Thursday, 24 May 2018

Omtale; The Emperor's Egg av Martin Jenkins og Jane Chapman

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Selv om jeg er voksen, synes jeg at enkelte bildebøker har en viss sjarm, og nå kommer omtalen av boka The Emperor's Egg av Martin Jenkins og Jane Chapman.

Beskrivelse fra Goodreads
Can you imagine spending the winter outdoors in Antarctica without anything at all to eat? That’s just what the male Emperor penguin does. While his mate is off swimming in the ocean and catching loads of fish, he stands around in the freezing cold with an egg on his feet for two whole months, keeping it warm and waiting for it to hatch. This charming, oversize picture book is full of fabulous facts about nature’s most devoted dad. 

Mine tanker om boka
Personlig likte jeg denne boka, spesielt med tanke på at den forteller på en pedagogisk og lærerik måte om livet til keiserpingvinene, og den kan gi unger en grei introduksjon til keiserpingviner.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

My Favourite... Recipe

It's Wednesday, which means it's time for another My Favourite... post thanks to Maureen's Books and the theme of the week was favourite recipe.


I couldn't decide between two, so I'm going to link up to both of them and they are Asian Sweet Chili Sesame Chicken and Portugese Orange Cake. Please don't be too intimidated by the list of ingredients for the Sesame Chicken, it is a really tasty disk (and simple to make).

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Top Ten Tuesday; Best Animal Character Names in the Harry Potter-Series

It's Tuesday, which means it's time for another Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week was best character names and I decided to narrow it down to animal characters in the Harry Potter-series.

My picks are;
Crookshanks (Hermione's cat)
Hermes (Percy Weasley's owl)
Arnold (Ginny Weasley's Pygmy Puff)
Fang (Hagrid's dog)
Fluffy (Hagrid's three-headed dog)
Norbert/Norberta (Hagrid's Norwegian Ridgeback Dragon)
Aragog (the giant spider)
Buckbeak (the Hippogriff)
Pigwidgeon (Ron Weasley's first owl)
Hedwig (Harry Potter's owl)

Monday, 21 May 2018

Book Tour and Review; The Last Prejudice by Bill Blodgett

Blurb
When Ed Connor slips into a coma his wife, children and their families arrive at the hospital to await his recovery. They gather around his bedside and begin reminiscing about the good old days but as the hours pass stress begins to take its toll causing long held family secrets and unresolved issues to surface. A disagreement over a DNR order put Ed’s sons, Steve and Peter, at odds and the family speculates that their anger is really about an event that led to their falling out when they were teens. While in his coma, Ed exists somewhere between life and death and wonders what he could have done differently when Steve tried to tell him that he was gay. The family is drawn into the bitter battle between Peter and Steve, and they fear things will never be right between them again. It’s now up to the family to devise an intervention as a last ditch effort to bring these two battling brothers back into the family.

My Thoughts on the Book
Personally, I found the book heartwarming, even though I got a bit mad at Peter quite a few times because of his behaviour, especially towards Steve. Even though the book is in a sense about Ed and him being in a coma, it's also about Steve and him being gay in addition to the dynamics of this particular family.

Excerpt
The coffee cup shattered when it hit the white porcelain kitchen sink. She had just poured it and added a splash of half and half before she looked out the kitchen window to check on him. Oh well, if it makes him happy. Some things I just can’t change, she thought. Then he slumped over the steering wheel of the lawn mower. Fortunately the mower’s safety mechanism shut the mower down when he fell to the side and onto the newly mowed lawn.

The shattering of the cup had barely quieted before she was through the screen door and at his side. She pulled him the rest of the way off the mower and felt for a pulse. She found it. Thank God.

“Ed! Ed, can you hear me? Don’t do this to me, you stubborn old fart. I told you not to be mowing this damn lawn.”

His eyes opened when she cradled his head in her lap, and he mumbled something. She leaned closer. “… broken…” was all she heard.

“Broken? Ed, what’s broken?”

When he didn’t respond, she pulled back to look at him. His eyes went vacant and then slowly rolled back and closed.

“Help me, please… Anyone, please help me!”

She shrieked until someone heard her. Within minutes Beth, her neighbor, was at her side. “Jan, my God, what’s happened?”

“Call 911.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links
I still live in the community where I met and married my lovely wife, Janice. Actually, she lived around the corner from me and we both ignored each other until our teen years when the hormone thing kicked in and we suddenly realized that the cute little girl skipping rope and that goofy boy riding a bike had both grown up.
We are the proud parents of April and Lindsay; both of whom are now married. April married Darren and they have two beautiful boys, Brian and Owen. Lindsay married Tim and they have two beautiful children: Kailyn and Evan.

