It’s been a while.

I’m still in a massive reading slump. I forgot how much attention a new-born baby needs. I’ve also been promoted at work so there’s more extra responsibility. Which I’m really enjoying. Enough with the excuses lol. I’m so proud of my partner for giving me another beautiful daughter. We called her Poppy Mae and she’s amazing. I do need to start blogging again. I’ve missed so much of your posts. If you don’t mind leaving links to some of your posts I will get around to reading. Hopefully anyway 😂😂

I’m going to read some posts. I will get back around to blogging. I hope all of you are well.

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Living life instead of just passing through it.

I recently realised that the past few months I’ve actually been living life and realised how amazing it actually is. I never noticed until I was sitting down and thought what I’ve actually done this year? I could only think of a couple of things which is really bad. I’ve literally been passing and getting through life like what I can only explain having an outer body experience but it being constant or just walking around like a zombie. I’m glad to say I’m kind of back to normal (even though I hate the word normal 🖕🏼) it’s so refreshing and hard that I’ve missed out so much. It nearly got to the point where I nearly split up with my partner. Even where I didn’t give a fuck  what happend. I kind of was pushing her away. I’m glad to say I stopped being a twat and got things sorted. This is just me rambling on but really appreciate everyone who reads this.

Has anyone else experienced this before or is it just me?

Mouth of the dark review and blog tour. Also Q&A with the author.

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The Mouth of the Dark by Tim Waggoner
• Paperback: 240 pages
• Publisher: FLAME TREE PRESS; New edition edition (6 Sept. 2018)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 1787580121
• ISBN-13: 978-1787580121

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mouth-Dark-Fiction-Without-Frontiers/dp/1787580121/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1533287801&sr=1-1&keywords=the+mouth+of+the+dark

BLURB: Jayce’s twenty-year-old daughter Emory is missing, lost in a dark, dangerous realm called Shadow that exists alongside our own reality. An enigmatic woman named Nicola guides Jayce through this bizarre world, and together they search for Emory, facing deadly dog-eaters, crazed killers, homicidal sex toys, and – worst of all – a monstrous being known as the Harvest Man. But no matter what Shadow throws at him, Jayce won’t stop. He’ll do whatever it takes to find his daughter, even if it means becoming a worse monster than the things that are trying to stop him.
ABOUT THE PUBLISHER: FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
http://www.flametreepublishing.com/
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tim Waggoner’s novels include the Nekropolis series of urban fantasies and the Ghost Trackers series written in collaboration with Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson of the Ghost Hunters television show. In total, he’s published over twenty novels and two short story collections, and his articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest and Writers’ Journal, among others. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College and in Seton Hill University’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program.
Visit him on the web at http://www.timwaggoner.com/
Twitter @timwaggoner

My review if you’ve made it 😂 now this is definitely not my normal genre I’m more sci fi fantasy type. I’m actually gutted that I’ve never read more books in this genre. (I’m open to suggestions) now the author Tim Waggoner has done an amazing job writing this and has been awarded accordingly for his work.

The story starts with Jayce who is frightfully searching for his daughter. Jayce think she’s been kidnapped and doesn’t know where to start. Jayce discovers a side of something he’d never thought as he’s seen this before when he was a child. Something called shadow which is a world within our own world. Where Jayce has to delve into which in some situations he finds himself in some awkward places. Jayce is guided by the mysterious woman called Nicola who helps him through this tough time. I did get the creeps abit which doesn’t happen very often 🤣 also there’s a few sexual references in this book. Some of them were really awkward and I found them a bit off-putting.

In this book has one of the coolest characters I’ve read for a while called the harvest man. People fear him and for all the right reasons. I’d give the book a 3.9/5 so definitely worth a read but definitely not for the faint hearted. If you like horror stories then you will definitely enjoy this book. Please read the Q&A below.

