Week in Review – 4 June 2017

I’ve had a bad week this week, the dark cloud of depression has knocked me for six and a few things have made me doubt blogging. I had an author ask me to change my rating on their review which hurt more than I thought it would when I’d heard other people talking about similar encounters. I obviously said no, I think it’s safe to say as bloggers we all value our integrity and to do something like this undervalues all of our reviews not just that one.

My infection didn’t shift with the antibiotics so I’ve been given another, longer course of antibiotics which will run into my operation next week, it always makes me really angry and moody which is not helping my depressive mood or my reaction to negative situations any! I also ended up in hospital again on Friday with suspected Lithium Toxicity (which is a kind of blood poisoning) so I’m starting to feel like a real frequent flier in that place at the moment! All being well, my operation is next week, I have posts scheduled to go live while I’m away but I will likely be AWOL for a few days at least. So please don’t take it personally if I don’t visit you or don’t reply to any messages. I will be back!

Then there is my ongoing drama of trying to get a ticket to BristolCon a fantasy/sci-fi convention in October. On their website they say they offer an unwaged “membership” (their form of a ticket). I’ve been trying to get one for about 3 weeks now and it’s impossible. Last year I couldn’t go because I couldn’t afford it, this life on benefits is hard but I’ve tightened my belt a lot and have a bit to spare so could afford the early bird unwaged membership and with Jen Williams one of their guests I was well chuffed to go.

You can’t change the ticket option on the website so I tweeted them and sent an email to the address on the ticket page, after a few days I put a message up on my facebook page as I know a few people who go every year and know the people who run it and asked them if they could help me out with a contact. A few days later I got a reply on Twitter with a different email address and a promise someone would reply. I sent the email and nothing, nada, nil. And on June 1 the prices went up so I guess I won’t be going after all, which sucks! I have to say though they shouldn’t offer alternative prices if they aren’t going to honour them…that is really, truly, crap! I also won’t be trying to go again, even once I’m back in work and can afford full ticket price, I’ll go elsewhere.

Finally, in more positive news I’m taking part in Walking out of Darkness at the end of the month, it’s a mental health awareness event, walking ten miles in Weston super Mare. I’m taking part with my Brother and a mutual friend of ours and we are raising money for Bipolar UK. We have a fundraising page where you can donate if you feel so inclined or details of our text to donate are in the sidebar. We are grateful for anything you can spare for this amazing charity. Although as it’s just a couple of weeks after my operation I may be biting off more than I can chew! HAHA!

So, onto my bookish update this week…

Book of the Month

I swear I only did this last week! How has it come around so quickly?!

Red Sister - Mark LawrenceI had a few books that were in the running this month with 5* reviews but only one stood out hands and feet ahead of them all and that was this one.

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence 

Red Sister was the kind of read that glues you to the page from the first word to the last. It was enthralling and fantasy writing at it’s very best. If this doesn’t become a classic in the genre then I will eat my fluffy hat.

“I ended up spending the last hundred pages or so with my breath held, toes clenched,  and grinding my teeth, there was just so much tension.”

For the full review click here.

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Most Viewed In May

the-last-days-of-magicIn contrast my most viewed page in May was Mark Tompkins The Last Days of Magic, this was actually one of my Books of the Month for May. But I found out on Friday by chance that Mark is actually running a sponsored post on Facebook using my review which I’m both very flattered about and grateful for aswell.

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

Giveaway Wins

eARCs

Reviews

This week I’ve reviewed My Beautiful Disaster Part 2 and The Modern Girls Guide to Growing Old Disgracefully.

Other Posts

This week I had book blitz for Smoke and Mirrors, When Smoke Rains Down, Lone Wolf and Damned Either Way. a blog tour for The Velvet Chair, my new feature TBR Topple, and on The Bookshelf was the very lovely Louise Rose-Innes.

