05 October 2015

Organised by Kerry Drewery (Author of A Dream of Lights and A Brighter Fear) and Emma Pass (Author of Acid and The Fearless) UKMG and YA extravaganza aim to complete the following mission whilst bringing readers, bloggers and authors together. 

"Author events are great fun. But often, the authors taking part are 'behind the velvet rope ' –  on a stage or behind tables – where they do their event and are then whisked away.

We want to change all that.

Our mission with the UKYA Extravaganzas is to bring UKYA in all its guises to readers all over the country (UK), by organizing regional events which bring readers and authors together. We have a huge wealth of YA writing talent here in the UK, and we think it's time to shout about it!

There will never be a 'star author' at the UKYA Extravaganzas – each and every author who takes part is the star of the show. The Extravaganzas are fun, informal and most importantly of all, egalitarian, allowing everyone to mingle and chat without barriers.

And there will always, but always, be cake. Caaaake…

Here's to a revolution in author events!"

Title: The Crowham Martyrs
Author: Jane McLoughlin
Publisher: Catnip (June 2015)
Add to: Goodreads
Order here: AmazonThe Book Depository, Amazon UK

Synopsis: Ghosts don’t frighten Maddy Deeprose.

She’s seen them all her life.

So when her mum sends her to creepy old boarding school Crowham Martyrs, Maddy isn’t worried. But then her friends start disappearing, and Maddy knows it’s time to be scared.

Something is lurking at Crowham Martyrs.

Something evil.

Is the place that is supposed to keep Maddy safe

About to become the hunting ground?

Author Guest Post: UK Middle Grade Extravaganza Blog tour post by Jane McLoughlin 

Thanks to the organisers of the UK Middle Grade Extravaganza for organising this blog tour and to Jenny and Lisa for letting me guest on A Life Bound B y Books.

Judging by the wonderfully fit young men gracing the covers of some of the books reviewed on A Life Bound by Books, my book definitely doesn’t fit the usual YA/NA genre that this blog caters for, but please bear with me!

One of the characters in The Crowham Martyrs, Caleb, is as hot as any NA cover boy. (Seriously!)  However, as a MG character, he has to stay fully dressed at all times and remain “just friends” with the main female protagonists. It’s a shame really—he’s such a lovely young man!

But that’s how it is in middle grade: there are things that can happen, and things that can’t.  I’m not complaining—Caleb has the rest of his life to become a brooding YA hero or a buff and bulked up NA heart throb.  Similarly, my main female characters, Hannah and Maddy, have it in them to grow into awkward or graceful or sexy or sweet or geeky or kick-ass teen heroines.  Their later years may never be written about, but I hope they can be imagined!

One of the most rewarding things about the Harry Potter series (both for millions of readers and for one very clever author!) is that JK Rowling allowed her characters to get older. Readers saw Harry, Hermione and Ron grow from capable-if-confused middle graders to brave, resourceful and heroic young adults.  Readers like my daughter were able to grow up with these characters in real time, because the books came out when she was the same age as the Potter kids.  As the years passed and she got older, the world of Harry Potter became darker and deeper, more reflective of her own teenage years.

The point I’m trying to make is that middle grade characters—whether they are in series like Harry Potter, or in stand-alone books like The Crowham Martyrs—are more engaging if readers (and their creators) can see them  outside and beyond their own “age grouping.”

The same goes for readers.  It’s important that we authors think of middle grade readers not as children preserved in aspic, but as young people who are moving forward with life and are constantly in flux.  Candy Gourlay, in her UKMG Extravaganza post, wisely called them “readers in the middle” who are “growing the readers they are going to be.”

That means that one day soon.  Our middle grade readers will drift into YA territory, and possibly NA. In no time at all, they’ll be adults who will, hopefully, have developed an unquenchable life-long love of reading.  It’s up to us to keep them company on this journey to their reading futures, to make sure that our writing—our stories and characters and plots and words--helps their reading grow.

Thanks again for having me!

Link to Candy Gourlay’s blog contribution: Click Here

About the Author:

Jane McLoughlin is an American who has lived in the UK for over 25 years. She has had short stories published in various literary magazines and her debut novel for teenagers, At Yellow Lake, was published in 2012 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books in the UK, the USA and Australia/New Zealand. It was nominated for the 2013 Carnegie Medal, and longlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Branford Boase Award for debut writers.

A former teacher, Jane regularly gives talks and delivers writing workshops in schools and at events, including Booklinks in London and the 2012 Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Find Jane Online:

Website | TwitterGoodreads


Book Wars a weekly feature hosted between two book review blogs – A Life Bound By Books & Much Loved Books!

