Monday, 25 July 2016

Review: Under a Million Stars by Rita Branches


Under a Million Stars by Rita Branches
Self Published
Released 8th August 2016
320 Pages
E-Book

Thank you to the author for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Can a beating heart bleed from the shattered pieces? 

Her heart cracked when her best friend walked away; it completely shattered when she lost her family in a tragic accident.

Now orphaned at seventeen, Charlotte Peterson is forced to live with her former best friend, Jacob Parker. Charlie, a talented pianist, desperately wants their loving friendship back, but something is holding Jake back. The more she spirals into the darkness of depression, the more she needs him.

Jacob vowed to stay away from her—no matter how much he still loved her. Armed with secrets that would have destroyed both of their families, he chose to end their friendship and walk away, which nearly killed him. As he watches the girl he once knew begin to fade away, however, he realizes that their relationship is more important than the truth he's hiding. 

Now it's up to Jacob to put the pieces of Charlie's broken heart back together—even if it means revealing the secrets he so desperately wants to protect her from. 
Will Jacob find a way to bring back the carefree, talented girl he once knew, or is it too late for both of them?

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Somniare by D.T. Dyllin Release Blitz (with Giveaway)


To celebrate the release of Somniare by D.T Dyllin the lovely guys over at Xpresso Book Tours have invited me to take part in this release blitz that includes a free giveaway! Details about how you can enter are below!


Saturday, 23 July 2016

Review: When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid


When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid
Published by Atom @ Little Brown Book Group
Released 4th August 2016
178 Pages
E-Book

Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Everyone wanted to break me. But stars aren't broken, they explode. And I was the ultimate supernova.
My name was Jude. They called me Judy. I was beautiful either way.
School was basically a movie set. We were all just playing our parts. The Crew, the Extras, the Movie Stars. No one was ever real . . . especially me. I didn't fit any category.
All the girls watched me - I could walk so much better than them in heels, and my make-up was always flawless.
All the boys wanted to, well, you know . . . even if they didn't admit it.
They loved me, they hated me, but they could never ignore me.
I only had eyes for Luke. A red carpet rolled out from my heart towards him and this year, on Valentine's Day, I was going to walk that carpet and find my mark next to him. It would be like a dream.
But my dream was going to turn into a nightmare.
This is my story.


Thursday, 21 July 2016

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas


Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
Published by Bloomsbury
Released August 2012
406 Pages
Paperback

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her ... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead ... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

The Carver by Jacob Devlin: Release Blitz


Happy release week to The Carver by Jacob Devlin! To celebrate the release I have an exclusive excerpt to share with you from the book! Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for allowing me to be part of this.

The Carver by Jacob Devlin
Published by Blaze Publishing
Released 19th July 2016
Young Adult/Fantasy

THE GIRL IN THE RED HOOD has been looking for her mother for six months, searching from the depths of New York’s subways to the heights of its skyscrapers . . .
THE PRINCE looks like he’s from another time entirely, or maybe he’s just too good at his job at Ye Old Renaissance Faire . . .
THE ACTRESS is lighting up Hollywood Boulevard with her spellbinding and strikingly convincing portrayal of a famous fairy. Her name may be big, but her secrets barely fit in one world . . .
Fifteen-year-old Crescenzo never would have believed his father’s carvings were anything more than “stupid toys.” All he knows is a boring life in an ordinary Virginia suburb, from which his mother and his best friend have been missing for years. When his father disappears next, all Crescenzo has left is his goofy neighbor, Pietro, who believes he’s really Peter Pan and that Crescenzo is the son of Pinocchio. What’s more: Pietro insists that they can find their loved ones by looking to the strange collection of wooden figurines Crescenzo’s father left behind.
With Pietro’s help, Crescenzo sets off on an adventure to unite the real life counterparts to his figurines. It’s enough of a shock that they’re actually real, but the night he meets the Girl in the Red Hood, dark truths burst from the past. Suddenly, Crescenzo is tangled in a nightmare where magic mirrors and evil queens rule, and where everyone he loves is running out of time.


