Book Tour: Blood Bank by Zoe Markham

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Hey Everyone. Today I have an extract for you for Blood Bank by Zoe Markham.

Blerb

Benjamin is a programmer moonlighting as a security guard at Dystopia, a seedy club that caters to the down-and-outs, the desperates, the addicts. He’s been building his reputation, saving for a way out – but when he rescues a young woman from the nearby estate, he may just have stepped too far out of line…

Lucy is ordinary; a girl with a deadbeat boyfriend, a normal life and college studies. But when her world takes an odd twist, she starts to wonder about the people she’s meeting, the situations she’s in, the odd aversions and attacks happening around her. They’re just coincidences…aren’t they?

And Zack is in deep trouble. He’s losing his girlfriend, drowning in debt, and has dwindling job prospects – and that’s not the worst of it. His debt is to people who won’t ever forget it, and who want the things closest to Zack’s heart: his blood – and his life.

In the heart of Swindon, an ancient order hides in plain sight, spreading their influence through the streets like a disease. But despite their widespread power they are catching up with the modern world: the vampires are going online, and the Order is about to become more powerful than even they would have dreamed…

Extract

Kashif was the first to wake. Too weak to cry out, he could only lie still and try to piece things together in his mind. He tried to lift his left arm but couldn’t move it, and the effort it would take to shift his whole body and try to lift it with his right was unthinkable. One of them would be down here somewhere, keeping watch, although he didn’t know why they bothered. It wasn’t as if he was going anywhere. The combination of the venom and the blood loss was more than enough to keep him a compliant prisoner.

As he lay back and listened, he slowly became aware of the other presence in the room, which gave him the incentive he needed to force his head up and look around. Pain lanced through every nerve in his body as he strained upwards, and before he could register any more than a dark shape on the opposite bench, his head dropped back and hit the stone hard, knocking him out once more.

The thud woke Zach, who was in considerably better shape than his fellow donor, broken wrist, angry black eye, and all. His left eye could barely open, but his right told him everything he needed to know. The venom was still functioning as an anaesthetic, and although his wrist throbbed and felt awkward, it didn’t pain him as such. He straightened on the bench and held his left wrist up to his chest to try and stem the bleeding, for a moment at least. He managed to lean over and check the level of blood in his chalice. Chalice. He hated the word. It had become so heavily corrupted since he’d got involved with the Clan. It was essentially an oversized, grotesque tumbler. There was a small army of them down here, a never-ending supply of the gaudy, golden monstrosities. Each held around two pints of fluid, and when full they were stored in a twisted version of a larder further down in the basement. Like everything else down there it was made of ancient stone, and cold as the grave. There was never a need for refrigeration; the temperature didn’t get anywhere near high enough for the blood to spoil.

Full chalices were lined up on the stone shelves inside, where they awaited the special masses performed by Father Andrew and his psychopathic parody of a Deacon, Christopher. Zach’s chalice was full, and he was damned if he was going to be bleeding down here without it counting for anything. He called weakly for the priest in the darkness.

If you are interested in purchasing this book then you can do so here on Amazon UK.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

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The #experimentalgeek Sticker Challenge

Hey Everyone, 

So you may be wondering what on earth the #experimemtalgeek sticker challenge is. A little while ago Leanne Snowball of The Geeky Planner put out a post requesting people who has specific planners to comment and try her stickers out. The aim was to see how versatile the kit was in different styled planners and to use the information in her blog.

I was lucky enough to be picked to use my mini happy planner.
I received the Superhero/villain vertical set which consisted of 4 sheets of various stickers, some full boxes, half boxes,  decor, icons etc. 

I set to work in using it in my mini happy planner and love how it turned out.

I also had more than half left over so I used them in my personal size planner too. 

There are still loads of stickers left and while I could have used more per spread (I’m a white space kinda gal) it shows just how versatile and plentiful these kits are. 

It was easy to adapt these to fit into both these planners and the amount you get make them very much value for money.

