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Blogger event at The Body Shop, Basingstoke

I was hugely excited to be invited to The Body Shop in Basingstoke last Friday for a blogger event to check out new products.
I went to an event at their Reading branch last year and I am pleased to inform you that they managed to get enough signatures to petition the UN to end cruelty to animals (here’s a reminder of Ollie sporting his #ForeverAgainstAnimalTesting bandana.

My first task was to look around the store and identify the vegan products which are clearly labelled. The Body Shop estimates that around half of its products are vegan and all are vegetarian and cruelty free.

 

One of the things I love about The Body Shop is the colour and brightness which reflects the naturalness of the products and the vivid vibrant colours seen in the natural world.

 

 

These wipes are not vegan (the tea tree oil ones are) but they are completely biodegradeable. Perfect for anyone looking to reduce their waste and help protect the planet.

There is a new sheet mask in the Drops of Youth range that has just launched and this is also fully biodegradeable in just one month!

 

 

 

I had a moisture test on my face and I’m pleased to report that my skin is only slightly dehydrated which is a relief after years of moisturising, my recent allergic reaction and skin devastation, and the fact that I am only 2 years away from being 40!

 

 

 

A new Cactus Blossom range is coming out in time for Mother’s Day and Easter. It smells so fresh and includes a body yoghurt which is a hugely popular product.

I enjoyed a hand massage with strawberry hand cream: you can get one too, just ask in store!

Thank you so much to The Body Shop for the invite!


Death Comes To Call, by Clare Chase

This is the third book to feature Tara Thorpe (I have read the first where she is a reporter and makes the decision to change career to join the police, but haven’t read the second 🙁 )
In this book, Tara and her colleagues are called upon to investigate the disappearance of artist Luke Cope. A body is discovered but it isn’t his! It is his alleged lover, married woman Freya Cross. Did Luke kill her or was her husband involved. And where is Luke now?
I loved the first book, need to read the second book and loved this one too. I had no idea who was responsible for the murder of Freya and the motive behind it. There are lots of suspects and suspicious behaviour to keep the reader guessing until the end.
There is not a lot of gory detail in this book and the focus is on the investigation and relationships between the police officers.
There is a lot of tension in the team as one person is suspended follwing  his behaviour in the second book where he gave out secret information to a journalist. He continues to stir up trouble, hinting that Blake and Tara have a more intimate relationship than they do.
Meanwhile they are struggling to keep their relationship professional for the sake of the case and also because Blake’s wife is pregnant (did she deliberately get pregnant to keep Blake and make amends for cheating on him in the past…?)
Tara is a great lead character and a positive role model for women. She won’t let her past get in the way of her future although the very end of the book lets us know that her past is coming back to hanut her: can’t wait for the next book!

Title:                  Death Comes to Call   
 
Author:     Clare Chase  

 

Publication Day: Feb 20th 2019
 
BUY LINKS:
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Description:    

 

Frost sparkles on the bare winter branches, as night falls over the quiet country lanes bordering the fens. But nestled beneath an ivy-covered bough, a body lies pale in the bright moonlight…
When a promising local artist disappears, the victim’s brother begs Detective Tara Thorpe to take the case. It seems there’s no evidence of foul play… he simply disappeared without a trace.
Tara agrees to do some digging… never mind that her unorthodox approach to policing has got a few of her colleagues’ backs up. Amongst them is her former supervisor Detective Patrick Wilkins… he’s had enough of Tara calling the shots and will do anything to knock her down. She must be careful.
At least she has an ally in their boss, Detective Garstin Blake. He’ll always back her hunches. If anything, they work together too well… at least, that’s the rumour around the station these days.
When a body of a young woman is found frozen near the fens, Tara’s evidence suddenly becomes key to solving a high-profile murder. Is their missing artist still a victim… or in fact a clever murderer with a deadly plan?
An unputdownable page-turner that will keep you hooked until the very last page!
 
Author Bio:
 

 

Clare Chase writes women sleuth mysteries and recently signed a three-book deal with Bookouture for a new crime series set in Cambridge. The opening book, Murder on the Marshes, published in July 2018. The mystery follows investigative journalist Tara Thorpe as she teams up with Detective Garstin Blake to solve the murder of a young female professor at Cambridge University. The case takes them through the dark underbelly of Cambridge and in to the murky fens that surround the centuries-old city.
After graduating from London University with a degree in English Literature, Clare moved to Cambridge and has lived there ever since. She’s fascinated by the city’s contrasts and contradictions, which feed into her writing. She’s worked in diverse settings – from the 800-year-old University to one of the local prisons – and lived everywhere from the house of a Lord to a slug-infested flat. The terrace she now occupies, with her husband and teenage children, presents a good happy medium.
As well as writing, Clare loves family time, art and architecture, cooking, and of course, reading other people’s books.
Clare’s debut novel, You Think You Know Me, was shortlisted for the Novelicious Undiscovered Award 2012, and an EPIC award in 2015. It was also chosen as a debut of the month by Lovereading.
You can find Clare’s website and blog at www.clarechase.com
Author Social Media Links:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ClareChase_
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10204574.Clare_Chase
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClareChaseAuthor/

 

 


#StayClassyMama 19

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How is half term going? Ours is a bit pants as my allergy is back and Zach is ill 🙁
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Vegan chocolate pancakes

With Pancake Day in mind, I fancied trying to make something vegan. I used my basic scotch pancake recipe and adjusted it!

