All posts for the month February, 2014

Dreaming in Purple – A Daydreamer’s Guide to the Messages and Symbolism of Dreams.

Published February 25, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

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Hello everyone.  I am planning to write a book about dreams and would love to include some of your dreams.  And between us I hope we can come to understand the images and symbols in the dreams and therefore the hidden messages within them. I am open to others’ views and interpretations also, as different cultures and disciplines use different ways to interpret and understand dreams. If you post your dreams here please be aware they will be open for public dissection in this blog – if you want a private interpretation I would be happy to give you my personal view via email at – please put ‘Dreams’ in the title.


If there is one thing I can say about humanity that sets us apart from all other life on this planet (that we know about), it is our unquenchable thirst for knowledge.  Perhaps even before we had any form of a complicated spoken language that would be recognised by modern humans, our early ancestors would have been searching for meaning in their lives.  Language as we understand it may not have been the beginnings of this.  Because after all, what is language but a series of spoken symbols that represent the ‘things’ around us in our lives.

I believe that dreams are a language all of their own.  they take the ‘things’ and the ‘happenings’ of our daily life and weave them into a complex ‘story’ that our subconscious mind uses to tell us things about ourselves.  What it is – this story – this dream imagery is still a subject for debate in our modern, scientific, computer dominated world.  Are these dream images just our own subconscious using the symbols humanity has learnt through language in a random firing of the brain’s neurons while we sleep – just a consequence of the knowledge language has given us?  Or maybe there are other elements to our dreams that we still do not fully understand today.

People have always been fascinated with dreams and the way dream images appear to tell some sort of a story.  However, understanding the stories being told, why we are having them and the mechanism behind them is still something people are trying to discover.  There are almost as many different explanations for the reason we dream as the types of dreams people have.

The symbolism of language and therefore dreams is something that has always fascinated me, and I have found myself wondering if we were dreaming ‘before’ we could speak.  Were primitive humans using cave art to represent their primitive worlds?  In other words, were they just drawing what they could see in nature and the world around them or were they also drawing their dreams? And if they were drawing their dreams, were they already speaking and communicating with each other or did that happen as a consequence of trying to communicate to others what they were dreaming?  So basically I wonder what came first – language or dreams?  Or did it all just happen together?  Now I’m not a scholar.  I don’t have any degrees, so I may sound like a complete rambling nut job – but – by exploring dreams in my own way with the help of you, I hope to at least feed some of my hunger on the subject of dreams and dream imagery.


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Bookish Banter – Featured Author – Justin Gustainis

Published February 22, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

Saturday 22nd February 2014 

Bookish Banter is proud to present today’s Featured Author…

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Justin Gustainis

Please tell us from where you hail?  Let me guess Transylvania … just kidding…I hope gulp!

Not Transylvania, but you’re close – Pennsylvania.  The northeast, specifically: Pittston, a little town between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton.  But I’ve lived in upstate New York for the last 32 years.

Classic!  Do they have many vampires in Pennsylvania – or is that just the blood sucking publishers?  Oh no they’re all in New York – bad luck!  😉

How long have you been scaring people to death with your writing?

I published my first short story in 1995.  My first novel was published in 2003 (but had been completed five years earlier – getting a first novel published is hard, hard, hard).

Tell me about it!  Congratulations for getting your foot in the door!

Are you promoting a particular book at the present time?

You betcha.  My latest novel, Known Devil, came out on January 28th.


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What genre do you consider you write in – just horror or do you write other genres as well?

My first novel, The Hades Project, was horror – no doubt about it.  But my subsequent books belong to the genre (or subgenre, or whatever the hell it is) called urban fantasy, which somebody once described as the bastard stepchild of crime fiction and horror.

I see!  I think more and more these days genres all bleed into one another, don’t they?  That’s the marvellous thing about the imagination isn’t it? 🙂

Can you give us the gory details of your latest book –  can you give us the feel of it without scaring us all to death?

