Blog Tour: Breathless

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Hello readers! The end of October is fast approaching and while most of us have been reading some spooky stories (myself included) I signed up to participate in the blog tour for Breathless, the first book in a new Adult Contemporary Romance series by Leigh Lavalle. This post will contain more details about the book, my spoiler-free thoughts and an international giveaway so, get excited and let’s begin!

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Book details:
Breathless
by Leigh LaValle
(Yoga in the City, #1)
Publication date: May 27th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Synopsis:

A sassy new romance from a USA Today Bestselling Author…

After moving cross-country yet again, Hannah Roberts wants to put down roots in Colorado. She’s sunk her life savings into a share of Bloom Yoga Studio, but the studio is losing money, and fast. The building is undergoing a messy, noisy renovation–and the hot carpenter in charge is distracting her yoga students in more ways than one. If Hannah can’t talk the hard-bodied builder out of his power tools, she might as well kiss her dreams goodbye.

When Jake Marshall returned from Afghanistan, he brought back an injured knee and a lot of bad memories. He just wants to finish this renovation, rehab his knee, and head for Alaska to leave it all behind. A sexy yoga teacher doesn’t fit into his plans. But when Hannah offers him private sessions in exchange for quiet hours—he’s all in.  He doesn’t expect that while she’s healing his knee, Hannah will poke at all his hidden wounds…and come dangerously close to breaking open his heart.

Purchase:

 

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AUTHOR BIO:
Leigh LaValle is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and historical romance. She lives in Montana with her family. When she is not chasing kids, bemoaning the laundry, or carving out time to do yoga, she is sneaking away to write. She would rather read than sleep, and cannot imagine a better job than writing romance. She is also a certified yoga teacher, but is not nearly as flexible as she once was.

Awards and Nominations
RT Book Reviews 4 stars…..TOP PICK Night Owl Reviews….Nominated BEST HISTORICAL The Romance Reviews….Nominated for Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award…Nominated Best Historical Romancing Rakes

Author links:
REVIEW: I don’t know about you but I absolutely love Yoga, I’ve found that it helps me to feel more relaxed and have some sort of control over daily goals I set myself every morning when I wake up. Breathless is the first book in the Yoga in the City series including romance, emotional stories and… Yoga. In this book, we follow main characters Hannah and Jake. After a bad relationship break-up, Hannah arrives in Colorado, USA to set up a Yoga studio called Bloom. However, the studio is losing money fast and the noisy construction work on the building where the studio is housed is causing issues for students attending classes. The new landlord Jake, an Afghanistan veteran, is struggling with the ghosts of his past and tries to throw himself into the construction work to help take his mind off of things. With a knee injury, Hannah offers to help with 1 to 1 sessions but doing so could open up wounds for both of them that they are trying to heal closed.
Breathless was a steamy, fast-paced read in the beautiful Colorado settings. I have never been abroad personally but hearing the descriptions of the woods and mountain tracks, I am very interested to pack my bags and go for a hike! I don’t normally read a lot of adult romances but felt Breathless was the perfect length and really opened up about the various Yoga positions which I may try myself (providing that I don’t cause damage to my Mum’s china plates!).
I’m excited to see where this series goes. If you are over 18 and love romances that are spicy, emotional and heart-braking, look no further.
Now, onto the giveaway opportunity! As part of the Breathless tour, the following prizes are up for grabs!
Giveaway:

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
  • $25 gift card to Amazon or BN
  • 3 Kindle copies of Breathless

To be in with the chance of winning any of the prizes above, click on this link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232103/

Entries close on the 9th of November 2017 and is open internationally!

That concludes this post! Thanks so much for stopping by and having a read, don’t forget to stop by all of the other blogs that are participating on the tour as well as follow Xpresso Blog Tours and Leigh on social media. Once again, thanks to both Xpresso and Leigh for letting me be a part of this tour.

Alice.

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Announcing My Nanowrimo 2017 Project: Letters To Myself!

October 29th 2017

Guys, I have some serious news that I would like to share with you. Full-time student Alice is about to tackle another hurdle to her already planned busy November 2017, participating in this year’s Nanowrimo, a global writing event where the aim is to write 50,000 words by the end of the month.