 

 

Q&A YES MORE BLOGS: TIM WAGGONER
Share a little about yourself.
I’m a lifelong fan of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. I’m in my fifties, live in Ohio, have two adult daughters, am an English professor at Sinclair Community College, and I’ve published around forty novels and five short story collections. I write both original fiction and media tie-in fiction. I’m a high-functioning dysthymic, which means I experience constant low-grade depression, but I do my best to work through it. Writing fiction helps!
What’s your thought process when writing a book.
I spend a lot of time gathering ideas in the normal course of my day-to-day life. I jot them down using the notepad function on my phone, and when it’s time for me to write a new novel, I go through those notes, looking for any ideas that jump out at me. I’ll usually put several seemingly unconnected ideas together to form the basis for a story. Then I start working on an outline, and during this process I name characters and places. When the outline is finished, I begin writing a draft. While I’m working on a book, I’m constantly picturing scenes and imagining dialogue, so when it’s time to put the words down, I’ve already visualized sections of the story. I try to write stories that aren’t predictable, stories that could only have come from my imagination and no one else’s. I’m very aware of readers on the other side of the page, and I do my best to provide an interesting, entertaining, and hopefully surprising story for them.
If you weren’t writing what would you be doing?
I’d probably be dead. Writing is as natural and necessary to me as breathing. It’s hard to imagine my life – my very self – without it. But I suppose if I had to pick something, I guess I’d be a psychologist. I’m fascinated with the way people’s minds work, and I love to help people (which is why I also teach writing). Psychology would be a good alternate profession for me, but I still think I’d find a way to write even then!
Describe your new book.
The Mouth of the Dark is a horror/dark fantasy novel about a man whose adult daughter has gone missing. In his attempts to find her, he discovers that she’s been lost in a dark realm called Shadow that exists alongside our world. Shadow is a nightmarish version of our reality, and many, many dangerous things lurk there, hunting for prey. My main character must learn the ways of Shadow – and survive there – if he’s to have any hope of finding his daughter.
The core idea of the novel is almost a science-fictional one: what if horror had an ecosystem? I had a lot of fun exploring that concept.
What interests do you have away from writing.
I’ve mentioned teaching and psychology already. I love movies, but I see that as an extension of loving stories in general, which goes along with writing and reading. I have a pair of dachshunds I’m crazy about, and I enjoy watching true crime TV shows. They’re great inspiration for story ideas and provide insight into how humans are affected by tragic events (the true crime show, not my dogs).
Favourite book.
Right now, my favorite book is The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay. He’s a wonderful writer. I love his use of language and his intricate plotting, and I especially love how he takes genre, tropes – in this case home invasion and end-of-the-world stories – and puts his own unique spin on them. I can’t recommend his work enough.

 

 

Golden Skies by Juan Zapatta *Blog Tour*

GOLDEN SKIES BY JUAN ZAPATTA
Book Blurb: As a boy, Malik watched an army of religious zealots swarm his home town, slaughtering his people and running his beloved grandfather through with a black sword. Nine years later, Malik still believes there’s peace…somewhere. At least that’s what he tells himself as his body is ripped apart by whips at a conversion camp. That’s what his best friend whispers as he frantically creates new force technology and jetpacks to rescue Malik. Yet when war bursts through the skies and the sky troopers, assassins, and heroes fall, when the world comes crashing down, Malik Zzoha stands amidst the sands to lead a band of friends and revolutionaries to face his tyrannical, zealot father, determined to free the people he loves.

