Monthly Archives: October 2019

She’s got game (gamer girls series) book 2 by Laura Heffernan   TRC 👩🏻‍💻

Claiming the Cowboy Christmas  (Hills in Texas series) book 4 By Kadie Scott   TRC 👩🏻‍💻

Bishop Takes Knight (Redclaw Origins Book 1) by McKenna Dean    TRC 📱

For Witch or For Poorer  (Paranormal Wedding Planners) book 5 by AE Jones  TRC📱

The Highland Outlaw by Heather McCollum TRC 👩🏻‍💻

Chase Me (Dragons Love Curves Book 1) Aidy Award 📱

THEIR RUNAWAY BRIDE A BRIDGEWATER MÉNAGE PREQUEL – BOOK .5 by VANESSA VALE 📱

Kinky Wolf (Alpha wants curves series) book By Aidy Award. 📱

Awk-Weird (Ice Knights Series) by Avery Flynn TRC 👩🏻‍💻

Meant to be yours (Happily Inc.) book 5 by Susan Mallery TRC 📱


👩🏻‍💻Read on my kindle 

📱Read on my Phone 

📖 Read an actual book 

 🎧 AudioBook 

TRC … The Reading Cafe (a review blog that I guest review for) 

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Morbid I know….. But interesting too.

The Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.

The holiday is sometimes called Día de los Muertos in Anglophone countries, a back translation of its original name, Día de Muertos. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico where the day is a public holiday. Prior to Spanish colonization in the 16th century, the celebration took place at the beginning of summer. Gradually, it was associated with October 31, November 1, and November 2 to coincide with the Western Christianity triduum of Allhallowtide: All Saints’ Eve, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using calaveras, aztec marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. Visitors also leave possessions of the deceased at the graves.

Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. The holiday has spread throughout the world, being absorbed into other deep traditions in honor of the dead. It has become a national symbol and as such is taught (for educational purposes) in the nation’s schools. Many families celebrate a traditional “All Saints’ Day” associated with the Catholic Church.

Originally, the Day of the Dead as such was not celebrated in northern Mexico, where it was unknown until the 20th century because its indigenous people had different traditions. The people and the church rejected it as a day related to syncretizing pagan elements with Catholic Christianity. They held the traditional ‘All Saints’ Day‘ in the same way as other Christians in the world. There was limited Mesoamerican influence in this region, and relatively few indigenous inhabitants from the regions of Southern Mexico, where the holiday was celebrated. In the early 21st century in northern Mexico, Día de Muertos is observed because the Mexican government made it a national holiday based on educational policies from the 1960s; it has introduced this holiday as a unifying national tradition based on indigenous traditions.

The Mexican Day of the Dead celebration is similar to other societies’ observances of a time to honor the dead. The Spanish tradition, for instance, includes festivals and parades, as well as gatherings of families at cemeteries to pray for their deceased loved ones at the end of the day.

In Belize, Day of the Dead is practiced by people of the Yucatec Maya ethnicity. The celebration is known as Hanal Pixan which means “food for the souls” in their language. Altars are constructed and decorated with food, drinks, candies, and candles put on them.

Día de las Ñatitas (“Day of the Skulls”) is a festival celebrated in La Paz, Bolivia, on May 5. In pre-Columbian times indigenous Andeans had a tradition of sharing a day with the bones of their ancestors on the third year after burial. Today families keep only the skulls for such rituals. Traditionally, the skulls of family members are kept at home to watch over the family and protect them during the year. On November 9, the family crowns the skulls with fresh flowers, sometimes also dressing them in various garments, and making offerings of cigarettes, coca leaves, alcohol, and various other items in thanks for the year’s protection. The skulls are also sometimes taken to the central cemetery in La Paz for a special Mass and blessing.

The Brazilian public holiday of Finados (Day of the Dead) is celebrated on November 2. Similar to other Day of the Dead celebrations, people go to cemeteries and churches with flowers and candles and offer prayers. The celebration is intended as a positive honoring of the dead. Memorializing the dead draws from indigenous, African and European Catholic origins.

Guatemalan celebrations of the Day of the Dead, on November 1, are highlighted by the construction and flying of giant kites in addition to the traditional visits to grave sites of ancestors. A big event also is the consumption of fiambre, which is made only for this day during the year.

In Ecuador the Day of the Dead is observed to some extent by all parts of society, though it is especially important to the indigenous Kichwa peoples, who make up an estimated quarter of the population. Indigena families gather together in the community cemetery with offerings of food for a day-long remembrance of their ancestors and lost loved ones. Ceremonial foods include colada morada, a spiced fruit porridge that derives its deep purple color from the Andean blackberry and purple maize. This is typically consumed with guagua de pan, a bread shaped like a swaddled infant, though variations include many pigs—the latter being traditional to the city of Loja. The bread, which is wheat flour-based today, but was made with masa in the pre-Columbian era, can be made savory with cheese inside or sweet with a filling of guava paste. These traditions have permeated mainstream society, as well, where food establishments add both colada morada and gaugua de pan to their menus for the season. Many non-indigenous Ecuadorians visit the graves of the deceased, cleaning and bringing flowers, or preparing the traditional foods, too.

Usually people visit the cemetery and bring flowers to decorate the graves of dead relatives. Sometimes people play music at the cemetery.

In many American communities with Mexican residents, Day of the Dead celebrations are very similar to those held in Mexico. In some of these communities, in states such as Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, the celebrations tend to be mostly traditional. The All Souls Procession has been an annual Tucson, Arizona event since 1990. The event combines elements of traditional Day of the Dead celebrations with those of pagan harvest festivals. People wearing masks carry signs honoring the dead and an urn in which people can place slips of paper with prayers on them to be burned. Likewise, Old Town San Diego, California annually hosts a traditional two-day celebration culminating in a candlelight procession to the historic El Campo Santo Cemetery.

The festival also is held annually at historic Forest Hills Cemetery in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood. Sponsored by Forest Hills Educational Trust and the folkloric performance group La Piñata, the Day of the Dead festivities celebrate the cycle of life and death. People bring offerings of flowers, photos, mementos, and food for their departed loved ones, which they place at an elaborately and colorfully decorated altar. A program of traditional music and dance also accompanies the community event.

The Smithsonian Institution, in collaboration with the University of Texas at El Paso and Second Life, have created a Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum and accompanying multimedia e-book: Día de los Muertos: Day of the Dead. The project’s website contains some of the text and images which explain the origins of some of the customary core practices related to the Day of the Dead, such as the background beliefs and the offrenda (the special altar commemorating one’s deceased loved one).

The Made For iTunes multimedia e-book version provides additional content, such as further details; additional photo galleries; pop-up profiles of influential Latino artists and cultural figures over the decades; and video clips of interviews with artists who make Día de Muertos-themed artwork, explanations and performances of Aztec and other traditional dances, an animation short that explains the customs to children, virtual poetry readings in English and Spanish.

Santa Ana, California is said to hold the “largest event in Southern California” honoring Día de Muertos, called the annual Noche de Altares, which began in 2002. The celebration of the Day of the Dead in Santa Ana has grown to two large events with the creation of an event held at the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center for the first time on November 1, 2015.

In other communities, interactions between Mexican traditions and American culture are resulting in celebrations in which Mexican traditions are being extended to make artistic or sometimes political statements. For example, in Los Angeles, California, the Self Help Graphics & Art Mexican-American cultural center presents an annual Day of the Dead celebration that includes both traditional and political elements, such as altars to honor the victims of the Iraq War, highlighting the high casualty rate among Latino soldiers. An updated, intercultural version of the Day of the Dead is also evolving at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. There, in a mixture of Native Californian art, Mexican traditions and Hollywood hip, conventional altars are set up side-by-side with altars to Jayne Mansfield and Johnny Ramone. Colorful native dancers and music intermix with performance artists, while sly pranksters play on traditional themes.

Similar traditional and intercultural updating of Mexican celebrations are held in San Francisco. For example, the Galería de la Raza, SomArts Cultural Center, Mission Cultural Center, de Young Museum and altars at Garfield Square by the Marigold Project. Oakland is home to Corazon Del Pueblo in the Fruitvale district. Corazon Del Pueblo has a shop offering handcrafted Mexican gifts and a museum devoted to Day of the Dead artifacts. Also, the Fruitvale district in Oakland serves as the hub of the Día de Muertos annual festival which occurs the last weekend of October. Here, a mix of several Mexican traditions come together with traditional Aztec dancers, regional Mexican music, and other Mexican artisans to celebrate the day.

