Thursday, 22 November 2012

Maybe I am going a little crazy right now, we are building to a full moon and I can feel the energy rising. My dog is being really active and I have that itch to blog. Also I saw Breaking Dawn part two on Monday and I will say despite a very strange review by the reviewer on Sunrise morning T.V show I was pleasantly surprised and thought they did a lovely job of wrapping it up. I loved seeing all the vampires in the last book come to life.

crescent moonSo what started this was a path of self discovery that I am on and have been for a long, long time. I love paranormal and imagination and creativity. And paranormal at its best, I think, is just a metaphor for life. Okay I may be one of those people who can take anything and twist it to suit their view, but here goes. Most of this is based on my collective eclectic mind and I have somehow managed to combine twilight and Bugs Bunny into an argument for self respect.
Has everyone seen Twilight? Bella is cherished by Edward and treated like a princess - right? (In fact its border line creepy) he sneaks into her room and is so strong and wise, he holds all the power and protects her, he doesn’t show emotion and he holds the potential for great violence. I would go so far as to say Bella is his perfect doll? And he, the ideal charming, strong, controlling man. Although Stephenie gives him a certain gentle domineering edge that drives women wild. But still, he is controlling and Bella weak and gentle.

I like many girls am a strong independent woman who was once a sensitive quiet child and a very good girl, just like my mother told me I was, my favourite colour was pink and I played babies. I was all things nice. - Cut to 20 years later and I raise a kid on my own, hold down a job, study for a diploma, run a business and write novels (and write blog entries). All of which I do well. Plus I look after myself inside and out as best I can.

So why is it that people close to me in my life speak to me like I am a piece of s@#t?
- When I was little I wanted to be a princess I guess - well actually apparently I told my best friend at the time that I wanted to be Bugs Bunny or a Barbie doll. I remember why too, everyone liked Bugs - he had charisma, yes Bugs was cool and I guess Barbie had that admiration and great life (mansion and convertible) and that security everyone wants (sex appeal and money?). Let's just say that for a strange kid there was method in my madness. That was lost along the way.

In society we are raised to want strong aggressive domineering men and we in turn are raised to be good gentle girls, to keep our legs together and never speak up (I am exaggerating slightly). We spend our time and money on frivolous things to keep us from taking over the world. (The Female Eunuch, the Beauty Myth). While boys are taught to be aggressive and violent males and of course this results in the classic double standards, if a girl acts like a “man” she is a “bitch” or a “whore” etc.
I watched an episode of Oprah once, where some self proclaimed "expert" said women had to chose between being respected or being cherished (Oprah swore she wanted both and refused to be talked out of it. I respect her). (I tend to remember things that both resonate and puzzle me).

And like I mentioned I was a very good girl (hard to believe I know. If I was bad mum, I blame it entirely on hormones). I guess subconsciously I wanted to be cherished the way I was supposed to and perhaps I was, but I definitely was not ever respected (I suppose it’s less becoming), this was pointed out to me long ago by someone, who has respect in her family.

write. just write.And now that I am a woman of nearly thirty years - I see the light and I will stand up for my respect. You see my entire life I have been rather disrespected. This is not what I want.

 I know what is far more important to me, is to be loved and respected - and treated as such. Now that sounds all wonderful doesn't it? And so easy - and it is - except for those who have my entire life, cherished me and not respected me. I need to show them the way. Change is very hard.
This causes conflict as they adjust to the new situation. This isn’t about ego (yes I have read Eckhart Tolle). Nor is it a feminist issue. It’s about maturing and letting go of that which no longer serves us and becoming who we are, free of intimidation and fear and societal and parental preconceptions – basically really growing up. (Freud? Doctor Phil?).
Because if you don’t look after yourself no one else will (well, unless maybe you are really cherished?).

So in the final book in the twilight saga, Bella becomes a vampire (sorry if you didn’t know how is the rock you live under?). She becomes Edwards equal as a fellow immortal. In fact, she is stronger than him, as a “new born”. He no longer has to worry and fawn over her and they face a common enemy together. Stephenie got it right in the end. Bella became Barbie and bugs in one, right? And she was happier and felt better for it and Edward loves her just as much if not more because that’s who she was meant to be.
Don't get me wrong, it is nice to be cherished and if you want that fine, good for you. But wouldn’t it be nicer to be loved and respected? Because if the people around you treat you that way, they deserve your love and that is mutual respect.

