Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Book Review : The New recruit

So I just finished reading Jill Williamson's new book - The New Recruit so as usual here's the review!
The cover:

Spencer is an average teenager who likes to play basketball and lives with him grandma, he is forced to choose between military school or a Christian spy organisation that he has never heard of, to him there is no choice, he chooses the Christians but he isn't very happy about it and when a girl in the organisation thinks that it is her place to teach him about god it makes it all worse. When they take a summer trip to Moscow to help some homeless people he realizes that there is more to the mission league than he originally thought. After he gets into a bad situation with a gang of homeless boys Spencer trys to find the faith that he needs to help the mission league.
I seriously loved this book, it's not my usual type of book as i'm sure you've all realized before that I am a romance book kind of girl but I really got into this book, She describes everything really amazingly and I could really picture everything ( Plus there are these really cool character sketches which are here) Every chapter had something new that shocked me and I will defiantly be reading the other 3 books in the series when they are released! I especially loved the ending chapters but i won't talk about them as I don't want to give anything away for anyone who wants to read it!
Overall I loved this book and would recomend it to anyone, even people who don't usually read Christian fiction like me:)


Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Tools that i think every writer needs

There are two tools that I would deem the most important things that every writer needs, people may disagree with me but these are the things that have got me through this far, and have made me sure that  i will not give up on my dream.
The first one is a little obvious, Inspiration and determination to write. It's self-explanatory really, if you don't want to write you're probably not going to write anything of any value, because you couldn't care less whether it is good, also as an addition to this point, you need to find it fun, you're not going to jam out a 60,000 word book if you don't find it remotely fun, while most people enjoy actually going out and taking risks to have fun. There are nerds like me who get a rush out of writing about someone else taking the risk - All the rush with no real risk apart from maybe a paper cut:) - but if you're not like that then writing probably isn't going to be your strong suit, at least not writing books anyway, unless you have determination to get your message and story out to the world:).

The second one has been the most important thing for me, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. An amazing support group:) For first I have my amazing boyfriend, who reads everything I write no matter how terrible my unedited writing is, and always encourages me, I am thankful for him, and even though he doesn't understand why I love writing so much, he tries to help the best he can even though I know it bores him to tears when I talk about what's going on in my book, and probally when he reads them too. Here's a nice picture of the two of us, it was taken nearly two years ago but the sentiment is still there.

My second support group is the inspirational Go teen Writers group, I would have given up a long time ago if I hadn't found this blog and Facebook group, everyone there is so helpful and the posts on the blog are really great and have taught me alot that I didn't know about writing ( and are the main reason why my second book doesn't suck as much as my first.) I don't have a lot of writer friends so it's nice to know that I can go on the group and almost everyone understands when you've got writers block or you're struggling with something, and none of them judge for silly questions.
I hope this blog post wasn't too pointless, but a friend asked me how I can write so many words without dying of boredom and I was inspired.


Sunday, 9 September 2012

Guest post from Harvey Hertz!

Hello Blogger people, not that I really know what a blogger is but that's what Summer said it's called so I'll just trust her. Summer asked me to do a guest post but I'm not really sure what I'm supposed to be talking about and she doesn't know any Interview questions for me so I guess I'll just talk about my life at the moment.
I live in 1944, I used to be a Nazi spy until... Well until a couple of months ago when I discovered the error of their ways, some people may think it's a little fickle that as soon as I met Elsie I gave up all my loyalty to the Nazis but that's not all that happened, Elsie was just the catalyst for something that had been brewing for a while, but if I'm honest I haven't exactly been a great person since I met Elsie anyway, I've probably broken at least half of the ten commandments, hey that's interesting let's see if i have:

Well the murdering one I have defiantly broken that, I have stolen, I have used god's name in vain ( after I got a stern word from Elsie for it) , I have not kept the Sabbath holy , I nearly killed my father ( Years before I met Elsie though.) so that's not being completly respectful, and I have been envious of everyone that has an easy life and doesn't have to hide their engagement from anyone and lastly I told the Gestapo that Josef was helping Jews and that's why I murdered him , that's seven so yes I was right.
But even if I have done all these things, I did them all to protect somebody and if my actions saved people's lives, I think god can overlook some little indiscretions, some aren't so little but they were all for the greater good.
Right now I'm paying for it all  anyway - My fiancee is pregnant and stuck in a death camp and after being stuck as a prisoner myself for a few months, I'm pretending to have turned back to the Nazis and have been employed as a guard, the guard who has to punish Elsie, and other women. - I'm trying my best to figure out the best way to save her from the camp before our baby is born, but my mind keeps drawing a blank, it seems that now I can only think straight when Elsie isn't in grave danger, I guess I'm not as good under pressure as I thought I was but I'm going to have to get better at it if I want to save her soon, which I obviously do because if any of the other Nazi guards try to get their hands on her one more time, I will murder them and add that to my list of sins that I need to make up for after this whole thing is over.
Well I'm going to go brainstorm for more ways to save Else, wish me luck!

