Cover Reveal: The Blood Prince by Josie Jaffrey

Today Josie Jaffrey, an independent author of Young Adult dystopian stories, has revealed the cover for her third book in the Sovereign Series.

I have read the first two books in the series – The Gilded King and The Silver Queen (click on the titles for my reviews) and loved them.

I am eager to read the culmination of the story and to find out what happens to my favourite characters.

What do you think of the cover for the third book?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

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Music Monday: Daddy by Psy

As I sit here thinking of a song to share with you, one keeps swirling in my mind. This song came up in our conversation at the table last night and hasn’t left my head since. The song? Daddy by Psy:

The song came up in conversation as my husband was curious to know whether he had had any other hot songs after Gangham Style. My daughter’s were able to tell him a couple of hits. Myself? I only know of this song as it is one I dance sometimes with one of my Zumba instructors.

I guess it helps having young instructors – they tend to move towards the more modern music 🙂

What song do you have in your head today?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

A Family Vacation: Paris, France

The time has arrived for our family vacation and in a few hours we will be taking a plane to Paris France. We have been saving a long time for this trip and have itched to get on the plane since we bought the tickets. We have read about the city, and planned the sights that we wish to see. Bags have been packed, and Canadian Dollars have been changed for Euros. As we lock the door to our home and walk away for 2 weeks, I leave with the knowledge that my days will be spent as a tourist. Blogging will take a back seat, and will probably be non-existent. I will, however, share moments with you when I get back from our trip. Until then, Au Revoir. 🙂

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Song Lyric Sunday: Hey Brother by Avicii

Mention the word ‘brother’ or ‘sister’ and one immediately thinks of siblings. It is not often that siblings are mentioned in songs but in Hey Brother by Avicii, both a brother and sister are mentioned.
The song emphasises that blood is thicker than water and that no matter what, and no matter how far he is, the singer will help his siblings.
Hey brother! There’s an endless road to rediscover
Hey sister! Know the water’s sweet but blood is thicker
Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you
There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do
Hey brother! Do you still believe in one another?
Hey sister! Do you still believe in love? I wonder
Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you
There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do
What if I’m far from home?
Oh brother, I will hear you call!
What if I lose it all?
Oh sister, I will help you out!
Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you
There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do
Hey brother! There’s an endless road to rediscover
Hey sister! Do you still believe in love? I wonder
Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you
There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do
What if I’m far from home?
Oh brother, I will hear you call!
What if I lose it all?
Oh sister, I will help you out!
Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you
There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do
The sense one gets when listening to this song is that this person has an overwhelming love for his brother and sister. It is an wonderful thing to see, especially when there are so many siblings out in the world who have no time for one another. When I look at my children I see that they all get on well together. I am hoping that their relationship stays strong during their entire lifetime.
 (Songwriters: Ash Pournouri / Salem Al Fakir / Tim Bergling / Veronica Maggio / Vincent Fred Pontare)
IMG_1345Would you do anything for your sibling?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018
(This post is linked to Song Lyric Sunday hosted by Helen. The theme this week is brother/sister.)

Music Monday: Stromae

As you all know from last week’s Gratitude post, I bought Stromae’s music on Amazon. I am loving the CDs and listen to them while I do my chores around the house. Today I am going to share with you some of my favourite songs created by this Belgian musician. Even though the singing is in French, it is well worth it listening to the music and watching his videos – which are imaginative and creative.

The first song I will share with you, is the first of his songs that I listened to. A few years ago, a group of us were talking in the staffroom during lunch about music and his song Papaoutai was mentioned. As soon as I got home that evening, I searched for the song on YouTube and could not help adding it to my playlist. The song talks about absent fathers and suggests what a young boy would feel when his father is not around to spend time with him.

I enjoy the song Alors On Danse . Not only do I enjoy the beat to this song (it sounds good played loud!), but the video is thought provoking.

