I couldn’t fit a review into my schedule what with my study and everything. But I wanted to make sure you know about Holly’s latest book (RELEASED TODAY!) to give it a chance.
No longer content to just be Snappigram sensations, folk hop singers Zeke and Angelique are ready to move up from coffee house performances to the big stage. With songs like “Uh Huh, Future Baby Mama” and “Don’t Worry About the Bills, Little Missus” there’s pretty much no way they can fail.
But if their musical career takes off, will it leave their love behind?
This satirical novella about an over-the-top fame hungry duo is for fans of David Sedaris and Don DeLillo.
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Holly Tierney-Bedord is the author of over twenty books ranging from serious women’s fiction to romantic comedies, domestic thrillers, humor, and cozy mysteries. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
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Welcome back, today’s thoughts are on a different topic to Monday’s review of A Different Time, and I hope you enjoy them.
When I had a sick day off work, I took the time to give my body a rest from the stresses of study and blogging and watched like 3 movies and slept a whole heap. As part of my Netflix random scrolling until something caught my eye, I saw Brooklyn.
You may remember that I didn’t really enjoy this book towards the end so you’re probably wondering “why would you watch the movie of a book you didn’t really like?” Well as it turns out, in this case I think the movie is better than the book.
I know! I’m a book lover, I’m meant to say the book is ALWAYS better!
But in this case, I can’t say that. All the stuff I didn’t really like didn’t really come across in the movie. She didn’t feel like she was cheating on her husband. Just enjoying a trip back to her home country.
However, there were a few times in the movie where thing’s didn’t make sense. That was because they’d cut scenes out from the book as they always do. But that meant when she got pulled off the floor of work, why she got enrolled in a bookkeeping course, why her boyfriend kissed her on the doorstep and a few other things left me going “wait what? O that’s right! This happened in the book!”
For those people who haven’t read the book I bet they were pretty confused. Because it did feel like some gaping holes had been left open that probably should have been filled a bit better.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed what I think is my second TV/Movie to book comparison. I promise more will be coming! On Monday I’ll be doing a bit of a promo for a book that’s being re-released under a different name with some changes. You’ll need to come back to find out what it is!
I spent the first two weeks of this month over in Vietnam, pretty much not reading. I’d planned on reading 3 books while I was away and succeeded in reading only 1/4 of one book. I’d normally say that constitutes a slump but I was having too much fun at the beach, out sight seeing etc and hanging out with my partner and friends to care.
I mean why would you want to read when you could be doing this? (Yes I did need to share because I had such a good time!)
But that has left me a little stressed going into September since I’m now behind schedule. Luckily the authors I’m working with were ok with me pushing reviews for their books to October so I won’t be rushing and forcing reviews.
I still had quite a few reviews go live this month, luckily I tend to work 3-4 weeks in advance so there was no issue with these ones being ready to go. Even while I was away.
See? I still managed 9 reviews!
When You Were Minewas the only book this month to get a 5 star rating. So that made picking my fav easy!
I just loved how Lisa pushed the boundaries of what a family can look like. I loved that it shows there’s no one way a family should be together.
It also showed the effects of drugs, alcohol and fame. Not just the impact to those directly involved in that. But also to those around them and those that are related to them.
There really is so much to love about this book. And the writing just executes it perfectly!
My Least Fav
Although Give me a Dream was a good story. Overall, it just had more things I didn’t like compared to the other books this month.
It was the little things that irked me and made it feel a little more stilted than it needed to be. Even though it was still a good story, it just wasn’t quite on the same level when it came to ease of reading compared to the others.
September is going to be a lot quieter. I’ve already mentioned that I’ve pushed out two reviews to October. Over the month I’m now scheduled to do 5 reviews, 1 discussion and 1 promo post.
At the time I’m writing this for you I’ve still got 3 of the 5 books to review to read 😐
It’s going to be a mad dash by looks of it to get those read and ready before they need to go live…. Not to mention get a start on Octobers books…
My 2019 goals
You’d think going on holiday’s would make you put on weight wouldn’t you? I mean, you’re drinking (do you know how much carbs and sugar are in alcohol?!), eating whenever and whatever you want and typically exercising less.
