Meet the Author: Mr. Sagittarius by M J Mallon – Meet The Authors

I’m being featured on Camilla Down’s blog MTA do pop over to read her beautifully presented post about my books, my life and me!

http://meetingtheauthors.com/2020/03/28/meet-the-author-mr-sagittarius-by-m-j-mallon/

Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 167, #Poet’sChoice #Haiga

My daughter Natasha and I saw this beautiful mural in Glasgow when we were looking at accommodation for her course starting in August. She is going to Strathclyde university to study to be an English secondary school teacher. It is the work of Australian artist Smug and depicts the patron saint of Glasgow, St Mungo, appearing to be breastfed by his mother, St Enoch, while a robin – said to signify one of his later miracles – perches on her wrist. It is alleged that St Mungo restored life to a robin, that had been killed by some of his classmates.

This is my HAIGA in response: 5/7/5, 3/5/3, 2/3/2 syllable structure. A Haiga is an observational form of poetry which contains an image with either a Haiku or Senryu written on it or near it.

A new adventure

Such a wondrous sight – robin!

It’s a good omen.

A surprise!

Beautiful robin

Let’s go!

Mother

Daughter time

Explore!

Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 167, #Poet’sChoice

My new release: Mr. Sagitarrius, poetry, prose and photography is now available in full paper paperback, kindle and free on kindle unlimited. Buying Link: http://mybook.to/MrSagittarius.

Latest review: 5 stars! https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/03/04/smorgasbord-book-reviews-poetry-and-prose-mr-sagittarius-by-m-j-mallon/

Social Media Links

Authors Websitehttps://mjmallon.com
Collaborative Bloghttps://sistersofthefey.wordpress.com
Twitter: @Marjorie_Mallon and @curseof_time
#ABRSC: Authors Bloggers Rainbow Support Club on Facebook
Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17064826.M_J_Mallon

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

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

Book Bub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/m-j-mallon

The Magic of The Dragonfly: Poetry in Motion #SpiritualSisters #SistersofTheFey #MagicalConnections

Red, Devil’s needle,

Or luck bringer with kind eyes?

Ancient, sweet fellow,

Sacred magic bestower,

Change tumbling on fragile wings.

© M J Mallon 2020

The above is a poetry excerpt from my poetry, prose and photography book Mr. Sagittarius which is now available on Kindle Unlimited, and to buy in Kindle and full colour Paperback.

http://mybook.to/MrSagittarius

This poem was originally my post for Colleens’ Poetry challenge with the prompt words: Fall and Give. I used the synonyms tumbling for fall and bestower for give: https://colleenchesebro.com/2019/09/24/colleens-2019-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-146-synonymsonly/

I added the last line as the dragonfly has such a short life like the butterfly and change can be fragile unless we encourage and nurture it and learn to be our better selves.

A while ago on my frequent visits to Cambridge Botanical Gardens I came across a very friendly dragonfly. This particular fellow, or lady dragonfly, landed right next to me on the bench. Mr. or Miss. Dragonfly remained for a very long time as if enjoying my company! I even placed my hand above expecting the dragonfly to fly away but it stayed motionless enjoying the sunshine with me.

It flew off for a few moments and then came back to me as if showing off its flying prowess.

Later, I posted about this encounter on Facebook and received several comments, one of which said: dragonflies are good luck omens and seeing one may denote change.

How interesting! Yes, this ancient insect has many myths and legends attributed to it. In Japan, it is revered as a good luck symbol and often mentioned in haiku poetry. Some cultures link the dragonfly with the dragon which is a startling synergy as I intend to write about dragons in the final book of my YA series The Curse of Time. I’m currently editing book two and hope to have the second book out by Christmas.

The first book in the series is available via Amazon and is receiving a good amount of 4 and 5 star reviews: Buy Book: myBook.to/TheCurseofTime

Returning to the dragonfly I’d recommend the following post if you want to find out more about dragonflies. It is a fascinating dragonfly article sharing different reactions from all over the world ranging from: celebrating, or fearing the dragonfly: J Sedgwick: http://www.icysedgwick.com/dragonfly-folklore/

Whatever the truth about dragonflies I like to believe in their magic.

