20 October 2017

Where's the Unicorn by Paul Moran

I was a fan of Waldo books, so I couldn't resist to share with you these illustrations from the book Where's the Unicorn by Paul Moran. So, can you find all the magical creatures?





The source is Daily Mail.

The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen - Blog Tour


The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen

Genre: Mystery, Crime
Source: Orenda Books
Rating: 5/5
Amazon


Jackoo has discovered that he just have a few days to live, weeks at most. But he is not ready to leave this world without knowing who killed him; and of course the first suspects are his wife and her lover....!

"'A snapped bolete?' I enquire.
Tomi nods his enormous head.
'I don't know what that means, but if I do find a porcini sliced in two on my pillow, I'll think of you.'"


This book has been an amazing read, with dark humour, a murder and some very interesting twists, a must read.
When I started reading this book I didn't expect to be so fascinated by it, the irony of the situation, the ambiguity of the characters and the mushroom business make this book really original, funny and one of the best reads of this year.
Jackoo knows that he could die in any moment, but wants to leave his business in good hands and his killers in prison, he will investigate every possible suspect... but is he ready to kill to get away with it? Of course you will have to read the book if you want to know the answer!
Do you like mushrooms?

19 October 2017

Arthritis Doesn't Stop Him Rock N' Rolling by Metacam

I really don't get the images of this advertising, but these pets are so cute I thought I have to share them with you! Arthritis Doesn't Stop Him Rock N' Rolling by Metacam.





Credits:
Advertising Agency: Ogilvy CommonHealth, Australia
Product & Marketing Operations Manager: Alison Barker
Senior Art Director: Michael Zivkovic
Creative Director: Toby Pickford
Copywriter: Helene Mann
Illustration: Max Tompo / International Rescue, Anita Xhafer / Xhafer Grafix
Director, Client Services: David Bailey
Senior Account Manager: Sinead Bushell

The source is Ads Of The World.

How Not To Be A Bride by Portia MacIntosh - Blog Tour


How Not To Be A Bride by Portia MacIntosh
Genre: Romance, Fiction
Rating: 4/5



Mia has her dreamed job and a charming boyfriend, but she still misses her oh-so-amazing life in LA. When her handsome boyfriend (Leo) asks her to marry him all of her fears return to her... is she ready to marry Leo?

"In fact, it would be fair to say that my relationship with my entire family isn't great. Moving back here was the best decision I've ever made, because I have Leo now, but I still feel like an outcast sometimes. Perhaps it's because I lived away from them for so many years, but as hard as I try to fit in, they still make me feel like a bit of an imposter sometimes. They don't treat me like a black sheep, they treat me like a wolf."

Mia loves her boyfriend, she left LA to stay with him... but everytime anyone asks her about the wedding she feels compelled to change subject. It's because she is not yet ready for it or because she really doesn't want to marry?

I could understand the fear of weddings, I never dreamed about it and when it was my moment I didn't know what I wanted or if it was something I really wanted. Weddings are not for everyone but sadly not everyone can understand it...!
While Mia tries to confront her fears and has a bit of remember of what it was being near famous people and have a lot of money, we will meet her not very nice family (I am still not sure which one of them is worst with Mia), her lovely (and handsome, very handsome) boyfriend and her new job, the famous star Dylan. Let me say that none of them helps Mia, on the contrary, they make her being more scared of marriage if its possible.
I didn't like very much Mia's character in the beginning, she is very superficial and not very interested in discovering what's really behind the appearances, but as the book progresses, her character seems to grow and being more touching with all the people near her.
This was a quick and funny read, perfect to make you smile on your worst day, and to make you remember that if you share your fears, they loose the power to you and you gain confidence!
Are you planning to get married?

18 October 2017

A-maze-ing girls by Sofia Bonati

The A-maze-ing girls by Sofia Bonati it's not just something curious and original, it's perfect to entertain you for a long time! 




