So excited to say that the most recent release in the Curse of Time Series is available to buy. Book 2… Golden Healer. It is possible to read as a standalone but if you haven’t read Book 1 Bloodstone (to follow the story from its beginning…) do read Book 1 if you can. Buying links and information below for both books.
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy Mystery
Series name: The Curse of Time Book 2
Release Date: 23rd January 2022
Page Count: 336 – kindle
Buy Link: https://books2read.com/u/mgjY67
Dedicated to the one and only rollercoaster that I ever rode. It was in Portugal, and I was on holiday with my young family. I’ll never forget that day, I overcame my fears and rode a rollercoaster with the encouragement of my much-loved family, my husband, David, and daughters Natasha and Georgina. So, it’s time to ride another rollercoaster… I hope you will come along with me for this crazy ride! Let’s meet our fears together…
Blurb – Golden Healer
Golden Healer is The 2nd in The YA Paranormal Adventure Series – The Curse of Time.
I didn’t think my life could get any weirder, until the dreaded rollercoaster…
Amelina Scott’s destiny is to be a Krystallos: a magician of light, chosen to learn the ways of crystal magic on her 16th birthday. Located on a river pathway in a mysterious part of Cambridge, the Crystal Cottage is guarded by mythical beings.
Unfortunately, there are those who seek to harm this haven of light. Learning of Ryder – a Shadow Sorcerer with hypnotic powers – Amelina discovers that her own magic is now threatened, and that the Curse of Time might be unleashed again.
As secrets abound and the creatures of the Chronophage come alive, can Amelina become the true magician she needs to be?
A unique, imaginative mystery full of magic-wielding and dark elements, Bloodstone is a riveting adventure for anyone interested in fantasy, mythology or the world of the paranormal. NOTE: this book contains mention of self-harm, mental health issues and alludes to the potential dangers of sexual attraction, which may trigger younger/sensitive readers.
Blog Tour Details and Thank you: https://mjmallon.com/2022/02/08/new-release-golden-healer-curse-of-time-book-2-blogging-promo-thank-you-reviews-interview-features-ya-fantasy-book-series/
Blog promotion at Sally Cronin’s blog – share an excerpt:
Review by Vine Voice Reviewing Team N. N. Light:
The author is a magician with words. She crafts scenes of sublime fantasy that are clear and easily pictured in the mind of the reader. The gift of description is also present. The scenes are very easy to understand, and the reader is swept into the story.
There is a real ‘arryesque feel to these stories. If you were a fan of the original wizard and his gang then you will be drawn to Amelina and her crew. Ryder is the ultimate character. The author was so able to capture the inner feelings of this character. It wasn’t more than a few pages when I loathed the existence of that waste of air.
Fans of the first book will simply love this book. This book carries on the craftily created story and takes it along an energetic ride to the end. Fans of this series will simply not be able to wait until they get their hands on the much-anticipated third book.
Disclaimer: I bought a copy on Amazon CA.
My Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Mr. N
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60216858-golden-healer
Here’s book 1 Bloodstone…
Bloodstone (The Curse of Time Book 1)
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Series name: The Curse of Time Book 1
Release Date 22nd June 2021
Page Count 290 pages
Multiple Platform Buy Link:
On offer today Amazon kindle .99p
Blurb – Bloodstone
I didn’t think my life could get weirder, but I was wrong…
Fifteen-year-old Amelina Scott lives in Cambridge with her dysfunctional family, a mysterious black cat, and an unusual girl who is imprisoned within the mirrors located in her house.
When an unexpected message arrives inviting her to visit the Crystal Cottage, she sets off on a forbidden path where she encounters Ryder: a charismatic, perplexing stranger.
With the help of a magical paint set and some crystal wizard stones, can Amelina discover the truth about her family?
A unique, imaginative mystery full of magic-wielding and dark elements, Bloodstone is a riveting adventure for anyone interested in fantasy, mythology or the world of the paranormal.
TRIGGER WARNING: this book contains mention of self-harm, mental health issues and alludes to the potential dangers of sexual attraction, which may trigger younger/sensitive readers.
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58417468-bloodstone
The First book in the series Bloodstone has received many fantastic reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and other platforms and was awarded a finalist book award recently from Amazon influencer N. N. Light, receiving a review rating of 5+ stars. Yes, she loved it a lot!
N. N. Light’s review:
A magical invitation, that doesn’t tear up, urges Amelina to go to Crystal Cottage to seek out the hidden secrets of her family. Amelina Scott knows her family isn’t what you call normal and neither is her house. No one she knows has a girl trapped in the mirrors. When she receives an invitation to visit Crystal Cottage, she doesn’t know what to make of it. Is it a prank? Is it a trick? She decides to ignore it and throws it in the trash. Only it doesn’t stay in the bin. She tries to cut it up but it doesn’t cut. It sings, it dances, it is somehow alive. She finally decides to travel to the Crystal Cottage to see what happens. Along the way, she meets Ryder and discovers magic (both light and dark) is all around. She interacts with magical people, beings, and objects while learning the truth of her family. What happens next will astound you, the reader. Are you ready for an adventure?
Bloodstone is an imaginative fantasy adventure I enjoyed from start to finish. From the first page, I connected with Amelina. She’s a delightful heroine. I could relate to her on so many levels. Everything from her curiosity to her reactions to her emotional state rang true. While it’s tricky these days to write an original fantasy story, M.J. Mallon wrote one of the most original fantasy books I’ve read in a long time. Taking bits from fantasy authors of the past, M.J. Mallon adds her own blend of magical realism and emotional coming of age to make Bloodstone a gem. The plot moves at a good pace with each chapter starting with a puzzle. What a creative way to keep the reader invested. The world-building is intricate and riveting. The characters are engaging and easy to connect with. Overall, Bloodstone is a brilliant story and when I finished, I wanted to read it all over again. If you’re a fantasy reader, you need to read Bloodstone. Highly recommend!
Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author in the hopes I’d review it. My thoughts are all my own.
Her Rating: 5+ stars
Meet a couple of the characters: The mirror girl Esme and the Creature… two wonderful images created by the wonderfully talented artist Carolina Russo.
The Corpus Christi Chronophage clock on King’s Parade, Cambridge. Find out more here:
And Juniper Artland – artist Anya Gallaccio’s sculpture The Light pours out of Me. https://www.jupiterartland.org/art/anya-gallaccio-the-light-pours-out-of-me/
And the 2nd book Golden Healer mentions a popular old haunt of Cambridge which has since closed down – Clowns Cafe.
My alter ego is MJ – Mary Jane from Spiderman. I love superheros!
M J Mallon was born in Lion city Singapore, a passionate Scorpio with the Chinese Zodiac sign of a lucky rabbit. She spent her early childhood in Hong Kong. During her teen years, she returned to her father’s childhood home, Edinburgh where she spent many happy years, entertained and enthralled by her parents’ vivid stories of living and working abroad. Perhaps it was during these formative years that her love of storytelling began bolstered by these two vivid raconteurs. She counts herself lucky to have travelled to many far-flung destinations and this early wanderlust has fuelled her present desire to emigrate abroad. Until that wondrous moment, it’s rumoured that she lives in the UK, in the Venice of Cambridge with her six-foot hunk of a rock god husband. Her two enchanting daughters have flown the nest but often return with a cheery smile.
Her motto is to Do what Your Heart Desires.
And her favourite genre to write is fantasy/magical realism because life should always be sprinkled with a liberal dash of extraordinarily imaginative magic!
Accolades: M J is a finalist in the Fantasy category of N. N. Light’s Book Award for her novel Bloodstone and a finalist in the International author. She has also contributed best-selling short stories to Dan Alatorre’s Box Under The Bed anthologies.
Winner of the Blogger’s bash blogging prize with her flash fiction piece The Queen’s Dress Down Day. https://mjmallon.com/2018/03/21/the-bloggers-bash-blog-post-competition-2018-the-queens-dress-down-day/
Winner of Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Contest with her murderous piece: Mr. Blamey https://carrotranch.com/2017/12/19/winner-of-flash-fiction-contest-7/
Books By M J Mallon
Next Chapter Publishing
Bloodstone (The Curse of Time Book 1)
Mr Sagittarius (Poetry, prose and photography)
This Is Lockdown (Anthology/Compilation)
Lockdown Innit: Poems About Absurdity (Poetry Collection)
Amazon Author Page
Writing Skills Anthology
100 Ways to Write A Book compiled by Alex Pearl: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09PHHC2YX/
Chasing Driftwood’s A Year of Writing Through Lockdown:
Short Stories in Anthologies
Bestselling horror compilations:
Nightmareland edited by Dan Alatorre
Scrabble Boy (short story)
Spellbound edited by Dan Alatorre
The Twisted Sisters (short story)
Wings & Fire edited by Dan Alatorre
The Great Pottoo (short story)
Authors Website: https://mjmallon.com
Authors Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/M-J-Mallon/e/B074CGNK4L
Buy Link Bloodstone (multiple platforms): https://books2read.com/u/bOyrgW
Next Chapter Publishing Author Page: https://www.nextchapter.pub/authors/mj-mallon
Twitter: @Marjorie_Mallon – https://twitter.com/Marjorie_Mallon
Authors Bloggers Rainbow Support Club on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1829166787333493/
Author Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjmallonauthor/
Congratulations Marje. I love those illustrations, are they in the book? Wishing you all the best.
No, sadly they are not Carla. When I found a publisher to keep things simple they preferred just the text. Bit of a shame but I do share on my blog etc. Carolina is a fab artist. x
Oh wow! Congratulations. I’m so happy for you and will get this as soon as possible. 🌟🤩🤩🤩😃
Thank you. It’s been a long time coming… phew! x
Sounds really amazing. I’ll get this soon as I’m able to. Congratulations. 🤩🤩🌟
Hi Jude, thank you so much. Hope you enjoy! x
Congratulations on the release of your latest book. Well done!!
Thank you Darlene. So excited for this one! x
Congratulations. So exciting!!!! Best of luck.
Thank you James, I have a good feeling about this one. And I do tend to be a bit psychic! x
Woo Hoo and hooray!!
Thank you Annette. Appreciate you. <3 x
Congratulations! Wishing you all the best with the new book xx
Thank you Esther, it’s been a long hard road but really pleased with this new book. xx
Many congratulations Marje… looks great and will share in the blogger weekly on Sunday.. Have emailed you too. hugs xxx
Thank you Sally. That’s so kind of you. xx
Congrats, Marje! Love the cover.
Thank you so much Teri. x
Congratulations, Marje! Cheering you on! 🙂
Thank you Natalie. x
Woohoo! Congratulations, Marje.
Thank you Robbie. Xxx
Thanks Denise. <3 x
Well done! You worked so hard to get here and we’re all cheering you on!!!
Bless you, thank you so much Christy. xxx
Thanks for the information, Marje! Congratulations, and its really a shame the publishers want not print all these wonderful artwork too. xx Michael
Congrats again Marje. The cover is gorgeous. <3
Thank you Debby. 🙂 Yes, I love the striking golden hue of the cover. <3