ONLINE CHEESECAKES

Love cheesecakes can be found here.

Welcome to the world of cheesecakes, what a brilliant selection. Actually they do have over 100 flavours!

   

They deliver and there are some good variety packs so you get to share or try all the different flavours yourself! lol

This food and drink festival really is amazing, so many different producers on here.

Tomorrow I will be looking at another one when I can make up my mind as there are over 70 places to pick from, please share these with any food establishments as sharing is caring.

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ONLINE CHOCOLATE

https://goupiechocolate.com/shop/goupie/espresso-chocolate-vegan

I had to pick the chocolate and coffee first and after reading all about these I would like to taste them, so many different flavours as well. It is just like being in a sweet shop but online and so easy to buy there may even be an outlet near you that stocks them.

   

For the local Folkestone readers, you can find them at: Country Fayre at 3 The Old High Street in Folkestone is our stockist.

  There are so many different flavours pop over to the website and have a browse.

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ONLINE FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL 2020

Times are changing faster than we can keep up but there are some brilliant ideas going on and this is one of them. Food products have been hit really hard with no restaurants, cafes or pubs open so here is a spectacular alternative.

The online Food & Drink Festival

From ready meals to spices and desserts there are so many that are getting involved and you can to just go onto the website and fill in the form about what you sell and that’s it, very simple. So many people are getting behind this so the publicity should be amazing.  I will be featuring some of the places over the coming days, so keep reading.

 

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HE WILL GET YOU BY CHARLIE GALLAGHER – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY JOFFE BOOKS ON 10th APRIL 2020

DETECTIVE MADDIE IVES FACES THE MOST TWISTED SERIAL KILLER OF HER CAREER.

In an English seaside town, an old man holds a blade to a woman’s face. A tear trickles down her cheek and he licks it off. She is bound and gagged. Then he kills her with one jerk of his knife.

He’s one step ahead of them.

He’s watching their every move.

And his next target is one of their own.

YOU MIGHT KNOW WHO THE KILLER IS, BUT CAN YOU WORK OUT WHY?

The body count is rising and each murder is more unpredictable than the last. Detective Maddie Ives races against time to work out the killer’s real motive.

Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for more than ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences.

         

MY THOUGHTS

This was excellent, I could not put it down. Fast-moving with the great Maddie Ives in action again, I was left wondering if they would get to the murder scene in time especially the last one as that was a bit of a shock as I was not expecting her to die. I think this is my favourite so far, it was a bit different and it kept me up half the night reading it. It keeps you hooked in all the time and I love that in a book, I am thinking that these gritty crime novels are my favourite to read now. I have gone off the romantic, love ones as they become a bit of the same after a while and you lose interest when you are single and happy. I am really looking forward to the next book and have heard from Charlie that it is probably going to be the last one in this series. How long can a series go on in books, do you think? I don’t actually think these have come to the end but I will wait until I have finished the next one which has just gone to the publisher for edits. Also if they are ever going on the TV then we would need many more books to make a great series.

Available from Amazon here.

The books are set in and around the fictional town of Langthorne. This is an area that is typical perhaps of many seaside resorts on England’s south coast: beautiful scenery, raw and rugged terrain and a dark underbelly.

Maddie Ives Books:
Book 1 – He Is Watching You
Book 2 – He Will Kill You
Book 3 – He Will Find You
Book 4 – He Knows Your Secrets
Book 5 – He Will Get You                                                                                                                                         Book 6 – Coming soon, watch this space!

The books of the Langthorne Series:
Book 1 – Bodily Harm
Book 2 – Panic Button
Book 3 – Blood Money
Book 4 – End Game
Book 5 – Missing
Book 6 – Then She Ran
Book 7 – Her Last Breath

The box set containing books 1-3 of the Langthorne series is currently available at just 3.99p (as a digital download).

Standalone books:
Ruthless

You can read my reviews by clicking into the book. I need to read He is watching you, not sure how I missed that one.

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HE KNOWS YOUR SECRETS BY CHARLIE GALLAGHER – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY JOFFE 28th NOVEMBER 2019

THREE WOMEN:

ONE WILL SACRIFICE HER LIFE TO STOP HIM.

ONE IS HIS NEXT VICTIM.

ONE MUST TRY TO PUT HIM BEHIND BARS.

Holly Maguire takes a taxi to a clifftop location. She is determined to make things right. Then the car goes over the edge of the cliff.

As Holly falls to her death, she tightens her grip on a rucksack.

SHE WILL GIVE HER LIFE TO BRING HIM DOWN.

Kelly Dale wakes up to her first day without her mother. Her mum passed away late the previous night after losing a battle with cancer. Kelly receives a text from Holly, sent just before the accident, and rushes to the clifftop. She is too late.