Europe

As part of a promotion by the Mexican embassy in Prague, Czech Republic, since the late 20th century, some local citizens join in a Mexican-style Day of the Dead. A theatre group produces events featuring masks, candles, and sugar skulls.

Asia and Oceania

Mexican-style Day of the Dead celebrations occur in major cities in Australia, Fiji, and Indonesia. Additionally, prominent celebrations are held in Wellington, New Zealand, complete with altars celebrating the deceased with flowers and gifts. In the Philippines “Undás”, “Araw ng mga Yumao” (Tagalog, Day of those who have passed away), coincides with the Roman Catholic’s celebration of All Saint’s Day and continues on to the following day of All Soul’s Day. Filipinos traditionally observe this day by visiting the family dead to clean and repair their tombs. Offerings of prayers, flowers, candles, and even food, while Chinese Filipinos additionally burn joss sticks and kim. Many also spend the day and ensuing night holding reunions at the cemetery, having feasts and merriment.

Your wondering why I posted this ? Well as you know, I did a skull art project that I posted on my blog this week. And it for me wondering about the start of these colourful skulls. So with the help of Wikipedia 😁 I found all this amazing facts. And after reading I just thought I’d share.

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Sunday’s Post 🌥

When you just can’t keep up with the weather ….. yesterday was horrible cold, wet and windy. Sunday was a totally different day (weather wise) year a little on the chilly side, but the sun was out (I managed to almost dry my towels on the line today)

Unlike the people I went out with last night, I wasn’t suffering from a hangover. I had one drink last night, and drank water once I got in.

Went to tidy my daughters grave today (gave it a trim and clean) it’s going to get wetter, so I won’t be able to clean or visit as often.

Food shopping was next. Put it away, put another wash load on, hung the other load on the indoor airer.

We were suppose to see Grace, our granddaughter, but her daddy wasn’t feeling too well (and I don’t want any bigs thanks!!) so we popped into town, grabbed a sandwich and looked around some of the shops.

I managed to tidy up and send a review.

So that was my Sunday. How did you spend yours?

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Saturday’s Post 🌧

The day started out dry, but soon began to rain, and it rained until late evening.

The delivery was almost put away by the time I got to work. I just had to put away the salad stuff.

Another busy day, I spent it between pot wash and the salad bar. The wet weather also brought everyone in. We were really busy. (We are suppose to be getting a dedicated pot washer, but we are still waiting!)

One of the young men at our work turned 18, and to mark the occasion a few of us went out, (there was suppose to be more, but a few didn’t even bother to turn up)

But It was an eye opener. Lots of gyrating bodies (I felt really old) and Halloween weekend brought the people out, the weird and wonderful.

I left way before everyone else, and I’m sure there will be a few headaches in the morning 😉

Did you get up to anything this Saturday?

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Art Project 💀

So I’d seen a few painted and crafted skulls on Pinterest 😉

So I thought I’d have a go …….

So….

I’m relatively happy with the way it turned out. Not too happy with the painted teeth, but next time I may use a felt tip pen.

Thinking at trying my hand at a painted one next …..

Not sure about the dots on the teeth, but I like the design. I’ll let you know if I do another one.

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Book Review 📱

Meant to be yours (Happily Inc.) book 5 by Susan Mallery 



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Friday’s Post 🌧

cheers. I usually add it Saturday, but I thought I’d swap it around 😉

As you know, yesterday I worked. So today I had the day off, I need to remind myself tomorrow is Saturday😉not Friday.

Spent a lovely afternoon with my friend, we had lunch, and then quiet time chatting before I went home.

The weather wasn’t at all nice today, and earlier I thought I heard thunder!!

I hope you have a good weekend.

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Thursday’s Post 🌦

You know Thursday was my day off, then I changed to a Wednesday, well I’m totally confused!!! Wednesday I worked, today I’m working, so I can have Friday off….. I’m not going to know up from down today.

Staff meeting at an early start (well early for most of the waitresses) 45 mins later, we are done, not sure why we had it, don’t think anything will get done, but I suppose they need to be seen doing stuff!!

The rain brought the crowds in, that and the fact we have a promotion going on at the moment (2 courses or 3 courses for a cheaper price) and it’s the beginning of the schools half term holiday.

Children being unsupervised whilst at the salad cart. Tipping a whole canister of bacon bits into their bowl, and the parent not really bothered.

And surprise!!! it was delivery day. Having help today was nice. But too many hands caused chaos!! It took me longer to tidy up today than it did Tuesday.

How was your Thursday?

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My African Adventure🦒

An early start to the day. A boat trip was planned. Whale and dolphin watching. What I got was “Diving with Sharks”!!

They lure the sharks up to the boat. You then climb into a cage and have a “close and personal one to one with a shark!”

I wasn’t too keen at first. I don’t swim and I wasn’t sure what to expect. But the guides were great, they informed us what to do, and how to get into the cage. We wouldn’t be totally submerged.

Debating on wether or not I would do it. It’s something I’ve wanted to do. And I know my son was keen, so I thought “let’s give it a go.”

That was amazing. Not getting into a rubber suit (that was hard putting that thing on!) but the experience. To be that close to a shark, to see it in its natural habitat was something I will remember for a very long time. I only went on the cage once, but we had the opportunity to do it several times. I probably would have e gone in again, but the face mask was very tight!!

After leaving the boat behind, we got taken to a penguin sanctuary. That was cool, the guide showed us around and gave us a little chat. Telling us what the sanctuary did, and how it was funded. They rescue penguins to release back into the wild.

Coming back to the hotel, we were all pretty hungry, so we grabbed a taxi and headed into “The Victoria and Albert” wharf. It’s got lots of shops and places to eat. In the summer it will look really nice. But we had a little cloud. But it didn’t stop us from enjoying the rest of our day.

We ended up staying for a few hours, watching the sun go down in the restaurant we were eating in.

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Wednesday’s Post☁️

Oh I had fun today at work (that’s sarcasm at work) one of the kitchen fridges decided to heat up overnight, so we had a lot of half cooked meat!!! And it didn’t smell very nice!! Guess who got to dispose of it ? (The chef needed to go count stock and get more out) the smell was horrendous 🤢and the noise when they slipped out of the metal container and into the bin was really gross (more of a sloppy sound)

Running around again today. Between potwash and the salad area. It was a little busy, so trying to keep up to date.

The usual guests asking questions and queries. What is the potato salad made from? Are the rolls gluten free?

Hoping your Wednesday was a quiet one.

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Tuesday’s Post ☁️

Tuesday’s delivery was a fun event. I got to do it all on my own. But I put my music on, turned it up loud, and got on with it. Managed to put the dishwasher on and turned the ice cream machine on. So pretty proud that I did most of the delivery before anyone came down to the restaurant.

A busy day prepping and chopping and setting up salad for the next few days. Also keeping the wash up area clean and organised.

on the way home I see a hot air ballon, but taking a picture was easier said than done. Walking and taking pictures is not my forte.

Walking home in the sun was nice. The sun on my back, making the most of this weather as it’s only going to get colder.

How was your Tuesday?

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Monday’s Post ☁️

Why do people make a mess in a restaurant? If they eat like that at home, then I don’t think i’d ever want to visit their home!! It can’t be difficult to spoon food from a container into a bowl? I know some people have difficulties with there hands, or co-ordination. But it’s the people who just don’t watch what they are doing. Or let their children help themselves without supervision.

And people who don’t watch where they are going. I had one guest who didn’t watch they were going, she stopped suddenly, and if I hadn’t been watching her, I would have ended up knocking her over!!!

And people who stick their fingers in sauce pots….. yuk!!!

Other than that, a pretty quiet and steady day.

How was your Monday?

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Sunday’s Post 🌥

As the nights begin to draw in. The air gets a little colder. Winter is almost here. Clocks go back. It’s darker at night, and it’s going to be even darker soon.

Went food shopping today. And visited my daughters grave.

Then came back and caught up with housework. I also finished off and sent a review.

How did you spend your Sunday?

