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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Important message from Anniek and Suze


Dear With Love for Books readers, 

Due to unforeseen circumstances Anniek and Suze will be offline at least until the end of 2018. 

Anniek's father is gravely ill and he's been admitted to the ICU. Suze has been ill for a while now and a team of bright doctors has taken up the challenge to make her feel better again.

All current giveaways will continue to run. Emails won't be replied to for the time being. 

They told me to say that they love you and miss you already.

Best wishes, 
Anton

Friday, December 7, 2018

What Makes My Heart Beat Faster by Karen Gregory - Guest Post & Giveaway



About Karen Gregory


Karen is a graduate of Somerville College, Oxford, and a project manager by day who’s become adept at writing around the edges (strong coffee and a healthy disregard for housework help). A confirmed bookhead since early childhood, Karen wrote her first story about Bantra the mouse at the age of twelve, then put away the word processor until her first child was born when she was overtaken by the urge to write.

Karen lives in Wiltshire with her family and is represented by Claire Wilson at Rogers, Coleridge & White.

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What makes my heart beat faster 
Guest post by Karen Gregory

I could choose something joyful, like catching the autumn light falling on my children at the playground and knowing how completely I love them. Or something fearful; any one of a number of scenes from Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House would do the trick (the car jump scare! That reveal at the end of episode five!) Today though, as I have a deadline looming, I’m going to talk about the peculiar mixture of excitement, hope and dread which comes with getting feedback on your writing.

That first feedback, from someone you trust and respect, is always the scariest part for me. Over the years, the person at the end of the manuscript has changed, but the following steps seem to remain pretty constant.

1. What have I done? This feeling hits roughly five seconds after you hit send on a manuscript. This happens to me every time, no matter how hard I’ve worked, how many times I’ve revised, how much I’m convinced I’ve done all I can and it’s ready for feedback. Each time I send something it feels like a leap of faith.

2. The Nervous Wait, aka the time when you know you should be writing something else, yet can’t bring yourself to, because you’re convinced everything you write is terrible except maybe it’s kind of OK, but actually no you’re circling right back to ‘What have I done?’

3. The Verdict. That’s the point my heart pounds the most, wondering whether things have landed how I want them to. It doesn’t ever seem to get any easier. Then the feedback arrives and there’s the initial rush of taking it all in and picking out all the nice parts while totally glossing over the rest. There’s the joy of knowing you’ve connected and while it’s always nice to hear the things that are working, inevitably there also things that don’t quite hit the mark just yet. The best feedback always makes me think very hard.

4. Blind panic. It’s not that I don’t agree with the feedback; if my editor raises a question, I know it’s because something needs looking at and I think I’m pretty good at not taking it personally. It’s simply because at this point, I literally have no idea how I’ll manage to fix the problem. This is not fun and can last anywhere from minutes to weeks. It’s the hardest part for me to handle and so far, the only thing that seems to work is to wait while all my anxiety and doubt gathers itself up ready for stage five.

5. Meltdown. I have spent more than one evening sobbing to a friend over edits!

Meltdown is invariably followed by the first spark of an idea on how to fix something. I have no idea why it works that way for me. If I could skip it and just get to work without all the angst and naval-gazing I really would. I’m sure my friends would thank me for it! One way or another though, it seems I have to process emotionally before the ideas will come. Perhaps it’s just one small bit of one scene to start with, but after that, it feels like dominos falling. And my heart beats faster all over again because this is the best part of the process; the click as ideas slot into place. The knowledge that the feedback is going to make your book a million times better. Then I can start fixing things. I actually love it, even if can take a while to get there!

Giveaway

Three very lucky readers of With Love for Books will receive a signed Skylarks postcard from Karen Gregory.


The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

What Makes My Heart Beat Faster by Eve Devon - Guest Post & Giveaway



About Eve Devon


I write sexy heroes, sassy heroines & happy ever afters...Growing up in locations like Botswana and Venezuela gave me quite the taste for adventure and my love for romances began when my mother shoved one into my hands in a desperate attempt to keep me quiet during TV coverage of the Wimbledon tennis finals!

When I wasn't consuming books by the bucketload, I could be found pretending to be a damsel in distress or running around solving mysteries and writing down my adventures. As a teenager, I wrote countless episodes of TV detective dramas so the hero and heroine would end up together every week. As an adult, I worked in a library to conveniently continue consuming books by the bucket load, until realising I was destined to write contemporary romance and romantic suspense myself. 

