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Diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of eleven T L Spencer turned to writing as a way to cope with her condition. Her vivid imagination and love of all things paranormal influenced her writing. T L Spencer enjoys all forms of literature and is currently studying at university, hoping to become a teacher.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Blood Prophecy 99p: Limited Time Only

For a limited time only, Blood Prophecy is now only 99p! Available at over 130 ebook sellers, details about my novel can be found at Apostrophe Books (see the link on the right).

So, grab yourself a copy and enjoy!!!

Sunday, 27 January 2013

At Doggy Makes Three

Say hello to Sapphire (Sapphi for short) the newest addition to the household. She is ten weeks old and is a Labrador/Husky/Rottweiler cross.

All dog lovers will now be sat staring at their screens thinking, 'Are you crazy?' The answer is a resounding yes! But hey, crazy is always good. You can't own two cats and a puppy and be sane; it would drive you bonkers.

So, how has it been? It's been fun! Everything has been puppy proofed, the conservatory looks like a nursery and on a personal note, I think a puppy will do wonders for my figure! I hardly get a chance to eat, I'm so busy!

With Sapphi and the munchkins, Bella and Donna, I'm sure me and my parents will have our hands full!

I'll keep you up to date!
Chow x

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Read This Book!

 
This is a brilliant read.
 
Though a fan of Bones, the television series based on the  Tempe Brennan novels, I have never read any of the books. Crime/Detective stories are not my favourite genre.
But when I saw this book, I just had to read it. More science-fiction than crime, Virals is a gripping and action packed read.
 
Tory Brennan (niece of Tempe Brennan) lives on an isolated island and at the age of fourteen, it's pretty boring... until she and her friends rescue a puppy from a lab...
And then everything changes.
 
Pick this up and I can personally assure you that you will not put it down until you've finished!
 
Happy Reading x

Candle Colours

Balance your inner energy with the candles that soothe...


WhitePurification Transformation Divinity Blessings Peace Moon
BlackBanishing Deflecting negativity Life changes
RedPower Fire Vitality Lust Sexuality Physical energy Aggression Sun
SilverPeace Psychic energy Femininity Channelling Clairvoyance Moon
GoldStrength Prosperity Masculinity Sun
PinkLove Family Friendship
GreenHealing Health Fertility Luck Harmony
Blue – Protection Peace Truth Water
Yellow – Balance Self-confidence Personal worth Friendship Creativity Communion Communication Air
OrangeAbundance Prosperity Warmth
PurpleJudgment Wisdom Mysteries Learning Esoteric
Brown – Nature Animal Harmony Home Earth
Natural – Balance Neutrality Harmony

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

A New Page

Hello gang!

As you can see, I've added a new page to my blog. This is a children's short story. It's kind of Sherlock Holmes as a cat. Anyway, it's my first try at writing for kids so if you have any comments, I'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

The First Review is Up!

The first review for Blood Prophecy: The Fated Three has been posted! And it's good, it's really good!

Click on the link below to have a read:

http://strandupdate.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/the-blood-prophecy-fated-three.html

Thank you Sara!

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Movie Madness: My Top 10

Yes, I know. Everyone has their own unique taste in films and I'm completely insane; you are probably reading this and thinking, her film choices will be really bizarre. But what the hell. I'll share mine anyway.

These are my favourite films; the movies I watch (or in one or two cases have been back to watch) when I'm stressed or tired or... or just bored.

If you haven't seen some of these films, this post contains SPOILERS.

