Wednesday, 4 November 2015

IWSG: The Writing Life

A writer's work is never done. The decision to lead such a life is filled with awe and headaches. But the pain is worth it my friends. Not in the end because for a writer there really is no end. Only new begginings. This month my focus goes between the writing for my freelance work and my own works whether for future publishing or just leisure. Yes writers we are allowed to write things never to see the light of day beyond our bedroom/book/computer/imagination.

This month will be another filled with both happiness and woe as the words either flow or struggle to come. But either way what I will not do is allow them to stop. Yes there will be breaks but those will not he allowed to become procrastination points. No fears to share this month because I am staring them down and telling them that I am unafraid and even though that is bull shit, I feel better claiming that anyway. Fear can only stop you if you let it and I won't. I hope whatever life you lead whether that of a writer or something else, you won'tmorew fear to stop you either. I love the writing life yet know my life has so much more in it. That only makes me appreciate this life even molre because I know I chose it. Choose wisely my friends and wishing you all the best. God Bless.

PS: My birthday is the 29th. So excited!

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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is held weekly by Breaking the Spine. This event spotlights upcoming releases bloggers are excited to read.

Today I will be sharing two of my own.

Book: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Release Date: November 10, 2015

Summary:Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.
Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won't approve of her feelings for her childhood friend--the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn't as weak as Levana believes her to be and she's been undermining her stepmother's wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that's been raging for far too long.
Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer's national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

Links: Book Depository, Amazon

Book: Hell's Belles (The D'Evil Diaries 2) by Tatum Flynn

Release Date: January 14, 2015

Summary: Jinx's best friend Tommy, a human girl who ended up in hell after accidentally feeding her nasty stepfather to a circus lion, faces adventures of her own...The Bookseller's Children's Preview praised THE D'EVIL DIARIES as 'brilliantly funny and clever'. Don't miss the sequel!

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

WEP Halloween Challenge: A Rotten Legacy

Please Note: I will reserve all other posts for next week. So enjoy this jem until Monday. Thank you.

Today I am sharing my entry into the WEP Halloween Challenge: Youthful Frights VS Adult Fears. This challenge runs until Friday. For more info read on below then go unto my entry. A Rotten Legacy was a story I wrote a while back with intent to expand on it. But now I think it makes a cool short story with creepy undertones. You decide.

For this challenge, share a childhood fright that might or did turn into an adult fear, real or imagined.

To start the fun you can:
1.    share a favorite frightening tale, movie, novel, photograph or painting that will leave us quaking in our boots
2.    in a short paragraph describe how it scared you, and why it did and or still does today
3.    then you can:
a.    submit your own scary piece, 1000 words or less, in any format or
b.    share a photograph or painting that captures the horror you've felt.

The movie that scared me as a child. Back in the hey day of VHS I saw this movie and it scared both my brother and I. I think it even got to my mother who generally enjoys horror movies.

1. The Horror Show

Source: Wikipedia

Plot: Detective Lucas McCarthy (Lance Henriksen) finally catches the serial killer named "Meat Cleaver Max" (Brion James) who killed over 100 people and watches his execution. McCarthy and the others watching the execution are shocked to see the electric chair send enough voltage through him to physically burn Max's body before finally dying. Max, however, has made a deal with the devil in order to return from the grave and frame Lucas for a series of grisly murders. He also scares the McCarthy family (who have moved into a new house) and the parapsychologist they hire. Lucas' only hope of stopping Max for good is to destroy his spirit before Max destroys his life and family.

2. Why it scared me: This movie was freaking insane! If you believe in spirits like I do it makes the whole thing fifty times as scary. I have had experiences with ghost in the past and I would never want to meet the spirit of Meat Cleaver Max. Once my cousin and I saw something ghostly reaching for us from palm trees. When you see it with someone else it makes the whole thing real. This happened after I became an adult and long after I saw this movie. But I still believe evil is out there on both the physical and spiritual plane. So this movie holds an extra fear in it for me.

