#Bloggiesta To-Do List

Posted on 31 March, 2012 by Faye - 8 Comments

Oh, hello there!!!
I know, I know, I’m an entire day late in posting this, BUT, I had such a hectic day yesterday because I drove home and got stuck in 3 hours of traffic :( A journey that should have taken four hours, took seven hours and when I got home, I was just too exhausted to even turn the laptop on, let alone post here. But, you know what they say, better late than never!
So, a while a go I said I would be participating in this awesome Bloggiesta and today I am going to be showing you the to-do list that I plan to get done this weekend! I’m happy because I handed in my essay on Thursday and while I still have university work to do, it’s not due for five weeks so I can spare the weekend to focus mainly on my blog! I will be spending a fair bit of time with my mum too as I haven’t seen her in a while and I miss her and she’ll be at work on monday so you know, gotta spend the time I have with her! (we’re gonna watch Harry Potter tonight ;D)
I’m rambling. Sorry. 

Here’s the List 

  • Catch up on all my reviews.  Carnage (2012), The Descendants (2012), Drive (2012), The Hunger Games (2012), Contraband (2012), Cinder, Unearthly, Blood Awakening and Burden of Blood.
  • Update/Create a Book Review Policy
  • Sort out the tags on all my posts
  • Update my Reviews Page
  • Update my ‘About Me’ and ‘Contact Me’ Page
  • Create a button
  • Sort out my sidebars (get rid of out-of-date things, add button, other pages’ buttons,etc)
  • Introduce my new Blogger Spotlighter!
  • Schedule posts (Interviews, guest posts, etc) that I have for the month of April
  • Meet new Bloggers
  • Comment on New Blogs
  • Make a ‘Bookmark’ folder for my favourite blogs (forgetting URLs is a common occurance with me.)
  • Create and Use new Social Media Buttons
  • Use Pinterest for my Blog
  • Learn more about WLW
     So, there we have it!
    I will cross them out as I do them. And hopefully by Sunday at Midnight, everything will be crossed off the list!! *fingers crossed*

    I’ll probably be tweeting like crazy too! You can find me there by clicking the ‘T’ button on the sidebar up on the right! Or I’ll be using the hashtag #Bloggiesta

    Wish me Luck!

    I participated in the Mr Linky Challenge! And am putting a linky here for you all to add your ‘to-do’ lists! I want to visit and comment on them (:

    Posted on 31 March, 2012 by Faye - 8 Comments

    Author Interview – John Hennessy

    Posted on 28 March, 2012 by Faye - 1 Comment

    Hey Guys!
    So today I am introducing you all to the awesome John Hennessy! He kindly answered all of my questions for all of you!
    His first published book, Life Descending, is now available for purchase! Links to his Amazon page are at the bottom!
    It was a pleasure to interview John, so I hope you enjoy his answers too!
    Without further ado;

    Hello John! Welcome to A Daydreamer’s Thoughts! To get us started, why not tell us a little bit about yourself, anything you would like your readers to know.

