#CoverReveal for The Dragonfly Grove

At long last, the wait is over! The Dragonfly Grove, sequel to The Healer’s Secret, is about to be published. I have enjoyed writing The Innocenti Saga, and hope you enjoy following Jennifer’s story as more secrets are revealed.

Blurb:

Jennifer’s life has changed for the better since she arrived in Italy. She’s put her past behind her and can finally look forward to a brighter future with boyfriend Francesco and her Italian relatives. If it wasn’t for the disturbing visions she keeps having of a pregnant young girl.

Who is she? Is she a part of the Innocenti family and, if so, what is her connection to the Dragonfly Grove?

Jennifer knows she must once again travel to the past to find the answers to her questions, but this time she’s afraid she won’t be able to come back.

Following on from The Healer’s Secret, this much-anticipated sequel will take you to medieval England for a breath-taking journey through time.

And here’s the cover! As usual, it has been created by Francesco Valla of vallacovers.info from photos he took during various trips around Italy. The paperback is coming soon!

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MG/YA Book Launch!

My good friend Sarah Northwood and I are hosting a Facebook event on the 29th September to celebrate the launch of our new books, The Westwood Witches and Adventure in Malasorte Castle, which are releasing on the 30th September.

All these other MG/YA authors are dropping in to help host with chat, games and giveaways, so please come along and join in the fun! We’ll be giving away paperback and digital copies of our books too! Hope to see you there!

Trisha J. Kelly
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Kade Cook
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Kate Frost
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Bob Stone
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Jenny Burke
https://www.facebook.com/Jenny-S-Burke-721518861218158/

Terry Marchion
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Blurb for The Westwood Witches

Aero trembled as she held the box sealed inside black paper. The dilemma was a difficult one – her mum had told her the box contained secrets she might not be ready for. Once she opened it, there would be no going back… 
Aero has always felt like a misfit and an outsider. Thankfully, having a best friend like Lilly, along with a grandma like Joanna, makes life worth living. But a terrible event tears her world apart, and Aero Westwood is about to discover that her family has more secrets than most.

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Blurb for Adventure in Malasorte Castle

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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#BookReview for The Westwood Witches by Sarah Northwood

Pink quill books pick_jpegThis is my review for The Westwood Witches by Sarah Northwood, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information).

I’ve read all of Sarah Northwood’s books, so when I got the chance to work with Sarah on her latest novel, I was really excited! I’ve seen this book transform from its first draft to the final, polished version it is today, and it has been a privilege to be a part of the whole process. Sarah has worked hard at developing the story into something she should be extremely proud of.

Right from the start, I loved this book! Aero, the protagonist, lacks self-confidence, finds it hard to make friends, and is fed up with being bullied at school. But underneath her timid exterior is a feisty young girl just waiting to come out. And when she inherits something special from her grandmother, her life completely changes.

This story is different from your usual YA. There’s no eye-rolling, or flouncing out of rooms in a huff, or stroppy teenage fights with the parents. And there’s no soppy love story with blatant misunderstandings and teenage angst. Instead, Aero is portrayed as a ‘real’ teenager – one who is trying to find her place in life while dealing with school, studying, and all the usual problems 17-year-olds have to face, which are exacerbated when a tragic event occurs. And of course, Aero is no ordinary 17-year-old girl.

The book is a mix of fun, sadness, hope, terror, new beginnings and sad endings. The reader goes through every emotion with Aero as events unfold and mysteries are revealed. The author has also created a whole new world called the Shadow Realm, filled with mystical creatures, which I look forward to learning more about in the next book.

This is a wonderful, unique YA story that I highly recommend!

You can pre-order it now at the special price of 99c/99p. The book releases on 30 September 2018.

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#BookReview for Coffee Break Companion by S.L. Grigg

I’m pleased to be part of Sharon Griggs’ blog tour this week. I read her book, Coffee Break Companion, in a couple of days, and thoroughly enjoyed it! Before my review, though, here’s some information about the book and the author.

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Blurb:

Grab that cup of coffee (or tea if you prefer), maybe add a splash of something stronger, settle down and enjoy your break with this gripping collection of flash fiction and poetry that will send shivers down your spine. With an added bonus of a longer story at the end that will fill your lunch break. What are you waiting for? Dive in! Everything from a discovery in an Ice Cavern, to a tornado. Mermaids, and Dragons. Mystery and Horror. This collection of flash fiction and poetry has something to capture anyone’s imagination, with a final chilling thriller that will leave you gasping for air.

About the author:

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This is the first published book by S.L. Grigg having previously written a popular blog on mental health, and having articles published by Mind, the mental health charity, and NHS England. Working for NHS England from a home in Bromsgrove, England, S.L Grigg lives with a partner and two adult children. S.L Grigg has studied everything from Science and Law, to Journalism and Pilates but writing has always been the greatest passion in S.L.Grigg’s life.

