The Village Witch Sub Box {October 2018}

Hey Everyone. I am so sorry this post is a little delayed. I hoped to get it brought to you sooner but life has been so chaotic.

Today I am bringing you the reveal for October’s Hocus Pocus Samhain box from The Village Witch Shop.

October’s box was all about Halloween and honouring your ancestors and the ancestors of Witches past.

I kept my box until the 31st to complete the spell and I had such fun with it. I really enjoyed making the ancestors oil which doesn’t just look pretty but is functional too.

In this month’s box there was:

Skull jar

Ancestral Herb and Root Mix

Samhain Aura Spray (which smells soooo good)

Remember The Ancestors Ink

Samhain Oil

Invoke the Spirits Water

Thining The Veil Salts

Invoking the Spirits Incense

Black spell candle

Orange tealight candle

Skull coaster

Treat Bag

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Yet again the TVW team knocked it out of the park not only creating an amazing quality and value for money box but providing us a fun and loving spell.

The boxes can be found here and are priced at £30 which includes all postage and packing fees.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

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Blog Blitz: Visions of Zarua by Suzanne Rogerson {Extract}

Visions of Zarua

Good Morning !

Today I am bringing you an extract for the exciting novel Visions of Zaura by Suzanne Rogerson.

Blurb

Two wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past?

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.
Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate.
Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer.
The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions in time to save the Paltrian people from the dark menace of Zarua’s past?

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 Visions of Zarua is only 99p for a limited time to celebrate the book birthday.

Extract

Jago story takes place 350 years before Paddren’s begins. Jago’s scenes are written in first person and we join him as he arrives back at the city of Zarua from a pilgrimage of the realm and beyond. He’s received a letter from his brother warning him something dark is happening in the great city. Jago meets his old mentor and is thrust back into his former role as junior wizard, or so he thinks…

We entered the great hall amid a tide of Elders and juniors, all hastening to find a seat. The central stone pews were already full, while the tiers of seats encircling the room were filling fast; it seemed the whole magical community was attempting to cram into the expansive hall. Usually such grand gatherings were reserved for seasonal celebrations and annual graduations.

I hovered on the threshold of the room and scanned the sea of faces for Jaspen, trying to ignore the nerves fluttering in my belly.

‘Do you want to say a few words?’ Alnard asked, his tone almost gentle in its enquiry.

I frowned. ‘Say a few words about what? What’s going on?’

‘Isn’t this why you’ve returned?’

‘I came back because Jaspen asked me to. Where is he?’

Alnard put his hands on my shoulders and looked me in the eye. I saw his Adam’s apple shift as he gulped.

I knew that whatever he was about to say, I didn’t want to hear it. I tried to pull away from him, but there was strength in his old hands.

Using every ounce of will, I tore my gaze from his and found myself staring at his lips. I saw him form the words, and knew them before my ears even caught the sound.

‘No.’ I squeezed the letter in my pocket, my brother’s voice echoing in my head. He was here waiting for me, we were going to laugh off our stupidities – my need to escape, his paranoia.

My mentor squeezed my shoulders with his bony fingers, forcing me back to the present. ‘I thought you knew…’ Alnard’s eyes clouded over, and I heard the emotion catch in his throat. ‘I’m sorry.’

The truth crashed down on me, making it impossible to breathe. Jaspen was dead…

Somehow, I’d known. My subconscious had been trying to warn me ever since I’d stepped onto Zarua’s soil.

‘When?’

‘It was a week ago. We are about to hold his funeral; that’s why I thought you had returned.’ Alnard hung his head. ‘How stupid of me to assume…’

I forced my fist to unclench, releasing the letter in my pocket. I had to preserve it – my only memento of him and the last conversation we never had.

I pictured his face on the day we said goodbye. I’d never meant for it to be forever.

‘How did he die?’

A pained look creased Alnard’s face.

‘Please, however terrible, just tell me.’

‘Jaspen killed himself.’

I absorbed his words. ‘That’s not possible.’

Alnard hung his head, making no comment. I stared around the room over his stooped shoulders. Fetter Cairn sat at the back of the hall. He broke from his conversation to look at me and raised a hand in greeting, a brief flick of his wrist, nothing more to acknowledge the years we had been friends.