Kelly has lost her mother and girlfriend in the space of a few hours.

Now she must face her own battle to stay alive.

HE WILL KILL KELLY NEXT.

HE WANTS TO LIVE-STREAM HER MURDER.

Detective Maddie Ives is called out to inspect the wrecked vehicle. She is under pressure to write it off as a murder-suicide or a terrible accident. Holly was a known sex worker and the running theory is that she may have been engaged in activity with the taxi driver when it rolled over the side.

Maddie doesn’t buy it. Holly’s rucksack contains seemingly random and worthless items but Maddie quickly finds numerous links to a crime boss.

MADDIE MUST STOP A POWERFUL MAN WHO EXPLOITS AND CONTROLS WOMEN.

It’s a tense and thrilling ride as the net closes in. But time is running out to save Kelly.

MY THOUGHTS                                                                                                                                      Absolutely brilliant, I cannot get enough of these books as they just get better and better. If you like crime then these gritty stories will please you, this series with the super Maddie Ives is my favourite. You wonder how she will bring about justice for Holly and keep Kelly alive, this is riveting and makes you keep reading so you end up with bags under your eyes from lack of sleep lol. As the net closes in on Kelly, you wonder if the police will get there in time and will there be any evidence to link them to this awful crime?

Published by Joffe and available on Amazon here.

Get this on your to be read list as it is simply the best crime series.

              

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QUESTIONS I ASKED CHARLIE GALLAGHER

It was great having a chat with Charlie and finding out a few things that I will now share with you, I started off by wanting to know where he does his writing?

This is where I tend to pitch up when I’m at home! It’s part of the kitchen and has a view outside and is also close to the kettle! When the world is a lot more normal I spend a lot of time writing out and about. Most days I will visit a coffee shop in the town – Steep Street and Loaf are my ‘locals’!

What are you reading at the moment?

I’m currently reading ‘The Chain’ by Adrian McKinty. This is a psychological thriller that has done well so I wanted to see what all the fuss is about. I am looking to try and write a psychological thriller myself – maybe next – so I’m having a look at what is popular.

Do your family read your books?

Some of my family read my books – my wife is two behind! My mother reads them the moment they come out. I’m always nervous about her feedback, she’s very hard to please and has been reading in the crime-thriller genre all her life so she knows her stuff! She likes them. ‘He Is Watching You’ is her favourite.

Sounds like a great Mum

Do your ideas just come to you or do you get a vague idea and then build on it?

In regards to ideas for a book, I always start with a very vague idea of what I want the whole thing to be but with a specific scene in mind. This scene can be the beginning but it could just as easily be the middle or the end and I sort of write towards it. I’ve never been one to plan a book, I know authors that plan to the point where it’s almost a first draft but I can’t work like that. A big part of the enjoyment for me is starting a story with no idea how it might finish!

Have you thought about writing any other genre?

In regards to other genres – definitely. I mentioned more of a psychological thriller slant – where the police barely feature – but I am also writing a children’s book at the moment and I expect that one to be the next story I finish. I will be looking to release that under a different name – I’m not sure it will go down well with the readership I have built who follow the Charlie Gallagher name!

Have any of your books been optioned for TV?

None of my books have been optioned for TV as yet. I would love to see the Maddie Ives series on TV, I genuinely think there is a bit of a gap with a female lead detective. I could see Maddie as a female John Luther! My writing style is cinematic in the way that I use point-of-view, so I don’t think adaptation for TV would be too difficult – and I know my publisher is of the same opinion.

Do you have the radio on or anything when you write?

I don’t have a strict environment for writing. Sometimes music, sometimes not, sometimes quiet. I have become well used to snatching a few minutes to write here and there around a day job and busy home life so I don’t need a clinical environment. Again, some authors I speak to have a dead silent study and set times that they work in a day. I work when I can, where I can! I do find myself to be more productive in a coffee shop type environment, something busy with white noise.

Is there a number of how many more Maddie Ives books you will write?

I have just finished Maddie #6 and right now it feels like the last one. I’m not saying I won’t go back to it but for now, I will be off to finish the children’s book, then maybe a psycho-thriller. I may also do a standalone featuring one of the characters from the Maddie series – but I’m really not sure right now.

I have just finished your first book, what do you think about it when you read it now?

By the first book, you may mean the very first – Bodily Harm. I’m very proud of it, I always dreamed of having a published novel and the feeling when that finally arrived is difficult to describe. I also knew at that point that I wanted to make a career out of writing – and one book does not do that. My main concern has been to improve. I always want my next to be better than the last, I think that’s how you make it a career. I learned a lot from the whole George Elms series and I think the Maddie Ives series is the result of that. Now I want to push myself with a children’s book and something of a different genre. Overall, I love Bodily Harm, I think it’s a great book and I know I put everything into it. There are things I would change – but that’s only some of the locational stuff as it wasn’t based on anywhere, just a mash-up of towns I know and I have since learned the importance of giving a book a solid ‘place.’ I would challenge any author who looks back at anything they have done in the past and says that they wouldn’t change something about it! Writing is just like any skill, you get better the more you practice, so there might be some things in there I would look at now and think I might be able to do better!

