Mr. Sagittarius: Announcing My Blog Tour Hosts #Poetry #Prose #Photography

 

Thrilled to announce my blog tour hosts for my new release which is currently on pre-order on Amazon kindle,

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Mr. Sagittarius

Poetry, and Prose. 

Blurb

Twin brothers Harold and William love the magic of the natural world.

When Harold dies he leaves a simple memorial request.

Will his brother William and his sister Annette honour it?

Or, will the garden work its magic to ensure that they do.

A magical story expressed via an original compilation of poetry and prose with photographic images.

#Poetry #Prose #Photography #NaturalWorld #Trees #Magic #Spirit #Animals #CircleofLife #Humour #Halloween #Cats #Buddha

All proceeds for the first month’s sales will be donated to the Australian Bush Fire charity. So please do buy a copy, and share this post widely.

Link to Amazon UK:

 

 

My blog tour hosts are these lovely peeps:

  • Samantha Murdoch whose son Alex Marlowe has two photos included in this collection of poetry, prose and photography.  Sam and I share a love of cats and crystals. She is a beautiful soul and has a n awesome blog about cats, crystals and her life at: https://samanthamurdochblog.wordpress.com/
  • Rachael Ritchey – who  did an amazing job she designed the cover and formatted the interior of the book.  I swear this lovely lady never sleeps. Her life is full of creativity! She writes YA fantasy:  https://rachaelritchey.com/and has a separate blog with short story prompts to encourage writers to write! https://blogbattlers.wordpress.com/
  • Charli Mills from Carrot Ranch Literary. What a beautiful lady, she does so much for the writing community with her enthusiasm for writing flash fiction: https://carrotranch.com/charlimills/
  • Sherri Matthews  is such a lovely, genuine, dear friend. I’ve met her in person at the Bloggers Bashes in London. She is a blogger and memoir writer whose lovely blog is called A View From My Summerhouse: https://sherrimatthewsblog.com/
  • Colleen Chesebro is the Fairy Queen of poetry. Her weekly poetry challenges have done so much to help me in my writing journey.  Her blog is: https://colleenchesebro.com/ Colleen also gave me masses of help and support when writing the first in my series The Curse of Time. A hugely supportive writer and fellow Sister of the Fey in our collaborative group: https://sistersofthefey.com/
  • Jacquie Biggar is a USA Bestselling author of Romance. She is an indie author who supports others by opening up her blog to author promotions particularly for romance authors: https://jacqbiggar.com/
  • Ritu Bhathal is another sis! This lady inspires me so much, she is a teacher, blogging expert, poet and romance writer. She is the real deal, a genuinely nice gal who  I’ve had the honour of meeting at the Bloggers Bashes in London too! https://ritubhathal.com/
  • Willow Willers, is another blogging sis, a popular blogger, poet and friend via: yes you guessed it The Bloggers Bash in London! A sweet soul with a heart of gold https://willowdot21.wordpress.com/

 

Buying links Amazon USA:

Eloise De Sousa’s Space Dust Blog Tour

I’m thrilled to be welcoming the lovely Eloise De Sousa for the blog tour for her picture book Space Dust.

So over to Eloise…

It has been a very exciting few days. The blog tour has gained momentum. We have seen the fire bears rear their heads and writing styles exposed in my storytelling and twisting of tales.

I do think it is time for another giveaway. So without further ado, click on the pic below to grab your free copy of Space Dust. Only ten are available so be the first to click!

 

 

Now, let’s find out a bit more about Big Ox. Inserting an adult role model who was in charge of the care of Little One approached the subject that every parent dreads: who cares for your child when you leave them to go to work? Providing the adult reader with a role model who fulfils that title and delivers the care and attention every parent hopes their child receives when they are away balances out the conflict of the child missing Mummy. After all, the audience for this book is divided between adults and child. Finding a catalyst for a happy medium between the two means the book engages all ages and drives the story forward with a sense of security that everything will be okay.

 

Big Ox came to life when Little One first appeared in my head, sharing worries about Mummy leaving and how scary the world was without her. A larger than life figure appeared at the back of my mind wearing a plaid shirt and blue jeans, an easy smile beneath a brisling moustache and wise eyes that comforted Little One just with his presence. I knew straight away that I had to capture this figure in my head and sketched a large A3 pencil drawing of his squared jaw and balding head. Without wanting to give away too much of each character’s facial characteristics, I tried to capture his back or profile, ensuring each reader could fill in the rest of the details.  It may not be rocket science, but I love putting those extra details into my stories and illustrations.

 

This strong, wise figure teaches Little One that there is more to life than just facts (such as the planets and what they contain) and worries. Sometimes, you need a bit of imagination and adventure to forget your troubles and take yourself away to a whole new world, one where fire bears growl and sea horses swim in creamy mushroom soup! Without people like that in our lives, the world will be an awful place.

 

 

 

Thank you for stopping by and finding out a bit more about this special story crafted for the local libraries to support their Summer Reading Challenge. Please click on the link below if you haven’t already ordered your copy of Space Dust.

 

Click here to order your copy of Space Dust.

 

Do send in your pics and reviews of the book, or any of the others. I’d love to share them with the rest of the readers.

 

Here is a list of my children’s books available now:

 

If you would like to find out more about my books or about me, please click on any of the links below:

Author Page

Amazon

Lulu

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Thank you for joining me. Tomorrow, we will be visiting Lance at Write to Inspire. See you there!

