Book Review- Murder In The Choir by Liz Hedgecock

Books Description:

When Pippa Parker joins the village choir, she doesnโ€™t expect anyone to die… No-one thinks the death of a soprano is anything but a tragic accident; everyone in the choir is too busy rehearsing for SingFest UK. With no help from the police, Pippa must investigate alone. If anyone finds out what she is up to, she risks losing both her friends and the respect of the local community. And speaking of friends, what on earth does best friend Lila see in her new man? Murder in the Choir is the second book in the Pippa Parker cozy mystery series, set in and around the English village of Much Gadding.

Book Review:

I enjoyed getting back into Pippas life and how this book easily flowed from the last one (and this could be a stand alone in itself). A good fast read where I again failed in knowing who done it (but when you go over it to find the clues itโ€™s then more obvious!)

Looking forward to reading more from this series and see what else Pippa gets upto!

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Camp Nano and July Goal Wrap Up

Hello everyone and thanks for visiting this blog ๐Ÿ™‚

1st of August already!! Camp nano is now finished till next year – so how did I do?

Pull up a chair and sit by the nearly burnt out campfire with whatโ€™s left of the marshmallows (sorry I have eaten lots- especially the pink ones!) and I will tell you ๐Ÿ˜‰

I started well then halfway hit a block (plus busy with Williams birthday and my own) for only to then get a big burst of flare (thanks to other creative outlets) to finish!!

I participated in a live YouTube word sprint on the last day and that helped me get down 557 words in an hour ๐Ÿ™‚

What has camp taught me? To try and outline and plan more as I canโ€™t keep just waiting for an image of a scene to pop in my head as itโ€™s all jumbled! This worked for a while but this last week has shown that I need to step back and properly organise this story before going back to writing it.

But camp has helped me push the story forward so that is a win in itself ๐Ÿ™‚

In other news- three years ago today my first piece of writing got published!! So much has happened since!!!

Iโ€™m awaiting to see if my latest story will be included in the paranormal anthology- so nervous all this waiting and rechecking emails ๐Ÿ˜€

July goals I have read more (finished 2 books) but also:

โ€“ Sort our the main characters and pick one main for the series โ€“ do character profile etc

Yes (abit) but still picking her name – got it down to two now! (Took a week to name both our kids) so hopefully it will just standout!

โ€“ Edit Phobia for magazine.

Not even touched it yet – goal for this month I think.

โ€“ Focus on one WIP and write, write, write!

Yes have definitely done this!

โ€“ Read 2 chapters of manga

Yes have read two more chapters and really liking the story so far.

โ€“ x4 blog posts.

Yes finished this ๐Ÿ™‚

โ€“ Start second draft of Dino Will.

Nope ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

And of course finish Camp! ๐Ÿ˜€

Big yes!

So not bad with the goals ๐Ÿ™‚ I will be writing my August goals and will post it soon.

So how did you do with camp nano? Your goals? Setting any for this month??

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Garden Diary – July 2020

Fresh cut flower arrangement to start the month off!

I deweeded the borders and tidied up some space to add some low lying plants ๐Ÿ™‚ found this little guy near our raspberries

2 of the 3 sage cuttings took ๐Ÿ˜€

So repotted on ๐Ÿ™‚

We saw a caterpillar

I took some lavender cuttings and repotted the clematis ๐Ÿ™‚

New bird feeders to replace old ones and the tomato plant finally has flowers (this years crop wasnโ€™t good as I left all seeds in the greenhouse so most of the plants Iโ€™ve grown was lucky as hardly any germinated ๐Ÿ˜ฆ learnt lesson and will keep them in a nice folder with all my garden notes!

Cucumbers are growing ๐Ÿ™‚

Finally some blackberries growing after 3 years
Love marigolds
How pretty are the Nasturtiums

For my birthday I got a solar powered fountain! Looking forward to getting a proper pot/bird bath to put it in ๐Ÿ™‚

Thatโ€™s it for this month! Hope to put bricks down to separate the borders next month ๐Ÿ™‚

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Silent Sunday

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Book Review- A Country Escape by Katie Fforde

Book Description-

Fran has always wanted to be a farmer. And now it looks as if her childhood dream is about to come true. 

She has just moved to her aunt’s beautiful but very run-down farm in the Cotswolds. If she can turn the place around in a year, the farm will be hers.

But Fran knows nothing about farming. She might even be afraid of cows.

