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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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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Daredevil Review in Gifs

So over the last week I have been revising hard for my up and coming exams, but in my downtime I have been watching the new Daredevil series, which is available on Netflix. It’s really fun and action packed. My favourite TV shows always involve crime and my favourite films involve superheroes, so it is perfect. I don’t have time to write a proper review so I thought I’d tell you my feelings through the medium of Gifs. So here are my reactions when:

When Matt kicks ass

When Claire patches Matt up

When Foggy and Karen are cute

When cute old ladies get passionate about their houses

When Fisk appears

When Matt is shirtless

When Foggy and Matt have a moment

So, if you can’t tell, I am thoroughly enjoying this show and can’t wait to see where it ends up. I’ve become a hardcore Clairedevil shipper so watch out. Have you seen Daredevil yet?

Erin xx

Happy UKYA Day!

Today is UKYA day. A day created by Lucy Powrie (QueenofContempory) to celebrate all the brilliant Young Adult books brought out by British Authors. She has a full schedule for today on her blog so I recommend checking it out and joining in. I try to read as much UKYA as possible but I’ve been lacking recently. So I’ve put together a list of UKYA novels that I want to read in the future.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

I realise that this book is ridiculously famous. I have done my usual thing of ignoring the hype around a series when it is released and then never finding time to read it once I have realised my mistake.I have no idea what this about and would prefer to keep it that way. I enjoy having a mysterious ending to a book so I’m trying to keep as far away from spoilers as I can.

Trouble by Non Pratt

I love books that deal with hard hitting subjects and this one is about teenage pregnancy. I’m known to binge watch a lot of 16 and Pregnant so it will be interesting to read about it instead. I guess it gives a nice change from sitting in front of the TV all afternoon as well. Everyone I know who has read this has enjoyed it and I can’t wait to pick it up.

The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett

This isn’t specifically YA but I know a lot of my friends are reading it now so I am including it. My only problem with starting this series is whether I will ever finish them! I have no idea what this series is about, I just know it is fantasy. I’ve been recommended these books so many times it is most likely that I will enjoy every page of them.

His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

Okay, so technically I have read these before. I was about 10 and can’t remember a thing about them I’d love to read them again and rediscover the universe. It’s another case of actually finding the time. I seem to remember it took me about 3 months to read these originally.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

I’ve been recommended this by various people and whilst I don’t normally like books about the war, I think I will give this a go. It looks intriguing and may fit in with my AS History course.

Of course there are too many UKYA books to name and these are just the few that I haven’t read yet. What are your favourite UKYA books?

Erin xx

Which Comics Do I Start With?

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Hello friends. If you read my last post then you will know that I am currently educating you lovely lot in how to start reading comics. I left it just before I started to give you some recommendations. Today I present you with these.

Firstly here are those that I have read my self:

YoungAvengers

Young Avengers by Keiron Gillen This is technically part way through a series of comics. However, this is the most recent run with a whole new writer. The older issues are harder to get and more expensive. If you like LGBT+ characters and teens getting into trouble then you will love this. Loki makes and appearance, but not in his usual manner.

hawkeye

Hawkeye by Matt Fraction If you thought Hawkeye was awesome, that think again. This grumpy superhero has teamed up with Kate Bishop, a superhero who shares the same name as him. (She is also a main player in Young Avengers). Clint battles ex girlfriends and mafia bosses, alongside adopting a pet dog.

runawaysRunaways by Brian K Vaughn This unlikely group of friends join forces when they find out that they share a common enemy; their parents. Their parents are members of a super secret villain organisation who control a whole city. As the title suggests, they run away and try to work out what to do next. If you like humour and action, then this is for you.

ms-marvel

Ms Marvel by G Willow Wilson Ms Marvel has been around for a while, but this new revival consists of her being a teenage Muslim girl from New Jersey. Yes, you heard me right. A teenage superhero, who is a girl, AND IS ALSO NOT WHITE. Can I get a hell yeah. If that doesn’t make you want to read it, then I have no idea what will.

ScottPilgrim

Scott Pilgrim by Brian Lee O’Malley If you have seen the movie, then these are definitely a great place to start. They are hilarious, action packed and really adorable.

 

Here’s some that I haven’t read but have heard are excellent starting points:

Y: The Last Man by Brian K Vaughn

Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way

Fables – Legends In Exile

Gotham Central – In The Line Of Duty

Saga by Brian K Vaughn

 

AND FINALLY:

Here are some links for anyone looking to delve further into the world of comics:

The worlds longest list ever.

 A cool little guide in a classic comic style.

Empire’s list of 30 comics you cannot miss.

Best Marvel Comics to start with.

Comics for Beginners

comics for beginnersHello! I realise that I have been gone for quite a while, sorry! I am the worst at multi tasking and because I have mock exams coming up I have found it hard to blog whilst revising. However, I am back.

