Week in Review – 6 August 2017

Is anyone else sick of all this rain or is it just me? I mean, seriously, it’s supposed to be summer!

So my Sister and Niece arrived from Lincolnshire this week! I love having them in Bristol, I won’t see too much of them as I’m away from the end of next week and I have a busy week coming up but I will squeeze the time I have. I’m going to Lincolnshire at the end of the month to spend a week with them aswell so we can have some fun then!

Next week the blog will go quiet for a bit, I’m heading to Bloodstock Festival for some heavy metal! If you follow my social media I’m sure you will see lots of hilarity as I update with me in the mosh pits and other such nonsense! I’ll have the blog back on track the middle of the following week once I’ve recovered my hearing and my bruises have gone down!

The writing is going well, I’ve hit a few snags, but I’m working through them, I’m getting a good flow out so I’m pleased with that. I’m going to make a few changes around here over the coming weeks though as it’s all proving too much keeping up with my blog schedule, my life commitments and the time I want to put into writing.

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 swear I’m reading some amazing books this year and it just keeps getting harder to pick my top books. I’m dreading having to do the Top 10 in December!

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When I thought about my book of the month this was the first book that came to my mind, it took me a week to even begin to think about how to put my thoughts into words, this was such an astounding piece of fiction. It has everything any fantasy fan could look for from a novel and is just so damn good. I’m not alone in thinking this either, every single review I have read for this book has been absolutely glowing.

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

Definitely seeing a drop with everything I’m doing at the moment, although The Final Empire is quite a tome so I can’t complain at managing that and four other books!

New Books

Bought / Freebies

eARCs

Reviews

My most recent reviews are: Twice in a Lifetime by Kierney Scott, Before the Tempest by Tani Hanes, The Last Dragon Rider by Errin Krystal, and Little Gray Dress by Aimee Brown.

Other Posts

This week I shared an excerpt as part of The Sullivans Boxed Set Book Blitz, and excerpts from the Myths & Magic collection and The Little Cottage in the Country. A new month means a new TBR Topple poll, don’t miss out on voting! The Bookshelf this week featured blogger Kate from Bibliophile Book Club.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

This is over the next couple of weeks until there will be another review post.

Week in Review – 7 May 2017

This week has been a bit of a shock to the system, after several very busy weeks I got hit quite hard with a dose of mania and psychosis coming back this week. A warning shot from the bipolar that I was doing too much, and when I saw my support worker on Friday she told me as much as well, reminding me that I knew better and had to look after myself. So I’m re-evaluating what I am doing with my time, how much time I’m spending running around, volunteering, helping family etc so that I don’t end up really sick again and totally incapacitated because that’s just not good for anyone.

Friday evening saw me tootling over to Bath for the Robin Hobb event I’ve been rather excited about. It was held in Christ Church which despite my lack of religion and dislike of the uncomfortable seating was a really nice venue for this type of event. There was an hour of “in conversation” with Jane Johnson who is the Publishing Director over at Harper Voyager, she’s pretty much a legend herself given she launched the imprint and Robin Hobb, thanks Jane! It was a wonderful conversation covering Robin Hobb’s books, characters, writing processes, life, and family. There were many funny moments and many relatable moments and as someone who started reading her books right at the beginning when the first one was launched twenty years ago it made me feel nostalgic to go back to the beginning and start again, maybe I should!

At the end of the evening there was a signing and the chance to meet the lady herself, along with the fantastic jacket illustrator Jackie Morris.

Now I may have mentioned before that I have a problem with going mute when I really admire someone’s work. I used to do this a lot with bands I had to interview, and yes, it happened with Robin Hobb. In all honesty it’s a great privilege to whoever I meet if I go mute, it means I think very highly of them! I managed to squeak out a “It’s a great honour to meet you” asked to get a photo then scuttled away! Some people stood there talking for ages, I envy those people greatly! All those things I wished I could say but my voice was broken…thanks anxiety!

So, onto my bookish update this week… (as always click on the covers for more info/to see the posts)

Book of the Month

It’s time for me to announce my Book of the Month for April, I had a few in the running and I couldn’t decide between two so I’ve doubled up this month because of that.

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The Last Days of Magic was also my most visited post during April so you guys obviously enjoyed it aswell so thanks for that!

Currently Reading

The many colours of us

What I’ve Read

Cry Wolf - Greta Stone  

New Books

My no adding to the TBR fell apart this week… but I have got some brilliant new books on there!

