Saturday 23rd November 2013 marked the 50th Anniversary of a little BBC show called Dr Who. That is 50 years of classic cult television. 50 years of aliens that scared us and Doctors who made it safe. The special show was multicast around the globe in some 90-odd countries along with being broadcast in 3D in cinemas across the country. Homes all over the UK had people glued to their television sets as the story unfolded.
On twitter these were amongst the many trends:
Reading all the tweets and seeing all the posts on Facebook about Dr Who has made me feel as the Dr Who fan who started to watch it on a small black and white TV in my bedroom when others were watching the main TV, that I have a sense of connection with generations of people.
My first Dr was of course, Tom Baker, with the scarf and the jelly babies, and tonight when I heard his voice my eyes welled up and I wondered two things, just how the heck did they manage to keep his appearance secret, and secondly, where was his scarf.
But before the immortal Tom Baker I saw Peter Cushing in the film adaptation (Dr Who and the Daleks (1965)). I can’t tell you how much love I had (and still have) for that gentleman for his many great performances in the horror films I adore. He was a true gentleman throughout his career.
And speaking of adoration, I adored K-9, the small robotic dog, although I am waiting for when the Dr decides he needs a feline companion. as for his other companions they came and went, some breaking our hearts when they departed the series. Rose Tyler’s exit had many fans gnashing their teeth along with Amy and Rory Pond’s recent departures. Other’s include Adric, who died trying to save the earth from blowing up in a Cyberman attack, Donna being left behind and Sarah Jane Smith got her own series.
There were scary aliens and not-so-scary ones, the Angels, the Daleks, the Cybermen, the Silence, to name a few. How shocked were we when they finally found a way the Daleks could get up stairs?
That is not to say there aren’t flaws in the show, sometimes the writing is just a little off, the sets a little bit wobbly and you can see the plot holes a mile off or even the way the Doctor escapes is a little too convenient, but I am a ‘Whovian’, I am a fan and that means I love my show, and even when it’s just a little bit off I’m still a fan.
Last night’s 50th Anniversary Special told me that I’m not alone, there are fans all over the world and last night, I shared in their awe and their love for a show that started before I was even born and this experience will live within me for a long time.
Jelly Baby anyone?
From Digital Spy:
A statement released by the BBC confirmed that the special episode of the long-running sci-fi series was broadcast in 94 countries across 6 continents.
In addition to the TV broadcast, the episode was screened in over 1,500 cinemas worldwide.
Over half a million tickets were sold for the theatrical screenings, which were shown in 3D in the UK, US, Canada, Latin America, Germany, Russia and Scandinavia
Elle Bright is a wonderful author along with being a very good friend. Once you begin to read her books you won’t want to put them down! Here she offers us the ‘Cover Reveal’ for her forthcoming novel. Please read on for more information!
Dark Redemption The Chronicles of Darkness, Book 2 By Elle Bright Coming January 2014
One woman, torn between warring halves of a shattered psyche. Two men, determined to possess her. An enmity so deep, it has the power to destroy. In a world of passion, heartbreak, and revenge, boundaries will be crossed, but one question remains. How far will each go for redemption?
As prophesied heiress to the Cacciatori vampire dynasty, Kate Murdock is destined to free her kind from the curse of darkness. But Kate wants no part of her dark heritage. Her resistance to the darkness within divides her consciousness, the two halves of her mind battling for control. Kate wants nothing more than to redeem herself of past transgressions and to build a life with the man she loves. But the demon within her grows stronger everyday— and she’s out for blood.
Werewolf Dominic Ridolfi is an exiled traitor, disavowed for his love of the vampire heiress. Though hunted by vampires and werewolves alike, Dominic and Kate carve out a life together on the run. Dominic will stop at nothing to protect his mate from their world, but remains powerless to protect her from the darkness within. Will his love for the Cacciatori heiress be enough to redeem their souls? Or will darkness consume them both?
