Category: Blog Tour

Blog Tour: XYZ

Today I am sharing my review as a part of the blog tour for XYZ by William Knight. This one shows the differences in the generations out there (X, Y, and Z).  **There is also an international giveaway going on!**

Book Description:

Jack Cooper is a depressed, analogue throwback; a cynical, alcoholic Gen-Xer whose glory days are behind him. He’s unemployed, his marriage has broken down, he’s addicted to internet hook-ups, and is deeply ashamed of his son Geronimo, who lives life dressed as a bear.

When Jack’s daughter engineers a job for him at totally-lit tech firm Sweet, he’s confronted by a Millennial and Zoomer culture he can’t relate to. He loathes every detail – every IM, gif and emoji – apart from Freya, twenty years his junior and addicted to broadcasting her life on social media.

Can Jack evolve to fit in at Sweet, or will he remain a dinosaur stuck in the 1980s? And will he halt his slide into loneliness and repair his family relationships?

XYZ is for every Gen-Xer who ever struggled with a device, and for everyone else who loves emojis … said no one ever.

XYZ: One Man, Two Kids, Ten Devices, and an Internet-Sized Generation Gap
Author:  William Knight

Published: July 13, 2019
216 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: October 16-25, 2019

Jessica’s Review:

XYZ covers three generations of people and the author determines the generations as these:

Generation X: ‘Gen X’ Born 1964-1980
Generation Y: ‘Millennials’ Born 1981-1996
Generation Z: ‘Zoomers” Born 1996- Present day

These years of generations vary based on who you talk to. I was born in 1980, so I am fortunately NOT a Millennial in this case!  I like to define myself as Generation Confused: I don’t fit in with GenX’ers, but I am definitely NOT a Millennial!  I thought Millennials were younger (IE: in their 20’s and not as old as they actually are, what a shock to me).

This being said, I am not the target reader of XYZ.  I would say the target reader would be a male middle ager/GenX’er, same as our protagonist Jack.  Any male reader of that age would identify with him: Reaching middle age and feeling alone and all of these younger ‘workers’ and the things they do with their phones: emojis, ‘jazz hands’, constant need for social media connection versus real life connection, etc.  Jack 100% does not fit in!  Besides work, Jack’s family life is in disarray. Until this book I had not heard of ‘jazz hands’, so this was a new one on me!  Am I already out of touch at 39!?!?

It can be a funny novel and reading about the younger workers, I just rolled my eyes.  What is the world coming to!?!?  Are younger people all about the digital age, and forget about ‘real life’ where we all actually exist!?!?!?  Omg…… I AM getting old!  XYZ is an entertaining read that will appeal to the older Gen X’er, and maybe those younger.

Fair warning: There is foul language throughout the novel, so that might deter some readers.

But don’t give up hope for Jack: There is a satisfying and happy ending!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Author:

William Knight is British born writer and technologist currently living and working in Wellington, New Zealand. He’s chased a portfolio career which began in acting, progressed to music, flirted with handbag manufacturing and was eventually wired into technology in the late nineties.

“I had my first feature published in Computing magazine back in 2003 and subsequently wrote about the many successes and failings of high-tech for the Guardian, Financial Times and the BBC among many others publications. I now work as an IT consultant, and write blistering content for technology firms :-)” says William

The Donated (formerly Generation), his debut novel and a Sci-tech Thriller, started in 2001 and was ten years in development. XYZ, “A mid-life crisis with a comic vein”, took far less time. “But I think it’s funnier and better. Yay. Jazz hands!”

Contact William:
Website
Twitter @_William_Knight

**International Giveaway**

Win $10 Amazon voucher and a signed copy of XYZ

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*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box above.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

Blog Tour: 50 Dinosaur Tales and 108 More Discoveries From the Golden Age of Dinos

Today I am part of the Blog Tour for 50 Dinosaur Tales by Sabrina Ricci and I will be sharing my review. If you are a dinosaur fan and enjoy reading facts on newly discovered dinosaurs, then this is the book for you!

Book Description:

Gualicho takes a bite out of the ornithopod’s back as it runs away from her, causing it to stumble and fall. She jumps on top of the body and rips open its neck with her teeth. The ornithopod becomes still and limp.

Satisfied, Gualicho begins to feast. But, after only two bites, she senses something is wrong. She lifts her head and sees a Mapusaurus making its way toward her.”

About 50 Dinosaur Tales

Blending fiction with fact, 50 Dinosaur Tales imagines the way 50 newly described dinosaurs from the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous lived in their natural habitats.

Also included is a list of fun facts for each dinosaur story, and facts about 108 additional dinosaurs.

If you want to hear more about new dinosaurs as soon as they are discovered, listen to the weekly podcast I Know Dino.

