It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

Previously hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey; Now Hosted by Book Date

 

Currently Reading:

 

Chief Inspector Bish Ortley of the London Met, divorced and still grieving the death of his son, has been drowning his anger in Scotch. Something has to give, and he’s no sooner suspended from the force than a busload of British students is subject to a deadly bomb attack across the Channel. Bish’s daughter is one of those on board.

Also on the bus is Violette LeBrac. Raised in Australia, Violette has a troubled background. Thirteen years ago her grandfather bombed a London supermarket, killing dozens of people. Her mother, Noor, is serving a life sentence in connection with the incident. But before Violette’s part in the French tragedy can be established, she disappears.

Bish, who was involved in Noor LeBrac’s arrest, is now compelled to question everything that happened back then. And the more he delves into the lives of the family he helped put away, the more he realises that truth wears many colours.

 

 

 

 

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Last week on the blog:

Let’s Talk Books  With  Kate D, An Avid Romance Reader

Top Ten Tuesday:Top Ten  audiobooks you should listen to!

It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

Sunday Shelve it!

What are you planning on reading this week? Let me know in the comments below🙂

 

 

 

 

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Look! Look! It’s the Gobbledygook!
He’s reading his favourite mon-story book.
He’s taking a look at his mon-story friends.
And this is where the story really begins . . .

When a monster jumps right out of the Gobbledygook’s library book, it takes a bit of clever handling to stop the Scribbledynoodle from scribbling on things it shouldn’t!

Let’s Talk Books With Kate D, An Avid Romance Reader

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Welcome back to another edition of Let’s Talk Books! Today I am super excited to be hosting a fellow avid reader and a good book friend of mine Kate D on the blog as we chat books. I’ve only known Kate for a year now, but I find whenever we are together my TBR triples!

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Seducing My Assistant by J S Cooper.

What’s the last book you bought?

The last book I bought was The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Do you prefer to read books in print or electronically?

I prefer to read in print but due to storage space and cost electronically is more suited to how much I read.

If I was to walk into your house right now, what would you bookshelves look like? Do you have an organisation system (genre, colour, author…) or are you just happy to go with the flow?

If you were to walk into my house my bookshelf is organised by author.

How often do you read?

I read daily.

Describe what you would expect to find in your dream book?

My dream book includes a HEA, children, surprise pregnancy, laughter, tears and a bit of suspense

Describe what you would expect to find in your dream book?

How I chose my next book goes to if it is a author I love and has a new book out I will bump them up over everything. If I have completed those books I will do a random pick from my TBR list.

So you’ve started a book and discover it’s not for you. Are you more likely to discard it or finish it?

I have a habit of I have started a book I have to finish it no matter if I am enjoying it or not. If I am struggling to finish I will skim read so I can finish it so I know what happens in the end.

Sometimes this is slightly annoying when my TBR list is long and most likely filled with books that I will love.

If you could read any book again, for the first time, what book would you choose?

If I could read a book again for the first time it would be Living Again by LL Collins as it is my all time favourite and the whole Wanted Series by Kelly Elliott

 

What is about books that appeals to you so much? What is your favourite part about reading?

Books appeal to me as it is a stress relief and I can escape the daily grind for awhile and relax.

What book are you most looking forward to reading next?

The book I am looking forward to reading is The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Top Ten Tuesday:Top Ten audiobooks you should listen to!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish where bloggers and readers create a list of books based on a weekly list theme.

Today’s topic was:  Top Ten  audiobooks you should listen to!

First let me just say, I absolutely adore audiobooks! I’m a relatively new convert to them, but given that I spend a lot of time in the car driving to and from work, they are the perfect companion for me and an fantastic way for me to fit more reading in, That said, I’ve read or more to the point only realistically listened to about 20-25 audio books so far, so my list is limited, but I stand strongly behind every single one that makes it onto this list.

On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

This was perhaps my first audio book I’d listened to and it was AMAZING! Seriously I stopped doing everything to listen to this one. The narrator was fantastic. The story was out of this world. I’ve since brought the audio book (previously I hired it from the library) so that I can listen to it over and over again.

