Book Review- The Big Leap

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Remove the Last Obstacle to Ultimate Success

In The Big Leap, New York Times bestselling author Gay Hendricks reveals a simple yet comprehensive program for overcoming our one barrier to happiness and fulfillment, providing a clear path for achieving our true potential and attaining not only financial success but also success in love and life. (Amazon)

Book Review:

It took me months to get into this book and took alot of motivation to finish it! It had some (and mean only few) good points but felt the book dragged on and it got very boring- and for a self help book that is not good. The upper limit problem was interesting but could not relate to the case studys and was not much detail in a practical sense of what you can do to solve it. Dissapointing read for me but I know it has worked and been enjoyed by others.

3/10

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Sunday Thoughts

Hello!

So today I am back writing for the fairytale competition as deadline is April!

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Also I am doing the Author life month challenge 🙂 (pop over to my facebook page to have a look https://www.facebook.com/writingandpiccys  )

Things have been hectic (always is though) what with BSL exam looming and another mock presentation to learn and practise not had much time or energy to write as well as trying to enjoy the last of my maternity leave as back in April! Oh and the impending move house!! Brain=frazzled! Not to mention wedding planning!!!! :O

But do have a few Author interviews lined up and a book review (or two) for you all and maybe even a few snippets 😛

Right time to drink my tea before it gets cold (again)

 

X

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*Author Interview-James Salsido*

Hello James and firstly congrats again on your successful book launch at the weekend 🙂

Tell us a bit about your book – Custom Chaos will be out on January 21! The World Force needs an artificial intelligence, so they issue a challenge to the planet’s virtual reality gaming community. The best game AI will win the creators an enormous cash prize. An ambitious team of developers accept the challenge, but they soon discover a terrible secret; the World Force is hiding something big from the public at large…and the drive behind the challenge is simple. Fear.

 

What would say is the genre for your book – Science Fiction

 

Where did the inspiration come from? – It started with Saturday morning super hero cartoons, and it continued with the comic books that inspired them. The cartoons were fun, but the comics were serious … and amazing.

 

How did you come up with the title for your book? – It is actually the name of the game the main characters create at the beginning of the story.

 

How long did it take you to finish writing the book before the first edit? How many drafts were there in total? – Oh, wow. I don’t remember for sure, but I believe I started work on this story a couple of years ago, and I gave it to my editor in the summer of 2016. As for how many drafts, I only work with one file, but there were two major changes and / or additions to the book before it went to my editor, so I guess you could say it had three drafts.

 

Are there any characters in the book based on people you know? – No. A couple of the characters were given first names that have personal meaning to me, but no one was based on anyone in particular.

 

How did you celebrate being published? Did you have a launch party? – I’m having a Facebook event on the 21st of January. I’m excited. And nervous. But mostly excited.

 

Would you care to give us an extract? – Being legally blind, I’ve come to rely on sound for so many reasons in my life. Being a writer, I’ve always been interested in the way people talk, so dialogue has always been a big part of my writing, and I’m pretty happy with this exchange…
“I see.  That will be all.  Please have one of the others come to the outer office as soon as you get back to the conference room.”

Tasha got to her feet. “Why are you doing this?”

Tom looked up, pretending to be surprised. “Excuse me?”

“This.  Offering to help Tony, letting him run things, letting him pick us…all of it. Why?”

“Because he plays games, and I don’t.”

Why, you…that’s your brother you just insulted!

“And if he loses this one? If we don’t win the contest?”

“Then at least I’ll have a game to publish so I can make my way into the entertainment industry.”

He’s not lying…not that it matters.

“If you try anything behind his back, and I find out, I will tell him. I don’t care if you’re his brother.”

“Duly noted.  Are you done?”

Tasha clenched her fists, and then turned around and left the room.

 

 

How do you beat writers block? Any tips? – I wish I had a simple answer to that question. All I can say is that it helps to have multiple projects to work on so that when I get blocked on one project, I can switch to another. I currently have 3 novels in progress, a short story I’m revising / rewriting, and a true ghost story blog and FB page. This means there’s almost always something to work on.

