Week in Review – 4 February 2018

It’s been another rough week for me, I’m really struggling with my bipolar right now, not sleeping, hearing voices, and balancing on the edge of a cliff where if I fall I’m in full-blown mania. My meds have been adjusted and dealing with those side effects are just as bad as the illness itself. But I’m getting through and I just have to keep reminding myself that it will end.

I do have things I want to talk about but I just don’t have it in me right now so I’ll just go with the update and hopefully, by next week I will have more wits about me…

Book of the Month

January has come to an end so it’s time to pick a book of the month, and straight away I just can’t pick one, it’s been a stellar month for books…I see my top 10 at the end of the year being impossible!

The Bitter Twins is the latest from Jen Williams, book two in The Winnowing Flame Trilogy. This book was everything I expect from Williams and more. Firmly cementing her position at the top of my fantasy author tree. My review can be found here.

The Dragon’s Wing and The Tiger’s Ambush are books two and three in the Kit Davenport series by Tate James and I’m classing them as a two for one here. While this is pegged as a reverse harem series, the paranormal/urban fantasy elements are absolutely fantastic and have me completely hooked. Anybody who loves paranormal/urban fantasy and is curious about reverse harem this is the series to start with because it is just perfectly executed and for me, the fantasy elements are far more prominent, although the romance is hot and heavy when it gets going.

Blunt Force Magic by Lawrence Davis is a surprise entry, the author had approached another blogger who reviews crime and she had tagged me and a couple of other fantasy loving bloggers. I was hooked by the description so despite not wanting to take on new books right now I said I would review it and I have no regrets, it was gripping, funny, and had some of the best battle scenes I’ve read in a while. Just so friggin good. Here is my review.

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Pre-Orders

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have reviewed:

Five Star: A Week To Be Wild by J.C. Harroway, and Blunt Force Magic by Lawrence Davis.
Four Star: Hunted by Mila Young, and Silver Moon by Nikki Landis
Three Star: Spirited by C.M. Stunich

Other Posts

2Cellos were featured on Music Monday. The new TBR Topple post has gone up so check it out and vote on which book I@m going to read from my TBR this month. Lainy from Always Reading took part in The Bookshelf this week.

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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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#WeekendBlitz: The Forgotten Room by Ann Troup @TroupAnn @HQDigitalUK @NeverlandBT #Review #Giveaway

Hey Guys, thanks for stopping by for Ann Troup’s weekend blitz for The Forgotten Room courtesy of Neverland Blog Tours, you can catch my review below and the blitz schedule aswell so you know who the other blogs are hosting content and reviews this weekend. There is also a fab giveaway that you won’t want to miss at the end of the post.

Description

Can the past ever be forgotten?

As soon as nurse Maura Lyle sets foot inside the foreboding Essen Grange, she feels shivers ripple down her spine. And the sense of unease only increases when she meets her new patient, Gordon Henderson.

Drawn into the Henderson family’s tangled web of secrets and betrayals, Maura can ignore the danger lurking behind every door no longer. Even the door she has been forbidden from opening…

Essen Grange is a house with dark and cruel intentions. But now that darkness has turned on her, can Maura escape before it’s too late?

The chilling new novel from the bestselling author of The Lost Child and The Silent Girls. Perfect for fans of Erin Kelly, Claire Mackintosh and Tracy Buchanan.

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Review

I’m a big fan of Ann Troup’s work and was thrilled that she had a new novel coming out and I have to say this is by far my favourite of her three novels. From the opening lines I was hooked, pulled in and unsure if I was dealing with a ghost story or something far more sinister.

Maura Lyle is a mental health nurse who after a period of illness has returned to work and been given an agency job working for a private client in, what I guess you would call a manor house. As soon as she arrives at Essen Grange she knows something isn’t right, the place feels wrong. But she’s a nurse and a good one, she has a patient to care for and that’s what she focuses on.

When people start being found dead the intrusion of the police and most notably DS Mike Poole, a blast from Maura’s past who she is not happy to see, become a regular occurrence at the Grange.

I loved that the point of views in this book changed, but were still very easy to follow. We got quite a bit of time with Poole as well as Maura and I particularly liked their dynamic and how it changed as things escalated through the book.

There are a wide range of characters and plenty of people and things to cast suspicion on. With some extremely tense scenes and moments where you are unsure who will make it through the fray this is a fantastic suspense.

As always, Ann Troup has included plenty surrounding mental health and done so wonderfully, integrating it into the story-line in a realistic and terrifying manner.

I thoroughly enjoyed every second of this novel and felt like I was on a roller-coaster with all the twists and turns getting to the end. This was not one I could predict.

Sending huge thanks to Ann Troup, HQ Digital and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this book.

Rating

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About Ann Troup

The Forgotten Room is Ann’s third book, following on from The Lost Child and The Silent Girls. She lives in Devon near the sea and spends her time either writing or dabbling with art. To see what she’s getting up to next follow on Twitter – @TroupAnn, or Facebook at Ann Troup Author.

Giveaway

Book & Buy Links

TitleThe Forgotten Room
Series: N/A
AuthorAnn Troup
Genre: Suspense | Thriller | Mental Health
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 25 October 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 384
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Speedy Hen

Week in Review – 22 October 2017

I’ve been recovering from the Bronchitis this week but I’ve been busy working with a couple of authors who I have taken on as marketing clients. I’m really excited about this new freelance route I’ve developed and using my marketing background to help authors is really rewarding.

I’ve also started working on the next revision of my book. I’ve had some awesome feedback from beta readers and have started to work that into this revision and can already see how great the book will be when I finish the edits.

