#Gozo 2017 – Day 5 – Beaches and Books

Toes in pool

We headed out to San Blas beach today. We first went there two years ago but gave it a miss last year as it is challenging to get to, or more importantly, back from.

We left the car at the top of the hill although there is a small car park part of the way down the hill. But the walk between those two points is the easy bit.

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There is however an incredibly steep road to get down from thereon – I doubt our car would have had enough grunt to make it back up after our visit anyway!

The views are wonderful and on the walk down you can see across the valley to where the land has been stepped to provide growing areas.

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The last time we made the trip we were greeted at the bottom by a small bay of dark golden sand and there was a fair stretch of it until you got to the sea. This time the waves were crashing right over where the sand had been. I don’t know if that was purely due to the weather conditions or if the sand at that part really has been washed away. There was a larger expanse a bit further along but we stuck to the rocks and as there was no chance of a snorkel I made do with just standing in the waves for a bit.

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I was glad I hadn’t gone fully in after seeing one poor woman who, when trying to get out, lost all her dignity when she was picked up by the next wave and unceremoniously hurled up the beach. There were far too many rocks around where I was standing from that not to have hurt.

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It was very peaceful and quiet and we spent a bit of time there then had to tackle the return journey. Lifts are offered, at a price, and while tempted we thought a bit of exercise wouldn’t do us any harm. So we set off. It was just gone midday, it was hot and it was bloody steep. I mean seriously steep. I do exercise in the form of a workout at home but that was no preparation for this and my Cambridgeshire legs struggled. My iron calves screamed with the strain while my heart and lungs had a full work out as I gasped for air and I’ve never been more thankful to reach the air conditioned interior of the car before.

After a little recovery time lunch was the usual large rolls filled with ham and cheese, onion, peppers and tomato, with crisps, fruit and, of course, Cisk.

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After the mornings exertions I needed a lie down. I was meant to be tackling the nearly 5,000 emails I have in my inbox on this trip but I haven’t started that yet. What I did start however was my next book. First things first!

(I should clarify, by that I mean reading rather than writing, my next book)

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I chose an excellent one today. It was Book 4 in the urban fantasy Null City series, Round Trip Fare by Barb Taub. You can read my review by clicking on the title 🙂

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Holidays since becoming an independent author are not the same as they once were and mine now wouldn’t be complete without a few challenges. So I decided to set myself some stuff to do, what with the new book on the horizon and all that. Here goes.

List of goals for the week:

Blurb and back matter to write – totally my most important task!

No. of books to read – 12 (okay so I am being ridiculously ambitious here but these are what I have on my seriously-I-have-to-get-to-these-right-now list!)

No. of book reviews to write – 12 (hahaha! Although it does stand to reason)

No of blog posts to write up for lead up to publishing – 14 (based on the list of ideas I’ve had, though not all may make the final cut!)

Keep a diary each day so I can do a series of posts on my return.

Interviews to plan questions for – 5

Clearing emails out of Inbox – no. at start of holiday – 4967!

Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4

Thanks for reading

Georgia x

My posts from 2015!

#Gozo – 1st Day – Winding Down in Westworld!

#Gozo – 2nd Day – Cars and Cliff Tops!!

#Gozo – Day 3 – Baggy Bits and Beaches!

#Gozo – Day 4 – Sea, Snorkelling and Shoals!

#Gozo – Day 5 – Fireworks, Festa’s and Fish!

#Gozo – Day 6 – Rosinas and Relaxation!

#Gozo – Day 7 – Fabulous Finds and Farewells

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#Bookreview for The Corner Office by Katerina Baker @KaterinaBaker #RBRT #romance

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The Corner Office

Tara is a high flying businesswoman who has been on her chosen career path for fifteen years and is now in with a chance of securing her ultimate job as Managing Director. The only person standing in her way is the particularly unpleasant Richard, her nemesis over those fifteen years.

At the beginning of the story, Richard arranges a ‘welcome to the company’ party for the new member of staff for which he has booked a stripper, then, sensing Tara’s disquiet over this, makes suggestive comments to her about threesomes. I was less than convinced by his behaviour, generally, as these days there is a far greater awareness of sexism in the workplace than there used to be, with employees aware of the perils of sexual harassment.