I hope you enjoyed hearing about Harvey's life since I couldn't think of a post, he's one of my favorite characters and is great to talk to ( Yes i talk to my characters but that doesn't make me crazy.) If anyone has any questions for Harvey he would love to answer them
+ Harvey!x

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Book Review : Mocking Jay

I finished Mocking jay about a week ago but i had other things ready to post so i didn't post this until today:) This may contain spoilers if you haven't read the first two books - you have been warned - I've already explained how much I love the Hunger games trilogy in the first two posts that I did on these books, but I'm going to say this one statement; This is my new favorite series!!

Here's the cover:

So Katniss has been lifted out of the 64th hunger game's arena by the rebels and has been informed of a plan that she and Peeta were both a part of but had no idea that it was going on, if this wasn't bad enough Peeta has been taken into the clutches of the Capitol so that she could become the rebel's mocking jay, All she wants to do is to save Peeta and her family but to do that she will have to agree to help the Rebels for their co-operation to save Peeta, from the horrible torture he is being issued in Capitol.
This book was definatly my favorite in the series and the ending is well... to die for! I couldn't have wished for a better ending to it! It was compelling until the very end and Everything that happened was shocking until the last word, it is defiantly a recommended book!( Harry if you're reading this, I am not obsessed with the Hunger games it is just an amazing book) and I am actually sad that i finished this, now I need to read it again!
By the way i completed Camp Nano!! Here's my winners button!


Monday, 3 September 2012

Characters combined :)

I have just taken part in Bethany's ( See her blog here) new prompt thing and have partnered up with Katelyn ( Her blog here), I used Harvey who is my character from my Nazi Germany WIP and Katelyn used her character Guinevere, so here's how their interaction went:

