Chasing my tail

Hi guys, I am still here erratically running in screaming hello before tearing off hell for leather once more.  Summer holidays have started which I don’t need to tell the parents are stressful enough, but there are also loads of events both charity and personal coming up which I am hoping to attend which mean time away from the computer and you guys.  The plus to that is that I have lots of exciting things to share when I get back and I shall have lots of photos and videos.

The other thing occupying my time and my mind is that my dad has been back in hospital for the last few weeks having another back op, I am sure you all recall it did not go well last time but this time has been a little better but there have been some complications which are cause for concern, but hopefully he will be okay in the long run,

Any way to keep you amused until I post again properly…






A Zest First!


I recently recorded this for the brilliant team over at Zest please check out the back issues and submission guidelines to join the talented people who have contributed so far

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Well hello dear readers,

Welcome to something very exciting: our very first ‘Why We Write’ vlog, courtesy of Ms Paula Acton. In fact, it was Paula’s idea to approach me with this piece and I am very pleased that she has. Kick back with a cuppa and enjoy listening to her share with us her reasons for writing and taking photographs for Zest.


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Glossybox Monthly Review – June 2014

It is that time of the month again where I delve in a box rummage round and then either jump of joy or sulk so lets see what this month brought…


I will be totally honest as soon as I saw one of these products my heart sank so we may as well get that one over with first…


PRO:VOKE Touch of Silver Brightening Shampoo

£2.79 for 150ml

While I had not used the Shampoo before I had tried the conditioner and just like the conditioner this was really a non event.  Okay it washed my hair but did nothing to brighten my blonde, maybe you need to use them both together but to be honest I did not find the conditioner very moisturising when I used it and my hair needs that.

Not something I would ever buy but it is only one product so on to the next..


TEEEZ Flat Eye Shadow Brush

Full Size RRP 19 £15.21

The first thing you notice is the pretty packaging and when you open it up…


It is a pretty brush!  I know that the fact this is made with Goat hair might put some people off but it doesn’t bother me so I happily gave it a go.  The brush is quite stiff and loads up really well so it is perfect for applying general colour, it is too big for applying contour or crease colour but it does what it needs to do.  I do think the price is a little high but it is the sort of brush that if cared for properly will last a lifetime.

Next up…



Nail Girls 3 in 1 Base/Top Coat and Strengthener

– Full Size RRP £13.50

This product has good and bad points, the negative is when I applied a coat on its own as a strengthener it flaked and chipped off really easily, but the plus side was used as a base coat it stopped one of my favourite colours staining my nails (love red but it can be a nightmare when removed).  There is also an extra consideration,  the nail polish is chemical-free, which is great for mothers who are breastfeeding and women who are pregnant. I don’t usually wear a base coat or top coat simply as I do not wear polish for more than a day or two at a time so this will last a while, I am not sure if I would buy it again but I would consider trying different products from the range, it would be interesting to test their actually coloured varnishes to see if they chemical free tag goes along side colour quality.

Next up…


RITUALS Gi Gong Spray

£3.50 for the 50ml size received £8.00 for 150ml size.

I wish I had never tried this!  I absolutely love it but no way can I justify spending £8 on one can of deodorant.  It does not keep you one hundred percent dry on really hot days but then nothing really does but it does make you feel fresh when you apply it, smells gorgeous and makes your skin feel silky smooth.  I really need to find either somewhere that sells it cheap or find a cheaper version, if you have any ideas tell me in comments please!

And finally


SO SUSAN Universal Blush

Okay so I looked at this and read what it said about it, which was this…

A micronized, jet-milled blush that works with your skin’s natural chemistry to create a universal healthy flush that is flattering on all skintones. Made with Buriti Fruit Oil to repair the epidermis and improve skin elasticity.

I scratched my head, and opened the box..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAmy initial thought was that it was almost the same shade of pink that the blush I usually use was, so that would be fine but I was curious about the claims that it was universal and altered according to different skins, a test was needed…

I was having my eyebrows sugared so I took it with me to my hairdresser/beautician’s house, she has a different skin tone to me, where I am fair she tends towards an olive skin so I really did not expect this product to live up to its claims but it did.  One me it had a pink sheen on her a more bronze tone. I have no idea how the science works but it does, at £17.95 it is expensive but one would last years, will I buy it again probably but it won’t be need for a while.

The next box will be here soon and has a USA theme, can’t wait!

Criterium 2014

As many of you will be aware the Tour De France passed through my home town on Sunday, sadly due to a small monster taking possession of my bed by kicking me in the back I was in no fit state for standing around for hours and had to be content watching on the TV.  However I did get to enjoy some cycling earlier in the weekend at the Huddersfield Criterium. Basically it is a series of races where they ride on a circuit for a set length of time, in this case two adult races lasting 45 minutes and one hour plus in between them a junior race which lasted 30 minutes .

