Archive | September 2012


Are you getting excited yet? Or irritated with my countdown?



Final Unveiling!

Well, this is it. The final unveiling before the book launches on the 8th October, and the blog tour starts. Here is the haunting book trailer for Heart Search: Lost, the first book in Carlie M A Cullen’s trilogy.



WOW! What an amazing trailer! For those of you desperate to get your hands on this book, the countdown has finally begun!


12 days to go!


Cover Reveal!

Well, the moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here! Carlie M A Cullen has unveiled the cover of her upcoming book Heart Search: Lost.

And here it is:


A sneak peek at the blurb:

One bite starts it all . . .

When Joshua Grant vanishes days before his wedding his fiancée Remy is left with only bruises, scratch marks and a hastily written note. Heartbroken, she sets off alone to find him and begins a long journey where strange things begin to happen.

As Joshua descends into his new immortal life he indulges his thirst for blood and explores his superhuman strength and amazing new talents while becoming embroiled in coven politics which threaten to destroy him. But Remy discovers a strength of her own on her quest to bring Joshua home.

Fate toys with mortals and immortals alike, as two hearts torn apart by darkness face ordeals which test them to their limits.


Wow! I’ve already read this book about 10 times when I was editing it, but this makes me want to read it again! Roll on the release date!

Author Support

When I do a job, I always do it properly. If you choose me to edit your book I will always be there to help you, even after all my work is done. I like to support authors with their book launches by publicising the event and when possible, taking part in Blog Tours.

With that in mind, here’s an update about Carlie M A Cullen. End of last year/ beginning of this year, she asked me to edit the first novel in her trilogy; Heart Search: Lost.

I have to say: this is a brilliant book, and as you turn the final page you will be screaming for more. I know I was when I edited it! With a trilogy it is traditional to leave a bit of a cliff-hanger in the hope that people will want to get book 2 when it’s released. Carlie has done such a wonderful job with hers that you will be biting your nails waiting for the publication of the next.

Earlier this week she announced the upcoming launch. It is scheduled for beginning to mid-October and she will be running a Blog Tour at the same time. There are some great giveaways too (like a Kindle, jewellery, T-shirts, mugs and much more). Keep your eyes peeled in the meantime though! There will be other events coming up first, including the official unveiling of the book cover! Being the editor, I’ve already had a sneak peek and it’s one of those covers that draws you in and piques your curiosity! I will be taking part in the Blog Tour too so keep an eye on the site for some amazing reveals!

There are still places available on the Blog Tour; for those of you who want to sign up please click here:

See Carlie’s website for more details:

Modern Poetry: What Makes a Good Poem Great

How do you write a good poem these days? Always before there were rules that needed to be followed; a strict meter, a defined stanza length, a set rhyming pattern, and the poems seemed to contain more of a narrative. These days everything is the opposite. Rhyming is frowned upon, and stanzas have become loose; writer-defined lengths and meters. I struggled with this once. After reading John Milton’s Paradise Lost in University, I decided to try writing my own version of the fall from grace in a more modern style, yet keeping the original perspective – Satan. Here is stanza 2 from a poem that takes just over 2 pages.


My eyes swept across the land, encompassing

The outer edges of Paradise, and

The band of Cherubim guarding the gates.

I leapt off the mountain, landing gracefully

At the Western edge of Paradise, my six

Wings flaring as I bounded over the wall

Of rock at its lowest point.

The sun shone down at its zenith, bathing

The land in its warm glow, turning

Everything a glittering green-yellow as

It filtered through the foliage of the trees.

I walked past the roses, red as fresh blood,

Refusing to inhale their heady scent,

Past the trees which lie at the centre

Of that garden, the smell of one so familiar,

The scent of home, the apples of Heaven,

The Fruit of Life, my heart ached at

That fragrance, and I grew cold.


This is a bad example of modern poetry. There is too much narrative going on here, and it reads like prose cut up into lines. Prose can be a good place to start, to get the idea in your head if you struggle to write poetry, but you don’t want to be bound by this early attempt. It is also too literal, poems these days have hidden meanings; you don’t want to spell it out for the reader, you want them to discover the meaning for themselves – that way it means more to them since everyone will read a piece slightly differently. Also you never want to start a modern poem with capital letters. In a modern poem, capital letters follow the prose rules; they are for the first line only, unless you have a full stop in which case you have one on the next word.

I gave the poem another attempt, this time disguising the theme of Original Sin within a modern setting.


The path glittered beside us

yellow, green as we lay

on a bed of pine needles.

My blood pumped hard

through my adolescent body.

I caressed her strong muscled thigh

in the late afternoon sunshine.


The plucked red rose

rested on her bosom,

blood petals strewn around her.

She inhaled its heady scent;

enchanter of the woods.


The apple from the hidden tree

lay discarded and broken.


Need to return her home,

past Sunday curfew,

she just lies there free

from the rules of society.


My lips brush this unadorned Venus,

savour the taste

of that apple on my lips

and wish I could have it

once more.


This is a good example of a modern poem. There are only capital letters at the beginning and after a full stop, the stanza length is uneven – specified by the poem and the individual sections, and the meaning is slightly veiled. There is still a narrative here – which I think is needed, though not everyone will agree – but it no longer reads like chopped-up prose. The trick to modern poetry is in the images. Do not tell the story, show it to them and let them work it out for themselves. Do not tell them “She lost her virginity”, show them “The plucked red rose/ rested on her bosom, /blood petals strewn around her.”

Although I updated the setting of this poem, I still kept the integral parts of Paradise in there. They are still surrounded by nature, there is still a hidden tree with an apple; however these have become symbols and the apple, as it always has, represents her innocence and her virginity. You need to try and find new images to show something which is why I used the image of the rose. Yet this is a double meaning line, many people will read it simply as a rose, so I included the short stanza below with more traditional imagery to reinforce the message “The apple from the hidden tree/lay discarded and broken.”

Each poem will be unique. Don’t try to force it into a mould, let the mould flow around it. Each of my stanzas are determined by the imagery, the sections of the narrative. I did not decide in advance what the format would be; I told the story and let it fall where it was meant to.