22 Nov 2010

The New Kitchen

My kitchen is being gutted and refurbished, plus all the electrics in the house are being replaced. The kitchen contents are now spread over the dining room living room and workroom. If it takes so many rooms to contain it all how on earth do I get it all in the kitchen I pondered. I have at least three weeks of this plus the tiling and decorating to do, new coving etc.
I had nine tradesmen in on Friday morning, i'm sure they have a built in sensor that detects the kettle boiling.
Consequently I haven't had much internet because the electric keeps going off.
Normal service will be back I guess in about 3 weeks................


I was very unsure about reviewing this book as I am not a fan of the theatre at all.
However it was not what I expected and I was pleasantly surprised.


Drama Queens with love scenes is a rather different type of story with a major twist.

It took me a while to get hooked into the story but the beginning was a good base for what was to come.
Allan and Warwick (friends and lovers) die unexpectedly before their time. Consequently they are given another chance in the afterlife to relive what should have been in their mortal life.

With the help of a gay angel called Guy and Samantha a throwback from the 1950’s they tread the boards in heavenly theatre land.

This is where most of the story is set, and as it moves on Allan still feels the same about Warwick, but he has moved on to a new love interest called Pedro.

The story takes many twists and turns until finally Allan has the chance to move on; but to where?

I was pleasantly surprised at the ending and if you loved the land of theatre and it’s trappings you will love Drama Queens with love scenes.

ã Teresa Geering 18/11/2010

8 Nov 2010


I courageously confronted my phobia of rodents and picked up The Island of Whispers and below is my review. Just shows you can't judge a book by the cover !!


"With great trepidation, I began to read The Island of Whispers.
I hate rats with a passion, but under the influential, cunning writing of Brendan Gisby, I found myself reading this in one long sitting.....

Out of sight of prying eyes deep underground, live a colony of rats with imaginative names, such as Twisted Foot, his mate Grey Eyes and their offspring Soft Mover.
Their world is regimented and overseen by a King Rat, who ensures that only the strongest survive by having the weakest culled. These bodies are then in turn used for the feeding cycle.

As the Cold Cycle begins above ground so the breeding season begins below. All in their world is exactly as it should be....
Then the story takes a different turn. A group of the rats led by Twisted Foot and his mate Grey Eyes, who had been subjected to rape, decide to make a bid for freedom to the greener lands above, along with their offspring.
With unexpected help from the lower rat quarters, a bloody battle ensues and they are finally free but at what cost?
Keeping well hidden from four legs, (a nifty Jack Russell called Nipper) and the two legged variety of rat catcher, they set out to cross the sea to safety. Could they swim? They had no idea but were prepared to take that chance.
I found myself willing these little rats to overcome all of the obstacles put in their way (and there were many) to obtain safety on the other side.
Twisted Foot and his followers are pursued by the remaining rats in the colony that have orders to bring them back at the cost of their own lives.
I breathed a sigh of relief, as these intrepid adventurers finally make it to safety but again at what cost?
Do they set up a new colony and live happily ever after....
At times, the song ‘Bright Eyes’ from Watership Down popped into my head. Was I getting to like these disgusting little furry creatures?

Would I highly recommend it?

The answer is a resounding yes for all age groups, because The Island of Whispers is extremely well written and thought out, albeit highly gory in places."

You can buy the book at this link:


Also take a look at Brendans blog:

7 Nov 2010


So your fresh out of a relationship because you were dumped.

What next? Well you could go for a 'hook up' (one night stand) as did the character in this book.
Just look at the consequences though .....


Caitlin Page Edison a paediatric physical therapist was raised by her grandmother from a young age when her parents died in a plane crash.

Moving on but never achieving closure of their death, she eventually gets into a ten year relationship with her childhood sweetheart Michael.

Unexpectedly and very abruptly Michael calls a halt to the relationship making comparisons to ‘an old sweatshirt’. It fitted, it’s comfortable but it’s now full of holes and stains.

Her grandmother who is completely besotted by Michael blames Caitlin for the break up.

