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Thursday Quotables: ‘Lambent Dreams’ by Jim Webster

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Thursday Quotables is a weekly meme created by the lovely Lisa over at Bookshelf Fantasies. The purpose is to share a quote from your current read in order to entice others to read it!

Today’s post features ‘Lambent Dreams‘, a poetry collection written by Jim Webster and Mike Rose-Steel. Interestingly, this book exists in two forms – not Kindle and Paperback, but Kindle and hand-sewn pamphlet! How cool is that?

Here is an extract from the poem ‘Lambent Dreams’, taken from the collection:

“Halting, you enter day wine-washed,
storm-wracked like the bedding
of a fevered child. You reach for the bottle of your life, forgetting
that even the dregs have been used up.

Where are the dreams that flew so close
to sunshine’s warm remembrance?
What have you given to the night
to earn your trance
and leave behind the beaker and the cup?”

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What do you think? Does this extract make you want to read this? I’d love to know!

Again, here is the link to the book: Lambent Dreams

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Thursday Quotables: ‘Juggling Balls’ by David Hadley

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This weekly feature, hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies, is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week. Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!

I haven’t taken part in this meme for a while. Reading this book, though, I just had to share it!

This weeks quote is taken from David Hadley’s ‘Juggling Balls’.

Here’s the blurb:
A laugh out loud science fiction comedy in the style of Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Red Dwarf.

Martin Laws hates mysteries.

So why has someone sent him a bag of juggling balls?

Why has he no memory of buying a new computer?

Why has that new computer decided Martin needs to go shopping?

Why does a hairstylist he’s never met before keep saluting him?

Most of all, why are so many Elvis impersonators trying to kill him?

Here’s the extract:
Gingerly, he lowered his arms and looked around.
‘Sir! Sir? Are you all right, sir?’
‘Mandy?’
‘Yes, sir.’
Martin looked up. He had seen outfits like that before, but only in a certain type of magazine. Even in the gloom of the boiler room the black leather, what little of it there was, shone. Mandy was trying to push something back into her thigh-length leather boot.
‘Mandy?’
‘Sir?’
‘Is that a… a vibrator?’
‘No, sir!’
‘Are you sure? It looks like one to me.’
‘No sir, it is self-defence unit 0012KZ.’
‘Can I have a look at it then?’
‘No, not at the moment sir. We need to get out of here and get you to Professor Stewart’s room.’ She took a long brown thing from inside the top of her other boot. Martin relaxed when he realised what it was. Mandy lit the cigar and took a deep drag on it.
‘Right. But what about him?’ Martin gestured towards the inert form in the white jump suit.
Mandy knelt down beside the inert man with a creak of leather and felt for a pulse in his neck. ‘Elvis has left the building.’ She blew cigar smoke in the face of the corpse and stood up.
‘He… he’s dead?’
‘Yes.’
It was the first time Martin had ever seen a dead body. A real live dead person, as it were. ‘You killed him… with a vibrator?’

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So, what do you think?
If you’d like to read this book, here are the where to buy links:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)

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Thursday Quotables: Blind Justice by M.A Comley

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Thursday Quotables is a weekly meme that requires you to post a quote or an extract from your current read or something that you have read during the week, in order to entice others to read it.

Today’s Thursday Quotable features ‘Blind Justice’ by M.A Comley, a novella in the Justice series, featuring Lorne Simpkins.

Here is my extract:

Lorne looked at her partner and cringed. How the dickens could one man be so addicted to a certain chocolate bar? “Pete, I fear I’m going to be repeating myself when I say this, but, hon, you have a real problem. And I think you need to get some professional help.”

His chubby cheeks moved vigorously as he tried to finish his mouthful quickly in order to reply. “Right, like you don’t like the odd chocolate bar yourself.”

“Yes, the odd bar is fine, but Christ, man, you get through at least five bars a day. That’s unhealthy by anyone else’s standards. Do you actually look in the mirror when you get dressed in the morning?”

His eyes flickered shut, and his mouth puckered obstinately. “Nope.”

“You know what, big man? I can totally understand that. If you did, maybe you’d see that expanding waistband of yours and shudder like I do every day on your behalf. Here’s something that’s gonna make your day.” Lorne threw him a directive she’d received from the DCI that morning and waited for him to explode.

“Well, they can go and bloody get knotted. You won’t find me doing a hundred press-ups down at the gym.”

