That All Important Rest*

Posted on 2 December, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

That All Important Rest

Sleep is one of those essential parts of life. It’s what gives us energy to deal with the day but it also allows our brain and muscles to recuperate from the day and gear up for the next. It’s a chance for our amazing bodies to heal themselves too. All of this is hindered by bad nights of sleep. Therefore it is very important to our well-being to try and get a good nights of sleep.

One of the easiest ways to do this would be to sleep in Adjustamatic adjustable beds.

However, if you don’t have one, like I don’t, I thought I’d share some of the ways that I strive to get a good night of sleep. (Albeit something I’ve been struggling to do recently so if you have any other suggestions, please let me know!)


Suggestions for a Good Night’s Sleep

1. Read a book
This is usually a good way to fall asleep. Reading forces your brain to work and if you’re tired, it’ll make you more tired and allow you to drift off naturally. Just try not to get to addicted to the story…

2. Drink a hot milky drink like hot chocolate or horlics
Hot milk, for some reason, is one of those calming things that just seems to make you tired. I don’t know why but I know it has definitely helped me in the past.

3. Put on a film you’ve seen a thousand times before
For me, I usually have to have some sound when I fall asleep, so I often stick on films or programmes I know by heart so that I can just have it on in the background and it basically just lulls me to sleep.

4. Play some soothing and low music
Same as above. It is known that music can help to soothe the brain and calm it down enough for it to relax, allowing you to drift off into dreamland.

5. Get up, sort out whatever worries you have that may be interrupting your sleep
If you’re really struggling because your mind is in overdrive. Get up and do something, either deal with your worries or do something to distract them like colouring. Eventually it’ll allow you mind to drift off.

6. Do not look at the time
This is so important to me because the minute you look at the time, you get the “if you fall asleep now, you’ll get x amount of sleep” voice and that will never help you sleep.

7. Clear your mind
Easier said than done but I find that relaxation techniques of breathing in and out and grounding myself on what is happening around me is really helpful for this. Also if you clench all the muscles in your body and then slowly release them one by one is a good tip to clearing the mind and feeling tired too.

8. Shower or Bathe
And if all else fails, I always find that if I have a bath or shower before bed then that also helps me to fall asleep. Something about being warm and fresh and comfortable, I guess.


What tips do you have?

*Please note* This post was a sponsored post but all words are my own.

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Lorelai Gilmore

Posted on 30 November, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

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Lorelai Gilmore

Hello All!
Today’s post, if you haven’t guessed yet is about Lorelai Gilmore, one of my favourite characters in Gilmore Girls and today I am writing a little post about why I love her and some of my favourite moments with her in Gilmore Girls to help celebrate the release of Lauren Graham‘s new book, Talking As Fast As I Can.


While most people start watching Gilmore Girls and relate in large part of Rory, I found myself instantly falling in love with Lorelai. I really loved that Rory was a reader and loved academia, as well as many other traits but I’ve always found myself connected more to Lorelai.

The reasons for this are:

- She loves/lives on coffee and I feel this so much
- She’s strong and independent
- She’s sarcastic
- She’s witty and fun
- She’s got dreams and aspirations
- She’s a fantastic mum

She’s just an exceptional character that I just could not help but admire. Because of that, I cannot tell you how excited I am about Lauren’s book and finding out what it was like to play this vibrant and wonderful character.


Lorelai Moments

Knowing my luck I am going to miss something major off this list because my memory is awful but here’s just a few moments that I love. (Without being too spoilery) Mostly, these are just moments where we truly get to see who Lorelai is.

