Week in Review – 17 December 2017

I started writing another book this week, I’ve lost my mind! I had this idea for a paranormal reverse harem story that was literally drilling its way through my head, and although I need to do edits on book two I put them aside to get this story out of my head because I think it was going to send me around the bend if I didn’t. I’m starting to think I might self-publish my books, by end of January I will have three books written and will probably be on my fourth so I may as well put them out there. A good friend I’ve worked with on a number of projects is also an editor and she is going to edit my first book for me in return for me doing some marketing work for her so that’s worked out superbly.

I’ve finally changed my hair colour, it was time to be a bit daring and go for something a bit different, I’m not sure how long it will last, every time I change my hair colour it always creeps back to red but the purple makes a nice change, especially at a time when so many people seem to be adopting red!

Friday night I went out with the girls from my fitness classes, I’ve never really been a girly girl and I’ve never really gone on girls nights out, but I love these ladies. They are a blast and I have such a good time with them. Our ages and interests vary but our common interest in working out bonds us. We had such a great time and the conversation was hilarious and definitely not repeatable! Our trainer also gave us awards and mine was for “most determined” which I was very pleased with given I work my backside off even if my body isn’t always on the same page!

I’ve also had some potentially great news on the job hunt front. I’m not saying any more at this point in case I jinx myself but I will keep you posted as I hear more, probably post-Christmas.

Here are this week’s book updates:

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have reviewed:

Five Star: The Vixen’s Lead by Tate James, Dungari Rising by Nikki Landis, and Pack Violet Shadow by C.M. Stunich.
Four Star: Changing His Game by Justine Elvira, Split Feather by Deborah A. Wolf, Talon by Sybil Bartel, and True Horizon by Laurie Winter.
Three Star: The Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning.
Two Star: You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane.

Other Posts

Music Monday this week featured Five Finger Death Punch. The Bookshelf this week featured one of my favourite authors C.M. Stunich, this is a fantastic post and is one not to be missed.

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#BlogTour: True Horizon by Laurie Winter @lauriew_author @WildRosePress @lolasblogtours #Review

Welcome to my stop on the True Horizon blog tour organised by Lola’s Blog Tours. Today I have my review of this wonderful book for you which I hope you enjoy. If you missed my review of the first book in this series check it out below.

Book One: Home Field

Description

Back home on her family’s Texas Longhorn ranch, Grace Murray is busy preparing for her wedding. After a scruffy tattooed drifter saves her life, she takes on the mission of helping her savior, Heath Carter, find peace. The steady friendship and unconditional acceptance she receives from him encourages her to trade an old dream for a new one—a dream true to her heart. When she calls off her wedding, Grace is finally set free to fully love Heath.

After a decade of military service, Special Forces veteran Heath Carter is living with war’s tragic consequences. Struggling with PTSD, anger, and guilt, he travels through Texas, solitarily moving from job to job. Working with Grace on the ranch, Heath’s guilt over his past actions make him feel unworthy of her love. As their paths lead them in different directions, Heath needs to discover the courage to fight his toughest battle yet—the one inside himself.

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Review

We briefly meet Heath in the first book of this series Home Field, he was best friend’s with Julie’s Husband before he died and has been suffering ever since. Now that he is no longer in the military he just travels around on his bike taking odd jobs and sleeping where he can. His guilt over being unable to save his best friend eating at him every day.

When he meets Grace in the process of saving her life a bond is formed between the pair and we see how her open heart becomes the healing drug Heath has needed. The only problem is that Grace is engaged to somebody else.

Heath is a wonderful character as we see him tackle his PTSD, his loneliness, falling in love and how honourable he is through it all. It’s a tough old journey for this man who deserves to find happiness and love and is at risk of having none of it.

Grace is very much stuck in a rut of doing what people expect. She’s engaged to the man she spent all of her teenage years pining after almost forgetting that as adults people change and she makes compromises to make others happy forgoing her own needs.

I loved watching these two discover each other, discover how their lives could be and how to be stronger individually and make changes in their individual lives so that they could try and come together.  This is another winning book full of heart from Laurie Winter.