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Book Review 📱

The Highland Outlaw by Heather McCollum 

Description……

Shaw Sinclair, chief of the outcast clan of Sinclairs of Caithness in northern Scotland, has made a deal with the devil. Despite his strength and lethal skills, he needs help—specifically from a woman—to accomplish his mission to bring a bairn to safety to the coast. When he meets the brave and beautiful Alana Campbell at a Samhain Festival, he decides she’s the one. Alana Campbell is ready to show the world she’s just as skillful with a sgian dubh as any man. Attracting the attention of the brawny chief who coerces her to join him on his journey to the coast of Scotland gives her that very opportunity. Sparks flash between them as they’re forced to act as husband and wife to accomplish the deadly mission. However, when secrets threaten to tear them apart, they have to decide if their differences outweigh the reality of their feelings…

To Laird Shaw Sinclair, 7th Earl of Caithness The infant who journeys under the protection of this letter is of strong health yet might succumb to an assassin’s poison. Therefore, she must be taken to safety shielded by the fierce Sinclair clan. Take the child to the ruins of St. Andrews castle, where a ship will ferry her over to France to be raised in secret until such time as she can be claimed. In return for your service, Castle Girnigoe and the lands historically kept by the Sinclair Clan will be retaken from Edgar Campbell of Glenorchy to be returned to Clan Sinclair. The child must arrive, alive, to the ship before the winter snows blanket the Highlands. May God in his ultimate wisdom and power guide you and see that you protect this very important child.”

Each book in The Campbells series is STANDALONE:

* The Scottish Rogue

* The Savage Highlander

* The Wicked Viscount

* The Highland Outlaw

My Review……

The Highland Outlaw starts out with the premise of a small child being taken to safety. The missive charges Shaw Sinclair the job of delivering the baby girl. 

Shaw is Laird of the Sinclair Clan and whilst promising to deliver a baby to safety, the wet nurse (a woman employed to breastfeed another woman’s child) he employs dies on the journey, spotting his chance he uses every trick in the book to persuade Alana to join him…… 

Alana is sick aand tired of being under appreciated. No one takes her seriously!! And finding out her mother is alive (in previous books it was thought she had died) spurs Alana on to find and rescue her. Her help comes in the form of charming if not slightly rude Shaw Sinclair. 

Their journey is fraught with danger, people are after the child, and will stop at nothing to achieve it. 

But lies have a habit of surfacing, Campbell’s and Sinclair’s are sworn enemies, but as the journey progresses, it’s getting harder and harder to remain enemies, and pretending to be husband and wife is blurring the lines. 

Double dealings, treachery, betrayal and lots of action keep this book going at a great pace. 

So why does Shaw have to deliver this baby? And to whom? Is she special in anyway? What happens if the baby doesn’t get delivered? And will Alana find her mother? And these secrets that Shaw and Alana have, will it really spell the end of this Laird and his feisty lass? 

Another good book in The Campbell series. We’ve met a few of the characters in this book in previous stories, so it was nice to add a little more background to it all. 

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Saturday’s Post 🌥

It’s Saturday, so here’s a drink for you to try

Yay it’s Saturday…. yay it’s delivery day!! The weather behaved today. Which helped, and now we are back serving breakfast over the weekend, it’s all a little rushed. But as usual (with minutes to spare) I get the salad cart out and bread rolls warm in their basket. The wash up area looked like a bomb has gone off!! So it was a toss up between sorting that out, and putting and prepping my salads. Pot-wash won (if the waitresses can’t leave their plates there, then that’s when breakages happen) it doesn’t take me long, but that’s not really the point (I don’t think the people I work with have a clue) I find the chefs are the worse, they just dump and walk away, the amount of times I’ve asked them to stack (it’s not sinking in) if I don’t ask daily, then it doesn’t happen!!!

Keeping on top of both pot-wash and salads can be a little tricky (if you get caught in one area for too long, the other one suffers, plates pile up, or containers of salad get low or empty) we’ve been promised someone to do that area for ages (still waiting) on a week day it’s not too bad, but Saturday, what with delivery, it’s just a little tricky. Oh well, kept me on my toes today 😉

So how was your Saturday?

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Friday’s Post🌧

then I’m going to live forever 😉

Busy day today. We had a cake sale for the Macmillan Cancer association. So coffee and cake everywhere!!! I had to keep the coffee cups and cake plates coming!!

Rain didn’t keep them away either 🤨 waitresses wore pink to aid the cause (kitchen had to keep to the boring uniform)

It was a pretty busy day too, running back and forth, between salads and potwash.

It’s almost the weekend. Do you have any plans?

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Book Review 📱

FOR WITCH OR FOR POORER (Paranormal wedding planner) book 5 by AE Jones 

Description…..

When magic isn’t so magical. 

A lonely wolf. 

Maeve Callahan has never had a true family to call her own. Recently adopted into the West Coast pack, she will do anything to stop her past from destroying her newly found brothers. Unfortunately, the evil wolf who raised her and a vengeful coven have other plans. When a warlock is called in to help, Maeve’s instant attraction to him couldn’t be worse timing.

A power-shy warlock. Giz Kelly does not cast spells. Period. His father taught him the hard way that magic can destroy the people you love. But when the supernatural team he works for gets called in to help the pack, he finds himself breaking his vow in order to protect Maeve.

When the coven attacks and lives are at stake, can Maeve and Giz embrace their powers to save the pack and each other? And in doing so realize that love can be the greatest magic of all? 

For Witch or For Poorer is the fifth book in the paranormal wedding planners romance series.

Paranormal Wedding Planners …
In Sickness and In Elf
From This Fae Forward
To Have and To Howl

For Better or For Wolf
For Witch or For Poorer
Till Demon Do Up Part (coming soon)


My Review……

I’ve read this series from the beginning. And I’ve loved every book so far. 
Maeve was recently adopted into the pack. (We meet her in the last book “For better or for Wolf”) She loves her new family, (especially her “newly found brothers”) and there is nothing she won’t do for them. She will protect them with her very life. And she might just have to do that!! The wolf who had raised her (who in fact wasn’t her father) is bringing in the big guns, a powerful witches coven. What does he want? 
Being with her brothers and a new pack should bring her peace, but peaceful is anything but how Maeve feels. And the wolf inside her, that can’t be let out, not under any circumstances!!! But she needs a little independence, after twenty-five of being controlled by her “father” Maeve wants a little freedom.
Giz/Tim is the nerd of the paranormal security force. (We’ve meet the rest of the team in previous books) he’s the tech guy, the wizard genius, and literally a wizard. But Giz has a secret, one he’s not even willing to share with the guys in his group (and he trusts them with his life) 
Maeve and Giz meet on pack grounds and there is an attraction of sorts, but both are wary, so after a sort of flirty conversation, they both go their own ways. Giz is aware that Maeve is still fragile after years of verbal abuse, and the last thing she needs is him. And he’s aware of her three brothers, and really, he doesn’t do relationships….. 
The pack is attacked by the Lunadorium (the coven of witches) they’ve already dealt with Maeve’s father, and now they’ve set their sights on the pack and Maeve. 
The romance between Giz and Maeve is a slow burn. They feel that each doesn’t deserve happiness, so push or try to ignore their feelings for each other. 
This has to be my second favourite book in the series (fingers crossed Sullivan gets a book 🤞) 

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Thursday’s Post 🌧

The day starts out dry and sunny, within the hour I’m holding an umbrella!! sneaking my travel penguin into the local book store was fun (got the evil eye from one of the workers there) I think she thought I was going to steal a book!!

Then it was coffee time, but to ring the changes we had a hot chocolate 😋Then running around a clothes store trying to take a few silly pictures. Again the shop assistant followed me around (until he saw what I saw doing) he laughed and left me alone.

Going into another shop, my BFF and I were browsing through the ladies underwear section. She bent down to look at sizes (I know I shouldn’t have, but I was feeling naughty) I made a “fart sound”

The look on my friends face was hilarious, the look on the lady’s face behind her was priceless!!!

Do I had a fun filled day today. How was your Thursday?

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Wednesday’s Post ☁️

After a wet and miserable morning (which meant I couldn’t meet up with a friend for a coffee before work) the sun came out!! Typical!!

As usual my day at work doesn’t really change. Just some of the circumstances, take this afternoon I go out to check the levels of sauces and condiments, and I find several spoons covered in both sauce and dried onion bits!!! They looked like covered lollipops!! Why do people feel the need to do this? There were ladles for the sauces, and spoons for the condiments, so why dip?!

Day off tomorrow and I’m looking forward to catching up with my friend. We have a few things planned, so fingers crossed the weather behaves itself.

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Tuesday’s Post☁️

Didn’t have to help with the delivery today (I was told it was all in hand) and by the time I got into work, it was almost done. But it still didn’t stop potwash piling up.

