#BlogHop4Writers: Be very afraid… with only a handful of words.

6 Oct

Welcome the Thursday, Oct 6th  #BlogHop4Writers post! You lucky things you! This week, I’ve kept it rather short. How’s that for lucky?  

QUESTION: Theme is a scary word for most writers. What is your take?Question provided by author: Katrina Nicola


Theme is meaning. Meaning is theme. I think we can get too bogged down with the dos and don’ts  of writing, but this one is important. Without a theme (meaning) there is no life and soul within a story. Hell, without meaning, there is no story!
There can be a whole overarching theme and a background theme, depending on what type of book you write and if it’s a series or stand-alone story.  More is definitely not merrier in all cases though. Series themes are generally backstory. The meaning behind it all.  And a theme is a small part of a much larger whole! It also has to carry a book from the beginning to end.
It can become all very confusing if one thinks too hard about it.  :P But themes can generally be summed up in a handful of words.
Good will triumph over evil.
I will get my revenge!
True love can overcome death.
My empire will survive! 
Get the picture? “Click”  Yep, this is my snapshot of theme.What do you think, you saucy little things, you?

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#BlogHop4Writers: Research, the Strangest Time Bandit…

22 Sep

Welcome the Thursday, Sept 22nd new look #BlogHop4Writers post!

QUESTION:What is the strangest thing you’ve done in the name of research? Question provided by author: Victoria Blisse

Well, the short answer is that I once got very obsessed with collecting ‘interesting and relevant’ newspaper articles and built up a whole filing cabinet of newspaper cuttings , which I never looked at again. Ever!

I had them all filed in alphabetical and then subject order – each group with a series of hanging files to hold them all just ‘so’.

It was like a giant waste paper basket.

Until I realised what I was doing and threw it all in the bin.

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#BlogHop4Writers: How far would you go…Hot Lips?

15 Sep

Welcome the Thursday, Sept 15th new look #BlogHop4Writers post!

QUESTION: Would you be honest and candid enough to write your personal thoughts, feelings and actions in a memoir like I did in… Question provided by author: Gary Revel

Okay, so, bearing in mind I write naughty stories this would be like saying I’d reveal all in a hot juicy memoir about my vast sexual exploits plus more! LOL Kind of a News of the World meets the Sunday Sport memoir equivalent  - with a dab of lipstick and gloss.

Seriously though,  I think it takes a lot of guts to write a memoir and I’d need to have a damn good reason to make it interesting enough, since I’m not a celebrity and I haven’t really done anything to justify writing as book about my life…

Yet! LOL

Here’s some ideas for titles of my imaginary memoir though…

Hot Lips Angel Rides the Devil Out! (or ‘Wears the Devil Out!’)
The Devil Rides Out and Back Home Again (just in time for tea)
There were three in a bed and the little one said…More! More!

By the way, last Thursday I said I would write an hour a day and tweet when I start and finish. (I know, I shouldn’t speak until I’ve thought things through). Another classic case of saying one thing and doing another I’m afraid! What I actually did was 3 hours and forgotten to tweet. LOL Still 3 is better than none.

Would you have the guts to spill the beans and tell the truth about your life in a memoir?

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#BlogHop4Writers: What do you dream of accomplishing…

8 Sep

Welcome the Thursday, Sept 8th new look #BlogHop4Writers post!

QUESTION: What do you dream of accomplishing with your writing?  Question provided by affiliate author: Faith Luna

Well, I’m all for lots of goal setting and getting things done, but lately I’ve being doing so much and been a bit poorly, my writing (and blog posting) has suffered. So, before I get any big ideas about fame and fortune, which I’m not really interested in to be honest, I need to get back into my writing routine and actually finish some more stories. That’s not to say I’ve not been writing. I do have a short story in the new, first ever alternative-read.com “Alternative” anthology, Writers on the Wrong Side of the Road, coming out in November, however, I need to routinely take time out from everything else I do,  now I’m better and get back into the swing of things – big time!

Then I can start making my dreams a reality. How about a one hour a day goal, which I will post to Twitter when I start and finish? There, I’ve said it now. I’ll HAVE TO DO IT. lol. Unless no one notices I’ve said it… (*Shush!*)

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BLOG HOP: Me {as a character in a book?} I’m one that never wants to grow up!

