#ThrowbackThursday Our review for Hieroglyph by W J Scott… #SupernaturalMystery @WendyJayneScott

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“Did Ancient Egyptians visit Australia?”

13 year old TC has a secret. No one knows she possesses a supernatural power.
Can TC help her Uncle Max, an archaeologist; unearth enough evidence that Ancient Egyptians visited Australia, before he’s discredited in the media by those that want the past to stay buried?

“Some would say that I have a gift, but to me it’s always been a curse. Before I changed my mind, I tugged off my gloves and whipped my head left and right, checking to see that no one was watching. I sucked in breath and steadied my nerves then thrust my hands against the stones and touched one of the cartouches. Time and place ripped away.”

 

Gold Medal Winner in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2015 9-12 years.
Silver Medal Winner 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards Children’s/Preteen.
Blue Treat Award Rave Reviews Book Club 2017.

An enthralling archaeological mystery, mixing the supernatural with humour and suspense.

The first of TC’s adventures – an archaeological mystery for junior readers and above.

Family friendly finalist in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards.

 

Our Review

TC is a rebellious, headstrong but likeable teenage girl with an extraordinary gift.

Somehow, she can tap into the past and literally witness history being made simply by touching things with her hands. A bit of a bind having to wear gloves all the time to avoid it happening all the time, especially for a teenage girl, but it did give a certain authenticity to her amazing talent.

While exploring Australia with her Uncle, she finds hieroglyphics carved on rocks. These send her searching for the lost and forgotten tomb of an Egyptian King. Someone whose life she learned about when she touched the stones. A unique twist of a story, and TC is a totally believable teenage Indiana Jones.

I loved this story and all the lovely illustrations. I was gripped from the very first page and couldn’t fault the writing, the plot or the formatting. A very special story, I could totally believe that the Egyptians explored Australia, and cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

About the Author

Wendy has a NZ Certificate in Science (Chemistry), which allows her to dabble with fuming potions and strange substances, satisfying her inner witch. Wendy writes adult fantasy as Wendy Scott and children’s stories as WJ Scott. In 2012 Hieroglyph was selected by NZSA for one of five mentorships (mentor author Anna McKenzie). Hieroglyph won the Gold Medal in the UK Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2015, 9-12 year category, and the Silver Medal in the International Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, Children’s/Preteen 2016.
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#ThrowbackThursday Song of the Sea God by Chris Hill @ChilledCH

If ever a book deserved to feature on #ThrowbackThursday, it is Song of the Sea God, by Chris Hill!

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This week we have as our guest the wonderful writer of ‘Song of the Sea God’, a very unusual book that I enjoyed reading very much and will probably read again.
Hello Chris, and welcome!
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Thanks for having me along to your blog Anita, it’s a delight to be here and always a thrill to talk to other writers and readers. You were asking about my book Song of the Sea God and how I came to write it. It’s an interesting question for any author I think – partly because in some ways it is such a hard thing to pin down.
As a writer it can feel as though you start with a blank page and finish with a book on the shelf and you are not quite sure how you got from one state to the next. Perhaps this is because a book doesn’t leap fully formed onto the page.
“Where did that come from?” you might reasonably ask yourself. Even though you know you did the planning and the notes and the research and the hours in front of the laptop and the rewrites – it still seems strange that you have produced this finished artifact – this book, as if from nowhere.
It’s especially the case with Song of the Sea God I suppose, in that it’s an unusual book with an element of the supernatural about it. It has one foot in reality and another in a world which exists only in the book.
So how did it come to be? I suppose the most honest thing to say about Song of the Sea God is that the idea for the novel kind of evolved over time.

