Happy New Year Minions! *Throws Confetti*
This is the first post of 2016 amd it's time for some real talk peeps, so I think you all need to get comfortable. 2015 was not my year, nor was it the Jungle's. I wasn't here for a lot of it, almost all of it to be honest. I missed out on so many tours, releases, blitz's...everything. So to say I'm disappointed in myself is an understatement. I started book blogging because I love to read, and love sharing that passion and craziness with you all. The Jungle is my book haven, I created it as an outlet to share my thoughts and feelings on all things books, and over the years it's expanded into something so much more than I imagined. I've met and worked with so many awesome authors and publishers, as well kick ass book bloggers like myself who so totally get me! But last year I disappeared, and reneged on a lot of commitments. I lost touch with all of you. My posts started slowly becoming non existent. Looking back I wish I had bitch slapped some sense into me, because that's not who I am and that's not what I ever saw happening in the Jungle.
I was and still do read like a crazy obsessed book junkie, but getting to the part where I share my thoughts with you, interact with you or fulfill my commitment as a tour host I really let myself and the Jungle down. At the end of 2014 I got into an wearing retail job for a very big company, that gradually drained the life out of me. I spent a lot of 2015 trying to get into Graduate jobs, or towards the end of it anything that was not retail. I worked ridiculous hours, was on my feet non-stop and coming home always exhausted and depressed. I had enough energy to eat something small and go to bed, all so the cycle could begin again in the morning. This led to me not posting more and more often, forgetting important tour dates and just ceasing all communication on social media completely. Finding a job after graduating is hard as fuck minions, and no one can prepare you for how freaking hard.
But I'm a positive person...usually...so I never gave up hope of moving on to better things, and I never believed for a second this is all my life would amount to. I had a lot of good times too, and I worked with some really awesome people. It's definitely something that puts life into perspective for you, and it was some much needed real world experiance. I just started to resent the crazy long ass hours I was doing, always being too tired to do anything even on that one day off a week, and turning my back on the Jungle almost completely.
I've been on here plenty of times during the year announcing comebacks that were pretty short lived, so I can understand your skepticism when I say 2016 is definitely the return of Alii. Because you see at the end of 2015 I recieved an amazing job offer working with the County Council...and get this...it involves being surrounded by books every day! *Whoops loudly*. As if I could I ever say no, I mean can you say dream job minions?! There are way too many benefits to mention, but the one I must mention is I'll be working normal hours where I'm not on my feet for over 10 hours straight!
Which means I'll have the energy and exhuberence I once possessed to post, and talk with all you kick ass peeps! It also means there will be tours, blitz's, reveals, interviews, giveaways...I mean you name it it's freaking happening all here in the Jungle minions. Oh and do not think I forgot about my Secret Project, that it something that has been on my mind a lot and I am pissed it didn't launch last year. BUT I can promise you it's coming this year, and it's a helluva lot sooner than you think *winks*. So not only am I starting the year with a fantastic new job, and a reunion with the Jungle, but also personally speaking my life is looking great and I really believe this is my year.
So stay positive minions, because anything could happen. Life is a freaking journey right?!
Keep a look out for more posts, and hey...I bloody love you guys!
Fans of Ten Tiny Breaths, I have a SUPER exciting announcement! On September 1st 2014, Atria is releasing a PREQUEL NOVELLA to Ten Tiny Breaths that tells the story from Trent's point of view! It's called In Her Wake, and I cannot wait one more breath to read it! Oh and...In Her Wake is going to be at the great price of .99 cents! Here's the lush cover with the blurb...
Cole Reynolds had it all. And then one night he makes a bad choice... and loses everything.
When a drunken night out at a Michigan State college party results in the death of six people, Cole must come to terms with his part in the tragedy. Normally, he'd be able to lean on his best friends. The best friends that have been in his life since he could barely walk. Only, they're gone. Worse, there's the shattered body of a sixteen-year-old girl lying somewhere in a hospital bed, her entire life ripped from her because of a case of beer and a set of keys.
Everyone assures him that they know it wasn't intentional and yet he can't ignore the weight of their gazes, the whispers behind his back. The all-consuming guilt he feels every time he thinks of that girl who won't so much as allow him near her hospital room to apologize. As the months go by and the
shame and loneliness festers, Cole begins to lose his grip of what once was important-college, his girlfriend, his future. His life. It's not until Cole hits rock-bottom that he can begin to see another way out of his personal hell: forgiveness.
And there's only one person who can give that to
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Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit.
Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.
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While you're at it, pre-order the gorgeous paperback of FOUR SECONDS TO LOSE, hitting bookstores on 1st April!
Owning a strip club isn’t the fantasy most guys expect it to be. With long hours, a staff with enough issues to keep a psych ward in business, and the police regularly on his case, twenty-nine year old Cain is starting to second guess his unspoken mission to save the women he employs. And then blond, brown-eyed Charlie Rourke walks through his door, and things get really complicated. Cain abides by a strict“no
sleeping with the staff” rule. But being around Charlie challenges Cain’s self-control…and it’s been a long time since any woman has done that.
Twenty-two-year old Charlie Rourke needs a lot of money, really fast, in order to vanish before it’s too
late. Taking her clothes off for men makes her stomach curl but Charlie tells herself that at least she’s putting her acting and dancing skills to good use. And though her fellow dancers seem eager to nab their sexy, sophisticated, and genuinely caring boss, she’s not interested. After all, Charlie Rourke doesn’t
really exist—and the girl pretending to be her doesn’t need to complicate her life with romance.
Unfortunately, Charlie soon discovers that developing feelings for Cain is inevitable, that those feelings may not be unrequited—but losing him when he finds out what she’s involved with will be more painful than any other sentence awaiting her.
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Oh my gosh, I have the best news to share! Okay *deep breath* Jennifer's first book in the Lux series, Obsidian is hitting the BIG SCREEN!
That's right, Daemon Black is coming to a cinema near you soon. I'm actually dying right now...so...much...happiness! I'm pretty sure I'm just gonna ride this high all day. *Happy sigh* I cannot wait to see the casting!
Hey minions, how you liking the new site? I think it's awesome. Took me two and a half days to set up, looking at the results I'm not complaining. So why the move? Well to put it simply I was not getting the best I could from my previous home, and considering what I paid that shit just became unacceptable. So I did something I always do when I'm frustrated with my site, I go site hunting and well obviously considering how long it took me to actually move I was never successful. But this time I persevered and clearly succeeded, I can do everything I want and have everything I could ever need when posting updates, reviews etc. No complicated rubbish. I plan on getting my own domain when I return to the UK, I like making whats mine, MINE. And well there you have it, for now TheGeektasticAlii will remain open but in the upcoming week/s it'll be shut down. From now on I'll be posting only from here, so get yourselves familiar with the awesomeness of Alii's Book Jungle. Oh yeah had to rebrand a little you know 'cause well 'GeektasticAlii' doesn't exactly scream 'Books', kept the signature as you can see in the cover photo but have a new brand to represent. Don't worry though the home may have changed, but I'm still my book junkie crazy self. I think some celebrating's in order, don't you?
Cheers darlings x
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