For more information on The Geeky Planner you can visit her on the links below;

Etsy Shop

Facebook 

Instagram

Blog

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x 

Hobbycraft Geometric Planner Review

Hey Everyone. 

Everyone went a bit barmy earlier this year when Hobbycraft released a range of Planners.

For £12 I thought it was definitely worth a look so after much deliberation I ordered the Geometric planner.

I was actually really surprised and happy when it came. It’s very pretty but the best thing is the quality of it. The paper is beautiful and thick. 

I am using this as a blog planner. As the pages are already decorated it means it serves an entirely functional purpose as I don’t feel the need to decorate it.

The layout is not like anything I’ve seen before in a planner which makes it really unique. There is room for ideas, notes, to do lists, goals, a monthly overview and a week on 2 pages.

It also has an internal pocket on the inside cover and comes with 3 sheets of coordinating stickers. 

Overall I’m really impressed with it. I have started using it as I plan my blog posts in advance.

I am determined to stick with it for the entire year this time.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x 

Planner Girls Collective: My 2017 Planner Set-Up

Hey Everyone,
Happy New Year and Welcome to a fresh series of Planner Girls Collective (formally Confessions Of A Plannerholic) posts.

A new year signifies for me a new planner set-up.

Over the last 12 months I’ve finally realised what works for me and what doesn’t.

No matter how much I want many pretty and colourful spreads, I am more of a functional planner. I have managed to find a nice compromise that suits my needs for pretty decor vs function.

My Handbag planner will be my Pursedori. I used this for the last 3 months of 2016 and found it to suit my needs perfectly.

In this I have a blank page notebook, cardboard folder and a week on one page diary.

It’s the perfect size for popping in my bag and the popper front means it’s easy to use.

My Blog planner is the Hobbycraft Geometric planner. This has a totally different layout to any other planner I’ve used but I’m really liking the style. As the pages are decorated I can just get on with planning. My blog is probably what takes up the majority of my time even compared to my business. It also requires the most planning.

My business planner is the Heidi Swapp planner. I don’t use this often given that the majority of my time is spent waiting for goods to arrive. But it is still a necessity to plan everything I need, invoices, bills etc.
The size of this is perfect. I was going to use another planner to start with but this has nice big pockets and because I don’t need to utilise it as much as my other two planners I can decorate this much more.

My Book Journal, last year I was using the Nordic Nights ringbound from Paperchase but this year I am using a beautiful Harry Potter Hardback notebook I had received for Christmas.

My Creative Journal is still my mint Webster’s Pages Traveler’s Notebook. Nothing has changed with this one.

I am also going to use the WHSmith Rose Gold Moderna planner for household things such as storing important letters, bills, information etc.

My Go-To Everyday planner is my brand new and adored Mini Happy Planner with it’s gold cover.

Thanks for reading and please feel free to drop me a comment or link to a post showing your 2017 set up.
Don’t forget to pop along to the other ladies taking part 🙂

Rebecca Project Life 

Zzz0eee

Planner Montannah

An Ocean Glimmer

Kerry-May Makes

A Beautiful Plan 

A Life Lived In Words 

The Vintage Planner 

Ska Loving Geek

My Chaotically Eclectic Life 

Pennygate Crafts

Becster

Royal Planner

Ugly Bug Plans

Plan With Hannah

The Stationery Geekette x

Book Review: Late Whitsun by Jasper Kent

Title: Late Whitsun
Author: Jasper Kent

Publication Date: October 2016

Page Count: 238

Rating: 4/5

The Blerb

Normally I write a Blerb about the book but as I did it on my previous post I decided not to do it again. You can read the blerb here.

Review

I was given a copy of this book as part of a blog book tour I was doing. Even though a review wasn’t required I read the book anyway and thought it should be reviewed.

I did enjoy this novel, the only reason it got 4 rather than 5 stars is simply because I didn’t find it intensely engrossing. The story was good, the twists were good and the character development was great but it wasn’t a page turner I couldn’t put down.

It was a nice easy read, I didn’t feel invested the way I do with other books but I did find it enjoyable.