    I am 23-years-old, and recently graduated from Western Washington University this last June. It took me six years to complete my debut novel, Life Descending. I started writing it in high school, finally completing it with a professional edit this last September/October.
    That is definitely a long prject then! So, how long have you wanted to be a writer?
    I have wanted to be a professional writer since I was a junior in high school, so over seven years now.
    You’ve been doing this for a quite awhile, so I’m sure everyone would like to know, what do you do when you’re not typing away at the keyboard coming up with new ideas?
    I like to hike, watch movies and TV, and read.
    So now we know more about you, what about your novel? What is it all about?
    My novel, Life Descending, part one of The Cry of Havoc, is an epic fantasy about a man, Tom Navo, who is resurrected on another planet, gaining new memories and a new life. Once Tom finds out his memory has been tampered with, he begins his quest to discover who did it to him, and why, sending him on an epic journey. Though it hasn’t been out long, it has been called a masterpiece by one reviewer, and as good as Game of Thrones by another, so that has been very exciting.
    It definitely sounds worth a read! But what inspired you to write a story in this genre?
    What first inspired me to write Life Descending came when I was on an Alaskan cruise with my parents between my sophomore and junior years of high school. On the cruise, I read the book, Diablo: Legacy of Blood, which is about cursed armor. I started to think about my own cursed armor, and the story bloomed from that point on, evolving over the years into something entirely different than what I had imagined as a 16-year-old.
    Oooh, that’s pretty cool! That makes me question, when you were writing your story, did you have any specific readers in mind, or were you writing more for yourself?
    When I started out, I didn’t have anyone specific, I just wanted to get the story down. Then I just wanted to write something different for fantasy fans, and I think I accomplished that.
    Awesome. So, here’s an interesting one, did you enjoy writing your story?
    Writing Life Descending was a great experience, and I learned a lot in the process. It took me six years, and during that span, I had a great time creating new creatures, and getting to know my characters.
    That’s great then! Getting more one the writing of it, did you use a structured plan or did it sort of tell it’s own story along the way?
    Both, actually. I do have very intricate outlines, but then the dialogue, and most of the action in the scenes just sort of happen. I do go where the characters lead me for the most part, and they like to live their own lives.
    Okay, and do you have a favourite character in the story?
    I can’t say as an absolute that I have a favorite character, but Bravis was fun to create, and I also really enjoyed making my own leprechauns.
    Oooh! Leprechauns! Hehe. But what about a favourite moment?
    I have a million favorite moments, but chapter 24 was probably the most fun to write, and if you pick up a copy, you’ll see why.
    Touche! Were there any challenging scenes that you felt that you just couldn’t get right?
    Since it took me six years to write (on and off, of course), I have to say that I was never stuck. I gave myself room to breathe, and everything came together naturally. There were scenes where I had to do quite a bit of research, especially for chapter 24, where I bought (and rented from Western’s library) several books on battle tactics and weapons.
    It’s always nice to know when someone really works on their novel! Here’s a hard question for you; can you sum up your novel in a sentence or two?
    Should I try? When I think to sum up 155,000 words, it just doesn’t seem right. Too much is missed, or too much might be given away. But, I guess I’ll give it a go. His family missing, his mind altered, exhausted Tom Navo desperately tries to figure out what has happened to him, awakening on a strange new world.
    And finally, do you have any advice for any aspiring writers out there?
    Well, to be honest, no. I’ve had some really, really great reviews and virtually no sales, so I’m still a newb trying to figure out how to get my book out there and in front of readers. One thing I can say that has helped my editing process, listen to it with a text-to-speech program. It’s a million times better than reading it aloud to yourself. I use the free TypeIt ReadIt program. You can hear how smooth your sentences are, and catch any incorrectly used words, and especially helps find missing prepositions that tend to be left out when your fingers are flying.
    and a quick fire round;
    ebooks or hard copies?
    Hard copies
    day or night?
    reading or writing?
    paper or computer?
    tea or coffee?
    Yerba Maté tea
    favourite book of the moment?
    Don Quixote
    most memorable book?
    The Handmaid’s Tale

    Thanks for this interview, John!

    On a world once devastated by deadly climate shifts, war threatens a continent in turmoil. The scorching heat of old is returning, and whispers of a Southern plague cross the Bordergrounds, spreading fear into the fanatical hearts of the North, who prepare themselves for one final holy conquest. At the edge of the conflict lies Tom Navo, a man who has lost a life, only to rise again. But his life spirals into chaos once more when he learns that his memories have been tampered with. Hope and revenge are all that remain after he meets Shakara, a woman who has also been shattered by grim secrets, secrets of missing families, brainwashed soldiers, and a warmongering king. Yet, among these bleak forecasts resides a hint of possibility, a chance to extinguish the coming darkness, with a clue to the location of the ancient Impermeable Suit, the lost enchanted armor of legend, surrounded by tales of triumph and glory of its former bearer. Now, Tom and Shakara seek its power, but others, dangerous and determined, including the zealous King of the North himself, have deciphered the clue and race to find such a potent weapon. In a realm full of deception and disloyalty, lust and malice, corruption and tragedy, stands a story of lords and servants, assassins and soldiers, and extraordinary beings aplenty, whose future teeters perilously on the brink of doom, as all life descends into shadow.

    To know more about the John, feel free to hop on over to his website;
    Or, to purchase his book, or to keep an eye on him, check out his amazon page;

    Posted on 28 March, 2012 by Faye - 1 Comment

    Daytime Drinking (2008)

    Posted on 27 March, 2012 by Faye - No Comments

    Hey Guys!
    So today I have a lovely review for you all from Aidy over at Aidy’s Reviews! I posted a book review for him this week of My Soul to Save by Racel Vincent. Go check it out! =D
    Hope you like this review!

