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Top 5 Book to Read This Autumn

Top 5 Autumn Reads 2014
After two weeks of constant rain and fog, I think it’s safe to say that summer is well and truly over. Despite the cold and the long nights, though, I love this time of the year. I always see the chilly weather as the perfect excuse to curl up in bed with a mug of tea, a soft blanket and a good book. There’s something about this season that always makes me want to pick up a good mystery or horror (especially as we’re nearing Halloween), but if you’re looking for something else to read this autumn, I collected 5 new book releases for you that I’m really looking forward to – and you should too!

The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes
6 November 2014, Michael Joseph – £18.99

The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian KeyesStella Sweeney is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life with her husband Ryan and their two teenage kids in Dublin. She works with – or really for – her terrifyingly ambitious sister Karen in their beauty salon. Nothing to get excited about here. Nothing to make her particularly unhappy. Or happy… No-one would be interested in stealing her life. But then things started to happen… One day, Stella, attempting a good deed, causes a little car accident and faces down a bad tempered, handsome stranger. She hardly gives it much of a thought. But karma is hovering, and is about to take over, swoop in and change Stella’s life for ever. For better or worse. Suddenly Stella has a life. A thrilling glamorous one. A life that other people might start to covet… ”

I absolutely adore Marian and her writing, and I have no doubt in my mind that The Woman Who Stole My Life is going to be another brilliant read.

The Best of Miranda by Miranda Hart
23 October, 2014, Hodder & Stoughton – £14.99

The Best of Miranda by Miranda HartYour favourite, number one best-selling comedian Miranda Hart is giving you an access-all-areas VIP backstage pass to her award-winning sitcom. The Best of Miranda contains the full scripts of Miranda’s six favourite episodes (including her original revises and annotations) so that you can, if you wish to, cast your family to re-enact choice moments in your living room. The book also includes Miranda’s own account of just what goes in to the process of writing, rehearsing and filming, hilarious gossip from the making of the sitcom, previously unpublished photographs and material which didn’t make the final edits. Other extras include recipes for Gary’s favourite cakes, cringe worthy childhood photos of our favourite comedian, a step-by-step guide to making your own Fruit Friends and Vegetapals and a Marry Gary Board Game.

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a soft spot for Miranda’s TV show. I don’t deny the fact that I’ve seen every single episode at least 25 times and it still makes me laugh. So getting a glimpse of how they filmed the series and what happened behind the scenes makes me giddy with excitement. And if her previous book, Is It Just Me?, is anything to go by, it’s going to be bloomin’ marvellous.

Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella
25 September, 2014, Bantam Press – £12.99

Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie KinsellaBecky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) is in Hollywood! It’s as if all her life has been leading to this moment. She’s hanging out with the stars … or at least she will be, when she finally gets to meet movie superstar Sage Seymour, whom husband Luke is now managing. There’s so much to see and do! And getting Minnie through the hurdles for her A-list Hollywood pre-school will require some…er…help.

Becky sets her heart on a new career – she’s going to be a celebrity stylist. Red carpet, here she comes! But Becky soon finds it’s tough in Tinseltown. Luckily her best friend Suze comes over to keep her company, and together they embark on the Hollywood insider trail. But somehow…things aren’t quite working out as they’d hoped. Then Becky’s big chance comes, and it’s an opportunity that money can’t buy. But will it cost her too much?

Although chick-lit is something I tend to avoid, the Shopaholic series is one of my favourite series ever. Becky is just hilarious so if you’re looking for a happy and light hearted read this autumn, I would definitely recommend this one.

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CWA Dagger in the Library Award 2014

CWA Dagger in the Library award 2014

Attention, crime fiction readers!

For the first time ever readers will decide the longlist for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award as its sponsor Dead Good and the CWA relaunch the Award for 2014. From Friday 1st August crime fans everywhere can nominate their favourite authors online and the ten authors with the most votes will make up the long list. For the first time the vote will be digital only, making the CWA Dagger in the Library Award the only crime award to have an online reader nomination process.

Lynsey Dalladay, Community Manager for Dead Good, said: “We’re thrilled to be sponsoring this important award and giving it the attention it deserves. By asking the public to nominate their favourite talent, we’re putting power back into the hands of readers and allowing them to recognise and celebrate authors that consistently deliver top class crime fiction. Ours is the first crime award to do this, so we’re incredibly excited to see what crime readers choose.

