Monthly Archives: May 2020

Sunday’s Post

Aspiring University of Florida swimmer Haley Keller receives a call from her sister, Beth, who informs her that Category 5 Hurricane Wendy is on a collision course with Florida and advises her to get out of the state. Haley is concerned for the safety of her father, Dave, as he is not answering his phone. Against the instructions of Florida State Police, Haley drives around evacuation routes to check in on Dave. She first goes to his condo, where he has been living since he and her mother divorced. Haley finds the family dog Sugar at the condo but not Dave himself and is worried that he has returned to the family home in Coral Lake, which he supposedly sold years ago.

Haley and Sugar navigate the flooded streets and find Dave’s truck at the Coral Lake house. There, she descends into the crawl spaceunderneath the house while leaving Sugar upstairs, and eventually finds her father unconscious and wounded. When she tries to drag him out, her exit is cut off by large and ravenous alligators that Dave believes got into the house via a storm drain open to the crawl space. The alligators are too large to fit around the pipes under the house, allowing Haley and Dave a safe area at the far end of the crawl space. However, the hurricane intensifies, and the crawl space begins to flood, so Haley attempts to navigate around the alligators before she and her father drown.

While attempting to escape the crawl space and fending off the alligators, Haley drops her phone (which gets crushed by an alligator) and discovers that the second exit to the crawl space is blocked by a table on top of the hatch. She tries to contact a group of looters in a gas station opposite the house for help, but they get killed by alligators. She is also helpless to stop the alligators from attacking and killing two police officers who investigate the house for survivors. Dave manages to kill an alligator by splitting its head open with a shovel but gets trapped. In a last-ditch effort to escape, Haley makes her way to the storm drain, where she discovers that the alligators have made their nest and laid eggs. Haley successfully kills the other alligator using a gun retrieved from the body of one of the police officers, shooting down the alligator’s throat when it nearly bites her hand off and makes it upstairs, crow-barring the living room floor open and saving Dave from drowning in the basement.

Free of the crawl space, Haley, Dave, and Sugar procure the looters’ boat just as the eye of the hurricane moves over the neighborhood. However, the floodwaters break the nearby levees, flooding Coral Lake even more and crashing them back into the house, where they get separated. While Dave and Sugar make their way up the stairs, Haley navigates around the kitchen and uses a discarded police radio to broadcast a distress signal to authorities.

After retrieving a set of road flares and saving Sugar from being attacked, Dave loses an arm to one of the alligators. Haley attempts to flag down a rescue helicopter from an upstairs bedroom but is attacked by another alligator, which attempts to drown her in a death roll. While Dave and Sugar escape to the attic, Haley stabs the alligator in the eye with a flare and attempts to swim to the roof from the outside of the house, narrowly avoiding being mauled by a fourth alligator before it gets swept away. Haley lights a flare and flags down the rescue helicopter as Dave and Sugar watch.

Another warm day. Caught up on housework and laundry through the week, so plenty of time reading and catching up with family and friends.

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Books I read in May 📚

Alpha’s Temptation: A Billionaire Werewolf Romance (Bad Boy Alphas Book 1) by Renee Rose & Lee Savino  👩🏻‍💻 

Hiding from the Coven (Daughters of the Warlock Book 2) by Amelia Shaw 📱

Fire Bound (A Sisters of the heart series) A Sea Haven Novel book 5 by Christine Feehan 📖

Arctic Bite (Forgotten Brotherhood) Book 2 N.J. Walters TRC   👩🏻‍💻

Dirty Work by Regina Kyle  TRC 👩🏻‍💻

Sleepwater Beat by Kathrin Hutson  
TRC 📱

Sleepwater static By Kathrin Hutson  
TRC 📱

Deal with the Devil (A Purgatory Novel) Book 4 by Cynthia Eden 👩🏻‍💻

The Wolf Within (A Purgatory Novel) Book 1 by Cynthia Eden 👩🏻‍💻

Marked by the Vampire (A Purgatory Novel) Book 2 by Cynthia Eden 👩🏻‍💻

Charming the Beast (A Purgatory Novel) Book 3 by Cynthia Eden 👩🏻‍💻

Blue Embers (A Storm Of Fire) Book 2 by Courtney Leigh TRC 👩🏻‍💻

Bound Together (Sea Haven Series) Book 6 by Christine Feehan 📖

Love In The Time of Corona, Vol. 2.   (Kristi Avalon. Chloe Flowers. Sheridan Jeane. Becky Lower. Judy McDonough.  L.A. McGinnis. Jen Sako.) TRC 📱
Shadow Flight (The shadow Series) book 5 by Christine Feehan 📖

📱Read on my phone 

📖 Read an actual Book 
👩🏻‍💻 Read on my Kindle
🎧 Listened to an audiobook 
TRC (The Reading Cafe) a blog I guest read.   

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Book Review 📱

Sleepwater Static #book 2 by Kathrin Hutson

Description….. 

They say home is where the heart is. Now that Sleepwater’s on the run, home is just another place to hide.
Wyoming’s Sleepwater chapter is on the run, hunted for their ability to spin a beat. With little time to mourn the members they’ve lost, Bernadette Manney takes the group to the one place she swore she’d never see again: the cabin in Hollywood, South Carolina. It’s remote enough to lay low and catch a break, but not for long.
Their beats are condemned as mutations, radical terrorist tactics, and felonies punishable both by and outside the law. Bernadette thought Sleepwater would be safe here, but returning to her Southern roots unleashes more demons than she left behind. Her past, her love, and even her own flesh and blood won’t let her move on through a venomous society intent on rooting out her people. Now, to bring a mother’s first child safely into an unsafe world, Bernadette must face her own shame from before Sleepwater itself was born. But redemption and forgiveness may be too much to ask, and it may just be too late.



My Review ….. 

We met Bernadette in the last book, she’s one of the original members of the group. They are now on the run, the government want them, the public don’t understand them, and they don’t understand what’s going on themselves. 
You don’t need to read the first book, but it does help. There is lots going on in the first book that will put stuff into perspective. 
Again this book jumps from past to present, this time showing us Bernadette’s story, I liked the messages from her friend, it actually filled in a few questions, without going into too much detail. We get the why she left South Carolina, what her ability or “beat” is and why she is the way she is……
It’s been six months since the last book. They are on the run from the government facility that captured a few of them. The Doctor that captured them did something to them, something terrible and half of the group will never be the same again. Sadness fills the air, losing friends that feel like family hurts them all. But Bernadette has a job to do, she needs to get them to safety, her family cabin seems like the best option. 
I have to admit I did like the first book better. But this one had its own good points. You expect a main character to be young, well Bernadette isn’t, she’s not a young woman, she’s not even middle aged, she’s an elderly woman with arthritis!!! 
She’s seen a lot in her time, a bully for a father, a jealous sister, a club owner who took advantage of her gift, friends who turned on her. But the turning point was when she turned her gift on her daughter!! She couldn’t take the guilt, and so Bernadette ran, and never stopped running. She’s collected strangers along the way, turning them into a family of sorts. 
We also catch up with a few old friends from the previous book, and a few surprises along the way. 

I really like Bernadette, she’s a very complex character, a hard life made easier with a few wonderful years, then given a second chance with her new family. She also comes into contact with her old family, how will she react with that? 

The ending definitely ended a little abrupt, so I’m hoping it’s not the end. 
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Saturday’s Post

Following the defeat of Deckard Shaw and Mose Jakande Dominic “Dom” Toretto and Letty Ortiz are on their honeymoon in Havanawhen Dom’s cousin Fernando gets in trouble owing money to local racer Raldo. Sensing Raldo is a loan shark, Dom challenges Raldo to a race, pitting Fernando’s reworked car against Raldo’s, and wagering his own Third Generation Chevrolet Impala. After narrowly winning the race, Dom allows Raldo to keep his car, earning his respect, and instead leaves his cousin with his car.

The next day, Dom is approached by the elusive cyberterrorist Cipher who coerces him into working for her by showing him an unseen photo. Shortly afterwards, Dom and his team, comprising Letty, Roman Pearce, Tej Parker, and Ramsey, are recruited by Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) agent Luke Hobbs to help him retrieve an EMP device from a military outpost in Berlin. During the getaway, Dom goes rogue, forcing Hobbs off the road and stealing the device for Cipher. Hobbs is arrested and locked up in the same high-security prison in which he helped imprison Shaw. After Shaw and Hobbs both escape the prison, they are recruited by intelligence operative Mr. Nobody and his protégé to help the team find Dom and capture Cipher. Shaw reveals that Cipher had hired his brother Owen to steal the Nightshade device and Mose Jakande to steal God’s Eye, Ramsey’s software program. The team tracks Dom and Cipher to their very location just as the latter two attack the base, causing injuries to the team, and stealing God’s Eye. Roman suggests bringing Brian in to help them, but Letty rejects the idea as they agreed not to bring him and Mia into any more missions for the sake of their children.

When Dom questions Cipher’s motives, she reveals that she has been holding hostage Dom’s ex-lover and DSS agent Elena Neves—as well as their son, of whose existence Dom was previously unaware. Elena tells Dom that she wanted him to decide the child’s first name, having already given him the middle name Marcos.

In New York City, Cipher sends Dom to retrieve a nuclear football held by the Russian Minister of Defense. Prior to the theft, Dom briefly evades Cipher—with the help of Raldo—and persuades Shaw’s mother, Magdalene Shaw, to help him. Cipher hacks into the electronics systems of a large number of cars, causing them to disable the convoy so that Dom can take the football. The team intercepts Dom, but Dom escapes, shooting and apparently killing Shaw in the process. Letty catches up to Dom, but is ambushed and nearly killed by Cipher’s enforcer, Connor Rhodes, before Dom rescues her. In retaliation, Cipher has Rhodes execute Elena in front of a helpless Dom.

Dom infiltrates a base in Russia to use the EMP device to disable their security and then to disable a nuclear submarine, enabling Cipher to hijack it and attempt to use its arsenal to trigger a nuclear war. They are once again intercepted by the team, who attempt to shut down the sub, and then drive out toward the gates that would prevent the sub from leaving into open waters. Meanwhile, Shaw, whose death was faked, teams up with Owen, and at Magdalene’s behest, infiltrates Cipher’s plane to rescue Dom’s son. Once Shaw reports that the child is safe, Dom turns on Cipher and kills Rhodes, before rejoining his team. Infuriated, Cipher fires an infrared homing missile at Dom, but he breaks away from his team and maneuvers around it, causing the missile to hit the submarine instead. The team quickly forms a vehicular blockade around Dom, shielding him from the ensuing explosion. Shaw reaches the front of the plane and confronts Cipher, who jumps from the plane with a parachute.

Mr. Nobody and his protégé visit Dom and his team in New York City to report that Cipher is still at large in Athens. Hobbs is offered his DSS job back, but he declines in order to spend more time with his daughter. Shaw delivers Dom his son, putting his differences aside with Dom and Hobbs. Dom names his son Brian, after his friend and brother-in-law Brian O’Conner, and celebrates with his friends.

A quiet start to the weekend. Sat and read in the garden, a good clean in the kitchen, and threw all the towels in the wash.

I got to see a favourite film of mine this afternoon.

United States Naval Aviator LT Pete “Maverick” Mitchell and his Radar Intercept Officer LTJGNick “Goose” Bradshaw fly the F-14A Tomcataboard USS Enterprise. During an interception with two hostile MiG-28 aircraft, Maverick gets missile lock on one, while the other hostile aircraft locks onto Maverick’s wingman, Cougar. While Maverick drives off the remaining MiG-28, Cougar is too shaken to land, and Maverick, defying orders, shepherds him back to the carrier. Cougar gives up his wings, citing his newborn child that he has never seen. Despite his dislike for Maverick’s recklessness, CAG “Stinger” sends him and Goose to attend TOPGUN, the Naval Fighter Weapons School at Naval Air Station Miramar.

At a bar the day before Topgun starts, Maverick, assisted by Goose, unsuccessfully approaches a woman. Maverick learns the next day that she is Charlotte “Charlie” Blackwood, an astrophysicist and civilian TOPGUN instructor. Charlie later becomes interested in Maverick upon learning of his inverted maneuver with the MiG-28, which disproves US intelligence on the enemy aircraft’s performance.

During Maverick’s first training sortie he defeats instructor LCDR Rick “Jester” Heatherly but through reckless flying breaks two rules of engagement and is reprimanded by chief instructor CDR Mike “Viper” Metcalf. Privately, Jester confides that he admires Maverick’s skill, but wouldn’t trust him as a teammate in combat. Maverick also becomes a rival to top student LT Tom “Iceman” Kazansky, who considers Maverick’s attitude “dangerous”—as Maverick’s tendency to abandon his team and pursue reckless objectives makes him “unsafe” to fly with. In class, Charlie also objects to Maverick’s aggressive tactics but privately admits to him that she admires his flying and omitted it from her reports to hide her feelings for him, and the two begin a romantic relationship.

During a training sortie, Maverick abandons his wingman “Hollywood” to chase Viper, who is impressed with his flying abilities but is defeated when Viper maneuvers Maverick into a position from which his wingman Jester can shoot down Maverick from behind, demonstrating the value of teamwork over individual prowess. Jester publicly tells Maverick that his flying is excellent, but that he should “never leave [his] wingman.”

Maverick and Iceman, now direct competitors for the TOPGUN Trophy, chase an A-4 in a later training engagement. Maverick pressures Iceman to break off his engagement so he can shoot it down himself, but Maverick’s F-14 flies through the jet wash of Iceman’s aircraft and suffers a flameout of both engines, going into an unrecoverable flat spin. Maverick and Goose eject, but Goose hits the jettisoned aircraft canopy head-first and is killed.

Although the board of inquiry clears Maverick of responsibility for Goose’s death, he is overcome by guilt and his flying skill diminishes. Charlie and others attempt to console him, but Maverick considers retiring. He seeks advice from Viper, who reveals that he served with Maverick’s father Duke Mitchell on USS Oriskany and was in the air battle in which Mitchell was killed. Contrary to official reports which faulted Mitchell, Viper reveals classified information that proves Mitchell died heroically and informs Maverick that he can succeed if he can regain his self-confidence. Maverick chooses to graduate, though Iceman wins the TOPGUN Trophy.

During the graduation party, Viper calls in the newly graduated aviators with the orders to deploy. Iceman, Hollywood, and Maverick are ordered to immediately return to Enterprise to deal with a “crisis situation”, providing air support for the rescue of a stricken ship that has drifted into hostile waters.

Maverick and Merlin (Cougar’s former RIO) are assigned as back-up for F-14s flown by Iceman and Hollywood, despite Iceman’s reservations over Maverick’s state of mind. The subsequent hostile engagement with six MiGs sees Hollywood shot down; Maverick is scrambled alone due to a catapult failure and nearly retreats after encountering circumstances similar to those that caused Goose’s death. Upon finally rejoining Iceman, the two are still badly outnumbered, but Maverick vocally refuses to leave Iceman without a wingman and manages to shoot down three MiGs. Iceman, shifting to offense also shoots one down, which forces the other two to flee. Upon their triumphant return to Enterprise, Iceman and Maverick share newfound respect in each other, and Maverick throws Goose’s dog tags overboard.

Offered any assignment he chooses, Maverick decides to return to TOPGUN as an instructor. At a bar in Miramar, Maverick and Charlie reunite.

So two films in one day. Feeling very lazy. Got painting in as well. Caught up with family and friends.

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Book Review 👩🏻‍💻

Sleepwater Beat #book 1 by Kathrin Hutson

Description….. 

They say the pen is mightier than the sword. In Sleepwater’s world, words are literally more powerful than bullets.

Leo could always make people believe anything she says—really believe. When her chest burns and the words come from her mouth, her targets’ eyes glaze over, they forget their own thoughts, and they’ll do anything she says. It’s what keeps her alive after being on the run and living on the streets for years. But after using it on her girlfriend and her dad’s drug dealer, it’s also what got her here on the streets in the first place.

Then Sleepwater finds her. When Leo discovers there are others out there with similar powers, scattered across the country, she can’t say no to the underground organization. After all, what’s a little sit-down with the only people who may ever understand her? What she doesn’t expect is to be thrust into Sleepwater’s guerrilla war, hunted by government agencies, and used as a weapon. Worse than that, she might be more valuable not for what she can do but for who she was before they found her.

My Review …… 

Leo can persuade people to see things her way, convince others they didn’t see it, or that they imagined it a different way. Living on the streets has taught her a few things, suspicion is one of them. So when a random man takes her in, she readily accepted the offer. (I was surprised she wasn’t more resistant, but could a spinner be making her mind up?) 

To be honest, I think Leo was looking for a connection, maybe even someone to care about her. 

And when she gets a job spinning stories and illusions, Leo thinks she’s found a home….. 

We do jump from past to present a lot, and it does take a little getting use to. But persevere, it’s well worth the read. I think it’s more of a thriller, the other “beat spinners” are hiding something, so it makes me wonder what they are really planning. 

They seem to know more about Leo than they are letting on. 

The way I see the beat spinners are a type of hypnosis, the suggestion is in their voice, they can weave you into the story, so you think you are there. 

This reminds me of  the X-Men, people that are different from humans, in hiding from the rest of the world, scared to show their true selves. (But it didn’t use to be like that, now it’s illegal) 

But they also need to hide, wealthy people wants them as “pets”, to show their abilities in clubs and private homes, the spinners are forming resistance groups, targeting drugs companies (this is one of the reasons why Leo leaves home) there are a few surprises that kept me reading. The ending didn’t stop on a cliffhanger, but it does leave a few unanswered questions. 

it is dark, Leo has had many knock backs in her life, her mother abandoning her, her father dying of an overdose, living on the streets. So I did understand where she was coming from, always wary, always angry. Sleepwater gave her another chance at a normal life, but she had to earn her way in, and I did find that a little hard going (it seemed as the rest of the group were always laughing behind her back)

But there is something going on in the background, I get a feeling that the death of her father, the drug he was using and the Sleepwater beat spinners are all connected. You’ll have to read the book to see if I’m right😉

I liked how all the people seemed to be lost, and Karl and Bernadette were bringing them all together. Each person had a different ability, no one seems immune. The voice seeps inside your soul and the mind brings it into focus. 

I think this borders on adult rather than young adult. There are a few moments in the book I felt aren’t suitable for the market it’s aimed for. 

But I did enjoy it, and I’m looking forward to reading the next one. 

