Archive for March, 2013

Why are you raining on my parade?

Posted: March 29, 2013 in books

I am generally known as a shoulder to cry on, I will help someone any way I can and do tend to take on other peoples problems. I am also fiercely protective of my friends, if they are upset then I do tend to take it personal. Lately I have had a few friends who have had some exciting events and basically want to scream it from the rooftops. A few people have been less than thrilled with their news and have blatantly shown no interest and would rather talk about themselves. Why do people feel the need to do this? Is it jealousy? Can they not bare people being happier than they are or are they just too miserable in their own lives to show support to others? No matter what is going on in my life If someone has good news I am always thrilled to hear it and love to share in their happiness. I wouldn’t want someone to knock me down or as they say ‘rain on my parade’ so why do it to others?


Strange events

Posted: March 29, 2013 in books

people who know me may have heard me mention my cars strange behavior. Now i’m no mechanic and while it’s quite possible it is simply down to something along those lines, for now I have to put up with the strange behavior. So this is the first car I ever had having only past my test September 2012, after a few weeks I began having trouble with the locks. It’s an old car so manually locked/ open. Sometimes all of the doors would open, sometimes only the drivers door would open. The boot suddenly refused to open and apparently the dealer had neglected to tell us that it had a different lock so we couldn’t open it with the key. We went on like this for a while, pot luck as to whether the boot would open. On a number of occasions I would go out in the morning and find that the boot had unlocked itself, luckily the doors had remained closed. 

We then started to notice that the floor behind the passenger seat was becoming quite wet and could find no apparent reason for it. This continued for a while and soon spread to the other side so we took it to a garage. They put it up on racks and there was no damage underneath the car and as they lifted back the carpets they were scooping water out, it was that bad. They couldn’t find any reason for the water to be there and suggested I may have gone through a deep puddle and the water found its way inside somehow. (All door seals etc were checked and found to be intact)

I then started to get a problem with the gas pedal which would sometimes refuse to let me speed up and then would freak me out by pushing itself down (I had someone else drive it to see if it did the same for them and it did, so I wasn’t losing my mind 🙂 ) 

The radio and heating began cutting off at random times which was also quite freaky especially when it would start up again at the same place it left off. Then the car began locking me in and no matter how hard I tried to lift the locks they wouldn’t budge so I had to wait a few moments, restart the car and then the locks would release. (And yeah on these occasions I couldn’t get out quick enough) So I have a car that may not let me in or out, water pools in the back and leaves a little ice rink when its been freezing over night. The radio cuts off randomly and the gas pedal has a life of it’s own, quite scary stuff for a first time driver. Since it’s a Volkswagon I have dubbed it Herbie, there may be a perfectly good explanation for all of this but I have had quite a few garages look it over and they haven’t found one yet!

Labeling children

Posted: March 24, 2013 in books

Why do schools and health professionals feel the need to slap a label on children? When my eldest son was in primary school they felt he was extremely hyperactive and had trouble behaving and focusing. The teacher pulled me aside and suggested I take him to visit a doctor and get him on medication. I looked at her in disbelief, seriously there is absolutely nothing wrong with my son. He is behaving like any normal boisterous boy. He wasn’t damaging school property or being abusive, he was simply misbehaving and never displayed this behavior at home so I completely disregarded her suggestion.

A few years later I felt my other son wasn’t behaving normally for his age and after much perseverance he was later diagnosed with borderline autism. This later gave fuel for the school regarding my two girls that I had after him. Both shy and reluctant to participate in class activities they viewed this as autistic behavior which was totally ridiculous. At home they behaved completely different, very talkative and affectionate always wanting to play with friends and siblings the total opposite of my autistic son.

They went on to refer my girls to health professionals and eventually dismissed the elder of the two as being shy but were convinced my youngest couldn’t talk. I even suggested filming her to prove that not only could she talk but she was also capable of counting and writing none of which she would do when at school. They are finally seeing an improvement by watching her from afar but as soon as they approach her she withdraws into herself but is now beginning to participate in classroom activities as her confidence grows.

I agree some children do have conditions such as autism, ADHD etc and some are in need of medication but I feel these days it is all too easy to slap a label and medicate a perfectly normal child just because they are a little more disruptive or shy than that of the average child.

Generally my ideas come to me randomly. I could be cooking and a scene will form in my mind then I have to rush to write it down. When I wrote the first book, most of the scenes came to me while I was using my cross trainer or whilst lying in bed before going to sleep. It’s rare that I will sit down to write and have ideas start flowing, they usually come to me throughout the day when I am busy doing other things and then I sit down with my jotted notes and begin to form my story. How do your ideas usually come to you?

Rachel Hawkins

Posted: March 22, 2013 in books

I am going to post once a week about a favorite author of mine and their work. I will start with Rachel Hawkins and her Hex Hall series, I really enjoyed reading them and she has a prequel series starting with ‘School Spirits’ which is due out May 14th 2013 which I will look forward to reading.

The first in the series is Hex Hall

Image Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father–an elusive European warlock–only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

The next two in the series

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These are YA and in some of the reviews they have been quoted as being a mix of Harry Potter and Evernight (both series which I also enjoyed reading) Rachel Hawkins also runs an interesting blog with links on where to buy them and a detailed personal account on how she came to be published. Go take a look and see what you think 🙂

You can also see a few more of my favorite authors over on my website, click on the picture of my book cover in the left sidebar and it will take you straight to it 🙂

What annoying habits do you have?

