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 – 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
  • $50 Amazon Gift Card (Blitz-Wide International Giveaway) Rafflecopter

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#Review: My Beautiful Disaster Part 2 by J.D. Hughes @Joannahughes77

Description

Millionaire Daniel Dukes, has never been a man to take ‘no’ lying down. After losing the love of his life, his future hangs in the balance, but not the one he originally predicted for himself. Now, everything has changed. Without Sophia, money and power are inconsequential. He will stop at nothing to win her heart back even if it means losing it all.

The last thing Sophia Lewis needs is for her ex to come barrelling back into her life. Moving on under the protection of the M.C. Saviours of Children is harder than she thought, but she’s getting there. Until he turns up and upends her world once more.

When two different worlds collide, Sophia and Daniel must learn that to hold on, they must first learn to let go if they’re to find their happily ever after. Or will the madman who threatens to destroy everything beat them to it?

*Warning* Very mature themes throughout.

Review

When I finished My Beautiful Disaster the first thing I did was head to Amazon and download part two. That cliffhanger triggered Mrs Impatient and my huge TBR meant she had to wait a few months for a gap to emerge for me to read it! That time came and boy I was not disappointed!

Not content to leave us with a happy ever after J.D. Hughes shows Sophia and Daniel that the road to everlasting happiness is paved with anger, frustration and lots and lots of make up sex! With tensions flaring thanks to a stalker set on killing them both on loose time is spent with Sophia’s family, motorcycle club the Saviours of Children. Having spent time with an M.C. myself as a child I know these scary looking dudes are pretty much teddy bears underneath the denim, leather and bushy beards so I understood Sophia’s close attachment to them.

Getting to know the man she see’s as a Father really touched my heart and I saw her in a different light seeing how she communicated with him and what his opinion meant to her, especially where Daniel is concerned. The character who well and truly stole my heart though was Gabriel, another child who was taken in by the club like Sophia, she loves him as her brother, but it was clear to me he saw her as much more than that. Gabe was the kind of guy who would have knocked me off my feet in real life in seconds, taken my breath away. Yeah, I had a serious book crush going on here. He didn’t spend much time in the book but when he was on the page he had my full attention. I was almost willing Sophia to leave Daniel for Gabe I liked him so much (what?!).

Anyway, enough of my crushes, Daniel finally accepting what it means to be in love, to fully embrace another person as your own is starting to now face his personal demons and is willing to do whatever it takes to keep Sophia, but it’s now Sophia who is having cold feet, afraid to face her demons. I’ll admit towards the end I really wanted to give her a bitch slap and tell her to stop fart-assing about and trust her man already as she really was acting like a complete idiot.

As with the first book the sex scenes were so full of tension the heat was catching the page on fire. These aren’t for the feint of heart but are full of passion and love. Just an absolute pleasure to read.

Thank you for an absolute corker of a conclusion to this story, I’m so glad I picked it up and finished this story, it was such a pleasure to read.

Oh, and finding out Gabe is the focus of the next book…SO HAPPY!

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleMy Beautiful Disaster 2
Series: My Beautiful Disaster #2
AuthorJ.D. Hughes
Genre: Romance | Erotica | Adult | Suspense
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 26 March 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 290
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Week in Review – 28 May 2017

A huge thanks to Janet and Susan who both let me know that I had been quoted in the recently released paperback version of Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay by Jill Mansell. This was a wonderful surprise and I am in great company with Whispering Stories, From First Page to Last, Paper Love Story, and By The Letter Book Reviews all being quoted aswell.

This is the second book I’ve been quoted in and it feels wonderful! I can tell I’m not going to get bored of seeing my words in print!

After feeling ill last week, I ended up in hospital this week for a brief stint! Turns out I had a really bad UTI. I’ve had a course of antibiotics, and am now on the mend (I wrote a full post on the whole drama on the other blog). Of course it all coincided with when I was supposed to see Iron Maiden so I was not only really unwell, I was really annoyed aswell and everyone was getting the brunt of my bad mood, so apologies to all of my loved ones for my epic sulk!