 

It’s been fun having you over Eloise.

Wishing you much success with your blog tour.

Love,

 

 

Book Launch for ‘A Ghost in the Kitchen’ by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

A huge welcome to a very special guest Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene. Teagan has some wonderful news, a new book. What could be more amazing? I’m thrilled to be participating with so many talented authors on her blog tour for A Ghost in the Kitchen. Join us on a imaginative tour…

Book launch for “A Ghost in the Kitchen” by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene
Welcome to the launch party for A Ghost in the Kitchen! It’s a wild ride on a magical trolley through haunted Savannah, Georgia.

All the Pip stories by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

All the Pip books by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene. Purchase links: The Three Things Serial Story, Murder at the Bijou, and A Ghost in the Kitchen
Thanks for hosting me for my novel launch and book fair.

It’s my absolute pleasure Teagan.
Hi everyone. I’m Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, and I’ve brought a bunch of friends for this shindig on a magical 1920s trolley. First let me tell you a little about my new novel.
When my character, Paisley Idelle Peabody (better known as Pip) came along, I started writing a type of fiction that I never expected. Pip is a flapper. Her stories took me to Savannah, Georgia of the 1920s.
It’s only natural that some ghosts got in on the act. After all, many people say that Savannah is the most haunted city in the USA! Here’s the blurb for this novel.
A Ghost in the Kitchen, Three Ingredients-2 continues the flapper adventures of Paisley Idelle Peabody, aka Pip. It’s a 1920s “pantser” story and a culinary mystery. This time Pip’s pal Andy (from The Three Things Serial Story) returns. Granny Phanny is there too. She’s still trying to teach Pip to cook. Granny is in a lather because of the supernatural goings-on in her kitchen. There’s also one pos-ilutely potent poltergeist!
New adventures abound as Pip and Andy unravel an old mystery. It’s all spontaneously driven by “ingredients” sent by readers of the blog, Teagan’s Books.

A Ghost in the Kitchen by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene
A Ghost in the Kitchen by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

Did you hear the bell clang? Our magic trolley is here!

There are links galore, so limber up your clicking finger and jump on the trolley. Here’s a map showing some locations. Friends who promised to participate in my launch will be at some of these haunted places. They’ll get on the magical blog party trolley as we tour haunted Savannah!

Map showing haunted locations in Savannah, GA

I just wish this 1920s trolley could move faster… Oh! A brass lamp just clattered to the ground. There’s purple smoke coming out.
“Your wish is my command!”
Aladin Fazel – my favorite magician! Now the trolley can go anywhere.
At the top of the map is the Moon River Brewing Company. That’s a good place to start in case anyone needs some liquid courage for this ghostly adventure!

Blue Moon Brewing Co Savannah
Blue Moon Brewing Co Savannah, GA

There’s Christoph Fischer. Duck! A rowdy, spifflicated ghost just threw a beer bottle. Olga Núñez Miret is helping him Christoph get away from the spirited spirit and onto our trolley. Welcome aboard, Olga and Christoph. You two look darb in your 1920s glad rags.
Magician, those ghosts are going to follow Olga and Christoph all the way to the trolley. Can you please get us to the next stop?
We’ve traveled east, closer to the river. Our trolley is on a bluff above the River Walk. Now we’re at Factor’s Walk. The foundations of some of these buildings date back to the late 1700s. D. L. Finn and Valentina Cirasola should be waiting for us there. Ah, there they are, beside one of the sealed-off tunnel entrances. Love those hats, ladies! Applesauce, hurry to the trolley. There are shadow figures all around us!

Factors Walk, Savannah, GA
Factors Walk, Savannah, GA

Tunnels that originate in this area have been known to send ghastly moans into the still night air. Look out, Dyanna Wyndesong! A tall shadow was sneaking up behind you. Get back on the trolley, quick!
Yes, that’s one of the many tunnels. They make a labyrinth beneath Savannah. Wow, we’re going into the haunted tunnel.

A hidden tunnel in Savannah, GA
A hidden tunnel in Savannah, GA

Magician, why are you slowing the trolley? You must see something ahead in this creepy tunnel… Oh! It’s a poster for Teri Polen’s yearly October event, Bad Moon Rising!
I’ll be there on October, 18th, chatting with Teri about all sorts of Halloween-ish things, as well as my novella, Brother Love — a Crossroad. I hope everyone will join us for the fun.

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Bad Moon Rising, hosted by Teri Polen

Since this is a magical trolley the tunnel will take us directly the Sorrel Weed House where we’ll pick up two more guests. Just beware the lady in black! I hope John W. Howell and Dan Antion know about her. Oh-oh! John and Dan, that’s no damsel in distress, it’s a mean ghost. Hurry over here to the trolley, guys!

The Sorrel Weed House, Savannah, GA
The Sorrel Weed House, Savannah, GA

If you’ll keep the trolley heading south, Magician, we can pick up Michael (from OIKOS Publishing) at the Andrew Low House. I see that Jan Sikes is meeting us there too. Jan don’t go in that room! Through the window I see Juilette Gordon Low lying on the bed – but she died in 1927! Michael, watch out for that butler at the top of the stairs too. His clothes went out of style 150 years ago. Those are ghosts. You two better get on the trolley fast!
Aladin, this is great! You found a magic tunnel to take us north east. Sally Cronin and Jacquie Biggar are waiting for us at the Colonial Park Cemetery. Ladies, I realize that handsome young man invited you to follow him. Don’t bother. He’ll just disappear once he goes inside the gate. He died a long, long time ago.

Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah, GA, Wikipedia
Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah, GA, Wikipedia

Applesauce! All these spooky apparitions have given me an appetite. Shall we find a haunted restaurant? Ah, the 17Hundred90 Inn & Restaurant is on our way. Robbie Cheadle and Marje Mallon are already there. Robbie, take care. That little boy is really a ghost. Marje, I know you feel sorry for Anna, but she’s been waiting for her lost love since before any of us were born. She’s a specter too.
That ghostly cook, does not seem nearly as friendly as Maestro Martino, the cursed chef in A Ghost in the Kitchen. She’s banging her pots and pans and making a quite ruckus. What’s our next stop, Magician?

17Hundred90 Inn, Savannah, GA
17Hundred90 Inn, Savannah, GA

Now we’re at The Marshall House. It’s a haunted hotel where we’re picking up Chris Graham, the Story Reading Ape. What’s that dear Ape? You say your “naughty chimp” nephews are in a game of “tag,” chasing the ghosts of children who run up and down the halls there? They’re all having a great time!
Hey, there’s Traci Kenworth too, down at the other end of the building. Come on to the trolley, Traci. Those little ghosts are starting to raise a ruckus.

The Marshall House, Savannah, GA
The Marshall House, Savannah, GA

Thanks to Aladin and our magical trolley, we’ve taken another of those hidden tunnels. Now, we’re almost back where we started, between River Street and Factors Walk. We have one more stop. We need to pick up Resa McConaghy and Jacqui Murray at the Olde Harbour Inn.
Oh! They’re already running to the trolley. I expect the spirit known as Hank tried to crawl into bed with at least one of them. I also smell his cigar smoke. I think I’d run too!

The Olde Harbour Inn, Savannah, GA
The Olde Harbour Inn, Savannah, GA

Alright everyone. Pip and Granny Phanny are waiting for us at the cottage. Granny is eager to start her book fair. She’s a real bearcat, and she won’t like it if we’re late. So let’s get a wiggle on!

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Granny Phanny’s Book Fair

Welcome to the book fair. All these authors volunteered to help me by sharing this magic trolley tour of haunted Savannah. Their books are all swell. So I put them in pos-i-lutely random order. Hopefully that will lead you to look at some things you might not typically read. You’ll find purchase links below the cover images.

A Ghost in the Kitchen by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

A Ghost in the Kitchen, Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

Ghost book fair 1
Brother Love – a Crossroad, Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene
The Gemini Connection, Teri Polen
Through the Nethergate, Roberta Eaton Cheadle
Tales from the Irish Garden, Sally Cronin

Ghost Book Fair 2
My Girl, Jacquie Biggar
Deadly Quotes, Olga Núñez Miret
The Season of Limbo, Al Fazel (not yet published)
Naked Lemons, Valentina Cirasola

Ghost book fair 3
My Vibrating Vertebrae, Agnes Mae Graham
The Curse of Time, M.J. Mallon
Circumstances of Childhood, John W. Howell
Over My Dead Body, Christoph Fischer

Ghost Book fair 4
The Glowing Pigs, Snort Stories of Atonement, Tennessee, Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene
Jewel, Jan Sikes
Nine Black Lives, Resa McConaghy
Just Her Poetry, D. L. Finn

Universal link to my Amazon Author Page

Sheiks and Shebas, thanks so very much for getting on the magical trolley for this tour. Ya’ll are pos-i-lutely the berries!

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This is a work of fiction. Characters, names, places, and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, locales, or events is entirely coincidental.

Copyright © 2019 by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

All rights reserved.

No part of this work may be reproduced, scanned, or distributed in any printed or electronic form without permission. Please do not participate in or encourage piracy of copyrighted materials in violation of the author’s rights.

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#NeverlandBlogTours – The Land Girl by Allie Burns – #HistoricalFiction – 18th July 2018

I am thrilled to be welcoming Allie Burns to my blog via Jenny Marston of  Neverland Blog Tours: https://jennyinneverland.com/tag/neverland-blog-tours/

I am one of the blog stops on the tour which runs from the 16th to the 22nd of July. Do visit Allie Burn’s other blog tour hosts  to see all the reviews, q and a’s, excerpts, etc.

 

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Today I am sharing this excerpt from Allie Burn’s novel:

 

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The beginning of The Land Girl
March 1915

Emily held her breath as she stood at the top of the stairs. When she was sure it was safe she tiptoed down, which was not that easy in her brother John’s work boots, even with the gap in the toes stuffed with balled-up newspaper.
The muffled chatter from her mother’s knitting party flooded the hallway. She quickened her pace to reach the safety of the door that led through to the kitchen, only to narrowly avoid colliding with Daisy – the housemaid – and a platter of crustless sandwiches. They greeted one another and before Emily could remind her, Daisy nodded and said, ‘Don’t worry, I haven’t seen you.’
Emily opened the back door and the dazzling sunlight caressed her skin. She would have to make it up to Mother later because she couldn’t sit in that stifling sitting room, knitting socks for the soldiers at the Front when the sun shone.
‘By the way,’ Emily called back to Daisy who was straightening out the sandwiches again. ‘Did you leave this on my pillow?’ She waved a newspaper cutting that she’d found on her bed in an envelope addressed to her.
Daisy shook her head. ‘I found it on the doormat, hand delivered.’
Emily shrugged. She would thank whoever the sender was when they made themselves known.
Outside, she leant back against the scullery door, and admired the plump, carefree clouds, shifting their shapes and rushing onwards against the backdrop of the heavenly blue sky.
She held up the notice cut from the Standard, reading it slower this time to take it in. Her heart began to thump.

