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Its that time of year again, kids are running around, getting candy, oh to be a child again. I’m still recovering from a nasty cold that has hit me pretty hard, damn things.

I love Halloween, as a pagan and a Goth its an important holiday an I celebrate my own little way. I love the spookiness of it and I love the meaning behind it.

Check out here for he Pagan meaning and significance of October 31st.

Sorry its not a big post, my mind is willing but my body falters.

Have a spooky night.

Simone

Hi guys

 

I’ve been hard at and I am busy. With a visit from my Mum and the impending release has me finishing my work. I now have a beta reader and I love her for the help she has given me, she is awesome.

I am so excited about this, the things I have planned for this is immense and i really cant wait to show you what I am going to be making. The cover release will happen so and I know that it will be awesome as always, Rue is a genius when it come to covers and I love every single one she has done for us.

I also have some fun planned for Halloween. I’m always in a cave when writing and it sucks because I’m cut off from anything, I hate not being near my computer while the writing urge has me in it’s grips.

Six weeks until release day, six weeks, I still have to pinch myself when I see my books on out TARDIS coffee table and I really hope that I can continue to release books people want to read, I am working hard on several projects to get me into the minds of readers and I have some videos planned that will use my training and my liking of horror to take my YouTube channel into a few new directions. I really can’t wait. Just working on a few things I need to do before I can share but these next two months are going to be busy for me.

Have an awesome week

 

Simone

Evening everyone,

It’s Saturday and three days off my birthday, and I can’t wait. I am really looking forward to it and I have a little surprise in store but I’ll save that for the day but stay tuned.

Today I want to talk about allowing reality and real life events affect any story or book you want to share with anyone. Now this can be intentional or unintentional and providing there is no case for slander then, in most cases, it’s fine.

For example, in my next installment of Poisoned By Blood I have mentioned and had some involvement with a real admitted serial killer that has been dead for nearly thirty years. The  serial killer in question is one of the most notorious and vile of the subgroup within society. Because he is a person that was and that he confessed to his crimes I am not slandering his character so I wouldn’t be at risk of being sued by his family.

There are traditional media programs that also do this, a perfect example is the central character of Murdoch Mysteries, William Murdoch, is based on the real life Ontario Provisional Police John Wilson Murray.  There is also, Call the Midwife, Orange is the New Black, Band of Brothers, The Tudors, Boardwalk Empire, and The Secret, all based in some way on real events that have happened in the past. There have been movies based on serial killers, along with real serial killers influencing people to create memorable fictional killers that we all know and love.

There are times where it happens without people realizing that they have done it. I am quiet good at note doing this. The only time I’ve let a person I know influence a character is one of the characters in my latest release, the person I am basing the character on knows and is fully aware that I am doing it. The same lady is going to be on the cover and allowed me to use a few of her little quirk, only a few, have made it into the books but this was purposeful and I love the way that the book is looking and I can’t wait to share it with you, I really can’t.

So overall, you can use real people in your fictional books, if it is people that you know get permission before you go ahead, if it is someone who’s in the public eye such as a celebrity, serial killer, etc then it isn’t too bad. So many writers use actors to decide the physicality of a character but the behavior and such are built separately.

Have an awesome weekend.

Happy writing

Simone

 

 

Hi Guys

I have been super busy working on Hell Hath No Fury and Poisoned By Blood Book Three, I have the sequel to Twisted Coven is planned out and ready once I have the other two squared away.

Today I wanted to talk about the pluses of having a support network around writers, whether they be signed, freelance, those wanting to write and those who were still deciding if they truly want to be a writer.

By nature the world or writing isn’t an easy one to be in. It is fought with judgement and angst. You may be told no 20, 100, 300 times before being signed, J. K. Rowling was rejected 12 times before the Harry Potter series was signed, Stephen King’s Carrie was rejected 30 times before being published. It’s part of the job, perseverance and willing to listen to feedback are the best thing’s for a writer to have in their back pocket.

I have received some negative feed back and attention and I’ll show you a few examples and tell you on how to deal with them.

First a review from Shattered Souls

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I have redacted the name to protect the person in question. This was a bad review in a sea of four and five star reviews. I was upset when I saw this, I will admit that I did shed a tear but I realized that it was merely a troll, a person who was out to hurt as troll are. You can do nothing about trolls, nothing but ignore them and move on.

Here’s a review for Spilt Blood

Bad review 2

This review is constructive, meaning that instead of five words with no true meaning and are not the slightest bit helpful. They give pointers on how the books going forward can be improved and how they can be better. They advise the use of Beta readers, which is now something I do now. They do question the main characters age state that it would be better if she was older, this is something I debated on this as I wrote the book but her age is important further in the series, in book four. The comment about the ‘rushed’ feel of the book, that was purposeful as their is a serial killer around and they are hunting him before he kills too many people, they don’t really have the time to do much else. Though I think I could have done a bit more character building and relationship building.

