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Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Garden - Update!

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Currently: Fences painted!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: Vampire State of Mind by Jane Lovering

Jane Lovering does it again! Following on from winning 2012 Romantic Novel of the Year for Please Don't Stop the Music, Jane's latest book manages to create quirky characters in a very different version of York to the one we know. This contemporary thriller still has Jane's unique sense of humour shining through and the tense storyline will have you worrying about the characters until the end. A great read.

Here's the blurb:
Jessica Grant knows vampires only too well. She runs the York Council tracker programme making sure that Otherworlders are all where they should be, keeps the filing in order and drinks far too much coffee. To Jess, vampires are annoying and arrogant and far too sexy for their own good, particularly her ex-colleague Sil, who's now in charge of Otherworld York. But when a demon turns up and threatens not just Jess but the whole world order, she and Sil are forced to work together, and when Jess turns out to be the key to saving the world it puts a very different slant on their relationship. The stakes are high. They are also very, very pointy and Jess isn't afraid to use them, even on the vampire that she's rather afraid she s falling in love with...

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Larfing out loud & other stuff


It's been tough with regards to my personal life this year. Things that have been too personal to put on this blog, but I have shared them with my lovely Romaniac pals, as they have with me, and they've really become a pillar of support. So when 7 out of 9 of us caught up at the RNA Conference, well, the photo above sums up the weekend. I don't think I've ever laughed so much over the space of a few days. It really was therapeutic and we really are all as mad as we come across on The Romaniacs' blog. Each personality is so different, but when we get together, we really do compliment each other - in a good way, I hope. To sum up our weekend, we will have a blog post on Monday titled: Penrith: The photos we didn't want you to see! So keep an eye out for those.

Yesterday I had my report back from the NWS. The main thing I need to work on is my characterisation and they've advised I start the next one and come back to the current one at a later date. Sounds like a good plan to me. I'm trying to plot the next one out much more in the hope of not making the same mistakes I did first time round. Before this I'm going to continue my Take 10 challenge. So far I've completed 2 projects with another 8 to go. I'll keep you updated and in the mean time, if you don't find me here, I'm over with my nutty pals, The Romaniacs!




Friday, July 6, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: Cox by Kate Lace

Dan - dark and brooding, he has to work day and night to achieve his dream of rowing in the London Olympics.

Rollo - rich and arrogant, when he's not rowing he spends his time seducing women and spending money.

Amy - a brilliant cox who catches the eye of both Dan and Rollo.

In a boat Dan and Rollo row perfectly together, but on land they despise each other. So with the addition of Amy to the mix, sporting behaviour is the last thing on their mind.

May the best man win? Not a chance.

From Henley Regatta to the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race, and finally to the biggest race of their lives, their determination to settle old scores threatens to capsize everyone's plans.

This is the first of Kate Lace's books that I've read and I loved the pace of this novel. Amy, a newly qualified physio starts working evenings voluntarily at the Oxford St George's college boat club and she gets to do occasionally coxing as a result. Soon she is falling for brooding Dan, but also the charm of Rollo. 

This is a great story that takes you along with the training hopes of the rowers wanting to make it to the top of their game. There's testosterone aplenty as team mates struggle to get on and where does it all leave Amy? A fantastic read, particularly over this summer of sport.