Women on the Land

Highly trained women of good birth and some country-bred women, hitherto working in service, or in trade, will make themselves useful in any way on a farm to gain experience.

May we make known that we wish to hear from farmers, market gardeners and others wanting the services of women for work on the land.

The notice went on to say that educated girls would act as a shining example to village and city girls – encourage them out in their numbers to do their bit for the war effort.
But whoever posted this through the door must know that she wasn’t ‘highly trained’ in anything other than English literature, and that wasn’t an easy situation to fix. She did spend far more time on the farm and outdoors than was usual for a girl like her, as Mother was always reminding her, but that didn’t mean she could turn her hand to farming so easily; she’d need to be trained and the notice in the Standard said that took six weeks.
She couldn’t in all good conscience leave her Mother to attend a course. Mother hardly slept and was afraid to be left alone since Father had died two years ago, and it was even worse now Emily’s older brother, John, had received his officer commission, turning Mother a ghastly pale whenever the delivery boy came up the path.

 

Blurb: War changes everything…

Emily has always lived a life of privilege. That is until the drums of World War One came beating. Her family may be dramatically affected but it also offers her the freedom that she craves. Away from the tight control of her mother she grabs every opportunity that the war is giving to women like her, including love.

Working as a land girl Emily finds a new lease of life but when the war is over, and life returns to normal, she has to learn what to give up and what she must fight for.

Will life ever be the same again?

 

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About the author:

Allie lives in Kent with her family and two tortoises. When she is not writing for business or penning her women’s historical fiction. She has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and The Lido Girls is her debut novel. She is currently working on a second interwar years novel, which is due for publication in the summer of 2018.

Website: http://www.allie-burns.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/allieburns1

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/allieburnsauthor

Goodreads: Goodreads The Land Girl

Amazon UK: The Land Girl

Blurb: War changes everything…

Emily has always lived a life of privilege. That is until the drums of World War One came beating. Her family may be dramatically affected but it also offers her the freedom that she craves. Away from the tight control of her mother she grabs every opportunity that the war is giving to women like her, including love.

Working as a land girl Emily finds a new lease of life but when the war is over, and life returns to normal, she has to learn what to give up and what she must fight for.

Will life ever be the same again?

 

Website: http://www.allie-burns.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/allieburns1
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/allieburnsauthor

 

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Blog Tour and Review: If You Love Me I’m Yours – Lizzie Chantree #RRBC #ABRSC

I’m thrilled to be part of Lizzie Chantree’s blog tour for her latest novel: If You Love Me I’m Yours.

Thank you to Lizzie Chantree for an ARC copy of If you Love Me, I’m Yours.

Please note: Receiving a copy via the author in no way influences my review.

Goodreads Synopsis 

‘If you love me, I’m yours…’

Maud didn’t mind being boring, not really. She had a sensible job, clothes, and love life… if you counted an overbearing ex who had thanked her, rolled over and was snoring before she even realised he’d begun! She could tolerate not fulfilling her dreams, if her parents would pay her one compliment about the only thing she was passionate about in life: her art.

Dot should have fit in with her flamboyant and slightly eccentric family of talented artists, but somehow, she was an anomaly who couldn’t paint. She tried hard to be part of their world by becoming an art agent extraordinaire, but she dreamed of finding her own voice.

Dot’s brother Nate, a smoulderingly sexy and famous artist, was adored by everyone. His creative talent left them in awe of his ability to capture such passion on canvas. Women worshipped him, and even Dot’s friend Maud flushed and bumped into things when he walked into a room, but a tragic event in his past had left him emotionally and physically scarred, and reluctant to face the world again.

Someone was leaving exquisite little paintings on park benches, with a tag saying, ‘If you love me, I’m yours’. The art was so fresh and cutting-edge, that it generated a media frenzy and a scramble to discover where the mystery artist could be hiding. The revelation of who the prodigious artist was interlinked Maud, Dot and Nate’s lives forever, but their worlds came crashing down.

Were bonds of friendship, love and loyalty strong enough to withstand fame, success and scandal?

My review: 

I was delighted with the prospect of reading another novel from Lizzie Chantree as I really enjoyed Ninja School Mum.

Here is a link to my review for Ninja School Mum:  https://mjmallon.com/2018/01/07/abrsc-review-of-ninja-school-mum/

What I didn’t expect was that this latest book If You Love Me I’m Yours is now my favourite!

What did I like about it?

Lovely engaging characters, I especially loved the main protagonist Maud and her relationship with Daisy and new friend Dot. And Nate is too cute and his brother Elliot  is too! Oh, I could go on and on… Basically I loved all the characters and the characterisation was one of the strongest aspects of this novel.

