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.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

#BookBlitz: In the Moment by Jennifer Wilck @JWilck @XpressoTours #Excerpt

Welcome to this book blitz organised by Xpresso Book Tours. Check out more about this book below including an excerpt and don’t miss out on the giveaway at the end of the post!

Description

Cassie Edwards, a former foster child, purchases an 1870s Victorian mansion, the one home from her childhood where she felt like part of a family. She’s spending her summer lovingly restoring it, with dreams of one day raising a family of her own here. Rayne Tucket, a photojournalist, is haunted by the death of his best friend in Afghanistan, a death he thinks is his fault. He survives day to day. Forever is not in his vocabulary. Swearing off photography, he answers an ad for a handyman—mindless, no emotion involved. As the two of them renovate her house, can Cassie show Rayne that love is strong enough to heal all wounds?

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Excerpt

Warm, hazel eyes and the smell of roasted coffee greeted her.

 

“Hi.” The one word came out breathless, as if she’d run a marathon. She cleared her throat. “Hi,” she repeated, in what she hoped sounded more confident.

 

A dimple flashed behind his cup, and she groaned to herself. Rayne was going to give her a hard time.

 

“Hello.” He paused. She could almost hear his unspoken repetition of the greeting. He winked, and she rolled her eyes. He laughed. The deep, velvety sound made her toes curl. “Your friend says you’re looking to hire a handyman.”

 

Cassie leaned against the table, aware her friend listened to their every word as she delivered Rayne’s sandwich and retreated to the kitchen. “My friend has a big mouth,” Cassie ignored Sally’s sputter.

 

“Do you have experience doing landscaping and outdoor cleanup? You saw my house. It needs fixing up—mowing, yard work, tool repair, that kind of thing. Although I was kind of hoping for someone permanent, like a local teen, who could take care of the outside while I focus on the inside.”

 

“I’ve been doing all kinds of manual labor, including landscaping and construction, these past few months. I could help you until I have to leave at the end of July.”

 

“She could definitely use your help,” a muffled voice interrupted.

 

Cassie swung around. She frowned at Sally, who’d poked her head out the kitchen doorway. “What are you doing, Sal?”

 

“Helping you out. You told me you need help with that big house and barn. Mr. Tucket is perfect. Look how big and strong he looks.”

 

Rayne shifted in his seat, but she ignored it. “You can call me…” he said. “It’s a carriage house, Sal, not a barn. I know how much help I need, or don’t. Plus, you didn’t even give him a chance to decide if he wants to do the work!”

 

“You can call me Rayne, and I’m happy to help—”

 

She turned toward Rayne’s voice but spun back toward Sally when she interrupted. “See, he just said he’d help. He’s practically a local, and he doesn’t look like a convict. Hire him and stop being so stubborn.”

 

Cassie brushed off the choking sound from Rayne and glared at Sally. Her friend would be the one to choke in a minute if she didn’t butt out of her business. Sally ignored her.

 

Cassie grabbed a glass of water and handed it to Rayne, who drained it in one long gulp. She turned back to her friend, hands on her hips. “Practically a local? He hasn’t been here since he was a child. You’re the one who said he might be a convict, not me, when you were worried that I’d let a stranger mow my lawn!”

 

“Don’t be ridiculous, Cass. I remember hearing about the Montgomerys from my mom. She always liked them. He comes from a nice family, so we have nothing to worry about.”

 

Cassie balled her hands into fists. “We? What ‘we?’ I haven’t decided yet if I’m hiring him.”

 

“Excuse me, ladies, but could I speak for a minute?” Rayne interrupted.

 

“What?” they both asked in unison.

 

“Like I said, I’m happy to work for you, if you’re hiring, Cassie. I can even provide references if you’d like.”

 

The look he gave her was so reasonable, so polite, so…sexy, she wanted to shake him as much as she wanted to kiss him.

About Jennifer Wilck

Jennifer Wilck - Author Image

When I was a little girl and couldn’t fall asleep, my mother would tell me to make up a story. Pretty soon, my head was filled with these stories and the characters that populated them. Each character had a specific personality, a list of likes and dislikes, and sometimes, even a specific accent or dialect. Even as an adult, I think about the characters and stories at night before I fall asleep, or in the car on my way to or from one of my daughters’ numerous activities (hey, anything that will drown out their music is a good thing).

One day, I started writing them down (it was either that or checking into the local mental hospital—the computer was way less scary) and now I’m a published author. My first book, A Heart of Little Faith, was just declared a Finalist in the Fiction: Romance category of the 2016 Best Book Awards.

In the real world, I’m the mother of two amazing daughters and wife of one of the smartest men I know. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, traveling and watching TV. In between chauffeuring my daughters to after-school activities that require an Excel spreadsheet to be kept straight, I run youth group activities, train the dog we recently adopted from a local shelter, and cook dinners that fit the needs of four very different appetites. I also write freelance articles for magazines, newspapers, and edit newsletters.

When all of that gets overwhelming, I retreat to my computer, where I write stories that let me escape from reality. In my made-up world, the heroines are always smart, sassy and independent. The heroes are handsome and strong with just a touch of vulnerability. If I don’t like a character, I can delete him or her; if something doesn’t work, I can rewrite it. It’s very satisfying to be in control of at least one part of my life. My inspiration comes from watching the people around me and fantasizing about how I’d do things differently.

