Thursday, 22 November 2012

Cover Reveal: Sky by R.E. Palmer

R.E. Palmer is set to release his debut novel this month. Sky, a paranormal/sci-fi for young adults, is set to be published on kindle on November 30th, with paperback editions being released by the end of December. I bring you the cover and description on this wintry morning:

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Review: Gray Justice by Alan McDermott


For a summary review you can go to Goodreads or Amazon.

You can buy his novella in paper back or for kindle on Amazon US or Amazon UK.

Click HERE to find out what is going to happen to reviews in the new year.


Title: Gray Justice (Tom Gray Saga #1)
Author: Alan McDermott
Released: 8th July 2011
Genre: Thriller
My Rating:  ★★★★ (4 out of 5)

Description:


Gray Justice is the fast-paced debut thriller from Alan McDermott. It tells the story of Tom Gray, an ex-soldier running a successful business until his world falls apart. His young son is killed by a joy rider and his wife, overcome with grief, takes her own life months later. When his son’s killer walks free from court, Gray decides that the current justice system needs an overhaul, and kidnaps five serial offenders. Parading them on the internet, he lets the people of Britain decide if they should live or die, and the government are powerless to stop him. Gray believes he has the perfect plan, right down to the last detail, but one man travels four thousand miles to prove him wrong in an explosive climax.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Review: Sea Of Trees by Robert James Russell


For a summary review you can go to Goodreads or Amazon.

You can buy his novella in paper back or for kindle on Amazon US or Amazon UK.

Click HERE to find out what is going to happen to reviews in the new year.


Title: Sea of Trees
Author: Robert James Russell
Released: 21st May 2012
Genre: Suspense
My Rating:  ★★★★★ (5 out of 5)

Description:


Swirling mystery permeates Sea of Trees as Bill, an American college student, and his Japanese girlfriend Junko traverse the Aokigahara Forest in Japan-infamous as one of the world's top suicide destinations-in search of evidence of Junko's sister Izumi who disappeared there a year previous. As the two follow clues and journey deeper into the woods amid the eerily quiet and hauntingly beautiful landscape-bypassing tokens and remains of the departed, suicide notes tacked to trees and shrines put up by forlorn loved ones-they'll depend on one another in ways they never had to before, testing the very fabric of their relationship. And, as daylight quickly escapes them and they find themselves lost in the dark veil of night, Bill discovers a truth Junko has hidden deep within her-a truth that will change them both forever.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Review: Subterfuge in Heart by Tobias Troy

For a summary review you can go to Goodreads or Amazon.

You can buy his novel in paper back or for kindle at Amazon US and Amazon UK.

Click HERE to find out what is going to happen to reviews in the new year.



Title: Subterfuge in Heart
Author: Tobias Troy
Released: 3rd April 2012
Genre: Magical Realism/Fantasy
My Rating:  ★★★★ (4.5 out of 5)

Description:


His life was one peculiarity after another. He had no perception of his name, be it spoken or seen. Then came his dreams, where slipping in and out of alternate worlds was all too easy. But what of David, the boy next door? With an aptitude for tampering with reality, David exhibited abilities far beyond what any man should be capable of. As our nameless protagonist unravels the mystery behind his surreal existence, he becomes entangled in the affairs of the neighbouring world of Heart, where he is forced to face off against demons that he once held dear.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

What is Wattpad - and should you use it?


What is wattpad?

Those of you who read my guest post at Self Publish Or Die in August, already know. For those of you who didn’t, I’m going to explain to you.

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Wattpad is a writing platform that started in 2006. It allows users to sign up for free and upload their writing. Other members can leave feedback, vote for stories, add them to one of their virtual reading lists and fan the writers. Genres range from horror and action to teen fiction and vampire. The site receives its revenue from advertisements, so members have an all access pass free of charge. What’s more, you don’t even have to be a member to read people’s work. (If you want to leave feedback or vote you have to sign up.)

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Review: The Forever Girl by Rebecca Hamilton


For a summary review you can go to Goodreads.

Click HERE to find out what is going to happen to reviews in the new year.


Title: The Forever Girl: Sophia's Journey
Author: Rebecca Hamilton
Released: 26th January 2012
Genre: Paranormal romance
My Rating:  ★★★★ (4 out of 5)

Description:


Sophia's family has skeletons, but they aren't in their graves.
At twenty-two, practicing Wiccan Sophia Parsons is scratching out a living waiting tables in her Rocky Mountain hometown, a pariah after a string of unsolved murders with only one thing in common: her.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Interview: Engelia McCullough

Engelia McCullough is a currently unpublished writer with a B.A. English Literature and an M.S. HR Management under her belt. She has been mentioned in various publications such as The Examiner and The Howard County Times. You can visit her site HERE and follow her on twitter: @EngeliaM


Me: Tell us a little about yourself.
Engelia: I was raised in Howard County the youngest and only girl in the family. I was always into anything creative as well as sports. Writing is my therapy and just like a book, it allows me to escape and get a breather from the world.

