Self Care Saturday: Make Yourself Cozy by Katie Vaz

Make Yourself Cozy: A Guide for Practicing Self-Care by Katie Vaz

Embrace the cozy pleasures of life with Katie Vaz’s interactive guide to self-care.

 Freshly baked bread. Cloud-like pillows. Lavender tea. Katie Vaz’s book on self-care shows readers how slow, cozy warmth can help them deal with the anxieties and challenges of everyday life. Filled with tips for creating the perfect atmosphere of coziness (super soft blankets, fluffy robes, and something binge-worthy on TV) as well as sweet, gentle prompts that inspire readers to fill in their own content (“Fill these clouds with words that make you feel light and free”), this book encourages all of us to slow down and find joy in the little things.

Taken from the book blurb

You may have noticed that the majority of the Self Care Saturday posts are about bath bombs or other bath related items – well fear not because this week I am using this space for a book review!

Make Yourself Cozy is a beautiful book by Kate Vaz that not only educates about self care but has so many cute illustrations that illustrate examples of how you can practise self care yourself.

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Super Fun Sexy Times by Meredith McClaren

Super Fun Sexy Times

by Meredith McClaren.

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Cartoonist Meredith McClaren (Hinges) tells five short, sexy stories featuring superheroes, supervillains, sidekicks, and the people who love them.

Showing consent and character-driven erotic relationships, Super Fun Sexy Times answers the age-old question: what happens when the mask comes off? 

Two sidekicks on opposite sides get stuck in an underground lab together, and find a great way to pass the time. A tactician and superhero discuss their desires, limits, and kinks before their first time, and perhaps get a little too excited in the process. A pair of supervillains explore gender and sex together, while growing closer in their relationship. Lesbian heroes try out a kinky rolepaying scenario, and discover how to make it work for both of them. And an exhausted assassin relaxes after a long day with the kind (yet firm) attentions of his husband.

Told with care, sex-positivity, and humor, and featuring a wide variety of sexualities and bodies, Super Fun Sexy Times aims to create an erotic reading experience that lives up to its name!:

Taken from book blurb

Release Date: 20th August, 2019.

Length: 128 pages.

Series: Super Fun Sexy Times Vol. 1

Genre: Graphic Novel. Erotica. QUILTBAG.

Read as: eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts

If you are looking for a sex positive, queer inclusive, superhero themed erotic graphic short story collection – then look no further! If you suddenly want to read a book like that, then Super Fun Sexy Times is for you!

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Moth & Whisper Vol. 1 by Ted Anderson and Jen Hickman

Moth and Whisper Vol. 1

by Ted Anderson and Jen Hickman.

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Everyone knows that the two greatest thieves in the city are the Moth and the Whisper. Very few know that the Moth and the Whisper disappeared six months ago. And what nobody knows is that the new Moth and Whisper are actually one person pretending to be both of them. One supremely skilled but uncertain young genderfluid thief: Niki, the child of the Moth and the Whisper.

Niki has been trained by their parents in the arts of stealth and infiltration, but they’re still just a teenager, and now they’re alone, searching for their parents in a hostile cyberpunk dystopia. Corporations run the streets while crime lords like Ambrose Wolfe run the alleys-identity is a commodity and privacy is impossible. The truth about Niki’s parents and their disappearance is out there, but can Niki survive long enough to find it?

A YA cyberpunk thriller starring a genderqueer super-thief, MOTH & WHISPER is the brainchild of Ted Anderson (My Little Pony, Adventure Time) and Jen Hickman (Jem and the Holograms, The Dead), that just HAD to be told at AfterShock!

Taken from book blurb.

Release Date: 30th April, 2019.

Length: 120 pages.

Series: Moth & Whisper (titles does say Volume 1)

Genre: Graphic Novel. Cyber Punk. QUILTBAG.

Read as: an eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts

Moth & Whisper is an engaging read that grabbed me from the first page. The art style is one that not only compliments the story and tone of the graphic novel, but looks amazing too.

The story of Moth & Whisper is one that hits so many of my favourite tropes – it features superheroes, super-sleuths, and super-thieves all within a tightly controlled cyberpunk dystopia. Oh, the main character Niki also identifies as gender-queer, so you know, there’s another reason for you to love the story.

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The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived by Daniel Errico and Shiloh Penfield

The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived

Written by Daniel Errico.

Illustrated by Shiloh Penfield.

