Blog Tour: Killer Queen

Hello readers!

Welcome back to my blog, this time for the Killer Queen blog tour. Killer Queen is the fifth book in the Soho Noir novella series and once again, I’m very excited to be working again with the author T S Hunter and the publishers Red Dog to promote another new release!

Release Date: November 11th 2019

THE SHOW MUST GO ON
It’s 1988. A mild summer after a turbulent political year for LGBT rights. While working as an assistant to a successful Theatre Director, Joe Stone finds himself unwittingly embroiled in another murder investigation. Lexi Goode, a young, up and coming actress has her bright future cut short when she is found murdered in her exclusive top floor apartment in the posh end of Soho. Knowing that the police are as racist as they are homophobic, Joe and Russell inevitably take it on themselves to investigate what happened to the young woman. Along the way they discover illicit liaisons, a string of admirers, a secret life that was helping to pay for the glamorous lifestyle no young actress should have been able to afford. But who would want to kill Lexi? Finding the answer to that question puts Joe in mortal danger and a young police officer in an awkward position.
KILLER QUEEN IS THE FIFTH IN THE SOHO NOIR SERIES.

Get your copy now!: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Killer-Queen-Soho-Noir-Hunter/dp/1913331024/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Killer+queen+soho+noir&qid=1574107495&s=books&sr=1-1

REVIEW: Killer Queen was such a thrilling read, I was definitely not expecting that plot twist at the end (I can’t say what since that would spoil the story!) however, the Soho Noir series is moving quickly into the end of the 1980s in the London district of Soho. As a 21 year old born in 98, I love immersing myself in the Soho surroundings and even listening to some classic 80s tunes as I read (sorry parents!) Joe and Russell reunite for a shocking murder case of a promising actress, who had a hidden secret that could have contributed to the horrific foul play after her well-received performance and acclaim for her acting. For a quick and fulfilling read, I can’t recommend this series highly enough. I really don’t want it to end!

That concludes this tour post. A big thank you to T S Hunter and Red Dog once again for letting me be a part of the Soho Noir release team! See you all soon with a new post.

Alice x

A Halloween TBR! (Get Spooky With Me)

Hello readers!

Happy Halloween to you all, as this post is being written and posted just in time for the spookiest day of the year. I have a mini TBR with three books that look scary, feel scary and… are scary?! Enough of the rambling, let’s get to the actual books!

I just wanted to see you. Before the end. A taut psychological thriller about obsession, fame and betrayal, for fans of Black Mirror.

Cat is in love. Always the sensible one, she can’t believe that she’s actually dating, not to mention dating a star. But the fandom can’t know. They would eat her alive. And first at the buffet would definitely be her best friend, Evie.

Amy uses HeartString, a social media app that allows others to feel your emotions. She broadcasted every moment of her mother’s degenerative illness, and her grief following her death. It’s the realest, rawest reality TV imaginable.

But on the day of Amy’s mother’s funeral, Amy finds a strange woman in her kitchen. She’s rigged herself and the house with explosives – and she’s been waiting to talk to Amy for a long time. Who is she? A crazed fan? What does she want?

Amy and Cat are about to discover how far true obsession can go.

(All I can say about Heartstream is this really looks into the dangers of being fans and the negatives of social media- no ghosts or vampires here!)

Before the birth of time, a monk uncovers the Devil’s Tongue and dares to speak it. The repercussions will be felt for generations…

Sixteen-year-old photography enthusiast Zoey has been fascinated by the haunted, burnt-out ruins of Medwyn Mill House for as long as she can remember–so she and her best friend, Poulton, run away from home to explore them. But are they really alone in the house? And who will know if something goes wrong?

In 1851, seventeen-year-old Roan arrives at the Mill House as a ward–one of three, all with something to hide from their new guardian. When Roan learns that she is connected to an ancient secret, she must escape the house before she is trapped forever.

1583. Hermione, a new young bride, accompanies her husband to the wilds of North Wales where he plans to build the largest water mill and mansion in the area. But rumors of unholy rituals lead to a tragic occurrence and she will need all her strength to defeat it.

Three women, centuries apart, drawn together by one Unholy Pact. A pact made by a man who, more than a thousand years later, may still be watching…

This haunting and captivating mystery redefines the horror and fantasy space.

(I love North Wales as a setting for any thrilling book, so I’m keen to witness everything in its surroundings!)

THE CHILLING DEBUT NOVEL FROM THE CREATOR AND WRITER OF HIT TV SHOW THE KILLING

As the leaves fall, he’s coming for you. . .

One October morning in a quiet suburb, the police make a terrible discovery.

A young woman is found brutally murdered with one of her hands missing.

Above her hangs a small doll made of chestnuts.

Examining the doll, Forensics are shocked to find a fingerprint belonging to a young girl, kidnapped and murdered a year ago.