This post will be announcing important details surrounding my project and ways that you can read it and support me in the process! So, without further ado, get excited for the book…

My project title is Letters To Myself, it’s a UKYA Contemporary with a few Paranormal elements thrown in because I like to scare XD but it will all be written in the form of letters. I have written in letter form before and honestly, I found it a lot of fun and creative. So, I’m bringing it back!


One girl, one year, fifty-two letters.

Letters To Myself will follow the life and experiences of main character, seventeen year old Morwenna as she navigates through the worlds of sixth form, leaving childhood, first love and grief. A coming of age story where life lessons will be learnt and shared, written down and kept hidden away from nosy eyes belonging to her brother and friends.

The recommended reading age for this story is 15+ and is a standalone novel. Morwenna is inspired by some of my own habits and hobbies and the surrounding areas where she lives, inspired by my own city living experiences.

Letters To Myself will be available to read online on Tablo and Penana, two free online writing websites, both have mobile apps which you can purchase from the App Store.

I’m really excited to work on Letters To Myself, this will be the fourth time participating in the main November event but I’ve never won. Hopefully this is the year? We’ll have to wait and see!

Add me as a buddy on Nanowrimo: http://www.Nanowrimo.org/Marriedtobooks44

Also super close to 900 followers on Twitter, add me there to see daily progress tweets on my writing: http://www.Twitter.com/MarriedToBooks3

That’s all for this post, will be back tomorrow with a blog tour stop! Thanks for reading and supporting, see you all soon!

Alice x

Introducing My Boyfriend To The Book Community 

Readers,

Don’t you find new things in life just that little bit scary? I certainly found joining Goodreads two years ago to be quite nerve-wracking but what if you introduce someone very close in your life to the one thing in your life that keeps you going (and spending a huge ton of money on) annoying your family? That’s just what happened to me and my boyfriend.

I met my current boyfriend six years ago when we both attended the same High School, I was twelve and he was eleven and at the time, we had our own friendship groups and didn’t really talk much to each other until spring of this year. Well, I was super late to joining the ‘Snapchat’ craze and was trying to find people to add. Well, myself and my now boyfriend were Facebook friends and one day, he posts a status asking if any of us used Snapchat. I saw it, added him and the rest they say is history.

Our first date (which I asked him on) was a book shopping one where I dragged him into bookshops in my home city and pointed out every book I was interested in and let’s just say that I’m interested in more than 10,000 books at least 😛 Anyway, he was interested to know more and in particular when I dropped the two magic words ‘Free Books’ at him.

Both of us recently celebrated our two month anniversary by um… Buying books? No surprise there. But he did treat me to the books in the photo above. A chain here in the UK called WHSmith were doing a deal on the new Phillip Pullman book La Belle Sauvage where if you purchased a copy, you get a free book, either Artemis Fowl or Sarah Driver’s The Huntress: Sea. In one of my previous blog posts, I mentioned seeing Sarah at one of the events at Bath Children’s Literature Festival but at the time wasn’t able to pick up a copy (I had to leave that event straight after it ended) but I’m super excited to read it! 🙂 

It’s lovely to see my boyfriend reading books somewhat but amazing that even though my obsession was books and writing are crazy most of the time, he’s very supportive about it which that is all I’ve ever wanted from a romance ❤

Add my boyfriend’s book Twitter at: https://www.twitter.com/G_BuriedInBooks

That’s all for this soppy post, let me know if you have managed to get a loved one to read and blog about books! See you all soon.

Alice x

Blog Tour: The Girl Who Saved Ghosts

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Hello readers! Welcome back to my book blog where today’s post is for the blog tour currently running on a YA Paranormal read: The Girl Who Saved Ghosts. This is the second book in The Unbelievables series which you do need to read the first book: The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts before reading this one. I have a spoiler-free review for this book which you can read here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2162380203 and I gave 4.5 out of 5 stars too. This post will include a giveaway, my thoughts on The Girl Who Saved Ghosts and more about the author, so let’s go!

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Book details:

The Girl Who Saved Ghosts
by K.C. Tansley
Publication date: October 17th 2017
Genres: Mystery, Time-Travel, Young Adult

Synopsis:
She tried to ignore them. Now she might risk everything to save them.

