I have accomplished many great things since becoming a published writer, and I must say having my first newspaper feature has been one of the highlights of my publishing career. It was a great feeling seeing the article in my local newspaper – the Barking and Dagenham Post. Everything seems so surreal right now. The article was featured in the entertainment section – What’s On – of the December 12th edition.
For those not familiar with the story, check out the blurb below:
WHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS A LIE?
Population: Human … 7 billion.
Others … unknown.
When 14-year-old Charlie Blake wakes up sweating and gasping for air in the middle of the night, he knows it is happening again. This time he witnesses a brutal murder. He’s afraid to tell any one. No one would believe him … because it was a dream. Just like the one he had four years ago – the day before his dad died.
Charlie doesn’t know why this is happening. He would give any thing to have an ordinary life. The problem: he doesn’t belong in the world he knows as home. He belongs with the others.
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This month’s cover love goes to When The Siren Calls by Tom Barry.
Restless and neglected, Isobel is suffocating in a stagnant marriage. Suave and charismatic Jay is fighting for survival. An invitation to visit Jay’s resort in the hills of Tuscany sparks Isobel to imagine a life of freedom and excitement.
Dismissing her husband’s objections, Isobel pursues Jay to Tuscany on the pretext of searching for a holiday home. After fighting anguished guilt, she abandons herself in a passionate affair, with her controlling lover encouraging Isobel to push beyond her sexual boundaries.
But all is not as it seems in the idyllic Tuscan retreat, and Isobel finds herself trapped in a web of intrigue, deception, and betrayal. She is one player in a dangerous love triangle, unsure whether Jay is her saviour, or her nemesis. As her world falls apart, she must choose between the woman she thought she was, and the woman she has become.
You can purchase When The Siren Calls on Amazon.
Check out Barry’s website here.
This was, yet again, another enjoyable read from Elkeles. I knew I was going to like it even before I bought the book, as I loved Perfect Chemistry. Elkeles has a way of animating her characters so they feel like real people. The first few chapters didn’t grab me right away, I must admit. It felt like a carbon-copy of Perfect Chemistry from the story right down to the characters. But then I continued reading, and thankfully, the characters started to have more of a presence and I noticed there was a differentiation between these characters and the ones from Perfect Chemistry.
I thought Alex Fuented was hot, but I think I’m Team Carlos right now. There’s something about these brothers that is addictive. Okay, so the story is predictable, but I knew it was going to be before I started reading it, so no quarels there. I was looking for something fun to read and not necessarily an original concept. So the middle of the book was great. I was glued to my seat and didn’t want to stop reading. The latter half of the book was a little boring and lost my interest slightly. It was also very corny. It just lost its spark towards the end.
Overall, there was enough adrenalin and hot romance to satisfy my appetite, so I very much enjoyed the book. Happy Days!
Now that Talisman Of El has been released, I thought it would be a good idea to tell my readers who I would cast for the roles of Charlie, Alex, Richmond and Derkein if the book was to be adapted into a movie. I would love to hear your opinions, and if you have a different cast in mind, by all means, leave a comment and let me know who you would cast to play the roles of these characters.
As much as I would love to cast actors such as Logan Lerman, Alex Pettyfer and Zac Efron (I had these actors in mind as I was writing the book), I cannot as my main characters are a little younger than these actors. Let me tell you. It is hard trying to come up with a young cast, but I think I’ve found some good actors here that would fit the bill.
Chandler Canterbury as Charlie Blake
What a record to hold. Mo Farah is only the 7th man to win the Olympic 5000m and 10000m double in 100 years!
The 2012 Olympics games may be the most exciting in history!
I must say, I am proud to be a Jamaican.
Usain “The Lightning” Bolt sets a new world record and defends his 100m title.
Yohan “The Beast” Blake takes silver.
Seriously, the times these people are running at are beyond normal. Bring on the 200m final.
Talisman Of El receives a review from its youngest reader yet.
Check out the review below.
Like all great authors, Alecia Stone knows how to captivate a reader thoroughly. I see her writing style as original, intriguing and a new way to bring the next generation towards books. I say that because I know a lot of people who are looking for something out-of-this-world fictional yet human which the Talisman Of El is exactly. Just take Harry Potter and Twilight for instance-all including an exceptional amount of fiction and at the same time, humans (sort of). Stories like that are best sellers and this book will be one too.
