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!

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What I’ve Read

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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.

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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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#BookBlitz: The Night Realm by Annette Marie @AnnetteMMarie @XpressoTours #Excerpt #Giveaway

I am pleased to be a part of this book blitz for The Night Realm by Annette Marie organised by Xpresso Book Tours. Check out more about this book below along with an excerpt. This is the first book in the new Spell Weaver series. Also for release week the book will be discounted to 99p/99c so get in early!


Clio would love nothing more than to go home. But as the illegitimate daughter of the nymph king, she’s stuck in the human world, exiled until she can earn a place in the royal family. Then her half-brother offers her a chance to prove herself. All she has to do is acquire some magic … by stealing it from the most dangerous spell weavers in the Underworld.

Lyre prefers to go unnoticed, which is a tricky objective for an incubus. He can’t hide his looks or his coveted spell weaving skills, but he’s learned to mask his true intentions. As an unwilling pawn of the tyrannical Hades family, he stays alive by keeping one step ahead of his masters.

Now he’s been assigned to watch over a visitor from the Overworld—one who’s definitely hiding something. And with her unholy talent for triggering chaos and catastrophe, his job just keeps getting more perilous. Clearly, she’ll never survive this world.

The thing is, he’s no longer sure he can survive it either.

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As she stepped up to the last rack of shelves, she realized she hadn’t quite reached the end of the room. Tucked beyond the last shelf was another door—solid steel with no visible handle or lock. A web of magic crisscrossed the metal and complex runes filled four overlapping circles that shifted in a spiraling pattern.


She raised her fingers, keeping a safe several inches between her skin and the steel, and traced a glowing circle. That. She’d never seen anything quite like that before, but she knew it would react to touch. How it would react was another matter.


Intrigued, she leaned in closer, peering intently at the weaving’s underlayers as she tried to work out what it did.


“Don’t touch that.”


Lyre’s voice shattered the silence right behind her. A squeak of fright escaped her as she jerked backward from the door. But, with her sudden movement, her hand went the wrong way. And her fingers, already so close to the door, slapped against the metal.


She cringed in terror, fully expecting the door to explode or her bones to melt or her skull to burst open. Nothing happened—until she tried to pull her hand away.


It was stuck.


She yanked on her hand, but it was fused to the metal as though her skin had been superglued in place.


“I told you not to touch it.”


She shot a glare at Lyre, standing two paces away. “I wouldn’t have touched it if you hadn’t startled me!”


He tucked his binder under his arm and shoved his hands in his pockets. “Why would you touch anything in here without permission?”


“I told you—” She bit off the words. “Unkey the spell.”


“Hmm.” He rocked back on his heels and a downright evil little smirk curved his lips. “Not sure I know how.”




“That lovely bit of work predates me. It’s pretty complicated. Since you fancy yourself a spell expert, if you look here, you’ll see—”


He started to point, and she had no idea why, but she flinched back as though he might hit her. Her elbow bumped the door—and got stuck too.


Lyre’s hand paused. “Now look what you did.”


“I didn’t—you—get me off this!”


“As I was saying, you can see here that the weaving amalgamates anything that touches it, so it’s embedded into your skin now—”


“Get me off this door!” She jerked helplessly, her immobilized wrist and elbow twisting awkwardly.


“Well, I could pull you off, but you might lose some skin. Though, since the weaving is spreading into your flesh the longer you stand there, you might leave more than skin behind.”


Her heart kicked up to a full gallop from her growing terror. He, however, seemed perfectly calm. Amused, in fact. Humor danced in his amber eyes, softening the color to something closer to buttery gold.


He was laughing at her.


“Oh.” His eyebrows rose. “That’s quite the scowl.”


She gritted her teeth. “Get. Me. Off.”


Those irresistible lips curved up and her stomach dropped to her feet. The air heated. Why was she suddenly kind of dizzy? Shadows slid through his eyes, dimming the amber to shimmering bronze.


“Get you off?” he repeated, and his tones were all purring honey, warm and deep and sensual. “With pleasure.”


A hot blush swooped through her cheeks as she realized what she’d said. “I—I didn’t mean—I was—”


In a panic, she lurched away from him—right into the spelled door.


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About Annette Marie

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Annette Marie is the author of the Amazon best-selling Steel & Stone series, which includes Goodreads Choice Award nominee Yield the Night, and fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced urban fantasy and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad) with her comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.

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TitleThe Night Realm
SeriesSpell Weaver #1
Author: Annette Marie
Genre: Adult | Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc
Publication Date: 20 October 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: TBA
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US