After a summer spent in a haunted castle—a summer in which she traveled through time to solve a murder mystery—Kat is looking forward to a totally normal senior year at McTernan Academy. Then the ghost of a little girl appears and begs Kat for help, and more unquiet apparitions follow. All of them are terrified by the Dark One, and it soon becomes clear that that this evil force wants Kat dead.

Searching for help, Kat leaves school for the ancestral home she’s only just discovered. Her friend Evan, whose family is joined to her own by an arcane history, accompanies her. With the assistance of her eccentric great aunts and a loyal family ghost, Kat soon learns that she and Evan can only fix the present by traveling into the past.

As Kat and Evan make their way through nineteenth-century Vienna, the Dark One stalks them, and Kat must decide what she’s willing to sacrifice to save a ghost.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34619522-the-girl-who-saved-ghosts?ac=1&from_search=true

Purchase:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Girl-Saved-Ghosts-Unbelievables-Book-ebook/dp/B0742JZ7D1/
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-girl-who-saved-ghosts-kc-tansley/1126604900?ean=2940154417829
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-girl-who-saved-ghosts/id1249714435
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/the-girl-who-saved-ghosts

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AUTHOR BIO:
K.C. Tansley lives with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, and two quirky golden retrievers on a hill somewhere in Connecticut. She tends to believe in the unbelievables—spells, ghosts, time travel—and writes about them.

Never one to say no to a road trip, she’s climbed the Great Wall twice, hopped on the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, and danced the night away in the dunes of Cape Hatteras. She loves the ocean and hates the sun, which makes for interesting beach days. The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is her award-winning and bestselling first novel in The Unbelievables series.

As Kourtney Heintz, she also writes award winning cross-genre fiction for adults.

You can find out more about her at: http://kctansley.com

Author links:
http://kourtneyheintz.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13530245.K_C_Tansley
https://www.facebook.com/kourtneyheintzwriter

Review: The Girl Who Saved Ghosts was a great follow-on read, the main character Kat is back and with more mysteries to solve. When the bloodstained ghost of a young girl visits her, this brings her back into contact with relatives from her past that she has never met including the father who left her seventeen years ago. Arriving in Dumbarton, Kat and Evan must work together against the dangers of the “Dark One” and time-travel back in Vienna in 1831 to rescue a dagger which went missing that year. Their actions, spells and words could alter their lives forever.

What I really love about this series is how visual it is, I found it very easy to immerse myself within the story. The time-travel aspect has kept my interest as well as the developing relationship between Kat and Evan. Personally, there was a tear in my eye when Kat sees her family for the first time, the ending did feel a little rushed again as in the first book (The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts) hence the 4.5 stars. The ancestral connect between all of the characters and their interesting histories also bring a sense of atmosphere into the series.

This is a series that you need to read in chronological order, I’m super excited for book 3 when it is released (I don’t know when that will be) but out of all of the time-travel novels I’ve ever read, The Girl Who Saved Ghosts is most definitely one of the better ones!

Giveaway: Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
3x signed copy + swag + personal note from author

To be in with a chance to win, then click on this link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232088/ The giveaway is international and closes for entries on November 2nd 2017

That concludes this post, a big thank you to the author Kourtney and Xpresso for letting me be a part of the tour. Don’t forget to stop by the other blogs that are participating and read their posts. See you all soon!

Alice x

 

I read Six Spooky Books!- #Spookathon Wrap-Up Post

Hello readers!

It’s now my half-term from College, I’ve been off since Saturday and don’t go back until Halloween so until then, I’m going to be working on assignments as well as doing some writing and reading! Between the 16th and 22nd of October, I participated in a reading challenge called Spookathon which was run by three other Twitter users and booktubers/bloggers and had a list of challenges to complete but… I kind of rebelled and only read books that were horror themed and needed to be read ASAP.

I read a grand total of six books which considering this readathon was running on the last week of my first term, that’s pretty good and something to be proud of. Here are the six books I read:

 

I have spoiler-free reviews for all of these books except for The Taste Of Blue Light which is only available to read on this blog since the post length is quite long. To see what I thought about any of the books in the image above, add me on Goodreads: http://www.Goodreads.com/Marriedtobooks44

Out of the six read, my favourite read was Fir by Sharon Gosling, it was creepy, mysterious and very very chilling.

I really enjoyed being a part of this reading experience and connecting (particularly on Twitter) with other participants and seeing what they were reading. If you are looking for something fun that is related to books, consider giving a reading challenge a go!

