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.

Mouth of the Dark Blog Tour PosterTim WaggonerThe Mouth of the Dark Cover Image

 

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.

 

 

What todo?

Lately I think I’ve been handling my depression/anxiety quite well lately. I’ve even thought about cutting down my medication for obviously if the doctor think it’s ok. I have been a bit snappy lately but I’m putting that down to tiredness. The gym for me is really helping. Working out just seems to settle me down and release so much stress. I’m not here to preach what everyone should do. This just works for me. I’ve been keeping myself busy so I haven’t been over thinking. I was stressing about my blog as I haven’t been as consistent as I used to be. I’ve nearly done 200 post since March this year. I think I should’ve just posted every other day instead of everyday like I used to. I think I was just over excited when I first began blogging. I still get excited when writing a blog post. Even this one that I’m doing now 🤣 I’m now thinking about posting a few times a week. I was going to ask if you guys or gals would like to see do any specific posts or what would you like to see me post more of?

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 😂

Peaked too soon.

Yes gentleman we’ve all done it. Including you..yes you 👋 My brain literally seems to be frazzled at the moment. Could it possibly be this glorious weather we are having here in the UK recently. I just can’t seem to find the motivation to write posts. I’ve got 39 draft posts that just need to be completed. Everytime I look at them I seem to manage to do something else 🤣 I do have todo alot of work on the house within the next few weeks so that’s going to take most of my time up. I’m still finding time to read. I’ve even tried reading 2 books at a time. I’m getting there slowly but surely 🤣 I think I’m just getting old and my brain doesn’t want to function unless I’ve had numerous amounts of coffee 😂 I do apologise for the post it’s just me posting something so you all won’t forget about me 😂

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.

We other by Sue Bentley.

I was given this e-book free for my honest review. Honestly I would’ve paid for it as it’s a great book.

Description

Product description

Jess Morgan’s life has always been chaotic. When a startling new reality cannot be denied, it’s clear that everything she believed about herself is a lie. She is linked to a world where humans-‘hot-bloods’-are disposable entertainment. Life on a rundown estate-her single mum’s alcoholism and violent boyfriend-become the least of Jess’s worries.

Review

Sue Bentley’s dark, sensual, magical story will catch you in the gut, move your heart and set your imagination on fire. It’ s unmissable. Thea Bennett, Radio Times. ‘This is a book to really immerse yourself in. By the end you won’t be able to help feeling that you know Jess, and that you have spent time in the world of Faery yourself.’ Helen Walters – Writing Magazine Columnist; ‘I haven’t been able to put We Other down. Good job I’m an insomniac. Thanks for such a fabulous read.I haven’t enjoyed a book this much for a long time.’ Ruth Webster;’I love the description in this book, also how the characters are coming together. I’m so excited to see what happens next.’ Bookseller Waterstones’

 

Now I’m a big fantasy books fan and starting to read alot more YA books. Which I never thought I’d get into reading them.

I never heard of the author before this book but I will now be keeping an eye out for her future releases. The cover of the book looks amazing aswell I really like it.

Now onto the review 😁 the first couple of chapters I had to push myself to read them. They weren’t bad, but constantly going backwards and forwards (my memory is terrible sometimes) but once I got into it I couldn’t stop reading it. I had to have my kindle forcefully removed from my hand 😂 the world building has been beautifully written and will get your imagination running wild.

The characters were the same and have been written really well. Jess is the main character and has been brought up by an alcoholic mother who had abusive relationships throughout her life. Jess starts to realise she’s different from everyone in the human world, and sets of a series of events that will change her life forever. She discovers she was swapped with a human child when born at the hospital. She now needs to discover who and what she actually is. I can’t write much more without giving spoilers (which I don’t want todo with this review)

Give this book a read if you like reading fantasy/YA you won’t be disappointed.  I would give this book a 4.5/5 😀

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.