Sunday, 28 September 2014

What's on Chuckle TV #6


Welcome to Chuckle TV! 
Every week I will be talking about what I have been watching in the world of TV, be it sport, documentaries, TV series, films, soaps or interesting news items. I'll be talking about favourites from the past and all the great sounding stuff that I haven't watched yet. Believe me, there are a lot of popular series that I haven't had the chance to see! Let the Count and I be your guide in the world of entertainment! Comments are welcome on what I'm currently watching but no spoilers please or your comments will not be published!

Well again this week I have continued to watch re-runs of Masterchef Australia season 3, Extreme Makeover Home Edition and Dog the Bounty Hunter which has been a lot of fun! 

Of course, for the last three days my attention has been fully on the 2014 Ryder Cup, one of the sporting events that I love the most. I never miss this and I love the tension of the last day. As I type all of the singles matches have started so it'll be an exciting afternoon! 

Go Europe! 

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Stacking the Shelves #51


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! Click on the link under the book to find its page on Goodreads or Smashwords.
                  
Please note that I always leave a message on your STS/SP if you visit me, but if you use DISQUS I will not be able to leave a comment on your page. And sometimes, I have problems leaving messages on blogs hosted by Wordpress. Links will take you to a Goodreads page or Smashwords page where you can view the book plot. Don't say I'm not good to you!
This was a good week for getting books in but not a great week for actually reading anything. I've been busy all week trying to get everything moved ready for the workmen coming in to fit new windows and doors on Tuesday. It is going to be a big upheaval and I'm not looking forward to it at all. But it need to be done to stop the winter draughts getting in and it will only be a day or two at the most so I better just suck it up! I'm also just lazing in front of the dvd player at night which is not helping me to get books read! I need a bit of a kick up the butt to get me focused on my tbrs again. Oh well, maybe next week!
So, my book haul this week reflects what I've been watching on TV with my Dog the Bounty Hunter books and the Marco Pierre White biography. I'm really excited to read the three of them but not until I get at least ten older tbrs read first! The review book was a lovely surprise from JL Bryan for everyone who took part in his book blitz and I look forward to reading it soon!
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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Throwback Thursday #37

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 am starting to look at the tbrs that are on my Kindle and Kobo. And there are quite a lot of them so that will keep us going for a good few weeks! 

Beri O’Dell is investigating paranormal creatures because she wants to know what she is. Taller and stronger than most men, she astral projects and can peel through dimensional layers to see the creatures and spirits beyond. She once helped her foster sister, Detective Elsa Remington, track down killers in Jacksonville, Florida, but stopped when a nasty fire elemental turned her strength against her. Now, she finds herself pulled back when something steals Elsa’s soul and puts her into a coma. With little time to spare, Beri searches for the reason behind her sister’s coma. 
She has help in her spirit guides Fred and Phro, but others come along for the ride, including a pyro-nervous witch, and an androgynous necromancer. The last thing Beri needs is to fall in love with a mysterious stranger. But the handsome Minoan warrior Nikolos knows what creature she’s after because he’s battled it before. It’s bad. He calls it the Dweller on the Threshold. 

Warning:
Contains a worried heroine with no time, a witch with fire problems, a pissed-off necromancer, a trapped goddess, and a damned sexy, but scary, warrior. Throw in bloody battles, mass-murderer history lessons and a bit of sexy time and you get the start of Beri’s new life.


Teenager Shanna Hunt has been hunting demons since her parents were murdered by them. She’s used to doing things alone, her own way, but one fateful night throws her into the company of a team of hunters, each specializing in a particular kind of monster: vampires, werewolves, witches, shape-shifters… This newly-formed team should be an unstoppable force for whatever is out there picking off individual hunters across the globe, but their first battle together against the monsters of the night could be their last.

Shayna and her two best friends have the abilities to manipulate and control the four elements, earth, air, water and fire. While learning to hone their growing powers, they discover a new and malicious presence in their sleepy beach town. Someone is performing blood magic and threatens to expose their small magical community. So far only small animals have been slaughtered, but then the nightmares start.

Shayna suffers nightmares of being chased and sacrificed only to wake up bloodied and bruised. She thinks her magical blood is the ultimate target for the final blood rite. When an innocent girl, Tracy, is kidnapped Shayna knows it's only a ploy to draw her out; she can't let someone die because of her.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Book Review: War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

A powerful tale of war, redemption, and a hero's journey.

