Month: August 2018

My First Times – Book Tag

Untitled-2Hey all I was looking through other bloggers posts to see what new content I could bring you all on my blog.  I don’t always have time to read with a new born so reviews are slow at the moment, that is why you’re going to see more book promotions and some fun posts that are book related like this one, and I am going to include some more new mum bits and pieces.
I found this post on Clarissa’s page, and took the idea (photo credit above to her).


First app you check when you wake up in the morning?

Facebook, followed by Instagram.  But if my sister or best friend message me then it is Whatsapp.

First broken bone?

I am very lucky and have never (touch wood) broken a bone.

First foreign country you ever visited?

Oh my, trying to remember, I think Lapland (#Best trip ever as a kid).

My first makeup item?

Dream matte mousse by Maybelline :p  didn’t even use brushes then, just my fingers to apply.  Lol contouring and highlighting wasn’t around then. Basic was foundation, concealer and mascara.

My first ever tape or CD?

Oh wow my first ever TAPE was probably audio books from when I was a kid.  The first music tape I had I think was Ricky Martin.

My first car?

Nissan Almera.

My first Celebrity crush

Orlando Bloom (Gorgeous)  I have moved on since then 😉

'Zulu' Premiere And Closing Ceremony - The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival

My first cooking experience?

I can’t remember I used to cook a lot with my mum and dad when I was younger.  They encouraged us to learn to make meals.  My favourite thing was making cakes with my mum.  And making my mums famous cottage pie….. Craig keeps begging me to get the recipe as he loves it.

My first ever boyfriend/girlfriend?

My first boyfriend was in Primary school.  Don’t think he would want his name on here though.
Craig however would be my first serious boyfriend, been with him since I turned 15 🙂 young love.  I am now 24.

My first ever mobile phone?

Nokia 3310 – classic snake games.  That phone dropped into a stream and still lived to tell the tale.  This phone could be thrown against a wall and still survive.

My first fear?

Spiders – still my worst fear eurgh.  I run, and scream and basically throw Craig in to get it out.

My first internet activity?

MSN messenger.  Had great fun chatting to my friends on that.  Those were the days haha.

My first job?

River Island for a Christmas temp job.  Hehe Made sure I used my discount.

My first language?

English and my only language.  Can speak very very little French.

First musical instrument?

Flute.  I loved my flute played it for 4 years.  Unfortunately gave up as I did not get on with my new teacher in secondary school.

My first pet?

My first pet with my parents was two cats.  My first pet once I moved in with Craig was 2 cats, who I still have and we added another 2 years later.
Now I have 3 (Gizmo, Lilly, and Freddie).

My first piercing and when did I get it?

I got my ears pierced when I was about 5 I want to say.

My first tattoo?

I have 3.  My first tattoo I got on my 18th Birthday and it is on my Left hip.
I then got a friendship tattoo on my left wrist with my nurse friend Chrissy (stands for strength and resilience).
3rd tattoo is my book owl on my right ankle.

My first soft toy?

I really don’t know. I do have lots of toys from when I was a baby one is a lamb from my christening.

My first thought today?

My first thought was can I go back to sleep haha.

My first time on a ship?

I have never been on a ship.

The first book I remember reading?

It must have been one of my Beatrix potter books.  Loved Jacqueline Wilson though as I got older.

The first concert I ever attended?

McFly in 2007 🙂  I still have the tour book, key ring and ticket.
Then T4 on the Beach 🙂
And STEPS reunion tour.

The first film I remember seeing?

Has to be a Disney one, probably Lion King, Loved Cinderella.

The first person I talked to today?

Craig.  Involved “Your turn to change Clayne’s bum” haha.

The first text I sent today?

To my best friend my Wifey Chrissy, I always use Whatsapp.

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The first thing I do every morning?

I feed Clayne, then take him downstairs once fed, while I then clean his bottles and get myself breakfast.

The first thing I do when I get home?

Get changed into my comfy clothes or jammies.  I love comfort.

