Monday, 27 December 2010

Last Blog Post of 2010--Kurt Chambers


It's my last blog of 2010, so I wanted to make it a special blog. It's special because it's about two very special people. Christmas has been a special time for me over the last couple of years. Last Christmas, my friends came to my rescue and the legend of the pink laptop was born. For those who don't know this story check it out here. This Christmas was special for me too. Two amazing friends of mine sent me the most awesome Christmas present I could have ever wished for. Here's the surprise email I received in my stocking this year...



Hello Kurt,

Annie and I got together and put together this Christmas present for you! It is full of goodies for you about Truth Teller, because we love the story and you so much.


PRESSIE #1:::

Attached you will find a file called "Agents in the US". This list has about 14 agents here in the states that take MG fantasy stories. We checked them with the Preditors and Editors site to make sure they were good. So, now you have a few agents to get you started.

By the end of next month, you'll get another list with more agents on it for you!

PRESSIE #2:::

You'll see "Query 1-Annie" and "Query Shark - Anastasia" files attached to this email also. These are your queries, reviewed by both Annie and myself.

After you make any changes, we'll be glad to look over them again for you!


PRESSIE #3:::

Two other attached files, "Synopsis-Annie" and "Synopsis-Anastasia" are our reviews of your synopsis.

Of course, after you make any changes, we'll look over it again for you!


PRESSIE #4::: (THE BIG ONE)

I made you a new website. I know you already have one, but I felt that you needed a fresh look, and an easy to remember URL for your fans.

Annie and I will get you a REAL domain name for it. ---> kurtchambers.net (Check it out!)



I thought the whole world should know just how wonderful Annie and Anastasia are, because if everyone was like them, the world would be a better place. Thank you for being such awesome friends, and thank you for believing in me and helping my dreams come true. I owe you so much!

Sunday, 12 December 2010

'Twas The Night Before Christmas--Kurt Chambers


With Christmas just around the corner, I thought I would do a Christmas post. What better than the classic poem, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. It would be a bit boring just posting the original poem, so I'm going to post my version. This was my winning entry for the Young Adult Novel Workshop Christmas poem contest where we had to rewrite the poem using the characters from our forum. I based it on my dear friend, Mireyah, who was under suspicion for being a puppy killer at the time. Sorry, Mireyah, the rumours will haunt you forever :D

'Twas The Night Before Christmas -- YA Style


'Twas the night before Christmas, on Writing.com
and Mireyah was struggling to get a review done.
Dead puppies were hung by the chimney with string,
she knew this year she wouldn't get anything.

Where most children were nestled all snug in a bed,
she was determined to get her book out of the red.
I know that Santa won't be coming around here,
so I can do what I want, I'm gonna party with beer.

Then out on the roof there arose such a rumble,
she staggered over beer cans and almost took a tumble.
Away to the window she flew like a flash,
tore open the curtains, and threw up on the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow,
lit up the amazing sight from below.
All here friends from the forum had come to give cheer,
in a miniature sleigh and eight stolen reindeer.

With a dodgy old driver, so handsome and quick,
she new in a moment they were going to get nicked.
They mounted the sidewalk, and through her fence they all came,
Mireyah whistled and shouted and called them by name:

"Now Dusk! Now Ralene!
Now, Hailey and Airdale!
On, Jay! On, Email!
On, Tamara! On, GG!
On, Dragon, and the rest who are there!
To the top of the porch!
To the top of the fence!
Now dash away! Dash away!
And pick up all that mess!

She thought they were loonies, I know they can't fly,
if they don't slow down, they're all going to die.
But as if by magic, the sleigh then took flight,
and Mireyah ducked as it began to gain height.

And then, in a twinkle, she heard on the tiles,
a mighty crash that could be heard for ten miles.
As Mireyah drew in her head and was turning around,
Down the chimney came Kurt, and he came with a crowd.

He was dressed all in fur, and he held up his palm.
Don't shoot, I'm not a puppy, I mean you no harm.
A bundle of goodies he had flung on his back,
he looked like an Englishman just carrying a sack.

His eyes--were all bloodshot! His dimples were quite bad!
With cheeks like potatoes, and a nose like a hag!
The drool round his mouth, hung down like a bow,
and Mireyah felt the urge to ask them to go.
With a bottle in hand, he gave a sly grin,
then ask in a stupor, "Do'y mind if we come in?"
He had a wrinkled face and a round little belly,
and GirlsNGlasses thought he was quite smelly.

Not chubby or plump, but a jolly old man,
he kicked off the party the best way he can.
A wink of his eye and a nod of his head,
he started a food-fight right on top of her bed.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
pretending to fill stockings, he turned with a smirk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
and giving a nod, up the chimney they all rose.

They mounted the sleigh, and the team were quite rude,
making obscene gestures, and throwing around food.
But she heard Kurt exclaim, as they rose to the heavens,
"Happy Christmas, dear Mireyah, we've nicked all your presents!"




Truth Teller by Kurt Chambers


How can ten-year-old Charlotte ever envisage that magic really exists? The place for other realms belongs in a child’s fairy tale. Or so she thinks, until she discovers the strange shopkeeper and begins an adventure that changes her life forever.
Discovered alone in a far away forest, Charlotte embarks on a journey encountering heart-stopping dangers and real life monsters, but a far greater threat shadows her every move. Even the strength and skill of her new companions cannot protect her against a ruthless druid assassin.
But in this realm, Charlotte is not the vulnerable little girl she thought she was.

Download a free copy in any format for any device:


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Author’s Web page http://kurtchambers.net/

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Friends and Acquaintances--Kurt Chambers


Sometimes, life doesn’t always go as planned. If you’re lucky, all your hopes and dreams will come true, but sadly this isn’t the case for most of us, as I’m sure a lot of you are aware.

In some cases, your life can go horribly wrong. You’re left with nothing but despair, and it’s hard to imagine how anything can be right in the world ever again. When this happens, and you feel like your life is falling apart around you, that’s when you need friends more than any other time.

As we stumble through life, we make friends along the way, but friends come in many shapes and sizes. No two friendships are the same. When life takes a turn for the worst and you are not at your best, that’s when you find out who your real friends really are.

You may rant and rave, curse and sulk, and even say things you didn’t mean to say, but when you turn around they are still there standing at your shoulder. They offer words of encouragement and tell you how much you mean to them, and how important you are in their lives despite everything. They try to make you feel good about yourself when you think you’re worthless. They are always there when everyone else leaves. They hold your hand and guide you through the bad times and are waiting for you on the other side, ready to embrace you when it’s all over.

