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Review: Tent City by Kelly Van Hull

Tent City by Kelly Van Hull
Series: Tent City #1
on March 10th 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Pages: 270
Format: eBook
Source: Given From Author
three-half-stars
Tent City

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After a devastating plague, introverted 17-year-old Dani Campbell and her family find themselves living in a very different America, one run by a cult-like leader, who forces children to move to “safety camps” designed to protect the human race. Encouraged to flee by her parents, Dani and her five-year-old brother seek refuge in the Black Hills of South Dakota. On the run with danger around every corner, Dani must fight to ensure their survival in this new world while trying to unmask the mystery of how it all came to be

Danielle, her friend Kit, and her brother Brody, escape the chaos of society and the soon impending ‘safety camps’  children are forced to live in. Tent City was an enjoyable Dystopian read that had me interested from page 1. Dani grew throughout Tent City, both physically and mentally, she seemed so much more capable by the end of the book, and I found that satisfying. She doesn’t sit around, something happens to spur her into action and train, so she can protect herself and those she loves.

I wasn’t quite sure what to make of the love triangle between Bentley, Jack and Dani. I knew it was coming. Romance is not a major aspect in Tent City, things are more focused on survival, but it’s undeniably there. It creeps up on you, and I had a definite favourite between two. Jack was swoon-worthy, and had a really sweet relationship with Brody. Secrets and mystery encased both Jack and Bentley, which made them both more appealing, but also quite infuriating. I kept waiting for answers, some of which I figured out and some of which were revealed. There were a couple of loose ends and the ending was quite sudden.

The relationship between Dani and her little brother, Brody, was really cute. Dani did everything she could to protect him, and I knew, she would do anything for him if it came to it. I didn’t entirely relate to her situation, because I’m the youngest and have two older brothers, but I understood the need to protect those you love. It was always her first priority, yet her constant worrying didn’t annoy me, when it has before in previous books.

The world was not the most extensive Dystopia ever, but I don’t think it was meant to be. I liked that it was a cross between natural disaster and our—humans—reaction to it. The majority of the book is set in Tent City, which made it less exciting, but left room to develop the setting and the ideas involving Tent City. I liked the always underlying problem of survival, and I especially loved the waterfall scenes!

The end left me waiting for more, because I wasn’t satisfied with the loose ends and the things that were left. Events were definitely set up for a book 2, and I’d be interested to see what happens– especially with the romance!

Rating; 3.5 stars

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My 7 Must-Have Plugins

A lot of bloggers are getting tired over Google’s power over their blogs, with the click of a button, Google can decide to remove your blog. This means a whole lot of people are moving over to self-hosted WordPress blogs. I’m most certainly not an expert on this platform, however I’ve been self-hosted since February and I can give you my plugin recommendations. Plugin’s can be a whole lot of fun, or a whole lot of hassel, to help you guys along a little, here are my top 7 plugins to get you started.

1. Back-up to Dropbox

I highly recommend this, because it stores everything about your blog. All you need to do is set up an account and link it to your WordPress blog. It saves settings, plugins, and most importantly: posts. This means if something awful happens and your posts get deleted, all your hard work will not have been for nothing.

2. Blogger Importer

When I started, a friend set it up for me, but that was it. I was kind of left with everything new shoved in my face and this was the only plugin he downloaded. I have no idea if there is a better way of doing it, but this has been an incredibly easy way of importing both comments and posts without doing it manually.

3. Askimet

This already comes pre-downloaded—and for good reason. When I was using Blogspot, I probably got 1 spam comment in my entire time on there, however, as soon as I moved to self-hosted WP, I got a whole lot of spam comments. Askimet stops you from getting as many spam comments, and it saves a lot of aggro.