I live in leafy Surrey in the UK, a book-devouring, slightly melodramatic, romance-writing sassy heroine with my very own sexy hero husband!

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What makes my heart beat faster
Guest post by Eve Devon

Okay, so there are two things guaranteed to make my heart beat faster at this time of year … Christmas and Books!

Thinking about it, they may actually be one thing because they go together so perfectly. I truly believe that there’s a perfect book out there for everyone. You just have to know where to find it. Luckily you can start with those fab book lists and charts that all the newspapers and magazines put together about two months before the Big Day. You know the ones I mean? They’re titled things like:

Books that Make the Perfect Christmas Present 

The Top Ten Books for the Jumper-Wearing Log-Felling Ballerina in Your Life

100 Famous People Recommend Books for Brunch

I devour these lists and before I know it my heart is beating faster because suddenly I want … need … crave every single book on the list. I want all my Christmas presents to be books and then I want a month off to sit surrounded by them, reading them, while snuggled in a cosy armchair by a real fire with an endless supply of hot chocolate.

Confession: I’m super-nosy. Opening a book and peeking inside feeds this affliction like nothing else. If you put a book in front of me and asked me not to look at it, I (literally!) wouldn’t be able to stop myself. The subject could be paint-drying and I’d get one look at the cover, feel the book-jacket in my hands and before I knew it I’d be opening it up, wanting to know more. I’m the person that asks to borrow the perfectly placed coffee-table book in your lounge because I started reading it while you put the kettle on.

Then there’s the six degrees of separation issue on the ‘Famous People Read’ lists. Harry and Meghan stay up reading J R Hartley’s ‘Fly Fishing’ every year at Christmas? I do that too! We could start a club! I’ll make Christmas biscuits. Because let’s face it, the only thing better than getting a book as a Christmas present is being in a room with others who love reading too.

All of which brings me to my penultimate heart-beating-faster Christmas Books love: Jolabokaflod. This loosely translates as Iceland’s ‘Christmas Book Flood’ and it’s where its publishing industry releases all their new titles in the months before Christmas. The most fabulous tradition born from it sees family exchanging book gifts on Christmas Eve and then staying up all night to read them. The partaking of hot chocolate is heavily encouraged! How could this not be heart-beating-faster Christmas perfection? Especially if the book you received happened to be one of those gorgeous, scene-setting, get-you-excited-for-the-big-day Christmas romances?

For me there’s only been one thing better … and that was getting to write my very own rom-com Christmas romance!

If you love laugh-out-loud romantic comedy set at Christmas then ‘Christmas at the Little Clock House on the Green’ is guaranteed to make your heart beat faster. Meet Jane-Austen-loving match-making mixologist Emma Danes and Whispers Wood’s very own Mr. Knightley as the countdown to the grand opening of Cocktails&Chai @ the Clock House begins …

To set the Christmassy mood, I’ve got one signed paperback to giveaway …

Giveaway


One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a signed paperback of Christmas at the Little Clock House on the Green by Eve Devon.


The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

Friday, November 30, 2018

What Makes My Heart Beat Faster by Poppy Blake - Guest Post & Giveaway



About Poppy Blake


Poppy Blake is an avid scribbler of contemporary romance and romcoms. When not writing she loves indulging in the odd cocktail or two - accompanied by a tower of cupcakes.

The Windmill Cafe series follows the life and loves of Rosie and Matt in the glorious countryside of Norfolk and has opened its doors in March 2018 with Summer Breeze. Why not pop in for a visit?

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What makes my heart beat faster
Guest post by Poppy Blake

What makes my heart beat faster? Well, that’s a great question to start off a blog post. For me, it would have to be travel. I love exploring new places, whether that be a hidden part of the city where I live, a seaside town I haven’t visited before, or somewhere much further afield.

This year I went to Tuscany, Florence to be precise – it was an amazing experience. Of course, I spent some time touring the world-famous museums and art galleries, the food markets and the spectacular gardens of the Pitti Palace, but the best days were the ones I spent simply meandering the cobbled streets, exploring the shady alleyways, stopping occasionally for a saffron-flavoured ice cream, a rich, dark espresso, or a delicious home-made pastry. Every nook offered an architectural surprise, every cranny a floral masterpiece. I’d love to go back with my sketch pad!