In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?


My Review:
Albert's dad buys Joey as a drunken mistake but Albert devotes himself to caring for the horse. When his dad sells Joey to the army as a horse for warfare, Joey ends up in the trenches in FRance and Albert is determined to join up as soon as he can to track down his horse.

This was a good story. For those of you who have read Black Beauty, you will be familiar with the story being told from the horse point of view. Joey talks about his love for Albert and his fear of being taken away by strangers. The story tells of his experiences as a British cavalry horse and a German medical horse. Joey develops a friendship with another horse and with French civilians and soldiers who all try to care for him as the war ploughs on.

I enjoyed the close bond between Albert and Joey and the way the horse connected to both British and German soldiers who briefly owned him as well as French civilians who looked after him. The horse was a neutral character for telling the story from all sides. It was extremely balanced and there were no bad guys in this book, just weary people who wanted it all to end so they could just go home. I liked that balance. British soldiers cursing the constant charges across no man's land, Germans wondering why the British keep sending men and horses to certain death, civilians wondering how they will survive another winter. We even see a scene where a Welsh and German soldier bond over Joey which reminded me of the Christmas ceasefire in the trenches. It was well written and gives you an insight into what these men were feeling, so far from home and how pointless all the death and destruction was.

It is suitable for most ages. Yes there are descriptions of death and injury but not in horrific graphic detail. It has a couple of sad events in it as you would expect but some good moments too. The copy I have has beautiful colour illustrations throughout which really added to the story for me.

Overall, an enjoyable and educational book about World War 1.
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Monday, 22 September 2014

Book Blitz: Ellie Jordan Ghost Trapper by JL Bryan


Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper by J.L. Bryan
Publication date: September 19th 2014
Genres: Adult, Horror, 
Paranormal

Ellie Jordan’s job is to catch and remove unwanted ghosts. Part detective, part paranormal exterminator, Ellie operates out of Savannah, Georgia, one of the oldest and most haunted cities in North America.
When a family contacts her to deal with a disturbance presence in the old mansion they’ve recently purchased, Ellie first believes it to be a typical, by-the-book specter, a residual haunting by a restless spirit. Instead, she finds herself confronted an evil older and more powerful than she’d ever expected, rooted in the house’s long and sordid history of luxury, sin, and murder. The dangerous entity seems particularly interested in her clients’ ten-year-old daughter.
Soon her own life is in danger, and Ellie must find a way to exorcise the darkness of the house before it can kill her, her clients, or their frightened young child.


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Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper is the first book in a new series by J. L. Bryan, the author of the Jenny Pox series and other novels. He lives in the very hot state of Georgia with his family and no ghosts, as far as he knows.

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Ghost Sensors: Several devices can help you determine whether a ghost is in the room with you...maybe even right behind you! The most basic is an electromagnetic frequency (EMF) meter. Ghosts have electromagnetic fields, probably, and these can be detected with modern scientific instruments, maybe. Definitely buy one! We recommend you also pick up our special motion detectors and ghost thermometers—which measure how warm or cold the room is!

Ghost Goggles: Sooner or later, you’ll want to see the ghosts you’re hunting. We recommend sooner! We offer both night vision and thermal imaging goggles to help you find elusive spirits. You can buy one or the other, but it’s best if you buy both!

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Ghost Trap: This is the final “must-have” piece of gear. Your customers will pay you to remove unwanted spirits from their homes, so you’ll want some way to do that. We sell a range of affordable traps, from simple lead-glass jars to phone-booth-sized Faraday cages that create a solid electromagnetic barrier no wicked wraith can escape! We recommend you buy them all.

With these simple purchases, totaling less than eighty thousand dollars, you can become a professional ghost trapper, too! Visit our website to learn (or buy) more!

AUTHOR BIO
J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on the English Renaissance and the Romantic period. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He enjoys remixing elements of paranormal, supernatural, fantasy, horror and science fiction into new kinds of stories. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, his son, and some dogs and cats.

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Eating with Chuckles #2


Welcome to Eating with Chuckles! Since watching Masterchef and the Australian version, I have finally become brave enough to try some new foods that I've never went near before. Some of these foods are ones that you will have tried many times before but for a safe, risk free person like me, I have never been one to try new stuff in case I hate it. So this is about to change and I will be talking about what I've tried, what I liked and hated. Why not join me on my culinary journey by leaving comments, suggesting recipes and websites that I might find useful! 

