Preptober – It’s a NaNorific Month!

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Hey Everyone,

Preptober is upon us! Now if you don’t know what Preptober is then I am about to tell you. It refers to the month before National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which falls in November, meaning that October is the month to prepare.

For many writer’s it is an essential month to get everything done that will help us in the quest to hit that 50k word count during November.

I didn’t take part last year as I wasn’t well so I am making the most of Preptober this year so that come NaNo I am able to hit the ground running.

I knocked up a little Preptober calender to keep me on track and i’d like to share it with you. Of course everyone prep’s differently but hopefully it will be of use to someone.

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Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

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Book Tour: Sister, Psychopath by Maggie James {Review}

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Today I have a review for you from the book Sister, Psychopath by Maggie James.

Blurb..

When they were children, Megan adored her younger sister Chloe. Now she can’t bear to be in the same room as her.

Megan believes Chloe is a psychopath and her sister does appear to be a textbook case: cold, cruel and lacking in empathy.

Why does Chloe want to taunt Megan at every opportunity?  And why does she persist in manipulating their mentally ill mother, Tilly?

When Tilly, under Chloe’s malignant influence, becomes dangerously unstable, the consequences are ugly. Megan’s world falls apart. Her sister’s out of control and there’s little she can do about it. Until Chloe’s actions threaten the safety of Megan’s former lover. A man from whom she has kept an important secret…

A study of sibling rivalry and dysfunctional relationships, Sister, Psychopath tells the story of one woman’s struggle to survive the damage inflicted by her own flesh and blood.

Review…

What a corker of a book! I seriously enjoyed reading this. The main character Megan is the sort of woman everyone can relate too. Most of us have siblings or family members we cannot stand, all have unrequited love, and generally stuggle for our careers and money. Chloe on the other hand plays the perfect villian, everythign about her reminded me of the mean girls you get at school and within business enviorments that drive you insane and get away with everything.

The build up through the story to that main critical point was fantastic, I never saw what was coming and the end twist? Saaayyy whaaaat???? I did NOT  see that coming, maybe a few little parts of I had an inkling but not on that scale.

Maggie has a way of writing that sucks you in and keeps you glued to the pages. The character development was really well done. I would give this book 5/5 stars and highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good psychological thriller.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Writing Resources #1

Every budding writer is constantly on the look out for anything that will help them on their journey. Every published author has a method in which they promote that worked from them. More often than not each of these methods is unique and differs from others. As a result it means that finding information can be overwhelming. However, I stumbled across 2 resources which put information out there which is plain, simple and incredibly helpful.

The first resource comes from Eva Deverell.

Eva has a website, Instagram and Pinterest name packed with information and free worksheets and printables.

Website: http://www.eadeverell.com/

The second comes from Megg Geri.

Again Megg has multiple channels in which she shares information However, the website is amazing. I was also lucky enough to win a digital copy of her book ‘Write A Novel In 30 Days’ and I’ve found it amazing. It really gets you looking not just at methods of writing but at why you write and what inspires you. I would absolutely love this in a print version.

Website: https://megg.me/

Link to the book: https://gumroad.com/l/writeanovelin30days#

Here is a little look at the things I printed from both sites. 

As you can see there are many different forms of information.

Hope you find these as helpful as I have.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Writing Prompt #7 


Daily Prompt challenge. Less than 750 words, flash fiction.

This is mine. Totally unedited and 236 words.

They stared at each other across the platform. This could be the last time they see each other. Slowly she walked towards him, he smiled and walked towards her. Once together they stood facing each other. He was smiling andshe had tears running down her cheeks.

It was the end of there holiday romance and she had to go home. Return to her boring life, boring home and boring job. She longed to be with him, to stay in this bubble that they had created over the last two weeks. The night before she was leaving he had told her it was the best time of his life and he had fallen head over heels in love. She felt the same, how could she tear herself away from this?

The train pulled up and he gave her a squeezing big and kissed her lips softly. She cried as she got on the the train and he turned and started to leave.

He heard the train pulling out and he turned to see it leave. After a few minutes he sighed and went to leave. However, there amongst the Steam he saw the outline of a lady, as she walked closer he saw it was her.

She couldn’t do it, she got off the train and would start a new life here with the man who had stolen her heart on the best holiday of her life.

Thanks for reading . 

Emma-Louise x

Writing Prompt #6 – Diary


750 Words. Flash Fiction.

23.10.16

Dear Diary,

Well what a shit day it has been today. Lee decided that we should not be together anymore. He reckons his girlfriend is suspicious of his behaviour. So she should be the stupid cow! He had ended it before but this time feels different. I haven’t told him about the baby. I haven’t told anyone. I’m 15 years old ffs. My mother is going to go crazy when she finds out. No way am I having an abortion. Not going to happen. Why is everything going so wrong. I wish I’d never met him, I don’t even know if I loved him. Arrogant arsehole! I’m going to go eat some pizza and watch Pitch Perfect, that’ll cheer me up.

