Here we are again…Saturday has rolled round. Although this week has felt longer than most. I’m not going into too much as I haven’t the information or the time to do so but I will admit it’s been a somewhat anxious and agonising week, with still no answers.
This means there are no sweaty selfies this week. My last run was exactly a week today. My only saving grace is the weather has been pretty pants. As a good friend told me this week muscle memory is paramount and she always feels good after a break. So I’m trying to embrace those good vibes whilst I’m not pounding the pavement.
This week I’ve read:
What’s been on theblog?
On Sunday I took part in the second Six for Sunday of 2021 – this weeks prompt was Bookish Wins of 2020 and you can read my post here.
For some reason the past two Monday’s I’ve not been prepared and there hasn’t been a blog post. I’m taking some time over this weekend to read as well as prep post too. Shout if there are any specifics you would love to see here.
On Thursday I shared a post I had been toying with as I was in the middle of Buddy Reading my first book of 2021. You can read Buddy Reading here. I apologise for the link heavy post and for possibly adding to your ever growing TBR piles.
On Friday I posted another late in the day blog post following finishing listening to Twice in a Blue Moon as I hadn’t felt great so did no physical reading yesterday. You can read my thoughts here.
In terms of my GoodReads target for 2021 adding 3 more books has taken my total to 5. Having managed 107 plus 7 to what I was aiming for I decided to aim higher this year setting my target at 120. I figured as I am aiming to read more daily, listen to more audiobooks and get my Netgalley shelf down I thought it was worth a try and whilst we’re still living these strange times I thought it couldn’t hurt.
I’m proper on one today ha. Remembering things to share and say. Who is loving The Mask Singer – this is the first series I’ve been able to properly get involved and I’ve called them correct the last two weeks.
It’s been a little while since I’ve shared a cover reveal. When this one came up before Christmas I knew I needed to be a part of this in 2021. As ever before I show you what you’ve came for they’ll be a bit about the book itself.
Blurb: During a celebratory outing in Las Vegas, high school teacher Shane Rawlings is involved in a tragic car accident that kills his best friend. He isolates himself on Bainbridge Island, buried in survivor’s guilt until he begins receiving several mailed index cards, each detailing challenges for him to venture out of his self-imposed exile.
Emma Jacobs is a famous actress embroiled in a scandal by her cheating ex-boyfriend who escapes to Bainbridge Island and meets Shane by chance at the local grocery store. Shane and Emma grow closer with each completed task until Emma’s agent arrives in town and pulls her back to Los Angeles. An upset Shane discovers her celebrity status when he’s suspended from his teaching position, causing Emma to end their relationship.
Realizing his mistake, Shane flies to Los Angeles, hoping to persuade Emma to take him back. Faced with disapproval from outsiders, Shane and Emma fight for their love and his healing.
About the Author: Yvette Geer is the author of the multicultural romance novel, The List. As an avid reader of romance and mystery books, Yvette enjoys creating worlds where opposites attract, set against the backdrop of some of the country’s most iconic cities. Currently based in Northern California with her husband and two girls, this “military brat” travelled often as a kid, from the Midwest to England. She continues to marry her two passions for travelling and writing through road trips and other adventures. She rounds out her artistic need by playing piano and dabbling in photography. She continues to highlight and celebrate the positive outcomes of different lives colliding in her blog, The Swirl Effect.
So what do you think???? It’s super cute and just the gorgeousness that I needed in my life right now.
Firstly, I’m so so sorry that this post is super late in the day. Even before Boris changed restrictions today was a busy and tense one – had a few things to do. I can safely say I managed to get in a few bottles of Mulled Wine for Christmas 🙂 so in that sense I was happy. I’ve not felt very Christmassy so today I sat and watched Holidate.
A fun film that will definitely put a smile on your face. Although it does make us single folk think but this is definitely a film we can escape to and relate to.
Now as ever there’s been some running in my week. I got out on Tuesday and on Thursday. On Tuesday I ran 4.77 miles the sunshine after the rain sure did make it a hard slog. I had wore a T-shirt but based on how hot it became I needed to have had a vest on.
Following the 10k last week I knew my next run I wouldn’t be pushing it. On Thursday I got back out and this time I hit the 5 miles I could have ran a little longer although it was another hot one so I didn’t push it. This time I learnt my lesson and ran in my vest and shorts. It was another warm one and the sun sure was blinding but I wanted to get at least 5 miles in and I did so I was happy with that.
On Wednesday evening I joined Catriona on her channel to talk all things This Time Next Year and you can see it here.
This week I read?
I’m still listening to…
And I should have already finished…
What’s been on the blog?
On Sunday there was a Blog Tour post where I shared an extract and you can read that here.