“You’re going to have to get into shape, Pete. Read the end paragraph – it virtually says either you have to shape up or ship out. They’re clamping down on fitness at long last. Tell me, when was the last time you actually chased a criminal?”

“I chase criminals every bloody day of the week,” he shot back, grinning.

“On two feet, I mean. God, you’re beyond belief at times. I think if someone cut you open, you’d have the word frustrating running through you. Let’s just say you frustrate the hell out of me.”

He winked at her. “Yeah, but you love me, too.”

What do you think? Does it make you want to read more? Let me know!

Where to buy: Amazon UK  (Currently FREE! A great taster for the Justice series)

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Thursday Quotables: Crossfire

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Thursday Quotables is a weekly meme hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies and involves posting a quote or extract from your current read, in order to encourage other readers to check it out.

Today’s Thursday Quotable is taken from Crossfire by Andrea Domanski.

Crossfire is book one in the Omega Group series and tells the story of Mirissa Colsan who, until her eighteenth birthday, is completely unaware of the destiny already decided for her.

Here’s my quote:

“It’s in your blood. You are an Amazon, just like your mother, and her mother before her. Every generation of Amazons brings about the next to ensure that there will always be a force to fight the Kakodaemons. When a child comes of age and is deemed ready to join the fight, they are given their ring. Once the ring is in place, it bonds with the wearer and, after insuring that the wearer is, in fact, an Amazon, it becomes a link to all other Amazons and Tritonia. As you progress, it will also become your greatest weapon.”

This was all a little too much for Mirissa to take in. Her head was spinning with each new revelation and with every question Greco answered, three more came to the front. It felt as though she were living in some weird science fiction movie and that her future prom, graduation, college, and everything else that she hadn’t even thought about, was crumbling away around her.

Through all the tumult in her mind, one question was clear and concise. “So, my mother was a part of all this?”

So, what do you think? Does it make you want to read Crossfire? Let me know!

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Thursday Quotables: A Cry from the Deep

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Thursday Quotables is a weekly meme hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies where you post a quote from your current read, in order to entice others into reading it.

Today’s Thursday Quotables features ‘A Cry from the Deep’ by Diana Stevan.

This is my quote:

Her legs felt weak as she walked back with him to the car. She longed for more. She wanted to forget there was another woman waiting for him. She wanted to forget she had a child and a life back in Provence. She wanted to throw herself at him to see where fate would take her.

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Thursday Quotables: Under the Burning Stars

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Thursday Quotables is a weekly meme hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies where you post a quote from your current read, in order to entice others into reading it.

Today’s Thursday Quotable is taken from ‘Under the Burning Stars’ by Carrigan Richards.

‘Under the Burning Stars’ is book two in the Elemental Enchanters series. ‘Under the Burning Stars’ follows directly on from the first book. This time, Ava is desperate to solve and avenger her mothers murder.

I began reading this book after enjoying the first book in the series that I read due to being asked to participate in a blog tour (you can view my post for the first book here).

Here is my quote: 

“You’ve seen death.”
She looked up and met his eyes. “What?” He certainly has a knack for conversations, she thought sarcastically.
“I know you’ve seen death.”
“I was there when Devon died. So yeah, guess you can say I have.”
He shook his head. “It’s deeper than that. Emotionally.”
She tensed and her pulse quickened. “What are you getting at?”
“It was your mother wasn’t it?”
“I don’t like talking about it.”
“She was murdered.”

Where to buy:
Amazon UK / Amazon US / Goodreads

What do you think? Does it make you want to buy the book? Let me know!

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Thursday Quotables: Evil In Disguise

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Thursday Quotables is a weekly meme hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies and requires that you post a quote from what you’re currently reading, in order to entice other readers into reading it too.

Today’s Thursday Quotable features the book ‘Evil in Disguise’ by M.A Comley.

This book is based on real events and tells the story of Jenny Slater, a mother of three that is stuck in an abusive marriage.

I started reading this book because I know that I enjoy Comley’s writing and know that she can deliver a difficult subject in a respectful manner, as shown by her Justice series.

Here is my quote:

“Her clothes not only covered her modesty, they also hid the bruises from his beatings.”

I think that this is a really powerful quote!

What do you think? Does it make you want to read the book? Let me know!

Where to buy:
Amazon UK / Amazon US / Goodreads