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Tuesday’s Post 🌧

Christmas Eve …..

That week seemed to go pretty quick. One minute we are talking about Christmas. And then it’s here. A drink to try tomorrow morning 😉

Just some silly posts 😉

A pretty busy day today. We opened for breakfast, and it seemed the whole of Basingstoke came for breakfast!! I was kept busy with pot wash and helping to take breakfast plates out to guests (You know me, a multitasker)😉

Then lunchtime came, and we didn’t seem to stop to draw breath. Lots to do, and I only had till 3pm (I had a doctors appointment) a day of fine drizzle didn’t seem to keep people away.

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My African Adventure ✈️

I’m off to South Africa today. Going with my husband and son.

Taking Percy my adventurous Penguin as always. My suitcase is packed and my flight bag is full of things to keep me occupied.

Been told by my son (who is ex cabin crew) to dress smart as we may get a chance of being upgraded.

Arrive at my sons home, he’s not ready yet!! So I go for a walk and grab a quick snack whilst I’m waiting 😉

I’m going to Post a day at a time. (luckily enough I wrote a diary to help me)

I’ll continue tomorrow……

Welcome August 🌸

It’s my anniversary this month.

It’s also my nephews birthday.

Books that are due out this month ?

The only book I’m interested in is J.R. Ward and her Black Dagger Series.

USA Cover UK Cover

But this is a hardback book, so I’ll have to wait till later in the year for the paperback version😝 And that reminds me….. I must review this series soon on my blog.

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31 Day Blog Challenge

Did you enjoy my blog challenge? I did, it gave me things to think about for my blog.

Were there any in there you really liked?

Was there anything in those challenges that you didn’t like?

It’s given me a few ideas on what to do next. And there is always Pinterest to give me more ideas😉

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31 Day Blog Challenge (Day 31)

Weird Quirk of Mine …..

I wear strappy vest tops under T-shirt’s. In the winter, and in the summer, and they are usually tucked into my trousers.

I eat chips with mayonnaise.

I can’t eat a sandwich or salad if tomato has been in or on it. (I can taste the juice) 😛

Do you have a quirk?

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31 Day Blog Challenge (Day 30)

Favourite Comfort Food …..

Has to be ham and chicken pasta in a cheese sauce.

Ham and Cheese Pasta Bake Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 35 minutes
  • Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 ounces fusilli pasta
  • Salt for pasta water
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced,
  • 4 Tbsp flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream or double cream
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper (more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (or a mix of dried oregano, thyme, and basil)
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt (more to taste)
  • 3 ounces (about 1 cup, packed) shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 ounces (about 1 cup, packed) shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 10 ounces diced ham (about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh green onion greens or chives

METHOD

1 Make pasta: Put a big pot of salted water onto boil on high heat for the pasta (4 quarts, 2 Tbsp salt). While the pasta water is heating, prep the other ingredients.

Once the water has reached a rolling boil, add the pasta and stir so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Let the water return to a rolling boil and cook, uncovered, for 9 to 10 minutes, until the pasta is “al dente”, cooked through but still slightly firm to the bite.

2 Make roux: Melt the butter in a large (3 to 4 quart), thick-bottomed pot on medium heat. Add the minced garlic. Let the garlic sizzle for a few seconds. Add the flour and whisk so that any lumps are dissolved. Let the roux (flour and butter) bubble and cook for a minute or two.

3 Make the sauce: Slowly add the milk and cream, a quarter cup at a time, whisking until incorporated after each addition. Increase the heat to medium high. Add ¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg and ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper. (You may want to increase these later to taste.) Add ½ teaspoon of Italian seasoning.

Add half of the shredded Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, whisking until melted and incorporated into the sauce.

Add 3/4 teaspoon of salt (again, you may want to increase this to taste).

Stir in 1 cup of water (can use pasta cooking water if you want).

4 Preheat oven to 400°F.

5 Combine pasta with sauce, ham, parsley, onion greens: Drain the cooked pasta and add it to the sauce. Add the ham. Add the chopped parsley and onion greens or chives. Gently stir to combine. Taste, and add more nutmeg, salt, pepper, or Italian seasoning to taste.

6 Bake: Transfer the pasta mixture to an oven-proof casserole dish (if you are using a Dutch oven to make the sauce, there is no need to transfer to another dish). Sprinkle the top with the remaining cheese. Bake in the oven at 400°F for 10 to 15 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and lightly browned on top.

What’s your favourite comfort food?

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31 Day Blog Challenge (Day 28)

Last Time I Cried …..

I haven’t cried for a while. But my last big cry was the day my mum died😢 watching her slip away was hard. Watching her struggle to survive was harder, so in a way it was a blessing when she went.

When was the last time you cried?

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31 Day Blog Challenge (Day 27)

What makes me happy, always…..

My family and my best friend. Spending time with those special people, always makes me happy.

Music up to a certain extent makes me happy, If I’m at home on my own, I’ll put music on the stereo or my headphones, and I’ll have a mad 15 minutes of dancing, that sometimes works.

Reading, is my escape, so to a certain extent that makes me happy too. Getting a newly anticipated book from an author gives me a happy feeling. And discussing it with my friend (from America, she reads a lot of the same stuff) makes me smile, and when we set each other challenges, that makes me laugh.

What makes you happy? And does it always work?

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31 Day Blog Challenge (Day 25)

Best Physical Features …..

My smile I’ve been told it’s a really nice one.

My hands I use to paint my nails a d wear a few rings, but cooking with food or prepping salads, it makes it difficult to wear them both.

My legs, I do wear a lot of jeans and leggings, but they do look good😂

What’s your best physical feature(s) ?

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31 Day Blog Challenge (Day 24)

A Difficult Time in my Life …..

That was probably the time I lost my daughter. It has left such a whole in my heart and life.

She was born 6 weeks premature. And after tests found out she had only 20% kidney function. Also a cleft palate. (We were lucky that it was only the roof of her mouth, and not the lip too.

It took us a while to get her home, the biggest baby in the premature unit, her temperature wouldn’t stabilise, she wouldn’t feed properly and she would get an infection at the slightest thing.

But we got her home eventually. Then she got a really bad urine infection, and we were rushed up to Great Ormond St. Hospital. It took us almost 3 months to get her home.

This was then our life ……. she’d get infections. We’d have to go to the hospital, I’d stay there with her. She’d get better, we’d come home.

There were other problems …… She had problems walking. She had a learning age of half her age.

As she grew older, her problems increased. She had numerous operations on her palate. She had a kidney transplant. She also had the occasional seizure. And through it all she kept her smile and cheeky disposition.

In August of 2013, she developed a cold, which turned into Pneumonia, double pneumonia, the para-influenza. She was transferred to a London hospital after they performed a technic with an ECMO machine.

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation(ECMO), also known as extracorporeal life support (ECLS), is an extra corporeal technique of providing prolonged cardiac and respiratory support to persons whose heart and lungs are unable to provide an adequate amount of gas exchange or perfusion to sustain life. The technology for ECMO is largely derived from cardiopulmonary bypass, which provides shorter-term support with arrested native circulation.

This intervention has mostly been used on children, but it is seeing more use in adults with cardiac and respiratory failure. ECMO works by removing blood from the person’s body and artificially removing the carbon dioxide and oxygenating red blood cells.  Generally, it is used either post-cardiopulmonary bypass or in late stage treatment of a person with profound heart and/or lung failure, although it is now seeing use as a treatment for cardiac arrest in certain centers, allowing treatment of the underlying cause of arrest while circulation and oxygenation are supported.

She amazed the doctors and nurses with her resilience. Her sense of humour often had us in stitches. But with her being on a breathing machine, it was hard for her to talk. Nether the less she found a way around it.

But in January 2014, she lost the battle, her body couldn’t take it, and she developed sepsis.

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to infection causes injury to its own tissues and organs. Common signs and symptoms include fever, increased heart rate, increased breathing rate, and confusion. There may also be symptoms related to a specific infection, such as a cough with pneumonia, or painful urination with a kidney infection. In the very young, old, and people with a weakened immune system, there may be no symptoms of a specific infection and the body temperature may be low or normal, rather than high. Severe sepsis is sepsis causing poor organ function or insufficient blood flow. Insufficient blood flow may be evident by low blood pressure, high blood lactate, or low urine output. Septic shock is low blood pressure due to sepsis that does not improve after fluid replacement.

She died a week before her 21st birthday.

The death of anyone you love is hard, but the death of a child (and she was the youngest) is not something you should not have to go through.

It’s almost 6 years, and it’s just as fresh as the day it happened. But with time, you smile more, you laugh more, and you remember her without always crying.

So that’s my most difficult time in my life.

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31 Day Blog Challenge (Day 23)

Pet Peeves …..

People chatting in the cinema when the film is on.

People with flip flops on (hate feet)

People who eat with their mouth open (don’t need to see what your eating thanks)

People who cut toe nails anywhere but the bathroom (the amount of times I’ve tread on a clipping going from the bedroom to bathroom.

Toes or toe nails that hang over the end of the flip flops.

Do you have a pet Peeve? If so, what is it?

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31 Day Blog Challenge (Day 22)

10 Favourite Songs ……

  1. Cars by Snow Patrol (This is mine and my best friends song) https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=GemKqzILV4w
  2. Dancing Queen by ABBA (my daughter’s favourite song) I can’t listen to it, but it’s a favourite. https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=xFrGuyw1V8s
  1. Club Tropicana by Wham (one of my first records I brought) https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=WYX0sjP6Za8
    Diamonds by Rhiannon (love this song, it’s a song for the car) https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=4mVo93E9wpU
    Faith by George Michael (it’s a catchy tune, and it’s one of my favourites you the artist) https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cs3Pvmmv0E
    How long will I love you by Ellie Goulding (I find this one moving, I think of all the people I’ve lost, but also the people here with me still) https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=an4ySOlsUMY
  1. Rock DJ by Robbie Williams (another of my daughter’s favourites, we use to do the moves, it makes me smile) https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=BnO3nijfYmU
  2. Bring me to life by Evanescence (I listen to this when I’m reading, it’s a powerful tune) https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=3YxaaGgTQYM
  3. Bang Bang by Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj (an upbeat tune I dance to) https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=0HDdjwpPM3Y
    Saturday Night by Wigfield (And you have to love cheesy pop with actions) 😉https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=8DNQRtmIMxk

My music is an eclectic mix, and if I’m going for a walk, I like fast paced music. If I’m reading then I usually try for a mixture, and if the music matches the words, then I see a film emerging in my mind.

What’s your favourite music to listen to? Your welcome to share😁

I’m hoping these music videos work, if they do it’s a great tool to use. I see future music blogs 😁

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  • 31 Day Blog Challenge (Day 21)

    Something I Miss ……

    My daughter, every single day. In fact before I full awake, I still expect her to shout out for breakfast or can she play on her phone!!!

    The death of a child is so hard. You have these plans for your children. And she’ll never achieve them now.

    I miss my childhood….. it seemed such an innocent time, no worries about bills and what’s going on in the world. Playing in the sun all day, snowball fights and building snowmen in the winter.

    So that’s the thing(s) I miss the most.

    What do you miss?

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    31 Day Blog Challenge (Day 20)

    Where I want to be in 10 years ….

    Well that will make me almost 60!!! So I would have liked to have given up work. But as that probably won’t happen (unless I win the lottery)

    A larger library😉 with a separate craft room.

    Seeing my son settled into his own place (he’s house sharing at the moment) and happy.

    Where my blog is sought after by authors who want me to interview them for my blog, and ask me to read their books😉

    Those are a few things I’d like to see in 10 years time. What about you? Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

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    31 Day Blog Challenge (Day 19)

    My Worst Habits …..

    I’m stubborn.

    I’m bossy.

    I’m a hoarder.

    I’ve been told I like to be always right (i’m not in the wrong) 😉

    And I don’t like confrontation.

    I don’t like to give my opinion (just in case it upsets people)

    I’m sure others could tell you more😉what are your worst habits?

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    31 Day Blog Challenge (Day 18)

    What am I Afraid of? ……

    When my kids were younger, I was always afraid of dying and leaving them alone. (Especially my daughter, she had learning difficulties and the mental age far below her actual age)

    Use to be scared of spiders, but now they don’t phase me, I grab a glass and capture them, and throw them out without a worry now.

    As a kid I was scared of the dark, as I got older, that fear is gone. I can sleep without a light on, I don’t panic if we are away and we have no light. It’s been an ongoing thing, I just pushed myself a little at a time.

    I don’t like scary rides. Terrified I’ll fall out. Not sure I’ll ever conquer that one.

    I’m not too keen on flying (but that’s a fear I’m overcoming) yes I use a plane to go on holiday, but for a long time, I stayed away and concentrated on keeping the plane up (irrational, yes, but it was something I did) I can actually look out of the plane window now, and I’m hooked, the views I see, are breathtaking.

    So what are you scared of?

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    31 Day Blog Challenge (Day 17)

    Favourite Childhood Book …..

    Has to be The Secret Garden by Frances

    Frances Burnett Hodgson’s novel The Secret Garden is both intriguing and uplifting. It is regarded as one of the best children’s books written in the twentieth century. 

    Mary Lennox, a sickly ten year old girl, adrift in the world after both her mother and father die is sent to Yorkshire to live with an uncle whom she has never met, at his isolated house, Misselthwaite Manor. Initially Mary is seen as a rude, aggressive and selfish child. She dislikes her new home and the people living in it. But now the scene is set for her transformation and the introduction of the author’s engaging theme of rejuvenation and renewal. In exploring the grounds Mary finds the key to the locked garden which is neglected and overrun with weeds. She sets her mind to bringing it back to life. In doing so, Mary finds a purpose and an excitement in her lonely existence. However, apart from the garden, there are other secrets to be revealed at Misselthwaite Manor such as the strange cries in the night and the identity of Colin, a disabled boy, whom she discovers in the hidden bedroom. 

    The popularity of this novel bears witness to its universal appeal and its timeless hold on the imagination.

    I loved this book as a kid, I don’t know how many times I read it.

    What’s your favourite childhood book?

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    31 Day Blog Challenge (Day 15)

    Timeline of my Day ….

    most of my days are the same, so I thought I’d do a work day, then a day off (bear in mind, my days off do vary, it’s not the same every day off)

    Work Day ……

    I get up anywhere between 6.00-6.30, I’ll read before I go out for a walk. I grab a quick coffee and a chat with a friend, then it’s back home to sort myself out for work. Walking to work with my headphones on, I’ll chat to a friend (makes the walk go quicker) if it’s not a delivery day (Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday) then I’ll start prepping my salads straight away. I’ll clean both my fridges, and load up for the evening staff. If it’s quiet I’ll help on potwash or the dessert area (I’ve also been known to put a few burgers on the grill) if the waitresses are busy, I’ll go clear a few tables. Then it’s time to change, clock out and walk home. A quick coffee before i talk to my sister, (or leave her a message) then a phone call to a dear friend. Before you know it, it’s time to make dinner, wash it up, then grab an hour to listen to music or read (and start another review) a phone call, and then it’s time to grab a shower.

    Day Off ……

    I don’t always get up early on my days off (I’ll be awake) I’ll read in bed before going for a quick walk.

    Home and a quick tidy up, then out the door (I’ll either visit my daughters grave, or go into town) my friend and I will meet up in town or hers (we usually watch a scary movie together) I like to pick up her son (we like to catch up, and it gives her a break from the school run) after dropping him off I’ll either pop into shop for dinner or visit my daughter, if I’ve not done it in the morning)

    Sunday’s I usually spend with family catching up, or housework🤨then if I’ve got time, I’ll tidy up my blog, catch up with a few reviews. And put the washing away.

    So…… that’s a timeline of my day. How do you spend your day?

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    So that’s a timeline of my day.

    How do you spend your day?

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    31 Day Blog Challenge (Day 14)

    Whats in my Handbag ….

    As you can see I have butterflies all over my bag😉 I have a penguin attached to the bag.

    Inside ….. my headphones, my purse, tissues, mints, a coin purse, body spray, a little purse that holds my book store cards. A small torch, several pens, and a note book.

    What do you have in yours?

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    31 Day Blog Challenge (Day 13)

    Favourite Quote …..

    I don’t really have a favourite quote. So looking through Pinterest, I started my quest…..

    Keep your head high
    Your heart light
    And set down that
    Which is not yours to carry ….

    If you want to fly 

    You have to give up 

    What brings you down ….. 

    “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”

    “Positive thinking is powerful thinking. If you want happiness, fulfillment, success and inner peace, start thinking you have the power to achieve those things. Focus on the bright side of life and expect positive results.

    There are a few quotes that I like.

    Do you have a favourite quote?

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    31 Day Blog Challenge (Day 12)

    If I Won The Lottery …..

    if I win the lottery, I’d spoil my family, and really close friends…..

    There would be a new home for my son.

    I’d buy the house I live in now (it’s rented) and redecorate.

    I’d see my sisters financially secure.

    I’d take the family away for a few holidays.

    A few of my favourite charities would get donations.

    I’d set up a pension scheme (or a rainy day savings)

    What would you do?

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    31 Day Blog Challenge (Day 11)

    Most Proud Moment …..

    Has to be the birth of my children

    First born is my son Aaron.

    My Daughter Kim came along 5 years later.

    There are a few other moments. Including my son graduating from college, and then getting his wings with Thompson (became cabin crew)

    My Daughter for completing college, there were also lots of other moments I was proud of my daughter. She had many problems growing up, so most things she did was an achievement.

    So that’s a proud moment (or two) 😉

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    31 Day Blog Challenge (Day 10)

    First Celebrity Crush …..

    That had to be George Michael. He was in a pop group called Wham.

    Then when they split up, he became a solo artist.

    I had all their albums as Wham, and posters on my walls.

    As a solo artist I had a few albums and CD’s of George.

    So that’s my first celebrity crush.

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    31 Day Blog Challenge (Day 9)

    Piercings and Tattoos….

    My first tattoo was for my 40th birthday. My daughter chose the design (and as you know she loved her butterflies)

    My next tattoo was a tribute to my daughter, she had a major illness and she had pulled through, so I had a tattoo as a promise I made to her (I said if she pulled through then I’d have a tattoo)

    My third tattoo was in memory of my daughter who sadly died after fighting illness after illness in hospital.

    My fourth was an infinity sign, it’s dedicated to someone very special, so no matter where I go, I always carry them with me.

    My fifth one incorporates my 40th birthday butterfly tattoo with stars and a ladybird. It signifies my daughter at the top, my family are the stars (they got to ask for a colour) and my mum at the bottom with the ladybird (she loved ladybirds, but couldn’t have a tattoo for medical reasons. My sixth tattoo is a fairy (no real reason, I really liked it on Pinterest) but i added the butterfly landing as a tribute to my daughter)

    it’s not my last tattoo, I have a few more planned. So when I get them, I will share them with you.

    And I had my bellybutton pierced for my 40th birthday, but it kept catching on my jeans, so I let it close over.

    And I have my ears pierced. I have two holes in each ears. I don’t wear earrings very often.

    So that’s my piercings and tattoos, do you have any?

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    31 Day Blog Challenge (Day 7)

    10 Favourite Foods ….

    Today’s Blog Challenge is to name 10 Favourite foods …..

    Pizza (For me, It has to be pepperoni)Chicken and Bacon Pasta Bake (with lots of cheese) 😋

    Bacon sandwich (or a roll) preferably with brown sauce not red.

    I love paella, but my favourite had to be a seafood paella (lots of seafood please)

    I love chicken, but especially a roasted chicken, it’s my favourite meat, it’s so versatile.

    Cinema popcorn …. there is just something about a large bucket of popcorn in the cinema.