Prepping salad and keeping bread rolls topped up. Again my salad spoons are going missing!! I’m missing two!!! Seriously, they aren’t that big, but that she’s the seem to stop someone!!!

Listened to music whilst washing up and then sorting some of the washing. Finished a review for “The Reading Cafe” and sent that away.

That was my Tuesday. How was yours?

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Monday’s Post 🌧

I had the doctors today.

A few weeks back I went and had an appt and was sent by the doctor to the hospital about my chest (I’ve had a cough for about 5 weeks) she wasn’t too concerned, but as I’d already had antibiotics and an inhaler to try to clear it, she wanted to see if my chest was clear)

So I did ……

Get there early (I hate to be late) but I should have waited outside. It was FULL of poorly people😷 (yes I know it’s a doctors surgery) but I’m not full of cold, but after spending enough time In there, I’m sure the airborne germs 🦠 will get me 😉

And then there was the screaming baby, I know you need to let babies cry, but this one was exercising it’s lungs pretty loud!!!

And why does the smelliest man in the world need to sit next to me?!?! 🤢I know they sometimes can’t help it, but THERE ARE OTHER SEATS!!!

I couldn’t breathe through my mouth as I swear I could taste it!!! 🤢

I couldn’t put my earbuds in as I might have missed the call. And reading on my phone (love a portable book😉) would have drained the battery on my phone. So I sat there in a smelly and loud surgery waiting area. I was in hell !!!!

And why did it feel like everyone else was going in before me?!

Getting out of the doctors was easy once I got the all clear from the doctor. Walking to work was like a breath of fresh air😉

Work was busy as usual (we have a promotion on over the next few days, so it’s going to be busier than usual)

That was my Monday. How was yours?

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Book Review 📱

Awk-Weird (Ice Knights Series) by Avery Flynn

Description……

There’s more to me than just being awk-weird. 

I own my own flower shop, have some great friends, and I have my eye on adopting the most adorable kitten. But sadly, hot guys don’t tend to be blown away by my trivia-spouting, dorky self.

So when a Thor-lookalike who happens to be a professional hockey player hits on me at my bestie’s wedding rehearsal party… You better believe I climbed that tree like a cat. And the fact that it happened not once, not twice, but three times? Yeah, that’s pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a woman like me.

There’s zero chance I’ll end up ever seeing him again…right?

Until the pregnancy test comes up positive. What happens next?

Oh my God, I wish I knew… 

Each book in the Ice Knights series is STANDALONE:


* Parental Guidance
* Awk-Weird
* Loud Mouth 


My Review…..

I had such a chuckle reading this. I’ve read the previous book in this series, “Parental Guidance”, so I looking forward to see who was in this one. (These don’t need to be read in order) 
We first met Tess is a different series “The Hartigans” 
Tess looks at herself as ordinary, a nerd. But I liked the character, her awk-weird (ness) was endearing. She has no social skills, she has no idea how to interact with a guy. She does try bless her, she just doesn’t have a clue. She knows it’s going to happen soon, her friends have found someone, a d soon they will be moving on. She’s had it all her life, no one has every really wanted her, being passed around from relative to relative, a d getting the feeling you weren’t really wanted has certainly done a number on Tess. 
And being at another wedding (her three best friends have all found love) just sucks. She doesn’t begrudge them, but she’s going to be on her own pretty soon. Again!!!! 
As Cole watches his ex leave with her date, its pretty obvious they were properly over, they were and on/off couple, he’d given her his love, she’d left, so he was going to get drunk, and then move on ….. 
Tess and Cole meet at a pre-wedding dinner. A game is being played, and although Tess isn’t invited, she can’t help whisper the answers. She doesn’t think anyone is listening, until a challenge is dished out, and Tess is partnered with a Thor look alike 😉 drinks are flowing and soon the questions are flying around. Tess can’t remember when she’d had this much fun. 
Together they make their escape through an open door, Cole really doesn’t do cute, but she does have something about her ….. 
Oh dear!!!! We wake the next morning, and a few regrets raise its ugly head, yes they’d had a great night, but in the come light of day, would Cole really want to be seen with her?
 One month later …. 
Tess is pregnant!!! Ok she knows how it happens, but how did it happen? They’d had protected sex (three times) so it should have been ok. What’s a girl to do? Does she tell the father? It does she keep it quiet? 
Cole is shocked!! How the hell did Tess become pregnant? 
But as the pair struggle to come to terms with the pregnancy, they spend more and more time together. Her quirks intrigue him, just being with her makes more sense than being with his ex ever did. 
So will they end up together? Or will Tess’s past keep them apart? 
It’s another laugh a minute book. It’s good a few deep moments (both Cole and Tess have issues, and it’s good to watch them work through them together) 
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Sunday’s Post 🌦

Food shopping and housework was the order of the day in my house.

But what I actually did was housework and tidied the library 😉I threw out a lot of rubbish. I put together a large box of crafts for my granddaughter Grace (she will love it, I’m not sure about her mum😉)

It rained on and off all day, so we didn’t go out. But as the shops closed, the sun came out (what a surprise!!) but too late to go food shopping.

Got a few things sorted on my blog, and tidied up a couple of reviews. Listened to music as I tidied the library.

How was your Sunday?

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Saturday’s Post 🌧

Such a wet Saturday, it rained nearly all day long. Work was a wet occasion. I had to help bring the rest of delivery in (what a surprise, it was left out in the rain!!) but I got on with it, and soon had it put away. In between prepping salad stuff and pot wash, I managed to thwart a young boy eat from the plastic spoon in the pasta container, kept the bread rolls coming, and told a gentleman off for sticking his finger in the thousand island dressing!!! I should have been at least a set of twins today😉 back and foreword all shift long.

How was your day? Hope you’ve had a good Saturday.

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Book Review 👩🏻‍💻

Bishop Takes Knight (Redclaw Origins Book 1) by McKenna Dean 

Description…….

New York, 1955. Former socialite Henrietta (“Rhett”) Bishop, destitute after her father gambles away the family fortune, takes a job at Redclaw Security. But Redclaw is no ordinary operation. Part detective firm and part enforcement agency, Redclaw regulates matters involving the growing population of shifters who have emerged since the onset of the nuclear age.

Peter Knight is a nuclear scientist shattered by the death of his wife. Blacklisted by the government and scientific organizations, he drowns his sorrows while searching for the people behind his wife’s murder.

When Rhett is assigned to recruit Knight, their meeting is more than either bargained for—a rival organization will do anything to secure Knight for themselves. Following a lead to locate a missing cache of alien technology stolen from Redclaw, Rhett is thrown back into her previous glittering life with Knight as her pretend boyfriend. But when someone from the past turns up to start a bidding war on the artifacts, Bishop and Knight wind up in a fight for their very lives.


My Review…… 

This book is before the first book ( The Panther’s Lost Princess ….Redclaw Security book 1)  It tells of how the Rhett finds out that it’s more than “just” a detective/security firm. 

Rhett has been a social outcast and has been ever since her father lost the family fortune, (well he didn’t really lose it, he was laundering money, and when found out, he committed suicide) and other jobs haven’t lasted long, so she needs this and will type all day long if she has to. 

Rhett (or Henrietta) comes to terms with the fact there are things out there that the “humans” don’t need to know about. (After seeing a few odd things, and then rescuing her co-worker from a “snarling and hairy man” her boss Ryker tests her and declares her a success!! And so Rhett becomes an agent. 

So Rhett’s first assignment is to find (and possibly recruit) the 

nuclear scientist, Peter Knight. Redclaw has worked out that the nuclear age is triggering dormant genes in humans (causing mutations, werewolves, and artifacts to act strange.)

Peter wants nothing more than to find his wife’s killer. But he can’t get any answers he’s been blacklisted and thrown out of the organisations he worked for. Peter feels like he had nothing more to give, nothing to lose, he’s given up. His only comfort is the bottle of alcohol. 
The plot moves at a steady pace, Rhett and Knight both have an agenda, both don’t want to fall for one another. But as a rival organisation try to obtain (by fair or foul means) Knight, each will see the other in a different light. It’s a slow blooming romance, but with a strong storyline, you don’t always need endless amounts of sex. 
It was good to find out more of the origins of Redclaw. And how it started from it’s humble beginnings. If knight and bishop are in the next book, then count me in. 

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Friday’s Post 🌧

Friday brought rain. But I got a lift into work (which was nice) so I stayed dry.

I swear I work with children!!! Why do I feel like the oldest there? If they aren’t bickering, then they are winding each other up!!! I feel like I should be putting them in a “time out” corner!!

