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

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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.

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