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My Corona-Virus Plans

Since I last posted, England has been placed on Lockdown.

Restaurants, Pubs, and Clubs have been told to close and most shops are shutting. Although I am not within the ‘at risk’ age range, I refuse to be a carrier. I am starting self-isolation from Wednesday 25th March. I have to work next Monday and Tuesday, after that I get to work from home.

Although I work in the health service, unfortunately, I am not sure how secure my job will be, but I would rather keep my family and safe and Healthy.

I am not panic buying. I don’t believe in it. I feel that its very selfish, and unreasonable. Where is that Blitz spirit the UK is famous for? I have enough food to get past a week, and I will be shopping again in a week. I am not going to take more that my share.

Surviving Isolation

I am a home body, so I am going to be quite a happy little ghoul staying in. I am in the middle of making plans to keep my mind and body healthy during this time. At the moment I’ve made a list which looks like this:

  • Exercise Videos
  • Improving Colouring techniques
  • Knitting
  • Sewing
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Learning Tarot
  • Healthy vegetarian recipes
  • Decorating
  • Spring Clean
  • Netflix/Shudder
  • Blogging

I hope that you and your families are safe at this uncertain times. Are you in Isolation? If so what are your plans to stay sane/safe?

Wash your hands, keep your distance and keep healthy. Love to all xo

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Creepy Colouring Zombie & FREE Downloads.

Doesn’t it feel like the Zombie Apocalypse is just around the corner?? Panic buying, self-isolation, contamination.. all of it sounds like a zombie B-movie, but that’s out reality right now.

In order to focus all that negative drama into something positive I figured it was only fitting to colour a Zombie.

The image comes from Sugar Skulls colouring by Arcturus, and I used Prismacolor Premier Pencils.

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When Colouring large pages or colouring with a lot of Blend, I use a chart that I designed to keep the blends for future use.

I also date the page so that I can see how I improve in my skills.

I hope that everyone is keeping safe in this messed up crazy world. Don’t forget your bog roll, but for those you are staying in isolation, get on with your colouring!!

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Winter Reading Nook

Winter is officially here and it is COLD.. brrr so I need to be comfy and warm or my toes will fall off… I need my toes.. 

Currently, my favourite place to read is my bed. It’s the most comfiest and warmest spot in my room. This weekend I decided it needed to be extra comfy.

First I made a list. I like lists. They discombobulate my Brain.

  • Books… duh
  • Fairy Lights
  • Blankets
  • Bookmarks
  • Pillows
  • Candles
  • Bookstagram Props
  • Reading Stand
  • iPad (for Blogging about Books)

I love my pillows and I have all my Books that I want to read this year in the bookcase with some really cute fairy lights. My calendar is above to mark off how many pages I’ve read in a day. My Kindle is on charge ready to read and i have about 6 blankets on my bed. (It gets really cold in my room) 

I have a spot for my candle, my Currently reading pile, and my TBR Jar.

Do you have a reading nook or any area in your room/house that you read?

Let me know in the comments?

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Audiobook: KOBO vs Audible

It’s a showdown, people!!!

I love audiobooks. last thing before bed for about 20 minutes I love to pop on some fairy lights, have a hot drink, lie back in bed, and be carried off to another world.

I always feel so relaxed and refreshed when I wake.

That being said, audiobooks, individually purchased are really EXPENSIVE. you are talking at least £10-£25 for each book. Not purse friendly.

BUT Audiobook subscriptions make it possible for me. There are two contenders for these Audible- an Amazon based company and KOBO – a Ratuken company.

How do they work?

You buy a credit each month which can be exchanged for 1 audiobook, no matter the price individually. you can then play these via the app on all smartphones, laptop, and computers.

Subscription Price

Audible: £7.99, per month for 1 credits. £14.99 for 2 credits

Kobo: £6.99, per month for 1 title

Availability of titles

Honestly, it’s about the same. I search for titles that appear on Audible and Kobo and they were identical.

App

Kobo

The Kobo app contains eBooks & Audiobooks. The home page I felt was a little underwhelming, BUT the reading activity page made me a happy little reader. I love reading about stats, especially my own. With stats like ‘hours per book’ and ‘pages turned’ I was a happy little book bat.

There are also rewards like the social butterfly, witching hour (wow) and Deep thinker to be won. I do love challenges.

Audible

When you open the audible app it takes you straight to where you left the app the last time you were there. In my instance, the Library. I like that for two reasons, 1) no-one is trying to sell you more books. 2) the bottom of it has the last played book player, so you can just continue where you left off.

There is also a stats page with reward badges which were quite similar to KOBO, it does give you a ranking depending on how long you listen to them.

Other Services

Audible:

  • Although the Audible app does not have the ebooks in the app, you can switch between the eBook and Audiobook, if you have purchased both. If you already own a Kindle book, chances are you will get an offer price on the Audiobook at a really reduced price. you can then switch between the apps, and continue on the eBook, or the audiobook when needed. it will keep your place.
  • Audible has a free service called ‘Shows’ which are like podcasts but by authors and famous people. (Stephen Fry’s one is very good. )
  • Finally, if you are a Harry Potter fan, you can only get the series on audible. although it links to JK Rowlings own Pottermore Website.

Verdict

You need to way up how serious you are about audiobooks. If you are starting out I would recommend KOBO, if you are not sure how much time you would have for it. It’s cheaper and easy to use.

If you think you want more credits at a better value for money, the hands down you’ll want Audible. Three extra credits can be purchased for £17.99 So if you feel you need the rest of a series you started listening to you can.