Salads and potwash were kept on top of. Prepping lots for tonight and tomorrow. I’m in slightly earlier tomorrow to help put the delivery away.

How was your Friday?

Do you have any plans for the weekend ?

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Random Thought 💭

What affects our mental health

Life affects us all differently. We all go through difficult times, and negative emotions can be a healthy reaction to the challenges we face. But for many of us, things can become more serious, and each year as many as 1 in 4 of us experiences a mental health problem.

Being aware of what can affect our mental health can make it easier to understand when we, or someone we care about, are struggling, and helps us think about what we can do to improve things or where to get support.

Some of us are more deeply affected by events than others. How we deal with things can also depend on how well other parts of our life are going or how well supported we feel.

There are lots of things you can do and organisations that can help.

Our personal lives and relationships

Relationships are one of the most important aspects of our lives, yet we can often forget just how crucial our connections with other people are.

When we experience difficulties or changes in a relationship – with a partner, friend or family member – it can affect our mental health in many ways.

If you’re worried about your relationship and how it’s making you feel, it’s worth talking it over with someone you trust, or you may prefer to use a helpline or online resources.

There are lots of sources of support and information that can help if you need help with your relationships.

Caring for someone else

Looking after someone else can be a positive and rewarding experience, but it can also be mentally and physically draining.

Helping someone else gives you less time for your own needs and thoughts. Although you may really want to care for them, you may also find it difficult and upsetting, or might feel overwhelmed and unable to look after yourself properly.

The impact of bereavement

Over our lifetime we’re all likely to experience the loss of a friend or loved one. Whenever it happens, it will be a difficult time.

Grief affects us in different ways. There’s no right or wrong way to feel.

When we are bereaved, we are likely to feel waves of emotions as we come to terms with loss. These can include sadness, guilt, shock and anger. All are normal after a death.

Loneliness and mental health

Loneliness can affect anyone, young or old, and can happen in any situation. We may live in a busy city or a rural location, on our own or with others and still feel isolated.

We may be isolated physically or feel alone in a crowd, or we might be emotionally isolated because of something we have experienced that’s difficult to share.

Sometimes important life events make us lonely, like leaving school or work, moving home or having a baby. We may also face discrimination, which can make us feel lonely or excluded.

Discrimination and mental health

Discrimination can come in many different forms and can have a big effect on our mental health.

An act of discrimination could be losing out on a job or promotion because of who we are or what we believe in.

It may also mean not getting the support you need, feeling threatened or being excluded from a group.

Money, work or housing

Worrying about your financial situation, work issues or your housing situation can have a negative effect on your mental health.

Money worries and mental health

Money and mental health are often linked. Poor mental health can make managing money harder, and worrying about money can make your mental health worse.

Not having enough money or being in debt can make you feel:

  • out of control
  • hopeless
  • embarrassed
  • guilty
  • depressed and anxious

Work and unemployment issues

Having a job can help us feel a sense of achievement, give us a feeling of belonging and connect us to others, on top of the obvious financial benefits.

But if we face stressful situations in the workplace or are unable to work, it can have a big impact on our health and wellbeing.

We sometimes face difficult issues around work, which may include:

  • a lack of control of our workload
  • high demands on our time and energy
  • fear of redundancy
  • poor line management
  • difficult relationships with colleagues
  • bullying or harassment in the workplace
  • workplace discrimination

It’s not always clear what the best thing to do is, but if work issues are becoming difficult to deal with, there are ways you can get help.

Being out of work can affect our sense of identity and purpose, cause money worries and may make it difficult to maintain self-confidence, particularly if you’re unable to work or have been made redundant or unemployed.

It may also damage your confidence if you have missed out on opportunities or are stuck in a career rut, or do not know what to do next.

Although retirement is something many of us look forward to, it can also be a challenging time. But there are things you can do to help ease this transition from working life.

Our home environment and mental health

Damp or cold housing, overcrowding, problems with landlords and debt can all be bad for our mental wellbeing, even when we think the problem is only temporary or we know how to fix it.

Homelessness is extremely stressful and many of the things that cause it are beyond our control, such as disability and poverty.

Being homeless can make it even harder for someone with poor mental health to recover and find secure, stable housing and a job, as well as making it harder to form healthy relationships.

Life changes

Life’s always changing, but sometimes we face a big or sudden change that is harder to deal with, whether it’s moving home, starting university, having a baby or starting to care for someone.

When things change

Even if the change is expected and positive, we can still struggle with the effects.

It helps to be aware how stressful change can be, but also be aware that the stress is unlikely to last. It’s important to take action if the effects last a long time after the change happened.

When things change, it can be helpful to understand what’s happening and how the change could be affecting us.

Starting university

Young adults going to university can feel unsupported because their usual support network of family and friends are not around.

They may have difficulty adapting to new accommodation, the demands of the academic timetable and looking after themselves. This can naturally put a strain on their mental wellbeing.

Pregnancy and bringing up children

A pregnancy is a huge change in our lives, especially if it’s a first baby. It can be an exciting time, but physical changes can result in poor sleep caused by discomfort, and hormonal changes can result in up-and-down moods. 

Some people cope with these changes well, but others find it harder, particularly if they have to deal with morning sickness or health conditions such as diabetes.

Relationships will also be tested, particularly with a partner who may also be worried or confused.

Miscarriage or stillbirth may be a big worry for many pregnant women and those around them. If a miscarriage or stillbirth happens, it can be devastating and can be linked to symptoms of trauma.

While many people are aware you can become depressed after having a baby, it’s less well known that many women experience anxiety during and after pregnancy. In fact, it’s common to experience depression and anxiety together.

Some people may be particularly anxious about childbirth. Some people may experience postnatal depression and a small number experience postpartum psychosis.

There are lots of sources of support and information that can help if you are pregnant, have had a baby or have been through a miscarriage.

Ageing and later life

Ageing happens to us all. Later life can be full of amazing new experiences. Retirement can give you newfound freedom, and grandchildren can be a joy.

But many of us find the change hard, especially if work played a major part of our lives. Sudden loss of status and financial security, and the withdrawal from social networks and activities at work can all affect our mental wellbeing.

When children leave home, it can also be a new phase of life, but it might feel as if the house is empty. It can also put a different focus on relationships with partners or friends, and this could cause friction.

You may also find that you’re caring for an elderly, ill or disabled parent or partner.

As we age, we may find we lose our financial or physical independence. We might struggle to go out or do things alone, or may not have the money to engage in activities we once enjoyed and that connected us to other people.

Being in a care home or having a long stay in hospital can break the familiar routines of our life, causing us to feel confused and maybe even depressed.

There are also natural changes to the body that are part of the ageing process. Some of these, such as the menopause, can often result in low mood and anxiety.

It can feel like signs of depression or struggles with our mental health are an inevitable part of getting older, but they do not need to be. 

Health issues

How we are physically affects how we feel mentally.

Health issues, long-term and serious illnesses

Health issues, medical appointments and tests may make us anxious, and our mood may get worse from being in pain.

A long-term, life-limiting or life-threatening illness can make us feel sad, worried or angry. Whether physical or mental, ill health can affect work, relationships and the way we relate to other people.

Living with a long-term physical illness can make us feel anxious or depressed, and being in pain can interfere with sleep.

Long-term conditions cannot be cured but can be managed. They come with a risk of social isolation, low self-esteem, stigma and discrimination. There are things we can do to look after our mental health, which in turn helps with managing a long-term condition.

Poor sleep, anxiety and low mood can also occur alongside less common mental illnesses, such as eating disorders, psychosis or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

It’s important to take care of your mind as well as your body and to get support if or when you need it.

Traumatic events and mental health

Some experiences can be devastating when they happen but also continue to have effects that last a long time.

Children who witness or experience trauma are more likely to have problems as adults.

There are many traumatic events that can affect mental health, such as:

  • being neglected or abused as a child
  • being sexually or physically abused as an adult
  • experiencing relationship abuse
  • living in areas of armed conflict
  • working in the armed forces, emergency services or related professions, such as social work

Witnesses to traumatic events can also be strongly affected by them. You may feel confused, afraid or angry, and may also feel guilty, ashamed or numb about the events you have experienced.

Traumatic events can be things like serious accidents, natural or man-made disasters, or a traumatic childbirth.

When we experience traumatic events, our body’s defences take effect and create a stress response, which may make us feel physical changes or intense emotions, or behave differently.