On Monday I shared my thoughts on The Christmas Killer and you can read that here.
On Tuesday I shared a Blog Blitz called Twinkle and you can read that here.
On Wednesday I had initially planned to share a review but thanks to the headache it turned into this Hump Day post which you can read here.
On Thursday I had a Cover Reveal which you can see it Here. I also shared a blog tour post on an adorable Children’s book with such a special message you can read that here.
On Friday I shared a blog blitz for 58 Farm End that you can read here and my thoughts on the festive Jack Reacher short that you can read here.
I’m so sorry that this post is so late in the day. I didn’t really want to be posting it tomorrow as I have a blog tour commitment and didn’t really want to be sharing all these links and that too. It’s been a weird ole day but we have to take each day as it comes I guess. We have the good and the bad. As I say I’m hoping to get up and out tomorrow a run always makes me feel better even when my joints are crying at me. It may also be my last chance ahead of Christmas so watch this space. I promise next weeks will be more organised and prompt. As ever if there is anything more you would like to see here at Hayley Reviews do get in touch.
It’s been a little while since I’ve shared a cover reveal with you. Those that are new to Hayley Reviews you will soon realise I love a cover reveal.
Before I share the cover I’m going to let you know a little bit about the book.
Blurb: A woman who never wanted children finds herself reluctantly bringing up her sister’s daughter. The aunt is in an abusive relationship. The niece is a strange child who wishes to disappear. The narrative threaded through these eighty short poems confuses and obfuscates, whilst at the same time completely drawing the reader in to the extent that by the end, one is left with the feeling of having watched a deeply immersive film or read an engrossing novella.
Beth O’Brien weaves magic with her lyrical and evocative language, and with the tangibility of her characters’ unreliable voices, she reveals herself as a master storyteller.
It sure is an intriguing cover. What do you think? I also have to mention this is a poetry read which also makes this striking and full of thought.
Back in July I shared with you the cover reveal of The Island by C L Taylor and you can reread that post here.
Today I am pleased to share with you the new cover reveal for C L Taylor’s The Island – although as ever before I share with you the image I will once again let you know what her next YA novel is about.
Blurb: Welcome to The Island.
Where your worst fears are about to come true…
It was supposed to be the perfect holiday: a week-long trip for six teenage friends on a remote tropical island.
But when their guide dies of a stroke leaving them stranded, the trip of a lifetime turns into a nightmare.
Because someone on the island knows each of the group’s worst fears. And one by one, they’re becoming a reality.
Seven days in paradise. A deadly secret.
Who will make it off the island alive?
So here it is the fresh new cover….
It’s already available to pre-order and you can do so here. Or as ever via all independent bookshops. I cannot wait to read this one – what a way to start 2021 eh.
Thank you to HQStories for letting me be a part of this cover reveal, not once but twice. I’m a huge Cally Taylor fan and it’s been an absolute pleasure.
I’m finally back with the weekly update on the correct day. During the first lockdown I truly loved writing this post and seeing what my week had consisted of. Whether it be an update on my running journey – which I have loads to tell you about, my own sanity, reading and what was here on the blog during the week.
I also hope that this post highlights what’s going on and if there is anything you would love me to feature on my blog then please do give me a shout. I would love to do a Q&A again and I’m open to having more authors on my page too.
I haven’t managed a full post on what I read in October so I’m adding that in for good measure. Here it goes…
Pumpkin Everything was everything and so much more I cannot wait to go back to Autumnboro – may have to squeeze that in this month you can read my thoughts Here.
My Kind Of Happy has been another series book that I’ve longed for and I believe the final instalment will hit my kindle next week. You can read what I thought on the penultimate part right here.
If I Can’t Have You By Charlotte Levin is a debut read and I still can’t comprehend that this novel is so well written and it will captivate you from start to finish you can read my thoughts right here.
Holly Hepburn’s BrightWater Bay series has had me from the first instalment and I feel like I waited forever for part four. I truly loved it and you can read me gushing on here.
All I want For Christmas was a well needed blog tour read – one that has meant I’m itching to devour Joanna’s back catalogue I read this in a solitary day on Halloween would you believe and you can read my thoughts here.
Running – I mentioned briefly that my journey would focus again. Now in August in attempting to increase my running I over done it and injured myself on 18th August I pushed on and ran for 5.08 miles and in doing so I had cramp well that’s all I assumed it was at first but my foot was in a lot of pain. I therefore did a number of stretches and tried to be seen by a physio because of Covid that proved hard although I have now had a letter.
Resting as much as I could.
Fast forward to October 2020 – my first trip back out was on 19th October it wasn’t my greatest run but it was the stepping stone I needed. I didn’t make the 3 miles coming in just under and the stubborn part of me reared it’s ugly head – the positive was I was running. I ran twice that week, not my usual at least three times but a start all the same.