Yet in Vietnam the food is so fresh, you’re drinking giant ice blocks in the beer and doing so much walking I actually lost 500g! It’s not much but given I wasn’t actively trying I’m pretty impressed! I doubt I’ve kept it off though since I got sick on my second last day there and have spent most of my first week back either wishing I was in bed, or in bed sick.
I’ve also mentioned I’ve made like no progress in the way of reading books. I really do mean that… I’m now getting less far ahead due to not reading hahahaha but hopefully September will be better.
I’ve survived the coldest month of the year without adding on the dreaded winter weight! Although I think my asthma being managed has helped a lot, along with all the cardio training I’ve been doing at boxercise.
As some of you might have noticed, I’ve had a massive month (with one more review due on Wednesday!) with tours which will continue through to about mid-September. So let’s see how much I’ve got done this month.
Wow! Just WOW!
8 reviews, 3 discussions style posts and a cover reveal. I’ve also read 9 books and I’ve still got 6 day’s left of the month when I’m writing this up. Which means I can probably squeeze in a 10th book!
Now on to the fun stuff!
I actually had 4 books I rated as 5 stars this month. So in the spirit of fairness (I mean, how much can I plug The Time for Alexander before it get’s weird?) I think I have to go with….I Will Follow Him.
This one came up on my radar right when I needed something warm and tropical. It also reminded a a bit of Veronica Mars and get me into that girl power detective mode right in time for a 4th season to be released. OK so maybe I need to find time to re-watch season’s 1-3 first because I’m that kind of person.
But seriously, this was great fun to read and exactly what you want when you’re stuck in miserable cold weather or sitting on a beach. If you haven’t already, I think you should pick up a copy!
My Least Fav
I gave this one 4 stars, but compared to the other’s this month is just lost out. If it had have been in another month Reclaimed by her Rebel Knight wouldn’t be sitting here.
Even as I’m writing this I kind of want to scrap this section this month because I don’t think any of them deserve to be rated as “bad” when this one just didn’t quite suit my feelings this month.
Now I know you haven’t actually had a chance to read this review yet. So make sure you come back on Wednesday to find out what I thought of this one compared to the rest!
What’s coming up
Well another crazy month for starters! For instance, this week alone I have 3 reviews and a publication day announcement scheduled. Then next week and for the rest of the month I already have 2 reviews a week scheduled.
So if I decide to write and share any of my discussion ideas with you this month I’d just be adding to that.
I’m also kind of hoping you’ll understand why Tamora Pierce needs to wait at least another month? I promise I will come back to her series review for the Circle Universe. Between study and all these tours I just don’t have time for it at the moment which I really hate.
My 2019 goals
Well I’ve continued to keep the weight off, I’m feeling stronger than ever. My chiro even said she can feel the difference and the stability in my muscles when she adjusts me. This has to do with it being a tinsy tiny little bit harder to adjust me because my core muscles have gotten stronger. Which is awesome by the way!
I’m now 22 books ahead of schedule thanks to my massive reading month. Even with managing to keep up with all my studies and getting a scholarship application together.
My boss can’t understand how I do everything I do, and sometimes neither can I!
I’m going to be jetting off to Vietnam for 2 weeks on Saturday so I’m hoping to get some good R&R in over that time. I’ve got 3 books I’m taking with me (the Kindle is coming as well but I actually want to read at least 2 of these and they’re physical copies so they tend to get left to last sometimes) so I’ll have something to read on the beach that won’t run out of battery. If I’m a bit quiet on the socials over this period it’s because I’m having an amazing time on the beach working on my tan.
Today I have a special author interview for you. Rach Random Resources brought the amazing soundingnovel The Summer House in Santorini by Samantha Parks to me but I just couldn’t fit in a review. Why did so many great sounding books have to come on tour all within a few months!
Have a read of the blurb to see why I’m interested!
One summer in Greece will change everything…
Anna’s running away. From a failed relationship, a dead-end career and a complicated family life.
