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My Life This Week
Well last weekend I gave up most of my spare time to do training I needed for Girlguiding, and though some parts were interesting I don't think I learnt much that I hadn't already encountered in my 2 1/2 years with my unit, but oh well! Other than that it's been a pretty standard week. We're just gearing up for next week when I take my 7 year old brother to Butlins (a holiday camp) while my parents go to Dubai.
Oh also with the beginning of lent I had to give something up and after being told by my friends that my first idea wasn't acceptable because I'd already gone 40 days without, I've given up buying books. So until Easter Sunday I'm not allowed to spend a penny on books. Which is going to be really hard because there's so many I want to buy right now!
My Writing This Week
So technically I haven't actually written anything this week, but I have been having a lot of ideas both for my Phantom retelling that's my current project, and for book 3 in Alventia; Reawakening. Saying that Reawakening (which is it's working title) is actually third on my list for being written at the moment as I have a book 2.5 in the works, which tells the story of the main characters' parents. It doesn't have a name yet, but it is important to the story!
Review copies of my novella, Awakening, on instafreebie. This is the first book in my on going Alventia series and is mainly a retelling of Sleeping Beauty (though Hansel and Gretel also get a look in, and the prequel Betrayed which is in the Amidst the Shadows anthology, is a Rumplestiltskin type retelling) You can get a copy here!
Reading This Week
I've had a really slow reading week I must admit. Though it has been a really enjoyable reading week so there aren't many complaints here! With one exception...I DNF'd No-One Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday by Tracy Bloom, though there wasn't anything glaringly wrong with it, I just didn't care about the characters so stopped reading.
Losing Francesca by JA Huss (Winter COYER 2015-2016)
Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson (Winter COYER 2015, 2016, 2016 Reading Assignment, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Blogger Shame, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge)
Burning Rivalry by Aubrey Parker (Winter COYER 2015-2016, 2016 New Release Challenge, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge)
Seaside Embrace by Melissa Foster (Winter COYER 2015-2016, 2016 New Release Challenge, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge)
Forest of Demons
I'm not one to often do things like this, because I have strict rules with myself about promoting authors; I'll only do it if I can guarantee the product I'm promoting. Well I've loved a lot of Debbie Cassidy's work before (she is part of the writing duo Amos Cassidy) and I have read an early draft of Forest of Demons which was a great read, and so I'm going to ask for my fellow bloggers' help! Forest of Demons is currently up for a Kindle Scout contract, and it would be great if you could help nominate it! There's also a Headtalker campaign going on!
On the Blog Last Week (and the Week Before)
Because I did last week's Sunday Post so quickly, I didn't include any links to anything from the week before. So I'm including them here! This is basically a recap of Feburary so far, so it includes my End of the Month Round Up for January and the launch of this month's Online Book Club and My TBR Meme (hosted by Michelle @ because reading)
I have been on a little bit of a Brandon Sanderson binge so far this month, so you can check out my reviews of Firefight and The Alloy of Law, and next week reviews for Calamity and Shadows of Self will go live, I'm completely hooked, not that I expected any less!
I also discovered a fantastic new author to me, Aubrey Parker, and I wanted more as soon as I finished Burning Offer (thankfully I've now read Burning Rivalry which releases next week, but I still need more!!) My review of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is now live, and I can't believe it took me so long to read this book!
Slightly less exciting for me were The White List by Nina D'Aleo which was just missing something (not too sure what) and A Single Girl's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse by JT Clay, which just came across really preachy about veganism.
Other reviews included Michelle M Pillow's new release, Surrender to the Sea, and one of the three books I've read for my reading assignment so far this month, The Major's Faux Fiancée by Erica Ridley, as well as ticking off another Netgalley book, Midnight's Surrender by Donna Grant. I definitely gave in to peer pressure and read (as well as loved) January by Audrey Carlan, and was surprised by The Lion and the Unicorn by Dara Fraser. I was also suprised by Heirs & Spares by J L Spohr, which wasn't what I expected, and enjoyed The Seduction 2 by Roxy Sloane (one of my COYER Secret Santa gifts...thanks Berls!)
My TBR Meme
This month's winner is Panic by JA Huss, which is also the JA Huss book that's on my Reading Assignment list!
Online Book Club
This is a meme that I started with the intention that several people read the same book and then link back their reviews. This month's book is The Trouble With Being Wicked by Emma Locke, I hope you'll join me in reading the book and sharing your thoughts in the link up on 22nd February!
You can also now vote for March's book, and if you want to find out more about them than what's available in the voting thing, then you can check out the original post here.Create your own user feedback survey