Showing my Support for Three Great Bloggers.

Three of my Blogging pals are promoting their published books at the moment. This is such an awesome thing, to publish a book, and I am slightly envious, but also really thrilled for them.

 

Firstly, N.F Mirza is promoting her book, Swinging Sanity. Her blog is Stoneronarollercoaster and she was one of my first followers. Please click on the link below.

https://stoneronarollercoaster.wordpress.com/2019/03/08/6969/

 

Secondly, Laleh Chini of the Blog A Voice from Iran is promoting her book, Climbing over Grit. Again, she has been a follower of my blog and I also appreciate her short stories and also words of encouragement.

Review “Climbing Over Grit”

 

and Thirdly, Matt, of the Blog M.S Poetry has published his poetry anthology book, Day by Day.

Promotion time!

 

Please show them your support. One day, when I get some Income, which I hope is soon. I intend to buy all three of these books. Until then, I’ll show my support in this way.

Happy Blogging.

 

50 Word Thursday’s #2 – The Book of Lost Souls.


I spin in a haze of greens, blues, and white, my perceptions unravelling like a roll of gauze.
Splintered by A. G. Howard

This story was written for the 50 word Thursday Challenge, this week hosted by Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith, Click below to find out more:

The Book of Lost Souls

I’d been warned about going into Uncle Peregrine’s attic. Since his death, it’d been kept untouched. Elsie refused to dust it. That added to the mystery and I just couldn’t resist.

Uncle Peregrine had been distinctly odd. He’d wander around wearing red flowing robes and a pink silk turban on his head, smoking extremely unpleasant smelling cigars. He’d been a practitioner of the occult, but I’d always found him an immensely funny silly old fool.

The house was its usual bustle on a Sunday morning as everyone, even the staff, prepared to go to Church. I managed to feign illness; a bit of judicious rubbing behind the ears was enough to convince Mother that I had a rash and couldn’t possibly go along.

When they’d gone, I crept into the dusty old attic room, the walls lined with books.

One book appeared to be a children’s colouring book.

Gingerly I open it and I spin in a haze of greens, blues, and white, my perceptions unravelling like a roll of gauze.

My mind impossibly lost without a road map to help me back to reality.

Around me, I am surrounded by a riot of colour and shapes.

Then I spy a large figure sitting on the back of a tangerine coloured camel, wearing red robes and a pink turban.

Uncle Peregrine beams at me.

“There you are, my boy. Come to keep your Uncle company, have you? I hope you’ve said your goodbyes, there’s no going back now, you know.”

I have also included The Three Things challenge: Books, Lost, Road Map.

If you enjoyed this challenge, why not click on the link and have a go?

The Nope Book Tag

I have been tagged by the brilliant Haunted Wordsmith,

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2018/11/06/nope-book-tag/

I am going to confess something. I am not a very well read person. I read very slowly and am very picky about what I choose to read. I do not like reading something that upsets me. I have a very vivid imagination and really get absorbed into a book. It’s a bit like a method actor who is playing the role of a psychopath and becomes impossible to live with because they ‘live’ their roles. If I read a book and it’s sad and depressing, it really starts to affect my mood. I remember once reading a Crime novel and then it turned out that the perspective the book was written from was the actual killer. I felt chilled for days, it felt like I had done it!!

So for that reason, I have not read a lot of the great classics that I feel I should have.

I love writing but I’m not really much of a reader.

With that confession out of the way, I will answer the questions.

Questions:

  1. Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage or simply because the ending was crappy.  – OK, another confession, I love reading fantasy fiction. One series of books I really loved was the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. The series went on and on and on and some of the books were better than others (My favourite was The Shadow Rising). In the end, the Author died before they could be finished and another author had to complete the last book. It’s called A Memory of Light, and I hated the ending because my favourite character dies. 
  2. Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy – I am wracking my brains but I can’t think of one. When a book is turned into a film, then I find I dislike it. When they made the Da Vinci Code and they cast Tom Hanks as the main character, that ruined it for me. I am not a fan. 
  3. Series: A series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it, or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore. – In the Fantasy Genre, there is a series by Terry Goodkind which started with the book Wizards First Rule. I really enjoyed them at first but in the end, found them so depressing that I gave up halfway through. I have never read the last few books in the series. 
  4. Popular pairing: A Ship you don’t support. – I don’t understand what that means ‘A Ship?’ You mean, like The Titanic? 
  5. Plot Twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like. – I have a vivid imagination and can usually imagine any eventuality before it happens. I am rarely taken by surprise. 
  6. Protagonist action/decision that made you shake your head nope. – Can’t think of anything, sorry. 
  7. Genre: A genre you will never read. – I won’t read any Hardcore Supernatural Horror, because I will be sucked into the book and end up making the story into my own reality. 
  8. Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition. – Well, I absolutely detest the Comic Sans type, but I have never come across a book that uses it, so I’m OK with the format of most books. 
  9. A trope that makes you go nope. – I looked up what trope means, it isn’t a word I would ever use, I think it is a word used more often in the US rather than the UK. I am not bothered by Tropes. Happy endings, Dreams sequences, long-lost family member, amnesia, I am fine with all of those. 
  10. Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you refuse to read. – There are loads of famous books that I have never read and will never read, the one that jumps to mind is Fifty Shades of Grey. 
  11. Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes. – In David Eddings books he often had scenes where people of widely different characters and social standings (for example a young Queen, an Old Soldier, an urchin and a thief) would chat together in an informal and friendly manner. I enjoyed his books, but I used to find these scenes a bit cringeworthy. 
  12. Love interest: The love interest that’s not worthy of being one. A character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest. – Ginny Weasley…
  13. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say nope. – I am not sure about this one, sorry. 
  14. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction. – Voldemort looks quite scary, All the villains in Horror novels like Pennywise. 
  15. Death: A character death that still haunts you. – Dumbledore – Oh, the Pain.
  16. NOPE! Author: An author you had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit. – George R.R. Martin, Author of Game of Thrones. I started reading the first book, years before the series came out and I hated the fact that all the people who had morals that I admired died and all the unscrupulous characters thrived. I never read any more, nor have I seen the series. 

