Bloodstone (The Curse of Time Book 1) Coffee and Bookish Chit Chat with MJ. Art Coming Alive #YA #Fantasy @NextChapterPB #Art #Inspirations

Coffee and Bookish Chit Chat with MJ – Themes in Writing – Inspirations

Art coming alive!
Art coming alive is one of the many fascinating themes explored in the Curse of Time series. The main protagonist Amelina, our young Krystallos heroine, is gifted a magical paint set from her aunt Karissa and when she paints with the crystal infused paint, the creature Eruterac comes knocking at her door like a Halloween nightmare in glorious, scary detail!

What are his intentions? Is this painted apparition real? Is he a friend, or a foe?

Image via Carolina Russo


Here’s a snippet from the book:

The paintbrushes were silent and so involved in creating they didn’t have the energy to talk. My hand moved of its own accord. Breathing deeply, I calmed down a little. The brush continued to make progress.

Before I knew it, the black splodges of paint I’d painted during my last session had moved together to form a dark, ominous creature dominating the centre of my painting. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was the creature from my dream. The face scowled at me, and I noticed a suggested movement as if the creature contemplated leaping out of the canvas in my direction at any moment.

This terrifying being deserved the term: hideous. No other word would do it justice. Lumps of earth were matted around its skull, convincing me that it wore dreadlocks. Worms fed on the rotting skin that hung from its skeletal frame. Many insects collected in the recesses of the creature’s decaying body.

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What do you think? Is the creature a nice guy?


The idea of art manifesting as a living albeit dead being came in part from Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray – the painted portrait representing the horror of moral disintegration. 
So, to find out if Eruterac really is a horror (there is no doubt he isn’t pretty to look at and he is disintegrating – a creature of skin, bones, worms…) read the book! 


Portraits of Eruterac, The Creature and Esme are both created by the amazingly talented artist Carolina Russo who I have had the pleasure of collaborating with.


Esme is a favourite character with my readers and with me!  

“This is a brilliant book for young adults interested in magic, super‐ natural, paranormal, fantasy and myth. I found it highly readable and the author’s imagination is phenomenal, as is the fluency of her language and the dazzling way she describes the curious events and characters in her story. I loved the idea of Esme, the girl trapped in the mirror” Review Quote Author S C Skillman

Esme is vulnerable, sensitive and trapped in a mirror, cursed by a spell. She is also trapped figuratively by her mental health and self harm issues of her past.

Excerpt: Esme and Amelina chatting…

Esme peered through the glass, standing up on tiptoes. Her eyes gleamed with a morbid curiosity as if we were chatting about some sinister TV drama.

I didn’t want to talk about it. So, instead, I played it down, saying, ‘As you know, the Crystal Cottage invited me to visit.’

‘You must go,’ said Esme, stretching to her full height to give weight to her words. ‘It’s a sign—dreams often are.’

‘Maybe. I dreamt I had set foot within the cottage, but it was just a dream, and I still haven’t found it in real life. I so badly want to escape, though. This house imprisons everyone, not just you, Esme.’

‘Yes, I know, but it’s worse being inside this glass, believe me.’ Esme pointed at herself, and I watched as her face fell, inch by inch, a chilling avalanche of sadness.

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Some great news! Bloodstone now has wide distribution!

My YA Fantasy Bloodstone is available at Amazon and many leading bookstores worldwide including Book Depository, Blackwells, Barnes and Noble, in all book formats including hardback.

Amazon KU and link to buy a copy: Universal book Link: http://mybook.to/bstmm

I would really appreciate some reviews on Amazon. There are many on Goodreads but any Amazon reviewers out there please help!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58417468-bloodstone

For professional reviewers and book enthusiasts Bloodstone is currently available to read on Netgalley and and on Book Sirens for a limited time only, so please request your copy asap.

To download a free copy via Book Sirens click this link: https://booksirens.com/book/H4SI6L4/Q9PZX3A

To request a copy via NetGalley click this link: https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/230784

If you can help by voting for the beautiful cover… it is in the Allauthor cover competition.

