'Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.'- Angela Carter

Thursday, 21 May 2015

BLOG TOUR: Review - The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP)

The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP)
Title: The Happy Every Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP)
Author: Kate Winter
Series: None
Publisher: Sphere
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 21st May, 2015


Falling in love is never simple. Especially when you're dead.
When Rosie Potter wakes up one morning with what she assumes is the world's worst hangover, the last thing she expects is to discover that she's actually dead. With a frustrating case of amnesia, suspicious circumstances surrounding her untimely demise, and stuck wearing her ugliest flannel PJs, Rosie must figure out not only what happened last night, but why on earth she's still here.
Slowly the mystery unravels, but there are many other secrets buried in the quiet Irish village of Ballycarragh, and nobody is as innocent as they first appear. Aided by the unlikeliest of allies in her investigation, Rosie discovers that life after death isn't all it's cracked up to be, particularly when you might just be falling in love . . .
In this hilarious, life-affirming and romantic journey through Rosie Potter's afterlife, she shares the ghostly tale of how she lived, she died, and she loved (in that order).

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

BLOG TOUR: Lindsey Kelk - Always the Bridesmaid Extract

Today I have an extract from the amazing Always the Bridesmaid by Lindsey Kelk. Enjoy! 

My Bridesmaid Journal

Name: Maddie Fraser
Age: Thirty-one but I definitely don’t look it, honest
My bride’s name is: Lauren Hobbs-Miller
My bride is: My alleged best friend
I have known my bride for: 12 years
How we met: We were flatmates at university
My other bridesmaids’ names are: Sarah Hempel, Jessica Hobbs-Miller-Joyce
Three words that describe my bride: Tyrannical control freak Generous, loving, blonde
Three words that describe the groom: Potentially on drugs
The date of the big day is: Too soon for me to lose weight
How I feel about being a bridesmaid: Like I’d rather pull my womb out with a rusty coat hanger and parade up and down Brighton seafront wearing it as a hat   Blessed.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

REVIEW: Always the Bridesmaid - Lindsey Kelk

Always the Bridesmaid
Title: Always the Bridesmaid
Author: Lindsey Kelk
Series: None
Publisher: Harper Collins
Source: Review copy
Publication Date: 7th May 2015


Maddie Fraser has never been anything other than the girl in the background: golden boy Dan’s little sister, crazy Shona’s minion, workaholic Sebastian’s ex and now she’s also the girl in the middle of her warring best friends.
Lauren has announced she’s getting married – just as Sarah’s husband asks her for a divorce. Nothing in Maddie’s career in event organising has prepared her for this particular combo of planning and real pain. The news that her ex is also tying the knot is the final straw. While the magazines say she should be leaning in, all she wants to do is sleep in. But whether she likes it or not, everything is about to change for Maddie. For better or worse, this grown-up bridesmaid is taking centre stage…

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

BLOG TOUR: Lies Like Love


WRITING ABOUT THE TOUGH STUFF IN LIES LIKE LOVE

WARNING: MAJOR SPOILER ALERT

Having written about almost every horrendous thing that can happen to a child because of parental abuse or neglect in BLACK HEART BLUE, I was a bit worried about how I'd move on from the evil of Rebecca and Hephzi's parents and look at new ground in LIES LIKE LOVE. So in discussions with my publishers at Penguin, we eventually agreed on some of the things I'd explore in LIES LIKE LOVE: adolescent mental health and the factitious disorder, Munchausen's By Proxy. Obviously both of these subjects needed serious thought and research, and before I wrote Audrey's story, that's what I undertook to do.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

BLOG TOUR: Denton Little's Deathdate - Characters

*Today I have the wonderful Lance Rubin on the blog to talk about his debut Denton Little's Deathdate*

Hi! My debut YA novel is called Denton Little’s Deathdate. It takes place in a world where everyone knows the day they’re going to die. 17-year-old Denton Little is going to die tomorrow, the same day as his senior prom. Bummer. It’s a dark comedy, with influences including Back to the Future, Harry Potter, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I think YOU, the human being reading this blog right now, will enjoy it.

But, in case the description above wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, here’s some more about the characters in the book:

Denton Little.
As you may have already inferred, Denton is the book’s main character. In spite of the fact that he’s an Early (anyone whose deathdate is before the age of twenty-one), he’s always wanted to live a normal life. He didn’t want special treatment just because he was going to die young. But, now that his deathdate is almost here, he realizes that maybe he’s been living his life in the entirely wrong way. Oops.

Paolo Diaz.
Paolo has been Denton’s best friend since he was six years old, when they bonded over the fact that they’re both Earlies. Paolo’s deathdate is exactly twenty-six days after Denton’s, which has formed the foundation for a beautiful friendship. Paolo is goofy, sweet, and loyal.

Taryn Brandt.
Taryn and Denton have been dating for seven months now. She genuinely cares about Denton but also can be a bit self-involved. “I wish you were at least going to make it through prom,” she tells him.

Veronica Diaz.
Veronica is Paolo’s older sister (but only by a year). She is a generally sarcastic person. When the book starts, Denton wakes up in Veronica’s bed with no memory of what happened the night before. Yipes.

Raquel Little.
Raquel is Denton’s loving, at times overbearing, stepmom. She’s understandably bent out of shape that Denton is going to die, and whether it’s because she’s in denial or just trying to maintain some control in the situation, she continues to mother Denton, refusing to let him drink alcohol and reminding him to wear bug spray when he goes outside.

Lyle Little.
Denton’s dad is not a big talker. He also doesn’t show his emotions much. So, even though it’s almost Denton’s deathdate, he’s still trying to keep up appearances, like it’s just another regular day.