Excerpt

“Welcome to Sirenetta’s Diner, gentlemen. You boys ever dined here before?”
Liam cut right to the chase. “Are you Mr. Bellamy?”
The man’s face fell into a tight frown, but Crescenzo assumed by the figurine that the frown was just his natural expression. “I am he. The Lord of the Diner.”
“Violet sent us,” Crescenzo said.
“Mm. You mean Heather, yes?”
“Sure?” Crescenzo was still trying to figure out the rule on what he should be calling the Old World people. He supposed Pietro would forever be Pietro to him and he understood why he needed the new name, but he didn’t feel that somebody like Violet, who wasn’t a part of any story Crescenzo had heard before, needed an alias.
Mr. Bellamy plopped two brunch menus in front of Liam and Crescenzo and poured them each a cup of coffee, to Crescenzo’s dismay. Then the old man leaned over the counter and furrowed his eyebrows. In a tense whisper, he said, “Your presence brings ruin to my happy New World life! Where you go, trouble will surely follow. Now, what can I serve you this morning?”

Author Bio

When Jacob Devlin was four years old, he would lounge around in Batman pajamas and make semi-autobiographical picture books about an adventurous python named Jake the Snake. Eventually, he traded his favorite blue crayon for a black pen, and he never put it down. When not reading or writing, Jacob loves practicing his Italian, watching stand-up comedy, going deaf at rock concerts, and geeking out at comic book conventions. He does most of these things in southern Arizona.



Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set Outside US

Hosted by The Broke and the BookishIts time for another Top Ten Tuesday! I love doing these and hope you all enjoy reading them! This weeks topic is books set outside US. I have noticed that many of the books I read are set in US, but a lot aren't so I am happy to be sharing these with you!

1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Setting: Paris, France


2. Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling
Setting: United Kingdom


3. My Mother's Secret by Shelia O'Flanagan 
Setting: Ireland


4. The Drowning of Arthur Braxton by Caroline Smailes
Setting: North England


5. Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher
Setting: United Kingdom


6. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Setting: London, United Kingdom


7. The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan
Setting: Paris, France


8. EVO Nation by K.J Chapman
Setting: United Kingdom/Spain


9. My Name is Leon by Kit De Waal
Setting: United Kingdom


10. The Last Kiss Goodbye by Tasmina Perry
Setting: London/Paris/St Petersburg


Monday, 18 July 2016

Review: On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher


On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher
Published by Sphere
Released 14th July 2016
345 Pages
Hardback

Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It's the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she's become her twenty-seven-year-old self and the door won't open.

Evie's soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over fifty years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it's too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow , some way, she may also find her way back to her long lost love . . .

On the Other Side will transport you to a world that is impossible to forget. Powerful, magical and utterly romantic, this is a love story like no other from everyone's favourite 'big sister', Carrie Hope Fletcher.

Thoughts

I love Carrie Hope Fletcher! I am what you would call a Hopeful. I follow her on social media, love watching her youtube videos and I was lucky enough to meet the lady herself whilst she was in Les Miserables. I read her first book All I Know Now last year and I took away a lot of helpful advice from it. So, when I found out she was going to be writing a fiction novel I was overwhelmed with excitement. I preordered it and waited what seemed to be forever, until I was finally able to read On The Other Side and find out what Carrie's fiction writing was really like.

Evie Snow passes away at the age of eighty two peacefully in her sleep surrounded by all her loved ones. When Evie reaches the door to her own private heaven she is shocked to find that she has become her twenty seven year old self and also that the door won't open. Evie's soul is too heavy to pass through and to be able to get to her own heaven she needs to make her soul lighter. Which means unburdening herself of secrets she has kept hidden for over fifty years. As she begins her journey she learns a lot more about life and love and that somehow she could find her way to her long lost true love.

