MJ Interviews Esme – The Mirror Girl

Welcome To Kyrosmagica! So lovely to see you Esme. MJ: Tell us about your life Esme. Esme: I’ve had two lives, and both are hard to understand. In my past life I appeared to be free but never experienced freedom. I felt trapped in my body and my mind didn’t feel that it fitted, like a puzzle piece trying to correspond to the wrong shape. My mind rebelled; I self-harmed. Now that I am a prisoner in the mirrors of Amelina’s house, I can’t self-harm.  I can’t do anything. I’m a victim of a curse but I’m not the only victim. MJ: Why did you self-harm? Esme: Everyone expected me to be perfect. I couldn’t cope. The pressure kept building up and up. It was my way of dealing. My personal punch bag. MJ: That makes me so sad.  I wish I could help you. Esme: I know you do. You feel my pain and wrote about it in your novel. MJ: I tried to do it justice; I hope in some small way I succeeded. Esme: You did. But can we talk about something else? This is making me anxious. MJ: Of course, is it okay to talk about the curse? Or is that off-limits? Esme: No, that’s okay. MJ: Who else was a victim? Esme: Amelina’s dad. MJ: What about the rest of the family? Esme: They’re trapped too but they’re not prisoners. Hey, wait a minute. They are prisoners in a way… sometimes you don’t have to be a […]

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Please vote for me in AuthorsDB First Line Contest

    I’ve now entered the AuthorsDB First line contest as well as the cover contest. I figured nothing ventured nothing gained. I entered the first three lines of my prologue: Most people would call our existence strange, but this is more than that, this deserves a headline. We’re not spectacular enough to feature on the national or international news, […]

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My Kyrosmagica Review of Ravens Gathering

Goodreads Synopsis: As she let her gaze drift around her, she saw that there were more birds. Perhaps a dozen or so, perched among the trees that stood on the edge of the clearing. And yet more were arriving, swooping down through the gap overhead and landing on branches that overlooked them. The birds weren’t threatening, yet the sight of them all coming together in this dark and isolated spot was unnerving. Tanya reached a hand out towards Martin, and was relieved to feel him take it. She felt him move in behind her. After the uncertainty she’d experienced with him in a similar position only a few moments ago, she recognised the irony of her reaction. His closeness offered security. “You know what they are, don’t you?” A stranger’s arrival in a small village coincides with a tragic accident. For the Gates family in particular it’s more than a coincidence, but their unease increases following a brutal attack. As tensions rise, a dark past returns to haunt them and others, while newcomers to the village are drawn into a mystery with terrifying consequences. And no one can explain why the ravens are gathering. Ravens Gathering twists and turns as the truth is gradually exposed in a gripping thriller with a supernatural edge to it. My review: This is a very ambitious first novel, and on the whole Graeme Cumming does a fantastic job, creating a novel which is both […]

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