#BookLove: Alexina Golding (@bookstormer )

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Welcome back to #BookLove. Today it’s blogger Alexina Golding’s turn to take over the reins and help us spread a little book love by sharing a few of her favourite books.

About Alexina

AGI was always an avid reader as a child, going to the library, reading on the reading train and taking as many books home as possible.

My reading throughout my life has fluctuated with how busy I have been, so varied from books, to magazines, to both, to back again.  Genres changed across the years too.

With running a business from home ( well actually, just about to change careers), I found I couldn’t always go out, with the invention of the kindle. This meant that I could read and download books as and when.  I do still love paperbacks and hardbacks, but the kindle is great for ease and I have found so many new independent authors.

So, with teens, a house to run, cats, a husband and a business…I read to escape, imagine and enjoy another world. I don’t watch much television.

What I do is read, what I would like the blog to do is give something back to the authors, to shout about their book, to share what I have read with others.

My favourite Genre is Psychological thrillers, but I read a broad range of books, and mix them up as I go along.

I recently met Anthea Bell, who has translated so many books, including Asterix. What a whole new aspect of reading that taught  me, I am going to more and more book launches, and events. I was lucky enough to be able to attend Harrogate this year, I didn’t know two years ago such things existed. So as well as reading books to escape, I am escaping to book events.

This is what I want to share with you through the blog, my reading life…

I have met so many fantastic people, and through this have just started working for Bloodhound Books Publishing Company, A dream come true…

You can follow Alexina at her blog: www.bookstormer.co.uk, or on Facebook and Twitter.

What a reading space right?

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Childhood Sweetheart
Favourite book from childhood

Enid Blytons books….various and Sweet Valley High.

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First love
The first book you fell in love with

OMG, I don’t know..all of them! I read so much as a child…. I would devour them. I just loved reading. I guess though, it would have been Virginia Andrews  Flowers in The Attic, it was like nothing I had read before and my first grown up read, in my early teens.

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Biggest book crush
The book character you’re totally in love with

Adam from Flowers For the Dead, you shouldn’t love him…but you do.

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Weirdest book crush
Well… duh

Sarah E England’s Tanners Dell, the second in the trilogy, and it is more the placement and setting that I fell in love with rather than the characters…it is haunting and clever. I don’t usually read occult horror…

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Hardest break up
The book you didn’t want to end

Into The Darkest Corner as I didn’t want to know the outcome… and it has stayed with me for so long and it changed my reading genre to dark and devious.

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The one that got away
The book in your TBR or wish list that you regret not having started yet.

I haven’t read books from Agatha Christie, or Stephen King and need to rectify that this year. Crime reads are new to me and although I read so many, I haven’t read any from these authors!

Secret love
Guilty Reading pleasure

Reading The School Gate Survival Guide more than once, it isn’t something I do, with so many great books to read, but I can re read that one…the characters are simply wonderful and it is like being home when I read that book.

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Love one, love them all
Favourite series or genre

Crime thrillers – at the moment it is Malcolm Hollingdrake’s series, I just love his writing style, so I battle between him and Steven Dunne. It is I think due to the depth of the story and they bring everyday crimes to us with a twist, but both authors in their own individual way. If they both brought a book out at the same time, I would have a battle with which to read first.

Your latest squeeze
Favourite read of the last 12 months

Betsy Freeman Reavely, all her books are so different and heart wrenching in a dark way… Her favourite of mine is Beneath The Watery Moon, mainly because I wanted to save the character and not read to the end, and also because she nearly made me throw up with the twists and turns near the end of the book….

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Blind date for a friend
If you were to set a friend up with a blind date (book) which one would it be?

The School Gate Survival Guide By Kerry Fisher and it would be to most of my friends, even if you don’t read womans fiction this has it all…

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Greatest love of all
Favourite book of all time.

The Wishing Tree by Enid Blyton,, it was such a joy to revisit and re read It to both my children and it was magical and I really wish I could climb a tree and visit another land some days.

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Thanks Alexina. Some great choices in there and I can see a few more books finding their way into my TBR list fairly soon…

What do you think everyone? Do any of these books make your #Booklove lists too? Join me on Saturday when Kirsty Ferry will be confessing all about her #BookLove. There are some classics in store for you all there!

