One More Kill by Carolyn Arnold – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an ebook I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book One More Kill by bestselling author Carolyn Arnold to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

One More Kill by Carolyn Arnold

Here is the book blurb.

He told her to run. And she did. As fast as her legs would take her, but it wasn’t fast enough…

The bodies of a husband and wife are found in a patch of woods in small-town, rural Arkansas by a neighboring farmer. They were shot with an arrow, gutted, and left to bleed out. The killer also removed their eyes and replaced them with large cat’s-eye marbles. The murder method and signature are too bizarre to point toward an isolated incident, and FBI Special Agent Brandon Fisher recognizes this right away. His boss with the Behavioral Analysis Unit, Supervisory Special Agent Jack Harper, confirms that he’s crossed paths with this killer several years ago, and he has a voracious appetite for blood. In fact, Jack’s seen his work firsthand—six times, three couples, in three states.

Brandon, Jack, and the rest of the team head to Arkansas for one purpose: to bring down the ruthless and elusive serial killer who calls himself “the Leopard.” Versatile and adaptive, this madman hunts his prey like a wild, hungry cat—tracking them, then striking with swift viciousness. But just as the FBI think they might finally be getting closer to the Leopard’s true identity, he adapts his method and starts killing people faster than ever before.

Racing to catch up, and struggling to get one step ahead, the FBI comes to uncover buried family secrets that aid the investigation—while at the same time, flipping it on its head. Suddenly, the hunters are now the hunted. And while this case has haunted Jack since he joined the Bureau, things are about get more personal and dangerous than he ever would have imagined. If he and his team aren’t careful, one of them—or someone they love—may become the Leopard’s next victim.

This is book 9 in the Brandon Fisher FBI series, but also works well as a stand-alone read. I’ve been following this series since book 6 but haven’t read the earlier titles yet.

The story starts with the gruesome killing of a couple Mark and Stephanie Duran in rural Arkansas. The FBI team from the Behavioural Anaylsis Unit of Brandon, Jack, Paige and Kelly are called in to investigate. Jack recognises this as being the work of an elusive serial killer, nicknamed the Leopard, who seems to have been dormant for 15 years. Why?

Plus this time the killer has deviated from his usual patterns? Again why?

And then things get even more personal as the killer changes tactics and leaves them a note.

One More Kill is newly published on Amazon today. Wow. This gripping page turner had me on the edge of my seat. Highly recommended.

Here are the links to my reviews of other books by Carolyn Arnold.
Remnants
Power Struggle
The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh
On the Count of Three
Shades of Justice
Exercise is Murder
Past Deeds
The Legend of Gasparilla and his Treasure
What We Bury
The Little Grave
Stolen Daughters
The Silent Witness


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One More Kill by Carolyn Arnold

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Dark Ride Deception by Mark S Bacon – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an ebook I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book Dark Ride Deception by Mark S Bacon to review. You may find out more about the author on his website.

Dark Ride Deception by Mark S Bacon

Here is the book blurb.

Is Tom Wyrick Dead? The computer genius is missing. So are his priceless tech secrets. Time for Lyle to go undercover again.

Tom Wryick’s mind-bending technology will rocket Nostalgia City theme park decades ahead of the competition. But the computer genius is missing. So are his secrets. Is he dead? On the run? His billion-dollar, breathtaking discovery is the Perception Deception Effect.

An FBI agent theorizes the People’s Republic of China is responsible for the disappearance.The Nostalgia City CEO, however, is convinced a rival theme park is behind the theft. He drafts ex-cop turned theme park cab driver Lyle Deming to fly to Florida to find the missing computer scientist and recover his secrets.

Does this have anything to do with the severed human finger Lyle finds in his cab?

Back in Nostalgia City, park executive, 6’ 2” Kate Sorensen, a former college basketball star, is persuaded to investigate the death of an actor starring in a Vietnam-era crime movie being filmed at the Arizona park. Nostalgia City is a meticulous re-creation of a 1970s small town.

Shrugging off jet lag, anxiety, and oppressive Florida humidity, Lyle goes undercover using a parade of false identities to snoop behind the scenes at another theme park’s engineering and computer offices. He’s forced to jump from one covert scheme to another as his identity is exposed, his safety jeopardized.

In the meantime, Kate confronts a mentally unstable actor—fresh out of rehab. But she may be forced to give up the murder case—Lyle needs help.

Kate and Lyle have little time to explore their nascent romantic relationship as both their investigations turn deadly, threatening them and the future of Nostalgia City.

Dark Ride Deception is the fourth title in the Nostalgia City series, but it works perfectly as a stand-alone read. I haven’t read any of the earlier titles yet.

Nostalgia City is a theme park in Arizona based on a full-size recreation of a 1970s small town, so everyone is discouraged from visibly using their mobile phones and other modern technology.

The book starts with taxi driver Lyle discovering a human finger whilst cleaning the back of his cab, not the usual sort of thing for a fare to leave behind. And certainly a new way to try to hook the reader into a story.

Meanwhile Lyle’s girlfriend Kate who works on Nostalgia City’s PR is coordinating arrangements for a movie to be filmed at the theme park, including smoothing things out with some of the actors.

Lyle is an ex-cop and Max Maxwell, CEO of the park lets him in on the secret that future park technology plans have been stolen and the developer Tom Wyrick is missing too. Max wants Lyle to find Tom.

But when one of the actors dies, allegedly a suicide, Kate’s friend Steph believes he was murdered and asks Kate to investigate.

As the book progresses, it feels like two stories intertwined, from both Lyle and Kate’s viewpoints. Is there a connection?

Dark Ride Deception is available on Amazon in kindle format. A thrilling mystery with plenty of twists and turns. I can definitely recommend this read.

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Pescatarian Crockpot Cookbook by Martha D’Angelo – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the Pescatarian Crockpot Cookbook by Martha D’Angelo to review. I love browsing through recipe books for new ideas of what to cook, so was delighted to be offered the chance to review this book.

Pescatarian Crockpot Cookbook by Martha D'Angelo

Here is the book blurb.

Learn HOW to make easy, delicious and healthy pescatarian meals with your crockpot slow cooker!
Are you looking for a nutritious diet that is high in protein but doesn’t consist of meat? Have you recently invested in a crockpot and are looking for tasty and healthy recipes? Do you want to switch to a pescatarian diet?

If your answer is a yes to any of these questions, then this book is for you. Make this your first exciting and exclusive PESCATARIAN CROCKPOT COOKBOOK!

Daily Food’s author, Martha D’Angelo will provide you with step by step instructions for the best recipes that will make you crave for more! If you are looking to eat delicious meals that are pescatarian diet-friendly and that you can prepare quickly, look no further. The best part is that you can prepare them all in one crockpot without having to toil for hours in the kitchen.

It can be tough to follow a healthy diet and avoid serious illnesses with most of us’ lifestyle. To lose weight or maintain good health, good food is of utmost importance. You might have tried other diets and already realized that it isn’t as easy as it appears. The time crunch due to all the other commitments that keep you busy can make it challenging to eat healthy home-cooked meals every day; however, this will no longer be an issue. With this PESCATARIAN CROCKPOT COOKBOOK, you will learn how to cook EASY AND DELICIOUS pescatarian meals.

This PESCATARIAN CROCKPOT COOKBOOK includes:

An explanation of what the pescatarian diet is
What foods you can and cannot eat while following the diet
The benefits of following a pescatarian lifestyle
Delicious crockpot recipes for breakfast
Lunch-munch recipies to die for
Delicious fancy dinner meals
Desserts that will amaze your taste buds
And much, much more!

This PESCATARIAN CROCKPOT COOKBOOK is packed with quick and healthy meals that are perfect for vegetarians who eat fish. This cookbook and your crockpot will help you have healthy pescatarian meals on your table in no time! 

