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This is me hopefully managing to put a Welcome message at the top of my Dreamwidth journal *crosses fingers*.

To all those new to my LJ, my name is Tasha (aka Beren for fanfic purposes). I am a full time author and run a small publishing company (Wittegen Press) with my sister [personal profile] thwax. On this journal you will find me talking about my books, my fanfic, my favourite movies, my favourite bands, recipes and anything else that strikes my fancy.

Check out my user info or the links down the side for my fanfic listings and below are all my books.

I welcome all friends, but please don't be offended if I don't friend you back if you have nothing on your LJ or your don't post much or you're under 16. If you are new to LJ, so your LJ is empty, drop me a comment here so I know you're not a troll/spam bot. 98% of all my posts are public, so it makes no difference.

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beren_writes: Loki smiling with the words "Sweet and innocent ... honestly" (Avengers - Loki sweet and innocent)
I think it may be slipper weather.

I can't wear my slippers in the summer because they are full boot, fluffy ones and they are too warm, but there is definitely a chill in the air now. My only problem is I can't remember where I put them :) Oops. I found one, but I'm pretty sure it's the one surviving one from the old pair that developed a large hole. It also looks like it has been savaged by a ferocious kitty!

I am royally pissed off with the latest Win10 update. It seems to have broken my alarms. I use the alarm clock on windows to tell me to go do things at various times and just now I shut off an alarm and every time I right clicked on something else it came back!

It also seems to have made the lets-open-windows-on-screens-you-don't-have even worse! It used to do it if I'd used a memory intensive program like Photoshop, but now it seems to be completely random. Problem is, it crashes Word. Everything else copes, I just have to right click on the task bar icon while hitting shift and then telling it to move to one of the actual monitors. It doesn't actually put it on the monitor I selected, but it does then put it on an actual screen.

The only way to fix it is to change the display settings of one of the monitors to portrait and then revert it - this seems to make it reset everything so it knows where the actual screens are!
~*~

It's Tuesday, which means a new chapter of Dead Before Dawn: The Vampire Curse.

Dead Before Dawn: The Vampire Curse on Wattpad

Chapter 3 - Dawn

Will Max survive dawn or will the vampire infection take over?

beren_writes: Tom Hiddleston in Henry IV - says Is it hot in here or is it just me? (TomH - Is it hot in here)
So Wattpad is full of stories, and as you can imagine, not all of them are worth reading. I've been surfing around for the last week or so looking for good things to read and I have found three that I really enjoyed or am enjoying. I've written them up in a post over at Tasha's Thinkings:


Also, as promised, it's Friday so Ch2 of Dead Before Dawn: The Vampire Curse is now available over at Wattpad.

Dead Before Dawn: The Vampire Curse


Chapter 2: Body and Blood
Max is still alive, but for how long? Dawn is coming.

For those who are unfamiliar with Wattpad, it is a social media site for posting fictional works. There are FREE apps for most operating systems as well as a web interface, so you can read straight on your phone and receive text updates when a new part is ready. If you follow me I can also send you messages, so I can tell you if anything new is happening.
 
Please LMK if you are on Wattpad and I will follow you back.

beren_writes: Loki smiling with the words "Sweet and innocent ... honestly" (Avengers - Loki sweet and innocent)
... and no, it's not because I'm allergic to anything or I have a bug - when I say trouble eating, I mean it literally, as in swallowing things.

I've had issues for years now - anyone who knows me and has had to wait for me to finish eating knows I take forever. I am the nightmare that waiters and waitresses have because I throw out all their usual schedules. It's all to do with bringing myself to swallow things - I have to chew everything a ridiculous number of times before I can convince my brain it's a good idea.

What's even sillier is I love food. Fine dining - I am so there! In fact a taster menu is my ideal because it's lots of wonderful flavours in small packages and I can never eat huge amounts at one time.

I know it's all in my head, because if it's something like chocolate or I'm distracted, it's usually no problem at all :).

At the moment it's everything. Yesterday I choked on water - no, not kidding, couldn't get myself to swallow the water, tried and then got it wrong. It's because I'm a little tense right now (book launch and all) - it's always worse when I'm tense. Need to get back in the gym and work out the knots, I guess.

