Entrapped – Cover Reveal

Today is cover reveal time… I’m stunned I managed to sit on this cover for as long as I did without sharing it with everyone individually!
I want to thank CT Cover Creations for the fantastic cover which is a perfect fit for this book. I can’t wait to share it with you on release day, August 17, so please get your pre-orders in now and get ready to fall in love with these characters as much as I have.
Also thanks to Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours for arranging the Cover Reveal for me today, the support she drummed up for me has been overwhelming so thank you to Jenny and all of the bloggers who came on board.
Here is my beautiful cover for Entrapped, my debut novel below you will find the blurb and a universal buy link if you would like to pre-order the book….please do!
Cellist, Luka, has moved to Bristol to start a new job and recover from the betrayal of finding his best friend and his girlfriend in bed together. He doesn’t plan on the emotional thunderstorm that meeting his next-door neighbour Jess causes.
Jess had everything, a man she loved, friends she adored and then the world crashed around her. Depression came from nowhere and slowly started ripping her life away. Now she lives a lonely, sad life but the music which she keeps hearing next door is waking her up and she doesn’t know why.
Join Luka and Jess as they discover life after heartache, how to forgive and how to live and love again.
*Entrapped is an 18+ Contemporary Romance with several graphic sex scenes*
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Entrapped Pre-Order

I’m popping in from my hiatus to let you know that my debut novel Entrapped is available for pre-order! It will be released on August 17 at a reduced price of 99p (equivalent in non-UK countries) and will stay that price for a short time before rising. It will also be available in paperback but I don’t have details on this yet.

The cover reveal will be June 22 and has been organised by Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours, I can’t wait for you all to see it, it’s perfect. In the meantime the buy link below will take you to your local Amazon should you wish to pre-order. If you do please accept my gratitude.

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Cellist, Luka, has moved to Bristol to start a new job and recover from the betrayal of finding his best friend and his girlfriend in bed together. He doesn’t plan on the emotional thunderstorm that meeting his next-door neighbour Jess causes.

Jess had everything, a man she loved, friends she adored and then the world crashed around her. Depression came from nowhere and slowly started ripping her life away. Now she lives a lonely, sad life but the music which she keeps hearing next door is waking her up and she doesn’t know why.

Join Luka and Jess as they discover life after heartache, how to forgive and how to live and love again.

*Entrapped is an 18+ Contemporary Romance with several graphic sex scenes*

Week in Review – 27 May 2018

Hi Everyone,

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done one of these…what’s been up?

So, this is a tough one for me to write, but necessary as the blog will be suffering as a result of my current circumstances. This week my Husband and I separated. I’ve been behind with my reading anyway as a result of working on my writing and book but this emotional turmoil and the physical toll it will be causing with having to move house at some point and settle into a new way of life is going to have a huge impact on my blogging. I’m not reading at all right now, I just don’t have the mental capacity for it. So expect to see less from me over the coming weeks/months as I push out my own book and try to come to terms with my personal life changes. I will be around on social media and when I’m feeling up to it I will post things here, but there will be a lot less.

Where I’ve committed to tours I will switch to content posts to honour them as much as possible, I’m doing my best to keep on top of those right now, but my head isn’t really in the game so apologies if I’m a bit last minute with getting in touch.

Anybody whose books I have I can only apologise to you for the delay. Needless to say I’m not taking any more on and I will be doing my best with the pile of books I have but I don’t hold out much hope for the next few months.

Life, as they say, happens.

Q&A Marci Belle #Author of Delicious @belle_marci #Interview

Marci Belle is a wonderful debut author who has written a contemporary romance that will make you hungry for more than just love. Set in the restaurant world, Delicious is a fantastic novel about enemies who find love…gotta love these ones. I was lucky enough to read Delicious as a beta reader and wanted to introduce you all to this wonderful book before its release so that you can put it in the diary. Marci has joined us for a Q&A to tell us more about her and the book…

 

Marci, Welcome to BrizzleLass Books and thank you for sharing a bit about yourself and your book today.
Tell us a bit about yourself and what inspired you to write Delicious…

Hello and thank you for having me, Claire. I always enjoy connecting with you and the new groups you have put together. The Fledgling Authors Facebook group has already been a massive help to me.

