Saturday, November 30, 2019

Book Spotlight: From the Ashes by S. L Briden

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine. 

Recently I’ve had the opportunity to read From the Ashes– Shadows of a Phoenix Series – Book 1, by S. L Briden. This is the first novel of an epic medieval fantasy series set in the era of King Arthur. This is the fascinating story of two knights and a sorceress who fight against the armies of the Dark, in a battle foretold by prophecy. It is a classic tale of good versus evil.

Two knights, David and Andrew, are charged by their Grandmaster to protect the sorceress Arread, who is no wallflower and is strong-willed in her own right. David and Andrew initially believe that their protection assignment is beneath them, but they soon learn that this is not the case. They find themselves on a quest to fulfil an ancient prophecy in the battle between Light and Dark. There is romance in this tale as David becomes attracted to the thrilling Arread. However, he is torn between duty and his heart. There is a lot on the line in their quest.

This novel is a thrilling mixture of history, adventure, emotion, and romance. I found it to be a fantastic read, especially during this season of snuggling under a blanket with a good book. It’s a great autumn/winter read, but this imaginative story can be equally enjoyed when you’re at the beach or chilling by the pool. It's absolutely a novel where you can get lost within the pages.

I thoroughly enjoyed From the Ashes– Shadows of a Phoenix Series – Book 1 and I’d definitely recommend it to all of the book lovers out there!

Available through: all good bookshops and internet booksellers.

Genres: Fantasy, Arthurian, Sword & Sorcery, Epic, Myths & Legends

About the Author: S. L Briden is a freelance writer and business owner who is deeply interested in the Dark Ages history of the UK. Inspired by the age-old legends of King Arthur, she loves creating historic fantasy tales full of adventure and edge-of-your-seat suspense. When she was widowed in her 30s, S.L Briden focused on writing ‘Shadows of a Phoenix’ – an epic, historic fantasy series that she drafted with her husband before his untimely death. She hopes to inspire other young widows not to give up on their dreams, whatever they may be.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃 🍽

This is the holiday that I love most because it reminds me of home and it holds great memories for me.  I remember the delicious smells coming from the kitchen as my mother cooked a wonderful feast. She would be humming or listening to music as she cooked. Further back when I was little and my father was alive, I remember him saying grace before we ate. I remember my sisters and brothers being joyful that it was finally time to eat 😁 Through the years as everyone grew up, the traditions shifted from one house to another, but we were together and the love was there.

So as I have Thanksgiving dinner with my husband here in England, 4,200 miles away from home, I'll carry on the traditions that I learned from my parents and keep their memories alive as I do everyday. And through the wonders of technology I'll check in with my siblings today and have some laughs and it'll be like old times in a way 🙂

Gratitude, family, friends and sharing food...the joys of life 🙂💖

Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃🙂

Monday, November 18, 2019

New Week

Here we are at the beginning of a new week again. 

I have made a bit of progress today with some things, so here's hoping that I can continue to do that. 

I hope that you have a good new week wherever you are!

Until next time...

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Last of the Summer Roses

I just wanted to share this pretty rose today. It is a surprise for sure since all of the other roses have long since stopped blooming. This beauty has the distinction of being the very last rose in the garden this season.

See  you again next summer lovely pink roses :-)

Saturday, November 02, 2019

The Forward Journey

Over the last several days, I’ve been thinking a lot about time or more specifically about this new decade that’s coming our way. It’s wild to think about the fact that as I’m typing this from this corner of Wiltshire, England, that there are only 59 full days left in this year…in this decade. I always get introspective as we move closer to the end of the year, but it usually doesn’t hit me until December. This time it’s entering my thoughts a bit earlier. Maybe it’s just where my mind needs to be at this point in my life. It’s exciting to think about the prospect of a new decade.

I’ve been thinking back over this decade that we’re finishing and to be perfectly frank, I’ll be glad to see the back of the 2010’s. I know that there isn’t a magic switch that will make the new decade of the 2020’s miraculous and worry-free, of course not. However, in my life, the 2010’s have worn me out and down quite a bit. To be perfectly frank, this decade has been incredibly hard in so many ways for me personally and I know it hasn’t been a piece of cake for the world either…far from it. Sure, there have been some bright spots for us all and I’m grateful, but I think that it’s getting to the time to hit the refresh button. Renewal is good.

On a personal level, I need to think of the new decade in terms of new energy and renewal. I know that we can get up each day and start anew, any day of the year, but from a mental point of view, I’m going to embrace this metaphorical line in the sand of time. It’s what I need.

I’m still going to be in the moment as much as I can and relish these next 59 days because tomorrow is never promised. However, I’m also going to think about what things I can do in my own life to start the Roaring 20’s off with a bit more purpose in my life. I want more from my life and there’s nothing wrong with taking stock to grow more into being even more of my true self. Here’s to the forward journey! 😊

Friday, November 01, 2019

Happy November

Happy November! Happy new month!!