5 Reasons you SHOULD join the ETA Book Review Club…
If you didn’t know, here at ETA we run our very own, online book club where we regularly send out a free ebook to reviewers in exchange for an honest review of the book.
Here are 5 reasons why you should join the club today…
1.It is FREE! Completely free to join and you will regularly get a free ebook to keep, it’s great!
2.You get to discover new authors and genres that you may not of discovered before. This is a common thing said to me, that people wouldn’t of even thought of reading a certain genre before but now they love it.
3.If you join the Face Book community you get to chat with and make new book loving friends! Yay for new book lovers.
4. You can connect with with ETA Publishing House on a new level and see what it’s like to be part of the team.
5.You get to voice your honest opinions of the book, the writing style etc. Have your say in what you liked and disliked about it.
Find out more about the book club and how to join you can find the link to the info page here.
Or you can email Amber, the Book Reviewer Team Coordinator and Editorial Assistant to have any queries answered and to be signed up! ( email@example.com )
We can't wait to welcome you to the club.
Please share this post with your friends on social media to give them the chance to join as well.
We are kicking 2017 off with a book review- yay!
This month in the book club we are reading and reviewing The Roper Twins: Bath Time Battles with Nan! written by Cauline Thomas- Brown.
Although this is a children’s book and I haven’t got any children, I still wanted to read this book so I decided to read it to my younger cousin Daisy.
Both me and Daisy really enjoyed the book and giggled throughout, she loved the bright colours and illustrations featured in the book too.
The story itself is a light hearted look on how a grandmother struggles to get her 2 young granddaughters into the ‘big bath’.
The aptly named book ‘Bath Time Battles’ is a great way to describe what happens, you see the struggles and the fun at the same time.
You can’t help but laugh and giggle at the struggles that poor nan has to go through in this calming, heartwarming book for children.
Parents and kids will love this read, a perfect book for anyone who wants a good light hearted book.
The Roper Twins Bath Time Battles with Nan! Will be available everywhere books are sold and is currently available on pre-order at the ETA Webstore.
Hard back version here.
eBook version here.
YouTube Book Club Review.
Happy new year and welcome to 2017...
This post today is just to let you know about our new blog schedule!
We will be uploading every Friday instead of Thursday.
There is no reason for the change other than the fact that we will have that #FridayFeeling!
So we are excited to welcome this little change to our blog and we will see you next Friday with a more exciting post.
We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Now we have got that little sing song out of the way we want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.
Here are ETA Publishing House we want to thank you all for the great year of 2016, we can't wait to see what 2017 has in store.
Thank you to all our guest bloggers who featured on our blog during 2016 this, we loved your posts and would love to have you back here again in 2017.
Enjoy your Christmas everyone.
Lots of love, ETA.
Hi, I’m Lauren Catherine aka my name in real and on the blog. What is my blog about? Well all about lifestyle, beauty and just anything what I feel like. I’ve been blogging for just 6 months now, I’ve been loving it. I’m sorry I never really stuck it before this!!
Here at the ETA Publishing House blog we love to have guest bloggers post for us, one particular blogger who we love and want to have back all the time is Laura Bourne.
Laura has written for us before and everyone loved her post so today... She's back!
You can find Laura's social medias here:
Why Books Are A Great Present...
1. It’s the gift that keeps on giving
Books mean different things at different times in your life. I have had a totally different experience reading the same book at 30 as I did to when I was 25 or 15. The right book can be a lifelong gift that the recipient returns to again and again from childhood through to old age. Whilst there is always space in my life for new books, I am as enamoured now by Matilda by Roald Dahl and The Wind in the Willows as I was at six years old, and every time I read these special books I get something new from them.
2. They don’t take up too much space
Okay, so for us book lovers our collection of books might take up a lot of space, but a book as a gift would be welcome for those amongst us who are living with a lot of stuff. This is particularly true when buying gifts for children who have so many bulky toys which need to be kept somewhere. They’re also immensely portable, you don’t need a large bag to carry a book around with you and you don’t need any other kit to make them work.
3. Books last forever
Books can become heirlooms. A beautiful book will be treasured by its owner and passed down the generations. Historically this has always been the case with family Bibles, but there is no reason that a favourite work of fiction or biography couldn’t become a much loved and cherished family artefact. In fact, I have a leather bound copy of Jane Eyre that my mother used to study A Level English. I hope one day that I will pass it down to my daughters and that they will love the story as much as the previous generations of their family have.
4. They’re easy to wrap
Even the clumsiest of wrappers can manage to wrap up a book and make it look presentable, however few skills they generally have in that area! In fact, they’re such an easy shape that they might even be able to add a bow!
