#TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 209, #POET’SCHOICE – #Tanka

Congratulations to Colleen who has now moved into her new home in Michigan. I wish her much happiness, and many happy writing and reading days there.

NEWS – My poem this week is one to be included in a new poetry and photography book I am currently working on called Lockdown Innit, a light-hearted collection highlighting the absurdity of this time. I am also working on another poetry book called Do What You Love! It is a race to see which I will finish first…

So, about this Lockdown Innit, or a particular a swan who I saw during the first lockdown.

A Swan’s Confusion (Tanka)

Did you see that swan?

Beauty posing by a bin

White against the green.

Hurry up, come over, quick.

He’s guarding that green waste bin!

***

How could that happen?

A swan escapes the river

It’s lockdown innit!

Anything is possible

And nothing’s at all certain.

© M J Mallon 2021

That’s one of the poems I am working on, first draft. Hope you enjoy!

All of my published writing under my Kyrosmagica imprint includes poetry and prose.

I’d love it if you could be so kind as to share my current pinned tweet for Mr. Sagittarius – https://twitter.com/Marjorie_Mallon/status/1352617431827673094

Buying Link: http://mybook.to/MrSagittarius

Here’s my media kit for the anthology and compilation about Lockdown featuring so many wonderful authors and bloggers (who I urge you to read!) This Is Lockdown has also received 5 star reviews.

Kindle Universal link:
mybook.to/Thisislockdown
Paperback Universal link:
mybook.to/Thisislockdownpb

I hope you enjoyed a sneak peak at the new poem for Lockdown Innit.

Keep safe and well, find a little joy however and wherever you can. x

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Smorgasbord Posts from My Archives – Past Book Reviews 2020 – #Poetry and #Prose Mr. Sagittarius by M.J. Mallon | Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Mr. Sagittarius is one year old!! It is a dear little book of poetry, prose and photography.

Thank you so much to Sally for sharing her review again in this special feature. <3

Source: Smorgasbord Posts from My Archives – Past Book Reviews 2020 – #Poetry and #Prose Mr. Sagittarius by M.J. Mallon | Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

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Release – Wings & Fire #Horror #Anthology #theboxunderthe bed

Thrilled to announce I am a contributing author in Dan Alatorre’s anthology with my latest horror story: The Great Pottoo. The story is inspired by a creepy flat I spent an evening in at a writing conference I attended!

$4.99 regular eBook price, $9.99 regular paperback price.

From the creators of the #1 bestselling horror anthology The Box Under The Bed and its #1 bestselling sequels Dark Visions, Nightmareland, and Spellbound comes Wings & Fire, a horror anthology with 24 stories from 16 authors.

Two high school girls discover an old book with strange that causes strange things to happen. As they learn more, they realize the book has unusual powers and may be a link to a mystical world and the people who “reside” there. But merely opening the book has its own repercussions, and someone you thought was a friend may suddenly not be. In a new world you don’t understand, can you ever be safe again?
Tremble along as this brilliant collection of stories reveals witches and wizards, fools and kings, lovers and demons – and a thrill ride that any horror fan will enjoy!
Compiled by USA Today bestselling author Dan Alatorre, this anthology of horror once again unites the minds and talents of more than a dozen amazing authors.

Wings & Fire will send you into the foggy twilight of the eerie and macabre, with heart stopping stories from:


USA Today bestselling author Dan Alatorre (The Gamma Sequence)
award-winning bestselling author Allison Maruska (The Fourth Descendant)
award-winning bestselling author Roberta Eaton Cheadle (Through The Nethergate)
award-winning bestselling author Betty Valentine (A Twist Of Starlight)
award-winning bestselling author Alana Turner
award-winning bestselling author Christine Valentor
award-winning bestselling author Adele Marie Park
award-winning bestselling author Frank L Parker (Called to Account)
award-winning bestselling author MD Walker
award-winning bestselling author Heather Kindt
award-winning bestselling author Dabney Farmer
award-winning bestselling author M J Mallon (The Curse of Time 1: Bloodstone)
award-winning bestselling author Geoff LePard (The Harry Spittle Sagas)
award-winning bestselling author Ellen Best
and introducing
Jessica Bakkers (Guns Of Perdition) and
Susan Lamb

Perfect for Halloween or any time, these stories will make you think twice before spending the night alone, watching TV with family, or even going on a casual boat ride.