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Friday’s Post

Five years after escaping from the U.S.,[N 1]Dominic Toretto and his new crew, consisting of his girlfriend Letty, Tego Leo, Rico Santos, Cara and Han Lue, are hijacking fuel tankers in the Dominican Republic. Dominic suspects that the police are on their trail, forcing the crew to disband and go their separate ways, with Han deciding to go to Tokyo. Realizing that he must leave, Dominic runs, leaving Letty behind to protect herself from harm.

Three months later, Dominic is now residing in Panama City. He gets a call from his sister, Mia Toretto, who tells him that Letty has been murdered. Dominic heads back to Los Angeles to attend her funeral and examine the crash and finds traces of nitromethane on the ground. He visits the only car mechanic that sells nitromethane in LA and forces him into giving him the name David Park, the man who ordered the fuel, and informs him that the only car that uses nitromethane in the area is a green 1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport.

Meanwhile, FBI agent Brian O’Conner is trying to track down a Mexican drug lord, Arturo Braga. His search leads him to David Park, and he tracks him down using an illegal modification record on his car. Dominic arrives at Park’s apartment first and hangs him out of the window by his ankles before Brian arrives. Brian saves Park and Park becomes the FBI’s new informant. Park gets Brian into a street race. Brian selects a modified 2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34[9] from the impound lot. Dominic races in his modified 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS. Gisele Yashar, the liaison for Braga, reveals that the winner will become the last driver on a team that traffics heroinbetween the Mexico–United States border. Dominic wins by bumping Brian’s car while it is in nitro, making him lose control. Brian uses his power as an FBI agent to arrest another driver, Dwight Mueller, and takes his place on the team.

The team meets up with Braga’s personal henchman, Fenix, and Dominic notices that Fenix drives the same Torino the mechanic described. They drive across the border using tunnels to avoid detection. Dominic confronts Fenix and learns that he himself killed Letty when she tried to escape him. A stand-off ensues, though not before Dominic creates a diversion by loosening his car with nitrous—sparking a vehicle explosion that destroys his car and several others, including Brian’s. In the ensuing chaos, Dominic and Brian hijack a 1999 Hummer H1 with $60 million worth of heroin in it. Dominic and Brian drive back to LA and hide the heroin in a police impound lot, where Brian picks up a modified Subaru Impreza WRX STI Hatchback; they subsequently drive back to Dominic’s house, where they reunite with Mia.

Dominic finds out Brian was the last person to have contact with Letty, which results in Dominic attacking Brian until he explains that Letty was working undercover—she was tracking down Braga in exchange for clearing Dominic’s record. Brian tells his superiors that in exchange for Dominic’s pardon, he will lure Braga into a trap, forcing him to show up to exchange money for the heroin. At the drop site, the man who claims to be “Braga” is revealed as a decoy, and “Campos”—the real Braga—escapes with Fenix and the pair flee to Mexico. In the ensuing chaos, Fenix nearly runs over Gisele, before Dom saves her.

Brian and Dominic travel to Mexico to catch Braga, with the help of Gisele, who gives them directions as a favor in return for Dom saving her life. Brian and Dom find him at a church and apprehend him. As Braga’s henchmen try to rescue him, Brian and Dominic drive through the tunnels back to the United States. Brian crashes his car after taking fire from Braga’s men. He is then injured after being T-boned by Fenix. Before Fenix can kill Brian, Dominic drives into and kills Fenix, seeking revenge for Letty’s death. As police and helicopters approach the crash site on the American side of the border, Brian tells Dominic to leave, but Dominic refuses—saying he is not running anymore. Despite Brian’s request for clemency, the judge sentences Dominic to 25 years to life. 

Brian resigns from the FBI and Dominic boards a prison bus that will transport him to Lompoc penitentiary. As the bus drives down the road, Brian, Mia, Leo, and Santos arrive in their cars to intercept it.[N 2]

Family bingo night ….. fun and laughter!! Far too many calling “Bingo” and chaos as the last game brings more winners than cash 😄so it’s a roll over for next week. My stepdaughter and her family are hosting next weeks family quiz, and Grace is threatening 50 questions on children’s tv.

A little reading in the garden and a fair amount of painting, I promise I’ll share the results with you soon.

Hope you all have a safe weekend.

#keepwashingthosehands

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Book Review 📖

Shadow Flight (The Shadow Series) Book 5 by Christine Feehan

Description……

Chicago’s Ferraro crime family will do anything to protect one of their own . . .

Nicoletta Gomez was a terrified teenager when Taviano Ferraro and his brother saved her life. Ever since, she’s been trying to rise above what was done to her, molding herself into a survivor under the protective eyes of the Ferraro family. All the while, she’s been falling hopelessly in love with the man who knows her darkest secrets . . .

With one look, Taviano knew that Nicoletta was his, just as he felt their shadows connect. But no matter how much he wanted to claim her, he knew she needed time to become her own woman. When Nicoletta once again finds herself in the sights of dangerous men, a split-second decision has Taviano breaking all of the Ferraro family’s rules to keep her safe. And as far as he’s concerned, the reward is more than worth the risk.

My Review……

Taviano is a playboy, a racing car driver, and racing engine designer. He lives life to the fullest, a beautiful woman on his arm to all the best restaurants and

Nicoletta’s a broken doll. The obsession of a mad man, a vicious killer and leader of a huge gang. He’s had a taste, but wants more, and he won’t stop until he gets her back!!

She’s trying to get her life back together, the Ferraro family have been so patient with her. Teaching her self-defence, sending her to school to finish her education, finding her a family to love and cherish her.

At first she rebelled, she didn’t know what to do with all these people wanting to help her. Her family were ripped away from her, the uncles she was placed with were suppose to love and protect her, not abuse and beat her, they weren’t suppose to hand her over to a violent man to abuse.

The Ferraro family rescued her from that hell, saw her beaten and abused body, but never blamed her.

So she acted out, tried to run away, drank too much, and made her adopted family’s life a misery. But they still loved her, and slowly Nicoletta began to believe in herself……

Taviano has always known Nicoletta would be his, the night he rescued her changed him forever. To see his shadow mix with hers was a shock, but he promised the family and to himself he would be patient, he would wait until she was ready.

*when shadows move towards each other and mingle, it means they’ve found the woman meant to be theirs, it means she can bear children to become riders. Riders of shadows, dispensers of justice.*

Their story has been a slow build up from book one, we’ve seen snippets of them interacting with one another, and Taviano telling his brothers about his feelings towards Nicoletta.

This is the fifth book in the series. And my favourite so far. The patience our hero had with her. The romance (where most of the books in this series go straight to the sex) in this book was lovely to read, he knew she’d need care and to be treated as a partner and not just a wife.

I do have to admit the ending was a little quick, I would have preferred a confrontation between Nicoletta and her tormentor. Maybe she could have served justice herself.

We also get lots of new names for potential books (cousins coming in from all over America) so let’s hope this series goes on for a while.

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Thursday’s Post

In Oro Valley, Arizona, troubled high school student Sean Boswell and athlete Clay race their cars to win the affections of Clay’s girlfriend Cindy, driving their respective vehicles, a Chevrolet Monte Carlo and a Dodge Viper. When Sean cuts through a structure and catches up to Clay, Clay hits Sean’s car repeatedly until they reach a high-speed turn, which causes both cars to crash; Sean’s car is totaled. Clay and Cindy’s wealthy families help them escape punishment, but because Sean is a repetitive offender for street racing, he is sent to live in Tokyo, Japan with his father, a U.S. Navy officer stationed in Tokyo, in order to avoid juvenile detention or jail.

While in Tokyo, Sean befriends Twinkie, a military brat who introduces him to the world of drift racing in Japan. Sean has a confrontation with Takashi—the Drift King (DK)—over Sean talking to Takashi’s girlfriend, Neela. Though barred from driving, Sean decides to race against Takashi, who has ties to the Yakuza. He borrows a Nissan Silvia S15 Spec-S from Han Lue, a business partner to Takashi, but loses his first race with Takashi and ends up totaling the car due to his inability to drift.

To repay his debt for the car he destroyed, Sean agrees to work for Han. This leads to the duo becoming friends, with Han agreeing to teach Sean how to drift. Han also loans him a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution for future races, explaining that he is helping him as Sean is the only person willing to stand up to Takashi. Sean moves in with Han and soon masters drifting, gaining some clout after defeating DK’s right-hand man, Morimoto. Sean soon asks Neela out on a date, and learns that after her mother died, she moved in with Takashi’s grandmother, which resulted in their relationship. An enraged Takashi beats Sean up the next day, telling him to stay away from Neela; Neela subsequently leaves Takashi and moves in with Sean and Han.

Takashi’s uncle Kamata, the head of the Yakuza, reprimands Takashi for allowing Han to steal from him. Takashi and Morimoto confront Han, Sean, and Neela about the thefts. Twinkie causes a distraction, allowing Han (in his Mazda RX-7), Sean, and Neela (both in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution) to flee, who are then pursued by Takashi and Morimoto (driving their respective Nissan 350Zs). During the chase, Morimoto is killed in a crash, leaving Takashi to pursue the trio on his own. Han allows Sean to overtake him in order to hold Takashi off, but the chase ends when Sean and Neela crash. Meanwhile, moments after escaping from Takashi, Han’s car is t-bonedand he dies when the car explodes before Sean has a chance to save him.

Takashi, Sean, and his father become involved in an armed standoff which is resolved by Neela agreeing to leave with Takashi. Sean’s father prepares to send him back but Sean pleads him to let him fix his own mess. His father then agrees and making amends with him. Twinkie gives his money to Sean to replace the money Han stole from Takashi, which Sean then returns to Kamata. Sean proposes a race against Takashi, with the loser having to leave Tokyo. Kamata agrees to the challenge, but on the condition that the race take place on a mountain, revealed to be the mountain where Takashi himself is the only person to make it down successfully. With all of Han’s cars impounded, Sean and Han’s friends then rebuild a 1967 Ford Mustang that Sean’s father was working on, with a Nissan Skylineengine salvaged from Han’s Silvia that was totaled by Sean in his first drift race, and other spare parts.

That night, on the mountain, crowds gather to see the race; Takashi takes the lead initially, but Sean’s training allows him to catch up. Determined to win, Takashi resorts to ramming Sean’s car, eventually missing and driving off the mountain while Sean crosses the finish line. Kamata keeps his word, and lets Sean remain in Tokyo and is now christened the new Drift King.

Some time later, Neela, Twinkie and Sean, the new Drift King, are enjoying themselves in their newfound homeplace and freedom. An American driver shows up to challenge Sean, and he accepts after the American proclaims himself as Han’s family. Before the race, Sean pulls up in his Nissan Silvia S15 Spec-R next to a silver Plymouth Road Runner, driven by the challenger, who is revealed to be Dominic Toretto.

So besides doing what I usually do, which is what I always do😆 not a lot is different!!

Listening to the news, and wondering if the new government scheme will work, and I can actually come out and catch up with friends and family properly!!

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Wednesday’s Post

After letting Dominic Toretto escape from the authorities,[N 1] former LAPD officer Brian O’Conner flees from Los Angeles to escape prosecution. He subsequently relocates to Miami and makes a living by participating in illegal street races using his 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34, aided by his friend and local mechanic Tej Parker. Following one race against drivers Suki, Slap Jack, and Orange Julius, the police show up and Brian is arrested. He is taken into custody, but given a deal by his former boss, FBI Agent Bilkins, and U.S. Customs Agent Markham, to go undercover and bring down Argentinian drug lord Carter Verone in exchange for the erasure of his criminal record. Agent Monica Fuentes, who has been undercover with Verone for a year, agrees to assist bringing Brian into the organization. Brian agrees, but only if he is given permission to choose his own partner.

This prompts Brian to travel to Barstow, where he enlists the help of Roman Pearce, his childhood friend who served jail time for housing stolen cars in a garage. Roman, currently on parole, blames Brian for his arrest, but reluctantly agrees to help in exchange for the same deal Brian was offered. For their mission they are issued two modified cars: a yellow Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII and a purple Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GTS. Roman and Brian are later hired by Verone, who tasks the duo to compete against rival drivers to obtain a package from a confiscated car located in a lot. Markham, who mistakenly thinks that the duo are trying to run away, follows them to the lot. However, Roman relents, and shoots at Markham to help maintain his cover. He later confronts him for interference with the mission. Brian is able to gain knowledge of the plan, however, and tells Bilkins that Verone is reportedly aiming to launder his money in Miami, before escaping on his private jet.

Later, the team challenges a pair of muscle cardrivers (Korpi and Darden) they raced when competing for Verone’s hiring, for pink slips. Despite engine and power output handicaps, Brian and Roman manage to win the race and the other two cars (a 1969 Yenko Camaro SYCand a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T). Meanwhile, Roman confronts Brian about his attraction to Monica and the constant threat of Verone’s men. However, the two men patch up their differences, and focus on completing the mission.

After witnessing Verone torture DetectiveWhitworth of the Miami Police Department into giving them a window of opportunity to make their getaway, Brian and Roman are warned by Monica that they will be killed once the drop is made. However, Markham refuses to call off the job, claiming that it’s their one chance to catch Verone and before they leave, Brian and Monica kiss.

On the day of the mission, Brian and Roman begin transporting duffel bags of Verone’s money, with Verone’s right-hand men, Enrique and Roberto, riding alongside to accompany the duo. Before the window is set, Whitworth decides to call in the police to move in for an arrest of the drivers of the cars used by Brian and Roman. This results in a high-speed chase across the city. The duo leads the police to a warehouse, where a “scramble” by dozens of street racers organized by Tej disorients the police. Following the scramble, the police manage to pull over the Evo and the Eclipse, only to find out that they were driven by Tej and Suki. As it turns out, the duo had switched cars and had escaped in the two muscle cars they had won earlier.

As Brian approaches the destination point in his Camaro, Enrique tells him to take the Tarpon Point Marina exit, instead of heading to the airfield. Meanwhile, Roman gets rid of Roberto by using an improvised ejector seat in his Challenger powered by nitrous oxide. At the airfield, Customs agents have Verone’s plane and convoy surrounded, only to discover they have been duped into a decoy maneuver while Verone is at a boatyard several miles away. Verone reveals he knew Monica was an undercover agent, and purposely gave her wrong information on the destination point. When Brian arrives at the Marina, Verone forces Monica onto his private yacht and orders Enrique to kill Brian. As Enrique prepares to kill him, Brian’s ejector seat fails, but Roman suddenly appears and helps Brian to incapacitate Enrique. Verone makes his escape, but Brian and Roman use the Camaro to drive off a ramp, crashing on top of the yacht. Brian shoots and wounds Verone, who is then arrested by Monica.

Markham grants Brian and Roman full pardons, and in return Roman turns over the second half of Verone’s money. The two agree to stay in Miami, and Brian suggests opening a garage – funded by a cut of Verone’s money that Roman kept for themselves.

As you an see my mum’s rose (white) and my daughter’s rose are blooming nicely.

Family quiz night, and as usual chaos reigns, especially with Grace, she loves catching up with everyone, and at the end, we got to listen to her sing and dance😉

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Tuesday’s Post

On a deserted highway, a heist crew driving three modified Honda Civics assault a truck carrying electronic goods, steal its cargo, and escape into the night.

The following day, a joint Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and FBI task force sends LAPD officer Brian O’Conner undercover to locate the crew. He begins his investigation at Toretto’s Market, ordering his regular tuna on white, no crust, and flirting with its owner Mia, sister of infamous street racer Dominic Toretto, while Dominic ostensibly sits in the back office reading a newspaper. Dominic’s crew, Vince, Leon, Jesse, and his girlfriend Letty, arrives. Vince, who has a crush on Mia, starts a fight with Brian until Dominic intervenes.

That night, Brian brings a modified 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse to an illegal street race, hoping to find a lead on the heist crew. Dominic arrives in his Mazda RX-7 and initiates a drag race between himself, Brian and two other drivers. Lacking funds, Brian is forced to wager his car. Dominic wins the race after Brian’s car malfunctions, but the LAPD arrive before he can hand over his vehicle. Brian, in his car, helps Dominic escape, but they accidentally venture into the territory of Dominic’s old racing rival, gang leader Johnny Tran and his cousin Lance Nguyen, who destroy Brian’s vehicle. Later, Dominic reiterates that Brian still owes him a “10 second car”. The two then walk back to Dominic’s house together, where an altercation between Vince, who is upset that Brian is at the house, and Dominic breaks out.

Brian brings a damaged 1994 Toyota Supra to Dominic’s garage as a replacement. Dominic and his crew begin the long process of restoring the vehicle, and Brian starts dating Mia. He also begins investigating Tran, convinced that he is the mastermind behind the truck hijackings. While investigating one garage at night, Brian is discovered by Dominic and Vince who demand an explanation. Brian convinces them that he is researching his opponents vehicles for the upcoming desert Race Wars. Together, the trio investigate Tran’s garage, discovering a large quantity of electronic goods.

Brian reports the discovery to his superiors and Tran and Lance are arrested. The raid fails however when the electronics are proved to have been purchased legally. Brian is forced to confront his suspicion that Dominic is the true mastermind. Brian is given 36 hours to find the heist crew, as the truckers are now arming themselves to defend against the hijackings. The following day, Dominic and Brian attend Race Wars. There, Jesse wagers his father’s Volkswagen Jetta against Tran in his Honda S2000, but flees with the car after he loses. Tran demands Dominic recover the vehicle, and accuses him of reporting him to the police. Enraged, Dominic beats up Tran.

Later that night, Brian witnesses Dominic and his crew leaving and realizes that they are the hijackers. He reveals his true identity to Mia and convinces her to help him find the crew. Dominic, Letty, Vince, and Leon attack a semi-trailer truck, intending it to be their final heist. The armed driver shoots Vince and runs Letty off the road. Brian arrives with Mia and rescues Vince. He is forced to reveal his identity to call in emergency medical care to save him. Dominic, Mia and the rest of the crew leave before the authorities can arrive.

Some time later, Brian arrives at Dominic’s house to apprehend him as he is reversing his father’s 1970 Dodge Charger R/T out of the garage. Jesse arrives, pleading for protection. Tran and Lance ride by on motorbikes and shoot Jesse for reneging on their bet. Brian and Dominic give chase in their separate vehicles, finding and killing Tran and injuring Lance. Brian then pursues Dominic, with them both eventually acquiescing to a quarter-mile drag race. The pair barely cross a railroad before a train passes, which ends the race in a draw, but Dominic crashes his car into a truck. Instead of arresting him, Brian gives the keys to his own car to Dominic, asserting that he still owes him a 10 second car. Dominic escapes in the Supra as Brian walks away.

