Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Book Review: Shimmerspell by Kimberly Spencer

When sixteen-year-old Jensen Meadows finds herself caught in the middle of an ancient faerie war, she soon learns that faeries aren't made of sparkly goodness. They're vicious. And worse, they're after her. With the help of Liam Casey, she delves into their world to find her missing sister and begins to suspect that her whole life has been nothing more than a faerie tale.

But what if the truth is worse?


My Review:
Jensen lives with her con artist sister Lauren and knows it won't be long until it is time to move away from her friends. Then a boy at school seems to be staring at her all the time and she is seeing weird things like kids with wings.

If the description I wrote sounds confusing then you ain't seen nothing until you read the book! Confused and baffled pretty much sums up my reaction to it. It starts off ok until she sees the kids with wings and gets attacked. The staring boy Liam rescues her then tries to explain the situation. That's where I stopped getting it. There is a huge info dump where he is talking about Seelie Courts, Unseelie Courts, the Legends of King Arthur, and the mythology of the Isle of Man with a host of character names thrown in. The author seemed to jump around in these topics with no real thought or plan so I didn't follow what she was talking about.

You struggle to work out who is good and who is evil and who the hell everyone is and where each is from and what they all seem to attack her for. Good and evil? Well I couldn't tell who was meant to be one or the other as everyone seemed to want to attack our heroine. All of the female characters are psycho bitches without rhyme or reason and by then my head was spinning like that scene in the Exorcist.

I was glad to abandon this one, lie down to stop my head buzzing then try a nice horror book instead!
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Book Review: Truggle the lesser bear by Benjamin P Granger

In a small wooded lot a busy woman stumbles upon a strange doll the neighbors possibly left. She attempts to reveal who brought the toy to her home, but she uncovers no real leads. Then when a letter turns up asking her to give the doll away as soon as possible, she ends up on the edge of reason as the doll is in the midst of being reclaimed by someone. The doll although small and cuddly resembles a somewhat black entity similar to a doll she keeps in her home, but when a nearby psychic and fortune teller comes to her home asking her to give up the doll to keep her sanity, but she refuses. The stuffed animal then turns out to be more then she bargained for when the bear starts to grow a tail and red eyes. 

My Review:
I was expecting this to maybe be a psycho version of Ted when I picked it up free. Was it? I really couldn't tell you because I never got far enough to even judge the story due to the shocking condition of this published pdf.

The faded print was so tiny that you would have needed a darn telescope to see the words and even then it was so faint that you could barely see it even with the Kobo's light switched on. As I peered at the pages I did notice the dreadful presentation of the text which had lines seperated by huge gaps sometimes half a page long or more. These gaps were sometimes in the middle of a sentence so you would read a line than go past a gap of about 25 lines to read the rest of the sentence. Some pages only had 5 or 8 lines spread across it. It was a shocking way to present your work and looked totally unprofessional. When you add the missing speech marks where people are talking and the usual issues with spelling etc, I decided to just stop reading and flick through to see if this was how the whole book looked-and it was.

This is just lazy work and virtually unreadable unless you are a human carrot with fantastic eyesight. Frankly if the author is churning out this kind of rubbish to promote himself, I for one don't intend to give it any more of my attention. THIS is what gets self published authors a bad name and it should never have been shown to anyone except the author's Auntie Nellie who would praise it anyway because her nephew wrote it. A total waste of my time.


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Release Blitz: Blood Magic by TG Ayer


Blood Magic by T.G. Ayer 

(SoulTracker #1)
Publication date: April 28th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy

Synopsis:
My name is Mel Morgan and I’m a Tracker. I find people for a living. The people I help have no idea I know exactly how they feel because I’ve lost someone too. If only I could have found the one person I’ve been looking for all these years.

My current case is no ordinary abduction. Before long I’m neck deep in blood magic – the worst kind. I need the help of a necromancer if I’m to free the kid. Doesn’t mean I have to like it.

When sexy djinn Saleem asks for help things get a little hot to handle. But how can I say know? Dodging demons and sorcerers are just part of my day job.
 
