Blurb: WHITBY 1891 When an unknown man is discovered dead on Whitby beach, it is assumed that he has drowned. However, when the police arrive at the scene it soon becomes clear that there is more to this case than a simple drowning victim. The chief calls in newly appointed Detective Benjamin Matthews to look into the case. Matthews, originally from Whitby, has been living these past two years in York as a PC, and is less than happy with his transfer back to the harbour town. With a relocation, a family conflict and now a new case to solve Matthews is well and truly thrown in at the deep end; and the more he delves into the young mans complex life, the darker things get.
My World: This week I decided I needed to get a handle on my battle with food. I’ve always said I’m all or nothing, so I can be all good and eat healthily but once I start to eat unhealthy foods it opens the floodgates to be all bad. This wasn’t working, clearly as a good friend pointed out. I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been and as all you forty-somethings know, it gets harder to shift than when you’re a twenty-something. I needed to change my relationship with food once and for all. I had a think about what would work for me, I’ve done the diets, not interested in the groups…you get the picture. What do I like? What appeals to my brain? Answer: Spreadsheets, love them. So I devised a point system, i get points for exercise, for eating good foods and not eating bad foods and set a weekly, achievable target ( which will increase over time) and so I can eat a bar of chocolate without adding crisps, fizzy drink and takeaway to the mix. This week I’ve smashed my 50 point target for the week and lost a kilo. Watch this space! Still working on decorating the spare room, on the final stretch…all that I need to do now is the wallpapering and get a new carpet. Yay! Can’t wait to get my house back in order. Sunday was spent with my family to celebrate my niece, Beth’s 20th birthday. Still reading Dreams of Beautiful Whisper by Tanya Jones and loving every minute, just wish I had more reading time. I’ve got my probation review next week, where has that time gone?
Still working on the edits which I hope to have finished tonight to ping back to my editor for book five. Eek so much to do, so little time.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union are set to walk out for three days on 17 May, the day before the showpiece game at Wembley Stadium between Manchester City and Watford.
Thousands of fans would be hit by any disruption to Tube services.
The union has accused London Underground of cutting train preparations, inspections and maintenance which it says threatens safety – however London Underground denies the claims.
Talks between the two sides will be held at the conciliation service Acas on Friday.
The union is planning to hold a protest at City Hall next week urging London mayor Sadiq Khan to intervene.
The RMT said around 1,000 of its members, working on maintenance and other areas, are involved in the row.
It’s been an exhausting week, I started it with a scam email threatening to expose my so called ‘naughty’ behaviour to all my friends on social media and on email if I don’t pay money. Needless to say they didn’t get a penny, but don’t worry I can’t see you being bombarded with horrific pics of me in the altogether. Went to see Conan Grey on Wednesday night with my nephew Joseph and became inspired to write a whole new series, fantasy. I started there and then at the gig lol. Friday night saw me down the pub with my colleagues from work celebrating Lara’s 30th birthday. It was nice to spend time with them out of work. The decorating of the spare room is coming along bit by bit, ceiling painted, cracks filled, carpet up. Reading Dreams of Beautiful Whisper by Tanya Jones.
My writing: As mentioned above, a new series has been started and set aside so I can pick it up at a later date. Still working on the edit for Trial & Retribution.
Yay! A Bank Holiday weekend, more time to get on with decorating the spare room, nearly finished stripping the wallpaper. Had some lovely family time on Thursday and Saturday for my dad’s birthday.
Trial and Retribution is back from the editor and I’m working through it now. Need to crack on and also write book six, Return to the Streets. Looks like I have a busy few months ahead of me. Better get back to it!
I don’t do anything by halves, I have so many things I need to complete for my writing and yet I decided to start decorating the spare room yesterday. So have spent many hours stripping wallpaper. I’ve now taken a break to write and will squeeze my decorating in after work and at weekends. Watch this space.
I haven’t done any writing this week but have been working on a past book, tightening it up.
A ferryboat has crashed into a bridge in Pará, in Brazil’s northern state, plunging a 200m section into the Moju River. After the ship crashed into one of the pillars, witnesses said they saw two cars fall into the water. Scuba divers are searching the river, and it is unclear how many people have been hurt yet.
