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


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 – 17 September 2017

I posted on Twitter and on my other blog which I’ve now retired, that I would be gradually bringing this one to a close. The response I received, honestly amazed me. Not just the comments on that post, but private messages and emails as well. Thank you to everyone who contacted me, the kind and encouraging words. Also, ironically, the stats on this blog started to go up, and on Friday I received one of those WordPress notifications you occasionally get to tell me my stats were “booming” …go figure!

A couple of people I had some lovely conversations with, they helped me work through what my actual issues are with this blog. Most importantly that I’m spending 4-5 hours a day working on this blog, that my stats had been dwindling to less than 50 visitors per day, when six months ago I was getting several hundred, I’ve invested money in giveaways and not one person has entered them.

The decision I’ve made on the back of my discussions is to transition this into a reviews only blog, and reduce the amount I’m posting. I will keep The Bookshelf, which is still my most popular feature, and this week in review post which I will alter slightly once I’ve worked out a better format.

I have commitments with blog tours and book blitzes between now and January which I will honour so things probably won’t change much before then, but afterwards, I will only do tours with reviews and not loads of them so I’m not quite so overwhelmed.

Anyway, thank you to everyone who contacted me, I really have felt completely deflated by all of this recently and I wasn’t expecting so much support from people when I made the decision to quit. Hopefully this revised decision will alleviate some of the stress.

Finally, don’t forget to vote in my TBR Topple poll if you haven’t already. I will be picking the winner on Wednesday!

To the update…

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Book Post


This week I reviewed Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning, Spring by Lele Iturrioz, Tipping Point by Terry Tyler, and Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters.

Other Posts

Music Monday saw me post a live video this week, something acoustic and a bit more soulful. I have an excerpt from Falling For You by Charlotte Blake. This week on The Bookshelf I had Joanne from Potobello Book Blog.

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#BookBlitz: Falling For You by Charlotte Blake @AuthorCBlake @XpressoTours #Excerpt #Giveaway

Welcome to this book blitz organised by Xpresso Book Tours. Check out more about this book below including an excerpt and don’t miss out on the giveaway at the end of the post!


Sometimes love finds you whether you want it to or not …

Grace Clark is a star at her job as an art director at Boston’s biggest advertising firm. But inside she’s still mourning the loss of her sister two years ago. Losing Mia and a failed engagement have been enough to keep her heart on lockdown ever since.

Luke Arnold is tired of relationships that don’t go anywhere. Usually women are all over him, but it’s been years since he’s met someone he could really fall for.

But when he sees Grace from across the room at the Redview Lodge, he can’t keep his eyes off her. They meet in the New Hampshire mountains over Thanksgiving, and they find in one another something that neither of them expected.

NOTE: This STAND-ALONE romance contains very steamy love scenes. All of the books in the Great Escapes series can be read in any order.

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It seemed everywhere she went, his eyes followed her. Not in a creepy way, but intense. It made her feel nervous. She didn’t know what to think about it. At dinner, it seemed that every time she looked in his direction, his gaze was on her again. Was he even talking to his dinner mates? After a while, she realized, she was looking at him, too.


And he was definitely worth looking at. From a distance she could tell that he was tall and broad, and by the way his t-shirt clung to his body, definitely well built. He had wavy brown hair, not long, but not cut short, either. She liked the way it would fall into his eyes and he would brush it away.


The whole thing was really sort of embarrassing, but also intriguing. She liked it that she could look up from the conversation at dinner and always find him staring. And he didn’t seem weird; she could tell by the large group of boisterous friends surrounding him at the table. He just seemed … curious.


Once the meal was over, she hugged her parents goodnight.


“See you in the morning, hon,” her mom said. “Are we going on the hike, then?”


They had been browsing through a brochure the lodge had given them, both an advertisement and a map.


“Yeah,” Grace said. “I think we should, don’t you?”


“Definitely,” her father said. “We need to get out there and take in these leaves before they all fall away. See you at breakfast.”


“Okay, seven?”


“Let’s make it eight. We’re on vacation,” he said, elbowing her.


She walked with them to the elevator, then realized she had left her sweater draped over her dining chair.


“Oh,” she said. “I left something. I’ll see you tomorrow.”


She turned back and found that their waiter was already headed her way, sweater in hand.


She smiled, taking it from him and wrapping it around her shoulders.




She turned around, back toward the elevator.


And there he was. Waiting.


For a moment, she thought about hiding behind the huge display of flowers that sat on one of the entry tables. Could she get away with it? Would it look like she truly was admiring them and not just avoiding him?


Why was she so nervous?


No, she couldn’t stall, not without being totally obvious. She would look like an idiot.


