Book Blogger Hop July 17th to 23rd

How does book blogger work? Follow this link to find out.

Each week, although I’m going to aim to participate monthly, there is a question.

Here’s this week’s question:

 Do you bring along books when you go on a vacation?

(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

Yes, I always take my kindle with me on holiday, which I fill with three or four new books to choose from, half traditionally published and half Indie. I used to take paperbacks.

I also look out for paperbacks in the area where I am staying. There’s nothing like relaxing to a historical fiction set in my current surroundings, where I imagine, absorb the atmosphere as well as learn about the evolution of the place and it’s people. It’s also a way of taking my holiday back home with me and extending the pleasure. The pictures in my mind are still so vivid!

How better than to read a book set in the Outer Hebrides when you are there for example? (Or the Greek islands but that seems a distant dream at the moment.)

Secrets of the Sea House set in the Outer Hebrides was my June book review. You can check it out here.

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I admit it. I am a murderer!

Not only that, I am a murderer with intent!

Years ago I stayed with a family in Sri Lanka; a memorable experience. One morning I spoke with Mrs Abysingi about my visitation from a fire fly the night before; an eerie light flying around the netting surrounding my bed. In the morning I made sure the creature was able to fly freely out of the window. She kindly said that I must be a Hindu like her, because I cared for all creatures.

But I’m not at the moment!

Each day I walk up the garden with murderous intentions. Why? Because greenfly and whitefly are attacking my lovely Lupin Tree!

This is what it should look like:

In May this year

After a while I noticed that it was beginning to look a little limp and the tell tale signs of hundreds of little critters made me realise I might be on the verge of losing this beauty. Not for the first time. This is Uncle of Lupin and Son of Lupin after the original suffered a similar infestation few years back.

In June this year

Determined to defeat it this time, I pruned off all of the flowers (conserving its strength) and began my campaign. Soapy water sprays, then vinegar and soapy water sprays nightly. I even resorted to insect killer a couple of times, but I hate to use it.

When I was beginning to win, I scanned the bush for signs and squashed them between my fingers! Oh how satisfying! Is this how a murderer feels I thought, as I hear the sound of the crunch or squish, depending on the maturity of the bug.

Now I have pared the whole bush down and am thinking


If my plant is going to survive I need a predator who can do my work for me, so that I don’t feel so guilty; like hiring a contract killer. I’ll let you know how they get on.

Has this got anything to do with my writing?

Well, not really but I’ve got it off my chest!

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Diana’s July Book Review ~ Keepers by Cheryl Burman

Why did I choose this book?

I was drawn to Keepers because:

  • I enjoy historical fiction
  • I was excited to read a novel set in Australia, especially about the same time my uncle and his family moved there from the UK

Did you feel empathy with any particular character?

Oh yes. I loved the idea that Raine tried to continue her struggle with life in her ramshackle home, distant from the town. Her resilience and determination to keep independent made me warm to her. She was not tempted to take the easy options, whether it be coping with life or who to share her life with.

Is there a lasting thought or memory of the book which remains with you?

The last few chapters ~ Love drove Raine to ignore the dangers and warning signs but just go for it!

Keepers was a gripping read. Most enjoyable!

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