Week in Review – 15 October 2017

Huge congratulations to my good friend, James over at This Is My Truth Now who’s debut novel was published this week. It’s called Watching Glass Shatter and will blow your mind.  You can pick it up from Amazon UK Amazon US.

My cold I was moaning about last week turned out to be Bronchitis, yeah I hid that well! So I’ve been sick all this week as well, had a pretty bad asthma attack on Tuesday night as well which is a kicker as I’ve not needed any asthma meds for almost two years. So I’m now back on all the inhalers and trying to learn to breathe again and stop coughing!

The plus side to having been so sick is I’ve read loads, I tried reading a fantasy novel but couldn’t concentrate what with all the coughing so I have been blitzing my way through the romance novels on my TBR. Always a silver lining!

Right, here is my bookish update for this week!

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

I kicked off my reviews this week with a review of my TBR Topple winner from last month Firestorm by Rachel Caine. I then reviewed Branded by Keary Taylor, Damned by Alexandrea Weiss and Lucas Astor, Now You See Me by Kierney Scott, and Lure by C.M. Stunich.

Other Posts

This week I had excerpts of Ruin of the Gods by Erin Hayes and Lure by C.M. Stunich as part of the Book Blitz. I featured Seether in the Music Monday post this week and I took part in The Fall Book Tag and The Playlist Shuffle Tag.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

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#BookBlitz: Ruin of the Gods by Erin Hayes @erinhayes5399 @XpressoTours #Excerpt

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. This is the third book in the Elysium Legacies series you can catch the first two on the links below.

Book 1 – Shades of the Gods
Book 2 – Blood of the Gods

Description

Hell hath no Fury.
Because she’s taking a vacation.

Officer Tessa Forney is a brilliant cop with a fiery temper and a predilection for toeing the line of the law. She’s good at her job too, much to the chagrin of her by-the-book partner Raph. She just always seems to be at the right place at the right time.

What Raph doesn’t know is that Tessa is actually Tisiphone, one of the Furies of ancient Greek mythology. After breaking up with her boyfriend of five-thousand-years because he cheated on her—bastard—Tisiphone is determined to take her anger out on the bad guys during her extended mortal vacation.

But when too many gods and goddesses suddenly decide to take time off, the balance of nature is thrown into disarray. And the consequences are far bigger than Tisiphone could have ever anticipated.

These gods aren’t going on vacation—they’re being kidnapped. And she will have to find them before it’s too late.

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Excerpt

“Where do I even start?” Argus murmurs softly.

 

“From the top, perhaps?” I offer with mock sympathy. “Like where Dionysus may be. If you know anything about Gelos’s disappearance. And who the hell is invested enough in all of that to put a glamour on Dionysus’s house to make everything seem peachy keen.”

 

Even though I’m getting Argus to speak, he still shifts his gaze around, as if anyone else would be caring. Finally, he says, “It started long before that.”

 

“Tell me.” He hesitates and my patience snaps. “Look, you obviously want me to help you, otherwise you wouldn’t have shown up this morning. So… tell me, or you’re really going to make me mad.”

 

Argus blanches. “It’s Typhon,” he blurts.

 

All at once, the blood in my veins freezes, and an involuntary shiver runs down my spine. My teeth threaten to chatter. There are very few names that can frighten me. And that’s one.

 

Typhon.

 

About Erin Hayes

erin-hayes-author-image

Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books.

She works as an advertising copywriter by day, and she’s an award-winning New York Times Bestselling Author by night. She has lived in New Zealand, Hawaii, Texas, Alabama, and now San Francisco with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.

You can reach her at erinhayesbooks@gmail.com  and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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TitleRuin of the Gods
SeriesElysium Legacies #3
Author: Erin Hayes
Genre: Adult | Fantasy | Mythology
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 8 October 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 152
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

TBR Topple – September

Hi Guys, it’s that time again for you to start voting on my next TBR read. So far you have chosen well and I’ve really enjoyed the books you’ve picked for me, I’m really behind with my reviewing at the moment and I still need to review my last two books. Both have been read I just need to write the reviews, I promise to do it soon!

So here are the books on offer this month, don’t forget to vote for your favourite at the end of the post!