"So you'll arrest me because I spoke to a guy? Mighty protective of you, Detective." I smiled, injecting a little charm into the turn to my lips. "I always knew there was a reason you followed me around twenty-four seven, Detective. I just never realized it was because you had the hots for me."
A snort of laughter emanated from his dark-haired partner and I tilted my head to address him. "So who are you supposed to be? You the latest sorry sucker they found to babysit this fool?" I pointed a thumb at Fulbright who choked with fury at my words. Not that being polite to Fulbright had ever been my strong suit.
 


AUTHOR BIO
I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognise that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practise given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each other's loves – it works wonderfully…

My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain cross-eyed.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

My Monday Musings #4


I've decided each Monday to talk a bit about my previous week and what I enjoyed reading and watching, and my plans for the coming week. Hopefully that will motivate me to get things done!

Yeah I know it's Tuesday but better late than never huh! I'm just glad to be able to DO a post at last! I missed last Monday because I spent most of the day at the hospital after my mum was taken in on Easter Sunday. Yesterday I spent most of the day at the hospital waiting on them to finally release her! But she is home now and we can try to get back to some kind of normal.

I have been lagging on the book reading side of things for a few weeks but I hope to change that this week. I've had no time to catch up on my book reviews-I have 40 recent books to review and it's getting to me now! Plus I have blogs and groups I need to visit this week so that should keep me busy. So lets get to the books then!

BOOKS READ LAST FEW WEEKS:

 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11364186-bloodlines
 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/141036.Charmed_to_Death
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9680728-rise-of-the-corpses

RECENTLY WATCHED:

















http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1341167/?ref_=nv_sr_1 


WANT TO READ THIS WEEK: 
This is a pliosaur, the monster from the book 'Predator X' by CJ Waller. I couldn't get a picture of the book except the Amazon one which I cannot use so this is the best I can do! You get get the book description by clicking the Goodreads link below.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22013592-predator-x

 I'm planning to try to get a few of my Kobo freebies looked at. BSI is a definite read for the week but I haven't quite decided on the others yet.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18870080-bsi


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Book Blitz: The library of Illumination by CA Pack





Chronicles: The Library of Illumination - Release Blitz
By C.A. Pack
Young Adult Fantasy
Date Published: April 29, 2014

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Within the walls of a centuries-old building lies the magical Library of Illumination, a place where books literally come to life. 17-year-old Johanna Charette is the youngest curator ever chosen to oversee the day-to-day operation of the library and she knows, in case of trouble, having an assistant can be invaluable, so she hires 16-year-old Jackson Roth to give her a hand. Jackson gets off to a rocky start, but manages to prove his mettle. Besides, he’s kind of cute and a lot of fun.

Johanna is charming and brilliant—and a natural born leader. She keeps the library operating on an even keel. Jackson is clever and intrepid. He relies on his wits to keep them out of danger when trouble arises. Unfortunately, his derring-do is one of the reasons why they sometimes find themselves in awkward situations. So it shouldn’t be any surprise when his wanton curiosity sparks a journey to a distant realm, where they end up with front row seats in a battle against an ancient foe.


EXCERPT

“What’s this? Jackson asked, picking up a book that sat by itself on a bottom shelf. A thick layer of dust obscured the cover. “Did you leave this book down here?”

“What book?”

He opened the book to a random page to see what it was about. Dracula suddenly loomed over him, blood dripping from his mouth. “Uhhh ...!” Jackson’s scream did not get past his throat.

Dracula moved in for the kill. The teen managed to slam the book shut just as the vampire’s teeth made contact with his skin.

“What are you doing?” Johanna poked her head around the corner of the shelf and spotted the blood on Jackson’s neck. She looked down and recognized the volume of Dracula by Bram Stoker and winced. “We must have missed that one. Are you all right?”

Jackson swiped at his neck.

“Come with me.” Johanna led him to the circulation desk. She took out a first-aid kit and cleaned away the blood with an antiseptic wipe.

“Am I ...?”

“It’s just a surface wound.” She wrapped the bloody wipe in a tissue and threw it in the wastebasket. “You’re going to live ... but not forever.”

Jackson sighed with relief. “You know, when my mother used to patch me up, she would kiss it to make it better.” He raised his eyebrows and grinned at her.

“If you got hurt working for Larry at Once A-Pawn A Time, would you ask him to kiss it to make it better?”

“You really know how to hurt me.”

Johanna laughed. She leaned in and lightly kissed Jackson’s neck.

