At last! It’s my launch party today for my kindle e-book and I can’t believe it – I am beyond thrilled.
Come in and let me share with you some news.
I’ve been keeping a very special piece of art tucked away to reveal to you today!
It’s a wonderful portrait that Carolina Russo of Yesterday After created for me of my character Esme.
What are your impressions of Esme? The tears in her eyes convey her sadness but the golden hair of the mysterious girl facing her (no spoilers!) is bright and vibrant, suggesting hope. Carolina has done an amazing job, I can’t thank her enough for all her hard work in creating this stunning artwork for me. Collaborations makes me so happy. That is why I love writing and blogging so much. I would never have ‘met’ Carolina otherwise. It’s so wonderful to be able to collaborate with talented and creative individuals like Carolina who live so far away.
More news! Tina Fotherby at Famous Publicity is in the process of arranging a meeting between little old me and the inventor of the Corpus Christi clock, http://www.johnctaylor.com/the-chronophage/
Isn’t that beyond awesome? I am speechless. Dr John C. Taylor has been so generous, allowing me to use images of his incredible creation The Corpus Christi Chronopage on my social media and my book cover.
Look at a close up of this bug of a fellow below… (courtesy of Dr. John C Taylor) – My interview with The Grasshopper – The Curse of Time
I am very fortunate to have such a creative younger daughter, Georgina who has done an amazing job of photographing two models depicting my two main characters – Amelina, and Ryder.
Amelina – modelled by Elise Hackney
Ryder – modelled by Joseph English.
I have had the joy of collaborating with https://samanthamurdochblog.wordpress.com/ Samantha happens to have a black cat supermodel Lily who looks just like the black cat Shadow in my book.
Isn’t Lily amazing?
Samantha loves crystals and so do I! Her son Alex Marlowe took this stunning photo of a Bloodstone crystal that features on the spine of my paperback (the paperback is still to be released.)
I can’t thank my good friend Colleen Chesebro enough for all her kindness. She started off beta reading and then took me under her fairy wings to do a full scale edit. Thanks also to my beta readers – blogging friend Graeme Cumming – first draft beta reader and my eldest daughter Natasha Mallon for all her help too.
Below are the links to the kindle e-book – The Curse of Time – #1 Bloodstone.
If you’d like to leave a review, I’d be thrilled if you would.
So let’s get in party mode, perhaps have a drink or two…
Whatever your tipple…
or a cup of very special tea?
Perhaps a cake? Ritu at But I Smile Anyway is a legendary baker, hint, hint… xxx
A big thank you to all my lovely friends who have featured me on their blogs leading up to the book launch and those who will be featuring me, thereafter. Your support and help mean so much.
Features and Excerpts to date:
An early introduction by my good friend Vashti – https://vashtiqvega.wordpress.com/2017/06/12/spotlight-m-j-mallon-author/
Plus Dan with his pre-author Q and A: https://danalatorre.com/2017/05/08/author-profile-23-questions-with-marje-from-kyrosmagica/
Many thanks to Sheila – https://scskillman.com/2017/08/22/the-curse-of-time-a-guest-post-by-m-j-mallon-author-of-the-curse-of-time-book-1-bloodstone/
My mate Beaton – https://becomingthemuse.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/of-a-book-tour-the-curse-of-time/
Warm-hearted Marcia – https://marciameara.wordpress.com/2017/08/05/excerptweek-the-curse-of-time-by-marjorie-mallon/
Huge supporter of authors Sally Chronin, who really has been sharing my new book so widely I can’t thank her enough. Here is one such example: – https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/01/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-the-curse-of-time-by-m-j-mallon/
Today’s special release day post by Allan Hudson at South Branch Scribbler: http://allanhudson.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/guest-author-marjorie-mallon-of-england.html
Author Spotlights on the subject of Self-Harm:
A big thank you and hug to Adele – https://firefly465.wordpress.com/2017/08/09/marjorie-mallon-curse-of-time-1-the-bloodstone/
Another hug to Christy Birmingham – https://whenwomeninspire.com/2017/08/21/self-harm-fiction-writing-guest-post/
Author Guest Posts with Poetry as a theme:
A big thank you to Charli – https://carrotranch.com/2017/08/22/raw-literature-haiku-tanka-and-a-debut-novel/
And fellow Scot Seumas who like me has a fondness for the Far East, and has a way with words! Such a charming fellow – https://seumasgallacher.com/2017/08/22/marjorie-mallon-poet-and-authoress-extraordinaire-come-be-entranced/
My lovely friend Ritu shared my jokey piece of poetry about inspiration – https://butismileanyway.com/2017/08/25/marjorie-mallon-poetic-inspiration-thecurseoftime-blogtour-author/
My original story written about friendship, rainbows and crystals shared via my very special friend Colleen who has helped me so much I can’t begin to thank her enough: http://colleenchesebro.com/2017/08/24/fairies-myths-magic-author-spotlight-guest-posts-rainbow-child-by-mj-mallon/
Some of the posts that I’ve already started planning that will be forthcoming after the release and in September/October 2017: Chris Graham at The Story Reading Ape, (inspiration,) Sacha Black (my marketing plans,) my fellow rainbow girl Debby Gies – D G Kaye Writer (a question and Answer post,) the huggable Hugh at Hughs Views and News, Eloise De Sousa, Helen Jones at Journey To Ambeth, Gloria McBreen at We Are Holistic, and Esmé at Cook and Enjoy, etc.