In the post-credits scene, Dominic is seen driving through Baja California, Mexico, in a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS.

A warm and sunny day sees me outside reading in the garden and my painting I’m doing that on the kitchen table, I did try outside, but the table is a little low.

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Monday’s Post

During the Third Crusade, Richard the Lionheart, King of England is away in France, leaving the cruel Sheriff of Nottingham – aided by his cousin Guy of Gisbourne, the witchMortianna and the corrupt Bishop of Hereford – to rule the land. Robin of Locksley, a nobleman, chose to follow the king in his Crusade. At Locksley Castle, Robin’s father, who is loyal to king Richard, is attacked by the Sheriff’s men after refusing to join them.

Meanwhile, Robin has been imprisoned in Jerusalem along with his comrade, Peter Dubois. They break free from Ayyubid prison guards and save the life of a Moor named Azeem, but Peter is mortally wounded in the process. After making Robin swear to protect his sister, Marian, Peter sacrifices himself so Robin can escape the city.

Robin returns to England with Azeem, who has vowed to accompany him until his life-debt to Robin is repaid. After a run-in with Gisbourne, Robin returns home. Finding his father dead and the castle in ruins, Robin tells Marian of Peter’s demise and after fleeing the Sheriff’s forces, encounters a band of outlaws hiding in Sherwood Forest, led by Little John. Among the band is Will Scarlet, who holds a belligerent grudge against Robin. Robin assumes command of the group, training them into a formidable force in opposition of Nottingham. They rob any convoys that pass through the forest and distribute the stolen wealth among the poor. Friar Tuck, once a member of a convoy, joins the group after coming to understand Robin’s cause. Marian sympathizes with the band and offers Robin any aid she can muster; the two grow close and begin to fall in love. Robin’s successes infuriate the Sheriff, who increases the mistreatment of the people, resulting in greater local support for Robin Hood.

The Sheriff kills Gisbourne for his failure to prevent the looting of several convoys and hires Celtic warriors from Scotland to bolster his forces. The Bishop betrays Marian after she confides in him an attempt to contact King Richard in France and she is taken prisoner. After locating the outlaws’ hideout, the Sheriff launches an attack, destroying the refuge and capturing many; Robin is presumed dead. To consolidate his power and claim the throne, the Sheriff proposes to Marian (who is Richard’s cousin); if she accepts, he will spare the lives of the captured outlaws. Despite this, several of the rebels are due to be executed by hanging as part of the wedding celebration. Among the captured is Will; he makes a deal with the Sheriff to find out if Robin lives and if so, kill him in exchange for freedom.

Will finds Robin alive, along with John and a handful of other survivors. After informing Robin of the executions and the Sheriff’s plans to wed Marian, Will continues lashing out at Robin. After Robin questions Will as to why he holds so much hate, Will reveals that he is Robin’s younger paternal half-brother; after Robin’s mother died, his father had taken comfort with a peasant woman. Robin’s anger over what he saw as a betrayal of his mother’s memory caused his father to leave her, leaving Will fatherless. Robin is overjoyed to learn that he has a brother and reconciles with Will.

On the day of the wedding and hangings, Robin and his men infiltrate Nottingham Castle and free the prisoners. After Azeem inspires the peasants to revolt, the Sheriff retreats with Marian into a chapel to be married; Robin pursues him and, after a fierce fight, kills the Sheriff. Mortianna attacks him, but she is slain by Azeem, fulfilling his life-debt to Robin. Tuck finds the Bishop attempting to flee with bundles of gold; Tuck burdens him with the treasure before defenestrating him.

Robin and Marian profess their love for each other and are married in the forest, though they are briefly interrupted by the return of King Richard, who blesses the marriage and thanks Robin for his deeds.

Housework, painting and a little gardening today. Enjoying the sun with a coffee a d a good book 😉 patiently waiting for the world to correct itself.

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Sunday’s Post

The film begins at the beheading of Anne Boleyn, which turns out to be an erotic daydream that introduces teenage protagonist Kevin, who is having sexual fantasies when he’s supposed to be doing his history homework. Kevin has tried to lose his virginityfor three years. He and his best friend Perry go to a newsagent’s to buy a pornographicmagazine. Like all of Kevin’s previous attempts at sexual exploration, this ends in failure when he sees his father and pretends to fall on the street to hide the magazine.

The boys decide they want to go to Ibiza to become DJs and get “guaranteed sex“, but when Kevin’s parents, Ray and Sheila (James Fleet and Louisa Rix), see his bad school report, they forbid the trip. But later they compromise: the boys can go if they get jobs to pay for it. The boys search fruitlessly for jobs and end up at a house party, where a popular local girl, Sharon, passes out drunk next to Kevin. Perry, seeing the two in bed together the following morning, assumes Kevin has lost his virginity and Kevin lies, saying he had sex with Sharon but gets overheard while leaving the party. In the town centre, an angry Sharon later confronts and humiliates Kevin about this, mocking him and calling him “virgin”. 

Kevin arrives home in misery, just in time to sign for the delivery of his dad’s new credit card. He seizes the card and takes it to the bank to steal the plane fare from his dad’s bank account. At the bank, he accidentally foils a bank robbery and the bank manager rewards him and Perry with a large amount of cash which the boys plan to fund the trip. As a reward, Kevin’s parents approve of the trip, as long as they can accompany the boys, much to Kevin’s annoyance.

Once in Ibiza, the boys spot the ‘girls of their dreams’ Candice (Laura Fraser) and Gemma (Tabitha Wady). They also meet arrogant club DJ and record producer Eyeball Paul (Rhys Ifans) (whose nickname derives from his practice of vodka eyeballing). The boys spend the day at the beach and chat with the girls but are unsuccessful in seducing them.

That night, the boys walk down the high street filming the events around them. Kevin films a couple snogging, and they turn out to be Ray and Sheila. Kevin sulks while he and Perry hang out with Ray and Sheila, finally ending up at the club “Amnesia” where they dance the night away–without Candice and Gemma, who were refused entry by the doorman (Paul Whitehouse), who holds a hand-mirror to their faces and comments that they’re “ugly” and “offend [his] mirror.” 

The next day the boys go to Paul’s and he makes them clean his house in return for his listening to their tapes. When they leave there, they spot Candice and Gemma, but again their clumsy attempts to woo them end in failure although the girls bond with the boys when realising they know Eyeball Paul and they may be able to get them into the clubs.

The boys wait outside the girl’s hotel for 4 hours while the girls have a makeover, and they are admitted to Amnesia with Kevin and Perry, but yet again the boys “strike out” when they get vomited on by other revellers and they leave, embarassed while the girls later meet two other attractive men in the club. That night, Perry videotapes Ray and Sheila having sex. The next day, Paul listens to the boys’ music as they clean his kitchen. He stumbles across the parents’ sex tape and shows it to everyone. Kevin angrily ends his friendship with Perry when he realized that it was Perry who filmed them. Baz, Paul’s manager and chauffeur driver later persuades Paul to give the video back to the boys.

Kevin spends the rest of the day sulking around alone and becomes dejected when he sees the girls with the two other men from the club. Perry spends the day at the beach where he bumps into the girls and the two men who are revealed to be gay lovers who the girls had befriended. Gemma reveals she is attracted to Perry and Candice admits to liking Kevin. Perry then runs into Eyeball Paul, who says he likes their song and he’ll play it in the club that night. Perry hurries to tell Kevin the good news and the friends reconcile. 

That night they and the girls go to the club again in Paul’s limousine. Their track is played, but the boys and Ray and Sheila, who had wanted to visit the club, are embarassed to find that Paul has incorporated the sex tape and the boy’s love messages to the girls into the track in an attempt to humiliate the boys.

Nevertheless, this backfires on Paul when the track becomes an instant club favourite and the entire crowd, including the girls, love the boys and their mix. Paul is unhappy at the boys’ success and turns off the track, which angers the crowd. Paul becomes annoyed and attempts to destroy the boy’s vinyl record but is stopped by Baz. Paul fires Baz who quickly punches and pushes Paul off stage before returning the record to the boys to continue the set and the crowd continue to party.

Kevin and Perry take over as DJs and keep the club dancing through the night. Early the next morning, Kevin and Perry finally have sex with Candice and Gemma respectively, on a beach surrounded by other similarly-involved couples having sex.

In the Epilogue, the girls become the boy’s girlfriends while Kevin and Perry are seen signing copies of their record in a music shop with Baz as their new manager while Kevin’s parents sign copies of their videos about better mid-marriage sexual intimacy.

Sunday started out grey and cold. By the end of the day, we had a little sun.

Did a little painting, a little housework, caught up with family and friends. It’s funny how this has become our new normal, but what I wouldn’t give to catch up in person. Let’s hope it gets sorted soon.

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Saturday’s Post

Aftermath …..

Roman Melnyk, a construction worker, is allowed to leave work early, to prepare for the arrival of his wife Olena and pregnant daughter Nadiya from New York City, aboard flight AX 112. At the airport to welcome his family, Roman receives the news that AX 112, with his wife and daughter on board, had been in an accident. From this point on, Roman is devastated and blames the air traffic controller for the deaths of his family.

Meanwhile, in another angle of the story, Jacob “Jake” Bonanos, an air traffic controller, is happily married to a woman named Christina with whom he has a young son named Samuel. Jake is on duty the night of the crash, which occurs when his colleague is on coffee break, forcing Jake to do both their jobs, and the telephone lines (needed to communicate with other airports) are briefly non-working while under maintenance. He is devastated, after seeing AX 112 and the other flight, DH 616, disappear from the radar, showing that the two planes collided and were destroyed. Although the investigators cannot hold Jake responsible for the crash and the passengers’ deaths, he blames himself; as time passes, he slowly unravels, straining the relationship with his family, and is unwilling to talk about what happened.

It is reported that all 271 passengers and crew were killed in the mid-air collision. Roman goes to the crash site and, posing as a volunteer with no relationship with the victims, recovers his daughter’s necklace and the bodies of his wife and daughter. At his home, Roman stays hidden inside, when Tessa Gorbett, a journalist, approaches, expressing interest in writing a book on the incident. She ends up leaving behind some prior articles of plane disasters she had written about (to show her fidelity to accuracy and objectivity, as a serious journalist) through the mail slot of the door.

Because of the seriousness of the incident, his company’s lawyer advises Jake to move to another state and adopt a new name for his and his family’s safety. Roman meets lawyers John and James Gullick, who unsuccessfully try to convince him to sign an agreement stating that the airline will pay his expenses for medical and mental healthcare, plus $85,000 and $75,000 in damages for the loss of his wife and daughter, respectively. Roman refuses to sign it as neither the company nor the lawyers will express apologies for the loss of his family.

One year later, Roman and other crash victims’ relatives attend the inauguration of a newly completed memorial at the crash site. Jake, having moved to another state, now works at a travel agency, under the name “Pat Dealbert”, and lives alone. Roman has also moved to another town and now works as a carpenter. 

Roman meets Tessa and asks her, as a favor, to find Jake. Tessa later reveals Jake’s cover name and occupation, but she initially refuses to give his address. Roman tracks down the building where Jake is working and follows him to his apartment. There, after waiting a day, on a day when Christina and Samuel happen to be visiting Jake for the weekend, Roman confronts him at his door. Jake refuses to offer an apology, so Roman stabs Jake in the torso and neck. Jake falls to the floor and bleeds to death, while Christina and Samuel sob uncontrollably.

Roman is convicted of murder and serves 10 years of his prison term, then is released early on parole, given the extenuating circumstances that motivated his crime. While visiting his family’s grave he meets a stranger. The stranger turns out to be Samuel, who has tracked Roman down with the intention of killing him to avenge his father’s murder. However, Roman apologizes, and Samuel, moved by Roman’s contrition, realizes he cannot go through with the killing because it’s not what he was taught. He allows Roman to leave. Roman leaves the cemetery alive, but now must spend the rest of his life dealing with the aftermath of his crime.

Rained a couple of times today, my craft box going to my granddaughter and nieces are on hold till tomorrow and Monday.

Housework all caught up, so painted to music and then caught up with reading and a few reviews.

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Friday’s Post

High-powered businessman Edward Lewis is dumped by his girlfriend during an unpleasant phone call wherein he asked her to escort him during his business trip; she has finally had enough of being treated solely as his “beck and call girl.” Edward is a corporate raider from New York, who buys companies that are in financial trouble and tears them down piece by piece. Leaving a business party in the Hollywood Hills, he takes his lawyer’s Lotus Esprit sports car and accidentally ends up on Hollywood Boulevard in the city’s red-light district, where he encounters prostitute Vivian Ward. As he is having difficulties driving the car, she gets in and guides him to the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, where he is staying. It becomes clear that Vivian knows more about the Lotus than he does, and he lets her drive. Vivian charges Lewis $20 for the ride, and they separate. She goes to a bus stop, where he finds her and offers to hire her for the night; the next day, he asks Vivian to play the role his girlfriend has refused, offering her $3000 to stay with him for the next six days as well as to buy her a new, more acceptable wardrobe. That evening, going to a business dinner, Edward is visibly moved by Vivian’s transformation brought about by the helpful manager of the hotel and begins seeing Vivian in a different light. He begins to open up to her, revealing details about his personal and business lives.

Edward takes Vivian to a polo match in hopes of networking for his business deal. His attorney, Phillip, suspects Vivian is a corporate spy, and Edward tells him how they truly met. Phillip later approaches Vivian, suggesting they do business once her work with Edward is finished. Insulted, and furious that Edward has revealed their secret, Vivian wants to end the arrangement. Edward apologizes and admits to feeling jealous of a business associate – whom she had met at the previous night’s dinner – to whom Vivian paid attention at the match. Vivian’s straightforward personality is rubbing off on Edward, and he finds himself acting in unaccustomed ways. Clearly growing involved, Edward takes Vivian by private jet to see La Traviata at the San Francisco Opera. Vivian is moved to tears by the story of the prostitute who falls in love with a rich man. She breaks her “no kissing on the mouth” rule and they have sex; in the afterglow, believing Edward is asleep, Vivian admits she loves him, and as she drifts off, Edward opens his eyes. Edward offers to put her up in an apartment so she can be off the streets. Hurt, she refuses and says this is not the “fairy tale” she dreamed of as a child, in which a knight on a white horse rescues her.

Meeting with the tycoon whose shipbuilding company he is in the process of raiding, Edward changes his mind. His time with Vivian has shown him a different way of looking at life, and he suggests he and the tycoon work together to save the company rather than tearing it apart and selling off the pieces. Phillip, furious at losing so much money, goes to the hotel to confront Edward but finds only Vivian. Blaming her for the change in Edward, he attempts to rape her. Edward arrives, wrestles Philip off her, punches him in the face, and throws him out of the room.

With his business in L.A. complete, Edward asks Vivian to stay one more night with him, but because she wants to, not because he’s paying her. She refuses. Edward re-thinks his life, and as he’s leaving for the airport to return to New York, he instead has the hotel chauffeur detour to Vivian’s apartment building, where he leaps from the white limousine’s sun roof and “rescues her”, overcoming his extreme fear of heights to ascend her fire escape. Edward asks, “So what happens after he climbed up the tower and rescues her?” Vivian responds, “She rescues him right back.” Vivian and Edward kiss.

Can’t believe we are almost at the end of May!!

Did some gardening in Kim’s little plot, need some colour and it’s fifty shades of Green!! The roses are coming along, not as tall as last year.

Family Bingo Night and Grace insisted she needed a card.

Thursday’s Post

IMF agent Trevor Hanaway is killed in Budapestby assassin Sabine Moreau, who takes his file containing Russian nuclear launch codes so she can give them to a man known only as “Cobalt”.

IMF agent Ethan Hunt has purposely become incarcerated in a Moscow prison to acquire Bogdan, a source of information on Cobalt. With help of Jane Carter, Hanaway’s handler, and newly promoted field agent Benji Dunn, Hunt and Bogdan make their escape. IMF tasks Hunt to infiltrate the Kremlin to gain more information on Cobalt. During the mission, an insider broadcasts the IMF team about a supposed detonation, thereby alerting the Russian guards. Hunt’s team aborts the mission just as a bomb destroys much of the Kremlin. Carter and Dunn escape, but Hunt is captured by SVR agent Anatoly Sidorov and charged with destroying the Kremlin.

Hunt escapes and meets with the IMF Secretary in Moscow on other business. The Secretary tells Hunt they had to initiate “Ghost Protocol”, disavowing IMF, but secretly orders Hunt to continue to pursue Cobalt. Sidorov’s forces catch up to Hunt, and the Secretary is killed. Hunt escapes along with the Secretary’s aide and intelligence analyst William Brandt. Regrouping with Carter and Dunn, Brandt is able to identify Cobalt as Kurt Hendricks, a Swedish-born Russian nuclear strategist, who seeks to start a nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia. Hendricks used the Kremlin bombing to cover up his theft of a Russian launch-control device, and now is planning a trade with Moreau at the Burj Khalifa in Dubaito gain the required launch codes.

The team travels to Dubai. On the 119th floor of the hotel, they create deceptions using their various gadgetry and disguises to make Moreau believe she is meeting with Hendricks, and vice versa, when in fact they are interacting with the IMF team. Moreau discovers the deception, and in the ensuing chaos, Hendricks manages to escape with the launch codes, evading Hunt’s pursuit in the midst of a dust storm. As Moreau tries to escape, she is knocked out of a window by Carter and falls to her death. Brandt accuses Carter doing this as retribution for Moreau’s murder of Hanaway, thus compromising the mission, but Hunt recognizes that Brandt has also been keeping secrets from them, having shown combat skills atypical of a mere analyst. Hunt leaves to meet with Bogdan to get more information on Hendricks, while Brandt tells the others that he had been assigned to secretly protect Ethan and his wife Julia in Croatia. Julia had been killed by a hit squad and Brandt feels responsible for Ethan’s loss, which is why he stopped being a field agent.