Bought / Freebies

 

Book Post

Holiday In the Hamptons - Sarah Morgan 

eARCs

Shifter_Clans_Series_Box_Set   The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square - Lilly Bartlett 

Reviews

There Is Always More To Say - Lynda Spiro Memortality - Stephen H. Provost HEX - Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Other Posts

This week Kate Coe was featured on The Bookshelf and was the first blogger to take part. I hope you enjoyed her answers, I came out the other end with a huge list of books to go on my wish list!

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Giveaways

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#BlogTour: Into the Heat by Tamara Lush @tamaralush @InkSlingerPR #Excerpt

Welcome to day one of the Into the Heat blog tour from InkSlinger PR. Today I have an excerpt from this book for you and having recently read book one in this series I can assure you this will be a real treat!

Description

A veteran and his first love meet again. Can they help each other heal on the Florida beach?

Leo Villeneuve joined the Marines and shipped off to Afghanistan because that’s what the men in his family do. And, if he’s honest, he was running from the family upheaval caused by his teen summer love’s pregnancy scare. Hard to say who was angrier, his father or her mother. He spent months in an earthly hell of heat, dust and battle before being wounded both physically and emotionally.

Now the Marine is back on Palmira Island to open a new bakery for his family’s business. But even if his first love is still here, Leo’s not sure she’ll want anything to do with a veteran suffering from PTSD so bad that he walks in his sleep — and possibly worse. If only he could remember the night the local recruiting office burned down … and whether he had anything to do with it.

Jessica Clarke was the girl left behind when her young lover was whisked away by his wealthy family. She put her life back together, and helped run her mom’s bed-and-breakfast on Palmira Island. She still loves the inn, but now she must make it a success on her own, and against opposition from her sister, who wants to sell. Still reeling from their mother’s death, Jess discovered her fiancé was cheating on her.

And just when Jess thinks her life can’t get any worse, Leo is back on Palmira Island. An older, more manly, more secretive Leo. The flame between them burns brighter than ever, but why does Leo coax her close, only to pull away? And will he still want her when he learns her secret anguish?

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Excerpt

Jessica had sworn off men since breaking up with her jerk of an ex, but that didn’t prevent her from admiring a beautiful thing from afar.

Hm. He was right next to where she’d be sculpting in the sand.

She moved lightly, never taking her eyes off the guy. His skin was a warm bronze hue and his muscular thighs had sunk into the sand. He wore only blue surf shorts, and while she had grown up on the beach, it was rare that such a stunning specimen of manhood graced the sleepy Palmira shores. If only she could remain invisible while sculpting her creation, free to admire this guy’s beauty without having to make small talk, then life would be perfect.

She stopped swinging her bucket, so the tools wouldn’t make a sound.

A sketchbook sat in front of the guy on the sand, and he held a pencil in one large, masculine hand, drawing with broad strokes. Jessica took a few more steps toward her sand pile, which also conveniently allowed her to get a better look at the guy’s profile. What she saw turned her grin into an open- mouthed gape.

No. It can’t be.

Leo Villeneuve? Inhaling a long, thin breath, she narrowed her eyes. Was it possible?

Her first kiss.

Her first love.

Her first heartbreak.

She took off her sunglasses. Was it really him? Yep, it was.

She could tell by the shape of his long, straight nose. And by the way his full lips pushed out slightly as he concentrated on the sketchbook. Those lips had kissed her, and the memory of all the places they’d touched—her neck, her nipples, in between her legs—made her shiver in the hot sun as if a single ice cube had been dropped down the back of her shirt.

“Jess, you’re my first. And I’m your first and I don’t want there ever to be anyone else.”

About Tamara Lush

Tamara Lush was born in California and raised in Vermont. She graduated from Emerson College with a degree in broadcast journalism. For the last several years, she’s worked as a journalist and is currently a correspondent in Florida with The Associated Press. She lives with her Italian husband and two dogs on the Gulf Coast.

She was recently chosen as one of 24 writers for the Amtrak Residency program, and in 2017, she’ll be riding trains and writing romance.

Published in September of 2015, her debut novel HOT SHADE received four stars from RT Book Reviews. Her most recent novel, a five episode serial called TELL ME A STORY, has “an engaging voice, sexy heroes and heroines and a wry sense of humor,” according to New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery.

Tamara is a fan of vintage pulp fiction book covers, Sinatra-era jazz, 1980s fashion, tropical chill, kombucha, gin, tonic, beaches, iPhones, Art Deco, Spanish telenovelas, coloring books, street art, coconut anything, strong coffee and newspapers.