UPDATE: Since the release on 26th August, thank you to: Christoph Fischer for his post on 29th August.
Thank you for all the reblogs, kind comments, and to the lovely bloggers who have been so supportive to me, I can’t thank you enough.
Particular thanks goes to Amalia at Aquileana for being so kind and sending me a personal message of support.
So no more waffle.
It’s time to PARTYYYYYY!!!!!!! Come and add your links, comments, photos, thoughts, music, (we need a play list!)
Join the fun here and on my Facebook Party and Instagram!
Launch Party Playlist:
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Best wishes for your book. May you sell many. Its wonderful to have such a great support group of blog friends. Brigid https://watchingthedaisies.com
Brought you one of my triple layered pavlovas. 🌼🌼🌼
Thank you Brigid, I’ve been very fortunate. Thank you so much for your support and for the triple layered pavlovas! x
Wow! What a line-up of wonderful artists you have had to help you make your book look
Congratulations to your book launch and don’t forget to crack a bottle of champagne at the bow.
hi Miriam, thank you so much. Yes a bottle of the bubbly sounds a must!
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Thanks for the reblog Adele. 🙂 x
It’s my pleasure, Marje. xxx
Great party mix, Marje, I’ll be bringing the coffee. Rich and dark and in endless supply. Good luck. xxx
Thanks for the coffee Adele. My daughter arranged my music playlist for me. Thanks so much for all your support and good luck wishes. xxx
My good luck wishes are sent for the book to be a huge success. xxx
Woke to an email saying your book was on my kindle!!!!!
Wow, that’s amazing Ritu. Hope you enjoy! xxx
I’m sure I Will!!!
Forgot to mention… I have cake!!!
Ah, yes where would we be without cake! xx
Yeah!! 🎈🎈 Party time…although a bit early for the 🍷 So I’m joining you with a ☕️ Onthe swing bench in a very warm garden!! Congratulations on the launch of your book – a brilliant and exciting post about all your upcoming events. Amazing to be interviewing the est embed Dr Jonn Taylor, a real privelege and I can’t wait to read about him. The painting of Esme is precious and a wonderful addition to your book…I’ll be seeing your around. Have a fun Bank Holiday! 🍾🍾🎉🎉
Hi Annika, thank you so much for popping over. Yes it is a bit early for an alcoholic drink but do pop back later if you have the time. Sounds like you’re having a lovely time in your garden. Can’t wait to meet Dr Taylor! And yes the painting is so fabulous. Happy Bank Holiday. xxx
Great party Marje and I loved the detail about the images and cover.
Thank you Eloise. 🙂 xx
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Thank you for the reblog Eloise. 🙂
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Good luck to Marje on her new book! Go visit her launch party!
Thank you so much Trent. 🙂
You are welcome 🙂
I like the play list and the emphasis on “Time”… Good luck!
Thanks Trent, had fun choosing the playlist. 🙂
I’m sure you did
VERY excited for you, Marje! It was a pleasure to have you on The Write Stuff, and I hope your book gets off to a fantastic start–and maintains it! 🙂 The best of luck!