1. The first time we see her go into Luke’s and she practically begs him for coffee.
2. The moment Rory gets accepted into Chilton – she’s just so happy and emotional and it’s lovely to see.
3. Lorelai’s first proper interaction with her mum and dad on the show – This builds up a good backstory of how things are between them.
4. All of her moments with Sookie – It shows how wonderful a friend she is, their friendship together is so beautiful.
5. All of her moments at town events – This shows how much of a community person she is, and how lovely Stars Hollow is!
6. Rory’s Graduation – The pride!
7. The moment when Dragonfly Inn opens – it is everything she’s ever wanted and it’s finally happened, a beautiful moment.
8. Lane’s Wedding – Lorelai pulls out all the stops to get Lane and her mother to be on talking terms and not ruin the wedding, showing just how much she cares and is wonderful at organisation.
9. The moment with her dad in the hospital – because of the emotions and how you can see how much she loves and cares for him.
10. The very final scene. – I won’t say anything more than that so as not to spoil it but if you’ve seen it, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about!


What are some of your favourite moments?

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Playlist for a Paper Angel by Jacqueline Ward Cover Reveal

Posted on 28 November, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

Playlist for a Paper Angel by Jacqueline Ward

Hi All!
Today I am really excited to share with you the wonderful cover of Playlist for a Paper Angel (DS Jan Pearce #2) by Jacqueline Ward!


The Cover!

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The Blurb

DS Jan Pearce is still searching for her missing son. When she finds a little girl, Elise, alone in a pram in a busy town centre, she must unravel a mystery that takes her to the edge of her emotions. Then another child, Dara Price, goes missing.

Lisa Connelly, Elise’s mother, has been forced into a life of prostitution and has been leaving her little girl alone. Her gangland boss is holding her prisoner but she wants her little girl back.

Jan and her temporary partner, profiler Damien Booth, must find Lisa before time runs out for Dara.

Information about Random Acts of Unkindness (DS Jan Pearce #1) can be found here.


About the Author

Jacqueline Ward Jacqueline Ward writes short stories, novels and screenplays. She has been writing seriously since 2007 and has had short stories published in anthologies and magazines. Jacqueline won Kindle Scout in 2016 and her crime novel, Random Acts of Unkindness, will be published by Amazon Publishing imprint Kindle Press. Her novel SmartYellowTM was published by Elsewhen Press in 2015 and was nominated for the Arthur C Clarke Award in 2016. Jacqueline is a Chartered psychologist who specializes in narrative psychology, gaining a PhD in narrative and storytelling in 2007. She lives in Oldham, near Manchester, with her partner and their dog.

Website. Twitter. Facebook.


Are you excited for this book?

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Fragments by Nathan Barham

Posted on 27 November, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

Fragments by Nathan Barham

Hello All!

Today I am here to tell you all about Fragments by Nathan Barham the first book in the Alora’s Tears trilogy, all of which are already out and ready for you to read!


About the Book

There is no magic in Vladvir…

Tucked away in a quiet valley, the community of Tolarenz offers a refuge and safe haven for its people, keeping persecution at bay. One young citizen—Askon son of Teral—is destined to lead them, but first he must leave them behind: one final mission, in service of the king.

In the north, leering nightmare creatures known as the Norill gather. Their armor is bone and skin; their weapons are black and crude and cold. They strike in the night, allies to the darkness. It is to them Askon marches, his men a bulwark against the threat.

For there is no magic in Vladvir.

What Askon finds when he arrives seems impossible: smoke and fire, death and defeat, and all around a suffocating sense of dread. The Norill seek something they call ‘the Stone of Mountain,’ but in the half-remembered stories from Askon’s childhood, it was always ‘Alora’s Tear’: a gem with powers great and terrible. A gem that cannot exist.

Unless there is magic in Vladvir…

Goodreads. Amazon US. iBooks. Nook. Kobo. Barham Ink.


About the Author

Nathan spends most of his working days with the students of Genesee Junior-Senior High School in Genesee, Idaho. Whether it’s essay structure, a classic literary work, or the occasional impromptu dance routine, he strives to keep students interested in the fun and the fundamentals of the English language.

When he’s not teaching, he wears a number of hats, though the one that says “Dad” is the most careworn and cherished (it says “Husband” on the back). It hangs on a hook in a house where music is a constant and all the computers say “Apple” somewhere on their aluminium facades. From time to time it is said that he ventures into the mysterious realm called outside, though the occasion is rare and almost exclusively upon request by son or daughter.

