20 Things About Me

I am really enjoying my blogging journey so far, but haven’t really told you anything about myself, so as one of the blogging everyday in May challenges I thought I would give you a list of 20 things I asked myself about me. So here I go!
  1. What is my favourite food? Chocolate – chocolate is a food isn’t it?
  2. How old am I? 32 – I was 29 for a couple of years as I didn’t like turning 30.
  3. What is my favourite vegetable? Peas
  4. Do I remember my first day of school? No – I never went! The teachers assistant came round looking for me, but my dad told her I wasn’t going in today because I didn’t want to go to school, but I’ll have her there tomorrow he told her!

  5. Can I swim? No – I hate water
  6. What is my favourite movie actor? I love Kevin Bacon! – Footloose rules!
  7. What is my favourite Disney film? Tough choice, between The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast
  8. What is my favourite colour? Always used to be purple but love pink now too.
  9. My favourite book is ….The Stand by Stephen King, I have so many books to choose from but it is always this one.
              

  10. What do I do for a living? I would love to blog for a living but so does most bloggers, but to earn money I cut cheese and ham all day long with the occasional cooking of chickens, gutting the odd fish and selling a steak!
  11. What is the last thing I bought? 6 free range eggs – Top tip, always find the brownest eggs as they have the yellowest yolks.
  12. What was I doing at 7am this morning? Slicing 1.5 kilos of salami, you wouldn’t believe how hard that is on your shoulder!
  13. Do I know how many books I own? no, I have never counted. Must be about 300 I reckon. I have to move a piano from my dining room to make room for two more book shelves. 
  14. What was the last song I listened to? Avenged Sevenfold’s Nightmare, I love it in the car driving to work at 5:30 am to wake me up!
  15. What was my best subject at school? Science – A total nerd!
  16. My favourite TV shows are….. Too many to name! All the Amercian one’s like Grey’s Anatomy, Grimm, Arrow, Flash, The Following (love Kevin Bacon!), Bones, Friends….. I will stop now as I would be here all day!
  17. What is my shoe size? I have enormous feet, size 8/9 and can never find shoes to fit properly. Lucky I wear men’s steel toe cap boots for work.
  18. Did I have a pet as a child? I had a couple, Daisy the cow and Mushy the rooster.
  19. What are my favourite perfumes? Kim Kardashian and Miami Glow by JLo.
  20. What is my proudest moment? When I married my husband, it was a really hot summers day, even the soles on my wedding shoes started to melt.
There you have it, 20 things about me. I hope you have enjoyed reading. To keep up to date with more posts on my blog follow me on Bloglovin and Facebook
Rachel xx

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It’s all about the cake! – Review and Giveaway

I am a huge cake lover as you know from my one of my older posts, on Gluten-Free Cake  and when bakerdays asked me if I wanted to review a letterbox cake for them I was so excited! They said I could browse their website and choose any design I wanted or they even said I could upload my own photo to put on a letterbox cake!
This is what arrived through my letterbox! The letterbox cake was beautifully packaged in a compact box with lots of other bits and bobs as well. There was a couple of candles and balloons with a cute note card. The cake itself was well protected in a gorgeous tin, which had little holes in so the cake could breathe. This little touch shoes me how much bakerdays care about the delivery of the cake.
The leaflet enclosed describes what bakerdays offer on their site. Including what size cakes they make and their 6 delicious flavours of cake. They are Vanilla, Chocolate, Fruit, Half & Half, Gluten Free and Dairy Free. So something for everyone!
Bakerdays offer loads of different designs for birthday cakes which they will personalise for you as well. You can check out their designs here. I will be checking out the gorgeous cupcakes they also offer for upcoming birthday parties!
So lets get back to the cake I chose! This is the design I wanted on my cake, I chose it from this range but adapted it for myself. The lovely people at bakerdays added the cute little message on the side! I love it!
I got sent the amazing chocolate chip cake, it is very moist and rich, perfect for a chocolate cake! This letterbox sized cake is perfect for 3-4 portions and is priced at £14.99.
I love this idea from bakerdays of sending a loved one a cake for what ever occasion you need.
Now here’s the giveaway!
I have been offered to give my readers the chance to win their own letterbox cake.

Please complete the Rafflecopter below to enter.

