QUICK NOTE...Update: 6/25/19
Still working through things. We were right in the path of Hurricane Michael (like so many others), and while the family is safe (pups, and parents), the house didn't fair as well. You'd think we'd be back in our home by now, since the disaster occurred October 2018, but nope. Things are very slow to progress towards normalcy...and every day presents a new headache/nightmare to deal with. Thanks for stopping by and sharing my bookish adventures. It helps remind me I'm not alone in this crazy journey called life.
Saturday, August 24, 2019
Friday, August 23, 2019
RULE #2: Always Have A Way Out.
RULE #3: Be Invisible.
RULE #4: Don’t Make Friends.
RULE #5: Do Not Talk To Dead People.
Hunted by sinister forces, Joe is forced ever deeper into both the maze and the mystery of his missing parents. What lies at the labyrinth’s centre and will it reunite him with the family he so desperately needs?
The novel is inspired by and set inside a unique and amazing house and gardens. Talliston was a 25-year project that took the UK’s most ordinary house and transformed it, room by room, by ordinary people on an ordinary budget, into Britain’s Most Extraordinary Home.
Starting as a three-bedroomed, semi-detached, ex-council house in Essex, today not a single square centimetre of the original house remains. In its place is an extraordinary labyrinth of locations, each set in different times and places.
John Tarrow is a storyteller, poet, shaman, award-winning author and creator of Britain’s most extraordinary home; Talliston House & Gardens.
Thursday, August 22, 2019
The whole world against him
The Nine Lives of Jacob Fallada is the story of an outsider, a lonely, misunderstood young artist who chronicles all the unpleasant things that happen to him in life. Abandoned by his parents, brought up be a tyrannical aunt, bullied at school, ostracized by the local community, nearly everyone Jacob comes into contact with takes an instant, (often) violent dislike towards him. Like Job from the bible, he is beaten and abused, manipulated and taken advantage of. Life, people, fate, circumstance force him deeper into his shell, deeper into the cocoon of his fledgling artistic work, where he records every significant event in sketches, paintings and short-form verse, documenting his own unique, eminently miserable human experience. At heart, he longs for companionship, intimacy, love, but is dealt so many blows he is too scared to reach out to anybody. On the fringes of society, he devotes himself solely to his art.
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Friday, August 16, 2019
All orphan Bolt Wattle has ever wanted was to find his true family. When a mysterious baron in far-off Brugaria sends for Bolt, he wonders if he's getting closer to finding his long-lost parents. But Baron Chordata appears to be a twelve-year-old boy who wears tuxedos all the time, shouts at everyone, and forbids Bolt from asking questions. Things couldn't get any worse . . . until midnight, when the Baron bites Bolt and turns him into a half boy, half penguin. Then things really couldn't get worse-- nope, wait, they get a lot worse. With the help and hindrance of a plucky girl who just might be the world's greatest bandit, a whale cult led by a man whose weapon is a stale loaf of French bread, and a sinister but friendly fortune-teller who can't stop cackling, Bolt's on a quest to reverse the curse, return to human form, and stop the Baron from taking over the country of Brugaria with his army of mind-controlled penguins in what might be the weirdest--and funniest--middle-grade novel you've ever read.
|Not actually the author, in case you were wondering...|
Allan Woodrow is the author of many books including The Pet War, Class Dismissed, Unschooled, Field Tripped, and now, inspired by Dracula, old werewolf movies, Young Frankenstein, and an odd affection for fish sticks, The Curse of the Werepenguin. When Allan isn't writing, or noshing on breading-coated seafood, he's often presenting to schools, libraries, and conferences. You can learn more about Allan at allanwoodrow.com
- In prehistoric times, penguins dressed less formally.
- The #5,486th most common cause of injury in the South Pole is accidentally impaling yourself on a penguin beak.
- In some European countries, it is illegal to open a zoo with less than four penguins.
- Pingosus, the ancient God of Penguins, is one of the lesser known gods in Greek mythology, yet no less beloved.
- Penguins are very sensitive under their flippers and also about their inability to fly.
- Some penguins live in the South Pole. Others live in South Poland because they are poor spellers.
- Breaking a mirror is considered unlucky, but breaking a mirror on a penguin is illegal.
- Penguins mate for life. They also check mate for life, which is why most penguins can only play chess once.
- Penguins can’t bowl because their webbed feet won’t fit in the bowling shoes.
- Gentoo penguins can swim four times faster than Michael Phelps. Yet only one penguin has ever won an Olympic medal, in luge.
- Although scientists don't understand why, penguins are mortally afraid of rice cookers.
- A group of penguins on land is a waddle. A group of penguins in the water is a raft. A group of penguins on my foot is painful.
- Penguins have excellent hearing despite no visible ears. They are also excellent pole vaulters despite no visible pole vaults.
- A penguin cannot get cold, but a penguin can get cold cuts at the deli.
- In Brugaria, “The Day of the Penguin” festival is best known for its ceremonial catapulting of dead fish.