Angeline by Deryn Pittar and Meg Buchanan #blogbooktour

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ANGELFIRE by Deryn Pittar and Meg Buchanan

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When Major Lewis Carpenter arrives home in Haven Falls he’s literally knocked off his feet by his neighbour, Emma. She’s even more gorgeous than he remembers.

That evening, he arrives at her door with a bottle of wine, only to find her armed and ready to repel invaders. After much persuasion, she tells him she’s an angel and the devil has chosen her to be his bride – but she’s not going without a fight.

Lewis, who suffers from PTSD, finds her story about as believable as some of his flashbacks, but is prepared to go along with her until proven otherwise because he’s fantasized about her for years.

What follows is an exciting couple of days involving fights with fallen angels, a kidnapping and a rescue involving a fire truck. All’s fair in love and war, especially if you’re falling in love with an angel.

Author Bios

Deryn Pittar

I write futuristic and fantasy fiction, spiced with romance and adventure. This allows my imagination to run free, to create interesting characters caught in unusual circumstances and events. Sometimes I have the pleasure of watching science and technology catch up with my imagination.

I also write Young Adult, short stories and flash fiction; articles on writing and I am published in these genre. I self-published a children’s rhyming book and once won a prize for a short screen script.

I’m a published poet and I endeavour to put my poetry skills into my fiction writing to enhance the word pictures I create.

I live in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand which lives up to its name. I belong to the Romance Writers of N.Z., Tauranga Writers, and Spec.Fic.NZ (speculative fictionNZ).

Meg Buchanan

I live in Paeroa, a small town in New Zealand, with my husband and a black labrador. Most of my books are set in my home town, simply because it has a rich history, and the streets already have names, so do the rivers and the mountain nearby, and the neighbouring towns also have names, so I save time on world building.

I have been writing for seven years. Before that I was a teacher, then a kitchen designer, and for a year, the creator of resources for drug education. But now writing is what I do.

I love creating books about ordinary people doing interesting things. The characters in my story are just a little better looking and more charismatic than in real life, but they think and feel like normal people.

My books cover many genre, action adventure, scifi, historical fiction, and romance. Up until now you won’t find a vampire or werewolf in any them, but in the future, that can’t be completely ruled out.

My review

Totally not my genre that I would choose, I’m more crime,medical examiner style of book. But I do enjoy a lot of supernatural TV series, such as vampire diaries, the originals, supernatural, Sabrina, and so forth. So it’s not too out there for me to try out this book. And I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

Short story but it packs a punch, I was soon sucked into the characters and their lives, eager to know how they could get out of this sticky situation.

Not into love stories usually but I felt it wasn’t overly romantic, which would turn me off from reading. More like suspense, and paranormal with a touch of romance thrown in. So don’t let the genre of romance put you off.

I’d definitely read more by these authors, especially if they did some books with witches, and more spiritual characters too.

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Ninja Warrior, Weekends, And New Thoughts….

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The weekend passed in a haze of recovering from Friday, we were in the audience for #NinjaWarriorUk it was filmed in Manchester Central.

I got tickets for us to watch our favourite show, a bit like a birthday treat for our youngest daughter, to see it live. Never expected it to be as tiring as it was, but though we were knackered it was a lot of fun and an experience.

We definitely shouted ‘Beat the Wall’ a lot!!

Spotted some bees but not too many as we struggled with time sadly, and it was freezing cold this day!!

Hands swelled up and were extremely painful all weekend. This convinces me its more likely to be rheumatoid arthritis.

Hip didn’t behave either and was extremely painful, so it’s definitely time to ask to see if I can start the process of replacement. I’m over trying to wait it out, waiting for life to start, it needs to end or at least give it my all. So roll on next appointment which is Tuesday!! Woohoo. Wish me luck.

Day 7 + 8 post #intra-articular #steroid injection in Hip.

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It’s been a week, and Wow that time has flown by!!

Today it’s a MiCats appointment for my hand, and I honestly expected nothing, except maybe a referral to a rheumatologist. Which did happen, hopefully appointment in 6-9 weeks time, but also I was offered the #steroid injection into the CMC joint today. I said yes, though nervous. Nicer to get it out of the way.

The doctor was lovely, she confirmed again there is no Rheumatoid Factor but high levels of inflammation. And the DIP joints ( finger top knuckles) as well as basal thumb joint all show wear and tear indications it’s Arthritis, or my Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. Something is happening, so it’s a process of elimination now.