Can a new killer be the key to an old crime?

And will his spree be over when winter arrives – or is he only just getting started?

(I haven’t started this yet, but I’m already debating about whether to find a rock to hide under!) XD

That concludes this mini TBR post! What books are you reading for Halloween? Do you have any creepy book recommendations to share? Don’t forget to like and comment on this upload, as well as follow me across all my social medias. See you soon with a new post!

Alice x

Is Book Blogging Becoming More Un-affordable?

Hello readers!

Put your hands up if you scream with delight at the special edition release of your favourite book. Maybe it’s finding out that your bookish best friend is starting her own book fandom business. Or perhaps it’s being invited to a book event as a VIP for the first time. We all get excited when we receive ‘that email.’ However, let’s step back a little. All of these scenarios all have one thing in common. They all cost money. Everyone has different backgrounds in life. Some of you reading this may have a full-time job, others a part-time job. Or like myself, are neurodiverse and unemployed. However, it’s the love of books and the kindness of others that bring a strong community of bloggers together. But, as I’ve learnt, there are those out there who are still waiting for the day that they can finally say yes to something.

In the past year or so, I’ve been invited to twelve book events by publishers. First off, the fact that they’ve taken their time out of promoting books and authors to reach out is lovely. Then you learn that every event is based in London. I live approximately 110 miles away and due to rising transport costs on public transport, being able to blog or even vlog at these book launches has become near impossible. Do you have FOMO? I certainly do. Particularly when it comes to anything bookish related. That got me thinking about typing this post up, after I was invited to cover a Literature mini festival in London’s West End this month and yet again, having to say no. Is there anything publishers, authors and even ourselves can do to help?

I’m not hating on anyone that have multiple copies or special editions of any book. After all, everyone has a different budget or even is on a book buying ban altogether. The rise of the #BookishWish hashtag on Twitter in 2018 did bring readers together, surprising others with books that they’ve always wanted to read. I joined it at a time of need, being unemployed and having health issues. It was amazing to see the generosity of others clearly being shown to complete strangers on the internet.

I’ve never had a book subscription box, since I generally can’t afford a subscription to any of them. So, I have tried the rep searches. Since my Instagram feed is more myself holding a book up in front of a shelf, I keep being rejected. I’m not bitter about that, but I’ve clearly noticed that if you don’t get the chance to have opportunities to grow, then your content will often be overlooked.

This is where I say: We need to do something. Someone, somewhere, needs to create an action group. No, I’m not going to be the person to do that since I’m not the best socially at standing and speaking up in front of lots of people. But, if there is a way that funding or mentorship opportunities for bloggers can be created by publishers. If there is a fund that neurodiverse or struggling financially bloggers can apply to so that they can get their travel or accommodation costs covered. Those little things can be life-changing for someone who really needs and deserves their moment to be a part of a special event.

I would like to open this post up for discussion, and would love to hear from any neurodiverse bloggers in the UK or INTL based bloggers about book events and opportunities in their home country. What would you like to be seen done? Please comment below or feel free to message me on my Twitter (www.Twitter.com/MarriedToBooks3)

Thanks for reading! If you are new to my blog and would like to support me, please click the subscribe button. That means a lot. See you soon!

Alice x

Blog Tour: Crazy For You

Hi readers!

Welcome back to my blog, where I am boosting the latest novella in the Soho Noir series: Crazy For You. If you have been subscribed to my blog this year, you may have read my reviews on the others in the series. You can also find my reviews on Goodreads at www.goodreads.com/Marriedtobooks44 and over on my Instagram at www.instagram.com/alicetiedthebookishknot where I try to post daily or every other day. Without further ado, here is my post for the Crazy For You tour!

Release Date: 22nd October 2019

THE COURSE OF TRUE LOVE NEVER RUNS SMOOTH
It’s 1987, and Soho is in the grip of another hot summer. While working part-time in The Red Lion, Joe finds himself agreeing to help a notorious gangster search for her missing girlfriend.
Antonia The Gecko Lagorio is daughter to the ruthless but ageing gang boss, Tony The Lizard Lagorio. When her girlfriend, Charlotte Fenwick, goes missing, Antonia turns to Joe for help, believing her to have been kidnapped by a rival gang.
Charlotte Fenwick is daughter to multi-millionaire, Charles Fenwick—who also happens to be one of Freddie Gillespie’s bigger clients. Keen to keep any hint of a scandal out of the public eye, Charles Fenwick had already asked Freddie to recruit Russell and Joe to help him find his daughter discreetly.
With both of them on the case, Joe and Russell find themselves trying to stop a turf war between the two rival gangs while uncovering all manner of dark secrets about the missing heiress and her troubled life.
Meanwhile Freddie Gillespie has a run in with an old foe that could see him lose both his job and his relationship with Russell.