I really enjoyed the concept behind On The Other Side and found it to be really unique in the way it was portrayed. I really liked the idea of having your own private heaven and the magic surrounding it. Carrie's writing was also a lot stronger than I thought it would be, and you definitely got her tone of voice through it. At times I was sure I was reading with her voice in my head, which is something that I had never experienced before when reading a book. Carrie is someone who is a dreamer and this also came across in the book. The magic within the story was very prominent and appealed to me greatly. 

Evie Snow was a heroine that I took to straight away. I loved her attitude and her magical, spirited nature. I also felt rather sorry for her at times during the book, especially with regards to her family life and her upbringing. I also had a slight inkling that Evie was based on Carrie herself, due to the mannerisms of the character, but I could be wrong. I adored Vincent Winters and found myself wanting him to be my long lost love. The way he was described was perfection and him and Evie were the ultimate perfect couple. It was like they were made for each other. To be honest I don't think there was a single character in the book that I didn't like. I loved Jim Summers, Eddie Snow, Isla and Autumn and Sonny. I also found the fact that the characters names were all based on seasons of some sorts to be really fascinating.

The only problem I had with On The Other Side was the time frame. In the flashbacks to Evie's life I got the feeling that it was set in the fifities or sixties but then mobile phones are mentioned which had me feeling slightly confused. So I started thinking that maybe it was set in a more modern time, but that wouldn't have explained the way Evie's parents were with wanting her to marry someone chosen by them and the control over her life. It was all a little bit too much to handle. However, I don't let this take away the fact that the story itself is full of magic, wonder and love.

On The Other Side was a great read. I was transported to this world of magic, hope, dreams, adventure and love and I wouldn't have had it any other way. This is great debut of fiction by Carrie and I am really hoping that she brings out more as I need to read more of her stories if this is anything to go by.

Rating



Author Bio

Carrie Hope Fletcher is an actress, a singer-songwriter and an author. She also plays the ukulele, guitar and saxophone.

Carrie is well known on YouTube for her channel 'ItsWayPastMyBedtime' where she has over 600,000 subscribers. Most of her videos consist of giving advice to her younger audience, talking about Disney and covering her favourite songs.

She played Eponine in the West End production of Les Miserables at the Queen's Theatre until February 13th 2016. She is the first actress to have played both young Eponine and older Eponine.

She is currently playing Truly Scrumptious in the UK touring production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Her debut book, 'All I Know Now: Wonderings and Reflections on Growing Up Gracefully' was published in May 2015. The book is based on what she writes on her blog.

Her first fiction novel, 'On the Other Side' is due to be published in July 2016.



Sunday, 17 July 2016

Review: The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola


The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola
Published by Tinder Press
Released 14th July 2016
368 Pages
Hardback

Thank you to Tinder Press for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Set in London in 1837, Anna Mazzola's The Unseeing is the story of Sarah Gale, a seamstress and mother, sentenced to hang for her role in the murder of Hannah Brown on the eve of her wedding.

After Sarah petitions for mercy, Edmund Fleetwood is appointed to investigate and consider whether justice has been done. Idealistic, but struggling with his own demons, Edmund is determined to seek out the truth. Yet Sarah refuses to help him, neither lying nor adding anything to the evidence gathered in court. Edmund knows she's hiding something, but needs to discover just why she's maintaining her silence. For how can it be that someone would willingly go to their own death?

Thoughts

I am slowly becoming more interested in different genres of fiction, Crime and Historical being two of them and as some of you may know I have been looking into broadening my reading choices and have been for a while now. When I found out about The Unseeing the first thing that caught my eye was the cover, it was so mysterious and kind of unsettling and I knew I had to read it. When a copy turned up on my doorstep a few days later I was most certainly over the moon.

