My Love Affair with NYC is Over

Published 17/11/2014 by leannecrabtree

So after six trips to New York over the past eight years, I think my love affair with the city is over. I think everything has been done by us that could have, apart from an actual boat ride to the Statue of Liberty but we did get on a boat and go around the island so I think that’s close enough.

This year there were a lot of road works and things happening and it made everything seem so crowded and I didn’t like it. But me and my mum did two things we hadn’t done before; we went to the Central Park Zoo and we went to The Highline.

I’ve added a few pictures I took while there:

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One of Lord & Taylor’s Christmas Window displays

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Warlords.com Advertisement in Times Square

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A view of a painted building from the Highline Park

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A snow leopard in Central Park Zoo

I also didn’t get much reading or writing done although while waiting in Manchester Airport, I got a brainwave for how to overcome the bit I was stuck on in my new writing project–the P.I. Romance–and I’ll be writing it in soon and seeing if I can finish the current chapter.

As for the reading, I only managed one and a half books–the Morganville series–and I have to admit I’m not really in any hurry to finish it as it will be hard to leave Claire, Shane, Eve, Michael and the rest of the gang for good…but I must.

Ciao for now :)

Tomorrow is the day

Published 08/11/2014 by leannecrabtree

In about 7/8 hours me and my mum will be piling into our car and heading off to Manchester airport ready for our flight to New York.

Books: PACKED
Notepad: PACKED
Clothes: Erm…? lol :P

Yeah, so I’ll be gone a week and when I get back I’m going to do my best to put this blog in order (Sorting out the side widgets and my “Read in 2014″ page)

Books for Holiday

Published 06/11/2014 by leannecrabtree

So I think I’ll be taking 5 books away with me because although we might spend a good 8 hours walking around throughout the day, we also spend quite a few hours between trips out in the hotel room.

I’m hoping to finish off Rachel Caine’s Morganville series meaning Fall of Night and Daylighters (books 14 and 15). I’m also going to take book 3 in Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series, The Forever Song. And then the last two will be Gena Showalter’s Alice in Zombieland and Alice through the Zombie Glass.

Hopefully I’ll get at least three and a half books read in the 6/7 days I’ll be abroad :D

Bad blogger/Charity shop book haul

Published 31/10/2014 by leannecrabtree

I know that as of late I’ve turned into a terrible blogger, not writing anything for months but I can’t say much is happening on the writing front. I keep adding bits to my “on-the-go” stories but i’m not getting too far with them. I’m off on holiday soon and will be taking my trusty pad and pen with me to see if I can get inspiration for my current story–a contemporary romance–while I’m there.

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In other news I’ve been quite busy in the reading department. I’m desperately trying not to buy too many ebooks as I already have about 300 on my kindle but I can’t quite say the same for paperbacks.

Book Haul!These are some of the paperbacks I’ve bought from local charity shops for either 25p or 50p each. Bargain! The ones on the top row are from today. I’m in book heaven :D

Latest proof copy arrived!

Published 08/08/2014 by leannecrabtree

So the latest proof copy of Charlotte & Sebastian arrived about a half hour ago in the post. It looks so much better colour wise now that I’ve done in it two separate pieces instead of one big one.

There are still some issues though.

The cover is still a little pixelated, the writing on the back is too close to the spine, the floral swirl on the back isn’t all the right colour and, though I can’t do anything about this, the title and author name are not on the spine. Scratch that last one since I cant change that.

I must admit though, that I’m really pleased with it. What do you guys think?

 

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It’s published!

Published 18/07/2014 by leannecrabtree

So I’ve just published Charlotte & Sebastian to Smashwords and enrolled it in the site-wide promotion–which means it’s FREE!–so it is now available to read in various formats and hopefully it going through the “meat-grinder” process hasn’t made it unreadable. Unfortunately, it hasn’t automatically been added to the Premium Catalogue, and been made available to other sites–B&N, iTunes–but I’ll be working to make it so when I get in from work later. Happy reading! :D

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/459122

Smashwords Promotion

Published 17/07/2014 by leannecrabtree

I’ve enrolled my books in the current Smashwords promotion running this month only. That means you can get Cat’s Wolf, Wolf Claimed and The Sapphire Diadem for free with the code SW100 at the checkout.

Cat’s Wolf: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/356432

Wolf Claimed: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/395757

The Sapphire Diadem: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/258485

You can read 15%-20% samples beforehand and there is an array of formats for you to choose from. Enjoy!

I’ll also be enrolling Charlotte & Sebastian in the promotion when I post it tomorrow or Saturday! :D

Merch

Published 15/07/2014 by leannecrabtree

I had this idea to do some merchandise in relation to my books: bookmarks, postcards, badges etc and have just been scouring the net trying to find some reasonably priced ones. I found this site that looked promising. Less than $10 for 50 bookmarks. Uploaded my design and everything and still cheap and then I go to checkout and suddenly it’s charging me $90 delivery. Should have known it was too good to be true :P

So my question to my lovely readers/fellow bloggers and writers is: do you know a good value site for merch printing?

AND for those of you who don’t own a kindle, I’m publishing Charlotte& Sebastian to Smashwords on Friday or Saturday – the 18th or 19th of this month! :D

Recent Purchases

Published 27/06/2014 by leannecrabtree

So some of you may know that I am obsessed with Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson series and I’ve been pining after book 6 in the series since I finished the fifth book last October. It came out last month and I’ve been secretly waiting for the price to drop but with it being a new release, it’s unlikely that will happen for another few months so I caved and bought it off Amazon and I am impatiently waiting for it to arrive so I can lose myself in Charley and Reyes’ world.

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While I was on Amazon I decided to buy the last book in Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series, too, so I can find out how it all ends. I’ve just got the last two to read now and then that’s another series finished.

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I also couldn’t resist buying Tim O’Rourke’s Vampire Seeker from The Works for £1.99. I absolutely love the book and the chance to own it in paperback was not going to be ignored. If you haven’t read a book by the author and love paranormal books that are slightly macabre but have really good plot twists then you should read Tim O’Rourke, he’s amazing.

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And finally, I’ve noticed my taste in books is changing from Contemporary Romances to more Murder Mystery/Whodunnit sort of books. I picked up James Patterson’s Kiss the Girls at a charity book sale and really liked the sound of it. In regards to this, I’d just like to know whether I should read the first Alex Cross book Along Came a Spider first or not?

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Stuff

Published 15/06/2014 by leannecrabtree

A few things really:

  1. I haven’t been requesting any titles off Netgalley as of late as I try and work my way through my 400+ books on my kindle and in paperback. I think that’s enough for anyone to be reading through without adding newer, more recent books to the list.
  2. I now have another job, which is going to start taking up a bit more of my time but it’s still only part time so I’ll still get some reading and writing done.
  3. The Concubine is now on Chapter 5 – 9104 words so far and I’m almost ready to start Chapter 6, which is good as it’s still going strong :)
  4. I’ve been thinking of doing a post at the end/start of a month to do a sort of mini showcase of the books I’ve read in that time with recommendations for the better ones. What do we think of the idea?
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