3 a - Story: A Rotten Legacy

Rotten Incorporated was the business that supplied the best toys and gadgets for pranks and other acts of trickery. Whoopee cushions that passed stinky gas, flamethrowers that will set your target ablaze but not burn them (at least not extensively), food eating utensils, metal eating hammers and so much more.

The owner Marty Rotten was the latest in the line of Rotten’s to run the factory. Every Rotten was raised to believe they had a chance to own the factory, no matter how small. Despite being fourth in line, most of his siblings had forfeiting their birthright.  Choosing instead to pursuit other interests and passions in order to better fit in with society.

But alas the Rotten family wasn’t loved in their town of Unruffled Feathers. The townsfolk of Unruffled Feathers hated their feathers to be ruffled. And that’s exactly what Rotten Inc. did. Every new prank performed almost always traced back to the use of one the business’s latest invention.
Red haired Marty grew up an outcast in the community. So did his siblings before him and the ones after. They often got into fights and were placed in private school where though less frequent, the treatment wasn’t much better. He was the first to suggest home schooling for some of their studies and eventually most of the children were educated at home.

Yet even those changes didn’t ease the feelings of being set apart and overtime the children of Reginald and Glenda Rotten got fed up. Whether by forfeit or other means, one by one they left the family business behind.

Claude the eldest exited with a bullet. With his death only six children were left to inherit the family business. Susan Rotten married a Baron and requested her parents blessing to move to France. Two years younger than Claude, her mother Jennifer was hesitant to grant it. Reginald however let his seventeen year old daughter go without a second thought. “I have no use for those not interested in helping the Rotten Legacy live on.”

Next Martin fell devastatingly ill. His father complained that he was just weak willed. The third in line soon after moved to Africa and never returned.

Fifth in line, Mary Rotten married a deacon at The Unruffled Feathers Church of Family Values and Order. She willingly forfeited her inheritance and disappeared into the town’s moral elite.
The next in line became an engineer for the navy. From a young age, Gordon Rotten made it clear he had no interest in joining the family business.

And the seventh in line but no doubt the craftiest and prank loving child, Gwendolyn Rotten. No one loved playing tricks and trying to create new ones more than her. She and Marty played many pranks on the unsuspecting townspeople. But one day she got a dark wake up call. At age twelve she confessed to losing several metal eating hammers which then went off and ate a jungle gym. 

Unfortunately there were children playing on it and some got hurt. One even died. Despite the awfulness of the situation she was deemed too young to face the consequences and everything fell to her father to correct.

Reginald humbly apologized to the town and grieving families. He even compensated the parents of the injured children and paid for the deceased funerals. Then he turned on his own daughter. Declaring her a fool and a disgrace he refused to speak to or acknowledge her in anyway. She became withdrawn and sullen always begging for her father’s forgiveness. At age seventeen she was found and the bottom of the staircase unconscious. She was taken to the hospital then transferred to a sanatorium never to be heard of again.

At age twenty-five, Marty Rotten took over the family business. His mother tried to leave his father but he was able to patch things up between them and she returned. Now he is in charge of Rotten Inc. and every drop of the Rotten Legacy.

A rotten legacy indeed.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Pre-Order Book Nation

As you know I have been a book fan forever and one of the things I love doing is pre-ordering these babies, especially when I do so at a discount. Right now I am going to share some of my pre-orders (paperbacks) for 2015. Much love guys and thanks for popping by. :)

Little Devils: 2 by Tatum Flynn 

Release Date: January 14, 2016

Summary: Jinx's best friend Tommy, a human girl who ended up in hell after accidentally feeding her nasty stepfather to a circus lion, faces adventures of her own...The Bookseller's Children's Preview praised THE D'EVIL DIARIES as 'brilliantly funny and clever'. Don't miss the sequel!

I met Tatum online (Twitter) during a campaign for refugees. I got curious and checked out her author page and saw a book I had to buy. 

