Category: WWW Wednesdays

#WWWWednesday No.7: A surprise #bookmail from Hachette Books, #bookjoy from Light Messages & introducing #BookAngelCate!

Posted Saturday, 4 June, 2016 by jorielov , , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

WWWWednesday a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

I ♥ the premise of this meme {WWW Wednesdays} due to the dexterity it gives the reader! Smiles. Clearly subject to change on a weekly rotation, which may or may not lead to your ‘next’ read providing a bit of a paradoxical mystery to your readers!! Smiles. ♥ the brilliance of it’s concept!

This weekly meme was originally hosted by Should Be Reading who became A Daily Rhythm. Lovingly restored and continued by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. Each week you participate, your keen to answer the following questions:

  • What are you currently reading!?
  • What did you recently finish reading!?
  • What do you think you’ll read next!?

After which, your meant to click over to THIS WEEK’s WWWWednesday to share your post’s link so that the rest of the bloggers who are participating can check out your lovely answers! Score! Perhaps even, find other bloggers who dig the same books as you do! I thought it would serve as a great self-check to know where I am and the progress I am hoping to have over the next week!

Fun Stuff for Your Blog via pureimaginationblog.com

To help introduce you to the books I’m reading, the Synopses link to Riffle.

If you’d like an alternative to GoodReads, I highly suggest trying Riffle*.

*referral link let’s Riffle know I helped you find Riffle. no compensation given or accepted.

I’m still boggled by the fact my Riffle Lists have been viewed *21,824* times! I’ve only just started to curate the lists and embed them into my blog where I expand on why I created them, too! I have 18 Lists published out of 32 lists I’ve drafted! I am looking forward to revealling more of them this year!

Fun Stuff for Your Blog via pureimaginationblog.com

Join the Convo via: #WWWWednesday

Rainbow Digital Clip Art Washi Tape made by The Paper Pegasus. Purchased on Etsy by Jorie and used with permission.

What are you currently reading!? (Wednesday 1st June to Wednesday 8 June)

Personal Library & Local Library Reads

  • No Stone Unturned (Ellie Stone Mysteries, No.2) by James W. Ziskin (Synopsis)
  • Stone Cold Dead (Ellie Stone Mysteries, No.3) by James W. Ziskin (Synopsis)

And, the books I am reading for review:

(I fought off a cold this past week & carried over a few books) The lightning storms returning a bit earlier than expected dampened my readerly mood, too!

  • Almodis: the Peaceweaver by Tracey Warr (Synopsis)
  • Heart of Stone (Ellie Stone Mystery, No.4) by James W. Ziskin (Synopsis)

(The books I previously planned to read)

  • Along the Way by Jacqueline Kolosov (Synopsis)
  • #ChocLitSaturdays The Golden Chain (Charton Minster series, No.2) by Margaret James (see No.1) (Synopsis)
  • A Place Called Hope by Philip Gulley (Synopsis)
  • Almost a Millennium by Jeanbill (Synopsis)
  • A Sinner in Paradise by Deborah Hining (Synopsis)
  • Indy Reads Books (anthology) edited by M. Travis Dinicola & Zach Roth (Synopsis)
  • Scarecrow (edited by) Rhonda Parrish (Synopsis)

Non-Fiction Reads:

  • Einstein at Home by Friedrich Herneck (Synopsis)

Upcoming Blog Tours in June:

  • Heart of Stone (Ellie Stone Mystery, No.4) by James W. Ziskin (Synopsis) 7th June (review)
  • James W. Ziskin Author Guest Post will be featured on the 9th of June (guest post)
  • The Gilded Cage by Judy Atler (Synopsis) 17th June (review) and 15th June (interview)
  • TBA Gray Widow’s Walk (Gray Widow trilogy, No.1) by Dan Jolley (Synopsis) (review) (interview)

After meeting Ellie Stone for the first time within the pages of Styx & Stone this past week, continuing her story leading up to the fourth installment of the expanding series Heart of Stone will be wicked sweet for me! I love being able to continuing reading a series I have already taken a keen interest in devouring! I look forward to continuing to share my adventures on behalf of Ellie Stone in other words! I am not sure what to expect in the next three novels, as the first story had to end on such a sombering (but well timed) note – Ellie was going through a period of transition and I look forward to seeing where we pick-up the threads of where we immediately left off!

Almodis: The Peaceweaver was such an extraordinary blessing to receive as the publisher Impress Books found a way to give this American book blogger the sweet blissitude of reading her first Tracey Warr Historical novel! It was one of those moments in the twitterverse where you discover a new publisher you’re keen to read books from whilst finding authors who are writing the kinds of stories your seeking – it was a lovely exchange of joy on both sides! When I saw Almodis arrive by Post earlier this Spring, I could not wait to take up residence in the book!