You can purchase a copy of Crazy For You here (also available for Kindle Unlimited users!)- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Crazy-You-Soho-Noir-Book-ebook/dp/B07Y76RJ7B/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=t+s+hunter&qid=1571768741&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

REVIEW: As one excited fan of the Soho Noir series, I couldn’t believe that book four was ready to read and to re-visit the lives of Joe and Russell, who I’ve grown close to throughout the various cases they have investigated. At just over an hundred pages long, Crazy For You is a thrilling and fast-paced read about Charlotte, her father a millionaire but having some rocky relationship issues. With all the unhappiness, she suddenly disappears and fingers are directed towards a young man who she knew from gangs in London. I loved how easy it felt to immerse myself into the story. There are flashbacks to events that happened previously, yet I was grateful for that as it not fuelled my love for the series, but also ignited my dislike for one character (but that’s because he’s a nasty meanie anyway!) I always say this but I need the next book ASAP!

That concludes this tour post. A big thank you to the lovely team at Red Dog for letting me be a part of the promotional boost for both book and series so far, as well as to the author T.S Hunter and you guys for reading and stopping by my blog. See you all soon with a new post!

Alice x

Returning To Books Specialist Volunteering!

Hello readers!

It’s been a busy few weeks for me offline, as a new chapter of my life is slowly beginning. If you have subscribed/followed me for a few years now, then you may have known that I used to volunteer in a local charity shop sorting through book donations, restocking the shelves and searching up antique gems online for international sales. Since the start of this year, my mental health has become a real issue and what I’ve realised is that if I don’t keep my mind occupied, then my depression gets worse.

Going back to volunteering was a tricky decision to make. I didn’t have the best of experiences the first time round. Yet, I knew that books are a huge part of my life and I certainly want to promote new titles and old rediscovered classics to others. So yes, the news is that I’m back to being a volunteer again! It’s with a different charity this time and in a specialist books and music shop. Right away, I felt at home, being surrounded by customers and other volunteers who are just as passionate about reading and research.

As someone with an invisible disability, I was scared going into signing up that I wouldn’t be taken very seriously. The good news so far in my induction training is that I have been respected and looked after well. I’m not left alone all the time, freaking out over the smallest of things. Every-time new books get donated, I can’t help getting very excited indeed. Cue awkward hopping around like a kangaroo oops XD

I now do 8 hours a week across two days (one during the week, one at the weekend) and always have something to do. My favourite thing I helped to sell was a special edition of an Agatha Christie book for £20! I tweeted also that I was able to hold a 300 year old book in my hands and friends, it is in stunning condition. Fingers crossed that someone comes along and purchases it.

I haven’t bought anything so far, since I really want to focus on reading the books I currently have, plus letting other customers have a fair chance in getting a copy of something. Real bonus if a book someone buys is one I’ve read and loved. There’s lots of Christmas items for sale in the shop already and I will flip if someone drops the chocolate bars and special coffee cups everywhere. They’re great quality and very precious!

I’m still not giving up on my dream of becoming a bookseller/librarian/archivist (yes, such a mouthful and random combination of career goals!) and hopefully, something good comes out of this new chapter. I mean, is it OK to still believe in miracles happening?

Thanks for reading and see you all soon!

Alice x

Blog Tour: Angel Mage by Garth Nix

Hello readers!

Welcome back to my blog and for today’s tour post. This time, I’m excited to be promoting Garth Nix’s debut adult fantasy novel Angel Mage, working with Garth himself and the publishers Gollancz. As part of the promotional tour, I was sent a hardback finished copy of the novel for review. Keep reading to find out more about this exciting new release!

Release Date: 17th October 2019

More than a century has passed since Liliath crept into the empty sarcophagus of Saint Marguerite, fleeing the Fall of Ystara. But she emerges from her magical sleep still beautiful, looking no more than nineteen, and once again renews her single-minded quest to be united with her lover, Palleniel, the archangel of Ystara. A seemingly impossible quest, but Liliath is one of the greatest practitioners of angelic magic to have ever lived, a genius at making icons to summon angels, and supremely adept in forcing them to do her bidding. Liliath already knew that most of the inhabitants of Ystara died from the Ash Blood plague or were transformed into beastlings, and she herself led the survivors who fled into neighbouring Sarance. Now she learns that angels shun the Ystaran’s descendents. If they are touched by angelic magic, their blood will become ashes, or they will turn into beastlings. They are known as Refusers, and can only live the most lowly lives. But Liliath cares nothing for the descendants of her people, save how they can serve her. It is four young Sarancians who fix her interest, for they are the key to her quest: Simeon, a studious doctor-in-training; Henri, a dedicated fortune hunter; Agnez, an adventurous musketeer cadet; and Dorotea, an icon-maker and scholar of angelic magic. The four feel a strange, immediate kinship from the moment they meet, but do not know why, or suspect their importance. Only Liliath knows their secret, and she draws them in to her complex plot, just as she manipulates Queen Louisa and her musketeers; King Ferdinand and his guards; Cardinal Duplessis and her pursuivants; and the Refuser Night King Biscaray and his criminal gangs. All become pawns in Liliath’s grand scheme to fulfill her destiny and be united with the love of her life. No matter the cost to everyone else.