    Daytime Drinking, 2008
    Director/writer: Young-Seok Noh
     3.5 OUT OF 5 STARS

    Daytime Drinking (Najsul) is a film teeming with Korean social courtesies that it isn’t any wonder why Hyuk-jin (Sam-dong Dong) finds himself in the strangest predicaments. Hyuk is in poor spirits after the love of his life broke up with him. A few of his friends decided to take him out to help him relieve his memories of her by a night of drinking—a lot of drinking, mainly Soju, a popular Korean alcoholic beverage (ranges from 25-30% up to 45% proof) and a hot meal. Thereafter, they all agreed to take a trip to the neighboring Provence of Gangweon, where a friend of a friend has a guest house for them to stay and they can spend more time there well, drinking and eating.

    Hyuk-jin was reluctant to go in the beginning, but he decided to make the trip went anyway, however, his friends were nowhere to be found. They were hung-over from the previous night and conveniently forgot about their planned excursion. One of his friends insisted that he wait for him at a guest house until he was able to meet him there.

    He set out to enjoy the trip on his own.

    What follows Hyuk-jin are a series of misadventures and misunderstandings. When he arrived at what he believed to be the residence of the inhospitable host his friend suggested, he meets a beautiful acquaintance–who eventually drugs and robs him; a creepy truck driver who has a problem with “personal boundaries; ” an enthusiastic poet who chokes him while he slept and; one too many bottles of soju.

    Daytime Drinking is director, writer Young-Seok Noh’s first film and clever at depicting minimalist drama with freckles of comedic anecdotes that are quite understandably “realistic” and seemingly personable. Who hasn’t at one time or another been “stood-up” by the best friend or for that matter, a group of friends? Or who hasn’t been lured into buying a drink or two for a pretty lady? The movie doesn’t insinuate that Hyuk’s is headed towards any danger at all–just a guy who finds himself in one way or the other in awkward situations.

    Being torn apart by his recent breakup, Hyuk-jin, and perhaps like many others who may have found themselves in similar situations, has turned to alcohol and the comfort of a close circle of friends to overcome his grief. Little did he know that the same people who he felt should have his back to rebound from his loss, ended up abandoning him all the same–in a manner of speaking that is? In this film, it seems that Korean drinking etiquette–never refusing the offer of first drink—may have been the culprit.

    Never matter the drinking bit of it, being neglected still hurts. Add in some incredibly impressive, cinematic extraordinary, also the original musical score all by Young-Seok Noh. What presents are soliloquies of reflective events for viewers to ponder and perhaps take Hyuk-jin’s hard won lessons to heart.

    In the end, just as he was coming to the realization that his drinking was the source of his problems, he found himself yet again in a situation where another pretty face just might be the end of him. Overall, Daytime Drinking is another brilliant Korean comedy that is surprisingly enjoyable to watch.

    Posted on 27 March, 2012 by Faye - No Comments

    Guest Post – Wenona Hulsey

    Posted on 26 March, 2012 by Faye - No Comments

    Hey Guys!
    So today I am introducing you to the lovely and wonderful author Wenona Hulsey. She has kindly agreed to write a guest post for you all today to introduce you to her series, The Blood Burden Series.

    So, without further ado, let’s meet her!

