Re-post: Teaser Tuesday ~ The Long Earth ~ Baxter & Pratchett

book cover The Long Earth Pratchett Baxter

Image source Goodreads

August 2020

I didn’t realise that it is such a long time ago when I started reading this series. It still excites me, and I finished all the available books last year.

June 2015

I know, I know I already did a Teaser with Stephen Baxter’s and Terry Pratchett’s “The Long Earth” but is’s just such a great book so please bear with me and read another one 🙂

For a moment, the three of them stood at the entrance of this house of bones. Joshua felt utterly dismayed at the sight, yet somehow it seemed an appropriate culmination of this lethally disappointing place.

Stephen Baxter & Terry Pratchett, The Long Earth, page 273, Hardback, published by TransworldBooks

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“Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the

following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!”

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Re-Post: Teaser Tuesday: The Authors Guide To Working With Book Bloggers

August 2020

I am not quite sure how uncertain authors are today about working with book bloggers. Blogs are certainly much more “a thing” than they were in 2015. So maybe this quote isn’t that up to date anymore. However, Barb Drozdowitch is a brilliant social media advisor, and it’s worth checking out her page and books. That is why I re-publish this post. You find the link later on:

June 2015

Today’s Teaser Tuesday goes a little non-fictional. But as most of us here are bloggers or book authors and blogs, that review books, become more and more important, I found this book a great idea.

About the author

Barb Drozdowitch is a Social Media and WordPress consultant and has written 6 books in her “Building Blocks to Author Success” series. I am reading her newest “The Author’s Guide to Working With Book Bloggers” for BookTourTips and found it a very helpful book.
Looks to me like authors have a lot harder nowadays to be discovered as there are so many more books out there. So even though publishing itself has become much easier for authors, the promotion work has become much harder.
Any guide that can help you find out what to do and how to get readers is a good thing in my eyes.
Find out more about Barb on her page: Helping One Author At A Time.

My Teaser

And here is my teaser:
A common complaint I hear from authors is that the questions are stupid or a waste of time. My response is that the authors need to take what their given and form it into something they want to represent them and their books.
Barb Drozdowich, “The Author’s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers”, BookTrope Editions, Chapter 9 “The Interview”

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“Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the

following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!”

Blast from the Past: Teaser Tuesday ~ A Year Of Taking Chances

Book Cover of L Diamond's The Year of Taking Chances

photo source: Goodreads

October 2019:

I cannot believe that it is 4 years ago I read this book!!!!

May 2015:

I used to despise chick lit books. “Not up to my standard,” I thought before I stumbled over Anna Adams and Scarlett Thomas and I enjoyed reading them so much that I grab one every now and then. My preferred genres are still poetry, sci-fi and fantasy but to be a versatile reader I need to branch out every now and then :-).

One of them I grabbed last week from the library and the only reason was the title: “The Year of Taking Chances” just sounded to exciting that I had to take it with me. Three women meet at a new years party and decide that this year will be the year of taking chances. And it looks they have to…

It is written by Lucy Diamond who also writes children’s book which you can find under the name Sue Mongredien. Lucy Diamond is her pen name. I haven’t read much of the book yet so I won’t say more and just jump into the teaser:

After a gloomy few months in Larkmead, it had been energizing to flex her creative muscles again; she’d forgotten how much she enjoyed design work.

Page 151 of “A Year Of Taking Chances” by Lucy Diamond and published by Pan Books in 2015

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“Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the

following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!”

Teaser Tuesday ~ The Chakra Series

This post was first published in April 2015. As far as I can see the Teaser Tuesday meme does not exist anymore:

Blue Bookcover with  Throat Chakra Sign and black writing saying: "Chakra Series Book 5 Throat Chakra"

Today I want to introduce you to a book series which I stumbled upon by accident. It is actually two and I have books of both of them. It is called “The Chakra Series” by Viv Rosser a very interesting author whom you can hardly find anything about on the internet.

