#FridayBookShare The Dalai Lama’s Cat by David Michie #spirituality #humour

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I created the Friday Book Share Game to help search for that ideal novel/author.

Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you enjoyed reading (old or new) and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare – Simples!

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

Here’s mine:

My acupuncturist recently recommended this book to me and I ordered it the moment I got home. I’ve only just started so I’m not far along, but what I’ve read so far has been wonderful. Continue reading “#FridayBookShare The Dalai Lama’s Cat by David Michie #spirituality #humour”

#Writespiration #92 First and Last Line #YA

#Writespiration #92 – First and Last Lines

I couldn’t resist taking part in Sacha Black’s #Writespiration this week after reading the first and last lines of her current WIP (I shall be first in line to buy it when she publishes!)

If you would like to have a go, then pop over to Sacha’s blog for all the details.

I’ve chosen to share the final book in my YA Guardians trilogy, Guardians of the Lost Lands, due out on 11th November 2016 (I think that makes 121 sleeps – not that I’m counting!)

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My First Line:

Claws scratched at the cold rock just inches from his bare feet. The twisted limbs of these tormented creatures snaked through the bars of his cell as they tried to reach him. Starved and beaten, the monsters craved his blood.

Last Line (Not quite the last line as that would give away a huge spoiler!):

‘I’ve had help,’ she said, laughing as she climbed on his back, and settled herself behind his long neck.

 

 

#NewRelease The Adventures of Shifting Jack by Denise Erguler (@Denise_Jack16) #Childrens

Today, I am joined by children’s author, Denise Erguler on the release day of her new book, The Adventures of Shifting Jack, available from Amazon UK and Amazon US.

The Fun Stuff:

What part of the world do you come from?

Born and brought up in Hackney London, originally from Cyprus, moved to Cyprus 10 years ago.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

An inventor

List three words to describe yourself.

Stubborn, assertive, kind.

Who would play you in a film about your life?

Helena Bonham Carter

What’s your favourite snack food when writing?

NUTS!

If you had a super power, what would it be?

To be able to heal with a touch, heal anything from broken bones to diseases.

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The Sensible Side:

Tell us a little about yourself. (How did you get started writing?) 

I had a story churning in my head for a while – it was an adult book, romance, and fantasy.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

Read more fantasy books!

Where did the inspiration for The Adventures of shifting Jack come from?

My son inspired me to write this book. He wanted to know about the adult book I was writing, so I read him the clean and nonviolent parts, when it came to the part of the main charters shifting to a wolf, my sons eyes light up with excitement, I thought Ah I might be onto something here.

His enthusiasm and excitement prompted me to write this book for him

What do you like the most about writing for children?

Their innocence

Can you give us a brief excerpt?

Sweat broke out over his body, and he could feel goose bumps. He looked down at his arms, and they had become hairy and dark brown! He slumped back down to the ground unable to lift them. He held Lily’s hand and noticed that on his hand, his nails were long and yellow. What was happening to him? Jack was really, really scared. He looked at Lily; her pain seemed forgotten, and she looked at him in wonder.

Which is more important to you – plot or characters, and why?

Both, as one can’t work without the other.

What is the best thing about being a writer?

Being able to share my words with other people.

What can we expect from you in the future? 

The next instalments of the adventures of shifting Jack

How can we contact you or find out more about your books? 

Twitter

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#FridayBookShare Melody Bittersweet and The Girls’ Ghostbusting Agency by Kitty French (@kittysbooks)

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With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so I’ve created a Friday Book Share game to help search for that ideal novel.

Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you are currently reading/finished reading this week and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare Continue reading “#FridayBookShare Melody Bittersweet and The Girls’ Ghostbusting Agency by Kitty French (@kittysbooks)”

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#FridayBookShare Guardians of the Dead by S L Wilson #IndiePrideDay #YA

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With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so I’ve created a Friday Book Share game to help search for that ideal novel.

Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you are currently reading/finished reading this week and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare Continue reading “#FridayBookShare Guardians of the Dead by S L Wilson #IndiePrideDay #YA”

Author Interview – Meet @DavidVidecette #TuesdayBookBlog #Crime

It’s always lovely to meet an author and hear about their passion for writing and where they get their story ideas from. At a recent event, I had the pleasure of meeting author, David Videcette. He very graciously allowed me to corner him and extract all his writerly wisdom. Not one to miss an opportunity, I asked if David would like to pop over to my blog and tell everyone about his latest book and what the future holds. Over to David:

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The Fun Stuff:

Which part of the world do you come from?

I grew up in South London. (Officially pronounced ‘Sarf Lahndahn’).

My dad was a police officer and we lived in police accommodation, right in the middle of a huge council estate. All the other kids knew us as “coppers’ kids”, which made my early years very tough and eventful!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

An astronaut, a fighter pilot or a secret agent were all on my list. The careers officer at my school told me to “be realistic” when I shared this with him, and practically laughed me out of his office.

Twenty-two years later, having worked my way through borough policing, CID and organised crime – I was finally successful in being selected for the Anti-Terrorist Branch – a highly trained, specialist operations unit. Following the horrific events of the London 7/7 bombings, I spent many years hunting down suspects, chasing terrorists across continents and had unprecedented access to the world of spies, secrets and foreign intelligence agencies. Not a bad result for a “coppers’ kid” living on a council estate.

List three words to describe yourself. Continue reading “Author Interview – Meet @DavidVidecette #TuesdayBookBlog #Crime”

How The Jekyll and Hyde Effect Helps My Writing #MondayBlogs

 

How the Jekyll and Hyde Effect Helps My Writing as a Multi-Genre Author.

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If it were possible for Dr Jekyll to uphold his social standing in Victorian London, while also entertaining his ‘inner demon’, Mr Hyde, then surely it’s possible that a writer can do the same.

You see, I often think of my non-fiction books as the grown-up, sophisticated side of my personality.  I write about personal development, holistic health and finding inspiration, topics that resonate with many people and boost their wellbeing.  And I hope that my books go some way to guide my readers in finding the answers they are searching for.

Then the switch flips and I’m taken over by that second skin, the mask that settles over me and allows the demons to run free.  Unlike Stephenson’s Dr Jekyll, I do not spend hours in a laboratory concocting potions that will enable me to express murderous tendencies without remorse.  No, in fact, I’m more likely to be found in the kitchen concocting a hot chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream – not very demonic of me!

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My Ms ‘Hyde’ may not be a lower class pauper of pure evil, but it is, as with Robert Louis Stephenson’s character, a younger version of myself.  That unrecognisable part of me, the one that stopped growing up once she reached seventeen, is still inside.  Not skulking, nor searching for unsuspecting victims, but creating vivid stories and colourful characters.  My version of Hyde is a young adult, trapped in a sagging body (it’s so true that everything plummets south once you’ve hit your forties!)

Do I hope to expel this second skin?  Should I rid myself of the one true friend who encourages me to speak out?  Not a hope in hell – I love my alter ego.  She pushes me to succeed and to learn more about my craft.  Yes, I’ve beheaded the odd teen at her request, I’ve also disembowelled a General using ferocious demons, but I refuse to stop feeding Ms Hyde as she gives me much in return.

Once the clashing of swords dies down and the scent of lavender oil washes over me, Ms Hyde retreats to a quiet space in my head and allows my Dr Jekyll to flourish.  It’s normally at this time when I run my vision board workshops or hold talks on meditation for beginners, I feel motivated and inspired by the like-minded people around me.

However, it’s a great comfort to know that Ms Hyde is lurking deep within, just waiting to be called forth when I need her.  You see, I truly believe that Dr Jekyll loved being Mr Hyde, he thrived on the freedom as I love to tap into my seventeen-year-old self and run wild in the faerie realms I create.

It didn’t end well for Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, but their influence will assist me with my writing goals for many years to come.  Thank you, Mr Stephenson, for creating such a complex character who helps to make sense of a multi-genre writer’s brain.

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I’d love to hear your thoughts about writing for multiple genres, classic literature, or anything else you fancy sharing. That’s what the comments box is for 😉