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Now a HULU Original Series! 

Knights, dragons, and princesses are the things all good fairytales are made of, but what happens when the tale has an LGBTQ ending? Follow Cedric on his journey from his days on a humble pumpkin farm to the adventures that lead him to become a full-fledged knight. Once a knight, discover how he uses his cleverness and courage to vanquish a fire-breathing dragon and rescue a beautiful prince and princess. It is only then does Sir Cedric face his most difficult challenge. Will he follow his heart, and prove that sometimes the bravest thing you can do is choose for yourself how your fairy tale ends?

Taken from book blurb

Release Date: 28th April, 2019.

Length: 40 pages.

Series: N/A. Although the book is now a Cartoon series on Hulu.

Genre: Picture Book. QUILTBAG.

Read as: eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts

The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived is a quick, cute, and LGBTQ positive picture book that tells the story of a boy who grew up on a pumpkin farm and how he became a knight. The picture book is written in rhyming verse and is full of cute illustrations that match the story.

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Long Lost Review: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley

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Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life

Bryan Lee O’Malley.

Scott Pilgrim’s life is totally sweet. He’s 23 years old, he’s in a rockband, he’s “between jobs” and he’s dating a cute high school girl. Nothing could possibly go wrong, unless a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott’s awesome life get turned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona’s seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? The short answer is yes. The long answer is Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life 

Taken from book blurb

Just throwing it out there, I read the first few books of this before watching the movie. My memories of the book though are coloured extensively by the movie. It doesn’t help that I’m a fan of everything Edgar Wright does so when I say extensively coloured, I mean extensively coloured. Most of my memories of the book relate to the film 😅

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The Escape Manual for Introverts by Katie Vaz

The Escape Manual for Introverts

by Katie Vaz.

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Feeling cornered at a wedding reception by gossipy guests? Stuck at a holiday party that lasts forever? This beautifully illustrated book is the ultimate funny, sometimes absurd guide to escaping those painfully awkward situations. 

Trapped in an airplane seated next to a chatterbox? Are you hosting a dinner party with people who just won’t leave? Katie Vaz has the key to your escape. The Escape Manual for Introverts guides readers through different scenarios with themed chapters (“Friends,” “Family,” “Strangers,” etc.). Each chapter covers a range of situations, from an invitation to karaoke night to group lunchtime. And she offers a number of escapes for each scenario: bringing odoriferous foods to lunch for a while, having a pet (real or imagined) that “requires” frequent check-ins, and even investing in a jet pack. This book features Vaz’s full-page illustrated spreads, hand-lettering, and spot illustrations. From the silly to the sincere, Vaz’s clever, hilarious escape plans and bizarre excuses speak to the introvert in all of us.

Taken from book blurb

Release Date: 6 August, 2019.

Length: 144 pages

Series: N/A.

Genre: Self-Help. Graphic Novel.

Read as: an eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts

The Escape Manual for Introverts, is a fun and quick read which not only features cute illustrations but actual advice. I will admit that when engaging socially with people, I tend to get emotionally exhausted and over the years I have found I do have a time limit on how much social interaction I can take. The Escape Manual for Introverts is a perfect guide for people who want ready made excuses to get out of social engagements.

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Smut Lovers Reading Group: Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle

Run to Ground

by Katie Ruggle.

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Blurb: He lost his mentor.
He lost his K9 partner.
He almost lost his will to live.
But when a ruthless killer targets a woman on the run, Theo and his new K9 companion will do whatever it takes to survive—and save the woman neither can live without.


Grieving the death of his partner, Theo Bosco has no room in his life for distractions. Though his instincts scream that he should avoid Juliet ‘Jules’ Jackson, he can’t seem to stay away. It doesn’t help that Theo’s new K9 companion has fallen head over paws with Jules’s rambunctious family.

Or that when he’s with her, Theo finally knows peace.

When Jules rescued her siblings, whisking them away to the safety of the beautifully rugged Colorado Rockies, she never expected to catch the eye—or the heart—of a cop. Yet as Jules struggles to fight her growing attraction to the brooding K9 officer, another threat lurks much closer to home…

And this time, there’s no escape.

Blurb taken from Goodreads.

Length: 416 pages.

Series: Rocky Mountain K-9 Unit #1

Genre: Romance. Romantic Suspense. M/F Romance.

Read as an: Paperback.


