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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.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

The 2015 Book Challenge

I'm sure every book lover has come across it; that one challenge you just can't turn away from; the ultimate in page turning competition...



How long will it take you to complete the task? Will you even try?

Go on... Give it a go! Make it your new year's resolution!

xxx

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Free book deal for Xmas!!!

Have yourself a spooky little Christmas with the free book deal on Witch Dark (Powers of Witch-Haven). 



Sunday, 21 December 2014

Christmas Countdown


There are only a few days ' till Xmas so I hope you've got all yours gifts wrapped and ready under that tree? If not, better get to it or Santa will be unhappy...

:)

Friday, 12 December 2014

A Disney Princess Moment

As readers will know, I've been to Disneyland Paris! I had a lovely time, acted like a child and went on the Pirates of the Carribbean ride at least eight times...

Moving on from that, I also had the chance to meet some Disney Princesses!



That's right! I met Merida and Aurora! How cool is that?!

Have any of you ever been to Disney? Who did you meet? Tell me about your fave times!!!

Comment below, let me know :)

XxX


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

QR Codes New In!

Evening bloggers, far and wide!

For those of you technology lovers out there, I have decided to be at one with the 21st century and have had QR codes developed, linking to Amazon for my novels!

So, if you'd like Blood Prophecy: The Fated 3...



And if you'd like Witch Dark (Powers of Witch-Haven)...

Enjoy the codes my friends! I wish you snow!

Disney in Time

Disney films through time... How many can you name?

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Stitch... With a Twist!


Isn't he adorable?

You can find this image on Pinterest! Just type in Stitch and Maleficent xxx

Monday, 10 November 2014

Variation of a theme...

From one elephant to another!


Our favourite elephant...

It's Dumbo!


Our gorgeous elephant, who learned that he could do anything if he just put his mind to it and believed (well, at least his ears).

💙

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Which Disney Kingdom do You Live In?

While I am quite partial to Beast's library myself (I even have a Keep Calm pic on my blog about it) I know that everyone has their own Disney fave.

Whether it be Elsa's frozen castle, Rapunzel's tower, Aurura's Kingdom and woodland, Belle's town and (not forgetting) Beast's library, Ariel's underwater palace or Jasmine's epic bedroom (love the drapes...) each princess has something to admire regarding living arrangements.

So, who is your favourite? Comment below, let me know!



Epilepsy Awareness Month

Please remember that November is Epilepsy Awareness month!


Epilepsy affects millions of people around the world and can manifest in many different ways. Found out more at The Epilepsy Network or the Epilepsy Foundation!

Xxx

Countdown to Disney!

Well me fellow bloggers, it is that time of year again!

It is the countdown to Disney!

Celebrating Christmas in style, I will be spending the first week of Decemeber in Disneyland Paris, and I see no better way to celebrate than to Disneyfy my blog!!!

So get ready for pictures, quotations and silly song lyrics this month as I prepare for an epic Xmas treat!

XxX

Monday, 3 November 2014

Graduate, 2014!!!

I am so happy, people! I am now an 'official' graduate, complete with certificate and trophy!


Everyone at the Universoty Centre Grimsby can be proud of what they have achieved. And I wish them all the very best of luck for the future.

What about you?

Are there any graduates out there that want to tell their story? How was your day? What did you get up to?

Drop me line, send me an email... You know what to do!!!

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Blood Prophecy 'unofficial' official trailer!

I've seen lots of book trailers, filled with cool pictures, great music and awesome fade outs but until now I've never thought of creating my own!

Blood Prophecy: The Fated 3 was the winner of the Apostrophe Books Fiction Fast Fast Track competition, and I thought that, along with my other eBook, it too deserved a video.

So here it is:

Enjoy, comment and even go and buy the book!

Note: The song playing is 'Can't Sleep Can't Breathe' by the Digital Daggers. 
All pictures were obtained through Pinterest.

The 'unofficial' official Witch Dark Trailer!

Morning readers!

I've been having fun and have created a cheesy trailer for The first Powers of Witch-Haven eBook.

Click here to check it out: http://youtu.be/wDAHorGY-1Y

Have at it folks!!!

Note: all pictures used are available on Pinterest; the song used is 'The Devil Within' by Digital Daggers and can be bought via iTunes/Amazon.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

One more day to go!!!