Authors are, by nature, solitary nature and we like to work in our own cocoon but we do need a good network of support around us. I am extremely lucky that my Mum and Dad (Stepdad) have always been there, pushing me to be better. I have an awesome husband who believes in me even when I don’t believe in myself. I have an awesome publisher with Vamptasy Publishing, the website is being updated at the moment but it does show several of our awesome writers on their. I also have several fans although I’m only a beginner in this job and they are loyal and that is astounding to me. Having people around to help bring you up when you get that rejection letter or that bad review helps.

While I was lucky to get a yes early on and I love my book home and I would never change that ever in the world and I only hope that one day all authors find their book home.

Thankfully there is no negative review of Dark Side of Humanity yet nor has there been any for Twisted Coven yet, not on Amazon anyway.

I have a lot of things going on this year and I am hoping that my books grow in strength and that those who love it continue too do so. I have a group of people who seem to love my books and people that are happy to share my books on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

I am hoping to do a Facebook ad this weekend to help promote the books a little. I am busy, two book releases this year with more going on that are working on in the back ground hence why I’ve been quiet.

My main peaces of advise are as follows:-

  1. Take on the constructive criticism and use it going forward with more books and any re-releases.
  2. Let troll reviews slide off your back and move on.
  3. Make sure you have an awesome network around you.
  4. Don’t let rejection stop you.
  5. Learn, learn and learn. Read, read and read. Write, write and write.

I also know I need an editor as my dyslexia makes things hard work and tricky to do and I quite often miss mistakes, that’s another good thing about beta readers, they help with the process and help make things more coherent.

If there are any subjects you want me to take on please let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

Happy Writing

Simone

Hi guys

Ive been awol for a while mainly due to being knee deep in edits for two books and doing promotion for the anthology that went live Wednesday/Thursday.

The Dark Side of Humanity cover reveal will happen soon and the ultra talented Rue Volley will do the cover, she did the cover for Spilt Blood and I am really in love with her covers and her books.

Once the Dark side of Humanity and Twisted Coven are pusblised Im going to try n finishe Hell hath no Fury and then do book three of Poisoned by Blood series (which involves Spilt Blood and Dark Side of Humanity) and book two of White Witch Trilogy, the sequel to Twisted coven. So yep. I’ve been busy.

I’m also thinking of adopting some of my old shorts to share with you guys.

Night of the Demon, both volumes, are erotica and they are steamy. Volume one has already been nominated for awards and its super exciting as book two is doing well and its only been out a few days.

Click here to get Shattered Souls

Click here to get Spilt Blood

Click here for Night Of The Demon volume one

Click here to get Night Of The Demon volume two This is the one I’m in and its doing well.  Which make me smile. We should be in print soon too.

If enought copies of the other two get published we could get them in print. Lets see if we can do this. Please ahare with your friends and see if we can build this fan base.

Happy reading

Simone

Hello

 

Shocker, I’m posting again so soon. I’ve been working super hard on Spilt Blood and publicity for Shattered Souls hence why I’ve been a little on the quiet aide.

 

I woke up this morning to a four star review from the girls over a Nerdgirls. I applied several months ago and I was happy when I was told they would review it. I love it.

Click Here to read the review.

As you can probably tell I am excited about it.

I best get back to it.

Happy Writing

Simone

Hello guys,

Here is my interview of award winning author Carmilla Voiez.

Interview Questions
Carmilla Voiez
Starblood Trilogy and more

Carmilla, a Scotland based author, is the creator of various book including the popular Starblood Trilogy and has an excellent book due for release next month. She was also pivotal in getting my Novel, ‘Shattered Souls’ published, and I have had the honour to beta read her next release in June. A book that, in my humble opinion, is an excellent novel and she is extremely talented.

1/ For those who haven’t read the Starblood Trilogy novels, that have just been released in a single book, could you give a hint of what the book is about?

It’s a story set in the Gothic subculture about a young man who is a talented magician (in the Crowley sense of the word) but a terrible boyfriend. He cannot cope with his girlfriend leaving him and his “solution” starts a chain reaction unleashing a millennia old demon on earth.

2/ How has your life changed in any way with the success of the books?

It hasn’t changed really. I’m still doing the same stuff I did before. I just have a few more friends on Facebook.

3/ You have a high level of involvement in the Vamptasy publishing and its two sister companies do you enjoy helping your fellow authors?

Of course. I love supporting other people’s talents especially artistic ones.

4/ Which writer(s) do you look up to?

Clive Barker, Haruki Murakami, Storm Constantine and Neil Gaimen among many others.

5/ In the last two years I’ve known you. you have won several awards are you hoping for a repeat this year?

Well I’m Fright Venture Author of the Year 2014.

6/ Working for Vamptasy on the promotion and marketing side you have read work from new authors, have you enjoyed helping to bring them into our crazy family?

I don’t think I have as much sway in the publishing company as you imagine. I’m just a humble author.