    I really like salmon, I tend to wrap it in foil and serve in its own juice. Lots of different ways to steam it. Chocolate. Any kind, but I do like a nice bar of dark chocolate. Ice Cream. A nice vanilla is just as good as any flavour. But Pralines and cream is my favourite. a nice Camembert cheese, pop it into the oven, crusty bread. One of my favourite snacks. Cookies, or chocolate covered biscuits. Love a nice selection (usually buy a box for Christmas)

    A really good packet of crisps. Plain is my favourite, but I’ll eat most flavours.

    Ok, that’s actually 12. But once I started, I got carried away😉

    What’s your favourite food?

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    31 Day Blog Challenge (Day 6)

    3 Personality Traits I’m Proud of ….

  • LISTENER …… I’m a good listener, if you have something on your mind, I’ll sit and listen, I don’t always give advice. I’ve been told I don’t talk about myself, to be honest I’d rather talk about you. But I think I’ve gotten better over the years. But I’ll always be a better listener than a talker.
  • FRIENDLY….. considering I’m pretty shy, once I’ve gotten to know you, I’m a pretty friendly person. Will I talk to random strangers? No, but if I see you in difficulty or suffering, I will go up and ask if your ok.
  • HELPFUL ….. If I’ve got it, you can have it. I like to see people smile, I’d rather give than receive.

    So that’s my 3 traits that I’m proud of.

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    31 Day Blog Challenge (Day 5)

    My Guilty Pleasure ….

    It’s got to be grabbing time with a good book. I have a few favourite authors. I also have a few favourite books that I grab if I want a good read.

    My other guilty pleasure is chocolate. I’ll eat most chocolate bars, but I don’t really like other things mixed in (fruit and nut, or caramel, or things that pop in your mouth)

    So that’s my guilty pleasures.

    What’s yours?

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    31 Day Blog Challenge (Day 4)

    Earliest Childhood Memory…..

    I’m not sure what age I was, but I clearly remember a flat that I lived in with my mum and dad, my aunt use to visit all the time. And one day I decided to go visit her instead. I stood on tiptoes and let myself out the door. Walked along the walkway to the lift. I couldn’t reach the button to go down, so I walked down the flight of stairs. And onto the pavement. I knew I had to walk across the road, and through the park. Mum always let me play on the swings for five minutes, I think it was so she could catch her breath (she was pushing my new baby sister) now as I’m meant 50, roads weren’t nearly as busy as they are now. But before I could cross the road, I heard my mum’s voice calling out for me. And I saw my aunt running across the park. Apparently I wasn’t suppose to open the door and go for a walk.

    My Mum years later told me this story, she’d gone to feed my sister, then change her. After she’d put her down for a nap, she came looking for me. She thought I was playing hide ‘n’ seek, and when she couldn’t find me she rang her sister (my aunt) in a panic.

    When I asked how old I was, I was told about 3.

    So that’s my earliest memory.

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    Welcome July 💐

    What does this month have in store for me?

    I have a siblings birthday this month.

    she’s my baby sister (7 Year’s between us) I was hoping to spend sometime with her this year, but she will be away, so we will celebrate when she gets back.

    It’s also my grandson’s birthday (well technically my step grandson)

    He turns 18 this year!!! Not sure where the time has gone.

    They are off to Los Angeles for his birthday (one of the places he’s wanted to go) so instead of a big birthday party, we’ve all chipped in to send him there.

    There aren’t any new releases from any of my favourite authors, but i do have a few review books that I’ve read for The Reading Cafe that are coming out this month. And I’m reading and reviewing from my library two of my favourite series, so I need to get going with those.

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    Not quite a Book Review 🤔

    Shadow Riders by Christine Feehan 

    The next series I’m starting to read and review, so I thought I’d give a little background info on the series…..

    A brief history ….. 


    Shadow Riders are assassins who mete out justice, using shadows to travel. The Ferraro family is one of a few “Riders” worldwide, so rare that it is the duty of a Shadow Rider to marry and produce more Shadow Riders. If a Rider hasn’t found someone to marry by the time they reach a certain age then the family will arrange a marriage to an appropriate Rider of another family. 

    Not all Shadow Riders are born knowing they have that rare ability. (When Sasha and Giovanni meet there aren’t enough shadows in the club to realize she’s a Rider, but Giovanni feels pulled toward her anyway. Sasha has no idea what she is, but she does realize she can tell when someone lies. Giovanni has his work cut out for him when they meet. And on more than one level.)

    But, when two Shadow Riders meet, their shadows move like serpent-wraiths, reaching out for each other. They can feel one another, know when someone is a Shadow Rider. They can also feel a compatibility with another Rider. Often this potential compatibility can be triggered by the sound of that person’s voice. Combined with the reaching and intertwining of their shadows, a Rider will feel something deep within him or her click into place and they will know this person belongs with them. Or potentially does. Stefano felt immediate that Francesca was the one for him.


    If a Shadow Rider claims a mate and that mate rejects them, things become disastrous for both of them. The same goes for divorce. Should two Shadow Riders divorce, it rips their entwined shadows apart leaving one partner without their memory and the other partner unable to ride the shadows ever again. So, choosing someone who will fully accept a committed relationship is imperative. 

    It’s different if a Shadow Rider is widowed. With the partner deceased, the entwined shadows fade away and are not violently ripped apart as it happens with divorce. Though the partner may be sad, they could still re-marry and they lose nothing. They keep their memories and their ability to ride the shadows.
    Shadow Rider could marry a non-Shadow Rider if that person has the riding gene. Some of the Ferraro’s extended family are “Greeters” or “Investigators” and they have different gifts and abilities. Other Shadow Rider families in the world have these gifts and abilities and may hold a recessive Shadow Rider gene, but not have manifested in that person. Instead, that person could have a child with a Shadow Rider and their child could also end up a Rider. 
    We find out in Shadow Reaper there are Shadow Rider families and extended families all over the world. Training is often done outside of the family. Ricco was trained in Japan and we learn of powerful Shadow Rider families there. Riders throughout the world look to pair up, with or without the benefit of love, in order to produce more riders. An actual love-match isn’t easy to find.

    So every chance encounter for any of the Ferraros could lead them to find a Shadow Rider who will match them. A mate. Love. All they need is a lot of luck and a lot of shadows.

    Books in the series so far …… 
    SHADOW RIDER 
    SHADOW RIDER 
    SHADOW KEEPER 
    SHADOW WARRIOR (out in June) 
    UK and USA covers 📚
    Just a little background on the series. I’m thinking of doing it for each series I read and review, what do you think?
    Reviews to follow 😉

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    Welcome June 💐

    A family Birthday and Fathers Day are in this month.

    So what’s up this month book wise??

    We have Christine Feehan’s Shadow Rider book (Shadow Warrior) that’s on order at my local book shop 😉

    Uk Cover and USA Cover 😊

    There is also a few review books from The Reading Cafe (TRC) to be posted (I’ve read them already, I just don’t post them until they come up on their site first)

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    Friday’s Post ☕️

    it’s Friday. So here’s a drink for you to try 😉 cheers 🥂

    Today was a pretty quiet day at work. Weather couldn’t make its mind up, and now I’m listening to the rain. Caught up with a few reviews (a couple of rough drafts) listened to music whilst I washed up and then read for a little while. Hoping this cold and wet weather isn’t in for the weekend.

    My walk to work this morning.

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    Thursday’s Post 😎

    I have to admit, I don’t reheat rice, but the pasta idea sounds good (but I usually pop a plate or lid onto It to create steam)😉

    Delivery day and today brings a whole lot of new hassle…. it was really warm today, so we need to put it away as quick as possible….lucky me today, by the time I’d gotten in, half the deliver was put away, and with a few extra staff, I want needed at all 😉do I got to do my jobs straight away.

    Weather again was lovely, but it’s on the change (so they say) by the weekend!! I don’t know who to believe somethings.

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    Book Review 👩🏻‍💻

    R.C. Alvarez – Unchained Desire 

    Description:


    Chained to a demon queen for hundreds of years, fallen angel Ramiel has given up on his brothers and sisters––and humanity. He has seven days away from hell to replenish his power and that’s all he cares about––right up until his meeting with the much too innocent Kyria. He fell for that act before and it landed him in hell, he won’t be making that mistake again. 

    To save her sick father, Kyria knows she must find Ramiel. He’s dark, brooding and everything Kyria should be scared of, but the haunted look in his eyes makes her think there’s more to him. The tattoos and chains don’t frighten her either, but the connection she has with him does. When strange creatures attack her, Ramiel steps in to protect her. Ramiel believes he’s reluctantly helping Kyria, but what neither of them knows is that she may be the one to save them all…

    My Review

    Reading the back cover of Unchained Desire by R.C. Alvarez, I was really interested to see how this would go… 

    Ramiel has been chained to a Demon Queen for centuries, humanity, oh please, the humans are all selfish and self centered. The only family he cares about are his brothers and sisters, and he hasn’t heard or seen them in a while. He is given seven days to replenish his energy (he needs blood) and that’s all he cares about now. 

    He wasn’t always this way, but meeting an innocent (who wasn’t so innocent) he was trapped, he now serves a Demon Queen, tortured and chained. But he hopes one day to be released, but he doesn’t know how or if ever. 

    Kyria is on the run!! Why?? And why does the tattoo like mark on the back of her neck ache? It’s been like that for the past two weeks. Her father has given her no choice, they have to run. After six years of some semblance of normality, they have to leave the ranch they’ve been living in and run again. Why? The cartel have found Darius (her dad) and Kyria, her mother had been murdered years ago and are after Darius. Her only friend Eli is concerned, but Darius is convinced Eli is part of the cartel (Eli’s father is the head, supposedly) and her dad keeps ranting about demons and keeping her safe. 

    In the bar, Ramiel is having a hard time, he feels out of sorts, he knows he should feed, but there is something not right. And he’s proven correct…. in she walks with an innocent and purity that sets his teeth on edge, but also a want (and last time he paid for it dearly) and when she approaches him to help her father (a man that helped put him where he is today) Ramiel tells her that he won’t help. 

    Kyria is crushed, her father needs help and she thought this Ramiel works help, but he’s arrogant and rude and really hot, but when he tells Kyria that her dad doesn’t deserve help, she needs to convince him. 

    And when a demon attacks Kyria, Ramiel has no choice but to help. But there is a price, and he doesn’t want to pay it. But Kyria could be Ramiel’s saviour, but will he trust her enough? And what secret does Kyria hold? 

    Unchained Desire was well written.  Ramiel and Kyria connected and the story really flowed. Very descriptive, I really liked it. 


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    Sunday’s Post 🍰

    It was my step granddaughter’s birthday yesterday.

    So today we went over to my stepdaughter’s home to celebrate with Grace

    Has lots of fun, she’s 5 going on 20!!! 😉 weather managed to stay dry for her grandad and dad to put up her new play house 🏠

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    Saturday’s Post ☕️

    How pretty do these look on the shelves? I’d love to have something like that. But sadly no space in the library 😂

    Work today was the usual, and with the weather keeping us on our toes!! We were pretty busy🤨

    Pizza and spent time with an awesome friend tonight. 🍕

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    Welcome May 💐

    I have to apologise, I meant to write on here….. I had organised my blog, and thought I’d schedule May (I then was going to go back and add something) obviously I’d forgotten.

    I have a few books to read for TRC (The Reading Cafe) that’s the blog page I guest read and review for.

    Nothing out from the authors I read (a blog post coming up about my favourite authors)

    And I’m almost coming up to the end of my reading the Dark Series (by Christine Feehan) it’s an ongoing series, but I’ve almost caught up.

    May brings Grace’s (my granddaughter) birthday round again…. can’t believe she’s going to be 5!!!!

    It would have been my grandads birthday this month also.

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    Monday’s Post ☕️

    Weather wise it was a lovely day. Walking to and from work with the sun on your back.

    On a personal note, I’ve found a post that I found interesting. Behind this smile is a sad person, an angry person. Having people taken away from you never gets any easier, they say time is a great healer ….. it’s not, it doesn’t heal, but you manage, and every once in a while you have a down day. But that’s ok. It’s when those days turn into weeks. When people say “you should be over that by now”

    So just be kinder to yourself and to one another.

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    Saturday’s Post 🌧💨

    The change in the weather has been so dramatic (all we are missing is snow, and then we would have had it all!!) this week.

    But on a plus, today I didn’t have to put the delivery away, so I could get on with my job. I prepare the salads for the restaurant.

    Washing needed to be done. And the bed needed clean bedding on. Tomorrow I off to see my son 😊let’s hope for better weather.

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    Friday’s Post 🌦

    Yes I know it’s a Christmas cocktail 🤪 but I like to keep you on your toes😉

    I would like to turn this into a bookmark 🤔need to look into that.

    Friday is usually a busy day at work, and today was no exception. I have a little fun helping on starters and even the grill, I usually prep and put out the salad bar, I also do desserts to help the waitresses. And throw in washing up on the potwash area, I’ll turn my hand to most things 😉

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    Book Review 📖

    The Birthday list by Devney Perry 
    Back cover ……
    Happily married to her college sweetheart, Poppy lived a blessed life with the husband of her dreams. Then everything changed. She is no longer a wife. She is no longer the envy of her single friends. Now, people look at her with pity as they whisper a single word behind her back…….Widow. 

    Years after her husband’s tragic death, years of pain and sorrow and wishing for the life she’ll never get back, Poppy decides to finish Jamie’s birthday list. She’ll do the things he wanted to most. Because maybe, just maybe, if she can complete his list, she can start to live again. 

    Poppy expects going through the birthday list will be hard. She expects it to hurt. But what she doesn’t expect is Cole. Could the man who delivered the news of her husband’s death and shattered her heart be the one to help her put it back together again?

    My review ……. 
    Poppy has everything she could hope for. She was married to her college sweetheart and seemed to be living the perfect life, that is until her husband is murdered! 
    That event obviously changes Poppy’s life forever ….. 
    Five years on and Poppy is finding it hard to let go still, finding a journal written by her husband she hears his wishes and thoughts. He wanted to do a few things each year until the big 50, and then do something big. But he never gets to finish it, so with the help of family and friends, Poppy decides to complete the list (and maybe finally get on with her life) she decides it needs to be done in a year rather than a few things each year. 
    Whilst doing one of the items off of the list, Poppy runs in to Cole, a familiar face from her past, she finds him attractive and has certain feelings for him, and then feels guilty for feeling that way. 
    Cole had the unfortunate task of breaking the news of Poppy’s death. Bumping into her again, he seizes the chance to help her with her list, he wants a chance with Poppy, so being in her life as a friend seems the best way to start. 

    As they being to get close, Cole’s past tears it’s ugly head and their friendship/romance hits a very large bump!!! 

    It’s a slow burn romance, but that’s ok, she’s grieving for a husband, and this to me seems like a good way of saying goodbye. 

    I really liked the secondary characters and I’m hoping Jimmy and Randal will each get a book. 

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    Tuesday’s Post ☕️

    It’s Tuesday, so it’s delivery day at work. Thank goodness it was only a small one. A little overcast today, but still a warm day.

    Day off tomorrow, hoping it’s warm but not too hot. A catch up in the pub seems like a good idea to me 😉🥤

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    Monday’s Post 😎

    A Bank Holiday today, most people are off, not restaurants!! We were so busy today, people making the most the weather and an extra day off. Or on their way home from holidaying. But it was lovely walking to and from home to work today.

    How did you spend your extra day off today?

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    Random Thought 💭

    Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology proposed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation” in Psychological Review.  Maslow subsequently extended the idea to include his observations of humans’ innate curiosity. His theories parallel many other theories of human developmental psychology, some of which focus on describing the stages of growth in humans. He then decided to create a classification system which reflected the universal needs of society as its base and then proceeding to more acquired emotions. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is used to study how humans intrinsically partake in behavioral motivation. Maslow used the terms “physiological”, “safety”, “belonging and love”, “social needs” or “esteem”, and “self-actualization” to describe the pattern through which human motivations generally move. This means that in order for motivation to occur at the next level, each level must be satisfied within the individual themselves. Furthermore, this theory is a key foundation in understanding how drive and motivation are correlated when discussing human behavior. Each of these individual levels contains a certain amount of internal sensation that must be met in order for an individual to complete their hierarchy. The goal in Maslow’s theory is to attain the fifth level or stage: self-actualization.

    Maslow’s theory was fully expressed in his 1954 book Motivation and PersonalityThe hierarchy remains a very popular framework in sociology research, management training and secondary and higher psychology instruction. Maslow’s classification hierarchy has been revised over time. The original hierarchy states that a lower level must be completely satisfied and fulfilled before moving onto a higher pursuit. However, today scholars prefer to think of these levels as continuously overlapping each other. This means that the lower levels may take precedence back over the other levels at any point in time.

    So what does that mean to someone who doesn’t have a degree??

    The pyramid represents what you should have in your life.

    The bottom of the pyramid represents the most important part, the foundations as it were. Then going up the pyramid.

    So learning to love yourself I think is a pretty important thing. But self love is a difficult thing if you have no self esteem.

    So each layer is important, it provides building bricks. Without each layer, the rest would tumble.

    That’s my take on the pyramid, do you agree?

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    Sunday’s Post 🐰

    Had my sister and nephews over for lunch today. We went up to the cemetery to put flowers on the grave of my daughter and mum (their ashes are scattered together) we sat for a while in the sun ☀️

    It was also my son’s birthday. He was away celebrating, but I got to chat to him, so that was nice.

    Book Review 📖

    Dark Lycan … A Carpathian Novel by Christine Feehan

    Tatijana of the Dragonseekers spent centuries encased in ice with her sister, trapped in limbo between life and death, never speaking to a soul other than those who tormented her. Now, she has been freed from her frozen prison by an unknown descendent. Awakened in human form, Tatijana yearns to explore the modern world in which she now lives-a world with more mysteries than she is prepared for. 

    Fenris Dalka has returned to the Carpathian Mountains after a long absence to be with his brother. He is scarred by centuries of battle, and every hard-won victory. But the real reason for his return home could prove deadly if discovered by the wrong man-or woman. Upon his arrival, he is compelled by a beautiful and enigmatic stranger who carries the scent of fresh earth, of forest, of the night itself.

    In time Tatijana and Fenris will discover all that unites them-their secrets and pasts, their predators, and the hot flush of passion that stirs their souls. Yet just as surely, seduced into the silvery darkness of a full-moon night, they’ll also discover everything ancient and evil that exists to destroy them.

    My Review …..