Get your copy of Witch dark for free, starting tomorrow in my two day promotion!!!

Happy Halloween xxx

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Just two days to go!!!

The WITCH DARK free book deal promo countdown is well under way, with just 2 days to go! 

Treat yourself to a spooky read ;)

Your ghoulish leader xxx


Monday, 27 October 2014

3 Days to go!!!

Only three days to to 'til the free book promotion starts!!!

Will you be grasping your ghoulish copy while you can?

:)

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Halloween Book Promotion

Hi spirits and vamps and all you magical creatures...

In celebration of our Halloween, Witch Dark (Powers of Witch-Haven) will be available free on Kindle from 30-31 October!

Enjoy!

Xxx


Friday, 3 October 2014

The Sapphire

Hi guys!

Another epilepsy post...

While I have mentioned before that St Valentine is the patron saint of epilepsy, did you know that in medieval times the Sapphire was used to ward off seizures?

Jet was used in the Roman era as well, this as a tool of detection; suspected epileptics (believed to be possessed by demons) were to made to sniff the gem. If nothing happened, they would be declared demon free!

Happy Friday!

Toodles x

Sunday, 28 September 2014

A Recommended Read!

Now, I've mentioned the film before, but now I'm going to chat about the book!


am talking of course, about The Princess Bride by William Goldman :)

If you love the film, with its love and swordplay, it's prince, revenge and miracle making, you will definitely love the book. 

Go on, give it a go! :)



Picture by Joey Paur.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Another random fact...

Hi!

People with epilepsy are just that: they are people. With epilepsy comes misunderstandings. Epileptics do not swallow their tongues, are not always 'retarded' and can lead perfectly normal lives.

Men, women and children suffer with epilepsy. It can start at any age and for any reason, whether it be from illness, injury or from an unknown cause. 

:)

Monday, 15 September 2014

Top Study Tips!

Bonjour! :)

Today my post is all about getting back in the swing of things, and by that I mean the 'school' thing. Because (let's be honest) everyone seems to have that September feeling when it comes to education and studying. It just seems really hard to work and write assignments after a nice long summer of not doing anything mind-bogglingly taxing.

What you really need is a GET TO IT guide, some tips on how to get back into that studying mind-set which can often prove so useful. Here are some awesome tips for you!

One: Be Organised

Know what classes you're in, when - and where - they are and who they're with. If you're unsure about the location, try and check it out ahead of time so you don't get lost or end up late. Being on time to classes is important. Not only does it say to a tutor you're eager to learn, it allows you to get to know other students and/or get to catch up with friends.

Also buy any paper, ink, files and pens etc. before the start of the term/semester so you don't have to worry about supplies.

Two: Read Your Study Material

As soon as you get the material for your course/subject, READ IT! Being ahead of the game is useful in education as you can plan assignments, ask questions and prepare yourself for future classes.

Three: Make Paper Copies

There's always time for paper copies! Print outs of important presentations, notes, assignments etc. can be extremely useful in both the classroom and out. You can make notes for assignments and then afterwards improve on your own work. Paper copies are also a great way of backing up any useful or essential files just in case of emergencies.

Four: Have Back-ups for Your Back-ups

Computers aren't always the most reliable things, so having back-ups of your work is always a good way to go. Backing files up can be anything from emailing yourself a copy of your work, putting files on disk or memory stick to printing copies or filing them away in a DropBox. An emergency can crop up at any time so it never hurts to be prepared.

Five: Timetables Rock!

Everyone says this and many people think it is totally useless, but having a study timetable is a good idea. Even if all your timetable says is how long you plan to study each subject for a week - eg, Non-Fiction, 3 hours, English Lit, 4 hours - as long as there's something to stick to, that's fine.

Another great thing about timetables is that they give you a 'stopping' time. There are only so many hours a week in which you can study; after you have done these, it is healthy to stop.

Six: The Hierarchy of Needs...

In life, all of us need certain things, food and water, comfort and shelter - all the things people need to be 'happy and fulfilled beings'. In order for you to study properly - or just get used to studying again - make sure that you are well hydrated and have a full stomach, are comfortable in your surroundings and have everything with you that you need.

Seven: Have a Study Area

As mentioned above, having the right place to study, that meets all your requirements, is a must when starting to study. It could mean the difference between a good grade or a bad one...