 

3. Google Analytics/Jetpack

Self-hosted blogs don’t automatically count your stats. I learnt that the hard way, and didn’t realise until 1 month had passed. I thought maybe there was a page that I couldn’t find. There isn’t. I recommend these two, because I had a major problem with one called StatSurfer, which messed up my entire blog with malware and deleted all the stats it had recorded in  2 months. Yes, in all, I lost 3 months of stats. There are a *lot* of stat plugins, but the more established ones, are the ones you should really go for.

Personally, I recommend Google Analytics, because it’s an entirely different site, and it’s reliable. If you lose your WordPress account, you will still have a Google Analystics account. Google is a large company, not some man who one day decided to make a statcounter plugin. GA has a lot of things that it records, you put a special code onto your blogs sidebar (which no one can see) and presto, you’re done.

Jack at The Book Stop recommends Jetpack, which also has a stat counter. We both hate what the other loves, it’s all about personal preference. The one thing I will say about Jetpack, is it has a whole load of other useful things that come with it, so you should probably download Jetpack even if you don’t want to use it for statistics.

5. Broken Link Checker

This is very useful to check broken images and links, it helpfully informs you on your dashboard.

 

 6. Social Buttons

You’ve got this new-looking blog, and now you want people to connect with you. There are so many of these plugins it’s unreal and I’ve downloaded a lot of them. I recommend Social Stickers and Shareaholic, be careful though, with so many plugins, blogs can end up looking alike, and I recommend getting a plugin that you can change the appearance to make your blog more original.

 

7. WordPress SEO

This is one confusing plugin, but it’s really useful. It helps you get search engine optimisation, getting your page to come first when someone searches something in a search engine. I don’t understand a lot of it, but the things I do understand help a lot.

 

If you need any more help with plugins or anything to do with WordPress, let me know in the comments and I shall answer! I can’t guarantee I’ll know the aswer, but I may be some help. If have WordPress, let me know the plugins you can’t live without!

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Feature and Follow #7

Increase Blog Followers

This feature is hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read, it’s a fun way to connect with other bloggers and gain followers! This weeks features bloggers are: Once Upon A Coffin (love this name!) and Paradays

 

Todays question is…

Q: What do you do with your books after you’re done reading them?

I put them on my shelf, mostly. My mum and I share similar interest in books, so all the books we both enjoy, go downstairs on our massive bookshelf, and all the books I’ve bought or were given to review, I put on my shelf in my room. I have so many books, I’ve had to resort to storing them on top of my wardrobe, because they don’t fit on my book shelf anymore! Having said that, I also give books to the charity shop near my house, or give them to friends to read.

If you want to follow me, I’d appreciate being followed by either my RSS feed, Bloglovin’, email newsletter (fortnightly), like me on Facebook or follow my Twitter account. These options are all on my sidebar!

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Confession–I don’t watch any TV and I need your help!

School is officially out!! I find myself salivating over all the books I’m going to read, and all the TV shows I can catch up on…oh wait, I don’t really watch

TV.  I never find that watching TV is convenient for me time-wise and because I have to look for when it’s on and record it. Unlike reading when I can pick the book up at any time. I don’t go on illegal sites, because I’m terrified of viruses, however, I’m going to buy Netflix, and watch all the TV I can.

What are your recommendations? I watched the first season of Sherlock and the Vampire Diaries, but never carried on, should I? I’ve heard great things about Sherlock, however I’m not sure about TVD. TV shows that are always gushed about are: Dexter, Pretty Little Liars, Hannibal, The Walking Dead, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Teen Wolf, Big Bang Theory (which I watch out of order) and especially Revenge.

I also see a huge amount gifs about Supernatural, yet know they’re on season 8 and I’m not sure if I will get bored of having to catch up on so many series. Game of Thrones seems very popular and my friend is currently reading it (800 pages!). I stopped watching Burn Notice because it became a little silly, but if the season gets better, let me know! I only watched the first season of New Girl with Zoey Deschanel. In addition, I’m interested to know about Shameless with Cameron Monoghan (Mason in the Vampire Academy movie).

If you have any TV show which you particularly love or have heard about, let me know! I’ve got free time, and I intent to spend it wisely.