Captain of the vampire royal guard, Alexander Ambrogio, had the world at his feet and the Cacciatori heiress on his arm. Until one misjudgment took it all away. Renounced for his failure to protect his charge, Alexander is offered a final chance for redemption— return the missing heiress alive and all will be forgiven. His resolve to restore Kate to her rightful place is surpassed only by his hunger for vengeance against the werewolf who stole her.
Redemption is coming…
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Tele’s Word Bites is pleased to welcome Author Shelli Rosewarne to the blog today. She’s here to talk about her latest release ‘Love Reawakened’ - a Zombie themed romance. That’s right step aside sparkly vampires and fluffy wolf-types here are the new alpha hero’s on the paranormal scene – Zombies…
Thanks so much for letting me visit today. My zombie-themed romance ‘Love Reawakened’ was just released on Friday so I’m very excited!
I know what you’re thinking – zombies and romance don’t really go together. But to be honest, I think zombies get rather a poor deal in the paranormal romance stakes. Let’s face it, you think vampire you think dark, tortured, sexy, with optional drool-worthy European accent that just makes you want them to bite you… *coughs* well, you get the idea! Zombies on the other hand, you tend to think of rotting flesh, shambling gait, optional loss of limbs and a definite lending towards the ‘ewww’ rather than then ‘mmmm’ factor! I’m sure if the poor zombie had been given a choice he’d have preferred to come back as a vampire, but he didn’t – and now he has to face blatant ‘vampire preference’ in his already not great afterlife. Surely he deserves a little sympathy?
Convinced yet? If not then I do also have a rather more drool-worthy necromancer, a very sassy witch, some action, romance, *ahem* slightly steamy scenes and a zombie cat called Mittens – come on, now you’re intrigued!
Emma needs to find an escaped zombie! With lives on the line, the only person who can help is the man who broke her heart.
Emma Strachan is a professional witch and quite frankly a zombie raising should be all in day’s work. Now, though, something has gone horribly wrong and with lives on the line Emma is forced to turn for help to the one person she never wanted to see again.
When Emma Strachan shows up on Garret’s doorstep he knows she must be in trouble – after all nothing else would bring her to his door. Still, he never imagined a zombie gone rogue, or that the blazing attraction between them would be as strong as ever.
As Emma and Garret risk their lives to track down the missing zombie can they put aside past insecurities and trust in each other – before it’s too late.
He grinned at her. “I’ve learnt a few things since you last knew me.”
She felt her face flame. Oh, they were so not going there. She turned on her heel, and headed back to the car. She heard his low laugh as he followed her and tried not to bristle at that. She slid in, a scowl on her face.
“What now? We still have no idea where he might be or how to reassure him when we find him. Any ideas?”
She saw a slow grin spread across his face, then he leaned over and captured her lips with his, catching her surprised squeak. His tongue plunged deep, his mouth forceful, demanding, and she was helpless not to respond. A whimper rose in her throat as she clutched at his shoulders, heat curling in her stomach. His hand slid to the nape of her neck pulling her closer and she went willingly, her nipples hardening as she came up against his chest. He slowly pulled back, causing a moan of protest to rise in her throat. He smiled ruefully, resting his head against hers.
“This is really not the time or the place,” he murmured.
She pulled back crossly. “Why did you do it then?”
He grinned at her. “It was an idea.”
Hilarious! “You have any ideas actually related to the problem at hand?” she snapped at him.
“Surprisingly, yes, I do have one. I know someone who might be able to help us find him.”
Emma frowned. “Who? And why didn’t you just say that instead of, well, you know.”
He sighed. “You’ll see, and I kissed you now because you might not let me afterwards.”
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The delightful Ms Shelli is also running a give-away on Rafflecopter (details below) but due to the wonderful restrictions on WordPress it won’t allow us to post the simple to use graphic! If you leave your details in a nice comment below, like her author page on Facebook, then tweet about this fabulous story then you are in with a chance to win some scrumptious prizes! Don’t worry we will upload your details into the Rafflecopter! to give you a chance at the prizes! Good Luck!
I’m also running a Rafflecopter giveaway – prizes include a zombie themed mini book bag, a spooky Halloween phone cover and a witchy (and lavender scented) keyring – who said scary can’t be cute! I’m also giving away a free copy of Love Reawakened in the ebook format of your choice. If you’d like to enter then just leave a comment.
