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Bring On the Romance

BooksPosted by Foley Western Mon, April 27, 2015 16:16:13

The overwhelming success of Fifty Shades of Grey has sparked a revolution in female writers and readers joining the bandwagon of exploit novels. There is no doubt women today are much more free to discuss the intricacies of desire and relationships more than ever before and in some ways this is a great thing. But the incredible rise to the heights of a novel based on the physical is a great source of objective thinking and does it reflect the sign of our times?

Over the years the greatest romantic novels and films have touched our hearts, brought tears to our eyes and most of the time led to a fairy tale ending. Gone with the Wind, Dr Zhivago, Wuthering Heights, Love Story are all past successful epics of their time and beyond. They all have been threaded with the same colour cotton, beautiful and sometimes sad or eventful stories intertwined with heroines, heroes and a love line which beats up and down and round and round. Centred around love and passion, they have brought to screen or book the feeling that love is the defiant warrior and that it will survive somehow and in some way. They also have been reflective of our way of thinking and society at the time and how men and women view relationships. So is the romance of partnerships something we do not get excited about anymore?

Deep down most women want the same and few do not want the romance to go with the good guy. Of course physical playtime and attraction are part of it but there is also a great queue of women awaiting the rose on Valentine’s Day or the poem filled card ,.And over time the male hero in stories has always been shown as a little of the swashbuckling hero or the knight in shining armour. Films and books where the man has whisked his girl from the depths of her poor life and existence or have been portrayed as strong and ready to fight for her honour, have captured the hearts of most with wistful sighs. The strangest thing is not all women nowadays wish to admit it. In a world of powerful women rising in all career and society areas, few women cite romance as the big attraction and yet will ooze excitement over romantic extravaganzas such as George Clooney's wedding, but not the olden day Romeo, who will let nothing stand between him and his love .

Has it resulted in confused men that they no longer know which direction to go? They are surrounded in the media with women who have successful careers, who earn fortunes and can easily fund their own shopping sprees and home ownership and in the work place are shown to be powerful and equal in many places. We are shown many more men taking on roles in society of house husbands and Mannie’s (male nannies) more and more frequently? Are the men now thinking with a more “equal” head got in their minds that women do not want to be treated like princesses and showered with a wave of impetuous and spontaneous gestures?

Have they now become slightly hesitant and therefore they hang back and wait or cast the thought aside that their partner would not enjoy such efforts or even worse criticise their wayward thinking? Some romance and especially around wedding planning is of course prevalent, but the confusion in how far it goes still remains blurred.

Romance is part of the courtship procedure, very often it is the little things which become memorable in the later years and part of the growth together. It is something to be celebrated and shared in every relationship. The evidence is there as Scarlett O'Hara may have come across as a bit of a bossy boots, and free and independent thinking woman, soon melts when her handsome suitor showed his feelings openly. It is of course part of our world that women have thankfully found a voice and are able to succeed and a lesson to be learnt and treasured, but as in everything the balance between two people and understanding what each other wants is just as important. There are very few women on the planet who will discard the gift of a surprise bouquet or even a bunch of flowers from the supermarket, there are few women who do not wish to be treated with respect and kindness and few who wish their partner to shy away from opening a door, or arranging an unexpected trip away. It can always be said that partnerships should grow together and be equal in many ways and if the guys get the romance right, they may find they have become the hero of ages past and that their princess in the tower will actually let her hair down much more often than he has ever dreamt !



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Kindle V Hard Copy

BooksPosted by Foley Western Thu, November 14, 2013 14:59:37

Have you noticed more people sitting around in cafes, on the bus, or train or even around the pool on holiday their eyes fixed to a small screen. How about people in the same places with a book in their hand? Which one do you think is more popular and which way do you like to read your books?

With the introduction of the Kindle, a new book downloaded at the click of the button, are more people replacing hard copies of their favourite novels with an eBook.


There is a lot of benefits to having a Kindle, especially for holidays or your long journey to work. Books are heavy, and there is only so many you can carry at one time, but as you can only read one book at a time, does that really matter? If you going on a long trip maybe it does. Imagine all the clothes you would have to leave behind if you wanted to take a new book for each week you were away from home – especially if your trip was going to be six months long. How heavy would your suitcase be? So in this case (sorry) a Kindle would be the perfect travelling companion and you’d be guaranteed never to run out of reading material, just make sure you don’t forget your charger.