Me: Have you always wanted to write - when did it all start? 

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Review: The Lure of Shapinsay by Krista Holle

This is my review for The Lure of Shapinsay by Krista Holle. Unfortunately, due to personal time constraints, I am not able to write the in depth critique reviews anymore, but I do still make note of the same aspects. This will be the same for all of my reviews up until next year. 

For the summary review you can go to Goodreads or Amazon.

Click HERE to find out what is going to happen to reviews in the new year.


Title: The Lure of Shapinsay
Author: Krista Holle
Released: 16th December 2011
Genre: Fantasy/supernatural romance
My Rating:  ★★★★ (4 out of 5)

Description:

Ever since Kait Swanney could remember, the old crones of the village have been warning her to stay away from the selkies. They claim that like sirens of old, the seal men creep from the inky waters, shed their skins, and entice women to their deaths beneath the North Sea. But avoiding an encounter becomes impossible when Kait is spotted at the water’s edge, moments after the murder of a half-selkie infant. 

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Guest Post: A fork in the road

A Fork In The Road is actually a guest post that I wrote for Emily Walker over at SelfPublishorDie.com in August. If you find this extract interesting, you can go over to the original post to read the whole thing.


Anyone who takes writing seriously has spared a thought about publishing options. Most serious writers want to get their stories out there. So, naturally, they research different options.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Official Update: Please Read

*Update on 12/03/13: I have yet to begin video reviews but am fully prepared start making them in the coming few months.*

This is a message to all of my regular visitors, and all of you new ones. I'm going to keep it short so you can all return to what you were doing in a few minutes.

Firstly, I owe you all an apology. I've been inundated with multiple things this year: exams, WriCha, starting college, essays, life etc... Unfortunately, this meant that I let my blog slip under the radar. For this, I am sorry. But, it will pick up shortly!

Starting October 2nd, Zoe's Corner will be back in business. Posts will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and for the first two to three months they will mainly be book reviews. (I might throw some other things in there.) As of last week, I'm not accepting requests for book reviews; my list is long and I'm focusing on clearing it for the new year. In 2013, book reviews will change. They will no longer be in text format, they will be videos. These short clips will be on YouTube and this blog for your viewing pleasure. I'm hoping that mixing the content of Zoe's Corner will make it both more appealing and accessible.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Interview: Patricia T. Macias


Patricia is a romance author residing in Sacramento, California. Her debut novel Hot & Spicy is available on Amazon in paperback, hardback and kindle formats, as well as in bookstores and in Barnes & Noble. I advise that readers be 18+ as the novel contains erotic scenes. Links to her site, Facebook page and amazon page are at the end of the interview.

Me: Tell us a little about yourself.
Patricia: Hi, I'm Patricia T. Macias and I was born in San Jose, California. I'm married to a wonderful man, Jose Arturo. We have been married for thirty years. 

I have three awesome kids. My eldest is my daughter Erica, and then I have two boys. My middle son is Andres and my youngest son is Ricardo. I'm in love with my grandchildren and enjoy their escapades. I graduated from the University of Phoenix in 1999. 

Thursday, 26 July 2012

#WriCha Finale Giveaway (CLOSED)



Giveaway starts at midnight tonight, A.K.A July 27th.

It's a rafflecopter giveaway, so nothing complicated. The giveaway ends on August 16th at 12:01 am EST.

There are a total of thirty entries maximum per person. Thirty being if that one person decided to come back and tweet about the giveaway every day until the 16th.

Winners will be selected using rafflecopter.

Below are the cover images to each book, if you click on one of the covers it will take you to the description for that book.

If you find one you like, then enter the correct giveaway widget! There are eight; one for each book.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Interview: H.K Taylor


Another post for today - this time an interview. H.K. Taylor is a young man with an exceptional amount of ambition and drive. He may be new to the writing scene, but he sure is here to stay. This also happens to be the first interview he has done, so it's a privilege to have him here as a first-timer. You can follow him on twitter, where his username is @hajitaylor

Me: Tell us about yourself.
Haji: My name is Haji Taylor, pen name H.K. Taylor, I am seventeen, soon to be eighteen, and my dream is to write for the rest of my life, I want no other career. I was born with Cerebral Palsy and I also had a stroke. Those obstacles have only made me more determined to follow my dream.

Me: You haven't always written, what were your ambitions before you decided to pursue writing?

Guest Post: Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar


Today I have romance writer, Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar, writing about the long journey her novel Love Comes Later took her on. It lasted nearly three years. Read on to find out what happened:

What would you do for love?


Movies, books, and television are full of scenes where parents ask to be substitutes for their children. Husbands for wives, friends for one another. We have come to see the ultimate act of love as surrendering one’s life for a lover, child, or co-worker as the ultimate in heroism. The Hunger Games begins with Katniss taking the place of her sister Primm in the despotic Games lottery.

