Week in Review – 12 November 2017

It’s been another hectic week. After being in London again last weekend for Gollancz Fest (you can catch my write up here) I’ve been busy with volunteering, the blog, writing and trying to squeeze in some reading as well!

NaNoWriMo seems to be going reasonably well so far, I’m fractionally ahead on the word count and considering this book has a mind of its own and I’m struggling to keep it lined up with my outline I’m quite pleased I’m still churning chapters out!

I’m quite behind with reviews at the moment, I’m averaging about ten books waiting to be reviewed at any one time at the moment. So for any authors who know I’ve read their books and are waiting for the reviews, I am getting there but I’m reading quicker than I’m writing at the moment. For those whose books I’ve not read yet, my TBR is ridiculous right now and I’m reading as quickly as possible. I’m staying up until 2/3am most days reading to try and get through as many books as possible.

Next week I’m doing another radio interview about how I got into volunteering with the mental health walking group. I trained as a peer worker and walk leader to volunteer with the group, I’ll be talking about how I got to that point and how I use physical activity to help look after my mental health.

Here are this week’s book updates:

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

I have no words to defend how many books I’ve bought this week…I have a problem!

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have reviewed:

Three Star: The Lido Girls by Allie Burns.
Four Star: Risky and Wild by Violet Blaze, Professor Next Door by Summer Cooper.
Five Star: Savage and Racy and Glacier by Violet Blaze.

Other Posts

I had a Guest Post from Christina Bauer on the Wolves and Roses blog tour.

The wonderful Jo from My Chestnut Reading Tree joined me on The Bookshelf this week, do check it out if you haven’t already. I wrote about GollanczFest before I forgot everything (hey you know me!).

Music Monday this week featured the rather awesome Delain. I took part in the Anything But Books Tag.

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#BlogTour: The Lido Girls by Allie Burns @Allie_Burns1 @HQDigitalUK @NeverlandBT #Review #Giveaway

I’m so pleased to be kicking off The Lido Girls blog tour today with a review. There is also a fab giveaway at the end of the post that you absolutely don’t want to miss. Huge thanks to Allie Burns and Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours for having me.

Description

Escape to the inter-war years in this emotional story where opportunity can be found at the pool-side in your local lido… Perfect for fans of Pam Evans and Gill Paul

Change is in the air…

London, 1930s:

Natalie Flacker is tempted by the glamour of the new keep fit movement, but when she is dismissed from her prestigious job in PE she loses the life she so carefully built. Echoes of the war’s destruction still reverberate through her life, and now she is homeless, jobless and without prospects.

But connections made on a summer holiday, with her best friend Delphi, create opportunities. When Natalie is offered a summer job at a lido at the seaside, she jumps at the chance. But is she up to the challenge of taking on a group of unfit women in need of her help?

Set against the backdrop of the beginnings of the pioneering keep fit movement; this is a feel-good reminder of just what’s possible when you find the courage to follow your heart.

Spend a very British summer with The Lido Girls!

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Review

Natalie is a PE teacher in 1935 England when she loses her job she loses her sense of purpose but a job offer from her best friend’s brother to spend the summer at a lido in St Darlstone is the best one she has. So she and Delphi get set for a summer by the sea.

Set at a time when life was dramatically changing for women the historical elements of this book were fascinating and the supporting cast in this book is wonderful, full of life and laughs all the way through. Jack and Delphi are fantastic characters, Jack with his rugged charm and obsession with diving, Delphi with an unusual illness and need to break away from overprotective parents. Both embracing Natalie close and wanting her to feel a part of their family.

I struggled with Natalie though, I found it hard to connect with her emotionally, and so as she made decisions along the way I questioned them and wondered why. There are a couple of significant decisions she makes and I don’t understand what drives them, or what her own emotion is behind them. The words are there but I didn’t feel it, and being a feeler this fell flat for me and meant that I lost some of the enjoyment from the read.

I loved the way the book was directed, I loved the premise and I especially love how the book resolves itself I just really wish I could have felt more emotion from it.

Sending huge thanks to Allie Burns, HQ Digital and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

Rating

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About Allie Burns

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Allie lives in Kent with her family and two tortoises. When she’s not writing for business or penning her Women’s Historical Fiction, Allie enjoys swimming and yoga. She has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and The Lido Girls is her debut novel. She is currently working on a second interwar years novel, which is due for publication in the summer of 2018.