Bogdan directs Ethan towards Mumbai, where Hendricks is set to negotiate with Indian telecommunications entrepreneur Brij Nath to gain control of an obsolete Soviet military satellite. The IMF team splits up to stop Hendricks; Carter sexually seduces Nath to get the satellite override code, while Hunt, Brandt and Dunn try to stop Hendricks from using Nath’s broadcast station. They are too late as Hendricks has sent the launch codes to a Russian Delta III-class nuclear submarine to fire a single missile at San Francisco and disabled the station’s computer systems. Brandt and Dunn race to get the systems back online to send the override code, while Hunt pursues Hendricks, eventually having a brutal brawl with him face to face in an automated car park. Hendricks, with the launch device, jumps to his death moments before the missile is set to land. Hunt then uses one of the cars and takes a dangerous fall to use the device; he barely disables the missile before it strikes. Sidorov, who has followed IMF from Dubai to Mumbai, arrives and realizes that the IMF is innocent of the Kremlin bombing.

The team meets in Seattle after Ethan accepts a new mission from Luther Stickell. Brandt confesses to Ethan about his failure to protect Julia. Ethan, however, reveals that her “death” and the murder of the Serbians were part of a plot to give her a new identity and enable Ethan to infiltrate the prison. A relieved Brandt happily accepts his mission, and becomes an agent once again. Meanwhile, Julia arrives at the harbor. Ethan and Julia gaze at each other from afar before Ethan departs for his next mission.

A nice Thursday saw me sat in the garden on and off for most of the day. Catching up with family and friends on the usual lines of communication. Most painting done (I’ll have to start showing you how far I’ve got. Reading and reviewing a few books. I also found time to sort out some of my crafting bits to send to my nieces, and to give to my granddaughter.

Tomorrow is family bingo night 😉

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Book Release

Where Winter finds you. (BlackDagger Brotherhood Series) by J.R. Ward

No. 1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward is heating things up this winter with a holiday novel featuring some of her most iconic Black Dagger Brothers.

When Trez lost his beloved to a tragic death (The Shadows, Black Dagger Brotherhood #13), his soul was crushed and his destiny seemed relegated to suffering. But when he meets a mysterious female, he becomes convinced his true love has been reincarnated. Is he right? Or has his grief created a disastrous delusion?

Therese has come to Caldwell to escape a rift with her bloodline. The revelation that she was adopted and not born into her family shakes the foundations of her identity, and she is determined to make it on her own. Her attraction to Trez is not what she’s looking for, except the sexy Shadow proves to be undeniable.

Has fate provided a grieving widower with a second chance…or is Trez too blinded by the past to see the present for what it really is? In this sensual, arresting book full of the themes of redemption and self-discovery, two lost souls find themselves at a crossroads where the heart is the only compass that can be trusted…but that may require a courage that neither of them possesses.

Wednesday’s Post

Death wish

Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis), a Chicago trauma surgeon, lives with his wife, Lucy (Elisabeth Shue), and daughter, Jordan (Camila Morrone). When the family visits a restaurant with Paul’s brother Frank (Vincent D’Onofrio), a valet named Miguel photographs their home address from their car’s navigation software after hearing about a night they plan to be away from home. However, Paul is called to work that night, and Jordan and Lucy are home when the burglars arrive. The ensuing debacle leaves Lucy dead and Jordan in a coma; one of the burglars is scarred when Lucy and Jordan fight back.

Paul becomes frustrated with the lack of police progress on the case, led by Detectives Kevin Raines (Dean Norris) and Leonore Jackson (Kimberly Elise). After seeing two men harassing a woman, Paul tries to intervene but is beaten up. He visits a gun store, but changes his mind when he learns that a legally purchased weapon can be traced back to him. When a gang member is brought to the hospital and his Glock 17 falls off the gurney, Paul takes it and practices shooting. He uses the gun to stop a carjacking, a video of which goes viral. During the effort, he cuts his left hand due to improperly handling the gun.

Enjoying his efforts as a vigilante, Paul decides to kill a drug dealer calling himself “the Ice Cream Man” after a young boy comes to the hospital with a gunshot wound in his leg. Paul calmly walks up to the dealer, referring to himself as “his last customer,” and murders him in cold blood.

At the hospital, Paul recognizes a critically injured Miguel, wearing Paul’s watch stolen during the home invasion. Miguel dies and Paul takes his phone, leading him to a liquor store that fences stolen goods. The owner, Ponytail, recognizes Paul and messages one of the burglars, Fish (Jack Kesy), before Paul demands his family’s belongings back at gunpoint. Fish arrives and accidentally kills Ponytail; Fish claims the burglary was done by a mechanic named Joe (Ronnie Gene Blevins) before Paul kills him.

The detectives visit Paul with his stolen ring, recovered at the liquor store. Assured that the ring’s discovery will lead police to the perpetrators, Paul destroys their phones to cover his tracks. Finding Joe at his auto body shop (and recognizing his facial scars from the night of the burglary), Paul tortures him, cutting his sciatic nerve with a scalpel and pouring brake fluid into the wound. Joe divulges that the third burglar Knox (Beau Knapp) shot Lucy, and Paul crushes Joe’s head with the car.

Knox calls Paul, arranging to meet in a nightclub bathroom, where they wound each other. Paul gets away while Knox arrives at the hospital, posing as a bystander and giving the detectives a description of Paul. Arriving home, Paul is confronted by Frank, who was questioned by the detectives (looking for a lefty – they see him batting left-handed at a batting cage) and realized Paul is taking his revenge. During the intervention, the hospital calls to tell Paul that Jordan has regained consciousness. Paul tells Frank that “it’s over”.

A week later, Paul leaves the hospital with Jordan and encounters Knox in the elevator. Unnerved by the encounter, Paul returns to the gun store to legally purchase weapons to defend his family. Days later, Knox and two accomplices invade Paul’s home at night. Paul glimpses a man running across the lawn and hides Jordan, who calls the police. After killing the accomplices, Paul is ambushed in the basement by Knox, but retrieves an M4 carbine assault rifle from a hidden compartment under a coffee table and shoots Knox dead. The police arrive and Raines accepts Paul’s story, subtly suggesting that Paul end his vigilantism.

Months later, Paul drops off Jordan at NYU. He spots a man stealing a bag from a bellhop, calls out to him, and points at him with a finger gun.

Managed to finish off the laundry, the weather is suppose to be on the change, so I needed to make sure it’s all up to date. Painting and catching up with family and friends as usual.

Family quiz night. We we won 🏆we had lots of fun, my granddaughter had lots of fun making us laugh. And then we all had to watch her do a little dance.

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Book Review 📱

Arctic Bite (Forgotten Brotherhood) Book 2 by N.J. Walters  

Description…… 

Being immortal doesn’t mean you can’t die. It just means you’re damn hard to kill.

When Alexei Medvedev joined the Forgotten Brotherhood—paranormals hired to assassinate other paranormals—he knew it wouldn’t be a cake walk. But his next target is one of Death’s own Reapers gone rogue. For the first time since he started this gig, “damn hard to kill” feels more like “damn near impossible.”

Tracking Cassie Dobbs brings him to a remote bar in small-town Alaska, where this hot-as-hell Reaper is casually serving drinks, as if she doesn’t have a bounty on her head from Death himself. Alexei is dangerously intrigued. Everyone in the Brotherhood knows the first rule: don’t fall for your target.

But Alexei soon has bigger problems to face than an unexpected attraction. They only send assassins after those who deserve to die…or so he’s been made to believe. Now that he’s met Cassie, though, he’s not so sure.

What if everything he’s been told is a lie, and the person he’s been sent to kill is the only one who knows the truth?

Each book in the Fury Unleashed series is STANDALONE:
* Fury Unleashed
* Arctic Bite

My Review…… 
Alexi is a bear shifter, with a little something extra. He’s been around for a long time, so nothing really surprises him anymore. But the bartender serving him drinks is, she’s his target, but he’s not sure why. And Alexi hates mysteries, so he’s going to watch and wait a little while, hoping he’ll get some answers soon. 
Cassie is a grim reaper, taking souls to the afterlife. But no longer, she’s had enough, but she knows her family will come for her, It’s only a matter of time. Hiding in a bar in the middle of nowhere, Cassie serves drinks and listens to the patrons woes. She likes it here, she looks after the town, she worries about them all. 
Both the main characters are interested in one another, but neither can really act upon it, what if they give in an give away what they really are! 
But Cassie is being hunted and when they eventually find her, what will happen? And how will Alexi respond? 
I’m liking this series more and more. This is the second book of the series. 
The brotherhood is a misfit band of immortals who take contracts out to kill or capture other immortals. 
Each with their own story to tell. Maccus being the oldest and strongest (his story was Fury Unleashed) Asher and Maccus formed the brotherhood. Recruiting others to join them. 
Really well written, fight scenes come alive on the page. 
Although it’s a stand alone, I found it easier to read in order, it flows a little better, and there are a few things from the previous book in this one. 
The characters were great, a bear/vampire hybrid. And the grim reaper, (oh and there is more than one, which is a new one on me.) 
Alexi longing to belong somewhere, both shifters and vampires shun him, he’d love a family and a mate. 
I loved Cassie, a reaper from the beginning of time, no emotions, seeing everything but not getting involved. Loved her take on life, her passion for chocolate and pizza, and her caring nature for those around her. 
I loved the growing attraction between them, they know they can’t be together, so they are going to make the most of their time together. 
We also have the dilemma of Cassie being hunted. Why? She maybe a rogue reaper, but there isn’t much that can kill her. 
To find out why your going to need to read the story.  Oh and a few surprises to keep you on your toes. 
I highly recommend this book. 
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Tuesday’s Post

After the 9/11 attacks, Jack Ryan (Pine), studying at the LSE (London School of Economics), becomes a U.S. Marine second lieutenant fighting in Afghanistan, where his spine is severely injured when his helicopter is shot down. During a lengthy recovery back in the United States, he attracts the attention of Cathy Muller (Knightley), a medical student helping him learn to walk again, and Thomas Harper (Costner), a CIA official who recruits him.

Ten years later, Ryan is working on Wall Streetcovertly for the CIA looking for suspicious financial transactions that would indicate terrorist activity. When the Russian Federationloses a key vote before the United Nations and the markets do not respond in the expected manner, Ryan discovers that billions of dollars possessed by Russian organizations have disappeared. The majority of these funds belongs to Russian tycoon Viktor Cherevin (Branagh).

Ryan’s employer conducts business with Cherevin, so when Ryan finds certain accounts inaccessible to him as an auditor, he has reason to visit Moscow and investigate. After narrowly surviving a murder attempt by an assassin (Anozie) posing as his bodyguard, Ryan sends an SOS and is surprised to learn his backup is Harper. During their debrief at Staraya Square, Ryan explains how Cherevin’s shadow investments could make the United States vulnerable to complete financial collapse following a staged terrorist attack.

At his meeting with Cherevin the next day, he is told that the problem company and all of its assets have been sold, thus preventing Ryan’s audit. Meanwhile, Muller, now Ryan’s fiancée, suspecting him of having an affair, secretly flies to Moscow to meet him. Against protocol for unmarried couples, Ryan reveals his CIA employment, to her great relief. Improvising on the situation, Harper has Muller agree to be included in a plan to infiltrate Cherevin’s offices. Ryan and Muller meet Cherevin at an upscale restaurant across the street from Cherevin’s office. Over dinner, Ryan causes a scene and purposely insults Muller. Excusing himself, he gains access to Cherevin’s office where he downloads critical corruption files.

Ryan and the CIA discover Cherevin has secretly propped up the Chinese and Japanese economies for years, leaving the entire global economy vulnerable, as well as using a falsified death certificate to place his son, Aleksandr (Utgoff), in the US as a sleeper agent. Ryan uses his talent for pattern recognition to locate Aleksandr’s hideout and intended target, Wall Street. Returning to New York City, he locates and pursues a fake police response vehicle driven by Aleksandr. After Ryan catches up and engages in a physical confrontation with Aleksandr, he discovers a bomb in the rear of the vehicle. Unable to defuse it, he hijacks the vehicle and crashes it into the East River while jumping out, as the bomb detonates, killing Aleksandr. Cherevin is executed for his failure by his co-conspirators in Russia. Later in Washington D.C. Ryan and Harper are called to the White House to brief the President.

My son came to social distance visit yesterday. Sat out in the sun chatting to him. Also caught up with family and friends. Painting is coming along nicely, it’s a great way to switch off for 20 minutes.

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Monday’s Post

In the near future, humans are augmented with cybernetic improvements to traits such as vision, strength, and intelligence. Augmentation developer Hanka Robotics establishes a secret project to develop an artificial body, or “shell”, that can integrate a human brain rather than an AI. Mira Killian, the sole survivor of a cyberterrorist attack which killed her parents, is chosen as the test subject after her body is damaged beyond repair. Over the objections of her designer Dr. Ouelet, Hanka Robotics CEO, Cutter, decides to use Killian as a counter-terrorism operative.

A year later, Killian has attained the rank of Major in the counter-terrorism bureau Section 9, working alongside operatives Batou and Togusa under Chief Daisuke Aramaki. Killian, who experiences hallucinations that Ouelet dismisses as glitches, is troubled by how little she remembers of her past. The team thwarts a terrorist attack on a Hanka business conference, and Killian destroys a robotic geisha after it murders a hostage. After learning that the geisha was hacked by an unknown entity known as Kuze, Killian breaks protocol and “dives” into its AI for answers. The entity attempts a counter-hack, and Batou is forced to disconnect her. They trace the hacker to a yakuza nightclub, where they are lured into a trap. The explosion destroys Batou’s eyes and damages Killian’s body. Cutter is enraged by Killian’s actions, and threatens to have Section 9 shut down unless Aramaki keeps her in line.

Kuze tracks down Section 9’s Hanka consultant, Dr. Dahlin, and kills her. The team links her murder to the deaths of other senior company researchers and realize that Ouelet is the next target. Kuze takes control of two sanitation workers and sends them to kill Ouelet. Now with cybernetic eyes, Batou kills one while the repaired Killian subdues the other. While they interrogate the worker, Kuze speaks through him before compelling him to commit suicide. Togusa traces the hack to a secret location, where the team discovers a large number of humans mentally linked as a makeshift signal network. Killian is captured and Kuze reveals that he is a failed Hanka test subject from the same project that created Killian. He urges her to question her own memories, then frees her and escapes.

Killian confronts Ouelet, who admits that 98 test subjects died before Killian, and that her memories are implanted. Cutter has decided that Killian is a liability and orders Ouelet to kill her after she returns to Hanka Robotics. Instead, Ouelet gives Killian an address and helps her escape. Cutter kills Ouelet, but blames Killian, saying that she has gone rogue. He informs Aramaki and the team that Killian must be terminated.

Killian follows the address to an apartment occupied by a widowed mother, who reveals that her daughter, Motoko Kusanagi, ran away from home a year ago and was arrested; while in custody, Motoko took her own life. Killian leaves and contacts Aramaki, who allows Cutter to remotely eavesdrop on their conversation. Batou, Togusa and Aramaki eliminate Cutter’s men trying to ambush them, while Killian follows her memories to the hideaway where Motoko was last seen. There, she and Kuze meet and recall their past lives as anti-augmentation radicals who were abducted by Hanka as test subjects.

Cutter deploys a “spider-tank” to kill them. Kuze nearly dies before Killian is able to tear off the tank’s motor, losing an arm in the process. Mortally wounded, Kuze offers to merge his “ghost” with Killian’s, but Killian refuses. Kuze fades out, then a Hanka sniper kills him. Batou and the team rescue Killian, while Aramaki executes Cutter with Killian’s consent. The next day, now repaired and embracing her true identity as the Japanese Motoko, Killian reconnects with her mother and returns to work with Section 9.

Getting into the painting by numbers my son got me. With the sun in my back and music in my ears I got engrossed for well over an hour today.

Catching up with family and friends on both video calls and the phone.

Suppose to be a warm week. We will see.

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Book Review 📱

Hiding from the Coven (Daughters of the Warlock Book 2) by Amelia Shaw 

Description….

She’s a witch on the run, with the Council’s most dangerous assassins on her tail.

Ava has been tried and convicted of the worst possible crime: Treason against the High Warlock, and the Council. Sentenced to death, she managed to escape her fate with help from some Fae friends, but those friends can’t keep her safe much longer.

The Council has put a bounty on Ava’s head that has every bad guy in the Universe looking for her. Her only choice? Return home to her sisters and hide, as their mother had for so many years, and hope she doesn’t meet the same dark fate.

But Ava wasn’t born to hide. With her mother’s strength and her father’s power, standing up for her place as Heir to the Council may endanger her life, but it’s her birthright, and she’s not going down without a fight.

My Review ……. 

Second book sees Ava hiding from the Fae, they’d condemned her to death, a huge bounty has everyone looking for her, it would be safer and wiser for her to go back to her mother’s home and hide with her sister’s.

But Ava isn’t a coward, she won’t back down from a fight, not will she put her sister’s in danger.

Her attraction to Tavlor is mostly on her side, the half breed Fae guard seems to want to kiss her one moment and then wants to hand her into the council the next. But there is something between them, she just doesn’t know what!

She’s loving being back with sisters, but they can’t stay there forever, she’s aware that if the council find out about her sisters, then they will be in danger also.

Ava is learning more about her father and the council, and she’s not sure if she can trust her father, he wants to know his daughters, but when it came to stepping up and claiming her, he couldn’t do it!

We stay with Ava and sisters for most of the book, we watch as they practise magic more. Ava is looking for a legitimate reason for the high council to listen to her, and possibly claim her birthright, but I feel Ava only wants to know her father.

And when it’s handed to her, she’s rather shocked, she did think they would just try to kill her.

So will Ava get her chance to defend herself? Will she be able to see her father after this? And will Tavlor be hers forever?

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Sunday’s Post

Description

Three witches resurrect after 300 years to exact revenge and begin a reign of terror after Max, a young boy who moves to Salem with his family, lights a cursed Candle of Black Flame.

On October 31, 1693, near Salem, Massachusetts, Thackery Binx sees his little sister, Emily, spirited away to the cottage of three witches. There, the Sanderson sisters, Winifred, Sarah, and Mary, cast a spell on Emily to absorb her youth and regain their own, killing her in the process. Thackery confronts the witches who transform him into an immortal black cat cursed to live forever with his guilt for not saving Emily. The townsfolk, led by Binx’s father, capture the witches. But before being hanged, Winifred’s spellbook casts a curse that will resurrect the witches during a full moon on All Hallows’ Eve when any virgin lights the Black Flame Candle. Unable to convince his father of his true identity as a cat, Thackery guards the cottage to ensure no one summons the witches.

