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What are you Like

By Shelly Day

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These stories ask us: what are you like? Watch the characters grapple with what life throws at them, never quite sinking under the weight of it all. Shelley Day’s stories explore what we can’t quite grasp. They celebrate the uncertainties of language. The settings here are exquisitely imagined no-man’s-lands- at once strange yet oddly familiar. Here are worlds where the improbable becomes possible: a mother finds herself living on a library shelf, a diner finds words sliding from his menu into nothingness, a psychiatrist cracks up in front of his patient, and there’s a stain on the wall that won’t stop spreading. These extraordinary stories take us to the psychological hinterlands that make us who we are. What are you like? Do you know the answer?

‘These are real short stories from a real writer: full of the telling detail, the betraying detail, the immaculately-rendered thought… The title work alone is a visceral, unforgettable, punch-drunk joy. Read this book.’ A L Kennedy, award-winning novelist and short story writer.

‘Lucid, vivid, quirky, these interlinking stories teem with the stuff of life – always making the reader ask questions about family, loss, love – what is said, and what is not. The voices in this tender collection come bristling to life, fizzing and full. Fabulous.’ Jackie Kay, poet, novelist, short story writer, and Scotland’s Makar

‘This coruscating collection beautifully showcases Shelley Day’s twisting and turning talent. In one volume, we are immersed repeatedly into her magical worlds, emerging reeling yet ready for the next dip.’ Angela Jackson, award-winning novelist and script writer.

Auther Bio

Shelley Day is an award-winning writer, a European totally opposed to Brexit, a Geordie lass, a lapsed lawyer and academic psychologist. She was named as an Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature ‘emerging writer’ in 2013 and has since appeared at numerous literary festivals. Her debut novel The Confession of Stella Moon (Saraband, 2016) won the Andrea Badenoch Prize and was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize. In 2015 she won a Northern Writer’s Award to support this debut short story collection. Represented by Jenny Brown.

Visit Shelley: https://shelleyday.com/

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Orbit: Book Review

Title: Orbit
Author: Leigh Hellman
Genre: Upper YA (Clean NA) Science Fiction
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing

SYNOPSIS

Ciaan Gennett isn’t green, despite the brand of light hair that betrays her heritage: an Earth mother. A mother she remembers but doesn’t know, who left one day and never came back. Ciaan’s as metal as her home planet—cold and hard and full of so many cracks she’s trying to ignore that she doesn’t have time to wonder about questions that don’t get answers.
After one too many run-ins with the law, Ciaan finds herself sentenced to probation at a port facility and given an ultimatum: Prove that your potential is worth believing in. With help from her best friend Tidoris, Ciaan stays away from trouble—and trouble stays away from her. But when a routine refueling turns into a revelation, Ciaan and Tidoris find themselves forced into an alliance with an Earth captain of questionable morality and his stoic, artificially-grown first officer. Their escalating resistance against bureaucratic cover-ups begins unraveling a history of human monstrosity and an ugly truth that Ciaan isn’t so sure she wants to discover.
Now they all must decide how far they are willing to dig into humanity’s dark desperation—and what they are willing to do about what digs back.

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REVIEW

Orbit is set in future where new metal planets have been made in order manage the over population of Earth. 78 yrs before the story starts, the first batch of Earth people were deployed to p-planets after which they have created a world of their own in different p planets. Our main character Ciaan belongs to a p-planet called Toi.

Orbit is full of adventure and mystery which kept me at the edge of my seat right from the very first page. I loved the backdrop of artificial planet and inter planet communications. I also loved the character of Ciaan and her friend Dori and their rock-solid friendship.

This science fiction is must read for all science fiction fans. And if you are not a sci-fi reader and would like to try something different then this is the book to buy.

LIFE AT 17 RATING

🎐🎐🎐🎐🔸️

(4.5 stars out of 5)

*I received a free copy of Orbit from the publisher in exchange for review consideration*

Let It Snow Blog Tour: Promo

Let It Snow: A Holly Grove Anthology

Publication Date: November 13, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Holiday, Anthology

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Welcome to Holly Grove, Vermont, dubbed the “best little town in the country.”

