#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 16 March 2016

First up today, some really exciting news! The cover reveal for my novel, A More Complicated Fairytale, was yesterday. If you missed it, you can go sneak a peek here. If anyone fancies a review copy, let me know your email address and preferred format and I’ll send you one. Or if you’re like me and sometimes prefer to pay for a book because then you’ll feel less bad if you don’t like it, you can pre-order the ebook here. You can also mark it as to-read on Goodreads!

Onto more regular Wednesday things, next up is is WWW Wednesday, a blog hop in which we answer questions about what we’ve been reading this past week. This is hosted by Sam over at A World of Words. You can join in by commenting on today’s post over on her blog.

  • What are you currently reading?

Finally, after having it on my Kindle for goodness knows how long, I am reading Chameleon in a Mirror by fellow WIPpeteer, Ruth Nestvold. I only started it today so I am not very far in, but I am definitely enjoying it so far, especially the descriptions of the 17th Century theatre.

I’ve also got back into the Doctor Who audio books, and am listening to The Blood Cell by James Goss. It’s a bit different to most of these novels, in that it’s got a first person narration from a secondary character’s POV. It does mean we’re a bit distanced from the Doctor, but it’s not too bad. I’m about 30% in and things are picking up a bit.


  • What did you recently finish reading?

I read a lot this week! Firstly, I finished Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil. It was a really cute book, though the love interest, Camilla, did strike me as a bit Manic Pixie Dream Girl, which annoyed me a bit. Review goes up on Friday.

I spent Friday night reading Unmasking: Lemon’s Thesis by Gloria Weber. This is the start of a fun superheroes series, and I recommend it! My review is here.

I was trawling through Borrow Box trying to find an audio book to listen to and found Animal Farm, read by Simon Callow. I didn’t enjoy it as much as 1984, but I appreciated what Orwell was doing. I had it in my head that each animal in the book represented a different political ideology, rather than the whole thing being an allegory for Stalinism, so it wasn’t quite what I expected.

And then, over Sunday and Monday (we had a long weekend here), I finished Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. I’ve got to admit, while it was pretty good, it didn’t really feel like a thriller to me, more a standard crime novel.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m hoping to read The Bloodshade Encounters/The Songspinner, which combined make up Book 2 of the Shadeborn series by K. C. Finn, and then move onto The Potioneer, which is Book 3. I reviewed Book 1 back in January. Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat also arrived at the library for me today, but I’d like to finish some of these ebooks first.  I also picked up two other Doctor Who audios, as I decided to start at the start of the 11th Doctor ones and work through them. My library has at least the first five, so I’m hoping they have a lot of them.

Also, my library has A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab on order! And guess who is at the top of the queue for it? Meeeeeeeeee! Not that this means I will get to read it in the next week, I just wanted to squee.

wednesdaybanner Next up is WIPpet Wednesday, a blog hop we writer types do each week, in which we share snippets from our WIP that somehow relate to the date. You can find our linkup by clicking the little blue guy to the right. I’m sharing three lines for the third month. This follows on from last week; Jasper is being interrogated by Eli Masden.

“Would I be correct in assuming that it is you and your associates that the Princess has had dealings with in the past?”

“Is the Princess in the business of running away? I would have thought you’d have a better eye on her than that. Especially as it seems the King’s laws regarding magic are rather lax around here.”

Out of the corner of his eye, Jasper saw Helena cringe and look down at her hands. She always did object when he used sarcasm, and he supposed she would consider him using it here to be worse than usual.

That’s it from me this week! Let’s see if the new goals I set myself at the start of this week regarding blogging will mean that I actually get to your blogs this week! Fingers crossed.

~ Emily


44 thoughts on “#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 16 March 2016

  1. kay says:

    Ooh Life in Outer Space sounds pretty interesting. Did Camilla have crazy-colored hair too? Seems like some good books this round. Glad you enjoyed most of them. 🙂 You can’t go wrong with AGOS (says the person who still hasn’t read ADSOM. I will get to them eventually though and I’m quite excited for it!)

    Loved the snippet! So excited for A More Complicated Fairytale. 🙂


    • Emily Witt says:

      I can’t remember about the hair, but it wouldn’t surprise me if she did! She wore kooky clothes and was really good at music and fit in with both the geeks and the popular kids at school, and is the only girl that Sam feels comfortable talking to… It was verging on Mary Sue territory, though she did remain likeable, so I didn’t mind too much.

      Liked by 1 person

      • kay says:

        Well, I’m glad she was likeable. Definitely sounds like your average Manic Pixie Dream girl. I’ll probably read it eventually. Lol.


  2. samfalston says:

    So many cool books, Life in Outer Space looks like one I should put on my tbr, I’ll be interested in reading your review 🙂


  3. Diana says:

    Life in Outer Space sounds interesting based on the synopsis. I look forward to reading your review on it. Sharp Objects has been on my TBR since I read Gone Girl, hope to read it sometime soon.

