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.

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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 are you doing it?

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It’s here, it’s the festive season and it is the time I try, very very hard to blog everyday. Or as near as I can.

I see many a fabulous blogger with amazing content doing #Blogmas, or if you are on YouTube check out #Vlogmas. Well worth checking them out for your Festive fixes.

Although I’m going to try and join in, mine won’t all be Christmas related, or even as I prefer Yule related. As honestly my life isn’t that affected by Christmas anymore.

Gone have the little people that make it all the magic that it was, and though I LOVE seeing my grown children at Christmas, they have their own lives and families too.

Ours is a low-key Yule celebration and less about consumerism now as well. Once everyone is grown they can and do buy all this things they’ve ever wanted. So for us it’s food and being together that is important.

Confession, haven’t even thought about putting the tree up yet.

But I’m loving the shops displays, and with this cold snap lately, I’m definitely feeling more festive.

#Blogmas 10 Weeks Post #SteroidInjection

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It’s finally #Blogmas and yes I’m a day late, but Happy December, it’s such a busy month, but should be good.

This month I am attempting to take control of pain, as some days it’s consuming very thought I have, and it’s ruining my positive mentality slowly slowly.

December brings two birthdays, 1 for my husband, and 1 for my third daughter, and also a birth too!! Due in 18days.

These are the reasons for chasing the help I can, so I can be present and happy for these occasions.

Today is the day I see the GP for some guidance on reliving this ever present burning thumb and mcp pain in my index and middle fingers.

Not sure what I expect, but I’m feeling desperate at times, with lots of tears at night from pain.

Left hand which had the steroid injection 10 weeks ago.

See above the MCP joints are swelling up.

Right hand swells overall, not as localised over MCP and DIP joints.

It’s like lightening at times, dull aches other times, and it’s getting me down.

I’ve been wearing gloves, and splints religiously, and taking medication that I have too.

I bit the bullet and booked my right cmc steroid joint injection in for the 16th Dec. So that’s 2 weeks from today. I’m very very scared and nervous. Especially after last time. But I’m hoping I can hold my baby granddaughter due near Christmas, and have a pain ish free Christmas day.

But at the same time I know it needs doing, as holding a pen, or my cup is becoming an issue. And forget shoelaces, I can’t do it!!

And I need my hands to build the Christmas tree up!!

Blackpool the Big Switch On!!

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Last year I applied for the free wrist bands to be at the Big Switch On at Blackpool, where you have a concert and fireworks and they switch on the Illuminations.

Blackpool for me is a huge childhood memory, with my grandad living down the road. Sadly no longer there, it’s a lovely trip down memory lane every time we go, and we’ve been paving the way with new memories, especially when we had Merlin passes, which meant we could visit Sea life Park, the Tower, the Dungeons and Madam Tussauds too.

We had such an incredible time last year that obviously we applied again, but we weren’t lucky this time round, so instead of missing it we bought the Golden Circle Tickets. Which means your at the front this time.

So what is happening for this Switch on you ask?

Award-winning actress Lucy Fallon is to switch on the world-famous Illuminations in her home town of Blackpool.

Lucy, who has won a host of TV awards for her role as Bethany Platt in ITV’s Coronation Street, will pull the famous switch in front of 20,000 people at the official Switch-On concert on the night of Friday 30 August.

Lucy, who studied singing, acting and drama from the age of two, made her first public stage appearance as a dancer in pantomime at the historic Blackpool Grand Theatre.

Since joining the cast of Coronation Street in 2015 she has enjoyed a stellar rise to fame winning the National Television Award for Serial Drama Performance in 2018 and also Best Actress and Best Female Dramatic Performance in the British Soap Awards in the same year.

Joining Lucy that night will be Brit Award-winners Busted will be joined by the multi-talented singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt, and Sigma, the British drum and bass DJ and record production duo who have twice topped the UK singles charts.

The tour coincided with the release of their brand new studio album, Half Way There.

Scotland’s Nina Nesbitt is a hugely talented singer, songwriter and musician. As a songwriter she has written for various artists including Jessie Ware, Olivia Holt and The Shires. As a singer she has found success in her own right and has just released her second studio album.