For more info on Shelli please see her Bio below:
Shelli Rosewarne had always had a dream in the back of her head about wanting to be a writer, from the time she was handing in ten page stories at primary school and driving her teachers crazy. However, like with so many things, life and paying the bills got in the way and she worked in various jobs from call centres to shops to offices. She eventually realized that life is too short not to try and follow your dreams, and has since had her first stand alone novella published with Breathless Press, along with several submissions in anthologies, another novel contracted for later in the year and various works in progress in the pipeline. Yup, she’s having to pinch herself as well! She currently lives in Edinburgh with her long-suffering fiancé and slightly psycho cat. When not writing she loves reading, music and photography.
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Twitter – @shellirosewarne
I am back with a small entry about Ramadan, I will enlighten you as to what is Ramadan to those who may not know what Ramadan is all about. I don’t know if many of you are aware of what Ramadan is or the customs around it but I have recently just started fasting for the month of Ramadan.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. The main thing people associate Ramadan with is the fact that Muslims are not permitted to eat or drink from sunrise until sunset. However it is not that simple, Muslims also are not permitted to smoke and other ill-natured activities that will take their focus away from Allah (swt). Ramadan is a time to focus on their religion and spiritual closeness with Allah (swt). It is a month of self restraint. Restraint from everyday enjoyment and curbing wicked intentions and cravings are considered as an act of compliance and obedience to God, as well as amends for sins, faults, and mistakes.
Now for me personally, it is a chance to rid myself of worldly desires and to focus on the spiritual side of my religion. I am not perfect and I don’t claim to be but I am determined to use the month in order to better myself as a Muslim and also as a human being.
Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam and one of the main types of worship within Islam. Also during Ramadan, Muslims request forgiveness for sins in the past, pray for direction and assistance in abstaining from everyday troubles, and endeavour to cleanse themselves through self-control and great acts of faith.
Every year the month of Ramadan goes back by 10 days dependent on the moon. The lunar cycle determines the Islamic calendar and so that also determines when Ramadan starts. The month of Ramadan lasts about 29 to 30 days, it will only end once the next new moon has been spotted and confirmed.
Fasting is compulsory for adults and children over the age of 12. It is a time to get closer to God and the chance to seek forgiveness and rewards to better themselves and solidify their closeness with God.
The month has only just started so I will not go into a lot of details because it is too early for me to say how much of a change Ramadan has been for me, I will be back once the month is over and enlighten you all.
Thanks for reading!
Signing off for now!
The lovely and very talented Ella Bright asked if anyone would be willing to help her publicise her new book ‘Fall of Darkness’ and I happily volunteered. Her mini-interview is below.
Elle Bright – Indie Romance Author
Can you add in a quick bio? Please feel free to add a list of other publications here too!
Hi! Thanks for having me. Fall of Darkness is my first novel and will be released on July 5th. Born and raised in Utah, I have since moved around with my husband’s military career. I currently live in San Diego, CA with my husband, our three children, and our part human border collie.
I received my BSN from Grand Canyon University in Arizona. I am a practicing Registered Nurse, specializing in Pediatrics, Neonatal Intensive Care, and Emergency Medicine. When I am not working, writing, or parenting, I also enjoy reading, singing, running, dancing, photography, shopping, travelling, digital scrapbooking, and Zumba.
1) Hello and Welcome! First question (or should it be questions), what is an indie author? What type of stories can we expect from an indie author?
An indie author (or independent author) is one who opted to forgo the traditional publishing route. Instead of submitting their work to a publishing house, indie authors assume responsibility for all aspects of the creative, publishing, and marketing processes. Each indie has his/her own reasons for taking this route. My biggest reason was that I wanted total creative control. My books are my stories and I wanted to share them MY way, without censorship from a third party.
Indie authors write in all genres. There is no specific type cast for indie writers. That said, the most common thread throughout indie publications is probably risk taking. Indie authors often break the rules, intentionally, for the sake of creative emphasis.
