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Saturday, 31 December 2011
Sunday, 25 December 2011
As the title says, this post is on 'Christmas'. Why do people celebrate Christmas? What's so special about Christmas, and what's the main theme of Christmas? This post will answer all three questions.
Why do people celebrate Christmas? Christians celebrate Christmas as the birth of their savior, Jesus Christ. However, it has become more of a general tradition/festive period, even for other religions. They believe it's a season to be with one's family. That said, I agree with everyone who celebrates Christmas as the coming of Jesus Christ, and the reunion of loved ones.
What's so special about Christmas? In my own words, I believe Christmas is the most festive season of all. Why? One: it falls on the last few days of the year, which makes it unique and special. Loved ones can come together after a long year to share goals, accomplishments and setbacks. Two: It has a significant figure, which everyone loves - Santa Claus. Unlike Halloween (Pumpkin head/witches), this figure doesn't really have much of a contradicting nature. Parents of most religion, culture and ethnicity don't mind their kids sitting on Santa's lap. It's a classic tradition.
What's the main theme of Christmas? Other than coming together with loved ones to merry and celebrate, Christmas is also about 'Sacrifice'. The year has ended, what will you do to make everyone around you happy? For Christians, Jesus Christ sacrificed so much for his children. For others, Santa Claus sacrificed so much to make all the kids happy. He doesn't stay at home with his family, unlike everyone. He moves around giving out gifts and placing smiles on everyone's face. Oh, I loved this season; I feel it's a mixture of 'Valentine's day' and Halloween, considering the 'LOVE' and the use of 'COSTUMES'.
In all, this season should be a time to stay with loved ones and reflect on everything you've done, celebrate and share the love. Merry Christmas to all
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
Population: 301, 427 people
Timezone: CST (UTC-6)
Average temperature: 30.6 F
Language: English - 99.1 %
Spanish - 0.9%
Tourist Attraction: Atlantic Towers
Government - Mayor: Francis Lekinston
So why did I choose a fictional city?
As most of you know, I don't live in the states, yet. I reside in England, UK. Therefore, it seemed a bit hard setting the location of the book in a known US city. Most people would notice the difference in dialogue etc, and I wanted to avoid this, thus creating my own fictional city, Sloutenville. This was because, if a reader complains about a certain dialogue i.e 'People in New York don't talk like this.', I would bring to his/her attention that Sloutenville isn't a real city. Therefore, the way the characters talk might be slightly different to other states.
Where did you get such idea from?
Frankly, I got the idea of creating my own fictional city in a real country from watching 'Smallville' and 'One Tree Hill', two of my favorite TV series.
Are there going to be more fictional cities?
Yes, certainly. Read the book(s) to find out more :)
That's it for today. My question to everyone: do you like the idea of fictional cities? If yes, what's the name of your best fictional city?
Credit: Image: posterize / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
|The Enchanted Book|
Blurb: Jimmy Evans has less than a year left to graduate from high school and move into his dream college, but relies on his stepfather's support to achieve his dream.
In his struggle to enter college, he comes across a special book, and a gorgeous girl. These two are linked in a way even young Jimmy doesn't know, until he finds himself in need of both of them.
Cover art: Hannah Sher
Manipulated by Kelvin O'Ralph
Friday, 25 November 2011
|LS: The Beginning|
First of all, I'd like to apologize for the very-normal title it's given. I may be a very good writer, but naming stuffs isn't part of my talents. Even when I write computer programs, my boss complains I don't name them well. So don't judge a book by it's name. Then again, some people are compelled by the names of books. I promise to learn more about 'naming' stuffs, and hopefully the names of my future projects will be epic, or at least compelling.