Last summer I took a trip to a comic book store with my lovely friends and had my eyes opened to a whole new world. Soon enough I had a whole collection of comics and was thoroughly obsessed with everything to do with them. However, I had a huge problem. Where the hell did I begin?

It is so hard to jump into a new world, especially one with the large history that comic books have. I was a little bit lost and kind of petrified. Then I found my saviour in the form of Amy Dallon. She’s the most adorable person ever and is a huge comic nerd. She vlogs on the Geek & Sundry channel on YouTube in a series called Talkin’ Comics.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Why write your own post if you are just going to share a video? Well, I thought I’d write my own guide. I’ll put in my own recommendations and then add more over time. Sound good? Alrighty then.

Who the hell writes comics?

You probably already know this, but there are two main publishers for comics. DC and Marvel. Most people prefer one or the other. I’m more of a Marvel girl myself. There are other publishers for comics as well, my favourite being Dark Horse Comics.

As for who actually writes the comics, well you may just have to discover this for yourself. In any one comic you may have 5 or 6 people at least working on it. There are writers, artists and editors. Obviously there will be a main contributor who has their name printed on the front cover, but it really is a team effort. If I like someone’s art style in one comic it may lead me to discover a fantastic writer that they worked with on another project.

Where can I buy these marvellous creations?

I guess I could just say go to a comic book store, but I think you might have already thought of that. The question that is asked more often is about the format and how to look for one.

In America, new comic book day is on a Wednesday. I have literally no clue what day it is on for other countries, but I am pretty sure it will be the same. So next Wednesday take a stroll into your nearest comic book shop and ask what new stuff they have in.

Another place to look is in the Bargain bins at conventions or in the shops. They usually have a bunch of cheap comics that they are practically giving away. These are quite useful for figuring out what art style or plot line you usually like.

If you don’t have a comic book shop near you (like me) then the easiest way to do it is through The Book Depository or Amazon (ugh). I’d choose The Book Depository if I were you, Amazon has some morals that aren’t the most agreeable.

Another tip is to borrow from your friends if they let you. If you are friendly with people, then it is most likely because you are into similar things.

You can also sign up to get digital copies of comics through the Marvel sites or various other websites. This might be a good idea if you are living somewhere where storage is a problem and Trade Paperbacks are taking up too much space.

What is a Trade Paperback?

I’m glad you asked. Sometimes you join a comic in the middle of its run and have no clue what the hell is going on. That’s easy enough to get around. Trade Paperbacks are collections of comics, usually of the same story line or at least a manageable chunk of one. This makes it a whole lot easier to jump in as if you need it, back issues are easy to get.

Where do I start? 

I feel like there are a few steps to this.

  1. Figure out what type of story do you want? Superheroes are not the only subjects of comics. You can get some freakin’ awesome tales about any kind of people. Do some research in to that.
  2. Take a look at some ‘Best Of’ lists. There are all types of awards for comics, if something has made it onto a short list then it will definitely be good and may be worth checking it out.
  3. What do you watch on TV? Do you like Superman and Batman or are you more of a Phil Coulson kind of person?  If you already follow a character because of seeing them in another medium then that might be a good way to find a comic. Joss Whedon carried on Buffy the Vampire Slayer into comics, maybe you want to start out there?
  4. Take a peek at Erin’s list of Comics that she reads. This is the next post I will publish, so you’ll have to wait until then unfortunately. 😉

So whilst you wait impatiently for my list of things that you shold most defineitly read, what are your recommendations? Are any of you desperate to start reading comics?

Erin 🙂

Reading Goals 2015

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I’ve been away from blogging for quite a while and am really really sorry. Sixth Form life is incredibly busy and I had to take some time out of things I liked doing in order to get everything done. But I am back now.

I hate writing New Years resolutions, why make them if you don’t keep them. However, I thought it might be cool to create some reading goals, so this time next year I can see how many I have achieved.

  1. Read 75 books. I can track this on my Goodreads account and try to reach my goal. This year I had a goal of 50 and beat it by a lot, especially since I didn’t record many of the books I had read.
  2. Read at least 5 classic novels. Since reading Jane Eyre in English Lit I have discovered that it actually isn’t that hard to read old books. So my goal is to finish 5. If you have any recommendations, could you tell me in the comments and I will add them to my list.
  3. Finish A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin. I started reading this book over a year ago and never got very far. I really enjoy the TV show and now that I know what is happening with the plot, I can try to keep up.
  4. Read more Graphic Novels. I used to hate reading graphic novels. I didn’t enjoy them at all. However, this year I purchased a Young Avengers comic and fell in love. I’m a complete convert. Next year I want to delve deeper into the world of Marvel.
  5. Go to the Library. This may seem like and odd one. How shocking, a book blogger who doesn’t use her local library. However, my library is tiny and the YA section is awful. I’ve read the majority of the books in there already. In 2015 I want to visit the larger library in the town next to mine and use it more often.

What are your bookish goals for 2015?

Erin xx