All Hallow’s Read Giveaway! (INT)

Hello gentle reader,

this year again I’ve decided to join the initiative called All Hallow’s Read. The idea? Give someone a scary book for Halloween.

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Fantasy author Neil Gaiman made a lovely (!) video to explain this Halloween tradition:

So I’ve chosen to join this initiative by giving away a copy of The Diviners by Libba Bray (YA Historical Fantasy, UK paperback).

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From Goodreads:

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

Giveaway information:

The giveaway is open until Saturday 1st November 2014 at 9am (BST time).

To enter please fill in the contact form below with your name and email. If you follow my blog by email or WordPress, if you are a Twitter follower, if you like my page on Facebook, if you follow me on Pinterest or Tumblr, or if you tweet about the giveaway, this will grant you an extra entry. Mention it below.

Entrants must be at least 13 years of age.

This giveaway is open Internationally, as long as the Book Depository ships to your country.

The winner will be chosen randomly, notified by email and will have 72 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen.

I hold the right to end the giveaway before its original deadline without any prior notice.

I hold the right to disqualify any entry as I see fit.

Privacy information: no information given for this giveaway will be used for other purpose than this giveaway. All information provided (names, emails and mail addresses) will be deleted after the giveaway.

Good luck and feel free to leave me a comment below!

The Great Critique Partner Connection

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Hello gentle reader,

Are you a writer looking for a critique partner? If you are, you may want to check out the announcement we posted yesterday on The Great Noveling Adventure blog. Starting on 1st November, we’ll be hosting the Great Critique Partner Connection on our forums. If you want to take part, all you have to do is register on the forums and post about your manuscript under your category & genre.

Interested? Take a look!

A NaNoWriMo Playlist

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Hello gentle reader,

Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo this year? If you’re planning on writing a 50K story in one month in November, you might be currently plotting your novel, doing research, creating a setting and building your characters. And if you like listening to music while writing, you might also be putting together a playlist for said NaNoWriMo novel.

So today I’m over at The Great Noveling Adventure to share a few of my favourite movie soundtracks, which you may want to add to your NaNoWriMo Playlist. Hope you enjoy!

Books recommendations – YA Historical Fiction

Hello gentle reader,

I’m a big fan of the Young Adult community Epic Reads run by the fab Margot Wood and Aubry Parks-Fried from Harper Collins. I especially like their Tea Time videos (on Youtube every Wednesday at 4:30pm EST) where they talk about YA books and YA-related news. I really recommend you watch those videos if you want to stay up-to-date with what’s happening in the world of YA books.

This week they shared a fantastic chart about YA Historical Fiction and I decided to post it here, because I believe that if you write in a specific genre, you need to know (and read) what’s published in that specific genre. You can find the original list here and download it in different sizes.

Please note: there are 140 YA books on the list, most of them published after 2005, which means it’s only a small sample of what’s out there. If you print the full size image, it’s… 8 feet long!

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Take a look at the list and tell me: how many of these books have you read?

Feel free to leave me a comment below and to share the chart!

Paris in the Fall

Hello gentle reader,

As you may know, I’m lucky to be able to go to Paris quite often. Last spring I posted a few pictures of the City of Light, and since the weather has been gorgeous here in France for the past few weeks, I thought you might enjoy a few pictures of Paris in the fall…

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The Eiffel Tower

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Paris Metro – Art Nouveau Entrance

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The Sacré Coeur (Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris)

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The historic district of Montmartre, where many notable artists lived during the Belle Époque (1872-1914).

(All pictures are mine, please credit me if you repost them)

Have you ever been to Paris? What’s your favourite place? Feel free to leave me a comment below!

Waiting On Wednesday – 62

Hello gentle reader,

today I’m waiting on RISE OF ORION by my friend Rachel O’Laughlin. The book cover was revealed yesterday on the IceyBooks blog. It’s an Epic Fantasy and it’ll be the third book in the SERENGARD series, sequel to COLDNESS OF MAREK and KNIGHTS OF RILCH (expected publication: 2d December 2014 by Dublin Mist Press). If you’ve been following this blog, you may remember I really enjoyed Books 1 & 2, which means I can’t wait for Book 3 and Mikel’s point of view!

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From Goodreads:

After the border wars, Mikel Orion flees Serengard and seeks haven in the Desert of Aldad. Although he and his sister Kierstaz must become slaves in order to set foot inside its borders, the hot sands hold a bitter kind of peace—one he wants to keep. But he risks destroying the cover story that protects him and Kierstaz when he becomes entangled with an Aldadi girl. Aura has tragic secrets of her own, but she gives Mikel a purpose beyond his birthright…as well as scars that run deeper than skin.

Twelve years later, trouble brews among the Aldadi and the Drei alike. Trapped in a dungeon as the prize prisoner of Trzl—an orchestrator of the rebellion that killed his parents—Mikel is out of maneuvers. Even while Kierstaz gathers a force in the west to attempt his rescue, Trzl sharpens her daggers and begins to resemble the hypnotic ruler she claims to loathe…and Mikel becomes convinced that peace has never been within his reach at all.

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by book blogger Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly anticipating.

Have you heard about this book? Is it on your TBR list? What are you waiting on this week?