Sunday, October 12, 2014

Celebreating Teen Read Week;

Teen Read Week, which is obviously a really important event. This year's theme is "Turn Dreams into Reality" and you can find out more about programs in your area through the YALSA site. Clearly I care a lot about engaging young readers. To celebrate, I want to do a giveaway to encourage reading! Enter to win a signed ARC of Dust, swag, or a $50 Amazon gift card. This is open to everyone - I just ask that you try to spread the word about Teen Read Week as well! giveaway

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Mystery of the Mystress;

So, it's kind of been nine months since i last posted on here, I kind of let the ol' blog go for a moment there, I guess for lack of a better excuse, I needed a break away from some things.
This blog, The Book Mystress is one of my greatest passions, I saw it grow from nothing in to a renowned trusted blog with honest reviews and other events.
During the last nine months a lot has gone on from university, to illness and a bunch of other things it was hard to keep up with my own life.
Keep calm though, I am back and I am ready to rumble. I have decided not just to focus on one genre, I've just decided to focus on all genre's and age groups that i might be interested in for fun i may also through some cross media reviews in too to keep the blog active.

Hope you guys are still with me, and if you are, Thank you!

Thanks for stopping by!

The Book Mysress, xx

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Book Cover Promotions Launch Party!!

Backcover Pomotions Launch February 1st 2014 1pm to 11pm GMT!!! buttonx
 Backcover Promotions are very excited for tomorrow!!
There will be a LOT going on.
They will be celebrating with a Facebook party and there will be going on their website too!!!
So check both regularly through the day to get the most out of it with them =)
 They have lined up some amazing prizes.
They have an extensive list to giveaway from their sponsors!!
 24 merchandise bundles are lined up to giveaway through the day.
Plus there will be some amazing discounts on their tour packages and some of their other services.
 To make the day even more fun they have set up a loyalty card for the event.
If you enter 6 contests through the day you will get an extra 20% on any discounts giveaway.
 If you don't win any of the main contests but still enter 6 contests through the day you will get the 25% towards any package you would like. How cool is that?
  Everyone is a winner during the Backcover Promotions Launch Day Party!! 
Please feel free to print the loyalty card and check off your entries or you can check the entries off in any image programme.
Once you have a filled card please email your completed card, name, what contests you entered and if you have won any other prize and we will be sure to keep a note of the completed cards through the day!!
Email: kate[at] 
We hope to see you there!! BCP Launch Loyalty Card

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Interview with Captivate Author Vanessa Garden

 In a glittering underwater world, nothing is as it seems…

For the past twelve months since her parent’s death, seventeen-year-old Miranda Sun has harboured a dark secret- a secret that has strained the close relationship she once shared with her older sister, Lauren. In an effort to repair this broken bond, Miranda’s grandparents whisk the siblings away on a secluded beach holiday. Except before Miranda gets a chance to confess her life-changing secret, she’s dragged underwater by a mysterious stranger while taking a midnight swim.

Awakening days later, Miranda discovers that she’s being held captive in a glittering underwater city by an arrogant young man named Marko… the king of this underwater civilisation!

Nineteen-year-old Marko intends to marry Miranda in order to keep his crown from falling into the sinister clutches of his half-brother, Damir. There’s only one problem. Miranda is desperate to return home to right things with her sister and she want’s nothing to do with Marko. Trying to secure her freedom, Miranda quickly forms an alliance with Robbie- Marko’s personal guard. However, she soon discovers that even underwater, people are hiding dangerous secrets…

Interview with Vanessa
Thank you for finding the time to answer some questions, how has your day been?
Great, thank you! And thanks for having me :)

Tell us about your latest addition to the world?
My debut release coming out in January '14 is a Young Adult underwater-world fantasy titled CAPTIVATE. Captivate is about a seventeen year old girl who is dragged underwater while out for a midnight swim at a secluded beach. She awakens days later in a glittering underwater city where she is expected to marry a nineteen year-old king whose throne is under threat.

What is the best thing about about being an Australian Author?
I think Australia has an amazingly supportive writing community. I'm a member of the Romance Writers of Australia and have attended two conferences since joining four years ago. After each conference I've arrived home full of confidence and new skills because of the support and guidence of the lovely writers (published and unpublished) who attended with me. I have made some wonderful friends too :)

Was the writing process different for Captivate and Carrier and if so how?The difference in the two would definitely be the setting. Captivate is a fantastical, underwater setting, with more detailed world building required, whereas with Carrier, I was able to use our gorgeous Australian outback, a setting I have lived and breathed in several times, so it was a little easier to place myself in my character's shoes.