I would highly recommend reading this book.

You can purchase the book here

For a chance to win a signed copy thwn please check out my previous post linked above.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Disclaimer: Emma-Louise Smith is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.co.uk


December ‘To Be Read’ List

As December is rapidly approaching I thought now maybe a good time to share my prospective reads.

I don’t often post this to my blog, usually I just post to Facebook and Instagram. However,  I will be doing this monthly in future.

These books aren’t listed in any particular order. I don’t know what I’ll start or end with. Some are must reads as I have a blog tour or publisher review due for them. 

1. Stealing Snow by Danielle Page

2. Snowed In For Christmas by Claire Sandy

3. Let It Snow by John Green

4. Throne Of Glass by Sarah. J Maas

5. Late Whitsun by Jasper Kent (Blog Tour)

6. Horizon Alpha by D W Vogel (Publisher Review)

I’d be really interested to see what is on your December reading list or your reading list in general. 

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x




Disclaimer: Emma-Louise Smith is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.co.uk

New Pursedori Planner

Yes, this is another set up post from me. A little while ago I ordered a LyraandCo pursedori (so called because of the popper fastener), it was listed under ‘last chance’ so I don’t think they are getting made again which is a shame.

I chose a fabric that would be nice for autumn. I really liked the idea of the popper rather than elastic as I really get fed up the elastic after a while,  which is why I’ve only managed to stay in a TN for a creative journal as it is not used daily.

Initially when I bought this I had no idea what I’d use it for however it just kind of fell into place. I had gone back to using a good old small notebook for all my blog prep and I decided to pop it in the Pursedori.

I ended up getting more books for it and setting it up to use for my blog. I have a weekly and monthly diary in there and a notebook ready for when my current one is full.
I decorated the outside of the notebooks, made a wallet and filled the little pockets and I’m loving it. It’s so easy to use, light, slim and perfect to pop in my handbag when I need it too.

I can even slot my slightly too big current blog notebook inside it as well.

I also bought some cute blogging stickers from HappyCutieStudio and they are the perfect size for the small inserts.

I am wanting to keep this as simple as possible, try something without a lot of washi and decor. 
If you fancy a look at one of these or to purchase one please check the link above for LyraandCo.

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x

My Week

This week I have gone with the magical Harry Potter spread.

The kit stickers and Halloween countdown stickers are from UglyBugDoes and the cute blogging stickers are from ThePlumpPlanner

Love how this looks:) 

I’ve got quite a busy week ahead. I start my major declutter to prepare for Christmas, one of the downsides to moving to a small house means it constantly looks cluttered.

I also have a book signing event I’m attending which I am covering to report on for my blog, I will be meeting the author and hopefully having a brief interview. I’m really excited about this! It’s my first of 4 over the month.

I also have a lot of blog draft prep for a new series I have coming out and college work to catch up (thank god it’s half term next week).

How is your week ahead looking? 

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x

 

Life Update August + 5 Year Plan

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It’s that time of the month again where I discuss my successions and failures of the last month. In all honesty I can’t say there has been much going on in the way of successes. I managed to read 9 books this month which was a success I guess. I also am writing reviews for two more sites, one of which I now get paid for..yay!

The kids having summer holidays and my hospital trip have pretty much meant that I haven’t got half as much done that I would have liked. I did however have a nice summer with the children which is the most important thing.

My business launched at the beginning on August and is doing well, people have been incredibly generous in their reviews.

The blog fell a little by the wayside due to everything going on and I admittedly have struggled with content, however I have renewed vigour now and determination to get things back on top and better. I will be creating a blog topic schedule which will make things easier as I have been posting a little randomly with content.

I have felt like I have been stuck in a bit of a rut, I mentioned in a previous post my planners don’t seem to be helping much lately, I am not using them as I was which means they are sitting redundantly on my shelf while I figure things out. Once the Ballerina comes though that will easily pick back up. I start college next week which I am really excited about too.

