Week in Review – 28 January 2018

I just don’t have words for this week, so I’m going to just let the books do the talking…

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Pre-Orders

Gifted

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have reviewed:

Four Star: Shadow Walker by Tiffany Shand, and Elements of Mischief by Tate James and C.M. Stunich
Three Star: The Little Theatre by the Sea by Rosanna Ley, and Joshua N’Gon: Last Prince of Alkebulahn by Anthony Hewitt.

Other Posts

This week I featured an excerpt as part of a spotlight for Catherine Green’s new novel Return of the Vampire Hunter. Cheap Trick were my choice for Music Monday this week. I had a guest post from Tate James and C.M. Stunich as part of the Elements of Mischief blog tour. This week I welcomed J Aislynn d’Merricksson onto the bookshelf.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

Spotlight: Return of the Vampire Hunter by Catherine Green @SpookyMrsGreen #Excerpt

When Catherine Green’s email arrived letting me know she had a new book coming out and I read the description I knew I had to be involved in the promotional shenanigans and offered a spotlight, so here we are. You will be thrilled to know that this book is available FREE for the remainder of January, you just need to head to InstaFreebie to claim it, it’s quick and easy. I will give you the link again at the end of the post.

Return of the Vampire Hunter - Promo ImageDescription

Just your average Cheshire housewife – who used to hunt vampires!

Hannah Oakley used to be a vampire hunter. She retired from active service when she fell in love with the female vampire she was hunting, but old wounds refuse to heal. She and the vampire fought almost to the death, and now it seems that the vampire has tracked her down. Hannah must return to work, grudgingly accepting help from a new hunting partner, and she is determined that this time she will finish the job. But can she ignore the old lust for her vampire lover? Is the mother able to be a vampire hunter one more time? And will her marriage survive the ordeal?

Return of the Vampire Hunter - Banner

Excerpt

We were on the motorway and I was in the passenger seat. I had been passing food to the children in the back seat, and as I twisted back round to face forward, I glanced at James. My heart skipped a beat and then pounded heavily as the world spun around me.

 

 

“What is that on your neck?” I asked sharply.

 

 

James glanced at me and then checked his mirrors as he moved into the middle lane.

 

 

“What?” he asked absently.

 

 

“That,” I said, “On your neck.”

 

 

I reached across and gently touched the mark on his skin. It looked like two small, neat puncture wounds. A vampire bite. Shit.

 

 

James touched the bruise, winced, and then shook his head.

 

 

“I don’t know,” he said, “I must have cut myself shaving.”

 

 

“That is not a shaving wound,” I said.

 

 

He glanced at me again and frowned.

 

 

“Why are you so upset about it?” he asked curiously, “It’s nothing.”

 

 

I stared at the tiny wound as my whole world flipped upside down. Was it Elaine? Had she finally found me? Or was it another stray vampire? One thing was certain; I had to return to work. This one had to be destroyed before it came for my whole family. Gathering my senses, I shook my head and smiled.

“Oh, forget it,” I said lightly, “It looked more serious at first, that’s all. But, if it doesn’t hurt then it doesn’t matter. Can you see the sea yet, girls?”

About Catherine Green

Catherine Green - Author ImageAuthor of British paranormal romance series The Redcliffe Novels, Catherine Green was raised on books from a young age, and has happy memories of Saturday mornings spent in her small local library, devouring the contents of the shelves. Catherine has always been fascinated by the supernatural world, and it feels natural for her to write about vampires, werewolves, witches and other mystical creatures in her contemporary stories.

If you sign up to Catherine’s newsletter, she will send you a free copy of her Redcliffe short story, It’s Complicated, to introduce you to her fictional supernatural seaside town in Cornwall, England.