Three hundred years later, on October 31, 1993, on Halloween, Max Dennison is feeling unsettled from his family’s sudden move from Los Angeles, California, to Salem, Massachusetts. Max takes his younger sister Dani trick-or-treating, where they run into Max’s new crush Allison. Allison mentions that her family owns the Sanderson cottage as a museum. Max, in an effort to impress Allison, invites her to show him the Sanderson house to convince him that the witches were real.

Investigating inside the cottage, Max lights the Black Flame Candle and inadvertently resurrects the witches, who must continue to suck the souls of every child in Salem to continue living, or else they disintegrate. The witches attempt to suck the soul of Dani, but Max comes to her rescue. Escaping, Max steals Winifred’s spellbook on advice from Thackery. The witches pursue them to a cemetery, where Winifred raises her unfaithful lover Billy Butcherson as a zombie to chase them on foot. The witches try to acclimate to the 20th century, but are horrified when they discover Halloween has become a holiday. They pursue the children across town using Mary’s enhanced sense of smell. Max, Allison, and Dani find their parents at a Halloween party at the town hall, where Winifred enchants the partygoers to dance until they die. At Jacob Bailey High School, the children trap the witches in a kiln to burn them alive. While celebrating, the witches’ curse revives them again. Not realizing that the witches haven’t truly died, Max and Allison open the spellbook in an effort to reverse the spell on Binx. The open spellbook reveals the location of the group, and the witches track them down and kidnap Dani and Thackery, and get the book back. Sarah then uses her siren-like singing to mesmerize Salem’s children, luring them to the Sandersons’ cottage. Max and Allison rescue Dani and Thackery by tricking the witches into believing sunrise came an hour early.

Back at the cemetery, Max runs into Billy, who cuts open his stitched up mouth and insults Winifred, joining Max to protect Dani. The witches attack and Winifred attempts to suck out the soul from Dani with the single vial of potion she retrieved from her cauldron. Thackery leaps on Winifred and knocks the potion out of her hand into Max’s, but is then thrown to the ground and injured at the spot where his sister Emily’s grave is. Rather than smashing the vial, Max drinks it in order to force the witches to take him instead of Dani. The sun rises just as Winifred is about to finish draining Max’s life force, and due to standing on hallowed ground in the cemetery, she turns into a stone statue, before she is disintegrated into dust along with her sisters.

With the witches gone, Max, Dani, and Allison say goodbye to Billy Butcherson as he returns the grave and gets to sleep. Thackery Binx finally dies, freeing his soul. Appearing as a spectral, Thackery Binx thanks Max, Dani and Allison for their help, and bids farewell to them before reuniting with the spirit of his little sister Emily. A gate door opens and Thackery and Emily walk through it out to heaven, fading away as the gate door closes and Max, Dani, and Allison happily watch them depart. As the end credits begin, the exhausted partygoers, including Max and Dani’s parents, Dave and Jenny, are freed from the now-broken spell and return home, oblivious to their enchantment. Meanwhile, at the Sandersons’ cottage, Jay and Ice, two bullies who earlier tormented Max and Dani and were captured by the witches after inadvertently insulting them, remain imprisoned in their cages and sing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” to pass the time. The film ends with Winnie’s spellbook opening its eye, revealing it is still alive and the witches could possibly return again.

My son sent me a painting by numbers today. I started a little.

Sat in the garden and read a little. Caught up with family and friends via FB and phone calls.

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Book Review

Hiding from the Coven (Daughters of the Warlock Book 2) by Amelia Shaw

Description……

She’s a witch on the run, with the Council’s most dangerous assassins on her tail.

Ava has been tried and convicted of the worst possible crime: Treason against the High Warlock, and the Council. Sentenced to death, she managed to escape her fate with help from some Fae friends, but those friends can’t keep her safe much longer.

The Council has put a bounty on Ava’s head that has every bad guy in the Universe looking for her. Her only choice? Return home to her sisters and hide, as their mother had for so many years, and hope she doesn’t meet the same dark fate.

But Ava wasn’t born to hide. With her mother’s strength and her father’s power, standing up for her place as Heir to the Council may endanger her life, but it’s her birthright, and she’s not going down without a fight.

My Review…..

The second book sees Ava on the run from the High Council. She’s been sentenced to death, she shouldn’t be alive, her conception was a mistake! (Her father had children with another woman) her existence is a threat to the council (they are worried she will threaten their way of life) so she’s hiding in the Fae realm, but it’s still too risky, she needs to get back to her sisters…..

We spend a majority of the second book with Ava and her sisters. They all need to be careful, although Ava never told anyone (except her father) that she has sisters.

They begin to practise in ernest to defend themselves. They don’t want to live forever in their protected little bubble. And as there is a bounty on Ava’s head, they can’t be too careful.

The romance side of this book runs a little hot then cold. Ava is definitely interested in Tavlor, but as he’s half Fae, half warlock he doesn’t think he’s good enough for Ava, plus he’s also the one hunting her!!

But the further into the book we go, the more we see Tavlor battle with his feelings.

Can they be together when everyone else is trying to pull them apart?

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Saturday’s Post

Shadowhunters is an American supernatural drama television series. The series is based on the book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, and developed for television by Ed Decter. It premiered in North America on Freeform. In December 2015, Netflix acquired global rights to Shadowhunters, excluding the U.S., making the series available as an original series a day after the U.S. premiere.

Shadowhunters follows Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara), who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters, human–angel hybrids who hunt down demons. The series is set in an urban and contemporary New York City.

It’s the weekend. But as the days all seem the same, the weekend doesn’t really hold any meaning at the moment. Got a fair amount of reading done today. So caught up with reviews, placed them on here (on scheduled days) on my GoodReads page, amazon and BookBub. Chatted to family and friends, and found another new series to watch😉

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Friday’s Post

A group of terrorists plans to detonate three plutonium cores for a simultaneous nuclear attack on different cities. Ethan Hunt, along with his IMF team, sets out to stop the carnage.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is a 2018 American action spy film written, produced, and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. It is the sixth installment in the Mission: Impossible film series, and the second film to be directed by McQuarrie following the 2015 film Rogue Nation, making him the first director to direct more than one film in the franchise. The cast includes Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Michelle Monaghan, and Alec Baldwin, all of whom reprise their roles from the previous films, along with Henry Cavill, Vanessa Kirby, and Angela Bassett, who join the franchise. In the film, Ethan Hunt and his team must track down missing plutonium while being monitored by a CIA agent after a mission goes wrong.

Two years after Solomon Lane’s capture,[N 1] the remnants of his organization, the Syndicate, have reorganized as a terrorist group called the Apostles. IMF agent Ethan Hunt is assigned to buy three stolen plutonium cores in Berlin from Eastern European gangsters before the Apostles can. He is joined by Benji Dunn and Luther Stickell for the mission, but the team fails when Stickell is taken hostage and Hunt’s attempt to save him allows the Apostles to make off with the plutonium. The team later captures nuclear weapons expert Nils Delbruuk, whose security clearance was revoked because of his anti-religious bigotry and who designed nuclear bombs for the Apostles’ client, an extremist named John Lark. With the use of a broadcast of Dunn posing as Wolf Blitzer, they manage to trick him into handing over a phone that he used to communicate with Lark.

Furious at the IMF’s failure to secure the plutonium, CIA Director Erika Sloane instructs Special Activities Division operative August Walker to shadow Hunt as he attempts to retrieve it. Hunt and Walker infiltrate a nightclub party in Paris where Lark is believed to be buying the cores from arms dealer Alanna Mitsopolis, also known as the White Widow, who acts as the middleman in the sale of the plutonium. They track a man whom they suspect to be Lark, but after fighting him in a restroom, he is killed by MI6 agent Ilsa Faust. Hunt sticks to his plan, assumes the role of Lark without a disguise, and escapes from the hitmen sent to kill Lark and Mitsopolis.

To secure the plutonium, Mitsopolis tasks Hunt with extracting Lane from an armored convoy moving through Paris. She provides one of the plutonium cores as a down payment. With Mitsopolis and her brother Zola intending to use lethal force on local police, Hunt and Walker preemptively attack the convoy. Ramming Lane’s vehicle into water, they lead the police and Mitsopolis’s men on a chase across Paris while Dunn and Stickell, in a watercraft, secure Lane. Faust reappears and attempts to kill Lane to prove her loyalty to MI6, but the extraction is successful. Mitsopolis instructs the team to deliver Lane and Faust to London.

At a safe house in London, IMF Secretary Alan Hunley confronts Hunt, convinced he is the real John Lark, using evidence that has been doctored by Walker and passed to Sloane, but Hunt denies it. Eventually, Hunt, the team, and Hunley trick Walker into admitting he is the real Lark and informs Sloane, who sends in a CIA unit to take everyone into custody for transfer to Washington, D.C., However, the unit has been infiltrated by the Apostles, and Walker orders the infiltrators to attack instead. Walker kills Hunley and escapes after Hunt chases him across the city. As he departs for India with Lane, Walker tells Hunt he knows the location of Hunt’s ex-wife Julia and threatens her life should Hunt follow him.

The team deduces that Lane and Walker plan to detonate the remaining bombs at a medical camp over the Siachen Glacier, contaminating the water supply of India, Pakistan, and China; with a third of its population affected, the world will descend into an anarchy from which Lane and Walker hope a new world order will emerge. Upon arrival in Kashmir, Hunt discovers Julia and her new husband Erik are assigned to the medical camp, an arrangement made by Walker to increase the pressure on Hunt. Lane programs the bombs’ detonator with a 15-minute countdown and gives it to Walker, choosing to remain behind with the two nuclear bombs; Walker then takes off, secretly pursued by Hunt while Dunn, Stickell, and Faust stay behind to find and defuse the nuclear weapons. Stickell works to deactivate the first bomb and Julia volunteers her help, but they are unable to defuse it without the detonator. Dunn and Faust find the second bomb and subdue Lane. Following an aerial chase, Hunt uses a commandeered helicopter to ram Walker’s helicopter out of the sky and drops the helicopter’s winch hook on Walker’s head as they fight on a cliff, killing him instantly. Hunt then secures the detonator, allowing Stickell, Faust, and Dunn to deactivate the bombs.

In the aftermath, the remaining cores are safely recovered. Sloane hands Lane over to MI6 through Mitsopolis, with Faust earning her exoneration from the organization as a result. Julia tells Hunt that he has given her the best life, despite his commitment to the IMF. Faust and the team join Hunt in celebration.

Friday’s almost at an end, yet another week gone. Say in the garden enjoying the sun (it doesn’t seem to want to stay for long!)

Bingo night with the family, we had fun, until Grace decided it wasn’t fair that everyone but her was winning!! So her grandad made a little game up just for her😉

Can’t believe it’s almost half way through May already!!

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Book Review 📖

Bound Together (A Sea Haven) Sisters of the Heart Series Book 6 by Christine Feehan

Description……

For five years, Viktor Prakenskii has put his life on hold to take down the world’s most feared motorcycle club from the inside. But carrying out the insane violence and seeing their exploitation of the innocent has brought his traumatic past roaring back. And there’s only one cure. To see the wife he left behind…

Blythe Daniels never thought she’d see Viktor again—after he murdered her stepfather and left without a word. She rebuilt her life without him, becoming a personal trainer and physical therapist…becoming strong enough for others to lean on. But when Viktor comes back to Sea Haven, he’ll make Blythe question everything she thought she knew about good and evil—and the dark desires of the heart…

My Review……

The final book in this series. It will bring all the sisters of the heart and their men into this battle. Bringing a few surprises along the way.

Viktor was torn from his family at an early age, watched as his parents were murdered, feeling helpless as his brothers were taken from him. All separated, all kept away from him. Then for the next ten years beaten, abused and tortured. Turning him into an assassin, a stone cold killer.

But he made a promise to his father, he promised he would always look out for them.

Blythe is a cousin to the Drake sisters, she’s been a constant fixture in the sisters of the heart series, I got the impression she was always a little distant with them, and after reading her story, I now understand why. An alcoholic mother who always betrayed her, always belittled her, and never showing her any love.

Blythe met and fell in love with Viktor, it seemed her life would finally be a good one, then it all went to hell……

Five long years have passed for both of them. Neither knowing what was going on with each other’s lives. Viktor hoping Blythe would take him back, and Blythe just trying to get through each day.

I loved this book, we got to see the brothers finally reunite after almost thirty years apart. We get to see all the Sisters interact with each other too. And the best bit, the Drake sisters and their husbands are in it too. It’s a goodbye of sorts, but it also sees another spin off series “Torpedo Ink” take shape.

I loved the connection between Blythe and Viktor, he made me want to hit and hug him for most of the book.

The battle near the end was intense, action coming in from all angles. The scenes of abuse were hard to read, but it only added to this story. The sadness of loss, reading those pages had me in tears. Plenty of laughs to counteract the sadness. And sex scenes that will blow your mind.

Reading about the Prakenskii brothers getting their happy ending was a great way to end this series. All being moulded into killers, but finding redemption, peace and love with women who accept them for who they are. The women who were also fighting demons (victims of violent crimes) they needed men who could protect and love them for who they were.

I can’t wait to read the next series.

Thursday’s Post

Preacher is an American television series developed by Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen for AMC starring Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun and Ruth Negga. It is based on the comic book series Preacher created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, and published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint.

Jesse Custer is a hard-drinking, chain-smoking preacher who, enduring a crisis of faith, becomes infused with an extraordinary power. He embarks on a quest to better understand his new gift and literally find God, alongside his trigger-happy ex-girlfriend, Tulip, and new vampire friend, Cassidy

There is 3 series on Amazon Prime at the moment. I’ve only just started to watch it, it’s a little confusing, let’s hope it clears up soon.

Weather decided it needed sun and wind today, so the sun stayed behind the clouds for most of the day.

A little housework, plenty of reading and a few chats with family and friends today.

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Wednesday’s Post

Yay bin day😉 it’s funny how the simple things on life become more important. Watching the refuse truck, laughing as they have these music on and are dancing. These are the things that we’ve lost along the way. People have become robots, doing things on automatic pilot, we need to stop once in a while, look around and appreciate what we’ve got.

Had family quiz night, hosted by my stepdaughter Tina and her son Ryan. I came 2nd 😊

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Tuesday’s Post

Snatched is a 2017 American comedy film directed by Jonathan Levine and written by Katie Dippold. The film stars Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn (in her first film since 2002’s The Banger Sisters), with Joan Cusack, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes and Christopher Meloni in supporting roles, and depicts a mother and daughter who are abducted while on vacation in South America.

Recently fired from her job and dumped by her rock musician boyfriend, Emily Middleton is determined to enjoy a previously planned nonrefundable trip to Ecuador. Learning of her relationship status from social media, her mother, Linda, tells her to come home in order to move on, where she reunites with her agoraphobic brother, Jeffrey. Initially refusing, Linda agrees to go on the trip with her daughter.

In Ecuador, after they check into the upscale hotel, Emily meets a handsome man named James at the hotel bar, and they begin a relationship. After one night of drinking and dancing with James, Emily and her mother take a sightseeing day trip with him. During their ride, a white van rams James’ Jeep and the masked men abduct Emily and Linda. James escapes, but Linda suspects he was in on the kidnapping plot from the start. Emily awakens inside a cell and begins to panic, while Linda tries to calm herself by reading men’s magazines. The leader, Hector Morgado, contacts Jeffrey and demands $100,000 in ransom money. Morgado then has his nephew take both women away from the kidnappers’ hideout to another location. They manage to escape from their captors’ car and stow away into a passing truck. As it drives away, Emily kills the leader’s nephew who is chasing them by pounding his head with a shovel. The truck’s driver then stops his truck and leaves them both in the middle of the jungle.

They find a phone at a nearby bar, where they call the U.S. State Department officer Morgan Russell, saying that they are in peril, and Morgan advises them to go to the US Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. They meet a rugged-looking American named Roger Simmons. He agrees to help them find the consulate. After the three share a meal, Morgado and his men track them down. Morgado is about to kill them both as revenge for his only nephew’s death, but Linda distracts him while Emily retrieves a nearby spear gun with which to threaten him. As she retrieves it, she accidentally fires it, killing Morgado’s only son. They manage to escape with Simmons onto a boat. Soon, however, they are forced off the boat when the captain detects another boat nearby that is looking for the two women.

Meanwhile, Jeffrey, learning that his mother and sister have been kidnapped, calls Morgan at the State Department, saying he will join forces with the agents in order to find his mother and sister. Morgan reluctantly agrees. In Colombia, Emily, Linda, and Simmons hike through the jungle until Simmons falls to his death from a cliff. Later, Emily passes out from the effects of a tapeworm infestation. After a local village doctor removes the tapeworm from her body, Morgado and his men track them down again. They spot a zip line and decide to use it to escape. Unfortunately, the zip line is good for only one person. Linda forces Emily to leave her behind and is recaptured.

Emily safely arrives at the US Consulate. Determined to find her mother, she seeks help from two feisty American women veterans, Ruth and Barb, whom Emily met at the resort in Ecuador. Ruth and Barb take her to James, who was conspiring with Morgado, to the apartment where he is being interrogated for the kidnappers’ location. With the ladies’ help, Emily rescues her mother at the kidnappers’ apartment. They try to escape in another truck, but Morgado intercepts them. As he is about to kill Emily, Linda blows her dog whistle, summoning a dog that attacks Morgado. U.S. State Department agents arrive to arrest Morgado, and Jeffrey reunites with his mother and sister.

One year later, Emily and Linda take another trip to Kuala Lumpur, where Emily meets another man, who offers her a drink. Emily refuses, and she and Linda proceed to dance.

The weather was a mixture of sun and wind today. But I managed a sit in the sun for a little while to read.

And the roses are beginning to bloom.

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Book Review 📱

Love In The Time of Corona, Vol. 2 (Kristi Avalon. Chloe Flowers. Sheridan Jeane. Becky Lower. Judy McDonough.  L.A. McGinnis. Jen Sako.) 

Seven romances by seven spectacular authors, all set during the coronavirus outbreak. Happy endings guaranteed!

The numbers next to the titles indicate spiciness on a 1-5 scale as judged by each author.

Defending the Tycoon’s Daughter – Kristi Avalon 4(5) – Romantic Suspense

Escaping a threat against her wealthy family and the global pandemic, Talia Hudson finds herself in an isolated mountain retreat with her handsome, aloof bodyguard. A scandal in Brett’s past gives him good reason to avoid Talia, yet he can’t deny the attraction sparking between them. Will one night of passion lead to regret– or is he ready to risk it all for love?

My Review……. 

Brett is still smarting from his last job, a scandal had him leaving with a black mark on his career and reputation. Joining a new firm, Brett won’t make the same mistake, well that’s what he says, until he sees her….. 