CONSIDER YOURSELF WARNED.

NOTE: American and British spelling inside. Of the 23 stories contained in this anthology, none are part of any larger work.

Check out the wonderful reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55550881-wings-fire

I think it is going to be…

So excited!!

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New Release – The Ender by Heather Kindt #theweaver #theweavertrilogy #theender #heatherkindt #theparliamentpress #nafantasybooks #newreleasebooks

I’m pleased to announce a new release for author Heather Kindt.

I just love the cover and graphics!

Blurb – 
Most villains meet a likely doom by the end of their book… most villains are not Enders. With the power of the codex, the Wanderer sends most of the Golden Recluse into their books and Laney must rush to save them from their own writing. With William, she crosses the page into a horror novel filled with bloodthirsty birds, a romance paperback where, to their dismay, they become the main characters, and a children’s picture book that’s not as innocent as it seems. With each second that passes, the threat of the Wanderer’s pen threatens to end the Weavers.

With everything at stake, Laney realizes that she’s part of something bigger, and it all comes down to a choice that the Wanderer has always wanted her to make: Will she save the man she loves, or the family she’s only just discovered?



Buying Link – Amazon UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ender-Weaver-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B08HDQR75X/

And Amazon.com

Heather Kindt’s Social Media


Instagram: @kindtheather

Twitter: @hmkindt

Facebook: @heatherkindtauthor

Website/Blog: heatherkindt.com

Congratulations to Heather on her new release. I think you will agree it looks fabulous.

In fact it sounds…

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Sinners & Saints Release Blitz, Jan, 12th 2021 #Release #Anthology

The much-anticipated release of Sinners & Saints Anthology is FINALLY HERE!! I’m thrilled to announce this impressive lineup of award winning, best selling, and up and coming authors as they’ve come together to compile a multi-subgenre Romantic collection. From Romantic fantasy, to Romantic Drama and everything in between, the Sinners & Saints collection offers something for everyone! There are 17 authors total bringing to the table 17 novellas that are sure to leave you feeling hot, shocked, and perhaps even craving a little sin of your own. Not only that, but there are some pretty cool pre-release purchase incentives, and an Amazon giveaway that will CONTINUE THROUGH RELEASE WEEK! (incentives available until Jan. 17th)

BLURB:
Sometimes it takes a Saint to love a Sinner. There’s something for everyone in this collection of 17 romance stories from today’s USA Today bestselling, award-winning, and rising star authors. From reluctant billionaires to displaced gods, century old vampires to young lovers just about to graduate high-school, love strikes where it will, and who’s to say a Sinner is any less deserving of happiness than a Saint?


Let us tempt you to take a walk on the wild side, unleash a little bit of the sinner inside you to find that romance you’ve always been waiting for. These original stories are packed with unforgettable characters, amazing romances, and intense emotion that will leave you on the edge of your seat waiting for more. From sweet to sultry, these stories will have you reading long into the night. Fans of Mary Higgins Clark, Stephanie Meyer, Danielle Steel and Suzanne Collins won’t wait to misbehave for Sinners & Saints.


Don’t miss your chance to get this set before it’s gone! The sins will stack up and the saints won’t stay forever, so make sure to grab your copy of these 15+ titillatingly delightful stories when you scroll up and one-click today!


With stories from: Shaunna Rodriguez (AW), MA Abraham, Hannah Earl, AnnaMarie Gardner, Deborah Garland, Madison Granger, BK Harrell, Angelina Kerner, CA King (USAT), Darlene Kuncytes (AW), Megan Kuykendall, Andi Lawrencovna, Didi Oviatt, Crystal StClair, SE Winters, Tricia Daniels and Payne Craven.


PURCHASE LINKS:
Amazon: https://amzn.to/3eu4A4I
B&N: https://bit.ly/2YwqHRm
Apple: https://apple.co/2YVJEgc

NOW FOR INCENTIVES: The Sinners want to thank all you Saints for ordering SINNERS & SAINTS on Nook and Apple, so they’re giving thank you gifts!! (available until Jan 17th) It just takes 2 easy steps!

