Monthly Archives: January 2020

Books I read in January

THE TWILIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Drake sisters series) book 2 by Christine Feehan 📖

 DEMON BOUND (Crossroads Chronicles) book 1 by Chris Cannon …..TRC 📱



Wicked Court (A Noblesse Oblige Duet Book 1) by May Sage  …..TRC 📱



Keystone by Katie Delahanty …..TRC 👩🏻‍💻
The Sinful Scot by Maddison Michaels…TRC

Oceans Of Fire: The Drake Sisters Series: Book Three by Christine Feehan 📖


Dark Illusion (A Carpathian Novel) book 33 by Christine Feehan 📖


Dangerous Tides: The Drake Sisters Series: Book Four by Christine Feehan 📖


Safe Harbour: The Drake Sisters Series: Book Five by Christine Feehan 📖


Crave me (A Dragon loves Curves novel) book 8 by Aidy Award 👩🏻‍💻



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Friday’s Post

Yay!! Friday!! And that’s sarcasm for you😉but the plus side, I got a coffee and a chat before work.

Three line chefs and me!! And guess who was running around like a headless chicken?? Yup me 🙄

But I got on with it, and to throw a little extra at me, I got to clean the ice cream machine!!! I clean it…. I fill it…. it doesn’t work!!! I give up!! If I’d been shown properly, then I wouldn’t have walked away in disgust!! Pot wash and salads and prep. I did so much in my allotted time, pretty pleased with my efforts.

Delivery tomorrow, hoping for a dry morning and help 😉

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Book Review 📱

The Sinful Scot (saints and scoundrels series) book 3 by Maddison Michaels

Description……..

Constance Campbell, the Duchess of Kilmaine, once believed that all she needed in life was a duke. But everything unraveled when she realized her perfect husband was a perfect monster. Now broken beyond repair, she hides her misery behind a perfect Society mask…even from her childhood friend, Alec.

Dr. Alec McGuiness reluctantly finds himself back in Scotland, and checking up on the only woman to ever get under his skin, Connie. After she spurned him many years ago, he knows his humble life as a doctor could never be enough for her. But when the Duke of Kilmaine is murdered in cold blood, with Connie sleeping right next to him in bed, Alec knows he must protect Connie at all costs from those who would

frame her for the duke’s murder.

Now on the run, Connie feels a freedom she only ever dreamed about before, and an unexpected attraction to the man who is keeping her safe. But even if they can win her freedom and clear her name, could she ever open her heart up to someone again?

My Review ….
Third book in the “Saints and Scoundrels” series. They don’t need reading in order. 
It’s told in the third person. 
A well thought out book, touching on a few subjects that a few readers might find hard to read about. 
Connie is use to putting on a show. For years now, she’s acted the dutiful wife, even when her husband beat her, even when he abused her mind and body. The only time she tried to escape, she almost lost her life. So now she’s resigned to her fate. Her life is in her husbands hands, and as he get a monthly allowance from her inheritance, he’s not going to end her life just yet. But life has its twists and turns, and fate throws her a lifeline…..
Alec has always remembered Connie, but he knew she’d never be happy as a wife of a doctor, so he moved away, but circumstances bring him back to Scotland, and into Connie’s life. He’s under the false impression (like everyone else) that she’s a spoilt woman, who wanted a Lady title, and would do anything to get it …… 
The death of her husband should have her mourning him, but all Connie feels is numb at his death. But it’s not a natural death, it was murder, and the finger is pointing firmly at Connie. But did she do it? She doesn’t remember.
A few things I found a little hard. Connie and Alec getting together, if she’d been that badly abused, wouldn’t it take longer to get over all that violent abuse? Romance books can survive without the sex, if the story is strong enough, then it doesn’t need the sweaty bodies writhing around. I would have preferred the story to concentrate on Connie’s road to recovery. 
So is she guilty? Will she be able to escape the Duke and the legacy he left her with? And who was the murderer? 
I liked Connie because although brow beaten, she still had thoughts of other people. Her stepdaughter, and her household. 
I liked Alec but only when he realised her character is only a facade. 
A murder mystery book, with a dash of romance thrown in for good measure…
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Thursday’s Post

A pretty miserable day. But I got to grab a quick coffee and chat with a friend, before going to work.

Rained on and off. Delivery was a soggy affair as we had quite a few boxes!!

I really shouldn’t be surprised at how little prep some people do…. I came in next expecting too much done. And so I wasn’t really surprised!!

But by the time I finished work, I’d prepped up the salad fridge. I’d prepped plenty of back up, and still managed to keep pot wash tidy and a few desserts.

And a plus, I got to walk home in the daylight 😊 the new manager decided I wasn’t needed till 5pm, so I went at 3pm.

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Book Review 📖

Dark Illusion (A Carpathian Novel) book 33 by Christine Feehan. 

Description…..

At any other time, Julija Brennan would find solace in the quiet of the Sierra Mountains, but now the mage is in the race of her life. Having broken free from her controlling family, Julija’s attempts to warn the Carpathians of the coming threat has failed and put a target on her back—and those who hunt her are close behind…  

After centuries locked away in a monastery in the Carpathian Mountains, Isai Florea can’t believe he’s finally found his lifemate—the missing half of his soul. The second he sees Julija his world blazes with color. But despite their explosive connection Julija rebels against what she sees as Isai’s intent to control her and rejects the bond that would prevent him from becoming a monster. 

As their unfulfilled bond continues to call to them both, Julija and Isai aim to complete the task that brought them together. They are used to facing danger alone, but now the mage and the ancient warrior must learn how to rely on each other in order to stop a plot that threatens all Carpathians… 

My Review….. 

As you may or may not know, this is an ongoing series (book 33) I’ve written reviews for all the previous books. 

The Carpathians now know they are being hunted into extinction, they know who their main adversary is, but another threat is coming towards them, will they overcome this one? Or will it see the end of the Carpathian race? 

Isai is centuries old, he has lived in the monastery for many, many years. After fighting the vampire and serving his prince and people, he’s a danger to the humans and Carpathian’s, so he retreats to the Monastery, living there till the end of his days. 

Julija put her own life at risk. She knew if she said she would be caught, but she couldn’t leave that woman on her own, couldn’t leave her to suffer ….. 
After escaping the evil hands of a master vampire, (with the help of a band of Carpathian warriors) Julija has a promise to keep, she is needed elsewhere (and the fact she’s scared of the warriors doesn’t help) but she promises Elisabetha (the Carpathian female captured by the vampire) that she will be back, she will help her friend to find her way in this new world…..

But when Isai and Julija meet, it’s not the best start for either of them. And it’s like that through most of the book, the distrust and miscommunication between the couple is a major stumbling block. I did wonder if this would be the first couple to actually not make it!! Isai thinks Julija can’t be trusted, she knew she was a “lifemate” to a Carpathian, and yet she still ran. Julija only wants to find the Dark Mage’s spell book, it needs destroying, she knows her duty, but Isai is making her question her beliefs, when she’s not wanting to kill or maim him!! 

They begin their mated life searching for a book, it’s a powerful spell book (in fact it’s been in play since Vikirnoff and Natalya’s book “Dark Demon” 
The book if opened by a vampire could mean the end of the carpathian race, and humans would be at the mercy of the vampires and their terrible thirst!!! 

Julija and Isai have to work through their distrust of one another, yes they know they belong together, but boy it’s hard work!! She’s a powerful mage, he’s an ancient warrior, together they should be unstoppable (if they can work together) 

I liked this one, yes it’s edgier and darker. But this series is all about the evil that lurks beneath us, it’s a dark and scary series. And it’s lost it’s way with a few of the previous books, but I feel we are back on the path, we know the enemy, the Carpathian people are pulling together, the hunters can’t hunt alone anymore, they are being targeted. Even their homes aren’t safe. I did wonder when we lost Xavier (very evil mage) if we would lose our way (and we did for a while) we could have waited for a few stories, we could have had a few of the books as short stories. But we are where we are. I love this series, and unless anything major happens that i really don’t like, I think I will be reading until the end. 

