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text 2018-08-16 12:35
Blog Tour: Tales From the Forest by Johanna Sarah Aldridge with Giveaway

Today’s stop is for Johanna Sarah Aldridge’s Tales From the Forest. We will have info about the book and author,and a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.

Happy Reading :) 


The Forest Realm is a magical world within our own. You cannot see it, nor can you hear it, and only very few might be able to feel it. The realm feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, and protects the hunted... so long as their hearts are pure.

Recently orphaned, two heartbroken brothers are at risk of separation by the government...

A black Labrador leads a colony of rabbits away from danger...

A destitute family of rats seek a new life away from the pollution of the big city...

All have been rescued by the realm of magic, and their lives are truly about to change.

Come and join us in The Forest where magic thrives, adventures are rife, and friendships last forever.

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Jo was born in Colchester, Essex, in 1974 and since an early age has always been accused of having a wild imagination. This didnt stop her from studying for an honours degree in Cell and Molecular Biology, training as a science teacher, then go on to train as a Biomedical Scientist. She eventually took a post in Clinical Chemistry at Jersey General Hospital in the Channel Islands.

Whilst holding down a full time job, and working 28 hour emergency on call shifts, she has managed to find the time to share that wild imagination with the world by writing online fan fiction stories about the CW series Supernatural.

She enjoyed it so much that, with a lot of encouragement from her husband, she decided to write her own stories. Not an easy task for somone dogged by anxiety and depression, and since her diagnosis in 2013 she has also been battling with Ulcerative Colitis.

In spite of her struggles, Tales from the Forest, a series of short stories set in a magical realm, began to take physical form on her laptop screen, and her black labrador Nelson is a valiant hero in some of the stories. As an avid animal lover, she has vowed that all proceeds from the sale of this book series will help to set up a forever home sanctuary for stray, elderly and abandoned dogs.

Although still working full time at the hospital, she has turned her thoughts to the future, and now holds a Diploma in Dog Training from the Centre of Excellence, and is currently studying towards a Diploma in Canine Communication in order to prepare for a life of working with rescue dogs.

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Website *** AllAuthor *** Facebook *** Twitter *** Amazon *** Goodreads

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text 2018-08-16 09:28
Reading progress update: I've read 37 out of 190 pages.
The Solitary Summer - Elizabeth von Arnim

I've read through May, and I had three quotes I was going to share - three! - and Themis-Athena beat me to all three in her progress updates.  Well played TA, well played.  Great minds thinking alike and all that. 

 

Suffice it to say, I'm enjoying the read so far.

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text 2018-08-16 01:11
Runoff Poll for Official Buddy Read

Since the first and second choices were only one vote apart, we're going to do a run off poll! Vote for the one you want to read!

 

Run-off Poll for Official BL Bingo Buddy Read
The Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
 
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text 2018-08-15 23:17
Halloween Bingo 2018 - Potential Reads!

There is absolutely no guarantee that I'm going to stick to these, but I do like to at least have an idea of what I want to read next :). Plus, I love making lists. So here goes!

 

 

A Grimm Tale Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Baker Street Irregulars Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Genre: Suspense - Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

ShiftersWritten in Red by Anne Bishop

Modern Masters of HorrorSour Candy by Kealan Patrick Burke

 

 

Relics and CuriositiesNeedful Things by Stephen King

DoomsdayThe Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Moder NoirIn the Woods by Tara French

Fear the Drowning DeepThe Terror by Dan Simmons

Terror In a Small TownThe Detained by Kristopher Triana

 

 

Romantic SuspenseWindow on the Square by Phyllis A. Whitney

Southern GothicThe Casquette Girls by Alys Arden

Free Square - OPEN (pending buddy read/etc.)

Ghost StoriesThe Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud

Country House MysteryAnd Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

 

 

SpellboundThe Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Creepy CarnivalsJoyland by Stephen King

Cozy Mystery - OPEN (anyone have anything they love and want to recommend?)

13Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor

GothicUnnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman

 

 

CrytozoologistThe Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

New Release - OPEN (any suggestions?)

Slasher StoriesDarkness, Tell Us by Richard Laymon

DeadlandsThe Rising by Brian Keene

Terrifying WomenExperimental Film by Gemma Files

 

 

A LOT of these books are sitting on my shelves, wasting away, so this is a good excuse to pull some and mow through them. Even better, the vast majority of these books have been sitting on my TBR for ages. So I'll try to stick to this!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-08-15 21:19
The Flowers of Vashnoi by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Flowers of Vashnoi: Vorkosigan Saga (English Edition) - Lois McMaster Bujold

Ha, a new Vorkosigan novella - entirely in Ekaterin's PoV, set concurrently with "Captain Vorpatril's Alliance", i.e. before Miles inherits the Countship.

 

When Ekaterin and Enrique set out to test their new radiation bugs in the fallout zone of Vorkosigan Vashnoi, they stumble across a long-lost secret.

 

Take "Mountains of Mourning", a new use for the butter bugs, the establishment (and surveillance) of a fallout zone, Ekaterin and Enrique confronting the Vorkosigan backcountry... stir... and sit back. Distilled from this mixture is a tragic story, again a conflict between past and future and quite a lot of introspection into the question of how long past events remain in our memory, but unfortunately it doesn't carry the impact of earlier novellas. Maybe because Ekaterin is an outsider and therefore more of a commentator than actual participant, maybe even because the story isn't actually over at the end. It's barely begun.

 

In short, while it's good to revisit beloved characters, I'm not sure whether this story actually needed to be told... retold in a way...

 

 

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