Known Devil is the third novel in my “Haunted Scranton” series, which is set in an alternate universe where supernatural creatures really exist, and everybody knows it.  But even “supes” have to obey the law – or else.  As my protagonist put it, “When a vamp puts the bits on an unwilling victim, or some witch casts the wrong kind of spell, that’s when they call me.  My name’s Markowski.  I carry a badge.”  The hero of the series is Detective Sergeant Stan Markowski of the Scranton Police Department’s Occult Crimes Unit.

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In Known Devil, Stan and his partner are in a diner having their coffee break when two armed elves try to stick up the place.  This is Stan’s first indication that a new drug called Slide has hit the streets – and it has the potential to addict supernatural creatures.  This is a first – supernaturals are immune to human recreational drugs (except for goblins, who have shown an unfortunate fondness for meth).  As a result, a turf war has broken out between two rival vampire gangs.  One wants to bring Slide into the city, while the other wants to keep it out, with the innocent citizens of Scranton caught in the crossfire.  If that isn’t bad enough, someone has just blown up wizard Victor Castle, the unofficial head of the city’s supernatural community.  Castle’s likely successor (and probable assassin) is a vampire – the kind who refers to humans as “walking bloodbags.”  On top of that, the local election is coming up, with the ultra-right wing Patriot Party set to win big.  The Patriots hate supernaturals, whom they describe as “abominations before the Lord.”  If they take over the city government, Stan is worried that he will soon face yet another war – this one between humans and supernaturals.

A perfect storm of supernatural strife is set to descend on Scranton.  As usual, Stan Markowski and his vampire partner Karl Renfer are right in the thick of it.

Sounds great!  I love a good detective story and mixing that up with vampires has just got to be a winning formula!  Can’t wait to get my teeth into it and I’m sure our Bookish Banter readers will agree with me.

Where did the idea come from?

Cleveland.  There’s a service there that will send you three ideas a week for a yearly price of just $199.  It’s a real bargain.  Most writers make use of it, I believe.

No!  You’re having me on – really?  An ‘idea bank’ – awesome!

Did you have to do a lot of research for your latest work?  You know late nights in a morgue or cemetery… or haunted house… (shivers)

The groundwork for this book was laid by the first two, so I didn’t have to do a great deal of world-building.  And since I’m writing about an “alternative” universe, I can pretty much make up anything I want – there’s no real need for verisimilitude.

I like it when you can just dive right in and write without worrying about looking things up. 🙂

I know Scranton, of course, having grown up nearby and later earning two degrees at the University of Scranton.  And as for police work … a fan once asked me if I had a background in law enforcement, since the cop stuff in my books seemed so authentic.  I was flattered, but the truth is, all I know about that comes from reading mysteries and watching cop shows on TV.

What is it they always say?  Write what you know?  That’s the good thing about places you have been and a subject matter you’re comfortable with.

Do you think your writing is improving with each spine tingling addition to your supernatural library?

God, I sure hope so.

LOL Silly question really – I should have asked if you thought it got easier? 😉

Did you find yourself cursed at any stage during the writing that held things up for a bit or did it flow freely?

Oh, let me introduce you to my best friend.  Laura, meet Procrastination.  Procrastination, this is Laura, who runs a fantastic website about books.

🙂 🙂 Oh we’ve already met Justin – we’re old, old friends or should I say enemies! hehehe!

Why do you love this craft so much?  That’s the craft of writing by the way not witchcraft?

What have you got against witchcraft?  I know that Stan Markowski would be lost without the services of Rachel Procter, the police department’s Consulting Witch.  But to answer your question, “love” may not be the best word to describe my attitude toward writing – I don’t do it because I want to; I write because I have to.  Thomas Jefferson once described the presidency as “a splendid misery.”  That’s the way I sometimes feel about writing.  But only sometimes.

