Alice is Running a Giveaway!

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Hey everyone! See the book above in the photo? I’m delighted to announce that I will be running a giveaway and this is the book up for grabs. In this post, you will learn more about the book, why I am running a giveaway and all of the contest rules on how to enter so stick around because I have to credit my mum for this idea.

The book up for grabs is called The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol, the publishers are Chicken House Books and if you love The Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy or just witches in general, this is the perfect book for you! This is a middle-grade read but I would say children as young as six can read it with an adult. The plotline is about a supposed witch called Arianwyn who sits an assessment that all witches have to pass in order to qualify as a witch. However, the unthinkable happens, Arianwyn fails the assessment and gets banished to a dull, remote place called Lull. Arianwyn happens to have an arch enemy Gimma so when she arrives on Lull also, things are about to get thrown on their heads. There is also a hint of mystery when an unexplained patch of darkness starts to cause havoc with casting spells. Mystery, adventure and witches, how thrilling!

So, why am I giving this book away?

Over the summer break here in England, I won a giveaway for a copy of this book and I was feeling super excited. This year so far has been such a varied reading year for me, reading books from genres that I hadn’t tried out before. I received a copy of the book in the mail with a lovely note from the publishers as a well done for winning. But! Just four days later, another package arrived in the mail from them and it was another copy of The Apprentice Witch! Since then, this copy has been sitting rather strangely on my mum’s mantelpiece looking very lonely indeed and I felt horrible just seeing the book sitting there. It needed love and care but i’m not one to hold on to multiple copies of a book.

Bless Mum, her idea for a giveaway was a really good one. It’s the first time I’ve ever run one so please bear with me if something goes wrong, I don’t want to look like a complete dorkšŸ˜„

Contest entry rules:

  • You must have a Twitter account to enter!
  • RT the pinned tweet on my profile (will have an image of the book on display)
  • In your retweet, say why you would like to win a copy of the book
  • One entry per person please! I will be checkingšŸ™‚

This giveaway will close on Tuesday 27th September at 7PM British SummerĀ Time, a winner will be selected on Wednesday evening at around 8PM since Wednesdays for me are quite busy. The winner will have 48 hours to respond with their mailing address, if I don’t hear from the winner by the end of the 48 hours, I will draw another winner.

I regret to say that this contest is open to UK residents only, i’m really sorry my lovely international friends but shipping costs for me would be quite expensive and since i’m new to all of this, I would like to test-run a giveaway and see what happens.

Feel free to spread the word about the giveaway, I will be announcing the winner on my Goodreads, Twitter and here on the blog too.

Enter here on my Twitter!: https://twitter.com/MarriedToBooks3

Alice x

 

A Very Chatty Post

Hello, it’s mešŸ˜„

No, College hasn’t slowed down for me yet. I’ve actually been thinking loads about my future goals and where I would like to be in a few years time. It’s always hard when you have to sit down and write pros and cons for various ideas and pick the one that is right for you. Being forced into decision making is something I do not enjoy one bit but at the end of the day, it could open up new doors for me. I wasn’t even interested in publishing two years ago and becoming a book blogger. As a reader/lover of books from the age of 2, starting out as a hobby and growing into this reflective heaven today is a sign that my road to the future is rapidly changing.

I hit a milestone with my blog, there is now 51 of you who subscribe to this blog through WordPress and can I just say that never in a million years that I imagine that 51 people or even just 1 person would hit the follow button. Your likes, comments and subscribes keep me going and building up my confindence on the Internet and off it. It’s lovely to see that my blog is gaining the exposure and opened up doors for publishers to add me to their mailing lists for ARCs and blog tours. All because of this blog and all because of you guys so a huge thank you to everyone for your kindness and acceptance in the blogging community. I don’t think I’ve ever felt more accepted in anything in my whole life.

