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Rainbow Rowell Booksigning in Glasgow!

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So as you might know, I went to Rainbow Rowell’s book signing in Glasgow last Thursday which was PHENOMENAL! She is one of my favourite authors of all time so I was really exited to see her. She did an hour long Q&A followed by a signing. Being the excitable fangirl I am, even though the event didnt start until 6:30 Iwas there at 4:20 ready to go, this meant I was first int eh queue, until the queue moved at which point I was like 7th or something. This meant that as we filed in to take our seats, as we began to fill the front row, I was LITERALLY RIGHT IN FRONT OF RAINBOW ROWELL RIGHT IN THE CENTER OF THE FRONT ROW LIKE LITERALLY SHE WAS A METER AWAY FROM MY FACE!

So before we took our seats there was queuing to do and I was stood with a heap of fangirls my age so we all got chatting and long story short I have seven new friends. Seriously if you brought up a book at least 2 others of us had read it so it meant there was a lot of squealing and arm flapping and LOUD discussion.

The Q and A revealed that although a sequel for Eleanor and Park was partially written, it is unlikely that the book will happen because it’s as if she’s writing her own fanfiction. Also, someone like Shailene Woodley would not be Eleanor because she wants Eleanor to be someone and it is very important to her that that PARK IS ASIAN in the movie.

Upon being asked why she writes novels, Rowell answered because she wanted to see if she could do it. Before writing books she was a columnist and was in marketing, Attachments was the first story written just for fun as opposed to for school or work. She also told us that all four of her books were written before Eleanor and Park was published.

Not being able to pick a favorite one of her books as they all feel like her children, Rainbow did admit that Eleanor and Park was the one which she felt needed that bit of extra help, which is why she is going to be so involved int he movie (she’s writing the screenplay) but she feels that should any of the others be adapted to the screen she wouldn’t nee to be as involved as they’re all capable of being done excellently without her guidance.

We also learned that her OTP is JOHNLOCK! (Johnlock appreciation pics here they come!)

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Thank you to Beth Moyes, Kirsten Lang and Robyn Dalziel fir helping to remember! Haha you guy’s are the best!

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten TV Shows!

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I have been eagerly awaiting this topic! Other than blogging and reading, I spend A LOT of time watching TV, like seriously I should be ashamed (but it’s so good that I’m not :P). After thinking long and hard about the order of this, I have managed to provide a definitive ranking of my favorite TV shows.

10. Buffy The Vampire Slayer, I don’t know what to say, it’s a guily pleasure zapped at my TV from the 90’s. I WASN’T EVEN BORN WHEN THIS STARTED BROADCASTING!

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9. Torchwood, the adult Doctor Who which made me question how the Doctor manages to face so many creatures and escape death so many times without dropping a single F-bomb

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8. Orange Is The New Black, the most intriguing show on this list and the reason I’m most grateful for my Netflix subscription.

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7. Scandal, the amount of times this show has had me throwing things at my TV (read: laptop screen) because the credits started and I NEEDED MORE is beyond human comprehension.

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6. Sherlock – No TV list would be complete without it!

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5. Once Upon A Time, the story, the costumes the acting it’s all just FAB

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4. Grey’s Anatomy, what can I say about it that I haven’t already said? Grey’s was the TV show which made me start obsessively watching TV, it ruined my life but I’m grateful.

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Theres no trailer! 🙁

3. Supernatural, even though I’m only on Season 5 (to be fair I’ve only been watching for 3 weeks) Supernatural is just phenomenal. Plus, Jensen Ackles *swoon* I am defo a Dean girl no matter how much people try to love Sam more! (Although I do love him too!)

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2. Merlin, I cannot describe it any better than AWESOME! I had so many feels and it’s hilarious!

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1. In the Top Spot we of course have Doctor Who, what else could it possibly be? I cannot even breathe with excitement for series 8! Why can’t August 23rd get here sooner!!

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 The Season 8 Trailer has dropped!!!

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I don’t know if m TBR video is going to be uploaded on time before lose internet connection so here is my TBR!

My Reads

Four: A Divergent Collection – Start and Finish a Series
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Graphic Novel – A book with pictures
A Study in Scarlet – A book with red on the cover AND A book-to- movie (tv show) adaption
Animal Farm – A book from the genre I’ve read lest this year AND A book someone else picked out for me

Other Reads
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Vicious by E.E Schwab
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Gathering Water by Regan Claire

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“Della Doe Deare isn’t like most people. Most people begin their life on the day they enter the world; the day they’re born. Della, well, hers began on the day she turned eighteen. After all, it was the day she first heard her real name, and that of her mother. With nothing but a couple of duffel bags and a folder full of questions, she travels to coastal North Carolina to claim a house that she inherited from a grandmother she never knew.”
 
