BookTour

Book Tour| The Sound Of Her Voice | Nathan Blackwell

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Ad – review. I was sent a copy of this book for review purposes and all thoughts are my own]

Today is my turn in the book tour for The Sound Of Her Voice By Nathan Blackwell. 

Nathan Blackwell was raised on Auckland’s North Shore and attended Westlake Boys’ High School before commencing a ten-year career in the New Zealand Police. Seven of those years were spent as a Detective in the Criminal Investigation Branch, where he was exposed to human nature at its strongest and bravest, but also at its most depraved and horrific. He investigated a wide range of cases including drug manufacture, child abuse, corruption, serious violence, rape and murder. Because some of his work was conducted covertly, Nathan chooses to hide his true identity.


About the book:

Some murder cases you can't forget. No matter how hard you try.

The body of a woman has been found on a pristine New Zealand beach - over a decade after she was murdered.

Detective Matt Buchanan of the Auckland Police is certain it carries all the hallmarks of an unsolved crime he investigated 12 years ago: when Samantha Coates walked out one day and never came home.

Re-opening the case, Buchanan begins to piece the terrible crimes together, setting into motion a chain of events that will force him to the darkest corners of society - and back into his deepest obsession . .


The Sound Of Her Voice is a brilliantly written crime thriller. Once I got into the story I was gripped and could hardly put the book down. The book was so gripping and engaging I found myself staying up til around 2 am as I just needed to finish before I could sleep.  

Please be warned though that this book may not be suitable for all  as it features violence, sexual crime, missing girls and physiological scars.

I love that the story isn't just based on one crime,  but instead has a series of different crimes are featured throughout. I feel that the author having had a career in the police certainly made the book more realistic as I'm sure he was able to use some of his experiences within the force to write such a thrilling and compelling novel. I'm definitely hoping to hear more from Nathan Blackwell.

Christmas

Portable North Pole Magic Pass | Review

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*We received a code for a free Magic Pass in exchange for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own

Christmas is the most magical time of year, especially for children. The lead up to the big day is just as important to us and I love keeping the magic alive for Blake.  Even though Blake is autistic and has limited understanding of what is going on, we do our best to involve him. We have many Christmas traditions some such as putting out a mince pie on Christmas Eve like Stuart and I did  as children and new and fun ideas that weren't around when we were little such as the Christmas Eve Box and the Christmas Elf.


Portable North Pole is an app that really does help to the keep the magic of Christmas alive.  A magic pass to use on the app unlocks all the premium videos and other content. Portable North Pole is available on the App Store and Google Play or online too.

The app is super simple to download and with a magic pass that costs £12.99 there are many wonderful videos to choose from and more.


With the Magic Pass, you get:

- Unlimited Premium videos and calls for an unlimited number of kids
- First name guaranteed
- Multi-device scenarios
- Reaction recorder
- 2019 PNP Nice List Certificates
- 1080hd downloads
- Family options

- Video calls from Santa

What really makes the app feel special is that the videos, phone calls and video calls  can be all personalised. When writing your child/rens name/s you are able to hear how Santa will pronounce it. You can also select your childs gender, date of birth, a photo of your child and other info about them such as what country they live, what they do like going to school, what gift they really want for Christmas etc. 


Once videos are created they are saved in the parents section which is protected by a pin code you choose. 

In the children's section they can watch the created video. Not only that there is a advent calandar, bedtime stories and games for them to enjoy. 

One of the things I reccomend is opting to record your childs reaction. It really is such a wonderful feeling. Blake each time has been super excited jumping and flapping and loved seeing Santa.  The videos are so convincing and the scenery is all beautiful and we love seeing the elves too.

With Blake's birthday on the 16th I'm looking forward to Blake's reaction to Santa and his elves remembering and giving him a call. There is also a Christmas Eve video to look forward to and I'll be using other video chats and calls throughout December too.

#LittleLoves

#Littleloves November

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November has certainly been a mixed month. We had to cancel going to visit family for my sister in laws 30th birthday party due to the flood alerts in the area. There were train cancellations and warnings not to travel unfortunately. Then I also found out this month that I have type 2 diabetes which means a complete change to my eating habits. We have had some great christmas related stuff happen though which has totally made the month enjoyable. I'm so excited for December tomorrow and putting up our tree.

Let's now jump into the little loves for November.




READ

I've managed to get through 4 books this month and 2 are for upcoming book tours I'm involved in.  The first 2 I'd been meaning to read for awhile and have been in my tbr pile on our bedroom shelf.

The Brighton Mermaid By Dorothy Koomson
Confession I've read 2 of Koomsons books before and didn't enjoy them but this one I was really drawn to and I'm glad I decided to give it a go as I ended up really enjoying it. I'd say it's a mix of Romance and mystery/crime.

Pieces Of Her By Karin Slaughter
This one is a slow starter for me. Definitely not the most gripping of thrillers but still an ok read.


The Sound Of Her Voice By Nathan Blackwell 
A brilliantly written crime thriller that kept me gripped. My full review will be live on December 6th. 

A Portrait Of Death By Rhen Garland 
Loved, loved, loved this one. Can safely say this was my favourite of the month and my full review will be live on December 9th.



WATCHED

I've been slacking with watching anything on TV, Netflix or films this month. I've only seen two films bad moms and Bad moms Christmas which I loved. 

Fireworks 
We don't go to see the fireworks as the noise really effects Blake and we are struggling to get him to wear ear defenders. However we got to watch some from Blake's room where the bangs weren't so loud and Blake loved them.

Christmas light switch on 
We went to the local light switch on. They had it two days in a row which we were able to go to as the second day wasn't so busy and was without the bangs.

Santas Christmas Countdown
We also went to see a wonderful Christmas show locally which Blake loved he even got to meet santa after and get a present.


Heard


Not going to lie the last week or so I've been playing Christmas music. Christmas is my favourite time of year so why not prolong it.
Now 100 hits Christmas has a mix of the traditional songs we all know and more modern ones too.


WORE


Yep I totally decided to get into the Christmas spirit this month and have been wearing both Christmas pj bottoms and socks. I'm totally loving the cute gingerbread characters on both.


MADE

I made a simple card bauble craft that you can read about here. I've also made a list of ideas for our elf ready for when he arrives tomorrow.


AND LASTLY...


Meet Pip McJingles who will be arriving tomorrow ready for lots of fun, adventures and  mischief in the lead up to Christmas. 
He is from Elf for christmas and we were sent him with a reward kit, 24 advent letters and a new book.