Showing posts from December, 2012

Discover the Crystal Palace with Maggie Secara

I'm thrilled to welcome back historical fantasy author, Maggie Secara . She has just released the second part in her fabulous  Harper Errant trilogy, King's Raven .  A colourful adventure, King's Raven takes you from present day Dartmoor to Elizabethan England to the Crystal Palace in Victorian London during its heyday where ancient magick meets science.  Discover the Crystal Palace with Maggie: The World for a Shilling Maggie Secara The  Crystal Palace , in which my characters Ben and Raven find themselves in 1854, was originally raised in all its industrial glory for the Great Exhibition of 1851, celebrating the Industry of All Nations and particularly of England. Admission, most days, was a single silver shilling, well within the scope of even ordinary working people. Sponsored by Prince Albert, designed by the Duke of Devonshire's gardener almost literally overnight, it was meant to last only a summer, and so it did. But such an extraordinary testament t

The Gaze by Javier A Robayo - Blog Tour

Today, I'm hosting a post on an exciting Page Turner Bonanza Tour for The Gaze , the latest release of contemporary fiction author, Javier A Robayo , through Buy the Book Tours . Click on the banner for more details of the tour! Author Bio: Javier A. Robayo is the author of THE GAZE and THE NEXT CHAPTER. He immigrated to the United States in 1988 at the age of 12 from Quito, Ecuador. He began writing as a way of learning English throughout his high school years, and studied at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. He lives in Connecticut, with his wife, and two daughters, where he is currently at work on his next novel. Blurb: As a sophomore in college, Samantha Reddick meets Tony Amaya, a brokenhearted young man, whose written words she keeps as a memento of a weekend long affair. The words, written on the back of a paper placemat, become her only solid ground during a tumultuous decade that nearly destroys her, leaving her searching for answers at the bottom of

Merry Christmas to my lovely friends!

Wishing all my friends and readers a Merry Christmas! I love this season! The lights, the decorations, the scent of fresh baking, home cooking, and steaming mulled wine – it all adds to the atmosphere. Yes, even the grumpy faces of the stressed shoppers in the supermarkets (they make me feel like shouting, "It's Christmas!!") and the heavy rain & gales, though not the flooding that has been affecting parts of the country in recent days. That is awfully sad, and my heart goes out to those whose homes have been destroyed at a time where they should – and would – be celebrating. Anyway, I wanted to send personal Season's Greetings to some special writing buddies. They are authors who have worked hard and achieved so much, and who have helped and inspired me over the years. You'll find many of them featured in this blog over the last two years, so the folks below are just a small drop in an ocean full of inspiration. Please visit their blogs and check o

Inside Out by Amy Lee Burgess - Blog Tour Giveaway

Today, I'm delighted to welcome mystery romance author, Amy Lee Burgess , to my blog. She's on tour promoting her latest release, Inside Out , a Paranormal Mystery Romance. If if you click on the banner, you'll discover more about the tour, including a fabulous giveaway!! As part of Amy's blog tour, I've asked her a few questions, curious as I am about her writing. So here goes... 1.)  Welcome, Amy. Inside Out sounds intriguing. When did you know you wanted to become a writer? I wrote my first short story  Nightmare on Crestwood Drive when I was ten.  It was a gripping tale of a young girl bullied by her so-called friends.  They used to skip rope by this dark tree which one day decided to reach out and …consume…the bullies. The story ended with the young girl happily skipping rope by herself beneath the bare black branches of the tree.  I guess while writing that story was when I realized I wanted to be a writer because I had the power to fix things that

Author Nancy Jardine talks foods

Today, I welcome back a wonderful author friend, Nancy Jardine , whose blog tour continues as she celebrates the release of her latest novel, Topaz Eyes , a romantic mystery. The hunt for the missing jewels is on! Of course, on their trail across the world, Keira and Teun come across places offering lovely food and drink. So, Nancy's chatting about European foods here today. Nom nom... Hello Cathie, it’s lovely to be here with you today on what is almost the last of my blog stops for the launch of my ancestral mystery, Topaz Eyes , published by Crooked Cat Publishing.  During my blog tour for the launch of Topaz Eyes I’ve tried to find something new for each one: to prevent boring followers of the tour; and as exercise in avoiding repetition. The problem I’ve encountered is finding a new topic without giving away too many spoilers that would detract from a reader’s enjoyment in reading the story. This post might repeat some European locations, but I’ve put a different sl