#TWGDiscusses – Please STOP saying that e-books aren’t REAL books – it’s offensive! #authors #publishers #ebooks #paperbacks #lovebooks

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I feel like I’m stuck on repeat where this topic is concerned, yet STILL people continue to offend hundreds of authors, and readers, out there with comments such as ‘e-books aren’t real books’. How aren’t they real? An author spends the same amount if time writing a book whether it’s published in e-book, paperback, hardback or on a slate -eye roll-, so why do people continue to say that other formats of books aren’t real?

Let me ask you this….

You know those ‘friends’ you’ve made online yet haven’t currently met offline, would you say that they weren’t ‘real friends’ because they were made online? Probably not, so why is it okay to say that a book, published in a digital format, isn’t as real as those friends you have made using technology?

Think about it.

Authors can spend anything from a few months to a few years, perfecting their manuscript ready for publication, going through various steps such as multiple edits, restructures and so forth – it’s not like they wake up one morning, sit at their computer for an hour and produce a book. It takes time and a lot of patience. Once that manuscript is given to their publisher, it’s then digitalised and printed. Yes, contrary to popular belief, the same manuscript is used for a digital book AND a print book. Who would have thought it?! Obviously with a paperback/hardback you are physically turning the pages and holding the book with two hands, yet with a kindle you’re holding it differently and using one finger to change a page. BUT, have you thought about the different types of readers that are out there in the world? No?

Well you should.

Some readers can’t hold paperbacks/hardbacks due to illnesses.
Some readers can’t read books full stop because they’re blind and rely on audio.
Some readers are chronically ill and they require various different options, depending on their pain on that particular day.
Some readers have various different reasons as to why they would choose one format over another.

All of the above have one thing in common – they all want to read!!

I’ll be honest with you here. Several years ago I would have given you a filthy look if you had said about reading an e-book, but after realising that I was missing out on such fabulous books, I decided to give it a go. Not only that, several years ago I became a lot more ill and holding things for a long period of time was becoming impossible. E-books helped me to feel ‘normal’ and read books just like everyone else, on days where I felt like I couldn’t do anything like everyone else.

I appreciate that not everyone likes e-books and that they prefer paperbacks/hardbacks – that is totally fine! But what isn’t okay is when people say that they prefer ‘real’ books which is insinuating that a digital version of an authors book, is in fact fake. Can’t you see how offensive that is to the author? Just because a book is digitalised instead of being printed on paper, it doesn’t make it any less of a book!

Those ‘real book’ comments are not only offensive to the author who has written them, it’s also offensive to a reader reading them as if the 100 kindle books read last year shouldn’t be included in their Goodreads challenge because they’re ‘not real’. And yes, someone has said that before. If you don’t like e-books, fine! If you don’t like paperbacks, that’s also fine!

But please, please, please STOP saying that e-books aren’t real when they’re as real as the money you paid for them.

Oh, and as those comments are being made on a DIGITAL website, I can’t help but think ‘well isn’t that ironic’. Put your nose where it belongs, remove your snobbery and let people read the books they choose, in the format that they choose without offending a truck load of people in the process.

ALL books are real.
Instead of bashing people with the stupid ‘they aren’t real books’ comments, be happy that people are actually reading and supporting authors in any way they can. Surely that is more important than your snobbery?

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#TWGTurnsTwo! Happy 2nd birthday The Writing Garnet! #blogbirthday #blogaversary #blogger #TheWritingGarnet

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Happy birthday to TWG!!!! I cannot believe that my little blog turns two years old today, what a corker of a year it has been! When I started The Writing Garnet back in 2016, never in a million years did I think it would blow up like this, nor did I think I would win awards for my blog. I started my blog as a way of saying thank you to authors who continue to allow me to escape my every day hell with stories that make me laugh, make me cry, give me chills – you name it. I’m not even being dramatic when I say that off the blog, my life is a challenge. In this last year, my health has taken even more of a nosedive, with little things like standing up in a queue, starting to become impossible. But, aside from my daughter (obviously), the only other ‘thing’ that helps me keep going is my blog and the community which surrounds it.