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Wednesday’s Post

My day off today.

A little shopping. Lunch with the BFF 🍽 then off to the local college to get my college learning pack 😊I’m doing an online counselling course. I’ll keep you posted. There was a few courses to choose from, and if i get on ok with this one, I’ll do another.

And a few silly moments in town, which made everyone laugh. Got to do a random day once in while 😂

I love to watch this…. there are a few things I’d like to try. I’ll have to find a willing helper🤪

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Tuesday’s Post

Delivery day…..

And guess what …..

It was late!!! So that I meant I had to put the majority of it away on my own!! And the children were playing up again today!! So I just reminded myself that I only worked till 3 today, and just to get on with it.

It amazes me sometimes, how grown people can act like children!!!

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Book Release Day

Vendetta Road (Torpedo Ink) by Christine Feehan.

Description…..

#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan pushes the limits in her next novel in the Torpedo Ink series.

Isaak “Ice” Koval is on a club mission when he sees a woman who stops him dead in his tracks. Soleil is a sweet, sexy, girl-next-door type. She’s an innocent who should be nowhere near the rough-and-ready world of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club. But Ice knows Soleil belongs with him – and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her.

After a life of drifting from one thing to the next, Soleil Brodeur is determined to take control of her life. When her breakup with her manipulative fiancé turns ugly, Soleil searches out the stranger who offered her a lifeline and ends up in a Las Vegas biker bar where she meets a gorgeous, dangerous man straight out of her most secret fantasies.

High on adrenaline, she finds herself falling faster than she thought possible. But Soleil knows little about the territory she’s stumbled into, and even less about what it really means to be Ice’s woman . . .

This is a series that I’ve been reading, but again not reviewed on here!!! But it’s on my list to do 😉

Aiming to read and review this year, but I need to read Drake sisters first, then sisters of the heart (Sea Haven) and then finally Torpedo Ink. They do follow loosely, but they don’t have to be read in that order.

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Monday’s Post

OMG!!!!

Talk about Drama Queens at work today. It was definitely eye rolling time today. Petty squabbles and “he said, she said” moments. I really do work in a crèche.

Had to get rid of a lot of water in the back yard. Opened the drain and pushed water in, it seemed I was out there for hours😉

Pot wash, desserts and salads today. It’s a new scheme the new boss has rolled out!!! We are suppose to work as one team!! It works with certain people, but how long that will last, that’s anyone’s guess.

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Book Review 👩🏻‍💻

Crave Me (Dragons Love Curves Book 8) Aidy Award 
Description….. 
Someone will have to sacrifice their very soul to save those they love from from a dark fate…

Portia has always been different than the other demons in her coven. She’s extra curvy, can slay Hell’s wyrms like a badass, and she’ll do anything to become a dragon’s mate. She’s known since she was young that the only way to fill the void inside is to find someone who truly loves her for herself and not her succubus allure. Just like the song says – she will do anything for love, but… she won’t do…nope, she’d even do that.

Zon and Gris never thought they’d be able to find a mate that could put the severed pieces of their shared soul back together and make them whole. Fate must be smoking something to light up their soul shards for the thieving succubus who almost killed their king. Yet they find themselves doing everything for the love of their sworn enemy.

But both Hell and the the First Vampire crave Portia and her powers too. The dark forces won’t be satisfied with anything less than making her the new Queen of the Underworld, a place no dragon can exist and remain sane.

My Review….. 

I’ve noticed with this series, the author bounces from from story to another. 
We started off with the wolves, but the dragons had already had their mates. And now the author is filling in the dragons stories. So when reading, if your a little confused, it’s all to be expected. 
There is a running storyline through the series, so I do advise reading in order….
Black Dragons are Demons, they have no souls, so they need to steal shards (a necklace combining a piece of the male dragons soul with the First Dragon) for their boss. 
Portia is half human, half succubus, like her sister Jada (who’s book Bite Me was book 4) they share the same father. He leads their coven. She hates having to rely on sex to gain nourishment, she wants what her sister has, someone just for her. And when she finds her mate is a dragon, there is nothing she won’t do to help him, but she later realised that the dragon she is helping is not who he says he is. 
Zon and Gris are twin gold dragons. With Gris as Cage’s second in command and Zon being his master at arms, they make a formidable team. 
But they have a curse, sharing only one soul, they will never get a female to love. So they settle for being their Wyr’s (that’s boss dragon) elite team. 
But both feel they failed, Cage (that’s the leader of the Gold Dragons) is dying, he lost his soul shard, well in fact he gave it away. But only after he’s been tricked into it. You can’t take a soul shard it has to be given. And a succubus tricked him into giving it to her. And that succubus was Portia, and wouldn’t you know it, she is the twins mate (but I get the impression both Gris and Zon think she is only one of the twins mate?!) 
Anyway….. the story unfolds, and both Gris and Zon have to rescue Portia. Both begin to fall for her, until she is captured and so is Zon. 
Zon is tortured to the point of madness, and when he is rescued, he recognises his twin, but has no recollection of Portia. 
I liked this book, the author seem to be focussing on story and content, rather than the endless sex they all seem to require. We have lots of side stories going on (and a few books that cross over in here too) 
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Sunday’s Post

A wet and miserable Sunday.

Managed to go visit my daughters grave. Then off to the supermarket to get groceries. Housework done, I got to read and review a few books. Listening to music whilst looking out the window this afternoon.

So a pretty chilled Sunday.

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Book Review 📖

Safe Harbour (A Drake Sisters Novel) book 5 by Christine Feehan.

Description….

One of seven daughters in a line of extraordinary women, Hannah Drake has been the elusive object of affection for Jonas Harrington for as long at the rugged Sea Haven sheriff can remember. If only the stunning super-model was driven by a passion other than her career. But Jonas isn’t the only one with desires for Hannah. 
 
From the shadows has emerged a vengeful figure who stalks the beauty with one terrifying purpose: to strip her of all she is and destroy her. Only one man was destined as her protection. Now, out of a storm of danger, Jonas must guide the woman he loves from a sinister darkness that threatens not only Hannah, but the entire Drake family.

My Review…… 

Hannah Drake the supermodel, that’s all she’s ever heard, never just Hannah. But beneath the beautiful face, she faces crippling shyness and a stutter brought on by the shyness. She hides it well, no one except her sisters know of her illness, but they don’t know the other stuff, the eating disorder, and the lack of sleep. Well no one but Jonas. The overbearing, mean mouthed sheriff, sent to plague her. His high handedness, and his ability to wreck havoc on Hannah’s life, it’s just not fair. Why does he have to be the one that makes her heart pound? And why can’t she get away from him? 

Jonas has known the Drakes sisters for a very long time. They became his family when his father died, and his mother became ill. The house became his refuge, and the Drake’s felt like sisters, except for Hannah. Jonas always knew they would be together. With her he felt safe. 

And when Hannah is attacked. Jonas is afraid she will die and leave him. But the sisters pull together and bring Hannah back from the brink of death. 

Rehab is a long, slow and painful process. Both mentally and physically, her sisters are there to see to her physical well-being, and Jonas does what he does best, nag and push her (but I think she needs that sometimes) 

So who did this to her? Was there something else behind the attack? There are a few suspects, from the crazed reverend (they showed his flock what a pervert he was) to the obsessed fan. She has a few people who don’t like the Drake sisters. 

Throughout the previous books, we saw how much Jonas antagonised Hannah. His cutting remarks made me want to slap him. But Hannah’s way if dealing with him did make me chuckle. 