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult.

This audio book is phenomenal!

The very first line of my review for this particular book reads: “12 discs, three days. I couldn’t stop listening to this amazing and empowering story.”

Unsuitable Men by Pippa Wright.

A hilarious, but very relate able book. I devoured this one.

The Rouseabout by Rachael Treasure.

I just really enjoyed this book as audio. It was the perfect book to listen into the car.

Just One Of The Guys by Kristan Higgins

This was a really funny and relaxing book.

 

This week’s topic: Top Ten Characters Who X…
This week’s topic: Top Ten Characters Who X…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

Previously hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey; Now Hosted by Book Date

 

Currently Reading:

First-time children’s writers will learn to follow the important writing and submission guidelines they need to get their books in print. Ways to target the right age group, today’s hot trends and the basic conventions of style are all included.

A new Australian rural romance about a millionaire wine tycoon, the woman he betrayed and the second chance neither was looking for…

When she cut her viticulture degree short and moved home, Remy wasn’t thinking about anything more than making the next dollar for her pocket. Working two jobs to keep food on the table and a loan shark from the door, Remy and her mother slowly build a new life together. Then a freak storm tears through the Margaret River Wine Festival — and Seth Lasrey tears through Remy’s life.

Seth is old money. She is no money. He’s the boss. She’s his employee. He is society connections and expectations. She is threats and bad decisions and lost dreams. They seem to be so wrong they can only be right — until a costly mistake and a timely deception drives them apart. Remy picks up the pieces of her life and begins anew. The last thing she expects is Seth to show up in her small town in South Australia, bringing with him memories that she can’t escape and a damaged heart that she’s not sure she can resist.

 

Chief Inspector Bish Ortley of the London Met, divorced and still grieving the death of his son, has been drowning his anger in Scotch. Something has to give, and he’s no sooner suspended from the force than a busload of British students is subject to a deadly bomb attack across the Channel. Bish’s daughter is one of those on board.

Also on the bus is Violette LeBrac. Raised in Australia, Violette has a troubled background. Thirteen years ago her grandfather bombed a London supermarket, killing dozens of people. Her mother, Noor, is serving a life sentence in connection with the incident. But before Violette’s part in the French tragedy can be established, she disappears.

Bish, who was involved in Noor LeBrac’s arrest, is now compelled to question everything that happened back then. And the more he delves into the lives of the family he helped put away, the more he realises that truth wears many colours.

 

Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really?

Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.

That is, until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.

When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other—and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.

Told in alternating points of view by Nina LaCour and David Levithan, You Know Me Well is a story about navigating the joys and heartaches of first love, one truth at a time.

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Last week on the blog:

Let’s Talk Books  With  Kim Kelly, Author of Jewel Sea

BLOG TOUR & EXCERPT REVEAL: ‘Down Shift’ by K. Bromberg

RELEASE BLITZ: ‘Playing It Cool’ by Amy Andrews + Giveaway

Waiting On Wednesday: ‘Small Great Things’ by Jodi Picoult

BLOG TOUR INTERVIEW: ‘Elegy’ by Jane Abbott

It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

Sunday Shelve it!

What are you planning on reading this week? Let me know in the comments below🙂

 

 

 

 

Let’s Talk Books With Kim Kelly, Author of Jewel Sea

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Let’s Talk Books. Today’s special guest is Aussie author Kim Kelly! Kim writes sweeping historical saga’s that will sweep you away into another time and place all without leaving the comfort of your very own arm chair! Her writing is stunning and I’m really fortunate to be able to host her on the blog today.

 Kim Kelly is the author of four novels and one novella about Australia, its heritage and its people that are loved by readers all over the world.  Her stories shine a bright light on forgotten corners of our past and the tales of ordinary people living through extraordinary times. A striking characteristic of Kim’s writing is her ability to lead readers gently and lyrically into difficult terrain, exploring themes of bigotry, class conflict, disadvantage and violence in our shared history, which still plague the world today.

