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Top four 2013 winter holiday reads

Top four 2013 winter holiday reads



Top four 2013 winter holiday reads

With the winter travel season approaching, holidaymakers are readying their ski boots, packing their warmest layers and selecting which books to snuggle up in the warm at night with. We’ve given you a helping hand and narrowed the shortlist down to four top winter reads from four brilliant authors.

With bags so tightly packed with warm winter wear these titles can be found as eBooks here.

Top four 2013 winter holiday reads

Never Coming Back

Never Coming Back – Tim Weaver

Never coming back is a highly-recommended dark thriller, and the fourth in the David Raker series.

Emily Kane arrives at her sister’s house prepared for a big night out, but when she arrives, she finds the front door unlocked, dinner cooking but no-one inside, not her sister, her husband or either of their two daughters. The police are stumped, so Emily asks private missing persons investigator, David Raker, to pick up the case. As David gets deeper into the case it’s clear that the family has someone sinister determined they will not be found. The more he uncovers, he begins to discover evidence of a cover-up which has cost many lives, and he could be the next target.

The Shining Girls – Lauren Beukes

The Shining Girls

“The girl who wouldn’t die hunts the killer who shouldn’t exist,” reads the tagline to this original, terrifying and gripping murder thriller with a difference.

Harper Curtis is a time-travelling serial killer who, with the use of a time vortex he discovers in an abandoned Chicago home during depression era America, spans decades in search for his victims, his ‘shining girls’. However he has an adversary, one of his victims turned avenger, Kirby, who discovers his nefarious truth.

The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty

The Husbands Secret

From the acclaimed author of What Alice Forgot, comes a riveting read about the secrets husbands and wives keep from each other.

Cecilia Fitzpatrick has it all, she is a successful business woman, a happily married devoted mother and revered in her community, or so she thought. Everything she knows is turned up-side down when she discovers a letter from her husband marked “To be opened in the event of my death”. She opens it and in doing so reveals her husband’s deepest darkest secret, a secret so terrible that her entire world, and the worlds of others, are brought tumbling down.

The Last Runaway – Tracy Chevalier

Top four 2013 winter holiday reads

Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl with a Pearl Earring, a New York Times best-seller, returns with her fictional, moving account of 1850’s America and the injustices of slavery.

Honor Bright is an English Quaker who, seeking a new start, leaves Bristol for the new world, America. Finding herself in a frightening and confusing new environment in Ohio she slips into the midst of a highly religious community. As well as the new world she is also confronted by slavery and the runaways who escaped their masters. Stuck in the middle of a paradoxical situation, she is urged by her conscious and her religious belief to help these runaways but risks breaking the law and being shunned by the hypocritical community. Through her desire to help she is drawn into the clandestine activities of those who run the underground railways and assist escaping slaves. This is a moving story of defiance and one which is spilling over with colour. An extraordinary read.

What are your favourite books to read on holiday?

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  1. Patty

    December 11, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Oooooh good, I have been looking for inspiration on a good book for in front of the winter fire! Onesie, a glass of mulled wine and a dark thriller me thinks.

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5 Ways To Improve Your Sight



Our eyesight is perhaps one of our most useful and most essential senses (this, of course, may be moot). For many, the idea of losing their vision can be a scary thing. Loss of vision begins for many in their late 40s when it starts to become prominent. However, there are many ways in which you can improve your sight and keep from losing it in the extended scheme of things.

So here in this list, we have taken the liberty to compile a list of 5 ways in which you can improve your sight.

5 Ways To Improve Your Sight

# 1 – Prescription Glasses

In today’s internet driven world it is now easier than ever to get whatever you want online. You can buy glasses online or prescription sunglasses very easy and have it delivered to your home. No fuss and no hassle.

# 2 – Eat Carrots

Carrots are especially beneficial for our eye health, and it would prove invaluable for you to eat or drink as much carrot juice as you can. It may initially have a bitter taste but the more you drink it you will get used to it.

# 3-  Bilberry Supplements

Bilberry is a supplement that is not that common with those who aren’t into the health niche, but bilberry is an excellent supplement for those who are looking to improve their eyesight.

# 4 – Watch Things From Far Away

This may seem like a strange method, but when you look at items off at a distance, you are strengthening your eyes. Your eyes are muscles, and they need exercise just as much as your body does.

So when you are looking at items or object off at a distance you are doing your eyes a significant workout that they desperately need.

# 5 Finger Eye Push Ups

To continue on with our last entry – a great way to get your eyes to see better and to improve them is by doing finger eye push-ups. Now, this doesn’t mean placing your finger in your eye but your eye’s vision.