 

Now, who should I Tag?

If anyone would like to have a go, please do.

Spring Cleaning Book tag – Nominated by that Bloke

Spring Cleaning | Book Tag

I have been nominated by A Guy Called Bloke for a different challenge.

See his post above, I don’t think I could better it.

Rules:

  • Please link back to Daniel @ Page to Page
  • Respond to the scenarios
  • Tag 5 people (or however many you like)

 

Spring Cleaning Tag

1

It’s time to make your bed, but you’re going to have some friends over later and want to pick the perfect book to place on your nightstand for them all to see that you’re “reading”. Which book do you choose?

Like Bloke said, What are my friends doing poking their nose in my bedroom anyway? I don’t want them seeing all the stuff hanging around, the unmade bed (Well if it’s good enough for Tracey Emin to make A million from, then why can’t I have an art installation in my room?) and all the paraphernalia.

So I would probably go for this one.

2

Oh no! The house needs dusting, but you just can’t put that book you’re reading down! What book would you buy on audio just so you could continue the story while cleaning?

Quentin Crisp

“There is no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn’t get any worse.”

― Quentin Crisp

I do not like audio books that much. Or Cleaning.

3

Darn it! The ceiling is leaking! Turns out Mass-Market Paperbacks are the best things to soak water up! Which popular book do you use to soak up the water?

For some reason I have a few of these on my bookshelf (They aren’t mine, they are my partners) so I would probably use these.

4

Bathrooms need a good scrubbing, and your 2007 Cosmos are a little outdated and need replacing. What book do you place in the bathroom for some light reading for when people need to take care of business?

Yes, the Lavatory is one of my places of reading. I tend to read for 30 minutes or so before going to sleep, for 30 minutes or so after I wake up at the weekends and the 20 minutes or so per day I am otherwise indisposed. My Mum used to say to people who called for me, while I was reading in the smallest room, “He’s in the houses of parliament doing business”,

How To Do Just About Everything (Ehow)

This one is quite a favourite. Often I have been inspired by this book and leapt up suddenly, to take over the world, only to forget to flush.

5

Family is coming over, but you have no idea what to make for dinner! You read somewhere that tearing up the last chapter of a book whose ending you hated and sprinkling it in a casserole dish makes for the perfect meal! Which book do you choose?

I don’t tend to read the endings of books if I don’t like them. So I can’t answer this one. If I hated it that much, I would put the whole book in the casserole.

6

Organization is key, right? When it comes time to organize your bookshelf, you realize you have enough room (and money) to get three new books! Which books do you buy?

Erm, If I knew that I would have ordered them, or gone out and bought them by now.

I cannot think of three books I want to buy that I don’t already have.

Oh, wait, If there was one on how to blackmail a Literary agent to take me on as a new client , then that one would be it. 🙂

7

Finally, some peace and quiet! But, before you can relax, you realize you forgot to send your Aunt a thank you gift for the lovely “ADULT LIFE FOR DUMMIES” book she gave you for Christmas (maybe she’s trying to tell you something?). What book do you send to her to show her how much (this is sarcasm) you appreciate her gift?

Dying with Confidence: A Tibetan Buddhist Guide to Preparing for Death

This one could be an option. Depending on how cruel I was feeling.

It reminded me a bit of one of my favourite jokes.

“Don’t you just hate it when elderly aunts come up to you at weddings and say ‘You’ll be next’?”

“Well now I get my own back at funerals.” 

 

So My Nominominees. 

Basically If you see this post and like it and want to take part, then Consider yourself Nominated.

Thank you. 🙂