She’ll need help, not just from her best friend Issi, but also from her wealthy and very eligible neighbour – who might just have his own reasons for being so supportive.

Is it the farm he is interested in? Or Fran herself?

Book Review-

I enjoyed this light read book. I loved the characters and the setting but was abit unrealistic in places (a chef on a dairy farm- Antony giving the money to help out, another relative in the pipeline, everything going her way) and was slow to get into.

It was a little bit predictable in places but an interesting โ€œwant to know moreโ€ read (once you read a few chapters) some bits felt rushed (building of things, certain romances)

A few twists but a cute plot and a nice book to escape too.

The ending was good as I love knowing what happened after โ€œthe endโ€ in books ๐Ÿ™‚

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Jess 8th Birthday Theme

Hello and welcome to my blog.

Jess turned 8 last month and I have always asked what kind of birthday she would like (she has had frozen, trolls, LOL) and this time she chose ROBLOX!

So while Iโ€™m prepping for Williams birthday (Tamatoa theme) I thought I would show you what I done for Jess birthday where she wanted a Roblox Themed birthday ๐Ÿ™‚

She loves Molly and Daisy from YouTube so I created big versions of them to go on the wall and then drew Jess Roblox character to go on the other wall ๐Ÿ™‚

Her favourite games are obbys, would you rather, adopt me and capture the flag so I combined all this into the theme. I made her Meep and got an adopt me toy cat.

I done a โ€œwould you ratherโ€ question and added throughout the day.

Her bedroom had floor is lava theme obby and used paper for stepping stones, the stairs had tape and I made two checkpoints ๐Ÿ™‚

The presents are with the flag and so once all presents got open the flag fell ๐Ÿ˜‰

My friend made the banner!

So that was a Roblox themed birthday- was very tricky to do!

It was also the first time that I didnโ€™t bake a cake due to lockdown and both not at school was hard to try and hide it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Right time to get back to the cardboard Tamatoa prop!

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Charity of the Month- The Little Princess Trust

Hello everyone thanks for popping over to my blog!

Last month I decided that after lockdown and when hairdressers reopen not to go and have a cut as my hair was already long – why not donate it to charity?? So I researched what to do and found out that I nearly had the length they want (7 inches) but they really would like 12 inches plus as that can make more longer wigs – so will get it cut once get to that length!

The Little Princess Trust provides free real hair wigs to children and young people, up to 24 years, who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions. They use hair donations and fundraising monies sent to manufacture and fit real hair wigs. Established in 2006 they have supplied over 8000 wigs to children and young people. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jennifer-booker1

It costs around ยฃ500 to make a wig so fundraising is just as important so they can continue to give them out for free.

Here was my hair at the start of the challenge-

Nearly 7 inches

Here it is a few weeks ago ๐Ÿ™‚

7 inches!

If you would like to find out more about how to send the hair please visit there website https://www.littleprincesses.org.uk/donate-hair/

If would like to sponsor me here is my fundraising page- https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jennifer-booker1

Will update till itโ€™s cut and sent off!

Many thanks in advance if donate ๐Ÿ™‚

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Silent Sunday

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What Am I Reading- July

Hello everyone and welcome back!

Also welcome back to this post (last one was February) but have finished most on that list and have started some new books!

Still reading The Little Flower Shop by the Sea – taking abit longer as not sure Iโ€™m liking the main character! But I am halfway now so want to finish it.

The Wish List by Ruby Hummingbird

Murder in the Choir by Liz Hedgecock – loves the first one so already on chapter 2 and got it today!

Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya- Iโ€™m on chapter 3 ๐Ÿ˜‰

A Country Escape by Katie Fforde – have nearly finished it and love it!

A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan – again halfway through and love the Neil Gaiman feel to this.

Red by D.Wells

Some will take longer (Fruits Basket definitely) to read but all these atm are either on my bedside table or coffee table ๐Ÿ™‚

I love to multi read ๐Ÿ˜‰

What are you reading? Do you multi read?

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Jess Favourite Books (8 years old)

Hello and welcome to the blog!

Last month I featured all the books that William is enjoying so far and now its Jessicaโ€™s turn!

Unipiggle

Welcome to Twinkleland Kingdom, where everything is 100% perfect. Except Princess Pea โ€“ she loves getting muddy and having fun and sheโ€™s not keen on choosing her own perfect unicorn at the Royal Unicorn Parade. Until the final unicorn turns out to be a podgy, pongy, proud, magic-hornedโ€ฆpig? And so the adventures of Princess Pea and Unipiggle begin!