My Thoughts

I have wanted to read a Katie Ruggle book for a while now. If you’re new to the blog you may not be aware of how much I adore Ruggle’s pen name Katie Allen. Ruggle has an almost different style, the Allen books are more light hearted with their romances but I found with Run to Ground the book was more intense. Less lighthearted with the romance between the two main characters and more focused on the suspenseful and action packed plot.

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Bet Me to Stay by Candace Havens

Bet Me to Stay

by Candace Havens.

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Blurb:  After a bet with his brother, Liam O’Connor has to date the next woman who walks into the pub. And he’s all in, because his pub is on the line. What he didn’t expect was Cassie Meadows, who at first glance with her big glasses and bulky sweater looks like a woman who has many, many cats—but her wit and smile make him wonder what’s underneath her bulky armor.

Cassie Meadows aka sweet romance author Cassie O’Brian is about to lose everything. As in, her writing career is going down the drain because she can’t write the sexy stuff that’s selling these days. She needs inspiration in the worst way. That’s when she walks into the wrong pub at the right time. Sexy owner Liam is just what the writing doctor ordered. Her whole body is feeling inspired—and when he makes a proposal she can’t refuse—she’s all in. Oh, hell yes. Best. Sex. Of. Her. Life. Thanks to Liam, she’s about to write a best-seller.

But having an erotic romance alter ego is nothing compared to the real secret Cassie is hiding—and that one could destroy everything.

Taken from book blurb.

Release Date: 8 July, 2019.

Length: 193 pages.

Series: Stand alone.

Genre: Romance. Erotica.

Read as: an eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts

Bet Me to Stay is quick and sexy read that has the two main characters enter into a physical relationship on the prompting of a bet. Liam, who is sick of his brother falling in and out of love and engagements, bets that his brother can’t stay away from the ladies for a month. The trade off is that Liam must date the first woman to walk through the door.

Enter Cassie.

What sets Bet Me to Stay apart from other romance novels that feature ‘the bet’ trope is that Cassie is looking for inspiration to write better erotic scenes for her novel, and has been told by her friend/agent to find a one night stand to help. Both enter into a physical relationship wanting something from the other, which for me, really evened out the power imbalance and angst you sometimes find with this trope.

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Long Lost Review: Taronga by Victor Kelleher

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Taronga

Victor Kelleher.

Two years after the Last Days, Australia has become a dangerous place, and a battle-ground for survival.Ben, who has a telepathic ability to control animals, leads a hazardous existence in the bush west of the Blue Mountains. Hopeful of a less brutal life, he escapes to Sydney – only to be further disillusioned. Then, at the heart of the city he comes upon Taronga Zoo, which has been strangely unaffected by the general chaos. Or has it? Is it an island of safety in the midst of so much danger? Or is it really the most sinister place of all?

Taken from book blurb

I read Taronga while I was in high school and thought it was amazing. The book is a post-apocalyptic survival novel that literally takes place in Sydney’s Taronga zoo. People set up a safe haven within the zoos walls and use the animals to protect their people. As you can see from the cover, the tigers play a large part.

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How to Best a Marquess by Tina Gabrielle

How to Best a Marquess

by Tina Gabrielle.

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Blurb: Lady Ellie Swift learned at an early age that men were more trouble than they’re worth. Now she’s all grown up and is the toast of society. Only she has secret ambitions to run her brother’s infamous gambling establishment—the Raven Club. Everything is progressing as planned until the man who broke her heart, Hugh Vere, the Marquess of Deveril, wants to take over the club. Dark, dominant, and strikingly handsome, Hugh’s reputation for sin precedes him, and suddenly, her dreams—and her heart—are in jeopardy. 

As rakish as Hugh appears, he has a sharp mind for business. No one stands in the way of what he wants, not even the fiery-haired beauty from his past. From the moment he sees her again sparks fly, but he knows better than to fall for the lady. According to Ellie, the battle lines have been drawn and Hugh doesn’t stand a chance. But the nearly combustible chemistry between them is hard to ignore, and soon the club is not the only prize he wants….

Taken from book blurb.

Release Date: 10 June, 2019.

Length: 200 pages.

Series: The Raven Club #2.

Genre: Romance. Historical.

Read as: an eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts

How to Best a Marquess is a beautiful story of second chances at love and acceptance. Ellie and Hugh have a romantic history which ended in heartbreak at the discretion of one character. The novel sees the pair reunited as they battle for the chance to win the casino, the Raven Club.

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