Sunday, 28 June 2020

Weekly Update #118


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This week has been a better week than most lately!
Minecraft dropped a new update so we've been playing that a lot. 
I met up with friends for "garden breakfasts" twice this week. 
One was my usual Friday morning breakfast that happens every week - before lockdown, it was in our local cafe. When lockdown hit, it moved to video calls from our kitchens. Now, we can meet in our gardens. The second (on Wednesday) was for my friends birthday. 
Meeting up with them in person is wonderful and feels normal even though we still have to sit at a distance and bring our own drinks etc. lol. 
Friday evening we had homemade pizzas and a movie.
Yesterday, we were supposed to be laying our patio but it rained so that's happening today (while I hid in the kitchen, lol.)

I had another day in office this week and it looks like one or two days a week in office will be the norm until Dec/Jan... Two days a week is better than nothing and I'm lucky I can continue to work from home. It's actually probably going to be a good working balance, especially when schools go back and I can keep to "normal" work hours!

The office time and seeing people are doing wonderful things of my sanity.

It's three more weeks until school is out and I'm counting down the days even though I have no idea what we're going to do this summer... I'm torn between happy that more business and places are able to re-open now and terrified that the rampant stupidity that is on display (like overwhelming local beaches on hot days) will lead to us getting put back into a strict lockdown again. 
Whatever happened to common sense?!

My blog break comes to an end this week (back to "normal" on Wednesday) so I'll be back to posting more than just Sunday Posts. 😊

Hope you're all well!
 I'm trying to be better at keeping up with comments and visits but I haven't quite got my mojo back in that department yet... Baby steps, I guess!



The Mageri Series Boxset 
Dannika Dark is an UF author I've been meaning to read for ages so, with the boxset of the first three books being on sale at 99p, it was a no brainer to start here!

Well Met by Jen DeLuca went on sale at £1.49! 
Naturally, I grabbed it. I've been wanting to read it for a while but reluctant to spent £8 for it to sit on my kindle ignored until the mood strikes... At £1.49 I don't mind buying now and reading later (probably much later! lol)

Shameless by Lex Martin was a newsletter freebie. Martin is a new to me author but I like the sound of the book.



It was a good reading week.

I struggled with Daisy Jones in the beginning. It was interesting but not gripping in my slumpy state but the minute Daisy and The Six met? Boom! Read the rest of the book in one evening.
Considering when their paths merge, I read almost all the book in one evening, lol.
It was addictive.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

The Song of Achilles I inhaled via audio and the only reason it took me almost a month was that I stopped about 3/4 of the way through because I knew what was coming (being no stranger to the Iliad) and didn't want to hear it, lol.
I finally plucked up the courage and listened. I cried. My heart broke. And it was wonderful.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Maleficent: Mistress of Evil was our movie this week and I enjoyed it!
I'm loving Disney+. It saves me a small fortune on digital rentals and DVD purchases.


I've been listening to old favourites this week and this is one of my favourite Killers songs.




The Book Blogger Hop - 2020 Collection #2 
Month in Review - June!


Have a great week all!

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Weekly Update #117


Welcome!
The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Now that's explained, it's on to my weekly recap!


There's nothing really to report!
I think I've officially hit reading slump status, I have no motivation to do anything, no patience to deal with anything or anyone and I'm generally just super super grumpy.
Even worse, the professor is grumpy, the kid is grumpy, I speak to my mum and she's tired and grumpy... It seems to be the general state of people and it's exhausting.

The only thing that saved this week for me was watching the Medici TV show on Netflix. 

Ah well, next week will hopefully be a better one! You know, if I can snap out of this funk.

Hope you're all ok!


Freebies!


All of these lovelies were free via amazon or newsletters.  



⭐⭐⭐⭐

Just one novella!


Medici: Masters of Florence (aka S1) and Medici: The Magnificent (aka S2 & 3) although I've only got to the end of S2 so far.
It's awesome! Beautifully acted, wonderful costumes and an amazing soundtrack.
The eye candy is also superb... Just saying.


As I said, I've been binge-watching Medici on Netflix and I'm in love!
This song is hauntingly beautiful and the melody is woven through the show.


Have a great week all!

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Weekly Update #116


Welcome!
The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Now that's explained, it's on to my weekly recap!


Hello everyone!
I'm enjoying my blog break. I'm not getting as many posts written and scheduled as I liked (I think I have 3, lol) nor have I managed to catch up on all your posts lately but limiting the internet has been good for my brain. Next step is to limit time on my phone! Honestly, my social media (namely Twitter) has turned into a dumpster fire so I think avoiding may be the best thing for a while... 

Despite being inactive/unproductive online, I've been productive in my house which currently looks like a hurricane hit it but it's ok! It'll all come together, lol.