Death Overdue by Allison Brook - Blog Tour + Giveaway


Death Overdue by Allison Brook
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Great Escapes
Rating: 4/5


Carrie's work at the library has improved and is doing something she loves, has a place to live and has family and friends that take care of her. But when her first organised event finishes with the guest dead, she can not stay away to discover the truth, and she will have a curious help... a library ghost! ;)

This has been a very entertaining book; interesting characters, an old investigation and some humour to make the read amend and enjoyable.
Carrie has a very interesting job at the library and being near books all day is my dream come true! She has quite different work companions, some nice others not so much... but she will have to face them if she really wants to discover the truth, your worst enemy could be your best friend... you never know!
I love reading about old cases in which some clues have appeared and could be solved after so many years, maybe that's why I liked so much this book, but let me say it had all the ingredients to be a good cozy mystery and a very interesting new series. We have some hints of the main characters life, just enough to make you want to know more!
Ready for a murder at the library?

Interested? Good luck in the Giveaway! ;)

I am lucky to have a guest post by the author, enjoy!

Why Ghosts Often Appear in My Novels — by Marilyn Levinson

Though I’ve never met a ghost, I’ve read enough about ghost sightings and hauntings to believe they exist. Experts in the field say some spirits remain earthbound because they’ve experienced a brutal or sudden death and don’t realize they’re dead. Others remain here because they have unfinished business or issues they need to resolve before passing on. Ghosts, whether you believe in them or not, have a permanent place in our literary lore. Readers find their manifestations unnerving, thrilling and intriguing. George and Marion Kirby in TOPPER and the sea captain in THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR are three of my favorite literary spirits.
Ghosts appear in my mysteries DEATH OVERDUE and GIVING UP THE GHOST and in my YA GETTING BACK TO NORMAL. They are fully-developed characters who have remained on the Earthly plane to settle accounts. In DEATH OVERDUE, Evelyn Havers is the sixty-something ghost that haunts the Clover Ridge Library where she used to work. While invisible, she urges my sleuth Carrie Singleton not to turn down the position of Head of Programs and Events she is being offered.
Carrie takes Evelyn’s advice and soon discovers she has made the right decision.
When her first program presenter dies before her eyes and those of a roomful of library patrons, Carrie goes on to investigate his murder and that of the cold case he claimed to have solved. Evelyn helps Carrie in her investigation, but also holds back information for personal reasons. It isn’t until book three in the series that Carrie discovers Evelyn’s death was no accident but a deliberate act of murder.
Cameron Leeds, the ghost in GIVING UP THE GHOST, is a charismatic scoundrel. In life he was a good-looking man with a generous heart, except when he was wheeling and dealing often at his friends’ expense; a Romeo who flirted with every woman that crossed his path. Though his best friend, the town’s police chief, has declared his death an accident, Cam knows he was murdered. Trouble is, he doesn’t know who did it, and he can’t move on until he does. When Gabbie Meyerson rents his family’s cottage—the only place where he can manifest—Cam nags and cajoles until she agrees to investigate. Gabbie starts asking questions, and to her dismay discovers that several of Cam’s so-called friends and neighbors are glad he’s dead and possible suspects.
Twelve-year- old Vannie Taylor, the protagonist in GETTING BACK TO NORMAL, has just lost her mother and her father is a basket case without her. Vannie meets Archie the ghost, hours after her father has moved her and her brother to live in a dingy cottage on the estate where he manages events. Archie appears to be carefree and funny. Dressed in a tuxedo, he performs cartwheels and handstands. He’s overheard Vannie wondering aloud what to give her brother for dinner, and provides her with a simple recipe. He even tells her she can find the necessary ingredients in the mansion’s kitchen.
But Archie is far from carefree, as Vannie and her best friend discover when they research his life. He was twenty-five when he died chasing the thief who stole his wife’s necklace. Archie tells Vannie that before he can go to his rest, he must atone for having left his wife and their one-year- old son. She is astonished to learn that Mayda, her parents’ close friend and the last of the family that once owned the estate, is Archie’s granddaughter. Archie implores Vannie to encourage the budding relationship between her father and Mayda—the one thing Vannie doesn’t want to happen. But it may be the only way her life gets back to normal.
Real or imagined, ghosts, I believe, add a dimension to a novel.

17 October 2017

Panda and Polar Bear Comic

Panda and Polar Bear is a fuzzy little comic about a quirky cross-racial silly bear couple, who came from different parts of the world but somehow found each other and fell in love, they cheekily poke and cope with each other with their cute and grumpy manner. It’s about love overcoming differences and prejudice, and by being yourself you accept others’ true self too.