So starting with the blurb, this is well written to tempt you in, except in the final paragraph where it says “vegetarians who eat fish”. By definition a vegetarian does not eat fish, so this statement is nonsense. Instead it would be better to clarify on the cover, that a pescatarian is someone who abstains from eating animal flesh with the exception of fish and seafood. This is something which is explained in the introduction, along with all the health benefits and the advantages of cooking in a crockpot.

A crockpot is another name for a slow cooker, so I was anticipating that most of the recipes would be ones that you could prep first thing in the morning, then leave cooking all day whilst you are out at work. But flicking through the recipes, the majority are a lot shorter and some I would question the benefit of using your slow cooker as opposed to another method of cooking. For instance there are a few recipes where salmon is initially cooked in the crockpot before being used elsewhere like Salmon Tortilla Appetizers or Salmon Avocado Lettuce Wraps. Three alternative methods of cooking the salmon for these dishes immediately spring to mind, namely wrapped in foil in the oven, poached on the hob or in the microwave, all of which I would choose in preference over my slow cooker.

This 123 page book follows the traditional format of breakfast dishes, lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts. And I’m pleased to say that no, the desserts do not include fish. Each recipe gives an indication of preparation time, cooking time, servings and nutritional value. However there are quite a number of instances of different cooking durations mentioned in the directions, plus it may vary between models of crockpots, so you will need to use your judgement.

As the book is aimed at beginners it was good to see a balance between recipes using fresh or tinned fish. Unfortunately not so good for the novice is that the recipes use a mixture of units. I particularly would have recommended avoiding the cup measurement, as I look at all my different size cups, wondering which one is optimum to choose.

Some but not all of the recipes are illustrated and all the photos look very tempting. However I did notice some images which didn’t appear to match the recipe they were with. For instance Moroccan Spiced Fish uses steaks or fillets, but the accompanying photograph is of a whole fish served differently to what is described. The book could definitely benefit from some more proof-reading as this same recipe includes both ground coriander and chopped cilantro. These are alternative names for the same plant, so should be named consistently.

Or a recipe like Spinach and Salmon Muffins which makes 4, but is illustrated with a photo of 12. That would be very slow progress if done as 3 batches in the crockpot! So don’t rely on the pictures.

This book has certainly given me inspiration as to how to incorporate more variety of fish into our diet, as I’ve previously tended to stick to just a few trusted recipes.

And I’ve discovered new dishes that I had never heard of previously like Grits and Congee.

The Pescatarian Crockpot Cookbook is available on Amazon in paperback or Kindle format. A nice cookery book although I would have preferred to see an illustration for every recipe.



An integral part of reviewing a cookery book is to test out some of the recipes. So I selected to try making Cajun Shrimp and Rice first from the dinner section. I did make a few adaptions though as follows. Firstly I didn’t have a long grain and wild rice mix, so i just used long grain, also I increased the quantity from 3 ounces to what I would usually do as a rice serving – 60g per person. I skipped the green pepper as I didn’t have any of that in the fridge. The recipe had a discrepancy between water in the ingredients and broth in the directions, so I opted to defrost some stock to use, increasing the amount because of having already chosen to use extra rice. And I guessed how much onion would equate to the required half cup. The cooking time was estimated at 2-4 hours whilst the directions suggested 4-5 hours on low or 2-2.5 hours on high, before adding the shrimp. My slow cooker also has a medium setting, but I opted for the low setting. I checked it at the 3 hour point and the rice was already cooked, so I added the shrimp immediately.

Cajun Shrimp and Rice

Cajun Shrimp and Rice

Cajun Shrimp and Rice

This meal was delicious and the author was probably correct to suggest a smaller amount of rice, as we ended up with a portion left over. Perhaps 40g each might be the answer.

Cajun Shrimp and Rice

Cajun shrimp and rice

I’d love to hear what fish recipes you enjoy? Have you ever cooked fish in your slow cooker?

