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Spotlight plus Give-Away: All things Pretty by M Leighton

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ALL THINGS PRETTY Synopsis

Pretending to be something they’re not, afraid to trust anyone completely, destined to tear each other apart– this is the story of unlikely love and unbearable consequences.

Sig Locke is a cop. He was raised by a cop and all his brothers are cops. He bleeds blue, believes in right and wrong, and sees in black and white, never in shades of gray.

But that was before he met Tommi.

Tommi, with her long legs and bright green eyes, she captured Sig’s interest from the moment he saw her. Even after he discovered who she was–the girlfriend of a drug dealer, the beauty behind a criminal–he still found her utterly irresistible. What Sig doesn’t know, however, is that she has a secret even a cop can’t uncover.

Tommi Lawrence hasn’t had an easy life, and it only got more complicated the day she met Sig. She learned long ago that she can’t trust anyone. Her gut tells her that Sig is no exception, her heart tells her that he is. But that was before she found out his real identity.

Can love be forged in a fire of lies? Or will the truth destroy them both?

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MLeighton Bio

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, M. Leighton finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels, these days M. Leighton enjoys letting her mind wander to more romantic settings with sexy Southern guys, much like the one she married and the ones you’ll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren’t roaming in that direction, she’ll be riding horses, swimming in ponds and experiencing life on a ranch, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.

A note from M. Leighton: I love coffee and chocolate, even more so when they are combined. I’m convinced that one day they could be the basis for world peace. I also love the color red and am seriously considering dying my hair.

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Review: Looking at the Stars by Jo Cotterill

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Title: Looking at the Stars
Author: Jo Cotterill
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: 6 Feb 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

An inspiring story of hope, friendship, and love amid war that will stay with readers long after they turn the final page—perfect for Deborah Ellis fans

Amina’s homeland has been ravaged by war for many months, but so far they are safe, together. When a so-called liberating force arrives in the country, the family think their prayers for peace will soon be answered, but they are horribly wrong. The country is thrown into yet further turmoil and Amina’s family is devastated. Her elder brother is accused of being a ringleader in a rebel group and goes into hiding. Her father is then killed for apparently protecting him. The women of the family—Amina, her two sisters, and their mother—have no choice but to leave their home town, along with thousands of others, and head for a refugee camp. But there are even more challenges ahead.

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This novel is a chance to glimpse the horror of life in a seemingly developing company during a Civil War. I say seemingly as I found myself struggling with the concept that Looking at the Stars had no concrete sense of place – as someone interested in history and putting things in their correct places it did niggle at me throughout. I completely understand that the author was trying to make a point about how this type of event could and does happen in many different places but without any concrete grounding it meant I wasn’t as connected with the characters as I could be. On another positive note I think perhaps younger readers may find it easier to understand as Amina and her family’s plight.

Despite my misgivings Cotterill paints an honest and vivid picture of a family living through some of the most testing times and doesn’t hold back when it comes to death, disease and the genuine nature of life in such testing times. As Amina and her sister arrive at the refugee camp they’re met with every kind of horror, this is after watching the government forces tear apart their family and losing their mother, father and youngest sister along the way.

The only escape they have from the camp and their lives is Amina’s magical stories, which give them and others in the camp a true sense of escapism. As she tells her mesmerising stories she helps countless people make it through another day and it’s heartening to think the power of imagination can survive in such horrific environments.

Jo Cotterill has imagined a nameless world which is filled with real, believable events. As people are shot, die of malnutrition and are beaten beyond recognition, you have to remind yourself that Amina is only a child and alone in this with only another child, her sister, for company. Throughout the novel I had to remind myself of this a few times as the maturity they exhibit goes far beyond their years.

Cotterill’s idea and concept are brilliant, trying to portray the effects of horrific Civil War for children is a big ask and I think she manages it very well. I can’t say I personally enjoyed it as much as I could have because of the lack of grounding, I like my facts!