The Unseeing is the story of mother Sarah Gale who is sentenced to hang for her role in the murder of Hannah Brown, on the night before her wedding. After Sarah puts in a petition for mercy, claiming she never helped with the murder it is up to lawyer Edmund Fleetwood to investigate Sarah's case and to consider if she can be pardoned. However, Sarah refuses to indulge Edmund. Resulting in her not adding anything to the evidence that was given in court when she was sentenced. Edmund knows she knows something and starts trying to find out why she is staying silence, all whilst battling with his own demons.

I had never read a book set in Victorian England before so this was a breath of fresh air. I loved reading about what London was like in 1800's and at times I would feel like I had gone back in time and was actually there. The descriptions were so vivid and felt alive that I just couldn't help feeling like that. The story itself was gripping and I was caught up in Edmund's investigations that I didn't want to stop reading. You could say I was hooked. I so desperately wanted to know what had really happened to Hannah Brown and it was like I wouldn't stop reading until I found out. The way the twists and turns come out are so shocking and I admit I didn't see some of them coming. I guess it was a way to add suspense.

Sarah was a character that I did feel sorry for, but I also felt like something wasn't quite right with her. You found out a lot about her through backstories and I feel like I got most of my sympathy from reading about her past. Some of the stuff she went through was pretty nasty. On the other hand like I said I knew something wasn't quite right with her. I couldn't understand why she would keep quiet when she was at deaths door pretty much. You could definitely tell that despite this she did have love in her heart from her son and her sister and I think that may have been something that kept her going. I found Edmund to be a character that I didn't really warm to at first, but as time went on after finding out more about him I came to understand him more and more. His relationship with Sarah was something that stood out. Despite being there for legal matters, he still made sure that she was well cared and catered for.

This book was part fiction and part fact, being based on a crime that did actually happen in 1800's - The Edgware Murder and this added to the mystery of it, I think. I'd never heard about this certain event and after reading I actually did look into it. This just made it stand out more to me in a way.

The Unseeing was a gripping, intense, dark read with many twists and full of mystery. I really enjoyed being immersed into the case of finding out what really happened to Hannah Brown and learning about how crime was investigated in nineteenth century.

Rating



Author Bio

Anna Mazzola is a writer of historical crime fiction. Her debut novel, The Unseeing, will be published in July 2016 (January 2017 in the US).

The Unseeing is based on the life of a real woman called Sarah Gale who was convicted of aiding a murder in London in 1837. The novel has already won competitions and Anna came runner up in the 2014 Grazia First Chapter competition judged by Sarah Waters.

Anna has also written and published several short stories. She is currently working on a second historical crime novel about a collector of folklore and fairy tales on the Isle of Skye in 1857.

Anna studied English at Pembroke College, Oxford, before becoming a criminal justice solicitor.

She lives in Camberwell, South London, with two small children, two cats, one husband and a lot of books.


Friday, 15 July 2016

My Favourite Disney Villain Songs


As some of may know I am a little bit obsessed with Disney. I don't think there's anything about it that I don't love. It's been a big part of life since a young age and I think I am more in love with it now than I was back then. 

One thing I love about Disney is their ability to create villains that we love to hate. I have many of time found myself wanting to like certain Disney villains even though I know in my heart they shouldn't be liked. One thing that draws us into them, I think are the songs that get stuck in our heads. So that's why I am going to share with you a few of my favourite Disney Villain songs. These are based on my own opinion and I'd love to know what yours are, so leave comments if you want!

Savages - Pocahontas


This song just gives me the chills whenever I hear it! You can hear the pure hatred between both groups and I think it is quite dark for a Disney movie. However, the message that you get from it is a pretty powerful one.

Mother Knows Best - Tangled


This is where we find out just how manipulating and just pretty damn horrible Mother Gothel is. She just lowers Rapunzel's confidence in this song and uses her ways to get her to do what she wants. However, it is pretty catchy.