You can find Catherine in the following places:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpookyMrsGreen

Author blog: http://www.catherinegreenauthor.blogspot.co.uk/

Twitter page: https://twitter.com/SpookyMrsGreen

Personal Blog: http://spookymrsgreen.com/

Book & Buy Links

TitleReturn of the Vampire Hunter
Series: N/A
Author: Catherine Green
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Urban Fantasy | Vampires
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: January 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: TBA
Free: InstaFreebie

Week in Review – 21 January 2018

I know I mentioned last week that my mental health is having a bit of a wobble at the moment, I’ve reached a point now where I’m really not well at all. I’m really close to tipping into a full manic episode so I may need to just take a break from blogging for a short while. I’ve already cut back on social media and popping in on you guys, apologies guys. I’ve got posts scheduled to a certain point so if I do drop off you may not notice it straight away. I’m playing it by ear right now, and doing everything I need to, to take care of myself…especially in light of my next piece of news…

So one of the things I have had to keep tightlipped about recently, my volunteering job at the mental health charity has been converted into a paid role. I’ve been going through the process of applying for it formally and interviewing and I have now been offered the job and will start tomorrow. It’s only 10 hrs per week so I will still have plenty of time for the freelance work I have, and the blog and my writing but I’m really looking forward to getting more involved with their digital marketing.

I’ve had an interesting invitation this week which I decided to accept. I was asked to be one of the reader judges for the Your Laugh Line awards. I thought it was a fab opportunity to read some humorous books, a genre I really don’t dip into enough.

Your Laugh Line

The contest has two components. One is a Reader’s Choice Award. Readers can log onto https://yourlaughline.com/vote and enter the author and book of their choice. The author who receives the most reader votes will win $250 and an assortment of promotional help from Your Laugh Line.

The other component is an adjudicated contest for books submitted by authors and/or their publishers.  The form is available at https://yourlaughline.com/laugh-line-humorous-book-awards.  The cost to enter the competition is $20 per book. Those books will be judged by a panel of expert book reviewers. The winning author will receive $500, plus an assortment of promotional help from Your Laugh Line.

Authors can enter the competition between February 1st and April 30th.  Reader’s Choice voting runs from February 2nd to August 15th.  Books making it past the first round will be announced on July 1, second round list on August 1, and the final winner on September 1. Honorable mentions will be made for category-specific books.

So, there you have it…if you’re interested in entering your book you definitely should and if you’re interested in judging you should definitely get in touch with them, I’m sure they would appreciate it!

Right, here are this week’s book updates:

TBR Topple Winner

To Journey In The Year Of The Tiger - H. Leighton DicksonThe winner of the TBR Topple poll this month with 55% of the votes was To Journey in the Year of the Tiger by H. Leighton Dickson. I’m thrilled this book won, the last book of Dickson’s I read was incredible so I am looking forward to getting started on this one. Keep an eye open for the review next month, and a new poll in the early days of February.

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Pre-Orders

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have reviewed:

Five Star: The Tiger’s Ambush by Tate James and Pack Obsidian Gold by C.M. Stunich
Four Star: Impossible Promise by Sybil Bartel and Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson.
Three Star: Prosecco Christmas by Sylvia Ashby

Other Posts

Shinedown were featured on Music Monday. Nia from The Most Sublime was on The Bookshelf this week.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

Spotlight: The Redcliffe Novels Series – Catherine Green @SpookyMrsGreen

The Redcliffe novels series follow the adventures of bookshop owner Jessica Stone as she meets a man and falls in love, only to discover the hidden werewolf secrets of her close friends. Who knew the Cornish coast could be so deadly?
Love Hurts (A Redcliffe Novel) is about a young woman who runs a bookshop in Cornwall with her best friend. She falls in love with a local police detective and later discovers that he is a vampire, and that his identical twin brother is a werewolf. She is dragged into their complicated and dangerous lives, to her detriment, where secrets are told and lives are lost…
 
 
Love  Kills (A Redcliffe Novel) is book 2 in the developing Redcliffe series. In the quiet Cornish seaside town of Redcliffe, Jessica Stone recovers from an horrific werewolf attack and comes to terms with revelations that her lover, Jack Mason, is a vampire, his brother, Danny, the werewolf pack leader, and her best friend, Simon, is a werewolf.  Add to that her discovery that she is a witch, and life is suddenly a whole lot harder than it used to be. Jessica has to fight for her own life and Jack’s when faced with his jealous vampire master who wants her old lover back. But things are never easy, and a vampire master
is not so easy to defeat…
 
 
Love Redeems (A Redcliffe Novel). Life has changed forever in Redcliffe, Cornwall. Jessica Stone used to be a normal, happy human. Now she is an angry, conflicted and confused witch. It all happened when she met Detective Jack Mason and his identical twin brother Danny. Jessica almost died twice, fell into a love triangle, and she became a murderer. Now she faces the ultimate challenge as she continues the fight to save the man she loves, while simultaneously struggling with her lust for his werewolf brother and their vampire friend. Can she survive, or will love finally end her life completely?
 
