May 20, 2016

Waking Up Dead Review


I participated in the book tour for this novel a couple of years ago, so it went onto my TBR pile. I'm so glad I read it. It has likeable characters and some real 'edge of your seat' storylines. I love a good heart-racing moment in my fiction.

May 12, 2016

Cat Thursday - #AmStudying




Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.





May 11, 2016

Go Clean, Sexy You by Lisa Consiglio Ryan + Guest Reviewer and Giveaway (US/CA)

Introduction:

by Kate Campbell

Today I welcome two guest posters. Firstly, the gorgeous Lisa Consiglio Ryan, who is the author of the cookbook, Go Clean, Sexy You. She discusses her book and her lifestyle.

I welcome Lisa to my blog, as I know first hand the importance of a holistic approach to your health. This is how I now approach my health. One is treating the symptoms, two is taking care of my mind and three is looking after my body, which includes food, exercise and massage therapy. At least that's my approach. I am glad that someone is approaching the idea of detoxing properly, through your liver! That's the only way your body can detox (not through your feet or any other random treatment). Look after your liver with these great food ideas. I hope Lisa's book will help you. Please remember to talk to your doctor or health professional if you are starting a new regime.

Secondly, I welcome Mae Carr who has kindly done a book review of Lisa's book. I have been so busy with classes, I haven't had much time to read. So I really appreciate her input. You can catch up with Mae on Twitter.

All the goodies after the break:

May 6, 2016

Debbie Macomber Coloring Book

SYNOPSIS

The heartwarming novels of Debbie Macomber are known for their colorful locales, cheerful themes, and inspiring messages, and that spirit of comfort and generosity are on dazzling display throughout this one-of-a-kind collector’s item. Packed with dozens of intricate knitting images, soothing landscapes, and cozy scenes from the long-running Rose Harbor and Blossom Street series, The World of Debbie Macomber is brought to life in black-and-white by acclaimed illustrators. There’s no place like home—and there’s no coloring book quite like this one.

DETAILS

First Published: April 26, 2016
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780425286074

COME HOME TO COLOR BOOKMARK SET PRINTABLE

Apr 28, 2016

Cat Thursday




Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This fun meme is hosted by The True Book Addict. Go over to her site to join in the fun.




More pics after the jump...

Apr 2, 2016

The Host by Stephanie Meyer




I like to talk about these things long after they are fashionable. 

I don't like to get caught up in the hype and forget to express my own thoughts on works. 
I read The Host a few years back when Twilight was all the rage, and I found I enjoyed it more that the Twilight series, even though I am a vampire fan, and I did quite enjoy Twilight as a light read. 

Feb 17, 2016

The Casual Vacancy



I didn't read this book in 2012, during the much publicised release, but I did buy it. I wanted to wait. I wanted to put some distance between myself and some of the reviews I read. I wanted to forget that JK Rowling wrote it, so I wouldn't make the mistake others did of trying to compare it with Harry Potter, which is like comparing apples and oranges (to use an old phrase). In the end I forgot to read it at all.

Then one day I saw the audiobook in the second hand shop. I bought it and listened to the story read by Tom Hollander in my car. It's a great way to make good use of my travel time and help get into my TBR pile.

Synopsis: When Barry Fairbrother dies suddenly, the town of Pagford is in shock. Then comes the realisation that his passing makes a casual vacancy available in his seat on the council. The parish is already firmly divided on politics, especially the issue of the Fields, an estate with a poor reputation,  and a methadone clinic which some of the Pagford Parish Council would like to see closed forever.
With Barry's position becoming available, each side tries to ensure their candidate gains the seat. Chaos ensues. Secrets are revealed, slurs are made, people lose their cool and lines are drawn. The ending is completely unsettling, and brilliant.

I was disappointed to hear that many of the important social statements are going to be left out of the mini-series, as they are considered too dark. People don't like a mirror being held up to their behaviour, and they don't want to really think about the consequences of their actions on other people. I think J K Rowling was brave to shine a light on some of these issues, and I look forward to reading more of her work written for adults.

Jan 13, 2016

Reviewer's Choice Awards - Beck Valley Books (Guest Post)

2015 brought us so many fabulous books, both stand alone reads and part of wonderful series, here are the reviewers top three favorite series..... 

Top 3 Book Reviewers SERIES Choice for 2015