01.01.17

Dear Diary

It’s been a while I know but man I have been so poorly. My mum thinks I have had non stop stomach bugs. She even took me to the Doctor who thinks I have something called IBS and certain foods are making me ill. I have a small bump now which is getting harder to hide. I have been saving for the last few months. The pleasure of having a rich family means lots of money available. I am going to run away. I saw Lee a Month ago. He had me against a tree, I missed his touch but he said it was a mistake, I still didn’t tell him about the baby. The sex made me feel good for a while anyway.

26.2.17

Dear Diary

Today is the day! I’m leaving! Packed all my stuff and bought a tent. Not sure where I will go but I’m 16 tomorrow. Legally I am good and being pregnant I look older. I will go see a Dr when I get to where I am going.

06. 5. 17

Dear Diary

I am massive. Took me a while to write again as life got busy. I am staying in a town many miles from where I was. I have a little bedsit and part-time job in a cafe. I have seen the Dr and Midwives. The baby is due around 15th June. Not long to go now. I ran my mum told her I was pregnant and not coming back. She hung up on me and called me a disgrace. Least I know she won’t argue to have me back. I started buying bits of baby stuff. People here have been really helpful with things. An old lady Elsie lives next door and she has knit me alsorts of baby stuff and bought a crib. Maybe life won’t be so bad.

08.07.17

Dear Diary

My life is amazing. I had a baby girl, her name is Elizabeth and she weighed 5lb 3oz. She was so small. I have never felt anything like this. I want to protect her forever. I ran my mum to tell her my news but she wasn’t interested. I don’t understand it, now I’m a mother I couldn’t imagine ever shunning Elizabeth. 

I am allowed to go back to my cafe job in a few months. I’ll need the money. They said I can take the baby with me so I don’t have to find childcare. They gave me £1000 when she was born to help out. These people are like a second family. I hope when my angel gets older she finds friends like this. Who needs family.

Thanks for reading 

Emma-Louise x

Writing Prompt #5


You know the drill… or you thought you did. The goalposts moved on this one. 100 words. I didn’t realise and wrote one over 400, so for this I have done 2 different ones for each word count.

Story Number 1 – 407 Words

Riley ran through the thick Forest as quick as his legs could carry him. This had been a great idea, until it wasn’t. Professor Liney had sworn that the machine would work and take him back. What Riley didn’t realise was just how far back he was going.

Opening the hatch he was confronted by a burning red sky barely visible through the dense canopy of the tree above. These trees were something to marvel at, they must have been ancient. Massively thick trunks and towering higher than most of the 4 story buildings in Riley’s town.

After Riley had finished admiring the view and his heart had slowed to a pace that wouldn’t kill him he decided to get out and have a quick walk about. He couldn’t believe the Prof’s machine actually worked, or that he was daft enough to be the first to test it.

Riley looked around. He didn’t recognise any of the plants or flowers that grew around the space he had landed. Most were taller than him standing at least 7 foot tall. The colours were bright and vivid against the greens of the underbrush. Riley checked his watch. He had 18 minutes before the machine would take him back to reality.

There was a noticeable drop in the temperature and silent had descended. He didn’t realise he was aware of the animals and birds until they stopped making any noise. The ground began to quake as he heard a *thud thud thud* of footsteps. The leaves were shaking around him, he knew it was time to leave.

Riley ran back to the machine pod as quickly as he could. Whatever was approaching was getting closer and he didn’t want to be there to face it.

The ground was slippy and he was struggling to stay upright. Luckily he hadn’t gone far, just a few more strides and he would be there.

Once he approached the pod he quickly got in and bolted the door shut. Riley strapped himself into the chair and turned the machine on to signify he was ready to depart. Seconds felt like hours and the machine whirred to life. Across the dashboard the digits 2017 flashed up. Riley was going home. Just as the machine started to fade out he saw a huge T-Rex burst through the trees and head straight towards him. Riley had never been so pleased to be heading back to his world.

Story Number 2 – 95 Words 

If you could live forever would you? If time was no object would you work hard to achieve your dreams as soon as possible? Or would you perhaps go live and enjoy life without the worry?

These are the questions Lulu frequently asked herself. You see Lulu was a magician and she could bend time. What she wanted more than anything though was to test how people would like with infinate time. Lulu didn’t know how old she was, she couldn’t remember how she came into being. All she know is what she was, everlasting. 

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x



Book Review: No Ordinary Girl by Cheryl Elaine

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Blurb:

What started out as a night of celebration for Aimee soon turned into a nightmare. Snatched by cruel, sadistic monsters – the worst creatures mankind has ever produced – she’s thrown into a metal container, among other victims too frightened to make a single sound.

