Publication Day|Shadows from the Past|Helen Pryke|plus #bookreview

Today my latest book, Shadows from the Past, was released, and Cooking The Books posted this wonderful review!


Please join me in wishing Helen Pryke a very happy publication day. Shadows from the Past is released today and is the second book in the Maggie Dupont suspense series. Helen is one of my favourite indie authors and she has produced some phenomenal books, 3 this year alone!

Shadows From the Past

Publisher:Pink Quill Books Published 8 Nov. 2019 Kindle Edition 188 pages Genre Thriller/suspense Purchase Links


When your life is falling apart…
…who can you trust?

My brother and I had our future all mapped out. Until that fateful night destroyed it. Now those responsible must pay.

When Maggie receives an anonymous letter, she realises she’s being stalked. The only connection is a Hampshire gang she helped put in prison thirteen years earlier. As the stalking intensifies, Maggie suspects everyone around her. Even those she loves.

Maggie becomes more and more paranoid, unable to…

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#BookReview for A Brugel Fairytale Treasury by Ebony McKenna

My review for A Brugel Fairytale Treasury (Ondine Book 5), 5/5 stars.

A wonderful collection of Brugelish fairytales! Having loved the Ondine series I had to read this, and it didn’t disappoint! (Ondine is a young witch living in Brugel, who has a talking ferret called Hamish – although it turns out Hamish is actually a man who upset her grandmother, so she turned him into a ferret! The footnotes in the books will have you laughing out loud!)

I love the way the author has taken well-known fairytales and given them her unique twist, and her witty comments in the narrative made me snort out loud a few times. The recipes at the end are also fun to read!

Perfect for readers of all ages, and a great introduction to the Ondine books if you haven’t yet read them.

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#BookReview for Essence of Magic by L.J. Rivers

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My review for Essence of Magic (Ruby Morgan Book 1) by L.J. Rivers, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

I loved this book! The main character, Ruby, is easy to relate to, with all the worries that every teenager has, but also has the added problem of being a Fae.

Forced to keep her powers hidden to avoid persecution by humans, she’s determined to find out what really happened to her father when he died. Add to that the problem of MagX, a powerful drug made from Magicals’ blood that all the teenagers are taking, and she has her work cut out!

This first book is a great introduction to the series. We get to know Ruby, and meet her new-found friends when she goes to university. The story keeps you gripped as more secrets are revealed, and not everything is as it seems. And who, or what, is the mysterious shadow following Ruby?

It ends on a slight cliff hanger, but as it’s the first book in a series, that’s to be expected. The main story in the book is resolved by the end, which is important!

I can’t wait to read the next one! Highly recommend.

Note: The ebook is available to preorder, while the paperback is available to buy now.

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#BookReview for Stealing the Light by Lisa Hofmann

My review for Stealing the Light (Dies Irae Book 1) by Lisa Hofmann, 5/5 stars.

A beautifully written fantasy that draws you into the magical world the author has created. The incredible world-building is so well done that you feel like you’re reading a piece of real history, rather than a fictional novel.

I love how the various characters’ stories gradually interweave throughout the book, each thread slowly being gathered in until they come together. Lighthearted moments give way to more tragic scenes, as some secrets are revealed and others hinted at.

There are some themes of abuse throughout the story, that enrich the story line and make you feel all the emotions. But despite this, or perhaps because of it, the main characters are strong and resourceful, making the best of every situation while searching for a better future.

I’m intrigued to see where the story is going, and can’t wait to read the next two books in the series! Highly recommend.

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#BookReview of Time for Christmas by Mette Barfelt

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My review for Time for Christmas (Solvik Book 7) by Mette Barfelt, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

This is the last book in the Solvik series, and it’s sad to say goodbye to all these wonderful characters we’ve come to know.

This time it follows Celine and her daughter. Celine is looking forward to spending a romantic Christmas with new boyfriend, Leander, when her ex-boyfriend Nichlas arrives with his mother, Ramona, demanding to see their daughter.

Poor Celine finds herself in an ever more complicated situation as Ramona tries every trick in the book to get her and Nichlas back together again. The author is very good at creating characters you either love or hate in every book, and this one is no exception. I found myself rooting for Celine and wishing she wouldn’t give in to the pair’s unreasonable demands, while Ramona and Nichlas deserved a slap!

Amidst all the family trauma, the author creates some beautiful Christmas scenes that make you wish it was already December! And, as usual, there are some mouth-watering recipes at the end of the book.

Each book is a treasure to read, and I love seeing how different Norwegian culture is from my own. The food, the people, the countryside – I feel like I’ve come to know these characters and Solvik, and I’ll miss catching up on their latest antics. I highly recommend the whole series for a cosy, and sometimes not so cosy, read.

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#Freebook: Adventure in Malasorte Castle by Julia E. Clements

Today and tomorrow you can download Adventure in Malasorte Castle for free! With an abandoned castle, a disgusting demon, and a group of kids who have to break a centuries-old curse, this fun adventure story for children age 8-12 is perfect for Halloween.