 

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Book Haul

I’m actually doing my DofE expedition today (54km in 3 days) and this is a scheduled post, so *fingers crossed* it actually posts.

I thought I’d do a sunny photo shoot with my new sexy books, because I’m looooving the hot sun, even though I’m sweating right now!

This month I requested Throne of Glass from Bloomsbury, and they gave me The Northern Sky and All Our Yesterdays as well! Such a surprise in the post!

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Thanks to Bloomsbury I received:

The Northern Sky by Julia Green

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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From the library I got:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Defiance C.J. Redwine

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

A Monster Calls Patrick Ness

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From Text Publishing, all the way from Australia!

Shadows by Paula Weston

Other Ebooks I’m going to read are Acid by Emma Pass and Dancing with the Devil by Keri Arthur.

What have you all got to read? Any new or things you’re desperately excited to read?

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Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Covenant #1)

Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant #1
Published by Spencer Hill Press on 15 December 2011
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 281
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
three-stars

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I honestly don’t know how to start this review. I am a die-hard Vampire Academy fan, always have been since the moment I read it. Therefore, reading Half-Blood makes me a touch defensive, why you ask? Because it’s exactly the same.

Okay that’s a lie, it’s not. But it’s pretty damn close. Instead of the premise of Moroi and Strigoi, it’s about God’s. It’s like all the major events in one series of Vampire Academy, condensed into one book. If you like Vampire Academy, you’ll most definitely like this, I did. But I couldn’t shake the feeling as I read it that it was copied. Then I found my mind wondering into how far this is on the edge of copyright. I chose to read this book because I love Jennifer L. Armentrout’s other series, I obviously still do. However, I’m not too happy about this book.

I started reading it knowing it was going to be alike, as I heard from word of mouth and other reviews. I really liked Alex and her kickass nature, but I don’t think she even matched up to Rose. She didn’t have the right feistiness for me. Rose is irresponsible for the first half, jumping into things, but she makes a conscious decision to stop, and she mostly does. I felt like Alex made the decision, yet didn’t carry through with it. Aiden and Seth are both sexy, funny characters. But they don’t match up to Dimitri and Adrian, at all.

By copying a lot of details from VA, she’s made me compare the two, which wasn’t something I was comfortable with. This is because I’m extremely biased towards VA. Having said that, there is no doubt VA is better, despite my biased position.

The plot did have the elements I love: just the right amount of romance, not too much, not too little. It also had a strong, intriguing heroine, and other fun characters. Aiden was mysterious and a bit broken—not that he would ever admit it. The plot was about God’s, they don’t play much of a part in this one, but I’m sure their part will grow in the next couple of books. There was also another magical element thrown in, which I really liked, which considered Seth and Alex. I really want to know how this pans out.

I will be reading the next book, because I’ve heard how the series completely changes and diverts from VA, which I’ll be pleased to see considering that I enjoyed the potential so much.

Rating: 3 Stars: Overall, interesting, funny characters, and an entertaining plot, unfortunately, it was too much like Vampire Academy for me to love it completely.

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Teaser Tuesday

Hey, welcome to my first Teaser Tuesday, originally hosted by MizB Should Be Reading. This looked like such a cool meme, so I decided to take part!

The rules are simple. Flip to the page of the current book you’re reading and share two sentences from that page. Be careful not to show any spoiler and ruin the book for anyone else.

Okay, so I read Ketchup Clouds a couple of days ago, but I’m currently reading something on Kindle, and I wanted to flip to a random page. Here are my sentences:

‘Bird Girl,’ someone whispered, and I turned to see Aaron, a few centimetres from my face.

And:

Cringing, I turned away from the drinks table, determined to stare in the  opposite direction until he’d gone, but as that man Orpheus realised in the underworld that’s a whole lot easier than it sounds.

I really enjoyed this YA fiction, completely different to most things I read, so I definitely recommend it!

