Unboxing Fairylootbox: Elementalists

Hey you all! In my bookhaul-post I mentioned that I would be sharing an unboxing with you, so, here I am to keep that promise 😉 Last month I ordered a bookbox for the first time in my life and it was so cool!!! It’s like a present to yourself mixed with a riddle you have to solve (guessing what will be in it haha). When I read the description of this box I was just as excited as last month because this box would revolve around a YA fantasy book about elemental magic ❤ If you don’t want to know what was in the box don’t read the rest of this post!

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So, let’s start unveiling what was in this box!

  • A beautiful candle from Witchwood Remedies with flowerpetals and crystals in it! I received the Thunderstorm candle and it smells divine ❤ I think the crystals in it are lapis lazuli and the flowerpetals look like marigold and cornflower. Oh a little warning: the first time you light this candle make sure you don’t put it too close to something flammable because the petals will catch fire and cause the candle to spark a bit (trust me I nearly set my book on fire while trying to take a picture of the burning candle together with the book)
  • A soapbar from Ascent Bath and Body. It’s called Clairvoyance and smells like fig and pomegranate! It smells sooooo good.
  • A lipbalm by Geeky Clean. I received the Firebender which tastes and smells like watermelon ❤ It’s a really soft and extremely moisturizing lipbalm, so, it’s perfect for the summer!
  • A bracelet by In The Moment with a Hamsa hand charm.
  • Potion sticky notes in three different colors.
  • A pillowcase by Miss Phi with a quote from Stephen King on it. I love this item! It’s so pretty ❤
  • A sampler from The Waking Land by Callie Bates. I think the samplers are one of my favorite items in these Fairylootboxes because they allow you to discover new books and authors.

 

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  • And last, but not least: the book that inspired this box!!! Roar by Cora Carmack 🙂 When I came across this book on Pinterest I added it to my to read list because the description sounded so intriguing. As I read the description of the Elementalist Fairylootbox I hoped this book would be in it, and I was right! Can’t wait to read this one. And it’s so pretty!

 

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Bookhaul June 2017

Hey everybody! I decided to add another new feature to my blog. On most blogs I follow people post all the books they buy every month. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do this too as I don’t buy books every month (and some months I buy very many books and others only one or two). But, I really like these ‘bookhaul’ posts, because it’s a great way to find new books to put on a ‘to read’ or ‘to buy’ list. So, I caved and decided to start posting bookhauls too.

This month I went a little crazy (I’m going to blame it on heatstroke 😉 ) and bought seven books (and a Fairylootbox which will be revealed in my unboxing post)!

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Aren’t they pretty ❤

As you can see I bought a lot of romantic books. I love reading romance stories in the summer. Something about the sun, a cool breeze and all the flowers in bloom makes me crave a lot of love in my books 😉

So, what are all these stories about? Let me tell you!

Like a memory by Abbi Glines:

One memory.
One special summer.
The one thing Bliss had lost herself in when the fear and sickness were too much, moments never to be damaged by the harsh reality that followed… until now.

Bliss York didn’t live a normal teenage life. She didn’t go to Friday night football games, walk the halls with her friends every day, go to her prom or even walk to receive her diploma. It had all been taken from her the fall that she was fifteen years old and she was given the diagnosis no one ever wants to hear.

She had leukemia.

Seven years after spending a summer with a girl who he knew would always be his first love and the one who got away, Nate Finlay returns to Sea Breeze to help his fiancé open her new boutique clothing store. When the new employee walks in Nate is taken back seven years to the girl he thought he’d love forever. The one who never answered his calls or returned his text. The one who shut him out completely with not even a goodbye and broke his heart.

They’ve each become someone different. No longer the young teens with stars in their eyes. But does that matter when your heart still says that’s the one.

Under the lights by Abbi Glines:

Willa can’t erase the bad decisions of her past that led her down the path she’s on now. But she can fight for forgiveness from her family. And she can protect herself by refusing to let anyone else get close to her.

High school quarterback and town golden boy Brady used to be the best of friends with Willa—she even had a crush on him when they were kids. But that’s all changed now: her life choices have made her a different person from the girl he used to know.

Gunner used to be friends with Willa and Brady, too. He too is larger than life and a high school football star—not to mention that his family basically owns the town of Lawton. He loves his life, and doesn’t care about anyone except himself. But Willa is the exception—and he understands the girl she’s become in a way no one else can.

As secrets come to light and hearts are broken, these former childhood friends must face the truth about growing up and falling in love…even if it means losing each other forever.

Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen:

Ruby, where is your mother?

Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she’s been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return.

That’s how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn’t seen in ten years, and Cora’s husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future; it’s a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?

Last Chance by Sarah Dessen:

Never in one place long enough to make friends or put down roots, Colie doesn’t expect her trip to the North Carolina coast to change a thing. Always the outcast, she’s resigned to a holiday with only her eccentric aunt Mira for company. But when she finds a job waitressing at the Last Chance cafe, she also finds acceptance, new friends, and the beginnings of romance…

Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry:

One moment of recklessness will change their worlds.

Smart. Responsible. That’s seventeen-year-old Breanna’s role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully’s line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas “Razor” Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don’t belong. But when he learns she’s being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it’s time to step outside the rules.

And so they make a pact: he’ll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she’ll help him seek answers to the mystery that’s haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they’re both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they’re going from here.

Confess by Colleen Hoover:

Auburn Reed is determined to rebuild her shattered life and she has no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to become deeply attracted to the studio’s enigmatic artist, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is hiding a huge secret. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything Auburn loves most, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it—but can she do it?

