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13 Steps To Evil #Writespiration Writing Competition Winners

It’s been a little longer than I anticipated due to an untimely bout of burnout followed by shingles. But nonetheless, back in June, I announced a writing competition to celebrate the launch of 13 Steps To Evil and we now have winners! I was amazed at the number of entries and the quality of all of them. It took me three nights to choose winners because I loved them all. I want to thank everyone who participated and say that even if you haven’t won, your entries were excellent. Before I announce the winners, here’s a little reminder of what you’ve won: Prizes: 1st Place
  • Signed paperback of 13 Steps To Evil
  • £20 Amazon voucher
  • A first chapter or 1000 word critique from me
  • Your choice of a critique of your book marketing plan or an hour skype advice session on marketing your book. (Some pre-work will be needed if you choose a skype session)
  • Publication of your winning entry on this website
  • Critique of one of your villainous characters (either by a summary or selection of 3 key chapters with your villain in them)
2nd Place
  • Ebook copy of 13 Steps To Evil
  • A first chapter or 1000 word critique from me
  • Publication of your entry on this website
3rd Place
  • Ebook copy of 13 Steps To Evil
  • Publication of your entry on this website
  TO THE WINNERS First Place: Diana Wallace @DWallacePeach Diana’s entry is so visual and sinister, I absolutely loved it. Her flash evokes strong and twisted images in my imagination and I pictured every single moment of it. A fantastic writer and utterly brilliant villain.
Barus by Diana Wallace The woman studied him in silence. Barus sensed her eyes on his face, begging for a glance, on his hands as he cleaned the delicate needles and polished his blades. He possessed exquisite hands, long-fingered, soft and nimble. Hands for caressing the cheeks of children and lovers. His preparations complete, he faced his charge. “Are you comfortable?” Her brow furrowed, and he sighed, for how could she answer such a question? “An unfair inquiry. My apologies. Are you in pain? Thirsty?” She shook her head, the gag preventing all but a muffled reply. “You must understand the empire’s need for a flaying, a warning to all who flirt with rebellion. Your ordeal will save hundreds, perhaps thousands of lives.” He took a stool beside her chair, brushed a bright tear from her eye, and stroked her iron-bound arm. “I shall be quick.” Her fingers curled into a fist. He withdrew his touch, the time for compassion ended. The life of his young son depended on unbearable pain, and he, the emperor’s latest executioner, would comply. He unbound her gag, and she spat in his face, cursed his spirit to the shadowlands. He smiled at her prophetic appeal. Needles first, then knives. The entire city would hear her scream.
Second Place: Charise de Becker Charise’s villain is deliciously evil. I love the concept behind it and the nasty habit of finger collection. It made me smile and shudder and laugh at the mention of 13 Steps To Evil.
Evil At Your Fingertips by Charise de Becker @RiesieDe Clive was awkward but careful, an avid reader with an insatiable appetite. He had other collections, besides books, the ultimate being his collection of fingers. Gazing at the neatly labelled digits, magnified by formaldehyde, he caressed each one and reorganised them chronologically. Holding on to the most recent jar, he imagined he could feel his victim’s power, their skill through their fingertips. The irony was, growing up he was always surrounded by pointing fingers, accusing stares, vicious whispers – he was the killer’s kid – but unlike those fingers, these ones gave him a sense of purpose and peace. Hearing the rusty post box, he replaced the jar and headed to the drive to retrieve his package. Slicing through the box, Clive withdrew his copy of ’13 Steps to Evil’ and held the book up to his nose, he breathed in the new book smell, caressing the cover with his scarred finger tips. It would make excellent reading for his long trip to London. Tucking it away in his on-board bag, he turned to his computer, bringing up his favourite blog page and zooming in on the author. She was brilliant.  With brilliant, skilled fingers.  His new thrill now, was getting one of those delicious digits through customs.
Third Place: Judy E Martin aka Edwina’s Episodes @Edwinasepsiodes Judy took me by surprise, and that’s why I loved her poem. She’s a fantastically witty poet, and her ability to rhyme, unrivaled. But how could I not give her a place with the winners with her choice of villain? An awesome poem that I will laugh at for a long time. A truly wicked one too! 
The task this week should be a breeze Though it is not in my realm of expertise But I’m ready and willing To write a bad-ass villain So, the taskmistress, I can appease!   Every week she gets more commanding You’d think she’d be understanding Always upping the ante #Writesiration vigilante Her standards are very demanding!   Did you know she has a committee? The members of which I do pity They do as they’re told Or terrors unfold I’ve heard it  gets rather shitty   She plays nicely once every year When at the Blogger’s Bash she appears In her  killer black heels Oozing charm and appeal While plotting her evil ideas   Sometimes there is some relief Although it is often quite brief She tries to beguile Being kind for a while But wickedness still lurks underneath   She has just written a book And I have already taken a  look 13 Steps to Evil Caused me quite an upheaval She knows how to create a good crook   Now just between you and me So many similarities I see With the villains and her I’m sure you’ll concur They are all based on her, can’t you see?   Now I know you’ll think I am whack The worst villain is Sacha Black!
Thank you once again to everyone who entered and congratulations to the winners I will be in touch in the next couple of days to give you your prizes. SaveSave SaveSave

49ers Make Bleacher Report’s Preseason Winners/Losers List

Some teams went 4-0 in the preseason and looked especially hot. Just ask the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.

