Author Interview with Sacha Black: 13 Steps to Evil

Sacha Black

The lovely Sacha Black

Those of you who have been in the blogging world for some time will know the name Sacha Black. Creator of www.sachablack.co.uk and, of course, The Annual Bloggers Bash, Sacha has now written and published her first book: 13 Steps to Evil (and from all accounts this is the first of many that will be out within the next twelve months) and she’s kindly agreed to let me interview her about her new creation, her process and a little of what makes her… Sacha.

Tell us about your new book – 13 Steps to Evil.

13 Steps To Evil – How To Craft Superbad Villains is every writer’s comprehensive guide to creating kick-ass villains. It’s based on a commonly held misnomer by writers: that their hero is the most important character. Without the villain or antagonist within a story, there is no conflict. Your hero is not the most important character in your book. Your villain is. Continue reading

Thoughts for Manchester

I was awake at 3.00am and was horrified at the events in Manchester, my home city, last night. At present, 22 people have died and 59 have been injured after what is thought to be a suicide bomber detonated an explosive in the foyer at the Manchester Evening News (MEN) arena after an Ariana Grande concert had ended. The arena has a capacity of 18,000 people, and most of the audience in attendance were children, teenagers, young adults and their families. It’s the biggest loss of life in a terrorist attack since 7/7, and there are already children confirmed among those who have been killed. Children.  Continue reading

Notice of Marriage Shenanigans

So, can you tell me if you are related to your fiancé?”

Yesterday The Bloke and I went to the neighbouring town to declare our Notice of Marriage.

The process is essentially there to legally declare our intention to marry within the next twelve months. However, as simple as this initially sounded, I soon discovered that it would be a little more complicated than telling someone and getting a certificate.

We live in a small town on the outskirts of Birmingham. We’re getting married at a venue in Birmingham and because neither of us have a religious faith we have opted for a registrar from Birmingham Register Office to officiate the ceremony instead of a vicar. Continue reading

Win A £50 Amazon Gift Card And A Signed Copy Of Glimpses

Want the chance to win a £50 gift card from Amazon and a signed copy of Hugh’s brilliant book? Here’s a competition that is free to enter over at Hugh’s Views and News! Please don’t like or comment on my reblog – hop on over and say hi!

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Here’s a chance to win a £50 *Amazon gift card and a signed copy of my book, Glimpses, in this brand new free to enter competition.

All you have to do is answer a question and complete a caption to be in with a chance of winning.

So, here’s the question.

What number do you get when adding together the number of sweets in the following two photos, to the number of short stories in Glimpses?

#competition #prizes #Amazon#competition #prizes #Amazon

Tiebreaker: – Here I am reading my own book! Using no more than 15 words, come up with a caption for the photo.

Hugh W. Roberts reading his new book Glimpses #competition #prizes #Amazon

Email your answers to glimpsescomp@yahoo.co.uk, no later than 23:59 GMT on Saturday 30th September 2017, ensuring you enter ‘Glimpses Competition’ in the subject line.

The winner will be contacted by email no later than Wednesday 18th October 2017. The name of the winner, along with the answer to the competition and the winning…

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How to Clean Your Make-Up Brushes

How to naturally clean make-up brushes.

Hi. My name is Suzie and I have a Make-Up Addiction.

A few years ago, my make-up collection consisted of a few eyeshadows, a cheap mascara and a couple of nail varnishes that were so old they had separated and gone solid. Nice. However, one afternoon I was intrigued by a YouTube tutorial about creating an effective smokey eye look, and I was instantly hooked. I watched new videos several every evening, buying products and trying out new ideas. And with it came the brushes – blending, foundation, powder, fan, contour, flat liner… It’s been an exciting new education and I’m enjoying the journey, but they are beginning to take over my desk.

One thing I’ve become particularly aware of is the importance of keeping them clean – there’s all sorts of nasty bacteria that can develop on frequently used brushes that can cause all sorts of infections, and dirty brushes aren’t as effective. Generally, brushes should be washed once a week, but avid users should aim to do them twice a week. Continue reading

Wednesday Wander – An Italian Villa, Tuscany (eventually)

I’ve always wanted to visit Tuscany – check out this post from Helen! Please don’t like or comment on my reblog – hop on over to Journey to Ambeth and say hi!

Journey To Ambeth

Each week, when it’s time to write another Wednesday Wander, I cast around in my mind to see where I want to go. It’s usually a feeling that inspires me – perhaps the weather reminds me of somewhere I’ve visited, or I find a photograph, or see something on TV or online. This week I thought – Monaco. I haven’t wandered there as yet, though I remember it well. All pink sky and blue sea, roads cut into precipitous green hillsides, the scent of blossom and the glamour of the casino at Monte Carlo, me desperately trying to put together something approaching a sophisticated outfit from the rather less-than-sophisticated contents of my bag.

And yet, when I went to the photo album to grab the photos I definitely remember taking, there was nothing there. Zilch. Nada. I suppose it’s because of the technology of the time – it’s been over…

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Eurovision 2017 – Go Lucie!

Normally I begin my Eurovision preparations several weeks before the contest. Aside from Christmas Day and the final day of the academic year before the summer starts, Eurovision is one of my annual highlights, but this year it has almost sneaked up on me. I was away during the first semi-final so was unable to watch it live, so The Bloke and I watched the two semi-finals on Thursday and Friday night. I must admit, I was a little disappointed – there isn’t one song from the other countries that really stands out for me and there are lots of similarities in staging and outfits (half of the women seem to be white wedding dress style clothing). Continue reading

TWN’s Chris Murphy: Presenter of All Kinds of Weather!

Really interesting interview from Cher here!

The Chicago Files

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I had the distinct honor and pleasure recently to interview Weather Presenter Chris Murphy from Canada’s, “The Weather Network” (TWN). Without further ado, let’s dive in and see what he had to say in response to the plethora of questions I asked him!

I wanted to find out if he began his passion for ‘all things weather’ from childhood, so I asked him this question:  What was your favorite toy as a child?

Star Wars figures – Hans Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Vader just to name a few.  (He couldn’t get enough of them!)

I was trying to tie in his love for the Star Wars sensation with his love of the weather……you know, stars, sky, that sort of thing. 

He could tell where I was going with my silly inquiry and said, “Sky Wars with Mother Nature…. some days it’s sunny and other days it’s thunder and lightning.”  

In all…

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