Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Cover Reveal - Blood Rose by Danielle Rose


Today I'm excited to be taking part in another cover reveal... 

Blood Rose by Danielle Rose

#BloodRose

Published by OfTomes Publishing, the Blood Books trilogy follows the harrowing  journey of Avah Taylor, a mortal witch in the midst of a centuries-old war against the immortal vampire species. Avah’s intense journey is fueled by blood, jealousy, betrayal, murder and revenge.

Blood Rose by Danielle Rose
Blood Rose (Blood Series #1) by Danielle Rose
  Genre: Urban fantasy | New Adult | Paranormal Romance
Release date: 21 June 2017
Publisher: OfTomes Publishing

Blood Rose by Danielle Rose

"There’s no wrath like that of a witch scorned.

As one of the only spirit users in her coven, Avah has been chosen to wield The Power, the ultimate weapon against the immortal vampire species witches have been at war with for centuries. 

But on the night of her birth rite, Avah’s coven is attacked. Forced to seek refuge among the very beings she’s sworn to kill, Avah vows revenge on those who took her former life from her.

As Avah slowly transitions into a life of blood and war, she realizes everything she’s been told is a lie."

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Blood Rose by Danielle Rose

Danielle’s Bio

Danielle Rose holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. Currently residing in the Midwest, where she spends her days dreaming of warmer temperatures, when she’s not writing, she enjoys pretending she lives in California, spending an embarrassing amount of time at Hobby Lobby, and binge-watching Netflix. Visit Danielle on the Web: www.Danielle-Rose.com.

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Isn't it a magical cover, I particularly like the font used for the title! I'd love to hear your opinions so feel free to leave a comment below.


Monday, 27 March 2017

Blogger Interview - Erica From Nine to Three Thirty


Mummy V's blogger interviews are back and I'm delighted to welcome Erica from Nine to Three Thirty to the hot seat!


I'm Erica Price, a blogger at Nine to Three Thirty and I am a mum to a 9 year old boy.  I started blogging when my son was 4 and just getting ready to start primary school.  I've had a lot of fun over the years of blogging and have even set up other blogs to write about other interests like Food (http://alittleluxuryfor.me/) and Travel (http://toothbrushpacked.com/), in fact I think I'm addicted.


Hi Erica, thank you for joining me on V Family Fun.

Why did you start blogging?

I started out reviewing products for a site called The Green Familia.  In time I became a regular writer and that inspired me to start my own blog.  That was 5 and a half years ago and I haven't looked back since.

How did you come up with the name for your blog?

Nine to Three Thirty is named for the hours of the school day.  When I set my blog up, my son (known as H) was about to start primary school and I thought it would be a good name as he would be at school a long time.

Who designed your header and why did you go for that particular design?

Ellie Illustrates (https://ellieillustrates.co.uk/) designed my header.  It's a picture of my son going to school on his red scooter, which he does most days.   It brings in some things connected to the name of the blog like the clock.  I really like it, but I am thinking of getting it amended slightly, but I might wait until my son is a bit bigger and perhaps using something other than his red scooter for school, or maybe when he goes to secondary.

Do you follow a plan when you are writing a blog post or do you let the words guide you?

I don't follow a plan generally and I have a very relaxed approach.  I choose my pictures and I find they often guide my way.  

What are your favourite and least favourite parts of promoting your blog?

I must admit I get bored of doing the social media promotion and prefer to use social media just to socialise.  That said I do love it when promoting my blog leads to a conversation on Twitter or Facebook.

Do you enjoy taking photos for your blog?

Yes, I have really got into photography over the years.  I don't claim to be hugely technically competent, but I hope I have a decent eye for a picture. I try not to take boring photos and I am always on the hunt for a new angle to explore.

What do you hope readers will get out of your blog?

I hope that it's a place where they can read about our life and see some similarities with their own, maybe pick up a few tips or find out something new too.

Is there any blogger you would like to meet in person and why?

