Showing posts from March, 2011

Let me Clarify

Sigh, sigh, sigh.
Exams are coming, I don't know a THING!I'm not an average student: I'm actually pretty good, and usually whole pages of awful block diagrams and methods of thermal analysis and stupid, terrible things like rotational spectroscopy should make sense to me even if I'm reading through it like a novel. Guess what? It doesn't. I CANNOT bring myself to study this...this...(okay, I will not curse but you can substitute your choicest and strongest swear word right here) 
SO, I will not be here for a week. I have to pass. I HAVE TO. (Crap)
You think being bitten by a vampire is bad? Confront yourself with the education system of Kerala and worse, the god-awful series tests the college dumps on us...and you'll take teeth in your throat any day.
SO I have a new layout for the blog : thank you cutestblogontheblock for the background- the header is my own creation. If you guys liked it leave your thoughts please!
I love this nice summery header....I have an obse…

Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James: Review

'Truth or dare?' she asks.
I hesitate. I have so many secrets, so many things I don't want to reveal, but this is only a game, only a bit of fun. 'Truth,' I say finally. 'I can imagine one of your dares, and I don't fancy running down Oxford Street naked tonight.'
'Truth,' Alice says slowly, drawing out the vowel sound as if she's savouring the word. 'Are you sure? Are you sure you can be completely honest?'
'I think so. Try me.'
'Okay.' And then she looks at me curiously. 'So. Were you glad, deep down? Were you glad to be rid of her? Your perfect sister? Were you secretly glad when she was killed?'
Katherine has moved away from her shattered once-perfect family to start a new life in Sydney. There she keeps her head down until she is befriended by the charismatic Alice, and her life takes her in new directions. But there is a dark side to Alice, and as we learn the truth of Katherine's sister's death and A…

Argentum-Sneak Peek

So this is something I've been writing for a while. A long while,'s dystopian fantasy and I love it a lot. I've never put it on the blog because I'm waiting to finish the series entirely before I find a publisher for it. This will be the IT book - the one I'll really really seek to get published because I love it so much.
Only there are like a million different threads all tangling around in this book, so I may actually be set back by a few years before I'm fully satisfied with it.
This is a tiny eeny weeny bit of the story I simply wrote so as to understand my characters much better. Some of you wanted a more romantic scene from the earlier writing here it is....
The pic is just a random creation (I have a hundred for this book)

The girl I've used as stock is by catarinamzfernandez on DA. Thank you! 
The Excerpt:

I come to in the White Room, chained with words spinning around my arms and legs.
'I didn't choose to be in that…

Entangled by Cat Clarke- Review

Paperback, 374 pages Published January 6th 2011 by Quercus Publishing Plc
The same questions whirl round and round in my head: 
What does he want from me?  How could I have let this happen?  AM I GOING TO DIE? 
17-year-old Grace wakes up in a white room, with a table, pens and paper - and no clue how she got here. 
As Grace pours her tangled life onto the page, she is forced to remember everything she's tried to forget. There's falling hopelessly in love with the gorgeous Nat, and the unravelling of her relationship with her best friend Sal. But there's something missing. As hard as she's trying to remember, is there something she just can't see? 
Grace must face the most important question of all. Why is she here? 
A story of dark secrets, intense friendship and electrifying attraction

Ah, hell, this book. I'm going to GUSH about the cover first because I think it's simply amazing. The colors, the simple style, the text- everything is just GORGEOUS. This, mark …

Art, and 100 follower giveaway!

Yeah, don't ask what this picture is about. It's all Chemical Match oriented. Thought it looked sort of nice as maybe a blog promotion slide or something. I'm still working on a slide-deck for the blog, you know, to display my images in and all. 
Now, there are nearly 100 followers for the blog and I don't have any books to give away (I get mine as ebooks) so I thought I'd have a different kind of giveaway.
So it's an ART giveaway, not a BOOK giveaway, and the WINNERS decide exactly what I design for you.
You can have anything of your choice- blog button (with html code), blog background, custom header, any kind of other art-related blog stuff (including customized Facebook, Twitter icons) - any TWO things for the FIRST winner, and any one art-piece for the SECOND winner.
1) Comment on this if you're entering the giveaway.
2) +1 entry for followers
4)Have fun with the art-pieces if you win

ATTENTION: The New Blog.

SO I've been keeping quiet for a while, and the reason is this : The Chemical Match series, which I'm writing, needed its own blog so I can put up all my artworks and get the news to all you blogosphere-siblings out there without crowding Shaded (as it is already crowded with all the other stuff). My followers of old should recognize that this is the project I've been keeping under wraps. 
I'm crazy because I kept writing little bits of the story here and there, but never got a plot direction (maybe because this is my first character-inspired and not plot-inspired story). Anyway now I have something infinitely cool and strange and everything else I usually love about dystopian fiction. I even have names for the three books that will be in this series (unless I change my mind and add a few more, sigh) and those are ARGENTUM, INTERIM, and MORTEM...for now, at least.
I'm already in the sixth image for the stories (I think I should be an illustrator, really) and …