Order the anthology from B&N, Apple, and/or Amazon

Go to https://ahupie1.wixsite.com/saintsandsinnersset & claim the #FREE #bonus

NEXT UP: Follow Sinners and Saints authors for your chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!!!!
Winner will be chosen at random Jan 17th!
For a chance to win click here:
https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/862a50de4/?

How exciting! This looks like such a fun anthology to be part of…

Thrilled to be sharing details about Sinners & Saints anthology today.

All the best to all the authors involved, including Didi Oviatt whose fantastic novel Search for Maylee I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing recently.

Happy reading!

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Wings & Fire: A horror anthology with 23 stories from 15 authors (The Box Under The Bed Book 5)

Thank you to Robbie Cheadle for this wonderful promotion post.

Source: Wings & Fire: A horror anthology with 23 stories from 15 authors (The Box Under The Bed Book 5)

I’m thrilled to be a contributing author in Dan Alatorre’s latest Box Under The Bed anthology with the wonderful horror writing team of:

Allison Maruska (The Fourth Descendant,) Roberta Eaton Cheadle (Through The Nethergate,) Betty Valentine (A Twist Of Starlight,)
Alana Turner, Christine Valentor, Adele Marie Park
Frank L Parker (Called to Account,) MD Walker, Heather Kindt
Dabney Farmer, M J Mallon (The Curse of Time 1: Bloodstone)
Geoff LePard (The Harry Spittle Sagas,) Ellen Best
and introducing Jessica Bakkers (Guns Of Perdition) and
Susan Lamb
.

More about that soon…

To pre-order…. Wings & Fire releases January 15th.

Pre-order link: Amazon US

And Amazon UK:

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MJ’s Book Reviews: Sally Cronin Life Is Like A Bowl of Cherries, Sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet #bookreview #shortstories #poetry

Goodreads Synopsis:

Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries: Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet is a collection of short stories with scattered poetry, reflecting the complexities of life, love and loss.

The stories in the collection dip into the lives of men and women who are faced with an ‘event’ that is challenging and in some cases life changing.

Even something as straightforward as grocery shopping online can be frustrating, and a DNA test produces surprise results, the past reaches out to embrace the present, and a gardening assistant is an unlikely grief counsellor. Romance is not always for the faint-hearted and you are never too old for love. Random acts of kindness have far reaching consequences and some people discover they are on a lucky streak. There are those watching over us who wish us well, and those in our lives who wish us harm. 

My Review

Well, what can I say about Sally Cronin’s latest collection of short stories and poetry?

It is a brilliant mix of bitter and sweet, a fine collection that I’m sure will appeal to everyone. In fact, I had so many favourite short stories and poems that I’d be hard put to try to pick just a few to highlight. Life is Like A Bowl of Cherries is a snapshot of life embracing all its complexities, with humour, joy and kindness.

Here were some of my personal favourites:

Short Stories: The Weekly Shopping (this will make you chuckle! A special one with dieters in mind!) The Date – (so humourous and sweet, think old lady out for a date but she sure does it in style!) The Wedding Day, The Scratch Card, (So lovely – a short excerpt of this particular story is available below in the author interview link,) Long Lost Love, The Night Shift (A lovely tale of a Care home and a cat,) Gaffer Tape (about fortitude and overcoming domestic abuse,) The Gardening Assistant (Loss of a baby – this will touch the heart of many, especially those who have experienced such sadness, or miscarriage (as I have,) but the ending with the help of a furry friend brings light and hope.)

Some of my favourite poems: The Visitor, Garden Birds, Ritual of Mehndi

I featured Sally with an interview and excerpt recently:

My recommendation. A highly readable and touching book of short stories and poetry. 5 stars.

My review on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56249417-life-is-like-a-bowl-of-cherries

Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries, Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet

Sally’s links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08QCQ4VVV

Blog: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com

http://uk.linkedin.com/in/sallycronin1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sgc58

Now where is my new reading seat… what will I read next…

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Author Interview and Excerpt Sally Cronin #Author #Interview #Excerpt #Shortstories #Poetry

Welcome to Kyrosmagica! It is wonderful to have you over for a chit chat, Sally.


Lovely to be here Marjorie and thank you for the invitation.


MJ: I’m delighted to be reading Life is Like A Bowl of Cherries, Sally, the title is so beguiling, particularly as I do love fruit, and cherries are a favourite!

MJ: Sally, I’d love to hear more about your nomadic life. I believe you have lived in many countries. Which of these places has a special place in your heart and why?


My father was in the Royal Navy and was posted overseas several times. On occasion we were able to travel with him as a family, including my first trip at age 18 months to Ceylon (Sri Lanka). The first year was documented in photographs and I don’t really remember as I was too young, but certainly by the time I was three I was aware of my surroundings and the people in my life. We lived in a house on the edge of the jungle and we had a cook and an amah or nanny for me. My two sisters were 13 and 14 by this time and when they came back from school I was handed over to them. Anything they did I did too, and I was swimming every day in my rubber ring which I loved and still do today, but without the rubber ring!! On one memorable occasion, I followed my eldest sister up a steep ladder during a diving competition. She completed her dive and surfaced expecting applause to find a stunned silence and groans from the crowd. I had crawled to the end of the diving board, stood up and jumped off. Apparently I surfaced and told my sister ‘again’.


After Sri Lanka we returned to the UK for two years followed by two years in Malta which were amazing, and after another two years in England we moved to South Africa. My memories of our time in Cape Town are very vivid as I was ten years old by this time and well aware of the situation at that time with apartheid for example. As a family we had to attend an induction day so that we knew what we could say and what the rules were for segregation. I found it very difficult as I had friends at school in England from the West Indies and the Middle East and it felt very uncomfortable being unable to be friends with anyone because of their colour.


David and I have lived and worked in several countries over the last forty years and certainly our experiences, and the people we have met, have provided us with amazing memories. As a writer all of my travels have left me with memories that are wonderful to dip into and use for stories.


They say that ‘home is where the heart is’, and for me that is certainly the case, and wherever we might be living, as long as David and I are under the same roof it is a special place.

MJ: Oh, how lovely.

MJ: Writing short stories and poetry takes a special skill. Can you summarise the way you approach writing them – any rituals you have, or methods you use?


The stories start out life a great deal longer than they end up. I tend to write in my head first when walking or exercising, then come back and dash it out on the computer. I spend a lot of time revising and editing down to a point where I feel it reads aloud well. And I always ask myself, would I enjoy if I read the story for the first time.


I tend to stick to the Japanese poetry which is constrained by the number of syllables. I love the various formats and experiment depending on the theme. After the first draft, I usually end up changing the words within a certain syllable count to find the one that expresses the most action or emotion.

With everything I write, I use David as a sounding board and he is brilliant with suggestions that might enhance or improve the piece.

MJ: You feature so many authors on your wonderful blog Smorgasbord. This must be a labour of love as I’m sure it must take up so much of your time. As an indie author you give so much to the community in features, reviews and the like. How do you manage your time? And do you ever feel overwhelmed?


One of the key elements I learned early on in my management career was project planning and this was vital when dealing with major construction, installation or sales and marketing campaigns. I carried this over to when I was running my own business for the next twelve years and then as a blogger.


For me blogging is a full time occupation and a business despite the blog itself not being monetised. I am an indie author with 14 books to sell and nobody else is going to do that for me. With 20,000 new titles added to the shelves on Amazon each week, it is tough to get noticed, particularly in the popular genres.

Twenty years ago I was helping authors get their books noticed in a very different way with book launches, radio interviews, press releases and my own first book got some great publicity nationally. However, it is very different now, and the focus is on local physical marketing and global online promotion.


As an author of six books in 2012, I needed a platform to market my own books and that involved creating an online presence across other areas of social media. I began building Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn systematically over the years. I don’t belong to any other social media because as you say, it is time consuming to maintain, and these three are the most consistent referrers of visitors to the blog after WordPress Reader.


I had a project plan in place to achieve my vision of how I wanted the blog to develop. To market my own books, I felt that the content on the blog needed to appeal to a varied market. I set out to develop a magazine style platform with a number of topics. I began with health which I have been involved in for over fifteen years by that time, and slowly added the other areas I have been involved such as book marketing, music and humour as the followers and my confidence grew.