Add me on Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/MarriedToBooks3

Other news!:

So, I reached 3000 followers on my Goodreads last night which is honestly so incredible, never even predicted that it would happen to me but it did and I’m blown away just by how one simple idea on an August day two years ago has turned into a dream that I simply don’t want to leave. A big thank you to all who follow me there, I love you very much ❤

I have a ton of new posts coming up including two blog tour posts, one tomorrow and one next Monday as well as my Nanowrimo project reveal which will be this Sunday and somewhat of a soppy post featuring my boyfriend 😉

That’s all to come but in the meantime, thanks so much for reading and see you soon with a new post!

Alice x 

The Taste Of Blue Light (Full Review+Discussion Post)

Note: All my thoughts in this post will be spoiler-free and will not affect you if you haven’t read the book yet!

Hello readers! It’s Alice from Married To Books and currently participating in a readathon on Twitter. It’s now halfway through and so far, I’ve managed to read six books including the one that I’m going to be discussing my thoughts on in this post today: The Taste Of Blue Light by Lydia Ruffles. I am part of a YA Book Group at my local library which meets once a month and all of the group members received the opportunity to read and review this from the publishers Hachette. We were provided with ARCs of the book as well as a list of discussion questions which I am going to be responding to on this post! Let’s talk about The Taste Of Blue Light itself first.

This YA novel has the main character Lux Langley who is an Artist, she aspires to be creative but that all changes when she goes to a house party and then wakes up in hospital, having no idea why she’s there or what happened at the party. Her dreams are invaded by the colour of red (the ARC edition above is in red) and she only has a limited amount of time to work out exactly why she’s getting the headaches before she ends up being sent away from her boarding school that she attends. The pain that Lux goes through as well as the attempts to avoid speaking to parents, showed that she is struggling emotionally to keep her life in balance. I liked the whole aspect behind colours, dreams, art which I do have an interest in Art History and the setting of the school that Lux attends. It does touch on mental health issues which as someone with an anxiety disorder, I do respect and am keen to see how a character is portrayed in a story if they also have anxiety for example. There was a paragraph on self-harm which was emotionally challenging to read, the last quarter of the book was what really made me stop and think, taking real-world events and writing about them is very difficult to accomplish but with The Taste Of Blue Light, it actually felt more realistic to read even though the events themselves were horrific. I like to read stories that transport me away from reality BUT also have little reminders about the land that we live on today. There are also references to drug-taking and sex which I feel does make this book an upper YA novel. At my local library, there’s a YA section and a YA+ section with books suitable for age 16+. I say The Taste Of Blue Light is 16+ due to the content.

Overall, this was generally not what I was expecting to read and enjoy but pleasantly enough, I was left very surprised about how much The Taste Of Blue Light spoke to me. Lux’s struggles, her relationships with her friends and parents, going out into the real world after some difficult times, this book will be the splash of red into your daily lives.

Rating: 4/5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Discussion time!

As part of the opportunity to read and review The Taste Of Blue Light, we were also given this list of questions. So, I decided to answer them with my honest thoughts but not giving away what happens in the story. The following questions are:

 

Question 1: How is colour used in the book- does it help tell the story and/or develop Lux’s character?

The colour red means nightmares, danger, fear. In one of the early chapters in the book, Lux is in the hospital and she is asked to match up numbers with a colour, taste and smell that she associates with it, this is part of the testing that the nurses did to try and come to a conclusion as to why Lux lost her memory. The term ‘Blue Light’ I feel symbolises the colour Blue being depressing, Lux herself mentions that if you feel blue, take yourself and your life and paint it with a different colour.

Question 2: Do you think creating things can help people understand themselves and each other?

I feel that each and every of us are artists just like Lux and want to use their imagination to create a beautiful portrait painting for example. Keeping a reflective journal has helped me to know more about myself and how I used to behave in the ways I did (fourteen year old me, I’m ashamed of you) but I feel that being creative and not following any set rules can bring others together in discussion and enable understanding of who we are and how we live.

Question 3: What clues does the author give regarding the truth about Lux’s blackout?

