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New Release: The Other Side of the Streets

Rio, Brasil has always been split in half. Marcos Martinez is from the half where homelessness and poverty is the norm. The son of a man who lived on the streets until he was adopted at the age of twelve, Marcos has made it his mission to defy the norm and make something of his life. Gio Silvas knows only the lifestyle of the other side. A billionaire’s son, he’s a selfish, weak, narcissistic bully who thrives on hedonism, vibrant carnivals, and untold wealth—a lifestyle where the word “no” is not part of his vocabulary. When Gio falls for Marcos’ twin sister Caro, a hard life lesson is heading his way. Will he see the error of his ways and change, or will his love for Caro push him and her family past the point of no return? Familiar characters await, along with new, to both entrance and appall in this third instalment of the Children from the Streets series. Come. It’s time. Carnival is upon us. Are you ready to return to the streets?

If you haven’t read the first two books in the series, you can pick them up below:

A Boy from the Streets

Two babies abandoned at birth—one grows up in a life of privilege, the other in poverty.

On the 12th of September, 1981, twin boys are born in a Brasilian hospital and left to their fate as orphans. Jose is adopted by a couple who takes him to England, but the other isn’t so lucky. Pedro ends up on the streets of Rio, left to fend for himself in a harsh and unforgiving world.

Love and betrayal.

Twelve years later Jose’s family returns to Brasil, where he learns the truth about his adoption and his twin. Thinking his adoptive parents no longer want him, he runs away to find his brother. What follows will shake Jose to the core and shape the rest of his life—if he can survive.


Jose isn’t the only one whose life will change. Pedro is offered an opportunity beyond any of his wildest dreams, but to keep it will mean the betrayal of someone he loves. This proves to be a far greater challenge than he anticipated when the orphan finds himself suddenly surrounded by family who, unfortunately, don’t all have good intentions.

Hopes and dreams.

A Boy from the Streets will tug at your heart-strings and have you rooting for the little guy as you follow the twists and turns this multi-continental tale takes.
Sins of the Father

Having seen first-hand the results of starvation, abuse, and murder, Carlos Suarez knows all too well that the streets of Rio are no place for a child to grow up.

Because of his own history and subsequent rescue from that poverty at the age of fifteen, he makes it his life’s work to ensure opportunities are available to the future generations of Brasil’s homeless children—but no matter how many kids Carlos saves, it’s never enough for him. 

Almost to the point of obsession.

Dedicated to his work, and haunted by his past, Carlos has never considered an intimate relationship with anyone, let alone another man, especially after that night. But when Fate throws him a curve ball, and his past comes screaming back threatening to destroy his future, Carlos will discover that redemption can be found in the most unexpected of places.

Guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings, Sins of the Father is a story you won’t be able to put down.

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The fourth annual UK Indie Lit Fest

If you’re in Bradford or surrounding areas why not pop in and meet this phenomenal line up of authors on Saturday 27th July 2019 in Kala Sangam Arts Centre.
For more information and a chance to get to know the attending authors, why not check us out on Facebook.

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Round up of the week

Round up of the Week



More than two thousand refugees and migrants have been moved off   the streets of Paris, where they have been sleeping rough for week.They were taken to temporary shelters in school gymnasiums on      Friday morning.

Hundreds of refugees and migrants had arrived in the Porte de la   Chapelle area of Paris and were sleeping under road bridges and on the side of the road with almost no access to water, food or       sanitation.


This makes me realise just how lucky I am.


A heist took place Thursday night from the Masterpiece art fair in Chelsea which was swarming with security and staff in what has been likened to the infamous Pink Panther films. Gems up to £3 million  were stolen with no apparent witnesses and no explanation of how  or when.

Can't help thinking it would make a great story although there are many such stories out there and maybe this one isn't for me.

My World

It has been quiet week but I do have an exciting potential         opportunity (non-writing related) that I can’t mention yet until I find out whether it will pay off. I've just come back from a visit to my parents' house where I also caught up with my brother and    nephew. Looking forward to a visit by my gorgeous cousin tomorrow. I've just finished reading Girls & Boys by M B Feeney which I can  highly recommend. My review will be posted next week. I also       finished the novella Laura's Locket by T M Lacoba, another great   read.

My Word

I sent a sample of 'Is this Love?’ to the editor and happy with her I will be sending the full book to her on Monday.

I have also continued writing the spin off story from A Boy from   the Streets which follows the life of Carlos. I’m getting quite    excited by this one.

I received another 5* star review for A Boy from the Streets and   was informed that I reduced the reader to tears. I must be doing    something right.

Catch you next week.

Maria x


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Each week I will be doing a round up of the week which will be a piece of global news, London news, my own week and what I have been up to as an author. It may be news/information you already know or it may be something you haven’t heard – either way I hope you like these little posts. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and any news you would like to share in return.

World: Online retail giant Amazon is buying Whole Foods in a £10.7bn deal ($13.7bn). Whole Foods has more than 460 stores in the US, Canada and the UK employing 87,000 people.

It would seem that Amazon are taking over the retail industry in the way that supermarkets took over from the local shop.

London: This week has seen the tragic events unfold at the Grenfell Tower in West London. This twenty-four storey tower block burnt down leaving an empty shell, the latest numbers suggest 58 people dead or missing, leaving a community homeless and devastated.

Londoners and people from surroundings communities have come together in an amazing show of unity to provide practical supplies, giving of their time and money. People from across the globe have started raising funds to help those affected. People from all walks of life have come together in support to show what a great community we have when we work together. My heart goes out to everyone affected.

My World: A fairly normal week for me, work, writing and visits to the gym to try to shift the excess weight that has crept up on me and is clinging like an octopus and refusing to leave. Friday night I combined a social visit with my friend Shirley, we’ve been friends since about the age of ten years old, with a visit to her gym, a swim and jacuzzi. Felt very pampered and chilled afterwards, the perfect way to start the weekend. A relaxing day of sunbathing on Saturday combined with some writing, oh and I was also able to pick the first batch of my homegrown spinach. Today, Sunday, is Father’s Day and very shortly I will be meeting my parents and my sister at a local restaurant. So a nice family day to round off my week.

My Word: I haven’t written very much this week as I’ve been focusing my attention on editing. The first novel I wrote is finally approaching the stage where it will be given to my editor.

I started writing it approximately fifteen years ago and it has gone through numerous edits and lost about 80,000 words in an attempt to make it a tighter, readable book. I put it aside for a number of years as I worked on other books, including the three novelettes and one novel that I’ve published already. I also have a backlog of forty something WIPs (Work in Progresses) in various stages of completion. But I digress, and now you can see why I had to purge 80,000 odd words, LOL.
Anyway I have about 2700 more that I need to remove to get it to 80,000 words and then I will hand it over with trepidation to a new editor and hold my breath (not literally of course) until I receive the red-marked pages back.

I have also taken the plunge and set up an email sign up on my website so that I can email out a monthly newsletter. If you would like to hear from me occasionally then please add your details to the pop up and then check your junk mail as they often get sent there.

What can you expect from me by signing up? 

I’ll keep you informed of any new releases from me, some you might like/love and others you won’t as I can’t stick to writing in one genre, I write anything that is in my head and needs to be released. A sometimes scary prospect. 🙂

Giveaway: Once a month I am planning on doing an author slot from the Indie authors I love which will include one free kindle copy of one of their books going to one of my readers who will be picked at random. More details to follow.