I have a couple of new features in the pipeline, one will kick off in June and the first post is already written and ready to go. The other I’m planning for July, I have a few posts that I’m working on but I have a facebook post over on my page looking for some feedback on the overall idea as I’m still not 100% sure this idea will fly. If you have time to take a look and give me your thoughts that would be great! It’s the pinned post on my page.

Finally, I have come up with the idea of arranging a Book Bloggers Meet Up in/around Bristol. I have one blogger on board already but it would be great to have an idea of who may be interested if this went ahead and the types of things you might like from such a get together… i.e. Would you like authors there aswell? Speakers? Food and drink? And so on… I can’t guarantee I can meet all requests but it’s worth knowing what the wish lists look like! Drop me an email and I will start plotting and planning!

So, onto my bookish update this week…

Currently Reading

I’ve had real trouble reading with being so ill and being on super strong painkillers, trying to get my head into my fantasy books this week has been impossible, I tried a slightly lighter fantasy read I have for an upcoming blog tour but still couldn’t concentrate so ended up slipping back to the trusted romance and have even been a lot slower with that than usual.

What I’ve Read

New Books

I’ve been on a bit of a spree this week, as well as the one’s below I’ve pre-ordered a bunch which I will put in as they arrive! Oh dear I need to sprout a couple of extra heads at this point!

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

This week I’ve reviewed, Kiss Me at Willoughby Close, Red Sister, Groupie, Alice in Brexitland, and Roadie.

Other Posts

I had a book blitz for Dark Illusions this week and on The Bookshelf was the very lovely Book Blogger Lorraine from The Book Review Café.

Giveaways

  • Head to my pinned post on Twitter to enter to win a book of your choice from BookDepository up to the value of £10. This is international to celebrate reaching 2,000 followers on Twitter.
  • £10 Amazon Gift Card / Paperback copy of Find me at Willoughby Close (Tour-Wide Giveaway) Rafflecopter
  • $50 Amazon gift card + signed copy of Groupie (Tour-Wide International Giveaway) Rafflecopter
  • Signed copy of Dark Illusions / $25 Amazon gift card from Dark Illusions (Blitz-Wide International Giveaway) Rafflecopter

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Week in Review – 16 April 2017

Happy Easter everyone, I hope you are all having a lovely long weekend, and for those of you who eat chocolate I hope you are buried knee deep in it.

I’ve been a reading beast this week, I’ve read so much I’m a little confused how I’ve managed it as I’ve also been extremely busy! This is by no means a complaint mind you! I’ve also succeeded in acquiring less books than I’ve read which means my to read list is actually shorter now than it was this time last week which is the first time in about six months I can say that! (Hoorrraaayy!)

This week saw my second blogiversary, I can’t believe I’ve been at this book blogging game for two years now! I said this in my post but I want to repeat it here, a huge thank you to all of you who have supported me both from the beginning and along the way. The book blogging community is like no other blogging community and it’s not something I ever forget. To celebrate I pulled together some pretty nice giveaways, if you missed them I have links to them in the giveaways section below, or you can head to my blogiversary post to find out more details about the prizes on offer.

I also got to meet the lovely Laini Taylor this week. My review of her latest book, Strange the Dreamer, is linked below if you missed it. Laini was over here on a book tour promoting the new book and as she came to Bristol is was a great opportunity for me to stop by the signing and say Hi! Robin Hobb is over here and in Bath in a few weeks so I’m rather excited to be going along to that event, I must make sure I keep the fangirl under control or I may just end up being an incoherent imbecile!

So, onto my update this week…

Currently Reading

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What I’ve Read

  Right Here Waiting For you - Rebecca Pugh     

New Books

I’m still on a mission not to keep adding to my TBR right now…as you can see this is still not going so well! But I at least managed to read more than I acquired this week so that’s something and I never bought any books this week which is something of a miracle!