21 Jul
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Hello Blog Hopping Buddies! Here we are again!

QUESTION: If you had to write yourself as a character what would you be like, what kind of book would you be in (go nutz)  Question provided by affiliate author Amy Romine

I don’t know about writing myself as a character, but it has been suggested I’d be a very naughty girl and get into lots of trouble because somehow trouble just seems to cling to me like a magnet.  I’d quite like to star as a new Absolutely Fabulous Edina Monsoon type character. But people may think me more of an Enid Blyton tomboy Georgina (George), the adventurous girl with a fiery temper and cute little dog called Timmy. Only slightly naughtier. (See, I’m not that delusional). And lashings of ginger beer could translate into something quite, quite different…

Yes, I’m the immature, eternal Peter Pan. Only a female version. A childish archetype – someone who never wants to grow up. LOL

Besides, it would make a difference to boring my every day life. There’s only so much ass-kicking demons and angels one can deal with at a time. It would be nice to take off the bovver boots, hang up my magic staff and sit back and be pampered for a while.

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BLOG HOP: Iceberg Ahead: Anyone alive out there?

14 Jul

Hello Blog Hopping Buddies! Here we are again!

Thursday, July 14th 2011:
QUESTION: Do blogs or serializing your novel on line really help build your brand name? Question provided by author  Wendy Woods

Frequent Blogging
I think anything you do frequently like daily blogging, or blogging on a regular day each week (so your readers know when to expect something new from you) helps keep your name “out there”, whether you are published or not. So, yes! It does help build your brand name! Probably more than many realise.

Connecting to SMM Sites
With technology today, frequent blogging is also a great marketing skill, since so many blogs now allow you to connect each new post to popular Social Media Marketing (SMM) places such as Twitter and Facebook. This gives you even more scope for reaching many more people each time you publish a new blog post. Get yourself a stat counter and check. On blog hops like this, for example, we all get double the hits. Many more views than comments left.

An Increase of Blog Followers
These are muddy waters for some, but by frequent blogging or serialising a novel you can also gain more followers if you also add useful “reader connecting” programmes like Google Friend Connect to your blog. Another way is to allow readers to subscribe to your post feeds via email or they’ll simply add you through one of the many feed distribution sites. Dip your toes in and have a splash around. Go on, try it for yourself. 

Comment Love!
Then there are comments, both those you receive and those you make on others blogs. Not only is leaving comments on other people’s blogs fun and friendship building, it’s a great way to garner more people to your own blog. People are curious. They may click on the comment you left on someone else’s blog to find out more about you, which could bring you another regular reader or two! No one can spread comment love (or promote themselves), floating around the ice cold territories of the Internet seas acting like an iceberg. 

Serialised Novels Do Get Noticed
I love reading blogs that are just serialised stories, and quite often they become very popular and get picked up by main publishers – like The Secret Diary of a London Call Girl and many, many others. 

Is Anyone Alive Out There?
Plus, if book bloggers and other media professionals visit your site, and you have a blog that is frozen in time – you haven’t touched it since 1989 – it doesn’t leave them with a very good impression. And getting readers annoyed even before they have had chance to find out more about you (since your blog is so unused and out of date) is not going to work in anyone’s favour.

My advice? Don’t let your blog sink like the Titanic! 

What NO Blog?
If you do not have a  blog, you may look a little on the chilly side; unfriendly and without time to interact with your fans… (or prospective ones!) and for some that is equally off-putting. Show some warmth. Let us see a drop of the real you. It’s much more personal and as a reader myself, I love finding out more about the person behind the book/pen name. Don’t you?

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BLOG HOP: Hands up anyone who thinks Angelika Devlyn is a pen name!

7 Jul

Well, go to the top of the class and give yourself a good girl/boy point — because you’d be right! Funny that! :) But what the hell made me choose it, huh? 

Hello Blog Hopping Buddies! Here we are again! This time the question was asked by little old me, and yeah, I am going to answer my own question. LOL Why not? :)

Thursday, July 7th 2011:
QUESTION: Pen names: Do you write under a pseudonym or do you prefer to use your own name? Why? If you have a pen name, how did you choose it?

