My Mayan adventure

I am writing this blog entry with hopes it reaches those back in the grey of England for as I pen this my feet are in white sand and the blaring 10 am sun is slowly tanning my skin.

Having reached the shores of mexico a week ago I thought it be high time I report my findings so far. Cancun much like the rest of mexico has a pace that somewhat contrasts the bustling chaos that is the UK. Everything is laid back and there is zero urgency. Something which can only heighten the relaxion factor.

Our beach resort Catalonia is as close to paradise and Jurassic Park but without the dinosoars. The staff are undisputedly helpful in every manner. A full review of our digs shall come soon but I must share with you my day yesterday.

After spending a week climatising ourselves with the timezone and relaxation of a pool bar we went out on our first expedition of discovery.

Destination 1 would be Chichen itza; a historic partial ruined holy site consisting of a mostly still standing stadium and of course the pyramid seen below.

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Our tour guide wasnt just telling us about the sights he showed us in the that the Mayan people were in fact engineers. Everything was placed in this sight for a reason. If you were to stand at the foot of those steps seen above and produced the right sound, it would echoe back and even sound like a bird.

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The stadium seen above would be where two teams would play a game to get a heavy ball into the 9m high hoop seen against the wall. But you couldnt use your hands! We were told matches would last for up to 5 days and of course a sacrifice would happen after.

The smaller structure in the photo is where the priest would keep rule of the game and again engineering acoustics would come into play here. If you were to speak from this structure you could be heard from anywhere in the stadium area. Again my thoughts are these somewhat unknown people were more cleverer than I thought. Their religion was very much fused with creating structures which aligned with planets and their god the sun.

The next part of our expedition consisted of going deep below the hot surface of mostly mexican jungle. Our destination a cavernous sinkhole full of fresh water!

The swim was indeed cold but refreshng. Some of our party even took to a diving platform making their experiance even more refreshing. For something that looked like a film set this place was actually real.

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Our final leg of the expedition took us into deep mexican jungle. The heat at this time of the day became blaring but we soldiered on to some more Mayan ruins.

Ek Balam was a site where we could actually climb a series of steps and various buildings. A place where the likes of indiana jones and tomb raider found its inspiration this settlement was a marvel which culminated in a grand set of stairs seen below.

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With the almighty sun god on our backs and sweat dripping from our brow we began our climb. These steps were not designed for modern man and were indeed tricky but we made it. A few of surrounding and raher flat jungle in my breathlessness I failed to capture an appropriate picture.

And so our expedition into Mayan mexico drew to an end. I must give credit to our wonderful driver and of course to all the brilliant knowledgeable locals.

I must apologise for the lack  of detail in this post. I am without a keyboard and the internet isnt the best but for now I will sign off for now.

Adios amigos.

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My next book is officially happening!!

Yes you read that title right! And yes to those who tuned in to my Facebook page I did say there was going to be an announcement and here it is! 

With excitement I am happy to announce that this year (month/date tbc, but probably around May) we are doing this whole book thing again!!

DARKE BLOOD is going to be published in 2017.

Emails are being fired back and fourth right about now and this past week to organise the logistics of getting it out there but the very good news is my book team from last time are reprising their roles.

Both Satin Publishing and Design for writers will be helping me bring you my next project.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy new year and it has been a good one so far. I would also like to thank all of those who support me without fail, new readers alike and especially to those showed their wonderful ultimate support in buying my first book Open Evening. 

The good thing is that this book is set in the same world as Open Evening but it is also a stand alone story. They will compliment each other and hopefully market each other when DARK BLOOD is available.

All I can say now is watch this space for more news and of course check out the details below about DARKE BLOOD!

In search of a new start Blake Malone arrives in the remote forest town of Darke Heath. The memory of his past quickly becomes unclear as he discovers this place  isn’t what it seems. There are more than shadows lurking in the darkness of those trees.

Malone shares a romantic encounter with someone  who reveals herself to be a ‘creature of the night’. He learns of her story which intertwines with the history of the ‘Heath’ and together they must fight the evil forces of vampirism and witchcraft that lay in the Darke forest.

