Blogiversary Guest Post: Liz from Cover to Cover @Cvr_2_Cvr

Yesterday I celebrated three years as a book blogger. It has been a wonderful three years and I love this community and I wanted to celebrate the community this week by asking five of my fellow bloggers to write guest posts to help me celebrate. I purposely asked these bloggers to write posts that reflected them and their blogs so that each post was unique and stood out on it’s own merit, and I think they have each done a fabulous job.

 

 

At the end of the post you will find a giveaway, this is my thank you to everybody who has been by my side through the past three years, whether you were there from the beginning or are a newer reader I appreciate your support.

 

 

Liz is my blogger soulmate, a fellow metalhead, she also reads fantasy and romance…well as you’ll see below she’s kind of struggling with the romance side of things. What she didn’t know when she wrote this is that I went through this exact same problem right up until I started this blog. I went about a decade not reading any romance, and then I was invited on my first ever blog tour and the excitement of being part of something like that helped me overcome my issues, especially when I read the book and it was everything I had always wanted from a romance and hadn’t been able to find before, that now helps me choose the books I read.

On again, Off again with Romance.

Hello!

As you all may know by now, BrizzleLass is celebrating her blog birthday by giving centre stage to guest bloggers and it’s a great honour to be included to join the celebration on this important and happy occasion. My congratulations, Claire, and many happy returns! ;)I do hope you will not regret the decision to include me 😀

BrizzleLass, like many other bloggers, is a true advocate of books. Great involvement in blog tours, unfaltering stream of reviews and discussion posts, great engagement with bloggers and authors alike- if ever there was a goal for me to reach towards as a book blogger, this is it. But me? Heh, I have big dreams with poor execution and I am very good at making excuses.

It took me a long time to decide on the content of this guest post for Claire’s blog birthday feature, and I went from one idea to the next, and to the next again. Until I decided to share with you my personal journey through romance genre.

Please do not take this post all too seriously- it’s just one experience- mine- with the genre and mostly a tongue-in-cheek take on it all with no intention at all to discount authors’ hard work of writing a book.(For full disclosure, think romance genre in the most generic sense: erotica, historical romance, YA, NA, etc)

So, why romance? Claire often reviews the juicier books and as I read her reviews, I find myself thinking- oh, this sounds fun/emotional/exciting and yet I am hesitant to follow through on picking up the book… My relationship with the genre is chaotic at best and I do believe there is something quite not right with me because I simply cannot find that romance book to make me go- yes, yes to this! The phrase, “It’s not you, it’s me!” springs to my mind. I wanted to take this opportunity and explore why things have gone wrong for me, especially as my desire to get back on the romance bandwagon seems to be picking up speed again.

Some of you folks may know that I don’t read romance often, erotica even less. There are a few titles that pop in now and again, true. What you may not know is that I used to devour this genre. I’m talking a book a day non-stop! ‘Vanilla’ romance, BDSM, erotica, billionaire boyfriends, first loves finding each other again after decades spent apart, the lot. The reason I stopped reading this genre is probably the same reason I stopped eating raisins- over indulgence!

Let’s take it back to the beginning…

At the fun age of 19, I had the pleasure of sharing a house with 8 total strangers. We became friends… well, most of us. There was this one gentleman who was a bit too much for us all. He called himself a naturist which apparently gave him the rights to walk around the house balls-naked at any given hour. There were plenty of morning coffees being choked on, no lie. He was also an avid advocate for BDSM. The endless invitations I got from him to join the club were, frankly, traumatic for various reasons I won’t go into now.

As my paths with everyone in that house separated, the whole episode with this gentleman stuck to my head. Like, what the what and who even!? How scandalous! And I knew jack-all about BDSM. But what better way to get a glimpse than turn to books? Education extraordinaire without having to have an awkward conversation about it with your friends, or, dear god, parents! So, that’s what I did. I devoured BDSM books like I did to that 1KG bag of loose raisins and that was that. No more, ever again!

