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Amanda Lester and The Pink Sugar Conspiracy- And Guest Post by Paula Berinstein!

December 11, 2015

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy by Paula Berinstein. The blog tour runs from 30 November till 13 December, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.
So far this series contains 3 books: Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy (Amanda Lester, Detective #1), Amanda Lester and the Orange Crystal Crisis (Amanda Lester, Detective #2) and Amanda Lester and the Purple Rainbow Puzzle (Amanda Lester, Detective #3).



I am really pleased to say that the amazing author Paula Berinstein is going to be doing a guest post about how she creates the awesome names that she uses in the Amanda Lester Series. Enjoy!


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Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy





Paula B’s Crazy Character Name Generator

By Paula Berinstein


People always ask me where I get my character names. After all, Particle Peaksribbon, Simon Binkle, and Owla Snizzle aren’t exactly your everyday monikers. Now that I’m doing this wonderful blog tour, I think it’s time I revealed my secrets, which you can use to name your characters too.

I read a lot, so it’s inevitable that I’d get my inspiration from a number of other authors. These four writers are my top influencers:

J.K. Rowling. I just love the names Severus Snape and Bellatrix Lestrange. Of course Snape is a real name of Old Norse or Anglo Saxon origin, but isn’t it evocative? Such a lovely hissing sound. Note that both names imply the traits of the characters they’re associated with. Snape is so mean that he actually does hiss, and he’s so intrusive that he severs whatever he touches. Trix, on the other hand, sounds like “tricky,” and Lestrange is, well, self-explanatory.

Charles Dickens. Seth Pecksniff, Martin Chuzzlewit, Daniel Quilp. Not only are they funny to say, they look silly on paper too. Note how the double letters exaggerate their sound and draw your eye, while a q is rare and exotic and the “lp” combination makes you twist your lips into a weird configuration. Can you guess what kind of character Quilp is from his name?

P.D. Wodehouse. My favorite Wodehouse name is Honoria Glossop, which belongs to a character in the Jeeves and Wooster stories. I could say that all day: Honoria Glossop, Honoria Glossop, Honoria Glossop. Note that one of the Legatum Continuatum teachers is also Honoria: Honoria Pargeter. I draw the line at naming one of my characters Jeeves, though.

Dr. Seuss. A tizzled topped tufted mazurka, a Grinch, Conrad Cornelius o’Donald o’Dell. Seuss gives us alliteration, funny sounds, and rhythm. Try to say Cornelius’s name without feeling that it’s pushing you along faster and faster.  

Pretty cool, huh? So keeping all that in mind, here is what I use:

Funny sounds and letter combinations. Snizzle, Bipthrottle, Absil Thurvy, Blixus. I find that the combinations sn, nk, and upp or ipp make me laugh, as do double consonants like zz, gg, ss and the letter x. I particularly like ish, which is used a lot in the UK (e.g., Professor Scribbish). They’re all hard sounds except for ish, which is just hilarious.

Alliteration. Juxtaposing words that start with the same letter is so much fun! I did that with some of my teachers: Particle Peaksribbon, Ducky Ducey, and Samuel Snool.

Place names. UK place names are so interesting that I often consult a map before naming a character. The names Ribchester (Bill Pickle’s pickle-making rival) and Follifoot (Follifoot Buck, the Legatum profiling teacher) are but two examples.

Ordinary words. It can be fun to combine ordinary words with other sounds or real names, or use them by themselves. For example, there’s Scarper (Mrs. Scarper, the Legatum girls’ dorm supervisor), which means “run away” in English English. Sweetgum, Amanda’s friend Editta’s last name, is a kind of tree, also known as liquidamber. Canoodle is the dean of admissions. Lumpenstein is one of Moriarty’s associates; I made up the name but note that his name and mine end the same way. Scapulus Holmes, Sherlock’s great-great-grandson, is named after a bone in the body, the scapula, or shoulder blade.

People I know or have heard of. Lots of characters in my stories are named after people I’ve known. I once had a gym teacher named Miss Also. My fifth-grade teacher was Mr. Ducey. Puppybreath (one of Nick Muffet’s roommates) was the name of a man in my field when I was studying library science. And Celerie (David Wiffle’s mother) is the name of a well-known interior designer.

Puns. Ahem: Bill Pickle, Alexei Dropoff, and Noel Updown are plays on words.

So, let’s try a few, shall we? Here are some names I haven’t used yet.

Pettifora Granular
Minimal Tiki
Skiddoo Carbuncle
Ichabod Icing.

Now let’s see what you can do. Please post your experiments in the comments.

Thanks so much! And don’t forget, solvere scelus!!!!


Christianity

My Favourite Spiritual Quotes!

November 29, 2015

Hello Spirit-Seekers!

I hope that you all are doing phenomenally well! I certainly am (not, hahaha)
I finally got together some spiritual quotes that I love, and know that  I really have a lot, Whoops! (or at least a lot more than I really should)

I previously made a blog post on this, only it was Biblical quotes, and if you want to see it, click here!

So I have a We Heart It account (click here to see it!) and I have been using it a lot recently to browse Spiritual Content during my Quiet Times (which I really want to do a post on, once I have sort of gotten back into doing them and perfect them... I digress)

Disclaimer:
I don't own any of these gorgeous, beautiful photos! I will credit any author if they contact me, as I haven't seen the authors as I have taken these off of a social media website. I don't mean to infringe any copyright. All rights go to the creators :(

P.S. This is actually my home screen on my phone. :D

Books

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry- Review

November 22, 2015

Nowhere but Here by Katie McGarry

I received this book for free from the publisher to review, however all opinions are my own and the review is completely unbiased.

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry is a novel about a girl called Emily who has lived in sunny Florida all her life. Her mother came from Kentucky, a place far away from her and left her past there, starting afresh with her daughter as a baby.

During a lengthened trip to Kentucky, Emily realises that the safe home and life she had lived for so long wasn't really reality, and secrets begin to unravel and her past becomes clearer as she finds out the truth about her family.

As well as this, she meets mysterious Oz, a bad boy with the reputation to go alongside it. But she learns a lot about him, and he already knows a lot about her. They both want something; Oz to join the Reign of Terror, a prestigious Kentucky biker gang and Emily wants to find out the truth about her family. And they have to work together if they both want to get their way.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was really interesting and definitely different compare to the other YA novels out there. It definitely wasn't what I was expecting from it, but that is good.

The characters and setting were well thought out and I think that McGarry did really well with that. I loved feeling like I was hanging out in Snowflake with the characters.

In terms of the writing, I really got into it, and it was really professional yet easy to read. I feel that with Netgalley, they tend to skip letters like 'fl' and 'fi'. I guess that is to stop people from copying the novel. But that is pretty frustrating when the story is set in a place called Snowflake.

The reason the novel lost a star is because it was really angst-y and I wasn't really into that. The teenage love was all hot and steamy body parts and lusting over each other and that frankly, wasn't very appealing. I would have rather Oz and Emily liked each other because of their quick wit and then realized how hot each other were, but hey ho.

I still really enjoyed this book and it won't stop me from reading the rest of the Thunder Road novels, and I definitely want to try some more of McGarry's writing. Just bear in mind that some of the writing in the book isn't really suitable for younger teens.

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NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo- Half Way Through! NaNoWriMo 2015

November 20, 2015

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Hey Guys,

I hope that you didn't expect too much of me.... All of words have been going into my word count. Sorry!

I thought I would quickly make a post with a couple of things I have been doing to write more. 

Christianity

#PrayforParis 13/11/15

November 14, 2015


I wrote this poem in memory of the massacre that happened in Paris on Friday 13th Of November, that left many people dead.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

I hope you like it.
In Memory of the dead in the massacre, and my response to those who did this.
C'etait affreux



I hear on the news 100 Frenchmen dead
Paris is crying
I kneel at the end bed and pray
"My Lord, why would you let this be?"
I say
"We all mourn the dead
These men run around, and they kill and slay
But what makes this worse, is they do it in your name.
They have made Your Love in a dirty bloodstained game."

