Glass Dolls by D E White #BlogBookTour

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#ADGIFTED although gifted it is reviewed freely by myself, and all opinions are my own.

I’ve honestly never come across this Author, and I have no idea what the theme was before I stated I would do it. I simply stated a yes, as frankly I need the distraction and I’m open to new authors and genres.

After reading the theme, it’s definitely my kind of book. I do love a murder mystery.

What is it about?

GLASS DOLLS BY D E WHITE

ONE OF THE MOST ELECTRIFYING THRILLERS YOU’LL READ THIS YEAR

A teenage girl is found murdered, encased in glass.

Detective Dove Milson is called out to the chilling crime scene by the Devon coast. The murder is a replica of the work of serial killer Peter Hayworth, known as the Glass Doll murderer. He would be the prime suspect . . . but he’s already dead.

FOUR YEARS AGO DETECTIVE DOVE MILSON’S NIECE WAS KILLED BY THE GLASS DOLL MURDERER

Now Dove leads the case. It’s her first job as part of the Major Crimes Team. She is recovering from a breakdown a few months earlier.

Then another Glass Doll is found in an isolated cove.

A TWISTED COPYCAT KILLER?

Dove finds her family is at the heart of this new case. The latest Glass Doll victims both worked at her sister Gaia’s strip club.
The club’s manager found the second Glass Doll. He claims to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, but Dove doesn’t believe in coincidences.

THEN DOVE’S SURVIVING NIECE DISAPPEARS

Will she become the next Glass Doll?

Time is running out for her niece. Dove must race to catch a killer before it’s too late. Then a new lead tears a hole in the case.

Discover a brand new thriller with a jaw-dropping twist you won’t see coming.

Perfect for fans of Cara Hunter, K.L. Slater, Robert Bryndza, Helen Fields and Angela Marsons.

The Author

Daisy White Biog 2020
Daisy White started writing fifteen years ago, scribbling ideas at work on the night shift, firstly flying as cabin crew, and latterly working for the Ambulance Service.
Her 1960’s cosy mystery trilogy, The Ruby Baker Mysteries, was published in 2017 by Joffe Books, followed by psychological thrillers Remember Me and The Forgotten Child (HarperCollins) in 2019.
Daisy’s new crime thriller GLASS DOLLS, (Joffe Books), is out at the end of March 2020, and is the first in the DC. Dove Milson series.
Daisy is a multi- award-winning entrepreneur, and loves inspiring new writers to put pen to paper to start their own creative journey. She is represented by The Kate Nash Literary Agency.
Website; www.daisywhiteauthor.co.uk
Social Media;
https://www.facebook.com/DaisyWhiteAuthor
https://twitter.com/DEWhiteAuthor
https://www.instagram.com/daisywhiteauthor/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/daisy-white-b6764059/
For book enquiries; lina@katenashlit.co.uk
For speaking engagements please contact; kaye@andromedatalent.com
To contact Daisy; daisy@daisywhiteauthor.co.uk

My Review

Totally new author to me, so I had no experience of the writing style or pace, but I will say I enjoyed it. The pace and back tacking to clues and threads of evidence, were fast paced and perfect to keep you hooked.

Dove is a character we can all identify with, juggling family, and work. I love that they touched on mental health and being scarred both mentally and physically.

You end up sucipious of everyone, questioning their motives all through out. I loved it kept me on my toes!!

The story for me was original and unique, which I think is very hard in this genre.

A great read to take my mind off reality for a wee while, is frankly a godsend at the moment.

March #LookFantastic Beauty Box

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Before the world changed, I decided to go back to my subscription boxes, and obviously I returned to Look Fantastic as I’ve always found the right mix of skincare, hair care and make up items for myself. And better sizes so better value too.

The box is iconic design specifically for international women’s day. I will be saving this for sure.

No Elle magazine anymore, but I’ll be honest I never really enjoyed them anyways, so that’s a good change for me. Less paper waste.

As usual there is a reason I wanted this box, and it was this single item. I wanted to try out some good eye creams.

#Madara Time Miracle Wrinkle Resist Eye Cream 15ml rrp £35.00

It targets signs of tiredness and ageing, while tackling the fine lines and wrinkles. Have more radiant and younger looking skin.