But just who is Blake Malone? That’s something even he must fight to discover.

“You’ve never know true darkness…” 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 #writing #revolution

Who would have thought putting black ink on the underside of your forearm would leave such a bad rash after?

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Either way the photo looks kind of cool and I’m willing to live with the redness for a while, plus it also displays my prime directive for 2017!

Revolution! Not viva la France or anything politically crazy like that but something I have envisioned for my little patch amongst the world of the internet and book writing. In order for me to have any type of success and to sell books I must revolutionise the way I do things here. After all this is a journey to publication and that is an experience that doesn’t finish after I reach print, especially for the first time.

2017 will see my second publication come to life and its coming sooner than you think! An announcement is imminent but until then you will have to put up with me telling you about my next novel DARKE BLOOD and the range of other exciting projects I have lined up for this year. So here’s the plan….

THE NEXT BOOK!

I set out just over a year ago to try and repeat the model I used when drafting Open Evening; that was to write a stand alone story in order to build up a profile as an author and try and make it a little bit good. After much frustration and hard work throughout the beginning of 2016, I clutched the few straws of ideas I had and made them into a wonderful little book I am ever so proud to bring to world.

DARKE BLOOD is a story of one person’s journey to find out who they really are and along the way meets some ‘people of the night’ types and some ‘spell casting’ types. Everything culminates in what I can best describe as a shutter island meets a gender swapped Twilight, sounds interesting right, cool.

 

MY NEXT PLAY!

This month, yes this month I will be making a moderate return to the stage for Iver Heath Drama Club’s annual pantomime show Jack and the Beanstalk! For those within the area of Iver heath and surrounding I must urge you come on down to watch a wonderful show put on by great performers who do so much for the community and guarantee a night of entertainment, plus you get to see me in a totally non writing capacity. Tickets can be found here which are very competitively priced, and I must stress there aren’t that many left, we have even sold out our Friday night show!

MY NEXT PLAY (that I am writing)

You may or may not know but I also write plays. 2016 saw the debut of my stage work with Hotel Doom and was a wonderful success. Well I’ve only gone and done it again, well kind of. Over the summer I envisioned myself writing a pantomime based of the story of Beauty and the Beast. I currently have ACT 1 of a script drafted which I fully intend to complete after presenting to my drama club peers. Then my full vision would be to direct it, exciting long term plans are the best plans. I say that because there’s nothing more satisfying than having a plan and then having someone ask you about it and you tell them until they get bored. Seriously having a plan is where success grows from!

OTHER STUFF INCLUDING TOP SECRET REBOOT OF OLD PROJECT THAT IS MY DESTINY TO WRITE

Right now after a nice few weeks away from editing I am drafting some new material. This stuff is very much connected to why I set out to be a writer. There will be robots, enough said. Right now I will call this Project X43.

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I have said before and will say it again, I have an abundance of free material I want to give out but I need you to sign up via email to this website. Trust me good stuff will only be sent your way, sign up today!

 

And so my 2017 is fully planned, I even have a list on my wall. Let the revolution of writing begin!!!!

 

 

 

DDP YOGA REVIEW

So here it is, my full review of DDP yoga! I have reached the conclusion of the beginner’s schedule under Phase 1 and I am ready to share with the world my results and thoughts.

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A little about me:

In order for you to gauge whether or not this is a suitable work out plan first you must know my background.

I’m a 27-year-old male around 5’8 weighing 76 kg and have no serious medical conditions apart from undiagnosed sciatica which I have been suffering from since late May this year (2016). I am a shift worker and attend work at a range of sometimes weird hours and also have quick turn arounds (so I’m tired a lot), this also means I have to stay healthy and immune, so exercise is vitally important!

I first found out about DDP yoga from watching a documentary film called the Resurrection of Jake the Snake Roberts. Long story short but it’s worth a look (via Netflix), a burned out beaten up former pro wrestler is pretty much circling the drain physically and mentally, he is somewhat saved by a yoga lifestyle program designed by another former wrestler known as Diamond Dallas Page. The film follows Jake on an emotional journey of total recovery and redemption, all achieved by this life style made by DDP. Its some really inspirational stuff and even better for a wrestling fan like me. And so after seeing this film I checked out DDP yoga.

