Blog Tour: Out of Orbit by Chele Cooke

Posted on 27 October, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment

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Hi Guys!
Today I have with you all a great guest post from the lovely Chele Cooke! She’s here to talk all about her Sci-Fi Inspirations.


Sci-Fi Inspirations

When asked to write about my Sci-Fi inspirations, I had to sit and think about it for a while. Not because I don’t have Sci-Fi inspirations, but because the reasons they are inspirational to me is not always connected to the genre. Adversely, though I now write Sci-Fi, most of my inspirations for writing come from other genres I enjoy.

Most of my Sci-Fi background comes from movies and television. Reading, I was always more drawn to fantasy and when I started writing my own fiction, it was fantasy that took the driving seat.

These days, most of the ideas I have for fiction land in the Sci-Fi genre, though there are a lot of other influences that come into play when it comes to creating a story. Romances from Chick Lit books, fight scenes from an action movie, deep and believable characters from television shows. Inspiration comes from anywhere you choose to look for it. What you then do with it, that’s where the fun comes in.

My Sci-Fi will never be shiny or highly technical. I could never write the long backstory of the discovery of light speed travel that makes my Adveni race able to travel between planets. That’s not the sort of writer I am, nor is it the type I want to be. My fiction is deeply rooted in character, in what makes us and breaks us, not in the science behind how these things came to be.

With those things in mind, it probably won’t surprise anyone to find that I’m much more at home with Sci-Fi like the show Firefly by Joss Whedon, and books like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and the Silo series by Hugh Howey. These stories sit within the encompassing Sci-Fi genre, though it is not all they are. They are gritty and dark when needed. They focus in on small bands of characters over telling a more distant tale of a race as a whole. They are entirely relatable, despite the futuristic elements and interesting technological advances.

I love these stories for the characters in some parts, the world building in others. I look to them not for their skill in explaining the technology available and the creation of their civilisations, but because they tell fantastically human stories that I connect with.

Stories like these encompass elements from various genres. Firefly is a perfect example of this, taking Western and Sci-Fi and blending them together into a new and imaginative story.

Genre is a funny thing, because sometimes it is the tale of the plot; Romance vs Thriller, for example. Other times, it is the created world that sits a story in a genre (Fantasy, Sci-Fi.)
Sometimes, it’s even the voice that makes something the genre it is. Comedy wouldn’t be comedy if it wasn’t funny, but that is to do with the way it is told. We even have books grouped exclusively by the age range of the readers. There are expectations with each genre, but no genre is exclusive. We must choose where to place novels even if they span two, three, even five genres.

Do you put The Hunger Games as a Young Adult book, or as a Dystopian?

My books often dip into various genres, and sometimes those genres aren’t even the ones I expected when I started writing. Fun explorations of Vampires become thrillers with elements of horror. A tale of a Sci-Fi revolution becomes a Sci-Fi dystopia with elements of romance, fantasy, and adventure.

There are a lot of Sci-Fi stories that I absolutely love. There are some I hate. A psychological thriller can be as much an inspiration for a Sci-Fi as Star Trek. The interesting part, for me at least, is where they intersect and you find something new.


Author Bio

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Part time author and full time fantacist, Chele Cooke is a sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal author living While some know they want to write stories since childhood, Chele first started writing as a teenager writing fanfiction and roleplaying. Before long playing in other people’s worlds wasn’t enough and she started creating her own. Living in San Francisco at the time, she found a lot of inspiration in her favourite city, some of which can be found in her books. With a degree in Creative Writing, Chele’s first novel was published in 2013. She currently has three books published: two books in a sci-fi series, Out of Orbit, and the first book of a vampire serial, Teeth. in London, UK.

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Posted on 27 October, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment


Blog Tour: Return to the Secret Garden by Holly Webb

Posted on 10 October, 2015 by Faye - 2 Comments

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Hi Guys!
Today is my stop on the Return to the Secret Garden blog tour and I’m here to give you ten reasons why I loved Return to the Secret Garden.


Return to the Secret Garden It’s 1939 and a group of children have been evacuated to Misselthwaite Hall. Emmie is far from happy to have been separated from her cat and sent to a huge old mansion. But soon she starts discovering the secrets of the house – a boy crying at night, a diary written by a girl named Mary and a garden. A very secret garden…

Goodreads. Amazon UK.


Top Ten Reasons to Read Return to the Secret Garden

It’s a beautifully written and wonderful book that you’re guaranteed to love.

The themes of the first book come through in the sequel so well.

It will make you feel so many emotions, and eventually leave you feeling full of hope and happiness.

The characters are strong, relatable and easy to fall in love with.

The secret garden is beautiful and really envokes an atmosphere of hope.

It was really great to read about the characters again and see where there lives had taken them.

The background setting was so intense and powerful, making the story more intriguing and fascinating.

There’s a great feeling of belonging in this book, especially as the main protagonist finally feels like she has a place of her own.

The book is addictive, easy-to-read and a book that you really don’t want to miss – especially if you loved The Secret Garden.

It is a book that has a beautiful cover that perfectly illustrates the beautiful writing and story inside.


Many thanks,

Website. Twitter. Facebook. Goodreads.


Have I Persuaded You Yet?

If not, you can follow the rest of the tour here!