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TitleInto The Heat
Series: Burning Secrets #2
Author: Tamara Lush
Genre: Romance | Erotica | Suspense
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 1 May 2017
Review Format:
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 203
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Book Depository

Week in Review – 9 April 2017

I had such high plans for my reading this week but it all went a little pear shaped!

On Tuesday I went to see the rather wonderful Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes with my Mum. I’m a huge fan of Matthew Bourne’s contemporary ballet work, if you get the opportunity to see one of his ballet’s I highly recommend it. They are very modern, the dancers highly skilled and always exquisitely executed.

On the way home though we received a call that my Nan was very unwell so diverted to her house where after packing my mum home in a taxi, I waited with her for an ambulance then on to the hospital where I stayed until 3am, when they decided she was staying the night (of course it was one of those times I was wishing I had taken my book to the theatre!).

My Nan is OK and I spent all day yesterday at her house with her but I’m completely out of sorts and playing catch up with sleep, life, and reading! It was lucky all my posts for this week were pre-scheduled or the blog would have been a ghost town!

In good and interesting news, last night I took part in the Grimbold Books podcast The Grimcast. The focus was on book bloggers and the book blogging community so I will definitely let you all have a link to tune in when it goes live!

So, onto my update this week…

Currently Reading

Right Here Waiting For you - Rebecca Pugh

 

What I’ve Read

 Strange the Dreamer - UK Cover Reveal Rough - Sybil Bartel 

New Books

So I hit my personal TBR threshold on the number of books I can have before I stop buying and requesting books on NetGalley (unless they are by a favourite author of course) until I’ve brought the numbers down a bit…so in theory this section should be empty…of course, it’s not!

Bought

Bombshell - CD Reiss 

Competition Wins

 A Bed of Brambles - Sam Russell

Book Post

 The Dragon's Legacy - Deborah A. Wolf

eARCs

Into the Hall of Vice - Anabelle Bryant

Reviews

I’ve been a little bit more proactive with the reviews this week, my new schedule seems to be working and I’m catching up on my backlog (insert happy dance here)!

Hot Shade - Tamara Lush  the-last-days-of-magic Modern Girls Guide to Turning Into YOur Mother - Ada Adverse dragon-of-ash-stars

Other Posts

Fantasy author, J.C. Kang stopped by for The Bookshelf this week.

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Giveaways

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#BlogTour: Hot Shade by Tamara Lush @tamaralush @NeverlandBT #Review #Giveaway

Welcome to day one of the Hot Shade blog tour from Neverland Blog Tours. When you are done here you should check out today’s other stops at Books, Dreams, Life and Writing Rambling. Today I have a review for you and there is also a giveaway at the end of the post and I wish you luck with this!

Description

In the tropical Florida heat, a man with deadly secrets falls for a lovely, inquisitive reporter…

After Luca Rossi lost everything to the Italian mafia, he used all his skills to write a stunning expose, and managed to put a key don on trial for his life. But now Luca must hide out on the Florida coast until justice is served in Italy. All is well, until he meets a lovely young American reporter who won’t stop asking questions about who he is. Soon he’s fighting the urge to hush her with a kiss … and much, much more.

Skylar Shaw took a job with a small Florida paper determined to make her mark on the journalistic world. She may spend her days writing up alligator scares and human interest stories, but when she meets a handsome mystery man on the beach, she’s not afraid to dig into his past, and the danger stalking him from across the seas. There’s just one problem … will her efforts help Luca, or bring danger straight to him?

Luca knows all too well the journalistic drive to keep digging. Can he trust his lovely Skylar to keep his secrets, or must he push her away to save both their lives?

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Review

Luca is on the run, hiding in his Uncle’s Florida holiday home he has many secrets none of which he has any intention of sharing with anybody. When a plane crashes on the beach outside the house and he finds himself saving somebody’s life he doesn’t realise just how complicated things are going to get when local reporter Skylar starts digging trying to find out who the ‘good samaritan’ was.

This is a straight up girl meets boy, and attraction flares and builds novel, saying that it is deeply enjoyable. Luca’s backstory is riveting and adds a lot of tension that means you know something bad is going to happen but you don’t know which of the characters it is going to happen to or when.

Luca and Skylar are both extremely likeable characters, they are both deeply strong and passionate characters but are also very vulnerable and have things in their past which make them both wary of relationships of any kind let alone romantically.

There are times I find the lack of trust between them frustrating, I feel like people always reach a point where they start being honest and that got lost in here with these two dancing around that, whenever a truth comes out it gets lost in hypocrisy and I found it hard to stomach knowing if I was one of these characters I couldn’t stand the double standards.

