Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night 1 - Lauren Mayhew AuthorBonfire Night has to be one of my favourite nights of the year. It is celebrated here in the UK, and other parts of the world that used to be part of the British Empire, on the 5th November.

For those of you who don’t know, Bonfire Night, or Guy Fawkes Night, is a celebration that commemorates the failure of the Gunpowder Plot in November 1605. This plot was masterminded by Robert Catesby, a Roman Catholic, against King James I, a Protestant. Unhappy with the persecution of English Catholics, he and a handful of other men plotted to blow up the Palace of Westminster with barrels of gunpowder, killing the King in the process. Continue reading “Bonfire Night”

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Bleeding Love

Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis - Lauren Mayhew AuthorOn 3rd November 2007 Leona Lewis’ ‘Bleeding Love’ hit the number one spot.

So, do you remember this, when I used to write about the number 1 single from ten years ago? I’ve decided to start again, but not necessarily to write a story about myself, more to let you know how I feel about the song. If I haven’t listened to it before, I’ll give an honest review of what I think. Song reviews, but with a little of my memories in it too.

Bleeding Love: I loved this song from the moment I first heard it. I loved Leona on the X-Factor, and even though I was a fan of Ray Quinn too, I knew that Leona had to win. It’s just one of those songs that you can’t help but sing along to, even though you know you’re doing it no justice at all. Continue reading “Bleeding Love”

A Month Full of Drama

A Month Full of Drama - The 39 Steps - Lauren Mayhew AuthorSo, other than the new job, and the release of ‘Eternity Begins’, I’ve got other excuses for being so terrible at updating my blog. The main reason, is my Amateur Dramatics group. I’ve been a part of Brightlight Theatre Company since March 2016, and I’ve loved every minute of it!

From April this year, until now, I have been part of three different productions within the group, and it has pretty much taken up all of my time. In April I found out that I got the part of Anabella Schmidt in ‘The 39 Steps’. Even though it was a small part, taking up only the first 10 minutes of the play itself, it was a massive challenge, as I had to try and perfect a German accent. Everyone says I did a good job at it, but I’m still not sure. I took my camera with me for the dress rehearsal, and I managed to snap a few good ones, with the help of my friend Sarah whilst I was on stage. We performed this at the end of September.

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An Update From a Terrible Blogger

An Update From a Terrible Blogger - Lauren Mayhew AuthorI think the first thing I should say is that I’m sorry for abandoning my blog, yet again. I’m honestly going to try and keep this up to date. I thought that when I quit my full time job, to go part time as a photographer within the same company, that I would have more free time to post on here, but it didn’t quite work out like that. I seemed to have less spare time than I ever did before.

I used to write a lot of blogs in my lunch breaks at work, but didn’t have that same structure when I was on the zero hour contract. Now that I’m back in full time work, I think I should be able to post more often, as I have some time in my lunch break, and spare time during the day.

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Cover Reveal – LONDINIUM

Here’s the awesome cover for Debbie Manber Kupfer’s new book LONDINIUM! Go and check it out on her blog!

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I’m really excited today because I get to reveal the brand new awesome cover for the next book in my P.A.W.S. Saga, LONDINIUM.  The cover was created by the hugely talented Rachel Bostwick who also made the cover for my new box set of books 1 to 3 that are now available on Amazon.

So here goes – drum roll please – LONDINIUM (The P.A.W.S. Saga 4), on presale now.

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“The pea soup has spoken,” said Caradog. “You are destined for Londinium.”
“Londinium?” asked Miri.
“It was the ancient city from which London sprang. The P.A.W.S. Institute of Londinium is the oldest in the world. It started before the city of today existed and straddles the old and the new. Unfortunately, today it is run by a fool.”

Join Miri as she continues her journey through Umbrae and Londinium with the help of werecats, wild warlocks, an old dog…

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Eternity Begins Release Day!

Eternity Begins Cover - Lauren Mayhew AuthorIt’s finally here, the day that the Liliana Trilogy comes to an end. Book 3 in the trilogy is out today, and it’s only 0.99! (Find it here.)

The first book in the series, Reality is in a Dream can be found here for 0.99 too! AND, Mourning Memories, Book 2, can be found here for FREE! So, if you fancy getting all three at once, it will cost you 1.98. Not bad, eh?

Eternity Begins is probably one of the best things I have ever written, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.

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Liliana Trilogy Cover Reveal

The third and final instalment in the Liliana Trilogy is finally on its way. With the help of the fabulous designer, Rachel Bostwick, I’m so excited to reveal the title and cover of the third book in the trilogy, Eternity Begins.

I had an idea in mind for Eternity Begins, and so I sent the below sketch to Rachel. It’s fair to say, she transformed it into something beautiful!

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Book 3 Cover Reveal

Liliana Trilogy Book 3 Cover Reveal - Lauren Mayhew AuthorThe third book in the Liliana Trilogy finally has a release date! On 31st August 2017, you’ll be able to get a copy of the last installment, however, I’m not quite ready to release the title or cover.

Over the next week, I’ll be teasing the cover on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, so if you want to catch a glimpse, use the links at the bottom of this post to keep track of the reveal.

The final reveal will, along with pre-order link, will be here on 30th June. Hopefully I’ll see you there!

Until the next time,
Lauren x

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Good News: Lost Dog Found

Author Note: Have you ever noticed how 90% of news headlines are negative? It puts me off reading newspapers, and every time the news comes on the TV, I just want to turn it over.

Even if a news channel is reporting on something positive, there’s usually a negative spin on it somewhere, as well as bias towards someone in particular. But, every now and then, a positive story pops up, and I’d like to share those stories here on my blog. Let’s start reporting the things that really matter, rather than focusing on what one ‘celebrity’ has said about another. Positive vibes and happy stories only. 

I’ll link to the source of the article at the bottom of the blog, so you can read the original text.   Continue reading “Good News: Lost Dog Found”

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare - Lauren Mayhew AuthorClockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare – 5 Stars

The Clockwork Angel is the first in the trilogy of ‘The Infernal Devices’. The first time I read this book must have been in 2010 after finding it in my local library, and I instantly fell in love with it. It’s now one of my favourite books ever. I’ve read it quite a few times, and it never lets me down. I only wish that I’d written this review after the first time of reading the book. It would be great to see what I thought of it back then!

Blurb: Magic is dangerous – but love is more dangerous still… When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray arrives in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by – and torn between – two best friends and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all. Continue reading “Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare”