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Books I Want To Read In December

I have reduced my goal to 20 for the rest of this year, not much left I know.  My aim is to complete 4/5 books this month.  Very ambitious however there are a couple I am very excited to read, so hoping I may be able to find time to read 2 a week.  Not all are available via amazon but are on Goodreads. Does leaving one half read count? 

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Book Review – The Gilded King (Sovereign Series).

I have come to the conclusion that my reading slump is down to the fact that I am just not enjoying Torment from the Fallen series.  I have kept trying and will continue to try and finish it.  However it feels more like a task.   I began reading The Gilded King 2 days ago now, after the author announced on Twitter that it is currently free to download on kindle.  And I was not disappointed.  In fact after this post I will be buying the second book to find out what happens next.

Free to download via Kindle.  

In the last city on Earth, death is just a step into the trees.

In the Blue, the world’s last city, all is not well.

Julia is stuck within its walls. She serves the nobility from a distance until she meets Lucas, who believes in fairytales that her world can’t accommodate. The Blue is her prison, not her castle, and she’d escape into the trees if she didn’t know that contamination and death awaited humanity outside.

But not everyone in the Blue is human, and not everyone can be contained.

Beyond the city’s boundaries, in the wild forests of the Red, Cameron has precious little humanity left to lose. As he searches for a lost queen, he finds an enemy rising that he thought long dead. An enemy that the humans have forgotten how to fight.

One way or another, the walls of the Blue are going to come down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.

Review

First of all you could read this as a stand alone however I would recommend you read the previous series Solis Invicti (Series of 4 books).

The Gilded King was addictive.  Drawing me back into the fantasy world of vampires and Weepers.  Josie did an amazing job once again (Round of applause), I was captivated and thrown into a new world set centuries ahead of time.   Josie did not disappoint,  as a reader you are given two perspectives of this new world.  One from Cam a Silver from before the world was taken by the Fall (You will understand this reference in the book).  And another Julia, a server who has known nothing other than the world she is now in, born into a world controlled by vampires, controlled by the nobles.
Two very different people, but both set at the same time experiencing, and fighting through the current changes that effect everyone.

I have enjoyed getting lost in this book over the last couple of days.  The characters growth and relationships are gradual.   There is more flirtation between characters in this series so far compared to the last, previously in the Solis Invicti, I found myself reading Emmy jumping into relationships.  More sex and less of a gradual friendship/Romance.  However that was the beginning of the world ending so maybe Emmy was just living her life to the fullest.

I enjoyed reading from both perspectives which is rare for me.  However if I had to pick one, I would choose Cam’s, Probably because I wanted him to find Emmy, I miss the old characters, and the hope of meeting them again was just too exciting.

There wasn’t a lot of “flashbacks” like most do when two series have the same storyline, this prevented boredom.  Thank goodness, this just made me more engrossed by the new characters.  Amazing.

Emmy is missing (read the previous books), Sol is in a deep death like sleep in a temple awaiting his love to return.  The Blue now has a new Empress, yet the sanctuary once filled with normal civilisation is falling to ruin.  The blood supply low, and the humans are just getting by with scraps.

Cam is a loner now, travelling continents to search for his Queen.  Since Emmy was taken “To protect Sol” they were told, his life has not been the same.  He has spent centuries trying to find Emmy to restore the Blue back to it’s original form, with hopes to finally get his King back.  But meeting Felix makes things complicated, more of a self discovering journey.

Julia knows nothing other than the Blue.  All she dreams of is a world away from within these walls, where she can find other humans and try to have a somewhat normal life, other than the one she was abandoned in by her parents.   I thoroughly enjoyed reliving the past series through Julia’s learning.
Emmy and Sol are just a fairytale to her – A vampire who silvered to a mortal, the mortal returns the love, and then they become golden.
Little does she know is that there is more truth to this fairytale and Lucas wants to open her eyes to the truth and possibilities hidden from the humans.

About The Author

I have always written stories, but it wasn’t until I started the first book in the Solis Invicti series in 2014 that I really became obsessed with writing. I love to read, particularly where the escapism of the story is enhanced with an element of fantasy or science fiction. For me, writing is simply an extension of that journey, but I get to decide what happens next (though it’s amazing how often the characters seem to decide for themselves what I’m going to write!).

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WWW Wednesday

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

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Currently Reading


Love never dies . . .
It took Lucinda an eternity to find her beloved angel, Daniel. But he waited for her. Now they are forced apart again, to protect Luce from the Outcasts – immortals who want her dead. During their separation, Luce learns about her mysterious past lives. But the more she discovers, the more she suspects Daniel is hiding something.
What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t true?
Is it really their destiny to be together?
Or is Luce actually meant to be with someone else?

In the last city on Earth, death is just a step into the trees.

In the Blue, the world’s last city, all is not well.

