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James Carol – Open Your Eyes, Ebook

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I have just finished reading Open Your Eyes, courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I loved this novella, it was really good.  I’m a big fan of James Carol and the Jefferson Winter series and this didn’t disappoint.  The story and characters was interesting and the plot kept me engaged right the way through to the end of the book.  I enjoyed it so much I really wanted the story to continue.

I seriously cannot wait for the next Jefferson Winter book to be released!

I believe the Kindle edition of this book is being released on the 6th October, I really highly recommend it, it was great, a really good read.

A New Toy for the Gadget Queen. Kindle Paperwhite

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As my eyesight gets worse I find it harder and harder to read.   I adore reading so it’s really difficult for me.

I did read on my tablet but when you doze off and it whacks you on the nose it hurts and the phone is just a bit small.

I got a new gadget at the weekend the Kindle Paperwhite….  I love it!  I have it loaded up with all of my books and I have been reading for hours at a time without getting eye strain.

It’s really quite gorgeous and amazing!  I’m currently reading Blood Secrets by Gretna Mulrooney,  very good book I’m really enjoying it.

The Rising Cost of Ebooks!

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I was cruising through the Kindle store yesterday and spotted a book by one of my favourite authors, it was $19.95.  Unbelievable!

Now I don’t mind paying that for a paper book because there are printing and consumables costs but $20 for an ebook …. Seriously!  What’s that all about.   You can’t even lend it to your friends and family or flog it on at a garage sale when you have read it like you can a real book.

All I can say is Wow; I totally agree that the writers etc need to be paid but an ebook is a single file that can be downloaded millions of times, to charge $20 is outrageous in my opinion. The cost of making an ebook download would be minimal compared to producing a print book.

The rising prices by many of my favourite authors have pushed me away from them to try some of the smaller authors.  I now have a heap of new favourites, have read some amazing books and they have been priced in the range of $1.95 – $6.  Now that I don’t mind paying!

I’m still a bit gobsmacked actually that they wanted $20 for a digital download.  I’m going to be steering well clear of these books and will continue opting to read the books of my new favourite authors.

Does anyone else think that this is excessive?

Go Away Bipolar Bear No Room For You Here!

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I have been in a lot of pain this week and it’s making me feel cranky.  I’m over it and want it to go away.

Bipolar bear is definately trying to knock my door down, can’t let him do that so I am turning to my weapon of choice books!  Reading is so hard with chronic eye pain but seriously it’s the only way I can get through my days.  I lose myself in a good book and the world feels right again. Some how when I am transported in to a fictional characters life the pain and depression seems to fade away a little. I get a feeling of serenity.

I’m doing OK on my goodreads chalenge for 2015 I’m at # 76 of 100.

I found this quote and really liked it, I have no idea who drew it but it’s beautifully done.

Problem Solved, A New Favourite Author!

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After yesterday’s post re me whinging that I didn’t know what to read I had a trawl through the Kindle store and discovered Michael Fowler.  Michael, where have you been all my life?  I started reading Heart of the Demon and I am LOVING it!  There are three more in the series, Cold Death, Secrets of the Dead and Coming, Ready or Not.  I have downloaded those as well.  I also got the first book in a new series called Scream, You Die.  I have plenty of good reading material now.

It feels really refreshing to have found a new favourite author, I think I was getting bored hence my struggle to choose a book.

Here is a synopsis of Heart of the Demon: –

Detective Sergeant Hunter Kerr and his partner DC Grace Marshall are called to the scene of a brutal slaying; the victim is a 14 year-old girl. The killer has been disturbed but he has left behind a puzzle. What is the significance of the marks gouged into the girl’s torso and why has a playing card been left with the body?

As Barnwell Major Investigation Team struggle to resolve the mystery they are confronted with another gruesome discovery; the mummified remains of a teenage girl are unearthed from the slurry of a former colliery site. This corpse bears all the hallmarks of the first slaying and yet this body has been buried for well over a decade.

They soon realise that a savage killer is stalking Yorkshire, preying on young girls, and with the discovery of the bodies comes a series of revelations about the past.
For Detective Sergeant Hunter Kerr and his team, the race against time to prevent further murders is complicated by the fact that several of his men have been involved on the periphery of earlier crimes, without even knowing it. And as the death toll mounts as more bodies are unearthed and new victims succumb to the murderer’s sick appetites, he finds that this case comes very close to home.

Very close indeed…

Enjoying a Lazy Sunday

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Today I am going to enjoy a lazy Sunday.  Groceries and laundry etc are done, not much else to do but kick back and enjoy a quiet day with my family before the grind of work tomorrow.   Got some fresh pasta and a sauce for dinner so that’s an easy one too ☺

I’m looking forward to catching up with some reading.  Currently reading the new Jefferson Bass novel The Breaking Point.

Hope you all enjoy a wonderfully lazy Sunday too!

To Continue Reading or Chuck It Out?

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Do you battle through a book even though you may not be enjoying it?

I used to, I would be so determined to finish a book even if reading it was as painful as pulling teeth. But whats the point?  Reading should be enjoyable not a chore so why should we keep reading a book if we are not enjoying it.

I guess I used to think that I was at a slow point in the book and it would pick up again and get better, but it rarely did.  I think you know right from the start if you are going to like a book or not. Sometimes I know right from the first page if I am going to like an author’s style or writing or not.

Nowadays I don’t bother to battle through the books I don’t like.  There are so many great books out there why would I bother to waste my time and energy.  If I don’t like a book I simply stop reading and delete it.  I used to keep them in my bookshelf to maybe try again at a later date but I don’t even do that now.

I know what I like to read, I know the style of writing I like and I know the authors I like so I can’t go wrong, right?  Actually I can, there have been times when I have opened my favourite author’s new best seller and hated it.  That is so disappointing after anxiously waiting for it to be released but it happens occasionally.   On the other side of the coin, I have also trawled through the Kindle store or Play Store for hours looking for new authors to try and have found some gems that I have totally loved.

That’s the fun of reading, the excitement of searching and finding a new favourite author, downloading books at the touch of a button and it’s instantly there, hating a book and deleting it, loving a book and downloading more, it is all so great.  I love reading!

E-books are my favourite, love em!   Absolutely love virtual book shopping it is so much fun!   No more waiting for a book until I can get to the shops.  I can go book shopping anytime 24/7.  Yes I know I’m sad but I can’t help it I just love ebooks.  With my eye condition it is really difficult for me to read “paper” books, so Ebooks have enabled me to continue doing something that I adore as my eyesight gets worse.   Doesn’t get better than that!