Certainly, it is true that my life has changed in the most amazing way since I’ve discovered the joys of writing, blogging and photography.

Since encountering my dragonfly friend I have written a short story about twin brothers and a dragonfly bound to the magic of the gorgeous Golden Willow Tree which opens the narrative in Mr. Sagittarius.

I’ve mentioned the Willow Tree before in my series of posts about the magic of trees:

https://mjmallon.com/2020/02/24/the-magic-of-trees-the-weeping-willow-spiritualsisters-sistersofthefey/

It’s amazing that there are ideas/characters/inspirations for writing everywhere. All manner of strange beings: (Insects, trees and people!) can supply ideas which excite me as I pass by on my way to my day job, or on my days off work.

For instance, the two brothers in Mr. Sagittarius: Harold and William were inspired by a couple of elderly gents that I noticed on my way to work one day. They were such extraordinary looking characters that I just had to write about them! They had no idea what I had in store for them… Thank goodness it’s all fictional. Lol.

If you open your eyes to magic you will discover stories everywhere. Time to embrace change with a full and happy heart.

Getting back to the dragonfly. Have you had a similar encounter with a spirit animal?

Do let me know, I’d love to hear about it.

Some good news! My full colour paperback is now available in Amazon. Here’s my universal link for Mr. Sagitarrius which is available in paperback, kindle and free on kindle unlimited: http://mybook.to/MrSagittarius

Early reviews: 5 stars from Ritu Bhathal https://butismileanyway.com/2020/02/29/february-2020-books-amreading/

And 5 star review from Colleen Chesebro: https://colleenchesebro.com/2020/02/16/colleens-2020-book-reviews-mr-sagittarus-by-author-mj-mallon-marjorie_mallon/

I’m thrilled to announce I am included amongst some wonderful poets in Colleen Chesebro’s poetry book store: https://colleenchesebro.com/poetry-books-for-sale/

Amazon UK Kindle:

Amazon US Kindle:

This post is from:

Marje @ Kyrosmagica xx

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The Spiritual Sisters are:

Adele Marie Park Author & Personal Blog: Firefly465

Annette Rochelle Aben Author & Personal Blog: Annette Rochelle Aben

Colleen M. Chesebro Author & Personal Blog: Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry colleenchesebro.com

Debby Gies (aka, D. G. Kaye) Author & Personal Blog: D. G. Kaye, Writer

Marjorie (MJ) Mallon YA/Paranormal Author: mjmallon.com

Thank you to my Blog Tour Hosts!!!! Mr. Sagittarius Poetry and Prose

A huge thank you to all my blog tour hosts:

  • Samantha Murdoch and Charlie the cat:

https://samanthamurdochblog.wordpress.com/

  • Charli Mills at Carrot Ranch:

Mr. Sagittarius Blog Tour

  • Sherri Matthews:

Book Tour With Author M J Mallon And Mr Sagittarius

  • My book cover designer, Rachael Ritchey who did an amazing job. The cover is entered in Author Shout book cover awards more news about that soon.

New Release! Poetry & Prose: Mr Sagittarius by M J Mallon

  • Colleen Chesebro with a blog tour post and 5 star review:

2020 Conversations with Colleen ~ Featuring Author, M. J. Mallon @Marjorie_Mallon

COLLEEN’S 2020 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “Mr. Sagittarus,” BY AUTHOR, MJ Mallon, @Marjorie_Mallon

  • Jacquie Biggar:

Mr. Sagittarius by M J Mallon #NewRelease #Poetry

  • Ritu Bhathal with a blog tour post and five star review:

Mr Sagittarius Blog Tour

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/customer-reviews/R6F3XI7JPH3UW/

 

And to Willow who closes off my official tour but has been such a supportive soul sharing all the blog tour posts everywhere! She has been such a help. ❤

https://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2020/02/23/marjorie-mallons-blog-tour-for-mr-sagittarius-day/

Thank you also to Sally Cronin who featured me in her Smorgasborg Daily with wonderful bookish company: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/02/19/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-wednesday-february-19th-2020-history-john-w-howell-booktour-charli-mills-with-m-j-mallon-spotlight-james-j-cudney-with-sandra-j-jackson/

And to Sally Cronin, Debby Gies, Ruchira Khanna, and Richard Dockett who will also be featuring me. I appreciate you all.