On the island of Santorini, with its picturesque villas, blue-tiled roofs, and the turquoise waters of the Aegean lapping at the white sand beaches, Anna inherits a less-than-picturesque summer house from her estranged father. As she rebuilds the house, she rebuilds her life, uncovering family secrets along the way that change everything. She starts to fall for her little slice of paradise, as well as for gorgeous, charming Nikos.
Will Anna lose her heart in more ways than one?
So moving on to my interview with Samantha!
Hi Samantha, thank you for taking the time to participates in a Q&A for your latest book. I’m hoping we’ll have some fun with our interview.
Q1: What made you want to become a writer?
I’ve always wanted to write! I was one of those kids that immediately dove headfirst into anything if people said I was good at it, and writing was one of those things. But unlike science and horse riding, this one stuck. Two writing degrees and half a dozen unfinished manuscripts later, this one was the one that finally happened.
I know the feeling, but in a different feel. I believe it’s called zest! And I’ve been told that’s a strength.
Q2: What was your family’s reaction when you told them about wanting to be or becoming a published author?
My parents were so proud! Like I said, I’ve been writing with their encouragement for a while, so it was a big team win. My mom is my biggest supporter, and she’s read so many different versions of this book I’m surprised she can keep them straight.
That’s awesome. I can’t image trying to break into a field like writing but I imagine it’d be so much harder without your family there to support you.
Q3: How many stories do you currently have in your head that you’re wanting to, or in the process of writing?
I have about 6 unfinished manuscripts, outlines for 8, and concepts for nearly a dozen more. A lack of ideas is not an issue I have. Haha.
Wow! That’s a fair few! I imagine those will keep you busy for quite some time still!
Q4: What’s your writing process like?
I’m a major binger, so I’ll write twelve hours a day for three days and then not again for a few days. It’s probably not the healthiest process, but it works for me!
I’m all for doing what’s right for you. I tend to binge my work as well then need a break for a few days. Not that I get that with my 9-5 style job. I’m kind of jealous of you in a way!
Q5: What was your inspiration for The Summer House in Santorini?
My editor suggested I write something set there, but then it was the history of the island itself that inspired me. I talk about it in the first chapter of my book!
That is not what I was expecting!
Q6: Have you spent any time in Santorini?
I haven’t! The book was written entirely from research. I spent a lot of time in Google Street View. I would love to go though and am planning a girls trip to celebrate the paperback release in October!
That must’ve made it hard to write about the place. I feel like you don’t quite get the feel of a place from Google Maps.
Q7: Do you wish you could be a part of your characters worlds?
Yes and no – I would love to live somewhere like Santorini, but I also love how insular their story is, and I would 100% be into Nikos if I were there. Haha!
Yea, it’d be kinda awkward to fall in love with your own character wouldn’t it? Hahaha!
Q8: Are you going to miss Anna and Niko, or will we see them again in the future?
I am going to miss them… but never say never! If the response to the book is positive, it’s always a possibility 🙂
Well hopefully I’ll get a chance to read the book before a sequel comes out!
Time to get a bit more personal now we’ve gotten to know all about your latest book.
Q9: What’s your favourite TV show/movie?
Favourite film is definitely About Time! TV show is harder to place, but Firefly, Buffy and Brooklyn 99 are up there.
I haven’t seen Firefly but I’ve been told it’s up my alley. And I LOVE Brooklyn nine-nine! My partner and I love watching this on a Friday night. It’s a great way to end the week.
Q10: What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you?
While sledding in university, I was out of control on the ice and was hurtling toward someone… who turned out to be the campus chaplain, who was a friend of a friend. When I hit him, I wet myself all over both of us. The best part? He didn’t notice it at the moment. It wasn’t until that summer, when I was in ECUADOR of all places, telling the story at a training dinner for my intern group when everyone was sharing their most embarrassing moments. One of them happened to be friends with his wife, and she told him!
O wow! I wasn’t expecting that when I asked that question! What a way for him to find out!
Q11: Do you have any crazy travel stories? If so, care to share?
One time I was in a small village in a valley in Ecuador with just a few dollars and missed the last bus out that day. We ended up paying a local to drive us up out of the valley in the back of his pickup truck to the main road where we could catch another bus. We sat back there for forty-five minutes in the rain eating bologna and mustard sandwiches. We made the next bus though!