Overall though this is a wonderfully enjoyable book and I went off and downloaded some of Tamara Lush’s earlier novels as soon as I finished this as I loved her writing style, the balance between the romance, erotica, and story was brilliant.

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

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About Tamara Lush

Tamara Lush was born in California and raised in Vermont. She graduated from Emerson College with a degree in broadcast journalism. For the last several years, she’s worked as a journalist and is currently a correspondent in Florida with The Associated Press. She lives with her Italian husband and two dogs on the Gulf Coast.

She was recently chosen as one of 24 writers for the Amtrak Residency program, and in 2017, she’ll be riding trains and writing romance.

Published in September of 2015, her debut novel HOT SHADE received four stars from RT Book Reviews. Her most recent novel, a five episode serial called TELL ME A STORY, has “an engaging voice, sexy heroes and heroines and a wry sense of humor,” according to New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery.

Tamara is a fan of vintage pulp fiction book covers, Sinatra-era jazz, 1980s fashion, tropical chill, kombucha, gin, tonic, beaches, iPhones, Art Deco, Spanish telenovelas, coloring books, street art, coconut anything, strong coffee and newspapers.

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Giveaway

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Book & Buy Links

TitleHot Shade
Series: Burning Secrets #1
Author: Tamara Lush
Genre: Romance | Erotica | Suspense
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 1 March 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 354
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Book Depository

Week in Review – 2 April 2017

So, this week I decided to finally join the ranks of bloggers take a break from social media and blog reading once a week to focus on my own reading and general life needs! I’ve chosen a Wednesday as this is my busiest day of the week anyway and having tried it out this week I had a far less stressful day.

Not much to say this week, so onto the bookish update…

Book of the Month

norse-mythologyIt’s that time again to name my book of the month, it will hardly be a surprise that for March I’m naming Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman my book of the month. This book met all of my expectations and beyond. It is also a beautiful book just to look at and will not be leaving my bookshelf any time soon!

If you want to read my full review, you can find it here.

Currently Reading

Strange the Dreamer - UK Cover Reveal

What I’ve Read

the-last-days-of-magic  Hot Shade - Tamara Lush   My Beautiful Disaster - J.D. Hughes

New Books

Ah sigh! A bunch of books on my wish list went on sale this week so yeah, I did really well with resisting…not! I also had a bunch of quite old NetGalley requests that I’d totally forgotten about approved (eeek!) If I go missing you can find me under book mountain.

Bought

     

Competition Wins

eARCs

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Reviews

I’ve been a little bit more proactive with the reviews this week, my new schedule seems to be working and I’m catching up on my backlog (insert happy dance here)!

 Reborn - Jane Ederlyn meet-me-at-willoughby-close-kate-hewitt

Other Posts

Lots going on this week other than the reviews, had a few great guest posts, and a couple of blitz posts for some interesting looking books. The lovely Lynda Spiro stopped by for The Bookshelf this week.

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Giveaways

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Week in Review – 26 March 2017

This week has been so busy, my feet have barely touched the ground. I would really like to take a week and run away to somewhere with no internet connection so I can just read and start catching up on all my books. I have this inability to say no to books that sound good as my influx of ARC’s shows this week! Aargh!

I was also asked to be a beta reader on a new novel this week which has significantly slowed down my normal reading as I’ve very much got my head in the game with this novel. I’m also still having some trouble around meds and sleeping which is really causing my reading mojo some issues!

The very lovely Lorraine over at The Book Review Café had me as her featured blogger this week in her #TopFiveThursday feature! If you missed it the post can be found here, an absolutely huge thanks to Lorraine for having me, I’m so honoured to have been featured on such a wonderful and popular blog.

So onto this week’s book activity!

Currently Reading

the-last-days-of-magic

What I’ve Read

New Books

Every week I say this is the week where my TBR won’t grow and every week I fail miserably! Well this week that was a fail of epic proportions!

Bought

The Rook - Daniel O'Malley

Book Post

 

eARCs

Hot Shade - Tamara Lush         

Reviews

I’ve been a little bit more proactive with the reviews this week, my new schedule seems to be working and I’m catching up on my backlog (insert happy dance here)!

Sleepless In Manhattan - Sarah Morgan norse-mythology When the floods came clare morrall

Other Posts

Lots going on this week other than the reviews, had a few great guest posts, and a couple of blitz posts for some interesting looking books. The very popular Carol Wyer stopped by for The Bookshelf this week.

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Giveaways

  • $10 Amazon or Nook Gift Card with Claimed by the Succubus (International) Rafflecopter
  • 5x Myths & Legends Boxsets and More from Myths & Legends (International) Rafflecopter