Talia Loves her stepfamily, and all but her stepfather hate her, it’s something she has comes to terms with. And now a threat to her family has her separated from them. Although on the plus side, the new bodyguard is easy on the eyes. 

It’s a fun little read. Bodyguard and heiress is always a little predictable. 

But it’s written well. The fleeting glances, the silent treatment and the denying of ones feelings (and that’s just the bodyguard) 

Loved the video chat with her friends, it’s something a lot of us are doing at the moment. And thank goodness for the canine light relief, you have to love a dog that steers you in the direction of love. 

Luckily we just had the threat of the virus to read and no one came down with it. 

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Ship Mates – Chloe Flowers 2(5) – Contemporary Romance

After a house fire destroys everything she owns, Tara needs a temporary home. In a weak moment, Officer Scott Merrick offers an unorthodox solution: sharing a cabin on his boat. Since he works the graveyard shift and she runs her restaurant during the day, they’ll be like ships passing in the night, which is fine by both of them.

They only communicate by writing notes to each other.

It’s a bad idea to fall in love during a pandemic, but what if they’re soul mates as well as shipmates?

My Review …… 

Tara is now homeless after a fire. She’s hasn’t got anywhere to go. And with this virus that’s about, Tara doesn’t want to risk making anyone unwell. Being offered a bed from the hunky police offer is ok, isn’t it? She’s known him forever, best friend with his sister, and it won’t be for long….. 

Scott has always been the responsible one, his job at the police station suits him. And after the fiasco with “she who will not be named” he’s a confirmed bachelor. So giving a friend a bed for a few nights won’t be a problem. And as Tara was his sister’s best friend growing up, she’s practically family. But it’s been a few years since he’s seen her, and now she’s all grown up, but he’s on nights, how hard will it be to avoid her? 

Liked this story a lot. Loved the idea of post it notes, that did make me chuckle. And it was a great way to communicate (Scott worked nights and Tara worked days) 

Lucy the parrot made me chuckle and I loved Larry the police dog (every time Lucy told him to sit he did I had to laugh) 

The boat made for an unusual setting, the confined space that Tara and Scott were forced to share made for a different read. 

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Viral Dance – Sheridan Jeane 3(5) – Contemporary Romance

Free spirit Lily Lennon and CEO Josh Graves are opposites, or are they? When circumstances throw them together in a Mt. Rainier cabin during the pandemic, she’s determined to have him teach her to waltz. Can these two dance their way into one another’s hearts?

My Review …… 

Lily’s a dog/house sitter, she works from the hosts home. But with the outbreak of the virus that’s sweeping the country, the owner of both dog and home is due back and lily has to move on, but she’s got nowhere to go, well there is the mountain retreat she can go to….. 

Josh has had three months away, not a holiday, but a retreat, after what can only be called a breakdown, Josh is back and ready to take back his company. But he’s a different man, less about the profit margin and more about his employees. 

A free spirit and an uptight CEO, (except he’s not really uptight anymore) 

Had to admit it wasn’t my favourite in this short story read. But there were a few laughs. Loved the dog Orwell. Liked how Josh thought about asking Lily about before he went to his retreat, but missed opportunities and all that. 

The dancing moments were a lot of fun to read. 

Both finding things about one another that appealed to them. 

The virus might have brought them together, but I think josh would have made his move eventually. 

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Choosing My Own Bananas – Becky Lower 1(5) Seasoned Romance

Claire has lived her life alone and free. But now, as an aging single, she’s facing the coronavirus by herself, and it’s the first time she’s been uncomfortable with her decisions. She ignores her sister’s advice and decides to take advantage of her local grocery’s early Senior Hour to do her own shopping.

Widower Bert can’t believe his luck. The mysterious woman from the health club pool is right behind him in line, waiting for the store to open. He and his friend call her Esther Williams, but now he might get to know her real name. And hopefully a whole lot more.

My Review…..  

Bert a retired policeman with plenty of spare time on his hands. With his local spa closed due to the virus, Bert hasn’t got a lot to do but think, and lots of that time thinking has him thinking of a plan of action, he’s seen a lovely lady who he’d like to know better, but he doesn’t know her name, or where she lives, maybe fate will smile down on him and give him a break…..

Claire’s a control freak, she likes thinks done a certain way, and that’s why she stuck in a queue for her food shopping. She writes romance books, but even that isn’t holding her interest at the moment. She needs a little inspiration…..

This one had me smiling all the way through. A very gentle romance, dog walking (with a dog that’s not his) crazy golf (well golfing in a golf cart) and silly emails that brought a smile to both their faces. 

She’s a feisty control freak with a wicked set of one liners. He’s a man with a plan of action. 

Wooing in a time of lockdown presents it’s own set of challenging rules. No invading of personal space for one!! 

Being a widower has made Bert realise that life is too short, so he goes after the one thing that’s been on his mind for a while. 

Claire is a little more controlled, she likes a certain routine. 

So will Bert capture the fair maidens heart? Well he has her interest peaked, so who knows. 

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The Royal Muse – Judy McDonough 2(5) Contemporary Romance

New Orleans artist, Melody Landry, is done with relationships and cheating men. She’d much rather paint her frustration into money-making masterpieces.

Reece Thomas has had enough heartache for two lifetimes. He’d rather drown his sorrows with his trumpet and whisky than give anyone else a chance to rip his heart out.

Love was the last thing on their minds—until they found each other.

Can the healing powers of music and art bring two bitter souls together in the midst of a pandemic?

My Review….. 

Reece doesn’t want anything more than a bottle to drown out his pain. Two years since the end of his marriage, and a mugging that left him with a constant and painful reminder of how much he lost. His only joy is his music, oh and the cute little artist he spied painting and singing from her balcony. 

Melody loves living in the French Quarter, her artists heart simply adores it. Inspiration runs well here, and even more so on a Thursday evening, her musical inspiration comes from her neighbour, his beautiful music gives her pieces a flow that she just can’t contain. 

But this evening he’s late, and Melody can’t help but wonder as to where he is….. 

I liked this one very much. 

Melody has been hurt before, so she’s not looking for romance. Reece can’t move on from his mugging and failed marriage. 

They’ve known each other a while now, but only from a distance, not a word has passed their lips to each other, but like calls to like, and a tentative friendship springs up.  

So how will a romance spring from this? And when an opportunity arises will they both take it? 

Beautifully written, that could have happily been a longer story. 

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Espresso. Paper. Love. – L.A. McGinnis 1(5) Contemporary Romance

A stir-crazy actress charms her way into a young doctor’s life from the neighboring apartment building. It’s one thing to exchange notes and coffee in a crisis, it’s another to deny their growing attraction.

My Review …… 

Olivia is going to be an actress, well once she gets her big break, but until then it’s serving coffee to the masses. 

She has her regulars that she smiles and says hi to. Including her neighbour “Brandon S” he always smiles and a quick thank you. But after not seeing him at his home for a few days, she takes the initiative and decides to wave….. 

Brandon is suppose to be concentrating on knee surgeries and spine realignments, but with the virus taking a grip, it’s all hands to help. He’s so tired, but he can’t let anyone down. Most of his days he’s on automatic pilot. But today would be a turning point …..

As the time goes by, Olivia and Brandon do more and more together, of course noting the social distancing. Both want more as they’ve gotten to know each other. But when Brandon gets ill, how will Olivia cope? 

Loved the concept of paper plane post it notes. 

I loved Brandon and his thoughtfulness, he could see Olivia was struggling, and to thank her for a coffee and chat he suggests a walk. And it just takes off from there. 

This one deals with people who are now scared to leave their own homes. You feel you shouldn’t be out, not even to exercise. And I’m sure a lot of readers will relate too. 

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Tipsy – Jen Sako 1(5) New Adult Romance

Barbera Piedmont works in one of Manhattan’s top restaurants alongside a hot sommelier named Cavan Mills. One fateful night furloughs them both and there seems to be no end in sight. To Barbera’s surprise, Cavan contacts her for help keeping his career on track. Through a virtual connection, they share wines along with their fears and dreams. Barbera can’t help wondering what will happen to their digital relationship when life returns to normal. Will her services no longer be needed, or will these strange and dangerous times end in love?

My Review…… 

Barbera or “Barbie” enjoys her job. Meeting new people, greeting regulars and catching up with friends she works with. 

But somethings wrong, guests aren’t coming in, some are cancelling their tables, some tables don’t even bother to phone to cancel. 

And when the restaurant is finally closed due to this virus, Barbera wonders what she’s going to do to keep herself occupied. 

Cavan loves his job, wine is his hobby and his passion. He wants to be the best, so an exam is in order. He wanted his girlfriend to help, but being in a different time zone makes it difficult. 

So he asks Barbera to help (after his girlfriend advised to ask a server for help) 

The wonderful World Wide Web came to the fore in this book. 

A sommelier (wine steward or a professional connoisseur) and server come together over wine. Barbera has had a crush on Cavan ever since she clapped eyes on him, so she jumps at the chance to spend time with him. 

As time goes by Barbera falls for Cavan, but it all comes crashing down when his girlfriend makes a surprise return home. Barbera is no longer needed, but the chats they had been having gave her concern, Isabella wanted Cavan to give up his passion and help her run a winery. 

She had to convince Cavan not to give up his dream. 

This one I had mixed feelings about. Loved the on-line wine tasting, i had to chuckle with the drunk chatting. 

I did feel Cavan was only interested in Barbera as help for him wine exam. But was totally surprised with his declaration to Barbera. 

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I know it’s not everyone’s ideal subject. But they took me away from all this madness for just a short time. 

Monday’s Post

Weird weather today, really windy and cold, but with lots of sunshine!! Didn’t know wether to hang washing outside or not!

The Shape of Water is a 2017 American romantic supernatural film directed by Guillermo del Toro and written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor.[4] It stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Octavia Spencer. Set in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1962, the story follows a mute cleaner at a high-security government laboratory who falls in love with a captured humanoid amphibiancreature. 

Elisa Esposito, who was found abandoned as a child with wounds on her neck by the side of a river, is mute and communicates through sign language. She works as a cleaner at a secret government laboratory in Baltimore, Maryland in 1962, at the height of the Cold War. Her only friends are her closeted next-door neighbor Giles, a middle-aged struggling advertising illustrator, and her African American co-worker Zelda Fuller. The facility receives a mysterious creature captured from a South American river by Colonel Richard Strickland, who is in charge of the project, to study it. Curious about the creature, Elisa discovers it is a humanoidamphibian. She begins visiting him in secret, and the two form a close bond.

Seeking to exploit the Amphibian Man for an American advantage in the Space Race, General Frank Hoyt is eventually persuaded by Strickland to vivisect it. Dr. Robert Hoffstetler – a scientist who is secretly a Russian spy named Dimitri Mosenkov – pleads unsuccessfully to keep the Amphibian Man alive for further study and simultaneously is ordered by his Soviet handlers to euthanize the creature. When Elisa overhears the American’s plans for the Amphibian Man, she persuades Giles to help her liberate him. Hoffstetler stumbles upon Elisa’s plot in progress and chooses to assist her. Though initially reluctant, Zelda also becomes involved in the successful escape.

Elisa keeps the Amphibian Man in her bathtub, planning to release him into a nearby canal in several days when it is scheduled to rain to provide access to the ocean. Strickland interrogates Elisa and Zelda, among others, but learns nothing. Back at the apartment, Giles discovers the Amphibian Man devouring one of his cats. Startled, the Amphibian Man slashes Giles’s arm and rushes out of the apartment. He gets as far as the cinema downstairs before Elisa finds him and returns him to her apartment. The creature touches Giles on his balding head and wounded arm; the next morning, Giles discovers his hair has begun growing back, and the wounds on his arm have healed. After initially refusing, Elisa has sex with the Amphibian Man.

General Hoyt unexpectedly arrives and tells Strickland he has 36 hours to recover the Amphibian Man, or his career and life will be over. Meanwhile, Hoffstetler is told he will be extracted in two days. As the planned release date approaches, the Amphibian Man’s health begins to deteriorate. Hoffstetler goes to meet his handlers with Strickland tailing him. At the rendezvous, Hoffstetler is shot by one of his handlers, but Strickland in turn not only shoots and kills both handlers, but also shoots Hoffstetler, having realized that he is a spy. Strickland tortures Hoffstetler, who is dying, into revealing specifics on the “team” which broke out Amphibian Man, and is surprised to learn that Elisa and Zelda are implicated. Strickland threatens Zelda at home, unsuccessfully, until her husband, Brewster, reveals that Elisa has the Amphibian Man. Zelda immediately telephones Elisa, warning her to release the creature. An enraged Strickland ransacks Elisa’s empty apartment until he finds a calendar note revealing where she plans to release the Amphibian Man.

At the canal, Elisa and Giles are bidding farewell to the creature when Strickland arrives, knocks Giles down, and shoots both the Amphibian Man and Elisa. The Amphibian Man quickly heals himself and slashes Strickland’s throat, killing him. As the police arrive on the scene with Zelda, the Amphibian Man takes Elisa and jumps into the canal where he heals her. When he applies his healing ability underwater to the scars on Elisa’s neck, they open to reveal gills like his; she jolts back to life, and the two embrace. In a closing voice-over narration, Giles conveys his belief that Elisa lived “happily ever after” and “remained in love” with the Amphibian Man.

In the UK, we are beginning to emerge from our lockdown…. I’m still not convinced it’s a good thing yet.

So many are confused as to what they can and can’t do. So for me, I’m staying in until we either get a vaccine or the death rate drops to practically zero!!

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Butterflies 🦋

Butterflies are insects in the macrolepidopteran clade Rhopalocera from the order Lepidoptera, which also includes moths. Adult butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight. The group comprises the large superfamily Papilionoidea, which contains at least one former group, the skippers (formerly the superfamily “Hesperioidea”), and the most recent analyses suggest it also contains the moth-butterflies (formerly the superfamily “Hedyloidea”). Butterfly fossils date to the Paleocene, about 56 million years ago.

Vanessa cardui is a well-known colourful butterfly, known as the painted lady, or formerly in North America as the cosmopolitan.

Male and female. Upperside. Ground-colour reddish-ochreous, basal areas olivescent-ochreous-brown; cilia black, alternated with white, Forewing with an outwardly-oblique black irregular-shaped broken band crossing from middle of the cell to the disc above the submedian vein; the apical area from end of cell and the exterior border also black; before the apex is a short white outwardly-oblique streak and a curved row of four round spots, the second and third being small; a marginal pale lunular line with its upper portion most defined and whitish. Hind-wing with a blackish patch from the costal vein across end of cell, a partly confluent recurved discal band, a submarginal row of lunules, and then a marginal row of somewhat scutiform spots; between the discal band and submarginal lunules is a row of five round black spots, which in some examples show a pale and dark outer ring. Underside. Forewing brighter reddish-ochreous, the apical area and outer margin much paler, the apex being olivescent ochreous-brown; discal irregular band as above, subapical white streak, row of spots and marginal lunules distinct; base of wing and interspace before end of cell white. Hindwing transversely-marbled with olivescent ochreous-brown and speckled with black scales; crossed by basal and discal sinuous whitish or pale fascia and intersected by white veins; an outer-discal row of five ocelli, the upper one smallest and usually imperfect, the second and fifth the largest, the fourth with black centre speckled with blue and ringed with yellow, and the second and fifth also with an outer black ring; submarginal lunules purpurescent-grey, bordered by a whitish fascia; outer margin ochreous. Body olivescent ochreous-brown, abdomen with ochreous bands; palpi blackish above, white beneath; body beneath and legs greyish-white; antennae black above, tip and beneath reddish.

My son brought me caterpillars 🐛 to turn into butterflies 🦋

Watched as they turned from caterpillars into pupae, then into butterflies.

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Sunday’s Post

Description

A veteran detective joins forces with a rookie policeman when they are despatched to carry out negotiations with a group of criminals holding a bank hostage.

Seattle PD Detective Quentin Conners and his partner Jason York are implicated in the death of a hostage taken by a carjacker named John Curtis. After a fellow police officer, Callo, testifies against them, Conners is suspended, and York is fired. In reality, York tried to shoot John, but accidentally killed the hostage. John in turn fired back, but Conners killed John in self-defense.

Some time later, Lorenz and four other criminals take hostages in a bank. Lorenz has only one demand, to negotiate with Conners. Conners is reinstated but put under the surveillance of a new partner, the recently-graduated Shane Dekker. Conners is given control of the negotiations, and after a bank teller is shot, he orders a SWAT unit to cut the building’s power and go in. During an explosion, the criminals flee during the ensuing panic and chaos.

Dekker and Conners learn more about each other at a local diner, slowly building a friendship, but Dekker disapproves of Conners’ “cowboy cop” methods. Dekker explains that during negotiations, Lorenz was making many cryptic references to chaos theory. As they leave to examine new evidence, Conners puts a ten dollar bill on the table for his share of the bill. Dekker swaps the ten for a twenty of his own. A TV camera caught a shot of one of the criminals, who is arrested together with his girlfriend at her home, where banknotes are found with a scent used to mark evidence collected by the police. The banknote serial numbers did not come from that day’s robbery, but had been placed in police storage and signed out two weeks earlier by Callo. He is found shot dead in his home, together with incriminating evidence linking him to the heist.

When reviewing video footage from the bank, Dekker notices one corner of the bank is deliberately shielded from view. In that corner, they find the bank regional manager’s computer. Fingerprints on the keyboard reveal the identity of a hacker that Conners himself had arrested, but whose conviction was overturned after the shooting on the bridge. Conners and Dekker want to question the hacker, but he is shot dead by Lorenz, and a gunfight ensues, during which Lorenz manages to escape. Dekker questions the hospitalized bank robber identified in the news footage and finally breaks him when he casually explains the impact of a massive overdose of morphine while slowly injecting something into the suspect’s drip. An amazed Conners watches and later calls him a hypocrite. Dekker responds by explaining he only injected more saline solution.

The suspect reveals Lorenz is Scott Curtis, the brother of John shot earlier, and Conners leads a stakeout at an address where all the gang are to meet that night; Scott’s house. Forced to go before Scott arrives, a shootout results in both suspects’ deaths, and a bomb blows up the building while Conners is inside. Dekker is devastated but realizes that Callo’s signature requesting material from the evidence storage was forged by the evidence custody officer, who reveals that Scott is actually York. In a flashback, York stands on the bridge and fires the first shot, killing the hostage in the opening sequence. Tracking Lorenz/York’s mobile phone, Dekker surprises York at a diner, and York takes a woman hostage in a reversal of the standoff on the bridge. Dekker chases and eventually kills York.