I’m also reading a lot at the moment, I have a week coming up in November with five review tours (bad planning Claire!) so I’m trying to get all the books read as soon as possible so that I don’t trip myself up when that week gets closer! Honestly, I don’t know how I get myself in these fixes sometimes, especially as I’ve been trying to reduce the amount I’m doing!

The TBR Topple winner for this month has been chosen and the winner is: Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis, keep an eye out for the review next month.

Right, here is my bookish update for this week!

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Reviews

This week I have reviewed The Pets at Primrose Cottage by Sheila Norton, If I Want You by Rachel Brimble, the Personalised Modern Girls Guide to Happy Hour by Ada Adverse, Elements of Mischief by C.M. Stunich and Tate James, and A Vicarage Christmas by Kate Hewitt.

Other Posts

I had a guest post from Kate Hewitt on the A Vicarage Christmas blog tour, I had an excerpt from The Rise of the Dawnstar by Farah Oomerbhoy. I featured Tina Guo on Music Monday this week. I also took part in the Hocus Pocus Book Tag. I had Lynne from Fictionphile join me on The Bookshelf this week.

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Week in Review – 10 September 2017

This week I have been working hard at the next draft of my book which is proving a slower job than writing the first draft, there is definitely an irony in there somewhere! That being said I’m starting to feel like it’s coming together now and that the reworked chapters are no longer a complete embarrassment so that’s a start!

Next Saturday I’m taking part in the 10-mile walk, Walking out of Darkness. Hopefully it won’t rain like it did last year! You can find out more here. I’ve also signed up to do a 5km infalatables obstacle course at the end of the month with a friend. They say it’s suitable for anyone aged 7+ so I figure I should be OK!

Right, here is my bookish update for this week!

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have reviewed The Dragon in the Garden by Erika Gardner, The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, Beautiful Survivors by C.M. Stunich, and I Cried to Dream Again by Tani Hanes.

Other Posts

I took part in the Music Monday meme again this week and I had an excerpt from First Crush, Last Love by Elizabeth McKenna. On The Bookshelf this week was fantasy author Errin Krystal. I was tagged for the Sunshine Blogger Award and The Miranda Sings Award.

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The Authors Bookshelf – Ann Troup @TroupAnn

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

This week I have an author who writes mystery’s with deep and twisting stories, as everyone knows this isn’t a genre I normally go near but I make an exception for Ann and am always deeply moved by her novels. She also makes the most amazing book sculptures. If you haven’t seen them you should definitely check out her Etsy store because they are amazing!

So without a do here is Ann’s Bookshelf…

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
Ooh, an ancient history question! Haha. I’d say it was Anne of Green Gables, a whole set of the books which I inherited from my older sister. I still have them.

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
Behind her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. I haven’t read it yet, but I have to know about “that ending”.

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? By Paul Cornell. Love a bit of urban fantasy.

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?
I read very little last year, life took over and I just couldn’t find my mojo for reading. So, hard to answer this one I’m afraid. I did listen to a lot of Audible books, and loved Val McDermid’s Out of Bounds and listened to all three of Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike books. Chances are I’d listen to all of them again, so I’ll say I wouldn’t delete them – will that do?

   

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?
Hmmm – hard to say. I like the sound of The Damselfly so may be buying that soon. I still haven’t got around to reading Ben Aaronovitch’s latest, so perhaps that one. I’m very tied up with writing at the moment, so I’m taking it steady with the book buying.

 

What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?
Inconvenient People – Lunacy, Liberty and The Mad Doctors in Victorian England by Sarah Wise.

Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?
Other than the original MSs I don’t actually own an official copy of either book! As they are both only available in e book format at the moment I do confess to having pictures of the covers in my office. Not sure that counts though 😉

Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?
To Kill a Mockingbird. For all the obvious reasons and some totally self indulgent ones. I’d love to have written something so influential, and I also like the idea of having written something so brilliant and so profound that I’d never write anything for publications again! Haha. However I’m no Harper Lee, and I shall continue writing good old page turners to the best of my ability. Who am I to claim to be influential? But I can be entertaining I hope.

Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?
Yes there is, but not for a while I’m afraid. I’m working on something new, and shan’t say too much about it yet as it will probably change quite a bit between now and publication! I’m sure there’s a small hint on my writer’s bookshelf…

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?
Well, here’s me standing in front of just one of them! There are eight more in the house. ( I think I *might* have a book hoarding problem…)

Ann Troup’s Bookshelf

The Silent Girls - Ann Troup The Lost Child - Ann Troup

*These may not be all of an author’s publications but the most recent. Check their links below for full details.

About Ann Troup

Ann Troup tells tales and can always make something out of nothing (which means she writes books and can create unique things from stuff other people might not glance twice at). She was once awarded 11 out of 10 for a piece of poetry at school – she now holds that teacher entirely responsible for her inclination to write.

Her writing space is known as ‘the empty nest’, having formerly been her daughters bedroom. She shares this space with ten tons of junk and an elderly Westie, named Rooney, who is her constant companion whether she likes it or not. He likes to contribute to the creative process by going to sleep on top of her paperwork and running away with crucial post-it notes, which have inadvertently become stuck to his fur. She is thinking of renaming him Gremlin.

She lives by the sea in Devon with her husband and said dog. Two children have been known to remember the place that they call home, but mainly when they are in need of a decent roast dinner, it’s Christmas or when only Mum will do. She also has extremely decent stepchildren.

In a former incarnation she was psychiatric nurse, an experience which frequently informs her writing. She has also owned a cafe and an art/craft gallery. Now she only makes bacon sandwiches as a sideline, but does continue to dabble with clay, paint, paper, textiles, glue…you name it.

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the-bookshelf-logoWhat great answers from Ann, there are a couple here I need to add to my Husband’s reading list as I know he’ll definitely want to read them!

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