Picture Prompt

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Here is another of my Instagram picture prompts for you to get creative with. I invite you to have a go at writing a sentence/paragraph/short story to accompany the picture. Remember to link your post back to me, so I can read your creations and spotlight them in the next picture prompt post.

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Picture Prompt:

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“Is that it? Is that all we fucking get?” Caine shouts into the air. Tears leave streaks through his muddy cheeks as he pummels the wall. “We have been trapped inside that maze for seventeen months, and that pathetic exit is all we get?”

“What were you expecting?” I ask. The sense of claustrophobia that I have lived with for nearly a year and a half melts away from me and I starfish in the grass.

“A fucking fan fair! I don’t know…I just thought it was all for something bigger, something greater. Freddie died in there, and for what? Nothing!”

He’s bloodying his knuckles up, much like he did when Freddie died. If he’s not careful he’ll get another infection. Throwing my arms around him, I drag him away from the wall. “Stop, Caine! We’re out. It’s okay, we’ve made it.” He sags against me and weeps.

“No, you haven’t,” says a voice behind us. Both of us spin around, drawing our knives. A tall, skinny man wearing only a loin cloth and holey running shoes approaches. He is  accompanied by at least ten others, all in a similar state of dress; dirty, bedraggled, and famished. I thought we were filthy, but these guys look positively feral. “That was just part one.” He hands me a pair of muddy binoculars. “Just look.”

Caine snatches them from my hands and scours the horizon. He staggers backward, grasping at me to ground him. “There are more walls. No! No! Seventeen months! We’ve been in there seventeen months!”

The man hangs the binoculars around his neck. “We’ve been here ten years. No one has made it through part two.”


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Guest Post: Naming Characters

Brianna Merritt has kindly hosted me on her wonderful blog. Pop over to gain insight into my process for naming characters. And while you’re there, why not click that follow button. You won’t be disappointed.

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Today I have a fabulous treat for you! I’ve asked the wonderful writer Kayleigh to share her insights and inspiration on finding the perfect name for any character. 

Thank you to Brianna for having me guest post on her wonderful blog. When Brianna asked me what I might be interested in writing about, I had just been questioned by a fellow writer about how I choose character names. The timing was great, and I hope this post is helpful in some small way.

Many moons ago, I put together a check list of eight important factors to consider before naming a character. The following tried and tested steps have not failed me, yet.

Gut instinct: Always and foremost go with what feels right. A perfect name is only perfect because it feels that way to the author, and hopefully, the reader.

Google it: Run all possible name combinations through…

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Update 19/2/17

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It has been nearly five weeks since my last update. Oopps! I have been working on both EVO Ghost and Zombie Playlist since the last update, so working out the word count is going to be interesting. I haven’t thought to do a word count in these last five weeks, and I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing.

Word Count:

On the 13/1/17 my EVO Ghost word count was 27k. I am now at 38.5k. I didn’t check my word count for Zombie Playlist in January, but I am at 12.5k now, so I’d hazard a guess that I have written about 4k in five weeks. EVO Ghost steals more of my attention, so 4k isn’t too bad.

Researching and Note-Taking:

I may not have written more than about 15k in five weeks, but I have been researching various subjects for EVO Ghost and filling my notebook like you would not believe. As I have said before, I don’t write well if I plan too much, but recapping on the first two books, and mapping out chapters I have already written, has been useful.

I rarely make notes for Zombie Playlist. The notebook that I use is mini, and I only seem to use it when I’m on the go and can’t get to my laptop. I write long hand to type up at a later date. I’m sure more note taking will occur, but EVO Ghost takes priority. Sorry, Dagger, but you have to wait your turn!

Busy Bee:

This week has been a particularly bad writing week. I say week, more like ten days. I’ve had a lot on: school craft afternoons, half-term holiday, three parties, family visits, a wedding, a gardening day… It has been never ending. If I really wanted to, I could have written between six and seven in the mornings when my daughter eats breakfast and watches TV, or for a few hours in the evenings once she was in bed, but I simply didn’t want to. I’ve had a nice week reading and watching Netflix and Amazon. I’m catching up on Black Sails, and have now entered the last season of Breaking Bad. Yes, I’m late to hop on the band wagon, but I’m here now. Oh, and I also watched all of Santa Clarita Diet.. and season three of The 100. Not forgetting, I’m up to season two of Peaky Blinders and episode three of the 1995 Pride and Prejudice series. Okay, okay, I’ve watched a lot of TV.