I did struggle a bit with this novel; apart from the occasional odd turn of phrase, the writing itself is fine and it was an easy read, but it contained too many inconsistencies. Tara is a senior executive in a prestigious company yet makes some appalling decisions and comes across as a bit flaky; she is hard to like. She has supposedly sacrificed everything by way of relationships and family for this role and yet speaks at the frequent women’s forums on work/life balance—something she knows nothing about.

Her ill-considered decisions include sleeping with a bad boy subordinate. She is shocked by his tattoos (really? Doesn’t 50% of the population under 35 have them these days?), yet doesn’t appear to consider the repercussions of sleeping with an employee.

*Spoiler alert*

Eventually the bad boy does indeed go bad, Richard intervenes and Tara, after fifteen years of competing against this bloke, drops gratefully into his arms; it turns out she’s just misunderstood him in the past. This didn’t work for me at all. There seemed to be no reasoning behind it.

Although this novel is not badly written, in my opinion the plot needs some revision. I found little understanding of general behaviour in the workplace these days, and thought the story would have worked better if the plot was suited to the characters, or vice versa; they seemed to be ‘shoehorned’ into unlikely developments.

Could be an easy ‘beach read’, but I am puzzled as to why it is listed as a romantic comedy. I didn’t spot any humour in it.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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#Bookreview for Round Trip Fare by Barb Taub @barbtaub #urbanfantasy #romance #paranormal

Round Trip Fare

Writers of fiction make up worlds, I know I do, but mine are tame, only stretching as far as fictional villages set in the recognisable British countryside. Others, particularly fantasy writers, really make up worlds and Barb Taub is one of those. Here is my review of the fourth book in her Null City series, Round Trip Fare.

I’m just going to say at the outset here that I loved Carey, what a strong woman! She’s resourceful, skilled, totally prepared and the star of the show for me. She’s fiercely independent, hugely accomplished in being a harmonia warrior and sassy with it. There were other terrific characters in this strong cast as well, and writing this sometime after finishing reading the book Harry and Marley spring to mind and I really enjoyed Iax, or Yosh.

Carey also has a twin, Connor, and they get separated for a while. The future for one appearing to have taken a darker turn much to the dismay of the other.

There is terrible tragedy in Round Trip Fare which Taub really makes you feel. I’d like to mention one particular moment but at the risk of a spoiler had better not. Oh, and there’s plenty of killing throughout, of course.

What I particularly enjoyed through this book though was the progression of Carey. She has learnt her warfare strategy craft well and works alone preferring it that way at the start of the story. But by the end she has her own small army which is filled with an assortment of characters displaying a variety of skills. She realises she needs to work with others to accomplish the tasks she has in front of her.

There are many traps and betrayals throughout this story with much bloodshed and plenty of action but this talented author still manages to squeeze in a little frisky romance, or two.

Not all the tasks are completed by the end of the book either but there is no cliff hanger (thank goodness!) this part of the ongoing story finishing perfectly and I’m looking forward to the next part which I’m hoping is coming soon.

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#Gozo 2017 – Day 4 – Winds and Waves #Comino

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With both of us being self-employed we have one week’s holiday a year and as you can imagine by the time we get to that precious week we are exhausted. This is my excuse for the fact that today we didn’t do much. It took a while to get going and even then we only made it to the shop for more provisions having decided to eat in as even going out for dinner felt like too much effort.

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Hondoq Bay

We did take a trip down to Hondoq Bay which as well as being one of our favourites it’s also very close to where we are staying. However, although it’s warm the sky is cloudy and the winds high. When we got down there the waves were crashing up against the rocks and although I love to snorkel here I didn’t want to be joining them so had to give that a miss.

We tend to go and sit on the rocks further along the bay rather than on the beach and from there we can look across to Comino, and the Blue Lagoon.

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As is the way of lovely things the Blue Lagoon on Comino has become very popular with the tourists and therefore commercialised. Apparently the prices are exorbitant. I wouldn’t know, I haven’t been there. I found this short video from one of its only four remaining permanent residents in which Salvu Ta’ Kemmuna speaks nostalgically of a time when he and his family could swim there totally alone. This was filmed a year ago. Sadly The Times of Malta reported in May this year that Maria Said, aged 90, had died, making the total population of Comino only three.

I spent much of the afternoon in the pool, alternating that with sunbathing and reading. Happy days!

