The Authors Bookshelf – Catherine Green @SpookyMrsGreen

Welcome to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.

This week I have Catherine Green, who writes paranormal romance. I have a couple of her novels in my review pile waiting for me to get my reading teeth into!

I hope you enjoy peeking into her bookshelf (I’ll admit to being envious of her Anne Rice collection!)

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
Hmm, probably the Peter and Jane early learner books, remember those?!

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
Wild Water by Jan Ruth

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
She-Wolf by Elizabeth Morgan

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?
Our Doris by Charles Heathcote, Vlad: The Real Dracula by C.C. Humphreys, Goddess of Troy by P.C. Cast, The Wrong Kind of Clouds by Amanda Fleet, Neverlight by Dan Weatherer.

    

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?
The Blood series by Elizabeth Morgan

  

What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?
Perilous Paths: A Writer’s Journey by S.C. Skillman

Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?
The Vampire of Blackpool

Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?
Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton

Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?
Eye of the Tiger (A Redcliffe Novel) [Book 4]

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

Catherine Green’s Bookshelf

    

*These may not be all of an author’s publications but the most recent. Check their links below for full details.

About Catherine Green

Author of British paranormal romance series The Redcliffe Novels, Catherine Green was raised on books from a young age, and has happy memories of Saturday mornings spent in her small local library, devouring the contents of the shelves. Catherine has always been fascinated by the supernatural world, and it feels natural for her to write about vampires, werewolves, witches and other mystical creatures in her contemporary stories.

If you sign up to Catherine’s newsletter, she will send you a free copy of her Redcliffe short story, It’s Complicated, to introduce you to her fictional supernatural seaside town in Cornwall, England.

More recently, Catherine released her contemporary English Gothic novel, The Vampire of Blackpool. These novels will show you the darker, sexier side of our favourite British seaside resorts!

You can find Catherine in the following places:

    

The Bookshelf

the-bookshelf-logoThanks so much for stopping by Catherine, it’s been a pleasure to have you and I’m looking forward to reading your books!

If you are a blogger or author and would like to take part in The Bookshelf click here, and fill in the really short contact form to let me know!

I can’t wait to hear from you!

The Authors Bookshelf – JC Kang @JCKang804

Welcome to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.

This week I have JC Kang. I took part in JC’s book blitz recently for Songs of Insurrection which I will also be reading as soon as possible. The first thing that drew me to JC’s work is his artwork which is stunning and something you absolutely have to check out.

Let’s see what’s on JC’s Bookshelf…

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
Winnie The Pooh

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
To my physical bookshelf, Dark Notes—a gift from one of my crit partners, Pam Godwin.  From my kindle, Sarah Wilson’s Teeth of the God

 

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
From my physical bookshelf, JC Nelson’s Free Agent.

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?
Naamah’s Kiss, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Fight Like a Physicist, Girl With Ghost Eyes, Moon in the Palace

    

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?
I am a whimsical buyer, so it’s hard to say.

What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?
Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?
My own!

   

Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?
Dragon Singer’s Apprentice (working title), Dragon In Man’s Clothing (The same story, told from different perspectives)

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

JC Kang’s Bookshelf

   

*These may not be all of an author’s publications but the most recent. Check their links below for full details.

About JC Kang

J.C. Kang’s unhealthy obsession with Fantasy and Sci-Fi began at an early age when his brother introduced him to The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit, Star Trek and Star Wars. As an adult, he combines his geek roots with his professional experiences as a Chinese Medicine doctor, martial arts instructor and technical writer to pen epic fantasy stories.

   

The Bookshelf

the-bookshelf-logoThanks so much for stopping by JC, it’s been a pleasure to have you!

If you are a blogger or author and would like to take part in The Bookshelf click here, and fill in the really short contact form to let me know!

I can’t wait to hear from you!

Week in Review – 5 March 2017

I’ve decided to start doing a review post each week…hopefully it will last but I think it’s nice to see what’s been happening and I always enjoy others posts like this! I’m not 100% on the layout of this post yet, I may tweak it a bit over the next few weeks while I get my head around how I want it to look but hopefully it will settle in! Clicking on the covers will take you to their Amazon page or the blog post, depending on the section they are in.

I’ve been having a few issues with the old bipolar this week so haven’t read as much as I would have liked as I’ve been on extra medication to sedate me which doesn’t help but I’ve still managed to get through a few! I also had a day out with Hubs at Warwick Castle, it wasn’t as good as I expected, I kinda feel like Merlin have ruined the castle vibe a bit (I really like my castle’s) with all their trying to turn it into a low-key theme park. Honestly I like going to a castle and crawling around all over the castle sucking in the atmosphere and learning about the history. Anyway it was nice for Hubs and I to get some time together before he heads off and starts his new job next week.

the-ninth-rain-quoteThis is technically from last week, but as I wasn’t doing these posts then I’ve put it in here. My pre-ordered copy of The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams arrived and there on the first couple of pages was a quote from me! This is the first time I’ve had a quote in print and it just happens to be in my current favourite author’s book so pretty much a striking gold moment!

I’ve also booked tickets to go and see Wonderland the musical with some of my family this week. It isn’t until May but it does look quite magical so I’m looking forward to that.

