Let’s Play Villain, by Melissa Foster

THURSDAY 28th FEBRUARY 2013

Let’s Play Villain, by Melissa Foster

Melissa FosterHow fun would it be to throw caution to the wind and do all the naughty things you have only thought about or worried over? Wouldn’t it be fun to tell off those that anger you without any need for restraint? How about pummeling the bullies who are bothering your kids? Bank robbery could be fun for some. Or maybe you want to dress the part, too. Throw on leather and chains and pull up on your Harley, smokin’ a doobie and drunk off your butt? To each his own, right? Obviously we cannot go around doing all of those things…but our fictional villains can. And where are villains born? In our clever little minds. So, let’s play villain.

What do you wish you could do? Who do you wish you could be? Would it be cool to be as cunning as Hannibal Lector? How about as badass as the Terminator? Or maybe your villain would go all Shades of Gray and their whip might be used for other things. Whatever your pleasure, don’t fret over being a hated villain, try being an empathetic villain! Maybe you’re misunderstood and you’ve gone over to the rough side of town because of that. When I create villains, I always give them some redeemable qualities. I like to be conflicted over my hatred of their evil doings. How about you?

Our dear readers are so precious to writers, because you are the ones we try to entice, excite, and surprise. Your enjoyment is a writer’s motivation and inspiration. So share your fave villains with us! Who did you love to hate? Who could you simply not get past?

Here’s a fun (and weird) game for you to take away with you. Find a close friend and play VILLAIN. No, don’t go out and rob banks or pummel people in real life, but come up with who your villain might be, what they might look like, then combine them with your friend’s villain and see what you come out with. I think you’ll be surprised at how complex a villain can be, and brainstorming with friends only makes the villain more interesting.

My villain in TRACES OF KARA was derived from many sources and conversations with friends and readers—and I adore him.

Ready to play? Ready? Set? Go!

Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of three International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. Melissa also hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC.

Killer Thriller

Love Missuswolf xxx

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Cuppa and a Catch Up – An Author Interview with… Tammie Clarke Gibbs

SUNDAY 24th FEBRUARY 2013
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I would like to wish a warm welcome to the lovely number one kindle bestseller Tammie Clarke Gibbs, who will soon release her brand new novel Sworn To Secrecy.

~AUTHOR BIO~Author pic

Tammie Clarke Gibbs was born in South Georgia where she spent long afternoons daydreaming until she realized she could write her daydreams down and share them.

Ms. Gibbs owns a small magazine publishing company and in addition to her novels and various non-fiction titles has founded several small magazines including an international go-kart racing magazine.

In addition to her writing she is a licensed REALTOR.

Her debut novel ISLAND OF SECRETS garnered the #1 Kindle Bestselling Gothic Romance spot and has remained on three Amazon Bestseller Lists for more than sixteen months. More than 26,000 copies of her second novel KEEPING SECRETS (COUNTERFEIT KISSES) were downloaded during a five-day promotion shortly after it’s release.

Ms. Gibbs also enjoys writing on a variety of non-fiction subjects including writing, publishing and marketing.

She lives with her husband, son and a very spoiled Maltese in South Georgia.

 

~ISLAND OF SECRETS~

BOOK THREE

His Uncle was an eccentric determined to prove she existed.
Everyone thought the man was crazy.

Shane Alexander was determined to prove to the world that his family wasn’t crazy…
That HE wasn’t crazy.

It was working…
Until he made one mistake…
that would change his life forever…
and force him to question his own sanity.

Something was missing from Lila Fitzpatrick’s life…
So doing a friend a favor…
and pretending to be someone else for a day seemed like a good idea at the time.

Then she finds a warning note…
from hundreds of years BEFORE she was born.

And then if that wasn’t bad enough…
She met HIM…
TWICE!

For centuries a force has kept them apart…
But, will Love be enough to finally keep them together…
Or will history repeat itself?

A Time Travel- A Love Story filled with Suspense-A Mystery that will keep you guessing til the end…

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~ABOUT THE NEW SERIES~

Historical Romantic Suspense Series: Undercover Heroes- featuring hunky Secret Service Agents and Pinkerton Detectives. Love stories born despite secrets and from the ashes of adversity. After all, holding out for a hero is not a new thing..find your hero today

~KEEPING SECRETS: BOOK ONE UNDERCOVER HEROES~

book one

Malden Grove, Illinois has no idea the trouble headed its way…

A daughter hell-bent on avenging her father….
A handsome stranger with secrets of his own….

A case of mistaken identity and a situation that has them both KEEPING SECRETS in a town where everyone is interested in everybody else’s business.