A study area could comprise of a laptop, desk and printer, with plenty of lighting. It could also have extra screens or a radio for music (if you like background noise). Most study areas should be well-lit and located somewhere that you as a student wouldn't be easily disturbed. These places should also be comfortable and separate from your living/sleeping/chill-out spaces. Mixing up the areas can cause stress and conflict.

Eight:  Take Time to Chill

Remember that while grades are important, so is your health. And too much work can seriously damage that.

Studying, at any time of the year, is hard work. And with hard work comes the need to chill out. Take the time to do this; find the time everyday to relax in some way, whether it be listening to music, playing a video game or reading a book. Whatever floats your proverbial boat, just take the time out and unwind from your hard work as a serious student.

Nine: Read Through Past Assignments

If you can't remember how to structure an assignment or are a bit hazy on the details of referencing, then looking back on some of your old essays is always a good way to go. This does two things: it gets you back into the subject you're studying and jogs your memory about essays all at the same time!

Ten: Study Little and Often

Don't go overboard. Working too long is detrimental to your learning experience. I'm sure many of you will have noticed how, when you've been studying for long periods that your body seizes, or your head starts to ache? This is your body's way of signalling that your mind is in need of a break. We only absorb so much information - in fact, adults are said to work more effectively in 40 min blocks - and pushing yourself over the limit makes your brain act like an information sieve. Any data that you've been trying to store will just trickle away. But it doesn't have to that way...

Studying is something that you can do - no matter the age or school - whenever and wherever convenient, and learning little and often is most often the healthiest and most beneficial route to take when studying. You can read/revise on the bus, in the car, on the train. You can conduct research in the library for 30/40 minute periods... As long as you chip away, you're well on your way to achieving.

I hope these things help you and your friends to kick start the year with success. Remember that education is supposed to be an experience, and that you're meant to enjoy it while it lasts!

Chow xx

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Squash

Note to self:

If you want to feel awful, refreshed and exhausted all at the same time...

Play Squash.

A Witch Dark Background!!!

Three posts in one day! I'm practically on a roll - a nice fresh an crispy one I hope...

As you know, Witch Dark (Powers of Witch-Haven) is on sale @amazonkindle. While it has been receiving favourable reviews - thanks people! - I thought I'd give people some pictures to looks at/have for themselves. These can be accessed via the Witch Dark Pintrest board (see left hand side for link).

Here is just one example, a screen lock for phones, iPads etc.


I hope you like it. I've had a lot of fun designing some of them :)

Always x

To Rise Above It All...

Nora Ephron once said: 





:) That goes for the guys too!!! Be heroes!!! There's always need for more of those in the world. :)

x

An Epilepsy Post

As many of my readers will know, I champion those with epilepsy. I like to raise awareness of the condition and help out those who have been newly diagnosed.

So this month, I shall be posting random facts and pictures to with epilepsy, as well as inspiring words from authors and sufferers of the illness.

Here's one to get the show on the road:


Monday, 1 September 2014

The Naughty Girls' Book Club, by Sophie Hary

Hi guys!

I know! I haven't written anything in ages. To tell the truth, I've been busy writing book number three and reading some new books! 

The Naughty Girls' Book Club by Sophie Hart is something I promised to review for you all. 

So here it is... You won't be disappointed !



Book Description: 
A quaint suburb. A quiet little book club. A very naughty reading list.

When Estelle sets up a book group in order to increase custom to her struggling cafe, what follows is more mind-blowing than she could have ever imagined...

As the first book club meeting flounders, Estelle suggeA quaint suburb. A quiet little book club. A very naughty reading list.

When Estelle sets up a book group in order to increase custom to her struggling cafe, what follows is more mind-blowing than she could have ever imagined...

As the first book club meeting flounders, Estelle suggests a spot of erotica to spice things up.

Inspired by their naughty novels, this group of shy suburban readers shake off their inhibitions and soon discover that their own lives can be just as scandalous...

Review:
Okay, let me say this: Sophie Hart is a genius! This book has humour, love, family adventure and sex all in one hot romantic package.

You'd think with the title, that the book would be sex and guys all the time. To my extreme enjoyment it's more about friendships, family and the importance of the two combined. While romance is a large factor, with marriages and new loves blossoming throughout, it isn't the dominant theme (pun intended).