Spark and Carousel - Joanne HallSpark and Carousel by Joanne Hall
Spark is a wanted man. On the run after causing the death of his mentor and wild with untamed magic, he arrives in Cape Carey where his latent talents make him the target of rival gangs. It is there that Carousel, a wire-walker and thief, takes him under her wing to guide him through the intrigues of the criminal underworld.

But when Spark’s magic cracks the world and releases demons from the hells beneath, two mages of his former order make it their mission to prevent his magic from spiralling out of control. They must find him before he falls into the clutches of those who would exploit his raw talent for their own gain, forcing Spark to confront a power he is not ready to handle.

Meanwhile, a wealthy debutante learning magic in secret has her own plans for Spark and Carousel. But the sudden arrival of the mages throws her carefully laid plans into disarray and she unleashes a terrible evil onto the streets of the unsuspecting city—an evil only Spark’s magic can control.

Everyone wants a piece of Spark, but all Spark wants is to rid himself of his talents forever.

Damned If I Do - Erin HayesDamned If I Do by Erin Hayes
THEY KILLED MY SISTER AND INFECTED ME. NOW I HAVE TO PICK UP THE PIECES BEFORE I DIE.

I’ve spent the last five months trying to find the bastard who took my sister’s life and ruined mine.

Being brought up in a family that hunted the supernatural should have helped, but even with a slim chance that I can save us all, there’s still the bigger chance I’ll die trying.

Unfortunately, there’s one important thing my family didn’t tell me: When you fight against immortal vampires, you’re the one who’s running out of time.

Firestorm - Rachel CaineFirestorm by Rachel Caine
The genie is out of the bottle. Rogue Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin is racing to New York to warn her former colleagues of the impending apocalypse. An ancient agreement between the Djinn and the Wardens has been broken, and the furious Djinn, slaves to the Wardens for millennia, are now free of mortal control. With more than half the Wardens unaccounted for in the wake of the Djinn uprising, Joanne realizes that the natural disasters they’ve combated for so long were merely symptoms of restless Mother Nature fidgeting in her sleep. Now she’s waking up – and she’s angry…

Divine By Blood - PC CastDivine By Blood by P.C. Cast
From the bestselling author of the “House of Night” series comes the award-winning world of Partholon, rich in goddesses, intrigue and magic.

Raised as a normal girl in Oklahoma for eighteen years, Morrigan had no idea how special she really was. After discovering the truth of her heritage, her rage and grief take on a power of their own, carrying her back to the world of Partholon.

Yet, instead of being respected as the daughter of the goddess Incarnate, Morrigan feels like a shunned outsider. In her desperation to belong to Partholon, she confronts forces she can’t fully understand or control. And soon a strange darkness draws closer. . .

Graveyard Shift - Angela RoquetGraveyard Shift by Angela Roquet
The Inferno has Evolved… Lana Harvey is a reaper, and a lousy one at that. She resides in Limbo City, the modern capital of the collective afterlives, where she likes to stick it to the man (the legendary Grim Reaper himself) by harvesting the bare minimum of souls required of her. She’d much rather be hanging out with Gabriel, her favorite archangel, at Purgatory Lounge. But when a shocking promotion falls in her lap, Lana learns something that could unravel the very fabric of Eternity. If the job isn’t completed, there could be some real hell to pay.

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Week in Review – 25 June 2017

Well, what a glorious week! I have to say this weather really has brought out the best in me! I am sorry to all of you who turn into vampires and melt at the sight of the sun but I absolute adore this heat and the sun it’s really quite wonderful and I haven’t slept so well in ages. I hope now the temperature has dropped it doesn’t get all dark and gloomy again.

I started my new book feature on the mental health blog this week, it’s a monthly feature where I will review and spotlight a book with a mental health focus. This month was Boys Don’t Cry by Tim Grayburn. A book where Tim talks frankly and honestly about life with clinical depression, it’s well worth a look.

The TBR Topple book has also been decided and I don’t think it will be much of a surprise that the winner was The Gunslinger by Stephen King, I will be reading it next week so expect a review early July.