There was something about it that, for a while, grabbed me… A totally new concept for me, it was fun and at times even challenging. But the more I read it, the more I started seeing those patterns that tended to put me off- it’s always the guy who dominates, it’s always the woman who from a ‘shy librarian’ turns into a surprise submissive vixen after a shock/horror first session. It started to bore me, I sh*t you not. It was like being married for 20 years and everything about it had become a boring routine. It was the predictability that made me part ways with that specific subgenre.

So, I took a break. A long break. Until I found my way back to romance and it was all about billionaires. Billionaires and alphas in suits were and still probably are the rage! For a while, this whole world so different to mine excited me. I was broke, and single and ready to mingle. Until one book too much, the thing with ‘raisins’ happened again. Unless I was going to move to New York and run into a billionaire, I was ready to pull my head out of the clouds.

A gazillion various romance books later, I could feel I was only half ways interested. I found I was continuously unable to make a connection with the characters in the books that I read. Honestly? I was often irritated by the hasty decision making by the female characters. And frankly, the male MCs were part-time scumbags hidden underneath their confidence and hundred dollar bills. It seemed to be the ‘in fashion’ stereotype back in the day… not sure if this is still the case.

It often happened that the female MCs wallowed in their misery/poverty/helplessness/poor me mindset until a chance encounter with this hotter than hot, richy rich dude came and swept them off their feet (literally) in an office, an elevator, in a bar. And call me old-fashioned, but often in the books I read, I didn’t even have time to gaze into the gentleman’s green/violet/baby blue/chocolate brown eyes to scope out his soul before the magical electric spark zapped that made the clothes disappear from their bodies in Chapter 2.

Then, as per usual something happened to their blossoming young love- she saw him with another woman (shock/horror) and all hell broke loose. She didn’t bother confronting him and escaped thousands of miles across the country to NEVER EVER speak to the bastard who broke her heart, again.

Love is in, common sense is out? That’s OK, has happened to the best of us. And yes, this was mostly the case in the books, too, because as it almost always turned out the woman he was seen with 99.9% of the time ended up being his freaking sister, or well-aged hot aunt, or lesbian friend.

No dramas! Well, yes, dramas. But the whole concept all of a sudden didn’t work out for me. It was all beginning to look very predictable, again. All of a sudden I wanted the communication to happen earlier. I wanted her to ask the alleged cheater who the hell this new saucy minx was?

Anyway, he chases her down across the vast world to beg forgiveness on his knees (how do you like that for a change, heh?!) and a dozen roses in between his teeth, and bam! all was right in the world again with a tumble in the sheets sealing the peace pact!

I decided I had to step away yet again. A little while passed and my next trap emerged. Twilight kicked in the door and readers across the globe were in full swoon mode. I thought, hey- maybe I need me some toned down version of cute, little romance with a paranormal twist?

Edward freaking Cullen.

As Edward with his rather good looks (courtesy of Rob Pattinson) charmed me into that odd fictional world, I kept wondering why I liked him so much. After all, nobody likes blood-breath! And apparently, for a vampire to sparkle is a big massive no-no. Now, funny thing is, I dislike glitter and sparkle, but on Rob Pattinson that glistening looked really nice. Even on those CGI abs! He looked like one of those baubles that your gramma brings down from the attic every December and you look at it as if in trance, as if it has a spirit inside it ready to burst out and grant you your every wish.

Edward seemed broody, emotionally constipated and old-fashioned. Frankly, sounded like a perfect match for me! So, for whatever reason it seemed a good idea to pile on the YA titles with awkward fumbling and uncomfortable silences.

Only to find out that now I was presented with equal measures of hormonal teenage angst in a school yard with popularity contests in full swing. It is dramatic and it is kind of like standing in the sidelines with a bucket of popcorn… but, nope.

By this stage I was questioning my sanity…  What the ever loving hell is wrong with me and why can’t I just enjoy a good romance book? Why do I keep feeling disconnected from characters? Seriously! I want to… I want to be all swoony and sighing, thinking- aww, isn’t he lovely in x/y/z book to be going out of his way for the lady! Any ideas? ‘You’re cold and bitter, Liz! Heartless, in fact!’ actually does seem to be an acceptable answer here. *chuckles*

As I have learned to choose my books more wisely over the years, no matter the genre, I am finding my way back to romance. I can imagine some of you shaking your head, thinking – “Hell, no, girl, you need to stay the heck away from romance!” and you might be right.