Giveaways

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Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

#BookBlitz: Lone Wolf by Anne Marsh @anne_marsh @XpressoTours #Excerpt #Giveaway

I am pleased to be a part of this book blitz organised by Xpresso Book Tours. Check out more about this book below along with an excerpt. If you want to catch up on the series you can do that by following these links…

Description

A sexy new standalone shifter romance from New York Times Bestselling Author Anne Marsh…

I don’t play well with other wolves. The pack needs muscle, and I provide it as their enforcer. My biker name is Gator—after the alligator that chewed my face up. Sure I can make a woman scream with pleasure, but the scars on my face? That’s truth in advertising right there. There’s not an ounce of pretty in me. I fight, I ride—and I do it alone. So chasing the gorgeous marine biologist who wanders into my bayou hunting for wolves is not my smartest move. She’s Beauty. I’m the Beast. That story’s already been told and life’s fresh out of happy endings.

LONE WOLF is a sexy standalone werewolf shifter romance with more than its fair share of humor, dirty sex, and alpha males who fall in love hard.

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Excerpt

Poppy brushes past me and only then, when she’s standing in my place and at my mercy, does the light go off in her head that maybe this isn’t the smartest idea she’s ever had. It’s cute, the way her feet stop moving, as if I couldn’t just pick her up and put her where I want her.

 

“Are you planning on going all Goldilocks and the three bears on me?”

 

What the fuck does that even mean? Since she’s standing stock still, feet frozen to the floor, eyes getting wider by the moment, I take a stab at it. “Do I look like a bear?”

 

There are bear shifters deep in the bayou, but you have to go deep to find them. Like center-of-the-earth deep. They make me look like Mr. Rogers singing happy songs about the people in my neighborhood. The odds of Poppy having encountered them are just about nil.

 

She winces. “No.”

 

I lean down and tap her bottom lip gently. “Good. So you want to explain it to me?”

 

“Goldilocks busts into their house, sits on all their stuff, and then falls asleep in their bed. They’re pretty pissed off when they come home and find her.”

 

She can get in my bed all she wants. I’d be happy to tell her which door and all my favorite positions. Fucking bears were morons, mouthing off at Goldilocks. They could have had some kind of kinky ménage a trois (after baby bear stepped out because even I have limits), but instead they scared the shit out of her and she ran. There’s a lesson in there for me.

 

She eyes my face again. Maybe she’s checking for signs of pissed off? Or I grunted my approval of the pornographic film running through my head? Fuck if I know, but she’s still wet, cold, and covered in the bayou, which are three things I—or my shower—can fix. I press the pause button on my mental fantasies.

 

“You think I’m mad at you?”

 

“I rammed your boat.”

 

And… we have a winner. I should probably feel guilty for letting her think that, but we’ve already established that I’m not a nice person. “Barely left a mark.”

 

“And then you had to rescue me.” She says this like rescuing is right up there with root canal or bail me out of jail. It’s not like I’m Superman or even something useful like a firefighter, but pulling her ass out of the bayou wasn’t much of an effort. Especially since I’m the one who landed her there.

 

“Anytime,” I tell her. I’m kinda surprised to realize that I mean the offer. If she falls in, I’ll be there for her, no questions asked. Yeah, as if that’s any better than killing her boat. I have no place in her life.

 

“So no Goldilocks?” She looks hopeful, which is my cue to nod—and tell her the truth.

 

“The big, bad wolf is more my style.”

 

She makes a choking sound that’s part mouse squeak, part WTF. And fuck me but now I’m imagining feeding my dick down her throat or licking my way up her pussy.

 

“Wolf?”

 

“My favorite animal,” I say, closing the distance between us.

About Anne Marsh

Anne Marsh - Author ImageAnne Marsh is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more thirty romances. She loves stories about tough guys with marshmallow interiors, protective alphas, and men who live for the women they love. Because you can never have too much of a good thing (hot alpha males… we’re looking at you!), she writes about werewolf Alphas, Viking werebears, US Navy SEALs, and really smoking hot firefighters.

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Book & Buy Links

TitleLone Wolf
Series: A Breed MC Book #4
Author: Anne Marsh
Genre: Adult | Paranormal | Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 31 May 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 341
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US