    I’ve waited a while to read about the “aunts”for a while now. The last we read about them was in Lara’s and Nicholas’s book (Dark Curse) they aided Lara’s escape from the one caves as a small child. They sacrificed their freedom to allow Lara to escape. 
    Tatijana is the niece of Dominic Dragonseeker (Dark Peril) their mother was his sister, she was captured and forced to bear children for the evil mage Xavier, she had triplets (the boy was the father to Natalya, her book was Dark Demon) and two daughters, their mother imparted as much as she could to her children, the Carpathian way of life, and spells, anything she thought would help them (I think she knew she would die before she’d see her children grow into adults) 
    They have only known the ice caves as home, and when they became too powerful, they were locked into a dragon form and encased in ice, only being released when their blood was needed. They never thought they’d be freed, they always thought they would die in the ice caves. (But Lara and Nicholas, with Carpathian warriors freed the aunts) They were allowed to finally rest in the soil, they were free, but at what price? 
    The outside world is a strange and frightening place, so much to take in, Tatijana is the braver of the two, and has been exploring this strange new world, she is always the first to investigate….. 
    Fenris is brother to Dimitri (he’s been in other stories, but yet to have his own book) he has come to find his brother and impart important news. 
    Fenris has a secret, one he has hidden for many years and now he needs to be careful, he can’t let anyone find out, to be found out would mean death!! 
    The connection between Tatijana and Fenris is a slow connection, he feels something for her, but he isn’t sure what (yes she’s beautiful, haunting and a little intimidating) but is she his lifemate?
    And what Tatijana? What will she do if they are lifemates? She has been a prisoner since the day she was born, surely she’s allowed a little freedom to see the world? 
    The only problem with that is, the Carpathian men need the other half of their soul, too many are turning vampire. So Tatijana and her sister will be “paraded”around  to find a lifemate!!! 
    This is part of a trilogy inside the series, you do need to read them in order, there is also more to the backstory (the vampires are banging together, and the reason why the Carpathian’s aren’t having children is also becoming more apparent. Oh and we have Lycan’s popping up. And a huge cliffhanger 🥺😮

    I must admit, I’m getting a little bored with all the copious amounts of sex in recent books (yes I know the Carpathian’s have gone without sex for centuries, but do they really need to make up for it in my book?!) The fight scenes are still fascinating to read, the interactions between lifemates or warrior to warrior are still good, I just don’t need to read page after page after page (and in some cases a whole chapter!!) 
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    Saturday’s Post 😎

    A very busy day at work today. Saturday is delivery day (we had to hurry to bring it in before it melted.)

    The weather was so hot today, the kitchen felt like the inside of an oven 🥵I think I spent a fair amount of time in the freezer 😉

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    In memory of my mum 💜

    Today would have been my mums 71st birthday. I would have taken the day off work and spent it with her. Spoiling her and having her tell me off for spending too much.

    Instead I worked today, it took my mind off her not being here.

    I miss her terribly, I miss her advice and guidance, I miss her voice and her cuddles.

    The last two years of her life were hard on her, being so ill, watching her slip away in the final year was hard to watch. But I couldn’t leave her to do it on her own, (I say that like I was the only one, my two sisters visited as much as they could, her older grandchildren would stop by to make her smile and my dad visited her daily) I know she would have been there for me. She was there for me when my daughter passed away. Making that decision as a family to place her in a care home was hard, we all wanted her with us, but it wasn’t safe for anyone.

    But I’ll remember her being the wonderful mum she was. Thinking of other before herself. Her laugh and smile kept a smile on my face today.

    Happy Birthday Mum 💋

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    Book Review 👩🏻‍💻

    Back cover ……
    My review…..
    A sci fi book (not read one in a while) 
    This reads a little like Johnny mnemonic and total recall. 
    In the future your brain let’s you download and store EVERYTHING you see and hear, and Friday overheard something that she really shouldn’t have!!! Taking a poison to stop the “downloading the hardware” in her brain, she now needs to cross “The Red Zone” to get the antidote, otherwise she’s dead in four days….. and the best man for the job is Striker. 
    He’s a mercenary/smuggler, and a good one, but his team have secrets and abilities that he doesn’t want found out. And helping Friday will bring both Striker and his team under scrutiny, but how can he not? The secrets that she holds in her brain are too important to ignore. And as the story unfolds, Friday becomes important to his team as well as Striker. 
    So what’s Friday seen? Who wants it and Friday erased? 
    What is the secret Striker is so hard to hide from everyone? 
    Will they cross the Red Zone in time? 
    A well thought out story, and nicely written, the characters were really well thought out. The camaraderie between Striker and his team, the chemistry between Friday and Striker, very descriptive and narrated well. 
    I did have a few small issues …. I felt more background was needed with Striker and his team, and maybe a little more on why the Red Zone is called The Red Zone!!! 

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    Friday’s Post 🐣

    It’s Friday, so here’s my drink idea. If you try it let me know 😉have you ever been to a house and seen a bookshelf? Have you looked at their books? Wondering if they’d let you borrow a book?

    So my nephew is staying the night. He has an interview at the place I work, so to make it easier, he’s staying the night.

    The walk home again was nice, sun on my back.

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    Thursday’s Post ☕️

    Thursday comes around pretty quick, delivery day again 🙄

    But the walk home was lovely 😎 coat over my arm, enjoying the warm weather. And I had the foresight to put washing out on the line. So I’ll grab a drink then bring it all in.

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    Wednesday’s Post 🌸

    Day off today. Managed to read a little, washing on the line. Then spent the rest of the day with my friend.

    Lego in the town Center today. Whilst shopping I went into my newly renovated book store ……

    children’s are better laid out, and leads onto the teen fiction section. Ignore the random lady in the picture 😉

    All laid out differently, still not a huge selection of SciFi reading material. And the chairs are missing …. but freshly painted and new carpet.

    Had to take a quick selfie (always a challenge) 😉

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    Tuesday’s Post ☁️

    An unusual day today. Did extra hours at work today, it was really busy, so many people wanting to eat out. I don’t work later than 4, so it was interesting to see how it’s different from the day shift. People are still messy😕 how you can make so much mess over a salad card I really don’t understand, and when I bring warm bread rolls out (it looks like vultures descending) they look like they’ve never been fed🙄

    Got the day off tomorrow, catching up with a friend and a little housework (and a little bit of reading) 😉

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    Sunday’s Post 😎

    Do you have a favourite book that you can go back to? For me I have a couple 😉 I don’t read them as much as I use to (too many new books to read)

    Sunday is housework day. Washing on the line, ran the vacuum round, and changed the sheets on the bed (do love the smell of fresh bedding) read and did a review (that’s on its way) spent time with my dad today.

    Hope your Sunday was a good one.

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    Saturday’s Post 🥳

    My son is down for the evening. It’s his birthday next weekend (but he’s away) so we are celebrating it this Saturday. His other half sister couldn’t make it.

    he was doing an aptitude test😉 don’t think he did too well.

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    Thursday’s Post 😎

    I don’t drink tea😝 so I don’t know if I can put a teabag in my shoes !!!

    I like this one. I had hoped as a child I could find Narnia, but sadly all I found was mothballs 🤪

    Weather behaved itself today, and a walk home in the sun was a welcome change.

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    Book Review 📱

    First shift (Bears in Blue) by Mia Taylor 

    Back cover ….. 

    I wanted her—even if she was a mortal and I was a nothing shifter.
    I’d have one drink and be gone.
    At least that’s what I told myself—but I didn’t expect Lisa to walk through the door. 
    She was a blonde vision and I was a fool to think it could work. 
    I loved Lisa the best way I knew how. 
    I could have done without lying to her, pretending to be a cop.
    But she couldn’t know the truth about me.
    And I had suspicions of my own.
    Especially when Lisa announced her pregnancy. 
    Then Lisa did the unthinkable and a new rage took hold. 
    I found a new love, my mate, the curvy and alluring Stella, a true shifter.
    With her guidance, I will take what is rightfully ours…
    Even if it means hurting my daughter to get it. 

    My review …… 

    it’s a prequel to a new series “Bears in Blue”.
    Reading the back cover I was pretty confused!!! What was going on? Intrigued I started to read …… 

    Paul is a shifter, a good guy but has had a few runs of back luck, he thinks his luck has changed when a gorgeous (mortal) woman enters the bar he is in. He doesn’t mean to lie, but once he tells Lisa what he is, she won’t look at him ever again. So he tells her he’s an undercover cop. 

    The story does jump large time gaps. The next time we meet Paul, it’s his wedding day, he still hadn’t gotten away from his “family” Lisa is still in the dark about what he really does. A Paul is desperate to live a good life and honest life, but he’s in too deep. 

    Again a jump in time sees Lisa telling Paul she pregnant, he’s happy, but wary, mortal women don’t usually carry shifter babies, has she been unfaithful? Does she carry shifter DNA and not know it? Paul is still being told what to do by his boss, Paul is now frantic to get out, but he’s stuck, how can they ever have a “normal” family? 

    Stella has been in Paul’s life for a long time. She is his best friends sister, but she seems to have a hidden agenda (she’s friendly, some say too friendly) as far as she is concerned they should be together and he should just leave the wife and daughter. So she takes matters into her own hands (she’s shown Lisa a video of her “husband”) and now she’s run off with Melissa….. 

    Again we jump and Stella and Paul are in a relationship, he wants his daughter, but no longer feels the same way about Lisa (I think there is more to Stella than meets the eye) Stella wants to take over the “sleuth” (bear group) and Paul is going to help her…. 

    Paul and Stella are now running the “sleuth” their leader disappears and with Stella ‘s help they turn to Paul. 

    And the ending …… well that was a BIG surprise. Will I read on? I really don’t know. 
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    Book Review👩🏻‍💻

    An Accidental Date with a Billionaire by Diane Alberts

    Back cover ……

    Samantha Matthews turned her back on her wealthy family to focus on social work. Those who know her think she’s the heart of kindness. Those who know her really well know she’s in a never-ending battle to make up for the harm her family’s companies inflict on the world. Which is how she finds herself at a charity bachelor auction of all places.

    But oops, she was supposed to bid on her bff’s brother as a favor and accidentally bid on the wrong guy. Sue her for not being able to tell one stick-in-the-mud CEO from another.

    Backstage, she goes to tell him not to worry about having to go through with a date or anything, but the oafish billionaire cuts her off dismissively. Looks her up and down, hands her a card with his assistant’s contact details, and reminds her that sex is definitely off the table.

    Oh, she’ll call the assistant all right and have her make sure he wears jeans and comfortable shoes and to pick her up at seven a.m. The only “hammering” this guy is going to be doing is at Habitat for Humanity.

    Too bad he turns out to be nothing like she expected.

    My review ……

    I’ve read and liked a couple of this author’s previous books, so I happily dived in ….

    What a chuckle. Reading the description had me smiling. A billionaire with a superiority complex and a reformed high society female. Samantha definitely gets the thumbs up from me.

    Samantha wants nothing to do with the wealthy families she grew up with. Give her the “real” people any day. Sam’s past is full of bad memories and by giving back to certain people, she hopes to be happier in herself.

    So “charity” auctions are her past and not what she does now, but she promised her best friend that she’d bid on the brother to help, but Sam’s not concentrating and bids on the wrong guy !!! Oooops!! So she goes back stage to gently let the guy off the hook, and tell him not to worry about their “date”, but before she can get a word out Taylor cuts her rudely short

    Taylor hates these things with a passion. He knows how things will go ….. his date will want to be the next “Mrs” Taylor or want a business loan!!!! Neither were acceptable, he’d worked hard for his money and reputation, and wasn’t giving either away. But the young lady bidding on him had set his mind whirling, and meeting her in person had set all kinds of feelings off, but Taylor was trying to meet a deadline and wasn’t in the best head zone to deal with this right now.

    So a “date” is set for 9am the next morning, anticipation for Taylor, revenge for Sam. Who gets the better end of the deal ?

    Yes we all know how it goes ….. billionaire bad boy shown the error of his ways with the woman who turned her back on family money. But after reading it ….. yes he’s a billionaire (but one with a past which shaped him into what he is now) and why did Samantha turn her back on her family? (It’s not what you think either)

    It was a fun read, and I’ll happily recommend it for an afternoon read 😁

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    Book Review 📱

    Take me by Lily Harlem 

    Back cover …..
    Megan’s weekend just took a dangerous, sexy turn…

    What’s not to love about a girl’s weekend in Dublin? Megan Sanders loves being out on the town and out on the pull with her mates, but unfortunately, she’s attracted the attentions of a man with downright murderous intentions.

    Seth Martin knows vampire Samuel Bennington is evil, and only his pack of elite wolf shifters can protect Megan. That is, if they can convince her that she needs their help.

    Soon Megan finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of fear and lust. She’s being hunted for her blood, yes, but she’s also crazy about the guy who has sworn to protect her. But which man will win? Will her blood sate Bennington’s hunger, or will Seth remind her why it’s good to be alive, and give her pleasure beyond anything she’s known before? 

    My review ….. 

    Good time girl Megan, loves to party, and partying with her friends in Dublin seems like a great idea. 
    But she’s attracting the wrong type of attention. A vampire is stalking her, and he won’t rest until she is his next victim. 
    But just when things might take a nasty turn, Megan is rescued by a “dog”, but this is no ordinary dog, Sean is a wolf shifter and is on patrol when he rescues Megan. 
    Whisking her to his home seems like the best place to hide her, until the vampire is caught. And at first that’s all it is, but as Megan and Sean talk, sparks fly and the attraction between them is very strong. But there is something about Sean that Megan needs to know …… 
    But Megan can’t stay with Sean forever (or can she?) she needs to go back home, she had a life and friends, and Sean can’t move to Liverpool where Megan lives (he hunts vampires, and has a pack to care for) 
    But how can she leave when she’s being stalked? 
    This is a short story, it had potential to be much longer, and sort of had an odd end to the book!!! 

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    Tuesday’s Post 🌧

    seriously?!?! If I’m gagging, I can’t see me sticking my finger in my ear !!!!!

    Delivery day at work (bringing it in when it’s raining is always a challenge) busy day today. It’s the Easter half term, so the restaurant was full of screaming kids!!! Not my idea of fun, but what can you do? (I did suggest closing the doors and hiding) 🤪 can’t believe the mess some people leave behind!!!

    Day off tomorrow 🥳 have a few things planned, and I’m hoping the weather behaves tomorrow (but probably not) need to pop into town for a few things.

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    Monday’s Post ☁️

    thinking this would make a great picture for a wall 🤔

    No that’s definitely true 😉

    Really wishing I could walk to work without all the weather gear (umbrella just in case it rains, gloves, scarf and hat, just in case it’s cold) But on the plan side, the walk home was a little warmer and less traffic on the roads.

    Really wanting some nicer weather now.

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    Book Review 📱

    Restoration (Wolves of Gypsum Creek) by Serena Meadows.
    Back cover …… 
    Get a degree and get the hell out of Gypsum Creek. Natalie has muttered those words most of her young life, and now she’s finally going to leave this town in the dust of her squealing tires. She. Can’t. Wait. But first, she has to renovate a crumbling old shop and get enough cash to move onto bigger and better things.

    Dillion would love to start a new life, but that’s impossible on the run. Gypsum Creek might be the perfect sanctuary to disappear for a while, but a man like him can’t put down roots, or risk falling in love. Nothing good could come of it.

    Two young shifters, each racing down a different path. But sometimes the very thing you want is the last thing you need, and facing the truth is the greatest test of all.


    My review …..
    Natalie can’t wait to leave Gypsum Creek. Nothing to do, it’s boring, but she needs cash and a renovation of an old home is just what she needs. 
    Dillon is a wolf on the run, he doesn’t stay long anywhere, but Gypsum looks like a place he could lay low for a while. 
    Natalie is David’s sister (his book was “young love”) and she helped him with a conversion of an old store. She loved it and helped with the school also, but Millie’s house was going to be a challenge (it gives her the creeps) they are turning it into a boarding house. 
    Dillon gets an invitation to help with the conversion of an old house into a boarding house. He use to visit Gypsum Creek as a young boy, and had fond memories of Millie and her scary house. 
    Again this story has a slow burning romance, Dillon needs to hide from his father, (why? What has he done? What did his father do?) he would love to stay In Gypsum for a while (especially with such pretty scenery) and Natalie feels it’s time to move on. But with Dillon around …… maybe she could stay a little longer


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    Book Review 📱

    Protected by the dragon …. A Dragon Valley book by Kayla Wolf.


    Back cover ….. 

    How long can you resist when animal magnetism claims you with the force of a tidal wave? 

    Jessica is running away from her wolf pack, away from a forced marriage. But she ends up in even greater trouble when she finds herself in the Dragon Valley. Everyone knows that dragons are the sworn enemies of wolves.

    But the enemy turns out to be incredibly handsome, magnetic, and intoxicating… Despite the alarm bells going off inside her, she finds herself longing for the heat of his body and his powerful arms… 

    Is she about to do something reckless, with the enemy no less?

    Samuel is an impossibly gorgeous, strong, and muscular dragon prince. His body is chiseled out of stone, but his heart wants a mate. When he finds a wounded wolf, he can’t help but care for her. And fall for her. Hard. But how can he convince her that she doesn’t have to be afraid of him? 

    When Jessica is forced to make a decision that will drive her away forever, Samuel has to face the truth. He knows it’s dangerous, he knows what’s at stake. 

    But she belongs to him. 

    And he’ll protect her.

    Can he fight their way towards freedom and… love?


    My review …… 
    This is the second book in the series. Samuel is the twin brother of the king, Alexander (mated to a dragon main character) 
    It’s been a year since Alexander and Lisa met. And Lisa is slowly bringing the dragons into this century. 
    Jessica is a wolf, and she’s on the run. She is suppose to be marrying another wolf, but she doesn’t want to marry for an alliance, she wants a true love match. She hates the alpha, he’s cruel, and she wants no part of it. 
    Samuel spots an injured woman whilst out, he tries to offer her aid (which is flatly refused) but he’s very intrigued by her, and wants to know more. 
    Swearing to keep her safe from both wolves and dragons (they have been enemies for centuries) Samuel wants his wolf and will fight anyone to keep her. 
    But Jessica can’t trust a dragon, can she? He’s not like the stories they were told as a child. He’s kind and generous. But she can’t stay, she has to return to her village (her sister is in need of help) running from Samuel isn’t what she wants to do, but she can’t ask him for help!!! 
    The second book gives us more background on the hatred between wolves and dragons. 
    I’m hoping we get a few more books in this series, as it’s a fun afternoon read. 
    Can a dragon and a wolf find happiness together? You’ll. red to read to find out 😉
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    Book Review 📱

    Young love (Wolves of Gypsum Creek book 3) by Serena Meadows 
    Back cover ….. 

    Work. Eat. Sleep. Repeat. With five sisters and a mother to provide for, there isn’t room for much else in David Rayburn’s world—despite loud complaints from the women in his hometown. The shifter has a body built for sin but is celibate as a monk. It’s Just. Not. Fair.

    Then she appears.

    A vision of delicious curves and startling green eyes, David has to blink and make sure he hasn’t slipped into some kind of forbidden fantasy. The new woman in town might be as real as his beating heart, but she can never know of his hidden feelings. Their town is being haunted by an angry spirit, and weird things are happening in the woods. David doesn’t have any time or energy to spare for romance, and Michelle is the kind of woman that would catch a man’s soul and never let it go.


    My review …….

    David has a body built for sin, but is as celibate as a monk😂 with a backcover description like that, it made me a little more interested (not your usual good looking bad boy) 

    David lives in Nashville after moving away, the farm that’s been in his family for generations isn’t making any money, so he left to find work, and sends money home, but jessie has asked if he’ll come home as he has some exciting news to share….. 

    Michelle is an aspiring model, she’s also a witch, but Michelle doesn’t want to be either of these, she wants to finish off her masters degree, move to Gypsum Creek and teach. Neither of her parents are thrilled at that prospect, nor is her fiancee. 

    David and Michelle meet and there are a few sparks, but Michelle isn’t interested (as far as she’s concerned David is only looking at the surface) David is thrilled and terrified, why would somebody that brainy and beautiful be interested in someone like him? 

    It’s a slow burn romance, and to be honest, it was a nice change. The author concentrated more on building up the story (rather than fill it with needless sex).

    So will David find out she’s a witch? And will it make a difference? Michelle is growing fonder of David each day, but she really wants to finish her research (and avoid the ex fiancée) and what will she say when she hears wolves live near Gypsum Creek? 