"I feel like young girls are told that they have to be this kind of princess and be all delicate and fragile, and it’s bullshit. I identified much more with the idea of being a warrior, and being a fighter…I think women are scared of feeling powerful and strong and brave, and I think that’s something they’ve got to embrace." (Emma Watson)"I feel like young girls are told that they have to be this kind of princess and be all delicate and fragile, and it’s bullshit. I identified much more with the idea of being a warrior, and being a fighter…I think women are scared of feeling powerful and strong and brave, and I think that’s something they’ve got to embrace." (Emma Watson)


"I'm a feminist, but I think that romance has been taken away a bit for my generation. I think what people connect with in novels is this idea of an overpowering, encompassing love - and it being more important and special than anything and everything else." (Emma Watson)

Artemis the Demi Goddess. Now she has R.E.S.P.E.C.T

Book feature:

Friday, 16 November 2012

Fever Utube Videos:

Tina  Smith

Tina Smith Wolf Sirens The Next Big Thing Blog Hop Interview posted every Wednesday my date is the 21st November:

What is the title of your book? Wolf Sirens Forbidden and Wolf Sirens Fever (the sequel). Wolf Sirens is a paranormal shifter series about werewolves. Romance is a strong driver in my stories but I am not about walking on the beach holding hands - my plot is littered with red herrings and inner termoil as you follow Lila the main protagonist on her journey in the town of Shade, where fantasy meets reality.

Where did the idea come from for the book? Greek myth and twilight and my childhood faves Call of the Wild and White Fang, wanting to write about strong female characters who grow through a journey where they are the hero’s, but are still desirable.

What genre does your book fall under? Y/A Paranormal/Fantasy/Romance/Suspense.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Anna Sophia Robb, Alex Pettyfer, David Henrie, Molly C Quin. Werewolves tend to be young and goodlooking.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Girl meets wolves, Boy saves her, Girl is destined to kill boy in a senario that repeats through the ages due to a curse.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Self Published.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? 2 years.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Twilight, Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls), Amanda Hocking stuff.

Who or What inspired you to write this book? My life, Wolves, Wuthering Heights.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest? The goddess huntress is cursed to an eternity hunting the creatures she loves.

 Paranormal is really just a analogy for passion and life when written at it's best.

Ch'Kara SilverWolf (

Heres a link to my feature on Author of The Vessel, Michaels Macarthy's blog:

Wolf Sirens: Fever


Sunday, 11 November 2012

Wolf Sirens Fever gains momentum. I have submitted the final final blurb for publishing.

Source: via Tina on Pinterest

"Will the huntress or her heart prevail? Breaking away from the call of destiny and fearing betrayal, Lila makes a desperate escape in search of her lost beloved. The intensity between two ancient enemies ignites. The history of the wolf pack is revealed as devotion and desire in the underworld reaches fever pitch."

It never ceases to amaze me how many generous, kind people there are in the world. Writer's can include themselves in this category. I have never met a nicer bunch!

Here were my thoughts earlier last week: I must admit I have had anxiety over how book two will be perceived, which I wasn’t expecting to have. I’m gathering some people like it from the 4 stars on goodreads (?). I’d love to hear your thoughts as I don’t have many reviews yet. My editor loved it, but then the first review was three stars, so I think I shocked that particular reader a bit with how different it was. I am leaning towards adding something in the blurb about how there is a focus on the history of the pack. I love all the explanation but obviously not everyone does.

Since then I have learned that I have taken a different path to what was perhaps expected from book two (WS2) But that there is method in my madness which will hopefully take WS3 to a whole new level. Thanks to a certain author and his sage advice.
Reader Ana about Fever: "It was different yet unique way of writing. You brought your characters to life, it keep me interacting with It was pleasure to read your book." - I hope this means readers believe in my characters and want to know about them.

I have now passed my third last exam! and have two more to go before I am almost home free.
- I am telling myself that when I am done that the languishing mountain of washing I have to do will become more of a mole hill.
And I keep having a dream I am climbing up a very big hill in the alps - all this time I had thought it was the yearning in me to finish my Naturopathy Diploma!

I also really want to dig my heels into Nightfall, the third in the series.

Next week looks full up though. Dog needs to go to vet for check up, study session, three days at work (health store and bead shop), after the computer system completely crashed on Saturday and we have three new staff members to train. And my daughter has a birthday party!
- Like I said nothing much is happening;)

I am looking into doing a blog tour. And launching a comp to win a copy of Fever.

Well I'm off to do Laundry in the sun.