By placing your finger in front of your eye and then away and back again you will strengthen the eye. This is because the eye is working to see an object in two different ranges.

Strength Your Eyes

Improving your eyes without surgery and an operation is possible. And if you consider these methods, you will “see” where we are coming from.

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Video Slot Games Are All The Rage



Online casino games have seen a meteoric rise in popularity over the years. Let’s be honest -gambling is the average man’s pastime event. Very easy, simple and if you’re lucky you can win out big on a few small dollars or coins.

For this reason slot games have become some of the most highly played and enduring online casino games for newbies as well as veterans.

So it is no wonder that video slot games like Bullion Bars slot online are some of the most popular online casino games. Not only do they provide a great deal of entrainment but the payouts are quite high for those who manage to get the jackpot prize money.

However what remains a hallmark feature of online casino games and slot games comes in the form of how easy they are to win.

That’s right!

Playing online casino games are much easier to win then had you visited a real-life casino. This is not to undermine real-life casinos – as they do offer their fun and entertainment.

But online casino games are geared to the player. The online casino must payout players, all players, for a majority of the time, and when we say a majority of the time we mean almost all of the time.

Many online slot casino games and other casino games require that the online casino have a payout rate as low as 95%.

As low as 95%!!!!

So the chances of winning are highly in favor of the players. Failure to pay out players and having the casino simply take in more income then should be taking in will have the online casino shut down.

For those interested in playing online video slot games then now is the best time to play in this very lucrative and highly entertaining entertainment medium.

Online slot games come in a variety of themes and can offer any player, old or new, an experience that will keep them coming back time and time again.

The experience that online slot games offer players are top-notch, and the notion that many layers can play these games anywhere, at home on their desktop or the bus on their mobile home is what makes these games so alluring.

With very little to pay to play these games and a massive amount that can be paid out on a small amount as well as for being entertained the online casino slot gems don’t look like they will slow down anytime soon.

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Three Reasons Pregnant Women Should Test Their Tap Water



Drinking plenty of fresh, clean water is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  It’s even more important to make sure your water is free of contaminants when you are pregnant.  Drinking enough water during pregnancy maintains amniotic fluid levels and helps carry nutrients to the baby.  However, if you are drinking contaminated water, the more you drink, the more the fetus is exposed to the harmful effects of those contaminants.

Water quality has been headline news lately after it was discovered that the public drinking water contained lead in Flint, Michigan.  If you’re pregnant or know someone who is, you may be wondering if it is safe to drink tap water while pregnant.  Here are three contaminants you should test for if you’re pregnant and drinking tap water.

  1. Lead

Lead poisoning is a serious concern during pregnancy.  Lead can be found in old water taps and outdated plumbing.  As water travels through and sits in these pipes, it can absorb lead.  If a pregnant woman drinks this water, her body then absorbs the lead which can be passed to the fetus.

While lead may not cause serious harm to a pregnant woman, the fetus can suffer lasting damage from even low levels of lead exposure. As the fetus grows, lead causes blood cells to become deformed, preventing them from functioning properly. Lead also damages the peripheral and central nervous systems causing learning disabilities as the child develops. Children affected by lead also tend to be shorter than other children and may have trouble with their hearing.

  1. Bacteria

Water naturally contains bacteria, but in excess amounts it can be harmful, especially to pregnant women.  E. coli is a type of bacteria that is occasionally found in the water.  This is the same bacteria that is known to cause food poisoning, and it has the same effects when it is in your water. It can cause stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever, all of which can put a developing fetus at risk.  Bacterial contamination can also be an indication of other contaminants such as protozoa and viruses which are linked to dysentery and hepatitis.

  1. Pesticides, Heavy Metals, and Chemicals

Lead poisoning and bacterial contamination are the most dangerous water contaminants for a pregnant woman and her baby, but there are other pollutants that are also concerning.  Both municipal water and well water can test positive for pesticides, heavy metals, and other chemicals.  While in low amounts, they may not be especially harmful to the pregnant mother, any exposure can pose a risk to the developing fetus.

Make Sure Your Tap Water is Safe

If you’re pregnant, the best way to make sure your drinking water is safe, is to test it.  Whether you are drinking tap water, city water, well water, bottled water, or even filtered water, all are at risk for common contaminants that can harm a fetus.  You can send water samples to a lab for complete analysis, but this can be costly, and it often takes weeks to get results. A faster and easier solution is a home testing kit.  Most kits will give you results in a matter of minutes.   If you’re pregnant, don’t take chances with the water you’re drinking, test your water today.

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