The first time you ever got drunk?

Oh wow.  I was naughty, probably 15- Used to be at a friends house.  My parents knew.  First proper time was probably my after prom when I just turned 16.

When did you go to your first party?

I cannot remember :p Been to loads but cannot remember an order.  Probably went to one when I was very young at someones house.  :p I always remember the party food haha.

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Hot Boss – Promo + Giveaway

Title: HOT Boss
Series: Hot Alphas #3 (standalone)
Author: Stella Stone
Genre: Erotic Romance Novella
Release Date: August 30, 2018
She’s Untouchable.
My business partner’s daughter.
She’s Innocent.
A recent college graduate.
She’s Alluring.
Every move she makes calls to me.
She’s Mine.

Stella Stone is a pen name for an established romance author who wants to write Simply. Sexy. Stories. 
She is a mother of two boys, and wife to a bearded hubby, residing in a rural Texas town. During the day she writes sexy stories while her children are at school. In the afternoon, she is chauffeur, Taekwondo observer, loud baseball, basketball and cheering swim mom. 
Please enjoy her Simply. Sexy. Stories and the Alpha men she enjoys creating.
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A Secret To Kill For – Book Promotion + Giveaway

Title: A Secret to Kill For
Series: Secret & Lies #1
Author: T.N. Lowe
Genre: Suspense
Release Date: August 29, 2018
Secrets can ruin lives, break bonds, and destroy families.
 
Some secrets are so important they are worth killing for.
 
Erin had everything she ever wanted, her dream job as a FBI agent like her father and grandfather, assisting the lead agent in a head line catching serial murder case, and a boyfriend who loves her.
 
Until she lost everything. The boyfriend, the journalist who she thought loves her, lied on a story causing Erin to lose everything she worked for.
 
After rebuilding her life in a quaint mountain town in Colorado, Erin learns her family has a dark secret she was never supposed to learn.
 
The Messenger?
 
The serial murderer she was hunting.
 

Growing up in a military family, TN Lowe traveled the world – living in the Netherlands, Italy, Missouri, Wyoming, Colorado and Texas. Currently she resides in Texas with her husband of twelve years and their two dogs. TN Lowe used to write short stories while in school, but chose to pursue a career in health care. After receiving her degree and working in her chosen field, her life still felt unfulfilled. Returning to her passion, TN Lowe self-published her first novel Saving Ginny in February 2018.

 

The Butcher – Book Release

Title: The Butcher
Series: Protector Series #3
Author: Celia Aaron
Genre: Mafia Romance (standalone)
Release Date: August 28, 2018
Cover Image: FuriousFotog
Cover Design: Perfect Pear Creative Covers
 
I had her once. Or at least I thought I did. But that was a long time ago. Before prison. Before I became the Butcher. Seeing her now shouldn’t make me feel anything. It’s been too long. She forgot about me as soon as I was sent away. But all those truths can’t break the connection that links me to my Angel. No matter how hard I try, I’m still drawn to her, damned to want her even though she’s promised to another man. Being assigned to serve as her bodyguard is a torture so ingenious that I have to respect it. If I don’t deliver her to the altar, my life is forfeit to the Genoa family. But if I do, losing her again may kill me surer than a hitman’s bullet.
Author’s Note: This is the third novel in the Dark Protector world, David Raven’s story, and a standalone.

Celia Aaron is a USA Today bestselling author and recovering attorney who loves romance and erotic fiction. Dark to light, angsty to funny, real to fantasy–if it’s hot and strikes her fancy, she writes it. Thanks for reading.

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Everyday Makeup Products

Makeup as a new mum is a challenge.  To tell you the truth if it was just me, and Craig wasn’t around, I probably would never wear makeup out ( so time consuming, no new mum has time for that :p).
Most days I cuddle my baby boy in pj’s and no makeup, I am a lazy girl at heart, don’t judge me.
So when I finally decide to go out and dress up, I put on the same makeup look, boring I know but it works for me.
Below I have also added links so you can check out previous posts for these products.
Please enjoy and don’t forget to like, comment and follow.  I really appreciate it.