    Big thanks for letting me join you today.  I love doing guest post because I love meeting new people.  So after reading this, don’t be a stranger, I’m always hanging out at some social network table so come chat with me.  I’m leaving you the address to my favorite places at the end of this post!
    How about I tell you a bit about me first, the person behind the pen? I’m Wenona Hulsey, mother of two and blue collar worker by day.  But at night I turn into Wenona Hulsey, master of words and worlds.  I’ve always written for as long as I can remember. I kept journals off and on from the age of nine but I really got into writing about a year ago. I was searching for a creative outlet during a time in my life when I felt like I was living in a rut.  I sing terrible, I dance like I’m having seizures and my art looks like stick figures so I turned to what came easiest to me —writing.  I started working on my first novel, Burden of Blood, and it moved along remarkably fast.  I guess that could be contributed to my recent binge reading of all books labeled paranormal romances but I had an idea of what I wanted and I put it to paper.
    As I was nearing the end of my writing frenzy on Burden of Blood a fascinating novelette idea popped into my head and Blood Awakening was born.  It works as a back story to two of the main characters in Burden of Blood, giving you more detail and insight into who Nicole Keenan and her best friend Kat were before their world was turned on its head.  I would consider Blood Awakening more of a thriller, suspense with a dash of paranormal and comedy thrown in.  But Burden of Blood is full on Paranormal Romance with hot warriors and gothic fairies in leading roles.
    Now that I’ve sent both Blood Awakening and Burden of Blood out into the world, I’m working on book two in the Blood Burden series which is titled Blood of Fire.  I’m hoping to have this one published in summer of 2012.
    Okay, I’ll stop yammering away and give you all the juicy details about my books and a bit on where you can find me if you want to chat.  Thanks so much for letting my join you today!
    Nicole, a small town Alabama girl, and her best friend Kat take a weekend trip to Panama City, Florida. Kat looking to have a good time and Nicole hoping to escape the pain of losing her mother for a little while. Little did Nicole know, the escape would awaken an ancient power that is hidden in her blood.  A power that evil wants for its own and will do whatever it takes to have it.
    This short story is a look into best friends’, Nicole and Kat, life before a centuries old grudge and Nicole’s emerging powers rips them apart. A power that Nicole wants no part of as it brings her to her knees and forces her to walk away from her small town life and everyone she loves.
    Blood Awakening ebook can be found on Amazon for 99 cents.
    No one wants to know everyone’s darkest secrets, especially not police officer, Nicole Keenan. All she wants is a blissfully normal life in the small, Alabama town where she was born. But as generations of power running through her veins start to wake up, an ancient grudge is ignited that threatens to push her over the edge. She can hardly believe in what she is, let alone that a dark force will not stop until she joins them. Or is dead.
    Nicole Keenan’s life enters into a dangerous dance with warriors and gothic fairies. Southern tradition collides with Irish folklore as she learns about love, heartbreak, and The Burden of Blood.
    Burden of Blood ebook can be found on Amazon.

    Author Wenona Hulsey is a lover of all things written. When she was a child, you could find her reading anything from Edger Allen Poe to the back of cereal boxes. Today you will find her with an ebook reader glued to her hands except for the times when she is writing or spending time with her family. She is also an avid social networker, who loves to meet new people. You can friend her on Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/WenonaHulsey, like her on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/WenonaHulseyAuthor  or follow along on her Blog http://www.wenonahulsey.com/.

    Posted on 26 March, 2012 by Faye - No Comments

    That Perfect Corner

    Posted on 25 March, 2012 by Faye - 5 Comments

    Hey Guys!
    So today we have the lovely Blogger Spotlight lass, Brodie, who has written a guest post about the perfect place to read a book and escape into the world of luxury!
    Hope that you enjoy it!
    And why not tell us, where do you like to read best?

    The most savvy of us can find an infinite amount of places to read a book – if you’re really passionate about the stories you’re reading, no obstacle will stand in your way of disappearing into another world. But where is the best place to read a book? My knee-jerk answer would be to say Gryffindor Common Room or nestled in the strong, comforting embrace of Adrian Ivashkov. But given that Floo Powder stock in the muggle world is on the decline and Adrian does tend to have wandering hands (translation: you don’t have a chance in hell of concentrating on the book), perhaps it wise if we go through some of the most common places to read a book and narrow it down to the best.
    Library – You’d think this would be one of the best places to read. A library is full of books! And quiet looks nooks that scream, ‘sit down and read!”. But contrary to popular belief, many libraries are not the quiet temples that fiction would lead us to believe. At least, mine isn’t. They can be noisy, they can often hold creepers who peer at you from behind the shelves of the cookbook section or you may bear witness to the cleaner giving your crabby librarian his ‘sexy-eye’ look and suddenly, all those shudder-worthy fanfiction stories featuring Madam Pince and Filch locked in a broomstick closet come rushing to memory and your YA romance appetite is understandably ruined.
    In Public - If you work, go to school or are a social butterfly and spend much of your day outside the house, those few minutes waiting at the bus stop or eating your lunch would make for the perfect opportunity to speed through a few chapters, right? But when that lady who eerily resembles your grandmother two seats down starts licking her lips at the shirtless boy on the cover of Wrecked by Anna Davies that you’re holding, or that quietly eager 16 year old boy starts flexing his biceps at you in a vain attempt to mirror the mere-boy on the cover… well, it can be a little distracting. And mortifying.
    While planking on top of a moving aeroplane – It might seem like a cool adrenaline rush, but…. um, you really need to get a grip on reality. It may surprise you to hear, but not many YA boys can actually fly. Apparently gravity helps ground their brooding. And the trailer for the new Superman movie hasn’t even been released yet, so no, Henry Cavill is not going to swoop in wearing his revealing spandex and save you when you fall off the damn plane. It’s just a really, really stupid idea. Why is it even listed?
    So where is the best place to read a book? If, like me, you can’t afford to rent yourself a private island or you’re claustrophobic about the idea of burrowing away in an underground library bunker, then we must resort to the convenient, if slightly less glamorous bedroom (after all, having a bed nearby does promote hot-book-boy fantasies) or my personal favourite, curled up on the couch for half a day and tuning out the rest of the world while I pretend I’m in a tug-of-war love triangle between two delicious boys. Couch = comfy and perfect no matter what the weather outside. Except if you have a lot of people in your house who don’t understand the words, “SHUT UP, I’M TRYING TO READ”, then you obviously need to unleash your inner Katniss and make use of that bow and arrow.