Rachel xx

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Short Story Review – Edward’s First Love

I was asked by the lovely Jay Moussa-Mann if I would like to review her short story Edward’s First Love. I thought it would be a good challenge for me to review a short story as I rarely read them and have never written a review on one before. 
When I first read Edward’s First Love I thought how moving the story actually is. It’s about one of the founders of the Stockton-Darlington railway, called Edward Pease. Edward was a woollen manufacturer from Darlington who realised that a railway line from Darlington to Stockton was needed for future improvements to the industries. The night the line was due to open in 1825 something happened in Edward’s life, meaning it would never be the same again.
                       

It is a beautifully written Victorian tale that shows huge sadness, and no matter what you are doing at present, or what you have going on in life, your priorities can change immediately.
“They will come tomorrow, presenting it to the world, to the people. There will be excitement and joy and wonder. Is it wrong that I care no longer for this venture?”
There are lovely comparisons between locomotives and how the author describes the situation Edward is in. I don’t want to spoil you with too much of the details of what happens in the story, but before, Edwards first passion was locomotives, and his goal of creating the Stockton-Darlington line was all of a sudden very unimportant.
image taken from http://shortstorysunday.com/2015/01/18/edwards-first-love-by-jay-moussa-mann/
I believe the authors purpose of writing this short story is to tell us that there are more important things in our everyday lives than materialistic things. This is the message I received from reading through it. 
It is a worthwhile read, if you have some spare time. It’s one of those stories that engages you and gets you thinking. I have read it a few times over to fully understand the whole picture.
I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I did.  Edward’s First Love
Rachel xx
*Disclaimer: I was given a copy of Edward’s First Love to review free of charge, all the opinions expressed are my own.

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Yet another book win!

I found a competition on Goodreads for this book, The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly back in March and I was one of the lucky winners. I have been waiting patiently for it to arrive for ages and it turned up last week. 
You know when you enter a competition that you really want to win, well this was one of them! I have been a huge Matthew Reilly fan for years. My older sister introduced me to his books ages ago. The first book of Reilly’s I read was Ice Station, its was a fantastic thriller with the introduction of Shane Schofield, and many other characters which turn up in his later books. 

If you are into fast paced action thrillers these book are for you!

Reilly creates very strong characters which makes the books so much better to get absorbed into.
Here is a list of his books and which are on my to-read list:
Shane Scofield Novels:
  • Ice Station (read)
  • Area 7 (read)
  • Scarecrow (read)
  • Hell Island (read)
  • Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves (to-read)
Jack West Jr Novels:
  • Seven Ancient Wonders (read)
  • The Six Sacred Stones (read)
  • The Five Greatest Warriors (to-read)
Stand Alone Novels:
  • Hovercar Racer (read)
  • Contest (read)
  • Temple (read)
  • The Tournament (to-read)
  • Troll Mountain (to-read)
  • The Great Zoo of China (to-read)

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Rachel xx

Book Review: Not A Word About Love & Giveaway

I have been given the chance to read and review an ebook copy of Not A Word About Love by the lovely Hana Goldberg. It is a sensual story about a search for love for a lonely woman called Maya and her trip to Thailand on a journey of self discovery.
Maya is a woman in her late 30’s and with her husband’s wishes embarks on a holiday on her own to write her screenplay and to help with her depression. She is struggling with accepting her unexciting life and dull marriage to Uri. 


On the plane to Thailand she ends up sitting next to a man called Joe who she soon becomes obsessed with and they end up having an affair. Maya meets up him various times throughout the book and eventually realises what she is throwing away when she wakes up on the streets of Thailand, lonely and longing for her life back home. 

Hana Goldberg keeps the reader guessing in the beginning as you have no idea what Maya will do next. Goldberg portrays Maya as a frustrated woman with her life and this trip gives her the freedom to be let loose. Although I don’t condone what Maya does you cannot but like her character. 
I love the way the author describes Thailand, it makes you feel that you are on the streets with Maya and on her journey to find happiness in life. The settings are very well described and the book well written. 
                            
My only dislike is that the book seemed very short when I read it on my kindle, I would have loved for it to have been longer! But looking back, it was 265 pages so I obviously enjoyed it so much I didn’t want it to finish. 
This is a book for a reader looking for a strong character based book and perfect for holiday reading. I think it is a book that you can go back and read again one day, and it’s one I will.
I have given Not a Word about Love 5 out of 5 stars.
Rachel xx
* I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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#MySundayPhoto 3/5/15

My Sunday Photo – this is down at Malpas in Truro. It is a very beautiful and peaceful place, one of my favourites, gorgeous when the tide is in. When the tide is out it looks really different!
Rachel xx