Talent Spotlight: Stefanie Saw

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Are you looking for a graphic designer for your self-published book or for non-commercial use? Are you looking for someone efficient and comes highly recommended? Or do you just want to look at pretty stuff?

Check out Stefanie Saw (seventhstar), a freelance graphics designer based in Malaysia with incredible talent. She does non-commercial work on the side and her covers are amazing. She’s done a few non-commercial ones for me — check out below.

You can check out more of her portfolio on her website, Facebook, and Wattpad collection. She’s done some mind-blowing covers for published writers, too, including The Withered Land series by Joseph Armstead and The Eternal Flame series by L. Penelope.

Film Review: Jurassic World

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Dinosaurs are cool. Dinosaurs are awesome. Jurassic Park was a good portion of my childhood, so this new film is going to be amazing. Right?

If disbelief is worth £1 per “WTF” moment I might be stinking rich, but eh, I enjoyed it.

Contains spoilers, duh.

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Film Review: Escape Plan

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Oooh so it’s been a while since I watched thrillers, having had a constant stream of fantasy and horrors recently. This was my partner’s suggestion after watching half of Jurassic World and getting bored. Starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, this film was guaranteed to be filled with action and poor enunciation — and I was not disappointed.

Contains spoilers, duh.

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Author Spotlight: Victoria Moschou

halloween-bloody-white-rose-wallpaperBaking on Halloween turns into a murdering spree. Beauty and the Beast turns into a butcher fest. Children can’t even play a game without being butchered left, right, and centre. A high school choir becames Battle Royale.

What’s this, you ask?

None other than @VictoriaMoschou ‘s Happily Never After story collection. There’s no happiness there; she’s killed them all.

Film Review: Parlor

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I’ve had a pretty pathetic stream of poor quality horror movies in the past few weeks, so I was looking for something bloody and satisfying without brainwork. “Parlor” seemed to tick all those boxes.

It’s a very stereotypical slasher horror. Stereotypically stupid American teenagers decide it would be a good idea to go to a relatively underdeveloped eastern European country (in this case, Lithuania) for a period of alcohol, debauchery, and bad choices. Very similar to “Hostel”.

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The World of Seeker: Creature Encyclopaedia

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This post contains spoilers for “Seeker: Demon Killers”.

The world of “Seeker: Demon Killers” involved a lot of different creatures, the forms of many Tora and the other Shifters took. We also learned about the true forms of Tora’s friends. In response to readers’ requests, I have compiled a simple encyclopedia of the creatures encountered in the story.

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ParanormalLovers’s contest: Deadly Kisses

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I entered ParanormalLovers‘s ‘Deadly Kisses’ Anthology contest: “My Guardian Angel“.

The idea of grumpy older men came I think mainly from Monica Sanz’s “A Witchling’s Rites”. Guardian angels are often portrayed as the peaceful, sympathetic, positive characters. I thought it’ll be interesting to invert that trope and make my grumpy old man a teenage girl’s guardian, against his will.

Enter William Wallace, grump extraordinaire.

Now, with the anthology called “Deadly Kisses” I was worried I’d have to write actual romance. The prompt included finding love in the afterlife, but not actual romance — I heaved a sigh of relief. I wanted to write a ghost, but to have a hundred-plus-year-old ghost falling in love with a human being is basically paedophilia (just like all those ancient vampires falling in love with humans, ugh) so I didn’t want that. I wanted something platonic, or at least naively one-sided from the young human’s POV.

Enter Selah Montmorency, a bereaved teenage girl whose love of reading and innocence wormed her way into William’s heart — not that he had a choice, being a ghost bound to the house he died in. But through gestures he did not intend to do, kindness he did not mean to exhibit, Selah grew fond of him. Because the old bugger does have a good side, at least in death.

I plan to bring these two up from time to time in other prompts. The current fantasy prompt is about a gremlin or similar small annoying creature ruining Valentine’s day. Whilst Selah does have a child-like crush on her guardian angel, I’m not sure if I want William involved. I’m not sure if he wants to be involved either. I’ll brainstorm and see.