It’s going to take the residents of Holly Grove a lot more than an evergreen and a few strings of lights to pull off their famous holiday tree lighting ceremony this Christmas Eve. First of all, Mother Nature is not cooperating with her plans to dump the Blizzard of the Century as a Christmas present. Not to mention that the Mayor and Sheriff are both distracted, native Holly Grovers brought their complications back home with them, and the newbies to the town are causing their own special types of ruckuses. Each resident will have to be brave, face their fears, accept changes, and embrace their pasts, to pull together and accomplish the sacred tradition of their small town—the adorably quaint, low on acreage but high on drama, Holly Grove.

Experience the true meaning of the holidays, fall in love, laugh, and cry in these eight novellas, each a full story on its own, with characters who pop in and out of each other’s lives. We think you’ll like it here…

About the Authors

In 2016, a group of multi-published and award winning authors found accountability on Twitter in reaching their writing and editing goals through the hashtag #ameditingcrew. A strong bond full of encouragement and friendship led to discussion that fall to write a holiday anthology. Unlike other anthologies, where stories are 100% independent, this group created a quaint, fictional town called Holly Grove, Vermont where their characters lived. Each story is a stand alone, but with a small twist: characters pop in and out of each story through cameo appearances. Pitched as an anthology with the small town feel of THE GIRLMORE GIRLS, and the woven story line like the movies LOVE, ACTUALLY and VALENTINE’S DAY, there is a little something for everyone.

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Distant Memory Blog Tour: Promo

You don’t want to miss the next thrilling installment of Colleen Myers’ fan favorite #fantasyromance series, Solum, with DISTANT MEMORY!

Title: Distant Memory

Author: Colleen Myers

Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Romance

Series: Solum

Release Date: November 13, 2018

Format: Digital eBook

ISBN: TBD

Synopsis:

19 year old Elizabeth Camden survived it all, the experiments, the escape, the retaliation. But it never ends does it?

Available at: Amazon

Add Distant Memory to your GOODREADS TBR pile!

About Colleen:

Colleen S. Myers was raised in a large catholic family in the outskirts of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she grew up on Harlequin teen romances and stories from her mother’s days as a paramedic. She went on to attend Allegheny College majoring in Biology and English.

After college, Colleen spent a year in service in the Americorp giving back to the community at a local Pittsburgh Women Infants and Children Clinic (WICC) before attending Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine on a military scholarship.

Upon completing medical school, Colleen attended residency at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and was on base in Washington, DC during 9/11. She earned three meritorious service awards from the military. After serving seven years of active duty, she promptly landed a position at the VA to provide fellow veterans with optimum medical care. Still an avid fan of romances into adulthood, her love of the genre inspired her to hone her craft as a writer, focusing on contemporary romance and science fiction. Her background in medicine and the military provides an inspiring layer of creative realism to her stories and characters.

Her first book, Must Remember, the first book in the Solum series, is published by Champagne Press. The sequel, Can’t Forget, coming in June 2016, is the recipient of the 2015 RWA New England Readers Award.

Colleen currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband and son, and spends her spare time writing. She is also working on a new contemporary romance.

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The Unscripted Life of Lizzy Dillinger Book Blitz: Excerpt

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This is my stop during the book blitz for The Unscripted Life of Lizzy Dillinger by Marianne Hansen. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 5 till 11 November. See the tour schedule here.

The Unscripted Life of Lizzy Dillinger

The Unscripted Life of Lizzy Dillinger
By Marianne Hansen
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 25 April, 2018

Blurb:
She’s got a movie deal. He’s got the lead role. Can she choose between her family and the star of her fantasies?

Stay-at-home mom Lizzy Dillinger escapes the monotony of her humdrum marriage by writing down her daydreams. When her producer friend contracts her story for a movie and invites her on set, she jumps at the chance to leave the suburbs until the film’s in the can. But Lizzy’s big break gets even better when she learns the hunky character who starred in her daydreams will be played by her Hollywood crush, Ben Winters.

On location in Arizona, the desert gets even hotter when Lizzy and Ben strike up a flirtatious friendship. But her hopes of a celebrity fling shatter when a family visit brings her fantasy crashing into reality. Against the dazzling lights and the glamorous movie sets, her cookie-cutter life back home seems painfully bland. Torn between the man of her dreams and the family who helped define her, Lizzy must search her heart to find where her true passion lies.

The Unscripted Life of Lizzy Dillinger is a star-struck women’s fiction novel about once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. If you like authentic characters, silver screen romance, and humorous looks at life’s hard choices, then you’ll love Marianne Hansen’s story of dreaming big and loving wholeheartedly.

Buy The Unscripted Life of Lizzy Dillinger to step into the limelight for a cinematic masterpiece today!

