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Vengeance Review: Roger A. Price

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Right from the start, the characters and surroundings are described with the perfect amount of detail in order to get a basis of what the book will be about and what each character’s personality is like.

Also right from the start, there is a heavy atmosphere of action taking place which entices the reader in to the point they want to read more. I love the fact that we get to see the story from the different characters perspectives in the sense they tell the same part of the story from more than one perspective. It gives us a better insight into the story as a whole rather than just one side of it.

I like the way in which each chapter is quite short as it means that if you don’t have a lot of time to read before you will get busy in life, you can read a chapter, or a few chapters without having to try find an appropriate place to stop in the middle of a chapter. I often read books on the bus when I am heading into university so the short chapters are perfect for that moment I need to get off the bus but don’t want to stop in the middle of a chapter.

There are certain moments where I don’t know which character is actually speaking but apart from this, most of the novel is easy to follow and not too difficult to understand which is good as I tend to gear away from books that seem difficult for me to understand unless I am forced to read them like when I was studying confusing books for English in high school.

I love how the book creates constant twists in Christine’s story line in the sense you don’t know what is going to happen before it happens. The whole way along, even when the cops are searching for Christine, there are constant twists so you don’t expect the plot to turn out the way it does.

Vengeance is a classic criminal story with many twists to keep you guessing right until the end. I found it full of action constantly which engrossed me in until the very end.

You can buy the book here: UK ~ US ~ Canada ~ Australia

You can win a paperback copy of Nemises or Vengeance here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

About the author:

‘My name is Roger A. Price a crime fighter turned crime writer. I used to right the wrongs but now I write the wrongs. Ok, enough with the puns, but I do love language and playing with it, I guess all writers do.

I spent over thirty years in the police retiring as a detective inspector in charge of a covert undercover drugs unit which achieved national acclaim. I served on various units and squads and saw service across the UK, Europe and beyond. I can’t write about those events but I can base my crime fiction writing from my many experiences of them. Some of which were good, some not so good.

My first two novels are in the ‘Burrows and Lee’ series; ‘By Their Rules’ and ‘A New Menace’ and chart the adventures of Jane Lee and John Burrows in their work for the secretive ‘Special Projects Unit’ where they take on the bad guys with no rules of engagement.

‘NEMESIS’ is the first in the new ‘Badge and the Pen’ series which follows the fortunes of detective inspector Vinnie Palmer who finds an unlikely ally in TV news reporter Christine Jones, as they chase common threats but from very different agendas. This book was an Amazon Bestseller for a while in Canada and Australia and has received rave reviews in the UK.

‘VENNGEANCE’ is the second outing for Vinnie and Christine in the ‘Badge and the Pen’ series where they both face the most unlikely of threats, as they race to save lives.’

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Imposters in Paradise by Maxine Barry Q & A

Where are you happiest?

At home – or in a library. (And walking on a summer’s day across a meadow by a river.)

Who would you like to star in the film of your life?

(OK – you’ll have to wait a few minutes now, before I stop laughing. What actress in the world would want to play me?) OK, fantasy choice – probably Diana Rigg (I loved her as Emma Peel in the old Avenger’s series!!!) In reality – probably that wonderful actress who plays ‘Vera’ so well in the Anne Cleeves BBC series.

Describe your best ever holiday.

I never went on holiday until I was well into my twenties – coming from a large, working class family we could never afford to go on one as kids (and no, I’m really not touting for sympathy or wallowing in self-pity.) Besides, none of us minded that – living in a country village, with the river Cherwell and Oxford canal to explore, it felt like we were constantly on holiday anyway. But I do remember my first time abroad – when I spent a week in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland in the springtime. Stunning mountain scenery, two large lakes, cows with huge musical bells around their necks that rang out every time they moved, and fields full of wild amethyst-coloured orchids. Lovely.

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do? (easy, tiger!)

You really shouldn’t ask questions like that! It’s boggling my mind a bit. Actually, I’m very worried at the moment about this pressing need to build new houses on greenbelt and expand pretty rural villages out of all recognition. So I’d probably sneak into a council planning office and find out what they’re really saying and plotting, out of the spotlight of public scrutiny!

If I joined you on your perfect day, what would we be doing?

Nothing very exciting I’m afraid. (I’ve never felt the urge to bungee-jump or go white-water rafting!) It would be a lovely day outside though and we’d walk my dog, cook something nice for lunch, read something good, maybe go out in the evening with a couple of friends or family to a riverside pub and feed the swans. (I’d like to say, at this point, we’d then come home to find a David Tennant or Rufus Sewell lookalike waiting for us with a warm mug of drinking chocolate and even warmer smile, but that really would be hoping for too much!)

