Week in Review – 17 December 2017

I started writing another book this week, I’ve lost my mind! I had this idea for a paranormal reverse harem story that was literally drilling its way through my head, and although I need to do edits on book two I put them aside to get this story out of my head because I think it was going to send me around the bend if I didn’t. I’m starting to think I might self-publish my books, by end of January I will have three books written and will probably be on my fourth so I may as well put them out there. A good friend I’ve worked with on a number of projects is also an editor and she is going to edit my first book for me in return for me doing some marketing work for her so that’s worked out superbly.

I’ve finally changed my hair colour, it was time to be a bit daring and go for something a bit different, I’m not sure how long it will last, every time I change my hair colour it always creeps back to red but the purple makes a nice change, especially at a time when so many people seem to be adopting red!

Friday night I went out with the girls from my fitness classes, I’ve never really been a girly girl and I’ve never really gone on girls nights out, but I love these ladies. They are a blast and I have such a good time with them. Our ages and interests vary but our common interest in working out bonds us. We had such a great time and the conversation was hilarious and definitely not repeatable! Our trainer also gave us awards and mine was for “most determined” which I was very pleased with given I work my backside off even if my body isn’t always on the same page!

I’ve also had some potentially great news on the job hunt front. I’m not saying any more at this point in case I jinx myself but I will keep you posted as I hear more, probably post-Christmas.

Here are this week’s book updates:

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have reviewed:

Five Star: The Vixen’s Lead by Tate James, Dungari Rising by Nikki Landis, and Pack Violet Shadow by C.M. Stunich.
Four Star: Changing His Game by Justine Elvira, Split Feather by Deborah A. Wolf, Talon by Sybil Bartel, and True Horizon by Laurie Winter.
Three Star: The Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning.
Two Star: You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane.

Other Posts

Music Monday this week featured Five Finger Death Punch. The Bookshelf this week featured one of my favourite authors C.M. Stunich, this is a fantastic post and is one not to be missed.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

#Review: Split Feather by Deborah A. Wolf @Bard_Queen @TitanBooks @lydiagittins

Description

Siggy Aleksov sees demons and talks with creatures she knows aren’t really there. Taken from her family as a child, she is dogged by memories of abandonment, abuse, and mental health issues. Siggy suffers from a hot temper, cluster headaches, caffeine addiction, and terminal foul language. She complicates her life even more when she saves the life of a talented assassin sent to kill her. Deciding to get the hell out of Dodge, Siggy travels to the Alaska bush to find out who she really is. The answer is more fantastic that she could have imagined-and she can imagine a lot.

Review

I wasn’t sure I was doing the right thing taking this book on, I hadn’t got on very well with Deborah A. Wolf’s previous release but I told myself this was a different sub-genre being Urban Fantasy and so it was worth a try. I was so glad I did Siggy is a marvellous character who swept me into her world and carried me off on a journey with her.

Siggy is a normal girl, except she hears voices and sees demons, and everybody thinks she’s batshit crazy, including herself. When she saves a guy’s life only to then find out he’s been sent to kill her she accepts an invite to Alaska to find out more about who she really is.

Siggy’s journey into the Alaskan bush is eye-opening, to say the least, she discovers things about herself she could never have imagined. As she discovers a family she didn’t know she had and secrets about herself that are spectacular she becomes the person she was meant to be.

There is a rich cast of characters, a deep mythology tied into the story and lots of hilarity as Siggy’s wit and sarcasm cuts through some tense moments. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this book, not a page went by where there wasn’t something important and gripping happening on the page.

I highly recommend this book to fans of urban fantasy, this is a new and original take on the genre and I’m thoroughly looking forward to the next book in the series.

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

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleSplit Feather
SeriesDaughter of the Midnight Sun #1
AuthorDeborah A. Wolf
Genre: Fantasy | Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date: 12 September 2017
Review Format: Paperback
Other Formats: eBook | Audio
Pages: 336
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones | Foyles | Book Depository | SpeedyHen | Wordery

Week in Review – 26 November 2017

I’ve been working on some things ready for next year I have some of my favourite authors secured for The Bookshelf in 2018, I’m literally bouncing off the walls with excitement over who I’ve secured. One will close out the year with the final bookshelf of the year and the others will be taking part in early 2018. It’s very exciting. Don’t forget anyone can take part just head here.

I’ve been busy with the mental health side of things again this week. The campaign I’ve been working on with my volunteering role went live this week at an event attended by Bristol’s Mayor and a number of other influential people from various organisations within the City. I had a great conversation with the Superintendent in charge of Mental Health for Avon & Somerset Police, it was great to meet someone in a position like this so passionate about mental health. This week I’ve appeared on Made in Bristol TV News and BBC Radio Bristol Breakfast, it’s been a busy week! The video we made for this campaign is below.

NaNoWriMo has gone really well, I hit the 50,000 words to complete it yesterday. For my first NaNo, I feel quite positive with how I went, especially as I finished early. When I started the month I didn’t think I would complete, but I’ve felt really inspired as I’ve written this novel and other than a few days where I’ve struggled to get the word count out I’ve really flown through it. I now need to backfill some areas of the novel that need more depth, and there are some additional chapters I want to add so I will set myself a new schedule and get on with it after my holiday.

It’s my birthday tomorrow and as always I’ll be running a giveaway, this year is probably my best yet, I tied it in with the release of a fantastic book so I hope you’re all ready for this! The post will go up at midday tomorrow and the Rafflecopter will stay open for a couple of weeks.

