It has been a While!

Wow, I cannot believe how long I have left it since writing in my blog, well let me update you all on what I have been doing and then perhaps you can understand why I haven’t had the chance to dedicate any time to my blog. 

Anyway, so for the past few months I decided to get closer to becoming a qualified Teacher and the first place to start was to retake Science and Maths GCSE to obtain a grade C or above (which wasn’t a requirement for my degree.) So I’ve been revising ever so hard leaving me no time for writing in my novels let alone writing in my blog.  Results will be out in the next month, so I shall update then! (biting my fingernails at the thought of it!)

I’m also 7 months pregnant expecting my 3rd child and it has been hard trying to manage my twins (who are now 5!) and to study and to write at the same time, so I guess i let my life just take over and only now do I feel that I have the energy to focus back on my writing.

Earlier on this year I had also entered a TALKBACK 2014 with Kali Theatre and won a place in their writer’s workshop with my script called SOLIDARITY. I was so excited to win a place as this was the first play that I had ever written. So I’m in the process of re-developing the script in the hope that it is selected to be read as part of the TALKBACK evenings to be held early next year and you never know with any luck produced into a play (well one can only dream!) 

I will also be working on Julian: Rise of the Prophecy as inspiration as hit me again and the urge to write is about to strongly take over!!

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The Aged….

I have recently been working as a casual care worker for the elderly in their own homes.  I have thoroughly enjoyed working as a care worker and meeting people of a different generation and hearing their stories of youthful days with joy and sorrow behind their eyes.  But a sudden sadness appears over them when they mention that they are lonely…at moments like these I can’t help but wonder where are their children? Why aren’t they here everyday looking after their own parents?  I mean some of the patients are really ill that a sudden fall could quite possibly kill them, we wouldn’t let a toddler roam around the house on their own, so how and why can we as children of frail parents allow the same to happen with them?  As children, we demanded our parents to feed us, clothe us, shelter us, love us, educate us but most of all spend time with us, yet when our parents return to a fragile state and require assistance, we,  as their children look the other way and say “We are too busy.” Imagine if our parents had said the same to us?  Wouldn’t that be classified as neglect? We would be considered as selfish parents. Our parents have gladly given up so much for our upbringing that as their children we have become spoiled, ungrateful and extremely selfish to even remotely return some of the time they have invested in us.

We need to take more responsibility of our parents, if we can juggle time around for our children than we should do the same for our parents, who taught us many of our first lessons in life.  If my mother ever reaches a point in her life where she is no longer able to do the simplest of task such as give herself a shower or to cook for herself there is no way that I would leave her to live on her own, even if she lived around the corner from me. I don’t understand how some of us can sleep at night knowing that we have abandoned our frail parents just to make our own lives easier.  I would love to hear people’s views on this and from people who have chosen to have their parents in care because I just can not fathom how you could.

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Celiac Diease!!!!

Recently, I say recently, but it has probably been around 12 months since i’ve started feeling unwell.  I’ve been plagued by fatigue, the kind i’ve never experienced before, nope not even the type that one suffers during pregnancy and during the sleepless nights with babies.  

This fatigue was really something else. I’d even stopped writing (gasp) I know! Although the story keeps running in my mind even the simple task of tapping my fingers to the keyboard became such a huge task that I couldn’t even muster up the energy to do it, so I had to postpone writing Julian: The Rise Of The Prophecy and postpone the re-writing of The Danfians Prophecy.  So I thought I’d take a trip to the doctors and desperately seek help for this tiredness and brain fog that has been plaguing me for some time.

 After a few blood tests they discovered that I had a developed anti-bodies that were attacking my immune system and to further diagnose this disease they sent me of for an endoscopy. Anyone ever been through one of those? Well, on the appointment letter it mentioned that the procedure was only 10 minutes and I could have local anesthetic or general anesthetic, so I thought for a 10 minute procedure I will just go for the local and oh boy did I regret it.  Having a tube forced down your esophagus whilst conscious is such a horrendous experience, I get shivers just even thinking about it!

After this traumatic experience it turned out that my small bowels were in fact damaged and that I now suffer from Celiac diease.  I felt two things upon getting the diagnoses, firstly at last, there is a reason for this debilitating fatigue and now I can put procedures in to place to make myself feel better again.  Secondly the procedure that I have to put into place is eliminating all Wheat, Barley and Rye products from my diet.  How does one completely avoid wheat?  I have to be careful when I eat out or order takeaway, I have to check the labels on all manufactured foods and junk food. I  mean if i felt like some junk food I would pop in to my local shop and find something, but now I have to think of these things in advance, make a special trip to a huge supermarket and buy gluten free products at double the amount I pay for normal food!  Have you tried the Gluten free cakes? Yuk it’s like eating cardboard.  My food habits have to completely change and no body likes change.  

Nevertheless the changes have to be made in order for me to feel well again and I’m soo looking forward to feeling normal. I’m just glad that after 12 months of suffering from this exhaustion the end is finally in sight.  So I’m going to venture and explore all the Gluten free products that the market place has to offer and try to enjoy it! (I say giving a fake grin). And then once i’m feeling better I will return to writing…Yeay!!!

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Blog Spot for – Adela (A Book from the Guardian Series) By J.L McFadden

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Adela (A Book from the Guardian Series) By J.L McFadden

Adela: Is a beautiful young woman of a very wealthy family in Eastern Europe who is fending off advances from an older aristocratic German business man that has an evil presence about him. She falls madly in love with another man to see her father and his followers come under the attack and clutches of this barren try to use the enslavement of her fathers land and people to force her to be his own.