2) What really drew you into writing?
There is the stereotypical answer… I have loved books since I was a little girl. I started writing poems and stories in grade school and noted that I had a penchant for writing. However, it wasn’t until about five years ago that I seriously considered writing a full length novel. I had all of these ideas bouncing around in my head. I couldn’t focus on what I was reading anymore. My stories wanted to be told and demanded all my attention. Nothing seemed as interesting or worthwhile. So, I wrote.
3) There are a number of sites out there for writers such as Wattpad, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Websites, etc. Where can we find you? (Links?)
I am on Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, Goodreads, and my own website.
4) How hard or easy do you think it is for an author to publicise their work?
No matter what route an author takes (traditional or independent,) it is very difficult. The traditional route requires a lot of leg work to get your writing in front of the right people and to get those people to want to publish it. There’s A LOT of rejection involved, from what I understand. That said, traditional publishing offers more in lieu of editing and publicity. Independent is easy to publish, but much more difficult to succeed. Indie authors are responsible for the quality of their work and the promotion of it. No matter how good an indie author’s book may be, it doesn’t matter if no one reads it.
5) Tell me about ‘Fall of Darkness’. What is it about? Who are your characters and why should we love or hate them?
Fall of Darkness is my own paranormal spin on star crossed lovers. Here’s the blurb from the back of the book:
One woman, the fate of the world in her unknowing hands. One man, sworn to destroy her. A love so strong it defies nature. In a world of obsession, deception and betrayal, the line between good and evil fades, but one truth remains absolute. Darkness must fall.
For centuries, werewolf, Dominic Ridolfi, has battled the demons of the night, upholding the sacred pact to protect man from vampires. Yet when sent to destroy the long lost Cacciatori heiress, the vampire prophesied to free her kind from the curse of darkness, he finds himself reluctant to complete his task. The innocent beauty awakens his humanity and Dominic finds himself not in the role of assassin, but savior. Though he surrenders to the passion she ignites, he knows that loving her is the ultimate betrayal.
Swept away in a whirlwind romance, Kate loses herself in Dominic’s mysterious world of opulence and seduction. But Dominic has a secret. He knows the truth about Kate’s past, and her future, truths with the power to destroy them both. Only in her dreams does Kate sense the growing darkness within. Every day, she draws nearer to the truth about her shaded past. Dominic saved her once, but can she save herself from the darkness within?
Kate is your average girl. She has a good heart and the best of intentions. She’s loving, compassionate, and stubborn. My husband says she has a lot of me in her, but it is my hope that readers will find a bit of themselves in her. Dominic is a solid alpha male, but with a lot of heart. He is charming, passionate, and selfless. I find him easy to love. As far as my bad guys go, well, you’ll just have to decide who they are for yourselves. The main villain in this book is easy enough to hate, but there’s a lot more to the story yet to come. There are two sides to every story.
6) What can we expect from the story?
Romance, action, humour, and heartache, to name a few. If you like Sherrilyn Kenyon, J.R. Ward, or Karen Marie Moning, then this is your kind of book. There is some sexual content, strong language, and graphic violence.
7) When is it released? Where can we get our hands on it? (Links?)
It will be released on Amazon July 5th in ebook and paperback form. I don’t have a link at the moment, but will share it as soon as the book goes live. I am also in the process of distributing it to brick and mortar stores, so feel free to ask for it, if you don’t see it.
8) If you weren’t writing what would be your (other) dream job?
Honestly, writing is what I want to do more than anything. But, I guess if I had to pick another dream job it would be a singer/dancer/actress on Broadway, a photographer for National Geographic, or a killer whale trainer at Sea World.
9) For any would be writers out there do you have any words of advice for them?
Go for it! It takes a lot of courage to put pen to paper, but perseverance will pay off. Find a good writing group and learn from more experienced writers. I don’t know where I would be without the ladies from the Utah chapter of RWA.
10) Last question (Promise!), What can we expect next from you?