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Song of the Sea God is a book about a man who comes to a small island off the coast of northern England and tries to convince the locals he is a god. In some ways I suppose it’s a book about the nature of religion – what it means to people, how it works.
I’m not particularly religious myself and I suppose I’d call myself an agnostic, but just because I don’t claim to know the mysteries of the universe, doesn’t mean I think there are no mysteries. I think what inspired me to write the book was that I wanted to examine that ‘god-shaped hole’ people have in their lives.
I’d like to think there’s humour in the book, particularly in the narrative voice, but it’s quite a dark book as well, it delves into some quite murky places.
I’m thrilled by the reaction it’s had so far from readers – people seem to think of it in different ways, it’s dark or comic or lyrical, and so on. That’s great because I was aiming to write something rich and layered and hard to pin down.
I know very well where the setting for the book came from, because the island is the place where I grew up, Walney Island of the coast of Cumbria in the UK. I used the geography because I know the place well and I think it helps if you have a book where slightly unreal things are going on if you can set it somewhere which feels very real – it helps to anchor it and I think a strong sense of place is a fine thing to have in a novel. But I always say, that though the island is based on Walney, the people in the book are definitely not the people who live there! The characters I suppose developed partly from people I have known over the years, partly from the needs of the story.
A lot of what happens in the book was based on research. I did a lot of reading into all sorts of things from ancient religious beliefs to magicians tricks, and from outsider art buildings to communities who live on rubbish tips. It all informed the finished book I hope and lent depth to the story.
So it’s that cocktail I suppose of imagination and research, and then developing ideas as you write.
I hope that’s given you some kind of insight as to how Song of the Sea God came about and anyone who wants to take a look at it can find it on Amazon here and you can read the first few pages to get a feel for it.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Song-Sea-God-Chris-Hill/dp/1908011556
I also have a blog, where I talk about writing and lots of other stuff, here:
http://songoftheseagod.wordpress.com/
Thanks again for having me on your blog!

You are more than welcome Chris, you can drop in any time you’re passing!

See you all next week…
Jaye

#ThrowbackThursday “All Good Deeds” by Stacy Green @stacygreen26

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For fans of Gillian Flynn, Lisa Gardner, and Karin Slaughter.
She’s no killer. She’s just taking out the trash.
Don’t call Lucy Kendall a serial killer. She’s fighting for the innocent, and she’ll do whatever it takes to bring justice.
When a child disappears, Lucy quickly discovers the link to a predator she’s faced before–a man the state of Pennsylvania decided to turn loose on the streets. Determined to find the little girl and put a criminal behind bars for good, Lucy forces her way onto the case.
As the search for the kidnapped child pulls Lucy into a web of evil beyond her darkest imagination, she’ll have to face her own dark truths to save the little girl–and herself.
Packed with suspense, All Good Deeds is a dark psychological thriller with a finely crafted mystery that takes readers into the deepest recesses of the human psyche.

 

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Biography
Stacy Green is the author of the Lucy Kendall thriller series and the Delta Crossroads mystery trilogy. ALL GOOD DEEDS (Lucy Kendall #1) won a bronze medal for mystery and thriller at the 2015 IPPY Awards. TIN GOD (Delta Crossroads #1) was runner-up for best mystery/thriller at the 2013 Kindle Book Awards. Stacy has a love of thrillers and crime fiction, and she is always looking for the next dark and twisted novel to enjoy. She started her career in journalism before becoming a stay at home mother and rediscovering her love of writing. She lives in Iowa with her husband and daughter and their three spoiled fur babies. Stacy loves to hear from readers! Visit her website at stacygreenauthor.com, or Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/StacyGreenAuthor.

Review
I was completely struck by how very real the main character is in this award-winning thriller. The story of Lucy Kendall, a former CPS officer turned private detective, is so brilliantly well written, this could almost be an autobiography. Every word and emotion rings so true, it must have been based on a very real person and is someone I would love to meet.
She has such empathy with the victims, frustration at their plight impelling her to dish out her own kind of justice. Understandable, when you discover the source of her motivation.
And boy, can she talk. I have a problem writing dialogue myself, probably because I’m not much of a speaker, but I was totally blown away by the complexity of this story and its cast of interesting characters. How compact and yet flowing it is, and so incredibly easy to read.

I haven’t read a book that was literally impossible to put down, and hope the rest of the series continues to be as good.

 

#ThrowbackThursday: Tales From The Garden by Sally Cronin @sqc58

#Throwback Thursday is a wonderful way to revisit old favourites, especially when the author is about to launch the sequel!  Look out for another magical Tales from the Garden this summer…

 

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About the Book
Fairy Stories for children of all ages, from five to ninety-five, that will change the way you look at your garden, forever….
With over 80 photos/illustrations, “Tales from the Garden” by Sally Cronin, reveals the secrets that are hidden beneath hedges and trees.
You will discover what really happens at night as you sleep unaware in your bed. Stone statues and those hidden worlds within the earth are about to share their stories.
The guardians who have kept the sanctuary safe for over fifty years will allow you to peek behind the scenes of this magical place. They will take you on a journey through time and expand your horizons as they transport you to the land of fairies, butterflies and lost souls who have found a home here.