I’m sitting writing these notes at about seven in the evening. The sun is now out, I’m on the balcony with a glass of wine and contemplating steak and salad for dinner – yum!

I read two books today – bliss – one a short story collection, And I Don’t Even Have An Uncle In Australia by Noel K Fletcher, and a wonderful murder mystery by Noelle Granger, Death in a Red Canvas Chair. You can read my reviews by clicking on the titles 🙂

And I don't even have an uncle in Oz

Death in a Red Canvas Chair

Holidays since becoming an independent author are not the same as they once were and mine now wouldn’t be complete without a few challenges. So I decided to set myself some stuff to do, what with the new book on the horizon and all that. Here goes.

List of goals for the week:

Blurb and back matter to write – totally my most important task!

No. of books to read – 12 (okay so I am being ridiculously ambitious here but these are what I have on my seriously-I-have-to-get-to-these-right-now list!)

No. of book reviews to write – 12 (hahaha! Although it does stand to reason)

No of blog posts to write up for lead up to publishing – 14 (based on the list of ideas I’ve had, though not all may make the final cut!)

Keep a diary each day so I can do a series of posts on my return.

Interviews to plan questions for – 5

Clearing emails out of Inbox – no. at start of holiday – 4967!

Day 1Day 2Day 3

Thanks for reading

Georgia x

My posts from 2015!

#Gozo – 1st Day – Winding Down in Westworld!

#Gozo – 2nd Day – Cars and Cliff Tops!!

#Gozo – Day 3 – Baggy Bits and Beaches!

#Gozo – Day 4 – Sea, Snorkelling and Shoals!

#Gozo – Day 5 – Fireworks, Festa’s and Fish!

#Gozo – Day 6 – Rosinas and Relaxation!

#Gozo – Day 7 – Fabulous Finds and Farewells

 

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#Bookreview for Death in a Red Canvas Chair by Noelle Granger @rhebrewster #murder #mystery

Death in a Red Canvas Chair

Death in a Red Canvas Chair is a murder mystery with an amateur sleuth, a format I’m keen on. I do like small town settings, and Pequod in Maine is just such a place. The protagonist, Rhe Brewster, is on first name terms with the receptionist at the police station and the police chief, Sam, is her brother in law. There is history with other characters because of school and of course everyone knows everyone else’s business, or at least they would like to.

I did not take to Will, Rhe’s husband, at all. A little controlling and grumpy I felt Rhe dreaded him finding out what she was getting involved in, which is never healthy, but I was pleased that Rhe carried on regardless.

Rhe seems to have had a past with investigation but on a purely amateur basis. This time she is appointed as a consultant to the police, which gives her more investigative powers, and credibility.

There is, of course, a murder and Rhe is kept busy trying to piece together what happened by chatting to students, other parents and faculty members.

Without giving anything away I found the opening, the actual placing of the body bit, to this a little unbelievable (although this was eventually explained). But after this the author gets into her stride and takes on the investigation with huge conviction.

This story turns out to be much more than just a murder mystery though as the murder almost gets lost in the background because of the other bad things going on, which for fear of spoilers I won’t expand further on.

There are plenty of people who could be up to no good and this author is terrific at raising our suspicions over who could be involved among the wide ranging cast.

I liked Rhe’s relationship with Sam and Paulette particularly and was positively salivating at the baked goods produced by Paulette. This book reminded me of the Alphabet Series by Sue Grafton and I have a desire to try the cinnamon rolls mentioned in both.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. The medical and sailing knowledge was detailed and you could tell the author knows what she is talking about. It was well paced throughout and with plenty of action. I highly recommend to all readers who like well written murder mysteries.

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#Bookreview for #shortstory collection And I Don’t Even Have An Uncle In Australia by Noel K Fletcher #anthology #poetry

And I don't even have an uncle in Oz

The first story in And I Don’t Even Have An Uncle In Australia is a short memoir and tells the tale of part of the authors time in the RAF and his adventures on one occasion when he needed to get to Australia. I really liked the ‘form’ his father has sent him to complete: ‘I am/am not in work/hospital/prison/this continent… please delete as necessary’ due to his long periods of silence. It’s an approach I think I shall be taking with my own son.

I then found this collection contained not only prose but poetry as well with Down Under, a rhyming poem of a holiday in Australia.