 
Eye of the Tiger (A Redcliffe Novel). Jessica Stone used to be a normal human. Then she fell in love with a vampire, met his identical twin werewolf brother, and her life fell apart spectacularly. Meeting Detective Jack Mason, and his brother Danny, brought about a powerful change, and Jessica’s magic was released. Now, in Redcliffe book 4, she must learn to control her ethereal animal familiar, who lusts after the alpha werewolf, and will stop at nothing to use her human mistress as a tool… Or is that a weapon?
The Redcliffe novels are widely available in paperback and ebook formats from UK bookshops, your local library (UK only), and online with retailers including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smashwords and more. See buy links HERE.
Find Catherine Green and her British paranormal novels in the following places:
 
 
Have you discovered the Redcliffe novels? (be warned, my vampires do not sparkle, and my wolves will bite!) 
Grab your free download today and then read the Redcliffe novels for more…Look out for Book 4 in the Redcliffe novels series, launched July 2017! #theRedcliffenovels

Download your FREE COPY of It’s Complicated (A Redcliffe short story), to introduce you to the supernatural seaside town in Cornwall, England. NHS nurse Sally Frost tells a story about her secret life as werewolf lieutenant to the alpha wolf Danny Mason in Redcliffe, Cornwall.

#CoverReveal: Eye of the Tiger by Catherine Green @SpookyMrsGreen

I’m pleased to welcome you to the cover reveal for Catherine Green’s latest novel in her Redcliffe series, a British based paranormal romance series. Below you will find some information about the novel along with the cover. If you’ve not started the novels yet, you can sign up to Catherine’s newsletter and get one of the novel’s free to kick start your reading.

Now here is a bit about Eye of the Tiger.

Description

Jessica Stone used to be a normal human. Then she fell in love with a vampire, met his identical twin werewolf brother, and her life fell apart spectacularly. Meeting Detective Jack Mason, and his brother Danny, brought about a powerful change, and Jessica’s magic was released. Now, in Redcliffe book 4, she must learn to control her ethereal animal familiar, who lusts after the alpha werewolf, and will stop at nothing to use her human mistress as a tool… Or is that a weapon?

The Redcliffe novels series follow the adventures of bookshop owner Jessica Stone as she meets a man and falls in love, only to discover the hidden werewolf secrets of her close friends. Who knew the Cornish coast could be so deadly?

Cover Reveal

About Catherine Green

Catherine Green: ghostbuster, author, mother and wife. My ghosts lurk within the human mind; my supernatural creatures are loud and proud.

You heard me. I hunt ghosts, both the scary old house kind, and those that are not so easily revealed. I live with people that have mental health challenges, mainly depression and anxiety, and those kinds of ghosts are the most difficult to slay.

It is not surprising, then, that my novels feature supernatural creatures exhibiting weird and wonderful personality traits, magical powers, and all the quirks of a human magnified and heightened. The Redcliffe Novels are set in a fictional seaside town in Cornwall, and my next series of novels tell tales of vampires and vampire hunters in the North West of England. Come and take a look, if you dare…

  

Book & Buy Links

Title: Eye of the Tiger
Series: Redcliff Novels #4
Author: Catherine Green
Genre: Paranormal | Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: June 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: TBA
Pages: TBA
Buy: TBA

Week in Review – 30 April 2017

This week I drew the winners of my Blogiversary Giveaways, all of the winners have been notified by email and I’ve received word that some of the prizes have already landed. 

I’m so grateful to everyone who entered, for the people who donated prizes, and to all of you for all of your support.

The lucky winners were:

  • The Last Days of Magic – Holly
  • Caraval – Ali
  • Caraval Goodies – Kerry
  • Bookishly Goodies – Suzanne
  • Book & Nook Candle – Jill

I also had a wonderful experience with an author this week which I wanted to share, especially during these times where there is so much talk of aggression from authors. 

I wrote a negative review on the back of not being able to finish a novel. I was very disappointed about this because I’d been very much looking forward to reading this book and as all of us do I did my best to make sure that the review I wrote was reflective, honest, but fair. 