Harvey walks slowly into the funfair, his head swinging in every direction searching for someone. (Me)
     Guinevere glared at him. "Who are you searching for? Shouldn't you be explaining to me exactly what all of this," she gestured to the carts and rides, "is?" ( Katelyn)
     "The SS, they'll be here soon... they always are, and these are rides, they're for thrill and enjoyment for most people..." he stared at her while secretly thinking that she must be crazy or has suffered a recent blow to the head. (Me)
     Guinevere's forehead wrinkled as her brows pushed towards each other. "Well, why are all of these . . ." she wrinkled her nose, "people . . . dressed like they are? Do they not know how improper it is to be seen in one's nightclothes? Why are these women wearing trousers?" She folded her arms and glared even harder at him. ( Katelyn)
     "Are you alright, do you need to see a doctor or something?" Harvey puts his hand on Guinevere's shoulder, his eyes widen with concern for the obviously confused young woman. (Me)
     Guinevere jerked away from him. "Do not touch me again! I am betrothed, and it is--" she stopped. "Oh, never mind. No, I do not need to see a physician. Why would I?" ( Katelyn)
     "I was only trying to help i wasn't trying anything i'm engaged so i wouldn't , you're a little touchy aren't you?" (Me)
     Guinevere tossed her hair, which was coming undone from its pins. "No, I am not. I just do not understand your . . . society's . . . ways. You are not at all like my home. How did I even get here?" (  Katelyn)
    "You talk rather posh, has anyone ever told you that?" Harvey quickly realises that he may have offended her and thinks of a way to answer her question without riling her "but i don't know how you got here, you started a conversation with me remember?" (Me)
    Guinevere's emerald eyes widened. "Of course I speak poshly. Do you expect me to speak like a common servant?" She frowned. "Wait, I did not start a conversation with you. I was speaking to Marc and then suddenly, you were here." ( Katelyn)
      "You have servants? I don't think your Marc is here because I can't see any other guy here who's" He looks her up and down with a look of confused "Dressed as extravagantly as you are." (Me)
     "My Marc? Oh, no, you've misunderstood. Marc is just a . . . friend. And of course I have servants! What family worth its name would not have servants? Truly, you speak of me as if I am some common person." She sighed as if this were a great injustice. ( Katelyn)
     "I don't have any servants, and I've never met anyone who has servants. I don't see that as a bad thing, it means we can be self-sufficient" (Me)
     Guinevere frowned. "I am in the company of a . . . a . . . commoner. Who exactly are you, Mr. . . . Um, I do not believe I've gotten your name." ( Katelyn)
     "Harvey, Harvey Hertz, and I am technically a spy for the Gestapo, although i have technically committed a form of treason against them." A moment after revealing all this a look of fear spreads across Harvey's face "You didn't hear any of that okay?" He starts talking to himself "Oh god what have I just done? - Where has Else gotten to?... She's going to kill me" (Me)
     Guinevere blinked. "I see . . . well, after I get home I won't have to even think of you again. But . . . um . . . do you mind if I ask what a Gestapo is?" ( Katelyn)
   "Maybe it's alright that I told you anyway, you seem completely mentally unstable." (Me)
     Guinevere's eyes narrowed. "I beg your pardon? You must not know who I am." ( Katelyn)
     "I actually don't, you never told me your name and you don't look in any way familiar." Harvey tries to place her while tapping his small walking stick on the ground "Why should I know you?" (Me)
     Guinevere rolled her eyes. "Everyone knows the Montgomerys. Everyone. You must be from some kind of undeveloped country." She looked him over. "Yes, you could definitely use the touch of the English." She continued walked, her chin raised high. ( Katelyn)
     "Yeah, i could use the English to defeat us soon, that would improve my life drastically" He whispered to himself "anyway good luck getting back to England with the war on." (Me)
     Guinevere spun around. "War? What war? I . . . I only left home a few months ago. There was no mention of war!" ( Katelyn)
     "The war's been on for years already, you must have run into trouble getting into Germany." (Me)
     She blinked a few times. "What? I . . . I do not remember coming to Germany. I was in Switzerland! In Geneva! How . . . how did I get in Germany?" ( Katelyn)
    "How is Switzerland right now? Me and Elsie are thinking about Escaping there, but if it's as bad as here then we'll find somewhere else" He walks closer to her and talks fast excited to have more information for his plans. (Me)
     Guinevere put a hand to her heart. "Well, it was fine when I was there. Snowy." She looked behind her. "Um, are those the men who you were waiting for? They look quite . . . menacing."
( Katelyn)
     "I wasn't waiting for them, I was making sure they weren't here." He looks around frantically for an escape route. "I need you to pretend to be my fiancee just for a minute to save my real fiancee's life please?" He asks her despratly while putting his hands together and begging her for her help. (Me)
     Guinevere looked behind her again, fear showing on her face. "Fine, fine. You understand, under normal circumstances I would never allow this, but . . ." She clasped his hand and smiled. To those passing by, they looked like a normal couple out for a stroll. ( Katelyn)
     Harvey tries to mask his nervousness the best he can, his hand was shaking in hers until they were out of the sight of the SS "Thank you for that, I will never be able to repay you." (Me)
     Guinevere looked surprised. "Of course. I may be a social snob, but I would never do anything that could result in harm to a person's life." ( Katelyn)
     "Wow, there are still decent strangers in the world... I was starting to doubt there were any kind hearted people left, besides Elsie and my sister." (Me)
      Guinevere's smile was genuine. "Yes, I would have to agree. I know very little people who actually care for more than their dresses and hair." She frowned. "Not that I know your sister and . . . Elsie." ( Katelyn)
     "How about to repay you a little, i pay for you to ride on the big wheel? - since you seem to have never seen anything like rides." (Me)
     Guinevere shrugged. "Sure. I must admit that I find it captivating." ( Katelyn)
     He leads her to the queue for the ride "I'm surprised that they didn't find you the tiniest bit odd, with that dress on, you look like you're off to a ball not on fairground rides." (Me)
     Guinevere grinned, and then covered her mouth. "Oh, but I was off to a ball, with Marc as a chaperone, of sorts." ( Katelyn )
     "Is Marc the just friend or the one you are 'betrothed' to?" Harvey said slightly mocking her. (Me)
     Guinevere seemed to pout. "Well, it is a bit complicated. I am betrothed to a man named Gilbert. But Marc is a . . . well, I believe he is who my family wants me to marry." She shrugged again. ( Katelyn)
     "So you love Gilbert but your family don't approve, I wish my life were that uncomplicated." He said trying not to sound as annoyed as he felt at her life. (Me)
    Guinevere glared at him. "I do not believe you understand. But, then again, it is none of your business." She strode ahead, shoulders pushed back and head held high. ( Katelyn)
     "Okay, I'm sorry. I guess stress and anger get to me more than i thought, i'm sure your situation is very difficult and complicated, but at least have your go on the big wheel before you leave all angry." He said quickly "You did save my Fiancee's life after all." (Me)
      Guinevere sighed. "Yes, I am sorry as well. I get carried away. I was just thinking about . . . oh, never mind." She waved her hand through the air. "Oh look, it seems to be my turn to go up on the wheel thing." ( Katelyn)
     He laughs at her " Good luck, i'm sure you won't throw up" He says handing the man a few riechmarks (Me)
     She stared at the strange currency and narrowed her eyes. "I suppose I should not even ask." She climbed into the wheel's seat and arranged her skirts. ( Katelyn)
     He rolled his eyes while rethinking whether or not she really is crazy. (Me)

I had alot of fun doing this with Katelyn, I loved how Guinevere helped Harvey, I was like awww!