It’s a fact that book lovers know all about the covers of the books they covet.  Often when a title is released here in the US, it’s sometimes vastly different across the pond in the US.  So, Michelle from Much Loved Books and I have come together to create Book Wars to talk about the difference in covers when it comes to the US vs. UK versions.

We hope from time to time authors will chime in with their thoughts as well. We welcome everyone to comment and share their thoughts too! The more the merrier!

Before we get to this weeks Book Wars, we have a winner to announce. The Book Wars winner for Zeroes (Zeroes #1) By: Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancotti is..... the US Cover!!!  Thank you to everyone who voted for both books, and for picking a winner.

Also, there's a poll at the bottom of the post that we'd love to hear your input for the two covers! Tell us which one YOU love the most.

Left: US - Right: UK

Title: Vicious Cycle 
Series: (Vicious Cycle #1)
Author: Katie Ashley
Publisher: US - NAL Trade, 336 Pages (June 2nd, 2015) UK - Headline Eternal, 336 Pages (June 2nd, 2015)
Add to: Goodreads USA Version | Goodreads UK Version
Order online here: USA: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository UK: Amazon UK, Waterstones, W H Smith, The Book Depository

NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+
Synopsis: New York Times bestselling author Katie Ashley revs up the danger and sexual tension in her brand-new Vicious Cycle romance series.

Deacon Malloy’s life is dedicated to the Hell’s Raiders motorcycle club. Tough, hard, and fast with his fists, he serves the group as sergeant at arms. But his devil-may-care approach to life is thrown for a loop when the five-year-old daughter he never knew existed lands on the club steps.

Alexandra Evans is devoted to all her students—but there’s always been something about Willow Malloy that tugs at her heart. There’s an aura of sadness about her, a girl in need of all the love Alexandra can give. When Willow stops coming to school, Alexandra’s search leads to a clubhouse full of bikers…and a father hell-bent on keeping his daughter always within sight.

The moment Deacon sees Alexandra, he has to have her in his bed—and he’s never met a woman yet who couldn’t be persuaded. No matter how attracted she is to Deacon, Alexandra refuses to be just another conquest. But it’s Deacon himself who could be seduced—into a brighter future for himself, his daughter, and the woman he’s falling for against all odds.

About the author: 

Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her two very spoiled dogs. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.

With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.

Find  Online: WebsiteTwitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Let the Wars Begin: Its now time to make our decision, let's see what we think about the covers and pick our favorite cover.

Lisa This week we have Vicious Cycle which is the first book in author Katie Ashley's new series with the same name.

And the great thing about this cover is there's things that are kind of similar with each of them. And they both have an Motorcycle Club vibe going on with them too. The US one more so than the UK cover, but there's still a vibe with the UK one.

And I like the guys on the cover and their tattoo's and both the red and yellow colors look great too... so if I'm honest this is hard for me to choose this week.

Hmmm... I really like both of them!!! Well, I really like certain things about both of them. I'd pick them both up in a store to check them out too. I think I'll have to choose the US cover just for the fact that it has a guy on a bike. Yeah, I'm totally choosing the cover with the guy on a bike.

Since the US gets a vote for me, which will you be voting for this week? Click on the cover below to cast your vote!
Michelle On first glance at these covers I found it hard to really pick my favourite. I usually love covers with biker guys on them, but the US cover just  doesn't do anything for me. It feels too busy. The UK cover has a similar hot guy on the front,but it's pretty simple compared to the US cover. This makes the cover model easy to look at (and by look at I mean stare for hours at), and the font and layout used for the title just works better.

It's a UK vote for me this week, don't forget to leave your vote below.

VOTE for YOUR favorite cover of Vicious Cycle NOW!


02 October 2015

Title: A Thousand Nights
Author: E.K. Johnston
Publisher: Disney Hyperion, 336 Pages (October 6th, 2015)
Add to: Goodreads
Order here: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository, Amazon UK

Synopsis: Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister's place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin's court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time.But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.

Check out the first chapter of:
A Thousand Nights


About the Author:

E. K. Johnston is a forensic archaeologist by training, a book seller and author by trade, and a grammarian by nature. She spends a great deal of time on the Internet because it is less expensive than going to Scotland. She can probably tell you, to the instant, when she fell in love with any particular song; but don't ask her, because then it will be stuck in both of your heads.

Find E.K. Online:

Website | Twitter | tumblr | Goodreads | UnRequired Reading


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01 October 2015

Title: Anchor (Wake #3)
Author: M. Mabie
Publisher: (September 22, 2015)
Add to: Goodreads
Order a copy: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository, Amazon UK, Amazon CA, Amazon AU, iTunes, Kobo

NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+ 

Synopsis: I believe in love at first sight.