The only source of information I could find was her author bio on Amazon and it sounds like a special person. She always wanted to write but decided to become a teacher after school. It did not hold her long and an experience with a child who had trouble in school made her change to a charity for children. She went back to teach later on but also got several degree’s for example in Art Therapy and Psychology. She also travelled the world with her youngest son and her husband.

She really seems to be the “River of Consciousness” which is her Sanskrit name given to her in Osho Leela.

Both book series are introductions to the Chakra’s, what they mean and what impact they might have. Wonderfully illustrated it offers you mantras and mandalas to work with. These books are not big and not an in-depth introduction but if you are a beginner and want to know more they are a beautiful introduction.

Here is my quote:

“Our perceptual skill, our awareness of subtle changes and responses in our environment and the people we meet are focused in the throat chakra, through hearing. We are constantly receiving lots of simultaneous information and rarely get time to process noises, speech and what people are saying to us.”

location 41, 80% of Viv Rossers and John Gibbons “Chakra Series Book 5 – Throat Chakra

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“Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the

following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!”

Blast from the Past: Teaser Tuesday ~ Woke Up This Morning

September 2019

I totally forgot about this one. 🙂

May 2015

Today my Tuesday Teaser is from a  poetry book.  I love writing poetry and every now and then get myself my poetry fix from the library.

I usually just go to the library and see which poetry books are there. Last week Tuesday I stumbled over this one:

Brian Docherty ~ Woke Up This Morning published by Smokestack Books in 2012. I actually read it in November 2013 but could not remember when I was in the library even though it felt pretty familiar. Never mind. On Goodreads, I wrote that it’s brilliant and I still feel like that.

You can find out more about the author here

Poetry pf

Goodreads

And here comes my teaser:

If a swimmer meets his reflection as he dives in,

which world does he enter and on who’s terms?

Does this reflection enter our world, take his place

and go about his business on its own terms?

This is from the poem “Reflected Object” on page 40 of “Woke Up This Morning” by Brian Docherty.

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This meme does not exist anymore as far as I can see. Shame….

“Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the

following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!”

Teaser Tuesday ~ The Communist Manifesto ~ Karl Marx ~ A Blast from the Past

August 2019

Mr Marx had his points though about capitalism which are becoming blatantly clear now, that most communist experiments are gone down the drain: property and money are getting into fewer and fewer hands and the rest of us have less and less. I doubt his ideas are dead yet…

April 2015

It’s Tuesday again and therefore I tease you a little with one of my actual reads. I have chosen another German immigrant from many, many years ago: Karl Marx and his “The Communist Manifesto”.

It is a tough read: Old-fashioned language and of course if you read it in today’s world you have all the failed communist experiments all over the world in your mind. In my opinion, there are a lot of assumptions that Marx did about working class people and how humans would react if there is no private property anymore.

I have always believed that Marx had a very positive image about humans: If only the bourgeoisie, it’s oppression and private property is gone humankind will let go of all deception and personal gain and everybody will have what they need. Well, history has shown that communist countries created even more oppression on the working class and the communist leaders lived a life in luxury which Marx clearly had not in mind.

One could say of course that that was not pure communism yet but that way it would not work anyway I believe. But I love his idea of a fair life for all, where everybody has what they need and find work at their abilities. For me, it is still the question how to achieve that though. I would certainly take into consideration that people are quite selfish and as Brecht put it: “Food is the first thing, morals follow on”. Well, even that does not always work.

As I said above it is a tough read as the language is very old-fashioned but I believe one needs to know what they are talking about. So if I want to talk about the communist idea I need to read his works.

But enough explanation. Here is my quote:

“The bourgeoisie keeps more and more doing away with the scattered state of the population, of the means of production, and of property. It has agglomerated production, and has concentrated property in a few hands.”

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“Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!”