These people are your real friends, and you’ll find they are very few and far between. You should cherish them.

If ever your life goes horribly wrong and you are not the best person you can be, look over your shoulder and see who is still standing right there with you; these are your friends. Anyone else is just an acquaintance.



I would like to dedicate this to my friends, my real friends. You know who you are. Thank you for being there.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

My Two Best Friends--Kurt Chambers


I have two of the most awesome best friends in the whole wide world. They’re called, Charlie and Chloe. Charlie is two and a half years old and Chloe is one and a half, and they are my grandchildren. They bring so much joy to my life I can’t even put it into words.

I only see them once a week at the moment as I have to work, but I think about them every single day. They are the two most beautiful people ever, though I’m sure their mum wouldn’t agree. We have this special connection, we totally get each other. Probably because we are on the same mental wave length…lol…They look at me like I am some kind of superhero, and think I’m the best person that ever lived, it’s the sweetest thing in the world. They ask for me all week, and when they come around my house on a Saturday, like today, they chant my name on the way here, “Granddad, granddad, granddad!” :D They burst through the door and jump with joy when they greet me. Nobody has ever been so excited to see me in my whole life, and I’m just as excited to see them. And then we hug. It’s the best thing ever.

We spend the afternoon playing, eating, drinking, laughing, dancing and talking. They show me all the new things they’ve learned since we last met, and I teach them new stuff. When we’re together, nothing else matters in the world. I never thought I could love anyone as much as my own children, but I love them so much with every part of me. They make my life worth living. They are the two best friends I’ve ever had.




Truth Teller Reviews:

Dawne Dominique - Multi-published author and professional cover artist.
The Truth Teller is one of the best children's fantasy book I've read in a long while. Charlotte is so easy to picture in my mind, and the fantasy aspects are brilliant! There are underlying currents of "real life lessons" that are subtly included...ideal for parents looking for that perfect bedtime story to read to their children. I loved the entire premise of the novel and will definitely be purchasing the next ones in this series.
Kurt Chambers has captured the genre with a wonderful story that will delight many a child's (and adult's) imagination.

Annie McMahon - Editor, published author and Novel Workshop moderator.
This book has everything a bestseller should have: compelling story, endearing characters, vivid descriptions, genuine emotions, and a lot of surprising twists and turns. This is a story about a friendship that transcends race, gender, age, and even realms, between Charlotte, a ten-year-old girl, and Elderfield, a teenage elf. Beautiful and heartwarming. I strongly recommend it and have reviewed Kurt’s story on my blog, Dutch Hill News.

Ralene Burke – Writer, Editor for Wives in Bloom:
Honestly, I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to read these books. Kurt has written an amazing series that emphasizes such wonderful themes as friendship, family, hope, and faith. I’ve read Truth Teller and Wrath of Siren and, even though they are MG, enjoyed them immensely. If you’re looking for wholesome reads for your children, check out the next big thing for MG.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Support--Kurt Chambers


It's Friday, the weekend is looming and time for me to write another blog. I injured myself at work and am housebound at the moment, so I haven't really got any excuse not to. The only trouble is, what should I blog about? Right now I'm taking a short break from everything. I have just finished a novel, I'm not entering this month's NaNoWriMo, and I've put my newest novel on hold for a while so I can get some plot notes that I'm satisfied with. There is plenty for me to do. I need to write a synopsis and a query letter for Unknown Reality, but just the thought of doing it makes me cringe...lol...You know what I'm saying!

Okay, pick a subject, Kurt. *spins a bottle* Mmmm...It's landed on support. This is something I have been talking about with my good friend Annie this week. In the years I have spent in the Young Adult Novel Workshop, I have had the constant support of many amazing friends. In fact, I've never met so many amazing people in all my life than I have since I joined the writing community. They come in all shapes and sizes with many different backgrounds, and from lots of different parts of the world. Some are very young, and others are quite old (like me! :D) but they all have one thing in common. Well, two actually; a love for creating works of art in their writing, but the one I'm thinking about is the amazing support they give each other, not only in the realms of writing, but also in real life. I often wonder why this phenomenon happens with writers. Have any of you got any theories? Please share them with me, I would be interested in hearing them.

Making Up Theories-Kurt Chambers


OMG! Scientists are so stupid sometimes! A large majority of the known universe is made up of something called Dark Matter. They don't know what it is, *snigger* Why don't scientists just apply a little common sense to their theories. They can't see this stuff and they don't know what it's made out of. Der! Let me enlighten you...

Nothing in this universe travels faster than the speed of light, so they think. In fact, if you work it out mathematically, as Einstein did, if you do travel faster than the speed of light you will actually travel backwards in time. Dark Matter is material that is travelling faster than the speed of light, and this is the reason why you can't see it, and can't detect what it's made out of, because it's moving away from us in time. That's what you get for being so narrow minded and ASSUMING everything in this universe travels on the same parallel time line. If some muppet gets a Nobel prize for discovering this sometime in the future, remember, you heard it here first! :D




Shameless plug

Truth Teller by Kurt Chambers is free to all readers


How can ten-year-old Charlotte ever envisage that magic really exists? The place for other realms belongs in a child’s fairy tale. Or so she thinks, until she discovers the strange shopkeeper and begins an adventure that changes her life forever.
Discovered alone in a far away forest, Charlotte embarks on a journey encountering heart-stopping dangers and real life monsters, but a far greater threat shadows her every move. Even the strength and skill of her new companions cannot protect her against a ruthless druid assassin.
But in this realm, Charlotte is not the vulnerable little girl she thought she was.

Download a free copy in any format for any device:


Smashwords:

Amazon:

Barnes & Noble:



You can connect with the author at:

Author’s Web page http://kurtchambers.net/


Friday, 29 October 2010

Book Stuff--Kurt Chambers


I'm still buzzing from finishing my novel last week, but I still have my writing head on. I write in my tea breaks when at work, and it's become such a habit now I wouldn't know what to do with myself otherwise. So, I've started writing a new novel that has been rattling around in my empty head for a while. The book is called, The World in Johnny's Back Garden. I have a rough outline I wrote some time ago, but I'm still not 100% sure where this book is actually going, so it will be as much of a surprise to me as it will for you. :D

The idea for The World in Johnny's Back Garden came to me a long time ago. The original idea behind this novel was to write a story to give younger children an alternative view of all the living things around us through a series of mini adventure stories. I was going to write each chapter through the POV (point of view) of a different creature, like a mouse, a slug or a dandelion. That turned out to be quite a difficult task in the end, so the story has changed since then, but I'm still using the original theme. I mentioned this story in a submission to Ladybird publishers a couple of years ago and they told me their editorial panel was very impressed with my ideas and approach, so my plan of action is to complete this story and submit it to them sometime in the future.

