Game of Crones by Jay Raven #BlogBookTour

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It’s been a while since I last did one, life and family have been super busy so I simply had no opportunity to join in.

However I recently went on holiday, which meant I had a perfect time to read and collect myself. This time I stepped out of my comfort zone, and opted for a genre I don’t traditionally read at all.

So I chose this as the title shouted out at me, and seeing as it’s the witches Manon Sabbat as I write this, it’s perfect that it’s about Witches, and Wild women.

Forget Happily Ever After – the most delicious fairy tales end in darkness and despair!

Welcome to a world of cruelty, hexes and treachery, where malicious magic rules and you are but a single necromancer’s spell away from eternal terror.

From malevolent medieval magicians to Wild West witches, this spellbinding volume by a master of the macabre is packed with frightening fables guaranteed to send a supernatural chill down your spine.

Amongst the haunting historical horror stories, you’ll meet:

  • A half-crazed girl locked up in a high security mental hospital by those accusing her of causing a devastating earthquake.

  • An impoverished French noblewoman who’ll stop at nothing to marry her daughter to a wealthy prince – even if it means dabbling with a dangerous love potion.

  • The hated public executioner Pandora whose fabled box has already killed 55 men – without leaving a trace of violence on their bodies.

  • Wily witch Merta who uses all her wits and trickery to turn the tables on the corrupt Mayor who wants her burnt alive at the stake.

  • A faery mage without conscience or pity with the perfect plan to make Mankind turn on itself – and all it takes is one innocent baby.

  • A drought-stricken frontier town that seeks magical help from the local Indian tribe to make it rain, but learns it comes at a terrible cost.

  • The doubt-ridden King, plagued by nightmares of his death, who consults an enchantress to learn the most of hidden of secrets: just when the Grim Reaper will claim him.

  • A Mid Western widow who is convinced her homesteading husband is still alive, held hostage by a sorceress.

If you’re thrilled by exciting dark fantasy tales, with cunning twists, edge-of -the seat tension and unexpected shivers, you’ll love Game of Crones. Pick it up today. If you dare…

Jay Raven Author Bio

Dark fantasy author Jay Raven blames a misspent childhood watching Hammer Horror films for his lifelong obsession with history, woodland, horse-drawn carriages and visiting castles – preferably during the hours of daylight! All of which might explain why he now lives in a creepy old house perched atop a steep hill on the edge of a 500 acre forest teeming with bats.

A writer for 23 years, Birmingham-based Jay was a journalist before leaving behind the clamour of headlines and deadlines to chase his dream of capturing monsters and releasing them into the world of fiction. During that time his work has been widely published in horror and fantasy anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic.

As well as reinventing traditional Gothic horror for a modern audience, he writes alterative history urban fantasies – usually with supernatural themes. He loves to cross genres and bring unexpected elements – if not elementals – to the party.

He has two regrets in life – that he hasn’t had a chance to visit Transylvania yet, and that his house isn’t haunted. But long suffering wife Liz has threatened to do something about the latter…

My Review

I was tad confused at first as I hadn’t realised it was a collection of short stories, so it led to some frustration as some stories were ended of cliff hangers and I yearned for more, to discover what happened next.

But after that initial disappointment I soon got over it, as each one was a perfect length for the beachy visits we did, nothing was too complex so that it fried your brain while you’re meant to be relaxing, I found them easier to read on holiday than a classic novel.

A new author to me and I found the style easy to digest and understand, I would be hunting out this author for more gothic tales and bumps in the night.

Some of the characters had me howling with their cunning Wiley ways, I wish I knew some of them!! Crones are the wise ones, it pays to listen carefully to them.

On Holiday with a #HipReplacement 36 weeks post op

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It was lovely to get away on holiday finally and soak up some sunshine, and warmth into my bones. This is the first time aboard with my new implant.

And it was quite different to other holidays that have been marred completely with pain and immobility. But it also wasn’t the completely ‘normie’ holiday I was expecting either.

Rather it was something in between. A limbo of sorts. Pain in the hip has definitely decreased and that is wonderful, but the knees and back take the hips old role. So the walking stick still ever present to keep me stable. Thankfully I took this and my splint for me hand, both in constant use.

My hands pain did improve while away, though of course using the walking stick does hurt the hand greatly. Using the splint at night helped, as well as my ibuprofen gel. Well worth taking with me. It was even heavenly on my aching swollen feet and ankles.

As I said in a previous post, I had a slight accident on the flight over to Rhodes, where my leg was trapped from people rushing to get passed me, so the ‘good’ leg looked unsightly all week.

This is how it looked on the first morning on holiday.

But it got a lot worse over time. And the leg seemed to collect bruises all over it, I counted 20 at one point.

Last day the bruise finally looked like it was going. The knee gave me some issues especially day 5 onwards, super squeaky if pressed and sharp pains on heel strike while walking.

I’ve noticed I can barely swim now, the tiredness and ache the leg experiences is something I’ve not had before. I’m usually a very very strong swimmer, but now not at all. I will work on this though. Wonder if other hippies have experienced this?

Overall though what a brilliant time away, and the sunflower lanyard certainly worked and helped on the way home, twice I didn’t have to queue as long as everyone else, and honestly it was much needed and appreciated help!! Thank you airport staff. Pride had stopped me so many times, and even taking photos I would push the stick away. Hiding the real truth. But here it is and me, as it’s as part of me as anything else! Here’s to admitting you can’t do everything. And some help can really change your outlook on some experiences.

