Thursday, 22 December 2016

Author Interview: Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

Photo courtesy of Kim and Amy

It is getting so close to Christmas, and so as an extra treat I have an interview with TWO authors today!

Kim Askew (left of the picture) and Amy Helmes (right of the picture) are authors of the new 'Twisted Lit' novel, Puck, and they have kindly agreed to be interviewed by me!

1. Hi girls! How are you both?

We’re doing well, thanks, and we’re excited to talk about the latest offering in our Twisted Lit collection of YA novels!

2. What inspired you to write Puck?

Our first three novels — Tempestuous, Exposure and Anyone But You — were inspired by Shakespeare plays. (“The Tempest,” “Macbeth,” and “Romeo and Juliet,” respectively). We wanted our fourth book to be a modern twist on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” because not only is it it arguably the most beloved of Shakespeare’s comedies, but Puck is one of the playwright’s most iconic characters. 

3. Why did you focus on Shakespeare's plays?

Shakespeare’s fingerprint is everywhere in pop culture, from the movies 10 Things I Hate about You and Grease to TV series like “House Of Cards” and “Westworld.” His plays really capture the drama and emotion of the human experience, and they lend themselves perfectly for reinventions. In Puck, we were inspired by the trouble-making fairies who wreak such unprecedented havoc in the forest in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Yanking the story into the 21st century, we decided that a rehabilitation wilderness camp for juvenile delinquents would give us the perfect framework. It all fell into place from there.

4. Can you briefly tell us what Puck is about?

It’s the story of a 15-year-old girl who lands at DreamRoads, a wilderness camp for troubled kids in the wilds of Utah. Her fellow campers include a famous pop star with a diva attitude, a geeky, “fish out of water” math whiz, and a surly gang-banger with a chip on his shoulder. The program’s steely director aims to break Puck, but she knows that every adult has a breaking point, too. She’s determined to defy this realm of agonizing nature hikes and soul-sucking psychobabble — even if that means manipulating four lovestruck camp counsellors and the director’s dim-witted second-in-command.

5. Describe Puck! What kind of character is she?

She’s our most kick-A$$, controversial heroine yet. Having been seemingly chewed up and spit out by the foster care system, she’s guarded, hostile, even whiny, at times. She also lies, which can make the reader’s experience with her tricky indeed. On the other hand, she’s fiery, funny and lovable. We wouldn’t have her any other way.

6. Have you got any other Shakespeare retellings in the works?

We both sort of have a weakness for brooding hot guys, so “Hamlet” is on our list of plays to tackle, as is the sisterly drama that’s so rife in “King Lear!”

7. Sell us the book! Why should people pick this up RIGHT NOW?

If you enjoy John Hughes movies like The Breakfast Club, you’ll love taking the journey with our modern-day “brat pack,” whose attitude and antics will surely keep you guessing!

Thank you so much Kim and Amy! Good luck with your future books.


Thursday, 15 December 2016

Last Minute Bookish-Themed Christmas Gifts!

Today I have lovingly hand-picked great bookish-themed gift ideas for a range of people in your life. As a book addict, I would be so happy with any of these! 

Most of these gifts have free shipping in the UK too, so that's less for you to pay and you don't have to go outside in the freezing British weather. 



The Body in the Library tote bag (Waterstones, £12.99)

Those of us who are book-obsessed also love a good tote bag. Trust me. If you know someone who loves books, I can guarantee they have a full cupboard or draw full of tote bags that they have collected from events and personal shopping sprees. Perfect for any university student too - become the eternal body in the library with this The Body in the Library bag. 



Gimble (Waterstones, £4.99)

There isn't much to say about this gadget except for HANDS FREE READING. No more hand cramp from keeping your book held up for hours on end! And its such a reasonable price, meaning its a great stocking filler!


Poldark adult colouring book (The Book Depository, £4.99)

So pretty much everyone you know is probably obsessed with Poldark (except for me, sorry world!) and adult colouring books are so popular. So, why not get this for the people in your life who have a giant crush on this guy - which I can guarantee is like 90% of your friendship group. 


Cozy Reading Sloth t-shirt (RedBubble, starting from £14.93)

So. Cute. I cannot think of a single person who would not want this gift.


"I read banned books" pin badge (notonthehighstreet.com, £7.50)

A perfect little gift for those on a budget and it will guarantee to make the book-lover in your life smile. Also, it would look really good pinned onto that tote bag or t-shirt I showed you. 


'Two books and two beers' gift set (notonthehighstreet.com, £18.99)

One for the adults now - a gift set of two books individual picked by the seller and two beers which you can choose yourself. You can also choose the genre of the books that they pick, so you have control but still let other people do most of the work. Perfect for those stubborn dads who say they "don't want anything" but are actually really picky on Christmas day.


Personalised children's book (notonthehighstreet.com, £14.99) 

This is the most exciting gift idea that I picked, and it is for the little ones in your life. You get to choose everything about the main character - gender, hair colour, eye colour, clothes, name etc... and you get to write a little message too. Then, the magical seller fairy will put it all together and send it to you! This would have been a dream present to open when I was younger. 


Pride and Prejudice literary rose (notonthehighstreet, £19.50)

Isn't this so cute? I would love to get one of these, and they could even be bought as thoughtful Valentine's gifts. This is the perfect gift for a partner who loves classic literature, and if they don't like Pride and Prejudice? Don't worry! There are lots of other book roses on the seller's page. 

Are you going to buy any of these for people in your life? Or maybe a cheeky present for yourself? 

Let me know in the comments! 

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

5 Romance and Drama eBooks you need in your life!



Hello! You'll be seeing a lot from me over Christmas and the new year as a treat for being so lovely!

Or is it a Christmas nightmare? You decide.

Anyway, Inkitt asked me to share with you some of the newest authors who deserve recognition for their great writing and general awesomeness. And so that's what I'm going to do!

In case you didn't know, Inkitt is a writing site that you can connect to your Facebook or Twitter and share your writing with the world. There are so many talented writers on there and the creators of the site have even put together 3 collections of fabulous writers so you don't even have to go looking for them yourself!

Collection 1

Collection 2

Collection 3

The 5 books I'm going to tell you about are from these collections and look SO GOOD.

1. The Apple and the Tree by Tash Boden 

Unraveling the mystery surrounding her parents’ deaths has put Kitsey’s life in danger. As she learns of her family’s dark legacy, she worries that she, too, will be lost to its wake.
2. Deliverance by Christopher Willson 

Cast out of an immoral world by unjust actions, follow the intertwining tale of two souls looking for redemption.

3. November Frost by Alicia Cameron 

Celeste Minton can’t take life anymore. When she tries to end it one day after endless bullying and depression in her life, Lucas Smith saves her. When the drama continues in her life non-stop, she eventually realizes that she has to fight her own battles and overcome personal obstacles. Having Lucas as a guide is a bonus, though.

4. Apocalypse on Broadway by Ron2BSure 

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, and get your tickets to tonight’s show, which features a murder mystery, a love story and a scathing satire of the Great White Way. Hurry!

5. Tarnished by rebekahnored 

Have you ever felt like you weren’t good enough? Have you ever been called a freak or damaged? Take a walk with Emma and learn to love who you are on the inside.

If you want to read any of these, then copies are absolutely free! Just click on the link, and make sure to hurry, as there are limited downloads available for each story.

Tell me in the comments if you know anymore amazing authors on Inkiiit or write on there yourself! If not, are you going to check some of these stories out?

I'll be back soon with another post!