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review 2018-11-10 15:05
Starts slow, but comes together well
Doctor Who: Dreams of Empire - Justin Richards

On a fortress built into an asteroid on the frontier of the Haddron Empire rests Hans Keysar. Formerly one of the three consuls of the republic, he is a prisoner after a failed attempt to become emperor that resulted in a debilitating civil war. Now on the eve of a visit by Milton Trayx — his friend, former co-consul and victor in the civil war — someone is engineering a plan of escape. But that plan doesn't factor in the unexpected arrival of the Doctor and his companions Jamie and Victoria, who arrive just as the first moves are made . . .

I must confess that early on in Justin Richards's novel I was tempted to give up on it, as it starts out slowly and introduces a number of ill-defined characters who were at times difficult to distinguish in the text. Once Richards sets the pieces of his story into place, however, the novel snaps together into a fairly entertaining book that leavens the "base under siege" storyline that was such a standard of the Second Doctor's era with a degree of political intrigue. The twists at the end — some predictable, others less so — keep things lively and entertaining as well. I'm glad I persevered with it, as it proved in the end to be worth the effort.

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review 2018-11-05 04:07
Steamy read with danger and a little bit of a mystery
Her Desert Doctor - Marie Tuhart
Quick read with a little BDSM but a lot of sparking and emotion. Sara was a strong woman, meant to help others, and it was how she overcame her past. Hassan took too much on, trying to save his country and have a job. He was protective of and drawn to Sara, yet his past almost brought him down. The caring of both these characters made this a good read.

I received a copy of this story through Authors XP, and this is my unsolicited review.
 
 

 

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review 2018-11-04 12:47
Thump
Angst: The Collective Season Two, Episode 7 - Samantha Cole

This is book #2.7, in The Collective Season Two series.  This novel can be read as a standalone.  For more information about the series, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading these in order.

 

Carson moved to San Francisco to take a position that furthered his career as a doctor.  The love of his life decided to make the move with him there.  Only they never see each other anymore.  

 

Quinn is not sure he wants to stay in his current job.  He moved here with Carson to be with the man who he loved beyond all else.  Their careers are so demanding, that it seems they have no time together lately.

 

While this series has its own thread weaving through all the books, this one turns up the heat and keeps it blasting.  This author is an automatic buy for me and this story does not disappoint.  Thrilling, and full of suspense, this is a story that will leave you breathless and wanting more.  I give this a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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review 2018-10-28 01:52
The Doctor and Peri in steampunk Rome
State of Change (Doctor Who: The Missing Adventures) - Christopher Bulis

After taking Peri to snap photographs of Cleopatra's barge as it sails down the Nile, the Doctor and his companion set course for their next destination: Rome in the 2nd century AD. Upon landing, however, they find that they've journeyed forward only a few decades and that they have arrived in a Rome with electric lighting and dirigibles floating in the sky. With the Doctor's TARDIS inexplicably cut off from the Eye of Harmony the two scramble to restore the ship's power and unravel the mystery the steam-powered Rome one which will lead them to one of the Doctor's most dangerous enemies.

 

With over a dozen novels to his credit, Christopher Bulis ranks as among the most prolific contributors to the various series of Doctor Who novels in the 1990s and 2000s. Reading this book, it's easy to see why. His novel is a brisk work that nicely conveys the larger world in which Bulis sets it. Best of all is his portrayal of the sixth Doctor, which conveys all of the best parts of the character without any of the flaws which made his tenure on the show so controversial. While the plot itself has plenty of formulaic elements, the novel itself is an enjoyable read that will provide many fans of the franchise with a pleasant way to pass the time.

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text 2018-10-25 09:41
9 ways that you can reduce premature skin ageing

Skin ageing is an inevitable part of life. It is human nature to grow old, and that will show in every part of your body, perhaps most notably the skin. The ageing process itself will in time make visible lines on your face and make it less full. The skin becomes drier and thinner. A large part of this process is irreversible and cannot be stopped. The lifestyle choices and environment you spend your time can also affect your skin, but those are factors you can control. Some preventive actions will let you slow down the ageing effects of these ‘extrinsic factors’ and help you look younger. Following are a few ways that prevent skin ageing:

 

 

  • Protect yourself from sun exposure – believe it or not, constant exposure to the sun can prematurely age your skin. It doesn’t matter if you are at the beach, or running some errands, you need to consider sun protection. Seeking shade, covering yourself with clothing or using sunscreen are all good ways to protect your skin.
  • Self-tanner is better than getting a tan – regardless if you wish to get a tan from the sun, a tanning bed or some other tanning equipment, you are essentially ageing your skin. That is due to the UV rays, which greatly accelerate the ageing process.
  • Quit smoking – smoking ruins your skin in a variety of ways. More notably, it causes wrinkles and sallow complexion. If you are a smoker, consider quitting. It will do your skin and your health well.
  • Don’t do repetitive facial expressions – every time you make a facial expression, you contract all underlying muscles. If you do this for many years, it will make the lines caused by these contractions permanent. One notable example is squinting eyes. Wear glasses, if you often find yourself squinting your eyes.
  • Mind your diet – you need a well-balanced and healthy diet, rich in vegetables and fruits. Eating a lot of refined carbohydrates and sugar can, in fact, accelerate the ageing process, so be sure to limit those.
  • Exercise regularly – many studies suggest that regular moderate exercise plays a huge role in skin ageing. Since physical activity improves blood circulation and boosts the immune system, you can bet that it is going to give your face a more youthful appearance.
  • Moisturise your skin – trapping water in your skin will keep it healthy and youthful. Use a moisturiser on a daily basis to reap these benefits.
  • Be mindful of alcohol – by drinking too much alcohol, you can dehydrate your skin and in time even damage it. It can make you look older than you really are.
  • Be careful when you cleanse your skin – vigorous scrubbing can irritate the skin and accelerate the ageing process. You have to be gentle and wash carefully to remove makeup and pollutants without irritating the skin.

As you can see, there is a lot you can do in regards to the ageing of your skin. It is up to you to implement the tips above into your daily lifestyle.

 

 

For more anti-ageing info, contact The Natural Doctor on 020 7224 4622.

 

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Source: thenaturaldoctor.org/services/women/anti-ageing
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