Friday, 28 February 2014

WIP: The Movie Bloghop!

It's here!! Yay!

Almost all of us have imagined who would play the characters in our WIPs if they were ever made into a movie. On February 28th, we want you to “cast” your WIP, and post photos of the actors/actresses you would choose to play the characters in your latest manuscript. You don’t have to cast everyone if you don’t want to, just show us your MCs and tell us a little about them.

 Also, we’d like you to tell us which songs you’d have on your WIP Movie soundtrack! This can be one song that fits the main theme of the story, or several songs that make you think of your story.

Rachel and I will each pick a winner at random, and we’re giving away one of our favourite books which were turned into movies!

 Rachel’s prizes
: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak + Choose one of Rachel’s ebooks.

My prizes: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky + Choose one of my ebooks OR an ARC of Game On Book 3.

Okay, so for my WIP: The Movie entry, I'm using - naturally - Game On Book 3, which is now officially titled Sidelined. (Also, thanks to all of you who have signed up for the cover reveal, if I haven't sent you the info yet, I will do so later today!)

Those of you who read Game On and are familiar with the series will know that the books are centred around a soccer team in LA. The next book in the series will be released next month, and the main character is Bree Collinson. Again, those of you who know the books will recognise her as being the bubbly, slightly ditzy wife of Jude Collinson, the Westberg Warriors' goalkeeper.

Meet Bree:

Technically, this is Maria Kanellis, former WWE Diva (yeah, I'm all about the wrestlers!), but for the purposes of this hop, she is my MC.

Bree is a happy, sweet, and somewhat random person, whose thoughts can tumble out of her mouth before she's really considered what she's saying. She's young, 21, and her husband is ten years older than her. This has led to some people thinking she only married Jude for his money. What they don't know is that Bree - although she has a love for shopping - would actually be happy living in a one bedroom apartment, as long as she had Jude by her side.

If you read Game On and you found Bree a little bit... high maintenance, and possibly annoying, you'll see a very different side to her in Sidelined. She has a horrible backstory, and she goes through something of a crisis about what she wants to do with her life during the story. It results  in her making some bad choices, and potentially ruining her friendships with the people she cares about the most.

Meet Jude:

This is Robert Hoffman., I genuinely have no idea who this guy is, but I found him on Pinterest, and knew he was the guy for the job!

You could ALMOST say Jude is one of the antagonists in Sidelined. He's actually a really good guy, but in Bree's mind, he is trying to keep her chained to him, and not let her do what she wants to do. He's very protective of her due to the circumstances in which they met - but he would also do absolutely anything for her. There is nothing she needs that he hasn't given her, and he would pretty much walk to the ends of the earth and back if she asked him to. Not that she would, because she doesn't like being alone!

I couldn't think of the right song to sum up the book as a whole, so I thought I would do with this retro video which pretty much sums up Bree's general philosophy for life:

So there you have it! Sidelined, movie style!

Don't forget to check out the other participants:

Monday, 24 February 2014

Branding, Writing, and other Busy Stuff

Time is escaping me. This could very easily be a post about the dangers of time-wasting, but I'd like to stay positive today because Game On 3 is coming along nicely now, and I don't want to jinx it by focusing on anything even slightly negative. (Needless to say, much time-wasting happened, but I'm done with that now!)

I have decided on a release date for the next GO book, and it is quickly approaching. Over the weekend, out of nowhere, I got a surge of motivation to get organised, and part of that organisation involved re-branding my teasers for Game On. You see, everyone else's teaser pictures match. They have the same fonts, and the same style so you can see it and instantly think, "Oh, that's one of (insert author's) teasers!" I wanted that. So, I bring you a couple of examples of my improved teaser pics.

Okay, I do realise the third one is a little different, but by "matching" I mean, the title and author parts look the same, and the fonts match, and they all have the same swirly pattern in the corners. My previous ones were a bit of a mish-mash. I like these a lot more.

On the subject of Game On - I think I am going to do a cover reveal next week. If you're interested in giving me a hand, please leave a comment and your email address if I don't already have it - and I will send over the details during the week!

Also, before I go, don't forget the WIP: The Movie Bloghop is on Friday! Follow the link for details and sign-ups!

That's all for now - my characters are calling me! 

Friday, 14 February 2014

The Bloody Valentine Bloghop!

Happy Anti-Valentine's Day, friends! A.F. Stewart is hosting the Bloody Valentine Bloghop today, and I am venturing over to the dark side! This is what A.F. Stewart had to say about it:

On February 14th,  I'll be hosting a darkly delightful, blood dripping, Valentine's Day blog hop where it's down with the idea of candy and flowers. For one day writers and bloggers will dispense with the sappy romance, and show you the bad side of love. 

