Tuesday, 18 October 2016

5th Annual Attack of the 14 Nights of Halloween Giveway!!

It's that time of year again. The days are getting shorter, the air is getting cooler and the nights are getting spookier. Yes, it's time for tricks and treats, goblins and ghouls, chills and thrills and huge amounts of sugary sweets. But at the Laughing Vixen Lounge blog it's also time for the 5th annual Attack of the 14 Nights of Halloween Giveaway. Join Laughing Vixen Lounge and our bewitching co-hosts The Kids Did It, The Mommy Island, Herding Cats and Burning Soup, The Hopping Bloggers, Mama Smith's Reviews and Women and Their Pretties for a spooktacular Halloween event.

Looking for a good Halloween read?

Try this, it freaked me out totally earlier this year, guarantees a fright!  Click the pic to read my review of this awesome 5 star read!!

Enter to win a $250 Prize Pack filled with goodies from 10 wickedly fabulous shops. All shops are offering Gift Cards or your choice of item(s) so there will be something for everyone. Many of the shops have items perfect for any book lover along with lots of unique, handcrafted and custom designs to choose from.

Visit the Laughing Vixen Lounge blog daily during the giveaway for the Halloween Movie Marathon. Test your movie knowledge with the Guess the Movie Game. Then try to solve the Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt, if you dare! Each event will get you daily entries in the giveaway plus a special giveaway for the Scavenger Hunt. Find full details for these events HERE.

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BIZARRE BOOKS #37 - Five Give Up The Booze by Enid Blyton

Whilst looking through the hundreds of thousands of books on Amazon I discovered hidden gems, books that maybe have been overshadowed and have not had the credit they deserve.

They may be a bizarre, they may be funny or even unintentionally funny, they may be wonderfully cute or they may just be a total WTF!!! book.

This weekly post is a tribute to these wonderful gems and to be honest some of them are worth looking at for their reviews alone!

When I was younger I had a dream, a dream of attending boarding school, drinking fizzy pop under the warm summer sun and cycling with not a care in the world down a country lane whilst considering lunch which probably would include potted tongue and ginger ale.

This dream was ignited by the Famous Five.

Julian, George, Dick and Anne, not forgetting Timmy and "snigger" Aunt Fanny (yes its only funny if you have a rude mind), ruled my world, I loved their adventures and the food they ate, well it was always plentiful and amazing.

But what happened when they grew up, when the adventures ended?.....

A new series of books brings to light their struggles with many things and this gem covers their problems with the demon drink. 

 Can they kick it?

Did you enjoy Enid Blyton when you were younger, perhaps Noddy or the Secret Seven? Let me know!!

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Monday, 17 October 2016

MASSIVE $1200 GIVEAWAY!! genreCRAVE Science Fiction & Fantasy

Welcome to the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Party!

Welcome to the genreCRAVE Science Fiction and Fantasy $1200 Giveaway! We have something really exciting set up for you. First, some KILLER Science Fiction and Fantasy books at a steal, and after that, a chance to enter our $1200 Gift Card Giveaway! Read on for more information, but first, check out the books from our sponsors at the link below!


Here are a couple of sneak peeks!

Ambassador 1: Seeing Red

I had never been on first-name terms with the president, but while I sat there trying hard not to succumb to jet-lag, he chatted about my father, whom I had just visited, and who had finally retired from Lunar Base to his native New Zealand. Sirkonen opened the drawer of his desk and took something out, which he flipped across the gleaming wooden surface. I could do nothing but catch it. A datastick. I turned it over. The black plastic cover reflected the sunlight.

“What’s on it?”

“You might find it useful. Think of it as some . . . personal advice, from me to you. We’ll talk about it later, when you return for your first briefing.” He shut the drawer with a thud as if closing the subject.

This was highly irregular. “Mr President, can I ask—”

He shook his head, and offered me a drink—Finnish vodka, best in the world, he said. While he poured, his hands trembled.

I should have insisted that he tell me what was wrong, but who was I? An unimportant, sending-out-our-feelers type of diplomat, expendable and twenty years his junior. Not the type of person to draw attention to his problems—with alcohol or otherwise.

We made a toast. The heavy scent of the vodka did nothing to improve my alertness.

“Mr Wilson, when you come back in six month’s time, you must present your report to the general assembly. We need to know in detail what sort of regimes we’re dealing with.”

I didn’t understand why he spoke in such empty generalities; I wondered when he was going to open that folder on his desk and sign the contract. Nicha, my Coldi assistant, was waiting in the foyer. We had a whole heap of work to catch up on. I was annoyed that Sirkonen had changed our meeting time at the last minute—the original meeting had been scheduled for tomorrow morning.

Sirkonen stopped speaking.

