I don’t have words for this week. It has been bad on so many levels. But I am continuing to keep pushing through.
I’ve set up a new feature and will be starting it in April. I’m trying to add more interesting content to the blog and take the pressure off of my reading as well. It will be called Unsung Heroes and will focus on people who work in the more background roles in the publishing world. I have a page set up which explains a bit more and has a sign up form for anybody who is interested.
This was my TBR Topple read for February. Thanks for choosing guys! The winner for March was A Bed of Brambles by Sam Russell, April’s poll will go up early next month.
Sunshine, Idaho, is a small, sunny town – the perfect home for man and beast. Well, maybe not for man, as pilot-for-hire Brady Miller discovers when his truck is rear-ended by what appears to be Noah’s Ark. As the co-owner of the town’s only kennel, Lilah Young has good reason to be distracted behind the wheel – there are puppies, a piglet and a duck in her Jeep. Still, she doesn’t find it hard to focus on the sexy, gorgeous stranger she’s collided with. Brady is just passing through, but there’s something about Lilah and her menagerie that makes the temptation of staying in Sunshine one that’s difficult to resist…
I have this problem, every time I read a Jill Shalvis book I’m convinced it’s the best one I’ve read. They are all just so good. Animal Magnetism was another one I did this with, steaming through the story, swept away on a cloud of love and completely convinced that this was better than all the other Jill Salvis books I’ve ever read.
I have to laugh at the enthusiasm that grabs me when I read these books because I’m fairly sure if I went back and re-read any they would again become my favourite Jill Shalvis book. I should just agree that all her books are stellar and deserve equal love in the five-star tree.
Brady returns to Sunshine, Idaho to spend some time with his foster brothers who have been asking him to return home for some time. Lilah is their neighbour but also someone they look out for like a Sister and she’s got her eye on Brady.
They start a fling, agreeing it won’t be anything serious because Lilah isn’t into serious and Brady is leaving town but since when do feelings have anything to do with agreements like this?
I love Lilah and Brady. They are both stubborn fools but my kind of fools. I love how Brady is a full-blown alpha but then you get these snatches of him being kind and caring, these moments where he drops his persona of strength to show the vulnerability underneath. While Lilah is a strong independent woman who has the local men swooning at her every word, yet she brushes off their advances and attention in favour of her work with animals, she studies hard and works harder. She has an intellectual strength and emotional strength which surpasses that of many heroines making her a pleasure to spend time with. She doesn’t need a man, she doesn’t even really want a man until Brady waves a magic wand.
This is a stunning and enjoyable book. Thank you to my readers for voting for it to be my March read as I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Title: Animal Magnetism Series:Animal Magnetism #1 Author:Jill Shalvis Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance | Women’s Fiction Publisher: Headline Eternal Publication Date: 27 February 2014 Review Format: eBook Other Formats: Paperback | Audio Pages: 320 Buy:Books2Read (Universal Link Redirects to your Chosen Store)
Oh what a week it has been. My mental health is taking a nose dive, and getting what is supposed to be an emergency appointment with a psychiatrist is proving to be the usual song and dance. I finally got an appointment scheduled on Friday, two weeks after I was referred, the appointment will be a further two weeks away. So four weeks for an emergency appointment. I was told if things get too bad to call the crisis line or go to A&E. I know I still have some control because I’m finding some sarcasm to deal with things.
I have to announce that the model feature Getting Cozy With… has been axed, not my choice nor the models but there were some external issues that despite my best efforts couldn’t be resolved. The timing pretty much couldn’t have been worse for me with it all happening on one of the days when I was sickest this week and didn’t have the strength to fight so I just gave in and gave it up.
I’m trying very hard to keep things ticking over here, but it’s a struggle and with the loss of my favourite feature and this reading slump I’m in I am finding it very hard to find any enthusiasm for the blog right now.
It’s March which means a new set of books to consider for my TBR Topple read. This year each book I offer qualifies for my Mount TBR challenge. So far this year I am failing miserably at this challenge so hopefully I will do a little better at getting a few more bookss read from the pile moving forward!
What Belongs to Her by Rachel Brimble [Romance]
Since the moment a local crime boss claimed ownership of her family’s fairground, Sasha Todd has dreamed of righting the wrong. Now it’s time to act, and backing down to the man’s estranged son is definitely not an option. After all, giving up her legacy to hot-blooded John Jordon means losing the chance to finally heal the wounds in her past.
Stopping John in his tracks—and resisting the sizzle between them—is Sasha’s best defense. But there’s more to him than she thought, which changes everything. With what matters most at stake, she’ll have to risk a brand-new future with John, or walk away from the man whose heart belongs to her.
A Bed of Brambles by Sam Russell [Romance] This was never going to be a conventional love story. No bed of roses. Proud, passionate and wilful, Hettie and Alexander are alike in so many ways. That has to be a good thing, doesn’t it? Or it could be a disaster…both carry scars, and old wounds have a habit of causing new hurt.