My Sciatica problem:

Around this time and after spending a few years sitting badly and not using correct posture I had pretty much destroyed my lower back which led to a severe flare up of sciatica on my right side. I was working constantly at this point, something crazy like over a 100 hours in 9 days so there was no time for any exercise or rest which are as important as each other. Right now I would seriously consider ditching the midnight surfing in bed and read a book instead!

A shooting and somewhat debilitating pain would run all the way from mid butt all the way down to my foot. I’m talking weird twitches, pins and needles and even locking up of the calf muscle, at one point I could hardly hobble on said leg. Something had to be done and so I looked to DDP yoga.

Previous exercise and fitness/ diet

I have held a membership of a gym since I was 18 and on average would go at least a few times a week mostly but I’ve never been motivated to go any more than that. Mostly I would focus on cardio based exercise with some weight lifting but nothing drastically heavy. On average I would say that I’m in ok shape, I could run few laps of the local sports field no problem and still can.

In terms of diet I suffer from acid reflux which keeps me away from fizzy pop and a lot of dairy. I eat fruit every day along with some kind of vegetables and meat. More recently I have had less of an emphasis of junk food so I eat pretty healthily.

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By the time August rolled around, my sciatica was getting no better or worse. At least by now I could spend my exercise time walking and I did a lot of it. The longer I would spend walking the better I would feel.

I received my DDP yoga pack for my birthday from my better half and it had been shipped all the way from the US (there was an extra charge for customs, so watch out for that if your UK based).

This pack included six DVDS, a poster of various yoga positions and a guide book appropriately titled DDP YOGA, Fitness + Nutrition + Motivation.

The book was not only an introduction to DDP’s story but also a helpful insight as to what could be achieved, it’s written in a motivational style and DDP talks exactly how he does in the video sessions. The basics are covered along with a brief guide to the workouts. Then comes the workout grid which acts as your workout calendar. I chose the beginner schedule considering I’ve never done yoga before and because of my sciatica situation.

The phase 1 guide notes talks about looking towards nutrition. You don’t have to be strict to begin with but just start to think about avoiding processed stuff and junk. The rest of the guide talks of the next 2 phases and a more in depth nutrition guide which also includes recipes for meals and juicing. I immediately followed some of the later phase stuff and still do, such as what foods you should and shouldn’t combine. Even the smallest of tricks make all the difference, like eating fruit at the beginning of the day only when your stomach needs the sugars.

The very back page of the book jacket is a display of the many DDP yoga success stories. Real people who have had real results, so this stuff is jammed with motivation and its exactly what you need before embarking on this journey.

So I’ve read up and now I’m ready, so far so good.

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Individual Work Out reviews

Being a phase 1 beginner I was introduced to the yoga sessions via the first recommended workout, the diamond dozen (there is a level below this called beginner if you are seriously beaten up). This 45 minute tutorial is presented by Diamond Dallas Page and with the use of fitness ‘models’ and by that I mean real people who have had results. He instructs you how to do all the various moves. To begin with this was a challenge and already I was feeling my sciatic muscles being used and manipulated along with other places.

DDP insists on making the workouts your own and there is a modification for every move. Most sequences involve dynamic resistance which gives you results if you put in the effort. Of course every sequence is finished off with the now famous diamond cutter move which involves flexing and putting in as much as you want/can.

The next workout I tackled next would be Energy! A 25 minute burst of energy which for me was a challenge in the leg department. This would involve standing splits on one leg and even some planking. Already the multiple use of muscles was beginning to take shape. This workout started out as a big challenge but eventually I needed to look for more, although I still use Energy every week and combine it with another workout! (And that is essential for results, especially if you are quite fit, many of the programs can be combined to get up the minutes)

Fat Burner turns up the heat a little and is the 30 minute long bigger brother of energy. Here we explore more planking and use of the legs which is a worthy challenge to even someone who considers themselves fit. Dynamic resistance fits well into this work out leaving most parts of the body given a good test just as long as you put in the effort.