But that isn't the only great thing about this book. Sophie Hart has done a great job with the characters. Each of them are completely different, yet come together seamlessly to create a story so intricate and charming, that you get a cheesy grin on your face while reading.

From the mumishness of Estelle, the retired naughtiness of Sue to the feminist fashion of Gracie and the reserved yet charming manner of Reggie there is a character for every personality to associate with. More importantly, as they each have their own story to tell, we get a multi-layered tale filled with proper issues and wondrous delights (and innuendo galore). None of this soap opera rubbish. (Let's not forget Rebecca, the tired teacher and newly wed... Now she's a personality and a half!)

As an avid reader myself, I just love the fact that they actually discuss the books. Kind of like a meta narrative! Books within books... They talk about some interesting and even some controversial topics - race, social status etc - all the while under the guise of raunchy romance. So as we get our kicks reading about Mr Grey (or Alexander in case of the book), the characters chat away about what they want from a man, about life - about what's acceptable in a relationship. 

The 'raunchy' aspects, in both the discussed novels and the characters' lives also gets a big thumbs up for me. The romantic actions of the characters are subtle and realistic, making the characters that much more believable and some of the more graphic sexual content of the novels discussed was only alluded to- with no outright quotations, the novels within the book didn't detract from the story, merely added an extra dimension. Sophie Hart seems to have taken great care and sensitivity when writing this book, especially regarding the more aggressive aspects of S&M. Her research was very thorough and I commend her for it.

This book is a fabulous addition to any bookshelf or eReader and I recommend you get yourself a copy immediately.

It gets a five star from me. I've read it six times!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Sit Back and Read ❤️

Good afternoon everyone!

I don't know where you are, but from where I'm sitting the weather is positively grey. I need something to cheer me up!

And I decided upon a book!


The Naughty Girls' Book Club by Sophie Hart.

Stay tuned ;) And good reading!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Music for Witch Dark

Hi guys!

I haven't written anything for a while, I know, so I thought that I'd give you something with a little musical flair...

Below are two pix showing the "official" Witch dark playlist. 

It isn't much, but it should be enough to keep you going for a few more days until I update you with news on Bitten In The Dark - the second novel in the Witch-Haven series.





Most of these titles can be found on Spotify.

Always xxx

P.S. If you have any songs that you think would suit this book, leave a message or contact me via email, Twitter or Facebook :)

Saturday, 19 July 2014

A new cover!

Hi guys! I haven't written anything for ages, and I apologise for that. But here is something for you all: the new cover of Witch Dark (Powers of Witch-Haven).
 
 

Thursday, 17 July 2014

My Graduating Class!

I'd like to say a huge congratulations to everyone of my fellow graduates: we did it!!! Well done to everybody :)

Give them a round of applause guys x They deserve it.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Frozen Review

Here it is... Finally!!!
My review if Frozen!!!!

Disney has done it again! They've produced another masterpiece, this one big and beautiful enough to rival even Tangled and (dare I say it) Beauty and the Beast in its elegance and female independence!

Now, I have to admit it, I never went to see this when it came out at the cinema. It was too busy and to be honest, I wasn't too keen on the adverts - no matter how cute Sven and Olaf were.

But my friend said it was 'epic' so I bought the DVD, pressed play and watched... And fell in love with the 52nd animated feature.

The story:

Now, Frozen is all about two sisters, the Queen and Princess of Arendelle, who are separated by a magical secret. Queen Elsa has the power to control  snow, and after an argument with her sister, Princess Anna, this is revealed and an eternal winter is released. Anna, feeling guilty and sad over her sisters sudden disappearance and the creation of eternal winter, goes off on a rescue mission to save her town - meeting some new friends along the way.
Based upon 'the snow queen' by Hans Christian Anderson, the writers of Disney have done a really good job with this.

The characters:

Queen Elsa is a troubled and powerful young woman, filled with fear and uncertainty about her abilities. I think Disney have done a brilliant job of portraying her emotions through songs and her powers - I mean, the ice changes colour depending on her mood, how awesome is that?  Plus, her sheer determination and sense of duty/protection is admirable, simply from a moral perspective.

