Friday, 20 September 2019

Books By Multiple Authors

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Yesterday the Bookish Blog Hops gang discussed great books that are more than 10 years old. Today we're talking about books by multiple authors.

Books By Multiple Authors

When authors team up it can lead to literary magic. It could be an anthology featuring lots of different authors, or just two authors writing together. 

For this question I've picked the book Same Kind Of Different As Me off my shelves. Written by Ron Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent. 

Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, this true story also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.Meet Denver, raised under plantation-style slavery in Louisiana until he escaped the “Man” – in the 1960’s – by hopping a train. Non-trusting, uneducated, and violent, he spent another 18 years on the streets of Dallas and Fort Worth.

Meet Ron Hall, a self-made millionaire in the world of high priced art deals -- concerned with fast cars, beautiful women, and fancy clothes.
And the woman who changed their lives -- Miss Debbie: “The skinniest, nosiest, pushiest, woman I ever met, black or white.” She helped the homeless and gave of herself to all of “God’s People,” and had a way of knowing how to listen and helping others talk and be found – until cancer strikes.
Same Kind of Different as Me is a tale told in two unique voices – Ron Hall & Denver Moore – weaving two completely different life experiences into one common journey where both men learn “whether we is rich or poor or something in between this earth ain’t no final restin’ place. So in a way, we is all homeless-just workin’ our way toward home.”
The story takes a devastating twist when Deborah discovers she has cancer. Will Deborah live or die? Will Denver learn to trust a white man? Will Ron embrace his dying wife's vision to rescue Denver? Or will Denver be the one rescuing Ron? There's pain and laughter, doubt and tears, and in the end a triumphal story that readers will never forget.
What the rest of the gang picked:

I would have to say The Brit in the FBI series by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison. This is one of my favorite series. So far I have read The Final Cut, The Lost Key, The End Game, The Devil’s Triangle, The Sixth Day and The Last Second.  I am eager for the next title. 

A book with multiple authors
The Big Book Of Female Detectives by Otto Penzier (it's an anthology that has authors in it like Anna Kathrine Green, Mary Roberts Rinehart , Baroness Orczy just to name a few , because you get 74 handpicked author's) 
The big book of Rogues and Villains by Otto Penzier (also an anthology that brings a lot of different authors together like : Maurice Leblan, Sax Rohmer, just to name a few next you get 72 handpicked authors  to read ) 
The Big Book of Reel Murders: stories that inspired Great Crime Films by Otto Penzler (have this one to read from Netgalley it's also an Anthology with handpicked authors like Agatha Christie, Dennis Lehane, Joyce Carol Oates and so on)

Ooh! So I know of a few books by two authors, such as The Fair Folk Chronicles by Jeffrey Cook and Katherine Perkins, and also The Dawn of Steam Trilogy, again by Jeffrey Cook and he also credits Sarah Symonds for her assistance with writing the trilogy.

I’ve had the especial pleasure of reading several great anthologies, as well as the privilege of participating in a few!

Each of the above titles are wonderful and excellent--even if I haven’t read them in full just yet, I’d definitely recommend them based on the other works I’ve read of the authors involved!

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Drop by tomorrow where we'll be talking about books by authors who use a pseudonym.

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Book Spotlight: A Different Time by Michael K. Hill

Book Spotlight: Different Time by Michael K. Hill

Today I'm taking part in a virtual book tour organised by The Write Reads for the book A Different Time by author Michael K. Hill.

Let me start off by telling you a bit about the author.

Beginning as a sketch comedy writer for American television, Michael K. Hill progressed to become an internationally published writer of fiction and non-fiction. His short story anthology, Anansi and Beyond, published in 2017, and his debut novel, A Different Time, is available now. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, kids, and 7 rescued animals.

Book Spotlight: Different Time by Michael K. HillAnd now on to the book. 

Check out the blurb for Different Time:

Keith Nolan falls in love with a remarkable young woman from the past, talking to him on a home video she recorded in 1989. To keep their conversation going, he must find more of her tapes, while forces work against them both, and time is running out.

You can find out more about the author and his books here:

Book Spotlight: Different Time by Michael K. Hill

I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book in a giveaway on Twitter so watch out for my review soon.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Must-Read Biographies and Memoirs

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Must-Read Biographies and Memoirs

Continuing with this month's blog hop with the Bookish Blog Hops gang, today we're discussing our must read biographies.

Biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, and diaries provide valuable lessons about life. People who write their autobiographies usually have an interesting story to tell about the trials and tribulations of their own lives.

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For me this has to be Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. This memoir is up there on my list of all time favourite books. I also enjoyed it’s sequel ‘Tis. Angela’s Ashes is one of those that stays with you even years after reading it. It’s thought provoking, raw, and definitely a must read.

Another that I just have to mention is The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. One of the most powerful books I've ever read.

Another interesting read is Unsinkable: A Young Woman's Courageous Battle on the High Seas by Abby Sunderland. It's amazing to think that the adventures in this book are actually a true story. Abby is inspiring both for her bravery and her abilities. It just goes to show what can be achieved when you have the courage to follow your dreams.

I learn't a lot about life at sea and sailing from this book but also about making a stand for what I believe in and having the courage to follow it through.

A great book for all ages, especially teenagers. Inspiring and motivating.

This is what the other's picked:

I have just finished Educated by Tara Westover. I had heard so much about this book - it is on all the must read lists. Believe the hype! It is a fantastic read about a girl brought up in a fundamentalist Mormon household. It is confronting and intense at times, but it is such a great tale of someone who had an inquiring mind and educated herself out of circumstances she didn’t like.

Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem by Daniel R. Day. How the man fought his way through Harlem, selling drugs and crime and rose above, becoming one of the most sought-after urban fashion designers. 

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What are your favourite biographies and/or memoirs?

Friday, 13 September 2019

Do You Take Part in Readathons?

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I'm back again with the Bookish Blog Hops crew, and this time we're talking about readathons. More specifically whether we take part in readathons, or not.

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Do You Take Part in Readathons?

I don't take part regularly in readathons, although in the past I’ve taken part in Booktubeathon several times. It’s always a popular readathon and normally has great daily challenges as well as the overall reading challenges.

My favourite readathon I’ve done though is the DEARathon (Drop Everything and READ!) which has impromptu readathons throughout the year! Hosted by @LittleBookOwl and @LittleRedReads. I did an awards thing on Twitter at New Years where I gave a shout out to the best of the best from the year and this was my winner for best readathon. They had the most entertaining reading sprints ever! If you’ve not taken part in a readathon before this is a great one to start with as it’s more flexible than most of the others around, and the hosts do a really good job and make it loads of fun. 

This is what the rest of the Bookish Blog Hops gang had to say:

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I think I have done about four or five readathons in the last couple of months. I’d like to do the 24B4Monday and a couple of other ones, like the Shadow Lounge Monthly Facebook group. As time permits, I would like to get more involved with BookTube events. 

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Elizabeth Means

Do I take Part in readathons :the big answer is yes,yes I do. In fact, here are some that I've been doing for a while.
  • O.W.L.s Readathon
  • N.E.W.T.s Readathon
  • Halloween Bingo - which is one I'm doing again in September ,it's the one that an online book club I'm does 
  • Reading Rivalry 
  • Weekly Reading Challenge 
  • Shadow Lounge Monthly Readathon
  • Thrillerathon

Just to name a few 

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I don’t really, and here’s why: I work full-time and it just saps a lot of my energy most days, or maybe I’ll save my energy for writing and I won’t read for a while, so getting on a “reading challenge” is a little more of a commitment than I feel like I can consistently fulfill… But that’s not to say I don’t read a lot! Even outside of an official “readathon”, I tend to procure stacks of books from the library (whether checking them out temporarily or actually buying them at the quarterly book sales) and just power through them as much as I can! 

There was one year when I actually managed to read 100 books in the year, and I was very proud of myself--but that was before having a full-time job, so nowadays, I tend to average far fewer than the 8 or 9 books a month I was doing that year!

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Let us know what your favourite readathon is in the comments below.

Bookish Blog Hops Autumn 2019 Hop

Monday, 9 September 2019

Book Cover Likes and Dislikes

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Good and Bad Book Cover Design

Welcome back to another stop on the Autumn Hop by Bookish Blog Hops. This time we're discussing the good and bad of book cover design. 

In case you missed them, here's a quick recap of the stops so far:

As a book cover designer myself (check out my premade book cover designs here), I couldn't not host this stop of the blog hop.

Despite the good intentions of "never judge a book by it's cover", if we're completely honest, most of us do. I've picked up so many books due to the cover pulling me in. I've also passed over others because the cover was a turn off.

