New balloons!

I have not twisted in a while so I thought do some the last few days. 1st time I twisted a flower- need to practise the petals and 2nd time parrot in a cage (defo improvement from first one timewise) and i also attempted another bunny….

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This morning I wanted to try twisting a monkey up a tree- another new thing for me as the technique to get the tree through the legs took a while! I can make a monkey but not done both 🙂

Last night I twisted a bear- got to the legs and it popped! Here is the face though!

 

So many new techniques learnt 🙂 Really having fun but want to add more to my list of models! 🙂

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What one is your favourite? What would you like me to make next??

 

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Book Review- Hurrah for Gin by Katie Kirby

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This book is not a how-to-guide. It won’t tell you how to get your baby to sleep, how to deal with toddler tantrums, how to be a good parent, a cool parent or even a renegade parent. It is a book about parenting that contains absolutely no useful advice whatsoever.

Instead it shares beautifully honest anecdotes and illustrations from the parenting frontline that demonstrate it is perfectly possible to love your children with the whole of your heart whilst finding them incredibly irritating at the same time.

From pregnancy to starting school, Hurrah For Gin takes you through the exciting, frustrating, infuriating and wonderful whirlwind of parenthood, offering solidarity and a friendly hug after a tough day.

Best served with gin. (Backcover)

 

Review:

What can I say- this book should be given out with the bounty packs we all receive and will come in use instead of most of the stuff given! Its a real account of parenting with a “tells it as it is”  humour- making sure your not alone in what you are feeling. This book should also be on prescription if suffering with PND.

I loved how every situation in there I can relate too and the simple drawings made it even more funny. Each chapter I laughed and re-read again.

I didnt realise this book was made from her blog posts (which I now follow) and its very lighthearted and quick to read as each section is not to much where you can read bits of it when you have time- a great instant pick me up.

My favourite chapters were growing a human (such obvious observations but never thought about it until second time around), bedtime f***wittery (getting this alot now from eldest) and the starting school (nearly finished foundation year).  I also loved the competition bit at the end where blog readers sent in funny moments.

Really recommend everyone who has kids/in a childcare setting/future parents to read.

Good job Katie

10/10

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“Tattered” Cover Reveal

 

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So a few weeks ago I attended Lianne Kays Book cover reveal facebook event for her first book Tattered.

What is Tattered- The bond between us book all about? Its a part of a series and this will be book 1 of a 4 book series! It’s a fantasy/ historical/ romance set in the medieval time period. Books 1-3 with a prequel. And 2-3 novellas and it’s told from 2 povs in book 1. Alba & Kallias. From opposing kingdoms. The release will be this summer!

Here is the blub 🙂

Two kingdoms divided by years of feuding. One desires peace while the other thirsts for revenge.

Princess Alba will do anything to protect her family and her people, even enter an arranged marriage with a prince from Versillius, the enemy kingdom. But unity may already be a lost dream. Even as she pursues peace, forces work to destroy every hope she has.

Prince Kallias just wants to go home, for the war to end and life to return to normal. He never expected his father to betroth him to the Hunturion princess. Or that his life would alter in more ways than one.

Kingdoms will be divided. Homes will be ripped apart. The bonds between friends and family will be shaken. War is coming, and it will tear everything Alba knows about herself and her world to tatters.

Featured guests included Lyman Rate, E. J. Willis, C.M. Ross & Arielle Lynn, Alizabeth Lynn, Layne Calry, Elaine Milton , Angel Blackwood, Angie Grigaliunas and E.H. Demeter
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It was a lovely gathering- Congrats again and cannot wait for release date!

 

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Camp Nano time!

Hello everyone- Happy Easter Sunday to you all 🙂 🙂

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So I took the plunge 13 days late and joined camp nano to help finish off my fairytale story (or at least nearly finish it) I have set a word count of 5k so fingers crossed will get near to that this time as not as tough as nanowrimo limit :s

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Also I have unpacked my big A2 paper and drew a tiara shopkin for Jess to put on her wall (she drew cookie while I was drawing tiara was a nice crafty session) – Anyone else have a lil shopkin fan?