Poor Unfortunate Souls - The Little Mermaid


Oh Ursula. Despite how much you want to hate her, with this song you just can't! She is so sassy and up front and knows what she wants. The way she manipulates Ariel into signing her deal is pure gold. Is it also bad that I can sing this all the way through? Even doing the speaking parts? Probably but oh well.

Gaston - Beauty and the Beast


Gaston is probably the most self absorbed vainest Disney villain out there and this song certainly proves that. This song is catchy and you will find yourself humming it all day. Also Beauty and the Beast is in my top favourite Disney movies so this had to be on the list!

My Lullaby - The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride


The Lion King 2 has a pretty poor repuation, but in my opinion its a great sequel! My Lullaby is rather dark and some parts of it are rather gruesome. Zira is full of hatred for Simba and his pride and this really does show.

Oogie Boogies Song - The Nightmare Before Christmas


If you haven't watched The Nightmare Before Christmas at least once then you haven't lived! Putting that aside Oogie Boogies Song is one of my favourites from the film. It's catchy, it's awesome and it makes you love Oogie Boogie even though you shouldn't!

Cruella De Vil - One Hundred and One Dalmatians


You can't listen to this song and not sing along! It gives us a perfect idea of who Cruella is and what she is like. Also the tune stays in your head all day and you can't help but hum it.

Be Prepared - The Lion King


Be Prepared is my all time favourite Disney villain song. Its chilling, its dark, its spine tingling and shows you how evil Scar really is. It gives a sort of Nazi like feeling with the hyenas marching and Scar standing above them. The Lion King is one of my favourite Disney movies and its partly down to this song.

So there you go! Do you agree with this list? and what are yours? Feel free to let me know!

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

The Last of the Firedrakes Book Blitz (With Excerpt)


The Last of the Firedrakes
Farah Oomerbhoy
(The Avalonia Chronicles #1)

16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn’t seem so bad.
Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms—including killing anyone who stands in her way.
Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora’s arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear.
With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.

Excerpt

For a second that felt like a lifetime, everything stopped; I felt like I was floating in nothingness. Then I blinked, and, when I finally opened my eyes and focused again through the tears, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
I found myself standing at the mouth of a small cave situated on a hill and overlooking a quiet, moonlit valley. On my left, a dark forest stretched out as far as the eye could see, treetops glistening silver in the light of the full moon. The hills around us undulated into wildflower-filled meadows that lay sleeping in the dewy night.
Far down in the valley, I could see a little village, its lights twinkling in the distance. To my right, a waterfall splashed playfully into a small river that ran down into a lake, next to which the little village was built. The moon here was fuller and larger than I had ever seen it, and the night sky was awash with a fantastic array of glittering stars.
Had I passed through the tapestry? Where was I?
I looked around, disbelief clouding my judgment. I was still trying to get my bearings after that strange moment when I had been inside the tapestry and nowhere at the same time. It gave me a funny feeling, as though I had been lifted out of my own consciousness and then put back into my body.
A warm breeze brushed past my face and played with my hair. Gone were the cloudy grey mist and the cold, nipping wind of the English countryside. I drew in a sharp breath—the air was crisp and clear, sweet smelling, and fresh. The moonlit valley was filled with fruit trees, wildflowers, and rolling meadows.
“How did we come here? Where are we?” I asked, still confused.
“You really are ignorant,” said Oblek, glancing at me. “I take it your uncle didn’t tell you anything?”
I shook my head and looked down. Oblek had tied my hands with a rope he had with him while I was still dazed and looking around. It was humiliating, and the rough ropes cut into my wrists, rubbing them raw every time he pulled me forward.
I had to find some way out of this. And, at the moment, the only thing I could do was discover more about where I was. Then, when I got an opportunity, I could escape and find my way back up to the cave on the hill, where we had arrived out of the tapestry.
But then what?
Christopher was probably dead, and Aunt Arianna would doubtless blame me for everything since I had disappeared at the same time. I had no idea what to do. I didn’t really want to go back, and, now that my adoptive parents were dead, I had nothing to return to.
I was starting to panic. I had nowhere to go, and my mind was imagining an array of horrible outcomes of my kidnapping. My palms had become sweaty, and my racing heart was thundering in my chest as I half-walked and half-ran, desperately trying to keep up with Oblek’s giant strides.
“Why are you doing this?” I pleaded with my kidnapper.
But Lord Oblek said nothing. He didn’t even look at me. He just kept walking ahead and dragging me along behind him, with no more explanations as to what he was planning to do with me.
I was terrified, and I had no idea if I was going to survive this. But I tried to be brave. Maybe I could talk my way out of this?
“You do know that this is called kidnapping?” I said, trying to reason with Oblek.
He didn’t bother to answer.
“What will happen to me now?” I squeaked, my voice breaking, as I tried not to cry.
“Queen Morgana will decide what is to be done with you,” said Oblek, finally.
Queen Morgana! The woman from my dream? It was not possible that this, too, was a coincidence. It must be the same Morgana, the one who had tried to kill my real mother.
Who the hell was she?
Suddenly all of this seemed extremely scary. I hoped that I was still dreaming and that there was no way I had actually travelled through a magical tapestry into some strange land. It all seemed very exciting in books. But actually being kidnapped and then hauled around like an animal, travelling deep into a land I knew nothing about, was not my idea of fun.
I had to get away from this horrible man, and fast.