He could feel the hairs along his nape tingle.

“All better?” she asked.


About the Author : Carol Pack

C. A. PACK, author of Code Name: Evangeline, Evangeline’s Ghost, and the Library of Illumination novelettes, is an award-winning journalist and former television news anchor/writer from Long Island, New York.

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Monday, 28 April 2014

Cover Reveal: The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak


The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak
(The Harvesting #1)
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Young Adult, Zombies

Synopsis:
“The world, it seemed, had gone silent. It was something we knew but did not talk about. We were alone.”

While Layla Petrovich returns home to rural Hamletville after a desperate call from her psychic grandmother, she never could have anticipated the horror of what Grandma Petrovich has foreseen. The residents of Hamletville will need Layla’s cool head, fast blade and itchy trigger finger to survive the undead apocalypse that’s upon them. But even that may not be enough. With mankind silenced, it soon becomes apparent that we were never alone. As the beings living on the fringe seek power, Layla must find a way to protect the ones she loves or all humanity may be lost.

This exciting new dark fantasy/horror hybrid blends the best of the zombie genre with all the elements a fantasy reader loves!

It’s all fun and games until someone ends up undead!



Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16045246-the-harvesting?ac=1


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AUTHOR BIO
Melanie Karsak grew up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania and earned a Master's degree in English from Gannon University. A steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and zombie whisperer, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.

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Sunday, 27 April 2014

Book Review: Bloodlines by Skyla Dawn Cameron

After three hundred years of unlife, vampire Zara Lain has seemingly done it all, and she's now making a living as a successful thief-turned-assassin. Her newest assignment seems simple enough--kill the aging leader of the O'Connor Coven and his only heir, and she'll have another ten million in the bank.But in the dangerous world of the supernatural, few things are ever "simple."When a massive assault decimates the continent's population of powerful witches and warlocks, and its orchestrator has vampires being hunted down and captured, Zara realizes the tables have turned and now she'll be playing the hero. Forced to join with a smart-mouthed fellow vampire, a demonologist who's also a fan of hers, a recently widowed--and frequently brooding--warlock, and her best friend's mom, Zara's grudgingly willing to do what she can to save the day.If only people would stop ruining all her outfits...

My Review:
Zara is a kickass vampire who is making a living as a thief and assassin. Her best friend hires her to kill a warlock and his son during a party at their house but when it goes pear shaped, Zara realises she is in the middle of something bigger where magical people are being killed and vampires kidnapped.

I really enjoyed this book. Zara is arrogant, vain, kickass, snarky, witty and you can't help loving her attitude. She expects men to lust after her and it is a big shock when one in particular doesn't. To Zara, humans are a lesser life form and she has a lot of funny thoughts about them. From the moment she has to deal with the would be rapist in the first chapter, I loved Zara. She is never without a snarky comment or amusing observation. I also liked the way the author had her as a vampire who is not invincible. Zara makes mistakes, she gets hurt, she makes bad decisions sometimes, which makes the character more real. The side characters werte interesting too. Peter the geeky Zara fan was sweet, Jamie was a slimy arrogant git(a bit like Ian from the Jeaniene Frost Night Huntress series)and Nate who struggles to deal with Zara's attentions and his own magic was the brooding one.

The book is a great mixture of humour, action and emotions which I thought the author got just right. The story flows along at a nice pace without a ton of world building and info dumps. This story is about the characters and they are nicely developed through their interactions with each other and the situations they find themselves in. The action scenes are exciting, well written and easy to follow and there are plenty of them to enjoy. We have fights with demons and vampires and warlocks to enjoy. I also liked that Zara's back story was gradually introduced in snippets as we progressed through the story instead of just one big info dump. Each revelation about her helped you to understand why she is like this and like her more.

Zara develops a lot as a character, becoming more human as she hangs out with them to solve the case. I like the fact that she starts as a bitch and then develops human emotions as the story unfolds. There is a romance in the book but it is slow building, enjoyable and does not slow the story down. I'm not a huge fan of romance in my urban fantasy but I did enjoy this one because it's not that damn instalove crap. The story was put together in a way that keeps you guessing what is going to happen next and I have to admit that I didn't see the twist coming in the attack on the witch house. That took me by surprise and I was kicking myself for not seeing it coming! And the ending was a shocker as well! I do like to be surprised by a book!