March is the Month:

I have told myself to treat March as a deadline month. I don’t actually have a deadline, or set one for myself, but I would like to write at least 1k words a day, making the most of those early morning hours and evenings where possible. I’m not too fussed if I fall short on the 1k daily goal, as long as I’m actively writing every day. I shall let you know how I get on when I remember to post another update.

Excerpt:

My excerpts shall be short to avoid spoilers.

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“There’s a car. Does that mean someone lives here?” King whispers.

“How do I know? I can’t see through bloody walls.”

“Then, we knock.”

I look to him in disbelief. “Season yourself up first. It’s only right if you’re going to serve yourself up as a zombie snack.”

“So, we’re going to break into someone’s house?”

“What are they going to do? Call the police? If you want, you can stay here, and I’ll scout the place.”

He doesn’t take much convincing. His knuckles turn white from gripping the bat, and he sinks further into the grass. “Don’t kill anyone who is alive. Please, Dagger, I mean it.”

“As long as they’re not trying to kill me,” I say, climbing the fence and sprinting to the side of the building with my gun raised.

EVO Ghost

I can’t ask people to fight, Teddie, because I am a sheep in wolf’s clothing. All I can do is try to provide safety- that is my service.”

“Do what you’ve got to do. You’re the one who has to live with yourself and your choices, just don’t judge me on what I have to do, because I have to live with myself too.”

“Although I now see that my campaign was futile, I’m intrigued as to what has changed with you? You would not allow me use your name to further my cause.”

“I’ve found a leader to believe in.”

Grayson lowers his eyes. “Ah, yes, I believe you have. I had to look that man in the eyes today, after betraying him all those years ago. I saw no hate.”

“Rafe isn’t fuelled by hate, but by what’s right.”


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Thrown To The Blue. My review

A huge thanks goes out to Phil Price for his review of Thrown to The Blue. It has made my day. Head on over to check out Phil’s blog and click that little follow button…

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I started this book last year. However, Christmas and life got in the way for a few weeks. This is my first book review of 2017. And what a way to kick start the year.

Review:

I’d previously read another of the author’s books, curious to see how she would switch genres. I was amazed. KJ Chapman has created a fantasy world on a par with Game of Thrones, intricately detailed. The main protagonists , Ezra and Reed are thrown together by murder and betrayal. Reed is a great character. The shadowy archer who saves Ezra, only to fall for her.

The story moves along easily, moving from land to land. Covens and murky sects litter their pathway, leaving the reader wondering who to trust.
The detail at which the story unfolds is staggering. It’s not just the characters that are described, Chapman has created legends and history from her…

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Resolution Time

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It’s that time of year again. Resolution time. I did this same post last New Year, and I haven’t glanced back on it once, so I decided to have a little gander at my achievements… or fails. And, to be honest, I haven’t done too badly.

Here is my post from 2016. As you can see, I did finish EVO Shift, but rather than finish book three, I wrote and published Thrown to The Blue instead. My Prompt Me side project also came to fruition. Not forgetting, I have over double the amount of lovely blog followers. *Waves hello to new followers and my trusted oldies.*

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However, the bungalow extension is a different story. It is still on going. It started in the spring, then there were all sorts of problems that presented themselves during the build. Work practically stopped for three months, and now we’re back all guns blazing. I never thought we’d be in a building site at Christmas and New Year, but hey ho. What can I do?

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I’ve decided on a much smaller resolutions list this year:

  1. Finish and publish EVO Ghost.

  2. Finish and publish book two in the Indigo Flames series.

  3. Work on my novella.

  4. Complete my Goodreads Reading Challenge.

I’m already well on the way to completing number one and three, so I’m optimistic, and not burdening myself down with too much other stuff is quite refreshing.

What are your goals for 2017? I wish you all the best of luck in your endeavours, and thank you for sticking with me through 2016.


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My Top Reads of 2016

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In no particular order…

Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson: The Final Empire (book one), The Well of Ascension (book two).

Rise of the Sparrows by Sarina Langer

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The Great Library Series by Rachel Caine: Ink and Bone (book one), and Paper and Fire (book two).

The Promiscus Guardians Series, The Guardians in Love Series, and The Underground Guardians Series by Brianna West.