I still have a mountain to climb. I want to get my new novel revised as quickly as I can and get it out for submission by the end of the year, or soon after. I could enter NaNo this month and enter The world in Johnny's back Garden, but I'm not good at writing under pressure. I will plod along at my own pace and see where this story ends up.

What do you other writers do normally when you complete a novel? Please share your end of novel stories with me. :)

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Story Endings--Kurt Chambers


I'm so excited to announce that this week I have completed my new novel, Unknown Reality. I wrote the final chapter yesterday, and from first impressions from those who have read it, it's been a total success...*phew*...It would be a bit of a choker if it wasn't after spending a year of my life writing it...lol...

This got me thinking about story endings. How do you like a story to end? We are all different, and we all enjoy different things, but for me personally, I'm a happy ending kind of guy. I write middle grade, so I write for children, and I think a happy ending is important when it comes to writing for children. When I read a book, when I finally get to the words THE END, I want to feel good. No, not good, great! That's the effect I want a book to have on me when I've put my time and effort into reading it to the last page. A horrible ending leaves me feeling sad. Why bother? There's enough sadness in real life without some author making me feel even worse. Also, from a child's perspective, a happy ending means hope. Children need hope in their lives. For example, it might be a story about a bully. Ending on a sour note with an unhappy ending where the bully gets away with what they do, and the victim is left scared, may be a good portrait of real life and can be something the reader can relate to, but it gives them no hope.

Obviously, if every story ended like a fairy tale, that could make things a little boring. There are so many different kinds of stories with a million different scenarios, having a happy ending to all of them would just be silly. Some stories just are sad, but still need to be told. I try to avoid those kind of stories, I'm a wus...lol...So, as I said before, how do you like your stories to end?


Truth Teller is now available in all e-book formats from here:

Amazon UK: Click here to sample or buy

Amazon US: Click here to sample or buy

Smashwords: Click here to sample or buy

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You can connect with the author at:

Author’s Web page http://kurtchambers.net/

Author’s Blog http://geniusborderinginsanity.blogspot.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/emailmanROCKS

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kurt-Chambers/296957780317055


Truth Teller Reviews:

Dawne Dominique - Multi-published author and professional cover artist.

The Truth Teller is one of the best children's fantasy book I've read in a long while. Charlotte is so easy to picture in my mind, and the fantasy aspects are brilliant! There are underlying currents of "real life lessons" that are subtly included...ideal for parents looking for that perfect bedtime story to read to their children. I loved the entire premise of the novel and will definitely be purchasing the next ones in this series.

Kurt Chambers has captured the genre with a wonderful story that will delight many a child's (and adult's) imagination.

Annie McMahon - Editor, published author and Novel Workshop moderator.

This book has everything a bestseller should have: compelling story, endearing characters, vivid descriptions, genuine emotions, and a lot of surprising twists and turns. This is a story about a friendship that transcends race, gender, age, and even realms, between Charlotte, a ten-year-old girl, and Elderfield, a teenage elf. Beautiful and heartwarming. I strongly recommend it and have reviewed Kurt’s story on my blog, Dutch Hill News.

Ralene Burke – Writer, Editor for Wives in Bloom:

Honestly, I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to read these books. Kurt has written an amazing series that emphasizes such wonderful themes as friendship, family, hope, and faith. I’ve read Truth Teller and Wrath of Siren and, even though they are MG, enjoyed them immensely. If you’re looking for wholesome reads for your children, check out the next big thing for MG.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

New Novel - Unknown Reality by Kurt Chambers


Wow, has it really been that long since I posted a blog post? People are starting to make comments, *cough, Tamara* It’s not just my blog that’s suffered, I also had three months out from my critique group also. The reason for this is because I have been concentrating on my new novel, Unknown Reality. I’m pleased to reveal that this novel is almost complete, just weeks away if all goes to plan. *claps excitedly*

So, now that my story is almost complete, I thought it was about time I introduced it to the world. Unknown Reality is a MG fantasy novel based on an eleven-year-old girl called Chloe. She is a real darling, and has become like a daughter to me since I started writing this story. She enjoys a simple family life like any ordinary girl of her age, but all that changes during a trip to the theatre with her mum.

She meets a colourful character that, on first impressions, seems to be more than a little weird. He claims that all is not as it seems with the universe around her. She would have never given it another thought if strange things hadn’t started happening. Chloe’s life falls apart before her eyes as she finds her whole world is just a holographic projection as part of an experiment by a group of Scientists.

Plunged into a world on the brink of destruction, she discovers her real family is from a clan of Savages that live in the wilderness. She is kidnapped and forced to make decisions on where her loyalties lie, but all she wants to do is return to a family that never really existed.

To give you a taste of this story, I have made he first chapter accessible to everyone who is interested in reading it. I hope you enjoy :)

http://www.writing.com/main/view_item/item_id/1514620-Chapter-One

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Just Stuff--Kurt Chambers


It's been quite a while since I posted a blog, so I felt obliged to come in here and explain myself...lol...In real life I have to work. I'm a carpenter in the building trade. It's hard and dangerous work. I work myself to a physical exhaustion every day. I'm not getting any younger I must admit, but I'm not quite dead in the water either. :D That just leaves the dangerous side of things. Only two days ago, I stabbed myself in the leg with a Stanley knife. Yes, it sounds funny I know, but it really wasn't. I had to lay a floor, so I was on my hands and knees for most of the day. Not an easy task when you have a stab wound in the side of your knee.

So, that's my excuse for almost vanishing from the writing world. I have been on the vacation board in my critic group for weeks now. It's the first time I've had time off in over four years. I'm missing out on so much fun. I tried my best to keep up with my weekly posts on The Crew website where I'm a guest author, but even that has suffered. All is not lost, though. I have been writing almost every day. I'm currently working on a new novel, Unknown Reality. It's a cracking story, totally original. A mix between fantasy and sci-fi. My target I had in mind was to get it finished, edited and submitted before the end of the year, and at the rate I'm going, this is a very reachable target.

I'm still waiting for a reply from Penguin and Egmont publishers, where I submitted the first book in my fantasy trilogy, Truth Teller. There's an estimated waiting period of about four months for a reply, assuming I actually get a reply, that is. I know Penguin only replies to the manuscripts they are interested in. I'm not sure about Egmont. I will know sometime mid September if I have been successful. I will give up all hope by October...lol...