Kim is an editor and literary consultant by trade so stories fill her everyday – and most nights too.

Love is the fuel that fires her intellectual engine. In fact she takes love so seriously she once donated a kidney to her husband to prove it, and also to save his life.

Originally from Sydney, Kim now lives in Millthorpe, a tiny gold-rush village in the wide, rolling hills of central western New South Wales, where the ghosts are mostly friendly and her grown sons come home regularly to graze.

     

What are you currently reading?

Right now I’m reading a gorgeous manuscript by a well-known Australian author. When I’m not writing, I’m a book editor and literary consultant, so I read a lot of books before they step out into the world, and I’ve had a great run lately of three magnificent manuscripts in a row – stories by Australian women that really sing. I can’t divulge who the authors are – that would be breaking the rules of Secret Editors’ Business – but sometimes this job is the best job ever.

What was the last book you bought?

Anita Heiss’s wonderful historical fiction, Cherry Blossoms and Barbed Wire. I love Anita’s crisp, straight-up storytelling and this is a story that needs to be told – of the Indigenous experience of World War II, and of the ‘enemy’ Japanese prisoner-of-war experience, as well as exploring the way love breaks the barriers between us. The novel plays out on Wiradjuri Country, and that happens to be where I live, too. Bringing stories like this – of the forgotten characters in our history – into the mainstream is something I’m very passionate about.

Do you prefer to read books in print or electronically?

The older and blinder I get the more I’m moving towards electronic editions – so I can increase the type size! I still buy the paperback for all emotionally significant purchases, though – those books I know I just have to keep.

What do your bookshelves look like? Do you have an organisation system (genre, colour, author…) or are you just happy to go with the flow?

On the surface they look organised, but like my brain they are very much ‘lost and found’. Half the fun of looking for a book is the hunt, isn’t it?

How often do you read?

All day every day. Whether I’m writing or editing, it’s my job. It’s my relaxation, too. No wonder I’m going blind…

Describe what you would expect to find in your dream book?

Characters who speak to my soul; a story that illuminates something for me; the writer’s delight in words and their burning need to tell their tale; and hope. That last one has probably become the most important to me in recent years. There is enough cynicism and despair in the world. I love stories that take me into dark places but light the way out as well.

How do you choose what to read next?

For my pleasure reads, I am a random ranger – a friend’s recommendation, an industry whisper, a lovely cover flashing across my Facebook feed, there is no rhyme or reason behind my choices, usually.

So you’ve started a book and discover it’s not for you. Are you more likely to discard it or finish it?

Because I have so much to read at any one time, I have to be pretty disciplined and I try to avoid putting my playtime energies into things I don’t enjoy. I’m more often likely to shelve a book for another day, though, rather than discard it. I have a profound respect for all authors, and an understanding that my reading mood might be clouding my enjoyment of a story. Having said that, poor editing or sloppy research will make me want to throw a book across the room. No, I’m not going to tell you the last book that made me feel this way – suffice to say it was a very popular and much lauded one that I was really looking forward to, and the disappointment cut deep.

If you could read any book again, for the first time, what book would you choose?

Several years ago, at a time when I was very down and wondering what the hell I was doing writing novels and even editing them, I picked up a book called War Crimes for the Home by Liz Jensen. I’d never heard of this novel; I was just looking for distraction, really. Well, I got more than distraction: this novel reignited my excitement for storytelling exactly when I needed it. A strong, unique narrative voice, one that breaks the rules, that sparkles with wit and depth of character – it had all the elements of writing and reading I love. I wish I could bottle that feeling, of opening those pages for the first time and seeing my own passions reflected back at me. It was almost as if that book was telling me: keep going, things will work out, keep believing. I feel a bit teary just thinking about it now.

What is it about books that appeals to you so much? What is your favourite part about reading?

