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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.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

A Shining Review!


Blood Prophecy: The Fated Three has received a brilliant review! Here's a little bit of it here for your viewing pleasure (and mine of course).

"...I found myself developing relationships with each main character. I loved them, I was annoyed with them, but I felt for them also. This is a detail that shows just how great the writing was. The struggles within each relationship can be compared to most relationships these days and I love that Spencer kind of told a story with a lesson that was twisted into this great plot. Throw in the shape-shifters, vampires, and other supernatural powers, T.L. Spencer wrote a book that can be put up on the shelf with the other great YA Paranormal books!"

Thank you to Em, the lovely reviewer!

For the full review, follow this link:

http://morningsstartwithem.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/book-review-blood-prophecy-fated-three.html

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Catvision

Even pussy cats like television... Here, Donna is enjoying Harry Potter! She has good taste. You never know, perhaps I'll find her reading the book soon!

Sunday, 24 February 2013

From the Realm of Cuteness...

Sea Otters are adorable. My cats remind me of them constantly! Here is a little picture I simply love :)

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Sidekicks: Disney Style

Here I am again, obsessing over Disney. It's because I'll be going there in December and that's just too far away in my opnion!

So, to keep me (at least a little bit) sane, here are my top ten Disney Sidekicks.

Ten:


It's Thumper! 'If you don't have nothing nice to say, don't say nothing at all.'
First, he's so adorable; look at him. He has cute feet and a fluffy little tail... And he's always there for Bambi. The mark of a true friend.


Nine:


Jiminy Cricket: 'Always let your conscience be your guide!'
Pinnochio was a puppet, he had no string sto hold him down... and he needed a guide to keep him on the straight and narrow. Enter my number nine. He's small but he has a big heart, and that really is his best quality. He has soul!

Eight:


Say hi to Flit and Meeko! The little bird with the anger problem and the raccoon with the eating problem! From Pocahontas, these two are a great addition to my top ten. Not only are they some of my favourite sidekicks, they are also my favourite characters overall. Escpecially Meeko. He has chubby cheeks and he's so curious! The best thing about these two is that they are always there for eachother, even with all their bickering.

Seven:
 
 
Here they are, from Under The Sea! It's Flounder and Sebastian. Both caring and protective, these two fight claw and fin to save Ariel from the trouble she gets into. Plus, they are so cute and (kind of) cuddly.
 
Six:
 
Mushu, Mushu, Mushu!!! 'The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.'  The small, fire breathing dragon who, more often than not, gets Mulan into more trouble than he does out of it. Nevertheless, he guides her and teaches the values of hard work and friendship. Along with his bug friend (whose name escapes me for some strange reason) he tags along with Mulan, helping her save China!
 
Five:
 
Nana, from Snow Dogs! Technically, she isn't really a sidekick, but she acts like one. Nana is the epitome of 'man's best friend'. Kind, smart and loyal, she protects her master. And her facial expressions are hilarious!
 
Four:
 
Pegasus! 'The body of a horse and the brain of a bird!' Ace. Such a loyal, protective and funny sidekick. Though the mythology of Disney's Hercules has been altered somewhat for children's entertainment, I adore the humour of it. Especially this character. Not only does he have all good qualities, he gets unbelievably jealous of newcomers.
Priceless!
 
Bronze:
 
I bring you, from Tangled: Pascal and Maximus, the hound horse and expressive chameleon. The ultimate in true friendship and loyalty, this pair really go the extra mile in seeing to their friends' safety and happiness. If any of you have seen Tangled Ever After, you will know exactly what I mean!
 
Silver:
 
The Lions King's Timon and Pumbaa! Who else would dress in drag and dance in front of a bunch of starving Hyenas as a distraction? Answer: no one! Because nobody else is that insane... or cool... or honest... or loyal... or trustworthy...
You get the picture.
 
Gold:
 
'Pain and Panic, reporting for duty!' Another Hercules classic! This duo are brilliant. Though they work for the villain of the piece, Hades, they are so ill-equipped to be evil; they ruin every master plan! They really are softies at heart.
Panic's catch phrase is simply epic: 'If. If is good.'
Whoever came up with that was a genious.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

The Importance of Being a Reader

Books! Need I say more x

Genre

Having just completed the module of genre, studied its many facets etc I came across this gem on the Internet!

It explains soooooo much!

Computers!!!

Trying to work can be difficult at times, we all know this. There are so many things in the way: the television, five hundred good books, food, pets, books... But there is also the computer itself!
Check out this picture! It is so unbelievably true, I was giggling for ages when I saw it!

Friday, 15 February 2013

Facebook Page

Hey guys and girls!

