#Extract from Empire’s Reckoning by @marianlthorpe #Fantasy @rararesources

For my stop on the blog tour for Empire’s Reckoning, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources, I have an extract from the book.

Sorley, the protagonist and narrator of Empire’s Reckoning, is a musician as well as a toscaire, an envoy. He is awaiting an examination to allow him to join the ranks of the scáeli’en – the bards. In this scene, he is preparing for part of that examination.

I wrote notes on the meeting, and ate a solitary meal. Then I crossed the fort to a long, low building, the scent of wood shavings rich in my nostrils as soon as I opened the door. A man looked up from the bench where he was planing a board. “Lord Sorley. I just checked that yew I offered you. It’s ready. Do you remember where it is?”

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#Extract from Reframe the Day by Adam M. Lowenstein @amlowenstein #SelfHelp #Motivational #reframetheday

Today I have an extract from Reframe the Day: Embracing the Craft of Life, One Day at a Time.

The author is donating all profits from book sales to the Covid-19 response efforts of Direct Relief.

First of all, here’s the book info

Requests and to-dos bombard your phone and inbox, day and night. Information and distractions claw at your time and attention. You’re always busy, always searching for the finish line … or at least the pause button. Life feels like an endless series of “what’s nexts”—what’s the next meeting, task, obligation, goal, achievement?

Adam M. Lowenstein emerged from the nonstop, striving-obsessed world of American politics convinced that everyone, no matter who you are or what you do, has the power to build more fulfilling days. You don’t have to undertake a radical transformation. You don’t have to quit your job or move halfway around the world. 

You can simply tweak how you approach each day. Find meaning in your daily burdens and commitments. Resist the allure of busyness. Make more time for what matters to you (and feel less guilty when you do).

In Reframe the Day, Lowenstein offers ten tips, tactics, and techniques for nudging your days in a more fulfilling direction. Combining concrete advice with tools for self-reflection, Reframe the Day shows you how to reframe the way you see and spend your days and, over time, reshape your life.

Extract

The toy maker LEGO nearly collapsed in the early 2000s. In Brick by Brick, a book chronicling the company’s struggles and subsequent revitalization, David Robertson and Bill Breen describe how LEGO conducted countless focus groups to better understand the types of toys that engaged children. Among their observations was that children are driven by “the notion of mastery.” As Robertson and Breen write, “whether it was flipping skateboarding tricks or obsessing over the design and history of warplanes, kids demonstrated an innate desire to dig into a discipline and conquer it.”

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The German Messenger by David Malcolm #Extract @crimewavepress #WW1 #SpyThriller

About the Book 

Late 1916. Europe is tearing itself apart in the Great War. Harry Draffen, part Greek, part Scottish, British secret agent, cosmopolitan, polyglot, man of violence, is having a bad war. Now he is instructed to uncover a plot by the Central Powers against England. From the slums of East London to an Oxford college, from the trenches on the Western Front to an isolated house on the Scottish coast, on to a bloody showdown in the North of England, he chases a phantom and elusive German messenger. Betrayed, deceived, under attack from many enemies, bringing death to those he does not hate and even to those he loves, he tries to reach the heart of the mystery. In a final reckoning in a London tenement, he at last understands the full scope of the plots centered on the German messenger.

“David Malcolm has created a dark, compelling character with the power to fascinate still further – in the same way that you might be transfixed by the movements of a deadly spider.” –Crime Fiction Lover

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Happy #PublicationDay ~ The Serial Dieter by Rachel Cavanagh @rachelcavauthor #RomCom @CazVinBooks

My thanks to Caroline Vincent for inviting me to take part. 

About the Book

31 Dishes in 31 Days
Following on a year later from the end of ‘The Serial Dater’ where Northampton-based technology journalist Isobel McFarlane had to date thirty-one men in thirty-one days, her health and beauty colleague, Donna Evans, is given the task of trying thirty-one under five hundred calorie dishes in thirty-one days and writing about it.

To add a complication, she has to cover her equivalent (Veronica) at their sister newspaper offices at Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England, while staying nearby with her exuberant mother, Lesley, at her house in Tring, during the week.

On Donna’s first day she meets James, a married hottie who she can’t get out of her mind.

Is the whole project a recipe for disaster or a sweet success?

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#Extract from Slatehead: The Ascent of Britain’s Slate-climbing Scene by Peter Goulding @flatlandclimber @newwelshreview

Today I’m joining the blog tour for Slatehead: The Ascent of Britain’s Slate-climbing Scene with a guest post by the author, Peter Goulding. My thanks to Julia Forster.

About the Book

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#Extract from When Darkness Begins by Tina O’Hailey #Fantasy @tohailey #BlogTour @rararesources #FridayReads

Today I have an extract from When Darkness Begins, courtesy of the author and Rachel’s Random Resources.

About the Book

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#Extract from Along Came A Soldier by @authorbrenda1 #HistoricalFiction @rararesources

Today I have an extract from Along Came A Soldier, courtesy of Brenda Davies and Rachel’s Random Resources.

But first, here’s what the book is about…

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#BookSpotlight ~ Physiology of Love by @SummeritaRhayne #Extract #ContemporaryFiction #Romance

In the spotlight today is newly released Physiology of Love, a contemporary romance. 

About the Book

Dr. Hardik Kashyap is looking forward to a new job and to deepen his friendship with lovely Dr. Aashita when he joins as HOD in Physiology at Central Medical Institute. Unfortunately, his expectations smash to bits. His start at his new post is far from amiable, and as for Dr. Aashita, she sends a shower of angry sparks his way at every meeting.
He is willing to keep things at the friendship level, but it seems nothing works with her.
As a physiologist, he’s well versed in the regulations of the body functions and the working of the mind, but he just can’t seem to get a handle on the physiology of love.

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#BlogTour #Extract ~ Trust in You by Julia Firlotte ~ A summer #Romance @juliafirlotte @rararesources

Today I have an extract from Trust in You as part of the blog tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.

Extract

‘Why not?’ he asks me nosily, shifting to give me his full attention. ‘Have you never—’

‘Can we change the subject?’ I ask a little too brightly, cutting him off.

‘Sure.’ He grins. Oh God, how much more embarrassing can this get? ‘You know, a lot of guys find that a real turn on,’ Dan says smoothly, watching me astutely. I almost choke on my beer. Ok, I was wrong before, it could get more embarrassing.

‘I don’t know what you mean,’ I mutter, trying to cut the conversation dead.

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#Extract + #Giveaway ~ Surviving Me by Jo Johnson #ContemporaryFiction #Psychological @rararesources

Today I have an extract and giveaway as part of the blog tour for Surviving Me, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

Extract

This is the prologue from Surviving Me, a debut novel about two men whose minds become unfit for purpose for very different reasons. The main character is Tom Cleary but this exert is written by his wife. She is a radio presenter for BBC Sussex.

Marilyn is tapping on the glass, beckoning me to come out. My eyes meet hers through the transparent partition.

I shake my head and mouth, ‘Not now.’ She’s not the bright- est button in the box. She continues to gesture, beckoning and wobbling.

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