Little snippets of information that I think you might find interesting – forgive me if I get that wrong sometimes – please let me know what you like and what you don’t like and what you’d like to see more of.

As this is new to me it will grow organically and hopefully you will look forward to finding my newsletters once a month in your inbox.

Maria x
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Jealousy & Envy


I had decided on this blog thinking I was writing about jealousy only with envy being a synonym but after doing some research I discovered something I hadn’t known which is that jealousy and envy are considered to  be different.

Dictionary definitions:

Jealousy: feeling or showing an envious resentment of someone or their achievements, possessions, or perceived advantages.

Envy: a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck.

The dictionary would suggest that both these emotions are the same but some psychologists differentiate between the two emotions:

Jealousy is relationship based and involves a third person. It’s an emotion that makes a person fear for their relationship with another – partner, parent, friend etc… The person sees a threat to their relationship which could be real or perceived.

Example: Your husband has a female friend and you see that friendship in a different light. It could be a simply platonic relationship but it could also be an affair which threatens the fabric of your marriage. Jealously has its roots firmly in both the logical and illogical camps.

Jealousy can be healthy, in that it produces that fear which makes you work at protecting your relationship but equally it can be a destructive force eating away at you from the inside and ruining your relationship.
Finding the right balance is the key.

Envy however is an emotion that is caused between two people only.

Example: You are envious of what your friend has, possessions or life.

Again this emotion can be put to good or bad use. If you use this to better yourself and achieve the goals you have then this has been for the force of good, however if you allow this envy to fester you can become dissatisfied with your lot in life and your friendship will suffer as you become resentful.
Finding the right balance is again key.

I try to avoid the extremes of both of these emotions as they can be so destructive, you should allow them to drive you not to overwhelm you.

I chose this as a subject matter as some of the characters in my books show these emotions which makes for great reading.  I have three examples from two of my books – please read on:

A Lifetime or a Season

Amazon link:


Diana is envious of her young daughter Athena, who is pretty and has her whole life ahead of her. Diana is a beautiful, superficial, selfish woman who has men flocking around her and has no shortage of admirers but she knows that the passage of time is upon her so she callously puts down and undermines her daughter so that Athena sees herself as plain. Diana tries to stamp out Athena’s spark of independence wanting her daughter to fawn over her rather than live her own life.

Check out Athena’s short story to see whether Diana was successful or not.


A Boy from the Streets has two examples of jealousy.

Amazon Link:


Teo is a lovely, loyal man who is eaten up with jealousy. He is devoted to his friend Leandro but Leandro has a closer bond with Daniel. Even years of separation doesn’t dim this friendship but as the year go by Teo’s jealousy develops to the point where he places himself and others in danger. Will his jealousy lead him to commit the ultimate betrayal?



Pedro is a young boy who is abandoned to the streets of Brasil at the age of one year. His life is harrowing and filled with the horrors that life on the streets brings including being used by the corrupt police force who should be there to protect him.

At the age of twelve he discovers that he has a twin, Jose was adopted into a life of luxury.

Pedro experiences both jealousy and envy during the coming months but despite his life and the trials and tribulations he stays grounded. His own caring nature allows him to rise above these emotions – but when he is pushed to the ultimate level will he be able to keep his head or will it overwhelm him?



If you want to discover how any of my characters cope with these emotions and what the future holds for them you can find out by clicking the links and reading their stories.

I look forward to hearing back from you.


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The Storm Creature – Teaser


psychological thriller


At eighteen, Lucy had everything going for her: a supportive family, a rapt audience, and her dream of becoming a published author about to be realised.
A single moment in time on a dark, rainy road changes things forever.
That was then, but this is now. Lucy has suffered through eight years of haunting visions and thoughts with every raging storm thanks to a tempestuous storm creature who torments her. What does the baleful creature want with Lucy? Will the troubled woman ever be able to let go of the past and forgive herself?
Or will she sacrifice everything she holds dear?

If you want more information about the book click this link:

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Earlier in the week I blogged about the expectations of today’s society with regards to getting free books which was inspired by a Facebook post by Rose Montague. See below:

“I’m thinking about doing an event called OUR BOOKS ARE NOT FREE.

No giveaways, no prizes, no incentives other than meeting authors and readers, learning about their books, and supporting authors that want to sell their books. I wonder if anyone would like to participate and I wonder if people would actually attend the event?

If you are interested, please comment below. If I get enough authors/readers I will host the event……”

From there I felt so inspired and fired up that I wrote my thoughts down and added a hashtag which I want to see trending. #Booksarenotfree

Rose’s post inspired so many people that a five day event has been organised with half hourly author slots which are now full. Come and join this event, meet the authors pick up a book or two if your budget can stretch to it. Guaranteed no freebies but you will find more genres under one roof than you will anywhere else (aside from bookshops or online markets such as Amazon)

Event details:
Over 100 authors
Not a single book will be given away
Not a single prize will be awarded
Just some fantastic authors
With great books
At reasonable prices


Sat 11 Feb
2PM Rose Montague (Intro & Pep talk)
2:30 PM Monica Mertz
3:00 PM Veronica Del Rosa
3:30 PM Jen Winters
4:00 PM Theresa Jacobs
4:30 PM Sonnet O’Dell
5:00 PM S H Pratt
5:30 PM Clair de Lune
6:00 PM Aoife Marie Sheridan
6:30 PM Angel M Vosvick-Waggoner
7:00 PM John Hancock
7:30 PM Bailey Ziehmer
8:00 PM Barbara Winkes
8:30 PM M.L. Spencer
9:00 PM AJ Kohler
9:30 PM Claudette Nicole Melanson
10:00 PM Jesse Frankel
10:30 PM Elizabeth Ann Davis
11:00 PM Ani Manjikan
11:30 PM (daily wrap up)

Sun 12 Feb
6:00 AM (Daily Intro-Host)
6:30 AM Gillian Joy
7:00 AM Grace Rose Thomas
7:30 AM Maria Gibbs
8:00 AM Fiona Skye
8:30 AM Stuart Murray
9:00 AM Laurie Vincent
9:30 AM Melissa McArthur Gilbert
10:00 AM Cindy J Smith
10:30 AM Iyana Jenna
11:00 AM Krista Pakseresht
11:30 AM Karen Mossman
Noon Karina Kantas
12:30 PM Audrina Lane
1:00 PM Regina Partap
1:30 PM Cris Pasqueralle
2:00 PM Miranda Brock
2:30 PM Mistral Dawn
3:00 PM JF Holland
3:30 PM Gemma Roman
4:00 PM Flora McGregor
4:30 PM Erika Szabo
5:00 PM Joe Bonadonna
5:30 PM Michael Dellert
6:00 PM Heather Blomquist
6:30 PM Nancy Rollins
7:00 PM Courtney Shockey
7:30 PM Tima Maria Lacoba
8:00 PM Char Webster
8:30 PM Marsha Moore
9:00 PM Kurt Springs
9:30 PM Nicole Davis
10:00 PM Joe Compton
10:30 PM Deidre Mapstone
11:00 PM Carol Kauffman
11:30 PM (daily wrap up)