Author Bio: Juan Zapata is a senior at Alabama A&M, expected to graduate December 2018. He majors in Criminal Justice and is a member of the AAMU Honors Program. Born in Mexico, Juan came to the United States at four years old. When he is not writing, Juan likes to play For Honor and pretend he’s a knight, laughing with happiness at his victories and nearly having aneurisms when defeated.
Excerpt:
“Let her go!” I shrieked, attempting to leap forward. I doubled over in pain as the guards holding me struck me in the gut. Tears of anguish brimmed at my eyes. “I…won’t serve anyone!” I spat on the ground, screaming. “Safad isn’t a god! He’s nothing!”
The guards holding me suddenly let go, taken aback. Silence rang forth from the crowd and rapidly descended upon the entire square.
Mujadin looked at me, speechless.
“Safad isn’t holy! He’s a man who pisses and shits like everyone else. His laws are hogwash. You kill for nothing! You are nothing! You’re a liar, scum, a deceiver. All your life fighting for some sick charlatan!” I yelled, feeling blood rush to my face, popping out the veins on my throat and forehead.
I didn’t truly know if I believed what I was saying, but Kafed had echoed my own thoughts on the subject countless times; he believed that Safad wasn’t divine—that he’d tricked others with his ‘miracles’ to gain power and keep it. Everything that was happening was because of that narcissistic, deceiving man-god my father worshipped.
No one in the crowd moved or spoke. The soldiers around me leveled their weapons at my head. The penalty for denying Safad’s divinity was death. I tightened my fists. If this was to end in a hail of bullets, at least I’d diverted attention from those about to be executed, my sister, and Kafed.
Mujadin put up a trembling hand, ordering the men to hold their fire. A deadly whisper. “No. No. He will suffer.”
A short, quiet pause rang forth, then suddenly, I lost control of my body and fell to the concrete ground, pain exploding from every nerve. I’d been struck by stun weapons.
My vision blurred, light entering my pupils in bursts. For one second I saw my father’s stony face, the next the feet of guards, the crowd staring at me, the sea-green sky, my sister weeping on the ground, Kafed flanked by guards.
Soldiers grabbed each of my arms and hoisted me to my knees. Time seemed to slow as I got my bearings, blinking at the crowd, then the air was sliced in two, the sound of a whip whistling before it hit its mark.
Tongues of fire lit up my back, pulling a heinous scream from my throat. My muscles tightened like knots, fresh air eating away at my raw flesh. Red engulfed my vision, and the air thundered and rippled. Wapash! My forearms tensed, and I cried out, trembling. The flames returned again and again, one lash after the other, ceaseless. The sky darkened, and the blistering heat disappeared. My flesh shredded apart in lines, pulled off my muscles in crisscrossing patterns, my blood flowing out, dripping onto the stone. The leather gouged deep into me with each lick. I could hardly breathe.
My tear-filled eyes stared blankly to those below the platform and rested upon a man below me, just one of the many among thousands. White skin. Blond hair. A Northeasterner? My eyes widened at the woman beside him—fiery red locks flared out behind a scarlet mask. Piercing blue eyes drank me in. I expected hostility from them but found shock instead. Sympathy. Conflict within these foreigners. And then they were gone, replaced by black. A last shuddering breath, another crack, and darkness took me.

Book Links:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36055975-golden-skies?from_search=true
Golden Skies
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/golden-skies-juan-zapata/1128862110?ean=9781945654121
https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/golden-skies

Author Contact Details:
jzapata1@bulldogs.aamu.edu
https://zapatathe1.weebly.com/
Twitter: @Zapatathe1
Instagram: @Zapatathe1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Zapatathe1/?ref=bookmarks

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This book was so difficult to put down. Literally it was just chapter after chapter flowing through. I very rarely read a book this quick. It’s not a large book but don’t let that discourage you. As Juan is an excellent writer and packed so much into this book it’s amazing. I’m gushing over this book so please read it. The characters in this book are really well written and diverse that it makes the book that more interesting.

I’d highly recommend this book to amyone who likes sci fi or just getting into this genre then pick up this book find a quiet place to read and be ready to be amazed at how good this book actually is. I can’t really say much more without adding spoilers which isn’t something I like todo.

I need to read more by this author and looking forward to his future work.

Please let me know if you are going to read this book.

Nearly 400 followers.

Once I reach this amazing milestone, I think I would like todo a giveaway. One of my books from my small collection. I will give the winner a choice of three books and they can pick any one of the three books. This will be UK only. As it will cost me a fortune to send it overseas 😂 I don’t know how to set up the competition yet. I’m guessing using raffelecopter will work? I will have to figure out 🤣

This is just a little post. I hope you’re doing well.

My July blog

Well my month of July blogging activity has been quite quiet. This has happend due to a few factors. It’s bloddy red hot in England, I can’t be bothered todo much due to the heat and also I’ve also been decorating the house before the Mrs pops. I’ve only done a few posts and have hardly interacted with anyone in the blogging. I do apologise. I’ve had the least amount of visitors to my blog since I started. It was just over 500 visitors. I still feel blessed that I got that many.

I’ve left links to my july posts I hope you all check them out. I also like to thank everyone who came to my blog and liked/commented. Also a special thank you to all my newest followers I welcome you.

Also another special thank you to PP she has liked/commented on my posts this month again for the second time in a row. I really appreciate it. You’re probably one of the coolest bloggers I know and everyone should go and check out her blog.

 

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I’ve obviously done more than I thought. I left the links origional way so you will have a suprise when you click on them 😂

Sunshine Blogger Award.

The Sunshine Blogger

I’d like to thank kate for nominating me for this award. It’s always fun to get to know other bloggers.

So, for those of you who don’t know, the rules of the award are;

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers and ask them 11 different questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine blogger award logo in your post and/or on your blog site

 

The questions that were asked of me;

How did you decide on what topic(s) you wanted your blog to be about?

I honestly just let it happen. I’m still kind of winging it unless it’s a book review.

Is there anything about blogging you don’t enjoy?