So my new blog schedule will be:

Monday (fortnightly): Confessions of …

Tuesday: Planner / Stationery related

Wednesday: Book Review and TSG Website post

Thursday: Draft, Edit and Admin work

Friday:  TSG Website post

Saturday: Life Update Posts and Book Review

Sunday: My Week/Plan with Me and Picks of the Month

I have also been thinking long and hard about my career and where I want it to go. Thanks to Michelle over at UglyBugDoes I have been inspired to create a 5-year plan.

Where Were You 5 Years Ago?

5 years ago I was living in Guisborough, unemployed and working for Victim Support as a volunteer hoping to gain entry to paid employment within the same sector.

Where Will You Be Living in 5 Years?

In an ideal world I would be living in Canada in a log cabin. Somewhere the kids would love to be. I love the idea of living close to the wilderness, somewhere cold and full of culture. I have wanted to live in Canada for as long as I can remember and for me this would be the ultimate place. However, I know realistically speaking that won’t happen for at least 10 years.

In 5 years I would like to think that I have purchased my own home and am at least part way saving to immigrate. Staying in my local town of Guisborough.

What Job Will You Be Doing?

By then I would have liked to have completed education in Business, Accounting and Copyediting and Proofreading. I would like to hope that my brand is still going and is really strong. I would also like to hope that I am reviewing books for a living, preferably copyediting and proofreading for an income.

What 5 Things are most important to you right now?

  • Family – Getting Alexis sorted into a better routine and getting her settled.
  • Finances – Find employment and to get my business generating an income
  • Career – To complete the Business course I am due to start
  • Finances – To clear debts as soon as possible
  • Health – To lose weight and get fitter

Top 5 Business and Career Goals?

  • Promote TSG Bookclub and increase revenue
  • Learn about analytics and SEO for the blogs
  • Learn How to Proofread and Copyedit
  • Work for a successful publisher reviewing, proof-reading and editing
  • Own my own successful brand and business.

Top 5 Family Goals?

  • Get Alexis settled into a sleep routine again
  • Spend more quality time with Adam and Chloe individually
  • Get a larger house
  • Get a Pet
  • Have a happy household

Top 5 Personal Goals?

  • To be happy in what I do
  • To have more free time
  • To lose at least 3 stone
  • To start running
  • To eat better

Now that it’s all written down I have no excuse not to see things through. I shall as always drop in with updates and if you are interested in following Michelle’s progress then please pop along to www.uglybugdoes.me .

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Picks Of The Month August

Hello Everyone.

I’m super happy to be back with another Picks Of The post. This is my first one since i switched to monthly and boy have I got a load of great posts to share with you.

I have decided to split it into categories to help you look at what posts I have picked.

Lifestyle

A Beautiful Plan – Strategies to ease a busy life with kids

Soggy Musings – Gift Ideas For The Chronically Ill

UglyBugDoes – My 5 Year Plan

How To GYST – A Simple Goal Setting Exercise When You Don’t Know Where To Start

How To GYST – Setting Goals: What You Might Be Missing

Strange & Charmed – The Essential Guide To Social Media Etiquette

Stationery

A Beautiful Plan – Planner Society July Box and Planner set Up

UglyBugDoes – Papergang August Subscription

Philofaxy – The Hitch Hikers Guide To The Plannerverse 25

Food and Drink

Frying The Nest – Penne Arrabiata Chorizo Prawns

Books and Movies

Ginger-Fox – Literature Q & A Blog Tag

Home and Decor

How We Walk – Shells Decorative Planter

Health and Mental Wellbeing

Modern Day Girl Blog – 7 Powerful Ways to Turn Negative Thoughts Into Positive Thoughts + Workbook

Modern Day Girl Blog – Beating The Blues and Ways to Overcome Them + Checklist

Modern Day Girl Blog – How To Deal With Anxiety Day to Day and Break Up With It + Swipefile

Modern Day Girl Blog – How To Have a More Positive Outlook On Life + Workbook

Travel

Distinguished Diva – Barcelona Travel Diary

Ginger-Fox – Travel Essentials

Thank  you for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x