This has to be my favourite book in the series. You know almost from the start of this series that they will get together. Love the interaction with the sisters. The chemistry sizzles between Jonas and Hannah. And all the crazy moments in between.

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Saturday’s Post

A busy day today. Had to do delivery on my own!! But got help from 11am onwards. The usual shouting at staff to “scrape and stack” I swear I’m going to get a t-shirt printed with it on😉 kept on my toes for my shift, it felt like I was feeding the five thousand!! And why do guests feel the need to fling food everywhere?!

The walk home had me listening to an audio book.

Food shopping and housework tomorrow, but for now, it’s feet up and chill.

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Friday’s Post

cheers to all my drinking partners 😉Friday brings lots of different challenges. But first I managed a coffee and a catch up with a friend.

Walk to work was a damp one, not raining but mist in the air. Kept busy with salads, pot wash and desserts. But I managed it 😉

An early start tomorrow. I have the delivery to do, now for the past few weeks I’ve been having help. That’s now stopped!! I can see me doing it all on my own in the morning (lovely, lets hope it gets there before 9) 😂

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Thursday’s Post

Would you believe it, it’s been two days since my last delivery day at work (yes that’s sarcasm) and again, because no one can be bothered, we got a fall back delivery (apparently that’s a delivery we had a few weeks ago) so we got lots of stuff we didn’t need, and nothing we actually needed🙄

But me and Emma (that’s the waitress who is designated to put delivery away, I come in early to help her) got on and put it away.

Kind of a busy day today. Had me running from pot wash and salads (but not really getting very far!!)

interim manager (awaiting new one) is our “mentor” (or whatever title he wants to give himself) Is also looking at moving hours around, changing job titles and generally upsetting the apple cart. People are no long being given a free ride. (Well, if it gets the lazies moving, I’m all for it)

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Wednesday’s Post

Brunch with a special friend this morning. popped into the local bookstore. Nothing new to read, but I have a new book ordered for the end of this month.

Today would have been my daughter’s 27th birthday. Unfortunately she died 6 years ago. She’s left such a whole in our lives. Most days it’s not too much of a problem, she’s still the first thing I think of in the morning and my last thought at night. But her birthday is always a little hard.

Went bowling with the family tonight. We had fun and then a burger after (I swear my son has hollow legs!!)

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Tuesday’s Post

Grabbing a coffee before work is always a plus. With a dear friend is a bonus. Only downside, sitting outside is a little chilly.

The walk to work was a cold one, and an early one, it’s Tuesday, so it’s delivery day. Wondering where everyone was (well chef) me and Emma (waitress who comes in early on a delivery day to help) got on and started to put delivery away. Realising there isn’t a chef about, we start to prep for lunch (put the chickens into the rotisserie machine, and jacket potato’s into the oven)

Had more fun and games today. Colleagues throwing their toys out of their pram. Others acting like divas. And more rumours and gossip running around the workplace (I swear people have nothing better to do with there time)

Day off tomorrow. Laying flowers on my daughters grave, it would have been her birthday tomorrow. She would have been 27. So Bowling and a family meal to celebrate her birthday.

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Monday’s Post

Wish I’d taken a photo of the sky this morning. It really was a beautiful sky, different hues of red. The clouds breaking up the colour. By the time I’d gone to the bathroom and grabbed my phone, most of the colour had gone. Grabbed a coffee with a friend this morning, and then set off for work.

That was strange one today. I came into work as normal. But instead of the usual faces, I was greeted with different faces. We had auditors in, apparently our manager has gone!! He is facing a few charges of theft and other charges. So we have a manager to look after us until someone else is ready to take us on.

Another cold day, I’m enjoying the cold as my menopause keeps me warm. But looking forward to seeing the sun.

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Sunday’s Post

Another clear but frosty day. Looking out the window, with the heating on and a coffee in your hand, it looks lovely. The reality hits you straight in the face as you leave the warmth of your home.

Started with a walk to the cemetery to visit my daughter. (We were going to take the car and then drive to the shops, but someone had parked so close to our car, that it was impossible to get out) by the time we got back the obstruction had moved.

Had breakfast at work today. As you know from yesterday we had workmen issues, so I wanted to catch up and see if things had sorted themselves out. And going’s on with the back of house staff (kitchen is where I work)

So …… my kitchen manager and griddle chef have been at loggerheads for a while now. Snipping are each other, and generally behaving like children (I’m often caught saying I work in a crèche) but lately the comments have been getting too personal. So I thought I’d pop in and see how it was (last night the kitchen manager walked out and didn’t come back!!) to say it was frosty was an understatement!! My kitchen manager was working with another member of staff that she doesn’t really get on with (oh I tell you, it all goes on at work) and the griddle chef was out on the restaurant floor (he’s trained to do both front and back of house)

I’m thinking of doing a who’s who one day, and tell everything on here 😉the things that going in there. You don’t need daytime tv.

Finished breakfast and then it’s was off to get shopping. Plenty of fresh fruit and veg this week. (Last week it was sadly lacking)

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Book Review 📖

DANGEROUS TIDES (A Drake Sisters Novel) book 4 by Christine Feehan

Description….. 

Dr. Libby Drake is sensible and practical. To her more adventurous sisters, she’s always been the “good girl”. Certainly not the kind to attract the attention of a genius like Ty Derrick–until a tragic accident leaves the handsome biochemist at her mercy. 

Acting on her uncanny ability to heal, she stirs in the reawakened Ty his own long-suppressed desires for the woman who saved his life. But he’s not the only man with designs on Libby Drake. Her miraculous and selfless power has also captured the attention of a dangerously influential admirer. He’s pursuing the elementally gifted beauty for his own wicked purpose. And he’s willing to go to deadly lengths to make it happen. 

My Review……

Libby is the fourth Drake sister, doctor and healer. She uses both science and magic to aid her. Her ability to “draw” the illness or injury from the patient into herself is a dangerous one, but Libby can’t help herself, If someone is in need, she’s there to lend a helping hand. 

But unlike Sarah and Joley, Libby wants a quiet life, happy to blend into the background, she leave the excitement and adventure to Elle and Sarah. 

But when Libby is drawn to healing Ty (he’s had a really bad accident)? It sets up a chain reaction. He wants answers, how did she heal him? He doesn’t believe in magic, but there is something about Libby that draws him in. And then there is the reporter looking for a story, and a mother who won’t take no for an answer. Poor Libby is torn, trying to help everyone may kill her, but Libby can’t walk away. 

Ty is a part time firefighter, part of a rescue team, adrenaline junkie and biochemist. His brain might run at 100 miles an hour, but his social skills are practically non existent. He doesn’t do small talk, it’s a waste of time. But Ty feels something is missing, his team mates might make fun of him, but he feels it’s time to settle down, but who will take him on? 

We have a mystery to solve. We have the usual bad guy. We also have a little magic. We have the usual funny chats and fun times between the sisters. It’s great they all live close together. They all use to live on the Drake house, but as each sister finds her man they move out. 

Now I have to admit, this was my least favourite book in this series. I just felt it didn’t flow as well as the others, and it did feel a little rushed in places. 

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Saturday’s Post

A different day today. Started off a cold and slippy walk to work. Delivery was a fairly large one. But as usual myself and my little helper (lovely young man) put it away pretty quick.

We are having repairs on our roof at work at the moment. All was going well, until they put tar on the roof to seal it. The smell was atrocious!!! It gave us headaches and made a few people feel really sick. So we then had to clear the restaurant of guests!! But it made the tidy up go quicker.

Restaurant was reopened for dinner. I made sure pot wash and salad area was ready.

I also had a catch up with an old colleague from my old work place. Had dinner and a catch up.

Sunday is housework and shopping.