It was nice to read a light-hearted chick lit romance for a change. And I really enjoyed the fantastic conclusion. Loved the ending!

I engaged with the art aspect to it – how Maud didn’t have much confidence about her creative talents – but then left her art everywhere for people to enjoy. This was charming and touching too.  I’m not an artist myself but do enjoy funky, eccentric characters and If you Love Me I’m Yours really delivered on this.

It’s an uplifting, sweet romance – a great option for a holiday read and with summer upon us…

What I wanted more of!

I loved the sexy scenes between Maud and Nate but I wanted more! I’m greedy that way. This was quite a slow burn with Maud and Nate’s uncertainties and fears, holding back the ‘love action’ which had me desperate for more! I could understand why they were both reluctant but even so.  Lol.

Overall a charming, engaging novel which will bring you lots of smiles! Definitely a recommendation.

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Author Bio:

Award-winning inventor and author, Lizzie Chantree, started her own business at the age of 18 and became one of Fair Play London and The Patent Office’s British Female Inventors of the Year in 2000. She discovered her love of writing fiction when her children were little and now runs networking hours on social media, where creative businesses, writers, photographers and designers can offer advice and support to each other. She lives with her family on the coast in Essex. Visit her website at www.lizziechantree.com or follow her on Twitter @Lizzie_Chantree https://twitter.com/Lizzie_Chantree.

Social media links:

Website: https://lizziechantree.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lizzie_Chantree
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lizzie.chantree.
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lizzie_chantree/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7391757.Lizzie_Chantree

Universal book buy link: viewbook.at/IfYouLoveMe-ImYours

My rating 4.5 stars.

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#BlogTour #Giveaway The Curse of Time #1 Bloodstone #ABRSC

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My paperback release blog tour continues this week with a fabulous tour organised by Jennifer Marston. Please do support the tour and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway to win a cash prize by visiting the blogs mentioned above in the Tour Schedule. Today, Sunday 22nd April is the last day to enter!!!!

Here are the links to the first two posts:

http://www.jerasjamboree.co.uk/2018/04/ya-fantasy-qa-m-j-mallon-the-curse-of-time.html

https://whatsbetterthanbooks.com/guestpost-curse-of-time-mj-mallon/

and a 4 star review: https://powisamy.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/blog-tour-curse-of-time-by-marjorie.html

Another excellent review: http://thisnortherngal.co.uk/books-2/review-the-curse-of-time/

Guest author post: https://lynseyjames.wordpress.com/2018/04/18/the-curse-of-time-by-m-j-mallon-guest-post/

Yeah another Book Review: https://anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com/2018/04/19/book-review-the-curse-of-time/

Author interview on Whispering Stories: https://whisperingstories.com/writing-life-marjorie-mallon/

Review: https://wrongsideoffortyuk.wordpress.com/2018/04/20/the-curse-of-time-by-majorie-mallon/

A Q and A and review: https://thehufflepuffnerdette.wordpress.com/2018/04/20/the-curse-of-time-book-blitz-qareview/

 

An excerpt https://jenniely.com/curse-time-excerpt-blog-tour/

An excerpt: https://libreriabeppe.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/blog-tour-giveaway-curse-of-time-mj-mallon.html

A wonderful 4 star review from Sarah Louise Blogspot: https://sarahlouisewrites.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/the-curse-of-time-review.html

A Q and A post: http://www.littlenovelist.com/blog/blogtour-mjmallon

You can follow the tour via twitter: @NeverlandBT and @Marjorie_Mallon.

A big thank you to all the Author Blogger Rainbow Support Club #ABRSC tour hosts that helped me with the fabulous pre-release and release tour –

Beginning with – keen crystal and cat enthusiast – the lovely Samantha Murdoch who started off the tour with this wonderful review post:  https://samanthamurdochblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/30/review-the-curse-of-time-book-one-bloodstone-by-m-j-mallon/

 

Do pop over to these wonderful blogs to see the posts and to support and acknowledge the work of these wonderful authors, artists, and bloggers.

Carolina Russo: https://yesterdayafter.com/2018/04/02/characters-illustration-a-collaboration-with-author-mj-mallon-1st-stop-blog-tour-abrsc/

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Adele Marie Park: https://firefly465.wordpress.com/2018/04/03/blog-tour-the-curse-of-time-book-one-the-bloodstone-by-marjorie-mallon/

Ritu: https://butismileanyway.com/2018/04/04/m-j-mallon-the-curse-of-time-paperback-book-release-blogtour/

Craig Boyack at Lisa Burton Radio: https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2018/04/05/the-curse-of-time-on-lisaburtonradio-2/

Debby Gies: https://dgkayewriter.com/blogtour-marjorie-mallon-celebrating-paperback-release-curse-time/

Sacha Black: https://sachablack.co.uk/2018/04/08/prologues/

Gary Jefferies: https://fictionisfood.com/2018/04/10/author-spotlight-marjorie-mallon/

Colleen Chesebro: https://colleenchesebro.com/2018/04/11/abrsc-blog-tour-the-curse-of-time-bloodstone-book-one-by-m-j-mallon/

Christy Birmingham: https://whenwomeninspire.com/2018/04/12/marjorie-mallon-paperback-the-curse-of-time/

Rachael Ritchey: https://rachaelritchey.com/2018/04/13/mjmallon-interview/

Esme Slabs: https://cookandenjoyrecipes.wordpress.com/2018/04/14/blogtour-guest-post-paperbackrelease-for-the-curse-of-time-book-one-bloodstone-m-j-mallon/

Special thanks to Vashti Vega for hosting me on her blog after having surgery! I had no idea she was about to have a procedure. I do hope she is fighting fit now.  Here is the link to her lovely post: https://vashtiqvega.wordpress.com/2018/04/14/blog-tour-the-curse-of-time-by-m-j-mallon/

Thanks for all your kindness supporting a debut author.