5. They don’t need charging
As wonderful as Kindles and iPads are, there is nothing more frustrating than sitting down with a cup of tea and the anticipation of a good long session of reading, only to find that your device has no charge! With traditional books there’s none of that fuss, all you need is a comfy chair, a mug of something delicious and a lamp on, in order to settle down to a little bit of magic.
We want to thank Laura for yet another great post and we hope to have her back on our blog in the future! (Psst, Laura, Youre welcome back anytime!)
Here at ETA we pride ourselves in publishing great quality reads, if you think a book would be a great gift for someone you know this Christmas (by the way, it would be a great gift) then you can shop some of our favourites by clicking on the picture down below or you can click here to shop our full range of books!
Hello ETA Blog readers,
My name is Amber and you might know me as the Book Reviewer Team Co-ordinator but my main role with ETA Publishing House is called an Editorial Assistant.
Today I thought that it would be interesting for you to have an insight into my day, what I do and you can see the behind the scenes of certain parts of my role.
I want to start of by saying that Editorial Assistants get involved in all aspects of the Publishing World and all Editorial roles are a little different even here at ETA Publishing House. So what I do in my day could be completely different to what you do in your day, even if you are an Editorial Assistant too, but hey if it works it works!
First of all I always check my emails to see what's going on today, if there are any changes needed or if someone needs a little help with something.
I speak to Bloggers and reviewers via email and I also communicate with colleagues too.
Go on Twitter
Then I head over to Twitter, we have a separate account on twitter for the ETA Book Review Club (@etabookclub) where reviewers can connect and we can also find book lovers looking to review books.
I follow back anyone who has followed us and I reply to any tweets or DM’s, I also send out at least 1 tweet a day about our books, becoming a reviewer or exciting announcements.
Our Instagram (@etapublishing) is where I share short videos from our YouTube channel, book covers and relatable quotes and pictures.
We also use our instagram story quite a lot so keep an eye out on there…
We have a series on YouTube about our book club where I share my review on the book that month, I film myself talking about the book, if I enjoyed it and I give away spoiler alerts so if you haven't read the particular book yet don’t watch the video!
I then edit the video I've just filmed using iMovie. I add our social media names on screen and leave the link to everything you’ll need in the description.
Fortunately uploading the videos doesn’t take that long because I keep the videos short and sweet.
Facebook and LinkedIn
I share every blog post, youtube video etc on FaceBook and LinkedIn too, so if you haven't got a twitter account you can follow us there, so you’ll never miss a thing.
I get to connect with Bloggers and throughout November and December we have a lot of exciting guest posts booked in, I arrange with the Bloggers the titles and what they’re about and we set a deadline for the post to be in.
A lot of months in advance go into planning these blog posts and we are really proud of them.
Once I receive the blog posts I then proofread them for any spelling mistakes and then send it over to my wonderful boss Cauline ( shoutout to you, Cauline ) and she proofreads them too.
Then we upload the post every Thursday but I usually write them up, edit if needed and add hyperlinks to everything a few days before.
Updating Databases and processing orders
I get to update any book databases with the current up to date book information and ISBN numbers (there is a lot of technical talk here so I won't go into it all) and I put orders of books through and send them to very important people!
We have recently decided to run a monthly competition called Reviewer Of The Month, this competition is for our Book reviewers only so if you want to be in with a chance of featuring on our website, being named our ROTM and receiving a little prize then sign up here.
How ROTM works is we set a deadline for all book reviews to be in by, we then choose 3 of the top reviews with most detail and explanation in and we then pick our favourite one. (Sometimes the authors are going to help too, how exciting!)
And then I like to finish my day with a hot drink, preferably a hot chocolate and reading one of ETA’s brilliant books, you can find our books here.
Hi everyone, Guest Blogger Alex here today. I currently work full-time, live with my boyfriend and find that pretty much every one of my weekends is taken up at the moment (and I'm sure this will remain the case on the run-up to Christmas!), you can find my blog over at AJPeacey.com and you can follow me on Twitter as AJPeace, or Instagram as AJPeacey.
Every enthusiastic reader with a full on life can relate to dropping the ball on their reading. When I was a teen I took for granted the hours I would spend reading because all I had to work it around was college and a part-time job. I lived at home so housework, cooking for myself and so forth didn't eat into my precious time.
Now I work full time, have a home to look after, a boyfriend, friends and family to maintain relationships with and we're soon to be getting a new addition to the family (no, just a puppy) and my time is likely to be spread even thinner.
I absolutely love reading, but I'm like my own worst enemy when I'm stressed and I cut out the little things I enjoy out of my day in a misguided effort to save time, but this just inevitably results in heightened stress levels and a stronger feeling of discontent.