The response I had from the author was nothing short of wonderful and far beyond gracious. We had a short conversation and she even recommended some other authors to me. I know it can’t be easy at all to know the work you’ve put your heart into hasn’t been well received but to be so lovely when you read that is something I’ve certainly never experienced before. If I’m honest, I’m even more gutted than I started out that I didn’t get on with this book, because now I know the author is really nice aswell!

Flash Giveaway

So, I bought myself a new Kindle cover and like the highly intelligent person I am, I bought the wrong size *insert clapping here* the ebay shop I bought it from, after making me think they were going to refuse to let me return it, actually spun things around and sent me the correct one at no charge and told me to keep the wrong one (5 star review for them). So, I now have a cover which is of no use to me. So I figured if anyone out here in book blog land wants it…it’s yours! It is for a Kindle Fire HD 2013 7″ model and the picture to the right is the design on it. If you want it just pop a comment below to say you want it. I don’t expect this to be popular so first comment that wants it wins. Simples!

So, onto my update this week… (as always click on the covers for more info/to see the posts)

Currently Reading

Cry Wolf - Greta Stone

What I’ve Read

There Is Always More To Say - Lynda Spiro HEX - Thomas Olde Heuvelt

New Books

I’m sticking with being strict on not having too much adding to my TBR at the moment. I really need to clear it down some more.

Bought / Freebies

The Keepers Sienna - Rae Rivers 

eARCs

Mother of Wolves - J. Aislynn D'Merricksson

Reviews

The Dragon's Legacy - Deborah A. Wolf  Find Me At Willoughby Close - Kate Hewitt The Darkness of Love - Catherine Green the-unlikeable-demon-hunter-deborah-wilde

Other Posts

I had a lovely guest post from dual-timeline novelist Suzanne Rogerson this week, and author of The Guardian J.L. McFadden wrote a really personal guest post which was very well received earlier in the week.

Prowlers & Growlers The Guardian - J.L. McFadden the-authors-bookshelf-logo

Giveaways

  • eBook Copy of Thrust by Sybil Bartel with Rough (International) Rafflecopter
  • Amazon Kindle Fire or $100 Amazon Gift Card and FREE eBooks from Prowlers & Growlers – Blitz Wide (International) Rafflecopter
  • 1 Signed Paperback of The Unlikeable Demon Hunter – Tour Wide Rafflecopter

#Review: The Darkness of Love by Catherine Green @SpookyMrsGreen

Description

Lord Gregory Stockton is a powerful and respected businessman embracing the modern era of the Victorian industrial revolution. He owns a grand and beautiful manor complete with a repertoire of servants and a charming attractive young wife. The only thing he lacks and desires is an heir to the family estate. Lord Gregory knows he can never produce a child, for he is a vampire, and his wife and servants know nothing of his secrets. However, there may be other ways to provide an heir for his estate. Lord Gregory notices the subtle growing romantic attraction between his wife and the handsome young stable hand Marcus Scott resulting in the humans becoming unwitting pawns in a vampire’s game of lust, love and control.

Review

Lord Gregory Stockton is the typical Lord of the Manor, throwing lavish parties, he has the adoring pretty wife, and a house full of servants. What is different about him is he is a vampire.

Noticing that sparks are flying between his wife Sarah and his stable hand Marcus he decides to start a dangerous game between them in an effort to bring Marcus into his inner circle.

There’s much talk of love in this novel, Sarah talks of loving her husband but also loving Marcus. Gregory talks of loving Sarah, and Marcus talks of loving Sarah. But, everyone is boinking everyone and their Mothers. This book is a lust-filled mess and it’s honestly a bit of a mess to keep up with who has boinked who.

Now we all know I’m no prude with the old boinking and I quite enjoy a good boink-fest but a lot of this felt unnecessary to the story.

We also know I like really strong women, no scrub that strong characters in general. Sarah was what I would refer to as a wet flannel (this is kind of why I avoid historical novels in general) she was completely submissive, and naive and I just found her very frustrating. I would have liked a bit more courage from her, a few more balls!

Overall I did enjoy this novella and it made for interesting afternoon reading.

A huge thanks to Deborah A. Wolf and Titan Books for the ARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleThe Darkness of Love
Series: N/A
Author: Catherine Green
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Vampires
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 8 September 2013
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 185
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