One of the best travel experiences I had was a trip to New York for a milestone birthday. It was an awe-inspiring place and the few days we had there didn’t do it justice – there was just so much to see! We took in a show, Mama Mia, boarded a boat trip up the Hudson River, rode the elevator to the top of the Rockefeller center, and spent an amazing day at the American Natural History museum. For me, though, the best thing was the visit to Tiffany’s. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of my favourite films and it was a ‘bucket list’ moment having my photo taken outside the iconic store.

However, I have to say that the best holiday I’ve ever had was when I went with my family to Walt Disney World in Florida. It was just such a magical place to visit with something for everyone, no matter what age! Just to see the expression on my family’s faces when they saw the daily parades with their favourite Disney characters taking centre stage, or the spectacular nightly firework displays, was worth the eighteen-hour journey to get there. It’s another place I’d like to go back to. Those rides certainly did make my heart beat faster!

Books by Poppy Blake

One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a $10/£10 Starbucks egift card from Poppy Blake.

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Dead of Night by Baileigh Higgins - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Anniek

Traveling to Sint Francis wasn’t without danger and Nadia is devastated after losing Logan. He gave his life so they could escape the zombie herd that swarmed them. Within the safe walls of Sint Francis, Nadia feels uneasy. She’s being treated like a teenager, but surviving in a zombie world has made her grow up very fast. Nadia knows that she’s as much of a danger to the living as are the zombies. Nadia has been bitten and survived, making her a carrier of the virus. Can Nadia find a way to fit in or will her grief force her to flee?

Nadia, Cat and Lisa have become best friends. Together they’ve fought, laughed and cried and they do everything to keep each other safe. When Cat and Lisa found out that Nadia was planning on running away they decide to join her. Outside the group danger lurks behind every corner. It’s not only the walking dead they have to look out for. The living can be just as deadly. What are their options when one of them gets captured by a ruthless gang?

Nadia, Cat and Lisa all have their own issues to deal with. They’ve been through a lot, however they have always found a way out. After all the time they’ve spend together the girls have became resilient, resourceful and a true force to be reckoned with. I loved the dynamics between them. They understand each other perfectly and know their individual strengths and flaws very well. I had an immediate connection with the girls ever since the very first time they’re introduced in the Dangerous Days series and I couldn’t wait to read more about their own journey.

Dead of Night is a frightening story about surviving in a new world. Little things become very important again and their will to live has never been higher. I love to read stories about strong female characters. Baileigh Higgins has managed to make them come alive realistically. The girls are true heroines and stand for what they believe. Dead of Night is the first book in the Dangerous Nights series and the unexpected terrors made my heart skip multiple times. Baileigh Higgins is an experienced and skillful writer and I highly recommend this brilliant book.

Advice

If you love the post-apocalyptic and zombie genre, then Dead of Night would be a perfect choice for you. 

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About Baileigh Higgins


South African writer and coffee addict, Baileigh Higgins, lives in the Free State with hubby and best friend Brendan and loves nothing more than lazing on the couch with pizza and a bad horror movie.

Her unhealthy obsession with the end of the world has led to numerous books on the subject and a secret bunker only she knows the location of. She's never happier than when surrounded by friends and family. After all, home is with those you care the most about.

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Giveaway

One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a digital copy of the complete Death's Children by Baileigh Higgings box set.

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

ORFB by Kelly Moore - Guest Post & Giveaway



About Kelly Moore


Hi my name is Kelly Moore and I am Southern girl raised in Florida. I am a registered nurse actually an ICU traveling nurse, wife, mother of two children and I have three grandchildren. I have always been an avid reader and kept journals. Until Broken Pieces, I never had the courage to attempt an erotic romance book and submit it for publishing. I tend to embrace the brokenness in all of us. It makes us who we are. I love to see people come out strong and win against past pains.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing the story.

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ORFB
Guest post by Kelly Moore

In this new age of shortening everything, I’ve come up with my own - ORFB. Who here wants to know what it stands for?

Ah, I know you raised your hand. It stands for Obsessive Respect For Bloggers. Not at all what you thought. If you’ve read any of my books, I know your mind was reeling with the possibilities of what this could stand for.

In all seriousness, I LOVE bloggers. They don’t get enough credit from the Indie world of publishing. The countless hours they spend reading and reviewing books is incredible. And, most of them do it purely for the love of reading and sharing their favorite books.

