Week in Review – 18 February 2018

I’m struggling with my reading mojo right now, with the bipolar flair up it’s done a runner so I am just doing the best I can and trying to stay on top of blog tours.

Something exciting to announce though:

New Feature

Michael Hild

Now onto something fun which has given me immense pleasure the past few weeks. My new blog feature! One of my online friends and I were talking about the cover models for books. The next thing we knew this feature was taking shape, we had a deal with Pathways Talent Services, and we had our first model on board. Next Wednesday 21 February at 5.30pm EST / 10.30pm GMT over at the Facebook Group Tanner’s Hot in the Kitchen we’ll be running a FB Live chat with this month’s model Michael Hild this is a chat with open questions so you can ask him all about being a model, his aspirations of being a cover model, reading, music, exercise, food, whatever takes your fancy. He is absolutely adorable, a really nice guy so you don’t want to miss this. THEN on Friday 23 February, I will be having a Michael Hild day right here on the blog, with a post that will feature lots of Michael goodness, including the video from the FB Live for those who miss it.

This format will be repeated each month with different models, some have already graced the covers of our favourite books, others, like Michael, want to and are coming to meet us and say Hi because they want to be seen…by us! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed putting this together with Tanner, and not just because I’ve spent oodles of time staring at photos of hot guys. But because it’s such an unusual and exciting feature. I’m chatting and becoming friends with guys who are excited about ‘meeting’ a whole new bunch of people and have some really interesting things to say, and I can’t wait for you to meet them as well.

Lustful Longings - Maggie Adams

The Party Palace – Lustful Longings Launch Party
In case you want a bit more of Michael…I will. He will be heading to The Party Palace with Tanner to do a takeover to celebrate the launch of Lustful Longings by Maggie Adams. This will be Thursday 22 6-7pm EST / 11pm-12am GMT. Click on the links above to find the group and book page.

Nikki Landis Launch Party

I am a huge fan of Nikki Landis and even help out as an admin in her Facebook group. Her new novel Sins of the Father is out this week. Check out my review if you missed it.

Nikki is having a two-day launch party with different authors taking the reins, running giveaways etc This is not one to miss! Join Nikki’s group Nikki’s Dark Alpha Addicts. And as a bonus, I will be taking part in the takeover on Thursday 22nd February at 12-1230pm EST / 5-530pm GMT so please do pop over to give me a virtual hug of support!

So, here is my update, much thinner on the ground than usual…

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Pre-Orders

Reviews

This week I have reviewed:

Five Star: Sins of the Father by Nikki Landis and Baby Girl by C.M. Stunich
Four Star: Shadow Spy by Tiffany Shand, A Vicarage Reunion by Kate Hewitt and The Cocktail Bar by Isabella May.

Other Posts

King 810 were featured on Music Monday this week, and I posted about needing Beta Readers. Julia Thum appeared on The Bookshelf this week.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

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#BlogTour: The Cocktail Bar by Isabella May @IsabellaMayBks @crookedcatbooks @emmamitchellfpr #Review

Today I welcome The Cocktail Bar tour to BrizzleLass Books. Written by Isabella May, this romantic comedy will leave you wondering will they won’t they and what’s so special about that damn bottle of Mexican stuff? Today I have a review of the book and I hope that you enjoy your trip to Glastonbury and time with River and his friends.

Thanks to Emma Mitchell and Isabella May for including me in the tour.

Description

Rock star, River Jackson, is back in his hometown of Glastonbury to open a cocktail bar… and the locals aren’t impressed.

Seductive Georgina is proving too hot to handle; band mate, Angelic Alice, is messing with his heart and his head; his mum is a hippie-dippy liability; his school friends have resorted to violence – oh, and his band manager, Lennie, AND the media are on his trail.

But River is armed with a magical Mexican elixir which will change the lives of the Three Chosen Ones. Once the Mexican wave of joy takes a hold of the town, he’s glad he didn’t lose his proverbial bottle.

Pity he hasn’t taken better care of the real one…!

Review

River has had his fill of stardom. He wants a simple life, the life he’s dreamed of, running a cocktail bar in his hometown of Glastonbury. But some of the locals aren’t happy with his return, his old mates who feel smarted by not only his success but by the fact he “stole” a girl from one of them. Old wounds run deep and all that.

Revenge plans are set in place and poor River is hampered at different turns as he tries to get his dream off the ground. But not to worry because local babe Georgina wants a piece of the pie…and that pie includes River it seems. The face she is the younger sister of his arch nemesis is not suspicious at all…nope not a bit!

Then his ex-bandmate, and stolen babe Alice rushes home and straight into his bar. She’s in love with him it seems but does River feel the same, he’s busy bonking Georgina. Oh what a right old mess he’s got himself into.

Then there is the mysterious bottle from Mexico. He guards it like it’s the crown jewels. The cocktail which contains this as an ingredient is a safely guarded secret and he will only allow a select few to have it…but why? and who?

