Week in Review – 27 August 2017

I head to North Lincolnshire on Tuesday to see my Sister and Niece. I will still be putting posts up but things may be quiet otherwise as I intend to enjoy my time with them as I probably won’t see them again for several months.

I’ve been having a bit of a meltdown about my book, I finished my first draft yesterday but it’s currently novella length which wasn’t my intention. I need to decide whether I tidy it up and keep it as a novella, or whether I rework it and get it to a full novel length, among a number of other issues. I’ve sent it to a couple of good friends both of whom are much better writers than I am for their input.

Right, here is my bookish update for this week!

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have reviewed The Collective by R.S. Williams as part of the blog tour, The Big Dreams Beach Hotel by Lilly Bartlett, and How To Tame A Wild Heart by Gwen Mitchell.

Other Posts

I have a excerpts from Royally Mine a collection of 22 bad boy romance novellas, Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart by Tiffany Truitt. I had an author interview with Kailee Reese Samuels as part of the Hopechest blog tour. Terry Tyler was featured on The Bookshelf this week and she had some great book choices so do check it out if you haven’t already.

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#BlogTour: To Tame a Wild Heart by Gwen Mitchell @Gwen_Mitchell @XpressoTours #Review #Giveaway

Hey Guys, welcome to my stop on the tour for To Tame a WIld Heart by Gwen Mitchell. Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours for having me take part! Don’t forget the giveaway at the end of the post aswell AND do pick up the book which is FREE on Amazon for the duration of the tour, buy links below in the usual place! I really recommend this one so don’t miss out.

Description

Audrey Taylor has carved a living out of society’s fringes using her supernatural abilities and street smarts. Freedom—sleeping beneath the open skies and under the radar—is all she’s ever needed. But when an ancient council of witches discovers her powers, Audrey must submit to their training or be stripped of her gifts and her memory. Audrey knows better than to trust anyone, and she’s never worked well with others, so it’s just her luck to be assigned a withdrawn and irritable falconer as her mentor. Even more disturbing is her desire to tear through his brooding façade and bare the man beneath when she should be focused on escape.

Corvin Wright values the solace of his duties and only finds peace among the birds entrusted to his keeping. But the council no longer sees a use for his unique gifts, and his sanctuary is in danger unless he can earn his place by babysitting a fledgling witch. The task becomes daunting when his apprentice turns out to be wilder and more broken than any creature he’s ever cared for. Her fiery spirit and dangerous beauty challenge every ideal of the life he’s built. As Audrey wrestles with her captivity and the bonds of responsibility laid upon her, Corvin must find a way to tame her wild heart before she breaks his.

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Review

Bravo Gwen Mitchell, she’s rocked up and taken a spin on the urban fantasy genre which is fresh and hot and just bloody riveting to be frank.

Audrey is a strong woman, she’s had such a tough life, passed around foster homes, trying to manage having unusual powers that nobody else has. She’s learned to trust nobody and to look out for number one always. If she has to betray people she’s OK with that as long as she comes out of the situation alive and with all of her limbs.

But when she ends up having to learn how to control her powers properly from Corvin and his birds she starts to doubt her outlook on putting number one first. She questions if Corvin genuinely cares for her or if he is playing games, and she has to decide if she can betray the only person who’s been kind to her since she was a young child.

Seeing her battle with her emotions is tough, knowing she has to make these decisions is hard but she tries to keep everything about what is sensible and what makes sense. She has very valid reasons for making all the decisions she makes and even when she makes the wrong decisions we know why.

Corvin is a wonderful character, a strong and reliable man, he’s been a recluse for years who is learning to let that go because of Audrey. Falling in love with her, he’s trying to open her heart to him, to help her see there is more than running away, that they can be a team and work together. His confusion when things don’t work out how he expects sometimes is adorable.

This story is beautiful, strong and the final battle is epic, with magic flying out of the book so be ready to duck. I highly recommend this for fans and newcomers to the genre. An excellent read.

Sending a huge thanks to Gwen Mitchell and Xpresso Book Tours for the eARC so that I could honestly review this book.

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About Gwen Mitchell

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Gwen lives a life of romance and adventure with her very own hero in Seattle. She’s a nature lover, science geek, and kitchen witch, with a nose for well-aged tequila and a pin-up fashion obsession. When not hiking to hidden waterfalls, taking in a burlesque show, or otherwise cavorting through the Emerald City, Gwen can be found in her favorite cozy chair brewing tales of magic, murder, and romance.

