New Years Resolutions

Woweeee I have not blogged in a very long time and that makes me incredibly sad. I’ve been super busy applying for university and trying to keep on top of all of the work I have to do. It’s been a struggle to balance everything since school began. However, I now have a handle on how I am going to manage my school work next year. I really want to start blogging again and I think the best way to do so would be to make some resolutions that I absolutely can’t break and therefore I will have to stick to them.

  1. Write (and publish) at least 2 blog posts a month.
  2. Take my own pictures for some of my blog posts.
  3. Write more about my life, don’t feel pressured to write about books. I struggle to read stuff that isn’t for school.
  4. Make some new blogging friends and hopefully rekindle some old friendships!

I’m going to force myself to comply to these resolutions and hopefully I will have something to be proud of by the end of next year!

Erin xx

 

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Blog Tour: Not Enough – By Mia Hoddell

Today I have a blog post courtesy of the lovely Mia Hoddell. Mia writes some wonderful self published books. Her new novel, Not Enough, comes out this week and is extremely good. I asked Mia what some of her favourite self published novels were and she had this to say:

Because I’m an indie author, I love supporting other indies and self-published authors. Nowadays the majority of the books I read are by indies and I have found plenty of favourites this way. Here are some of my favourites (they’re not listed in any particular order).
1. L.P Dover – Her Second Chance, Gloves Off, and Armed & Dangerous series are brilliant.
2. Rachel Van Dyken – I love all of her books but have a soft spot for her Eagle Elite and mafia books. The Consequences of Loving Colton is also one of the funniest books I’ve read in 2015.
3. Samantha Towle – I loved Trouble and Revved.
4. Airicka Phoenix – I’m not usually a fan of romances with kids, but her Baby Saga is heart-warming. Transcending Darkness is also an interesting book.
5. M. Leighton – I took a chance on Pocket Full of Sand and it was amazing.
6. Kendall Ryan – I found her by reading The Gentleman Mentor.
7. R.J Prescott – The Hurricane is one of my favourite books of the year. I also can’t believe I’m going to be signing with her in Cardiff in 2016!
8. Kaylee Ryan – I’d recommend Just Say When.
9. Skyla Madi – I loved her Consumed series. She’s also published by the same publisher as me, eek!
10. Aly Martinez – I read The Fall Up recently as an ARC and love it.

A few others authors I love who started out as indies and are now traditionally published are:
1. Jennifer L Armentrout
2. Colleen Hoover
3. J.A Redmerski
4. Cassia Leo
5. Jessica Sorensen

Not Enough
by Mia Hoddell

Genre: Upper YA/NA Contemporary Romance

Release Date: November 16th 2015

Pages: 324

Blurb
Neve Colvin isn’t good enough. As an introvert, her life is a never-ending list of labels and criticism. Pressures to change come from everyone—including the one person she thought would love her unconditionally … her mother. All Neve wants is acceptance, but surrounded by extroverts it’s a wish that’s nearly impossible to fulfil.

For Neve there’s only one solution: anyone disapproving must go. Even if it means only one person will remain.

That person is her lifelong friend Blake Reynolds. He’s seen the fights with her mum, the breakdowns caused by attacks on her personality, and the battles for acceptance. Each time she is left shattered and questioning who she is, he’s the one to collect the pieces of her broken heart. Shielding her from the cruelty is his only concern. But how can he protect her when Neve is concealing a secret so dark?

Blake thinks he knows everything about her, and with their relationship developing, he assumes Neve trusts him fully. However, there is one memory Neve is too ashamed of to share. Revealing it will test Blake’s loyalty beyond what she could ever ask, and Blake is the only friend she can’t afford to lose. He’s the one person capable of dragging her from the darkness plaguing her, but with pressures to conform increasing, even Blake may not be enough to pull her back this time.

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What reviewers are saying:

“From the dedication at the beginning up to the end this was both a thought provoking and an emotional read for me and I loved it!” – Sandra @ JeanzBookReadNReview
“This story tugged at my heartstrings, played on my every emotion. It was a beautifully written story of how an introverted young girl blossoms into a beautiful young woman.” – Keren Hughes, Author of Nothing Like The First Time
“A heartbreaking read that sometimes had me close to tears.” – Susan @ Ladies Living in Bookland

“Heartbreaking. Powerful. Real … I literally lived the pages, not read them … It’s so well and beautifully written, it is more than just another YA novel.” – Cristina @ Crazy Beautiful 