Over the years I've met a lot of bloggers (I have been blogging over 5 years and have attended a lot of events and conferences), so there aren't that many that I read regularly that I haven't met at one time or other.  I think what I'd really like to do is meet up with my closest blogger friends and have a weekend together in a nice cottage somewhere.  You know, if we did that I don't think we'd stop talking all weekend.

Which of your blog posts is your favourite and why? 

I don't have a consistent favourite, but my most recent fave is this post that we did for World Book Day.  What I really like about this one is the pictures.  We had a lot of fun taking the pictures and I think that shows.

What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?

My son.  He's the most important thing in my life.

Aww lovely answer! If you could travel anywhere in the world to do research for a blog post where would it be?

I would travel around the Scottish Islands.  I want to go to as many as possible and can see a lot of future holidays being devoted to my quest.

Morning or night person?

Morning.  I was always a morning person, although that didn't stop me moaning about my son getting up early.  We are in a happier routine now and as long as he doesn't wake me before 6am all is good.

Pen or pencil?

Pencil.  I would write in pencil every time, but I do like a nice sharp point.

Snow or sun?

Torn here.  I feel I should say snow as we haven't had more than a dusting for the last few years (and I do miss it) , but in truth I prefer the sun. 

I miss the snow too! Any last words for your readers?

I hope you like reading my posts: it's your feedback and return visits that keep me going.


Erica's Links


Nine to Three Thirty

If you are a blogger and would like to be interviewed on V Family Fun please email me at vfamilyfun@gmail.com and I will reply with some questions.

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Sunday, 26 March 2017

Happy Mother's Day!


So today is Mother's Day and my plans for the day include visiting my mum and then doing a whole lot of not much! In reality today will probably be similar to every other day but with added presents and hopefully some extra cuddles from my little/not-so-little people.

N came home from school with this lovely gift for me...

Instagram Mother's Day Photo

As I'm writing this post before the big day I don't actually know what else my lovely lot have bought me but I have been told they ordered something online so fingers crossed it arrives on time. I'm sure I will post a photo of whatever it is on my Instagram page so if you're interested then hop over there to find out what I received!

Today is also the perfect time to share my thoughts on this fabulous new book from Mills & Boon...

MODERN GIRL'S GUIDE TO TURNING INTO YOUR MOTHER by ADA ADVERSE

Modern Girl's Guide to Turning Into Your Mother

For those of you who don't already know, I am part of the Mills & Boon Insiders. This means I get to share my thoughts and spread the word about some of their fabulous publications.  

When this lovely little book dropped through my letterbox I couldn't help but smile because, yes, as I get older I often notice that I have started to adopt some of my mum's ways.

The book contained all sorts of funny little quotes and sayings which were accompanied by photos that pretty much said it all. I was giggling and nodding my head in agreement as I flipped through the pages.

Modern Girl's Guide to Turning Into Your Mother

I don't usually read this kind of book but I actually rather enjoyed the change. I loved the lighthearted humour and relatable content but most of all I loved the fact it made me smile! 

It really did highlight the amusing side of motherhood beautifully, one of my favourite pages was simply titled 'Wine'.

Modern Girl's Guide to Turning Into Your Mother

It's the kind of book I would pick up when I need a laugh, it doesn't take forever to read either which is an important factor for me - I have four children, spare time is a distant memory.

What a fabulous gift this would be, for any occasion.

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Thank you to Mills & Boon for sending me this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

P.s. I hope you have a lovely Mother's Day, however you're celebrating it!

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Book Review - In The Name of Love by Louise Lee


THE BOOK

Jump on board IN THE NAME OF LOVE, Louise Lee’s irresistible follow-up to A GIRL CALLED LOVE. Warning: may contain laugh-snorts and the occasional sob on the side. Fans of Marian Keyes, Joanna Bolouri and Mhairi McFarlane, this one’s for you.

