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… 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… 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!… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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,… Keep Reading »