Physical attraction draws them together. Hearts and minds can be thorny, less easy to satisfy. One thing is certain, together or apart their lives will move on. Alexander and Hettie’s clashes of spirit will only be part of the story.
Second chances. New beginnings. The opportunity to make things right. Or to make the same mistakes all over again. Unless fate takes the future out of your hands…
The Bluebell Bunting Society by Poppy Dolan [Romance]
When the going gets tough, the tough get sewing…
At twenty-nine, Connie isn’t exactly living her dreams. When her beloved gran died Connie returned to Hazelhurst, the village she grew up in, and took over her gran’s old job as caretaker at the village hall. It’s not a career in journalism as she’d hoped, but she loves working at Bluebell Hall. So when greedy property developers try to get their hands on it, Connie hatches a plan to save the hall, one bonkers enough that it just might work. All it takes is a needle and thread, scraps of old material and willing hands.
Can Connie save Bluebell Hall? And will she save herself in the process…?
The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons [Romance]
The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler’s armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.
Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana—and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander’s impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects—a secret as devastating as the war itself—as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.
Carpe Noctem by Katie Salidas [Paranormal Romance] Bloodlust, fanatical vampire hunters, thousand-year old vendettas, and a pair of sharp, new fangs. Newly-turned vampire, Alyssa got a lot more than she bargained for when Lysander saved her from a pair of rapist on the college campus of UNLV.
Immortality is not as pretty as all the books and movies had portrayed it, and Alyssa’s having a hard time with the change.
“Becoming a vampire is easy. Living with the condition, that’s the hard part.”
Newbie vampire Alyssa never asked for this life, but now it’s all she has. Rescued from death by Lysander, the aloof and sexy leader of the Peregrinus vampire clan, she barely has a chance to break in her sharp little fangs before her immortality is put to the test.
Kallisto, an ancient and vindictive vampire queen – and Lysander’s old mate – wants nothing less than final death for her former lover and his new toy. She’s not above letting the Acta Sanctorum, and its greatest vampire hunter, Santino, know exactly where Alyssa and the clan can be found.
With danger looming on the horizon and the vampire hunters closing in, Alyssa will have to find the strength to accept this terrifying new reality. There’s no turning back now. It’s either, Carpe Noctem (seize the night), or final death.
Bleugh, that just about sums this week up. It’s been high stress, hard to manage but I’ve also seen some huge successes. I’m just about done with my Bipolar now, if there is a permanent cure I’d like to see it, please.
My new feature launched this week and, I love it honestly I could do that feature 24/7 because working with models, it turns out, is an absolute pleasure and not just because they are gorgeous. They are just bloody nice fellas and honestly, we could all do with more nice people in our lives right? I’ve decided I’m going to run it every 2-3 weeks because there are plenty of guys who want in, and quite frankly I enjoyed setting it up so much. There were a few hitches along the way which I’ve learned from, I have a few ideas to improve it which I will implement in the next one and believe me the guy who is coming in next you won’t want to miss. I’ve known him longer than I’ve known Michael who was our first guest and he is an absolute darling. I swear I feel like I’m going to be saying that a lot! I’m not announcing who he is yet, we only confirmed things yesterday, but he will blow your minds!
I’m obsessed with going to the gym again, it’s the only time when my brain isn’t running at about 1000miles per hour. So far I’ve bumped into my post lady and a guy I went to school with there though, I didn’t even pick a gym on my doorstep so I am curious to see who I run into next!
Speaking of exercise, back in the early summer I was asked by BALP (Bristol Active Life Partnership) to put myself forward for the This Girl Can campaign in Bristol to talk about walking and how the BALP walking group has helped me. Turns out Bristol was getting its own centralised version of the campaign Bristol Girls Can. I went through the vetting process and while I didn’t get chosen as one of the ‘main’ girls I was asked to write a piece for the website. and here it is. Reading this now, I can’t believe how much my life has already moved on since then, how much fitter I am, stronger even. And now with my workout regime at the gym I’m going from strength to strength.
OK…book update…it’s thin, I’ve totally lost my mojo which I know is down to the medication increases. My concentration is shot to hell. I’ve been backing out of blog tours and my schedule is a mess. All I can do is apologise to authors, tour hosts and anyone else involved. Despite pulling off some things at the moment, I’m sick as all hell right now and doing my very best. Any missed tour reviews will be reviewed at a later date and that’s a promise. I’m going to try reading a book that I know gets my juices flowing so to speak. Honestly, something has to work, right?
TBR Topple Winner
OMG I’ve got a new winner and I still haven’t read the last one…this is how bad this bloody slump is!
The winner was Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis…it’s on my list with everything else and I again, promise from the bottom of my heart to read it as soon as humanly possible once I’m through this rough patch.
I had an excerpt from H.A. Leuschel as part of the My Sweet Friend blog tour and another excerpt from Yumoyori Wilson on the Dark Wish tour. We had an impromptu Authors Bookshelf as part of Jennifer S. Alderson’s blog tour on Thursday. Karen Ankers was on The Bookshelf this week.