Here is the drawing- took roughly an hour 🙂

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Now to type up a book cover reveal party to post on here tomorrow!

 

Thanks for reading!

Linking up with Sunday Sketches blog hop over at http://alexandramacvean.blogspot.co.uk 🙂

xxx

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*Author Interview- Angie Grigaliunas*

Hello and welcome to another author interview- today we have Angie Grigaliunas 😀 so take a seat and read on….

 

Tell us a bit about your book?

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My first book, Sowing, follows two sisters on opposite sides of a brewing rebellion in their city. We see both perspectives in first person and experience the struggles both face as they try to navigate their dark, messed-up world.

 

Here is the blurb:

 

People are dead, slaughtered like animals in the night.

 

The reigning power, the Hulcondans, blame rebels. Rabreah, a rebel, knows it’s a lie. Her younger sister, Ariliah, doesn’t; like the majority of the townspeople, she believes those in authority, swallowing their words with complete trust. Besides, she’s too busy fighting her own silent war at home. While Rabreah dedicates herself to truth and freedom, Ariliah is just trying to survive their mother’s abuse.

 

But as unknown forces threaten to rip their world apart, the line between friend and enemy blurs. All is not as it seems.

 

In fact, nothing may be.

 

 

What would say is the genre for your book?

Dystopian but in a medieval setting, not futuristic, and with fantasy elements (namely just another race or two besides humans).

 

Where did the inspiration come from?

 

From the song “Under a Killing Moon” by Thrice. That song gave me the image of a group of people killing someone and another person watching, knowing it was wrong – but also knowing that if they spoke up in defense of the condemned, they’d die too.

 

How did you come up with the title for your book?

 

My editor helped with that! I had original titles that no longer fit the new direction the story had taken, so we found some other stuff that worked!

 

How long did it take you to finish writing the book before the first edit? How many drafts were there in total?

 

I sort of edit as I go, so I don’t know. It took about a year to write it and a year to get it ready to publish. So…several!

 

Are there any characters in the book based on people you know?

 

Nope, I never base a character on anyone. I do sometimes pull quirks/personality traits, but I never try to capture anyone as a character.

 

How did you celebrate being published? Did you have a launch party?

 

I did have a launch party! On facebook though. Mostly I just stared at my computer screen and checked my Amazon rankings five billion times.

 

Would you care to give us an extract?

 

Of course! This is from the first chapter of Sowing (Ariliah’s POV):

His gaze crossed over the group again, and he set his jaw. Rage laced his tone. “And to you, traitors: this is my city, and these are my people. I will not allow you to devour them or thrust everything we know into chaos again. Recant now, turn from your wicked ways, declare your loyalty, and we will forgive.”

           

He studied the drawn faces. Though no one spoke above a whisper, wide eyes shifted about, everyone scanning each other. Suspecting each other.

           

He waited a moment longer and gave a short nod to Lord Masrekah who smirked and gestured to someone behind him. Movement rippled through the right side of the group, heading toward the platform, but I couldn’t see anything else.

           

“Very well,” Lord Siserah said. “We will be generous: take a day to think on it, to consider your options and motivations, to search your own hearts. We will convene again tomorrow. I strongly suggest that, between now and then, you make the right choice.”

           

He addressed Lord Masrekah. “Light it up.”

 

The Hulcondans on the platform parted and glided toward the stairs, revealing a gagged itzalin woman tied to the bonfire pole. Clothing hung in tatters over a thin frame, her pale gray skin almost glowing amidst the retreating black-clad soldiers. Wood lay stacked against and around her legs. Cheers and clapping erupted from behind me, spreading through the crowd as the platform emptied and more people saw. Cries of “drosser” and “slag” split the air mingled with the harsher curses of “feck” and “drecker.” The itzalin’s wide, red eyes darted around the taunting faces, and she pulled in vain against the cords. One of the soldiers lit a torch and hurried over to Lord Masrekah, but he didn’t offer it.