Aden 1960 – At this point the author was fifteen and living with his parents in the British Protectorate of Aden. His life then was mainly made up of exploration and this wonderfully descriptive story takes you to the streets of Aden. Fletchers writing is so vivid you can feel the chaos and the heat, your legs on the plastic of the bus seats, the stench of the honey cart.

The State We’re In – another poem, and a rather disgruntled view on the way things are in this country. NHS, police, schools, the Armed Forces and of course the government, all get a mention. This was written before the recent political kerfuffle and I can only imagine it makes you wonder what the author thinks to all that.

Bandits in my Six O’Clock, is the absorbing tale set in June 1942 (so this one cannot be the real life experience of this author) of a fighter pilot being scrambled and the outcome of that. This authors writing is so good and the descriptions so vivid that you are totally there, living and breathing every moment. So much so that I was completely taken by the surprise ending!

My favourite poem comes next, entitled Desire it is wonderfully romantic.

Green on – Go! This is a true life story of this authors training and qualifying on a parachute dispatchers course in 1970. It makes for interesting reading and I enjoyed the various stages they had to go through.

Farmer’s Morning follows, a poem about, well, a farmers morning.

Butterfly Angel – this was a lovely tale of Granny Faye and her affinity for butterflies and the lasting impact that has on her family.

Boot Camp, a poem – the great idea of having a bad lads’ army, teaching self-respect and discipline.

A Moving Tale and a paranormal one at that for a little variety. Set in 1959 in the Middle East, an evening, a group of engineers and a ghostly tale.

Why – a philosophical poem from the slightly drunk Charlie.

The Wood Nymph – a delightfully depicted, but awful, mother does not accept a present from her son graciously, but he ends up getting exactly what he wished for.

Poems, The Oak and The Pond follow.

Wet Blanket is the final story of heavy rain, a broken down car and a knight in shining armour coming to the aid of a woman who turns out to be much more than a damsel in distress.

I really enjoyed reading this work by this author. His turn of phrase, observations and attention to detail are terrific and I recommend to all those who love a short story.

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#Gozo 2017 – Day 3 – Moving on and Motors

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It was time to leave our cossetted life at the hotel. I fitted in fifty lengths before a breakfast that I took full advantage of. Well it would be silly not too! Our car was delivered and as we couldn’t get into our next place until early afternoon we headed off to get some supplies for the week.

With our car weighed down with alcohol refreshing beverages, crisps and snacks healthy fruit and other assorted groceries we arrived at our villa in Qala. After unloading our goodies in the full heat of the day a rejuvenating Cisk and nap took care of the afternoon.

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The place we are staying in is magnificent! There is a terrific pool and the views are stunning. We can see right across to Comino and Malta and we are out in the countryside. There is a field next door with small straw bales littered across it following the harvest.

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At the bottom of the garden are orange trees and one lemon tree laden with fruit and we are told we can help ourselves.

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We sunbath by the pool once the heat has gone out of the day. Then later wander into the village to eat and, exhausted by having done very little, we retire early.

There is one thing that I have never managed to grasp on Gozo and that is the language. To my shame I can’t even say please and thank you and I’ve always managed at least that in any other country I’ve been in before.

Here Maltese and English are the official languages. Italian is widely spoken, German to a lesser extent. The Arab influence shows itself in the language, Maltese, 70 per cent of which is Arabic in origin.

As I was passing through the airport I picked up what I thought would be a handy little booklet of the Top 10 Maltese Phrases. Hurrah I thought! It turned out none of these were please or thank you.

I’ve put some examples below and this is the problem I have. Because of the Arabic influence I don’t really know where to start with the pronunciation.

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What’s the Wifi password?

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Let’s take a selfie!

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Where can I charge my phone?

All efforts to ‘have a go’ at the language are dismissed here anyway as English is so common but I must do better:

Please = jekk jogħġbok (not sure how to tackle that!)

Thank you = Grazzi (okay, so that one is embarrassingly simple… I am hanging my head in shame and just need to remember it for next time)

I have now got into my holiday reading and the second book, and review, I have for you is all about cats! Feline Cognition – Scientific evidence of cat intelligence and ways to test it at home by Carla Eatherington. This is a fascinating read and I don’t even have a cat! You can read my review right here.

Feline Cognition

Holidays since becoming an independent author are not the same as they once were and mine now wouldn’t be complete without a few challenges. So I decided to set myself some stuff to do, what with the new book on the horizon and all that. So here goes.

