Dead of Night by Deborah Lucy #BlogBookTour

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#AD GIFTED in exchange for a review, but all opinions are my own and honest.

This time I have an incredible book to read by Deborah Lucy. The title already have me dying to dive in and forget the world, and that’s exactly what I did!! I mean who doesn’t want a title to say the dead of night?

After a week of intensive physio, this weekend called for relaxing times, unwinding with a good tale of murder and mayhem. Well it was meant to be more relaxing, than it ended up being!! However I did love this escapism.

DEAD OF NIGHT

DEAD OF NIGHT (Detective Temple Mystery Book 2) by Deborah Lucy

A MACABRE KILLER WORKS IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT. HE’S VERY GOOD – NO ONE SEES HIM.

14-year-old local girl, China Lewis is reported missing by her friend Amy. Detective Inspector Temple is tasked to find her. The more he discovers about China, the greater the danger he knows she’s in.

Temple needs to find her and fast. But when his past suddenly catches up with him and two more girls go missing, it becomes personal. Temple’s quest to find the girls takes him into an evil world of exploitation and it seems he’s the only one who really cares.

ONE SERIAL KILLER. THREE MISSING GIRLS.

Temple has to take a gamble that risks the lives of the girls he’s trying to save. As he uncovers police corruption, he is forced to work in the shadows. Who can he trust now?

TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO SAVE THEM.

Perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Mark Billingham.

DISCOVER A RACE-AGAINST-TIME MYSTERY FULL OF TWISTS AND TURNS.

What readers are saying about DEBORAH LUCY

“Could not put it down.” SP

“Well written and plotted, an excellent and complex crime novel.” MP

‘Loved this book, gripping story, kept me guessing till the end.’ DW

“Compulsive read!” GC

THE DETECTIVE

As a small boy, DI Temple found his mother dead. She had been brutally murdered, with the crime unresolved. Temple is a man on a mission to find her killer, it’s why he joined the police. With the past throwing a long shadow over his life, as a detective, this makes him even more determined to seek justice for other victims as he hunts their killers. His personal quest makes him difficult to live with and difficult to work with and his relationships suffer. But he’ll stop at nothing to protect his family, even though they are estranged and if it means breaking the law.

THE SETTING

The DI Temple novels are set in Wiltshire, a largely rural county. Its landscape of beautiful rolling hills, downs and valleys gives no immunity to the crime that infects its scattered towns and villages. Steeped in ancient history, the tourist guides make no mention of the organised crime groups, the murders and turf wars, or the drugs that saturate the streets, lanes and school playgrounds. The M4 artery across the top of the county pumps its poison from London and Bristol, linking east and west coasts, providing criminal gangs and networks with an easy route to ply their deadly trade.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Deborah Lucy was born in Southsea and bought up in Portsmouth, the island city.

In her working life, Deb has worked alongside a number of senior investigating officers as they’ve investigated major crime – from murder, to missing persons to abduction and kidnaps. She’s been at the 7am starts and the 3am finishes, the ‘golden hour’s,’ the high’s, the low’s, the breakthrough’s, the arrests. The slog. The politics.

For three years she worked in the missing adults and children arena, with police, government policy advisors and charities. Latterly, she conducted lifestyle enquiries for international blue-chip companies into the lives of billionaires, millionaires and politically exposed people around the world.

She is a non-fiction author, ghost-writer and has been a consultant on a forthcoming ITV drama series, A Confession starring Martin Freeman and Imelda Staunton, involving a real case she was involved in. She has a master’s degree in historical research.

Her experiences lend authenticity to her stories; she also wants her books to be entertaining and find fans amongst those who are the hardest to please – the most discerning of crime readers and real life detectives.

Links

Website: www.deborahlucy.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Deborah-Lucy-1809348826037410

Twitter: @DeborahLucy6

My Review

I thought from the blurb and author bio I’m in for a treat, someone that’s actually worked with cases, can be a more genuine and realistic point of view. One of the reasons Patricia Cornwell is one of my favourite authors.

And I wasn’t wrong, it kicks off immediately, no slow burn here, it’s off and keeps going, so many twists and turns, it’s actually an edge of your seat read!!!

This is a complex story unfolding at a good pace, taking you through the murky world of drug smuggling, trafficking and graphic in nature. Some a bit too graphic for me at times I will confess, too descriptive. However that’s in no way taken from the writing or story, it’s merely a personal preference.
I’d definitely recommend, but I would do a trigger warning for some of the content, as it may be too graphic for some.