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    Sunday’s Post ☕️

    A quiet Sunday 😁 time to recharge those batteries, i visited my daughters grave. I did a little bit of food shopping. Then came home for a little housework (just the basics) 😉 then did reading, listened to music and caught up on a few reviews 👩🏻‍💻 would have been nicer if the sun had been out (wanted to read in the garden)

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    Saturday’s Post 🦋

    looks like a drink you could make for the summer 😎

    Weather couldn’t make its mind up between wind and cold or just a slight touch of rain and cold 🙄 I think Mother Nature can’t make up her mind as what we need to be wearing. The flowers and trees around don’t really know what they are doing either 🤦🏻‍♀️

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    Friday’s Post ☕️

    this one actually works 😉

    Cold has almost gone (wish I could say the same for the pain in my ribs) and wishing this weather would make its mind up, at the moment it’s cold and wet. Just want a little warm weather (not too much to ask is it?) 🤨

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    Thursday’s Post 🌧

    after a busy day at work (delivery day) I’m back home with books and a long cold drink. Was a little strange being back to work after having a few days off (sick) but you get back into the swing of it pretty quick 😉 and weather wasn’t too nice either, cold and wet for most of the day. So glad to be back in the warm.

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    Book Review 👩🏻‍💻

    Omega’s Submission (Foxes of Scarlet Peak) book 1 by Aspen Grey 
    Back cover …. 

    Two Men. Both lost. Both convinced true love doesn’t exist. But maybe they can change each others minds?

    Kitchi is a everything an alpha should be. He’s strong, handsome, capable and fierce – a soldier for his pack. But there’s a hole in his life. He yearns for a mate, but after what happened to his father, Kitchi is sure he could never let anyone get close to him. 


    Toby has no one. He never new his mother, and after his father’s injury he left home and made money the only way he knew how –  working at a brothel, seeing alpha after alpha, Toby’s pretty sure true love just isn’t in the cards for him, but when Kitchi catches Toby’s scent, his whole world turns upside down.Toby is the one.Kitchi’s fated-mate. He knows it with every fiber in his body. But Toby is terrified. In his world, alphas are just sweet talkers looking for a pump and dump. Why would he expect anything else from Kitchi?But Kitchi is determined to take Toby away from the brothel, claim him as his mate and put a baby in him. But will Toby let his walls down? Will Kitchi be able to prove his love? Or will they both spend the rest of their lives how they’ve been up until now – alone….

    My Review …..

    This series is a spin off from the Scarlet Mountain Pack series.
    Kitchi was a secondary character in that series. I don’t think it makes much difference if you haven’t read that series. But it may give you more background on one of the main characters. 
    So ….. 
    Kitchi is a red fox shifter he’s an alpha, (now other books usually have alpha’s as leaders only) but he’s happy to live with a group that aren’t all wolves (hence title to the series 😉) He moved out here when all his wolf buddies began to find their “fated mates” he’s happy in his own way ….. oh who is he kidding, he’s miserable, he’s drunk, he’s lonely, he wants his own mate, and is tired of always being alone. Drinking alone in a bar isn’t always the best way to celebrate your birthday !!! So when he gets an invite to somewhere different, Kitchi is drunk enough not to care ….. 
    Toby left home after his mother died and his father was injured, his father was never the same again and Toby became neglected. So running away from home seemed like the only solution. Turning “tricks” in an alleyway has turned into a “brothel” but Toby is numb, so what does he care ? he’s just a piece of meat here, but he has his limits and standards, and if he doesn’t like the guy, or what the guy wants, then he won’t “do him” not at any price. 
    Toby and Kitchi meet in the brothel, Kitchi is stunned, he’s found his mate !! But how to convince the guy, because if he starts spouting “fated mates” around he’s sure this cute mate of his will do a runner. 
    But fate has other plans for them, Kitchi can’t afford Toby’s tag, so they have to say goodbye. 
    Kitchi is heartbroken ….. Toby is resigned, why would an alpha be in a brothel unless he was there for a good time, but he was really hot and smelt amazing. 
    Will Kitchi have his chance again with Toby ? Will he be able to convince him that they are meant to be together? And will they both be able to let go of their pasts and move forward? 


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    Book Review 📖

    Dark Peril …. A Carpathian Novel by Christine Feehan

    Uk Cover

    Description…….

    There’s only one way for Dominic—one of the most powerful of the Carpathian Dragonseekers—to learn the secrets of the enemy: ingest their parasitic vampire blood, infiltrate the camp, and relay the information to the Carpathians before he goes out fighting. There is no more honorable way to end his life.

    Solange is among the last of the dying species of the jaguar people—fighting to save the remaining shapeshifters from the hands of her own father, a monster who slaughtered everyone she loved. Wounded and weary, she plans one last battle, hoping to stop the man who has aligned with the vampires, and accepting her deathly fate.

    Now, two warriors from different worlds will find each other at the end of their time, and discover a new reason to battle to the death—and against all odds, make it out alive.

    USA Cover

    My Review…..

    If you’ve read this series in order, you will know that Dominic had volunteered to ingest the “tainted” vampire blood!! Why?? The Carpathian people are under constant attack from human hunters, from Carpathian turned vampires (The Manilov brothers) and from the mage Xavier…. and now Mikhail is aware of the vampires banding together to fight the Carpathian’s, Mikhail needs more information. So Dominic tells his prince that his bloodline (The DragonSeeker bloodline) will help him to endure the constant agony and pain of the tainted blood. And once he has infiltrated the vampire ranks he will seek out as much information as possible before trying to take out the leaders of the vampires, and then he will seek the sun. 

    Dominic has lived for centuries, he is classed as an ancient, he has fought the vampire for as long as he can remember, he barely holds onto his honour, his bloodline helps him, but he also wanted information on his beloved sister (she was taken from him centuries ago) and when he met Natalya and Vikirnoff (Dark Demon) he was told his sister had been abducted and forced to have Xavier’s children, and once she had done that, Xavier had her killed!!! His duty now done, Dominic wants to meet the dawn and join his sister, but first his duty to is to his people…..

    SoLange is a jaguar princess, but she’s not one of those soft and privileged princesses. SoLange is a warrior, a fighter, a female who wants more for herself and the jaguar women. She lost her whole family to jaguar males, they came one night, destroyed the little village, killed all the men and the boys, then tortured the females into turning into a jaguar, and when the couldn’t turn, they were slaughtered. SoLange was the only survivor (her aunt and two cousins were away, so were spared) 
    Jaguar women are treated like a commodity, not a person, just a thing. The males of the jaguar species have been brainwashed into thinking that a jaguar female is good for one thing ….. childbirth. After that, when the women can no longer bear children, she is killed like an animal!!! 

    They meet in a dream (each one has conjured up the other) they know they are only fantasy thoughts. That each doesn’t exist, but it helps SoLange and Dominic to keep the loneliness at bay. They have traits in each other that they both admire, both are warriors and both have survived great loss. 
    The dream takes a strange turn and SoLange cries out ….. Dominic is bombarded with sound and colour!!! She is actually his lifemate!!! She isn’t a figment of a tired mind, and he knows he can’t be with her, he is riddled with parasites, if only he had come to the jungle sooner, he is devastated!! 

    This book is one of my favourites in the series. We’ve met Dominic in a few of the previous books, and I did wonder if the author had anything planned for him. 
    SoLange has been in a few books also, gossip in the groups were wondering if the last De La Cruz brother and SoLange we’re destined to be together. 
    The book has its usual fights with the vampires, it’s also given us a few more things to wonder about …..  there is a book people are looking for, it holds powerful magic (I have a feeling it will come into play eventually) we have SoLange’s inner battle with herself (she doesn’t think she is good enough for Dominic) 
    But in a twist, SoLange maybe the cure for these parasites that are infesting her lifemate. 

    So can they defeat the master vampire one more time ? 

    Will SoLange’s blood be the cure for the parasites that infest inside Dominic? 
    Your going to have to read it to find out 😉
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    Sunday’s Post 💐

    Now that’s a handy hint to know.

    It was Mother’s Day today in the UK. So I’d like to wish those of you reading these, a Happy Mother’s Day 💐 my son stayed the night last night and we chatted a little before he went to bed.

    Sadly I couldn’t wish my mum a Happy Mother’s Day. She passed away last year. So this is my first year without her. It’s funny how you take those little traditions for granted. We’d take mum out for the day, or cook her a meal, spoil her with presents and just spend time with her.

    It’s also another year without my daughter. She’d get help in making me breakfast in bed. She’d get all excited about the present she had chosen. The usual arguments between siblings. Then lunch out. So making time with my son is doubly important.

    One of my sisters popped down today, she left flowers on the grave. And then we met up for a coffee in town, a little retail therapy 😉 then before you know it, she’s off home.

    so make the most of your loved ones, tell them daily how much they mean to you.

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    Saturday’s Post 🌤

    Work was very busy today. Large delivery, not many helpers and the ones who helped were on a go slow 🙄

    Weather was lovely today, go they were out in force, I couldn’t keep up with the demands for salad at some point (but to be fair, the ones making the most noise seemed to be the unhappy ones anyway 🙄and the kids were on a pasta binge !!! I definitely couldn’t keep up with that lot😉

    After work I’m meeting up with my son for an early Mother’s Day (he’s at work tomorrow) dinner 🍽 we are off for a spot of Italian.

    We should have time tomorrow to visit his sister and nanny at the cemetery 💐

    Friday’s Post 🍹

    It’s Friday, so it’s drink night 😉one of these days I’m going to try one of these drinks😁

    Still fighting this cough….. but it’s getting a little better.

    Hoping you all have a great weekend💋

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    Book Review 👩🏻‍💻

    Mated to the Dragon …. A Dragon Valley series…. book 1 by Kayla Wolf 


    Back cover …… 
    It’s not easy to find yourself in close quarters with an absurdly well-muscled dragon who looks like the most successful underwear model in history…

    Lisa thinks being single is just brilliant. Her defenses against men are ironclad. Known among her friends as the Single One, Lisa has enough on her plate, what with trying to get the clients of her dating agency suitable partners.

    But her defenses start coming down when a certain gold-eyed hunk of mystery with a huge chest and dark, luscious curls, walks into her life, bleeding and wounded.

    When he kisses her, it feels like the tide coming in. And somehow, even though she is a Professional Handler of Feelings she knows that if she doesn’t get his shirt off immediately she is going to die…

    Alexander is the King of dragons. But his dragons are dying. There’s a prophecy he has to fulfil to break the curse – and that prophecy means finding his human mate. Which proves more difficult than he thought when he runs into a pack of wolves who try to destroy him.

    When he finds himself in close quarters with a gorgeous dating coach who can help him find his mate, he doesn’t refuse. 

    But close quarters can get very … hot. 

    Very steamy…

    And very dangerous…

    My review ….. 

    Alexander has set himself a monumental task….. His dragons are dying, and only when he fulfils the prophecy of finding his mate will the curse end. 
    So he goes in search of his mate….. but it’s been a while since Alexander was in human form and interacting with them is proving difficult. 
    And when he gets lured outside by a group of street thugs (who in fact are wolves) and gets badly beaten, Alexander thinks his search will end sooner rather than later, with his death. But help comes in the form of a plucky human woman. And between the two of them, they escape and hide at Holly’s home. 

    (His true form is a dragon, he just changes into a human only when necessary) he’s also very direct and a little blunt !!! 

    Holly is a relationship coach, she owns a dating agency and is so wrapped up in finding her clients love, that she doesn’t have time for it herself, in fact she’s pretty happy being single, she finds that most men don’t measure up. 

    But helping a fellow human (even if he is hot) seems the right thing to do. So she offers him a place to stay until he is healed. 
    They are getting along pretty well, things take a different turn after a drunken kiss from Holly takes their friendship to a different level. 
    Then the attack from the gang that previously attacked Alexander changes it all again. Holly sees Alexander in a whole different way. A freaking dragon!!!! She thinks she’s having a breakdown there are NO such things as dragons, and the gang that beat up Alexander and then broke into Holly’s home they are a bunch of wolves that run New York …… it’s all just too much to take in. 
    But once Holly has calmed down, thought it through and rationalised it in her own mind, she’s ready to hear Alexander out …. 
    Alexander needs a mate, Holly is an expert in that field, so it should be easy right ??? Well, considering Alexander doesn’t know who or where she is, it’s gotten Holly’s work cut out a little. 
    So will Alexander find his mate ?? Your going to have to read to find out…. 
    It was a fun afternoon read. 
    Not the worse dragon book I’ve read, but not the best either. 
    Fell a little flat in places. Characters felt a little wooden in parts. 
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    Thursday’s Post😷

    I wholeheartedly agree 😁 but I’ll settle for juice at the moment. I’m fighting the seasons coughs And colds and I have been for the last day or so…. I feel well In myself, so usual aches and pains, no painful sinus, I just have the dreaded cough ….. and it’s annoying (I don’t do poorly at the best of times) so drinking plenty of water and juice. Downside of that, I need the loo a lot more 😉 but it is helping to keep my throat from drying out.

    Other than that, a usual Thursday, delivery day, and I got to throw boxes around 😉 I hope your Thursday has been a good one. And if your fighting a cold …. stay hydrated, it does help 💋

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    Wednesday’s Post ☕️

    Will definitely be trying that one in the summer.

    I do actually have a pair of bookends (I got given them for Xmas as a present) still in their box I’m afraid (I don’t have a lot of room for them) too many books for book ends 😉

    Day off today, so grabbed a few bits in town before heading off to see a friend got lunch. Sun was lovely (but apparently short lived as rain is on its way for the weekend) !!!

    Tuesday’s Post🦋

    Busy day at work, delivery and then lots of prepping off food was planned ….. but it wasn’t to be…. but the walk home in the sun made up for the day. And random silly moments made me smile, and catching moments with a special friend in the phone …. always the cherry on my cake 💜

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    Book Review 👩🏻‍💻

    Werewolf’s Surrogate (Wolf Mountain book 1) ….. Mia Wolf

    Back cover ……

    What do you do when the heat is unbearable, but your heart isn’t ready?

    Rex is the Alpha of Wolf Mountain and the biggest party animal in town. Being hit by his huge claws means being out of commission forever.

    But Rex is in trouble. The Elders want him to have a family to secure the pack’s future. And Rex doesn’t want a mate. Luckily, a surrogate by the name of Felicity is the perfect solution.

    She’s definitely not his type. And he definitely doesn’t feel completely awkward around her. Definitely not.

    Felicity is out of money and has nowhere to go. So when she’s offered a large sum to carry someone’s baby, she says yes. The only drawback is that she has to stay at a mysterious manor with the baby’s father. Which is fine.

    Except that the guy radiates arrogance and unfortunately looks like the cover model for a romance novel. His forearms are deliciously muscled and veiny and … Stop! She’s SO not going to drool over him.

    But there are secrets at Rex’s manor. And Felicity isn’t safe here.

    When an old rival takes everything away from him, can Rex’s primal instinct protect all he has left? With the baby growing in her, can Felicity deny her maternal instinct? And can Rex and Felicity stand the unbearable heat between them?


    My Review ……
    A new book from an unknown author is always a hit and miss affair, but as soon as I read the back cover I wanted to read it … 
    After losing his father and his brother missing, Rex assumes the mantle of leadership, it’s been handed down for generations. But Rex isn’t interested, he’s a party animal (the best clubs and women throwing themselves at him) and whilst nursing yet another hangover, he has to listen to the Elders telling him he needs to start a family (Rex isn’t to keen on that idea either) a mate and an heir is urgently needed (other packs are offering a better life) if not a war will spill out over the peaceful lands. 
    Felicity is homeless (her roommate had kicked her out) and when an opportunity arises to make money, felicity takes it, (but not without first researching and checking it out) but has she gotten more than she bargained for ? A surrogate to strangers!! But the money is good, and Felicity could have a real chance of having a better life. So 40 weeks (give or take) should be easy 😉and having negotiated a better deal, Felicity takes a deep breath and dives in …… 
    It starts out as a business arrangement? But along the way feelings change. And when Felicity becomes pregnant new feelings take root inside Rex (maybe a family won’t be such a bad thing) and Felicity? Well she’s something Rex hadn’t banked on. 
    The pregnancy takes her by surprise she now actually wants the baby and Rex, Or will she still walk away at the end of it? It doesn’t help that Rex blows hot and cold !!!
    When Felicity gets taken by a rival pack, Rex is beside himself, there will be all out war if he doesn’t find her and the baby. 
    But there are things going on in the Blake mansion… could Felicity be In danger? What’s going on? And who is behind it? 
    It was well written, looking forward to reading the next book. 

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    Book Review 📖

    Dark Slayer …. A Carpathian Novel by Christine Feehan. 

    Back cover ……

    A rumor has persisted in the vampire world of a dark slayer–a woman–who travels with a wolf pack and who destroys any vampire who crosses her path. Mysterious, elusive and seemingly impossible to kill, she is the one hunter who strikes terror into the hearts of the undead.  

    She is Ivory Malinov. Her only brethren, the wolves. Long ago betrayed by her people, abandoned by her family, and cast out by everyone she held dear, Ivory has lived a century without companionship or love. She has sustained her sanity by the habit of the hunt and the custom of the feeding. Until the night she picks up the scent of a man, her unexpected salvation. Her lifemate. The curse of all Carpathian women.  

    He is Razvan. Branded a criminal, detested and feared, he is a dragonseeker borne of one of the greatest Carpathian lineages, only to be raised as its most despised–and captive–enemy. Fleeing from his lifetime of imprisonment, Razvan now seeks the dawn to end his terrible existence. Instead he has found his deliverance in the Dark Slayer.  

    In spirit, in flesh and blood, in love, and in war, Ivory and Razvan are made for each other. For as long as they dare to live. 

    My Review……

    This was a great story. And one I hadn’t seen coming….. 

    Razvan has always been seen as the Carpathian’s greatest enemy (after Xavier the mage) he had been known to impregnate human, and mage women, (Colby, Skyler and Lara that the Carpathian’s know so far)  and after Lara’s past had been known, he had also fed off the women or children. 
    But Lara had put a different spin on her fathers character ….. she remembered him as a caring being, loving and protective. It was his grandfather Xavier, Lara’s great grandfather) that had possessed him (and made Razvan impregnate the women) and had fed off the women and children in the hope to become immortal (Xavier was convinced that the Carpathian’s were immortal and wanted that immortality for himself) 

    Ivory had a wonderful childhood, parents that had loved and cared about her, five older and caring (although dominant) brothers, all who met her were prepared to protect her, Ivory was well loved and cared for, until one fateful day when her young life was ripped away from her…… 
    Now a former beauty (her body a map of horrendous scars) Ivory has honed her body as a weapon, a slayer of the vampire, avoiding all Carpathian’s (she no longer trusted them) she has spent many centuries alone, her only companions a pack of wolves she had converted (by accident) and now remain loyal to her and only her (she wears them as tattoos on her arms and back) 

    Razvan is finally free ….. 
    He has escaped his grandfather’s clutches and now he only wants to die, he has so many horrid memories that he knows he won’t ever be able to redeem himself, how can he ? He had spent centuries under Xavier’s control, he had offered his soul to keep his young daughter Lara safe. 

    Ivory was on a hunt when she is aware of a disturbance, following her senses she comes across a dying figure. And wouldn’t you know it…. after all these centuries alone, she gets “stuck” with a Carpathian!!! Oh Ivory is NOT happy. 

    Being tied together through the bonding words, Razvan and Ivory must now work together (she is untrusting of everyone Carpathian and he is wary of everyone) but they find a common ground with battling the vampires. 