But until I figure it all out, BrizzleLass is here to keep me informed about what’s on offer and what’s new and exciting in the genre. Her reviews have always given me a firm and clear indication of whether a title is something I personally might enjoy. I can only blame myself for having too many raisins after all, and perhaps the answer for me is to slow down on the intake.

If any of you, dear readers, have recommendations of romance books that you think are exactly what the doctor ordered, do feel free to shout in the comments. I am ready! Also, let me know, what makes you love the romance genre and share your own journey as you’ve discovered it? Genuinely intrigued and interested! I am quite open to seeing things in a different light!

Liz’s Links

https://liisthinks.blog/

https://twitter.com/Cvr_2_Cvr

https://www.facebook.com/Cover2CoverBB/

https://www.instagram.com/pallasliis/

Giveaway

As a thank you to all my followers I’m giving away 3x £10/$10 Amazon Gift Vouchers at the end of this week. To enter just head to Rafflecopter.

Blogiversary Guest Post: James from This Is My Truth Now @jamescudney4

Today I celebrate three years as a book blogger. It has been a wonderful three years and I love this community and I wanted to celebrate the community this week by asking five of my fellow bloggers to write guest posts to help me celebrate. I purposely asked these bloggers to write posts that reflected them and their blogs so that each post was unique and stood out on it’s own merit, and I think they have each done a fabulous job.

 

 

At the end of the post you will find a giveaway, this is my thank you to everybody who has been by my side through the past three years, whether you were there from the beginning or are a newer reader I appreciate your support.

 

 

I asked James aka Jay to write a post for today because he is not just a blogging friend, since we connected he has become my writing partner and true friend who next month I will be meeting up with when he travels to the UK for a few days. His advice and encouragement has helped keep me focused and is probably the reason I’ve finished writing two books, even if I haven’t quite reached the point of publishing either of them yet! And the odd day we have where we don’t talk feels empty. I felt choked up when I read this post for the first time, I wasn’t expecting this and will definitely making sure to buy him a big slice of cake next month!

365 Bonus Post: Unexpectedly

Although the 365 Daily Challenge ended just about one month ago, it’s been unexpectedly resurrected for a day to celebrate a good friend’s blog’s third birthday… and for that reason today’s word is unexpectedly – meaning ‘in a way that was not likely or planned.’

It all began (from as far as I can tell) on April 22nd, 2017. No, my math isn’t wrong as that’s clearly less than three years. I didn’t mean when Claire’s blog began – instead, I refer to when our friendship unexpectedly began. Her blog appeared about two years beforehand, but I didn’t know her then. And from what she tells me, I kinda wonder what it might have been like to know her all those years ago! When she mentioned her blog anniversary was coming up, I had to check the date to see when we first started chatting as I knew it was at least 8 or 9 months ago, but I never realized it is coming up on 1 year in a few days. Yikes, did we age a whole year too, or was it just a day or two during that time?

I ask that question only because both Claire seems to age much less quickly than the rest of us. I thought about roasting her in this post, but then I realized it’s about her blog, not about her. Gosh, who wants to gush all about her – -it isn’t her birthday. So I’ll leave one compliment about her, then move on: she’s a beacon of strength when it comes to taking care of herself and helping others, and we should all be honored to have unexpectedly become her friend.

When I first started chatting with bloggers, there were a handful, Claire at the top of that list, who had these brilliant sites and voices in the words and style. I admit, I was jealous. I thought… how do they find the time, energy and creativity? After a few weeks, I realized it wasn’t something to be afraid of, rather something to embrace. And so I did… Claire and I began chatting a few times per week via WordPress comments on different posts. Then we chatted about books and writing reviews. We read in opposite genres – how funny is it that we can still connect? She loves romance and fantasy, but those are the two in which I hardly know anything. Of course, she tried to convert me by sending me a bunch of romance ideas, including her own in-progress novels. Guess what I learned?