Posted: March 22, 2013 in books

I admit I have some rather strange ones. In my teenage years I had an obsession with peeling paint off railings whenever I was near them, I even started peeling the paint off my own staircase banisters whenever I walked down them. Luckily I broke from that habit, constantly having to repaint them wasn’t exactly on my list of favorite things to do.

In my even younger years I used to love covering my hands in PVA glue at school. I’m sure at least a few of you out there used to do the same and spend ages peeling it off only to repeat the process again or until the teacher took it away from you 🙂 I even tried doing the same with wax from a candle a few times but that was a rather painful habit, one which I gave up quite quick.

One habit that has unfortunately stayed with me through the years is picking at loose thread on clothing. I used to drive my mother insane making holes in the sleeves and hems of my tops. I still do it now only it is my husband I am driving insane instead of my mother, especially when he pulls on a top only to find it is covered in holes. I try to limit it, and only do it to tops I use for housework or decorating but I still on occasion am guilty of ruining a perfectly good top if I am out and just sitting about. People say it is a nervous thing but why would I be nervous when sitting in my own house? It is just a habit I picked up, one which is hard to break.

What are your annoying habits?

My life as a writer

Posted: March 21, 2013 in books

First of all you may have read bits and pieces here and there that I have written on this so some of this post may sound familiar. As you may know I am a very busy mother and wife also soon to become grandmother, fitting writing into my life can become difficult at times. I love writing, so many ideas run through my head everyday and I have to keep a notepad handy to write them down before I forget! I want to do so many things but finding the time to do it all is my problem. At the moment I am waiting on the re- release of my first book in the series which is very exciting but also nerve wracking. When I originally released it under it’s previous name it was all done by me and if I am honest wasn’t exactly up to scratch however I still received very good reviews. Now it is all being done professionally I am hoping it does even better but then don’t we all? I am doing edits at the moment which sometimes can be hard and also a little disheartening discovering just how many mistakes I have made but at least I know in the end it will be the best it can be. Writing is extremely time consuming and also a strain on my marriage sometimes. I become quite withdrawn, swept up in creating my world. Nothing beats being able to do that and see how the story unfolds, much like when you are reading a book but instead you are the one directing the story. I have so many different projects going on at the moment and am constantly thinking up different plots in my mind, if it wasn’t for my husband I would probably never sleep! I only wish I had started writing sooner instead of abandoning it years ago. I write because I enjoy it and truthfully find it hard not to, regardless of any bad reviews I may receive I will continue to do so and take on board any comments to help me with future releases. I am happy with what I have written so far and for me, that is what counts the most 🙂

I am a quiet person, I have never been loud or outspoken. In a group of people I will be the one sitting quietly in the corner listening to others talk. If I have nothing to say then I remain quiet, there is nothing wrong with that. I am not plotting some evil scheme or collecting gossip to spread, neither am I ignorant. If I don’t feel I have anything worth adding to the conversation then I remain silent rather than talking just for the sake of it. Does this make me a bad person or give people reason to suspect I am up to something? I don’t think so and have never assumed that of anyone. If anything I would put it down to being shy rather than something sinister.

Tough question really, I suppose looking back I probably wouldn’t have had my children so young. Maybe lived a little more or done some traveling and perhaps got a little bit of money behind me before settling down to be a parent. Although in saying that I don’t really feel that I have missed much and I am still fairly young, not far from forty and as the saying goes ‘life begins at forty’. Who knows what I would have done with my life but to be honest I am happy with what I have and where I am now 🙂 What would you have done differently?

Here are some situations where people ask stupid questions. We are all guilty of having asked at least one of them ourselves or have found ourselves in a similar situation, I know I have and then thought afterwards ‘What an idiot!’


1: You fall down a flight of stairs in a busy shopping center and are clutching your ankle in obvious agony. Several people rush to your side and the first thing they say is ‘Are you alright?’ Of course you are, your ankle is twice the size it was moments ago and the tears sliding down your face are actually tears of joy!

2: You are in a supermarket, basket in hand full of groceries and you bump into someone you know and they ask ‘What are you doing here?’ Duh, can’t you see I am here for my hairdressing appointment like everyone else!

3: You are having a conversation with your friend and she says ‘I’m not saying anything’ Um actually you just did!

4: You are at the doctors for a flu jab, you wince as the needle pierces your arm. The nurse asks ‘Did that hurt?’ Of course not, I love getting stabbed with sharp objects do it again!

5: You were given directions to your friends house, they open the door on your arrival and say ‘Did you find it okay?’ No I didn’t, really I am a ghost having died on my way here and am now going to haunt you as my revenge!

6: You have always been a natural brunette and you turn up at work after a visit to the hairdressers having had blond highlights put into your hair. A colleague asks ‘Did you dye your hair?’ Nope, a pigeon flew over my head with a nasty case of diarrhea!

7: Standing in a queue at the checkout with your three noisy children, all saying in high pitched voices ‘Mummy we want sweets’ as they yank on your skirt hem. The lady behind you asks ‘Are they your children?’ No, random children normally call me mummy begging for sweets!

8: Your eyes are red and streaming, a tissue held permanently against your nose as you continually sneeze whilst coughing like a chain smoker. Your friend approaches slowly and asks ‘Are you ill?’ No this is how I normally look!

9: You are on the motorway, hazard lights on and your bonnet open with a cloud of smoke rising from your engine. The driver of the car stuck behind you calls out ‘Have you broken down?’ Actually no, I enjoy holding up a whole lane of motorists on a busy motorway!

10: Why do we teach kids that violence is not the answer and then have them read about wars in school? Kind of defeats the purpose don’t you think?