I really, really wanted to review Gorgito’s Ice Rink on this tour but unfortunately it didn’t fit with my schedule – nevertheless, I wanted to promote the book so today I have a guest post from author Elizabeth Ducie about the tourist side of her adventures in Russia & other Soviet Union countries. I also really, really love this cover!
This guest post is part of a blog tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
Their backgrounds could hardly be further apart, their expectations in life more different. And there is nothing in the first meeting between the conference planner and the university lecturer which suggests they should expect or even want to connect again. But they have more in common than they could ever have imagined. Both have unresolved issues from the past which have marked them; both have an archaeological puzzle they want to solve. Their stories intertwine and they discover together that treasure isn’t always what it seems.
Having an affair is inconceivable to Dani and yet she’s having one with Alex. He’s married, he’s an actor and she’s his agent.
Then Dani meets Sean, a paparazzi photographer with a formidable reputation. It’s a profession that makes him unpredictable at best. A dangerous trait when his motivation to expose becomes personal.
Dani knows she’s made mistakes. She also knows she’s not the first person who wilfully hurt someone they love and is simply unable to explain why.
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A moving novel of loss, regret, denial, and discovery on Galveston Island, from the author of Opal’s Story and The Ember Months.
Birdie has lived to regret many of her decisions, but she doesn’t regret offering a stranger, Jude, shelter from an approaching hurricane. Their serendipitous meeting will form a bond that will change their lives forever.
In a character driven story with memories of the protests and inequality plaguing the 1960’s, Birdie’s reached middle age and questions her life. Jude is striking out on her own, but has been derailed by a fatal accident claiming her only friend. Although their backgrounds and lives are vastly different, they recognise something in the other that forges a friendship.
As their relationship solidifies, they share glimpses of their pasts. Birdie is a product of the ’60’s, an ageing hippie, with a series of resentments. She had a sheltered childhood in an upper class family. Her parents longed to see her make the Texas Dip at the Mardi Gras ball. Jude, however, entered foster care as an infant. Her parents, victims of a murder/suicide, left her and her siblings orphaned and separated.
There is something about their connection that strikes Birdie as familiar. Can souls know each other in different lives? Birdie struggles with the awareness that she has had regrets and hasn’t lived an authentic life, while Jude faces an uncomfortable truth about her own. It has all the feels.
Today I have something that I’m super excited about – a guest post from Breeana Shields, author of The Bone Charmer! The Bone Charmer is a story about a world where bones are the power of everything, but when Saskia is chosen to be a bone charmer & is partnered with someone who Saskia doesn’t like, leaving her with two life paths to choose between…
Hell is divided into seven regions. The first region is designated for the purest of souls, the seventh is for the evilest. There was once a king of Hell, but the steward family has ruled for centuries.
Nora, the stepdaughter of the steward is undone when her mother and step-father take away her beloved tutor, Peter. When Nora confronts the steward and her mother, the discussion is heated and ends with the steward in inexplicable pain.
Shortly after, Nora finds herself in the Starry Wood. Peter told her of the perils within the forest, and it’s not long before the inhabitants of the wood find her.
A giant hunter named Aegis comes to Nora’s aid. He is drawn to Nora, compelled to protect her from the steward’s assassins, the giants, and the evil souls who escape the seventh region.
Together, they travel the seven layers of Hell to discover why the steward is so threatened by a teenage girl.
When Kimber Li contacted me about reviewing Newblood & the Ice Princess I didn’t know whether I should say yes because I’m drowning in books right now, but seeing the cover & finding out the protagonist has diabetes sold the book to me. You’ll have to wait a little while for my review, but for now Kimber Li has written a piece about her cover choice (& why she picked a snow dog), as well as the process of picking a cover, when you have the chance to.
So today I have my second ever author guest post & it’s all about Visions of Zarua by Suzanne Rogerson; in her post Suzanne talks about why she loves her character Jago & his story. I’m obsessed with the cover of this book & the story sounds fab (it also has really high ratings on GoodReads)!
Sophie is 24 & is one of the many people I have met through online support groups for syringomyelia; Sophie describes herself as “lucky” in terms of the disease as she is fairly symptom free & hasn’t suffered much because of it. Despite this, I wanted to include Sophie’s story in the collection of stories I’ll be posting for the Syringomyelia Saturdays series because it shows how diverse syringomyelia can be.