Fall of Darkness has at least one more sequel in the series, but I also have a handful of other books that I am working on. Some of them are a little more like Jennifer Crusie or Susan Elizabeth Phillips type books and the others are more like Linda Howard or Janet Evanovich. My goal is to be like Christina Dodd and cross over into multiple subgenres of romance.
Fall of Darkness by Elle Bright is released on 5th July. What are you waiting for? Go grab a copy… :P
Do you have a Kindle? Do you need something amazing to read? Do you like poetry? Then look no further!!
Together with other students from A215 Creative Writing and A363 Advanced Creative Writing courses ’578 Publishing’ has been formed in order to share our work on the world. We have planned a series of anthologies to appeal to every reader’s taste and priced to appeal to every reader’s pocket! Come and check them out starting with the poetry anthology called ‘Journeys’. You may even see some of my poetry in there….
It is in our human nature to judge people as soon as we meet them.
From a passing glance we assume that we know intimate details about that person; that we like them or not, dependant solely on what they look like, how they walk, what their gestures are or how they talk. My question is simple, why do we assume that? Is that fair? Doesn’t the person deserve a chance to show you who they are, supposing it’s not someone in the street that you are walking past, it could be a new work colleague or someone that your friends have introduced you to. What if you are going to be spending more time with them you are now reliant on that first judgement?
I am guilty of judging people when I first meet them and allowing that first opinion to cloud my relationship until one day a person actually called me up on that and made it clear that I was being unfair, I was 18 at the time and doing my A-Levels so the message didn’t sink in. In hindsight I should have taken more notice of what I was doing, how I was pigeon-holing people but I was so focused on my life, I forgot to take into consideration how my actions affected other people. To be fair, I did have a lot on my plate at the time, but now I appreciate and acknowledge that what I was doing was wrong, and funnily enough the person who told me off, is now one of my closest friends so it was not all bad.
Social networking is used to judge people without truly knowing them; you look at their profile picture, and automatically make an assumption about them. Are they family pictures, cute pictures or what if they have no profile pic, are they not very good looking (I could phrase it in a much more demeaning way but that’s not my style). On the other hand if people have their profile inundated with pictures of themselves in various ways, on the beach, in their houses, schools and other areas of their life, we may even call them vain, self-centred and egotistical. There is even the rise in the amount of ‘Duck poses’ on the site. These are where girls are posing in front of the mirror and pouting as they take self-shots. They are usually accompanied by questions or comments on how they aren’t pretty yet are immediately slammed for the pose, the clothes they are wearing, or in some cases not wearing! It is demeaning for us to have to see it but at the same time it is their choice, they do have a right to choose what it is that they want to put on the social networking profile or page.
You may be thinking, ‘well everyone does it.’ True pretty much everyone makes snap judgements and they have a choice to do that but if you know that you are prejudging someone and not giving them a chance, is that at all fair? In their shoes would you like someone judging you?
Twitter is a different matter, most of the time I use twitter is to post sarcastic tweets and to follow or if you like, stalk people, I am not dangerous but how can people know that unless they know me?
On Twitter, everyone has the right to post what they want regardless if it is inappropriate, and where no-one has the right to tell you what you can and can’t do, however refraining from posting is a better idea than just freely and randomly posting very personal information about yourself. Do you really want the world to know your intimate details and every little thing about your life?
This is when making the right judgment is very important. It is perfectly acceptable (according to Twitter) to post what you want, ‘Freedom of Speech’ but when you do so you should bear in mind and remember that there are children on there. Kids as young as ten are using twitter to follow their favourite bands, celebrities, footballers etc.
This leads to the question, how can you know that the person behind the screen is actually who they say they are? This is when Internet safety is really important for example, the Internet can be a wonderful resource for kids. Kids who are old enough to punch in a few letters on the keyboard can literally access the world.
It can also be dangerous, say for example, an 8-year is on Google, a normal search engine and they decide to Google Lego but they type it wrong and ‘legs’ is what is entered into the search engine. The images of ‘legs’ that come up from that search can range from safe to extremely graphic. Another click of the mouse can also lead the child into website that incorporates pornographic material? Kids have a variety of way that they can access the Internet from smartphones, laptops and tablets such as an iPad.