I’d say that’s a great way to describe it!  Oh I have nothing against witches – I am one – well a ‘Silver Sorceress’ anyway! 😉

How much planning goes into a book?  Do you spend a long time planning or do you just start writing and see where it leads you?

I start with a basic concept, and I usually have a good idea about the ending.  That gives me the start and the finish.  The rest … well, that’s the journey, isn’t it?

Great stuff!  That’s roughly where I am – except I don’t usually know where it’s going to end…whoops!  So that’s where I’m going wrong!

Do you have a crowd of zombie followers who read every word and encourage you?

I most certainly do.  Unfortunately, there are only six of them.  I wish each one had about 10,000 friends, but you know how it is with zombies – they tend to be solitary creatures.

Awww! –  I’m sure that’s not true!  Right!  Zombie party at Justin’s everyone – gate crashers welcome (as long as you buy a book!)

What is your experience of the Publishing industry, apart from it being the most blood sucking industry out there?

Writing may be an art, but publishing is a business.  That’s why publishers have these awful things called “deadlines.”  Actually, I quite enjoy deadlines – I like the whooshing sound they make as they go by.

LOL  Deadline?  What’s that?  Oh yes!  That thing I can’t stick to!

Is this book a part of a blood curdling series?  Where is it going?

Known Devil is the third book in my “Haunted Scranton” series, following Hard Spell and Evil Dark.  I had a three-book contract with the publisher, Angry Robot, which has now been fulfilled.  Will there be more? That depends on how well the latest one does.  So, if everybody reading this interview buys a copy of the book, then tells ten friends, and they each buy a copy, and tell ten more friends … well, then we’ll see.

OK People we need another Haunted Scranton book – so get ready to click the buy now button! 😉

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Have you had some good reviews for your book?

I’m glad you asked me that.  That’s What I’m Talking About blog called it “a captivating whodunit” with “more twists and turns than a bag of Twizzlers.”  A Fantastical Librarian says, “I had a great time with Known Devil, and tore through it in one sitting.”  Popcorn Reads opined, “I love the mix of genres that Justin Gustainis has created in this series, and Known Devil continues his trend of smart, dark, fun reads.”  Luxury Reading says, “Gustainis’s characters are intriguing, fun, sometimes annoying, but well drawn and lifelike.  The interaction of the characters rivals and enhances the consistent flow of action throughout the novel.” And New York Times Bestselling author Lilith Saintcrow describes the book as “Whipcrack-fast, hellishly smart, and wonderfully noir – Known Devil is a marvellous ride.”   In other words, “yes.”

marvellous reviews Justin.  Certainly makes me want to go and click the buy now button right now!

If you couldn’t be a writer what would you do instead?  And no Count Dracula is not an option!

I’m already doing it.  My day job is in academe – in other words, I’m a college professor, which means I get to commit higher education on a regular basis. It’s a blast.  Sometimes.

Should I call you professor from now on? 😉

 Your favourite Author is…

That’s a tough one … but I’d have to say Thomas Perry.  He’s a crime/suspense writer who hasn’t come out with a bad book yet.

A link for anyone who is curious…

Have you got a book trailer?

I’m sooo glad you asked me that.  Here is the link:

What do you do to wind down?

Wind down?  I have, in effect, two jobs.  I find that exhaustion generally eliminates the need for winding down – it’s better than a double Scotch, if not nearly so much fun to experience.

Ahh!  I get it you’re a writing junkie – it does tend to get the old adrenalin pumping!

Do you belong to a friendly writers’ group and does it help?

I’m not part of a writers’ group, as such.  But I’m a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop, and it sponsors an online critique board for those who have been through the program.  I sometimes post material there to get feedback on it.

That’s what you need,  a friendly group of writers giving you some feedback.

What is your experience of editing and polishing your manuscripts?

Ernest Hemingway once said, “The first draft of anything is shit.”  I try to keep that in mind, and act accordingly.

Yup!  I’d agree with that! LOL

Any tips for all our budding authors out there wondering how to get started?