My first month would consist of me doing energy and fat burner multiple times a week and this really gets the ball rolling of learning the style DDP teaches. He’s loud and larger than life in his sessions and gets you sweating and shouting!

After the two-month mark I felt ready to start combining Energy and Fat Burner with the shorter workout Red Hot core. This focuses on the important core muscles and even moves into more complicated and flexible yoga moves.

As I got to the end of phase 1 I was also introduced to a longer workout called Below the belt. A leg focused session which includes more flexible stuff and even some impact style planks. The initial sessions hint at what is to come and that is longer sessions with big results, but you have to stay persistent. Results will only come with dedication and trying hard and PERSISTANCE.

The work outs are designed to test you and all of them at first I struggled with. The beauty of this program is that most of the time you are standing still. No travelling to the gym or exercising out on dangerous roads or in bad weather. All you need is a yoga mat and DDP insists you get a heart monitor just to keep track of things.

Having only really touched the surface in phase 1 there are an abundance of workouts that are to follow along with multiple combinations but they require the ground work of the initial ones first. Eventually the sessions will get up to an hour long which I am very much looking forward to as the results are already apparent in me. I’m only up to DVD 3 of six after 40+ sessions and 13 weeks!

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Jake the Snake Roberts before and after DDP Yoga

Results and Conclusion

My sciatica and any pain caused by it, is 95% gone. Most of which is with thanks to DDP yoga but not only has this program helped that but has also got me in better shape. For the first time in years I look in the mirror and can see muscle definition in my abdomen and chest so it definitely works!!. I’m stronger and more active, there’s now a spring in my once painful step.

Along the way, I have learned that sciatica also requires rest to heal and so I have combined my efforts to yoga and rest. These days I’m either in bed, doing yoga, writing or at work.

In conclusion his workout plan does work. But the rules are simple.

  1. Do it 3 to 4 times a week (but what if I haven’t got time? Make time its better than the gym!)
  2. Be consistent
  3. Measure your goals (Simply tallying up the amount of workouts is a motivation in its own right)
  4. Put in the effort (the more you put in the more you get out)
  5. Eat right 80% of the time (Swap that cup of coffee for juice once a day and build from there)
  6. HULK IT UP! (As DDP would say)

 

Everybody differs and people who are quite fit will need to look for challenges in more depth but there are so many different work outs to combine the possibilities are quite endless. I am only at the tip of the ice berg right now and so much better for it. People of all physical abilities can try this program and get results.

Diamond Dallas Page is forever telling you to make the workout your own and that’s what you got to do.

For a peace of mind, body and soul try DDP yoga and stick at it to see eventual results. Once a week isn’t enough! This workout is well worth the money!

Have you tried DDP yoga? Did you get results, let me know in the comments and for future free book content sign my mailing list today!!!!

Now you’ve read my most successful blog post check out my first book Open Evening! A thriller about the unexpected set in a small town america high school. What starts out as your standard horror quickly twists and turns! Click on the book for the link!

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Fantastic Beasts Review

The year 2016 seems to have zipped by, sometimes without any remorse and even with a political brutality, but waiting for the end of November to roll around actually felt like waiting forever. It has also felt like an eternity since we’ve had a new film based upon the magic of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and all I can say is… ABOUT DAMN TIME!

Fantastic Beasts is suited to an audience who have all graduated from the school of wizardry and Witchcraft and are now finally set free into what is a fully expanded world of magic.

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We go back to New York city in the 1920’s and in convincing style with wonderfully constructed detailed sets, costuming and camera work. Immediately an aura of threat and mystery is teased as themes along with elements of a classic crime thriller. Watching this film for some of it didn’t feel like just a magic film with spells and wands, it had a sometimes gritty and even dark tone which has allowed me to name Fantastic Beasts a magical crime thriller in genre.

Having a ministry of magic in the UK which is indeed underground and away from the prying eyes of ‘muggles’ is very much a semi -realistic thing that could be covered up. But having a separate American magic society under the watchful eyes of millions of New Yorkers, well that’s a great feat JK Rowling has pulled off. Realistically those who aren’t magically inclined are given another name, no-maj. And it is with details like this that I really appreciated of course with the other big stuff.

