Classic Doctor, London Markets, and Laurel Garver's Never Gone Blog Ramble!


"No power in this universe can stop the Daleks!"

I've been reminiscing, watching the first ever Dalek episode.

"Don't act without thinking!" says Nicholas Courtney, and William Hartnell as the Doctor replies, "I never do and I never shall!"

Well, I won't keep quoting. Apparently, we've passed the halfway mark for NaNoWriMo! I'm still a mite worried that my story will end before the month is out, but the writing has been going smoothly (yay for ROW80 goals!), so I try to keep worries at the back of my mind. On the other hand, I have started to devolve into writing "easy" scenes again. Anyone have tips for upping the stakes and sending my characters into further trouble?

Okay, one more quote:
Courtney: "You're a very brave man."
Hartnell: "Rubbish. I'm only doing what needs to be done."

I also think it's funny that the Daleks used to say Eliminate! and Execute! before they settled on Exterminate!

Yesterday I discovered an awesome website for London markets:

And now the crux of today's post:

I'm hosting a stop on Laurel Garver's Blog Ramble celebrating the release of her debut novel, Never Gone. Read on to learn more about the book.

Days after her father’s death, fifteen-year-old Dani Deane begins seeing him all around New York — wading through discarded sketches in her room, roaming the halls at church, socializing at his post-funeral reception. Is grief making her crazy? Or could her dad really be lingering between this world and the next, trying to contact her?

Dani desperately longs for his help. Without him keeping the peace, Dani’s relationship with her mother is deteriorating fast. Soon Mum ships her off to rural England with Dad’s relatives for a visit that Dani fears will become a permanent stay. But she won’t let her arty, urban life slip away without a fight, especially when daily phone calls with her lab partner Theo become her lifeline.

To find her way home, Dani must somehow reconnect with Mum. But as she seeks advice from relatives and insights from old letters, she uncovers family secrets that shake her to the core. Convinced that Dad’s ghost alone can help her, she sets out on a dangerous journey to contact him one last time.

"Never Gone is a ghost story for a new generation – a twisty journey through a young girl's battle with death, grief, and the discovery of family secrets that threaten to undo her world. Garver tackles difficult subjects with depth and grace, weaving the complexities of faith with the complexities of growing up." --Heidi Willis, author of Some Kind of Normal

Add it on Goodreads. Read a sample chapter.

The e-book is available at, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, KoboSmashwords

The paperback is available at CreateSpace, Amazon, The Book Depository

Enter to win an e-book of Never Gone!

I love adding new books to my To Read pile!

One last quote:
Hartnell: "...that's why we're stranded here on this pimple of a planet... now you listen to me, young man, don't you start to criticise my TARDIS!"


Hi Deniz .. had a quick look at the market site - not quite my style! Nor are the Daleks ... but watched Laurel's book .. the video is very good .. sounds interesting ..

Good luck with NaNo .. can't help re tips!

Cheers Hilary
I'm amazed you can even post this month!
Jeff Hargett said…
Rooting for you on the NaNo! Tips for trouble? I put my characters into situations without knowing how to get them out of it. Nothing wrong with doing the easier scenes for NaNo.
You can do it! Shoot your character into space with a monkey. Worked for Saturday morning cartoons. Oh wait, it didn't...
Old Kitty said…
After I comment here I am going to hide behind the sofa!! Don't want to be ex-ed by the scary Daleks! LOL!!

Huge congrats with your Nano-ing!! Good for you!

All the best to Laurel! Take care
stu said…
The Daleks would have been so different, had it only been 'exfoliate'.

When it comes to tension for characters and trouble, I'm assuming that your plan is quite general since it still has that leeway for you to write easy scenes for them. So write down three summaries of any possible scene. Write the one that you might do as the easy one. Write one that you know it really needs. Then write one that is completely over the top that you would never do, but might, if you thought you could get away with it.
Tammy Theriault said…
lots of good quotes, book sounds good, so much going on! awesome...
Talli Roland said…
Congrats to Laurel on her new book! And happy birthday, Deniz!
Michael Di Gesu said…
Hi, Deniz,

Continue the good work with NaNo...

Trisha said…
I love adding books to my TBR too, though the thing is ludicrously long by now. This one has been added now, and it's #480 on the list ;)
Susan Fields said… secrets and a ghost - sounds like a great book!
Deniz Bevan said…
Aww, glad you were interested in the book, Hilary!

I'd be in big trouble if I wasn't writing long hand, Karen!

Thanks, Jeff!

Space! Monkey! In the 15th Century, Alex? On the other hand, monkey, hmmm... the hero is a sailor, after all...

Thank you, Kitty!

Exfoliate, ha ha ha! Thanks for the great advice, stu.

Thanks, Tammy!

Aww, thank you, Talli!

Thanks, Michael!

Arg, I think my number is almost that high too, Trisha!

Thanks for coming by, Susan :-)
Good for you for participating in NaNoWriMo. As far as upping the stakes for your characters goes, hmmm...Maybe you could give them what they want, only for them to realize that it's not what they wanted after all, or that it's not what they thought it would be? That's something a lot of people could relate to. I know I could.
Deniz Bevan said…
Ooh, that's a good tip, too! Thanks, I need all the help I can get in the last week...

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