Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Book Review: Sycamore Gap by L.J. Ross

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Detective Chief Inspector Ryan believes he has put his turbulent history behind him. Then, in the early hours of the summer solstice, the skeleton of a young woman is found inside the Roman Wall at Sycamore Gap. She has lain undiscovered for ten years and it is Ryan's job to piece together her past. 

Enquiry lines cross and merge as Ryan is forced to face his own demons and enter into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a killer who seems unstoppable.

Murder and mystery are peppered with a sprinkling of romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular scenery of Hadrian's Wall country in Northumberland.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

4 Tips to Help Deal with Life's Rocky Patches

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Ever felt like you are just on a constant stream of bad luck? Do you find yourself dreading the next stroke of bad luck and assuming that all of these unpleasant situations come in threes? The thing is, we can all have a rocky patch every now and again. It may be to do with your working environment or workload, your home life and relationships, or even a mixture of all of multiple things.

But regardless of the cause, it’s never easy when you feel like the whole world is against you. However, this is where you can make a choice. You can either let the bad times roll, or you can tackle it head-on and admit that it doesn’t have to be this way. It’s a tough decision to make - and admittedly, sometimes you have no control over the cause of the situation - but where possible, it's always best to take the positives and move forward with your life rather than dwelling on the situation. 

This is why I've put together a handful of inspiring ways to help you get through any rocky patch you might be facing or deal with in the future.

Monday, 16 September 2019

3 Things Bloggers are Looking for from Brands

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Brand collaborations and partnerships are all part and parcel of being a committed blogger - but there's no reason why blogger outreach should be scary or confusing.

Instead, blogger outreach provides a valuable service for brands, bloggers, and consumers alike, providing a relevant and relatable promotional platform for a wide range of products, services, and organisations. However, as every brand collaboration is different, it can be difficult to know where to start.

There are plenty of resources and tools out there to help budding bloggers and brands just starting to branch out into blogger outreach and influencer marketing, but I've compiled my own experiences to outline three things that many bloggers will be looking for from a brand partnership.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Book Review: The Spitfire Girls by Soraya M. Lane

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Three skilled aviators determined to help win the war. Three brave women who know their place is not at home.

At the height of World War II, the British Air Transport Auxiliary need help. A group of young women volunteer for action, but the perils of their new job don’t end on the tarmac. Things are tough in the air, but on the ground their abilities as pilots are constantly questioned.

There is friction from the start between the new recruits. Spirited American Lizzie turns heads with her audacity, but few can deny her flying skills. She couldn’t be more different from shy, petite Ruby, who is far from diminutive in the sky. It falls to pragmatic pilot May to bring the women together and create a formidable team capable of bringing the aircraft home.

As these very different women fight to prove themselves up to the task at hand, they are faced with challenges and tragedies at every turn. They must fight for equal pay and respect while handling aircraft that are dangerously ill-equipped; meanwhile, lives continue to be lost in the tumult of war.

Determined to assist the war effort doing what they love, can May, Lizzie and Ruby put aside their differences to overcome adversity, and will they find love in the skies?

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Book Review: Malibu Motel by Chaunceton Bird

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Based on the incredible true story of a hapless lottery winner, Malibu Motel is a raw, timeless novel exploring the undercurrents of capitalism. Caish Calloway is struggling to maintain a stake in the land of limitless privilege. Blinded by pride and fueled by greed, Caish is a slave to the wiles of a moneyed mind, as only one who has tasted wealth's powerful fruit can be.