After three years I felt that there was a strong enough following to offer free book marketing to other authors, which is when the Café and Bookstore came into existence. There are now over 150 author promotions, two book fairs featuring all the authors in the Café, and around 50 individual author spotlights a year. My hope is that I can help in some small way to showcase an author and their work within our writing community, whilst also promoting my own.


As to finding the time to post in the way I do… I always schedule ahead by at least a week and usually two. In the case of a series I schedule all the posts at one time. This creates time for me to maintain social media, spend time on my own writing projects, and read and review books.


The project plan is not completed, and in the blog’s 9 th year I hope to continue to find new ways to get all of us noticed and sell some books.

MJ: You are an inspiration, what a wonderful goal.

MJ: The title of your latest release: Life Is Like A Bowl of Cherries. How did you choose the title and what were you trying to convey?


My life experience has been one of highs and lows as is the case for so many people. The reason I appreciate what I have right now, is because of the tough times in the past. Nobody has a perfect life and that is what makes it so fascinating. I wanted to reflect this in the stories I write, but I try to end each of them with a hopeful outcome.


As to the name of the collection…I bought a punnet of cherries last year and could not believe how they looked the same but some were bitter and some were sweet. When I was looking for a title it came to mind.

MJ: That’s so cute!

MJ: After eight years blogging what advice would you impart to new bloggers starting their blogging journey?


Everybody has a different reason for beginning their blogs and there is no right or wrong way to go about it. I do dislike the term Hobby Blogger which is used for anyone who does not commercialise their blog. Whether it is one blog a week, one a day or more, it takes time to prepare, format and market. Various skills are required and whilst it should be enjoyable, it takes work, not just to create the posts, but to get noticed.


I do suggest that anyone thinking about blogging visit a load of other blogs first to get a feel of what is out there, the format, the response in terms of followers and comments. That is usually a solid indicator that people enjoy the content.


A good place to start with your own blog is with your passions, which might be cooking, music, writing, etc. Start with one blog a week and sprinkle with some reblogs of other people’s posts that you are following and enjoy. They will appreciate the gesture and return the favour.


Follow and comment on other blogs and share on social media by clicking one of the buttons at the end of the post. Just saying ‘I enjoyed that thank you’ with your name is very welcome. One thing I do suggest is that you don’t put the URL of your blog in the comment as that should come up with your name, and most blogs block comments containing URLs.


Follow bloggers you enjoy on Twitter and Facebook and retweet their pinned tweets…and if you are an author this is particularly important. I do have a pdf of Book Marketing for authors, including set up for blog and social media and if anyone would like a copy then they just need to email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com

MJ: Has your writing mojo stayed the same during this unprecedented time of covid?


Like all of us we have had to adjust to several lockdowns and still having to get on with life in the most hopeful way possible. I felt it was very important for my own wellbeing to ensure that the blog continued as normal during the year. More than ever being online and staying in contact was crucial, and authors were still writing books that needed to be marketed. Music and laughter are important in my life, particularly at the moment, so there was no thought of not carrying on as usual.

MJ: You live in Ireland now, what made you settle there? And do you ever see yourself moving?


My husband is Irish and despite leaving for work when he was 18 years old we have visited family regularly and lived here for five years in the mid-1990s. We loved living just outside of Madrid and periodically on the south coast of Spain for my time on radio, but we got to our mid-60s and felt that it would be a good idea to return to Ireland. We are in good health but even if you are relatively fluent in a language you would still find it difficult coping with illness, or possibly being left on your own to cope with it.


It has been nearly five years now and I miss our friends and the sunshine, having swapped 300 days of blue skies for 300 days of rain! But the warmth of the people here certainly makes up for that. Additionally this last year, there has been a sense of feeling less exposed as we live in a rural area on the coast. Without the usual holidaymakers arriving from Dublin this summer, the incidence of the virus has been much less than it has been elsewhere in Ireland and in the UK. Obviously we are sorry for all the small businesses dependent on this annual influx but it is better to be safe than sorry.


We love our house which took four years to renovate, with some work is still needed in the garden, which is weather dependent. There is enough room to move in some help as we get older, as neither of us are care home material…so the answer is we probably are here for the duration! For the time being lol…


Thank you again Marjorie for inviting me over and I hope that I didn’t outstay
my welcome… I do love to chat… Happy 2021 everyone.