Onward and upward! Now I'm going to bed. :)

Friday, 2 July 2010

Tornado--Kurt Chambers


As a blog this week, I thought I would tell you one of my stories. You know how much I like telling stories...lol...This is from a blog I posted on The Crew where I'm a guest author.

I was working in London, doing window repairs on the old buildings there. In London the houses are like 3-5 stories high and most of them are split into flats. This makes getting access to the backs of the buildings hard, so we normally went to the top of the scaffolding, climbed over the roof, like Mary Poppins...lol...and climbed down the back scaffold. On this day, I had to climb over with a metal ladder so I could climb down. I was working on this window, it was bright and sunny. All of a sudden it went dark, in seconds, and it started raining. Then there was a massive crack of lightening from out of nowhere. I'm standing on a metal ladder, on a metal scaffold...lol...I'm out of there. I climbed back on the roof and ran over the top to get to the front scaffold. I should have looked up at the time! I got to the floor and jumped in the van. Everyone else stood under the scaffold for shelter, making comments when they saw me running. I made a rude gesture...lol...as you do, and got in the van and made a tea.

As quick as this sudden storm came, it vanished, and the sun came out. When I stepped out of the van, it was like there had been a war! There were hundreds of car alarms and shop alarms going off all around us, and sirens from fire engines. My first thought was there had been another terrorist bomb go off. I was working there when the last lot went off. I got back in the van and the painter came over to me. We talked about what might have happened and he went off. Mick got in the van and suggested we turned on the radio to find out. We couldn't believe what we heard. A tornado had ripped through London and destroyed 20 houses. It had hit just one mile away from where we sat. If I had looked up when I was running over the roof, I would have seen it...lol...I'm gutted! I would have taken a picture with my mobile phone and it would have been worth a fortune haha!!

I'm either incredibly lucky, or incredibly unlucky to have been standing on the apex of a roof in the middle of London when a tornado struck...lol...One mile in my direction and I would have been history! Just for those that don't know, apparently, we don't get tornadoes here in the UK :S and especially not in out capital city. Well, only when I'm there standing on a roof...lol...


Truth Teller is now available in here:

Barnes & Noble: Click here to sample or buy

You can connect with the author at:

Author’s Web page http://kurtchambers.net/
Truth Teller Reviews:

Dawne Dominique - Multi-published author and professional cover artist.
The Truth Teller is one of the best children's fantasy book I've read in a long while. Charlotte is so easy to picture in my mind, and the fantasy aspects are brilliant! There are underlying currents of "real life lessons" that are subtly included...ideal for parents looking for that perfect bedtime story to read to their children. I loved the entire premise of the novel and will definitely be purchasing the next ones in this series.
Kurt Chambers has captured the genre with a wonderful story that will delight many a child's (and adult's) imagination.

Annie McMahon - Editor, published author and Novel Workshop moderator.
This book has everything a bestseller should have: compelling story, endearing characters, vivid descriptions, genuine emotions, and a lot of surprising twists and turns. This is a story about a friendship that transcends race, gender, age, and even realms, between Charlotte, a ten-year-old girl, and Elderfield, a teenage elf. Beautiful and heartwarming. I strongly recommend it and have reviewed Kurt’s story on my blog, Dutch Hill News.

Ralene Burke – Writer, Editor for Wives in Bloom:
Honestly, I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to read these books. Kurt has written an amazing series that emphasizes such wonderful themes as friendship, family, hope, and faith. I’ve read Truth Teller and Wrath of Siren and, even though they are MG, enjoyed them immensely. If you’re looking for wholesome reads for your children, check out the next big thing for MG.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Making Up Theories--Kurt Chambers


I like to make up theories; I have many of them on all different kinds of subjects. I was trying to explaining one of them to a friend of mine the other day, and I thought seeing I put so much work into it, I might as well use it as a blog post and share it with all my readers :)

People claim they have been reincarnated and there are some accounts of amazing feats where people have seen things in different countries that they have never even visited before. I like to look at things from a common sense side of things and I think I have a theory to explain this phenomenon. I call it Inherited Memories.

I have a terrible memory. I mean worse than the average person. I do however have a very clear memory of a time when I was only three years old. I had a fever and went into semi-consciousness for about three days. I was taken to the hospital and they feared I may have a brain tumor. The reason for this was because my mum had one when she was just sixteen years old. They gave me a lumbar puncture, drawing fluid from my spine. I can remember being in the hospital and walking around like an little old man and eating oxtail soup for the first time. I remember it as though it was yesterday, which is funny as I can't even remember what I was doing yesterday very clearly...lol...A massive trauma imprinted the memory in my brain to stay there for my entire life.

As humans, when we are born, we inherit many things from our parents. Not just just physical things. I watched my children grow up and noticed they have many of my traits. Many of these are inherited from deep within, like the way they actually feel about certain things. They have directly inherited some of my strongest feelings and emotions. I found it quite amazing. This isn't just because of their environment, it is in the way they feel, the things they find funny, all sorts of deep seated emotions. Some of them see things the way I do, and the others are just like their mum. If a child can actually inherit feelings from a parent, then I believe it's possible to inherit certain memories too.

Everyone has experienced déjà vu at some point in their lives. The smell of a room, something they recognise, but have never seen. Imagine one of my kids walking into a hospital and experiencing this, not because they have ever been to the hospital, but because they may have inherited a memory like the one I had as a child. A tiny glimpse from somewhere in their mind making them think, I've been here before, I'm sure I have. If it's possible to inherit a feeling or emotion from your parents, then I'm certain it's possible to inherit part of a powerful memory too.

These people who think they have been reincarnated could just be experiencing a memory passed down to them from one of their descendants who witnessed a horrific experience and passed it down through their children in the form of an inherited memory. It's just a theory, I have no proof, but to me that seems the most common sense approach to explain this phenomenon.

As a disclaimer to this post, I would just like to say to anyone reading this who deeply believes in reincarnation, please don't be offended by my views. They are just my opinions, nothing more, nothing less.


Truth Teller is now available from here:


You can connect with the author at:

Author’s Web page http://kurtchambers.net/

Truth Teller Reviews:

Dawne Dominique - Multi-published author and professional cover artist.
The Truth Teller is one of the best children's fantasy book I've read in a long while. Charlotte is so easy to picture in my mind, and the fantasy aspects are brilliant! There are underlying currents of "real life lessons" that are subtly included...ideal for parents looking for that perfect bedtime story to read to their children. I loved the entire premise of the novel and will definitely be purchasing the next ones in this series.
Kurt Chambers has captured the genre with a wonderful story that will delight many a child's (and adult's) imagination.