This cocktail bar is a hotbed of drama, mystery and even by Glastonbury standards downright weirdness.

This was an enjoyable romp with lots of giggles, as River tries to figure out just what the hell he is doing!

Huge thanks to Isabella May and Emma Mitchell for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this book.

Rating

About Isabella May

Isabella MayIsabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing.

As a Co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – http://www.theglasshousegirls.com – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One).

She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’!

Oh! What a Pavlova is her debut novel… and her second novel has already been submitted to her publishers: watch this space…

Book & Buy Links

TitleThe Cocktail Bar
Series: N/A
AuthorIsabella May
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Humour | Chick-Lit
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
Publication Date: 13 February 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 291
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Week in Review – 11 February 2018

My mental health has continued to be a battle this week. I’ve had another week off work and my GP has signed me off for the rest of the month, not how I wanted to start my new job, but that’s how this goes sometimes. Living with Bipolar is a constant battle harder at times like this than at others. But I’m determined to get through this and get on track. I’m keeping up with exercise, of course getting bitten by a dog when running doesn’t make that easy! I kid you not a Greyhound (I mean could it have been a more docile dog?!) decided my thigh was breakfast!

There are a few things I really want to share with you this week, I’ve tried really hard to keep my head in the game, and not just fall into the “lazy” trap so here goes…

Coming soon is a new feature, the first one should be the 23rd assuming all the parts come together. It’s quite a big feature to put together, I’m collaborating with somebody else, who isn’t a blogger and does something not connected to books but has an awesome online presence and flatters the book vibe massively. We will also then jointly be collaborating with another organisation. I know I’m being super vague right now but let’s just say that at this point everyone is saying yes to the project and we just have to iron out the details for it to go ahead! At a time when I’m not feeling enthusiastic about anything this is pressing all my buttons.

I’ve also finished writing book two (insert cake here). I need to do a read through to check for mistakes, continuity problems etc but by the end of next week I want to have it out with Beta Readers…which is where you guys come in. If you fancy helping me out by reading and feeding back the brutal truth about this book which is an Adult Contemporary Romance then please let me know. I’ve put a convenient contact form below.

I have set up a group in Facebook for authors. It’s aim is for new authors especially those who are unpublished/first timers to have somewhere to ask questions and get real and honest answers from experienced authors. So far the group is being really helpful and honest and we’re learning loads from each other. If you would like to join come find us at the Fledgling Authors Support Group.

Right, here are this week’s book updates, I’ve struggled with reading this week which means I am epically behind with tour reading so I need to find my mojo and quickly next week!

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Pre-Orders

Won

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have reviewed:

Five Star: Clockwork City by Paul Crilley
Four Star: Charmed by Mila Young, The Needed by Nikki Hunter and Spring at Lavender Bay by Sarah Benett.

Other Posts

Rotting Christ were featured on Music Monday. I had an interview with Elizabeth Corrigan about her novel Oracle of Philadelphia. This week, author Helen Matthews joined me for The Bookshelf.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

Week in Review – 7 January 2018

Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed the festive season and have jumped back into the new year with gusto! Here is my first week in review of 2018!

You will notice I’ve given the blog a makeover! I’ve been planning this for a while and I hope that you like it as much as I do!

I’m currently beta reading two books for author friends so I’ve slowed down on my normal reading a little while I work through those beauties, and beauties they are! I’ve also put my writing on hold while I work through these two books. My first book is also with my wonderful editor now as well and I’ve started working on her marketing strategy for her as part of the skills exchange we agreed to in lieu of financial payment.

I’ve hopefully got my asthma issues on the right path to being fixed now. I’ve been given a new inhaler which I’ve been told is particularly good for people with exercise induced asthma who do a lot of exercise, which apparently I qualify for these days! I’ve only been taking it a few days so we will see how it goes but I’m hopeful. I’m now running every day, and back to my classes, three per week and although the asthma is still kicking my butt I’m pushing through.

Yesterday I went to a taster day at a dance studio in Bristol, trying out things like pole dancing, burlesque, and chair dancing. I have never been good at dance, I have no co-ordination, I’m not flexible, and I have no rhythm at all, so I had no idea what this day would be like. Six classes down I’m aching like you wouldn’t believe and covered in bruises but I had so much fun. I can also confirm that I cannot twerk or pole dance to save my life but I was pretty good at burlesque and chair dancing…who’d have thunk it?!

Right, here are this week’s book updates:

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Pre-Orders

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have reviewed:

Five Star: The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams, The Dragon’s Wing by Tate James, and Patient Zero by Terry Tyler

Other Posts

Most Anticipated Books of 2018 went up this week and the TBR Topple Poll for January went up so don’t miss out on voting for my next read. I announced I’m taking part in the Mount TBR Reading Challenge this year.

James J. Cudney was our featured author on The Bookshelf this week.

Myles Kennedy was featured on Music Monday.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books