Girl can write! And she even made me a fan when it comes to pushing my genre boundaries. Between the great relationships she develops and the emotional connections she builds in her work, it’s no wonder I feel the same kindred spirt with Claire when we chat. Which by the way… is every day on Facebook Messenger. Sometimes we’re both busy and it’s just a “Yo, you okay?” and a “I hate writing” or a “Can you help me understand what Twitter is?” and… okay, I’ll stop as I am probably embarrassing myself over the things I didn’t know anything about one year ago. Although, we’re probably both showing our age now because I don’t think it’s cool anymore to chat there; aren’t we supposed to send SnapChat and Instagram stories? Yeah, she does that more frequently, but I’m not there, yet. I do rather enjoy all the videos and photos she shares telling us what’s going on in her world. And that’s one of the key reasons to get to know her and subsequently follow her on all the social media sites.

Let’s get back to her blog. I’m unexpectedly off-topic again, right? And that never happens, so… I digress. Let’s talk about her actual blog content. Like the TBR Topple. What a cool name! At first, I didn’t know if it meant topple the TBR so we vote to pick which book should come off the TBR or which she should read on the TBR. I eventually figured it out, but I won’t tell you. Don’t be lazy. Go find out yourself! 😊 Yeah, I never used to be sarcastic, but I have to keep up with Claire who douses me with humor every day. When it comes to her TBR Topple, I vote strictly on cover. It’s usually either some crazy futuristic thing I don’t understand (I’m a bit boring) or some shirtless (or almost entirely naked) hunk that I get distracted by. Nonetheless, I vote and usually pick the right one from her posts whether I’m reading them on Facebook or the blog or Twitter or Instagram. Is there really a winner or loser is this poll?

What about those author interviews and model Q&A sessions she was doing for a while? Or the awards she’s won? Or the bookshelf pics? Or the insightful rants/vents/brilliant discussions about book reviewer approaches? Those always grab our attention and provide a lot to think about. But that’s Claire, as least as far as I’ve come to know her via the vast Internet space between us. However, here’s the next unexpected thing… I’m going to London with my other half for a business trip where I’ll have a few days to myself. Claire and I will be meeting in person and traipsing around London for a couple of days together. I’ll actually get to meet her and share a few posts together about the trip. How cool will that be?

So… if this anniversary celebration were about Claire, I’d continue telling you about the exercise mishaps she’s shared (there are plenty!), the eyebrow-raising beta reads she’s sent me (things she wrote!), or the amazing extent to which she gives herself to support other people… but like I said earlier, didn’t you listen? This isn’t about Claire… it’s about her blog. And its one of my favorite to follow… so you better start reading it more often because if I find out you are not, the next step will not be unexpected!

Ah, I send my happiest wishes to the three-year anniversary of BrizzleLass Books. I look forward to many more to come, including the evolution of the platform as she publishes her own future novels and begins to make even larger impacts on the book blogging industry. xoxo

Jay’s Links

Jay is one of my favourite bloggers…he is also a published author with his second book having just been released. I’ve read both of them and can say with certainty that you will all love them both!

https://thisismytruthnow.com/

https://twitter.com/jamescudney4/

https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsMyTruthNow/

https://www.instagram.com/jamescudney4/

Book: Watching Glass Shatter

Book: Father Figure

Giveaway

As a thank you to all my followers I’m giving away 3x £10/$10 Amazon Gift Vouchers at the end of this week. To enter just head to Rafflecopter.

Blogiversary Guest Post: Kaisha from The Writing Garnet @kaishajayneh

Tomorrow I celebrate three years as a book blogger. It has been a wonderful three years and I love this community and I wanted to celebrate the community this week by asking five of my fellow bloggers to write guest posts to help me celebrate. I purposely asked these bloggers to write posts that reflected them and their blogs so that each post was unique and stood out on it’s own merit, and I think they have each done a fabulous job.

At the end of the post you will find a giveaway, this is my thank you to everybody who has been by my side through the past three years, whether you were there from the beginning or are a newer reader I appreciate your support.

Kaisha is a blogger so many of us know, she not only runs one of those blogs that we can’t help but to love. She has a four year old daughter who is adorable and she somehow manages to read more than pretty much all of us combined. She well and truly came to my rescue this week, jumping in at the last minute to fill a gap after one of the bloggers I originally asked dropped out last week. Not only did she jump in but she has written a heart-wrenching post, one that won’t help but to pull at your heartstrings. Thank you so much Kaisha.

