Friday, 28 October 2016

The Wrong Train Blog Tour

 As a Londoner one of my biggest annoyances is when I get on the wrong train! However after you've read The Wrong Train you have to sort of readdress you life and think me going two stops in the wrong direction isn't too bad and I should be grateful I didn't get on a different kind of train altogether. ISNT THAT RIGHT JEREMY.....and Jeremy can't be allowed to just write things like that and get away with it...especially not on Halloween! So when it came round to our stop on the blog tour...well we'll just let Jeremy tell you about that...They don't call us Dark Readers for nothing Muhahahahahah


Its for Halloween,’ the people at Dark Readers said. Go in there and tell us about creating a horror setting using the five senses.’ They pointed at the cellar door and we all laughed, and I went along with the joke, stepped inside, and let them close the door behind me. 

You cant come out till youve done it,’ they said. 

We were all still laughing, but then they turned the key and suddenly the joke wasn't so funny anymore, because they didnt open the door again. They put on their coats, turned out the lights. 

Five Senses,’ they called as they left.  

Then it was all quiet. 

Ive been shouting as loud as I can for an hour or more now, but theres no-one to hear me. So, lets do this thing - a setting using the six senses of horror.  

Yup, six. 

Trust me, Its the sixth one that puts the knife beneath the skin. But first Ill just try and sit down because to be very honest its dark in here and I dont want to get too close to the stairs. 

There, sitting down. 

Big remember - you can make a setting as scary as you like but unless youve got a story to put in it, all youve got is scenery and decorations. Story is always King  Write that, in blood if needs be, across the top of everything you start.  

Here we go. 

What you can almost see is always way more scary than what you cant see at all. Like this dark cellar - what worries me most is not the dark, but that I can almost see into the shadows at the bottom of the stairs. Anything might be in there. 

Sounds - just on their own arent frightening. You need to make someone anxious about whats making the noise. Dont make it complicated, just associate one simple noise with the bad thing in the story, and then when that noise happens again everyone needs to watch out. Like the noise from the bottom of the stairs, dont know what it is, but im not feeling too good about it. 

Smell - doesnt have to be bad. It might be a lady's perfume all sweet and honey, but if the sweet smell brings the bad thing, youre not going to want to smell that perfume. In The Wrong Train I linked the smell of cheap aftershave to a bad thing - only the girl in the story could smell it. Right now, what I dont like is that this cellar smells of something rotting. Something dead. 

As for touch, the wetness of buckets of gore and slime are just repulsive. Be far more subtle than that. Youre not after repulsion, youre after fear. For example, Im not one bit happy that as I write this there seems to be something in the dark with me. Every so often, I can feel its breath. 

Taste is a tricky one - really subjective thing, taste is. As with smell, if I were going to use it in a setting Id associate a particular taste with something bad about to happen. Having said that, I can taste that smell of rot on my tongue too. Its not a good thing. 

That sixth sense, and itthe one that drives fear, is - Anxiety. That feeling that something is just not right, not safe. Its every bit as real a sense as the other five put together. If you can fire that one up, boy howdy, youre on your way. 

And if you want to make someone anxious, let me tell you now that locking them in a dark cellar and leaving them there is a strong start because anything might happen to them and none of it promises to be good. 

So, Id like to come out now, guys. Its not funny anymore. 

Guys! 

Anyone? 

Don;t forget to check out the other stops on the blog tour which can be found below...and check out our review of The Wrong Train HERE

Oh and HAPPY HALLOWEEN


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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Top reads on #NationalComingOut Day

Coming out for any reason and for any situation is largely not an easy and comfortable thing to do ( at least in my experience). We are all different and experience things in different ways, with so many emotions mix up within this, it can be a hard time in anyone's life. That;s why in any situation books can be there for us. Books not only take us to other worlds but into other peoples lives, lives that often mirror our own and that we can draw emotion, experience, advice, comfort and confidence from. SO on this National Coming Out Day we've got a small list of just a couple of titles that have a strong LGBTQ themes and that we can all draw something from...this list is just the tip of the iceberg in both fiction and non-fiction and we'd love to hear what books you've read and that have influenced YOU!  