Giveaway

Scholastic are giving away a copy of The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett and a copy of Return to the Secret Garden by Holly Webb to one lucky blog tour follower! [UK AND IRL ONLY]

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Posted on 10 October, 2015 by Faye - 2 Comments


LGBT Read-a-Thon Month Challenge 2!

Posted on 9 October, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

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Hello All!
And welcome to the ninth day of the LGBT Read-A-Thon Month!
As promised per the schedule, today is the day of the SECOND challenge!

Don’t forget to sign up here to be eligible to win the prize!


The Challenge

The Challenge, should you choose to accept it is to create your name with books!

You can do this with;

1) A pile of books
2) A list of book titles
3) A video of books

How to do it?
Take the first letter of each book title as one letter of your name!

i.e.

F – Fans Of The Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa
A – Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Y – You Against Me by Jenny Downahm
E – Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

(While it would be cool if all your books had LGBT themes, it’s not a requirement as that might be SUPER hard)

BE CREATIVE AND HAVE FUN!

Share your photos on whatever social media outlet or blog you wish to and add your link to it in the comment section below!


The Prize

Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa

That’s right! One lucky winner will win a copy of Fans of the Impossible Life. Winners have to live in the UK, sorry to all our INT readers but feel free to still join in on the challenge!

You have until Wednesday 14th October to submit your entries!


Okay, Ready… GO!

And DON’T FORGET – tomorrow is our first Twitter chat! Tune in at 8pm BST to chat LGBT books!

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Posted on 9 October, 2015 by Faye - No Comments


LGBT Read-A-Thon Month; Week 1 Round Up!

Posted on 9 October, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

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Week One Round Up

Not sure how one week has already passed, do you?

Anywho…

I managed to read one book this week, which I’m quite happy about actually as finding the time to read has been very difficult this week!

I read:

George by Alex Gino

and I LOVED IT. It was an incredible and lovely read, and definitely made me think – especially about the different cultural divide between the US and the UK!
Full review to come late on.

what did you read?


Challenge Winner!

The winner of the first challenge was;

Daniel!

CONGRATULATIONS!

The next challenge will be posted later on today!


Hope you’re all enjoying the read-a-thon!

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Posted on 9 October, 2015 by Faye - No Comments


LGBT Read-A-Thon Month Challenge #1!

Posted on 2 October, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment

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Hello All!
And welcome to the second day of the LGBT Read-A-Thon Month!
As promised per the schedule, today is the day of the FIRST challenge!

Don’t forget to sign up here to be eligible to win the prize!


The Challenge

The Challenge, should you choose to accept it is to create a photo.
In the photo you should have…

1) A pile of books
2) A rainbow

Now, how you do this is completely up to you!
A rainbow of spines?
A graphic rainbow on books?
An actual rainbow behind some books?

BE CREATIVE AND HAVE FUN!
Share your photos on whatever social media outlet or blog you wish to and add your link to it in the comment section below!


The Prize

More Than This by Patrick Ness

That’s right! One lucky winner will win a copy of More Than This. Winners have to live in the UK, sorry to all our INT readers but feel free to still join in on the challenge!

You have until Wednesday 7th October to submit your entries!


Okay, Ready… GO!

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Posted on 2 October, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment


LGBT Read-a-Thon Month!

Posted on 1 October, 2015 by Faye - 3 Comments

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LGBT Read-A-Thon Month is here!

It’s the month you’ve been waiting for, right?
It’s a month to read ALL the LGBT books you can, to have some fun, participate in some challenges, to win some prizes, to SHOUT about LGBT fiction and to get the hashtag trending on two different nights! What’s not to love?

So first things first…

You need to Sign Up!

But don’t worry, it’s harmless and will take you three seconds. Just add your name and URL link (blog, twitter, fb, etc) to the linky below and that’s IT. Then you can enter all the challenges and giveaways throughout the month! Yaaay!


The Schedule

This is just so you can post with us, keep an eye on our blogs and participate in everything you wish to!

(You are under no obligation to enter any of the challenges, they’re just something fun to do if you feel like it and want to perhaps win some free books!)

1st October – The LGBT Read-A-Thon kicks off with introductions and TBR piles!
2nd October – The first challenge and giveaway goes LIVE!
8th October – Weekly Round Up (with linky) and challenge&giveaway winner announced!
9th October – The second challenge and giveaway goes LIVE!
15th October – Weekly Round Up (with linky) and challenge&giveaway winner announced!
16th October – The third challenge and giveaway goes LIVE!
22nd October – Weekly Round Up (with linky) and challenge&giveaway winner announced!
23rd October – The fourth challenge and giveaway goes LIVE!
29th October – Weekly Round Up (with linky) and challenge&giveaway winner announced!
30th October – The fifth and final challenge and giveaway goes LIVE!
5th November – Monthly Wrap Up (with linky) and challenge&giveaway winner announced!


The Chats!

I didn’t want to put these in the schedule above in case they got lost so we have TWO chats lined up for you this month! They’ll use the hashtag #LGBTReadMonth and will both start at 8pm BST.

Saturday 10th October
Sunday 25th October

Looking forward to seeing you there!


My TBR

I have decided not to set myself any goals this month because I fail at sticking to them but these are the books I own that feature LGBT characters or themes so I can choose to read as many or as few of these as I wish!

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I’m going to start with George by Alex Gina.

What are you starting with?

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Posted on 1 October, 2015 by Faye - 3 Comments