Week in Review – 30 July 2017

I’ve done a lot of writing this week, it’s been really productive and I’m very pleased as I was really struggling, but I started a new project and I’ve been really inspired with it so Yay!

Today I’m volunteering at a charity football match all day, with ex-players from my favourite club so I’m not going to be star struck or ogling or acting like a child at all..nope, not me!

I also hit a huge weight loss target this week, I’ve now managed to lose 34kgs/6st since I started this journey in November 2015! It’s been a long journey and so hard at times! I’ve also found out this week I’ve been shortlisted to be an Ambassador for This Girl Can in Bristol, which is really cool.

Right, here is my bookish update for this week…I’m gonna toddle off and find me some football players!

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Book Post



My most recent reviews are: Ranger Heat Series, Blackwing, Made in the Image of the Goddess and Cocktails and Dreams

Other Posts

This week I was on the book blitz for Simple Man where I shared the authors playlist, book blitzes for Sins of the Heart and Not his Werewolf, the blog tour for Second Snowfall where I interviewed author Sarah Fischer. On The Bookshelf this week was author C H Clepitt.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

#BlogTour: Cocktails and Dreams by A.L. Michael @ALMichael_ @canelo_co @NeverlandBT #Review #Giveaway

I’m so pleased to be part of the Cocktails and Dreams tour, believe it or not this is the first of A.L. Michael’s books I’ve read. I have read so many good reviews about her books and when the opportunity came along to join this tour I snapped it up so a huge thanks to Neverland Blog Tours for having me!


A heart-warming novel with characters you’ll love, don’t miss this first in a new series for romance, laugh-out-loud comedy and a feel-good ending. Perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane and Lindsey Kelk.

I was seven years old when I realized my mother was not a great person… 

Since Savvy was abandoned by her rockstar mother, she has craved a normal life. But after years of financing her boyfriend’s lacklustre career, he leaves her when he hits the bigtime.

Savvy’s friends at the burlesque club where she serves elaborate cocktails encourage her to make bold changes in her life. She soon meets handsome bartender Milo, and begins to plan a future she can be excited about.

But when Savvy’s estranged mother crashes back into her life, her newfound happiness is under threat… will Savvy have the courage to pursue her dreams?

See inside for a delicious cocktail recipe and book club questions!

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Persephone Black is a rockstar, a rockstar who left her daughter with her sister, wrote a song about abandoning her then sent it to her on her birthday.

Savvy is that daughter and that song has followed her through her life, haunted her. She’s settled into a relationship with a DJ who nobody in her life likes too much and when he dumps her to progress his z-list career, she has to move home to her Aunt and she realises she needs to make some changes in her life.

As a bartender in a burlesque club she loves her job, it’s one of the few things she does love in her life. I loved that this was her job, it was such a simple but cool job for her to have and she was so good at it, the people she worked with were so nice and supportive and really had her back.

On a night out with her best friend she meets another bartender Milo, an American who is also searching for his dream and there is such a perfect energy between the two. You can see it coming before they do, it was so beautifully written and yet you just aren’t sure anything will actually happen because everything they are both working towards seems to be going in opposing directions.

I also loved how Persephone Black is brought back into the picture at the worst possible time for Savvy. And how the two navigate that awkward and very broken mother/daughter relationship.

Overall, a wonderful novel and for those who like a tipple there is a handy cocktail recipe at the back of the book aswell!

Sending a huge thanks to A.L. Michael, Canelo and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.


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About A.L. Michael

A.L. Michael is hurtling towards the end of her twenties a little too quickly. She is the author of nine novels. Her most recent collection of books, The Martini Club Series, will start with Cocktails and Dreams, released 24th July 2017. She likes to write about sassy females who follow their dreams, and don’t take no for an answer.

She is a Creative Therapeutic Facilitator, currently researching the power of creative writing to be helpful in recovering from eating disorders, and believes in the power of writing to heal.

You can find out more about A.L. Michael at (surprisingly) http://www.almichael.com and on twitter @almichael_



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This giveaway is to win a cocktail making giftset and an eCopy of the book. UK only!

(Tour-Wide Giveaway)

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TitleCocktails and Dreams
Series: N/A
Author: A.L. Michael
Genre: Chick Lit | Women’s Fiction | Romance | Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Canelo
Publication Date: 24 July 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 209
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon USSpeedy Hen

Week in Review – 23 July 2017

It seems you all really liked my new feature Marketing Monday, my stats which I don’t often look at but I couldn’t miss them for this, went through the roof for this post! I’m so pleased as I really agonised about creating this feature. I wasn’t sure if I would come across as a bit pompous! The feedback in the comments and the fact the stats were, well, awesome shows me I’m on the right track. I’ll start planning next month’s post for you and hopefully you’ll like it just as much!

You’ll be pleased to know that I made it to both fitness classes this week! hooray! I can’t walk now though I think I’ve pulled a few muscles but no pain no gain right?! haha!

I should also let you know that you picked The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson as my TBR Topple read this month! I’m really looking forward to diving in so look out for the review early next month!

Aaaand, Here is my bookish update for this week…

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Book Post



My most recent reviews are: Worth Remembering, Thrust, Learning to Fly, and Ellie’s Encounter.

Other Posts

This week I launched my new monthly feature Marketing Monday. I had an author interview on the blog tour for Taking Chances. A Spotlight for The Redcliff Novels Series. An excerpt on the book blitz for Addicted to Love. And Annabelle Anders a debut author this week came to visit for The Bookshelf this week.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

Blog Tour: Excerpt: Be My Baby by A.L. Michael @ALMichael_ @HQDigitalUK @NeverlandBT

Welcome to my stop on the Be My Baby Blog Tour written by A.L. Michael and hosted by Neverland Blog Tours. I’m very pleased to be taking part and hope you enjoy the excerpt from the book. There is also a giveaway at the end of the post so don’t miss out on your chance to enter.

Two’s company…

If you asked Mollie whether she struggled as a single mum, she’d have to cover her daughter’s ears before answering. Surrounded by friends, watching Esme grow into the sassiest eleven-year-old in North London, and building her name as TV chef Mollie Makes, Mollie’s never been happier. Well, that’s what she’d tell you. But as her best friends pair off, and Esme starts getting into trouble at school, Mollie wonders whether life would be different – not better…but easier – with a team mate.

Continue reading Blog Tour: Excerpt: Be My Baby by A.L. Michael @ALMichael_ @HQDigitalUK @NeverlandBT