Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Blog Tour: Be My Baby by A. L. Michael


Two’s company…

If you asked Mollie whether she struggled as a single mum, she’d have to cover her daughter’s ears before answering. Surrounded by friends, watching Esme grow into the sassiest eleven-year-old in North London, and building her name as TV chef Mollie Makes, Mollie’s never been happier. Well, that’s what she’d tell you. But as her best friends pair off, and Esme starts getting into trouble at school, Mollie wonders whether life would be different – not better…but easier – with a team mate.

Three’s a crowd?

But Esme’s dad, Jamie, would be the last man Mollie would team up with. After all, he made it clear eleven years ago that he wasn’t interested in playing the family game. So when he suddenly reappears, Mollie can’t believe her eyes. And soon, she’s got to ask herself the hardest question yet: she knows she can succeed as a single mum. But what if her daughter doesn’t want her to?

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Excerpt

In Crouch End, not far from the studios, a man sat aimlessly watching morning television. He hadn’t slept that night, or the night before, and the mindless chatter of the television kept enough of his attention to stop his mind wandering. There were things he didn’t want to think about. He was back on leave from the army, and he knew the routine – it would take another two weeks before he could properly sleep.

But god, morning television was asinine. Top ten tips to your winter wardrobe, let’s chat to this nineties pop star who is now in a West End musical... why weren’t they talking about war, about politics? Why did no one know about the horrible things happening in other countries and what he’d been fighting for? That said, a bit much to watch whilst chomping away on your Weetabix.
He needed something to keep his mind active, he knew. He needed a distraction, a reason for hope. A new hobby, maybe he could volunteer at a charity or something. That’s what his counsellor said. He wouldn’t be confirmed ready to return to active duty unless he got his head in order.

He often felt that this wasn’t meant to be his life, that if he could follow it back to the root, that moment when everything changed, he might be living in a different place, doing something different. Instead, he had started a life of misguided gut instincts and limited choices, and here he was. A damaged soldier in a dark room, with no one to visit.

‘We’re here today at the Ruby Rooms in Camden Square...’ the perky news reporter with the scary teeth started and the man blinked at the screen, leaning forward and turning on the light so that he could see more clearly. Ruby Tuesday, they definitely said Ruby Tuesday. Which meant... that was really Mollie on screen. His Mollie.

She looked beautiful but awkward, her long blonde hair the same as it had always been, curling slightly at the ends, and her face had softened. She was wearing subtle make-up, and a smart white shirt with black trousers that made her look a little like a waitress for a catering company. Her eyes were still piercing, dark against her light hair. That shirt showed off how her figure had developed since they were teenagers, she looked womanly, warm and soft and strong. She was still as beautiful as he remembered.

He listened intently as she spoke, laughing awkwardly and looking into the camera at certain moments. It made sense she’d go into healthy cooking, her mum was terrible at feeding her. She said she’d once survived for two weeks on turkey dinosaurs for dinner, because her mum got eighteen boxes for a pound when the corner shop freezer broke. Suddenly all those memories started returning, all those moments with Mollie that he hadn’t forgotten, but stored away somewhere safe.

She had a kid, she was a mum. Well, that wasn’t surprising. She always wanted that, eventually. It was a timing thing, that was the only problem with them, back in the day. He was glad their issues hadn’t stopped her. The man ran a hand through the rough stubble on his chin and thought about it – well, he’d been the hurt party, she was the one who’d disappeared without a backwards glance or a telephone number. And if he was over it, why shouldn’t he stop by, see an old school friend? Especially when she was only down the road?

It felt like a sign. He’d been asking for a reason, a reason to turn on the lights, to leave the house, to engage his brain in any way. For the first time in the two weeks since he’d been back in the UK, Jamie MacAllister got up and actually smiled.



About the author
A.L Michael is a writer and workshop leader from North London. She has a BA in Creative Writing with English Lit, an MA in Creative Entrepreneurship and is starting an MsC in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. She likes learning and hates essays.

She's a fan of cheap wine, expensive chocolate and still wants to be a secret agent when she grows up, but she'll settle for lying on the page.
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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Nathan Barham - Alora's Tear Blog Tour


Alora’s Tear, Volume I: Fragments
(all books in the trilogy are available)

There is no magic in Vladvir...

