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Blog tour: The Stig Plays a Dangerous Game by Jon Claydon and Tim Lawler

Blog tour: The Stig Plays a Dangerous Game by Jon Claydon and Tim Lawler

I’m ridiculously excited to welcome you to my stop on The Stig Plays a Dangerous Game blog tour. I’ve never been a huge Top Gear fan but the enigma of The Stig has always fascinated me, and this novelisation seemed like the perfect opportunity to learn a […]

Blog tour: In Bloom by C.J. Skuse

Blog tour: In Bloom by C.J. Skuse

Hi there, and welcome to my stop on the In Bloom blog tour. This post contains spoilers for Sweetpea, so please look away if you haven’t read it yet! I only reviewed Sweetpea a couple of weeks ago, but I couldn’t resist taking part in this tour and getting to […]

Blog tour: Love the Stationery in Your Classroom by Rebecca Palliser

Blog tour: Love the Stationery in Your Classroom by Rebecca Palliser

Welcome to the first of two blog tours which I’m taking part in today.

The two titles couldn’t be much further apart – this is a book aimed at young school children, while I’m also on the blog tour for C.J. Skuse’s second adult crime novel, In Bloom. Check back in an hour or so to see that post!

But first up is Love the Stationery in Your Classroom by Rebecca Palliser, an adorable rhyme-filled picture book which teaches little ones how to respect the shared stationery at school so that everyone can have fun playing with it (and the stationery can feel happier, too!).

About the book:

Love the Stationery in Your Classroom by Rebecca Palliser

This delightful little book encourages children to learn about – and have fun with – the stationery they encounter in the classroom. Author Rebecca Palliser wants to help all children to find their feet in the primary school classroom.

After reading Love the Stationery in Your Classroom, I decided to give it 3 stars.

I wasn’t expecting it to be a rhyming story, so when I started reading it out to my daughter I was delighted. The story is simple but effective: the stationery in the classroom are fed up with being treated terribly by the children they’re there to help, so they write them a letter asking them to consider being more respectful.

All the best picture books have a moral and although teaching children to act responsibly isn’t a unique lesson, it’s delivered in a light-hearted and fun way that doesn’t make it sound like a boring lesson to learn.

My only complaint about Love the Stationery in Your Classroom is that I wish there had been more images. The pictures of the stationery are very whimsical, their happy faces at odds with the sadness that they’re feeling, and they’re very visually pleasing.

However, there are two rhymes on each page! If it had been separated so that each rhyme had its own separate page, it would have showcased the different types of stationery better. It also would make the book less daunting for a young child to read on their own, because the language isn’t very complex but having a lot of text on one page could be off-putting.

I’m definitely going to be keeping hold of this picture book to show to my daughter when she’s a little older and getting ready to go to school. She’s only a few months old and she loved the voices which I gave to all of the different characters – I’m sure she’ll enjoy it even more when she can appreciate the adorable artwork.

 

If you’re interested in learning more about Love the Stationery in Your Classroom, click on the cover to check it out on Goodreads. If you decide to buy a copy, please consider using my Amazon affiliate link: I’ll earn a few pennies from your purchase. Thank you!

 

About the author: Rebecca Palliser

Rebecca Palliser is a young primary school teacher whose experiences in the classroom inspired her to write to have an influence on her pupils.

 

She is about to embark on a Masters programme where she hopes to continue to write alongside her studies.

 

She takes inspiration for her stories from her travels exploring different cultures and cities, spending time with her little dog Darcy and of course her biggest muse, the delightful pupils she is fortunate to teach.

 

 

Last, but certainly not least, I’d like to say a huge thank you to Faye Rogers, for organising the blog tour for Love the Stationery in Your Classroom, and to Rebecca Palliser for writing such a cute story.

Alyce

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Blitz: Alpha by Jus Accardo

Blitz: Alpha by Jus Accardo

Hello and welcome to the Alpha blitz, organised by Xpresso Blog Tours! I participated in the cover reveal for Alpha back in February, and I’m pleased to be able to tell you a little more about Alpha today (as well as to show you a sneaky excerpt and give my American […]

Spotlight: More Than Us by Dawn Barker

Spotlight: More Than Us by Dawn Barker

It’s been a little while since I hosted a spotlight post, but I’m pleased to welcome you to my stop on the More Than Us blog tour. A huge thank you to Ellie at Canelo, for inviting me to take part in this tour and for allowing […]

Blog tour: Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi

Blog tour: Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi

I’m so pleased to be welcoming debut author Aminah Mae Safi to the blog today, to talk about how she finds inspiration. Before I pass you over, I’m going to share a little bit more about Not the Girls You’re Looking For, just in case you haven’t heard about this brilliantly diverse title yet.

