Thursday, 21 July 2016

There Is Always More To Say by Lynda Young Spiro

A chance meeting, an instant attraction and a forbidden love. Thoughts of intimacy and what could have been are the essence of this book. Our leading character takes the reader on an intense journey of a long distance relationship of only a small space of time spent together, that shows a lifetime of love.

Every once in a while a manuscript or book is sent to me that you can see has the potential to be something really special and this is one of those amazing times. The book can be read in one sitting and it was read in one sitting with me. I could not put the book down. Emotionally charged with feelings, this is a book that deep emotions pour out over the pages. Words created beautifully, some may find it a touch repetitive, but the narrative which it written the character would often have those repetitive thoughts on her mind. So I thought it to be poetic. The jumping back and forth between decades was done well and does not confuse the reader. I liked the way the writer made the focus on the love between the two characters and not on their sexuality. A beautiful book. More please! Dear author.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Kidnap by Barbara Spencer

Five children are kidnapped, all have wealthy, powerful and influential parents. A serial kidnapper is on the loose and when news of an unaccounted for plane crashing reaches the families and police they must act fast to save the lives and to bring the youngsters home safe.

Told from both the captured youths and the police and families looking for them points of view this story builds into quite an adventure for the youngsters, who are used to living very privileged lives and now find themselves having to fight for their freedom and form a friendship bond with each other in order to survive.

I enjoyed the pace of the book and the chapters at times left me in suspense and made me want to read on and find out what happens. I found all the characters likeable and I found the storyline original, although I did find the ending a little bit abrupt and would have preferred a more neater ending, but I can see why the author chose to give it the ending she did and it does work.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Weaver of Dreams Nikki Bywater

All ideas have to come from somewhere and often for a writer the inspiration can come at anytime. For example there you are sitting in a nice restaurant with good company and having a wonderful evening. Then it strikes, an idea, the need to go write it down. You know you must act fast before this brilliant piece of work fades from your mind forever. It can be the same driving the car and having to pull over and write it down on whatever you can find available. At these times we never have our notebooks handy do we?

I once storyboarded on a tablecloth that belonged to a rather nice hotel in London. I just could not stop myself as the words poured out. It worked for me, sadly not for the tablecloth. Napkins are the best I find, perfect for this. I always have a pen never paper. I know even after writing this that will always be the way.

The ideas that come to you in your dreams are best. You have an amazing dream and you know it would make a good story, but then suddenly it's gone, you no longer remember or have a clue about what the dream was. You try hard in your mind to bring the memory back to the front of your ever crowded brain, but its gone.

Why do we have dreams anyway? Entertainment while we sleep? It just goes to show that we humans need to have the land of make believe in our lives. The escapism it brings. We act out whole scenarios in our sleep that are very real. People interact with us and we have sometimes logical, but then at times the weirdest of dreams, right? Not to mention nightmares. What are they all about? Sometimes people even dream and think they are awake. Sometimes people dream while being awake. What's it all about?

Many a book written too, that tell us our dreams meaning. Like there is some kind of hidden message in our dream and a purpose for it.

Dreams don't seem to come from ideas do they? They are very random, but there you are suddenly in a scene, interacting with others, like it is real and you are really there. Sometimes you can dream so deep that it takes you a few seconds to grasp where you are when you wake. Or if someone wakes you up and you are having a fabulous dream…

The writer is the dreamer, for us the dream never ends. We can create and live in a world of make believe and lose hours in our work. We can be our characters and invent their world. We have the control over their lives and destiny. For like dreams we create a succession of images, ideas and emotions. A writer is the weaver of dreams.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Join me from the Jotter by Nikki Bywater