Tucked away in a quiet valley, the community of Tolarenz offers a refuge and safe haven for its people, keeping persecution at bay. One young citizen—Askon son of Teral—is destined to lead them, but first he must leave them behind: one final mission, in service of the king.

In the north, leering nightmare creatures known as the Norill gather. Their armor is bone and skin; their weapons are black and crude and cold. They strike in the night, allies to the darkness. It is to them Askon marches, his men a bulwark against the threat.

For there is no magic in Vladvir.

What Askon finds when he arrives seems impossible: smoke and fire, death and defeat, and all around a suffocating sense of dread. The Norill seek something they call ‘the Stone of Mountain,’ but in the half-remembered stories from Askon’s childhood, it was always ‘Alora’s Tear’: a gem with powers great and terrible. A gem that cannot exist.

Unless there is magic in Vladvir…

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Excerpt

Marten & Halan

Beyond the farms, two buildings stood twice again as far from the town hall. The first was Askon’s own home. The other was the home of the falconer, Halan. Not only was Halan the last of the villagers in Askon’s tour, the two also had unresolved business.

Everything in and around Halan’s home seemed tailored to the creatures he kept. The trees were tall with many bare, solid branches to act as perches and roosting places. Wood shavings from the carpenter’s shop back in town littered the surrounding grounds. The sheer number of birds was startling. Some hopped from branch to branch along the walkway toward the door, and others, too noble to stoop to such childish games, merely watched like feathered gargoyles until Askon was out of sight.

One such creature, a sable gray merlin who had originally been perched amongst the larger peregrines, glided from tree to tree, stopping periodically to pick through the brown and white feathers at its breast. It followed Askon step for step as he app-roached the fork in the narrow walkway.

To one side was the falconer’s home and a long dock that jutted out over the lake; on the other, the pathway led to the ramshackle mews. Askon passed it by and headed for the water. The merlin swooped fluidly along the ground behind him. On the dock, a figure stared across the lakeside, watching the birds of prey circle and dive.

“Halan?” Askon called. He continued out onto the wooden planks, his steps echoing between water and wood beneath the platform.

“Askon,” Halan said. “Marten and I have been waiting.”

Halan, who was half a head shorter than Askon, appeared every bit an elf, though even he was not fully pure. The long straight hair, lengthened ears that extended out to fine points, sharp features, slight build, and brilliant green eyes made his heritage unmistakably clear.

“Aren’t they just inspiring?” He spoke with a soothing hum that helped to relax his birds. The sound had a similar effect on Askon. “Every movement is pure freedom.”

Askon looked across the water and into the sky. There, in the glare of the midday sun, winged shapes of all sizes soared in great circles above them. He thought to himself how free they did look, but remembered that they were, in a way, Halan’s captives. Askon lowered his eyes to the opposite shore. There he perceived his own measure of true freedom. The people of Tolarenz moved through their daily chores, some studying the arts and others partaking in more menial tasks. Warm pride swept over Askon. The people of Tolarenz were happy and free, and soon they would be in his charge.

“They are indeed inspiring,” he said.

Taking Askon’s meaning, the falconer turned and started back toward the mews. “You’re here for Marten,” he rumbled. “He has spent most of the day in the trees on the outside of the property. He generally prefers to associate with the peregrines. They protested at first, but I think he’s proven his worth to them.”

“Heh, that sounds like him all right,” Askon replied. “I take it he has fully recovered then?”

“He has, but you should try to keep him from being too active. His wings aren’t quite ready for full-time hunting just yet. You can take him home, though.”

The merlin, who had been watching the conversation fixedly, dove from one of the dock’s support pillars and flew in a wide circle just inches from the surface of the lake, so close in fact, that each flap of his wings sent water rippling behind him. When he had finished his demonstration of recovery, he fluttered back up and perched lightly on the leather pad that rested on Askon’s shoulder.

“Feeling better, I see,” Askon said, smiling. The bird bobbed his head in response and looked out across the water. “Thank you for your help, Halan.”

“Always a pleasure.”


About the author

Nathan spends most of his working days with the students of Genesee Junior-Senior High School in Genesee, Idaho. Whether it’s essay structure, a classic literary work, or the occasional impromptu dance routine, he strives to keep students interested in the fun and the fundamentals of the English language.

