Weekly Wrap Up: July 14th through July 20th, 2019

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Clicking on titles under Books with Pending Reviews and Books with Published Reviews will take you to Amazon.

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Books I’ve Read:

Campusland

The Warehouse

In It to Win It

I’ll Never Tell (review on Goodreads only)

Southern Sass and Killer Cravings (review on Goodreads only)

All Boy


Books with pending reviews:

All Boy—review coming 7-20-10


Books with published reviews:

The Other Brother—Review here

Home Field Advantage—Review Here

Bending the Rules—Review Here

The Woman He Knows—Review here

Red Dawn Rising—review here


NetGalley Haul:

Lethal Nights

The Widow of Rose House

Foul is Fair

The Truth About Cowboys

Small Spaces


Email Haul:

Clockwork Image

The Mercutio Problem

Merlin’s Shakespeare

Song for a Lost Kingdom: Book 2

Song for a Lost Kingdom: Book 1

Death Among Us

Eye of the Storm


Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz:

To Kill a Fae—Cover Reveal

Sweet Retribution—Cover Reveal

Crave to Conquer—Freebie Alert

Midnight’s End—Excerpt

#RIP John—Book Blitz


Giveaways I’ve Entered:

Duchess Reads—Kensington Publishing Corporation

Strands of Truth—Goodreads

King’s Shadow—Goodreads


Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Theme Thursday

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Book Blitz: #RIPJohn by Sian B. Claven @Shalini_G26 @sianbclaven

Blurb:

Trigger Warning: This book contains scenes of graphic bullying and suicide.

Everyone wants a chance to fit in, and that’s all John King wants when he starts at his new school. A relentless bully, a blogger, and a pretty girl all have a different plan for him, though and after he endures all he can, John takes his own life.

The only problem left for Devan, Melinda and Jenny?

He doesn’t stay dead.

Excerpt:

How disgusting that the little nerd freak had bumped into her in the cafeteria. She had made everyone laugh when she insulted him, and for once in her life she felt noticed. 

Melinda had spent the better part of her schooling career being invisible. Too plain to be popular, too normal to be teased, the only power she found she had was the words she wrote for the school’s blog and newspaper. There she discovered she had the power to either make or break the politics within the student body. Everyone read what she wrote and feared to cross her, but it wasn’t enough. She still felt invisible.

Then John bumped into her and she realised he was the latest victim of Devan’s bullying regime. She saw an opportunity and took it, calling him out for the disgusting little freak he was. He was so embarrassed and then the teacher confiscated the soggy comic book to add insult to injury. 

With that taste of power, Melinda felt in her bones that she needed more. Much more. So she put together a little plan that was sure to get her to the top of the school’s food chain, and let others know who she was and, more importantly, that she wasn’t someone to be messed with.

Melinda needed the perfect plan to play her part in putting John in his place and came up with it not too long after the incident in the cafeteria. She needed just one thing to seal the deal and then she would be ready for her victim.

It took a few days before she managed to find someone willing to buy her the necessary tools, since she wasn’t of an age to purchase it herself, but once she had it she was ready.

_____

It was a beautiful day when John woke up. The sun was shining and he could hear birds in the trees outside his window. Still, his heart filled with dread at the prospect of going to school and putting up with Devan and his goons. With a dark sigh, he got out of bed and got dressed, going downstairs to have breakfast quietly so he didn’t wake his mother and father. 

Once finished eating and having washed his dishes, he shouldered his backpack and left the house, wanting to get to school as early as possible to avoid his bullies. 

He got to his locker without incident and retrieved his books, stuffing them into his bag. He went to the library and sat there, reading his comic book until the first bell signaled and he had to rush to class. Getting there just before his teacher closed the door, he apologized and quickly went to his seat, amid snickers from his peers. He blushed and hid as much as he could in his seat.

“Since John is late I think he can graciously offer to fetch the television for our lesson today from the AV Room,” Mr. Willsmith said, holding out a key.

John nodded and got up, took the key from Mr. Willsmith and left the room.

“In the meantime, you can talk quietly amongst yourselves until he is back,” Mr Willsmith said, before sitting at his desk and picking up a book.

Buy Link: https://amzn.to/2EueKlG

Author Bio:

Hailing from Johannesburg South Africa, Sian B. Claven has enjoyed stories for all her life, whether she was reading them or making them. She has written for as long as she can remember, but Ensnared is the first book she decided to publish. Moving towards writing more for the horror /paranormal thriller genre, Sian has subsequently published the first two books in The Butcher Books series, Tatum and Kallista. When Sian isn’t thinking of ways to terrify people, she enjoys writing science fiction stories, poetry and rather long and gushy birthday wishes. When she isn’t working on her writing you can find her knitting, scrapbooking, reading, or playing Xbox. Sian previously reviewed for The Blithering Bibliomaniacs and still reviews in her private capacity. She clearly doesn’t know what the words rest and relaxation mean, at least not in the traditional sense.