The game-keepers force everyone to play. They deliver torment and pain in equal measure. Every hunter has their own agenda and reasons to maim and torture.

Detective Johnson is one step away from catching the killers. Wrestling with his instincts as a father to serve justice his own way, this is no ordinary case for him. Can he stop the vile sadists before they damage more young girls, as well as his own daughter?

Aimee’s ordeal within the compound brings her to the conclusion that she’s no ordinary girl. But can she hang onto her sanity long enough to escape? And will she find a different way to play?

This crime thriller will keep you riveted. It’s no ordinary story.

Please note: contains graphic content.

Review:

Well, the blurb wasn’t joking at the graphic content lol! This book was gruesome in parts but it was needed. Telling the story of Aimee and the thing’s she had to endure meant that in order to get the horror of her situation across to the reader graphic scenes were necessary. I did enjoy this book, it was different from anything I had read before and the plot kept me interested. The only let down was that I feel the 2nd half was a bit rushed. I would have liked to have seen what Aimee did during the months when she was becoming Angel. Aimee made for an interesting character, although the situation with her friend Kelly could have been resolved in a different way and in the end it seemed that she was not that different from those she had took Kelly from. Other than that I have absolutely no problem with the book. It was well-written and interesting.

Rating:

I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

*Disclaimer – This book was sent to me from in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions given are my own*

Writing Prompt #4

I think you all know the rules by now. Less than 750 words, flash fiction.

The light fractured into pieces along the wall. The curtains pulled shut allowed little light into the room, but enough to notice every car that passed.

I lay on the bed trying to focus my breathing. To let my subconscious take hold. I was told that meditating will help, easier said than done when you’re stuck in a motel room right on the highway. So much for peace.

I still had the hospital gown on that I’d escaped in. My feet red raw and bleeding. Walking for miles barefoot in this climate wasn’t ideal. The dusty dry roads scattered with pebbles, stones and Sandy grit. 

I’d been here now for 2 hours, I snuck in the room through the bathroom window, I shouldn’t be here and I hoped that no one would rent to room tonight. There was some small snacks in the fridge which I had eaten when I got here but now my stomach groaned in protest at the amount of crap I’d consumed.

I needed to get away from the doctors. They were just doing there job, I get that but I needed space to work through this. I was told it was an accident. I was walking down the road when a car came ploughing into me which had left me in a coma for 13 days. When I awoke I had no idea who I was or where I was from. They had not found any I.D on me and my DNA wasn’t on record. I was a non-dead Jane Doe.

I kept getting flashes of memories but never enough to grasp anything from. I had the feeling that may be this was the universe telling me my life was bad before and I was given a fresh start to reinvent myself. I could be anyone. I could have children or a husband, I could be a serial killer. I had no idea.

The only identifying thing I had were the tattoo’s that were down my arms, shoulders and back. I wondered what my inspiration had been when I got them. I liked them, tomorrow I am going to see if any of the studios in town recognise the work.

I figured if I couldn’t meditate then I should at least try to get some sleep. I blocked the door with the side unit so at least I would have time to get out should someone try and enter.

I got into the bed and it didn’t take long for me to fall into a deep sleep. 

I woke to the sound of a car pulling up. It was just getting light and the wall clock showed it was 5.53am.

I got out of the bed, straightened the covers and ate some more snacks, filling my coat pocket with more. I was grateful I had the coat, at least people didn’t stare so blantely when I walked past.

I crawled out of the bathroom window the way I had came and walked around to the main building. It was still and quiet with the exception of a lady dressed in a business suit getting into her car. 

I walked over to her and said hello.

” Oh, hello” she replied

I’m sorry to bother you but I was wondering if you were heading into town? My friends thought it was funny to take my shoes and I’d rather not walk back barefoot again’

She looked down at my feet, glazing over my long coat.

‘Urm, sure. Yes I can take you there. I have a pair of old squash shoes if you would like to wear them?’

‘That would be very kind of you, thank you’

The lady walked to the boot of her car and got some old battered white shoes out and have them to me. I opened the passenger door and slide in. The car smelt like fresh pine and was immaculately clean.

We drove in silence, I didn’t know what to say and she clearly didn’t either. When she pulled up to the road I got out.

‘Thank you for the lift.’ I said poking my head through the window.

‘You’re welcome, sorry I didn’t catch your name’

I thought for second before replying, 

‘My name is Andrea, Andrea Riley’

And with that I turned and walked away. That was my name now, one I had claimed until I could find out who I really was.

Thanks for reading and as always feel free to pop your story in the comments below or link to your blog post.

Emma-Louise x

Writing Prompt #3

Day 3 Prompt. Same rules, less than 750 words.

Miles giggled as he peaked through the gap in the wardrobe doors. He couldn’t hear Leila anywhere. 

