#BookReview for The Black Fire Chronicles: One Magical Day by Kim Rigby, and Amélie by Lisa Hofmann

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My review for The Black Fire Chronicles: One Magical Day (Prologue) by Kim Rigby, 5/5 stars.

What a great addition to the Black Fire Chronicles! The author takes us back to the magical day when Andrew and Ralph meet for the first time, but there’s a dark entity out to stop this ever happening.

We get to see more of Andrew’s parents, and Dorothy and the hare pop up too in this exciting prequel to the series. With plenty of action and some insights to the rest of the series, it’s a great read for children and adults alike. Highly recommend.

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My review for Amélie by Lisa Hofmann, 5/5 stars.

What I love about Lisa Hofmann’s short stories is that you are drawn into the story straight away, as if you’ve been a part of the story from the beginning.

I could picture the castle, feel the terror of the siege, the desperation of the people, and sympathise with Amélie’s distress at having to leave her sick mother.

With a touch of magic and a promise of love, this short story will remain with you for a long time after reading it. Highly recommend.

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#BookReview for The Runaway by Linda Huber

Pink quill books pick_2020My review for The Runaway by Linda Huber, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

What can I say? I’ve read quite a few books by Linda Huber, starting with The Cold Cold Sea, which my husband bought me for my birthday a couple of years ago. Since then, I’ve become quite a fan. She kindly gave me an ARC of The Runaway, and I loved it!

Nicola, Ed, and Kelly are such relatable characters, and you immediately feel like you’ve known them forever. Nicola is a stressed-out mum, trying to juggle work and family life in London, Kelly is a teenager, going through a turbulent time and opposed to any change, and Ed is the quiet one, keeping himself to himself. Everything ticks along nicely, until Ed’s mother dies and he inherits her house down in Cornwall.

For a while you don’t know where the story is going to take you, then all of a sudden you’re in the middle of every parent’s deepest fear. The tension pulls you along, keeping you enthralled as the story develops. The scenes where Nicola is trawling the streets of London are heartwrenching, and so well written!

I’m not going to give anything away, but I couldn’t put it down until I’d finished. There were so many missed chances, so many “Noooo!” moments, and a scene towards the end that will have your heart in your mouth as you beg her not to do it.

A great psychological thriller I highly recommend!

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#Unicorns, #mermaids, and so much more!

About six months ago, Sarah Northwood and I decided to write a children’s book together. You can see the cover reveal and read about it here.

The book, Unicorns, Mermaids, and Magical Tales, is now with our beta readers, and initial feedback is wonderful!

“There are so many beautiful passages throughout, life lessons for young children hidden within the stories, and some lovely advice (kindness, courage) as well.”

“I love the short stories, perfect for a bedtime story each night, with lots to spark the imagination of little ones (and grown ups too!)”

We now have a publishing date! The paperback will be available from the 15th March. The ebook will be available to pre-order the same day at the special low price of 99c/99p, and will be published on the 31st March.

We’ve also created a website where you can find lots of fun activities for children, with puzzles, word searches, and beautiful hand-drawn pictures to download and colour in. We’d love to see your children’s creations and show them off on the site!

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Take a look and let me know what you think!

We’re very proud of this book, with its beautiful illustrations, poems, and short stories that we hope children will love and treasure for years to come. I hope we’ll write more books together in the future!

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#CoverReveal for Unicorns, Mermaids, and Magical Tales by Sarah Northwood and Julia E. Clements

Some time last year, my wonderful friend Sarah Northwood and I began talking about writing a children’s book together. Sarah’s children’s books are for young children to YA, while I write middle-grade books under the pen name Julia E. Clements.

One of the things we have in common is our love for all things magical. Unicorns, dragons, witches, anything and everything goes! Which is why we created a Facebook book a few months ago, called Magical Creatures and Enchanted Forests.

Sarah is also a talented poet, so we decided to put our skills together, and our book, Unicorns, Mermaids, and Magical Tales, was born. The result is a delightful mixture of magical short stories and poems with gorgeous illustrations by Sarah’s daughter Abigail. My son Francesco created the cover, and we think he’s done a fantastic job!

First, the blurb:

Step into a world of enchanted forests and magical creatures, where every page takes the reader on a wondrous journey.

Incredible realms await, with unicorns, fairies, mermaids, and dragons, and so much more. Together with beautiful illustrations, this collection of short stories and poems will capture the hearts of children of all ages and transport them on a magical adventure.

 A fairy stuck in a wishing well. A mermaid who can’t swim. A girl who doesn’t know she’s a witch. A mystical portal that leads to another land. These are just some of the enchanting tales that will spark every child’s imagination.

