Wednesday, 7 December 2016

When Chuckles did a zombie guest post!

If like me you just luuurrrvvvee zombies then I hope you have been following zombie month over at Velvet's blog at I was delighted to be offered the chance to do a guest post on the subject of zombie prepper books! This was my first ever guest post so it was all very exciting!  

Here is the link to my guest post:

It would be great if you could pop over and take a look at the post and leave a comment if you have time. And I know Velvet would love it if you could visit her blog through zombie month and maybe leave a few comments! We must have more zombies in our life!



Chuckles Childhood Book Loves

Continuing on with my look back at my childhood book loves. When I went to secondary, the girls were starting to read the coming of age type books that Judy Blume was writing, which then led a lot of us into the romance side of things. Yes chuckles actually did read teen romance! We asked the school librarian if he had Judy Blume's 'Forever' and he called us deviant little perverts! *sniggers*  Eventually one girl bought it and about ten of us borrowed it from her!

After Forever, I read other similar books which tackled sexual relationships and other issues for teenagers including rape, pregnancy, crushes on teachers, relationship problems. It was all by the same publisher.

Then we had the more slushy Sweets Dreams romance books which we all read. These were some of my favourites at the time.

And then we all became totally addicted to Sweet Valley High! Everyone seemed to be Team Jessica (including me!) or Team Elizabeth! But if Jessica had that number of boyfriends at our school, she'd have been called all sorts! Here are a few of my favourite books from that very long series...

I swear they had the longest school year EVER and the twins never aged past 16...I heard there was a senior year but I've never seen any books from it. I did try some of the Sweet Valley University books but Elizabeth drove me crazy in them and I stopped reading after about 20 books or something. Still, they were trashy fun! The other series I liked around this time was the Cheerleaders series but I never got to read them all. I hated Mary Ellen, stuck up cow...Nancy and Vanessa were my favourites!

The author who thought up Sweet Valley High did another series about a bitchier, richer version of Jessica who was a cow from hell. It was a good trilogy at the time.

Anyone read any of these books? Funny how I loved these when I was about 13 but now I don't enjoy books that are heavy on romance!

Chuckles Cover Love #4

If there is one thing that makes a great book even better, it is when it has a cover that we love! The cover design is what catches the eye as we browse through a bookstore shelf or check out the Amazon or Goodreads recommendations. The right cover makes me look closer at a book, to read the blurb and maybe make a purchase. A poor cover might mean I never look at the blurb at all. This is the first in a series of posts celebrating all those book covers I love...and why!

When I started out on my urban fantasy adventures, the third author I tried was Patricia Briggs and her Mercy Thompson series. I still regard this as one of my top three urban fantasy series, if not the best. When I first bought her books from Waterstones they were in mass market paperback form with small writing and these uninspiring covers:

Not exactly pretty huh. I got the first five books and then I heard they were changing to trade paperback, the bigger size, which meant new covers. Now those who know me are well aware that this is a pet hate of mine, changing book size and cover half way through a series but in this case I was hoping for good covers. 

I saw US friends with these covers but I've never seen them available here in the UK. While I like the colours and designs much better than my covers, I still had to wonder why Mercy was half dressed on two of them. But I liked them and would have been happy if these were what I got. Anyway here they are:

So what covers did I end up with? These are an example of the new covers that became available on Amazon and I was ok with them overall. Not as pretty as the other covers but much better than my original buys anyway! I can live with them. Moon Called is a bit ugly though...

I can live with them! I like the cover for Bone Crossed the best-I always like that pinky purple shade! OK lets also talk about the Alpha and Omega books. The first two I got in mass market paperback with one cover design and then it switched to trade paperback in the newer design. I'm waiting to see if I like the series before I buy the newer versions for the first two books. I do like both designs though.*sigh*

What covers do you have? Which do you like and how do you feel about any changes to the covers you were buying?

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!  

This week we have a topic not related to holidays...yea! It's Top Ten New-To-Me Authors in 2016. I like this because I'm always discovering new authors to try. Instead of just listing my favourite zombie and prepper authors again, I've decided to also share some authors I've tried that you might not have heard me talk about before that got 3 or more stars.

1) Rick Jones-The Valley
A gameshow where you have to go cross country being chased by dinosaurs in a dramatic mix of Jurassic World meets The Running Man! Really enjoyed this book and will be interested to see what else the author has to offer. 

2) Nicholas Sansbury Smith-Extinction Horizon 
This is a feast of action packed zombie tension and gore as a team of soldiers are sent to find out why a research facility has gone dark, and the apocalypse is unleashed! Lots of 'in the city' zombie action too. I'm excited for the rest of the series! 

3) Nicholas Olivo-Imperium
A half-god secret agent aided by a hyperactive gremlin and an over-eager weapon loving newbie try to find missing supernatural creatures. Portals, mythology and evil Nazi experiments combine with good action and humour. 

4) Darrell Maloney-Countdown to Armageddon 
This author has written three great apocalypse series that I've tried and loved the first books of, and look forward to completing each series. The books have our characters preparing for upcoming disasters and then trying to deal with the realities of a new and changed world. Great prepper fiction! 

5) Viktor Zarkov-Jurassic Island
This is like The Lost World...a team of experts locate an exotic island and then have to deal with all the deadly dinosaurs who live there! Tense and exciting horror action and I look forward to the sequel Jurassic Sea! 

6) Robert Boren-Bug Out! 
A group of older and retired RV owners have to tackle IS terrorists, psycho militia, government traitors, serial killers and trigger happy UN troops as they try to survive a civil war on American soil. Great characters and non stop action. 

7) Catt Dahman-Dinosaur 65 Million
Another Jurassic World v The Running Man gameshow in this enjoyable horror romp but this author also writes about zombies, killer sharks and snakes and other interesting dinosaur adventures. Very much b movie fun with these books. 

8) Lisa Blackwood-Sorceress Awakening 
This is a fantasy novel with a love story-not my normal read but I loved the magical powered Lillian and her gargoyle protector Gregory and I was rooting for them as a couple! We have fae, wild hunt, vampires, dryads, lots of magic, plots and emotion and I'll be reading the rest of the series next year. 

9) Rebecca Chastain-Magic of the Gargoyles 
This story features an earth elemental skilled in magical quartz use who tries to save a group of baby gargoyles from evil black magic users. I loved the quartz magic, the characters and the cute gargoyles! I plan to read more in the series next year. 

10) James A Hunter-Yancy Lazarus series 
I've read book 1.5 which is a flashback to the character serving in Vietnam when the VC use siren songs to lure his men into killing themselves and each other, while encountering superhuman VC fighters. Different, interesting and entertaining! Bought the whole series!