Directly after the event, we may experience shock and denial. This can give way over hours or days to feelings like sadness, anger and guilt.

Many people feel better and recover gradually, but traumatic life events increase our risk of poorer mental health, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Smoking, drinking, gambling and drug misuse

Smoking, drug use, alcohol misuse and gambling can contribute to poor mental health. Equally, poor mental health can lead to increased substance misuse, smoking and addictive behaviours.

This means we can find ourselves trapped in a vicious circle.

For example, someone using cannabis to self-medicate their mental health issues might actually find themselves more anxious and paranoid in the short term, and could even go on to develop a psychotic illness.

Coupled with anxiety about getting the next drink, hit or win, substance misuse and addiction can make us feel guilty, worried about money, and put a strain on our relationships.

Quitting smoking and drugs, cutting down on alcohol and managing our gambling can help us take back control of our moods and emotions.

People who smoke, for instance, can mistakenly believe that stopping smoking will negatively affect their mental health. But it can actually reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

My African Adventure 🦒

Always got time to sneak in an extra five minutes to read a book 😉

We are on our second leg of our African Adventure today. We packed last night, so it was just pyjamas and toiletries, and then we are good to go.

We go down to breakfast for the final time at the Pretoria hotel. As it’s an internal flight I grab a couple bottles of water, fruit and a few muffins for the flight.

Sitting in the reception area we wait for our taxi to take us to the airport.

My Travel companion 😉

It’s a two and a half hour flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town. I grab the window seat and look out the window the whole flight. Looking at the patchwork landscape I try hard to see wildlife (but I think I’m a little too high up to see anything 😉 I put my earphones in and listen to some music.

We get off the plane, grab our cases and then it’s off to find our transport.

Noticing a sign that says “Burns” I’m assuming that’s for us😉 we say hello to the driver and he grabs my suitcase and takes us to the car.

The sun is shining on Cape Town, whereas Johannesburg is dark and closed in. Cape Town has more of a modern look to it. The buildings look newer and the roads are a lot smoother.

We get to The President Hotel.

The Pretoria had the colonial feel about it. The President has more of a modern look to it, and we aren’t far from the sea, so it looks a little like the beach resorts back home.

Our bags are taken up to our room once we are checked in. Again water is offered, and I grab a bottle. We are told all about the hotel and given a welcome pack (hotel keys, menus, and facilities on the site) we follow the porter up to our rooms. Definitely a different feel here. Very clean, very modern.

The walk into the little shopping area doesn’t take long. We have a quick look round. Then decide on where we will eat tonight. We have an early start tomorrow, so it’s an early night for us.

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Book Review 👩🏻‍💻

Claiming the Cowboy Christmas  (Hills in Texas series) book 4 By Kadie Scott 

Back Cover…….

Her thermostat was set to frosty, until her Christmas cowboy cranks up the heat.

Ashley Hughes would love to cancel Christmas this year. 

Instead of holiday plans, she’s back in her Texas hometown planning her twin sister’s wedding — to her ex! 

Nothing like small town speculation to make her life cheery and bright. No one believes that she’s over the groom, until a certain cowboy secret crush steps in to be her plus one. Ashley’s tried to friend zone Jennings since high school, because she’s always known kissing the casual charmer would lead to a love she’d never forget.

Jennings Hill would be the first to admit that his feelings for his ex-best friend are more likely to land him on the naughty list. When he sees Ashley again, he only wants to help but then a rumour links them romantically and that’s when their lives get complicated. The more time they spend together, the more Jennings worries she’s not over her ex, but Ashley starts wishing Jennings was her present wrapped under the Christmas tree.

Hills in Texas Series ….. 

Saving the Sheriff

Resisting the Rancher

Taming the Troublemaker 

Claiming the Cowboy for Christmas 


My Review….. 

Ashley is glad to be home, she’s missed her family, especially her twin Taylor. Two years has been long enough. But if she stays that’s a whole different matter. 

Taylor is marrying Ashley’s ex!!! Could that be anymore awkward? To outsiders and Taylor, yes it is, but to Ashley, her and Eric broke up a long time ago. She’s moved on, she’s happy for the couple, the only reason she stayed away…..  to give the gossips time to move on….. no such luck!!! Ashley is met with awkward silences and pitying looks!! 

Taking Taylor out on her bachelorette party is an ideal way to put the gossips to bed for go. But as it goes from bad to worse, Ashley is wanting to head back to Dallas, pretty darn quick. Thank goodness she’s only here till the New Year, surely she can survive till then?

Jennings Hill has always loved Ashley, from the first day at preschool until the day she dumped him to be with Eric. They were best friends, did everything together, and then he had to watch his best friend change to please the boyfriend. So to hide his feelings from everyone (including himself) he began to antagonise Ashley. Never getting close to her. But that’s all about to change, dancing with Ashley has set the gossips in motion. What’s a guy to do? Does he help an old friend out? Or does he just walk away and leave her to deal with it? 

Jennings asks Ashley if she’ll looking into a case of fraud for him, and Ashley quickly agrees, they might not be friends now, but they were a long time ago. 

The more time they spend together, the more Ashley sees him in a different light. Yes, she may have had a slight crush on him, but he was her best friend, she really shouldn’t be imaging him in that way!!! 

Jennings on the other hand thinks Ashley still isn’t over Eric!! He’s frustrated, why can’t she see what’s in front of her? 

So ……

Will Ashley stay in Texas? Will she convince Jennings that she is totally over Eric? And will Eric finally get the girl he has always longed for? 

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Wednesday’s Post

Sorry it’s late !!!

Work was its usual crèche mentality!! But I’m just going to get on with my work from now on. Had a heavy downpour middle of the afternoon.

I’m not sure what else to say. So I’m going to post and do a better job for Thursday. How was your Wednesday?

What are you doing for Thursday?

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Tuesday’s Post 🌧

I don’t think the weather knows what it was doing today. We had light rain, very heavy rain and even a few rainbows. Delivery day saw me getting in earlier than my usual time, but the delivery was late!! So I had time to set out the salads and pop In the bread rolls. Luckily enough it wasn’t a large delivery, so it didn’t take long.

it’s my nieces birthday today. They are fraternal twins. They are a pair of cheeky monkeys. I don’t visit as often as I like, they live a few hours away. But I’m hoping to visit next year.

How was your Tuesday?

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Monday’s Post 🌧

what a busy and wet day. The start of the week sees me trying to empty bins that were overflowing!! Put the dishwasher on, and put the ice cream machine on. The chef today really wasn’t very well, so I ended up running around to help. He was sent home in the end, and someone else stepped in. Again a busy day, but went quick.

my new work shoes. Steel toed, and very comfy 😊 a step up (pardon the pun) from my old work shoes

How was your Monday?

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Sunday’s Post🌥

I’d had lots planned today. I did none of it!! I read, I reviewed, I listened to music. I spent time tidying up my daughters grave, then went shopping. I had housework planned, I wanted to tidy the spare room and the library, but I laid on the bed (which is always lethal) and that’s where I stayed!! But as I said I got stuff done on my reading, so I don’t look at it as a complete waste of my Sunday off. In fact it made a nice change just to chill and do nothing.

How was your Sunday?

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Kinky Wolf (Alpha wants curves series) By Aidy Award. 

Description….

Niko Troika gave up everything, his pack, his best friend, his ability to shift, to ensure the entire wolf-shifter society wasn’t exposed. He saved them all from total destruction, but he simply doesn’t have anything left to save himself. Under the light of a full moon, he finds his salvation…in her. His one true mate. The one woman whose heart he broke and would never love him again.

Zara’s been to hell, and it’s filled with greedy wolf-shifters. She won’t let anything stop her from her crusade to save anyone else from being driven insane like she was. Not even love.

But the two of them are caught in the middle of a pack war, and something dark and sinister doesn’t want either of them to remember who or what they truly are.


My Review…

In previous books, we assume Niko had turned rouge, he killed his wolf Tsar, he died. The Troika pack were outcasts, other wolf packs challenged and fought for their land, but they held onto it (thanks to Niko’s brothers Max and Kosta) then we learn that actually he sacrificed his own happiness and wolf to keep the shifters from being discovered by humans. And now he’s a broken wolf, no a man, his wolf isn’t even there to keep him company. 