Audiobooks can be addicting. I have 457 Audible titles. (I’ve been with Audile for about 8 years)

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Bite the dust by Cynthia Eden

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Blood and Moonlight #1

Pages: 244

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Vampires. Werewolves. Beasts that hunt in the night. When New Orleans Detective Jane Hart investigates her first official homicide case, she never expects to have her world ripped apart. But the murder she’s investigating is part of a deadly war between vampires and werewolves and now Jane is caught in that eternal battle. A battle that can’t end well.

Werewolf Aidan Locke has been running New Orleans for years. It’s his job to keep the vamps out of the city. But when a Master Vampire comes to town, determined to unleash hell, Aidan knows it’s time to fight with all the fury of his pack. Beast versus vamp, until the last breath. Then he meets Jane.

One look, one taste, and Aidan knows that Jane is far more than she seems. Far more than she even knows herself to be. She’s important in the paranormal war, not a pawn to be used, but a queen to be won. And if he can’t keep her at his side, if he can’t stop the darkness from descending on the town then Jane Hart will become not just a fierce cop, not some guardian, but something deadlier. Darker. Aidan will fight heaven and hell to change her fate. To change their fate because he is more than just a predator.

And Jane is more than prey. Far more.

Format: Audiobook

Narrated by Sophie Eastlake. I liked her performance, she had a calming voice, and in doing so made the thriller parts seem scarier.

Review

I have read several of Cynthia Eden’s books and they are amazing. She is so imaginative and this is a fabulous example of why I love this author.

A brutal murder leads Jane to a victim whose blood was drained and throat ripped out. Then the body disappears, and Jane is introduced to Aiden, the Alpha of the pack, and the one who needs to stop Jane from interfering in the Otherworld..

Are you sniffing me?”
He stopped.
“Because that is some weird serial killer shit if you’re doing that. Don’t make me go for my gun again.”

Jane was incredibly likable; a tough as nails cop who was Kick-Ass. She reminded me a bit of Jane Tennison from Prime Suspect.

Aiden.. oh Aiden. Just yum! He was demanding and strong, Possessive and protective.

What was that about? Why did you kiss me?”
Propping his shoulders against the door, he leaned back and let his gaze sweep over her. “I want to fuck you.”
She stopped pacing.
“I thought the kiss made that pretty clear.” He lifted a brow. “Was I too vague? Should I try again?”
“You’re not supposed to say things like that.” Her voice had gone hoarse.
She obviously had him confused with a human. Her mistake. “What am I supposed to say? That you’re beautiful? That you charm me? That I look at you and ache?” His laughter was rough. “Those lines are for mortals, not for me. That isn’t the way I work.”
After drawing a quick breath, she took a step toward him. “How do you work?”
“I’m a very primitive kind of guy.” That was the flat truth. “When I see something I want, I take it.”
“I’m not something. I’m someone.”
“And I’m not the flowers and candy type. I am the type who’ll give you so much pleasure you’ll scream until you’re hoarse.”
She stared at him. “Got it. You’re the way too overconfident type.”

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…The Children of the Night… what great book they make…

I wanted to write a small fluff piece about my obsession with Paranormal Romance. It’s start with the Chosen one.

Buffy.

When I was 9 years, a TV show started on the BBC about an only child, with a destiny. She had strength, beauty and Witt. She fought the bad guys, had amazing friends, and a Tall Dark Vampire following her around like a lost puppy. This was Buffy.

Oh, how I longed to live in Sunnydale. To visit the Bronze, to hang out in a cemetery, with a stake… to be able to kick my enemies ass, to be confident…

As an impressionable youth, I couldn’t have asked for a better role model. I couldn’t have asked for a better show with a female lead, and in my opinion, there haven’t been very many since then. W.W.B.D?

Vampires pretending to be humans pretending to be vampires… how avant-garde!

ANNE RICE, INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE

I’ve been a BookVampire since I could read and naturally tried to find Books that featured Vampires and strong heroines. I started with The Last Vampire by Christopher Pike, The Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith, and Various Buffy Books , which tied in with the series.

As I got older so did my taste in Vampire books and TV. Then Twilight mania hit. I read the books, they were okay, but.. the sexy part of the Vampires were gone.. the Fangs, and why did they sparkle. Nope.

When other little girls wanted to be ballet dancers I kind of wanted to be a vampire.

ANGELINA JOLIE

Nowadays, I read tarot and Oracles based on Vampires, my colouring books have Vampires in various gothic poses, and I read a LOT of Vampire Novels.

At this point I started to read Dracula, Salem’s Lot, The Vampire Chronicles (Anne Rice) .. then the miracle of TV brought TrueBlood. My new taste in vampires were tall dark blonde Vikings. All Paranormal Romance for me has a place in my heart but Vampires.. those children of the night what great books they make..

Batina xo

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My Wicked Week: 3rd-9th Feb 2020

This week in Batina-Land…

What have I been colouring?

I’ve been looking at techniques to improve my special effects. Firstly I wanted to concentrate on backgrounds so I started with brickwork. I’ve seen plenty of tutorials online about brown brickwork, but hardly any when it comes to grey, castle-like brickwork. I dived head-first and I think it came out okay.

Zenacolour II

I’ve been trying out some creepy colour palates this week using my prismacolours, and I have finally found the perfect combination for Red Blood.

Prismacolors: Perfect for Blood 🩸

The Colours I have chosen are:

🩸Crimson Red – PC 924

🩸Poppy Red – PC922

🩸Crimson Lake – PC 925

And finally I got bored at work this week and started a Horror piece from Alan Roberts Beauty of Horror. It’s unfinished and to be honest, at work I use Zenacolour and this are less superior to my Prismacolor… and YES, a workman is blaming her tools!!

My colouring desk

What am I reading?

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

What am I watching?

HBO’s TrueBlood

One of my Favourite series of all time and it needs a re-watch, as I need so Vampy inspiration for my colouring. So that was my week.. let me know what you’ve been up too..