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I have been posting some of my work to Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest and thought, why have I not been blogging these? So, today, I rectify that. I promise to remember to include my posts on my blog in my ‘Heart Voice’ posts, as and when I create them… *cross my heart*
These posts showcase work that is personal to me. I hope you like them.
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Today, I get to welcome author, Phil Price to my little ol’ blog. Phil self published his first book, Unknown, in 2015. Unknown is a tale of vampires, other worlds, and blood harvesting. I was lucky to get a copy of Unknown during a free promotion, and you can read my review here.
I love a chance to interview indie authors and gain a little insight into their lives as writers, publishers, marketers, and all that goes with self publishing, so I jumped at the opportunity to interview Phil. Not only that, I’m a sucker for a good horror story and haven’t interviewed a single horror author to date. But right here, right now, that will be rectified.
Without further ado, let’s delve into the mind of Phil Price…
Man finds a doorway to another world, filled with vampires.
I guess I’d go for the main protagonist, Jake. He’s a young man who has lost his wife and daughter in a hit and run. He quits the police force because the system has failed his family and he feels he can no longer protect the innocent. When he discovers unexplained abductions, he is suddenly swept along by a tide of events, almost glad that his mundane existence has taken a turn for the interesting. He is searching, although he’s not sure for what exactly.
My pleasure: Excerpt from Unknown by Phil Price
I wanted to draw people into the book, hopefully giving them a fright or raising the hairs on the backs of their necks. I love reading books of this genre, which started when I picked up my first copy of Salem’s Lot. People want to be scared. They want to think about what goes bump in the night. The thought of something evil and supernatural just gets my juices flowing. I was haunted for years by the vision of Mr.Barlow. Even now he gives me the willies. We live in a world full of gadgets, reality TV, and celebrity. It’s nice to read about things that lurk in the shadows, out of sight.
I’ve got a sci-fi book currently on ice. I started it last year, but wanted to concentrate on finishing Unknown and starting the sequel. I hope to release it next year (fingers crossed). It is similar to Unknown whilst being different, if that makes sense. It will take readers to the far corners of the cosmos, with all kinds of cool stuff like wormholes, warp drives, and weird aliens. I just need to get my Star Wars/ Star Trek head on.
Money. This is a guilty hobby and I couldn’t justify spending lots of money on getting published. So, I opted for the ‘indie’ route. Maybe I will choose a different way next time. I’ve had mainly good experiences so far. Nothing really negative. I had no expectations when I released Unknown. So, any experiences are good ones, which will help me next time perhaps. I’ve also met many great indie authors. Some great people who are truly talented. It’s great to read books by folk who give everything to their story. People like that inspire me to write. I’ve made some firm friends so far. Happy days!
Get a friend to read it in draft form. Let them give you honest feedback. Also, get it proof read and formatted professionally. A big piece of advice for any aspiring indie, is to get themselves set up on social media well before the book comes out. I didn’t, and am now playing catch-up. Twitter, Facebook, author pages, Goodreads, blogs etc, are a great way to build a network of followers before the book comes out.
Well, aside from my busy family and work life, I hoping to release the sequel to Unknown later this year. Then, maybe the sci-fi book (Zoo) next year. I have another book in the back storeroom of my brain. It will be neither horror nor sci-fi. It will be based loosely on a high profile news story of the last twenty years. It will be very dark. I can say no more than that at present. You will have to watch this space.
Thank you to Phil for joining me today!
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Mollie over at Mollie’s Musings, nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Hi, Mollie, *waves frantically* thank you for thinking of me!
So, there are some rules for the Sunshine Blogger Award, and who doesn’t love a good rule… um, okay, moving on to the rules:
1) Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
2) Nominate up to 11 bloggers who bring sunshine to the blogging world, and create 11 questions for them to answer. (This one I might be a rebel and break…)
I have three! One on each wrist and one on my back. I’ve included pictures because I’m thorough like that, but I couldn’t get one of my back- shame *cough*. That one is a tribal thing that needs refilling, and started out small until I had a 9lb 1oz baby- if you get my drift. I had my back tatt done on my 18th. Mum paid for it as a gift, I picked something off the wall without thought, and voila. It is what it is. I wanted it at that point in my life, and hey, I see tatts as diaries on our skin. The flowers I had done for my 21st *theme going here*. Same applies- Mum paid as a gift, I walked in off the street, picked a tatt, had the tatt. The third is for my daughter, Sophie. That one was thought through and meaningful.
Yes, I am having another. My hubby and I are getting the date of our wedding underneath our wedding rings.
Their manners- how they treat other people.
A hero. Nah, only jokes. In all seriousness, I’d want a villian I could laugh at.
Can I ask for one more thing? I mean, just incase I was by my lonesome…
Jason Stathom with a bit of Tom Hardy thrown in for good measure.
I believe in both. I am a huge advocate of friends of quality not quantity. I’m lucky to have found friends who I know will last a life time. Our humours etc are in sync. Now, on to the romantic stuff! I met my hubby a month before we turned 15. Yep, we only have 12 days between us in age. I joke that he was made for me, as I am the eldest. We’ve been together ever since… 15 years this year. It’s scary to think that this year we would have been in each others lives for the same amount of time as we have been without each other. We have a 5 year old daughter, and got married last year. So, although this year is our 15th anniversary, it will only be our 1st wedding anniversary. We like to shake things up hehe.