Anna is probably the most naive character of the entire story, but she's so endearing! Agreeing to marry someone after one day? Though I have to say that the moment she meets the Prince is hysterically funny; all that balancing and awkwardness- and then the horse just lets go of the boat and the prince ends up soaked! Ace. And the prince deserves it - he's a douchebag. Anyway, for Anna, this film is a journey of self-discovery and comedy of errors - she finds out what she wants and what people are really like. And her songs are adorable - Do you want to build a snowman? - has to be my favourite.

Okay, l also have to talk about the guys. I'll start with the moron of a Prince. I mean, sure he's handsome and he wears a suit, but really? If his own horse would let him drown, what does that say about a man? On the flip side of things, I love his character from a writers point if view. He's just so sneaky and clever; this is a guy with twelve brothers who is never going to be king, so instead of complaining, he goes and seduces an heir instead! It's brilliant in a way - vicious and underhandedly cruel, but brilliant nonetheless. 

From bad to beautiful, Kristof is simply adorable. I'm going to give another huge compliment here to the writers and say that the way characters are introduced and interact with one another is simply superb. Kristof is a down to earth, fresh kind of guy who values honesty and integrity. He's also protective and relatively intelligent; when he has an argument with Anna over her engagement, his consternation over it is adorable. The fact that he talks to her about getting to know people is admirable and something everyone should consider. He's the type of guy that girls should want to date, not a flashy dude with hardly any substance.

The last thing I'm going to chat about is the sidekicks, Sven and Olaf - because who can watch a Disney film without talking about the epicness of the magic and animal kingdoms.

Sven the reindeer has to be my favourite; he's like a massive dog in reindeer clothing, and his attitude to life - love and play - is the best ever. He's loyal, smart, and just like other brilliant sidekicks he provides the comedic relief in form of slippery blunders and funny snorts. He's also a bit of a matchmaker, which is quite amusing too.

Olaf is the animated snowman with a desire for all things summer. Now, when I first heard him singing, I fell about in fits of hysterical laughter because, really, who the hell would think about dressing a snowman in a summer hat and sticking him on  a beach to sing? It is writing genius. Coming into the film at a tense moment, he provides the light-heartedness that we enjoy in Disney while keeping the relationship between the two sisters alive - Olaf was the snowman of Anna's childhood.

I'm gonna quickly mention the trolls too. Little tumbling rocks of bundling fun, these family orientated magical creatures were perfect for this film. They kept the story going and egged on the romantic element as well - not to mention making everyone laugh with their song lyrics. 

Overall, I was overjoyed with Frozen. It is a story of love and triumph over adversity, a tale of sisterhood and family. But what is perhaps even more inspirational about this film is that it shows us even the worst fears can be overcome with hope, trust, and a little bit of love.

Well done Disney! Five stars for you!

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Why Start Off A Paranormal Series With A Human?

A few readers have asked me why I began a paranormal series with a human, and a human who had no supernatural abilities. To them, it made no sense. They loved the magic and the story, they just didn't get why I started with a human when there were so many other cool and 'spooky' characters to choose from.

Well, I'm going to explain this to you today.

Characters, be they human or paranormal, need to be relatable. You as a reader need to feel a connection with the protagonists. The easiest way to do this was to begin from an 'ordinary' person's perspective, explaining all the magic and supernatural hoodoo as the story progressed.

To some this may seem lazy, but to me, I think it's a brilliant way to introduce characters. Humans in a magical world are so unbelievably out of their element (like you are as a new reader) and have their own issues with magic and/or certain people. Describing paranormals from a human perspective gives a writer the advantage of being completely open about their universe and expressing opinions freely.

Furthermore, humans are actually pretty interesting! A lot of readers write them off (pun intended) because they think they're boring and incapable of taking part in the action. They are, for the most part, wrong. 

The beauty of a mortal character is that their humanity becomes a strength in and of itself. Their weakness, their inability to cast spells, to run at ridiculous speeds or shift shape, is what makes them strong; they are the ones that continue no matter the trouble. They are ordinary: they are extraordinary! 

Human characters are able to highlight the flaws in others and urge everyone to improve. They, in effect, can become the heart and soul of the stories.

Not that I don't love supernatural characters, I adore them! My next book is about a werewolf!

Just keep in mind readers and writers, that being ordinary isn't necessarily a bad thing... In fact, in a book, no one is ever ordinary!