Thoroughly dejected Caitlin takes solace in her two closest girl friends, one a virgin and the other a topless dancer whose routine includes a rubber chicken. An unlikely prop but one which I had to admit made me smile.

The answer to her problems she is assured is to go for a ‘hook up’ (one night stand), recommended by the latest magazine. Caitlin however forgoes the advice and leaves it to fate to sort out.

While she is out drowning her sorrows with her friends Michael removes most of the furniture and leaves her with just an arm chair a single end table, and a bed.

Caitlin in these dire surroundings tries to reassess her life. Manoeuvring the furniture is not an option as there is virtually nothing to move. So with a complete change of bed linen and new throw to remark her territory she gets on with her life.

After a month or so of being on her own and Valentines Day had come and gone with no results. She makes the momentous decision to go for the ‘hook up’. After all what was there to lose. She had her karate training as a back up.

In a black thong and push up bra, worn under a black tank dress, she slips her feet into a pair of stiletto heels, and with her dark hair worn loose, she’s dressed to kill.

Getting into her car she begins to cruise the town.

Coming across a sophisticated bar called ‘The Wave’ she is tempted inside. Seated with a good view of the other occupants she checks out the action and hones in on a good looking fella who fits the bill perfectly. After the usual introductions and some seductive words she invites him back to her place.

After a night of unbridled passion she awakes the next morning with misgivings and regrets and tosses him out.

However this man is not going to be put off and so the unexpected presents etc are left on the door step. Finally she agrees to go on another date with him and inevitably they end up back at her place again.

Eventually she notices he’s left a calling card. Reading it Caitlin then realises that she has been bedded twice by none other than Officer Ryan Ashford of Pittston Police Dept.....

As we move through the story we discover that Officer Ryan Ashford is recently divorced with a young son Benji the light of his life.

As the relationship between Caitlin and Ryan gets on a more steady footing, his ex wife comes on the scene and the custody battle for Benji ensues with many blows being struck sometimes literally.

Whilst this battle is being fought in the courts Michael then makes a reappearance encouraged by an unexpected source and Caitlin finds herself in a compromising situation....

To tell any more would give away the secrets of this exciting, page turner.

I was truly gutted when I realised I had read the last page as I wanted more.

The Acknowledgement at the end was an unexpected surprise and I found myself on the verge of a tear.

Very Highly Recommended



5 Nov 2010

YAY !!!

                            LIVERPOOL 3 - NAPOLI 1

                  bet yer footy boots Reg is celebrating somewhere :-)

                  http://divisionofthedamned.com/ short stories to freeze yer socks to yer feet. Take a butchers.

2 Nov 2010


Here is a review of  THE ARC by Paul A Rudd. This book convinces the reader that this could so easily happen.......



The Aquatic Research City (ARC) built by marine experts and subsidised by a billionaire, is home to a forty five foot shark which weighs in at over twenty tons. Due to a lack in security safety the Carcharadon Megaldon escapes into the open sea.

The build up in the first couple of chapters, sets a good background for the reader; however the story really takes off from the moment of the escape.

Reports suddenly begin coming in of unexplained occurrences at sea. Half of a female body is discovered. Strong ocean going boats are turned into matchwood. A helicopter pilot watches in amazement as a complete lifeboat and survivors are engorged by what......? Have her eyes deceived her?

Realisation that the Pacific Ocean is now the home of the King of the Sea, steps up the action.

The hero of the hour is a young palaeontologist Morgan Read, who saves the day. No I’m not going to tell you how.........

Paul Rudd in this debut novel takes us on a journey of carnage. Firstly through the eyes of the shark along with his insatiable appetite for anything that moves. Then in turn through his victims eyes as they get first view of this predator.

ARC is in my opinion extremely well researched. I could very easily compare it to the book/film ‘JAWS’ but I feel it holds its own superiority over JAWS and is worthy of standing in its own limelight.

It will be many a day before I dip my toes in the ocean again. There is no telling how fast the King of the Sea can travel or to where.

T.K. Geering 31/10/10