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Book Review 📱

Wicked Court (A Noblesse Oblige Duet) Book 1 by May Sage  

Description……

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had to hide who I am. What I am. 
They had me play the sheep. They had me blend in. They marked me and sealed my power. 
Now I have my freedom, because everyone who’s ever wanted me confined is dead. 
I could have changed it. I could have altered the course of fate. I could have saved the unseelie queen. 
I didn’t.

Vlari has always known her place: as far away from court as the unseelie queen can send her. 
The youngest royal, born in an impoverished household, she endeavoured to earn her keep as an assistant. Her one aspiration? Avoiding the popular crowd of gentry fae who prey on the weak, and their dark, enticing leader, the mysterious Drusk.
Until the world implodes around her.
She has two options. Fade with rest of the unseelie kingdom, or protect a court that has never cared for her.

My Review……

This book has a different feel about it. The world the author has created is very well written. The characters are thought out well, and the secondary characters all seem to have purpose. 
It’s a fast paced book, and the action is all well scripted. 
It’s written in the person’s point of view. And we get to see it all through Vlari’s eyes. 
Nevlaria (Vlari) has never really known love and affection, no one wanted her. She never felt part of a family or community. 
Ridiculed at school, it’s followed her all her life. A weak link in her family. Not to be trusted. 
And now, now she is to be married off, like a piece of meat. A loveless marriage, one only of connivence. For the good of the Queen and her family. But Vlari doesn’t want that, but what Vlari wants doesn’t matter….. 
When Vlari and Drusk meet, it brings back lots of unpleasant memories, (this isn’t the first time she’s seen him, they attended the same school, and that wasn’t pleasant either!) 
Rystan Drusk is a Myst, a shadow wielder, as long as he’s in the dark, he can summon and control shadows, to conceal him, and transport him, and even destroy. But he’s a commoner (Vlari is royalty) but he has something that draws people to him, and he uses that ability to his advantage. 
The attraction is all on Vlari’s side, (whenever they have met, Drusk has nothing but scorn or a sneering amusement on his face) she’s dreamed about him, and thought about him often, wondering what he’s doing now. 
And when the kingdom is attacked, and everyone slaughtered. Vlari is looked upon to organise and lead. But will she? Why should she? 
The ending is a surprise, and the epilogue gives us a glimpse into the next book. 
It’s a two book story, and I hope to read the next part in this story. 
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Book Review 👩🏻‍💻

NICKY (BRATVA BLOOD BROTHERS SERIES) BOOK TEN by K. J. DAHLEN 

Description…. 

 

Till The End Of Time

Nicky…..

I’m an IT for Bratva, working for my father Nikoli Silvanic. Don’t call me a hacker…I just do my job. I’m the best of the best. Until someone breaks down my firewall. Challenging me and finally besting me.

I search the net for this phenom and then get a message…”HELP ME”

Then I search out this person in a very bad place… only to find her.

She’s in trouble, beaten, afraid.

Nikoli, head of the New York Bratva, my father hates her…

I have to protect her from all sides. I cannot lose her.

I will love her till the end of time.

Serenity…..

I’m in real trouble. I took a job I shouldn’t have. Then I tried get out of it.  A man who hates the head of the Bratva now wants me dead.

I meet sweet Nicky and I feel like life could be good again. I could be safe.

Then the Bratva accuses me of working for their enemy and now they want me dead too.

Will Nicky ever forgive me?

My Review…
I’ve read one of the books from this series (Kosta) and really enjoyed it. So I was looking forward to reading this one. Reading out of order isn’t usually a problem, but I think these books run in order, so I’m missing a few details…..
Nicky is the son to the head of the Bratva, but I don’t think Nikolai and Nicky have known each other for long. Their relationship doesn’t seem all that close. He’s his father’s IT man, nothing gets past him on the computer, you want it, Nicky can find it. Except this hacker ….. 
Serenity has always been on the outside. Her mother didn’t want her, the nuns that found her, cared and clothed her, but didn’t really see to her emotional needs. All Serenity wants is for someone to love and care for her. But she knows that won’t ever happen. Serenity is an anomaly, her skin is paler than pale. Her hair almost silver, and her eyes a strange opaque colour. 
But she’s good with a computer, and after being captured and beaten by an old enemy of the Bratva, Serenity escapes and meets Nicky. 
Serenity brings out a protective side that Nicky didn’t think he had (he cares for his sister, and is beginning to care for his father and his step family, but thats it’s different to what he feels for her) 
But her enemy is also his family’s enemy, can she help bring him down? 
And there is also another threat to their happiness. Will they ever get to live without looking over their shoulder? 
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Friday’s Post

A little celebration of sorts. The son of my friend passed an exam this week. So cheers 🥂

Weather was a little hit and miss today. But it managed to stay dry long enough for a quick coffee with a friend. Then it was off to work.

Rain kept a fair amount of people away today. But enough braved the weather. Not sure if it because I was on my own, we were were busy. But I did keep pretty active.

And I got to clean our ice cream machine today (a very mess job) but oddly satisfying. Then a few tables were cleared. So I’d done my good deed for the day😉

It’s the start of the weekend for some. But my weekend starts with a large delivery tomorrow.

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Thursday’s Post

Delivery day. But first I had an appointment with the asthma nurse. This is my first time with her. So weight, height and blood pressure is taken. We run through a series of questions. Then I’m given a new prescription for a different inhaler. Need to take it for four weeks, then another visit to the nurse, we will see if this benefits me, or a different one.

So I get to work, and delivery is already there, half of the stock has been put away, so it’s really just the fresh stuff to go in my big fridge. Prepping to make sure the evening shift has plenty.

The walk home although wet, I did remain relatively dry. No splashing from cars. Which is always a bonus.

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Wednesday’s Post

we watched the first episode…….

The first season follows the story of Joe Goldberg, a bookstore manager in New York, who upon meeting Guinevere Beck, an aspiring writer, becomes immediately infatuated with her. To feed his toxic obsession, he uses social media and other technology to track her presence and remove obstacles to their romance.

Have to admit the book was better😉so probably won’t be continuing with the series.

Then we watched …….

Stephanie Smothers is a widowed single mother who runs a vlog crafts and recipes for parents. Emily Nelson is a PR director for a fashion company. The two women become friends when their sons share a play date. Over martinis, they exchange confessions; Stephanie admits to Emily that as a teenager, she had sex with her half-brother Chris. Emily expresses her frustration at the lack of success of her husband, English professor Sean Townsend and their poor financial situation.

Emily has a work crisis and asks Stephanie to babysit her son while Sean is in London attending to his injured mother. After two days with Emily not returning her calls, Stephanie calls Emily’s employer, Dennis Nylon, and is told that Emily is in Miami. Stephanie then calls Sean, who contacts the police. Trying to solve her disappearance, Stephanie looks for answers by sneaking into Emily’s office. After looking around, Stephanie comes across a photo of Emily that was hidden on her desk. Stephanie had wanted to make missing persons flyers but could not find any pictures of Emily until finding this one; she uses it to make the posters.

Detective Summerville reports that Emily lied about flying to Miami and that she rented a car. A fan of Stephanie’s vlog reports seeing Emily in Michigan and Emily’s car is discovered near a summer camp, where police find her drowned body in the lake. Stephanie and Sean bond over their shared grief and begin a sexual relationship. Detective Summerville later reveals to Stephanie that Emily had severe liver damage, and a large amount of heroin in her system and that Sean had recently taken out a $4 million life insurance policy on Emily.

Emily, alive and in hiding, sends Stephanie an insulting message about her tryst with her half-brother, causing Stephanie to recall how her late husband, Davis, suspected her infidelity and may have intentionally caused the car crash that took both his and her half-brother’s lives.

