Musings of a tired mummy…zzz…

My very own website!!! Yikes!

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge: if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything!

Yesterday I wasted a good part of the day pressing refresh on the BBC website to see if Catherine Duchess of Cambridge had given birth to her third child.
Poor woman (her not me!) with the eyes of the world waiting outside while she is in labour. I wondered – as I did during her previous labours – whether she watched any of the news coverage and laughed.

A new baby is a time for celebration but also for worry. The stakes are much higher when you already have children and are aware of the magnitude of the love that you have for your children and the fear of if things go wrong. Birth is tough and scary but also wonderful.
The Duchess has the added pressure of the world watching her every move and judging her. I rolled my eyes when my mum told me that her stylist had arrived at the hospital about 4 hours before the couple emerged with their baby son.
I am a staunch monarchist. I love the institution and love my country.
However I was shocked at the hatred and spite that were rife on social media yesterday. I wrote a tweet about being excited about the royal baby and someone asked me if I was mentally unstable!

Others used the event to make political comment. I understand that not everyone is in favour of the monarchy but this is a woman giving birth. A new life and a family life changed forever.
I am reminded of Bambi where Thumper is instructed ‘If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all’ (sic). We have a constitution that grants us free speech but with that comes a responsibility to use it wisely. I wish others had shown self restraint yesterday instead of spouting their vitriol to show off.
Yes, there are other news stories which should have been given more air time but this wasn’t the Duke and Duchess’ decision.
Yes, the royals live a privileged life but I wouldn’t want to swap with them! I prefer my simpler life where I can focus on my family out of the public eye.

Yes, thousands of women give birth everyday. But this is a child who will grow up in a world where everyone knows his name and face. A child who will never have privacy. A child who will have duty instilled in him, who will represent his country and his family, who will support and promote charities.
Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their new prince. Good luck to Prince George and Princess Charlotte who will adore their little brother and be driven mad by him!

The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh by Carolyn Arnold: review and giveaway!

Egypt is second on my world bucket list. I have always been fascinated by the ancient civilisation and their achievements. An amazing history fact for you: Cleopatra was alive closer to the building of Big Ben than to the building of the Great Pyramid. She also lived closer in time to the Battle of Hastings than the death of Tutankhamun.
Anyway, onto The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh…This is a fantastic read and had all the excitement of Indiana Jones. There is lost treasure, romance, history and a secret enemy or two!
This is the second book to feature Matthew Connor and his friends Cal and Robyn but it can be read as a stand-alone novel. I have now downloaded the first in the series from Amazon to read about Matthew and his friends’ first adventure: can’t wait to get reading!
The narrative is fast paced and keeps the reader guessing: I certainly didn’t expect the end twist!
Carolyn Arnold has obviously done a lot of research and this brings the book an authenticity which increases enjoyment. The setting descriptions are vivid and realistic. The dramatic events are well written and draw the reader deeper into the plot.
The characters are all appealing and their relationships are interesting to follow. Matthew is caught in a love triangle with Alex and Robyn. Cal offered a hint of comedy throughout whilst he also had a vulnerability.
Overall score 4/5

The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh (Matthew Connor Adventure series Book 2) by [Arnold, Carolyn]

Mystery lovers will need to hold on to their hats for this follow-up to City of Gold, which reviewers described as “a fast-paced action adventure” that is “akin to an Indiana Jones story set in modern times.” Now, the second in the series promises to bring much of the same excitement! Join archaeologist and adventurer Matthew Connor and his friends as they go after the Emerald Tablets to save the world in The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh.

 

In Egypt’s Western Desert lies the tomb of an unnamed pharaoh that hides a secret so powerful, it could destroy the world as we know it.

 

Archaeologist and adventurer Matthew Connor has made a career of finding legends the world has all but forgotten. Though there’s one in particular that has fascinated him for years—the Emerald Tablets. Myth says that they possess the knowledge of the universe, allowing humankind to traverse Heaven and Earth, and have the power to bestow wealth and wisdom upon whomever possesses them. But if they fall into evil hands, it could cause a global disaster.

 

So when a former colleague stumbles across an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic map that promises to lead to a pharaoh’s tomb and the Emerald Tablets, there’s no way he’s turning down her invitation to join the dig. He only has one stipulation: his best friends Robyn Garcia and Cal Myers come with him.