Eddie Redmayne leads a very much star-studded cast as Newt Scamander and plays him as an endearing eccentric you can only get behind and want to succeed. He has arrived in New York after just completing a global excursion to document an array of extraordinary creatures. He quickly crosses paths with a no-maj known as Jacob Kowalski and after a mix up of brief cases the film begins to roll and unfold. They develop a friendship along with trying to track down many of the mistakenly released creatures Newt had in his swapped brief case.

As much as I would like to give everything away in what I thought was a breath of fresh air for a Harry Potter style film, I won’t provide any spoilers. And I say a breath of fresh air because the magic element of this universe has so much potential for expansion beyond Hogwarts and that is what Fantastic beasts delivers upon. We are shown creatures never before seen in this world and there is one particular sequence in which we see Newt introduce Jacob to this group of said beasts, which left me somewhat open jawed and feeling like a kid again.

We see magic in completely different scenarios, ones where it is fully out in the open. The hustle and bustle of New York wont stop the magic, it only heightens and somewhat romanticizes it.

Credit must go to a cast with great depth, appearances from Colin Farrell and John Voight. And I must give credit to Katherine Waterston and Dan Fogler who did support Eddie Redmayne through out the film. Any reservations I had about Redmayne have very much been put to bed now. His character provided the ultimate mix of mystery and ‘your not the run of the mill every day hero’.

So my conclusion…

What I enjoyed the most was the freshness of this new story with a familiar magic theme. Seeing wand vs wand action is indeed something with a lot of action potential. And saying that the action was spread out, well delivered and well-paced along with everything else in the film. This to me felt like Harry Potter grown up, with a real crime type feel that even looks more towards an adult audience which is what this universe is cleverly appealing to. Kids will enjoy it too as I feel there is something for everyone in this film although some elements are a little dark, but no darker than the exhaling ways of the dark lord who won’t be mentioned.

For what is the beginning of Christmas Blockbuster season Fantastic Beasts and where to find them will definitely heavily contend for film adventure of 2016!

Attention Readers: 

I shall use this opportunity to tell you that very soon I plan on sending out FREE reading material in relation to my future books. You will only receive this stuff if you sign up to my mailing list and give me your email (trust me the next few books I’m sitting on don’t want to be missed), so sign up today!!!

 

 

Talking future books

It’s been way too long since I last wrote a blog, and so in my forever growing wisdom I’m back for a few hundred or so words just to remind you (if you forgot) that I’m still here.

More importantly I am still writing! And what’s even more important my first book Open Evening is still selling and the Amazon reviews are coming in. We are up to 6 so far and they are all 5 stars. Thank you for the kind no words and to everyone who’s got themselves a copy, I know there are still many people yet to leave a review but please tell me what you think.

I’m always looking for the next big thing in terms of getting more loyal readers and subscribers. There will even be rewards for those who give me their email address via the sign up facility to your right.

And that is my next big thing, a mailing list. My plan is to send any new material and sneak peak stuff out to loyal subscribers. Making a personal connection with readers can give me a better idea of what you want to see next in my books and believe me there are more to come.

Future books (Doesn’t contain spoilers but suggests them)

If you are a loyal follower (or just scroll down) you will know next year I plan to release my next book DARKE BLOOD which I can happily say is connected and set in the same universe as Open Evening! In this story the occult is further explored along with the appearance of blood sucking ‘people of the night’.

A release date is yet to be confirmed but I would like to get it out before the midpoint of 2017!

Those who have read Open Evening and feel like you want more, don’t despair. Right now I am putting a few words together for a project which will eventually become the sequel (but shhh, when a few more people ask for a sequel I’ll announce it officially).

CEMETERY HOUSE will continue the story of life after Haddington and will see Twister’s newly formed crew tackle the next purge!

I’ve envisioned ‘CH’ to deliver two things; a telling of Twister’s origins including ‘Colorado’ and the continuation of what Open Evening began. If all goes well ‘CH’ will eventually flow towards a crossover culmination with the DARKE BLOOD characters in a final spectacular showdown!