Just ten minutes ago, I hit 1,450 people following my reviews on Goodreads. I only started seriously reviewing books in January and to go from 70 people following me in March to this number today, I’ve started talking about my book reviewing to people away from the Internet and they are just as shocked about my online presence in the blogging community. One person said I’m basically famous but no-one knows which is kind of truešŸ˜›

On Instagram, I applied to become a book box rep for a new book subscription box called The Mystery Book Box however, I was not chosen as a rep and to be honest, I think I know why. I do have the following here and also on Goodreads but not near enough on my Instagram profile. It’s still very much brand new and the photos aren’t the sharpest quality that they could be but I’m learning quickly.

I’m asking you guys to do one small favour for me, it would only take a few moments. If you could promote my Instagram account @aliceandthebookslover on your social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads etc) then that would be great. Joining the Bookstagram community was a huge step-up for me as whenever I’ve tried to showcase my love of books to people, they would laugh at me and block me out completely. It still hurts peoplešŸ˜¦

I did manage to finish reading a couple of books for once! The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon and Song of Princes which I did a blog tour on a few days ago. I’ll post the reviews up on Goodreads as soon as I can.

Hope you guys have a good weekend and I’ll check back in soon, see ya!

Alice x

PS, A few of you have messaged me saying that you don’t get a notification whenever I update my blog with a new post. If this is the case for you, let me know since I’ll try and contact WordPress about it if this is the case.šŸ™‚

 

Blog Tour: Song of Princes by Janell Rhiannon.

 

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Hello everyone! My name is Alice aka Married To BooksĀ and if you are new to my blog today, welcome and I hope that you enjoy my post. Today is my turn to host the blog tour for the book Song of Princes by Janell Rhiannon. I would like to thank Xpresso Book Tours and Janell for the opportunity to take part in the tour as a host. Stay tuned for an exciting treat coming up at the end of this post!

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Song of Princes
by Janell Rhiannon
(Homeric Chronicles, #1)
Publication date: June 22nd 2016
Genres:Ā Adult,Ā Fantasy,Ā Historical

Synopsis:

Sing Muse. Sing of the shining citadel of Troy rising from the hot sands of Asia. Sing of the Greek palaces ascending from their rocky hilltops. Sing of one womanā€™s dream heralding the madness of men and the murder of innocents. From bull dancing rings and wild meadows, the Forgotten Prince must choose between love and a golden crown. From seclusion and safety, the Golden Warrior must choose between his honor and his life. From behind the Great Wall, the Golden Prince must choose between his family and his city. And from a rugged realm on the far side of Greece, the Warrior King must choose between his sonā€™s life and certain exile. Here shepherds and princes, warriors and kings, and seers and lovers seek to conquer their passions, outwit destiny or surrender to it.

PARIS, the FORGOTTEN PRINCE.
ACHILLES, the GOLDEN WARRIOR.
HEKTOR, the GOLDEN PRINCE.
ODYSSEUS, the WARRIOR KING.

Where did their legends begin before their lives converged at Troy in one of the most famous battles of all time? The HOMERIC CHRONICLES tells the stories of Paris, Achilles, Hektor, and Odysseus in one chronological tale, beginning before the ILIAD and ending long after the ODYSSEY. Blending both history and myth, the Homeric Chronicles will satisfy your love of Greek mythology, while paying homage to the original storyteller, Homer.

SONGS OF PRINCES begins with the birth of Paris and Achilles, and introduces us to a young Hektor and Odysseus. The journey of the princes beginsā€¦

Janell Rhiannon has a Masterā€™s degree in history. It was during her years studying Alexander the Great that she came to love the Greek and Roman myths. She loves warfare and romance. Visit her Amazon Author Page or visit her at www.janellrhiannon.com

Fall in love with Greek mythology for the first time or all over again.

