Monday, 31 December 2018

Happy New Year!!!

Hello Dear Readers! 

Yes, I'm back for a day or two to wish you all a Happy New Year and so that you'll have a fantastic year coming and that it will be full of wonderful things! 

2018 has been a challenging year for me,  but at the same time it was a year of many new doors opening for me, and I am very grateful for all the opportunities that I received! 

First of all, if you've been following my facebook or better said Instagram, as I pretty much moved over there :D I've finished my master degree and started a full-time job at prestigious company, hence,  as I've mentioned way back when I went on a hiatus from the blog, I might have returned, but the job is too demanding right now, hence I don't really have time to continue my reviews. I am still reading, and am still writing reviews, but I don't have time to post them, which is a pity, as I've been reading many many interesting books, and I would like for you to read them as well! But for those of you who have been following me on Goodreads, you might be seeing the reviews over there. I do need to reconcile the reviews there and over here one day, but it's too much to do right now... 

So what are my goals for 2019? First of all, find a good balance between work, my blog and personal life. Apparently, this should not be a myth, and I am eager to find this balance! If I will, I will definitely tell you about it! Secondly, I am thinking of changing a lot of things over here, to make it easier to post, though I may lose the unique layout of reviews that I created, I am ready to sacrifice it until the good times come around, as it takes too long for me to create a post, and I may be actually using Goodreads review layout to post here, tell me what you think about that. I will be adding some of my own design in the layout, but it will be fairly simple and will focus on the review, rather than on other things.  

I have other projects in progress, which may only see the daylight once I am sure people need such a project, hence I am entering a market research phase, which will go for at least half a year. As for my second baby apart from my blog - KC Book Promotions, this project that I started to see whether it could survive on skills I got from university, is still alive, and is already 3.5 years old. In a year and a half, we'll be celebrating our 5 year anniversary. I am super excited about that! While the blog was on a full-blown hiatus, the company has been working on small projects here and there, and I am very proud of what we have achieved, with only me, 2 hours per week and sometimes even less, and lots of dedication! 

I think I'm straying off the topic, but it's been so long since I wrote over here, and I missed it a lot! But anyway, I wish you all Happy New Year! May all your wishes come true and you have a joyful year ahead of you! 

XOXO
Katie 

Thursday, 11 January 2018

[BOOK TOUR] Death of a Kootch Show Girl by Corey Recko

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 Title: Death of a Kootch Show Girl 

Author: Corey Recko 

Release Date: 25 February 2017



Summary:

It’s Halloween night 1953, the last night of the carnival in rural Ohio, and a stripper turns up dead. Tom Davis, the chief of police, orders the carnies to stay in town while he investigates, but there are no leads to Mary’s killer—no fingerprints on the murder weapon, no blood but Mary’s at the scene, no foreign hairs or fibers—no clues of any kind. Brian Stockton, a reporter for the local paper, hopes this will be his break into the big time, so he begins to investigate as well. But, alas, the killer’s identity eludes him, too. As tensions build, the carnies become paranoid, pointing fingers at each other. Could it be the owner, Bill Harris, the one who discovered the body? Or was it perhaps Gino Guglielmo, the man who runs the kootch show and has a nasty temper? Was it the eccentric clown, Otto Radowski, a man with dark secrets in his past and who just happens to have Mary’s cat? And how did the killer manage to commit such a violent act without leaving a single speck of evidence? Mary certainly wasn’t killed by a ghost…or was she?

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~ About Author ~

Corey Recko's first book, Murder on the White Sands: The Disappearance of Albert and Henry Fountain, won the Wild West History Association's award for the “Best Book on Wild West History” for 2007. New Mexico Magazine said of the book, “The story moves along like detective fiction . . . .” Of his second book, A Spy for the Union: The Life and Execution of Timothy Webster, the Civil War News review of the book concluded, “Just about everyone will find something to like in this tale of Civil War espionage that mixes in portions of heroism, intrigue, cowardice and betrayal.” Along with books, Recko has written articles on a variety of historical topics for magazines and historical journals and has become a sought after speaker (including an appearance on C-SPAN). Death of a Kootch Show Girl, a murder mystery about a death at a small-town carnival in 1953, is Corey Recko's first novel. Recko is the author of two mystery books (one fiction and one non-fiction) and one biography. All three are available on Amazon in both print and kindle formats. Death of a Kootch Show Girl is about a mysterious death at a 1950s carnival in a small town near Cleveland. A Spy for the Union is a biography of New York City policeman, Pinkerton detective (under Allan Pinkerton) and Civil War spy Timothy Webster. Murder on the White Sands tells the story of the murder of a lawyer/politician and his young son near the White Sands in old west New Mexico. The murder is investigated by Sheriff Pat Garrett, the man who killed Billy the Kid. Corey Recko lives in Hudson, Ohio.

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Friday, 1 December 2017

Is it Time to say Good-bye?

Hello, my faithful readers, 

yes, I know there are not a lot of you, I don't even know if at least one or two of you are left that constantly read my reviews, if yes, give me a sign! I'd love to hear from you! 