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27 weeks Post #HipReplacement

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This week, I’ve gone back to the original workout, as this weekend really took it out of me. Lots of stairs, have caused a dull ache in the thigh, and lower back.

So the thinking of doing the basic routine, means I don’t aggravate it too much, while keeping up my physio routine.

  • Clam knees drop outwards (green band) 20 reps
  • Ball squeezes ankles 20 reps
  • Ball squeezes knees 20 reps
  • Ball squeeze hip bridges 20 reps
  • Prone knee raise (ankle weight) 20 reps
  • Prone heel to butt (ankle weight) 20 reps
  • Front leg raise (ankle weight) 20 reps
  • Hip abduction (ankle weight) 20 reps
  • Side leg raise (ankle weight) 20 reps
  • Duck walking (green band) 20 reps
  • Lunge walking (ankle weight) 20 reps

Though I’m sore, and unmotivated. I’m sticking to it. And my drinking more water too. No weight loss but I feel better, especially skin wise. So that’s a plus.

I’m still experiencing some groin pain at times, not sure why. It’s concerning. And back ache like no other!! But knees are improving, or at least they haven’t had a flare up recently.

Its dry weather for now, so some aches and pains are under control, for now at least. Hands are tricky at times, so the splint is out and in use.

Day 184 post #HipReplacement

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It’s Physio appointment day (Thursday) and I feel worn out before I’ve started. But I have done Monday physio at home, see previous post here

Wonderful day off Tuesday as we were out for a family meal. Great to see everyone, and to relax the muscles for the day. Found out that one of my daughters is expecting a Girl, due in December.

Then Wednesday no matter how fatigued I felt, I dragged myself up to do physio routine at home, thinking I’d have a day off Thursday and do the last session on Friday. I was proud of myself for doing it, when my motivation was super low. The reward was #Spiderman film as early birthday celebration though.

However I had forgotten, that I h an official physiotherapy appointment on Thursday, so instead Friday is my day off.

At physio we did a killer session too.

  • Stationary bike level 2 (this time) x 5 mins
  • Leg press 60kg x 15reps
  • Single leg bridges x 15 reps
  • Ball squeeze hip bridges x 15reps
  • Prone knee raise (ankle weighted) x 15 reps
  • Clam knees drop out (green banded) x 15 reps
  • Kettle bell sit, stand up glute squeeze x 15 reps
  • Lunge walking (with dumbbells) x 20 reps
  • Duck walking (green banded) x 20 reps

And I was done, it burned in my thighs and glute (still only feel left glute) we can see the right one working, but I can’t feel it. Not sure what this means, but at least physiotherapist knows all about it.

Once home, I ate such a beautiful dinner and promptly fell fast asleep, it was totally exhausting. I really struggle to do multiple things in a week, especially if doing constant physio as well.

What a week! Productive, entertaining, exhausting but progressive too. Not weight loss this week, I’ve eaten out 2 times and it’s that dreaded time of the month too. But I’m trying to stay on track of clean eating and increasing water intake.

Week 26 post #HipReplacement

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This week I turned it up a notch! But I may regret it. But knowing I probably couldn’t do 6 days of physio, I decided to do some harder, more challenging exercises, but less days.

Let’s see if I survive this week. I’ve started with. Monday do the routine, Tuesday day off, Wednesday do routine, Thursday day off, Friday do routine (this is the plan) will it work??

  • Foot pointing outwards, leg raise (ankle weighted) 20 reps
  • Side leg raise (ankle weighted) 20 reps
  • Single leg hip bridges 10 reps per side
  • Hip thrusts (green banded) 20 reps (why did I try this, it’s so hard!!)
  • Reverse lunge (ankle weighted) 10 reps per side
  • Side lunges (ankle weighted) 10 reps per side
  • Goblet squat 20 reps
  • Supine marching (ankle weighted) 20 reps
  • Dead bugs 20 reps
  • Chest press 20 reps
  • Bicep row 20 reps
  • Tricep kickback 20 reps
  • Bicep curl 20 reps
  • Shoulder press 20 reps
  • Tricep overhead 20 reps

Tilt foot outwards, then lift in leg raise, works the inner abductors.

Supine marching, is lying on your back, pulling stomach down to engage, and stabilise pelvis, march on the spot.

For Dead bugs it’s opposite arm and leg going down then up, pull stomach down to engage core. Helps to stabilise the pelvis.

Hip thrusts why did I try these? I had a band around my knees to stabilise them. And oh my god it activated my right hip that’s replaced, super challenging. But worryingly I felt nothing in the left glute, I don’t think it’s working properly, like the message isn’t going through. I have tried many different ways to awaken it, but it’s surgeries were so long ago (2011), it may be too late. I will ask for advice from my Physiotherapist though.

