A Review: The Royal Roommate 

Love, love,love…..Another fantastic read from P.G.Van. 

The Royal Roommate is a sensual summer read that I finished by the poolside.  
A synopsis: 

Sid is Army strong and sinfully sexy. He is tasked to investigate a woman suspected of having connections with a rebel group. The style of investigation was not his choice, and he is asked to move in as the roommate of the person of interest, Amy. 

Amy was thrilled to start her internship in San Francisco and wasn’t expecting a man with rock-solid abs as her roommate. The moment she laid eyes on him, she knew he was bad news.

The attraction was undeniable and they both wondered how long they could hold on to their resolve. Sid didn’t want to sleep with a suspect even if she was wildly beautiful and sexy. Amy wasn’t interested in a fling. 

Just when Sid is about close his investigation and declare Amy’s innocence, he finds out something about her that changes everything. She becomes the most important person in his life.’ 
I was completely enthralled with Amy and Sid’s story from start to finish and can’t recommend this book enough. 

It’s available on Amazon from the 23rd of June 

Get it here: The Royal Roommate 

Feminist and Proud

Why do powerful women scare us?

Growing up I looked up two fictional characters these where Hermione Granger and Velma from Scooby Doo. These two girls helped me understand what a strong and smart women can achieve and that’s exactly what I wanted to be.

Up until last year I feared calling myself a feminist as i didn’t want people to take the piss out of me and call me a ‘special little snowflake’ because i saw something wrong with the women are treated in society. I no longer care that by expressing my view on equal rights I’m most likely to be called a Femi-nazi by  men who can’t stand the idea of powerful women.

To me a powerful women is someone who knows what she wants and how to get it but doesn’t tear down others to do so. My top three powerful women would be my Mum, Emma Watson and Sophia Amoruso i don’t want or need a perfect woman to look up to but someone who is flawed but still doing their best.

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Take Sophia Amoruso author of #Girlboss and business women who started her own company at 22 but recently had to declare herself bankrupt hasn’t let that stop her in moving on with her life and really company flourish and fail so quickly that the ability to pick yourself back up afterwards is what is inspiring.

In my bid to champion feminism I’ve come across a mix range of views on what that now means however it should always mean this; “The advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of equality of the sexes” and that’s whats important about feminism is that it should be about equality not making one gender superior to the other and anyone who thinks this is not a true feminist.

Yes feminism is still needed in today’s society and will be needed as long as there are sexist men who are allowed to have power and say in women rights. The need for women to unite against this ideology is needed even more now with people choosing to elect a president who thinks that its okay to say that he would grab them by the pussy, yet he is allowed to get away with it due to being a powerful man.

It’s a disgusting way to talk and view women but its inspiring to see how this has brought women closer together to unite as nasty gals.

Another example of why feminism is needed was seen earlier this week in the european parliament when an MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke described women as being weaker, smaller and less intelligent and therefore it being okay to pay them less. This comes from a man who has a say in women rights and infuriated a Spanish MEP Iratxe Garcia Perez who stood up to him and called him out for the blatant sexism.

 

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Iratxe Garcia Perez speaking at the european parliament

 

“I am here to defend all European women from men like you”  Miss Garcia Perez

It baffles me as how other women can’t support feminism however and instead of empowering others they bring them down. That is not a strong women in my eyes but a hateful one who doesn’t want others to succeed.

The controversy recently over Emma Watson’s photoshoot for Vanity Fair is yet again another example of the twisted way people now view feminism. How can something that has been artfully done for a fashion magazine diminish her views on feminism. In reality it doesn’t have any effect on her views as long as it empowering women and is her own choice. That is where it differs from page 3 which is only there for mens pleasure and is not empowering to anybody.

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Does my love of lipstick invalidate my views on feminism? 

Is sadly a question that I feel the need to ask myself when i see articles slating women on how they look or claiming that they can’t be a feminist because they wear makeup which is obviously for the pleasure of men not to give themselves confidence.

No it doesn’t invalidate my views at all, it docent change my opinion or how i want other people to see me all it does it give me a little bit of confidence when i see myself in the mirror.

I  don’t understand some mens confusion when you say thank you after a compliment  instead of rejecting it. Somehow this is seen as being cocky instead of  empowering as it should be. If I think i look pretty I’m not going to tell you I’m not nor should your opinion change how i feel about myself when i look into a mirror.

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This all comes back to society fear of powerful women who are out there empowering other women to be great in all that they do. To me the women who empowers everything I do is my mum who is so strong when facing the most difficult of times that I can’t help but not be inspired by her and her ability to still stand tall.

The world is full of powerful women and I want to be considered as one of these women.

An afternoon with Paul Blandford

Newport’s most unique club promoter Paul Blandford started his own business Perc Events which hosts techno, and underground music nights in some of the weirdest places that the city has to offer.