Golding Kersey from my EVO Nation series. Just love the little gob-shite. For all the EVO Nation readers out there- I know.
It’s not so much crazy, as a must. I want to sleep in one of these and see the Aurora Borealis:
My favourite word is ‘sonder’. It’s meaning: the realisation that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own. This really affects me. I emphasise a lot, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I’m very aware of how others feel, and if I witness something horrid or see something on social media that affects even just one person, I can’t get it out of my head for days. On the other hand, I love to see people happy. It literally, makes my day, week, year.
My least favourite word is ‘phlegm’- not only is it a bugger to spell, but it just sounds as gross as what it is describing.
This is my little Sophie Anne. Isn’t she the cutest? She deserves to be immortalised in ink on my skin, don’t you think?
My husband, Nathan.
I went for ten *technically more than ten* because, hey, I wouldn’t have married him for less haha ;)!
I am unsure who has or hasn’t been tagged in this one, so I won’t bore you all by tagging you again, even though I love so many of you wonderful lot. So, here’s what we can do: If you want to partake in this tag, answer Mollie’s fab questions, and tag both Mollie and I in the post. Mollie, because like I said, they’re her amazeball questions, and me because I’m nosey.
Thanks again Mollie for the nomination!!
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Thanks to Mollie over at ‘Mollie’s Musings’ for the tag. You can check out Mollie’s twenty facts here.
I haven’t done a tag in what feels like ages, so I jumped in guns blazing, and then realised that coming up with twenty semi-interesting facts about myself is damn hard.
Here goes nothing:
1) I have read and reviewed 30 books so far this year. I’m over half way to my Goodreads challenge target of 52!
2) I’m scared of geese. I was chased by some farm yard geese as a child and fell into a ditch full of cow s#*t. I was literally treading water in the stuff because it had been raining. I can still hear my Auntie shouting at me to keep my mouth closed- VOM!
3) I was carrying a large box, and had a ‘one foot on the escalator and one foot off the escalator’ moment that saw me upside down and clinging on for dear life. Yep, I’m that girl.
4) I have an unhealthy obsession with Stephen King. The man is a genius.
5) My new author obsession is Brandon Sanderson. Seriously, check him out.
6) I turn 30 this year!
7) I can eat… A LOT.
8) Other than Twitter, my favourite social media platform is Instagram! Find me over there: KJ’s Insta! *Shameless Insta-promotion right there and I’m not even sorry.*
9) My husband and I have GIF wars whilst he is at work- shhh! He always wins. That man can source some GIFs! *That’s where I get my training for my Twitter GIF wars- just saying.*
10) My surname is actually Osborne. I wrote EVO Nation, and started my author platforms, before I got married. After some thought, I decided to stick with my author name to avoid confusion.
11) I live in Poldark country. I’m Cornish, and yes, I say things like- ‘I’ll do it dreckly,’ and ‘Bleddy ansom.’
12) I once saw Christopher Eccleston and he smiled at me because I recognised him, even though my hubby thought he was a tramp. In my hubby’s defense, Eccleston was in full hobo mode.
13) I am prone to stubbing my toes. I have lost my baby toe nails three times on each foot.
14) I only keep physical copies of books that I rate 4* or more, or that I have a complete series of. It’s a brutal method, but necessary for my small house.
15) I’m forgetful. My five year old makes me write everything into my diary, or make a list before we go shopping. Even my friends notice my forgetfulness. It was a charity day at my daughter’s school and the children who wore fancy dress had to donate £1 to the charity. My friend brought an extra £1 because she thought I’d forget. Ha! That time I had remembered because- thanks to my daughter- I had noted it in my diary. I can’t say I’ve remembered every time since…
16) My last fancy dress costume was of a scarecrow. I was helping at an event held by my daughter’s old nursery school on Halloween.
17) We are a family of geocachers. It’s so much fun. Don’t knock it until you try it. Us geocachers are a covert bunch, so I shall say no more… but seriously, google it!
18) Once, I heard a strange noise outside my window in the middle of the night. I thought that something was dying out there. When I went to investigate, I found hedgehogs having sex. Have you ever heard the sound of hedgehogs having sex?! I can never unhear that!
19) I love notebooks. I buy notebooks. Other people buy me notebooks. I get given notebooks. It’s both beautiful and disturbing.
20) After re-reading the above 19 facts, I have decided that I am a little cray cray!
I hope you have learnt something new about me (there is plenty to pick from). I know a lot of people have been nominated in this tag already, so I shall extend an open invite to those who want to join in.
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The Beach Cabin by Fern Britton 3.5/5
Ed and Charlotte have been married for fifteen years, but they have been drifting apart and now Ed suspects that Charlotte may be involved with another man.
He decides a family holiday is just what they need and rents a cottage on the cliffs near the picturesque Cornish village of Pendruggan. He is desperate not to lose Charlotte and hopes that the holiday will bring them closer together again, but Charlotte is wondering what happened to the man she fell in love with.
