Week in Review – 4 June 2017

I’ve had a bad week this week, the dark cloud of depression has knocked me for six and a few things have made me doubt blogging. I had an author ask me to change my rating on their review which hurt more than I thought it would when I’d heard other people talking about similar encounters. I obviously said no, I think it’s safe to say as bloggers we all value our integrity and to do something like this undervalues all of our reviews not just that one.

My infection didn’t shift with the antibiotics so I’ve been given another, longer course of antibiotics which will run into my operation next week, it always makes me really angry and moody which is not helping my depressive mood or my reaction to negative situations any! I also ended up in hospital again on Friday with suspected Lithium Toxicity (which is a kind of blood poisoning) so I’m starting to feel like a real frequent flier in that place at the moment! All being well, my operation is next week, I have posts scheduled to go live while I’m away but I will likely be AWOL for a few days at least. So please don’t take it personally if I don’t visit you or don’t reply to any messages. I will be back!

Then there is my ongoing drama of trying to get a ticket to BristolCon a fantasy/sci-fi convention in October. On their website they say they offer an unwaged “membership” (their form of a ticket). I’ve been trying to get one for about 3 weeks now and it’s impossible. Last year I couldn’t go because I couldn’t afford it, this life on benefits is hard but I’ve tightened my belt a lot and have a bit to spare so could afford the early bird unwaged membership and with Jen Williams one of their guests I was well chuffed to go.

You can’t change the ticket option on the website so I tweeted them and sent an email to the address on the ticket page, after a few days I put a message up on my facebook page as I know a few people who go every year and know the people who run it and asked them if they could help me out with a contact. A few days later I got a reply on Twitter with a different email address and a promise someone would reply. I sent the email and nothing, nada, nil. And on June 1 the prices went up so I guess I won’t be going after all, which sucks! I have to say though they shouldn’t offer alternative prices if they aren’t going to honour them…that is really, truly, crap! I also won’t be trying to go again, even once I’m back in work and can afford full ticket price, I’ll go elsewhere.

Finally, in more positive news I’m taking part in Walking out of Darkness at the end of the month, it’s a mental health awareness event, walking ten miles in Weston super Mare. I’m taking part with my Brother and a mutual friend of ours and we are raising money for Bipolar UK. We have a fundraising page where you can donate if you feel so inclined or details of our text to donate are in the sidebar. We are grateful for anything you can spare for this amazing charity. Although as it’s just a couple of weeks after my operation I may be biting off more than I can chew! HAHA!

So, onto my bookish update this week…

Book of the Month

I swear I only did this last week! How has it come around so quickly?!

Red Sister - Mark LawrenceI had a few books that were in the running this month with 5* reviews but only one stood out hands and feet ahead of them all and that was this one.

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence 

Red Sister was the kind of read that glues you to the page from the first word to the last. It was enthralling and fantasy writing at it’s very best. If this doesn’t become a classic in the genre then I will eat my fluffy hat.

“I ended up spending the last hundred pages or so with my breath held, toes clenched,  and grinding my teeth, there was just so much tension.”

For the full review click here.

To Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones | Foyles | BookDepositorySpeedyHen

Most Viewed In May

the-last-days-of-magicIn contrast my most viewed page in May was Mark Tompkins The Last Days of Magic, this was actually one of my Books of the Month for May. But I found out on Friday by chance that Mark is actually running a sponsored post on Facebook using my review which I’m both very flattered about and grateful for aswell.

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

Giveaway Wins



This week I’ve reviewed My Beautiful Disaster Part 2 and The Modern Girls Guide to Growing Old Disgracefully.

Other Posts

This week I had book blitz for Smoke and Mirrors, When Smoke Rains Down, Lone Wolf and Damned Either Way. a blog tour for The Velvet Chair, my new feature TBR Topple, and on The Bookshelf was the very lovely Louise Rose-Innes.


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The Authors Bookshelf – Louise Rose-Innes @LouiseRoseInnes

Welcome to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.

This week I have Louise Rose-Innes, having now read more about her and her books I will definitely be adding them to my TBR and having a good read!

I hope you enjoy peeking into her bookshelf…and as always click on the books for more info or to buy…

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
If Tomorrow Comes by Sydney Sheldon. I was twelve. I remember because I was caught reading the book in Year 7 but my teacher didn’t take it away, she just told me to read it in my spare time rather than in class. It was the first ‘grown up’ book I read, and I was hooked from the start. I ploughed through all of his books after that, then went on to Clive Cussler, Robert Ludlum and so on… Thrillers were my first love. When I got to my twenties I began devouring romances and I don’t think I’ve ever stopped.

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes. The blurb appealed to me so much I bought the book on the spot. I haven’t read it yet but am dying to. It looks like a gripping thriller.

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey. It’s a dual love story set during WWII and in the modern day. Both stories run parallel. I loved each of the romances and couldn’t wait to get to the end and see what happened.

Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?
Last year I worked my way through several Phryne Fisher books by Kerry Greenwood. They’ve been made into a TV series, but I wanted to explore the books. They were all delightful reads. Phryne is such a wonderfully gutsy and unique heroine. I wish I could come up with a character like that. I also read a couple of James Patterson’s Private series which were excellent and Holy Island, by LJ Ross. Her romantic suspense is thrilling and I’ve already bought her next book.


Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?
The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz and The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer. I’ve heard good things about both. I read the entire Stieg Larsson trilogy and loved it, so I’m hoping the next will be as good. With The Chemist, I think I’m just interested in how Stephenie Meyer handles a thriller.


What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?
Lovers at Heart by Melissa Foster and Sycamore Gap by LJ Ross. I like to read good contemporary romance and romantic suspense for inspiration and to keep abreast of what other writers are doing


Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?
Mimi is the second book in my Levanté Sisters series and it was a blast to write. During my research, I learned a lot about what wannabe popstars go through on the rocky road to fame and fortune. It’s a fun book and an excellent summer beach read. It’s available from Amazon now (click on the cover).

Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?
Letters to the Lost. It was written with such tenderness and longing. I admire Iona Grey very much, and think her Romantic Novel of the Year award last year was well deserved.

Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey

Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?
Yes, I’m working on a romantic thriller called Undercurrent. It’s a bit different to my normal stuff, much longer and a bit darker, but I’m excited about releasing it into the world.

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

Louise Rose-Innes’ Bookshelf


*These may not be all of an author’s publications but the most recent. Check their links below for full details.

About Louise Rose-Innes

Louise Rose-Innes is a romantic novelist who lives in Surrey, in the United Kingdom. She writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense.

Born in sunny South Africa, Louise is a lover of sunshine and the sea, and this is often reflected in her novels. After completing a post graduate in Marketing Management, Louise headed off to the United Kingdom – where her mother was born – to gain work experience and travel.

She now lives in leafy Surrey with her family, and when she’s not writing, is traipsing through the beautiful countryside, or kayaking on the river Thames.


The Bookshelf

the-bookshelf-logoThanks so much for stopping by Louise, it was really interesting seeing what you’ve been reading and what you have coming up. I’m keen to read some of your work so will be picking some up, I’m loving the look of the Levanté Sisters series so hope some of my fellow romance fans give these a go aswell.

Want to take part?
If you are a blogger or author and would like to take part in The Bookshelf click here, and fill in the really short contact form to let me know! I’m currently looking for people to fill spaces through June.

I can’t wait to hear from you!