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By r brassington, Dec 22 2016 10:00PM

It’s the first time I’ve reviewed a TV show on my blog, and this one is definitely worthy of a review. Kings of Con is a web series produced by Lionsgate and airing on the new Comic Con HQ channel. Produced, directed by and starring Rob Benedict and Richard Speight Jr., it follows their adventures as hapless actors on the convention circuit, now starring (some reluctantly) in homages to their characters rather than pursuing any new acting roles. Summed up by Rob Benedict’s character (aptly named Rob), ‘I’m an actor. Like, I went to acting school. For acting.’


Although I’ve never been to a convention in my life, it’s easy to get a feel for the world this show is loosely based on, and, as rumour has it, most of the events portrayed in the episodes aren’t too far from real events Rob and Rich experienced during their years on the convention circuit.


Crowdfunded on Indiegogo, this is a gem of a series. Seven episodes in, and far too short in length, it benefits from sharp writing, surreal capers and an ensemble cast that helps the episodes achieve laugh-out-loud funny status (not the easiest to do).


Based in what appears to be a very similar hotel for every episode, the hapless duo have so far been arrested, had an unfortunate accident with a viagra substitute whilst in karaoke fancy dress, broken more than one cardinal convention rule (never sleep with a fan dressed as your character - bearded) and dealt with a pretentious thespian with a penchant for mashed potato. It is fast becoming a show not to be missed.


Predictions? Season two premiering on Netflix with an extended 30 minute time slot. Kings of Con has the potential to go all the way.

By r brassington, Dec 22 2016 09:30PM

So, I’m back, and just in time for the Christmas break.


It’s been a while (bringing elusive a whole new meaning), mainly because I got married and am now having a baby, but there’s finally a new blog post! It’s just a short message to say, yes, I am still alive, and am working on a new book, which will hopefully appear in the not too distant future. It’s not a sequel to The Good Kind of Bad, but a whole new story, this time based in the UK.


That’s as much as I’m willing to say right now, apart from have a merry Christmas and all the best for 2017. Oh, and in case you were dying to find out what I'd like for Christmas, I've put together a little list.


Rita

By r brassington, Jul 10 2016 06:39PM

More news from the blog tour!


Day six was the turn of Chat About Books to host a guest post about sense of place - all about setting and how imagination can fill in the blanks regarding the setting of books. It was hosted by the lovely Kerry Parsons and you can read it here:



https://chataboutbooks.wordpress.com/2016/07/08/tgkob-blog-tour-guest-post-from-author-rita-brassington/



Day Seven landed at My Reading Corner, and another guest post. This time it was about the power of the star rating, how effective they can be and what authors can learn from one star (and five star) reviews. It's an amazing blog all round, and the link is here:



http://www.myreadingcorner.co.uk/2016/07/guest-post-author-rita-brassington-power-star-rating.html


Day Eight (today) is a review from Celeste Loves Books so please take a look! It's a great blog too.



http://celestelovesbooks.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/blog-tour-good-kind-of-bad-by-rita.html



Now the blog tour has only one more stop, there's still time to enter the competition to win some singed goodies on Linda's Book Bag:


https://lindasbookbag.com/2016/07/03/tgkob-giveaway-from-rita-brassington/?platform=hootsuite


Last day tomorrow!




Rita x

By r brassington, Jul 7 2016 04:19PM

The blog tour for The Good Kind of Bad is now well and truly in full swing, with day three (also my birthday!) stopping at Claire Loves To Read. Take a look at her review and lots of other interesting things on her blog here:


http://claireh18.booklikes.com/post/1431470/blog-tour-for-the-good-kind-of-bad-by-rita-brassington



Day four was the turn of The Book Shelf Blog, and another great review! Take a look here:



https://thebookshelfblog.wordpress.com



Today is day five, and I've written a guest post all about literary qualifications on If Only I Could Read Faster. What do you need to become a writer - a handful of cerficates, a good imagination, or both? Have a read here:


https://ifonlyicouldreadfaster.com/2016/07/07/blog-tour-the-good-kind-of-bad-by-rita-brassington/



Thank you so much to Claire Loves to Read, The Book Shelf Blog and If Only I Could Read Faster, and to Linda's Book Bag and Baatty About Books for day one and two.