Author Bio

Farah Oomerbhoy is a young adult writer with a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Mumbai. Farah loves the fantastical and magical and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest. Her debut novel, The Last of the Firedrakes, Book 1 of The Avalonia Chronicles started on Wattpad where it received a Watty Award in 2015 and over 1.5 million reads. Since publication, The Last of the Firedrakes has gone on to win a silver medal in IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Awards, become a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards and become an international bestseller. Farah lives with her family in Mumbai, India where she can be found checking for magical portals in every closet.



Top Ten Tuesday: Facts About Me

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! This weeks topic is 'Ten Facts About Me'. These can be bookish facts or facts in general about ourselves. I am going to do five bookish facts and five general facts to even things out.

Bookish Facts
  • I was always into books even from a young age. I remember my teachers at my primary school telling my parents that I read at a high level.
  • I met Jacqueline Wilson (one of my favourite children's authors) last year. She was taking part in The London Bridges Walk in aid of Kidney Research UK and as I was taking part I go to meet her and it was a lovely experience.

  • I mainly read YA, Chick Lit and Fantasy. However I have been branching out and am now really loving Crime and Historical fiction.
  • I love my Kindle. I just love the idea of being able to have so many books on one device. Plus its great for travelling and for receiving ARC's.
  • The first book I ever remember reading was Matilda by Roald Dahl which is still one my favourites to this day.
General Facts

  • I am a Vegetarian and have been for nearly 10 years. My mum is a vegetarian so I found the transition to be rather easy. I would never go back to eating meat.
  • I am half English, Quarter Dutch and Quarter Portuguese. I love my mixed heritage.
  • I have six tattoos and I am planning more! I did have nine piercings but I took most of them out. Only my nose and ears remain.
  • I am obsessed with coffee. The stronger the better. Although I am partial to a skinny cappuccino every now and then.
  • I love Disney and everything to do with it. I'm a wannabe Disney Princess and I often find myself singing Disney songs during the day. 

Saturday, 9 July 2016

The Other Place Blog Tour (Exclusive Excerpt)


Today is my stop on The Other Place blog tour and I have an exclusive excerpt to share with you all! Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for setting this up.


Excerpt

I knew it!”. I flinch as her words hit me. “I knew you were sneaking out together so that you could…” She makes a noise like the last part of her sentence is dammed up against the inside of her mouth.

Mina and I slide closer together. “Why are you here, Rebekah?” I ask. “Are you here to stop my enlightenment?”

