My Top 5 favourite TV series based on books.

One of my ambitions as an author is to have my work on screen; I mean who wouldn’t? So, as my work hasn’t been picked up by a lovely TV producer (yet) here’s my top 5 TV shows based on books.

I just binged watched this time travel romance series based on the books by Diana Gabaldon. Gritty and sometimes gruesome, this gem of a series sweeps the viewer into an amazing story filled with hunky highlanders, sadistic soldiers and with just a hint of witches and magic. My only gripe is that the heroine, Claire is not as strong as 301082she could be and makes a lot of fundamental mistakes that kind of annoyed me.

True Blood: Although not on your screens anymore, this vampire extravaganza is
definitely worth a watch. They took just enough liberties from the novels to make it interesting for readers and had some truly gorgeous vampires and rugged werewolves in there. Ended with a fizzle rather than a bang (just like the book series!) but hey, sometimes that happens.

13496Game of Thrones: I’m certainly not alone with this one! You really can’t ask for much more in one series: frosted zombies, dragons that are just as cute huge as they were when they were hatchlings, killer knights, mythical magic, and warring factions where there is both good and bad on every side. I’m so looking forward to the next season coming back in April, although we are now getting to the stage where the TV series will be overtaking the books, it will be interesting to see what will h30071appen here.

The Walking Dead: Based on some amazing graphic novels, the Walking Dead has me hooked on their undead and post-apocalyptic anarchy. There was a bit of a lull in the middle (around season 3), and if I’m honest, it almost lost me – but now I’m counting the days till the new season resumes in February. They have some great characters and don’t seem afraid to kill them off either! Edge of your seat stuff!

656War & Peace: Featured on the BBC here in the UK, I have a great feeling about this Tolstoy classic. Sweeping drama drenched with lavish settings, costumes and an amazing cast. It has the potential to take the viewer by the hand and lead them through a turbulent time in history and introduce a whole new generation to this masterpiece of literature.

Happy watching, and remember to let me know if you are watching any gems yourself. Nicx


Interview with Ashlyn Chase

indexTell us about your publishing journey…

I took a screenwriting course first, thinking I’d like to write movies. Hollywood passed on my romantic comedies but I still wanted to write. I joined RWA and learned a lot from generous romance novelists who were successful. I adapted one of my screenplays into a novel. (I know. It’s usually the other way around.) But that became my first published book. Meanwhile I was working on something new, and that was a great learning experience. I joined a critique group, and because everyone in the group was writing suspense, I did too—for a while. When I finally found my own voice it was humorous! I was funny! Who knew?

What inspired you to write this book?

A contract. There’s something about being paid in advance, and knowing you’ll have to give back the money if you don’t perform, to give any writer a kick in the pants. LOL. Actually, it’s a series spin-off of the last series. Book 2 in the Flirting with Fangs series was How to Date a Dragon. I hadn’t thought of writing more dragons until my publisher asked me to. I aim to please.

What question do you want to be asked in an interview, then please include your answer.

What punishment do you think Internet Prates should face?

IF they survive walking the plank in shark infested waters (which should happen just to drive home the point that they are pirates) then they should have to forfeit their paychecks until every artist, author, actor, and musician has been paid what they stole from them. They think it’s a piddly amount that won’t be missed, so it doesn’t count. Guess what asshole? You just took a loaf of bread out of my pantry. Pirates ought to eat Ramen Noodles until their victims are fully compensated.

What do you love about writing?

Waking up when I’m good and ready. Working in my bathrobe… Nah. The ability to indulge my creativity is paramount. I was a nurse for 20 years. Creativity is greatly discouraged by doctors who want you to carry out their orders to the letter.

I love the freedom to invent unique characters and the world they live in. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate being able to make a paycheck that way.

If you had a time machine, which era would you go to and why?9781492610090-PR(1)

I’m not one to long for a nostalgic past. I think every time period has its problems. I might like a peek at the future to see if we’ve solved some of those dilemmas. Batteries that last forever? No more computer glitches? I doubt we’ll have world peace. Unless human beings have found a magic chill pill that can go into everyone’s water supply.

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

Well, the character would be Jaime Fraser, obviously. I could introduce him to Ramen Noodles and he could introduce me to Haggas. I’m sure it would be hilarious. Then maybe we could get a decent meal at a local establishment after that.

If you could be any supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

Everything has its drawbacks. Werewolves go through a painful transition every month. Vampires have to drink blood and avoid the sun. Maybe I’d be a phoenix. I’d have pretty tail feathers, be able to shift and fly, and if the worst happened, I could crash-land into a bonfire and reincarnate.

In a fire, what 3 things would you rescue?

My cat, my husband, and myself. Everything else is just stuff.

Who would be your dream cast for your book?

My Wild Irish Dragon? Let’s see. The heroine Chloe is an athletic blonde with freckles. Maybe Kate from the old TV show Lost would be willing to dye her hair. And Ryan is our hero. Pick a tall, dark, and handsome actor with a smart-alec smirk. Maybe James Franco.

What are you working on now?

First book in a whole new series. The Phoenix Brothers. Book 1’s main characters are Gabe Fierro and Misty… I haven’t come up with a last name for her yet.

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Interview with Paula Kennedy

Paula KennedyTell us about your publishing journey.

My first full length novel, Angels of the Night: Discovery (Book 1), was published with Champagne Books in 2011. Before 2011, I’d written some articles for a local magazine and my university newspaper as well as penning stories of my own that never made it further than my computer hard drive. Champagne Books is an amazing publisher to work for and so I continued on with the Angels of the Night series and released Divinity (Book 2) in 2012. The third of four planned books in the Angels of the Night series, Deception (Book 3), will be out at the beginning of June 2016. I have another standalone novel, Keeper of the Gate, published with Evernight Teen in 2014.

I’ve recently signed with a literary agent, the amazing Sue Miller from Donaghy Literary, and I’m extremely excited to work with her. Stay tuned!

 What do you love about being an author?

Authors rule the world! We are your imagination, your fantasies, your dreams. Movie ideas that go on to entertain audiences all over the world originated in the mind of a single person. That thought is pretty powerful.

Oh and I love to write! If I’m not writing I’m thinking about writing.

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

I would love to have dinner with Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series. I think I’d take him for some fast food!

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?

For this question I’m going to focus on Keeper of the Gate published with Evernight Teen in 2014. Devin and Annalisa are the two leads in this story and I always envisioned Zac Efron as Devin. I’ve always struggled to cast a female in the role of Annalisa. Any thoughts?

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

This is a great question. The advice I wish I’d been given sooner is to not be afraid to put your heart into what you write. This is risky for authors because they open themselves to criticism, but I’ve come to learn over the years that in order to grow you must first see your faults.

Where do you write best?

Strangely enough, I write best sitting on my couch with the television blaring. I can’t work in an office or any quiet area for that matter. This has been true since university and I often found myself studying or working on essays in the campus lounge amid the chaos and noise.

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

Although I’m still working my way through the series, the last complete book I read was Riot by Jamie Shaw. I’m on book three right now, Chaos. I. . .loved. . .Riot and found my first rock star book boyfriend in its pages! If you’re interested in reading my review you can find it here on my blog. Jamie is an amazing author who knows how to hold your heart strings hostage right until the end. Damn it Joel!

 If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

I’ve always been a fan of science fiction and would love to dabble in that genre. As for the why, I love how conventional rules can be broken.

Where can fans find you online?

Come and visit me on Twitter, Facebook and of course my blog. Thanks for stopping by!