Books: Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series – “Should I—What? Be flattered that while you don’t like me, you’re willing to sacrifice just to get into my pants?”

There are currently ten published books in Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series – that is excluding three novellas/short stories, there will probably be thirteen books in all.

The books as urban fantasy which is heavy on the vampires but has a few shifters, fae and nymphs too. The main protagonist is a permanently 27 year old female who goes by her surname of Merit, she is a recently converted vampire and things are complicated…

some girls bite

I like the idea of the series, I love Merit’s best friend Mallory, I like the random food obsession that run through the books and I am probably interested in where the series ends.

The ninth book, ‘Wild Things’, gave me cause to pause as I didn’t feel it added that much to the overall series. However upon rereading the series this week it didn’t feel as jarring as I remembered it.

That said I still haven’t read the newest book, ‘Blood Games’ and will probably hold off until the series is done just in case Merit continues to turn into a Mary Sue and the rest of female cast continue dwindling into obscurity.

Despite my reservations about where the series may end up, I would strongly suggest starting the series if you don’t know it –  Chloe Neill’s website lists the book order (including novellas) as being

1. Some Girls Bite
2. Friday Night Bites
3. Twice Bitten
4. Hard Bitten
5. Drink Deep
6. Biting Cold
7. House Rules
8. Biting Bad
8.A. High Stakes (Luc & Lindsey Short Story in ‘Kicking It Anthology’)
8.B. Howling For You (Jeff & Fallon Novella)
9. Wild Things
10. Blood Games
10.A. Lucky Break (Ethan & Merit Novella)
11. Dark Debt (March 3, 2015)

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Food: Waitrose Seriously Colombian Coffee Ice Cream Stick – Worth the effort of going to Waitrose

On paper I should have easy access to Waitrose, I work and live within a mile of two different stores. However the reality is both stores have stupid road systems in the way so I very rarely go – I usually only go in order to pick up the free monthly magazine for mum.

However then I tried their ownbrand Seriously Colombian Coffee Ice Cream Sticks and I may have to try a little harder to make it there!

colombian coffee ice creams

The chocolate coating is decent chocolate and has coffee pieces embedded in it, the ice cream is creamy and a decent flavour without being too strong.

I haven’t dared look at the nutritional content of these but they are very nice – and I don’t even like coffee!

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Music: King 810 – Hard to miss

Channel Hopping found me the video for King 810’s ‘Fat Around the Heart’, I vaguely recognised the name (they used to just be called King) and the video was interesting in a thuggish sort of way – people with hoods and bandannas running amok in an urban environment.

Musically it wasn’t anything overly original but the vocals on the chorus made me laugh.

At which point I wondered what else King 810 had done and where they came from – I was aware that they are currently signed to Roadrunner Records. Given Roadrunner’s track record this generally means the band are going to get massively screwed – or they may be one of the lucky (?) ones who the label keeps churning out the same sound for ever.

king 810 arrested

(Photo from RockSound)

Possibly the most interesting thing about King 810 is the lack of official background currently available on the internet. The videos make it clear that King 810 consider Flint, Michigan to be home, which could be seen as telling given the crime rate, economic melt down and general anarchy that has plagued the area since the mid 2000s, the seed was which was sown by General Motors closing down pretty much everything in the 1980s.

Typing “king 810″ into a search engine tends to get results along the lines of assault, bad behaviour and the word “hater” being used way too much by the bands ‘fans’. The more vocal internet-using fans seem pretty offputting to the point where I am going to refrain from commenting further.

However as King 810 have recently been announced as touring with Slipknot they will probably only get more vocal and hard to avoid.

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Nails: Cowboys nails – Taking you for a ride

There are a lot of cowboys in this world, I am using the British definition of the word so think less big hats, old fashioned values and horses, but more dishonesty, scams and lying.

I won’t get into the gory details but it was amusing enough (in an ironic sort of way) that looking at cowboy themed nail art seemed a nice touch to my week!

However I forgot that the internet is fickle, when I looked for “cowboy nails” I was thinking big hats and horses… maybe guns… but instead I got American football.

I have no idea if the Dallas Cowboys are any good, but these nails are sort of inoffensive I suppose

cowboy nails

(Photo from Pinterest)

In particular when contrasted with these:

cowboy nails with coors

(Photo from Pinterest)

Personally, and this is purely a personal opinion, having alcohol related nails might be a sign that you have a problem – seriously.

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Food: Propercorn – Nom, nom, fire?

It’s Tuesday so should be a film post – however popcorn counts as you eat with a movie.

Propercorn prides itself on being “popcorn done properly”… which seems to mean small portions, funky sounding flavours and high prices.

There happened to be an introductory offer which was good enough to tempt me into buying the ‘Sweet Coconut and Vanilla’ flavour and the ‘ Fiery Worcester Sauce & Sun-Dried Tomato’ flavour.

The sweet flavour was very nice, although it was slightly odd having a mild salt taste under the sweet!

proper corn

The fiery flavour really was fiery! I use chilli in stir fries and have been known to crave crispy chilli beef from the local Chinese but I did find this popcorn a little too strong to eat without a glass of milk handy!

propercorn fiery

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Food: The Food Doctor’s Apple, Elderberry & Blackberry granola – What are your medical qualifications exactly?

It’s a Monday, this should be a book post, but as I feel that eating a book would be preferable to eating this granola I think it counts.

I can’t remember why I started eating granola, it was probably some dodgy recommendation from the guy at the gym. Either way my granola of choice is an expensive brand so I am always up for trying another brand if it is on offer.

food doctor granola

This is how I ended up trying The Food Doctor’s Apple, Elderberry & Blackberry granola and this is why my open-door trying policy is officially ending.

It tastes like indifferent granola was soaked in cheap squash and then chucked in a packet with some random seeds.

I tried it on two separate mornings and the rest of the packet is going in the bin, I never bin food but this is too rubbish to eat.

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Food: Marleys Mellow Mood Green Tea with Honey – “Why should I have to be the one to not say what’s on my mind?”

I won’t lie, I’ve been in a very angry place this past week, a combination of disruption to my gym schedule by paperpushers trying to save pennies, two overly aggressive male cyclists being utter dicks, a massively passive aggressive prat at work being such a gutless coward and the Foo Fighters being on every single time I stick on a music channel.

So I eagerly embraced trying Marleys Mellow Mood Green Tea with Honey which promised that “The natural botanical ingredients in this product have been specially blended to mellow your mood.”

marley's mellow mood

That may well be the case but I nearly spat out my first mouthful as it taste of overly sweet stale cold tea. I probably should have seen this coming given the ingredients are decaffeinated green and black tea extracts, herbal extracts and honey, but the desire to chill out overrode my common sense.

My fabulous spouse drank the rest of the failed experiment with a look of  resignation whilst I frantically scrabbled to think of a way to ditch the massive reserve of bubbling anger that I still had.

I should probably have tried to mediate, but 1,000 calories of chocolate, a bottle of pre-mixed vodka and Five Finger Death Punch have made me feel pretty good so we will call that a win.

5fdp five finger death punch

(Five Finger Death Punch)

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