 

Do you have any hobbies apart from writing? – I am a Braille transcriber, and I make menus for restaurants in my area so that people with no or low vision can still order what they want without settling for something and missing out on something else they might like more. I’m also a big believer in the supernatural / paranormal, which is why I started my own blog and FB page on the subject.

 

When you write, do you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser? – Pantser. I do plot here and there, but it’s more of an exploratory thing than anything else. I like to consider all of the possibilities before I write, but I love it when characters do things on their own that make the story even more interesting than I had expected it to be.

 

Do you have any advice for fellow writers? – Write when you can. Plot and / or figure out your story when you can’t. Always have a second … or third … or tenth … project to work on when you can’t write or plot. And repeat.

 

If your book became a film- who would you pick to play the main characters? – I’m sorry, but I have no answer for that. I’m legally blind, so I’ve always had a hard time knowing actors and actresses by their appearance. Especially with everything Hollywood can do to change such things.

 

I see you have new work in progress- care to tell us about it? – I have a few novels going, but what I’m really excited about is the true ghost story project. It’s been a lot of fun so far recounting some of my experiences, and I’ve even been able to share a couple of stories from others as well.

 

 

Lastly, where can readers find you and your book on the internet? – Visit https://www.facebook.com/jamessalsidowriting/ for info on my novels and short stories, and https://www.facebook.com/jamessalsidotrueghoststories/ for the true ghost stories.

Thankyou so much! Looking forward to grabbing your book 🙂 and loving the ghost stories blog- very interesting 🙂

xx

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Author Takeover :)

Hello everyone!

So do you remember a while back I posted a cover release online party for a book called Custom Chaos by James Salsido? Well his book was released yesterday and he hosted an online release party where I had my first author takeover experience and it was so much fun!

 

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My slot was 9-10pm in the UK or 4-5est time and at first because im not a published author being in with all those that have I was nervous and worried at what I would bring to the event but I didnt need to worry 😛 everyone was so friendly.

I introduced myself and my 3 wips- then over the hour I gave information on each and snippets where I got lovely feedback 🙂 time went by so quickly! I also shared my 3d printed dragon 😛

Others that joined in were Michelle Schlorb,  Alizabeth LynnE. H. DemeterLyndsey HarperAngie GrigaliunaAuthor A. N. StarlingD.K. Combs and  Katherine F. Scrugg

I even won two giveaways!!!

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It was a great event – was lovely getting to know everyone.

Look out for James’s author interview tomorrow 🙂

Thankyou again for letting me be a part of your book launch and BIG CONGRATS

 

xx

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*Author Interview: Heather Morag Sealey*

Hello Heather 🙂
Tell us a bit about your book
I’ve written a series of 11, so far, with another, stand alone book that, although follows directly on from book ten, was designed to be another way of introducing new readers to the series.
It’s called Kingdom Rising. The series charts a forty year period (with certain parts reaching back to the beginning of creation) in the lives of a small group of people who are set apart for the King.
The King is everything. He is the beginning and the end, the reason the world turns on its axis, he is yesterday, today and tomorrow and the universe is the work of His hands.
But His greatest creation is mankind, made in His image and designed to be creative, compassionate, loving, thoughtful and full of joy and peace in their beautiful world. 
Yet the human race is no longer the King’s. The human race has chosen the way of the demonic Kingdom and the King is all but rejected from the lives of those He loves most.
There are several important storylines within the book, the two most important being the continuing story of four Jewish brothers who are cursed by a Celtic slave at the time of the crucifixion to never find rest, loosely based on the legend of the Wandering Jew. And the tale of a girl who accidentally creates an entire other universe which seems to take on a reality of its own and bleeds into the real world, causing horrific problems which involve both the British and American governments. Throw in the second King Arthur and a lot of demons, just for fun. 



What would say is the genre for your book
I’m not a hundred percent certain they fit into one genre, although there are elements of low fantasy. I tend to say “fantasy with a spiritual edge.”
The later books I’ve dubbed “jigsaw stories” because they’re told from numerous points of view, with the stories intwined together, because no story ever belongs to just one person.