Stephanie investigates Emily’s past, speaking to Diana Hyland, an artist who painted a portrait of Emily. Diana says the girl in the painting is Claudia, her muse and describes her as a con artist has disappeared. Stephanie asks about Michigan, and Diana provides information that leads Stephanie to a yearbook showing that Emily is actually Hope McLanden and that she has an identical twin named Faith McLanden. Stephanie meets with the twins’ mother, Margaret, who explains that when they were 16 years old, the twins set fire to a wing of the house, killing their father. Meanwhile, Emily surprises Sean at their favorite restaurant and tells him about her plan to collect the insurance money to resolve their financial issues and leave the country.

Stephanie lures Emily into meeting her through cryptic messages on her vlog hinting when she would be at Emily’s gravesite. Emily explains that she is Hope and that she and her sister started the fire to kill their abusive father. The two fled and planned to reunite later, but Faith never appeared. Emily worked hard building a career and a family when, 16 years later, Faith contacted her. Now an alcoholic and a heroin addict, Faith attempted to blackmail Emily for a million dollars, threatening to confess about the arson. After agreeing, the two went swimming in the lake and Emily drowned Faith. Emily lies, saying Faith had committed suicide and that Sean planned the insurance scam.

Emily is angered by Sean’s relationship with Stephanie, while Stephanie is angered by Sean’s eagerness to rejoin Emily. Stephanie agrees to help Emily reappear to the public and frame Sean making it look like he was abusing her. Sean is arrested and released on bail. Stephanie has a change of heart and stages a fake argument with Sean in front of Emily to incriminate her, while police-planted microphones are recording. Stephanie then fakes shooting Sean. Emily had predicted their ruse and had found and disabled the microphones. Emily confesses to the crimes, and holds the pair at gunpoint, telling them she will kill them and stage a murder-suicide. She shoots Sean in the shoulder and turns the gun on Stephanie, who reveals that she has a hidden camera live-streaming the entire event on her vlog. Emily is arrested after being struck by a car.

I liked it. The twists keep you guessing.

And today was the day my daughter died. And it’s been 6 years already!! Where has the time gone? It seems like only yesterday we said goodbye. So we took flowers up to her grave.

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Tuesday’s Post

A wet and windy day. Really miserable weather. But that didn’t stop the delivery from getting to work. I didn’t need to be in till later, but by the time I came in, delivery was only just being delivered (high winds on the motorway) so I gave a hand.

The day was pretty quiet, not many guests wanted to brave the wind, do we got on with cleaning (we have an inspection at some point this month.)

Day off tomorrow, looking for to chilling and spending time with a good friend.

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Monday’s Post

A bit of a damp day today.

I had a doctors appointment today. It was just to verify I do have asthma, and I’ve got an appointment to see the asthma nurse to try a few new inhalers.

I also got the chance to have a quick coffee with the BFF. Then it was off to work. Weather couldn’t really make up its mind…. We had rain, then wind, then rain and wind! But the rain wasn’t really coming down, it was more of a light drizzle.

Work was steady, think it might have been the fact we were a little short staffed, but I managed to keep it all ticking over nicely.

Wish I could say the same for the walk home. It had started to rain, and what with the wind picking up, it made for a damp walk. But the annoying part, that was being repeatedly soaked by a van and several cars!!!

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Sunday’s Post

Food shopping was a bit of a chore today. You go out meaning to be healthy and stuff, and there’s not much in the fresh fruit and veg aisle!!

Housework and laundry was the order of the day today. Changed bedding ran the hoover round the house. And thought about a few healthy meals for this week.

Then as a reward for all my hard work, I grabbed my new blanket, my penguin pillow and settled down to read. Catching up on the last couple of books in the Drake Sisters Series. Then on the the spin off series. You’ll be pleased to note, I took a bowl of fruit with me, instead of the usual bar of chocolate 😉

And just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who’s liked posts of pages on my blog 💋

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Book Review 👩🏻‍💻

Landing the Lawman (Texas Hills series) Book 5 by Kadie Scott 

Description…….
He thought he was in control until she snuck into his heart…
Carter Hill walked away from a perfectly fine life and relationship…all for a career she’s chased since she was fourteen. Years and a PhD later, she loves her job as a water rights consultant. At the same time, now that all her brothers are happily married, she’s lonely and wanting more. But the only man in her life is Logan – super serious, no sense of humor, and friend-zoned. Or is he? Perhaps a sexy, no-strings affair with a man more driven than she is could help her move on.
Logan Cartez doesn’t date, do relationships, or worry about commitment. He’s married to his job – making sure what destroyed his family ranch and their legacy doesn’t happen to others. When Carter propositions him, what began as a passionate and unforgettable night soon develops into more. Logan finds himself doing things he swore he never would, and the feisty, brilliant, blue-eyed rancher’s daughter has him thinking about so much more than work.

My Review….. 
The Texas Hill series can be read in any order, but as the siblings all get married it makes sense to read them the way the author planned. 
Carter is the only daughter in the Hill household. Watching her brothers find love, Carter doesn’t regret her decision to leave family and love behind to pursue her dream job. But it’s a lonely life, has she left it to late? Well maybe not, yummy Logan hits all those buttons. An affair might be just the thing they both need….. 
Logan doesn’t need love, it makes life messy, he needs to concentrate on saving the little farmers and their rights. And Carter Hill is the right person for the job, (she is a water rights consultant) he just needs to ignore her as a woman, a fine complete package. 
With the arrangement of a no-strings affair, both Logan and Carter pursue it wholeheartedly. But when Carter’s mother is taken ill things change for both of them. 
I’ve read all of the previous books in this series.
The descriptions the author gives is great. The attention to detail is very good. The characters are funny and the flirting is funny and very light hearted. 
Both characters have been hurt in the past, so I see where both Logan and Carter have issues with trust.
I’d happily recommend this book. 
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Book Review 📖

Oceans of Fire (A Drake Sisters Novel) book 3. By Christine Feehan 

Description…… 

As the third daughter in a magical bloodline, Abigail Drake was born with a mystical affinity for water, and possessed a particularly strong bond with dolphins. She spent her entire life studying them, learning from them, and swimming among them in the waters off her hometown of Sea Haven.  

Until the day Abby witnessed a cold-blooded murder on shore, and found herself fleeing for her life — right into the arms of Aleksandr Volstov. 
He’s an Interpol agent on the trail of stolen Russian antiquities, a relentless man who gets what he goes after — and the man who broke Abby’s heart. But he isn’t going to let the only woman he ever loved be placed in harm’s way — or slip away from his embrace…

My Review…… 

Aleksandr is back in town, she probably wishes she was a mermaid. He broke her heart years ago, left her to be interrogated and bullied by his colleagues, then hustled out of Russia. And when he makes it clear he wants her back, Abigail doesn’t know what to do!! 
Aleksandr is an Interpol agent, his investigations have brought him to Sea Haven, hunting thieves who have stolen Russian antiques. He remembers his Abigail, he broke her heart when he left her to defend herself, but given another chance to be with her, Aleksandr won’t make the same mistake, he wants a home and the only woman he ever wanted it with is within his grasp. 
This is the first book that’s not a novella. The chase that brings Aleksandr back to Abigail is interesting, and it gets you looking for clues as to who the dealer is. 
We get to catch up with the her sisters, and we get an environmental angle as well (dolphins and they’re habits) we get to play detective as to who the murder is and why was the other person killed. 
I like this series. I like the interaction between the sisters. There are plenty of laughs (the men in their lives, and how they interact with the women) 
The close knit community of Sea Haven is evident in the writers words. 
Dangerous Tides is next and I can’t wait. 

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Saturday’s Post

What a long day.

Delivery day as normal. A reasonable size, and I had help. A light drizzle had us making haste. A damp box is an awkward box.

We were short staffed so I said I’d stay for a few hours extra. The day went pretty quick, we were busy and I was kept on my toes with pot wash and salads.