Andre Norton once perfectly described how to become a writer.  It is, she said, a simple three-step process: 1) place butt in chair, 2) write, and 3) repeat.  My own experience tells me that there are three factors that go into being a successful writer: talent, persistence, and luck.  And the greatest of these is all of them.

LOL Love it!  All of the above definitely!

Link city – as many as you need to guide us round your internet trail of ghostly goings on…

My website:


My Angry Robot author’s page:

My Solaris Books author page:

My Amazon author page:


Thank you for joining us here on the ‘Bookish Banter’ Justin and taking time out to give us such an interesting insight into your writing world.

Xx Laura Crean xX

MARSocial Author of the Year Competition winner and runners up 2013

Published February 15, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

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I have just realised I haven’t shared this video before, so I am doing so now. This little promotional video to celebrate the winner and runners up of the MARSocial Author of the Year Competition was very kindly and altruistically produced by the winner herself Karyyne Summars. I am very proud to say that I was a runner up with my children’s fantasy novel The Realm of the Purple Dragon. You can find the details on the competition page where you can also read excerpts from all of the books…

I thought this would be a good opportunity to post a list of the winner and Runners up’s books here and include a few more trailers.  Just click on the book pictures to purchase the books.

Winner – Desperate Pursuit in Venice by Karynne Summars


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Runners up –…

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Best of Friends

Published February 15, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

Not everyone is celebrating Valentine’s with the love of their lives – some have to be content to watch them with another from the sidelines, content in the knowledge that they will always be the best of friends.

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But Friends we’ll stay forever true
You were the first to take my hand
To teach me to understand
This world that’s just a fantasy
A life lived through so many dreams

You touched my heart but never knew
The way you really made me feel
You kept your distance no matter what
The teacher and the pupil’s part
You’d never cross that unseen line
And set me free to fly alone

A chance encounter we met again
Now an adult in this game
I tried so very hard to be
The one to set your armour free
The chink I found beneath the metal
Too small for me to enter in

And just when you seemed to give
That little ray of hope within
You sealed up tight the tiny chink
And disappeared from every sight
You left me wondering what I’d done

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Bookish Banter – Featured Author – Lilian Roberts

Published February 15, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

Saturday 15th February 2014

Bookish Banter is proud to present today’s Featured Author…


Lilian Roberts

She is here today to tell us all about The Immortal Rapture series, a series of  Romance Thrillers that is sure to excite and tantalise your thrill seeking taste buds – just right for our Valentine Special.  Lilian was a runner up in the prestigious MARSocial ( ) international Author of the Year Competition with her paranormal romance novel, Arielle Immortal Awakening, vol. 1 in the Immortal Rapture Series.  I will now leave it up to Lilian to tell you all about herself and her books.

My name is Lilian Roberts. I am an engineer, a wife, a mother and an avid reader. I turned my love of reading into a passion for writing, and have published the first four volumes in the Immortal Rapture Series. Arielle Immortal Awakening (Volume I), which was released in November 2012, Arielle Immortal Seduction (Volume II), released in January of 2013, Arielle Immortal Passion(Volume III), released April 2013, and Arielle: Immortal Quickening (Volume IV), released July 8th 2013. I was to releaseArielle Immortal Journey (Volume V) in December of 2013 but I got a contract with “Booktrope” a wonderful publishing company out of Seattle Washington for the whole series in October of 2013. 

They re-launched the first book “Arielle Immortal Awakening” February the 10th of this year.

There will be 8 books in the series. I am now working on completing the last chapter in book 8.

All four novels that were self- published prior to receiving a contract,  appeared on Amazon’s top 100 list three times and held their place for 4 weeks.

ARIELLE IMMORTAL AWAKENING  is the first book in the series:

A mortal soul…From the time college co-ed Arielle Lloyd had been young, she had been able to hear the thoughts and feel the pain of certain others, and those she comes to think of as her special group. One friend’s dabbling with spells and magic showed her the power of love that can endure beyond the grave. But another friend’s terrifying encounter with a warlock left Arielle wary of those who claim otherworldly powers. On holiday in the south of France, a chance encounter could change her mind. Or could cost her life.