My response:

Well, obviously Angelika Devlyn is not my real name, however, since I write erotica I felt I had to use a pseudonym, as I worked in a profession were it really wouldn’t do me any justice to admit everything I do in my private life. And why should I? LOL In all honesty, I would have probably lost my job had they known about my secret affair with naughty words. And that’s all they are when you think about it, words. Words with the power to make you lose your job!

I chose my pen name for many reasons. I wanted a name that was representative of the genre I wrote, and my cheeky personality. For me, tongue in cheek it may be, Angelika Devlyn did just that.

I hoped it would show I didn’t take life too seriously, without sounding unprofessional and childish. I loved the play on words, the angel – devil and good girl – bad girl idea. It also went very well with my reviews of other erotica books. It wasn’t a name taken in most forums or on Amazon where I posted my reviews, and further on down the line it also kind of fit when I wrote an agony aunt/uncle style column, ‘Ask the Spanking Mavens’, with spanko author, Devlin O’Neill, where I actually played the part of a character called Angelika Devlyn, who always ended up being cheeky and doing something wrong for which I got spanked at the end of every episode. LOL

No, we are not related.
Yes, I had named myself Devlyn before I met the grumpy professor, Devlin. :D
So, that’s my excuse! What’s yours?


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BLOG HOP: Sheep Dreams

30 Jun

Hello Blog Hopping Buddies! Here we are again!

Thursday, June 30th 2011:
QUESTION: If you could have lunch/dinner with one author, who would it be? What sort of restaurant would you select for the meeting? What would you want to ask him/her? How would you expect the conversation to go? Paint a written picture of the event. Question provided by affiliate author Faith Luna.

My response:

One author is so difficult to choose from with so many author friends I am dying to meet face-to-face, so I’ll go for the hugely famous J.K. Rowling and write a short story for a bit of a laugh.

I sat in the Ritz, the poshest hotel I’d ever been in and thought how lucky I was to be here, waiting for J.K. Roeling to come and join me. Not that I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter books, since she can be very economic with her words, and loves her adverbs.

I wondered if maybe that’s because she writes for children and we’re all taught at school to show the character’s emotions and actions through these simple, all encompassing words like sadly, huffily, eagerly.  How would she react if I asked her how she gets away with writing like that?  Excruciatingly huffily, I would imagine. Whatever her reaction, one can’t argue she can spin a good tale and get paid heaps to do it. And several times over.

I look at my watch then back at the entrance for the umpteenth time. Several people sitting around me at their tables are giving me sad, sympathetic looks. I shuffle in my seat wishing they’d pay more attention to what’s on their plates than me. Looks like even the rich like a good gossip or two.

I checked my blouse just in case it had come undone and my boobs were flapping around for all to see. Nope. They were safely tucked in.

Then it dawned on me. Oh! My goodness! They think I’ve been stood up!
What if they’re right?
How long should I wait until I should order my food? Should I order for both of us? My stomach churned. Not out of nerves. Out of starvation.

Surely she will call, or have one of her little people do it for her? After all, it was her that rang me up desperate to find out how I wrote how I did. Yes! I know! I couldn’t believe it either. But when J.K. (that’s what I call her when we are on the phone) said she was fed up with writing for kids and wanted to try something more sexy, what could I do? I couldn’t refuse a fellow writer in need, could I?

Well, that was like giving her the key to a sweet shop and telling her to help herself. From that moment on J.K. was like a bat out of hell on e-numbers. Like one of those bouncy, uncontrollable kids she writes for. She squealed down the phone speaking really quickly, saying how she couldn’t wait to speak to me face-to-face, and get my autograph. I’d never heard someone so excited before! She’d even written a whole new series for kids, but decided her real money lay in adult naughtiness and she wanted to give me her unwanted series to keep as mine. To do with what I please!

Around me the room filled with quiet, polite murmurs. I looked up and saw J.K. Roeling scanning the restaurant for me. I caught her eye and waved. She rushed to my table, very apologetic and thrust a huge bundle of paper into my hands.

