NEW RELEASE: Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

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New Release….
A loving husband. The perfect killer?‘I wonder if Mia thinks I have a dark side. Most likely as far as she knows, I am just her dear loving husband.’ 

Paul Strom has spent years building his perfect life: glittering career, beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in the suburbs.

But he also has his secrets. That’s why Paul has promised his wife a romantic weekend getaway. He proclaims this day, a warm Friday in May, will be the best day ever.

Paul loves his wife, really, he does. But he also wants to get rid of her. And with every hour that passes, Paul ticks off another stage in his elaborately laid plan…

Behind Closed Doors meets Liane Moriarty in this creepy, fast-paced psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming!

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‘A tensely written, shocking book that will hold readers on the edge of their seats to the very last page.’  Publishers Weekly
‘Fast-paced, dark, and slightly disturbing, you won’t be able to put this book down until its jaw-dropping ending… Absolutely brilliant!’
Kerry Lonsdale, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Everything We Keep
‘Through self-conscious charm and a chilling wit, Rouda’s narrator creates laugh-out-loud moments that will feel like guilty pleasures. This may well be the most entertaining read of your year.’  Kathryn Craft, award-winning author of The Far End of Happy, on Best Day Ever
‘Deliciously diabolical and highly readable, BEST DAY EVER kept me flipping the pages with anticipation and fascination. Unputdownable!’ A. J. Banner, USA Today bestselling author of The Twilight Wife

 



About the Author

Kaira Rouda is a USA Today bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary women’s fiction and sexy modern romance novels that sparkle with humor and heart. Her women’s fiction titles include HERE, HOME, HOPE, ALL THE DIFFERENCE, IN THE MIRROR and THE GOODBYE YEAR (April 2016). Her bestselling short story is titled, A MOTHER’S DAY. Kaira’s work has won the Indie Excellence Award, USA Book Awards, the Reader’s Choice Awards and honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest International Book Awards. Her books have been widely reviewed and featured in leading magazines.

Her sexy contemporary romance series set on INDIGO ISLAND includes: WEEKEND WITH THE TYCOON, Book 1; HER FORBIDDEN LOVE, Book 2; THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS, Book 3; and THE BILLIONAIRE’S BID, Book 4. Each of these novellas can be read as a stand alone, or enjoyed as a series. Her new series is set in LAGUNA BEACH and includes: LAGUNA NIGHTS, Book 1; LAGUNA HEIGHTS, Book 2; and LAGUNA LIGHTS, Book 3, and LAGUNA SIGHTS, coming winter 2016. She also helped launch Melissa Foster’s The Remington’s Kindle World with her bestselling novella, SPOTLIGHT ON LOVE and in the Dare to Love Kindle World, THE CELEBRITY DARE.

Her nonfiction titles, REAL YOU INCORPORATED: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs, and REAL YOU FOR AUTHORS: 8 Essentials for Women Writers, continue to inspire.

She lives in Southern California with her husband and four almost-grown kids, and is at work on her next novel.

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My Side of the Story: What You Need to Know About Vaping

When vaping first became popular a few years ago, everybody saw it as a trendy thing that would go away as quickly as it arrived, like many trends before it. In reality, vaping is still a hobby that millions of people enjoy. The industry around vaping evolves with the market, offering better mods and atomisers along with improved e-juice and an enhanced vaping experience.

I remember the first time I decided to try vaping, and I know how daunting the experience can be, especially today when you have more options than ever to choose from. If you’re a beginner or you’re thinking about trying to vape, here are some of the things you need to know based on my personal experience.

Get a Good Kit

We all started with a kit. Most people who vape started with a kit that they could use out of the box. Only a very few built their own set from different components. It is actually okay to start with a kit, but there is one thing to keep in mind: get a good starter kit.

The first kit you use will determine your experience with vaping. There are some very good kits on the market that you can look into. The SMOK Alien Kit, for instance, includes a mod that supports up to 220W and the company’s TFV8 Baby Beast tank. The latter is very popular because it has multiple pre-built coils that you can use based on your personal preferences.