ā€¦READ THEM ALLā€¦
#songofprinces
#riseofprinces
#returnofkings
#homericchronicles

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Having not read very many novels on Greek Mythology, I was pleasantly surprised by how engrossed I was sitting back with my cat and reading the book on my iPad during a massive thunderstorm. The story takes place in the build-up towards the brutal Battle of Troy and following the lives of the various Greek Gods and their form of contribution towards the battle. A baby boy is given up for sacrifice but is rescued and without any knowledge of his heritage, eighteen year old Paris is about to come face to face with the harsh reality of his true background.

Plenty of action, thrills and spills, the storytelling was very well portrayed in a world full of myths and legends. For action readers, lovers of Greek Mythology and historical fiction lovers, Song of Princes offers a rich, detailed storyline into the lives of the Gods.

Overall Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

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AUTHOR BIO:

Janell always had her nose in a book, reading by flashlight whenĀ it was “lights out” time. Her love of readingĀ turned to a curiosityĀ about writing. She now writes in all the spare moments she can squeezeĀ out of a day. She also writes fiction and fantasy with some romanticĀ spice for good measure. Janell adores Mythology and Fantasy. AnythingĀ magical and mystical. And dragons. And gargoyles. Her guiding motto: “IĀ tell stories, notĀ genres.”

She currently lives in CA.

Author links:

NOW! It’s time for the exciting announcement, for the very first time on this blog… I’m promoting a giveaway! This is all brand new to me and I am super excited to be a part of this and bring something new to my blog. The giveaway is international and it closes on September 22nd 2016 so take a look at the grand prize on offer:

Giveaway:
Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
  • 2x $25 Amazon gift cards
  • Paperback Triple Firsts (the first book of these series):
    –Song of Princes by Janell Rhiannon

    –Helen of Sparta by Amalia Corosella

    –Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn

 

That’s all for today’s post. Once again, I would like to thank Janell and the team over at Xpresso Book Tours for the opportunity to be part of the blog tour for Song of Princes. Have a great day everyone, see you all soon!

Alice x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Host A Blog Tour Post+My Experiences as an Xpresso Blog Tour Host.

Being a part of blog tours can help increase exposure to your blog and boost up the number of subscribers but lots of you have questions regarding it and if hosting one is fun to do. Questions include:

  • Does having x number of subscribers ruin my chances?
  • What if I don’t like the book i’m meant to review?
  • I’m worried my post will be too short, is length a big issue?
  • What is hosting a blog tour and what’s in it for me?

Hopefully through reading this post, those above questions will get answered and any others that you may have. So first, let’s tackle the issue of subscribers. You DON’T need to be a famous blogger or book reviewer. All you need is the willingness to take part and have a blog that is up and running for everyone to see. I only just hit double digits when I hosted my first blog tour post, but that didn’t hinder my post nor my blog. I just got on with the job of taking part and using all of my social media networks to spread the word.

If you don’t like the book, it’s fine. I mean it, everyone is different when it comes to reading and reviewing books. If the book simply isn’t for you, just contact the person in charge of the blog tour for that book privately and ask to be removed from the tour ASAP. Don’t leave that until the day before the tour is due to hit your blog, that’s unprofessional and all honesty, a bit immature. Another option is to still post and promote the story BUT holding off your review until after the blog tour ends. People will respect your honesty and not judge you should the book not be your cup of tea.

Length does bother me sometimes but if you use the media kit that gets sent to you from the blog tour leader and I mean, using everything that comes with the kit, you will actually be very surprisedĀ at how long your post looks. For my posts,Ā I always use the blog tour banner at the top, a photo of the author, an all about the author bio and a picture of the book cover. One paragraph isn’t a sensible post but half a page is but that’s just my view on it.šŸ™‚

AĀ blog tour is a promotional way of promoting a newly released book or one that came out a while back but is being re-published for example. There are two ways you could get involved in a tour: Approaching a blog tour leader and applying to take part orĀ having those leaders comeĀ to you ifĀ you have an active social media presence. As part of a tour, you agreeĀ to post on a agreed date, time of posting and agree to a reviews policy and not to distribute a digital arc for example. As part of a tour, you have the option of hosting a giveaway, an interview with the author themselves, having an extract from the book or a simple review post. Some like to combine two or three into their post.