Check out my Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/authortlspencer

It is full of updates and madness... Or normality if you're me!

Keep writing and keep smiling x

Beautiful Creatures

Read the book, and now I've seen the movie; to be honest I don't know if I'm disappointed or not. The first half was good, it followed the Behemoth of a book well and Emma Thompson was simply terrific! She was the perfect balance of evil and insane; loved every scene with her. 
However, the romance seemed to overpower the actual story. Don't get me wrong, I love a bit of romance, but Beautiful Creatures (novel) has a lot of magic too which the film seemed to lack. A shame, really.
Overall, it was a film I would happily buy on DVD but I don't think it was worth a trip to the cinema.

Friday, 8 February 2013

x Valentine, Dear Valentine x

It is on the way, that dreaded or long awaited day (depending on how you look at it) that represents love and chocolate and sweets and wishy-washy romance...  So, where does that leave you?





Will you be watching films?






                                                    Eating lots of chocolate?










Staying in with your true love?




Whatever you will be doing, I wish you peace and I wish you joy. Find love and laughter!




Top Ten Transformations

"Keep Calm and Read More", that's my motto. But every now and again, films are awesome too. So, with that in mind, here are my fave novel adaptations...



Ten:



Eclipse, by Stephanie Meyer
Yes, here is another guilty pleasure, and in my opinion the best book adaptation of the entire saga. All the details from within the novel are captured within the film and I believe this is all down to the director, David Slade (30 Days of Night). Though many (including me on occasion) find aspects of the Twilight tale slightly convoluted, verging on twisted, Eclipse is a brilliant film. The action scenes are immense and the actors have really made the effort to make facial expressions!

Nine:
 
 
The Queen of the Damned, by Anne Rice
I know, I know, Anne Rice fans are reading this and screaming at the screen but I love this! It could be Stuart Townsend, but it could also be the script and the soundtrack. It may not be as accurate as Interview With a Vampire but I feel that this film has a little more 'fang' in it; the atmosphere created is just immense!


Eight:
 
 
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
I had reservations about this film; the book was quite descriptive and dark. And I did not like Katniss... at all. But I was pleasantly surprised! The film was extremely good. Though there were some aspects that could have been built on, like the character interaction between Katniss and Peta, overall the transformation from book to screen was done well. Especially when you consider the violent/political subject and magnitude of the entire novel itself.
My favourite bit of the film was the shooting! Awesome!
 
Seven:
 
 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K Rowling
Though I love all the Harry Potter books and films, the best adaptation to me is certainly the last one. The past decade (eight films) has been so much fun but several of the films have had their own issues. One or two have left out important details and even caused book lovers some confusion. But this film is simply epic!!! I have raved about this film before but I will do it again; tear jerking elements, action, laughter, shock... WOW. Just WOW.
 
Six:
 
 
The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks
The book made me cry, the prose was incredibly touching and really showed the difficulties of dealing with illness. The film also made me teary... I am not one to cry at movies, but this really did pull at the heartstrings. As an adaptation, it works very well. I loved this. With a capital 'L'.
 
Five:
 
 
A Walk to Remember, by Nicholas Sparks
I love this. This is my favourite Sparks novel and (this is odd) I love the film even more; it is one of the only films that I prefer to the novel. The good girl/bad boy relationship dynamic is lovely and the added complication of cancer really adds a sense of maturity to the entire film. Though it has a sad ending, it is soooooo romantic and leaves you sitting on the sofa with a smile.
 
Four:
 
 
Emma, by Jane Austen
I am a massive Austen fan and simply love this adaptation. Again, as with every adaptation, there are elements that have been missed, over edited etc, but even taking these into account, I still love this film. The cast is superb; Kate Beckinsale and Mark Strong have great chemistry and the script is fantastic! Very well done.
 
Bronze:
 
 
Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen
Screenplay by Emma Thompson and you can't go wrong! This certainly deserves the bronze position and is a firm favourite. Though not my favourite novel, I love this book; it has humour, love, loss and scandal! It's like a soap opera in the 19th century! Brilliant. And the movie is just like it.
 
Silver:
 
 
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
Directed by Cary Fukunaga, this adaptation preserves the bleak and secretive atmosphere that both Jane and Mr Rochester generate throughout their intense and emotional interactions. It is great. Yes, some character details are dimmed but the sheer drama and passion of the novel is all there.  
Also, the music is exquisite.
 
Gold:
 
 
 
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
Okay, so this is technically not a film. But it's my favourite. Enough said.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

March Bites

Next month will be full of bite! Each day will have its own fanged mascot!

I can't wait!
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