When he’s not teaching, he wears a number of hats, though the one that says “Dad” is the most careworn and cherished (it says “Husband” on the back). It hangs on a hook in a house where music is a constant and all the computers say “Apple” somewhere on their aluminium facades. From time to time it is said that he ventures into the mysterious realm called outside, though the occasion is rare and almost exclusively upon request by son or daughter.

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Monday, 31 October 2016

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Lindsey Paley's Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes - Guest Post + Giveaway!



When all-round buttercream princess, Millie Carter, becomes stranded at Craiglea Manor Cookery School, she believes her chance of enjoying a merry festive season is over.

The village of Aisford is Christmas-card perfect, but Millie hates it - she hates the snow, her freezing fingertips, and being forced to look like her Aunt Marjory in a mud-splattered wax jacket and wellies instead of her beloved shorts and sparkly sandals.

She plots her escape but ends up locking spatulas with the estate manager, Fergus McKenzie, who is forced to rescue her before she succumbs to a severe dose of hypothermia. Things start to improve with the arrival of handsome Sam Morgan, fresh from the beaches and rum shacks of the Caribbean.

Can Millie accept her fate? And will Aisford sprinkle some of its seasonal magic on her troubles?

Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes is a festive story of love and friendship and reaching for the buttercream icing and edible glitter when life gets tough. 

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Author Bio

Lindsey Paley is a Yorkshire girl and author of contemporary romance novels with page-turning plotlines and satisfying endings. When not scribbling away in her peppermint and cream writer's retreat (shed) she loves baking cakes, enjoying a spot of afternoon tea with friends and taking long walks in the countryside. Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes is the first book in the Camille Carter series set in the beautiful Lake District and the Caribbean. The latest in the series is April Showers and Wedding Flowers and is out now.
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My Writing Process

I write every day. In summer I write in my little peppermint-and-cream writer’s retreat (garden shed) in the back garden amongst the lawn mower and the trowels, and in winter I decamp to the kitchen table. I suppose I would describe myself as a plotter rather than a pantster as I like to have an idea where my story is going and what the ending will be so I can scatter clues along the way, but that’s not to say my character don’t surprise me - they do!

One thing that I am working on changing is my writing method. I write all my novels in an exercise book long-hand and then type them onto my laptop. For me, it seems my creative juices just flow that way - from my brain, down my arm, into my pen and onto the paper. It’s time-consuming so I reassure myself that when I type my scribblings up later in the day, that’s the story’s first edit.

For me, one of the most difficult parts of the writing process is settling on a character’s name. A name bestows more than just a useful label with which to refer to a character. Not only is it the first thing we learn about a person, I believe their name also shapes what we feel about them. There are certain names that mean a great deal to me - those of my family and friends and people who have had an impact on my life, good or bad. It’s important to me to get the name right and I spend hours selecting something I’m happy with. Camille Carter has a French mother and an English father. She lived in the south of France when she was a child then moved to England with her father’s job, so she changed her name to Millie to fit in with her friends. It didn’t help much as she was always going to be an outsider, joining the school mid-term when friendships had been formed and sealed. But the name stuck, except with her family who still call her Camille.

When I was writing Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes I had a medley of Christmas tunes playing on a loop in the background whenever I needed an extra soupçon of inspiration. I also experimented with a few batches of the Christmas cake cupcakes Millie bakes to keep herself sane whilst she is snow-bound at Craiglea Manor cookery school. The warm spices coiled around my kitchen and helped the writing process but did nothing for my waistline.

Talking of waistlines, there’s no getting away from the fact that an essential part of the writing process is applying your behind to your seat and getting on with it. If you don’t do that regularly you will never type those glorious words THE END. But spending hours and hours with a pen in my hand or my fingers on a keyboard is not a healthy way to spend the day. So, as part of my writing day I make sure that I weave in some time to take a walk or a trip to the local café to stretch my legs and my imagination. I call it research as you never quite know when inspiration might strike. I’ve often found myself scrabbling for a piece of paper, the back of a bus ticket or even an old tissue, to jot down a snippet of conversation or a brilliant idea that has scorched into my mind.

Where do you prefer to write? Or, where is your favourite place to read? Do you prefer complete peace and quiet or do you crave the burble of conversation as background music to your creativity? Let me know in the comments below.

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Blog Tour - Rhuna: The Star Child by Barbara Underwood + Giveaway!

This thrilling sequel to Rhuna: Crossroads is set in mystical Ancient Egypt where Black Magic was developed by the followers of the legendary villain, The Dark Master.