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 ~COMING SOON~

Book two

Two strangers held captive in a dark room will escape into a future neither could have imagined existed and into a fate planned for over a hundred years.

 Secret Service Agent, Dak Bartholomew came to Georgia to stop a land fraud, but instead he wakes up in a dark room with a feisty knife-wielding woman who makes his heart race and his body long for her touch.

 Elizabeth Porter wants nothing to do with the handsome stranger she blames for all her problems. Then the unbelievable happens, and the two of them are transported to the future. It becomes harder for either to deny their growing passion, but as much as she wants to surrender to him she’s determined to save her father’s life even if it means breaking her own heart.

 A Historical Time Travel Romantic Suspense.

Now take a sip of that warm cuppa and snuggle up as we catch up with Tammie Clarke Gibbs…

Hi Tammie and welcome! It’s great to have you here and congratulations on the upcoming release of Sworn To Secrecy!

Book twoWhere did the inspiration behind Sworn To Secrecy come from?

I seem to get a lot of ideas from a small family history book. My debut novel, and the #1 Kindle Bestselling Gothic Romance, Island of Secrets was also based on a passage I found interesting in that small red volume of genealogy.  I’m beginning to think I have a pretty interesting family.

How would you compare writing this book with writing your previous books; Keeping Secrets and Island of Secrets?

I hope that my fans will find Sworn to Secrecy the best of both. Many of the characters from Keeping Secrets are in Sworn to Secrecy. In fact, the hero is one of the supporting characters from Keeping Secrets and since the new series those two books are in is all about Undercover Heroes you can expect to see even more of the dashing men introduced in these books in future ones. The really unique thing about book two is that it has allowed me to return to my first love, time-travel. Island of Secrets is known for being a non-traditional or different time travel because it the future and past story lines coexist so that the reader knows the consequences of the time-travel. In Sworn to Secrecy, I use yet another different time-travel treatment that opens up so many possibilities for the series. This book is the first I’ve written entirely since being published. The other two books were in great part written over the course of several years. Sworn to Secrecy has had my undivided attention and I’m so excited at how the story has turned out.

How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurred you on? BOOK THREE

I have always loved to read. My mother often got annoyed with me because I learned to set the table without looking while walking around with my nose stuck in a book.  Writing had never been anything I even considered. Now, I realize that even then I was crafting stories because I loved to daydream. I would take a blanket into the woods behind my house and look up into the sky for hours using my imagination.

When I was a junior in high school, I was required to take a short story class. We had to write one short story a week for the entire quarter. Well, I forgot to write mine until really late the night before it was due. I laid across my bed and penned out a quick story and turned it in the next day.  When I got it back I’d made an A+ and won over my teacher who told me “in writing” that he thought I’d found what I should be doing with the rest of my life.  He would share each of my stories each week with the entire teacher’s lounge and it was nothing to be stopped in the hallway by a teacher I didn’t know and told they loved my story. The rest as they say is history.

How do you organize your writing time?

Having started a business just two weeks after high school graduation, I had to learn early on how to squeeze the most out of my time. All I can say is that without my systems I’d be lost. Much of the time I group like tasks together and do them all at once. We all really do waste an enormous amount of time when we fail to plan.  That being said, I do still consider myself a punster when it comes to my writing.

book oneWhere is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow?

Fortunately, another thing I learned early on was how to work despite noise and distraction. When I was in school I had to have the TV on in order to do my homework. I just need noise. I cannot stand total quiet. The place I do most of my writing now is in my recliner in our living room. I love listening to instrumentals on Pandora. I especially like those with running water and nature sounds woven in with the music.

 And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know. 

I got my start in business by dressing up like Raggedy Ann and walking the streets of my small hometown with a bunch of balloons. I’ve also won both National and International Awards for some of my balloon arrangement designs.

 Thank you for being here today Tammie.

Thank you so much for having me and giving me the opportunity to share about my new book Sworn to Secrecy which should be available for purchase the end of February or first part of March.  Until then, I invite all of you readers to check out Island of Secrets and Keeping Secrets.

~Where to find Tammie Clarke Gibbs~

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~COMING SOON~

Book two

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

Cuppa and a Catch Up – An Author Interview with… Stacy Eaton

THURSDAY 21st FEBRUARY 2013

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I would like to wish a warm welcome to the lovely Stacy Eaton, who has just released her fourth novel Garda ~ Welcome to the Realm.

~AUTHOR BIO~

ImageStacy Eaton is a police officer by profession. Currently, she is working as the department investigator and enjoys digging into cases and putting the pieces of the puzzles together.