Today we're talking about our book cover likes and dislikes. For me, a cover needs to have a clear, readable font. Fancy fonts are OK but they still need to be gentle on the eyes. In most cases, I also find that less is more. Some of my favourite book cover designs are in fact very simple.

I love the earlier covers for The Shepherd series by Ethan Cross. Clear font, simple image, high impact. The whole thing sets the tone for the story.

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Another example of a good book cover design is the Percy Jackson series. It's fairly simple but with subtle details (like the symbols in the letters). The image is also quite simple but the whole thing together gives a feel for the story.

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Another of my favourites is The Defrosting of Charlotte Small by Annabel Giles. This design is super simple but brilliant at the same time. A powerful symbolic image that proves less is more.

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Here's what the rest of the Bookish Blog Hops gang had to say:

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Dislike: I would have to say The Paris Orphan by Natasha Lester US cover and title. The Australia title is The French Photographer and the cover is stunning. The book is really not about the orphan, Victorine. It is about Jessica May, a World War II photojournalist. I think the American audience is being robbed. Like: Lilies on Main by J. Lynn Bailey is a simple, yet beautiful, cover. A View Across the Rooftops by Suzanne Kellman.  Dark and ominous and makes me feel the atmosphere of WW II. 

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People say “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, but a lot of times, the cover can make or break a book’s first impression. I can honestly admit that I will probably be more likely to take a book off the shelf and at least check out the blurb if the title and the cover grab my attention!
Some other likes and dislikes: 
-Legible Font Choices--If the title is too complex to read, or if the font for the blurb is hard to decipher, it makes it that much harder to decide if I’m going to like a book! That being said, I usually look up a book on Goodreads when I find it, anyway, so there’s the blurb laid out for me in plain text--but come on! If you’re going to pick a font, pick a cool-looking one that we can all still read. Don’t get too carried away with your decorative choices! 
-Stunning artwork--A cover stylized to look like leather with metallic embossing is always eye-catching; Something as simple as a pretty composition of an important plot device or some hint to the setting would also draw me in. Shirtless and/or sexually suggestive poses with the face obscured or outside the frame? Not so much. A painting that has nothing to do with the plot, and a cryptic title that is also potentially misleading? Also no. Computer-rendered 3-D graphics that look like the producer paid bottom-dollar for “sexy model in a sexy pose” without considering the actual description of the actual characters in the book? Hard pass. Too many elements going on so it basically looks like a grade-school collage of magazine cutouts? Calm down! Pretty, colorful images for my eyes to explore, and that also help “set the mood” for the story I’m about to discover? Yes please! 
One last thing: a wrap-around cover that doesn’t bother putting text on the back cover--much less a blurb. Especially when it’s a paperback. Nothing is more annoying than taking a book with a catchy title off the shelf and flipping it over, only to find:
-A large picture of the author dominating the whole space;
-A continuation of the front cover image, with even less composure and even fewer clues as to what the book is about;
-The author’s bio--like, WE GET IT, this book is by this person, but that’s not the first thing I want to know! I’d like to know if the story’s any good before I’m interested in the feats and accolades of the author!
-editorial reviews; so what if the New York Times enjoyed it? I don’t know them; I don’t base my opinion on theirs. Give me the blurb, let me decide for myself whether I like the premise or not!

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I often pick up books just because the cover draws me in, without reading the blurb. Even though I’m an avid Romance reader, I’m not a big fan of the naked male chest on a cover. I usually skip those unless someone recommended the story.
But my absolute pet hate for book covers are badly photoshopped ones that just have all kinds of random cut-outs of things from the story. I feel very strongly that books deserve an aesthetic cover.

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I’ve always been horrible about picking up a book based on a cover. I’ve always really liked horror and thrillers so the types of covers that draw me in are ones that tell me a little bit about what the book is going to be about. Because of the genres I like I always like when they are a little bit creepy. I’m a visual person so if the book looks creepy then I will more than likely pick it up.

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I think book covers are one thing that let down self-published authors as they are a really super tricky thing to get right. I find especially with self-published romance that the cover tends to feature a super hot guy/couple and in all honesty the repetitive nature of that style of image just makes me switch off from even wanting to read the book. I will always be drawn to a quirky cover and have discovered many wonderful books by judging them this way.

Drop by tomorrow when we'll be discussing what made us start our book blogs.

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