Homeland: Episode one

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Last night episode one of the new season of Homeland aired, a show which has so many fans in house, we could not wait to see how the season would start! Laura Deacon, Blue Door editor, throws in her two cents about what happened next after the explosive (literally) end to season two.

I really didn’t know what to expect from the third series of Homeland. For me, the second series was full of annoying coincidences and plot loopholes (though the ending was astounding!)

The first episode for me really was about establishing Saul and Carrie for the rest of the series though I was a little annoyed by how much airtime Dana seemed to receive (cue new boyfriend, bedroom overhaul and the same old annoyances!)

Throughout the episode Saul seemed unsure of his director status – to strike or not to strike? As he said, “we’re spies, we don’t kill if we don’t have to.” There were two key turning points for Saul: making the decision to kill all six enemies on the CIA hitlist and admitting the truth about Carrie to the investigative board. The shocking part was the out and out lie that he knew nothing of Carrie’s relationship with Brody but then, Saul is doing whatever he can to protect the CIA. From the outset, Carrie was manic: off the lithium and self-medicating with running and meditation, she has seemingly returned to the mania that we experienced when we saw the Abu Nazir wall as well as a trait that I usually associate with women in Scandi dramas – picking up random men and taking them home. My prediction is that she will go it alone in a bid to uphold Brody’s innocence and find the men responsible for the CIA bombing. I’m looking forward to next week already!

Homeland: Carrie’s Run, a prequel novel, is out now and already getting some fantastic five star reviews on Amazon! If you’re a fan of the show, make sure you pick up a copy now.

Homeland season 3: What do you think is going to happen?

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Homeland: Carrie's Run

 

After watching the Homeland season 3 trailer, and reading Carrie’s Run (which gives you an insight into her life before series 1), we cannot wait for the next series to start! The last episode ended on such a cliff hanger (there might be spoilers below if you haven’t seen it yet) so a few of us decided to put our heads together an speculate on what might happen next season…

‘I think the next season of HOMELAND will be the most unpredictable one yet. After the ending to the last series (ONE SMALL SPOILER-ALERT) and Brody now in hiding, I think we’ll be spending a lot more time with Carrie as she does what she’s best at: snooping and generally upsetting everyone before they realize that she is both correct and awesome. I also think we’ll be looking much more closely at Saul, as Carrie’s mentor and possibly as a double (or even triple) agent. Surely Saul Berenson isn’t a traitor – is he? IS HE? Either way, I will stand by Saul because he’s my hero. God bless him, and God bless Homeland.’ Emad

‘I’ve always been a huge fan of Saul but I wonder if we are going to see a darker side of his character in this third series – will he want Carrie to still be in the picture given her association with Brody and the *spoiler klaxon to non-Homelanders* bomb that concluded the second series and wiped out half of the cast? Only one thing is certain to my mind: Carrie will have yet another breakdown whilst she waits for Brody’s return and Dana will be as annoying as ever! I can’t wait!’ Laura

‘The end of the last episode was such a shock, I can’t wait until everything kicks off again. When Carrie miraculously turned up after Saul had already started to mourn her, I’m sure he’ll put two and two together and figure out that her story doesn’t quite add up, and that she is protecting Brody. He’s been so lenient towards her throughout both series – how many times can she go off the deep end only to be accepted back into the fold? I think she might have taken things too far this time…’ Katie

‘Even though it drives me crazy with its implausibility, I’m tingling with anticipation for Season 3 of Homeland. Following the end of Season 2, it looks as if Saul is now top dog at the CIA – how long before he has to compromise his moral code? Carrie and Brody will obviously find a way to meet – it would be a massive waste of their chemistry otherwise. There will be lots of shouting, a bit of shooting and probably some shagging. Dana will do some pouting. Carrie will do her brilliant crying face. Brody will look broodingly enigmatic. None of it will make that much sense, but we’ll keep watching anyway. I CANNOT WAIT!’ Sarah

If you can’t wait for the new series either, make sure you pick up Carrie’s Run. A fantastic page-turning thriller where you’ll find out exactly what happened to Carrie before season 1..

Jacqui Rose talks about the idea behind Dishonour

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Dishonour

 

Ask any author about how they write and you’ll find a variety of different ways to achieve the same goal. A finished book. Some of us plan meticulously; planning chapter for chapter. Some of us have an overall arc of how the story will pan out and some of us, like me, have no idea at all. In other words we just wing it.

I have in the past tried to plan out my books but much to the despair of my wonderful agent, Judith Murdoch and the patience and trust of my publishers, Avon/HarperCollins, I just can’t work like that and I rarely can give them a synopsis till the book is almost complete.

The way I work is a name comes into my mind and I know that this character has a story to tell. Then I’ll sit down in front of the computer and I’m taken on a journey by them. I see the story in my mind’s eye. It’s like watching a movie and all I feel like I’m doing is writing down what I see and hear. So when twists and turns come along, I’m as surprised as the reader. I never see them coming.

Now how Dishonour came about was this; the emotional wounds of me being in an abusive relationship were beginning to heal. Time had been put between it and me. But when it was actually happening to me and when I finally managed to get out after many years, I looked around and I saw all my friends and family waiting, ready to help, love and stop me from falling. I was one of the lucky ones. The love and support I got held me up and was one of the defining factors of me being able to find the strength to rebuild a new, healthy, happy life. But this got me thinking. How must it feel if you’ve got no-one? How must it feel if the ones you trusted the most; your family perhaps, were part of helping to put and keep you in an abusive relationship? Quite literally you had no-one to turn to and nowhere to go.

One evening I was sitting on the couch, indulging in back to back episodes of Emmerdale and the name, Laila Khan, came to me, who later would turn out to be my female protagonist. I could picture Laila. I could picture her as a teenage girl, living in western society, going to a western school but expected to uphold the values of a country she’d rarely visited.

I wanted to explore forced marriage, religious abuse, but I wanted it to be character driven. I wanted the reader to feel Laila’s fear and pain. Her powerlessness and her despair at her family forcing her at sixteen to marry a much older man as a consequence of holding hands with a young English boy, Ray-Ray Thompson, who happens to be the son of a London face. A number one gangster.

I took my own feelings and the fear I had when I was in an abusive relationship and I transferred them to Laila, but with the added horror of her being taken to another country. A place where she was totally alienated. A place where she couldn’t speak the language or knew the culture.

All the way through, I was rooting for Laila, I didn’t know her outcome, if she’d live or die, and of course I’m not going to spoil it for you, but I did so much enjoy writing her story.

As well as Laila’s story in Dishonour, there’s also another story. An intertwining one which I’m not going to say anything about, apart from its a very sinister, dark tale which I found very, very exciting but most of all I hope it gives you, the readers, a killer read…

Jacqui Rose

Read an extract of Dishonour here or you can buy it now right here.