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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. The weekly Meme wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading.

  • Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
    -BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

Scouse Gothic
He should have a cloak and pointed teeth and be able to turn into a bat, but the reality was so much more mundane: he couldn’t fly or change into anything and had no superhuman powers, except much greater strength than someone of his age and build would normally be expected to have, plus, of course, an insatiable craving for fresh human blood and also, of course, he was immortal – but whether that was a good or bad thing depended very much on his frame of mind at any particular time. If someone had asked him last week he would probably have said it was a curse, but after last night he suddenly felt much more positive.

~Scouse Gothic: The Pool of Life… and Death by Ian McKinney

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Saturday Spotlight

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Don’t Drink the Pink by B.C.R. Fegan

Illustrated by Lenny Wen

Published by TaleBlade Press

 
Don't-Drink-the-Pink-CoverMadeline adores her Grandpa Gilderberry – she always has. To everyone else he might seem a bit strange – an eccentric inventor – perhaps even a little mad. Yet Madeline knows that these are his very best qualities.

One of Grandpa Gilderberry’s most secret inventions is his box of potions which he delights in giving to Madeline each year on her birthday. Each potion conveys an unexpected and magical experience for Madeline. Year after year, Madeline selects a new potion with exciting results, however each time she reaches for her enchanted birthday present, her grandfather reminds her of only one rule – ‘don’t drink the pink’.

Exploring the special relationship between a grandfather and his grandchild, the potions in Don’t Drink the Pink provide an apt metaphor for each magical moment. Yet with birthdays comes ageing and this tale doesn’t shy away from what this means for both the young girl and her loveable grandpa.

Don’t Drink the Pink is available to pre-order in hardcover, paperback, Kindle and ePub through all major online retailers.

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My Review:

Another charming picture book from the author of Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32 and The Day That A Ran Away.

Madeline’s grandpa gives her a magical potion each year on her birthday, and we witness the fantastic results.

The book takes us through the numbers ‘first’ to ‘fifteenth’, and fifteen different colours, as well as the effects of ageing and the relationship between grandfather and granddaughter.

The illustrations by Lenny Wen are delightful and complement the rhyming text perfectly.

 
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What other readers are saying about Don’t Drink the Pink :

“Imaginative, poignant, and humorous—altogether charming.”
– Kirkus Reviews

“Very, very highly recommended, Don’t Drink the Pink excels in both illustrative quality and several underlying messages about life and learning.”
– D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“Don’t Drink the Pink is a lovely picture book full of the warmth that a true friendship between a grandchild and a grandparent can engender.”
– The Bookbag

“Joyful and curious characters enliven this spirited picture book about a grandfather’s magical gifts to his granddaughter.”
– Foreword Clarion Reviews

“Absolutely fun, cute, and entertaining!”
– Literary Titan

“Don’t Drink the Pink is an entertaining read and another excellent offering by Fegan, who has established himself as a consistent author of quality children’s books.”
– BlueInk Review

“The combination of detail in the storytelling and illustrations in Don’t Drink the Pink is really exceptional and the concepts are presented in a sophisticated way.”
– Readers’ Favorite

 

About The Author:

BCR-FeganBCR Fegan is a multi-award-winning author who has written a number of fairy tales and fantasies for children and young adults.

Raised on a small hobby farm only minutes from some of Australia’s greatest beaches, Fegan grew up inspired by the power of natures ambience. From the intensity of the frequent summer storms, to the overwhelming serenity of a lonely beach in the early hours of the morning. His ravenous appetite for both reading and writing soon saw him drawing on the transformational influence of the world around him to craft short stories, poems and picture books.

As time wore on, Fegan also found inspiration in the magic and depth of authors and compositors like Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault. He was mesmerised by the potency of small but beautiful phrases that were carefully carved from the minds of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Robert Frost. He grew to appreciate the worlds meticulously created by David Eddings, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis.

Eventually, he began to forge his own complete works. Weaving his own magic, piecing together his own phrases and crafting his own worlds. Agonising over plots that would inspire, characters that would be loved and circumstances that would delight. In time, his efforts saw a number of children’s books and young adult fiction produced. Through the efforts of TaleBlade Press, these works are now being published with that same careful dedication.

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Five on Friday

Five on Friday

Five new releases that caught my eye!

 

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The Toll

Cherie Priest

July 9th, 2019

The TollFrom Cherie Priest, the author of The Family Plot and Maplecroft, comes The Toll, a tense, dark, and scary treat for modern fans of the traditionally strange and macabre.