He replied to me.
"It was not in my honour
That these men slay
They praise gods of violence
Make the innocent people pay.
I made a promise I would not intervene
I told myself, not even for an Islamic regime.
I gave you free will, and I want to take it back
For some people a conscience they lack, and they are ruthless
Bringing shame on their families
In the name of me, but I am not who they praise
Their Allah, their God, is one of war, and they are dazed
By greed and sin and Satan and war
They have turned their back on their Father’s law
They have put my name in vain, they have bloodstained hands
But a grin is on their faces as they sing my praise.
Rebuke them, my followers, but love them the same
As I said Love thy neighbour, even through darkness and pain
As I said forgive those who sin, although they stain my name
As I said through Jesus, I love you all the same"

There are more angels in heaven
But more bodies on Earth
People mourn, people cry.
As their loved ones die.
But I will love you even more.
As even before you were born,
You came from above.
Before you were thought of,
You had eternal love.
Show evil what good can do.
Let them not see what they have done to you.


NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo 2015!

October 31, 2015

Yes Guys,

Its happening again. In 10 minutes.

NANOWRIMO 2015

Once again, I shall be taking part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)

If you haven't seen all of last years posts (tbh I don't know why I am saying 'all'. I did like, four) I will link them here.

The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in one day. Yup, 50,000. And I am gonna take that on.

I know that I am setting myself I pretty big challenge. Especially because I have so much work to do, plus I haven't planned anything. But hey ho. (I say that a lot nowadays)

I have a couple of ideas that I am not going to share today (for fear of plagiarism). I was considering take last years novel and adapting it. But I haven't decided yet. I'll probably flip a coin.

But then again, last years novel was on my USB, which has since then died, taking hundreds of pictures and 2 unfinished NaNoWriMo novels with it.

I will try and do weekly updates for you guys, but that definitely won't be easy as i will be spending my time writing and working. But I'll have a go.

:(

If you want to add me on the NaNoWriMo website, I am over here. My username is CreativityandCrazy


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Books

Spoooky Halloween TBR!

October 29, 2015




Heellllooooooooooooooooo

I'm a ghoooooooooooooossssssssssssssssssttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt

Not really! (I bet you were really scared though)

With Halloween just days away, I wanted to share with you some of the spooky things I will be reading this week. I've never really been into horror or Halloween, but I noticed some of these books and they have really captivating me. I was also given the chance to read Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash this Halloween, which has really gotten me into the spooookkkyy spirit. A review of that to come soon!

So these three books are what I am going to be reading this Halloweeeeennnnnnnnnnn.

1. Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash
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The book that inspired it all! (I.E. the whole blog post)
Welcome to Monsterland – the scariest place on Earth. All guests can interact with real vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by an actual werewolf on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.
Wyatt Baldwin, a high school student and life-long movie buff is staring bleakly at a future of flipping burgers. Due to a fortuitous circumstance, Wyatt and his friends are invited to the star-studded opening of Monsterland. In a theme park full of real vampires, werewolves and zombies, what could possibly go wrong?


2. Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

I feel like the only person who found this pretty creepy when I read it. I thought it was a really good classic though.
In this harrowing tale of good and evil, the mild-mannered Dr. Jekyll develops a potion that unleashes his secret, inner persona—the loathsome, twisted Mr. Hyde.


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I can't believe that I still haven't read this! it is meant to be an amazing book, but I haven't yet tried it :(
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.
A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.


Have a great Halloween! If you want to find me, I will be rocking back and forth under my bedsheets, probably trying to text my mum. :)

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Books

Willow Creek Vampire Series Book Blitz!

