Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you to Bite Into Books for nominating me and you can find her blog here if you fancy a visit! As you use DISQUS, Bite, sorry I can't leave a comment on your blog about the tag!
The Rules

-Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog -Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you -Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions -List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog 

The questions I was asked...

1-What author would you love to drink coffee/tea with and why? I don't actually drink tea or coffee and I honestly can say that I've never been much interested in meeting authors! I couldn't go to these conventions with queues and standing around and stuff listening to authors talk! I suppose I might ask George RR Martin about his progress on The Winds of Winter *chortles* or ask JK Rowling where she got all of her ideas from. That might be quite interesting...

2-What book would you give a different ending if you could choose? Kelly Armstrong's 13. It was the end of the Otherworld series and focused so much on dumb Savannah single handedly saving the day (when she was barely capable of getting through a book without whining) that all the other great characters hardly featured in the grand finale. That was a real disappointment. My ending would have featured all the main characters in a more complex plan working together to get through layers of defences to take down the bad guys. The witches doing magic, the werewolves fighting evil henchmen, Adam using his fire, Cassandra using vampire skills etc. It would've been more exciting!

3-What series should every person read? No such thing as we all have different tastes. I never recommend things directly to anyone except my dad who has the same taste in books and I don't think there is anything that exists that everyone should read. We should all read what interests us. My favourite series that would appeal to a wider audience than most things I read would be Harry Potter but it won't be to everyone's tastes.

4-Who or what inspired you to start blogging? I joined a few book groups on Goodreads after getting involved in a book promotion by author David Estes. It was my first introduction to getting free books in exchange for reviews and I stumbled across the issues that Indie and self published authors have in promoting their work. I set up my book blog with the aim of helping to promote these authors and their books and now most of what I read is from these authors rather than mainstream.

5-Show me a book with a gorgeous cover! I love the Morganville Vampires covers. The colours are vivid and want you can't see here is how gorgeous and shiny they are!

6-What is your dream job? Does it have to do something with books?
I don't really have a dream job. I never knew what I wanted to do as a career so I drifted through all kinds of different jobs. I like the idea of running a publishing company that does horror, apocalypse, prepper and urban fantasy! I want to read their books and get my team to help them achieve their dreams! Cheesy but satifying, like a good pizza...
7-What is the last book that disappointed you?
I haven't read much in the last couple of months but earlier this year I struggled through a political book about the downfall of Margaret Thatcher when she was our Prime Minister. I expected it to be interesting but it was dull and bogged down by technical guff. 
8-Is there an unknown author that everybody should know about?
All Indie and self published authors need some love! There is a misconcepting that self published books are all rubbish because the big publishers reject them but that isn't true! A lot of authors want control over their cover, content, publishing dates, book price etc and find a different form of publishing works better for them. There are some fantastic authors waiting for you to try them!
9-What would you choose to read-comics or magazines?
I'm not interested in reading either of them. My time is spent with books!

10-What magical world would you love to travel to?
Bit of a no-brainer for has to be the world of Harry Potter! I want to go to Hogwarts and eat at the feasts, shop at Diagon Alley and in Hogsmeade, drink butterbeer in the pub, have house elves to do the cleaning and cooking and use magic to get stuff done!
11-Can you name me three of your favourite bookish characters?
1-Warren (Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs) a gay werewolf in a committed relationship who faces prejudice and pack politics. I love his relationship with Kyle and his friendship with Adam and Mercy.

2-Myrnin (Morganville Vampires) the vampire scientist whose brain has been damaged by torture, who loves vampire bunny slippers and Hawaiian shirts! He's smart, funny and dangerous and very eccentric!

3-Tyrion Lannister (ASOI&F) born into a power mad family, as a dwarf he has struggled to gain acceptance from his father and sister. Smart and well educated, mocked by his peers and the Court, and is always being blamed for things he didn't do. Scheming, rude, funny and he also loves books.

Here are my questions for YOU! Consider yourself tagged!

1-What is your favourite season?
2-What places would you like to visit?
3-What tropes do you love or hate?
4-Which are your favourite book genres?
5-What are your 'desert island' books that you must have with you if you are stranded?
6-Do you ARC, read and review for authors?
7-What is your policy on not finishing a book? Do you DNF?
8-Which books are you looking forward to reading? (don't have to be upcoming releases)
9-How often do you post on your blog?
10-Do you have any phobias?
11-What do you love about books?


  1. I can see the conversation with George R.R. Martin. Calmly asking what the progress is and escalating quickly into GET IT DONE!

    I love that you have Harry Potter on here. I agree, choosing books that everyone has to read is difficult. Everyone is so different, but I think Harry Potter does for a lot of people what most conversations cannot, and that's bring everyone together.

    1. It would pretty much go that way! I could get him to tell me the fate of every character and who gets the Iron Throne just in case that final book is never published! At least then I'd know! As much as I love the idea of more spin-offs in Westeros I just wish the tv people would consider how much the fans need to see these books finished first. As long as he has all these tv distractions, he isn't writing!

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    1. I generally have fun answering tags and awards questions!

  3. Warren is a fantastic character! I love just about everything about him. I really enjoyed all of your answers. I agree that there isn't any book out there that would work for everyone.

    1. I liked seeing a gay character that didn't seem to be a steriotype or just put in for the sake of diversity. I love Warren and Kyle...if he ever gets his own pack we could have spin-offs!

  4. Ooh yes talk to Martin and tell him to get that book out lol! Dang I'm starting to wonder if we'll ever see it. And I love the Morganville covers- haven't read 'em but the covers always grab me.

    1. It's the TV people wanting to cash in on his material that is the problem. I get that he wants to have a say in what is filmed and how it is done but it is a distraction that is stopping him from writing. Finding out he hasn't started the last book was a real worry!

  5. When you own your own publishing company, me and the boys will come work for you!

  6. Someone tagged me for this award, too. You reminded me that I need to do it. If I could go to a magical world, I’d definitely go to Hogwarts. Most of the other magical worlds are too deadly for me. I think Tyrion Lannister is one of my favorite fictional characters ever. I have to finish my current reads so I can get back into that series.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. I think the Harry Potter world is generally quite safe if you stay away from politics! I'd love to tour Westeros but it is a bit unsafe!

  7. You know which author I would love to meet ;) Oh wait...I would love to meet him AGAIN. And AGAIN. And AGAIN. I never thought I would be a 35 year old fangirl, haha

    1. *laughs* yes I guess I know who you are talking about! The poor guy will need a restraining order soon!

  8. Thanks for answering the questions, I had a lot of fun reading your answers. I can totally agree on visiting Hogwarts, eating at the feast and shopping at Diagon Alley. Also, Tyrion is a BOSS!

    1. You're welcome...thanks for nominating me! Tyrion is such a great character and PD done a fantastic job of bringing him to life on screen.