Week in Review – 5 November 2017 #Giveaway

I promised a Comic-Con update this week so here we go, unfortunately, I forgot my phone so there is a severe lack of photos. The cosplay was amazing and I will definitely consider taking part next time I go. It has to be said it really is heaven for a geek so many stalls full of things we live for!

We saw a Q&A with Hayley Atwell, all I can say is Awesome! And we sat in on the panel with the Hasbro Brand Directors for Star Wars and Marvel. This was just absolutely awesome not just as a fan of both brands but also as a marketer. I was totally absorbed in every word they had to say for the whole hour!

I got some great swag, including finally picking myself up a Lemmy Funko Pop which I’ve been wanting to get for a while.

I also picked up a few books, spending far more money than I budgeted for! Oops!

It was also Halloween this week. I love Halloween, it’s my favourite “holiday” of the year. Bet you would never have guessed that! It’s also my wedding anniversary so we got trussed up and went out to celebrate eight years of marriage…I’m not sure how eight years have passed but there you go!

The first teaser for a project I’ve been working on at my volunteer job was launched this week. The ironic thing given I’m pretty much running this campaign is that I’ve also got the starring role in this video, so I’ve attached it below in case you fancy taking a look. The full-length video with a full cast of people will go live at the end of the month.

Also on the subject of mental health, I signed up for the Mental Health Media Charter this week. There is a post about this here. But it’s basically a way of saying that you agree to speak about mental health in a respectful manner. Given my own experiences, this took me seconds to agree to and I’m proud to be publically supporting this charter.

Yesterday I was in London again for Gollancz Fest which was awesome. I have a pile of notes so will get those sorted and write a blog post.

Finally, I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo for the first time this year, so if you’re on the site as well do add me, BrizzleLass, and we can go a bit mad together as the month crawls on and our word count gets further away from completion!


I have some of the swag I picked up to share with one lucky person. If you would like some Comic-Con swag then enter this Rafflecopter Giveaway which will be open for the next week, this is international.

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Right, here is my bookish update for this week!

Book of the Month

Wow, where is the year going? November already! Here are my book of the month picks for October, I couldn’t decide on one…again!

Now You See Me - Kierney Scott - New CoverKierney Scott is easily one of my favourite romance authors, however, Now You See Me is her first foray into thriller territory, a genre that you all know I don’t really read, mainly because I’m a bona fide wimp and have nightmares for days (no kidding) whenever I read any of these books. But I can’t refuse Kierney Scott a reading so I dove in and damn if I didn’t love every second of this book which still felt 100% like the Kierney Scott I know and love just with a far more sinister twist. It’s also had an awesome cover change since I wrote my review and I love the new one…see what you think!

My Review

What Goes Down - Natalie K. MartinNatalie K. Martin has tackled family dynamics around Bipolar Disorder in this novel and it’s so perfectly done that i just had to bring your attention back to it. As you know I have Bipolar Disorder and this is one of the first books I’ve read where I felt the way it had been handled was completely real. There are no shiny surfaces here, it is raw and honest. People’s reactions are brutal and sometimes hard to read but that is the reality of the illness. Despite all of this though this book is beautiful and has such a message of hope.

My Review

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This week I have reviewed Biker Rockstar Billionaire CEO Alpha and Raw and Dirty both by Violet Blaze, Breathless by Leigh LaValle, Kicked by C.M. Stunich.

Other Posts

I have an excerpt from The Other Life of Charlotte Evans from the blog tour. This week on Music Monday I featured Red. The new TBR Topple voting options went up this week so don’t miss out on having your say on what I read from my TBR this month. I took part in The End of the Year Book Tag. Finally, April Munday joined me on The Bookshelf this week.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

#BlogTour: The Other Life of Charlotte Evans by Louisa George @Louisa_George @NeverlandBT #Excerpt #Giveaway

Welcome to the blog tour for The Other Life of Charlotte Evans by Louisa George. Below you will find an excerpt from the novel and if you want to follow the tour you can at Neverland Blog Tours.