I’ll be away for a week after this, I’m heading to Cornwall with the tent and Hubs. I’m hoping to get in plenty of reading time though so will be battling to catch up on the reviews when I get home. There will be one blog tour posting during the week as I signed up before I knew I was going away but otherwise things will be very quiet here.

So, onto my bookish update this week…

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

As though I don’t have enough problems with willpower, I signed up to Kindle Unlimited! I’m doomed!

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

This week I’ve reviewed Nightseer, Ethan’s Daughter, Fallen From Grace, Godblind, and a blog tour for The Second Chance Cafe at Carlton Square.

Other Posts

This week I had book blitzes for Shades of the Gods and Come Undone. A cover reveal for An Impossible World. A blog tour for We Have Lost The Coffee. Katherine from BibliomaniacUK joined us for The Bookshelf this week.

Giveaways

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#BookBlitz: Shades of the Gods by Erin Hayes @erinhayes5399 @XpressoTours #GuestPost #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 and guest blog. This is the first in a new series by Erin Hayes so don’t miss out, given my absolute obsession with all things Greek I certainly won’t!

Description

Caught between life and death, all Callie wants is to live again.

Homicide detective Callie Saunders knows that death isn’t all pearly gates and angels. After being hit by a bus, she finds that it’s the ancient gods and goddesses of Greek mythology who are in charge of everything.

So when Hades offers her a deal, she accepts. If she wants to be brought back to life, she’ll have to figure out who is trying to kill his son. But if she fails, both her soul and the world will be destroyed.

With the odds mounting against her, it’ll take everything she has within her to wake up from death. But the rules are constantly changing. And someone wants her to stay dead.

(This book was formerly titled Death is but a Dream. The covers and titles have changed for The Elysium Legacies, but the content is still the same.)

Shades of the Gods - Erin Hayes

Excerpt

“You’re blackmailing me,” I sneered at him, fury raging within me at the realization. “You want me to do something in return before you allow me to wake up.”

 

He raised his hand in a gesture of supplication. “Not blackmail,” he assured. “I’m looking to employ you for a time.”

 

I recoiled. “Employ me? As what? Muscle? Is this the Underworld’s version of the Mafia?” Now that I thought about it, Hades did remind me of a mob boss. He even looked like some I knew. “I don’t play that, sorry.”

 

Hades grinned. “I want to make a deal with you, Callista. You find out who is trying to kill my son. Give me a name and a motive. And I’ll restore you to life.”

Guest Post

I grew up watching Hercules and Xena on TV, which was my first foray into the world of Greek mythology. In that world, gods and goddesses played with mortals like you and me. There were elements of action, and there were elements of drama. Most of all, I remembered it being fun.

Move forward about ten years. I was in high school, and I was an avid Japanese manga fan. Back then, I wanted to draw my own comics. I drew a character and labeled her as Hades’ daughter. I created an entire world around that character and a young adult story to go with it. This isn’t that story. At least, not in that form. In fact, since then, I’ve evolved that story many times, to where it’s almost indistinguishable from the original idea. It’s never left me though, so ten years after that first drawing, and nearly twenty years after watching my first Hercules episode, I sat down to write this book.

I will say, that while I spent a good deal of time researching Greek mythology to tell this story, I have taken a few liberties in order to create a modern story. Some of the characters are reimagined. For others, I chose the source that met my ends. And then we come to the royal family of the Underworld. A lot of mythology says that Hades, as the God of the Underworld, was unable to produce offspring because Death can’t create Life. Some texts even said that the Furies were his children.

I did find an article that talked about Plutus, the God of Wealth, who was often confused with Pluto, the God of the Underworld, who was also in charge of wealth. Another source said that he actually was Hades’ son, which I honestly found to be pretty cool and a great foil to myths about the Underworld. My wheels started turning, and that character played a big role when I started setting up the plot for this story.

I hope you enjoy this book that is nearly twenty years in the making. I know I enjoyed writing, developing it, and seeing my characters come to life. I hope you like this crazy ride for Callie.

About Erin Hayes

erin-hayes-author-image

Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books.

She works as an advertising copywriter by day, and she’s an award-winning New York Times Bestselling Author by night. She has lived in New Zealand, Hawaii, Texas, Alabama, and now San Francisco with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.

