Posts Categorized: Musing

16 May '17

Starting all over again …. Without a clue as usual!

Starting all over again …. Without a clue as usual!

So, most of you know I have been out of action for around 18 months. I decided to start again when I got my annual reminder to pay my fees. It was decision time; pay up and actually blog or let Scorching Book Reviews fade away. I decided on the former.     I’m not 100% back (I’m actually sticking my head in the sand regarding my NetGalley feedback% because it truly is SHIT) but I’m trying to get myself together. I say trying because I’m actually struggling to learn to blog in this new climate. It feel’s like I’m starting from scratch but I can do it; I just have to learn it all over again. When I started in 2011 (seriously, 2011) it was a lot simpler. There were popular memes, a shit tonne of blog tour hosts and everyone wanted to do a Guest-Post. I’m walking around the landscape of 2017 and it is most definitely not the same…     So far, my hits are most… Keep Reading »

13 Sep '15

I’ve been away for two weeks… but I needed it!

I’ve been away for two weeks… but I needed it!

I’ve been away from the blog for two weeks. It wasn’t a conscious decision it just happened. The Sex Scene Championship is an awesome event … a bloody awesome event (have you all read the winning scene? ’tis amazeballs) but it’s so tiring being on call of the time. I needed a break and so I took one.     I feel better now and raring to go. From today, there will be posts and reviews and everything!! I’m sorry for being away but, believe me, it was for the best for all (I tried to write a review after the event … it wasn’t pretty or in any way intelligent). My priority is to get on with emailing winners. The authors have just finished confirming their prizes and now I know what I can offer winners. Then I have reviews outstanding (sorry authors!), GR to update & then emails to respond to (sorry again; I’ve had so many, I’ve prioritized). This may sound like a whine but it wasn’t…. Keep Reading »

23 Apr '15

Musing Post : I need some LGBT Recommendations ….

Musing Post : I need some LGBT Recommendations ….

  OK, next month is LGBT month here on the blog. I love this event but there is one thing I think I haven’t done enough of over the last few years; I haven’t done enough LGBT reviews on it. This year I am committed to one LGBT post per day (there may be non-LGBT posts too … I have review commitments) so, at the very least, on the days where there are no posts (there are days left authors *BIG HINT*) ¬†there will be LGBT reviews! (I want to do at least 10 I think). So, I need recommendations! What LGBT books do you tell people about? What should I read? I won’t read them all (and possibly not every review will be favourable) but I think I need some guidance. There are a few things I won’t read (twincest, cheating, twatty heroes/heroines) but I’m open to pretty much anything else! HELP READERS ūüôā Oh, and if any bloggers want to GuestPost and tell people about their favourite LGBT… Keep Reading »

31 Oct '14

Random Musing Post : How I decide which book to buy.

Random Musing Post : How I decide which book to buy.

I’ve heard so much over the past few weeks that makes me unhappy with what is currently going on in the blogging world. Reviewers being harassed over a negative review (and let me be clear here, it was a negative review of the BOOK not the author though that author has since proven herself unworthy of my hard earned money), authors referring to the blogger response as “bullying” and (I shit you not) likening participants to terrorists and, finally, proclaiming that their work is entitled to reviews. All that above paragraph makes me shake my head in disbelief and wonder where these statements are coming from. Let me be clear here authors; you are not entitled to my time, my blog or my money. Now here is another shitty statement I want to address that’s come out this week too; bloggers aren’t trust worthy as they are only in it for the free stuff. Absolute bull. Lets start with said “free-stuff”. A typical book costs ¬£5.99 here in the UK… Keep Reading »

11 Oct '14

Nix Musing : No, I do not read p0rn (warning: ranty post filled with swear words & flashing GIF’s)

Nix Musing : No, I do not read p0rn (warning: ranty post filled with swear words & flashing GIF’s)