Sacrifice is at the heart of all these grand gestures. And sacrifice is what is required if you want to become a writer. I’m not exaggerating. You may not live up the right to living but you might miss out on a few movies, birthday parties, dinners, hours of sleep.

Wait – you WILL miss out on social events, current events, personal hygiene. There’s not maybes about it.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Cover reveal: Shift

Hi guys!

So, today I have a cover reveal for you! Do you remember Raine Thomas, author of the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy? If you need your memory refreshed then click this link for her interview with me.

As well as the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy, Raine has started on her spin off trilogy, Firstborn trilogy. The first in the trilogy is Defy, and you can read it's description below:


Seventeen-year-old Tate is about to make her parents’ dreams come true. Unfortunately for her, their dreams foretell her death.
Eager to explore more of the Estilorian plane and prove her abilities, Tate goes against her parents’ wishes and leaves the area of protection surrounding her home. Her choice puts her on a deadly path…one that leaves her alone, severely injured and battling for her life.
Her possible savior arrives in the form of Zachariah, a male who has removed himself from Estilorian society for more than fifty years. Fighting an unexpected connection to Tate, he must decide whether saving her life is worth destroying his.
As Tate struggles to find a way home, she ends up drawn into a dark Mercesti plot involving multiple murders and a powerful ancient artifact. With the unpredictable Zachariah as her only source for aid, she’ll soon find out if her abilities are strong enough to help her defy her Fate.
Shift is the second in this trilogy, and without further ado...here is the cover.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

#WriCha: The Perfect Stranger

This is the last #WriCha story of 2012. It's been great reading the work of different writers, and putting it all together for readers on this blog. The Perfect Stranger is my own short story. I only found it fair that wrote something if I was expecting others to dedicate their time. It's a 4,762 word romance. Not my usual thing, but I enjoyed writing it. 

Prompt:
Write about someone who has just bumped into a beautiful stranger in the supermarket. Do they see each other again? What happens next?

The Perfect Stranger 


The automatic doors whoosh open and Melissa steps into the store. The air vent above the doorway blows cold air down on her scalp, causing her to shiver. She waves at her friend on the nearest till, who pauses to wave back before continuing to serve a customer.
The silence in the shop is eerie. A drunk stumbles down the nearest isle, his clothes soiled from years of living rough. The doors open behind her and she hastens to move out of the way. Three figures clad in black slink past. Melissa shivers again
She grabs a basket from the tower and sets off down the freezer isle. Melissa remembers she hasn’t   eaten, and scans the freezers.
 I can’t believe mum and Jeff broke it off again! Why do I always have to mop up her tears? Melissa rolls her eyes at the recent memory of her mother’s tear-stained face.  No wonder dad was glad to see the back of her.
She slows down, her heels clack against the tiles, and browses the microwave dinners. The temperature of the isle gives her goose bumps. She runs a hand over her left arm as she debates whether to get lasagne-for-one or a chicken curry. Melissa picks up the curry and tosses it into the basket hanging from her forearm.  
After picking up a bottle of red wine, Melissa heads for the fruit stand. She places her basket on the ground by her feet and begins to pick apples. She holds them against her stomach with an arm, determined to get to the bottom ones – the ones that haven’t been handled by countless shoppers. A hand touches hers as someone else reaches for the same apple.

Monday, 16 July 2012

#WriCha: Pulse by Carlyle Labuschagne

Prompt:
Write about being stranded on an island with someone. Write a scene for each of the following: 3 hours after the shipwreck/plane crash, 3 weeks after the shipwreck/plane crash and 3 months after the shipwreck/plane crash.
Carlyle has used the same prompt as Jean Booth, but their stories have turned out completely different. Pulse is 4,894 words.


Pulse

Prologue
Pulse quickening, heart racing, feet pounding, sweat dripping, my throat burning until I can’t run anymore - I have to get away! I turn one last time before I head into the thick of the forest. Slowly my feet carry me to the blue-gray shrub on the brim of the forest. I brush away the thick branches with one hand so I can watch intently from a vantage point as the bow of the ship is swallowed by the fierce waves. I reinforce myself with one single thought – I can never go back. I start to shake at the revelation that it is real; that it is really happening. I have escaped. My face drains of all color as my next thought is one of dread. Because of my selfish act I had done so at the cost of other lives. It is not usual for me have these thoughts. Staring down at the white sand scrunching between my toes I wonder if I truly know where I am heading. All I want is to be left alone. I am sure my disease will keep my company for the remainder of my life.


3 hours after

Friday, 13 July 2012

#WriCha: Secret Diaries by Charlotte Blackwell

Prompt:
Follow a rumour around a high school/secondary school. How does it develop? What happens to the victim(s)? Write about it.