Ebook versions Available at 50% discount only via Moyhill Publisher site: http://moyhill.com/tales

Amazon UK:http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0180Q6CKM

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0180Q6CKM

Our Review

Have you ever walked around your garden, enjoying the birds, insects and lovely flowers and wondered if magic could be hiding there? Sally Cronin obviously has, for this enchanting book explores the magical goings on in her own garden.

From the stone guardians and fairy folk, each tale is full of hidden worlds and magical places. Each one a miniature fairy tale of priceless gemlike proportions.

I especially enjoyed the many illustrations that accompany each tale, and reading this book encouraged me to relax and let my imagination take me on a magical journey through this wonderful garden.

It will probably change the way I feel about my own garden forever.

About Sally Cronin.
Sally Cronin spent a number of years in each of the following industries – Retail, Advertising and Telecommunications, Radio & Television; and has taken a great deal of inspiration from each.
She has written short stories and poetry since a very young age and contributed to media in the UK and Spain. In 1996 Sally began studying nutrition to inspire her to lose 150 lbs and her first book, Size Matters published in 2001, told the story of that journey back to health. This was followed by another seven books across a number of genres including health, humour and romance. These include Just Food For Health, Size Matters, Just an Odd Job Girl, Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story, Flights of Fancy anthology, Turning Back the Clock and Media Training.
For the last two years Sally has written a daily blog covering the subjects close to her heart and it is called Smorgasbord Invitation – Variety is the Spice of Life. You can link to it from here: smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com.

All books available in print and E-versions
Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sally-Georgina-Cronin/e/B003B7O0T6
Connect to Sally on social media.
http://moyhill.com/tales/
http://uk.linkedin.com/in/sallycronin1

https://www.facebook.com/sally.cronin
https://www.facebook.com/sallygeorginacronin
https://plus.google.com/+SallyCronin/about

Our Review of Ninja School Mum by Lizzie Chantree #Chick Lit/Women’s Fiction @Lizzie_Chantree

I know we have posted this before, but today is the official Launch Day, so we are doing it again!!!

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Book Title: Ninja School Mum

Author: Lizzie Chantree

Release Date: 30th January 2018

Genre: Chick Lit / Women’s Fiction

Book link: viewBook.at/NinjaSchoolMum

Book blurb:

Obsessive-compulsive school mum, Skye, is a lonely elite spy, who is running from her past whilst trying to protect the future of her child. She tries hard to fit in with the other parents at her son’s new school, but the only person who accepts her unconventional way of life is new mother, Thea.

Thea is feeling harassed by her sister and bored with her life, but she suspects that there is something strange about the new school mum, Skye. Thea has secrets of her own and, although the two become unlikely friends, she hesitates to tell Skye about the father of her own child.

Zack’s new business is growing faster than he could have dreamed but, suddenly, he finds himself the owner of a crumbling estate on the edge of a pretty village, and a single parent to a very demanding child. Could he make a go of things and give his daughter the life she deserved?

When three lives collide, it appears that only one of them is who they seem to be, and you never know who the person next to you in the school playground really is.

 

Tour dates and details:

Crooked Cat is releasing Ninja School Mum on the 30th January 2018. The tour for the launch will run pre-release from 9th-29th January and then the release date onwards from 30th January-3rd February 2018. Thank you to everyone involved in the tour, for taking part and being part of the #NinjaSchoolMum tour team.

Our Review

This book opens with a typical mum, Skye, waiting at the school gates for her little boy, Leo.

Thea, another mother, is waiting there too, but that is where the similarity ends. She has a child and is secretive about her past.

By the end of chapter four, I discover that Skye is not who she claims to be either, something to do with the death of her husband Reece.

As they become friends, we gradually begin to learn more about these two women, but something doesn’t add up, what are they not telling us or each other?

The book seems to concentrate on Skye as the main character, but I was already guessing she might not be the only one. This mysterious element winds its way around everyone, creating a lovely guessing game. Even when bits of the truth are revealed, your mind refuses to believe them at first.

This book has everything, mystery, danger and humour. The relationship between the two women was believable and well written, as was the love affair between Skye and Zack.

This story moves smoothly between all these fascinating characters, as they evade the truth like experts, always managing to keep back important details.

A complex and compelling style of writing from Lizzie Chantree, I will be reading much more of her work!

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Biography

Award-winning inventor and author, Lizzie Chantree, started her own business at the age of 18 and became one of Fair Play London and The Patent Office’s British Female Inventors of the Year in 2000. She discovered her love of writing fiction when her children were little and now runs networking hours on social media, where creative businesses, writers, photographers and designers can offer advice and support to each other. She lives with her family on the coast in Essex.