Excerpt

 “What are
you doing?” I manage to get out around my laughs. She tenses at my words and
then tilts her head back to fix me with a glare, her eyes blazing with
irritation.
“I’m
sleeping in the bath like I said I would. Why, what did you think I was doing?
Teaching myself to swim?”
“I
know what you’re doing. I think that’s obvious. What I meant was why are you doing this?” I step into the
room and move in front of her so she doesn’t have to crane her neck to see me.
“You
know why.”
“You’re
not sleeping in here, Stripes.”
“Watch
me.”
I
cross my arms. There’s no way I’m going back to bed and allowing her to sleep
in a bath. The only problem is that it’s hard to maintain a frustrated
expression when everything about the situation is so damn funny. “Be back in a
second.”
She
mumbles something that sounds like “I’m not going anywhere” to my back as I
rush out of the bathroom. Rummaging in my drawer, I find what I’m looking for
then I’m back in the room with Neve in seconds.
Before
she can react, I have a camera in front of me.
“Smile,”
I tease, only it causes her glower to darken. Three lines appear on her
forehead as her face screws up.
“Delete
that now.”
“Nope.
Get out of the bath and I might let you.”
“I’m
not getting out. I told you I’m sleeping here.”
“Why
all the drama? We’ve slept in the same bed for ages now. It’s not a big deal.”
She rolls over, showing me her back, and ignores me. “Stripes, get out of the
bath.”
“Night,
Blake.”
If
she thinks I’m going to give up that easy, she’s got another surprise coming.
She should know by now that I don’t give up and people don’t say no to me. I
put the camera on the counter by the sink, needing both of my hands.
Carefully,
so as not to reveal my intentions, I lean over the bath and line up my hands.
With one swift motion, I grip her tightly, heaving her out of the tub and
throwing her over my shoulder as she screams, “Put me down, Blake!”
“I
told you, you’re not sleeping in a bath. Now shut up and stop hitting my back.”
My light and jovial words only serve to make her flail around even more. I
manage to pin her legs, but I’m powerless to do anything to stop her hands pounding
against my back. It’s not enough to hurt, that’s not her intention, but the
squirming is becoming increasingly frustrating.
When
I reach the bed, I drag her back over my shoulder and dump her on the mattress.
She bounces, not able to hide the laughter on her face while she stares at me
and hiccups. This is how I like to see her, carefree and happy. It’s rare
nowadays that I catch a glimpse of Neve when she’s truly happy, but in this
moment there isn’t a strained muscle in her body. It’s natural, and I can’t
stop myself from watching her. I’m still amazed that I’m the one who can bring
out her joy and it baffles me that she’s allowed herself to be mine.
We
remain gazing at each other with ridiculous grins for a minute. When I’m sure
she isn’t going to run, I move around to my of the bed side. Her head follows
me, and when I go to climb in beside her, she rolls over. She throws her arms
and legs out wide, taking up the entire mattress.
You’re in the bath then.” She points at
the door with the hand furthest away from me, a devilish twinkle in her eyes.
It takes me a while to respond. The sight of her body stretched out in her
skimpy pyjamas makes my throat dry, and I have to consciously remind myself to
swallow. My gaze focuses on her pale skin, which is exposed by her shirt riding
up and the top of her shorts lowering as a result of her actions.
“I
don’t think so.” My voice comes out more breathless than I expect as I watch
her spread out in front of me.
“Well,
you’re not sleeping in here with me.”
“My
bed, my rules.” I place one knee on the mattress and climb on. My arms support
most of my weight so my body is directly above hers. “So, I can either sleep on
the left … or on top of you.” My voice drops into a murmur and she gulps, her
lips parting as I hover over her. “Take your pick, Stripes.” 

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About the Author

#1 Amazon bestselling author Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading, loves anything romantic, and has an overactive imagination that keeps her up until the early hours of the morning.

Mia has written over ten titles including her Seasons of Change series, the Chequered Flag series, the Elemental Killers series, and her standalone novels False Finder and Not Enough.

Her favourite genres are contemporary romance or romantic suspense, and with an ever growing list of ideas she is trying to keep up with the speed at which her imagination generates them. She also designs book covers on her website M Designs.

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Caturday: Being a Cat Mum Week 1

Hi guys!

Today I thought I’d give an update on my kittens and how they are settling in to my family. Their names are Mulder and Scully. They are about 4 months old, their birthday is on the 4th of May and they are Black and White short hair cross-breeds. They are tiny and adorable.

Bringing them Home

The kittens were bought adopted from the RSPCA, an animal rescue charity here in the UK. I definitely recommend adopting cats; it not only means that homeless cats will be looked after, It means that breeders won’t put so much pressure on their cats to reproduce because the demand is not so high.

The kittens were brought home in a cat carrier and were inquisitive throughout the car journey; they immediately jumped out and started exploring as soon as we opened the door. They are very inquisitive and love to explore the house. They are also extremely well behaved and have not tried to escape yet! Within a couple of hours they were playing together and interacting with us. Although they weren’t too comfortable being stroked (which is understandable as they had not been handled very much) they were more than happy to sit near us.