Felix Little. Denton’s older brother Felix cares about Denton, but they don’t have a very close relationship. Since Felix is nine years older, he and Denton haven’t spent much time living in the same place.

Millie Pfefferkorn. 
Millie and Denton used to be good friends when they were in elementary school but have since drifted apart. She’s odd, with a bizarre, dry sense of humor. She comes back into Denton’s life when she gives a eulogy at his funeral (which happens the day before his deathdate) about a frog she and Denton once knew.

Phil Lechman.
Phil is Taryn’s fedora-wearing ex-boyfriend. He and Denton used to be on the cross-country team together. He’s not very happy that Taryn is dating Denton.

If you enjoyed those character descriptions, I think you’ll enjoy this book! If you hated those character descriptions, well…you shouldn’t judge a book by its character descriptions. (Isn’t that what they say?) Either way, thanks for reading, and thanks for having me, Uncorked Thoughts! Have a lovely day!

Denton Little's Deathdate
Title: Denton Little's Deathdate
Author: Lance Rubin
Series: None
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 26th March 2015

Fans of John Green and Matthew Quick: Get ready to die laughing.
Denton Little's Deathdate takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day they will die. For 17-year-old Denton Little, that's tomorrow, the day of his senior prom.
Despite his early deathdate, Denton has always wanted to live a normal life, but his final days are filled with dramatic firsts. First hangover. First sex. First love triangle (as the first sex seems to have happened not with his adoring girlfriend, but with his best friend's hostile sister. Though he's not totally sure. See: first hangover.) His anxiety builds when he discovers a strange purple rash making its way up his body. Is this what will kill him? And then a strange man shows up at his funeral, claiming to have known Denton's long-deceased mother, and warning him to beware of suspicious government characters…. Suddenly Denton's life is filled with mysterious questions and precious little time to find the answers.
Debut author Lance Rubin takes us on a fast, furious, and outrageously funny ride through the last hours of a teenager's life as he searches for love, meaning, answers, and (just maybe) a way to live on.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

REVIEW: Love Bomb - Jenny McLachlan

Love Bomb (Ladybirds, #2)
Title: Love Bomb
Author: Jenny McLachlan
Series: The Ladybirds #2
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 12th March 2015


Perfect Valentine's reading for fans of Geek Girl and Louise Rennison.
Betty Plum has never been in love. She's never even kissed a boy. But when H.O.T. Toby starts school it's like Betty has been hit with a thousand of Cupid's arrows. It's like a bomb has exploded – a love bomb!
More than ever Betty wishes her mum hadn't died when Betty was a baby. She really needs her mum here to ask her advice. And that's when she finds hidden letters for just these moments. Letters about what your first kiss should feel like and what real love is all about …
Is Betty ready to fall in love? Will she finally have her first kiss?

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

BLOG TOUR: Delete by Kim Curran

Today I have a lovely guest post from Kim Curran, author of Shift, Control and Delete on publication day for the long awaited Delete!

Publication Day

Publication Day has arrived! For a while there, I wasn’t sure this day would come. For those who don’t know, Delete was originally due to come out in August 2014, but unfortunately my publisher Strange Chemistry went under a couple of months beforehand and Delete was left hanging. To say I was gutted is a bit of an understatement. I cried. A lot. Moped. A lot.
But the shock and disappointment didn’t last for long. A few weeks after the news about SC broke, I got an email from Calee Lee at Xist Publishing saying she would be interested in picking up Delete. And even better, she would also be interested in re-publishing the whole trilogy.
And so, seven months later here we are. Three new editions of the books available to buy. And people can finally find out what happens after the killer cliff hanger at the end of Control.
It’s been a rocky journey but it’s taught me a lot. It taught me to take nothing for granted but to remain ever hopeful. It taught me It taught me I’m more stubborn that I’d ever known. And, most of all, it taught me that it’s OK to take a few steps back so that you can take a great leap forward.
I want to thank all the people who’ve hung in there and waited for Delete; everyone who offered sympathy when they heard about my old publisher and congratulations when they heard about the new one; all the readers messaging me asking when they would get to read Delete; all the bloggers who rallied together and supported me; and all my friends who offered calm words of wisdom – you’re all amazing.

I hope you enjoy reading Delete as much as I enjoyed writing it. And I hope it was worth the wait!

Title: Delete
Author: Kim Curran
Series: Shift #3
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Publisher: Xist Publishing
Publication Date: March 31st 2015


The country is at war. Beset by enemies within and without. And all because of the decisions changed by one boy, Scott Tyler. In this ravaged alternative reality, Scott hardly recognises himself. He's a war hero, a leader of a unit of Shifters and maybe the only one who can prevent the country's frail defences from crumbling.
But all Scott wants to do is find a way back to the world he knew, without losing the girl he loves. With every Shift he makes, Scott edges closer towards oblivion. With no one to trust – not even himself – how much is he willing to risk to get home?

Author Information
Dublin-born Kim Curran is the award-nominated author of books for young adults, including Shift, Control and Delete.

She studied Philosophy & Literature at university with the plan of being paid big bucks to think deep thoughts. While that never quite worked out, she did land a job as a junior copywriter with an ad agency a week after graduating. She’s worked in advertising ever since and is obsessed with the power of the media on young minds.

She is a mentor at the Ministry of Stories and for the WoMentoring Project. And lives in London with her husband and too many books.

Author Links

Website: http://www.kimcurran.co.uk
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Kimecurran
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5451511.Kim_Curran


Giveaway

Prizes are:
All three books in the Shift Trilogy