Injection did smart a bit, once again I had Marcaine, Lidocaine and Kenalog injection. I’m happy as so far it’s just been hair loss as a side effect.

This is in the evening, so looks ok. Super stiff and achy though. Hurts to use, so having 24hours off. Been instructed to brace it as well.

Hand swelled up too, so I’ve removed my rings just in case.

Hip wise I confess it’s been nagging, bit grumbly and not quite right. But it’s nearly that time of the month, which usually sends ALL my joints haywire and extra painful too. So it could be that. That groin pain has gone again though so that’s all good.

Day 8 it’s mad dash packing day, why do I leave it until the last minute?? Only popping to barmouth in a cottage with family, but should be a giggle. 2 nights 3 days away, hope this weather lasts!! Packing one handed is pretty difficult I might add.

Woke up with a super stiff right shoulder and neck, not entirely sure why though? Going to need hot water bottles and ibuprofen today. Hand feels pretty good, just braced to limit its range for now.

Hopefully all will be ace while we are away, and I will be pain free too. Have a lovely weekend my lovelies xx

Steroid injection day 5 + 6

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Pleased to say all is quiet on the hip front, although clearly I did too much yesterday as my operated leg quad muscle was aching all day on day 5. So that prompted a total lower body rest. Boring but I feel necessary, as I have Physio the following day anyways at the Hospital.

I chose to do free weights so I’d at least got a workout done, making me feel productive and it helps mentally as well as physically. And not forgetting to sunbathe, seriously can’t believe the luck we’ve been having with all this glorious sunshine and warmth.

My new appointment for my 6week post injection date came through, it’s for August 21st. Here I think I’ll push for more answers on scar tissue and if there’s any point in delaying a hip replacement now?!

Day 6 saw me at the hospital for physiotherapy, so I can ask advice and let her assess if there’s any movement improvement, better range or stamina. As it’s so hard to gage it yourself. Awoke with awful Glute pain, not sure why though? Seems weird it was the Quad muscle, now it’s the opposite Glute muscle?

Front leg raise

Then front leg raise to abduction

Football between knees hip bridges, then into sitting up and hip adduction.

Prone lying on front, bend knee and raise.

All these actually eased off some muscle aches. But it did hurt the groin so I’m having to rest up and increase painkillers. Bored though, so I think I best watch the football to entertain me.

30 weeks post #HipArthroscopy

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It’s now 7 months since my surgery and I’m ready to say it’s not worked. In fact I’m actually worse off. Not pain wise initially, but this unstable joint is far more life hindering.

A few days ago you saw I popped to the cinema, we used disabled parking so it was minimal walking, seats were amazing, yet somehow my hip still went from under me in the evening.

Cue tears, lots of pain, swelling, leg is 3inches fatter than other one!! And I’m back to one crutch. I’d only just been saying earlier, if hip stayed in the joint life is perfect. Now I’m sat here thinking if popping out my house once a week is enough to make it unstable, then I’m ready to rip it out. I want to live, do things and not merely exist.

So with this said I’m still chasing steroid injection appointment, it’s not been done yet. I now have to rest the joint. So I’m going all in on arms. This way I feel productive and not bored and useless. I use it as a tool to distract from hip pain too.

Bicep curls 15reps x 3

Shoulder press 15reps x 3

Side lateral raises 15reps x 3

Bicep row 15reps x 3

Tricep extension 15reps x 3

Chest press 15reps x 3

Tricep overhead 15reps x 3

My weights are only 3.5kg and I know it’s not much, but it makes me ache, I do it to failure. And I feel better once I’ve done them. The ache is unreal afterwards, I feel like I can’t lift my arms, so clearly it’s needed for me.

My new joggers came, so that’s a silver lining too. You can get yours here and use my affiliate code which helps me out and you get 10% off too DEBORAHWY10

29 weeks post op #hiparthroscopy physiotherapy

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Weeks are flying by and though I’m stuck in a limbo situation via the hip being unstable and super painful. The decision to do the exercises set aside for post op hip replacement patients has been working.

As they are designed to strengthen everything around the new implant and not cause a dislocation. I’ve noticed a small increase in stamina and strength, so I’m going to continue, and the hip hasn’t been unstable this week at all. So that’s progress.