Had a few guests who were a little trying, asking for bowls, and when I told them they had to wait for a waitress I got an eye roll. I had to keep the salad cart topped up, requests for bread rolls and butter was on going.

The walk home was welcoming, I’d worked up a sweat, so walking home gave me a chance to cool down.

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Book Review 📱

Keystone by Katie Delahanty

Description……..

When Ella Karman debuts on the Social Stock Exchange, she finds out life as a

high-profile “Influencer” isn’t what she expected. Everyone around her is consumed

by their rankings, in creating the smoke and mirrors that make them the envy of the

world.

But then Ella’s best friend betrays her, her rankings tank, and she loses—everything.

Leaving her old life behind, she joins Keystone, a secret school for thieves, where students are being trained to steal everything analog and original because

something—or someone—is changing history to suit their needs.

Partnered with the annoyingly hot—and utterly impossible—Garrett Alexander, who has plenty of his own secrets, Ella is forced to return to the Influencer world, while unraveling a conspiracy that began decades ago.

One wrong move and she could lose everything—again.

My Review …..
Now this is a little different from what I usually read. It’s basically a story of social media gone mad!! From birth you are put on a social platform, your whole life is for public viewing, the more views you get, the more adulation you get. If your at the top of the “social stock exchange” then there is nothing you won’t do to stay there…..
Once you get use to the jumping from past to present it an interesting read. Ella is the product of a social moment (no love) her “parents” did it to provide themselves with more ratings.
And when Ella meets a young man, (but that’s not in her timeline yet,) he has to go, and Ella is punished!! 
Meeting social outcasts (or disconnects) Ella realises there is more to life than popping your life out there for all to view. And they take her to Keystone…..
Keystone is like a school for thieves. And Ella is totally out of her comfort zone. The school needs to prove to the world that someone is out to change the past. Why? And for what gain? So they steal analogue (books and anything that’s not digital) 
The interaction between Garrett and Ella (she’s now called Elisha) is fun to read, their bickering will surely lead to something, (even thoughts has a girlfriend) and finding true friends, but the fake friends she had outside of Keystone. 
All this makes good reading. 
And all the secrets everyone has. What is Garrett hiding? Will Ella tell him about her parentage? 
With the cliffhanger ending, you know I’m going to need the answer…..
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Friday’s Post

It’s Friday…… it’s almost the weekend….. Cheers 🥂

A stead day at work today. Had a few eye rolling moments today, guests sticking fingers into sauce and kids digging into the pasta and it going everywhere!!

Finished the book I got for Christmas, need to do a review, but I’ll have to review the books before this one.

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Thursday’s Post 💨

Yay

Delivery day ….. did you note the sarcasm?

Walking in the cold wind this morning was a little challenging, it was really strong in places.

I get to work and the delivery lorry is just pulling up. So by the time I get downstairs the delivery guy is opening the back gates and dragging the first of four pallets into the yard.

Delivery was pretty easy to put away. The fridges and freezers were relatively empty, so it was pretty quick work to put it all away. Then getting the salad cart ready for lunch time.

Had a few greedy guests who amazingly fitted a great deal to food in an ordinary sized bowl. Couldn’t believe how much they could fit into their bowl!!

Another cold and windy walk home tonight. And had to judge a few cars with speed and splashing issues (there was a large puddle and the cars seem to want to splash anyone walking past)

Definitely a coffee and a read under my new penguin blanket is in order at some point later.

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Wednesday’s Post ☁️

How do you organise your books?

I know it’s January, and I know it’s going to be cold for a while, but a little less of a chilly wind would be nice.

Managed to pop into my local bookstore. Always a chuckle if I can get a selfie (it can prove a challenge sometimes.)

Had a couple of hours to myself today, and managed to finish a review, read a book, and start notes for that book.

I also have a Fitbit (not that one) so still getting use to it. Trying to use the other apps on my phone (water and logging food) but mainly tracking my steps (putting my phone down doesn’t help to keep track of all those steps I do) and it’s handy when I get a text. It still makes me jump when I hit the 10,000 steps I do, and I don’t wear it to bed.

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Tuesday’s Post ☁️

Delivery was a small one. Usually I have help, but she has a bad back at the moment, So instead of help that I was promised as usual I had to do it on my own! Good job I work well unsupervised. And glad it did t rain until later in the day, always makes delivery tricky.

Had my first work review today. I’m an all round good egg 😉 and apparently I won’t need another review for a while.

Day off tomorrow 😀 a little shopping, catching up with my BFF and reading. What a way to spend my day off😀

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Monday’s Post 🌧

That wind was pretty chilly this morning. Gloves, hat and scarf were firmly on.

Saturday’s delivery was a small one, so by Monday, we were running a little low!! Luckily enough we weren’t too busy. But you can guarantee they wanted what I ran out of!!

I did Pot wash as well today. We had a few people off today, should be interesting with close down tonight.

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Book Review 📱

DEMON BOUND (Crossroads Chronicles) book 1 by Chris Cannon

Description…… 

When a summoning goes awry, suddenly booknerd Meena’s summer job becomes something drastically different. Instead of cleaning eccentric Carol’s house, she’s bound to a demon as his soul-collector. Soon Meena discovers that the boring, pageant-obsessed, bonfire-loving town that she’s never fit in to is a hotbed for soul-sucking demons, demon-hunting witches, and vampires who just wanna have fun… And then she comes into her own powers.

Could things get any stranger? Good thing she meets new guy Jake–who gets her and still hangs around.

When Jake’s mom sends him off to his Aunt Zelda’s for the summer, he thought he’d be bored. But nothing is what it seems in this town. His aunt isn’t just odd, she’s a witch who fights demons and tries to maintain the magical balance of the town. Jake should get the hell out of there and, he would leave, except for bad-ass newbie witch Meena, who looks at him like he matters.

He never counted on sticking around, but Meena’s bound to a demon who wants to destroy her soul–and Jake’s finally found someone worth fighting for.

My Review….. 

Not my usual read (A Young Adult book) but the backcover sounded really interesting. 

It’s time to get a summer job, (books aren’t cheap, and Meena is a avid reader) but seventeen year old Meena doesn’t like or do hairnets, so it’s a cleaning job. And lucky her, the crazy lady (or Wacky Winslow as she’s called) in the town is wanting help….. Only Meena gets more than she bargains for. 

Carol (Meena’s new boss) tries summoning a minor demon and gets not a minor demon, but the big man (demon) a soul collector, and now he has Carol working for him, and as Meena works for Carol, she also now works for the Demon Bane. And the big surprise, the town is full of people who made a promise to the Demon for more time to enjoy the life they had always wanted. 

They’ve signed over their souls, well their time period is up, and now the Demon is collecting payment. Well actually Meena is now. 

Jake is expecting a quiet visit to his aunts, what he got was a whole lot of action and adventure. And the unwanted attention of a vampire, (she wants to turn him, and keep him with her forever!!) the only bit of this town he likes is Meena, he should just leave and not come back, but he can’t, and the reason he thinks is Meena. 

There are vampires, Demons and all manner of things that go bump in the night, and they all live in the town. 

We have a vampire that wants Jake for her own. We have people trying to get out of the bargains they made with the Demon. And that’s where Meena comes into it, (at the moment Meena is just an errand runner, will that change?) 

And Meena is now on their radar. Is she in danger, you bet she is (as a messenger to the Demon, the souls that need collecting will try to kill her to escape or give themselves more time) 

Is Meena feeling guilty for taking people away? (You’ll have to read to find out)  It’s really well written, descriptive and the attention to detail is really good. I feel there will be more to Bane and Meena as the series continues. And I felt the attraction between Meena and Jake could have been a little more decisive. And the female Vampire that’s after Jake…. will it alter how he feels about Meena, and will she get her fangs into Jake? 

But give it a go and decide for yourself. 