SMOK Alien Kit is a great starter kit because it is very robust. You don’t have to change a thing. You can even use the kit for years without ever needing a new tank; you just have to replace the atomiser regularly and you’re all set. Settling for a bad (but cheaper) starter kit will only hurt your vaping experience and cost you more money in the long run.

Try Different E-Juice

I have so many bottles of e-juice from when I first started vaping. Back then, it was much more difficult to get samples of different flavours, so I had to buy full bottles of e-juice I may not like just to try the flavours. I’m sure a lot of people experienced the same thing because you can now find online forums and marketplaces where hobbyists sell their unused bottles of e-juice.

Today, however, you don’t have to go through all the trouble of buying big bottles of e-juice just to give it a try. Many producers now provide samples – usually 5ml or 10ml in size – either for free or for a small fee. There is no shortage of flavours to try either, plus it is much easier to get the best liquids at great prices thanks to online retailers such as Vaperswarehouse.co.uk whose e juice flavours I can’t get enough of.

Find a Comfort Zone

The most important advice I can give you is to find your own comfort zone. Some love to go for the flavours they like. Others play with mods and RDAs to get the most vapour. You just have to understand why you vape, what you enjoy the most from the experience, and just go for it.

There are also those who love vaping for the technology behind it. They collect tanks and RDAs as well as mods. Some even go as far as building their own mechanical mods. You can choose this route too if you love tinkering with gadgets and you are willing to learn the mechanics of vaping.

Whichever route you take, you can never go wrong with vaping. It is a fun hobby to try and explore and you now have millions of other vapers waiting to connect and share the experience through online forums and social media.

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Becoming a Creative Writer at School

Each and every schoolchild can become a writer – a bit of practice, a bit of creativity and these writing tips will help you to become a wordsmith.

Pro’s Writing Tips for Children

There are two ways of academic writing: either you learn to write perfect texts at school, or skip that step and then order top-notch papers at https://thesispanda.com/bachelor-thesis.

Still, there are times when school teachers expect their pupils to write a story about something so kids have no choice but come up with something. Sometimes laurels of famous writer become a pain in the neck of a future maestro. And in any case, additional knowledge about successful paper writing would not be superfluous.

So if you want to create a masterpiece out of your story how you spent your summer holidays, then this article is for you. Let’s move on!

Steps to follow in creative writing

Bring into notice that it is impossible to create something new and catching, having no idea of good stories essentials. So the first and the main piece of advice that any professional writer gives is: Read! It is not just a good way to get new knowledge and develop imagination, but also a chance to develop writing skills. To do so, you have to read a story in certain matter: stop reading in different places and try to predict what will happen next.

Then make a list of the questions and answer them after finishing the story:

  • What is told in the story?
  • Who participates in it?
  • What happens in the beginning, middle and the end of it?
  • What features of character do you like in every hero?
  • Are there any problems in the story and how are they solved?

That may help you to get better understanding of the principles of writing.

Search for inspiration

Once again, everything comes with practice: search for stories that you like to read, search for ideas that you find interesting to write about. If you like fairy tales, try to write your own version of famous tales. Here are some tips how to make a muse work for you:

  1. Make a plan for the story using questions mentioned above
  2. Look for the topics on the Internet – there are many useful websites with this kind of stuff
  3. Ask your parent to write some sentence starters: it is possible to use them or to change them and thus, create something new
  4. Select three things that have no relation, like sports, magic and giraffe and try to tell a story where all they are combined
  5. Every family has certain tradition, funny moments or notable events worth telling about – try to write a story about them
  6. Storyboard can be a wise solution – draw something like comics to plan everything
  7. When you complete writing, read the story with a list of questions mentioned above nearby – does your story have all answers to these questions?
  8. Read the story aloud. That may help to find places that need improvement.

