BookTubeAThon Update

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BookTubeAThon Update #BTAT17 #BTAT2017 #Booktubeathon #Readathon


From 24th-30th July I'm taking part in the Booktubeathon which means I'm doing a LOT of reading this week. Here's my TBR in case  you missed it http://www.jolinsdell.com/2017/07/my-booktubeathon-tbr.html 

Here's an update of how I'm doing with the reading challenges so far:


The challenges:

1. A person on the cover (Not read the book I picked for this yet, but technically done)
2. Hyped book (WIP)
3. Finish a book in a day
4. Read about a character very different from you (Not read the book I picked for this yet, but technically done)
5. Read a book completely outdoors (done)
6. Read a book because of the cover (WIP)
7. Read 7 books

Are you taking part in Booktubeathon this month? How are you doing with the reading challenges so far?

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Reviews and Analysis for The Pendant

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Reviews and Analysis for The Pendant #KOSMOS


Starting to get some feedback on the KOSMOS series, in particular for The Pendant, and wanted to share it with you.

Firstly, I absolutely LOVE this video! Not only does she say wonderful things about The Pendant in her review, but she goes one step further and analyses the characters too. It's a great feeling knowing that my characters come across like I imagine them to others too.



Here's a look at the review from Goodreads:

This is a great character introduction for our protagonist, Matt. The story sets up his character well, revealing his inner and external conflicts. This is a great set up for future character development which I am greatly anticipating. 
Matt is a flawed protagonist, which I love. Since his dad's dies he's been depressed which in turn result in him arguing with his Mum, and losing friends. This loss inn friends resulted in bullying which resulted in his social anxiety/fear. I feel like a lot of authors want to start with a perfect character, someone who starts out selfless and brave. However, due to Matt's loss of his dad and bullying, Matt acts somewhat selfish and cowardly. Which I feel is very realistic, and though those traits are unlikable, Matt is very likable due to how relatable and sympathetic he is. Also, while many stories try to layer bad things to happen to the protagonist to make them more sympathetic, Matt's problems all result from each other making his dilemma feel natural, as opposed to force in an attempt to gain sympathy. Also, Matt's personality perfectly fits with his past and current situation, he is a product off his environment and has the same fears an actual victim of bullying would have. 
Overall Matt and his situation is really well done, and feels very realistic. His dilemma isn't unrealistically huge to add drama; it is true to life and relatable; which isn't common. Also, though I keep saying relatable this story in no way feels like it's trying to hard to be relatable as much as it's just being honest about life. I have read books that try to hard to be relatable, and they're cringy.
Now normally I talk more about the plot in a review, but to be honest this episode is mainly just a set up of Matt and his conflict, and though at the end the pendant is introduced the true time travel element doesn't come into play until the next episode. And though this episode felt more like and introduction, I predict the later episodes with feel more like short stories in different time periods with his character development and the mystery of the pendant weaving them together. I definitely plan on reading them because, I am already invested in Matt's character, and I love history and each episode is supposed to be a different time period, which sounds awesome!

The Pendant also got it's first review on Amazon, and it's a 5 star! [insert happy dance here]


Reviews and Analysis for The Pendant #KOSMOS


Grab your copy at http://amzn.to/2vXCMPB and don't forget to post your own review to Amazon and Goodreads. I'd also love to see more video reviews so if you do one please send me the link so I can check it out.

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My Booktubeathon TBR

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My Booktubeathon TBR


It's Booktubeathon time again... and I'm super excited. I love this event! This year the event will run from 24th-30th July. This is by far my favourite readathon of the year.

The 2017 Reading Challenges:
1/ Read a book with a person on the cover.
2/ Read a hyped book.
3/ Finish a book in one day.
4/ Read about a character that is very different from you.
5/ Finish a book completely outdoors.
6/ Read a book you bought because of the cover.
7/ Read seven books.

Watch the video for my TBR to go with the reading challenges:


I can't wait to find out what kind of daily challenges there will be this year too. 

Are you taking part this year? Do you plan on doing the daily challenges as well as the reading challenges? Is this your first time participating or have you done it before? 

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24hourathon

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24hourathon


Yesterday I took part in the 24hourathon readathon. 

This is what I had planned for my TBR:


I didn't actually manage to read for the full 24 hours but I did manage to finish reading Little Lost Girl so I'm still happy with the result.

Now looking forward to Booktubeathon starting in a few days time.

Do you take part in readathons? Which is your favourite? Did you do the 24hourathon? Planning on taking part in Booktubeathon? Let me know in the comments below.

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Interviewed by Simon Rose + General Update

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Interviewed by Simon Rose


I've been having a lovely summer break so far. The kids are keeping me busy (I'm going to need a break once this break is over ;)). Beach, swimming pool, concerts, hanging out with friends and family... so much fun! Unfortunately it has meant I'm a little behind with work. I'm going to be doing some major catch up sessions. I have managed to fit in a bit of reading though so all is not lost ;)

Interviewed by Simon Rose + general update


In amongst all this craziness I was interviewed about the KOSMOS series by fellow author Simon Ross for his blog at http://simon-rose.com/uncategorized/guest-author-jo-linsdell/. I hope you'll drop by and check it out. 

Interviewed by Simon Rose

In other news, The Pendant is rocking the best sellers lists on Amazon over the past few days during it's free promotion. Grab your copy at http://amzn.to/2vn972F and don't forget to post a quick review once you've read it. 

The Pendant (KOSMOS Episode 1) #AmazonBestSeller #FreeRead

And now to get some writing done...

