Quarantine How to!

Okay, I will start with saying that my couch has taken the form of my hips during the last days, as Greece is in Quarantine, like many other places worldwide. You’ve realised yourselves how BORING this is, but I hope you’re not one of those who keep on wandering around instead of following the #stayhome movement that most governments have decided on. So, what can we do to make the most of the time we spend in the “prison” that we call home? I have some FREE ideas!

1. Read for free

Did you know you that you can read almost any book you want for free? Scribd offers a whole month of unlimited access to ebooks and audiobooks with its free trial, but if you sign up through a friend’s recommendation, they give you 2 months instead of just one! So you can sign up through THIS link to get the extra free month!

2. Learn for freeLearn a language: You can use Duolingo , I currently use it to learn Italian!

Watch an online Course and get a free certificate:

FutureLearn : To access the free courses, click on the link, scroll down and use the following as the second filter: “Free digital upgrade”. After you complete a course you’ll gain a certificate for your CV!

Coursera : You knew the courses in Coursera are free, but did you know the certificate can be free as well? I bet no! Well, you can apply for Financial Aid before you enroll to a course on Coursera, and most possibly it will be approved! It takes about two weeks to evaluate your application, so I advice you to start learning before it gets approved. After all, it is almost sure you’ll get the Financial Aid!

3. Draw

Even if you aren’t one of Picasso’s ancestors, there are several sites that offer free colouring pages that you can print and draw, like THIS!

I tried to make something of my own:

4. Virtually Visit a Museum

There are several museums which offer their collection online, such as Pinacoteca di Brera, The Vatican Museums, The National Museum of Greece, The Louvre Museum, The British Museum and many others!

5. Volunteer Online

I have only discovered Zooniverse where you can be a volunteer by just watching videos of wildlife and giving reports about the animals you notice! I’d love to know more if you can share other opportunities!

7. Make a LinkedIn account

You’d be surprised at how many opportunities you could discover after you join this Networking Social Media and become friends with colleagues and people with similar interests as you!

6. Learn Calligraphy

THIS series of tutorial videos is very helpful and it comes with a printable practice sheet for each lesson, found in the description of the video!

7. Learn how to Code

At Codecademy, I won’t lie coding still scares me and I haven’t tried this one 😂

8. For Travellers

You may not be able to see the world at the moment, but you can download the Places Been app to create a flag map of all the countries you’ve been to, like mine!

9. Cook/ Bake

If you don’t know how, it is time to teach yourself! I highly recommend any chicken or vegetable stir fry recipe, it isn’t very demanding but it is real food!

10. Watch a series or a movie!

I’ve been wanting to watch “YOU” for a while now, this is my chance!

11. Play games

Many of us have dusted consoles at home, or games that only take up space in our computers. I replayed my favourite PC game the other day, “The Curse of Monkey Island”, and I plan to reconnect my PS2 to my TV and and replay my childhood favourite game, “Haven”!

Some other ideas could be: Writing, Gardening, Crocheting, Exercising, Making a bucket list, Quilling, Sunbathing at your yard, Having a bubble bath, Journalling, Skype calls, help people have food by playing THIS game, Playing board games, Making a Puzzle!

Cover Reveal: “Kill me Once, Kill me Twice”, by Clara Kensie

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Hello bookdragons! Today I have partnered with Snowy wings publishing, to bring you a cover reveal for “Kill me once, Kill me twice” by Clara Kensie ! Her book Aftermath is one that has caught my attention, and I had to add this one in my wishlist as well! This book will be released on October 22nd, and it is a YA mystery/thriller with a touch of magical realism for fans of The Walls Around Us and Vanishing Girls!

🌟SYNOPSIS:🌟

Lily Summerhays remembers how she died in each of her past lives.
Ever Abrams does too.
Lily is reckless and fearless.
Ever is cautious and follows the rules.
Lily wants to leave boring, rural Ryland and explore the world.
Ever wants to stay in quiet, safe Ryland for the rest of her life.
Lily was killed eighteen years ago while trying to solve her friend’s murder.
Ever is Lily reborn, and now she will have to break every rule and face every fear to find Lily’s killer—before he kills her twice.

