Goodreads Author… Finally.

I am happy to announce that I am now a verified Goodreads author. EVO Nation (old cover on Goodreads) needed me to claim it… and now Goodreads have verified me.

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Let’s connect:

I’m happy to connect on Goodreads, and would kindly ask any EVO Nation readers and fellow Goodreads users to post a quick review on there for me, and perhaps a cheeky follow for me too. Let me know if you too have an author page you’d like me to follow. I always rate the books I have read on Goodreads.

My Goodreads bio: 

K.J.Chapman is an avid tea drinker, writer, Whovian, book lover, daydreamer, and author of EVO Nation.

Born and raised in Cornwall, England, and with an accent to match, K.J.Chapman is a self-proclaimed fan girl and geek; a lover of everything science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal.

If she is not working on her EVO Nation series, she is blogging on various subjects that peak her interest. Most prominently, she posts musings, tips, advice, and journals of her writing and reading experiences.

K.J.Chapman on writing : ‘It’s what I do, what I enjoy, and what keeps me sane. Did I say writing keeps me sane? Yeah… perhaps it just balances my crazy.’

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REVIEW: The Girl In between by Laeken Zea Kemp

The Girl In Between by Laeken Zea kemp 5/5

Blurb: Bryn Reyes is a real life sleeping beauty. Afflicted with Klein-Levin Syndrome, she suffers episodes of prolonged sleep that steal weeks, and sometimes even months, from her life. But unlike most KLS patients, she doesn’t spend each episode in a catatonic state or wake up with no recollection of the time she’s missed. Instead, Bryn spends half her life in an alternate reality made up of her memories. For Bryn, the past is a place, until one day a boy she’s never met before washes up on the illusory beach of her dreams with no memory of who he is.

I downloaded this book for FREE from Amazon and was incredibly impressed. I loved the writing style, the concept, and the characters. Kemp does a fantastic job of making the world Bryn disappears into during her sleep disorder episodes, convincing and believable; one of dreams, memories and nightmares. Kemp has done a great job introducing the science and factual side of Klein-Levin Syndrome and this all adds to the realism of the story and Bryn’s journey.

 Bryn was true to character, and as a teenager afflicted with Klein-Levin Syndrome she shares her fears and doubts, whilst maintaining a likable personality. Her family dynamic and the way her mother tries to mollycoddle her is fitting for Bryn and her condition, and Kemp’s portrayal of the Grandma gives me the impression that the grandmother knows something more, but that may be brought to light in the sequel… we shall see.

Bryn feels isolated from those around her, missing huge chunks of her home life and personal life. When a mysterious boy washes up on the beach in her sleep world, things take an unexpected turn. Roman is just as terrified, isolated and lost as she is. Only, he is lost in her sleep world and cannot wake up from it. Their relationship blossoms and I liked Roman’s character a great deal. He’s not the stereotypical, hunky boy who just so happens to fall in love with the protagonist, he is his own person with his own issues and fears. The story does switch to Roman’s POV occasionally, and I appreciated the insight into his mind.

I read the ending in one sitting as I was desperate to know who exactly Roman was and what had happened to him in the ‘real’ world. I can’t wait to start book two in the series ‘The Boy In Her Dreams’. I highly recommend this book and it’s FREE, so what have you got to lose?


The opinions expressed here are those of K.J.Chapman and no other parties.

All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review.

Tip Share #4

The fourth tip that I wanted to share with you all is a simple, but useful tip when writing that first draft.

‘Don’t fuss over the details. Stopping to figure out the exact size of bullet needed for a certain gun can put a dampener on creativity and hinder your flow. Keep writing, jot a note to remind you to research at a later date, and get that first draft down. Editing is called editing for a reason.’

This tip stems from experience. I have pages of scribbles in my notebook reminding me to find out specific, factual information that I don’t know off the top of my head. I prefer not to dwell on the details until the editing stage, otherwise I switch from the creative to the logical side of my brain and lose my train of thought.

I Created You, So Do What I say!

Wow, characters can be a stubborn bunch at times, especially, the strong willed, know their own mind types. I have that exact type in my protagonist, Teddie Leason, and she won’t do a thing I say. (Parents will understand the feeling.) I had a rough idea where I would have liked the narrative of EVO Shift to go, and that would have required Teddie to make certain choices, that quite frankly, she was never going to make.

In book two she has numerous choices to make, but her motivations shift. It would be great if she made all the ‘I must save the world’ decisions, but I can’t force that on her. That isn’t her personality type. Teddie is stubborn, fiercely loyal, and desperate for family. When her boyfriend and friends are held in an EVO detention centre, her sole focus is their safety. ‘Sod the rest of the world. They are her world.’  This is where I started to struggle with progressing the narrative, mostly due to my own self-doubt.

I asked Mr.O his non-writer, but avid reader opinion on characters that make ‘bad’ decisions and he reiterated what I already knew, but in such a way that I instantly felt the doubt lift.

‘It’s not about bad choices and good choices or bad people and good people. They’re just people, so let them be who they are.’