A huge thank you to Laurie Winter and Lola’s Blog Tours for the review copy so that I could provide my honest review of this novel.

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About Laurie Winter

Laurie Winter - Author ImageLaurie Winter is a true warrior of the heart. Inspired by her dreams, she creates authentic characters who overcome the odds and find true love. She keeps her life balanced with regular yoga practice and running. When not pounding the pavement or the keyboard, she’s enjoying time with her family, who are scattered between Wisconsin and Michigan. Laurie has three kids and one fantastic husband, all who inspire her to chase her dreams.

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TitleHome Field
SeriesWarriors Of The Heart #2
Author: Laurie Winter
Genre: Romance | Chick Lit | Military
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: 1 December 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 300
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Week in Review – 29 October 2017

I’m away in London this weekend so wrote this a few days ago in preparation, next week I will give you an update of what I got up to in the Capital but rest assured with ComicCon on the agenda I’m up to no good! I’ve gone in particularly excited about seeing Hayley Atwell, the Dark Matter cast, and Dani Filth.

This week I finished my book, all the editing and back and forth with beta readers and one particular very good friend who has answered far more questions than one person should ever have to answer about anything ever. I finally reached a point where I felt happy with my book. Well for now anyway! I’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo this year so next week I will be diving head first into writing book two. Heaven help me!

Here are all my book updates, I look forward to telling you what I got up to London next week…although I’m in London again next weekend for Gollancz Fest so heavens knows when I’ll have time to write this update next week!

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

I kicked off my reviews this week with a review of The Duke’s Temptation by Raven McAllan. I also reviewed Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse by Lilly Bartlett, Squeeze Play by Aven Ellis, Farraway Mist by Tani Hanes, and The Forgotten Room by Ann Troup.

Other Posts

This week I featured Killswitch Engage on Music Monday. I had an excerpt from The Night Realm by Annette Marie as part of the release week book blitz.

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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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#BlogTour: Home Field by Laurie Winter @lauriew_author @lolasblogtours #Review

Welcome to my stop on the Home Field blog tour organised by Lola’s Blog Tours. Today I have my review of this wonderful book for you which I hope you enjoy.

Description

One year after her husband is killed in action, Julie Ellis is back in her hometown and focused on raising her young son. Then Reagan Harrison bursts into her life—a cocky, charming linebacker who leaves her off balance.

As a successful, professional athlete, Reagan believes he has it all. But after meeting Julie, he finds every excuse in the book to spend time with her. Despite his best efforts not to fall too hard, Reagan envisions a future with Julie, along with the little boy he’s come to love as his own.

While Reagan’s protective love begins to mend Julie’s spirit, she can’t suppress her continued deep devotion to her late husband’s memory. And when a letter arrives from beyond the grave, Reagan resolves to provide her with the answers she desperately needs to heal. Now Julie must choose either to keep her heart closed off or remove the lock and fight for a future with Reagan. Can a second chance at true love be just as sweet?

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Review

Julie has moved back to her hometown with her son after her Husband was killed in action in Afghanistan. Childhood sweethearts she doesn’t feel like she will ever move on from the devastation and it’s only thanks to her son that she has carried on functioning each day. When she attends a charity gala hosted by her Husband’s favourite football team she meets Reagan, one of their star players, and a rather handsome devil to boot. He becomes instantly besotted with her but winning the heart of a woman whose heart is shattered is quite a struggle.

This was a deeply emotional book, maybe more so because I had a friend who lost her fiancé in Iraq many years ago and watched her go through the devastatingly long process of having to let his memory lie before she was able to move on and meet someone new. It was one of the most heartbreaking things I’ve ever been a party to. I don’t think that kind of loss can ever truly be got over or explained and yet Laurie Winter has captured it so beautifully in this book while opening the door to a breath of fresh air with a new love for this wonderful woman who deserves so much happiness.