During Couch to 5k – my running days were Fri, Mon and Wednesday so I’m going to included the previous Friday in this update.
Friday 30th October- I managed 3.18 miles getting a bit of me back. I had started re-listening to the final week of Couch to 5k to give me a focus and listening to Jo again really did help me keep going.
On Sunday 1st November I decided to lace up and get out as it had dried off why not. Coming in with 4.12 miles yes!!! What a way to start a new month…
On the Monday I decided it was time to get my gait analysis done. I didn’t get to one of the stores where they use a treadmill but I did get some advice and some new kicks.
Wednesday – saw my first run in my new kicks and the difference was outstanding – I wasn’t worried about slipping or anything and I managed to keep on keeping on. With a mileage of 4.52 quite comfortably – pushing on a little more really felt good.
Yesterday I got back out for my second run with my new shoes. As much as having Jo back was good it was also making me say I’m usually there by that point so I decided to use my apps and music and to run freely trying to maintain my pace.
I really did keep on running – almost to my front door. Coming in with 5.07 miles. I got back to 5 miles. If I can extend a little more at each run I will be a happy girl. I’m hoping to get back out tomorrow.
So what else is there for me to tell you?
I’ve started Nanowrimo of sorts although I haven’t done a great deal I have the start of my story and my leading lady and her sister or best friend have been named. Following an online chat with Miranda Dickinson and Heidi Swain I have a few tips and ideas to get on with.
Cineworld are refurloughing us for November which will help although I’ve made a decent start of Christmas and my niece whose birthday is right before Christmas I had done back in July which feels great. I will also be returning to the working world I have an induction for Sainsbury’s on Wednesday- I need the routine alongside my running and reading etc. It will be good to join the keyworkers in these crazy times.
So what’s been on the blog this week?
I have already shared two of this weeks reviews on my October round up…
On 2nd November I shared a blog blitz and you can read it here.
On 3rd November I got to share not one but three cover reveals and you can see the result here.
On 4th November I shared a few posts but up first is my thoughts on Zoe Caldwell’s debut Thriller Predator and you can read it here. I’ve read Zoe’s other reads and she has showed that she is not a one trick pony this read was exhilarating.
This was a note I had written after the first chapter and somehow I didn’t read it again until after finishing my review….
From the get go we are plunged into the action and for the first chapter I felt like I kept turning the pages with baited breathe.
Zoe has tackled such an issue that will make any decent woman feel on edge and slightly sick and unnerved but wow.
I also shared two cover reveals and you can read the first here. And the second beauty is here.
My post on 5th November was extremely apt re current events in America and you can read it here.
So that’s about it I’m currently awaiting my Waterstones delivery half reading Dash & Lily with Sony Christmas Movies playing. My family have gone for a walk but hey I want my book ha.
So how did I not see this in my inbox….as ever I will tell you about the book first..
Blurb: When London schoolteacher George Nearly wakes up one Sunday morning to find a dishevelled young woman sprawled on his living-room rug, claiming to be a princess, his plans for a peaceful day at home recovering from his 39th birthday party disappear faster than a French monarch’s head during a revolution. And when the feisty royal accuses George of kidnapping her, his very ordinary life is turned completely upside down, as the party princess takes root in his apartment, causes royal waves among his friends and family, and demands to go walkabout on the streets of London. It’s blue-blooded British comedy by unofficial royal appointment in this hilarious, and often surreal, regal romp that’s guaranteed to raise a laugh from Balmoral to Buckingham Palace!
About the Author: Author Bio: Paul Mathews is a quite funny guy who ditched the London rat race to follow his dream of becoming a comedy novelist and never again having to be told what to do by anyone who isn’t a blood relative. His sharp, satirical – often surreal – sense of humour was honed after twenty glorious years in the UK Civil Service: long-lunching, cracking jokes & trying his best to look busy. He gains inspiration from his love of pubs, good food, Earl Grey tea, four-legged animals & the quirks and quibbles of British life.
I always feel like it’s a good week if there’s at least one cover reveal. Yesterday I shared three with you and today I’ve shared a gripping review and now I’m sharing another cover.
The series is for readers of all ages (as Rosemary Sutcliff once said of her own work, “for readers aged nine to ninety.”) The books follow Morgan from her early childhood in post-Roman Dark Ages Britain and through her teenage years to adulthood. Elements of Celtic folklore, fairy tales, and mythologies of diverse cultures are woven throughout the books, but each novel is an original adventure story that can be read either as a standalone or as part of the ongoing series.