#Rituals The Ritual Of Ayurveda Shower Gel Oil 75ml rrp £4.90

Indian Rose and Sweet Almond Oil scent this shower oil, it will nourish the skin leaving it hydrated and smooth. Add a few drops in to hands and massage in circular motions, When It contacts with water it foams up, leaving the body feeling refreshed and smelling divine.

#GrowGorgeous Repair Strengthening Hair and Scalp Mask 30ml rrp £3.75

Get visibly thicker and more nourished hair from this unique mask. Formulated with Caffeine that stimulates the scalp to help the roots. Whereas Oat lipids will lock in moisture and Hyaluronic acids for that silky soft finish. Leave on the hair 10mins after massaging into damp hair.

#Hairburst Healthy Hair Vitamins 15 day supply rrp £12.49

To combat the effects of hair styling, and heated appliances which give the hair a fried feeling, and excessive colouring. When taken regularly they say 98% of users see faster hair growth.

#Rodial Bee Venom Cleansing Balm 20ml rrp £13.00

Taking your facial cleansing to the next level with a luxurious skin brightening cleansing balm. Bee Venom has powerful anti-aging properties that smooth complexion and plumps up fine lines, while decongesting your skin of impurities and dirt. This balm transforms into a milky cleanser.

#ElizabethArden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster 5ml rrp £7.50

Designed to restore your skins natural ability to repair and renew, it’s the perfect skin booster, with less irritation and reducing the appearance of damaged skin.

This item came with the box but no info about it in the box, so I don’t know it’s RRP price.

A gentle yet effective re-texturing mask infused with extracts of papaya and fresh grapefruit as well as flower acids derived from revitalizing hibiscus. The rich texture reveals fresh and brighter looking skin. The face looks smooth, clear, and radiant. Crafted in Switzerland with the highest quality pure botanicals.

72.7% Natural including a rosewater base

I’m loving having this box, it’s a thread of normalcy to cling too in an uncertain world. And for sure the stress and anxiety will play havoc with my skin and arthritis flare ups, so anything that helps me stay into a normal routine, is a huge hit for me right now.

10 years of #SBS #TheoPaphitis #PartTwo

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As previously said in prior post, I recently went to #smallbusinesssunday meet up which is hosted by former Dragon Theo Paphitis.

We arrived a bit later, while Google were doing their presentation, I arrived later as I knew it was already a bit of a long day for me, with missing an hour or two.

Some talks ran over sadly so it was less dinner time for us to eat. But the crowd didn’t seem to mind.

We saw the fabulous stats of what it means to be a winner, I’m 1 of 3000 so I do feel special, that little old me with my jewellery, caught his business eye.

We had a presentation from LinkedIn but I confess it didn’t help me understand any better.

The food was great, though the queue for it, not so much. Never had a chance with the cakes. Had a beautiful glass of bubbly though, and gorgeous (The best) coffee.

Next up for fireside chat was Sara Davies

She was a breath of fresh air, and coming from a crafters background I felt I could identify with her more. The chat was super informative, and well worth listening too.

We left after this, as my poor body couldn’t cope anymore, so time for me to retreat. It was a shame never got to see some friends, but the time literally flew away with us.

On the way out, we used our token for a goodie bag (system changed from before where you and your plus 1 got one) this time it’s just 1 per business.

Inside the cloth tote bag was all this.

Love the strong sturdy cloth bag.

Metal bottle from DHL, plug adapter from Robert Dyas, card holder from HP, pencils pens notepad and bookmark from Ryman, Pyrex dish and Bamboo cup from Robert Dyas, and Ear phones from Ryman. Screen wipe from Ryman.

10years of #SBS Theo Paphitis #PartOne

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Wow I can’t believe it’s a decade already!!

It’s my 8th one and each time I go, I have an incredible inspiring day. I get to see great friends I’ve made, hear from very successful businesses too.

So what is #sbs??

Small Business Sunday, shortened to the hashtag #SBS on Twitter, was created by Theo Paphitis in October 2010. Theo is best known for appearing on Dragons’ Den on BBC Two. He is Chairman of Ryman Stationery plus Boux Avenue lingerie, Robert Dyas and latest acquisition London Graphic Centre.

Each week, Theo rewards small businesses that tweet him @TheoPaphitis and describe their businesses in one tweet including the all-important hashtag #SBS. Only tweets made in the time slot between 5.00 PM and 7.30 PM each Sunday count.

Every Monday night at 8pm, Theo reviews and chooses his favourite lucky six who are then re-tweeted. As he has around 500k followers, this provides a massive boost to the chosen lucky businesses.

