Monthly Archives: October 2015
The Unexpected in Life~Guest Post by Chrissie Parker
What would you do if your whole world fell apart? If a person you loved dearly died suddenly, you were thrown into witness protection, or became involved in a life changing criminal case through no fault of your own? In our every day lives of getting up, going to work, going for drinks with friends, it’s very easy to get stuck in the rut of what some people would term a boring every day existence.
But the unexpected does happen, and more often than people think. Learning to live with the unexpected is actually a huge part of life whether we like it or not. Every day things do happen to us that we didn’t plan for, and certainly didn’t expect, and for a few minutes, an hour or maybe longer our lives are thrown onto a new course, forcing us to experience something different, testing our stress levels and emotions. Most of the time we deal with it, brush ourselves down breathe a big sigh of relief and step back into the footsteps of our continuing life.
So what happens when the unexpected is so life altering that it changes your way of life completely?
That’s what we learn in Temperance. Every character is dealing with something big, a situation that has changed they way they think, and they way they live their lives. The interesting thing is how they actually deal with it and what the end result is.
As with everything in life there is a positive and a negative. People can either live through the situation positively (or as positively as they can), deal with it and learn from it and become a better person, or they can take it badly, wallow in what has happened, let it rule their lives and affect them so that they can never move on or live happily again.
So what would you do? If the worst happened to you taking you out of your normal day-to-day routine, would you wade in and deal and just do the best you could until the situation is resolved? I think it’s hard to say, as each situation is different, and this is what I thought about when writing Temperance. Each character has a huge problem to face, and in their shoes I have no idea how I would cope.
It is easy to think that when the unexpected occurs we would all be strong of character and face it head on, but sometimes life isn’t like that. In the end all we can do is take life day by day, in the hope that we never have to face the worst.
New Release ~ Temperance
“Gabriel is weary, hunting for a murderer.
Patience is adrift, her life a complete lie.
Nate is scared, hiding from his worst fears.
Juliet is frantic, her time is running out.
As four fragile lives collide, the truth is finally revealed.
And betrayal and death become inevitable.”
Other Books by Chrissie Parker
“Among The Olive Groves”
Elena Petrakis adores living on the Greek island of Zakynthos. When World War Two looms her way of life is threatened. Left with no choice she joins the island’s resistance to fight for what she believes in; her family, her home, and her freedom.
Decades later, thousands of miles away in the Cornish town of Newquay, Kate Fisher prepares to celebrate her twenty-first birthday, but her joy is fleeting when she learns she is adopted. Abandoning life in England, Kate flees to Zakynthos, where she is forced to acknowledge a life she has struggled to come to terms with, one that will change her future.
From the beautiful crystal turquoise seas of the Ionian Islands to the rugged shores of the Cornish coast, ‘Among the Olive Groves’ is a story of love, bravery and sacrifice.
“A battered and broken body lies in the road. A discovery that leaves the local community gripped with fear. Suspicion as to who killed the woman is rife. Corinne’s peaceful life is shattered by the tragic death, forcing her to struggle daily with overwhelming grief and loss. A chance meeting with a stranger helps Corinne through the hurt and pain, but can she really trust Jack?”
Twin sisters Corinne and Helena have always been close, growing up in the same small town. Corinne lives alone in the house that used to belong to their parents and Helena lives with her husband and love of her life, Jimmy, and their two children.
Helena loves life, she enjoys spending time with her friends and relishes being a wife and mother. Corinne lives in isolation, unable to get over the death of their parents. She relies on the spiritual world, reading tarot cards, surrounding herself with crystals and candles. She also has to deal with unwanted premonitions that strike when she least expects them.
During a tarot reading Corinne predicts Helena’s death, and is distraught when she learns that Helena has been murdered. The grief and sudden loss of her twin sister overwhelms Corinne and she struggles to live day to day. At Helena’s funeral Corinne falls out with her brother in law and is left feeling alone and unloved.
At her lowest ebb Corinne becomes friends with Jack, a stranger in town, but the grief remains and whenever she is around Jack, she gets a vision; one that takes her back to the horrifying scene of Helena’s death. Unable to stop them, Corinne realises the visions may be her only chance of finally understanding what happened to her sister and why. But will it be the answer she is looking for?
Chrissie lives in Devon, UK, with her husband and is a freelance Production Coordinator working in the TV, documentary and film industry.
Chrissie is also an Author. Her thriller Integrate was released in October 2013 and her historical fiction Among the Olive Groves was released in July 2014.
Other written work includes factual articles for the Bristolian newspaper and guest articles for the charities Epilepsy Awareness Squad and Epilepsy Literary Heritage Foundation. Chrissie has also written a book of short stories and poems, one of which was performed at the 100 poems by 100 women event at the Bath International Literary Festival in 2013.
Chrissie is passionate about Ancient History, Archaeology and Travel, and has completed two six-month Archaeology and Egyptology courses with Exeter University. She is learning to play the Ukulele and likes to read, collect books, listen to music. To find out more about Chrissie visit her website www.chrissieparker.com
Twitter – @Chrissie_author
Let’s Write it Right – Military/Security Acronyms and Initialisms Guest post by #amazingauthor Lynn Hallbrooks @lynnhallbrooks
I liked to begin by saying thank you to Belinda for allowing me a chance to spend some time with everyone today.
In order to become a better writer, I’ve been reading many books, especially those in the Military and Political Intrigue genres. I noticed that one term had different ways of being typed out. I wanted to know who was correct. If you’ve done any research on the Internet, then you know I went on a journey. I’d like to share a little bit of my adventure.