Mon 13 Feb
6:00 AM (Daily Intro-Host)
6:30 AM JoAnne Van Leedham
7:00 AM Alex James
7:30 AM Brianna West
8:00 AM Bri Amari
8:30 AM Susan Gibbons
9:00 AM Jennifer Thompson
9:30 AM Heather Ann Osborne
10:00 AM Michela Homer
10:30 AM Devorah Fox
11:00 AM Beverly Lee
11:30 AM Jennifer A Thomas
Noon H.C. Bentley
12:30 PM Tom Tinney
1:00 PM Peter Churchill
1:30 PM Dawn Chapman
2:00 PM Cindy Schneider
2:30 PM Lynn Lamb
3:00 PM Monte Dutton
3:30 PM Gary Morgenstern
4:00 PM Lu Whitley
4:30 PM Karen McFarland
5:00 PM Shakyra Dunn
5:30 PM Stephanie Ayers
6:00 PM Trey McIntosh
6:30 PM Sandie Will
7:00 PM Maggie Anderson
7:30 PM Juli D. Revezzo
8:00 PM Kade Cook
8:30 PM Emmy Gatrell
9:00 PM Colen Evans
9:30 PM Sarah Buhrman
10:00 PM Barbara Chioffi
10:30 PM Sarina Langer
11:00 PM Jeanette O’Hagan
11:30 PM (daily wrap up)

Tues 14 Feb
6:00 AM (Daily Intro-Host)
6:30 AM Dianna Wyles
7:00 AM Jennifer Malone Wright
7:30 AM Georgia Mathers
8:00 AM Cori Nicole Smith
8:30 AM Joe Sledge
9:00 AM Joe Ganzer
9:30 AM Maretha Menichini
10:00 AM Dianne Astle
10:30 AM Jane Anthony
11:00 AM C.S. Wooley
11:30 AM Suzi Albracht
Noon Alexis Danielle Allinson
12:30 PM Isadora Montrose
1:00 PM Amy Richie
1:30 PM Pletcha PJ Webb
2:00 PM Kasper Beaumont
2:30 PM Kelly Erickson
3:00 PM Stephen Hunt
3:30 PM Julie Stanley
4:00 PM Tom Fallwell
4:30 PM Cree Storm
5:00 PM Tiger Herbert
5:30 PM JJ King
6:00 PM Jessica Gomez
6:30 PM A M Rycroft
7:00 PM Ashley Uzzell
7:30 PM Marie Krepps
8:00 PM D.j. Ruggiero
8:30 PM Heather Ellen Yamauchi
9:00 PM Beth Honeycutt
9:30 PM Shelli Humphrey
10:00 PM Christopher Paniccia
10:30 PM Debbie Manber Kupfer
11:00 PM Jessica Fisette
11:30 PM (daily wrap up)

Wed 15 Feb
6:00 AM (Daily Intro-Host)
6:30 AM Sarina Langer
7:00 AM Sarah J Hilder
7:30 AM Miriam Averna
8:00 AM Jane Ederlyn
8:30 AM Owen Mullen
9:00 AM Annie Buff
9:30 AM Claire Marta
10:00 AM Lucinda Clarke
10:30 AM Lindsay Johnston
11:00 AM Devon West
11:30 AM Zorha Edwards
Noon Romarin Demetri
12:30 PM Jennifer Brown
1:00 PM Jason Crawford
1:30 PM Candace Osmond
2:00 PM Lily Amis
2:30 PM Jeanne Felfe
3:30 PM S A Gibson
4:00 PM Eva Gordon
4:30 PM Parker Sinclair
5:00 PM Kristy Nicole
5:30 PM Scott Carruba
6:00 PM Mirren Hogan
6:30 PM R.L, Weeks
7:00 PM CJ Rutherford
7:30 PM A.T. Brennan
8:00 PM Debbie Dickerson
8:30 PM Niki Livingston Walker
9:00 PM Dawn Ibanez
9:30 PM Barbara Custer
10:00 PM Tia Siren/Amy Brent
10:30 PM Markie Jordan-Madden
11:00 PM (Event wrap up)

Look out for this event because it should be phenomenal. Let’s claim back a fair price for a job well done.


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West Midlands Valentine’s Book Signing

I can’t wait to take part in this event. Tickets on #sale 50% discounted for a short time only. Check it out.

#Books #Books #Books

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Ticket Link:…

February the 4th 2017 is set to be a day filled with books, romance, laughter, and live 1940’s style music all thanks to The West Midlands Valentines Book Signing & 1940’s Ball. With over 25 confirmed authors covering genres such as romance, chick-lit, erotica, young adult, horror, and children’s fiction, there is sure to be something here for you or your loved one just in time for Valentine’s Day. Or at least something to occupy the kids with.

When the door close to the signing at 16:30 we will be reopening them at 19:30 for our 1940’s swing ball where The Vintage Vocalist will take to the stage and take us back in time with classics from The Andrew Sisters, Vera Lynn, and Anne Shelton. (1940’s dress is very much encouraged).

So, why not come and mingle with the authors and get those books signed before joining us for a swing around the dancefloor?


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Roses & Dreams event from the 18th December

The Roses & Dreams event on the 18th December was a howling success and great fun to book. Here I will recreate the party and results.


We started by thanking our cover designer and editor.

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Hello Everyone
For those who don’t know me I am Maria Gibbs and although I have been writing all my life I have only been a self-published author since January 2015.
I have a passion for life believing it should be lived to the fullest as we never know what is around the corner. Not only do I love writing but I also enjoy reading, travel, horse-riding, motor-bikes, jet-ski’s and crafting. I work full-time so my writing has to be squeezed in outside of office hours.
I dream of escaping the rat-race and spending my time in a place of natural beauty where I can indulge my creative side. 


Thank you Maria and welcome to the party everyone.

So I’m Su and I write under the pseudonym Rose English I post as both Su and Rose so I hope I don’t confuse you all too much (I have enough confusing myself at times)

I live on’England’s Green & Pleasant Land’, amongst the gentle rolling hills of the Herefordshire Countryside, my house is wall to wall books. I even have several ‘Leaning Tower of Paperbacks’.

I’m a dreamer, preferring a simple & quiet life. Often spending time alone, although never lonely, being ever surrounded by great characters when lost in a good book. I love theatre and the arts, adoring live performances on stage, I have very eclectic tastes.

I used to work as a school librarian, and share my love of books with children, it was the best job I ever had. However, life moves on and another chapter was only a page turn away.

For me writing is a hobby, I am more of a Read-a-holic. However, after winning FIRST PRIZE in a short story competition with ‘The Magic of Grandfather Christmas’ featured in ‘Seasonal, Sweet & Suspenseful’ I was inspired to transform the story into a full length novel, to be part of 4 seasonal short stories starting with ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time.’

Here are my links I would love you to drop by and say Hi Enjoy the party, we have been busy posting all week so when you get a spare moment do scroll right on down the page and check what you may have missed

Rose English


Gillari Books



You’ve heard a little about us so now please feel free to use the comments tread to tell us about yourself.