‘What do you do if you see someone getting bullied?’

I knew that at some point in the future, I would have to sit down with my daughter and answer questions on bullying, but, what I never expected was for my four year old little girl, to calmly ask me, ‘Mumma, what do you do if you see someone getting bullied?’. Again, she’s four. She’s homeschooled. Why on Earth should she be asking that question?

My answer to that one is; why on Earth SHOULDN’T she be asking that question?

I was horrendously bullied from the age of five to the age of thirteen at school. I was then cyberbullied at the age of 15, and then I was bullied in every single job I had from the age of 17. I am now 28. The reason why my little girl even knows what bullying is, is because she has heard me talking about it. She has heard me express my voices on a topic which is still painful to this day. I’m not afraid to admit it, nor am I afraid to talk about a subject which NEEDS to be spoken about.

Recently on social media, I have seen people get bullied. I have stood up for people getting bullied, despite getting threatened myself as a result of that and having nobody stick up for me. Am I upset about that? Of course I am – I have been in the position where I get bullied and nobody fights my corner and it’s a horrific place to be. Which is why, despite many ‘don’t get involved’ comments, I chose to get involved because I couldn’t sit back and watch someone else get bullied and I don’t see how anyone can actually do that.

I will continue to talk about the aftereffects of bullying until I’m blue in the face. I will challenge anyone that bullies another person until I’m blue in the face. It just isn’t right. I am constantly reminded of what I went through and, whilst it’s easy for people to say, ‘move on’ or ‘forget about it’, when you’re the one dealing with the scars of eating disorders, sexual abuse, physical abuse and emotional abuse, all at the hands of bullying, forgetting it is incredibly hard. I want to forget it, really I do – it just isn’t that simple. The recent events on social media have brought all of my past to the forefront of my mind, especially as, whilst defending others, I was left out to dry myself.

So, back to my daughter’s original question; ‘What do you do if you see someone getting bullied?’. My answer to that was ‘you step in if and when it is safe to do so’. If you see your friends getting bullied or find them in the firing line to some nasty comments, don’t sit back and watch that happen because leaving someone out to dry due to bullies is the most horrendous position to be left in. I understand that people choose to not intervene due to concerns of fuelling the fire or similar, but the victim does not deserve to be getting bullied and they need someone in their corner.

The fact that my little girl already knows what bullying is, is of course rather sad. BUT, I would rather her know about a subject which can ruin people’s lives, break up families, scar people for life, so that she can help should someone need it. Victims of bullying are often afraid to speak out about it due to the high level of stigma attached to the topic, especially if they’re not taken seriously and told are told that it’s only ‘name calling’. Maybe it is, but undermining their viewpoint will make a victim less likely to come to you further down the line. It makes them more likely to hide away if the ‘name calling’ gets worse and threats are being made. Listen, observe, believe them and most importantly, be in their corner should they need you to be. Actions speak louder than words for most people, but for a victim of bullying, actions and words are as sharp as each other.

 

Kaisha’s Links

https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/Kaishajayneh

https://www.facebook.com/thewritinggarnet/

Giveaway

As a thank you to all my followers I’m giving away 3x £10/$10 Amazon Gift Vouchers at the end of this week. To enter just head to Rafflecopter.

Blogiversary Guest Post: Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek @SarcasticEnigma

On Thursday I celebrate three years as a book blogger. It has been a wonderful three years and I love this community and I wanted to celebrate the community this week by asking five of my fellow bloggers to write guest posts to help me celebrate. I purposely asked these bloggers to write posts that reflected them and their blogs so that each post was unique and stood out on it’s own merit, and I think they have each done a fabulous job.

 

 

At the end of the post you will find a giveaway, this is my thank you to everybody who has been by my side through the past three years, whether you were there from the beginning or are a newer reader I appreciate your support.