One of the reasons some people will never experience the joy of being a Kindle owner is the feeling they get as they turn each page. Their bookcase is jammed packed with books they have read and they have boxes and boxes of them in the garage, as they just can’t bring themselves to part with them.


Book lovers around the world will agree that hard copies are so much better than an eBook for Kindle. They love browsing the shelves in bookshops, sifting through the piles of second-hand books at boot fairs, or exchanging their latest read with a friend. You can’t do that with an eBook. But kindles are really light, easy to fit into your bag and you can bring your whole bookcase with you anywhere you go. But what if you left home in a hurry and didn’t notice your Kindle is nearly out of charge – and you left the charger at your parents. No reading for you then!

There are a lot of pros and cons for both Kindles and Hard Copy, but as long as the love of reading continues shouldn’t that be the only thing that matters. Maybe think about trying to read your latest read in the opposite way you normally do. If you know a Kindle lover and you only read Hard Copy, why not suggest you swap and compare notes. You won't know if you don't like it if you haven't tried it.

But remember whichever way you read make the moment an enjoyable moment!







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How to create your own characters.

BooksPosted by Foley Western Mon, November 11, 2013 19:55:51

Ever finished reading a book and wonder how the author came up with the main characters? Most of authors plan their characters and storyline, along with the theme of the story before they even put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboards).

I’ve put together five steps for you to follow to help you create your own characters. You might not be considering world domination in the book world but you might need a few to add to your short story for school, college or that competition you’ve been dying to enter.

1. Before you start thinking about your characters, you will need to decide which genre your character will be in; action, fantasy, romance, comedy, horror or sci-fi. You can’t create a time travelling dwarf if you’re thinking of writing a romantic story can you?

2. Next you need to ask yourself why is the character you are about to create needed in the story and what are their purpose in the story? Will they be the lifelong enemy or a long lost lover? Do they have a main role or just a small supporting part? These questions need to be answered before you can really begin to piece together your character.

3. Give your character some basics; age, appearance, family background, likes, dislikes. If you can draw why not summon up an image. If you can’t, there are many simulation games (The Sims) to help you build your character. Knowing your character a little bit better will help when it comes to actually putting them into your story.


4. Delve into your character’s past. Are they hiding a dark secret? Did something good/bad happen to them in their childhood. Is there something about them that only a few know about? It helps to know a little background information when you start writing, as your character may act a certain way because of something in their past. For instance, when they were six they nearly drowned, so anything relating to water makes your character freak out.

5. All your character to grow as the story progresses. They cannot stay the same throughout the story. Events that will occur as you continue to write will have an effect on your character’s life and thoughts. Make sure you are able to show this change.

Here are a few tips you might find useful too.

· Make your stories and characters believable – no one is perfect or really evil.

· Drawing your characters, whichever way you can, will help.

· Always date your stories.

· Never throw away any stories even if you don’t manage to complete them.

· Pay particular attention to the conversations between your characters.

· People watch to get ideas.

· Watch films for dialogue.

· Research; jobs, places, food, the weather.

· Always make writing an enjoyable experience.






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Shout for Love

BooksPosted by Foley Western Sat, October 12, 2013 09:58:16

KIRKUS

Western’s compelling romantic novel tells the story of Katie Smythe, a successful London antique shop owner, and her courtship by, and marriage to wealthy playboy Declan Black, before shifting into a thriller when Katie is kidnapped for ransom.

Western presents enough obstacles and chemistry to the couple’s love that their union feels well earned. Friends and foils provide an interesting backdrop, and naturalistic dialogue moves the story along. When Katie and Declan travel to Turkey for their honeymoon, she is kidnapped, and Declan and Michael, as well as Katie’s own bravery, are her only chances for escape. Western plots this part of the novel at comfortably swift pace and the book ties up the pieces for a satisfying ending.

This urbane, sexy romance novel smoothly transitions from romance to thriller.