An Immortal man…Sebastian Gaulle is the wealthy, handsome owner of an international company. He is also an Immortal. For five centuries he has sought the one soul who can fulfill his dreams of everlasting love. Then he meets Arielle, whose heart calls out to him like no other.

A timeless love…Sebastian has made his choice clear. But jealous Immortals from his past threaten retaliation. They have vowed to destroy any woman who becomes involved with him. In spite of the powerful protection amulet Sebastian gives Arielle, death stalks their newfound love. Their love may be eternal, but they may be running out of time.

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A time of waiting…Arielle Lloyd has found the love of her life, but his business as the owner of an international company calls him away. She longs for Sebastian, but stays busy with school, and finds comfort in spending time with her best friends, Gabby and Eva. It is during Sebastian’s absence that a stranger enters Arielle’s life at the university and threatens to shatter her joy with a vicious assault.

A time of renewal…The return of Sebastian Gaulle, Arielle’s Immortal love, brings a return of joy. Her terrifying experience has her rethinking her vow of remaining chaste until marriage. Arielle already knows Sebastian is the one man she will love for eternity. Sebastian has longed for Arielle, like no other. He has carried a ring in his pocket for her almost from the first moment they met. He’s only waiting for the right moment to pledge his eternal love for her.

A time of danger…But Sebastian’s past still threatens their future. A trio of jealous Immortal women has vowed Sebastian will belong to no other woman for centuries to come. Arielle, Sebastian, and their friends must join together to fight off the Immortals bent on utter destruction, if they are ever to find their eternal happiness.

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An interlude in paradise…St. Jean De Luz, in the south of France, is the gorgeous setting of one of Sebastian Gaulle’s family estates. It is to this lush place that the Immortal takes his love, Arielle Brown, and her friends, to relax and spend their holiday exploring the surroundings and learning about his family’s history.

A snake in the garden…There is no safety in this paradise, however, as Sebastian’s past continues to haunt him. The Immortal, Annabel, still lusts for vengeance on Sebastian and seeks to destroy his new love. While exploring, Arielle’s life is endangered when she discovers dangerous hidden strangers occupying the house.

Evil that will not die…Trapped, threatened, and nearing her last breath, Arielle must call on the powerful magic of her friend, Eva, for help. Sebastian must rally his Immortal friends and family to protect his love and expel the evil before his paradise is forever lost.

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A fatal night….College co-ed Arielle Lloyd is on vacation with her immortal love, Sebastian Gaulle, when they receive word of a dreadful accident. Her dear friend Gabrielle hovers near death. But it’s much worse for her beloved friends, Eva and Ian. In spite of Eva’s magical abilities, their lives have been cut tragically short.

An immortal choice…Troy Vasser’s only love is Gabrielle, but on the night of the accident, his deepest concern is for their dying friends. While the life force within Ian and Eva flickered dangerously low, Troy had to make a hard choice. He could either let them die or lose their humanity and live as immortals. So he did the only thing he could: he gave them immortality. Now it is up to Arielle to break the news to Eva before the transformation is complete.

A quest for vengeance…Danger continues to stalk Arielle’s life. Unknown to her, her new professor is an immortal, and he is furious when he discovers that Arielle is wearing an amulet, that should be owned by immortals only. Sebastian’s nemesis, Annabel, has also not given on up on her quest to destroy Arielle. What Annabel doesn’t realize is that Arielle’s circle of friends has drastically changed. There are two newly minted immortals that adore her and have vowed to protect her.

