Week in Review – 23 April 2017

It’s been a funny old week this week. I had a book that I’d been chomping at the bit to read that I had to admit defeat on just past the halfway mark. I will write a brief review on it next week as I did make it far enough to form some valid opinions and it only seems fair, but I was genuinely gutted to be making the decision to walk away from it.

I’ve been really busy with my volunteering, I’ve done two whole days this week which has wiped me out, I’m not used to that anymore (I know, I know, most people work full time but I’ve been out of commission for three years!), I’ll hopefully be doing more of this kind of thing as I build up towards working again (yay!) so fingers crossed the old bipolar cooperates!

I won a couple more giveaways, I don’t have all the books yet so they aren’t all on here but I’m not sure where all this luck is coming from lately! Speaking of Giveaways my blogiversary giveaways are still open and I’m running one in conjunction with Sybil Bartel at the moment to win a copy of her book Thrust, the links are in the Giveaways section below.

I also have spaces throughout May for people to take part in my The Bookshelf feature. It’s open to Bloggers and Authors so if you fancy it drop me a line via the form over on this page and I can send you the questions! It’s a great bit of fun and I would love to get more Bloggers involved.

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

Currently Reading

There Is Always More To Say - Lynda Spiro

What I’ve Read

the-unlikeable-demon-hunter-deborah-wilde    The Dragon's Legacy - Deborah A. Wolf  The Darkness of Love - Catherine Green 

New Books

This week I picked up a novella I’ve been hearing loads about The Old Man At The End of the World, hopefully I will have some time to read it soon, it sounds a hoot. I also won a historical novel which sounds a lovely read at a giveaway run by the lovely Danielle at Books Vertigo and Tea. I don’t read much historical fiction anymore but this one really stands out for me so I’m looking forward to giving it a go.

Bought / Freebies

 

Giveaway Wins

Book Post

Shattered Minds - Laura Lam

eARCs

The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters - Jaimie Admans   Save The Date - Aven Ellis

Reviews

 Rough - Sybil Bartel  Then. Now. Always - Isabelle Broom

Other Posts

I had a lovely guest post from dual-timeline novelist Kathleen McGurl this week,

  The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters - Jaimie Admans Fractured Silence - Carrie Ann Ryan Legacy of the Mind - H.R. Moore  the-authors-bookshelf-logo

Giveaways

  • 5x Myths & Legends Boxsets and More from Myths & Legends (International) Rafflecopter
  • The Last Days of Magic Paperback & Tarot Cards – Blogiversary Giveaway (International) Rafflecopter
  • Caraval Novel & Second Place Prize of Caraval Goodies – Blogicersary Giveaway (UK Only) Rafflecopter
  • Bookishly Stationary Set & Second Place Prize of Book & Nook Candle – Blogiversary Giveaway (UK Only) Rafflecopter
  • eBook Copy of Thrust by Sybil Bartel with Rough (International) Rafflecopter
  • $25 Amazon Gift Card with Rough – Tour Wide (International) Rafflecopter
  • $20 Amazon Gift Card & eBook of Legacy of the Mind with Legacy of the Mind – Tour Wide (International) Rafflecopter
  • Amazon Kindle Fire or $100 Amazon Gift Card and FREE eBooks from Prowlers & Growlers – Blitz Wide (International) Rafflecopter

#GuestPost: Behind the Title (Creation of a Love Story) – Cynthia Roberts @CynthiasRomance

I’m pleased to welcome romance novelist Cynthia Roberts to the blog today, she has written a guest post about creating a love story. I hope you enjoy the post.

Guest Post

Creating romantic fiction has been a passion of mine, ever since I was old enough to understand the connection between the sexes.  I think I was twelve, when I wrote my first love story and like most young minds; I truly thought it was a masterpiece.

There’s another masterful connection that has been going on now for centuries, and that, is the one between music and literature.  There is a full alphabet of songs that have been written retelling a work of literature as far back as the 18th century.

“If I Die Young” by The Band Perry was based on a poem, Lady of Shallot.  “Love Story” by Taylor Swift is loosely based on Romeo & Juliet.  The artist Sting’s “Moon Over Bourbon Street” was based on an Anne Rice Novel, Interview With A Vampire.

More interesting though, the anatomy of a song has also within its lyrics a pretty fascinating back story as well.  For more than five decades, authors have been creating fictional pieces and bringing readers deep inside the lyrics.  I grew up listening to my mom’s collection of romantic ballads from the 40s, 50s, and 60s.  Those lyrics have forever been embossed into my brain, I still sing along whenever I hear them.  Lyrics like those back then told a story, and they were so strong, and emotional, their affect were everlasting.

I have a library of love songs on iTunes I listen to religiously, while I write, as a source of inspiration and a tool that gets me in the mood and mindset I need to be in.  It is from this list, I began to formulate a series of ideas, followed by cryptic notes on paper, and finally the creation of my Love Song Standards Series.  I made a list of the songs I connected with personally, whittling it down to thirty-five.  That number was quite overwhelming and I thought virtually impossible to create that many scenarios.  So, I chipped away at the songs and their lyrics, until I decided on a top ten.

I had made a commitment to myself to finish one book a month throughout 2016, writing a chapter every day, leaving me ample time to polish and edit each one.  I knew from the on-start, what I wanted my covers to look like.  They had to resemble each other in a way that would tie them together, but strong enough for them to stand on their own.  My designer Covers by Ramona did an exceptional job tying all my ideas together.

After Book 6, Chances Are, was completed, my brain was fried.  I took a short reprieve and switched it up a bit with a Romantic Suspense, A Pawn for Malice.  Happily, the first two books of my series received a 5-Star Readers Favorite Award, which ended my promotion efforts.  I was forced to take an extended break due to personal issues that had set me back both physically and emotionally.  My focus now is to both promote my series and finish the final four titles All The Way, It’s Impossible, Sincerely, and Unforgettable.

If you’re a lover of contemporary romance, please do check out my Love Song Standards Series.  I know you’ll be pleasantly pleased.  Buy links and descriptions are available on my website at RomanceAuthorCynthiaRoberts.com.  If you subscribe to my mailing list, we can stay in touch as to when the other titles are completed PLUS you’ll receive a complimentary copy of Book 1, Unchained Melody.  All that I ask is for you to please, please share an honest review at the online retailer you use most. It will help me dramatically towards promoting my book and the series.

Hugs from me to you.

About Cynthia Roberts

My love of reading romance fiction goes back to those early years when I was raising a young family. It wasn’t until much later in life I actually took up the pen to write my first historical romance, Wind Warrior . I really don’t fit into one specific niche.  Once a story starts to flow, it’s only then I know what genre/sub-genre it will fit under.

I have only one regret, and that is not getting to this point in my career much sooner, rather than later.  Life has a way of setting up road blocks, which for me, was supposed to work out that way.  Because of those detours, I have become a more passionate and expressive writer, allowing me to create the kind of raw human emotion I want my readership to feel.

It is my hope you walk away with not just an entertaining read, but the importance in knowing, “Without imagination & dreams, we lose the excitement of wonderful possibilities.”

“This is definitely a novel that I would read again. It is going to stay on my bookshelf for a very, very long time.” —Readers’ Favorite

  

You can find Cynthia’s novels by heading to the usual places…see the links below.