An offer of ARCs! 

If you’re interested in getting an ARC of an upcoming Dystopia YA please check out my sister’s blog!! And don’t forget to follow her she’s an amazing writer! (I have read all her books and I promise it’s fantastic so don’t miss this chance to get a free copy of the first book in The Cage of Lies Saga!)

Susanne Valenti


On October 1st my book Chained is going on sale and I’m looking for anyone who would be interested in having an advanced copy in return for an honest review (feel free to love it 😍). If you know anyone else who would be interested then please let them know too ☺️

I’m also up for doing cover reveals and interviews and anything else that anyone would like me to do!

I can’t think of a better group of people to read it first and I’m seriously excited whilst simultainiously terrified but that’s okay lol.

So if you don’t know what Chained is about, here’s the blurb:

Terrified of the contamination and the creatures it has created, humanity hides behind The Wall. No one knows what lies beyond the wasteland. Maya has never thought much about what might still be out there, lurking in the forgotten places. But when she’s…

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Characters You Wanted to Get Together But Didn’t (Anti-Spoiler Alert!)

I don’t know about you but there are a few relationships in books that never worked out the way I wanted them to. Maybe I just imagined the connections I saw or maybe they really existed but the author never followed them through – who knows?

Anyways here’s my top four. I’m gonna focus on super popular books so as to hopefully avoid ruining it for the masses. But there are spoilers (or anti-spoilers as the case may be!) I’ve highlighted the books I’m discussing in bold so you can skip some if you don’t wanna spoil anything!

From the Harry Potter series:

Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood – did anyone else get this vibe?! I felt these two were so well matched with Neville’s shy but quirky personality and Luna being….well…loony. I thought they had it made – But alas good ol’ JK paired them off with rando’s in her ten year later sum up at the end of Deathly Hallows. Oh well, perhaps she’ll write about Harry P again one day and they’ll get it on after failed marriages – a girl can dream!

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From the Hunger Games (Warning – controversial opinion imminent)

Katniss and Gale – I know I know! Blasphemy! But I really thought he was the one for her. I know she spent the Hunger Games with Peeta but I liked the set up of her pretending to be in love with Peeta whilst Gale sat at home watching them on the tv and going off for a man cry! By the end I accepted her choice because of…ahem…circumstances that may have put her off Gale but up til then I was routing for Gatniss!

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From Twilight (Don’t worry it’s not what you think!)

Jacob and Renesme – it was soooo set up for this like sequel-worthy set up (*cough cough* Stephanie Meyer) but if she assuming there won’t be a sequel I would have liked a little (maybe even cheesy) sum-up end chapter of her getting older and them getting married – ’cause, let’s face it, Jacob deserved a happy ending after all the “Oh no, Edward left me I’m gonna make you teach myself how to ride a motorbike so I can drive one into a tree 😭”  he put up with!

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From A Game of Thrones:

Jon Snow and Danaerys – although these characters never ever met – like ever. I wanted it for these two! They could rule the world together. They’re both so beautiful – think of the children! But due to…ahem….circumstances… it looks like this one isn’t on the cards……….or is it 😏…..?

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What characters would you like to have seen get it onnnnnnn????

The Freestyle Writing Challenge (Challenge accepted….)

Thanks to Candice for nominating me for this fun challenge! Check out her blog she’s a fantastic writer and you’ll love her posts – don’t pass her by! 

So – what’s the challenge I hear you cry? Here’s the rules…

Rules of the Challenge:

1. Open a blank document.
2. Set a stop watch or mobile phone timer to 5 minutes.

I’ve posted a topic at the bottom of this post for you to use as your inspiration but don’t scroll down until the second you’re ready to write!!!!

Once you start writing don’t stop until the alarm sounds! (Or else!)

3. Do not cheat by going back and correcting spelling and grammar using spell check. (The challenge is only meant for you to reflect on your own control of sensible thought-flow and for you to reflect on your ability to write with correct spelling and grammar.)

4. You may or may not pay attention to punctuation or capitals.

5. At the end of your post, write down “No. of words = ____” to give an idea of how much you can write within the timeframe.

6. Copy and paste the entire passage on your blog post with a new topic for your nominees, and copy / paste these rules along with your nomination of three bloggers (or more if you like!). – also feel free to take part in this challenge anyway even if I don’t nominate you! 😆
Here’s the freestyle writing challenge I was nominated for:

The inspiration for my challenge (supplied by Candice) was this –

You have just purchased your first home. It is old and not in the best condition. It is so terrible that everyone even the neighbors has warned you not to purchase it, but you have. On day one of moving in, as soon as you step across the threshold of the front door, you are transported into another place in time. Where have you gone? What is happening there? Who is there with you?

And here is my five minute freestyle response. I managed 213 words 😆

I bought this house on a whim. I was warned not to, but I’ve always been one to do the opposite of what people tell me. Now here I am with this old dump which I simply swore I could fix up within a year. I jiggle the keys in the lock and step over the threshold. I remember the layout of the hallway well, it was dark and smelt of damp; the floorboard rotten to the core and a large hole on the left where the wood has collapsed right through. But this isn’t the place I remember. I blink as I take in the room as I hear the door click shut behind me. The floorboards are like new, there’s no damp, no mildew, no fungus, woodworms or leaky ceiling. This room looks like it must have fifty years ago, maybe more. A wisp of light catches my attention in the corner of my eye. I swing about, squinting in the direction of the kitchen which I know consisted of a grimy sink and stank like mould. I step toward the wisp of light which is now hovering in the doorway to the kitchen. 