This is my first book I’m publishing, but I wrote one before this that is also quite a culturally distinct story. I find couples with different backgrounds intriguing.

I’m actually first generation American, with Nicaraguan parents. That means that, although I was born in San Francisco and raised in Los Angeles, I was immersed in both worlds. I had plenty of Mexican friends and friends from most cultures. California is a beautiful and diverse melting pot of humans.

We were all Americans, but when we went home after school or work, our relatives cooked the food they grew up eating along with the American dishes they also were embracing. Food was a big part of our cultural identity.

When I moved to England, that changed. All the food and cultures I grew up with were no longer a part of my life. I enthusiastically explored the native food here, but often craved the Mexican food from home. The magic was missing. I longed for Mexican food more than I did Nicaraguan or American food.

Food is a very emotional thing for me. It brings back memories of my childhood. I remember hovering around the Mexican neighbor’s kitchen because she made amazing bean burritos. I guess you could say that this is the basis for the setting of the story and the connection between the characters. Everyone can find something in common.

Tell us a bit about the book, the synopsis.

Well they say that sometimes our lives are mapped out for us. I took that nugget of wisdom and played around with it in this story.

It’s an enemies to lovers story based on two characters who come from different worlds, but are connected by a similar passion. The female protagonist is a respected Mexican-American food critic who works for one of the world’s most popular food blogs.

She hides behind a pen name to protect her identity. As you can imagine, ruining a person’s hard work and dreams with a damming food review doesn’t always shed that person in a favorable light. It can be a dangerous job.

Our male protagonist, is a sexy restaurateur from London with a few ghosts in his past. His father is a celebrity chef, and sadly one he’s never been able to please. He recently opened a chic Mexican restaurant in Mayfair that lost a huge percentage of trade after a negative food review was published by the American food critic he now claims as his mortal enemy.

The book opens on a flight to London. When you’re in mid-air there’s nowhere to hide.

Without giving it away, there’s also some very sexy scenes in the book.

I was lucky enough to beta read Delicious so I have some inside knowledge of the book.
What, if anything, inspired the characters who are all so unique and full of life?

This is true. haha. The supporting characters are an amazing bunch that keep the story interesting and are a reflection of the openness of the protagonists. It’s a modern love story.

I definitely molded them around my group of larger than life friends who were there with me in spirit throughout the book.  I think readers will love them and find them entertaining.

I also ran a local culture blog that actually had a section called the Rock n’ Roll Food review. The character that inspired Nina wrote most of the articles. She’s obviously a musician. The book is filled with little treasures like that.

The main character is an American food blogger from California and you’re originally from California is there any of you in her character?

There are elements of me in her. Not physically, but the clumsiness and her temperament are borrowed from me. This is a creative, passionate and intelligent woman that embodies more than just superficial beauty. She has plenty of ingrained flaws. They can be endearing.

She has moments of both strength and weakness. That’s the part of her all women as a collective can relate to…when we’re honest with ourselves.

I would say the biggest part of myself that I contributed to the story was the way she related to food. There’s a huge nostalgia around it that comes from her childhood and family roots. I can definitely say she has a passion and respect for the culture which would translate into her reviews.

Our male character is a rich charismatic Englishman who owns restaurants and has a flea in his ear about something our main character wrote about him. His playboy stubbornness is both refreshing and amusing, is this based on anyone you know?

Yes! But I won’t say his name. There is a French celebrity chef in England who once was a bad boy himself, but his son has left him in the dust. He is a complete playboy hottie. You may know who I mean. You’ll then understand the relationship between father and son. The difference is that I added about ten years to his age. That’s ten years to grow out of his rogue ways. There’s something attractive about a man finding his true self after the storm has passed. There is a lot of character there.

Everywhere you look in this book there is food, be honest now how much did you eat writing it?

I almost choked on the cacao nibs I’m munching on from laughing so hard. I’m definitely an eater. Weirdly, I think I was making a lot of vegetarian food when I wrote this. My youngest daughter is a vegetarian so I was trying to accommodate her. I think I was dreaming about the dishes in this book extra hard because I didn’t have access to them.

You won’t find authentic Mexican ingredients readily available in UK supermarkets unless you’re in a place like London. I have to order everything online. I’ve learned to make my own tortillas.