           

My eyes dropped to the hammer in Lord Masrekah’s hand, and my stomach knotted. Why can’t he ever just light the fire?

           

He ripped the gag off, stepped back, and slammed the hammer against the doomed monster’s knees. The itzalin screamed and squeezed her eyes shut, her body heaving. As Lord Masrekah moved to shatter her shoulders, I averted my gaze. Each crack and cry cut through me.

           

I’d been watching bonfires as long as I could remember. Killing the enemy to protect us was one thing. Torturing them was different.

           

She deserves it. She probably murdered someone, maybe a child. She should suffer like this –

 

The itzalin roared again, the sound snapping my head up. Wild flames crackled their way along the wood, and black smoke curled into the air. The smell of burning hair and flesh bit at my nose, more a memory than fresh, and I pressed my hand over my mouth. She kept shrieking, thrashing. Her skin blackened and peeled, the smell intensifying. 

           

It was over in minutes, her body slumped motionless in the flames. I exhaled and pushed it from my mind. Just like all the others.

           

Lord Siserah scanned the people, his eyebrows raised. “Choose wisely.”

 

 

How do you beat writers block? Any tips?

 

A timer. I set it for 30-35 mins and make myself write until it goes off. I nearly always reset it several times. Or get so caught up in writing that I forget to reset it. Other than that, sometimes just taking a break can help. Refocusing. Reading.

 

Do you have any hobbies apart from writing?

 

Writing is pretty much my life…but I take walks, sing…um…that’s about it. Ha!

 

When you write, do you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser?

 

I’m both! I tend to go in without a huge plan, but with this story, I have the two girls telling it, and I have to plot at some point to make sure everything matches up. I have to know who is where at all times.

 

Do you have any advice for fellow writers?

 

Be teachable! Get in a good writing group, learn to give and take constructive criticism, and keep learning. Never stop learning.

 

If your book became a film- who would you pick to play the main characters?

 

Oh, gosh. I don’t even know how to answer that. I don’t really pay attention to actors/actresses. Haha!

 

I see you have new work in progress- care to tell us about it?

 

I’m working on book two of this series (Quelling), which picks up right where Sowing ends.
Besides that, I have another series, more historical/fantasy in a sort of Ancient Rome type of place. Here is the working blurb:
“If they give you a chance, Aster, take it.”

 

Years ago, Aster’s parents smuggled her away to freedom, narrowly escaping the invading Nephele army. At seventeen, the past catches up with her. Torn between death or conversion to the Nephele faith, Aster chooses life – thereby signing that life over their military. A soldier’s path promises prestige…and the possibility of finding her parents.

 

Ruthless and devoted, Helios has never questioned the path before him. Though he despises the new recruits, he obeys tradition, doing his part to train them. It’s merely another step toward power and position.

 

An ancient chimera has other plans.

 

With the city in flames, Aster and Helios flee – only to end up underground, trapped and hunted. If they can find a way to trust each other, they might survive.

 

If they can’t, there may not be a world left to go back to.

 

 

Lastly, where can readers find you and your book on the internet?

 

Book: amzn.to/2ck9So6

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/angiegrigaliunaszewriter
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Angie_ZeWriter

Instagram: www.instagram.com/angiegrigaliunas
Blog: www.angiegrigaliunas.blogspot.com

 

Thankyou so much!  You can also find Angie today 7pm (est) over at Tattered Book Cover Reveal ( https://www.facebook.com/events/166081020576605/?__mref=mb ) and she maybe giving away a free ebook! 🙂 🙂

 

xx

 

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An old memory..

Hello everyone!