 

Blurb:

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Secrets, romance, murder and lies: Zoe shares a terrible secret in a letter to a stranger on death row in this second novel from the author of the bestselling debut, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece.

Fifteen-year-old Zoe has a secret—a dark and terrible secret that she can’t confess to anyone she knows. But then one day she hears of a criminal, Stuart Harris, locked up on death row in Texas. Like Zoe, Stuart is no stranger to secrets. Or lies. Or murder.

Full of heartache yet humour, Zoe tells her story in the only way she can—in letters to the man in prison in America. Armed with a pen, Zoe takes a deep breath, eats a jam sandwich, and begins her tale of love and betrayal.

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Geek of the Week News: ‘Why can’t Peter Parker be gay?’ and Ender’s Game Boycott

Geek of the Week is a new feature on Hardcore Heroines where I find an article or piece of news about books, comics or films and discuss it with you.

This week we’re discussing the Spiderman 2 film. Recently, Andrew Garfield (British actor playing Peter Parker in the new Spiderman 2 film) said that Mary-Jane should be a man and Peter Parker should be bisexual.

“I was kind of joking, but kind of not joking about MJ. And I was like, ‘What if MJ is a dude?’

LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) characters were introduced in comic books as early as 1992, when X-Men superhero Northstar announced ‘I am gay’. In addition, Batwoman was relaunched as a lesbian, who had a transgender friend, and just last year the Green Lantern was also rebranded as gay. Comics have been showing LGBT characters in a positive light for a while. The staff who wrote the comics even said they worked with LGBT people, who shared experiences and made the characters more authentic.

Andrew Garfield expressed his opinions saying, “Why can’t we discover that Peter is exploring his sexuality? It’s hardly even groundbreaking! So why can’t he be gay? Why can’t he be into boys?”

When asked which actor could play the love interest, he said: “I’ve been obsessed with Michael B Jordan since The Wire. He’s so charismatic and talented. It’d be even better – we’d have interracial bisexuality!”

Comic books are a great thing for everyone to read–especially teens. By putting  LGBT characters in comics, it gives teens a character they can easily relate to; and with people who aren’t gay, a way to open their mind and views on this topic. Possibly thinking for themselves more, instead of having their friends and families views shoved down their throats.

Comic books are a type of media anyone can enjoy, by making Spiderman bisexual, it’s widening their demographic and promoting equality. Besides, by having a bisexual superhero, it’s doubtful that them being bisexual would be the primary focus. It would simply be a part of their character and not part of the major plot. In turn, making LGBT characters more accepted and the ‘norm’.

Why can’t Peter Parker be bisexual? Big deal. If he were bisexual, it would be responding to modern views on equality and attracting people who can relate to the characters. It will also reach out to more people, due to it airing in cinemas worldwide, instead of being in the limited format of a comic book.

Ender’s Game Boycott

Relating to this news, people recently decided to boycott the film Ender’s Game, because author Orson Scott Card admitted he was against marriage equality. This left people angry and refusing to support the Ender’s Game movie. Lion’s Gate responded to this with the following statement: “As proud longtime supporters of the LGBT community, champions of films ranging from Gods and Monsters to The Perks of Being a Wallflower and a company that is proud to have recognized same-sex unions and domestic partnerships within its employee benefits policies for many years, we obviously do not agree with the personal views of Orson Scott Card and those of the National Organization for Marriage.”

I’m not entirely sure I want to support this movie, I’ve not read the book and I clearly have strong views on marriage equality. It really does not warm the cockles of my heart to give money to an author not supporting marriage equality. It’s safe to say if I see him at an author event, I won’t be saying ‘hi’.

What do you think? Should Peter Parker be bisexual, or should we keep to the original Mary-Jane? Are you going to boycott Ender’s Game?

*note* Disrespectful comments will be deleted, be respectful at all times.

Want to take part in Geek of the Week News? Contact Tilly Currer at Hardcoreheroines@gmail.com, with any ideas or discussion you would like to explore.