The Architect of Song by A.G. Howard:

A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower – intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death.

For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form, singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.

To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches … or the specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.

I think I’m going to have a blast of a summer vacation with these books 🙂 Happy reading you all!

A day in the life of an author

Hey you all! If you have been following my blog you know that I’m not only a reader but also a writer. Yesterday marked a first milestone in my writer’s life as I had my very first bookpresentation of a book that I co-wrote: Historische Verhalen: korte verhalen uit de Oudheid (Historical Stories: short stories from Antiquity). Together with Key Tengeler and Marjolijn van de Gender I wrote this collection of short historical fiction stories that take place in Antiquity. In this blog I would like to tell you a bit about the bookpresentation and the book itself, because I’m so proud of and excited about it!!!

The presentation:

The bookpresentation took place in Leiden in the National Museum of Antiquities. Can you say dream come true?! It’s such a stunning museum and I’m so honored that we were allowed to present our book there. I’m also really grateful for all the people who showed up at this event. It was so amazing to meet all these different persons that all share a love for stories and history ❤

The presentation started with a short lecture by dr. Kim Beerden a professor of Ancient History at the University of Leiden. She talked about the representation of (ancient) history in books throughout the ages which was really interesting, especially since my fellow authors and I have tried to represent history as truthfully as possible in our stories.

After the lecture came an interview with Key, Marjolijn and me. At first I was really nervous, but it was super fun! Talking about some of my stories and the writing process made me realize a lot of things about my own creative processess and where my stories come from 🙂

 

When the interview was done, people could buy the book and get it signed. I think this was my favorite part of the day! Seeing people walk around with a book you helped write is so amazing ❤

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Here’s me (front), Marjolijn (middle) and Key (back) signing the book.

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Interviewer Mike Spaans (left) and publisher Rik van de Vlugt (right).

The  book:

Now, you’re probably wondering what kind of stories are in this book. Well, I’m going to tell you in reading order with a small description of every story 😉 (NB. BCE stands for Before Common Era and CE stands for Common Era)

Het brandend hart van Babylon (the burning heart of Babylon) by Key Tengeler: a story about the Assyrian siege of Babylon in 689 BCE.

Een vuurrode nacht (a night red as fire) by Marjolijn van de Gender: a story about a bookthief in the library of Alexander in Egypt in 391 CE.

Het laatste offer (the last sacrifice) by me: a story about a catastrophic eartquake and human sacrifice on Crete in 1700 BCE.

Morgen (tomorrow) by Key: a story about the siege of Pompeii by Sulla in 89 BCE.

Het einde van een paradijs (the end of paradise) by Marjolijn: a story about empress Zenobia and her fall in 272 CE.

De Marathonloper (the Marathonrunner) by me: a story about Philippides run from Athens to Sparta and back (500 km), which he made in just three days on bare feet in 490 BCE.

Een geheime opdracht (a secret assignment) by Marjolijn: a story about the (attempt of) murder on empress Agrippina in 59 CE.

Tussen de regels (between the lines) by Key: a story revolving around a correspondence of letters between Theoderik, his daughter, the synod of bishops, emperor Anastasius, Alarik and Clovis in Ravenna in 497-506 CE.

De ontsluiering (the unveiling) by me: a story about the festival of Demeter in Athens in the sixth century BCE.

De dichter uit Etrurië (the poet from Etruria) by Marjolijn: a story about the Battle of Alalia near Corsica around 540 BCE.

Met de moed der wanhoop (with desperate courage) by Key: a story about the Third Punic War in Carthage in 149 BCE.

Mijn lieveling (my precious) by Marjolijn: a story about the ring of Polycrates on Samos in 522 BCE.

Het gebroken verzet (broken resistance) by me: a story about the siege of Tyre by Alexander the Great in 332 BCE.

Gods oordeel (the judgment of God) by Key: a story about Jesus Barabbas in Jerusalem in 30-33 CE.

De soldaat die niet stierf (the soldier who would not die) by Marjolijn: a story about the Batavian revolt in 70 CE.

Rechter van steen (stone judge) by Key: a story about peasants in North-Africa who were being suppressed by their overlord but got help from a lawyer in their case against him near Souk-el-Khemis in 182 CE.

Een gevallen man (a fallen man) by Marjolijn: a story about the death of Lucius Sergius Catilina near Pistoia in 62 BCE.

Strijd tegen de vlammen (battle against the flames) by me: a story about the great fire of Rome and the Roman fire brigade in 64 CE.

Monoloog van Julia (Julia’s Monologue) by Marjolijn: a story about the life of Julia, daughter of emperor Augustus which takes place in Pandataria in 2 BCE.

De koning van morgen (the tomorrow king) by Key: a story about king Darius of Persia and the way in which he became king of the Persian empire in Susa in 522 BCE.

De ogen van de dood (the eyes of death) by Marjolijn: a story about a Roman baker in London in 61 CE.

Liefde en eer (love and honor) by me: a story about a deserter in the Spartan army during the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BCE.

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If you’re a fan of ancient history or stories about historical persons and events this collection of short stories will be perfect for you! Every story was written with a lot of love and is based on extensive research done by the authors. And if you’re more of a cover-buyer this beauty will not disappoint ❤

Ps. If you’ve read the book and would like to share your reading experience and your thoughts about the book my fellow authors and me would love to hear from you 🙂 We’re dying to read some reviews and opinions (even if they’re negative) 😉