Wednesday, 11 July 2018

TBR Pile 2018 - Six Month Update

It's hard to believe that Six months of the year have already passed. I thought this week, to give a short break from reviewing that I would take a look at my TBR - my to be read - pile and see what's gone and whats been added.

So far this year I've read

The Minaturist - Jessie Burton
One of Us is Lying - Karen M McManus
Whisper My Name - Jane Eagland
Friend Request - Laura Marshall
Harry Potter & The Cursed Child - JK Rowling
Allegiant - Veronica Roth
A Harmless Little Game - Meli Raine (e-book)
Death Knocks Twice - Robert Thorogood
The Vampire of Highgate - Asa Bailey
The Hook Up Experiment - Emma Hart (e-book)
The Vampire King - Joanna Mazurkiewicz (e-book)
One Shade of Gray - Monica Corwin (e-book)
Black Heart Blue - Louisa Reed
Gender Game
The Gender Secret
The Gender Lie
The Gender War
The Gender Fall- Bella Forrest (e-book)
Knight of Wands - Nina Mason(e-book)
Firebird - Alice La Roux(e-book)
Wolf Hollow - Lauren Wolk
At Any Price - Brenna Aubrey (e-book)
Sunshine - Robin McKinley
Werebear's Nanny - T. S Ryder(e-book)

A good mix between e-books and the paperbacks that are sitting piled in my room (literally piled). I keep telling myself not to buy new books until the pile is a lot smaller but I just can't help myself and the list has seen the following additions

Sleeping Giants - Sylvain Neuvel
Kaspar Prince of Cats - Michael Morpurgo (Audiobook)
Reflection - Elizabeth Lim
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (Audiobook)
Mistress of All Evil
Fairest of All - Serena Valentino (with the intention that I will also at some point be buying Poor Unfortunate Soul and The Beast Within)
Wildthorn - Jane Eagland
And One More Thing - Molly Harper (Audiobook)
The Queen of Air & Darkness - Cassandra Clare (as soon as its in paperback)
The Cuckoos Calling - Robert Galbraith (fully intended to add the Silk Worm and Career of Evil if I get on with the writing style - love the dramatizations on BBC)
Time Stoppers - Carrie Jones (Audiobook)
Twice the Growl - Milly Taiden (Audiobook)
A Stranger in the House - Shari Lapena
A Risk Worth Taking - Laura Landon (Audiobook)

With the hopes of getting The Book Jumper - Mechthild Glaser and Magnus Chase and The Ship of the Dead - Rick Riordan for my Birthday next month.

Added to my Kindle

The Dating Experiment - Emma Hart
Twelfth Floor - Monica Corwin
Knight of Cups
Knight of Pentacles
Knight of Swords - Nina Mason
The Man of Legends - Kenneth C Johnson

I'm currently reading The Gender Plan by Bella Forrest with The Gender End lined up to read after. (Both e-books)

Only another 24 Weeks of reading time left. I best get cracking :)

Monday, 9 July 2018

Meet A Writer Monday Presents...

...Sheri Poe Pape

1. Tell me about your book, Cassie Pup Takes the Cake, and where you got your inspiration for it?

Cassie Pup Takes the Cake is about Cassie, a white miniature schnauzer, who is adopted into a new home, with a new owner who owns a bakery, who quickly signs her up for a cupcake bake-off with national cupcake champion, Cordelia Cat. Sparks fly from the beginning between the two, along with crazy fun and unexpected endings.

This current book will be part of a series and is based off the real-life adventures of our own dog, Cassie.

2. Have you ever danced in the rain?

Yes I have danced in the rain. Many moons ago.

3. What is the longest you’ve gone without writing?

I have gone a week without doing any writing.

4. Mountains or the Beach?

I have always preferred the beach.

5. You’ve just been kidnapped and the people from the last TV Show/Movie you watched have to save you. Who is it?

The knights in shining armor to the rescue are the Monkees.

6. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

I would travel to my one ancestor’s home of Exeter, Devon, England, to experience where my family came from.

7. What feels like love to you?

Love to me is respect, faithfulness and devotion.

8. If you could bring one musician back from the dead, who would it be and why?

Davy Jones of the Monkees. He was my favorite Monkee, an acquaintance of mine and a very nice guy to know.

9. In what ways do you hold yourself back?

By not writing more!

10. If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?

I would go to the past, specifically Victorian England to solve the Jack the Ripper case.

11. What motivates you to succeed as a writer?

For now, to keep the memory of Cassie alive by all the books I write about her. She was ultimate unique and so human!

12. What makes you cry?

Cruelty to animals and humanity.

13. What genre do you write in and what draws you into this genre?

I write in the children’s book genre because, although I am an adult, I have the spirit of the child still in me and I enjoy these stories to write and read.

14. Do you let a book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?

Yes I do, but for a week at a time.

15. Do you think the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

Yes, it definitely does. This current children’s book is colorfully illustrated.


Cassie has a new home, and a new owner with a bakery, who quickly signs her up for a cupcake bake-off with national cupcake champion, Cordelia Cat.  Sparks fly from the beginning between the two, along with crazy fun and unexpected endings.  Who do you think will win? 

About Sheri

Sheri Poe-Pape has written many internet articles about people in the arts and history and has been the Director/Educator of the Pape Conservatory of Music for the past thirty-eight years. She is the author of two children’s picture books, Cassie’s Marvelous Music Lessons and Cassie Pup takes the Cake?? Each day, she warms up on the piano, and for fifteen of those years, a small dog has been her constant companion

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Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Dusty Pages Review: Werebear's Nanny

After a disastrous marriage, Cynthia has accepted that she’ll never have her prince charming. Her chance at a fresh start arrives when she gets a job as a nanny on a mysterious island.

But when she sees her new boss, with his sculpted abs, tanned skin and that deep V that disappears into his low-slung jeans, she knows that she’s in for trouble…

Tyrell is most definitely not looking for a mate. He’s more than happy working at his ranch and taking care of his daughter. Relationships only bring trouble.

But he’s in for the fight of his life when Cynthia unexpectedly shows up on his doorstep. Her smile knocks the wind out of him. She’s the forbidden fruit he longs to taste.

There is one small problem. Cynthia has never heard of shifters.

She doesn’t know that she’s landed on an island full of bears.

That not everybody wants humans here…

And that she’s in danger…
Picked this little beauty up for .99p and really enjoyed it. About half way through I realized it was actually a second book set on this fictional island of were-bears but its almost completely autonomous. You can read it without having to have read the first one which is something I liked and also I find rather rare in the paranormal series game.

The characters had a great depth to them and although I knew that the two main characters were destined to hook up, the way it happened seemed a little, sudden. Both of their inner monologues had been very much against the idea of crossing that line and then suddenly one night they just cross it, no thinking about it much after. Once you get over that hurdle though, the rest of the story is pretty good, plenty of action and conflict. I've not read a book focused on were-bears before and it was a nice change from your usual werewolf shifters.

After finishing reading this, I did look up the previous book which focuses on the four were-bear alpha's and their own human mate. I'm not too keen on back tracking to read this because of the five people in a relationship thing. Personally I like a fight between two, or a sharing between two but more than that, its just gets a bit, well, complicated. Part of the reason I started to move away from the Anita Blake Series was because of all the different boyfriends. It was just too hard to keep track.

The book after this focuses on a character that I am not sure I want to know more about after his appalling behavior in this book.

Over all, I give it