She took a deep breath and headed over to wait for the elevator, just taking the smallest of glances up at his face. For the first time all night he wasn’t looking at her, and just a hint of a smile played along the corner of his mouth.


The elevator opened and he waited for her to enter first. She hit the button for three, and he didn’t say a thing.


We’re on the same floor.


She didn’t dare look at him now, not when he was standing so close. Her heart was thudding in her chest, and it was all she could do to not check to see if his eyes were on her again.


The elevator reached the third floor and opened.


He was waiting for her to exit first, but she found her feet were stuck to the floor of the elevator as if they were glued to it.




“Goodnight,” he said, his voice deep and silky.


She started and ducked her head to leave the elevator, turning right. She could feel the flush starting in her chest and heading up her neck to her cheeks.


Why hadn’t she said something?


She glanced back and he stood in front of the elevator, this time smiling wide as he watched her leave.


Oh, my God.


She didn’t risk another look, just tried to act like she wasn’t trying to rush away from him.


Suddenly, she realized that she didn’t even know her room number. She had been downstairs since she’d arrived, and hadn’t even bothered to come up to check things out.


She reached into the back pocket of her jeans and found the envelope that held the room key.




She glanced up at the numbers, but as she rounded the corner to the left, she realized that she was going the wrong way, that she should have turned left out of the elevator instead of right.


Now what? What if he was still standing there, somehow knowing that she’d gone the wrong way?


She sneaked up to the corner and listened, and there it was, the sound of his room door closing behind him.


She allowed herself to breathe.


Then, expecting him to appear at any moment, she rushed down the hallway until she found her room number, jammed the card into the slot and launching into the room, pulling the door shut behind her. She stood with her back against it, panting as if she’d been running from a predator. Quickly, she turned around and looked through the peep hole on the door.


The hallway was empty.


She sat down right there on the floor, shaking a little.


What the hell is wrong with you?


Why was he looking at her? She wasn’t so much to see, was she? She had nice, long brown hair, which she wore up in a bun most of the time. Her figure was reasonably attractive, she supposed, and her face was sort of pretty. But Mia had always been the beauty in the family. Mia had gotten her mother’s looks, while Grace had inherited her face from her father’s side of the family. Pretty, but not beautiful.


So why was she so surprised?


It had been the intensity of his gaze that had thrown her. And when she had stood next to him in the elevator, she realized just how big he was. Her heart gave another thud at the memory. Nice arms. Nice smell. And tall.


She shook her head, trying to throw the memory of his scent off of her. She took a deep breath, got up, and walked farther into the room.


The space was beautiful, with vaulted ceilings that mirrored the ones in the dining room. The room was on the top floor, and just visible through the sliding glass door she could see the lake rippling in the moonlight.


On her way into the room she had passed a mini-bar stocked with candy and a couple of those two-serving bottles of wine. She cracked the red one and poured herself a glass into one of the bathroom cups. Walking up to the window again, she started to calm down. She opened the door and almost went outside when she realized it. What if he was standing on his deck, too? Did he have one? One whole side of the building faced the lake, the other side, the trees. She hadn’t seen which room he went into; his could be right next door to her for all she knew.


She settled for leaving the door open and pulling up the desk chair to sit inside and enjoy the view from there.




But she couldn’t handle any more tonight. As the room gradually became colder, she slowly drained her glass, then closed the door and dug around through her suitcase. She was exhausted. It was only nine, but it was just late enough for her to not feel too embarrassed with herself for going to bed.


She changed, slid into the silky sheets, and clicked off the light. She lay in the dark, her mind distracted, able to think of only one thing.


Why shouldn’t he have been looking at her, anyway? She’d had plenty of date offers since Brett, but just as she was starting to get over the heartache she had felt about his lies, Mia had her accident. Since then, her dating life had been easy; she had simply said no to every request. All of them. She couldn’t risk getting into another relationship now, not after all that had happened. Because whoever it was with would eventually leave her, just as Brett had.


Just as Mia had.


Wouldn’t he?


She rolled over, her head swimming slightly from all the wine. But just as she was dozing off, the image of the man’s eyes appeared before her.


No. Definitely not a good idea.

About Charlotte Blake

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I am happy to call the San Francisco Bay Area home, where I lives with my husband, two kids, one dog and three cats. I started writing at an early age, but have only been writing novels for the past five years. I love the idea of love conquering all, and that is what drove me to begin the Great Escapes series, where the reader follows couples meeting up in exotic locations around the world. In this series, each book is a stand-alone, and each can be read in any order.

But readers, be forewarned, there is a healthy amount of steam in these books!

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy Great Escapes!



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TitleFalling For You
Series: Great Escapes #1
Author: Charlotte Blake
Genre: Adult | Romance | Contemporary
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 12 September 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 194
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US