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Here is a an Excerpt from Arielle Immortal Wakening, so snuggle up in a cosy corner of your library and enjoy…



“The next time she opened her eyes she realized that she had fallen asleep. “Integral” by Pet Shop Boys was playing through the headphones. Arielle sat up slowly, reached for her iPod, and shut it off. She looked around and noticed that the beach was completely empty. The sun was going down, and the water had lost its bright blue color. Now it looked dark and uninviting. She pulled the headphones out of her ears and threw them into her beach bag along with her iPod and the unused tanning lotion. She rose to her feet, took another look around, and decided that it was time to head home. She bent over, picked up her beach bag, and threw it over her shoulder. With the other hand she picked up the corner of the beach towel and turned around to shake the sand off.

She was absolutely panicked when her eyes fell on a young man standing about ten feet away from her with a soft smile on his face. She felt a strong sudden jolt course through her body and fear overcame her. She couldn’t imagine where he had come from or how she could have missed seeing him standing so close.

He was shockingly beautiful, as if he had jumped out of the pages of a fashion magazine. He was tall and thin with broad shoulders, a muscular body, light, sandy hair, and the most captivating, intense green eyes she had ever seen. His features were flawless. His lips were sensuous, beautifully curved into a soft smile, showing a set of perfectly white teeth. He was wearing a pair of jeans and a light blue shirt open in the front, revealing his muscular chest. She felt an unusual shiver slide across her muscles. She stared at him and quickly swallowed. She wondered how long she had been standing there watching him, completely mesmerized, when his voice made her jump.

Bonjour!” he said, his lips curved slightly.

Her throat suddenly felt swollen. She realized that she was completely alone on this beach with a stranger. Not a good situation!

As she started to speak their eyes met, and immediately her mind went blank. She felt a jolt that made her body quiver, and extreme heat surged through her veins. She was in a complete fog with absolutely no clear thoughts at all. Time stopped as their gazes locked, and a strange sensation coursed across every muscle, intensifying the heat that was already enveloping her. She had absolutely no idea how long she stood there gazing into his eyes. When she finally decided to move she felt off-balance, frozen in place. What a strange feeling! She didn’t remember ever having had such a reaction to any other human being. This man was so beautiful that she literally didn’t have the strength to take her eyes off of his face.

She tried to collect her thoughts and act normal, but she didn’t seem to be able to do that as long as their eyes were engaged. It took every ounce of strength she possessed to finally drag her gaze away. She inhaled deeply, and tried to act as if the sight of him was not absolutely turning her body and mind upside down.

Strangely, after the initial shock of seeing him, she didn’t feel fear, though in an abstract way she was aware that she was in a dangerous situation. It was a very odd feeling. She did still feel a bit guarded, not knowing what he could possibly want from her, or how long he had been standing there looking at her. There was something about his eyes that dazzled her so that she had to look away from his face, until his soft, beautiful voice filled her ears and made her look at him again.

“I’m sorry,” he said, still in French. “It looks as if I have startled you and that was not my intention. I live here a great part of the year and I have never seen you on this beach.”

He was startled with the sudden passion that surged through every muscle in his body as his gaze examined Arielle’s undeniable appeal. She was absolutely gorgeous. Tall and lean with beautiful long legs, an intoxicating body in that barely-there, little blue bikini, and that amazing face. She was the absolute definition of his perfect woman. Her lips were alluring, sensual, luscious, and the sight of them was dangerously arousing to him. He drew a deep breath and locked his gaze on hers.

Arielle blinked, swallowed hard, and forced herself to look away, averting her gaze down to her feet, unable to speak. What in the world was happening to her? She was acting like a complete moron! And she now realized that she hadn’t been able to make out a single word he had said after the words “I’m sorry…”

As she started to regain her composure she looked up to make sure that he was still there. It only took a second as their eyes engaged one more time; then she lost control of herself again. She felt like she was suffocating and she couldn’t utter a single word. In a flash she realized that he had some kind of power in his eyes that was affecting her in a very strange way.