In The Name of Love by Louise Lee
Genre: Chick Lit
Publisher: Headline
Publication Date: 23 March 2017
ISBN-13: 9781472224583

"Retired, technically, Florence Love is a long way from her London Private Investigator glory days. But her latest target is achingly personal.

A ration of Montepulciano in her water pouch, Flo finds herself racing around Italy on a borrowed Vespa in the name of love. Bambi Love, specifically. Her mum - missing for twenty-five years. The one case that's still unsolved.

To find Bambi, maintaining focus will be critical. Florence must not be distracted.

Not even by a beautiful, goosebump-inducing Italian stranger with mafiosi friends and a habit of suddenly disappearing himself, who knows far more than he's letting on..."

MY REVIEW

Something I didn't realise when I requested this book on Netgalley is that it's actually the follow-up to A Girl Called Love which I haven't read. This made me a little nervous that I wouldn't be able to follow the storyline. I have to admit there were moments that left me confused, I could make a guess about what the characters were referring to but I felt like I was missing too much of the back story.

The first pages were all action - there was a church, a priest and a gun but I couldn't figure out how they were all connected. It wasn't until later on in the storyline that this part made sense.

It took me a little while to find my feet with this story but when I did, I was enthralled by the quirky style of writing. I enjoyed piecing together bits of Flo's life as I progressed through the book, she was an interesting character who had a very logical way of thinking. Her quest to find her mum was certainly entertaining - I had no idea what was coming next!

I was taken on quite a journey from Italy to the UK and back again. Throughout it all, my favourite part was the connection between Flo and her brother Michael, the two of them together were pretty much guaranteed to put a smile on my face,

The ending left me on such a teasing cliffhanger. It was one of those moments that leaves you staring at the page for a few minutes while you try to comprehend what just happened.

This was a bizarrely addictive read. There were some confusing moments and some laugh-out-loud moments so all I can say is be prepared for a crazy ride!

4 Stars
4 Stars
CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR

Louise Lee was once a geography teacher before taking the natural career step to become a Private Investigator. She studied for an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck and has work commissioned by and broadcast on BBC Radio Four.

Louise lives in London with her two children. The Last Honeytrap is the first in a series of novels to feature the inimitable Florence Love.


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Thank you to the publisher for approving my NetGalley request for this eBook in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

V Family Fun on Instagram


One of my goals for 2017 was to build up my Instagram account. I joined a while ago but never really got the hang of it, I just didn't see how it would fit in with the rest of my online life.

I persevered though, I carried on posting the odd photo here and there and now I'm soooo glad I did because I love it!! I've started seeing objects from an Instagram point of view and I'm having so much fun trying to find unusual angles to capture everyday moments/items.

My favourite thing to do on Instagram is look back on my collection of photos, it's a great way to remember the little moments in life - days out, meals, things the children have done, mail I've received etc.

V Family Fun on Instagram

My other favourite parts of Instagram are:

Filters - I love playing around with all the different filters available. It's amazing how different a photo can look simply by changing the filter.

Getting to know others - I really enjoy looking through my feed and seeing what everyone is getting up to. I feel I've been able to get to know people easier on Instagram than on any other social media channel. 

No limit on words - This is something that absolutely stands out for me. I'm a big fan of Twitter but often feel so restricted by the word limit. I love the fact I can say whatever I want and ramble on for as long as I like on Instagram. It's fabulous!

Hashtags - Instagram truly is the king/queen of hashtags. I love the way they are used on this platform and how easy it is to find and use the relevant hashtags for your photo.

Photos - My main love on Instagram is the variety of photos available, my favourite types being books (I'm a bookworm, this is just standard), food (especially sweet types of food) and stationery (I can't resist a beautiful pen/notebook photo).

Many Instagrammers (is that even a word?) have established their own 'style' of photo collections, sometimes you only have to look at a photo to know who it belongs to. This is so useful for bloggers who are trying to create a brand. 

