Week in Review – 25 February 2018

Bleugh, that just about sums this week up. It’s been high stress, hard to manage but I’ve also seen some huge successes. I’m just about done with my Bipolar now, if there is a permanent cure I’d like to see it, please.

My new feature launched this week and, I love it honestly I could do that feature 24/7 because working with models, it turns out, is an absolute pleasure and not just because they are gorgeous. They are just bloody nice fellas and honestly, we could all do with more nice people in our lives right? I’ve decided I’m going to run it every 2-3 weeks because there are plenty of guys who want in, and quite frankly I enjoyed setting it up so much. There were a few hitches along the way which I’ve learned from, I have a few ideas to improve it which I will implement in the next one and believe me the guy who is coming in next you won’t want to miss. I’ve known him longer than I’ve known Michael who was our first guest and he is an absolute darling. I swear I feel like I’m going to be saying that a lot! I’m not announcing who he is yet, we only confirmed things yesterday, but he will blow your minds!

I’m obsessed with going to the gym again, it’s the only time when my brain isn’t running at about 1000miles per hour. So far I’ve bumped into my post lady and a guy I went to school with there though, I didn’t even pick a gym on my doorstep so I am curious to see who I run into next!

Speaking of exercise, back in the early summer I was asked by BALP (Bristol Active Life Partnership) to put myself forward for the This Girl Can campaign in Bristol to talk about walking and how the BALP walking group has helped me. Turns out Bristol was getting its own centralised version of the campaign Bristol Girls Can. I went through the vetting process and while I didn’t get chosen as one of the ‘main’ girls I was asked to write a piece for the website. and here it is. Reading this now, I can’t believe how much my life has already moved on since then, how much fitter I am, stronger even. And now with my workout regime at the gym I’m going from strength to strength.

OK…book update…it’s thin, I’ve totally lost my mojo which I know is down to the medication increases. My concentration is shot to hell. I’ve been backing out of blog tours and my schedule is a mess. All I can do is apologise to authors, tour hosts and anyone else involved. Despite pulling off some things at the moment, I’m sick as all hell right now and doing my very best. Any missed tour reviews will be reviewed at a later date and that’s a promise. I’m going to try reading a book that I know gets my juices flowing so to speak. Honestly, something has to work, right?

TBR Topple Winner

OMG I’ve got a new winner and I still haven’t read the last one…this is how bad this bloody slump is!

Animal Magnetism - Jill Shalvis

The winner was Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis…it’s on my list with everything else and I again, promise from the bottom of my heart to read it as soon as humanly possible once I’m through this rough patch.

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies


This week I have reviewed:

Four Star: Reality Blurred by Aven Ellis

Other Posts

I had an excerpt from H.A. Leuschel as part of the My Sweet Friend blog tour and another excerpt from Yumoyori Wilson on the Dark Wish tour. We had an impromptu Authors Bookshelf as part of Jennifer S. Alderson’s blog tour on Thursday. Karen Ankers was on The Bookshelf this week.

My new feature launched on Friday. I’m so proud of this feature, it had so many different elements and people involved and has just been a lot of hard work as well as so much fun. I hope everybody enjoyed it as much as I did. I can’t wait until next month.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

#BlogTour: My Sweet Friend by H.A. Leuschel @HALeuschel @shanannigans81 #Excerpt

Hello Everyone, thanks so much for joining me on day one of the My Sweet Friend blog tour. Today I’m pleased to bring you an excerpt from this book and a giveaway that you don’t want to miss. Thank you to the fabulous R&R Tours for having me take part. Do check out the other blogs on this tour.


A stand-alone novella from the author of Manipulated Lives

A perfect friend … or a perfect impostor?

Alexa is an energetic and charismatic professional and the new member of a Parisian PR company where she quickly befriends her colleagues Rosie and Jack. She brings a much-needed breath of fresh air into the office and ambitiously throws herself into her new job and friendships.

But is Alexa all she claims to be?

As her life intertwines with Rosie and Jack’s, they must all decide what separates truth from fiction. Will the stories that unfold unite or divide them? Can first impressions ever be trusted?

In this original novella, H.A. Leuschel evokes the powerful hold of appearances and what a person is prepared to do to keep up the facade. If you like thought-provoking and compelling reads with intriguing characters, My Sweet Friend is for you.

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Lying is a symptom shared by the most convincing, cunning and ruthless individuals such as psychopaths and narcissistic manipulators. They have an invincible sense of self-importance and an addictive urge to project an image of power and perfection at all cost which are fuelled by the rewarding tools of charm, diversion and … clever deception.   

Like anything in life, whether the skill is morally laudable or not, skills require training, effort and hard work. The danger lies in the brain progressively adapting to the dishonest behaviour and the longer the lies, the harder it would seem to be able to change the conditioning of one’s sensitivity to telling the truth. The truth and nothing but the truth or at the very least the intention to do so most of the time therefore appears to be a basic requirement for any interpersonal trust.

In my new stand-alone novella, I explore the idea that when crossing the line between truth or lie too often, it becomes a curse the person is eventually unable to shed …

About H.A. Leuschel

H.A. Leuschel - Author ImagesHelene Andrea Leuschel grew up in Belgium where she gained a Licentiate in Journalism & Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh. She now lives with her husband and two children in Portugal and recently acquired a Master of Philosophy with the OU, deepening her passion for the study of the mind. When she is not writing, Helene works as a freelance journalist and teaches yoga.





Book & Buy Links

TitleMy Sweet Friend
Series: N/A
Author: H.A. Leuschel
Genre: Women’s Fiction | Novella
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 6 December 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 92