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Unicorn Bath Bomb – Competition!

Oh how I love a bath bomb, there is truly nothing better than grabbing a bath bomb, and relaxing in warm bath after the day is done, it’s one of my top priorities when it comes to ‘me’ time, and a bath bomb really adds to the luxury.

I have been browsing (as always) and come across a great competition on WOW FreeStuff, I just had to share it, because it was to good to miss, and everyone loves a freebie!

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The prize for the competition is of course some bath bombs, unicorn ones, which obviously are beautiful colours. You get 10 within the pack, and there are 50 packs to win!! So there’s a good chance you reading this could win, just give it a go.

To Enter — CLICK HERE!!

Terms & Conditions

  • This competition ends on the 31st May 2019. 
  • By entering you agree to sign up to WOW FreeStuff Newsletter
  • Must be over 18 and based in the UK

 

x S

black wolf ; g.d.abson {book tour / book review}!

I’m kicking off the blog tour for the Black Wolf by G.D.Abson, how exciting. 

Synopsis

A young woman is found dead on the outskirts of St Petersburg on a freezing January morning. She has no injuries, and heavy snowfall has buried all trace of an attacker.

Government security services immediately shut down the case, and Natalya suspects the authorities have something to hide. When the dead woman is revealed to be an anti-Putin activist, Natalya has to go undercover to expose the truth.

But with her career at stake and her own family in danger, how far is she prepared to go?

A captivating, pacy thriller that plunges right into the beating heart of Putin’s Russia.

My Thoughts

Black Wolf is book 2 of 2 in the Natalya Ivanova Thrillers Series, his first being Motherland. 

So I was super excited to read this as it’s something I’m not used to reading, but always interests me. I heard a little about this book – and was really intrigued by the blurb, so I had to get in on the blog tour.

I really enjoyed Black Wolf overall it was a huge page turner, and had me really on edge throughout, I enjoy it when you are gripped from the beginning and can’t put it down, which is exactly what happened with this book.

This book was set in Russia, which I can’t say is a place I’ve read books set in, so it was interesting to read about. I enjoyed the female lead throughout the book, which is a something different in a detective book. I enjoyed getting to know Natalya throughout the book, and following her throughout.

If you enjoy any detective kind of books then I’d defiantly recommend this.

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keep up with all the other bloggers posts throughout the tour!!

About the Author 

Garry Abson

G.D. Abson is the author of Motherland, the first in his Senior Investigator Natalya Ivanova series set in Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

Motherland is a Times/Sunday Times Crime Club Star Pick and has been shortlisted for a Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger.

G.D. (alias Garry David) was born in County Durham, England, and brought up on army bases in Germany and Singapore before returning to the UK. He developed a lifelong obsession with Russia after studying the revolution at school and Russian politics at university as the Soviet Union collapsed.

Thanks so much to Mirror books for asking me to be involved in this Blog Tour, and for sending a copy of the book over to me.

x S

ted bundy; conversations with a killer {book review!}

It’s my turn on the Blog Tour today for the Ted Bundy; Conversations with a Killer – by Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth.

I was interested to give this book a read after watching bits of the Netflix documentary on Ted Bundy a few months ago.

Synopsis 

The book behind the sensational Netflix series The Ted Bundy Tapes.

Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer was born out of more than 150 hours of exclusive interview footage with Bundy himself, recorded on death row before his execution in a Florida electric chair.

Bundy’s shocking eleventh-hour confessions to journalists Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth provide a horrifying insight into the twisted mind of America’s most notorious serial killer.

He was a sadistic monster.

A master manipulator.

His grisly killing spree left at least 30 innocent young women dead.

This is Ted Bundy in his own words

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check out all the other bloggers posts via there links above!!!

 

My Thoughts

I found reading this book very interesting, it’s quite chilling, and a lot more detailed than preciously mentioned the Netflix doc. As the title suggests this book is basically written as soon as Bundy has spoke, following the exact conversation, so you really get a feel of the way he was, it’s a hard read in points, due to what he did, and the fact that he showed no remorse.

Within the way the book has been written you really get into the details, and into the mind of the serial killer, which is pretty terrible, but interesting. I enjoyed the format of the way it was written.

If you have an interest in Ted Bundy / or find it interesting to read about the inside of serial killers minds, and the conversations they have, when interviewed. Then I’d defiantly recommend this book.

Thanks so much to Mirror books for asking me to be involved in this Blog Tour, and for sending a copy of the book over to me.

x S

 

Getting in the Mood for Reading!

Most book bloggers are natural bookworms, who can often be found in a quiet corner, nose stuck firmly in a novel. However, sometimes normal life can get in the way of a good reading session. Families require feeding, the house needs cleaning, and there’s work to do each day too!

If you’re struggling to get in the mood for reading, here are some useful tips.

Ready to read? Let’s go!

