I am writing…

Slowly, yes…But I am making progress with some of the chapters in my book. 😀

Just a little peek at what I am working on…this is a working progress, nowhere near a final draft.

Raising his right hand, he looks at the shiny, sharp knife which he has taken from the knife block in the kitchen. Any blame that comes from tonight will rest entirely on Meghan’s shoulders. She will feel the shame of her decisions; every sordid act she has carried out has brought her to this moment. Wanting her to feel the pain he felt when she tore the family away from him is all he wants. These children will be collateral damage in his campaign to making her feel guilty. The anger he has towards Meghan is cold and dark; it harbours in a similar dark place deep inside of him that he always tries to keep buried. He wants to see her pain, wants to know that he has punished her. Wants her to feel her heart ripped from her body; this will hurt him too, but he needs to make her see; make her pay. And ultimately, these children will be better off. There is a part of him deep down that knows what he is about to do is wrong. Every nerve in his body is willing him to turn away and leave them be, but even stronger is the need to get back at the woman who has stepped over his heart and his all consuming need for a family. If she wants to be with the other man, then she can do so without her children; she doesn’t get the best of both worlds.

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What type of writer am I?

Writing has always been in my heart.

From a young age I was writing constantly in diaries, creating short stories, entering writing contests and also interviewing my family members to create newspaper reports. I loved putting pen to paper and it was whilst I was doing this that I found I was more honest with myself and I could be whoever I wanted to be….this especially was the case I reached my teenage years; you know the ones, the angsty-i-don’t-love-myself years.

I look back at those early entries in my diaries that I have kept, and read back over those short stories and I find the innocent workings of a young girl who was eager to be seen and desperate to understand the world around her. I wrote of love and anger, I wrote about death and what came after. I now realise that this was all a way for me to understand all of the things I had been ‘protected’ from as a child. Things such as death of a loved one, what happens when someone passes away, and how short life seemed. I went through a stage when I was 14/15 years old when I seriously could never see the point in anything. I was stood in my friends bedroom and I was thinking how I could be killed at any moment and suddenly I was aware of my own mortality. I was aware of how close death was and I got depressed by it. I spent days and weeks feeling like I was outside of my body. I was doing the motions and the movements but I couldn’t get past the realisation I had had about life and death. All of those thoughts and fears were written into my diary and I now look back and see how powerful the words were. Over time I came to accept that life was for living and I chose to pursue a career in journalism.

As most will know, my path took a different path for some time – I studied and completed a GNVQ Media course which ran over 2 years. And I came away more confident in where I wanted my career to head. I wanted to be a writer (I wanted to include photography as-well, possibly be a photo-journalist as photography is also a big love of mine) but I wanted to create pieces that people would love to read.

For the past 15 years I have worked in a job which has been far removed from the one I wanted. It paid the bills, it gave me a ton of transferable skills and it helped to grow me as a person. I recently had the opportunity to work a few days at the Express and Star and I really do think that my experience of working at the council helped to give me confidence in the work experience – I wasn’t nervous, I asked questions, I introduced myself with a good handshake and without being asked to, I answered the phone calls. I showed that I didn’t need babysitting, I showed that I wanted to learn but that I didn’t need someone to hold my hand the entire time. I came away with a few articles with my name to them which was amazing.

I digress a little – sorry – I have been writing almost continuously since I left college. Short stories, blog posts, reviews; you name it and I can show you my portfolio. I started this blog in 2017, after losing my baby. I have had possibly the worst 3 years of my life with a lot of trauma, tragedy and grief – and it made me sit up and look at my life. Yes, I was comfortable in my job and I was cosy with the money it provided but I wasn’t satisfied. I want to do something that excites me, I want to travel with my job and I want to be my own boss; maybe working from home and seeing my babies grow up. So I made the decision recently to give up my job; the day I handed in my notice was scary….but I did it. I have a course lined up for September which I am signing up for tomorrow. It is a NCTJ Journalism Course and it is for 12 months. I really wanted to get off to a good start by having a relevant qualification under my belt. I am keen to write pretty much anything but I would love to work with the entertainment industry – working with the glossy magazines, covering gigs, interviewing celebrities maybe.

I have been fortunate enough where I have been able to work with a lot of amazing authors over the past 18 months and I am so grateful to be allowed to review their work in exchange for a copy. I have developed some good relationships with the authors I have worked with and this really reinforces how much I want to write and how much I want to share the things that matter.

