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Highlights of the Month - December 2016

Hello Everyone,
I had a good month of reading - I managed to read five books.  I would say that my favourite book of the month is 'Brake Failure' by Alison Brodie, but since I haven't done a review on that book yet, I'm not going to say too much about it at this stage, just that I got it as an ARC, and that it's going to be released next year in January.
Last Word: I've got a lot planned for next year, basically it's going to be the read-a-thon, I'll also be trying out cover reveals next year, and also I'm hoping to get a new website for this book blog going.
Since it's the end of the year, I'm going to say it again; it's amazing how much I've achieved this year, and who knows, maybe I'll also be able to read more books next year. This is also the most that I've posted in a week, this is my forth post.  Maybe it's also due to me cramming in the books that I need to complete the Goodreads Reading Challenge. But can you believe i…

My Wrap Up and Favourites for 2016

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It's the last day of the year. For those that are reading this book blog for the first time; welcome. I've had a good year of reading - for those that don't know, I started this book blog in March this year, and it's still surreal what a long way I've come from my first post.  I've been able to have the opportunity to read books that I wouldn't have normally had access to without having to buy them; and to all those authors that have provided me a copy in exchange for an honest review - a HUGE thank you! 
I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has read this blog and that has also had a hand in bringing some new readers to this book blog, I most certainly wouldn't be where I am without you! For the past two months or so, the number of views on my blog has climbed - and I'm happy to announce that I now have over 10 000 views, so thank you so much! 
I plan on expanding this blog next year, so I'm hoping to have a…

Review - The Last Valentine by Felix Alexander

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My Copy of the Book
Year to be Published: 2017 Genre: Romance; Suspense; Crime
Blurb: When Olivia Villalobos finds a bloodstained love letter she endeavors to deliver it before Chief Inspector SedeƱo finds it in her possession. A city along the southern coast of Puerto Rico emerges in the aftermath of the Spanish-American War. Olivia, daughter of a drunkard police investigator who never knew the truth behind her mother’s disappearance, finds a bloodstained love letter in the hidden compartment of her father’s coat. Convinced it belonged to the man recently found dead she sets out to deliver it to the Labyrinth of Love Letters. A mysterious place believed to be an urban legend where the transients of forbidden love leave missives for one another. She enlists the help of Isaac Quintero to find the Labyrinth and they soon realize their quest has opened the door into Old Sienna’s darkest secrets—the perils, madness and depth of tragic love.
About the Author: Felix Alexander (1976-Present) is a M…

Review - After Me by Deborah Coonts

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My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2016 Genre: Thriller; Suspense; Crime
Blurb: Kate Sawyer, a former NYPD undercover cop, injured badly in a takedown gone terribly wrong, is living in Portland, Oregon safe in the Witness Protection Program, while she undergoes experimental stem-cell treatment for a genetic case of early-onset Alzheimer's. Everyone thinks Kate can provide vital evidence that will lead to the recovery of twenty million dollars of diamonds that disappeared during the takedown. If she could only remember. One night, Kate returns to her condo to find a dead man in her bathtub with a note stuck in his pocket. I know what you've done. Her cover blown, Kate runs, knowing the clock is ticking. Chased by shadowy figures she can't remember, Kate must solve the mystery before it's too late. People close to her are being killed. Shadowy memories tease her. Some she recognizes as her own. Others don't seem familiar at all. Running from people she can't remember, …

My Week of Reading (19 - 24 December 2016)

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I would first like to say, Merry Christmas! Hope you all have been having a good day. My reading this week has been alright. The book that I decided on was 'After Me' by Deborah Coonts, and managed to finish it as well, though I'm only going to put that review up next week. So there unfortunately won't be any review links in this post.
Right now I'm busy reading 'The Last Valentine' by Felix Alexander, I have read one of his books previously, so it'll be nice to read a book of his again. I'm hoping to have a review up sometime next week. 
I've also got a new reading device: my dad got me a tablet for Christmas, and this is the longest break that I've ever given my poor laptop since I got it. I also got Sims 4 City Living, and am really enjoying playing that (I spent most of the day playing the game). I also got Game of Thrones version of Monopoly, and managed to play a quick game with my sister tonight. 