She drew a deep breath and with a great force of determination, yanked her eyes away from his mouth-watering body and his gorgeous face. She was sure that every time she looked into his emerald eyes she wouldn’t be able to act like a normal human being.”

If you would like to learn more about Lilian Roberts and The Immortal Rapture Series you can find her at the following links.




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All that’s left to say, is thank you to our guest Author this week for taking the time to show us around her wonderful series of Romance Thrillers and here’s wishing you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day.

Bookish Banter’s New Year Makeover

Published February 13, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

Bookish Banter's New Year Makeover

Well I know it has been a while since the Bookish Banter has published an Author Spotlight. I bet you have all been wondering what on Earth has been going on! Just life – it has a funny way of making you get on with other stuff, so don’t panic! The Bookish Banter will be back soon with a fancy new make-over. Lots of lovely, talented authors sharing their books and who are brave enough to be interviewed by yours truly.

I am also hoping to be able to bring you a little something extra special this year. Some guest blogs from some of our featured authors that I am sure will inspire and delight us all. Please feel free to recommend the Bookish Banter to your friends and keep your eyes open on your WordPress Newsfeed for the Bookish Banter.

This Saturday I will be bringing you the amazingly talented Lilian Roberts as she gives us a glimpse into her series of Romance Thrillers “the Immortal Rapture Series”. So pop back Saturday and settle down in a cosy corner with a nice cup of tea as you hunt out the next best seller to add to your bookshelf and indulge in some delicious ‘Bookish Banter’.

Suicide is NEVER the answer

Published February 11, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

Suicide is NEVER the answer


Just thought I would share this Facebook link on Jill-in-the-box today because it just so very true.  No matter how hard life gets, no matter how depressed you are, there is always still a chance for you to get through today and have a better tomorrow.  I have days when I feel so low I just can’t get out of bed, everything seems pointless and I can’t think straight – but that is just that moment, that day.  How many great days with my family have I had after days like that?  Lots!  Just thought I would add that.  I know it’s a cliché but just remember that tomorrow is another day and it might be raining on you today but tomorrow the sun could shine and you could be surrounded in warmth and light.  Never give up on the possibilities of bright and shiny tomorrows!

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Write? Write what? OK here’s something involving aliens for the kids…

Published February 10, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

Good morning Word Pressers.  I find myself a little lost this morning.  I keep seeing all your wonderful blogs rolling out posts day after day and everyone seems to be feverishly beavering away with interesting articles and news about their various wonderful writing projects.  And then there’s me, thinking, what am I doing?  It’s February, I just had my birthday, I’m 41… past the half way mark and I’m sure my life is going in reverse instead of forward full throttle.  My head is all over the place, and my life is…well stuck!

So I thought I would stop worrying about everything today and share a little kids book I have been messing around with.  It’s for one of my little girl’s friends so that is why it has the rather weird and wonderful title “Poppy’s Close Encounter of the Purple Kind”.  My first story with aliens in it LOL.

Even though this is a children’s story, it is actually inspired by the true story of an incident that happened in Zimbabwe in 1994 when 62 schoolchildren reported an encounter with aliens in their school yard.  If you want to know more about this story you can follow this link to an article and video on UFO Blogger

Poppy’s Close encounter of the Purple Kind

Chapter One

There was a quiet panic in the playground, if you can imagine such a thing.  Poppy knew something was going on the minute she opened the cloakroom door.  She ran out into the playground, feverishly trying to do up her coat and run at the same time, towards the commotion that was building at the fence on the other side of the field.  Other kids were running past her and she heard a boy say quietly to his mate: “You gotta see this!”

    As she joined the throng of curious onlookers, she tried to find out what all the fuss was about and she turned to a girl she knew in her class.

    “Gabby!  What’s going on?”  She asked in an excited voice.  Gabby grabbed Poppy’s sleeve in one hand and Alice’s in the other as she panted: “You’re never going to believe what’s going on!”

    “What is it?”  Alice laughed as the 3 girls sprinted across the field towards the growing crowd of kids.