It is an excuse IMO for the parents to have some ‘quiet’ time and leave the kids to their own devices. However how can you know what the children are actually doing on those devices? I understand allowing your children to have some freedom and alone time because everyone needs that at one time or another but there is a line between using the devices as a ‘babysitter.’ Some children even have laptops and phones in their rooms so their sleep is affected, personally I would never let anyone in my family who I was responsible for have their laptop in their room at night. I am sure some of you are asking ‘why?’ Well, firstly who knows what they are doing, whether they are just playing games and dawdling on the internet, or if they are chatting up a man or woman who is older than they actually claim to be. Secondly, if you are up all night, then you cannot function properly in the daytime especially at school, university or work. I understand sometimes, you cannot sleep so you use the internet to pass the time, I have no problem with that, I do that myself, I use my phone at night if I can’t sleep or don’t feel tired but I have my limits, if I am tired and have an early morning, I will sleep. I am sure some of you feel the same and others may not. This blog post is not designed for you to agree with. If you do agree, then great but if you don’t, then that’s your prerogative; there is nothing wrong with it either way.
Now lets think about an 8year old with an iPad or a tablet where you can download apps and then make in app purchases. I have read several articles about how children are buying things in the app up to the tune of £2000 or even more than that. I don’t understand why the parents don’t just either make it so you have to put in a password every time a monetary purchase is requested and more importantly do not give the password to your child. If you are going to give it to them then IMHO you deserve a large credit/debit bill!
Technology should not be a babysitter for your children, spend time with them. Go to the park, get a trampoline, go bowling, or even for a picnic. The more time you spend with them, the less reliant they are on technology. Do not allow them to become couch potatoes and staying in all day. That is not life, at all. You need to focus on the child and make sure that they are happy, because if they are happy then you can be happy as well. Be a parent, do the best for your children and if they are using internet, make sure they are safe.
Thanks for reading, if you want to debate some points with me, or have any question, then comment. I do not bite!
Till next time!
At night when the deepest blue crosses the sky I lay asleep in my bed. I lay with my head dipped into the circular shape I’ve indented on my pillow as dreams drift through my night. I dream of things I need to do, of places I’ve been. I dream of lost babies and bills that worry me, of how I’ve wasted time in my life. I call these the lost dreams.
When I was a child, a scraped-knees girl, dreams ran through my head of how I wanted life to be, of magic and butterflies. No fairy-tale prince for me, no I was the one with the sword rescuing other princesses, saving the world, one fairy-tale at a time. I had dreams of strange tales that my imagination wrought, when the creatures of my daytime imaginings scaled over the walls and into my sleep-time dreams to drift around my head in a swirl of adventures. I loved these dreams, longed for them, when adventures stole me away and I travelled willingly with them. I was a child of dreams, a child of stories. I wrote them down in little notebooks, gave them names and looked for the nights when I could re-join in the adventures. Those dreams were my innocence.
As I grew I read horror stories, loved the vampire tales weaving through my head and when they crept into my dreams I was never scared. I never hid from the monsters, never ran as the lurched into my night time worlds. It seemed they appealed to the darkness inside me. The space I kept hidden in the corner. Where I would store the bad things, the sad memories and the hurts, the name-calling that would stab me with each syllable, it was where I would put the things I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone. I was a child of secrets. I was a child of dark and light and my dreams reflected both shades of colour.
Then there came the worry of adulthood, with the bills and the jobs and the dross of everyday life. How could my dreams not reflect the life I lived? But how I longed for the sweet dreams of my imagining, wanting to let the fantasy worlds of my childhood take away the fear of modern day life, remove the smudge of worries and the splotched darkness of pain.
But no, my dreams are lost dreams because instead of slipping away into dreams of wild imaginings and crazed adventures I have to suffer the tossed-turning dreams filled with images of the modern world.
How innocent those childhood dreams seem compared to these modern day fairy tales of the bill that can’t be paid, the job that worries me, the pain of the lost chances. I mourn for my lost dreams and my sleep remains filled with broken regrets of the dreams I can no longer have.