Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Christmas At The Palace Extract


Hello Everyone,

Today I was supposed to be bringing you a book review of Christmas at the Palace - a fun romance read about an ordinary girl who falls in love with a Prince and is subjected to the pressures of paparazzi following her every move, royal training and the holiday season with all the micro stresses of that and what you have is a read that sounds perfect for the Christmas season that we are hurtling towards.

Unfortunately, the book never showed up.

So instead I'm providing you with an extract for my turn on the blog tour today, not quite a review but should the book ever arrive, I'll review it on my YouTube Channel as soon as I've read it.


She looked around. There was a wall of books, all with red, brown or gold spines. There were a
few tables, but she noticed they all had ‘Reserved’ markers on them. She checked her watch. Ruby
had said eight o’clock. There was still three minutes to go. Her phone beeped in her bag.
It was a text from Lucy: What’s he like?
She texted back: He’s not here yet. This place is well posh.
The waiter reappeared with her drink and disappeared again. Kumari took a sip and flipped
open the wine and cocktails list. She spotted the prices and nearly choked.
Carefully, she swallowed about a quid’s worth of orange. Wow.
A shadow at the door. She looked up and the waiter was back. He showed someone in and took his
coat.
‘Hello,’ her date said.
It couldn’t be. It took a few seconds for her brain to catch up. She scrambled to her feet. When
Ruby had said his name was Ben . . .
‘Oh please, Kumari, don’t stand up.’
Should she curtsy? ‘Prince Benedict. Er . . . Your Highness.’
‘Call me Ben.’ He held out his hand.
She shook it, still too startled to speak properly. This time she made sure she let go promptly.
He gestured for her to sit and, once she lowered herself back into the chair, he sat opposite her.
‘So, I’m guessing you didn’t know it was me you were meeting?’
‘No.’ She shook her head. ‘I mean, Ruby said you were called Ben.’
‘Which I am.’ He smiled. Such a nice smile. She inclined her head to acknowledge that.
‘It’s probably better this way. The whole Prince Benedict thing sometimes gets in the way a bit
when I meet people who are—’
‘Common?’ she said.
He raised an eyebrow. ‘No,’ he said quietly, but very firmly. ‘Who are not in my usual social

circles.’
‘In other words, common.’
He watched her for a few seconds, his lips pressed together. The corners of his mouth twitched, like
he was fighting a smile. You never saw this sort of thing on TV. He was normally serious or smiling
broadly. This was . . . different. More human. ‘I think I can see why your friend didn’t tell you.’
She didn’t have an answer to that. She needed to up her game. She picked up her orange juice and
took another few pounds’ worth of juice.
The waiter appeared, as though he’d sensed a gap in the conversation. Prince Benedict . . . Ben,
picked up the cocktail menu. ‘Where are the non-alcoholic cocktails?’ When the waiter directed him
to the right page, he ordered a Virgin Mary.
Kumari was surprised. She had assumed that he’d be drinking alcohol. She tried to remember
what she’d read about him. She wasn’t much of a royal-watcher like Lucy. All she could remember
was that the prince was a bit of a party animal and had had a string of very well-groomed
girlfriends. She wasn’t too sure about the girlfriends, but she was fairly certain he’d been
photographed dancing semi-naked somewhere.
‘Is something the matter?’ he said.
‘You’re not drinking.’ Oh God, Kumari. Accuse him of being an alcoholic, why don’t you? ‘I’m
sorry, that came out wrong. It’s just that . . . I expected. Um . . .’
He looked directly at her. Startlingly blue eyes. ‘You shouldn’t believe everything you read in the
papers,’ he said.


So that's it from me today, sorry about the missing book everyone!

Speak Soon,

Rosy xx
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Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Settling Down For Winter



Hi Everyone!

Hope you're all doing well and had a good Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night, personally I really enjoyed both as I love Autumn and both of these events seem to be the highlights of the season and a nod to remind us that winter is on the way.

This winter I plan on being extra cosy in my cottage as we have just had a multi fuel stove installed, my quest to 'hygge' my house is still going strong and the rumours are true, a real fireplace does make your living room seem more special somehow.


Winter for me is all about slowing down, appreciating time in the home and just enjoying 'being' rather than 'doing' and I think we all need a period of calm and contentment now and then or stress begins to creep in.

