STRANGERS BY C.L. TAYLOR – BOOK REVIEW

 

                       

 

 

 

 Gareth and Alice have never met before.

Ursula thinks she killed the love of her life.
Gareth’s been receiving strange postcards.
And Alice is being stalked.

None of them are used to relying on others – but when the three strangers’ lives unexpectedly collide, there’s only one thing for it: they have to stick together. Otherwise, one of them will die.

Three strangers, two secrets, one terrifying evening.

C.L. Taylor is an award-winning Sunday Times bestselling author of seven gripping psychological thrillers including SLEEP, a Richard and Judy Book Club pick for autumn 2019. Her books are not a series and can be read in any order:

2014 – THE ACCIDENT
2015 – THE LIE
2016 – THE MISSING
2017 – THE ESCAPE
2018 – THE FEAR
2019 – SLEEP
2020 – STRANGERS

She has also written two Young Adult thrillers, THE TREATMENT, which was published by HarperCollins HQ and THE ISLAND, which will be published in January 2021.

C.L. Taylor’s books have sold in excess of a million copies, been number one on Amazon Kindle, Kobo, iBooks and Google Play and have been translated into over 25 languages and optioned for TV.

SLEEP won the ‘best ebook’ award in the Amazon Publishing Readers’ Awards. THE ESCAPE won the Dead Good Books ‘Hidden Depths’ award for the Most Unreliable Narrator. THE FEAR was shortlisted in the Hearst Big Book Awards in the ‘Pageturner’ category.

Cally Taylor was born in Worcester and spent her early years living in various army camps in the UK and Germany. She studied Psychology at the University of Northumbria and went on forge a career in instructional design and e-Learning before leaving to write full time in 2014. She lives in Bristol with her partner and son.

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What did I think?

I love this author, her books are so gripping that they just pull you in and you cannot put it down, I blame her for the bags under my eyes as I stayed up reading this.  I loved the way eventually these three lives did all connect as I couldn’t see that at the beginning. Very down to earth, I loved about the ferrets that did make me laugh as the tension was really building up to that point. Very well written and another bestseller on the shelves.

Available on Amazon here.

 

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CAN YOU DATE DURING CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN?

Are you sitting indoors thinking ‘wouldn’t it be nice if I had a partner during these lonely times’?

You are not alone, being isolated makes you have many thoughts about your future with one of the big ones being dating, should you get back on the dating merry go round?  Personally I believe the time is right as let’s face it, we all have a lot of time on our hands so you can give this 100%

Where ever you live in the UK there are some very good dating sites so have a look round first, make a checklist about what you are looking for in a site and what they can offer you. I have found that Lincolnshire dating and the  Bristol dating site are very good.

Next step is to think about your ideal partner, realistically you may not find one with all of these attributes but it is a good starting point. Then put them in order of importance, maybe call your best friend to help do this as other people can see things that we sometimes miss and in the whole security way we have to be aware of, it is good that someone knows what you are doing.

Get yourself a new email address that you just use for these dating sites, this is so no one can link you to your social media accounts and become a bit of a stalker. You want to be in charge, giving out any of your information when it is right for you. Then right up a list about what you would need to know about the person you are thinking of dating, keeping it local to these sites has the advantage of not having to travel far when you do eventually meet. Long-distance has its problems but that’s for another post.  This also helps in not getting confused if you are chatting to a couple of people, which can be embarrassing if you are asking them about their job in engineering but actually they are a bus driver, yes I have been known to make that mistake and it didn’t end well.

I believe this time is great for getting to know someone through email as you can ask so many questions.  Once you have established the basics and want to go further, whereas before it would be a meeting now you can change to facetime. You have the advantage of always looking your best but even though you can chat to them anytime, remember they can do the same for you. Maybe keep the best clothes, hairstyle etc for when you meet. This gives you such a good opportunity of actually getting to know the real person plus if you keep a list of their information it is easy to check if they are telling a fib.

Eventually, if you decide that a casual arrangement is a way forward for you then try this Edinburgh sex site and  Strathclyde sex site as they just provide what you require but you can still get some of what you are looking for in the privacy of your own home in this lockdown.

 

Happy dating guys

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FRIENDSHIP OR LOVE?