I’m totally jealous because they get to get lost in so many stories. They travel to places unheard of, fall in love with the hot guy, and sometimes the broken ones. They meet fearless women, who touch their hearts, or maybe they can relate to them. Their journey is unending from the imagination of authors.

I know sometimes the journey I take them on in my books can be anywhere from funny, to completely earth shattering, yet they still want more. I’m so thankful for their love of the written word. I would be know where without them.

I want to say a special thank you to Anniek and Suze. You help me everyday and I have an ORFB for the two of you. Thank you for all that you do.

Books by Kelly Moore

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One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a digital audiobook of Fading Into Nothing by Kelly Moore.

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Sunset Thunder by Shannyn Leah - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Anniek

Violet Caliendo is a wedding planner at the luxurious Caliendo Resort. She once was married to Joel, who's also the father of her two children, but Violet is now a single mother. After everything she's been through she now wears an Ice Queen mask and she lets no one come close to her inner world anymore. She works hard to make other peoples' wedding to a day they'll remember forever. Joel asks Violet to plan the wedding between him and the woman he cheated her with during their marriage. How long will Violet be able to keep her emotions down?

Violet is on her way to meet her ex-husband to discuss the wedding, when she spots his best man Ryder. Ryder is Joel's best friend and has a reputation of being a player. Violet is completely stressed out and she takes Ryder to an empty room where they have sex. Violet tells herself this is a one-time thing, however she can't deny she has feelings which say otherwise. Violet and Ryder both have heard stories about one another and it's now up to them to find out which ones are true and which are false. Can they step out of their comfort zone and can they learn how to trust again?

Everybody calls her an Ice Queen but Violet in reality is a kind and caring mother. I loved the strong bond she has with her children. Violet has to endure a lot with Joel and I don't think that I would've had the patience she did show him. Ryder is a loyal family man who has a secret he fiercely wants to keep hidden from the outside world. He's so comfortable with Violet's children and whatever is needed he's there to help everyone out. Violet and Ryder have such great chemistry together and I was very eager to find out if they would find a way to be with each other.

The Caliendo's are a family full of secrets that darken their lives tremendously. Their father kept files on everyone inside and outside the family. These secrets made Sunset Thunder intriguing and thrilling at the same time. The Caliendo Resort is a very successful business and the rooms where the weddings are being held sound like straight from a fairytale. Sunset Thunder is a story with interesting main characters in a beautiful setting. Shannyn Leah's writing is amazing and I fell in love with this story straight away. 

Advice

If you love stories about a second chance at love with a background of dark family secrets you will definitely like Sunset Thunder.

About Shannyn Leah


Contemporary romance author Shannyn Leah loves olives, lip gloss and reading (and writing) romance novels. Her love of words started at an early age and soon grew until, during her teenage years, she’d started writing her own novels. When her mom pushed to finally publish some of the stories, she quickly amassed two complete romance series (By The Lake and Caliendo Resort series) and, in 2016, released her first Fantasy Romance entitled The Gatekeepers (Part One of the Winters Rising series). In 2017, she released her first BAD BOY Romance.

When she's not writing contemporary romance books into the early hours of the morning, Shannyn can be found antiquing with her two favorite people, her momma and sister, in their picturesque London, Ontario hometown.

Shannyn would love to get to know her readers as you get to know her (just don’t send her any carrots!)

Shannyn also writes under her sweet & clean name Audrey Delaine.

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Free books

Lakeshore Secrets, Sunset Thunder and Dare To Enter: The Crazy Rich Davenports: Season One: Series Pilot are free on Amazon right now.

Giveaway

Five very lucky readers of With Love for Books will receive a digital copy of choice from Shannyn Leah's backlist.


The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

What Makes My Heart Beat Faster by Amber Elby - Guest Post & Giveaway

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About Amber Elby


Amber Elby is the author of fast-paced fantasy novels based in the worlds of Shakespeare’s plays. Her debut, Cauldron’s Bubble, follows the adventures of two original protagonists, Alda and Dreng, as they encounter characters and conflicts from Macbeth, Hamlet, and The Tempest. Its sequel, Double Double Toil, takes readers into the world of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The final novel in the Netherfeld trilogy, Trouble Fires Burn, will be released on August 19, 2019. Amber Elby resides in Austin, Texas, and her novels are available worldwide from Amazon, Book Depository, and other online booksellers.