Stacy resides in southeastern Pennsylvania and is the wife to a police officer and the mother of two. She is very proud of her son who is currently serving in the United States Navy and equally proud of her nine year old daughter who works hard in her Tae Kwon Do studies.

When Stacy is not working her demanding job, or spending time with her family, she works on her business and volunteers with the World Literary Café. When there is time, she writes.

Stacy is currently working on book 3 of the International Best Selling “My Blood Runs Blue” Series (release anticipated late 2013). She is also working on a second Domestic Violence Novel, You’re Not Alone. She also has plans to add a second book to her newest series, Garda, along with publishing a contemporary romance later this year.

~GARDA BLURB~

“He is my destiny.”

There is a place that lies between heaven and Earth, it is called The Realm. Within this place, the Guards of Peace, known asgarda-ebook Garda Síochána, learn to guide and protect the ones that live below until they are called home.

Officer Corey Hamilton is dedicated to being the best that she can be, in uniform and out. Her loving nature, compassionate thoughts, and warrior strength make her the perfect candidate to join the Garda Síochána and spend her eternity protecting and guiding others.

Just before Corey dies in a line-of-duty accident, she meets Officer Mitchell O’Reilly. Her feelings for him may change her destiny, but not for the better, as she falls in love with this married man. Brock, Corey’s personal Garda, will bring her home to The Realm and attempt to train her for her future, even while she still fights for her past.

Will Brock be able to direct Corey down the right path, or will she cross the line and fall from grace?

Join Corey, Mitchell, and Brock for an emotional and heart-pounding adventure that is sure to make you wonder if angels are really guiding us in our everyday lives.

 

So get snug and cosy as we meet the lovely Stacy Eaton…

Cuppa and fireHi Stacy and welcome! It’s great to have you here and congratulations on the release of Garda. I am honoured to be a part of your blog tour.

Thank you Gemma!! I’m so excited about this latest release and to be here today with you and your readers!! You asked me to answer a few questions, so let’s get started with that!

Where did the inspiration behind Garda come from?

Ah, the inspiration question… lol… The funny thing is that I can’t really remember what inspired this plotline. With my other books, I knew the answer immediately, with Garda, well the idea came to me and I just started rolling it around in my mind. Before I knew it, I had a plot and I sat down and started writing it!

 How would you compare writing this book with writing your previous books; My Blood Runs Blue Series and Whether I Live or Die?

Oh, this one was fun to write! Not that my others weren’t, but this one was different! The My Blood Runs Blue series isMy Blood runs blue book one suspenseful and a bit dark at times as the characters unravel a mysterious murder with the vampires. Whether I’ll Live or Die was very intense and extremely emotional to write because it deals with a very serious subject, Domestic Violence.

Writing Garda was cool. There is a major romance in this book and it deals with life, death and destiny. You might think you know where this book is going as you read it, but I guarantee the twists and turns in the book will take you on a wild ride and keep you guessing. I guess that is what made this book so fun to write!

How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurred you on?

I started writing in October of 2010. I was at work and something caught my attention late one night while I was on patrol. I was standing outside my patrol car stretching my legs and I saw eyes in the trees. They seemed way to high off the ground to be an animal, and it made me wonder what they were. The quiet night shift I was working gave way to my wild imagination as I drove the dark streets and when I came home – I sat down to write, My Blood Runs Blue.

Whether I live or dieOnce I started writing, the story lines just kept coming. I have four books published and another 8 plot lines to work on!

 How do you organize your writing time?

Wow, lol… there is no easy way to answer that. I might go a week or two without writing anything and then the voices in my head start slamming into my skull and I will sit down and spend an entire day writing. I might get 18K words written. Some days I might sit down and write a just a chapter.

My work schedule is nuts! Being an investigator keeps me busy and I am usually up between 4 and 4:30 each morning to get a few things done before I leave for work. I get there between 6:30 and 7 and get back home, if I’m lucky, by 5. Between 5 and 9, I get as much done as I can in between spending time with my daughter and husband. If I have time to write, I do it. But generally I leave the writing to the days that my husband is working and my daughter is with other family so I can dig deep and get lost.

Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow?

 Writing space or Creative space?  My writing space is my office. It is right in the center of the house, and people move past me constantly, but when I am writing I am so engrossed in what I am doing, I don’t notice anything.

 Now if we are talking creative space, well I do most of my dwelling and plotting while I am showering and getting dressed and when I am driving the 25 minutes back and forth to work. Those are the times that I allow my mind to just swirl around with the characters and the plots. I have come up with entire novels in those trips back and forth to work. I love those times.