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Vet Time

An interesting experience happened when we took them to the vet. This was our first trip to the vet and we were unsure about how they would react to being prodded and poked by a strange human. Mulder was a bit confused about what was going on but overall he was comfortable and relaxed. It helped that the vet himself was hilarious and spoke to the cats as he was checking them. Scully was more frightened. She’s the more timid of the two when it comes to interacting with humans. However, she managed to make it through the check up without hurting anybody or running off, so major points to her. When we returned home they were incredibly sleepy; both of them had completely zonked out within 20 minutes. I don’t blame them, its tiring work being a cat. sleeping

Playtime

Both kittens love playing, but in completely different ways. Mulder loves chasing things. He’s obsessed with dangling toys and things that he can attack (this includes his sister). He goes crazy for feather and anything that he isn’t meant to play with. His balance isn’t brilliant; he’s always misjudging jumps and falling off of things. His sister, Scully, is the opposite. She likes to sit and watch, her ability to solve problems is quite interesting. She will methodically think things through and doesn’t get involved unless its on her terms. Her favourite toy is a box with ping pong balls in, she loves the sound they make and enjoys pushing them about. She is also the more skilled of the two kittens; she can jump the highest and purrs louder than any cat I have ever met, she is adorable.

playing

Overall, I have really enjoyed my first week of being a cat mum. It’s interesting to see how my family react around them. My mum adores them more than her own children and my father is besotted until one of them licks him, which he has deemed disgusting. My brother has been away at various camps and clubs so he hasn’t actually spent a lot of time with them yet, but when he gets home I can guarantee he will fall in love as well.

Untill next week, Erin xx

Announcement: New Schedule!

Hi everyone,

I thought I’d take today to introduce my new blogging schedule. In the hopes of producing something that I am proud of and that I will actually stick to, I have created some new blog post ideas that I will post on particular days of the week. Hopefully this will mean I’m not gone for such a long time as I have a structure to adhere to. It also means I can schedule posts easier as I know deadlines. Anyway, here is the schedule for the foreseeable future.

Review Tuesdays

Here I will review a book that I have read and give my honest opinion on it. Pretty much a generic review really, I can’t really say any more.

Education Thursdays

This is where I will write about something I have learnt or something that generally interests me. I am aiming to provide educational content with amusing stories to accompany it.

Cat Mom Saturdays (or Caturdays)

I’m getting kittens tomorrow, so from now on I will write a blog post every Saturday to update everyone on their progress and show off pictures of my new babies. If anyone wants to see a sneaky preview I’ve posted a picture on my twitter!

I really hope that I stick to this schedule as previously I have found it difficult to keep up with the level of work needed to maintain a blog.

Erin 🙂

Italy: Rome, Pompeii and Tuscany

This summer I was lucky enough to have the trip of a lifetime. I visited Italy with my family and adored every minute of it. I also managed to read a lot of books, so expect some reviews to come over the next few weeks.Overall, I loved the whole country, even if it was a bit too hot for me. All the locals were extremely friendly and very welcoming. I loved how ancient and modern living clashed so dramatically in the cities but blended so well in the country side.

I just thought I’d share my favourite photos with me (and my brother) in them as I realise that most of the time on this blog I am in costume and nobody knows what I really look like! I apologise for the quality of them, I had to get them off of facebook and that eats up any goodness in them.

 
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LFCC and Cosplay

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Hello lovelies, I am back! For now anyway as I go on holiday for about 2 weeks tomorrow so it may be a while before I post again. I wanted to post a few pictures from my most recent adventure out to London, more specifically London Film and Comic Convention. I’d like to also extend a huge thank you to Padfoot Cosplay for taking the photo in the header.

I always cosplay at conventions, I find the atmosphere so exciting and I love meeting people that are so obviously interested in the same things as me. I was Beth Greene from The Walking Dead this time and so many people said I looked like her, which made my day. I loved how people would come and tell me that she was their favourite character. You can find some more photos on Tyche Cosplay.

Heres some photos from the day:

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This photo was taken by the lovely Padfoot Cosplay

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I Became a Journalist

So I’ve been gone for quite a while and when I do appear it is rather sporadic. That will still be the case for the next few weeks as my AS levels draw to a close and I can start reading ad scheduling posts again. In the mean time I’ll tell you about something really exciting that’s been happening to me recently.

So in January I applied to be part of Youth Journalism International, a non-profit online newspaper for young people. I was accepted and have recently been writing some awesome (not biased at all I swear) pieces for them.

I began my journey with a review of the new Cinderella film, and of course I couldn’t help having a rant about the lack of representation in the film. You can find that here.

Yesterday my newest article was posted. This was a commentary on getting the youth to vote during our general election, which is happening today. I am proud of this article and probably will write a follow up about the results of the election. You can find this here.

In other news I am featured in a couple of my friends vlogs, mostly from our exciting adventures down to Brighton. If you check them out then I’d be eternally grateful!

Erin xx