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Coming Soon!!! # PAPERBACK #RELEASE Blog Tour Party: The Curse of Time Book 1 Bloodstone #YA #Fantasy

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Today, it is my pleasure to share some awesome news with you.

The Curse of Time Book 1 Bloodstone will shortly be out in paperback. I have hit the publish button on Createspace and the paperback should be on Amazon within 3 – 5 working days.

I will be having a super duper blog tour. It has already begun with a wonderful advanced reader’s review post on 30th March with Samantha Murdoch: https://samanthamurdochblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/30/review-the-curse-of-time-book-one-bloodstone-by-m-j-mallon/

Samantha made some amazing comments on her review so I created these Canva graphics:

She also sent me three lovely photos of her cats posing with The Curse of Time #1 Bloodstone which you can see above – Lily (who models for the black cat character in my book – Shadow,) Ting the Siamese and Charlie La Princesse.

The Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support #ABRSC pre-release/release launch tour begins today on my mother’s birthday 2nd April.  I dedicated the book to my lovely mum and dad who’ve done so much to support and encourage me so it seemed fitting that I should choose that date to begin the process of launching my paperback.

Carolina Russo is my blog tour host today. Carolina has created some stunning portraits of two amazing characters in my book: Esme The Mirror Girl and The Creature of The Crystal Cottage (Eruterac.)

Please pop over to Carolina’s blog to see her beautifully presented post: https://yesterdayafter.com/2018/04/02/characters-illustration-a-collaboration-with-author-mj-mallon-1st-stop-blog-tour-abrsc/

And to all of my blog tour hosts. Give them some love!

#ABRSC Blog Tour Hosts:

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Week 3:

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And then…

For my final week there will be a blazing blog tour with Jenny at Neverland’s Blog Tour Company – Neverland Blog Tours:

isn’t it exciting!

Scary too, there will be reviews… I never realised how anxiety provoking that can be. Just hope they like/love my book!

Do pop by today to share in my happiness. It’s taken me a long  while to get this far but I did it! Yay! I crushed the Procrastination urge!

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Blog Tour for ‘Violet’ by Leslie Tate

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A big welcome to my guest Leslie… author of the trilogy of novels ‘Purple’, ‘Blue’ and ‘Violet’, as well as his trans memoir ‘Heaven’s Rage.’

VIOLET – THE INSIDE STORY

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When I interview authors on my blog https://leslietate.com/ about their new novel I usually begin with who they are, a few words about their new title, then questions about what kind of writing they do. I follow up with how their life experiences have contributed to their book, how it changed in the making, and why they’ve written it. I’m just as interested in the process as the result, so I might include questions about their writing habits, what fires them up and who they read and why.

I interview a wide range of people, not just authors. So I talk to musicians, artists, filmmakers, publishers, comedians, care-givers and people with disabilities or mental health issues – anyone who has to use imagination in one form or another to get by. I want to learn about them as people and how the act of doing something difficult has changed them, in themselves and in their view of the world. I also want to grasp the inflow and outflow of energy and imagination as well as the hard graft that went into what they’re creating.

So, with the tables turned, interviewing myself (as authors do, turning snatches of fantasy and overheard voices into polished monologues) – can I deliver even half of what I hope to get from them?

It’s a bit like playing God, but here goes…

Q: What’s your writing history?

A: I studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, I’ve been shortlisted for the Bridport, Geoff Stevens and Wivenhoe Prizes and I’m the author of the trilogy of novels ‘Purple’, ‘Blue’ and ‘Violet’, as well as my trans memoir ‘Heaven’s Rage’, which has been turned into a film.

Q: Tell us about your latest book.

A: The blurb for my recently-published novel ‘Violet’ runs like this: ‘The passionate, late-life love of Beth and James begins in 2003 on a blind date in a London restaurant. Attracted by James’s openness, Beth feels an immediate, deep connection between his honesty and her own romantic faith. From then on they bond, exchanging love-texts, exploring sea walks and gardens and sharing their past lives with flashbacks to Beth’s rural childhood and her marriage to a dark, charismatic minister…’

Q: What kind of writing do you do?

A: My published writing is about the changing patterns of modern love. It grows out of language – I constantly search for the right word to guide me to the next. My plots develop from the characters: what they say, how they interact and what lies deepest inside them.

Q: How do you approach the task of writing a novel?

A: When I write, I need to find the exact turn of phrase to get started. So I listen carefully as I try out multiple formulations. That can take days. When I hear the right note that sets me off, and from then on I repeatedly rewrite as I go. If I take a wrong turning or come to dead end I either find a ‘fix’ or cut back the story and rewrite. I don’t dash off an initial plot-driven draft and then revise later because the story grows slowly, organically, out of the words on the page.

Q: What fires you up? Who do you read – and why?