Ten:
Yes, yes, yes, I know. Most normal people despise the films but at number ten is my guilty pleasure: Breaking Dawn Pt 2. Directed by Bill Condon, I have to say, despite the gigantic plot holes and weird (verging on disturbing) family relationships, this film just has something. The 'fight-which-isn't-a-fight' was so good it had me at the edge of my seat (mostly because I was mad that they killed off one of my favourite characters) and several of the red eyed vampires  - Garrett and Benjamin -  were fabulous.
Yes, the acting wasn't exactly brilliant but it was the best film of the saga. It earns a place in my top ten purely for one fact only:
JANE GETS HER HEAD RIPPED OFF! YAY!
Nine:
I am a comic book fan. And even if these characters do, on occasion, veer from their 'factory settings' it does not detract from the reality that The Avengers is an epic film. It's action-packed, adventure filled; there's enough violence to keep everyone happy but, for the more sensitive folk, the characters are developed enough to show a little heart and vulnerability. The villain is superb; he's paranoid, intelligent and he has a massive inferiority complex hidden beneath layers of arrogance and indifference. Loki is the perfect villain.
Eight:
Affectionately called the 'roar roar' film in our house - by my mother, ladies and gentlemen - Jurassic Park takes the number eight spot. The 'roar roars' are cool. When people ask what a dinosaur looks like, I have never heard anyone say, 'Search it on the web' or, 'Look in a book.' Every single time someone has asked the dinosaur question, the answer has always been the same: 'Watch Jurassic Park.'
And I love watching it. The cast, the script and the story are all fabulous. The characters are well developed and the music, composed by John Williams, is just sensational.
Seven:
This film brought out the child in me. On a cold afternoon, I took the trip to the cinema with my two best friends (both over 20, like me) and sat down to watch it. As we were early, we had to watch the 2D viewing. That was epic! So, like a bunch of saddo twenty year olds, we went out and bought tickets for the 3D version. Which was AWESOME!
With the silent Sandman, the giant Australian Easterbunny, the hyper Tooth Fairy, the tattooed Santa and the rebellious Jack Frost, what is there not to love about this film? Plus, and who could forget, the one and only Jude Law as Pitch Black, the Boogeyman.
A fun loving adventure with  heart and soul.
Six:
Okay, The Lord of the Rings: TRILOGY. Because, let's face it. They are all awesome. I can't choose between them. When I sit down to watch these films, I end up having an entire day of MiddleEarth. The world is just so detailed, the characters so incredibly diverse. Peter Jackson did an amazing job with these films. And we can't forget the cinematography. The sweeping camera shots of mountains and breathtaking landscapes... Wow.
Okay, so we have Frodo. The little Hobbit who is now a ring-bearer. He makes his way, joined by Sam, Pippin and Merry and led to Rivendell by Aragorn, the heir to the throne of Gondor. From there we have Gandalf (Wizard), Gimli (Dwarf), Legolas (Elf) and Boromir (Son of Gondor) joining them to go to Mt Doom. They have to destroy the ring. And save the world.
Epicness.
Five:
The first of the Harry Potter films takes number five in my top ten. Young Harry is the boy who lived. And he doesn't even know it. Not until a giant breaks down his door and tells him he's a wizard! It's a wonderful film and the beginning of a journey for every child of my generation. Yes, I said child. Because that is what the Harry Potter franchise does to you. It makes you believe in things.
I'm still waiting for my Hogwarts letter.
Four:
When this film came out, I was seven; mum and dad took me to the cinema to watch it. I loved it then and I love it now. Still, over ten years later, it remains one of my ultimate favourites. And I'm going to explain why.
First: I love mythology. Ancient Egypt had such a rich and diverse - if strange - culture. Their religion was so different from ours; they had Gods for just about everything. So, doing a film about a curse (which Egyptains did do, by the way) really had my interest. Furthermore, the character names (the Egyptian ones) like Imhotep and Ankhsunamun were real people. Second: The cast. What a cast. Enough said. Third: Character development. Even the villain was likable in a weird sort of way. You felt his pain. All he wanted was his girl. It was so sad. Well, until he started killing people.
And let us not forget the action and SFX.
Ace!
Bronze:
It's the end of an era. We had to say goodbye to Harry and his friends and wow! at least we got to do so with a bang. Taking Bronze in my top ten is the final instalment of Harry Potter.
And I think it's well deserved.
Not only is it true to the books, with all those 'OMG' and 'Tissue, I need a tissue' moments included, the film is visually dynamic and, at times, explosive. There is a perfect balance of action and emotional gravity, providing the film with enough realism (despite the genre) to remain attainable to its audience. The cinematography was superb and the music (Alexandre Desplat) was gripping, adding that extra note of despair to the entire picture.
But Snape stole the show. Alan Rickman is the sole reason that this film is in Bronze position, not at number four. His performance throughout not only this film, but the other seven, really stands out. His 'There will be no foolish wand waving or silly incantations in this class.' to the despairing and loving, 'Always' will remain in our memories.
Thank you Alan Rickman and thank you Professor Snape. You are a legend.
Silver:
At silver, is this awesome film! About a group of kids with a camera, this movie has a clever script and is excellently filmed. I watch it at least once a week.
The kids are brilliant. They can act, for one, which is brilliant and their line delivery is superb - JJ Abrams does great dialogue. Produced by the great Steven Spielberg , Super 8 is intriguing and fast paced.
Awesomeness.
Gold:
The Princess Bride. This is the cheesiest, funniest, maddest film I have ever seen. Complete with drunk sounding priests, friendly giants, swash buckling pirates, evil princes, torture chambers, and of course true love, this film has everything. Even R.O.U.Ses (Rodents Of Unusual Size). Based on the novel by William Goldman, the film has condensed some things for the name of good cinema. But who cares! It is an ace film.
With phrases like 'As you wish' and 'Inconceivable' and 'Prepare to die' at regular intervals, it is a film for all the family. Though years old, and I mean years, the film is still as epic as ever.
I love it.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

From the Witch Dark Textbook...

Here is a sneakpeak at the history of my world for my work in progress Witch Dark...

For millennia, mortals and paranormal beings lived in harmony. They lived, loved, fought and died together; everything was perfect. Until the darkness spread.
It is well known that witches are the most common type of paranormal being. Their ability to manipulate matter, emotions and control elements make them deadly opponents in battle and also one of the greatest healers within the supernatural community. Their reputation is firmly set. But rewind time to over five hundred years ago and a witch’s reputation, especially with mortals, wasn’t what it is today. In fact, witches were on the brink of war.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

New Project for a New Year

Happy New year everyone, and may this new year bring all the good luck and fortune that you wish for.  And of course, it wouldn't be a New year without a resolution! And mine is to start a new book.

So I am determined to begin my new project this week.

Witches, mortals and hunters, oh my! This next project sees the town of Witch- Haven, the home of the paranormal plunged into a New and terrible darkness. Friends and enemies must band together to protect their own as years of unrest and war arise around the once sleepy little town...

What are your resolutions? Do you even make them?
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