It’s quite possible this book was also driven by the lack of a good fish taco in my life.

What was your writing process? And what would you change for future?

I spent a lot of time indoors writing this book. It probably took me longer than the average person to write because there were a series of tragic circumstances that happened along the way. It was most definitely a challenge.

I’m not sure my writing routine was predictable or is the one I will implement for the rest of my books. I did find that writing a chapter a day minimum after coffee and a bit of yoga stretches is very productive. A bit of oxygen to the body and blood to the brain and you’re ready to go. I’m no yogi but I certainly enjoy it when I do get off my bottom.

Also, I’d love to share that Jade West mentored me through the first two novellas I’ve written so far. She also shared a wealth of valuable writing information with me that I will hang on to forever. There is still so much to learn but that will come in time.

What comes next for Marci Belle?

I love writing these books and I don’t ever want to stop writing them. I plan to release the first book I wrote shortly after this one and I’m dying to write some new ones. I have five in the works in my head. But one at a time is how it works.

Each book will be different than the other. I don’t feel the need to suppress the art of writing by following a trend. I think if you love the idea you want to pen and are passionate about it, it will be the most rewarding thing you do for yourself and your readers. But then, I’ve always been a rebel.

 

Thank you Claire for the opportunity to share my book with the world.

About Marci Belle

California native living in the beautiful Welsh borders in England. You have to see it to believe it.This is my eleventh year in the UK, but I’m an LA Woman through and through.
I love Sexy Romantic Comedies, Contemporary Romance, Chick-lit, and when I’m feeling devious, Dark Romance.

My characters will tend towards strong, inspiring females, and the delicious Alphas who love them, or hate them. Mix that up with humor, and you have a heady cocktail of sexy romantic comedy, and steamy emotional ride.

I’ve spent the past few years as a local culture writer, many years in the fashion and beauty industry, but my very best years are being spent as a mother of two very beautiful girls. Especially, with my first daughter when I was a single mom working a million temps jobs to pay the bills. I survived and looking back, I’m quite proud of my little family.

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Music Monday: Machine Head – Catharsis

This is a weekly meme I’ve picked up from Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek. It’s very simple, you pick a song on a Monday and share it! Never one to turn away from the chance to share my exquisite taste in music I’m loving taking part in this every week, so thanks, Drew!

As you read this I’m flying up the motorway towards Nottingham so that I can meet one of my internet pals and go see Machine Head with him. Machine Head is by far one of my favourite bands and there are a list of songs as long as my arm I could share with you but I’m going with the title track from their latest album Catharsis today. Please don’t speak to me tomorrow I will have a gig hangover.

 

The Authors Bookshelf – Elizabeth Jane Corbett @lizziejane

Welcome back to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.

Elizabeth Jane Corbett is a winner of the esteemed Bristol Short Story prize (whoop whoop), in case you missed it I live in Bristol so I love this prize rather a lot especially as it’s open to international writers! Even better Elizabeth llives in Melbourne and teaches Welsh…how cool? Her debut novel The Tides Between was published in 2017. Here is her bookshelf…

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?

As a tiny girl, I had My Brimful Book – an anthology of stories, nursery rhymes and animal stories. I also loved Richard Scary’s, What do People do all Day. We left lots of books behind when we emigrated to Australia. But I still have My Brimful Book on my bookshelf.

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?

I am a librarian, so not traditionally a huge buyer of novels. However, I am beginning to acquire an impressive eBook collection. I recently added Bernard Cornwell’s, Harlequin, to my digital library. I do however buy most of my research books as I like to underline and write in the margins and the library doesn’t take kindly to this practice. I most recently acquired Gillian Polack’s, Unlocking the Middle Ages.

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?

I recently read Bernard Cornwell’s Fools and Mortals. I am currently reading Rosemary Sutcliff’s, Sword at Sunset as someone told me it was ‘better’ than Cornwell’s Warlord Chronicles. So far, I am not convinced. But I will persist. On the research front, I am re-reading Rees Davies, Lordship and Society in the March of Wales.

 

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?

