February 2014 on Lipsyy Lost & Found

Woah February went quick ey? I didn’t get through as many books as I wanted to, but I went to Iceland, revamped my flat as I now have it all to myself, and my parents came to help/visit. So all in all, it’s been an excellent, if not busy one!

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Total Posts: 18 (Slacker!)

New WP Followers: 23

Books Read & Reviewed (2!):

  • Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman, 4/5 (Review)
  • Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, 4/5 (Review)

Read but not yet reviewed:
I’m a bit behind but I’ll catch up, promise!

  • Zombies Vs Unicorns by Holly Black et al
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Friday Features:

  • Book Fun With Barbies (View Post)
  • 5 Reasons Why Vampire Show Moonlight was Ahead of its Time (View Post)

Guest Posts:

  • B. I Woolet – The inspiration behind their World of Arcas Series. (View Post)

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      ARCs/Giveaways:
      I received these Advanced Reader Copies via Netgalley.
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      *BOOK OF THE MONTH*

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      *COVER OF THE MONTH*

      It was so close between this and Cinder, they are both very pretty…but I love this simple cover; the colours are epic!

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      *MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH*

      I’m a bit YA’ed out at the moment so really looking forward this Thriller, out March 11th

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Blog Take-Over!

Jennifer Gilby Roberts: The Inspiration behind her latest novel After Wimbledon

Did I ever mention that I love tennis? Oh I thought so…so you'll understand how thrilled I am to hand over my blog today to Jennifer Gilby Roberts, author of Tennis Romance, After Wimbledon.

Continue reading for Giveaway details!

The Inspiration Behind After Wimbledon

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Naturally, for a novel by an English writer about the Wimbledon tennis tournament, After Wimbledon was born in Australia. For the tennis fans: it is the Laura Robson of chick lit novels.

I was taking some time out after finishing my degree. Having fried my brain by studying physics, a light-hearted romance was all I was good for. I arrived in Melbourne halfway through the Australian Open and spent most of the next week hanging out in Fed Square watching the action on their big screen. That was fabulous because it was right in the middle of the city and anyone could just wander down. I even sat in the Rod Laver Arena (the equivalent of Centre Court) for one day. Since I was travelling alone, I managed to grab an odd seat right in the front row. I heard Roger Federer swear, that’s how close I was. (RFed swears!? I am shocked!)

At the same time, I was struggling with a decision. I’d been dating someone for a couple of years before I went away and had left him back home. In a twist on the classic tale, he was sure we were for keeps and I was uncertain. I was only 23 when we started dating and wasn’t expecting to get serious. Marriage was something for my thirties, if it happened at all. One morning, in a shower stall at the hostel, I broke it off over the phone. It was Australia Day, but the fireworks seemed rather out-of-place.

A few weeks later, I decided it was time to write another novel. My first, The Dr Pepper Prophecies, had been completed five years earlier. Suddenly, I had something to write about again: tennis and major life confusion. And out of those things After Wimbledon was born. The first draft contained much angst. I reckon I cut out about 30,000 words to get to the final version. I’m just counting that bit as therapy. It’s a much better read without it!

And the boyfriend I mentioned? Reader, I married him. Only happy endings here…

After Wimbledon

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After 12 years on the pro. tennis tour and four years with her sort-of boyfriend, Lucy Bennett has had enough. She wants real life… and real love.

Her life, her decision. Right? Well, no one else seems to think so. With opinions on all sides, Lucy’s head is spinning. And she’s stumbling right into the arms of long-term crush and fellow player Sam. Shame her boyfriend – his arch-rival – would sooner smash a racquet over their heads than agree to a simple change of partners.

As the Wimbledon Championships play out, Lucy fights for her life on and off the courts. The question is: what will she be left with after Wimbledon?

After Wimbledon is available on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, other Amazon sites and Barnes & Noble

Giveaway!

You can win an e-copy of After Wimbledon, and many other great ebooks, in the Chick Lit Ebook Giveaway on Jennifer Gilby Roberts’ blog, 1-14 March 2014.

Find Jennifer Gilby Roberts on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, LibraryThing, Wattpad and Amazon.

I can’t wait to read this, look out for my review in next fortnight. Huge thanks to Jennifer!

An Alcoholic, a Teashop and an Angry Vampire Ex!

Kissing with Fangs by Ashlyn Chase

fangs Claudia Fletcher has her MBA and a stellar resume, so when the bar she manages burns down, she could easily move on to bigger and better things. But something about the bar owner, Anthony Cross makes it impossible to leave.

Anthony has never let on to the general public that he’s a vampire, and most of his staff members have no idea Boston Uncommon was a safe gathering place for supernaturals of all kinds. Now that it’s nothing but ash, the tentative peace among warring factions is starting to crumble. The last thing he wants to do is put Claudia in danger, but he also knows there’s no way he can let her go…

Anyone who knows me will probably be surprised when I say that I’ve never actually read any Vampire Erotica before. No, seriously. Unless you include Slash Fiction…which I don’t! 😉 So when I saw this on NetGalley I thought I’d give it a go, and although I didn’t LOVE LOVE it, I’m glad I did.

The story isn’t bad, and the writing isn’t bad either, it’s just a bit too…shallow…for my liking.

Vampire meets girl, girl is an alcoholic bar manager so Vampire coverts bar into teashop. Vampire’s Vampire ex is a crazy stalker bitch who doesn’t like girl very much. ‘Paranormals’ are being experimented on, so Vampire and his ‘Para’ friends must stop them which is quite difficult when all he wants to do is have his wicked way with girl.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of light-hearted trashy lit now and again, and this did satisfy that but I wanted more. More than anything, I wanted Anthony to be a better, hotter vampire. I mean he seemed pretty good at Teh Sex, but he was a lame vampire. There was no mystery or danger about him, in fact, if I hadn’t been told, I wouldn’t have believed he was a vampire at all. He didn’t drink anyone’s blood, he didn’t have any bloodlust, and he didn’t even see fit to do away with his stalker ex who was threatening to kill his ‘beloved’. Rubbish.

But, I did enjoy parts of Kissing with Fangs. It was a quick read with some nice touches (err hello, Merman!) and I definitely wouldn’t be put off reading more in the series/from the author (just less of the ‘she worried her lip’ please!).

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Disclosure?: I received an Advanced Review Copy from the author/publisher via Netgalley. Many Thanks!
Title: Kissing With Fangs
Author: Ashlyn Chase
Details: Paperback, e-book, 384 pages
Expected publication: March 4th 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating: 2/5