Perc Newport was only started two years ago but has gone from strength to strength, with its ability to draw in not just young people as well as an older crowd.

Owner Paul Blandford from Newport decided to turn his passion into a business after settling down with his family leaving his partying times behind.

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Paul Blandford 

He said that; ” without knowing that he was financially secure and not expecting to make a profit with Perc that he was at the perfect place in his life to start a business.”

Paul  believes that without the support of his wife, family and friends he would not be half as successful as he is now.

Perc’s  home was once in a pubs basement where only 150 people could fit at a time. This allowed for all events to feel intimate and help create a family feel for the regulars.

However soon Paul was having to turn away customers as there wasn’t enough room.

Paul wanted wherever he hosted his events to be ‘off the wall and underground’ to help make the whole experience something special.

His favourite venue was an old restaurant using its character to his advantage. The newest home for Perc is The Neon which is old cinema in the heart of Newport city center.

The Neon has been refashioned into a club while keeping its unique features helping to create a fun atmosphere.

Paul set up the business modeled on what he wanted to see and hear at clubs opposed to the normal mainstream clubs that Newport has to offer.

By providing a service that hasn’t been seen before in Newport he has control of the entire market.

Paul’s inspiration is his wife and two daughters, and without them there would be no Perc events.

Family isn’t his only inspiration as he believes that ‘music in its entirety is inspiring’ with inspiration for his events coming from not just techno but also could come from a guy with a guitar.

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Music is at the forefront of everything that Paul does and finds that traveling across the globe helps to inspire him and bring in new guests for Perc Events.

Perc is hosting a new event on March 25th 2017 at a new premise and with huge guest.

Phil Kieran is considered to be a techno legend and will be appearing at Percs first  event of 2017.

The event will be held at The Neon which is in keeping with the weird and wonderful places that have hosted Perc previously.

 

You can get tickets to the event at  http://bit.ly/2iMXsHb for Saturday 25th March.

Follow @percclub for all the latest news.

The Marriage Contract review 

The Marriage contract 
A new story by P.G.Van which is just as good as her last. 
I received an ARC of ‘The Marriage Contract’ and read it start to finish in day. That’s how good it was. 
The Marriage contract 

A new story by P.G.Van which is just as good as her last. 
I received an ARC of ‘The Marriage Contract’ and read it start to finish in day. That’s how good it was. 
The story of Kari and Blake was exciting and fresh and a great read for a weekend break. 


Here’s what it’s all about:

‘Kari had no plans for a marriage of convenience when she walked into a meeting with the President of the Kennedy Group of Companies, but it was the only option she was left with after a business deal her father had with the Kennedy Group.
Blake was only looking to expand his empire and wasn’t interested in marriage or a fake wife, but what she had to offer was promising enough for him to give in to her demands.
A strictly business-only contract turns into something else, and when Kari and Blake become more than business partners, she finds out he has a heart filled with secrets and darkness. Does she back out of the contract or go for more?’
Sound good well it’s available to pre-order now and comes out on the 9th March. 

 
I highly recommend giving it a read and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did
Alisha xx

Happy January 

It’s eleven days into 2017 and I’ve only just started blogging again. 
I’ve made a few decisions regarding this blog and the next year… all positive at least. 

I promise to: 

1) Upload a new blog post once a week.

2) To update my Instagram at least five times a week. 

3) To read at least 50 books before 2018. 

4) To try and finish my first draft of my own novel

I had a few new books over Christmas including Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated edition), Homer’s Iliad and the Odyssey, and last but not least I also revived the Sherlock Holmes graphic novel. 

‘Hold me Captive’ Review 

5*****

I revived an ARC of ‘Hold Me Captive’ and have not been able to put it down since. A thrilling story from start to finish, which I don’t want to give to much away from. 

The Synopsis is: 
‘Emily wakes up in an unknown place without any memory of how she got there. She was supposed to be on her way to a retreat for two weeks to take the time away from her stressful life looking for clues for the unanswered questions in her life.

The last thing she remembers is being at her high school reunion and the pain that gripped her heart when she saw the guy that broke her heart ten years ago. 

Follow Emily’s life as she follows her heart to find the person she wants to be held captive forever.’ 
I read the entire story in about a day and along the way grew attached to both Emily and Evan and was invested in their story. Their story was both fascinating and charming and while it was easy to dislike Evan at the start it doesn’t take long to fall in love with him too. 
  

I highly recommend this novel to everyone it’s got everything I love, with both romance and mystery. 

How to live…

‘How to Live’ by Peter Johns is a book everyone should own. It is the complete guide to life from talking about how to deal with stress, to his opinions on sex. 

My mum purchased this book for me just before I started Uni and also got herself a copy. We both send each other references and pages that we think that the other should read. It’s a way for us to still feel close even though I’m now living in England. 