    Ivory rescues a young boy from a ghoul and vampire, and from there on, we are  introduced to her brothers ….. five Manilov’s they have all turned vampire. (They all believed Ivory died, they were furious with the prince of the Carpathian’s Vlad, Mikhail’s father. How could he let his eldest son kill their beloved sister? So they began to plot and devise a plan to overthrow the Prince.) And she is known to the Carpathian’s now, they need her advice, her skills and her knowledge. But Ivory is finding it hard…… Will she help? Or will she take her wolves and run? 

    We also get to see Razvan interact with his sister Natalya (her book was dark demon) and finally catch up with Lara (her book was dark curse) 
    I liked this story, it was a nice surprise. A twist that I hadn’t thought of, but to be honest I should have realised that she might have had the characters in mind for a book or two (otherwise why keep them in the readers thoughts?!) 😉 
    we have more background information now on why the Carpathian women can’t conceive and why they can’t feed or look after their babies. And throw the Manilov brothers into the mix, and we have even more problems for Mikhail to overcome. 
    There are a few classic moments that will have you laughing. But in all a great addition to the series. 🦋

    Book Review 👩🏻‍💻

    The Wolf Within by Cynthia Eden (A Purgatory Novel …. book 1) Back cover ….. 

    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. 

    My review ….. 

    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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    Saturday’s Post 🦋

    whenever I see this, I have to have the internal dialogue (Tom Cruise in Top Gun) with the accent …..”I feel the need … the need to Read” 😁😂

    So after work today, we celebrated my eldest stepdaughter’s birthday with a family meal.

    I got to visit with both my step- granddaughter and step-grandson, Grace is only 4, but a very funny 4year old. And Ryan almost 18, and is learning to drive (so I get to hear all about it😉)

    we always end up playing with the snapchat filters 😁 she more adept at playing with my phone than I am, and of course she likes to watch YouTube whilst out and a favourite is baby shark (she does like that tune) 😆

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    Wednesday’s Post ☕️

    Lol 😆 I’ve done that many a time. Either a book or my kindle, and now I have the app on my phone 😉 I’m only ever one click away from a book.

    So today was my day off. Lots to do. Caught up with reading, a review and draft of a review. Needed to go shopping and grab a few things (also Easter is looming and I need to get a head start as most of the good Easter eggs start to disappear early😉

    On my walk home from the supermarket, I see a little squirrel, I’m trying to juggle bags and grab the phone and it’s always tricky, but trying not to put down the bags I was carrying, I didn’t want to scare it away.

    Happy with my snap, but it looked cuter sitting on the edge before it got spooked !!

    Anyway …… how was your day ?

    Oh oh oh oh ……

    Have to share 😉

    and there is a julie penguin 😁😁😁only problem is ….. it’s a lucky bag, so you don’t get to choose !!! The hunt is on 🤪

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    Monday’s Post

    Happy Monday people ☕️ Going to change it up a little this week. So putting the day first, then the butterfly, let me know if you like that idea better😁

    And ending the day on a book theme (got to love a dragon) I do love my paranormal romances, shifters, vampires and everything in between 😉

    Listening to Toxic Game by Christine Feehan. I’ll have to wait till October to read it in paperback 😉

    Sun was out today, making a nice walk to work.

    Book Review 📖

    Dark Curse ….. Carpathian Novel by Christine Feehan.

    Back Cover….. 

    Born into a world of evil and ice, Dragonseeker Lara Calladine is a child of three species yet belonging to none. She walked her chosen path alone, trusting no one. For beyond the frozen hell of her youth were even greater dangers.
    Today, an expert in the study of ice caves, Lara searches for the source of her nightmares. 

    Nicolas De La Cruz can help her. Though centuries of hunting and killing have taken their toll, he longs to feel sensual love without the hunger for blood. 

    As Lara and Nicolas search the treacherous Carpathian landscape, their tenuous trust shifts into an undeniable passion. But their mysterious pasts share a secret that could destroy them both…

    My Review ……

    Lara comes across as a loner, happy with her own company, she doesn’t get too close to people, and given her background I’m not surprised….. As a child Lara had been kept a prisoner by her father and grandfather, kept as a food source (both her father and grandfather used her for blood) and they weren’t gentle about either, Carpathian children were meant to be protected and cherished, but Lara had neither. She lived in fear, and after her mother dies brutally at the hands of her grandfather, Lara knows it’s a matter of time before her usefulness comes to an end…..

    Nicholas De La Cruz needs to feel something, even if that means he needs to kill, the darkness has almost overcome him, his brothers are finding their mates, but he knows it’s too late. 
    We meet Nicholas in Dark Secret (his brother Rafael finds his lifemate Colby) he can’t understand why his brothers don’t lay down the law with their women, his arrogance is worse than Rafael’s (and he was extremely arrogant)

    Lara (we find out through past memories) needs to find the ice caves that she was held captive in as a child, she needs to rescue two very special people, she knows they might not be alive, but Lara needs closure. And coming to the Carpathian Mountains she gets a feeling she is close….. 

    Nicholas is drawn to a female and he has no notion as to why, only that he needs to feed, and sadly the young woman may die, and his brothers will have to face him as a vampire. 
    Drawing her closer he begins to feed, and his mind is bombarded with emotions and colour ….. his lifemate is in his arms, but then another feeling comes into play… pain!! Lara had stabbed him!!! She won’t be used again by anyone!! And she knows all about the males who take blood from unwilling donors (and she is definitely unwilling)

    The story then goes on to relay more of Lara’s past, and Nicholas has to find balance, his dominant nature will be put to the test time and time again. 

    The book is full of twists and turns, it’s a very dark and sad book. In places I had to put it down and read something a little more lighthearted. 
    More of the backstory comes to light, and her father ….. well he has been seen in such a bad light, how could she possibly forgive him and move on ?? (But as his story is next, we should find out from his perspective) 

    So now we have Mages, werewolves, vampires and Dragonseekers (a very strong and old line of Carpathian’s) and of course the Carpathian’s. How the author keeps tabs on everything is always a wonder. And I hope she continues this series for a long time. 

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    Book Review 📖

    Dark Possession …. A Carpathian Novel by Christine Feehan.

    Back Cover …… 
    Dangerously close to becoming a vampire, Manolito De La Cruz has been called back to his Carpathian homeland – and has unexpectedly caught the scent of his destined lifemate, MaryAnn Delaney. MaryAnn is human and well aware of the aggressive instincts of Carpathian males. A counsellor for battered women, MaryAnn has no room in her life for someone like Manolito. But when she goes to South America to offer guidance to a young woman, she has no idea of the trap awaiting her. For she’s been lured there by Manolito, who has seductive plans for the irresistible human female. Once there, she’ll be his. Once his, she’ll never be released. She is his dark possession.
    My review….. 
    Manolito is the second oldest De La Cruz brother. After going to see the prince to swear his and his brothers loyalty to Mikhail (their prince and leader) and to inform the Carpathian people of the jaguar race and their plight, and to admit to the prince that the De La Cruz brothers somehow were part of the vampire problem they are now facing (the vampires are working together to destroy the Carpathian men) he also helps to battle vampires in a big battle (being badly wounded), he also comes across his lifemate.
    Manolito needs his lifemate (he can’t fight the darkness inside him for much longer) and so conspires to bring her to his home in Brazil, where he arrogantly assumes he will convert his lifemate and all will be well in his world!!! 
    We’ve met MaryAnn Delaney before (Dark Destiny) she helped Destiny and Nicolae (she also helped Vikirnoff to find his lifemate Natalya) and is now a friend to the Carpathian people. She’s gone to the mountains to help another young woman (Skylar) with her past (she was abused by her stepfather and his friends) and whilst at Nicolae’s home MaryAnn has an encounter of sorts, but she can’t remember who or what it was about, and that makes her frightened, wary and angry. She is under the protection of the Von Shrieder brothers, and for a Carpathian to invade their home and feed on a member of their family is punishable by death. Who took her blood ? And why ? 
    Manolito is wounded whilst protecting the prince. He is transported home and Maryann goes back to Brazil with the De La Cruz family to help a female family member.
    There are Vampires to fight, but also the jaguar shifters and werewolves (we’ve not met them yet, they are very secretive and don’t like outsiders) the werewolf community are dying out like the Carpathian and jaguar people. Do they share the same enemy ? Why are the races dying out ? 
    An ambush/attack leaves Manolito in between worlds ….. and only MaryAnn can help. Together they have to find a way to work together. 
    Manolito realises that he can’t just dictate to MaryAnn, he needs to treat her as an equal. 
    He also discovers something that is different about his lifemate, and that’s something they both have to come to terms with (it’s a huge twist, and one I didn’t see coming) 
    It’s good to catch up with his brothers, it also fun to read how yet another the mighty De La Cruz brother falls foul of his lifemate (being so arrogant he assumes his life won’t change, that his lifemate will just bend to his wishes) 
    It a book with lots of intrigue, with laughter and a few near misses. 
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    Book Review 📖

    Dark Celebration….. A Carpathian Novel by Christine Feehan.

    Back cover ….. 

    After centuries as the Prince of the Carpathians Mikhail Dubrinsky fears he can’t protect them for long from their greatest threat: the extinction of their species–a fate that has become the wicked prayer of his enemies. To ensure it, they are devising a scheme to slaughter Carpathian females. But even with his own lifemate, Raven, and their daughter, Savannah, vulnerable to the encroaching evil, Mikhail’s hope is not lost…  

    In this desperate season, Carpathians from around the world are gathering to join their strengths, their souls, and their powers to bring light to the darkness. But so too are their adversaries uniting–hunters, vampires, demons, and betrayers–bringing untold dangers into the fold of the Carpathian people.  

    Now for the first time, born from the uninhibited imagination of Christine Feehan, all the inhabitants of Carpathian legend are reunited for a celebration of sensual adventure, undying passion, and astonishing fantasy–one to remember for a thousand lifetimes. 

    My review ….. 

    This is a great book.
    It’s a catch up book.
    It gives us more of what the Carpathians are going through…… but it also gives us a glimpse into previous couples lives. And there quite a few couples we catch up on. We also meet a few newish characters 😉 new in we haven’t really had too much to do with these characters, but they will feature in a few books, and a certain young lady will play heavily in future books. 

    So ……. Mikhail is the Prince to the Carpathian people, but his race is dying ….. 
    Carpathian women are few and far between, and if they do get pregnant, then most women lose the child before they are even born, and if they are luckily enough to give birth, most don’t survive their first year. But through a lucky meeting with a human woman, Mikhail discovered that certain human women could be converted to the Carpathian race (they had to be psychic) and then hunters were finding their lifemates, but others wouldn’t or couldn’t wait, they killed whilst feeding, thus turning into vampires. 
    Along with healers and humans, Mikhail is slowly gaining ground, they still have trouble conceiving children (we find out in later books how this was done) but the future for the Carpathian race doesn’t look nearly so grim. 

    The story goes on to tell us about the vampires beginning to form groups, hunting for both human psychic women and to take on and destroy hunters. This was unheard of for centuries (vampires were to bloated on their egos to work together, and if they did, they would willingly sacrifice newly turned vampires) 

    They have blood from vampires to study (they are using it to call to each other) and they are sharing knowledge of what the vampires are doing, and we still have the society looking for the Carpathians (they are a group of humans intent in destroying the Carpathian race, they are under the assumption that vampires and Carpathians are one in the same) 

    And when Mikhail’s daughter (Savannah) almost loses her own children (premature birth) he knows it’s time to take the fight to the vampires. He won’t lose anymore children. 

    This book is full of witty one liners, heart stopping moments and a few raised eyebrows 😀

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    Book Review 📖

    Dark Demon ….. by Christine Feehan… A Carpathian Novel.

    Back cover ….. 

    For as long as she can remember, Natalya has been fighting demons: first in the form of childhood nightmares, then later, immortal creatures that kill and prey on the innocent–including her own twin brother. Whether Carpathian or vampire, she slays those who murder by night, and has no equal–until she is seduced by the very thing she considers her enemy. . .  

    A Carpathian who has seen nearly everything in his endless existence, Vikirnoff didn’t think he could be surprised anymore–until he faces a woman who rivals him as a vampire hunter. A formidable and gifted warrior in her own right, Natalya has a nature that is strangely familiar–yet alien–to his own. Who is this mysterious female who fears no one–not even him? Natalya could be the key to the survival of the Carpathians, but all Vikirnoff is certain of is that she is the key to his heart and soul. . .

              my Review…… 

    This has to be one of my favourite books in the series. 

    We met Vikirnoff in Dark Destiny (with brother Nicolae and Destiny) Vikirnoff was sent on a mission to find and assist a young women with psychic abilities (the society are interested in her and the vampires too) it also takes him away from killing the vampires  (he is very close to turning into the undead) and after assisting Rafael De La Cruz (Dark Secret) destroy a master vampire, the darkness is almost taken him over, but like Carpathian’s before him, he will seek the dawn before that happens, his honour is now the only thing that keeps him going (he is now not worried his brother will turn vampire as he found Destiny his lifemate) 

    Natalya is on the move, something is calling her to the Carpathian Mountains. 
    Taking her two friends with her, Natalya wants to know what is behind the compulsion to visit these mountains. 
    There isn’t much that scares our heroine, she knows there are monsters in the world, she hunts them….. 
    Natalya is a strong character, able to defend herself, she knows how to wield magic, her lineage is a revered one. Natalya is a dragonseeker (a carpathian who has never turned vampire, and is well known in the Carpathian community) she can also turn into a tiger (most Carpathians use wolf or owl form to travel, Natalya’s tiger isn’t just an image she uses, her tiger is actually a part of her (like the jaguar people) 

    Vikirnoff and Natalya meet on a battleground, she is facing a vampire, he almost falls out of the tree when emotions and colour are restored to him. He’s also annoyed that she isn’t like what carpathian women ought to be (meek, stay at home and look after the children) she is the total opposite of what he was looking for in a lifemate. 

    The story then continues with Natalya trying to ditch Vikirnoff at every opportunity. 
    Fierce battles and a ritual bind them together, there is coming calling her to the mountains, and with or without his help, Natalya will find it….. 

    The book continues to give us more information on why the Carpathian’s can’t have children. We see an evil more powerful than the society, an evil that could wipe out the Carpathians. 
    We catch up with a few old characters, we meet a few new ones that are important to the story. 
    It had lots of hilarious moments. It also had a few OMG moments …..

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    Book Review 📖

    Dark Secret ….. A Carpathian Novel. Christine Feehan. 

    Back cover ……. 

    Rafael De La Cruz has spent centuries hunting vampires with his brothers, and with each passing year his capacity to feel emotions has grown weaker and weaker until finally there’s barely been a memory left–until only sheer willpower keeps him from turning into the very abomination he hunts. But it’ll take more than will to keep him away from the woman who is meant to be his and his alone. . .  

    For five years, rancher Colby Jansen has been the sole protector of her younger half-siblings, and with fierce determination and work she has kept her family together and the ranch operational. Now, the De La Cruz brothers are threatening that stability. They claim that her siblings belong with their father’s family, not with her. Colby vows to fight them-especially the cold and arrogant Rafael De La Cruz. But Rafael is after more than her family-he wants Colby and will not let anything stand between them. After ages of loneliness, the raw desire to possess her overwhelms his very soul, driving him to claim her as his lifemate. . .

    My Review……. 

    Rafael De La Cruz is almost at the end of his life …… 
    He has lived for centuries, fighting both the vampire and the ever growing darkness inside him. With his brothers help and their honour, they continue to live and fight for their prince and the Carpathian people.
    Whilst feeding he feels the demon inside him urging him on, to feed, to drain the body he’s feeding from dry, to take a life, and to feel if only briefly…… 

    Colby Jensen is holding her sanity together by a thread, her half brother and sister are being fought over, her step father’s family want the siblings to come and live with them in Brazil. Colby isn’t having any of it. Their father had been disowned for loving and having children with someone they didn’t approve of, but now he’s gone, they want her siblings, Colby isn’t having any of it, if her step fathers family want her brother and sister, then they are going to have to fight her for them, but they have money and connections, Colby has nothing. And now hearing the family have their employer helping them, Colby is afraid she will lose them and the Ranch…… 

    Standing on a cliff overlooking the ranch his employees are coming to visit, Rafael knows his time is limited, refusing to drain the woman, he wants to go home, here nothing is familiar, he misses Brazil, but he promised his older brother that he would go and sort out the issue with this “Jensen” woman, he would get the children that he had come for, then go home. 
    He spots a rider on horseback, the voice carries up to him, stunned he sees the horse and rider in colour !!!! It’s her ….. his lifemate. 

    Colby had anticipated meeting the De La Cruz family, what she hadn’t banked on was meeting them whilst being thrown from a horse !!!! 

    The De La Cruz brothers (all five of them) are centuries old, they remember carpathian women being meek and mild, in a time where they would stay at home, looking after the children. So meeting his lifemate in this time came as a huge shock to Rafael, Colby wasn’t meek, not was she mild. She’s a very strong willed individual. 

    At first I didn’t like Rafael (he’s still not one of my favourite characters) but you have to read past the fact he seems to be a bully (demanding Colby give up her life and move to Brazil, to alter her whole way of thinking) they are from a time when women were home makers. But they do want to protect their women (even though most of the women in these books are more than capable of looking after themselves) they keep the Carpathian hunter from turning into a vampire, the women are the light, keeping the darkness at bay. 

    So …… we have a few big battles. We have many battles of will between Rafael and Colby, we do have a few light moments and we also meet a hunter that’s been in a few previous books ( Vikirnoff) 

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    Book Review 📖

    Dark Destiny …. A Carpathian Novel by Christine Feehan

    Uk Cover

    Back Cover ……

    Her childhood had been a nightmare of violence and pain until she heard his voice calling out to her. Golden and seductive. The voice of an angel.

    He had shown her how to survive, taught her to use her unique gifts, trained her in the ancient art of hunting the vampire.

    Yet he could not bend her to his will, no matter how great his power.

    My review …..

    This is one of my favourite stories in the series.

    Destiny as a small child was duped by a vampire, seducing her with his beguiling voice, he slaughters her family and takes her as his captive. Abusing her physically and mentally, her captor converted her from mortal to vampire. In one desperate moment, she links mentally with an ancient warrior, he helps her, shapes her into a warrior, honing her skills.

    She kills her vampire captor and sets her on a journey to rid the world of this most vile creature, but always she hears her rescuers voice, asking for her name, telling her to call out to him, he can help her with her burden. But Destiny won’t be fooled again. He might have helped her kill the vampires, but she won’t trust anyone ever again.

    Nicolae Von Schreider was sent out by the previous prince of the Carpathians (Mikhail’s father) he knew their race was on the brink of extinction, and when his son Mikhail finally brought his people together, he didn’t want the ancients to influence him. So Nicolae and his brother Vikirnoff travelled around the world searching for vampires, knowing their chance of finding their lifemate a near impossible task.

    Centuries later, a young girl connects with Nicolae telepathically, in such fear and agony. He can do no more but to aid the young child, helping her to distance her from the brutal bearings and abuse that is being inflicted on her. Commanding her to call to him, he wants only to help her…. but she remains silent, he knows she won’t trust him, so he teaches her the ways of a carpathian hunter.

    Years go by and still Nicolae searches for her, it seems by aiding her it gives him a quest of sorts, it keeps the darkness from spreading, but it won’t be long, he can’t hold out for much longer ….

    Destiny is now a young woman, in constant pain from the poisonous blood coursing through her veins, from the vampire converting her many years ago. He thought she would give him back his emotions, but Destiny was not his lifemate, so he continued to abuse her, until she manages with Nicolae’s help to kill her tormentor.

    The story then goes on to the usual conclusion, but unlike a lot of the dark carpathian novels, it’s not full of sex, Nicolae has to come to terms with Destiny’s past, and so does Destiny. It’s shaped her to be the woman she is today.

