Long long ago…. We decended onto the dance floor of the Church of our religion. Chapel of Chaos. Where we worship the Gods of music and hedonism. Feels like a lifetime ago doesn’t it. So much has changed too.

And it’s back, so we are too. Tying it in nicely to a Christmas celebration and birthday celebration (as you do) new hip in tow, hoping it’s more enjoyable than last time (poor hip was so painful)

So dancing shoes on, it’s time to dust off all our woes, and fears and let it all go, for one crazy night, surrounded by friends.

And what a night it was, sadly Big Worm couldn’t come, so Dj Thumpa was on for 2 hours, but the whole night was class. The doctor really stood out tune wise, atmosphere and dance floor was electric. I’ve missed this. Rascal and Simon Underground did solid enjoyable sets, absolutely loved the night.

Saw old friends we haven’t seen for 15yrs, so lovely to catch up and take a trip down memory lane. And at the same time make new friends, and bond over the love of music.

Downside I had to leave early, because my back and pelvis hurt so much, even though I left for painkillers and used ibuprofen gel. But I managed most of the night. And at 16 weeks post hip, I’m impressed.

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After a couple of mishaps of Christmas films making me sad. I found more….

FATHER CHRISTMAS IS BACK centers around four sisters who have re-united for the Christmas Holiday in a Yorkshire mansion. misunderstandings that uncover the long-buried secret that tore their family apart many years ago.

Omg I laughed so much, this is the perfect Christmas film. Families having a nightmare, the pressures of the perfect day, and all the trimmings. Definitely more films needed like this.

Robin Robin on Netflix In this stop-motion short film, a bird raised by mice begins to question where she belongs and sets off on a daring journey of self-discovery.

It’s a truly cute whimsical film, children or big kids like me will thoroughly enjoy this film, from the makers of Wallace and Gromit.

Hawkeye technically not a Christmas film or series, but set at Christmas, so I’m counting it. Series based on the Marvel Comics superhero Hawkeye, centering on the adventures of Young Avenger, Kate M. Bishop, who took on the role after the original Avenger, Clint Barton.

I love all things Marvel, so I was always going to be loving this. So I’m completely biased.

A Cinderella Story A Christmas Wish An aspiring singer is stalled on her path to success by her stepmother and two wicked stepsisters. When she starts working at a job to help her dreams come true, she starts to fall for the handsome new Santa.

Cheesy but lovely, and a good bit of festive cheer. These are the film’s we need. Ones that make us laugh, smile and feel joy.

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Netflix as a wealth of Christmas films, and this Flemish one stood out to me, so this is the first I’m watching

The Claus Family After discovering his grandfather is Santa Claus, Jules has to help him deliver his presents all around the world. But Jules’ hatred for Christmas might make that more difficult than Santa thought.

I really enjoyed it, but the grief the boy felt was all a bit raw for me too, so I did cry a little.

On a streaming site I found a film that I knew I would love. A Boy Called Christmas

In this origin story of Father Christmas, an ordinary boy (with a loyal pet mouse and a reindeer at his side) sets out on an extraordinary adventure to find his father who is on a quest to discover the fabled village of Elfhelm.

Omg this one really hurt, a beautiful film which I loved watching, but as I’m sensitive to grief it’s hard to watch others go through it, even if it’s fiction.

Next on Disney+ a rebooted classic Home Sweet Home Alone, will 8t be as good as the original?? Surely not, but I am glad I watched it.

A married couple tries to steal back a valuable heirloom from a troublesome kid. Battles are raged, understanding is needed, and families realise what’s the most important part of Christmas.

I needed this one so much!! It was daft, it was silly, it was everything I needed for a Christmas film. Perfect

I feel like the season is being kicked off on a good foot. Some make me a bit tearful if I admit, as it’s an emotional time right now. But mostly they have made me smile and enjoy these dark early evenings.

Found on Netflix is a horror/christmas series Elves. It’s a Danish series and I’m here for it.

A Christmas vacation turns into a nightmare for a teenager and her family when they discover an ancient menace that stalks their island getaway.

Only watched 3 episodes so far but it’s good, not scary but intriguing, and the baby elves are the cutest. Adult ones are creepy and make you jump.

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A twinge here and a twange there, it’s not too bad, but isn’t as painfree as previous times.

The right hand is looking more arthritic and I have a snapping tendon over the CMC joint, so it snaps into place when I extend the thumb. Not painful but still knocks when I try to write with a pen. Main pain is MCP pain.

The left hand is by far a better result strangely, only some swelling at first knuckles of first 2 fingers. But gloves soon help that.