The Term In Question
SEAL vs. Seal vs. seal
I’ve always believed that it should be all capital letters. I saw on this on Wikipedia <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Navy_SEALs >:
…”SEAL” is always capitalized in reference to members of the Naval Special Warfare community…
That was good enough for me but if I was going to tell others they were wrong I had to have a little more proof because not everyone believes in Wikipedia. So I went to their sources, The Navy SEAL Museum article entitled Genesis of the U.S. Navy’s SEa, Air, Land (SEAL) Teams <https://navysealmuseum.com/about-navy-seals/seal-history-the-naval-special-warfare-story/genesis-of-the-u-s-navys-sea-air-land-seal-teams> where I learned how the term for this special amphibious was created:
“…focal point through which all elements of this specialized Navy capability (naval guerrilla warfare) would be channeled. An appropriate name for such units could be SEAL units, SEAL being a contraction of SEA, AIR, LAND, and thereby, indicating an all-around, universal capability.”…
Further along on my adventure I discovered the U.S. Navy Style Guide <http://www.navy.mil/tools/view_styleguide_all.asp> which has several military abbreviations defined.
SEAL – Sea, Air, Land. SEAL is acceptable on first reference. If plural, use SEALs.
As you can see from the above quotes and keeping in mind that oftentimes it is difficult to get websites to cooperate, SEAL is a contraction of SEa – Air – Land. It is a proper noun for a US Navy special warfare operator. If you use the lowercase version, seal, it denotes a marine mammal. While a SEAL may be amphibious like a seal, that’s where the similarities end. I have the utmost respect for the U.S. Navy SEALs. I will always show it by using capital letters for them. I hope you will too.
Here is another bit of information I learned. According to Grammar Girl there are subsets of abbreviations known as acronyms and initialisms. <http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/abbreviations-acronyms-and-initialisms-0>
SEAL is an acronym because it is a set of letters that can be read or spoken as a word.
An example of initialism is CIA short for Central Intelligence Agency because you say each letter individually.
Below are some more acronyms from the glossary used in Call Sign: Wrecking Crew (Storm Warning) <http://www.amazon.com/Call-Sign-Wrecking-Storm-Warning/dp/0982792352>
BUD/S = Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (Training or School)
FARC = Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia Spanish for Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia
HALO = High Altitude Low Opening
ICE = Immigration and Customs Enforcement
JAG = Judge Advocate General’s Corps
LASER = Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation
LEOs = Law Enforcement Officers
NATO = North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NEST = Nuclear Explosive Search Team
SOAR = Special Operations Army Regiment
SWCC (pronounced “swick”) = Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen
TOC (pronounced ‘tock’) = Tactical Operations Center
TOE = Tables Organization and Equipment
There are several initialisms as well. I’ll share a few that are less commonly known.
ACP = Automatic Colt Pistol
CHL = Concealed Handgun License
CID = Criminal Investigation Division
CO = Commanding Officer
CT = Computed Tomography
CTU = Counter Terrorist Unit
DIA = Defense Intelligence Agency
ETS = Expiration of Term of Service
FOB = Forward Operating Bases
HK = Heckler & Koch (German defense manufacturing company)
IDF = Israel Defense Forces
INS = Immigration and Naturalization Service
JCSSO = Joint Chief of Staff, Special Operations
KGB = Komitét Gosudárstvennoĭ Bezopásnosti (Russian version of CIA)
KIA = Killed In Action
MIA = Missing In Action
MiG = Mikoyan-i-Gurevich (Russian aircrafts)
NCO = Non Commissioned Officer
NEA = National Endowment for the Arts
NSA = National Security Agency
NVG = Night Vision Goggles
OIC = Officer in Charge
OJT = On the Job Training
PPOs = Personal Protection Officers
SAW = Squad Automatic Weapon
SOF = Special Operations Forces
UDT = Underwater Demolition Team
USSOC = United States Special Operation Command
USP = Universale Selbstladepistole or “universal self-loading pistol” a Heckler & Koch product
WIA = Wounded In Action
XO = Executive Officer
I hope this information will be helpful to you down the road. Have a great one!
Check out another new release from a dear friend and familiar face on this blog,
#amazingauthor Sylvia Stein ( @sylvia_stein07 )
“What happens when you lose the person most important to you and are left to pick up the pieces?
Mia Gerard had always wanted to be a trained dancer yet she has just lost the love of her life in a tragic accident. Leo Dancy was her best friend and soul mate. As she tries to deal with losing him, she finds his absence unbearable and she feels lost without him.
But then a great opportunity arises for Mia that she just can’t turn down.
She is accepted into the New York Dance Academy of performing arts.
At first she is overwhelmed but once she gets there she begins to allow herself to heal.
This is when she comes across Henry Watson a painter with aspirations of acquiring his own exhibit one day. While she ponders her feelings for Henry, will she be too late? or will she find the clarity she needs and chase after him?”
About Sylvia Stein
Author Sylvia Stein began her path to writing when she joined the Writer’s Group on Linked in 750 in 2012 and she also started to connect with other authors through the World Literary Café. She continued her journey by creating short stories, which were published, in the Giant tales Anthology series. While obtaining her Masters degree at Southern New Hampshire University online author Stein built a solid foundation with her colleagues who encouraged her to continue on her writing. That’s when Closure was born. With the help of her editor Closure grew from a short story to a full novella that Author Stein is excited to share. Her First Debut Novel came in July 31, 2014 entitled, Closure and now she has just released her first YA called Chasing Clarity out October 8th 2015 . “ This is the first of many to come.”
If you would like to know more about Author Sylvia Stein or her books~check here:
Chasing Clarity book trailer
Lovin’ the autumn weather and large pots of #coffee (of course)! Busy week ahead #amwriting #researching #studying #amreading & #volunteering. No matter where you are in your day or evening, I hope you’re finding possibilities, not problems!
Live, laugh & love! ❤
“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.” ~Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
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