    And it also shows her that monsters are also in the guise of humans (there are things going on in the book that makes Destiny think that a vampire is behind it all)

    We meet some really fun characters, we also meet his brother Vikirnoff (who gets a book) and a really strong female in the shape of Mary-Anne, who we get to see run rings around a carpathian male 😉

    But my favourite characters were a pair of geriatric sisters (they were so funny)

    USA Cover

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    Sunday’s Post ☕️

    I do a little colouring every now and again. So I thought I’d share a picture I found, if you print it off and colour it in, I’d love to see the results. Send me a picture. 🦋

    Good day today, woke up to sunshine. Things planned today. Washing to be caught up on, housework and a visit to the cemetery (need to tidy my daughters grave)

    Love these pyjama bottoms (or lounge pants) ? Don’t think I’d wear them outside, but on a lazy Sunday a definitely maybe 😉

    Book Review 📖

    Dark Melody ….. Christine Feehan…. A Carpathian Novel

    UK cover

    Back cover ….. 

    Lead guitarist of the Dark Troubadours, Dayan was renowned for his mesmerizing performances. His melodies stilled crowds, beckoned, seduced. And always, he called to her to complete him. Corinne Wentworth stood at the vortex of a gathering storm. Pursued by the fanatics who’d murdered her husband, she was risking her life by keeping more than one secret. Fragile, delicate, vulnerable, she had an indomitable faith that made her fiery surrender to Dayan all the more powerful.

    My Review …. 

    Dayan is a musician, songs and music flow from his soul. But his soul is being slowly consumed by the darkness, he is close to turning vampire, the only thing keeping him from turning is his family and music. 

    Corinne has always been poorly, born with a weak heart she has never been overactive, but she has done plenty with her life, she was happy until the day her world was ripped apart ….. 

    Dayan has taken time away from his “family” they are all happily mated except for him, and he is happy for the males in his family (finding their other half, keeps them from turning into a vampire) but it reminds him that he is alone, so travelling with his “human” friend Cullen (we met him in a previous book) they stop for Dayan to play some music. 

    Corinne is persuaded to go out for the evening, but she’s not really in the mood. But her best friend Lisa convinces her and they go to the local bar. 

    Dayan is (singing/playing guitar) when he senses something …… 
    Then he sees HER …. his senses are overloaded … 
    Finding his “lifemate” brings out all sorts of emotions, from joy, to sorrow, intense colours bombard him. 
    But there is something wrong with his lifemate 🙁

    When they finally talk, Dayan is shocked to know she had a weak heart, but that can be solved by converting her from human to Carpathian, but Dayan is in for a bigger shock …… 

    I liked this story, it focused more on the characters than the sex side. 
    Corinne is a strong character, she doesn’t let her heart problem get in the way of life. She takes care of family and friends, her love of life is brought to life on the page. 

    USA Cover

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    Book Review 📖

    Dark Descent … A Carpathian Novella… book 9.5 by Christine Feehan

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    Dark Descent tells the story of Joie Sanders, a bodyguard, and Traian Trigovise, an ancient hunter, meeting after a battle in a deep cave filled with mystery and wonder. Set in the Carpathian Mountains, Joie, with her brother and sister go caving and come across the ancient warrior beset upon by several vampires. They have no choice but to throw their lot in with the hunter and do their best to escape with their lives from the underground labyrinth filled with ancient traps left behind by a powerful race. 

    My Review ..

    The first time I read Dark Descent it was on kindle. Then the author updated and added more content, she then put it in a book with another novella (Dark Dream) so, here is my review ……

    Joie Sanders is a bodyguard, she enjoys her job and the work it entails.

    She likes to explore caves and climb mountains.

    Joie can also astral project, connecting with a mystery man, joie enjoys the banter between them, but thinks it’s all in her mind.

    Traian is an ancient Carpathian, sent out by his prince several centuries ago to hunt and destroy the vampire.

    He gets trapped and caught by vampires, they need his blood, and being chained to ice walls in a cave deep beneath the earth, is not Traian’s idea of a fun. After connecting with Joie he sees in colour and finally feels emotions. But escaping his bonds are easier said than done, they are draining him to the point of death.

    Joie is being called to a certain set of caves, unsure as to why, she listens to her inner voice and begins her hunt, she habit sure why these caves, but there is something drawing her there…..

    Although it’s a shorter story than the normal Carpathian novels, it’s a need to read, there are a few more details adding to our back story ……

    I loved the banter this couple had with each other.

    The banter that Joie has with her siblings had me chuckling too 😁

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    Dark Hunger …. Christine Feehan…. A Dark Carpathian novella

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    Trapped and caged, immortal seer Riordan’s honor is compromised by his captors. They’re in his mind. They’re in his blood. And not one can withstand his desire for revenge. Then a beautiful woman finds him in his torment. She will release him from his bonds. He will release her from her inhibitions. Both have a voracious appetite that needs to be sated. And tonight their dark hunger will be fed…

    my review ….. 

    It’s only a novella, but there is lots packed into it…. 

    Riordan is part of a large Carpathian family, 5 brothers and a sister (unfortunately she was killed centuries ago) they were sent to Brazil to patrol and keep the human population safe from the vampires. He is the youngest of the brothers. 
    He was caught by a human society to study, keeping him virtually starved of blood (they survive on blood) and wrapped in chains (coated with vampire blood) he is a guinea pig to the society, until they perfect their poison to rid the world of the evil vampire (the society are able to tell the difference between Carpathian and vampire) then they will kill Riordan. 
    Biding his time, he refuses to call out to his brothers (he doesn’t want them falling into the same trap) waiting for his moment to strike at his captors and escape. 

    Juliette is an animal liberator, along with her cousins (Jasmine and Solange) she frees animals that are captured. But that’s not the only thing she frees….. 
    Juliette is a shapeshifter (she can turn at will  into a Jaguar) she helps women (other jaguar women) in abusive relationships to escape. 
    For centuries the male jaguar shifter have turned from a loving male into a violent and abusive male, no longer treasuring their women and children. They take what they want and the women are chattel. And when the women leave to find other males to be with, they are hunted down and forced to return the the jaguar communities. 

    Juliette is rescuing animals from a compound when she stumbles upon a man chained to the wall. 
    Hurrying to free him, she doesn’t realise the danger she is putting herself in…. 

    Riordan’s only concern is escaping and exacting justice on his captors, so when a female is in the process of freeing him, he seizes his chance, he intents to feed from her and escape, but as he bends to her neck, he notices the colour of her hair, and the blood in her hair, he is seeing in colour for the first time in centuries…..

    Juliette feels a sharp pain and then nothing but bliss ….. slowly she turns lethargic, not sure as to what is going on, Juliette tried to escape the bands of steel around her chest. 

    The story is the introduction to the De La Cruz family, all are ancients, all are arrogant males, so it’s fun to read about how their views on what a female should do and act, will differ from reality, and as they are getting modern females it won’t go to plan 😉
    It also gives us more information on the society that are hunting the Carpathians/vampires, how they are stepping up their efforts, and we get more information on why the Carpathians are having difficulties having children. 

    It’s a short story, but it has a lot of detail. 

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    Saturday’s Post

    I’d love to print this off and put it in my library. Loved the Alice In Wonderland Book.

    It’s the weekend, so I hope you have a good one.

    Not quite shorts weather 😉 but hoping it’s not too long (but weatherman has been warning us that snow maybe on its way) 🤨

    Just for fun I thought I’d post a cocktail. I don’t really drink, but it does look nice 😉, if you make one, let me know 💋cheers 🍹

    Too cute not to share

    Had a night out with friends tonight. Dinner and drinks. Had a great laugh, roll on next month (trying to make it a regular thing)

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    Mated to the Pack: A Paranormal Reverse Harem Romance by Jade Alters
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    Mercenaries…all four of them Half-Wolf and Half-Man…and all of them willing to risk anything to keep her for the pack.

    Vivian was thankful for everything her wealthy Aunt left her.

    Until she found out that also meant she’s now responsible for that old run down mansion she grew up playing in.

    She would keep it, but she would go bankrupt; she would sell it, but there’s no one out there to buy it.

    That’s when four super-hot and mysterious renters show up to save the day.

    They’ve got more big secrets than she can handle though, the biggest of which might be why she’s finding herself drawn to each of them.

    Call it nature.

    Call it instinct.

    Whatever it is, this pack has found its mate, and the only question is going to be whether Viv can handle being mated to this pack.

    Mated to the Pack: A Paranormal Reverse Harem Romance is a standalone story with no cheating or cliffhangers. It contains language and sexual content.

    My Review……

    A short and sweet story. Could have done with a little more work, had potential for more 🤨

    Vivian gets rescued by 4 mercenaries (they call themselves a security team) after she gets kidnapped in Columbia, she’s there on a dig, and is kidnapped by a ruthless band of guerrilla’s.

    She doesn’t know who they are, but she’s grateful when they get her back to USA soil. Vivian decides that’s enough excitement for one lifetime and retreats to her aunt’s home. Finding that the aunt has died and left her everything (including the house she remembered fondly as a child) but what Vivian doesn’t bank on, is the rundown and neglected state the house is in.

    The four pack members (Lucius the Alpha, Sean, Kyle and Daniel) have been assigned to protect Vivian after the professor confessed he may have taken something and hid it in Vivian’s bag!! The race is on to arrive back in the USA and protect Vivian (preferably without her knowing) but all bets are off once the pack realise she is their mate!!

    Usually when I read this type of book, all the males are in agreement and are use to sharing (and in fact are looking for a female to complete their pack) but with this book, none of the males wanted to share (in fact a few fights break out) and Vivian isn’t feeling the pull like the men are (in fact after a wild night, Vivian isn’t sure it’s a good thing)

    So when danger comes to their home, will it be too late for Vivian to tell her men that she wants to live the pack life?

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    Once they rescued professor Rick who had been captured by LI, he told Lucius he had hidden intel of the cartel LI in Vivian’s back back and they would be after her. The team need to watch after Vivian. But it got complicated. The men were wolf shifters. The pack was solid but when the men start to belief that Vivian is their mate!

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    Pleasured by the pack (Blue Moon Brides) by Anne Marsh

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    Dre and Landry Breaux do everything together. Fishing, fighting—and loving. A whole lot of loving. When the blue moon leads these Cajun werewolves to their fated mate, however, they’re ready to reform. Now, they’ll fight to keep the woman of their dreams safe from the evils lurking in the Louisiana bayou—and to tempt her into taking a chance on two of the bayou’s sexiest bad boys.

    Mary Jane Johnson is no heartbreaker. Running from a troubled past, the bayou captain wants only to be left alone. When she takes a pair of bayou bad boys on board, however, Dre and Landry have her rethinking her need for space. These two big males have promised to take orders—all of her orders. Suddenly, she’s dreaming of getting as close as possible… to both of the Breaux brothers.

    My review ….. 

    Oh my …..
    Reading this, you will need plenty of ice 😉

    I do love this series, it keeps springing those surprises on a girl.

    And Dre and Landry are a mighty fine surprise.

    Their blue moon bride won’t know what has hit her, these boys do EVERYTHING together 😉

    They are given the task of retrieving the packs next blue moon bride. And they need to use the owner of the boat to get closer to her. And the twist in this story, is that they are drawn towards Mary and not their intended target.

    We still have the vamp angle, and there is still no redeeming quality to these bad guys.

    Mary is a great character, she a little bit of a loner. She is happy with her own company, but seeing the Breaux boys together, makes her want more from her solitary life.

    The tension between these three makes for a great read. And the twists in this book makes it and even better read than the first.

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    Friday’s Post

    Just to make you chuckle 😂 well it’s officially a butterfly 😉

    I’m not a wine drinker ….. but I’d happily swap the wine for a fruit cider 😉 then open a book, and dive right in ……

    Always a handy hint (I’m always running out of black ink in the printer at home.

    That’s a nice sentiment 💜

    Still a little wet and very windy today. Made walking to and from work a little harder.

    It was my youngest step-daughter’s birthday today. We went for a family meal.

    This is my husbands grandaughter, she is such a cheeky monkey, my phone is full of pictures of her taking selfies 😉

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    Book Review 📖

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    Alex Cross’s first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues perplexed. Across the country, men and women are kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappear completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes. They are being bought and sold. And it seems The Wolf is the master criminal behind this terrible trade and who is bringing a new reign of terror to organized crime.

    Even as he admires the FBI’s vast resources, Alex is impatient with the Bureau’s clumsiness and caution when it is time to move. A lone wolf himself, he has to go out alone to track his new prey and try to rescue some of the victims while they are still alive. As the case boils over, Alex is in hot water at home, too. His ex-fiancée, Christine Johnson, comes back into his life –

    My review ….. 

    I’ve always like James Patterson. So I couldn’t wait to open up and dive in ….. 

    book 9 in a 26 book series. (But they don’t need to be read in order) 

    Alex Cross is FBI agent (recently back) and the case he is on has both himself and his colleagues mystified. Both men and women are being kidnapped, and when no ransom or bodies appear, Alex realised that they aren’t being killed, they are in fact being auctioned off. 

    It’s a race against time to work out who and where the next victim will be taken. 

    We also have Alex being harassed by his ex-fiancé. 

    The action is fast paced, you can actually put yourself in the seat with Alex, and work out who the master criminal is. 

    Very descriptive, and well thought out.

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    Fear Itself  by Jonathan Nasaw 

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    Just as he’s celebrating his last day on the job, FBI agent E L Pender receives a letter from Dorie Bell. Dorie is afraid. Last year she attended a convention for Persons with Specific Phobia Disorder. Since then, a couple of the delegates have died in suspicious circumstances. Carl Polander had acrophobia. Fear of heights. So what would he be doing on the 12th floor of the building the police say he jumped from? Mara Agajanian had haemophobia. Fear of blood. So how could she have cut her own wrists in the bathtub? 

    Dorie, who suffers from an irrational fear of masks, wants Pender to look into these cases. She suspects there may be a twisted serial killer on the loose. Someone, who quite literally, enjoys scaring his victims to death. Dorie’s right. But she has no idea just how close to her the killer is…

    My review ….. 

    That was a great read. 

    Not my usual genre. 

    There are several characters in this book, and they are in each other’s lives. 

    Very descriptive, thinking the author put a lot of time and effort in research. 

    FBI agent Pender is celebrating his last day, and the last thing he needs is a new case, but it peaks his interest and he is soon entangled in Doris’s life. 

    Dorie hates masks with a passion, in fact they bring on panic attack’s and fainting. 

    Joining a group of phobics they meet up. And when Dorie finds out several of the group have died in mysterious circumstances, she needs the FBI to investigate. And when she’s kidnapped and forced to face her fear, she’s worried that Pender won’t find her in time. 

    And the killer ……. 

    well, he/she really is a piece of work. I did feel sorry for him/her😉at some point, but when he/she gets going with killing his/hers victims with their greatest fears, then I have to say, I changed my mind.

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    A Novel of the Darkyn …. Night Lost by Lynn Viehl

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    Abandoned by his fellow Darkyn, Gabriel Seran is in continual torment as a prisoner of the religious zealots known as the Brethren. His only hope for rescue lies in Nicola Jefferson, a thief seeking a holy relic-and connected to Gabriel in more ways than she can possibly imagine…

    My review …. 

    This is book 4 in a 7 book series. And I don’t think it will spoil it too much. 

    Basically Gabriel has been caught by the resident bad guys in the series (The Brethren) he’s been tortured for the whereabouts of his kin, but he won’t give them up (even though he thinks they’ve forsaken him) 

    Blinded and walled up for eternity, Gabriel seeks comfort in his dreams. That is where he meets his angel, his only joy (but Gabriel can’t feel real joy or pain anymore) 

    They meet in the dream, but he can’t tell her where he is so he can be rescued. He only holds onto life for her (he hopes they can meet before he finally dies) 

    The Darkyn are vampires, they no longer drain their prey, but take enough to survive. They all have unusual talents (different from the usual sparkly vamps) 😉

    Nicola is a relic hunter, she’s after a particular piece and vengeance for the death of her family. 

    She is numb to the real world, her only escape is in her dreams. She meets a green man (yes literally green) she isn’t frightened of him, but she is wary. 

    Together they find each other, and hunt for the relic, and are on the run from the brethren. She hopes to finds justice, he hopes to find out why he was never rescued by his kind.

    There are a few surprises. And I liked the fact Nicola had no intention of falling for Gabriel (she was just going to rescue him and go) and right up to the end you don’t know if she stays. 

    I’m definitely going to read the rest of the series. And the spin off ?!?! Who knows 😉

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    Book Review 📖

    The Affair By Lee Child

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    March 1997. A woman has her throat cut behind a bar in Mississippi. Just down the road is a big army base. Is the murderer a local guy – or is he a soldier?

    Jack Reacher, still a major in the military police, is sent in undercover. The county sheriff is a former U.S. Marine – and a stunningly beautiful woman. 

    Her investigation is going nowhere. Is the Pentagon stonewalling her? Or doesn’t she really want to find the killer?

    Set just six months before the opening of Killing Floor, The Affair marks a turning point in Reacher’s career. If he does what the army wants, will he be able to live with himself? And if he doesn’t, will the army be able to live with him?

    My review ….. 

    Book 16 in a 22 book series. It’s the jack reacher series. They don’t need to be read in order. 

    Jack is an officer in the military police. And he’s asked to go undercover to find out if the murder of a woman is military or civilian. 

    He gets no luck with the local police, and the local sheriff is no help. So jack is wondering if she knows more than she’s letting on. 

    There is a little chemistry between the sheriff and Jack and it’s an interesting read.

    There is enough action to keep me reading,

    I like this series, and I’ve read a couple. 

    The author has this genre down really well.

    So if you like reading an action packed adventure story, then I’ll highly recommend it.

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    Book Review 📖

    Dark Symphony …. A Carpathian Novel by Christine Feehan

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    Blinded and scarred in a terrible accident, Antoinetta Scarletti made music that thrilled the world with its beauty and passion. Descended from a long line of psychics, Antoinetta has learned to rely on her other senses to “see” the world around her, but nothing could have prepared her for Byron.

    He came to her, drawn by her music, and became her secret obsession. Others fear him, sensing that he is dangerous—a predator—but for Antoinetta he is her ultimate fantasy, her dream lover. He woos her with kisses full of erotic allure, whispering that she is his light, his salvation. Byron has waited an eternity for her, and he will let nothing stand between him and the woman born to be his lifemate..

    My review ….. 

    Byron has gotten into trouble a few years ago (the problem with the authors books, there aren’t any real timelines, and as Carpathians live for a long time, we don’t have any real reference to when in time) he had mistaken his best friend’s lifemate was a carpathian female and he wanted that connection with her, and when his friend Jacques (dark desire) claimed her, he thought his friend was forcing Shea and wanted to take her away from him, (don’t want to go into to much detail, but Jacques has been captured, tortured and left for dead in a tomb, Shea rescued him, but it wasn’t an easy time for Jacques and Shea) then Byron himself had been caught and held prisoner (but he was rescued before too much had been done to him) 
    So he decided to leave and become a hunter like many Carpathians have (their brethren are turning into vampires quicker with each passing year, they have to either find a lifemate or face the dawn, or become the thing they most hate) but Byron wasn’t always a hunter, he was a jewellery maker, (he finds jewels beneath the earth and makes them into beautiful pieces of jewellery) 
    He is in Italy when he connects to music and a pianist …… she is his lifemate, and unlike the last time, he will make sure she is his, before he claims her for all time. 