That book I finished reading in one day after it was delivered and I pre-ordered the sequel as soon as my next payment from freelancing came in. Just goes to show that you can find books in many ways.

Winter by Marissa Meyer

Release Date: November 10, 2015

Summary: Don't miss the thrilling final chapter of Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles series. Princess Winter is admired for her grace, kindness and beauty, despite the scars on her face. She's said to be even more breath-taking than her stepmother, Queen Levana...When Winter develops feelings for the handsome palace guard, Jacin, she fears the evil Queen will crush their romance before it has a chance to begin. But there are stirrings against the Queen across the land. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even find the power to launch a revolution and win a war that's been raging for far too long. Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter claim their happily ever afters by defeating Levana once and for all?

I got this for under $12 and I was so taken by my decision to purchase I also bought Fairest. I already have Cinder, Scarlet and Cress in ebook form. One day I just might by the paperback for those as too.

Not a pre-order but I love the story line and cover.

The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa

Release Date: October 27, 2015

Summary: "The Iron Prince--my nephew--betrayed us all. " "He killed me. " "Then, I woke up. " Waking after a month on the brink of death, Ethan Chase is stunned to learn that the Veil that conceals the fey from human sight was temporarily torn away. Although humankind's glimpse of the world of Faery lasted just a brief moment, the human world was cast into chaos, and the emotion and glamour produced by fear and wonder has renewed the tremendous power of the Forgotten Queen. Now she is at the forefront of an uprising against the courts of Faery--a reckoning that will have cataclysmic effects on the Nevernever. Leading the Lady's Forgotten Army is Keirran himself: Ethan's nephew, and the traitor son of the Iron Queen, Meghan Chase.To stop Keirran, Ethan must disobey his sister once again as he and his girlfriend, Kenzie, search for answers long forgotten. In the face of unprecedented evil and unfathomable power, Ethan's enemies must become his allies, and the fey and human worlds will be changed forevermore.

Release Date: June 2016

Summary: Marvel's first original prose novel, featuring the stars of Guardians of the Galaxy! These are not the Avengers or the Fantastic Four -in fact, they're barely even famous -but Rocket Raccoon and the faithful Groot are the baddest heroes in the cosmos, and they'e on the run across the Marvel Universe! During a spaceport brawl, the infamous pair rescues an android Recorder from a pack of alien Badoons. Everyone in the galaxy, however, including the ruthless Kree Empire and the stalwart Nova Corps, seems to want that Recorder, who' about as sane as a sandwich with no mustard. Join Rocket and Groot on a free-for-all across the stars while they try to save all of existence -again!

Neverseen by Shannon Messenger

Release Date: November 3, 2015

Summary: Sophie battles the rebels and recovers dark memories from her past in this jaw-dropping fourth book in the bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series. Sophie Foster is on the run but at least she's not alone. Her closest friends from the Lost Cities have gone with her to join the Black Swan. They still have doubts about the shadowy organization, but the only way to find answers is to start working "with" them. And as they settle into their new lives, they uncover secrets bigger than anything they d imagined. But their enemies are far from done, and unleash a terrifying plague that threatens the safety of an entire species. Sophie and her friends fight with everything they have with new allies joining them but every choice has consequences. And trusting the wrong person could prove deadly. In this game-changing fourth book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must question everything to find a truth that will either save her world or shatter it."

Release Date: November 3, 2015

Summary: An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's" Guardians of the Galaxy" tells the story of a group of cosmic misfits--Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot--who band together to protect a mysterious orb against Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. For the first time in print, experience the excitement of the complete origin story as told inMarvel's: " Guardians of the Galaxy. "(c) 2015 MARVEL

Monday, 19 October 2015

Look Who's Back!

So happy to be back online today. It's funny how we take the simple things for granted in life. Right now it brings me close to tears to be a regular blogger again. Life and my own decisions kept me off for a bit but now I believe I have things under control? So on day one of being officially back I just want to say thank you to all who visit my blogvand extra to those who comment and keep in touch.