Now I know soulmates exist.
Nothing has ever been easy for us.

Every fight, every struggle, has been worth it.
I’m stubborn, but what woman isn’t?

She’s hard work and I love the overtime.
He’s frustrating and unpredictable. I hope he never changes.

I love driving her crazy. That’s half the fun.
Lou’s sexy curls.

Honeybee’s pink nose.
He still looks at me like I’m precious and unflawed.

She treats me like I’m the center of her world.
Our future will be full of happiness.

Despite everything, we’re two of the lucky ones.
I took the bait.

She was a lucky catch.
He is the wind in my sail.

She’s the anchor that grounds me.
The wake our love made is beautiful.

Every day I thank God for her.
No matter the hurdles, we’ve jumped them side-by-side.

No matter the obstacles, we’ve made it through together.
For better or for worse, I’d do it again.

I’ll love and protect her all the days of my life.
We made it.

We always will.

NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+ 


Casey and the bath

Upon opening the door, I found her leaning over the side of the big tub wearing a terrycloth robe. A white terrycloth robe. Exactly like the one she’d worn the first night we’d met. She wasn’t fighting fair.

Hello, old friend.

“The water feels nice. Come here. I’ll help you undress,” she offered.

I changed my mind. Maybe I wouldn’t take what I needed. Maybe I’d give. Or rather, let her take. You know what I mean. She’d gone to all this work and everything. She brought out the big guns. I’d basically just be there. Didn’t have to ravage her the way my balls were
begging me to. I didn’t have to bend her over the counter and fuck her while I watched her come in front of me in the mirror. I could just be her tool. Her healing tool. A man can rationalize sex in about four seconds.

That notion had begun to grow on me. Among other things.

She wanted a diversion. And, hell if I couldn't sympathize with wanting to feel good. When I’d been at my lowest, her warm body, being there for mine, had never hurt. I’d just have to be careful.

Really careful.

“I’m going to say this quickly. Clearly you’re taking hygiene to a whole new level and who am I to stand in the way,” I said as I took small measured steps near her. She sat on the edge of the tub and the loosely tied robe fell open a little more. It was goddamn glorious. Her cleavage looked like a feast, and I was starving.

I had to focus, before I lost my train of thought.

I cleared my throat, because that’s what you do when you’re trying to jump-start words you’re only half-ass sure about saying. “I know what you’re doing.”

Her head tipped downward, but I caught it.

Oh, honeybee. This isn’t a rejection.

“Hear me out. I remember how devastated I felt when my mother passed away and how you were there for me. Granted, I didn’t lure you in with soapy water and my A-game in sexual prowess, but I can’t deny that you being there—being with me when I needed that connection—helped. I want to help you. I want to make you feel better and take all of it away. I can’t though and doing this won’t make any of it disappear. But maybe in some way it’ll prove
I’m here. I’m all in, honeybee.” Damn it, she had to know, but I wasn’t keen on guesswork anymore. Frankly, it was my pleasure having the opportunity to reassure her.

She needed it; so I needed to give it to her.

Her head fell to the side and she kissed my hand. I saw so much love in her eyes. It reduced my worry—if only for the moment—that she was still struggling.

“I do need you,” she admitted as she stood. The robe fell away and she let it slip off her arms, never breaking eye contact. She spoke softly. “I want to feel a loving touch. I want to be swallowed whole by your goodness and tenderness. Casey, touch me so I know I’m not broken. I want this to be day one. I’m feeling better. I’m ready to start getting back to normal. Or at least start looking for our normal.”

Those moments, where she let me see her vulnerability, seared her name on my heart. Being able to help the one you love most, makes you stronger. It never dawned on me that it wasn’t the sex—a distraction, a high—but it wasn’t. It was intimacy she was longing for.

She leaned into me and, if I needed any more convincing, she provided it. Her warm lips briefly met mine. Her timid, yet purposeful, hands began to undress me. They slipped under my T-shirt and ran over my stomach and around to my back as she lifted it off. Her fingers disappeared under the waist of my shorts and she pushed them down. Her breathing was controlled and deep.

I bent forward and pressed a kiss to her neck and a quiet moan filled the silence of the steamy bathroom as she moved to give me more of her skin. Her fingers laced with mine and she stepped into the bath. My arm around her waist insured she was steady.

For a brief moment, I took stock of the fading bruises on her body. Yellow and green cloud-like shapes painted all over her.

I swallowed emotion after emotion I felt.

She wanted a good day.

She wanted me.

I’d give her anything I could. I’d offer my body for us to share when hers needed mending. I’d touch her in a way that left no room for doubt that I’d always put her first. I couldn’t heal her, but for the rest of my life I’d love her through sickness and health.