 

The road ahead isn’t going to be an easy one, and their shared dream of recovering the Emerald Tablets is being crushed at every turn. And just when they think it’s all over, they learn there are a few clues they have overlooked. But they’re no longer the only ones searching for the Tablets. Now, the fate of the world hangs in the balance, and soon they’ll find out that when it comes to hunting legends, they can’t trust anyone.

Available to buy from the following sites…

Amazon.com Amazon Intl Barnes & Noble Apple iBooks GPlay Kobo



Action-adventure books for the mystery lover.
Does treasure hunting excite you?
What about the thought of traveling the globe and exploring remote regions to uncover legends that the world has all but forgotten? If so, strap yourself in for an adventure with modern-day archaeologist Matthew Connor and his two closest friends. Indiana Jones meets the twenty-first century.


This is the perfect book series for fans of Indiana Jones, Lara Croft, National Treasure, and The Relic Hunter.



Book Excerpt



Also available in Matthew Connor Adventure Series

Each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series.

City of Gold, Matthew Connor Adventure Series Book 1

Finding the Inca’s lost City of Gold would be the discovery of a lifetime. But failing could mean her death…


Archaeologist Matthew Connor and his friends Cal and Robyn are finally home after a dangerous retrieval expedition in India. While they succeeded in obtaining the priceless Pandu artifact they sought, it almost cost them their lives. Still, Matthew is ready for the next adventure. Yet when new intel surfaces indicating the possible location of the legendary City of Gold, Matthew is hesitant to embark on the quest.


Not only is the evidence questionable but it means looking for the lost city of Paititi far away from where other explorers have concentrated their efforts. As appealing as making the discovery would be, it’s just too risky. But when Cal’s girlfriend, Sophie, is abducted by Matthew’s old nemesis who is dead-set on acquiring the Pandu statue, Matthew may be forced into action. Saving Sophie’s life means either breaking into the Royal Ontario Museum to steal the relic or offering up something no one in his or her right mind can refuse–the City of Gold.


Now Matthew and his two closest friends have to find a city and a treasure that have been lost for centuries. And they only have seven days to do it. As they race against the clock, they quickly discover that the streets they seek aren’t actually paved with gold, but with blood.

Available to buy from …

Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Barnes & Noble Apple iBooks GPlay Kobo

 

About the author

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre persity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

 

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

 

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

 

Find the author on the following sites…
Newsletter Website Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Goodreads Amazon Author Page

Settle into your favorite reading chair because 6 FREE e-books are waiting for you! Sign up today and access to your first book will be coming to your inbox in less than a minute!

Follow the book tour

018836-glossy-silver-icon-symbols-shapes-square-2

I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.



NOW FOR THE AUTHOR’S GIVEAWAY !!


Win a paperback copy of Power Struggle
Open UK, USA, Canada
Ending on Sunday 6th May at 11.59pm EST

Enter Below & Good Luck !!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Are you a book reviewer or book blogger? Join our book tours reviewers team – Apply Here x

Current book tours open for sign ups HERE


April A to Z gluten free vegetarian treats: R is for rice pudding

A reminder of my childhood! The first recorded rice pudding recipe in the UK was from the early 1600s (I’m not THAT old!) but was around long before that.

You can adjust the amount of milk to suit whether you prefer a stodgy or runny rice pudding but I wouldn’t advise less than 500ml!

Ingredients
100g pudding rice
50g caster sugar
500-700ml milk
pinch of nutmeg to sprinkle on top (that’s the nutmeg that I’d left at my mum’s so was missing from my egg custard tart!)
Method
Wash and drain rice then put everything into an ovenproof dish and bake for 2 hours at GM2.
That’s it!
 

Embraced at Seaside by Addison Cole: review and giveaway

I was excited to start the latest instalment in the Seaside series by Addison Cole. This plot revolves around the heated relationship between Jana and Hunter. Both of them are hot-headed and determined to get what they want. They have hooked up several times: Hunter wants more than just sex but Jana is afraid of making a commitment.
The couple bring out the best and worst in each other, and they challenge each other. Hunter wants Jana to admit she wants him and she wants him to prove he can be romantic.
Both of the main characters are passionate, strong and creative. Neither of them want to show any weakness. Addison uses the dual narrative structure so that we see both sides of the romance and this allows the reader to fully understand the motivations of the lovers whilst they don’t understand each other.
There are comedic moments in the book (especially when the women go chunky-dunking!) which offer a brief pause from the romantic tension.
The sub-plot of the relationship troubles between Clark and his wife is really interesting to read in light of my own relationships. I think that some men struggle with the change of dynamic in their personal and sexual relationship with their partner. Both often feel tired and unappreciated and the physical changes and hormones can be tough to live with! A strong relationship can overcome this and it is important to make time for each other and to remember to be yourselves.
Once again, I was really rooting for the characters to resolve their issues and get together. Addison is great at making you care about the characters.
Overall score 4/5