And finally, the covers, both for the ebook and paperback:

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#BookReview for Sentries of Camelot (Ruby Morgan Book #2) by L.J. Rivers

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My review for Sentries of Camelot (Ruby Morgan Book #2) by L.J. Rivers, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

Having loved the first book, I was eager to read this one and see what happens next to Ruby Morgan and her friends. It didn’t disappoint!

The more you read about this alternative world with Magicals of all kinds, the more real it all seems. I love how the characters are developing, and each one grows on you as you come to know them.

There’s plenty of action in this one too – the scenes with Ruby and friends against the Harvesters had me gripped until the end! There are light moments among the darkness, friendships are forged and broken, and secrets are revealed. I can’t wait for the next one! Highly recommend.

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#BookReview for Regency Love: Reflections of a young lady by T.L. Clark

My review for Regency Love: Reflections of a young lady by T.L. Clark, 5/5 stars.

What a wonderful story! Told from the viewpoint of Lady Anne, an innocent young girl about to make her debut among the Ton in London, it captures you from the first page.

It had me laughing out loud at times, while at others I could feel the angst of the characters as they struggled to follow society’s rules, going against their true feelings for fear of ridicule or worse. There’s intrigue and secrets, love and hate, innocence and wickedness, interspersed with dry British wit and observations on life that we can relate to even now.

Well written and full of great characters, it’s an enjoyable read following life in Regency times. I’ve read a couple of the author’s books, and this is her best yet! Highly recommend.

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#BookReview for The Bus Ride: A Zany Busnapping Adventure by Joanie Chevalier

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My review for The Bus Ride: A Zany Busnapping Adventure by Joanie Chevalier, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

What a wonderfully funny, quirky, sometimes sad, often laugh-out-loud novella. Just the idea of someone carrying out a busnapping is enough to make you pick it up, and the promise is fulfilled with the characters the author has created. People from all walks of life, easily relatable, immediately endearing, they add a rich depth to the story.

Each character is given a nickname, and his or her background is slowly revealed as the story develops. What could have been a macabre tale is instead full of emotion, wit, heartache and joy, as the reader is pulled into the characters’ lives, travelling alongside them on their journey of self-discovery.

A well-written novella whose characters will remain with you long after you finish reading it. Highly recommend!

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#BookReview for Amberflame by Lisa Hofmann

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My review for Amberflame by Lisa Hofmann, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

What I loved about this magical short story is that I felt as if I already knew the characters and the setting as soon as I started reading. The narrative pulled me in right away, and kept me hooked until the end.

A secret love that is destined to fail, a dragon terrorising the local villages, a young girl willing to sacrifice everything for the people she loves, and a magical twist at the end – this story has everything a great fantasy needs, and is a fantastic read. Highly recommend!

Blurb:

Willa loves Aberlin, and Aberlin loves Willa, but they can’t be together.
Willa has a secret. She is afraid of monsters. She is not afraid to face them, to stand up and fight – but what if she can’t win? Where would that leave the people she cares about?
Enjoy this magical new tale about dark secrets and the power of love.

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Looking back on 2019

While everyone’s busy posting their top ten favourite books of the year, I thought I’d take a look back at the last twelve months. (This is mainly because I’ve read so many fantastic books this year that I can’t possibly choose a top ten! Take a look at my book reviews on this blog to find new authors and books.)

So, what have I achieved over the last year? A heck of a lot, as it happens. I published four books: A Dragonfly in Winter (a novella, part of my Innocenti series), The Lost Girls and Shadows from the Past (books #1 and #2 in my Maggie Dupont suspense series), and the Innocenti Saga Collection (books #1, #2 and #3 of the Innocenti series in a box set).

I also proofread a number of indie authors’ books – I’m not sure of the exact number, but there were a few! It’s something I love doing, and have worked with some wonderful authors.

I post regularly on my Facebook page, and love chatting with readers and other authors alike. I’ve made some new friends there, and am grateful for all the support everyone gives me.

After being burned a few times, I managed to open my heart to two fantastic people who brighten my day and lift me up when I get down. It’s not easy to find genuine friends online or in real life, but Kayleigh and Sarah, you are both wonderful, wonderful people!

I’ve read a LOT of books – 168 according to Goodreads, but there are a few more than that. Can you tell I love reading?!

And two months ago, I got a 3-book publishing deal with Bloodhound Books! There’ll be more exciting news in the new year about that, I can’t wait to tell you!

And finally, I’ve got a secret project going on that I’m very excited about – all will be revealed soon!

And let’s not forget Pan, our gorgeous rescue cat who came to us in February, and who we love with all our hearts. Not sure who rescued who, but we are so lucky to have her in our lives.

On that note, I wish everyone a happy new year, and I hope 2020 is going to be a great year for us all!

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