My only disappointment was to find that Zara doesn't narrate the next two books in the series which is a bummer! I imagine I will read them anyway as she does feature in them-if I can find paperback versions of the books which appears to be pretty difficult. If you like tough female characters and enjoy urban fantasy, give this book a try. 
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Saturday, 26 April 2014

Stacking the Shelves #33


Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews
Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
       
I think I'm destined not to have a quiet week EVER! On Sunday my mum had a fall due to the weakness from her treatment and we could not get her moved so had to call an ambulance. After nearly 5 hours in A&E we got her admitted to a ward. She looks much better now after fluids, blood and minerals have been pumped into her and a bad infection treated. We hope to have her home on Monday if these new medications deal with the infection quickly. So we've been spending most of the week at the hospital with no time for reading or blogging or anything much. It's been pretty chaotic! I hope this coming week has less drama!

Last night I finally managed to pick up and finish a book that I've been reading for about 2 weeks now so maybe I can get my reading back on track this week. 

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Friday, 25 April 2014

Throwback Thursday #18

This Meme is hosted by Melissa at My World in Words and Pages. Go to her blog and join us!

I blog about great looking new releases, new books sent to me for read and review, book reviews of what I've read and features about exciting new authors to try.

But what about all the books that are already on my TBR, waiting for me to read them? Don't they deserve a mention and a chance to be highlighted? Yes they do!

Welcome to Throwback Thursday, where I will take the time to tell you about some of the books that have been on my shelves for a while and maybe a few of you will add them to your wishlists/tbrs. If you have read them, why not leave a comment to tell me what you thought of it-but no spoilers please! 


This week I'm doing it a bit different. I'm spotlighting the first books in several series by the same author. I have chosen the books of Rob Thurman which have been sitting on my shelf for too long now! I really want to get started on them!

There are monsters among us. There always have been and there always will be. I’ve known that since I can remember, just like I’ve always known I was one ... Well, half of one, anyway.

Welcome to New York City - a troll under the Brooklyn Bridge, a boggle in Central Park, and a beautiful vampire in a penthouse on the Upper East Side. Most humans are oblivious to the preternatural nightlife around them, but Cal Leandros is only half human.

His father’s dark lineage is the stuff of nightmares – and his entire otherworldly elf race are after Cal. His half brother, Niko, gave up college to keep them on the run for four years, but now the Grendel monsters are back. And Cal is about to learn why they want him. He is the key to unleashing their hell on earth. The fate of the human world will be decided in the fight of Cal’s life...


Now you see it… Now you don’t… Now you’re history.

There are demons in the world, Monsters. Creatures that would steal your soul. You might hide under your covers at night and pretend all’s right with the world, but you know. Even if you don’t want to admit it…

Las Vegas bar owner Trixa Iktomi deals in information. And in a city where unholy creatures roam the neon night, information can mean life or death. Not that she has anything personal against demons. They can be sexy as hell, and they’re great for getting the latest gossip. But they also steal human souls and thrive on chaos. So occasionally Trixa and her friends have to teach them manners.

When Trixa learns of a powerful artifact known as the Light of Life, she knows she’s hit the jackpot. Both sides-angel and demon-would give anything for it. But first she had to find it. And as Heaven and Hell ready for an apocalyptic throw-down, Trixa must decide where her true loyalty lies-and what she’s ready to fight for. Because in her world, if you line up on the wrong side, you pay with more than your life…








What makes us human? What makes us unique? And what makes us kill? Ten years ago, Stefan Korsak's younger brother was kidnapped. Now a rising figure in the Russian mafia, Stefan has finally found Lukas. But Lukas is now a trained, genetically-altered killer who his creators want back. Saving Lukas may be easier than surviving him.

Picking up a small pink shoe from the grass forever changed young Jackson Lee’s life. Not only did its presence mean that his sister Tessa was dead—murdered and stuffed in the deep, black water of a narrow well—but the shoe itself told him so.

Tessa’s death triggers an even more horrific family massacre that, combined with this new talent he neither wants nor can handle, throws Jack’s life into a tailspin. The years quickly take him from state homes to the streets to grifting in a seedy carnival, until he finally becomes the cynical All Seeing Eye, psychic-for-hire. At last, Jackson has left his troubled past behind him and found a semblance of peace.