*bangs head on table* Stop being neurotic - eating should be easy!
beren_writes: Loki smiling with the words "Sweet and innocent ... honestly" (Avengers - Loki sweet and innocent)
It's Wednesday again, which means a writerly type post from me over on my blog at Tasha's Thinings. This week I would like to introduce you to Max, the leading man from my new #vampire novel, Dead Before Dawn. I very much hope you like him.

beren_writes: Loki smiling with the words "Sweet and innocent ... honestly" (Avengers - Loki sweet and innocent)
Dead Before Dawn: The Vampire Curse 

It's finally time to go live! Yay!

The first chapter of my new novel

Dead Before Dawn: The Vampire Curse
Chapter 1: Cat and Mouse

is now published and ready for reading.

Max Statton is in Moscow for the premier of his new movie when a terrifying encounter turns his life on its head. Attacked by one of the city's resident vampires, Max is bitten and infected. Only a team of local vampire hunters prevent him being dragged into the underworld of the undead.

Fighting for his very existence, Max must resist the vampire curse with the help of Yulia, the hunter's doctor. But with his humanity slipping away, Max only has two choices: ask the hunters to end it, or risk becoming a monster. His fame makes it dangerous to just kill him, but there may be no choice.

When Yulia offers him a kill or cure option, Max must decide if he has the courage to take it. He wants to go home, he wants to see his family and friends, but his life is poised on a knife edge.

The really good news is I'm serialising it on Wattpad so it's totally free! You'll need a Wattpad account, but you can set one up in seconds using your Facebook login, your Google login or an email and password combination. Wattpad also has apps so you can read straight from your phone or tablet - just go to your app store and search for Wattpad, it will pop up.

If you enjoy the story I really would appreciate it if you added it to your library on Wattpad (the little + button) and gave it a vote - it helps the story be seen on Wattpad so helps me build a readership. Many thanks if you do.

Also, if you follow me you will be notified as soon as new chapters go live every Tuesday and Friday.

Please LMK if you are on Wattpad so I can follow you back.
beren_writes: Loki smiling with the words "Sweet and innocent ... honestly" (Avengers - Loki sweet and innocent)
My new vampire novel
Dead Before Dawn: The Vampire Curse
Dead Before Dawn: The Vampire Curse
is ready to start posting :)
Happy Dance

I will be posting the first chapter on Wattpad tomorrow (Tue 19th Sept). I'm doing all the last minute things today like getting the announcement posts ready for social media and our newsletter. It's going to be fun posting it weekly to see how different it is to posting a whole book at once.

There are going to be two chapters per week: one on Tuesdays and one on Fridays.

Be interesting to see how well this Wattpad thing works.
beren_writes: Adam Lambert from before Idol with eyes lit up (al - eyes on the prize)

Okay, well since I'm just about to post a new Kindred: The Embraced Fanfic, I thought I would do a fandom intro, for those who haven't seen it or don't remember it too well. It seems I'm all about vampires at the moment :)

Kindred: The Embraced - Fandom Intro

Kindred is a show about vampires that is loosely based on Vampire: The Masquerade by White Wolf. The vampires call themselves Kindred and to become a vampire a person is embraced, hence the name of the show.

beren_writes: Loki smiling with the words "Sweet and innocent ... honestly" (Avengers - Loki sweet and innocent)


Happy Birthday to:
12th: [personal profile] aidenfire, [personal profile] stilinskisms
13th: [livejournal.com profile] elfflame, [livejournal.com profile] ms_mindfunk, [livejournal.com profile] draconianangel, 14th: [livejournal.com profile] imsodirtyhoney
15th: [livejournal.com profile] rhinemaiden, [livejournal.com profile] xenelle, [livejournal.com profile] solookup
16th: [livejournal.com profile] superfirechild,[personal profile] kieslin, [livejournal.com profile] abykitten
17th: [livejournal.com profile] ericamalfoy,[personal profile] misterwalnut
18th: [livejournal.com profile] bloodstaindnght,[personal profile] romerose

I hope you all have great birthdays and Many Happy Returns to every one of you.