Please do support these authors/bloggers they are the best.

Thank you also to all of you who have already bought a copy. ❤ xxx And twitter friends who have been sharing like mad for me!!!

I will be donating the first month’s ebook royalties to the Australian bush fires. More about the charity to be selected soon once I count up the coffers… and see how much I have to donate. 

 

Buying links:

Amazon Kindle UK

(Paperback to launch soon!)

 

Amazon USA:

Marjorie Mallon’s Blog Tour for Mr. Sagittarius. Day.

Thank you to Willow for this lovely blog tour post/author interview for Mr. Sagittarius. It is the last day of my tour and who better to share a cuppa with? Willow has been such a support throughout the whole tour. Can’t thank her enough.

willowdot21

Hi everyone guess who has come to join me today for a cuppa,

and a chat about her latest Blog Tour. Yes it my dear friend Marjorie Mallon.

Marjorie how are you today? Here get comfy, help yourself to some cake and let’s have a nice chat.

Just before we start a little Birdie has told me that your Dad is 91 years young today so let’s wish him a very Happy Birthday!

What gave you the idea for this book?

I think my lunchtime wanders in the Cambridge Botanical Gardens played a considerable part in creating this book. The beauty of the trees, flowers and the magical creatures of the garden: particularly a visit from a robin, and a dragonfly encouraged me to write Mr. Sagittarius. Moreover, my tendency to ‘people watch’ had a huge impact on the creation of my two main characters: Harold and William. I…

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Mr Sagittarius Blog Tour

Thank you to Ritu for this blog tour post for Mr. Sagittarius.
Pop over to read a short excerpt… and to find out more.
The first month’s royalties of the ebook will be donated to the Australian bush fires.

But I Smile Anyway...

I am very pleased to welcome a long standing friend and fantastic author to my blog today – Marjorie Mallon!

Marje has a brand new release out now: Mr Sagittarius; a collection of poetry and prose.

Let me hand over to Marje, to tell you a little about the book, and you are lucky enough to even get an excerpt at the end of this post, too!

Mr. Sagittarius is a collection of poetry, prose and photographic images inspired by the botanical gardens in Cambridge. It features a variety of my photos including: trees, a robin and a dragonfly! As well as this there are several stories, and even some Halloween poems!

I doubt I would have created Mr. Sagittarius if it wasn’t for these two amazing ladies: Colleen Chesebro (for her weekly poetry challenges and Charli Mills – Carrot Ranch (flash fiction challenges.) Both ladies have been a huge…

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Mr. Sagittarius by M J Mallon #NewRelease #Poetry

 

Thank you to best selling romance author Jacquie Biggar for this wonderful blog tour post for Mr. Sagittarius.

The first month’s royalties of the ebook will be donated to the Australian bush fires. 

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via Mr. Sagittarius by M J Mallon #NewRelease #Poetry

Mr. Sagittarius – Magical Inspirations #new #release #poetry #shortstories #photography

Thrilled to announce the release of my poetry and prose collection with photographic images. My blog tour started on Sunday the 16th of February with my lovely blog tour hosts, including our very own sister of the fey: Colleen Chesebro today: https://colleenchesebro.com/2020/02/20/2020-conversations-with-colleen-featuring-author-m-j-mallon-marjorie_mallon/

Blurb

Who Is Mr. Sagittarius?

And what is his connection to twin brothers, Harold and William?

When Harold dies he leaves a simple memorial request

Will his sister Annette honour it?

Or, will the magic of the garden ensure that she does.

A magical story expressed via poetry and prose with photographic images.