    Antonietta is a world famous piano player. She’s also blind, an accident as a child, but that has never stopped her, she is a strong female and rules her family with a firm but fair hand. Connecting with Byron has awakened something within her, but she won’t leave her family, in fact she only intends to have an affair and move on 😉 But there are things about Byron she can’t explain. 

    Antonietta has a secret🤫 will she be able to tell Byron? Or will it be the secret keep them apart ? Byron has to convince Antonietta that they will be together forever, whereas Antonietta is only looking for short term 😉 she thinks the age gap will be their downfall (little does she know that Byron is a lot older than her) 

    There is a murderer in the Scarlatti family, or someone close to them, things are happening and Antonietta doesn’t know what to do !!! Why is her family being targeted ? 

    Now, I have to admit, Byron’s book was never a favourite of mine. I didn’t get the same connection between Byron and Antonietta as I did for the other couples.
    But It was good that another layer of the back story has been added, and we see other races join the Carpathians, the jaguar race have always been a secret race, keeping away from the rest of society. The jaguar males have been brought up with the attitude that women were there to serve, to give birth and not much more.  (We meet a few jaguar women in later books that show they don’t all take orders😉

    Oh ….. and for readers of Christine’s books, if Antonietta surname rings a bell, then it’s because of a different book she wrote (it’s about a cursed family) yes it’s her ancestors, but no you don’t have to read it.

    The scarletti curse. 

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    Book Review 📖

    Dark Guardian… A Carpathian Novel by Christine Feehan

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    Jaxon Montgomery is a woman hunted. Trained by the Special Forces, honed by a traumatic childhood, she is a policewoman with an undisputed reputation. She meets her match when she is set up to be murdered by an enemy. Hunted on all sides, she can only turn to the mysterious stranger who seems more dangerous than any other she has ever known.
    He ran with the wolves…
    Materialized from the mists…
    Hijacked the very heavens to his whims…

    My review ….. 

    Lucian has been actively seeking his lifemate, he knows she is in the world (after a battle with his twin and conversation with his twin’s lifemate who told of her being in this time) 
    He knows she suffers, he can’t feel it, but he is aware only because Francesca told him. 

    He is weary, he only wanted his brother safe, and then he intended to seek the dawn, well actually, he had fooled his brother for over 400 years, Gabriel thought him vampire, thus keeping both of them from turning, he knew his brothers lifemate lived in Paris, but kept hiding from them both. He wanted his brother to end his existence, he had fought long and hard, and now wanted peace. But with the chance of a lifemate, Lucian has no choice but to find her and see to her happiness. 
    He doesn’t think for one moment he will find her, and how will she put up with him ?  How could a modern woman put up with such a dominant male ?!

    We see Jaxon at different stages of her life, it’s not been an easy one ….. 
    Her father is killed, then her mother and beloved brother. Next comes her adoptive family, in fact anyone that takes an interest in Jaxon meets a nasty end ….. 
    so Jaxon can’t afford to form attachments, although her father taught her self defence and the academy taught her more, the continual threat is always hanging over Jaxon. 

    When jaxon and Lucian first meet it’s at a shoot out in a warehouse, Jaxon is seriously injured, Lucian rescues her and takes her to his home. 

    Lucian is stunned when he finally meets his lifemate ….. he sees bright colours for the first time in more than 1,000 years, emotions bombard him, the thought that he would command her loyalty and just bind her to him (the males have a ritual that they recite, the couple are then tied together for all time) seems ludicrous now to him, he wanted to set and woo her, but the shootout at the warehouse changed that, one thing Lucian is good at …. making plans 😉

    The story takes the same route as all her stories, but each story is different, with Lucian and Jaxon it’s about him tempering his need to protect her, he thinks that his lifemate should stay at home, Jaxon has always been a fighter, a protector, as far as she is concerned, it’s a partnership, so when he goes to hunt, he can expect his mate to go along and back him up. 

    Out of the two legendary twins, I liked Lucian a little more. His and Jaxon’s story has always been a favourite of mine. The banter between Jaxon and Lucian had me smiling at odd moments as I read it. 

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    Thursday’s Post

    It was my day off today ……

    Did a few things in town. Had lunch with a friend. Wanted to pop up to see my daughter’s grave (really windy last weekend, I wanted to make sure everything was still there) but I didn’t get up there. I’ll go and see her Sunday. Finally the wind died down, but still a cold evening.

    Love this ….. there are some days when you’d just like to read until it all goes away ….

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    Book Review 📖

    Dark Legend …. A Carpathian Novel by Christine Feehan

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    Gabriel wakes deep within the ground, and the first sensation he feels is an  overwhelming hunger for blood that demanded satisfaction. But as he hunted the dark streets of Paris for prey, a voice called to him, soothing, calming, giving him the strength to control his craving.
    Francesca Del Ponce was a healer, a woman who radiated goodness as powerfully as the sun did light. But surely his obsession with her would turn him as his twin brother had turned, leaving the world with two monsters instead of one.

    My review ….. 

    Ever since I heard about the legendary twins Gabriel and Lucian, I wondered if they ever found their mates ? 
    And I found the answer out ….. 
    No, after 2,000 years of being on the earth, his brother Lucian had succumbed to the call of the dark monster that lived inside all the Carpathian males. He had turned vampire !!! His brother Gabriel had promised his brother that no one else would hunt and kill him, so for over 400 years they had played cat and mouse ….. Lucian giving clues  to his brother as to where he was and where he his next victim would be.
    And after one hard battle, Gabriel had managed to capture his brother and keep him underground, merging with him, Gabriel sent them both to sleep, until the time that Gabriel could finally vanquish his brother. 

    Francesca is a world renowned glass and quilt maker (but she uses a different name as a disguise) but she is no ordinary female, she is a rare and gifted Carpathian female (now we know that reading previous books, females are rare, and are treasured, so how do we find Francesca without parents or a male in her life?) 
    Centuries ago she met her lifemate, but he didn’t even stop to say hello, he strode through her village, stopping only once to briefly survey his surroundings, then his twin caught his attention, and they left the village !!
    Heartbroken Francesca escaped during the battle that killed many of her brethren, including her parents, she made her own way in the world, settling in Paris she made a life for herself, healing people, and trying to turn herself into a human !!! (Drinking herbal concoctions and experimenting with animal blood) living half a life, her male out in the world, destroying vampires, and her saving lives. 

    We start with Gabriel waking 400 years later, battling a terrible hunger, but something else, a dread…. his brother had somehow woken without Gabriel being aware, he was in Paris and he needed to stop him !! But after 400 years of being underground, Gabriel was worried his own beast would rise, and whilst feeding would kill, and then Gabriel who become the thing he had hunted. 
    He stumbles into a young woman, and instantly he feels calm, unbeknown to him, his lifemate is helping him, he is worried that whilst feeding from her, he will kill her and become vampire, but Francesca is all to aware of what and whom she is helping, if she needs to give her life up to help the humans and Carpathians survive, then it’s a risk worth taking. (She has made up her mind to grow old with a human male she is fond of and end her life as a human.)

    Taking him back to her home, she offers her life …… 
    Gabriel is suddenly aware of feelings and of thoughts, his lifemate is in his arms, and he is draining her …… quickly he stops and replenishes a little of what he took. 

    After that, we have to usual back and forth, Francesca has decided to end her life, and not even her mate will stop her decision. Even as he bounds them together with the “marriage” ritual, he is aware she won’t stay, so he does something that he doesn’t want to do, but is desperate for her to stay with him. 
    We have vampires that are seeking females to save them, we have an ancient vampire playing games with his brother, and we also have a young abused female who will play in quite a few books and a large role in the future. 

    I still enjoy this series, and yes I know what’s coming, but I haven’t read the older books in a while, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed catching up with old friends. 

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    Book Review 📖

    Dark Dream …. A Carpathian Novella …. by Christine Feehan

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    She’s known him since she was fifteen. Every night, he is with her: his face, his voice. Tonight, Sara Marten will meet the man who is both angel and demon, salvation and temptation: Falcon—the Carpathian, the banished hero. Tonight, Sara will meet the dark-eyed destroyer destined to be her mate.

    My review ….. 

    Although a short story it’s still a good read. And we’ve met these characters in a previous book. (I always wondered how they met) it was released as a short story, then the author reissued it with a little more content…..

    Sara had seen her family slaughtered by a vampire, she knew they existed. And she knew how persuasive they could be. Constantly on the move, she is always hunted, never making friends, those people would be at risk from the monster that stalks her. 

    Falcon was an ancient (anyone over 500 years old was considered an ancient) he had served his princes father. (so that makes him really old) He was sent by the prince into the new world, to hunt and destroy their “turned” brethren. (Carpathians who have given up their souls and have become vampires)
    Their prince knew he was sending them to certain death (they don’t know yet that psychic human women can be turned into lifemates) but all had volunteered to go away from their homes to protect the humans. Carpathian females were few and far between, and babies weren’t being born, so the chances of a lifemate, were growing ever slim. 

    At 15 Sara finds a diary and begins to read. It’s from Falcon and he talks about his long and lonely life, how he holds onto his honour for his lifemate. He writes all his hopes and dreams. He pours his heart and soul into the book, but knowing she may never read it. She connects to him, she knows all about lifemates through the diary, she even sees him through the pages (Sara can get images from items) and models a likeness into a bust.

    Falcon knows his end is near …. he wants to return home, see his prince, and then face the dawn. 

    Falcon is ambushed by thugs, but before he can dispense justice, he is aided by a small human, it’s a female, and as soon as she speaks …… both their lives are changed for all time. 

    Sara is also trying to look after a group of runaway children that live on the streets. She’s dedicated her life to helping others, she wants to make a better life for these children, she needs to get them off the streets (something is hunting them)

    So …….. that’s how Sara and Falcon meet😉 it’s a great little story (it won’t matter if you read it or not, I just wanted to know more about these characters) We catch up with a few of the other couples in previous books.

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    Dark Fire …. 
    A carpathian Novel
    Christine Feehan….. 

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    There is Always a price to pay ….
    So Darius warned her when she accepted a position with his traveling troupe. And gazing mesmerized at the merciless slash of his mouth, the implacable resolve on his face, the soulless emptiness of his black eyes, Tempest was afraid to ask what it was.  

    She had always been different, apart from others. From the moment his arms closed around her, enveloping her in a sorcerer’s spell, Darius seemed to understand her unique gifts. But did his kiss offer the love and belonging she sought, or a danger more potent than his own panthers?  

    Somewhere deep inside herself, Tempest realized she knew the answer. She had no choice but to accept the velvet stroke of his tongue, submit to the white-hot heat piercing her skin, welcome an erotic pleasure like no other. . . 

    My review …… 

    Darius is so close to turning, he fears for his family. He doesn’t think they will be able to defeat him, and he will slaughter all and everyone his path ….. 

    A carpathian male loses his emotions and the ability to see in colour after a few hundred years, so Darius is stunned at seeing a young girl with red hair trying to fix a motor that his little group own. But she’s not a girl, she’s a young woman. And when he heard her voice for the first time, emotions and feelings batter his senses. Julian is a carpathian male just recently joined their group (he is Desari’s mate from dark challenge) and he explained that there are human women out in the world capable of restoring the males emotions. He is hungry to learn more about this female, she is his salvation and no one will stop him from making her his !!!! 

    Tempest “Rusti” is a mechanic, she’s always on the move after being let down by her mother and the system. Finding this job seems like a miracle, she can travel with this group, saving money until she has enough to set herself up. But after meeting Desari’s brother, she isn’t so sure !!!! There is something that calls to her …. 

    The book is full of emotion. It deals with abuse with a sensitive hand. Tempest has had a hard life and is very wary, but she keeps questioning everything around her, and is very suspicious of the band. And once she finds out the truth, she makes a run for it, but that doesn’t go well for her, and Darius is there to save her (in fact she has a penchant for trouble, and he saves her a few times!!) 

    The society again raises its head, (a group of humans out to destroy vampires, and carpathians are caught in the crossfire) and Rusti is put in danger. 
    Darius thinks she needs a keeper, but she’s fine with being on her own. 
    The banter between these two is very funny. And reading the struggle between them makes for an interesting read. 

    So we a feisty female who refuses to listen to an ancient warrior, and constantly finds trouble (or trouble just follows her around) 
    We have a carpathian who has been a leader without being questioned for centuries, and now a mere mortal female has him tied up in knots !!!! 

    This is the book that set me off on my path to paranormal romances. I read it, and I was hooked….. 
    Each book in this long series can be read on its own, but to be perfectly honest, I read them in order (there is an underlining story through the whole series) 

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    Random Thought….

    I found this whilst wandering through the internet 😉 and it’s so true ….. 

    so I thought I’d share…….

    Do civilians even know about the torture we book nerds go through for each and every book we’re obsessed with?

    If you’re a reader, chances are you know the struggle of an anticipated book release.  We’re not talking about “oh, yeah, I’m excited for that book to come out” anticipation, we’re talking “OH MY GOD I WOULD SELL MY LITTLE BROTHER’S KIDNEYS TO HAVE THAT BOOK IN MY HANDS RIGHT NOW” anticipation. (Sorry little brothers.)

    But no matter what you’re willing to do to get that book, most of the time you just have to wait a year for it to be finished. You’d think that the millions of books you could read in the meantime would at least do something to reduce the anticipation, but it never does. And so we eagerly await each phase of the book’s release…. 

    Ha ha…. 

    And that’s just waiting for the hard back (I usually wait for the paperback, as it’s cheaper) the paperback is either 6 months later if the following year !!! I do get annoyed, as when I first started reading these loooooong series, they were in paperback in the uk, but now the publishers want you to shell out your hard earned cash (and some people buy BOTH!!) 

    Anyway rant over ….. 

    Just thought I’d share this readers view 😉

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    Book Review 📖

    Dark Challenge…. A Carpathian Novel by Christine Feehan

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    Julian Savage was golden. 
    Powerful. But tormented. For the brooding hunter walked alone. Always alone, far from his Carpathian kind, alien to even his twin. Like his name, his existence was savage. Until he met the woman he was sworn to protect…. 
    When Julian heard Desari sing, rainbows swamped his starving senses. Emotions bombarded his hardened heart. And a dark hunger to possess her flooded his loins, blinding him to the danger stalking him.
    And even as Desari enflamed him, she dared to defy him – with mysterious, unparalleled feminine powers. Was Desari more than his perfect mate? Julian had met his match in this woman, but would she drive him to madness…or save his soul?

    My review ….. 

    Book 5 sees Aidan’s (from dark gold) twin Julian sent on a mission to protect a mortal woman from the society (a group of humans bent on destroying vampires and their brethren the carpathians) she has been targeted because of her strange lifestyle. 

    Julian is different from most carpathian males, he is tall, muscular and blond. Carpathian males are usually tall, slender and black haired. 
    And his thirst for knowledge sets him on a path that will see him setting a self imposed exile from his twin and the Carpathian Mountains !!!! 

    Desari is a singer in a group they sing only at night, and never at large gigs. Their music haunts you, makes you believe it’s written and sung just for you.
    But death stalks Desari in the form of vampires and a group of humans wanting to destroy her and her family. And they almost succeed, she is targeted at a concert, mortally wounded, she is given blood and is changed for all time. 

    Meeting a strange and fascinating man, she becomes aware of a few things, her body responds to him (she’s never had this reaction before) and he can talk to her in the way only her family and band members can. Who is this man ? And why does he insist she is his light ? And that they will be together. 
    But she won’t be taken for granted, and she won’t leave her family. 

    They meet at one of her concerts and Julian is stunned …… Desari isn’t human, she’s a carpathian female ?!?! How is this possible ? Their women are few and he would have known her or of her. And so is the rest of her group, how has he never heard of them ? And how have they survived for so long ? What is their story ? 
    Julian needs to find answers. 
    And what is more …… she’s is his lifemate!!! 
    But meeting the female proves interesting, She knows what she is, she doesn’t know of her brethren in the Carpathian Mountains, she only knows her brother’s law ….. and Darius is a law unto himself !!!! 

    The society have found Desari, and she becomes a target. Julian can do no more than protect her, but comes up against Darius (her brother) as far as Darius is concerned Julian isn’t a vampire, but he is a powerful being, and he fears for his sisters safety, and needs to be destroyed. He is their leader and protector, and takes his job very seriously. 

    Vampires also target Desari (they are under the impression that a female will restore them back to being a carpathian, but once turned, they can never come back)

    The story provides some funny moments, and the usual fight scenes. The ongoing struggle with the society that stalks their every move. 
    Desari’s struggle to unite her brother and her lifemate (both alpha males, neither backing down) she won’t leave her brother, he has spent centuries protecting them, and as he struggles with his own darkness, Desari won’t abandon him now. 

    And what of the dark and terrible secret that Julian hides ? Will it destroy everything and everyone he loves ? 

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    Dark magic ….. Christine Feehan…. A carpathian novel

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    Young Savannah Dubrinsky was a mistress of illusion, a world-famous magician capable of mesmerizing millions. But there was one-Gregori, the Dark One-who held her in terrifying thrall. Whose cold silver eyes and heated sensuality sent shivers of danger, of desire, down her slender spine.
    With a dark magic all his own, Gregori-the implacable hunter, the legendary healer, the most powerful of Carpathian males-whispered in Savannah’s mind that he was her destiny. That she had been born to save his immortal soul. And now, here in New Orleans, the hour had finally come to claim her. To make her completely his. In a ritual as old as time . . . and as inescapable as eternity.

    My review …….. 

    For centuries Gregori has battled the vampire, but he’s also battled the darkness inside himself. The more battles and kills he makes to keep his carpathian brethren safe, the more of his soul he loses. He is the greatest healer they have, and he has dedicated his life to finding the cause of infantile deaths in his race. 
    Their beloved females don’t seem to be able to carry children anymore. Most lose them early in the pregnancy, and if they go to full term, most lose the child within its first year of life.
    Gregori has worked out that human psychic females can be safe turned into a carpathian, (the other half of a male carpathian soul,) guaranteeing he doesn’t turn into a vampire. 
    But Gregori hides a terrible secret…. he made sure that the female child being carried by his best friend Mikhail’s lifemate Raven was to be HIS lifemate!!! He knows dark magic and used all his talents and healing skills to ensure the female would be his light, his other half of his soul, and he’s kept that a secret since the child was born. And through her childhood he has been her guardian, her protector, her shadow….. And now he needs to claim her, he can’t hold out any longer, the darkness calls to him. 

    Savannah has always known “the dark one” a family friend, her fathers best friend. But he scares her, he is domineering, arrogant and totally focused. She doesn’t want to be his “mate” she wants a life, she wants her freedom. And escaping from the Carpathian Mountains to become a world famous illusionist seemed like a good idea, Savannah loves her job, but lives a solitary life. She can’t form emotional attachments, another’s touch can’t be tolerated. 

    And when her job brings her into contact with a vampire and Gregori, savannah knows her time has run out !!! 

    Their journey is an interesting read. Savannah wants freedom and independence, but she knows of the struggles that the Carpathian male face. But why shouldn’t she choose ? She doesn’t want to be put in a cage. 
    Gregori thinks he has taken a lifemate meant for another carpathian, he finally faces his doubts, all his confidence and bravado doesn’t make him feel any less guilty, does his need outweigh another of his brethren ? Would savannah actually been his ? 

    As always the author brings their world to life. Very descriptive, and very entertaining. 
    Love the fight scenes, always full of action.

    We also get to meet Gary (he plays a huge role in the ongoing story that appears soon) a human scientist that gets more than he bargains for when he meets up with savannah and Gregori. 

