Strange Winds… #Poetry



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As someone so unloved, I wondered

if angels would weep at my demise

Would they clap their wings and say?

At last, he has arrived

To take the seat they put aside

The welcome feeling of great surprise

To be told my life has been one soft sigh

No more than a breeze through Spring trees

I should not despair as more has been put aside

They promised the second bite

of the apple would be sweeter

With these words, I heard my last sigh…


This week on Streets Ahead Book Promotion Club…The Curse of Time by M J Mallon #Mystery @Marjorie_Mallon

This week, over on MEWe, The Streets Ahead Book Promotion Club is focussing on M J Mallon’s wonderful story, The Curse of Time.

Now on our reading list, and should be on yours too?


A unique, imaginative mystery full of crystal magic-wielding, and dark elements.

Fifteen-year-old Amelina Scott lives in Cambridge with her dysfunctional family, a mysterious black cat, and an unusual girl Esme who’s imprisoned within the mirrors located in her house. When an unexpected message arrives inviting Amelina to visit the Crystal Cottage, she sets off on a forbidden pathway where she encounters Ryder, a charismatic, but perplexing stranger. With the help of a magical paint set, and some crystal wizard stones she discovers the truth about a shocking curse that has destroyed her family’s happiness. A magical YA/paranormal fantasy with dark elements set in Cambridge, England.

#curse #time #crystals #shadows #self-harm #mentalhealth

Goodreads Review quotes:

“Amelina is a teenage girl whose world has been turned upside down by a curse within a world where magic is hidden and most don’t seem to know of its existence. In fact, it seems she’s a descendant of a line of magic-wielding enchanters who have a special relationship with crystals. But with this curse, her father is time-ravaged, a girl is trapped in her mirror, and her family is falling apart. There are a lot of unanswered questions come the end of the book, so be on the lookout for more in the series. There are mentions of delicate issues such as cutting and anorexia, both handled with care, and a séance, but I’d recommend this book for older teens and people who love magical stories that involve power within crystals, curses, and unexplainable happenings.”

“The Curse Of Time by M.J. Mallon is an intricate fantasy novel with unique supernatural and magical elements which serves as a highly entertaining read. I had a great time reading this novel and exploring the magical world of Amelina full of magic crystals and enchanted mirrors.”

“This novel would be great for teenagers, or young adults and it follows the magical story of teenager Amelina as she steps into a world of crystals, magic and wonderment. There are some likeable and not so likeable characters and both are really well written. The book weaves a story of the main character learning new skills and you see her personal growth throughout the story. Nothing is what is seems and you want to find out how Amelina will use her enchanted gifts and learn who she can trust. A book packed full of intrigue, believable characters and poetic verse.”

“This is a brilliant book for young adults interested in magic, supernatural, 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.”

“Beautifully written and poetic fantasy novel that perfectly sustains mystery and drama throughout the pages. The characters are very vivid and the world is rich in detail and atmosphere. Marjorie is excellent at painting imaginative and believable scenes with words and magic. A fantastic debut! Looking forward to her next book.”

“The overall world-building creates a wonderful, spiritual atmosphere.
There’s a bit of poetry at the start of every chapter, a nice touch which leads us into the action.
The story bravely tackles issues of mental health and self-harm, but in such a sensitive way that it can only help improve understanding.”

“This delightful book will appeal to teens and young adults who love stories filled with magical crystals, dark family curses, and mysteries waiting to be solved around every corner. Each chapter leads you on a journey of discovery where Amelina earns the right to use three wizard stones to reset the balance of time and finally break the curse that holds her family hostage. A captivating tale!” – Colleen M. Chesebro (Editor)

Oh Happy Day!


It’s been a long day, up at 5.30 and on the road by 6.15 after breakfast and walking the dog.
Three hundred and forty seven miles later and having been drained of about 100ml of liquid, the football is now more of a tennis ball and the results are in.
I am in the clear. Hurrah!
The relief was immense, and I should be back to my usual routine by the New Year.

I saw my assigned nurse today and she told me the good news. My consultant is on holiday so I was due to see either her boss or a member of the team, hence my nurse.
It has been suggested to change my medication, but having read the leaflet on the alternative, I have a few questions. The more I think about it, the more I’d prefer to stay on the meds I’m on, so I shall…

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A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

The Write Stuff

A little over two weeks ago, I was advised by my doctor to limit my computer time severely, and I took her advice seriously. I’ve been on a blog break ever since, and it’s not something I’ve enjoyed, frankly. So, I’m planning to work my way back into the blogosphere, bit by bit, with the thought in mind that no one will notice and tell on me.  😀

I probably won’t be resuming my weekly features just yet, as my energy level is still low, low, low. But I’ll try to stop by at least a couple of times a week to let you guys know what’s happening. 

To that end, let me say that I have finally–despite hurricanes, illness, and falling down with a loud BOOM–managed to finish The Light: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 4! My editor and I are about halfway done with making it presentable for public consumption…

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Under pressure…

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

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Let’s be fair, we all need a bit of help now and then. Especially writers. Whether it’s a word we seem to have forgotten how to spell… every time we use it too… the correct placing of punctuation or a point of grammar. There are, apparently, no excuses now that we all write online. Apart from that odd typo that inevitably creeps it… there is always the odd one of those, especially when fingers are racing to keep up with thoughts.

So, given all the tools at our disposal, how come so many of us still end up with errors in our work?

I don’t mean the ones our eyes and brains fail to pick up as we edit, the ones that slip through the cracks in attention as we read what is supposed to be there, rather than what actually makes it to the page. I mean…

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Friday Book Share: A Comprehensive List

Story Empire

Ciao, amici! This is my last book share for the year, so I’m going to do something a little different than usual. I’m choosing five books. That’s right, not one, but five. Why? Two reasons:

  1. This might help you choose a holiday gift for friends and/or family (or even yourself).
  2. I want to show my SE family some love.

The Story Empire authors were quite tolerant of me this year. They filled in without a single complaint when I couldn’t be here, and they put up with more rants than I care to admit to having. They also gave me sage advice. Scratch that. They give me sage advice. All the time.

These authors are all talented in their craft and have much industry wisdom to share.

To that end, I want to give back. I’m going to share (in last name alphabetical order) one book of theirs that I…

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