Zara loved Niko with all her heart, she’s made plans, she thought they would be together forever, then he callously rips out her heart, he never loved her, he’s lied to her. She hopes he’s dead, she hopes he suffered. Actually, no she doesn’t, she still loves him, but it hurt so much when he left that Zara swore never to let anyone close ever again. But Zara has been hiding a secret…. she thinks werewolves exist, the delusions and schizophrenia (self diagnosed) and the visions, she saw Niko when he left her, the visions seemed so real. So for the past eight years Zara has been going slowly mad. But she doesn’t show it, she has to stay strong. 

Niko is shocked at how ill Zara looks, he just wants to take care of her, but he can’t, he can barely look after himself. But he’s going to get better, he’s going to make himself a better man, and he’s going to win back Zara, she’s the only thing keeping his darkness at bay. 

Zara has been kidnapped and physically abused, slapped around and then told she would be sold as a slave. Luckily she was rescued, but it hasn’t helped her, she needs to focus, she needs a plan of action, women are still being held by the man who captured her, she needs to rescue the women, and kill Ramsey Crescent. But her delusions keep interfering, she needs to focus, men can’t change into wolves!! 

Zara and Niko’s tentative attempt at trying to move on from each other proves useless. They need each other, they have to work together to help one another. 

So is Zara delusional? Does she sees wolves instead of men? And is Niko as broken as he thinks he is? And why is the Crescent Alpha so intent on recapturing Zara? 

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Saturday’s Post ☁️

If my feet could talk …… they’d be going “ow ow ow” Had to be in work earlier today. To help bring the delivery in, and help sort breakfast out. Still being short staffed it’s a pain, having to do two jobs is tiring, but the hours did fly past. Prepping salads and keeping the bread rolls topped up. Stopping kids from using too many toppings on their salads. Rain kept away which was good as bringing in the delivery would have been tricky.

I got a gift from my BFF through the post today. Socks with penguins on 💕 they were such a surprise and brought a smile to my face.

How was your Saturday? Do you have plans for tomorrow?

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Book Review 📱

THEIR RUNAWAY BRIDE (A BRIDGEWATER MÉNAGE) PREQUEL – BOOK .5 by VANESSA VALE

Description……

A Bridgewater Ménage Series Prequel!
See how it all begins! 

Returning from Europe, Ann learns she is to marry a man of her father’s choosing once they arrive in New York. Refusing, she runs away, although she can’t go far on a steam ship. Only as far as the stateroom of a very handsome soldier.

There’s only one guaranteed way to save a woman from a bad marriage, and that’s to marry her himself. Ann is surprised Robert will go to such lengths to protect her, but stunned when she won’t just be marrying him, but his fellow soldier, Andrew, as well.

Bridgewater Ménage Series….


Their Runaway Bride

Their Kidnapped Bride

Their Wayward Bride
Their Captivated Bride
Their Treasured Bride
Their Christmas Bride
Their Reluctant Bride
Their Stolen Bride
Their Brazen Bride

Plus… Their Conquered Bride by Grace Goodwin and Vanessa Vale


My Review….

Ann is trapped, literally and figuratively. She’s to marry a man to further her father’s empire!! She wants loved, he wants her intended’s (railroad company?) Ann wants to be loved and cherished for her, not for what she can bring to the table as a dowry!! But before the day is out, Ann will become the wife of her father’s associate!!! She can’t even run, there is nowhere on a ship that Ann can even hide. What’s a girl to do? 
Robert has been watching a pretty little thing on the ship that Andrew (his best friend) and and he are on. Meeting her for the first time was an accident, but since then he’s been watching her, he knows she is the one for both of them. They mean to marry and protect her between them. But he knows he’s on borrowed time, she promised to another (she doesn’t look happy about it) so how does both Robert and Andrew go about securing their future to the lovely young woman? 
The answer comes when Ann barges onto Roberts room. She’s hiding from her father. Both Robert and Andrew seize their opportunity and arrange to “marry” Ann to save her from the horrid Mr Atherton…..
It’s a very short story. But it’s a fun little read. 
We also get to meet the other men that will look to add to their “family” 
And so Bridgewater is formed and created. A ranch area in Montana. Where women will be cared for, cherished and loved, just with two “husbands” 😉
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Friday’s Post 🌧

Friday’s drink 🍸 cheers

Another busy and short-staffed day.

Had wheels on at one point. Running around between potwash and salads. I even had a go on starters 😉 just the two of us till 1pm. It made my shift go quick, and what with chasing the grannies round trying to get back my spoons, or endless warm rolls.

Found a few reviews that I needed to post. (I post on GoodReads, Amazon and BookBub) And before you know it, I’ve caught up (the job was made easier whilst listening to music) so my emails have also been sorted. And junk mail was binned.

How was your Friday?

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Pet Peeves 😠

Have to share this one today ……

Dog Walkers ……

Unless your dog is fully trained, I really don’t think you should let them off their lead. We are hearing of more and more people (especially kids) being attacked by dogs. And then there is the owner who lets his dog worry sheep, chase cows. That’s bad!!! There is no need to do that.

Please pick up after your dog has left a pile of poo on the floor ….. don’t walk away, don’t pretend you didn’t see your dog take a dump!!! The amount of times I’ve stepped in dog poo. Or on the grass, your walking through a d it’s not till you get home, you realise you’ve walked it all through the house!!! There are bins to put the poop in. Letting you dog leave a mess in the park!!! There are kids playing there!!! Seriously!!! If they fall over in it!!! 🤢

Rant over 😉

Is there anything that makes you mad? Or do you have a different opinion from mine? I don’t own a dog now, but I grew up around dogs.

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Thursday’s Post ☁️

Getting a doctors appointment now a days is like trying to hold snow in the palm of your hand (tricky and almost impossible!) You get through to the receptionist (after what feels like an eternity) after listening to some of the most tedious music. Then briefly explaining your symptoms (are they a doctor?) and now the new system in place has a doctor ring you to assess if you need an appointment!! It’s the way of the world now (I get it, but it’s annoying all the same)

Well that was me this morning…. I’ve had a cough for about five weeks now (it’s not painful, it’s not hampering me, it’s just annoying) I get to speak to a doctor, who manages to squeeze me in. And then I’m off to the hospital to have an X-ray for my chest. I’ve got a couple of weeks to wait.

Been busy trying to catch up with my blog. Tidying it up, adding a few ideas. And catching up with reading.

How was your Thursday?

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Book Review 📱

THEIR RUNAWAY BRIDE A BRIDGEWATER MÉNAGE PREQUEL – BOOK .5 by VANESSA VALE


Description….. 


A Bridgewater Ménage Series Prequel!
See how it all begins! 

Returning from Europe, Ann learns she is to marry a man of her father’s choosing once they arrive in New York. Refusing, she runs away, although she can’t go far on a steam ship. Only as far as the stateroom of a very handsome soldier.

There’s only one guaranteed way to save a woman from a bad marriage, and that’s to marry her himself. Ann is surprised Robert will go to such lengths to protect her, but stunned when she won’t just be marrying him, but his fellow soldier, Andrew, as well.

Bridgewater Ménage Series….
Their Runaway Bride

Their Kidnapped Bride

Their Wayward Bride
Their Captivated Bride
Their Treasured Bride
Their Christmas Bride
Their Reluctant Bride
Their Stolen Bride
Their Brazen Bride

Plus… Their Conquered Bride by Grace Goodwin and Vanessa Vale

My Review….
Ann is trapped, literally and figuratively. She’s to marry a man to further her father’s empire!! She wants loved, he wants her intended’s (railroad company?) Ann wants to be loved and cherished for her, not for what she can bring to the table as a dowry!! But before the day is out, Ann will become the wife of her father’s associate!!! She can’t even run, there is nowhere on a ship that Ann can even hide. What’s a girl to do? 
Robert has been watching a pretty little thing on the ship that Andrew (his best friend) and and he are on. Meeting her for the first time was an accident, but since then he’s been watching her, he knows she is the one for both of them. They mean to marry and protect her between them. But he knows he’s on borrowed time, she promised to another (she doesn’t look happy about it) so how does both Robert and Andrew go about securing their future to the lovely young woman? 
The answer comes when Ann barges onto Roberts room. She’s hiding from her father. Both Robert and Andrew seize their opportunity and arrange to “marry” Ann to save her from the horrid Mr Atherton…..
It’s a very short story. But it’s a fun little read.
We also get to meet the other men that will look to add to their “family” 
And so Bridgewater is formed and created. A ranch area in Montana. Where women will be cared for, cherished and loved, just with two “husbands” 😉
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Wednesday’s Post 🌥

Another busy day. But it went quicker than expected. Nothing exciting happened with guests. (No one moved my spoons or asked for warm bread rolls 😉)

The sun was out this morning, but getting chilly. And managed to catch up with my BFF for a quick coffee and chat (but get longer with her tomorrow 😀)

How was your Wednesday?