A charity in charge of mental health home is being investigated after a 19 year-old girl took her life in Lancaster lodge in Richmond in May 2016. The teenager hanged herself, one year after being admitted to the home.
The Charity Commission has now opened an inquiry into the management of the home. An inquest into the girl’s death in February found the facility’s leadership “grossly inadequate”.
Pão de Queijo
My news: Completed two months at my new job and guess I have to stop thinking of it as my new job now. Still loving it although the workload is intense. The director at my work introduced me to Pão de Queijo, Brazilian cheese bread which is made, without wheat. I’ve included Pão de Queijo in my Children from the Streets series but never tasted it until Wednesday. It was so nice, that I decided to make it myself on Saturday (see photo.)
My writing: Still working frantically on the edits of Trial & Retribution, book five in The Children of the Streets series.
I was given an ARC of this book in return for an honest review. Honestly, this series is mind-blowing. This author never ceases to amaze me with her skillful storytelling. This is book two in The Dark Woods Series and it leads seamlessly from book one. Greyson Wolf is drowning his sorrows, he can’t face life without Harlow (Red), she’s his mate, his and the Wolfs. The wolf doesn’t stay quiet though, he wants her back, and now. When Harlow’s mum comes to beg Grey to rescue her daughter from her ruthless father, he can’t resist the pull but when he finds Red, her memory has been wiped…she can’t remember him or the wolf. Any more than this I can’t say without giving away what is an exceptional plot with the usual skilled storytelling that has made this author one of my favourites. The characters are so well-developed that you find yourself caring about what happens to them. Twists, turns, perfect pacing, seeing the author get inside the head of the evil one….hmmm why wouldn’t you read it? I can’t wait for the next book in this series and wonder where Ms. Wingler will take the story and characters next. I will be buying a print copy of each of the books in this series and I only do that for my favourite books nowadays.
An Ethiopian Airlines jet with 149 passengers and eight crew members onboard a flight from the Ethiopian capital and bound fro Nairobi in Kenya, has crashed shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all on board.
It is reported that 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, eight Americans and seven Brits were among the passengers. The crash happened six minutes after the Boeing 737 Max-8 took off.
An eyewitness at the scene reported an intense fire as the aircraft hit the ground. “The blast and the fire were so strong that we couldn’t get near it,” he said. “Everything is burnt down.”
The cause of the crash is not yet clear, however, the pilot had advised of difficulties and requested a return.
What a terrible tragedy, my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. We never know when our time is up and should make the most of what we have in the here and now.
London: A woman jailed for four-and-a-half years for fraud after posing as a Grenfell Tower fire survivor lost a challenge against her conviction. The 48 year old watched via a video link from prison as three Court of Appeal judges in London threw her case out. The woman claimed to have escaped from the horrific fire in west London in 2017, where her husband and sister-in-law had died. But she was in fact, single and living miles away in Sutton, south London. Msokeri claimed about £19,000 in cash donations, goods and hotel costs.
I still remember the cold that seeped into my body as I watched the horror of Grenfell Tower unfold, the horrendous loss of life, a community scarred for life and to think that an unscrupulous individual would try to take advantage of this tragedy for personal gains is beyond comprehension. Personally, I think her sentence was too light. If she can be so heartless as to wish to benefit from the loss of others what else is she capable of?
I can’t believe that I’ve now been in my new job for a month, each day is different, interesting and with scope for many challenges. I’m loving it! This weekend has been another one where I’ve had quality family time, a meal at the local Nepalese restaurant with my sister, nineteen-year-old niece and long-term friend on Saturday night. Sunday we took Mum and Dad out for a meal to celebrate their 54th wedding anniversary.
My Writing: This weekend I’ve seriously hit the writing as I’ve realised that I have so much to write and so little time as it’s booked in with the editor for April 15th and I’m still on the first draft. The plot thickens as the story takes another twist that I hadn’t expected. I’m really loving getting into the head of this narcissistic character.