So something else that I tried for the first time was Vietnamese food. It was pork and very thin vegetables wrapped in mooli ribbons with a sweet chilli dipping sauce. Yum! I hate vegetables but these were thinly cut and in with the pork so I didn't mind them. Of course I went back to the shop today to get some more but there were none on the shelves. How typical is that??? I'll try again later this week. I noticed a whole new range of Vietnamese, Mexican and Japanese food in the shop which was exciting so I might have to try some of that as well! It's nice to find new things to try as I get tired eating the same things all the time.

Reading with Chuckles #5


Welcome to Reading with Chuckles! This is where I fill you in on what I'm reading each week-what it is, where I got it or heard about it, what I think of it, if I'm continuing with it or abandoning it and any special offers I'm aware of where you can try the book yourself. Comments are welcome but no spoilers please! It's not fair to other readers!

I finished reading Lost Girl which I started last week and mentioned in last week's blog. I did like the book. A good MC with interesting powers, interesting sidekick characters that were a bit underused, decent plot but it lapsed into the typical cliche' of that dreaded love-hate relationship between the two MCs and the damn love triangle which did not fit into the story for me, and kind of spoiled things. The first half of the book was 4 star but as the book went on, there were more things that annoyed and frustrated me so my overall rating has dropped to a 3 star, which is a pity. My full review will be posted soon.

 



I also read War Horse which I picked up in a charity shop during the week just because it was going cheap. It was very much like Black Beauty in the trenches of WW1 and it was a good read. There is plenty of detail about WW1 and is very balanced, telling the story from the horse point of view but giving a voice to British and German soldiers and French civilians. I had this beautiful version with the gorgeous colour illustrations throughout the book which was great! I think it's a book that adults and children can both enjoy. I'm not sure about watching the film though! 

My full review of the book will be posted soon.


Sunday, 21 September 2014

What's on Chuckle TV #5


Welcome to Chuckle TV! 
Every week I will be talking about what I have been watching in the world of TV, be it sport, documentaries, TV series, films, soaps or interesting news items. I'll be talking about favourites from the past and all the great sounding stuff that I haven't watched yet. Believe me, there are a lot of popular series that I haven't had the chance to see! Let the Count and I be your guide in the world of entertainment! Comments are welcome on what I'm currently watching but no spoilers please or your comments will not be published!

This week I've continued watching Masterchef Australia season 2 which I'm very much enjoying. But I'm not a fan of bringing back contestants who have been eliminated for a 'second chance'. What was the point of eliminating them in the first place? They were sent home fair and square and this time, two of those brought back were in the final week at the expense of two of my favourites who had battled through every single week. It wasn't fair that they got no second chance. Crazy stuff. They need to get rid of this stupid idea for season three.

I've also become addicted to watching reruns of Extreme Makeover Home Edition. Jeez I can't watch this show without a pile of Kleenex! I cry at almost every episode when you see the conditions that some of these families have been living in or the illnesses and disabilities that people have to battle. Very sad but at the same time, I find it inspiring! And of course it is a lot of fun to yell 'Move that bus!' at the TV! I wish they hadn't cancelled it coz I'd never get tired of watching it.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Stacking the Shelves #50


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! Click on the link under the book to find its page on Goodreads or Smashwords.
                  
Please note that I always leave a message on your STS/SP if you visit me, but if you use DISQUS I will not be able to leave a comment on your page. And sometimes, I have problems leaving messages on blogs hosted by Wordpress. Links will take you to a Goodreads page or Smashwords page where you can view the book plot. Don't say I'm not good to you!

This was an AWESOME book week! A few books that were pre-ordered arrived, a couple of favourites bought in paperback, a nice zombie freebie discovered on Smashwords, a UF freebie on amazon, plus a very good trip to the charity shop! I picked up a pile of kids books for good causes on bookcrossing, some books about WWII for my uncle and a nice pile of books for me. 40 books for £14! I'm only putting the ones I bought for myself on my STS though. So that was pretty exciting and it is taking me a couple of hours to get this up due to graphics problems with blogger today. The only one I've read in this haul is Inquest which was a great dystopian novel so I decided to buy the whole trilogy!

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