    Congratulations on your book, I would like to buy it but wouldn’t know how to due to my location.

    All the best.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Emily Witt says:

      I’m the same – I’ve had Gillian Flynn’s other books on my TBR for at least a good couple of years. (I can’t remember if I read Gone Girl in 2013 or 2014).

      Thank you! That’s a shame. There will be a paperback version as well, eventually, I don’t know whether you have the facilities to get a copy that way?

      Liked by 1 person

      • Diana says:

        Let me ask around and find out how people buy books from abroad from here then I can see how to get it. Thanks.


  4. rathertoofondofbooks says:

    I really want to read Sharp Objects. It’s a such a shame when books are sold as being thrillers when they’re really not because it just leads to a level of disappointment. That’s so fab that you got to do your own cover reveal yesterday! I missed it as I wasn’t online much but I’ve just clicked to look at it now and have shared it on twitter.

    Here’s my WWW/Week in books:


    • Emily Witt says:

      Exactly. As I was reading it, I just kept waiting for the part where I got really gripped and would tear through the rest of it. It was still a good novel, though.

      Thank you for sharing the cover reveal on Twitter!

      Liked by 1 person

      • rathertoofondofbooks says:

        That’s exactly it- whereas if it’d been billed as a crime novel you’d have gone into it knowing there was no twist etc and probably enjoyed it more for what it actually was. You’re very welcome, I’m always happy to help promote books. 🙂


    • Emily Witt says:

      The audio was definitely very good, the voices helped me keep track of who was who. I think I might have had to flip back and forth to remind myself if I’d been reading the book.


  5. Fallon says:

    Love how he doesn’t really answer the question. Though sarcasm isn’t always the best way to go. 🙂

    Again, congrats on the cover reveal. Going now to add the book to my list.


  6. Sam says:

    I preferred 1984 as well. Animal Fsrm was ok, maybe good, but didn’t measure up. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!


  7. Yvo says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed both Sharp Objects and Animal Farm. I didn’t love Sharp Objects either, but it was by far my favorite of the three Gillian Flynn novels. I agree that Animal Farm isn’t as good as 1984, but like you I found the whole comparation with Russian politics interesting enough. I hope you’ll be able to get A Gathering Of Shadows soon! Being in a queue is better than no queue at all right? 😀

    Happy reading! Here’s my WWW.


    • Emily Witt says:

      I remember one of my friends did it but I was in a different class. I’m not sure what we did instead. I’ve only really started listening to audio books in the last six months or so – everything really does hinge on the narrator being good!


  8. shanjeniah says:

    That is a LOT of good! I’m popping over to pre-order as soon as I’m done here – reading will happen….ummm….eventually?! When it’s too hot too move, and I’m too tired to create?

    I’m really enjoying your snippets – and I so hear you on the blog comments. I’ve been swept up in plotting, revisions, and family stuff. Happily, but blogging has definitely taken a hit!


    • Emily Witt says:

      Thanks so much! I totally know what you mean about not getting to reading things, though! According to Amazon, I’ve only only had Ruth’s book a couple of months, though I could have sworn it was longer. I guess I can feel a little less guilty now!

      Liked by 1 person

      • shanjeniah says:

        Ruth’s waiting on my Kindle too, along with lots of other worthy writers. But…the worlds in my head…they sing a powerful siren song …and then there’s my Accomplice, and those people we made together….


  9. AM says:

    I love your reading lists. I also have several books by fellow WIPpeteers I need to get to. I’m slowly working my way through Alana Terry’s books (which are AMAZING). Later this month, I’ll also be reading/reviewing Unmasking: Lemon’s Thesis. I’m waiting for my spouse to catch up with Kate Sparkes’ novels so we can read the third one together.

    I read Animal Farm as required reading in high school and loved it. I should check out the audio version.

    As for the snippet, I enjoyed Jasper’s sarcasm, but I can see how having a mouth on him might get him in some serious trouble! I don’t blame Helena one bit.


  10. patgarcia says:

    I look at your cover and loved it. Great job. Also, I’d prefer to buy and e-book version of your book rather than have you send me a review copy. My plate is full with me completing my own manuscript at the moment, but I will do a review. It will more than likely be after the A to Z Blog Challenge because I participate in the Challenge.

    Regarding your snippet, my interest is piqued, so I’d like to know more.


  11. ceeleeolson says:

    I can’t remember if Animal Farm was required reading in High School, but I do remember reading it and 1984. Both are equally depressing, though out of the two I prefer 1984 because I’m a sucker for dystopian worlds.

    I missed last week’s update, but I giggled at Jasper’s response to the question in this one. I look forward to seeing what happens next.


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