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AD Just Add Water – Don’t have it Shipped!

Disclosure.  This post is a review of a product I was sent for free. It is classified as an AD due to containing affiliate links. If you click on any NeerSol link in this post and purchase a product or make a crowdfunding pledge, I may earn affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions are my own.

A household produces on average 11-25 kg of non-food plastic packaging waste every year, as per research by NeerSol!

I’m always keen to find more sustainable alternatives to adopt, so I was pleased to hear about NeerSol who are crowdfunding for their idea of eco cleaning tablets. Their strap line is Just Add Water – Don’t Have It Shipped which is an excellent ethos, along with their focus on reducing plastic waste. Did you know that most liquid cleaning products comprise about 80-95% water. So by purchasing tablets, you reduce the carbon footprint of shipping the solvent.

NeerSol glass cleaning tablets

They will be restocking with plenty of kits and refills in November/December after the crowdfunder, but in the meantime they sent me a free refill sample pack containing 4 of their glass cleaning tablets.  Also suitable for cleaning mirrors. This refill pack is entirely packed in paper / cardboard which you may either recycle or compost, so reducing single-use plastic waste that may potentially end up in the ocean, plus it easily fits through your letterbox. The NeerSol range also includes both all-purpose and bathroom cleaning tablets, and they are planning on introducing more products next year.

NeerSol glass cleaning tablets

Now as I just got the tablets only, I did need to find a suitable bottle that I could reuse for this but if you purchase a kit, it comes with a reuseable bottle which has a spray nozzle attachment.

The directions on the packet advise you to half fill a 350ml container with warm tap water and then drop in the tablet. Wait for the tablet to fully dissolve before filling the rest of the bottle.

As my bottle was larger than 350ml, I decided it would be best to measure it in a jug and it was a good job I did, since I had deliberately chosen a bottle with a narrow neck because I didn’t have a spray bottle. However I hadn’t factored in that the tablet was too big to fit through a narrow necked bottle.

NeerSol glass cleaning tablets

Now one thing that isn’t specified in the directions is how long it will take for the tablet to dissolve. I naively assumed this would be a couple of minutes, but it was actually over half an hour, even with stirring, by which time the water was fairly cool. So do allow yourself plenty of time. I wonder if there is any particular reason, it states to use warm water, as I’m sure it would be quicker if you could use hot or even boiling water for dissolving.

I put a little on a cloth and tested it out on an internal window. Initially I thought it was going to be a little smeary, but a bit more rubbing and it looked perfect. Also no over-powering synthetic cleaning smell. Job well done.

NeerSol glass cleaning tablets

Another big plus point of this product is that it contains no SLS, Bleach, Phosphates, Triclosan, Parabens, Ammonia or VOCs (volatile organic compounds) so reducing your family’s exposure to hazardous toxic chemicals typically found in traditional non-eco cleaning brands. Instead it is formulated of the following components – plant-based surfactant, food-grade chelating agent and preservative, 100% natural essential oil fragrance so much more enviromentally friendly for the future of our planet. Also it has not been tested on animals.

From a price point of view, you are probably aware that you tend to usually pay more for green eco products. Well NeerSol have carried out some market research which indicates that legacy brands are £1.70 – £2.50 per litre and other eco cleaning brands are £2.80 – £5 per litre. However NeerSol tablets are £1.75 per litre making them much more budget friendly on your wallet.

You can check out the NeerSol crowdfunding campaign here. They are offering some great discounts for backing them.

In summary, NeerSol cleaning tablets are a great sustainable innovative product. I’d love to hear what eco-friendly swaps you have made.

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The Silent Witness by Carolyn Arnold – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an ebook I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book The Silent Witness by bestselling author Carolyn Arnold to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

The Silent Witness by Carolyn Arnold

Here is the book blurb.