And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know

Hmmm…. Let me think… Okay, here’s something. I have lived in 23 homes in my life and 9 states and I went to 13 schools before I graduated from high school. Might explain why I am such an outgoing person who isn’t afraid to make new friends.

Thank you for being here today Stacy.

Thank you Gemma!! It was a pleasure and I loved answer the questions!! I hope you readers enjoyed it too!

Where to find Stacy Eaton:

Website: http://www.stacyeaton.com

Blog: http://stacyeatonauthor.blogspot.com/

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4826711.Stacy_Eaton

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stacy-Eaton/191880767522183?ref=hl

Twitter: @StacySEaton

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Get your copy of Garda now!

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Love Missuswolf xxx

 

The Ruby of Egypt – The Launch of the Book Trailer

TUESDAY 19th FEBRUARY 2013

I am proud to present my book trailer for The Ruby of Egypt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7hRxiyq2LQ

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Love Missuswolf xxx

2013 reads – Divine Fury – Robert B.Lowe

SATURDAY 16th FEBRUARY 2013

I kick started 2013 Reads with this delight from Robert B.Lowe…

~Divine Fury~

Divine Fury“Gripping…with an adrenaline-filled climax combined with compelling characters.” – Kirkus Reviews.  By a Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

It’s 2004 and Andrew Harper has the inside track to become California’s next governor.  A former college basketball star, crusading prosecutor and beloved Congressman, the candidate is also openly gay.  His candidacy panics the ultraconservative political and religious establishment.

Reporter Enzo Lee is cajoled into leaving his comfortable niche covering fluffy features for the San Francisco News to cover the historic campaign.  Soon he find himself embroiled in political sabotage, high-tech computer spying that turns lethal and trumped up charges of child molestation.  And, a troubled war veteran armed with guns and explosives begins a violent journey from small-town Montana to the City by the Bay.

When Lee becomes a target himself he must dodge attempts on his own life while trying to expose the conspiracy and help keep the candidate alive.

Divine Fury is the newly released second book in the Enzo Lee series from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert B. Lowe.  The series was kicked off by the best-selling Project Moses, the bioterroism thriller that made the Amazon Top 20 Mysteries list and was a finalist in the Best Indie Books of 2012 competition.

Divine Fury is a page-turning thriller with suspense, action, romance and enough twists to keep the reader guessing.  It also focuses on a timely theme as the issues of same-sex marriage and gay rights become a major cultural battleground in America.

“A fascinating and fast-paced mystery/thriller.  It is a thought provoking and extremely captivating story.” – Kindle Book Review

“…well-written, suspenseful, gripping…” – Stephen Woodfin, author of Last One Chosen.

“A must read for any mystery lover!” – xxreaderxx

My thoughts…

Another great novel by Robert B. Lowe in the Enzo Lee Mystery Thriller Series.
Divine Fury certainly makes a worthy follow up to his first novel, Project Moses. The opening chapter of the book drags you straight in to some intriguing action that teases you at first, with the character gradually slotting into place. It made for interesting reading to discover how he fit into the storyline.
Great pace and storyline,a thoroughly enjoayble read.

Love Missuswolf xxx

Cuppa and a Catch Up – An Author Interview with…S J Byrne

WEDNESDAY 13th FEBRUARY 2013

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I would like to wish a warm welcome to the lovely S.J Byrne, whose book My Butterfly is a Bestseller on Amazon Kindle – Drama, British Drama and Irish Drama.

~AUTHOR BIO~

author picLiving in the mountains of Western North Carolina SJ Byrne is just trying to make her way through the insanity that comes with creativity. Writing is her passion – life is her muse. Keep an eye out for new books due later this year.

~My Butterfly Synopsis~

***Warning***

This book contains intense scenes of physical and mental abuse. It also explores sexual themes of a taboo nature.

Please do NOT purchase if you find such content disturbing or offensive.

Where do you turn when love becomes twisted enough to kill and desire is darker than death?

Where do you go when those you consider family blame you for the volatile episodes in your relationship?

Far Far Away!

Grateful for her aunt’s generosity, Katherine Daniels leaves her failed marriage behind and heads to Scotland.My Butterfly.

Reconnecting with an artistic talent she’d abandoned under the tyranny of her ex-husband, Katherine begins a journey of healing and self-transformation.

Finding love wasn’t on her agenda, but what do you do when it finds you? Though she embraces the man who quickly steals her heart, she’s harboring a secret that just may shatter her fragile new existence. Witness one woman’s emergence from the dark night of her soul in My Butterfly.

Get snug with your tea and biscuits as we chat with SJ Byrne…

Hi SJ and welcome! It’s great to have you here and congratulations on the success of My Butterfly.