The only person to take this opportunity to tell us about themselves was Jacquie New.
Jacquie New I’m a Vintage Mystery author writing under the name J.New, you can find my FB page here – Jnewwrites and the first of The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries “An Accidental Murder” novella is available on Amazon at the following link, with the short story prequel available FREE on my website and the second book, a full length novel is due out in February 🙂…/dp/B00V3KTWQE/

I will be publishing a novel at the beginning of 2017 and later on today I will be revealing the cover but for now I want to tell you a little about it and play a game.

A Boy from the Streets

Twin boys are born on the 12 September 1981 in a hospital in Brazil and left as orphans to their fate. One boy is adopted by a couple and taken to England but the other isn’t so lucky, Pedro ends up on the streets left to fend in a harsh and unforgiving world. 
Twelve years later Jose is brought back to Brazil where he inadvertently learns the truth about his twin and the adoption and runs away to find him, thinking his adoptive parents no longer want him. What happens next will shake and shape the rest of his life–if he can survive.
Pedro is offered an opportunity that is beyond his wildest dreams, but to keep it means betrayal of someone he loves. This proves to be a far greater challenge than he anticipated.
A boy from the streets will tug at your heart-strings as you follow the twists and turns this story takes.

A few teasers for you:


First little game to break the ice.

For the chance to win a signed print copy of ‘A Boy from the Streets’ due for release early next year just enter the competition below.

I found this point scoring system on the Urban Dictionary and thought rather apt. So add your score up and write it in the comments box. If you want to make it more fun then tell me why you got your score but not necessary if you want to stay off the radar. The highest score will win a signed print copy but I will also gift an e-copy to the person with the lowest score. 


The game sure confused a few people but the results came in as:
We have a grand prize draw that many authors have contributed to and their offerings will be posted throughout the event.
Each of the following authors have donated an e-book(s)
Each book has a promotional slide with a number attached which will be added throughout the event.
When you see one you like the look of please share it and comment shared underneath. You will be entered into a draw and the winner will win an e-copy of that book. You can enter as many as you like. Each entry will be counted from the shares underneath each separate slide.
No party is right without Champagne & Nibbles.
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Grand prize
First up is Wings of Darkness by Sherri. A Wingler
Two copies are up for grabs – so get sharing and spreading the 
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Next is Healing Danger by Maddie Wade Author
Two copies are up for grabs – so get sharing and spreading the 

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Hi Everyone. It’s great to be back online with Roses and Dreams – can’t believe it’s a year since the last party. Thank you to Su and Maria for inviting me and to all my fellow authors for their continued support. It’s great to share ideas, info and be part of the UK Indie Author community.
Welcome to my relatives and friends who have given me so much encouragement over the past year and have become part of my fast growing Facebook family.

This was a great thread with lots of chat – too much to add here so will post Fliss’ (Felicity’s) posts which are rather awesome, I’m sure you’ll agree.

For all newcomers….
My name is Felicity Snowden I am a writer of murder, mysteries set in our wonderful county of Yorkshire and I’d like to welcome you.
Find me at…/dp/B01E7M64DI
My latest book ‘Grave Misconception’ is set in Whitby, North Yorkshire which has not only attracted millions of tourists over the years but has also been a draw for some of the literary legends – including Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins and the unforgettable Bram Stoker. It is most certainly an exciting location not only as a colourful coastal resort and in terms of historical charm but more importantly as a haven for the creative writer in search of inspiration.

Although my photographic talents are somewhat limited I managed to take a few timely shots which you can find on my website

My first impressions of the Goth culture were duly recorded on my return and can be found on my Goodreads page.…/412595-in-search-of-the…My first impressions of the Goth culture were duly recorded on my return and can be found on my Goodreads page.…/412595-in-search-of-the…

Having visited Whitby in April last year my research continued with online sites, library and museum visits. Both my novels work on a time switch theme and aim to highlight a specific event in our local history. In this case the tragic loss of the Rohilla, a newly fitted hospital ship bound for the beaches of Dunkirk in the early days of WW1. The ship that floundered in the seas close to Whitby on that fateful night, was at first thought to have been struck by a German mine.

The vessel was actually in distress due to the horrendous weather conditions and the lack of coastal lights causing it to veer dangerously close to the rocks at Saltburn Nab.

During my research I came across a beautiful Folk song performed by the group ‘Now Then’ based in Barnoldswick and Earby, a haunting melody which relating the story of the disaster. A very moving piece that commemorates those from the area that lost their lives. Well worth a listen….

A little bit now about my style of writing. Before I start writing I work out a skeleton plan –but as with most things in life it doesn’t always go the way you expect. It’s that ‘voice in my head’ thing again….no I’m not cracking up. Although many writers work on the concept that it’s better to start your story from the middle and go from there, I prefer to start from the beginning.

However with ‘Grave Misconception’ I found I had certain images/ ideas in my mind that were quite prominent and seemed desperate emerge. Needless to say they were hardly material for the first chapter.
And so I worked on those thoughts and here is the culpable extract.…/397252-grave-misconception

Thank you for joining me at the Dreams and Roses Christmas party.
I’d like to leave you with a competition to win a paperback copy of ‘Grave Misconception’. The McBride Murder Mysteries Book 1
First to send five correct answers to my email address will receive a FREE signed copy.
1) Name the church that stands on the headland at Whitby, close to the Abbey?
2) In which month of 1914 did the Rohilla disaster occur off the East coast, near Whitby?
3) Which famous Gothic author wrote a novel featuring the last voyage of the Demeter?
4) Name the two months of the year when Whitby holds its weekend Goth Festival?
5) Name two characters in ‘Grave Misconception’ – The McBride Murder Mysteries Book 1?

Please email your answers to
Good luck and happy reading.

Grand prize
Next up is Rising Tide by Claudette Nicole Melanson
Three copies are up for grabs – so get sharing and spreading the 

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Hello all! My name is Joshua Sutton and I write Paranormal Fiction. I have two books out currently In Memory and Shadowborn. Both are part of my debut trilogy In Memory Trilogy, you’ll here a bit more about those books later on.

A little bit about me, Im a Kent based author who loves mostly anything a little nerdy, I play World of Warcraft and love all things fantasy and paranormal. I hope you all enjoy my slot my links are below:




So now you’ve enjoyed my intro lets do an AMA!


Su: So give us an idea about your 1st book Josh to introduce us please
Josh:  So the usual marketing goes like this:

Ever wondered what would happen if you were possessed by a demon? Demons are taking over Sarah’s mind, rendering her incapable of original thought. Will she succumb to the war that is about to explode, or will humans finally win out?

That’s only a teaser though I shall let you figure out a lil more

Maria: Where do you get your inspiration from?
Josh:  Mostly people I see at work. Other inspiration comes from just asking myself what if? Besides that I always wondered what the world would be like if there was magic everywhere as a part of our lives.
Jacquie New:  How do you go about naming your characters? Cornelius is a great name, one of my favourites.
Josh: Honestly I just plucked the name out of thin air. I think I was reading something that used that name.
Dawn Singh:  Are you methodical or a seat of your pants writer?
Josh: Bit of both. When I’m at work I love to plan out my chapters then when I sit down I don’t necessarily stick to those plans
So here’s a teaser for my first book In Memory!   And here is a teaser for Shadowborn!
All this fun was thirsty work
More Champagne & Rum Truffles anyone?
Game time I got two ebooks to give away you get a copy of In Memory and Shadowborn Caption my doggy photo.
Another game! Same prizes as last time just caption this!
A Few more teasers
Grand prize
Next up is Butters Comes Home by Claudette Nicole Melanson
One copy is up for grabs – so get sharing and spreading the 

So this is my last post of the night. Sadly I have to go do adult things now. A HUGE thanks to Su and Maria for having me tonight. I hope you all enjoy your next guests and the rest of the event. I will now retreat to my cave to try and finish my final In Memory Trilogy book before the new year. Once again here are my links for social media etc



Hello lovely people.

