Blog Tour: Luz by Leslie DJ – Exclusive Excerpt!

It's time for another blog tour! Today I'm taking part in the blog tour from Luz , a novella by Leslie DJ. I have an exclusive excerpt for you!

It’s time for another blog tour! Today I’m taking part in the blog tour from Luz, a novella by Leslie DJ. The book cover is so pretty! I have an exclusive extract from the book to share with you.

Synopsis

Luz Vargas is a promising young Latina writer from Washington Heights, a predominantly Dominican neighborhood in New York City. Who upon receiving top honors for her short story, “Here and There” from the prestigious Quisqueya Writers of Tomorrow Association, Luz’s boyfriend, Luke, suggests a couple’s getaway to the Dominican Republic where he plans to propose. But when the trip to the Island brings her face to face with a past love, Luz is torn between honoring her commitment to Luke and revisiting an island romance.

The story is told through a series of vignettes that chronicle Luz’s struggle to reconcile her American identity with her Dominican side.

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The Happiness Project: Things That Make Me Happy

Did you know that on March 20th, it was International Day of Happiness? And do you know what one of the best things in the world is? BEING HAPPY! There’s no feeling better than being so happy, you just want to laugh and smile at everything. There are far too many times when it’s a bit harder to be happy, and you need something to lift your spirits.

It’s for that reason that I’m going to do what I call the Happiness Project. I’m going to list 30 things that make me happy, and whenever I think of new things, I’ll add to the list. However big or small they are, they all count. Then if you’re reading this, I urge you to do the same thing! Just make a list of things that make you feel really happy! We can all look at each other’s lists and add things to our own little Happiness Project. Let’s do this!

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Blog Tour Review: Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane by Caroline Baxter

My sister Emily is back with another review of a children's picture book - Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane by Caroline Baxter!

If you’ve read some of my other blog tour posts, you may have seen my wonderful twin sister Emily review some books for me! Emily is a primary school teaching assistant, so she LOVES children’s books. That means she’s my go-to person to review them, so she’s here again today to review another one! Today’s blog tour is for Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane by Caroline Baxter. Over to you, Emily!

Synopsis

Join Pilot Jane, a fun and fearless airline captain, as she travels the world with her best friend Rose, a high-speed passenger jet. Together Jane and Rose have exciting adventures and form a perfect team, delivering their passengers safely to destinations as far afield as Alaska and Australia.

But when disaster strikes and Rose falls ill, Jane is paired with ‘lean, mean flying machine’ Mighty Mitch. Can she still get the Queen to her party on time? Featuring a clever and courageous heroine, this action-packed rhyming story celebrates ‘Girl Power’ and shows what you can achieve if you work together. Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for take-off!

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The Mr. Men & Little Miss Character Tag

As a kid, I loved the read the Mr. Men and Little Miss books by Roger Hargreaves. I decided to be childish and create a character tag based on them!

I’ve taken part in a few tag posts over the past couple of months and I thought it was about time that I created my own! The Mr. Men and Little Miss series were created by Roger Hargreaves and I’ve read the books for as long as I can remember. I thought I’d be a bit childish today and create a book character tag based on them! For each Mr. Man or Little Miss I’ve come up with a character that matches them. If you want to take part, please do!

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Book & Film Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

A mission to Mars. A freak accident. One man's struggle to survive. The Martian by Andy Weir is one of my all-time favourite books - here's my review!

A mission to Mars. A freak accident. One man's struggle to survive. The Martian by Andy Weir is one of my all-time favourite books - here's my review!A mission to Mars. A freak accident. One man’s struggle to survive.

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, Mark won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark’s not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills—and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength–he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.

As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive.

But Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.

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Snippet Reviews: Flawed, One & The Snow Child

Hihi! How are we all today? Today I’m going to start a new segment on my blog called Snippet Reviews. I only started book blogging in October 2015, and before that, I read tons of books. I really want to review them all, but with some of them, I read them so long ago. How am I meant to remember enough about them to write a whole review?! I wanted a way to review them and tell you my thoughts without having to go into too much depth. There’s no way I can re-read books either just to review them. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

So, I’m going to start writing Snippet Reviews! They’re going to be very short reviews of only a couple of hundred words, briefly explaining why I liked/disliked the book and why I recommend it (or don’t). In this post, I’m going to snippet review Flawed by Cecelia Ahern, One by Sarah Crossan, and The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.

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Review: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

I listened to Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman as an audiobook on Audible, read by the incredible Michael Curran-Dorsano. Here's my 5-star review!

Caden Bosch is oI listened to Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman as an audiobook on Audible, read by the incredible Michael Curran-Dorsano. Here's my 5-star review!n a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.

Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behav
ior.

Caden Bosch is designated the ship’s artist in residence, to document the journey with images.

Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.

Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny.

Caden Bosch is torn.

A captivating and powerful novel that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by one of today’s most admired writers for teens.

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Short Story Challenge #2: March 2017

It's time for the second Short Story Challenge. Find out this month's challenge, read last month's stories and take part!

If you’re not sure what the Short Story Challenge is, you can read all of the details here. Last month’s challenge was the first ever, and it went so well! It’s time for a new challenge, so read on!

Last Month’s Challenge

Last month’s Short Story Challenge was to write a story with the title “The Last Thirteen Minutes“. There were some amazing submissions (ALL of them were amazing!) and it was so great to see how people interpreted the title! Thank you to everyone who took part. Click on the button below to read last month’s stories – comment on this post and tell us which one is your favourite!

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Guest Post: 4 Free eBooks to Grab Off the Shelves This Second

I've got a guest post to share with you today! Diamond from eHealth Informer shares 4 free eBooks that you can grab off the (digital) shelves right now.

I’ve got a great guest post to share with you today! Diamond from eHealthInformer has written about why eBooks are great, and she’s shared 4 free eBooks that you can get right now. Take it away, Diamond!

4 Free eBooks to Grab Off the Shelves This Second

The emergence of e-books means you can carry an entire library with you wherever you go. However, until recently, this hasn’t been as easy as advertised because gaining access to these digital books meant purchasing an extra gadget. But, the emergence of smartphones has made this unnecessary, and as a result, the number of e-books available has skyrocketed.

Although many still prefer to use e-readers, such as the Amazon Kindle, you can download the Kindle app on just about any mobile device or even read e-books on your web browser, which makes it far simpler to gain access to new titles.

Amazon’s vast marketplace is also making it easier for readers to access e-books, and, even better, it has given authors an opportunity to publish their work in a more affordable manner. All of this means more books are making it to the marketplace than ever before, many of which are free.  There are thousands of free e-books on Amazon, and within this collection there are lots of great reads.

Here are four to grab off the (digital) shelves this second.

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