As-well as this, I am keen to finish my own book and hopefully get it published. I am scared to say stuff like this out loud as I know it can come across a bit like a tall ‘pipe-dream’ but with the years I have survived then I am taking the stance that I will never know unless I try. Maybe in 12 months I will be working in another office doing a relatively normal role, but I would rather try and fail than always wonder what if.

So the answer to my question, what type of writer am I?

I am a freelance writer who loves sharing content. I am a freelance writer who loves reading books and writing reviews for them. I am the type of freelance writer who sees a short story opportunity in everyday life. I am a freelance writer who is keen to succeed. I am a freelance writer who wants to report on the latest news and gossip.

I am a freelance writer

I am a writer

This is me

So here I go…

#Blogtour – Birdie and Jude by Phyllis H. Moore

Blogtour – Saturday 22nd June 

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Welcome to my stop on this fabulous Blogtour! I have been well and truly spoilt with this book, which ticked a lot of boxes for me. It was brilliantly written and I feel honoured to have been given the opportunity to see into the friendship of two women who worlds apart from one another.

Big thanks as always must go to Rachel of Rachels Random Resources – https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com

and the brilliant author, Phyllis H. Moore – http://www.phyllishmoore.com

Thanks so much for allowing me to read into this beautiful story; one that has wonderful characters that bury deep into your heart. I loved the interactions between Birdie and Jude and enjoyed finding out more about each of them and watching as an unlikely friendship unravels throughout the chapters.

Birdie and Jude CoverI could write a book of writing myself just on how much I enjoyed this story, but I don’t want to spoil it for you all. Before I give you my review, lets have a bit more about the author.


About the Author

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Phyllis H. Moore wants to live life experiences more than once: doing it, writing about it, and reading about it. The atmosphere of the south draws her in and repels her. The characters are rich with dysfunction and redemption, real. She’s had two careers and two retirements.

Both careers gave her inspiration for her novels: The Sabine Series, Sabine, Billy’s Story, Josephine’s Journals and Secrets of Dunn House, Opal’s Story, Tangled, a Southern Gothic Yarn, and The Bright Shawl, Colors of Tender Whispers, The Ember Months, Birdie & Jude, and an anthology of spooky short stories inspired by real places and events, The Bridge on Jackson Road.

In 2018 she also released a new genre for her, A Dickens of a Crime, a Meg Miller Cozy Mystery. She has authored one nonfiction book, Retirement, Now What? Phyllis has been published by Caffeinated Press in the anthology, Brewed Awakenings 2, Fifteen Tales to Jolt Your Mind Awake.

She blogs on her web site http://www.phyllishmoore.com

Follow her on Pinterest and Facebook.

Phyllis is a retired social worker and former owner/operator of a small bed and breakfast. She’s lived in the rural areas and cities of south Texas. She currently lives on Galveston Island with her husband, Richard.

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About the Book

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A moving novel of loss, regret, denial, and discovery on Galveston Island, from the author of Opal’s Story and The Ember Months.
Birdie has lived to regret many of her decisions, but she doesn’t regret offering a stranger, Jude, shelter from an approaching hurricane. Their serendipitous meeting will form a bond that will change their lives forever.
In a character driven story with memories of the protests and inequality plaguing the 1960’s, Birdie’s reached middle age and questions her life. Jude is striking out on her own, but has been derailed by a fatal accident claiming her only friend. Although their backgrounds and lives are vastly different, they recognize something in the other that forges a friendship.

As their relationship solidifies, they share glimpses of their pasts. Birdie is a product of the ’60’s, an aging hippie, with a series of resentments. She had a sheltered childhood in an upper class family. Her parents longed to see her make the Texas Dip at the Mardi Gras ball. Jude, however, entered foster care as an infant. Her parents, victims of a murder/suicide, left her and her siblings orphaned and separated.

There is something about their connection that strikes Birdie as familiar. Can souls know each other in different lives? Birdie struggles with the awareness that she has had regrets and hasn’t lived an authentic life, while Jude faces an uncomfortable truth about her own. It has all the feels.

Purchase Links
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07BLMR63
US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BLMR63Y


My Review

I dived into this book straight away as I was so curious after reading the book bio. The story opens straight away into the life of Birdie, a middle aged lady who lives a simple life, and someone who loves walks with her trusty, furry companion, Ollie. A walk along the beach leads her to the discovery of Jude, a strange girl who has a shoulder of secrets which she is harbouring, along with wounds following a traumatic crash. At this point, we know very little about these two characters, but as we progress through this book we come to see how they progress into friendship.