The Girl with all the Gifts  by M.R. Carey

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The Last Orphans by N.W. Harris

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The Making of Gabriel Davenport by Beverley Lee

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Colossus by Jette Harris

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Eleonore by Faith Rivens

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The Siblings by A. Morgan

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Although the above list is not in a particular order, I decided to pick my top read of 2016! Drum roll, please…

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And my top read of 2016 is actually a draw between Sanderson’s Mistborn: The Final Empire, and Carey’s The Girl with all the Gifts. I just can’t choose between the two, so why should I?

Thank you to everyone who has followed the reviews on my blog, Goodreads, and Instagram. Happy New Year!


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Indie Book Advent #19

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Day 19 of my Indie Book Advent features Pastels and Jingle Bells by Christine. S. Feldman.

000Trish Ackerly never expected to cross paths with Ian Rafferty again, but when she spots the former bully of her childhood years through her bakery window, she thinks she may just have been given the best Christmas gift ever: the opportunity to finally give Ian the comeuppance he deserves.

But clearly she does not have a knack for this whole revenge thing, because before she can make good on her plans, Trish gets inadvertently drawn into Ian’s life in an unexpected way that lets her see just how different the man is from the boy he used to be. In fact, much to her astonishment, she actually starts to like the guy. A lot.

Trouble is, Ian doesn’t know who she really is, and explaining it to him is going to be a little difficult now—which is bad news, because Trish is starting to realize that all she really wants for Christmas this year… is Ian.

Where to find Feldman and her book:

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My Favourite Reads of 2016 – Indie Edition!

More than a little bit chuffed to see two of my novels on Sarina’s 2016 Favourite Indie Reads list. Head on over to check out Sarina’s blog, Cookie Break!!

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A couple of weeks ago I gave a shout-out to my favourite reads this year – and today I’m doing exactly the same thing, but for the incredible indie authors I’ve discovered this year!

I know we indie authors don’t always have a good reputation, due to the ease of self-publishing. That’s why I’m hoping that you’re going to take away some great recommendations from today’s post! A lot of us really do put our backs and souls into our books, and all of the novels below are great examples of indie authors who’ve done just that.

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EVO Shift was my second read by K. J. Chapman, and the sequel to her debut novel EVO Nation. They’re fast paced, the characters are beautifully developed (especially Yana) and there are plot twists and cliff hangers everywhere!

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The Siblings is A. Morgan’s exciting, fast-paced, action-packed debut novel. As the title suggests…

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Indie Book Advent #6

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Day 6 of my Indie Book Advent features Stella Wilkinson’s A Christmas Gift.

23830523Holly and Caleb had been best friends as children, growing up on the same street, but as teenagers they couldn’t be further apart. When Caleb unexpectedly asked Holly to help him pick out a Christmas gift for his girlfriend, neither of them anticipated where it would lead.

 

 

Where to find Stella Wilkinson and her book:

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November Reads Round Up

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A brief summary of my November reads with links to the full reviews.

When Darkness Breaks (The Underground Guardians #1) by Brianna West

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I gave this book 5/5. A fantastic new aspect of the Promiscus Guardians world. Demon guardians protecting Earth from the Underworld, and an Angel and Demon romance at its hottest. Convincing characters, and a highly anticipated love interest who doesn’t disappoint.

Earth’s Knot by Katie Deann

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I gave this book 2.5/5. This novella felt more like a prequel/ first chapters to a larger story without a beginning, middle, or end. Great concept that fell short due to the length of the book. The entire series would benefit from a reworking into a full length novel.

A Christmas Gift by Stella Wilkinson

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I gave this book 4.5/5. A very quick read, but a sweet Christmas romance of unrequited love, childhood sweethearts, and all the usual YA romance tropes that I like to indulge in. Christmas novellas have to have a happy ending in my opinion, and this one was too cute.

The Christmas Bake-Off by Abby Clements

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I gave this book 3.5/5. A fun, Christmas tale of a village bake-off with sabotage the fore front of the narrative. A ‘who dunnit’ of the baking variety. A quick read, that warms the cockles of your heart, but doesn’t have very much romance or character development.

 

Naughty or Nice Anthology by Various Authors

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I gave this book 3/5. A brilliant concept. All the authors use the same writing prompt to create a Christmas tale about Charlotte and Daniel. Enjoyable, quick read shorts, but sometimes it felt a little monotonous. I had to pace myself between stories as one Charlotte was blending into another.

 

Eleonore by Faith Rivens (ARC)

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I gave this book 5/5. What can I say? This novella is right up my reading street. Kick ass heroine and mother, a romance with history, believable story telling in the urban fantasy genre, and on point dialogue. A brilliant debut from this author.

 

 


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