Where did the inspiration behind My Butterfly come from?

I was walking through Victoria Park in Glasgow, Christmas 2006, when I suddenly noticed a presence in my head. Katherine Daniels walked with me a long while, filling me with her essence before telling me she had a story that needed to be told and I was going to write it. We all have different aspects to us…much like a prism. You turn us one way you see something, but turn us another way and you will see something entirely different. Katherine’s story wrote itself. Or I should say, Katherine wrote her story and shared it with me.

How would you compare writing this book with anything that you have previously written?

There really is no comparison. Katherine’s story is like so many women out there, but not anything I would have first-hand knowledge of.

How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurred you on?

I’ve always been a writer. I write because if I don’t I fall head first into depression. Writing is my way of purging emotions. I am so connected to creativity that if I don’t pull from it, it pulls from me.

You are into your exercise regimes and I have been following your running progress on Facebook (congrats on the progress – I have tried desperately to get into running and seem to fail every time). How do you organize your writing time? 

Thank you very much. Regaining my health and pre-child figure has been one long road! Hahah organization and me just do not seem to get along! I do what comes to mind when it comes to mind. Some days I write—many I do not.

Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow?

 I used to go to Barnes and noble or Starbucks but now I  sit in my recliner to do my best writing.

 And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know…

I wrote My Butterfly by long hand first and I have a new precious—a lovely fountain pen.

 Thank you for being here today SJ!

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Love Missuswolf xxx

Christmas Themed Read

TUESDAY 12th FEBRUARY 2013

I know I am a couple of months late (or a fair few months too early depending on which way you look at it) I just wanted to share with you my Christmas themed reads.

In December, I vowed that I would only read books of the festive variety and this is now my new tradition.

Here is what I managed to read to get me in the Festive mood….

LAST CHRISTMAS

Last ChristmasIt’s the most wonderful time of year. Isn’t it? Discover the true spirit of Christmas with this seasonal treat for fans of Love, Actually and The Holiday.

Discover the true spirit of Christmas…

Catherine Tinsall is dreading Christmas. As the ‘Happy Homemaker’ she is an online sensation, but the reality couldn’t be more different. With Catherine’s marriage in tatters, her children running wild and her mother increasingly forgetful, seasonal cheer is running low.

Husband Noel also hides a secret: he’s facing the axe at work. Until he chances upon the village of Hope Christmas, deep in the Shropshire countryside, which could be the second chance he’s searching for. If he can save it from the developers…

In Hope Christmas itself, schoolteacher Marianne Moore is trying to heal her battered heart. But Christmas is a time for families, and memories of what she’s lost haunt her at every turn.

Meanwhile, Gabriel North faces a lonely Christmas but hides his sadness for the sake of his son. Will his wife ever come home? Or does love lie elsewhere?

All four need a Christmas miracle. And it might just happen – courtesy of a mysterious guardian angel … Forced to reassess their lives, will Catherine, Noel, Marianne and Gabriel discover what the meaning of Christmas really is?

An irresistible gift of a tale that will warm the hearts of Christmas-lovers and Scrooges alike…

My thoughts…Enchanting Christmas Story,

December just gone I vowed that I would only read Christmas Stories during that month to really get me in the mood for my favourite time of year. Last Christmas did not disappoint; it was an enchanting tale that flicks between the previous Christmas and the present one, flowing in between the settings of Shropshire, London and Hope Christmas. It was a feel good read that was well written and really got me in the mood for Christmas.

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS

Twelve days and counting…

It’s Bea’s first Christmas with her baby son, and this year she’s determined to do everything right. But there is still so much to do: the All I Wnat for christmasChristmas menu needs refining; her café, The Honey Pot, needs decorating; and she’s invited the whole neighbourhood to a party on Christmas Day. She really doesn’t have time to get involved in two new people’s lives, let alone fall in love…

When Olivia gets knocked over in the street, however, Bea can’t help bringing her into The Honey Pot and getting to know her. Olivia’s life is even more hectic than her own, and with her fiancé’s entire family over from Ireland for Christmas, she shouldn’t be lingering in the cosy warmth of Bea’s café. Chloe, on the other hand, has nowhere else to go. Her affair with a married man has alienated her friends, and left her lonelier than ever.

