Monday, 11 July 2016

The Indie Book Review Blog: Book Review Day!

Thanks to the lovely Jenn for a fab review of the second Mortiswood Tales book: The Indie Book Review Blog: Book Review Day!: Kaelia Falling (Mortiswood Tales Book: 2) Since I'm a day late on my book review, today I give you two! Stay tuned on Friday...

Friday, 1 July 2016

Blog Tour: Where is Emma Butler's Life Plan by Julia Wilmot

Blurb: Emma Butler doesn’t know it but she is about to get bit more angelic help than she was banking on. Someone has messed up, or have they?

It appears that Emma is about to be ‘recalled’ to heaven but has completed none of the tasks she had set herself for this life time. They must be completed before she is recalled and time is running out. Arch Angel Gregory decides to take over. He will be her Guardian Angel to ensure it all gets done.

There’s a lot to do and a very short time to do it in. Gregory is determined that it will all be completed by hook or by crook. But where does that leave free will and what about Jack who has been chosen to be Emma’s love interest? How will this impact him? Jack and Emma have no idea what is going on, but it’s not going to be plain sailing.

Links: Goodreads /   Amazon UK  /  Amazon

About Julia Wilmot:

Julia Wilmot began her exploration of the spiritual life as a teenager at school. She was fortunate to meet a wonderful family who all practised Transcendental Meditation (TM) and her future was set. At the age of 15 Julia learnt TM and felt she had found her path in life. She was so sure that this path was the only one for her that she decided not to go to University and study law as she had previously planned but to devote herself to teaching TM and working within the charity that teaches the technique.

At 20, Julia was one of the founding members of a 300 people strong TM community in Skelmersdale, Lancashire and at 28 Julia became the Centre Chairman of the largest teaching centre for TM in Europe, which was based in Central London. Teaching Transcendental Meditation to people from all walks of life.

Julia began this novel in 1995 but it remained in a drawer for many years. She came across it again in the early 2000s and fitting in with becoming a mother in 2002 it took until 2015 to finish it.

Julia currently focusses her attention on her writing, blogging and looking after her family. Forty years on and she still practises TM, as do her husband and son and they live in the Chilterns in Buckinghamshire, UK.


Guest Post by Julia Wilmot - Things I love and things that drive me crazy about books

Are you like me? Does your heart drop when you open a new book and there, even before you get to read any of the story,  you are confronted with a list of the characters? I hate that. What it means to me is that this book is so complicated I will need to keep referring back to who is who. I don’t want to have to work that hard. Reading should be an enjoyment not a task. I don’t want to have to answer questions on it later.

As well as a cast list another thing that fills me with dread is a map. Really, a map? Can’t I be left to imagine the locations for myself? Does it really add anything other than to annoy me to add a map? Finally, those authors that start each chapter with a date. Do they really think I pay that much attention? I find I suddenly get confused about what is going on and leaf back several pages to find that this chapter actually took place 10 years before the chapter I’ve just read. You’re not making this easy for me folks!

Finally, It also drives me mad when important ‘stuff’ happens ‘off stage’ as it were. Now that’s just lazy. It reminds me of an episode of Hawaii 5 O that I saw with my son once. The police team was heading off to some South American location to bust some drugs ring. The next shot was them all back safe and sound saying it had been a success. Hmmm, someone couldn’t be bothered to write the tough bit, I think. Or in their case they ran out of budget. You don’t have that excuse with a book.

Enough moaning! Now some positive things.

The thing that really impresses me about some authors and their books is the amount of research that I imagine they must have put into them. Now I write about what I know and what interests me. I have had a lifetime of delving into the areas of meditation and spiritual development, so that is what I enjoy using in my books. Maybe it is the same for those authors who, I maybe imagine wrongly, have done a lot of research. Maybe they just happen to know this stuff too. But I have to say that I was thoroughly impressed by the recent book from Elizabeth Gilbert, ‘The Signature of All Things,’ There was some very serious botany going on in that book and a very in depth exploration of the life of mosses, as well as life in Tahiti. I somehow think that Elizabeth Gilbert may have had to look some of this up! This is completely the opposite of the author who lets all the ‘hard’ scenes take place ‘off stage’. This is almost above and beyond the call of duty. This isn’t just a fantastic imagination, this is a real commitment to passing on knowledge. Although historical novels are not my cup of tea I imagine that they also fall under the umbrella of books that need a lot of research. For now I’m happy to stick with the advice, ‘write about what you know.’

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Friday, 27 May 2016

Sarah England: Guest Authors

Sarah England: Guest Authors:  Welcome to Shani Struthers - author of the highly popular and very successful Psychic Surveys Series! Shani is also a fellow member of Au...

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Flash Give-away of Two Mortiswood Books!

I've decided to hold a Rafflecopter give-away for the chance for one person to win a signed copy of Mortiswood: Kaelia Awakening and Mortiswood: Kaelia Falling  - the first two books in the Mortiswood Tales series. Book Three - Mortiswood: The Darkening will be released in the summer.

Mortiswood Tales are a thrilling, dark mix of myth, magic, and romance, with a whole lot of action thrown in! Here is a little about the books:

Mortiswood Tales Book One
“They’ve been waiting lifetimes for you, Kaelia. They want you and will stop at nothing to have you.”

The warning’s rung in Kaelia’s ears since she discovered she’s far from the ordinary girl who grew up in the coastal town of Margate. She has power. The first time she shows it, death strikes, the second, she loses someone special, and on the third, her mother disappears. 

Facing forces of depraved evil, magic, and myth, Kaelia’s search leads her through magical forests and unearthly realms.

Who, or what, can Kaelia trust? Is she strong enough to survive the horror? All she knows is her life will never be the same again . . .

Both books are currently £1.99 / $2.99 for Kindle, OR free for Kindle Unlimited members

Mortiswood Tales Book Two

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Losing those she loves and learning she’s The Chosen One catapulted Kaelia’s life into the fast lane. Having battled Dybbuk demons, discovered an unexpected ally in the form of a Vallesm, and ventured through Niflheim, her adventure is far from over.

Determined to fulfil her destiny as the one who will destroy The Salloki, Kaelia still has many obstacles to overcome. As secrets rise to the surface and Kaelia’s powers continue to evolve, she is not the only one fighting a battle . . .Can Calix find a Rosealrium bloom in time to stop Cadence’s transformation? What exactly is the truth behind Bran’s connection to the goddess Hel? And will Kaelia finally uncover what happened to her mother?

One thing is certain, Kaelia is not the only one who is evolving . . .

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The Rafflecopter give-away is open to people living in the following countries only: United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand. There will be one winner who will win a signed copy of both books and matching bookmarks. Winner selected at random from all valid Rafflecopter entries - entries will be checked. Winner must reply to email asking for confirmation of postal address, if the winner does not respond within three days then a new winner will be chosen at random from the entries.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Underleaf - Drawings and Dark Tales!

I first released Underleaf  as a collection back in 2012. Having now taken the Kindle version back from a publisher I have given it a new lease of life with a brand new cover and re-released is the new cover!

Underleaf is a collection of sixteen dark and twisted short stories. Some of the characters have been with me for many, many years as one of the stories first grew into life as a piece written while I was still at secondary school. The new edition is slightly different to the 2012 edition, heading each story is a sketch I have drawn which gives a little insight into the story. I've always drawn these types of doodles and this is the first book where I've thought of adding them into the mix! Here are some of the sketches:

If you'd like to read the book it can purchased for Kindle 
(or for the Kindle app for PC/phone/tablet) here:   Amazon UK       Amazon 
Or in paperback:  Amazon UK    Amazon
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