Peace out people xxx

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Bitten In The Dark!

Hi readers!

As you know, Witch Dark was published in December. Now, I am writing its sequel, Bitten in the Dark and would like a some feedback. Who better to ask, than the folks who reads my work?

Below is a small extract of my work, the starting few paragraphs of chapter two actually, and is like to know what you think of them. Please keep in mind that this is an unedited draft.

Here it is:

His golden fur was thick, protecting him against the thick thorns of the roses that lay strewn across the ground. His paws felt hot and dry in contrast to the ice-cold soil but he ignored it; there was a bigger problem to deal with.

The scents of the ancient pathways were always overwhelming. The wolf lifted his nose and was instantly overcome with fresh smells drifting over him in torrents, brought to him by the whistling breeze.

Rabbits and other small mammals were frolicking somewhere behind him, unaware of the danger they were in – that there was a predator nearby. Birds were singing up on their branches, collecting their dirtied twigs for extra warmth, and then there was the scent of wolf – the smell of his pack members carrying out his orders.

But even those smells were overwhelmed by the stench, by the ashen scent of death and evil that lay beneath him. Jordan’s ears pricked forwards as he stepped toward the darkened ground. No light had reached here and it wouldn’t for some time.



So... What do you think?

You can post a comment, leave a message on my Facebook or Twitter, even send an email. I'd love to eat your thoughts!


Remember that this is an original piece of work; I'd ask for you not to copy it or use  it elsewhere.


Thanks guys xxx

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Hi People... A New Review Is Up!!!

I jus want to say a massive thank you to the lovely Sara for once again writing a great review, this time for Witch Dark: Powers if Witch-Haven!!!

You can read the review here:
http://strandupdate.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/witch-dark.html?m=0

I recommend that you follow her posts; she is a very entertainin woman and her reviews are fantastic, filled with detail and excitement.

Thanks again, folks!



Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Last deal day and little surprise!

Hey folks and fairies...

Today is the last day in which you can purchase my book, Witch Dark Powers of Witch-Haven for free on your lovely little kindles.

I'd also like this opportunity to say I am now writing book two f the Witch-Haven series, Bitten In The Dark; the story of our Alpha wolf, Jordan, and intelligent human, Charlotte.

Have a great Easter!

🐥 from your abnormal writer ;)

Sunday, 13 April 2014

It starts tomorrow!

The free book deal of Witch Dark starts tomorrow for a limited time only! Just in time for Easter xxx

Happy hunting... 👻


Friday, 11 April 2014

New Book Promotion!!!

Hey guys!

In celebration of Easter, Witch Dark: Powers of Witch-Haven is on a three day free book promotion, starting Monday!!! 

Have at it people and have at those Easter eggs x

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Stand Out and Support Purple Day!

The Epilepsy Saint

Did you know that while being the patron saint of love, St Valentine is also the patron saint of epilepsy?


It's Purple Day!

Today is Epilepsy awareness day, and in honour of the occasion, I thought I'd give you a little history about epilepsy... In those case, what the Romans thought about it!

The Romans called epilepsy the ‘falling sickness’ and believed people with the condition to be possessed by demons. To ‘test’ people, they would give them a small piece of jet and make them smell it; if they didn’t immediately drop down and have a seizure, they were deemed safe. Magical practices such as bans on eating certain foods, wearing black clothing, and taking regular baths were thought to provide protection – drinking human blood was also believed to be a good preventative tool.

Interesting, huh?


Monday, 24 March 2014

Purple Day 26th March


Hi people!

Did you know that epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders in the world, affecting over 50 million people ? So many people have the condition yet so few of us take the time to understand it. Or the people who live with it.

And this is where Purple Day comes in, the day of Epilepsy awareness! It is a day where people with epilepsy, or those with 'epileptic' famy members can spread the word about the condition, teaching others about epilepsy and it's many facets.

Epilepsy is not a disease, and Purple Day is all about helping people to understand this, and to get people to support people with epilepsy and other neurological conditions.

Be a voice!

I will be posting various little factoids over the next few days, so watch this space!!!

XxX

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Goodnight Everyone

Sometimes you just have to turn in early and read, take the troubles of the day away by delving into someone else's problems or better yet, a world full of mystery and adventure.