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Giveaway

$25 Amazon gift card + eBook copy of Addicted to Love

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Book & Buy Links

TitleIn The Moment
Series: N/A
Author: Jennifer Wilck
Genre: Adult | Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 1 September 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 217
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

#BookBlitz: Addicted to Love by Jennifer Wilck @JWilck @XpressoTours #Excerpt #Giveaway

Welcome to this book blitz organised by Xpresso Book Tours. Check out more about this book below along with an excerpt.

Description

Dan Rothberg struggled after an accident killed his wife and he nearly lost custody of his daughter. He can no longer allow himself to get attached to anything or anyone. Until he meets Hannah.

Hannah Cohen is a young executive with a meddlesome grandmother and a troubled brother. She’d like nothing better than to find her own Mr. Right, after too many Mr. Wrongs. A sexy older man with a teenage daughter was never in her plans.

As they navigate their relationship through adolescent attitudes and grandmotherly interference, they realize age is just a number and love can be right in front of them. But when the terrible truth of Dan’s former struggles is exposed, Hannah must decide if she can get past his deception and allow love to conquer all.

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Excerpt

Hannah nodded. “How long were you married?”

 

The meat formed rocks in his stomach. He didn’t want to have this conversation. “Ten years.”

 

“Tess said you hurt your leg in the car accident when you lost your wife.”

 

His fork clattered to the table. “You talked to Tess about this?”

 

“It came up in conversation.”

 

He slammed his chair back and ignored the shooting pain running up and down his leg from the sudden movement. “So you pumped my daughter for information?”

 

Hannah’s eyes widened. Her hands clamped her silverware hard enough for Dan to see her knuckles whiten. “Whoa, wait a second. I didn’t pump her for information.”

 

He rose, nostrils flared. His heart beat hard, and spots formed behind his eyes. “What, she told you the information out of the blue?”

 

Hannah stood and leaned toward him, but he backed away. He didn’t want to be near her right now. Why the hell did she talk to his daughter about him? What else did she know?

 

“It wasn’t out of the blue. Tess asked me about my family. I told her my parents divorced, and my mom died a few years ago. Tess said hers did too, which I knew. She mentioned, on her own, you hurt your leg in the accident. There was no pumping for information.”

 

Her air quotes would have been cute if he weren’t angry, and he paced from the dining table to the sofa and back again, trying to fill his lungs with air, while ignoring the pain in his leg. He didn’t know how to get out of this argument without talking about things he didn’t want to discuss with her. Things he couldn’t discuss with her, given what he knew about her brother.

 

He stopped next to his seat. Her cheeks were red, her neck splotchy. She was angry too. Somehow, knowing her emotions helped cool his anger and allowed rational thought in. Analyzing what she’d said, he realized maybe it wasn’t as much of a problem as he thought. She knew when it happened. Big deal. He rubbed the back of his head. “Yeah, I may have overreacted just now.”

 

As the words exited his mouth, it was apparent that was the wrong thing to say. If her eyes could shoot lasers, he would duck.

 

“You think? Don’t get me started on the Fort Knox storing your personal information.” She pushed past him into the living room. “We’ve dated for almost three weeks, and I know next to nothing about you. You clam up every time I start to get close. You freak out at the thought of Tess telling me anything.” She stood in his personal space and dared him to avoid her gaze. “You’re my boyfriend. What is the point of my getting to know your daughter if you won’t let me know you?”

 

She was furious, and she was beautiful. Her chest heaved, drawing attention to her cleavage, framed by the dark blue V-neck sweater that hugged her curves. Her creamy skin—other than her neck, which was mottled from emotion—glowed. Not that he wanted to make her angry, but man, she was amazing when she was.

 

She was also right.

About Jennifer Wilck

Jennifer Wilck - Author Image

When I was a little girl and couldn’t fall asleep, my mother would tell me to make up a story. Pretty soon, my head was filled with these stories and the characters that populated them. Each character had a specific personality, a list of likes and dislikes, and sometimes, even a specific accent or dialect. Even as an adult, I think about the characters and stories at night before I fall asleep, or in the car on my way to or from one of my daughters’ numerous activities (hey, anything that will drown out their music is a good thing).

One day, I started writing them down (it was either that or checking into the local mental hospital—the computer was way less scary) and now I’m a published author. My first book, A Heart of Little Faith, was just declared a Finalist in the Fiction: Romance category of the 2016 Best Book Awards.

In the real world, I’m the mother of two amazing daughters and wife of one of the smartest men I know. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, traveling and watching TV. In between chauffeuring my daughters to after-school activities that require an Excel spreadsheet to be kept straight, I run youth group activities, train the dog we recently adopted from a local shelter, and cook dinners that fit the needs of four very different appetites. I also write freelance articles for magazines, newspapers, and edit newsletters.

When all of that gets overwhelming, I retreat to my computer, where I write stories that let me escape from reality. In my made-up world, the heroines are always smart, sassy and independent. The heroes are handsome and strong with just a touch of vulnerability. If I don’t like a character, I can delete him or her; if something doesn’t work, I can rewrite it. It’s very satisfying to be in control of at least one part of my life. My inspiration comes from watching the people around me and fantasizing about how I’d do things differently.

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Giveaway

 

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Book & Buy Links

TitleAddicted to Love
Series: Serendipity #1
Author: Jennifer Wilck
Genre: Adult | Romance | Contemporary
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 21 July 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 314
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US