🌟 The book is also available for pre-order at the Bookdepository 

Find the cover artist HERE

About the author:

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    Clara Kensie grew up near Chicago, reading every book she could find and using her diary to write stories about a girl with psychic powers who solved mysteries. She purposely did not hide her diary, hoping someone would read it and assume she was writing about herself. Since then, she’s swapped her diary for a computer and admits her characters are fictional, but otherwise she hasn’t changed one bit.
    Today Clara is an award-winning author of dark fiction for young adults. Her debut, the super-romantic psychic thriller DECEPTION SO series, was named an RT Book Review Editors Pick for Best Books of 2014, and Deception So Book One: DECEPTION SO DEADLY, is the winner of the prestigious 2015 RITA© Award for Best First Book.
    The first two books in the DECEPTION SO series, originally released as a six-part serial titled Run to You, are now compiled into full-length novels, DECEPTION SO DEADLY and DECEPTION SO DARK (Snowy Wings Publishing).

    Clara’s critically-acclaimed novel AFTERMATH (Simon and Schuster), a dark, ripped-from-the-headlines drama about hope, healing, and triumph over tragedy in the tradition of Room and The Lovely Bones, is on Goodreads’ list of Most Popular Books Published in November 2016, and Young Adult Books Central declared it a Top Ten Book of 2016.

  Her next book is KILL ME ONCE, KILL ME TWICE, a dual-POV, dual-timeline, dual-romance, dual-mystery/thriller with elements of magical realism.
    Clara’s favorite foods are guacamole and cookie dough. But not together. That would be gross.

Have you read any of her books? What’s a book you would recommend for Haloween? I believe this one will be an awesome pick!

Cover Reveal: A Haunting in Hollowfield by Jennie K. Brown

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Today I have partnered with Snowy Wings Publishing to bring to you a 🌟 cover reveal 🌟for “A Haunting in Hollowfield” by Jennie K. Brown ! It’s an amazing Middle Grade read that will be released on October 15th and I’m already impatient! Can we agree the cover is gorgeous?

“Every ghost has a story to tell”

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Antiques, memories, mystery, and a creepy carnival 🎡 collide when twelve-year-old Cora Wren inherits the family business – not Hollowfield Olde Factory Antiques where she works alongside her father and brother, but her family’s other business: seeing the memories and the past inside the antiques.
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Cora can be transported to the memories associated with items she touches, and she soon is contacted by the ghost of Adelaide Crestfall – a young girl who disappeared from the quaint town of Hollowfield, Pennsylvania in the late 1930s. Adelaide strategically places objects in Cora’s way, transporting Cora to a haunted Crestfall Manor and to a traveling carnival where Adelaide’s disappearance, or something worse, may have occurred.
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As the mystery surrounding Adelaide intensifies, Cora tries to balance her other struggles: repairing her shaky friendship with Lee, fending off the snotty Ambre Green, and coming to terms with the largest mystery she’s ever had to contend with – the disappearance of her own mother years ago.

Aren’t you already hyped? 😍 I’m getting it the moment it releases!!!😍

About the author:

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Jennie K. Brown is an award-winning high school English teacher, freelance magazine writer, and author of children’s books and cozy mysteries. Her series “Poppy Mayberry” is published by Month9Books (Tantrum Books imprint). Jennie has served as past-president of the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts (PCTELA) and she is an active member of SCBWI, NCTE, ALAN and Sisters in Crime. When she’s not teaching or writing, Jennie can be found reading, hanging out with her awesome family, or plotting her next book! Oh, and she also LOVES all-things Shakespeare! you can read more about Jennie K. Brown at her website.

🌟 What book are you most excited for to read?

Obsessing over series : My Vampire Academy love

I had never been a fan of book series. That’s how undescribably afraid I am of comittment. All my friends are watching TV series and shows or anime and I can’t wrap my head around doing so, because it would demand devotion and time and… I am already starting to feel caged. However, everyone has their soft spot, and I found mine 6 months ago, after rereading the only series I had ever read: Vampire Academy! Since last November I have searched and discovered so many hidden aspects of this magical world, and knowing how many fans this series has, I wanted to collect all my finds here! So, fasten your seatbelts and read below to find everything you need to know about VA!