Where did the inspiration come from?
Several places. Firstly, the Kingdom Rising series was conceived as a way of revealing some of the perfection and wonder of the King, Jesus Christ, while stripping away religion. There’s so much power and Glory in the King, but so many people are turned off by the way the church has behaved over the centuries.
The other universe was definitely inspired by my own childhood stories. By the time I was sixteen I had files and files full of other worlds, political situations, languages, characters and cultures that it was only natural some of them would squirm into my later writing.


How did you come up with the title for your book?
Kingdom Rising? The King’s Kingdom rises within people, always. The battle for new territory is always within the human heart. That’s where the war is.
Each individual story is then entitled “something” Rising. Warrior Rising, Eternity Rising, Deva Rising etc.
The stand-alone story is “The King’s Story,” which fictionalises the bible as part of the narrative.


How long did it take you to finish writing the book before the first edit? How many drafts were there in total?
Phew, well, most first drafts take me around seven months, some of the books have gone through more drafts than others. For example, Deva Rising is book three, but it was actually the first book written and I wrote it around fifteen years ago. My goodness has it gone through some changes.


Are there any characters in the book based on people you know?
I genuinely don’t know where I get character inspiration from, but no, no character is based on anyone I know although there will be bits of me in all of them.
The only character that I can say for sure had an inspiration is the bombastic, African-American CIA agent Sam King who becomes an essential character from “Pentecost Rising” onwards. I remember watching James Bond, Live and Let Die, where there is a deeply ineffectual female CIA agent who is utterly useless and is only there to look pretty. This annoys me, nobody would become a CIA agent unless they were very skilled indeed. Therefore Samuel King is bloody effective at his job.


How did you celebrate being published? Did you have a launch party?
No, I just quietly publish them with no fanfare and move on to the next.


Would you care to give us an extract?
Certainly.
This is from “The King’s Story” when Sam King is tortured by Hasar, a demon.
 
Hasar drew in a long sigh and ran the blade along Sam’s arm until it reached his shoulder, then he allowed the knife to hover against Sam’s throat.
     “I’ve been on earth a very long time. You wouldn’t believe how long, and I watched humanity fall. I watched you devolve into little more than cave-dwelling beasts when you were first separated from the King, and then I helped drag you up from the slime to become what you are today.”
     “Good for you.”
     “That,” Hasar nodded to the symbol painted on Sam’s hand, “Is an offence. You have no right to bear the mark of the King.”
     “I guess the King chooses who he chooses, right?”
     “He does. But there are human beings more worthy than you.”
     “Yeah, you’re probably right.”
Hasar half closed his eyes. “Your race is so full of pride. It used to be that you at least knew your places. King and noble, knight and serf.” Hasar’s look darkened a little. “Master and slave.”
     “Times change.”
     “Indeed. People don’t. Tell me Mr, King, who was your father?”
It was a strange question and asked with peculiar intensity.
     “He was a cop.”
     “Hmm. And his father? And his father before him?”
     “Does it matter?”
     “It matters. Why do you think scripture provides endless genealogies? They matter. Who your ancestors were matter. So tell me about your great, great grandparents? Who were they? Were they respectable members of the community?”
Sam stared into Hasar’s eyes.
     “I’m not ashamed of my family.”
     “No? You should be?”
     “My grandpa washed dishes for a living and I’m damned proud of him. There wasn’t a whole lot else he was allowed to do.”
Hasar chuckled. “Go further back Mr. King. Let’s start with your borrowed name? Because it isn’t yours, is it?”
      Sam set his jaw. “It was the name of the plantation owner, yeah. Samuel J King. I’m told he was a good man. Better than most.”
Hasar found this extremely amusing. “There’s slavery in your blood Mr, King. You can wear all the fancy suits you like, but it doesn’t change the fact your place is serving those better than you.”
     “You know something? This is getting boring.”
     “Don’t you like being reminded of where you come from? Is it a sore point? Does it make you angry?”
This time Sam laughed, and it wasn’t the laugh of an angry man, but the laugh of a man who was comfortable in his own skin.
     “I was an angry kid, sure, but I had a grandpa who was waaay more than just the guy who washed the dishes for white folks. I had a grandpa who remembered the stories of life before emancipation. He taught me that freedom was worth fighting for and that freedom came with the responsibility not to treat other folks the way they treat you.”
Hasar pressed the knife against the soft flesh at Sam’s throat.
     “Three hundred years ago I owned a dozen slaves just like you.” He hissed. “You’re no better than they were.”
Sam held himself still, he could feel the cold sharp metal.
     “I think they were probably a whole lot better than I am. They had to put up with dicks like you calling the shots.”