As I have always said, I’m a man with a plan and I’m always 2 or three steps or books ahead!

On the subject of signing up to the mailing list; you will receive the information before anyone else about release dates and I will even include some first draft preview material just to grace your appetite. (I’m real serious about this mailing list stuff and I can’t seem to stop saying mailing list, so seriously sign up!)

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#TWD Season 7 EP1 Review

Disclaimer: Before I begin this blog post you must be warned this post doesn’t contain specific spoilers but they are suggested. Read at your own risk.

Seeing as things have finally settled down after becoming a published author I must look ahead to what’s next. Right now I’m trying to keep an online presence and of course I feel very much compelled to say a few words about the opening episode of the new walking dead season.

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Over the past year this show has become a favourite past time for me, time is of value these days with my shift work patterns, dedication to writing and a semi active social life. And what a way to spend my time. But last night for the first time I felt something in which I have never felt in my entire life towards a show.

I didn’t want to watch it anymore.

To process that above statement it can mean a lot of things. Above all to me it means I didn’t want to watch or endure what was happening to the characters I have come to love. No way was I going to turn the TV off. That suggests this show, which is just entertainment folks means a hell of a lot to me. Hell there are superfans out there who live off every word Daryl says or every action Rick takes.

Their performances throughout the constantly changing landscape have seen some serious character development (stuff which has never really been done right). Last night I was captivated and afraid all at once. For the first time in this seven season series, those characters were put in a position beyond their control.

I think the walking dead has finally reached that pinnacle of having a reason. By that I mean the punch line finally dropped. We have all watched back to the future and eventually you realise the story is not about time travelling but about a kid called Marty who must fight to ensure he is created. TWD isnt about zombies and it never has been, its about life and survival.

As much as last night was the lowest and toughest test for Rick and the group, there is now reason to fight and redeem what has been lost. If you ask for my opinion, maybe they shouldn’t have gone after certain people to begin with.

I am fully committed to seeing this whole thing out now regardless of who dies and who lives, we can all agree on one thing, the walking dead is captivating, gripping and sometimes brutal but it’s also what every great TV show strives to be. As an audience we will get over what has happened and grow like the surviving characters, we have to.

My 2nd Big Book Announcement!

“You’ve never known true darkness…” With that statement I can happily announce my next book DARKE BLOOD will be arriving in 2017!

Right now, there are lots and lots and lots of writer things to do but this project is looking really good for a publication date of sometime in the first half of 2017.

Success in writing stands in the eye of the beholder (me) and right now considering the fact I am an absolute nobody, I strongly consider my first book Open Evening to be a genuine success. We sold over 50 copies in the first week, mainly due to the #openeveningselfie movement, something I never imagined would be so big!

As a huge thank you to everyone who has got themselves a copy, digital or paperback; announcing this new project right away is my way of saying thank you and of course another daring attempt to get a wider readership.

So Darke Blood, what’s it all about and what’s with the name? Well firstly its pronounced dark, the ‘e’ makes it stand out a bit more and is all part of the story (so there is reason for it).

This book delves a little deeper into the occult and what’s awesome for my already growing readership ;

 DARKE BLOOD WILL BE SET IN THE SAME UNIVERSE AS OPEN EVENING!

From the title you can probably guess there will be those toothy ‘people of the night’ types heavily involved along with some cool elements of witchcraft. Right now I’m going for a Shutter Island meets a gender swapped Twilight comparison and in terms of synopsis, well here it is…

 

In search of a new start Blake Malone arrives in the remote forest town of Darke Heath. The memory of his past quickly becomes unclear as he discovers this place  isn’t what it seems. There are more than shadows lurking in the darkness of those trees.

Malone shares a romantic encounter with someone  who reveals herself to be a ‘creature of the night’. He learns of her story which intertwines with the history of the ‘Heath’ and together they must fight the evil forces of vampirism and witchcraft that lay in the Darke forest.

But just who is Blake Malone? That’s something even he must fight to discover.

DARKE BLOOD arrives in 2017!

 

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Satin Publishing Review

As the dust tries its best to settle from the release of my first book Open Evening ; I must look towards reviewing the services provided by my publisher. Considering the great job done its important to record and pass on knowledge of my experiences, for the future.