Secret Diaries 


The first day of school is always difficult, but when you’re the new girl it’s even harder. It’s been three years since I’ve been to “traditional” school. Mom thought home schooling was the best option for me, she was right. With all the doctor appointments and illness, home schooling gave me the flexibility I needed to succeed. I went from barely passing to an honor student winning awards. Today is when thing will change, I’m going back to school. This is my first year of high school and I know it will be hard, but I want the full high school experience. I’ve dreamt of home coming and prom for long enough, now it’s time to live it.
My name is Brooklyn Summers and this is my first diary entry as a freshman. I’ve never kept a diary before, so I don’t really know how this works, but I don’t want to forget a thing. These are supposed to be the best years of my life and I will have them documented forever.

Monday, 9 July 2012

#WriCha: Do Not Open by Claire Smith

Prompt:
A man in a trench coat, hat and sunglasses has just walked up to you and handed you a briefcase. You have never seen him before but he knows who you are. What is in the briefcase? Who is the man? Write about it.
Claire's story has a twist to it that I never would have considered doing myself with this prompt. Her story is 4,996 words long and amazingly written from a male point of view, not a female. Enjoy!

Do Not Open


Shit Happens
IT MAY HAVE taken me thirty years to fully understand what it means to be a loser, but now I finally know. I know there are people who have it worse than me. Right now, at this very second, someone is dying of cancer. Another just got hit by a bus … you know how them bus drivers drive. Another may have decided it was finally time to end this bag of crap we call life and jump of a bridge. I know I shouldn’t be moaning just because I had the worst birthday in my life. But if you hear what happened, you might cut me a little slack instead of saying I need to grow up.
So here it goes.
It still hurts to talk about it, so I might skip some details. Forgive me. I’m on my fourth … or fifth, perhaps sixth glass of whisky. I might have forgotten a few of the important details. But what I do know was it began here. As in Chicago. On Wells Street to be precise. At this very Irish pub. A hole in the wall type bar. There’s lots of those kinds of drinking establishments in the city. But I know why I choose this one.
Reliving heartache is why I came back here tonight, against better judgment. My inner voice was screaming at me never to step foot in this pub again. But if there was one thing I learned from girlfriends of the past was you can’t hide from the places you used to go on dates and stuff. Sure, Chicago is a big city. This makes it easier to hide from the places that bring back happy memories of the people no longer in your life. But even a city as big as Chicago has its limit. No, I’m not talking about the edge of Cook County. I’m talking about being a coward.  That is to say, if I ran away from every place I ever took a girl I dated in the last thirty years … I might as well move to a new city. Because the places that are “safe” for my heart to visit are few and far between.

Friday, 6 July 2012

#WriCha: The lawn guy is coming on Thursday by Reggie Whitley


The lawn guy is coming on Thursday


The lawn guy is coming on Thursday.
            "Do you have your ID?" the ticket agent, bag checker lady asked looking more like a diner waitress than anybody working at airports in a movie.  Those women were beautiful to him.  They were young, brunettes or blondes, didn't matter really.  To him they were pretty things.
            "Yeah, here you go," he said handing his ID across the counter.  He'd never really thought about passing that little piece of plastic across the counter, but today he did.  All so that the plane was safe.
            The woman took the ID, looked at it, looked at him, looked back at it.
            What the hell could you be looking for now?  You think I'm a threat to the plane?  Seriously?
            "Chee... Cheel?" she said making a face like it was the strangest name she'd seen.  That with all the Africans and Indians she'd worked with whose names probably needed seven lines to spell.  He hated this kind of bullshit.
            I bet she works really hard to pronounce their names.  Heaven forbid she offend somebody with 45 letters across two names.  Send them through this part feeling all nice and happy and then the guys at security would do all but shove their fingers in their asses to make sure they weren't carrying a bomb.  Just give me my shit Flo.
            "It's pronounced like shell -like a sea shell," he said smiling at her.  It was a face that he knew didn't translate to his eyes.  Normally it would but he hadn't taken his medicine.
            The lawn guy will run over half the girl's toys before he realizes they're there.  That guy's really not worth the fucking $45 I pay him.  Who could miss chopping up a bunch of ...
            "Chel Grey?" the woman said.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

#WriCha: The Island by Jean Booth

Prompt:
Write about being stranded on an island with someone. Write a scene for each of the following: 3 hours after the shipwreck/plane crash, 3 weeks after the shipwreck/plane crash and 3 months after the shipwreck/plane crash.

Jean used her imagination to create unusual creatures, read for yourself. This story is 2,805 words.