A few titles this week are part of my backlogue and are reads I have wanted to get inside for quite a long while such as: Along the Way and Almost a Millennium! I started reading the first one on Thursday and had planned to post the review on Friday until a six hour stint of a severe lightning storm crashed into my area with such a fierce declaration of intentions, I spent those hours exploring ‘book photography’ whilst hoping this Summer is not a twin of last Summer’s nightmaric lightning storms! Oy. Thus, as I am posting this #WWWeds on Saturday in lieu of Wednesday as our weather patterns have been haphazard this week, I will be finalising my thoughts on behalf of ‘Along the Way’ as well!

Ever since I first picked up the Charton Minster series by Margaret James (see The Silver Locket) I have known I was going to appreciate the legacy of this series! Each new installment continues the story-line moving forward through the decades until the contemporary world emerges out of the historical past! It’s a war drama at it’s core of heart but it’s so much more than that! I will delight in seeing where everything ties together!

A Sinner in Paradise is written by my third author to discover via Light Messages – this is the Indie Publisher out of North Carolina whose publishing inspiring fiction with such hearty story-lines as to firmly etch the characters and their stories straight into your heart after you’ve left their presence! I find their stories to be transformative, encouraging and a true lift of joy to read about characters whose adversities in life are not keeping them down as they lean on their faith as they pull through the obstacles they face head-on! Such conviction and a propensity for emotionally compelling stories are why each time I sit down with a Light Messages novel I am full of happy expectation!

A Place Called Hope is the last of my original three selections by FaithWords, as I reveal today the next three I am reading on behalf of both FaithWords & CenterStreet imprints by Hachette Books!

I am going to be featuring the two anthologies back-to-back as I have been wanting to showcase Indy Reads Books and Scarecrow for awhile now! I felt those readers who love reading short stories in search of #newtomeauthors will appreciate the duality of the showcases, as they are both incredibly diverse in both tone, structure and setting for the stories included in each collection! Likewise, I am reading Einstein at Home to kick-off my non-fiction selections via Prometheus Books! A bit of a nod towards my #SciFiSummer readings as well! (Shh! more sci-fi is on the horizon towards the end of June!)

Rainbow Digital Clip Art Washi Tape made by The Paper Pegasus. Purchased on Etsy by Jorie and used with permission.

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Posted Saturday, 4 June, 2016 by jorielov in Blogosphere Events & Happenings, Bookish Discussions, Books for Review Arrived by Post, Jorie's Box of Joy, WWW Wednesdays

#WWWWednesday No.6: New Publishers, #newtomeauthors & the joy of finally connecting with the stories!

Posted Thursday, 26 May, 2016 by jorielov 2 Comments

WWWWednesday a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

I ♥ the premise of this meme {WWW Wednesdays} due to the dexterity it gives the reader! Smiles. Clearly subject to change on a weekly rotation, which may or may not lead to your ‘next’ read providing a bit of a paradoxical mystery to your readers!! Smiles. ♥ the brilliance of it’s concept!

This weekly meme was originally hosted by Should Be Reading who became A Daily Rhythm. Lovingly restored and continued by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. Each week you participate, your keen to answer the following questions:

  • What are you currently reading!?
  • What did you recently finish reading!?
  • What do you think you’ll read next!?

After which, your meant to click over to THIS WEEK’s WWWWednesday to share your post’s link so that the rest of the bloggers who are participating can check out your lovely answers! Score! Perhaps even, find other bloggers who dig the same books as you do! I thought it would serve as a great self-check to know where I am and the progress I am hoping to have over the next week!

Fun Stuff for Your Blog via pureimaginationblog.com

To help introduce you to the books I’m reading, the Synopses link to Riffle.

If you’d like an alternative to GoodReads, I highly suggest trying Riffle*.

*referral link let’s Riffle know I helped you find Riffle. no compensation given or accepted.

I’m still boggled by the fact my Riffle Lists have been viewed *21,824* times! I’ve only just started to curate the lists and embed them into my blog where I expand on why I created them, too! I have 18 Lists published out of 32 lists I’ve drafted! I am looking forward to revealling more of them this year!

Fun Stuff for Your Blog via pureimaginationblog.com

Join the Convo via: #WWWWednesday

Rainbow Digital Clip Art Washi Tape made by The Paper Pegasus. Purchased on Etsy by Jorie and used with permission.

What are you currently reading!? (Wednesday 25 May to Wednesday 1 June)

Personal Library & Local Library Reads

  • No Stone Unturned (Ellie Stone Mysteries, No.2) by James W. Ziskin (Synopsis)
  • Stone Cold Dead (Ellie Stone Mysteries, No.3) by James W. Ziskin (Synopsis)

And, the books I am reading for review:

  • Tea and Crumples by Summer Kinard (Synopsis)
  • Styx & Stone (Ellie Stone Mystery, No.1) by James W. Ziskin (Synopsis)
  • The Bridges of Constantine by Ahlem Mosteghanemi (Synopsis)
  • A Place Called Hope by Philip Gulley (Synopsis)
  • A Sinner in Paradise by Deborah Hining (Synopsis)
  • Daughter of the Regiment by Stephanie Grace Whitson (Synopsis)
  • Scarecrow (edited by) Rhonda Parrish (Synopsis)
  • Almodis: the Peaceweaver by Tracey Warr (Synopsis)
  • Indy Reads Books (anthology) edited by M. Travis Dinicola & Zach Roth (Synopsis)