Page after page, I read with fascination as we found out more about Birdie and Jude; their lives, their trials and tribulations. I loved Birdie’s character and found myself laughing, smiling and tearing up. The writing had a wonderful flow to it and it was so easy to get into the story. The author did an amazing job of bringing these characters to life; the interactions really help to create solid, believable people who I was rooting for.

I really enjoyed this story from the first page and I would 100% recommend this to anyone who likes a book that has charisma, soul and heart. This story and its climax did not disappoint. 


Conclusion
I have taken part in quite a few blog tours over the past 18 months and one of the things that I love the most is finding new authors, whose writing stays with me after I turn the final page of their books. I will be adding Phyllis H. Moore to my Goodreads account, as an author I follow. She is amazing, and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

Rating – 4 out of 5

S x

 

Work Experience at a Local Newspaper

13th June 2019

I wanted to share what I have been up to the past two days. I have had the best work experience and I wanted to share all about it here. 😀

Obviously, with my NCTJ Course starting in September 2019, I was advised by my wonderful Tutor-to-be, Dani, to look around for work experience that I can do prior to it. This way I would get some much needed experience and I could really see how it all worked, or at least a portion of it.

I have spent many months emailing various companies, agencies, broadcast companies, etc and I was lucky enough to get two days work experience at the Express and Star in Wolverhampton. I spoke to a lovely lady who explained what times I had to be in and when. One of the things that I have been doing a lot of is reading up on work experience tips. I read, googled, youtubed and digested as much information as possible, so that I was ready when my ‘time to shine’ days came around. I already knew from all of my research that I would benefit if I came to the newspaper with a story idea already in hand. So I found my story and sourced the information before I went.

On Tuesday 11th June, I finished at my job of 15 years. Although my time there had ended, I left with a host of transferable skills, which came in very handy when it came to working at the newspaper.

So yesterday morning I got my boys into breakfast club, called a taxi (I wasn’t driving to Wolverhampton with all those roadworks) and I arrived at reception of the Express and Star at 9.00am. I was immediately greeted by a very friendly receptionist who provided me with a co-tag for getting in and out of the doors. I was the taken up to the office where I would be working by one of the reporters. The nerves were immense! I was shaking, yet trying to remain cool as a cucumber. I was immediately sat at a desk with a laptop and monitor. Literally half an hour after I had got there, I was writing my own piece, the one I have been gathering the information for. The reporter I was shadowing was very impressed that I had brought something with me to work on. But he also gave me a couple of picture stories to write articles for.

Of all the things I expected my work experience to be like, I never once expected that I would be writing articles myself. I was in heaven! Literally! I felt like I had completely arrived! The piece I had brought with me to work on was so important to me, and I wanted to make sure I got it right. I worked on that, aswell as the other articles that I was given.

Part way through the day, I was asked to go out and have a walk around some of the shops and businesses around the centre. There are some road works currently that are affecting trade for some of the owners, and I was asked to go and gather any comments that they may have. It was so interesting getting out and talking to people about their views. It really did make me realise how important it will be for me to learn shorthand though, it would have helped so much more if I could have been quicker at getting the quotes. I spoke to some interesting people and I felt like I was helping them in a way, I was allowing them to have a voice. I took all of the comments back with me and handed them into the reporter who was writing the article. I had some fantastic feedback from the other reporters about the comments I had managed to get and it had me buzzing. I was so thrilled. My first day went so quickly, although I did struggle to find my way with the system that they use, which is called The Knowledge. One of the female reporters who sat opposite was so open and friendly and despite being mega busy with her workload, she helped me to get to grips a little bit with the system.

I feel like the work I did at the council really helped me with this job. Despite being a bit thrown by the system they used, it took me hardly any time at all to figure out how to use it. I took it upon myself to answer the telephones and to send messages, and I was happy to do any task that they asked me to do. I felt like I floated out of the building yesterday and I really couldn’t way to go back again today.