Friendships can last a lifetime, growing with you through the years or they can be instant like you were truly meant to meet that person at this time in your life. Male or female there is nothing that can beat a deep friendship, even better if it turns into love as then you already have that deep bond. This will grow with you as you jump the hurdles that life throws at you. Working one year in Guernsey was a very lonely time so I decided to join this Guernsey dating site mainly so I could meet some new people, whether it be for friendship or dating. It was fun to go to new places to meet people and I ended up with a really great group of friends that showed me around and introduced me to local places and people. I even dated someone for a little while and we still chat now over social media as he is one of my best friends. There are many advantages of using a local dating agency like Love Guernsey Singles as not only do you get to know the area but it builds up your knowledge of the best places to go for certain events. It also saves on travelling to another town or area plus you can use public transport or taxis when keeping it local.

Companionship is required at any age as just having someone to sit and chat to or take you for a meal is a very precious thing. At some point during some days either at work or at home it is nice to have someone to sound out your ideas or thoughts. Most times you can use your family but if you wanted an opinion about something they knew nothing about that is when it is nice to have a companion to bounce your ideas of.  Love Wiltshire Singles can give you this plus with the added advantage of it being local to your area. Meeting people close to home is the way forward as who really wants a long-distance relationship? You can even arrange for your friends to be in the same place where you are going to meet them so it is a win-win situation and very safe. Please always keep to the guidelines of never giving out any of your personal details or even your email as with that they can look you up on social media, in fact, I would suggest that you use an email address for dating that is just for that purpose. The Wiltshire dating site is the way to go with it being very local and easy to use.   

Love is the icing on the cake when you find that but with the number of people on the dating sites then I am sure you have a good chance of being lucky.  Life is what you make it so if you want something that bit extra then try it, as you could be missing out on something very special.         Whether it is love, companionship or friendship you can find it on these sites so give it a go, you just might find the love of your life or your new best friend.

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ANXIETY AND CORONA

Looking at this picture makes me sad, I am missing everything so much, which I am very shocked about as sometimes I can go a couple of weeks without leaving my flat or seeing anyone. Now because it is forced it is really messing with my head and making me very low. I want to give my grandkids a cuddle but can’t even see them, can’t support my children. I know we are all in the same situation but it does not help, I cannot get rid of this complete sadness that is engulfing me. This is the first time I have tried to write but this seems hard to do, my enthusiasm for everything has disappeared, cooking is a job I cannot be bothered with. The highlight of the day is waiting for five o’clock and watching the TV to see what our prime minister has to say this time. Then when it’s not so good I have a cry, I have cried more these last few days than ever and it is only Wednesday!

We haven’t even got an end date so we cannot think it will all be over by the summer. We have a lot of birthdays coming up like a 17th an 18th and of course, my 60th nothing will be celebrated. We have a huge family holiday booked for the end of July which we were all looking forward to so much but that will probably not happen. Yes, we can do it next year but it’s not the same and I know we should be thankful that we are all ok. We have a lot to be thankful for but again it does not help this feeling.

Children missing out on last days at playschool before they start big school in September will school be open for September? The worry of what grade they will be given for their A levels and now looking for a job as for them school is over, do we actually want them to put themselves out there and work? I just want all my family to just stay in and be safe.

As soon as someone gets a cold you have to wait and see if it turns into something much worse. The weather is lovely at the moment not that anyone can enjoy it, I know I am lucky to have a garden but even that does not please me in these times.

Nothing to look forward to, this living on your own sucks! Stay safe everyone x

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THE ESSENCE OF HOPE

When people contact me to say thank you for blogging about them or their business it is a lovely feeling to be appreciated and to know that people are reading what you write about. Some people go above and beyond that and give me presents, all the above melts were given to me by Corinna. Thank you they smell divine.

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CREAM TEA AT DUNELM

I popped up to Dunelm in Ashford the other day and decided to stop for a coffee in their cafe.

Then I saw the cream tea table, huge scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream for the unbelievable price of £3.40 This is the cheapest cream tea I have ever seen! Can you beat that?

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PLANTS FROM LYDL

I thought these were a bargain from these supermarkets, ten bedding plants for £1.69 There is a good selection of plants to choose from as well.