Non-Fiction Reads:

  • Einstein at Home by Friedrich Herneck (Synopsis)

Upcoming Blog Tours in MaY:

  • Loving Eleanor by Susan Wittig Albert (Synopsis) 30th May (review) & 31st May (interview)

Ever since I first started to discover the mysteries from Seventh Street Books, I’ve been a happily enchanted reader – one of my favourite Cosy Historical Mystery authors moved their series to this publisher’s imprint as well (Susan Spann) giving me a lot of joy realising how much I am loving what is being published from them recently! I kicked off the joy by reading The Secret Life of Anna Blanc (review) wherein I found such an awesome new heroine who stands up to men and carves out a brilliant slice of independence whilst finding she has a mind for solving crimes! Continuing my appreciation was the incredible discovery of the Marjorie Trumaine Mysteries which I’ll be highlighting shortly – it felt fittingly lovely to be able to try a third new author writing Crime Fiction by Seventh Street Books, when the Ellie Stone Mysteries series was pitched to me by JKS Communications.

Similar to Marjorie Trumaine, Ellie Stone is a strongly writ female lead protagonist who takes control of her life whilst daring to live it in a way that goes against convention. I love female characters like Marjorie & Ellie because they reflect a beautiful portrait of how women can take you by surprise and carve out a life most would never think they could lead. We need strong women in fiction as much as we need to highlight the women in real-life who are changing stereotypes and re-setting the standards of what can be possible.

Tea & Crumples, Scarecrow, A Place Called Hope and The Bridges of Constantine were listed on my last #WWWeds, as I had hoped back then (in February) I was on the brink of reading them. Sadly the timing was off for me and I have only just returnt to them now. Ever since I finished reading The Particular Appeal of Gillian Pugsley and finding myself so intimately stirred by heart and soul by the story within it’s pages, I have been yearning to soak back inside a Light Messages Publishing story.

I had even planned to read Tea & Crumples earlier in the Springtime, which is how I came to find the stories by Deborah Hining as I was going to follow my next review by reading A Sinner in Paradise – as I keep finding myself attracted to stories of new beginnings, redemptive plots or second chances in love – I love uncovering the Hope which becomes lit alive for the characters but also, for the lives they are touched by throughout the stories. In many ways, this is one reason despite the heartaches Marjorie Trumaine had to go through I felt so wholly connected to her small Dakota towne!

I quite literally loved reading my first novel by Stephanie Grace Whitson as she created such a realistically present novel of the historic past – she gave us flawed characters and a championing spirit of surviving the worst of what life can yield but not without losing faith and hope. These are the kinds of stories I find to be ‘guilty pleasures’ as INSPY novels have the tendency to lift you up by such a strong level of inspiration it’s hard not to walk out of those stories feeling renewed in your own spirit. Similarly, this is how I feel when I read stories by Light Messages, to be honest!

Almodis the Peaceweaver has an interesting story attached to it, especially how I came to find the story and the publisher – of which I’ll disclose when I review the book! Laughs. I wanted to mention today, I’m wicked happy I can soak inside layered historicals again as this one I believe is going to prove to be quite the engaging read whilst giving me new insight into a period of history I don’t believe I am as familiar with previously. Always a treat for me as a reader to dig further into History and pull out characters whose lives are blessedly unknown to me!

Indy Reads Books is a anthology of specially curated stories to help support Indy Reads (a bookstore that offers so much more to it’s community!) – as you might have observed, I love reading short stories, and anthologies give me the happy chance to ‘meet’ multiple new authors all at once! This is a book I have been excited about reading and I love the way in which they created it’s layout – it’s a lovely hardback edition but it’s the interior designs that caught my eye most!

True to my geeky heart, I love picking out non-fiction releases in Science that etch out a portion of my curiosities – so imagine my happiness in finding out there was a new biography of sorts on behalf of Albert Einstein publishing this lovely May!? I look forward to seeing where this Einstein revelation takes me, as I caught a wink of a nod there is a new novel emerging next year called “The Other Einstein” which was the talk of #BEA16! If only I could have gone and picked up a copy! (see my initial tweet of joy)

I have been curious to learn more about Eleanor Roosevelt since I studied the Presidents in 4th grade – we also studied the United States as a whole as apparently both are hearty topics for fourth graders! Laughs. The one person who stood out to me (there were a few others, to be honest) was Eleanor simply because she broke the traditionalism of First Ladies in my eyes – even as young as I was, I could denote she was not your typical First Lady nor did she approach that position the way anyone else had up until her husband was elected. This curated a lifelong interest to learn more about her, even though until now I haven’t quite found my footing in finding books that I felt best highlighted her life. I did find a few televised adaptations of their lives, but nothing truly spoke to me as being realistically true to her or her husband, til now. Read More

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Posted Thursday, 26 May, 2016 by jorielov in Blogosphere Events & Happenings, Bookish Discussions, Books for Review Arrived by Post, WWW Wednesdays

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