Would you sacrifice your future to understand your past?

Life is rosy for dance studio owner Charlotte Evans, who is about to marry beloved fiancé, Ben. But when Ben finds a lump in Charlotte’s breast, it sends her on a journey of self-discovery which she knows she must do alone. Because Charlotte is adopted, and she suddenly, desperately, needs to know who she is and where she comes from.

Finding and reconnecting with her birth family, the life Charlotte could have had unfolds before her. As her wedding day draws closer, and her past merges ever more into her present, Charlotte must decide on the future she really wants…

A heartrendingly beautiful novel about love, family and finding your own path to happiness.

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The wonderful thing about Lissa was that she didn’t judge. She didn’t ever really tell you what you should or shouldn’t do. After fifteen years of friendship she just accepted. Nodded. Understood. Supported. There was an easy telepathy, no need for explanation. Thank God for girlfriends, Charlotte thought as she finished describing the cafe, her mum and the story surrounding her conception. Lissa’s hand covered hers and she smiled reassuringly. ‘Well, it’s a lot to take in. What did you think? First impressions?’

There had been a connection, Charlotte was sure of it now. A deeper one than strangers meeting, and different to pen-pals who usually had at least shared a whole load of stuff before meeting in the flesh. There was something there and she did want to pursue it, but she wasn’t sure she knew how. Or when. You couldn’t fill a lifetime into one meeting. And…what if, after everything, they didn’t like each other? How would you deal with that? Rejection didn’t seem appropriate, but then again, what was?

Nothing in Charlotte’s life to date had prepared her for this. ‘I think she liked me. I mean…I don’t know. I think she was impressed by everything I’ve done. She seemed nice, just a bit sad.’

‘Well, so she should be, she gave you up. Look at you…you’re amazing.’ Lissa nodded and took a big gulp of her wine. ‘That came out wrong. I mean, she had good reason, and everything. But she’s missed so much, right?’

‘Yes. We both have.’

‘So, have you scratched your itch?’

Had she? ‘I don’t know. We didn’t cover genetics or relatives. It didn’t seem appropriate to ask at first and then we got interrupted, so I didn’t get a chance to find out about any familial skeletons in the closet.’

‘So you need to see her again. Do you want to? How’s that itch for knowledge going?’

‘I said I’d be in touch, but I don’t know what to do now. How long do I wait? I don’t want to seem too eager and needy, but I do want to find out more. I promised myself I’d learn things so I can pass them on to any kids I have.’

Lissa shuddered involuntarily. Allergic to even the mention of kids.

Charlotte grinned. ‘Not something you’ll ever have to worry about, right? But, on reflection, I’d say, yes, I want more information, so I’m still itching.’

‘There’s a cream for that, I’m sure.’ Lissa twirled a beer mat under her fingers. ‘Now, what about Eileen?’

Immediately the mention of her mother’s name made guilt raise its head, worming through Charlotte’s gut. ‘What about her?’

‘What does she think about all this? Is she bothered? Threatened? She’s sensible, right? She wouldn’t feel bad about this, surely? She knows you love her and all that.’

That guilt kept on squirming. ‘I haven’t told her yet. I never quite found the time or the right words.’

About Louisa George

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Award-winning author Louisa George has been an avid reader her whole life. In between chapters she managed to fit in a BA degree in Communication Studies, trained as a nurse, married her doctor hero and had two sons. Now, she spends her days writing chapters of her own in the medical romance, contemporary romance and women’s fiction genres. To date, she has 19 books available in ebook/print.

Louisa’s books have variously been nominated for the coveted RITA® Award and the NZ Koru Award (which she won in 2014 and 2016 for the Short Sexy Category) and she won the prestigious HOLT Medallion Award in 2017. Her books have been translated into twelve languages. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand and, when not writing or reading, likes to travel, drink mojitos and do Zumba®- preferably all at the same time.

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Title: The Other Life of Charlotte Evans
Series: N/A
Author: Louisa George
Genre: Romance | Chick Lit
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 9 September 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 352
Buy: Amazon UK