When Dekker pays for his coffee at the diner, he discovers the banknote Conners used to pay for lunch with is also scented, which means Conners was also involved in taking the money from police evidence. Dekker finds a copy of James Gleick’s Chaos: Making a New Science in Conners’ house, showing he had faked an earlier ignorance of the mathematics. On a hunch, Dekker looks for airplane tickets booked in Gleick’s name and runs to the airport.

During a mobile call between the now disguised Conners and the searching Dekker at the busy airport, flashbacks reveal how the seemingly unconnected events in the film form a pattern, just as predicted in chaos theory. Conners reveals that he placed his badge on the corpse of one of York’s henchmen before the explosion. Conners and York recruited a group of ex-convicts from their past. Callo was framed for being a dirty cop. Conners ends the call, walks casually to a private jet, and takes off while sipping champagne.

A pretty good film. A twist at the end.

My son sent my some caterpillars to grow into butterflies.

Today I got to release them.

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Book Review 📖

Fire Bound (A Sisters of the heart series) A Sea Haven Novel book 5 by Christine Feehan 

Description…… 

Flame-haired Lissa Piner is a skilled glass blower whose delicate gift conceals a burning inner strength that can destroy as exquisitely as it can create. Commissioned to design chandeliers for a string of luxury hotels, her remarkable skills have taken her to Italy. But Lissa’s real mission there is a secret. For her entire life has been a lie, leading to a chance to avenge a terrible wrong.

Enlisted as her bodyguard is Casmir Prakenskii, a trained assassin living off the grid. In Lissa, he sees a kindred spirit – something unexpected and wicked, mysterious and sensual. But more than desire is about to bring them together: because both of their pasts cry out for revenge. And for two people with this many secrets, this much passion, and this many enemies, someone is bound to get burned.

My Review …
Lissa is a killer, but no one knows her other persona, to everyone else she is just fiery tempered Lissa, the glass blower, the famous chandelier maker. 
But she’s on a mission, and no one is going to stop her. 
She’s out to revenge her family, then she’s going to take out the men hunting the Prakenskii brothers, keeping them safe means keeping her sisters safe. She knows she won’t come back, but she’s willing to sacrifice herself for her family. 
And after getting intel from her new brother-in-law Gavriil, her target is close. Her endgame in sight. 
Casmir Prakenskii is undercover, he’s always been undercover, he can’t remember a time when he wasn’t someone else. A promise to his brothers have him shadowing Lissa, he’s surprised she’s going after the men who killed his family, that’s his job. He’s got nothing else, but meeting and interacting with her gives him pause for thought. Could she be his woman? He knows his brothers have all found theirs, but could she be for him? He knows taking out the Russians who killed his parents will mean death, and he’s never really cared, but if Lissa is here, then maybe he has something to live for. 
Both Casmir and Lissa are fire elements, both have hot tempers, but it’s the flames of passion that could be their greatest challenge, can they really have a happy ending? 
This book is full of action. Most of the women in this series are pretty mild mannered. And yes Lissa has come from a tragic background, but she’s not willing to forgive and forget, she’s out for revenge. And if that means sacrificing herself, then so be it. She has honed herself since childhood, making herself into a weapon, a mistress of disguise. 
The fight scenes are brutal, the backstory to both Lisa’s and Casmir’s lives are hard, and that’s why they work well together. She’s a warrior, and will always be in the front of the battle, and not hiding. 
I like this book, I like this series, it’s great that we keep in touch with previous characters, it’s also setting us up for the final book, and the spin off series. 
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Saturday’s Post

Marvel’s Luke Cage, or simply Luke Cage, is an American web television series created for Netflix by Cheo Hodari Coker, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Mike Colter stars as Luke Cage, a former convict with superhuman strength and unbreakable skin who now fights crime and corruption. Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Rosario Dawson, and Alfre Woodard also star, with Mahershala Ali and Erik LaRay Harvey joining them for season one, and Mustafa Shakir and Gabrielle Dennis joining for season two. Development of the series began in late 2013. In December 2014, Colter was cast as Cage, to appear first in Marvel’s Jessica Jones, with Coker hired as the showrunner in March 2015. The series is filmed in New York City, looking to replicate the unique culture and atmosphere of Harlem.

Another sunny day. So I made the most of it and did the laundry. A little housework, then a new series on Netflix. Spent sometime in the garden reading, until numerous BBQ’S drove me back indoors.

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Friday’s Post

Shazam! is a 2019 American superhero filmbased on the DC Comics character. Produced by New Line Cinema and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is the seventh installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Directed by David F. Sandberg from a screenplay by Henry Gayden, and a story by Gayden and Darren

Lemke, the film stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, a teenage boy who can transform into an adult superhero, played by Zachary Levi. Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Djimon Hounsou also star. The plot follows Billy Batson, who is chosen by the ancient wizard Shazam as his new champion and receives various superpowers. Billy and his best friend Freddy Freeman (Grazer) must discover Billy’s new powers in order to stop the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong) and the Seven Deadly Sins.

So I’m the UK, we celebrated V.E. Day

Victory in Europe Day
Two V-Days occurred during World War II, VE Day and VJ Day. VE Day stands for Victory in Europe Day which occurred on May 8, 1945 when the German Army offered a complete and unconditional surrender to the Allied Forces.

Had a family quiz night. Lots of fun, even though we lost sound twice!!

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Book Review 👩🏻‍💻

Alpha’s Temptation: A Billionaire Werewolf Romance (Bad Boy Alphas Book 1) by Renee Rose & Lee Savino

Description…… 

MINE TO PROTECT. MINE TO PUNISH. MINE….. 

I’m a lone wolf, and I like it that way. Banished from my birth pack after a bloodbath, I never wanted a mate. 

Then I meet Kylie. My temptation. We’re trapped in an elevator together, and her panic almost makes her pass out in my arms. She’s strong, but broken. And she’s hiding something.

My wolf wants to claim her. But she’s human, and her delicate flesh won’t survive a wolf’s mark. 

I’m too dangerous. I should stay away. But when I discover she’s the hacker who nearly took down my company, I demand she submit to my punishment. And she will.

Kylie belongs to me. 

My Review…..

Kylie needs this job, she needs to prove to herself that she can function in the real world and not just in the virtual world. 

Jackson King is alpha in his world. He doesn’t want the complication’s of running a wolf pack, he leaves it to the alpha Garrett. And he left that along time ago, when he left his original pack.

When Kylie and Jackson first meet it’s literally lust at first sight! Only Kylie knows who Jackson is, Jackson has no clue she is, but she doesn’t know what he is! Trapped in a lift, Kylie has a full blown panic attack, but with Jackson at her side it soon subsides and they leave the lift, but Jackson’s wolf won’t leave Kylie, the Wolf has decided Kylie will be their mate. But Kylie is human, and Jackson won’t do that to her…..

But that all changes when she’s implicated in espionage charges, instead of letting Kylie explain herself, Jackson locks her away…..

I did like this book. I wanted to kick Jackson as he accused Kylie of sabotaging his company. And you have to love a grovelling Alpha when he realises his mistake. A little more on his backstory would have been nice, but who knows we may get more in the following books (last count over 15!)

Kylie is a hacker, and a pretty good one, years ago she hacked into Jackson’s company, she took nothing, but wanted to show him his software had issues.

We jump forward and Kylie is going for an interview at the company she hacked.

She doesn’t really have many social skills, so this was her way of reintegrating into society.

And when she’s blackmailed into compromising Jackson’s company, she doesn’t have much choice. But Jackson won’t believe when she tries to explain herself.

I have to admit I did guess who was sabotaging the company pretty early on in the book. But not why.

Looking forward to reading the next book.

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Thursday’s Post

Into the Badlands is an American television series that premiered on November 15, 2015, on AMC. The series follows a warrior and a young boy who journey through a dangerous feudal land together seeking enlightenment.

The series is set in a post-apocalyptic world approximately 500 years after a war that left civilization in ruins. Many elements of technology, such as electricity and ground vehicles, have survived the apocalypse but society now shuns guns, leading to a reliance on melee weaponry and crossbows.

In a territory known as the Badlands, encompassing several states located between the Rocky Mountains and Mississippi River,[5] a feudal society has developed to fill the power vacuum left by the war. Barons control land and monopolies over commodities like opiumand fuel, trading amongst themselves to maintain the peace. Each baron is served by a massive workforce of slaves called cogs, as well as a prostitute class called dolls. A baron maintains power through a corps of young men and women called clippers: highly trained and loyal warriors, clippers are forbidden from marrying and having children lest their loyalties be divided. Each clipper force is captained by a regent.

Several groups exist outside the strict hierarchy of the barons. Nomads are the most common, mostly lawless homicidal bandits who subsist on stealing from trade convoys between the baronies but some live in organized clans. The River King and his men control water trade in the Badlands and beyond, and is considered a neutral party in the barons’ power struggles. An ascetic religious movement called the Totemists is also shown to exist on the fringes of society, living in isolated communities and practicing a form of idol worship. The Widow leads a revolutionary group of anti-feudal fighters from her late husband’s barony; although nominally recognized as a baron by her peers, they do not respect her, and the contempt is mutual.

Little is known of the world beyond the Badlands, but it is implied that it is far less politically stable and environmentally sound than the Badlands. The mythical utopian city of Azra is believed to exist outside the Badlands but most dismiss it as a legend.

This has got three series to this. So far it’s good, a little gory for me, but the storyline’s make up for it.

A little housework, reading and reviewing.

I got this yesterday and I’m very excited to read it.

But I’ll have to see if I’ve read and reviews the others in the series first. Then I’ll post this one, that way I get to re-read the series😉

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Wednesday’s Post

Description…

Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) is an amiable single guy who works at a big-box store. Living alone, 40-year-old Andy spends his free time playing video games and curating his action-figure collection. Despite his age, Andy has never had sex, so his friends, including the laid-back David (Paul Rudd), push Andy towards losing his virginity. While attempting to get over his awkwardness around female customers, Andy meets local shop owner Trish (Catherine Keener), and they begin a tentative romance.

Andy Stitzer is a 40-year-old virgin who lives alone, his apartment filled with his collection of action figures and video games. At a poker game with his co-workers David, Cal, Mooj and Jay, when conversation turns to past sexual exploits, they learn that Andy is still a virgin, and resolve to help him lose his virginity.

The men give Andy various and sometimes contradictory pieces of advice, both on his appearance and how to interact with women. Cal advises Andy to simply “ask questions”, which he practices on attractive bookstore clerk Beth, who quickly becomes intrigued by him. David gives Andy his porn collection, encouraging him to masturbate. Mooj stresses to Andy the importance of love in a relationship.

Andy begins to socialize and form friendships with his co-workers. David, after running into his ex-girlfriend Amy, has an emotional breakdown at work. Store manager Paula promotes Andy to fill in for him.

Jay attempts to quicken the process by tricking Andy into meeting a prostitute. When Andy discovers the hooker is a transvestite, he insists that his friends stop trying to help him. Andy lands a date with Trish Piedmont, a woman he met on the sales floor. During Andy and Trish’s first date, as they are about to have sex, they are interrupted by Trish’s teenage daughter Marla. Trish suggests that they postpone having sex, and Andy enthusiastically agrees.

Andy’s friends begin to encounter the consequences of their lifestyles. David, obsessed with Amy, takes a vow of celibacy. Jay, who previously boasted of his promiscuity, gets into an argument with a customer after his girlfriend breaks up with him over his infidelity. Jay concedes to Andy that sex can ruin a relationship.

Andy and Trish’s relationship grows. Trish encourages Andy’s dream of starting a business, suggesting they fund it by selling his collectables. Andy takes Marla to a group session at a sexual health clinic, where she reveals she is a virgin. Andy, trying to defend her against derision, admits that he is also a virgin but is disbelieved and ridiculed. Marla later says that she knows Andy is a virgin, but agrees to let him tell Trish himself.

On the couple’s twentieth date, the limit they agreed for their abstinence, Andy is still resistant, which upsets Trish. Trish demands he explain his reticence, and Andy accuses her of trying to change him against his will. He leaves for a nightclub where he meets his friends, gets drunk and praises them for encouraging him to have sex. Andy runs into Beth and they soon leave for her apartment. Marla convinces Trish to make up with Andy. By this time, Andy has sobered up and is having second thoughts. His friends arrive and encourage him to go back to Trish.

Andy returns to his apartment, where he finds Trish waiting for him. He attempts to apologize, but Trish, having found some of David’s porn videos in his apartment, is now afraid that Andy may be some sort of sexual deviant. Andy tries to defend himself and declares his love for her, but she leaves in alarm and disgust. Andy chases after her on his bike, but collides with her car and flies through the side of a billboard truck. Trish rushes to his side, and Andy confides that he is a virgin as explanation for his behavior. Trish is surprised but relieved, and they kiss.

Later, Andy and Trish are married in a lavish ceremony with everyone in attendance, with a sidelong mention that Andy’s action figures sold for over half a million dollars. Afterwards, they consummate the marriage, which transitions into a musical scene where the characters sing and dance to “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In“.

I love this film, it has you laughing from one scene to another.

Grab popcorn and settle down for a fun movie.

I’m setting myself a challenge. I need to start acclimatising to the fact I’ll have to go out at some point. So I stand by the front door, the first step. I stay outside for about a minute. Next week I will go down the next step. It’s something I need to work on. I feel a little scared and apprehensive about going outside, but I suppose not going out for nearly two months can do that to a person. Scared about catching the virus. Hearing the news.

So that’s my challenge. And so far, I’ve been pretty pleased with my progress.

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Book Review 👩🏻‍💻

Blue Embers (A Storm Of Fire) Book 2 by Courtney Leigh 


Description…… 

The Draak, an ancient race of dragon shapeshifters, have been the dominant species on Earth for centuries, but new threats are lurking to upset the delicate peace.

Following a rebel attack that nearly cost the Draak their leader, Killian Valentyne is tasked with tracking down those responsible. With the development of a new museum exhibit underway that Killian hopes will build a better understanding between humans and Draak, he’s stretched a bit thin. 

Persephone Grant is a dedicated historian and the new curator for an exhibit funded by known Draak playboy, Killian Valentyne. She’s intelligent, mysterious, and exactly the kind of distraction Killian doesn’t need, but a connection to the rising conflicts might just put her in the middle of it all.

With Draak-killing weapons floating around in rebel hands and suspicions that an ancient enemy has made its way to Earth, having feelings for a human would only make things harder for Killian. He knows the pain of loss too well to get caught up in affections, especially with a war coming, but Persephone may prove to be a force all her own. One taste should have been enough to sate their urges. 

My Review……. 
We met Killian in the previous book “Ash Bringer” he’s a lover not a fighter, but that’s not to say he won’t pick up a weapon for his race. Always looking for his next conquest, his next fun time. 
After almost being killed in the latest terrorist attack, Killian is looking for answers. He has in his possession a piece of metal that is giving him nightmares, this metal has the ability to kill a Draak, how did the human resistance get hold of it? Is the old enemy of the Draak emerging? Why now? Why here? 
One of his projects is a museum, a way to bridge the gap between human and Draak. But his help is needed. So he’s off to find out what needs doing, but little does he know his life is about to change…..
Persephone loves her job, it gives her a purpose. She finds the history of human and Draak fascinating. Although her personal view is also a little off, her sister is laying in hospital a casualty of the Draak regime…..
Both Persephone and Killian have a mutual attraction to one another, but Killian is in no mood for a mate, he prefers variety. And although he finds Persephone a delightful distraction, he can’t let his mind wander too far from his job, he needs to find out who is supplying the rebel faction weapons to destroy the Draak race!!  Persephone is drawn to Killian, but after seeing the effect it had on her sister, she wants no part of that life….. 
But both are thrown by their desire for one another, they can’t keep their eyes (or hands) off each other.  But someone is watching them, is it a friend or a foe? 
I’m liking this series more and more. The characters, the storyline.  They aren’t here as friends, the Draak race came here to conquer and rule, and they have done for centuries. They aren’t a nice race, and in the first book, I really wasn’t happy with the male hero, in fact I almost hoped that the heroine did get her chance to kill him.  But Killian is different from Draven, he was a warrior, a true warlord, Killian is more of a diplomat. That’s not to say he can’t fight, he just chooses his battles. 
In the last book we see a resistance/rebel force forming to other throw the Draak rule, but they are using both propaganda and fear to aid their cause. I’m all for overthrowing tyranny, but the way they are doing it! I’m not sure, they seem to want war more than a way to drive the Draak out, it feels like they want to rule instead! Will their leadership be any better? 
We also find out that if a Draak takes a human for ? Then a link is made, and if not maintained the human will slowly die!! 
I do like to watch the mighty fall, how they believe they deserve to be loved, but won’t reciprocate. They think it will be all one sided. And to fall for a human, that won’t happen. But when it does, it’s fun to read. 
Beautifully written, descriptions are detailed but not to the extent that you feel the author is just page filling. The world is growing nicely, meeting key characters at just the right time, not being overloaded with too many. 
Love the characters, even the bad guys. They make you want to boo at the page. 
There is so much scope for this series, I’m hoping we get many more. 
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Tuesday’s Post

Apparitions is a BBC drama about Father Jacob Myers, a priest of the Roman Catholic Church, played by Martin Shaw, who examines evidence of miracles to be used in canonisation but also performs exorcisms. As he learns, Jacob’s duties run deeper than just sending demons back to Hell; he later must prevent them all from escaping.watching this on Amazon Prime at the moment. First couple of episodes are looking good.

The butterfly reminds me, my son sent me caterpillars through the post, and a home for them, they should pupate and then turn into butterflies.

I’ll keep you posted.

Catching up with family and friends, throw in a little housework and that’s my Tuesday.

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Book Review 📱

DEAL WITH THE DEVIL (A Purgatory Novel) Book 4 by Cynthia Eden 

Description…… 

Eric Pate is used to making his own rules, as the director of the PARA Unit, he is the boss. Everyone rushes to obey his commands, and no one knows his secrets. No one ever gets too close to him. But then he meets her.

Ella Lancaster is tired of being a prisoner. She escaped one hell just to find herself in another, though Eric doesn’t consider her containment with his agents as punishment. He actually thinks it is a form of protection. But Eric is so very wrong. Ella doesn’t need protecting, not for anyone or anything.