Website. Tumblr. Twitter. Facebook.


Will you be reading this trilogy?

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Beneath the Ashes by Jane Isaac

Posted on 21 November, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

Beneath the Ashes by Jane Isaac

Hey All!

Today is my stop on the Beneath the Ashes blog tour and I am here to highlight this amazing book for you. I was supposed to be sharing with you my review but sadly life got in the way of me finishing the book. What I can say though is that this book is very, very good so far! I am itching to dive back into it and find out exactly what has happened and who the body belongs too! Jane Isaac has a wonderful way of writing that really draws the reader in. Her characters are already so fleshed out and have interesting and intriguing backstories that makes me so very curious about how things will fall together… or apart. I will definitely be making sure to read more of her books too!

Want to know more about the book? Check out the below!


About the Book

9781785079474The floor felt hard beneath her face. Nancy opened her eyes. Blinked several times. A pain seared through her head. She could feel fluid. No. She was lying in fluid.

When a body is discovered in a burnt-out barn in the Warwickshire countryside, DI Will Jackman is called to investigate.

Nancy Faraday wakes up on the kitchen floor. The house has been broken into and her boyfriend is missing. As the case unravels, DI Jackman realises that nothing is quite as it appears and everyone, it seems, has a secret.

Can he discover the truth behind the body in the fire, and track down the killer before Nancy becomes the next victim?

A gripping thriller perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, S.J. Watson, B A Paris and Sophie Hannah.

Goodreads. Amazon UK.


About the Author

jane-isaac-photo Jane Isaac lives with her husband, daughter and dog, Bollo, in rural Northamptonshire, UK. Her debut novel, An Unfamiliar Murder, introduces DCI Helen Lavery and was nominated as best mystery in the ‘eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook awards 2013.’

The Truth Will Out, the second in the DCI Helen Lavery series, was nominated as ‘Thriller of the Month – April 2014′ by E-thriller.com and winner of ‘Noveltunity book club selection – May 2014′.

In 2015 Jane embarked on a new series, featuring DI Will Jackman and set in Stratford upon Avon, with Before It’s Too Late. The second in the series, Beneath The Ashes, will be published by Legend Press on 1st November 2016 with the 3rd, The Lies Within, to follow on 2nd May 2017.

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A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas by Darcie Boleyn

Posted on 18 November, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment

A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas by Darcie Boleyn

Hello All!

Today is my stop on the VeryMerryManhattan blog tour! I am here today with a review of this heart-warming novel.

First though, here’s some information on the book!


Lucie Quigley hates Christmas. It’s the time of year when everything goes wrong in her life. So this year, when she’s asked to be a bridesmaid at her friend Petra’s Manhattan wedding, she jumps at the invitation to escape the festivities.

Dale Treharne has been best friends with Lucie for as long as he can remember. He’s used to looking out for his oldest friend and when she asks him to be her plus one, he can’t seem to find a reason to refuse. Instead, he sees it as a way to help Lucie get through what is, for her, the most miserable time of the year.

In New York, as the snow starts to fall, Lucie and Dale start to realise that their feelings run deeper than just friendship. But can they overcome their pasts, and make it a very merry Manhattan Christmas?

Goodreads. Amazon UK.


My Review

Christmas is a time full of joy and happiness for a lot of people. But for some it can be an incredibly difficult time. What I loved about this book was how it took this into consideration. It wasn’t all glitter and gold but also dust and despair, showing how unique and vast the world really is.

When it comes to Christmas books, I often dive into them hoping for a heart-warming and lovely book and this book did not disappoint in this respect. From beautiful and magical scenery, to a wonderful set of characters, this book had everything I love about Christmas stories and is one that truly got me into the spirit, which just made me love it that much more.

It would be difficult to write this review without mentioning our two main protagonists. First up we have Lucie who I found to be a very strong character. She’s had a difficult life and struggles to let her emotions out but she is also open to change and love which is wonderful. Then we have Dale who, admittedly, stole my heart. He was powerful and caring, lovely and protective and I really enjoyed reading about him. But mostly I loved them together, they were just perfect.