October 19, 2015

Title: Willow Creek Vampire Series

Author: Stephanie Summers
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Blurb:
Welcome to Willow Creek, where life is simple, crime is practically nonexistent, and people are happy—unless you’re Sabine Crowley. On her eighteenth birthday, she receives word that she’s the latest offering in a two hundred year arrangement between the townspeople and the vampire lord who presides over the town. There goes her plan for traveling the world, moving away from Willow Creek, and pursuing her dreams. Now that she’s being sent to live with the vampires, she’s tied to the town and cocky newcomer Remy, the vampire she’s tasked to feed for the rest of her life. The Willow Creek Vampires Series follows Sabine’s journey through finding out she’s the next offering, to falling in love, to doing everything she can to hold onto and save the love she never thought she’d find, all while searching for a way to freedom.
Stephanie Summers is a paranormal and contemporary romance author. She recently from West Virginia University with a degree in accounting, though writing is her true passion. Stephanie seemed to always have a story or two or ten running around in her mind. At the ripe old age of 30, she finally decided it was time to put aside the thought that she didn't have what it took to write a novel and began writing her first story. 
She has since published her first paranormal series, The Willow Creek Vampires Series, with Craving (Book #1), Haunting (Book #2), and Awakening (Book #3) available now. Her short story, Love Forgotten, was chosen to be published in Stardust: A Futuristic Romance Collection, and another short story, Saved by the Bear, is available now. Her contemporary rock star romance, Take Me On, was released in July 2015, with its sequel, Take Me Home, scheduled to release later this year.
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He stood looking out the window at nothing.
Not turning toward her, he spoke. “You were never in any real danger. You know that, right?”
“I get that, but that’s not what I’m having issues with… that’s not what scares me.”
“What is it then?”
“You.”
His body stiffened as he heard the fear in her voice. His head turned slightly in her direction.
“You scared me before, but I’m absolutely terrified of you now. You bit me when you said you wouldn’t, and I’ve never seen someone be as violent as you were. I’ve never seen someone die right in front of me, let alone witnessing such a violent death.”
“I didn’t bite you.” He continued looking out the window again, and his body relaxed.
“I saw my blood dripping off your teeth and running down your chin. Now you’re going to lie about it?”
“It wasn’t your blood. It was mine. I meant it when I said I wouldn’t feed on you in front of all them.”
“Oh… I saw the blood, and I thought,” she trailed off in mid-sentence. “I guess that’s why it didn’t hurt. I thought maybe you just made it so I didn’t feel it.”
“I wanted them to believe I was feeding from you, so I bit the inside of my lip. That’s why I kept my mouth on your neck for so long. I knew some of them were watching us. If I hadn’t pretended to feed on you, things could have turned sour fast, and it’s not like I could tell you my intentions without alerting everyone else.”
He turned to face her just as she reached up and placed her hand on the spot his mouth had been focused on. He saw lust flash briefly in her eyes. Though he would never admit it to her, he enjoyed being close to her. He planned to tease her about kissing her and sucking on her neck, and he was going to act like he was the pig she thought he was, but he would never tell her how much he enjoyed being so close to her. His lips ached to kiss her again.
“Then what was with killing that guy? All for a necklace?” Sabine shook her head and looked at him incredulously. “You could just buy another.”
He looked down at the floor. He couldn’t stand making eye contact with her while he revealed the story so close to his heart. “It isn’t just a necklace. It’s my mother’s, and later belonged to my wife. That necklace is the only item I possessed that belonged to either of them, and he stole it from me.”
“I didn’t realize you still had feelings like that. You made it seem like you don’t care about anything,” she said, moving to the side of the bed closest to him and sat down.
“I do care about a few things. I may put on a tough exterior, but some feelings linger.”
“So, it has sentimental value... couldn’t you just take it back? Did you have to kill him?”
“Yes, I did. Everything I owned as a human was stripped from me by my father when I refused him. I managed to hide the necklace in a place he never suspected, and I retrieved it later. So, you see, it wasn’t just that it was theirs, but it was the only thing I had left from my mortal life. The necklace was the last bit of myself that I could still hold on to.”

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