What do you think is the best thing about social media?

I’m a near-Luddite when it comes to modern technology and have only just started to learn to Twitter. Sorry, tweet. So, what I know about social media could be written in one word.  Nothing!

And the worst…?!

Again – I don’t feel qualified to comment.

What is the most important item you require for a quiet night in?

A good book.

Is it best to always tell the truth or is it sometimes better to tell a little white lie?

Ah. Interesting. Depends on the reason for the white lie, I suppose. If the truth is painful – and isn’t really required to do anyone any good – I don’t see the point of it for its own sake. On the other hand, I can well see why telling lies isn’t a particularly good idea either. It has to be bad for the soul, right?

Buy Imposters in Paradise here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XCNG8PQ/

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Bidvine – Stress Management Coaching

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Bidvine but all views are my own.

Have you ever been in search of a service but can’t quite find a decent one for what you are looking for?

This is where Bidvine comes in handy. Bidvine is a service you can visit at Bidvine or through their mobile app. This is a handy service which allows you to search for whatever service you are in need of and then get custom bids from local professionals.

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There are many different services ranging from photographers to plumbers to learning to play guitar to even stress management coaching. No more wondering if your chosen service provider is properly trained and qualified to do the job!

Today I will be focusing on the service of Stress Management Coaching. I chose to focus on this service specifically because I am one of those people who is very likely to get incredibly stressed when I am under pressure at university or various other aspects of my life.

Just last year when things got busy with my event I became really stressed to the point I had so much to organise I would forget to eat lunch and had to be reminded to do this by my guidance lecturer.

Recently, I had to let people down and post certain blog posts a bit later and also cancel other plans because I became unwell and at the same time had a large amount of university coursework to work on!

Before I found out about Bidvine, I didn’t even know that Stress Management Coaching was a service which you could specifically search for online, I had heard of counselling but that was about it.

Bidvine makes it so easy, all you have to do is use the search box at the top of the website for the service, enter your postcode and click submit.

Stress is something that we all face at least once in our life when pressures build up so it is useful to know how to manage this.

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You then follow a series of steps that allow you to customize the service to suit yourself. You get the option to choose how often you want the service, what days of the week you are available and even the gender you would prefer your coach to be.

Bidvine asks you questions specific to the type of service which YOU are looking for in order to find you the best possible fit to your needs.

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Once you have finished personalising the service, all you have to do is create an account and you will then receive custom bids from professional stress management coaches.

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I would definitely recommend Bidvine to people with a busy lifestyle who wish to find the perfect professional be it a wedding photographer, plumber or stress management coach. Bidvine has a wide variety of different types of services so there is sure to be something for everyone with available service providers right across the UK!

Bidvine makes it easier to narrow down the search to find the provider right for you.

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Kalms Live Life Ready Anxiety Campaign

Anxiety can affect anyone, it is something that affects me on a regular basis to the point it can even change my daily behaviour at times. I took part in the Kalms #livelifeready campaign which required me to track my anxiety over a week and think about steps in which I can overcome this anxiety.

Tuesday 28th February:

Today I ended up running late and arriving at university 15-20 minutes late. I got really anxious, agitated and worked up at the thought of having to walk into a class late to the point I didn’t end up going to that specific lecture as the anxiety got too high.

Also, every time I get a new email to do with my blog, I get a burst of anxiety where I automatically assume/think it is going to be saying something bad when in actual reality the people emailing me are never saying something bad, its just a sense I get. Even when I get emails from my university lecturers I get a lot of anxiety to read the emails incase it is something negative especially around the times I am due marks back from certain assignments. Today I decided to set aside just five minutes to responding to emails in the hope that doing a little bit at a time would help calm my anxiety and mean that I would have less daunting emails waiting for me.

Wednesday 1st March:

Today I was supposed to go into university for pretty much a full, busy day but I woke up with a splitting headache and generally not feeling very well so I took the day off. I got some more sleep but it was constantly interrupted and I kept waking up until I decided at 1pm to get up since I was waking up that often. When I decided to get up, I was worried and anxious that my Dad would think I had pretended to be ill so I wouldn’t have to go into uni as my Dad used to always think that when I stayed off ill but luckily he didn’t, he knew I wasn’t feeling well.

Thursday 2nd March:

Today I felt anxious at the end of a seminar class I had because I was yet to be given a topic/week for my student led seminar seeing as the lecturer wasn’t getting a reply from the other girl who supposedly didn’t have a topic. At the end of the class it turned out there was another student who also didn’t have a topic but I felt anxious waiting to find a moment to but in since my lecturer wasn’t aware I was still there/in the class that day! I gave myself a moment to breathe slowly till I alerted my lecturer of my presence and then butted in without thinking before I could give myself a chance to get even more anxious.