Numbly, I allowed Alnard to guide me to an empty seat at the front of the chamber. As we waited for the ceremony to begin, a dreadful certainty gripped me. Jaspen would never kill himself…

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Author Profile

Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.

She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.

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Social Media Links

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Amazon author page

Goodreads

Thanks for reading

Emma-Louise x

Blog Blitz: The Cuckoo Wood by M. Sean Coleman {Review}

Blurb

A THRILLING, MELODICALLY CREEPY MYSTERY.

Samantha Jaynes took her life in the cold lake. Now Rosie Trimble has done the same. Both claimed they had seen an angel. And they’re not the only ones.

A spate of teenage suicides rattles the rural community of Kirkdale, in England’s Lake District. Before they died, each of the girls talked about seeing an angel. Is this collective hallucination, or is something more sinister leading these young girls to their deaths?

That’s a question for Dr Alex Ripley, the so-called Miracle Detective. Brought in to help the police, she finds a community rooted in fear and suspicion, bound by their strange faith, unwilling to help, unable to forgive.

Because the people of Kirkdale have buried their dark past once, and they’re not about to let Ripley dig it up again.

The Cuckoo Wood is the first Alex Ripley Mystery

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Review

Wow! What a book. I loved it! I was so completely invested in reading this book it literally consumed me. I got it finished in less than 24 hours as I had to know what was going on.

The whole thing was so well written, the way that the Kirkdale Angel was put into the story and how things unfolded was a fantastic plot point and I genuinely didn’t know who the villian was until it was disclosed.

There were lots of twists and turns and well established sub-plots which kept the story flowing at a great rate.

Completely immersive and enjoyable. I cannot wait to read more from the author.

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Purchase Links

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cuckoo-Wood-Alex-Ripley-Mystery/dp/1916426212

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Cuckoo-Wood-Alex-Ripley-Mystery-ebook/dp/B07FWGJDHR

Direct from Red Dog Press – https://www.reddogpress.co.uk/shop

Author Bio

Born in the UK and raised in South Africa, M. Sean Coleman developed a love for reading and writing novels in his early teens, thanks to two incredibly passionate English teachers who infected him with their love of words and stories. Over the intervening years, he has written film and television drama, cross-platform series, an interactive children’s storybook and a graphic novel series.
He finally found his niche as a thriller writer when he was asked to write a novel as part of the cross-platform project, Netwars. His first book, The Code, was published six months later, with the sequel, Down Time, hot on its heels. There was no going back.
He is obsessed with crime, mystery and thriller stories, especially those with a fresh or surprising angle. He writes novels from his home in The Cotswolds, where he lives with his husband and their three red dogs.

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Thanks for reading

Emma-Louise x

The Carrow Haunt by Darcy Coates {Review}

Blurb

“The dead are restless here…”

Remy is a tour guide for Carrow House, a notoriously haunted building. When she’s asked to host seven guests for a week-long stay to research Carrow’s phenomena, she hopes to finally experience some of the sightings that made the house famous.

At first, it’s everything they hoped for. Then a storm moves in, cutting off their contact with the outside world, and things quickly become twisted. Doors open on their own. Seances go disastrously wrong. Red liquid seeps from behind the wallpaper. Their spirit medium wanders through the house during the night, seemingly in a trance.

Then one of the guests dies under strange circumstances, and Remy is forced to consider the possibility that the ghost of the house’s original owner, a twisted serial killer, still walks the halls.

But by then it’s too late to escape.

Review

I’ve read a lot of books in my time and I always love a good ghost story. However, I have yet to read one that has given me the heebie geebies, that was until I read The Carrow Haunt.

What an absolutely amazing book. I was recommended it by a friend and thought I’d give it a go, it was even better because it was on Kindle Unlimited.

I had never heard of the book or the author but man I have been missing out.

Darcy has written a fantastically spooky book. There were moments I genuinely got the creeps and had to look about my room cause the shadows were giving away to my vivid imagination, spurred on by the wonderful story telling laid out in this book.

I loved the characters, all of them and their little quirks. I felt like I was with Remy every step of the way, my heart raced as hers did, my hair stood on end as hers did. I can’t get over how much I thoroughly loved this book.

I’ve made a start on another by the same author called Craven Manor and have high expectations.