She has two goals: discover why her mother ran away from home all those years ago, and avoid the family that had left her to rot in an inept foster care system. Hard to do when the family she’s been trying to avoid is dragging her into an unimaginable world… a world on the brink of war, and both sides want her dead. 
 
All Della ever wanted was to know who she was, but her journey to self-discovery might just lead to destruction.
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*I received this Ebook in exchange for an honest review. This has not influenced my opinion in any way*
Gathering Water was without a doubt, the best book which I have had to read as part of a book tour so far. I was immediately drawn in by Della and her escape of the foster system on her 18th birthday. I went into the book blind as I often do because it’s so much more fun that way, I was intrigued int he story before I realized the fantasy element because that’s not the only thing going on with the characters in the plot. In her search for her identity, Della unwillingly has family thrust upon her making for an exuberant cast of characters.
5 Reasons You Are Going to LOVE Gathering Water
  1. Della is a really relate able character and her narrative is easy to follow as well as peppered with details about her life so that by the end of the book, you really know her.
  2. Cash, Della’s cousin is HILARIOUS! Everything will get all serious and the tension will be broken by a remark from Cash and you’ll be caught off guard laughing, I literally fell off my bed laughing.
  3. Regan Claire has managed to get the perfect ratio of plot and setting because while I felt well-informed about where the characters were and what it all looked like, I was never bored of reading descriptions of places, which is awesome and kept the fast pace of the novel.
  4. I’m not telling you what it is because it will ruin the surprise, but the fantastical element (*ba dum tss to those of you who have read it, I know, I’m terrible, it’s not that punny!!) is really intriguing and unique. At first I was really confused but upon comprehension I was astounded, it’s soooooo cool!!
  5. The fight scenes in this book are HARD CORE! Trying to picture it all in my head gave me a headache (in a good way) because it all happens so quickly!

BONUS REASON: DOVE!!!

How I Pictured the Characters

As per usual, I couldn’t get a picture of Della in my mind because I was seeing things from her eyes, however I did manage to capture the boys and Luke.

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A Tidewater girl born and bred, Regan Claire’s first friend and love was the Atlantic. Growing up being told the legends about Pirates and American Natives common in coastal VA and NC, coupled with being an only child, did wonders for her imagination; Regan had one foot in fantasy-land ever since, a trait her dear husband heroically endures (and one she secretly hopes her daughters have inherited). Her family moved inland to Nashville while she was entering tweenhood and not a day went by that she didn’t miss her childhood playmate and her crashing waves. Nashville has her perks though, namely the love of Regan’s life and their two sweet girls. Their insane mutt-dog and the stray cat that refuses to leave their porch aren’t too bad either. Regan loves fairytales A LOT, teen movies (preferably with dancing or singing), reads entirely too much, and is constantly late.

Weekly Wrap Up and GIVEAWAY WINNERS!

Sorry I’ve been so all over the place this week guys! I’m on holiday in Scotland and have been visiting family and trying to get myself together with the time difference haha!

My New Books This Week

Bought

  • Collectors Edition: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – £12.99
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell – £9.99
  • City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare – £12.99 (Paperback)
  • Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead – £1
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Shattered Twilight – 50p
  • Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann

bought

Borrowed From the Library

  • Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
  • Attatchments by Rainbow Rowell
  • Blood Red Road by Moira Young
  • Vicious by V.E Schwab
  • The Medusa Project: Hunted by Sophie McKenzie (Audiobook)

borrowed

Preordered on Kindle

  • Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout – August 5th
  • Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan – August 19th
  • The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore – August 26th
  • Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead – July 29th

pre-ordered

Books I Read This Week

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Roderick

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Posts of the Week

Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Confessions

Friday: Vow of The Highlander by Sky Purington Review and Author Interview

Giveaway Winners

So the winners of my Ebook Giveaway are

Enrique Herrera

Chris Wilcox

Congratulations! Hope you love the books as much as I did!!

Vow of the Highlander by Sky Purington: Review Author Interview and GIVEAWAY!