Bernard Cornwell’s Warlord Chronicles were masterful. I loved his pithy characterization and dialogue (I know a trilogy but let’s count it as one book). Sulari Gentill’s, Rowland Sinclair mysteries were likewise a delight (ditto, the one book thing). I also enjoyed Alison Goodman’s Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact. Kate Forsyth’s Beauty in Thorns and Lucy Treloar’s, Salt Creek.

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?

I will add the English language edition of Gruffudd Aled William’s, Dyddiau Olaf Owain Glyn Dŵr, to my bookshelf next time I am in Wales. I believe the next Lady Helen book will also come out this year. I am also looking forward to Kate Forsyth’s next fairy tale inspired novel.

What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?

Bird by Bird is my all-time favourite writing book. I read it annually. I will no doubt do so again this year. I will also dip in and out of Burroway’s, Writing Fiction.

Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?

I have only had one book published: The Tides Between – my debut novel, my first work of fiction since a truly deplorable short story written in year eleven. I am immensely proud of it. But I believe, for a writer, the best book is always the book yet to come…

Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?

I adored Edith Pargetter’s Heaven Tree trilogy. I’d have been proud to have written those books. Sharon K Penman’s, Here be Dragon’s trilogy has also stood the test of time. Lucy Treloar’s, Salt Creek is destined to be an Aussie classic. I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t be proud to have written that book.

Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?

My current work in progress, Stone Promises, is a novel written from the point-of-view of Owain Glyn Dŵr’s wife, Marred. She ended her days in the Tower of London, yet in Wales, she scarcely known. In a way, this is not uncommon. Men’s stories have often dominated history. I’m enjoying inhabiting her unique, feminine perspective. Who knows, maybe she was in fact the nation’s true heroine?

 

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

Elizabeth Jane Corbett’s Bookshelf

She fancied herself part of a timeless chain, without beginning or end, linked only by the silver strong words of its tellers.

In the year 1841, on the eve of her departure from London, Bridie Stewart’s mother demands she forget her dead father and prepare for a sensible, adult life in Port Phillip. Desperate to save her precious childhood memories, fifteen-year-old Bridie is determined to smuggle a notebook filled with her father’s fairy-tales to the far side of the world.

When Rhys Bevan, a soft-voiced young storyteller and fellow traveller realises Bridie is hiding something, a magical friendship is born. But Rhys has his own secrets and the words written in Bridie’s notebook carry a dark, double meaning.

As they inch towards their destination, Rhys’s past returns to haunt him. Bridie grapples with the implications of her dad’s final message. The pair take refuge in fairy tales, little expecting the trouble it will cause.

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About Elizabeth Jane Corbett

When Elizabeth Jane Corbett isn’t writing, she works as a librarian, teaches Welsh at the Melbourne Welsh Church, contributes articles to the Historical Novel Review and blogs at elizabethjanecorbett.com. In 2009, her short-story, Beyond the Blackout Curtain, won the Bristol Short Story Prize. Another, Silent Night, was short listed for the Allan Marshall Short Story Award. Her debut historical novel, The Tides Between, was published by Odyssey Books in 2017. Elizabeth lives with her husband, in a renovated timber cottage in Melbourne’s inner-north. She likes red shoes, dark chocolate, commuter cycling, and reading quirky, character driven novels set once-upon-a-time in lands far away.

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Elizabeth thank you so much for taking part and I wish you all the very best with your books.

Taking Part in The Bookshelf
I’ve currently put a pause on taking new applications for The Bookshelf. I recently put a call-out for participants on Facebook and am currently booked up into July so want to get through most of these lovely people before I open the floodgates again. If you already have a form to return to me, feel free to do so, just be aware there is a quite a wait for spots right now.

Music Monday: Nine Inch Nails – Closer

This is a weekly meme I’ve picked up from Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek. It’s very simple, you pick a song on a Monday and share it! Never one to turn away from the chance to share my exquisite taste in music I’m loving taking part in this every week, so thanks, Drew!

Did I mention that I’m meeting up with James Cudney from This is My Truth Now? Well, it’s happening this week he arrives tomorrow then on Weds we get together and spend the rest of the week driving London crazy! In honour of this madness I invited him to choose today’s song and he chose a 90’s classic Closer by Nine Inch Nails in honour of us bringing our friendship closer! Enjoy and see you next week!