Winter is Here

Winter is Here Snow - Lauren Mayhew AuthorSo, here in the South of England, snow isn’t always guaranteed in winter, despite what the Christmas movies might tell you. This winter has been a little bit different, though we still didn’t get a White Christmas! Since the beginning of 2018, we’ve had quite a few snow showers throughout the UK, all of which have caused ridiculous amounts of travel disruption. But none of these snowy spells hit Farnborough.

I have the weather radar up at work on one of my screens and love watching to see where the snow is, but I swear it would avoid Farnborough. We got a few showers, but nothing significant enough to settle. Until yesterday. Continue reading “Winter is Here”


The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory

The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory - Lauren Mayhew AuthorThe Lady of the Rivers – Philippa Gregory – 5 Stars

The fact that it took me a few months to finish this book doesn’t reflect on the quality. When I pick up a book and read it for the first time, it often takes me a few weeks, not months like this one, but I’m busy and have many late nights, so reading anything goes out of the window. I really wanted to love this book, and I’m glad to say that I wasn’t disappointed.

Blurb: Jacquetta, daughter of the Count of Luxembourg and kinswoman to half the royalty of Europe, was married to the great Englishman John, Duke of Bedford, uncle to Henry VI. Widowed at the age of nineteen she took the extraordinary risk of marrying a gentleman of her household for love, and then carved out a life for herself as Queen Margaret of Anjou’s close friend and a Lancaster supporter – until the day that her daughter Elizabeth Woodville fell in love and married the rival king Edward IV.

Of all the little-known but important women of the period, her dramatic story is the most neglected. With her links to Melusina, and to the founder of the house of Luxembourg, together with her reputation for making magic, she is the most haunting of heroines. Continue reading “The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory”

Black Panther

Black Panther Film Review - Lauren Mayhew Author
Image: Marvel Studios

Black Panther – 4 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king – and as Black Panther – gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.

Black Panther is another film from the Marvel universe, and there’s not many Marvel films that I haven’t watched. I’m always excited to see what Marvel have up their sleeve next, and off the back of Thor: Ragnarok, I was expecting big things. Continue reading “Black Panther”

A-Z Blog Challenge – 2018

A-Z Blog Challenge 2016 - Lauren Mayhew Author
The badge for 2016. Looking forward to 2018’s!

I did the A-Z Blog Challenge in 2016 and I loved it. Even though it was extremely stressful. I already know what I want to write about this year, a little premature, I know. It won’t be about my favourite characters this time, as I haven’t read or watched anything new that might change my favourites from 2016. It will be focused on music.

The challenge in 2016 introduced me to a lot of new bloggers and gained a lot of traffic for my website – which is always a good thing when you’re a struggling Indie author – so it’s definitely something that I want to try again.

I think I’ll start writing the posts soon. I got a little stressed when I did it last time, as I didn’t really think about how long the process was going to take. I’d find myself writing the posts a few hours before they were meant to go live, and some of them were absolutely terrible. I’ve known what I’ve wanted to write about for a few months now, so it’ll be great to finally get going! Continue reading “A-Z Blog Challenge – 2018”

I’ve Started Writing Again

Lauren Mayhew Author NotebookThere’s nothing worse than writer’s block, especially when you’re between projects. I know what I’m supposed to be doing, I’m just finding it hard getting round to doing it. I have so many projects in my head, but I don’t want to start too many. If I do, I’ll never complete any of them, I’ll just keep starting new ones.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve slowly been reading through the book that I wrote for NaNoWriMo. It’s got a Working Title – Cycles of War. This is what it’s been called for about ten years now, though I didn’t properly start writing it until November 2016. I finished reading the other day, adjusting a few things here and there, but not really editing properly yet. I just wanted to slowly get my way back into the world that I created. It was very eye-opening actually, as the book isn’t nearly as finished as I thought it was. Continue reading “I’ve Started Writing Again”

Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour Film Review - Lauren Mayhew Author
Poster: Focus Features

Darkest Hour – 4.5 Out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: A thrilling and inspiring true story begins at the precipice of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I sat down to watch Darkest Hour. There are so many depictions of Churchill in films, TV and books, I wasn’t sure how this one was going to differ. Darkest Hour chose to show the very beginning of Churchill’s leadership during the war, rather than his health decline in later years. It was great to see the battles that he faced from members of the opposition, the King, and even members of his own party. Continue reading “Darkest Hour”

I Want to Try Yoga

I Want to Try Yoga - Lauren Mayhew AuthorI’m not the best at getting my exercise in. I think my average step count is about 4,000 a day, which is considerably lower than the 10,000 you’re meant to get. My job makes it hard. I’m either sat in the office all day, or I’m out and about walking around. There is no in between. Some days, I’m lucky to reach 3,000!

Although I could go for walks after work to increase my steps, I want to try something a little different. Something that will actually make me feel like I’ve done a workout. I can happily go for a 3 mile walk and not feel any strain. If I increase that, I’ll be taking up a lot of spare time that I don’t seem to have at the moment. Continue reading “I Want to Try Yoga”

A New Year’s Resolution… Sort Of

A New Year's Resolution Sort Of - Lauren Mayhew AuthorI don’t like making New Year’s Resolutions. They seem pointless to me, as the majority of them never get seen through to the end of the year. I don’t think I’ve ever made a resolution that’s made it to April, let alone a change for the rest of my life.

This year, or at least from a week ago, I decided to stop eating biscuits. I can either go a whole day without eating one, and then the next day I’ll eat half a packet of the sugary goodness. Badness. They are bad for me, that’s the whole point of not eating them.

I’m still going to eat chocolate and cake. I’m not completely cutting everything, that would be torture, but every time I think about going to the biscuit tin, I’ll eat fruit or nothing. Sometimes I go for biscuits because I’m bored, not because I need them. Continue reading “A New Year’s Resolution… Sort Of”

Social Media is Killing My Mood

Social Media is Killing My Mood - Lauren Mayhew Author

I have a lot of down time at work. It’s a reactive job. If someone needs help with something, I’ll be called out to fix the problem, or at least try – I am only an apprentice after all. However, if there are no problems, and work is a little slow, I find myself not having much to do. Obviously, this is the perfect chance for me to start working on a book, or a play, but I just don’t do it.

I have access to a manuscript that I wrote for NaNoWriMo 2016. (Read about my NaNo experience here.) I’m really proud of what I managed to write, but I’ve barely looked at it since NaNo ended. It’s not that I’m lacking in ideas for it, I have ideas spilling out of my head, I just can’t get round to sitting in front of the computer and writing. Continue reading “Social Media is Killing My Mood”

Now You’re Gone

Now You're gone - Number 1 Singles - Lauren Mayhew AuthorOn the 19th January 2008, Basshunter’s ‘Now You’re Gone’ hit the number one spot.

Now You’re Gone: I have so many memories of this song. Being fifteen at the time of its release, I obviously never got to hear it in a club, which is where I think a lot of people grew to love it. I think I first heard this song at my cousin’s house. My sister and I used to go round to my cousin’s house at least once a week, if not more. We wouldn’t really do a lot, except for talking to people on MSN Messenger, remember that? Or we played silly games whilst listening to music. Continue reading “Now You’re Gone”