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What makes my heart beat faster 
Guest post by Amber Elby

A rollercoaster? A ghost? A villain lurking in the shadows?

What makes my heart beat faster? Surely many readers associate a quickened pulse with a threat, with terror and suspense. With danger and death.

But my heartbeat is not jarred by fear. What moves me?

Love.

I remember a moment in eleventh grade, a time filled with the angst of coming into adulthood, when I pondered love. As I walked between classes in a crowded hallway, I wondered, What if my soulmate is here, in these halls? What if I see him every day and never realize it’s HIM? What if we always walk past one another, unknowing?

Several weeks later on a rainy evening, my class gathered in an old opera house for our annual dance. The boy who had accompanied me left with another girl, so I was alone and surrounded by laughing couples and circles of cliques. Then I spotted two of my male friends at the perimeter of the dance floor: one quietly avoiding his extroverted date, and the other handsome and kind and known in our class for being of a mechanical mind. I took a deep breath.

I was not one to solicit a dance. I would gladly join my male friends for games like Trivial Pursuit and Magic: The Gathering, but I was not in the habit of “chasing boys,” as my grandma would say. I did not consider myself beautiful or extraordinary; I was clever but not one whom boys should like. Still, I screwed my courage and crossed the dance floor as “Kiss Me” began to play.

And I stood awkwardly before my two friends for a beat as they stared at me, likewise uncomfortable. I stammered something that I don’t remember before I blurted, “Will one of you ask me to dance?” I do not remember my handsome, mechanically inclined friend responding, but he somehow volunteered and led me onto the dance floor.

This was not my first dance that evening. I had other, outgoing friends who whirled me to swing tunes, their hands on my hips to avoid the open back of my dress. But this dance was different.

As we found a space on the floor, my partner placed his hand on the bare skin of my back and pulled me close to him. Soon, our cheeks were touching as we swayed to the slow rhythm. I could feel his heart beat through his tuxedo, and I’m sure he could likewise feel mine. When the song ended, we stood for a moment, not letting go of each other, until an upbeat tune cleared the couples from the dancefloor.

I don’t remember exactly what happened next, but I didn’t dance with him again that night. I went for a walk to a nearby island with a small group of friends and went home soon thereafter. I didn’t see my dance partner for several days, if not weeks. But then, somehow, I found the courage to call him. Then I asked him to a movie. Then, a month later, I asked if he was my boyfriend. He said that he was.

The next year, we went to the annual dance together. And four years after that, we were married.


As I write this now, eighteen years after our dance, my hands shake. I feel adrenaline surging, and my heart flutters. Why? Because so much was at stake. So much could have been lost if I had not crossed that dance floor or if he had said no or if I had never met him, never seen him, or shared that moment when he held my back and our cheeks touched.

So maybe fear does quicken my pulse: fear of love that was lost or never came to be.

But my story – our story – thankfully, is a happy one. My husband and I did have a fairy tale ending, one with two little girls and three chubby cats and a house that we built together.

And in that time of life-building, I wrote a book. Then another. And a third is about to come into existence. In these books is love. Not steamy romance. Not eroticism. Not even awkward first dates. The books themselves are the results of love, of the support of my husband, of his faith in me and in my imagination. And yes, my characters feel love, too, the improbable pull of one heart to another, of being joined inexplicably to someone whom you know from fate and circumstance.

Can I, as a person and as a writer, fully comprehend love, its coincidence and power? No. But it’s in my heartbeat. Or rather, my heart beats for love.

Giveaway


One very lucky reader of With Love for books will receive a “heartbeat” themed prize pack from Amber Elby which contains a metal heart-shaped bookmark, a “love” quote decorative magnet, a signed Cauldron’s Bubble bookmark and bookplate, and a handwritten note from the author on J. T. Waterhouse stationary.


The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The Skeleton Lady by Tori L. Wilson - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Anniek

Kayte and Oliver are on their way home from school when they're kidnapped. Their kidnapper is named the Skeleton Lady. She expects complete obedience and they need to address her with mom. The skeleton lady changes the names of the children and performs surgeries on them to change their appearance. Kayte and Oliver are separated from each other and slowly their old lives fade away into the background. What will happen when they meet each other again after months in solitary?