A: I’m inspired by the broad sweep of Robert Lowell’s poetry, the mysteries of ordinary life and sheer quirkiness of Carol Shields and Anne Tyler, the singularity of Marilynne Robinson’s vision, and the depth, power and complexity of James Joyce and Virginia Woolf.

Q: How much of your personal life went into your latest book?

A: Violet’s picture of a late-life love affair was adapted from my first meeting with my wife and children’s author, Sue Hampton. The love story soon develops its own fictional dynamic, but part two is based on supporting a sick friend – although this section focuses on the spiritual and psychological impact of long-term illness, rather than the physical details.

Q: Why do you write?

A: I wrote ‘Violet’ for the same reason I write anything – because I want to develop a strong authorial voice capable of ‘looking inside’ modern relationships and holding up a mirror to the society around, while retaining a feeling flow that comes naturally (despite all the rewriting) and transports the readers to places only fiction can take them.

In the UK, you can buy signed copies of ‘Violet’ at https://leslietate.com/shop/violet/

The ebook of Violet is available here: Violet by Leslie Tate (eBook)

Reviews:

Violet is a captivating novel narrated through letters, diary entries, instant messages, poems, and other writings that create a multi-textured depth to the storyline. Leslie Tate’s fluid, musical sentence structure, vivid use of imagery and description, and skilful storytelling bring to life a memorable protagonist in the character of Beth Jarvis, an imaginative and sensitive woman. A pleasure to read! Beth Copeland, Pushcart Prize nominated poet & winner of the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize

Leslie Tate has a beautiful turn of phrase and this work is threaded with elegant descriptive passages. The central characters are instantly likeable, and the reader has a quick and affectionate bond that hooks right from the opening pages. – Dawn Finch Trustee, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) Children’s Writer & Librarian.

The third, free-standing part of Leslie Tate’s trilogy opens with a thoroughly modern scenario: Beth, a middle-aged woman, sits in a restaurant waiting for her first meeting with James, a man of similar vintage with whom hitherto she has exchanged letters and phone conversations.

From that point on, Violet becomes timeless. Events and relationships could be from almost any era. Beth herself is a weaver of stories; the possibility is hard to dismiss that the whole thing is in Beth’s head. In places the author hints as much: “In fact, I could almost say we imagined who we were.”

There’s a dream-like quality to the painstaking precision of much of the description of places, events and conversations. Beth’s love stories – with Conrad first and, in her fifties, with James, are somewhat stylised. “Right from the start we chose to be in love,” she says of James, and there are echoes of Tristan and Isolt, Abelard and Heloise in their story.

Beth punctuates her musings about her men, her families, her illness – in short, about her life – with stories in various forms. Some are contributed by others, some are her own, some are reports of dreams. Beth suggests that the theme of her story is love, but I’d say it’s imagination: where it comes from and what purpose it might serve. In Violet, it gives full value. – David Guest, author and journalist.

At the heart of Violet, there is Beth, a divorced mother of two grown daughters and owner of a café, and there is James, previously married and with two adult children of his own. They are together, right from the opening pages, though in fact the paths of these two characters only intersected later in their lives. Theirs is a passionate love story.

The breadth of Violet is found not in its narrative scope—it is a personal tale with a limited cast of characters—but in how far it reaches inward, and outward. Symbolism and allegory abound, as Beth and James push the boundaries of their connection. They are the couple who dance among the flowers, with or without music, at times literally dancing words. They are the couple who have arrived at a place where the waiting ends.

Told in voices both living and posthumous, Violet is a celebration of the numinous, and a paean to life and love. With James at her side, and in spite of the all-consuming struggles she faces, Beth chooses to embrace a path that is “wild and windy and crazy”, along which the smallest experiences are acts of worship; a world that pulses with life and magic and joy. Michelle Payette-Daoust, blogger, bi-linguist and teacher 

Violet is the final instalment of Leslie Tate’s Lavender Blues trilogy. It chronicles the passionate later-in-life relationship of Beth and James. A simple love story? Think again. From the very first scene, a childhood story of Beth’s, entitled The Girl who Began Again, we are given a sense that this story will be something unique. We move straight from the childhood story, to an adult Beth sitting in a restaurant with a sheaf of letters sent to her by James. We learn that the pair have been corresponding and talking by telephone and that this would be their first date. Not a bad introduction.

After their successful first date, Tate eschews traditional story telling techniques by going backwards, over the series of pre-dated letters that have led to this point in the story. I wasn’t initially sure about this strategy, surely it would have made more sense to have the letters before the date? However, though the unorthodox decision does quench some of the initial dramatic tension, the letters themselves are fascinating. The move an invitation for the reader to abandon all pre-conceived ideas of what a novel ‘should’ involve.

After divesting us of our expectations, Tate then moves the narrative back and forth between Beth’s childhood and her evolving relationship with James. The various chapters are quirky and unorthodox involving text messages, dialogues without attributions, dreams, stories and poetry, giving one a sense that we are reading not so much a novel, as a real-life scrapbook of someone’s life. Particularly effective are the scenes from Beth’s early courtship with her first husband, an evangelical church minister, juxtaposed against the playfulness and indeed sacredness of her burgeoning relationship with James.