To take part in a blog tour, having a sensible attitude is a must. Failure to post and comply the rules will land you in a ton loads of trouble, you could be banned from participating in any blog tours. Keeping in contact with the blog tour leader at all times is a must so should something come up unannounced and you have to move dates or you can’t take part at all, don’t stay silent, MESSAGEĀ the leader!

I am a host with the Xpresso Blog Tours team and that has really opened up not just my activity on Goodreads or Twitter but enabled me to showcase a wide variety of posts on my blog. Blog hits, subscribers and comments have all increased just by working with them andĀ being aĀ part of blog tours. From hosting tours, people on the book scene and blogging scene have started to know my name. They know who I am, what I do and how I do things such as reviewing books. Being a tour host enables me to select the blog tours that I am interested in applying for and as being a host, I do get priority over those who aren’t a blog tour host in being considered for a tour.

I’m delighted to announce that I have a blog tour post comingĀ up tomorrow for… The Song Of Princes Blog Tour with Xpresso which should be really exciting. For you readers, you’ll see my style of posting a blog tour post and then you can decide if blog toursĀ are for you or not right now.

Other things: Be polite, respect the views of others, make sure that your postĀ is readable and free from spelling mistakes and just be yourself when posting. I like to be a little quirky when I post things.šŸ˜‰

Let me know if this post helped you at all, see you all forĀ the blog tour tomorrow on my blog where I will be doing something for the very first time but what will thatĀ be I wonder?…

Alice x

 

 

 

First Week Back at College: I Got Some New Books to Share!

Ahhhhhh, I’m backkkkkkk! I’ve missed you guys over the last week or so, it’s been crazy busy but yes I am now back at College for my third year as a full-time student. My term started back on the Wednesday just gone. Meeting up with my new classmates for the first time was a bit nerve-racking but ourĀ teacher is ever so nice andĀ I wasn’t yelled at for once! For those who know me personally since I have a couple of close familyĀ members that read my blog, enrolling for my course last year was super stressful. Four hours just to get things all sorted and getting yelledĀ at. But that’s a story for another time!

Obviously, what’s one of the first things youĀ do when you start a new term? You goĀ out and buy books during break time of course :PĀ and the above Instagram photo is the books that I got (featuring my knee since I needed something to prop the books up against.)

I am excited for all three of these books. Endgame reminds me a lot with The Hunger Games which is an awesome trilogy of books, Confess is my very first Colleen Hoover read which I am very excited about and The Chosen One was an impulse buy. I don’t know too much about it but from what I read from the inside cover, this is a story that tackles a topic I studied in GCSE History at school but this isn’t a History book.

The best thing about College is that I am not in Monday to Friday. I only go in for 2 and a half days a week at the moment which means I can spend my time planning out different blog posts, reading books for publishers, sorting out more blog tour opportunities. I am drafting a post currently about how to host a blog tour which I will release later today hopefully. This is something that I’ve wanted to discuss on my blog because I have had a lot of interest from my Goodreads followers over the various blog tours that I have taken part in back early in the summer so I thought that sharing my tips and advice would be pretty handy for all of you who are interestedšŸ˜‰

I have a very exciting blog tour coming up on Tuesday so stay tuned for that.

Alice x

PS I hit 100 followers on my Instagram/Bookstagram account a few days ago and had my first promotional shout-out today which was very exciting indeed.šŸ˜€

The Liebster Bloggers Award!

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I would like to thank Megan over at Bookslayer Reads for the nomination. Sorry its taken so long to type this post up. It’s my final day of summer break here before term starts back tomorrow, I am looking forward to autumn and winter 2016!image

  • Create a post to accept the award! Thank the person who nominated you and link back to his/her blog (it would help if you included a little information about it).
  • Display the award on your blog. You can save the image and upload it to your blog post and/or add it as a widget on your blog.
  • List 10 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 5-10 blogs you admire that have less than 200 followers.
  • Post your answers to the questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • List these rules in your post.
  • Ask your nominees 10 questions after tagging them in the post.