Spotlight: Video Q & A with Kate A Boorman

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I am extremely grateful to be in a position both as a librarian and as a blogger to be able to share the amazing benefits reading for pleasure has. I am also in the enviable position to provide students and followers with extra special content from the authors and publishers. Like today :)

I am delighted to share a video Q&A by Kate A Boorman, Faber and Faber. Kate answers the frequently asked questions about her reading. ENJOY

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SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS

Where Emmeline lives, you cannot love and you cannot leave…

The Council’s rules are strict, but they’re for the good of the settlement in which Emmeline lives. Everyone knows there is nothing but danger the other side of the Wall, and the community must prepare for the freezing winterkill that comes every year.

But Emmeline struggles to be obedient under the Council’s suffocating embrace – especially when she discovers that a Council leader intends to snatch her hand in marriage.

Then Emmeline begins to hear the call of the trees beyond the Wall…

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Kate Boorman is an independent artist and writer from the Canadian prairies. She has a Master of Arts in Dramatic Critical Theory, and a work resume full of the usual, whacky assortment of jobs.

Kate spent much of her childhood reading books instead of being useful around the house, and now she writes them, which means she is still not very useful. She is fond of beautiful-creepy things, good chocolate, and cozy slippers (all three are an essential part of her writing process).

She also loves to dig in the dirt, and sit under starry skies with her friends, and travel to far off lands with her husband and two children.

The Winterkill trilogy is her YA fiction debut.

You can also find her YA short story “The Memory Junkies” in the Canadian speculative fiction anthology Tesseracts 15: A Case of Quite Curious Tales. It’s about nostalgia-terrorists.

Follow Kate on Twitter @kateboorman

Spotlight: Half Wild by Sally Green

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Title: Half Wild
Series: Half Bad #2
Author: Sally Green
Publisher: Penguin UK
Publication Date: March 2015

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After finally meeting his elusive father, Marcus, and receiving the three gifts that confirm him as a full adult witch, Nathan is still on the run. He needs to find his friend Gabriel and rescue Annalise, now a prisoner of the powerful Black witch Mercury. Most of all he needs to learn how to control his Gift – a strange, wild new power that threatens to overwhelm him.

Meanwhile, Soul O’Brien has seized control of the Council of White Witches and is expanding his war against Black witches into Europe. In response, an unprecedented alliance has formed between Black and White witches determined to resist him. Drawn into the rebellion by the enigmatic Black witch Van Dal, Nathan finds himself fighting alongside both old friends and old enemies. But can all the rebels be trusted, or is Nathan walking into a trap?

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From Press Release:

To keep fans satisfied while they wait for the publication of Half Wild on 24th March next year, Penguin also announce an exciting new short story. Half Lies is due for release across all digital book platforms on 13 November. Set in the months before Half BadHalf Lies takes the form of a diary written by Michele, the sister of Gabriel, Nathan’s Black witch friend.  Having fled Europe for Florida, Michele falls in love with a local White witch boy. There, she finds that the divide between the Black and White witch communities is just as dangerous as it was in the life she’s left behind.

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Sally Green says: ‘Gabriel is a key character in the Half Bad trilogy and he also happens to be the one I’m desperately in love with (I know a lot of fans are rather fond of him too) so it was great to write a little more about his life. Half Lies is the story of Gabriel and his sister Michele, told from Michele’s point of view. Of course it’s not a totally happy story, there’s love but there’s violence too, but they are Black witches so what do you expect?’

Tantalizing Trailers: Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant

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Title: Messenger of Fear
Series: Messenger of Fear #1
Author: Michael Grant
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Publication Date: Aug 2014

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I remembered my name – Mara. But, standing in that ghostly place, faced with the solemn young man in the black coat with silver skulls for buttons, I could recall nothing else about myself.

And then the games began.

The Messenger sees the darkness in young hearts, and the damage it inflicts upon the world. If they go unpunished, he offers the wicked a game. Win, and they can go free. Lose, and they will live out their greatest fear.

But what does any of this have to do with Mara? She is about to find out . .

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