What Day is it Anyway? Friday, 1st May 2020

My day: Happy May Day everyone! I’m on leave from work now until 11th May! I decided to make a plan for each day as otherwise I will just procrastinate for the entire 11 days and end up wishing I’d done everything and actually achieving nothing!

Today I really feel as though I achieved a lot. I started off by sorting through all my bath bombs, bubble baths and other bath stuff in the bathroom. These were scattered about with no real order and now I have bath bombs in one box, bubble bath in another etc and I have more space in there as a result! I then moved into the lounge and gave it a complete spring clean. As I’m now home working I had taken it over to work in so it was a lot messier than normal. I sorted everything out and I can now see the surface of my dining room table again! I also went through the drawers in my TV cabinet where I was shoving in things that I had no idea where else to put them! I then did half of my shredding which I think I might have moved house with its been hanging around for so long! Annoyingly the shredder kept jamming and so I ended up trying to tease little bits of paper out of the teeth with a pair of nail scissors and tweezers. I did honestly feel like I had done keyhole surgery by the time it was fixed!

I then went into the kitchen to make a pasta sauce in my slow cooker. I also had some leftover pastry from last night’s goats cheese tart that I made, and I suddenly had an idea of making some mini cheese and tomato rolls with it. I did wonder if this was going to be one of my bad ideas as I’m really not that great in the kitchen and doing something without a recipe was incredibly risky. Still I decided to do it anyway and whilst they are not perfect to look at, they turned out not only just edible but really nice!

Pasties

After lunch I worked some more on Perfect World 3. I am so happy with how it is turning out right now. For ages I was really struggling with it, but its just writing itself at the moment. If things carry on at this pace then the release for early next year doesn’t seem that impossible at all!

I also had a few deliveries today. One was my New Look order and the other was Tash’s tee-pee! I was more excited about the tee-pee out of the two of them but unfortunately Tash didn’t share my enthusiasm. She came sauntering over when she heard me unwrapping it as she mistook the rustling for food but quickly became bored when she realised that it wasn’t! I set it all up for her and called her back over. She gave me a look that literally said ‘what on earth have you bought me that for?’ and hasn’t gone near it since! She’s a bit funny with new things so I’m hoping she will come round to it eventually but until then it is sitting unused in my lounge!

Tee_Pee


Linda G. Hill came up with this great idea to keep track of the weeks and months ahead. For those who already are, and will be isolated in the coming weeks, it is important to all come together and support each other.

Questions that Matter with Shari Sakurai

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Demon's Life (Demon's Blood) by [Shari Sakurai]

I asked the questions that matter of Shari Sakurai! But first, the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XQ7BZ4P?ref_=pe_7171740_475466610

Now, the questions!

Welcome, Shari! What is the weirdest scar you have and how did you get it?

When I was six my friend shut my left ring finger in her front door and it nearly cut the entire tip of my finger off! Luckily it hung on and all healed up just fine but I have a circular scar running almost all the way around the end of it!

Ouch! What would you want to be written on your tombstone?

‘We told her that wasn’t a good idea!’

That’s fantastic! What’s your biggest screw up in the kitchen?

I’m always getting teaspoons and tablespoons abbreviations mixed up and once I was making a red sauce and the recipe said 1tsp of sugar so I put in 1tbsp! The sauce turned out so horribly sweet! I…

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Release Blitz: Working Stiffs (A collection of short stories)

RELEASE BLITZ

Book Title: Working Stiffs (A collection of short stories)

Authors:

Bad Blood by Lyra Evans

Bad Decision by H.L Day

Call My Number by Megs Pritchard

Dial a Vamp by Roberta Blablanski

Fangs for the Memories by Sadie Jay

Fire and Ice Cold Skin by Mel Gough

How To Keep an Author (Alive) by AJ Sherwood

Graveyard Cops by Crystel Greene

Life Hacks by Eliott Griffen

Long Haul by Tanya Chris

Off the Menu by R.J. Sorrento

Overexposed by K. Evan Coles

Quality Assured by Edie Montreux

Genre/s: Paranormal

Trope/s: Vampires, workplace romances

Length: 13 stories

Heat Rating: Varies from story to story – between 2 and 5 flames

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Sometimes work sucks in a good way

Blurb

Not all vampires are idly rich. Some of them have day jobs. Er, night jobs.

In a world struggling to come to grips with the existence of vampires, where reactions range from excitement to fear to determined disbelief, these vampires are just trying to make ends meet. Some of them do mundane work—like waiting tables or driving a cab. Others have more prestigious careers in medicine and crime prevention. But what all their jobs have in common is people. Unpredictable, interesting, frustrating, hostile, helpless, tasty people.

Whether they’re pouring drinks, answering phones, hacking into a computer system, or serving up the perfect food/wine pairing, these working stiffs are too busy to fall in love. Or are they?

This International Workers Day, celebrate by sinking your teeth into thirteen awesome stories about vampires at work. Because even the undead have to earn a living.

Proceeds benefit the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

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Book Review: Shinigami (Takamagahara Monogatari #2) by Xia Xia Lake

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A coming-of-age love story between an orphan and the heir of the richest family in the Land of Yamato. The human world meets the yōkai in a power struggle for the fate of Fujiwara no Hirotsugu.

While he battles to find his own path, Hirotsugu finds solace in a boy who will become his secret friend, then his salvation, and then as they become adults together, the love of his life.

