Monthly Archives: February 2014

Flat Monday…?

Feel in need of a kick start this Monday morning, to get you into the week? Take a tip from Turbo Hound here  🙂 dogs doing weird things – always get a chuckle from me. Hope you have a nice week!

Turbo Hound!

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Free Book Weekend…Medusa

If you liked the look of Tony Talbot’s latest book Medusa when I posted the cover art earlier this week, head across to Amazon this w/end and grab yourself a copy of the Kindle edition absolutely free!
What are you waiting for? Click here for amazon.co.uk:
and here for amazon.com to go straight to the page:
Medusa by Tony Talbot

Medusa by Tony Talbot

Medusa
 Lissa Two is a thief of the ocean cities, struggling to make enough money to clear her debts and take care of her traumatised sister, scratching a meagre living as best she can.
So, she has enough worries without her life getting more complicated…but when a boy named Hattan literally falls from the sky, she can’t just let him drown.
It’s a decision she comes to regret, a decision that will change not only her life, but the lives of everyone she loves.
If they survive…
@authortony

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Blast from the Past – The Lifeguard

The Lifeguard

I’ve just been mooching around Goodreads, pretending I’m doing something productive with this Saturday morning, and I saw this book in one of the sidebars. It just had to be clicked, for the little reader inside me…

Apart from sharing my name with the author – which was very exciting for me when I was eleven years old! – this was one of the first books I read that ‘sucker punched’ me at the end, with the twist. These days I would probably see it coming a mile away, because I’ve read lots of books in the years in between and can hopefully see the breadcrumbs authors drop in for you, but I always remember this book as the one that made me go – “Wow – I didn’t see that coming.”

At eleven years old, although I’d read a lot, there had not been much with a misleading narrator, where their point of view limits the reality of the story. Nowadays, I still love this as a device…because no matter how hard you try – you always want to believe the character you’re reading about, you want to believe that they see everything. Between 11 and 13 Point Horror books became my go-to choice for what would probably be considered tween or young YA thrillers these days. Tankersley Cusick remained one of my favourite authors in this series as well – but after reading ‘The Lifeguard’ I’ve always remained suspicious about narrators and authors themselves, I suppose…

So it gets 5* from me – for my eleven year old self 🙂

 

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Cover Reveal…Medusa

Today I’m excited to welcome my good book-friend, Tony Talbot, to my blog. Tony regularly blogs over on Aside from Writing and is lovely enough to talk writing stuff with me, whenever I’m banging my head against the laptop!  🙂
Tony’s latest book Medusa will be out soon, but you’re getting a sneak peek at the fantastic cover art and blurb today! I’m currently reading the ARC for this and will be reviewing soon, so look out for that – the book has been great so far.
Medusa by Tony Talbot

Medusa by Tony Talbot

Medusa
 Lissa Two is a thief of the ocean cities, struggling to make enough money to clear her debts and take care of her traumatised sister, scratching a meagre living as best she can.
So, she has enough worries without her life getting more complicated…but when a boy named Hattan literally falls from the sky, she can’t just let him drown.
It’s a decision she comes to regret, a decision that will change not only her life, but the lives of everyone she loves.
If they survive…
Here’s some more on the man himself…
Tony Talbot was born in Leicester in the 1970s (“The decade that fashion forgot,” as he says). He’s survived Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, deely-boppers and learning to ride a bicycle at the age of 30. He enjoys reading Neal Shusterman, John Marsden, Eoin Colfer, Charlie Higson, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Charles Dickens and cereal boxes. He graduated with a degree in computer science in 1998 and started writing in 2008 on a whim. He hasn’t stopped since. He lives in rural Leicestershire, UK, with an American wife he met online and a teenage cockatiel.
@authortony

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Book Boyfriends

A litte drink?

Book boyfriends Vs Real boys…?

Like many ladies, I’m not averse to a good slice of man totty livening up the pages of a book – although unfortunately, no matter how lovely Mr Darcy, Edward or any of them may seem, in reality, you’re more likely to meet one of these guys above, than one of our fictional lovelies.

But, as it’s Valentine’s Day, we can pretend can’t we? So, what kind of chap do we like to see in our books?

A lot of YA books still have the ‘Mr Darcy’ types in place: they are protective, a little aloof and can clash with their leading ladies…I’m thinking Four from Divergent, maybe Edward Cullen (although he has mildly stalker-ish tendencies), Lucas from Easy… Would you include Peeta in this group? He’s always putting Katniss first, even when she doesn’t realise it – shades of Elizabeth Bennett? 

Then again – your ‘bad boys’ are still popular too: Patch from Hush, Hush has plenty of fans, and Travis from Beautiful Disaster sits firmly on the wrong side of the street with his anger management issues and cage fighting antics.

Where would Mr Gray fit into things? I have to admit, I haven’t read the books, not really able to get through the opening pages in the kindle preview…but he’s certainly made an impact on many ladies out there, judging by the number of copies the Fifty Shades books sold!

So, how about you? Settling down with a book boyfriend this Friday – tell me who! 🙂

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Monkeying around

The lovely Story Reading Ape let me swing by and post on his blog today, why not drop in yourself to find out some more about the characters and inspiration behind my books in The Ambrosia Sequence?

http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2014/02/09/guest-author-melanie-cusick-jones-discusses-the-hopes-daughter-series/

Best of all, take a look around his blog while you’re there for lots of great tips, features and guests, on all things reading and writing. (Oh, and for the Monday Funnies too! :)

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