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Friday, 23 November 2018

Five for Friday

Black Friday is ridiculous...it's the worst thing imported from the US to the rest of the world. At least with it happening today, the ads will end.

I was fiddling with some settings on Twitter, and got my account frozen two or so weeks ago. In order to get my account back I need to send them an image of my ID...so that's not going to happen, and I don't feel like starting a new account so basically no more Twitter for me. And so far it's been a bit odd, but I've not missed it. In terms of keeping up on news and other stuff, it's not been an issue because I've got newsletters. And on the plus side no more mindless scrolling - although I may have replaced that with Goodreads scrolling -_-

This is pretty interesting:

I recently finished reading Hunger by Roxane Gay. It's a contemplative read, that reads really quickly. And has me pondering so much about how I look at my body, and we are constructed into certain views of what makes a body.

And some Keiden news - he is being a goose, that is all :p

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Pause for joy

I used to do this thing I called a daily happy...and then someone who was a good friend said something really cruel about it. And you guessed it I stopped doing it. But lately there have been a few things I've come across that reminded me that the daily happy was a good thing for me, and my family. So two days ago we started it again at supper - and with my sharing it with folks via whatsapp. Only this time I've amended it to add talking about something that wasn't so good in your day - we all need to work on our emotional vocab. 

It's also helping K get that having a sad moment is okay...he's had a lot of just feeling down moments lately, and taking stock of what's good and what's adding to the down moment is a good thing for him to start learning. He loves the happy part, and will list many things and ask what's all our things.

For some more reasons to add to your pausing for joy/gratitude check out this short Vlogbrothers video

And on the local front Nikki wrote a great post about it too.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Book Blitz: Hex Marks the Spot by Ani Gonzalez

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Ollo folks, it's another in support of my reading habit posts :p This one has a review, and really you need to check out the Banshee Creek books...they're a great mix of paranormal cozy mystery and romance. Which made my involvement with the book blitz/tour for this book a given.

This is my stop during the book blitz for Hex Marks The Spot by Ani Gonzalez. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 29 October till 4 November. See the tour schedule here.

Hex Marks The SpotHex Marks The Spot (Drop Dead Witchy #1)
By Ani Gonzalez
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Age category: New Adult, Adult
Release Date: 21 October 2018

Blurb:
Going to Hell is easy. Going back home is a different story.

They say you can never go back. I wish that was the case.

Returning home is complicated when you’re a necromancer and your hometown is the Most Haunted in America. It doesn’t help that your pet hellhound chihuahua thinks the place is a dump, and it gets worse when your high school crush is still there and still dead sexy. Literally, as he’s now a ghost.

Oh, and did I mention that I have to save the world? I tell you, going to Hell is easy.
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Review:

4 Stars of awesome :D

I really enjoyed the Banshee Creek series, and this is a great continuation of that world. And there's some sparks of romantic interest :p

As in Claire's show, Pookie is the star of it all. And while the mystery is interesting enough, the real enjoyment of this read for me came with all the little details of folks meet in other stories being given more depth. I'm certainly looking at the PRoVE folks a lot differently thanks to this read. All in all this read hits a sweet spot of blending the familiar with new so that anyone new to the Banshee Creek world won't feel like they're missing any needed details.

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You can find Hex Marks The Spot on Goodreads

You can buy Hex Marks The Spot here on Amazon

Ani GonzalezAbout the Author:
I'm a USA Today bestselling author of paranormal romantic comedy and cozy mystery (whew, that's a mouthful!) set in Banshee Creek, Virginia, The Most Haunted Town in the USA. My books feature feisty, irrepressible heroines dealing with a host of paranormal critters (ghosts, cryptids, pagan gods...the sky's the limit) and mysteries. They find love and laughter (and sometimes corpses) along the way, and readers get to follow them every step of the way.

I love quirky towns with spooky stories, and, thanks to my books, I get to "live" in one year-around. In real life I live in a Virginia suburb (which is sadly lacking in ghosts) with my husband, three children, two cats, and one adorable dog.

You can find and contact Ani Gonzalez here:
- Website
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Goodreads
- Amazon
- Bookbub

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