Sunday, 4 March 2018

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 During my time away from blogging I have re-read many books that were pending reviewing 
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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Blood Related by William Cook: 5 of 5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis
For over two decades, Detective Ray Truman has been searching for the killer, or killers, who have terrorized Portvale. Headless corpses, their bodies mutilated and posed, have been turning up all over the industrial district near the docks. Young female prostitutes had been the killer’s victims of choice, but now other districts are reporting the gruesome discovery of decapitated bodies. It seems the killer has expanded his territory as more ‘nice girls’ feel the wrath of his terrible rage.

Meet the Cunninghams... A family bound by evil and the blood they have spilled. The large lodging-house they live in and operate on Artaud Avenue reeks of death, and the sins that remain trapped beneath the floorboards. Ray Truman’s search for a killer leads him to the Cunningham’s house of horrors. What he finds there will ultimately lead him to regret ever meeting Caleb Cunningham and the deviant family that spawned him. The hunter becomes the hunted, as Truman digs deeper into the abyss that is the horrifying mind of the most dangerous psychopath he has ever met.

Blood RelatedBlood Related by William Cook

My Review: 5 of 5 stars

Blood Related is a psychological roller-coaster. I couldn’t put it down. The nature or nurture theme comes across strongly. Reflective of Caleb and Charlie Cunningham's disturbing family background and the outcome of what could be only described as twisted parenting. Parents (Ella and Vera’s) poison continues to bleed into the adult lives of two brothers. The madness of their crimes is chilling, and persistence of Ray Truman whose goal is to bring them to Justice - leads the story into an endless horror fest for the reader.
The Cunningham’s childhood home becomes a house of horrors. Spine chilling gore and the insight into the mind of a serial killer kept me hooked. In my mind’s eye I could imagine the carnage, sense the emotions, with that feeling of watching a horror movie at every twist and turn, I wanted to look away, but couldn't.
William Cook has a talent of making the story come to life. And if this is your choice of genre, then you are in for a treat.

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Tuesday, 13 November 2012


In the days of today it seems like everyone wants to be famous, everyone wants to get their face on TV, whether they have talent or not, in my opinion shows such as “The Only Way Is Essex” and other reality shows like that. Making people famous for not doing much at all, this makes it hard for people like me to break into the acting industry, someone that wants to be in the industry for the pure love for what they like to do. Not for the fame and money and everything that comes with it, even though that would be nice, I do it for no other reason than that is what I love to do.


Ever since I can remember I have always wanted to be an actor, growing up in a family where most off the members were performers themselves, whether it be actors or dancers, or even singers. It has given me a love for acting, growing up when people asked me what I wanted to be, I don’t think I have ever thought of anything other than acting, my mind has been set on doing this for years and I really don’t think it’s going to change at all.

Throughout my life I have been involved in many amateur productions around the area where I live, where I gained the experience in acting, my first choice would have been to go to a Drama School from when I was young, but these days everything is so expensive that I wouldn’t of been able to afford even if I wanted to, but in order to try and succeed I had to try and get my experience some other way. School was never a good way to try get experience, especially as everyone that had taken drama took it so they could muck around and have fun as it was the “easy subject” and I’m pretty sure the teachers didn’t really care about the lesson either, they never turned up, so I was never really going to learn anything. Coming out of school my grades weren’t the best, so getting into college I was going to be a challenge for me, I couldn’t take A levels, so I got put into a BTEC in performing arts, and let’s just say that might have been the best thing that has ever happened to me. I used to love college so much, it gave me some good experience and not only did I get more help on my acting, it taught me how to sing and dance, granted I was never very good as the dancing, but I tried. Doing nearly three shows a year, where I got to transform myself into different characters, something that wasn’t me, something new. Somewhere you don’t have to be yourself and you can become whoever and whatever you want. There were no limits.

Throughout the College shows, I managed to play the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz, Collins in Rent, Henri Toulouse Lautrec in Panto of the opera, and many more. Learning how to script write as well when I was there also opened my eyes to a whole new experience. Learning how to script, create characters, backstories- the lot. And since leaving college I have carried on doing that.
Whilst I was in College, I started to get quite lucky, in the end of my second year, beginning of my third. I signed up to an online agent, I have always been quite wary of online agents, because you never know if the casting is going to be a real one or not, I started to apply for a lot of different castings. I started to get emails and phone calls. It seemed quite surreal at the time, starting to go to a lot of auditions was a new experience. And never has much experience in doing so. I got this phone call from a music video company, they had called me in to shoot as an extra in the You Me At Six video, the date they gave me, was the night of a show we were doing at college. But luckily I got out of doing the show, so I could shoot the video. And I think it was a good call that I managed to get out of the show. Doing the video shoot, got me quite a few contacts that have helped me where I have got today, since then I have done a few music videos, a few short films, and 2 major movies, and this is all from little connections that you meet at different shoots.

At the moment I have been shooting a film called C.O.O.L.I.O which will be premiering in London at the end of this month. Playing the younger version of one of the main characters. My first speaking role in a film, so at the moment this is an exciting time for me. And hopefully this could help me in my future career if it takes off like it’s expected to. But only time shall tell. 

Also at the moment I am working two different scripts, which I think could have potential in the future.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

~♥~ Reflections ~♥~

Tomorrow will be Mothers Day in the UK... A while ago my Mum was sadly diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease, and it has been an awakening for us all. I have since started to follow my dreams. Mum says " It's not always about the succeeding, it's about the trying, and most importantly, enjoying what you choose to do." And she's right, life passes us by so quickly... She is my inspiration, my muse, and my beautiful Mum.

I wish I could turn back the clock to those moments I took for granted. When I was a child you held me tight, now it's my turn too hold you.
It breaks my heart that our roles have reversed, but we shall see it through.
I'll hold back the tears, despite my fears, because Mum.. I will always love you xx

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Review: Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum, by Stephen Prosapio

Goodreads Synopsis:   Zach Kalusky, host of Sci-D TV's Xavier Paranormal Investigators, is ecstatic when he's given the opportunity to explore the most haunted site in Chicago for a Halloween Special: Rosewood Asylum, a place long made off-limits by the local government, plagued by decades of mysterious fires and unexplained events. It's Zach's dream investigation- but there's a catch: the network forces Xavier Paranormal Investigators to partner with the more dramatic-but less ethical-Demon Hunters.Now, Zach must fight for both his show's integrity and his team's loyalty while trying to protect his own secret: that he, himself, is possessed.
My Review Ghosts of Rosewood AsylumGhosts of Rosewood Asylum by Stephen Prosapio
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Ghost Stories, and Stephen Prosapio's 'Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum' does not disappoint.
Paranormal research, Ghost Hunting groups and Reality TV shows have become very popular in recent years, so to add them to a recipe for a piece of fiction totally makes sense, and it works!

The idea of two opposing TV groups, Ghost and Demon Hunters investigating on a Halloween TV special at Rosewood Asylum, a derelict, creepy and haunted setting with a disturbing past, is awesome!
The characters living and dead are diverse and draw you in. The story flows, but there are twists and turns, and occasional misdirection which is in keeping with the suspense.

In my opinion Stephen Prosapio's style of writing is descriptive and atmospheric, enabling the reader to build vivid images of characters and scenes.
Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum has a perfect combination of the paranormal genre, and I would love to see this book made into a modern day ghost film.
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