7/ Who do you think has the talent and ability to go far?

I think we all do. Most of it depends on luck.

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8/ How did you become a part of our publishing family?

I joined Vamptasy when it was based in Aberdeen, Scotland. It was taken over by CHBB about 6 months later.

9/ Are you looking forward to your new release?

Very much so. I love anthologies as it exposes my readers to lost of new talent.

10/ You’re incredibly busy with Vamptasy publishing company, hot ink press, crushed heart, your blog, your website, you’re YouTube channel, and your podcast how do you find the time to write?

Apart from during the summer holidays when my kids suck energy from me like vampires, I can always find time to write. It’s my primary goal in life. It’s housework, cooking, eating, sleeping and drinking that I struggle to fit in.

11/ Who pushed you to get published?

A fellow writer on an Open University Creative Writing course called Rick.

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12/ When did you realise you could be a professional writer?

I still don’t really believe it, lol.

13/ Who do you lean on?

I don’t think I lean on anyone. I’m pretty self-reliant. But my friends are very important to me.

14/ Have you ever hit writers block/brick wall?

Yes. I tend to run or walk it out.

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15/ Have you ever written a book and while editing ending up almost completely re-writing it?

Often.

16/ What or who is your biggest muse?

My characters become muses as I write them. The sea is like a palette cleanser in between stories.

17/ How many proof reads/edits do you usually go through per book?

Over 20.

18/ Did you know when you were at school that you wanted to be a writer?

Yes, but I didn’t expect it to happen.

19/ How do you generate your characters? Do you case them physically on actors or make them up completely?

I make them up but infuse them with parts of myself and people I know.

21/ Last question. How many book are you currently working on?

I’m working on two graphic novels and two short stories at the moment.

Www.carmillavoiez.com

This is look at what is yet to come from Carmilla and The Starblood Trilogy

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Hello Readers

The weekend is here and it’s time to have fun, relax and read a book. **Hint Hint**

Shameless plug done now to get to the reason for this post. I was given the chance to beta read a fellow Vamptasy Publishing Author Carmilla Voiez book Basement Beauty before it was published. She also asked me to review the book for her, so here it is.

Basement Beauty follows the life of a young woman, Amalthea, who works in a bar at night and writs during the day. With the arrival of a young poet, David, who reads during Poetry night and a woman searching for David, Eva. The tale flips from Amalthea, David and Eva. As things with the three heat up with David becoming obsessed with Amalthea, Eva’s need to find him and Amalthea being caught in the middle. Added to that there is a killer on the lose. The tale takes some unexpected twists and turns that keeps you guessing.

I loved the fact that I never knew what was coming next. It kept me on my toes and when I started reading the three main characters made an impression and I was surprised when what I first thought they were they were not. It was a tale that messed with your head and kept you interested.

I love the authors work and I am currently working through the recently re-released Starblood Trilogy, in one volume not three, and I’ll be doing a review of that in due time.

I would say that Basement Beauty is well worth a read.

Click here for Starblood
Click here for Basement Beauty

Head over to her facebook, link above and have a look at what she’s up to. She’s busy with podcasts, YouTube video’s, and working on other projects. If you look at the previous posts it has some teasing exerts from Basement Beauty, there’s also other links for Twitter etc.

Happy Reading and Writing

Have a brilliant weekend.

Simone

Hello Guys

A new week, and although the handles come off my fridge and my hubbies PC is dying I’m oddly in an optimistic mood.

I worked last week on the start of a tale for you guys called “You’re next!”

Have a read and vote if you want more. I have finished the first round of edits and I am in the process of typing up the bonus short for the fist instalment of Poisoned By Blood series. I will keep you apprised on what’s going on with that.

With the series I have added short’s at the end but I was wondering if you guys want me to put some on her and put the password for bonus content in the book. Let me know what you guys think.

I’m also going through some of my old poems and reading them to see if they are worth sharing and will post any that pass inspection.

 

Happy writing guys

Simone

Hello,

 

I know I have been absent for a while as my health took a turn for the worse. It has been identified and taken care of and I am beginning to feel better.

So, an update, I am being interviewed of Facebook at ten tomorrow night, UK time, which is 23 hours from this post being uploaded. Its an online Facebook interview under this web link and their will be a Q n A section. I am nervous but I’m looking forward to it.

I have been working on Vengeance as well as a new project Spilt Blood, both are the first books of different short novel series.

I have also been looking at Teenage Visions and I am currently trying to find time to do a few tweaks but with everything going on at the moment I don’t seam to have the time.

Would love to see you tomorrow night at the interview as you are always welcome there.

Also I am going to be interviewing Nicolette Grey over the coming months and I hope that a few more of my author friends wouldn’t mind me picking their brains.

Yummm, Braaaaiinnnssss.

Sorry zombie moment there.

Hope  you see you soon and please head over to face book at like my FB page .

Be back soon

Simone