In 2016, I was a newbie. I knew nobody yet everyone else knew somebody and, whilst there are still cliques around, I have the most supportive bloggers, publishers, publicists etc around me, I feel like I can do anything with these people beside me. This last year has seen friendships blossom even more so and I am so, SO grateful that I can call these people my friends. I just want to say a massive thank you to Lucy Vine, Katie Marsh, Darcie Boleyn, Jo Robertson, Clair Boor, Katherine Sunderland, Mary Jayne Baker, Vicki Dickinson, Jules Wake, Sarah Hardy, Anne Cater, Noelle Holten, Betsy Reavley, Isabelle Broom, SJV, JB, Linda Green, Sam Carrington, Mairead O’Driscoll Hearne, Nica Hawkins de Koenigswarter, and many, many more, for always having my back, giving me advice, supporting me and giving me a well needed pep talk when I feel like I’m about to give up. I also want to say a massive thank you to all of the publishers and publicists I work with on a day to day basis, for allowing me to read such wonderful books and embark on a journey with them and the author. I also want to say thank you to all of the bloggers who share my posts daily and who continue to make me laugh with their squirrel antics and goodness what else! Also, a big thank you to everyone else who continues to share my posts, like my posts on the facebook page/instagram, and supports me. All of you mean the world to me and I wouldn’t be here without your support. Thank you all for believing in me and being the light at the end of a dark tunnel. I will forever be grateful for your friendship.

So, what has happened this last year? Well, SO MUCH! I was crowned the winner of ‘Most Inspirational Blog’ at the 2017 Annual Blogger Bash Awards – thank you so much to everyone who voted for me! Such an honour!

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I also turned into a mushy mess at the Edinburgh Book Festival where I got to meet one of my idols, Jenny Colgan (yes, I nearly cried). Jenny has been one of my favourite authors for as long as I can remember so it really was a dream come true to finally meet her, AND be quoted on a graphic in support of her new book!

Last year I also got to meet one of my blogger besties, Jo Robertson! You might know her as ‘MyChestnutReadingTree’, and my daughter now knows her as the person who plays Shopkins!

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You know on book covers there is usually a quote from a best selling author? Yeah? Well, HarperImpulse and Mary Jayne Baker made my dream come true last year by putting my quote on the front of MJB’s book. Yes, ON THE FRONT!

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Another highlight from the last year was getting an e-mail from a member of the RNA, stating that I was a nominee for ‘Media/Blog Star of the Year’ in the RNA Industry Awards. Yes, me. I had to double check the e-mail to check that they had sent it to the right person! Unfortunately I didn’t win, but it was still an honour to be nominated and then receive a ‘Runner up’ award – thank you so much.

The Writing Garnet seems to get busier and busier, the more time that passes and, whilst a lot of people think I’m bonkers for taking on over 40 blog tours a month (haha), I am in my element. I really do hope that this year is the year when all of my hard work pays off and I can find a job working from home – that really would be a dream come true.

Whilst all of the above are just highlights, there has been so many things which I am proud of – getting quoted on multiple graphics, having Fern Briton follow me on Twitter, winning multiple competitions via social media, receiving signed books in the post (as well as other amazing book post), and soooo much more. Sometimes I feel like I am dreaming, I really do. I really didn’t expect all of this when I first started my blog and, if I’m being perfectly honest, there are moments where I find that I don’t fit in with the community, and I worry that my words will never be enough, but my passion for books outweighs everything else and even though those worries continue to be there, I just think about how far I have come and why I started this blog in the first place.

Thank you for supporting me and TWG!!

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#BlogTour! #Review – #DuchessDeal by Tessa Dare (@TessaDare) @MillsandBoon

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Another blog tour today and it’s for Tessa Dare and ‘The Duchess Deal’. Thank you to Mills and Boon for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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‘I am a Duke. I’m not asking you to marry me. I am offering to marry you. It’s a different thing entirely.’

When the Duke of Ashbury returns from war scarred, he realises he needs an heir – which means he needs a wife! When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress visits wearing a wedding dress, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.

His terms are simple:
They will be husband and wife by night only.
No lights, no kissing.
No questions about his battle scars.
Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.

But Emma is no pushover. She has secrets and some rules of her own:
They will have dinner together every evening.
With conversation.
And teasing.
Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…

What does TWG think?

It’s not often that I read regency romance novels as they’re not really my thing, but I have to say that this one intrigued me. I do enjoy stepping out of my comfort zone, that’s for sure!