They say not to judge a book by its cover but I need you to do just that! If you liked the cover of my book, Bloodstone (The Curse Of Time Book 1), please vote for it for the Cover of the Month contest on AllAuthor.com!

Please take a short moment to vote for my book cover here: Click to Vote!

To read my latest author interviews:

Interview about the writing life of M J Mallon with Stacey at Whispering Stories:

https://www.whisperingstories.com/the-writing-life-of-m-j-mallon/

And to Camilla Downs for this wonderful feature on Meeting The Authors:

https://meetingtheauthors.com/2021/07/30/friday-with-friends-embracing-change-m-j-mallon/

https://booksgosocial.com/2021/07/27/interview-with-m-j-mallon-the-author-of-a-fantasy-novel-bloodstone/

Media Kit: https://mjmallon.com/2021/07/17/media-kit-bloodstone-the-curse-of-time-book-1-nextchapterpb-ya-fantasy-release/

Bye for now, happy saturday!

Hope you enjoyed the book chit chat.

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The Book Courtship Book Tag

Thank you to Charley from Books and Bakes 1 for tagging me to join in the Book Courtship Book Tag.

Charley has a lovely blog about books and baking, two of my favourite pastimes!  I just love to read and to bake and eat yummy cakes too!

Here’s a link to Charley’s blog post about the tag: https://booksandbakes1.wordpress.com/2015/10/18/the-book-courtship-book-tag/

I’ve been super busy just recently as I’m currently been doing two read-a-thons. The first one is a Halloween themed readalong from Stripes Publishing, the #redeyereadalong and I have been reviewing all the awesome #redeye books on my blog, the current book I am reading this week is Dark Room from Tom Becker.  The second readathon I’m taking part in is the Trees of Reverie readathon, and for this I’m currently reading Caroline Peckham’s Creeping Shadow. So I don’t get bored I have been doing some photography, and quote challenges too, as well as joining Instagram.

I’m feeling slightly overwhelmed so:

I will be taking a bit of a blogging break in November, to coincide with Nanowrimo, and possibly December to concentrate on my writing, and getting my manuscript Krystallos ready for publication. More about that soon……

Here’s my responses to the book tag:

Phase 1 – Initial Attraction: A book that you bought because of the cover?

I also bought The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, (Charley did too!) as I just loved this cover so much. It caught my eye in Waterstons and I just fell in deep book cover love. I loved the book too. My review of the Miniaturist: https://mjmallon.com/2015/01/12/my-kyrosmagica-review-of-the-miniaturist-by-jessie-burton/

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As well as this I loved the cover of The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell.

More about The Bone Clocks on my review: https://mjmallon.com/2014/12/08/my-kyrosmagica-review-of-the-bone-clocks-by-david-mitchell/

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Phase 2 – First Impressions: A book that you got because of the summary?

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The Night Circus By Erin Morgenstern.

The summary is all in capital letters and is so engaging, even though it is simplicity itself:

THE CIRCUS ARRIVES

WITHOUT WARNING

NO ANNOUNCEMENTS

PRECEDE IT …

IT IS SIMPLY THERE, WHEN YESTERDAY IT WAS NOT.

Phase 3 – Sweet Talk: A book with great writing?

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There are so many authors that would fit into this “Sweet” category. Stephanie Perkins comes to mind.  I loved Stephanie Perkins Anna and The French Kiss, Lola and The Boy Next Door, and Isla and The Happily Ever After. My favourite out of these three was Lola and The Boy Next Door. For some reason that I can’t quite recollect I have only reviewed two out of the three in the series, omitting to do the first which is strange but anyway here they are:

https://mjmallon.com/2014/06/09/review-of-lola-and-the-boy-next-door-stephanie-perkins/

https://mjmallon.com/2014/11/16/my-kyrosmagica-review-of-isla-and-the-happily-ever-after-by-stephanie-perkins/

Phase 4 – First Date: A first book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series?

