspiring writers. But before we get to that, let's find out more about what the book is all about.

A heartbreaking, wryly funny story of love, longing, music and one very special comet

Carrie is lost. And she’s angry at almost everything and everyone. Most of all though, she’s angry at her big sister Ginny. For dying.

Pretty much the only thing that keeps Carrie sane is her music. Even her beloved comet, the faithful friend that she’s been following for years, can’t help her now that her dad has taken away her telescope.

Then she meets Dean. Gorgeous Dean. He’s sitting out on his front step playing guitar early one summer morning – and everything changes forever.

Lost Stars' was published on the 6th October 2016 by Hot Key Books,

Tips for aspiring writers

So you want to be a writer? Well, it ain’t glamorous. It involves sitting by yourself in a room (or sometimes a café, or an office, or anywhere that you can balance your laptop on your lap), and typing, typing, typing, then feeling like you’ve written the greatest thing in the world, only to realize, 12 minutes later, that it’s terrible. It not only requires discipline, it requires the ability to navigate a complex web of emotions. That is, unless you are totally even keeled and have 100% confidence in your work. Which, if you do, is a miracle, and you should call me immediately and tell me how to be that way.

So here are some tips for those who want to write and not go nuts.

WRITE. Okay, this seems dumb, but I’ve met a lot of people who talk about the fiction they’re writing, but their fingers haven’t caught up to their mouths. Sit down and type, as much, as often as you can. Just see what kind of words come out.

TAKE A SOCIAL MEDIA BREAK. It’s hard. It’s so hard. Give yourself at least 20 minutes of writing time, away from Instagram, Twitter, SnapChat, Facebook, and whatever app just came out three seconds ago that I haven’t heard of yet. Let distractions fall away, for as long as you can.

GET READERS, OR A WRITERS’ GROUP. You may just want people to tell you that your work is brilliant, but if you actually want your writing to be better, find some people who give you good feedback, and bake them cookies or take them out for pizza, or otherwise find some way to make them want to read and critique your work. I am so dependent on my writers’ group. Couldn’t live without ‘em.

TURN OFF THE VOICES OF DOUBT. As you’re writing, you may hear voices—not of the characters you create (those are the good kinds of voices), but of doubt: no one will like this. It’ll never get published. I’m no good. FORGET THEM. Do whatever you have to to shut them up: turn on music. Hum. Tell them to take a hike. Type faster. The voices of doubt do not need to be heard!

PREPARE YOURSELF FOR REJECTION. Oh, this sounds so negative. Sorry. There are some people who write and it gets published and they’re showered with public affection and win awards and make money and keep writing and life is good and easy. I don’t know those people, but apparently there are some. For the rest of us,

FOLLOW THROUGH. Writing is about seeing things through, getting to the end of the sentence, the paragraph, the page, the chapter, the book. Keep typing until you get to the end. Then go back to the beginning.

REVISE, REVISE, REVISE. See #6. After you think you’ve done, start again. Print out your work. Read it aloud to yourself. Sometimes you may even type the whole thing back in again.

CONGRATULATE YOURSELF. Did you write something? For real? Feel proud. Then go back and start the process again.

photo by Dave Bigler
About the author
Lisa Selin Davis is originally from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where she spent summers playing and listening to music with her (older) friends and riding her bike.

She has written articles for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine and many other publications. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids, and a very old cat.

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