I would really advise that you read The Carrow Haunt if you love paranormal/ghost stories.

If you have read this book please let me know below in the comments and tell me what you thought of it. Hopefully you were as delighted as me to find something to give you the chills.

Thanks for reading

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: Reprobation by Catherine Fearns {Review}

Hey Everyone.

Today I have a review for the book Reprobation by Catherine Yearns.

Blurb

Are you one of the elect?
Dr. Helen Hope is a lecturer in eschatology – the study of death, judgement, and the destiny of humankind. She is also a Calvinist nun, her life devoted to atoning for a secret crime.
When a body is found crucified on a Liverpool beach, she forms an unlikely alliance with suspect Mikko Kristensen, lead guitarist in death metal band Total Depravity. Together, they go on the trail of a rogue geneticist who they believe holds the key – not just to the murder, but to something much darker.
Also on the trail is cynical Scouse detective Darren Swift. In his first murder case, he must confront his own lack of faith as a series of horrific crimes drag the city of two cathedrals to the gates of hell. Science meets religious belief in this gripping murder mystery.

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Review

I’m not really sure where to begin with this review as my feelings on the book are quite mixed. In terms of the overall story involving the murder I really enjoyed the whole plotline. Everything from the Nun to the Metal Band was different and intriguing. I liked the characters of Helen and Mikko a lot.

However, this is where I get conflicted. I felt that there was a lot of unnecessary filler. The Author spent quite a chunk of a fair few pages explaining religious things and other bits that just were not needed for the plot to work. After a while I found myself skimming over these bits as they were a detriment to my reading experience rather than bonus.

Despite this the plot and story was very well executed and Catherine has a great way of creating believable characters.

I would rate Reprobation 3.5 stars overall. It’s definitely worth a read if you like these sort of crime novels.

Purchase Link

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Author Profile

Catherine Fearns is a writer from Liverpool, UK. Her first novel, a crime thriller called
‘Reprobation’, will be published by Crooked Cat Books in October 2018. As a music journalist Catherine is a regular contributor to Pure Grain Audio, and she has also published numerous pieces of short fiction and non-fiction.Catherine has a degree from Oxford University and a Masters from the London School of Economics. She began her career as a financial analyst, but after having four children she retrained as a breastfeeding counsellor. Having lived in several countries, she recently
moved to Switzerland, where she discovered her love of writing and is a member of the Geneva Writers’ Group. She plays the piano very well but prefers to play the guitar very badly. Oh, and she likes metal music. A lot.

Social Media Links:

Twitter: @metalmamawrites

Facebook: Catherine Fearns

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Don’t forget we have other great bloggers taking part in this tour, be sure to pop along and read their reviews.

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Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: Snowflakes Over Holly Cove by Lucy Coleman {Review}

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Hey everyone,

Today I have a review for you for the cosy novel by Lucy Coleman, Snowflakes over Holly Cove.

Blurb

As the snowflakes start to fall, Holly Cove welcomes a new tenant to the beautiful old cottage on the beach…

For lifestyle magazine journalist Tia Armstrong, relationships, as well as Christmas, have lost all their magic. Yet Tia is up against a Christmas deadline for her latest article ‘Love is, actually, all around…’

So, Tia heads to Holly Cove where the restorative sea air and rugged stranger, Nic, slowly but surely start mending her broken heart.

Tia didn’t expect a white Christmas, and she certainly never dared dream that all her Christmas wishes might just come true…

Set in Caswell Bay on the stunningly beautiful Gower Coast, the cottage nestles amid the limestone cliffs and the woodlands, where the emotions run as turbulently as the wind-swept sea.

As cosy as a marshmallow-topped mug of cocoa, fall in love with a heart-warming festive story from the bestselling author of The French Adventure.

Purchase Link 

 http://smarturl.it/SnowflkOverHollyCove

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Review

What a perfectly cosy way to spend evenings! Reading about Tia’s life and those who she meets along her not just physical but emotional journey. I really enjoyed Snowflakes over Holly Cove. The story was written well and made me feel warm and snug, perfect for reading with a hot chocolate in your hand.

The story pace and flow was very natural and I found myself really wanting to invest not only in How’s character but also in Olwyn, Nic and Max’s lives.