The Island 


"Oh my God! Chad! What's happening?" The panicked notes in my voice echoed dully in the headphones Chad and I were both wearing in the small plane. It wasn't the first time I'd asked that question and I was certain it wouldn't be the last. Chad's voice echoed in my ears but he wasn't talking to me.
"Mayday, mayday! This is Enchanted Airs, Zoolo-Four-Seven-Niner-Delta. Can anyone hear me? Is anyone listening?" Chad repeated the longitudinal coordinates into the empty airways, hoping someone would hear and be able to locate our failing plane. He continued to ignore my panicked questions.
I placed my palms against the window as I looked out again. I stared out the tiny plane window as it quickly descended toward the Pacific Ocean. The oceans' waves were closer than I'd ever wanted to see them out of a plane, and getting closer - fast!
"Oh my God!" I repeated to myself as if that phrase would change everything.
"Kaitlin, do you see that island over there?" Chad's calm voice barely registered in my head. I was getting used to him ignoring me, so it took me a minute to pull my face away from the window to look at what he was pointing at. In the distance, getting larger with every beat of my heart was a small island. "I'm going to try to angle the plane as close as I can to that island. I don't know how close we'll get, but we're going to have to swim. I need you to focus and not panic when we hit or you'll die. You can swim, right?"
"Yes," I whispered, ignoring my trembling limbs and the need to slug him in the face. I didn't need the reminder that we were about to die.
I clenched my backpack until my knuckles turned white. I couldn't blink as the plane smacked into the oceans' waves. The water rushed quickly into the cockpit, eager to devour the tiny plane and claim it for its watery grave.
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Two days prior

Sunday, 1 July 2012

#WriCha: The Hunted by Jessica Wentz


The Prompt:
You have just been turned into a werewolf/vampire/immortal; what is the first thing you do? Are you pleased with your new existence? Write about it.
Jessica wrote about Angels - which are immortal and, therefore, valid. Her story is 3,316 words.

Please leave your thoughts in the comments! :-)

 The Hunted

        Seeing her reflection in the window, Gwen Forrester sighed deeply at the sight of her brand new wings.  She had only been awake for a day since the change, and she still wasn’t sure how she felt about it.  She knew she was in Colorado, somewhere, but just didn’t know where.  
        How had she gotten here? Gwen thought confused, as she stared at her wings once more.  She didn’t remember much of what happened, but did remember walking to her sister’s apartment and then nothing.  It was a black hole in her memory.  Hearing a sound from behind her, she turned around slowly.
Michael.  She should have known he would be responsible for this.  
        Why oh why couldn’t he have left her alone? She thought looking away from him.  They had never actually been involved; the fact that he was an angel had always stopped her.  She knew people wouldn’t understand them being together.  Even one as beautiful as Michael was.  
       He had told her she had been asleep for five months.  That was such a long time, she thought miserably.  Was her family worried about her?  Where did they think she was?  Did they even know what had happened to her?  Seeing her wings in the reflection on the window made her more confused.  She should be happy having wings, but she wasn’t; she should be happy they were so beautiful, but she wasn’t.  She was angry.  She didn’t particularly care at the moment they were her two favorite colors.  Looking at them, she saw the soft pink at the top blended into the soft blue at the bottom.  At that moment, she hated them.  
       Sighing, she finally turned and looked at Michael; he hadn’t moved from the chair by her bed.  He was wearing a tight black t-shirt and faded blue jeans; his dark blonde hair fell over his forehead, and she almost went and brushed it back with her hand.  
       “What happened?” she asked, hoping he would tell her the truth.  
       “You don’t remember?” he asked her, with surprise in his voice.  His green eyes stared into hers with such intensity she had to look away.  Why did he think she would remember anything?  Why did he sound so surprised that she didn’t remember anything?  
        She watched as he got up from the chair beside the bed, his beautiful wings tucked tightly behind him.  She hadn’t noticed before that his wings were a different color underneath as they were on the outside.  They were a soft grey on the inside, and she ached to run her hand along them, just to feel the softness.  How had she forgotten how beautiful Michael was?  She thought looking into his green eyes.  How had she forgotten how completely drawn to him she was?  
       “Am I supposed to remember?” She asked him, looking at him through worried blue eyes.  She wasn’t surprised when she was met with silence.  

Friday, 29 June 2012

#WriCha & the badge reveal!

Hello!

So, the deadline for #WriCha entries is tomorrow and I know that I, myself, am starting to feel the pressure of making my story good enough by tomorrow.

I've had two finished products sent to me already, and I can tell you that they are quality. It's very interesting to see what other writers do with simple prompts. There are twists that I never would have thought of!

I'm not going to bore you with a long post about #WriCha, instead I am going to reveal the #WriCha badge

Monday, 25 June 2012

Guest Post: Leading Ladies (Jane Isaac)


Today's guest post is by Jane Isaac, a writer whose debut novel An Unfamiliar Murder is receiving rave reviews from readers. If you love crime thrillers, or want to try the genre then her novel is a must-read! You can find it on Amazon US & UK in both paperback and kindle formats.

Okay, I'm handing you over to Jane!

