Guest Post: Selah Janel, Author of Olde School

Selah Janel on the writing of Olde School

Olde School is one of those books that defied everything for me: genre, word count, process, all of it. I’m proud of how it turned out and I think it’s a fabulous introduction to a series that I hope will just keep getting stronger, but it’s definitely one of those creations that took me by surprise. Which is good, because if we’re all being honest, I think it’s important to recognize that ideas and book creation can come in all forms and doesn’t necessarily have to be one set process. One of the things I really harp on in panels and workshops and the like is the importance of being open. If you try to control something too much, it’s going to be stilted or inadvertently get away from you. It’s perfectly acceptable to go into writing a story willing to make mistakes, write chunks that won’t get used, and be willing to change things up and be surprised. Stories are subjective – there’s no pass or fail, no right or wrong, and it’s important to really experience all the discoveries and frustrations that come with writing them.

Book Tour + Giveaway[closed]! Olde School

Olde School by Selah Janel 
Fantasy, Adventure
Published March 18th 2014 by Seventh Star Press
eBook $4.16 CAD, paperback $19.95 USD
Buy Now: IndieboundIndigoAmazon 

Note: As a tour host selected by TLC virtual book tours, I received a complimentary copy from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are completely honest and completely my own. 

Trolls with security cameras on their bridges, and laptops for their records. Cinderella fangirls searching for their prince on online dating websites. Unionized housemaids and waitresses. A mixture of progress and tradition, Kingdom City is trying to welcome in modernity while still glorifying the Golden Age. 

New Rating System: From Stars to Letters

I have been reviewing books now for almost two years, and for that time I have been using five star ratings. I have found them to often fall short, not giving a clear enough picture of what I thought about the book. I have been looking for a better way to rate them, that leaves more possibilities open and more gradations. I have decided to move to a letter grade rating system. Letter grades have more options with +/- ! The first review to have this new rating will be Olde School by Selah Janel tomorrow!

Top Ten Tuesday #1!

Welcome to the first week Fuelled By Fiction is participating in Top Ten Tuesday! 
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Characters Who I Would Totally Want To Be For Halloween

Giveaway; Book Tour; Guest Post

Hey guys!

The fun is beginning here at Fuelled by Fiction. The Giveaway for this week's book tour has just begun! You can enter the giveaway on the sidebar for your chance to win a copy of Olde School by Selah Janel (you can find further instructions here). The tour for Olde School will be happening on Wednesday, followed by a guest post by the author!

Happy Reading! And good luck!


Things to Look Forward to This Week

Hey guys,

This week at Fuelled by Fiction there are a few fun things coming up! This will be the first week I participate in Top Ten Tuesday, created by the Broke and the Bookish! Yay! It's going to be fun. On Wednesday I will be hosting the TLC tour stop for Olde School by Selah Janel--a fun fantasy! There will also be a GIVEAWAY and there's a good chance there will be an author guest post as well! Don't forget to check back to get in on the fun!


Happy Reading

Author Q&A: Thomas McNeely

On October 16th, Fuelled by Fiction had the pleasure of hosting a stop on the blog tour for Ghost Horse by Thomas McNeely. You can read my review of the Ghost Horse here

About Thomas
A native of Houston, Texas, Thomas H. McNeely has received fellowships from the Wallace Stegner Program at Stanford University, the Dobie Paisano Program at the University of Texas at Austin, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well from the MacDowell Colony, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and the Vermont Studio Center. His fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, Ploughshares, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and Epoch, and has been anthologized in Algonquin Books’ Best of the South and What If?: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers. His non-fiction has appeared in Ninth Letter and The Rumpus. Ghost Horse, winner of the 2013 Gival Press Novel Award, is his first book. He teaches in the Emerson College Honors Program and the Stanford Online Writing Studio, and lives with his wife and daughter in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Tomorrow: Q&A with the Author of GHOST HORSE!

Hey guys,

Exciting news! Tomorrow on Fuelled By Fiction will have a Q&A with Thomas McNeely, the author of Ghost Horse! (click here for my review). Make sure to check it out!

Also coming up: Fuelled by Fiction will be hosting a stop on the book tour for Olde School by Selah Janel! Read about it on the "Upcoming" page! (click here)

Happy Reading!


Thrillers and Chillers: Review of "The Good Girl" by Mary Kubica

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
Genre: Psychological Thriller/Suspense
Published July 29th 2014 by Harlequin MIRA 
Hardcover, 352 pages
$27.95 (CAD)

"I've been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don't know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she's scared. But I will." 

Mia Dennett is the black sheep of her socialite family. Her father, a prominent Chicago Judge, wanted nothing more than to have both his daughters follow in his footsteps. His eldest, Grace, did, but creative Mia had more in mind for her life. She became an art teacher at an inner-city school, causing her cold father to ostracize her, and his repressed wife to reluctantly follow suit.  

TLC Book Tour: Ghost Horse

Ghost Horse by Thomas H. McNeely
Literary Fiction
Paperback, 260 pages 
Published September 22nd by Gival Press
Buy Now: Kobo Amazon

Note: As a tour host selected by TLC virtual book tours, I received a complimentary copy from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are completely honest and completely my own. Please also note that any quotations used here are from an advanced, uncorrected review copy.

It’s Houston, Texas, and it’s the 1970s. Buddy Turner is eleven years old and likes to make animated movies with his best friend, Alex Torres. Buddy’s parents don’t live together any more. Two years ago his father moved to Fort Polk, Louisiana to finish med school and serve the Army.  But now his dad has moved back to Houston, and he still doesn’t live with them. He is Buddy’s dad, but he’s not the same. Sometimes when Buddy looks at him, he sees his father. But other times, he see someone else. 