Director of the CWA, Lucy Santos said: “The CWA is delighted to be working with Dead Good and to relaunch the 2014 Dagger in the Library. Not only is at an opportunity to celebrate the best in crime writing but it is unique amongst our Daggers in that the public choose who makes it onto the longlist. What better excuse to find a quiet spot, grab your favourite tipple and investigate all the great crime fiction out there.

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Introducing the Sony ReaderStore

the Sony ReaderStore
This time last month I introduced you to Headline’s new initiative and a brand new online resource for bloggers called Bookbridgr. Today I have something very similar in store for you guys. A few weeks ago I was offered to test and review the new Sony ReaderStore – a website offering a huge range of e-books for multiple devices and platforms, something like Amazon’s Kindle store – and of course I leapt at the chance. Since I know that, like me, most of you read e-books on a weekly basis and some of you even prefer reading e-books to physical ones, I thought it would be something you’d enjoy and (hopefully) find useful. :)

Overall look & signing up

The first thing I really like about the website is how simple it is and how easy it was to sign up. It literally took me a minute, perhaps even less. Everything is very straightforward. You go to gb.readerstore.sony.com, enter your email address and a password and you’re good to go. Once inside, you can start browsing the thousands of books on offer straight away. The feature I love the most is the wishlist option. If you’re as indecisive as I am when it comes to books and narrowing down those 35 books you instantly want to put in your basket, then you’ll probably love it. Putting all those books you’re interested in in one place so that you can go through them again and select the ones you’re dying to read the most is definitely a great idea. The books you put on your wishlist will stay there until you either buy or remove them, even if you log out and come back days or weeks later.

Sony ReaderStore
The books you actually decide to buy will all be saved to your library and can be accessed any time you need them. So even if you delete them from your reader, they can be re-downloaded later, any time you want to read them again.

Categories & variety

What took me by surprise when I was already registered and signed in is how many books they actually have. I don’t know why but I didn’t expect to see… so many of them. There are almost 15,000 books in the Young Adult fiction category alone and that’s only one of the 25 categories they have. Again, the categories are very similar to the Amazon Kindle store so if you’re a regular Kindle user, navigating your way through this store will be a piece of cake.

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Bookbridgr: A New Online Resource for Bloggers

bookbridgr
Hi guys! Today I wanted to introduce you to a brilliant initiative by Headline Publishing Group. Headline is launching a brand new website called Bookbridgr today, which allows book bloggers to request upcoming titles and exclusive author content directly from the publisher. I’ve been lucky enough to be one of the ten beta testers who got to have a play around and get their profile started before the official launch, and now I want to share my experience with you. I’ll guide you through some of the website’s most important features and show you, in a nutshell, how it work exactly, so that you can join us if you like what you see.

One of the site’s most essential features is being able to browse the publisher’s upcoming titles, as well as the ones that have been published recently. It lets you search for a specific title, as well as browse books based on their genre, which I absolutely love. Selecting a specific genre narrows the list down and is perfect if you don’t really know what you’d like to read.

The list also tells you the book’s publication date (very handy when you’re trying to plan ahead and are looking for blog content for the next few months), it’s format, genre and price.

Clicking on ‘more info’ takes you to the given book’s page where you’ll find more detailed information and where you can read the full synopsis as well.

As you can see below, the books’ pages look quite similar to what we have on NetGalley, including detailed information about the book and the book description. What’s different, though, is that not only can you request a copy of the book (either an e-book or a physical copy, depending on your preference) but you can also request exclusive content directly from the publicist who works with this title.


Exclusive content includes hosting a giveaway, posting an extract from the book, and other content related to the book (if you have any particular ideas for a blog post, you can write them in a box, which will then be sent to the publicity team for consideration). You can also request an interview from the author, or let the publisher know if you’ve already written about the book.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry ChristmasDear reader chums,

I’d like to wish you all a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – I hope you have a wonderful time with your loved ones!

Thank you for all your support, encouragement and lovely comments in 2013 and I hope you’ll continue to enjoy reading my posts in the new year. :) I’m spending the next couple of days with my family and friends but I’ll be back with lots of new reviews, a brand new competition, a gigantic book haul and fun bookish posts on 2 January.

See you in 2014! *group hug*

Vicky x

Festive Fiction for Only 99p

Christmas Twitter Chat

Christmas is less than two weeks away and what better way is there to get into the festive spirit than curling up with a mug of hot chocolate, a warm blanket and a nice, Christmassy book? If you’re still looking for some holiday reading inspiration – or if you simply like a bargain – look no further.