Remember how beneficial it is. Reading isn’t just a pleasure, it’s also really good for you. It can boost your emotional intelligence, provide valuable ‘you time’ and some experts say it can even delay the onset of dementia. That’s a lot of great reasons to read, right there!

• There’s nothing like that sense of anticipation. Few things can deliver that gleeful sense of ‘what happens next’ like a good book. It’s a delicious feeling; that knowledge that you just have to know what’s going to occur, even if it’s already long past midnight. If you’re finding it difficult to get back into reading, choose a book that you’re likely to enjoy. Reading a great book makes it that much easier to pick up another one after you’ve finished.

• Make it ‘relaxation time’. Teach yourself to associate reading with relaxation. Get a glass of wine or mug of hot chocolate, cosy up on the sofa, and reduce all distractions. Soon, it’ll become a bit of a Pavlov’s dog reaction; every time you pick up a book, you’ll associate it with those positive emotions. It’s a great way to reduce anxiety levels too.

• Join a book club. This is an excellent way to embrace reading again, while also making new friends. You should be able to find details of local book clubs quite easily online; or alternatively, you could set one up with your friends. There are also hundreds of good book clubs online, not to mention loads of book communities on sites like Goodreads.

• See it as a treat. There’s nothing quite like treating yourself to something. Whether it’s a new top, a bottle of your favourite perfume (or the ‘inspired by’ versions at Copycat Fragrances), or simply a bar of chocolate from the local shop, it’s guaranteed to lift the spirits. See purchasing a book as the same sort of treat. Linger in the bookshop, taking time to read the blurbs on the novels. Then buy a book that sounds like your sort of thing. Because it’s a treat, you’re that much more likely to relish it.

• Get in the habit. Set aside some time each day that’s reserved for reading. Some people like to spend 10 minutes with a book before they get out of bed. Others like to chill out in the bath with a good novel. Find the time that works best for you, then stick to it as often as possible.

• Listen to audiobooks. If you struggle with reading printed books, have a go with audiobooks instead. Some people love being read to, and there’s certainly something really calming about lying on the bed, listening to a story.

x S

the botanists daughter ; kayte nunn! {book review}

Very exciring book tour today, I’m reviewing the beautiful ‘The Botanist’s Daugjher by Kayte Nunn, which I was very excited to read – it looked amazing!.. and it didn’t disappoint.

Blurb 

Discovery. Desire. Deception. A wondrously imagined tale of two female botanists, separated by more than a century, in a race to discover a life-saving flower … In Victorian England, headstrong adventuress Elizabeth takes up her late father’s quest for a rare, miraculous plant. She faces a perilous sea voyage, unforeseen dangers and treachery that threatens her entire family. In present-day Australia, Anna finds a mysterious metal box containing a sketchbook of dazzling watercolours, a photograph inscribed ‘Spring 1886’ and a small bag of seeds. It sets her on a path far from her safe, carefully ordered life, and on a journey that will force her to face her own demons. In this spellbinding botanical odyssey of discovery, desire and deception, Kayte Nunn has so exquisitely researched nineteenth-century Cornwall and Chile you can almost smell the fragrance of the flowers, the touch of the flora on your fingertips …

Two women, separated by centuries.

Can a mysterious flower bring them together?

About the Author

Kayte Nunn is a former book and magazine editor and features writer and is the author of two contemporary novels. The Botanist’s Daughter is her first historical novel, and stems in part from her love of flowers and botanical art.

My Thoughts 

I really do quite enjoy a novel that goes back and forward within time, you get to experience and get a feel for the two different periods, and I find that enjoyable as a reader.

The story follows two womem, which again, love a strong female role in a book {girl power n all that}, both women are in the same proffesion, being botanist medicane, and throughout it flipping back and forward in time you see how they work, what’s the same and different.

The first in the 1880s in Victorian England with Elizabeth, and the second in 2017 based in Sydney with Anna. Elizabeth takes over where her father John couldn’t finish his work, where we follow her to Chile looking for a rare and dangerous plant with her assistant Daisy. the journey had me captivated throughout the pages.

With Anna, she is a horticulturist, while in her grandmother’s home, she comes across a tin, filled with things, where she also embarks on a journey to Cornwall in England, finding out about some seeds, and more about her past.

I absolutely loved reading every page of this novel, it was so beautifully told by Kayte, I would recommend this to everyone to pick up. It would be a lovely Summer read, especially if you want a bit of a mystery / journey to get yourself involved in.

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‘Here in this garden was the proof: while some lives ended, the rest of the world marched relentlessly on.’

‘There are always flowers for those who want to see them.’

I can’t possibly finish the book review without speaking about the cover, ah, it’s literally dreamy, birds, flowers on a gorgeous baby blue back colour, it’s defianley one of the nicest covers I’ve seen for a while.

You can purchase The Botanists Daughter ~ here ~ !

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make sure you check out all the other book bloggers post on the above dates!

Thank you so much to Alex at Orion books for sending me over this copy, and for invlduing me in the book tour. Huge thanks to Kayte too!

x S