Blurb: WHEN MONSTERS COME TO LIFE…
In the aftermath of Ambrosius’ attack on Tintagel Castle, young Morgan is sent away to the fortress of Dimilioc with her family, friends and tutor. But when bandits ambush their party, Morgan gets lost in the forest with nothing but her wits and her magic powers to rely on.
In her battle for survival, Morgan faces a cruel, hostile world that is suspicious, afraid and jealous of her magic. Silver-tongued faeries who are not what they seem. Vengeful Piskies and Muryans holding her friend Ganieda captive. Angry Giants and Spriggans who have awakened in the earth. And the ever-present threat of Ambrosius and his army, waiting to strike again…
To rescue her friends and outwit her enemies, Morgan must draw upon all her gifts, magic and mortal, in a perilous journey that will test her strength, faith and loyalty to the utmost…
About the Author: Jo-Anne Blanco was born in Brazil to an English mother and Spanish father. She has spent much of her life travelling around the world as a teacher. Her travels, together with her lifelong passion for reading, writing and storytelling, inspired her to embark upon her Fata Morgana epic fantasy series, about the life and adventures of Morgan le Fay. Mythology, fairy tales and Arthurian legend are all major influences on her work, and her ongoing journeys to countries of great landscapes and folklore are never-ending sources of inspiration.
She is the author of Morgan Le Fay: Small Things and Great and Morgan Le Fay: Children of This World. These novels are the first two books in the Fata Morgana series.
Morgan Le Fay: Giants in the Earth, the third novel in the series, will be published in 2020.
As ever it’s always a pleasure to host these cover reveals for Love Books Tours.
Now you know I love a cover reveal and this evening I have three to share with you 😉 I know right three a series of books. So let me tell you a bit about them first.
Blurb: The first book in a NEW cosy mystery series!
Still spinning from the hustle and bustle of city life, Jodie ‘Nosey’ Parker is glad to be back in the Cornish village she calls home. Having quit the Met Police in search of something less dangerous, the change of pace means she can finally start her dream catering company and raise her daughter, Daisy, somewhere safer.
But there’s nothing like having your first job back at home to be catering an ex-boyfriend’s wedding to remind you of just how small your village is. And when the bride, Cheryl, vanishes Jodie is drawn into the investigation, realising that life in the countryside might not be as quaint as she remembers…
With a missing bride on their hands, there is murder and mayhem around every corner but surely saving the day will be a piece of cake for this not-so-amateur sleuth?
The first book in the Murder on the Menu cosy mystery series. Can be read as a standalone. A humorous cosy mystery with a British female sleuth in a small village. Includes one of Jodie’s Tried and Tested Recipes! Written in British English. Mild profanity and peril.
Blurb Book Two: Jodie ‘Nosey’ Parker is back!
When a body turned up at her last catering gig it certainly put people off the hor d’oeuvres. So with a reputation to salvage, Jodie’s determined that her next job for the village’s festival will go without a hitch.
But when chaos breaks out, Jodie Parker somehow always finds herself in the picture.
The body of a writer from the festival is discovered at the bottom of a cliff, and the prime suspect is the guest of honour, the esteemed painter Duncan Stovall. With her background in the Met police, Jodie has got solving cases down to a fine art and she knows things are rarely as they seem.
Can she find the killer before the village faces another brush with death?
Blurb Book Three: A film company is coming to the Cornish village of Penstowan, and the whole village turn up to be cast as extras, even Jodie ‘Nosey’ Parker. Determined to join in with the fun and ignore any dramas, Jodie is going to make the most of this time with her mum and daughter and of the potential to see their name in lights… or really small writing on the credits page.
But right on cue, the company’s caterer is sabotaged and Jodie must step up. As other small accidents begin to happen, it becomes clear that the filming is being sabotaged. With actors behaving out of character and the house literally being brought down, breaking a leg is the least of their worries.
Can Jodie save the day once again, or will it be their final curtain call?
These are definitely what I would call cosy crime. What do you think?
Thank you to Fiona for inviting me to share these gorgeous covers…
Let’s make Monday’s about fresh starts and new beginnings. Although I’m also going to add a bit of an update from last week as somehow I didn’t get round to it over the weekend.
I’m sorry that this is coming pretty late in the day I was hoping to have had it up around lunch time. So today I’ve tried to have a productive Monday following doing a few household chores I got up and out and pounded the pavement.
It wasn’t the greatest run I did but the positives are is I got back out there. I was a little annoyed to have not managed the 3 miles but I still ran. It’s made me more determined to get my gait analysis done and to get proper running trainers plus a new pair.
I’ve managed to apply for a few more jobs today so that’s productive – my list has been a bit optimistic but I’m hoping to get a few more things done before the day is out. It’s been enlightening to make some headway and to keep myself motivated and entertained.