As you can see, I very much enjoyed this book. It filled me with warmth, hope and happiness. It was cute, deep and emotional – everything one could hope for in any book, let alone a Christmas one. If you’re looking for a book that will make you feel the spirit of the season and fill you with joy, definitely make sure that you pick this book up.

Four Stars


About the Author

darcie-boleyn-3Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.

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What Would you Do in NYC At Christmas?

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Posted on 18 November, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment


The Island by Olivia Levez

Posted on 16 November, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment

The Island by Olivia Levez

the-islandTitle: The Island
Author: Olivia Levez
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Published: 3rd March 2016
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback
Source:: Borrowed Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, The Book Depository

Summary:
Frances is alone on a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. She has to find water and food. She has to survive. And when she is there she also thinks about the past. The things that she did before. The things that made her a monster. Nothing is easy. Survival is hard and so is being honest about the past. Frances is a survivor however, and with the help of the only other crash survivor, she sees that the future is worth fighting for.

The Island is a gripping and thoughtful story about a girl who didn’t ask to be the person she is but is also determined to make herself the person she wants to be.


How Do

I’d heard a lot of things about this book before I dived into it but I pushed it all out of my head to give this book a fresh start. But I didn’t need to because this book lived up to its expectations. It was unique, different, emotional and very compelling. Everything that I absolutely love about books. The narrative was so different to anything I’d read before and I found that really affected how I connected with the book and the characters.

You Survive

One of the most interesting things about this book is how it all comes together. The book follows Frances as she flies into the wilderness to help the local community and to grow as a person. We witness as this doesn’t happen and instead she is castaway on a desert island. Meanwhile we’re given flashbacks explaining how she became who she is and how she ended up where she did. It was so fascinating and such an interesting way to understand her character.

When You

At first I wasn’t that keen on Frances, to be honest. She was annoying and troubled and I just found it really difficult to understand her. But then I soon fell in love with her and everything that she’d been through. I understood her completely and I just wanted everything to fall into place for her. It was incredible how this happened and shows how complex human beings are. Olivia Levez has done a brilliant job of really shining a light on all the characters in her book. I found them all to be very compelling and intriguing.

Have Nothing

All in all, I really liked this book. I found myself hooked and turning the pages faster and faster to find out what was happening and what would happen next. It was incredible how a book with only one protagonist for other half a book could really draw you in but Olivia really managed it. I would highly recommend this book to others, especially if you’re looking for a character driven and emotional story that will open your eyes in ways you never expected.

Four Stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Posted on 16 November, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment


Sitting on the Other Side

Posted on 12 November, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

Sitting on the Other Side

Guys.

It happened.

This actually happened!

I did something this week that I did not think I would ever do. I sat on the other side of an author panel. Instead of being someone in the audience, I was the host of the event and asked the authors the questions. It was one of the scariest things I’ve done in a long time but I actually really enjoyed myself and it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. It definitely helped that the authors I had on the panel with me were all wonderful and brilliant too!

Before the event, I tried to read all of the books by all the authors so that I had a good feel of their work but unfortunately due to life I wasn’t quite able to complete this task. I did, however, manage to read the first few chapters of all their books and I think this really helped with asking the questions and absorbing the answers. It also made me itch to get back to the books so I could greedily finish them.

Fortunately, the authors had some questions readily prepared for the event and a nice schedule where there were a mix of questions and short extract reading and it all just flowed really nicely. I also added in a few of my own questions and put them on the spot and they all answered incredibly well! I think it also helped that the audience wasn’t too big and it just felt very informal and lovely and I was really pleased and happy with how it all went.

So being on the other side of the panel was nerve-wracking but I’m so glad I did it. It’s made me feel a little bit more confident now and I’m hoping that I’ll get the chance to do it again at another event.

Of course, the ultimate dream is to be on a panel as an author but one step at a time, eh?