In other news, who’s excited to see The Wolverine?! Loove Hugh Jackman!

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Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry (Pushing The Limits #2)

Dare You To by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing The Limits #1
Published by Mira Ink on 22nd May 2013
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 470
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
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Dare You To was such an enjoyable read! It had it all: internal conflict and external conflict, with really well done character development considering it’s only over one book. It’s written in both Ryan’s and Beth’s POV, which made it easier to empathise with Ryan and see the story from a bigger perspective.

Beth has issues. Not that that’s surprising considering her home situation. She has trouble with trust,  abandonment, love, relationships in general, and the list goes on. Ryan’s life looks perfect to Beth, but as she looks closer she can see the cracks.

There are so many plot lines going on that keeps this book well-paced, yet not too taxing to read. It’s a fantastic, well written story with brilliantly complex and tortured characters. Beth was on the precipice of annoying me because of her trust issues, but if she’d trusted Ryan any quicker, it would be unrealistic. It’s not a light-hearted, fluffy book, it gets really quite gritty considering it’s a YA romance and contemporary.

Dare You To has got the malicious ex-girlfriend, muscley jocks, humour, and every kind of relationship strains. So many messed up relationships: Beth and her Uncle, Beth and her mother, Beth and her best friend, Beth and Ryan. Ryan and his brother, Ryan and his mother and father. All of these relationships were tested and brought to the fore-front at least once in Dare You To, really exploring their dynamics. I probably liked it so much because of of the complex characters and relationships—which I’m a sucker for.

I didn’t particularly like Beth or relate to her much, but I appreciated her character. That rarely happens to me, if I can’t relate to the character, I’ll probably stop reading. If  can’t find an emotional connection, I simply won’t bother. I empathised for Beth, and enjoyed her character, but I’m not sure I would want to be her best friend or anything. She was very tough and goth-girl, she had to put on this persona because of her terrible upbringing. I liked Ryan a lot more, because he was more simple, yet still had deep problems. I could relate to him more for some reason.

I could go on more about this book because there is so much that goes on and so much to discuss, but I won’t!

Rating: 4.5 Stars I would like to give this an A, but I don’t feel like it’s affected me enough, or been one of the best books I’ve ever read. Otherwise, hiiighly enjoyable and tense read. With shockingly true events and oh-so complex characters. Can’t wait to read the next in the series!

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Review: Forsaken by the Others by Jess Haines (H&W Investigations #5)

Review: Forsaken by the Others by Jess Haines (H&W Investigations #5)Forsaken by the Others Published by Zebra on 1 August 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
three-half-stars

 

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Have a one night stand with a vampire, and you can end up paying for it for eternity. P.I. Shiarra Waynest, an expert on the Others, knows that better than most. Yet here she is, waking up beside charismatic vamp Alec Royce with an aching head…and neck. Luckily, Shia has the perfect excuse for getting out of town – namely, a couple of irate East Coast werewolf packs who’d like to turn her into a chew toy. On Royce’s suggestion, Shia temporarily relocates to Los Angeles. But something is rotten-literally-in the state of California, where local vampires are being attacked by zombies. Who could be powerful enough to control them-and reckless enough to target the immortal? Following the trail will lead Shia to a terrifying truth, and to an ancient enemy with a personal grudge…

 

After the events of the previous novels, Shiarra Waynest finds herself facing the consequences of her skewed judgement. We are taken away from all the key characters, and Shiarra and her best friend Sara go together to another city. Forsaken by the Others was an enjoyable read, however it lacked in some key aspects that let it down.

I would have liked to see more Royce in this book, after the beginning he’s not really in it at all. I never like it when the author mixes things up and takes them to another setting, because it means we never get to see our favourite minor characters. The only good thing was we had the additional characters–The White Hats, who I really liked–probably because I like werewolves.

This book never got going for me, I was never in suspense about the plot, and nothing exciting or shocking happened enough. I enjoyed the idea of it, however the way it was executed didn’t keep me as intrigued as I’d have liked.