Hot Off The Press! New Releases

Hey guys,

I'm excited to announce that I'll be adding a new feature to Fuelled by Fiction! The feature is titled Hot Off the Press and will appear twice a month. In it I will tell you what new releases I'm excited about! There will be a paperback edition coming soon!

Blogging World, Bloglovin'

Hey guys,

I don't know about you, but I'm fairly new to the world of blogging. I started this blog a little over a year ago (technically speaking), but didn't really get into blogging until this July. Over the last few months I have been changing and bettering my blog, taking blogging more seriously. One thing I've learned is that there is a huge community of book bloggers. It's amazing! There is so much going on out there that I didn't know about! To get in on all the book goodness, I've started following some of these other book blogs. It's taken me a while, however, to figure out the best way to do so.

Ghost Horse

Hey guys,

Just as we wrap up one book tour we start another! On October 16th Fuelled By Fiction will be hosting the book tour for Ghost Horse by Thomas H. McNeely. It's a beautiful and haunting work of literary fiction set in 1970s Houston, Texas. It's a tale of family, imagination, and coming of age in a time of racism and classism. Read more here!

The giveaway for this tour has just begun! Enter in the widget on the sidebar for your chance to win a copy of Ghost Horse written by Thomas H. McNeely and printed by Gival Press! (Instructions here)

Happy Reading! And good luck!


Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to everyone for entering the Butternut Summer giveaway! Unfortunately there can only be one winner. If I could give everyone free books, I would! The winner of this tour's giveaway is Sinead M. from Nova Scotia! Congratulations Sinead! You'll love it! 

Happy reading!


Hey guys,

It's Friday! The long, icky work week is over (for you lucky 9-5ers, and those like me who took the weekend off)! It's also a well deserved long weekend--Thanksgiving for us Canadians and Columbus Day for Americans (do you get a day off for that?). I'm spending the holiday with my boyfriend and his family on the beautiful Prince Edward Island. I, of course, will be carting several books along with me including: Bossypants by Tina Fey, Ghost Horse by Thomas McNeely, Horrostör by Grady Hendrix, and The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler (not to mention my ereader). Will I actually read all these this weekend, you may ask? The answer: Who knows! Your guess is as good as mine! I can be rather fickle when it comes to books; I choose my next read based on mood, and moods change.

What are you reading this weekend? I am currently finishing off Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham and am loving every minute of it! Let me know what you're reading by tweeting me with the hashtag #FridayReads!



Hey guys!

Thanks for checking out yesterday's book tour! If you missed it yesterday, you can see my review of Butternut Summer in the post below! But don't worry, if you didn't check in yesterday that's okay; you can still enter the giveaway! The giveaway is located in the right sidebar and you can find instructions here. You have until Saturday, October 11th at 12:00am to enter!

Happy Reading

TLC Book Tour: Butternut Summer by Mary McNear

Butternut Summer by Mary McNear

Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 12th by William Morrow Paperbacks (an imprint of HarperCollins)
Indigo - Indiebound  - Amazon

Note: As a tour host selected by TLC virtual book tours, I received a complimentary copy from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are completely honest and completely my own.

Butternut Summer is the second book in the Butternut Lake trilogy. It is the sequel to Up At Butternut Lake, but focuses on Caroline and Daisy Keegan rather than Ally Beckett and takes place three years later. Butternut Summer begins with the same feel as Up At Butternut Lake; quiet, quaint, and comfortable. We are face to face once again with some of the same loveable characters from the first novel, but seen in a different light. 

Recommended Reads for October

Looking for something to read to get you in the Halloween spirit? Fuelled by Fiction recommends some reads that are sure to get your spine tingling and your heart racing. 

Book Tour! Giveaway!

Hello Friends,

On Tuesday October 7th, I will be hosting a stop on the TLC book tour for Butternut Summer by Mary McNear! To read more about this book and the author, click here

To go along with the book tour, I am also hosting a GIVEAWAY! Yay! You have the chance to win your very own copy of Butternut Summer. The giveaway is located on the sidebar. For instructions on how to enter, click here

Make sure to come back on Tuesday for my review! 

You can also connect with the author Mary McNear on twitter!

Happy reading!


Welcome, October! (Sort of)

Alas, October is finally upon us. The leaves are no longer green, the air is no longer balmy and warm. I must leave my denial behind and admit that it is no longer summer. However, Autumn does have its own charms. For example, you can purchase pumpkin flavoured or scented pretty much anything! (I get a pumpkin latte with a pumpkin scone every chance I get!) Not to mention the cozy sweaters and scarves that can come out of hiding!

As it is the first day of October, I thought I'd get things rolling by posting my first October review! As  it's the month of Halloween, Fuelled by Fiction will be focusing on Thrilling and Chilling Reads to get in the spooky spirit!

Happy Reading! (Scary reading? Spooky reading? Creepy reading?)


Thrillers and Chillers: VISIONS by Kelley Armstrong

Visions (Cainsville #2) by Kelley Armstrong
Supernatural Fiction, Urban Fantasy 
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published August 19th, 2014 by Random House Canada 
Purchase: [Amazon] [Book Depository]

Disclaimer: This is a review of the second novel in a series and therefore may contain spoilers relating to the first novel.

“[Cainsville] was a small, insular community, still ‘fond of the old ways,’ as the elders liked to say. … A strange little town. And I adored it.”

Visions, the second book in Kelley Armstrong’s newest series, does not disappoint as we learn more about Olivia’s supernatural ability and the enigmatic Cainsville. Throughout the novel, there are overarching story lines and mysteries—such as the truth about Olivia’s birth parents and about Cainsville—but, though these things are infinitely interesting, they are not what keeps you reading. It’s the little questions, the subtle hints that draw you in. And they don’t let go.