I hope everyone reading this has a great book, an escape, resting and waiting on their bedside table, eager to be read.

Goodnight all x


Wednesday, 5 March 2014

World Book Day

That's right folks, tomorrow is World Book Day, the international celebration of all things bookish and brilliant!

I love a good book and will be the first one to admit I've faked illness on a night time (like a hundred times) just so I can stay at home and finish that oh-so-thrilling novel on my bedside table. You may be a fellow bibliophile - that's a person who loves books, my friends, it's nothing sordid - or you may prefer a movie.

If you're the kind of person to enjoy the film adaptation over the book, that's up to you. I stand my 'the book is always better' - and for every other day of the year, I'd honestly let every film lover stand by their opinion too.

But not World Book Day. 

Tomorrow, I urge everyone to pick up their old forgotten favourites, their brand new buys and even their no chance in hell books and start reading! Tomorrow is the day when everyone should try something different with their reading habits, whether it be a change in genre or just reading in general!!!

Reading is great fun. It's escapism and adventure at its very best.

Go on... Give it a go!


Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Criminal Minds... Season 1

Okay, I have to say that this show is seriously addictive.

I told you I'd be back with a review of the series and my fave episodes, and here I am. And this is a show that really doesn't disappoint. I've watched eight seasons in three weeks (quite sad, I know) and I'm just itching for the next one. But sadly, living in merry old England, number nine is a long way off.

Anyhow, there's a lot to go over!!!

Criminal Minds is all about behavioural analysis - getting into the minds of suspects (or unsubs) and figuring out what makes them tick. All set around an FBI unit in Quantico, this show is action packed and extremely detailed.... also very disturbing.

But with these disturbing features come some very interesting characters, people who can see through all the grime and blood, all the horrors to find what lies beneath. And I have to say that here lies possibly the strongest element to the series, as the agents are superb; they are individuals with charms, faults and mysteries all their own which keeps the stories going even when the crimes are a little dull. The human aspect to this series is particularly well written.

We have Supervisory Special Agent Aaron Hotchner, unit chief of the BAU. He's the man that never smiles, is dedicated to his job, but is a family man through and through. He's willing to make hard decisions and never flinches. When he profiles, he is confident and I shows good leadership skills. Though not my favourite character of the show, I like the contrasts of Hotch's character; he goes from stressed and dedicated workaholic to chilled and loving family man - it's really kind of sweet. Plus, he brings an interesting dynamic to certain cases that involve missing children; things are obviously more personal. Played by Thomas Gibson.

SSA Jason Gideon is also known to many fans as the mystery man - he's the wise sage that has a particular gift for profiling, but it this gift has come at a price for him. He has a troubled past, returning to the BAU after a 'vacation'. Jason is quiet and somewhat introverted but is extremely quick-witted. He's the unofficial leader of the group because of his wisdom and experience. I love this character; he's just so quiet about his pain, and the techniques he uses to deal with it just really pull at the heartstrings. Played by Mandy Patinkin.

SSA Derek Morgan is the ex-cop from Chicago with UC and bomb experience; from the outside he looks like the stereotypical tough guy playing FBI agent, but all is not what it seems. This is why I love this show. DM has dark secrets in his past that this series brings to light, including a father that was killed in action and the fact that he was sexually abused. Derek is kind, strong, and protective. Played by Shemar Moore.

Dr Spencer Reid is my favourite character and I adore him. He graduated from high school at the ripe young age of 12, has 3 PHDs and 2 BAs, an eidetic memory and can read 20,000 words per minute. He also has an IQ of 187 and in S1 is only 23/24 years of age.  His social awkwardness, while being a symptom of his brains, is quite cute, and many of the episodes include moments where people are just totally confused by his ramblings - this is brilliant. Not many people can relate to him on an intellectual level, so its interesting to see that he gets on with everyone really well. Jason Gideon is a father figure to him, replacing the father that walked out on him; JJ is like a sister, Derek is the big brother, protective and joking. Even Hotch shows him affection. In many ways he's at the heart of the team, making connections that others can't see. From a writing point of view, this character is a great idea. And I love him. Played by Matthew Gray Gubler.