I really liked these pot plants, which would make a good Mother’s day present. Buying presents is a bit limited this year but the supermarkets are really coming up with some great ideas.

Happy shopping

 

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FOLKESTONE MONOPOLY

This is looking so good, I am so sad that I cannot play it with anyone due to this coronavirus but as soon as this is over I will be getting some Folkestone people to play, then letting you know what they all think.

I have taken some pictures of my box, loving the flip-flops, my name is on them when we play or should I have the sunglasses?

I love some of the community chest and chance cards. So many great places in Folkestone are mentioned in this new game.

Can I buy sunny sands? So many to choose from in this brand new game that is in the shops now.

               

Waterstones and the works have this new Folkestone monopoly, they are still open at the moment if you wish to get your game.

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THE KEEPER BY JESSICA MOOR – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY VIKING ON 19th MARCH 2020

He’s been looking in the windows again. Messing with cameras. Leaving notes.
Supposed to be a refuge. But death got inside.

When Katie Straw’s body is pulled from the waters of the local suicide spot, the police decide it’s an open-and-shut case. A standard-issue female suicide.

But the residents of Widringham women’s refuge where Katie worked don’t agree. They say it’s murder.

Will you listen to them?

IMG_2422Jessica Moor studied English at Cambridge before completing a Creative Writing MA at Manchester University. Prior to this she spent a year working in the violence against women and girls sector and this experience inspired her first novel, Keeper.

What did I think?

Brilliant, something a bit different that worked well. Once I got the hang of how it was written the ‘then’ and ‘now’.  Characters were good and a good mix in the refuge maybe more could be said about them and their lives. I would have liked the boyfriend to come to an untimely end but I guess we all want some sort of revenge. This really hits home and might not be right for some that have been in this position but it was a good read and not predictable during most of the book. I look forward to reading Jessica’s next story.

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HOT OFF THE PRESS – I HAVE THE NEW FOLKESTONE MONOPOLY GAME!

THE FOLKESTONE MONOPOLY ‘BIG REVEAL’ IS .. THIS MONDAY

I am so excited, this is flipping brilliant, the only downside is that I cannot have a game with the prominent people of Folkestone because of this coronavirus. I WILL get all my family to play it so will share that with you SOON.

This Monday 23rd March 2020 is M Day .. MONOPOLY DAY.

It’s the Folkestone MONOPOLY Big Reveal .. as the town’s very own official MONOPOLY game hits shop shelves.

And the makers of this new game say they are “sure” it will put a smile on peoples’ faces.

It was announced last year that there would be a Folkestone MONOPOLY game in time for this Easter (which is in a little over three weeks’ time). The game went off to production much earlier this year.

The new game means players will be able to snap up their favourite Folkestone landmarks .. for just paper money.

This unique twist to the world’s most famous board sees the most expensive property space going to The Leas, which gets to land on the glitzy Mayfair location, the game’s highest-ranking location.

Also getting to star on the board are:

  • Folkestone College (replacing Bond Street).
  • Folkestone Museum (Angel, Islington).
  • Old High Street (Vine Street).
  • Plus very many more of the town’s leading landmarks, organisations and streets.

Many of the Chance and Community Chest cards are Folkestone themed too. One card fines players for losing their lunch to a pesky seagull!

And the board sees all of the tokens specially themed. So IN come an ice-cream cornet, flip-flops, umbrella (of course bearing in mind the typical British weather) and many others. OUT go the classic MONOPOLY tokens like the Scottie Dog, top hat and boot. They all, literally, get the boot in this edition.

Jennifer Lau, Custom Games Executive at Winning Moves UK – who are producing this game under official license from the MONOPOLY brand, owned by Hasbro – says:

“We are sure this game will put a smile on peoples’ faces in this very challenging period of time. We announced last year the game would be on shelves for this Easter and it was all wrapped up from a design point of view much earlier this year and sent off for production.

“This unique new and official version of the world’s most famous board game features the great and good of Folkestone”

“We have been wonderfully spoilt for choice putting the game together and would like to thank everyone who sent in suggestions last year when we went through a public consultation process.”

The new edition hits shop shelves on Monday at all good toy and book stores including Waterstones, The Works and Ryman – and very widely online, including on Amazon.

Please share your photo’s of you all enjoying Folkestone Monopoly.

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