Swansea Blogger Collective

Last Sunday was the “Inaugural Gathering” of the Swansea Blogger Collective!

What the hell is she banging on about now? 

Swansea Waterstones, after some slight badgering, have created the Swansea Blogger Collective: a monthly blogger meet up!


So, what’s it for?

Once a month, we’ll be meeting up at Waterstones Swansea. We’ll grab a cuppa, and The Twitter Guy will present us with all the wonderful books he has collected for us.

It’s a great opportunity for us to spend time with like-minded people, chatting about books and blogging, sharing blogging and instagram tips… but yeah, FREE BOOKS


So of course, the idea behind getting a bunch of bloggers in one room and hurling books at them, is that we then review, blog and post on social media about said books.

Which is a small price to pay for the opportunity to meet up with other bloggers and discuss books in the incredibly beautiful Swansea Stones building. I’ll take more shots next month, but we were ushered to the top floor, up a spiralling staircase, past a gallery and stained glass windows… the building once held Wales’ first ever cinema!


Let’s take a closer look at what books I picked up:

americangirlAmerican Girl by Iowa Riley
self-published so not available on Waterstones but you can find it on Amazon.

Sometimes an empty life is heavier than we can carry. 
After seven years, 32-year-old novelist Kate Archer has her husband Paul, her career, and little else. In a tepid marriage, buckling under the expectations of friends and family, Kate has become invisible to everyone, especially herself. Writing, her sole remaining passion, is an embarrassment at home.

Kate finds an unlikely kindred spirit in Rob Graham, a mercurial author half a world away. Their collision on a sweltering Brooklyn afternoon upends her life, an impact that snaps Kate from her melancholy.

Unable to deny her emptiness and longing, Kate strikes out for new experiences in a bid for self-discovery. Rather than become illuminated, Kate loses herself time and again, and when tragedy strikes it casts her dreams into doubt.

Determined to build a life, a self of her own, Kate must fight a tide of expectations and learn to love who she is, not the many women she could be.


The War in the Dark by Nick Setchfield
Available from Waterstones.

Europe. 1963. And the true Cold War is fought on the borders of this world, at the edges of the light.

When the assassination of a traitor trading with the enemy goes terribly wrong, British Intelligence agent Christopher Winter must flee London. In a tense alliance with a lethal, mysterious woman names Karina Lazarova, he’s caught in a quest for hidden knowledge from centuries before, an occult secret written in the language of fire. A secret that will give supremacy to the nation that possesses it.

Racing against the Russians, the chase takes them from the demon-haunted Hungarian border to treasure-laden tunnels beneath Berlin, from an impossible house in Vienna to a bomb-blasted ruin in Bavaria where something unholy waits, born of the power of white fire and black glass…

It’s a world of treachery, blood and magic. A world at war in the dark.


The Island by M. A. Bennett.
Available from Waterstones.

From the author of YA bestseller S.T.A.G.S. comes a contemporary take on the savage classic Lord of the Flies.

New boy link is finding it hard to settle in at the venerable and prestigious Osney School. Who knew there could be many strange traditions to understand? Link’s naivety makes him the butt of every school joke and the bullying soon becomes hard to bear.

Then his parents relent and say he can leave Osney School if he attends a school summer camp first. Willingly spend time with his worst tormentors? Is he crazy? But maybe enduring it will be worth it for his freedom?

This particular trip, though, will require a very special sort of endurance.

Don’t they sound great?!
We are so fortunate to be given this opportunity, so a very big thank you to The Twitter Guy (first name The) and of course the publishers who very kindly sent us these books!

My fellow Swansea Bloggers:

Shelby                  Becky Becky the Book Butterfly                  Amy-Louise Tomes with Tea

Mike                      Zoe Drawing on Books                                   Zara Copperpoet

Amy                       Ash FTLOBooks                                                 Angharad Two Book Thieves.


10 thoughts on “Swansea Blogger Collective

  1. Sounds like a great event! Glad to see Waterstones supporting the community — they continually impress me. Here’s to many more SBCs! Oh, and “The War in the Dark” sounds rather awesome. Color me interested!

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