You can still enter the competition on Linda's Book Bag to win TGKOB goodies by following the link here:


https://lindasbookbag.com/2016/07/03/tgkob-giveaway-from-rita-brassington/?platform=hootsuite



Good Luck!



By r brassington, Jul 4 2016 10:26AM

The blog tour for The Good Kind of Bad has begun! Yesterday the lovely Linda Hill at Linda's Book Bag hosted a competition to win a signed copy of the book and other goodies on her blog. You can enter here:


https://lindasbookbag.com/2016/07/03/tgkob-giveaway-from-rita-brassington/


She's also got a link to a guest post I wrote on her blog earlier in the year entitiled The Art of Letting Go (not a bad title for a book!).


Each day a new blogger will be hosting a review or guest post, and today (Monday 4th July) is the turn of Baatty About Books, hosting a post about how likeable characters should be. The link is below:


https://baattyaboutbooks.wordpress.com/2016/07/04/guest-post-rita-brassington-the-good-kind-of-bad/


Tomorrow is my birthday, and as a lovely present I'll be on Claire Loves to Read's blog!


Rita x

By r brassington, Jun 30 2016 05:30PM

I've been away for a while, getting married and going on our honeymoon, so have neglected posting entries for a while, but now I'm back, the long-awaited (mainly because I just never got around to it) blog tour for The Good Kind of Bad is about to begin! Sunday kicks off just over a week of a giveaway, guest posts and reviews. I've always wanted to do a blog tour, and am so grateful I now get the chance now. Details are on the infographic below, so be sure to check out the different blogs each day. Each blogger is fantastic and I highly recommend you take a look at their other reviews/content while you're there.


Roll on, Sunday!

By r brassington, May 2 2016 11:15PM

Intricate lives, destructive secrets



This sums up an intricately detailed slice of suburbia from Louise Candlish. There’s a house, the bedrock of the story, a sublime interior-designed piece of heaven that reeks of money. The previous owners, Jeremy and Amber, have sold up and left in a hurry, but why? This is what new owners Christy and Joe are dying to find out. Christy especially.


Embarking on her own investigation, she finds the street less than welcoming. Told from both Christy and Amber’s viewpoints, we get a clever mix of knowing-and-not-knowing, as the reader is let in on the secret while Christy is left trying to figure it out on her own.


What really got me about this book was the descriptions. I feel like I have visited this house, met these people. Although this book did not go where I thought it was going to, I was surprised at my own strong feelings towards the characters.


These people might seem like they have it all, but it’s rarely as simple as that. A fantastic read.

By r brassington, Apr 3 2016 10:47AM

Today I've been featured on Linda's Book Bag blog, with an exclusive article about how hard it was to let go of The Good Kind of Bad. I'm honoured to be on the blog. You can read the article here:


http://lindasbookbag.com/2016/04/03/the-good-kind-of-bad-by-rita-brassington/


or below:


(taken from Linda's Book Bag)


Regular readers of Linda’s Book Bag will know I love to feature authors I’ve actually met and today I’m delighted to be welcoming Rita Brassington whom I met at a recent author and blogger event. Lovely Rita agreed to write a guest post for the blog which you can read below, but first I’d like to tell you more about Rita’s psychological thriller The Good Kind of Bad.


The Good Kind of Bad


The Good Kind of Bad is available on Amazon UK and Amazon US.



Secrets don’t stay secret for long…


She spent her whole life being the perfect daughter, the perfect girlfriend, and was all ready to become the perfect wife. But after ditching her fiancé at the altar and escaping to Chicago, she marries smouldering stranger Joe Petrozzi three weeks after meeting him in a bar. At least this time, there’s no chance of cold feet. Married life starts out great: there’s the new job, a gorgeous, enigmatic husband and money’s not an issue.


So what if she’s kept a few secrets from Joe – like where all her money came from. Joe’s been keeping secrets from her, too.


But his might just get her killed.


The Good Kind of Bad has just been selected as one of Heat Magazine’s Top Five Reads too!





The Art of Letting Go


A Guest Post by Rita Brassington


When I started writing, I knew I was going to finish the book. Though I wasn’t so sure it would ever go further than my laptop screen. Last year, it did, and The Good Kind of Bad, my psychological thriller/crime novel, was launched into the world – ten years after I first put pen to paper. Yes, the road to letting go was a long one.