Excerpt from The Scratch Card

Elsie Thompson attended the morning service at St. Cuthbert’s and dropped in to the coffee morning in the church Hall to catch up on the gossip in the parish from the last week. She also wanted to share the good news with her friends that she had won twenty pounds on a scratch card the day before, and she had four crisp five pound notes in her purse to prove it.

Mr. Singh the owner of the corner shop where she always bought her tickets, had beamed at her as he handed over the cash and commented it would not take her far sadly. She laughed and spent one of the fivers on another card, in the hopes another win might get her somewhere with a lot more sunshine than Liverpool. To be honest, even enough for a day out in Southport would be lovely for the both of them, and her husband Frank would enjoy a stroll down Lord’s Street, and she would treat him to a posh tea at the Prince of Wales hotel.

Elsie paid for five cups of coffee and a biscuit for herself and her four friends with one of the remaining fivers, and they sat in a corner happily sharing their news and plans for the following week. It was money well spent, and an hour later, Elsie walked home to get the roast lunch prepared, looking forward to their son Tom’s monthly visit with his wife Steph and their two boys.

As she crossed the main road, she saw a young lad sitting on the pavement outside a closed charity shop, he was playing the guitar, and at the moment the only audience seemed to be his dog leaning up against his shoulder. Elsie paused in her mental preparation of the roast pork with crackling, roast potatoes, carrots, cauliflower cheese and peas, followed by apple pie and custard. The boy’s face was pinched, and he shivered in the cold breeze that had picked up in the last couple of hours. His music was actually not half bad, and he had a nice voice, which drew her closer to hear more clearly. He smiled in recognition of her attention and the dog stood up and wagged its tail.

Elsie looked into the open guitar case and saw a few coppers were strategically scattered to entice further contributions. She had appreciated her own little bit of luck, and a few shillings wouldn’t be missed. She took her purse out of her handbag, opened it and realised she only had some pennies. Shaking her head she pulled out one of the remaining two five pound notes and tucked it beneath some of the coppers to stop it flying away. She looked up into the boy’s face when he suddenly stopped singing and saw tears running down his face into his dirty scarf.

MJ: I’ve read this story and it is one of my favourites!

Author bio.

Sally Cronin is the author of fourteen non-fiction and fiction books published over the last twenty years. After a nomadic life living and working around the world, she and her husband now live on the Wexford coast in Ireland. As an indie author she began blogging seven years ago as a way to promote her own books and then created The Cafe and Bookstore to promote other authors and their work. Smorgasbord Blog Magazine is also home to health, food, music, life stories, poetry and humour.

Latest book: Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries, Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet

Sally’s links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08QCQ4VVV

Blog: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com

http://uk.linkedin.com/in/sallycronin1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sgc58

Always so lovely to feature Sally who is such a wonderful supporter of the indie community and a kind friend.

I’m looking forward to reviewing Sally’s new book soon. In the meantime, do pop over to read my 5 star review of Life’s Rich Tapestry:

https://mjmallon.com/2020/08/08/book-review-lifes-rich-tapestry-by-sally-cronin/

Much love, happy reading, and writing!

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Pre-order Legally Blind Luck by James J Cudney #pre-order #mysteries #book

I have some news from Jay – his latest Braxton Campus Mystery is now on pre-sale at Amazon!

Name: Legally Blind Luck (Braxton Campus Mystery #7)
Release Date: April 15, 2021
Pre-Sale: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08R347N84/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Legally+Blind+Luck+by+James+J.+Cudney&qid=1608556088&s=digital-text&sr=1-1


Description:
Surprising new family members. A hidden talisman. Deadly curses. Horrific murder. Months after tragically losing a loved one, Kellan learns his relative’s death wasn’t an accident.


Someone discovered Queen Tessa’s cursed talisman, and a rogue government agent will stop at nothing to retrieve the heirloom. Too bad it changed hands during an anonymous auction and found its way on campus. Moments before Braxton’s controversial art exhibition opens, Kellan stumbles upon another murder victim. It appears he might be next on the avenger’s list too.