You can get your free copy here:

Please leave a review if you enjoy it, so other readers can discover the book too!


An abandoned castle, a valley infested by evil spirits, and a cursed family … an exciting new adventure for the River Hawks!

Twelve-year-old Izzy is excited to be spending the summer holidays with her Italian grandmother. She eagerly listens to spine-tingling tales of the evil spirits that once infested Val De Monio, in awe of the Guardians who did battle with them. But when Gran tells her about a Mazzapeghoul, a wicked demon, still inhabiting Malasorte Castle, Izzy starts to doubt whether her stories are true.

When her new-found Italian friends suggest spending a night in Malasorte Castle to prove it isn’t haunted, she jumps at the chance to join them. But things start going bump in the night, and they begin to wonder if the Mazzapeghoul is more than just a local myth.

Why did the last members of the family flee the castle in 1932, leaving it empty and desolate? Can Izzy and her friends solve the puzzle and break the curse on the castle before it’s too late?

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What did you do on your summer vacation? Izzy visited her grandmother in Italy and what an adventure she had. Adventure in Malasorte Castle by Julia E. Clements shares the escapades of Izzy and her new friends as they learn of Izzy’s grandmother’s stories of evil spirits and haunted castles.

Izzy and her friends decide to spend the night in the local supposedly haunted castle to prove it really isn’t haunted. Izzy takes her grandmother’s spell book just in case they need to cast out any evil demons. Deciphering her grandmother’s spell book and putting the spell into action help the group become friends forever.

Adventure in Malasorte Castle is a fun read and will keep the young reader turning the pages. The prologue set the mood of the book and provided a great hook. The theme of making friends is one that readers this age will connect with. I also loved the building of relationships between a grandmother and her grandchild. With a touch of demons and magic spells, Julia E. Clements stirs up a story that the young reader will enjoy.

Izzy’s parents are going through a hard time and she worries about whether they will divorce. This issue is one that many young readers face today and the hope provided for them in the story – that things will be okay in the end – is a great bond for them. I recommend Adventure in Malasorte Castle for middle grade readers and, as an adult, even I enjoyed it!


#BookReview for Wonky Inn Series, books 1-8 by Jeannie Wycherley

I picked up the first book in the series when the author gave it away for free on Amazon, and was immediately hooked by this charming series. So when I got Kindle Unlimited for 3 months, I made it my mission to read all 8 books!

Alf is such a lovable character, and as the series progresses she overcomes her lack of self confidence, becoming feistier and stronger with each book. Unlucky in love, she has the added benefit of being able to turn annoying exes into toads if she wishes!

Each story has a murder mystery to solve, with the wonky inn and Alf right in the middle of things. There are ghosts, resident and non, vampires, a mysterious association that is trying to drive Alf away, dead bodies turning up, and even an episode of The Great Witchy Cake Off!

Full of dry British humour, great characters (good and bad), love and sadness, each book just gets better and better. I hope there are more to come, after Alf’s Mission Impossible antics in book 8!

These books are great fun to read, reminiscent of Midsomer Murders (with not quite as many deaths!) in their charm and gentle narrative. I highly recommend you pick up the whole series and let yourself be transported to the wonky inn for some well-deserved rest and relaxation!

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#BookReview for Helene (Lost Tales of Solace Book 1) by Karl Drinkwater

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My review for Helene (Lost Tales of Solace Book 1) by Karl Drinkwater, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

Having read the two full-length novels, I was looking forward to this novella from the series. And it didn’t disappoint!

It takes us back to the beginning, when Clarissa was an emergent AI who still had to learn much about life – especially how to tell a joke! The interaction between Helene and the AI is just as amusing, descriptive, and wonderful as it is in the other two books, this is Drinkwater at his best!

I love the universe that has been created here, and how each book reveals a little more. I can’t wait for the next instalment! I highly recommend the whole series.

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#BookPromo for books of all genres!

Story Origin and BookFunnel are two great ways for readers to find new books that are free, discounted, or in Kindle Unlimited.

Even better, a lot of bundles have books of different genres, so whatever your tastes, you’re bound to find something you like! If you’re looking for new authors, or for something different, you’re spoilt for choice.

You can find four of my books in various promos at the moment, why not check them out?


Story Origins book promo 1

My book, The Lost Girls, is in this bundle, and is .99 for the rest of today! Click here to see the books.


Story Origins promo 2

You can find the first novel I published, Walls of Silence, in this bundle of great books in Kindle Unlimited. Click here to see the books.


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You can find the first two books of The Innocenti Saga in this bundle, along with lots of other books in Kindle Unlimited. Click here to see the books.


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Another bundle of mystery/suspense books with a female protagonist, including The Lost Girls. Many are in Kindle Unlimited. Click here to see the books.


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Last but not least, here’s a bundle of free ebooks that are part of a series, where you’ll find The Last of the Guardians, a short story for older children written under my pen name, Julia E. Clements. Click here to see the books.

I hope you enjoy browsing these promos and find lots of new books for your e-reader!

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