Annie McMahon - Editor, published author and Novel Workshop moderator.
This book has everything a bestseller should have: compelling story, endearing characters, vivid descriptions, genuine emotions, and a lot of surprising twists and turns. This is a story about a friendship that transcends race, gender, age, and even realms, between Charlotte, a ten-year-old girl, and Elderfield, a teenage elf. Beautiful and heartwarming. I strongly recommend it and have reviewed Kurt’s story on my blog, Dutch Hill News.

Ralene Burke – Writer, Editor for Wives in Bloom:
Honestly, I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to read these books. Kurt has written an amazing series that emphasizes such wonderful themes as friendship, family, hope, and faith. I’ve read Truth Teller and Wrath of Siren and, even though they are MG, enjoyed them immensely. If you’re looking for wholesome reads for your children, check out the next big thing for MG.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Bee Attack--Kurt Chambers


I haven't got any writing related blogs to post at the minute as I'm waiting for a reply from a submission. It's like being in limbo waiting months on end for a reply. Anyway, while I'm waiting I guess I could tell you a story.

A few years ago, more than I care to remember, I was having a kids party for my eldest daughter. We were going to have a bouncy castle in the garden amongst other things. I needed to clear out the garden about a week before. There was an old carpet near the back door. I dragged it to the back of the garden and dumped it behind the shed. It was early evening and I was wearing my Arron (fisherman's) jumper (sweater) this day. I noticed there were a LOT of bees around all of a sudden. Big, fat bumble bees! I stood watching them for a while wondering why there were so many in my garden before it dawned on me there must be a bees nest in the carpet. I quickly rushed indoors to warn my wife to close the windows and make sure the children didn't go in the garden to play. We stood looking out of the kitchen glass door watching these bees milling around in a swarm just outside the kitchen window. We could hear them buzzing even from here.

I clearly remember turning to my wife and saying, "Man! They are well loud. It almost sounds as if they are in here with us!" ...lol... Yes, typical me, famous last words and all that. I looked down and saw this MASSIVE bee clinging to my thick wooly jumper, trying its hardest to sting me to death ...lol... I screamed like a girl and legged out of the front door. Lesley, my wife, stood watching me running around the car park like a loony trying to knock this thing off. I vaguely remember her wetting herself laughing in the background and pointing at me, as you would I guess. After running in circles for a while waving my arms wildly, I stopped panicking and looked down. It was STILL THERE! I went mental again, hahaha!! It must have looked proper funny! :D

A bloke came round from the Environmental Health office and told us that bumble bees are becoming rare these days because nobody wanted them as they didn't make honey. He persuaded us to keep the carpet until they left the nest later on in the year, and promised they wouldn't be a problem. Some of the nest lining had fallen out and the bees were flying around it trying to find the nest, so we spent the next week catching bees in a glass and guiding them to the carpet behind the shed, haha!! We had the party and he was right, we never even noticed the bees were there :)



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How can ten-year-old Charlotte ever envisage that magic really exists? The place for other realms belongs in a child’s fairy tale. Or so she thinks, until she discovers the strange shopkeeper and begins an adventure that changes her life forever.
Discovered alone in a far away forest, Charlotte embarks on a journey encountering heart-stopping dangers and real life monsters, but a far greater threat shadows her every move. Even the strength and skill of her new companions cannot protect her against a ruthless druid assassin.
But in this realm, Charlotte is not the vulnerable little girl she thought she was.

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Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Query Submissions--Kurt Chambers

I am very excited this week. I am sending out a new query to a delightful lady called Lauri Hornik from the Penguin Group. After doing my research I discovered that Dial are looking for well written character-driven middle grade stories. I nearly jumped with excitement when I read this, it describes my book, Truth Teller, perfectly. Then I came upon an article where Lauri explained she loved books with heart where the interactions between the characters are warm and true. I nearly died! Has she read my book, I thought? She's describing my book! I'm sure she is!...lol...

I made my way to the submission guidelines to discover if it was possible for me to send a query. YES! They accepted submissions from ordinary people like me! What a stroke of luck. Then I found out that they don't accept email submission. Darn! I'm actually rather poor at the moment and there was no way I could send my MS half way around the world just now. What a shame, I had found the perfect publisher in a sea of non perfect publishers and I couldn't submit my work. Then my dear friend, Annie stepped in to save me...Thank you SO much, Annie!...She lives on that side of the world and told me to send everything to her via email and she will post it on my behalf. What an angel :)

So, after one whole week of preparation, I'm certain I have everything just perfect. Today my query gets posted to New York. I feel a song coming on...lol...I just hope this is the big break I have been working towards for so many years.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

An Interview With Julie Church-Romero--By Kurt Chambers


Today I would like to introduce to you a very good friend of mine, Julie Church-Romero. I met Julie in The Young Adult Novel Workshop some years ago where she was an much loved member of our little family of critics. Now she has bloomed into a published author, and I'm so glad to be able to show her off to the world. Hey, look everyone, it's Julie! *points* haha!!

Me: Hi Julie, we are so humbled to have you visit our blog this week. Please make yourself at home while I fire some random questions at you. I with try to be gentle, I promise. *rubs hands*

I know you come from a family of writers, but who would you say was your biggest inspiration in the writing field?

Julie: I took an online class through Writers Digest and had an instructor, Author Bonnie Hearn Hill who was very complimentary toward my writing. I think she was the first real writer that wasn’t family that made me feel maybe I really could get published!

Me: You've had a stab at writing YA with Judy, and you're published in romance, but which genre would be your first choice if you could choose any genre to be published in?

Julie: I really like historical romance or historical fiction. That’s what I feel most at home with writing. I love my YA novel and I haven’t forgotten about Judy, the teenage super hero. She’s still in the wings waiting for me to fill in her plot holes. Maybe if I stick Judy back in time, I’d finally finish her.

Me: That's great! I often wondered what happened to her.

What do you like to read the most?

Julie: It kind of depends on my mood. Crime novels if I’ve had a bad day, romance if I’ve had a good day… I love Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels for a good laugh, Philippa Gregory for historic. And I love JA Jance’s Seattle Crime novels.

Me: If I made myself comfortable on your side of the bed, and reached over to your bedside cabinet, what book would I find?