With studies showing that reading is good for us, I have compiled some sneaky ways to keep myself as a Bookworm, even when I least feel like it.
Below are little hints and tips I've accumulated over the years to keep my eye on the ball (book) and ensure that I at least read a little each week.
1) Set goals and targets: At the beginning of 2016 I set myself a reading challenge with Goodreads to read 50 books this year, unfortunately, that isn't going to happen, but the point is, in my efforts to meet this challenge, I've read much more than I would have done otherwise.
2) Choose mood-boosting books: If you're feeling a little glum due to the general pressure of life, or there's something not-so-good happening which is leading you to feel sad or apathetic towards reading, pick a book which makes you laugh or completely absorbs you in the story. I find in dark times funny books and fantasy novels work the best for me.
3) Schedule 30 minutes reading in each day: I do this each night before bed. I'm a terrible sleeper anyway so getting myself ready for bed each night and having a routine where I always read for 30 minutes (also works if you set yourself one chapter per night etc). I often find myself reading for longer when I get really into it, but if not, at least I've done my 30 minutes.
4) Utilise your free time: This year I went on a relaxing 'beach and pool' type holiday for a week, which was booked purely to recharge my batteries and escape from life. Whilst I was away I read six books.
I appreciate not everyone can afford luxuries such as holidays abroad, and I certainly haven't always been able to, but you can still apply this principle at home.
Everyone gets holiday time to take, so even if you have a 'staycation', make sure at least a couple of these days are left empty so that you can either sit in your garden or your bedroom and that you have a stack of books to dip into. Although I'd had time off doing 'nothing' my brain felt like it had been used and I felt relaxed yet accomplished.
5) Join a book club: If you have the time to join a real-life book club, then do so. If not, I recommend 'Goodreads' as you can review books you've recently read, get inspiration for new books to read based on what you've read before and set yourself challenges! Their app is great too.
So that's it really, 5 small yet simple and achievable tips to keep yourself focused on reading. It really is about building little habits consistently to keep you going, but the main benefit of the above tips is that you can use some or all of them (sometimes I don't get round to putting them all into effect myself!), and it really will push your reading forward.
My name is Lilly, known as The Life of Lilly on my Blog. I've had some form of a blog for over 3 years, but only about two months ago did I make the move to Wordpress and dedicate some real time to it. I wish I had done more at university, where I had so much more time, but I'm loving being back into the swing of it. You can follow me on Twitter here, Instagram here and like me on Facebook here.
For anyone who has a bookcase that is bursting, who finds books piled up in every corner of their house, who is basically addicted to books, shopping for books is no easy feat. We bibliophiles have to be careful – selective – about the books that we buy. Usually, we're unsuccessful, because there is simply never going to be enough room for the amount of books we'd like to own. I've compiled a little guide, including some of my personal tips and thoughts about shopping for these wonderful words.
1. Plan ahead – if you're looking for a particular book, go straight for that one. It's better for your pockets. If you're into that genre and you're happy to get more, you're likely to find similar books around the same area too, so basically just set up camp there for a while.
2. By set up camp, I literally mean, set up camp. I've found myself sat on the floor with my bags around me, five pages into a book before. It's a good way to work out if you're going to like the book the whole way through. Blurbs always make the book sound good, but I know that certain writing styles just don't sit with me, so I'll always recommend giving it a taster read. P.S. Don't read the entire book though, it's not a library! I think 5 pages is enough (in fact, less than that is probably enough sometimes).
3. Be considerate when you're shopping for books, crack a spine or dog ear a page and you're going to make some enemies. Remember, as is the same with any shopping, you don't own it until you've paid for it!
4. Look out for offers – half price, 3 for 2 – books can be totally expensive, when you're buying in bulk you might as well be sensible about it!
5. Shop around – the number of times I've bought a book from one place and then realised I could have got it for less somewhere else is actually ridiculous. Do your research, whether that's online before you shop or in the different bookshops around town.
6. Speaking of online... there are some pretty amazing websites that sell books for low prices, and many that sell e-books (which also solves the issue of not having space in the house – just space on your hard drive to worry about now!). Personally, I do prefer a physical book, but sometimes it is much easier, cheaper and simpler to read an e-book.
7. Join a book club – the best way to learn about new books and discover whether they're your kind of thing is to join a club where you can discuss it throughout the whole process.
8. Ask yourself some questions – am I going to read this book more than once? Will I lend this to friends? Will I talk about it to everyone? Will it sit proudly on my bookshelf at home? If
you answer yes to these, then you won't regret buying it. If not, it might be better to just borrow it out of the library or buy the e-book, which is sure to be cheaper. I've made the mistake of buying books that I enjoyed, but didn't absolutely adore, and each time I've moved house I've ended up giving away anything that didn't fall into the latter category.