I almost skipped into the offices when I got out of the taxi this morning. I got to the express and star offices at 9am and I made my way to the same desk, logged in and I felt completely at home. I introduced myself to the Deputy Chief Reporter and she gave me a picture article to write up (this included me getting comments from sources and writing it up from scratch). At the same time I had the previous days picture article to shape and I also had my story to complete. The help and support I got today was amazing, I sat with one reporter and she went through the story I had brought in with me and although it needed tweaking in parts to tie in with the newspapers style, she told me that it was a really good piece and very well written. The same was said by the Deputy Chief Reporter when I asked her to check over the article I wrote in connection with the photograph she had sent me. I was elated. This job was exactly what I wanted to do. I was still speaking with the public, which is the one part of my previous job that I loved…and I was creating stories. The fact that the staff I worked with seemed so pleased with the work I did, really helped to make these two days amazing! The time went by so quickly. I left on good terms, thanking everyone for their support and told them I would be available again if they wanted me back. I would be keen to try working in other areas, like attending court or working on the entertainment section. I loved every second of my work experience and really hope I can sort out some more very soon.

One of the highlights was when I found out that my story would have my byline when it is published. A photographer has been booked for next week and then it will be put together with the words I created and fingers crossed it will show my name.

I really cant wait to get into this industry.

#Blogtour – Mr Temptation by Rachael Stewart

Blogtour – Saturday 8th June
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Welcome to this very sexy, very thrilling Blogtour post!

If you like something that gets your heart racing, something that truly has you thirsty for more, then please stick around. This book is 100% hot! I read page to page greedily, never putting the book down until I reached its amazing conclusion!

Big thanks must go as always to the two wonderful ladies, who invited me to this tour;-

Rachel, our wonderful blog tour host of Rachels Random Resources – https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com

and

Rachael Stewart, an author who I have worked with on previous tours and whose writing never fails to get me going! http://www.rachaelstewartauthor.com/


Mr Temptation

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I was excited about reading this book when I perved (I mean, saw..) the front cover. Mr Temptation seemed like my type of book, and I was not disappointed at all! The steamy interactions, between Zara and the arrogant, but sexy Daniel set my pulse racing and I loved how their story came together.

Before I head further into my review, as always, I want to tell you more about the fabulous writer, Rachael Stewart.


About the Author

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Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heart-warmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.

Despite a degree in Business Studies and spending many years in the corporate world, the desire to become an author never waned and it’s now her full-time pleasure, a dream come true.

A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she’s not glued to her laptop, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.

Social Media Links –

Website:  www.rachaelstewartauthor.com
Twitter:  @rach_b52
Facebook: www.facebook.com/rachaelstewartauthor/


About the Book

Mr Temptation

Mixing business with pleasure…

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                                 …has never been more tempting!

Career-focussed Zara Anders, an estate agent for the elite, has sworn off men―until gorgeous Swedish billionaire Daniel Lazenby gets under her skin. Their racy affair heats up quickly, but ends in a hurry when Zara learns about Daniel’s womanizing past. Determined to win her back, Daniel offers her a business deal too good to be true…and some out-of-office fun too tempting to turn down!

Purchase Links:

• Amazon – http://mybook.to/MrTemptation
• Mills & Boon:
https://www.millsandboon.co.uk/p57970/mr-temptation.htm


My Review

Oh Daniel! Arrogant, cocky, sexy and charismatic all wrapped up in his sexy, Swedish body.

And Zara, sexy estate agent who is feisty and a real match for the usually womanising ways of our main man.

The powerful chemistry between these two characters is deliciously hot and I read each page greedily. I am not ashamed to admit that I read this book in one sitting…I just couldn’t put it down. I felt my pulse quickening as I read through the intimate entanglements of these two characters, Rachael certainly has a fantastic way of writing these racy moments. I believed every word and found myself getting a little too hot under the collar.

As with all of Rachael Stewarts novels, this book was more than just the amazing sex scenes, it also has heart and drama within the story. We watch as these two characters struggle with their feelings, but we also see behind their tough exteriors….from Daniels love of his sister, Julia to Zara’s vulnerabilities from heartbreak caused by a previous relationship.

I love reading Rachaels work and I come away satisfied with each novel I read. Although we are reading erotic romance, every book is fresh and new and unlike the previous one. Sometimes you can read these type of books by similar authors and feel like there is a bit too much familiarity between the stories but not with Rachaels work. Each book is fresh and exciting, making her work a brilliant read.


Conclusion
Fantastic book! Fantastic read! This book had me sizzling by the end, I loved the interaction between our main characters, and loved how their story came together.  A Great Read! Rachael Stewart never ever disappoints.

But beware, this will raise your temperatures!

Rating – 5 out of 5!


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If you liked my review and like the sound of this book, but would like to read more reviews, why not check out the other bloggers who are on this tour.

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