Not the Girls You're Looking For cover

Lulu Saad doesn’t need your advice, thank you very much. She’s got her three best friends and nothing can stop her from conquering the known world. Sure, for half a minute she thought she’d nearly drowned a cute guy at a party, but he was totally faking it. And fine, yes, she caused a scene during Ramadan. It’s all under control. Ish.

Except maybe this time she’s done a little more damage than she realizes. And if Lulu can’t find her way out of this mess soon, she’ll have to do more than repair friendships, family alliances, and wet clothing. She’ll have to go looking for herself.

Debut author Aminah Mae Safi’s honest and smart novel is about how easy it can be to hurt those around you even if – especially if – you love them.

Still not convinced? Here’s an excerpt – hopefully hearing for Lulu herself will make it impossible for you to resist picking up a copy:

“You chase boys,” Matt’s voice trailed off, more unfinished thought than question.

“Hah. Maybe. Or maybe I don’t run away when they catch up to me. I haven’t quite figured it out yet. All I know, is once I pounce, or let them pounce, the fun’s all gone. Usually.”

“Usually?”

“Okay, so like, every day last spring, I’d run for training. I’d run by the boys lacrosse team, you know, to keep it interesting.”

“And?”

“And a friend of mine. Let’s call him Brian, he accuses me of running by the team on purpose,” said Lulu.

“What did you do?”

“I denied it, of course.”

“You lied.”

“I didn’t lie. See, Brian accused me of running by the boys on purpose, so they would check me out.”

“Weren’t you?”

“No. I was running by the boys to check them out. But Brian assumed the reverse. Boys are the subject, I’m the direct object.”

“That’s a technicality.”

“It might seem like a technicality to you, but I like being the subject of my own sentences.” Lulu kicked the curb with her shoe. The rubber of her sole made a satisfying squeak.

“Who cares what some idiot thinks of you?”

Lulu slurped the last of her granita. “If everything you did in life was constantly about that same misunderstanding, you’d be pissed off too.”

If you’re interested in learning more about Not the Girls You’re Looking For, click on the cover to check it out on Goodreads. If you decide to purchase a copy, please consider using my Amazon affiliate link: I’ll receive a few pennies from your purchase.

Now it’s time for me to pass you over to Aminah. I hope you love her guest post as much as I do!

Stories are probably my biggest source of inspiration. I love to read and re-read books. I also love to watch and re-watch my favorite movies. I think it’s the re-reading and the re-watching that help the most. Because once you’re past watching the story, or reading it, to learn what happens in the end, the more you can focus on how the story moves to its conclusion.

When I was writing Not the Girls You’re Looking For I re-watched classic girl gang movies – Grease, Mean Girls, Clueless and Heathers. I also watched this dark comedy – not a teen movie by a long shot – called Bachelorette about a dysfunctional group of friends who had gone to high school together and were now fully grown and on the eve of the first of them getting married.

Other people’s stories help because they showed me there were many ways to approach the same problem. There is no single way to tackle a story of female friendship. The reason we as a culture watch all of these movies is because their myriad experiences have spoken to us all, at various points in our lives, along the way. Realizing that took the pressure off as I wrote.

I also listened to Rosamund Pike’s narration of Pride and Prejudice – she does a fantastic job, by the way – in order to understand the way Austen had written about the dynamic of sisters. I did a re-read of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women for the same reasons. Much like my main character, Lulu, literary sisters have always held a fascination for me.

I’m a big believer in reading while you write – both inside and outside of your genre. In watching films that resonate with the themes of your story. I think those have been the biggest places I’ve been inspired. I understand why some authors won’t do this – they’re worried about subconsciously producing a book that is not their own.

But I cannot write any other way.

Maybe it’s because I was rained to be an academic and I cannot write without some level of research under my belt. Maybe it’s simple because I love stories. No matter the reason, I’m a big believer in staying plugged into stories as I write, and perhaps you are, too.

About the author: Aminah Mae Safi

Aminah Mae Sai is a Muslim-American writer who explores art, fiction, feminism, and film. She loves Sofia Coppola movies, Bollywood endings, and the Fast and Furious franchise. She’s the winner of the We Need Diverse Books short story contest. Originally raised in Texas, she now lives in Los Angeles, California, with her partner, a cat bent on world domination, and another cat who’s just here for the snacks.

Once again, a huge thank you to Aminah Mae Safi for writing such a brilliant guest post. If you love her post as much as I do, be sure to reach out to her on Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr to let her know.

I’d also like to thank Aimee, Always for allowing me to get involved in the Not the Girls You’re Looking For blog tour. I’ve popped the blog tour schedule down below: make sure to check out some of the other posts.