Do you have a favorite book out of the ones you have written? (mean question, I know)Aha, the 'chose your favourite child' question. Can I say Captivate and Carrier equally? No? Okay, then I'd have to say Captivate... for now ;)

How long does it take you to write a book?Usually three months for a very rough draft, then a re-write a couple of times (where I cut and add lines/paragraphs or even chapters), followed by a more detailed edit.

How do you feel about NANOWRIMO?I think it's a great idea and especially good if you've been stuck on a particular project or if you want to give an idea you're unsure about a try (if it doesn't work after a month, at least you gave it a shot). I once completed a project during a self-imposed NANO during a different month, May, I think. I completed the story in fourteen days. It was a messy draft, but a complete story at 70,000 words.

Can you tell us something quirky about your self?When I was a teen I learned how to play the bass guitar after becoming obsessed with Flea, the bass guitarist from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. They are still one of my favourite bands.

What is a typical day in the life of Vanessa Garden?I wake up with my kids (all early birds), have a nice strong coffee, help get them ready for school (while sneaking in a bit of reading), drop them off and head to work at my local bookstore where I usually end up spending the money I earn on books, then come home and make dinner with my husband and kids and just enjoy each other's company. I usually write for an hour or so when everyone's gone to bed, but most of my writing gets done on my two weekdays I don't work at the bookstore.

What can we expect next from you?CARRIER, my YA post apocalyptic sci-fi set in the wilds of the Australian outback coming out March 2014. I can't wait to share Lena and Patrick's story!

Do you have any advice for your readers who might also be wanting to write?Read as many books as you can get your hands on to develope the natural rhythm of a story. Have fun while you write. Be daring and write the book you'd love to read!

How can readers of The Book Mystress contact you?I'm @VanessaGarden27 on Twitter. I'm also on Goodreads and my blog

Thanks for having me! :)

You can buy Captivate at the following locations

Friday, December 13, 2013

Unofficial UtopYA Authors Holiday Giveaway!

Hello, and welcome to the Unofficial UtopYA Authors Holiday Giveaway!

What is this giveaway all about? Getting you -- the readers -- into the holiday spirit! Each day there will be a new prize pack being given away, loaded with awesome authors all united by the fantastic YA/NA Convention, UtopYA! We hope you'll love our prize packs, but that's not all that's being given away. To top off the holiday spirit, we're giving away TWO, that's right, TWO fully loaded Kindle HDs! Two lucky winners will receive Kindle HDs, loaded with EVERY book being given away in the giveaway prize packs! So what are you waiting for? Check out today's prize pack, and enter to win one of twenty-seven fantastic prizes! HAPPY HOLIDAYS! :)

Without further ado, here are the amazing books in the Day 13 Prize Pack after the jump!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Review: The Inevitability of Stars by Kathryn R. Lyster

Here is a review of The Inevitability of Stars by Kathryn R. Lyster, thank you Harlequin teen Aus for supporting me even through my slump you're my fav ;)
The Inevitability of StarsA modern-day Romeo and Juliet set amongst the beauty of Byron Bay and the grind of Sydney.
Rip and Sahara have always been together. Primary school friends to high school lovers, their ties to each other are as intertwined and inescapable as the roots of the Byron Strangler Fig. But like that same tree, the tendrils of their love are beginning to stifle and choke, and soon, Sahara finds she must leave — moving to Sydney to pursue her career as an artist.
In Sydney, Sahara draws the attention of Sean, a charismatic entrepreneur, and is quickly drawn into his expensive and glamorous world — so very different from the quiet, simple place of her youth. But even as she creates a new life, and a new version of herself, Sahara cannot seem to leave Rip behind.
Back in the Byron hinterland, Rip moves to a working farm to recover from the wounds Sahara left. It's here that he begins to understand his past and reimagine his future. But as Rip rebuilds, Sahara unravels, losing herself in Sean's shiny, but meaningless world and plagued by visions of her previous life and lover.
Heartbreaking and haunting, The Inevitability of Stars is a poignant novel about the burden of fate, the viscosity of reality and the resilience of love

My Review:

I was very happy to recieve this book and enjoyed reading it. Kathryn created an amazing tale that captured the thoughts and feelings of young artistic minded people growing up in small town Australia. I loved how relatable this novel was from Rip, the guy who needed to find his way in life to Sahara who needed to find more in life then what the beachside town of Byron Bay had to offer. Kathryn's writing was superb, she got across the exact point that she wanted too. Something about her writing was different to most i have read good different though, i just cant put my finger on it.
I feel like Kathryn captured the Australian flare in a great way, she put enough of it in there to show how awesome we are, alot of people cant do that very well.
It was kind of strange reading about so many places i have been and i know quiet well in a fictional book.
All in all great book, i cant wait to see what else Kathryn has in stall,
I recommend you read this book.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Interview + Giveaway: with Bad Juju Author Dina Rae