I stared at him, realising with embarrassment that I’d been off with the fairies. Was I meant to have said something? Was I breaking rule number one of the diplomatic circle: never show any sign of sleep deprivation?

An attack of dizziness overtook me. My vision wavered, as if the world were painted on a silk flag that flapped in the wind, and all the furniture was rimmed in a red aura. “Mr President, I’m—”

I just managed to put my vodka down. The glass hit the wood with a soft clunk, the only sound in the frozen silence.

There was a small sound from outside, a click.

As if stung, Sirkonen turned to the window; his eyes widened.


The president opened his mouth, but a sharp crack interrupted his words.

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Sunday, 16 October 2016

The Sunday Post #59 - 16th October 2016

Welcome to my Sunday Post, a weekly meme hosted by Kimberley over at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer . Join me as I ramble about my week in and out of the blogosphere.

Hello, how you doing?

It is cold, having returned from Florida where most days it was in the high 20s / low 30s (thats degrees c btw!!) the shock of the temperature back home was not nice.

Florida was amazing, enjoyable, fab family time.  It was not a relaxing holiday but I wasn't expecting it to be.  I have started laying out the bones of posts which I will share my ups and downs of the trip.

I'm still shattered from travelling back which I find ridiculous but it was a red eye flight back from Orlando then when had to wait at Gatwick to get back to Scotland, hey I shouldn't complain I got to partake in some awesome people watching - it really is crazy what people wear to travel.

Anyway I am slowly blogging, I have a shed load of books to review so I better get going!!

Hope you are all well, see you all soon!!


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Friday, 14 October 2016

La La, Greg and Heather REVIEW.....OMNIA by Laura Gallego

Title: Omnia

Author: Laura Gallego (Translated by Jordi Castells)

Publisher: Amazon Crossing

Release Date: 13th September 2016

Source: ARC

All you have to do is imagine—the Omnia superstore has anything you could ever dream of.
Where else but Omnia would a boy go looking to replace a one-of-a-kind stuffed bunny that happens to be his baby sister’s favorite toy? Scrolling through the online retailer’s extensive inventory, Nico finds what looks like a perfect match, but the item is lost somewhere in the vast Omnia warehouse. He doesn’t believe it, so he stows away in a shipment being returned to the warehouse to search for the bunny himself.
Nico quickly gets stranded on the island of Omnia, a fantastical place that does much more than sell everyday items. It is a hub for a business with intergalactic reach, and while stray visitors to Omnia are welcomed warmly, they are not permitted to leave, ever.
The adventure of a lifetime awaits Nico as he searches for the beloved toy and tries to find a way to return home.
So this is the bit where I usually tell you about the latest book that has passed under my nose, well today I'm excited to say I for today has become WE!  Yes that is right my blogging buddies from over that great big pond (aka the Atlantic Ocean), La La from La La in the Library and Greg from Book Haven join me to talk about Omnia by Laura Gallego (and whatever they say I did not boss them in to reading it)..........

1.What are your general thoughts?


HEATHER: I think the first thing that grabbed me about Omnia was the fact it seemed to be a cross between two things I love, Amazon and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The fact that the Omnia warehouse is an island, the fact it takes up the whole island is such a cool idea, and c'mon who hasn't wanted to explore the Amazon warehouse unchecked?


GREG: I thought this was a good book. I was afraid at first I was going to be bored as the first two chapters didn't grab me, even though they were cute. But I was soon flipping pages. I liked how there was a lot going on here - a bit of scifi along with a nice story about family. 


LA LA: I had the same bit of ho hum in the beginning, too, but the inkling that something otherworldly might be happening came pretty quickly, so I held on for the fantasy/scifi to begin, and Heather described it perfectly, "... a cross between Amazon and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

2. How did you feel about the plot?


HEATHER: The plot is kinda cute to begin with, our main character is Nico a young boy who lives with his mum, dad and little sister. His little sister's favourite toy, a bunny on its last hop, gets chucked out. Nico may have given it a helping hand, however he is full of guilt once he sees how distraught his little sister is, where can he get another toy? Omnia, that's where!  They sell everything and they sell the bunny but there is a big problem, Omnia can't find the bunny. So what does Nico do? Well he gets himself shipped to Omnia thats what.  This is of course a totally crazy thing to do but it works and he finds himself at the Chocolate Factory, sorry I mean Omnia warehouse, there he meets people who have been there their entire lives and the robots they work with. He also finds out this utopian supplier of wares is maybe not as fantastic as it seems and even though his main task is finding the bunny, he also finds himself full immersed in to weird and wonderful world of Omnia.


GREG: The plot was pretty tight and even though the story expanded later it was always at it's heart about Nico trying to find his sister's bunny.