That sounds like crazy in a good way. I always love hearing people’s travel stories, thank you for sharing.
Q12: What’s your party trick?
I can sing the counties of South Carolina in alphabetical order to the tune of Yankee Doodle. It’s not a great one, but it’s all I’ve got.
That’s an interesting party trick. I hope you had some fun answering my questions. Thank you again and good luck with the rest of the tour!
Samantha Parks is the pen name of Sam Gale. Her pen name comes from her late grandmother Velma Hobbs nee Parks, who was one of Sam’s greatest role models. Sam was born in North Carolina but now resides in Bournemouth, UK with her husband Alex. She owns a successful marketing company and is enjoying her slow descent into “crazy plant lady” status.
I saw this type of post over on Anna’s Scones and Tomes blog and loved it. I thought it was a great way to review what you’ve read so far along with some other fun bookish themes. Since I loved it I figured I’d steal it and Anna was happy to let me thank fully!
Best book I’ve read?
So this was a bit of a tough decision, but I’m going to have to say The Wrong kind of Love by Lexi Ryan since my other one is already getting mention elsewhere hehehe. I got this one on NetGalley and I absolutely loved it. Enough to go and buy the rest of the series immediately!
Crazy for Your Love is the latest book in the series I mentioned before by Lexi Ryan. I’ve yet to buy and read this due to my ridiculous reading commitments this winter (northern hemisphere’s summer) so I’ll see how I go with getting around to that one!
What is my most anticipated new release for the second half of 2019?
There’s a few books I’m hoping are coming out later this year including:
The sequel to An Unconventional Affair, An Unconventional Affair: A Risk Worth Sharing. I’d been looking forward to this since I’d finished the first book and this one just really let me down. It wasn’t what I was expecting it to be and it felt like some of the character moves were made just to tick inclusion boxes rather than to add to the story in a meaningful way.
Biggest surprise I’ve read?
Probably After the Green Withered by Kristin Ward. Given it’s a Young Adult novel I expected it to be teenier and it actually wasn’t. It was deep, well thought out, complex and so relevant to so many environmental things going on at the moment.
O this is easy! Seth from The Wedding Planner by Eve Devon! I just loved his kinda cocky but genuinely nice personality. It reminds me of my partner, but he sounds like he has a way better package than my man. Not that I’m complaining about my guy! My guy has a good 10 years on Seth so good luck to Seth holding onto that body when he’s almost 40!
Newest favourite character I’ve read?
My newest would probably be Maddie from The Secret Cove in Croatia by Julie Caplin. She’s so comfortable in her skin (even though it’s not the so-called perfect size), she can have fun and she doesn’t pretend to be anything or anyone other than who she is. That kind of self-acceptance is something we should all strive for, I think.
Book that made me cry reading it?
So, I’m not really a crier. Like, the Notebook didn’t make me cry even in that final scene where they die together and then you see the mouse/rat. But if anything, it was probably Probably The Best Kiss In The World by Pernille Hughes got the closest.
Book that made me happy reading it?
Spring Skies over Bluebell Castle by Sarah Bennett. Not only was it set in spring with all the flowers coming alive, relationships blossoming etc. It was just such a great feel good book, even with the obvious romantic blunder along the way.
Favourite book to movie adaption I saw?
So, I haven’t read the book yet, but it is on my TBR list, but Crazy Rich Asians. I didn’t actually get around to watching that until this year and I loved it. Like all my Asian friends (although most of them are Vietnamese…) loved this movie and wouldn’t stop raving about it that I had to keep reminding them not to spoil it for me. But yes, I did love this one and I can’t wait to (eventually) get around to reading it to see how it differs.
Favourite review I’ve written this year?
Depending on how you interpret this it could be either An Impossible Thing Called Love by Belinda Missen (she’s an Aussie and I wasn’t expecting that) for a few reasons or To the Stars and Back by Camilla Isley. Belinda’s was great from a personal perspective, while Camilla’s was so fun to write since I got a bit carried away with the puns and edited some of them out so it wasn’t too punny.