It isn’t your typical Twilight story

Of course it has biting and blood, but it is only a small part of this creative plot that I am fangirling about for the last half year. It has element magic, fights, suspense, plot twists, evil creatures and the best characters ♥ Dimitri is a Russian godlike guardian that you will fall for, Rose is the funniest badass heroine, and everyone you’ll read about has a full, multi-dimensional character you will love. And there is more to it, than just the VA books, as you’ll soon see below

What does it include?

As I said, If you decide to read the series and fangirl with me, there is so much for you to read to get full advantage of what the author, Richelle Mead has to offer you! Below I’ll list all the books you can read to enjoy the main story and the extras:

Books 1-6: The Vampire Academy Series:

The main story. I have read these books so many times I have lost count! Read the blurb and have a look at the books below!

Blurb:

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with an unbreakable bond to the earth’s magic. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a Dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making her one of them. Rose and Lissa must navigate through this dangerous world, confront the temptation of forbidden romance, and never once let their guard down, lest the Strigoi make Lissa one of them forever.

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Books 7-12: The Bloodlines Series:

The spin-off series that’s based on Vampire Academy. If you have already read VA and you hesitate to read Bloodlines, you are doing a huge mistake. I was afraid that the spin-off series wouldn’t be as good, so it took me a couple of years to try it. I ended up loving Bloodlines even more than VA. Here we see the adventures of Sydney, Adrian, Eddie, Jill, Angeline, and get lots of the other characters of VA too! And yes, there is a great part of the books where we see Dimitri too!

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Books 13-15: The extra stories:

I never imagined I could find extra stories written by Richelle Mead herself that give us extra insight into the VA world!

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Homecoming: Rose and Dimitri’s visit to Russia

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Vampire Academy 10th Anniversary Edition

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The Turn and the Flame takes a deeper look into the dark stain on the Ozera dynasty…

From the Journal of Vasilisa Dragomir unearths the princess’s private thoughts from a transformative period of her life.

The Meeting gives us a glimpse of Rose Hathaway through Dimitri’s eyes.

Hello My Name Is Rose Hathaway tracks the shenanigans that ensue when Rose and Dimitri become unlikely teammates in a high-stakes scavenger hunt.

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Kisses from Hell

 

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Books 16-18: The Graphic Novels:

I haven’t read these yet, but I promise I will do it soon! I’ve seen some of the panels online though and they are too good!

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Frostbite: A Graphic Novel

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Shadow Kiss: A Graphic Novel

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Book 19: Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide

There you’ll find everything a fan needs to have in one place: Book summaries, character profiles, best quotes, but also stuff like the history of St. Vladimir’s Academy and the dark psychology behind Rose and Lissa’s spirit bond.

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Book 20: Adrian’s Lost Chapter

While this is just a chapter and not a whole book, I really loved reading this alternative point of view through Adrian’s eyes for the first book in the Bloodlines series! Richelle Mead had uploaded it at her page, and now you can read it for free with Scribd’s 2 months free trial offer (instead of just one)

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Read it for free at Scribd

 

21. The fanfiction

Some months ago I didn’t even know fanfiction was a thing and now I read so much of it! Some of my favourites are the following:

Dimitri’s Point of View in Vampire Academy

Dimitri’s Point of View in Frostbite

Promise Bound

22. The Vampire Academy Movie

I won’t lie, I’ve been postponing it for years because I was afraid it’ll be too Twilight-like for my tastes, but I couldn’t resist it anymore and tried it! I must admit I enjoyed it, because I was what I have been obsessing about turning into flesh and bones- but I didn’t enjoy it in the typical way. For me, it felt as a funny parody of the books, because I must adit it lacks professionalism and the effects are failing miserably. I didn’t like many of the actor choices too, but I must say I really liked Christian! To make my point clear: Watch it, and expect a fuuny cringe rather that the best movie ever.