When we first moved in (almost two years ago) we decided to install a breakfast bar in our kitchen as it doesn't have huge amounts of space. 
It was a good idea except it was never really used for eating and became a dumping ground for stuff.
Long story short, it drove us nuts and meant we didn't have anywhere to sit properly and eat our meals as we'd gotten rid of our dining table when we installed the breakfast bar. 
(For special occasions we pulled a foldaway table out of storage.)
We'd been debating some solutions for a while and decided we needed to make changes to the kitchen so we've pulled out the breakfast bar, pinched some space from the utility area and bought a new kitchen table. 
So, we've been repairing walls, painting, removing doors to open up space etc... It also means replacing things like our kitchen bin! We managed to find a nifty bin that has two stacked compartments - one for general waste and the other for recycling which means we only need one item rather than the current set up of one bin for general waste and two separate recycling containers.
(The things that make you happy and excited as an adult! 😆)

Kitchen aside, I've also been sorting through clothes for charity or recylcing, decluttering the shed, organising cupboards and generally losing my mind with the need to sort things
I think lockdown broke me.

Oh! And we also have our patio slabs on order. They'll take three weeks to arrive but when they get here we can finally get our patio down, buy our garden furniture and have our outside space finished!



I'm not going to lie, I grabbed Opium and Absinthe because I loved the cover. The blurb sounds good too but I seriously love the cover, lol. I got it free (and two weeks early!) because Amazon Prime apparently does that? Gives one title from a pre-set list, a little bit early, to Prime subscribers... I had no clue! But, win!

Queen of The Conquered cropped up in my Amazon recommendations and sounds awesome! It was 99p so I grabbed it.


Nothing but some kids books.


I'm reading Daisy Jones and The Six and House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City) but I'm reading slow right now...


Movie night this week was Artemis Fowl on Disney+.
Having never read the books, I thought it was meh/okay. The kid, having read all the books, was outraged and complaining from about 10minutes in... Needless to say, it wasn't a hit in this house, lol.


One pre-break commitment!

Release Blitz: Carolina Beach Boxset

Have a great week all!

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Release Day Blitz: Carolina Beach Boxed Set by Cecy Robson!


I'm new to Cecy Robson's books - and have only read some her urban fantasy novels so far - but I'm looking forward to discovering her contemporary romances and this seems like a good place to start!
All three novels of her Carolina Beach series – Inseverable, Eternal, and Infinite – together in one steamy eBook bundle.
Win!



INSEVERABLE 

Winner of 2017 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence 

Callahan is a former army sniper who wants to make an escape from his past and everything he experienced at war. When he inherits a house on South Carolina’s Kiawah Island, he packs his bags, believing he will finally have the peace and seclusion he craves. Unfortunately, Callahan never counted on meeting Trinity. She is a native who has returned to Kiawah for one last memorable summer with friends before leaving for the Peace Corps. Callahan doesn’t want to get close to anyone–let alone Trinity. He finds her perkiness insufferable and her attempts to entice his smile distracting. After all, he’s in Kiawah to leave all feelings behind. But when it comes to Trinity, who feels everything, it’s hard not to feel something.

Neither expected to fall in love. And no one could have predicted how inseverable they’d become.

ETERNAL

After months of bad luck and even worse men, Luciana Diaz just wants to crawl under the covers and forget the year ever happened. Her friend has other plans, convincing Luci to attend a New Year’s Eve party on the affluent shores of Kiawah Island. Luci never expected to have fun. She also never expected to wake up next to Landon Summers, a man she just met. Unfortunately, she soon finds out that this man happens to be the new attorney at her firm! After an ugly separation and even worse divorce, Landon has no desire to jump into another relationship.

Neither Luci nor Landon planned on meeting each other, and they definitely didn’t plan on love. But the New Year means a fresh start, and eternal possibilities neither can deny . . .

INFINITE

National Reader’s Choice Award First Runner-up

Hale Wilder and Becca Shields grew up together on Kiawah Island. They were close in high school but have not seen each other since that humiliating night long ago when her family caught them on the beach, barely clothed. He strived to be the best student and the best athlete and grew into a successful businessman taking the finance world by storm. Hale is rich, powerful, and seemingly unstoppable. That is until a company scandal threatens to destroy his reputation and bring down everything he has worked for. Becca is now a kickass public relations goddess spinning scandals into gold and launching has-beens into superstardom. She never expected to see Hale again. But, when Becca discovers Hale is in trouble, she can’t turn her back on the boy who was once her world and the man she never forgot.


Hale never thought he’d have another shot at greatness or with Becca. Now that he has both, he won’t let either go without a fight.


We reach the end of the driveway where he’s left his truck. I shift back and forth on my feet as he positions himself beside the driver’s side door, struggling to find the right words to say.