Have fun! ;)




Rattle by Fiona Cummings - Book Review

Rattle by Fiona Cummings
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Rating: 4'5/5


There's a Boogie Man haunting little children and no one knows how to stop him, he has a mission in life, follow his family tradition, and I think death is the only thing that will make him quit his vocation...

"'I don't usually walk this way,' the man had said, his dog noising the backs of his legs. He pointed to the ballet case, its pale pink outline visible agains the ground.
Fitzroy had started at the name sticker peeling now after days in the damp and cold, but still clinging defiantly to the leather.
'Get forensics here now,' she had shouted, and the woods had echoed with her fear."

Rattle is a thriller that will haunt your dreams and will be hiding on every dark corner to rattle your bones. Be prepared for the most terrifying read of this year.
I have to admit that while I was reading Rattle, sometimes I closed the book to stop the fear growing inside me. No one deserves to loose a child, just the thought of not knowing where is my child scares me, imagine that someone has abducted your little one...
Reading this book was a race against the clock, frightened of knowing what will happen next and not seeing a clear end for Clara or Jakey... will they survive the Collector?
In this book we will not find happy families, all the characters are haunted by their problems and their past, but it will be on their hands to change the future that's waiting for them. Even the lead detective Etta has her own problems and nightmares... but this makes the book more real and touchy.
I was quite surprised with the ending (of course no spoilers!), so I can't wait to read the next book by Fiona Cummings. I just can say that if you are searching for a good read this Halloween, this is for you!
Are you scared of the Boogie Man?

16 October 2017

The Uncomfortable

The Uncomfortable is a collection of deliberately inconvenient everyday objects by Athens-based architect Katerina Kamprani. Take a look...




Top Halloween Accessories 2017

I am not a big fan of Halloween, but I couldn't resist to share with you these original accessories, take a look...


First of all this Bat Infinity Scarf (7,71€) from Aliexpress, it's lightweight and it's so cute that I am sure you will wear it all year around! ;)


This Bat Ankle Socks (2£) from Asos are perfect for the Halloween lovers that are scared to show their passion in public, just a hint...


Ok, I really, really need this Witch Potion Brew Cup (9'99£) from Killstar, so many times I listened that I was a witch... is the perfect moment to share the truth to the world! 


If you like to be ready for any monster, the Wristlet Bloody Cleaver Clutch (33'95$) from Ebay will scare anyone that will try to harm you.


Of course, the Graveyard Set (15$) by Tattly will surprise everyone, no matter how you hide your tattoo.


This Halloween Hoodie (16'58$) by Dress Lily, will be your favourite outfit if you want to show to everyone how much you love Halloween, because, who doesn't?


And then, there's this cute necklace, the Charming Bat (200€) from Q-pot, that it's the most charming bat you'll see ever!


The last, but I am sure the best for the ones that don't want to go out on Halloween, is this MISSHA Nightglow Mask (3'63$) from De-pot.

14 October 2017

Typography by Studio-Takeuma

Some beautiful and original typography by the artist Studio-Takeuma.


The Stationery Selection - October 2017

It was late, the post service in Ireland since a few months ago has been very deceiving, all the letters and packets arrive at least 1 week late...! So this month I received my Stationery Selection box from last month, lucky me, the box is worth the waiting, take a look at all the beautiful products that were inside...


First of all, these cute stickers from Classiky that I was searching for the last months! They are so cute and make me think of endless possibilities to decorate the envelopes...


These travel stickers are cute and will be perfect for my travel album next month, I will share the photos with you, of course!


I was quite surprised with this case, it's flat but it can hold a lot of cute stationery, and of course it's perfect to storage all my favourite washi tape and trims to travel with me.


If there's not washi tape on a stationery box, you can not say it is a stationery box, of course! These are thin, with some diary prints and with some basic colours, you'll see them on my weekly collage, for sure.

I was quite curious with the Ro-biki notebooks, I've read some very good things about them, but haven't had the chance to play with one. Let me say that the cover is translucid and pretty and the paper is white and high quality, it was worth the waiting!


I am sure my penfriends will love these postcards, they come in 4 different styles, all with a forest design.


This plastic folder is original and will be perfect to keep my book notes organised!


And the last ones, two autumn colors gel pens, that will be on my case for a long time.


If you love stationery, The Stationery Selection box will not disappoint you, it has high quality products that you can not find easily, and the products are always carefully selected. I can not wait till I receive the next box! ;)