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Get The 1st Episode Of The KOSMOS Series For FREE

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Get The 1st Episode Of The KOSMOS Series For FREE #FreeRead


From July 17th-21st 2017 you can grab The Pendant (KOSMOS Episode 1) for FREE on all Amazon sites.




About the series:
KOSMOS is a serial fiction of 12 episodes. A new episode of this time travel adventure will be published on the 1st of each month. 

About the book:

Matthew Smith feels like his life is a mess. Since his dad died he keeps arguing with his mum, is being bullied at school, and has a crush on a girl who doesn't seem to know he's alive. Just when he thinks things couldn't possibly get any worse he finds a strange pendant that changes his life forever.


You can watch me do a reading of an excerpt from The Pendant here: http://www.jolinsdell.com/2017/06/reading-of-excerpt-from-pendant.html

Please take a moment to post a quick review of the book once you've read it. Thanks for your support.

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KOSMOS: The Series So Far

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KOSMOS: The Series So Far


A lot has happened to Matthew Smith since the first episode of KOSMOS released on 1st February this year, so I thought it would be a good idea to do a recap.

About the series:
KOSMOS is a serial fiction of 12 episodes. A new episode of this time travel adventure will be published on the 1st of each month. 

The Pendant (Episode One)


About the book:
Matthew Smith feels like his life is a mess. Since his dad died he keeps arguing with his mum, is being bullied at school, and has a crush on a girl who doesn't seem to know he's alive. Just when he thinks things couldn't possibly get any worse he finds a strange pendant that changes his life forever.

ASIN: B01N32IN1N

Where is the book available? 
The Pendant is currently on sale in kindle format from all Amazon sites.


Gunpowder (Episode Two)



About the book:
Matt finds himself in London. The year is 1605. As he struggles to understand how he got there, he gets caught up in a plot to assassinate King James. Can he find a way to stop the conspirators? Can he find a way back home?

ASIN:  B01N5XA9ZR

Where is the book available? 
Gunpowder is currently on sale in kindle format from all Amazon sites.


Gladiator (Episode Three)



About the book:
Matt finds himself in ancient Rome during the inaugural games for the Coliseum. Mistaken for a young gladiator, he fights to stay alive whilst searching for a way back home.

ASIN:  B06XCW6ZSQ

Where is the book available? 
Gladiator is currently on sale in kindle format from all Amazon sites.


Pyramids (Episode Four)


About the book:
Matt finds himself in Egypt where he makes friends with a group of slaves. Whilst trying to help them escape he discovers a clue that might help him get back home. Does the pyramid hold the secret of the pendant? 

ASIN:  B06XK8W3LK

Where is the book available? 
Pyramids is currently on sale in kindle format from all Amazon sites.


The Soldier (Episode Five)



About the book:
Matt finds himself in 1943 during World War II. He becomes a prisoner of war when he meets a soldier during the clash between German and Soviet forces. As he tries to escape he finds out more clues about the pendant.

ASIN:  B06XNRT2QG

Where is the book available? 
The Soldier is currently on sale in kindle format from all Amazon sites.



All That Jazz (Episode Six)


About the book:
Matt makes a new friend, and discovers new dangers in the world of 1940's Jazz in New Orleans. Is he being followed? and if so, by who... or what?

  • ASIN: B071FFLL66


The full series:


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Giant Authortube Collab: June Recap

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Giant Authortube Collab: June Recap


The Giant Authortube Collab came to an end in June. This collaboration was a lot of fun to do, and I loved coming together with my fellow Authortubers to work on a project together. I would definitely do a project like this again. 

Missed some of the video's? No worries, you can check out the April recap at http://www.jolinsdell.com/2017/05/giant-authortube-collab-april-recap.html and the May recap at http://www.jolinsdell.com/2017/06/giant-authortube-collab-may-recap.html :)

Recap from June

June was particularly exciting as I got to host. I had two questions for our group of authors...


You can find the full playlist for the Giant Authortube Collab at

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Featured at HobbieSphere

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Featured at HobbieSphere


I was recently asked to participate in an article called Beginner Writing 101: Types, How-To & Expert Tips for the website HobbieSphere. This is a mother-load kind of article! The type that has to have a table of contents at the beginning. 

I was honoured to be asked to contribute. You can find me under section 4. Tips for improving your writing skills.



You can check out the article at

I love collaborating on articles so if you'd like to quote me, or have me do a segment for your article, please get in touch. 

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Book Review: Dead On Ice by Lauren Carr

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Book Review: Dead On Ice by Lauren Carr #AudioBook @iReadBookTours

Today I'm sharing my review for Dead on ice by Lauren Carr. I was sent a free copy of this audiobook for review as part of a virtual book tour organised by iRead Book Tours. My first ever audiobook!


Book Review: Dead On Ice by Lauren Carr #AudioBook @iReadBookTours
About the book:

Spunky Cameron Gates is tasked with solving the murder of Cherry Pickens, a legendary star of pornographic films, whose body turns up in an abandoned freezer. The case has a personal connection to her lover, Joshua Thornton, because the freezer was located in his cousin's basement. It doesn't take long for their investigation to reveal that the risqué star's roots were buried in their rural Ohio Valley community, something that Cherry had kept off her show business bio. She should have kept her hometown off her road map, too - because when this starlet came running home from the mob, it proved to be a fatal homecoming.


Purchasing link: http://amzn.to/2sBvwqz


Watch the video for my review:

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