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How do you beat writers block? Any tips?
 Take a break, get fresh air, do something else and try to relax. The words usually start to flow again when I’m least expecting them.
 
Do you have any hobbies apart from writing?
I enjoyed long-distance running until I ruptured my calf, now I try to get out for long walks whenever possible, and I love spending time with my husband and children.
When you write, do you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser?
 A pantser without a doubt. When I begin a novel I’m excited, I have no idea how the plot will grow, what characters will turn up and where it will go. Somehow, it always comes together, but sometimes I have no idea how it will.
 
Do you have any advice for fellow writers?
Nothing that probably hasn’t been said a thousand times. Read everything, every genre, especially classics. Write, write, write. Even if the first ten books you write are awful, you’ll still improve. It’s like running, you can only learn by doing.
If your book became a film- who would you pick to play the main characters?
I really don’t think my books could ever be films, each one is more like an entire season of a television programme. There are too many plot lines.
I see you have new work in progress- care to tell us about it?
I’m half working on a new stand-alone book and also book 12, Freedom Rising. I have a lot of loose ends to tie up. Sam King has to be rescued from Hades where he’s just spent the last five centuries, another character, a man with the mantle of King Arthur, is trapped in Avalon, a realm controlled entirely by HaSatan (Satan) and his wife is pregnant by HaSatan (although doesn’t remember) and I have a hundred other plotlines I need to pick up on.
I’m always torn between continuing my series or trying to find new ways to help new readers jump aboard. I have no idea how many books the series will run.
Lastly, where can readers find you and your book on the internet?


I have an author page on Amazon, both UK and USA, and my own website.

41r76sgcdkl Cover of the first in the series.
Thankyou so much for participating 🙂
xx


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He found the journal on the train…

So before the new year I played a little game on facebook where I start a sentence then everyone writes something to make up a story. In italics were the responses and I finished the rest (or tried to- all raw no edit was made up as I went along)

So here it is:

He found the journal on the train…

He knew he shouldn’t, he just couldn’t resist. He snuck a peek at the first page and was shocked to find a very farty dragon who had eaten too much sausage meat over the Holidragon festivities. Nevertheless, he was determined to finish his satsuma but then a lady came and sat down opposite him so he just had to share what he’d found….

He told the lady about the Holidragon festivities and that he was surprised dragons ate sausages but the lady looked at him with a strange regard and felt uneasy in his presence.

He continued to eat his satsuma squirting juice on the pages that then revealed a hidden text at the bottom

Shocked he read the message

Imagination is the key

He again tried to share with the lady opposite but she put in her headphones looking out the window so he tried to share it with the man next to him- the man did not believe him and took the book to see for himself only to pass it back saying that the pages were blank……

😛

Have to say it was alot of fun and the people that joined in I hope had fun too! Will do more of these in the future.

Have you done anything similar? What should the next prompt be? 🙂

xx

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2016 review and 2017 hopes

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So xmas has been and gone, presents all unwrapped, food enjoyed and where the year is nearly over people all over start reflecting. I for one have also reflected on this year and I have done many things such as:

  1. Giving birth to Will
  2. Passing level 2 BSL
  3. Reopening this blog
  4. Made an fb page
  5. Participated in my first NanoWriMo
  6. Started a new story

2017-goals

So next year I have put my wishes into catagorys and for writing my list is:

  1. Finish at least one story (first draft)
  2. More author interviews
  3. Read more genres

The others are things such as:

  1. Move house
  2. Get married (Aug 1st)
  3. Pass level 3 BSL
  4. Go for some runs
  5. Try other crafts

That is only a glimpse :p its a long list lol

Busy times but want to make more time for writing and to be more organised with blog and fb posts 🙂 but in reality I can only try…..