Competition Wins

  

Book Post

Master Professor - Tara Sue Me

eARCs

Reviews

I’ve been a little bit more proactive with the reviews this week, my new schedule seems to be working and I’m catching up on my backlog (insert happy dance here)!

Saving Mercy - Abbie Roads Strange the Dreamer - UK Cover Reveal My Beautiful Disaster - J.D. Hughes Right Here Waiting For you - Rebecca Pugh

Other Posts

This week was my Blogiversary and paranormal romance author, Catherine Green stopped by for The Bookshelf this week. Speaking of The Bookshelf, I don’t have anyone locked in for May yet so if anybody fancies it you can sign up here, it’s open to bloggers aswell as authors.

  My Beautiful Disaster - J.D. Hughes the-authors-bookshelf-logo

Giveaways

  • 5x Myths & Legends Boxsets and More from Myths & Legends (International) Rafflecopter
  • 2 x $25 Amazon Gift Cards with Saving Mercy (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

#BlogTour: My Beautiful Disaster by J.D. Hughes @Joannahughes77 @emmamitchellfpr #AuthorInterview #Review #Giveaway

Today I welcome the My Beautiful Disaster tour to BrizzleLass Books. Written by J.D. Hughes, this romantic romp will leave you with some colour on your cheeks and desperate for some more. Today I have an author interview with our author about publication day and my review and at the end of the post is a tour-wide giveaway which I encourage you to take part in.

Description

Daniel Dukes, millionaire extraordinaire has it all. A thriving business, good looks, power, money and women who’ll drop their drawers at the click of his skilled fingers. Just how he likes it. Everything changes one day when a stipulation in his deceased Uncle’s will, scuppers his visionary plans. The only way to get what’s rightfully his, is to marry. Who? It doesn’t matter, because the enigmatic bachelor will stop at nothing and play dirty to get what is his.

Sophia Lewis had nothing until she started working directly for Daniel at Dukes Industries. Having grown up in care, she’s tough, has an answer for everything and knows how to handle all varieties of men. For two years, Sophia has attended to her overbearing boss’ every whim. Gone above and beyond the call of duty.

When an indecent proposal presents itself, boundaries are pushed and limits are tested. Can Daniel and Sophia remain professional to fool the dead Uncle’s Lawyers? As lines become blurred and tempers become frayed, can two strong willed souls be the key to unlock each other’s hidden secrets? Or will the high price of the deal come at a devastating cost to them both?

*Warning* Mature themes and one hell of a cliff hanger!

My Beautiful Disaster - Tour Banner

Author Interview

So, your book is being published!

Woo hoo!!

How do you spend publication day eve and the actual day?

What do you do the night before?

I sit biting my nails waiting for my book to appear on Amazon. Pink Champagne is always close by as well as my whole family. It’s a big deal. I am more nervous of my book going live than when I walked down the aisle.

The morning?

Promote, promote and promote. And constantly check KDP like some neurotic mad woman.

Who are you with?

My husband and kids. The kids really don’t care though. (Sigh!)

Where do you go?

Mostly home but we celebrate later by going out for a meal and making a toast with all my loved ones and supporters.

What do you spend the day doing? After promotion?

Rock back and forth hoping people like it. Ha!

Is publication day 1 the same as publication day 2? And so on?

At first, I’m obsessive, continually checking KDP but then begin to relax. I love reading the reviews too. Even if there are negative ones, I don’t beat myself up about it. I learn from it if it’s genuine constructive criticism.

Do you have any rituals?

No rituals but I always feel sad when I’ve completed a novel. But majorly excited to see it through someone else’s eyes.

Review

Sophia, saved as a care runaway as a child by a biker gang hasn’t had a lot in her life but through true grit and determination she’s bagged herself a job at Duke Industries as Daniel Dukes PA. Following the death of his Uncle Daniel, a renowned playboy, has to get married within three weeks, or lose his inheritance, and along with it his lifes’ work.

