8 Diva By Design #1: Blogger Design... Free Design Programs

Friday, 27 March 2015

Blogging isn't easy. It's time consuming, not to mention keeping your blog design updated, hosting and paying for your domain name can all add up not leaving a great deal of funds for books themselves. But designing your blog doesn't need to be expensive. In a series of posts, I'll share with you what I know and how to jazz up your blog on a budget. I'll also offer a freebie for those who need a little help along the way. I'm by no means an expert or experienced even, but I love to create and the sense of achievement when you've accomplished something yourself.

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13 The Martian, Reviewed by my Space Nut Husband

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

The Martian
Written by Andy Weir
Science Fiction, Survival
Published February 11th 2011
384 Pages
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first man to die there.

It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he's stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive, and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission could arrive. Chances are though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old 'human error' are much more likely to get him first.

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills, and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit, he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

24 Before The Fire by Sarah Butler

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Before The Fire
Written by Sarah Butler
Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Published March 1st 2015
256 Pages
It's June 2011. Stick and Mac are a couple of months shy of eighteen, summer's approaching and they're about to leave their north Manchester estate for the beaches of southern Spain. But the night before they're planning leave, Mac ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time, the victim of a random knife attack, and suddenly Stick's going nowhere. His mum doesn't want him to leave the house; his dad's desperate to be his best friend, and his nan's boyfriend keeps telling him Mac's doing just fine in the spirit world. Then he meets J and she might just be everything he needs. Except she's a firebrand with a grudge against the police, and the August riots are just around the corner...

19 Mini Review: The Bridge by Jane Higgins

Thursday, 19 March 2015

The Bridge
Southside Novels Book One
Written by Jane Higgins
Dystopian, War
Published August 1st 2011
344 Pages
The City is divided. The bridges gated. In Southside, the hostiles live in squalor and desperation, waiting for a chance to overrun the residents of Cityside.

Nik is still in high school but is destined for a great career with the Internal Security and Intelligence Services, the brains behind the war. But when ISIS comes recruiting, everyone is shocked when he isn't chosen. There must be an explanation, but no one will talk about it. Then the school is bombed and the hostiles take the bridges. Buildings are burning, kids are dead, and the hostiles have kidnapped Sol. Now ISIS is hunting for Nik.

But Nik is on the run, with Sol's sister Fyffe and ISIS hot on their trail. They cross the bridge in search of Sol, and Nik finds answers to questions he had never dared to ask.