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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#BlogTour: The Law of Attraction by Roxie Cooper @toodletinkbaby @HQDigitalUK @NeverlandBT #Review #Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on The Law of Attraction blog tour, this is a wonderful romantic comedy set in the legal world. Check out my review below and the giveaway which you don’t want to miss. Huge thanks to Roxie and Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours for having me.

Description

Amanda Bentley has always dreamed of being a barrister…

But as a platinum blonde bombshell from the wrong side of town, with a perfect tan and sleek high heels, she doesn’t exactly look the part – or fit in with the brash public school boys and cold posh girls of Newcastle Crown Court’s robing room. Amanda’s never been one to back down from a challenge, and so when she wins a prestigious pupillage following law school, she’s determined to make the most of her chance – and make all her dreams come true.

Only three things stand in her way: Sid Ryder – the sexy, irresistible barrister who she absolutely cannot, under any circumstances, sleep with. At all. Marty Gregg – her smarmy law school nemesis, who she’s in direct competition with for the top job. And her big, dark secret that could jeopardise everything she’s worked so hard for.

Who said that following the laws of attraction was going to be easy…?

Perfects for fans of Legally Blonde, Lindsey Kelk and Joanna Bolouri

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Review

Amanda Bentley has won a pupillage at the Barristers Chambers she most wanted to work at and now after law school the hard work really begins. Especially as a platinum blonde, girly girl, she keeps being told things will be especially hard for her if she doesn’t conform to be like everyone else.

The poor girl starts with such high hopes but the odds are stacked against her, when she starts, an old enemy from law school, Marty, is the other Pupil, who she has to compete against to win a permanent tenancy at the end of the year. Everyone loves Marty and it seems no matter what she does she cannot make them see the truth behind his charisma.

Then there is Syd, who is sex in a wig, a senior barrister and dripping with everything Amanda could want in a man, except she’ll be run over the coals if she sleeps with him, or looks at him or does anything with him really.

And then she has a secret from her past which is catching up with her, and if it does it could blow up her entire career. Then nothing would matter anyway.

Seeing Amanda navigate her year in chambers is absolutely hilarious. You can tell that Roxie has worked as a barrister, and having worked in a set of Chambers for a few years myself I can vouch for the fact so many of these things actually happen. I had so much fun following her journey, laughing with her, crying and getting to know the different barristers, some I loved some I hated.

Syd was a wonderful character, I had no idea how to take him, what his motives were and whether he was looking for a quick shag with Amanda or if he wanted a relationship. Roxie does such a good job of keeping us guessing as to his true motives. Despite this I loved him and every time he was on the page I was totally captivated.

At first I wasn’t sure I was going to like Amanda, often characters who are given her physical appearance are given stereotypical personalities which I don’t like, but Roxie turned that on it’s head completely and I loved how gutsy and determined she was. Her intelligence rang through at every turn and although she got into a few binds she found her way through and held her head high when things backfired. She was a wonderfully likeable character and someone I would love to be friends with.

I could have read this book for days, it was such a wonderful read, full of humour, great characters and romance. I was disappointed when it finished and that’s the only thing I was disappointed with. I’m going to just say everyone needs to read it, an absolutely spellbinding debut.

Sending a huge thanks to Roxie Cooper, HQ Digital and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

Rating

About Roxie Cooper

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Roxie was born and bred in Middlesbrough.  After studying Classics at University, she became a dancer in a nightclub for a few years, before going travelling and living in Australia.  When she returned, she swapped dancing on a bar, to practising at the Bar, and became a barrister for 7 years.

It was after being constantly told “Ooh! You don’t look like a barrister!” by absolutely everyone she met, that the idea for her debut novel was born.

Roxie lives in Yarm, a pretty little market town in the North-East.  She’s a bit (lot) obsessed with Prince and spends far too much time watching him on YouTube.  Her hobbies include watching musicals, making her hair as big (and blonde) as possible, and wishing she was Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

  

Giveaway

This giveaway is for a copy of the book, a legally blonde DVD and a £10 MAC gift card. UK Only.

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Book & Buy Links

TitleThe Law of Attraction
Series: N/A
Author: Roxie Cooper
Genre: Rom Com | Romance | Chick Lit
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 23 June 2017 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 384
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

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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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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