Following these easy steps you can create your own written masterpiece that will impress your parents, teacher and classmates – just do not be afraid to let your imagination fly.

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Back To School With Sports Direct

We were sent these items from Sports Direct for the purpose of reviews. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Jack is now back at school, he’s now in year one and life is busier than ever. He’s learning more at school so more reading and homework, he’s doing football training after school on a Thursday, golf lessons one day a week and going up the range with his Daddy and he’s also got his Friday night club. He is loving being so busy and is loving being back at school with all of his friends – he has even got a school trip this Thursday that he is very excited about!

We were recently contacted by Sports Direct asking if we would like some items from their kids range to help Jack settle in back to school. We use Sports Direct a lot for all our sporty needs – having a golf mad partner and son means we spend a lot of time shopping in there and only recently bought all of Jack’s football training items in there!

We were given a list of items to choose from: a pair of school shoes, a pair of trainers or football boots, a jacket, a bag, a bottle, a shirt and some shorts. Now I couldn’t find a pair of shorts in his size but I did ask for something from each of the other sections so what did we choose?

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For school shoes, there was only one brand we could choose – Kickers. Both Steve and I remember having Kickers when we were little and wanted Jack to try them too as we remembered just how good quality they are. We picked these Kickers Fragma Slip On Shoes which usually retail at £44.99 but are currently on sale for just £30! Jack has been to school in them for the last few days and they are withstanding an energetic five year old well – I’d normally be seeing at least one or two scuffs on his shoes by now! They fit well and look very smart.

Sports Direct Sports Direct Now as I mentioned before, we recently grabbed Jack’s football stuff from Sports Direct so he wasn’t in total need of trainers or football boots but when he saw Sidewalk Sport wheely trainers (usually £47.99, down to £29), he begged me for them and Sports Direct were more than happy for him to try them. He obviously won’t be using these at school but will definitely make the walk to school a little faster and he can change into his school shoes there, haha!

Sports Direct Sports DirectNow Jack isn’t allowed to take any bags other than his book bag in on a regular day at school due to lack of storage space – they have pegs for their coats, shelves for their bottles and lunchboxes if they have packed lunch and boxes for their book bags. However since Jack also attends football after school on a Thursday, he needed something to store that in that he could take in and bring home every Thursday. This Minion character 3D backpack (usually £19.99, currently on sale for £7) is spacious enough to fit in all his football kit with room for anything else he needs to put in there.

Sports Direct Sports DirectWith it getting close to Winter, Jack needed a decent coat that could withstand the elements – after all, we all know British weather is incredibly temperamental. This Karrimor Urban Jacket (£42.99 usually, half price at just £21.99) is perfect. It fits him well but also has space for him to grow a little. It is waterproof and windproof, has reflective detailing and has WeatherTite technology. Just what you need from a school jacket.

Sports DirectFinally we were sent this Character flip bottle, costing just £3.49 down from £5.99 and this Slazenger polo shirt (£3 – not pictured as it is in Jack’s PE kit at school). I must admit that we did have an accident with the bottle – it is a plastic bottle but Jack dropped the one we were sent on his third day at school and it shattered across the floor and he was very upset – luckily my mum managed to find him exactly the same one in our local store and he has been extra careful with it since.

The green tee has been perfect for PE as he is in the green team. It is good quality and I can see it lasting a long time.

We have been very impressed with the items we were sent to ensure Jack was sorted for back to school. They certainly do have a great range of children’s items – and if you hurry up, you may even get some of them on sale right now!

L.O.L Surprise Doll Unboxing

The L.O.L Surprise Doll was sent for the purpose of this unboxing,

We’ve talked about L.O.L Surprise dolls on the blog before (read one of our posts here) so when we were asked if Jack would like to do a video unboxing of one of the range, we just had to say yes. Jack can be a little shy, my video editing efforts aren’t the greatest and Olivia makes an appearance but I think we did okay, don’t you?

 

Jack is very chuffed with the surprise doll he got – have you managed to get any of the rare or ultra rare ones?