Still awaiting my referral for new braces and to see a second opinion hand surgeon. So while I wait I’m starting to shop around for new splints.

Could the drop in temperature and increased moisture in the air, made my hands worse? I’m sure it does.

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Well Hello December… Can you believe it, this year is near the end. Latter half of the year has been a struggle, but I still have hope we will see improvements, and mentally things will settle down too.

This week has been a challenge, after missing weeks of physio even at home, I’ve gone all in with the bosu ball.

I have been stepping up forwards for now with the LTHR leg leading up and down, so it’s taking all the lead. But I do then do the opposite leg to lead too.

The added unbalanced nature of doing bridges on the ball, makes the core work harder.

I still get a lot of swelling on the operated hip, the hip flexor is so tender at times and I struggle to lift the leg. But I will keep trying, it will get better eventually.

I think I need to find stretches for the satorious muscle

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#ADGIFTED all thoughts and opinions are my own, I prefer murder mysteries and horror so I always choose to review my preferred genre.

The Ghostwriter

Never take anything for granted. No matter how great things seem – it can all shatter in an instant.

Matt Gardner has a decent life. He has a good job, a fiancé who adores him and he’s recently found out he’s going to be a father. Everything is perfect and the future looks bright.

But then strange things start happening – someone has got into his social media accounts and is causing havoc with Matt’s family and friends.

What starts off as a minor nuisance escalates into something much more sinister and Matt soon realises that some invisible, malevolent force is hell-bent on destroying him. Some kind of Ghostwriter is dictating the course of his life – composing his autobiography without his input, and he finds himself powerless to stop it.

When an incident with a fifteen-year-old girl attracts the attention of the Police, Matt’s whole life is thrown into the stuff of nightmares and one by one his family and friends start to doubt him. He finds himself alone and only when this Ghostwriter ups his game and hints on what this is all about does Matt realise the true horror of his situation.

All of this has its roots thirty years earlier when Matt was witness to something despicable. It was something he’d put out of his mind, and something he thought was over, but this Ghostwriter somehow knows what really happened and is determined to make Matt remember in the worst possible way.

What readers are saying about Ghostwriter:
An absolute masterpiece of psychological suspense. Its a read that will stay with me for some time. Its My Book of the Year!!! – Carol Stone
Just finished reading and all I can say is wow! Stewart has hidden talents. I read this in one sitting .. couldn’t / wouldn’t put it down for anything. – Linda Strong book reviews
It was a fascinating concept and I ended up reading it in a day. – Maureen
A brilliant stand alone book is all I’m going to say. I loved reading the whole story this author has once again not let me down with this book, readers will love it – Booklover Bev
There are twists and turns and I couldn’t work out who the ghost writer was. A very clever, well thought out premise and one that kept me turning the pages rapidly. – Misfits Farm

BOOKS BY STEWART GILES

DS JASON SMITH SERIES
Book 0.5 – Phobia
Book 1 – Smith
Book 2 – Boomerang
Book 3 – Ladybird
Book 4 – Occam’s Razor
Book 5 – Harlequin
Book 6 – Selene
Book 7 – Horsemen
Book 8 – Unworthy
Book 9 – Venom
Book 10 – Severed
Book 11 – Demons
Book 12 – Deadeye
Book 13 – Motive
Book 14 – Australia
Book 16 – Wishbone

DI O’REILLY MYSTERIES
Book 1 – Blood on the Island
Book 2 – Lies on the Island
Book 3 – Fear on the Island
Book 4 – Malice on the Island
Book 5 – Revenge on the Island

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1-The Beekeeper
Book 2-The Perfect Murder
Book 3-The Backpacker
Trotterdown a box set of DC Harriet Taylor books 1-3

DS JASON SMITH &DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1 – The Enigma
Book 2 – Dropzone
Book 3 – The Raven Girl
Trilogy: The DS Smith & Harriet Taylor box set

THE MIRANDA TRILOGY (psychological thrillers)
Miranda
Mistress
Medusa

STANDALONE HORROR
The Divide


Stewart Giles – Author Bio

After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live.
In 2014 Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head and I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later.
3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor: Cornwall series.
The Beekeeper was published and soon hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well.
I continued to self-publish the Smith series and Unworthy hit the shelves in 2018 with amazing results. I therefore made the decision to self-publish The Backpacker which is book 3 in the Detective Harriet Taylor series which was published in July 2018.
After The Backpacker I had an idea for a totally new start to a series – a collaboration between the Smith and Harriet thrillers and The Enigma was born. It brought together the broody, enigmatic Jason Smith and the more level-headed Harriet Taylor.
The Miranda trilogy is something totally different. A psychological thriller trilogy. It is a real departure from anything else I’ve written before.
The Detective Jason Smith series continues to grow with book 16 recently published. The first 5 books in the Detective Liam O’Reilly series are now available.