Friday 3rd March:

Today my anxiety hit me when I arrived at Uni and I bumped into someone I know from a society as this is someone I don’t know very well yet. I felt anxious talking to them because of this and wasn’t sure if it was them at first or not. In order to overcome this anxiety, I said hi and then luckily the person started speaking to me and I knew it was them.

I also felt anxious when it was time to go to my radio show. My bus was running late, therefore I ended up slightly late to my radio show which made me really anxious. To tackle this, I contacted the person I do my show with to alert them that I was running late so they were aware which made me a little less anxious about how they’d react.

Saturday 4th March:

I go to a regular art class each Saturday but this Saturday was different. A woman was coming from a company who’s doing a project based on people under-represented in the media whom I might be taking part in the project. I got a picture taken and interviewed and at first I had a lot of anxiety as I had only met her one time previously. I forced my brain to focus on the fact that I was taking part in a worthwhile project and to treat it a little as if it was an interview, in the end my anxiety calmed by the fact that the woman was friendly and easy to chat to so I began to feel more comfortable around her.

Sunday 5th March:

Today I went to my local Lidl to get stuff for my packed lunch for tomorrow and Tuesday.

When I went to Lidl, I was paying in loose change since most the stuff I was buying was from Sainsbury’s and I had lots of change I wanted to get rid of. I hadn’t taken enough out my purse so I not only felt anxious paying in loose change but I also felt anxious getting the extra out my purse while at the till as I prefer to have all the money in my hand before I get to the till. I tried to breathe a bit slower without it being noticeable while also focusing all my attention on getting the rest of the money out of my purse and not looking at other people as this would have made me anxious wondering if I was annoying them.

Monday 6th March:

In one of my seminars, we were in a computer lab being shown how to write a literature review which is preparation for our dissertation which we will carry out next year.

The lecturer started leaning over everyone’s shoulders to see what they had written during the class which made me anxious and begin to worry about whether my work was good enough. Each time the lecturer came to look at my work, I tried to focus my full attention on what I was doing as this allowed me at points to not even notice when she was behind me which therefore made me less anxious.

When I went to my radio show today I felt anxious because I was a bit earlier than the usual time I arrive so the people doing a radio show before me had a guest in so I felt anxious not to really talk as I don’t know the presenters very well or the guest so don’t yet feel completely comfortable around the presenters even though they are younger than me. Therefore, I pretty much stayed in the green room area until it was time for my show, using my phone to distract me which helped keep me calmer.

Tuesday 7th March:

I began to feel anxious when I got on my bus and it started moving as soon as I got my ticket as I wasn’t expecting the bus to move so quickly and I hate having to climb stairs and navigate the top deck while the bus is moving in case I was to fall. To combat this, I made sure to hold onto a handrail at all times and get a seat as quickly as I could.

When I arrived at Uni I was anxious walking into my seminar class as I was about five minutes late and they had already started so I felt anxious walking in while other students were presenting their student led seminar. I couldn’t really stop some people from staring at me so I found an empty seat as quickly as I could & sat down as quietly as I could so as not to draw extra attention that would make me more anxious.

My Dad then phoned me while I was waiting at the bus stop and I was listening to music on my phone so I cancelled the call as it annoyed me because I was in the middle of a song I liked and felt anxious to answer in front of so many people. As a result I waited till I was on the bus and text him instead. The bus ended up not turning up on time so I got annoyed/anxious so ran to the train station to get the train instead. On the train I had to sit on the inside with someone I don’t know on the outside which makes me anxious in case they are getting off after me. I took out my kindle fire so I could distract myself by doing Uni work to try and calm my anxiety. Luckily the woman got off before me.

What I realised:

Through tracking my anxiety for a week, I realised that a lot of the things I got anxious about, were stupid things where the outcome turned out different to the reason I was anxious about it. I realise I need to start improving on my anxiety management.

What can be done to relieve periods of mild anxiety?

Kalms have released a product titled “Kalms Lavender One-A-Day Capsules.” This is a traditional herbal medicine containing lavender oil which provides the temporary relief of mild anxiety and is to be taken once a day.

Research has been conducted to show that the uniquely prepared  pharmaceutical quality lavender oil which is the active ingredient found only in this product can reduce the over stimulation of nerve cells therefore improving symptoms of anxiety.

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You can purchase Kalms One-A-Day Capsules from Boots, Asda or online at Kalms Range

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