Archive for January, 2016

Restaurant nightmare

Posted: January 30, 2016 in books

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I don’t go out to dine much but it was my sons 18th so we thought we’d take him to Chinatown for a meal. We decided on an all you can eat buffet. I had read some reviews saying that the food was good, I think maybe they were talking about somewhere else. I don’t expect too much for £10.95 but I do expect better than that. The place itself wasn’t clean at all. There was a large patch of black mould growing in one corner, and the floor and tables hadn’t been cleaned. We were only supplied with a fork and spoon, with no where to obtain any other cutlery. Only one napkin was given, and it was hard work to get another. The staff were rude, they stood in a line watching the diners and seemed very impatient since they constantly came over to your table trying to take your plate.

imageThere wasn’t a lot of food variety, and nothing was replaced with fresh food in the time I was there. The food itself was cold, most of it was over cooked and the chicken wings were undercooked. It was like they just dipped it in the fryer for a second and served it. To top it all off, they even had the cheek to add a service charge to the bill. What service? You serve yourself! I think it’s fair to say I won’t be returning or recommending this establishment. I wouldn’t even give it a one star review.

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A little inspiration

Posted: January 28, 2016 in books

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Very true, but you can guard your heart, however doing so comes at a price.

Are people born evil?

Posted: January 28, 2016 in books

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Are people really born evil? This is a widely spoken topic, usually discussed in crime related documentaries. I suppose we will never really know whether they actually are. As a child you learn as you grow and obviously your environment plays a big part in what kind of person you develop into. Things you see, the way your family act and interact with each other, are all major factors in your growth. Some like to blame certain behaviour on TV, or video games. If you are taught right from wrong, fact from fiction then surely it wouldn’t affect you. I suppose you could say the same for mental health, depression etc. Are we born with it, or is it down to your surroundings while you grow? The mind is an amazing thing, and something that we will never truly have all the answers to. We all hold our own opinions. Do I believe people are born evil? I guess I’m undecided, something has caused them to be that way but what, I don’t know.

What do you believe in?

Posted: January 23, 2016 in books

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I may have mentioned this before but I was talking about it the other day, and feel the need to mention it. I’m often asked what I believe in and while I’m not entirely sure, I would have to say that I believe things happen for a reason. Fate. My life hasn’t been an easy one, but then whose is? I’ve faced many struggles, heartbreak, things that I never thought I’d come back from. Even now, I’m facing more heartbreak and uncertainty. Will I pray for assistance? No. I have no faith that I follow, nothing has ever given me a reason to believe that a simple prayer will help me in anyway. I know many people believe that there is a god. Obviously we got here somehow, and I don’t want to get into a debate about whether he exists or not. If that’s what you wish to believe then you do that but for me, I struggle with the notion.

One thing that I have learned through my struggles is to become a stronger person, less sensitive and more guarded with my emotions. It’s not a good thing for the people around me, they were used to my affectionate side, but it is the only way I can cope with what’s going on around me. If I give in, I will fall apart and that really doesn’t help matters either. To distance yourself is kind of a coping mechanism, the downfall to this newfound strength is that people see you as an offload for their problems and emotional baggage, but I continue to take what’s thrown my way and keep it at arms length. If my life is one major mission to see how much crap I can take before I fall, then bring it on. I don’t know whatever fate lies ahead for me, or even if there is a purpose for these tests of sanity sent my way, but I guess one day I’m going to find out whether it has all been for nothing. Do you believe in fate?

Zombie nation

Posted: January 22, 2016 in books

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What is it with the zombie obsession we all seem to have? We have programmes like the walking dead, fear the walking dead. Not forgetting the big screen and video games and of course books. Don’t get me wrong I love a good zombie flick and I’m a walking dead devote. I guess my attraction is to see whose going to survive, or die if I really don’t like the character 😀 It has always been either vampires or werewolves, but then their attraction was usually because the characters were drop dead gorgeous. (Excuse the pun) Zombies, not so much. There is nothing desirable about a groaning, guts dripping guy, with chunks of flesh hanging from their exposed bones. However, a few books have taken the leap. I did attempt to read one once. I can’t remember the title but I really couldn’t get into it. In love with a zombie? Not my thing. Still, as a nation we have gone zombie mad,but I’m guessing you’re not as eager to meet one, as much as you would have been if a hunky vampire was on offer 😀

Considering having children?