I go on holiday for a week next Thursday so the blog will go quiet for a bit. knowing me I will be about on Social Media, I can’t help myself(!) but there will be no posts until I get home. The plan is to have a nice relaxing week and to read loads. I really hope that pans out. More than anything I’m looking forward to sun, lots and lots of sun!

You Had Me At Hello - Mhairi McFarlaneThanks as always to everybody who voted in this month’s TBR Topple poll. I’ve had a great run of books from these polls so far, so I’m really looking forward to picking up this month’s winner. With 42.86% of the votes, the winner was, You Had Me at Hello by Mhairi McFarlane. I’ll be reviewing it next month and the new poll will go up when I get home from my holiday so will be slightly later than usual.

Here are this week’s book updates:

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have reviewed:

Four Star: and a Sixpence for Luck by Lilac Mills.
Five Star: A Stranger in the Cove by Rachel Brimble and Kiss My Boots by Harper Sloan.

Other Posts

I had excerpts from Istanbul Days, Istanbul Nights by Leonard Durso and Become the Force by Daniel M. Jones. The Bookshelf this week featured the very lovely Danielle from Books, Vertigo and Tea.

Music Monday this week featured Bon Jovi with a Thanksgiving-themed song.

I also took part in the Brotherhood of the World Award.

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Week in Review – 3 September 2017

This week, this happened, 500 posts is kind of crazy right? That’s a lot of talking, sorry about that!

I’m really behind with reviews at the moment, I will try and catch up with them over the next few week’s but I’m also trying to not stress about the blog so if I don’t, so be it!

I had a wonderful time in Lincolnshire with my Sister and Niece, we did some fun things and had lots of fun hanging out. My Niece even helped me with my work out, I had 140 sit ups to do to complete my 30 day challenge I’ve been taking part in with my circuits class. My Niece decided she would be my personal trainer for this, but also sat on me for it! My Sister recorded a bit of it…I thought I would share, you can view it on Instagram.

I also met up with a blogging friend while I was up in Lincolnshire, it’s a friend from the other blog, and someone I’ve spoken to for at least two years now so it was nice to put a face to the name and have a chat over a cup of tea for an hour.

Right, here is my bookish update for this week!

Book of the Month

So it’s that time again to pick another winning book, I didn’t read a huge amount in August, I was completely tunnel visioned on writing my book! But here is my choice!

The Last Dragon Rider by Errin Krystal
The Last Dragon Rider - Errin KrystalThe Last Dragon Rider is a superb Fantasy novella which absolutely blew me away. I have been following the progress of this for some time as a reader of the authors blog so was super excited to get one of the ARCs as part of the blog tour to review. I highly recommend this to fans of epic fantasy, sword and sorcery, and dragons.

Click here to read my full review.

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

I’ve reviewed Sunsets at Seaside by Addison Cole, The Law of Attraction by Roxie Cooper.

Other Posts

My most recent Marketing Monday post has gone up, I focused on the difference between Marketing and Sales this time. I featured an excerpt of Denai Storm by Tiffany Shand and In The Moment by Jennifer Wilck. Plus I took part in Music Monday, the This is My Truth Now tag, the One Lovely Blog Award, and the Unique Blogger Award. As it’s a new month my TBR Topple post has gone up for this month and voting is open! Teri Polen was the author on The Bookshelf this week so don’t miss out on checking out her choices.

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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 Dragon’s Legacy by Deborah A. Wolf @Bard_Queen @TitanBooks

Description

The last Aturan King is dying. Control of his weaking power over sa and ka is a lure; the Emperor stirs in his Forbidden City; in the Seared Lands, Eth bring secret death. Eight men and women take their first steps to war, unaware that they will face a greater threat; at the heart of the world, the Dragon stirs. A warrior will become Queen, a Queen will become a monster, and a boy plays his bird-skull flute to keep the shadows of death at bay.

Review

The second I saw this novel I knew I wanted to read it, everything from the cover art (dragons yay) to the synopsis summed up what I look for in a fantasy novel. When I received the novel the book was stunning and on peeking at the first few pages I spent probably more time than I should have admiring the gorgeous map and reading through the extensive glossary at the front of the book.

It’s safe to say I dove in to reading the novel well prepped and very much looking forward to it, so it was devastating when I found myself limping through and reaching just past the midway point making the decision to stop reading.

I have to say the writing was exquisite, but I just struggled to keep track of what was happening, who the characters were, how different threads tied together and as much as I tried, flicking back and forth re-reading sections and so forth I just couldn’t keep going blindly wading through.

The bulk of the novel is centred around a desert city Aish Kalumn, and two characters in particular, Sulema who is training to be a warrior, and Hafsa Azeina who is their Dreamwalker and kind of leader and used to be the Dragon King’s consort. I loved the idea behind this City which is female led, the warriors are women, and women hold all of the most important roles. But I couldn’t quite work out what the men’s role was, other than mating. There are also cat like creatures which they can bond with the Vash’ai but I struggled to get an understanding of their background, how they fit in to the bigger picture, exactly how the relationship between them and the humans worked.

There is a separate story arc with a character called Jian, there isn’t much mention of him, but his was the one arc I could really follow and understand. I would have liked to see more of him, which maybe there is more of towards the end of the book which I didn’t get to!

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 Dragon’s Legacy
SeriesThe Dragon’s Legacy #1
Author: Deborah A. Wolf
Genre: Fantasy | Sand & Sorcery | Epic Fantasy
Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date: 21 April 2017
Review Format: Hardcover
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 512
BuyAmazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones | Foyles | Book Depository | SpeedyHen

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