Two teens turn to a Voodoo bokor to right a wrong. Their curiosity with the dark arts backfires into obsession.
Lucien Nazaire flees his Haitian homeland and settles in a Wisconsin trailer park filled with elderly tenants. He hires sixteen year old Jake for odd household jobs. The boy proves to be the perfect candidate to pass on his Voodoo legacy. 
Jake LaRue lives in foster care with his abusive uncle. The Voodoo gives him a sense of power within an otherwise helpless situation. Despite his loner status, he instantly connects with Henry, his only friend in high school.
Henry Novak has Asperger’s Syndrome. He fixates on historical events, most recently the 2010 Haitian earthquake. Like Jake, he becomes passionate about the dark side of Voodoo. They learn how to cast spells on those they hate and lust.
Months after the Haitian earthquake, Henry convinces his family to volunteer for the island’s reconstruction. Their mission turns into a nightmare when he mysteriously walks off of the campsite and returns in a catatonic state.
Bad Juju is a balance of horror, romance, and literary fiction intended for adults and mature teens. The plot uses research involving the Voodoo religion.


1. Tell us about your current work.

I am working on a nonfiction book about the conspiracy of Big Pharma and Big-Agri. I went into the project knowing almost nothing and am having my mind blown away.

2. What do you have coming up?

My new book will hopefully be out in the winter of 2014. Nonfiction takes much longer to write than fiction.

3. What is the most demeaning thing said about you as a writer?

I was once called a racist by a social justice reviewer because I wasn't "fair" to devil worshipers. Many Freemasons have written that my novel, The Last Degree, was pure crap.

4. How do you react to a bad review of one of your books?

I don't mind a bad review if it's honest, but when someone who has a different agenda trashes my work, then it's a little frustrating. Luckily, most of my reviews have been wonderful and it's always a thrill to see someone read my work and take the time to review it.

5. When are you going to write your autobiography?

LOL. Not for a while, if ever. My life is pretty boring, just the way I like it.

6. Are the names of the characters in your novels important?

Sometimes. I try to give some of the characters hidden meanings. Like the Easterhouse family in both my Halos-Easter is associated with Christianity and the family is at a crossroads about what is good and what is evil. Sometimes I throw in the name of a good friend or family member for fun.

7. How do you come up with the titles of your novels?

The Last Degree is about the 33rd degree in Freemasonry. My Halo series is about fallen angels. Bad Juju is about Voodoo. I want the titles to go with the themes.

8. Are there any occupational hazards to being a novelist?

My hands cramp up and I get constipated from sitting long periods of time. Seriously, that would probably happen anyway. Occasionally, I get a papercut.

9. What's your favourite fruit?

I love cherries and almost always have a banana for breakfast.

10. what is your favourite bedtime drink?

Water or peppermint tea.

11. What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer?

Realizing that the odds of being the next Stephen King are slim to none, but improving the craft and meeting others who love to read and write are what it's all about.

12. Has the dog ever eaten your manuscript?

LOL. Plenty of times, metaphorically speaking. I've thrown out more pages than I care to confess.

13. Do you enjoy giving interviews?

Yes, and thanks for having me. I especially love being on the radio. I've been a guest on dozens of shows and have so much fun.

14. Do you research your novels?

Yes. I believe it's the main reason which makes me attractive to radio hosts. I am a teacher by trade so I try to do my homework! Know quite a bit about Voodoo, Freemasonry, fallen angels, Enoch, witchcraft, mind control, conspiracy theories, and much more. I am a true believer in much of what I write.

15. How much impact does your childhood have on your writing?

My childhood was not a happy one so I use the pain to draw from. I am far from perfect and can easily connect with heavily flawed characters.

16. Are you jealous of other writers?

Would love Dan Brown's or George RR Martin's bank account! No, not really. I do think it would be so wonderful to see your book turned into a film or TV show because that's how I write-a movie playing inside of my mind.

17. What makes you cry?

Just about anything. I am easily touched or saddened or empathetic or frustrated, whatever. I'm emotional, but I try to be private about it.

18. What makes you laugh?

I have a great sense of humor and love dark comedies. My husband is the only person I know who consistently cracks me up.

19. What's the loveliest thing you have ever seen?

My family and my dogs. Was in awe of Yosemite, Smokey Mountains, and Lake Tahoe.

20. Do you have any advice for upcoming writers?

Make yourself write everyday, even when you don't feel like it. If you let a manuscript get cold, it will probably never get finished.

21. How can your readers contact you?,, @haloofthedamned, FB: I'm also on Goodreads and Pinterest.

22. Last words?

If you like Haitian Voodoo and wild teens, you'll love Bad Juju!!!!! Pick up a copy today!

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