Look Fantastic Beauty Box #Heatwave August

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I totally forgot to post my last few boxes, I was too busy using it and enjoying it all. And of course I’ve been busy with life and family. So I will show my newest box. The August Heatwave (hope we get one) box.

In this it’s a box perfect for the summer, though weirdly I’m not feeling the summer lately, perhaps it’s due to no summers holidays here as daughter is busy working too much, and weather went pants too.

Anyways I’m hoping this box brings back the sun, and those heady summer nights where you drink Pimm’s in the sunshine!!

#Luxie 737 tapered highlighter brush rrp £26.50

It feels super soft, the handle is molded for a better grip, so more gentle on my hands (Arthritis really effects me)

#bellapierre heatwave highlighting palette RRP £29.99

Shimmery gold’s, silver, champagne, rose gold and coppery. But all sutble and buildable for strobing or highlighting. There are 5 buttery highlighters perfect for those summery nights.

#jamesread 1 hour glow mask RRP £12.50

Looking forward to a sunkissed glow within 30 mins, but used as an overnight gradual tan. Suitable for all skin types.

#natura herb infused sheet mask RRP £4.95

Grab 15-20 to yourself with this gentle hydrating and nourishing sheet mask.

#doucce luscious lips stain in ‘Holiday Getaway’ RRP £11.95

A cute coral orangey lip tint that is highly pigmented. A base colour to last all day. I’ll be sure to be testing this out.

#rituals ‘the rituals of holi’ body cream RRP £6.90

Hydrating and luxious skin care with flamingo flower and pink grapefruit soothing cream.

#BlogBook Tour The Tea Time Mystery Faith Martin

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My Review

As I said above I adore this series, it’s just light hearted enough to be enjoyed thoroughly on holiday, while not been too graphic and gruesome, although the mysteries keep you well entertained.

Jenny’s reluctantly to divert her focus off catering to solve murders always makes me giggle, as she’s so good at it. She is a book version of Murder she wrote, trouble always seems to follow her.

Always entertaining and I love the characters, they are so English to me. Another one loved wholeheartedly x

1yr #Hipaversary #hiparthroscopy

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It’s finally been my 1year Anniversary since my last surgery, my Hip Arthroscopic surgery. And to celebrate it, we did it in style.

First off we visited #50cent for his 15th Anniversary Get Rich Or Die Trying Tour, this is immense, I loved every single second of it. We had Lethal Bizzle first up, then 50cent and GUnit. It was like the 00’s had come alive once again. And better yet, we knew once we got home and slept, we were off on Holiday!!

So off we flew the next day in the afternoon to #Rhodes hip obviously hates flying but I was well prepared for this.

To arrive here in the gorgeous sunshine, I knew it was the right decision to go.

This one wonderful week away, we visited as many sites as we could. Drove around the island and swam nearly everyday. I ate better here than I ever have done on a Spanish island (easier for veggie food too) the warmth honestly did my hip some good, as well as my hands. Though ankles continued to swell each day if we had been on our feet alot. But painwise the warm dry heat does absolute magic to them!! This is why pensioners move aboard.

We did a fair amount of steps, we had to stop every few so I could adjust hip, take stock and breathe into it. But boy oh boy was I rewarded. Going down was always my worse part, but I did it and so did my dodgy ole hip that’s going to be replaced. It’s like its final adventure with me. I get sad thinking that soon it won’t be with me, but I know it’s daft really. Anyone else feel a bit sad??

So I’ve made it to 1yr and it’s been a huge learning curve, my fitness has improved greatly, the muscles around the hip are stronger, I trust myself more which was a huge mental issue for many years. And all because I took physio seriously and did it religiously. I also stopped trying to race ahead and do more than my hip wanted to do, I kept to the basics and finally got results. Granted it never stopped my pain or limitations of the hip, but I’m sure that once it’s replaced, it will greatly improve my recovery period.

And better yet, I didn’t put on the usual 5lbs + that I usually do on holiday!! We ate more like at home, less carbs, more protein and salads and I came home 1lb heavier, which has already gone 3 days after getting home.

Obviously I got off the plane and I couldn’t speak, lost my voice. Maybe air con had something to do with it. The day after being home I had to see the doctor, as I felt super poorly. And it’s laryngitis so on antibiotics and feeling very sorry for myself right now. But what a week we had!!!!

Weekend away with family

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Day 9, 10, 11, 12 post #intra-articular steroid hip injection, and day 2,3,4,5 for post steroid hand injection. Both have been tested greatly in our weekend adventures.

Sunny Barmouth has been glorious this holiday!! We loved swimming in the sea, I got to have my nephew’s swimming with me, and such giggles we had all round.

The cottage was amazing, it was 300yrs old,the history and tales it could tell. All higgledy piggledy and full of character.

Walked along beaches, which is still hugely problematic hip and mobility wise. Hip is 80% better than before the steroid, so it’s not fully pain free. Hand however is absolutely fabulous. Aches yes at the end of the day, but I expected that. Beach walks take A LOT out of me, and pain levels soon rise quickly.

So now we are home, it’s time to rest for a while, to settle the hip down and see how long it stays angry for. But I’m definitely impressed with the hand pain which had totally crippled me up until that steroid injection. I wonder how long it will last for?