Week in Review – 21 January 2018

I know I mentioned last week that my mental health is having a bit of a wobble at the moment, I’ve reached a point now where I’m really not well at all. I’m really close to tipping into a full manic episode so I may need to just take a break from blogging for a short while. I’ve already cut back on social media and popping in on you guys, apologies guys. I’ve got posts scheduled to a certain point so if I do drop off you may not notice it straight away. I’m playing it by ear right now, and doing everything I need to, to take care of myself…especially in light of my next piece of news…

So one of the things I have had to keep tightlipped about recently, my volunteering job at the mental health charity has been converted into a paid role. I’ve been going through the process of applying for it formally and interviewing and I have now been offered the job and will start tomorrow. It’s only 10 hrs per week so I will still have plenty of time for the freelance work I have, and the blog and my writing but I’m really looking forward to getting more involved with their digital marketing.

I’ve had an interesting invitation this week which I decided to accept. I was asked to be one of the reader judges for the Your Laugh Line awards. I thought it was a fab opportunity to read some humorous books, a genre I really don’t dip into enough.

Your Laugh Line

The contest has two components. One is a Reader’s Choice Award. Readers can log onto https://yourlaughline.com/vote and enter the author and book of their choice. The author who receives the most reader votes will win $250 and an assortment of promotional help from Your Laugh Line.

The other component is an adjudicated contest for books submitted by authors and/or their publishers.  The form is available at https://yourlaughline.com/laugh-line-humorous-book-awards.  The cost to enter the competition is $20 per book. Those books will be judged by a panel of expert book reviewers. The winning author will receive $500, plus an assortment of promotional help from Your Laugh Line.

Authors can enter the competition between February 1st and April 30th.  Reader’s Choice voting runs from February 2nd to August 15th.  Books making it past the first round will be announced on July 1, second round list on August 1, and the final winner on September 1. Honorable mentions will be made for category-specific books.

So, there you have it…if you’re interested in entering your book you definitely should and if you’re interested in judging you should definitely get in touch with them, I’m sure they would appreciate it!

Right, here are this week’s book updates:

TBR Topple Winner

To Journey In The Year Of The Tiger - H. Leighton DicksonThe winner of the TBR Topple poll this month with 55% of the votes was To Journey in the Year of the Tiger by H. Leighton Dickson. I’m thrilled this book won, the last book of Dickson’s I read was incredible so I am looking forward to getting started on this one. Keep an eye open for the review next month, and a new poll in the early days of February.

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Pre-Orders

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have reviewed:

Five Star: The Tiger’s Ambush by Tate James and Pack Obsidian Gold by C.M. Stunich
Four Star: Impossible Promise by Sybil Bartel and Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson.
Three Star: Prosecco Christmas by Sylvia Ashby

Other Posts

Shinedown were featured on Music Monday. Nia from The Most Sublime was on The Bookshelf this week.

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#BlogTour: Prosecco Christmas by Sylvia Ashby @bysylvia_a @NeverlandBT #Review #Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Prosecco Christmas blog tour, this is a romantic comedy set in the foodie world. Check out my review below and the giveaway which you don’t want to miss. Huge thanks to Sylvia Ashby and Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours for having me.

Follow the link if you missed my review of the last book in this series The Sinking Chef.

Description

Family is where life begins.
And what better time to spend with your family than Christmas week?

Ashley and Giacomo go to Upper Swainswick, a postcard village ten minutes’ drive from Bath, to stay with Ashley’s mum and stepdad. It’s their last visit before the arrival of their first child.

But babies have a habit of being unpredictable.

So when Ashley goes into labour on Christmas Eve, three weeks ahead of schedule, it takes everyone by surprise.
She’s not ready! Her perfect Birth Plan is packed away in her hospital bag two hundred miles away, she has no going home outfit, and she has a live event planned for New Year’s Eve for her YouTube channel, The Sinking Chef. People have been signing up for it for weeks. She can’t possibly disappoint them on the last day of the year. What is she to do?

The tinsel gets even more tangled when Giacomo’s parents decide to fly from Italy to meet their first grandchild. Hotels are fully booked, so everyone has to stay under the same roof.

Would eleven people in the house, not counting the baby, turn out to be simply too much for Ashley?

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Review

I didn’t particularly warm to Ashley in The Sinking Chef and her ditzy ways didn’t enamour her to me anymore in Prosecco Christmas. They did, however, add lots of laughter to my reading experience and you can’t ask for much more than that.

When a heavily pregnant Ashley and her swoon-worthy Italian partner Giacomo travel to Upper Swainswick (a rather idyllic village just outside Bath…I highly recommend a visit if you have never been) to spend Christmas with Ashley’s family. They don’t expect the baby to make an appearance, she does have three weeks left until the due date. But babies will do what they want and this one wants to be a Christmas babe.