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I’m a bit lazy about reading series, on the whole I tend to prefer reading standalone novels but sometimes a series really captures my full attention and then I get hooked. An example of this is undoubtedly the first book in The Old Kingdom Series by Garth Nix, Sabriel. I loved this series, which I read as part of the Hot Key Books readathon.

https://mjmallon.com/2014/12/15/my-kyrosmagica-review-of-abhorsen-by-garth-nix/

https://mjmallon.com/2014/09/23/my-kyrosmagica-review-of-garth-nixs-sabriel/

https://mjmallon.com/2014/10/17/my-kyrosmagica-review-of-garth-nixs-lirael/

 

Phase 5 – Late Night Phone Calls: A book that kept you up all night?

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Summertime by Vanessa Lafaye would fit into this category because when I did finally get to sleep I dreamt that my bed was filled with hurricane winds! I could feel myself being lifted, and buffeted on a bed of sheets, and thrown up and down in the air. Luckily my dream carried me gently up and down as if I was on a trampoline of buffeting air!

My review of Summertime: https://mjmallon.com/2015/02/28/my-kyrosmagica-review-of-summertime-by-vanessa-lafaye/

Phase 6 – Always on my mind: A book you could not stop thinking about?

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The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak, which I read a long time ago before I started doing reviews. If you haven’t read this then go out and get a copy of this fantastic book, which is about:

A GIRL

AN ACCORDIONIST

SOME FANATICAL GERMANS

A JEWISH FIST FIGHTER

AND QUITE A LOT OF THIEVERY

and is narrated by a gruesome chap called DEATH!!!

Phase 7 – Getting Physical: A book which you love the way it feels?

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The Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller, loved this, it’s gold embossed cover is so textured!! Great feels for this one, fantastic read too! Go and get a copy!

My review: https://mjmallon.com/2015/05/16/my-kyrosmagica-review-of-the-song-of-achilles-by-madeline-miller/

Phase 8 – Meeting the parents: A book which you would recommend to your family and friends?

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The Italian Chapel by Philip Paris, just loved this book, and recommended it to my mum and dad, and some friends too! Such a lovely book, so heart warming and inspiring, if you haven’t read it then you must remedy that fast.

My review: https://mjmallon.com/2014/07/04/my-kyrosmagica-review-of-the-italian-chapel-by-philip-paris/

Phase 9 – Thinking about the future: A book or series you know you will re read many times in the future?

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The Brandon Sanderson’s series, these are just so awesome, if I had a lot of spare time I’d love to read and re-read these as they have so much going for them. Brandon Sanderson has a wicked imagination. I’ve read The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) and The Well of Ascension (Mistborn # 2.) I’ve reviewed Mistborn #1 on this blog:

The Final Empire. Mistborn: https://mjmallon.com/2015/01/31/my-kyrosmagica-review-of-mistborn-by-brandon-sanderson/

Phase 10 – Share the love: Who do you tag?

I would like to tag lots and lots of you lovely book bloggers so here goes:

http://novelreveries.com/

https://ireadnovels.wordpress.com/

http://heenarathorep.com/

http://www.mybookishlife.com/

https://scatterbooker.wordpress.com/

https://heatherreviews.wordpress.com

https://lipsyy.wordpress.com/.com/

https://stephaniesbookreviews.wordpress.com/

http://mylittlebookblog.com/

http://jennyinneverland.com/

http://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/

http://booksaredelicious.com/

http://theprettybooks.wordpress.com.

http://amandasnoseinabook.wordpress.com/

http://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com

https://bibliomad.wordpress.com/

https://katnisspotterbooklover.wordpress.com/

If I’ve left anyone out don’t be shy join in please do, the more the merrier!

Hope you enjoyed reading my Book Courtship Tag post! Have you read any of the books in my post?

Oh, and by the way I am now on Instagram if you’d like to follow me there too: https://instagram.com/kyrosmagica/

 

Bye for now,

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Marje @ Kyrosmagica xx

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