He was sure it had been 10 minutes already but it felt like an eternity in here. The space started to feel stuffy and too warm.

*Creak*

Ah-ha Leila must be close that was definitely one of the floorboards in the hallway outside the room. 

*Squeak*

The door opened to the room. Miles’ breathing quickened as he struggled to contain himself. He didn’t dare breathe but he wanted to laugh. The excitement and trepidation was building inside him.

‘”Miles…Where are you? I’m coming to find you’”

Leila sounded really close. Miles realised that perhaps he had hidden in a stupidly obvious place now he had given it some thought. He knew once he had been found though it was time for ice-cream and jelly so he didn’t want to make it too hard.

Leila stopped outside the wardrobe door. Miles stilled and slowed his breathing.

Slowly the door opened. 

“Rawwrr” screamed Miles as he jumped out at Leila.

Leila screamed and stumbled backwards, tripping over the chair next to the bed. Miles watched as if it was slow motion, he couldn’t get to her before she fell backwards through the full length mirror. He stood shocked. Leila wasn’t moving and he was scared to go towards her, fearing what he would see. 

Miles felt the warm urine run down his leg and make a puddle as his feet. He heard footsteps running up the stairs.

“Oh my god, oh my god ” his mother half scream shouted. 

“Gary? Gary? Ring the ambulance quickly. Leila is hurt.

“SHIT, I’m on the phone now” Gary replied.

Miles started to cry, he ran to his bedroom and got under the bed. He was scared, worried and frightened.

After a few minutes he heard his father come in the room.

“Come out Miles, tell me what happened. Your sister is going to get some help, the ambulance is on the way”

Miles sniffled. He didn’t want to come out. 

“Please Miles” he father repeated.

Miles slithered from under the bed. His father sat on the bed and patted the space next to him.

“We were playing hide and seek, I jumped out on her and she fell backwards. It was an accident”

Miles told his father. To which his father replied, 

“It’s ok Miles. We will stay here until the ambulance men are here.”

The minutes ticked away. Not long after he heard his mother scream. Miles tucked himself into his father. He could hear his mother sobbing, the help had arrived.

His mother came into the bedroom, covered in blood, eyes full of tears. 

“It’s too late” she said.

“He killed my girl, he killed my baby girl Gary”

“No, he didn’t it was an accident Laura, she fell he told me” replied Gary. 

Laura laughed manically. Walked over to where Miles and Gary sat. The shard of mirror was hidden in her hand. The shard which she plunged into Miles’ chest…

That was when Miles woke from his nightmare. He had urinated in his bed again. The nightmare played over and over in his mind since his sister’s death 7 years previous. He heard his mother downstairs humming to the radio while she did breakfast. He got up and headed downstairs.

“Miles, good morning sweetheart. Want some breakfast?” His mother asked. 

“I would love some mum, thank you” and he sat at the table thanking God that his nightmare wasn’t real.

Thanks for reading.

Emma – Louise x

Writing Prompt #2


2nd Prompt of July. Decay. Less than 750 words and unedited.

‘I locked eyes with the coyote as it stood across the street from me.

Rooted to the spot, my feet wouldn’t  move. I didn’t know whether it was through fear or fascination. 

It looked as it was considering me, considering what It’s options were. It looked as shocked to see me as I was to see it.

With a sudden burst it dashed across the street and went down the alley way. I walked slowly to see where it was but I could no longer see it.

Could this day get any weirder? 

Things had been strange from the moment I woke this morning. My senses heightened. I could hear the conversation the neighbours were having over the road. I could smell the food cooking 3 doors down. My carpet didn’t just feel soft against my feet, it felt like heaven. I tried to remember the previous night. Had I been drugged? I know I was drunk, I remember being at the club, all the drinks and the shots we had. The last thing I remember though was Fraiser slurring words at me I didn’t understand. We were still in the club then.

Then there were the scratches, my arms were covered in them and his neck. What on earth had I gotten into?

And where was Frasier? I called him 7 times this morning. He surely would have some answers as to what went down. He probably got us in another fight, seems to be all to regular lately.

I continued down the road. The sun hidden behind the clouds still blinded me. The smell of decay from the nights bins floated in the breeze. I didn’t know where to go, I just needed coffee. Lots of coffee. 

I became aware of the black car before it turned the corner, there was something about it that didn’t sit right with me. I felt my pulse quicken. It slowed as it passed me, I could smell it stronger then. The smell of rot. I assumed it was the bins but it was this car. What the hell was inside it to smell like that. 

I felt like a hole the size of planet open in the pit of my stomach, dread oozed from my bones. Fear, genuine unadulterated fear poured from me. Whatever this car contained was not something I wanted to come into contact with and with that thought I turned and ran.’

Thanks for reading and please feel free to pop your prompt story in the comments or link to your blog:)

Emma-Louise x