As strange and frightening curses plague the population, Rhuna discovers the underground organization that performs this uncanny new magic, but she can only combat it with the help of her long-lost father.

Having learned from her father amazing new skills to empower her on the Astral Plane, Rhuna once again strives to preserve peace and harmony in the idyllic Atlan civilization.
Far more challenging than fighting powerful Dark Forces, however, is Rhuna’s personal anguish when her daughter becomes involved with the leader of the Black Magic movement, and the once-perfect Atlan society based on utopian principles begins to crumble all around her.

Shocking events escalate Rhuna’s world to a breathless climax as she and her family undergo a momentous upheaval, and she is forced to make great personal sacrifices for her loved ones.



Guest Post - A Writer’s Journey

Some people might wonder whether someone is born an author, or if it is a career choice, like any other job.   In my case, I believe it’s a combination of the two, perhaps leaning towards the first case, namely born to write. 

It started in 4th grade when my class was given the project to write/draw/make a children’s book.  Although mine was probably not spectacular in any way, I clearly remember writing my first book with much excitement and joy.    And then, a couple of years later in 6th grade, we again had a writing project.  Instead of a short story, I wrote about 50 pages, prompting my teacher to comment at the bottom: “I can see we are going to have another author.”

At that age, however, I had no concrete plans for my future, and despite enjoying English class and getting good grades, I thought my future career(s) would lie in far different directions.

During my teens, I found myself wanting to write about an episode in my life, and embarked on a few such projects without ever finishing them because High School became more demanding, and the concerns of everyday life took over. 

Somehow, in my spare time and without being fully aware of it, I was always writing.  If not to dozens of penpals all over the world, then in travel journals which I showed my friends.  It struck me that many of my friends commented, after reading my travel stories, that “you should write a book!”

When I heard this for the umpteenth time, I suddenly perked up and thought “Yes, why not?!”   Still in my spare time, after work (and also during work) I did a correspondence course in writing, and my tutor, who was a former newspaper editor, gave me a lot of good pointers.

Finally, after completing the course, I had several short stories ready, but the market for them was rapidly shrinking.   Two stories were published in literary journals with a very small readership, and I kept hearing that familiar phrase again:  “write a book!”

So I did!

But even as I was writing, I still kept thinking that it was “just a hobby”, and “something I always wanted to do”.  Getting serious about being an author and going through the publishing process was quite another thing.

Going through that process, as well as on-going marketing and all the other things involved in becoming an author felt overwhelming, and it came down to one question in the end:  do I believe in my own book enough to make the effort and sacrifice?  Even though I hadn’t received much feedback (and I figured I couldn’t really trust the words of a few best friends!) I just had to follow my instinct and belief that my book was worth the effort.  I had to have faith in it, and so I pushed on, and now I’m already working on the fourth book in the series while sales and readership steadily grow.  I think I’ve made the right choice!  What about you?

About the author

As an only child of older migrant parents, I was exposed to a different culture and outlook as I growing up in the suburbs of Sydney. At the age of 10 I became interested in history and travel, and in sixth grade my teacher commented on my flair for writing.

After a lot of travel and reading about history - I started with Thor Heyerdahl's adventures which led me to other books about unexplained mysteries such as pyramids and other megaliths around the world - I came to a point where I wanted to put it all together in an epic fantasy novel.

I have now written two further books following on from "Rhuna, Keeper of Wisdom." The 2nd and 3rd books are both set in Ancient Egypt, and I am working on the fourth book in the series, so stay tuned and enjoy "Rhuna"!


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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Mortiswood Tales books on sale!

The first two Mortiswood Tales books are on a Kindle countdown (US and UK) until the 9th October. Each book is 99p/99c so if you haven't already nabbed a copy now is the chance before they go back to full price! Both books are also free for Kindle Unlimited.


Buy Book One on: 

"Whether you like fantasy, New Adult or simply a feisty female protagonist, you should certainly pick up this book."

"Loved the adrenaline and the fighting scenes are fabulous."

"From the first chapter I was drawn into Kaelia's world."

"Punchy and packed with bite this book is a fantasy novel with a difference."

"Bran who is one of those bad ass magical characters."

"Descriptions are very vivid." 

                                     "Constantly grabs you, it thrills and scares you."