Matthew described these vegan chocolate pancakes as delicious then paused and said ‘delicious is not a strong enough word!’ High praise indeed!
Ingredients
100g plain flour (mine is gluten free)
60g caster sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa
100ml oat milk (other plant based milks should also work in this recipe)
1 flax egg (I tablespoon flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons water and left to stand for 5 minutes)
oil for frying

Instructions
Mix together the flax egg and set aside for 5 minutes to thicken. Add the milk.
In a separate bowl, mix the flour, sugar and cocoa.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and beat together until combined and smooth.

Heat the oil in a small frying pan (or big if you want to do several at once)
Add a tablespoon of batter and cook for a couple of minutes each side.

Serve warm with dairy free spread


The Corner of Heartbreak and Forever, by Addison Cole

Taking a break from the Braden brothers books is this latest Addison Cole book which is a stand alone novel but has the potential to expand!
So many new characters but it feels as familiar as the other series from Addison.
Grace Montgomery returns home for a visit and comes face to face with her former high school love Reed Cross. They dated in secret due to warring schools then separated when Grace left for university.
Meeting again a decade later, the passion is still there and they pick up where they left off all those years ago. But Grace needs to return to her career in New York in a couple of weeks: is there a future in their relationship?
Fans of Addison Cole’s book will not be disappointed and new readers will be swept away in the story of star crossed lovers. I wish I lived in one of the towns and communities that Addison decribes as they sound so special!
Family is a central theme to the book as it it with her other series. Unrequited or unfulfilled love, strong lead characters, learning from past mistakes. This book is heartwarming as well as passionate, uplifting despite the problems the characters encounter. I’m hoping for a series…!


NEW RELEASE…

Fall in love with Addison Cole’s rich and romantic storytelling, and discover the magic of the Montgomerys. The Corner of Heartbreak and Forever is a standalone novel featuring a fiercely loyal hero and a smart, sassy heroine.

IN THE CORNER OF HEARTBREAK AND FOREVER…
Leaving New York City and returning to her hometown to teach a screenplay writing class seems like just the break Grace Montgomery needs. Until her sisters wake her at four thirty in the morning to watch the hottest guys in town train wild horses and she realizes that escaping her sisters’ drama-filled lives was a lot easier from hundreds of miles away. To make matters worse, she spots the one man she never wanted to see again–ruggedly handsome Reed Cross.

Reed was one of Michigan’s leading historical preservation experts, but on the heels of catching his girlfriend in bed with his business partner, his uncle suffers a heart attack. Reed cuts all ties and returns home to Oak Falls to run his uncle’s business. A chance encounter with Grace, his first love, brings back memories he’s spent years trying to escape.

Grace is bound and determined not to fall under Reed’s spell again–and Reed wants more than another taste of the woman he’s never forgotten. When a midnight party brings them together, passion ignites and old wounds are opened. Grace sets down the ground rules for the next three weeks. No touching, no kissing, and if she has it her way, no breathing, because every breath he takes steals her ability to think. But Reed has other ideas…

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The Corner of Heartbreak and Forever is a Sweet with Heat novel and conveys all of the passion you’d expect to find between two people in love without any graphic scenes or harsh language. If you’re looking for a more explicit romance, pick up the steamy edition, Embracing Her Heart, written by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Addison Cole is Melissa’s sweet-romance pen name.

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Addison Cole’s stories are the perfect blend of sizzle and sweet. You won’t be able to stop reading.” – New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne

Romance, fun, emotions, and happily ever afters that will warm your heart, Addison Cole writes charming and unforgettable stories about real people and love in its most wonderfully moving forms.” – New York Times bestselling author Violet Duke

Addison Cole has created characters you’ll fall in love with and a seaside world you’ll never want to leave.” – USA Today bestselling author Chris Keniston

“An absolute treat to read and cannot wait for more from Addison Cole.” ~ New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett (aka Juliette Poe, on “Read, Write, Love at Seaside”)

More from Addison Cole!

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 fun, you’ll be begging to enter their circle of friends!

Sweet with Heat: Bayside Summers

Fall in love at Bayside, where sandy beaches, good friends, and true love come together in the sweet small towns of Cape Cod. Bayside Summers is a series of standalone romance novels featuring fiercely loyal heroes and sassy, empowered women. They’re fun, flirty, flawed, and easy to relate to.

Sweet with Heat: Weston Bradens

Discover the magic of Addison Cole’s big-family romances with Sweet with Heat: Weston Bradens, featuring fiercely loyal heroes and smart, sassy heroines set in small towns and the big city.



About the author

SIGN UP for ADDISON’S Sweet with Heat newsletter. Fun, flirty romance with a dash of heat. www.AddisonCole.com/Newsletter

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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.

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