#CaseClosed: #May2018 #BookOfTheMonth #amreading #amreviewing #bookblogger #damppebbles #booklove

Hello my bookish friends! It’s not quite the last day of May but I have such a busy schedule on the blog this week that it seemed only right to post my May #CaseClosed a day early (it was that or four days into June which may have resulted in some unusual twitching, haha).

May has been another quiet month on the blog. I’m really struggling to find the time to read and if I’m honest, the thought of sitting down and writing a review is just a little ‘ugh’ at the moment. I took a lovely social media break over the Bank Holiday Weekend so that may become a more regular thing. Do you take regular social media breaks?

During May I took part in five blog tours (plus I have another tour coming your way tomorrow!):

All posts were reviews:
Pressure by Betsy Reavley | The Retreat by Mark Edwards | The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton | The TV Detective by Simon Hall | Absolution by Paul E. Hardisty |

I also reviewed two other books, both for publication day (or as near as dangit!):
Dead Blind by Rebecca Bradley | Don’t You Dare by A.J. Waines |

And that’s it for May! What an unproductive month it’s been *sigh*. Actually, thinking about it (brooding on it!) I do have other reviews waiting in the wings (It Was Her by Mark Hill for the blog tour on Thursday, When the Waters Recede by Graham Smith for the blog tour on Friday and I’m currently nearing the end of Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough for June’s First Monday Crime) so it’s not as bad as it looks after all! Hoorah!

As for other news, not a lot has happened this month. It was the #BloggersBash awards the other weekend and a number of very good friends won awards. I didn’t but d’you know what? I didn’t expect to. I won the Services to Bloggers category last year and it was time for other people to sparkle and shine. Congratulations to all the winners, you guys are awesome!

Business is good! Just a quick reminder that if you’re a crime author and you’re looking to run a blog tour then give me a shout. I’ve recently started my own blog tour organising business; damppebbles blog tours and I’m currently taking bookings. If you’re a book blogger and would like to find out about the tours I organise then click HERE. Actually, I was wondering where my reading time has gone. I may have just found the answer, lol! (But I’m certainly not complaining!)

Which I think just leaves my book of the month…

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So without further ado, here’s my book of May 2018…

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It’s The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton!

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“Our main character, WPC Florence Lovelady, had my full attention from start to finish and I’m left wanting more. What an intriguing, fascinating story and one that will stay with me for some time to come.

Would I recommend this book? Most definitely. It’s creepy, it’s tense and it’s full of witches! I loved it. I love what the author has done with her story and her characters are an absolute delight. Highly recommended.”

So that’s it from me for now. I have at least two posts a day for the rest of the week so strap yourselves in and hold tight, it’s gonna get busy!

Thanks for dropping by today. I hope you have a sunshine filled June and that the start of Summer is full of fantastic reads.

damppebbles.com nominated for #BestBookReviewBlog at the Fourth Annual Bloggers Bash Awards! #ABBAs #bookblogger #amreviewing #crimefiction

Hello, my bookish friends. I have some news *scrapes herself off the ceiling*. My little piece of the internet has been nominated for an award at the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards…..EEEEEEEEEPP!!

Those of you who were with me last year may remember that I was in the Services to Bloggers category. And I only flipping WON it!! Honest. It was me. I won an actual, real-life award.

The competition was tough last year but oh my gosh, it’s stepped up a few notches this year. Not helped by being in the same category as some of my very favourite book bloggers (not only are they very good at what they do, they are some of the loveliest people I know). This year damppebbles.com is in the BEST BOOK REVIEW BLOG category 🎉🥂!!

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So if you haven’t voted yet then please consider ticking the box next to ‘damppebbles.com’ for Best Book Review Blog (over 6,300 votes have been cast so far and it’s been less than a week since voting opened!). Here’s the link to vote: https://sachablack.co.uk/2018/04/06/voting-is-now-open-for-the-annual-bloggers-bash-awards-bloggersbash/

It’s so humbling to be nominated for something like the Bloggers Bash. I think back to the day I pressed ‘publish’ on my brand spanking new blog and thought to myself, ‘well, it’s something to keep me entertained for a little while’. That was two and a bit years ago and how my life has changed since. I didn’t expect anyone to follow me, I didn’t expect authors and publishers to want me to read their books, I didn’t expect that I would be able to chat to some incredible authors on a daily basis (and I still get starstruck!), I didn’t expect the lifelong friendships, the opportunities to read books that wouldn’t normally have crossed my radar, the sense of community and belonging.

Book blogging has changed my life and I LOVE it. Thank you all for your follows, your retweets, your shares, your comments but most of all, thank you for your support. YOU make blogging fun.

Wish me luck, guys. It’s an incredibly tough category and I think I need all the support I can get, up against some of the most dedicated and influential book bloggers out there.

Voting closes at midnight on 30th April 2018 (BST) and the awards will be presented at a ceremony in London on Saturday 19th May 2018. To find out more, click THIS LINK.

Thank you ❤

damppebbles.com nominated for the @BloggersBash #ServicestoBloggers award!

