Countdown to 2023 – Day 4 ‘Presents’ (27 days remaining)


Today is day 4 of my countdown to 2023.  Today’s prompt is ‘presents’ and I’ve used a book that took me by surprise.  The prompts can be found here if you want to join in.  I’m hoping to use mostly books read this year.  Let’s begin:

PRESENTS (a book you enjoyed more than you expected)

Black Tide by KC Jones – obviously I liked the sound of this one but at the same time I was a little bit worried as the description mentioned a likeness to Cujo which is a style of horror that doesn’t always work for me.  As it happens this was truly a gift of a read because I loved it.


Tomorrow: Chocolates – a book that was simply delicious


#SPFBO 8: My First Finalist: Not a Review


What is SPFBO? Check out Mark Lawrence’s post here to look at this year’s entrants, judges and allocations list.

This year I am teaming up again with the ladies from The Critiquing Chemist.

We recently announced our finalist. To check out all the Finalists simply follow this link.

Our finalist this year was Miss Percy’s Pocket Guide to the Care and Feeding of British Dragons by Quenby Olson – if you haven’t read it – I highly recommend it – seriously, grab yourself a copy and tuck in. It’s positively delightful. 

Over the next few months my partners and I will be reading the other finalists and once we have a few tucked under our belts will start posting reviews.  In the meantime I have randomly selected my reading order and the first book chosen was:

Small Miracles by Olivia Atwater.

Here’s a little more about the book and the author:


A little bit of sin is good for the soul

Gadriel, the fallen angel of petty temptations, has a bit of a gambling debt. Fortunately, her angelic bookie is happy to let her pay off her debts by doing what she does best: All Gadriel has to do is tempt miserably sinless mortal Holly Harker to do a few nice things for herself.

What should be a cakewalk of a job soon runs into several roadblocks, however, as Miss Harker politely refuses every attempt at temptation from Gadriel the woman, Gadriel the man, and Gadriel the adorable fluffy kitten. When even chocolate fails to move Gadriel’s target, the ex-guardian angel begins to suspect she’s been conned. But Gadriel still remembers her previous job… and where petty temptations fail, small miracles might yet prevail.

Olivia Atwater explores love, grief, and the very last bit of chocolate in this sweet modern fantasy, full of wit and heart. Pick up Small Miracles, and enjoy a heavenly faerie tale from the author of Half a Soul.


Olivia Atwater writes whimsical historical fantasy with a hint of satire. She lives in Montreal, Quebec with her fantastic, prose-inspiring husband and her two cats. When she told her second-grade history teacher that she wanted to work with history someday, she is fairly certain this isn’t what either party had in mind. She has been, at various times, a historical re-enactor, a professional witch at a metaphysical supply store, a web developer, and a vending machine repair person.


I confess that I have already read this one (review to follow in the not too distant future) and I can give all you prospective readers a piece of advice – you will need chocolate, or sweets, or cake – or all three –  whilst reading this!  You have been warned.





Countdown to 2023 – Day 3 ‘Wrapping Paper’ (28 days remaining)


Today is day 3 of my countdown to 2023.  Today’s prompt is wrapping paper and I’ve used a book from a series I’m loving and that has festive colours.  The prompts can be found here if you want to join in.  I’m hoping to use mostly books read this year.  Let’s begin:

WRAPPING PAPER (a lovely cover)

The House With the Golden Door is the second in Elodie Harper’s Wolf Den Trilogy and this is a series that I’m totally loving with beautiful blue and cold colouring on the cover.


Tomorrow: Presents – a book you enjoyed more than you expected

Friday Face Off : Assassins


Here we are again with the Friday Face Off meme created by Books by Proxy .  This is a great opportunity to feature some of your favourite book covers.  The rules are fairly simple each week, following a predetermined theme (list below) choose a book (this doesn’t have to be a book that you’ve read), compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.   Future’s themes are listed below – if you have a cover in mind that you’re really wanting to share then feel free to leave a comment about a future suggested theme.  I’ve also listed events that take place during the year, that I’m aware of, so you can link up your covers – if you’re aware of any events that you think I should include then give me a shout.

I’ve added themes in below. For information, I’m trying out some new ideas so along with coming up with particular items for book covers I thought we could also look for certain elements contained within the book or that play a large part in the story – this really broadens things out because I have plenty of more ideas with this – I’ve gone for a few of the Tough Travel Themes (so a book with that theme – just choose any book – the theme isn’t necessarily on the cover, then compare covers), also, I’ve thrown in some genres and some colours.  Hopefully this will open things out a little and give us some more freedom to come up with new books.

This week’s theme:


Do you have a favourite?


9th Tough Travel Tropes – Darklord
16th Genre – Grimdark (most recent/favourite, etc)
23rd Decadent and rich – a cover that is purple
30th Completions – a satisfying conclusion to a book or series

Countdown to 2023 – Day 2 ‘Shopping’ (29 days remaining)


Today is day 2 of my countdown to 2023.  Today’s prompt is shopping and I’ve used a book that was the last addition to my wishlist.  The prompts can be found here if you want to join in.  I’m hoping to use mostly books read this year.  Let’s begin:

SHOPPING (the last book added to your wishlist)

Miss Percy’s Travel Guide to Welsh Moors and Feral Dragons (Miss Percy Guide #2) by Quenby Olson.  A book that I’m super excited about and hope to pick up in the new year.

MissPercy's travelguide


Tomorrow: Wrapping paper – a lovely cover

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