Posted: January 18, 2016 in books

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I am at a point in my life, where if someone were to ask me my advice on whether they should have kids, the answer would be no. Don’t get me wrong, I have seven kids myself and I love them unconditionally but it’s hard. When they’re young, they are all cute and cuddly. It makes you feel loved that they are so dependant on you, and then bam! Suddenly you’re the most hated person on the planet. Your cute little baby who always wanted hugs can no longer bear to be in the same room as you, or if you’re like me, the same house. Nothing you do is good enough, their friends parents are cooler than you. They want to live with them now, they hate your house and everyone in it. The helpful, polite child you raised has now become foul mouthed and ungrateful as hell. It doesn’t matter that you bend over backwards to make them happy, they no longer care. All they are waiting for is that day when they can legally get away from you and they’re gone.

Obviously not everyone is unfortunate enough to have kids that behave in this way, but in my experience it happens a lot! So here’s my advice, make sure you’re emotionally stable, strong, and not too sensitive because being a parent is the biggest challenge and test of patience you will ever face.

What kind of friend are you?

Posted: January 17, 2016 in books

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We all have friends but what type are you? Are you there no matter what, day or night? Do you listen to all their problems, even if you would rather undergo root canal? Perhaps you’re the type that likes to spread gossip, gather you’re information after playing the shoulder to cry on and then spread it across every social media platform available. Let’s face it, we’ve all come across that type of friend. I don’t really have friends, more like acquaintances. I used to have loads of friends, really close ones too but now I tend to keep to myself. I have my family and people that I talk to, but I don’t have anyone that I would divulge my innermost secrets to. I guess you could say that I’ve been bitten by betrayal one too many times. Having said that, I will always be a shoulder to cry on, and give advice if needed and I can honestly say that whatever I’m told, it stays with me. I’ve been the victim before and would never do that to another, it’s just spiteful and there really isn’t any need for it.

Cover reveal

Posted: January 11, 2016 in books

Here is the last cover reveal in the Twisted Bloodlines series 🙂

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The final book in the series is due for release March 2016

Hate leaving bad reviews?

Posted: January 10, 2016 in books

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Have you ever read a book that you really hate, but couldn’t bring yourself to leave a review? I really hate leaving bad reviews. As an author, getting a bad review is horrible. The trouble with bad reviews is that it can put people off buying the book, but at the end of the day it is that persons opinion. There could be several reasons why they didn’t like the book. It may not be their typical genre, but they had decided to try something new and didn’t like it. That doesn’t mean someone else wouldn’t enjoy reading it, someone who actually likes that particular genre.

It’s difficult, especially when most people rely on reviews before purchasing. I have bought books that have had terrible reviews, yet really enjoyed them. I know authors like to have feedback so it can improve future WIP’S but perhaps considering your words would be kinder. I have seen reviews where books have been totally ripped apart, is that really necessary? Fine, you don’t like the book, would it kill you to just say, ‘not to my taste but maybe others will enjoy it’. If I really don’t like a book, I generally refrain from leaving a review. I know all the blood, sweat and tears that have gone into that authors work. It’s heartbreaking to have someone point out every little mistake.

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The last book in the series is due to be released sometime in March, and the cover reveal this month. For those eagerly awaiting the release, what I can share with you is the title and blurb.

Enjoy 🙂

The Beasts Unveiled

Under attack from all angles, Sabrina’s mission is simple: retrieve the child and stop Deacon’s rise to power. But in their world, nothing is ever that easy.

Deacon has reined in every available source of power to ensure his success in the war against the panthers; all except one. Amelia, born to Peter and Beth, is said to hold the power of a long forgotten bloodline, and Deacon will stop at nothing to get her.

Sabrina has been steadily turning friends into enemies with her opinionated views and is tired of living life on the sidelines. Deciding it’s time to leave behind this chapter of her life, she uncovers a devastating betrayal that sends her straight into the lion’s den. Soon, the knife twists even deeper revealing that Deacon is not the only master of deceit.

 A puppeteer has been pulling their strings from the beginning, creating a destiny that was never intended and replacing it with another, leaving their souls forever incomplete.

Fully aware that their lives have been tampered with, accusations fly and loyalties divide making them vulnerable against the enemy. Things spiral out of control and one unavoidable situation leaves blame and guilt weighing heavily on Sabrina’s mind. Despite being shunned by the people she called family, she is determined to help them win against Deacon.

In a moment of stupidity that could have ended her life, the future is revealed in two paths for her. Will she choose the right path and go the distance, or will she perish under her uncertainty, leaving Deacon as the successor?