Right now I am excited to say I have become a regular on twitter and recently went to over 800 followers. I used to be more active on Facebook but hardly got any attention despite my best efforts. Twitter has been a different matter. Not only have I been communicating with others but I even get requests to check out videos on YouTube and so on. It has been an exciting ride being noticed. Plus I have also been tweeting regularly with a few of my fave shows and got noticed and followed by Limitless writers as well as the Burn movie who also noticed my tweets. Not to mention being favorites on multiple episodes by Cle Bennett when I tweet with Heroes Reborn. So you can say I feel good on the social media front. I plan to slowly integrate myself more into this but baby steps.

So I am a happy camper and glad to be back with my blogger peeps. Everyday this week will have a post. Next week and onwards will be twice a week or more. So I an ready to chat with and entertain you. Have a great day. Quick question though..Am I the only one excited that there is officially a Descendants 2 in the works? Oh and also Incredibles 2. ��

Friday, 16 October 2015

Adventure Awaits!

Just letting you guys know I am still alive and will have a full week of posts next week. The hiatus is over. Love you guys!

Monday, 21 September 2015

Everyday and September Nano

Have to thank Jay Noel whose post today I Can't Feel My Face inspired me to do a slightly longer post today. At first it was only going to be about my nano but now there will also be music. You all love music right?

I knew it, let's go!

A song that I heard over the weekend and got me thinking quite a bit was Everyday by ASAP Rocky feat. Rod Stewart, Miguel and Mark Ronson. How much do I enjoy and think about this song? I got to memorizing all these names by the second viewing (of the credits) on televsion. Yes I am still one of those strange people who keep forgetting to just go on Youtube. I did look online later but that was to check out what the song was about. Yes, still have not looked it up on Youtube but you can now with the video below.

I thought it was really brave of ASAP to use his own life as an example of how the rap game can go terribly wrong. I know others have done this but there is just something very genuine and personal about the video and it's lyrics. Drugs, alcohol and hard partying are not all fun and games and exposing this while being a rapper who does it can be both jarring and telling of the kind of person you truly are. This is a song that should go down as one of the greats. I have so many thoughts and feelings still swimming around inside me even now.

Oh and now Benedict Cumberbatch has truly been in everything including on my blog. Yay.

September Nano

Thanks to a lovely invite from Jennie Bennett to anyone wanting to join a September Nano I have two spanking new projects. Will not go into deep detail but I do need a little help. I have been jumping between titles on one. 

The quick tagline right now is: For everyone who hated Twilight or even liked it a little bit.

By the way I love Twilight but get the reason why some people don't. My novel idea was not inspired by that book but something in me told me that it could satisfy those who felt Twilight romanticized vampires too much or that Bella was...wooden.  

Right now I am stuck between three titles (A-C).

(A) My Vampire Ex-Boyfriend is Trying to Kill Me

The original title at the start but i started to feel that it was too one dimensional. Yes it is also long but so was the full titles of the Harry Potter books. When the book is awesome, readers don't care.

(B) A Bloody Gamble

Because it was a gamble if my protagonist would survive the change. Also I kind of wanted a title that left some mystery.

(C) Bloody Gamble

Same as B but without the 'A' since the book has the protagonist gambling on more than one thing.

(D) Broken Promises

Sounds more like a Lifetime movie so I am thinking no. Thought it was good for a second because of well..broken promises in the novel.

So what do you guys think? I know that I am being kind of vague but it is a paranormal YA novel and I plan to make it a stand alone. Also my protagonist is not going to be some kick ass one 'girl' army. She will need help and advice. Sorry but even Katniss had a mass of people behind her from start to finish. We can't all be Black Widow who can team up or go solo whenever.

Whoever made this poster, more power to you. You are awesome.

Thanks for popping by and this image below has nothing to do with this post. I just love Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and if this is true I love Mikey aheam, Michelangelo even more. Have a wonderful day my lovelies!