Where does it all begin?… With, Once upon a time?… Where will it go?… From my dreams to the reality of the pages of a book? Or will it stay trapped within my minds hold forever? I have to let the words out… If I don't my words will explode in the depth of my mind, where they cannot seek light from the dark that is withheld within. So I keep them moving and a flowing. A steady stream of thoughts and ideas. I pretend I have a plan, that I know which direction I am headed, but the words carry me, they spiral into a mindset of their own. Pulling me in for the ride. Taking me with them every step of the way, guiding me from the darkness into the light. I hear nothing, I see only through a writer's eye. I hear the voices of characters calling me and telling me their tale. I sense nothing, but feel everything. I am their emotions and I create. I create a world in which they breathe. I bring them to life. I feel their pain and see their happiness. I know and predict where they are heading. I have the inside knowledge of what will become. I see the future. I can bring the words to life and see them flow and now the words are a flowing and I know which way we are going. To see them spoken and brought to life, by an actor so precise. To see them change before my eyes into a character they may despise. To feel their heart beating as we set the scene and we take our mark. To bring the words to life and turn the pages into conversation spoken out for real and we are running, time is filled as we go again and again, until we get it right and from all angles throughout the night. To lose ourselves in the role until we stop and think…

Spontaneous and Unscripted by Nikki Bywater

On a good day...

Well today was one of those lucky days… You know those beautiful, amazing and fantastic days when you write and write and write? Those days when you work through lunch and dinner and lose yourself entirely in your work. That you escape and find yourself deep in the depths of your imagination. Living in the land of make believe and finding answers and solutions to every possibility, to create a masterpiece of grouping the right words and only dropping the occasional typo for artistic affect.

When you find yourself at the crossroad between fact and fiction and think to yourself this is going remarkably well and my editor will be pleased. I am going to hit that deadline after all. You whiz through the cravings for coffee and the need to bathe and dress. Yes last nights washing up needs doing and the washer needs loading, but no, we cannot stop can we? We are addicts just a few thousand more words before bed…

Next thing you know it's 3am and you are still going fast… Now you are thinking of the reviews. How many can we collect? Will they be good? And we have not even thought of the ending and the re-writes. For today my writers nothing will stop us… We are an unstoppable writing machine…

On a bad day…

12pm and we are still not at our desks… Just one more cup of coffee should do it…. Then we are at our desks staring at our screens… When not looking out of the window or getting distracted by day time television and chatting with the neighbours on social media... Playing with our storyboarding and looking busy. Sharpening pencils, that do not need any more attention…. Scribbling on our notepads. Swinging on our chairs… Calling friends… Avoiding taking important writing telephone calls… Fretting about our deadlines… Eating cheese on toast and spaghetti hoops. Banging our heads on our keyboards… Looking holding out for that inspiration and for the words to rain down on us from a great height and fill our heads and move our fingers from tapping our keyboards in frustration, to banging words out with our keys…

Next thing you know it's 3 am and you have fallen asleep in a pool of dribble on your keyboard and all that is on your screen is iwwdhowjdwpjdddddddwdoqdwoiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii fffffffffffksoksororoeoroeokfckckkkkkkkkkkkkko from where your head hit the keys. You pick your self up and dust yourself down… Who knows what tomorrow may bring. 

Out of the Darkness by Katy Hogan

Three strangers, Jess, Alex and Hannah each facing their own life challenges and difficulties, find a strong connection and friendship together with a little help from the other side and a little love and light that will change their lives forever.

This is a nice and easy read that does not focus and become too heavy on the paranormal. It is a gentle and touchingly told story about fate, destiny and a determination for the three leading characters to take a huge leap of faith into the unknown, to find the answers they are seeking. It is very sensibly written and researched by author Katy Hogan. This is one of those wonderful page-turners of a book, that you will not be able to put down. I look forward to reading more books by Katy Hogan.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Woman Master by Mehrnaz Stars

At times this is quite a chilling and a moving story about different generations of Persian women from one family. Headed by Pari, who marries a man who already has one wife. Pari's husband is head of a village, so Pari becomes the Zan-Arbab, the Women Master who everybody goes to if they need help and advice. The story moves through Pari's lifetime and the changes she goes through. It is about tradition and the ways that women have to do what is expected of them. There are some scenes towards the end of the book that the reader may find disturbing and uncomfortable. The author does present the story well and it is beautifully written. I would read more books by this author in the future.