 

 

I asked Drew to write a post because, well, Drew is fucking awesome. He is a guy who would slip into my group of friends without any trouble at all. He loves heavy metal, he doesn’t hold his tongue when he has something to say, he has a killer sense of humour and best of all he swears like a drunk sailor! In case you hadn’t noticed I’m partial to a bit of the old swearing myself! Drew has taken to izzling all words where I am concerned (Brizzle izzle). I havent mastered the art of izzling words which just makes the whole thing even funnier, even the Hubs now izzles words to wind me up, so yeah, thanks Drew! When Drew asked what he could write I said anything as long as he was himself and if that involved taking the piss out of me then have at it…I walked into that one!

Brizzle Guest Pizzle

Hhhmm…….where am I? I appear to be lost as this isn’t my blog! Whatever am I doing here?!🤔 I seem to have stumbled into a nightmare containing a cacophony of covers with abs…….abs people! Barf!🤢🤢🤢

I am delirious and disoriented from not being able to see due to bleeding eyes! Da fuq! I mean, c’mon, look at all the baby oil on the abs, they are glisizzling! Oil is slippery making it hard to grasp (yeah, bad choice of words as hard, oil and abs in the same paragraph are a definite no people, shudders). So, it makes you wonder how Brizzle Shizzle manages to keep hold of her books whilst reading?!🤔 The only answer is that she must have a very firm grip! Hey, brizzle’s husbizzle does she have a firm grip?!🤔 On her books people, let’s keep it clean!📚😂

Oh, right! I remember why I’m here! Brizzle shizzle (Claire if we use her proper adult and grown-up name) asked me if I’d like to guest pizzle on her blog to help her celebrate 3 years of bloggizzling! Damn! She must be loco to allow someone like me on her blog!

Serious side note: It is a privilege to be asked by Claire to appear on her blog and help her celebrate her anniversary for brizzlelassbooks.

3 years of blogging is a wonderful achievement and Claire is a fantastic blogger and person so please all join me in offering her a massive congratulations.😀🎆🎊🎉

If you are wondering what a guest pizzle is then I shall enlighten you. It’s merely a guest post with post swapped out for pizzle. Claire’s blog is brizzlelassbooks and I take great pleasure (probably not the best choice of word for me to use in a post containing abs as no, I don’t take pleasure in abs) no, let’s go with amusement in using ‘izzle‘ in as many words as possible when talking with Clairizzle. Why you might ask?! Because I’m a maturizzle man-child, obviously!😂

Shizzle does read some sweet fantasy books. I have to give her props and praise for that but! Yes, there’s always a but and on some of the covers for those ‘other‘ type of books, she reads there’s often another type of butt too. If the abs are not glisizzling then the full moon is on display! – Ooohhh, cheeky!😂

And now for your amusement:

“Old McBrizzle has a blog,

E-I-E-I-izzle,

And on that blog there are some studs,

E-I-E-I-izzle,

With some ghastly abs here,

And some hairy abs there,

Here some abs, there some abs,

Everywhere some oiled abs,

Old McBrizzle has a blog,

E-I-E-I-izzle!”

On my own blog (The Tattooed Book Geek, a place of erudite eloquence and debonair refinement run by a gentleman blogger extraordinaire) I have a series of posts about fun and inappropriate book covers. Add in that I often tease Shizzle (Claire, if you’re still not keeping up) about the abizzles on her covers and the ideal topic for my guest pizzle on her blog is one about book covers involving ‘Big‘ Studley Dong and his ghastly glisizzling abs!

So, I present to you a selection of ten of the cheesiest, occasionally hairiest, often oiled and sometimes downright weird book covers featuring boobizzles! Oh right, my mistake, the boobizzles were on display in another tab whilst I was writing the post but ssshhh don’t tell anyone.😉 It’s abizzles or if you prefer abs for you lot, enjoy!

To finish, here’s a trio of book covers that I made and izzled!

Drew’s Links

https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/SarcasticEnigma

https://www.facebook.com/DrewWeldonTTBG

Giveaway

As a thank you to all my followers I’m giving away 3x £10/$10 Amazon Gift Vouchers at the end of this week. To enter just head to Rafflecopter.

Blogiversary Guest Post: Danielle from Books Vertigo and Tea @BooksVertigoTea

On Thursday I celebrate three years as a book blogger. It has been a wonderful three years and I love this community and I wanted to celebrate the community this week by asking five of my fellow bloggers to write guest posts to help me celebrate. I purposely asked these bloggers to write posts that reflected them and their blogs so that each post was unique and stood out on it’s own merit, and I think they have each done a fabulous job.