‘There you go, Angel. My manuscript for that kids series I told you about. It’s all yours’, she said with a dismissive wave of her hand. She sat down and pulled her chair in close. ‘Now tell me,’ she whispered with an eager puppy dog look about her face, ‘how do I become an author as good as you…?’

I looked down at the manuscript and the world around me faded into the distance. I couldn’t see or hear anything. but my ticket to fame and fortune. How generous of her!
Suddenly the fire alarm went off  and the sprinklers came on. People everywhere panicked and screamed. J.K covered her bushy hair with her tracksuit hood. (She’d really let herself go lately).  ‘I’ve just had it permed,’ she announced flustered, ‘I can’t get it wet now it will frizz up and I’ll look like a poodle caught in a power line!’ She cried with a look of horror upon her face, already looking like a poodle caught in a power line.

In slow motion I watched her turn and look for the exit. A tide of sheep with the same idea, all charging for the dry chandelier decorated foyer, swept her away.

Someone tapped me on the shoulder. But I couldn’t take my eyes off the scene in front of me. The same person held me tighter and shook me harder, so violently I was just about to turn round and punch them in the face for being so annoying!
And then reality hit me.
It wasn’t the smoke alarm in the posh restaurant. I wasn’t even in a restaurant. It was the smoke alarm in my kitchen. I’d nodded off on my stool reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Marrows and he’d nearly been the death of me.
Well, he killed my lasagne and all my dreams of being the next J.K. Roeling.

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BLOG HOP: Good Girl Gone Bad

23 Jun

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Thursday, June 23rd 2011:
QUESTION: When creating a main character, is it better to start with a good girl/guy with a drop of “bad”, or a bad girl/guy with a drop of “good”? Question provided by delightful author Lara Z

I guess it would depend on what you write. A good dose of horror is great with a lead “bad guy”, but a drop of good won’t do him any good unless that drop becomes a flood and completely washes the bad guy of all his nastiness and purifies his behaviour. But in novels, as in real life, no one is all angel or all naughty little devil.

A bad guy getting his comeuppance is great. A bad guy getting a second chance to perhaps undo all the evil he has done, or to do that one good deed, which completely changes him as a character and perhaps saves another’s life in the process – makes for an even better read.

Then there’s the Robin Hood character. He’s an outlaw, a bit of wide boy, yet we don’t think of him as a baddie as his motives are so good.

In erotica, though, the good “butter-wouldn’t-melt” girl next door with thousands of good girl points stashed in her bottom drawer, can ever so easily mix with the wrong crowd and quickly lose all her good girl points and her bottom’s drawers!

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Author Blog Hop! Author Quotes: And the all new singing and dancing Angel ;)

16 Jun

Welcome to my Author Blog Hop answer for Thursday, June 16th 2011:
QUESTION: What is your favourite author quote and why? Question provided by the lovely affiliate author Amy Romine

What a fun question. I have lots, so here are a few:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Mark Twain

I chose this as it’s very inspiring. I love positive empowering quotes, which encourage you to enjoy life and be happy with who you are. To follow your dreams. To live life with no regrets.

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
Dr. Seuss

Another example of an inspiring quote, with a comical slant!

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
William W. Purkey

Enjoy life to the full! I can often be found with my iPod earphones in, singing and dancing around the kitchen as if nobody is watching or listening… Even when there is.

Apparently, my talents do not extend to cooking OR SINGING! But that doesn’t stop me trying. :D
“A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?

Politics and the English Language, 1946″
George Orwell
I have this on my wall, and as silly as it sounds, I find it really makes me stop and think when I’m editing. This is a deadly serious quote from he who should be obeyed.

Oh, and one more… because you can’t have to much of a good thing…

“At fifty, every man has the face he deserves.”
George Orwell             (In Front of Your Nose, 1945-1950 (Collected Essays Journalism and Letters of George Orwell))

Just funny!

Ok, last one. Really. Honest, guv!

“If you want to tell people the truth make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you!” — Oscar Wilde.

I just love this purely because it makes me laugh out loud.  I don’t know from where this comes from, but I imagine it’s from one of his many funny characters!

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