Even though ‘The Duchess Deal’ had a few inaccuracies of a historical nature, I found the overall vibe of the storyline quite enjoyable. The romance was a large part of this book and it was written exceptionally well. I have to say that I did find some of the intimate scenes a little cringey! I am not a prude by any means, but I did feel like the intimate scenes between the characters were overdone a little. Certainly was saucy though, can’t fault that!

Tessa Dare is a new author for me and overall, it was a joy to be able to read something by a new author which allowed me to take a running jump out of my comfort zone. I fully appreciated the concept of this book and what it stood for, and I thought that the author brought the characters to life in such a powerful and memorable manner. I did enjoy ‘The Duchess Deal’ a lot more than I thought I was going to and, despite having a couple of issues with several things in the book, I can definitely say that I will be reading another Tessa Dare novel in the future.

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#BlogTour! #Review – #AWeekToBeWild by JC Harroway (@JCHarroway) @MillsandBoon #MillsandBoonDare

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I am rather excited (no, not like THAT) to share my review of ‘A Week to be Wild’ by Jc Harroway today, as part of the blog tour to coincide with the authors’ book release, AND to help celebrate the publishers revamp. Just look at the cover! Big thanks to the team at Mills and Boon and HarperCollins for the blog tour invite as well as the ARC. Here is my review:

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A daring game of temptation

She’ll play his game—but only by her rules!

Alex Lancaster is an adrenaline junkie. He’s also a sexy British billionaire who should come with his own warning signs. When Libby insists she is done with men who live on the edge, Alex coaxes her out of her comfort zone—professionally and very, very personally. Libby’s taking a high-stakes gamble, but the pay-off could win her everything…

What does TWG think?

*Caution* – may require a cold shower upon completion!

My goodness me, haven’t Mills and Boon changed over the years!! Growing up I was always told that Mills and Boon books were for ‘lonely women’. Now, seeing as I was a young girl, I was hardly going to walk into Woolworths (going back a bit now!) and grab myself one (would I have even been able to I wonder?!). Thankfully though, I am now a woman with a mind of my own who gets to pick and choose every single book she reads – of course I was going to pick a Mills and Boon! I was far too curious not to, so when the lovely team at Mills and Boon got in contact about reading a book from their new series #DareToShare I jumped at the chance, turning off my phone in the process. If I was going to read my first Mills and Boon book, I was going to do it properly without any interruptions!

I dare anyone to try to read ‘A Week To Be Wild’ in more than one sitting. Even if I had wanted to split it into two sittings, I couldn’t. I was absolutely hooked on Libby and Alex’s story – were they going to step out of their comfort zone, or were they going to continue walking down the same route as before? It goes without saying that this book contains scenes of a sexual nature (I sound like one of those warnings on a TV program!). If you’re a prude or turn your nose up at any sexual descriptions in your novels, clearly this book isn’t for you. However, if you like things a little bit steamy with the addition of romance, professional main characters who come across more work minded than fussed by sex – there is every chance you will lap up this book and then some.

Believe it or not, I get really embarrassed speaking about sexual endeavours in my personal life as it is exactly that, personal, but I did not get embarrassed in the slightest whilst reading this book! I loved how we got to know the characters a bit better before the sexual tension escalated, as it meant I was able to see them as characters in their own right instead of characters who will be getting jiggy with it at any moment.

Libby comes across as a woman who a lot of female readers may relate to in terms of her personality and out look on relationships. That said, I found her a little bit annoying at times and couldn’t work out why Alex was determined to go after her like a little lap dog. Alex has the personality of an egotistical man and, whilst that would turn me off almost straight away, for Alex and Libby’s situation it seemed to work. Their relationship seemed one of dominance, power and determination. To pull that off you need to have characters who have a personality with some of those traits included – exactly like JC Harroway did. The characters needed to be a bit unlikable in order for the consensual, sexual scenes to work as well as they did.

I have to say, I wish there was an alternative for the word ‘panties’ as I find it makes me cringe in the middle of an extremely steamy chapter in the book.

All in all, ‘A Week To Be Wild’ warmed up every inch of my body and left me wanting more. I surprised myself by how much I enjoyed the story itself without focussing on the steamy parts. A big thumbs up from me to the author for her magnetic story telling.

Mills and Boon have now got another fan – I cannot wait to get all of the other books in the #Dare series!

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