Purchase: Amazon.com

Goodreads: Shinigami


Review

*I received this novel for free in exchange for an honest review*

Rating: 5 stars

Shinigami is the second novel in the Takamagahara Monogatari series. As with the first book in the series, Shinigami draws Japanese religion and folklore into its stories as well as the life of Fujiwara no Hirotsugu. I don’t want to say too much about the historical Fujiwara no Hirotsugu as it would spoil some plot elements, but he was a real person and I liked how the author incorporated this into their work.

Shinigami begins when a young compassionate Hiro takes pity on a starving boy and from his kindness a bond between them is forged. Over the years their friendship turns into a forbidden love that will shape the course of Hiro’s destiny.

Like the first novel, Shinigami combines a mixed of folklore, history and religion to create a uniquely beautiful tale. Time is taken to set each scene and describe every detail in a way that draws you into this wonderful world that the author has created. The romance happens gradually and at a natural pace that never once feels rushed or false. You really feel for these characters and the struggles that they are facing.

Shinigami is a beautifully written and moving novel, which I cannot recommend enough. I very much look forward to reading further novels in the series.

New Release Blitz: Time Waits by C.B. Lewis

Title: Time Waits

Series: Out of Time, Book One

Author: C.B. Lewis

Publisher: NineStar Press

Release Date: April 27, 2020

Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 109300

Genre: Science Fiction, British, gay, intercultural, PTSD, Science Fiction, time travel

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Synopsis

On the run from his former allies in 1943, Janos Nagy’s life is turned upside down when he stumbles through a mysterious doorway and finds himself in the hands of the Temporal Research Institute, a covert organization that verifies historical events through time travel.

The year, he is told, is 2041. Wounded, exhausted, and helpless, he’s in a time he doesn’t know and a world that has changed beyond his wildest imagination. Dieter Schmidt, one of the TRI linguists and historians, offers his aid in making sense of this strange new existence.

But Janos’s arrival has broken the TRI’s prime rule of non-interference. It’s not long until someone in the TRI decides that if the rule can be broken once…well, why not break it again?

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What Day is it Anyway? Wednesday, 22nd April 2020

My day: I’m still working from home and I must admit I am actually starting to miss going into work now. There’s only so much I can do from home too so there is going to be a nice backlog waiting for me once the lock-down is over which I am itching to get started on!

I finished the main story in Animal Crossing yesterday! I was actually surprised at how short it was, but now at least I can focus on what I want to do. I’ve been breeding flowers mainly and also paying off that massive loan for my extra room! My house isn’t that organised at the moment and is filled with random things for each different room I want to eventually build. I also saw today that Redd is going to be added to the game so yay I’m going to have to waste money on his forged paintings!

I’ve been watching a few things on Netflix this week. I watched a film called Time Trap which is about some teenagers who go looking for their missing archaeology professor in a network of caves and discover that time starts moving at a different speed to the outside world. When I first started watching it I wasn’t sold immediately but it ended up being quite good in a scary, messing with your mind kind of way. There are few things that can even remotely freak me out but that came close in a good way.

The other thing I’ve started watching is Tiger King. I cannot get my head around it. It’s completely insane, disturbing yet compelling. I’ve watched just over half of it so far and will probably end up finishing it tonight.

I amended my online shopping order earlier and I was actually able to add hand gel to the basket for the first time in forever! Whether it will turn up is another thing entirely but that its not all sold out is encouraging! I also ordered Tash some dreamies. I think she’s starting to wish I would go back to work too as I’m constantly sitting on her sofa or disturbing her middle of the day cat-naps with brush time!


Linda G. Hill came up with this great idea to keep track of the weeks and months ahead. For those who already are, and will be isolated in the coming weeks, it is important to all come together and support each other.

Book Review: Lament of the Fallen (Hero of Darkness #2) by Andy Peloquin

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Can a killer escape the evil inside him?

The Hunter has fled his home and the suffering left in his wake. Hoping to cleanse the stain of blood on his hands, he aids travelers beset by bandits only to discover those he saved are warrior clerics on a holy mission to kill him.

Left for dead, he must hunt down the priests to reclaim his stolen birthright and silence the relentless whispers in his mind that hunger for blood and death.

From feared assassin to wretched outcast, the Hunter journeys toward the truth about his forgotten past and the demons he pledged to hunt. But will his discoveries be his salvation, or will they cost him his sanity and even his life?

Purchase: Amazon.com

Goodreads: Lament of the Fallen


Review

*I received this novel for free in exchange for an honest review*

Rating: 4 stars

In the second instalment of the Hero of Darkness series, the Hunter sets out on a quest to discover the secrets of his own past. Along the way he again faces adversity from those he meets, as well as his own internal struggle with the demons that threaten to consume him.

I really enjoyed reading the second novel in this series. It is more focused on the character of the Hunter and his personal struggles. Delving into his mind, you learn more about his motivations and also how he fights against his own destiny as an assassin. Through the people that he meets on the road, you learn how the Hunter really craves companionship and acceptance although forced to hide the true nature of what he really is for fear of attack or rejection. These fears are often proved founded however there is also hope for him that he can forge some relationships with those open and willing to look beyond and see the man that he truly wants to be.

His internal struggle makes for some compelling reading and you really get a sense of who wants to be. Even in his darkest moments, you can really feel for the man fighting the demon and this invokes an empathy that on a less well developed character you might feel does not deserve it.

The Hunter’s path inevitably leads to conflict and his compassion at the end of the novel fits in well with who he has developed into as a person.The world-building is as rich and vivid as the previous novel, as is the description. The fight scenes are realistic and as brutal as they need to be, contrasting against the Hunter’s reluctance to engage in the violence that he is forced into.

This a really great, character-driven story and I am very much looking forward to finding out the secrets of the Hunter’s past in further novels in this series.