Julia is stuck within its walls. She serves the nobility from a distance until she meets Lucas, who believes in fairytales that her world can’t accommodate. The Blue is her prison, not her castle, and she’d escape into the trees if she didn’t know that contamination and death awaited humanity outside.

But not everyone in the Blue is human, and not everyone can be contained.

Beyond the city’s boundaries, in the wild forests of the Red, Cameron has precious little humanity left to lose. As he searches for a lost queen, he finds an enemy rising that he thought long dead. An enemy that the humans have forgotten how to fight.

One way or another, the walls of the Blue are going to come down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.

Currently free via Kindle

Recently Finished


Midnight and dawn, Elena’s wings are unique among angel kind . . . and now they’re failing. The first mortal to be turned into an immortal in angelic memory, she’s regressing. Becoming more and more human. Easier to hurt. Easier to kill.
Elena and Raphael must unearth the reason for the regression before it’s too late, and Elena falls out of the sky. Yet even as they fight a furious battle for Elena’s very survival, violent forces are gathering in New York and across the world.
In China, the Archangel Favashi is showing the first signs of madness. In New York, a mysterious sinkhole filled with lava swallows a man whole. In Africa, torrential monsoon rains flood rolling deserts. And in Elena’s mind whispers a haunting voice that isn’t her own.
This time, survival may not be possible . . . not even for the consort of an archangel.

What will I read next?


New Orleans is a city known for its paranormal history—and it’s the place Emma Rose Crane, AKA Mattie Hathaway, has come home to.

She hopes she can start over in New Orleans, where her ability to see ghosts isn’t so freaky. She’s even starting college, but the whole thing would be a lot easier if she weren’t faced with a family she barely knows, all while dealing with the loss of someone she loved.

Can she really escape her past and be semi-normal? Even with her sister Mary and best friend Eric by her side, it’s going to be a wild ride once she agrees to help Mary’s new friends investigate a “haunted” house. 

The house’s new occupants are terrified, and the ghost seems to be attacking their little girl, leaving everyone desperate for answers. Emma isn’t sure what to think when she discovers Dr. Lawrence Olivet was also invited to investigate. 

Will her gifts be enough to save the family that is currently being stalked in their own home? And when some of her own family’s long-kept secrets come to light, will her fresh start be over before it even begins?

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Netflix Binge

We love Netflix lately, we seem to spend our life watching it in our free time.  Both Craig and I have a separate account with our likes but there has been series that we have watched together, and loved. So we wanted to share them with you.

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This was scary but amazing, we binged watched this in a week.  Obviously sat in the dark.
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We are still watching this but a very good different twist to the friendly light hearted witches we are used to.
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Craig and I started watching this a while ago when we saw everyone talking about it, so we wanted to see what the hype was about.
We have watched both seasons and loved them.
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Obviously been watching this series for years, but now it is on Netflix even better.
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Did not think I would like this but I was addicted when Craig started telling me about it and I saw a couple episodes.
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This is just hilarious.  funny, light hearted entertainment.

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Gifts For Her

Us ladies are a little tricky to buy for.  However Craig always knows the perfect gift to get me each year, so perhaps he should be writing this post.  Last year he bought me straighteners and a hair dryer because I was moaning all year that I needed them (Just proves he listens to me sometimes haha).   Gifts all depend on what lady you’re buying them for.  I am going to base this post on sisters, wife, mum, nan.

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Mum/Nan

I find with my mum in particular and Craig’s that they both prefer more sentimental gifts.  The same for both my nan’s. This can be a:

  • Necklace with your birthstone and maybe include your siblings.
  • Jewellery box engraved.
  • Charm for a bracelet.
  • Or depending on their likes, you could create a cute gift basket full of their favourite things.  (This shows effort and again very personal).

Many sites such as Amazon include a lot of personalised gifts, I have previously bought my mum a necklace with mine and my sisters name on.  A Jewellery box the year before engraved.  She has loved every single one because it was personal.


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Girlfriend/Wife

Again something sentimental always works.  Or just something you know she really wants for example:

Personal:

  • Playing cards with 52 reasons why you love her.
  • Photo album with added personal extras, like small paragraphs of how you felt in each picture.  Or funny moments together.
  • Another gift basket full of her favourite things, can also be funny or create a night in box, giving you two some much needed time together.

General gifts:

  • Jewellery
  • If you know her favourite makeup brand go and ask the women who work their for a makeup palette or their best selling product.  This shows more thought than a gift card. (Craig did this for me one year and  I loved that he took the effort to go in to town to look).

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Sister

Now sisters I find more tricky.   I always struggle with mine but I just need to remind myself what does she really like.   For my sister she is a huge fan of Harry potter (Used to be Twilight).  So for her I can buy anything Harry potter and she would love it.  We normally set a spending limit on each other.   For Craig’s sister she is a huge fan of Doctor Who, so last Christmas I bought her a pair of Tardis earrings and a pair of sonic screwdriver earrings.  This can all depend on the age.

