Monday, 10 December 2018

Music and Malice in Hurricane Townby Alex Bell | Cover Reveal



Today's blog post is one that I am SUPER excited for. I have been invited to help with the cover reveal of Alex Bell's new book, Music and Malice in Hurricane Town. Alex Bell is the author of Frozen Charlotte, a book that was featured in Zoella's book club in 2016 and one of my personal favourite horror books. Here is the blurb for Music and Malice in Hurricane Town:

Jude Lomax scrapes a living playing the trumpet on the neon streets of Baton Noir. Then she is invited to play at the funeral of the infamous cajou queen, Ivory Monette. Passing through the cemetery gates, Jude finds herself possessed by the murdered queen’s spirit. And Ivory won’t rest until she’s found the person responsible for her death.
If Jude wants to be rid of the vengeful spirit, she must take a journey deep into the dangerous underbelly of the city, from the swampy depths of the Black Bayou to the velvet opulence of the vampires’ secret jazz clubs. But as Jude untangles Ivory’s web of secrets, she is confronted with a few dark truths from her own past…

It sounds pretty awesome right! Anyway, enough talking about the book, here is the beautiful cover which has been designed by Pip Johnson.

Music and Malice in Hurricane Town by Alex Bell cover

Pretty awesome right? And now for some exclusive content written by Alex Bell herself, a letter from the main character or Music and Malice in Hurricane Town, Jude Lomax.

Hello,
If you’re reading this, then I guess you’re interested in finding out more about Baton Noir and what happened here on Cajou Night.
You probably think that the city is a corrupt, sinful, rotten, dangerous, depraved sort of a place. You’ve read about how the witches, and vampires, and conjurers live like royalty, whilst we ordinary folk barely scrape by on scraps. You know that the cajou queen rules with an iron fist, and that the ancient magic of the spirit realm has soaked into every cobbled street and drips like blood from each wrought-iron balcony.     
And, hell, you’re right. The city is all of those terrible things. I’ve lived here my whole life so I won’t deny it. But if you could only understand that – beneath the rot – Baton Noir is so much more than that.
It’s the jazz music spilling from every honkytonk and juke box in the Hurricane Quarter, and it’s the fireflies glowing in the warm bayou, and the steaming bowls of the best damn gumbo in the whole damn world.
I don’t care what anyone says; there’s beauty in Baton Noir’s weathered buildings, and neon lights, and gator-filled swamps.
I know you think that cajou is wicked, but perhaps it doesn’t have to be. Perhaps it can be something better. So I invite you to come to Baton Noir and find out for yourself – times are changing here. And this party is only just getting started.   
Regards,
Jude Lomax.

Music and Malice in Hurricane Town is set to release on the 4th of April 2019, I can't wait to get my hands on it! It is available for pre-order from Amazon and you can find out more from www.alex-bell.co.uk and Little Tiger.

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Thursday, 6 December 2018

Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

Jenniely blogmas bookish naughty or nice tag


The wonderful Jennie over at Jenniely tagged me in her Bookish Naughty or Nice tag, so what with it being December and all I thought I had to take part! Here we go:

Received an ARC and not reviewed it  
If it is a physcial ARC I have reviewed them all, but I definitely still have some galleys on Netgalley to review, but galleys and ARCs are different in my mind. Well that's my story anyway....

Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley


84%. Oh yea!


Rated a book on goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)

Nope! I only really use Goodreads for tracking and rating what I've read, I never really post on there.

Folded down the page of a book ✔
100% guilty of this. I'm definitely a dog ear kind of reader. I sometimes go through phases of thinking oh I will buy pretty bookmarks and use them, but I never do....


Accidentally spilled on a book
Nope, which is totally surprising because we all know I like a glass of wine with my books!

DNF a book this year 
✔
I started on Hunting Prince Dracula at the start of the year. I really enjoyed Stalking Jack the Ripper so thought this would be as good but sadly I couldn't get on with it!

Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it ✔
Oh come on, who hasn't done this?! As a book collector too I have a few editions of Harry Potter for display. No shame.

Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework) ✔

For sure. 

Skim read a book

Nope, although sometimes I will skim read a paragraph if it's super tense, it's like my brain is trying to reach the next part quicker.

Completely missed your Goodreads goal

I have hit my goodreads goal for the year. I like to aim for one book a week but I don't think I will be setting a goal next year, I've just found it definitely affects what I chose to read as I try and cram in shorter books to reach my goal.

Borrowed a book and not returned it

My friends are pretty awesome and we kind of work on the assumption that if we give each other a book to read, we don't expect it back.

Broke a book buying ban ✔

Ahahah yes. Just look at my many hauls from this year as proof of my failures.

Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about ✔

Yes for sure! Writing reviews is hard then I tell myself I need a day to digest what I've read and then a day turns into a month and so on and so forth. 

Wrote in a book you were reading

No, I'm not a monster! Just kidding about the monster part. But no, writing in books is not for me.

Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads

If it's not on goodreads does it even exist? But yea, as I mentioned I get a bit obsessed with that reading challenge goal so always log.

Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend

Similar answer to above. If it was a special book I would definitely give it back though!

Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book

Nope!

