Tiffany McDaniel: Author Q&A

A few days ago the excellent novel The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel was published in the US (The UK release date is August 11th, 2016, and Dutch translation will be released on August 30th). Tiffany was so nice and answered some of my questions about the book, writing and also gave some book recommendations, so you TBR list can grow even bigger.

read my review here 

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Photo Credit JENNIFER MCDANIEL 2016

Tiffany McDaniel is an Ohio native whose writing is inspired by the rolling hills and buckeye woods of the land she knows. She is also a poet, playwright, screenwriter, and artist. The Summer that Melted Everything is her debut novel.

THE NOVEL:

Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.

Sal seems to appear out of nowhere – a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he’s welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he’s a runaway from a nearby farm town.

When word spreads that the devil has come to Breathed, not everyone is happy to welcome this self-proclaimed fallen angel. Murmurs follow him and tensions rise, along with the temperature as an unbearable heat wave rolls into town right along with him. As strange accidents start to occur, riled by the feverish heat, some in the town start to believe that Sal is exactly who he claims to be. While the Bliss family wrestles with their own personal demons, a fanatic drives the town to the brink of a catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater forever.

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The Comment Challenge

Whether you’re a new blogger or a seasoned vet, blog comments are one of the most rewarding aspects of blogging. As a way to connect with new bloggers and challenge ourselves to spread the comment love, Lonna @ FLYLēF and Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense created the Comment Challenge. Each month over the summer, bloggers are paired together and encouraged to comment on each other’s blogs. 

I found this great challenge at Alicia’s blog, and I knew I had to sign up. Comments are definitely the most rewarding part of blogging, I try to comment on other people blogs as often as I can, and in August I will make sure to comment on Peyton @ A Bookish Mess.

Go check out Peyton’s blog and here you can find who else is doing the Comment Challenge in August. Spread the commenting love!

The Man Booker Prize 2016: What I read

longlist-sticker2016On 27th July Man Booker Prize announced 2016 longlist! I always check out the long list of this prize, and I try to read books from the list, at least the winner. Let’s have a look at books I already read from the long list, and which books were on my TBR list before the announcement, and which I am adding to my TBR.

 

2016 Man Booker Dozen (source

The 2016 longlist, or Man Booker ‘Dozen’, of 13 novels, is:

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

9781101916629_c32d2Title: Illuminae

Series: The Illuminae Files #1

Authors: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

Pub Date: October 20, 2015

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Format: Audiobook

My Rating: ★★★★★

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I don’t usually use copied synopses for my reviews, but in this case it is just too hard for me to present the story in a comprehensive way. So the synopsis from Goodreads must do.

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

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Blog post logo for Book Traveling Thursday showing different covers of book A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

BOOK TRAVELING THURSDAY: Friendship

It’s Book Traveling Thursday! It is a weekly meme hosted by Catia and Danielle. At the beginning of each month, they post a list of weekly themes. After choosing a book that fits the theme, you look at different covers of various editions and write your blog post with the original cover, the covers from your country, your favourite cover, and your least favourite cover. To find out more check out Goodreads group!

This week’s theme is Friendship. International Day of Friendship is in two days. Choose a book where friendship matters. When I read that I know that my favourite book of this year hits the brief perfectly. I have opted for A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. ItT is the most heartbreaking story I’ve ever read and the only one that made me cry so much that I was just unable to read and finish last pages. Friendship is a big part of the story, it starts with a friendship of a group of four friends but evolves to be the strongest and most astounding friendship between Jude and Willem, and there are so many other amazing friendships created in the story – friendship between Jude and Andy, Jude and Harold. Those are just wonderful!

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