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Excerpt

“Are you late for something?” I was so focused on Tanya that I hadn’t even noticed that Ben Winters had walked up behind me.
I turned to face him. My palms started to sweat. I tried to covertly wipe them on my pants while praying he didn’t shake hands when he met people. “Not really. I’m just waiting for Tanya.”
“I think you may be waiting a while.” He gestured to Tanya with his head. I spun around and saw her walking out the door.
“Tanya,” I called loudly. “I need to talk to you.”
She held up her hand to me but didn’t glance back. “I have a few things to take care of. Catch up later.”
I looked back up at Ben and swallowed hard. “Guess you’re right.” I stared into his eyes. They were a deep chestnut brown. I forced myself to blink and look away. His shoulders were at my eye level. My head would fit perfectly into a shoulder as he rested his chin on my head. The rest of our body parts would fit together nicely too. I blinked again.
“I have to say, I really enjoyed your book.”
My cheeks hurt from grinning. “Thank you. I wasn’t sure anyone on the film would’ve read it.”
“Well,” Ben tilted his head. “I read it after I was sent the script. But I did enjoy it. And I think I like the book ending better.”
I glanced around to see who was nearby. Almost everyone had left. “I didn’t want to ask this earlier, but how is the ending changed?”
Ben looked at me for a second, confused. “You just read the ending.”
“I, uh, know,” I cleared my throat. “I’m just very nervous and couldn’t concentrate very well.” I hoped I appeared calm and in control.
“Laura stays in Mexico.”
“What?” I asked, a little too loudly.
“You didn’t read the script before today?”
“Honestly, I was too nervous. I know that sounds naive, but it just made me anxious. I assumed there would be changes, but nothing too major.”
“You signed off on all changes?” He waived his arm, indicating I should go before him.
“I guess so.” I shook my head. “It’s not that big a deal.”
“It just changes the whole ending,” he said nonchalantly.
“I’m really just along for the ride. None of this was supposed to happen.”
We walked out of the warehouse.

Marianne Hansen

About the Author:
Marianne Hansen is a redhead who loves red lipstick and high heels. She earned a BA, MA and JD so she could ultimately stay home with her kids. She travels whenever she can and dreams of traveling when she can’t. She lives in Montana with her family.

She’s spent her life imagining alternative endings and wondering “what would happen if…”. She’s finally writing the answers down.

You can find and contact Marianne Hansen here:
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There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of The Unscripted Life of Lizzy Dillinger. One winner will win a signed copy of The Unscripted Life of Lizzy Dillinger and a $25 Amazon Gift Card. US Only.

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No One Listens: Book Review

Hello I am here with a review of a poetry book No one Listens By Lady Byrd. Read on to know what I thought about the book.

No one Listens

By Lady Byrd

SYNOPSIS
This book features life experiences of a young poet coming into her truth. Finding the beauty and pain that comes with words. Expressing deep emotions, such as joy, humor, despair, and heartbreak. Ultimately leading to her awakening.

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REVIEW

This poetry collection is straight from the author’s heart. And when I was reading this poem I also found a great deal of my emotions laid out on the page too. I was able to connect to each and every poem and that is the best thing about it. Mostly I don’t read poetry books because I find them hard to understand, but with this book the emotions were very clearly and beautifully described.

If you are looking for a poetry book for great literature then No one Listens might not be for you but if you are looking for a poetry collection that you will be able to connect easily then you should definitely order a copy of No one Listens and read it with your next cup of coffee, curled up in a nice warm blanket.

LIFE AT 17 RATING

🎐🎐🎐🎐

(4 out of 5 stars)

*I would like to thank the author for providing me a copy of the book. I really enjoyed reading it*

Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist books I want to read

Hello guys! It has been a long time since I posted a Top Ten Tuesday post. But anyway I am back with this week’s topic which is Backlist Books I want to read. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana@That Artsy Reader Girl. Each Tuesday a new topic is assigned and we have to make a list of ten books that fits the topic.

Here is the list of the 10 books that I really want to read but haven’t been able to and all these books have been published a long time ago.

1) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

2) The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

3) 1984 by George Orwell

4) Animal Farm by George Orwell

5) The Murder at The Vicarage by Agatha Christie

6) Mein Kampf by Adolf Hilter

7) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

8) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

9) Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

10) The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Today is Kali Pujo, which is festival here in my place… So happy Kali Pujo. And what did you think about my list? Have you read any of these books or are these books in your list too?