Most beautiful book I’ve bought?
O wow… Ok now this is going to be hard! Let me just go and check my bookself…So I’ve bought the Game of Thrones series (all nice covers) and had 7 books arrive from book boxes. None of them really jump out at me as being “pretty” or “beautiful” like I’ve seen with some books. But I’m leaning towards The Scoundrel in Her Bed by Lorraine Heath from my Swept Away book box.
What books do I need to read by the end of the year?
Fire and Blood, I started it to learn more about the Westerosi history so that it’d go well with my analysis of the TV show compared to the books (coming at some point in time in the future…hopefully before the next book comes out) and I really want to read the other sequel, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.
Well that’s my reading year so far. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what I’ve been up to so far this year. I’ve love to hear what your reading year has been like so please comment below!
I was tagged by Emily the Book Nerd to do this tag. While I read Emily’s responses I thought it could be interesting but also hard to think up 10 things weird about myself (that I’m willing to share!). This tag was created by Delly on Twitter, you can also find them at their blog.
Why am I weird tag rules
List ten weird things about yourself, your life, or silly habits that you wouldn’t normally share
Tag up to ten people so you can get to know them better
Link back to the person who tagged you and the creator
Comment on the posts of people you tagged!
My ten weird facts are:
So long as my neck isn’t having a bad day, I
can lick my elbow. Yes, I know they say it’s impossible, but my partner can vouch
for me that my ridiculously long tongue allows me to defy that rule.
My maths skills are so bad I’ve significantly
overpaid my credit card several times. Do you know how embarrassing it is to
call your bank and be like “So I paid like $800 onto my credit card yesterday,
can I have $700 of that back please? Why? O coz I can’t do maths and thought I
My partner and I have been together for over 7
years now, been living together for almost 5 and still sleep in separate
bedrooms. Why? Coz he snores and I don’t wanna deal with that crap! My sleep is
SOOOO much better when I sleep alone! Don’t worry, I still love him, and we do
spend weekends together, I just need my beauty sleep on work nights.
I have a superpower. I don’t mean one of those
flashy one’s where I can save the world. I mean one of those really practical
ones that I’m sure everyone would love to have. For me, I can find a car park
within like 2 minutes of looking. Even when it’s PACKED! True story. I now have
to be the one to drive when we go Christmas shopping coz at least I can get us
I can have an entire conversation with you
while I’m asleep. My partner hasn’t tried so I don’t actually know if I still
do this. But I know I used to do it to my mum all the time when she’d come home
from work and come in to say goodnight to me when I was growing up.
I also used to sleepwalk to the point where my
parents had to close every door between my room and a room with an alarm in it
to stop me wandering into a room with an alarm. Coz who wants to be woken up at
god knows what time of the night coz their kid slept walked? The worst part for
them? I wouldn’t even wake up. I’d just wander on back to bed and leave them to
get up to turn the alarm off.
Up until like last year (when I turned 28) I
kept getting ID’d when I’d try and buy alcohol which is like 8 years too long
in my opinion. Note for my international readers: here in Australia the
drinking age is 18.
I’m following in my dad’s footsteps and going
grey before I’ve reached 30. It actually started back when I was like 25 but my
sister (also my hairdresser) and I kept pulling them out. But I think I’ve
reached that critical point where I won’t be able to keep up with them popping
I was born and raised an only child but have
two sisters. And no, they aren’t both step siblings. One of them was my sister
from as soon as I was born, and we actually are related.
I have jaundice which makes my skin look olive, but I can never get past golden when I tan. Also, fun fact. I only found out about the jaundice a few years ago, and only because my new doctor’s clinic uses the same pathology company as the doctor I went to growing up.
Ok well that’s 10 weird facts about me. I hope none of them were scary, and hopefully you got a few good laughs from them. Feel free to do this tag even if I don’t tag you coz it is kinda fun sitting here thinking up these facts!
We have officially reached winter. That means lots of teas, hot chocolates (dairy and soy free for me) and fireside nights with lazy mornings in bed on the weekends. In a way I love this weather coz we get to have the fire going and just chill and not do anything.