    Posted on 25 March, 2012 by Faye - 5 Comments

    May the Odds be Ever in Your Favour!!!

    Posted on 23 March, 2012 by Faye - 5 Comments

    Hey Guys!
    So, this is sort of an update post, but I thought the catchy title, with everything going on right now with the release of the film (more on that in a bit) that it might just catch your eye. Feel free to close the browser now if you don’t want to read on BUT if you want to know more about this post, why not stick around? ;)
    So, basically, university is being a bit of a thorn in my side at the moment. It is causing me to become stressed which in turn is not helping me sleep at night so I’m then too tired to do my assignments so then I start stressing more because deadlines are looming and I’ve done very little work. Then, on wednesday I found out that my one exam this year is the day after my 12000 word thesis is due. Needless to say I panicked and am still stressing majorly about it. When you’re already behind on work, you don’t want to find out that you actually have one week less to get things done.
    So yes, a thorn in my side!
    On that note, I will be spending a lot less time here.
    I never wanted it to come to this but, at the end of the day, university has to come first. It is my last year and once these three assignments are out of the way, I will be done with university for a while! Maybe forever! Ahhh.
    If you’ve read to here, thank you!
    If you continue reading, have a cookie *hands cookie*
    This all means that the only things I will posting on here will be things already scheduled (book tours, the odd review I’ve promised to do, etc) but aside from that, this place may become a bit of a ghost town -shudders-
     It also means I won’t be commenting on other peoples blogs at all
    PLEASE do not take offence to this, and if in return you don’t want to reply on mine, then that is fine. The only problem I have is that I just don’t have the time.
    I do however promise that on May 3rd, I will be back and I will be so active you’ll want me to disappear again! haha.
    Are you still reading? 
    Wow, you’re amazing!!
    I do actually have a fair few guest posts lined up for you, so this site won’t be completely dead and I really hope that you enjoy all of the wonderful people who have helped me out!
    I’ll also still be doing Blogger Spotlight things!
    I just won’t be as active as I was. 
    It possibly (or more probably) means I won’t be participating in any memes for a while but I will be back!
    Oh, okay, I guess, since you read up to here I should give you a treat!
    Like, I’m not even KIDDING. It was beyond my expectations. I left the cinema and asked my friend if we could please go and see it again, like RIGHT now.
    She giggled.
    AND. GUYS. She has NOT read the books and absolutely LOVED it and is now GOING to read the books! Yeeeeeee!

    There are a few bits I was icky with, a few pouty moments over some of it but overall, it was an extraordinary film that I am sooo glad I went and saw!! =D
    **a full review will appear at some point**

    Have you seen it yet? What are your thoughts on it? Are you going to see it? I want to hear all!

    Posted on 23 March, 2012 by Faye - 5 Comments

    Freelance Writing – The Why and How of It

    Posted on 22 March, 2012 by Faye - 3 Comments

    Hi Guys!
    So today we have the wonderful Suzanne van Rooyen for you all. She will be talking all about freelancing and how it is best to go about it. A similiar post was written for Krissy Brady’s Blog.
    Hope you like it (:

    So you want to be a writer. A pyjama wearing, beslippered, ratty haired starving artist, right? No? Then you might consider freelance writing if you want to pay the bills. But, freelancing takes a lot of hard work, and not only once you have the gig. Just finding a writing job that doesn’t pay you pittance can take hours, especially if you’re trawling the web.

    Having had moderate success in fiction writing and slightly better success writing newspaper articles, I decided to expand my writing career and explore the uncharted territory of ‘freelancing.’ Of course, Google would have all the answers. So not knowing where to start, I searched ‘freelance writing jobs,’ expecting a handful of results at best. I wasn’t prepared for over a million!