Embraced at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 8) by [Cole, Addison]
NEW RELEASE……..
Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers
features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you’ll be begging to enter their circle of friends! All books can be read as stand-alone novels.

In Embraced at SEASIDE…
After working hard all day creating his beautiful metal sculptures, Hunter Lacroux likes to unwind with a hot babe-or two. But after spending a handful of nights with smart, sassy, and beautiful Jana Garner, the woman who challenges everything he does and says, Hunter wants more.

As a dancer, boxer, actress, and waitress, Jana is tough, organized, and as dedicated as she is committed. She has to be to maintain her crazy schedule. But when it comes to men, Jana’s had a string of bad relationships, and there’s only one thing she’ll commit to-not committing.

Passion ignites every time Jana and Hunter are together, but the closer Hunter gets, the faster Jana runs. When Hunter lays on the charm, Jana throws out a challenge she’s sure he can’t meet, and Hunter steps up to the plate, forcing her to face her hurtful past or let go of him forever.

Embraced at Seaside by Addison Cole is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster’s steamy romance novel Seaside Embrace and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

Available to buy from …
Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Barnes and Noble KOBO iBooks Paperback

Also available…

Read, Write, Love at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 1)

Bestselling author Kurt Remington lives to write. He spends twelve hours a day in front of his computer, rarely leaving the seclusion of his beach-front property, where he’s come to finish his latest thriller — that is, until free-spirited Leanna Bray nearly drowns in the ocean trying to save her dog. Kurt’s best-laid plans are shot to hell when he comes to their rescue. Kurt’s as irritated as he is intrigued by the sexy, hot mess of a woman who lives life on a whim, forgets everything, and doesn’t even know the definition of the word organized.

Leanna’s come to the Cape hoping to find a fulfilling career in the jam-making business, and until she figures out her own life, a man is not on the menu. But Leanna can’t get the six-two, deliciously muscled and tragically neat Kurt out of her mind. She tells herself she’s just stopping by to say thank you, but the heart-warming afternoon sparks an emotional and unexpectedly sweet ride as Kurt and Leanna test the powers of Chemistry 101: Opposites Attract.

Read, Write, Love at Seaside is the sweet edition of steamy romance novel Read, Write, Love by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

Get the 1st book FREE!!

Available to buy from …

Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Barnes and Noble KOBO iBooks GPlay Paperback

Dreaming at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 2)

Bella Abbascia has returned to Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, as she does every summer. Only this year, Bella has more on her mind than sunbathing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends. She’s quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth. That is, until good-time Bella’s prank takes a bad turn and a handsome police officer appears on the scene.

Single father and police officer Caden Grant left Boston with his fourteen-year-old son, Evan, after his partner was killed in the line of duty. He hopes to find a safer life in the small resort town of Wellfleet, and when he meets Bella during a night patrol shift, he realizes he’s found the one thing he’d never allowed himself to hope for—or even realized he was missing.

After fourteen years of focusing solely on his son, Caden cannot resist the intense attraction he feels toward beautiful Bella, and Bella’s powerless to fight the heat of their budding romance. But starting over proves more difficult than either of them imagined, and when Evan gets mixed up with the wrong kids, Caden’s loyalty is put to the test. Will he give up everything to protect his son—even Bella?

Dreaming at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Dreams by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

 

Available to buy from …

Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Barnes and Noble KOBO iBooks GPlay Paperback

Hearts at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 3)

Jenna Ward is vivacious, spontaneous, and confident—except when she’s around the man who stole her heart years earlier, strikingly handsome, quiet, and reliable Pete Lacroux. After years of trying to get his attention and overwhelmed from dealing with her mother’s new cougar lifestyle, Jenna’s giving up on Peter—and is ready to explore other men.