Thank you to Maria and Su for orgnising this, and for letting me take part!

I am a Fantasy author based in Yokshire, and I will be giving a brief introduction to my books shortly.

Say hi below, and I’ll do my best to answer any questions!


Lots of hello’s:

Jacquie:  Where abouts in Yorkshire are you from Kelly?
Kelly:  Hi Jacquie, I’m from good old Doncaster!


My first published series was the Witch-Hunter Trilogy.

The first book, The Shadow Rises, follows Hunter (I know, a witch-hunter called Hunter) and his colleagues as they stop the modern threat of witches in the UK.

The book is free to download from… well, everywhere. 

This was a great little game:



Which character are you most like from the Witch-Hunter series?
Try this quick quiz!

Lots of people entered here


What do you all do away from the computers and notepads? What hobbies and activities do you take part in?

I used to be a semi-professional horse-rider (a.k.a. shit-shoveller), but now I just ride m own horse for fun.

It’s the only form of stress-relief for me



Su: I love this picture beautiful the only hobby I have is reading I am a confessed Read-a-holic 🙂
 Kelly: Yeah, funny story – me and Jade went hacking through the woods cos we wanted to avoid the photographer doing a promo shoot (we were in our scruffs). Guess who we met up the woods?
Denise:   I am a crafter lol I crochet goodies for all my loved ones!
Maria:  I love horse riding too, or motorbike or going away on holiday. I also love jet ski’s and crafting. But i could write continuously lol
Fliss: Must say I prefer to keep my feet firmly on the ground. I do believe that horses have a therapeutic effect though.
Rainne Atkins: I read a lot and enjoy crafting 


(an ecopy of The Lost Soul can be won in the grand prize)

Enchena’s history is written by the victorious. Through war and betrayal, King Hrafn’s reign has spread across the land.

The rebellion is stirring again… In a world where the evil nature of humans has infected the very forests and animals surrounding them, they are crying out for a new hope; a new hero.
Natural enemies must come together, to overcome the curse.

Two innocent people must be brought from another world. One will bring the rebellion the way to succeed; the other will be their destruction.


Fancy a festive freebie? (Say that twenty times fast)

Check out the newly-released Winter Trials.

Winter Trials will be continuing with a full-length sequel at the end of 2017.
Now… you have the chance to decide what I am going to call this new series!
Select one of the options below, or create one of your own (Witchy-McWitchface will not be accepted)

Northern Witch was voted for.
Right lovely people, the last half hour has flown by. I will be hovering for the rest of the evening, so hope to chat to you all later!
Grand prize
Next up is The lost Soul (Enchenatti) by K.S Kelly S. Marsden
One copy is up for grabs – so get sharing and spreading the ❤
Thanks to Su and Maria for inviting little ol’ me along. My name is D M Singh and I write paranormal YA as well a little humour. My FB page is below please give it a like and say how do in the comments.
Those who know me, know I like the darker side of things, so let’s have some dark-side fun. Check out the game below and have a giggle at your vampire names.
 Dawn Singh: btw Immortal Lust right here lol …. Off to change my name folks
Maria: Vampire Bat
Maria: Why couldn’t I be Sensuous or Seductive!!!
Jacquie: Death Leech – OMG! I wanted Lascivious Vixen
Maria:I know right
Jacquie: Please call me Indira Zebedee from now on! 😉
Kelly: Requim shadow
Dawn: oooo mysterious
Ann Morgan:Count Hunter. How disappointing. More of an instruction really. But definitely not to be attempted when drunk
Dawn: hahaha
Maria: If it was stroke hunter it would have tied in with Kelly’s character. #smuttylady
Chris: Fanged Wrath
Ann: See that suits you. A tidy name. Not like mine. Grump!
Rain: Death Macabre
Kelly: Sensuous Hunter!
Su: Tormented Lust yeah sounds about right LOL
Kayla Pipkin: Requiem Slayer
Soooooo … , my latest baby Dead Normal, was launched this past Halloween and we already have some Derek groupies … you know who you are. So for those of you who’ve not yet tiptoed into my little world here’s a little taste.…/B00L9KPA3W/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1…
One of the best things about writing this book was the exciting prospect of a book crossover between myself and my fave author Sherri A. Wingler, who graciously allowed me to borrow Grim, my favourite character from her books.…/B00L9KPA3W/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1…
I may or may not have crush on this character. I’m saying nothing. Shh I’m normal.…/B00L9KPA3W/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1…
For those of you who loved Derek, he will be back next year in Before Death, here’s a little taste.
My time is up, thanks for gluing your eyes to your screen for the past half hour. Here’s a taste of my new book series coming 2017. Peace out
Grand prize
Next up is Blade of The Destroyer Andy Peloquin
A whopping five copies are up for grabs – so get sharing and spreading the 
Grand prize
Next up is Dead Normal by Dawn Singh
One copy is up for grabs – so get sharing and spreading the 
Hello one and all hope you are enjoying the party as much as we Thank you to the lovely Dawn #DeadIsTheNewSexy for sure. Here are my published books
So as it is the Christmas season I will start by introducing ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time’ Inspiration came when researching the Longcase clock which is the original name for the Grandfather Clock. Inspired by a song from the 1880’s ‘My Grandfather’s Clock’
Here is a link to the song but there are hundreds of other versions even Cliff Richards did a version and Johnny Cash prob spelt that wrong LOL Sorry
There is even a quaint story behind the song that was written in the early 1800s if you want to know more check this link
Great news as well I finally got my ‘Lost Love in Spring’ up and live in both Kindle and print format here are a couple of teasers. The story is all about hope and when Emmeline’s soulmate is tragically injured during a raging storm she uses her grandmothers tomb or Home Remedies to nurse him back to health. The story is only short but the book has been heavily researched and includes an A ~ Z of Herbal Remedies well worth checking out.
~*~Rose’s Game 01~*~
For a chance to win either an eBook of ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time’ or ‘Lost Love in Spring’ Give me the name of a song with a flower in the title.
An extra entry for knowing the artist
A third entry for finding a YouTube video to show me.


Don’t forget you can share as many of the prize slides as you want, comment shared in each one you do and you will be entered for the draws.

PIMP the hell out of these awesome authors.

Grand prize
Next up is In Memory by Josh Josh ‘Balders’ Sutton
One copy is up for grabs – so get sharing and spreading the 


Grand prize
Next up is Shadowborn by Josh Josh ‘Balders’ Sutton
One copy is up for grabs – so get sharing and spreading the 

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These are my three novelettes that are on sale on Amazon: kindle and print copies available.
Covers designed by JC Clarke from The Graphics Shed and edited by RE Hargrave, both very talented authors also. So a shout out to both of them.