That is, until the government blackmails him. Helping the military contain the aftermath of a bizarre experiment gone violently wrong, everything Jackson knows about himself will change just as suddenly as it did with his little sister’s shoe.

And while change is constant...It’s never for the better.
 

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Cover Reveal: Coral and Bone by Tiffany Daune


Coral & Bone by Tiffany Daune
Publication date: July 7th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Halen knows the sparks igniting under her fingertips are dangerous. She has spent her entire life trying to quell the tingly feelings that make her destroy things, but now that she is back in Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, the flames have become impossible to tame.Halen is trying to hold on, but when she is thrust into a mysterious new world, the underwater realm of Elosia, she unravels the secrets of her past, and can’t help but ignite. As she explores Elosia, she realizes her life has been a lie. And when those who have deceived her come to her for help, Halen must choose—walk away or unleash the magick that could destroy them all.


AUTHOR BIO
Tiffany Daune doesn’t get why people want to grow up, or why anyone would ever stop eating candy. Her purse is filled with books, lip gloss and a few pieces of Lego bricks. She writes best with a dish of chocolate chips on hand, and finds licorice makes a better straw than plastic.

She lives on an island and believes mermaids may be raiding her candy stash, though she hasn’t caught them, yet.

Author Links:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6904400.Tiffany_Daune

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Book Review: Advice by Clyde by Amber Lynn(Nyx Slaughter #5.5)

This is a novelette from the world of Nyx Slaughter. It is told from the perspective of her faithful and reliable Hellhound, Clyde. Join Clyde as he goes about his day in an apartment full of vampires and werewolves. It is meant as a thank you to those who have read the other books in the series and want a little extra Clyde. It can be read by itself, but it is just a normal day in the life of Clyde when he isn't following Nyx on a case.

My Review:
First of all I must say that I haven't read anything else in this series. I tried this book because it was free to see if I liked the writing enough to give it a go and the answer was yes. I have since bought book 1 in the series which is Night Calls.

Clyde is a Hellhound who can talk to his mistress, Nyx, who lives in a house with an assortment of werewolves and humans. He spends his spare time writing an internet advice column and having sexual relations with stuffed animal toys.

"I hope they didn't find out about me humping a fluffy stuffed duck I found lying around the other day. It was just the right firmness to...well you get the idea."

Clyde is not your patient, kindly, compassionate agony aunt and his advice to his followers is to the point and illegal in most cases-and pretty funny. Now he may be about to lose his internet access, and his mistress seems pretty mad at him all the time.

"She must've found out about the duck. I tried to hide the dang thing."

It's a hard life for Clyde, living with someone who hates him, unable to communicate with those around him and getting bored. Only the internet gives him a sense of purpose.

"I have to say the Internet is one of the best things ever created besides maybe the cow."

This book is pretty funny and it is impossible not to love this intelligent hellhound as he talks to us about his typical day. I think he appears in the later books in the series and seems popular among those who follow the series. Based on this I certainly want to give the series a try.


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At night is where I am at my best. I prowl the shadows looking for my targets. If you find yourself on my list, you are the scum of the earth and I am here to end your life. Don't worry, I will try to make it as quick as possible.

I work for the paranorm governing body, otherwise known as the Grand Collective. I have lived within their midst my entire life. I am not like them, though. I am just human. It has made my life a little difficult, but I have made it to the top of their team of assassins.

My life is about to turn upside down. Do you want to join me for my new adventure? Who am I, you ask? That's simple, most people call me Slaughter, but you can call me Nyx.

Crap Companies #1: harrassed by LinkedIn


I have finally had enough of LinkedIn and their email harrassment of me so I am telling my followers all about it. It started last year when I became friends with a lot of authors and one asked me to connect with her on LinkedIn. I'm not a member of the site and really had no interest in joining so I declined the invitation, told her this and deleted the email. Over the next couple of months I received a pile of reminders from LinkedIn that I hadn't accepted the invitation and that it was waiting for my response. Grrr.