  • Charm bracelet with one charm. Or buy one charm if she already has one.
  • Lush bath bomb set, they always do a Christmas gift set.
  • Now for your sister a Gift card is great.


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Gift ideas sent into me by followers:

  • From a tea lover – T2 Tea shop do a variety of tea gift baskets.

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Bio Alga Night Cream First Impression

I was sent a free pot of the night cream for an honest unpaid review.  

Nat-ul is a natural cosmetics online store with a Knowledge Hub. We have access to some of the finest natural products from across the globe. Through us we will be distributing these products in the United Kingdom. We believe people should make informed choices about their beauty routines without being hit heavily in the pocket. There is a world of amazing natural products, which can take our bodies on a journey to embrace and connect with nature. We at Nat-ul want to help you on this journey. This is why we passionately promote natural ingredients and beauty products. Nature has so much to offer and we should respectfully make use of its assets. Our mission: To provide and promote natural cosmetics without compromising on affordability.
(Taken from their Facebook page)

BIO ALGA Regenerating and smoothing night cream, Face creams, Ava, Nat-ul £11.99

The product sent to me to review is the Bio Alga natural smoothing night cream with Q10.
The site states that the cream is :A strong concentrate of active substances. Contains nourishing complex of algae and Coenzyme Q 10 + Ralong with supporting vitamins C and E. Combats free radicals, supplies cells with oxygen, removes toxins, deeply and intensely moisturises and delays skin aging process. The cream activates protective mechanisms, strengthens elastin and collagen fibers. The skin regains its smoothness, elasticity and a young, healthy look. Existing wrinkles are shallowed and the process of creating new ones is delayed. Intense, nourishing night cream for all skin types.

My Review

First of all this is a very good sized pot to be sent to review.  Thank you to the company.  They were very fast with postage and sent me two small sample sachets as well.  On their business card they state free samples for every purchase, that’s a bargain.

Anyway, I tried this Friday and Saturday night.  My skin is combination, very dry on the cheeks and chin but oily in the T zone.  Normally when I wake up in the morning my skin looks a little rough…..Being a new mum sleep is rare haha, and with this cold weather coming in I am breaking out in spots and looking dry.

On application I found the cream cooling and refreshing, it did leave my skin feeling tacky but that’s normal, I find this happens with night creams.
In the morning I found my skin to feel and look hydrated, and definitely smoother to the eye.  I also found the cream helped with my dark circles (Bonus).  I am going to keep using this product, but I am very happy with it so far, I normally find it hard to get a cream that fully hydrates my skin so well.

The price for this is very reasonable.  The site also offers free delivery over £25.
Fantastic price and quality for organic and natural products.

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Welcome Home Hero

Title: Welcome Home Hero
Series: Holiday Love Series
Author: Marie Savage
Genre: Romance
Release Date: November 12, 2018
Cover Photography: Chantell Reid Photography
Cover Design: T.E. Black Designs


Welcome to the fairy tale …
Olivia Kennedy was living the life she had always dreamed of. She had a lovely home in California that she shared with her adoring and successful husband and their two-year-old son. She couldn’t be happier, until the night fate intervened and crushed her fairy tale. A widow for over three years now, she is finding it hard to stay in the town where she has no husband, no job, no family, and no future. When an opportunity opens up, she realizes she must let go of fairy tales and face her reality.
Welcome to Clover, Alabama …
Starting over in the town she swore she would never return to, Olivia and her son Mason become Clover’s latest residents. As the new librarian, she hopes she can keep busy to fill the void of losing her husband, while raising her son closer to her supportive family. She is touched by how the town she once detested, now welcomes her into their loving arms and accepts her and Mason as their own. Things are looking up for them, especially when a hero returns home.
Welcome to falling in love …
Olivia can’t deny her attraction to Clover’s hometown hero, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Sullivan. The Air Force pilot is not only handsome, but his sense of excitement and adventure sparks something in her that she had never felt before. She is also touched by the quick bond that has formed between Tom and Mason. Tom has made it clear to her that she is in his target range and nothing would make him happier than having both of them in his life. Olivia, however, is unsure about taking risks. It is her duty to protect her son, as well as guard her own heart. Does she have the courage to love again and allow the hometown hero to show her that her fairy tale is far from over?

 

 

Marie Savage is a self-published author who has a love for family, friendships, patriotic spirit, and hometown pride.
 
Born and raised in the Florida Panhandle, she has always had a love for reading and writing, with the romance genre being her obvious favorite. Her desire to expand her horizons, led her to join the United States Air Force and proudly serve her country for six years.
 
While stationed in Atwater California, she met her true love and together they have shared life’s beautiful joys and tragic losses. After spending over half her life in the Central Valley of California, she has moved back home to the Wiregrass area, where her passion for writing first began.

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