Website: www.stewartgiles.com
Twitter: @stewartgiles
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stewart.giles.33

My Review I’m going to start considering myself as a number one fan of Giles. As since I’ve been introduced to him, I don’t think I’ve missed a book yet!! And though some are horror rather than detective, I’ve loved them just as much.

The plot is so relatable, just this week I’ve had friends Facebook’s took over by trolls, and needing to have two step verification on, we put so much of our lives online, it’s easy to become a target to predators.

Being able to identify characters and locations, and plots in real life is what keeps me coming back for more, they feel familiar like old friends, and comforting when they have traits like yourself.

Nothing beats a good thriller by Stewart Giles.

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Wow these weeks are flying by and it’s starting to feel like I have no progress to share if I’m honest. I’m now on a walking stick fully, except at home as I can use the short corridors to walk unaided.

Had the dentist twice since the last week’s update, as my teeth and jaw are falling apart, teeth and jaw too weak to have any repairing dental work, so I’m being fitted for some dentures to help take off the pressure of some teeth. It really sucks being me sometimes with everything falling apart. And I will say the dentist always scares me.

I’ve also had the worse menstrual cramps and cycle ever, after 3 months of nothing. So that’s sucked all energy out of me, which is so annoying as I have things to do, places to be. But that rendered me in pjs, with hot water bottles for days I couldn’t move.

I’ve had to cancel my 29th November physio and move it to 15th December, as I’ve got yet another funeral to attend. This is the third loss in 4mths, and honestly it’s having its toll on everything. Health, mind and physically. It’s been a tough time emotionally.

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Now I would say the hip is improving and I feel less vulnerable, it’s time to go out and enjoy some things again.

First up we have a wander around the quarry park in Shrewsbury. Ever classy we have a bottle of Prosecco and throw away cups!! To mark the occasion, we are going all out!

And this one is a bit different. It’s theatre but with drinking?? The thinking drinkers show.

The Thinking Drinkers are back in UK theatres with “Thinking Drinkers Pub Quiz”.

The blurb ~ Our hilarious, brand new show gets the rounds in, in more ways than one, with every audience member getting FIVE FREE drinks while competing for amazing prizes in a cabaret-style quiz hosted by award-winning experts, comedians, alco-demics and hooch historians

Five free drinks, yes pls. I’m so in.

Little bags handed out, we take our seats and dive in, we have a can of Beer, and shot plastic cups for Gin,Rum, Bourbon and Toki Whiskey. Some paperwork and pens too. As it is a pub quiz.

The facts and history was actually really interesting, they were engaging and funny, some humour was a tad too childish, but we had an amazing time. They definitely reminded me of Horrible Histories, which I absolutely love.

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#ADGIFTED book given to review but all opinions are my own.

THE NIGHT THIEF a gripping crime thriller full of stunning twists (JACKMAN & EVANS Book 8)



FROM #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR JOY ELLIS, A TOTALLY ABSORBING CRIME THRILLER FULL OF STUNNING TWISTS AND TURNS. YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO PUT IT DOWN.

Discover the author who’s sold over two million books globally.

When everyone is sleeping, he comes into their houses.

He takes one thing. A photo of their child.

A thief on a power trip or something even darker and more sinister?

Detectives Jackman and Evans find themselves on the hunt for a highly unusual burglar who seemingly only steals photographs. But then, late one night, an elderly woman falls to her death after seeing someone in her home.

Did she really fall, or was she murdered?

And just how many mysterious intruders are there on the Fens?

With the body count rising, Jackman and Evans have their work cut out for them to track down the night thief — before it’s too late.

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the shocking ending.

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT JOY ELLIS:

“Another breathtaking thriller from Joy.” Carole

“Great read from start to finish.” Nerys

“Just a wonderful enjoyable read.” Nicki

“A hugely compelling police procedural, with twists and turns that raise tension and suspense.” Paromjit

“All the twists and turns kept me reading.” Viv

“Another great book from Ms Ellis.” Barbara

Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Sarah A. Denzil, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

THE DETECTIVES
DI Jackman leads the investigation. He is extremely smart and has a knack for bringing out the best in his diverse team. DS Marie Evans is haunted by the loss of her husband in a motorbike accident. She is fiercely loyal to her friends and colleagues.