It felt good but difficult and I gave myself plenty of time to recover and re position myself between each exercise. Form is more important than quantity.

Getting some weights out for my upper body also gave my lower limbs chance to breathe and recover.

Best Served Cold By Pat Adams- Wright #Blogbooktour

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#AD GIFTED as always this book was gifted for a review, but all opinions are my own.

Totally new author for me, I confess I’d not heard of her before either, so fresh eyes, fresh characters to learn and either warm too, or hate with a passion. It’s exciting either way.

Amazon universal link – http://mybook.to/Best-served-cold

My Review

As the title suggests it’s a revenge story arc, it’s a classic bullied person seeks to get revenge. And although it sounds predictable as revenge stories are, it has a good narrative from the murderer themselves, explaining and detailing their crimes.

It’s full of suspense and I was full of wanting to save the person, but then thinking they kind of deserved it too. I switched from wanting them caught to wanting them to get away, so many times. My head was playing an internal tennis match.

I wasnt sure of the main character at first DCI Kirsty, but I gently warmed to her, and she has a keen eye and trusty gut instinct that you want all law enforcement to have. I love the sound of Benny, he conjures up quite a character in my mind’s eye. He is definitely my favourite one.

I’m interested to see if this becomes a full series, will DCI Kirsty feature in more books, as I’m sure to read them. I’m keen to see how they all develop over time and with more cases under their belts.

Day 179 post #HipReplacement

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As I relax today, first time since last Sunday, I think about my week round up after another full week of physio. And I’m honestly pooped, it’s wearing me out, but in a good way.

This time I had switched up some exercises up, to challenge the muscles, and gain stamina.

And I also did 2 days of double the amount. Which I admit killed me off at the time, but I do feel better for it. I can vastly see how incredible the right hip is, but left glute is all but dead, I’m struggling to activate it at all. So going to try single leg hip bridges both legs next week.

I’ve also been drinking at least 4 pints of water per day, watching my calorie intake more, doing food swaps, and a bit of intermittent fasting. And in 2 weeks I’ve lost 2.2lbs.

So it’s been successful, the beautiful weather has helped massively. Next week is rain due, so that will be a challenge for me, and more outings planned, ie hospital physio appointment, as well as family outing for birthdays.

Hands are a huge issue, but I’m going to attempt doing weights next week as well, for a more overall body workout. Even if it means wearing splints for support.

My back, is horrendous, knees too. I’m at a lost, as I have had my form checked for all exercises, and I’m not straining either, yet everyday I wake-up and I can’t move for a fair while, I’m so stiff and achy. Roll on sept when I can discuss this with MiCats.

It could be because I’m due on, as ankles have also been playing up, and cracking as I walk. Something to keep an eye on anyways.

I will make you pay by Caroline Bale #Blogbooktour

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My Review
I’ll be honest, I did not think I would be this hooked immediately. It’s a little gruesome in places, in description of crimes but I like that.

I connected to Ellen McClure and Zoe, I could identify with their struggling relationship and burdening chores, and trying to do the right thing by everyone.

I love Yorkshire so anything set there is a winner, makes it easy to connect with the books story when I easily visualise where it is.

Sat in the sunshine, I have dove into this book and devoured it in one sitting. I can’t often say that about a book. This pulled m in so many ways I couldn’t stop turning just one more page!! Side note I did guess the murderer, but only as a sixth sense to these things. Didn’t ruin it though I wanted to know how and why?

More of these please…..

Week 25 post #hipreplacement

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I can’t believe how fast this time has gone, we are also halfway through the year, it’s been a real roller coaster of success and failure. Both hips and other joints, as one fixes others are breaking down.

I’ve made an appointment to see MiCats for steroid injection, but the assessment appointment isn’t until Sept so I’m looking at another 2 months of hand pain and swellings.

Testing the abilities and accepting some limitations for now. But overall I’m pleased with how it’s going. It’s not as fast as others, but I now know why and how to combat it as best as I can.

I’ve switched up my exercises for this week. Not too different but enough to challenge the muscle groups.