Amen.

I had to throw off my previous narrative ideas, and get back to being the pantser that I am. Teddie is the boss of the show… I mean, who do I think I am? I’m just the writer. I’m going to let her tell me how it is going to be from here on out, and allow her to make her own mistakes as long as I understand the motivation behind them.

Ten Weeks, Ten Prompts, Ten Minutes #9

So, here we are at the penultimate week of the ‘Ten Weeks, Ten Prompts, Ten Minutes’ writing exercise challenge. Where has the time gone?

Today’s prompt is number nine on my Narrative Prompts post, and is a visual prompt. Visual prompts allow for total creative freedom, and I love how they stir different ideas in different people.

Prompt Nine:

How did it come to this? Just nine weeks ago, I was revising for my exams with hopes of getting into art college, and now I’m stood on a cliff in the arsehole of nowhere, wondering how  quickly I’d die once I smash into the rocks below. I’m hoping the answer is ‘very quickly’, instantly would be even better.

The wind is strong, unsteadying, and it’s almost as if mother nature is tugging me on. ‘You can do it, Lorell,’ she whispers to me. ‘Just one little step.’

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to die. I’m not depressed or suicidal in the usual sense. I could runaway, start a new life with a new name and identity, but she’d know. She’d know I wasn’t dead, and she’d never give up hunting me. And as long as she hunts me, people I love will die.

I hate her. Even her name burns like acid as it leaves my lips- Ulrike. I scream it into the wind. I want the heavens to know who is responsible for my death. She has driven me to this, and as my breath leaves my body I want the wind to carry her name to her, to wake her from her dreams, or turn them into nightmares.

I close my eyes, and rise onto the balls of my feet. This is it. As soon as my body dies, the magic dies with it. Ulrike will sense it. The tie she ensured we had will die with me, and she will only have half the power, and be half a Caster.

“Don’t do it, child.”

Wait? What? Did I just hear that?

“Miss Cecelia?” I whisper. It’s been many a year since I heard her voice, but I’ll never forget it. The soft tones and American twang is etched into my memory from childhood. It is as if the wind carries her voice to me. The same wind that moments ago was encouraging me to my death.

“Even at half her power, Ulrike will be the strongest Caster in Ye’Sande. You will have died for nothing, Lorell.” Her voice is calming, soothing.

“Not nothing. My friends will be safe. I can’t watch anyone else die because of me.”

“Tilly’s death was not your fault. I know she was important to you, and if you want to keep the others safe, then you need to stop Ulrike. Only you have the means to do it. Avenge those you have lost, and save those you have left.”

“Ulrike will kill me first,” I say, sighing.

“Maybe, but is it not better to die fighting than running?”

I look to the rocks one more time, and take a step away from the edge. “Will you help me?”

“Yes, my child, but don’t forget that technically I’m dead.”


Next week is the last week of my Ten Weeks, Ten Prompts, Ten Minutes writing exercises. If you would like to get involved with my next writing exercise adventure, check out the link: Prompt Me

All excerpts are the works of K.J.Chapman

Quotes of the Week, October 26th 2015

Family is what you make it. I’m incredibly lucky to have a big, close family and I include important friends in that category. With my wedding coming up in eight weeks, my family have given me fantastic support and help in preparation for the big day. It’s times like these when you realise just how lucky you are to have amazing people in your life.

‘Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.’ ~ Jane Howard

‘Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family. Most of us would give our own life for the survival of a family member, yet we lead our daily life too often as if we take our family for granted.’ ~ Paul Pearshall

Milestone and Me!

Wow! I have just reached the 100 followers milestone. I’m feeling the love and support right now, and it makes all the time spent writing and blogging worthwhile. I have loved every minute of my blogging experience, and the community vibe from other bloggers is fantastic. I hope to support others as much as they have supported me on my journey. Thank you folks!

I haven’t done an introductory post of sorts for a while, so for all my new followers, and some of my older followers, this is me, Kayleigh, (K.J.Chapman):

I’m a twenty-nine year old, mother, fiancé, writer, author, book lover, blogger, tea drinker, housekeeper, daydreamer, recycler, thrift shopper, the list can be infinite. I am a born and bred Cornish girl and have been told I have an accent to match. Yep, I do say ‘bleddy ansum’, ‘dreckly’, and ‘alright arr ee.’ Cornwall is my favourite place in the whole world. We’re friendly folk overall, and I enjoy the pace of life.

My passion is writing. I have a particular interest in writing young and new adult, science fiction and fantasy novels. I self-published my first eBook, EVO Nation, in June 2015 ( please check it out via the link below), and I am currently writing book two in the EVO Nation series, EVO Shift.

My second passion is reading. I have an eclectic reading taste; picking one genre would be like asking a mother to pick her favourite child. I have recently started book review posts as part of my blog. It seemed like a natural progression considering the amount of time I spend reading. I am particularly eager to help spread the word on obscure eBooks, helping to bring them into the mainstream.

