Sunday, January 21, 2018

Event Recap: Lianne Oelke Signing

Lianne Oelke Event
Last Sunday I attended debut author Lianne Oelke's signing in Vancouver, Canada. I'm always excited when an author has an event near me (especially a local author!) so I make sure I can go. I wasn't too sure what the setup would be like so I go to the bookstore early. I managed to grab a front row seat~

Nice Try, Jane Sinner signing.

While waiting I got to chatting with another reader- hi Cheryl! We actually recognized each other from previous book events haha! She told me Nice Try, Jane Sinner was the bookstore's book club pick of the month which I think I will try to go to the discussion meet up~

Lianne Oelke talking about Nice Try, Jane Sinner and her publishing experience.
When the time came for the event to start, Lianne came out. She was very humble and talked about her debut novel Nice Try, Jane Sinner and her publishing journey. I actually had the pleasure of meeting her last year at a Raincoast Books preview event but it was still really lovely to see her with her published book! I loved listening to her talk about her publishing experiences. Some things she said:
  • Her writing started with Lord of the Rings fan fiction.
  • She wrote Nice Try, Jane Sinner in secret and didn't tell anyone until she had a publishing deal.
  • The reality tv idea came from her watching America's Next Top Model (and another show I forgot, sorry) at the time she was writing.
  • The book was originally titled House of Orange which is the name of the reality show in the book but the marketing department thought it was too Netflix-y (a mashup of Hose of Cards and Orange is the New Black). They asked Lianne to come up with a few alternatives with Jane Sinner's name in it and Nice Try, Jane Sinner was born!
  • Her advice to new writers: "Don't compare yourself with other authors. Focus on your writing."
  • She's currently writing a fantasy novel with Vikings/a Viking setting.
  • Not to get anyone's hopes up but she has a film agent ;)

Nice Try, Jane Sinner signing!
Thank you to Melissa and Brooke from Raincoast Books for taking and sharing this fun signing photo on Instagram XD
Photo with Lianne Oelke~
Mandatory author photo!
The goodies!! Besides the signed books I got I also managed to snag a Jane Sinner tote bag and some buttons and stickers (oops I forgot to include them in the picture but they're awesome!). Lianne is a huge cat lover so the first five people to show her a cat picture won a tote bag. I instantly whipped out my phone since my cats were my wallpapers LOL. I mean, I'm pretty sure the internet knows I'm a cat lady by now ;)
Nice Try, Jane Sinner and swag <3
I asked Lianne to write her favourite Jane line in my book and I love it <3 So much love for book! If humorous heartfelt stories with a heaping side of snark is your thing then pick up a copy of Nice Try, Jane Sinner asap!!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #177

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews that lets us share what we've added to our shelves.

I haven't gotten any physical books lately so I thought I'd do an ebook haul. I haven't done one in a while. Most of these I received for review but some I got because I've been on a romance kick XD

Heart on Fire by Amanda BouchetSociety of Wishes by Elise KovaAssassin of Truths by Brenda Drake
Infraction by Rachel Van DykenUnconditionally by Erin LyonDreaming in Chocolate by Susan Bishop Crispell
Hideaway by Penelope DouglasAnything You Can Do by R.S. GreyThe Foxe & the Hound by R.S. Grey
What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, January 19, 2018

Review: Blood and Sand (Blood and Sand #1) by C.V. Wyk

Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk
Blood and Sand
(Blood and Sand #1)
by C.V. Wyk
January 16, 2018
320 pages

Goodreads     Indigo

Goodreads Summary:

The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic―and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus...

For teens who love strong female protagonists in their fantasy and historical fiction, Blood and Sand is a stirring, yet poignant tale of two slaves who dared take on an empire by talented debut author C. V. Wyk.

Roma Victrix. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to create an empire―an empire built on the backs of the conquered, brought back to Rome as slaves.

Attia was once destined to rule as the queen and swordmaiden of Thrace, the greatest warrior kingdom the world had seen since Sparta. Now she is a slave, given to Xanthus, the Champion of Rome, as a sign of his master’s favor. Enslaved as a child, Xanthus is the preeminent gladiator of his generation.

Against all odds, Attia and Xanthus form a tentative bond. A bond that will spark a rebellion. A rebellion that threatens to bring the Roman Republic to its end―and gives rise to the legend of Spartacus...


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

WoW #184: Summer Constellations by Alisha Sevigny

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted every week by Breaking the Spine which lets us showcase an upcoming release we are excited about! 

Summer Constellations by Alisha SevignySummer Constellations
by Alisha Sevigny
May 1, 2018
264 pages

Goodreads      Indigo

Goodreads Summary:
Julia Ducharme is ready for a fresh start. Her little brother has finally recovered from a serious illness, and now she just wants to enjoy peak season at the campground her family owns. Maybe this will be the year her annual summer fling with Dan Schaeffer becomes something more?

But her summer dreams are quickly shattered. First, Dan arrives for vacation with a new girlfriend in tow, and then Julia discovers this may be her last summer in the only home she's ever known.

Crushing medical bills have brought her single mom to the brink of bankruptcy, and a wealthy developer is sniffing around the campground. He sees what Julia sees: lush woods, a pristine lake, miles of trails for adventure. Unlike Julia, he thinks this is the perfect spot for a casino resort.

Heartbroken and afraid, Julia looks to the stars for some perspective. Taking her telescope down to the dock one night, she has a chance encounter with a guitar-playing boy who offers some helpful advice. Too bad this handsome stranger is the developer's son, Nick Constantine.

As plans for a resort move forward, Julia is desperate to find a solution that doesn't mean leaving the lake. Nick, in turn, is desperate to separate himself from his father's aggressive business tactics. He promises that, together, they can thwart the sale.

But can Julia trust him to conspire against his own father? And could she ever she trust him with her heart?

Sounds like a contemporary I could enjoy ;)

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, January 15, 2018

Review: The Key to Everything by Paula Stokes

The Key to Everything by Paula StokesThe Key to Everything
by Paula Stokes
January 2, 2018
328 pages

Goodreads     Amazon

Goodreads Summary:
College senior Oakland Fuller has always believed in signs and soulmates, so when both a therapist and a fortuneteller say that her repeated relationship failures are due to unresolved feelings for her high school boyfriend, Seth, Oakland tries desperately to get back in touch with him. Problem: Seth isn’t responding to her online messages.

To rescue Oakland from a pathetic Christmas break of sitting in front of the computer, her best friend Morgan books the two of them on a guided excursion of Thailand. When the girls meet a pair of American soldiers in Bangkok, Oakland takes Morgan’s advice and engages in a little harmless holiday hooking up. Sergeant Tyson Banks is the perfect mix of sexy and fun. Two weeks with him might just turn out to be the best relationship Oakland has ever had.

Until the day she spots someone familiar across a crowded temple complex—it’s Seth! Somehow the boy she’s been trying to reconnect with is in Bangkok too. If that’s not a sign, then what is?

Filed with friendship, romance, and gorgeous faraway settings, The Key to Everything is a book for anyone who's ever dreamed of finding love when (or where) they least expected it.

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