So into their car they all pile, including their teenage daughter Alex, her younger brother, Sam and their enormous Bearded Collie – will their Cornish escape be the holiday to make them… or break them?
A quick read, set in my home county of Cornwall. It is clear that Britton is a lover of the county, and captures the landscapes and local life brilliantly. This short story is an easy read despite broaching the topics of crisis in marriage, and a daughter struggling with her sexuality.
The revelation that Alex thinks she might be gay comes at the end of the book and was not a revelation at all. It was extremely easy to guess from early on in the story. So easy that the parents, Charlotte and Ed, wouldn’t have had such a shocked response, but otherwise I enjoyed the tale that had a happy ending all around.
The kids were a bit cliche- Sam the enthusiastic, always hungry, skate-board enthusiast son, and Alex the moody, sarcastic, likes her sleep, teenage daughter. If you can get passed this, and enjoy the fast moving tale that doesn’t require a lot of time or effort to read, then you’ll enjoy Britton’s Cornwall based tale.
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.
On Monday, Sarina Langer released her debut novel, Rise of the Sparrows. I was lucky enough to be a beta reader for Sarina, and can honestly say that it was a gripping, well written, captivating read. You can check out my review here.
And guess what? Sarina has stopped by my little ol’ blog on her week long blog tour! I’m thrilled to welcome Sarina to my blog today, to throw some questions at her, and get an insight into the life of the newly published author.
Firstly, congratulations on the release of your first book! Is there a particular experience, good or bad, that has stuck out for you in the drafting or publication of your debut?
There are several things which I enjoyed, like writing the first draft, doing the research, and even editing! The writing community both here on WordPress and on Twitter (or more recently on Instagram) has been amazing and incredibly welcoming. The only thing that has stuck out negatively is formatting my novel for Createspace and Amazon KDP. There were no issues with either- Createspace have responded to everything very quickly and were much faster than I expected! – But formatting anything in Open Office has proven to be a huge pain. I’ve made notes, so hopefully it’ll be a little easier next time.
Would you share your writing routine with us? Are a scheduler or an ‘as and when’ type of writer?
My writing routine is relaxed and forgiving compared to my editing routine. I usually write for roughly one hour to ninety minutes every day (apart from weekends- I take those off), which tends to result in anything between 1k and 3k words, sometimes (rarely) even more than that! If you’re not a writer you might not realise how many other things are involved. We don’t just write- we do research, we have to name people, places, maybe different magics and towns and complicated systems, and we have entire worlds to create from nothing. So, while I’m not writing every free minute I get, I do these other things which also progress the novel. My mornings are quite varied because of it.
What has been the most rewarding part of publishing your novel?
I write for myself- and I think every writer should- but I do want to inspire other people with my writing. Whether my writing inspires them to write themselves, improve their writing, or to do something else entirely doesn’t matter. Every time someone tells me that my writing makes them want to write or do something, I know I’ve done well, and that’s a very rewarding feeling.
What were your reasons for choosing the self-publishing route?
I am a control freak to a personal extent, and didn’t want to give up control over important aspects of my book, such as the cover design. It’s my business, my baby, and I want to be the one who makes all the big decisions. To be honest, I did want to go the traditional way when I started writing Rise of the Sparrows, but I thought that if I published a trilogy by myself first and did it well, my chances of getting a great agent and publishing deal would improve! A year later, and I’m not so sure anymore that I want an agent or traditional publisher. I like being in charge. This is my book, and I will work my butt off to make it work.
Can you describe Rise of the Sparrows in ten words of less? A quick summary for anyone thinking of purchasing your novel.
Oh my! Let me think…
Misjudgements, swords and daggers, magic, prophecy, trust issues, demons, prejudices and death. (You weren’t hoping for one sentence, right?)
I’m going to name three characters and I would love for you to describe them in just three words.
Rachael– survivor, paranoid, and defensive.
Cephy– young, naive, and pyromancer.
Cale- strong, fiercely loyal (we’ll treat that as one, shan’t we?), and protective.
Would you share an excerpt from Rise of the Sparrows, pretty please?
This is a moment from the first chapter, where we first meet Rachael. Two men have come to rape her, and I think it shows nicely that she can defend herself when necessary, despite being homeless and malnourished. She maybe tired, hungry, and weak, but she can kick as if her life depends on it!
What is next for Sarina Langer?
I’m working on two novels at the moment- the sequel to Rise fo the Sparrows and a scifi novel, which is a bit of an experiment for me. I’ve never written two books at once and I’ve never written scifi either, so it’s a learning curve for me. But it’s an interesting and fun learning curve, and I’m enjoying all the new research I get to do! ( The end of the world, anyone? Multiple universe theory, anyone?)
Do you have any parting advice for unpublished writers out there?
A lot of people will love your writing, but a lot of other people won’t. That’s fine. You can’t please everyone, and that’s perfectly alright. Whether your first book does well or fails, you write another. And maybe make a note of some of that awesome feedback you get along the way- it will cheer you up when you get a bad review!
Thank you, Sarina for stopping by today, and I wish you every success with the blog tour and your debut novel!
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