There’s one clue that stood out to me a lot and that was when Lux found in a notebook a list of words in a collection such as Articulate and Nyctophilia. During a conversation she has with Cal, he mentions a word Basorexia which means a passionate desire to kiss someone. From this, Lux remembers from her life before the hospital incident, a girl that she used to know but feels that her mind is playing tricks on her. This memory however plays a role later on in the book.

Question 4: Did you find the book funny and why is humour important to the story?

I have to be honest here and say that I read the entirety of The Taste Of Blue Light with a completely emotionless face, not laughing, instead more focused on the action  between Cal and Lux and also Lux with Dr Baystone who she sees for talking therapy groups and 1 to 1 discussions. One conversation between Cal and Lux however was amusing, when they interviewed each other and Lux said her favourite flavour was piano when she actually meant to say pistachio. Humour is important I feel in the story because of the overall story subject content, it makes the reading experience more comfortable and also makes the characters (mainly Lux, Cal, Mei and Olivia) more realistic since they are all teenagers who are up for a laugh and ready to explore the world, letting their hair down, if neither of the characters joked or were happy, I would have found it to be quite difficult to read.

Question 5: How vital is setting to the story?

As a visual learner and reader, setting and worldbuilding mean a great deal to me, I love to be in the same world as the characters and seeing firsthand what they get up to. I found the setting of Richdeane Arts School to be a mix of Hogwarts (from Harry Potter) and Whyteleafe (from Enid Blyton’s The Naughtiest Girl In The School series) by students not doing traditional subjects but rather have the freedom to go into various studios and express their creativity however they wish. There are rules in the School but the overall picture is not a lot of bad events or naughty students getting into trouble happen. There were descriptions about some of the classes that the students attended which was interesting to read more about.

Question 6: Do you consider Lux a heroine? 

This is the hardest question out of the list for me to answer but I actually don’t consider Lux a heroine, I say Mei is more of the heroine in The Taste Of Blue Light as she is the person that is looking out for Lux the most. Whenever Lux is unwell or having difficulty with things, Mei is there to watch over and make sure that she is OK. That for me personally is someone being a hero and not letting the confusing mystery of Lux’s headaches and loss of memory get in the way.

Question 7: What will you remember most about The Taste Of Blue Light?

I will remember a few things; That for Lux, it took time to finally be herself again which in life, it does take time to find the routes that you want to travel down. Also, the power of not giving up, using creative methods to find your voice and the colour red that features predominantly and creates fear for Lux herself. The aspect of the colours as a whole made the storyline interesting and created suspense for when Lux tries to remember a fragment from her past.

That wraps up this post! It was a long one but I really hope that you enjoyed reading it, a big thank you to the YA Book Group and Hachette for the amazing opportunity, I look forward to Lydia’s next novel. Leave a comment in the comment section below if you have read or are planning to read The Taste Of Blue Light. See you all soon with a new post!

Alice x

Two Years on Twitter: A Lookback

In a couple of weeks time, it will be two years since I joined Twitter with the aim of connecting with other bloggers, authors and publishers and I have to credit the app for enabling me to do just that. As a 17 year old newbie on the social media scene, I wasn’t really sure what to expect and was very tempted after the first month to deactivate my account but I’m super glad that I didn’t do that.

My profile MarriedToBooks3 has seen a lot of things happen within the last two years, the exploring of trending hashtags, entering in giveaways to win some free books and sometimes winning them and meeting some people that have since become really close friends. One of the main things that I’ve noticed is how my blog traffic and audience comments have increased subsequently because of using Twitter on a daily basis.

Last night, I took part in a Twitter chat called #ukteenchat focusing on a book award and getting to ask one of the organisers some questions about the judging process and what trends were appearing in this year’s entries. It was a lovely use of one hour, it was free and I didn’t have to leave my bed or my bedroom to participate. At the end, I tweeted about how much that I had learnt in the hour chat about the publishing industry and hopefully one day being a judge for a book award.

A lot of users through Twitter have followed my other social medias such as my Instagram and Goodreads which have all tied together nicely with my blogging and writing. After two years on Twitter, my goal for the next two years is to keep networking and be an active participant in online chats and not be afraid to speak up if I have a question.

Do you use Twitter and if you do/don’t, has this helped you gain an audience?

If you would like to support my vision for the next two years then please follow my Twitter: www.Twitter.com/MarriedToBooks3

See you all soon!

Alice x