But then on the other hand my asthma flares up, you lose motivation to exercise and overall just want to hibernate through to warmer weather. I know my hometown of Melbourne doesn’t quite get as cold as some other cities out there. But we’re the second coldest state in Australia and I go around in a ski jacket pretty much from May through to October.
I think the Baobab Beach Retreat got a bit of a head start here since it’s coming into winter and I got to read about sunshine, beaches, lovely weather and a relaxing holiday while I’m stuck in weather that’s just getting colder and colder.
Not to mention I’m due for a holiday soon. Like a proper relax on the beach kind of holiday. So this one really took me away from my current cold climate and I loved that.
My Least Fav
I really didn’t need to think about this one. I just really didn’t enjoy The Bastard!
The blurb had such great promise that I requested it off Netgalley. Got approved and then it all just kind of fell apart.
I felt kind of like I’d been lied to and I hated it. All the promise of the suspense, the sexual tension. And then….nothing when I read it….
It just didn’t do it for me, sorry.
Whats coming up
Well I have more Rach Random Resources tours coming in July. I’m HOPING I can finally get the rest of the Circle Universe reviews out for you. Just depends on how productive I am getting those reviews written and artwork created.
I’ve also got a few discussion posts I’m preparing alongside another book series that I’ve read, written reviews for and have artwork ready to go. So you never know. I might give you those before the Circle Universe ones!
My 2019 Goals Update
Thanks to spending the first week of June in bed sick and basically not eating for a week (I promise I wasn’t hungry, I ate whenever I was hungry which just happened to be once a day for breakfast!) I lost 2kgs (YAY!) and even better. I’ve KEPT it off since getting better and eating normally again!
On another note. This one isn’t really a goal but I’m getting some kicks out of it. It turns out I’m following in my dads footsteps and going grey before I hit 30. Now all I gotta do is figure out how to dye my hair grey in a way that doesn’t look weird and gets me through the shitty “I’m trying to go grey but only in random hairs here and there” phase. I’m all for ageing gracefully and I’d be fighting a losing battle with the grey, so I might as well embrace it!
O also, I’m like 15 books ahead of my Goodreads book challenge but woefully behind on my Aussie Author challenge. I really need to pull out some of my Aussie author’s from my TBR pile.
I hope your June has been great and you’ll see me with new reviews over the next two days! That’s right! I’m kicking off the new financial year (yea in Australia our financial year starts July 1st, weird I know) with two reviews in a row!
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child first started performing like what, five years ago? And I finally got to see it for myself! YYYAAAYYY!!!!
The best part is that I didn’t even need to leave my home city. It started out on the West End in London in 2016 before opening on Broadway in New York a year ago. I can’t believe how lucky I feel that Melbourne, Australia was the latest to open.
I might have actually gone like a month ago, but I’ve finally found time to tell you about it. Man did my time get taken up with my assignments. Now I will #KeeptheSecrets because if any of you are planning to see it, I don’t want to ruin it for you.
What I love about this production is that they worked together with the theatre owner to refurbish the whole place. The little details they included were amazing. The H’s in the carpet, the dragon’s holding the lantern’s as if we’re in Hogwarts. It really made you feel as if you’d stepped into the magical world of Hogwarts.
Even the staff were amazing. Imagine walking in and having them taking your coat to the coat room before you even realise there is one. Kind of helpful like a house elf. When I ordered drinks for mum and I they asked if I wanted to order drinks for intermission so I wouldn’t have to line up. I mean talk about helpful and making sure I got the most out of my experience!
Even the production was great.
I read the screenplay back when it was released but the way they brought it alive was something else entirely. The little details they included, the facial expressions, the tone of voice. Even how they made stage changes between scenes into a performance of their own rather than a surreptitious change and movement of props.
At one point my mum got a fright because of how intricate, realistic and engaging the performance is. My sister’s advice to get seats in the stalls was definitely good advice! Even if the tickets are more expensive, it’s worth it! Seeing this live really did exceed all my expectations.
My advice to you? If you get an opportunity to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child live on stage. See it! I really hope the quality performance I experienced is replicated in every location this is brought to. It was amazing!