Summer Days – Book Feast

It’s no secret that a perfect day for me includes reading a great book and, yes, it may be sad but I can’t help it. A few days ago you wouldn’t have been able to make contact with me between 9am-2pm because I had my nose stuck in a book that I had been desperate to read for so long. 

If you haven’t already checked her out, go look up Jennifer L Armentrout and have a read. Everyone will presume that she is your normal run-of-the-mill author who writes books for teenage girls, but don’t let the stereotype fool you. I first discovered her when her book Obsidian was suggested to me by Amazon. I was skeptical of the blurb – girl finds out her neighbours are aliens? Seriously? Why would you fall in love with ET? But the reviews for the book were great, so I thought ‘eh, why not?’. 

Oh. My. Goodness. I have never been so wrong. 

Obsidian had me hooked from the first page until the last and, ever since finishing it, I have been desperately watching Jennifer’s blog to see when the next book she writes is released. The Lux Series has been my favourite of her works so far and I have just read Origin, the book that was released two days ago, and holy smokes was it amazing. Some of you won’t like it because – let’s face it – not everyone likes the Young Adult, romance-types. BUT LET ME TELL YOU THIS. The Lux Series has fighting, action, some seriously cool characters and, as a blogger, I adore the heroine who owns a t-shirt saying ‘My Blog is better than your Vlog’. 

Jennifer has also written other books, such as Obsession, Wait for You and Cursed – all which I have adored. Wait for You comes as an incredibly close second to the Lux novels. 

It’s books such as these that mean that I spend a lot of time curled up on my sofa delaying walking my dog for another hour so I can read. I, along with a million other girls, then get to meet characters such as Daemon Black which just raise my expectations of guys tenfold. Not that you guys are any bad, but just read the Lux novels to see what you’re up against. It’s like the Tom Fletcher wedding speech which will always be the best wedding speech and how it raises our expectations way too high. 

Anyway, let me know what your summer books have been and whether you’d recommend them to everyone or just pretend like you never read them. If you’re interested, definitely check out Jennifer L Armentrout as she is a fantastic author. I promise you that in a few years she will be known by everyone and you will all understand my references about my crush on Daemon Black. 

Summer Days – Summer School

Two words that strike fear into everyone’s hearts: Summer School. However, I’m on a week long course that I am voluntarily attending, so it’s not a bad thing at all!

When I applied for the Young Journalist Academy, I admit that I didn’t think I’d have much of a chance but as it was free I though ‘why not’. I think my Dutch genes are really coming into full force at the moment as I seem to jump at the chance of anything being for free. 

Then the weird things started to occur. I got an interview. In a bit of a daze, I went to said interview and managed to keep calm enough to chat away. A week later, I was informed that I had been accepted onto the course. It seems surreal when I think about it now, but I’ve now had two days on the course and I love it. 

THIS is why I’m not going to be posting for the next week or so, but due to a competition I will be posting on my own journalism blog on tumblr. If you’re curious as to what I’m getting up to (I promise it’s interesting!) then go ahead and check it out: http://howtojournalist.tumblr.com/

I’ll also try to add another video to my youtube account soon, so keep your eyes open: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvQDW8lmwIXMBhV-FCH1eKg . On that note, I’m thinking of renaming my channel – GoldyEl came from mixing my name with Gold due to the fact I have blonde hair and a Golden Retriever, so I think it’s time for a change!

Thanks for reading as always and speak to you soon – El

Trust In Me

I am very excited and lucky to announce that Jennifer L Armentrout is releasing ‘Trust In Me’, a sequel to her fantastic ‘Wait For You’ which I adored. I’ve been a fan of Jennifer’s ever since she released ‘Obsidian’ – the Lux Series has been probably my favourite series of books I’ve read in a long time. ‘Wait For You’ was incredible and to find out about the sequel early to tell all of you is just amazing!

So, cover time:

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Description:

It’s Wait for You as you’ve never seen it. Trust in Me lets you in on Cam’s side of the #1 New York Times Bestselling story.

Cameron Hamilton is used to getting what he wants, especially when it comes to women. But when Avery Morgansten comes crashing into his life – literally – he finally meets the one person who can resist his soulful baby blues. But Cam’s not ready to give up. He can’t get the feisty and intriguing girl out of his head.

Avery has secrets, secrets that keep her from admitting the feelings Cam knows she has for him. Will persistence (and some delicious homemade cookies) help him break down her barriers and gain her trust? Or will he be shut out of Avery’s life, losing his first real shot at the kind of love that lasts forever?

 

 

EEP. So it’s from Cam’s POV and is sure to be another great read – I highly recommend it! There are also several giveaways floating around (unfortunately I can’t add them in this blog as my laptop is throwing a bit of a temper tantrum, so make sure you keep an eye out). To be released October 22nd! 

Thanks for reading as always ~ El

Summer Days – French It Up

The best thing about working is when you stop and do nothing.

I’ve luckily been able to spend 10 days in France with my parents and a friend for my 2nd/3rd week of my Summer. We spent the first week in our house in the Dordogne doing absolutely nothing (aka relaxing, reading, eating too much, some walking – but not much). I wish there was more to tell you about it, even drop a few little jokes here and there, but all I can think of is that the weather was fantastic.

One thing I love about going to France is the culture. The food is bloody fantastic and the people are just as great, but I just love the little things that you would otherwise look over if you travel a lot. Take their greeting, for instance: in France you kiss each other on their cheeks twice to say hello. Now picture this: we’re sitting outside in a bar when we see your regular local gang of guys. They look rough, unimpressed and the usual moody ‘we don’t care’ attitude. Instead of strolling over to one another and doing the manly fist bump, they instead kiss each other because that’s what happens in France. Everyone else finds it completely normal whereas we English folk are staring with mouths agape.

A lot of people find this way of greeting uncomfortable, but it’s mainly us female folk who have to do it all the time; men can usually get away with giving other men handshakes. I still remember how angry I was that my brother only had to shake this elderly gentleman’s hand when we were younger whereas I had to kiss him and feel the full glory that was his beard. Not an experience I care to repeat, but c’est la vie.

I adore travelling, so it’s no wonder that after a week I’m ready to move on to the next place and see something new. My parents are avid golfers (and I quite enjoy the game myself) so for a few nights we went to a golf hotel Saint Saens. It was beautiful there and I think the beach was my favourite part which wasn’t too far away in Dieppe. Of course I have riding on a horse along a beach on my bucket list, but I didn’t quite have the chance to do that just yet.

After that, we went to spend one night in Le Touquet which was beautiful. The busy highstreet was incredible with wonderful shops. The french clothes are amazing, the patisserie was amazing, the chocolatiere is amazing – it’s safe to say that I am rather plump now. We went out for lunch and dinner there in two different places. At lunch I had a pizza (because why the hell not) and at dinner I had prawns, the fish of the day and sorbet.

All in all, it was all incredible (apart from getting ill from dehydration, but I’ve had worse) and I’m sad that we had to leave, but it is nice to be back home where speaking is suddenly a lot easier as everyone understands you. If you want to have a visual, keep an eye on my Youtube channel where I’ll be posting a video of the holiday within the next few days.

Once again, thanks for reading! Hope you’re having a lovely Summer and I’ll post again soon ~ El.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_PpI4qbuDk&feature=c4-overview&list=UUvQDW8lmwIXMBhV-FCH1eKg