JACKMAN & EVANS
Book 1: THE MURDERER’S SON
Book 2: THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS
Book 3: THE FOURTH FRIEND
Book 4: THE GUILTY ONES
Book 5: THE STOLEN BOYS
Book 6: THE PATIENT MAN
Book 7: THEY DISAPPEARED
Book 8: THE NIGHT THIEF

JOY ELLIS
UK #1 BEST SELLER WITH THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS, DARKNESS ON THE FENS, THE FOURTH FRIEND, BEWARE THE PAST, FIRE ON THE FENS, AND THE GUILTY ONES
OVER 2 MILLION BOOKS SOLD!
“I was born in Kent but spent most of my working life in London and Surrey. I was an apprentice florist to Constance Spry Ltd, a prestigious Mayfair shop that throughout the sixties and seventies teemed with both royalty and ‘real’ celebrities. What an eye-opener for a working-class kid from the Garden of England! I swore then, probably whilst I was scrubbing the floor or making the tea, that I would have a shop of my own one day. It took until the early eighties, but I did it. Sadly the recession wiped us out, and I embarked on a series of weird and wonderful jobs; the last one being a bookshop manager. Surrounded by books all day, getting to order whatever you liked, and being paid for it! Oh bliss!
And now I live in a village in the Lincolnshire Fens with my partner, Jacqueline, a highly decorated retired police officer, and our four barking mad Springer spaniels. If I do get any spare time, which is rare these days, my one relaxation is painting, especially using soft pastels. We have been here for twenty years now and although I’ll never be a true ‘Yeller Belly’, a native born to this county, I have adopted it as my own. I love the mists, the big skies and the endless waterways. All my books are set here on the Fens, and why not? The location is perfect for murder!”
BOOKS BY JOY ELLIS
DI NIKKI GALENA SERIES:
CRIME ON THE FENS
SHADOW OVER THE FENS
HUNTED ON THE FENS
KILLER ON THE FENS
STALKER ON THE FENS
CAPTIVE ON THE FENS
BURIED ON THE FENS
THIEVES ON THE FENS
FIRE ON THE FENS
DARKNESS ON THE FENS
HIDDEN ON THE FENS
NIKKI GALENA BOX SET, BOOKS 1-3
NIKKI GALENA BOX SET, BOOKS 4-6
NIKKI GALENA BOX SET, BOOKS 7-9

JACKMAN & EVANS SERIES:
THE MURDERER’S SON
THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS
FOURTH FRIEND
THE GUILTY ONES
THE STOLEN BOYS
THE PATIENT MAN

MATT BALLARD SERIES:
BEWARE THE PAST
FIVE BLOODY HEARTS

STANDALONE NOVELS:
GUIDE STAR

FIND JOY ON
AUTHOR WEBSITE http://www.joyellis.info/indexa.html
FACEBOOK https://m.facebook.com/Copperfield55
GOODREADS https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4108600.Joy_Ellis

My Review I’m sure I’ve read a couple by Joy Ellis now, or at least one. So this is a nice stand alone as I definitely haven’t read the entire series.

Dark, gritty and grim, but fast paced and highly charged, this mystery is guaranteed to keep you on your toes. Some eye roll moments over romantic scenes (my pet hate) felt more 70s steamy novel style. But the page turning hook didn’t leave me for long, as the plot definitely stirs up emotions in yourself.

Who wouldn’t fear having been broken in, but they only take a photograph, it’s unnerving and a hell of a roller coaster read.

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Ok! Beauty Box packed full of winter essentials.


#MudMasky Leave on autumn mask full size RRP £33 oil free gel based moisturizer is just the ticket for winter chapped skin.


#NutureNourishing Skin treatment oil full size RRP £8.99 now I’m using this on my recent hip replacement scars as it’s meant to reduce scar redness and stretch marks too. We will see.


#GraceAndStella Hyaluronic acid travel size RRP £7.00 who doesn’t use this especially in the cold, known to retain 1000 times its weight in moisture. Silky soft addition.


#VeganByHappySkin Original skin essence toner full size RRP £34.99 using chamomile, calendula bans aloe vera to smooth and balance skin.


#BalanceMe Pre and Probiotic cleansing milk travel size RRP £8.00 known to strengthen the skin barrier, gently remove impurities, to reveal a brighter complexion.

I love with this subscription box you can skip months or cancel at will. So for me, I’m skipping December as I’m wanting to use these up and really enjoy them.

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