I will start sorting out the layout of this blog and maybe merge the two blogs?? What do you think?

This year has been great overall and im very happy that I reopened this blog after a 3 year break 🙂 I cannot believe how fast it has also gone! This time last year I got engaged and announcing that we were expecting- now he is nearly 6 months old!! (Currently having sleepy cuddle while I type this- and Jess is taking many pictures on her new camera) I have also “met” some lovely new bloggers/authors and fb buddies 🙂

So how was 2016 for you? What do you want for 2017?

 

X

 

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Cover Reveal- Custom Chaos

Cover Reveal -Custom Chaos by James Salsido

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Last night I participated in James’s online cover reveal party and it was really fun (and my first cover party). It had a host of lovely authors lined up to talk about their books and announce giveaways (I won a signed book by Lyman 😀 )- authors were  Michelle Schlorb, Lyndsey Harper, E.H. Demeter, Alizabeth Lynn, Lyman Rate, Daqri Bernardo, Lenny Montgomery, Trey Mcintosh, Angie Grigaliunas and Layne Calry.

 

Custom Chaos is where The World Force needs an artificial intelligence, so they issue a challenge to the planet’s virtual reality gaming community. The best game AI will win the creators an enormous cash prize. An ambitious team of developers accept the challenge, but they soon discover a terrible secret; the World Force is hiding something big from the public at large…and the drive behind the challenge is simple. Fear.

 

This book is different from superhero books due to the fact that the characters don’t consider themselves superheroes, or even heroes at all, most of the time. They’re just thrust into a whole new situation, and then into a radically changed world that used to be their own, and they spend most of the book dealing with these changes.

 

The book took a year to produce and all started from something that doesn’t exist today as it did back in the 90’s; Saturday morning cartoons. James was visiting his cousin, and was fascinated by the idea of people having powers. They wanted to make their own story on the subject so came up with their own angle and over the years it went from there – he then took the original idea and came up with a new plot. A sequel is in the making J

 

Custom Chaos will be out Feburary 2017!

 

Link to James facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jamessalsidowriting/

Cover art done by Jennifer Demeter 🙂

 

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Nano week 4 and snippet!

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So December is now here and it means the end of this years nano! My 1st and cant wait to do it again and see if I can beat this years word count (dreadful due to many things happening that month) my total was 5,349 but better than 0! It has got me writing again and met lovely people and participated in sprints 🙂 was alot of fun.

Here is a snippet from the nano attempt- let me know what you think (raw and unedited):

“So what got you into dragon keeping- you’re a natural I must add as Spartus doesn’t usually take kindly to new people” she smiled

She was genuinely interested as most don’t stay long at the job or even apply at all- they are very few and far between- the last guy sadly died as he got caught in a fight between two dragons and was set alight- the burnt smell of flesh took weeks to go.

She waited for his response and could sense he was wrestling a thought or two and decided that maybe she pushed the boundary

“Sorry I should not have asked” she said quietly

 

🙂

Now I can focus on the other WIPS as well as the nano one as I like mutlitasking and cannot really focus on one thing only 😛

 

How was your nano? Did you win? How far did you get?

Thanks for reading!

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Nano week 3

So im now only writing when I can – I am happy to say im over 5k in the novel- something if I didnt participate it would have taken longer to reach 🙂

I am writing everyday as started the 30 day gratitude challenge and writing in my journal 🙂 this week Jess had fever/ear infection and I too was unwell so that was all I could manage 😦

I have decided to combine both blogs into one facebook page to make it easier to update- thinking of also combining the blogs…..

Anyway quick update from me- Will at somepoint this week put up a snippet from nano 😛

Lets see if this last week I can get near to 10k?????

 

x

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