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‘What I’m Currently Reading’
A Guest Post By Carys Jones

Today I am pleased to be dropping in on the blog tour of ‘Last Witness’, the latest book written by author, Carys Jones.

My thanks goes out to the lovely Yasemin, from “Aria“ an imprint of “Head of Zeus” publishing, for setting everything up and making sure that all the details came out in super quick time, and of course to Carys for a great guest post!

Image Of 'Last Witness' Blog Tour Banner By Carys Jones

LAST WITNESS‘ (Wrong Number #2)

Cover Image Of 'Last Witness' By Carys JonesWith her husband gone, and his legacy in her hands, Amanda Thorne is hell-bent on revenge.

Amanda Thorne is on a mission to avenge those who took her husband away from her. Restoring his honour and protecting his legacy will be dangerous, but she will not rest until all those who have hurt her loved ones have been dealt with.

Her only option is to go undercover in the murky world of the gang kingpin McCallister so, with her loyal companion Shane by her side, she heads back to Scotland to finish what they started.

McCallister’s world is one of seedy nightclubs, drug deals and beautiful women, but he is a hard man to get close to. As Amanda gets deeper and deeper into his dangerous world, what secrets from the past will come back to haunt her, and will she be able to protect the last witness to the truth?

Clicking on the book’s title will link you directly with it’s Goodreads listing.

CHECK OUT THE AMAZING ‘FIRST LINES’ FROM THE BOOK..

“I want to go home”

Ewan’s voice was plaintive, sorrowful, as he lifted his head off Amanda’s arm and peered up at her through tired eyes.

Home.

The word pressed itself into Amanda’s side like a thorn. Each time she breathed in she felt its barbed tip. What was home? A place? A person? For Amanda, home had been the beautiful new house she’d bought with her husband, Will.

Bending forward, she coughed to conceal the sob which trembled up her throat and burst from her lips. Will was gone. All that was left of him was the little boy at her side.

Hi I’m CARYS JONES

Image Of Author Carys Jones - Updated April 2017I hail from Shropshire, England, where I live with my husband, two guinea pigs and my adored canine companion, Rollo.

John Green, Jodi Picoult and Virginia Andrews are among my favourite authors and when I am not writing, I like to indulge my inner geek by watching science- fiction films or playing video games.

I love nothing more than to write and create stories which ignite the reader’s imagination. To me, there is no greater feeling then when you lose yourself in a great story and it is that feeling of ultimate escapism which I try to bring to my books, drawing inspiration from more or less anything and everything.

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Image Of Author Carys Jones - Updated April 2017“WHAT I’M CURRENTLY READING”

I tend to always have three books on the go at any given time. One is my bedside read, for when I read last thing at night. One is non fiction and kept beside my spot on the sofa which I dip into throughout the day and one is on my Kindle and tends to join me on hospital visits.

At the moment my Kindle is broken (the horror) so my TBR pile on there is on a hiatus until I get the device fixed.

My bedside read right now is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and this book has been a lot of fun so far. I’m about a third of the way through and it’s really exciting and what makes it extra special (at least for me) is all the lovingly interwoven 80s references. I don’t want to risk giving away any plot spoilers but the 80s features heavily in the book and I love this. I’ve always said it’s the decade I’d most like to go back to and live through. I was born during the 80s and developed a love of the era and its movies as a teen. The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink are some of my all-time favourite movies so reading all about the 80s alongside the thrill of the unfolding story is a real treat.

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

Finally my non fiction read is Amy Schumer’s The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. I’ve been a fan of Amy’s ever since I saw a recording of her doing stand up in San Francisco. I love her frank honesty and directness. I’m only a couple of chapters into her book but already I feel like I’m learning a lot about her. Like what you ask? Read the book! Seriously though, if you’re a fan of Amy’s it is a must read as it’s already proving wonderfully insightful into her character.

The Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress, writer, and star of Inside Amy Schumer and the acclaimed film Trainwreck has taken the entertainment world by storm with her winning blend of smart, satirical humor. Now, Amy Schumer has written a refreshingly candid and uproariously funny collection of (extremely) personal and observational essays.

In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is – a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh.

Ranging from the raucous to the romantic, the heartfelt to the harrowing, this highly entertaining and universally appealing collection is the literary equivalent of a night out with your best friends – an unforgettable and fun adventure that you wish could last forever. Whether she’s experiencing lust-at-first-sight while in the airport security line, sharing her own views on love and marriage, admitting to being an introvert, or discovering her cross-fit instructor’s secret bad habit, Amy Schumer proves to be a bighearted, brave, and thoughtful storyteller that will leave you nodding your head in recognition, laughing out loud, and sobbing uncontrollably – but only because it’s over

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So there you have it. My two (should be three) current reads. Don’t ask me about my TBR pile because it is quite literally huge. I should add here that I’m a horribly slow reader, but I manage.

What are you reading at the moment? Any recommendations for my next reads? (if the huge stack of books demanding my attention can take it) xoxo

Image Of Author Carys Jones - Updated April 2017

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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14 comments
  • Great guest post. Ready Player One sounds good, I love the 80’s. I can relate to her Kindle being broken, my Nook sadly bit the bullet a few weeks ago.
    Happy weekend Carys and Yvonne!

    • Hi Naida and Carys,

      I still have one of the original Kindles, which is so loaded with books, that I dread the day that it decides to die on me! Hubbie reckons that I would be able to save some of the data and downloads, but depending on the original download source, there might be quite a lot of stuff that I couldn’t recover!! – At least a ‘real’ book isn’t going anywhere by itself!

