My New Novel Love Is A Battlefield Is Now Available On Amazon!

 

My new novel Love Is A Battlefield is now available to purchase on Amazon. The story synopsis goes as follows:

Dan Fielding is the newest rising star in the horse racing world. Everyone is excited about his bright future – all except for the animal rights activists who regularly hold demonstrations at the racetracks. Things become complicated when he falls in love with animal rights activist Luke Murphy.

I loved writing it. Their love and their conflict. 🙂

To purchase the book go to:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N6AGKL4

Or to purchase my other novels go to:

Blood

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01E4U2U54

The Night Train

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01EQLLPPW

Or to purchase my childrens’ book go to:

Princess Roberta

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01G68FZ4K

Or finally to purchase my poetry collection go to:

Hearts: Pansexual Poetry Collection

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01F88D5OG

Thanks in advance if you purchase any of my work. And I hope if you do, you enjoy it. 🙂

Poem: Dear Old Louisa

I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.
She said.
Louisa May Alcott,
you independent soul,
pushing through book after book,
inspiring years after your death,
compelling us all with characters,
making a character in Jo
who is half me,
half my sister,
writing independent women since the 1800s.
My dear fellow writer,
my dear fellow feminist,
my dear fellow woman,
today you would have been 184
but you live on through your books.
If I could have one quarter of your success
my ship would be sailing into orbit.

Poem: Moments 2

The moment you realise
you have to be weary of people.
The moment you realise
that you need to be even
a little more weary.
The moment you realise
you can be kind,
give people a chance
but keep on guard slightly
till you know they are alright.
The moment you realise
that life is unfair.
The moment you realise
it’s even more unfair
than you first thought.
The moment you realise
you have to be brave,
hiding away isn’t an option,
to do so is letting them win
and making yourself unhappy.
The moment you realise
you aren’t the problem,
they are.
The moment you realise
that they are serving a life sentence
while you are living.
The moment you realise
that you don’t always have to be strong,
you will get emotional
but the point is
you will carry on.
The moment you realise
you are a fighter
and therefore
you will always survive.

My Opinion On The Last Five In X-Factor!

 

We have reached the final 5 in this year’s X-Factor and next week promises to be a treat after the jukebox landed on Louis Loves meaning eight of Louis’ favourites next week as the artists will perform two tracks each from this week. Very exciting! But what is my take on the final five acts vying for X-Factor 2016 glory? (And what songs do I think they should sing at some stage before the end?) Read on to find out …

Emily Middlemas

 

I’m not really crazy about Emily’s voice. I did think she was good at Judges Houses but outside of then I haven’t being that impressed. On the plus side she is going to be doing a fast song for the first time in the competition this week and it’ll be nice to see how she does it.

Songs: I’m So Excited by The Pointer Sisters
From Eden by Hozier

Five After Midnight

 

The lads have had some ropey weeks. In my opinion their performances of Valerie, Thriller and Try A Little Tenderness weren’t great. But other than that they had had some very good weeks and are clearly a talented and polished act. I really like them and they are my second favourite from the top five. They are one of two acts left that I think with the right songs could have a very good career outside of the competition.

Songs: Yeah! by Usher ft. Lil John, Ludacris
Where Is The Love? by The Black Eyed Peas

Honey G

 

Honey G isn’t the greatest singer or rapper in the world but I do admire in a way that she gets up there when it’s clear that she isn’t if that makes sense. It’s almost like a punk attitude in a more commercial setting. I think the amount of hate she gets is pretty ridiculous. It’s only a singing competition after all and as viewers we are meant to judge whether we think someone is good or not, not take hates against people. And it is brave of her to get up there every week despite the level of criticism thrown her way so regularly.

Songs: Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A.
Bust A Move by Young MC

Matt Terry

 

Like Emily, I am not that crazy about Matt’s voice. Considering he is odds on favourite as I write this it’s probably an opinion that’s in the minority. I loved his version of She’s Out Of My Life at Judges Houses but otherwise I haven’t being impressed by his performances. I love Sam Smith and Matt’s performance of Writing’s On The Wall to me wasn’t great this week.

Songs: 7 Years by Lukas Graham
She’s Like The Wind by Patrick Swayze

Saara Aalto

Saara is my favourite. I think she is so professional. She’s a great singer and performer and she hasn’t did a bad performance in the whole show. Her performance of It’s Oh So Quiet by Bjork in particular was excellent as was Enough Is Enough. Like Five After Midnight with the right songs she could have a great career outside of the competition. She’s an all-rounder.