It’s 4 a.m. when her mom shakes her awake. “Get up baby, we’re going to play hide and seek.” The little girl presses back into the dark space, holding her breath as she hears the shots ring out. She knows she’s next…

When the bodies of a local family are discovered on a quiet street in the small town of Dumfries, Virginia, Detective Amanda Steele takes charge of the case. Brett and Angela Parker were shot three times each, leaving no hope of survival, and their tidy suburban home has been ransacked. But there is no sign of their beloved six-year-old, Zoe.

Zoe is the same age as Amanda’s daughter was when she died, and Amanda can’t bear the thought of another little girl in danger. She’s organizing a search for the child, when she notices something strange about the ottoman at the foot of the Parkers’ bed. She opens it to find Zoe, mute and traumatized, but alive.

With Zoe completely uncommunicative, Amanda must find another way to untangle what destroyed this seemingly perfect family. It’s clear that the killer is searching for something the Parkers had, and until she has this monster behind bars, Amanda fears that he may return for Zoe. When she learns that Brett Parker cut short the family’s recent lakeside vacation, she wonders why. What happened at that lake house, and did it ultimately get them killed?

Amanda heads out to Lake Chesdin on the feeling it might be key to the case, and when she finds a cell phone in the murky waters next to the Parker cabin, she knows she’s made a breakthrough. But then terrible news reaches her from Dumfries; Zoe has been taken from her school playground.

Someone wants to silence the Parker family for good, can Amanda catch them before the little girl she’s desperate to protect pays the price?

This is the third title in the Detective Amanda Steele series and here are the links to my reviews of the previous two titles.
The Little Grave
Stolen Daughters

This story starts with married couple Brett and Angela being murdered in their own home by a night-time intruder. They had just seconds to hide their 6 year old daughter Zoe in the ottoman. Their house has been ransacked. Why have they been targetted?

Their bodies are dicovered the next afternoon by Angela’s friend (and Zoe’s godmother) Libby. But Zoe is missing. Has she been taken?

Detective Amanda Steele and partner Trent are assigned to the case. Amanda discovers Zoe traumatised hiding in the ottoman whilst the crime scene invesigators are busy around. She doesn’t utter a word. Has she witnessed the murders? A child psychologist will be needed. Can they get any answers from Zoe? Who will look after her?

As Amanda and Trent piece together their investigation, one angle is why did the family cut short their vacation last week?

Other strands get woven into the story. And then even with police protection in place, Zoe disappears. Can they find her in time?

The Silent Witness, newly published today, is available on Amazon. A compelling read which had me hooked. Highly recommended. This book works well as a stand-alone read but I’m particularly enjoying the continuity thread that runs through this series. I certainly hope there will be more titles to come.

About the Detective Amanda Steele Series
Gritty. Raw. Unapologetic.

Immersive crime fiction for fans who love their mysteries set in a small town and hard-boiled to perfection. From the murder scene to the morgue, interrogation of suspects and following down leads, you’ll feel like you’re part of the investigation. Realistic and complex characters, accurate police procedures and forensics paired with tight, serious writing make these books read more like true crime than fiction. Meet Homicide Detective Amanda Steele with the Prince William County Police Department in Woodbridge, Virginia. She’s smart, motivated, and real. Her tragic past has her claiming to be no one’s mentor, but she’s more hero than she thinks.

Here are the links to my reviews of other books by Carolyn Arnold.
Remnants
Power Struggle
The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh
On the Count of Three
Shades of Justice
Exercise is Murder
Past Deeds
The Legend of Gasparilla and his Treasure
What We Bury


About the author

Carolyn Arnold was born in a small Canadian town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower. As an international bestselling and award-winning author, she has several continuing fiction series, including her popular Detective Madison Knight series. She offers readers nearly three dozen published books in genres ranging from crime thrillers and hard-boiled mysteries to cozy mysteries and action adventures. She currently lives north of London, Ontario, with her husband and two beagles.


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My Three Warlocks by Robert H Cherny – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book My Three Warlocks by Robert H Cherny to review. You may find out more about the author on his website.