Julie: I’m currently reading my friend Eva’s novel, Entirely Yours, as well as a biography on John Lennon and Janet Evanovich’s Finger Lickin' Fifteen.

Me: All us poor unpublished authors are dying to know what it feels like when you receive that first golden acceptance letter. Describe that moment for us and make us all jealous...lol...

Julie: I love talking about this! It came by way of email, actually. I had just come home from Los Angeles from visiting my parents. I’ve dreamt of it for so long, I had to read the letter several times before it dawned on me A Soldier’s Embrace had been accepted for publication and I was being offered a contract. And then my husband and I ran through the house laughing and screaming, much to my neighbors' delight. When I received my welcome letter from Bluewood Publishing a couple of weeks later, I framed it and now have it hanging over my computer. I still get giddy when I read it.

Me: Now that you've made it as an author, what is your biggest fear?

Julie: Spiders. I hate them. Little, big, it doesn’t matter.

Me: You big girl...lol...

Julie: Second to that, I’d have to say I fear that second attempt at publication. You know, the whole “first novel a fluke” worry. I wrote a blog on it this week, actually.

Me: Have you got any advice for any up-and-coming authors?

Julie: Believe in yourself and in your writing, and don’t listen to the critic in your head. Just keep sending out your best work and the reward will follow. I’m also a big believer in critic groups. It’s amazing how much I’ve learned from fellow writers like you who care enough to be honest and point out how flaws and plot problems drag your story down.

I have to say that I really want to stress the fact there comes a point where you have to stop editing your novel. It’s NEVER going to be perfect or possibly even finished in your eyes. I’m still wanting to change things and edit A Soldier’s Embrace and the book is published and in paperback! In one word - “LetItGo” Trust me, your editor will get frustrated with you if you keep taking it back to change things.


Me: Where do you see yourself in ten years from now?

Julie: My dream is to have a large following of readers, to have my books in libraries and to be able to quit my 9-5 job and have my writing support me.

Me: Wouldn't that be nice! I'm totally with you on that one.

If you could invite any author (alive of dead) around to your house for tea, who would you invite and why?

Julie: Oh man, so many to choose from. Well, my brother Mike wasn’t an author. He was a producer for a small television station and a comedy writer for radio personalities. He passed away in 2000 from cancer, but I’d love to have him to tea. And toast. He loved buttered toast. It would be wonderful to have an afternoon to ask for his advice and to talk about our favorite episodes of Seinfeld. The Bubble Boy, The puffy pirate shirt, Shrinkage… Dr. Seuss would also be incredibly interesting. I hope the whole tea would be spoken in rhyme.

“Would you like tea with sugar or honey?"

“Oh yes of course, I think you’re so funny.”

I think Janet Evanovich would be a hoot as well. She just sounds like a really fun person.


Me: Awwww, what an awesome answer. Green Eggs And Ham was always my favourite.

Talking of favourites, here is my favourite question. I ask this in all my interviews. If you had one wish, what would it be? And you're not allowed to wish for more wishes...lol...Don't ask me why, I don't make up the wishing rules, haha!!

Julie: World Peace is always good.

Me: *rolls eyes* It's not a Miss World contest...lol...

Julie: Man Kurt, I don’t know! To be honest, I think my wish is just to be a self sufficient writer; an incredibly wealthy self sufficient writer.

Me: Now is your chance to shine. Please tell us all about your awesome novel, A Soldier's Embrace, we are all dying to hear about it.

Julie: A Soldier’s Embrace is set in 1878, on the hostile prairie of the American West, centered in the budding city of Denver Colorado and the harsh plains of Wyoming. Gold rustling, stage robberies and an angry Sioux nation, make Cavalry Lieutenant Eric Ryan’s job difficult enough. Add saving a spoiled kidnapped debutante to the mix and it’s nearly impossible.

Kidnapped from a stage coach, Elizabeth Davenport escapes her gold thirsty captors with her virtue intact, only to find her heart stolen by the dashing Cavalry officer who rescues her. The last thing she expected was to fall in love with a soldier. Though separated by class, her heart can't forget him, nor can her body. When Elizabeth’s father, the President of Denver’s National Bank worries his bank and assay office is going to be robbed, he requests the assistance of the young lieutenant who saved his daughter's life. But Elizabeth’s jealous fiancé, Warren, has other plans for Eric.


Me: Thank you SO much, Julie, for coming to visit us today, it was a real pleasure to share a little piece of your world. We all wish you every success in your writing career. You have worked so hard for this, I know from personal experience, and it's an absolute delight to see one of our YA members doing so well.

Please support our authors, everyone, and visit Julie's sites, join her blog, and more importantly, buy her wonderful book! Please feel free to copy this interview and post it in your blog if you are stuck for something to blog about, or at least give it a mention with a link to this article. It would be very much appreciated by Julie and me. And can I urge all you Tweeters out there to give this a mention to. Thank you so much.

You can find Julie here...

Links:

Book site: http://www.julieromero.net/j/soldier.cfm

Blog site: http://doibiething.blogspot.com/

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Hooks & Cliffhangers--Kurt Chambers


Is there a secret to writing the ultimate page turner? I'm sure there are many aspects to a novel that bring it into the 'page turner' status, but today I'm going to talk about one of these aspects that, in my humble opinion, is one of the most important. Hooks and cliffhangers are wonderful things and one of the keys to a great novel. If you want your novel to be a real 'page turner' then this is one technique you should try to master.

Hooks:

A hook is something that will capture your reader's attention right from the start of the chapter. Every chapter you write should start with a good hook. This is not something you should use for just your first chapter. Many authors use this method, and normally they reserve their best efforts to the opening chapter of their novel. Having a good hook to draw your reader into the story is a very effective method and something you should use from the start of your book all the way through to the end.

Hooks can come in many forms, depending on what type of story you are writing. Instead of me trying to explain the mechanics of them, let me give you an example of how I use a hook to open a chapter. This is from my new novel, Unknown Reality, which I'm still in the process of writing at the moment. It's a middle grade novel with a mix of fantasy and sci-fi. Please bear in mind that this is a first draft and hasn't been through the editing process yet, so please ignore any mistake you may find. I'm just using this as an example.


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Chloe held her breath as the scene before her began to clear. She had never seen anything so spectacular in her whole life. A blanket of stars shone in a pitch-black sky, and a creepy, gray light cast long shadows against the rolling mist that hung just above the ground. When hush spread through the crowd, she could sense the expectation hanging in the air. Chloe craned her neck and fixed her gaze between two large boulders, waiting to see who would appear. The moment lasted forever.