But Christmas is a magical time, and in the fragrant atmosphere of The Honey Pot, anything can happen: new friends can be made, hearts can heal, and romance can finally blossom…

My thoughts…

I read this as part of my ‘read only Christmas themed books’ in December agreement I had with myself.
I truly loved this book, especially how it was written in diary format. I related to the character’s straight away and I loved how different they were from each other, yet they were all brought together and fit so perfectly into each other’s lives.
Chloe is the most complex of them with her starting out as a bitch who you really despise (the first meeting Bea has with her I felt my blood boil on Bea’s behalf as she rudely chats on her mobile phone!) But it’s wonderful to watch her character develop and blossom.
The story isn’t all about the joys of Christmas, there is heartache in there that the Author does an excellent job of provoking such emotion from the character to the reader.
I actually read it more or less in time with the counting down of the diary as it starts twelve days before Christmas so it truly added to the experience.
A must read to settle down to on the cold winter nights

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas CarolOne of the best-loved and most quoted stories of “the man who invented Christmas”—English writer Charles Dickens—A Christmas Carol debuted in 1843 and has touched millions of hearts since.

Cruel miser Ebeneezer Scrooge has never met a shilling he doesn’t like…and hardly a man he does. And he hates Christmas most of all. When Scrooge is visited by his old partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come, he learns eternal lessons of charity, kindness, and goodwill. Experience a true Victorian Christmas

My thoughts…

This was the third book I read in December as part of my Christmas themed reads for that month.
I have seen the film versions (the Disney version was watched year after year when I was younger). As an adult, I really wanted to read this book and it did not disappoint. I have a few Charles Dickens downloaded to my Kindle to explore as we touched upon his writing in my Creative Writing Class.
It is written in such classic English Language which adds the whole Victorian theme and it really is a book that makes you sit back and think, not to take things for granted. Which is a perfect message for that time of year especially.
I will read this every Christmas from now on – it was a pleasant way to round off my reading for not only that month, but for that year.

Love Missuswolf xxx

Chelsea’s Adventure

MONDAY 11th FEBRUARY 2013

Back in December my sister’s cat, Chelsea, went missing for a couple of days. She gave me the bare facts and I wrote this for her…

~Chelsea’s Adventure~

Chelsea 3On the night of 11th December, a biting chill swirled around our estate, colliding with the wet floor and decorating it with a thin layer of ice.

It was 2215hrs and as I opened our front door, a very curious house kitten decided she wanted to explore the outside world.

Chelsea, our beloved new feline family addition, dashed past me in all her ginger biscuit and clotted cream glory. The little fur ball had seen her opportunity and was making good her escape down the alley toward the left hand side of the house.

I followed the track she had taken on her bid for freedom, only for it to lead me to a lonely, bitter night prowling the streets, desperately searching for her before finally admitting defeat at a freezing four am.

The morning of December 12th hung heavy with hope as images of me swinging the front door open to a mass of apologetic fluff, meowing for forgiveness, danced around my head.

But my little fur ball was nowhere to be seen – despite my relentless squeaking of her favourite toy as I stood shivering at the door. Downhearted with worry, I made my usual journey to work, thoughts of Chelsea refusing to allow my mind to focus on anything else. I shifted my focus towards proactive steps to try and locate her, pulling together posters to put up around the neighbourhood and distribute in my own door to door enquiries with my neighbours. I contacted all the vets to make them aware that Chelsea was missing and that she was a house cat and had not been micro chipped.

Wrapped in my own fluffy layers on a particularly cold winter’s day, I ventured around the houses with my leaflets, where Beth from numberChelsea 2 seven kindly informed me she had sent out emails. By 8pm I decided to call it a night, when the cold had bitten its way through to my core and absorbed all feeling from my fingers. A phone call from number nine with a sighting out the front soon had me back out battling the cold, her favourite toy grasped firmly in my hand as her name was carried on my vaporising breath. I reluctantly gave in when the ginger fur ball did not appear.

The morning of December 13th was ground hog day as images of her purring at the front door slammed around my aching head. I struggled through my day at work, returning home to a touching pile of letters and printed emails that had been posted through the door. It was overwhelming to think that the neighbourhood was concerned and helping me look for Chelsea. Another two hours of frantic searching followed only to churn up further disappointment.

Calling it a night, a knock at the door from the neighbours from number eight alerted me that they had seen her outside their house before she ran away again.

This time I was going out with the intentions of finding her, determined not to come back until she was wrapped safely in my arms.

Chanting her name, I heard her little ‘squeak’ resonate from the bushes right next to number nine. Keeping still, I repeated her name until the welcoming sight of her head popped out of the bushes.

Relief washed over me as I managed to get her to come towards me – until a supermarket delivery van trundled into the street and scared her away. This process was repeated three times, the offender replaced each time by another van, a car and then finally a dog.