Last Words:
I'm slight…

My Week of Reading (12 - 17 December 2016)

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I've had a fun time reading this week. I managed to do a book tour, and I've finished reading 'Brake Failure' by Alison Brodie; but this particular review I'm not going to put up just yet, since this novel is only going to be released on the 9th of January 2017. I really enjoyed the book, but I won't say anything more, and will keep you all in suspense until the book is released and I've got my reviews up.  Anyway, enough of that, here is my latest reviews:
Energize Your Life by Del Millers: Amazon: Amazon Review - Energize Your Life Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Energize Your Life Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Energize Your Life
Last Word: So, it's nearly Christmas and the end of the year is drawing closer. I still want to see if I'll be able to do a wrap up post for my reading this past year as well as my favourites; I might still be able to squeeze it in somewhere! 
Now I've just got to decide what I want to read nex…

Book Tour: Book Review - Energize Your Life by Del Millers

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Blurb:
Are you suffering from a personal energy crisis?Are you constantly running through your day, feeling chronically exhausted? Are you desperately overcommitted? Do you find yourself sacrificing your health, family time and quality of life just to meet the never-ending demands on your time? Are you exhausted when you go to bed at night and still tired when you awake? If the answer is yes to any of the above questions, then you may be suffering from a personal energy crisis. Unfortunately, this way of living — and working — not only robs us of our health and puts a strain on time and energy resources, it blocks our access to our most essential sources of energy, leaving us feeling physically, mentally, and emotionally drained. In his new book, Energize Your Life, Dr. Del shows you simple things you can do everyday to fuel your life and work with positive energy. Drawing from his years of experience consulting with executives, entrepreneurs, small business owners, career changers and s…

My Week of Reading (5 - 10 December 2016)

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I have finally managed to post a review; it's been a really busy week, but I hope my 'after work' social activities will quieten down now.  Anyways, without further ado, here is my reviews:
Melody's Key by Dallas Coryell: Amazon: Amazon Review - Melody's Key Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Melody's Key Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Melody's Key
At the moment, I'm busy reading 'Brake Failure' by Alison Brodie, and am quite enjoying it so far! I'm hoping (if everything goes to plan this week) that I will have a review up if not this week then definitely next week. I'm also taking part in a blog tour as well, so I'll definitely be taking part in that this coming week.
Last Word: So, to end off: How am I doing with my reading? I'm barely keeping my head above water, but I'm sill hoping that I will make my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal of 65 books this year; so far, I'm sitting on 60 (so yes, I shoul…

Review - Melody's Key by Dallas Coryell

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My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2016 Genre: Romance
Blurb: “His eyes settled on her…piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him.” Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she labored her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no color, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.
About the Author: Dallas Coryell is a musician and author residing deep in the untamed wilds of Michigan, USA, where he desperately attempts to assign meaning to his world through bouts of maniacal crea…

My Week of Reading (28 November - 3 December 2016)

Hello Everyone,

My reading is a little bit slow at the moment, but at least it's moving. 
I have one review to post:

Eyes of Autumn by Cynthia H. Wise:
Amazon: Amazon Review - Eyes of Autumn
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Eyes of Autumn
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Eyes of Autumn

At the moment, I'm busy reading Melody's Key by Dallas Coryell, and am about 30% in so far. I'm hoping to have a review up sometime next week.

Last Word:
I have a feeling that this is going to be a long December, as well as probably busy. I'm not too sure what I'm going to be reading next; I just hope that I get the book in the post that I need to review for the blog tour in time. It's been a long day, and I'll probably end up going to bed early. 

One thing I will say is that it'll be nice to read a paperback again, since I haven't read one in a while. Maybe I should make a New Year's resolution to read more paperbacks next year? But I suppose that would d…

Highlights of the Month - November 2016

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I think the first highlight of my month would be that my number of page views went up for my blog - and I am so grateful for that!  I managed to finish 4 books this month; including one that I did for a book blog tour, so I had a decent month of reading.
My favourite book of the month was 'Eyes of Autumn' by Cynthia H. Wise; this was a book I thoroughly enjoyed, and if you like mysteries, then I suggest you get yourself this one. I also attempted to do NaNoWriMo this month, which I unfortunately didn't end up finishing, since I got sidetracked and started doing other things.
I've also got other reading-related stuff in the works as well. I've started a Goodreads group about a read-a-thon that I plan on starting next year, and have given a small explanation as to what it's going to entail, so be sure to check it out!
Last Word: I haven't quite planned my reading for December yet, though I have a very rough idea of what I will be reading. Depending o…

