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Grave Clean up

These are my grandparents. I never met them, they died many years before I was born.

But I was saddened to see their grave so unkempt.

My Dad whose parents these are, is getting too old to care for the site, and his siblings moved away. I thought I would try and clean it.

My father had this grave cleaned professionally about about 5 years ago. At a cost of about £700. The grave however is in permanent shade, due to a row of very large conifer trees.

So as usual I consultedthe internet and found a product called, Headstone cleaning spray by HG. It cost £7.99.

Whilst I didn’t take a better scrubbing brush, the difference is incredible.i didn’t even realize it was WHITE marble.

I don’t usually do product reviews unless it’s literary related, but I was so blown away by the difference I had to post about it.

It’s not finished. I have some plants to get, digging to do, but so far I am pleased with the results.

You can purchase the cleaning spray from Amazon –> Link 

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Review: Dark Lover by J R Ward

“You have cable?” He nodded toward her TV.
She tossed him the clicker. “Sure do. And if I remember, there’s a Godzilla marathon on TBS tonight.”
“Sweet,” the vampire said, kicking his legs out. “I always root for the monster.”
She smiled at him. “Me, too.”

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1

Pages: 393

Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance

 

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The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.

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This book has over 11,000 reviews on Goodreads, and the average rating is 4.21 out of 5. That’s pretty high!!

The book is a start of a new original vampire take. The vampires are alpha males, each with a dark past and an even darker wardrobe. They kill and fight Lessers- Creepy white-haired guys who smell of baby powder. They also don’t feed off humans, they feed off other vampire’s.

Let’s start with Wrath, JR Ward has a knack for creating Dark Brooding types, and this Blind King, is just the start for this series. He is moody, got a dark past, and of course going blind. He hasn’t stepped up and become king yet, through fear of failure and a drive to find those responsible for his parent’s death.

Beth is a half vampire although at the beginning she does not know this. Her father, friend of the King has just died and Wrath is looking to protect her.  Beth is kind, but she’s also not a walk over.

“Wrath dragged Beth into his arms and hugged her hard, talking in that other language again. When he pulled back, he ended the monologue with something like leelan.
Beth: “Is that vampire talk for bitch?”

JR Ward explains the world very well, between hellren, Shellen, Lessers, Omega and Scribe Virgin, JR ward delivers an awesome brutal world, filled with passion, blood, and action.

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Review: Crimson Debt by Evangeline Anderson

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: Born to Darkness, #1

Pages: 305, Ebook

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Vampire, Werewolf

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Addison will do anything for her best friend. this includes join forces with Alec, a master four-star vampire to release her friend from the clutches of an evil, sadistic six-star vampire.

Trouble is, Addison cannot let her hatred or lust for Alec will get in her way..

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I have a huge love for Vampires and Evangeline Anderson, so when I heard about this series, I was really excited and bought both books in the series.

Addison had a very strong character and at times, I was mixed pissed off at her and mixed in awe. She has spirit and spunk and doesn’t take any shit, but this gets her in trouble and at times I was shouting at the Kindle, but without her, I imagined the book would be very boring.

Now Alec, oh my dear Alec, at first he comes off as an arrogant dick whose only interest was himself, however, as the story continues, you find he is a compassionate merciful vampire. A complete rarity in a world filled with cruel, sadistic and brutal Vampires.

This is a story of love and sacrifice, of pain and pleasure.

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Review: Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K Hamilton

Rating: ★★★★★
Series: Anita Blake, #1
Pages: 355
Genre: Paranormal Romance

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“Pity is an emotion that can get you killed. The only thing more dangerous is blind hate, and maybe love.”

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Anita is an animator, she brings the dead back to life, even for a brief moment.  She also Kills the not so friendly neighbourhood vampires when they get a bit out of hand.

Only now, something is killing the Vampire’s and Anita has been called in to help then find the Killer of the dead.

with the help of Old, and new friends, Anita will need to fight whatever a 1000-year-old Master Vamp will throw at her.