Chapter One: The Day I arrived
It would interest you guys to know that I rewrote this particular chapter more than 15 times. Not because I'm a terrible writer, but I needed to make it as real as it could be. During the process of writing this chapter, I made sure I stayed without food or distraction, so i could channel my thoughts to writing. The Male MC, Stephen Wilson arrives at his place of birth, Sloutenville, after a long period of living in Africa. Now, most people want to know 'Why did he move to Sloutenville?' Well, the answer's elaborated in the last book of 'LS', though his main reason for leaving Africa was for a better education. Simple. Then people are annoyed that he is welcomed like a King as he arrives; however, this is so not true. He's just a bit fortunate to have wealthy relatives who love him. Personally, Stephen is a broke dude. One more thing I need to clarify, when Stephen reads his cousin's mind, he's totally not aware. This was the very first symptom he had because he moved into the same city with his soul mate. Nice right? There was a moment when Stephen and I hardly agreed on anything. He wanted to cut his long hair, but I told him NO. He didn't like his dress code, but I told him 'Deal with it'. It took a while for us to get on the same page; even then, he still moaned like a little baby. Meanwhile, Lisa was just an angel. She never complained about anything - and they say girls nag a lot.*laughs*
Chapter Two: First Day at College
In this Chapter, I had to enter Stephen's head as he goes to college for the first time in Sloutenville. Luckily, his cousin, Stacy Ford, helps him to settle down in college. Stephen happens to sit beside a girl with long hair, gorgeous body and a taste for skimpy wears, name Lisa Morgan. At that very moment, he began to feel stuffs he'd never felt before. To Stephen, he assumed it was a symptom of LOST(secular LOVE), little does he know he's being reborn into a new man, a man who can create ice from his bare hands. This chapter also introduces a special character in the book, the British young lady, Julie Hitchens. What is a love story without the jealous lover? We see Julie Hitchens as she tries to lure Stephen to become 'more than a friend'. She's certainly an entertaining character to read. I really enjoyed writing her character.
Well, that's it for now. I'm sorry if it's a bit short, I didn't want to give out away too many spoilers.If you've read 'LS: The Beginning', did you enjoy it? Do you have any questions you need answer to, concerning the characters/plot of the book? Just leave a comment below and I'll do my possible best to give you reasonable answers.
Friday, 18 November 2011
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Thursday, 3 November 2011
Saturday, 29 October 2011
A friend of mine named, Wanda, is hosting this amazing Giveaway, titled, Big Christmas Book Giveaaway, and I need your support.
Read the description below and let me know if you're willing to join(Authors and Readers alike). You can send me a PM via my Blog, or send Wanda a message on Facebook: Wanda Hart. Giveaway ends on the 12th of December :)
All authors participating is donating at least two books.
One of the e books donated by each of the authors will go to the winner of the giveaway.
The second of these books will go to a randomly drawn contestant/s.
If authors should have more than two copies of e books available the same idea apply as before but the second book will then go to yet another randomly drawn contestant.
Create an awareness of Authors and their books.
To make one lucky person very happy.
To make as many other people as happy as we can by giving them a book.
How do contestants become contestants?
Simple really. Leave a comment on this blog or on this facebook page, with your name, email and country.
Create awareness of Authors and their books
To create a sense of paying it forward on FB by giving a book as a present.
Books by authors in print which is not internationally available, will not be added to the winners books but will go to entrants in that specific country from the get go.
So in summery we will have people buying a copy of a book and giving it away as a present.
We will have one winner of overall big prize.
We will hopefully have enough authors and entrants to make sure that most if not all the entrants also get a little surprise gift.
If all the authors can make books that are free currently available even more entrants will walk away happy some with much more than only one book. These free books will be made available to all entrants including the winner.
Thanks Once Again
Thursday, 13 October 2011
Monday, 10 October 2011
Friday, 30 September 2011
Friday, 16 September 2011
Monday, 5 September 2011
On a sunny afternoon, I was discussing about my book with a collegeue at work. She asked a question that drove me down memory lane. "What made you become a professional writer?" she asked.
After elaborating the enitre story behind my writing, she smiled and nodded. "I hope your dreams come through," she said. Now, what did I tell her that made her give such a response? This is what this post is all about.