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Book Blitz: Asylum II by Sian B. Claven @sianbclaven @Shalini_G26

Asylum II

Blurb:

For cop killer Bradley Walker, pleading insane was the easiest get out of jail free card he ever played. Left in the hands of the cops to decide
where he is sent, he is dropped off at an Asylum in the middle of
nowhere. All is not as it seems and Bradley is left questioning his sanity when the orderlies, nurses and doctors all around him appear more insane than the patients.


Excerpt:

A few minutes later the door opened, and a rather severe looking man entered. He seemed flustered and busy as if this was the last task he wanted to do but had to do it anyway.

“Dr Brock,” he said gruffly, and Bradley instantly picked up on the foreign accent.

“You’re German. I want an American doctor,” he said quickly. “I don’t want no Nazi German touching me.”

“I am no Nazi,” Dr Brock said, sitting across from Bradley. “I am here to evaluate whether or not you are insane and therefore belong here.”

“I still want an American doctor.”

“Unfortunately, cop killers do not get to decide who treats them,” Brock said, opening a notebook and making notes. “Now tell me about your childhood. Was it particularly traumatic?”

“I’m not telling you anything,” Bradley said. “Bring in that other doctor – the fat one.”

“Dr Wellbottom is far too busy to see to any patients,” Brock scoffed and sat back. “You can either speak to me honestly, or you can spend the rest of the day in your room while I notify the courts you are mentally sound and able to go to prison.”

Bradley glared at him. “Fine! Whatever!” he blurted, like an errant child. “So, Doctor B, what do you want to know?”

“Well, I need to know about your past and present, so I can justify your presence here to the court.”

“I killed a cop, I am insane.”

“Being a murderer does not make you insane. It makes you a murderer. Now, tell me about your childhood.”

Bradley sized him up, but before he could say anything further the doctor stood.

“You’re wasting my time; time is precious. I’ll have you sent to prison.”

“Wait!” Bradley exclaimed. “I’ll answer your stupid questions.”

The doctor scowled at him before he sat down again. “Tell me, what was your relationship with your mother like?”

“I don’t know, I guess you’d call it normal,” Bradley said. “She would take me out for ice cream and stuff whenever my father was drunk and disorderly.”

“Was your father abusive?”

“Yeah, he was. More to my mother than to me, but the bitch had it coming, always back-chatting him and trying to tell him what to do and how to do it.”

“And you think it is normal behaviour to hit a woman who has an opinion?”

“Women are the lower sex.” Bradley leaned back. “Their purpose is to breed and feed and open their legs, and to shut their mouths except when servicing their men.”

“I see.” The doctor scribbled notes, and Bradley shifted in his chair, feeling uncomfortable. “Now tell me, when you first felt the thirst to murder?” the doctor asked, looking at him curiously.

Before Bradley could answer, there was a knock at the door.

“Come in,” the doctor called, and in walked a quiet-looking man, dressed in the same clothes Bradley wore.

Bradley could only assume he was a patient here.

He walked over to Doctor Brock and whispered, “She has a fever and infection. Come see.”

“I’m afraid my work calls me, Mr Walker,” Doctor Brock said, standing up and closing the file. “We will continue this conversation another time. Cecil here will have the orderlies take you to the day room. Do behave.”

It was a warning more than a request, and the doctor swept out of the room, his lab coat billowing behind him as he rushed out.

Bradley watched as Cecil went in the opposite direction, no doubt to tell the orderlies the fine doctor’s instructions. Bradley would be grateful to be out of the cuffs, at the very least.

Author Bio:

Hailing from Johannesburg South Africa, Sian B. Claven has enjoyed stories for all her life, whether she was reading them or making them. She has written for as long as she can remember, but Ensnared is the first book she decided to publish. Moving towards writing more for the horror / paranormal thriller genre, Sian has subsequently published the first two books in The Butcher Books series, Tatum and Kallista. When Sian isn’t thinking of ways to terrify people, she enjoys writing science fiction stories, poetry and rather long and gushy birthday wishes. When she isn’t working on her writing you can find her knitting, scrapbooking, reading, or playing Xbox. Sian previously reviewed for The Blithering Bibliomaniacs and still reviews in her private capacity. She clearly doesn’t know what the words rest and relaxation mean, at least not in the traditional sense.

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Book Links:

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