At the end of the post you will find a giveaway, this is my thank you to everybody who has been by my side through the past three years, whether you were there from the beginning or are a newer reader I appreciate your support.

I asked Danielle to kick this week off because I knew she would bring us something perfectly tasty and she didn’t disappoint. Danielle have formed a friendship which has come off the page, both having a possibly unhealthy relationship with tea, we send tea across the atlantic to each other and talk regularly. She is a good friend as well as a fabulous blogger who I highly recommend to everyone.

Pairing Teas & Genres

I was over the moon when Claire asked me to help kick off her blogiversary by sharing a guest post! She is one of my favorite bloggers, biggest supporters and well.. quite honestly embodies all that I look for in a friend and fellow human. But what to post? Books and tea have brought Claire and I together, so it felt most appropriate to choose exactly that. I have put together a small post of teas and the genres I pair them with. Thank you Claire for the continued inspiration, wonderful cups of tea, and incredible friendship.

Danielle’s Links

https://booksvertigoandtea.com/

https://twitter.com/BooksVertigoTea

https://www.facebook.com/booksvertigoandtea/

https://www.instagram.com/books_vertigo_and_tea/

Giveaway

As a thank you to all my followers I’m giving away 3x £10/$10 Amazon Gift Vouchers at the end of this week. To enter just head to Rafflecopter.

#GuestReview: Dark Glitter by C.M. Stunich & Tate James @CMStunich @TateJamesAuthor @PARoyle #Review

Welcome to another review from my guest reviewer Siobhan…

Description

Ciarah O’Rourke was born into torture.
A human spirit reincarnated in the body of an ancient fae goddess, she’s spent the last five years in iron shackles, her mind poisoned with magic for secrets she doesn’t know.

Waking up in a dirty alley with no memory of her escape, Ciarah finds herself in the hands of The Wild Hunt Motorcycle Club–a ruthless and violent group of bikers with faerie blood in their veins.

Arlo.  Reece.  Killian.
Three men drenched in death, sin, and old magic.
From their clubhouse in the middle of the Louisiana bayou, they’ll offer Ciarah the keys to unlock her memories and control the veil between worlds.  But even her knights can’t erase the twisted scars that remind her they aren’t the only ones who hunt.

When The Wild Hunt rides, the souls of the dead join their parade.
All that’s missing now is their queen.

Review

So this is my second book by both authors, and I’m loving both of these ladies work so stinking much. The intense chemistry between all the characters is off the charts, and I love the fact that the female lead is dominant and not a damsel in distress, she’s strong, empowered and not at all ashamed of her body.

The male characters are amazing and intense more some than others. Her 3 appointed knights are all unique, and I cannot wait to read the next book I’m highly impatiently waiting, this is another 5* read for me, the writing and storyline and the plot, everything is brilliant these two talented authors are fantastic I’m so glad to have found them.

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About Siobhan

I love too read all and anything,
I am an author PA on Facebook,
I love all things Marvel and DC comics,
I love vampires and werewolves,
I’m a huge football fan, and I’m in love with Jon Snow,😘
But most of all I love my two children and partner more than life its self

Book & Buy Links

TitleDark Glitter
Series: Wild Hunt Motorcycle Club #1
AuthorC.M. Stunich Tate James
Genre: Reverse Harem |  Paranormal Romance | Fae | Magic
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 24 January 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: TBA
Buy: Books2Read (Universal link redirects to your preferred store)

#Review: Dark Wish by Yumoyori Wilson Plus #GuestReview @PaRoyle

Dark Wish is another book that I had to skip reviewing while I was in my reading slump, I just didn’t get to it in time for the blog tour. I’ve now read it and have my review below and as a bonus, I have a review from the lovely Siobhan who has been reviewing a few books to add some variety to things here. I thought it would be interesting to post both reviews together!

Description

What do you get when you add free and dumb? 
FREEDOM

My name is Makoto Heart and I’ve always wished for a chance at freedom. Every day, I prayed before the Starlight gods, asking for their divine assistance in accomplishing such a difficult task.

