Musings of a tired mummy…zzz…

My very own website!!! Yikes!

#GlobalBlogging 90

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to Global Blogging!
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).
Please encourage your friends to join us by sharing on social media (or send them a DM and insist)! Linkies are a great way to discover new blogs and blogging friends as well as promote your own posts and raise your DA so please visit us each week!
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My favourite post from last week was this one from The Next Best Thing To Mummy. Buying gifts for teachers or not? As a parent, I dread having to remember to buy something but when I worked in the classroom I loved being given gifts. My children wouldn’t forgive me if I didn’t get them something to give on their behalf.
Shank You Very Much’s fave is from Old House in the Shires. It is a lovely post about beautiful gardens that Sophie has visited: nature at its best!
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#Blogmas18 day 7: Christmas party playlist

When putting up our Christmas decorations, we listen to the same music that we have listend to for the last 30 something years.
Is is just me or are modern Christmas songs just rubbish??? The last good song was Stay Another Day by East 17 and even that isn’t too Christmassy apart from the ringing bells and is currently over 20 years old!
So here are the top 5 songs we listen to EVERY year:





To be honest, it was so tricky to come up with the fifth one as there were so many but due to the centenary of the end of the First World War, I thought Stop the Cavalry was an appropriate choice.

#Project365 week 49

Day 336: …and following on from last week‘s last photo, now we have our outside Christmas decorations up too!

Day 337: Anya went out with the Beavers to collect money with Santa’s sleigh

Day 338: testing out some vegan sweets: YUM!

Day 339: Matthew’s turn to go out with Santa and the Cubs

Day 340: both boys have outgrown their dressing gowns and Zach is happy to take on the mantle of SpiderMan

Day 341: my mum forced me to buy these last week. We had a tasting session! Sadly the turkey and stuffing flavour isn’t suitable for vegetarians 🙁

Day 342: Zach spent over an hour playing ‘shopping’, so cute!

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#Blogmas18 day 6: Christmas through the years

Christmas was always so exciting as a child but there was a lull in my teens and early twenties 🙁 Thankfully having children re-ignites the fun!
First Christmas for each of my three little ones: 2010, 2012 and 2016.

Christmas is also tinged with a little sadness now as I think back to family members loved and lost over the years.
As I said in my decorations post, we used to put the decorations up near my dad’s birthday when his parents visited. There would be the festive phone call to our family in South Africa. My mum’s family would have a big party on Boxing Day and we would be the elves handing out presents.
Wonderful days but long gone. This makes me even more determined to make family the number one focus of Christmas and create memories for the children that will last a lifetime.
Let’s finish off with a pic from 1983, I’m the same age that Zach is now!


The Memory by Lucy Dawson

I confess that I tend not to read the blurb about books and go by the front cover. This allows me the freedom to be immersed in the book without any preconceptions about the plot or characters.
This book totally surprised me. From the very first chapter, I was on edge and in shock, and I pretty much stayed in that way until the final page.
The children in a small town are traumatised when their martial arts teacher gets a pellet gun and starts shooting them. One mum, Eve, calls the police who shoot the man dead. But the ramifications of this event leave a lasting memory that continues to affect them all 30 years later.
In the present, Eve is trying to sell her house, having never been happy there. She shows potential buyer Claire around and they seem to get on well. But Claire’s life is turned upside down when her husband Tim admits that he has lost all of their money through an investment that went wrong. Tim’s parents offer to buy Eve’s house for the young family so that they have a place to live and Claire reluctantly accepts.
The initial rapport between Eve and Claire is shattered when it is revealed that Tim used to date Eve’s daughter Isobel.
The narrative throughout the book is split between Eve and Claire so we are able to see both viewpoints and devleop sympathy and empathy towards both women.
There are lots of spooky instances through the book which were unsettling for the characters, especially in light of the trauma they had experienced as children, and I was unsure whether there was a supernatural element to the plot but all was revealed by the end…
The revelations at the end of the book were completely unexpected and made me re-think my opinion of all the events of the book. Great finale!

THE MEMORY by Lucy Dawson
Amazon: http://geni.us/B07H5GW2KPSocial
AppleBooks: http://ow.ly/1TcP30mRVbL
Kobo: http://ow.ly/zTzP30mRVaC
Googleplay: http://ow.ly/rAYH30mRVcy
I look down at her, lying fast asleep – always my little girl, and so beautiful. She gives a low moan as her head turns restlessly on the pillow. It reminds me of the soft growl of a cornered animal. Where is my poor child? What is she dreaming?
People always notice my daughter, Isobel. How could they not? Incredibly beautiful… until she speaks.
An unsettling, little-girl voice, exactly like a child’s, but from the mouth of a full-grown woman.
Izzie might look grown-up, but inside she’s trapped. Caught in the day it happened – the day that broke her from within.
I know why my daughter is the way she is. There’s nothing I could have done to save her… is there?
An unputdownable psychological thriller about families and secrets, perfect for fans of Gone Girl, Shalini Boland and Lisa Jewell.
About me by Lucy Dawson: 

I’ve been writing psychological suspense novels since 2008, when my first bestseller – His Other Lover – was published. I write full time (mostly on the playroom sofa) from my home in Devon, where I live with my husband and children. Before that, I used to edit a magazine for six to twelve year old girls for a living, making absolutely no use whatsoever of my psychology degree from Warwick University, but it was a lot of fun.
I’m addicted to writing about the extraordinary things that can happen to ordinary people – stories that jump in at the deep end, with a gasp. When readers take the time out to let me know they’ve stayed up all night because they couldn’t put the book down, it makes my day.
I really enjoy catching up with readers and always reply to emails. You can reach me at lucy@lucydawsonbooks.com. I’m also on Twitter @lucydawsonbooks and have a Facebook page at lucydawsonbooks. Alternatively you can download a free short story of mine at www.lucydawsonbooks.com or if you want to look at a lot of pictures of the beach and books that I’m reading, find me on Instagram at lucydawsonbooks.