Anchor is the third book in the bestselling Wake Series. In this widely anticipated series finale, you'll see Lou and Honeybee get all they've ever wanted and more.

Interested readers should start at the beginning:

Bait  (Wake #1)

Amazon US  Amazon UK Amazon CA  Amazon AU  Barnes & Noble Kobo  iBooks 

Bait Links: Goodreads Casey’s Playlist Blake’s Playlist

Sail (Wake #2)

Amazon US Amazon UK Amazon CA  Amazon AUS Barnes & Noble  iTunes Kobo 

Sail Links: Goodreads | Casey's Playlist | Blake's Playlist


About the Author:

Mabie lives in Illinois with her husband. She is the author of the steamy comedy Fade In. Her sophomore release, Bait, is the first book in the angst-filled erotic Wake Series. She writes unconventional love stories and tries to embody "real-life romance."

She cares about politics, but will not discuss them in public. She uses the same fork at every meal, watches Wayne's World while cleaning, and lets her dog sleep on her head. She has always been a writer. In fact, she was born with a pen in her hand, which almost never happens. Almost.

Mabie usually doesn't speak in third-person either. She promises.

Find Mabie Online:

Goodreads Amazon Newsletter http://bit.ly/1kMbfmo Facebook http://on.fb.me/1pRBigO
Twitter http://bit.ly/1hznYOO Website http://bit.ly/1nP9q04

Other books by M. Mabie Fade in - Romantic Contemporary Romance


30 September 2015

Title: Until Jax (Until Him #1)
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publisher: (September 29th, 2015)
From: the Author
Format: eARC
Add to: Goodreads
Order a copy: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository, Amazon UK

NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 18+

Synopsis: Ellie Anthony isn’t looking for love. She isn’t even looking for a man, but when Jax Mayson insists on keeping her and her daughter safe, she’s left with no choice but to trust him. Now she just hopes she doesn’t get hurt when she falls hard for a guy who’s known for breaking hearts.

Jax Mayson knows that Ellie is his BOOM the moment he sees her. When he finds out she has a daughter, he realizes he wants a family, and he will do whatever is necessary to keep both of his girls safe, even if that means facing the demons from his past. 

Review: 3.5 Stars - Until Jax is the first book in the spin off – Until Him Series from author Aurora Rose Reynolds. This series follows the male children from the siblings/couples that we met in the previous “Until” series. Another spin off series is Until Her, which follows the female children. (please note, this is my assumption because that’s how it appears to be, to me at this point to date.)

The first book is all about Jax Mayson and Ellie Anthony. Their story started out with a bang and Ellie had so much to overcome and she was forced to deal with more than just her present issues. She’s never really had much of a family and the one’s she had were taken from her, both times, too soon. With a young daughter to look after and secrets she needs to keep close she takes a chance on the out stretched hand that Jax and his family offers. Help, security, family, friends and new job are to name a few of the benefits.

One of the things I love about these books, in each of the series’ is the strong family bonds that run deep. From one book to another they have each other to lean on and the support and these relationships are one of the things I look forward to the most with these books. They take care of their own, they fight for who and what they love and they protect with a fierce heart. One is never left behind, they all rally around each other when they’re needed always willing to drop everything and be there in a second. No questions asked.

For this title, I did enjoy the story, I liked these two characters… yet I felt that Jax might have been just a touch lacking compared to the previous males within each of these series. He’s without a doubt an alpha male, such as each of the males within this family are… and he has to grow up and change his ways a bit due to having a little girl in his house. Yet there’s just something that was still off to me. I don’t think I got a chance to really know him and that might be the most off thing about this male character.

The other thing that made me rate this book a bit lower was the fact that even with reading Until July (Until Her, #1) the beginning of this book threw me into a bit of confusion. The first chapter feels unfinished and as if it’s starting in the middle. It had been awhile since I read Until July so it really was confusing. Thankfully it’s explained a bit into the book, but it explained things a bit too late to make up for it.

While this title might not have been the best, they are still characters that I can’t wait to read about and find out what happens next. Even with a touch lower star rating it’s not going to deter me from grabbing the next book and the one after.

In the end, I did like it. I liked Ellie and enjoyed her and her daughter Hope. I think Hope added a bunch of layers to both Ellie and Jax as characters. These books have become a guilty pleasure of mine and I know I can always count on them for some awesome Alpha males and the woman who complete them.

If you like contemporary titles with strong males and females then you’ve come to the right place. Start at the beginning with Until November and work your way through those books first, and then dive on into Until July to get a better understanding of the beginning of this book. Trust me, you’ll thank me later. Enjoy!


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