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Book Review 📱

Chase Me (Dragons Love Curves Book 1) Aidy Award

She’s stolen a priceless relic from his treasure, and his heart.

Ciara is the best damn wedding planner this side of anywhere, but she’s no thief.
That’s exactly what the sexy-ass dragon shifter has accused her of – stealing his treasure.
She’s going to steal something of his alright, his sanity, if he doesn’t let her go so she can get back to giving couples their happy ever afters.
Its the best way to ignore the fact she’s sure she’ll never get one her own.
Not with any man, or even a dragon.

Jakob is either going to kill the sexy, curvy woman who denies she has The First Dragon’s relic, or take her to bed and drive her as crazy as she’s making him. 
Why does he want her so much he can’t even properly interrogate her?
Might have something to do with the way his soul is screaming at him to mark her, claim her, f*ck her, and make dragon babies with her.

He can’t give her his soul if she’s already stolen it, or something darker and more dangerous has.


My Review…… 

The first in a new series (but I’ve read a few of her other books) 

Jakob is NOT a happy dragon, someone has stolen a priceless treasure from his hoard (a dragon’s treasure hoard is a well kept secret) and to make matters worse it’s an important part of dragon history, if he doesn’t find it and quick, he may not be leader of the Green Dragons for much longer!!! 

Ciara is good at her job, they call her the “bride whisperer” she can calm most bridezillas, can charm the most demanding mother of the bride. In fact there isn’t much Ciara can’t do (wedding wise) her personal life is a different matter. Her curves aren’t everyone’s taste, and if she does get a date, she mentally fitting him up for a tux and dreaming of her own wedding!! 

Jakob has found the trail in which he hopes will lead him to the treasure. What he finds is a curvaceous goddess, but he scents she’s been around the artifact, so before she can escape he flies away with her!!! 

Finding herself in the claws of a dragon, in mid flight, Ciara thinks it’s all a dream (or delusional breakdown) she’s hoping she will wake any moment and it’s all in her mind….. 

Jakob and Ciara then battle back and forward (he thinks she has what he’s looking for, she doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about) 

It’s a fun read. Setting us up for the next book. I do think your going to need to read this series in order.  

So will they work out who does have the treasure Jakob is looking for? And what is happening to Ciara? Is she really a witch that the hot dragon say she is? And who is the old lady that feels the need to help Ciara?

Dragons Love Curves Series …… 

Chase me 

Tease me 

Bite me 

Cage me 

Baby me 

Defy me 

Dirty Dragon 

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Tuesday’s Post 🌧

Get to work this morning, and a pleasant surprise awaited me. Delivery was practically put away 😊I had a few things to put away. A steady day had the three of us in the kitchen working well (well, once the “kids” settled down, less play, more concentrate)

One of the waitresses is leaving this week, so today was our last working day together. I had the distinct impression that she was ready to leave, so was just going through the motions!!

How was your Tuesday?

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My African Adventure 🦌

Another early start.

Breakfast downstairs grabbed fruit and a couple of muffins (not sure what our lunch entailed today, always better to be prepared) we have a walk with elephants planned today, and then lunch with a panoramic view (well that’s what the leaflet said😉)

Quickly went back upstairs to grab my bag and my penguin.

We are picked up outside the hotel by Rebecca (who explains she is also our guide today)

We are travelling to a nature reserve called “Glen Alfric” (there use to be a tv program called “wild at heart” the program was actually filmed there, and now it’s a reserve, they educate there, and a few other films and programs have been filmed there) Rebecca also chatted about the future plans for the site (an ostrich farm, an equestrian center, a winery and conference facilities) they also do walking safaris (which is what we’ve booked)

We arrive at the reception, Rebecca then leaves us for about an hour and a half, apparently the elephants need feeding😉 after we book in we are shown to a lovely sunny spot to enjoy coffee, juice and cake. It’s really pretty, and we also find out they do an overnight stop (but they don’t have many rooms, so I should think it would be nice and quiet) we have a quick tour of the places that were used in the tv program.

Rebecca finds us and says it’s time for our walk, and we are really lucky, the group we were added to have cancelled, so it’s just the three of us 😀 so we get the elephants all to ourselves.

Walking alongside and petting these huge animals was rather daunting at first. We were shown where to walk, not to stray too far from the elephant keepers (it’s still a wild area.) the keepers explain that the elephants wander around the reserve (within reason) they are heir to keep the trees and bushes from becoming completely stripped. They tell us that the elephants will walk for miles grazing, so they have to follow them (usually on foot) it was an experience I won’t ever forget, these huge majestic creatures, to pat them, to look them in the eye, and to feed them. It was amazing.

Saying goodbye to the keepers (we had over an hour and a half) we start our walk back to the reception area, and then lunch. I spot an ostrich, and Rebecca immediately tell us that we have to move quick (it’s the mating season, and the makes become quite territorial!!) being told that the kick from an ostrich could break a leg or arm, so we don’t want to chance our luck. It’s scared away and we continue up to the reception. We meet a friendly zebra (also in the series) and we get to pet him, but that ostrich is still hanging around, so we leave the zebra behind and carry on up the hill.

Sitting by the pool area, we wait for our table.

The table is on a wraparound veranda, and set pretty high up. The scenery is breathtaking, we can see for miles, we see giraffe and zebra in the distance, horse riding and a few stray ostrich.

The meal is a buffet, and there is plenty to choose from.

Rebecca takes us back to the hotel after lunch. The journey is filled with chats and looking at photos. It’s another memory I will treasure.

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Book Review 👩🏻‍💻

Against the Rules (Gamer Girls) book 2 by Laura Heffernan

RISK EVERYTHING …….
 
Holly has taken herself out of the dating game since breaking up with her cheating, thieving ex. She barely notices Marc, who comes into the game store every week, hoping to get her attention. Her friends insist it’s time to take on a new role, to leave Quiet Holly behind and embrace her inner flirt. And on paper, Marc’s great: cute, funny, and a hardcore gamer just like Holly is.
 
Then there’s Nathan. He’s everything twenty-eight-year-old Holly wants…except he’s also her friend’s father. Absolutely off-limits. But as she and Nathan playtest a new legacy game together, they’re growing closer. The game is complex and intriguing, and there’s no way to know how choices will pan out. What seems like a good idea could lead to disaster…or sweet victory. But in gaming, as in love, sometimes you have to roll the dice and take your chance . . .


My Review….. 

This is the second book in The Gamer Girls series. 

In the last book (it’s not necessary to read, but it does give you a little background to take you into this book.) Holly finds out her fiancé had been cheating on her, and he’s stolen money from her, so she dumps him…. 

But that has given her confidence a huge knock, so she retreats Into the shop she works in (a gaming shop) 

After her friends (Gwen and Shannon)  convince her to go out and have a little fun, she plucks up the courage to go out, but with whom? 

Nathan is her best friend’s dad, so she shouldn’t be looking at him, but there is something about Nathan that appeals to Holly, and once they start playing this new game, she sees him a whole new light. (And to be honest, she’s always had a little crush on him)

Marc is Holly’s indecisive game customer (but is that to get Holly’s attention?) he comes in and they discuss the games. When he finally plucks up the courage to askHer out, it’s via text (but it’s the modern world and dares are now arranged that way, I suppose?) 

And after a couple of disastrous online chats, Holly needs to get out into the real world and date (can’t do it all online) 

So …… who will Holly choose? And what about the cheating thieving ex? You know somewhere along the line he’s going to make an appearance. Will she be sweet talked into letting him back into her life? 

I’ll have to be honest, I liked this one, but not as much as the first book (She’s Got Game) the characters bounced off of one another, where in this book, I don’t get that same feeling. 

I did like the game thought at the beginning of the chapter, but not sure I needed to hear so much about the Game they were playing. 

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Welcome October 🍁

It would have been my Gran’s birthday this month.

I’ve read this series from the start (yes I need to review it for here😉) it comes in both ebook and paperback (and I do love a good paperback)

I’m sure there are a few more books I need to add to October’s list, if I remember I’ll add them along the way.

I’ve got books to read from the blog I guest read for, “The Reading Cafe” so they will keep me busy for the moment.

Halloween is fast approaching, don’t really celebrate it anymore, usually go out, or turn the lights off and hide from the truck or treaters 😉

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