Broke the spine of someone else’s book

No, they either turn up with the spine broken or I know I don't need to return it. But ouch to those who have the spines broken on books.

Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged

Nope! So weirdly I didn't know people removed the jacket to proect books. I am a terrible reader though and will use the front or back flap to mark my place in the book. 

Sat on a book accidentally

No thank goodness because that sounds painful!

Final Score: 6/10 I am such a goody goody!

Thanks again for tagging me Jennie, this was super fun to do! And now time for my tags, I choose you:

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Monday, 3 December 2018

Guest Post - The Lilith Gene


This is the first ever blog tour I have ever participated in so I'm more than a bit excited! The book in question is The Lilith Gene by M Cassol and my stop on the tour will be a guest post. Before we get to that though, here is a bit more information on the book:

Vesna, a Serbian PhD student in Art History living in Tuscany, is a master rock climber. The only thing she can't get a grip on is her love life. Beset by terrifying panic attacks that strike every time she allows herself to be intimate with another woman, she strives to avoid the so-called mermaids in her life. Olga is a widened-eye nurse trainee in Sarajevo. It’s 1912 and Olga is all too keen to document her life and the world changing around her in her diaries. Olga's passion for nursing is only rivalled by her love for her anguished boyfriend Gav. The arrival of the obscure Patient J.D. 347 at the hospital is about to change everything for Olga. Everything will change for Vesna too, when she meets the compelling art restorer Rafaella Guaritore. Rafaella holds the key to Vesna's research into influential women painters of the Renaissance and the metaphorical Lilith Gene that all the rebellious ladies in art are believed to share. Will Rafaella hold the key to solving Vesna's mysterious recurring dreams and find the root of all her anxiety? Or is the answer to Vesna's problems hidden in Olga's diaries?

Sounds pretty good right! Now for the guest post I have been provided five fabulous pieces of artwork that are featured in the book:

Judith Slaying Holofernes - painting by the Italian early Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi - it’s the panting that bring our main characters, Vesna and Rafaella together.


Michelangelo’s David - Vesna’s favourite sculpture, which she loves talking about.


The Dinner Party is an installation artwork by feminist artist Judy Chicago on permanent exhibition in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum


The Mouth of Truth (Italian: Bocca della Verità )is a marble mask in Rome, Italy, made famous by Audrey Hepburn’s movie “Roman Holiday”


The “fake Giacometti” That Rafaella mentions in the book, was a famous forgery done by Robert Driessen, that after being convicted for fraud, now is a well know artist that paints “Original Giacometti Reproductions"

The art work is definitely interesting and there are quite a few of these pieces I've not come across before so I now feel a bit more prepared for going into the book. If I have piqued your interest for The Lilith Gene you can check it out on:GoodreadsAmazon


And finally, thank you to Faye Rogers for including me on this tour and check out the other fantastic bloggers taking part:

Sunday 2nd December

Monday 3rd December
Tuesday 4th December
Wednesday 5th December
Thursday 6th December
Friday 7th December



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Saturday, 1 December 2018

November Book Haul

As you can see by the picture below, I was actually really well behaved this month (well by my standards) and technically only bought three books, the other was from a subscription box. I fell down the rabbit hole of bullet journal videos on YouTube HARD in November so decided to pick up a couple of books to help me set up my own journal. Anyway, here are the book that I picked up!

lettering and modern calligraphy diary of a book seller bullet journal november 2018 book haul

  • The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell - I was in Foyles towards the end of the month and was sulking a bit about how no books have really stood out to me in store, and then I saw this book. The cover is what originally attracted my attention, it's really cute, but then I saw it was about a bookseller. I actually love books about book stores and this one is non-fiction. Shaun Bythell worked in Scotland's biggest second-hand bookshop and this is his accounts of the quirky customers and shenanigans he had to deal with. It's meant to be very funny and I can't wait to crack on with it as I'm hoping it's similar to This is Going To Hurt, Diary of a Junior Doctor (review here) just with books.
  • States of Passion by Nihad Sirees - This is the book I received in November's Reading in Heels box. It's translated from Arabic and all about family secrets. It sounds very interesting and I love a translated text! Check out my Reading in Heels unboxing post to find out more! 
  • The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll - As I mentioned I became obsessed with bullet journals this month, despite not having one started yet.... Ryder Carroll is actually the creator of the bullet journal method so I thought it would be useful to pick up his book to do a bit of research on how to best use bullet journals to maximise productivity.
  • A Beginners Guide to Lettering and Modern Calligraphy - Another bullet journal influenced purchase. If you have ever watched bullet journal videos on YouTube or searched them on pinterest you would've seen all the gorgeous and creative spreads. Well obviously I want to be able to make my journal super pretty too so I picked up this book. It has three different fonts in it with explanations behind them all and plenty of practise space. It also breaks down how to combine different fonts for different effects. It's pretty light on content, but it was only £6 on Amazon and there are lots of space to practise and fonts to copy so I think it's pretty good for the price.
So that is November! Is anyone else into bullet journals? I would love to hear your tips and tricks or any channels / blogs you would recommend, I've been bingeing AmandaRachLee!


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