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You can read about it at IMDB

23. The fanart

Okay, there are so many talented people out there! It’s crazy! And of course the first thing I do the moment I finish reading a good book, is do a google search for its fanart! As Vampire Academy is a popular series, one can find gems on the web!

The most fanart can be found at this amazing page at tumblr , and is created by a very talented artist! For example, look at this!

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But of course there are so many other art pieces out there!

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To find even more awesome Vampire Academy and Bloodlines fanart, you can check my fanart collection at Pinterest! I update it all the time!

24. The merchandise

Well, I am a poor elf, what can I do? I want them all but wanting isn’t enough! Just look at all the amazing stuff I have discovered!

I mean look at this Dimitri merman by undertheseacrochet! He comes with his silver stake and his molnija marks! I requested him as a custom order and you can do it to!

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Mugs are a popular choice of merchandise! The second one is featuring Lissa!

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One can’t simply own too many bookish candles!

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And I’d love to get this Bloodlines T-shirt!

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Or this Bloodlines Bookmark!

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So that’s everything I have discovered about this capturing world of magic by Richelle Mead! Do you have anything to add? Let me know in the comments! Which of the above mentioned books have you tried? ♥

And if you read this far… Yesterday was my birthday! 😀

♥ Kisses! ♥

 

 

Cover Reveal: “Sick Kids in Love” by Hannah Moskowitz

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Hi everyone! Which book are you waiting impatiently to be released? ♥ Today I’m excited as it is my first time to participate in a cover reveal for a very promising boook! I am talking about SICK KIDS IN LOVE by Hannah Moskowitz, that I can’t wait to read! This is a YA Contemporary novel coming out on November 15th, 2019 from Entangled Teen! Check below the beautiful cover (art by Elizabeth Turner Stokes) and make sure to add this book to your TBR!

About the Book:
Title:
Sick Kids In Love

Author: Hannah Moskowitz
Publisher: Entangled Teen

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Genres: YA Contemporary
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Preorder: Entangled Teen| Bookdepository | Amazon | B&N

SYNOPSIS

Isabel has one rule: no dating.

It’s easier—

It’s safer—

It’s better—

—for the other person.

She’s got issues. She’s got secrets. She’s got rheumatoid arthritis.

But then she meets another sick kid.

He’s got a chronic illness Isabel’s never heard of, something she can’t even pronounce. He understands what it means to be sick. He understands her more than her healthy friends. He understands her more than her own father who’s a doctor.

He’s gorgeous, fun, and foul-mouthed. And totally into her.

Isabel has one rule: no dating.

It’s complicated—

It’s dangerous—

It’s never felt better—

—to consider breaking that rule for him.
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My favorite part of the cover is the tagline; I joked when the book first sold that I wanted to have that on the front, but I never thought it would be a reality. I love that people are going to instantly know that this isn’t a tragic love story, that this isn’t a story about dying, or even about being sick. It’s a classic sort of love story that everyone deserves, and I loved writing that for the kinds of characters who rarely are allowed to have it.

The cover artist is Elizabeth Turner Stokes (https://www.estokescreative.com/)

Exclusive #MTMC19 Twitter chat with Hannah Moskowitz!

Want to ask Hannah Moskowitz all your burning questions about Sick Kids in Love? Join the #MTMC19 twitter chat tomorrow at 8pm EST and/or leave your questions below and @MTMCtours will ask them for you!

Make sure you are following @hannahmosk on Twitter and @noodlesmahgee on Instagram!

 

About Hannah Moskowitz:

 

cover.PNGHannah Moskowitz wrote her first story, about a kitten named Lilly on the run from cat hunters, for a contest when she was seven years old. It was disqualified for violence. Her first book, BREAK, was on the ALA’s 2010 list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, and in 2013, GONE, GONE, GONE received a Stonewall Honor. 2015’s NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED was named the YA Bisexual Book of the Year. She’s also the co-author of GENA/FINN with Kat Helgeson and has contributed to several anthologies. She lives in Maryland with several cats, none of whom are violent.

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