In part two, we skip forward six years, to a series of diary entries in Beth’s first-person narrative voice. She is married to James by this stage and I had similar reservations about the loss of dramatic tension as we looked back over their early struggles as a married couple. Despite this, I found part two the warmest and most endearing part of the novel. Beth is ill, the reader soon learns, her simple diary entries a chronicle of a couple coming to terms with a terminal illness. Their struggles, are chronicled in a quirky, unorthodox manner, which I’m beginning to recognise as Tate’s signature style. There is a loveliness to Beth’s simple spirituality, evoking all that is best in a life of faith. Their return to the rocky headland of their courtship concludes this section in a deeply symbolic manner.

Part three, opens with a letter written by James who is now in deep mourning. It is followed by some third person reflections of the community and then, what can only be described as series of affecting vignettes and stories from the perspective of the recently departed (or is she?) Beth. This section brought the metaphor of a scrapbook forcefully back to me. Perhaps, because I have only just planned a funeral, I was mindful of the fragmentary nature of our recollections. How one person can be different things to different people. How it is only when we pull them together that we can form a complete picture of their life. Which is sacred, in all of its phases, as Beth’s story was. This, I think, is the triumph of Tate’s novel. – Elizabeth Jane Corbett – Bristol Short Story Prize winner and author of The Tides Between.

Leslie’s website: https://leslietate.com/

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In the UK, you can buy signed copies of the first novel in the trilogy, ‘Purple’, at: https://leslietate.com/shop/purple/

Amazon UK has ‘Purple’ as an ebook and in paperback at:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Purple-Courtship-Generation-Lavender-Shades-ebook/dp/B0163F2ESQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1515681453&sr=8-1&keywords=purple+leslie+tate

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You can buy signed copies of ‘Blue’ in the UK at: https://leslietate.com/shop/blue/

Amazon UK has paperback copies of ‘Blue’ at: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blue-Lavender-Blues-Leslie-Tate/dp/1910094420/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1515681685&sr=1-2-catcorr&keywords=blue+leslie+tatehttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Blue-Lavender-Blues-Leslie-Tate/dp/1910094420/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1515681685&sr=1-2-catcorr&keywords=blue+leslie+tate

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You can buy signed copies of Leslie’s trans memoir ‘Heaven’s Rage’ in the UK at https://leslietate.com/shop/heavens-rage/

Amazon UK has paperback copies of ‘Heaven’s Rage’ at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heavens-Rage-Leslie-Tate-ebook/dp/B01N9EA5RP/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1515679913&sr=8-1&keywords=heaven%27s+Rage+Leslie+Tate

Bio:

Leslie Tate studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and has been shortlisted for the Bridport, Geoff Stevens and Wivenhoe Prizes. He’s the author of the trilogy of novels ‘Purple’, ‘Blue’ and ‘Violet’, as well as his trans memoir ‘Heaven’s Rage’, which has been turned into a film. Leslie runs a mixed arts show in Berkhamsted, UK, where he lives with his wife, multi-talented author Sue Hampton.

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Author Spotlights – Inspiration S C Skillman – Mystical Circles

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Today, I am delighted to welcome S C Skillman to my blog with her blog tour post and discussion about inspiration.

GUEST POST
By SC Skillman
For Marjorie Mallon
Inspiration, Motivation, and Keeping to the Path

Being an author in today’s world is a much tougher journey than one might ever believe, when one first conceives the desire to write stories.

I was inspired at the age of seven by the adventure stories of Enid Blyton and wanted to write exciting stories like hers. Essentially my desire was to write about girls my own age doing thrilling and dangerous and intrepid things quite out of my own daily experience. I created two girls called Marilyn and Sylvia and wrote many stories about them. They were good, brave, beautiful, clever and talented, everything I wanted to be. In other words, the desire was for transformation.

And this is why I believe we read fiction. Our longing is to be transported from out of our own lives, our own minds, into the mind and heart of someone else, to enter into a different world, to be inside someone else’s skin, to share his or her joys and sorrow and hopes and dreams.

Listening to conversations and observing people and the interaction of their personalities has long fascinated me and is a large part of my desire to write. I wrote a detailed daily journal throughout my teens and twenties, which ran to many volumes, and in it I would often record conversations I had been a part of or had overheard, and observations about people I knew, including family relationships.

The changes in the publishing scene over the past couple of decades have held out a seductive allure to independent authors, offering power and autonomy. Yet the snares along the path are even greater. We have all these opportunities, but also there are many people pursuing the same dream, and recording their success and offering their advice on social media. This can prove overwhelming for sensitive, introverted creative people – which is the case with many writers.
So it can prove a lifeline when we find inspiring quotes to strengthen and uplift us. Here’s one, from St Paul: “But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize.” And he also encouraged his readers with these words: “Only let us live up to all we have attained.”

Knowing that others have struggled for years and eventually, with persistence, won through, is a very helpful reminder for us when we start to doubt the value of our past achievements and allow it to weaken our faith in what we are capable of achieving in the future. My non-fiction book Perilous Path, an inspirational writers guide, contains several chapters which help authors to overcome obstacles in their path and how to use art and music as therapy as well as a source of fresh inspiration.

So, finally, what makes us carry on? We need to draw the water of inspiration and motivation from a reliable well. I found one particular saying of Sir Winston Churchill very powerful. When invited to speak to an audience of school pupils, who were all waiting to hear wise words from the great man, he said, “I only have five words to give you. Never, never, never give up.”

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