The author of the book Peter Johns, originally wrote this for his daughter 18th birthday. His daughter was diagnosed with cancer and the book was written for someone who was not expected to live. It’s filled with wisdom from Johns that he picked up through his own life. 
It’s an uplifting read and definelty helps in times when I’m feeling anxious or upset, the whole tone of the book is very grounding. 

I 100 per cent think everyone needs a copy of this in their lives and can buy it here: Amazon for £5.99 
Follow me on Instagram @alishas_guide to keep up to date with what I’m reading 

Alisha xx

November TBR…

As the nights get darker and cosier I slowly start to drink more hot choclate and read more books. 

Here are my four books to read this month. 
1. Jack Kerouac- On the Road 

My dad bought me this book before uni and told me that I had to read it, after watching ‘Kill your Darlings’ (I would defiantly giving it a watch). I’m fascinated by the Beat Generation and can’t wait to start this tonight. 

‘On the Road features Sal Paradise, a young writer fascinated by the questionable “hero” that is Dean Moriarty. The novel involves, as you might expect, several road trips, sometimes with cars, and sometimes without.’  (http://www.shmoop.com/on-the-road/summary.html


2. Anthony Horowitz- Magpie Murders

Horowitz is one of my favourite authors especially after ‘Moriarty’ and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this one as well.  


‘When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway’s latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life. She’s worked with the revered crime writer for years and his detective, Atticus Pund, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It’s just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway… But Conway’s latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but hidden in the pages of the manuscript there lies another story: a tale written between the very words on the page, telling of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition and murder.’ 


3. Paul Beatty- The Sellout 


I don’t know much about this one other than it was shortlisted at the Man Booker 2016. However from the synopsis it sound s interesting and very intriguing. 
The novel concerns a narrator, referred to only by his last name, “Me”, who attempts to reintroduce slavery and segregation in his Los Angeles neighborhood. This attempt leads to a Supreme Court case.’ 


4. Sophia Amoruso- Nasty Galaxy
From the author of #GirlBoss I’m excited to flick through this life bible. With illustrations, photos and short essays this is a book filled with  philosophy, style and advice from the baddest bitchs across the globe. 


A Reckless Night reviw

A Reckless Night is a brilliantly written love story that made me fall in love with the characters along the way.
Synopsis 
Varsha had no interest in starting a new relationship after what she had been through with her ex. Her sister sets her up on a blind date and to her disappointment; her date is scorching hot and smart. An irresistible combination!
Kris has no plans to go on a date while he was on a business trip but was there to cover for his buddy who could not make it. He could not believe his luck-he did not want the night to end.
With passion fuelling, the casual night they never expected to be anything explodes into a reckless night powered by desire they have never felt before. She leaves behind the man who set her entirety ablaze knowing there was no future to the thrilling night. She could not let anyone get close to her heart recovering from bruises of her past.
Will a reckless night lead to something meaningful? Will Varsha find the man who will love her while fuelling her every desire?
Follow Varsha and Kris’s life as they give a reckless night a new life and build a future together.
Review
I loved this book so much that I read it around my lectures and sometimes during (opps). It was just so fantastic that it will be added to my top reads of 2016. I highly recommend it especially if romantic novels are your thing but even if there not I guarantee you will enjoy it.
I want to have my own Kris (please santa i promise I’ve been good)
I would rate this book 5 stars and really hope that you will give it a read.

University Survival Guide 

You made it to Uni well done and now your looking forward to Freshers week. A time to going out for a week straight but it can be difficult to live away from home for the first time and most people realise they have no clue what there suppose to do as a functioning adult. 

1: Stock up on cough and cold medication- Freshers flu is real and you don’t want to miss out on Freshers events. 

2: Try and find out where your lectures are before hand turning up late is super awkward

3: Going out every night seems like a great idea until your still drunk/ hungover the next day in lectures.

4: Set up a cleaning rota with your flat mates it will help in the long run and mean that it’s not just one persons responsibility to clean the kitchen. 

5: It’s your first time living away from home and your parents are no longer telling you what to eat, which means you will try and eat chips and pizza everyday. However trust me when I say some fruit and veggies will help you fend off the Freshers flu. 


6: Get someone from home to teach you how to use the oven/ washing machien, it will save you the struggle of spending twenty minutes trying to learn what to do off YouTube and still managing to turn your clothes a different colours.
7: Don’t worry if it seems like your not making friends as quickly as everyone else, remember that you don’t just need to become besties with your flat mates but you have course mates and societies to find friends in too. 
8: Naps will become your new best friend especially if you want to go out partying every night. 

9: Learn how to live like a student. Buy food from cheaper shops or even just buy own brand stuff instead. Being broke is not fun so try and batch cook your food also and freeze meals for when you don’t have enough money to properly feed yourself. 

10: Go out and have fun

Hopefully this will be off some help or you could ignore it completely as long as you have fun and do some work, your all set.