    Wading through the results, I began to make sense of it all and discovered there was a method to the madness. Sign up with a site, bid on a project, get job, work on job, submit, get tons of money. Err, not exactly. Before you sign up and start enthusiastically applying for jobs you think sound interesting, you might want to stop and consider the following:

    1. What kind of projects and topics can you write about based on previous knowledge and experience? Probably not recommended to sign yourself up for medical writing if your knowledge and experience is in flower arranging.
    2. What type of writing can you do? Never heard of SEO, article spinning or copyrighting? Probably best not to launch straight into those kind of jobs then.
    3. What kind of writing would you like to do? If there are bills to pay you might have to start out writing 25 articles on foot fungus, but once you’ve learned the ropes, you will find jobs you actually enjoy doing.
    4. How much time do you have for writing? Never over commit yourself. It’s unprofessional and only creates stress for you and frustration for the employer.
    5. How much is your time really worth? Don’t sell yourself short. If you want at least $0.03 per word, don’t settle for less even if it means not working this week. Wait for the jobs that pay decent rates. Bear in mind if you’re just starting out, you might not earn more than $0.01 per word.
    6. Do you really want to do this? Don’t say yes to a project unless you plan to follow through to the very bitter end of those 25 foot fungus articles. Not delivery work you committed to can damage the employer-writer relationship for the entire site.

    Still feeling brave and want to try your hand at freelancing? Try a project board website that allows employers to post jobs and potential employees to bid on the projects. Sites like Freelancer.com make a good starting point. Even the jobs aren’t always well-paying, the benefit of working through a company like this is that payments and disputes are generally handled through the host company and gives both employers and freelancers some added security.

    Some sites, like Craigslist, do offer direct contact with the employer, but these jobs require mutual trust between strangers with no way of solving disputes if the employer pays for work not delivered or the writer delivers work without being paid.

    Be prepared to have to pass a test before signing up. Some sites, particularly academic writing ones, may require proof of skill. This might involve passing a basic grammar or something more detailed before you’re allowed an active account on the website. If it’s work you really want to do, then grin and bear it, and do as the site commands.

    Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Clearly, he’d never been a freelance writer. Despite your passion for writing, freelancing is a tough job and you’ll inevitably get jobs you loathe, find boring, or just make you wonder why you’re doing this in the first place.

    If you really love the world of writing, then even turning out 25 articles on foot fungus or haemorrhoid treatment is better than the alternative of not writing at all. 

    Suzanne van Rooyen is a freelance writer by day and a SF writer by night. Her articles have appeared all over the globe on a variety of topics. Her published fiction includes a début cyberpunk novel called Dragon’s Teeth and a few short stories of the post-apocalyptic, dystopian persuasion. When not writing, she’s playing in the snow with her shiba inu pup, Lego or trying to play guitar. You can find and contact her online here: http://suzannevanrooyen.com/ or here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Suzanne-van-Rooyen/304965232847874 or even here http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5306442.Suzanne_van_Rooyen.

    Posted on 22 March, 2012 by Faye - 3 Comments

    Waiting to Forget – Sheila Welch

    Posted on 21 March, 2012 by Faye - 2 Comments

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    Author: Sheila Welch

    Publisher: Namelos
    Published: October 1st 2011
    Pages: 172
    Format: Hardback
    Goodreads: Add It
    Summary: (Goodreads)
    T.J. has always looked out for his little sister, Angela. When Momma used to go out and leave them home alone, he’d lock the door so they’d be safe, keep Angela entertained, and get out the cereal and milk for her. When Momma’s boyfriend got angry at them, he’d try to protect Angela. Later, at their foster homes, T.J. was the only one who knew how to coax his little sister out of her bad moods. The only one who understood why she made origami paper cranes and threw them out the window.

    But now T.J. is sitting in the waiting room at the hospital, wondering if Angela, unconscious after a fall, will ever wake up. Wondering, too, if he will ever feel at home with his and Angela’s new parents—Marlene, who insists on calling him Timothy, and Dan, who seems to want a different son.

