Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Childrens Books, Motivational, Non-Fiction

The Book Dragon Club Lexi Rees 5*#Review @lexi_rees @rararesources #outsetpublishing #TheBookDragonClub #Books #Reading #Writing #kidlit #nonfiction #workbook #journal #TuesdayMotivation.

Packed with awesome activities, this journal has everything a book dragon needs!

  • Tackle the fun reading challenges
  • Set up a book club with your friends
  • Host award ceremonies and parties
  • Make up games and quizzes based on your favourite books

Plus space for book reviews, reading lists and so much more. 

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I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

The colourful cartoony cover makes you want to open the pages of this journal designed for children in the 6 -11 years age group. It aims to engage young readers and writers into getting more out of the books they read, reading more broadly and forming a book club with their friends.

The book is fun to read and use, with headings like Awesome Book Challenges, Top Secret Book Club and Cool Stuff To Do. Where you can make bookmarks, illustrate a story and write a bespoke ending for a book you’ve read. The book gives parents opportunities to work with younger children and older children to form a book club and write book reviews.

It’s full of ideas to engage children in reading and writing and has plenty of activities to keep them interested in the holidays. I loved it.

Lexi Rees was born in Scotland but now lives down south. She writes action-packed adventures brim full of witch-doctors, fortune-tellers, warriors and smugglers, combining elemental magic with hints of dystopia. She also writes fun activity books for children. 

Her fantasy adventure, Eternal Seas, was awarded a “loved by” badge from LoveReading4Kids. The sequel, Wild Sky, is available now. 

She’s passionate about developing a love of reading and writing in children and, as well as her Creative Writing Skills workbook, she has an active programme of school visits and other events, is a Book PenPal for three primary schools, and runs a free online #kidsclub and newsletter which includes book recommendations and creative writing activities.

In her spare time, she’s a keen crafter and spends a considerable amount of time trying not to fall off horses or boats.

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Giveaway to Win a Signed copy of The Book Dragon Club,  UK only.

Posted in Writing Journey

Here’s What I’m Reading – This Week.

 Past Shadows CoverThe Revenge Masquerade Cover  October 26 14Whilst I wait for my final round of edits for The Revenge Masquerade, due later this week. I am pleased to report that I am writing my new story Past Shadows. After last week’s hiatus I have  rediscovered my muse. (who was  probably trapped under my new fridge with me) 🙂  Now I only wish I could type faster.

 When I’m not writing, I’m reading and here’s what I’m reading this week.

 

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Twelve ancient cultures were chosen millennia ago to represent humanity in Endgame, a global game that will decide the fate of humankind. Endgame has always been a possibility, but never a reality…until now. Twelve meteorites have just struck Earth, each meteorite containing a message for a Player who has been trained for this moment. At stake for the Players: saving their bloodline, as well as the fate of the world. And only one can win.

  I’ve read the sample of this book and decided I wanted to read all of it and I’m not disappointed so far.

Click here for my review of the sample of The Endgame – The Calling by James Frey.

23487063The house has soft, purple wisteria twining around the door. You step inside.

The hall is cool after the hot summer’s day. The welcome is kind, and always warm.

Yet something makes you suspect life here can’t be as perfect as it seems.

After all, the brightest smile can hide the darkest secret.

But wouldn’t you pay any price to have a glorious place like this?

Welcome to Winterfold.

Martha Winter’s family is finally coming home.

 This series has really grown on me. It’s not the happiest of stories but  the characters are excellent and the plot intriguing, can’t wait to see how it ends.

Click here if you want to read my reviews of A Place for Us Parts 1-3  by Harriet Evans.

23245066Guilt can eat away at you, but love can cut like a knife…

Lusting after his best friend’s girlfriend is a cliché Billy knows well – it’s the tightrope he’s walked for years.
But now Jason and Lindy have broken up and Billy can’t help but be there for the girl he’s loved from afar for so long. She’s hurting.

Fighting to find a road to the future, Lindy’s heart hurts. She’s trying to escape the truth, but Billy keeps making her face it – and it’s ugly. How can she keep living when everything is made of glass and it keeps shattering?

Her one constant is Billy. Only, rebound isn’t his style and when Lindy starts to see him in a different light, he just can’t trust her. He’s no one’s second best

 I haven’t read any of this one yet but I hope to start it tonight. Jane Lark is such a talented author, I am a major fan of her historical romance and fast becoming one of her young adult novels. I have read the first two in this series and I have high hopes for this one.

 Click here if you want to check out my reviews of Jane Lark’s other books.

 Back to writing for me now. 🙂

Posted in Blogging Communty

First Steps Gets a Liebster Award

The  Awe inspiring Milady Fury has nominated First Steps for the Liebster Award which she stole received from the lovely Shehanne Moore .    jane-hunt-writer.png

 To accept you have to display the logo and link back to the blogger who nominated you   in this case Milady Fury and her delicious Furious Unravelings.

Then answer the soul-searching questions . Here goes…

1 Which fictional character would you most fancy having a fling with and why?

Would have to be Caleb the vampire who resides in Lindsay Pryor’s Blackthorn.Lindsay-facebook-cover-imageAs to why its those green eyes and his ruthlessness that attracts me.

 

2 You’ve been shipwrecked on a desert island, what man ..sorry book can’t you be without?

This is so difficult but… What about my Kindle which has hundreds of books from my favourite authors on it. Well bending the rules seems to be allowed 🙂

3 What inspires you? Places or people?

2013-04-20 14.03.27Places all my books have started with a location. English Lake District for The Dragon Legacy , DSCN0616Northern Italy’s Lakes for The Revenge Masquerade, Texas for The Dangerous Gift and Pleasley where I live  for Past Shadows. The people follow on  afterwards and come out of my quirky mind although most are based on people I’ve crossed paths with in my 50 + years.

4 What little tome are you working on right now?

Book 2 in The Dragon Legacy –The Revenge Masquerade which features Jasmine (Witch) and Zane (Wolf ) from book 1.

The Dragon Legacy Cover5 Who would you like to see in the movie version?

In The Dragon Legacy I saw Lukas the dragon lord and demon slayer played by  Goran Višnjić when he was younger.

 Zane in The Revenge Masquerade  is like Caio Vaz

6 In your own books do you have a favourite character and why?

I always like my heroines who start off quiet and unassuming and end up strong and fearless as they save the day .

7 What do you think is the best book movie?

Loved Lord of the Rings.

8 Roughly how long does it take you to write a book?

Well the jury is still out on that one. I wrote The Dragon Legacy and most of The Dangerous Gift (still to be finished) in a year but  The Revenge Masquerade was started in January and should be finished by the end of March including the first edit. So three months now.

9 Favorite food?

Mushrooms.

10 Any bits in your book you are embarrassed to show your family?

Not really. 😉 My family are used their quirky mum.

 Finally :

I nominate any of my writing friends and blog followers to answer the ten questions below. I’m not nominating specific individuals because I don’t want anyone to feel pressurised. I know not everyone likes blogging as much as I do 🙂

My 10 Questions

  1. Why did you become a writer?

  2. What sort of books do you like to read?

  3. Why write about romance?

  4. Who would you like to be lost in the mountains with and why?

  5. What’s your most romantic location.

  6. What’s your worst nightmare.

  7. Would you write under a pen name and why?

  8. Would any of your books make a good television show and why?

  9. What  are you currently writing?

  10. Which of your books is your favourite and why?

 

Hope you enjoyed and thanks again to Milady Fury 🙂