My Three Warlocks by Robert H Cherny

Here is the book blurb.

Three Warlocks, brothers, triplets, run a ranch where they train horses for cowboys and cattle ranchers. They use their special powers to keep their ranch solvent and, despite the recent death of their adoptive mother, are content with their lives. All that changes when a pre-teen equestrian shows up with her father to buy a horse. On the same day, triplet witches and their mother are directed to the ranch by a mysterious stranger.

The witch’s mother and the girl’s father have a history, and only he knows that none of this is a coincidence. Within two days, the warlocks, the witches, their mother, the girl, her father, and some friends and family use their powers to fight a forest fire. They are then recruited by the mysterious stranger, an ancient wizard, to protect a rape victim. The woman was raped by a magical being who intends to steal the baby and kill her. This wholesale rape of indigenous populations has been going on for a long time, and the wizard believes he finally has the team to stop it. The wizard quickly loses control of the team, and it completes the mission without him.

The team takes on missions without the wizard, relegating him to advisor status. After several missions on their own, the team emerges far more powerful than anything the wizard could have imagined. Even though he created the team, he does not control them, and, in some ways, the “battle group” he created controls him.

I read all of this story but I really struggled with it. Set in modern day American ranching / rodeo with plenty of fantasy elements thrown in, it just did nothing for me. I liked the characters and a few bits of the storyline, but certainly not enough overall to draw me in. Even the cover is off-putting.

It also mentioned a legend of Paul Bunyan with a blue ox who I had never heard of, so I looked him up on Wikipedia. Apparently he is a giant lumberjack who features in American and Canadian folklore.

My Three Warlocks is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle format. An unusual fantasy read, targeted at young adult readers. Not a book for me, but maybe others will enjoy more.

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Laird of Longing by Tammy Andresen – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book Laird of Longing by Tammy Andresen to review.

Laird of Longing by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

Laird McLaren is as large as he is annoying…

Lady Sophie Everclear doesn’t regret fleeing the rake who attempted to trap her into marriage, But perhaps she should not have stowed away on a ship bound for Scotland. The problems? There are too many to count. But the largest, most annoying one is Captain Ewan McLaren. The tall and brawny Scot says exactly what he thinks and he doesn’t think much of Sophie. Still. He’s all she’s got and fortunately for her his heart is even bigger than his lectures. Which makes her wonder. What else, beside talking, might his mouth be good at?

The woman has got to be daft…

Any woman as beautiful as Lady Sophie ought to know better than to attempt to hide out on a ship full of men. If Ewan were smart, he’d drop her at the nearest port because having a woman like her on board is nothing but trouble. But one look into her large blue eyes and he knows he can’t. He’s always had a soft heart for a woman in need and Sophie manages to be as endearing as she is annoying. And then there’s the fact that she steals his breath with every wayward glance. He doesn’t want a woman in life but the longer he’s with her, the more he wonders if Sophie might just be the one who makes him break all the rules.

This is book 15 in the Lords of Scandal series. I’ve read and reviewed all the titles and was expecting this to be the final book, but no it is not. A breadcrumb has been placed in the epilogue for another round of titles to commence next year.

The story starts with Lady Sophie stowing away on a ship to avoid being forced to marry the obnoxious Maxwell Hughes who had compromised her at a ball. This particular ship belongs to the Carrington Shipping business and is captained by Laird Ewan McLaren, Scottish cousin of the Carrington sisters who have featured in earlier titles.

When Sophie is discovered aboard in her ballgown, rather than throwing her overboard, the usual method of dealing with stowaways, Ewan looks after her. He plans to take her to his cousin-in-law, the Duke of Devonhall to ask him to find her an appropriate husband.

But he begins to have other ideas. Plus he certainly intends to make Maxwell Hughes pay for his unspeakable actions. And what about Sophie? Will she skip ship? What will happen as the story unfolds?

