There are only a few days left until Christmas and right now I am most likely in a van fighting travel sickness during a 230 mile journey back home to Leicester – but it’s Christmas! So I thought I’d do a little Christmas-themed Clock Rewinders before I go.
The Past Week at Once Upon A Time
- Monday: [Review] Bitter Blood by Rachel Caine
- Tuesday: Cover Lover #13
- Thursday: Vine Blog Tour: Michael Williams Q&A
- Friday: [Guest Post] SM Boyce: How to Develop a Realistic Setting for Your Novel & Giveaway
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I haven’t had chance to keep up on the blogosphere this week but I have found some great articles and such that I really wanted to share with you guys so ta-da, all combined into one.
- Bout of Books 6.0 Sign Up!! I still haven’t because I suck but I am joining in, of course, I always join this read-a-thon.
- The fantabulous Stephen Zimmer (whose Twitter party this past week was epic fun) wrote a guest post entitled Healthy Approaches to Life in Today’s Publishing Climate. I haven’t had chance to read this one yet but I have a lot of interest in the world of publishing and thought it a good idea to share.
- Terri Rochenski (whose blog tour I am participating in in a few days time) has had her fantasy series contracted with J. Taylor Publishing! I very much can’t wait to see what she has for offer after reading her short story in the Make Believe anthology.
- I’ve become a lot more active on the Fantasy Faction forums over the past few days and while browsing came across a member sharing her blog with tips on becoming a better writer by recording. This is actually a fantastic idea which I will most definitely try if I can remember to note down well written sentences.
- Those of you who follow me on Twitter might have noticed me having a big old rant about the misrepresentation of women in fantasy when I was just trying to find a piece of fanart featuring a strong woman who wasn’t skimpily dressed. When that proved next to impossible I went on a rampage and ended up finding an article on the five most influential women in epic fantasy.
- And a nice story all about bringing the joy of reading to people who previously did not have it. Kindles for children in Africa.
A few Christmassy links.
- Over at Fantasy Faction there’s an article entitled Fantastic and Forgotten Christmas Stories. It’s a truly great read, I recommend you check it out if you have any interest in the history of Christmas.
- Erm.. I can’t remember exactly how I came across this one but the 90 year old actor, Sir Christopher Lee, has released a Christmas themed heavy metal album. Win.
- Seanan McGuire’s guest post at Nocturnal Book Reviews entitled Christmas at the Prices is pretty epic plus there’s a giveaway. Win/win!
Well it’s Christmas and we love reading so hows about some Christmas freebies for some light reading over the next couple of days?
Note: All books listed were free at the time of posting, make sure you check the prices before purchasing!
We saw The Hobbit! That’s all I feel like saying. It was amazing and I want to see it again. And finally read all the Tolkien.
- bunny slippers for men
- muller rice pudding
- muller rice original review – you guys really like muller rice, eh?
- good for reading and nothing else
- noel cat -
What Am I Reading?
Finished: Almost there with The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson!
Started: Make Believe anthology
What Next? Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
I got a bit of library loot. Fevre Dream for the Fantasy Faction book club, I also reserved Clash of Kings so I can finally read the Song of Ice and Fire series, the other two.. well.. I can’t go into a library without browsing. I’m weak. Hoping to use the library a little more this year.
I’d list everything else, I’ve found a fair few freebies and you guys have spoiled me (love you forever, you know who you are) but I shall tell you about Christmas loot after Christmas.
In the New Year I’ll be looking for a new co-blogger. Naithin is way too busy and I’m really struggling to keep the blog going on my own so I would love a little help. If you’re interested or know anybody who might be, feel free to get in touch.