Sunday, January 24, 2016

200th post!

Hey Guys,


I just wanted to make a post to celebrate the 200th post on this blog, and what a wonderful time for it to come as we introduce our new reviwer Ella, Welcome Ella i cant wait to see what books you are going to read and get some inspiration from you.

Thank you to my readers, i know the blog has been down for some time but i have some exciting things planned and cant wait for you guys to be a part of it all


As always,

Thanks for stopping by, The Book Mystress!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

My Introduction

I'm excited that The Book Mystress invited me to write on this blog! I love books and if there were a word bigger than love I'd use it! I read a lot and I'll be reviewing some of the books I read or have read on this blog.

I enjoy fiction the most and prefer young adult paranormal romance along with adult romance. But I read mysteries as well so I'm not a one-track reader.

My favorite authors include some of the big names like J.K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer and Stephen King but I also like some of the more underground (though best-selling authors) like Lee Wilson.

Right now we're getting a lot of snow and it's darkly cloudy outside. In my opinion that is perfect reading weather. My husband and I have decided to put the kids to bed early tonight, sit by the fire and read for about an hour and a half before bed.

I look forward to contributing here!

-Ella

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]backcoverpromotions.co.uk 
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 https://vanessagarden.blogspot.com.au



Thanks for having me! :)



You can buy Captivate at the following locations
Booktopia
Amazon
Ibook

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!