Thank you Marcia. It was such a pleasure to be on The Write Stuff. Thank you for your support and best of luck wishes. 🙂
Gorgeous photos MARJE! Glad to see there are lots of treats here too. And love that stone! <3
I know isn’t the bloodstone fabulous! Glad you are enjoying the party Debby. Thanks for all your support and kindness. 🙂
Wonderful to have 2 parties going on at Fb. Right now FB has stopped letting me ‘like’ and post. Go figure! Hope it changes it’s mind, lol; 🙂 x
Yes, I’m having trouble with my FB page party. Won’t let me post anything! Talk about gremlins! UGH.
Omg, me too! I keep trying, no ‘liking’ and no posting. Talk about timing 🙁
Yeah, so annoying. I must confess I gave up on it for a while and went out with my daughter. Back now catching up on my messages!
Its a beautiful day!!!!!!!!!! U2 Rocks I had that on repeat ….. cheers
Lets party whoop whoop
All the best MJ
It certainly is a beautiful day! Sounds like you’re enjoying the playlist. Thanks for your best wishes. Happy Saturday Beaton. 🙂
A lovely launch party, Marje. The picture of Esme is really delightful. Best wishes with the new book.
Thank you Robbie. Yes, I’m delighted with the portrait of Esme. 🙂
Yay! Congrats again, my friend! Cool party! I wish you all the best with your new release. I’m sure it’ll do well. Enjoy the ride! <3 xx
Thank you Vashti. Glad you’re enjoying the party. So lovely to have you here for my special day!
It was fun to stop by and thanks for the mention!
Cheers Marje…this is a lovely party! I love the ambience and the warmth, which pervades all around, touching my heart. Wishing you great success with this launch. 🙂
Thank you so much Balroop. It’s wonderful to have such a fun party and so many amazing guests. 🙂
OH NO WHY AM I ALWAYS LATE???
Has everyone gone home??? I’ve brought tea and biscuits and Lily sent a dead mouse which I have..um…taken care of as I didn’t think you’d really want it…
Can’t wait for paperback launch ( I appear to have killed my Kindle and the phone app is not great) Thank you very much for your kind words, I am so pleased Lily was what you were looking for and Alex’s photo was useful too – it was wonderful being able to help 💕💕 I hope your book does amazingly!! Thank you, too, Gary for introducing us!
Right. By my reckoning, it’s vodka o’clock…let’s get this party STARTED!!! 🎉🎇🎆🎉🎇🎆🎶🍸🍻🍶🍹🎆🎉🎇🎶
Vodka o’clock it is! Thanks for your party well wishes and yes Lily can keep the mouse! Ha ha. Don’t worry about being late you just made a very fashionable entrance! Xxx
Lol! Congratulations again 😸💕xxx
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I am really happy that today I can reveal my collaboration with writer MJ Mallon @ Kiyosmagica I am honored that I was proposed to collaborate and create a painting illustration of the character Esme book The Curse Of Time #1 Bloodstone. Today is her Kindle Edition book launch party! Give her a visit this is a really interesting book!, Also I would love to know what you think about my painting! 😉
Congratulations Marje, what an achievement and such a great support team for you to have.
Thank you Denis. I have been overwhelmed with all the wonderful support I have received. I feel very blessed and happy. 🙂
Many congratulations, Marje. Sorry I missed your launch party, but I’ve been busy hosting visitors over the bank holiday weekend. Now they have gone, I can get back to blogging 😀
Wishing you much success with your first book. Am looking forward to hosting it and you over on my blog in October. You’ve worked so hard on it and I’m sure it’s going to be a big hit with everyone.
Best wishes and hugs,
It was a strange launch party in many ways. It didn’t quite go to plan as I had anticipated – internet problems on FB and Instagram, so my daughter and I went out for a meal! Which was unexpected but very nice. Looking forward to being hosted on Hugh’s Views and News in October. Exciting times ahead. Thank you for your kindness Hugh. All the best, Marje xx
Sorry to hear that the gremlins spoilt the FB and Instagram parties, Marje. They always arrive at just the wrong times, don’t they? Glad you went out and just ignored them, though. They don’t like it when we ignore them.
No indeed they don’t!