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Author Spotlight: Interview with Denise Deegan, and Giveaway!

Through the Barricades Book CoverI recently took part in the blog tour for Through the Barricades by Denise Deegan, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I LOVED it. I reached out to the author to ask if she would like to be interviewed on my blog, and she said yes!

Check out the GIVEAWAY for a chance to WIN a paperback copy of the book (open INT!). Enter HERE!

The Through the Barricades ebook is just 99p on Amazon! Or pick up the paperback on Wordery for £12 with FREE international shipping.

Now, on to the interview!

R: Hi Denise, introduce yourself to Book Geek readers, and tell us a little about you – what do you do when you aren’t writing?

D: Hello, Book Geek readers! I’m an Irish writer of adult and young adult fiction. When not writing, I like to dream, read, watch movies, walk in nature with my dog (Homer), chat with my family, and eat out as often as possible. I’m a big fan of weddings! We won’t talk about the time I spend on social media.

R: I think we all spend a silly amount of time on social media! Writing can be a very difficult profession, so what made you want to become a writer?

D: I was doing a literature review for a Masters in PR. A book didn’t exist that should have. So I wrote it. As soon as it was published, I was struck by an overwhelming, inexplicable urge to write fiction. Without an agent, publisher or even an idea for a book, I gave up my business to follow my dream.

R: Wow! That was such a risk, but I’m do glad you did! Through the Barricades tells the story of Maggie and Daniel’s relationship, set during the Easter Rising in Ireland in 1916. Where did the inspiration come from for this story, and what made you want to tell it?

D: I’m a bit of a rebel at heart. I am also very proud of my Irish heritage. The centenary of the 1916 Rising was approaching and I wanted to write a story of a girl rebel who was prepared to sacrifice everything for what she believed in. And I wanted her to fall in love with a pacifist!

R: This novel has romance and the compulsory (and fantastic) Irish sense of humour, but it also has more serious scenes, including chapters set during the First World War, as well as the Easter Rising. How much research did you have to do for this novel, and how historically accurate are the events you include?

D: I spent two years researching this book. There were three big areas to cover:

  1. The Lockout of 1913 (Dublin workers were locked out of their jobs when they dared to strike),
  2. A specific Irish regiment fighting in Gallipoli during WW1
  3. The Easter Rising of 1916 (a rebellion that changed Irish history).

The research was both challenging and fascinating. I discovered that historical reports are subject to interpretation. As such, they vary. The secret was to find as much information from primary sources, such as witness statements of people who were actually there. Events included in the book are as accurate as they could possibly be. I wanted readers to be able to rely on what they were reading.
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Author Spotlight: Interview with Marina Fiorato & Giveaway!

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I recently read and reviewed The Double Life of Mistress Kit Kavanagh, and I LOVED it, giving it 5/5* (which everyone knows is a rating that I rarely give!). I contacted the author, Marina Fiorato, who kindly agreed to be interviewed, and her Publisher has also offered a copy of the book for me to give away (see below – open to UK & Ireland residents only)! 

The Double Life of Mistress Kit Kavanagh is currently on Amazon for £4.99 for the eBook, and the physical copy is on both Amazon and The Book Depository for £7.99. Get your hands on a copy now!

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R: Hi Marina, introduce yourself to Book Geek readers, and tell us a little about you – what do you do when you aren’t writing/blogging?

Marina Fiorato PhotoM: Hi! I’m Marina Fiorato, and I’m the author of 7 historical novels, mostly set in Renaissance Italy. When I’m not writing – and even when I am – I’m a mum of two so you’ll find me doing the school-run or cooking dinners in which I try to conceal the presence of vegetables.

R: What made you want to become a writer?

M: I wrote a lot at school – I even wrote my school’s Nativity play when I was ten years old and the school actually humored me and used my script! I wrote a kid’s novel about Vikings when I was fourteen, then at Uni I wrote another play, which went to the Edinburgh Fringe. That one wasn’t an unqualified success – once, I remember, there were more people in the cast than the audience! It was when I had my son that I really began thinking about writing seriously; I wanted to explore my heritage (my father was Venetian) a heritage that was now my child’s too. And that’s how I began what was to become The Glassblower of Murano, my first novel.