Joined by Giacomo’s family the house becomes extremely full and soon lots of mishaps and craziness ensues. Again Giacomo comes out on top for me, seemingly the only person who has a head on his shoulders that isn’t filled with nonsense. How he got himself mixed up with Ashley and all her craziness I just can’t work out because he is so sensible and nice! But he loves her and he seems to take her special brand of crazy with a pinch of salt.

Ashley just seems to make bad decisions, not understand things, take things too personally, and add to that new Mum hormones it’s like a big witch cauldron full of explosions waiting to happen. There really is so much hilarity that follows her around. She is someone I would never want to be friends with, but I could happily stand in the corner and laugh at her…sorry not sorry!

This is a festive, humorous novel continuing the Pot Love series and has lots of food and hilarious characters.

Sending a huge thanks to Sylvia Ashby, and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

Rating

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About Sylvia Ashby

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Sylvia Ashby is fond of the written word: books, blog posts, recipes, even an explanation to the HM Revenue & Customs as to why she thinks skirts should be exempt from VAT – she’s written it all!

She likes travelling and has lived all over Europe – London, Brussels, Amsterdam and Sofia, Bulgaria. Currently, she lives in Leuven, Belgium with her husband, daughter, son and a sparrow called Jack, who comes occasionally to peck the seeds she leaves for him on top of the garden shed.

 

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TitleProsecco Christmas
Series: Pot Love #3
Author: Sylvia Ashby
Genre: Rom Com | Romance | Chick Lit
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 2 November 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 428
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Week in Review – 14 January 2018

Welcome to another week in review. Honestly, I have no idea where this week has gone, I have been so busy, and there hasn’t been much time for reading or blogging!

I managed to do some damage to my legs with all the exercise I’ve been doing (oops!) My quads are in a bit of a state so I’m having to be quite careful at the moment and rest a lot more than I want to.

I took on some admin on a voluntary basis for the walking group but starting to look into it this week it’s an absolute mess, so will require a lot more input than I had committed to…not amused.

I’ve got a few things going on/on the back burner I can’t talk about just yet but as soon as I can I definitely will because they are really exciting/interesting.

I’m working on a really interesting marketing plan for a freelance client, it’s going to take me a few weeks to pull the first draft together but I’m digging up some really interesting information for it.

I’ve been beta reading this week so books aren’t showing on my reading list below but they have been read. I’ve been reading for two different authors. Both authors I’ve read for before and know what they want in terms of how I feedback. I also have another beta read coming soon so will be making space for that as soon as it lands. I’ve just jumped back into reading for some tours I have coming up so will be doing that for the next few days.

Happy Sunday everyone and here is my summary…

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

 

eARCs

Reviews

This week I have reviewed:

Five Star: Hard Rock Roots Box Set by C.M. Stunich
Four Star: Surviving the Rachel by Aven Ellis, and Fractured by Nikki Landis.
Three Star: Air Guitar and Caviar by Jackie Ladbury

Other Posts

Skid Row were featured on Music Monday this week. I took part in the cover reveal for The Magic of Stars by Jackie Ladbury. Alice Castle stopped by for The Bookshelf this week.

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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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Week in Review – 24 September 2017

I don’t even have words for this week. I finally went to the doctor about this depression which has been weighing me down. We put a plan in place to help me deal with it above and beyond what I was already doing and then I went on to have one of the busiest and most stressful weeks in living memory!

On Wednesday I was at City Hall for my health walk leader training, I love City Hall it’s a beautiful building, I tried sneaking some photo’s but it wasn’t appropriate. I now just have to lead a couple of walks supervised and then I can be let loose…this is assuming the political side of me being a walk leader gets sorted, but that’s a whole other blog post!

I can’t remember if I mentioned in my volunteering role we’ve been putting together a big campaign, and prepping for the charities 30th anniversary, well this week saw us launch the campaign with the help of the rather awesome Jonny Benjamin and the anniversary party on Friday. Honestly I haven’t worked this hard since I was working full time.

On Thursday I received a call to ask if I minded doing a radio interview on Friday morning to talk about the social media campaign and my involvement with the charity. So off I trotted arriving at the BBC at 7:30am Friday morning to be on air for 8am, Jonny very kindly joined from London as well. If you want to listen the audio will be online for the next month. My interview is at 1:36:04 for 10 mins you can skip it along to when it starts. Click Here.

The party went well and the campaign was introduced, a film we have been working on was previewed and went down really well (I will share this with you guys once it goes public). I was introduced to members of the board which was completely surreal like I’d been sucked into the inner sanctum, being a volunteer you don’t normally get to meet these people. I also caught up with lots of people I know from my time in various areas of the service the charity provides which was nice.