Shia was an interesting character, but it was never quite cleared up what was going on with her and if she was turning into a supernatural being. Her relationship with Royce wasn’t developed well enough either, or explored at all after the first few chapters. I thought she was refreshingly realistic, she didn’t pretend to be something she wasn’t and fight Vampires, or get herself in too deep in situations she knew she couldn’t handle. She’s a private investigator, not a fighter. The thing is, that’s usually where things are made interesting–when the heroine mucks up. Her voice was down-right hilarious at times and very dry, the way she was written was incredibly entertaining.

The world was the most intriguing aspect, it had vampires, werewolves, zombies and a hint of something else as well. I liked the characters, the setting, the supernatural elements, however I am not keen on how I kept waiting for the plot to thicken, but it never did. The pacing was too slow for me. I really loved the writing, and the voice of Shia, it was sarcastic and witty, and made observations that were so funny to read.

It sounds like I didn’t enjoy it from this review, but I did, it was simply the lack of suspense and slow pace that ruined it!

Rating: 3.5 Stars Fantastic world and funny voice, but the plot left something to be desired.

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Meeting Cassie Clare, Jamie Campbell Bower and Sarah Rees Brennan

On Thursday, 600 fans went to St. James Church in London, to meet Cassandra Clare, Jamie Campbell Bower and Sarah Rees Brennan—including me, fan number 598. Cassandra Clare has written The Mortal Instruments series and Jamie is starring as one of the lead roles  ‘Jace’ in the film. City of Bones releases in cinema’s worldwide on the 21st August.

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From left to right, Me, Charlie, Chloe, Lois and Sophie. Shadowhunter besties.

It was absolutely amazing, I’m still reeling from the entire evening. My friends and I had work experience, so we could only get there an hour early, but some fans had camped over night! We were not the last in, but we had to go on the top floor because all of the pews in the church were taken. However, we actually stood near the front and had a really good view of everything. Cassie and Sarah were so lovely, they answered a few questions and then we watched the original trailer, which left me with goose-bumps. Then they introduced Jamie, and everyone went wild. He is definitely more attractive and funny in person! They answered a lot more questions about experiences on set, City of Heavenly Fire and the filming of City of Ashes (TMI #2) happening this Autumn.

 

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From the left, Sarah, Cassie and Jamie

Jamie admitted that he is going to get a tattoo on his back (not a tramp stamp, he was quick to say) with the quote saying ‘I am after all, what you made me.’ If he weren’t Jace, he said he could rock the role of Madame Dorothea, and his favourite scene to film was the garden scene. Cassie said that City of Heavenly Fire is ‘kicking her ass’ and that her favourite scene is in one of the latest trailers, where Jace is sadly watching Simon and Clary hug.

 

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Cassie and Sarah were so sweet and funny. Sarah wrote The Bane Chronicles, which I have not read, but will when it becomes a book, which should be sometime next year. After they answered a lot more questions, Jamie said he had a surprise and revealed his guitar behind the back-drop! He sang two songs for us, both originals I think, and he was brilliant. The fangirls went absolutely wild, it was crazy. He was funny, sooo attractive and really down-to-earth. My friends and I were the last to meet him, and unfortunately, we couldn’t take photos, however he was so lovely and paid attention to everyone who’s book he signed. I told him I was nervous and he said he was a normal guy, my friend even made him laugh! My other friend had an entire conversation with Sarah and Cassie about Buffy, Aiden Turner and The Morganville Vampires! It was the best thing meeting both one of my favourite authors and at the same time one of my favourite actors!

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Cassie signing and chatting to fans
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Chloe got a ‘<3 Luke’ because she had a chat
with CC about how amazing Aiden Turner is!
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All of our runes!
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Jamie signing and talking to a fan
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Chloe and my parabatai runes
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The crazy wind in the London Underground
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Soph’s amazing Clockwork angel shirt that she drew!

