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My 2013

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2013 has had its ups and down as does any year and at times I have felt so down that I didn’t know what to do, but you know what, I got back up and that is down to all my amazing friends – both in real life and online.

I have met some unbelievably awesome people thanks to Twitter. I have found my twinnie, besties, and close friends thanks to my love of books. I have read books that will always have a place in my heart (along with conjugating an enormous amount of book boyfriends to last me a lifetime!) and been encouraged to write my own book!

I’ve also been able to meet up with a few of my twitter friends in London for the London Author Event back in November and it was the best day I’ve had in a while…i got to meet some of my favourite authors and i got to meet my besties and my twinnie. Counting down the months was a killer but i was so excited and nervous when the day came that it went perfect and i miss them all so much! Here is to the Edinburgh Book Signing in July!! WOOP WOOP.

I got a new job, leaving retail behind and i am actually happy in this job. I moved out (albeit i am moving back home next year to save money) but i got my independence back, i got to live closer to my best friends and have the time of my life living away from home yet again. I’ve had more laughs, eventful nights out, made new friends and learned to embrace being single…WHO needs a guy?! 😉

Last NYE i was at my parents, watching the countdown in my room and this year i am going to my friends house to celebrate with all my amazing friends!

I have dyed my hair pink, i have lost weight, i have become more confident and it’s all down to YOU (and yano, a little of me too! hahah)

I hope everyone has/had an amazing NYE with lots of alcohol and music and friends and celebrates hailing in 2014 in style!

xxx

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Top 13 books of 2013 by Karli Perrin

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Today, Author and my twinnie, Karli Perrin, will be telling us her top 13 books that she read this 2013….

Are any of them yours?

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13. Real by Katy Evans – this book had me blushing and swooning at the same time. I’ve got to admit, I was in two minds about Remy at first. I was caught off guard by how alpha he was and I thought that it was a little bit over the top. But as I read on, I realised that he wasn’t just some douchebag with an alpha complex, the guy had layers. He was real. The more I read, the more I didn’t want it to end. If you like alpha males and red hot sex scenes, this book is for you.

12. Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan – this book is raw and edgy. It’s like nothing that I have ever read. If you are a fan of Sons of Anarchy then you’ll love this. It gives you an inside look at the world of bikers and boyyyy is it explosive! The plot is thick with angst so be prepared. It’s like it’s a whole different world where anything can happen. This is not your typical love story but it’s definitely worth the read.

11. Wallbanger by Alice Clayton – this is one of the funniest books that I have ever read. I loved the banter between the two main characters and the plot was really addictive. Read this if you’re looking for a fun and sexy break from the heavy stuff.

10. Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines – this is SO addictive and you really get attached to the characters. The writing made me feel like I was transported into the characters world. It left me wanting more and I immediately bought book two and three.

9. Bad Things by R.K.Lilley – this is a crazy, explosive love story. The chemistry between the two main characters was sizzling and I had a smile on my face for the majority of the book. I say majority because there was some crying involved. Okay, a lot of crying involved. I was flipping the pages like a crazy woman.

8. Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken – Every now and again, I come across a book which makes me stop and think. Ruin is a perfect example of this. This book stayed with me for a long time after reading it. It has an awesome plot and awesome characters but there’s some life lesson in there too. What more could you want?

7. Divergent by Veronica Roth – wow. I kept hearing awesome things about this book so I decided to read it a few weeks ago. Afterwards, I questioned why it took me so long. I usually read NA so this was a refreshing change for me. The plot was unique and the characters and concepts completely sucked me in. I immediately read book two and three afterwards.

6. On Dublin Street by Samantha Young – I love this series. The writing is fast paced and the dialogue is funny and sexy. I enjoyed watching the relationship between the two main characters blossom and was always left wanting more. This is an easy read which will leave you with a smile on your face.

5. Red Hill by Jamie McGuire – this book blew me away. I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading it. I knew it was about zombies and I knew it was going to have a love story in there somewhere. Let me tell you, this was amazing. I couldn’t put it down. I read it whenever I got a spare couple of minutes. The storyline is so realistic to the point where I actually got a little jumpy and expected to see zombies walking past my windows! If you are a fan of The Walking Dead then you will love this.

4. The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher – I get chills thinking about this book. Words cannot describe how awesome the whole series is. The author takes risks with her plot and characters and it definitely pays off. Don’t get me wrong, I love rainbows and unicorns but I also appreciate the truth. And the truth is sometimes ugly. This book sucks you in, rips your heart out, stamps on it and then puts it back in. It’s a wild rollercoaster ride but definitely worth it.

3. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover – I don’t even know where to start. This book is just bursting with awesome. Awesome plot, awesome characters and awesome dialogue. It’s nothing like anything else I have read. It’s heart breaking in parts but other parts had me smiling like a crazy woman. This is definitely in my top five books of all time. Trust me, you need this book in your life. You also need Holder in your life, telling you how ugly you are (read the book, you’ll understand what I mean).

2. Slammed by Colleen Hoover – I actually get jealous when I hear that people are reading this for the first time. This book left me with so many feels. Sometimes I have a hard time relating to characters and over the top plot lines but this book was so real. It was believable. Out of all the book boyfriends, Will Cooper is the most believable. I don’t doubt for a second that there are men like him walking around on this lovely planet of ours. This is so much more than a love story. The poetry adds an extra layer to these books which leave you blown away. It made me want to go and watch a poetry slam in real life.

1. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire – I read a lot of awesome books so when I say that this is my favourite book of all time, you should automatically know that it’s epic. If you’re looking for an introduction to NA, then you should read this book. We get angst, love, hate, friendship and humour all rolled into a massive ball of awesomeness. I will defend and recommend this book until I’m blue in the face. Please, do yourself a favour and read this book.

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GUEST POST: Number #1 Christmas Book & Film by Emma Louise

Number #1 Christmas Book & Film by Emma Louise

Merry Christmas everyone!

I hope you’re all getting deep into the festive spirit. Our Christmas tree was decorated this week and the presents have just gone under, so it’s made our little home a lot more festive.

Christmas is a great time of year to spend reading books and watching films whilst curled up on the sofa with a nice big cup of hot chocolate.

Zoe kindly asked me to guest post for her blog and I couldn’t say no.

Do come and say hello on Twitter @EmmaLouAuthor and if you’d ever like to guest post on my own blog, www.emmalouauthor.wordpress.com – just give me a shout.

Lots of love,

Emma Louise xx

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just-for-christmas-by-scarlett-baileyJust For Christmas by Scarlett Bailey [2013]

Blurb:

When Alex Munro learns that the love of her life is getting married to another girl, all she wants is to be alone – and as far away from Edinburgh as possible. Moving to a Cornish cottage, which comes complete with the world’s scruffiest dog, Alex finds that her new neighbours are determined to involve her in their madcap Christmas festivities. Then she meets her sexy neighbour Ruan – and somehow Alex doesn’t want to be alone this Christmas after all. But having lost one fiancé, Ruan has no intention of letting anyone get close to him again…

Just For Christmas is without a doubt, my number one Christmas read. Scarlett very kindly sent me a signed Paperback copy in the post which I won in one of her wonderful competitions and it was absolutely incredible. Alex and Ruan are two very loveable characters and the Cornish town is far from quiet. This is a Christmas novel you’ll regret not reading! I’ll be picking it up once again in 2014 when the festive period visits us once more.

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The Santa Clause directed by John Pasquin [1994]The_Santa_Clause

Blurb:

When a man inadvertently kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

The Santa Clause film is by far the best Christmas film in the entire world! Tim Allen who plays Scott Calvin/Santa is one of my favourite actors of all time. He’s witty, charming and of course, he’s Buzz Lightyear! Without fail, I watch this film on Christmas Eve before heading to bed and it really does get me into the festive mood. I wish I could get away with watching it all year round…

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Book to Movies out this year.

So whenever Hollywood decides to take my favourite book and turn it into a movie, I have to say I get excited about it. But I also feel apprehensive over it too. Many filmmakers turn the books into something great, others…not so much.

One film I absolutely hated was P.S I Love You. I adored the book, I read it over and over and when I found out they were making a film, well of course, I had to go see it. But it was a let down. The whole setting had changed from being set in Ireland to NYC. Holly now had a sister, instead of a lots of siblings and I just didn’t like it at all. I know that things in the book have to change in order to try to stay try to the book, and some parts have to be cut from the book, but in my opinion, I really didn’t like it and whenever it’s on TV, i always skip it because it frustrates me. Yes, I know, Gerard Butler is in it, but still.

But I’m not here to diss the films adaptions, oh no, I’m here to post the films I am most excited about that are out this year.

So without further ado, I present the ones I CANNOT WAIT to see.

The Host
By Stephanie Meyers
Release date: March 29th 2013

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed.
Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves – Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she’s never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
by Cassandra Clare
Release Date: 23rd August 2013

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)
By Suzanne Collins
Release date:
21st November 2013

Sparks are igniting, flames are spreading and the Capitol wants revenge.

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.
Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

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Okay, so there are only three, but they will be total hits at the box office and I, for one, will totally be contributing towards that!

So, what book-to-films are you most excited about this year?