Imzy & Vampires

So I may have mentioned that I started a comm on Imzy for all things vampire, including original fiction and novels: Mutli-Fandom Vampires.

Every Monday we have Monday Morning Musings - which basically means I ask a question and hope people will answer it :) This mornings is "Who is your favourite vampire?"

If you don't have an Imzy account, don't worry - it is very easy to get one. All you have to so is go to the comm link (Mutli-Fandom Vampires) and put in your email then click the "request an invite" button. This will launch an email to me and I'll send you an invite to join Imzy and the comm.

There's really quite a good community starting up over there and we can talk to each other as well as post pretty pics etc! They're also doing their very best to add features fandom really want.
beren_writes: Loki smiling with the words "Sweet and innocent ... honestly" (Avengers - Loki sweet and innocent)
I've just loaded a new post over on Imzy on the comm: Multi Fandom Vampires.

It's called The Changing Faces of Dracula and list a few of my favourites from down the years, as well as a few I'd rather not watch again :).

If you are over there and love all fictional vampires come join the comm - we'd love to have you.

Likewise, if you're on Imzy and have a personal blog, LMK what it is and I'll come join.

Luke Evans in Dracula Untold


beren_writes: Loki smiling with the words "Sweet and innocent ... honestly" (Avengers - Loki sweet and innocent)
Pizza & Film Night

Had great fun on Sat night - went over to our friends' house and had a pizza and film night. It was so much fun.

We watched two diametrically different films:

Both brilliant for very, very different reasons, and both great to share with people who hadn't seen them before.

Deadpool is so funny and so batshit that is is absolutely wonderful.

Spotlight is so very well done: dramatic, but not overly so and full of brilliant characters and actors.


Food Discovery

So I bought some sausages last week because I thought I would cook them as a treat for Rob, since we try to have healthier options most of the time. I made Toad in the Hole for us last Wednesday. For those who don't know this is sausages cooked in a Yorkshire pudding style batter. It used to be one of Rob's favourites before we decided that healthier options were better for us.

As we were munching our way through it we realised something - we didn't like it any more. It was too heavy and greasy and, frankly, not nice. I told my personal trainer about it at the weekend and he laughed :) Turns out if you eat enough of the healthier side of food eventually, you, you know... get to like it.

Anyone tell me which film I just quoted in the italics? :) The full quote is:

You do it because you were trained to do it, because you were encouraged to do it, and because, eventually, you, you know... get to like it.

beren_writes: Manga portraits of Harry and Draco (Default)
For those who may be interested I now have a personal comm over on Imzy.

I intend to use it kind of like here :)

https://www.imzy.com/tashas_thoughts

I have 199 invites. Apparently all you have to do is go there, enter your email or phone (depending on which you wish to use to login) and click request invitation, then I have to approve you. I assume then you are a member of Imzy and a member of my comm.

P.S. if you have personal blog comms on Imzy, LMK where they are so I can join :)
beren_writes: Adam Lambert with headphone apparently having an orgasm ;) (al - oh yeah!)
So on Monday I mentioned I am in the final editing stage of my new Vampire Romance novel. It's going to be serialised on Wattpad - which means everyone gets to read it for free.

Well yesterday I finally decided on a title:

Dead Before Dawn: The Vampire Curse

This means I could also finish the cover.
Dead Before Dawn: The Vampire Curse - cover

About Wattpad

Wattpad is a place to read free fiction of all kinds. It has fanfic as well as lots of original fiction. You need an account, but it takes a matter of moments to set up. You can log in with Facebook, G+ or an email and password combo. Once you have an account you can follow users and add stories to your library or reading lists. Your library is private, your reading lists are public.

For writers there are competitions to enter and things like that as well, to help raise your profile.