Meet the princess who loves breaking the rules, and her Royal Unicorn who happens to be a pigโ€ฆ or, rather, a Unipiggle!

Pinky Spinks

Pinky Spinks keeps a sweet shop in a small village. She is very popular because her sweets are so delicious but unknown to most people she uses magic to solve all sorts of problems. From naughty children to cruel people, Pinky cures them all. And how does she practice her magic? Why mostly with magic sweets of course!

Matilda


Matilda is the world’s most famous bookworm, no thanks to her ghastly parents.
Her father thinks she’s a little scab. Her mother spends all afternoon playing bingo.
And her headmistress, Miss Trunchbull?
She’s the worst of all.
She’s a big bully, who thinks all her pupils are rotten and locks them in the dreaded Chokey.
Despite these beastly grownups trying to push her down, Matilda is an extraordinary girl with a magical mind.

And she’s had enough.
So all the terrible adults had better watch out, because she’s going to teach them a lesson they’ll never forget!

Tabby Mctat

Tabby McTat loves singing along with Fred the busker, as people throw coins in their hat. But when Fred has an accident, the two are separated. Will they ever find each other again?
โ€œMe, you and the old guitar,
How perfectly, perfectly happy we are.
Meee-Ew and the old guitar.
How perfectly happy we are!โ€

James and the Giant Peach

James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly hags. Aunt Sponge is enormously fat with a face that looks boiled and Aunt Spiker is bony and screeching. He’s very lonely until one day something peculiar happens. At the end of the garden a peach starts to grow and GROW AND GROW. Inside that peach are seven very unusual insects – all waiting to take James on a magical adventure. But where will they go in their GIANT PEACH and what will happen to the horrible aunts if they stand in their way? There’s only one way to find out…

Meet the Twitches

Meet the Twitches, four tiny rabbits who live inside a Teacup House.

They belong to a girl called Stevie and she loves playing with them. But guess what? These toy rabbits have a secret. They come alive when Stevie isn’t looking!

Open up the Teacup House โ€“ and meet four little rabbit heroes with big ideas!

๐Ÿ™‚ We are currently waiting for the second unipiggle book and think it will also be added to the list!

What books are your favourites? Kids favourites?

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July Goals

Hello everyone- how is it July already!! 100 days of lockdown too!!! How are we all doing??

So itโ€™s been a while since I set some goals! I didnโ€™t set any for June and so I donโ€™t feel as if I have been productive ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I love lists!

But I have now come up with an idea – instead of a short story collection to now turn it into a series!!! How things develop! ๐Ÿ˜€ So I guess June was productive? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Camp Nano for anyone joining in btw ๐Ÿ™‚ How has the time flown since last Camp?!

Itโ€™s given me a kick to write down goals again so here it is:

– Sort our the main characters and pick one main for the series – do character profile etc

– Edit Phobia for magazine

– Focus on one WIP and write, write, write!

– Read 2 chapters of manga

– x4 blog posts

– Start second draft of Dino Will

And of course finish Camp! ๐Ÿ˜€

Letโ€™s see what gets done…..

What are your goals for the month?

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Happy Publication Day!!!

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog!

Happy publication day!!!

So today is the release of the sci fi two volume anthology books where two of my stories are featured in. ๐Ÿ˜€

Itโ€™s such a buzz seeing them go from idea to print! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am slowly learning how to edit and still feels surreal seeing my name on the back.

It is now available on Amazon (on kindle- Paperback to follow shortly).

Happy dance ๐Ÿ˜€ I loved working on the two stories and Iโ€™m so happy to be a part of these books and featuring alongside amazing authors!

The journey from an idea to print is amazing (also the mix of emotions that go with it) make it so worth it- hard work, stress, relief, anxiety but also the smile when someone has read your story and liked it or it gets accepted to be published- it really is a mix bag of emotions!

โ€œThe universeโ€”vast, unknown, mysterious, existing as a playground of imagination. From aliens older than time itself, an archaeological dig that portends the fate of Earth, a sentient planet, developing races, colonization, a world fighting for its existence, these and more stories await you within the Dimensions of Science Fiction. Join the authors from Writers Unite! as they take you on a voyage across the universe.โ€

If you read it and enjoyed it please leave a review ๐Ÿ™‚

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