  

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TitleThe Lido Girls
Series: N/A
Author: Allie Burns
Genre: Romance | Historical Romance | LGBTQ
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 2 October 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 384
Buy: Amazon UK | Speedy Hen

Week in Review – 29 October 2017

I’m away in London this weekend so wrote this a few days ago in preparation, next week I will give you an update of what I got up to in the Capital but rest assured with ComicCon on the agenda I’m up to no good! I’ve gone in particularly excited about seeing Hayley Atwell, the Dark Matter cast, and Dani Filth.

This week I finished my book, all the editing and back and forth with beta readers and one particular very good friend who has answered far more questions than one person should ever have to answer about anything ever. I finally reached a point where I felt happy with my book. Well for now anyway! I’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo this year so next week I will be diving head first into writing book two. Heaven help me!

Here are all my book updates, I look forward to telling you what I got up to London next week…although I’m in London again next weekend for Gollancz Fest so heavens knows when I’ll have time to write this update next week!

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

I kicked off my reviews this week with a review of The Duke’s Temptation by Raven McAllan. I also reviewed Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse by Lilly Bartlett, Squeeze Play by Aven Ellis, Farraway Mist by Tani Hanes, and The Forgotten Room by Ann Troup.

Other Posts

This week I featured Killswitch Engage on Music Monday. I had an excerpt from The Night Realm by Annette Marie as part of the release week book blitz.

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Week in Review – 20 August 2017

So this is an update covering a couple of weeks as I had a small break to go to Bloodstock, a heavy metal festival. This is becoming an annual migration to the midlands for me and a great chance to see loads of really good metal bands! Highlights this year were Amon Amarth, King 810, Skindred, Arch Enemy, and Megadeth. They’ve already announced two headliners for next year and as they are two of my favourite bands I’ll be getting myself tickets as soon as I can.

This week I want to send congratulations to an absolutely amazing blogger. You all know Jay at This is My Truth Now, well Jay has just signed a publishing deal for his first novel, Watching a Glass Shatter. Jay is a really good friend and has given me huge amounts of help recently so I wanted to send him a huge virtual hug to congratulate him I couldn’t be happier for this. I absolutely can’t think of anyone who deserves this more.

As I’ve mentioned before I’m trying (trying being the word here) to write a book. Juggling everything I’ve been doing has been really stressful and something had to give so I’ll be winding down things on the blog a little, there will still be posts, I’m not closing the blog but I’m going to slow things down a bit. It’s going to take me until probably mid-September to wind down everything I’ve already committed to but once that’s done things should get a little easier for me to cope with. I’m starting to feel like I’m drowning trying to keep up with the blog, writing, and volunteering and I had a bit of a meltdown this week and became so glad if my new workout regime which is really helping to work the stress out!

Finally, don’t forget there’s a chance to win a copy of Sybil Bartel’s Thrust, by leaving a comment on THIS POST, before next Friday! Want to know what I think of Thrust? Check out my review here.

Right, here is my bookish update for this week!

Currently Reading

I’ve been beta reading a novel this week which is very hush hush but very exciting. I’ve also been beta reading a few chapters of another novel in it’s early stages so lots of exciting things happening on top of my normal reading.

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

eARCs

Reviews

I’ve reviewed Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove by Sarah Bennett as part of the Blog Tour. There was also Surviving the Hurricane by Tani Hanes, Grind by Sybil Bartel, Mr Prescott by Carlos Dash, and Dirty by R.L. Kenderson. I also reviewed How to Build Confidence and Overcome Fear by Daniel Riding over on my mental health blog.

Other Posts

I had excerpts from The Big Dreams Beach Hotel by Lilly Bartlett, and The Last Dragon Rider by Errin Krystal. I had Anna from The Bibliotaph on The Bookshelf this week.

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The Discoverability Challenge – 2017

I was looking to add a challenge to my reading this year in addition to the Goodreads Reading Challenge which is just about the number of books you read. I enjoyed keeping tabs on how Joanne Hall was doing with her Discoverability Challenge last year, a challenge to read more female authors, especially within the SFF genre. When she posted she was doing it again this year and within the post put a call out for others to join her this seemed the perfect challenge to join, especially as I have quite a pile of books waiting to be read by female authors I’ve not read before.