You can reach her at erinhayesbooks@gmail.com  and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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TitleShades of the Gods
SeriesElysium Legacies #1
Author: Erin Hayes
Genre: Adult | Fantasy | Mythology
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 27 September 2013
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 414
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Wordery

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.

To Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones | Foyles | BookDepositorySpeedyHen

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

  • Clean Teen Publishing Mystery Box (Intl winner would get eBook prizes) (Blitz-Wide Giveaway) Rafflecopter
  • $30 Amazon gift card & ebook copy of The Velvet Chair / 4x ebook copies of The Velvet Chair (International tour-wide giveaway) Rafflecopter
  • $100 Amazon gift card / A set of signed copies of the A Breed MC series (International Blitz-Wide Giveaway) Rafflecopter
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#BookBlitz: Damned Either Way by Erin Hayes @erinhayes5399 @XpressoTours #GuestPost #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 and guest blog. If you want to catch up on the series you can do that by following these links…

Description

The thrilling conclusion to The Harker Trilogy

I’m finally free of my family’s curse.
Except now, the world is ending. FML.

Anthony, the vampire that killed my sister and my brother-in-law, has won. I’ve lost everything. I no longer have my powers. I have no idea where Amelia is. And the vampire I love has surrendered to the hunger that is throwing the world into chaos.

The worst part? I can’t do anything about it, because I’m no longer the Harker. Sure, I’m not dying anymore, but I’m barely living at this point.

But there may be one last chance to save us all. If only I can find it in me to make one final sacrifice.

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Excerpt

The Twinkie is mushed and some of the cream is coming out, but as I pull it out of the wrapper, I can’t help but be gentle.

 

I found the single-serve pastry in a hollowed-out convenience store in downtown Birmingham a few days back. It’s the only thing resembling a cake that we’ve found on our way to Austin. In the aftermath of the apocalypse, all the grocery stores are empty as everyone panicked and stole every little thing they could get their hands on. Many of them are now hiding out in their houses during the night.

 

Those that are alive anyways.

 

I could make a cake myself, but we are never in one place long enough for me to find an oven and make one. With one arm, it’s a little…hard.

 

Besides, this is just a small ritual that I want to do myself. I don’t need to decorate it. I just need to…pay tribute. With the only kind of food that would survive the apocalypse.

 

I light the candle that I stuck in it, its soft glow flickering in the dying light. I give a small smile, feeling my heart break.

 

“Happy birthday, Amelia.”

Guest Post

It feels weird finally finishing up The Harker Trilogy. After all, it’s a story that I started while I was still in high school.

I’ve always written; I never haven’t. In high school, while kids were out doing things I was at home writing this weird vampire book that I shared out chapters with friends on a weekly basis. This book had a ton of pop culture references (my main character’s name Willow, which came from Buffy, which influenced this book), you’ll find some weird coincidences (Willow meets a vampire in her high school class – much like in Twilight, but remember, this was written in 2003!), huge plot issues, holes, cardboard characters, and everything else that can hinder a book.

Themes from this vampire book have popped up in later books, and I’ve borrowed ideas from it to create a better story in my other novels. I’d always planned on re-writing it and making it better.

So when I sat down to tell Edie’s story back in 2015—a full twelve years after I started this story about vampires and the end of the world—I knew that I had to make it the best I possibly could.

Characters aren’t the same. The plot isn’t the same. But the bones of it are there.

This third book isn’t good-bye for these characters. It’s more of, “Look how much you’ve grown!” I’m a proud author.

I hope you enjoy Edie’s and Jude’s story as much as I do. And if you’re curious to see where it came from, read the unedited original story at: https://www.wattpad.com/story/19918074-damned-if-i-do-the-original-story

About Erin Hayes

erin-hayes-author-image

Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books.

She works as an advertising copywriter by day, and she’s an award-winning New York Times Bestselling Author by night. She has lived in New Zealand, Hawaii, Texas, Alabama, and now San Francisco with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.

You can reach her at erinhayesbooks@gmail.com  and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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TitleDamned Either Way
SeriesThe Harker Trilogy #3
Author: Erin Hayes
Genre: Adult | Paranormal | Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 31 May 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 245
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US