The benefits range from increased Twitter followers, to positive media publicity and crucially for many, increased sales! Of course, none of this is guaranteed as it is largely down to perseverance and hard work. A smidgen of luck comes in handy.

Lots of great businesses that lend their support, advice and mentor us. Fabulous presentations.

We have time to chat with each other, to network, and share our own businesses too.

Before sitting down listening to relevant talks.

There is drinks provided and breaks of course, and even later on the lunch is provided. The food is always outstanding.

THEO-LOGY

Theo says, “I admire people who have passion and energy. If you cannot bore your friends to death about your own small business then something is seriously wrong. I was struck by the number of business owners on Twitter who wanted to tell me about their new products and services. Small Business Sunday was born so that people have a specific time slot to tweet and can pitch their ‘sell’ directly to me.

All my businesses are privately owned and entrepreneurial in spirit. My stationery firm Ryman has thousands of small business customers, which is why they are now kindly sponsoring #SBS. I want to offer benefits to #SBS winners, past and present and the link with the stationery retailer allows me to do this, so thank you CEO Kypros Kyprianou and Co.

My vision is that everyone who has ever won an #SBS re-tweet from me becomes part of a friendly club. Like-minded individuals can share successes and learnings. This website will give a valuable profile to the winners chosen to date and should help those who have not yet won but want some tips on how to do so. You will find news about the latest winners plus events and activities of interest.

I know I have been lucky in business and I am keen now to spread goodwill to others, of course not forgetting that very often, you make your own luck by making use of every opportunity.”

Gerard Cosmetics

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#ADGIFTED These items are kindly gifted, as I’m on a PR list. I choose to share and review them and all words and opinions are my own. I do have an affiliate code 30% off SIRENMOONBEE which would pay me a commission if someone buys, this does not cost you anything at all extra.

For my PR credit this time round I decided to get 2 items I’ve already had before, simply because I can’t live my life without them.

The top HOLY GRAIL item is Slay Away The Day make up removing balm. I got the Lavender one, I’d previously had Rose. You can buy here

These balms are so soft on the skin, none of that stripped kin feeling I get with other make up removers, it’s so gentle that my sensitive skin feels nourished and protected especially during the colder months.

Next up was a Second Hoodie I couldn’t resist. I literally wear mine all the time, it’s so snuggly and warm, it’s my physio attire, so it made sense to get another one. Buy one here

For a new release for #GerardCosmetics there is a Clean Base Eye Cream so I have to try this out, see if it helps my eyeshadow life, and cut crease techniques too. Buy one here it’s on Pre Order at the moment.

And for a wild card for me, I decided to try the Trio of BB+ illumination creams in Dorothy, Grace and Brigitte. They are Bronze, Copper/Rose Gold, and Gold. Buy them here forgive my bad swatches, I’m new to it

Jealousy is Murder by Jeanette Taylor Ford #BlogBookTour

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#ADGIFTED but all opinions are my own.

Now it’s Jan 2020 the BBC have started #FatherBrown again I’m loving my murder mysteries, also channel 5 has a murder mystery every day. So I can honestly say I’m getting my sleuth on!!

Jealousy is Murder
When a young woman is found strangled in her camper-van and her twelve-year-old son goes missing, DI Cooke and DS Grant have a dual problem on their hands. And what does this murder have to do with the fatal stabbing of a young man in Portsmouth several years before? And how on earth are residents of Sutton-on-Wye involved?

The Author
I’m a lifetime bookworm! From reading to my children to now creating stories of my own, books have always been a large, important part of my life. Those who have read my stories have enjoyed them, so I finally decided to inflict them upon the world in general. Some of them are ghostly tales, combined with loveable characters and interesting situations which make them ghost stories with a difference. However, I also write children’s stories, the first of which, ‘Robin’s Ring’ is published and I’m working on another Robin story. My new series, The River View Series, presents mild mysteries with a difference – and are set in my beloved Herefordshire.

Much to our youngest daughter’s disgust, I love old buildings, castles, mansions, historical places, especially ruined buildings and they are often the inspiration for my stories.

My retirement from my job as a teaching assistant has given me the opportunity to indulge my love of writing and I ask for no more than to give pleasure to my readers. When not writing, I’m making cards, singing in a ladies’ choir, doing Family History and all sorts of other things. I am married to Tony, a retired teacher, and we have six children and seven grandchildren. We live near Nottingham, England.