Chelsea 1Frustrated, I decided to go and get Chelsea’s basket and blanket. The stubborn little thing refused to get in, resorting in me wrapping her up in the blanket. Fear overwhelmed her and she managed to wriggle out and escape again.

I had a light bulb moment and grabbed her wet food; only for this attract the greed of all the other cats in the street apart from Chelsea herself! They thought they were in for a real treat.

Treats…treats…

Chelsea loved nothing more than her treats – more so than her normal food! I quickly grabbed a bag of her treats and crept close enough to the little tinker, scattering a few down in front of her.

A quizzical expression formed on her face. I decided to rattle the bag, dropping a few treats at a time as I walked in the direction of our house.

Thankfully, she decided to follow the little treasure hunt I was creating towards the front door. I dropped some inside the house and she instantly ran in! Relief swept over me as the two hours of coaxing her home had finally come to an end.

I locked the door, tipped wet food and treats in her dish, gave her a fresh bowl of water and made her bed all cosy. As she snuggled in to me, the purrs escaping her lips were relentless, whisking her off into a peaceful, happy sleep, dreaming of her adventure.

 

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

Cuppa and a Catchup – An Author Interview With…Emerald Barnes

SUNDAY 10th FEBRUARY 2013

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I would like to wish a warm welcome to the lovely Emerald Barnes, whose recently released her Amazon Bestseller Romantic Thriller ‘Read Me Dead.’

~AUTHOR BIO~

Emerald Barnes graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women. She resides in aAuthor Pic small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it.

She’s the author of two books, mainly writes suspense/thrillers in the YA genre, but she dabbles in other genres and her books are enjoyed by all ages!

She’s constantly working on new novels and has more ideas than she knows what to do with. She blogs at emeraldbarnes.blogspot.com and ebarnes23.wordpress.com which takes up more of her time than she anticipates but loves it so very much! She’s also a volunteer at the World Literary Cafe which is so amazing!

She’s an auntie to two beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews who take up the other half of her time, but she couldn’t imagine spending her time in any other way!

She’s a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is number one in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.

~SYNOPSIS~

Read Me Dead:

Read Me Dead CoverAlexia Wheaton’s problems go far beyond picking a dress and a date for the homecoming dance.

For seven years, Alex has lived with a painful memory – the memory of her parents’ horrific murder. As the sole witness, she has kept quiet about the identity of the murderer to protect herself and her family and friends, but when a journalist over hears her secret and writes about it in the local newspaper, Alex is plagued with fear that her parents’ murderer will soon find her – and silence her forever.

Alex is catapulted into a race against time to save her own life and bring her parents’ murderer to justice. She will face many secrets, lies, and betrayals before the truth about their murder is revealed.

Get that cuppa, find a nice cosy spot as we settle down and catch up with the fab Emerald Barnes, Author to Piercing Through the Darkness and her new release Read Me Dead.

Hi Emerald and welcome! It’s great to have you here.

Thanks for hosting me, Gemma!  It’s a pleasure to visit your blog! 

Where did the inspiration behind ‘Read Me Dead’ come from?

The inspiration for Read Me Dead came to me in a dream.  I know it may sound strange, but I had this dream of a girl, running from a murderer at a high school football (American) game.  I incorporated that scene into a novel I had been working on about a young girl who had seen her parents murdered.  From there, Read Me Dead was born.

 How would you compare writing this book with writing your other book, Piercing Through The Darkness?Piercing Through The Darkness

It was definitely different.  For starters, it was a full-length novel, and I was entirely sure I could manage the word count on a full length novel!  But, aside from that, Read Me Dead was a little darker.  Not that Piercing is a light read, but I was in the head of my main character who is suffering from the beginning of this one.  Kandi in Piercing didn’t know she had a reason to suffer until later. The two young women were significantly different.

 How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurned you on?

I think that I’ve always wanted to write.  I’ve loved reading since a young age, and I always carried around a notebook and pencil with me.  What did I write?  I honestly don’t remember, but I remember having that on me at all times.  It wasn’t until high school that I really became interesting in writing.

I started writing a novel, that will NEVER see the light of day, but that is exactly what spurred my writing attraction.  I began writing more and more and fell in love with it.  Now, I can’t imagine doing ANYTHING other than writing.

But, there was this time in high school, in my tenth grade English class that I can remember clearly.  My teacher made us write in a journal, mostly my journal entries included a crush on a senior and talking about high school nonsense; however, I loved the feel of writing.  Not to mention, my teacher, she loved the written word!  Her enthusiasm spread to me, and I honestly believe that is why I love writing and reading so much.