Buy Book Two on:


"I cannot give this series enough praise."

"Has me on the edge of my seat waiting for the next instalment."

"Really looking forward to reading more."

"Enjoyed discovering The Salloki world through its very descriptive narration."

"Great characters and a stunning world built around them."

"An excellent follow-up to Kaelia awakening."

Blog Tour: The Wave by Lochlan Bloom and Guest Post



When μ returns home to find a sinister screenplay has arrived from Brazil it propels him on a quest to track down a character he believes to be called Ddunsel.
As μ’s search progresses it slowly becomes entangled with two parallel tales – the stories of DOWN, a troubled publisher, and David Bohm, a real-life quantum theoretician in post-war São Paulo.
Just how far is it from London to Gotham City? Or from Paul Auster to Pierre Menard for that matter?  Some people may think these sorts of questions are idle and ultimately meaningless but this book is not for them.
The Wave combines multiple narratives to blend metafiction, historical fiction and screenplay as each of the characters struggles to understand what is reality and what is fiction.
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About the author

Lochlan Bloom is the author of the The Wave as well as the short novellas Trade and The Open Cage. The BBC Writersroom describes his writing as ‘unsettling and compelling… vivid, taut and grimly effective work’. He has written for BBC Radio, Litro Magazine, Porcelain Film, IronBox Films, EIU, H+ Magazine and Calliope, the official publication of the Writers’ Special Interest Group (SIG) of American Mensa, amongst others. Lochlan lives in London and does not have a cat or a dog.







Guest Post

One of the threads in the novel follows a character called David Bohm and whereas the other characters seem very much fictional Bohm was a real historical figure. Can you explain a little about why you chose to incorporate this real-life character?

Bohm was an American physicist from the mid-20th century and he not only worked with some of the greatest scientific minds during the McCarthy era, such as Einstein and Oppenheimer, but also lived through some fascinating political changes.

I was keen to include a real life character to provide another perspective on the question of what is and isn’t fiction. Having a character who was a real, living, breathing person instantly tethers the story to the real world in a way that the other sections are not. Given how the section ends it is obviously not purely historical but nonetheless it forced a different discipline in writing in that I was forced to research more into the real life David Bohm.

For most of his life, Bohm was obsessed with quantum mechanics and he was largely uninvolved in politics and yet was expelled by the United States. He was forced to travel to Brazil for a time before moving around the world and in his later years developing a close working interest in Eastern philosophies

The section in The Wave is set shortly after his arrival in Brazil and as the book as a whole is concerned with ideas such as uncertainty, duality and hidden connections there was a huge resonance with his work. There is certainly more than enough for a whole book about him alone.

Bohm developed this hidden variable theory of quantum mechanics which at a basic level suggests that all the interactions in the universe are intimately connected. The guiding wave is a part of a hidden order, an implicate order, and this concept tied in with the connections between story and reality I was exploring in the book.

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.

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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.

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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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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 it...here 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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Thursday, 5 May 2016

Mortiswood The Darkening - coming Winter 2016

Work on Mortiswood Tales book three is progressing well and alongside the writing I have also designed the cover...here it is, I hope you like it! The book is due out this winter but books one and two are already available and the links are below if you'd like to know more about the series.





Book One: Mortiswood Kaelia Awakening

Read an excerpt: http://amzn.eu/1hUaZtn

Amazon UK    Amazon.com    Goodreads






Book Two: Mortiswood Kaelia Falling

Read an excerpt: http://amzn.eu/j2xx1X6

Amazon UK    Amazon.com    Goodreads

Monday, 18 April 2016

Sarah England: Tanners Dell

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Sunday, 27 March 2016

Monday, 21 March 2016

Signing books - 23rd April 2016


On the 23rd April, which is World Book Night, myself and three other authors from Authors Reach will be travelling to The Book Shop in Lee-on-the-Solent for an evening of book signing. The four of us - Sarah England (writing as S. E. England), Shani Struthers, Richard Hardie, and myself will be at The Book Shop in the High Street signing copies of our books and chatting with readers.

I'll be taking copies of my two Mortiswood books, which are due out in paperback at the end of this month. To find out about my Mortiswood Tales series click here.

I am looking forward to taking part in what is bound to be a fun event, it is, admittedly, my first book signing event! Am I excited? Of course! So, if you can make it to The Book Shop we would love to see you there!