By that I mean there could be a budding author out there looking to get themselves published. Where could they go?  Well the way we make decisions and learn like always is to read from other peoples experiences. And so here’s the account of mine with Satin Publishing.

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No person is an island, or so they say and eventually if you are serious about being published you will have to take a leap. By that you will have to leave your own island of solitude, build a bridge of contact and find the required help to publication. Now since I became an ‘active’ author in the world of social media I soon began to connect and network with many different writer types and those who work in publishing.

Soon enough I came across Satin Paperbacks, and then Satin Publishing an e-book publisher both run by editor Nicky Fitzmaurice. These were the days when I was still convinced that I could sell stories about criminal robots in the future and it could land you a six figure book deal with a half celebrity literary agent.Everything was going to be great and I would casually knock out several books of a series and Spielberg wanted to do the movie!  Well that worked out didn’t it!

After some time I eventually grasped that someone like me, unless you are lucky (I’m talking struck by lightning twice whilst on the way to buy the winning lottery ticket lucky)  wasn’t going to be picked up by a literary agent for the work mentioned above.

In all that time I was learning, about the book industry, about how to write and who could realistically help me achieve my dream of publication. During this time I was also noticing the popularity of Satin Publishing rise on social media. Eventually I dropped the robot criminal stories and started fresh. Open Evening was born and from the very beginning of drafting in the late summer of last year I constantly had my eye on Satin Publishing with the view to pitch my idea to Nicky.

I made official contact around Christmas time and quickly we had agreed a date for which Open Evening would launch! After an exchange of emails I was quickly given a quote to have my work edited and uploaded to amazon via e-book and print formats (there was also a lot more than just that). Any time I had a question (considering I was a newbie to this) Nicky would always reply and answer anything that I didn’t know.

Soon enough the time quickly rolled around for me to finally hand over my manuscript to be edited and hence the leap of faith was imminent. The moment where this project becomes more than just me tapping away at a laptop. A few weeks later I received a proof copy of my manuscript complete with stuff that was to be deleted and the subsequent replacement. Upon reading through all the changes I was very happy and my eyes were now open as to how my work should look. Then came back the fully edited manuscript with all of the completed work and stuff replaced/edited and at that moment I knew we had a decent book.

Every writer needs an editor, even if its just a fresh set of eyes on something you have been working on for what seems like forever. All of the changes and stuff deleted only made the book better and overall the editing was fantastic. Open Evening has a unique voice that Nicky understood along with putting her own stamp on the work and deservedly so.

The next step was uploading to amazon and again this was done brilliantly as you have probably seen from the pictures of how it came out. Throughout this whole experience to publication Satin Publishing have been professional and helpful to the very day of publication. Nicky helped me liaise with my cover artists and got everything ready for the big day!

I now control every aspect of the book including price and access to sales stats but this book isn’t just mine, its now also a part of Satin Publishing.

For all those first time writers out there looking to make it to publication, I  would recommend Satin Publishing any day of the week, especially if you are looking for an understanding, helpful, trustworthy, professional and knowledgeable editor who can help you realise your dream!  All of this also came at a reasonable price so anyone dreaming of being a writer, if you put in the hard work that dream wont be that far away from reality.

Satin Publishing can help you in ‘unleashing the written word.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My book is officially launched!

My social media world has been running wild this past week and hopefully by now all eyes are on my debut novel OPEN EVENING!

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You can grab yourself a copy here, either in freshly printed paper back or via e-book!!

‘Embrace the unexpected’ as the story unfolds around a high school where one kid believes he doesn’t fit in, soon enough his instinct becomes truth and a fight for survival begins! OPEN EVENING is currently the only paperback in the top 20 ‘occult’ chart!

The support and response I have seen so far has been absolutely amazing and I would like to thank all those who have got themselves a copy. Don’t forget to leave a review and let me know what you think. It’s been an amazing journey to finally reach publication and below are some of the highlights from this past week!

If you grab yourself a copy don’t forget to take an #openevening #selfie and tell the world about my debut book!

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