Thank you Charlie, that was great it was good to find out what you are up to and a children’s book sounds great, I can get some of my ten grandchildren to review it! I do definitely think the Maddie Ives series would be great for TV, I wonder who would get the main part?

You can keep up with what Charlie is up to on his website and social media here.

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BOOK BLURB BY CHARLIE

I have been a serving UK police officer for twelve years. During that time I have had many roles, starting as a frontline response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and also as a detective investigating the more serious offences.

My books are a series of thrillers and, rather unsurprisingly, policing is central to the stories.

The central themes are greed, ambition, corruption and addiction. Characters from both sides of the law will fall foul to their respective temptations.

I am inspired by what I do and see in my day-job as a police officer, though my books are entirely fictional. I am aware that the police officers in my books are not always shown positively. They are human and they make mistakes. This can be the case in real life too, but the vast majority of officers are honest and do a job in trying circumstances. From what I see on a daily basis, the men and women who wear the uniform and among the very finest, and I am proud to be part of one of the best police forces in the world.

The books are set in and around the fictional town of Langthorne. This is an area that is typical perhaps of many seaside resorts on England’s south coast: beautiful scenery, raw and rugged terrain and a dark underbelly.

MADDIE IVES
Book 1: HE IS WATCHING YOU
Book 2: HE WILL KILL YOU
Book 3: HE WILL FIND YOU
Book 4: HE KNOWS YOUR SECRETS
Book 5: HE WILL GET YOU

GEORGE ELMS, LANGTHORNE SERIES
Book 1: BODILY HARM
Book 2: PANIC BUTTON
Book 3: BLOOD MONEY
Book 4: END GAME
Book 5: MISSING
Book 6: THEN SHE RAN
Book 7: HER LAST BREATH

STANDALONE BOOKS
RUTHLESS

The rest of the week will be the two reviews form his latest books, I will then be eagerly waiting for book 6 about Maddie Ives. I think I will be a bit sad but hopefully, Charlie will come back to those in the future, especially if they are optioned for TV which I have to say I think will be absolutely brilliant so if you know any TV producers tell them about Charlie.

What do you think about these books?

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BODILY HARM BY CHARLIE GALLAGHER – BOOK REVIEW

Back to the beginning and where it all started for Charlie Gallagher.

FULL OF TWISTS AND TURNS, THIS CRIME THRILLER WILL KEEP YOU TURNING THE PAGES UNTIL THE SHOCKING CONCLUSION.

One of the grittiest, most authentic police thrillers you will read this year.

An edge-of-your-seat crime thriller starts with a vicious stabbing of a pretty teenage girl and her boyfriend on a local bus. She happens to be the mayor’s niece. It’s the final straw for the community. The police are desperate to get results and decide on a risky course of action involving undercover infiltration of the notorious Effingell Estate.

Detective George Elms knows this hellish place extremely well, and his sharp investigative mind is put to work to solve the crime. The police are under immense media pressure and conveniently a local lowlife confesses to the attack. But George is not convinced. There are many layers of criminal and police motivation, and few people are what they seem.

Authentic, fast-paced, and with a touch of black humour, you won’t want to put down BODILY HARM till the nail-biting conclusion.

Who can you trust? And when his family is put at risk will DS George Elms go beyond the law?

THE AUTHOR
Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences.

THE SETTING
Langthorne, typical of many smaller seaside towns dotted around the UK’s coastline. Once a thriving tourist destination, where the affluent built grand seafront houses, it has suffered a hard fall from grace. Unemployment has blighted the area and so has crime.

THE DETECTIVE
George Elms joined the police pretty much straight out of school and now in his mid-thirties, he’s been getting in the faces of criminals for over fifteen years. Well known and respected on both sides of the line he is now responsible for running a team who work the crimes that come out of one of the county’s most notorious housing estates. He is married to Sarah and they have a little girl.

MY THOUGHTS                                                                                                                                                                      I have read many of Charlie’s books and it was good to back to the beginning and see where it all started. I like old George Elms and can imagine him getting into a few scrapes. The setting works really well for these types of crime stories and appears very similar to where we live, yes, myself and Charlie live in the same town and he is probably one of the best selling authors here.

Published by Joffe Books and available on Amazon here.

          

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CHARLIE GALLAGHER WEEK STARTS TODAY!

Have you read any of Charlie Gallagher’s books?

This week I plan to devote the whole week to Charlie and his brilliant books, he has written a few of them now, plus reviews and links to previous posts.