I’m now planning my blogiversary celebration next month and what goodies I can giveaway to you lovely people! If any authors reading (or even you crafty type people) want to get involved hit me up as I’m always happy to talk collaboration for these things!

Book of the Month

I’ve also decided to pick a book of the month which I’ll include in this post, I’m hoping this will help me at the end of the year when I do my Top 10 as it took me literally hours to narrow it down last year! Now as I wasn’t doing this before I’ve included January aswell so without further ado here are my books of the month for January and February, with links to the reviews if you click on the covers…

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Currently Reading

When the floods came clare morrall

What I’ve Read

Considering I’ve been quite ill this week I’ve done fairly well this week, I’m only counting three of these given the Ladybird book took me five minutes!

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New Books

I’m still gaining more books than I’m getting through each week! I know, a common problem but still, we need some brakes to go on here people!

Bought

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Gifts

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Book Post

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eARCs

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Reviews

Dark Promise was the first paranormal romance I’ve read in quite some time and it was awesome, The Year of Saying Yes is turning into an enjoyable chick lit novella series, and The Zombie Apocalypse Ladybird book had me in stitches and was a great gift from my Niece!

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Other Posts

a great mix of fantasy book blitzes this week, and I launched The Bookshelf a weekly Q&A feature, it will be for bloggers and authors, this week it kicked off with author Kierney Scott who had some awesome answers and a bookshelf to die for!

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#BookBlitz: Songs of Insurrection by J.C. Kang @JCKang804 @XpressoTours

I am pleased to be a part of this book blitz organised by Xpresso Book Tours. I’m really in awe of all the artwork related to this novel, when you are done here head to the authors links and check it out! Read more about this book below including an excerpt and enter the international giveaway at the end of the post.

Description

Princess Kaiya’s voice could charm a dragon.

Had she lived when the power of music could still summon typhoons and rout armies, perhaps Cathay’s imperial court would see her as more than a singing fool. With alliances to build and ambitious lords to placate, they care more about her marriage prospects than her voice.

Only the handsome Prince Hardeep, a foreign martial mystic, recognizes her potential. Convinced Kaiya will rediscover the legendary but perilous art of invoking magic through music, he suggests her voice, not her marriage, might better serve the realm.

When members of the emperor’s elite spy clan– Kaiya’s childhood friend Tian and his half-elf sidekick (or maybe he’s her sidekick?)– discover mere discontent boiling over into full-scale rebellion, Kaiya must choose. Obediently wedding the depraved ringleader means giving up her music. Confronting him with the growing power of her voice could kill her.

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Excerpt

CHAPTER 1
Not-So-Chance Meetings

If marriage were a woman’s grave, as the proverb claimed, sixteen-year-old Princess Kaiya suspected the emperor was arranging her funeral. Entourage in tow, she shuffled through the castle halls toward the garden where General Lu waited. Given his notorious dislike of the arts, the self-proclaimed Guardian Dragon of Hua had undoubtedly envisioned a different kind of audition when he requested to hear her sing.

After all, she was dressed like a potential bride.

She buried a snort. The Guardian Dragon—such a pretentious nickname. The only real dragon, Avarax, who lorded over some faraway land, might make for a more appealing audience. A quick trip down his gullet would spare her a slow death in a marriage with neither love nor music.

And it wouldn’t matter what she wore.

The gaudy dress compensated for her numerous physical imperfections, but stifled the only thing that made her special. How was she supposed to sing with the inner robe and gold sash squeezing her chest, in a futile attempt to misrepresent her woefully underdeveloped curves? The tight fold of the skirts concealed her lanky legs, but forced a deliberate pace. At least the short stride delayed the inevitable, while preventing her unsightly feet from tripping on the hanging sleeves of the vermilion outer gown.

At her side, Crown Princess Xiulan glided across the chirping floorboards. Kaiya suppressed a sigh. If only she could move with the nonchalant grace of her sister-in-law, or even the six handmaidens trailing them. She dug her nails into clammy palms. Through this choreographed farce, appearances had to be maintained, lest she embarrass her father, the Tianzi.

Chin up, back straight. A racing heart threatened to ruin her already meager semblance of imperial grace. Eyes forward. Servants knelt on either side of the looming double doors, ready to slide them open. She forced a smile, with her best approximation of feminine charm. If only she’d lived before Dragon Songs had faded into legend, she could’ve sent the realm’s victorious hero fleeing with the song he supposedly wanted to hear.

An aging palace official stepped into her line of sight.

Singular focus on the doors broken, she blinked. Her fluttering pulse lurched to a stop as she blew out a breath.

His blue robes ruffled as he tottered forward with averted eyes and a bobbing head. He creaked down into a bow. “Emergency, Dian-xia,” he said, using the formal address for her rank. “The Tianzi commands you to greet a foreign delegation in the Hall of Bountiful Harvests.”

About J.C. Kang

J.C. Kang’s unhealthy obsession with Fantasy and Sci-Fi began at an early age when his brother introduced him to The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit, Star Trek and Star Wars. As an adult, he combines his geek roots with his professional experiences as a Chinese Medicine doctor, martial arts instructor and technical writer to pen epic fantasy stories.

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Book & Buy Links

TitleSongs of Insurrection
SeriesDaughter of the Dragon Throne #1
Author: J.C. Kang
Genre: Adult | Fantasy
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 6 January 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 487
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US