A couple others went 0-4, like the Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders. Both of which, ironically, are coming off a really good season.

Although it makes your team standout prior to the start of the season when you finish with a good record, once kickoff happens at the start of the season, fans and analysts quickly forget preseason numbers.

**cough** 2008 Detroit Lions **cough**

It’s fun to speculate where each team will size up and predict who will win the almighty Lombardi Trophy in February. Practically every analyst writes an article about it, ranking each franchise on both offense and defense.

Prior the start of the regular season, Bleacher Report posts an annual “Preseason winners and losers” list. Despite their finishes, neither Atlanta or Oakland made the list.

However, the 2-2 San Francisco 49ers landed on their. Which side, you ask?

On the winners.

Columnist writer Doug Farrer put the San Francisco offense on his winners list. Despite a rocky game against the Denver Broncos in week 2, the 49ers have exploded since for a combined for 55 points in the final two games.

Farrer notes how new head coach Kyle Shanahan brought an impressive offensive game plan to Santa Clara, a much needed breath of fresh air for a team that finished last in passing yards, 31st in total yards and 27th in points per game:

Against the Vikings in Week 3 of the preseason, Shanahan had his offense humming with the starters in the first half, as Brian Hoyer threw touchdown passes on his first two drives, and the normally stingy Minnesota defense seemed to be opening holes exactly where Shanahan wanted them to, providing easy slants and downfield routes for Hoyer’s targets.

It will take Shanahan and new general manager John Lynch a few years to build the roster back up to its recent heyday in the Jim Harbaugh era, but even without a great deal of top-level talent, Shanahan’s offense is going to be a blast to watch.

Here’s the complete list of winners/losers.

 

MTV VMAs 2017: Complete Winners List

(RADIO.COM) – The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards were held on Sunday, Augst 27 in Los Angeles.

This year’s ceremony was hosted by Katy Perry and P!nk received the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

Check out this year’s winners in bold:
Video of the Year
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful”
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
The Weeknd – “Reminder” Artist of the Year
Bruno Mars
Kendrick Lamar
Ed Sheeran
Ariana Grande
The Weeknd
Lorde Best New Artist
Khalid
Kodak Black
SZA
Young M.A
Julia Michaels
Noah Cyrus Best Collaboration 
Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez – “We Don’t Talk Anymore”
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – “Feels”
Zayn & Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” Best Pop
Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better”
Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”
Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times”
Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down”
Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm”
Miley Cyrus – “Malibu” Best Hip Hop 
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Big Sean – “Bounce Back”
Chance the Rapper – “Same Drugs”
D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”
Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad & Boujee”
DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – “I’m The One” Best Dance
Zedd and Alessia Cara – “Stay”
Kygo x Selena Gomez – “It Ain’t Me”
Calvin Harris – “My Way”
Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – “Cold Water”
Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Gone” Best Rock
Coldplay – “A Head Full of Dreams”
Fall Out Boy – “Young And Menace”
Twenty One Pilots – “Heavydirtysoul”
Green Day – “Bang Bang”
Foo Fighters – “Run” Best Fight Against the System (all nominees declared winners)
Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson – “Black SpiderMan”
The Hamilton Mixtape – “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)”
Big Sean – “Light”
Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful”
Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL”
John Legend – “Surefire” Song of the Summer
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber – “Despacito (Remix)”
Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down”
Camila Cabello ft. Quavo – “OMG”
Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”
Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry”
Shawn Mendes – “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back”
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
Lil Uzi Vert – “XO Tour Llif3” Best Cinematography 
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
Ed Sheeran – “Castle On The Hill”
DJ Shadow ft. Run The Jewels – “Nobody Speak”
Halsey – “Now or Never” Best Direction
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm”
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful”
The Weeknd – “Reminder” Best Art Direction 
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
Katy Perry ft. Migos – “Bon Appetit”
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
The Weeknd – “Reminder” Best Visual Effects
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
A Tribe Called Quest – “Dis Generation”
KYLE ft. Lil Yachty – “iSpy”
Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm”
Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times” Best Choreography
Kanye West – “Fade”
Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – “Side To Side”
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Sia – “The Greatest”
Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down” Best Editing
Future – “Mask Off”
Young Thug – “Wyclef Jean”
Lorde – “Green Light”
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
The Weeknd – “Reminder”
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LAST REMINDER – BLOGGERS BASH COMP CLOSING TOMORROW

LAST REMINDER – BLOGGERS BASH COMP CLOSING TOMORROW

This is your FINAL WARNING. The Bloggers Bash Blog competition is closing tomorrow. If you want to enter to win a HUGE goody bag of blogging awesomeness, then you better get your entries in now.

There are just 24 hours to enter. The Competition closes at midnight tomorrow.

For the details of the competition and how to enter, you can check out the post here.

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LAST REMINDER – BLOGGERS BASH COMP CLOSING TOMORROW

LAST REMINDER – BLOGGERS BASH COMP CLOSING TOMORROW

This is your FINAL WARNING. The Bloggers Bash Blog competition is closing tomorrow. If you want to enter to win a HUGE goody bag of blogging awesomeness, then you better get your entries in now.

There are just 24 hours to enter. The Competition closes at midnight tomorrow.

For the details of the competition and how to enter, you can check out the post here.

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