R: The Double Life of Mistress Kit Kavanagh is based on the true story of Mother Ross. How did you hear about Mother Ross, and what was it about her story that inspired you to tell it? 

M: I love watching history documentaries on iPlayer, and I think it was on one presented by Simon Scharma that I first heard about Kit. I then tracked down her biography, which was written by Daniel Defoe, and found it incredible reading. I felt like if she was a man we’d all be learning about her in school. Kit didn’t just dress as a man, but she fought as a soldier in four bitter and bloody campaigns. Even then, she didn’t just scrape by and keep her head down; she fought so well she was actually decorated by the Duke of Marlborough himself. Then when a desperate rape victim claimed Kit was the father of her child, Kit not only defended the woman’s honour, but she agreed to support the child financially. I wish every girl in every school knew about Kit.

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EXCLUSIVE Excerpt of Frayed, The Book By A Book Blogger!

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Confessions of a Book Geek Turns 2, with Giveaways!

My blog has entered the “terrible two’s”, and I couldn’t be more proud!

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It’s hard to believe I’ve kept this little corner of the Internet alive for two years now! When I first started blogging, I used to try and post 5 times per week, and ended up feeling awful when I didn’t hit that self-imposed target. Last year I hit a reading slump, then a blogging slump, then work started getting busier than ever, I was doing extra qualifications in my spare time, I started going to the gym… Everything just got crazy busy. I knew no matter what happened, I didn’t want to stop blogging, so I adapted. I post discussions when I’m really inspired to, or if it’s a review I just fit it in when I can. I’m more active on Twitter to keep in touch with the blogging friends I’ve made, and most importantly, I’ve let go of the stress and guilt I had started to feel when it felt like I wasn’t keeping up.

Last year, for my first blogoversary, I made a list of what I considered to be my blogging “achievements” – how many blog followers I had, how many views Confessions of a Book Geek had gotten, etc. While I was and am proud of those figures, this year I’ve decided not to post updates on them. For me, and for others, the numbers only add to the pressure we feel to make our blogs a “success”. The success of a blog is measured in so many other ways. The fact that two years later, I’m still here, is one of them. The people who’ve told me they bought a book because of one of my reviews is another (bonus points if they loved the book too!). The numerous online bookish friends who I can fangirl with, and who understand my love of books, is the best one of all.

So in celebration of my blog turning two, and to thank you all for sticking with me, here come the giveaways! 😀

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Push Me, Pull Me by Vanessa Garden – Excerpt, Interview & Giveaway!

push me pull me blitz bannerpush me pull mePush Me, Pull Me by Vanessa Garden.

Release Date: 25/08/15 by Limitless Publishing.

Goodreads Synopsis: Since Ruby Milton’s mother committed suicide, she’s forgotten what it’s like to be 17. Saddled with taking care of her toddler brother and alcoholic father, Ruby has no time for fun. She also can’t shake the growing resentment she feels for her mother’s decision, which left her unable to grieve without anger and regret.

Then she meets blue-eyed musician Byron Black, who challenges everything she believes. Byron refuses to let anyone control his life – or his death. When he left the city behind, he was in search of somewhere where nobody knew his secret. What he didn’t expect was to meet a beautiful redhead whose views conflict so completely with his own. But as their romance deepens, he begins to doubt his choices and decides to return to the city… for one last chance.

When Byron disappears, Ruby will stop at nothing to track him down. Upon finding Byron, Ruby discovers his devastating secret, and a battle of wills begins. Byron doesn’t want her to know this part of him. He has to deal with it by himself, even though the idea of losing her tears him apart. Will they be able to see each other through the darkness? Or should they save their hearts and just let go?

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Author Spotlight: Interview with Catherine Linka and Giveaway!