As you know I am currently pursuing my master's program, and it's as tough as hell. Thank God for my scheduling of all posts back in summer, when I had some type of free time, that's the only reason why blog seems active with reviews appearing every week. 

I hope all my readers will understand this, as this is a crucial time for me and for my future career, and while I love my blog, as if I have given birth to it, actually I have, though I believe it wasn't as painful, if I gave birth to an actual baby... Okay, I'm totally off topic now, and you're losing the thread here. *you're not the only ones... * giggles. 

While the blog was born in August 2013, on 19th if we want to be exact, during my Bachelor's I have taken quite some time off it as well, due to exams, and at one point, because I ran out of pre-written reviews, and had to take some time off to catch up on reading and writing. Now, the case if different. I have quite a lot of reviews written both in manga and book section, you can just look at this folder:

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Yeah, I know, there's another folder on my laptop where there are other electronic versions, as one of my resolution of 2017 was to go more paper-free. But I already had all of those reviews written so now I need to find time to upload them to the electronic format. 

Now, I know that you are thinking. Ah, she'll just take a break until summer and will be back then. That's where the BIG NEWS are coming in! 

The Blog will be closed until further notice. 

And I'm sorry to say this, but I have no idea when that further notice will be. It may truly be in Summer 2018, but I highly doubt it, as I will be in the middle of writing my Master's Thesis and then once again relocating from Netherlands to my traineeship location. And if you have any idea what ACCA trainees go through you'll know that I won't have time to do anything except study for exams and work. And hopefully sometimes for a weekend escape and a movie night with friends. Thus, It may take years, for my blog to be back in full. 

Are you as sad as I am? Thank you, guys! It means a lot to me. But if you think that I will delete the blog, that's highly doubtful, as I want everyone to read my reviews and find their next favourite book or manga. Also, if you are wondering about my side project of KC Book Promotions, that one will be still functioning. It's not a very major Book Promotions platform, thus I hope I will still manage it and you'll find new books by visiting the website or facebook page! 

Another reason, why I want to close the blog, is because I want once again to be enjoying reading, and not read in order to write the review. I have been seeing this last 2 month, I have gone back to my carefree reading, where I am not focused on writing a review after I finish either the book or manga. I hope you understand this. I love writing reviews, however, when I was on my campaign to write as many reviews as possible so I can share them with you, the whole process started to feel like an obligation, and I don't want it to be that way. 

You know what of a bookworm I am, thus, I will be still reading books, and sometimes, when I am too amazed or too repulsed you'll see my outbursts! Where? On Goodreads! so don't forget to follow me there! And one thing that I will do is transfer the reviews that I solely wrote there to blog, hence, the blog will be active once in a while. You won't be seeing a manga review every Monday nor book review every Thursday, no more recommendations on the facebook page, and even every day memes will be missing. But I'll still try to keep the blog as well as the FB page alive, with posting now and then. 

Now, if you've come here, that's some dedication to reading my writing... Thanks! I appreciate it a lot! So, before I finish this post, let me sum up everything!

1. The blog isn't closed forever!
2. I'll be back!!!! (Don't know when, but I promise I will be!!!)
3. Follow me on Instagram and Goodreads to see pictures of my trips, random things, etc, and of course what books I'm reading, etc!
4. KC Book Promotions will be still working, so check back to www.kcbookptomotions.com to see some new books!
5. I love you all! and I'll be back! sorry for repeating myself!

XOXO

Katie

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Book Review: Accordance by Shelly Crane (Significance #2)



Title: Accordance

Author: Shelly Crane

Series: Significance #2

Publication Date: 15 September 2011

Publisher: Kiss me Publication LLC







Monday, 27 November 2017

Manga Review: WIld Ones by Kiyo Fujiwara


Title: Wild Ones
Original Title: Arakure
Author: Kiyo Fujiwara
Artist: Kiyo Fujiwara

Year of Release: 2005
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School Life, Shoujo

Status: Completed
Chapters (Translated in English): 57

Volumes & Chapters:

10 Volumes in Total


Thursday, 23 November 2017

Monday, 20 November 2017

Manga Review: Blue Seal by Chie Shinohara


Title: Blue Seal
Original Title: Ao no Fuuin
Author: Chie Shinohara
Artist: Chie Shinohara

Year of Release: 1992
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Mature, Mystery, Romance, Shoujo, Supernatural

Status: Completed
Chapters (Translated in English): 53

Volumes & Chapters:

11 Volumes in Total


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Book Review: Hell on Heels by Robyn Peterman (Hot Damned #3)



Title: Hell on Heels

Author: Robyn Peterman

Series: Hot Damned #3

Publication Date: 15 September 2014

Publisher: Smashwords

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Monday, 13 November 2017

Manga Review: Yukarism by Chika Shiomi


Title: Yukarism
Original Title: Yukarism
Author: Chika Shiomi
Artist: Chika Shiomi

Year of Release: 2010
Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama, Gender Bender, Historical, Romance, Shoujo, Supernatural

Status: Completed
Chapters (Translated in English): 17

Volumes & Chapters:

4 Volumes in Total


Thursday, 9 November 2017