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Wherever you are in the #World this link will take you to your local #Amazon site so you can pick up a copy of my #firstbook #selfpub #newauthor #indieauthors #free on #Kindleunlimited

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Here’s my review for Coffee Break Companion, 5/5 stars!

It’s not easy to create credible, interesting characters in a short story, but S.L. Grigg does just that – not once, but over and over again in each story in her book. Be warned, though, and don’t get too attached to the characters – she also has a knack of turning an ordinary, run-of-the-mill situation into terror-filled moments with a twist you won’t see coming.

Right from the start, I understood these stories would be something special, and the author didn’t disappoint. Some are long, some are short, and throughout, the book is interspersed with some wonderful poems that will touch your heart.

A lovely read that I highly recommend.

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Adventure in Malasorte Castle by Julia E. Clements

The ebook version of Julia E. Clements’ latest book, Adventure in Malasorte Castle, is now available to pre-order! The paperback will also be available very soon.

Set in an abandoned castle in Italy that is haunted by a disgusting nose-picking demon, this is a fun adventure story for kids age 9-12.

When English girl Izzy arrives in Italy on holiday, she’s happy to make friends with a group of Italian children, even though the only other girl, Jessica, doesn’t seem to like her much. But when they decide to stay overnight in Malasorte Castle, the two girls soon realise they have to put their differences behind them if they are to solve the puzzle of the curse and rid the castle of its demon.

Blurb:

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?

You can pre-order Adventure in Malasorte Castle for the special price of 99p/99c at all online retailers.

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Here are a couple of short excerpts:

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#BookReview for The Devil’s Lieutenant by Shervin Jamali

My review for The Devil’s Lieutenant by Shervin Jamali, 5/5 stars.

This is an intense read! It’s a short story you can read in one day, but it keeps you hooked from the first pages. I loved the dynamics between Lucifer and Michael, and how the story twists just when you least expect it.

Michael goes from being a man who has everything to losing it all and selling his soul to the devil. But he’s a nice guy, even when carrying out orders, and you can only feel pity for him as his life spirals out of control.

Even the bits that could have been cliched take you by surprise – I mean, who could imagine shooting a game of pool with God?! Violent in places, and with some swearing, it is nonetheless a great read.

Well written and fast paced, I highly recommend this book.

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#BookReview for Doctor Perry by Kirsten McKenzie

My review for Doctor Perry by Kirsten McKenzie, 4/5 stars.

This book is everyone’s worst nightmare come true. An old people’s home run by a tightfisted manager, rude staff who don’t give any consideration to the elderly residents, and a mad doctor with a life-changing potion and a never-ending supply of patients to experiment on.

Add in a series of side characters, some of whom come to an unpleasant end, and you’ve got a great novel that will keep you turning the pages to the finish. The author is good at creating characters you’ll either love or hate, and describing scenes that definitely aren’t for the squeamish!

This is a book that will leave you uneasy while you’re reading it, and hoping that you’ll never have a GP like Doctor Perry. I definitely recommend this book!

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#CoverReveal for Adventure in Malasorte Castle by Julia E. Clements

Julia E. Clements has written a new book for children age 8-12.  This time she has gone in completely the opposite direction of Dreamland, and has written a paranormal adventure story set in an abandoned castle in the heart of a valley in Italy.

Izzy, the protagonist, has to spend her summer holidays with her Italian grandmother while her parents try and sort out their marriage. Never having visited her grandmother before, Izzy isn’t sure how her holiday will be – but she never expected to find herself trying to break a five hundred-year-old curse!

Here’s the blurb:

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?

And here’s the cover, once again designed by Francesco Valla at vallacovers.info

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Julia is now working on two more children’s books, including a sequel to Dreamland! For more information, visit her page here.

Let us know what you think of the cover in the comments!

 

#BookReview for White Birch Graffiti by Jeff Van Valer

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My review for White Birch Graffiti, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information).

First of all, if you haven’t read the first book, The Light in the Trees, then you should! You can see my review and the Amazon links here.

White Birch Graffiti is set thirty years after the first book. Most of the characters return, in one way or another. Ted, the protagonist, is an ER doctor and is happily married, although he still has nightmares about that fateful night thirty years earlier. Little does he realise the nightmare is about to become real.

The story takes off straight away, drawing you in as events unfold in quick succession. There is one scene in particular at the beginning that left me speechless – the way the author describes it makes you feel as if you’re actually there, going through everything the character experiences.

This is a powerfully-written book about a terrible secret, one man’s fight against time during a race to power in the White House, and the people who are sacrificed on the way. It’s a story of friendship, power struggles, deceit, loss, and a grudgingly-mutual respect born from life-long animosity.

I was lucky enough to be asked to proofread this book by the author, so could read it before everyone else! I had already read the first book, which I enjoyed, and was completely blown away by this sequel. I highly recommend you read both!

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