Archive for April, 2016

Honest opinion

Posted: April 28, 2016 in books


I am a couple of stone overweight and have been scouring the Internet for weight loss aids. I’m no good with diets and calorie counting, I have been excercising (I own a cross trainer , rowing machine and sit up equipment) but snacking has been an issue. I settled on Stripfast mainly because it was the cheapest I could find, but also because it has active weight loss ingredients. I was on Slimfast for months but with no effect and it is only a meal replacement substitute. I’ve been using Stripfast for just over a week and have lost 5lb and that is without excercising since I haven’t had the time. It does also take willpower to avoid those tempting snacks, the shakes do fill you up for a while but I think it’s because of my dinner routine which can on occasion be quite late in the day.

I purchased mine on eBay for £20. It comes in a 907g tub but the powder reaches to about the top of the label if not a little bit under so don’t expect it to be full to the top. I’ve only tried two of the flavours and I mix mine with water. The strawberry one is the best, and from the reviews I’ve read, other users tend to agree with that. The vanilla flavour is tolerable but not one that I would buy again. I’m not sure whether it is the quickest or most effective product on the market but I will keep you posted after a month to give a better example. Of course everyone is different but I thought I’d share my journey, it’s always nice to have an honest opinion to give you a better idea of what may work for you 😀


Lessons I’ve learned in life

Posted: April 14, 2016 in books


Lessons I’ve learned in life:

You can only truly rely on yourself. Even people with the best intentions will fail you at some point.

Goals are reachable if you’re determined enough but may not be the outcome you were hoping for.

At least several times in life you will be blamed for something that you haven’t done.

Don’t be naive. They may appear genuine and trustworthy and tug on your heartstrings but the results could be completely devastating.

It doesn’t matter how much you love a person even if you’ve raised them, they are fully capable of crushing your heart and disregarding any loyalty in favour of another.

Be weary of what you say, it can and will be used against you.

Never give yourself fully, once you’ve been hurt, you won’t be  the same person you used to be.

Selfishness is in all of us.

Some people don’t understand what you’re going through and those that do, aren’t nessecarily a shoulder to cry on. Remember, they have their own issues, loading yours onto them isn’t necessarily relating, they may just run for the hills.

Everyone has a limit. Helping others is natural and often rewarding but could very well be your own downfall.

Some have an easy life, others are not so lucky. Make the best of what you can and ignore those who tell you to be grateful for what you’ve got. While it’s true, they don’t walk in your shoes, feel your pain or know how hard just getting out of bed can be for you each day. You are grateful, but sometimes it’s extremely hard to be when every way you turn leads to another path of despair.

Friends are not for life, people drift apart.

Solitude can often be a haven.

Accepting some things are out of your control.

People need to learn from their own mistakes even though you feel in your heart that they will suffer greatly.

Can’t seem to catch a break

Posted: April 14, 2016 in books


Have you ever had one of those days when you can’t catch a break? It’s more like months for me. The year started with promise and rapidly declined from there. One challenge after another and certainly no indication of improvement. They say bad luck comes in three’s but I’ve already reached double figures, but hey, what can you do? Suck it up and crawl my way through it I suppose. Is anyone else out there having a bad start to the year? What are your coping mechanism?


Posted: April 8, 2016 in books


When you withdraw into yourself it’s like living in a bubble. You can see and hear all that is going on around you, yet you’re not part of it at all. Friends, family reach out to you but it’s difficult to respond. Your self-defense shields have shuttered upon you and solitude is all that is desired. It’s not intentional, you don’t want to be in this place but you have reached a point where you simply cannot take any more. Every turn taken chips away at you. At this moment, there is no light at the end of the tunnel, but there will be. Time is needed to sift through the stack of issues surrounding you. It’s as though you can’t go backwards and are prevented from moving forward, you’re stuck in limbo, waiting for that one opportunity, a window of strength to pick yourself up and break through the temporary binds that are cradling you at this moment in time. You are strong, you know you are, but right now, despite the grim outlook, it’s a resting period. Recharge your batteries, pick one small obstacle as a starting point and work your way up to the top. It can be done, believe in yourself. You will probably end up back in that bubble a thousand times more, the same detached feeling, the same heavy heart of despair but only you can help yourself.

How do I know this? Because I’m there now, but I will pop that bubble, I’ve done it a thousand times before.


Posted: April 8, 2016 in books

I had to share the latest Amazon review for Twisted Bloodlines 🙂

Customer Review

5.0 out of 5 stars Oh If you enjoy this first book I know you will become easily …, April 7, 2016
This review is from: Twisted Bloodlines (Twisted Bloodlines Series Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Oh If you enjoy this first book I know you will become easily addicted to the rest.

This is one amazing author.

Such a well thought out plot that plays out so fast you dont even realize how far you are in the book.

This is a must read for anyone who likes fantasy, shape shifter novels, or were books. It spins this fantastical world full of mystery making you wonder what will happen next to these characters.

Meg is such a tortured girl that turns into such a lovely and strong woman, when you concider all of the trauma she has gone through in her life.

Trey the neighbor is so utterly confusing.Most of the time I want to slap him upside the head.

Then there is Blake oh my im pretty sure when i read about his bad boy character with dark hair who rides a motorcyle I drooled ALOT. haha

But Blake is so obnoxious and mean to Meg at first that I also want to beat him up.

All and all this is a must read book.

5 stars

Thank you Amber, I’m really happy that you enjoyed it 🙂

A break from the norm

Posted: April 5, 2016 in books

As a reader, I’m always on the look out for something new, fresh and unique. Something that I can come to grips with. A story that is emotional yet action packed, with a plot that is filled with twists to keep me guessing. I want cliffhangers, love triangles, hot guys and gals who are both fearsome yet vulnerable. I want to weep at their misery and pain then burst with pride when their strength finally shines through. I need characters that are evil to the core so that I can cheer at their downfall, characters that hold an air of mystery, leaving me wondering which way the scales will tip.

As an author, I’ve tried to include all these traits in my work. If like me, these things truly appeal to you, then check out the Twisted Bloodlines series. Five books that take you on a journey through heartache and pain, villains and good-guys (though some are adoringly a bit of both) a gritty dark story and good old fashioned romance. Be prepared to be drawn into some tough times with characters you’ll love, or love to hate 🙂