The Things We Learn When We’re Dead

33142013The Things We Learn When We’re Dead
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Humor
Publication Date: January 26, 2017
Summary:
With elements of The Wizard of Oz, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and The Lovely Bones, The Things We Learn When We’re Dead shows how small decisions can have profound and unintended consequences, and how sometimes we can get a second chance.
On the way home from a dinner party, Lorna Love steps into the path of an oncoming car. When she wakes up she is in what appears to be a hospital – but a hospital in which her nurse looks like a young Sean Connery, she is served wine for supper, and everyone avoids her questions. It soon transpires that she is in Heaven, or on HVN. Because HVN is a lost, dysfunctional spaceship, and God the aging hippy captain. She seems to be there by accident… Or does God have a higher purpose after all?
At first Lorna can remember nothing. As her memories return – some good, some bad – she realises that she has decision to make and that maybe she needs to find a way home.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33142013-the-things-we-learn-when-we-re-dead?ac=1&from_search=true


Hey bookies! I was asked to review a new book, The Things We Learn When We’re Dead by Charlie Laidlaw. This was a quick read that had me trying to puzzle together the events in our main character’s life to see what lead her to being in HVN. Lorna is a soon to be lawyer on the cusp of a solid career when she’s struck by a car. After that, things get, well, weird. Turn out, Lorna didn’t survive that collision and now she’s figuring out what the afterlife is all about. Turns out it’s NOTHING like she expected.

Lorna has a lot of time to remember the significant events in  her life – vacations with her family, her first love, good times with her best friend Suze – but it’s the final week of her life that she can’t seem to work out. Which is too bad, because it looks like that’s the key to figuring out what she’s supposed to be doing next.

This was a slow, quirky book. I thought the characters were the best parts. Lorna isn’t very happy when she’s alive, but she did seem like a real, well drawn character. The employees at the Happy Mart – great name, BTW – all seemed real too. I felt like it took a little too long to get to the end, but I’m glad I had a chance to read it. And I love the rocket on the cover! So cool.

You can win a copy of this book right now!

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Last Set of Clues!

Open book on wooden table.

October is going fast, which means only a couple of weeks left until I draw the winner for a FREE SIGNED BOOK by a mystery author. I don’t want to drag the mystery out too long, however, so this is the last set of clues I’m going to give you before revealing the book!

 

 

  1. This author grew up in California then moved to China.
  2. This is her first published book.
  3. It’s published by Simon & Schuster.
  4. This is a YA sci fi/dystopia.
  5. This book was just released THIS WEEK!
  6. It’s the first in a series.
  7. It has a little fairy tale twist going on.
  8. This author currently lives in Utah with her family.
  9. The fairy tale twist is from Sleeping Beauty.
  10. The main character is a girl accused of a crime.
  11. There’s a strong Chinese influence in the book.

I hope that’s enough to get you thinking, maybe doing some research online. This book is for sale on Amazon, but it hasn’t hit bestseller status yet. It should! I’m really enjoying it. So suspenseful! I’m dying to see what happens next!

Make your guesses down below and check back on Friday, when I will do the cover reveal!

More Clues!

Open book on wooden table.
Open book on wooden table. Knowledge and education conceptual image.

Are you getting excited for the giveaway? I am! Remember, this is for a free signed copy of a hardback book, along with a bookmark and maybe a few other related goodies. Ready for more clues?

Open book on wooden table.
Open book on wooden table. Knowledge and education conceptual image.
  1. This author grew up in California then moved to China.
  2. This is her first published book.
  3. It’s published by Simon & Schuster.
  4. This is a YA sci fi/dystopia.
  5. This book was just released THIS WEEK!
  6. It’s the first in a series.
  7. It has a little fairy tale twist going on.

I haven’t finished it yet, so I can’t let too many clues about the plot drop. But don’t worry, I hear all kinds of great things about it so I think you’ll love it. More clues soon!

Contest Reminder!

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Charlie Holmberg at the AF Library

Hey, just a reminder for all of you — you have about 2 weeks to enter to win a copy of  Charlie N. Holmberg’s newest book, The Fifth Doll. I’ve just started it and it’s amazing so far. If you read YA, you’re going to want to get your hands on a copy of this book, and I can help you with that.

Here’s a link to the contest rules:

The Fifth Doll Giveaway

Reminder, you must be following my blog to win. Good luck!

The Fifth Doll!

Ta-Da! I just realized that I sorta spilled the beans a couple weeks ago (oops) so it wasn’t as much of a mystery what the book was as I wanted it to be, but I hope it’s been fun anyway! Here is your big giveaway! All signed by the author, Charlie N. Holmberg, as promised.

So the book signing was lots of fun, mostly friends and family (and me, who is neither), all squeezed into the little American Fork Library. Charlie bubbled around, greeting everyone. There was a table with Matryoshka dolls set up and cool stuff like that. And EVENTUALLY the books showed up.

Anyhow, Charlie was great, the book sounds great, and I snagged a copy to share. First I will give you a brief Q & A I put together based on the event, then I’ll tell you how to win a SIGNED COPY of this awesome book!

Questions and Answers

charlieeditedweb.jpgWhere did you get your inspiration for this book?

I was doing a class for the BYU Worldbuilders thing on magic systems and had an idea for how you can build a magic system around anything, like salt, or thread, or Matroyshka dolls, and then I thought, “Nope, I’m keeping that one.”

Where did you get the name for the main character? 

Her name is Matrona, which means woman in Russian and it’s also the root for the Matroyshka dolls, which I thought was really interesting.

How many projects are you working on right now?

About 6 different things.

What book do you wish you had written?

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. I love the magic system.

How To Win

  1. You must follow my blog.
  2. You must like this post.
  3. You must follow me on twitter – @Cindy_Bohn
  4. Ages 16 & Up, United States and Canada only (sorry, but I can’t afford Intl Shipping)

That’s it! Pretty simple! I will draw a winner on August 14th. Feel free to share this anywhere you like, tell anyone you like, and good luck to all!

 

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More Clues!

I’m surprised there were no guesses after my first set of clues. I guess I made them too hard. Let’s try again. Remember, this is for a giveaway I’m doing in August for a signed copy of a new release book.

Clue #4. The author has sold the movie rights to one series to Disney. (Yay! I hope?)

Clue #5. The author attended my alma mater and studied the same major as me. Weird, right?

Clue #6. She will be appearing at SDCC this year.

Final Clue:

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The previous three clues are listed below. Again, I will not confirm or deny your guesses, but I will make the announcement after next week when I go to the signing. I’m so excited! I haven’t been feeling great, so here’s hoping that I am totally recovered by then, because I totally don’t want to miss this book launch. It’s practically next door (not really, but kinda!) and I really want to be there! So come on and guess this time!