My Instagram profile doesn't really have a specific style. Like my blog, it is a mish mash of everything. I mentioned above that Instagram is a good way to get to know people better and that is definitely true if you follow me - you'll find all sorts of images taken from my day-to-day life.

So, as far as my goal to build up my Instagram account is concerned, that is actually doing rather well. I try to post one new image every day at the very least and I usually pop on there a few times a day to check out my feed and like any images that catch my eye. My followers are slowly creeping up and my photos are gradually attracting more likes and comments, happy days! 

If you'd like to join me on Instagram, you can find me here or you can search for vfamilyfun if you'd prefer to find me for yourself.

Do you use Instagram? If you do, what are your favourite parts? I'd love to hear from you.


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

My Top 5 Kindle Book Covers


Today, as promised, I'm sharing my latest YouTube video which contains my top 5 Kindle book covers.

This top 5 is purely based on the eBooks that I own, it was difficult enough choosing from my Kindle - imagine trying to make a decision from ALL the beautiful eBook covers out there!


So what do you think of my choices? Would any of these be on your top 5? I'd love to hear from you.


Sunday, 19 March 2017

Cover Reveal - Just For The Holidays by Sue Moorcroft


I haven't posted a book cover reveal on this blog before, it was something I did on a regular basis over on Me, My Books and I and I'm excited to be bringing another part of my bookish life to V Family Fun!

So the book in question is called Just For The Holidays and it's written by the fabulous Sue Moorcroft. 

You thought you’d experienced the holiday from hell? Think again…

Just For The Holidays by Sue Moorcroft
Image courtesy of Avon.

PUBLISHING IN EBOOK AND PAPERBACK: 18TH MAY 2017
 
The #1 bestselling author returns for summer! Grab your sun hat, a cool glass of wine, and the only book you need on holiday…
 
"In theory, nothing could be better than a summer spent basking in the French sun. That is, until you add in three teenagers, two love interests, one divorcing couple, and a very unexpected pregnancy.

Admittedly, this isn’t exactly the relaxing holiday Leah Beaumont was hoping for – but it’s the one she’s got. With her sister Michele’s family falling apart at the seams, it’s up to Leah to pick up the pieces and try to hold them all together.

But with a handsome helicopter pilot staying next door, Leah can’t help but think she might have a few distractions of her own to deal with…"

A glorious summer read, for you to devour in one sitting - perfect for fans of Katie Fforde, Carole Matthews and Trisha Ashley.


Beautiful isn't it. I just love the colours and how the cover tells a story that has you asking questions before you've even read the blurb!

What do you think?


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Book Review - Sting by Sandra Brown


THE BOOK

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown comes a thrilling story of a woman targeted by a professional killer... but nothing is what it seems.

Sting by Sandra Brown

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: 16 August 2016
ISBN-13: 9781455581207

"When Jordie Bennet and Shaw Kinnard locked eyes across a run-down bayou bar, something definitely sparked between them. Shaw was the kind of tall, dark and ruthless man who was bad news to women and stunning, elegant Jordie definitely shouldn't have been in a dive like this. Unfortunately, romance wasn't in the air; Shaw Kinnard was there to kill her.

As Shaw's partner takes aim at the New Orleans party planner. she's certain her time has come, but Shaw has other plans. The hitman abducts Jordie hoping to get his hands on the 30 million dollars her brother has stolen. Now on the run from the FBI and her brother's crooked boss, they'll have to work together to stay alive, but staying together might be the most dangerous thing they could do."

MY REVIEW

The blurb for this book completely reeled me in, it had me asking a thousand questions and generally left me feeling desperate to start reading. I had high expectations for an exciting, heart-pounding read, but is that what I got?

Absolutely!

The prologue set the scene well, giving me a feeling of danger that continued throughout the storyline. I haven't read a book from this genre for a while and I relished the change, it felt refreshing. I really enjoyed playing the detective, especially seeing as every page seemed to hold another mystery.