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All of my runes on one arm because

I’m left-handed!

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Jamie signing and talking to a fan

I hope you enjoyed this post, it’s different to what I usually do. I wanted to include a lot of the pictures because it was an amazing day. Sorry for my dodgy camera work, we weren’t allowed to take up-close pictures! If you went, show me your pictures and experience of the day!

I haven’t commented on other blogs lately, I definitely will comment on yours if you comment, because I always do. However, if I haven’t commented on yours lately, give me a shout, or I’ll go on Bloglovin’ and look at you guys’ latest posts tomorrow anyway.

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Interview Summer Heat Blog Tour: Just like in the Movies by M.B. Feeney

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Terribly sorry this post is late, it was a scheduled post that didn’t actually schedule!!

Today I’m interviewing M.B. Feeney who wrote a novella called Just Like in the Movies, which is part of the Summer Heat Blog Tour.

Hello! Describe your short story in 140 characters!

Sometimes the answers come to you in the most unexpected of places with the help of someone that you can’t stand. Just Like in the movies (I’m 3 short… does that count?)

JLITM1Yes it does! When did you first become interested in writing?

I’ve always written since I pretty much learnt to spell, so it’s just always been a part of my life, even when I wasn’t physically doing it.

What were your favourite books as a teenager?

Oh wow. I read so much, but I went through a phase of only reading horror, so I’d say the books by Shaun Hutson were the ones I read those most.

What are your favourite series/books?

Series – The Belgariad and The Mallorean by David Eddings are my “go to” books when I can’t decide what to read. Every time I pick them up, I discover something new.

Have you got any advice for an aspiring author?

Just keep going. Get to know your “voice”  and writing style. You don’t always have to write what you know, but research what you don’t/ Write what you would want to read. Most of all, don’t write for reviews, write because you want to.

Who are your main influences as a writer?

There isn’t one particular person that inspires me as I tend to draw inspiration from everywhere.

What keeps you motivated?

I have a brilliant support circle of friends and fellow authors who are fantastic at shaking their metaphorical pom poms and give GREAT pep talks. Also, music is a great motivational tool.

Friend motivators are the best, and upbeat music helps too!

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I read, a lot. I spend time with my kids and the other half and I try to avoid assignments for my degree.

Haha, probably like I try to avoid my homework!

Who’s your favourite mental/physical Hardcore Heroine? (out of any book, series, films)

I would have to say Buffy Summers from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the TV series not the film). Joss Whedon created an amazingly strong female role model who was “normal”. She struggled to juggle life and her duties as the slayer. I loved the fact that she was flawed yet she managed to do the right thing. I showed young girls that it was ok to make a mistake and how to learn from them

I love Buffy! And Spike ;)

Who’s your favourite Super Hero?

Wow. I’m not actually a huge super hero girl…  BUT, I have to say that I thought that Hawkeye from The Avengers was pretty. (Oh, I’m so shallow)

Haha, that’s okay, I love The Avengers.

 

Just Like in the Movies by M.B. Feeney

Ava Jones has settled for a life that she’s not sure she wants anymore, but won’t admit it. Her best friend, Erica Davidson talks her into taking a break on the Isle of Wight. Her days on the island are spent thinking things through, and arguing with Morgan whom she hates on principal.

 Is it so wrong for her to want a life that follows the script of a honest to God romance film?

michprofile.pngAbout M.B. Feeney:

M. B. Feeney is an army brat who finally settled down in Birmingham, UK with her other half, 2 kids and a dog.  She’s also a student teacher, a doodler and a chocoholic.  Writing has been her one true love since she could spell, and publishing is the culmination of her hard work and ambition.

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Thank you very much M.B. Feeney for answering my questions, it was a pleasure having you on Hardcore Heroines!

 

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Origin by Jennifer L.Armentrout Cover Reveal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sorry that this post is a little late, my internet has been playing up!