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    Dark Gold ….. Carpathian Novel by Christine Feehan

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    So book 3 has us visiting an ancient (anyone classed over 500 years old is an ancient) Aidan. He has also long given up hope of finding his lifemate, but he does his duty to his prince (Mikhail) he left the Carpathian Mountains to travel to America, to find and fight the vampires. 
    We’ve met Aidan before and I had wondered if he would get a story. 

    Alexandria is a budding artist, but without a job, and she needs one to look after herself and her young brother Josh. Getting an interview with a famous graphic designer for a video game company seems like a dream job. So she plans to meet the owner at a restaurant, taking her drawings, she pulls up at the restaurant, but there is something not right !!!! There is a heavy and ominous feeling, dread and fear skated down her back, quickly going into the restaurant she finds the owner of the company, putting her fear to one side, Alex wins him over with her art, she has a job, and now her and her brother can breathe a sigh of relief. 

    The first meeting between Alex and Aidan isn’t one of joy, she thinks he’s a vampire, he thinks she is a mortal who has been turned into an evil vampiress!!!! 
    (Alex has been captured by a vampire who recognised her as a strong telepath, and wanted her for his own, but she manages to escape, but not before ingesting some of the vampires blood)
    He had been tracking a vampire, and comes across Alex, intending to end her misery, as Aidan goes into kill her. 
    Colours and emotions flood his body, he’s found his lifemate, joy courses through his body, but he fears for her life. 

    The story goes through a few twists and turns. Alex’s denial at what she has become, she doesn’t want ANYTHING to do with Aidan, believing he is a vampire. He wood her gently and with great patience, but he knows he can’t ever let her go …… 

    Great fight scenes and action is throughout this book, along with some big laughs (the owner of the company still wants her to work for him, but also wants her for himself) and Aidan has to cope with jealously. 

    Looking forward to the next book.

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    A Dark Assassins Novel…. Jade …. book 4 … Valerie Ullmer

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    Jade never wanted a mate. She loved being an assassin and she had a family in her fellow assassins, their mates, and little Silas. She truly had everything she needed. But when Ghost assigned her to track the same immortals who tried to kill Xander’s family, she couldn’t refuse. 

    But the complication arises when Ghost requests she partner with Noah, a human and ex-special forces soldier. Jade has never worked with a human before, much less one that hated her from the moment he laid eyes on her. But she was a professional and if she could play a part in destroying the immortals who threatened her family, she could accept the human. If only she knew how to fight her attraction to him.

    All Noah Hale wanted was to kill the immortals who lured his best friend and fellow ex-Navy SEAL to his death. He had no desire to be teamed with a beautiful tracker who mesmerized him the moment she turned her emerald eyes his way. But in order to stop other soldiers from pursuing the same fate, he needed to swallow his pride and work with a group of immortals he didn’t trust.

    As Jade and Noah track the group of shifters through the mountains of Colorado, the danger lurking around every corner threatens everything they both hold close. Will they be able to find a way through, together?

    My Review…… 

    Jade is a red fox shifter, she loves her “family” of assassins, and their growing family of mates. She has sisters in the mates of Kai, Xander, Seth and Reaper. There isn’t much she wouldn’t do for her family, so when her boss Ghost asks for her help on tracking down some of the Assassins that attacked Xander and Frost (book 3) in the last book, Jade quickly agrees, but there is a proviso, she has to work with a human. 

    Noah isn’t too keen on shifters or vampires, his best friend enrolled them into a research program, from there he watched his best friend die a horrid death, he blames the shifter community, so it’s so keen to work with them, but he wants the culprits who killed his friend to pay, and wants that organisation closed down for good. Going to another shifter organisation seemed the only logical solution (you have to fight fire with fire, humans weren’t going to be of any use, it had to be immortals) 
    What he didn’t bank on was meeting a gorgeous redhead, a small package perfectly put together, did he want to know her? Hell yes, did he think she was up to the job? Hell no, but Noah was going to find out how efficient Jade was ….. 

    Again, the author seemed to take the easy route (Jade knows Noah is her mate, and Noah is happy with it? Didn’t he just admit that he didn’t like or trust shifters?) a little dislike and indecision would have made it a little more believable. 

    The story moves at a relatively good pace, we have the good guys, we have the bad guys and then we have the love interest. We catch up with previous characters and couples from previous books. 
    We have a few fights. And we have a little soul searching from both sides.

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    Wednesday’s Post

    Usually my day off but had to swap it around. Should be back to normal next week 😉

    Do you want to see the day picture first ? Or the butterfly ? 💋

    Tempted to give this Life Hack a go. I’m sure it would be cheaper than the lotions I slap on after my shower/bath 😉

    😂would love to do that ……. book a get away and just read all weekend 😉

    A really windy day today. Watching the trees, and hoping they didn’t blow over !!

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    A Dark Assassins Novel…. Xander … book 3 … Valerie Ullmer

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    Half-human, half-shifter.

    Xander has secretly yearned for a mate for most of his immortal existence, and yet after three of his friends found exactly what he’s always wanted, he’d come to believe that he’d missed his chance at happiness.

    Until he heard her voice.

    Frost is a wildlife biologist and tracker and she has been assigned, despite her adamant protests, to lead mercenaries into the mountains of Snowfall, Colorado for the sole purpose of killing immortal shifters. In order to protect those who have no idea the kind of danger they are in, she agrees. As she leads the armed men on a wild chase around the snow-covered pines, she could sense that she was running out of time.

    Until she heard his voice.

    Xander understands exactly who Frost is the moment he hears her thoughts. With the help of Kane and Gunnar, they eliminate those in her group as they try to keep her safe. But during the fight, she is hurt and all of his protective instincts flare to life. As Xander learns more about her, he realizes that Frost might be the key to the creation of the immortals, both vampire and shifter. 

    But when she becomes a target from those who want to destroy the Dark Company and Xander’s family, how far will he go to save her?


    My Review…… 

    Xander always seemed more open to the idea of a mate. But he’s convinced himself that his has died, or that he just couldn’t be as lucky as Kai (book 1) Reaper (book 2) or even young Seth (book 2.5) he just has to be content with his family…. 

    Frost is a tracker and works for a company who takes people out into the wilderness. She’s also a wildlife biologist, she loves her job, it gets her away from people and the town. She prefers her own company or the company of animals.

    Being hired to track animals for a group of mercenaries, Frost is against the idea from the start, but leads them around the forest in the hopes of losing them. 

    But what she bumps into is a whole lot more …. 

    As soon as Xander “connects” with Frost, something inside him settles. He’s found his mate, and she’s in trouble !!! Dispatching the threat around her, he also places her in harms way, and she’s shot!!! 

    We have a name for the society that want to end the Dark Company (that’s the name for the vampires and shifters who work under ghost their leader) it’s called Nightfall. It’s a company run by shifters only (they look down on both the humans and vampires with equal distain) 

    And the secret that Frost holds… well she isn’t all human that’s for sure ….. is she the key to unlocking the questions about the shifters and vampires ? Was the first shifter born or made ? And what of the vampires ?

    Now, I must admit, I was expecting more, and I was a little disappointed with Xander’s book. It felt a little rushed (was it because of Seth’s novella?) and it didn’t flow as well as book one and two. We had the action, some drama, but no real angst, no real indecision as to where they each thought they were their mate. And the interaction with secondary characters felt a little stilted !!!! 


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    A Dark Assassins Novel…. Seth …. book 2.5 …. Valerie Ullmer

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    Immortals have been a part of Seth’s world since he barged into Kai’s life at the age of twelve. And having a group of shifter and vampire assassins he considered family, he thought that he’d seen it all and that nothing would surprise him. But the one night he met Aubrey changed his world, and he’d never been so happy to be wrong.

    Aubrey was used to seclusion, even before she had been turned into a vampire. She’d never dreamed of a life outside her tiny little world, but that was until she met Seth. Before she could understand her reactions, she ran from him. But she couldn’t stay away. The more she gets to know him, the stronger the connection between them solidifies.

    When Seth tells Aubrey that he is her mate, will she take a chance and keep him forever?

    My Review….

    A short story involving the youngest member of the Dark Assassins company and family. 
    Seth has known about vampires and shifters since he was 12 years old, he’d been unofficially adopted by Kai ( vampire and hero in book 1) then quickly accepted by the rest of the “Dark Company” members.
    His parents aren’t exactly maternal, and leave him to his own devices. 
    He wants to help Olivia with her research so goes to school with the intentions of helping her. 
    Whilst studying at college, Seth is aware that he should make more of an effort to have human friends, he tried one date….. and that was a disaster!!! 

    Aubrey has been a vampire for a little while now (she was “turned” by her mothers latest “boyfriend”) after leaving her mother, Aubrey has been on her own, it’s safer for her that way, the only friends she has is Cole (a human male) and a cat called Hades. 
    Deciding on a college course is a big deal for Aubrey, the idea of mixing with people terrifies her. 

    The story moves pretty quick (Seth knows Aubrey is his mate, and wants them to be together, he also wants her to turn him into a vampire, so they can be together for a long time) Aubrey isn’t sure, and moves at a slower pace.
    It’s a novella, so the story has to move along at a quicker pace. 

    We catch up with precious couples, we also catch up with other characters from the previous books. 

    Must admit, it’s not my favourite in the series so far (is it because it’s a short story ? Maybe) but I’m glad Seth got a story. And a little disappointed that we had no kidnappings or people trying to kill each other 😉

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    Forever Wolf ….The legend of all the wolves series …. book 3 ….. Maria Vale

    FOREVER WOLF……. Maria Vale


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    Born with one blue eye and one green, Eyulf was abandoned as an infant and has never understood why, or what he is…Varya is fiercely loyal to the Great North Pack, which took her in when she was a teenager. While out on patrol, Varya finds Eyulf wounded and starving and saves his life, at great risk to her own.

    Legend says his eyes portend the end of the world…or perhaps, the beginning…

    With old and new enemies threatening the Great North, Varya knows as soon as she sees his eyes that she must keep Eyulf hidden away from the superstitious wolves who would doom them both. Until the day they must fight to the death for the Pack’s survival, side by side and heart to heart…

    The Legend of All Wolves Series:
    The Last Wolf (Book 1)
    A Wolf Apart (Book 2)
    Forever Wolf (Book 3)

    My review ……

    Reading this I felt I was missing stuff. So I do think you need to read the other books, but saying that, I don’t think it detracts from a really good read. 

    It’s a very different read from the usual shifter books I’ve read. The wolves are human, but most live as a wolf, they think as wolves, their hierarchy is very different from what I’ve read. 

    Varya is very disconnected from the pack, everything she does is a duty, she is extremely loyal, and there is nothing she won’t do as a “shielder” (a guardian or enforcer) this isn’t her original pack, she moved to this group as a teenager, so is that why she doesn’t connect with anyone ? 

    Whilst on patrol, Varya finds an injured wolf, now by rights she should have killed it, or at least inform her pack, but there is something about this white wolf that calls to her, it’s stirred up emotions that Varya didn’t realise she had. 

    Eyulf is different from the other wolves, his eyes give him away, one is blue, the other is green, he carries a heavy prophecy on his shoulders, he could start the end of the world, but he could also save it. 

    There are many characters from the previous books that we catch up with. And how Varya interacts with them all is very interesting. Most of the book is told from her POV (her point of view) and although not my favourite thing to read, it does give you an insight into Varya and her emotions (or lack of) 

    So what does the future have for Varya and Eyulf ? In fact, what does the future hold for the pack and the world? 


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    A Wolf apart …The legend of all wolves series …. book 2…. Maria Vale

    Can a human truly make room in her heart for the Wild?
    Thea Villalobos has long sincerely given up trying to be what others expect of her. So in Elijah Sorensson she can see through the man of the world to a man who is passionate to the point of heartbreak. But something inside him is dying…

    Elijah Sorensson has all kinds of outward success: bespoke suits, designer New York City apartment, women clamoring for his attention. Except Elijah despises the human life he’s forced to endure. He’s Alpha of his generation of the Great North Pack, and the wolf inside him will no longer be restrained…


    My Review … 

    Elijah is a success in the human world, women, apartments and money. It’s all his, on a plate for him, but he hates the human world. It’s a facade he can’t continue for much longer, but he has to, his pack rely on him. But it’s killing him slowly. 

    We see this story through Elijah’s eyes. His loyalty and duty to the pack is evident in his sacrifice. He longs to be free, he longs for the pack life. 

    The levels in the pack hierarchy is very insightful. The stories are so different from what I’ve read before. These wolves live and breathe pack life. They shift into their “human skins” only when necessary. 

    The structure is different in these books. There are alphas for each age group(called an echelon), and they in turn answer to an alpha pair. 

    Thea is human, she doesn’t live like other people. She doesn’t suffer fools, she speaks her mind, so she is an ideal mate for Elijah, but wolves don’t mate humans, so if he takes her back to the pack, this could spell trouble for the couple. She makes him feel alive, as only being in his wolf form could bring him. 

    So, will they be allowed to stay together? Will Elijah sacrifice his happiness with Thea? Will he choose pack over his own happiness? 

    I guess your going to have to read the book to find out 😉


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    Dark Desire by Christine Feehan… A Carpathian Novel

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    My review ….. 

    Book two sees a much darker and harder hitting book. 

    Jacques was in book 1, Mikhail’s younger brother. He is captured, tortured then left for dead in a cellar …… 

    7 years later finds a Doctor and surgeon Shea needing to go to the Carpathian Mountains, she has a need to find something!!!! 

    2 years ago she mentally connected with a picture, and now she hears a voice, calling to her, she needs to know if the voice is real, or is she slowly going mad ?! She has a blood disorder and is constantly looking for a cure. Will her fathers heritage help, she knows very little about her father as he left both Shea and her mother to fend for themselves, her mother slowly withdrew into her own little world, until she committed suicide and left Shea an orphan. 

    When jacques wakens it’s to constant pain and hunger, why hadn’t anyone found him ? Why hasn’t SHE found him ? He calls to her, did she betray him ? Was she the reason he is now trapped and in constant agony ? He knows she draws near, but he has gone a little mad (seven years of torture will do that to anyone) 

    When they finally meet, it’s not a pleasant meeting, he plans to punish her, he plans to drain her dry, but his heart and body recognise her as his mate!!! 

    Their courtship is fraught with hardship, danger and madness ….. Jacques can’t quite grasp reality m, and tends to slip into a dark place, and can’t stand being on his own, he has to be around Shea at all times …… 

    And when his carpathian family finally arrive, it’s not a happy reunion, he feels betrayed that no one looked for him, he thought his brother would search until he was found. 

    The betrayer is revealed and a battle ensues. And it’s someone very close to home. 

    This book was harder to read, as I liked jacques in the previous book (dark Prince) and what he does to his life mate is a little had to read, considering they are suppose to cherish the lighter side of their soul. 

    But I love the book and I have read it more than a few times, and we see his progress in other books in this series. 

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    The last wolf ….. The legend of all the wolves …. book 1 …. Maria Vale

    Back Cover……

    For three days out of thirty, when the moon is full and her law is iron, the Great North Pack must be wild…. 

    If she returns to her Pack, the stranger will die. 
    But if she stays…

    Silver Nilsdottir is at the bottom of her Pack’s social order, with little chance for a decent mate and a better life. Until the day a stranger stumbles into their territory, wounded and beaten, and Silver decides to risk everything on Tiberius Leveraux. But Tiberius isn’t all he seems, and in the fragile balance of the Pack and wild, he may tip the destiny of all wolves…


    My Review……

    The start of a trilogy.

    This isn’t a typical shifter book, the author has gone for a different spin. These are wolves that change into humans, most don’t like to be humans for long. They aren’t comfortable in the human skin, nor the surroundings of being trapped in a human body, they prefer the hierarchy that the wolf pack brings them. To a wolf, it’s all about the pack, and feelings don’t usually come into it. So romance isn’t really high on their list of things that is important. They mate, not necessarily for love, it’s more of an alliance between packs or for the good of the pack. 

    Silver isn’t a typical wolf shifter, she has a disability, but it doesn’t stop her, in fact I think it’s made her more determined. She knows she won’t get a chance at getting a mate, the best she can hope for is being a “servant” to the alpha pair. 

    She is strong willed and will speak her mind when warranted. 

    She doesn’t really get noticed, but all that changes when she meets Tiberius….. 

    Tiberius beaten and wounded badly, stumbles into the Great North pack’s territory. 

    He spends most of his time in human form (living with an abusive parent, he suppresses that side of himself). But the pack of wolves won’t be as understanding as the single she wolf who found him. They don’t accept the wolves who live a human life. 

    As I said before, the romance isn’t a big thing in this book, it does focus on how they feel, and reading how Silver thinks and feels about Tiberius, it really gives us a different opinion. 

    It does make it hard to keep reading, but if you forget about the other shifter books you’ve read, and read it for what the book is trying to tell you, then it’s a really good read. 

    We start in the past, and how the Pack was created. 

    We learn about pack through Silver’s eyes, and the love she has for her pack. But we also learn that Silver wants a life and a mate of her own. 


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    Taming the Troublemaker …. Kadie Scott

    Taming the Troublemaker (the hills of Texas series) …. Kadie Scott 

    Back cover …….

    One daring kiss with the playboy tempts the good girl, but can she tame him? 

    Autry Hill may be a cowboy to his boots, but he’s also gained quite the reputation as a charmer and playboy. His parents aren’t sure he’s ready to take the reins of the family’s prosperous Texas ranch, so they set up a challenge: No women or scandal for the next six months and the ranch house he grew up in is his. Easy peasy, Autry thinks. He’s already tired of late nights and romancing, until elementary school teacher Beth Cooper happens to cross his path. Suddenly Autry is losing his heart, his mind, and what’s left of his reputation. 

    Good girl teacher Beth Cooper is far too practical to fall for Autry Hill, even if she had a crush on him way back when. The man’s been breaking hearts since middle school. But when he becomes her unexpected champion and then they work together to help one of Beth’s troubled students who’s about to lose everything, she sees a different side of Autry – serious, compassionate, determined and dedicated. And that Autry is nearly impossible to resist. Does she need to?


    Other books in the series ….

    Saving the Sheriff

    Resisting the Rancher 

    Taming the Troublemaker 


    My review …… 

    I’ve read the other books in the series, but you don’t need to worry, as each one is a stand-alone, not an ongoing story. We do catch up with previous characters from the other two books, but it only adds to the story. 

    Autry is ready to take the reins of the family ranch. But his family thinks he’s not ready, his playboy past hasn’t convinced them, but they plan to change his ways. They give him an ultimatum….. clean up your act, stay out of trouble for six months and ranch is yours. 

    Easy ….. well …. it would be if it wasn’t for a series of meetings with a certain teacher. He’s never really noticed Beth much, her two sisters were always the Center of attention, but helping out at the local school Autry sees Beth in a different light….. but a deal is a deal, so Autry can’t act on his feelings, but surely a few kisses won’t hurt ? 

    Beth loves her job, she’s a good teacher, but she has a problem …..well she has a problem child at school. She needs help, and that comes in the shape of her school crush Autry, (he never noticed the plain Jane, her two sisters were far prettier than she could ever be) community service sees him helping her, and together they help the kid. 

    So will Autry break his no women for six months promise to his dad and lose the ranch, or will Beth be worth the risk ? 

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    His heart is bound tighter than the bondage he craves…

    Determined to put her past behind her, Cassidy Peyton moves to the Big Apple. But New York has a few dark secrets of its own, including Serve, an exclusive BDSM club. It’s a place she isn’t sure she’s ready for, until she sees him watching her. Hot. Intent. Knowing. With eyes that leave her stomach tied in knots, because the loneliness he’s trying to hide matches her own.