Shout For Love by Foley Western – 4th October 2011

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The Extra Mile

BooksPosted by Foley Western Fri, October 04, 2013 20:49:38

He was her overly attentive and affectionate boss, who always seemed interested in spite of Amanda's stand-offish attitude. She was a tall girl with long, wavy ginger-coloured hair and didn't date much, or rather never has the time or inclination to date. Certainly, he was an attractive man, but there was no good reason to become romantically involved with a man who amounts to a colleague, a senior one mind but nevertheless a colleague.

However, that never held him back from asking her for the ceremonial cup of coffee which signalled that he would like to get to know her better. He was tall and handsome, but she was far more focused on her job and completing her missions efficiently and successfully, as lives depended on it than a flirtation with anyone..

It was time; Ginger had been putting off leaving for Hong Kong for two days. Far too long by SYNO's standards, the company which employed her. To the gaze of the public, she was merely a secretary by the name of Amanda, working at a corporation for Clive. In reality she could be a deadly, highly efficient master at karate and a crack shot with a pistol.. To be contd.

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Seventy-Five Lilymeg Lane

BooksPosted by Foley Western Sun, September 22, 2013 14:54:11
On a beautiful, bright and surprisingly warm Autumn day, like today, there's nothing more I'd rather do than a bit of gardening and taking a walk in the nearby countryside. Fortunately, I am spoiled for choice with rambling routes where I live in Hampshire, so I am constantly greeted by bleating sheep and shy horses whenever I cut through a farmer's field. Plus, now the leaves are falling and changes, the colourful landscape has got my creative juices flowing, once more.

This idyllic and very British scene is where most of my inspiration comes for my fiction, particularly children's book 75 Lilymeg Lane. The short story encapsulates the dreamy image of a Cotswold village;

"In a peaceful country village in the Cotswolds there was a little girl who lived in a most quaint cottage. Flowers of every description surrounded it, the front garden had the most beautiful roses and chrysanthemums. Everyone who passed by, always commented on how lovely the garden looked and smelled. Keisha was a very lucky little girl to live in such a pretty house. She never tired of smelling the roses and playing in the garden."

For more kid friendly stories, please check out my book, To Be Young.


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She Walks on the Wild Side

BooksPosted by Foley Western Fri, September 20, 2013 17:49:27
She Walks on the Wild Side by Foley Western

Globetrotting librarian pens engaging romantic novel inspired by her international travels.

Tanya thought she had the perfect life. She thought she knew what she wanted. How wrong she was. Well-educated, gainfully employed and living an uneventful existence, Tanya begins to feel deeply dissatisfied with the monotony of her daily life. With her restless soul yearning for freedom she succumbs to the irresistible perfume of adventure. Leaving everything that is familiar - her job, her friends, her family - Tanya boldly steps off the well-worn path of middle-class mediocrity to carve out her own journey through the wilderness. But taking control of her own destiny will not be easy and Tanya soon discovers that her decision will test her to the limit. Finding herself alone and friendless in foreign lands and with a child to support, Tanya learns for the first time in her life, not only how to survive, but how to live life to the fullest. As she finally manages to achieve a sense of happiness, the handsome Leo enters her life. Under foreign skies she reluctantly falls in love with a man who will tear her plans asunder. Finding love will force Tanya to decide once and for all whether she is running away from her past or towards her destiny.

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Review for my book Kimberley

BooksPosted by Foley Western Thu, September 12, 2013 15:09:23
Kimberley, by Foley Western,
The title character is endowed with supernatural powers that often make her life seem more of a curse than a blessing. Western wastes no time in introducing Kimberley's strange gift, starting the book out with an example. That immediate action serves to set the tone for what will be a fast-paced ride through to the end. Western has picked the perfect pace for such a book, with little down-time. In doing so, readers are drawn deeper into the world that Kimberley experiences and can feel the desperation that she feels. The author has a good grasp on balancing the telling of her story between dialogue and narration. The dialogue itself is a fine example of just how dialogue should be done. Lines don't feel stilted or fake. Instead each line of dialogue adds to the overall tale and lends an air of authenticity to the work. Fans of a good adventure with a supernatural twist will be glad to "meet" Kimberley.



Publish America


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