This week I’ve done

  • Hip flexion ankle weighted 20reps x 1
  • Hip abduction ankle weighted 20reps x 1
  • Hip extension forwards ankle weighted 20reps x 1
  • Hip extension backwards ankle weighted 20reps x 1
  • Heel to butt ankle weighted 20reps x 1
  • Ball squeezes ankles 20reps x 1
  • Ball squeezes knees 20reps x 1
  • Ball squeeze hip bridges 20reps x 1
  • Traditional side clam raise green band 20reps x 1 (omg this is so hard)
  • Duck walking green band 20reps x 1
  • Lunge walking ankle weighted 20reps x 1
  • Prone knee raise ankle weighted 20reps x 1
  • Prone heel to butt ankle weighted 20reps x 1

Somehow this really kicked my butt!! I felt so strong last week, but switching it up has activated muscles in different ways. So it’s all good but very very tiring.

Ive increased my water intake, started to think about foods more, and just have a more positive outlook on weight, life and health. Probably helps that the sun has been shining this week too. Love summer!!

Day 172 post #Hipreplacement

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It’s been 1 solid week of daily physio, and my findings apart from exhaustion!?

Well I do feel better and stronger, but also in pain and swollen too afterwards. ( Pain is a muscle ache though, not a pain to make you stop)

The nights I do recover and feel good in the morning (aka after 2 huge coffees I may be able to drag myself to do some physio at 11.30am) though, but I’ve noticed a 20 mins set now takes 30 mins, and I’m quite tired afterwards. Mentally though it’s doing wonders, I’m feeling productive and proactive.

Some things I’ve also noticed is I’m tolerating lying on the side a bit more, just enough to do side leg raises, but for me that’s a huge improvement. (Literally 1 minute, but before I couldn’t bare mere seconds)

I fully understand that this week has been possible, because of the lack of other duties I’ve had to do in the week. I struggle to maintain both. It’s all or nothing at the moment. I simply don’t have the pain threshold to do both yet. Or the energy required to do multiple things. Hoping it will change over time though. Or is this my ehlers danlos syndrome??

So that’s my next goal, to carry on next week doing the same, while slipping in other chores, or outings and see if I can manage both.

The ever lovely Linda Bleck shared this, and it resonates with me. I am meant to be ‘fixed’ but I don’t feel it. It’s taking its time to strengthen these muscles, and tendons. I feel guilty if I mention pain, like I’ve failed the replacement somehow, and in turn I feel useless. So I needed to see this, to remind me it does take time, and patience too.

IcedRainbow Featured

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Let me introduce a fabulous jewellery designer #IcedRainbow. I recently received a twitter competition win from this jewellery company, and I thought I would show you all what I got. But first who is IcedRainbow

Founded in 2009 by Tom the designer and creator of icedrainbow.
Creating Fun Bold Colourful statement dainty home decor accessories and jewellery.

All of which are proudly handmade & manufactured in his UK studio office based in ESSEX.

Each piece is made with various materials such as SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS,perspex,wood & finished with sterling silver or stainless steel, His vast array of colourful products are Inspired by travelling wildlife nature and many other aspects of life , He’s always been creative and quirky as a self taught designer.

Having always been an artisan of many things way before icedrainbow. It all started in 2007 making things for family and friends to eventually setting up the website (icedrainbow) in 2009.

Tom Believes that it’s not what you wear that defines you, it’s how you make yourself feel when you wear what you buy, because each and every person has a different personality and accessorising your home and yourself lets you create a style that’s unique to you.

The meaning behind the name:
Anything can be iced in all colours of the rainbow,
by using crystals and colourful pieces of perspex in his work that was how the name came about, Tom is also a Qualified Chef & keen interest in baking hence the unusual colourful quirky name.

His Motto “Be Yourself,Be you be beautiful be true”
Express your style & wonderful nature through the art of icedrainbow’s creations. They’ve been Adorned by many, seen by few but mesmerise those who have stumbled upon them, Aim for the stars and never look back always look forward, creating a world full of colourful creations & providing homes, necks,cakes & kitchens with a wide range of rainbow delights.

So what did I receive as my prize, well I got a LOT.

I got five various happy birthday cards, 2 cute animal ones and 3 gin based ones, I love these. They are going to be hard to give away! I mean who doesn’t love a Gin birthday card.

buy here and find other cards too here

Then

I received 3 pin badges, I got my favourite, which are a Mystical Hare, a Flamingo and Prosecco pin.

You can buy here various pin designs.

Flamingo Pin Mystical Hare

I also received some keyrings in the form of a delicious Battenburg, and Home keyrings. With a Hot Chocolate Magnet, and 2 pendants which are a Snowflake and Feather.

Find some over here Feather Charm Necklace

And here my Magnet is at home with my Beefeater from Harrods, and my Jack and Sally Disney Magnet designed by Jasmine Becket Griffith.

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