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Sunday’s Post ☁️

The only decoration in the house (Kim’s pink tree) is packed away and back in the attic.

The tree at the grave (is still up due to rain/is now home and drying out before being packed away and stored in the attic)

Housework today, with the help of my headphones and Ed Sheeran on my phone. Plastic containers were thrown, cleaned shelves and checked the dates on all the food in the cupboards.

Caught up with my dad and my sisters. 📱Read a little more of the book I got as a Christmas present📖 (this is a series I hope to be reading and reviewing this year on my blog) did a little more washing. And put away some of my Christmas presents.

In the U.K. the holidays are over. Back to school for most office workers on Monday. And hopefully back to some kind of routine.

Third and final episode……

Dracula is seen walking to the beach of Whitby coast and meets Dr. Zoe Van Helsing, who looks like Sister Agatha. Dr. Zoe informs he was dormant for more than a century. He is taken in by the Jonathan Harker Foundation for study. However, he gets out using the legal system. Zoe as a scientist drinks his blood as to know what it means “blood is lives” and syncs with Sister Agatha’s memory. Meanwhile, Dracula finds a bride from a pub who doesn’t care who he is or either death. Sister Agatha is very present in Zoe’s consciousness and converses with her for finding what really are Dracula’s limitations and as an animal what does it fear. They meet at his abode and discusses it. It comes to light that Dracula fears death and he is conditioned over the centuries to fear everything that represents that truth. Zoe who is dying from cancer takes her last breath at Dracula’s home. Dracula who comes to the epiphany commits suicide by drinking Zoe’s blood as it is poisonous for him.

It gave a different spin on the classic Dracula tale. A little camp in places, but I liked it.

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Book Review 📖

THE TWILIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Drake sisters series) book 2 by Christine Feehan 
Description….. 
Bestselling novelist Kate Drake is one of seven sisters gifted with amazing powers of witchcraft. Returning home in time for her northern California town’s annual Christmas pageant, Kate catches the spirit of the season and decides to open a bookstore in a charming but run-down historic mill. Decorated former U.S. Army Ranger Matt Granite, now a local contractor, doesn’t mind working in the undeniably eerie house-not if it means getting closer to Kate. There’s something about the quiet, sensual woman that powerfully attracts him.  

When an earthquake cracks the mill’s foundation and reveals a burial crypt, Kate senses that a centuries-old evil has been unleashed. . . and that it’s coming after her. Though Matt vows to guard her from dusk till dawn, Kate knows she will have to summon all of her and her sisters’ powers to battle the darkness threatening to destroy both Christmas and the gift of soul-searing passion her hometown hero wants her to keep forever. . . 

My Review….. 

Not as short as the first book “Magic in the Wind”, but not as long as the rest of the sisters books. 
Kate is the next oldest sister, she’s an award winning author, and she’s home to stay. She wants to continue to write, but also run a bookstore/coffeehouse. The ideal place is the “old mill” it’s very rundown, and Kate knows she won’t be able to do the work on her own.
 She’s travelled the world and now she’s ready to settle down, and where better than Sea Haven. 
But although she’s a best seller, she’s shy and not at all like her characters. 
Matt is an Army Ranger “retired” he now owns with family a construction firm. He’s always been a bit of a ladies man, but he’s really only ever had eyes for Kate, she’s always been too young for him, but now she’s back in Sea Haven, he’s going to persuade her that they belong together. 
So Kate and Matt begin to plan out the renovations, each liking the other, but not wanting to put themselves in a vulnerable position. 
There is something amiss in Sea Haven, an evil entity has targeted Kate and those who interact with her. Kate needs all her wits about her. Her sympathy for this spirit could get her into trouble, but with Matt and her sisters on Kate’s side, she hopes to lay the spirit to rest before it can seriously hurt someone. 
The author is setting the scene for the other sisters, the interaction between the sisters is funny, it’s also very touching In places. The author is so descriptive in her telling of the surrounding places, I can picture then so clearly. 
So will Matt get his Drake sister? Will Kate be able to calm the spirit enough for it to leave Sea Haven? And who’s next for the aisle? 
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Saturday’s Post ☁️

Watched the second episode tonight. I thought it was good. If you read reviews, there was mixed bag of good and bad.

Dracula …. Next episode …. The Dark Compass

Lucy Westenra seems to have it all. A beautiful and popular girl with no shortage of young men in her thrall. Yet Lucy seems to have an emptiness inside her, a longing for something else. Something dark and… other. One might almost say, ‘be careful what you wish for.’ For out of the shadows steps another suitor – with a familiar face! England is an unfamiliar world pulsing with fresh blood and fresh possibilities. There are strange sights and sounds everywhere, and Dracula wastes no time in laying plans to spread his foul vampire contagion in this new larder. After landfall in Whitby, where else to head but the gleaming lights of London? But why does Dracula set his sights on the seemingly ordinary Lucy Westenra? The legacy of Jonathan Harker’s stay in that far off Transylvanian castle comes back to haunt the Count as he finds himself unexpectedly checked by an alliance of formidable foes – one a steely scientist, another a callow young doctor in love with Lucy and determined to thwart the Prince of Darkness in his plans to dominate the world. As the adventure reaches its fevered climax, Dracula appears triumphant. Can anyone – living, dead or undead – stop him?

Walk to work was a dry but chilly one (we are due lots of rain next week) chatting to my friend makes the journey less tedious. I didn’t need to be in early today, so it was a nice change.

As was having no delivery to put away either. I got straight into the fridge and checked to see if I needed to prep anything before I got salad prep out for lunch.

Not an awful lot happened at work today with guests, but there is a little power struggle going on in the background. (In the kitchen part where I work) Things are beginning to happen. One to one meetings are taking place next week, hours are being relocated (chefs mainly)

Dinner, a wash load and a little tv. (As you can see above) catching up with the BFF and then bed. Not very exciting, but who needs excitement, that stuff is exhausting 😉

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Friday’s Post ☁️

Another cold walk to work this morning. Not cold enough for my big coat yet (internal heater doing its job, so I don’t need a big coat yet) but gloves, scarf and hat keep me warm enough.

As you know, it was my day off yesterday, so returning to work I did wonder how much of a delivery we got. And we didn’t have a large amount. So I couldn’t prep too much, but as I was on my own, I had pot wash to keep me occupied.

The next Dracula episode.

Blood Vessel…..

To all appearances, the decrepit Russian ship The Demeter is a perfectly ordinary vessel, but its motley collection of passengers – including a German duchess, an Indian scientist and an English lord, his beautiful bride and their resentful manservant – also boasts a strange cargo: fifty boxes of mouldering Transylvanian soil. Shrouded in a mysterious fog, the Demeter sets sail for Whitby, England, but the voyage is ill-starred from the beginning. Death stalks the ship and before long the crew of the Demeter are locked in a deadly game of cat and mouse with Count Dracula. Can any of them stop the ravenous vampire before he reaches England and sows the seeds of his unholy blood-cult in fresh ground? As the old saying goes: ’The dead travel fast’…

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Thursday’s Post ☁️

Day off today. Had some chores to do in town, had time for a little window shopping. Then grabbed lunch for myself and BFF. We took down Xmas decorations and then settled down to watch a new series on the tv…..

This series follows Dracula from his origins in Eastern Europe to his battles with Van Helsing’s descendants and beyond. According to the BBC’s description “The Count Dracula legend transforms with new tales that flesh out the vampire’s gory crimes — and bring his vulnerability into the light.”