I actually love everything about blogging. Except when you can’t think of an idea for a blog, which is quite frustrating.

Do you have to juggle blogging with other things e.g. a job and, if so, how difficult is this for you?

I kind of got a little system going. I usually write a post but schedule it for a later date. If I haven’t got a post due I do try and intersct with other bloggers when I can.

Aside from twitter, what other forms of social media do you use to promote your blog?

I have got Instagram/Pinterest but.I hardly use them, as I don’t know how to utilise them properly for my blog.

Has there ever been a time when you considered walking away from blogging?

I’ve been blogging for only a few months now and still enjoying it.

What sort of reaction do you get from people when you tell them you’re a blogger?

I don’t tell people I’m a blogger because honestly I think they would think I’m weird 😂 I don’t really talk to anyone about it unless it’s you awesome people.

Is there a blogger who has inspired you in anyway?

Every single follower or anyone who I’ve interaction with have been inspiring.

Do you have favourite blogger?

Your all my favourite.

What would make you hit that “follow” button on someone’s blog?

If I like your posts and interactive then I will click that follow button.

When did you decide you would start blogging?

Three months ago, I had been thinking about it for a while. Then one day I went for it and never looked back.

What do you love most about blogging?

I love the community and the fact that everyone is really friendly. I wish I started blogging years ago.

 

Here are the people I’d like to nominate:

Nia

https://anxietyanddepression460183510.wordpress.com

My one thousand like blog

Love is my blog

The art of blogging

The happy minimalist

Erica

Answer the same questions I did as they’re pretty awesome.

My first tattoo experience.

At the tender age of 16 (I know to young) I went to get my first tattoo. I went with my Dad and uncle. I had been banging onto my parents about getting one. I was obsessed seeing everyone else with one.

Looking back I would’ve given myself a slap and told myself to wait. As I don’t own a time machine, I got a tribal tattoo. Which at the time fitted my arm really well. It was abit naff looking back at it and it was also tattooed upside down. There was hardly any thought process in picking my tattoo.

I had been to the shop a few times and did fall in love with this tribal tattoo. I made my mind up that I wanted that tattoo.

On the day of getting my tattoo. I went with my Dad and uncle. I took all the necessary precautions. I was well hydrated and had a good meal before going. I’m not going to save it didn’t hurt or I wasn’t nervous. I was shitting myself. I was really nervous and it didn’t help that I was getting wound up by my uncle 😂

So I’m sitting in the chair, I think the tattooist must have knew I was nervous as he talked throughout letting me know what was happening. Anyway he shaved my arm (there wasn’t much hair tbh  🤣) he put the stencil on and the gripped my arm to stretch the skin. I literally thought he was going to snap my arm in 2 as his grip was quite strong. Then the dreaded question. Are you ready? As I sat there nervously shaking my head with a bead of sweat dripping now my face that made me look like I was crying (I wasn’t 😂) he began.

Now the only way I can describe is that it feels like hot pins getting dragged around your skin. It’s not the nicest of feelings. I don’t getting the outline work done as to me it hurts more. The colouring in doesn’t hurt as much as it’s constantly moving. The best bit for me though is when they wash it down. That moment feels amazing for me 😁

I think it took about an hour and a half to completely finish. Which I thought was good for my first ever tattoo 🤣

So I paid him then left for home. With my pride sky high and my arm sore as f. We went home. (During getting tattooed my uncle fell asleep where as my Dad was constantly asking if I was ok)

I got home and everyone seemed to like it. I wish I could find a picture of it. It was terrible now looking back at it. I do have many other tattoos and depending on how well this post doe’s I might make another post with some more of my tattoos.

The Versatile Blogger Award.

Thank you so much to Kat for the nomination. She’s an awesome blogger  and very interactive on her blog. Go and give her a follow.

 

THE RULES OF THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD:

  1. Thank the person who gave you this award, and include a link to their blog.
  2. Nominate blogs that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  3. Share 7 things about yourself that people might not know.

Be sure to check out my nominations and give them a follow:

Redlacereviews

The Bibliophagest

Dani

BookishConnisseur

 

7 things about me:

Every morning I have porridge for breakfast.

I never drank coffee until my daughter was born.

I’ve recently passed my driving test, and wish I done it years ago.

We’ve recently just got a guniea pig.

If I don’t write something down I will forget it.

I’ve got to write everything in my diary on my phone to remind me todo something.

My favourite sport is football, evem though I haven’t played it for years.