Another thought provoking song is Carmen. A song in the style of a well-known song from the opera Carmen, we are encouraged to think about our use of the social media platform Twitter. This video has English sub-titles so you can follow what he is singing.

The last song I will share with you is Tous Les Memes – a song which suggests that we are all the same. I love the video for the song – he definitely thinks differently to many of the people out there who create music videos.

He is definitely Formidable (another of his tracks) and I never tire of listening to his songs.

Which of Stromae’s songs do you prefer?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Between Sisters by Cathy Kelly

Front CoverDuring my visit to the library this week, I picked up a novel by an author (Cathy Kelly) I had not read before. The cover attracted my attention, as did the title Between Sisters. The byline encouraged me to check out the book: Without a mother, there was only one way to grow. Together.

The story centres around a group of women: the sisters Cassie and Coco, their grandmother Pearl, and Elsa (a daytime TV therapist). The sisters were abandoned by their mother when young and raised by their grandmother. Their abandonment affects them in their adulthood in ways they have yet to acknowledge.

The teaser is an extract in the voice of the grandmother, Pearl, when she is reflecting on the past:

“And if she told them the truth, she’d have to tell them the whole truth. And they might look at her with loathing if she did that. Cassie was always saying Peal was an amazing woman. If the truth came out, about what she hadn’t done for their poor mother, Cassie certainly wouldn’t believe that anymore.”  (p47, Orion Books, 2015)

Even though I am only about a quarter way through this novel, I am enjoying the story. My curiosity has been aroused as the writer shares little tidbits of information as I read along.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to share a few sentences from the book in the comments. 

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

(This post is linked to Ambrosia’s Teaser Tuesdays at The Purple Booker)

 

Back to Work with the Minions

Today is back to routine. My alarm clock woke me up and I stumbled out of bed in the dark. While eating breakfast, I look out into the dark morning and shiver. Today is going to be a cold one. It will also be a difficult one as we all get back into our workday routines. The minions epitomise the lack of enthusiasm many will feel as they enter the school today.

Once the school day starts, however, I am sure that smiles will begin to spread and joy sparkle in eyes.

If you begin your year at work today, may you have a fulfilling day.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

(This post is linked to Kat’s Music Mondays)

Wishes for 2017

Image result for happy new year 2017 free imageA new year has begun. Unbelievable isn’t it? My New Year did not start with a bang. Instead it began as every other day and continued as a relaxing day . Next week, we are back at school and we will hit the tar running as we begin to prepare for the report cards.

5 Year Anniversary Achievement Five years ago, I registered with WordPress to begin blogging on this space. In 2012 it was my New Year’s resolution to begin blogging and share my thoughts. And today I am still continuing with that resolution. What has been amazing for me are the friendships that I have formed in the blogosphere due to my blogging resolution. It is my dream that one day I will meet face-to-face some of the amazing people that I have met online.

I would like to wish all of you, my readers, a wonderful 2017.  May it bring all that you wish for. Thank you for reading what I write. And thank you for commenting on my posts. I appreciate the time that you take to do so.

To a fantastic 2017.

Colline

A Very Merry Christmas 

When I woke up this morning, my home was quiet. My family was still sleeping and I could hear no sounds from outside. I was still wearing the smile that I went to sleep with. Our Christmas Eve dinner was out typical family dinner – but with no time limits. After dinner we sat and chatted … and chatted … and chatted. We spoke until Christmas Eve became Christmas Day. As I wait for my family members to wake up, I feel that I have already received my gift. Quality time with my family.


I wish you all a Merry and Blessed Christmas. Enjoy the time you will spend with your loved ones – I know I will. 

Parent Interviews

Report Cards are to be sent home this week and parent-teacher interviews will take place. In order to accommodate the parents’ working schedule, I offer slots before school and late after school. Yes, it does mean I need to leave home earlier – and that I reach home later. The result will be that I will not be able to blog this week (my blogging time is early morning). Interviews begin today – and every 8am slot this week has been taken!

Enjoy your week and I will connect with you all on Friday.