It is 1897 and St Mary’s Convent, Budapest plays host to a desiccated husk of a human being, Jonathan Harker; an English lawyer with a strange and unsettling story to tell. Listening in is the kind and inquisitive Sister Agatha, a nun with a more-than-ordinary-interest in the creatures of the night. Invited to Transylvania to meet the reclusive Count Dracula, Harker finds himself trapped in an ancient, terrifying castle, a maze of mouldering corridors and vaults: a prison without locks. It soon becomes clear that he and his client are the only things living in the echoing halls of the moulding pile: and that the Count himself isn’t living at all. In fact, Dracula is a four-hundred-year-old vampire who has grown weary of his own exhausted country and has set his sights on the new world. As the shadows lengthen and Harker’s account unfolds it becomes clear that the remorseless vampire may have unfinished business with his erstwhile guest…

Wednesday’s Post

So I’ve set my reading challenge. I’ll keep you posted on how I do😉

And now my daily report😉 cold walk this morning, but a bit of an eye opener…. I came across numerous items of clothing. Bra, two odd shoes, leggings and two pairs of knickers!! I kid you not!! I’m hoping they fell out of a bag on their way home. I could just imagine the chaos it would have caused if the owner of the underwear or leggings decided to take them off then and their!!!

Work was an interesting affair today. We didn’t have a lot of food stock. So this made for an awkward environment, guests were told there was a limited menu, and they weren’t really happy, but what could we do? The ordering still isn’t right, we either have too much, or not enough!!

The day seemed to drag!! I was happy to get home.

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Series to read this year 📚

SeaHaven Series (The Drake sisters Series) 

Books in the series …… 

magic in the wind …. book 1 (novella) 
The twilight before Christmas…. book 2 
Oceans of fire …. book 3
Dangerous Tides …. book 4
Safe Harbor …. book 5
Turbulent sea…..book 6
Hidden currents ….. book 7
Description of the series….. 
Seven sisters have power over the elements, white witches, call them what you like. Sisters who are very close to one another. They start the series all living together (except for the eldest, Sarah) the house has been in the family for generations (being handed down to the seventh daughter, it has protection spells that repels anyone who wants to harm the sisters) 
We start the series……. 
With Sarah the eldest, and it will continue down the line in age, till we get to the youngest sister Elle. 
All of the books are written to be stand alone books, but a series is meant to offer a fuller experience, often with an additional story arc that ties them all together. It also allows a reader to become familiar with, not only characters, but with a location as well. 

Sea Haven is a place in Northern California and the first time we learn about Sea Haven is with the Drake Sisters. These magical seven sisters are always there for each other though they all have very different occupations and lives. The series starts out very sweet, though there’s always an element of suspense in each story with varying levels of the paranormal. You can read any of the books and in any order but the final Drake Sisters book, Hidden Currents is darker and knowing what came before it might enhance your overall experience, but you’d still be able to understand the story even if you haven’t read the previous books in the series.


Description

Sarah Drake has come home . . .

Ever since Damon Wilder sought refuge in Sea Haven, he’s heard the same breathless rumor pass the lips of nearly every local in the sleepy coastal town. Even the wind seems to whisper her name – a reverie so powerfully suggestive that it carries the curious Damon to Sarah’s clifftop home, and seeks to shelter him there.

But Damon has not arrived alone. A killer has tracked him to Sea Haven, and into the shadows of Drake House. But Sarah has her own secrets, and danger – as well as a desire more urgent than either has ever known – is just a whisper away . . .

DESCRIPTION…..

Kate Drake, a well-traveled bestselling novelist, is one of seven sisters–seven very special sisters who happen to be witches. When she returns to her small coastal hometown before Christmas to attend her sister’s wedding, she decides to settle there. Discovering a charming but run-down and spooky historic house, she decides to open a bookstore and sets about clearing it out when an earthquake occurs, knocking down part of the wall and revealing a burial crypt. Intrigued but cautious, she turns to the handsome carpenter she hired to help renovate the house. But Kate begins to sense that neither the carpenter nor the law nor any otherworldly power can help her reign in the evil that was released from the crypt. She will have to summon all of her supernatural power–and that of her six sisters–to destroy the sinister force that is casting a dark shadow over her hometown.

Description…….

As the third daughter in a magical bloodline, Abigail Drake was born with a mystical affinity for water, and possessed a particularly strong bond with dolphins. She spent her entire life studying them, learning from them, and swimming among them in the waters off her hometown of Sea Haven…

Until the day Abby witnessed a cold-blooded murder on shore, and found herself fleeing for her life—right into the arms of Aleksandr Volstov. He’s an Interpol agent on the trail of stolen Russian antiquities, a relentless man who gets what he goes after—and the man who broke Abby’s heart. But he isn’t going to let the only woman he ever loved be placed in harm’s way—or slip away from his embrace.

Description……

Dr. Libby Drake is sensible and practical. To her more adventurous sisters, she’s always been the “good girl”. Certainly not the kind to attract the attention of a genius like Ty Derrick—until a tragic accident leaves the handsome biochemist at her mercy.

Acting on her uncanny ability to heal, she stirs in the reawakened Ty his own long-suppressed desires for the woman who saved his life. But he’s not the only man with designs on Libby Drake. Her miraculous and selfless power has also captured the attention of a dangerously influential admirer. Someone in Sea Haven is pursuing the elementally gifted beauty for his own wicked purpose. And he’s willing to go to deadly lengths to make it happen.

Joley Drake was born with a legacy of unexpected magical gifts, but it was the gift of singing that made her an overnight sensation—a rock and roll goddess trapped by fame, fortune, and ambition. Heated by the flush of success, Joley could have any man she wanted. But there’s only man who can give her what she really needs…
 
Ilya Prakenskii is cool, inscrutable, dangerously sexy, and working in the shadow of his infamous reputation—that of a secret Russian hit man on the payroll of a notorious mobster. He’s the last man Joley should get close to, yet when her life is threatened on tour she has nowhere left to turn. But in the seductive safe keep of Ilya’s embrace, is Joley really as secure as she imagines?

One of seven daughters in a line of extraordinary women, Hannah Drake has been the elusive object of affection for Jonas Harrington for as long at the rugged Sea Haven sheriff can remember. If only the stunning super-model was driven by a passion other than her career. But Jonas isn’t the only one with desires for Hannah. 
 
From the shadows has emerged a vengeful figure who stalks the beauty with one terrifying purpose: to strip her of all she is and destroy her. Only one man was destined as her protection. Now, out of a storm of danger, Jonas must guide the woman he loves from a sinister darkness that threatens not only Hannah, but the entire Drake family.

From afar, Sheriff Jackson Deveau has always loved Elle Drake, the youngest telepath of seven sisters. After a long time away she’s finally returning home to the small coastal village of Sea Haven. But someone has been following Elle, someone who doesn’t want her to make it back. And when Elle fails to arrive, her disappearance strikes fear in the hearts of everyone who loves her. Now it’s left to Jackson to uncover the mystery of Elle’s vanishing, and rescue her from an unseen danger. But Sea Haven is no longer safe for anyone, and it’ll take the powers of all the Drake sisters and their men to survive the coming storm.

I have read this series, but I’ve never written a proper review. So here we go ….

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Happy New Year 🥳

This was sent to me …….

Hoping it plays 😁

So my wish to you is, be with those you love, tell them daily, we don’t know what’s around that corner. Do something that challenges you. Do something that makes you smile. Do something just for you.

I’m hoping to do a few more fun things before my birthday in September. Afternoon Teas. Feed a penguin. Visit my friend in America. Visit Blackpool Tower, and look down 😉

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Random Thought 💭

It’s the end of another year ……

What did I do this year?

It’s my first year without my mum. That was hard.

It’s another year without my daughter.

I changed my job, big move for me, but a better one.

Watched my nieces, nephews and grandchildren get one year older. The time just seemed to whizz past!!!

I’m another year older (and in fact turned 50!!)

I have a wonderful memory of my time in Africa.

I have to get in that I read some really good books, (and a few that were just ok)

watched my granddaughter dance in public.

What do I hope to do in 2020?

Read a few good books😉

And maybe a visit to my friend in America.

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