Bookish Ardour’s Thank You Prize #4

To thank my wonderful readers, long-time and new, I have decided to run a weekly competition. Up for grabs will be ARCs, pre-releases, and the victims of my occasional library-culling. Some of these are pre-loved and some of these have never even been flicked through.

For Australian readers only, apologies international readers! Overseas postage is just too expensive.

Competitions open on 7am Sunday mornings, run till 7pm Friday evenings, and then I will randomly draw a winner that Saturday! I’ll have the prize posted to you on the Monday, but I won’t tell you beforehand. It’s a surprise!

This week’s Thank You Prize is;

 The Forbidden Queen by Anne O’Brien

The Forbidden QueenAn innocent pawn 

A kingdom without a king 

A new dynasty will reign… 

1415. The jewel in the French crown, Katherine de Valois, is waiting under lock and key for King Henry V. While he’s been slaughtering her kinsmen in Agincourt, Katherine has been praying for marriage to save her from her misery. But the brutal king wants her crown, not her innocent love. 

For Katherine, England is a lion’s den of greed, avarice and mistrust. And when she is widowed at twenty-one, she becomes a prize ripe for the taking—her young son the future monarch, her hand in marriage worth a kingdom. 

This is a deadly political game, one the dowager queen must learn fast. The players—the Duke of Gloucester, Edmund Beaufort and Owen Tudor—are circling. Who will have her? Who will ruin her? This is the story of Katherine de Valois. Continue reading

Bookish Ardour’s Thank You Prize #3

To thank my wonderful readers, long-time and new, I have decided to run a weekly competition. Up for grabs will be ARCs, pre-releases, and the victims of my occasional library-culling. Some of these are pre-loved and some of these have never even been flicked through.

For Australian readers only, apologies international readers! Overseas postage is just too expensive.

Competitions open on 7am Sunday mornings, run till 7pm Friday evenings, and then I will randomly draw a winner that Saturday! I’ll have the prize posted to you on the Monday, but I won’t tell you beforehand. It’s a surprise!

This week’s Thank You Prize is;

 Catch of the Day by Carla Caruso

Catch-of-the-Day-by-Carla-Caruso-book-coverAfter a regrettable incident at the office Christmas party, up-and-coming fashion editor, Winnie Cherry, is banished to coastal South Australia to set up a beach lifestyle magazine – 300km from nowhere.

Her friends joke that she’ll marry a rich cray fisherman and stay there for good, but Winnie has other ideas. Determined to get back to Sydney within two months, she gets to work and starts counting down the days. Until she meets handsome freelance photographer Alex Bass, and sparks begin to fly.

As Winnie is increasingly drawn into the close-knit local community, she starts to question whether city life is really what she wants. That is, until Alex drops a bombshell that casts dark storm clouds over all her coastal dreams… Continue reading

Bookish Ardour’s Thank You Prize #2

To thank my wonderful readers, long-time and new, I have decided to run a weekly competition. Up for grabs will be ARCs, pre-releases, and the victims of my occasional library-culling. Some of these are pre-loved and some of these have never even been flicked through.

For Australian readers only, apologies international readers! Overseas postage is just too expensive.

Competitions open on 7am Sunday mornings, run till 7pm Friday evenings, and then I will randomly draw a winner that Saturday! I’ll have the prize posted to you on the Monday, but I won’t tell you beforehand. It’s a surprise!

This week’s Thank You Prize is;

 Evil and The Mask by Fuminori Nakamura

Evil and the Mask by Fuminori NakamuraThe second book by prize-winning Japanese novelist Fuminori Nakamura to be available in English translation, a follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed The Thief─another fantastically creepy, electric literary thriller that explores the limits of human depravity─and the powerful human instinct to resist evil.
 
When Fumihiro Kuki is eleven years old, his elderly, enigmatic father calls him into his study for a meeting. “I created you to be a cancer on the world,” his father tells him. It is a tradition in their wealthy family: a patriarch, when reaching the end of his life, will beget one last child to dedicate to causing misery in a world that cannot be controlled or saved. From this point on, Fumihiro will be specially educated to learn to create as much destruction and unhappiness in the world around him as a single person can. Between his education in hedonism and his family’s resources, Fumihiro’s life is one without repercussions. Every door is open to him, for he need obey no laws and may live out any fantasy he might have, no matter how many people are hurt in the process. But as his education progresses, Fumihiro begins to question his father’s mandate, and starts to resist. Continue reading

Bookish Ardour’s Thank You Prize #1

To thank my wonderful readers, long-time and new, I have decided to run a weekly competition. Up for grabs will be ARCs, pre-releases, and the victims of my occasional library-culling. Some of these are pre-loved and some of these have never even been flicked through.

For Australian readers only, apologies international readers! Overseas postage is just too expensive.

Competitions open on 7am Sunday mornings, run till 7pm Friday evenings, and then I will randomly draw a winner that Saturday! I’ll have the prize posted to you on the Monday, but I won’t tell you beforehand. It’s a surprise!

