Jade Priscilla

Weaving my way through motherhood whilst trying not to mess up adulthood. An observational lifetstyle and parenting blog

Monday, 20 March 2017

Author Guest Post:Imposters in Paradise by Maxine Barry







My favorite thing to do after reading a very good book is to learn a little bit about the author. I find it intriguing and I find it refreshing to learn some fun information from the brains behind that book I just couldn't put down. I am excited to share with you all an author guest post from the writer of Imposters in Paradise, you can grab your copy here and let me know what you think.  
  
 The Blurb

When Imogen Dacres’ brother, Robbie, dies in mysterious circumstances, she travels to Bermuda in search of the truth. From the minute she sets out on her journey, Imogen is plunged into a web of secrets, lies and mistaken identity. She soon realises that beneath the glamour of Bermuda, there are unseen forces intent on doing her harm. When she meets Morgan Dax, her brother’s boss, and one of the richest men on the island, there is a powerful attraction between them. But did Dax have a hand in Robbie’s death, and can Imogen trust him with her own life?

All about Maxine Barry 
 
Firstly, I never expected to become an author. So at school, I took the O-levels and A-levels that would allow me to do a top-notch secretarial course, and my first job was as a junior secretary at Somerville College in Oxford. When I left, nearly 6 years later, I was the Assistant College Secretary. But I’d always loved reading (both romance and crime) and it was always my dream to be a writer, and so I worked up my courage and took the plunge, and let work to give myself ‘a year’ in order to write a book. Luckily (and more than a year later!) I found a Literary Agent willing to take me on, and with her help, I got my first romance novel published – back in 1993! My Mum and Dad were always very supportive – I come from a working class background, with none of my siblings going to college – so although it seemed something of a ‘far-fetched’ dream to become a writer, they never said so! And they were thrilled to bits when I succeeded. My only real hobby is reading (I can read up to 3-4 books a week) but I do like to walk, and since I’ve lived all my life in a small village in Oxfordshire, I’m lucky to be surrounded by lovely countryside. I’m also a fan of nature-watching (I love Springwatch!) and love it when I get to see herons or kingfishers (or any other wildlife) with my own eyes and right on my back doorstep.



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Friday, 10 March 2017

Journey to Jamaica

Jamaica is probably most famous for its beautiful unspoiled beaches and its unbeatable rum, but there is much more to this awe-inspiring Caribbean island than that. There’s wonderful waterfalls, action-adventure activities, lush green landscapes and much more besides.

There is more about Jamaica to discover than you can imagine, so if you want to journey to Jamaica and make the most of your trip, check out these fun things you can do on the island:

Play Tarzan

If you take a trip to Irie Blue Hole, you can live out all of your wildest jungle fantasies by swinging through the 27 foot high cliffs into the water below, with nothing more than a vine to hold your weight. Just make sure that you ask one of the many guides there to point out the places where it’s safe to do this first!

Bobsledding

In Jamaica, there is a bobsled team! If you loved the movie Cool Runnings, which is about a Jamaican bobsled team as much as I did, you’ll be delighted to know that you can actually have your own bobsledding adventure right there on the island of Jamaica. Yes, you can plummet down the hills in a bobsled or via the 252-foot high Mystic Waterslide located in the rainforest of Mystic Mountain, for a thrill you’ll never forget.

Blue Mountains Bike Rides

The Blue Mountains are located 60 minutes away from Kingston. 7000 feet high and full of picturesque little villages, exotic wildlife, and lush landscapes, they are the perfect place to explore on bicycle. You’ll see waterfalls, birds of paradise and locals going about their day before stopping off at the Craighton House Coffee estate for a cup of the finest Blue Mountain coffee and a tour of the coffee plantation.

Enjoy Some Reggae

Rebel Salute is a fantastic festival celebrating all things reggae, taking place annually, the event goes on through the night with performances from some of the finest reggae artists known to man.

Hike Mayfield River

Mayfield River is located about an hour away from Montego Bay, and you can actually hike along it! Just strap on some water shoes, and you’ll be able to follow along the river, taking in the sights and sounds of the surrounding tropical rainforest as you go. It’s not an easy hike, but it’s one well-worth the effort, and when you get to the end, you’ll be rewarded with not one, but two wonderful waterfalls to cool off under.
Become a Crocodile Hunter

45 minutes to the west of Treasure Beach, you will find the Black River, which is one of the best places for spotting crocodiles in the Caribbean. Book yourself onto a cruise of the swampland and you might just be lucky enough to see one or more of the impressive creatures with their huge jaws and steely gaze, before heading back to the beach for a spot of relaxation, and let’s face it you’ll need it after coming face to face with a croc!

What are your suggestions for a great time in Jamaica?

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