A review of Harry Potter 2

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

JK Rowling

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“‘There is a plot, Harry Potter. A plot to make most terrible things happen at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry this year.'”

Harry Potter’s summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors – and then the attacks start. Students are found as though turned to stone … Dobby’s sinister predictions seem to be coming true.


The Chamber of Secrets continues from the events in The Philosopher’s Stone and delves deeper into the magical world of Hogwarts. We get to know more about Harry and his friends, and meet some new characters, some friendly and others not, all interesting.

Once again J K Rowling has brought to life a magical world I would love to be a part of. The characters feel and act like real people, with hopes and fears, strengths and weaknesses, friends and rivals. There is danger for Harry and his friends, and danger leads to injuries, but that’s to the good because it would have made it hard to accept what happens if nobody got hurt.

The writing remains as good as in the first book, and though I know, intellectually, magic doesn’t exist, I really wish it did and that I could do my time at school over again so I could attend Hogwarts.

A history of crime (England) Part 1

While researching my history of law enforcement articles I realised I was more fascinated (as I’m sure many of us are) by crimes than by law enforcement, so I have decided to do a series featuring (in)famous crimes and criminals, some of which you may have heard of, and others you may not. The series will focus on English crimes and criminals primarily, because that’s where I’m from, but will also feature other countries as I discover them.

First up is what is known as the Bermondsey Horror, which was one of the earliest cases investigated by the detective branch that was formed in London in 1842.

Bermondsey Horror

The name given to this crime by the media of the time suggests multiple victims, yet that is not the case for there was only one victim, Patrick O’Conner, who was murdered on 9th August 1849.

Patrick O’Conner was a ganger at the London docks and a money-lender who made a significant amount of money through charging excessive interest. He was murdered by Marie Manning, with whom he was involved, both before and after she married, and by her husband Frederick.

Marie_Manning,_murderer.jpgThe exact nature of the relationship between Marie Manning (born Marie de Roux in Lausanne, Switzerland) and Patrick O’Conner is unknown, but O’Conner was not a stranger at the Mannings’. On the evening of the 9th August 1849 he went to the Mannings’ for dinner, during which he was murdered by Marie and her husband and buried under the kitchen floor.

The details of how O’Conner was murdered, and his body subsequently discovered by the police, are unknown now but his body was found by the police on 17th August. At that time a search was begun for the Mannings, who it transpired had killed O’Conner in order to rob him, of money, railway shares and property holdings; Marie went to his house on both the day of his murder and the day following to steal from him.

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Following the theft the Mannings double-crossed one another, with Marie coming away in possession of the greater share, and went their separate ways. Marie was captured in Edinburgh, where she was attempting to exchange some of O’Conner’s properties, while Frederick was caught on Jersey.

The trial was unexceptional, as was the case itself; it’s entirely possible that the
Bermondsey Horror would have slipped out of the public’s, and history’s, notice were it not for the presence of Mr Charles Dickens at the public hanging of the Mannings. Dickens wrote to The Times newspaper following the execution to decry the wickedness and levity of the mob that joined him in bearing witness.

 

USA Today bestselling author Rainy Kaye

As part of my ongoing effort to be more inclusive on this blog, and not restrict it solely to the genres I am personally interested in (romance readers and others are people too and shouldn’t be ignored), I am today showcasing Rainy Kaye, USA Today bestselling author of paranormal romance and her book Summoned, the first in the summoned series

61vt+cSy7pL._UX250_.jpgRainy Kaye is an aspiring overlord. In the meantime, she’s a USA Today Bestselling author who writes paranormal novels.

She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA, and has been traditionally published by Bastei Lübbe. Her works include the Summoned series, The Deepest Black, and The Withering. She has also co-authored several novels.

Her lair is located somewhere in Phoenix, Arizona, which she shares with a variety of furry creatures. You can follow them on Instagram and find out more about the author on Twitter –  Facebook – and her site

SUMMONED

englishsummonedTwenty-three year old Dimitri has to do what he is told – literally. Controlled by a paranormal bond, he is forced to use his wits to fulfill unlimited deadly wishes made by multimillionaire Karl Walker. Dimitri has no idea how his family line became trapped in the genie bond. He just knows resisting has never ended well.

When he meets Syd – assertive, sexy, intelligent Syd – he becomes determined to make her his own. Except Karl has ensured Dimitri can’t tell anyone about the bond, and Syd isn’t the type to tolerate secrets.