When the PARA Unit comes under attack, Ella and Eric both find themselves battling a supernatural beast that they never expected. Forced to join forces, to make a deal, Ella and Eric are soon fighting side-by-side, and their attraction for each other can’t be contained or controlled. Hot. Wild. Consuming. Ella’s deal with her devil is soon taking over her life.

And as Eric falls deeper and deeper under the mysterious Ella’s spell, his legendary control begins to crack. The beast that he has kept chained so carefully inside rises to the surface. Unfortunately, when the devil loses his control…there is real hell to pay.

My Review …… 
This is the book I’ve been waiting for. 
Eric is the director of the Paranormal unit, they capture and contain dangerous paranormal creatures. Tests are ran on them, and if too dangerous, they are transported to a prison built for them. 
Reading about Eric from the first three books, we get the impression of a cold man, who uses everyone around him, is it to further his career? Or does he have a darker purpose? 
Ella was in the last book, a trapped and abused vampire. Taken by a mad werewolf and his pack. They are slowly draining her for her blood. Eric and his men free her, but also contain her, they need to know who took her and why. 
But the more time Eric spends with Ella, the more he loses his clad iron control. We get glimpses of him in each book, and each time more and more is revealed. So what is Eric? 
Ella intends your escape at the earliest opportunity, she needs to find the pack that took her, and destroy it!!! Will she escape the unit and Eric? 
After a few battles and near death experiences, Ella is convinced Eric is her “mate”, so she helps the para unit to track the pack that captured her. 
A few surprises along the way. We catch up with all the previous characters from the last three books. 
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My African Adventure

Last day, so a hearty breakfast, one last walk around the pool. Back upstairs to pack the suitcases. We had a few hours before the flight home, and it’s the best day weather wise (always the way) we found a lovely beach to walk along, a really nice place for our last lunch together. And even had time for an ice cream.

Back to collect suitcases and homeward bound.

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Happy Cinco de Mayo 🌮

Cinco de Mayo. A puzzle for you to print off and try.

Mexico, Spanish for “Fifth of May”) is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army‘s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio_Zaragoza The victory of the smaller Mexican force against a larger French force was a boost to morale for the Mexicans. Zaragoza died months after the battle due to illness. A year after the battle, a larger French force defeated the Mexican army at the Second Battle of Puebla, and Mexico City soon fell to the invaders.

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Book Release

Shadow Flight (Shadow Series) by Christine Feehan

Shadow Flight

Chicago’s Ferraro crime family will do anything to protect one of their own in this thrilling entry in the Shadow Riders series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.
Nicoletta Gomez was a terrified teenager when Taviano Ferraro and his brother saved her life. Ever since, she’s been trying to rise above what was done to her, molding herself into a survivor under the protective eyes of the Ferraro family. All the while, she’s been falling hopelessly in love with the man who knows her darkest secrets…

With one look, Taviano knew that Nicoletta was his, just as he felt their shadows connect. But no matter how much he wanted to claim her, he knew she needed time to become her own woman. But when Nicoletta once again finds herself in the sights of dangerous men, a split second decision has Taviano breaking all of the Ferraro family’s rules to keep her safe. And as far as he’s concerned, the reward is more than worth the risk.

Monday’s Post

Supernatural is an American dark fantasy television series created by Eric Kripke. It was first broadcast on September 13, 2005, on The WB, and subsequently became part of successor The CW‘s lineup. Starring Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester and Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester, the series follows the two brothers as they hunt demons, ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural beings.

There are 15 series in this so far. So I think I’ve got it covered for a while 😉

It was also my granddaughter’s birthday today

We all sang her happy birthday and watched her blow out candles on her cake (via messenger)

a family quiz night descended into chaos as usual, but still had fun.

I know it’s not much, but to me, it’s great. Thank you 🙏

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Book Review 👩🏻‍💻

Dirty Work by Regina Kyle. 

Description……
Millionaire nightclub owner Jake Lawson works hard, but executive concierge Ainsley Scott is showing him how to let loose…in the sexiest possible way!

I knew I was in trouble the moment millionaire Jake Lawson walked through the door of his swanky Tribeca loft. The definition of tall, dark and handsome, he’s hired me to take care of his parents’ Irish wolfhound. But one game of strip Scrabble later and we’re taking care of each other all night long…

Starting my concierge business was my way out of the rat race I ran as a lawyer until it cost me my fiancé. And Jake is a full-on workaholic, certain his high-end nightclub will fall apart if he loses focus for a second. We couldn’t be more different. But the chemistry between us is off the charts!

From drag-queen karaoke to movies at Hudson River Park, I’m showing Jake how to lighten up and enjoy everything New York City has to offer. But I can’t help wondering if blowing each other’s minds in bed is enough to make up for our different values. Can Jake step away from his smartphone long enough to give us a chance?

My Review …… 
An uptight, workaholic millionaire and a carefree “dog walker” sounds like your usual “rich boy, poor girl” story, but …… 
Ainsley isn’t a poor girl, and isn’t from the wrong side of the tracks. She was a high flying lawyer, and a good one. But recovering from a broken heart made Ainsley re-evaluate her life, so now she runs a successful concierge service. 
Now I’m assuming it’s like a concierge at a hotel (you ask and they try and get it for you, or find someone who can) 
She enjoys the work, she’s living the life she loves…..
Jake is a workaholic, he eats, sleeps (when he has to) and breathes his club, he thinks that if he leaves it alone, it’s going to fall apart (talk about micromanaging) he’s got no time for fun, and certainly no time for love…… 
Written in the first person. It gives us both perspectives. 
I get the feeling Jake can relax, but at the moment his mind is on his new club opening soon. Trying to get him to relax is a full time effort on Ainsley’s part. But when he does let his hair down …… boy is she in for a fun ride. 
I loved the banter, the innuendos in most of the conversations. Laughed at the karaoke scene. And don’t even get me started on the scrabble moment. 
It’s really well written. The dialogue flows as do the scenes. The characters really come alive and you get this chemistry between them that really works on the page. 
It’s also nice to see a woman that works and thinks for herself, a woman who isn’t afraid of what she wants, and isn’t afraid of going after it. 
The secondary characters are a laugh. Her work force, his sister, and Ainsley’s mum is a woman I wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of. 
I really enjoyed the book and would happily recommend it. 
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My African Adventure

A busy day today. We went up Table Mountain, it started out a little cloudy, but as we queued to go up the cable car the sun came out.

The view was breathtaking, and I was pleased I pushed myself to look out the window.

The views at the top of the mountain were amazing. It did feel like you were on top of the world.

The evening found us in the town, a Ferris wheel gave us the views of the town. It was a lovely way to end the day.

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Sunday’s Post

The first season follows the titular CIA analystas he is wrenched from the security of his desk job into the field after discovering a string of dubious bank transfers, which are being carried out by a rising Islamic extremist named Suleiman.

⭐️⭐️⭐️so far so good. A few lame episodes, but they can’t all be good 😉

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Catch up on a random thought ….

I said I’d catch you up with some of the stuff I planned to do this week ….

So…..

1. I still have my African Adventure to finish on here!! I got several days done. Hoping to finish off next week.

2. Thought I’d put other previous holidays on here. I’ve started on them. I’ll add as I do them.

3. I have a few craft projects that need to go on here. Again I’ve started to add them to my draft list, they will be added once I’ve finished.

So I’ve done some. I’ll keep you posted 😉

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Book Review 👩🏻‍💻

Charming The Beast (A Purgatory Novel) Book 3 by Cynthia Eden 

Description…… 
He’s a man with a beast inside…

Connor Marrok never intended to work for the Seattle Para Unit. He’s not one of the good guys–he’s a real monster, and the beast he carries doesn’t exactly play nicely. But now he finds himself being blackmailed into a new assignment. It’s supposed to be his last gig. His mission? Protect the beautiful Chloe Quick. Keep her alive. Destroy her enemies. Easy enough…until he starts to fall for Chloe.

She just wants to escape.

Chloe is tired of being a prisoner. She wants to get away from her Para Unit guard and run fast into the night. So what if Connor is the sexiest guy she’s ever met? Chloe knows trouble when she sees it, and Connor is one big, dangerous package of trouble. But, when an obsessed werewolf begins stalking Chloe, she realizes that her paranormal bodyguard may just be the one man she needs the most.

Their attraction is primal.

Every moment that Chloe and Connor spend together increases their attraction. Chloe has never felt a need so strong or a desire so dark. The beast that Chloe carries inside has always been silent, but Connor is stirring up her animal instincts. And as the danger and desire begin to twist together, Chloe wonders just how far she’d be willing to go…in order to spend one more night in Connor’s arms.

My Review….. 

The third book in this four book series sees Connor (Duncan’s brother “The Wolf Within” ) as a bodyguard to Chloe. 

He’s been where most of the monsters have been, Purgatory Prison, he’s still trying to redeem himself, but he knows he’s a monster, and that monster should be nowhere near Chloe.

After “dying”, Chloe feels different, is she a freak? She doesn’t think so, but she not waiting for Eric (the guy who runs the Paranormal Unit) to start dissecting her, the next chance she gets she’s off…… 

Time after time Chloe tried to escape, and Connor keeps bringing her back, but now there is something stalking Chloe, and Connor needs to keep on his toes, if only his prisoner didn’t smell so damn good, and his wolf keeps wanting to claim her!! It doesn’t matter that she’s a wolf that can’t shift, he’s going to protect her, or die trying, but it’s not Connor who’s about to die!!! 

To be honest these books can be read on their own, but if your interested in reading the series, they do need to be read in order. 

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My African Adventure

Today was a lazy day. So I thought I’d take a few photos of around the resort.

The last few pictures were taken on out walk to dinner. It’s an old railway carriage that was turned into a restaurant. It wasn’t but we were allowed to take a few photos.

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Saturday’s Post

n the Primeval series, animals and people from the past and future travel through time to the present day via anomalies, fictional phenomena which act as portals through time. In Primeval: New World, set in Vancouver, British Columbia, anomalies begin opening in Canada. Evan Cross (Niall Matter), a software inventor who encountered an anomaly six years ago, creates the Special Projects Group to investigate the anomalies.

⭐️⭐️⭐️ not as good as the original series. And it’s only got one series so far.

It’s the weekend, but as not a lot has changed, it’s the same thing as most weekends. Housework, reading and a little tv, and don’t the forget those phone calls.

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My African Adventure 🦏

Day seven sees us off for a tour around the cape. We hired a guide, so it was just the three of us and the guide. Then the best part of the tour. A trip to Boulder Beach to see native penguins. They use to let you wander through the beach, but as tourists began to walk off the path, they had to build a walk way instead.

I have to admit I loved it. It was amazing to see them so close, with no bars or glass between us. I could have stayed all day.

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Book Review 📱

Marked by a Vampire (A Purgatory Novel) Book 2 by Cynthia Eden.

Description…..

Vampires exist. So do werewolves. The creatures that you fear in the darkness? They’re all real. And the baddest of the paranormals…those who love to hurt humans…they’re sent to Purgatory, the only paranormal prison in the U.S.

Deadly forces are at work within Purgatory. The monsters are joining together—and their plans have to be stopped. FBI Agent Shane August, a very powerful vampire with a dark past, is sent into the prison on an undercover assignment. His job is to infiltrate the vampire clan, by any means necessary.

Dr. Olivia Maddox wants to find out just why certain paranormals go bad. What pushes some vampires over the edge? Why do some werewolves turn so savage? If she can understand the monsters, then Olivia thinks she can help them. When she gets permission to enter Purgatory, Olivia believes she is being given the research opportunity of a lifetime.

Olivia doesn’t realize that she’s walking straight into hell.

When the prisoners break loose, there is only one person—one vampire—who can protect her, but as Olivia and Shane fight the enemies that surround them, a dark and dangerous passion stirs to life between the doctor and the vamp. Shane realizes that Olivia is a woman carrying secrets—powerful, sinful secrets. Secrets that a man would kill to possess.

And Olivia realizes that—sometimes—you can’t control the beast inside of you. No matter how hard you try. Some passions can push you to the very limits of your control…and the growing lust that she feels for her vampire…it’s sending her racing right into a deadly storm of desire.

Welcome to Purgatory…a place that’s a real hell on earth…

My Review…..

Olivia knows there are things that go bump in the night. Werewolves and vampires, she was once chased by wolves, so she knows from first hand. But she also wants to learn how and why paranormals go bad, and maybe she could help them.

Shane is a vampire who works with the FBI, he’s been a vampire for centuries, we meet Shane in the first book in the series. (The Wolf Within) I did think he was going to be the informant in the first book (and was nicely surprised to find out he wasn’t)

Shane and Olivia meet at the ferry that’s due to transport them to Purgatory (the only prison to hold paranormals) Shane as an undercover prisoner and Olivia as a researcher. But Olivia doesn’t know he’s an FBI agent. All she sees is a dangerous criminal. All he sees is a tasty treat.

The story then moves along at a fast pace, who is trying to kill the paranormals? What’s going on inside Purgatory? Will Olivia trust Shane enough to get them out of Purgatory?

This is the second book in the Purgatory Series, it can be read without reading the first one (but I do like to read a series in order)😉 you meet characters from the first book, and back info on Shane, but it doesn’t detract from a really good read.

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Friday’s Post

The town of Barrow, Alaska is preparing for its annual “30 Days of Night”, a period during the winter when there is a month-long polar night. As the town gets ready, a stranger rows ashore from a large ship and sabotages the town’s communications and transport to the outside world. Barrow’s sheriff, Eben Olesoninvestigates and also learns that his estranged wife, Stella, missed the last plane and must stay the 30 days. That night, a band of vampires, led by Marlow, attack and slaughter most of the townspeople, forcing Eben, Stella, Eben’s younger brother Jake, and several other survivors to take shelter in a boarded-up house with a hidden attic. Marlow finds the stranger locked up in the station. The stranger believed Marlow was going to turn him into a vampire. Marlow thanks him for doing what he asked, and then snaps his neck. Marlow ironically comments to his fellow vampires: “The things they believe.”

Eighteen days later, when a blizzard hits, the group uses the whiteout to go to the general store for supplies, but are stranded after it ends. While the group heads for the station, Eben creates a diversion by having the vampires chase him to his grandmother’s house, where he uses one of her ultraviolet lights to burn the face of Marlow’s lover, Iris, so badly that Marlow is forced to kill her. As he escapes, the town snow plow operator, Beau, creates another distraction with his tractor, killing many of the vampires, before trying to blow himself up; when he fails, Marlow crushes his head. Eben arrives at the station, where he is then forced to kill Carter, who has been bitten and is turning into a vampire.

Two weeks later, Stella and Eben see the deputy, Billy, signaling them with a flashlight and bring him back to the station, after finding out he killed his family to save them from a more painful death. The trio find the others have made for the utilidor, a power and sewage treatment station that still has power, and head over there but are separated after Stella saves Gail Robbins, a young girl whose family was slaughtered by a vampire named Zurial, who was stalking her. Eben and Billy make it to the utilidor but are attacked by Arvin, who bites Billy; Billy knocks Arvin into the heavy-duty shredder, and in doing so, painfully grinds his own hand to a stump by accident, before being killed by Eben because he is starting to turn.

As the month comes to an end, with the sun due to rise, the vampires start to burn down the town to destroy evidence of their presence, and prevent any survivors from telling the world what happened. Realizing Stella is trapped and that he cannot beat the vampires in his current state, Eben turns himself into a vampire by injecting himself with Billy’s infected blood. He confronts Marlow and they get into a vicious fight, before Marlow is finally killed by having a hole punched through his mouth and head, causing the remaining vampires to flee. Knowing he will die soon, Eben and Stella go off to watch the sunrise together, sharing one last kiss. As the sun comes up, Eben’s body burns to ash in Stella’s arms, while she stares at the sky, coming to grips with what has happened.

⭐️⭐️⭐️nit happy with the ending. And definitely a film I have to watch in the daytime😉

Wow!! Beginning of the month already!!

Cold today, and a few showers thrown in. Caught up with family and friends. Did my yoga, and watched a film. Managed a few reviews (we’ll tidied them up and sent them on their way) All pretty routine.

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Book Review 👩🏻‍💻

The Wolf Within (A Purgatory Novel) Book 1 by Cynthia Eden.

Description….

FBI Special Agent Duncan McGuire spends his days—and his nights—tracking real-life monsters. Most humans aren’t aware of the vampires and werewolves that walk among them. They don’t realize the danger that they face, but Duncan knows about the horror that waits in the darkness. He hunts the monsters, and he protects the innocent. Duncan just never expects to become a monster. But after a brutal werewolf attack, Duncan begins to change…and soon he will be one of the very beasts that he has hunted.

Dr. Holly Young is supposed to help Duncan during his transition. It’s her job to keep him sane so that Duncan can continue working with the FBI’s Para Unit. But as Duncan’s beast grows stronger, the passion that she and Duncan have held carefully in check pushes to the surface. The desire that is raging between them could be a very dangerous thing…because Holly isn’t exactly human, not any longer. 

As the monsters circle in, determined to take out all of the agents working at the Para Unit, Holly and Duncan will have to use their own supernatural strengths in order to survive. But as they give up more of their humanity and embrace the beasts within them both, they realize that the passion between them isn’t safe, it isn’t controllable, and their dark need may just be an obsession that could destroy them both. 

This is the start of a series…..

Duncan likes his job, he’s good at it. He’s part of an elite unit (a police force for supernaturals) they capture or destroy the supernaturals that go “rouge” to keep the “humans” safe and unaware. But after he is attacked by a werewolf all he wants is revenge. And as he goes through the change his priorities change, his instincts call on him to kill or make a certain doctor “his”……

Holly is a doctor, she works closely with the paranormal units that control and contain anything that’s not human. She’s about to finish for the day, when a call comes in that an agent has been bitten, Holly becomes all business, her job is to contain and train the rogue werewolves that enter her facility. And if they can’t be rehabilitated, then they are destroyed.
She sees who the bitten agent is, it’s Duncan
McGuire (she’s noticed him, and has never really plucked up the courage to talk to him) and now she may never get the chance, if he survives the change (only humans with certain DNA can survive the bite from a werewolf or vampire) then Duncan will need to be monitored or controlled with a silver collar.

This was a really good read. Both Holly and Duncan like each other, but neither had acted on it.
Will Duncan manage the beast within him? And if he does what will he do about his attraction to the lovely doctor?
And there is a secret that Holly is hiding, will it help or hinder Duncan?

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