Will Kellan protect Tessa’s true heir and prevent a killer’s nefarious plan from ending the curse? Given all the suspects have ties to prominent Braxton citizens, he’s uncertain whom to trust. Together, Kellan and Sheriff April are determined to solve the mystery via legal means or purely through blind luck.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56141190-legally-blind-luck

Author Websites & Blog

Website: https://jamesjcudney.com/

Blog: https://thisismytruthnow.com

Amazon: http://bit.ly/JJCIVBooks

Next Chapter: https://www.nextchapter.pub/authors/james-j-cudney

BookBub:https://www.bookbub.com/profile/james-j-cudney

Social Media

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamescudney4

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JamesJCudneyIVAuthor/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BraxtonCampusMysteries/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsMyTruthNow/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/jamescudney4/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jamescudney4/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/jamescudney4

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamescudney4
Previous books in series:

·       Academic Curveball – #1 (October 2018)

·       Broken Heart Attack – #2 (November 2018)

·       Flower Power Trip – #3 (March 2019)

·       Mistaken Identity Crisis – #4 (June 2019)

·       Haunted House Ghost – #5 (October 2019)

·       Frozen Stiff Drink – #6 (March 2020)

Books I’ve read, reviewed and can recommend from Jay:

All the best to Jay on his new release! He is a busy bee…

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2021! #Paperback #offers #charity #just giving #anthology #YA #fantasy #poetry

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Well what a year 2020 has been! One in which, I have experienced the whole spectrum of emotions from tearfulness, to joy and relief.

It has been a year in which I haven’t felt like writing long fiction and instead contributed short stories in anthologies and created my first anthology/compilation with some wonderful author friends and creatives: This Is Lockdown which came out in kindle in July 2020.

Media Kit: https://mjmallon.com/2020/07/09/media-kit-this-is-lockdown-covid19-corononavirus-compilation-anthology-shortstories-flashfiction-poetry-isolation-writers/

Kindle Universal link: mybook.to/Thisislockdown

Paperback Universal link:

mybook.to/Thisislockdownpb

This is Lockdown is now available to buy in paperback and for a short time only I have reduced the price to £4.99 – a steal! I’ve reduced it to this low price in anticipation of reviews of the shorter paperback version which is slightly different from the kindle – there are no personal diary entries – these are only available on the kindle.

Thank you so much to Ritu for the first review of the paperback! And what a glowing review it is!

Ritu 5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 December 2020 Verified Purchase

This Is Lockdown is a compilation unlike any other, documenting the thoughts and feelings of the main author, M J Mallon, and many other contributors, with regards to the Pandemic Lockdown of 2020, that affected the whole world.


Part one features some fiction pieces written by MJ Mallon, inspired by the pandemic.

Part two is a collection of thoughts and poetry from writing contributors around the world, detailing the effects of lockdown on their personal lives, how it’s affected their work, creativity, and family.

Definitely one to read and savour. A true document to remember this crazy time.

I have also reduced the paperback price of my YA Fantasy The Curse of Time, to £5.99. So do grab a bargain before the price goes up!

Buy Book: myBook.to/TheCurseofTime

And the paperback of Mr. Sagittarius is now £6.99/$9.29.

Buying Link: http://mybook.to/MrSagittarius

Media Kit with reviews: https://mjmallon.com/category/media-kit-mr-sagittarius/

Recently, I was saddened to learn via a dear friend of mine of a brave young woman, Emily Parsons, who is raising money for a rare spinal tumour that affects youngsters. Sadly, her cancer is at the moment incurable. I have decided to support her JustGiving Page and donate. She has currently exceeded her original target –

105%£52,755raised of £50,000 target by 1778 supporters

More about that here: https://mjmallon.com/2020/12/31/charity-rare-spinal-cord-tumour-justgiving-charity-spinalcord-tumour/

Each year at this time, I will donate to a chosen charity on New Year’s Eve. Also, I will take part in the Charity Children In Read which I participated in this year donating a copy of my YA Fantasy, The Curse of Time. In the auction, I bid for a copy of Christina Gabbittas’s No More Knives which I won!

My review here: https://mjmallon.com/2020/11/30/book-review-no-more-knives-by-christina-gabbitas-childreninneed-childreninread-education-children-knife-crime-drugs/

We are all hoping that 2021 will be a better year and that the vaccine will save many lives and allow us to return to a happier more carefree life.

Sending you love and light. Wishing you happiness, health and precious time to do what you love. x

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