Then Karl starts sending him away on back-to-back wishes. Unable to balance love and lies, Dimitri sets out to uncover Karl’s ultimate plan and put it to an end. But doing so forces him to confront the one wish he never saw coming – the wish that will destroy him.

A dark twist on genie folklore, SUMMONED follows a reluctant criminal as he unravels the mystery of the paranormal bond controlling him.

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An Interview With Julie A Gerber

Today I am interviewing fellow author and marketing manager/consultant, Julie A Gerber, who has written several books and who provides excellent help and support when it comes to marketing and social media management.

Welcome to ARCBookBlog, my little corner of the web, Julie, sit down and put your feet up, the tea will be ready in a few moments.

First off, tell me a bit about yourself:

51CIGIOccWL._UX250_.jpgHi, I’m Julia and I am the founder of Away We Go Media- social media management, author services, and consulting for authors, blogger at Hits and Misses, Business Manager/Assistant Publisher at TopShelf Indie Authors & Books, co-author of Navigating INDIEWORLD: A Beginner’s Guide To Marketing and Self-Publishing Your Book and Amazon best-seller, Tortured Souls: The House On Wellfleet Bluffs.

And now a few questions

Me – How long have you been writing?

Julie – I have been writing for almost nine years. First as a blogger, then as a published author.

Me – Is writing something you’ve always wanted to do?

Julie – Not really. I am a nurse, but I guess I didn’t want to do that either since I am not working in my field of study. I keep my license to practice nursing as a back-up plan. As a teen, I wanted to be a marine biologist. As a child, I wanted to be the female equivalent of Indiana Jones. Now, I just want to help authors sell books and that makes me happy.

Me – How would you describe yourself as a writer, a plotter or a pantser?

Julie – I do not plan things. I wing it. Unless I’m mad. When I’m mad, I like to plot.

Me – Do you write every day?

Julie – Not at all. I wish I were more like some of my clients. I have a few that schedule time to work each day and they stick to their schedules. I do make an effort to work on something related to writing every day.

Me – What is your favourite genre?

Julie – My favorite genre is anything apocalyptic. Zombies, EMPs. End of the world stuff that changes how we live. Those are the things that scare me. I also love paranormal and historical books.

Me -Is your favourite genre one you write in?

Julie – Not yet, but I have been toying with the idea of switching things up!

Me – If you could have written any book in history, what is it?

Julie – That is a tough one. It would be a tie between Gone With The Wind and the series, The Chronicles Of Narnia. I live in Georgia and I have always been fascinated by Margaret Mitchell and her tale of the Civil War era South. If I had written the book, Scarlett would have been a lot more trouble than she was in Mitchell’s version. The Chronicles of Narnia was a huge part of my childhood. I read and reread those books until the pages were falling apart. To have had the opportunity to touch so many young lives would have been an honor that I would have loved to have.

Me – What would you like to achieve with your writing?

Julie – I have two goals. With Navigating Indieworld, I would like to help someone. If someone takes away something from that book and it helps them grow as a writer and achieve something they were putting off or afraid to do on their own, then I have succeeded. With all other books, I want someone to remember a character, a place, or a time. If I write something that the reader thinks about after the cover is closed, then my wish has come true. I consider that a success.

Me – Which of your books is your favourite?

Julie – Navigating Indieworld. The book carries the theme of paying it forward and it has so many positive thoughts and words of encouragement within the pages.

Me – Tell me about your next release.

Julie – I am working on a book based loosely on the story of my great aunt. She was a fascinating woman who lived a very interesting life. For years, I have been a beta reader for Carole P. Roman. The tables have turned and she is now beta reading for me. She is a wonderful mentor. She’s not only teaching me a few things when it comes to writing, but she is also helping me sharpen my game when it comes to beta reading!

Book Name: Tortured Souls: The House On Wellfleet Bluffs and Navigating Indieworld: A Beginner’s Guide To Self-Publishing And Marketing Your Book

Book Blurb:

Tortured Souls:

51W7z+uZ8SL.jpgIn some towns, the past is easily forgotten. Not in Wellfleet Bluffs. Lynne and Jason buy their dream house online and quickly move to the quaint little town. After unexplained events send them looking for answers, will they become a forgotten part of history or will they find the answers and help the ghosts of the past find peace?

Release date: April 25, 2016

Buy the book here – Amazon Kindle

 

 

 

 

Navigating Indieworld:

419TupPZ8LL._SY346_.jpgSocial media guru, Julie A. Gerber and award-winning author of forty-three best-selling books, Carole P. Roman, team up to travel the winding road of self-publishing, promoting, and marketing a book. Join these two experts as they share their vast store of experience in an easy to read book.
Learn why you need a beta reader and the importance of a good editor. Make a list of what you need to do when choosing an illustrator. Compare the many ways to promote your book.
Navigating Indieworld will end up being your travel guide as you journey from writer to published author.