This week’s Thank You Prize is;

 Small Town Storm by Elise K. Ackers

Small Town StormNineteen years after a devastating crime almost killed her, Erica Lawrence has returned home. In the small mountain town of Olinda, her story is legend. And now everyone knows she’s back, including top cop and childhood best friend, Jordan Hill, the first and only person to ever touch her guarded heart.

When a woman goes missing and her body is found brutally murdered, fear swallows the town. And suspicion soon turns on Olinda’s newest resident: Erica. As the cop in charge of the murder investigation, Jordan has to face the awful truth that the prime suspect is the woman he always swore to protect. While Jordan and Erica struggle with their feelings for one another, the murders mount up and the tension grows. Not only that, but Erica has a dark secret that she’ll do anything to stop Jordan from finding out…

Small Town Storm is a gripping read that captures the intensity and passion of first love and the terror of a town where trust has broken down. This is the unforgettable story of a lifelong romance, and of an innocent childhood tainted by evil that won’t let go. Continue reading

Blog Tour Review: Conquering Shame and Codependency by Darlene Lancer

Shame and CodependencyA nationally recognized author and codependency expert examines the roots of shame and its connection with codependent relationships. Learn how to heal from their destructive hold by implementing eight steps that will empower the real you, and lead to healthier relationships.

Shame: the torment you feel when you’re exposed, humiliated, or rejected; the feeling of not being good enough. It’s a deeply painful and universal emotion, yet is not frequently discussed. For some, shame lurks in the unconscious, undermining self-esteem, destroying confidence, and leading to codependency. These codependent relationships—where we overlook our own needs and desires as we try to care for, protect, or please another—often cover up abuse, addiction, or other harmful behaviors. Shame and codependency feed off one another, making us feel stuck, never able to let go, move on, and become the true self we were meant to be.
In Conquering Shame and Codependency, Darlene Lancer sheds new light on shame: how codependents’ feelings and beliefs about shame affect their identity, their behavior, and how shame can corrode relationships, destroying trust and love. She then provides eight steps to heal from shame, learn to love yourself, and develop healthy relationships.

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TLC Book ToursThis review is part of Darlene Lancer’s book tour with TLC Book Tours. Find out more about the tour and all the stops here.

You can find more tour information and upcoming events by clicking through to TLC Book Tours.

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Excerpt from Supreme Justice by Max Allan Collins

TLC Book ToursAt the moment Max Allan Collins’ newest release, Supreme Justice, is on virtual tour with TLC Book Tours. As part of the tour today I have an excerpt for you all to enjoy. Catch a glimpse of Collins’ newest story!

You can see more with the tour by clicking through to TLC Book tours.

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Excerpted from SUPREME JUSTICE by Max Allan Collins. Copyright 2014. Published By Thomas & Mercer. Used by permission of the publisher. Not for reprint without permission.

In less than an hour, Nicholas Blount would be staring into the infinite blackness of a Glock barrel.

But right now, at the end of another typically long and tedious day as a Supreme Court law clerk, Nicky seemed almost to bounce across the well-appointed outer office of Associate Justice Henry Venter.

If you didn’t have endless energy, best not to clerk at the top court in the country—especially if you were working for this notoriously conservative, famously hardworking African American justice.

Nicky glanced into the AJ’s office. There sat the man himself, leaned over in his tufted-back chair, tiny reading glasses perched on his nose, a green-shaded banker’s lamp on the corner of the massive mahogany desk providing just enough light to view the brief before him. Bull-necked with graying hair, Venter had played football at the University of Missouri, though keeping in shape had never been a priority. Still, soft around the middle though he might be, Venter was fairly fit for seventy. Continue reading

Blog Tour Review: Sweet Tooth by Tim

Sweet Tooth by Tim AndersonWhat’s a sweets-loving young boy growing up gay in North Carolina in the eighties supposed to think when he’s diagnosed with type 1 diabetes? That God is punishing him, naturally.

This was, after all, when gay-hating Jesse Helms was his senator, AIDS was still the boogeyman, and no one was saying, “It gets better.” And if stealing a copy of a gay porno magazine from the newsagent was a sin, then surely what the men inside were doing to one another was much worse.

Sweet Tooth is Tim Anderson’s uproarious memoir of life after his hormones and blood sugar both went berserk at the age of fifteen. With Morrissey and The Smiths as the soundtrack, Anderson self-deprecatingly recalls love affairs with vests and donuts, first crushes, coming out, and inaugural trips to gay bars. What emerges is the story of a young man trying to build a future that won’t involve crippling loneliness or losing a foot to his disease—and maybe even one that, no matter how unpredictable, can still be pretty sweet.

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This review is part of Tim Anderson’s book tour with TLC Book Tours. Find out more about the tour and all the stops here.TLC Book Tours

You can find more tour information and upcoming events by clicking through to TLC Book Tours. Continue reading