    Going back and forth between Now and Then, weaving the uncertain present with the painful past, T.J.’s story unfolds, and with the unfolding comes a new understanding of how to move forward

    I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I started reading Waiting to Forget but there is no doubt in my mind that it would have exceeded every single expectation that I did have. This was a truly inspiring and emotionally powerful novel which invoked in me feelings that I haven’t felt in a long while. Sheila Welch has written a beautifully moving story from the perspective of a young boy and how he witnesses and understands everything that is going on within his life. It is an absolutely charming read that really forces you to think about how everything affects people, including children, differently.
    The story itself is completely compelling and page-turning and I found myself wanting to know what was going to happen next. I enjoyed the journey that Sheila took me on with her words. It was interesting to see the story unfold and I especially enjoyed seeing it all from the perspective of a young boy. Generally, with these type of stories, you get an omnipresent narrator or that of the view from an adults view and it was refreshing to read something a little different. It definitely opened my eyes a little more and it also made me think about my childhood in interesting ways.
    T.J was a truly lovely character and I loved hearing about the world from his view. I liked witnessing his journey, feeling his emotions and watching as he grew up and his personality changed. I loved how good of a brother he was, how protective he was of both his sister and his mother and how strong he was altogether. It is clear to see that he will grow up to be a lovely young man. While I didn’t like the personality of his “Momma”, I loved how real she felt and just how much T.L adored her. I liked how you could see this actually happening in real life and I loved all of the dynamics to her character. Angela, as well, was a lovely character to read and hear about and I felt myself wanting to reach out and hug her a lot of the time. I wanted to pull her close and never let anything harm her ever again. But, all in all, it was T.J who really got me attached to this story.
    I enjoyed how this story went from past to present. It was interesting how the transitions were put together and extremely well-executed. It truly pulls the reader in and makes them want to read more. I, for one, was interested to know why that was on the page and why that spurred that memory. I loved the few twists at the end and I just thoroughly enjoyed the storyline and plot of the entire novel. I liked how it all fit together, how it all came together and how, by the end of it, the journey had come to a close and a projection of the future was given, a future full of hope and happiness and good things. It made the entire novel a worthwhile read.
    This story was moving and compelling and one that I would highly recommend to many others. It is an easy-read as it is a middle grade book but that does not make it a bad read. It was powerful and rich and really gets you to think and I feel that, as Sheila admitted in her interview with me, it would be a good read for anyone ten and up. It is a gritty representation of reality and maybe too much for some younger readers but, in the eyes of a young child, it really just works well. I can definitely see it causing younger readers to think more about the world they are in. I would honestly recommend this book to anyone who likes realistic fiction and wants something new and unique to read!

    * I recieved a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest reivew of the book *

    Posted on 21 March, 2012 by Faye - 2 Comments

    Waiting to Forget – Sheila Welch {Interview & Giveaway}

    Posted on 21 March, 2012 by Faye - 7 Comments

    Hey Guys!
    So today I am introducing you all to Sheila Kelly Welch. On her book tour with the Making Connections Goodreads group, she is here today for an interview and a giveaway! In a few hours time I will also be posting a review of her novel, Waiting To Forget and as a spoiler, I will mention it is absolutely stunning!

    Without further ado;

    Hello Sheila! Welcome to A Daydreamer’s Thoughts! First off, why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself, anything you’d want your readers to know!
    In my first interview for this blog tour, I talked about our family of seven children and how six were adopted. As a child, I was the youngest of three and always wanted to be part of a large family. My mother told fascinating stories about growing up with seven siblings. Raising our family was a challenge, but it also provided me with the inspiration to write two of my novels, DON’T CALL ME MARDA and WAITING TO FORGET.

    When I was a kid, I was extremely active – climbing trees, playing with my dog, milking goats, building dams in the creek, riding horses, and running and running. Shortly after I started second grade, I was confined to bed rest due to rheumatic fever. Being unable to run for over six months encouraged me to explore sedentary activities such as reading, drawing, and writing.

    I majored in art at college, became a teacher, married my first sweetheart, moved a lot, had open heart surgery at age thirty-five, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s five years ago, and now spend a lot of time reading, drawing and writing. Since I’ve been an animal enthusiast as far back as memory permits me to go, much of my writing and art work involve horses, dogs, or cats, and, in WAITING TO FORGET, a green parakeet.

    Sounds like you’ve had a good life so far but I’m sure everyone is wondering, how long have you wanted to be a writer?
    Although I enjoyed writing when I was in early elementary school and wrote my first “book” in second grade, my sister was the writer in the family. I was considered the artist. However, in junior high school, I wrote in my diary, “Maybe someday I’ll make my own children’s books, illustrations and all.” It took a while! “Someday” didn’t arrive until I was 45 years old.

    Better late than never, they always say! So, when you’re not typing away at the keyboard coming up with new ideas, what do you do?
    I love to read and talk about books with my adult children; two of them have been published themselves and one is a middle school librarian. We all enjoy getting together on holidays, and I adore my grandchildren! My husband (he’s still my number one sweetheart) and I like to travel, take walks, watch old shows on TV, and just spend time together. I volunteer at the local animal shelter and take my trained Therapy Dog, Raven, to various facilities to interact with the elderly and to the public library where children read to her. We live out in the middle of Midwestern corn fields and have three dogs and five cats who keep us young.