First off, sorry about the flashing GIF but it is Idris Elba and I couldn’t resist *strokes screen*. Yes Ladies and Gent’s, I got that judgey statement/question again this week…. “Oh my God, you read PORN?” (a statement followed by me swiftly sighing and smashing my head against desk). I don’t consider what I read as “porn” but even if I did, what the fuck has it got to do with anyone else? I have no issues with porn but I do have issues with people assuming these books are only porn; they take far more skill to write than any porn story ever has. ¬†It’s annoyed me so much this time, I decided to come on here and rant to you lovely people and vent my frustration ….. it’s why you come here right ūüôā So, I decided to try find some justification to my usual “my reading material isn’t porn” reasoning that isn’t my usual “so fuck off” (I get cranky with the judgement, I really do). So… Keep Reading »

14 Jun '14

Random Musings : What makes an auto-buy series for me?

Random Musings : What makes an auto-buy series for me?

I think I’m becoming more fussy in my old age. Gone are the days when I would read anything, when everything caught my attention and kept it ’til the very last sentence. If any book manages to keep me reading nowadays, I have to try more of that author immediately. If it’s a series book, and couple more keep my attention too, that series may very well end up on my very small auto-buy series list. My auto-buy series list is short. It takes quite a lot of evidence for me to trust an author enough to buy all their series books on release day, especially as some series seem to keep on going (The In Death series anyone?… not that I begrudge more Roarke…). I’ve noticed a pattern, a few commonalities that make a series addictive in my eyes. Strong Heroines in MF series‚Äď in hetero romance, I expect to love a Hero (if I hate him the book is often DNF anyway) but in the books I enjoy… Keep Reading »

17 May '14

Things I just don’t want in my romance reads

Things I just don’t want in my romance reads

I’ve been blogging for 4 years now (I know….4 years!) and in that time, I’ve read a hell of a lot of romance books. My reading rate has increased since I began this site and I’ve tried tropes I never would have if I hadn’t been part of this community. I’ve now come to realise that, just because something is catagorised as romance, doesn’t mean it’s my kind of romance. EDIT :¬†As this is my blog, this is MY opinion. It may not be yours and that is fine. I am not “shaming” anyone else because they like Alpha-holes or dubious consent, I’m merely saying these don’t work for me.¬† When I began, I read everything. Literally anything and everything but, as I’ve been exposed to more romance, I’ve also been exposed to tropes and characters that have hit all my rage buttons and, now, I’ve become more selective. I know now what characters will annoy me to the point that I’d rather see them step under a bus than… Keep Reading »

10 May '14

Why I’m no longer pressing that “pre-order” one-click button.

Why I’m no longer pressing that “pre-order” one-click button.

I’ve decided something from this week; I’m no longer pre-ordering eBooks from Amazon. Last week, a book I bought on pre-order dropped in price, the day after it released, by nearly 30%. I spent more money on that book, just to get it on release day, and I haven’t even gotten round to reading it yet. This isn’t the first time that it has happened and I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last so, with the amount of spare cash I have being very limited, I’ve realized that by waiting that one extra day, I will be spending that money a little more wisely. I know it isn’t what authors want to see, I know that release day sales are important but, for me as a reader, it is the right thing to do. So what am I doing instead? Me, the Queen of Pre-order who will most likely forget to buy the book at all if I don’t get it as soon as I see it. Well, I’ll… Keep Reading »

13 Mar '11

Books we don’t like – to review or not to review?

There has been a lot of chatter this last couple of months about a YA mafia. Said “mafia” leave rather¬†scathing comments¬†on negative reviews of their own books. The problem has gotten so bad that Goodreads have taken the step of blocking any author who does this, stating that Goodreads should be a place where people can¬†air their views on certain books, negative or positive. Here on the blog, we have decided to state our views on the subject, with an explanation as to why. Personally, I hate leaving negative reviews. Having tried time and time again to write a book, I realise the kind of blood, sweat and tears that authors put into their books. Its almost like you leave a piece of yourself on that paper, so it must be heartbreaking to read that someone doesn’t like your work. I really¬†dislike reviewers who put venom into their opinions of a book, or leave no reasoning as to why they give a¬†bad star rating¬†– there really is no need to… Keep Reading »