Sigma, comprising Cam Edwards and Joe Lenzie, topped the UK singles chart with Nobody To Love and followed that success with another number one hit,Changing, featuring Paloma Faith. They will take to the stage immediately after the big Switch-On moment for an epic finale under the Lights!

Diversity will return to the Switch-On stage to perform yet another scintillating routine just weeks before they embark on their massive UK tour to celebrate their 10th anniversary.

Since winning Britain’s Got Talent in 2009, they have completed eight sell-out arena tours and appeared on numerous shows and in the West End.

Also returning are crowd favourites R3wire and Varski, the Club MTV DJs and record producers who have helped turn Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On night into the coolest party in town.

The Friday night celebration will start with a “Blackpool Introduces” showcase featuring the best of talent from across the Fylde Coast, prior to the start of the main show, the Switch-On itself, and then an hour-long party under the Lights.

We sadly had rainy Blackpool not the sunny one like last year. But no matter, we filled our bellies with some food from Wetherspoons, drank some IPA and got ready for an epic night.

I had chicken, brie and chilli jam burger!! Omg how delicious.

Mr Moon had the ultimate burger, tasted like a big Mac only far better quality!!

Mini Moon ate a roasted vegetable pizza with pineapple added. This looked lovely.

Drank my birthday prosecco!

Becky Hill

Diversity

Busted

Sigma

Missed Nina personally, but I had an epic night, loved every minute of it all. I think this will be a new Moon family tradition.

#GerardCosmetics I’m loving this month

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#AD Affiliate

This month I’ve been incredibly fortunate to be able to try out some incredible products. I am on their PR list and I do have an affiliate code.

However I’m under no obligation to post and share my love for them. I choose to do this on my own, as they are incredible products and very affordable too.

Yes I have an affiliate code, (SIRENMOONBEE) Which ive yiu 30% sitewide, however if you are in the UK like me, I suggest to you via BeautyBay my code only works on the official Gerard Cosmetics but I understand my UK readers will find it cheaper and easier to order inside the UK.

As you can see I’m getting a fairly large and well used items. Some are new to try out, such as the highlighter which I know already I’m definitely buying again and again!! I got Grace star powder available here a beautiful golden glow, subtle but there, my new found LOVE.

I also made sure I tried the much raved about lip pencils. And I’m so glad I did. I chose #Cher #SugarAndSpice #Ecstasy #MelrosePlace all various pinky nudes and perfectly me, no matter the occasion. I do prefer subtle make up, muted even as mostly it’s day wear. Buy them here Cher is here

Ecstasy is here

Melrose Place is here

Sugar And Spice is here

For lipsticks I decided against another Hydra Matte as I know I love them, and will return to them once mine are all gone, instead I bought a #LyricaCollab James Gloss which is deliciously dark and seductive. You can buy here

I love the light and mirror that comes with these glosses, so I had to get another gloss but in pink, to occasionally brush over the lip pencil colours. I got #PinkFrosting you can buy Here

And because I LOVE liquid lipsticks I had to try the #RoseGold Metallic liquid lipstick, and it’s even better than I imagined. Buy it Here

To finish off I bought the Stastruck Palette, I believe it’s for highlighting, but I’m going to use mine as eyeshadow, as they shimmer and shine so beautiful. When used wet with Mac primer the copper shade is breathtakingly beautiful. You can can one Here

The Executioner By Heather Opperman #BlogBookTour

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It’s that time again, where I get to dive into the murky depths of crime, murder and mystery, the criminal underworld always draws in me. I love the puzzle of solving the cases, the twists and turns, and how the authors mind works.

So as usual it’s an #AD GIFTED book in return for a review, but all opinions are my own.

So what do we have this time, the Title itself draws me in, I’m in for a treat. Unusually for me it’s set in a place I have no real life knowledge of, so I’m using all my imagination and authors description to try and visually see the places described. Nor have I heard or read anything about this author before, so it’s a new experience for me all round.

My Review

I’ve never heard of the author Heather Opperman, so I had no bias or opinions on the writing style or story telling abilities. Which was a nice adventure really discover new and exciting authors.

There is a male Detective Alex Reid who’s the main character, but I loved the sidekick Fadi way more, his personality tickled me,and the sassy medical examiner Kate!!