Friday topped out with me going to the theatre to see The Addams Family musical, but I was so tired I spent most of it dozing and didn’t take it in too well. It was such a long day and I didn’t get home until almost 1am, having left the house at 6:30am!

I haven’t done an awful lot by way of writing this week, only about three chapters worked on although I did manage to get a new chapter I wanted to include written so that’s something. I’m hoping to work on more next week and finish it off so it can go to my lovely beta readers before the end of the week.

The TBR Topple winner for this month has been chosen, thanks to everyone who voted. There were some great books in the mix this month and some I was really keen on reading. The winner was one of those so I’m really pleased to pick it up next week, Firestorm by Rachel Caine. A new mix of options will go up at the beginning of October.

Right, here is my bookish update for this week!

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Reviews

This week I’ve reviewed The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C Cherry, The Definition of Icing and Playing Defense by Aven Ellis, and The Sinking Chef by Sylvia Ashby.

Other Posts

Music Monday featured Game of Thrones the Musical, because why not? I had an excerpt from Five by J.A. Huss. Author Claire Buss was on The Bookshelf this week.

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#BlogTour: The Sinking Chef by Sylvia Ashby @bysylvia_a @NeverlandBT #Review #Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on The Sinking Chef blog tour, this is a romantic comedy set in the foodie world. Check out my review below and the giveaway which you don’t want to miss. Huge thanks to Sylvia Ashby and Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours for having me.

Description

Bridget Jones meets Burnt in this delightful comedy novel about a talented YouTuber and the guy who keeps trying to bring her down. Although part of a series this book is completely standalone, as are all other novels in the Pot Love Series.

In Belsize Park, London, Ashley works hard on her daily YouTube channel “The Sinking Chef”. It’s filmed right in her kitchen, so she doesn’t go out much.

James is a gruff British TV director, turned publisher, who Ashley had a crush on ages ago. She has moved on but when he calls with an offer to take her out to lunch she doesn’t say no. It’s only lunch – what can go wrong?

The day Ashley meets James for lunch and he promises her a book deal, she makes the worse decision in her life – to hide the book deal from her boyfriend, Giacomo. As things progress Ashley’s secrets mount up and other things in her life unravel. Is there a connection? And how is she going to get out of this without losing Giacomo and the life she loves?

Set in the heart of fast-paced London, The Sinking Chef is a charming story of love, recipes, secrets, and the determination to do thinks right by those you love most in your life.

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Review

Ashley is our protagonist, a foodie YouTuber who has a wonderful Italian chef and restaurateur for a boyfriend. Then she goes out for lunch with James, who for all intents and purposes is an ex, and a not nice ex at that. And then proceeds to make a string of stupid decisions which in turn spiral her life completely out of control.

I didn’t like Ashley, not one iota. This dislike started before she started being a prize plonker. As I started reading I just got the “this girl is a whiner” vibe and there are lots of different personality types I adjust to in my reading, more than in real life believe me. But whiners, hell no!

Now don’t think my disliking Ashley ruined my enjoyment of the book, we all know disliking people doesn’t have to ruin anything. Seeing her dig herself into the hole she dug herself into was actually quite satisfying. It turns out along with being a whiner she was also really stupid. How she didn’t forsee the trouble she was going to cause herself I have no idea. I agree she couldn’t possibly have seen the details but honestly, there was no way keeping secrets was going to go well for her.

James was a vile little weasel of a man who needed to be put in his place. Why she didn’t just tell him to do one when he first phoned her I will never understand. I can’t talk about him anymore he makes me angry.

Giacomo her boyfriend is lovely, so committed to his vision and his business and he really cares for her and his family as well. I love his sense of humour and it’s a shame we don’t see a bit more of it.

This is a book that made me laugh, made me feel extremely frustrated and made me glad I’m a lot more street savvy than the main character! I think a lot of people will be enjoying this book, the recipes through the book should be adding some enjoyment to people’s dinner menu’s as well.

Sending a huge thanks to Sylvia Ashby, and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

Rating

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About Sylvia Ashby

Sylvia Ashby - Author Image

Sylvia Ashby is fond of the written word: books, blog posts, recipes, even an explanation to the HM Revenue & Customs as to why she thinks skirts should be exempt from VAT – she’s written it all!

She likes travelling and has lived all over Europe – London, Brussels, Amsterdam and Sofia, Bulgaria. Currently, she lives in Leuven, Belgium with her husband, daughter, son and a sparrow called Jack, who comes occasionally to peck the seeds she leaves for him on top of the garden shed.

 

Giveaway

1st prize: £25 Amazon voucher and an eCopy of the book
2nd and 3rd prize: ecopy of the book

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TitleThe Sinking Chef
Series: Pot Love #2
Author: Sylvia Ashby
Genre: Rom Com | Romance | Chick Lit
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 17 April 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 428
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

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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