And I’m not sure my brain is up to the book I’m reading for next week’s review post. It’s very … odd? Not bad odd, but confusing and I don’t think my brain is clear enough to read it. That being said, I’m 39% of the way through without much effort.
Well, for a start I’m moving sometime in the next two weeks, but other than that I have a busy month for book reviewing and blog tours her at Rosie Writes…
First up, on 4th July there will be a review of Broken Branches by M. Jonathan Lee, from a new publisher called Hideaway Falls. I found them on Twitter, and it should be an interesting read, from the blurb. I got sent some nice bookmarks too.
On 8th and 10th July, we hear from James Sandlin and I review his new book, Outbreak Mutiny. I am reading it now, I’m enjoying it and can’t wait to tell you all about the book. This is a blog tour organised by Books & The Bear.
On 20th July, I will be taking part in the blog tour for Discoucia by Nicholas Lovelock, which will include an extract and author spotlight posts. This is a blog tour organised by Rachel Gilbey of Authoright, on behalf of Clink Street Publishing. I’m waiting for the material for the extract and author spotlight posts, but Rachel is the best and I’m sure I’ll have them before too long. In August I’m taking part in the Clink Street Summer Blogival, where I’ll have two historical novels for you.
On 22nd July there will be an extract from An Almond for a Parrot, by Wray Delaney, a novel I reviewed earlier this month. The publisher, HQ, an imprint of Harper Collins, has organised this book tour. I enjoyed the book and can’t wait to share an extract with you.
In personal book news, Hidden Fire will be featured on Writing Magazine’s Facebook page on 21st July around or before noon. I am quite happy about this.
I’ve been thinking about the ‘monsters’ in Beowulf recently. I don’t think they’re all that monstrous, if anything they’re probably justified in their actions if you look at events from their point of view.
I’m still planning to publish my book Hidden Fire this summer. I’ve made some progress. A couple of weeks ago I printed the whole book out and have been slowly editing. It took me the best part of two weeks to go through the first 11 chapters, but this weekend I’ve really put my back into it (because I haven’t the energy for anything else) and completed the read through. I’ve made some changes to the printed version and I now have to go back to my computer and make the changes in the document.
Yesterday a friend from university shared a video about formatting a book for publishing on Kindle, so I watched that and had a go at it. I have saved the original document too, so it’s not a big deal if I mess up. I currently have a file with the book formatted for Kindle, and another for the print book. I’m sure there’s front matter I’m missing and I need to find out about ISBNs and bar codes, but I’m getting there.
I’m waiting to hear back from my cover designer, but Michelle is busy working on her second novella, The Deceived, the follow up to her recently published The Bound. It’s understandable that she wants to concentrate on her own writing right now so I’m not going to be pushy. There’s eight weeks yet until publication date.
And other things I’ve been up to in the book department.
August is here and with it the sound of screaming kids playing in the streets, barbecues and my long-awaited holiday. This first I’ve ever been on alone, my first abroad and the first time I’ve done all the booking online – just the online check-in to do. I haven’t had a holiday in fifteen years. We’re off to Paris for three nights to celebrate my friend’s birthday. I’m very excited, two weeks from now I’ll be flying (again, first time in twenty-seven years) from Leeds-Bradford to Charles de Gaulle. It’s a big adventure for me.
Good evening readers, I thought it might be time for a bit of an update, since I’ve been so quiet this month on the reviewing front. I’m tired. It’s the heat and the amount of light; I sleep at odd hours and I’m not really in the mood to look at a screen all day because my eyes hurt. Continue reading →