As the eldest of five siblings, with an alcoholic father to care for, boat craftsman Pete Lacroux always does the right thing and has no time for a real relationship. He’s looking forward to seeing his friend Jenna, a welcome distraction who’s so sexy and painfully shy that she equally entertains and confuses him.

When Jenna picks up a hard-bodied construction worker, jealousy ignites Pete’s true feelings, and he’s unable to ignore the desires for Jenna he never realized he had. But Pete’s not the quiet guy he appears to be, and his life is anything but conducive to a relationship. Can Jenna handle the real Pete Lacroux—the most alpha male she’s ever seen—or will she crack under pressure? And can Pete reclaim the life he once had without tearing apart his family?

Hearts at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Hearts by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

Available to buy from …

Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Barnes and Noble KOBO iBooks GPlay Paperback


Sunsets at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 4)

Jessica Ayers has lived a sheltered life with little more than cello lessons and practices taking up her day. Now a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she escapes the prim and proper symphony to vacation in the Seaside community in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, to determine if she is living life to the fullest or missing it altogether.For the first time since developing the second largest search engine in the world, billionaire Jamie Reed is taking the summer off. He plans to work from the Cape and spend time with his elderly grandmother—and falling in love is not in his plans.From the moment Jamie and Jessica meet, the attraction is white-hot. Once-overly-focused Jamie can think of little else than sweet, smart, and alluring Jessica, and Jessica discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. But when Jamie’s business encounters trouble and his attorney and best friend intervenes, he proves that the brown-haired beauty is too distracting for Jamie. To make matters worse, it appears that Jessica might not be who she says she is, turning Jamie’s life—and his heart—upside down. In a world where personal information is always one click away, Jamie must decide if he should trust his heart or watch the woman he loves walk away.

Sunsets at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Sunsets by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

Available to buy from …

Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Barnes and Noble KOBO iBooks GPlay Paperback

Secrets at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 5)

Tony Black is the hottest surfer on the planet. He travels the world throughout the year and spends his summers on Cape Cod with his friends, at the Seaside cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. He’s got his choice of women, but Amy Maples is the one he wants. Fourteen years ago she was his for an entire summer, until a devastating accident changed everything, and what they had seemed like it had never existed—at least for her.Amy Maples is as consistent as the day is long. She’s spent summers on Cape Cod forever, she always does the right thing, and she’s spent years trying to reclaim the heart of Tony Black, the only man she’s ever loved. She’s back for a summer of fun with her friends at Seaside, only this year she’s been offered the opportunity of a lifetime thousands of miles away, and she’s decided to try one last time to reconnect with Tony. But having a relationship with Tony means dealing with her past—and dealing with her past may knock her to her knees.

Secrets at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Secrets by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.


Available to buy from …

Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Barnes and Noble KOBO iBooks GPlay Paperback

Nights at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 6)

Sky Lacroux has finally realized her dream and opened her own tattoo shop in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She’s happy as can be, preparing the shop for its grand opening and renting a cottage in the Seaside community while renovations to her new apartment are being completed. The only thing missing is the one thing she longs for, and has no control over—love.Sawyer Bass, a professional boxer, plays his guitar at a local bar to escape the painful reality of his father’s deteriorating health and a recent health warning of his own. But when he spots a stunning brunette across the room, escaping reality goes out the window, and the beautiful woman becomes the focus of his next song—and maybe even the rest of his life.

When Sawyer walks into Sky’s tattoo shop and sees the woman from the bar—Sky—the chemistry between them is instant. Sawyer is everything Sky could ever hope for in a man. He’s honest, loving, sensitive, and potently virile—but boxing goes against everything Sky believes in. The closer they become, the more she realizes that her alpha boxer is waging his own emotional battle—only the battle she thinks he’s waging isn’t the one that threatens to tear them apart.

Nights at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Nights by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

Available to buy from…

Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Barnes and Noble KOBO iBooks GPlay Paperback

Seized by Love at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 7)

Lizzie Barber runs a successful flower shop by day and secretly hosts the Naked Baker webcast at night to help pay for her younger sister’s education. To keep friends and family from finding out about her sexy secret, she’s put her social life on hold until her sister’s education is paid off and she can stop filming the webcast.Blue Ryder fell hard for Lizzie when he met her a year ago, and he hasn’t been able to get her off his mind since. Everything about the feisty little brunette, cuts straight to his heart. Though Lizzie has turned down every invitation he’s extended–Blue is not about to give up trying.

