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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#Review: Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse by Lilly Bartlett @MicheleGormanUK @NottingHillPR

Happy publication day to Lilly Bartlett, here is my review for this festive novella which will keep you warm and snuggly over Christmas.

Description

Put your feet up and tuck into the mince pies, because you won’t have to lift a finger to enjoy this Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse!

Too bad the same can’t be said for single mother and extremely undomestic goddess, Lottie. When her beloved Aunt Kate ends up in hospital just before Christmas, Lottie and her seven-year-old daughter rush to rural Wales to take over her B&B. A picky hotel reviewer and his mad family are coming to stay, and without the rating only he can give them, Aunt Kate will lose her livelihood.

But Lottie can barely run her own life, let alone a hotel. How will she manage to turn the falling-down guesthouse into the luxurious wonderland the reviewer expects? And could the mysterious taxi driver, Danny, who agrees to help her, turn out to be the real gift this season?

As the snow sparkles on the trees and hot chocolate steams in your hand, snuggle into the delicious magic of Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse.

Review

When Lottie receives a call to say her Aunt has been in a terrible accident and is in the hospital it feels like deja vu, she lost her parents in a similar accident and the terror she feels that it could be happening again grips her. Rushing to Wales with her daughter she finds her Aunt in a medically induced coma, now she must look after the Guesthouse which has a reviewer coming for Christmas.

Lottie is a programmer and has never looked after a Guesthouse a day in her life, more to the point she has never even seen her Aunt’s Guesthouse and setting eyes on the property does her confidence no good as it’s a falling down building that should probably be condemned rather than accept guests. In a moment of panic, she convinces the taxi driver Danny to help her.

Over the next few days, Lottie and Danny fumble their way through the task of trying to impress the reviewer and his family while they get to know each other. And well, it’s a romantic Christmas story so you know…things happen that shouldn’t, funny things happen, and then the two main characters maybe figure out a way to like each other more than they did in the beginning.

Lottie is a great character, she gets herself into some really laughable situations. Danny is a great character although I would have liked to see a bit more of him and the development of his character, although I appreciate in a novella there is only so much page space.

The guests are a nightmare and add a fabulous flavour to the whole experience causing mayhem and mischief to what Lottie is trying to create as a wonderful Christmas experience for them.

This was a quick-read, funny, and gave me the warm and fuzzy’s. Definitely, one for you to put by for your Christmas reading.

Huge thanks to Lilly Bartlett and Notting HIll Press for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleChristmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse
Series: N/A
Author: Lilly Bartlett 
Genre: Romance | Humour | Novella | Christmas
Publisher: Notting Hill Press
Publication Date: 25 October 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: 127
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Week in Review – 8 October 2017

What a week! While grabbing lunch on Wednesday which is when I’m in the office for my volunteering job, I witnessed a knife fight, this happened less than a foot from where I was standing. Totally freaked me out.

Then the same day it took two hours to get home, it seems the buses just decided not to run, it took 45 minutes for one to turn up then it just crawled the rest of the way.

That evening I then got sick and have been wrapped up in blankets since. I’ve decided someone cursed me while I was out buying sushi for my lunch. I’m thinking I won’t buy sushi again!

In writing news, while my book is out with beta readers I have been working on an outline for the next book, I know I’m crazy. I had an idea that was really bugging me so I decided to start working on the outline to get it out of my head. It’s coming together nicely except for one issue that I just can’t seem to find a solution to. I had one of these with book one until I’d almost finished writing it so I may just have to do that again!

Right, here is my bookish update for this week!

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

I’ve gone back to my old ways this week…my TBR is creaking with the strain! In my defence, I have already read six of these though.

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have reviewed Wicked Dirty by J. Kenner, A Season of Hopes and Dreams by Lynsey James, Abuse by Nikki Sex, and What Goes Down by Natalie K. Martin.

Other Posts

The new TBR Topple post went up this week with books for you to vote on, please do head over and vote on which book you think I should read this month. I featured Within Temptation on Music Monday. I have an interview with Christina Bauer on the Thrax blog tour and with Lynsey James on the A Season of Hopes and Dreams blog tour. This week on The Bookshelf I had author Alys West. I also took part in the Sunshine Blogger Award after receiving another nomination. I was also tagged in the Emperor’s New Clothes Tag.

 

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Week in Review – 10 September 2017

This week I have been working hard at the next draft of my book which is proving a slower job than writing the first draft, there is definitely an irony in there somewhere! That being said I’m starting to feel like it’s coming together now and that the reworked chapters are no longer a complete embarrassment so that’s a start!

Next Saturday I’m taking part in the 10-mile walk, Walking out of Darkness. Hopefully it won’t rain like it did last year! You can find out more here. I’ve also signed up to do a 5km infalatables obstacle course at the end of the month with a friend. They say it’s suitable for anyone aged 7+ so I figure I should be OK!

Right, here is my bookish update for this week!

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have reviewed The Dragon in the Garden by Erika Gardner, The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, Beautiful Survivors by C.M. Stunich, and I Cried to Dream Again by Tani Hanes.

Other Posts

I took part in the Music Monday meme again this week and I had an excerpt from First Crush, Last Love by Elizabeth McKenna. On The Bookshelf this week was fantasy author Errin Krystal. I was tagged for the Sunshine Blogger Award and The Miranda Sings Award.

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Week in Review – 27 August 2017

I head to North Lincolnshire on Tuesday to see my Sister and Niece. I will still be putting posts up but things may be quiet otherwise as I intend to enjoy my time with them as I probably won’t see them again for several months.