 I enjoy hiking, kayaking, camping with my family, golfing, making candles, and restoring my antique European sports car, a 1972 MGB.

They say to write from what you know, so I do. I write of love, life and relationships.

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Giveaway Info
Bill will be awarding an digital copy of Unrequited to 5 randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Book Tour & Giveaway; Day Reaper by Melody Johnson


Day Reaper
The Night Blood Series #4
by Melody Johnson
Genre: Paranormal Romance

On the brink of death, Cassidy DiRocco demands that New York City’s master of the supernatural, Dominic Lysander, transform her—reporter, Night Blood, sister, human—into the very creature she’s feared and fought against for months: a vampire. The pain is brutal, she could lose the career she’s worked so hard to achieve, and her world will never be the same. But surviving is worth any risk, especially when it means gaining the strength to fight against Jillian Allister, the sister who betrayed Dominic, attacked Cassidy, and is leading a vampire uprising that will destroy all of New York City . . .

When she awakens, however, Cassidy realizes the cost of being transformed might be more than she was willing to sacrifice. But if Cassidy hopes to right the irrevocable wrongs that Jillian and her army of the Damned have wrought on New York City, she’ll need to not only accept her new senses, body, and cravings, but wield them in her favor. Irresistible and enigmatic as Dominic is, he no longer has command over the city or its vampires. Only Cassidy has the connections to convince the humans, Day Reapers, and the few vampires still loyal to Dominic to join forces. And maybe, if Dominic can accept her rising power over the coven he once commanded for the past several hundred years, the two of them together might forge a bond more potent than history has ever known. . .



Eternal Reign
The Night Blood Series #3

THE LEVELING


Last week, Cassidy DiRocco had some influence over the vampires that stalk the streets of New York City. She was never completely safe, but with her newfound abilities as a night blood and her honed instincts as a crime reporter, at least she had the necessary skills to survive.

Now, thanks to the injuries she sustained while saving her brother from a fate worse than death, she’s lost her night blood status just as another crime spree hits Brooklyn. Dozens of people are being slaughtered, and each victim bears the Damned’s signature mark; a missing heart.

Cassidy will need the help of all her allies to survive the coming war, including the mysterious and charismatic Dominic Lysander, Master Vampire of New York City. But as his rival’s army threatens his coven and his own powers weaken with the approaching Leveling, even Dominic’s defenses might not be enough protection.

With nothing left to lose, Cassidy must find the power inside herself to save Dominic, his coven, their city, and survive.





Sweet Last Drop
The Night Blood Series #2

Trust No One


Cassidy DiRocco knows the dark side intimately--as a crime reporter in New York City, she sees it every day. But since she discovered that she's a night blood, her power and potential has led the dark right to her doorway. With her brother missing and no one remembering he exists, she makes a deal with Dominic Lysander, the fascinating master vampire of New York, to find him. 

Dominic needs the help of Bex, another master vampire, to keep peace in the city, so he sends Cassidy to a remote, woodsy town upstate to convince her--assuming she survives long enough. A series of vicious "animal attacks" after dark tells Cassidy there's more to Bex and her coven than anyone's saying. That goes double for fellow night blood Ian Walker, the tall, blond animal tracker who's supposed to be her ally. Walker may be hot-blooded and hard-bodied, but he's hiding something too. If Cassidy wants the truth, she'll have to squeeze it out herself… every last drop.




The City Beneath
The Night Blood Series #1

As a journalist, Cassidy DiRocco thought she had seen every depraved thing New York City’s underbelly had to offer. But while covering what appears to be a vicious animal attack, she finds herself drawn into a world she never knew existed. Her exposé makes her the target of the handsome yet brutal Dominic Lysander, the Master Vampire of New York City, who has no problem silencing her to keep his coven's secrets safe…


But Dominic offers Cassidy another option: ally. He reveals she is a night blood, a being with powers of her own, including the ability to become a vampire. As the body count escalates, Cassidy is caught in the middle of a vampire rebellion. Dominic insists she can help him stop the coming war, but wary of his intentions, Cassidy enlists the help of the charming Ian Walker, a fellow night blood. As the battle between vampires takes over the city, Cassidy will have to tap into her newfound powers and decide where to place her trust...




Melody Johnson is the author of the Night Blood series. She graduated magna cum laude from Lycoming College with her B.A. in creative writing and psychology. While still earning her degree, she worked as an editing intern for Wahida Clark Presents Publishing. She was a copyeditor for several novels, including Cheetah by Missy Jackson; Trust No Man II by Cash; and Karma with a Vengeance by Tash Hawthorne. Book #1 of the Night Blood series, The City Beneath, is her debut novel. When she isn't writing, Melody can be found hiking the many woodsy trails in her Pennsylvania hometown or sunning and swimming at the beach. 