LINKS
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeanette.ford.16

My Review

Although this is book 4 I believe in the River View series, it’s book 1 to me, new author new mysteries. New characters and plots are always exciting. Will I like them? Will they be clichéd? Will the book stall? And I’m happy to say I Loved the characters, even the villagers, Bemusing as they are. Some are clichéd but that’s ok, I think I’d be disappointed if they weren’t. And for me, the book never stalled.

The campervan mentioned in the blurb pipped my interest first, so I just HAD to read. There’s nothing more English than countryside murders and campervans.

With realistic and vivid descriptions you can easily picture yourself smack bang in the middle of the mystery, plodding the beat looking for clues.

Fast paced and an absolute page turner, I was sad it was over. I will be going over the previous three, as I can’t wait to read more from this author.

Likeable characters that you will warm too, and invest in. I think it’s suitable to all readers. A definite one to take on holiday and enjoy that ‘me time’ with.

#Blogmas The British Craft House Competition

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Before I even posted any blog posts about the new selling platform #TheBritishCraftHouse I was entering their 12 days of Christmas competitions on twitter.

And omg I won day 9. The competition spanned over Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and I won, I still can’t quite believe it.

I thought it was just one prize. But oh no no no, it’s a few and they are all so darling too.

A little bit of everything a girl could ever want.

1, Imogen’s Imagination

From this delightful seller I got a cute Tartan bow. It’s super Christmassy for me, without being too obvious. A Christmas day must have for me! Find her here

2, Lou Lou & Reg

A cute Wooden Christmas decoration to display for years and years. Handpainted and definitely loved. Find them here

3, Vintage By Design

As a Manchester born and bred lass and even a username of sirenmoonbee, these bees were a welcome sight. They are so precious. Find them here

4, The Little Card Store

A must for all Kitty lovers, a perfect handmade Christmas card. I know exactly who needs this. Find them here

5, Fran’s Crafts

A sunny sunflower brooch that will brighten any outfit, and any mood. Super bright and cheerful. Find them here

6, Max Pring Jewellery

Gingerbread men are synonymous with Christmas, and he’s the sweetest treat!! What a delight to wear. Find them here

7, Garden Party

For the bake off wannabes, get Christmas dinner cooked up a storm while looking like the most chic sophicasted baker. Find them here

8, The Secret Wardrobe

Simply chic silver drop earrings, a must have for any special occasion, I will be wearing them Christmas day. Find them here

9, Elegant Wyvern

As a wire wrapper myself in former days, I am in awe at the skill of this layered ring with rose quartz. What a beauty. Find them here

I’m feeling very very spoilt. And thank you for all of this. I saw all the other days prizes and they were like this, multiple shops all supplying such amazing goodies, and to do so many days worth as well, I’m truly impressed. I have found and saved so many shops for future purchases too.

Go check them out The British Craft House

Gerard Cosmetics this month

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Once again I’ve been fortunate to receive some incredible #PR #GIFTED and for that I’m extremely grateful. I do this post because I want too, and not because it’s expected or required.

I got a different bundle this time, as we are fortunate to pick what we receive ourselves, which I’m stunned to see other brands don’t do, which I believe increases so much waste and contributes to fast make up.

So instead of hundreds of products that don’t suit skin tones, or personal preferences you can tailor it to meet your needs.

With that I decided I really needed a #GCSquad hoodie, to be warm as toast while winter starts, and it’s perfect for physio too. Worn for a few wintery walks and it’s so warm, so glad I picked this. buy here

Along with that I also purchased with my credits a T Shirt again great to represent the brand, and easy wear for physio. It’s cosy too. buy here

For something completely different, I went for a Melt Make up Balm, in Rose. It’s my favourite scent and I knew it wouldn’t kick off any of my allergies too. Arrived solid in tube, it needs warming to heat up the coconut oil and omg!! It’s changed my skin this past month I’ve been using it. Once warm it’s a real liquid, small amount goes a long long way. Smooth over make up, watch it literally melt away. Use a warm hot cloth, and all make up is removed without scrubbing, or multiple goes. Skin is left so soft, nourished and protected in chilly winds, that this is my game changer product. buy here

To top it all off, I just had to get some lip products, and I got a bundle which had a light up gloss, lip pencil in nude and hydra matte liquid lip. The formulas for these three are my favourites. Never thought I’d ditch my Kat Von D or Lime Crime, but I find the liquid lipsticks less drying and more wearable. Find all lip products here

Then my final purchase was the Brow Bar to go, to see if I could be swayed from #Wunder2 brows, and so far so good. But maybe the wunder pips it as it lasts 3 days. buy here

And better still, their #BlackFriday sales have started. Saving you a massive 51%

Murderous Secrets by Janice Frost #BlogBookTour

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It’s been some time since I’ve done one of these. So as usual it’s #ADGIFTED but all opinions and thoughts are my own.