The rules are simple, read at least one book per month in any genre, fiction or non-fiction by a female author you’ve not read before. As I take part in blog tours and pick up books from NetGalley this will be easily achievable so I have set myself the goal of making sure that I read at least one SFF novel by a female author I’ve not read before each month to chip away at that pile I mentioned earlier!

I will keep a list here of all the authors I read who qualify for the Discoverability Challenge, and for all the books I specifically read for the challenge I will tag them and link them back to this page. I’m looking forward to seeing how many new female authors I discover in 2017!

My 2017 Discovered Female Authors

  1. Victoria Aveyard – Cruel Crown
  2. Jill Mansell – Meet Me At Beachcomber Bay
  3. Sheila Norton – The Vets at Hope Green
  4. Anabelle Bryant – The Den of Iniquity
  5. Lele Iturrioz – Seasons Within
  6. Cassandra Piat – Stuck With Me
  7. Anne Bishop – Written In Red
  8. Judith Colquhoun – A Country Practice: New Beginnings
  9. Nikki Landis – Dark Promise
  10. Sarah Morgan – Sleepless in Manhattan
  11. Donna Compositor – Curse of Stars
  12. Liz Gavin – Celtic Fire
  13. Clare Morrall – When the Floods Came
  14. Jane Ederlyn – Reborn
  15. Tamara Lush – Hot Shade
  16. Abbie Roads – Saving Mercy
  17. H. Leighton Dickson – Dragon of Ash & Stars
  18. J.D. Hughes – My Beautiful Disaster
  19. Laini Taylor – Strange the Dreamer
  20. Sybil Bartel – Rough
  21. Harper Sloan – Lost Rider
  22. Deborah Wilde – The Unlikeable Demon Hunter
  23. Catherine Green – The Darkness of Love
  24. Deborah A. Wolf – The Dragon’s Legacy
  25. Lynda Young Spiro – There is Always More to Say
  26. Greta Stone – Cry Wolf
  27. Gail Marie Mitchell – Loving The Life Less Lived
  28. Rachel Burton – The Many Colours of Us
  29. C.M. Stunich – Groupie
  30. Cristina Hodgson – A Little of Chantelle Rose
  31. J. Aislynn d’Merricksson – Mother of Wolves
  32. Patricia A. McKillip – Alphabet of Thorn
  33. Tiffany Shand – Shifter Clan Series
  34. Lilly Bartlett – The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square
  35. Jaimie Admans – The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters
  36. Anna Stephens – Godblind
  37. Laurie Winters – Home Field
  38. Tani Hanes – Living In The Shallows
  39. Rachel Van Dyken – Cheater
  40. Joanna Mazurkiewicz – Wyvern Awakening
  41. Holly James – Worth Remembering
  42. Caitlyn Lynch – Ellie’s Encounter
  43. Chantelle Griffin – Made In The Image Of The Goddess
  44. A.L. Michael – Cocktails & Dreams
  45. Errin Krystal – The Last Dragon Rider
  46. Aimee Brown – Little Gray Dress
  47. Sarah Bennett – Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove
  48. Karen Marie Moning – Darkfever
  49. Terry Tyler – Tipping Point
  50. Erika Gardner – The Dragon in the Garden
  51. Pepper Winters – Tears of Tess
  52. Brittainy C Cherry – The Air He Breathes
  53. Sylvia Ashby – The Sinking Chef
  54. Maxine Morrey – The Christmas Holiday
  55. J Kenner – Wicked Grind
  56. Nikki Sex – Abuse
  57. Natalie K. Martin – What Goes Down
  58. Keary Taylor – Branded
  59. Alexandra Weis – Damned
  60. C.M Stunich & Tate JamesElements of Mischief
  61. Violet Blaze – Biker Rockstar Billionaire CEO Alpha
  62. Summer Cooper – Professor Next Door
  63. Leigh LaValle – Breathless
  64. Allie Burns – The Lido Girls
  65. Lilac Mills – And A Sixpence For Luck
  66. Ellen Wiles – The Invisible Crowd
  67. J Mercer – Dark and Stormy
  68. Mhairi McFarlane – You Had Me At Hello
  69. Jackie Ladbury – Air Guitar and Caviar