We will be celebrating heartbreak, love gone wrong, romantic mayhem and tragedy, hopefully with that little splash of humour and blood.  On the Bloody Valentine Blog Hop you will find out what happens when the rose petals die, the candy melts, and lovers are looking for payback.


Okay,  all of you who know me will know that this is NOT what I'm all about. I don't really do the dark side, I do fluffy and sweet. But you know what, love is never just about that. Sometimes, it's downright ugly. 

On the bad side of romance, there is disappointment, doubt, massive insecurity. There are tears, and nights spent at home with a tub of Ben and Jerry's.

If you've ever felt that level of heartbreak, when something you thought was forever ends, or something you wanted is abruptly snatched away from you, it's actually impossible to describe that level of pain. 

Obviously, I do have a story to tell. A story of a guy who broke me, and who - after close to ten years - still wanders in and out of my dreams occasionally. But even after all that time, the story still feels too personal to share with the whole world. My best friends know it, of course. And one day, I am positive there is an epic story inside me that will come out, inspired by all that happened. But not yet.

And I guess that's the truth of the dark side of love. Even after you've moved on, been in other relationships, and you don't even think about it anymore (unless a bloghop asks you to dredge up some memories lol :p ), there are some things that will always leave a mark on you. 

Monday, 10 February 2014

Moonless Blog Hop!

In the English society of 1768 where women are bred to marry, unattractive Alexia, just sixteen, believes she will end up alone. But on the county doorstep of a neighbor’s estate, she meets a man straight out of her nightmares, one whose blue eyes threaten to consume her whole world—especially later when she discovers him standing over her murdered host in the middle of the night.

Her nightmares become reality: a dead baron, red-eyed wraiths, and forbidden love with a man hunted by these creatures. After an attack close to home, Alexia realizes she cannot keep one foot in her old life and one in this new world. To protect her family she must either be sold into a loveless marriage, or escape with her beloved and risk becoming one of the Soulless.
This is the blurb for Crystal Collier's Moonless - doesn't it sound amazing?! 
Today, to celebrate the paperback release of Moonless, Crystal is hosting a bloghop! Here are the deets:
If you lived in a society where arranged marriages were a la mode, who would you beg your parents to set you up with? (Literary characters and celebrities welcomed.) Who and why?  


Yup. Randy Orton. I have been a little bit in love with him for something like eight or nine years, and I'm not ashamed to admit, it's totally for shallow reasons. He is freaking beautiful. His lips... oh, don't get me started. If there was an option to marry him, I would seriously beg to be set up with him! I could very easily spend the rest of my life wrapped up in his tattooed arms! :p


Monday, 3 February 2014

Finding My Groove

You may have noticed that I broke my blog schedule by not posting on Friday - BUT it was for a very good reason.

I was writing!!

Yes, actually writing. Not just sitting down with the intention to write, then faffing around on Facebook. I wrote words!

This is a really good thing, and not just for the obvious reasons. I have had the hardest time trying to get back into writing Game On 3, so the breakthrough on Friday means I can go back at it today knowing it's not going to take me hours to settle into it. In fact, I am all ready to rock, and since my workload this week is so far non-existent, I'm hoping to crack on with it and MAYBE get it finished by the end of the week!

I know this post is short and to the point, but I can't wait to get back to it! Before I go - here's a small snippet of Bree's story!

After hanging out with the girls, I’d intended to spend a little time with Leah after Freya had gone back to work, but instead I made up a stupid excuse that I had to get home. She must have seen through it. What was I rushing back to? Jude was at work, and I didn’t have so much as a pet hamster to take care of. Even if I did have a pet hamster, it would probably have been taken care of by our housekeeper, just like everything else. I’d told Jude over and over we didn’t need to employ outside help. Or we could at least give her a couple days off. I probably couldn’t take care of our entire five bedroom, four bathroom, plus a million other rooms - including a panic room, a freaking panic room! - house alone. But I could help. Jude wouldn’t hear of it, though. He was cool with me cooking, but aside from a few small jobs, he insisted I let someone else do the work.
I should have been used to it. I’d been with him since I was eighteen, and lived with him since I was seventeen. He’d always treated me like a princess, and I loved him for it. I’d needed someone like him in my life, someone who cared about me unconditionally. When I first moved in with him, we didn’t start dating right away. In fact, he was real careful to keep his distance. I knew why. He didn’t want to be like the other guys in my life who used me and threw me away. Instead, he moved me into his biggest guest room and allowed me to wander around his house, not even slightly worried I’d steal all his shit while he was at work. Not that I ever would have, but I liked that he knew that about me.