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Book & Buy Links

TitleTo Tame A Wild Heart
Series: Zyne Legacy #1
AuthorGwen Mitchell
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Paranormal Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 21 June 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 364
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Week in Review – 20 August 2017

So this is an update covering a couple of weeks as I had a small break to go to Bloodstock, a heavy metal festival. This is becoming an annual migration to the midlands for me and a great chance to see loads of really good metal bands! Highlights this year were Amon Amarth, King 810, Skindred, Arch Enemy, and Megadeth. They’ve already announced two headliners for next year and as they are two of my favourite bands I’ll be getting myself tickets as soon as I can.

This week I want to send congratulations to an absolutely amazing blogger. You all know Jay at This is My Truth Now, well Jay has just signed a publishing deal for his first novel, Watching a Glass Shatter. Jay is a really good friend and has given me huge amounts of help recently so I wanted to send him a huge virtual hug to congratulate him I couldn’t be happier for this. I absolutely can’t think of anyone who deserves this more.

As I’ve mentioned before I’m trying (trying being the word here) to write a book. Juggling everything I’ve been doing has been really stressful and something had to give so I’ll be winding down things on the blog a little, there will still be posts, I’m not closing the blog but I’m going to slow things down a bit. It’s going to take me until probably mid-September to wind down everything I’ve already committed to but once that’s done things should get a little easier for me to cope with. I’m starting to feel like I’m drowning trying to keep up with the blog, writing, and volunteering and I had a bit of a meltdown this week and became so glad if my new workout regime which is really helping to work the stress out!

Finally, don’t forget there’s a chance to win a copy of Sybil Bartel’s Thrust, by leaving a comment on THIS POST, before next Friday! Want to know what I think of Thrust? Check out my review here.

Right, here is my bookish update for this week!

Currently Reading

I’ve been beta reading a novel this week which is very hush hush but very exciting. I’ve also been beta reading a few chapters of another novel in it’s early stages so lots of exciting things happening on top of my normal reading.

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

eARCs

Reviews

I’ve reviewed Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove by Sarah Bennett as part of the Blog Tour. There was also Surviving the Hurricane by Tani Hanes, Grind by Sybil Bartel, Mr Prescott by Carlos Dash, and Dirty by R.L. Kenderson. I also reviewed How to Build Confidence and Overcome Fear by Daniel Riding over on my mental health blog.

Other Posts

I had excerpts from The Big Dreams Beach Hotel by Lilly Bartlett, and The Last Dragon Rider by Errin Krystal. I had Anna from The Bibliotaph on The Bookshelf this week.

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Week in Review – 9 July 2017

Well, it was great taking a week off, my holiday was a bit of a wash out, literally as the tent flooded and we had to come home but these things happen and I’m just glad that we got some time out and managed to get some day trips in.

I’ve combined this update to show what I’ve been reading over the two weeks since my last update so there’s quite a lot here, or not considering it’s been two weeks!

Book of the Month

June was a great reading month for me and it has been really difficult to choose a book of the month, which is why I chose three! I know, I know and I’m sorry but these were three epic books and picking between them was torture so I just didn’t!

Skullsworn was the first novel I have read by Brian Staveley but I will definitely be going back and reading his previous work, it deeply affected me and aside from being a brutal and bloody epic fantasy it was also a heartbreaking read. The Lost Sentinel was the second novel by indie author Suzanne Rogerson, and after her first novel I had high hopes which she completely knocked out of the ballpark. This exceeded every expectation I had and was a superb start to a new series with characters that you become completely entwined with! Godblind is one of the most brutal books I’ve ever read, there are scenes in this book you will never forget. Anna Stephens writing is sublime and haunting and you just can’t stop reading it. There are some awesome characters but that ending, my God, that ending!

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

My most recent reviews are: The Château of Happily Ever Afters, Home Field, A Gathering of Ravens, Living in the Shallows, Cheater, The Gunslinger and Blood Bank.

Other Posts

This week I had book blitzes for In Her Blood, and Dirty. Content blog tours for The Corner Office, Hold Me Captive …Forever, and Blood Bank. I also had the very lovely Ashleigh on the Bloggers Bookshelf and revealed my picks for this month’s TBR Topple which you can now vote on.

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