    So now we know more about you, what about your novel? What is it all about?
    WAITING TO FORGET is a novel for readers ages ten to fourteen. It’s a realistic story about two families and two children who are caught between loyalty to their past and hope for their future.

    As twelve-year-old T.J. sits in a hospital waiting room, he wonders if his unconscious little sister, Angela, will ever wake up. He tries not to think about why she fell and if it was his fault, even though he tried to keep her safe.

    Their adoptive parents are with Angela in the Emergency Room while T.J. struggles with memories of their other life. Memories of a bitter grandmother, an indifferent neighbor, a violent “daddy.” Memories, too, of a friendly girl, a stubborn, fierce little sister, and a beautiful mother, Momma, who told lies, especially to herself because that was easier than telling – or facing – the truth.

    Although T.J. longs to forget the reasons for their present life, he wonders if he can ever really belong with these new parents: Marlene, who insists on calling him Timothy, or Dan, who seems to want a more responsible son.

    Back and forth between then and now, T.J.’s story unfolds – until the past catches up to the present, and T.J. is ready to move into the future.

    It definitely sounds like a powerful story, but what inspired you to write a story in this genre?
    Many of my stories and books are for ages ten to fourteen, an age group that is sometimes overlooked. I like to write realistic novels that help kids think beyond their comfort zone. My own life as a parent of kids like T.J. and Angela was a major inspiration.

    That’s helpful and a great inspiration! With that in mind, who would you say is the target audience of your novel?
    Actually, anyone ages ten on up.

    Here’s a question I love to ask, did you enjoy writing your story?
    Yes, and I’m enjoying hearing readers’ reactions.

    Brilliant! And did you use a structured plan or did it sort of tell its own story along the way?
    I had it all planned out. Of course, it took a few surprising turns, extra miles, detours, and refills on gas. But I always knew that waiting around that last bend in the road was my destination, the ending, which never changed.

    It is always nice when you have a clear path laid out for you! As a writer, do you have any advice for any aspiring writers out there?
    Read and read some more. Write and write some more. Write about characters and lives that are meaningful to you so that your readers will share an emotional connection with your stories. Publishing is changing and getting your work out to readers is becoming much easier. So keep writing!

    quick fire round;
    ebooks or hard copies?
    Ebooks for novels; hard copies for picture books
    day or night?
    reading or writing?
    paper or computer?
    tea or coffee?
    favourite book of the moment?
    most memorable book?
    WINNIE THE POOH (the real Pooh, not Disney’s)

    Book Summary: (Goodreads)

    T.J. has always looked out for his little sister, Angela. When Momma used to go out and leave them home alone, he’d lock the door so they’d be safe, keep Angela entertained, and get out the cereal and milk for her. When Momma’s boyfriend got angry at them, he’d try to protect Angela. Later, at their foster homes, T.J. was the only one who knew how to coax his little sister out of her bad moods. The only one who understood why she made origami paper cranes and threw them out the window.

    But now T.J. is sitting in the waiting room at the hospital, wondering if Angela, unconscious after a fall, will ever wake up. Wondering, too, if he will ever feel at home with his and Angela’s new parents—Marlene, who insists on calling him Timothy, and Dan, who seems to want a different son.

    Going back and forth between Now and Then, weaving the uncertain present with the painful past, T.J.’s story unfolds, and with the unfolding comes a new understanding of how to move forward.

    Sheila has been kind enough to offer Waiting to Forget to one lucky follower of this blog!
    Winners within the US can win a paperback copy, winners outside of the US can win an ebook copy in whichever format they prefer. 
    You must be a follower of this blog to enter!
    There are extra entries available but only following this blog is mandatory.

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    Posted on 21 March, 2012 by Faye - 7 Comments

    Congratulations! – Amethyst Eyes by Debbie Brown

    Posted on 20 March, 2012 by Faye - No Comments

    Hi Guys!
    So today was the end of the giveaway for Amethyst Eyes by Debbie Brown! I am therefore pleased to announce that the winner was;
    dianne f 
     An e-mail has been sent and she has 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.
    Thank you all for participating! Look out for the next giveaway being hosted here, tomorrow!

    Posted on 20 March, 2012 by Faye - No Comments