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J.L McFadden is the Author of the Guardian Series: Guardian, released, Adela, release in September, Chooses, release in December, Adela’s Lost Guardian, March, more to be named at a later date. McFadden spins tragedy and romance into all of his stories with picturesque descriptions that vividly paints and melts the scenes into your pleasure cortex that is a valid and important part of every readers mind.  Jamie Lee was born in a mixed Celtic and Slavic family in the river valleys of Pennsylvania, in his earlier years he played in bands in New York and ended up working his way into H.Q of the largest musical retailer in the world Guitar Centre; while working at the store level he managed multiple departments at once and handled all the stores merchandising logistics. He has explored the world and became the first American to be accepted into the Interregional Federation of Aikido Aikikai of Crimea & Sevastopol, where he enjoys learning from great masters from around the world, where he has developed his himself. He explains that the people rich and colourfully different people he has met, spawned a lot of his characters.

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!!!!Teaser Alert From Julian Rise of The Prophecy!!!! A little insight to chapter 11!!

“Everything ok?” Richard asks as he arrives to meet outside the human prison as I instructed him over the phone.
“Yes, I’m going to release Aman.”
“Are you sure?”
“Hear me out, I know we can’t free him, but we can make his stay more comfortable, we can keep him in the castle in a safe house, technically he hasn’t done anything, but after witnessing me feed on humans, I can’t guarantee that he will not try to attack me some how in the future.”
“The decisions that trouble Kings, I’m glad that I’m no longer plagued by them.” 
I’ve never heard anyone speak about the loss of a throne in a positive way.
“You don’t miss it?”
“No, the throne took many that I love away from me. After that although at first a slave, I found freedom of thought, expression and privacy, sometimes just fading away in to the background was very peaceful. But that is why I’m no longer a King.” He laughs. 
I almost envy Richard for not being plagued by the desire to rule and greater power. A very small part of me wishes that I could be content by everything that I have, but then dreams awaken the sense of power that make me hungry for it even more than before.

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Blog Tour for The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare – By Alesha Escobar

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Wizard Vs. Nazi Warlock Vampires.

It’s a very different World War II.

The Nazis have unleashed occult forces throughout Europe and the Allies are forced to recruit and employ wizards to counter their attacks. Among them is the battle weary spy, Isabella George, a Gray Tower dropout trained in Alchemy. Longing for retirement and a life of peace, she accepts one final job-extract a deadly warlock from Nazi occupied France and prevent him from unleashing an alchemical weapon that will devour the continent.

But France is crawling with the Cruenti, vampiric warlocks who feed off other wizards. When things don’t go according to plan, one Cruenti sets his deadly eyes on her.

Betrayal is everywhere. Even some of her closest allies cannot be fully trusted. Worse still, she finds, she can’t even trust herself. She becomes a woman torn between her charismatic spy lover who offers her what she desires most, and one of her closest confidants, whose soft seductive eyes hold deadly secrets about her past, and the Gray Tower itself.

Plans within plans. Plots versus counter plots. Heists gone wrong, sword-wielding Catholic priests, and the greatest manipulation of history that has ever been seen, is just a taste of what Isabella George is in for, in her final mission.

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Savior.

Monster.

A Time Wizard who will be the damnation of many… 

The world already suffers a bitter taste of hell on earth, in a World War II where Nazi warlock vampires battle with Gray Tower wizards in the streets of Europe and in the shadows.

The Gray Tower, in its quest to stabilize a world that hangs on a delicate balance, has issued an order: Kill the Drifter.

Isabella George, an alchemist trained by the Tower, knows the identity of the Drifter and refuses to go through with it, because it hits too close to home. Instead of executing the Drifter, she protects the Time Wizard at all costs and ensures that the power to control Time never falls into the wrong hands. She sets out to lift the severe decree of the Gray Tower, and prove to the Master Wizards that the Drifter is the only way to win the war.

As Isabella unmasks traitors and embraces unlikely allies, her greatest danger may lie in her own heart–from the brutal desire for revenge, to the crushing guilt she carries…and the dangerous passion she tries to deny when she’s with one man in particular.

As she attempts to sort things out both in her heart and head–and not mix up the two, a figure from her past comes along and makes an enticing offer to solve all her problems. The only payment required is her soul.

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Isabella.

Octavian.

Ammon.

The Akashic Record…

Nazi warlock vampires, a rampaging Black Dragon, Vatican wizards, demonic corruption, and a Time Wizard gone mad. In this gripping, action-packed conclusion to The Gray Tower Trilogy, things go to hell in a hand basket — and the world will never be the same.

 

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More from Julian:Rise of The Prophecy

“I can almost grasp the power, it is well within reach..the vision I gave up everything and everyone, a vision of a Kingdom, An empire greater than what has preceded before, power and immeasurable wealth. Earth will belong to me…but my soul is not satisfied…it searches for something different. My soul shows me dreams, ones that I fear that will distract me from my path. My soul shows me visions of love, not the kind of love that only lasts with lust, the deeper kind, the one that offers companionship, understanding and forgiveness. The kind that makes demands and forces you to it’s knees and dares you to become selfless.  I cannot become selfless, I will not allow it to weaken me. I cannot walk away from the painful journey that I’ve traveled, just for love…Can I?”

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