I’d like to say a big thank you to Zoe for inviting me to post on her wonderful

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Query advice: #askagent


Y'ello! 

Today, instead of posting writing tips I'm going to provide a list of 13 tips on querying. Before you question my knowledge on this subject I'm going to assure you that this advice comes from professionals. More specifically, literary agents. 

Yes, some of you may have been online during the latest round of the #askagent Twitter hashtag. This advice is compiled from things I managed to pick up during that Q&A spree. I didn't note down every answer to every question, but here are some things to quench your thirst for knowledge. 

Thursday, 21 June 2012

6 Twitter habits to avoid


So last week I posted about the 6 Twitter Habits To Adopt, and before that I had posted Why you’re losing followers – and how to stop it happening. Today, I am posting the 6 Twitter Habits to Avoid.
There are some particularly annoying things that tweeps do, and you should be careful not to become one of those people. Below are these annoying things:

Monday, 18 June 2012

Guest Post: A Novel is born (Carlyle Labuschagne)


Carlyle Labuschagne is a talented writer from South Africa whose debut novel is being released this year. Like any writer, Carlyle has had her setbacks. This is her story.

I am now going to hand you over to the beautiful Carlyle. I hope you enjoy her post! :-)


Thank you to the gracious Zoe for a chance to tell my story, for a chance to inspire someone.

A Novel is born.


My journey has begun with THE BROKEN DESTINY and it is a journey I wish every writer out there to succeed in. To go for it – to make your dream happen. YES YOU CAN :)

At the end of 2009 it was my time, the right time; my entire life just came together in one single moment, in

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Creating the perfect character


Creating the perfect character seems impossible doesn’t it? After all, nobody’s perfect. But you aren’t looking for the perfect person - you’re looking to invent someone that fulfils their purpose (achieve the end goal of the novel.) If they can do that, then they are already half way to perfect.

Hang on, half way?

Yep! The other half of the journey to creating the perfect character is making them memorable - or at least

Thursday, 14 June 2012

6 Twitter habits to adopt


There are certain things you can do on Twitter to optimise your experience and the experience of your (potential) clients and followers. You want to cut the fluff and get down to business. These habits are ones you should be welcoming, not trying to break.

1.       USE MANAGING SOFTWARE:


    Whether it’s HootSuite or WhoUnfollowedMe, you need to

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Interview: Saffina Desforges



Saffina is a published Author, H&S Manager and co-founder of the publishing company MWiDP. She is also the first Author I have interviewed that lives in my town! Important links to Saffina can be found at the bottom of the post. If you like crime novels

Friday, 18 May 2012

Guest Post: How do you measure writing?

Ashley Nixon: Guest Post: Zoe Harrington: A big thank you to you, Ashley, for allowing me this slot on your blog! I knew what I wanted to say as soon as you offered; it was a pos...

Leave a comment there too! You could also share on twitter or facebook! :-)

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Monday, 14 May 2012

#WriCha: July Writing Challenge

Hey, hey, hey!

So, I promised something special in July to make up for my absence in the next two months. I wracked my brains and came across something that had been sitting there for a while. An idea involving prompts. That's all it was. Not any more! I opened a word document and started writing prompts, then I limited the amount to 10 and started some bullet points on what my 'big gift' would entail.

#WriCha was born!
If you haven't already noticed,

Monday, 7 May 2012

Interview: Brian Harrison

Brian Harrison is author of Primetime; a novel based on true events that deals with becoming a small-town celebrity and all that entails. You can find Brian on Twitter (@Brian_AHarrison,) Facebook or his blog. You can buy his book on Amazon US or Amazon UK.

Below is my interview with him.


Me: Tell us a little about yourself.
Brian: I've been working grocery for over ten years now and have worked nearly every position except meat cutter. I have gone through half of my graduate degree in English but

Friday, 4 May 2012

Writing update #3

*Peers round at everyone*
Hey! Um, so I haven't updated you in nearly a month...
But I'm here to update you now! So, sit back with your drink and read.

I finished writing my novelette around a week after my last writing update. It finished at approximately 1,000 words. I was, am, so happy to see it finished. Alas, this is just the beginning of the journey. After finishing a first draft it's best to let it sit for a while. That 'while' can be as long as a writer needs. During this time

Friday, 20 April 2012

Facebook page

Buongiorno!

That's good day in Italian (in case you didn't know.) 
As you can tell from the title of this post, I am writing to you today about a Facebook page. My Facebook page to be exact. Yep, that's right. I have a Facebook page, and I haven't told you guys about it yet. Don't get angry, I forgot with school and things.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Interview: Ivan Cutting


You can visit the Eastern Angles site here. Ivan is one of the six founders of Eastern Angles and has been with them, through thick and thin, for the past 30 years.