Julie is an exceptionally strong character but for all of her strength there is a devastating weakness where she has experienced this loss far beyond anything any of us could imagine. Her love for her son is pure and strong and she doesn’t think of herself at all in anything that she does.

Reagan has something special about him, a guy who has thought little about having a long term relationship and especially children. He’s always played fast and loose but when he meets Julie things start to change, he becomes completely enamoured with her and her family, inserting himself as far into her life as he can possibly get. He is a modern day night in shining armour seeing she needs rescuing from her grief and doing all he can to help her.

This story develops well but I felt that there were times when the expectations that even with how much he loved her would Reagan really wait around the way he does for Julie? She is sometimes quite mean and hurtful and I’m not sure that anybody would take that kind of hurt regardless of how much they love someone. I felt a few times he was a glutton for punishment and maybe he should walk away.

Overall, this is a beautifully told story, you definitely need the tissues for this one though, and the leading man is a stellar person through and through.

A huge thank you to Laurie Winter and Lola’s Blog Tours for the review copy so that I could provide my honest review of this novel.

Rating

About Laurie Winter

Laurie Winter - Author ImageLaurie Winter is a true warrior of the heart. Inspired by her dreams, she creates authentic characters who overcome the odds and find true love. She keeps her life balanced with regular yoga practice and running. When not pounding the pavement or the keyboard, she’s enjoying time with her family, who are scattered between Wisconsin and Michigan. Laurie has three kids and one fantastic husband, all who inspire her to chase her dreams.

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TitleHome Field
SeriesWarriors Of The Heart #1
Author: Laurie Winter
Genre: Romance | Chick Lit
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 30 June 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 304
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Week in Review – 25 June 2017

Well, what a glorious week! I have to say this weather really has brought out the best in me! I am sorry to all of you who turn into vampires and melt at the sight of the sun but I absolute adore this heat and the sun it’s really quite wonderful and I haven’t slept so well in ages. I hope now the temperature has dropped it doesn’t get all dark and gloomy again.

I started my new book feature on the mental health blog this week, it’s a monthly feature where I will review and spotlight a book with a mental health focus. This month was Boys Don’t Cry by Tim Grayburn. A book where Tim talks frankly and honestly about life with clinical depression, it’s well worth a look.

The TBR Topple book has also been decided and I don’t think it will be much of a surprise that the winner was The Gunslinger by Stephen King, I will be reading it next week so expect a review early July.

I’ll be away for a week after this, I’m heading to Cornwall with the tent and Hubs. I’m hoping to get in plenty of reading time though so will be battling to catch up on the reviews when I get home. There will be one blog tour posting during the week as I signed up before I knew I was going away but otherwise things will be very quiet here.

So, onto my bookish update this week…

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

As though I don’t have enough problems with willpower, I signed up to Kindle Unlimited! I’m doomed!

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

This week I’ve reviewed Nightseer, Ethan’s Daughter, Fallen From Grace, Godblind, and a blog tour for The Second Chance Cafe at Carlton Square.

Other Posts

This week I had book blitzes for Shades of the Gods and Come Undone. A cover reveal for An Impossible World. A blog tour for We Have Lost The Coffee. Katherine from BibliomaniacUK joined us for The Bookshelf this week.

Giveaways

  • Seducing the Heartbreaker Prize Package incl signed copy (Blitz-Wide Giveaway) Rafflecopter
  • $50 Amazon Gift Card (Blitz-Wide International Giveaway) Rafflecopter

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The Discoverability Challenge – 2017

I was looking to add a challenge to my reading this year in addition to the Goodreads Reading Challenge which is just about the number of books you read. I enjoyed keeping tabs on how Joanne Hall was doing with her Discoverability Challenge last year, a challenge to read more female authors, especially within the SFF genre. When she posted she was doing it again this year and within the post put a call out for others to join her this seemed the perfect challenge to join, especially as I have quite a pile of books waiting to be read by female authors I’ve not read before.

The rules are simple, read at least one book per month in any genre, fiction or non-fiction by a female author you’ve not read before. As I take part in blog tours and pick up books from NetGalley this will be easily achievable so I have set myself the goal of making sure that I read at least one SFF novel by a female author I’ve not read before each month to chip away at that pile I mentioned earlier!

