Be a little kinder.

Can we just stop being so unkind and hateful to one another. Not everyone is you, not everyone thinks the things you do, not everyone wants to live the same life you do!

Some people are Bi, get over it. Some people are Trans, get over it. Some people want to live in all kinds of different relationships, get over it. Gold Star Lesbians are not top of the pile! We fought for equality, not another round of arguments over which of us is more a lesbian than the other. Get over it!

It isn’t for any of us to dictate how others live their lives. Being a lesbian doesn’t mean you can call men rapists! That’s just sick. There are people out there who truly understand the impact of that statement and you throwing it around as an insult at anyone that doesn’t agree with you is just disgusting.

The LGBTQ+ community has enough shit to deal with, without our own throwing the muck! Get over yourselves!

We live in a world where we can be kind or we can be cruel. I know which kind of person I am and who it is that I want to hang out with… its not you!!! Its never you!

G.C.L.S Shortlisted….

I almost forgot in all the excitement of hitting number one and then the success of the S.C.L.H.O at the weekend.

Last year, I entered my book, The Promise, into the G.C.L.S goldie awards because Annette Mori read it and told me I had to…Now, I am not usually one for these kinds of things but… The Promise is a book that I hold dear. I wrote it for my parents, both of whom are no longer with me and our family. Its not about them, Ali and Susan’s story is very different, but it was written for them… my little nod to their love story and how my Dad’s death from Cancer impacted my mother’s life.

So, I have no idea how these things work and I thought that the shortlisted finalists had already been announced, I checked the website weeks ago and didn’t find my name so, I sighed audibly and made another cup of coffee and brushed it all off with an ‘Oh well never mind’… Imagine then my surprise when I am awoken at 3.30 am by my phone beeping. Bleary-eyed i reach out for the phone and flick the screen on, blinded momentarily by the bright light. I see an email, sleepily I open it, read through it quickly and think… Oops someone sent it to the wrong person.

And I promptly went back to sleep.

In the morning, I woke with that funny feeling like you’ve dreamt something so real, you have to check it out. I picked up my phone and sure enough, the email was real and it said Congratulations!!

My little heart started beating more rapidly and I quickly found the website and there it was… Lesbian Romance (Short Novel) The Promise by Claire Highton-Stevenson.

So, I’ve no idea if it will win. Its up against some wonderful writers and books, but I’m going to really hope for this one. If I never win another award in my lifetime, but this, I will be happy.

Many thanks to all of you who have dared to read it. I know its emotive, it makes you cry and then smile. It will always be my favourite book.

The Promise is available here…http://getbook.at/ThePromiseCHS

Marvel’s Stan Lee…RIP

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I have spent the best of my life being entertained by this mans imagination.

I was never a fan of comics, but the films made from Stan’s creations, have given me hours of entertainment. Just recently, my wife and I, watched Venom at the cinema. We have one of those membership cards where we can see any film, anytime, so there was no question that we would watch it in 4DX. It was amazing. Thrown back and forth in our seats. We laughed, we gasped and we came out with an impression of WOW!

And that’s how I usually leave the cinema having watched a Marvel creation.

As a kid I grew up watching Wonder Woman, I had no idea where she originated from, I just knew that I wanted to be like her…she was also my first crush. So, I have a lot to thank Mr Lee for 😉

His passing is a sad moment for all of us that are fans, but his legacy will live on, with generations more to come who will find themselves sucked into the world of Marvel and all of its wonderful Characters.

Thanks, Stan!

Fireworks and Morons…

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Do they go hand in hand? I mean, I am no spoilsport… In fact, I love a good firework display… the excitement of the scream as it whooshes into the air, explodes and finally announces itself in an array of colours bursting into the night sky…It’s beautiful.

There is nothing more fun than a night out with your friends, wrapped up against the cold with scarves and woolly hats. All snuggled together to keep warm while drinking hot chocolate. Its great right? The huge bonfire, the tradition and history of Guy Fawkes!! WHO DOESNT LOVE FIREWORK NIGHT!!?

But its not is it.. its no longer firework NIGHT!! Its no longer safe professional displays that provide the entertainment for one night… no, any idiot can get their hands on them. Anyone with more money than sense can wander into a shop and buy them… and they can let them off anytime they want to, anywhere they want to. For two weeks every year, we are all tortured by the unexpected bangs and explosions outside our homes. Our pets are terrified, our elderly are on the edge of their seats.

Isn’t it time, in an age where there are people making bombs and trying to hurt people, that we stop this right now. That only professional firework displays are allowed to use them? doesn’t that make sense!!

If you’re in the UK… Sign the petition!!

Ban the use of Fireworks Outside of Displays

Blog Hop-Writing my first novel!

I never set out to write a novel. I’d been reading fanfic and fancied giving it a go but I didn’t think I could do justice to the characters. (Jane and Maura from Rizzoli & Isles.)

So, I did the next best thing and wrote out the What if story that had been floating about in my head for months as I drove around the Southern part of the UK delivering blood. I had a broken leg and was bored just sitting around with my leg stuck up in the air, so I grabbed my laptop and started to write it out. If anything, it took my mind off the boredom.

I thought, like most things in my life, that I’d get bored about 20 minutes in, but no! It just kept flowing. All these words tumbled out of me and when I finally finished months later, I had this story in front of me and no idea what to do with it. So, it got left in a file on my laptop and forgotten about for a while because then I had this idea for another story. Before I knew it, I had several first draft stories written out. Full of mistakes, typos and terrible grammar, but still it was something! (that’s still the case today without the help of Michelle ArnoldOUT (1), my friend and fellow author who edits all my books for me.)

I then spent months debating with myself whether to put them out there for people to read. I knew I couldn’t ever publish them, not without someone reading them and fixing them, but what was the point of going to all that trouble if they were a load of rubbish anyway…So, eventually I plucked up the courage and I uploaded to one of those sites for free fiction. And people liked it!!

I re-wrote it and re-wrote it. And they still liked it!

Of course, every review started with a comment on the grammar issues and whatnot, but the consensus was that it was a good story. So, I uploaded some others and by the time I’d finished I had ten or more stories on that site and never got a bad review. So, I re-wrote it again before I let my friend Michelle read and yep, you guessed it… she pointed out the grammar, but then she said let me fix it!

Before I knew it, she had convinced me to publish it!

The most nerve-wracking thing I have ever done. Now, I have five books published and the sixth is coming very soon and I finally feel like I can officially call myself an author!

So, I say to anyone with an idea in their head… Give it a go!!

This post is part of the WLW Author Blog Hop Series entitled Writing my first novel each blog post will link to another author so you can discover more about how they wrote their first novel.

Learn how Kit Eyre’s attitude to office politics and procedures resulted in But By Degrees becoming her first published novel. Kit Eyre is an author with a proclivity for Yorkshire women (despite her wife being a Lancastrian). She likes her romance with a huge dollop of “something else” and has so far published two novels. www.kiteyre.co.uk