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By r brassington, Jan 19 2020 05:14PM

It takes a lot for me to get through a book fast, but this one I read in less than a week. Unusual in that you know the possible ending before the book really begins, but a great juxtaposition that sends the whole book careering in a different direction. There’s a girl, life stable, secure, planned out, and she likes it that way, but a vision of what could be sends everything careering off course, maybe the way she secretly wishes it could. Set over five years, but mainly at the beginning and the end of those years, it’s a New York story of listening to your gut in the most challenging of circumstances.

The city was as much a part of the story than the characters themselves, which I always love. I’d recommend In Five Years. It wasn’t the book I thought it was going to be but that’s not a bad thing. Four stars.

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle is out 3rd March 2020 published by Quercus Books.

By r brassington, Jan 16 2020 03:32PM

Yes, I got another Kindle for Christmas. At first I was confused. I already have one, gifted by the same person buying new said Kindle. But this one is smaller, it's lightweight, it's black and white. Well, when you put it like that...but what it did was made me read again. It is easier to read on, and so I delved back into the world of proof books - ones that have yet to be released to get the inside scoop on what could be massive before it's deemed so.

I've read Followers by Megan Angelo and In Five Years by Rebecca Serle. Not an expansive list but it is only 16 days into the new decade. Both were good, Followers with a killer concept but In Five Years had the page turning ability. I'll post new reviews as soon as I get the chance. It's only been two years since my last blog post so I figured, why run before I can walk?

Pre-order Followers and In Five Years at Amazon

By r brassington, Jan 10 2018 09:08AM

I don’t want to be one of those mums who talks about their baby and nothing else, that I’ve never had any other life and I was born to be a parent and how often does your baby sleep…it can be infuriating for non-parents and I get it.

There is a life outside motherhood, just like there was a life before, and one after, when your child doesn’t need you to wipe their bottom anymore and persuade them sprouts are delish. I once heard that between the ages of 20-40, you’re in the ‘fat, fillet steak part of life.’ Not to say the other fifty or so years are the fat to trim off, but the fillet is probably when most of your life happens, including, maybe, having children.

It’s not a time to wish for the next stage, for your baby to now sit, or feed themselves, or not need a bottle anymore, or sleep through the night. If you are a parent, it’s bloody hard work and sometimes feels impossible, but it’s also a time to enjoy and not waste. One day I’ll want my daughter to need me, and one day she’ll have her own fat, fillet steak to enjoy.

When my daughter was about three months old, I met my friend Jayne for lunch, and, as usual, there was need for a nappy change. These are usually located in the disabled toilets, so after a poo explosion, I’d occupied the loo for quite a while. When I came out, there was an older lady with a walking stick waiting to come in. I apologised for making her wait so long but she reached out for Mina’s hand and said ‘are you being good for your mummy? It’s hard, isn’t it, but it’s worth it when they smile.’

In that second, I realised she’d been where I was, years before. She’d had broken sleep and babies who scream and now she was on the other side, looking back, but she’d still been that mum. People lead many lives, ones they miss, enjoyed, and in that one statement she’ll never remember, she made me appreciate mine a little more.

By r brassington, Oct 12 2017 03:59PM

So I've had a baby. A beautiful little girl. Life changes, and books are still a part of my life, but not the most important. I've still managed to carry on reading whenever I can, mainly on my Kindle from the feeding chair.

My 2017 reads so far:

* Faithful by Alice Hoffman ( Simon and Schuster)

* Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner (Random House)

* In the Light of What we See by Sarah Painter (Lake Union Publishing)

* Until I Met Her by Natalie Barelli (Thomas and Mercer)

* Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown (Random House)

Not bad for a new mum, I think.

Reviews to follow very soon...

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.


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:


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:


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


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:


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:


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


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:


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:


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:


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:


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!

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