This following week I’m going to increase the reps from 10reps to 15reps and see how that goes. I do find I exercise, do physio one day, but I need at least one day to rest.

Scar update, you can barely see them. Obviously they pale in comparison to my 10inch ones, but just an update for those only having Arthroscopic scars.

Now I’m itching to get out more once weather improves and work on uneven footing and inclines, as hip doesn’t like those situations so much.

No news as yet for the steroid injection for basal thumb or hip, hoping to hear more in the next 2 weeks time. I’m getting pretty eager to have them, even though they scare the pants off me at the same time.

27 weeks post #hiparthroscopy

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Moving on from week to week and not much has happened this week, except I’m poorly again!! Just a chesty cough and woolly headedness, so I’ll live.

But I did visit the doctor over my hand, as it’s getting too hard to hold the simplest of things lately. The basal joint of the thumb feels like electric shocks, when I try to hold cups, plates or my phone. It’s been like it on and off for a year or so?? Wonder if Arthritis or just Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. Anyways had bloods taken to check, and I’m being referred to MiCats for physiotherapy and steroid injection for it. So that’s 2 steroids in 2 different joints this year!! I need this hand for my walking stick. For now I brace it on bad days, but when it settles I take it off, so it’s not solely dependant on it.

So for physio it’s been PANTS for a week, barely done any, as I’ve had family visits, doctor’s visits, then blood test visits, and honestly they’ve just took it out of me. Just being still hurts so I’ve had no desire to move the hip. Maybe it’s increased on pain because the weather is so damp? Or because it’s that time of cycle when it all flares up (when my whole body feels broken and shattered) or simply being ill makes me feel things more?

Just waiting on blood results next and of course appointments to come through from steroid in hip, physio for hand, and steroid for hand. Can’t wait to get them all done and dusted, though I’m scared!!

24 and 25 weeks Post #HipArthroscopy

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In the excitement of #Glastonbury and seeing my idol #JasmineBecketGiffith I noticed I hadn’t updated on my Physio and Hip Saga since week 23.

Well, where do I start? After a month away from physio at the Hospital due to sickness, being booked up and then snow drama. I finally got to see her on 12th March. And I had to tell her what had been truly going on.

Each time I do an activity, or at home physio, I’ve noticed a weakness, a giving way feeling and more recently a crunchy feeling too. Last slip I actually had to lie down on the floor for a while, and use crutch for a few days.

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So my Physiotherapist decided to actually test this reduced mobility and range of movement. Lots of lying on my back, allowing her to bend the knee and twisted leg in and outwards, straight leg hip abduction and adduction. All were very very painful inside the groin, white hot pain. It was good she actually got to see this joint behaving this way. And we discussed that it’s probably for the best to have the hip replacement sooner rather than later. Knowing that it isn’t a magic bullet, to cure all. But just touching the pelvic bone was tender as hell. Could it be scar tissue? Damaged muscle or nerves? Or is this bone pain? I just don’t know…. I’m at a loss, and I’m not ashamed to say I cried my eyes out too.

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I’m scared to replace it, scared that it still wouldn’t end my (what feels like) an eternal quest to end pain. Could it cause more issues? More disabilities? In so many ways I’m so much better, I’m walking straighter, I can physically do more than before. But I just have this slippage and crunching that makes me feel vulnerable, scared to do things in case it slips as I’m out?

But on the other hand, what if it’s the answer? It’s a faster recovery than previous surgeries, what if this is all I need to be ‘me’ again. I have so many questions, my brain can’t handle it. I also feel selfish to keep putting my family through all this, a burden because I’m useless around the house, or for doing things. My whole life and families life evolves around hips and pain. I just want it to stop. I want to be able to clean my own house, or go out to town, without it being a military decision, heavy price long after the outing.

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Not only did we discuss getting onto the replacement waiting list, as who knows how long that will take, as it’s a custom one needed. Which require working with Switzerland, needing 3d CT scans etc all take time. But we discussed that perhaps it’s another tear, in the labrum. I thought a debridement was all of the labrum removed, however they can just be cleaned up and sadly re-tear again causing same old pains and symptoms. As touching the pelvic bone is soooooo TENDER it’s ridiculous. So the plan is to see what Surgeon says on 20th March and hope I ask the right questions, and I get some advice and guidance.

Anyone else feel like this and confused??