We’ve finally gotten the cover reveal for Origin! I love this series and I love Pepe Toth (cover model) so I’m pretty happy with this cover. I also like the semi-topless touch. Ahem. Origin will be the 4th in the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout and after Opal ending  on a huge cliff hanger, I’m practically wetting myself in excitement to read this. Origin is going to release on 27th August by Entangled Teen publishing.

 

About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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ORIGIN official Blurb: *WARNING* don’t read if you haven’t read Opal (Lux #3).

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.  

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? And will they even be together.

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If you have not read this series before, I suggest it to people who like love/hate relationship romances and aliens. Here is the goodreads link to Obsidian (Lux #1)

 

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Interview: Summer Heat Blog Tour In my Mother’s Footsteps by Forbes Arnone

Summer_Heat_12Today we have the Summer Heat Blog Tour with Forbes Arnone aka Jennifer Garcia’s novella called In My Mother’s Footsteps, lovely to have you on here!

In My Mother’s Footsteps by Forbes Arnone

Anela Alborn’s life is a lie. After growing up without the love of a father, her mother reveals his identity. Tragedy strikes and she sets off on an adventure that leads to more than she could ever imagine. Bumping into Christian Sivers distracts her from the real man of her dreams, her father. Will he live up to her dreams? And does she follow in her mother’s footsteps?

 

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Describe your short story in 140 characters!

 

Deceit, tragedy, & guilt take Anela on a tour of Oahu in search of her long lost father. Can she find love with Crystal eyes the soldier?

 

Who are your main influences as a writer?

 

I think the people in my life and my favorite authors influence my writing. My immediate and extended family are the my biggest influences.

 

Who are your favourite authors?

 

Jane Austen, Adriana Trigiani, Mario Puzo, and Alan Brennert.

 

I love Jane Austen! I also love Mr. Darcy… Were you interested in reading and writing as a teenager?

 

Since I was a little girl I loved to read. I have wonderful memories of reading with my aunt and my father. They both loved to read as well and encouraged me.

On my own, I picked up writing as young child by writing poems, songs, and really short stories.

 

Are you a Pantser or a Plotter?

 

I’m a pantser, although, I’ll plan the story vaguely in my mind, but I do not outline.

 

Interesting, I don’t think I could write anything without outlining, I’d go on massive tangents! Do you use a special software to write such as Scrivener?

I do use Scrivener. It’s the best program to write with as it allows me to create character profiles so I don’t forget things. It’s awful to get five chapters into a story and forget someone’s eye color.

 

I have the trial version, and I’m loving it so far! Do you listen to music while you write?

No, I actually do better with peace and quiet or reruns on the TV that I don’t have to pay attention to.

 

Do you finish all the stories you start or leave some unfinished?

I have two finished stories and one unfinished. The unfinished story had to be put aside while I’ve been going through the publishing process with the other two. So, I suppose my track record is to finish them.

 

Who’s your favourite mental/physical Hardcore Heroine? (out of any series, books, films)

Claire Fraser from The Outlander Series. She is an intelligent, fierce, resilient, and loving woman.

 

Intelligent, fierce women are the best! Who’s your favourite Super Hero?

Was the Bionic Woman a Super Hero? I loved her. But Wonder Woman is incredible!

Thank you Jennifer, it’s been lovely having you on Hardcore Heroines!

About the Jennifer Garcia:

JennJennifer_Garciaifer Garcia’s (aka Forbes Arnone) love of travel began when she traveled to the West Coast to visit her father at the age of three. Her home until she was sixteen was a small coastal town near Boston. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.

Her lifelong love for reading and writing was put aside for many years while she made her way in the world and nurtured her young family. Even though she is older, and life never seems to settle, she’s finding her way while attending college full-time in pursuit of a B.A. in English Literature. She also runs a business, and is still caring for her family. Believing she can do it all, with the help of her family, she worked on her first novel during the late hours of the night while balancing the rest of her life during the day. Her hard work paid off, as her first novel, My Mr. Manny, will be published August 2013.

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