Contact Lizzie

Website: www.lizziechantree.com
Author page: viewAuthor.at/LizzieChantree
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lizzie_Chantree
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lizzie.chantree.3
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lizzie_chantree/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/LizzieChantree/pins/

 

#Throwback Thursday Review of the Week!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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The title of this book resonated with something inside me, and as I read, more and more expressions and sentiments spoke to me in a way I found curiously elevating.

You see, my life has not been much of a good one and always thought I did the best I could, despite limited circumstances. Very lacking in love of any kind, so I am always looking for it, even in the books I read.

This story was described as heart-breaking and ambitious, irreverent and tragic. A touchingly funny love story that breaks every convention. But I needed to know if what I read could be the truth, or only a fictional device of the story.

I learned that this story is all about love and friendship, living and dying, and how we should strive to do all these things to the best of our ability.

That love is so much more than how you feel.

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Hazel and Augustus are star-crossed lovers with one hell of a difference, She has been ill for so long, nothing that happens or doesn’t, means anything to her anymore, but when Augustus strolls into her life, everything takes on a completely different meaning.
As she says in the book…’He gave me a forever within the numbered days…’

This book doesn’t dwell on fault or reasons for life’s cruelty. It deals with how these young people coped with what life continued to throw at them.

A brilliantly handled story that pulls no punches, but far from being totally sad, and it is in places, you end up immensely proud of the way they live their lives…

I’m looking forward to watching the film too…

Our Review of Summer Day by Frank Parker @fparkerswords

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Bess, a Welsh Collie sheepdog is old and ailing. Jack, her owner, has decided it is time to put her down. His young son, Henry, in trying to prevent this, causes the gun to go off injuring Jack. Believing that he is responsible for his father’s death, Henry runs away, taking Bess with him. Thus begins what could turn out to be the last day of Henry’s young life.
The setting is a hill farm on the border between England and Wales on a summer day in 1947. The story follows Henry’s increasingly desperate attempts to evade capture and the inept and amateurish efforts of family and neighbours to find him and explain that his father’s injuries are not life-threatening and that no one holds him responsible.


Each member of the family has his or her own fears and worries for the future and these influence their behaviour throughout the long sultry day as storm clouds gather. Henry’s older brother, Cecil, wants to have a bigger say in the management of the farm; like his mother, his sister Margery is preoccupied with planning her forthcoming marriage. His aunts too have problems that demand attention.
Assorted professionals have their own distorted view of the family and of Henry: the family Doctor, the district nurse, the vicar, the schoolteacher. Henry meanwhile faces an increasing number of setbacks and injuries, which lead him to make a near-fatal decision. Rescue finally comes from a surprising quarter.

https://www.amazon.com/Summer-Day-Frank-Parker-ebook/dp/B007ZBK4UI/

Our Review

Summer Day is a real slice of post-war country charm, with so many interesting characters, all busy living their lives, unaware of the drama surrounding one small boy and his dog. A boy with problems, who acts rashly on impulse and cannot cope with what he thinks is the outcome. The author drops the reader into the drama right at the beginning and you barely have time to catch your breath before the building tension takes it away again.

The author has such a lovely writing style, so detailed and descriptive and I loved the idea of giving the characters their own chapters, it kept the tension moving forward and let you become a part of their lives.

Such a beautifully sad story and one I heartily recommend. The author manages to put you inside the mind of a terrified boy, and you feel every emotion with him.

 Biography

Frank is a retired Engineer. He spent most of his working life in England where he was employed by UK based multi-national companies. He always wanted to write, but has only found the freedom to do so since retiring to Ireland in October 2006. He lives with Freda, his wife since 1963, in Stradbally, County Laois.

He has four novels published on Amazon:
Honest Hearts is about the lives of Irish migrants to North America around the turn of the 19th/20th centuries. With settings that range from the Irish countryside to the Alaskan gold rush, via Brooklyn and Dawson City, Canada, this romantic tale reaches its climax in Chicago during the “Red Riots” of the summer of 1919.
Summer Day offers a contrast, with the action set during a single day and within the confines of a small rural community during the long hot summer of 1947. Feel the tension rise with the temperature and humidity as storm clouds gather. Suffer with young Henry and his dog as he tries desperately to evade his pursuers. The events of this Summer Day will change him for ever. Reading about them will change you.

You can find Frank here, and I’m sure he’d love to see you!