In order to win an e-copy of any one of these I have a little game for you.

What is your fantasy villain name? The winner is the one that makes me laugh the most.


Just for fun

Feel free to add your own cheesy jokes in the comments.


From Chris Turnbull: On which side do chickens have most feathers? On the outside

From Rainne Atkins: Why was the turkey in the pop group?

Because he was the only one with drumsticks!

Now for a few teasers from ‘A Boy from the Streets’



OK so poor Maria Gibbs Author pc on the go slow so I am going to post the next prize draw slide for her Forever Love kindly donated by the lovely Laura Morgan. Thanks Laura 


So now I am going to share with you ‘Rainbows & Roses ~ Poetry & Prose’ the slide tells all 
Hi guys, I have to love you and leave you now, (I’m a couple of hours ahead) but just wanted to say a big thanks for a lovely party, I’ve had a great time, met some wonderful people, got some new books, emptied my pockets and drunk all Maria’s champagne! Best of luck with the rest of the ‘do’ and have fun. J xx
I know not many people are fans of poetry but this has come lovely little short stories in it along with the symbolism of the rose with some background history. A little bit of info about the meaning of different coloured roses and my favourite topic to research Myths and Legends check out this one about Yellow Roses


~*~ Rose’s Game No. 02 ~*~

Design yourself a Rose for an eBook of ‘Rainbows & Roses’

1 entry per rose name

2 entries if you can find an image to match the design colour and all

***This competition is not run by or endorsed by Facebook. ***

Click the image to open to allow you to read it better if you are like me and need your reading glasses on 


Su’s Rose


Audrina Lane’s: Beautiful Apricot sweet dream!


Nicole Nixon’s: Romantic New Dawn Eminence
Carnation pink


Jean FS’: Angelic Joy Nadeshiko pink

Rainne Atkins: Enchanting Rainbow Magic Eminence

Tracey Wood: Enchanting Tuscany Superb Yellow Rose


Unfortunately when you are an Indie Author doing print on demand the costs are high so it cost me alone £10 just to get ‘Rainbows & Roses’ printed via Createspace but that is because I wanted it in Full Colour as a gift for my mum. Once I had a colour copy in my hand a black and white one would not have had the same effect 


Grand prize
Next up is Carousel by Chris A Turnbull
One copy is up for grabs – so get sharing and spreading the 



1 point each to finish the sentence from my website, if everyone gets them all the first person to finish will be the winner.

1) She walked out; her scarf gone, the Gypsy garb absent just an ordinary woman………………………………………………………………………..
2) I spent my formative years in Paris society, when Mother’s money had run out, ……………………………….……………………………………….
3) Pedro is offered an opportunity that is beyond his wildest dreams,……………………………………………………………………………………………
4) Lightning illuminated the sky, highlighting the crazed woman who stood outside sodden to the skin,………………………………………………………………………………………………….
The inspiration for my first novel was something that happened in my life, but the book isn’t about my life,……………………………………………………………………………………………………


Rainne Atkins1 …in jeans and jumper.
2 …and the inspiration had been muted by the Gin bottle then we lived with ‘uncles’.
3 …but to keep it means betrayal of someone he loves.
4 …black hair plastered to her face and hanging limply over her shoulders.
5 …but it gave me the inspiration to write it.



Another little teaser from ‘A Boy from the Streets’ before the cover reveal at the end of this time slot.

This is also a game. **Not endorsed by Facebook** None of the games here today have been.

You’re placed in a position where you can only pic one baby when there are twins, would you:

Pick one with a heavy heart
Say you couldn’t take either of them because you couldn’t separate them
Threaten to divorce your husband to try to make him allow you to take both

I would like you to indulge your creative streak here and give me a dialogue between Christina and her husband Fernando. The most creative answer will be gifted an e-copy or if you prefer (author option) you will be added to the back of the book as a promotion for one of your own books.


Only Su entered and she will already be getting a copy and will be mentioned in the back of my book with whatever book she wants advertised.

I would not do any of those, sorry I would appeal to his sense of humanity, his gentleness and kindness I would appeal to the man I had fallen in love with and explain that twins should never be separated and if it was too much for me to cope I would hire in a nanny. 

**COVER REVEAL** coming in the next ten minutes.



Grand prize
The Dragon Dreamer by J.S Jenny Burke
One copy is up for grabs – so get sharing and spreading the 

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Unfortunately one of our lovely author friend is unable to join us this evening JG Clay after having broken his ankle so we are posting on his behalf.


J.G Clay is definitely a Man of Horror. There can be no doubt. Putting aside the reverence he has for the horror greats, such as King, Barker, Herbert, Carpenter, Romero and Argento, there is another fact that defines his claim for the title of the ‘Duke of Spook’. He was born on Halloween night. By a quirk fate, it was also a full moon that night. Co-incidence?
Here at Clay Towers, we don’t believe in coincidences.

The 41 year old hails from the Midlands in the United Kingdom, is married with one step child and two dogs that bear a strong resemblance to Ewoks. Beyond the page and the written word, he is music mad and can hold down a tune on a bass guitar pretty well. He is an avid reader and also has an enduring love of British sci-fi, from the pages of the ‘2000A.D’ comic to the televised wanderings of Gallifrey’s most famous physician. Clay is also a long-time fan of the mighty Birmingham City Football Club and endures a lot of flak from his friends for it.…


Just for fun and to keep you rowdy lot amused while I eat, drink and be generally very merry.


Kelly L B Housden: I went to McDonald’s with my future husband because I smoked crack

Yvonne Eason: I named my cat after a gangster, because I am a ninja.

Maria: I Named my cat after a monkey because I was born that way

Chris: I took a shower with a paper bag because I smoked crack 

Kat Hayward: I punched a drunk lady because I’m a ninja.

Su:  have nightmares about Oprah because I’m a ninja LOL did Dawn Singh do this I bet she was a ninja too 

Dawn: I killed a clown because I was horny lol

Susan Barraclough: I got kicked out of Walmart with Eminem cos I’m a stripper. Deal with it

Jessica Rhodes: I’m deeply in love with Chuck Norris because I was born that way

James Davies: I used to date Lord Voldermort because i’m a stripper. Deal with it.

Kelly: I punched a paper bag because I’m sexy like that…
Hmph, of all the things I could’ve punched!

Jean FS: I think I am a drunk lady because I love drama! lol


If you are not sure if you are going to like horror or how dark it is there is currently a wonderful anthology currently FREE to download in which is featured J.G. Clay’s work
Grand prize
The Magic of Grandfather Time by Rose English
One copy is up for grabs – so get sharing and spreading the 15542365_1602906236683118_7003113477316668256_n.jpg 15697261_10154074063576975_5277024437267894630_n.jpg
Hello again hope everyone is having as much fun as we are. Don’t forget we have been posting here all week so do SCROLL right through the posts. Wow did you see Maria’s book cover I so want that book 

Rose Work in Progress W.I.P.

So when it comes to WIPs Maria is the master by far, she has so many ideas written down I lose count. For myself I am continuing with my book series although I do have something completely different I am working on that I started during NaNoWriMo. But I’ll tell you about that at the end.