“Hello?” 

The wisp makes a noise like a finger running around the rim of a wine glass.  

Here are my nominations:

1) Tanaz Masaba

2) Inkcouragement

3) Susanne Valenti

HERE IS YOUR CHALLENGE:

You drop in unexpectedly on a friend to suprise them after returning from a long trip. You find their front door wide open and decide to go inside. After calling out and recieving no response you move further into the house. On inspecting the lounge you spot a bookcase across the room which has been dragged forward to reveal a door. You cross the room and hear angry voices approaching from behind. What do you do? 
Have fun! 😀

Inspired by the freedom of a limitless imagination (as we all should be)

Thank you so much to Timothy who has featured me on his blog after I won a competition he held entitled ‘What inspires your writing?’
Please take a moment to check out his brilliant blog which is so popular that I can only ever dream to achieve his amazingness one day!

What Inspires Your Writing?

If Caroline Peckham were a character in her own young adult fantasy stories, she might just steal the show. This talented author is vibrant, active, and also very funny. Case in point: she asserts that her hometown, “the most quaint, quintessentially English town you could ever imagine” (Kent, known as the Garden of England), should instead be known as the “Puddle of England” for all the rain it gets. She’s already released the first in a five-part fantasy series, Creeping Shadow, to Wattpad, with a Kindle release planned for the near future.

Adventurous to the core, Caroline has also done her fair share of traveling. She’s been back and forth (trekking the Great Wall of China and riding an elephant in Thailand), up (taking a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon), down (skydiving and scuba diving), and all around (from Las Vegas to New York, and apparently, everything in…

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Are you a member of the grammar police? (Five examples that will make you mad!)

I think I’m asking for it with this post so hopefully I don’t make any mistakes haha!
But I’m not really talking about accidental mis-spellings (everyone makes mistakes!) but what really grinds my gears is the wrong use of….

There, Their and They’re,  it’s, its, and its’ …and don’t get me started on the wrong use of apostrophes…

So here are my top five examples of bad grammar that will get right under your skin:

5)

  

 They got the last one right! *bangs head against wall* They got…the last one…right…
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  If that’s what she finds inspiration in I think we’d better avoid this woman…

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If there’s one certain way to undermine an insult…
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That is literally tattooed on your skin for life.
And for my handpicked number one…it had to be this…

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Correcting bad grammar with bad grammar. Need I say any more?

If you laugh…you have to subscribe! Mahahaha

Okay so i have very few subscribers and though I deeply love you both (haha) I would like to have a few more!

BUT I’m not asking you to subscribe willy nilly. Why would you? When you could be out subscribing to J.K.Rowling, or Cassandra Clare or George R.R Martin. Why don’t you go subscribe to those people right? Afterall, they’re offering you something already! 

So I present to you a challenge! If you laugh at the following meme you must honour your vow to subscribe but if not I’ll let you go on your way – and I don’t want any pity subscribers either! 

By subscribing to my newsletter you’ll get all the latest updates on my writing before anyone else! But also tips, tricks, and deals! I won’t spam you either, I promise! And, of course, I won’t share your email with anyone else and any time you want to unsubscribe you’re just one click away from doing so!

Here we are then….remember if you laugh you have to subscribe! If you can’t face the pressure then maybe you should turn back before it’s too late!

  
Laugh = Subscribe

No Laugh = May we meet again
You can click up there to subscribe or you can click here to subscribe

Or even ———————–> here
Oh and, just for your information, this one seriously had me laughing 

300 Followers!! This is SPARTA!

Okay so that was the only 300 reference I could think of haha 🙂

I wanna say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who has followed me and I (of course!) always endeavour to follow back as you lot are such a bunch of interesting people and I’ve met (cyber-met?) so many amazing people that way and found some brilliant blogs!

And in honour of this I’ve created my own award! That’s right! It might not catch on but so what!? It’ll be fun while it lasts haha!

So you might not be suprised to hear what I’ve called this award…..drumroll….

The Sparkling Unicorn Award!

  
This award is designed to celebrate your individuality as a person and fellow blogger. If you think about it a unicorn is just a horse with a horn and YOU are just a person with a blog and yet both equate to something special and unique!

So as part of this award I challenge you to write a four hundred word maximum blurb about your life as if it were a novel on the shelf in a bookstore!

As example… 

Here’s mine:

After a stint at university, aspiring author Caroline Peckham discovers her passion as a writer and longs to fulfill her dreams. But, when summer hits, her fulltime job begins to consume her time and she struggles to juggle her passions with everyday life. And things are about to get a lot more crazy when a trip to the other side of the planet literally turns her world upside down…
And finally! Nominate five bloggers for the award. So to get started here’s mine! Go for it blogging friends! Share this award far and wide!

1) Hope to Read

2) PhantomWriter143

3) The Fiction Fairy

4) Shannon Noel Brady

5) KasimsKorner
I highly recommend you check out these blogs they are fantastico!

Maybe one day farrrrr in the future someone will nominate me for The Sparkling Unicorn Award and I’ll be sitting in my rocking chair puffing on a pipe and I’ll say “Hm! Well, well…how the tables have turned….”(I’ll be super senile by the way but it’ll be totally worth it!)