Bookworm Calendar

It’s been two months since my last post and I keep telling myself I’ll do it – write a post and the pending reviews awaiting me but you know what they say about resolutions?
They’re only as good as the people who keep them and right now, I’m falling off mark (*hangs head in shame*).

On the brighter side, (*head’s holding up high again, moment of shame already forgotten*), I just took one of my fantastic fiction breaks,  where I go on (https://www.fantasticfiction.com/) to have a nice time browsing and drooling over what new books will be out next and when.

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Of course, I already have a Bookworm’s Calendar as follows:

 

Release Dates Title of book
21 March 2017 Bound Together — Christine Feehan (that’s today, yay!)
09 May 2017 Dead Man Walking — Sherrilyn Kenyon
30 May 2017 Shadow Reaper — Christine Feehan
Come Sundown — Nora Roberts
06 June 2017 The Silent Corner — Dean Koontz
05 September 2017 Secrets In Death — J.D. Robb
Dark Legacy — Christine Feehan
01 August 2017 Dragonsworn — Sherrilyn Kenyon

Imagine my excitement when I saw that Nora Roberts will have a new book out on 05 December 2017 titled, YEAR ONE, Book 1 of the trilogy, CHRONICLES OF THE ONE. And this excitement is different from the one over the list of new books to be out because YEAR ONE sounds like a different style from Nora Roberts’ usual. There’s a dystopian feel to it and the synopsis is amazing. Don’t take my word for it, see below:

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Synopsis:

It began on New Year’s Eve.

The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed–and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river–or in the ones you know and love the most.

As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.

In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.

The end has come. The beginning comes next.

Genre: Fantasy

I can’t wait for this book to be out. The anticipation alone’s playing hell on my nerves and I only just found out about Year One, like, an hour ago, lol.

Here’s to delightful releases of amazing books to come.

S.R. McKade

 

 

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I’ve been nominated by Skylar Finn of Life of a Random for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Wow, I totally did not expect that. I don’t know if my words are very inspiring but I’m glad someone thought so. So thank you for this wonderful surprise, Skylar! 🙂

Time for the Rules:
1. Thank and link back to the amazing person(s) who nominated you.
2. List the rules and display the award.
3. Share seven facts about yourself.
4. Nominate some other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

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Seven Facts About Me (Sorry I’m very boring):

1. I’m a Totally Certified Bookworm (TCB). I can’t live a day without reading or wowing over my To-Be-Read mile-long list or checking out books and my favorite authors on the internet or finding new books on Goodreads. Well, you get the idea.

2. I feel insecure without my Kindle lol, so of course, I carry it around everywhere even when I know I probably won’t have the opportunity to use it but I still gotta have it with me. God forbid anything should happen to my baby. (Ooh, that reminds me – I need to put more books in it. You see what I said above about being a TCB?)

3. I love spicy food – the spicier, the better. Jalapenos on pizzas are a definite must. Then there’s dessert – My name is S.R. McKade and I’m a chocolate addict. I admit it. I went to Chocoholics Anonymous and I didn’t even make it 5 seconds there. All I could think was; Chocolate cake, chocolate milkshake, chocolate muffins, chocolate pie, Nutella, Oh My God – Brownies! Who can give those up? Needless to say, I’m still an addict.

4. I tried Zip-lining and I’m a total adrenaline junkie now. Holy Mother of God, best awesome experience ever! I found out though that even suspended in the air hundreds of feet above the ground, I am still not a screamer. Go Me!

5. Oh, I’m still on number five. Hmmm, what next? I can’t figure out another fact about me. Oh! *light-bulb* I got it. Fact Number 5 – I am a very, very sarcastic person with a sarcastic sense of humor. I can find something funny in anything. Yep, I’m weird that way. Plus, my sarcasm is an art. My friends call me deluded. What do they know? 😉

6. I wrote a book called “Holding Out For Skye” which is a New Adult Romantic Comedy. It’s an absolute laugh-out loud story and you definitely need to get it. Yes, I’m shamelessly self-promoting. Hey, what can I say, that book is a fact about me so hold back on the lynching!

7. Finally, you’ll be pleased to see I’ve reached Fact Number 7. I’ve bored you enough. I hate betrayal. One of my personal pet peeves is friends who don’t stay loyal to each other or couples who don’t stay faithful. They’re the worse kind of human beings. Betrayal cuts deep and I hate people who do that. Not to end this on a too serious note, I often imagine Betrayers as fat little ducks crossing a street with me at the helm of a Mack truck and going over and over them. Splat!!! On second thought, ducks are too damn cute.

As you can all see, I’m a sarcastic, vindictive and very mean person. Good luck to anyone who wants to know me. Cheers!

My scapegoats, Ahem, I mean Nominees:
– OM @ Harsh Reality (The moment I got nominated for this blog, I knew I wanted the opportunity to give OM this Award for his amazing blog. He’s one of the best Inspiring Blogger I know. And I totally love his blog.)
– Stephanie @ Moonrise Book Blog
– Lola @ Hit or Miss Books
– Misha Jenkins @ A Writer’s Life For Me

Thanks again to Skylar for the nomination. You have one hell of an inspiring blog yourself, Skylar!

Regards,
S.R. McKade

Hats Off to Book Review Bloggers

As a die-hard reader of fiction, you have so many book categories to choose from, e.g.—Middle Grade (MG), Young Adult (YA), New Adult (NA) and Adult. Then there are the numerous sub-genres for each main category: Romance, Comedy, Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal, Dystopian, Horror, Thriller etc.

Not to forget the poem and non-fiction books and Manga, of course. Can’t forget my beloved Manga now, can I?

Are you a dabbler in each genre or are you someone who’s comfortable in one specific genre? Do you venture in the unknown, outside your comfort zone or prefer to stick to what you know?

Me, I admit it, I’m a dabbler—an eclectic reader who reads pretty much everything. I believe there is something worthy in every book I read, that each one enriches me, who I am, in some way, even books that I end up not liking. I wish others would also dabble because that would mean they’d grab my book with hot little hands *hint, hint*

That’s just me—I want to change the world to my vision of it *Ahem, world-domination issues, I know*

But I don’t begrudge others for having a specific taste. A reader’s preferences are their own and are very, very personal. That’s how it should be. Books are supposed to be something you love and not an obligation you have to fulfill.

If reading became an obligation, it would take out all the fun in it—the sense of wonder, the endless myriad of emotions a story pulls out of you—pain, fear, laughter, horror, anticipation, heartache, tears, hope, joy.

So Indie and Self-published authors, don’t condemn the people who don’t love your book. Don’t lose heart when they give you a one-star or negative review. Maybe your book wasn’t to their taste but it doesn’t mean that others won’t like it. At the very least, take comfort that they actually read it to give you the bad review. You can’t force someone to like a book—it’s always their choice, as it should be.

And that brings me to the Book Review Bloggers around the world who have such a wide taste in reading and take so much time and effort to read books and give reviews. I, personally, am in awe of them, of their dedication and just wanted to say thanks.

Book Review Bloggers are the ones who put our names out there and deserve our courtesy and respect. So, hats off and a big thanks for all your hard work and the awesome blogs you have.

Regards,

S.R. McKade