Thursday, May 21, 2015

Post Reading: The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP) - Kate Winter


Title: The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP)
Author: Kate Winter
Published:  May 21st 2015 by Sphere 
Add it on Goodreads

Falling in love is never simple. Especially when you're dead.

When Rosie Potter wakes up one morning with what she assumes is the world's worst hangover, the last thing she expects is to discover that she's actually dead. With a frustrating case of amnesia, suspicious circumstances surrounding her untimely demise, and stuck wearing her ugliest flannel PJs, Rosie must figure out not only what happened last night, but why on earth she's still here.

Slowly the mystery unravels, but there are many other secrets buried in the quiet Irish village of Ballycarragh, and nobody is as innocent as they first appear. Aided by the unlikeliest of allies in her investigation, Rosie discovers that life after death isn't all it's cracked up to be, particularly when you might just be falling in love . . .

In this hilarious, life-affirming and romantic journey through Rosie Potter's afterlife, she shares the ghostly tale of how she lived, she died, and she loved (in that order).

When Rosie Potter wakes up one morning to a trashed bedroom and zero recollection of the previous night, she knows something has gone terribly wrong. She assumes the odd feeling is just the world's weirdest hangover.

Turns out not only is she wrong but she's also dead. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Post Reading: Panther - David Owen


Title: Panther  
Author: David Owen
Published: May 2015 by Corsair
Add it on Goodreads

Life isn’t going terribly well for Derrick; he’s become severely overweight, his only friend has turned on him, he’s hopelessly in love with a girl way out of his league, and it’s all because of his sister. Her depression, and its grip on his family, is tearing his life apart. When rumours start to circulate that a panther is roaming wild in his south London suburb, Derrick resolves to try and capture it. Surely if he can find a way to tame this beast, he’ll be able to stop everything at home from spiraling towards disaster?

Panther is a bold and emotionally powerful novel that deals candidly with the effects of depression on those who suffer from it, and those who suffer alongside them.

Every once in a while you come across a book that takes you by surprise. A sucker punch to the heart. Deceptively simple but astonishingly powerful.

All you can do is grip the book and let the tide of raw emotions wash over you. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

The art of perfecting blog post visuals

The art of perfecting blog post visuals

Most bloggers skimp on the effort they put into the visual part of their content creation process. I honestly believe that this is a terrible waste. 

As interesting as I think your content, the chances are that I would not read it without a little push. Blog post images are the little push that motivates me to engage with your content instead of merely skimming it.

The soaring popularity of Instagram is proof that image-centric content creation is becoming increasingly favored by readers. There is no getting around the fact that a huge part of blogging involves large chunks of text. However, with right images you can get your readers to re-focus on your content when they lose interest with the blocks of text. Adding images that are relevant to your blog post and including infographics is something that we bloggers should focus on.