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The MacLomain Series

Next Generation: Book 2

Genre: Time Travel Fantasy Romance

Date of Publication: June 3, 2014

Number of pages: 246

A successful literary agent, Leslie has no desire to be part of the infamous connection between her Broun heritage and the MacLomain clan. But Fate is finicky and determined to thrust her through time into the path of the laird’s Bradon MacLomain made a vow to save his sister. Unwavering, relentless, he will travel the whole of Scotland to bring her home safely. When sharp-tongued, strong willed, Leslie ends up on his venture, he’s soon torn between his commitments and her distracting presence. Passion flares. Sparks fly. Truths are revealed. Only a sweeping journey into the rugged highlands will reveal if a modern day woman and a medieval Scotsman can see through promises made in, Vow of the Highlander.

Also Available – Mark of the Highlander (Book 1) and Vow of the Highlander (Book 2).

Coming Soon- Wrath of the Highlander (Book 3), Faith of the Highlander (Book 4) and the final in the series, Plight of the Highlander (Book 5).

“Only five steps into the courtyard and already one clansman was circling her, a flirtatious grin on his handsome face. Somehow it was all infectious and as determined as she was to stay by McKayla’s side, she soon found herself in the arms of first one then another Scotsman. Some were her height, many taller, but none as tall as the man who she eventually ended up dancing with.” I hear I had you worried. “It took everything she had to look into Bradon’s deep, green eyes. She hated how aware of him she’d become. How her heart seemed to clench a little too tightly. “Don’t overthink it.”

“Ah, so I did have you worried. ‘Tis good,” he said softly. “Every lad should have a wee bonnie lass or two to welcome him home after a good battle. “She arched a brow and found it easier and easier by the moment to look at him. “Or two?”

“Or three even,” he replied easily, an irritating grin on his face.

“What happened when you left us?” she asked, determined to steer the conversation away from him thinking her an easy target.

“They followed,” he said as if she should have that figured out. “And I evaded.” He shrugged. “Then I killed a few.”

“Why are you not covered in blood then?”

“Because I’m not brutal.” His eyes dropped to her lips before returning to her eyes. “‘Tis not a difficult thing to find water and bathe, lass.”

He did seem rather fresh…in more ways than one. “So will the MacLeod’s be showing up at the MacLomain’s doorstep once more?”

His hand slid lower down her back and he pulled her closer. “Nay, lassie. ‘Tis time to relax.”

She pushed him back a fraction and frowned. “I can relax just fine without being up against you.”

“Can you then?” But he didn’t let her go too far. His hand cupped the side of her neck. “The muscles here.” His thumb ran around the back, giving her shivers. “As well as the muscles here.” He pressed slightly. “They are like stone. “Her eyes dropped to his strong neck then the wide chest covered by his tunic. Being close to this man was a very bad idea. But for the life of her she couldn’t pull away.”

 

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3 Reasons I was Excited to Read Vow of The Highlander

  1. I was born and bred in Sunny Scotland (haha..sun) until I was 14 and moved across the pond to Houston. In all of my reading life I do not believe I have ever encountered a book which is set in my country’s past, presumably they are few and far between which would be why. It was nice to learn more about Scotland int he 13th Century.
  2.  HOT GUYS IN KILTS!!!
  3. I am a MAJOR Doctor Who fan, I mean SERIOUSLY! So when I can find them, I really love reading books about time travel because the theme intrigues me and I love how it can be done differently by any author.

3 Reasons You’ll Love Vow of The Highlander

  1. The Intense rivalry between the MacLomain and MacLeod clans makes for great chase scenes
  2. Even if you haven’t read the first book (as I haven’t) the story is still understandable and enjoyable because the characters are so full of life you feel like you already know them.
  3. 13th Century Scotland serves as a great backdrop for this awesome story which will leave you ready to pick up some bagpipes and play for the next book!

BONUS REASON: Did I mention the hot guys in kilts??

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Sky Purington is the best-selling author of nine novels and several novellas. A New Englander born and bred, Sky was raised hearing stories of folklore, myth and legend. When combined with a love for nature, romance and time-travel, elements from the stories of her youth found release in her books.

Purington loves to hear from readers and can be contacted at Sky@SkyPurington.com.

Interested in keeping up with Sky’s latest news and releases? Visit

Sky’s website to download her free App on iTunes and Android or

Love social networking? Find Sky on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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How did you come up with the title?

All the titles of the books in The MacLomain Series-Next Generation end with ‘of the Highlander.’ The first word is always based on something in the story such as a physical aspect, a promise made or even an emotion. In Bradon MacLomain’s case, he’d made a vow to save his sister. So his mission became part of the title.