Have a brilliantly bookish day all

JL

Blog Tour: My Beautiful Disaster – The Road to Publication (@joannahughes77; @emmamitchellfpr)

Today I am delighted to be part of the blog tour for My Beautiful Disaster. I’ll be bringing you a Q&A with author J.D. Hughes in a moment on her road to publication but first things first – here is what the book is all about.

MBD coverThe Official Book Blurb

Daniel Dukes, millionaire extraordinaire has it all. A thriving business, good looks, power, money and women who’ll drop their drawers at the click of his skilled fingers. Just how he likes it. Everything changes one day when a stipulation in his deceased Uncle’s will, scuppers his visionary plans. The only way to get what’s rightfully his, is to marry. Who? It doesn’t matter, because the enigmatic bachelor will stop at nothing and play dirty to get what is his.

Sophia Lewis had nothing until she started working directly for Daniel at Dukes Industries. Having grown up in care, she’s tough, has an answer for everything and knows how to handle all varieties of men. For two years, Sophia has attended to her overbearing boss’ every whim. Gone above and beyond the call of duty.

When an indecent proposal presents itself, boundaries are pushed and limits are tested. Can Daniel and Sophia remain professional to fool the dead Uncle’s Lawyers? As lines become blurred and tempers become frayed, can two strong willed souls be the key to unlock each other’s hidden secrets? Or will the high price of the deal come at a devastating cost to them both?

*Warning* Mature themes and one hell of a cliff hanger!

Continue reading “Blog Tour: My Beautiful Disaster – The Road to Publication (@joannahughes77; @emmamitchellfpr)”

Recap Review: #TwoOClockBoy by Mark Hill (@markhillwriter)

Happy paperback birthday to Mark Hill whose stonkingly brilliant thriller, Two O’Clock Boy is being let out in the wild today. I first read and reviewed this book last year, and the protagonist, Ray Drake, is one of my self confessed #BookLove crushes. So with a cracking new cover to drool over (not literally as that’s a waste of a good book) now seemed like a good time to revisit my review.

Continue reading “Recap Review: #TwoOClockBoy by Mark Hill (@markhillwriter)”

#Blogtour: Deadly Game by Matt Johnson (@Matt_Johnson_UK; @OrendaBooks)

I am absolutely thrilled to be one of today’s stops on the blog tour for Deadly Game the latest Robert Finlay thriller from Matt Johnson and Orenda Books. I read the first book a couple of weeks back and being an action thriller it was right up my street. When I got asked to take part in this tour, I just couldn’t resist. I’ll share my thoughts with you in a moment, but first, here’s the bookish bits.

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Reeling from the attempts on his life and that of his family, Police Inspector Robert Finlay returns to work to discover that any hope of a peaceful existence has been dashed.

Assigned to investigate the Eastern European sex-slave industry just as a key witness is murdered, Finlay, along with his new partner Nina Brasov, finds himself facing a ruthless criminal gang, determined to keep control of the traffic of people into the UK. On the home front, Finlay’s efforts to protect his wife and child may have been in vain, as an MI5 protection officer uncovers a covert secret service operation that threatens them all …  

Aided by new allies, he must not only protect his family but save a colleague from an unseen enemy … and a shocking fate.

Deadly Game is a stunning, terrifying and eye-opening thriller from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction. Continue reading “#Blogtour: Deadly Game by Matt Johnson (@Matt_Johnson_UK; @OrendaBooks)”

#BlogTour Review: Quieter Than Killing By Sarah Hilary (@sarah_hilary; @headlinepg)

I’m absolutely delighted to be kicking off the blog tour for Sarah Hillary’s brand new DI Marnie Rome thriller, Quieter Than Killing. I have an extract from the opening scenes to share with you today and keep reading if you want to know my thoughts on the book. First though, here’s what the book is all about.

qtkThe Official Book Blurb

It’s winter, the nights are dark and freezing, and a series of seemingly random assaults is pulling DI Marnie Rome and DS Noah Jake out onto streets of London. When Marnie’s family home is ransacked, there are signs that the burglary can have only been committed by someone who knows her. Then a child goes missing, yet no-one has reported it. Suddenly, events seem connected, and it’s personal.

Someone out there is playing games. It is time for both Marnie and Noah to face the truth about the creeping, chilling reaches of a troubled upbringing. Keeping quiet can be a means of survival, but the effects can be as terrible as killing. Continue reading “#BlogTour Review: Quieter Than Killing By Sarah Hilary (@sarah_hilary; @headlinepg)”