Let me know your account name in a comment and I'll follow you.

beren_writes: Loki smiling with the words "Sweet and innocent ... honestly" (Avengers - Loki sweet and innocent)


Happy Birthday to:
22nd: [livejournal.com profile] drinkingcocoa, [livejournal.com profile] motherendurance, [livejournal.com profile] saifai
23rd: [livejournal.com profile] velven, [livejournal.com profile] tamaralm30, [livejournal.com profile] the_owlcat/[personal profile] the_owlcat
24th: [livejournal.com profile] pumpkinstine, [livejournal.com profile] broadlicnic,[personal profile] starlaces/[livejournal.com profile] starlaces
[livejournal.com profile] soberloki/[personal profile] soberloki
25th: [livejournal.com profile] jackhallin, [livejournal.com profile] karaz,[personal profile] karaz
26th: [livejournal.com profile] cynical_terror
27th: [livejournal.com profile] fairyeyez27
28th: [livejournal.com profile] fallen_jam,[personal profile] anatta

I hope you all have great birthdays and Many Happy Returns to every one of you.

Stuff

I have been lax in the last couple of weeks, sorry - I've been watching too much of the Olympics. Wow, our little nation came second in the medal table - amazing :) It's inspiring to see so many people from all over the world coming together to celebrate the best in sport.

I'm also madly trying to finish a novel I plan to serialise on Wattpad. It's vampire romance and based on an RPF fanfic I wrote ages ago, but I've changed all the main characters and added in a good five chapters, where each chapter is between 2 and 3K words. I intend to publish chapters weekly once I have it done. For anyone who wants to follow me, my Wattpad is here: NatashaDuncanDrake. Let me know who you are and I'll follow you back :).

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My Books

  • The Chronicles of Charlie Waterman

  • Cat's Call by Natasha Duncan-Drake

  • Cat's Creation by Natasha Duncan-Drake

  • Cat's Confidence by Natasha Duncan-Drake

  • The Haward Mysteries

  • Sacrifice of an Angel by Tasha & Sophie Duncan

  • Stockings by Tasha and Sophie Duncan

  • Vampires: The New Age

  • The Beginning by Natasha Duncan-Drake

  • Advent by Natasha Duncan-Drake

  • The Soul Reader Series

  • Forgotten Soul by Tasha D-Drake

  • Forbidden Soul by Tasha D-Drake

  • Fortunate Soul by Tasha D-Drake

  • The Dark Reflections Series

  • Me, Myself and I (Dark Relfections #1) by Tasha D-Drake


  • Dreams and Reality (Dark Reflections #2) by Tasha D-Drake

  • My Stand Alone Short Stories/ Novelettes/ Novellas

  • Face of the Dead by Tasha D-Drake

  • Chip Off the Old Block? by Tasha D-Drake

  • Three Bullets by Tasha D-Drake

  • When Darkness Beckons by Natasha Duncan-Drake and Sophie Duncan

  • Out of the Frying Pan by Natasha Duncan-Drake

  • The Trade by Natasha Duncan-Drake

  • TParting the Veil by Sophie Duncan and Natasha Duncan-Drake

  • My Anthologies

  • Myriad Imaginings by Natasha Duncan-Drake and Sophie Duncan

  • Half of Everything by Natasha Duncan-Drake

  • Book of Darkness by Natasha Duncan-Drake and Sophie Duncan

  • Beyond Our Horizon by Natasha Duncan-Drake and Sophie Duncan

  • Supernature by Natasha Duncan-Drake and Sophie Duncan

  • Romantica by Natasha Duncan-Drake and Sophie Duncan

  • Bright Young Things by Natasha Duncan-Drake and Sophie Duncan

  • Free to Newsletter Subscribers

  • Assassin's Blood by Natasha Duncan-Drake

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Me, Myself and I (Dark Relfections #1) by Tasha D-Drake Dreams and Reality (Dark Reflections #2) by Tasha D-Drake Face of the Dead by Tasha D-Drake Chip Off the Old Block? by Tasha D-Drake Parting the Veil by Natasha Duncan-Drake and Sophie Duncan Out of the Frying Pan by Natasha Duncan-Drake The Trade by Natasha Duncan-Drake Myriad Imaginings by Natasha Duncan-Drake and Sophie Duncan Half of Everything by Natasha Duncan-Drake Assassin's Blood by Natasha Duncan-Drake