Songs: Nothing Compares To You by Sinead O’Connor
Walking On Broken Glass by Annie Lennox

My Poem Questions and Answers Appears In The Bray Arts Journal!

My sister and I went to the Bray Arts – Journal Launch on Monday which was part of this year’s Yarn Festival in The Mermaid Theatre in Bray. There was readings from the journal and complimentary wine and pretzels and it was a lovely night out. My poem Questions and Answers appeared in the journal. It is about all the stupid, ignorant prejudiced things said about pansexuality and answers to those insulting questions which was quite fun to write. 🙂 I have sent some other poems about pansexuality to the journal which hopefully might appear in later journals. It was as always lovely to be surrounded by so many wonderfully creative and talented people.

It was lovely as it was the night before my sister’s birthday so after we went for a few drinks to The Porterhouse pub in Bray which is always nice. Happy Birthday again Shar. Love you. 🙂

Thanks again to everyone at the Bray Arts Journal for once again giving my work such a wonderful platform amongst so many talented people. 🙂

To see the journal as well as past issues go to:

http://www.brayarts.net/JournalsPage.htm

Jordan Gray’s New Song Platinum & Video Set To Go Gold, Silver & Platinum!

 

Officially Jordan Gray’s new single Platinum is out on November 25th but with the internet nowadays who hears music first on the date it’s released? The song is a very catchy pop song which after a few listens you’ll end up humming around the house or in the supermarket – you have been warned. 🙂 Each section of the song flows beautifully together and has a very commercial sound and the words and metaphors are so well crafted.

The music video for the song, directed by Jordan and Jak Kav and co-starring Mickey Taylor, is brilliant. It is the first time that there has been a transgender woman and a cisgender man as a couple in a mainstream music video. I would imagine that it would be very liberating for someone who is transgender to watch. In any way when you don’t feel represented it is excellent and liberating when someone does represent you. Even though I’m not transgender I can understand to an extent how someone might feel because I’m pansexual and pansexuality is another thing that is swept under the carpet in mainstream culture a lot so whenever someone pushes pansexuality to the forefront I feel freer and liberated so I think the feeling someone who is transgender would feel watching the video would be the same feeling. I also think it’s very liberating for cisgender people too because sadly in our society even today if someone who is cisgender falls in love with someone who is transgender there is sometimes this terrible attitude towards that person from people in which they hurl abuse at them or whisper in corners. The openness of this video is beautiful and is a symbol of what is very obvious that love is love and it’s a beautiful thing that everyone deserves to feel and should be able to feel safe feeling the way they do about the person they love. That no individual or couple deserve to have abuse thrown at them due to prejudice. The arts get a lot of stick for putting messages forward but I think the arts is a great platform for doing so and if you look through the years the arts have been an instrumental part in social change.

 

As a former fashion student, style is always going to catch my eye in any music video. All the style is amazing like the light blue trouser suit and the black pop/rock outfit but my personal favourite is the retro style dress and headband (sadly I couldn’t find a pic of Jordan wearing the outfit on Google so you’ll just need to check the video out everyone but it’s wonderful and suits her beautifully) which Jordan wears while she is playing the piano. Fell in love with that outfit. There does seem to be a lot of musical/cultural references in the video. The retro dress has a very 1950s feel to it while the light blue trouser suit is reminiscent of Annie Lennox. The parts with the burlesque in it remind me of 1920s Jazz venues and then become like 2000s’ hip hop videos in the car. The parts where she’s wearing the black outfit remind me of some Britney Spears/Beyonce music videos and the love scenes remind me a tiny bit of the love scenes in Paloma Faith’s Only Love Can Hurt Like This. It’s wonderfully put together and there was obviously a lot of thought put into it.

I think she is a great artist who clearly loves what she does and I hope it works out amazingly for her with the new release.

Check out the audio of Platinum here:

And the music video here:

My First Reviews For Sammy Dress Have Arrived!

 

I have fell in love with this website called Sammy Dress over the past while and when I received the products I ordered they were lovely. I might do a blog post soon about Sammy Dress in general. But for now I’d like to put up the links to my reviews if you’d like to take a look at them. To view them just go to the link, scroll down and click on the with photos beside the reviews. In the process of doing these reviews I learned how to use the internet camera things which I’m happy about. Hope you like the reviews. 🙂

Tree Branch Kitten Halloween Pendant Necklace

http://www.sammydress.com/product3006914.html

Upper Half Face Black Lace Carnival Masquerade Hollow Out Masks

http://www.sammydress.com/product2992390.html