Under this text was a box marked UNSUBSCRIBE next to a message which says 'You are receiving Reminder emails for pending invitations'. So I clicked on unsubscribe and was told that I had been unsubscribed from these messages-followed by being diverted onto their home page with a big sign up message. Oh get lost LinkedIn!!! I should have known that this wasn't the end of it. Over the coming months I received countless more invitations from authors I knew and reminders about invites I had already unsubscibed from. It is irritating and frustrating.

2014 has been a total nightmare. Some of you will know that in January my mum was diagnosed with stomach cancer and started chemotherapy shortly afterwards. As you can imagine, her health and looking after my father have been my priorities and sometimes I barely have time to get online because of countless hospital and doctor visits and sheer exhaustion. So the last thing I needed was this crap from LinkedIn starting up again. Now I'm going to show you what it has been like trying to get these junk mails stopped. Since January I have tried to unsubscribe from this crap 16 times. I was irate and fuming and then the next invite came. Here is the story.

APRIL 17th
Invitation received from someone who wants to connect on LinkedIn. I was asked to confirm that I knew the person in question. I ignored the request and pressed UNSUBSCIBE again. I decided to complain to the LinkedIn customer services about the emails. Here is my email:

I am sick to death of continually unsubscribing from these junk emails that you keep sending me, inviting me to join you. I AM NOT INTERESTED. I keep receiving invites from the accounts of the same friends so obviously you are not really unsubscribing me. If I receive one more message from your company I will take legal advice for harrassment. Got it? 

APRIL 18th 
LinkedIn replied with this message:

As you requested, I've added (my email) to our "do not contact" list. That means you'll no longer receive any emails from LinkedIn or our members at that address. If you change your mind, just let us know.

APRIL 20th
I read that email and felt happy that it was being sorted now. Today my mum was taken back into hospital so I didn't need any extra hassle.

APRIL 21st
Another invite arrived from LinkedIn. I could not believe it and I was furious. Here is my email to Customer Services.

Perhaps you could explain why I got another invite from your site today???  What part of NO are you people not getting? Obviously you have no interest in respecting my wishes so I will now be taking this matter further. This is harrassment and I WILL NOT stand for it. 

APRIL 21st
Reply from LinkedIn Customer services. This was a beauty.
Thanks for your reply.

  

Have you received the email to (my email)
No. I received it by bloody smoke signals-What a stupid bloody question. That was the whole point of my complaint to them! Arriving home from a day at the hospital to be greeted with that set me off on one.
 

APRIL 22ND
My email to them
You already have my email address. You already told me that no further messages would be sent to the named email address as it was on a do not contact list. Obviously this was not true. I am now complaining(again and again) of further emails sent to email address. My email is (my email) and I want your company to leave me alone. How hard can that be when I'm not even a member of your community???  

APRIL 22ND
Their reply to me. 
 

Would you mind sending me a screenshot of the mail you received? Here's a link with instructions on how to create a screenshot if you need it: https://help.linkedin.com/app/answers/global/id/223/ft/eng/track/AvOiego7Dv8W~XPvGuQW~yZJrOcq2C75Mv8q~zj~PP~j .
Also, please send me a screenshot of the Internet header from the message in question. Here's what an Internet header is and how to get it from an email: https://help.linkedin.com/app/answers/global/id/11581/ft/eng/track/AvOiego7Dv8W~XPvGuQW~yZJrOcq2C75Mv8q~zj~PP~j .
Lynn, once I get this information, I'll look at it right away!
APRIL 23RD
OMG. Can you believe that email??? How frigging hard is it to stop sending emails and invites to one poxy email address??? Why should I have to spend all day making up stupid documents to them so they can see an email that I shouldn't have received??? JUST STOP SENDING THE DAMN THINGS!!!  My level of irate was through the roof when I fired off an email an hour ago.
My reply.
Look, I'm getting really tired of spending my time trying to stop these junk emails. It's taking up my valuable time on a daily basis and I've had enough. Now I'm being asked to spend more time making screenshots and documents to show you the problem? Here is the problem. Your company keep sending me invites. I don't want them EVER. The messages are coming from you to my email. Just stop it happening!!! How difficult can that be? My mum is seriously ill with cancer and after spending all day or night attending to her needs, I don't have the time or energy for this rubbish.

The invitations are coming from invitations@linkedin.com

This was the last email header and message.
(author's name) invitation is awaiting your response
(author's name) would like to connect on LinkedIn. How would you like to respond?