Of course the logical conclusion is to chose his PA, someone he has no feelings for, and who has no feelings for him in return.

Now, those of us in book-land know that this is a recipe for disaster, or heated hot rumpy-bumpy! Now despite this being a book full of all the joys of sex it also has an excellent storyline which kept me riveted.

I sometimes find the playboy trope a little tired in these books but it’s done really well in this novel and Daniel comes across really well with his reasons for his playboy antics being understandable and well explained.

Sophia is a feisty and strong woman who despite liking Daniel’s alpha male ways isn’t afraid to stand up to him. Her tough early life has shaped her into a secure and strong woman and she doesn’t need his acceptance but wants it.

The end of this book though, Oh My, I don’t do well with cliffhangers, I like nice neat tied with a bow endings and this one was especially painful! So much so that I immediately went and downloaded the second book, which I hope to have time to read very very soon because I really don’t like how in the dark I am right now!

Suffice to say this was a truly excellent book, an easy read and characters that I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with.

Sending a huge thanks to J.D. Hughes and EDM Editorial & Publicity Services for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

Rating

About J.D. Hughes

J.D. Hughes writes fun, romantic suspense fiction. Born and raised in Worcestershire, she has lived in London and Northern Ireland but has returned to the city she loves.

Despite training in Musical Theatre and directing many productions, J.D. Hughes soon found she preferred making up her own stories, always completed with happy endings. When she’s not writing, she loves to read, walk her puppy and embarrass her three children. Her debut Novel ‘You Have My Heart’, published in 2016 was selected as an Amazon Customer Favourite. ‘My Beautiful Disaster’ is the next release and is a two-part series.

To learn more about J.D. Hughes follow her Facebook page J.D. Hughes, or on Twitter @joannahughes77

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Giveaway

Giveaway ButtonEbook copy of My Beautiful Disaster. This is a tour-wide giveaway

Book & Buy Links

TitleMy Beautiful Disaster
Series: My Beautiful Disaster #1
Author: J.D. Hughes
Genre: Romance | Erotica | Adult
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 14 March 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: N/A
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US | FoylesBook Depository

Week in Review – 2 April 2017

So, this week I decided to finally join the ranks of bloggers take a break from social media and blog reading once a week to focus on my own reading and general life needs! I’ve chosen a Wednesday as this is my busiest day of the week anyway and having tried it out this week I had a far less stressful day.

Not much to say this week, so onto the bookish update…

Book of the Month

norse-mythologyIt’s that time again to name my book of the month, it will hardly be a surprise that for March I’m naming Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman my book of the month. This book met all of my expectations and beyond. It is also a beautiful book just to look at and will not be leaving my bookshelf any time soon!

If you want to read my full review, you can find it here.

Currently Reading

Strange the Dreamer - UK Cover Reveal

What I’ve Read

the-last-days-of-magic  Hot Shade - Tamara Lush   My Beautiful Disaster - J.D. Hughes

New Books

Ah sigh! A bunch of books on my wish list went on sale this week so yeah, I did really well with resisting…not! I also had a bunch of quite old NetGalley requests that I’d totally forgotten about approved (eeek!) If I go missing you can find me under book mountain.

Bought

     

Competition Wins

eARCs

      the-unlikeable-demon-hunter-deborah-wilde

Reviews

I’ve been a little bit more proactive with the reviews this week, my new schedule seems to be working and I’m catching up on my backlog (insert happy dance here)!

 Reborn - Jane Ederlyn meet-me-at-willoughby-close-kate-hewitt

Other Posts

Lots going on this week other than the reviews, had a few great guest posts, and a couple of blitz posts for some interesting looking books. The lovely Lynda Spiro stopped by for The Bookshelf this week.

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Giveaways

  • 5x Myths & Legends Boxsets and More from Myths & Legends (International) Rafflecopter
  • Dragon Bling and Angelbound Audiobook from Angelbound (International) Rafflecopter