Would you ever want to host a panel?

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Throne of Glass Colouring Book

Posted on 10 November, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

Throne of Glass Colouring Book

You’ve all seen the adult colouring book craze, right? There used to only be a few and now there are loads? Including Harry Potter ones! (Which is awesome, right?)

So hopefully my book today doesn’t need that kind of introduction! I think we all, hopefully get the gist of the adult colouring book. So… without further ado…

Here are my thoughts on the Throne of Glass Colouring Book!.


About the Book

For the first time, fans of Sarah J. Maas’s sweeping New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass saga can experience the vivid imagery of her expansive world. Celaena battling the ridderak in the catacombs, Chaol in the gardens of the glass castle, Manon riding her wyvern through the Crossing, and many other favorite moments, characters, and objects come to life as readers explore the vibrantly detailed realm of Throne of Glass. Stunning original black-and-white drawings will bring fans deeper into the series than ever before-making this a must-have companion to Sarah J. Maas’s beloved books.

Goodreads. Amazon UK. The Book Depsitory.


My Review

When I first received this book for review I wasn’t entirely sure how I was going to review it. I mean… it’s just a colouring book. But then I realised that it actually wasn’t.

And what I mean by that is…

As well as pictures to colour in, this book also has phrases…

quotes…

wonderful, wonderful words taken from the very brilliant and fantastic Throne of Glass book. (And the four novellas too!)

And the words correlate to the pictures you’re about to colour in too.

And I have to admit that I loved that. It made me itching to re-read the entire series again as I once again got transported into this different world that Sarah J Maas has so brilliantly created for us all.

But on top of all of that, I have to tell you all that the illustrations in this book are absolutely divine. Honestly. I could stare at them all day because even without colour they are incredible and I want to shake hands with the illustrator and thank her for making such a wonderful book.

No, really.

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The illustrations are so wonderful that it makes my colouring look decent. My colouring makes the illustrations of the book stand out and become even more vibrant and beautiful and that makes this book one hell of an awesome book to colour.

And thus, I have to admit it might even be high up on the list of my favourites!


Have you seen this colouring book yet?

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Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Posted on 7 November, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Every Last WordTitle: Every Last Word
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Published: 16th June 2015
Pages: 368
Format: Hardback
Source:: Netgalley Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK

Summary:
If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.


Often All

Sometimes when you start reading a book, it captures your soul in a way that no other book has done before. This is what happened to me when I started reading Every Last Word. It spoke to me in ways that very few books have done in recent months. There was just something so wonderful about this book that I truly related to and found exceptional. I could fully connect and appreciate the main character of the story and the journey that she finds herself on. I also feel this book would be brilliant for anyone wanting to understand just a little more about OCD and how it can affect a person’s life.

You Need

This book follows Sam as she deals with slipping away from her friends. It’s a brilliant, addictive, and stunning book that really pulls the reader in. I became enamored with the secret poet society that she stumbles across, love the way she slowly opens herself up and was absolutely floored by the ending. Tamara Ireland Stone has written a very hard-hitting and intense book that really gets down in to the dark crevices of mental health, being a teenager and learning to deal with the world, one step at a time.

Is To Believe

I cannot describe enough how much I absolutely adored all of the characters in this book but I really, really loved Sam. She was portrayed so well, written beautifully and was wonderfully flawed to boot. I loved how her confidence grew and how she learnt to open her world to other people. I admired her strength as she battled her OCD many times over and how she learnt to deal with overcoming the boundaries that her mind gives her every single day. She is a strong, inspiring and heartfelt character that I will look up to for many years to come.

In Yourself

Every Last Word was a spellbinding read that stole my heart – in case you didn’t quite get that yet. It was hard-hitting, realistic and just brilliant. I’m really trying hard not to gush too much but this book well and truly stuck in my heart like glue. It is a powerful, emotional, lovely read that just really puts forth a strong message of hope, strength, love, friendships and relationships. It is a book that I will definitely be reading again and one that I would highly recommend others read!

five stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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