    “It’s Aliens!”  Gabby said in a loud sort of a whisper as if she wanted to shout it out but didn’t want to let the teachers know.

    “Aliens?”  Poppy and Alice exclaimed together.  Poppy wasn’t sure whether she should laugh or just go with the game.  It was obviously a good game if the whole school was getting involved!

    Poppy and Alice exchanged amused but baffled expressions as the girls came to the back of the crowd.  Gabby being Gabby started ploughing her way through the group of smaller kids who all seemed to be in some kind of trance, eyes wide and mouths open in awe!

    Straight away Poppy noticed how quiet it was.  Something wasn’t right.  With all of these kids and a game about aliens it should be noisy not quiet – it was completely still too.  She started to get butterflies in her tummy as they pushed their way through what appeared to be the whole of year 3.

    Suddenly they were through and she stumbled to a stop as Gabby and Alice both gasped and she blinked a few times trying to get a grip of what she was looking at.  Gabby had been right – it was aliens!

    “Oh my…”  Poppy started but couldn’t finish.  There in the corner of the school field was a flying saucer.  A real live, glowing, humming, purple flying saucer and sitting on top of the craft was a little blue alien waving at the kids.

    Poppy shook her head and rubbed her eyes as another saucer appeared hovering above the trees and seemed to flash its beams at the other craft that was hovering just a few centimetres above the grass.  There were 2 more little blue aliens standing on the grass in front of the saucer and the kids had made a great big semi-circle around them as more and more kids had come to see what was going on.

    Poppy looked around at all the stunned faces and tried to see if any teachers were seeing this, but there didn’t seem to be any teachers out on the playground yet.  She looked back at the saucer.  She wondered what they wanted and for some reason she felt really brave, so she started walking towards the craft.

    The 2 aliens that had been standing by the saucer seemed to be startled by her movements towards them and they disappeared in a comical little ‘pop!’  One second they were there, the next they were gone!  The group of children all gasped in one moment.  Poppy stopped for a second in shock but then she pulled herself together and carried on approaching the space ship.

    “Poppy!  Poppy don’t!”  Alice whispered harshly, but she was feeling really brave and rather curious.

    The alien on top of the ship also appeared to be curious and he seemed to fly down, or rather float, towards the rather adventurous advancing Poppy.  There was another gasp from the crowd of kids as Poppy and the alien were soon face to face.

    “Hello!”  She said rather simply to the strange little alien.  She could tell somehow that he was amused, although his mouth was so small, just a little slit really, that she couldn’t tell if he was smiling or not.  Also his eyes were so strangely bug like, and with no eyebrows, she couldn’t really tell what his expression might be.  She just sort of got the impression that he was laughing at her.  Then she actually heard the alien talk to her in her mind, not moving his mouth at all.  “Aren’t you scared of me?”  He asked.

    “Why?  Should I be?”  She laughed.

    The little alien held out his long, spidery, blue arm with 4 very long spindly fingers and she took it and shook it without a second thought.

    “No!”  He answered, “I’m not going to hurt you.  I just wanted to say hello.”

    Poppy laughed and said “Hello” again.  It was very, very quiet.  Even the birds seemed to be silently watching the scene.  Then the alien reached into his very tight, pale blue space suit and pulled something out to give to Poppy.  It was a gold coin.  He put it in her hand and said: “If you want me to visit again, just spin the coin and I will come back, but I have to go now because your teachers are coming.”

    He let go of her hand and ‘pop!’  He was gone!  There was another gasp from the kids and the flying saucer lifted gently in the air, flashing lots of different colours and then back to purple – then – ‘zip!’  It shot off into the sky and was gone.

    Suddenly 2 teachers pushed through the group of kids and all the children turned towards the teachers, still in shock.

    “What on earth is going on over here?”  Miss Murray asked.  Suddenly half of the year 3 kids started crying and Gabby said: “It was aliens Miss!”


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