The Skeleton Lady had kidnapped two girls before, Button and Sally. The Skeleton Lady is very thin with a tiny waist. All her victims need to wear corsets to adjust their bodies just like hers. Button and Sally now help her when she's giving out brutal punishments and they are even not unaccustomed to murder. Kayte and Oliver have no idea where they are or whether it's possible to escape. Do they remember the love they once felt for each other and can they come out of this nightmare alive?

Oliver his appearance has gotten closer to the Skeleton Lady since he's been kidnapped. His body is still covered in bruises however when he looks in the mirror he doesn't recognize himself anymore. All he thinks about is escaping but this is difficult as the Skeleton Lady injected something in his eyes in order to make them bright red just like hers. His life outside the house will be hard and he'll need to make sacrifices. Kayte and Oliver want to get away, but instead of being able to fight the Skeleton Lady they unfortionately fall for all her tricks. Both of them have to endure so much but they keep going and I always love stories with strong characters. I was anxious to find out if they'd ever find a way to escape.

The Skeleton Lady is a horrific story about maintaining your humanity and keeping your memories even when you're tortured every day. This story is heart-stoppingly frightening and I was surprised many times with unexpected twists and turns. Tori L. Wilson is a true artist and she has great imagination which comes to life incredibly well. The Skeleton Lady is the first book by her that I've read and I'll definitely going to read more of her books.

Advice

If you like to read bone chilling and disturbing stories you should definitely give The Skeleton Lady a chance.

About Tori L. Wilson


Tori Wilson is a young author who began her writing career at only nineteen years old. She is now twenty two years old and has had four books published. Tori lives in a small town and is attending college, majoring in art education. In her free time, she enjoys singing, dancing, painting, modeling Japanese fashion at local anime conventions, and studying foreign languages.

Tori's latest book, The Gifts of Christmas, is a cozy romance mystery, and is included in the Books To Go Now Christmas Mystery Anthology.

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Giveaway

Three very lucky readers of With Love for Books will receive digital copies of The Skeleton Lady by Tori L. Wilson.


The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

Talented Artist - Anna from Nerrrdy - Interview & Giveaway

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About Anna

We are a group of artists (group sounds big, there are 3 of us actually) with a passion for original and funny designs. You will find unique designs printed on the best quality products, that we've chosen through years of cooperating with different print-on-demand platforms. We are big fans of musical theatre, books, cats and mean humor, so if you share our hobbies you will easily find a perfect gift for yourself on Nerrrdy. If you have any questions or request, please, don't hesitate to contact us.

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Interview

1) Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

I was born and raised on the south of Ukraine. Growing up my biggest loves were books and foreign languages. So eventually I've majored in Spanish language and literature and ended up working in online marketing with Spanish-speaking countries.

After living through the revolution in Kiev, I've decided it's time to move, so me and my partner moved to Poland and started our own print-on-demand business.


2) What’s the inspiration behind your work?

The biggest inspiration comes from travelling and reading every day.


3) Where did you learn how to design?

I enjoy drawing by hand, and most of all lettering, but I wouldn't say I know how to design :) The main talent behind our designs is my cousin Ksenia.

I spend my day generating ideas and drawing sketches how I think one or another design should look. Ksenia is the one who takes all my ideas and ugly sketches and make them look funny or cute.


4) You are part of a group of artists with a passion for original and funny designs. How did you meet each other?

We're basically all a family, so we didn't have to go far to meet each other :)


5) You also make bookish items, where does your love for books come from?

My grandmom was a teacher of literature, so our home was always full of books and "literature evenings".

My mom is a director of a school theatre, so that is where I take my love for theatre. That's why the majority of designs are still dedicated to book or musicals.


6) What does your work place look like?

Oh, it's just a mess honestly.


7) What's your favorite musical?

If I have to narrow down to one, I'll say Wicked, the mix of humor, beautiful music and great actors makes this musical like no other.


8) Can you tell a bit more about how you started your store?

We used to design things mainly for Redbubble and Teepublic, but it got quite frustrating at some point when you're not in control of the whole process, so we've decided we need to build our own site and start a store at Etsy, so we could be more in touch with customers and control product quality. It turned out to be more complicated than I've anticipated, but we're very happy we are going this path.


9) What do you like the most about having your own shop?

The best thing about having a shop is receiving "thank you" messages from our customers. I usually start my day with reading this, and it really helps to go from all the ups and downs this business is taking me through. We're actually thinking about printing all the messages we recieved on all the platforms and making a huge motivational board, should look really nice on my messy work place.