I am tired and stressed and frustrated and your company is making it worse. This week I am going to speak to my MP to get action taken against your company. 
APRIL 23RD, one minute later a reply was sent. 

I truly apologize for this inconvenience. I have cross checked the email address and I have added it to the list.


Please let me know if you receive any more invitations.


Your Mom will get well soon, please do not worry.

Lynn, I look forward to hearing your response in order to further assist you

CURRENT STATUS:
Do I believe that this is sorted now? No of course I don't. The fact that I am to contact her if I receive any more invites does not fill me with confidence. I have spent the last two hours dealing with this and getting my blog post ready. I have the headache from hell. My grumpy levels are sky high. We have been dealing with sales and marketing phone calls on a daily basis as well(despite being on a phone preference list) so my temper is at an all time sizzling level. 
So to all the authors out there who know me. DON'T send me an invite to LinkedIn or I may have to rip your throats out...
No doubt the story will continue.
 

Monday, 21 April 2014

Book Blitz: Five Out of the Pit by Holli Anderson


Five Out of the Pit by Holli Anderson
(Five #2)
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: March 31st 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Synopsis:
The Five find their way to Moab, Utah where, before they’re even settled in, evil finds them.

As Paige fights to keep from succumbing to the pull of an Incubus that has her marked as his next conquest, Johnathan seeks to find a way to rid her of a curse she willingly accepted in order to save him.

A surprising revelation initiates a long-awaited, yet unexpected, reunion for Alec who discovers a new magical talent he possesses.

The FIVE, along with their mentor, Joe, must figure out what was meant by the last words of a Demon as it was sent back to the Netherworld—a promise of Gathering darkness—and stop the evil before it’s unleashed on the small town of Moab. And, the world.
 
He was big. He towered over me by at least a foot. A piece of greasy hair fell over his eyes as he lunged for me at the same time as I grabbed for my summoning necklace—that wasn’t there. I’d left it on the bathroom counter. I wasn’t prepared as he tackled me to the ground. I landed hard, with the grease ball on top of me. My breath came whooshing out and the pressure in my chest incapacitated me. I couldn’t breathe. Panic overtook me for a moment before I realized the breath had just been knocked out of me and my respirations would return shortly. The Big Greasy Giant laying atop me didn’t help the breathing problem.

As I lay there in the dirt, a rock jutting into my back below my backpack, I worked hard to inhale. I turned my head toward Halli. I wasn’t sure what had happened to her, I just saw two of the men crouched over her limp body, blood flowing from a large cut on her forehead. I struggled to push my assailant off me. He held me down while another of the goons grabbed my arms. Grease Ball put his face right up to mine and said, “Stay put little lady . . . or don’t. ‘S always more fun if ya don’t. Don’t even think about usin’ yer voodoo on me. One little spark and yer friend over there gets her throat slit.”
 


AUTHOR BIO
Holli Anderson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing—which has nothing to do with writing, except maybe by adding some pretty descriptive injury and vomit scenes to her books. She discovered her joy of writing during a very trying period in her life when escaping into make-believe saved her. She enjoys reading any book she gets her hands on, but has a particular love for anything fantasy.

Along with her husband, Steve, and their four sons, she lives in Grantsville, Utah—the same small town in which she grew up.

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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Stacking the Shelves #32


Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews
Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
      
So much for the quiet week of reading that I had planned...it has turned into another week of chaos with my mum not being very well after her chemotherapy last week. And to cap it off last night, the 16 year old next door decided to have one of her famous drinking parties. What is it with kids that they have to SCREAM every conversation instead of just talking??? One guy was certainly on drugs, the way he was wandering around staring at the moon like an idiot-or maybe he was a werewolf? Hmmm. Hard to tell really. By 1am the party showed no signs of slowing down and I tried to sleep wearing my dad's ear defenders which crippled my neck and made sleep impossible. So I'm very tired and grumpy this morning. What I wouldn't give to have the chance to move away from that lot and get some peace and quiet for the first time in about 10 years. *mutters darkly*
 
Stop by My Monday Musings to see what I read this week and my plans for next week. At the bottom of this post you'll find all the places where I lurk! Over the next few days I'll be visiting blogs to say hi!

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