Thursday, February 23, 2017

Book Review/Giveaway: I See You by Clare Mackintosh


 Title: I see you
 Author: Clare Mackintosh
 Publisher: Berkley Books
 Format: ebook
 Source: Received for review from Netgalley
 Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
 Reviewed by: Tina


SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS.COM:


You do the same thing every day. You know exactly where you're going. You're not alone. When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it's there. There's no explanation: just a website, a grainy image and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it's just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that. Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make . . .

TINA'S REVIEW:

I normally don't like books written with multiple perspectives, I See You was the exception to that rule for me. Zoe is a relatable mom and wife to me and Kelly Swift the police officer is the only one who believes in her. 

The way the author described the London, England setting brought to life the majesty and at the same time the reality of a crime ridden city.Zoe is haunted and scared when her picture is found in an advertizement  in the local paper, with a pick pocket and a murder of two more women in this strange advertizement for findtheone.com.

Claire Mackintosh's writing is suspenseful and at the same time exciting. The plot was entertaining and had me on the edge of my seat.

GIVEAWAY:


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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Stay Tuned for Thriller Thursday and Other News



Stay tuned for Thriller Thursday starting tomorrow where we will review, giveaway and feature books from  thriller and related genres.We won't be doing them every Thursday but I am hoping I could post at least one a month. ACGRW reviewer, Marlene will also be reviewing these books too. It's very exciting for us to branch out from just reviewing cozy mysteries.

NEWS ON WRITING WEDNESDAY

Again, there was not a Writing Wednesday this week, I apologize for that. I am not going to be able to post every Wednesday. But I will post when I think I have something valuable to say about the craft of writing or any updates on my writing.I love this new feature on the blog.

Thank you to all our fans and followers for your support and interest and entering our giveaways.









Saturday, February 18, 2017

Book Review/Giveaway: Twelve Angry Librarians by Miranda James

Title: Twelve Angry Librarians
 Author: Miranda James
 Series: Book 8 Cat in the Stacks
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
 Format: Hardcover
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
 Reviewed by: Tina

Book Review:

 I couldn't wait to revisit these characters once again. This is by far one of my very favorite cozy mystery series, heartwarming characters, not including the killer and most of the time the victims too. Twelve Angry Librarians, although I found it slow at times because of how author Miranda James is very through in relaying characters backstory in relation to the librarians careers, the mystery and setting made Twelve Angry Librarians well worth the read.

 Southern Academic Library Association Conference is the largest in the county. This year Librarian, Charlie Harris and his companion and adorable Maine Coon Cat, Diesel are attending. Gavin Fong went to library school with Charlie's, has a sketchy  past with him and he
is the keynote speaker. Gavin is a jerk and a conensending snot. Charlie ends up getting into a scuffle with him, very unlike Charlie, and it also shocked me.

 Charlie  is also applying for his job as permanent library director that Charlie is fretting over. Gavin while making his speech drops dead after drinking a bottle of water that was poisoned, and then not too long after that Gavin's assistant suffers the same fate. There's a lot of drama in Charile's life right now, worrying about taking the job as the library director and his pregnant daughter and family possibly relocating to Virginia.

He also wants to spend more time with is girlfriend who runs a French Bistro another favorite of mine is their relationship, sweet and very endearing. But like always Charlie can't help but get involved in the investigation to find who this killer is. Twists and turns were very entertaining, even the method of the killer and the murder was cleaver and well written.

 I love when a book keeps me wanting to pick it up again, that was Twelve Angry Librarians for me.

 Giveaway:

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

No Writing Wednesday Today.


















Sorry, there will be no Writing Wednesday today but I am preparing a new post for next week. Thank you to all that read it, I really appreciate it. Stay tuned for a February new release cozy mystery book review/giveaway this  coming Saturday

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

How to Stay Motivated to write your novel


Most of the time I lack motivation especially when real life kicks in and I become easily distracted that's one of the reasons i'm writing this blog topic this week. But I found that these tips have helped me in getting a novel written and as I learn and grow as a writer, they become more important and I hope some or all can help you too.

1. Think about why your unmotivated, write it down, or talk it over with someone who cares about your writing besides you. Talking or even writing it down helps me to sort it out and finding reasons and getting rid of distractions, if you must do the dishes before you write, if your like me do them to set your mind at ease.

2. Manage writing in small chunks or word sprints. I find that timed word sprints, many through out the day or just writing an outline, a chapter, a few pages at a time helps not to make writing so overwhelming.

3. Find balance in your life, this is not an easy one but I think 2. might help especially if you have kids, a job, want to read school or other priorities.

4. Do something you love to get yourself recharged, or lacking motivation. For me I’ll take a walk by the river, reading, watching You tube writing videos or a physical activity.

5. Surround your writing space with inspiration for your story, like pictures, candles, books.

6. Try keeping track of your daily, monthly or quarterly goals especially writing, checking them off is a great motivator

7. Track your novels progress by word goals, page goals and reward yourself for progress made.

8. Learning the process and craft of writing, I watch You tube writing videos and read books.

9. Why do you want to write in the first place? Do you just love to write, do you want to be published? Do you want to share your stories with family and friends? Is it your dream? These are all reasons I write and the most important in staying motivated for me

Share in the comments below some ways you stay motivated to write or if you want to try my tips if you think they can help you in any way.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Book Spotlight/Giveaway:Smugglers and Scones by Morgan C.Talbot

Book Description:
A Cozy Girl Reads and Writes is proud to spotlight this new release cozy mystery and giveaway.

Pippa Worthy runs Moorehaven, the Oregon Coast’s quirkiest bed-and-breakfast and former home of world-famous mystery writer A. Raymond Moore. Guests come there to write their own crime novels. When a real-life murder takes a local’s life and washes a handsome boat

pilot into her arms, Pippa is yanked into a deadly plot of her own. A tangle of secrets crashes past into present, and Pippa must uncover clues dating back to Seacrest’s Prohibition days, including a secret Moore himself hid from the world.

Juggling her book-writing guests, small-town intrigues, secret club agendas, and a possibly fatal attraction, Pippa must sort fact from fiction to know who to trust before a desperate killer claims a final revenge nearly a century in the making.

Giveaway: 

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

No Writing Wednesday Today


Sorry, there will be no Writing Wednesday today but I am preparing a new post for next week. Thank you to all that read it, I really appreciate it.

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