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda


School life is complicated enough as it is! I can only imagine what it would have been like to go trough high school if this has happened to me! This was a time where I was still finding myself and getting bullied for something i hadn't even properly understood let alone accepted yet. BUT it was a time that shaped me and i feel we're coming into a more open age and I hope more people can be open about their sexuality and more goes into education and information around this for children!


More Than This


A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies.

Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive.

How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place?

As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?

This book isn't focused specifically on LBGTQ issues but there was a beautiful relationship and description of someones feelings here and i remember really connecting with the character at that moment and getting a bit teary!




Fan Art




The Art of Being Normal

Two boys. Two secrets.

David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl. 

On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year eleven is definitely not part of that plan. 

When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long…






This Book is Gay


Former PSHCE teacher and acclaimed YA author James Dawson gives an uncensored look at what it's like to grow up as LGBT. Including testimonials from people 'across the spectrum', this inclusive book explores everything anyone who ever dared to wonder wants to know - from sex to politics, how to pull, stereotypes, how to come-out and more. Spike Gerrell's hilarious illustrations combined with funny and factual text make this a must-have read

This is the Kind of book that was not around when I was younger when there were a million and one questions and I didn't have the internet! It;s a book I want more people to read to feel comfortable about themselves 




Audio Book: Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen
Author: Jazz Jennings, Narrated by: Jazz Jennings
Available on Audible.co.uk

Jazz Jennings is one of the youngest and most prominent voices in the national discussion about gender identity. At the age of five, Jazz transitioned to life as a girl, with the support of her parents. A year later her parents allowed her to share her incredible journey in her first Barbara Walters interview, aired at a time when the public was much less knowledgeable about or accepting of the transgender community. This groundbreaking interview was followed over the years by other high-profile interviews, a documentary, the launch of her YouTube channel, a picture book, and her own reality TV series, I Am Jazz, making her one of the most recognizable activists for transgender teens, children, and adults. In her remarkable memoir, Jazz reflects on these very public experiences and how they have helped shape the mainstream attitude toward the transgender community. But it hasn't all been easy. Jazz has faced many challenges, bullying, discrimination, and rejection, yet she perseveres as she educates others about her life as a transgender teen. Through it all her family has been beside her on this journey, standing together against those who don't understand the true meaning of tolerance and unconditional love. Now Jazz must learn to navigate the physical, social, and emotional upheavals of adolescence - particularly high school - complicated by the unique challenges of being a transgender teen. Making the journey from girl to woman is never easy - especially when you began your life in a boy's body.

Again this is a subject that I don't think is discussed about enough, but that there is a lot of movement in the last few years to bring about awareness and Jazz's story is a really inspiring one! Its made all the more personal that she narrates the book herself! 

Not My Father’s Son Audio Book
By Alan Cumming, Narrated by: Alan Cumming
Available on Audible.co.uk

Tremendously moving and eloquently written, Alan Cumming's Not My Father's Son is a brutally honest memoir of the extraordinary life he has led. In this autobiography audiobook edition of his novel, Cumming narrates through the journey that has been his life - from a young boy with an abusive father to the icon he is today. Heartfelt, inspirational and awakening, Cumming's story is one that stays with the listener long after the final word is spoken. This book is not just for fans of this incredible man but for anyone who is touched by the emancipation of a child from the grasps of a violent beginning.

Aside from looking vaguely like me...Alan cumming is a great actor who has been through much and who not only has an interesting life but one that can bee looked up to!  Go on Alan!


No one should every feel that it's not ok to be who you are and who you want to be and I hope on this #NationalComingOutDay you feel inspired to be the best you you can be!
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