Hello my booky friends. We’ve known each other for a while now and I hope, by now, you’ve picked up on how much I love to #sharethebooklove. Part of my daily routine is sharing as many fabulous book reviews and booky posts from fellow bloggers over on Twitter as I can. 

Due (I think) to this love of sharing posts, I’ve been nominated for an award! Whoop whoop 🎉.  I am absolutely thrilled to have been nominated for a 2017 Annual Bloggers Bash Award!

damppebbles.com is nominated in the Services to Bloggers category and I would be so incredibly grateful if you could spare a moment and vote for me.

The criteria is: Who’s the kindest blogger of them all? Which blogger goes out of their way to help others? Maybe someone helped you kick start your blog with tutorials or maybe they continually reblogs your posts. Perhaps someone consistently provides useful posts on how to boost your own blog. Or maybe you want to nominate someone who provides a platform for others.

Who do you want to thank for their dedication to other bloggers?

So please, if you haven’t already done so please vote for damppebbles.com (and anyone else you fancy whilst you’re there!). Just click on the Bloggers Bash logo above to vote. Best of luck everyone. Results will be revealed in a glittery ceremony in London on 10th June. Fingers crossed (and THANK YOU!!). Voting closes at 12pm on FRIDAY 2nd JUNE, please make your vote count ❤.

damppebbles is 1 year old today! #blogiversary #amreading #amreviewing #bookblogger #giveaway

200Grab yourself a glass of fizz, stick a silly party hat on your head (you look great, honest!), gorge yourself on cake and boogie on down to the dance floor.  All in honour of my little blog.  Today, Saturday 14th January 2017 is damppebble’s first birthday.  Today I celebrate my first ever blogiversary, whoop whoop.  Did I think one year ago today that I would be celebrating this landmark occasion?  Well…no, I didn’t.  I had dabbled in book blogging before and hadn’t got very far.  (If you would like proof then please click here, you have been warned!)

To celebrate I have a fabulous booky prize bundle to giveaway to one lucky winner but more about that in a moment or two.

I have thoroughly enjoyed being a book blogger over the last year.  I have read books that I wouldn’t have had the chance to read otherwise.  I have met the most amazing group of people, also known as the book blogging community and have made some true, lifelong friends.  I have met authors on and offline, OH MY GOSH…AUTHORS!  You wonderfully talented people are my rock stars and if I seemed like a gibbering wreck when  I met you then that’s the reason why.  Utterly starstruck.  I have participated in numerous brilliant blog tours (apologies to anyone I’ve missed)…

giphyI was voted Fahrenheit Press‘ Blogger of the Week (well, fortnight as it turned out but I wasn’t complaining!).  As well as appearing on a number of other fabulous blogs talking about my book obsession.  And I finally made it to a blogger/author meet-up in Birmingham (the first of many I hope, so I can continue to gibber at you lovely authors).  All in all I think my first year has gone rather well!

But enough of my wittering, where are the prizes you ask..?!  I have a rather lovely bunch of Orenda goodies on offer to one lucky winner.

First up I have my original copy of the phenomenal A Suitable Lie, my book of 2016.  If you missed my review then click here.  Oh, and don’t worry.  A very kind person sent me a signed copy of ASL so I do still have one on my bookshelf (phew!).  I also have a crimey magnetic bookmark with the 50 best crime novels.  I’m not sure who they asked as my list would be quite different but it’s an interesting discussion point.  And finally, being sent from damppebbles HQ, there is a pretty turquoise notebook with accompanying pink pencil and butterflies printed on the pages.  It’s lovely and one for the stationery addicts out there.  But wait, there’s more…

The incredibly lovely Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books has offered the winner a SIGNED copy of Rupture by Ragnar Jonasson (paperback published 15th January 2017) and a SIGNED copy of In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings (paperback published April 2016).  A special thank you to Karen for offering such fabulous prizes and wanting to be a part of my first blogiversary.

So there we have it.  What a prize bundle, huh?  So now all you need to know is how to enter.  The giveaway is open to existing and new followers of damppebbles.com.  UK ONLY please (sorry but postage is a killer!).  The winner will need to provide me with their postal address which I will then share with Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books, no one else.  The giveaway ends at midnight (GMT) on 18th January 2017.  Click on the link below to enter.  Good luck everyone!

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So here’s to my second year as a fully fledged book blogger.  I am honoured by the support I have received over the last year and by the way I have been welcomed into the booky community with open (warm and fuzzy) arms.  For each tweet, retweet, share or mention, each comment, like and follow…thank you!!  I am hugely grateful and still find it hard to believe that there is someone out there who is interested in what I have to say.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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One final thing before you go (if there is anyone still reading at this point!!) here are my most popular posts of the past 12 months.  I’m glad that my most viewed review is also one of my very favourite books, that makes it even more special.

Most visited post (My Husbands Son blog tour, guest post by Deborah O’Connor)
My most visited review (The Optician’s Wife by Betsy Reavley)

Thanks everyone, looking forward to the next year.

p.s. It’s ‘damppebbles’, not damp pebbles or Damp Pebbles or (OMG) DampPebbles.  It’s just like ‘Waterstones’, but better because I’d serve wine 😉