MURDEROUS SECRETS (Merry & Neal #6) by Janice Frost

Looking for a totally gripping crime mystery which you won’t want to put down?
DISCOVER THE NEW CRIME THRILLER FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR JANICE FROST

TWO BRUTAL SLAYINGS AT A BARN DANCE

Detective Ava Merry goes to a forties-themed dance at Northfields Farm on Valentine’s Day.

A young couple, Nick and Samantha are found murdered.

Nick is found in a wartime ambulance with and Sam is found stabbed multiple times in the glamping tent they were staying in.

DS Ava Merry is confronted by a man fleeing the tent. Who is he and is he really innocent?

SECRETS THAT SOMEONE WILL KILL TO KEEP

Then another frenzied murder ups the stakes still further.

Can DS Ava Merry and DI Jim Neal expose the killer?

Great for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham.

PRAISE FOR JANICE FROST
“A very good storyline with so much happening in the family to keep the reader engrossed.” Viv

“Really enjoyable read.” Nerys

“Good entertaining read, with heart in the mouth moments.” Carole

“A fast-paced mystery with plenty of suspects.” Barbara

“I just had to keep reading to see what was going to happen next.” Dawn

THE DETECTIVES
DS Ava Merry is a young policewoman, recently promoted to detective sergeant. She is fitness fanatic with a taste for dangerous relationships. DI Jim Neal is single dad who juggles his devotion to his job with caring for his son.

DS MERRY & DI NEAL SERIES
Book 1: DEAD SECRET
Book 2: DARK SECRET
Book 3: HER HUSBAND’S SECRET
Book 4: THEIR FATAL SECRETS
Book 5: DIRTY SECRETS
Book 6: MURDEROUS SECRETS

JANICE FROST

Janice was born and grew up in West Lothian, Scotland. After completing an English degree at St Andrew’s University, she moved to London where she lived for ten years doing an assortment of jobs. Her passions are reading, writing and walking in Scotland and the Lake District. She lives in Lincolnshire with her husband and two sons.

LINKS

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009761614110

Twitter: @Janice579021

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14005413.Janice_Frost

Amazon: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14005413.Janice_Frost

MY REVIEW

I have no experience with this author, or their writing style, which I like, as it means I get exposed to many great authors I would never have found otherwise.

A good murder story will always be my favourite, the guessing, the piecing clues together, the diversions and back stories set up to trick you.

It ends in a real page turner, one that you just have to race through to see what happens next.

I enjoyed the characters, which truly helps to be engaged with the story. You feel invested in their lives, you actually care which is rare for me.

I’ll be hunting more from this series, I don’t feel too behind by reading number 6 first. It’s a good book standing by itself. But I will enjoy going to the beginning to see how it all unfolds.

Top 5 Hippy Christmas Gifts

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A slightly different post, but as it’s nearly the run up to Christmas, I thought about all the hippy related things I have myself, and what things to buy for hippies too.

So enjoy this cobbled together Christmas wish list of this ole hippie.

I love this first one, and I definitely felt it last year. As I was meant to get one before last Christmas, but it ended up being afterwards instead. Still the best present ever!!

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Something that’s my entire life line!! Is my walking stick, and I always have a fold up version, so I can choose when and how I use it.

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I used a normal pillow between my knees, but with hindsight, I think I would of been better off with this instead.

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You will need to have some humour while recovering, and make lots of notes too. So these come in handy.

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I fall in to the category of a Custom Made hip replacement, so with your bony pens, write down appointments, physio plans or medication taken in this.

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Just a collection of what I’d buy myself, or other hippy friends. I always wear my own hippy tops to appointments and physio sessions. A stick is usually vital, so I suggest buying a pretty one. And I make endless notes and doodle. The pillow is a want of my own, I should of bought one.

And of course it’s not complete without my own Tragically Hip Top, that I personally wear. Comes in various colours, and in t-shirts too.

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