50 Dinosaur Tales: And 108 More Discoveries From the Golden Age of Dinos

Author: Sabrina Ricci with Garret Kruger
Published: September 30, 2018

319 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Jessica’s Review:

If you are a dinosaur enthusiast then this is the book for you! I grew up reading as much as I could about dinosaurs, watched all things dinosaurs, had dinosaur toys and absolutely loved (and still love) all things Jurassic Park! I even wanted to become a paleontologist for a while as I was growing up.

50 Dinosaur Tales is written by Sabrina Ricci who also has a weekly podcast with her husband Garret called I Know Dino. In 50 Dinosaur Tales, we learn all about the dinosaurs that were recently discovered in the last few years. The dinosaurs were sorted by continent (which is easier said than done as the continents have moved from their original locations).

There are 50 short stories about various dinosaurs and the stories chronicle ‘everyday life’ of these animals, blending fiction with facts. The stories even show the dinosaurs interacting with each other. There are also some facts mentioned for these dinosaurs after the stories. If you want to learn more about these creatures and are reading an e-copy of the book, there are links to the podcasts you can go to learn about the dinosaurs and a list of resources if you want to look into the information yourself.

The short stories would be perfect for younger kids wanting to learn about dinos, but the rest of the information may possibly become tedious for those younger readers. There is also a picture that accompanies the short stories.

There are a wide variety of dinosaurs presented and you will learn about them! There is no way I am going to even attempt to pronounce the names of these creatures as it would be impossible! And OMG, there is a dinosaur called Thanos (Thanos simonattoi) who is referencing a particular villain… If you know your Marvel characters, then you know who I’m talking about…

Everyone has a favorite dinosaur and my favorites tend to be the carnivores. As you read, maybe you will discover a new favorite that is lesser known.

Thank you to Ms. Ricci for bringing us her knowledge and love of dinosaurs to the page!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Apple
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
Google Play
Smashwords

About the Author:

Sabrina is a writer and podcaster. She loves nerdy things, like technical specs and dinosaurs, especially sauropods. When she’s not writing, she’s podcasting with her husband at I Know Dino (iknowdino.com), a weekly show about dinosaurs.

Contact Sabrina:

Website
Instagram: @iknowdino
Twitter: @iknowdino
Pinterest
Tumblr
YouTube

 

 

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Blog Tour: Daisy Daydream The Nursery Rhyme Bus

Today I am part of the Blog Tour for Sue Wickstead’s children’s picture book Daisy Daydream The Nursery Rhyme Bus! I am sharing my 5 star review. For those of you in the UK there is also a giveaway going on!

Book Description:

Daisy was a happy red bus who loved travelling the busy streets of London. When newer and shinier buses came along, the older buses like Daisy began to disappear.

Would Daisy become one of the forgotten buses, or was something else planned for her?

Author: Sue Wickstead
Published: September 30, 2018

40 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: September 2, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Jessica’s Review:

Similar to the Jay-Jay children’s books, Daisy Daydream the Nursery Rhyme Bus is also based off of a real bus. Daisy was a red bus and those buses started being replaced with more modern buses.  Daisy was worried what was going to happen to her. She did not want to become a forgotten bus!  That was not to be her fate as her driver and conductor took care of her and gave her a new life like Jay-Jay! Jay-Jay even makes a welcome appearance.

Daisy’s new name and paint job made her even more special, as they consist of nursery rhymes.  I hope Daisy and Jay-Jay appear together in future books!  If your kids have read and enjoyed Jay-Jay, be sure to introduce them to Daisy!  They will surely enjoy all of Wickstead’s children’s books.

As with Jay-Jay books, the illustrations are bright, lively, and definitely add to the story. I wish there had been children’s buses like these in the USA when I was a kid.   It seems like the kids really enjoyed these buses!

There are pictures of the real “Daisy” ( Bus JJK261) at the end of the book. If you have small kids, be sure to introduce them to Sue Wickstead’s books as they will surely enjoy them!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Waterstones
WHSmith
Foyles
Barnes & Noble

About the Author:

I am a teacher and an author and have currently written six children’s picture books with a bus theme.

For over 20 years, alongside my teaching career, I worked with a Children’s Charity, The Bewbush Playbus Association, which led me to write a photographic history book about it.

I soon found that many children had never been on a bus before, let alone a ‘Playbus’ and they wanted to know more. I decided to write a fictional tale about the bus, his number plate JJK261 gave him his name.

‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus,’ came out in print in 2014. It is the story behind the original bus and is his journey from a scrap-yard to being changed into a playbus for children to play in. From Fact to fiction the bus journey continued.

This story has now been followed by five more picture books.

I also undertake events and author bookings and love to share the story. There are also a few more stories in the writing process, with links to real events and buses.

The story has been read in many schools in the south-East of England, where I teach as a cover teacher, it is always well received and certainly different.

Contact Sue:
Website
Twitter @JayJayBus
Instagram @jayjaybusbooks

**UK Only Giveaway**

Win 1  Paperback copy of Daisy Daydreams Bus Rhymes and Joke book

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*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box above.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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