“Important safety tip – never look a vampire in the eye.”

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while now, but the series is on, book 26, so it’s a commitment.

I liked Anita. Often when a series is around just one character I can imagine it’ll get a bit tedious, but already she has so many layers I actually think I am going to love the series.

In some ways the series reminded me of TrueBlood/Southern Vampire Mysteries. Vamps out of the coffin, were-animals, bad case of religion.. etc, but Anita has much more dept.

Overall the writing is quick paced and whilst a lot is inner monologue, it perfectly describes Anita’s World.

Other characters; I loved Phillip. He was vulnerable in places like a child addicted to candy. I wanted to cuddle his big muscles.

I’ve heard Jean-Claude is a big thing in the rest of the series, but he mostly in a coffin for this one, but I am looking forward to the character development.

Such an interesting introduction to a world I know I am going to love. I cannot wait to get my teeth sunk into the rest of this series..

I Don’t date Vampires. I kill them. 

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Ides of March: Et tu Brute?

Today is the Ides of March. In the Roman calendar, it was a religious time, given that March was considered the roman New year. However, it became more famouse for the death of the republic of Rome.

2062 years ago Julius Caesar was stabbed in the back. 23 Times, by those he thought were friends, and colleges. His wife and his doctor warned him not to visit the senate house on the Ides, but Caesar felt he was untouchable.. a kings weakness, no.

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But Should we feel sorry for him?

Well, no.. Maybe

You see, Rome at the time prided itself on the idea that their justice system of senators and consuls was just, and Ceaser declared himself: Pontifex Maximus. Tyranny at its finest.

People felt that Laurel Wreath was starting to look way too much like a crown.. and people got a little stabby..

They got rid of the Problem?

Nope. Julius Caesar’s Heir Octavian, his nephew, fought and won the ‘throne’ of Rome becoming the first Emperor Augustus… and thus Rome becomes an Empire… with one ruler. For hundred of years, Rome bent to the wims of a sole ruler. Men who were flawed, degrading, violet psychopaths.

by the way Et Tu Brute.. totally made up by Shakespeare

Further Reading:

Non-Fiction: SPQR by Mary Beard

Fiction: Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

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Bookstagram:

What is a Bookstagram?

It’s an Instagram account that is solely to show passion for books, using lights, props, candles etc

I’ve learned a lot over the past few months, about how to join this fabulous community. I’ve rounded up a few essential tips you need to know..

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  1. Light–> Probably one of the most important things about posting the photo. Natural light is best. So try and take your photos in a light room or on a window sill.
  2. Props –> use anything!! They don’t need to cost the earth. Pick up teacups in a charity shop, buy fake flowers, find pine cones, leaves from the forest floor.. etc
  3. Hashtags –> these are awesome ways to be connected to Instagram. my favourites are #Bookstagram, #bookchallenge & #bookphoto.
  4. Book Challenges –>  These are set by other Bookstagrammers, who post a prompt for each day of the month. for example; Book & Mug, OTP, starts with, YA fantasy etc..

So now that I’ve given you a few tips, I would love to see your pictures. my Instagram account is @Literary_Romance.. Follow me and I will ALWAYS follow back..

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Novel Reveal

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This is my first year at NaNoWriMo 2017. I’ve been writing the beginning of novels for a few years, but I am the first to admit, I need to kick my butt into gear..

My novel at the moment is called ‘Just you and Me’

It’s about James, who made a mistake whilst trying to take out the competition to the girl he loves. In his desperation, he tries to mend bridges and hide secrets.

Ally, the girl he loves, is struggling at school. Her best friend Daniel has been acting stranger than usual, and school doesn’t seem that easy anymore. She no longer has a clue what she wants in life.. then Daniel’s bully.. the boy who seemed so angry and alive.. now seems to be dying inside.

What is going on?