Hello everyone! Hope you're having a great June. I am about to embark on a great adventure, the details of which will remain relatively obscure to protect my privacy, but which will consist of three parts: Washington, D.C.; Cologne, Germany; and Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I will be sharing pictures here, hopefully during next week's Tuesday's Two. Can't wait to show you guys! I am so excited for this trip and I am sure that I will be reading plenty of books during my travels. That being said, if you notice I'm not posting as much, it is because I have had limited time to write and prepare. I've queued a few posts, so be sure to check back every couple of days and see if new content is live.
Secondly, this week in books I am catching up on some titles I've had out from the library. At the moment, I have The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw, We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett, and Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan. Gorgeous cover photos attached for your viewing pleasure.
Bear with me if some of these recs miss the mark, please! I'm always up for a challenge, so I jumped on the opportunity to step out of my wheelhouse and recommend books for a fan of the titles on the left. For each book, I offer two thematic matches across any genre, and most have at least one specific YA. Happy reading!
I know it seems like I spend all my time recommending the same books, but I have a lot of love to go around! Read my reviews of Pride, Dream Country, They Both Die at the End, and Fresh Ink to see why.
Happy June, everyone! I'm back from my unexpected two-week hiatus, refreshed and ready to spend the summer immersed in books.
I explained a bit in my last Tuesday's Two, but just to elaborate: I needed to take the break in order to focus on studying for my exams. Running this blog is something I wouldn't trade for the world, but writing, scheduling posts, and making graphics can be time-consuming. Blogging is all about time management, prioritizing, and targeted attention; one of my goals for this site is to be candid about my experiences and encourage these skills in all bloggers.
Regardless, I'm back and better than ever. Check out my June 2019 Cover Love post for some of the most drool-worthy covers to accompany your next beach trip. Or, if you want a specific recommendation, take a look at my blog tour post for Skies of Olympus by Eliza Raine, ft. an exciting interview.
Lastly, I'm starting volunteer training at a local hospital tomorrow! I'm super excited for this opportunity and I'm glad to have the experience while I try to decide whether or not I would be interested in practicing medicine. I love science in addition to reading, especially biology and medicine, so we will see whether I could envision myself working in a hospital one day.
Happy Tuesday everyone!
Hi everyone! I have a super exciting post for you today... welcome to the Blog Tour for Skies of Olympus by Eliza Raine! I'm here today with an awesome interview, so thank you to Ms. Raine for joining me. Thank you also to Expresso Tours for organizing this tour, I'm thrilled to be a part of it!
If you'd like to follow along, check out the Tour Schedule! There's tons of new content to come from very talented bloggers this week.
The Book and its Author:
12 deadly trials. A race for immortality. One last chance for revenge.
Olympus is a beautiful but dangerous place, controlled by twelve Gods wielding unlimited power. Now they have devised the ultimate entertainment; a chance for their favourites to compete in twelve trials to win the ultimate prize - immortality.
Lyssa didn’t think the Gods knew who she was, until she was chosen to try out for the Trials with the crew of her old but beloved smugglers ship, the Alastor. For her the Trials are about much more than an eternal life. They're about stopping the monster from her past gaining the one thing that would put her revenge out of reach forever. Can she face her murderous father and stop him from becoming immortal?
Lyssa and her crew take on the deadly Trials alongside giants, centaurs, satyrs and Gods in the first of twelve episodes of this brand new Greek mythology Fantasy retelling.
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Eliza Raine lives near Reading in England with her husband, three cats and outrageously cute puppy. She has a BA Hons in History and has a deep-rooted passion for all types of mythology and stories about women who don’t need rescuing.
She can usually be found reading fairytale retellings, playing board games or binge-watching Netflix shows.
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Interview with Eliza Raine!
Shreya P.: What interests you in writing about mythology?
Eliza Raine: I’m a history graduate and I find the way people explained the incredible world around us thousands of years ago fascinating. Almost every myth in all cultures has some reason, moral lesson or justification behind it. The Greeks though, their stories are better than any show you’ll see on Netflix.
SP: How do you approach your research when writing?
ER: I research heavily at the start of a new project and I often try to get hold of physical textbooks. When I have a loose outline for the whole series I’ll go fully into every version of the myth I can online (in the case of Skies of Olympus that’s the first three trials of Hercules). Jstor and online encyclopedias are great for that. I keep a folder on my computer for images that help and inspire me too. I include excerpts from the real classical texts in my novels both as a starting reference for anyone who wants to read further into it and also so that readers know there’s some basis in the ancient myth.
I live in the UK and Greece is a four hour flight and I’ve convinced my husband to visit with me three times now too ?
SP: What are some key writing habits of yours?
ER: I tried lots of different ways of outlining and have now found a really good balance. I plot the whole series by character rather than by events. I have a spreadsheet that tracks when my characters need to feel and show and do things throughout the series and that helps massively with my more detailed outline when I come to write that section. Also, know the ending! I have unfinished series on my computer because I didn’t plan the whole ending properly – which is now a big no-no for me now. I also found great beta readers and an editor, so I don’t get too far down a path if it’s not working (Skies started of as a sci-fi story!).
As far as daily habits go – bum in seat! I have three cats and a puppy and I let them distract me too much but when I sit down and just crack on I can get a lot done. When I really need to focus, noise cancelling headphones, 50 minute sprints and Coke Zero!
SP: Do you have creative hobbies other than writing?
ER: I love playing board games. I don’t know if that counts as creative though! My husband and I have a big collection of great two-player games but all the best ones are four-player.
I also love sewing but I’m not very good at it – I can’t sew in a straight line.
SP: What advice would you give your characters?
ER: Calm down!! Lyssa has a fierce temper and I know from my own experience that losing your temper solves nothing! The Immortality Trials series is about the cost of an eternal life, and each of the POV characters wants something different out of the competition but they all have to find out what it’s worth to them.
SP: Do you read as often or less often than you write?
ER: Hard to say! I read lot and I listen to audiobooks a lot when I commute for my part time job but I probably do write more.
SP: What’s one adventure your characters take that you would like to try?
ER: My characters are all crew-members of ships that fly through skies filled with beautiful, brightly coloured clouds. As quite a claustrophobic person I can’t think of anything more liberating than flying through the sky on the open deck of a huge ship, watching glittering swirling clouds fly by.
SP: What’s your favorite under-read book of all time?
ER: Aurian by Maggie Furey. I’m not even sure you can get it as an eBook. It was given to me when I was younger and it’s this amazing high fantasy series about elemental mages and I just love it.
Thank you Eliza! Readers, I hope you avail yourself of the giveaway below to purchase her book from Amazon.
And finally, courtesy of Xpresso Tours, a Rafflecopter giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card!
Hey, I'm Shreya! I love to read, write, travel, and drink coffee.