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Book Tour & Giveaway; Waking the Ancients by Catherine Cavendish


Waking the Ancients
Nemesis of the Gods #2
by Catherine Cavendish
Genre: Horror

Egypt, 1908
University student Lizzie Charters accompanies her mentor, Dr. Emeryk Quintillus, on the archeological dig to uncover Cleopatra’s tomb. Her presence is required for a ceremony conducted by the renowned professor to resurrect Cleopatra’s spirit—inside Lizzie’s body. Quintillus’s success is short-lived, as the Queen of the Nile dies soon after inhabiting her host, leaving Lizzie’s soul adrift . . .

Vienna, 2018
Paula Bancroft’s husband just leased Villa Dürnstein, an estate once owned by Dr. Quintillus. Within the mansion are several paintings and numerous volumes dedicated to Cleopatra. But the archeologist’s interest in the Egyptian empress deviated from scholarly into supernatural, infusing the very foundations of his home with his dark fanaticism. And as inexplicable manifestations rattle Paula’s senses, threatening her very sanity, she uncovers the link between the villa, Quintillus, and a woman named Lizzie Charters.

And a ritual of dark magic that will consume her soul . . .




Wrath of the Ancients
Nemesis of the Gods #1

DESTINY IN DEATH


Egypt, 1908

Eminent archeologist Dr. Emeryk Quintillus has unearthed the burial chamber of Cleopatra. But this tomb raider’s obsession with the Queen of the Nile has nothing to do with preserving history. Stealing sacred and priceless relics, he murders his expedition crew, and flees—escaping the quake that swallows the site beneath the desert sands . . .

Vienna, 1913

Young widow Adeline Ogilvy has accepted employment at the mansion of Dr. Quintillus, transcribing the late professor’s memoirs. Within the pages of his journals, she discovers the ravings of a madman convinced he possessed the ability to reincarnate Cleopatra. Within the walls of his home, she is assailed by unexplained phenomena: strange sounds, shadowy figures, and apparitions of hieroglyphics.
Something pursued Dr. Quintillus from Egypt. Something dark, something hungry. Something tied to the fate and future of Adeline Ogilvy . . .





Following a varied career in sales, advertising and career guidance, Catherine Cavendish is now the full-time author of a number of paranormal, ghostly and Gothic horror novels, novellas and short stories. She was the 2013 joint winner of the Samhain Gothic Horror Anthology Competition, with Linden Manor, which was featured in the anthology What Waits in the Shadows. Cat’s novels include The Pendle Curse, Saving Grace Devine, and Dark Avenging Angel. She lives with her long-suffering husband and black (trainee) cat. They divide their time between Liverpool and a 260-year-old haunted apartment in North Wales. 




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Saturday, 19 May 2018

Book Tag Saturday; Rapid Fire Book Tag

Inspired by the post at The Bibliophile Girl, I decided to join in on the Rapid Fire Book Tag.
E-Book Or Physical Book?
Physical book

Paperback Or Hardback?

Paperback, but if hardback is beautiful, it is a possibility

Online Or In-Store Book Shopping?

In-store book shopping without a doubt, but sometimes I have to do online as the selection of titles in English at bookstores sometimes varies.

Trilogies Or Series?

Trilogies

Heroes Or Villains?

Villains, as they often have a depth the heroes don't have

A Book You Want Everyone To Read?

This is About You - Amazing, Weird Beautiful You by Mary England

Recommend An Underrated Author?

Assaph Mehr, esp. Murder in Absentia

The Last Book You Finished?
Weirdest Thing You’ve Used As A Bookmark?

A napkin I think, even though it's not that "weird"

Used Books: Yes Or No?

Yes, if they are in a decent condition

Top Three Favourite Genres?

Fantasy, crime/mystery and sci-fi

Borrow Or Buy?

Buy, as I want my own personal library

Character Or Plot?

Plot

Long Or Short Books?

Long, but not 1200 pages long

Name The First Three Books You Think Of

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Burning Blue by James Holland and The Secrets of the Lazarus Club by Tony Pollard

Books That Make You Laugh Or Cry?

Cry, oddly enough

Our World Or Fictional?

Fictional because HOGWARTS!

Audiobooks: Yes Or No?

Nope. not for me.

Do You Ever Judge A Book By Its Cover?

*Cough*, yes

Book To Movie Or Book To TV?

Book to TV as the plot can be explored a bit more than in a movie

A Movie Or TV Show That You Preferred To The Book?

I can't remember

Series Or Standalones?

Standalones, as my ADD sometimes kicks in a bit if I'm too focused on a series for too long