The Verge—New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books for July
Lit Reactor—Most Anticipated Horror Books of 2019

Take a road trip into a Southern gothic horror novel.

Titus and Melanie Bell are on their honeymoon and have reservations in the Okefenokee Swamp cabins for a canoeing trip. But shortly before they reach their destination, the road narrows into a rickety bridge with old stone pilings, with room for only one car.

Much later, Titus wakes up lying in the middle of the road, no bridge in sight. Melanie is missing. When he calls the police, they tell him there is no such bridge on Route 177 . . .

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The Chain

Adrian McKinty

July 9th, 2019

The ChainVictim.
Survivor.
Abductor.
Criminal.
You will become each one.

Your phone rings.

A stranger has kidnapped your child.

To free them you must abduct someone else’s child.

Your child will be released when your victim’s parents kidnap another child.

If any of these things don’t happen:
Your child will be killed.
You are now part of the chain

“You are not the first.
And you will certainly not be the last.”

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Dark Pact
The Mostly Open Paranormal Investigative Agency Book 1

Lisa Manifold

July 17th, 2019

Dark PactBeing cursed is a family affair.

I thought my aunts were the only ones plagued with supernatural doom and gloom. Turns out, it runs in the family. I thought I was doing the right thing by making a promise to my friend, and now, apparently, there’s hell to pay.

When my own personal demon blows my business up, he thinks he’s closed me down for good. But I inherited more than just a demon problem from my aunts – I also got their steadfast unwillingness to let a small setback dictate the terms of my life.

So now my investigative agency is “mostly open” after the hellspawn Madigan’s explosive tantrum, and that’s fine. It’s going to take a lot more than hellfire to make me break my promise.

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The Road From Death:
School of Rebirth and Reincarnation

Tobias Wade

July 15th, 2019

The Road From DeathYou can’t rest just because you’re dead.
Dead souls still have one job to do: they must learn to live again.

And there’s no better place to do that than ‘The Mortuary, the School of Rebirth and Reincarnation.’

There are many different ways to walk the road from death. You can study necromancy and learn to possess a living human, be reborn as a new child, or even animate yourself into the Undead.

Others prefer to connect with nature in their Transhumanism classes to discover their spirit animal which will guide them into a wild new life.

There are even those who favor Demonology, the foul practice of summoning from the Netherworld. Stranger still are those who don’t mind shedding the constraints of mortality to be born again amidst those monstrous ranks.

All who enter the Mortuary must search their past lives for meaning in order to guide who they will become.

The School of Rebirth and Reincarnation is a supernatural series about zombies, demons, vampires, ghosts, and all manner of unspeakably awful things.

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Rogue: Planet Athion
Survivor’s Heart Book 1

Debbie Cassidy

July 8th, 2019

RogueEach Victory is another day I get to continue breathing. Each Victory is a reprieve from Death.
Ever since I was betrayed and taken from my home planet, ever since they pumped me with poison and abandoned me on this asteroid to fight or die, I’ve been surviving.

But I’m not alone.

There are others with me, alien to me, just as I am to them. Separated into Houses we fight as a team on the blood-soaked sands while the elite watch.

Each day is about survival until him.

An outsider, he brings death, but he might also be our salvation.

There can be no us and them. There can be no prejudice. There can only be the team, because together we are stronger.

A Sci fi adventure with a Whychoose romance and part of the Planet Athion world.

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A Boy From The Streets by Maria Gibbs

A Boy From The Streets

 
Two babies abandoned at birth—
one grows up in a life of privilege, the other in poverty.

A Boy from the StreetsOn the 12th of September, 1981, twin boys are born in a Brasilian hospital and left to their fate as orphans. Jose is adopted by a couple who takes him to England, but the other isn’t so lucky. Pedro ends up on the streets of Rio, left to fend for himself in a harsh and unforgiving world.

Love and betrayal.

Twelve years later Jose’s family returns to Brasil, where he learns the truth about his adoption and his twin. Thinking his adoptive parents no longer want him, he runs away to find his brother. What follows will shake Jose to the core and shape the rest of his life—if he can survive.

Murder.

Jose isn’t the only one whose life will change. Pedro is offered an opportunity beyond any of his wildest dreams, but to keep it will mean the betrayal of someone he loves. This proves to be a far greater challenge than he anticipated when the orphan finds himself suddenly surrounded by family who, unfortunately, don’t all have good intentions.