It’s starts from the killers point of view which pipped my interest immediately. Their thoughts and emotions were well described.

Hideous murders, but thankfully not too graphically described or gratuitous. But carefully done so you know what’s happened without flooding your mind with visual images.

I love the characters and how they interact with each other, the niggles and ones that gel well, it makes it feel more realistic, especially with clashes of personalities, as real life is like that.

With the setting being South Africa, which I sadly have no knowledge of, I relied on the author to describe the locations, which I found she did well, and it made me more attentive to the details.

This books starts at a speedy rate straight away, which I personally love. No long chapters bedding in the characters with long waits for anything exciting to happen. This was boom action packed immediately. A truly awesome book, that I highly recommend.

The Enigma by Stewart Giles #blogbooktour

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Here we are once again, but with a twist, this time instead of just being a DS Jason Smith, or DC Harriet Taylor series. These two powerhouses are combined. What a collab. I was soon eager to get stuck into this. So not only do we have the rugged Whitby coast, we dive into the rural beauty of Cornwall as well. Heavenly!!

The Enigma (DS Jason Smith & DC Harriet Taylor #1)

Available from UK £0.99 US $1.27 AU $1.78 CA $1.70

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new detective series featuring the detectives from both the series’ we know and love.

In Trotterdown, Cornwall a boat, The Enigma washes in to the harbour. The skipper is dead, and Harriet Taylor is brought in to investigate. But 1 dead body is not the only crime the team have to deal with.

Meanwhile, further up the coast in Whitby a boat washes up on the rocks just outside the harbour. Everyone on board is dead. Whitby Police are out of their depth, so DS Jason Smith is called in to help.

It soon becomes clear the cases are connected and the teams from York and Trotterdown settle down to work with each other.

This is a unique story with twist, turns and shocks all the way through making it an adrenaline pumping read you will not be able to put down.

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. After Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head 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 hit the shelves and hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. The third in the series, The Backpacker I have self-published and is now available.

Links

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

My Review

I knew I was in for a treat when I heard the DC Harriet Taylor series and DS Jason Smith series were combining.

What could get better than these two excellent character meeting, cracking impossible clues to find a psychopathic murderer.

If they can learn to trust each other and not be so alpha, and become the best crime fighting duo the country has seen.

Chemistry is a must, to pull these into a cat and mouse chase to find a killer that travels the UK, leaving bodies in his wake.

What a read, a thrilling wild ride!!

Horsemen by Stewart Giles #blogbooktour

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Galloping through the series, I’m diving into Horsemen face first, with my feet barely touching the ground. The action is coming thick and fast with no let up!!

Horsemen (DS Jason Smith #7) by Stewart Giles

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From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series.

One draining murder investigation after another has left DS Jason on the brink of losing his sanity and he needs a break.

Smith sets off for the peaceful Yorkshire village of Scarpdale for two weeks of country air, slow walks by the lakes and no mobile phone reception. He wakes up on his first morning to find three policemen outside his room. A young woman has been found dead next to one of the lakes. Smith was seen talking to the woman the night before.

Smith is begged by Jimmy Phoenix to find out what happened to his daughter. Against his better judgment, Smith agrees and starts to ask questions, but the locals are not giving anything away. When Sophie’s boyfriend, Lewis Van Camp is found dead an hour before her funeral, Smith is baffled. Lewis was his odds on favourite for Sophie’s murder.

Smith quickly realizes that rival horse breeders, the Van Camps and the Phoenix’s are involved somehow. Everybody he speaks to talks of something that happened in New York the previous summer; something sinister involving these horsemen but nobody seems to know exactly what went on.

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. After Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head 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 hit the shelves and hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. The third in the series, The Backpacker I have self-published and is now available.

My Review

I loved this being set in the horse industry and big money makers as they’ve always fascinated me. The dark murky waters of self made men and crimes weave a web of lies,thrills and spills.

Seeing the DC smith get together with his partner more is nice, though I often wonder why there’s always a romance with main characters, there is never a series of TV or book that keeps zero romantic involvement. But that’s just me. I could live without a romantic element, whereas others relish it.

The mystery of the millionaires daughter is a page turner, just what has happened? And will Smith solve it in time to truly have a break away from it all?