Being an experiment for as long as I can remember, my hopes of obtaining freedom have diminished, drastically. The disappointment haunted me, as myself and my spirits struggled to survive. I had no hope left, believing my final plea fell upon deaf ears, yet again.

But what happens when my prayers are finally answered? I’m thrust into fulfilling a destiny, with the help of six star knights. Suddenly, I am no longer experiment 555, but the stolen princess of Heila.

Freedom, how you have teased my troubled soul. May the Starlight gods guide me and my knights, on this path towards the unknown.

~In Stars We Trust~

Dark Wish is an extraordinary new paranormal reverse harem series. 
Recommended for 18+ audience, containing mature sexual content and strong language. 

Review 1 – Claire

I had high hopes for Dark Wish, it was getting rave feedback in the reverse harem groups I’m in on Facebook, the few reviews I had read were glowing and everything I had read about it shouted: “this is for you Claire”. Unfortunately when I actually started reading it quickly became clear that I was not getting out of it what I was expecting and it became a book that I was really not enjoying.

Makoto Heart is in captivity from a young age, and this alone should warm you to her. But I didn’t, not from the very first page when it was clear what was happening did I feel any kind of warmth towards this character, she is naive, immature and quite honestly a real whiny bitch. She isn’t rescued until she is in her twenties by the men that will be her harem and her personality does not improve post-escape. It escapes me what they see in her though. I truly felt nothing for this girl despite all of her troubles. Some of my biggest issues were:

  1.  This is a group of people in their mid-twenties yet they are going to a school which is set up as though they are in their teens. It just didn’t work for me. It felt all wrong like it was an adult book trying to be YA.
  2. Makoto is always asleep, I am not kidding at least once every single chapter she is sleeping, I mean how the hell am I supposed to bond with the MC when all she does is sleep?
  3. There is virtually no dialogue between Makoto and her “Knights”, yet quite early on she talks in her dialogue about how she is falling for them, this just didn’t work for me. I couldn’t feel that when I didn’t know these guys properly.
  4. There is a great concept in this book that shifters, which is what Makoto and her Knights are, hold different spirits in their body, like angels, demons etc. I loved this concept, but it comes across clunky and awkward. I was confused quite often, and the multiple dialogues switching from internal to external and back again was just far too confusing. I get the author was trying to be funny but it fell short.
  5. This is a book set in a huge world, but the world building isn’t thorough enough for the multiple planets and different world ideologies to not be confusing. There was a glossary at the beginning but the author really needs to work on world building within the text to make this more powerful and easier for the reader.

Then we get to the writing. It just didn’t flow for me, it felt stunted and awkward. There wasn’t that natural flow that you need with a novel to really fell embraced by the words. There are a lot of typos and issues with the incorrect form of words being used and in some cases the completely wrong word being used such as interacted instead of interaction. It didn’t feel as though an editor had got anywhere near it which I always feel is a real shame because it always lets a book down terribly not to be properly edited.

Overall, I got to the end but will definitely not continue the series, it was just too much hard work for me.

I had an eARC of this book to review courtesy of the author and Xpresso Book Tours.

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Review 2 – Siobhan

This is a hard book for me, I was confused with all the different planets, and such creatures, or gods. The beginning of the story started off as an escape plan, but I didn’t understand until later why they were trying to escape, the main female character was funny and kind of childish in my opinion, although she’s been sheltered and abused, her different personalities where hard to keep up with.

The Male leads were interesting all very different and intriguing, and sweet but in the story I feel that there wasn’t enough background information to each character, and I tried very hard to get into the story but found it hard, but please don’t be put off by my review although this isn’t my cup of tea I will recommend it to someone whom enjoys these types of books.

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About Siobhan

I love too read all and anything,
I am an author PA on Facebook,
I love all things Marvel and DC comics,
I love vampires and werewolves,
I’m a huge football fan, and I’m in love with Jon Snow,😘
But most of all I love my two children and partner more than life its self

 

 

Book & Buy Links

TitleDark Wish
Series: Starlight Gods #1
Author: Yumoyori Wilson
Genre: Adult | Paranormal | Romance | Reverse Harem
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 8 September 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 422
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