A booming clap of thunder broke the silence. The ground beneath them rumbled with the force of the sound.

Chloe gasped along with everyone else. She squeezed her hands between her knees and let out a giggle despite herself. This was far greater than anything she had expected.

Then from out of the mist, he drifted into view. Dressed all in black, he almost blended into the background. He swept back his greasy hair in an over-exaggerated gesture of defiance.

The crowd reacted immediately and exploded in a barrage of boos and hisses. Chloe joined them, screaming at the top of her voice and shaking her fist.

He ignored their assault with a simple wave of his hand. The crowd fell silent when he spoke, and Chloe swore he held a magical spell over them.

She relaxed and unclenched her fists. This would be the final battle, but she already knew what the outcome would be. The baddie never wins, that’s just the way it is. She glanced at her mum seated next to her. “Bringing me to the theatre was the best birthday present I’ve ever had.”


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Cliffhangers:


Now let's talk about cliffhangers. When you end a chapter, there is only one way to do it. Leave the reader wanting more. Leave them on the edge of their seat so they have absolutely no choice but to read the next chapter immediately! Again, you should apply this method to every chapter if you can. Trust me, the reader will never get bored with it. It will drive them on through your novel and leave them never wanting to put it down.

Again, I will use an example from the same chapter of Unknown Reality to show how I use cliffhangers to end a chapter. Please ignore anything that is politically incorrect; first draft, remember!...lol...


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Memories of his words came flooding back. Chloe shuddered. “I’m going to bed, Mum,” she said, and kissed her on the cheek. “I can barely keep my eyes open.” She forced herself to her feet.

Mum smiled. “Goodnight, darling. I’m glad you enjoyed yourself tonight.”

Chloe wandered to her room and got ready for bed. She lay her head on the pillow and stared at the pink, fluffy dream catcher suspended just above the pine headboard. “What a weird day,” she mumbled to herself as she recalled what the man had said to her. You have the power to control the universe? She huffed. Whatever. She leaned over to get the glass of water from her bedside cabinet, but realised she’d left it on the windowsill. Oh, I can’t be bothered to get up again. With an outstretched hand, she wished she had the power to will the drink next to her.

The glass slid two inches closer along the sill.

She let out a scream.


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So, that is the end of my lesson. I hope some of you will find this useful, and more importantly, I hope it inspires you to use hooks and cliffhangers to turn your novels into the ultimate 'page turners'.



If you think this is the kind of story you would like to read, here is where you can pick up a copy...

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I still have two other popular fantasy novels for your pleasure and book one in the series is free in all good book stores. If you like my stories, could I please ask you to leave a review on Amazon for me. Reviews for us indie authors are very important in attracting other readers.

 

Thursday, 8 April 2010

On A Mission--Kurt Chambers


I want to be published! No, I REALLY want it! I suspect I'm not alone on this mission, and that is a very appropriate word 'mission'. It almost seems like an impossible mission at times, and the way things stand with the recline in the publishing industry, it still could be for a few years yet. The bottom line is, none of the major publishers are prepared to invest huge amounts of cash on new authors. Okay, it's a fair comment. They are just a business like any other business, and they do still have to stay afloat with dwindling sales, so they are playing it safe. But that doesn't help me!

So, what should I do? I have this wonderful novel that needs to be shared with the world. Well, I could go down several roads on my mission. I could continue submitting to publishers/agents and hope that one of them will see the potential in my work. The downfall with this is each time I receive a rejection letter, that's one more publisher or agent I have to strike off my list.I could wait until the market picks up and start again, but that may take years. I could give up on traditional publishers and get my book e-published, or it's even possible for me to give it away, that is always an option. That will at least get my name in the frame.

Decisions, decisions!

I'm still undecided, but in the meantime there is still plenty I can do. Writing more novels is the obvious answer, and improving the novels I already have. They can always be better, right? There is also the marketing side of things. Networking and promoting myself as an author is something I can always do. You don't have to be a published author to promote yourself to a world of readers out there.

It's not easy being a writer. I could honestly say it's one of the hardest things I have ever done. What would life be though without a challenge?

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Fifteen Minutes of Fame--Kurt Chambers

We've all heard Andy Warhol's expression, 'In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes'. Well, I'm hoping that isn't true or I've already had my time ...lol... It all started with a bad day at work ... *wavy lines*

I was working in London doing some window repairs. It was cold, I was tired, and I hate London at the best of times. I had a minor argument with a recently sharpened chistle and took a chunk out of one of my fingers. "That's it!" I exclaimed to my mate, Mick. I probably swore a little *cough* a lot ...lol... I dropped my tools and went to my van parked out front to make a cup of tea. I turned on the radio only to find Mick had changed the station to Talk Sport. I hate listening to sport! I want music. I'm sitting there drinking tea, smoking a roll-up and generally feeling sorry for myself. Then the DJ announces a contest on the radio. "Text from your phone to this number to win a million." It immediately catches my attention.

Did I mention I hate my job ...lol... I have this mental image of an early retirement looming at the forefront of my mind. I just have to send a text ... It's a SIGN! So, in desperation I pull out my mobile phone and sent a text. What have I got to lose? I finish my tea and get back to work.

In the afternoon I'm packing away my tools eager to go home. Mick is pottering around clearing up. My phone starts to ring. I didn't recognise the number. A voice says, "Congratulations! You've made it through to the semi's to win the million pound." My heart is beating like a drum! I can't believe it. It's me after all, stuff don't happen like this to me, I'm cursed remember! ...lol... Then came the words that I should of expected. "You know what you have to do, don't you?" Now my heart is beating even more.

I say, "Do? I have to do something?"

He then began to explain that if my number is chosen by the DJ, they will call me back and I'll have to go live on air and talk about a given subject for a minute. They will pull a random subject out of a hat while on air.

My reaction, "Man!" ...pause... "It's gonna be a question on sport, isn't it?" ...lol... Yeah, a bit of an obvious question I know as it's Talk Sport Radio. I know absolutely NOTHING about sport. He stuttered a bit and said it could be about anything. He wasn't fooling me! ...lol...

Stunned, I get in the van, staring at my phone. Mick jumps in the passenger seat rubbing his hands. "Lets go, mate!" He was giving me a funny look. I must of turned white or something. I said we can't go, and explained I might be getting a call from the radio station at any minute. I remember the look on his face. "What have you done now? Man! I leave you alone for...five...minutes!" ...lol... Those were his very words. I still don't have a clue to this day what he means! :D

Then my phone rang!