My new feature launched on Friday. I’m so proud of this feature, it had so many different elements and people involved and has just been a lot of hard work as well as so much fun. I hope everybody enjoyed it as much as I did. I can’t wait until next month.
It’s February which means a new set of books to consider for my TBR Topple read. This year each book I offer qualifies for my Mount TBR challenge. So far this year I am failing miserably at this challenge so hopefully I will do a little better at getting a few more bookss read from the pile moving forward!
Finding Justice by Rachel Brimble [Romance] Old friends, new secrets
Sergeant Cat Forrester lives by her own set of rules. When her childhood friend is murdered, Cat’s world is thrown into chaos. Especially because Jay Garrett?a man from her past?is a suspect, and he needs her help to prove he’s innocent. After all they once shared, how can she say no?
The attraction flares between them, and getting involved with a suspect is a huge risk. But the more time Cat spends with Jay, the stronger the tug on her heart. He is the same caring, irresistible man she remembers. Yet she can’t let her emotions interfere with the case?solving it is top priority. And as she digs deeper, she discovers Jay has secrets that may jeopardize any possible future together.
Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis [Romance] Sunshine, Idaho, is a small, sunny town – the perfect home for man and beast. Well, maybe not for man, as pilot-for-hire Brady Miller discovers when his truck is rear-ended by what appears to be Noah’s Ark. As the co-owner of the town’s only kennel, Lilah Young has good reason to be distracted behind the wheel – there are puppies, a piglet and a duck in her Jeep. Still, she doesn’t find it hard to focus on the sexy, gorgeous stranger she’s collided with. Brady is just passing through, but there’s something about Lilah and her menagerie that makes the temptation of staying in Sunshine one that’s difficult to resist…
Pride by Rachel Vincent [Urban Fantasy]
The werecat council has three cardinal laws ; and headstrong Faythe stands accused of breaking two of them: infecting a human with her supernatural skills and killing him to cover her tracks.
With the death penalty hanging over her head, Faythe has no escape route left. That is, until a shapeshifter informs the pride of a rash of rogue strays terrorising his land. Yet this threat is nothing like any they’ve seen before.
Only Faythe has the knowledge to save the pride, but can she prove her worth? Or will the council’s verdict condemn them all. . . ?
Tangled Beauty by K.L. Middleton [Romance] Sinclair Jeffries thought she knew what she was getting into when her zany, gay friend, Jesse Eddington, talked her into portraying his girlfriend during his parent’s anniversary party on Huntington Beach. That is, until she met Reed, Jesse’s sexy as hell older brother, and ends up getting much more than what she’d bargained for.
Reed Eddington assumed his future was settled until he met Sinclair, his brother’s so-called “girlfriend”, but the raw, sexual tension between them is hard to ignore. As he watches their ruse from the sidelines, he finds himself wanting to uncover more than just their amusing little facade.
Game of Love by Melissa Foster [Romance] Ellie Parker is a master at building walls around her heart. In the twenty-five years she’s been alive, Dex Remington has been the only person who has always believed in her and been there for her. But four years earlier, she came to Dex seeking comfort and then disappeared like a thief in the night, leaving him a broken man.
Dex Remington is one of the top PC game developers in the United States. He’s handsome, smart, and numb. So damn numb that he’s not sure he’ll ever find a reason to feel again.
A chance encounter sparks intense desires in Ellie and Dex. Desires that make her want to run–and make him want to feel. A combination of lust and fear leads these young lovers down a dangerous path. Is it possible to cross a burned bridge, or are they destined to be apart forever?
This has been a great week, really busy, but great.
On Tuesday, I went and lead the walking group, got drowned in a terrible downpour then went straight to the BCfm studio for an on-air interview about how I got involved with the walking group, and the correlation between mental and physical health. If you want to listen you can go here click on 14/11/2017, listen from 19:30 for a couple of minutes. It’s a very Bristolian interview so be warned!
Wednesday I was volunteering as usual, except this week we were in full speed preparation for our big event next week. I love getting my head down and prepping work. I love having a solid to do list and just working hard. There was a lot of social media work, some design work (I’m extremely amateur), and some writing and PR work. Next Wednesday is the event so hopefully, in next week’s roundup, I can bring you some photo’s. There are a fair few important people going including Bristol’s Mayor, and I’m going to be on a panel for a Q&A session.
NaNoWriMo is going well, really well actually. I was honestly worried when I signed up that I was setting myself up for a fail. But this story wants to come out of me so badly! I had my outline and while it’s sort of following the basic premise of that outline, I literally sit down each day not having a clue where this story is going. Most days I finish the chapter I sat down to write and say “Wow, did that really just happen?” There have been a few directions it’s taken where I’ve done a double take. My imagination is having fun with this book, and I love what is coming out. I’m currently at 41,687 words, that’s 10,014 over target.