I first had the idea for the book in 2004, when I was in America’s Mid-West at St. Louis airport. I’d been visiting friends I’d made while studying abroad, and distinctly remember the feeling of being in an alien environment but surrounded by familiar faces. This idea of the other, or the age-old fish-out-of-water scenario popped into my head. I looked up at the airport departure boards, the people queuing for flights or sleeping in chairs and I wondered about their stories, what led them to be there. I saw a flight leaving for Chicago, wondered about who was on it, and I thought ‘what would happen if you left your whole life behind and started again?’


When I arrived home, I started formulating ideas though only began writing the year after, once finishing my degree. That summer I began to write, with a loose plot in my head, and thought I’d let the writing take me in whatever direction felt right. I’ve never suffered with writer’s block, not that it means whatever flows from my fingers is liquid gold, far from it. When I did start writing the book in 2005, it took nine months to finish it. Great, I thought. I’ve done it. I’ve written a book. The hard part came next. Editing. My great hurdle in the art of letting go.


Editing is the reason it took ten years to get the book out. In a way, I’m glad I waited. The literary landscape during that time changed beyond recognition. With the advent of social media, self-publishing, eBooks, bloggers etc. it has widened the scope and possibility for writers of all genres. My procrastination did have an upside.


Many times over the ten years I tried to let go. I sent it to a few agents, re-edited time and again, but it never felt like the right time. Life got in the way. I was never totally happy with the manuscript, and that was the key. In every draft it was always missing something. I went back to the drawing board and thought about what the story was about. Did it make sense? Did the characters make sense? Was I ever going to let go?


Then in 2013, I uploaded the book to Wattpad, the story sharing website with ten million users or so. In the space of a few months, I clocked up two million reads. People liked it. They gave me usable feedback. I changed things. Added sections. Though what it truly gave me was the authority to say, ‘the book is good. People like it.’


What had been missing from my book before wasn’t necessarily the words, but the permission I wouldn’t give myself, to believe I had written something someone else would want to read – to take it seriously.


I hired an editor, who also tore the book to pieces, but holding the book in my hand was becoming more real. I hired a cover designer, Jamie Keenan (who’s an award-winner, no less). For me, it was always about the finished, polished version of what had once started as an idea, almost a challenge to myself to see if I could do it – to see if my twenty-year-old self could write a book. All that time, I was waiting for the book to be finished, where I could reconcile with myself and truly say I was done. The book was finally perfect.


That day never came. It still isn’t finished. There’re still bits I’d love to change, even though I can now pick my own book off my bookshelf, nestled between Joyce Maynard and Paula Hawkins (ha!). Though I don’t think any book will ever be finished. There will always be new readers to carry on the story, to think up new scenarios for when the words run out.


That’s the best thing about letting go. There’s always someone to bring it back.


You can follow Rita on Twitter and find out more about her on her web site.

By r brassington, Mar 26 2016 02:29PM

This work of literary fiction by Louise Beech was not a rushed read. I am one of the slowest readers I know but this book definitely needed time to be fully digested. It's two tales, intertwined through time and heartbreak of the dramatic and life-changing kind. Natalie's daughter, nine-year-old Rose has been diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes, and to deal with the daily blood tests, she agrees to read Rose parts from her grandad Colin's diary, a sailor who was stranded at sea in the Second World War.


What follows is a cleverly constructed tale of how to be brave when the unexpected suddenly becomes your life, and how sometimes time is not the great barrier it's perceived to be. It's a stirring and well-written tale, transporting you from the ocean to the heart of the family, and explores how difficult and strained the relationship between mother and daughter can sometimes be.


A thought-provoking and clever novel that deserves time to fully digest the story.


Four stars.


You can buy the book at Amazon now.

By r brassington, Mar 18 2016 07:26PM

Another day, another country. I've received pics of The Good Kind of Bad read in places all over the globe, from its spiritual home of Chicago to New Zealand, Cincinnati and now the Australian Outback. Louise Cleary is currently spending a month travelling around Oz, but took the time to send me some pictures enjoying reading her copy by Uluru. Her next stop is Adelaide, where she hopes to get more reading time in. I'm loving seeing the book work its way around the world, so if you have a copy, whether paperback or kindle, please take a pic and send it to me at hello@ritabrassington.co.uk. I'd love to see where in the world you are. Even if it's a wet Wednesday in Widnes, I want to see it!

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