“I’m here to stop you from being led into Hell! To try to save you from this…from…” The gravel crunches as she stomps. The moonlight glints ghostly off her contorted features. I’m holding Mina’s hand, and I can feel her tense up.

“I’m not leading him into Hell, Rebekah,” Mina says. “Are you serious? This is none of your business.”

“It is my business,” Rebekah says.

My ears ring as the Dark Energy sings a bad note. I want to run, but I can’t leave Mina, and I think it’s too late to run away from the trap anyway. I squeeze my eyes shut. “Please don’t trap me,” I plead. “Please let me go, let me go.”

“Justin is innocent and has been chosen by God, and you’re corrupting him and causing him to sin!” Rebekah says. She steps forward so that she’s very close to Mina, who clutches my hand.

The Dark Energy is pulling hard at me now, and I’m having difficulty breathing. I keep begging, but the Dark Energy is hissing about Hell and sin and doesn’t listen. Its slimy dead fingers caress me very horribly and the smell of decay oozes all around.

“Did you know he has visions?” Rebekah says. “Do you know God sends him messages and teaches him lessons? He probably hasn’t told you that, because you’d laugh at him. You’d call him crazy like his mother does, and wouldn’t understand what it means. You don’t know how special he is. You’re just some whore who wants to sleep with him because he’s hot!”
Mina lets go of my hand now, but I hardly notice. The Dark Energy is covering my eyes. It’s pulling me in, away from this, but into something much worse. I hear Mina scream something in Rebekah’s face, and I see Rebekah hit her, and then I don’t see or hear them anymore because I’m gone. The Dark Energy has me, and it’s burning me up.


The Other Place by Elizabeth Roderick
Released 5th July 2016
Genre: Contemporary/New Adult

Living in Justin Flaherty’s mind has never been easy. Unfortunately, things are about to get much worse…
At eighteen years old, most guys are chasing girls or dreams. Justin, on the other hand, wants to draw and be left alone. He’s been diagnosed with schizophrenia, but it’s more than that. He’s in tune with the Dark Energy that surrounds us all, and can see how it controls people’s actions. Sometimes, the Dark Energy will give him visions, to help him on the road to enlightenment.
When his mother hooks up with a Baptist preacher named David who believes Justin’s schizophrenia can be cured with prayer, Justin knows he has to get out—or risk involuntary commitment in a religious facility.
After a brush with incarceration, Justin takes off to San Francisco, where his drawings are not just noticed, but admired…
Justin’s bizarre and beautiful drawings create a stir in the art world. Meanwhile, he’s homeless, couch surfing, and trapped in a continuous battle with his mental illness. His salvation is a girl named Liria Czetski with a shady past. They’d met a year ago, and she’s appeared in his visions ever since. It turns out Liria has been sharing those visions, something that is a surprise to everyone but Justin…
When secrets surface, Justin is forced to realize that being a genius has a downside. Surrounded by people who want to exploit his talent, he must fight not only for his career and freedom, but perhaps for his life…


Author Bio

Elizabeth Roderick grew up as a barefoot ruffian on a fruit orchard near Yakima, in the eastern part of Washington State. After weathering the grunge revolution and devolution in Olympia, Washington, Portland, Oregon and Seattle, she recently moved to a small cluster of houses amidst the vineyards of California’s Central Coast.


She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and worked for many years as a paralegal and translator. She is a musician and songwriter, and has played in many bands, rocking some instruments she doesn’t even know the real names for, but mostly guitar, bass and keyboards.

Elizabeth writes novels for young adults and adults; short stories; and memoir which is way more interesting than it should be. Her stories are about love, death, gang warfare, and madness; her characters tend to be of the type that society generally shuns: addicts, convicts, and the mentally ill. She believes if people get to know these characters in stories and in real life, they’ll find them more likeable than they originally thought.


She applies Hunter S. Thompson’s Gonzo method to fiction writing. It often gets a little heavier than what she had in mind, but she chalks it up to forced consciousness expansion.