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  1. I have Cynophobia which is a fear of dogs.
  2. I love photography.
  3. My favourite season of the year is summer.
  4. My favourite school subject was History.
  5. I don’t like rain.
  6. I have never been abroad.
  7. Favourite bands include The Stone Roses, Five Seconds of Summer and Paramore.
  8. I love silent movies.
  9. If I had a magic carpet, I would travel to LA.
  10. Biggest ambition is to ownĀ a bookstore.

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1. Is there a certain book that reminds you of your childhood?

There are certain books but not really one that stands out. I remember reading Animal Ark when I was around the age of 7 after I started to become obsessed with animals. My parents used to take me to the zoo when I was just an infant because I had a thing for lions.

2. What’s the longest book you’ve ever read? And how long was it?

I tried to read Gone With The Wind which was around 1,000 pages long but when someone requested the copy I had since it was a library one, I had to return it back.

3. Do you have any signed copies of books?

Yes, I met the author Jacqueline Wilson when I was 11 years old, I had Asking For It signed by Louise O’Neill and a book signed by a crime detective author Peter Lovesey.

4. Do you prefer to read standalone books or books in a series?

It really depends on the series content. As long as the series isn’t more than 10 books, other than that standalones are really fun to read too.

5. Do you have any pets?

I have two pet cats and two elderly fish that still keep fighting even though both are over 7 years old!

6. What’s your favorite thing to do (besides read)?

After reading, my biggest passion is music so I love to create my own music playlists for whatever mood i’m in or if today is a road trip day for example. I do some writing sometimes and also love to take my smartphone out to do some random photography.

7. What’s your biggest pet peeve?

People mistaking me for a kid, it does my head in. I’m 18 but only 5 foot 3 inches tall. My closet friends are around 6 foot tall so if i’m with them and someone comes up and asks if i’m 10, steam boils out of my ears. I also have kind of a baby face too which doesn’t help matters.

8. What do you use as bookmarks?

Normal bookmarks. My favourite one has cats on it because I love cats.

9. What’s your favorite type of music?

I listen to anything, 70s Metal, 80s Synthpop, 90s R&B, you name it. I don’t have a favourite because all genres are my favourite.

10. If you could meet and have dinner with one author, who would it be?

Most likely Suzanne Collins because I would love to chat to her about The Hunger Games (psst, it’s like my favourite trilogy ever!)

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Well, I don’t really know who to nominate so anyone who reads this post is nominated!

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So….. If you read this post, my questions for you are…

  1. Favourite time of day for reading books?
  2. Do you read a book before you go to see the movie version or the other way around?
  3. On average, how many books do you purchase per week?
  4. Best holiday you’ve ever been on?
  5. When were you last speechless?
  6. Least favourite school subject?
  7. How long have you been blogging for?
  8. Favourite flavour ice-cream?
  9. What was your most romantic moment?
  10. Have you ever won a book giveaway and if so, what did you win?

That’s it for this blog post, thanks so much for reading and supporting. Have a great day!

Alice x

PS, Follow my new Instagram/Bookstagram account @aliceandthebookslover.

 

 

 

 

 

I have a New Instagram!

Hey everyone!

This is just a very quick social media update post for all of you. Last year, I joined Instagram for the first time under my account username marriedtobooks44. However, this was when things were going really rough for me and updating the account regularly flew back to the edge of my mind so I became in-active. After two weeks of thought, I decided this morning would be the day to create my new account.

This is the link to my new Instagram/Bookstagram account:Ā https://www.instagram.com/aliceandthebookslover/Ā 

It would mean the world to me if you could all follow me there and show your support for not just my photos but also my love of books. I’ve learnt a lot about creating an attractive Instagram account and book accounts are huge at the moment.

I hope you enjoy my new account and thanks for your continued support, see you there!

Alice x