I had just finished work and it was raining so I did not stay to watch the full event but I sincerely hope they make it an annual event.

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Perfect Summer Beach Reading!!!

I was going to do a book review today, I was honest, but I get rather carried away this morning editing my friends wedding footage to make it into a DVD ready for their return from their honeymoon.  So instead I am going to give you the post I was going to do on Wednesday instead which is basically this…


Yes the book is now available as a paper back, am very excited and will be ordering a few copies for family on payday,  So if you don’t have a Kindle you no longer have any excuse not to buy and help out a very worthy cause while enjoying a great read.

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Ebook Fraud Alert: Spread the Word


While everyone knows clamping down on internet piracy is like trying to put out a fire with a water pistol but this is not a case of a fan sharing something they love but someone trying to rip people off and profit from others work. Several authors have found their work listed without their knowledge and with them receiving no recompense, please if you are a writer make sure your work is not listed here

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So we can all agree that book piracy sucks.  Know what sucks even more?  People trying to illegally SELL our work.  Courtesy of Google Alerts, I found out about 45 minutes ago that Red and Forsaken By Shadow are both illegally listed at  So are my friend Susan Bischoff’s books and a whole lot of others.  It’s not limited to just self published books either.  I’ve seen books by Carina Press, Penguin and other publishers on this site.

The site is hosted through GoDaddy, so it is important that you, as author, check to see if your books are listed, and then follow the directions below to file a complaint in order to see that the domain is suspended and have GoDaddy cancel this asswipe’s hosting.


B. Copyright Claims (from GoDaddy’s Legal Dept.)

1. If the Complaining Party would like to submit a copyright claim…

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A Wonderful Celebration

Yesterday I was lucky enough to watch my best friend and her partner get hitched.  It was a perfect day, family and friends gathered to watch two people who love each other choose to spend the rest of their lives together.  There are some people who will object, claim they have no right to have the same rights as others but you know what as far as I am concerned those people have no right to an opinion.  If their parents failed to teach them the basic good manners of ‘if you can’t say something nice say nothing at all’ and if they really believe that their ‘god’ will reward them for spewing hate then they are sadly mistaken.  We live in a world where hate lurks constantly seeking to destroy community, family and friendships, people push their own beliefs by twisting religion, if you are a Christian didn’t your god spell it out for you in the commandments ‘Love thy Neighbour’ not judge them, or interpret the bible to suit yourselves, no it was a pretty simple sentence but maybe they know better than god and will tell him exactly what he meant right before he sends them straight to hell for hating and making themselves and their priests into false idols.

I digress the fact is no matter what the rest of the world thinks I was honoured to watch my friends get married, blessed to be part of their special day, and if truth be told slightly hungover this morning.  The sun shone down upon them as they start their new life together and the day was filled with love, laughter and good times


June Vlog

It’s that time of the month again where I ramble on before showing you some pretty pictures, I actually managed to ramble for ten minutes this time, I am not sure if this means I am relaxing more or just trying to bore you all lol.

Enjoy and remember competition results and next months competition are immediately after my waffling :D

Playing Catch Up Once Again

So after the laziness of the last month I am throwing myself back into my normal routine of balancing work, writing, family and fun, though not necessarily in that order, hell you never know might even fit housework in lol.

I have posted the May round up page finally you can check that out here… May 2014

This morning I have dancing, followed by work then when I get home tonight I will be filming this months Vlog, in which I shall reveal the winner of the June Caption Competition I run on my Facebook page.  If you haven’t already like my Facebook page please come over and say hello there, that is the place where I do the caption competition every month where you have a chance of winning an Amazon Voucher, I share loads of random stuff I see or like there and is linked to my Twitter so you see the strange, weird and wonderful messages I send out into the Twitterverse as well.  I am also considering doing something more creative with my Youtube Channel at the minute I really only use it for the Vlogs once a month (as you know you can’t upload them straight to WordPress).  I did upload some videos there yesterday from the Stratford visit of our boat trip on the River Avon, this is one of the three…..

I really wish I was heading back there soon, if you get the chance to visit and the weather is half as nice as it was for us get on a boat, we did joke about getting a rowboat but that seemed too much like hard work.

I also had my eyebrows sugared yesterday, you might have seen the before and after pics on FB but I also took some photos and hour then two hours after so you can see how quickly I recovered which I will add into the Vlog.

(Okay I am writing this Tuesday evening for publishing Wednesday so I need to check I have everything I need and get ready for tomorrow)