List of goals for the week:

Blurb and back matter to write – totally my most important task!

No. of books to read – 12 (okay so I am being ridiculously ambitious here but these are what I have on my seriously-I-have-to-get-to-these-right-now list!)

No. of book reviews to write – 12 (hahaha! Although it does stand to reason)

No of blog posts to write up for lead up to publishing – 14 (based on the list of ideas I’ve had, though not all may make the final cut!)

Keep a diary each day so I can do a series of posts on my return.

Interviews to plan questions for – 5

Clearing emails out of Inbox – no. at start of holiday – 4967!

If you missed Day 1 and want to catch up, you can by clicking on this link here! And Day 2 is right here. 😀

Thanks for reading

Georgia x

My posts from 2015!

#Gozo – 1st Day – Winding Down in Westworld!

#Gozo – 2nd Day – Cars and Cliff Tops!!

#Gozo – Day 3 – Baggy Bits and Beaches!

#Gozo – Day 4 – Sea, Snorkelling and Shoals!

#Gozo – Day 5 – Fireworks, Festa’s and Fish!

#Gozo – Day 6 – Rosinas and Relaxation!

#Gozo – Day 7 – Fabulous Finds and Farewells

 

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#Bookreview for Feline Cognition by Carla Eatherington @dystopicworlds #cats #psychology #felineintelligence

Feline Cognition

‘Time spent with cats is never wasted’ Sigmund Freud

I don’t have a cat, the road we live on is far too dangerous for me to risk that heartache but that is the only reason I wouldn’t have one. As I’m writing this I’m on holiday and there are a couple of cats that have visited us so it seemed only right that I should read this book one evening to find out a little more about them.

The full title of this book is – Feline Cognition, Scientific evidence of cat intelligence and ways to test it at home. It is a short read but a fascinating one. There is an informative introduction which just showed how much I didn’t know, followed by a chapter on feline intelligence together with details of the elements and vitamins they should be eating to optimise this.

The chapters that follow cover perception, cause and effect, memory, cognitive dysfunction, sense of time, counting, discrimination, social cognition and attachment. Each chapter ends with an exercise you can do to test this at home with your furry friends. I did not try these with my occasional companions on holiday.

Feline Cognition is interesting, very well written and easy to understand. I would think this was a must read for all cat owners. Even if you don’t want to do the tests you will still learn so much about your pet.

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#Gozo 2017 – Day 2 – Buses and Battery! @GrandHotelGozo

 

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As we are staying at the Grand Hotel in the port town of Mgarr, don’t have to make any effort and for the time being are without a car we have decided to take a trip across to Malta and travel onto Valletta, by bus.

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In hindsight, perhaps this trip wasn’t planned as well as it should have been as by the time we’d made the crossing and caught the bus to Valletta, some two hours away, it was more or less lunchtime. However I should add that the buses here are fabulous. They are clean, air-conditioned and there are loads of them. The fares are very reasonable too.

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Unfortunately it also wasn’t until we were about to board the bus and my BH asked after the guidebook we’d been kindly leant for this trip that I remembered I’d left it in my suitcase. I’d also done zero research on places-you-must-see in Valletta so we were approaching this all rather blind.

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Valletta is Malta’s capital city and, as I found out later from the guidebook, ‘has a visual splendour out of all proportion to its tiny size. It is just one kilometre long and a little over half that in width.’

The city has a rather forbidding fortress-like exterior and the reason is simple. Valletta was built as a fortress by the Knights of Malta to permanently minimise the threat of a Turkish attack. The Knights chose a rocky peninsula in the north of the island as the site that would fulfil this military function.

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Although constrained by our lack of any planning and the fact I left the guidebook behind we did know we wanted to see the port and gun battery (see photos above – a gun is still fired every day at 4 pm) and swiftly learned that we actually needed far more time than we had available to us.

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Lunch took a while but then we visited the War Rooms some 50 m underground. Fascinating stuff. It was truly amazing to see how information was gathered and disseminated back in those days.

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Rather exhausted with all this activity on the first full day of our holiday we made our return journey and were very thankful when we were eventually back on the ferry and heading for quieter Gozo.