Release date: August 31, 2016

Buy the book here – Amazon Kindle

If you would like to know more about Julie, visit the following links

Website: http://www.awaywegomedia.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/awaywegomedia and https://www.facebook.com/NavigatingIndieworld

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Awaywegomedia_

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15215458.Julie_A_Gerber

Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/101471856155148729010

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/J.A.-Gerber/e/B01EXQSLFW/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

An extreme zombie and a kick-ass zombie hunter

Today, after what seems like an incredibly long time, I am able to get around to posting a new review, of a book I read for relaxation no less. I managed to sink my teeth into book 2 of the Anita Blake series, and here’s what I thought of it.

The Laughing Corpse

Laurell K Hamilton

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‘The older the zombie, the bigger the death needed to raise it.’

After a few centuries, the only death ‘big enough’ is a human sacrifice.

I know because I’m an animator. My name is Anita Blake. Working for Animators, Inc. is just a job – like selling insurance. But all the money in the world wasn’t enough for me to take on the particular job Harold Gaynor was offering. Somebody else did, though – a rogue animator.

Now he’s not just raising the dead… he’s raising Hell. And it’s up to me to stop it.


The plot of this book is different from the first, but there isn’t much else that is. Anita Blake continues to get into a number of scrapes fighting paranormal creatures and helping the police, all of which she survives through a combination of luck, her growing powers/experience in dealing with the monsters, and help from friends; occasionally it gets a little too much and you can’t help thinking that she should be dead many times over.

Laurell K Hamilton overcomes that by ensuring that her heroine gets injured and is affected by those injuries, leaving her with an ever increasing collection of scars, and a changing attitude about what is and isn’t a monster.

I like these books, but only because I like Anita Blade and Jean-Claude. If it wasn’t for the dynamic between the two of them I don’t think I would enjoy the books half as much.

On the up side, the writing is decent and the mythology/creature lore is well-researched, that counts for a lot because I’m a big fan of vampires/zombies and all manner of mythological creatures.

An interview with the princess of paperback

Today I am interviewing a fellow blogger, Joyce from Princess of Paperback, who reviews and provides some of that all important support to indie authors like myself.

Welcome to ARCBookBlog, my little corner of the web, Joyce, sit down and put your feet up, the tea will be ready in a few moments.

First off, tell me a bit about yourself:

Joyce – Hi!  My name is Joyce and I’m a thirty-something bibliophile who grew up reading Robert Munsch. The Paper Bag Princess was my all-time favourite story.  Coffee and fiction are my addiction.  I love reading mystery/thrillers, crime, fantasies like Harry Potter, fairytales, a little bit of horror/paranormal, historical fiction and YA.

When I’m not busy at my day job, I’m a wife and mommy to 4 kids.  Some people eat to live, but I live to eat!  I’m a foodie who appreciates good food and doesn’t mind sharing recipes.  So here I am.  New to the world of blogging.

I’m also a bit of a couch potato.  From time to time, I’ll quote or write about the shows and movies I like to watch.

Now we’ve been introduced, I just have a few questions for you so my readers can get to know you better.

Me – How long have you been blogging?
Joyce – I’ve been blogging for 3 or 4 months now.

Me – Is blogging something you’ve always been interested in doing?
Joyce – I didn’t discover the world of blogging till just this year. So I’m kinda late on the blogging bandwagon. I never really thought I was particularly good at writing. So it wasn’t something I gave much thought to until now.

Me – Do you write every day?
Joyce – No. I post once every week or two, or when I have time really. Life is busy with 4 kids.

Me – What is your favourite genre?
Joyce – Mystery/thrillers

Me – What would you like to achieve with your blogging?
Joyce – I would love to be a book reviewer for a publishing company..wishful thinking right?

Me – What’s your favourite book?
Joyce – My favourite book..hm. That’s a tough one. There are so many good books. But the only one I have ever read more than once, was Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. Ooh. And of course, the beloved Harry Potter series.

Me – Tell me about your next post
Joyce – My next post will be a review of The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney.

Okay, now that we know you, a little better than we did before, how can we follow you?

Website: http://www.princessofpaperback.wordpress.com
Facebook:www.facebook.com/princesspaperback
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ms_j_ho
IG: http://www.instagram.com/princessofpaperback
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/princesspaperback