I will keep a list here of all the authors I read who qualify for the Discoverability Challenge, and for all the books I specifically read for the challenge I will tag them and link them back to this page. I’m looking forward to seeing how many new female authors I discover in 2017!

My 2017 Discovered Female Authors

  1. Victoria Aveyard – Cruel Crown
  2. Jill Mansell – Meet Me At Beachcomber Bay
  3. Sheila Norton – The Vets at Hope Green
  4. Anabelle Bryant – The Den of Iniquity
  5. Lele Iturrioz – Seasons Within
  6. Cassandra Piat – Stuck With Me
  7. Anne Bishop – Written In Red
  8. Judith Colquhoun – A Country Practice: New Beginnings
  9. Nikki Landis – Dark Promise
  10. Sarah Morgan – Sleepless in Manhattan
  11. Donna Compositor – Curse of Stars
  12. Liz Gavin – Celtic Fire
  13. Clare Morrall – When the Floods Came
  14. Jane Ederlyn – Reborn
  15. Tamara Lush – Hot Shade
  16. Abbie Roads – Saving Mercy
  17. H. Leighton Dickson – Dragon of Ash & Stars
  18. J.D. Hughes – My Beautiful Disaster
  19. Laini Taylor – Strange the Dreamer
  20. Sybil Bartel – Rough
  21. Harper Sloan – Lost Rider
  22. Deborah Wilde – The Unlikeable Demon Hunter
  23. Catherine Green – The Darkness of Love
  24. Deborah A. Wolf – The Dragon’s Legacy
  25. Lynda Young Spiro – There is Always More to Say
  26. Greta Stone – Cry Wolf
  27. Gail Marie Mitchell – Loving The Life Less Lived
  28. Rachel Burton – The Many Colours of Us
  29. C.M. Stunich – Groupie
  30. Cristina Hodgson – A Little of Chantelle Rose
  31. J. Aislynn d’Merricksson – Mother of Wolves
  32. Patricia A. McKillip – Alphabet of Thorn
  33. Tiffany Shand – Shifter Clan Series
  34. Lilly Bartlett – The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square
  35. Jaimie Admans – The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters
  36. Anna Stephens – Godblind
  37. Laurie Winters – Home Field
  38. Tani Hanes – Living In The Shallows
  39. Rachel Van Dyken – Cheater
  40. Joanna Mazurkiewicz – Wyvern Awakening
  41. Holly James – Worth Remembering
  42. Caitlyn Lynch – Ellie’s Encounter
  43. Chantelle Griffin – Made In The Image Of The Goddess
  44. A.L. Michael – Cocktails & Dreams
  45. Errin Krystal – The Last Dragon Rider
  46. Aimee Brown – Little Gray Dress
  47. Sarah Bennett – Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove
  48. Karen Marie Moning – Darkfever
  49. Terry Tyler – Tipping Point
  50. Erika Gardner – The Dragon in the Garden
  51. Pepper Winters – Tears of Tess
  52. Brittainy C Cherry – The Air He Breathes
  53. Sylvia Ashby – The Sinking Chef
  54. Maxine Morrey – The Christmas Holiday
  55. J Kenner – Wicked Grind
  56. Nikki Sex – Abuse
  57. Natalie K. Martin – What Goes Down
  58. Keary Taylor – Branded
  59. Alexandra Weis – Damned
  60. C.M Stunich & Tate JamesElements of Mischief
  61. Violet Blaze – Biker Rockstar Billionaire CEO Alpha
  62. Summer Cooper – Professor Next Door
  63. Leigh LaValle – Breathless
  64. Allie Burns – The Lido Girls
  65. Lilac Mills – And A Sixpence For Luck
  66. Ellen Wiles – The Invisible Crowd
  67. J Mercer – Dark and Stormy
  68. Mhairi McFarlane – You Had Me At Hello
  69. Jackie Ladbury – Air Guitar and Caviar