LA LA: I loved the diversity elements. The message that once you understand someone, and why they are the way they are, you just might end up liking them a lot and even thinking of them as a best friend. Teamwork and loyalty were standout points in the story, too, which is wonderful for a Middle Grade book.

3. What did you think about the characters?


HEATHER: Nico the main character was very much portrayed (and correctly so) as such an innocent, you really see the world through his eyes and feel his amazement at all the things he sees.  The book is of course mainly about him but we do meet other characters such as the people he ends up working with, all totally different and in the case of one of them literally from another planet. None of the supporting characters feel like fillers, they all have their place.


GREG: I didn't like Nico at first and I wondered if that was intentional on the author's part. I expected to get a Claudia POV but it was all Nico - and that was fine. I also enjoyed some of the personalities in Omnia- especially Belay. Nico made some real friendships there.


LA LA: I liked all of the characters and how they were fleshed out. As a mother of a boy, I think Nico's personality was spot on and believable. The author did an excellent job portraying the other worldly characters. They were unique and quirky. 

4. Was the ending satisfying?


HEATHER: The ending was suitably sweet but it seemed to be really quick and snuck up on me.  Yes it answers the missing bunny question but I felt it maybe could have been padded out a bit more.


GREG: The ending was satisfying and I liked that there was a question mark on one particular point. It surprised me a bit actually, but I can't say much more for spoilers!


LA LA: As far as the main part of the storyline, yes, but I am with Heather, I felt it was a bit abrupt. 

5. Rating and recommendations?


HEATHER: I will happily give this book 4 out of 5, although it is really aimed at your Middle Grade age, I found it gave me a injection of pure escapism, the whole description of Omnia was amazing and really appealed to me.


GREG: I would rate this probably a 3.5 or 4, I think it has a lot going and will stimulate the imagination of a kid while still being entertaining and whimsical for adults. There are a few scenes where it's not all cutesy cutesy and could be very perilous for Nico, but it doesn't get too heavy. A nice mix.


LA LA: After combing through my thoughts about the story I almost wanted to change my Goodreads rating to four stars with it being 3.5 here on the blog instead of a three stars raised to 3.5, but I am sticking to it because of the slow start, some verging on YA content in the middle, and the abrupt ending. I would definitely recommend this as a read aloud book for families because I think it will spark some good conversations about bullying, racism, consumerism, and family loyalty. It will also appeal to the younger ages of  the YA classification.

We would like to thank REX ROBOT REVIEWS for use of their tandem review format.

I would also like to thank La La for typing this all out!!!

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Monday, 3 October 2016

Blog Tour - The Wave by Lochlan Bloom

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for this exciting release, read more about the book including a guest post!

The Wave
When μ returns home to find a sinister screenplay has arrived from Brazil it propels him on a quest to track down a character he believes to be called Ddunsel.
As μ’s search progresses it slowly becomes entangled with two parallel tales – the stories of DOWN, a troubled publisher, and David Bohm, a real-life quantum theoretician in post-war São Paulo.
Just how far is it from London to Gotham City? Or from Paul Auster to Pierre Menard for that matter?  Some people may think these sorts of questions are idle and ultimately meaningless but this book is not for them.
The Wave combines multiple narratives to blend metafiction, historical fiction and screenplay as each of the characters struggles to understand what is reality and what is fiction.

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In The Wave the story moves between prose and screenplay what was thinking behind that?

From the start of the writing process for The Wave I wanted to create something that made reader a little suspicious of what they reading, questioning the characters motivations, uncertain about whatwas written in the previous chapter.

I’ve written scripts for radio and film projects before and that format has always attracted me because of its sparse, minimal approach to description. Having that switch between prose and script between sections felt a natural way to separate the stories, not only stylistically but also qualitatively in the way each world is described. 

I love fiction that cultivates a sense of uncertainty or ambiguity and particularly when it does it by repeating or distorting motifs. As kids we learn words, names for things, by pointing at them and repeating sounds until they become familiar but often in fiction the process of repetition can have the opposite effect and lead us to doubt what we are reading. If a character repeats information they have already told us for example we might suspect their motive, wonder why they feel the need to re-emphasize it, wonder if they may be an unreliable narrator.


Lochlan Bloom is the author of the The Wave as well as the short novellas Trade and The Open Cage. The BBC Writersroom describes his writing as ‘unsettling and compelling… vivid, taut and grimly effective work’. He has written for BBC Radio, Litro Magazine, Porcelain Film, IronBox Films, EIU, H+ Magazine and Calliope, the official publication of the Writers’ Special Interest Group (SIG) of American Mensa, amongst others. Lochlan lives in London and does not have a cat or a dog.



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