10) What are your plans for the future?

We hope to make our store huge haha. With tons of designs and items to choose from. At the moment we're fascinated about designing watches and we love the idea of having the biggest choice of watches on Etsy, so anyone would be able to find a gift for a friend for any occasion.


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Book Lover Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt
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Thursday, November 15, 2018

What Makes My Heart Beat Faster by Annie Burrows - Guest Post & Giveaway



About Annie Burrows


I have been making up stories in my head for as long as I can remember. It was a long walk home from school, and there were no ipods in those days to keep you amused! When I wasn't daydreaming, I had my nose stuck in a book. My parents used to take me to the library every Saturday, until I was old enough to get there on my own, and my house was always full of books.

During school holidays, the whole family loved to visit stately homes and castles. As soon as we got home, my older sister and I would either dress up as lords and ladies, and romp around the garden, or, if it was raining, retreat to our bedroom where we would draw intricately detailed plans of our very own imaginary stately home, complete with secret tunnels, dungeons, and usually, a maze in the extensive grounds.

When I was old enough to go to university, I studied English literature, with Philosophy. I was not sure what I wanted to do after that, but meeting a handsome student of maths, who was the owner of a very powerful motorbike helped me make up my mind. Reader, I married him.

For many years I felt it was important to stay at home to raise our two children, but one day, when the youngest had gone to senior school, I began to wonder if all those stories I made up to occupy my mind whilst attending to mundane chores, would interest anyone else.

I started to write some of them down, and eventually decided that one of them was "deep" enough to merit attention from publishers! It took me almost two years to complete, mainly because I kept tearing it up and starting all over again. And having to keep going out to work to help pay for school fees, then university tuition, slowed progress down as well.

Needless to say, this masterpiece was rejected by every single publisher I sent it to, but by this time, writing had become an addiction.

Four more stories got rejected before Mills & Boon bought "His Cinderella Bride", my first regency romance.

And the rest, as they say, is history...

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What makes my heart beat faster 
Guest post by Annie Burrows

I had to have a bit of a think when Suze and Anniek asked me what makes my heart beat faster. But then it hit me…it’s books!

I just love the feeling I get when a box of books I’ve ordered from Mills & Boon land on my doorstep. As soon as I open it, I start looking forward to all the adventures I’m going to go on with the rugged heroes and plucky heroines as they realise they are meant for each other.


Which leads me to a bit of a problem…I enjoy reading so much it’s hard to throw a book away after I’ve finished. So I have a “keeper” shelf, where I store all that pleasure, knowing I can pick up any one of the books and re-live those great times again.

After I’ve re-read one of these books, I do try to pass them on to a charity shop…all apart from my hallowed Heyer’s of course, which have a shelf to themselves. (And I’m not going to show you the corner of my study, where I store all the books by people who aren’t Georgette Heyer, which I know I’m going to want to read over and over again!)


Whenever I’m on holiday I treat myself to a browse round all the charity shops in whatever town I’m in, on the off chance of discovering a book by an author I love. There is actually a second-hand bookshop in Felixstowe called the Treasure Chest, which is exactly that. Room after room piled to the ceiling with every sort of book you can imagine. The owners proudly claim that their shop is a bit like the Tardis, because it is far bigger on the inside than it looks from the narrow frontage.

And then there’s the local library. I have been visiting whichever library is nearest to me ever since I could read. And I still get a little thrill when I walk inside and see all those rows and rows of books, of all sorts, fiction and fact, which I can take home for free. I have even started to borrow audiobooks, which I can put on my ipod and listen to while I am on my exercise bike (when my heart really does get to beat pretty fast!) To be honest, it’s the only way I can make myself do any exercise – the lure of a good story to listen to while I’m pedalling nowhere.


But there is nothing to beat the thrill of receiving a box of books with my own name on the cover! Ever since my first book was published, in 2008, I have been proudly putting each edition on my own shelf, and now have books in 19 different languages, each with their own beautiful and unique cover designs. I especially love getting Japanese editions of my books, not least because they open at what I think of as the back, and it takes a while to work out which book it was originally.


Giveaway

One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a signed paperback copy of A Duke In Need of a Wife by Annie Burrows.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Gratitude Giveaway Hop


Enter this giveaway for a chance to win books of choice worth $15 Good luck!


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