I have never felt for any character in a story before till now. The descriptions create a vivid image in my mind and the personality of each character makes me see them as not a made up person from a story, but a real being and occasionally, I believe their tale is real! I could not devise a better way to write an ingenious book as this. Ms Stone has to be my new role model. She has made me seen there are unlimited new ways of writing, you just have to let your mind reach out to them, just as Ms Stone has.
But the book is what you want to hear me comment on! Just so many surprises in at least each chapter! I can recall going back every now and then to try and get a better understanding of what just happened. I would-just like Ms Stone-recommend this book for 10+ and no younger. Talisman Of El will always be my favourite book of all time and I can’t wait to share the book with someone else.
Reviewer: Deyonce, Age 10, UK
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What people are saying (all reviews can be found on goodreads.com):
“If there was ever a book series to rival Harry Potter, then Talisman of EL is definitely the one.”
“When I left the book after an hour reading I would find myself going back to it to see what happened next. It was really gripping.”
“The entire plot line took me by surprised and I was swept away from the first page to the last.”
“Lions, tigers and bears?…Nah!! How about dragons, a fire phoenix and even Pegasus!”
I did a blog tour in April, and one of the guest posts I did was titled “Why I Write”. I recently came across an article detailing a list in an essay written by the great George Orwell also titled “Why I write”. I found it rather interesting, so I thought I’d do a post on it. I’d be interested to find out what others think of Orwell’s opinion on the motives of writing.
“Why I Write” is an essay written by George Orwell and first published in 1946.
Orwell lists “four great motives for writing” which he feels exist in every writer. He explains that all are present, but in different proportions, and also that these proportions vary from time to time. They are as follows:
- Sheer egoism- Orwell argues that many people write simply to feel clever, to “be talked about, to be remembered after death, to get your own back on grown-ups in childhood, etc.” He says that this is a great motive, although most of humanity is not “acutely selfish”, and that this motive exists mainly in younger writers. He also says that it exists more in serious writers than journalists, though serious writers are “less interested in money”.
- Aesthetic enthusiasm- Orwell explains that present in writing is the desire to make one’s writing look and sound good, having “pleasure in the impact of one sound on another, in the firmness of good prose or the rhythm of a good story.” He says that this motive is “very feeble in a lot of writers” but still present in all works of writing.
- Historical impulse- He sums this up stating this motive is the “desire to see things as they are, to find out true facts and store them up for the use of posterity.”
- Political purpose- Orwell writes that “no book is genuinely free from political bias”, and further explains that this motive is used very commonly in all forms of writing in the broadest sense, citing a “desire to push the world in a certain direction” in every person. He concludes by saying that “the opinion that art should have nothing to do with politics is itself a political attitude.”
Here’s what I said in my Guest Post for Michelle Pickett’s blog “These Words Tell A Story”:
“You only live once.” Okay, so you’ve probably heard that phrase a few times, right? Well, if that is the case, then you might as well live life to the fullest. And that’s why I write. I write to experience life in every way I possibly can. Every time we read a story, we step out of our world and into someone else’s world, so we are, in a sense, experiencing a different reality.
When I first started to write fiction, I wrote because I had a story I wanted to tell. It was getting to the point where it was nagging me, so the only way to get my mind to stop ticking away like crazy was to get the story out of my head and onto paper. After doing that and jumping out of the world of my book, I had a good read of what I had written and had an urge to continue with the story. I fell in love with not only the characters but also the reality of the world in which I had created. It was not only a life changing experience but also an adventure – one that took me to places I did not know existed.
I write because I love to explore the world. I write because I have something to say that can only be said through written words. Often, the problem I have with many books is the lack of explanation of why certain things happen and how they come about. So, last but not least, I write to satisfy my own appetite.
Now we come back to Orwell’s list. Orwell has listed some good points. I’m not sure where Orwell would place me, but I would say my writing perhaps gravitates somewhat towards 3 and 4.
What do you think? Where, if anywhere, does your writing belong?
1. Titanium – David Guetta ft. Sia
2. We Are Young – Fun. ft. Janelle Monae
3. Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye ft. Kimbra
4. Read All About It – Professor Green ft. Emeli Sande
5. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
6. Take Care – Drake ft Rihanna
7. You and I – Lady Gaga
8. Domino – Jessie J
9. Many Of Horror (When We Collide) – Biffy Clyro
10. Lego House – Ed Sheeran
11. Next To Me – Emeli Sande
12. Life For Rent – Dido
13. My Love – Justin Timberlake
14. Lies – Marina and the Diamonds
15. Cosmic Love – Florence + The Machine