I too had an English Teacher whose enthusiasm spread to me too! It really does encourage you to believe in yourself. You are Author to two blogs, a volunteer for the World Literary Café – how do you organise your writing time?

To be honest, that’s still something I’m working on.  I don’t have very good organizational skills, and I’m a super procrastinator.  (I think that’s my superhero name.)

I just wake up and start working.  But, I do take the time to do what I need to around the house, spend time with my nieces and nephews, and find time to go out on the weekends with my best friend.  I’m not sure how I do it; I just do.  I think it starts with making mental notes in my head about what I HAVE to do.  I get those done and see where I can go from there.  I’ve learned that not everything has to be done on a strict schedule.

 Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow?

I don’t have a special place.  In fact, I sit in my recliner surrounded by my wild and crazy family with the TV going nonstop.  I feel weird when I’m alone and by myself.  I actually work better surrounded by my nieces and nephews and their yells for Auntie Em’s attention.

 And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know.

Well, I’ve been told that I have a nice singing voice.  Personally, I’m not sure about that, because I hate the sound of my own voice.  But there it is! 🙂

Thank you for being here today Emerald.

 Thanks again for hosting me, Gemma! 

Connect with Emerald Online:

Read Me Dead

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Piercing Through the Darkness

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Website

Blog

Inspiration Blog

Facebook

Twitter

Goodreads

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Amazon Author Page

Piercing Through the Darkness Trailer

Read Me Dead Trailer

Read Me Dead Cover

Love Missuswolf xxx

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

SATURDAY 09th FEBRUARY 2013

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Thanks to the fabulous Victoria Watson  for nominating me for the ‘Very Inspiring Blog Award’. Vic has has released a collection of her short stories ‘Letting Go’ and her short story ‘The Piano’. She is on a similar mission to myself to publish her work in progress ‘Fix Me Up’ before she is thirty. I worked with her on the ‘I Am Woman Anthology’  – the Second Anthology of short stories written by women to raise funds for
charities who help women both in the UK and across the world. Her blog is full of life and interesting features and I am honoured to have been nominated by her 🙂

So, here are the rules:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate other bloggers for this award and link to them.
  5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

Right, seven things that you don’t already know, thinking cap has well and truly been screwed on.

  1. I attempted to learn to play the guitar when I was eleven but the pressure of playing in a school concert and my clumsy fingers and thumbs sharp had me pulling out of this phase.
  2. I have a fear of choking – so much so that I chew my food until it is mush before I swallow. I think this fear stems from a scene in Mrs Doubtfire where Pierce Brosnan nearly chokes on his prawn.
  3. I used to pronounce the sweets ‘Smarties’ as ‘Farties’ when I was little, much to my parents amusement.
  4. On a trip to Mexico a couple of years ago for my friends wedding, my husband pestered me to go snorkelling the day after the hen night at Coco Bongos. The choppy sea and the tequila that was still churning in my stomach  promptly had me throwing up on the fish and the beautiful plant life…
  5. I once tried to boil a turnip. Whole. (this and similar stories make up a lot of my work in progress Chick Lit Novel Miss Pooshoe)
  6. One April fools day my dad changed all the clocks in the house a couple of hours ahead of what they were. I woke up in the middle of the night to go to the loo and when I checked my mobile for the time, it showed a different one to my alarm clock and the clock on my wall. So, thinking my mobile was wrong, I changed that to match all the clocks in the house! Pah! It was a very disoriented day that one..
  7. As a child, I once wrote on the hallway wall in lip balm and then blamed my sister. She got a good telling off for it too ooops. I eventually admitted it, only a fair few years down the line…

So, now I’ve let my dignity mask slip a little, here are some top blogs I follow that I nominate for this award (in no particular order):

  1. Michelle Betham: Michelle is a romance Author and a fellow Northerner. I love following her blog and her journey as she writes and publishes her steamy stories. Her current work in progress ‘Striker’ sounds her most sizzling one yet! She writes for the beach and her novels are perfect for lazing on that sun lounger with (as well as snuggling on your sofa with a cuppa.)
  2. A Mummys View: A very useful and insightful blog by a mum of two as we follow her journey on motherhood and the tips she shares along the way. I am not a mother myself but hope to be one day and for sure I will be bookmarking a lot of her posts. In the meantime, I am an Auntie so it has come in very handy.
  3. Kerry Ann Richardson:Kerry is a Crime Writer and has just finished her first draft of Book one, which she has put aside for a few weeks prior to editing as she gets stuck into writing Book Two. I have read some of her work and it certainly gets those shivers dancing down my spine – crime thrillers at their best!

My thanks again to Victoria Watson for the nomination.

Love Missuswolf xxx

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