That's it in terms of my tips for book shopping! I hope this has helped and thanks so much to ETA Publishing for letting me guest post on their blog.
Hi I'm Laura, I’m an English teacher from East London and married to Phil, who is a Geography teacher.
We have two daughters, Sadie who is two and Esther who was born in September 2016.
I’m often told that I’m funny, but don’t always mean to be.
My interests include reading, watching cult TV, eating seafood and messing around on the Internet.
I am not very interested in housework, cooking toddler-approved meals or CBeebies, but unfortunately seem to do more of those than of the pursuits that I actually enjoy. My favourite book of all time is the much-underrated Time for Bed by David Baddiel.
I blog here and tweet here .
I got to interview Sue Whitaker about her books 'Remember Remember' and 'Dear Anyone'.
Q. What made you get into writing books? Was it something you had always wanted to do?
A. " I think that I was so unhappy with my own life at the time, that I felt the need to escape, so I began creating the life of the main character of the book, living her life so that I didn’t feel my own personal pain. The book was rejected by the publisher, but it was good therapy for me. It was as if I had given my pain to someone else and by doing so I could create different ways of dealing with the pain. "
Q. When did you write your first book and how old were you? What was the thing that got you started with the first book?
A. "I began writing in my late twenties for the reasons I have mentioned above."
Q. Both of these books utilise the first person voice. Why did you choose to write them in this way? What does it add to the story and what does it make harder as a writer?
A. "I find it easy to take on the role of a character, and when I am writing I become that person, so writing in the first person feels natural, as if I was writing my own diary. When I am writing I am terrible to live with as everything else takes second place, as the main character of the book takes over my way of thinking. It can be difficult to switch that person off and be myself, and I guess sometimes I lose my own identity."
Q. In Remember Remember Carla is disfigured after an incident involving fireworks.
She then has to overcome the stigma of disfiguration. What was your inspiration for such a hard hitting story?
A. "Around bonfire night, when the darkness is intermittently bombarded by invading sounds of exploding fireworks, I always feel uneasy. I worry about the safety of wildlife and hope that my grandchildren (if they are out) are safe and acting responsibly themselves. Alas, every year not everyone’s children and grandchildren are safe, and this should not be the case. Even though we are all supposed to know the firework code, in the midst of November 5th excitement, warnings can be forgotten. I wanted everyone to think, just for a minute, what would it be like if we were at the wrong end of someone’s excitement. What if being at the wrong end changed our life forever."
Q. In Dear Anyone the story is told through letters. This must make it difficult to tell some elements of the story, how did you overcome this?
A. "They began writing their letters with no intention of ever meeting face to face, so the letters had to become the conversations that they would never have. They had to be frank, honest and full of hope."
Q. You include a lot of detail about the medical side of Carla’s disfigurement and of her encounters with medical professionals in Remember, Remember. How did you do your research?
A. "I trained as a nurse and I come from a medical family."
Q. In Remember, Remember Carla is lucky enough to experience kindness from an unexpected source, which ends up making a huge difference to her life. Is this something that you have experienced in your own life?
A. "I believe in the bonds that unite a family, and I am lucky enough to have a very supportive family of my own, but what I have never had is a friend who can give me a similar kind of support. Something I have wanted but never been able to achieve."
Q. In Dear Anyone, the character of Ava has been diagnosed with cancer, is this something that is close to your heart?
A. "Cancer is close to the hearts of many, and yes I have known my fair share of people who have suffered the ordeal, but sadly not anyone who has beaten the disease."
Q. In Dear Anyone Ava and her pen pal manage to create their own little universe where death isn’t constantly hanging over their heads like it is in real life, and we as the readers get to see that world. How did you, as a writer, make sure that we got to know the characters well enough that that was possible?
A. "I have always been bewildered by the fascination of women to write to men on death row, in fact I am one of those women and this is something that I am considering doing. However, I have always told myself that when I do write to someone I would try to help them leave their circumstances behind and starting with a blank canvas, create their life again, like a collage of everything they never had. I intentionally made both of their lives unbearably painful so that their fantasy world would become their therapy. I hope I got this across."
Q. What feedback have you had from readers about Remember, Remember and Dear Anyone? Did they have any questions about the characters or story?
A. "I have often been asked how can I write about matters so painfully tragic. I guess it’s because, like a lot of people, I have had a lot of pain in my life, so I have empathy and understanding for the pain of others."
We want to thank Laura and Sue for their questions and answers, which make a very interesting interview.
If you want to purchase Sue's books Remember Remember and Dear Anyone please click the links below.
Dear Anyone eBook
Dear Anyone Paperback
Remember Remember eBook
Remember Remember Paperback