October Beauty Box #Lookfantasic

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To finish up my subscriptions, here is my last box of this year from #Lookfantastic

Talika Bubble Mask Bio Detox

This innovative charcoal bubble skincare mask contains thousands of nourishing microbubbles. The mask instantly starts to foam when applied to the skin, it helps to detox and purify the collection, leave skin deeply cleansed and balanced.

PRAI AGELESS Throat & Décolletage Crème

Unveil youthful skin with this lightweight anti-ageing formula. Apply this to the neck and décolletage to improve and tighten crepey skin. The intense formula improves the appearance of age spots, as well as reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

Monu Night Renewal Complex

Monu’s rejuvenating and refreshing formula contains Marine Collagen and Polysaccharides to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This rich cream is intensely moisturising and soothes, nourishes and improves skin’s natural elasticity!

AHAVA Mineral Body Lotion

Infused with Dead Sea Minerals, this lightweight and fast-absorbing formula smoothes, softens and refines skin. Apply in the evening to unveil noticeably softer skin by morning.

Pixi Fresh Face Blush

This light diffusing blush not only provides a pigmented wash of colour, but also contains Vitamin E and Mica which hydrate the skin at the same time. The soft rosy hue is perfect for improving the complexion, and leaves skin appearing radiant and healthy.

Dr Lipp Elderberry Lip Tint or Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Dry Skin, Luscious Lips & Glossy Bits

A cult-beauty staple, this lip balm was originally designed as a nipple balm for pregnant women, is used as a deeply nourishing lip balm. Ideal for soothing dry and chapped lips, this balm has been proven to improve roughness by 40% in one hour. Use the tinted version to not only moisturise your lips but also to provide a subtle wash of colour!

I’ve loved having Look fantastic and find them extremely good value for money. I’m only stopping now, so I can actually use all that I have, before buying more. I’ve found some amazing products, tried new things and totally changed how I view skincare. At 42 I’m not getting any younger, and I’m realising I can’t ignore it any longer. It’s time to stop abusing my body inside and out, and take steps to improve health not only through exercises, and eating better, but through the skincare and ingredients used. It’s been a lovely year of discovery.

Harlequin by Stewart Giles #BlogBookTour

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Harlequin (DS Jason Smith#5) by Stewart Giles

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series.

The circus comes to town and children start to disappear.

Detective Sergeant Jason Smith is persuaded to return to work after three weeks of a marijuana induced haze. Forced to endure the leadership of a new DI, the fulsome Bryony Brownhill, Smith is faced with the most difficult investigation of his colourful career.
When the children who vanished are found murdered in various parts of the city, all clues lead to the circus grounds, but Smith and his team are met with a sinister silence everywhere they turn. Smith digs deeper and discovers the cause of this silence; the chain of events that led up to the vile murders that have shattered the hearts of the people of York.
This is an edge-of-your-seat thriller with an ending that you won’t expect.

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About the author

After reading English & Drama at three different English Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling and finally ended up in South Africa, where I still live. I enjoy the serene life running a boat shop on the banks of the Vaal Dam. I came up with the DS Jason Smith idea after my wife dropped a rather large speaker on my head. Whether it was intentional still remains a mystery. Smith, the first in the series was finished in September 2013 and was closely followed by Boomerang and Ladybird. Occam’s Razor, Harlequin and Phobia (a series of short stories detailing Smith’s early life) were all completed in one hazy 365 days and Selene was done and dusted a few months later. Horsemen, the seventh in the DS Smith thriller series is out now. The Beekeeper, a departure from the DS Smith series will be released through Joffe Books on 22 May.

My Review

By this book I now think to have a full understanding and to truly appreciate the storyline arc, you need to have read a few previous books at least. This is book 5, and to see how and why he behaves the way he does, it’s better to be fully informed.

That said though, it’s a great mystery book in its own right, and most things are totally explained. I just personally feel more connected and invested as I know the backstory.

Creepy circus, jugglers, clowns and kids going missing. Sounds like my own nightmares in book form. A firm favourite this time, and better yet I’m off to York this month, so I’ll be wandering the town imagining the characters and locations Asni do so. Great one to get me in the Halloween mood. Creepy page turner.