Gosh blink and its April! Good job fairytale deadline has moved to July as had no time really with going back to work- moving-bsl exams and wedding prep!  phew…. also didnt have my laptop to hand for a while 😦

So talking of moving when I unpacked a box my very first story I wrote when I was a teenager was hidden inside a book :s brought back many memories of one day possibly selling a book and doing author signings (lol for signings but glimmer of hope for selling one) I called it ” The diary of Lisa Jones” and its written in diary entry form! Might put few snippets of it later in the year for a laugh and to compare my writing style now….

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Also found was an old “bucket list”

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We are nearly all unpacked and settled- becoming more like home everyday 🙂 Because I have not had laptop I have not been able to complete the author life month on my facebook page :s But im back on blog (again) and have lined up a few things in the next few weeks 🙂 They are:- 3 author interviews, a cover reveal party and snippets for some writing 🙂

I also have an idea for a childrens book but that will be some point down the line 🙂

Right now for a cuppa before some BSL revision….

 

Thanks for reading and following- say hello and let me know how your week has been! 😛

 

xx

 

 

 

 

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*Author Interview* E.H. Demeter

Its that time again so grab a cuppa, sit back and say a big hello to our author E.H.Demeter! 🙂

 

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Tell us a bit about your book 🙂

 

Good morning! My book is called Secrets, and is the first book of The Rune Trilogy. If you enjoy romance with a paranormal twist, then this is the book you’ve been waiting for. Secrets, is an exciting mix of romance, action, and adventure. We follow Juliet as she uncovers hidden truths about herself and the mysterious man she meets unconscious and naked in an Oregon cave.

Juliet Adams is as normal as an Oregon thunderstorm, but working as a nurse allows her to live vicariously through the past adventures of her favorite patient, giving her hope for her future. However, when her fiancé dumps her six months before the wedding, that hope crumbles. Brokenhearted and in dire need of support, Juliet gives into her sister’s request and agrees to spend a week on the coast. Unable to escape the reminders of her loneliness, she stumbles upon a mysteriously glowing cave and an equally mysterious man. This chance encounter with the magnetic Marsh Darrow sends her on a whirlwind adventure, filled with myth, legend, and creatures beyond imagination. As her idea of normal falls apart, Juliet discovers an inner courage that shows her she is more than she ever dreamed— the prophetic key to a war that centers around centuries-old secrets.

 

 

What would say is the genre for your book?

 

My genre is, for this book, is Paranormal Romance.

 

 

Where did the inspiration come from?

 

The inspiration for Secrets, came from a writing prompt in a group I was in. I don’t remember the prompt now, nor do I still have it, though I do have the original incarnation of it! I’m hoping to play with it and turn it into a novella one day.

 

How did you come up with the title for your book?

 

The title was originally The Secret. And it dealt a lot with the original idea. As the book grew, and the story changed, so did the title.

 

How long did it take you to finish writing the book before the first edit? How many drafts were there in total?

 

It took me two years to write Secrets. We went through three drafts before we settled on what is now, Secrets.

 

Are there any characters in the book based on people you know?

 

I’m sure in some way all my characters are based on someone. However, I did not consciously base anyone in Secrets off someone I knew.

 

How did you celebrate being published? Did you have a launch party?

 

I did have a release party! It was a ton of fun, and we had games and prizes. I am also planning to do a release party for Lies, book two.

 

Would you care to give us an extract?

 

 

Who was he? Why was he out in the storm and how did he come to be naked in this cave? Questions ran through my mind as I reached out to touch his hand.

A strangled cry broke past my lips as his hand shot out, fingers wrapping around my wrist, his grip startling. I gasped as I found myself jerked forward until our noses were all but touching.

Piercing blue eyes bored into my own.

“Who are you? How did you find me?” His voice was rough and sudden, like the thunder that boomed outside, and just as wild.

He had an accent I couldn’t place and he smelled of the sea.