Firstly, I've been writing for a while now. Though they weren't full stories or plots, I just loved expressing myself with a paper and pen; nowadays with Microsoft Word. So during September 2009, I was watching a fan video on youtube on the two twiligjht stars, together called 'Robsten' and a mind blowing idea hit me. "Why don't I write a different kind of paranormal romance?" I said to myself. At that moment, I had deep feelings towards a friend and former high school mate. I channeled my entire energy in writing a book which would be dedicated to her.
One morning I called a friend who then informed me about the girl I liked and they guy she'd started dating. it felt like a stake had been pierced through my heart. I could hardly breath for a long minute. Instantly, I switched on my laptop and deleted the book I'd started writing (I was already half way throught the book) Then I went to my university account and deleted the back-up copy from a college's PC. I was really devistated. During the next few days, I was a mess. My life had taken a complete U-turn. I could barely eat or even attend lectures.
Still depressed, I went over to my elder sister's crib hoping to cheer up. When i told her about my passion in writing and that I'd like to be a full time writer, the respond my sister gave me was heart breaking. "What makes you feel you'll be any better than the millions of people who write?"
This was a wake up call for me, and I left her place more determined than ever. I finsished my novel in less than two months and began editing. However, it took a great deal to forget about the girl I'd lost. I guess what won't kill you can only make you stronger.
Now, I'm at the verge of releasing the sequel of that book(LS: The Beginning) and also a new project I've been working on as well. My sincere hope is that one day, my books will be read and my voice would be heard.
Sunday, 10 July 2011
Saturday, 2 July 2011
Tuesday, 28 June 2011
So my first blog tour is finally over. Although, I'm yet to post the final stop on my blog, which will be a character team discussion. You know, Team this, Team that. It'll be quite interesting. So do stop by this time tomorrow and check it out. Sadly, I've been so busy with work and so there's limited time to be online. Sigh. No worries, you can always find me on twitter 24/7, thanks to my blackberry.
If you didn't participate in the blog tour. You can always check out my Blog Tour Page, and see the stops(posts) hosted during the tour. It was really a nice experience. Not so much sales. Still, I do hope for the best.
So here are the winners of the blog tour, and they'll be receiving an e-copy of LS: The Beginning via Smashwords coupon or any means of their choice. These winners will be contacted shortly with their provided email addresses.
Monday, 27 June 2011
So I recently finished the first draft of my upcoming book, LS: Deception. It's the second book in the LS series. Please do give youe opinion on this cover below. Also, my blog tour ends today. You can check the "BLOG TOUR" page on this blog, and leave your comments. I'll be doing a giveaway of one paperback version of LS: The Beginning later today. Do stop by later and enter the giveaway.
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
Finally, the papeback format of my book, LS: The Beginning is now online. Since I approved it today, it would take five to seven days to be listed fully on Amazon.com However, it's on sale on Createspace for now. The hard copy looks way better than I'd expected, so please don't hesitate to grab a copy.
Curious to know how it looks? This is it?
If you're interested in getting a copy please click HERE
Tuesday, 14 June 2011
I've finally decided to create a blog tour for my new release, LS: The Beginning. It's slowly gaining readers and I'd like to keep the awareness. Since I'm fairly new to this development, blog tour I mean, I have decided to start of with a one week blog tour. Starting from 20th June 2011, the blog tour will begin and end 27th June 2011. During those days, I will be online almost every single hour of the day, and when I'm away, I'll have a notifier on my blackberry.
Please, if you're interested, leave a comment with your proposal and the date you'd like to feature during the blog tour. Also, what you'd like your feature to be about; interview, review, special post etc. Anything you want. I would be giving away two free e-copies to people on each stop(blogsite) So the owners of the blog will pick the two winners from the people who comment.