Teaser Tuesday ~ Dana Stabenow

June 2019

It’s been a very long time since I read a Kate Shugak book. Definitely on my reading list now…

October 2016

I am writing this right in the middle of packing boxes and cleaning bits and bobs. Not keen on moving itself, however, it is great to know we can move into our own home. We can’t wait. When this is posted we are in for about a week and maybe we are online again. If not for today a little teaser in a book that kept me up in October. And a series and author I have discovered through a Kindle free offer: Dana Stabenow and the Kate Shugak series. If you love crime novels and Alaska ~ this is your author and crime series 🙂

Teaser Tuesday

“And Richie?”

“Richie?” Max’s mouth twisted up at one corner. “Richie was next found on the payroll of Jasper Bannister.”

“Tell me you’re kidding.”

Max shook his head. “Oh no. Jasper appreciated loyalty and efficiency in an employee, especially when he needed somebody to get at those hard-to-reach areas.”

A Taint in the Blood by Dana Stabenow, p 228, printed by CPI Group

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser Tuesday ~ Herman Hesse ~ Siddhartha

January 2019

Interesting to see what I have been reading throughout the years

March 2015

Since a few weeks, I come across a meme called “Teaser Tuesday”. I found it on different blogs and it’s teasing me to take part ;-). So today I will have a start and I will start a new book as well.

Oh, you don’t know what “Teaser Tuesday” is? Well, you give away two teaser sentences of the book you are reading. But for better understanding here the words of the inventor blog over at A Daily Rhythm:

“Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!”

I went to school in Germany and there I was introduced to Herman Hesse. In my teenage and early adulthood days, I read many of his books and one that influenced me the most is Siddhartha. Today I start to read one of the English translations and am looking forward to finding out if it feels any different than the original.

But here is my teaser:

“In the shade of the house, in the sunshine of the riverbank near the boats, in the shade of the Sal-wood forest, in the shade of the fig tree is where Siddhartha grew up, the handsome son of the Brahman, the young falcon, together with his friend Govinda, son of a Brahman. The sun tanned his light shoulders by the banks of the river when bathing, performing the sacred ablutions, the sacred offerings….”

Siddhartha” by Hermann Hesse, Kindle version, Start Publishing LLC ~ unfortunately, I could not find out who translated it.

Teaser Tuesday ~ The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer

book cover ruby iyer book series

Another great blog event from 2015 that unfortunately does not exist anymore:

I am not quite sure what to think about my teaser today. It is a book I read for Booktour.tips and is called “The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer”. Can’t remember why I chose it for review. Probably because I like India and I want to know more about it. The story takes place in Bombay. Ruby, a born Bombay girl, lives with a friend but one morning on her way to work a man pushes her down the railway track. She doesn’t get run over by a train but survives being electrocuted my a crazy amount of volts and of course that cannot stay without consequences.

The story is just gripping and keeps you on the pages. The main character is a kick-ass female which I really love in stories, but the descriptions and characters just seem to be that tiny little bit off being natural and realistic. But maybe that’s just me. It is certainly worth reading, and here are my teasers:

“Well, if he isn’t going to acknowledge that we met at Toto’s last night, then neither am I. I ask, “What is that accent?”

Taken from “The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer” by Laxmi Hariharan, Kindle Version, 16% or location 667

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“Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the

following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!”

Teaser Tuesday ~ John Betjeman

I have heard about John Betjeman but have never read any of his poetry or heard any on the BBC. Apparently, he did a series of readings for the BBC in the 1950s which are not available anymore. Kevin Gardner though did some detective work and found the poems and published them in a book by the same name.

This week is the last week of “A Prompt A Day For Bee” and “frapalym,o” and I start to read “Poems in the Porch” to celebrate this. If you want to know more about Mr Betjeman, please have a look here.

My teaser was broadcasted in 1955, but it feels pretty up-to-date to me :-):

We raise the price of things in shops, 

We give plain boxes fancy tops,

And lines which traders cannot sell

Thus parcelled go extremely well.

We dole out bribes we call a present

To those to whom we must be pleasant

For business reasons.

Page 107 of “Poems in the Porch” by John Betjeman and Kevin Gardner, published by Continuum UK & US in 2008

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“Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the

following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!”