Laird of Longing is available on Amazon in both Kindle format and paperback. Another nice light short romantic story from Tammy.

However I do have one small quibble. I am pretty sure that there is no such word as lairdess which is used a few times in the book.


About the author

USA Today Bestselling Author, Tammy Andresen lives with her husband and three children just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up on the Seacoast of Maine, where she spent countless days dreaming up stories in blueberry fields and among the scrub pines that line the coast. Her mother loved to spin a yarn and Tammy filled many hours listening to her mother retell the classics. It was inevitable that at the age of 18, she headed off to Simmons College, where she studied English literature and education. She never left Massachusetts but some of her heart still resides in Maine and her family visits often.

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AD Claim your freebies to help save water, money and the environment

Disclosure.  This post contains links to the Save Our Streams campaign. I may earn commission on completed campaign questionnaires.  All opinions are my own.

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Regular followers of my blog will know that I am passionate about the environment, so when I was recently asked if I could help to promote the Save Our Streams campaign, my answer was a resounding yes. This campaign helps both the environment and the consumer’s pocket.

Save Our Streams

The water we drink comes from our local environment, flowing through nearby rivers and streams.

Save Our Streams is the UK’s biggest ever water saving initiative, focused on saving our incredibly rare chalk streams, and the habitats they provide for local wildlife.

They have made it easy with lots of free water saving devices and bespoke expert advice for you. Get started by entering your postcode – it’s quicker than making a cup of tea.

The advice will help you with ideas on how to reduce your water consumption, plus the associated environmental and financial impact.

Here are some of the tips.

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This is something I’m very guilty of exceeding, as I find it so relaxing standing under a hot shower, that time just passes by. A navy shower would be even better, but that would definitely be a step too far for me. However one of the freebies is a shower timer, which I could definitely do with.
water saving

I’ve already ticked this one off years ago.

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And this one, definitely no need for a full kettle just for one cup of tea.

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Wow I knew this would be bad but I am surprised by the magnitude of this statistic. I’ve been planning to look into purchasing a water butt, so I ought to bump that up my list. I have a broken gutter which I stand a watering can under, and it does fill quickly in the rain.

The time of day can be key too. Did you know that it is best to water in the morning or the evening to avoid evaporation.

I did the questionnaire myself although I wasn’t entirely sure of some of the answers. For instance, I’m wondering by process of elimination whether I have a gravity shower. However I was very pleased to see the question regarding using a washing-up bowl. I always do that, but so far have been unable to persuade my other half to do similarly.

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Here is a funny video of Sandi Toksvig promoting the Save Our Streams campaign.

 

I’d love to hear your top tips to waste less water.

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The Refuge by John A Heldt – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

Time for a review of the latest installment in John Heldt’s Time Box series. And to find out more about the author you may visit his website.

The Refuge by John A Heldt

Here is the book blurb.

From the author of THE LANE BETRAYAL, THE FAIR, and SEA SPRAY comes the fourth novel in the Time Box saga.

Months after stealing two time machines, the Lanes, a modern family of seven, make a stand against the unhinged software mogul who wants them back. They travel to 1941 Oahu to eliminate the billionaire’s mercenary, an assassin who has chased them through time.

While son Jordan, a former intelligence officer, stalks his unknowing foe in the streets of Honolulu, his parents, younger siblings, and pregnant wife settle in the village of Laie, where love, friendship, and opportunity await. All seek refuge from the perils of time travel.

Hit man Silas Bain has his own agenda. He hopes to alter the events of December 7, 1941, and indirectly save a brilliant German physicist, his employer’s grandfather, from certain death. He has prepared for every contingency, except the charms of a beautiful heiress.

Filled with romance, suspense, and intrigue, THE REFUGE takes readers on a thrilling and memorable ride through the colorful, magical, and dangerous world of pre-Pearl Harbor Hawaii.

Readers’ Advisory: The Refuge is the fourth novel in a five-part family saga that spans several decades. While some storylines are resolved, others are not. They will be addressed in subsequent books.