Did you need to travel much to do research for your book?

No, I mainly stuck to the local libraries and internet.

What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of writing?

Getting into the ‘zone’ and staying there. Life is crazy, especially during the summer months and finding quality time to write can be tricky.

Do you miss your characters now that the book is over?

No, mostly because this is a five book series involving a lot of the same characters. Therefore, Bradon and Leslie will be with me for a few more books. Then, most likely, yes I’ll miss them!

Reading Questions!

What book inspired you to start writing?

Strangely enough, the first story I wrote for a school project. It was a little tale written in the second grade that won a big award. I guess that sparked confidence. Since then, I’ve always loved to write.

Is there a book which is considered to be really popular that you haven’t read or read and didn’t enjoy?

I’m one of those readers who simply won’t put down another’s hard work. If there is one I didn’t like, I’ve keep my opinions to myself.

What is your favourite book of all time (toughie I know)

When I was a kid I absolutely loved the book Jonathan Livingston Seagull. I took it everywhere with me. Though I haven’t read it in years, it will always remain close to my heart.

What is the prettiest book cover you have ever seen?

I’ve seen so many! I’ll go with one of the author’s book covers from a story contributed to the multi-author boxed set, 10 Timeless Heroes. I LOVE the boxed set cover for L.L. Muir’s, The Curse of Clan Ross.

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Random Questions – Do you prefer…

Pink or Purple? Purple

Sherlock or Doctor Who? (if you watch either and if so which doctor) I’m afraid I don’t watch either.

Pizza or Chinese food? Chinese Food

Writing or Reading? Writing

Cats or Dogs? Dogs

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Top 10 Blogger Confessions

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1. I wrote this post 20 mins before its scheduled publish time – I’m very jetlagged  2. My addiction to netflix is a problem which is affecting both my reading and my blogging.

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3. I have DNF’d waaaaaay to many books this year

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4. I have a bad case of OBB (Obsessive Book Buying) – I’ve been in Scotland for 1 day and have bought 4 books

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5. and OBSO (Obsessive Book Shelf Organization)6. If I’m buying a book and it has any scuff marks or damages, I will put it down and get a different copy EVEN IN SECOND HAND BOOKSHOPS.

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7. I don’t really ENJOY writing book reviews (which is why I write book discussions)8. I used to be scared of Barnes and Noble

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9. It takes me a very long time to edit videos even though it really shouldn’t.10. I have never had another person write on my blog, everything is mine!

Weekly Wrap Up – 6th July and GIVEAWAY!

Books I Read This Week
The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
Posts of the Week
Saturday: NY Book Haul!

Big Blog News
So if you are reading this then you’ll know that I have picked up my site and moved to my own domain! YAY! After a major amount of stress on Thursday when Google robots decided to just DELETE my blog from the internet without warning or consent, I was finally reinstated on blogger and then decided to prevent future issues, I would just get my own domain and here we are at scarlettsbookblog.com!
So to celebrate this big step and to make sure everybody knows where I’m at now, I’m holding a GIVEAWAY!
The task which will earn you the most entries is simply commenting on THIS post so that I know you’ve found my new location and won’t get stuck on the old one! Though there will be other ways to enter too! There will be three winners for this giveaway, each will win either an ebook copy of Cinder by Marissa Meyer, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins or The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell!
The Giveaway will run until Saturday the 12th of July so enter quickly!

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What’s Going on In My Life
At the point this is being published, I’m going to be back in SCOTLAND! YAY! There will be photos incoming of all the lovely books I buy while I’m home and I’m still going to be posting regularly so woot!

Burning In a Memory by Constance Sharper Spotlight!

 
“Curiosity killed the cat, and nineteen-year-old Adelaide was next. She could barely remember the moments during her childhood when she knew magic existed, but she never stopped searching for it since. On the flipside, monsters from the magical world never stopped searching for her either.

Their paths finally cross in time for Adelaide to realize she should have stayed on the human side of the east coast. Unlike college, she can’t get out of trouble with a cute smile and a cuter wardrobe.

These monsters are out for blood, her blood, but she’s in luck. They will spare her life in exchange for one favor, and that favor is named Leon Colton.”

About the Author 

Born and raised in Florida, Constance Sharper juggles following her writing passion with completing her doctorate degree. She’s been a lover of urban fantasy and young adult books, and published The Airborne Saga as her first series. She continues to write multiple books in the same and similar genres. She currently lives with her beagle and wishes a Starbucks would open up nearby.

http://www.constancesharper.com
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