My magic of trees series in the Sisters of The Fey definitely had a part to play in the creation of this book.

It all began with a touch of magic… in a garden that made me aware of the magic all around me… https://sistersofthefey.com/2018/05/08/a-magic-gate-in-the-city-of-cambridge/

Thereafter, I discovered spirit animals, a robin and a dragonfly…

https://sistersofthefey.com/2019/12/21/the-magic-of-the-robin-spirit-animal-encounters-poetry/

https://sistersofthefey.com/2019/10/10/the-magic-of-the-dragonfly-poetry-in-motion/

And let’s not forget some truly magical trees… my favourite of these was the evocative weeping willow.

https://sistersofthefey.com/2019/07/11/the-magic-of-trees-the-weeping-willow/

Mr. Sagittarius is a collection of poetry, prose and photographic images inspired by the botanical gardens in Cambridge. It features a variety of my photos including: trees, a robin and a dragonfly! As well as this there are various other photos, several stories, and even some Halloween poems!

Mr. Sagittarius is a magical celebration of the natural world, a story about the circle of life, with an emphasis on the changing seasons of the year and sibling relationships.

Huge thanks to my amazing cover designer and formatter: Rachael Ritchey who has done an amazing job creating the ebook, paperback cover and graphics.

 

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Contents include:

THE GOLDEN WEEPING WILLOW (story and poem plus photo of a dragonfly)
GOLDEN WILLOW TREE (poem and photo)
ROBIN: ETHEREE (poem and photo)
LIFE LESSONS FROM BUDDHA (poem)
LIFE LESSONS FROM CATS – poem – (photo image via Samantha Murdoch’s son: Alex Marlowe)
FROWNING TREE (poem and photo)
RAINBOW CHILD – story – (image of Tourmaline crystal via Samantha Murdoch’s son Alex Marlowe)
FRIENDS FOR TEA (poem)
THE CANDY CORN MONSTER (Halloween poem)
CANDYFLOSS CRITTER (Halloween poem)
MR GHOST WITH EASE (Halloween poem)
DREAMING AT HALLOWEEN (Halloween poem)
ODE TO LOVE –ETERNAL (Ghost/love poem)
LOVE TAKEN BY DEATH: DIAMANTE (poem)
GHOST: SEPTOLET (Ghost poem)
A FACE ON BARK: ETHEREE (poem)
LOLLIPOP SUNSHINE TREE (poem and photo)
FOR MR. SNOWMAN (poem)
SERENA’S CHRISTMAS BUBBLE MONSTER (humorous story and photo)
BUBBLY SNOWMAN KISSES (poem)
THAT TWINKLE IN HER EYES IS MAGIC (poem)
THE OLD MAN OF SNOW AND THE SNOW SNAKE (story)
MY HEART IS A CAVE (poem)
Mr. SAGITTARIUS (story)
Mr. SAGITTARIUS DIED THIS DAY IN THIS SNOW DROP GARDEN (poem/prose/photo of snow drops.)
Love (story)

Amazon UK kindle link:

 

Amazon USA link:

https://www.amazon.com/Mr-Sagittarius-Poetry-Prose-Mallon-ebook/dp/B084DQV3HW/

It is now on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51004313-mr-sagittarius

And on Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/mr-sagittarius-poetry-and-prose-by-m-j-mallon

This will also be available in full colour paperback. More details about that to come.

The first month’s royalties from the ebook will be donated to the Australian Bush Fires.

2020 Conversations with Colleen ~ Featuring Author, M. J. Mallon @Marjorie_Mallon

 

Thank you to Colleen for this beautifully presented author interview  celebrating the release of my new book: Mr. Sagittarius poetry/prose and photography. It includes a link to her 5 star review too. 🙂

2020 Conversations with Colleen ~ Featuring Author, M. J. Mallon @Marjorie_Mallon

Source: 2020 Conversations with Colleen ~ Featuring Author, M. J. Mallon @Marjorie_Mallon

The first month’s royalties of the ebook will be donated to the Australian bush fires.