The Refuge is the fourth book in the Time Box series.

Here are my reviews of the previous titles in the Time Box Series.
The Lane Betrayal
The Fair
Sea Spray

The story starts with the Lane family time-traveling to 1941 Hawaii. This particular time and destination have been chosen because they still have a link to modern day through close friend Randy Taylor.

And Randy has provided information indicating that this is where Mark Lane’s crazy ex-business partner billionaire Robert Devereaux has sent his hitman Silas Bain. For once not after the Lanes, but instead with a mad plan to alter the course of history at Pearl Harbour.

Just imagine the ramifications and repercussions if history is changed. So the Lanes step in to see if they can turn the tables and take out Bain.

The Lanes rent two cottages from Leilani in the small village of Laie, making firm friends with Leilani and family, whilst Jordan searches for Bain in Honolulu on the opposite side of the island. Will he be able to find him in such a large city?

Meanwhile they discover that Leilani is also a midwife (very useful with a new addition to the family due) and Jeremy makes a new friend, Sarah. But Sarah, a history student researching Ivy Trudeau, has spotted a connection. (Ivy was a character in an earlier book).

And of course it is not the only coincidence. I love how so many similar chances are woven into the story. Plus once again we get a surprise visit from Randy. And this time there are chapters set in Germany, featuring Max Roth, Robert Devereaux’s grandfather.

Death, danger, romance and a breadcrumb trail all feature in this brilliant page turner with plenty of twists and turns, right to the end.

The Refuge is available on Amazon, in Kindle format and paperback. Once again another epic read from John Heldt which I highly recommend. I can’t wait for the next book to be published which will be set in 1963.

And you may be interested to see my reviews of some of John Heldt’s other titles.
Firstly all of The Carson Chronicles series.
River Rising
The Memory Tree
Indian Paintbrush
Caitlin’s Song
Camp Lake

Plus some of his earlier titles.
The Mine
Indiana Belle
Hannah’s Moon

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Earl of Infamy by Tammy Andresen – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book Earl of Infamy by Tammy Andresen to review.

Earl of Infamy by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

He’s been given a mission…

The Earl of Infamy must escort one mourning lady out of London and hide her away in the country. Should be easy. But from the moment he steps into her life things get…complicated. Not only is she far too pretty for his liking but she’s got a knack for telling him no.

“No, I don’t want to go to the country with you.”
“No, I won’t share your room.”
“No, I won’t marry you, I don’t care that we’ve been alone.”

Is the woman daft? What lady in her positions turns down an offer liked his? He’s an earl and she’s all but ruined?

Still, the more she resists, the more, he has to confess, he’s intrigued. How can he get her to say…YES.

This is book 14 in the ongoing Lords of Scandal series.

We’ve met all the Carrington sisters in earlier titles and this time we focus on their cousin Miss Avery Bright, who, still in mourning, has been staying with her cousin Isabella and husband since her father died.

However now they all need to leave London separately for safety and Noah, the Earl of Infamy has been sent to escort Avery, who he has never met previously, to his country estate.

But there’s a catch. If a young lady travels alone with a gentleman, her reputation will be ruined.

No problem. She doesn’t know yet, but he has already agreed to marry her.

So how will this pan out? Why would Noah agree to marry a lady he has never seen? What will Avery’s position be once she realises?

Earl of Infamy is available on Amazon in both Kindle format and paperback. Once again a nice light short romantic story from Tammy.


About the author

USA Today Bestselling Author, Tammy Andresen lives with her husband and three children just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up on the Seacoast of Maine, where she spent countless days dreaming up stories in blueberry fields and among the scrub pines that line the coast. Her mother loved to spin a yarn and Tammy filled many hours listening to her mother retell the classics. It was inevitable that at the age of 18, she headed off to Simmons College, where she studied English literature and education. She never left Massachusetts but some of her heart still resides in Maine and her family visits often.

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