To check on my WIP visit my wordpress blog it has info old and new on there. Some books have been inspired by spotting covers on the pages belonging to our wonderful cover designer JC Clarke of ‘The Graphics Shed’ check out her Etsy page


So a lovely lady told me the other day how much she loved ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time’ and would there be any more? Well the answer is YES. I have the bare bones of all the Grandfather Time Series which are based around the seasons. ‘Last Orders Jack’ was actually written before Grandfather Time but I have entered it in several competitions and because they will not allow you to enter already published books I hung on. So hopefully that will come next


The beautiful covers are by JC Clarke check out her Etsy store below. I must admit I was not the easiest customer she had, making a cover from scratch not like the pre-mades she is so great at. But once she had shown me the image for the first one the images came thick and fast along with the stories LOL

I am also working on a series for ‘Lost Love’ the first story is live with an A~Z of plants for herbal remedies. Book 2 ‘Lost Love the Great War’ will feature an A~Z of flowers and their meaning again with a few myths and legends thrown in.


Another project I am still working on is ‘Seal Mother’ a short folktale about the Selkie Seal Maiden who steps out of the sea and becomes a beautiful woman when her skin is stolen she has to live the life of a human.


I thought I was finished with the tale but I have now expanded it to two stories

‘The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry’ published in Childs Ballads late 1800s about a beautiful handsome male selkie. Found digitized in the Internet Archive

Check out my YouTube book teaser with beautiful music used with the kind permission of Karan Casey & Friends from the album ‘Seal Maiden: a Celtic Musical’

My favourite ‘The Seasons’ is composed by Ger Wolfe with vocals by Karan.

The Silkie Song’ vocals again by Karan Casey…

Teaser from ‘Seal Mother’


And the background for the second story about a handsome male selkie such beautiful tales and the music is wonderful…

~*~Rose’s Game No. 03~*~

For a sneak peek PDF copy of Seal Mother visit my WordPress blog, and leave a short comment below the relevant post. I would love to read your thoughts


How time flies when you are having fun, our lovely friend Chris is up next so we can take a short break for food. So thanks Chris and I’ll see you soon folks ENJOY 



Grand prize – Last prize
A Lifetime or a Season by Maria Gibbs
One copy is up for grabs – so get sharing and spreading the 

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(¸.•´ (¸.•` Hello and thank you to Rose English UK Author and Maria Gibbs Author for inviting me to take part this evening – You ladies are doing a fabulous job!
For those of you who don’t know me I’m Chris Turnbull Author. I am from York, UK and I mostly write ‘Historical Fiction’.
My books are quite different, from two time travel stories, to a Victorian Murder novel.
This year I published my first children’s book with the help of artist Rebecca Dasilvaline.



★✩★ Chris Turnbull Author ★✩★
My first published book ’The Vintage Coat’ is a time travel story set between modern day Alston , Cumbria; and WW2.
If you could travel in time where would you go and why?



★✩★ Chris Turnbull Author ★✩★
Some teasers from ’The Vintage Coat’…



★✩★ Chris Turnbull Author ★✩★
Just for fun…answer me this question!


★✩★ Chris Turnbull Author ★✩★
My second book is a much darker tale, and is set in the beautiful harbor town of Whitby. Cover and Internal designs by Joe Hunt.

Blurb: LESS than 3 years after the release of Bram
Stokers novel Dracula, Whitby is tormented
by a diehard fan who sees Dracula as his
role model; and it isn’t long before women
are being murdered, and the residents of
Whitby are scared to leave their homes.

WHEN a young lady from London, who has
travelled to Whitby with her new husband,
is targeted, it is a race against time to catch
this cloaked monster before he kills again



★✩★ Chris Turnbull Author ★✩★
A few fun teasers from D: Whitby’s Darkest Secret
Thank you to Rose English UK Author for creating these 




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Just for fun!…As it is only a week away and all 


Maria: Sparkle McBlizzard.

Chris: Bells McSnowy

Carl Turnbull: Bells McChilly

Sherri A Wingler: Hope McGlisten!

Kelly Housden: Candy mcbauble

Denise Robbins: Tinkle McSnowflake

Joanne Rosser: Festive mcfreeze

Su: Hope McSlushy

Jean: Festive McSparkie!!

★✩★ Chris Turnbull Author ★✩★
In July 2016 I was lucky enough to be a part of UK Indie Lit Fest #indiearmy– This was a great event bringing together a wide selection on the UK’s best writing talents. As part of the event some authors submitted a piece for an event Anthology, which is now available on Amazon to puchase.
My contribution was a short prequel to my Whitby story, which can be read in the Anthology, or can be purchased separately.
Author’s keep your eye’s peeled for next years event which will be advertised very soon! 



★✩★ Chris Turnbull Author ★✩★
I would like to take a quick moment to talk about a charity fund raising event I did this past year. Back in June, after 6 months of fund raising I cut off my hair and beard for charity. This was quite a big thing for me to do and it scared the life out of me because I have a phobia of hair cuts (sounds silly, but I really do hate scissors close to my ears)…not to mention the fear of looking so silly after loosing the hair and beard in one go.
I was really hoping to raise £1000 for two charities (Cystic Fibrosis + Support Dogs). And I am pleased to say that after 6 months of hounding people, and a successful garden party on the day of the shave, I raised a massive £1,400 (including gift aid)
A HUGE THANK YOU to all who supported not only me, but these incredible charities 


★✩★ Chris Turnbull Author ★✩★
This year I went back to my roots by releasing another Time-Travel book. This time taking us back to 1889 Paris.

BLURB: Jonathan was supposed to be getting married today, but instead he is in Paris; and what’s worse he is now over 120 years in the past.

Transported back by an old amusement carousel, Jonathan finds his life turned upside down as he finds himself stuck in 1889.

Desperate to return home, he goes in search of the carousel. Although his wish to return is high, he soon learns that his reasons to stay could be just as compelling.



★✩★ Chris Turnbull Author ★✩★


Maria: sn’t that the thing that makes you wet the bed?!

Dawn: This flower smells like butt

Carl: Dont give me that…i weed on that earlier.

Denise: There’s a bee in there!

Robert Glide: I don’t like butter

Jean: That’s not Food! Don’t you pay attention to the warnings!!


★✩★ Chris Turnbull Author ★✩★
Back in October I was lucky enough to release my first ever children’s book: A Home For Emy.
This project meant so much to me, not only because it is based on true events (and is my dog) but because this book had been written for over 4 years, and finally being able to release her to you was a dream come true 



★✩★ Chris Turnbull Author ★✩★
Here are some of the internal pages of A Home For Emy
All the incredible artwork for the book was done by Dasilvaline…check out Bekki’s page and give it a LIKE





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It would appear my time is up already…
…Thank you again Rose English UK Author and Maria Gibbs Author for putting on an incredible evening of fun.

Maria posted a competition earlier to WIN an ebook copy of CAROUSEL, so don’t forget to enter that. AND by commenting on any of my posts from the last 30 minutes you will be entered to win a Paperback copy of A Home For Emy.