Three of HarperFiction’s following women’s fiction titles are currently 99p on Kindle:

Here’s Looking at You by Mhairi McFarlane
Goodreads | Download for Kindle

HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU by Mhairi McFarlane

Anna Alessi – history expert, possessor of a lot of hair and an occasionally filthy mouth – seeks nice man for intelligent conversation and Mills & Boon moments.

Despite the oddballs that keep turning up on her dates, Anna couldn’t be happier. As a 30-something with a job she loves, life has turned out better than she dared dream. However, things weren’t always this way, and her years spent as the ‘Italian Galleon’ of an East London comprehensive are ones she’d rather forget.

So when James Fraser – the architect of Anna’s final humiliation at school – walks back into her life, her world is turned upside down. But James seems a changed man. Polite. Mature. Funny, even. People can change, right? So why does Anna feel like she’s a fool to trust him?

The Best Thing I Never Had by Erin Lawless
Goodreads | Download for Kindle

best thingFive years ago they’d been seven friends at university that laughed hard and loved harder.

Nicky and Miles, the couple that were always meant to be… Leigha and Adam, maybe not.

So when Harriet and Adam grew close, during those endless days in the library and too many seminars they (well, Adam) hadn’t prepared for, they did the one thing that changed everything. They kept a secret. And when it came out, it all fell apart.

When the day comes for bridesmaids to be chosen and best men to fulfil drunken promises, Nicky and Miles’ wedding isn’t just a wedding, it’s a reunion – loaded with past hurts, past regrets, past loves…

The Best Thing I Never Had is in turns funny and sad, but always honest, about friendship in all its forms and the practicality of second chances.

Christmas at Carrington’s by Alexandra Brown
Goodreads | Download for Kindle

Georgie Hart loves Christmas time at Carrington’s Department store. Running the luxury handbag department, Georgie adores helping customers in the hunt for the perfect gift for the perfect someone. And this year is no exception – now she has the hunky Tom, Mr Carrington himself, to spend the special day with.

But when Tom springs a surprise, Georgie’s plans are thrown into chaos. Carrington’s is getting a fresh lease of life in a hot new reality TV show, featuring formidable retail guru, Kelly Cooper.

As the first show airs, Georgie is shown in a far from flattering light. Worse is to come when Kelly’s vile daughter appears to get her claws into Tom. Georgie fears this will be the worst Christmas ever, but Santa still has a little surprise for her stocking this year – she’ll just have to wait until Christmas to find out…

The three authors will also be dropping in to the @W6BookCafe twitter to talk books, romantic heroines, lolz and all things writing related, so feel free to ask them anything you want using the hashtag #festivechat next Thursday 19th December, from 1-2pm!

Chalky the Cat Needs Your Help!

Chalky and the New Sports Car

Belfast based company Little Thunder Co are looking for your help, in making their book series about an inquisitive cat come to life.

 

The series of books follows the adventures of young Chalky, a stray cat discovered by one of the creators behind the story. Chalky appeared in Tim Potter’s life in 2002 when he was found sleeping on a plastic bag in his friends shed. Tim ended up bringing the 6 month old tomcat home with him.

The first book of the series is called ‘Chalky and the New Sports Car‘ and follows the friendly and adventurous feline, as he encounters a new car whilst exploring the neighbourhood. The series is marketed for 6 months to 5 years old, when children are at their most inquisitive wondering the how’s and whys of life making this book ideal for a bedtime reading adventure.

The pages contain huge vibrant illustrations of Chalky stalking and lazing about whilst the short story, which is created by Tim’s father, Stanley is written in an array of large typography, all fun but importantly easy to consume for the young reader.

Chalky the Cat

“Chalky blinked as the morning sun filled the darkness of the garage”

The project is currently on Kickstarter and needs £10,000 for Chalky to happen and for each pound that you donate, you shall receive a little treat for your kind support. The lovely people at Little Thunder Co, are offering eBooks and hardback copies of Chalky as well as prints from the story.

Show your support and help out with this great idea, because we all know there are never enough readers in the world and reading as a child is a magical experience that we all remember. :)

If you’d like to see some of the (gorgeous) illustrations from the book, find out more about the project or if you’d like to donate, you can do so by clicking here.