I’ve been having a bit of a meltdown about my book, I finished my first draft yesterday but it’s currently novella length which wasn’t my intention. I need to decide whether I tidy it up and keep it as a novella, or whether I rework it and get it to a full novel length, among a number of other issues. I’ve sent it to a couple of good friends both of whom are much better writers than I am for their input.

Right, here is my bookish update for this week!

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have reviewed The Collective by R.S. Williams as part of the blog tour, The Big Dreams Beach Hotel by Lilly Bartlett, and How To Tame A Wild Heart by Gwen Mitchell.

Other Posts

I have a excerpts from Royally Mine a collection of 22 bad boy romance novellas, Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart by Tiffany Truitt. I had an author interview with Kailee Reese Samuels as part of the Hopechest blog tour. Terry Tyler was featured on The Bookshelf this week and she had some great book choices so do check it out if you haven’t already.

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#Review The Big Dreams Beach Hotel by Lilly Bartlett @MicheleGormanUK @HarperImpulse

Description

Wriggle your toes in the sand and feel the warm breeze on your face at the hotel that’s full of dreams…

Three years after ditching her career in New York City, Rosie never thought she’d still be managing the quaint faded Victorian hotel in her seaside hometown.

What’s worse, the hotel’s new owners are turning it into a copy of their Florida properties. Flamingos and all. Cultures are clashing and the hotel’s residents stand in the way of the developers’ plans. The hotel is both their home and their family.

That’s going to make Rory’s job difficult when he arrives to enforce the changes. And Rosie isn’t exactly on his side, even though it’s the chance to finally restart her career. Rory might be charming, but he’s still there to evict her friends.

How can she follow her dreams if it means ending everyone else’s?

Review

After having her heart broken by a guy named Chuck in New York, Rosie rushed back home, giving up on her career working in top flight hotels and started working in a small run down hotel in the seaside town she grew up in. When three years later the hotel is sold and Rory is brought in to manage the transition she realises she may have to learn to trust and love again because Rory is determined to break down her walls.

Lilly Bartlett has created a beautiful story here, we get to see in flashback chapters exactly what happened with Chuck, how he created the perfect relationship and ripped it all away. Why her trust is no longer won easily and why she can only see the worst in Rory.

Rory does everything he possibly can to show her he is honest and kind but she cannot see it. She looks at each situation and see’s betrayal and deceit. His job doesn’t help and other circumstances which happen making things look worse than they are.

There are a wonderful cast of characters in this book, there are such a lot of laugh out loud moments from these flamboyant characters who keep the mood up. It leaves you in no doubt why Rosie has continued working at the hotel for so long with such hilarious permanent residents to keep her entertained.

This is definitely a book you will want to go back to again and again, it’s a perfect pick me up and will keep your shelf happily warm.

A huge thanks to Lilly Bartlett and Harper Impulse for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this wonderful novel.

 

Book & Buy Links

TitleThe Big Dreams Beach Hotel
Series: N/A
Author: Lilly Bartlett
Genre: Women’s Fiction | Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Publication Date: 18 August 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 228
Buy: Amazon UK | Waterstones | Foyles | Book DepositorySpeedy Hen | Wordery

Week in Review – 20 August 2017

So this is an update covering a couple of weeks as I had a small break to go to Bloodstock, a heavy metal festival. This is becoming an annual migration to the midlands for me and a great chance to see loads of really good metal bands! Highlights this year were Amon Amarth, King 810, Skindred, Arch Enemy, and Megadeth. They’ve already announced two headliners for next year and as they are two of my favourite bands I’ll be getting myself tickets as soon as I can.

This week I want to send congratulations to an absolutely amazing blogger. You all know Jay at This is My Truth Now, well Jay has just signed a publishing deal for his first novel, Watching a Glass Shatter. Jay is a really good friend and has given me huge amounts of help recently so I wanted to send him a huge virtual hug to congratulate him I couldn’t be happier for this. I absolutely can’t think of anyone who deserves this more.

As I’ve mentioned before I’m trying (trying being the word here) to write a book. Juggling everything I’ve been doing has been really stressful and something had to give so I’ll be winding down things on the blog a little, there will still be posts, I’m not closing the blog but I’m going to slow things down a bit. It’s going to take me until probably mid-September to wind down everything I’ve already committed to but once that’s done things should get a little easier for me to cope with. I’m starting to feel like I’m drowning trying to keep up with the blog, writing, and volunteering and I had a bit of a meltdown this week and became so glad if my new workout regime which is really helping to work the stress out!

Finally, don’t forget there’s a chance to win a copy of Sybil Bartel’s Thrust, by leaving a comment on THIS POST, before next Friday! Want to know what I think of Thrust? Check out my review here.

Right, here is my bookish update for this week!

Currently Reading

I’ve been beta reading a novel this week which is very hush hush but very exciting. I’ve also been beta reading a few chapters of another novel in it’s early stages so lots of exciting things happening on top of my normal reading.

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

eARCs

Reviews

I’ve reviewed Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove by Sarah Bennett as part of the Blog Tour. There was also Surviving the Hurricane by Tani Hanes, Grind by Sybil Bartel, Mr Prescott by Carlos Dash, and Dirty by R.L. Kenderson. I also reviewed How to Build Confidence and Overcome Fear by Daniel Riding over on my mental health blog.

Other Posts

I had excerpts from The Big Dreams Beach Hotel by Lilly Bartlett, and The Last Dragon Rider by Errin Krystal. I had Anna from The Bibliotaph on The Bookshelf this week.

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