 

Every day quick makeupMy Makeup consists of from base to finish-

1- Always moisturise (I forgot to add the cream here but I lately using Nivea face and body).

2- L’Oreal True Match Foundation in shade Rose Ivory ( Those of you who have been here a while know this is my holy grail).  For a quick look I do not use concealer, this foundation covers well.

3- Set it all with Airspun translucent powder.   Available on Amazon, great when you’re on a budget as I have not found a better powder for the same price.

4- Bit of contouring with the Kat Von D shade and light palette which is very well loved and I have hit pan…….. in desperate need of a new palette please comment below.  (I am on a budget now though :/).

5- For blush I have been using Benefits Galifornia.   Bought this over a year ago, I use it all the time and I still haven’t hit pan.  It is a gorgeous pink that you can build on.  A little goes a long way.

6-  Highlight, Sleek highlighting palette with 4 shades.  This is another holy grail product I will definitely purchase again it is stunning.  Again i have hit pan on this product.  Can you tell it’s well loved by all the fingerprints :p.

7- Finally the eyes and brows.  Lately I have been using the Benefit BAD gal BANG mascara , a fantastic product.  I received this in my March Birchbox pot a while ago, and definitely intend to buy the full size tube once used.
And for brows I received the Fill and tame brow mascara in brunette, again I got this in my April Birchbox 2018- Cath Kidston special edition.

Pawn Book Release + Giveaway

Title: Pawn
Series: Broken Bows MC Duet #2
Author: Kerri Ann
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: August 23, 2018
I escaped hell. I was free.

I thought I could go back to normal.
I can’t.
Right now normal hurts.
I’ve seen things—done things—I’m not the same girl I was.
It changed me—he changed me.
The bar is locked up. The Horsemen clubhouse is no place for me, and I don’t belong anywhere that feels familiar.
I’m alone. I’m broken.
The only thing that feels right is my pain.
Our club is in ruins. It’s left me at the helm.
Twists and turns took me down this path that lead to further destruction, and I know King had orchestrated it all.
Thing is, I’m no one’s pawn.
The club is all I have, and King won’t take us down. We’ll play this out our way.

One way or another, he’ll pay for the damage to us, to them, to her…

                                                 

With an avaricious appetite for stories, Kerri Ann can be found quite often with her nose in a book or writing it. On many occasion it has been said that she’s in her own world, living in the stories of those she reads about, giving them a life they deserve.
She can easily be found under a tree in the shade, or reclining at Starbucks scribbling notes about new stories and new characters, all while keeping the coffee chain in business.
Whether late at night, at a music festival, or sitting on a ski lift, when the thoughts arise, Kerri Ann will add them to those in progress. So be wary, your antics could be in her next book.

 

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The Butcher – Cover Reveal

Title: The Butcher
Series: Protector Series #3
Author: Celia Aaron
Genre: Mafia Romance (standalone)
Release Date: August 28, 2018
Cover Image: Wander Aguiar
Cover Design: Perfect Pear Creative Covers
 
I had her once. Or at least I thought I did. But that was a long time ago. Before prison. Before I became the Butcher. Seeing her now shouldn’t make me feel anything. It’s been too long. She forgot about me as soon as I was sent away. But all those truths can’t break the connection that links me to my Angel. No matter how hard I try, I’m still drawn to her, damned to want her even though she’s promised to another man. Being assigned to serve as her bodyguard is a torture so ingenious that I have to respect it. If I don’t deliver her to the altar, my life is forfeit to the Genoa family. But if I do, losing her again may kill me surer than a hitman’s bullet.
Author’s Note: This is the third novel in the Dark Protector world, David Raven’s story, and a standalone.
Celia Aaron is a USA Today bestselling author and recovering attorney who loves romance and erotic fiction. Dark to light, angsty to funny, real to fantasy–if it’s hot and strikes her fancy, she writes it. Thanks for reading.
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