This year I've already been relaxing my life pace with a good book, a cup of Twinings' finest and a roaring fire daily, and I'm definitely feeling the benefit after a seriously busy few months!


One of the battles I've had with my new hygge lifestyle is discovering which fuels to burn, I've tried a few methods but I was lucky enough to be offered a couple of options to try for free from Lekto Wood Fuels and so I have been trialing these since.

The first option I tried was Hardwood Heat Logs which are easier to light than traditional hardwood logs and they burn at a higher temperature which is perfect for my 200 year old cottage with all its drafts!
These heat logs are environmentally friendly as they contain no chemicals and produce only a small amount of ash which can be used as a garden fertiliser when you're done - win!


They're also consistent in size which means you know what you're paying for.

The next option I was given were Long Burning Night Briquettes which are designed to burn for up to eight hours and they have been working out perfectly for going to bed and waking up to a nice cosy living room which makes getting up with my young baby much more palatable! 
Night Briquettes are better suited to a closed appliance such as my multi-fuel stove as they're not a smokeless fuel but they're once again, environmentally friendly.


Lekto deliver across the UK which is handy to any of you that also have a stove or an open fire (or if you're considering getting one, they're not a cheap option but wow, they're worth it!).



How are you preparing for the cold season? Do you slow down too?

Speak soon,

Rosy xx
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Thursday, 1 November 2018

The Boy Who Stole Time - By Mark Bowsher



Hello Everyone,

Hope you all had a wonderful month in October and are just as excited as I am for the approaching festive season now that we have said goodbye to Halloween.

As with any month, I spent a large part of it reading and so today I’m bringing you a review of The Boy Who Stole Time by Mark Bowsher which I was very kindly gifted for review and said review will, as usual, contain no spoilers.


If you follow my book reviews or my Book reviews channel on YouTube, you’ll probably be aware that I don’t tend to read much from the fantasy genre and yet the premise of Mark Bowsher’s novel called to me and I’m glad I took the time to dip into this genre once again.

The Boy Who Stole Time follows twelve year old Krish who has been hit with the life changing news that his mother is dying and, desperate to prolong his time with her, he makes a deal with a devil like creature to go on a mighty quest to the faraway land of Ilir to hunt down the Myrthali, which is the essence of time itself, a unique journey but an idea I think we could all get on board with, who hasn’t wanted to savour moments and manipulate time at least once in their life?
Along the way, we meet a whole host of interesting and complex characters on this epic journey that translates to a page turner of a book, with my personal favourite being Balthrir, a female ally to our main character with her own mission, to free her parents from the hell they are currently caught up in.

As well as adrenaline fueled scenes you’ll also find a good amount of humour which I think makes the story more accessible to a younger audience as well as drawing in the older reader too (holds hands up) and without giving away spoilers, we are also pushed into thinking about what having access to infinite time might do to us.



One thing that really shone through in this exciting tale was the brilliant imagination of the author, fantasy novels are unique in that they really do give the author free reign to create magic, be it mystical worlds, unseen creatures, altered realities and wow, Mark Bowsher can really make you believe the unbelievable.

I can’t wait till my daughter is old enough to read this as she is already showing herself to be a large fantasy fan and I just know she will be rooting for Krish as much as I was.

Have you read The Boy Who Stole Time?

Do you enjoy fantasy novels?

Rosy xx
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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Highlands and Islands Visit


Hello Everyone,

Autumn is well and truly here now isn't it? The baltic mornings that have you leaving the house wrapped up for an arctic expedition only to find yourself losing half your body weight in sweat by lunch time when the sun has made a late arrival but at least this means we have some final opportunities to enjoy some nice weather before the apocalypse winter arrives.

At the beginning of the month we took a little mini trip to the Scottish Highlands and Islands for my birthday and wow, just wow.

I've always loved Scotland (I live here after-all) but there's something magical about right up north so I thought I'd share some of the photos I took with you all... and a video, why not!

Enjoy:

Easdale Island






Oban









Mull


















Most of these images didn't require any editing, the colours were actually that vivid, and yes - that includes the rainbows!

Finally there's a short video with some extra bits too:


Have you ever been to the Highlands?

Speak soon,

Rosy xx

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