      Carys, I can quite relate to you saying that you are a slow reader. I used to rattle through a book in a couple of days, but now my reading time is so limited, that a single book seems to take forever. There must be many authors and publishers who wish they hadn’t bothered asking me for a review, but I promise them all that I will get to their books eventually and I do appreciate all their continued support.

      Are you going for a replacement Nook, Naida, or are you checking out some of the alternatives? Whatever you decide to do, I hope that you manage to keep enjoying your reading somehow 🙂

      • Hi Yvonne. Hubby was good and replaced my Nook for Mother’s Day, even though I told him not to spend the cash, I can read hard copies but he wanted to surprise me. I can’t complain, I really like this one and it’s a little larger than the other one so watching Netflix movies/shows on it is really nice too. My other one lasted me a little over 5 years I think so I got good use out of it. I just logged onto Barnes n Nobles and brought all my e-books over to the new one so it’s perfect.
        Enjoy your week and happy reading 🙂

        • I have to say that I still enjoy my reading the old fashioned way with a ‘real’ book.

          However, I can’t deny that my Kindle comes in more than useful and I would never have so much great review material without it, as so may authors and publishers are overseas based, so sending across hardcopy just wouldn’t be practical!

          My original Kindle is now over 6 years old, so I am keeping my fingers well and truly crossed for the future.

          What a great Mother’s Day gift! You are so lucky and I am pleased that you are now up and running again 🙂

  • What a great idea for a guest post! I enjoy hearing what others are reading (and their reading habits) and think Ready Player One sounds really interesting. In fact, it might have to go onto my overflowing wish list (not to be confused with my equally overflowing TBR pile!).

    Thanks for a fun post!

    • Hi Kelly and Carys,

      That’s not to be confused with my ‘Review’ list or my ‘Guest Post’ list either!!

      I really do prefer to include guest posts, as opposed to a Q&A session, as some of the topics discussed have been amazing and so interesting. The author gets the chance to choose the topic and, this may be a bit mean of me, it makes them work a little harder for the promotion (Sorry Carys, I’m not really being mean, it was great to have you stop by and to be included in your blog tour 🙂 )

      ‘Ready Player One’ probably isn’t something I would read and in fact my first thoughts were of the ‘Arnie’ film, ‘The Running Man’.

    • Hi Robert,

      I’m afraid that my reading habits are not the same as many of my fellow bloggers and indeed, featured authors.

      I tend to read one book at a time, unless the circumstances are exceptional and I have doubts that like Carys, I could ever contemplate reading both fiction and non-fiction simultaneously.

      I am still trying to train myself to review a book as soon as I am done reading it – there are never enough hours in the day!!

      Thanks for stopping by and joining in the discussion, both Carys and I appreciate it 🙂

      • No problem! There’s no harm in reading one book at a time. 😉

        I just have a bad tendency of leaving books in different locations (work, car, bedroom, bathroom, etc.) and reading all of the above any time I’m in that specific location. haha

        • I should really keep either book or Kindle in my bag all the time, for when I have those few moments to spare. Trouble is, there’s never enough space in the bag unless I hire a forklift truck to carry it!! 🙂

  • Very interesting post, not familiar with this author but I did enjoy reading about the books she enjoys.

    Yvonne, won’t all of the books on your Kindle be on your Kindle library on the Amazon site? I also use Calibre to store the books on my Nook (yes, I do have both ereaders, LOL.) And I think Calibre can be used for Kindle books too. I call my Kindle, The Black Hole. I have a little more control over my Nook as I only transfer a few books at time from Calibre. Hope you’ve had a nice weekend.

    • Hi Cath,

      I really enjoy giving authores ‘free reign’ to select their own topic for discussion in a guest post. I have published some really interesting and diverse articles over the months, all unique and totally personal. I have quite a few blog tour spots lined up and I hope to secure some more great guest posts to fill those slots.

      How many e-readers does one person need, or is one a back-up in case the other fails? Hubbie seems to think that any Kindle downloads I have secured directly from Amazon should be okay, but he is not too sure about any MOBI downloads I have transferred from publisher and author emails. In my case, the latter method is probably the majority number, so that could potentially be a real pain and lead to me losing loads of books!

      When I get a few spare minutes, I am off to check out Calibre and see if that might be a potential solution to a problem – thanks for the ‘heads up’ and have a good week, despite the weather forecast! 🙂

      • Yvonne,

        The files I’ve received directly from authors are not stored in the cloud, so once on the device, they would be lost if removed (or it quit working). That’s why I try to save the original emails with those attachments in case I ever need to load them to a different device. Otherwise, those purchased from Kindle are stored in their “cloud”. You can always tell the difference by whether your Kindle asks if you want to “remove it from the device” or “delete” it. The former puts it in the cloud, the latter gets rid of it! I’m not sure if you can reload files downloaded from places like Smashwords.

        Just my two cents on this topic….

        • That’s pretty much as we suspected then Kelly.

          I am definitely screwed then, as I don’t keep email back-up – well at least I didn’t, but I do now!!

          I will never learn until it’s too late, I guess my OCD about not storing data has just dropped me right in it and a lecture from hubbie about keeping email doesn’t help!

          On a more positive note, my Kindle is working just fine at the moment and long may that continue 🙂

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