Me and Mick stare at each other. Mick is a BIG sports fan, he used to be a footballer for our towns football club. I'm panicking, "Mick, you gotta help me, man!" He started laughing. Fair comment. I answer the phone and I'm told I've been chosen to go on air, and the next voice I hear will be the DJ. I'm crapping myself.

Then I was on. "Hi, Kurt, you're live on Talk Sport Radio."

I chose to go second against some other bloke. They pulled a question out the hat about someone from the English cricket team. They give him one minute to talk about this cricketer, and there wasn't anything he didn't know about him...lol...Then came my turn. Another English cricketer. I look at Mick with total fear in my eyes. He's sitting in the van listening to the radio. He shugs. "I don't know s**t about cricket!" I'm on my own, and I know less than Mick does...lol...It's too late to back out now, I'm live on air.

Then I started talking. hahaha! It's all a bit of a blur now. I started waffling on about being at a BBQ with this bloke and his wife at the weekend, and all kinds of stuff. It's amazing how long a minute can be! I just went for it. The DJ's were laughing. I remember seeing Mick in the van literally crying with laughter, clutching his stomach. In case you haven't already guessed, I didn't win a million pound. But I did get my fifteen minutes of fame.

Once I had finished humiliating myself, I found out I had won £100 (about $200) just for going on air, and I also won a years supply of this health drink. I was expecting a voucher to come through the post, but no. A van turned up outside my house a month or so later and delivered about ten crates of this stuff. I managed to sell it on to the local store for another £80.

Is there a moral to this story? Well, I suppose I could make one up...Always be fully aware of a situation before you enter it! Yeah, that works :-)



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How could ten-year-old Charlotte ever envisage that magic really existed. For her, the world of other realms belonged in children's fairy tales—or so she thought—until she discovers a strange shopkeeper, which begins an adventure that will change her life forever.
                         
When she finds herself lost and alone in a far away forest, she must embark on a journey where heart-stopping danger and real life monsters are real. However, a far greater threat shadows her every move. Even with the strengths and skills of her new companions, they cannot protect her against a ruthless druid assassin.
                                                                              
But in this realm, Charlotte is not the vulnerable little girl she thought she was.

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Sunday, 14 February 2010

My First Valentine--Kurt Chambers


As I will be posting this on Valentine's Day, I thought It would be good to tell you a real life love story. Everyone likes a love story, right? Especially if it's a true story.

It all started way back in the days when everything was in black and white...lol...Yes, I'm old enough to remember that. Life was simple then. I was about eight years old and went to Lodge Farm Junior School. I would sometimes walk home with a girl who was in the year below me. I liked her a lot, she was sweet and funny, and we just got along really well. We used to take a shortcut through Mobbsbury Woods. When we came out of the woods and onto a big green, we would stand and chat for a bit before we headed off in a different direction. It's funny that I can still remember it. I have very little memory of those days, just the odd glimps of some things, but that was just one of the things that I do remember for some reason.

We both left Junior School at the age of eleven and went to separate secondary schools. I'm sure we must have seen each other on the odd occasion, but I don't really remember. I left school at the age of sixteen. It was the summer of 83. I lived close to a big park called Fairlands Valley. It had several boating lakes and various other attractions. My friend, Pat, was working during the summer holidays hiring out boats at the park. I went down one afternoon to see him. This day, a girl came to see him, and I recognised her from somewhere.

I said, "I know you, don't I?"

She laughed and said, "Yeah."

"Cool. Get in there and make us a cup of tea then, will ya?"...lol...As you can see, I'm such a romantic. Haha!!

We started talking and had a great afternoon. We just hit it off straight away. It didn't dawn on me at the time that this was the same girl I used to walk home from school with all those years ago.

I went home at the end of a great day wondering if I would meet her again. A couple of days later, I was with my friends when we met again. She was with her friend. I invited everyone back to my house. We spent the whole afternoon taking the micky out of everyone. It was so funny. I remember me and her almost wetting ourselves laughing at the expense of everyone else. She had such an awesome sense of humour. It was just like mine!...lol...

We started seeing each other more often and became great friends. I started looking forward to seeing her and was gutted on the days that I didn't. It was a great summer, one of the best of my whole life and definitely the most memorable. After a few weeks, we were seeing each other every day. My friends didn't like it much and started giving me grief, but she was way much more fun than them. I wanted to be with her all the time.

We eventually started dating. I knew she was the girl for me even though I was just sixteen. The summer came to an end, and she went back to school. We still saw each other every day. Soon Christmas came. I remember this Christmas well. At a party at my house I was incredibly drunk when I asked her if she wanted to get engaged to me. She said yes without hesitation. Man! I was on cloud nine! I proudly announced it to everyone. Nobody took me seriously. They though I was just a stupid kid, which in reality, I was...lol...

Well, here I am now, twenty seven years later telling you this story. Man! It seems such a long time ago. What a summer that was. What ever happened to my dream girl? She became my wife and we grew up together. She is still my best friend and the one person I trust more than anyone in the whole world. She is still just as funny as she was on the afternoons we spent together as kids. She makes me laugh every single day. We have spent a lifetime together and share the most amazing adventures. She is my soul mate. I would be nothing without her.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!


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Truth Teller Reviews:

Dawne Dominique - Multi-published author and professional cover artist.

The Truth Teller is one of the best children's fantasy book I've read in a long while. Charlotte is so easy to picture in my mind, and the fantasy aspects are brilliant! There are underlying currents of "real life lessons" that are subtly included...ideal for parents looking for that perfect bedtime story to read to their children. I loved the entire premise of the novel and will definitely be purchasing the next ones in this series.

Kurt Chambers has captured the genre with a wonderful story that will delight many a child's (and adult's) imagination.

Annie McMahon - Editor, published author and Novel Workshop moderator.

This book has everything a bestseller should have: compelling story, endearing characters, vivid descriptions, genuine emotions, and a lot of surprising twists and turns. This is a story about a friendship that transcends race, gender, age, and even realms, between Charlotte, a ten-year-old girl, and Elderfield, a teenage elf. Beautiful and heartwarming. I strongly recommend it and have reviewed Kurt’s story on my blog, Dutch Hill News.

Ralene Burke – Writer, Editor for Wives in Bloom:

Honestly, I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to read these books. Kurt has written an amazing series that emphasizes such wonderful themes as friendship, family, hope, and faith. I’ve read Truth Teller and Wrath of Siren and, even though they are MG, enjoyed them immensely. If you’re looking for wholesome reads for your children, check out the next big thing for MG.