Hopes and dreams.

A Boy from the Streets will tug at your heart-strings and have you rooting for the little guy as you follow the twists and turns this multi-continental tale takes.

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My Review:

I loved this unique and emotional story. It captured my attention and tugged at my heartstrings from start to finish.

Although loved and wanted, Jose and Pedro are separated at birth due to circumstances beyond their parents’ control. While Jose is adopted and lives a life of luxury in England, Pedro is thrown out of the orphanage at a tender age and left scavenging on the streets of Brasil.

A family holiday and a partially overheard conversation leaves Jose feeling unwanted and a chance encounter leads him to his twin.

And that’s all I’m going to say about this completely believable story. Want to know more? Read this fantastic book, then dive into the next in the series, like I’m going to!

 

Meet The Author:

Maria GibbsI started reading and writing from an early age, it has always been my passion and my escape. There are so many worlds out there to discover and to create. I write in many genres, my mind is alive with thoughts and ideas so I allow them free release on paper. If I were to sum up what the common denominator is between my books, I would have to say they tug at the heartstrings – in the main. My reader’s tell me I’ve reduced them to tears. Inspiration comes in many forms and I grab it with greedy hands. I am predominantly a pantser, planning only when needed.

I work full-time but my dream is to be able to make a living from writing and be able to give my undivided time to releasing all the books that are floating around in my over-active brain.

When I’m not writing, I like reading, crafting, running, listening to music or riding my motorbike.

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Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

 

Bound by Blood - Tiffany Shand

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. The weekly Meme wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading.

  • Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
    -BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

A Boy from the Streets
If I’d been Jose, I might have recognised the warning signs—the tone of his voice, his heightened colour, the stiff jut of his chin. I did see them, but I was not Jose, and my fear of this man was not as severe as the pain of starvation I’d lived through.

~A Boy From The Streets by Maria Gibbs

Emergence by McCallum J Morgan

Emergence

Title: Emergence
Series: Hypostasis Book 1
Author: McCallum J Morgan
Genre: Space Opera
Publication Date: August, 2019

 

I await thee, Iara—the Book of Elem

A planet said to be heaven itself is about to appear in the firmament. The armies of the Empire and rebel factions prepare to stake their claims, but an ancient evil has emerged and its eyes have been fixed upon Iara for millennia.

A runaway farm boy and a cult apprentice will both find themselves drawn into the core of this conflict. Their destinies are tangled with those of the Empire, the rebellion, the Church of Elem, a menagerie of monsters, and the universe itself.

Heresy, fellowship, valor, and darkness will all emerge–and be tested to the breaking point.

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Character blurbs:

Tesek Nyme flees his abusive father and leaves his home world to join the Imperial Navy. Struggling with anxiety and alienation, he’s just trying to fit in and survive. War is coming and he will have to rise above it all to save the first friends he’s ever really had and meet his destiny.

Zymar Thrassus is a beast trainer for the nihilistic cult of the Thrik. Enraptured by the Nihil Operas, he dreams of Geszmitt–the last day–but he will come to question all of his beliefs as events unfold and the Thrik aoign themselves with a forgotten evil and an exotic alien culture fighting for freedom from the Empire’s state religion.

Osrua Va’akoth, the Imperial Astrologer, seeks to guide the Regent Princess in preserving the universe from ancient evil, but he must hide his own past and the true heresy of his quest.

 

About the Author:

McCallum J. Morgan writes steampunk fantasy, alternate history, and science fiction, mixing in the mythical and the macabre. He also dabbles in the dark arts of painting and costuming.

Inspired at a young age by the fantasy novels he read voraciously, he set out to become an author. After many failed attempts to write various books, he became superstitious and at last approached what he termed ‘AAAB’ or Attempt-at-a-book, so as not to jinx the thing. It worked.

His first novel was published when he was nineteen and now, at 23, he has a full trilogy of steampunk fantasy, called the Weather Casters Saga, along with the standalone horror-comedy, Ambulatory Cadavers. His writing is inspired by the fiction he loves: old myth, classic horror, and the kinds of books where the characters leap off the page. A bit eccentric, he prefers to appear at signing events and comicons in book-related costumes which he sews himself. He is also a self proclaimed amateur artist, with a predilection for watercolors and coffee…occasionally intermixed by accident.

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