I grew up in a house full of all sorts of books – from potboilers to poetry – and one where all stories were valued, however they might be told. Words are at the heart of my fascination with books: their power to connect minds across time and space, but also the mechanics behind the strange jumble of dots and dashes we read that make this magic happen. That perfect sentence, that breathtaking image, that spark of wonder between writer and reader only they can share – that’s might favourite joy in reading.

Can you tell us a bit about your writing style. Are you a pantser or a plotter? Are you an early riser writer or a late night owl writer?

I always begin with an idea, a bunch of questions I want to investigate and characters I want to get to know. Because I write historical fiction and I am a total Australian history junky, I usually know roughly what major events my plot will hinge on at an external level, but at a character level, I have no idea what will happen when I set out. My characters become very real to me very quickly and they steer the narrative – often surprising me with where they go and what they get up to.

As for voice, first person, present tense is a favourite home of mine. This voice lends itself to my attempts to bring the past into present – to ask that fundamental question of whether history truly is past or if it resonates indelibly through now – and it also feels natural because my characters are so real to me. Yes, I know, I know, accepted wisdom says we should avoid the sustained tight-focus of first person, present tense, but I’m a rule-breaker. My latest novel, Jewel Sea, plays with a mix of first person, present tense; first person, present tense reflective; and third person, past tense. My first four novels were written in dual first person, present tense; while my last story, Wild Chicory, is a blend of first person, present tense and third person, past. The manuscript I’ve just finished is a further experiment in voice, involving a mix of present tense transcript, that morphs into dual third person, present tense, that then morphs into dual first person, present tense. These shifting perspectives lend themselves to another fundamental wonder inside all my stories, and that’s following the shifting truths within story itself.

As for how I work, I treat my writing days like all other work days and show up at the desk at about eight am every day. I try to finish by five or six in the evening, so that I can share a meal and some conversation with my husband and other real-life humans that might be around, but when I’m nearing the end of a manuscript, I tend to get a bit out of control, with my head full of voices 24/7 – little sleep and a lot of madness.

 

Was there any particular book that inspired you to start writing?

I’m constantly inspired by other writers, and I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t entranced by story and words, wanting to make some of that magic myself, but I can trace back my love of exploring Australian history and politics through fiction to Frank Hardy’s Power Without Glory, which I read when I was thirteen.

Do you have any advice to other writers out there?

Respect your work enough to invest in it – time, money and tears. Build your skills all the time through reading and thinking about your work. Study the work of others you admire, steal their magic and make it your own. Know that there is no end to this learning and thieving and reinventing, and that success is not seeing your name on the cover of a book. Success lives brightest in the completion of each piece of work and in your perseverance against the knowledge that nothing you do will ever be truly finished. Success is your white-knuckled and tender-hearted courage to do this thing despite all your reasons not to. Don’t count your worth by the measures of others – ever. Let love and curiosity drive your ambition, let them take you to places you haven’t dreamed of yet. Value those who tell you that your work means something to them – value their criticisms and their every compliment too – because they are your gold.

And lastly, what are you currently working on?

I have three stories swirling around in my head right now. One is a manuscript that’s almost completely written – a gold-rush story exploring bushranging and racial bigotry during our own Wild West days. Another is a whip-cracking yarn about a legendary lady equestrienne acrobat who became a worldwide sensation, and the other is the beautiful true-tale of an equally legendary doctor who changed the lives of thousands of Australian children. Each of these stories is competing for my heart, and I will finish them all eventually, but if you or your readers have a preference, Jess, please do tell. Help this addled author on her way!

Do you have a preference to any of the above manuscript ideas? Make sure you leave a comment bellow letting Kim Kelly know!!

     

To learn more about Kim Kelly, visit the following social media sites:

Author Website | Facebook | Twitter | The Author People | Goodreads

To purchase a copy of the jewel sea , visit the following online retailers:

the author people  | Amazon (US) |  IBOOKS AU | Booktopia | Barnes & Noble | koboBook Depository 

 

Make sure you check back tomorrow, as Kim Kelly is on the blog tomorrow as well for her Jewel Sea blog tour!