A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka Book CoverOne of the first ARCs I received when I started blogging was A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka. I really enjoyed the first novel, and was super excited for the sequel, A Girl Undone (you should definitely check out my review, I basically reviewed it with  the author!). I ended up corresponding with Catherine, and invited her to be interviewed on Confessions of a Book Geek. To celebrate the release of A Girl Undone, the first novel in eBook – A Girl Called Fearless – is currently on offer on Amazon US / UK.

Click here to enter to win an eBook of A Girl Called Fearless! 

R: Hi Catherine, introduce yourself to Book Geek readers, and tell us a little about you – what do you do when you aren’t writing/blogging?

C: Right now my life is dedicated to keeping our Labrador puppy, Carter from destroying the house, but when I’m not saving carpets and table legs, I love to travel. The places I love the most are Svalbard, Iceland and Antarctica. The landscapes are stark and dramatic, the light is constantly changing, and seeing killer whales and polar bears in the wild is amazing.

R: Sounds pretty magical! So, what made you want to become a writer?

C: I’m not sure I had a choice. For me, writing is like a compulsion, and if I don’t write, I’m miserable. Words and stories have been part of my life since I was little, and every job I’ve had was connected to some form of writing (publishing, advertising, book-selling).

A Girl Undone Book CoverR: A Girl Called Fearless and A Girl Undone are YA dystopian novels set in a patriarchal society, where did you get the inspiration for your story, and what were you hoping to explore?

C: I was a big fan of speculative fiction when I read a book that so stupidly portrayed how Americans would behave after a population catastrophe that I got really annoyed that the author had wasted such a good idea. So I started thinking about what would really happen if millions of adult women died suddenly in the US. There were two forces I imagined would wreck havoc in the country: politicians who would exploit men’s fears to capture political power, and American consumerism which would treat teenage girls as if they were the next luxury good.

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Sync – Free Audiobooks for 2015!

audio books syncSYNC was super successful in 2014, so they are back with a *bang* for another year! Starting May 7th 2015, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads for free each week – a current young adult title along with a thematically paired classic. Sign up for email or text alerts and be the first to know when new titles are available to download! Each title is only available to download for 7 days, but the best bit is once it’s downloaded, it’s yours to keep!

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Confessions of a Book Geek turns 1!

Guys and gals, I can’t believe I’m writing this post… but Confessions of a Book Geek has turned 1!

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Where has the year gone?!

When I first started blogging, I wasn’t quite sure what I was doing (sometimes I feel like I still don’t) but I went with it, and I’m so glad I did. I’ve renewed my love for reading, enjoyed some really great books I’d not have known about otherwise, got to interview some fantastic authors, host some amazing giveaways and best of all I got to join an amazing, friendly and supportive online community!

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Before I get to the good part, which is lots of giveaway MADNESS, I want to share some stats from my 12 months of being a book blogger.

  • I’ve published 238 posts since I started blogging (I didn’t know I had it in me!)
  • There are currently 55 book reviews on Confessions of a Book Geek.
  • Confessions of a Book Geek has 550 followers (<3 to you all!).
  • My blog received 25, 360 views and 4,541 comments in one year! That’s insane.
  • There’s 746 followers on Twitter and 353 likes on Facebook.
  • I’ve interviewed 6 authors, launched 4 features and done Top Ten Tuesday 51 times!

Most importantly, I’ve “met” some seriously amazing people who’ve made the reading slumps, blog slumps, and slumpy frustrations worthwhile! There are FAR too many to list, but if you check out my Bloglovin’ profile, you will find these amazing people in the list of blogs I follow.

The Giveaways!

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Prizes:

1 x Hardback Copy of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight 1 x Hardback Copy of Love Virtually 1 x Copy of Mad Men – The Illustrated World

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Prizes:

Two winners will each win a book of their choice from The Book Depository up to the value of $10

Rules:

All of the normal giveaway rules apply, but in this case following my blog is a mandatory entry for both giveaways as I am hosting these as a way to thank my followers! Of course, new followers are also welcome to enter!

Good Luck! 🙂