I wondered if he would taste of the sea as well.

 

How do you beat writers block? Any tips?

 

Ha! I wish I knew. This is something I fear I will always struggle with. I’m struggling with it right now. The best suggestion I can say, is just, get away. Get away from your work. From your house. From your normal space. Get away. Let your mind rest.

 

Do you have any hobbies apart from writing?

 

I do! I play video games, I crochet, I dabble at drawing. I enjoy reading, and playing DnD as well.

 

When you write, do you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser?

 

I am most definitely a pantser. It always surprises me when I DO plot something out.

 

Do you have any advice for fellow writers?

 

Keep writing. Don’t worry about how it sounds, or if it’s rough. Just keep writing. Also, join writing groups. Look on facebook, look locally. Get out there and join them. We have an amazing group on facebook called Writer’s Retreat, and we would love to have you!

It’s so important to share you work, learn from others and watch how you grow. Because writing is art, and as an artist, you should always be growing in your art.

 

If your book became a film- who would you pick to play the main characters?

 

Ha! I already have this decided. Marsh would be played by Aiden Turner (Being Human UK version, Poldark), and Juliet would be played by Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark). Beatrice would be Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse, Person of Interest), and her husband Bill would be Alexis Denisof ( Buffy the vampire slayer, Much Ado about nothing), and Robert would be played by Luke Evans.

 

I see you have new work in progress- care to tell us about it?

 

I have numerous works in progress, haha. Right now, I’m most actively working on Lies, Book Two of the Rune Trilogy. But I’m also working on a whole NEW series, called The Witches of Shell Island.

 

 

Lastly, where can readers find you and your book on the internet?

 

They can find Secrets on Amazon here: http://tinyurl.com/gwtj4c7

And they can follow me here!

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/EHDemeter
Series Page: https://www.facebook.com/therunetrilogy

 

Twitter: @EH_Demeter

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Instagram: TheDarlingWordsmith https://www.instagram.com/thedarlingwordsmith/
Pinterest: Imalilmilkdud

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Tumblr: EHDemeter

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And my website: www.ehdemeter.weebly.com

 

Thanks so much for taking time to chat – i for one cannot wait to hear all about The Witches of Shell Island! The Writers Retreat facebook group is the best I defiantly recommend everyone to join! 🙂 

 

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Sketches this week….

Hello everyone 🙂

March already! Where is time going? This week I have drawn some more and brought some more art supplies 🙂 cant wait to give them a try!

In writing news I am over 1k words for the fairytale mashup competition 🙂 my aim is to finish it at the end of this month so I can spend all of April editing- well that is the plan anyway 🙂 Keep a look out as there will be two author interviews coming soon 🙂

Here are a few of my sketches this week:

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What one do you like?

I will colour pooh bear in this week and maybe the cute animals…

 

Thanks for reading! Am linking up with Sunday Sketches and Handmade Monday blog link ups 🙂

 

xx

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Balloons so far….

Hello everyone!

This morning I thought I would show you the balloons that I have twisted so far (I began last year in June for Jess birthday- I wanted to make her a dog and a giraffe) and its quite addictive and so much fun!

Here are my collection so far:

We have a giraffe, a monkey, a dog, a poodle and a bunny 🙂

Going to try some more animals and maybe a flower (two balloons) lots of ideas on instagram and pinterest! So many amazing ones that one day I hope to be able to do 🙂

 

What one would you like to see? Let me know!

 

Many thanks

 

x

 

 

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New sketches

Hello

So recently I caught the sickness bug and then a cold hence quite around here- but I have also made the decision to merge my blogs together into one creative blog 😀 yay

This week I have been getting back into drawing mode 🙂 here are my latest drawings:

 

 

I really enjoyed going back to drawing and getting creative again! These pictures didnt take long to draw either so I am hoping to do one a day 🙂

 

Many thanks for being patient and following

 

x

 

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