SA Jennifer Jareu is the communications liaison and lifeline to civilisation for the team; she deals with all the press and often makes all the difficult statements on cases. She also had to troll through every case, picking which ones the team should investigate. She's a strong, independent woman with fire and loves her team like a family. Played by AJ Cook

SSA Elle Greenaway is the newest member of the team - and also my least favourite character. She specialises in sex crimes, is very confrontational, yet quite intelligent. Played by L Gaudini.

Other characters include groovy gadget girl Penelope Garcia, played by Kirsten V, who is unique and a goddess with computers; she can work magic in her position as tech analyst and is good friends with each member of the team, especially Derek Morgan.

While these characters help build the series, the episodes are what make it. Twenty-two episodes were made for series one - each one of them memorable on their own way - the five below are my favourite:

1 x 02: Compulsion.
The BAU are sent to a college campus in Tempe, Arizona  in order to capture a serial arsonist. While most of the team investigate one path of inquiry, Reid takes Gideon's advice to think outside the box and discovers an interesting link between the fires, leading to a surprising suspect.

1 x 09: Derailed.
While heading to conduct an interview, Elle is held hostage (along with four civilians) on a train in Texas by a paranoid schizophrenic who is convinced that the US government is monitoring him through a chip placed in his arm. It is up to the team, Reid and Gideon in particular, to play into this fantasy, in order to save the hostages. Based on Ralph Tortorici.

1 x 11: Blood Hungry
While Gideon is side-lined on crutches at FBI headquarters, the BAU team head to Harringtonville, Tennessee, in an attempt to find a psychotic killer whose erratic and disorganised fantasies have drove him to cannibalism. Based on Richard Trenton Chase.

1 x 17: A Real Rain
The BAU travels to NYC to investigate a series of murders with a distinct MO, the work f a vigilante exacting revenge on criminals being released by the justice system.

1 x 21: Secrets and Lies
After a questionable death of an agent working in the CIA, the team is called to consult in Langley to identify a mole within the organisation.

My advice would be to watch this series. Along with the episodes, each disc has a bunch of special features from commentaries to making of documentaries, gag reels and deleted scenes. The profiles and FBI featurettes are probably the most interesting  -  the latter quite disturbing, as it has some of the gory details!

I give this series a 5 Stars. It has emotion, action, mystery, drama and a lot of disturbing stuff and is just highly addictive. The more you watch, the more you want to watch. It's great.

xxx


Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Copyright on Witch Dark (Powers of Witch-Haven)

Hi guys, I would just like to say that Witch Dark is actually a copyrighted product. It can't be copied or reproduced in any way.


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Monday, 6 January 2014

Update Post... Criminal Minds

I don't know if you guys will remember, but I reviewed the spin off to this ABC baby a while back and loved basically everything about it. Well, I got the 'original' for Xmas, and, I have to say, I am totally hooked.

In fact, I'm watching an episode right now!

As soon as I've finished the season, I'll give you the low-down on the episodes, characters and all the DVD goodies. :)

Toodles x

Saturday, 4 January 2014

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

Well, cinema goers, here is yet another film that you will not be disappointed with; packed full of action, awesome special effects and enough yummy actors to keep the girls happy, the second instalment of the Hobbit is definitely worth the trip.

Now, for those who went to see the first one and found that the beginning was a bit dull - which is true because it does start off quite slow - you won't have any any issue with the start of this film. It is action packed from beginning to end, complete with skin-changers, orks, elves and even our favourite baddy, Sauron (say hi to Benedict Cumberbatch people!).

Anyway, I know some diehard fans might have some issues with it, like They did with the first one: Galadriel is in it again and Legolas is one of the main stars. But these characters really do tie the Hobbit films and the previous LOTR films in quite well. So I'm not complaining - if anything, I'm more impressed by how they've managed to pad out a few hundred page book into three massive movies!

Overall, this film was superb, and in 3D it was so amazing to watch; everything was crystal clear. My favourite parts have to be Bilbo meeting Smaug and Tauriel the elf talking to the dwarf tottie - I do love a little romantic edge.

I give this film 4.5 stars. Mostly because it ended on a cliffhanger and I was so annoyed! I wanted more!

More Good Pix for Witch Dark

Here are some more cool pics! I hope you like them :)







Happy New Year


Happy new year everyone!

I hope everybody had a lively and lovely Christmas, wherever you may be. And I just wanted to start this year off with a few Pic Collage creations that have helped to advertise Witch Dark.




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