Charlie started off with the detective George Elms series of books that were set in Langthorne. You can read my review of the first one Bodily Harm tomorrow.

The books of the Langthorne Series:
Book 1 – Bodily Harm
Book 2 – Panic Button
Book 3 – Blood Money
Book 4 – End Game
Book 5 – Missing
Book 6 – Then She Ran
Book 7 – Her Last Breath

Then came the series about detective Maddie Ives, these are what you call true gritty crime stories so if you are looking for murder at the tea party then this is not for you. These books keep you turning the pages all night, you cannot put them down. You also are never sure what is going to happen next.

Maddie Ives Books:
Book 1 – He Is Watching You
Book 2 – He Will Kill You
Book 3 – He Will Find You
Book 4 – He Knows Your Secrets
Book 5 – He Will Get You

Book 6 is with the editor now, so not long to wait.

There is also a standalone called Ruthless.

Charlie is our Folkestone best selling author who churns out these novels roughly every three months. On Wednesday I get to ask Charlie some questions so keep a lookout for those plus some not yet released news about his books!

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WHAT CAN YOU GET DELIVERED?

There are so many good things that have come from this corona epidemic, I have failed to realise this until recently and it does make you feel a bit better. Thinking positively has been one of the things that I have tried to focus on this year but it all went out the window as soon as these strange times began. Do you sometimes just sit and think ‘am I in some sort of nightmare?’ or ‘how is this actually happening all over the world?’  It is hard to get your head around exactly what is going on sometimes, I find.  What are you looking forward to? What do you miss?  For me, it is the thought of being able to see my family when I want as I am missing all of them so much.

Last week it was my daughter Billie’s birthday, Jodie and myself were trying to think what to get for her as you cannot just nip to the shops to have a browse. Eventually, we settled on flowers with a balloon to be delivered in the morning as that’s a nice start to the day. Billie then went off to her horses with strict instructions to be back by 3.30.

Looking about for things that can be delivered gives you so much choice now and coming across Anna’s deliveries was brilliant. The thing that sold it to me in just the pictures, was the presentation, it all looked so good. We decided on a meat board and a cheese board where you get to keep the boards plus a sweet treat of coffee flavour cupcakes.

  

As you can see she was very pleased with them and it really made such a nice treat for a birthday.

Actually it is a nice treat for yourself especially the cream tea, I have been missing those with my friends even the boxes you get it all delivered in are so cute. Sometimes it is a pleasure to do reviews for people when the products are so good and this really is one of those times.

     

As you can see ordering is very simple by just a phone call and you pay by card over the phone. The choice is not huge but I think it covers everything that you would need for a treat.

Some food establishments have really pulled out the stops and created such great menus for takeaway and delivery with this one being the best I have seen so far. This is a real treat, let them know Karen sent you after reading this as I am sure many people in Folkestone will be ordering this next week.

Contact Anna’s on 07525221211

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VIDEO DATING

The way people are dating is changing all over the world but is it a good thing and how are people meeting their dates?

We cannot go to pubs, restaurants or coffee houses to meet people anymore, therefor meeting up is going to come much later after you get to know the person. In a way, this is going to be safer plus it will enable you to get to know the person so much better before you even think about meeting them.

I think one of the easiest ways to do a dating profile is to record one as then it is all on your own terms. You can dress up or down, have a drink of whatever you like and really just relax and enjoy yourself. It is best to make a list of points that you are going to chat about so you don’t lose your way and have some blank moments. You could even do it with a friend, sit like your both having a conversation but just have the camera focussed on you. Talk about things that are important to you, what you like to do in your spare time and what you do for work. Please be very careful you do not give any personal information out like your full name, where you live and where you work. Maybe talk about an event in the past that you really enjoyed or even a holiday.

There are many sites to choose from but I always find that it is best to keep it local, unless of course you just want a long-distance friendship rather than a meeting and a date. This is what many people who work away are looking for as it can get very lonely when you are away from everything and everyone you know. This site I have found to be very good, Gloucester sex with the profile making very easy even if you are not very technically minded. Friendships are such a good way to start as neither of you are under any pressure, with the chatting becoming more open as you find out about each other.

If it is a very close relationship or sex that you are looking for then make it known in your profile so that you attract the right person. You could always have some other photos like summer holiday ones in a bikini to put on your profile. If you are asked for photos never feel pressured into sending things that you are not comfortable with, you always have a choice and that choice is yours. This site, Tayside sex site is one to try and local to Gloucester.

When doing a video profile, towards the end you can ask some questions that you would like answered such as things that are important to you or maybe just asking what they are looking for. The best thing about looking at someone’s video is that you will know almost immediately if there is an attraction and then a connection for you to go further.

Happy dating

 

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