Monday, 23 July 2018

Meet A Writer Monday Presents...

... Louise Ashton

1. Which do you use more often, dictionary or thesaurus?

I use both but I usually use a thesaurus when writing my work on computer. In try and see what different words I can use instead of repeating the same words over and over.

2. What is your best childhood memory?

One of my childhood memories is that of going to Woolworths to buy CD and Cassette Singles and Albums. No one goes out and buys music rarely anymore especially CD Singles, as people download music nowadays. I used to love going to Woolworths with my friends on a Saturday and buy CD and Cassette singles by some of my favourite bands and singers at that time.

3. If you could bring one musician back from the dead, who would it be and why?

Michael Jackson as he was my favourite singer of all time (still is) and I never saw him in concert. I actually had tickets for what was meant to be his final tour – This Is It – but unfortunately, it wasn’t to be. So I would bring Michael Jackson back from the dead so that I could see him live in concert.

4. If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?

I would travel back to the past to experience some of the different eras gone by and witness some of the major events in history. For example: such as the 1966 Football World Cup when England won and also at that time to see the Beatles hysteria!

5. Would you rather explore a new planet, or the deepest parts of the ocean? Why?

Most people know what lives under the ocean but we don’t know what lives beyond our World (Earth). I would therefore like to visit a new planet to see who lives there and if they are human species like us. Also to find out if we do have a parallel universe.

6. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages a day?

No, I do not aim for a set amount of words or pages a day. I let my imagination run and write down as much as I can when I can.

7. Do you let a book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?

Sometimes I let a book stew for a bit. Sometimes I have an idea and can continue writing the story and then I have a while where I cannot continue it. I therefore leave the story for a bit and get back to it when I have more ideas about where I want to take the story.

8. Do you think giving away books for free works and why?

People love a free book. I have promoted my books for free for a promotional period on Amazon (where they are available). I find that many people do download or purchase the books for free. However, once they have downloaded them I find that they do not write reviews or provide me feedback. I would love for everyone who reads my books, to provide reviews of my books on Amazon, on my Twitter page and on my Facebook Page (where I have a section for visitors to write their reviews).

9. Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?

I wish to say a massive THANK YOU to my readers and fans for believing in me and my writing. Thank you for supporting me, whether that is by purchasing my books, leaving reviews, providing me with feedback, subscribing to my monthly newsletter and following me and my work on Social Media.

10. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

My characters are not based on any one particularly. However I do reflect on my life and include or add parts into my stories, depending on what I am writing about.


Emma and Shane become new parents. Emma thought she now had the family set up she always wanted but then Shane starts to go away for work regularly. Does Emma need to be suspicious of Shane's whereabouts, or is it all in her head?


About Louise

Louise Ashton is a mother of one child. She is from Essex, England. Louise enjoys reading autobiographies. Louise currently has five books published on Amazon in Paperback format and eBook format.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Dusty Pages Review: The Gender Plan

"I just had to believe we'd dealt a death blow of our own. 

That today would be the beginning of the end..."

Ready for the explosive PENULTIMATE BOOK in The Gender Game series?
Nearly at the end of this series and I have no idea how its going to end. It almost seems like it could go on forever. This book balances the slow paced planning and plotting with the executing and action much better than any of the previous books. I was still flicking a bit trying to cut out some of the waffling and move the story along, but a lot less than the previous book in the series.

Much like the other books, this one build the action up to a crescendo and ends with a cliff hanger, trying to ensure that the next (and final book) gets bought so you can find out what happens. Also it leaves it on the idea that we will finally get a question answered about what is beyond the borders of Matrus/Patrus. The parallels between the end of this book and the end of the first book are very similar in that we leave the hero flying in/on something that she can't control heading into areas unknown to discover something.

I give it

Monday, 16 July 2018

The Commuter

Insurance salesman Michael (Neeson) is on his daily commute home when he is contacted by a mysterious stranger (Vera Farmiga, The Conjuring, The Departed) and forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realises a deadly plan is unfolding and is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy. One that carries life and death stakes, for himself and his fellow passengers.
I'm a big fan of Liam Neeson (I watched all three taken films back to back - that's commitment) and he doesn't disappoint in this film either. Stuck on a train with his family under threat he has to try to work out who on the train he can trust and who it is that the people pressuring him are after - all he has is a name.

I recommend this movie as its classic of it genre, the mystery, the drama, the conspiracy and the action. I'm not sure how much longer Neeson is going to be able to keep playing characters like this, although he's good, you can't help but feel his age in this movie. In his late sixties, those action sequence must have taken their toll.

It's available on DVD for £8.75 on Amazon