Pre-order this book here!: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Angel-Mage-Garth-Nix/dp/1473227712

Garth Nix was born in 1963 and grew up in Canberra, Australia. After taking his degree in professional writing from the University of Canberra, he worked in a bookshop and then moved to Sydney. There he sank lower into the morass of the publishing industry, steadily devolving from sales rep through publicist until in 1991 he became a senior editor with a major multinational publisher. After a period travelling in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia in 1993, he left publishing to work as a marketing communications consultant . In 1999 he was lured back to the publishing world to become a part-time literary agent. He now lives in Sydney, a five-minute walk from Coogee Beach, with his wife Anna, son Thomas, and lots of books.

REVIEW: As someone who is a first-timer to Garth Nix and his books, Angel Mage’s story-line really appealed to me, even though my most read genre isn’t fantasy. Immediately with the introduction of some gorgeous maps to the kingdom of Ystara, I found myself becoming more immersed into the plot before the starting prologue. I enjoyed the elements of angels and magic together. The slow-building adventure came together within the final 60 or so pages, with thrilling action and some surprises I legitimately didn’t see coming. The four main characters Simeon, Henri, Agnez and Dortea all had interesting aspects to them, with coming together as one group and trying to discover some inner secrets as to why they’ve been bought together. What a ride, brace yourself for some fun!

That concludes this tour post! A big thank you to the author Garth and the lovely team at Gollancz for letting me be a part of the promotional event. Will you be reading Angel Mage? See you soon!

Alice x

Blogtober 2019 Day One- Why We Shouldn’t Look At ‘Numbers’

Hello readers!

I’m attempting to do this crazy month challenge on this blog called Blogtober. Where one new post goes up everyday throughout the month. I’ve tried to do Blogmas before which is a very similar challenge, however, that never worked out for me. Today, I’m kicking off this challenge as a response to a blog review rejection I got a while ago and the tweet I posted in reply to it.

Now, everyone starts off new when they create a blog. I mean, it’s amazing to dream that overnight hundreds of new readers come along and follow all your social medias. But in reality, that doesn’t really happen. Getting the readership is very difficult, particularly if the right opportunities don’t seem to come along.

In the past, I used to apply for book subscription box rep searches or reach out to companies over Twitter and ask about review chances for new books or bookish products. One of either two outcomes happen: They never respond or say “no thanks, you don’t have the right numbers for you to work with us.”

If you are new to my blog, my past history with social media hasn’t always been easy. I’ve had to restart my Instagram on multiple instances due to the lack of engagement or always being turned down for promotional posts/rep applications due to the number of followers. I have 6.3K followers on my IG roughly and yet to myself and lots of others in my shoes, we are still being made to feel inadequate and question our creative abilities just because we don’t have the magic number of people that companies are looking for.

Many hours of upset and anxiety should have been avoided. Instead, yet another rejection flooded into my emails this week reminding me that again, thanks for your time, but 6.3K isn’t enough to satisfy us. We needed at least 15K to really get the word out. All I will say is that I was hurt and quite offended.

I mentioned at the start of this post that are we are all new fish into the sea when we create a blog. Some people go on to get lots of fame, but if you step back and look into the bigger picture, that’s only a tiny fraction of blogger numbers. The rest of us ponder on and most of us (including myself) end up quitting after a while or ignoring our blogs due to the feelings of worthlessness.

I’m here to say as a blogger that companies and reps really need to be more considerate when it comes to selecting bloggers for events and opportunities. I still say that 10 followers, even 5 followers is great because that means there are readers out there who love your content and would happily help to share your affiliate links or boost your IG posts.

I’m slowly learning that right now in the blogging world, if you don’t have the ‘numbers’ to back up your writing or your creative uploads, you’re a failure. You shouldn’t even be blogging or uploading pretty bookish posts onto your IG. We should NEVER EVER be made to feel like we’re not worth it. Blogging is a great outlet and should never be tarnished or cause us to have bouts of anxiety or depression.

My wish would be for companies to look away from the ‘numbers’ and truly see what creators like us can do. I’ve been lucky enough to meet lots of talented writers and creators from around the world but many of them get rejected time after time after time, to the stage where they tweet or write a post saying they don’t feel accepted anymore. Enough is enough.

I will leave my tweet here below this paragraph. Feel free to engage with me here on this blog and on my Twitter at MarriedToBooks3. I would love to hear your thoughts on this matter. Maybe one day the tides will change. I would like to stay hopeful about it.

Yours,

Alice