Not the Girls You're Looking For blog tour schedule

Alyce

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Review: All of This is True by Lygia Day Penaflor

Review: All of This is True by Lygia Day Penaflor

‘You see, you can be in love with a thing the way you can be in love with a person. A thing can trigger the same chemical responses as another human can: oxytocin and vasopressin. Fatima taught me this. Her book proved it.’ Hi there, […]

Review: Nowhere Else But Here by Rachel Cotton

Review: Nowhere Else But Here by Rachel Cotton

Hello, and welcome to my stop on the Nowhere Else But Here blog tour! First things first, I’d like to say a huge thanks to Ink Road for allowing me to get involved in the tour for this exciting contemporary debut from a very promising young author. […]

Review: True Storm by L.E. Sterling

Review: True Storm by L.E. Sterling

Hello, and welcome to my stop on the True Storm blog tour. First of all, I’d like to say a huge thanks to Entangled Teen, for allowing me to participate in this blog tour, and to L.E. Sterling for writing such an enjoyable trilogy.

Before I share my thoughts on True Storm, I’m going to tell you a little bit more about the book (and share another sneaky excerpt!).

True Storm by L.E. Sterling cover

Lucy’s twin sister, Margot, may be safely back with her – but all is not well in Plague-ravaged Dominion City. The Watchers have come out of hiding, spreading chaos and death throughout the city, and suddenly Lucy finds herself under pressure to choose her future: does it lie with her handsome new friend, Alaistair; her guardian, the enigmatic True Born leader Nolan Storm; or the man who makes her heart trip, her savage True Born bodyguard Jared Price?

But while Lucy ponders her path, fate has other plans. Betrayal is a cruel lesson, and the Fox sisters can hardly believe who is behind the plot against them. To survive this deadly game of politics, Lucy is forced to agree to a marriage of convenience. But is the DNA of her will stronger than the forces opposing her? And can she turn the tide against the oncoming storm?

As they say in Dominion, rogue genes can never have a happy ending…

If you’d like to learn more about True Storm, click on its cover to check it out on Goodreads.

Now it’s time for that excerpt I promised:

Another laugh, this one not at all pleasant. “God, Lu, do you think I’m actually in control here? You,” he says, his lips coming so close to mine I can almost feel them on my flesh. He brushes them lightly, and the already swollen flesh lights up again. “You,” he says again, his voice dropping into a purr as with one hand, he strokes my hair, “you’re like a drug. I can’t get enough of you, can’t break away no matter how hard I try.”

I push at is chest and force him to let me down. “You make it sound terrible,” I grumble.

His voice and eyes are ragged, wild, as he tells me with conviction, “It is terrible.”

“Jared,” I warn.

Blond curls falls over his handsome face as he takes my cheeks lightly in his hands. I reach up and curl my own fingers over his, remembering what those hands can do. How could such brilliant, clever hands be capable of such violence? Like his hands, this man has the ability to make me feel as though I’m flying through the air one minute, bruised and sinking the next.

I try to look away, sick of the hurt, but he won’t let me. Staring intently into my eyes, he whispers my name like a prayer. “Don’t you get it? It’s ripping my guts out because I have never felt this way before. I need to be near you like I need oxygen. And I know full well I can’t have you.”

I’m not going to go too deeply into my thoughts about True Storm because I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I will be honest and say that I was actually a little bit disappointed in this installment. It’s heartbreaking for me to have to say that, because I absolutely loved both True Born and True North, but I worry that my expectations may have been too high when it came to the final book in the trilogy.

I would still recommend giving the series a go, because L.E. Sterling has crafted a brilliant world that is revitalising the dystopian genre, but don’t get too invested.

About the author: 

L.E. Sterling had an early obsession with sci-fi, fantasy and romance, to which she remained faithful through an M.A. in creative writing and a PhD in English literature – where she completed a thesis on magical representation. She is the author of cult hit YA novel The Originals (under pen name L.E. Vollick) and the Urban Fantasy Pluto’s GateTrue Born, first in the True Born trilogy, won the Athena Award from the RWA. Originally hailing from Parry Sound, Ontario, L.E. spent most of her summers roaming across Canada in a van – inspiring her writing career. She currently lives in Toronto, Canada.

I hope you enjoyed my stop on the True Storm blog tour! See you next time.

Alyce

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Blog tour: Daughter of War by S.J.A. Turney

Blog tour: Daughter of War by S.J.A. Turney

Today I’m working with Canelo to welcome S.J.A. Turney to The Bumbling Blogger to share some advice on reviving ancient locations in your writing. I’m so excited to be participating in the Daughter of War blog blitz and I’m so grateful to Turney for writing such […]