You can read my review of his play, Private Resistance, here or continue and read my interview with him below:

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Lucky 7 meme

Helllooooo :-)

So, Thomas Amo, author of An apple for Zoe and Lets get Lade, has tagged me as one of his lucky seven. This means that I have to go to the 77th page of my current WiP, go down seven lines and then post the next seven lines after that on here. Simple enough. Unfortunately, the manuscript for Tainted Blood (working title) only has 62 pages! To compensate for this, I am going to give you seven lines from two manuscripts. I am using page 7 instead— after all, this is called lucky seven. The rules state that I am not allowed to modify these lines before I post (luckily I've found no spelling errors!) and I cannot give you any explanation to the events prior to the scene you read.

Here it goes!

Monday, 9 April 2012

Writing update #2



It's been, what, three weeks since my first 'writing update' post? That's a lot of time in the writing world. Before I unload what's happened in those three weeks, I feel the need to explain myself properly first.

In the last post, I mentioned that I didn't want to publish until after University. Then I went on to say that I am going to self-publish before I graduate in five or so years. That doesn't seem to make sense, right? That's because I didn't phrase it properly and I missed out one key piece of information: I want to publish traditionally.

Traditionally means

What are plotting and pantsing?

So, if you're new to the online world of writing, you may have heard the terms plotter, pantser & (in some cases...) plantser. These all refer to the writing process. More specifically, these all apply to the planning process (or lack of.) This will be a short, simple post to just explain the terms of the three words. At the end, you can answer this question:

Are you a plotter, pantser or plantser? 


Plotter

It's easy enough to guess what this one means. It mean you plot (or plan if you prefer) and you also research. Some of you could be thinking,

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Play Review: Private Resistance


Following an extended family in rural England, Private Resistance is the ultimate "What If" scenario.

Tom recruiting Frank to run the Essex branch of the AUs.
Tom & Frank.
(from left)
It’s 1940 and the Jerry’s are invading wartime Britain. Churchill has set up a network of Auxiliary Units (AUs) based in underground bunkers and has provided them with highly explosive weapons. The secret AUs seem to be Britain’s last chance. German soldiers are shooting innocent men (and boys), and the railways are being used to transport Jews to prisoner of war camps in Europe. Relationships are tested, hope is lost and freedom is but a distant dream. Private Resistance is in two parts: Germany invading followed by a May Day uprising, three years on, led by the Communists and people of Britain. It is a truly intense, heartrending and emotional performance written by Eastern Angles’ Artistic Director, Ivan Cutting.

The plot was

Monday, 26 March 2012

Cleaning up that grammar #5

Yes, it's back!
Feedback below would be much appreciated :-)

Commas


There are around twenty or so rules for the correct use of commas.

The rule I am going to focus on is the use of commas around names, as it was requested. Commas are used to ‘surround’ a name if the person is being addressed directly. For example:

Well done Jill you got full marks on the test!
Well done, Jill, you got full marks on the test!

Obviously, whether you’re addressing someone by their name or just their title (Dr, Mr, etc,) you must capitalise it.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

A quick question...


Hi guys, just popping in!
So, obviously I haven't done any of my 'Cleaning up your grammar' posts in, like, forEVER! Someting which has surprised me is that some people actually liked them; in the sense that they helped. For this reason, I am going to continue with the grammar posts. I'll post one next week and then try to continue that regularly. First, I'd like to hear from you guys!

Interview: Ira Nayman

For Ira Nayman's site, visit: www.lespagesauxfolles.ca. You can follow him on twitter
@ARNSProprietor

Read the interview below!


Me: Tell us bit about yourself.
Ira: I have the most boring life you could possibly imagine. I read a lot. I stare out the window. I spend several hours a day staring at a computer screen. I read some more. I stare out the window a lot more. Some evenings, I have dinner and watch old TV shows on the computer with a dear friend (oh, like you never do it! And, anyway, it would only be interesting to the MPAA and their friends in Congress…). Friday evenings I spend with my family.

I’m Canadian. Need I say more?

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Pre-Release Interview: Steven Montano on SOULRAZOR


You may remember Steven from a previous interview on here. If not, click this link and get familiar with him! This week, Friday 16th March to be exact, Steven is releasing the third book in the Blood Skies series-- SOULRAZOR. The description for this latest release is below along with links to buy the first two books on Amazon!

Eric Cross and his team of elite mercenaries are the bane of the Ebon Cities. Armed with the cutting-edge arcane weaponry of the Southern Claw, Cross and his crew – Black, Kane, Ronan, Maur, Grissom and Ash – have become a veritable thorn in the side of the vampire armies.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Writing update #1

Hello!

So this is the first in a series of posts where I tell you whats going on in my writing. I know that this might appeal to other writers that like to read up on other's progress rather than everyone, but it's something I'm trying out. Feel free to comment!

So, depending on whether you follow me on twitter, you may or may not know that since January I've been working on a paranormal YA (working title Tainted Blood.) It's been going great!