“I know parties aren’t exactly your thing,” I say. “But I hope you had fun.”
Okay. Not exactly the right words I think I need. But they’re true enough.
He watches me, falling back into deadpan silence I hoped was far behind us. Ordinarily, I’d make an obnoxious comment to stir a grin or maybe even a chuckle. But it doesn’t seem right at this moment. So instead of tapping into my playful side, I search my heart, hoping it will speak better than my mind.
I take a step forward, keeping my voice light. “You know, I was hoping you’d kiss me tonight, especially after you sang me that beautiful song.” I clasp my hands in front of me, feeling suddenly shy. “Am
I crazy for thinking you might?”
“No. Not at all,” his deep voice rumbles.
I raise my head slowly, shock hitching my breath. Callahan edges back and opens the door. Instead of climbing in, he stretches his long body across the seats, slipping back out with a spray of gorgeous wildflowers.
“You brought these for me?” I ask, barely able to get the words out.
“No.” The corners of his mouth lift. “They’re for Sean seeing how I make his panties wet.”
I start to laugh, but it doesn’t last, because the way Callahan is looking at me is very different from the way he was looking at me seconds before. This expression is the perfect blend of sweetness and ardor, just as it was when he sang to me.
He doesn’t know that the song he chose is among my all-time favorites. Nor does he realize how his deep soothing voice and the gesture affected me. I want to tell him, but I’m not sure how to express something that touched me so deeply simply with words, especially now that the sadness he stows deep inside of him, finds its way to the surface.
I take a risk, and ask him what
I’ve wanted to know since I first saw him. “Are you okay?”
When he doesn’t answer, I’m not sure he will. Yet when he does, I feel it like a pull, drawing me closer.
“Not always,” he admits quietly.
I purse my lips, struggling to stay strong for him. “Do you hurt?” I ask.
His stare travels down as I inch to his side, close enough that the leaves from my flowers sweep against his chest. “Sometimes,” he answers.
I tilt my chin and meet his face.
“Are you lonely?”
He lifts his head slowly, pitching me with such an intense stare, it holds me in place. “Not when I’m with you,” he whispers.
He moves forward, sliding his right hand behind the curve of my neck to cup the base of my skull. His other hand winds carefully around my waist. As I try to remember how to move, he skims my jaw with his thumb and lowers his mouth to meet mine.
At first his lips scarcely touch, trailing over me so softly I can barely sense the contact. The care he uses is sweet, subtle, but carries enough fire to warm all the right places and make me crave more. Yet what he’s doing feels so right, and so pure, I don’t force it, allowing him to lead us.
My lips follow his, brushing lightly, teasing gently, fitting perfectly. It’s only when his tongue probes forward and the tip flickers over mine that everything changes.
And dear God, there’s nothing pure or tender about what happens next.
Callahan devours me, fueling a frenzy within me and inciting me to ravish him just as hard in return. I moan and whimper, my heart racing hard enough to fill my ears with its beat. This isn’t a kiss. Oh, hell no. This is our tongues having sex!
He grunts, whirling me around and pressing my back against the truck door. My legs fasten around his waist as he hoists me onto his hips and deepens our kiss.
“Trin?”
Something hard presses against my belly.
“Trin?”
My lids flutter when he slips his tongue inside my ear.
“Trin?”
My hands yank up his shirt, traveling upward to smooth over his hard chest and graciously erect nipples. But when my teeth find his neck, and he swears, I just about rip his clothes off.
“Trin? You out here?”
Callahan breaks our contact and lowers me to my feet, stepping on my abandoned flowers as Sean appears with Mason.
“Trin?” Sean calls out, yet again.
I stomp forward and throw my hands out. “What? Tell me what is so important you have to interrupt quality face sucking time?”
“Can we have the wine?” Sean asks, looking at Mason who’s doing his best not to crack up.
“Sean!” I yell. “Did you even have to ask? Drink the whole thing for all I care.”
“Thanks, Trin,” he answers all excited-like. “Later, Callahan.”
“Night, Callahan,” Mason says, no longer able to hold back his laughter.
I turn back to Callahan who, like me, is panting. But very unlike me he’s chuckling as he rubs his jaw.
“Sorry,” I squeak.
“It’s all right,” he tells me. But then he says the last thing I want to hear. “I should go.”
We’re not going to have sex against your truck? It’s what I think— and after that kiss no one can blame me. But contrary to popular belief, I don’t always say what I think.
“You don’t have to,” I stammer.
“It’s late,” he says.
“Oh.” Let me rephrase that, how about we have sex against your truck?
“Okay.”
He stares at me for a beat then bends to retrieve my flowers and passes them to me. The daisies are broken and the peonies have seen better days. And yet I’m so touched by the sweet gesture from a man who’s so hard and almost impossible to get to know, I find it hard to keep my voice steady. “Thank you,
Callahan. They’re lovely.”
His features soften apologetically. “They don’t look quite like they did in the store.”
“I don’t care about that. It’s the nicest thing anyone’s done for me in a long time,” I tell him truthfully. “Thank you for thinking of me.”
Again he watches me. I’m hoping he’ll change his mind and stay. 
But he doesn’t. 
“Goodnight, Trin,” he says quietly.
I find a way to smile despite my disappointment. “Goodnight."




Cecy Robson is an international and multi-award-winning author of over twenty-five character driven novels. A registered nurse of eighteen years, Cecy spends her free time creating magical worlds, heart-stopping romance, and young adult adventure. After receiving two RITA® nominations, the Maggie Award, the Award of Excellence, and a National Reader’s Choice Award nomination, you can still find Cecy laughing, crying, and cheering on her characters as she pens her next story.