The hostage situation was nerve-wracking yet exciting, just what I'm looking for from this genre. Shaw had a mixture of qualities that made him the perfect bad guy/hot male lead, I wanted to dislike him but I just couldn't! The sparks of chemistry between Shaw and Jordie were fantastic to read and added to the excitement that had already gripped me from the moment I started reading the first page.

Sting was one of those books that had me thinking about it even when I wasn't reading, I always looked forward to getting the chance to pick it up and sink into the storyline once more. I think the combination of suspense and romance was what appealed to me so much, it was intoxicating.

There were plenty of unexpected moments but one in particular really shocked me. I absolutely hadn't seen it coming, what a fabulous twist! The final revelation was another shocker, I'm usually pretty good at predicting outcomes but this one definitely beat me.

This was a gritty, unputdownable read that held my attention throughout. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.

5 Stars
5 Stars
CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR

Sandra Brown is the author of numerous New York Times bestselling thrillers. She lives in Arlington, Texas.


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Thank you to the publisher (via Bookbridgr) for sending me this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Mince And Mash


Today's recipe is for another easy V Family favourite - mince and mash! This will serve 2 - 4 people depending on portion sizes.

Ingredients

1 Onion
500g Pork Mince
400g Cheesy Mash
1 400g Tin of Cirio Chopped Tomatoes
250ml Gravy

Mince And Mash

Method

1. Chop the onion and brown off in a frying pan with the mince.

Mince And Mash

2. Add the tin of tomatoes and stir well. Leave to simmer for around 5 minutes.

Mince And Mash

3. Pour in the gravy and stir. Leave to simmer for another 5 minutes.

Mince And Mash

4. Serve with cheesy mash - I went for the easy microwave option but you could, of course, make your own (with four children I tend to go for the quickest, easiest option whenever I can).

Mince And Mash

5. Enjoy!

This is a lovely warm, comforting meal that doesn't take long to prepare but is very tasty. The tomatoes add such a lovely flavour to the dish, you really wouldn't believe they were from a tin.

Do you like to make cooking simple or are you a cook-from-scratch kind of person? I'd love to hear from you.


We received some Cirio products to use in our recipes. All opinions are my own or that of my family.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Crabbing At Mudeford... Again!


If you've been reading my blog for a while, you might remember my previous post about crabbing at Mudeford here. Looking at that post brings back so many memories for me and I can't believe how small the children look, they've grown so much since then. Plus we have Z now too!

Anyway, during half term we decided to go back so we packed up the car with our crabbing equipment and headed off. Once again it was a grey and very windy day so coats were a must.

Mudeford

Because it was so windy we couldn't go to our usual spot, the tide current was just too strong there so we headed around to a slightly more sheltered area. Unfortunately this area didn't have barriers so I must admit that I spent the whole time feeling nervous that one of the children were about to topple in. 

Crabbing at Mudeford

Luckily they all stayed on dry land and really got involved with catching those crabs. Last time, E wasn't able to actually take part in the crabbing fun (she spent most of the day in the pushchair, like Z did this time) but now she's older there was no stopping her! 

N and E are both quite competitive so of course they decided to see who could catch the most crab. Who do you think won?

E enjoyed holding the crabs but N wouldn't touch them even if you paid her - I love seeing how they are all growing up to be so different.

Crabbing at Mudeford

While we were crabbing we also watched some boats sailing past. T went on a sailing week last year where he learnt how to do this - it looks like a LOT of work to me.

Boats at Mudeford

A beautiful swan decided to come and check us out. E insisted it was a duck!

Swan at Mudeford

So who won the crabbing competition? Well, one bucket ended up with ten crabs in it and the other had six crabs. 

Crabbing at Mudeford

E won!!! She caught ten crabs and happily placed them all in her bucket.

N said E only won because she had daddy helping her, how did I know she'd say that ha ha.

We finished our trip with a yummy meal in the Harvester, just what we needed to warm ourselves up.

Do your children enjoy crabbing? Do they like to compete too? I'd love to hear from you.