P.S: There can be more than one stop in a day
June 20th - Laura Vosika - (Blog post/Interview)
'' 21st - Veronica Massey - (Excerpt/Interview)
'' 22nd -
' 23rd - J. A. Beard (Interview)
'' 24th - Charlie Fey (Interview)
'' 25th - Eva Coppersmith - (Interview) and Shaina Richmond -
'' 26th - Georgina Young-Ellis - (Character Interview)
'' 27th - Kelvin's World(Character Teams)
Thanks for reading
Sunday, 12 June 2011
Week one of Lisa & Stephen's 500 Giveaway is over, and as promised, I would bring you the top 5 names with their points. However, if you've entered the giveaway and don't see your name, it doesn't mean you won't be a winner. As of today, there are two contestants with 6 points, and the rest have 3 points. If they competition ends like this, the two people with 6 points will be the winners, then I'll use a random picker to pick the first and second winner out of the two.
Friday, 10 June 2011
Tuesday, 7 June 2011
Author: Mark Yarwood
Genre: Mystery and Thriller
Blurb: London and the South West of England are the hunting ground of a serial killer. The brutal killer, nicknamed The Clock, hunts young men in their thirties, kills them and turns their bodies into macabre clock faces at each crime scene.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Webb, a tired middle aged policeman with a failed relationship still haunting him, investigates the series of murders with the help of Dr. Kirill Fedorov, a man who believes he can spot potential serial killer behaviour in children and cure it. Webb also persuades the now fully-grown Luke Wind, the only British boy that Dr. Fedorov cured and treated like a son, to help him find the killer. Fedorov convinces Luke that he should still be able to understand a serial killer's mind, but when Luke looks into himself he begins to doubt that he has been cured after all, especially when the killings begin to look personal.
Well, they should read Murderson because it's a thriller with a difference. I've read my fair amount of thrillers, even though I have a very varied taste in books, such as Peter Carey, who I mentioned above. The thing with thrillers is they can be the same thing time after time. It's hard to be unique. I see a lot of writers now on Amazon Kindle trying and succeeding to stand out, to be different. Murderson is based on a documentary I saw about a Russian doctor that believed he could spot serial killer behaviour in children and cure it. I've never been able to find the documentary since- so if anyone has seen it, please let me know the title. I thought having a main character that has been cured or prevented from being a serial killer would be interesting. I think it works. Funny thing is, I got a bad review from one reader, who thought the whole premise was unbelievable, even though it was the only true part of the book!!
That's tricky. If I say Luke, then that makes me look like a serial killer...but I'm not, honest...even though if you watch my trailer for Murderson, you can see me with a knife and gloves! I think DCI Webb is the one character I can relate too, because of his relationship problems. We've all been there and we've let it rule our lives. Happily I don't have that problem any more.
Something personal about me? Hmmm...Okay, and this is something people will think weird. I hate shorts...and you'll never see me in a pair or flip flops! My mother used to make me wear them on holiday when I was a kid and I'd always lose them. When you're a kid, you're always running around or kicking your legs about...flip flops do not stay attached long! Oh, and I don't like football. That's always a weird one for a man to admit. Feel like I've exposed my self to the world now...not in an illegal way though.
Saturday, 4 June 2011
Thursday, 2 June 2011
Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Saturday, 28 May 2011
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Monday, 23 May 2011
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Everyone makes mistakes
but I learn to float on the correction lake
allowing my mistakes to guide ME
Most people want fame/fortune
but I don't flow with the same tune
I want fortune/fame to want ME.
Most people hustle around
but I still remain on the same ground
knowing my Lord is with ME..
Some people are never fulfilled
but I'm grateful to God, for not being killed
And I know he'll never leave ME
Some people find it hard to love
As for me, I find it hard to be loved
Then again that's just ME
Most writers are talented, few are blessed
I hope one day my skills would be put to the test
Till then, I'm left with being ME
Lastly, it takes a great deal of perseverance to be successful
Most people fail to comprehend this important tool
Remember I said most people, not ME
Sunday, 15 May 2011
From a very young age, I have supported the famous Football/Soccer club, FC Barcelona. It's a Spanish football club suited in Barcelona. From the days of Rivaldo to the days of Lionel Messi, I have been a loyal fan of the club. So when it came to the letter "B" this was the only word I could think of.