Renovating Lizzie’s kitchen brings Blue further into Lizzie’s life, and the oven is not the only thing heating up. One night and one powerful kiss changes everything. But when Lizzie’s secret is revealed and the safe bubble she’s hidden in shatters, true love may not be enough to put the pieces back together.

Seized by Love at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seized by Love by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

Available to buy from …

Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Barnes and Noble KOBO iBooks Paperback

Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers
Read, Write, Love at Seaside
Dreaming at Seaside
Hearts at Seaside
Sunsets at Seaside
Secrets at Seaside
Nights at Seaside
Seized by Love at Seaside
Embraced at Seaside

Coming Soon!

Lovers at Seaside
Whispers at Seaside

About the author

SIGN UP for ADDISON’S Sweet with Heat newsletter. Fun, flirty romance with a dash of heat. www.AddisonCole.com/NewsletterDOWNLOAD the first book in Addison’s Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers series free: READ, WRITE, LOVE AT SEASIDE

Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison is proud to be part of the Main Street Romance family, a partnership with bestselling authors Nancy Naigle, RaeAnne Thayne, and Chris Keniston, bringing sweet happy-ever-after love stories to the Main Street Romance community. Join them at www.MainStreetRomance.com ~ open 24/7 just for you.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Addison’s books are available in paperback, digital, and audio formats.

Find Addison on the following sites….

Website Newsletter Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Goodreads Bookbub Amazon Author Page

Follow the Book Tour

018836-glossy-silver-icon-symbols-shapes-square-2

I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.

NOW FOR THE AUTHOR’S GIVEAWAY !!


Secrets at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Secrets Book 5) by [Cole, Addison]
Win Secrets at Seaside ebook (2 winners)

Ending on Sunday 6th May at 11.59pm EST

Open Worldwide
Enter Below & Good Luck !!
Are you a book reviewer or book blogger? Join our book tours reviewers team – Apply Here x
Current book tours open for sign ups HERE

Global blogging linky 57

Hello and welcome to Global Blogging!
It has been a big week for us: Anya was thrilled to wear her summer uniform but also had her postponed World Book Day (no snow this time!). Matthew started at Cubs and this weekend we had a medieval activity afternoon and a St George’s Day parade. Zach started preschool and had 2 sessions which went quite well but I think it was a bit of a shock. Just look at this excited face!

My host post this week is my triumphant Queen of Puddings. Check out my other April A to Z gluten free vegetarian treat recipes if you feel peckish…

I am very excited to have been invited to join as a host for 2018. This year we have the extra twist that we want to be more active on social media (see below to get your posts shared on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest).
My favourite post from last week was this one from Daydreams of a Mum. I could have written this myself! There are so many little annoyances which wind me up and Kelly covers a lot of them in this post!
Shank You Very Much and One Messy Mama both loved this post from Get Social with Rosie. More great content ideas to keep your blog and social media busy in the month of May.
One Messy Mama is still having major technical troubles with her blog 🙁 It is up and running again but for the time being she has decided to host via our blogs.
Bloggers from all around the world are invited to link up their posts: come and join us!
As usual for a linky there are a few rules:
  • Please add our badge to the HTML / Text portion of your post. Or add a backlink to one of our blogs. If you need any help linking up, tweet one of us (@HeatherKeet, @musingstiredmum, @onemessymama4), we are happy to help!
 One Messy Mama
  • Comment on one post from each host and then at least the one in front of yours (minimum 4 in total). Please add #globalblogging to any comment so we know you came from here!
  • You may link up 1 or 2 posts per week between 6am on Monday and 10pm on Tuesday (BST!). All subjects welcome!
  • Fancy a retweet? Use our handles and we will retweet you! (@HeatherKeet, @musingstiredmum, @onemessymama4)
  • Pin to our Pinterest board! #globalblogging
  • Want an extra like on Insta? Use the hashtag #globalblogging and check out the others as well!
  • We can share your post on Facebook too! Just mention us on your FB post and we will share it on our pages @loopyloulaura @ShankYouHeather @onemessymama4
I look forward to reading your posts and getting social! Have a great week everyone!
 Loading InLinkz ...

Proudly powered by Wordpress