Guest Post/Virtual Tour ~ Loving In Time by A.E. Kirk

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Firstly, I want to thank the blog host, for giving me the opportunity to have this small Guest Blog post. I've found it tricky to find something to talk about, however I found this and thought I'd share my inspirational experiences. People have often asked me where I got my inspiration from, sometimes plots just randomly pop into my head if I've seen a leaf on the ground, or watched clouds pass in the sky and they've formed the shape of something ominous looking, like a skull. Others, have been inspired by dreams. It sounds corny, but for many authors alike, dreams are the best place for inspiration. The majority of my stories have been based entirely or loosely on the dreams I've had. Although, there are other ways to get inspiration. Lots of people have asked me how they get inspiration. Usually I tell them to take a walk with a pen and paper, or people watch at a cafe, or trawl through pictures on the internet. These do help, but  also I've been personally inspired by something or someone from a movie or TV program, below are just a few of my favourite stories which have been inspired by TV programs or movies.

 

My Top Five Movies or Programs Which Have Inspired Me.

The first program which inspired me to write a short fantasy story, called, "You fell on my car" was when I was watching Judge Judy. I remember this lady expressly tell the sarcastic yet blunt judge that a man fell onto her car and I kept thinking, how is that possible? Unless he jumped from a great height? Obviously the woman meant something else, but how she phrased the incident, got me thinking. This then lead to a short story where it was based within a court room and a woman was suing this man from damaging her car, however, the man refused to give evidence as then he'd have to 'out' himself as a superhero as he wants his identity kept a secret. It was just a simple line which gave me inspiration for this.

One story I am about to publish on Wattpad was adapted from the programs Ghost Adventures and Most Haunted and their experiences. The inspiration came directly from what these ghost hunters heard or saw and I wondered if I could write a story using a "spirit therapist" being able to actually interact with these spirits instead of being vague in detail of their appearance or what they got from a Spirit Box. The story, which I've named "The Cursed Hill" surrounds the Pendle Witch Trials, similar to Salem, but they happened in England. The entire story wouldn't have started if I didn't have an interest in ghosts or spirits and weren't showed to me in such varied ways within these two programs.

My third inspiration for a story came from a Japanese anime, called Origin. Not only did the music inspire me but the concept of a girl waking up to discovering her world was so far in the past that everything she had come to love, had gone. "The Last Rein" is based on a girl waking up, but she wakes up in a human morgue. Her story is that she is the last of her kind and the world in which she lives in, its inhabitants blame her and her race for almost destroying the entire world. The concept is similar to Origin, but "The Last Rein" is more sci-fi with aliens, technology and a little bit of fantasy thrown in for good measure.

One story was inspired by the movie, "Sleepy Hollow" with Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci. The short story, entitled, "Toy Box" has a Sleepy Hollow-esque feel at the beginning. It opens out with a man on an eerie road at midnight and I pictured it near the resting place of the Huntsman. This man is the son of a grave digger and has an plot to summon the devil and kill the children of his town by the use of a Toy Box that was granted to him, by the Devil himself. Of course I also like factual instances in my books and tied the box in with a downed German pilot from World War 2, who was beaten by the local woman of the village where the Toy Box still rests and the man was placed in the attic and left there for the Toy box to swallow him up. Though I don't go into such grizzly detail of the German pilot's demise.

My last story that gave me great inspiration was Angels and Demons. It was the Vatican itself and the rules and regulations around this country that played an integral part to my 2nd book "The Uprising" in a series called the "Barcode Series" and having already been to the Vatican and seeing it again in a different light, gave me a multitude of inspiration into the detail, the security and the history of the world's smallest city.

I hope you have enjoyed this guest post and I hope you are inspired in various ways, as I have been.

"You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club." Jack London

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abiAbi Kirk is a writer of sorts. Mostly she writes about fantasy or science-fiction for young adults and or horror for adults. After teaching and travelling most of Asia in 2012 and early 2013, Abi now lives in Devon, UK and is constantly inspired by the views of the sloping, idyllic landscapes around her.