Finally, I’m a fan girl! Dr Who, Game of Thrones, Firefly, The Walking dead, and anything Marvel. I’m a self-proclaimed geek and proud of it.

Connect with me! I’m like horse poo in Cornwall, you can find me everywhere if you look hard enough:

FACEBOOK

TWITTER

PINTEREST

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE

GOODREADS

Thanks again for the support, and here’s to many more posts to come…


K.J.Chapman’s novel: EVO Nation

Word Count Weekly #11

This week I hit a few bumps and snags, but I trundled on through and have another impressive word count to report:

7012 Words

Self doubt reared it’s ugly head again, but that’s another story and a whole other post… keep your eyes peeled for that one. I also had to pre-plan blog posts due to a pretty hectic few weeks/ month coming up, and it’s surprising how much time and effort we bloggers put in! I feel like I’ve been falling into bed each night for the past week.

Excerpt from this week’s work in progress:

Bo looks to Cooper for confirmation of all I’ve just said. She is physically sweating, but I guess that’s what happens when everything you think you’re fighting for crashes around your ears.

He nods, wiping his hand through his beard. “I was E.N.C, but it never sat well with me. I hated the Norms because my Dad was a Norm and he was a bastard, but he was just one man. I can’t blame them all for my shitty childhood.”

Bo backs away from the both of us, clearly agitated and looking like she is about to puke. I wish I could read her, to judge her stand on this, but I have to stick with intuition and my intuition is telling me to press her further.

“My boyfriend, Adam, the man you rescued from the military, he was E.N.C, so were many of my friends and my Uncle. They wanted what was promised: safety, freedom for EVO to be who we are without prejudice, not this fear that the E.N.C spreads now. Isaac was unstable and if you follow his twisted legacy, the E.N.C becomes unstable by proxy.”

REVIEW: The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams

The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams 2.5/5

Blurb: People say ‘love never dies’…but love might be the death of Seraphina. Seraphina has been alive since the Middle Ages, when her boyfriend, Cyrus, managed to perfect a method of alchemy that lets them swap bodies with any human being. She doesn’t want to die, so she finds young people who are on the brink of death, and inhabits their bodies. When we meet Sera, she has landed in the body of a girl named Kailey who was about to die in a car accident. For the first time, Sera falls in love with the life of the person she’s inhabiting. Sera also falls for the boy next door, Noah. And soon it’s clear the feelings are returned. Unfortunately, she can never kiss Noah, because for her to touch lips with a human would mean the human’s death. And she has even more to worry about: Cyrus is chasing her, and if she stays in one place for long, she puts herself -and the people she’s grown to care for – in danger.

My Review:

Okay, so I didn’t like this book that much. The concept was semi-interesting, but cliche, and the characters were two dimensional and hard to relate to. The book was surprisingly short and perhaps this was part of the reason for the minimal character development. I could have easily put the book down and walked away, but I’m not that kind of reader. I will always slog it out until the end.

I understood Seraphina’s desire to end her immortality and escape Cyrus’ claim on her, but that quickly went out the window when she found a body (Kailey’s body) to slot into and play make believe with Kailey’s family and friends. Her transition from Seraphina to Kailey seemed unrealistically easy. I’d like to think that my family would see something amiss if my body was taken over by some immortal that most definitely wasn’t me, but no, Kailey’s family don’t pay much attention to the sudden change in their daughter/ sister. Kailey’s friends don’t seem too concerned by the change in her either.

Then, there is Noah. The narrative suggests that Kailey didn’t have feelings for Noah, but he jumps at the chance to be with her when Seraphina takes a liking to him. Not to mention that worrying fact that mentally Seraphina is about 700 years old and Noah is just a teenager. Noah seemed nice enough, but dull. Again, lack of character development.

The ending was a little more exciting and ended on a big cliffhanger, but I doubt I will read the sequel.

In summary, my 2.5/5 is a reflection on minimal character development and unrealistic narrative choices.


The opinions expressed here are those of K.J.Chapman and no other parties.

All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review.

Prompt Me…

I have just finished drafting and scheduling the last two of my ‘Ten Weeks, Ten prompts, Ten Minutes’ writing exercises, and I have to admit I’m feeling a little downcast that it has come to an end. I enjoyed the writing exercises, and it was a nice respite from working on EVO Shift.

I was brainstorming some more prompt ideas when I had a brainwave. What is the best way to allow me to be interactive and to work on prompts that are fresh and new to me? I shall ask my blogging community to create prompts for me.

That is, if you want to, of course…

Here’s what I’m thinking:

  1. Post a prompt you are happy for me to use in the comments below. (Please only offer original prompts).
  2. I will expand on the prompt in ten minutes and post one every Tuesday in a ‘Prompt Me’ post. (Starting Tuesday 10th Nov).
  3. If I use your prompt I will tag you in the post with a link to your blog.
  4. If you want to play along, let me know and I will create a prompt for you too.

Whether it is an intriguing sentence, dialogue, or a unique photo, I’m happy to receive all suggestions.


Find K.J.Chapman’s original prompts: here