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Guest Post: Imagery & description

Hello there! So, to celebrate the release of Steven Montano's latest book SOULRAZOR (Blood Skies #3) he has written a guest post for me. As you can tell from the post's title, it is on imagery and description. Who better to give advice on this subject than a man who is able to create whole worlds beautifully in a few pages? If you haven't seen his work then stop by at his site where you can buy the books from different sites. There is a link to Soulrazor on Amazon at the end of the post. (If you missed the Soulrazor interview with Steven then you can see it here.)

Now, I'm going to hand it over to Steven!


The smell of burning sky greeted them as the doors were peeled open.  The air had turned orange from the fire and smoke. 

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Review: Blood Skies by Steven Montano


For a reader-friendly, summary review click here. For a more detailed review keep reading!
Title: Blood Skies (Blood Skies #1)
Author: Steven Montano
Released:
Genre: Dark Fantasy (Adult Fiction)
My Rating: ★★★★ (4 out of 5)

Description:

In the time after The Black, human survivors of the Southern Claw Alliance clash with vampire legions of the Ebon Cities in a constant war for survival. Earth as we know it has been forever damaged by an arcane storm that fused our world with distant realms of madness and terror. Things that once existed only in our nightmares stalk the earth. 

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Why you're losing followers-- and how to stop it happening.


Okay, so I decided I needed to post seen as I’ve been neglecting my blog and my readers recently. No matter how awesome the interview with Charlotte is, it doesn't completely make up for my absence. Of course once you decide to post you have to actually decide what to post. Then you have to write it.

As a lover of Twitter I decided what the hell and started to write this post. I haven’t done one like this before so your feedback in the comments would help a lot! Here we go! :-)

1. You ignore your followers.

Interview: Charlotte Blackwell



Charlotte Blackwell is the author of the YA Paranormal-romance book series THE EMBRACE SERIES. And also the Embrace series companion book THE BOOK OF SHADOWS. Before she became a stay at home mom and author, Charlotte worked in a special care nursery for ill and pre-term babies. You can visit her site here or follow her on Twitter @charblackwell.

Read on for the interview!


Sunday, 22 January 2012

Giveaway: Lets get Lade (CLOSED)

Ok, so it's in no way a crude book. It's a comedy! just look at some of the reviews:


"The twists and turns will suck you in as you cross your fingers and hope that no one gets Lade! Great writing that will keep you laughing the whole way through!" - Alexia E Purdy , 5 STARS 
"Thomas Amo is a brilliant writer, and he captures the craziness of these events perfectly!" - Timony Souler , 5 STAR 

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Double the reviews...

It's gonna get bigger!
Alright, quick post!

So, looking at book reviews by other people and looking at my own made me think. My reviews are more about structure and other things than 'omg-you-have-to-read-this'...which isn't an entirely good thing.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Review: Kara and the Amulet of Amun-Ra

Title: Kara and the Amulet of Amun-Ra (Book #1)
Author: Paul A Hilton
Released: 30th April 2011
Genre: (Children & Tween) Fantasy (Fiction)
My Rating:  ★★★ (3 out of 5)

Description:

Moving into the old vicarage at Clifton Ridge, fourteen year old Kara is called to the cellar where she finds an ancient wooden door. The door dates back to the days of Ancient Egypt. Trapped inside the door is the soul of Sahu- a long dead Pharaoh.

Interview: Steven Montano




Steven Montano has also published numerous short stories, Dungeons & Dragons RP material and many articles for Wizards of the Coast. The third book in the BLOOD SKIES series will be published in March 2012. You can visit his site, which comtains his blog, here. The first in the series 'Blood Skies' is available on Amazon and 'Black Scars'- the second in the series- is also available on Amazon. You can follow him on twitter @daezarkian





Now for the interview: ↓ 


Monday, 9 January 2012

English Exam Tips!

Ok, so, anyone taking a GCSE in English Language has a 2 hour 15 minute exam tomorrow; in Britain. It's at 8:25am if you dind't already know...

Well, I have it too and i'm sharing some notes I have on how to get a grade A/A*/B. So here I go.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Interview: Phil Partington

Phil is a writing enthusiast of many years and he has had non-fiction articles published in national magazines, web publications, governmental trade publications and other media arenas.

He currently has his book Deshay of the Woods on Authonomy for free and you don't need an account to read it! If you'd like top comment of rate the book then you'll need an account which is quick, simple and free (also you can read and rate other great books!)


Now for the interview!

Monday, 2 January 2012

Reflections: Another year gone by.

Well, Happy New Year folks!

I bet you're already sick of hearing those three words? Ah, well, I promise not to say them again.

The point of this particular post is to look back at 2011 and pick out what changed in your life; the negative and the positive.


 So, What happened in your 2011?

Seen as you can't answer me right now- whilst i'm still writing this- I'll go ahead and pick out a few things from my year.