She got her inspiration to write this book while competing for a Writers Competition on Wattpad in 2011, and after coming in joint second, Abi was guided by her fans and readers to seek out publishers.

Her first published book, Loving In Time, can be found on Amazon.co.uk and Pegasus Publishers website for those who live outside of the UK.

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lovingPublisher: Vanguard Press (August 29, 2013)
Genre:  Romantic Sci-Fi

ISBN-10: 1843868113

ISBN-13: 978-1843868118
ASIN: B00I8QMJ1Q
​Buy: Amazon, Kindle

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High school student Helen Xenakis is not just a teenager, she is also a Princess of Sparta. When her guards travel to her time, from the past, they take her back to the time of Trorian war, but there is someone that threatens her new regal life. Can Helen truly have her soul-mate or is her heart destined to be for someone else? And when a tragedy occurs, will she take up the mantel to do what needs to be done?

 

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Excerpt ~ 

Deciding that fourth and fifth period would be just as boring as the rest of the day, I called it quits and thought it was a good idea to go home. I had a damn good excuse for not going to the annoying classes of gym and crappy French. First off, gym was crap. If I had to hear that pathetic threat of ‘If you don’t pass this class I’ll keep you back a year,’ from Mr. Ash who is the nastiest man I had ever known, I would up and leave then and there. Secondly watching the guys playing up in French because they were head over heels in love with Madame Celion who seemed to adore the attention was enough to make you vomit. How the hell I was passing these crappy classes was a mystery. Plus what I found stupid was that they weren’t going to help me in my career, so I didn’t see the point in them.

As I got out of the front entrance and back into the sunshine, I came across a few rather attractive guys that I hadn’t met before. They were huddled together by the bush at the bottom of the steps that smells like wet dog. I walked past them only to be stopped by one who smoothly stepped out in front of me. For a few seconds the guy took my breath away. With messy brown hair and piercing brown eyes to match. a strange little girl screamed inside my head, ‘HE’S THE PERFECT GUY TO MARRY!’ Trying to inwardly beat her with a stick to shut her up, I regained my composure and acted aloof.

‘What?’ I asked, not in the mood for pleasantries.

‘Oh ho! And here I thought all you girls were nice,’ he said with a strange accent. It was American but there was a slight twinge of Greek in there.

‘Wrong girl,’ I said with a smarmy smile and ducked past him, but with a running-jog he caught up with me, blocking my path again. Sighing, I stood there waiting for him to say something.

Smiling like a freak he copied me by sighing heavily and remained mute.

‘Marcus, you going to tell her or what?’ called one of the other boys from behind me.

‘No, I don’t think I will,’ he smiled then moved aside. ‘But I will be speaking to you again, Wrong Girl,’ he named me and then with a cheeky wink of his right eye, walked past me and headed back to his friends.

            For what seemed like an age, I stood there trying to understand what the hell had just happened. A cute guy stops me to tell me something, then gives me a weird name and walks off. ‘Ignore it and go home,’ I finally ordered myself. Somehow my feet listened and began to move; my head on the other hand was full of freaked out fuzzy crap. ‘Marcus was cute though,’ I told myself as I walked down the driveway, barely noticing that my parents cars weren’t there. ‘Weird but very cute,’ I smiled.
 

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Monday, March 3

Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark

Book Feature at Mom With a Kindle

Tuesday, March 4

Book Feature at I Heart Reading

Wednesday, March 5

Guest Blogging at Cherry Mischievous

Friday, March 7

Book Review at Trips Down Imagination Road

Monday, March 10

Book Feature at Cheryl’s Book Nook

Wednesday, March 12

Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

Book Feature at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

Monday, March 17

Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark

Tuesday, March 18

Interview LIVE at Blog Talk Radio’s A Book and a Chat

Monday, March 24

Interview at A Blue Million Books

Tuesday, March 25

Book Review at Mary’s Cup of Tea

Wednesday, March 26

Book Review at My Devotional Thoughts

Thursday, March 27

Book Review at Southeast by Midwest

Friday, March 28

Book Review & Guest Blogging at Brooke Blogs

 

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