Review - Eyes of Autumn by Cynthia H. Wise

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My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2016 Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Blurb: Recurring dreams have plagued Katie Hammond since childhood, forcing her to keep an open mind to the paranormal. But when Katie is compelled to follow a forest path during her trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains, she stumbles into a forgotten life—one she’s not sure she wants to remember—and an enthralling man who shouldn’t exist. At the end of the path is Marcus Hillyerd, a man with a secret and golden eyes. He comes face-to-face with the only woman he’s ever loved. The only problem—she doesn’t remember him.  Then evil from Marcus’s past emerges and attempts to destroy everything he holds sacred. Needing reinforcement, Marcus calls upon Marcel Enterprises, his network of paranormal beings dedicated to helping victims of corruption. Together, they must risk their lives to keep Katie safe and protect the empire that took Marcus more than a century to build.
About the Author: Author Cynthia H. Wise first conceived the idea f…

My Week of Reading (21 - 26 November 2016) and a BIG thank you

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Before I start with my week of reading, I would just like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has viewed and read my blog this month. I've noticed that the stats have been slightly higher lately, and I added up the number of views the one day from the beginning of this month, and have found that I have got over 1 000 views this month; so thank you to EVERYONE! I'm pleasantly blown away by the number and sometimes I struggle to wrap my head around that I've gotten so many views this month. 
And now onto my week of reading. I think my week of reading has been a productive one, since I managed to participate in a blog tour:

Cocktails, Rock Tales and Betrayals by Julie Archer:
Amazon: Amazon Review - Cocktails, Rock Tales and Betrayals
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Cocktails, Rock Tales and Betrayals
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Cocktails, Rock Tales and Betrayals

Last Word:
At the moment, I'm busy reading 'Eyes of Autumn' by Cynthia…

Book Tour: Book Review - Cocktails, Rock Tales & Betrayals by Julie Archer

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Cocktails, Rock Tales & Betrayals Book Tour By author Julie Archer Tour Dates: November 27th – December 6th, 2016 Tour arranged by: HCL Author Services & Book Tours
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Blurb: A bar, a band and a Thorne between two roses… Caro and Nate are perfect for each other. Trouble is, Nate is really Alik Thorne lead singer of the Next Big Thing in rock music and his girlfriend, Edie, isn’t really prepared to share him… Caro Flynn leaves behind the sultry nights of Mallorca to open her own bar back home. Romance wasn’t high on her list of priorities, but a last minute fling makes her think again… Edie Spencer-Newman always gets what she wants. But when she sets her sights on something a little too close to home, she’s about to stir up a whole heap of trouble… When the consequences of a tragic accident cause relationships to crumble, will anyone find a happy ending?
About the Author: Julie Archer grew up in Hampshire and lived in Reading before moving to the beautiful riverside town of Dartmou…

My Week of Reading (14 - 19 November 2016)

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My reading this week has gone alright; my writing on the other hand has died down a little bit, but I'm not going to force writing since that won't get me anywhere. Anyways...
Back on to book related things! I've managed to do one review this week:
The Golden Tup by Leslie W P Garland: Amazon: Amazon Review - The Golden Tup Goodreads: Goodreads Review - The Golden Tup Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - The Golden Tup
At the moment I'm reading 'Cocktails, Rock Tales and Betrayals' by Julie Archer, and this book is going to be part of a book tour that I'm participating in, and will only be putting the review up for this one next Sunday. So far I'm enjoying this book.
Last Word: I think I am still on track with reading, and I'm hoping to still expand on this blog a little bit in the future. I'm also busy planning for a read-a-thon that I'd like to make available to those that would be interested in something reading-relate…

Review - The Golden Tup by Leslie W P Garland

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Book Cover
Year Published: 2015 Genre: Suspense/Thriller
Blurb: The Golden Tup - a dreadful tale of paradise being cruelly taken by latent evil. Can evil be in a place? The tale opens with Verity, a farmer's wife, recalling how a young couple were arrested a few years previously for killing their new born baby. How could such a nice young couple have done such a dreadful thing? Through a series of flashbacks we learn how they had created their rural idyll, how an enigmatic man had come into their lives and how their idyll and relationship had gradually fallen apart - how, with references to Milton's Paradise Lost, their paradise was lost. Gradually the young wife reveals a dreadful past, but Verity realises that she is holding something back, but what? What is the terrible truth that caused her and her husband to kill their baby? In real life the good guys don't always win.
About the Author: Leslie Garland was born in 1949, qualified as a Chartered Civil Engineer and worked for se…