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There are plans to join Malta and Gozo using a tunnel. I know I have no right to an opinion but that’s never stopped me from giving one before so I shall say right here that I don’t like the idea. Gozo is a gem that takes a little effort to get to so why would you want to spoil that with cars able to cross to it so easily? Its separation is what makes it so special, for us anyway. And sadly I can only see that should such a tunnel be built Gozo will lose all that makes it special.

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On Friday evenings throughout summer the rooftop terrace restaurant is open at the Grand Hotel and we booked in for that not knowing what we would be happening up there. As it turned out, it was fabulous!

They called it a barbecue but it was far more than that. Buffet style there was an array of twelve or more salads to choose from followed by a couple of pasta dishes. Then came the meats – steak cooked to order, swordfish, spicy chicken, pork, sausages, corn on the cob, jacket potatoes. Before finally moving (or more like staggering) onto dessert – bowls of fruit, melon, strawberries and six different types of gateaux. I restrained myself by only taking the last piece of chocolate cake and…ahem… a mere slither of red velvet – yummy!

Couple all of this with wonderful views, the sounds of cannons and fireworks from a nearby festival (see Day 5 of my 2015 posts for further details) and it was a great evening – what more could you want?

We happily retired soon after to our bed like contented little (not so little!) piglets.

At some point since our arrival though I have been feasted on by mosquitos which is unusual as they don’t generally find me tasty but I am now sporting some sizeable bites which are a constant reminder to use the repellent!

I have also now got into my holiday reading and the first book, and review, I have for you is a psychological mystery, The Devil You Know by Terry Tyler. You can read my review right here.

The Devil You Know

Holidays since becoming an independent author are not the same as they once were and mine now wouldn’t be complete without a few challenges. So I decided to set myself some stuff to do, what with the new book on the horizon and all that. So here goes.

List of goals for the week:

Blurb and back matter to write – totally my most important task!

No. of books to read – 12 (okay, so I am being ridiculously ambitious here but these are what I have on my seriously-I-have-to-get-to-these-right-now list!)

No. of book reviews to write – 12 (hahaha! Although it does stand to reason)

No of blog posts to write up for lead up to publishing – 14 (based on the list of ideas I’ve had, though not all may make the final cut!)

Keep a diary each day so I can do a series of posts on my return.

Interviews to plan questions for – 5

Clearing emails out of Inbox – no. at start of holiday – 4967!

If you missed Day 1 and want to catch up you can by clicking on this link right here!

Thanks for reading

Georgia x

My posts from 2015!

#Gozo – 1st Day – Winding Down in Westworld!

#Gozo – 2nd Day – Cars and Cliff Tops!!

#Gozo – Day 3 – Baggy Bits and Beaches!

#Gozo – Day 4 – Sea, Snorkelling and Shoals!

#Gozo – Day 5 – Fireworks, Festa’s and Fish!

#Gozo – Day 6 – Rosinas and Relaxation!

#Gozo – Day 7 – Fabulous Finds and Farewells

 

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#Bookreview for The Devil You Know by @TerryTyler4 #psychological #mystery

The Devil You Know

When I used to babysit as a teenager I’d scare myself watching Crimewatch by imagining how terrifying it would be to find the doppelganger for one of the photo-fits to be the very person sat on the other end of the sofa to you. The Devil You Know reminded me of those times and it shows the various ways suspicions can evolve.

Young women are being murdered and this story follows different characters as they come to suspect that their nearest and dearest could be the culprit.

I have read several books by this author and this one is full of what she does best. The characterisations are terrific and I thoroughly enjoyed the different relationships. I felt sorry for Juliet but I think my favourites were Steve and Dorothy. I could completely relate to the way he felt about the life he was leading and her thoughts on the life and relationship she had with her son were spot on and her anxiety about what her son might be up to very real. Tamsin was also brilliantly done as the over-invested colleague.

I liked the format of the book as well. It opened with the introductions and laying out of the evidence for the possible guilt of each of the suspects. The back and forth as suspicions grew or were potentially resolved only to rear their heads again at a later date was terrific.

Then there was the resolution on the hunt for the killer followed by the aftermath where all answers were given to the reasons why suspicions were raised in the first place. Finally, there was a delightful twist that in a way you knew was coming if you hadn’t forgotten some of the loose ends that had been left hanging along the way.

Thoroughly enjoyable, I’d recommend this to all who like character driven, well-written and excellently observed relationship storylines with a gritty, and often harsh, but realistic feel to them.

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