Enjoy the rest of your evening guys 

Thank you for having me! Now we’ve got a bit of time for something dark 😉 Let me introduce myself. I’m Laura Morgan, author of dark novels such as my Black Rose series  I even have a #freebook Look, if you dare

A little about me… I love edgy, gritty books that strip your heart and soul bare and leave you with an epic book hangover at the end. That’s what I aim to do with mine, and I think my readers agree! At times they’re dark and controversial, but that’s also what makes them unique.
Tell me, do you enjoy dark reads? I hope so haha 


So, I have three different series available. One of which is my dark paranormal Black Rose series, and another that is contemporary romance with a crime edge to it. Tell me, have you met Leonardo Solomon yet? He’s a narcissistic gangster who’s nothing but bad news, but somehow he might just be what tortured soul Cassie Taylor needs…
Book two is now available to buy on Kindle and both are available on KU 

Just for fun… Tell me, are you a sufferer too haha!


Su: Oh year several I love Asher from ‘Wings of Darkness

Maria: Comte Joffrey de Peyrac from the Angelique series by Sergeanne Golon

Sherri: Rochester from Jane Eyre was my first love.

Jean: Oh yeah and no cure for this.. Need books to keep me going on those days there’s nothing to watch on tv.


So, as you’ve all seen, Rose and I have been taking some stunning pictures lately… We’re both participating in a charity calendar for 2017 and I have to say, we all loved the entire process! Don’t forget, you can get your copies here and ALL proceeds will be donated to charity, so all for a more than worthwhile cause x


Now for something entirely different lol…
I also have a dystopian science fiction series written under my pen name LC Morgans. It’s a story set a thousand years in the future, in which humans have used and abused the planet beyond repair to both the earth itself and to society. Close to cataclysm, an alien race called the Thrakorian’s step in, but at a price. The human race is enslaved to their new masters, albeit willingly, and this is the story of a young girl and her journey into adulthood beneath their reign…

As was posted earlier, you guys are in with a chance of winning an ebook of my novel Forever Lost, so please stay tuned to find out if you’ve won. I hope whoever the winner is falls in love with them just like I did!  You can find out more about Cassie and Leo on their amazon page, and here’s a cheeky teaser for the story too xx


Thanks so much for having me. It’s been great fun. Please don’t forget to stop by my page and give me a like so we can keep this going! xx


I’m going to give you a couple more teasers for ‘A Boy from the Streets’

To be in with a chance of winning an e copy, go to my Amazon page and follow me, then comment done in the thread.





This will be my last post.

A little excerpt from another WIP ‘Is this Love?’ which is book one of two the second is also partially written with a working title of ‘Illicit Love’:

Is this Love?

My day started with a needle being stuck in my arm; of course technically it didn’t it I was at home in bed with my wife. I watched as her eyelids fluttered open. I was struck anew by the piercing blue eyes that sought mine straight away as they had every morning in the five years we’d been together. Her long blond hair fanned the pillow. I reached out and touched the silky softness of it knowing that I wouldn’t wake up next to her for the next four mornings. It was a poignant moment rather like yesterday at her scan finding out that we would be having twins.
A smile touched the corner of my lips as I thought about the perfection of the day before; suddenly being a father was a real prospect, and I knew I had to be around to witness it. I wanted to teach my children to play football, to go to the park and push them on swings and whatever else a father is supposed to do.
The way I saw my day starting though was with that needle, drawing out my blood to send it to the laboratory for tests before my regimen commenced. This was followed by them collecting stem cells to be replaced after treatment and a run through of what to expect.
“This is the room that you’ll be in for the next five days.” The nurse informed me cheerfully as though she had given me the key to a suite at the Ritz.
My first impression was of the soulless quality of the room and the three patients already ensconced in their places. One man lay back on the bed and the other two sat on large padded upright armchairs.
“Come on in.”
The three voices welcomed me in unison.
It didn’t take me long to work out that this room wasn’t soulless. It might not be the Ritz, but it contained a character of its own; supportive, like a blanket placed around someone after an accident. My fellow “inmates” were Joe, Thomas and Christopher. Joe sat on the bed on his second cycle of treatment, pale, gaunt; every inch the advertisement of what to look forward to from chemotherapy. Thomas, a rugged redhead with ruddy cheeks and Christopher, whose skin was the shade of ebony and whose smile stretched across his face, were both on day two of their first course of chemo. A bond grew between us very quickly. Gemma said that the room contained magic. I came to see that she was right.
I was told that it may be a little uncomfortable when they inserted the cannula into my vein, but I can’t say that I really noticed it. The thing that I came to dread was the drip, drip, drip of the drugs, sliding like a snake beneath my skin. On the first day, it was Etoposide and Cisplatin, drip, drip, drip, crawling, writhing through my system, mingling with my blood, flowing through me. I was also given anti-emetics which I was told would combat or lessen the vomiting.
Days two, three, four and five: the same combination of drugs with the addition of Bleomycin on day two. The routines of the days were the same: a tedium only broken by the other patients and the visits of the wives. I don’t think I had ever realised how long twenty four hours could be. Part of me thought I should appreciate every moment since time was precious, but that didn’t account for having a needle in your arm with a steady stream of poison flowing through your veins. The only other sound that filtered through was the beep when the drip bag needed changing.
“Have you seen that website… oh, what’s the name again?” Joe pondered for a few moments, I could almost see the cogs going around in his head, “… the one set up by testicular cancer survivors? It’s on the tip of my tongue… Check ‘em boys that’s it.”
“Yeah, my mate Jake told me about it,” I answered, conscious of a metallic taste in my mouth.
“Has he had testicular cancer too then?” Christopher was looking nauseous and I could see he needed some distraction.
“No. It’s his way of feeling useful if he finds out everything then he can ensure I know it all.”
“It’s difficult to take it all in.” Christopher leaned forward suddenly but then looked like he regretted it as he returned to his original position.
“I have to know everything,” said Joe, the “only way I could feel like I was doing something. I hate feeling that I have no control. I haven’t stopped reading since I found out.”
“It doesn’t seem to sink in for me,” I admitted, “small bites work better than huge chunks. I seem to drift off into a dream world after a couple of minutes.”

~*~Rose’s Game No. 04 ~*~

So like I promised here is my latest WIP and I am giving away 5 PDF copies of ‘Shoe Shorts’ this is a project I started as this year’s November ‘NaNoWriMo’ Challenge. The idea, as many here will know is to write a novel or whatever in 50,000 over the course of one month, that being November. I just about scrapped through and completed the challenge and have the bare bones of a new book. The cover is from the teasing designer JC Clarke who constantly tempts us with her beautiful creations. Read the slide to see what you need to do 🙂


There will be an added entry for the PDF Short Shoe story ‘One Night in Fabulous Shoes’ if you can tell me what shoes the story is about. Visit the blog then post below. Also I would love to read your thoughts on my blog.

Please guys help me finish the truffles and Champagne and take some balloons home with you.


~*~Final Joint Game~*~

Now for our final game of the evening and this is going to take a little bit of thought but there is a couple of surprise prizes up for grabs read the slide to see what you need to do. Have fun 


Thank you to everyone who has joined in the fun tonight, everyone who has supported us and befriended us over the last year and to those we met today.
The competitions are staying open even though we are shutting down and winners will be announced on Tuesday night.


Thank you everyone for joining us this evening to help us celebrate the love of Books and to hopefully introduce you to some new reads. As Maria mentioned Games are Open until Tuesday so do scroll down and check what you missed. Happy Reading and hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Winners announced Tuesday