Monday, 25 August 2014

Express Yourself Meme - Name ONE cancelled TV Show You Would Love to See Back

The Express Yourself Meme is hosted by  Jackie @ Bouquet of Books and Dani @ Entertaining Interests. And their 'question' this week is Name ONE cancelled TV show you would love to see back on your boob tube with NEW episodes?


I would love to see new episodes of Sapphire & Steel, a Sci-Fi/Fantasy show from the early 80's. I have all six adventures on DVD and I watch them over and again whenever I want a challenging show. Unlike most 80's TV shows, it's not exactly good guys verses bad guys, because I wouldn't call Steel (played by David McCallum) a good guy. He's an agent of an unnamed organisation whose job is to stop time breaking through and doing damage in the universe and he will do whatever is necessary to achieve that aim. Sapphire (played by Joanna Lumley) is his partner, a warmer character with a conscience, but she takes Steel's lead.


It would be a perfect series to bring back for the modern era, it wouldn't need much revamping, since it already has a very modern feel to its writing not being so cut and dried about good and evil and examining a situation practically. I'm thinking that Tom Hiddleston would make a good Steel, he has the right mix of cool Britishness and bite, you could be rooting for him and slightly afraid of him at the same time. Gemma Arterton, or maybe Billie Piper would make excellent Sapphires, mature enough to hold their own against Steel, but with a soft side as well. 


Any favourites you'd like to see with new eps?

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Coming Soon: The Burning Web Cover Reveal & Pre-order Information

Coming soon - 1st Sept 2014 - Cover Reveal for my new ghost story: 
The Burning Web
Plus, from then it will also be available for pre-order from Amazon, Google Play and Smashwords.

And here's a little teaser :)

Monday, 18 August 2014

Express Yourself Meme - Back in Time, What Would You Bring Back & From When?

The Express Yourself Meme is hosted by  Jackie @ Bouquet of Books and Dani @ Entertaining Interests. And their 'question' this week is If you could go back in time and bring back one item, what era would you visit and what item would you bring back?


Hmm, I have been sitting here at my desk for 15 mins thinking about his question...and I still have no idea. I can think if plenty of eras I'd like to visit, but it's the item to bring back that's stumping me.

I think if I were to go back in time, it would be to meet someone who means something to me. And the person of many I have chosen is Jane Austen. I would go back to the Regency era just to talk with her and discuss her writing and her opinions. Then I would bring back something to inspire me in my own writing, perhaps one of her quills that could sit on my desk and urge me on. 


Any times or places you want to visit? Would you bring back a momento, and if so what and why?
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Monday, 11 August 2014

Express Yourself Meme - ONE Thing Steampunk-ish You Find Fascinating

The Express Yourself Meme is hosted by  Jackie @ Bouquet of Books and Dani @ Entertaining Interests. And their 'question' this week is What is ONE thing steampunk-ish that you find fascinating from book, TV, movies and/or the intranet (i.e. fashions, mechanics, ideas etc)?


I've always found the movements of clocks fascinating and beautiful. The way they fit together, some of them so fine that I wonder how the craftsmen made the tiny cogs for the movement. So I think that's what I like most about the steampunk genre, the intricacy and interlocking parts of some of their designs. I'm not a big fan of taking modern equipment and pretending you can reinvent it with cogs and steam, but I could watch those cogs go round for eons, their little tick, tick, one gear moving another and tiny arms can keep me fascinated for hours and hours. 
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So, steampunk, is it your type of genre, any recommendations for those of us not in the groove?
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Thursday, 7 August 2014

Express Yourself Meme - Who Were Your Celebrity Crushes When You Were A Teen?

I'm really late with my EYM post this week, sorry, but it has been exciting week what with The Wittegen Press site revamp :).

The Express Yourself Meme is hosted by  Jackie @ Bouquet of Books and Dani @ Entertaining Interests. And their 'question' this week is Who Were Your Celebrity Crushes When You Were A Teen?


I had loads of celebrity crushes when I was a teen. I suppose my first would have been Morten Harket from A-ha. I had T-shirts, posters, albums and any magazine article I could get my hands on. Both my twin sister and I shared the crush, in fact we shared most of our celebrity crushes :).







Then there were Jeff Yagher, who played Kyle Bates, the rich boy turned resistance fighter in V The Series - I was so upset he always played villains in other stuff. Apparently he's a special effects wizard as well as an actor, so he does a lot of work behind the camera too.

Michael Praed as Robin of Sherwood, first time a hero crush of mine died on screen (I cried for days), and then he went and did it again in Dynasty! And then again in Son of Darkness, where he played a vampire, who ends up dead too. I wasn't holding out much hope for him surviving in Nightflyers, which is an adaptation of a George R R Martin short story - I won't tell you what happens.






Jason Patric as Michael from The Lost Boys. If you've read this blog before you will know it was the movie that got me into vampires and I might have mentioned that it was the whole half-vampire idea and Michael's struggle to free himself of it that endeared me to the toothy ones :).



And those are just some of my celebrity real people crushes - I did have crushes on some cartoon characters and puppets as well (no, not Kermit the Frog), I always rather liked Jen from The Dark Crystal, and then there was Mark from Battle of the Planets, (lots of people liked Jason, but I always preferred Mark). AND I'm going to stop there, because, seriously, we could be here all day.

So, who were/are your celebrity crushes?
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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

The Wittegen Press 48hr Discount Blitz (5th & 6th Aug 2014)

Wittegen Press 48hrs Discount Blitz


We at Wittegen Press have been doing some spring cleaning of their website over the last few months and it's time for our big relaunch blitz.

So...


over Tuesday 5th August and Wednesday 6th August 2014

and you'll find every book at 99c* for this exclusive 48hrs!

*check out each book for the Smashwords' code to claim the discounts

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If you would like to repost these details, we'd be most grateful and here is the code, just copy and paste:

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

What I've Learned: Titles Are Subtle & Important Things

Since I leapt into this Indie Publishing business in 2011 with my twin, Tasha, we've learnt lots as we've gone along. One of the things I think we've learnt about and are improving upon is our titles. There's nothing more troublesome as a title. It can keep a writer awake at night trying to decide how best to summarise their whole story in just a handful of words. Plus, as well as your story, there's the genre(s) to think about, the title has to fit that as well. AND THEN there's making sure the title isn't too common and also doesn't put people off.


For all these reasons, I've been thinking a lot about my novel, Death in The Family and doing some of the research I really should have done before. I meant Death In The Family, as a grimly humorous title, summing up Tom's discovery about his father being a vampire. However, I have come to the conclusion that the name is putting off potential readers, because it very closely mirrors more factual books on handling familial bereavement. Thus, after much deliberation, I have decided to change the title to something that I feel fits the book and the genre more closely and hopefully won't put off my readers.

So, the new title is Night Blood.

I'm also changing the title of the series to The Night Blood Chronicles, which is also slightly more Young Adult Paranormal (in my opinion that is) than Heritage is Deadly.


There will be a new front cover too, when I release the second in the series, Witch Blood, later this year.

So, what are your opinions on titles. Have you had any experiences you can share?