Bit all sunshine and butterflies the story focuses on some rather hard topics such as the death of a parent but it is done in a way that doesn’t bring you down, and still gives empathy for the main character.

Such a perfect autumnal and winter read, I cannot wait to see what else Lucy comes out with.

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About The Author

From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.

Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

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Social Media Links

https://www.facebook.com/LinnBHaltonAuthor/

 https://twitter.com/LucyColemanAuth   

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Thank you for reading

Emma-Louise X

Publication Day: Isolation Junction by Jennifer Gilmour {2nd Edition}

Hey Everyone.

Now you’ve probably heard me mention Jennifer and her books previously. I have read both of them and they are very well written, the first was originally released in 2016. However, Isolation Junction has been re-released with a sparkling new cover, edits and a new publisher.

Blurb

Rose is the mother of two young children, and finds herself living a robotic life with an abusive and controlling husband. While she struggles to maintain a calm front for the sake of her children, inside Rose is dying and trapped in ‘Isolation Junction’.

She runs an online business from home, because Darren won’t let her work outside the house. But through this, she meets other mums and finds courage to attend networking events, while Darren is at work, to promote her business.

It’s at one of these events that Rose meets Tim, a sympathetic, dark-haired stranger who unwittingly becomes an important part of her survival.

After years of emotional abuse, of doubting her future and losing all self-confidence, Rose takes a stand. Finding herself distraught, alone and helpless, Rose wonders how she’ll ever escape with her sanity and her children. With 100 reasons to leave and 1,000 reasons she can’t will she be able to do it? Will Tim help her? And will Rose find peace and the happiness she deserves? Can Rose break free from this spiralling life she so desperately wants to change?

Based on true events.

Purchase Link

Amazon UK

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About The Author

Born in the North East, Jennifer is a young, married mum with three children. In addition to being an author, she is an entrepreneur, running a family business from her home-base. Her blog posts have a large readership of other young mums in business.

From an early age, Jennifer has had a passion for writing and started gathering ideas and plot lines from her teenage years. A passionate advocate for women in abusive relationships, she has drawn on her personal experiences to write this first novel. It details the journey of a young woman from the despair of an emotionally abusive and unhappy marriage to develop the confidence to challenge and change her life and to love again.

Links

Website; http://www.jennifergilmour.com

Facebook; http://www.facebook.com/isolationjunctionbook

Twitter; http://www.twitter.com/JenLGilmour

Instagram; https://www.instagram.com/authorjennifergilmour/

Amazon Profile Link; http://author.to/JenniferGilmour

Goodreads author profile; https://www.goodreads.com/JenniferGilmour

Huffington post blogger profile; http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/author/jennifer-gilmour

Previous Posts

Isolation Junction Review

Isolation Junction Cover Reveal

Clipped Wings

Jennifer Gilmour: Guest Post

Thanks for reading

Emma-Louise x

It’s A Family Thing: Daisy Daydream by Sue Wickstead

Hey Everyone,

I am very lucky as a book blogger. Not only does my 4 year old daughter share my love of reading but author’s share their works with us. Today I have a review for you, from my daughter and I for the latest book from Sue Wickstead.

Sue has very generously sent us all her works to date and Alexis loves not only receiving them but reading them as well.

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The book we are reviewing today is Daisy Daydream: The Nursery Rhyme Book.

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On The Back

In 1987 the real Daisy was given a new lease of life when she was repainted with popular Nursery Rhyme characters for the children to enjoy and sing along.
The brightly decorated exterior would attract the attention of the children and get them running along to play and explore inside.
The playbus was a very popular and much-loved venue for a playgroup and fondly remembered.
A safe place to enjoy and certainly full of fun.

But I wonder what songs would the children sing these days?

Do they still know their Nursery Rhymes?

We even made a few rhymes of our own.

Purchase Link: Amazon UK

Sue’s Website: https://suewickstead.co.uk/

Review

When Sue sent us the book she also sent some really cute little buses to colour and make. We did this before reading the book and it really did add to the overall fun of reading a new book.

Alexis really enjoyed the book. The reference to lots of the nursery rhymes that she knows and we had a sing-a-long while reading. The story of Daisy is one of hope and it demonstrates how things can be re-used and still serve a purpose even if it is one that it wasn’t originally designated to do.

It was perfect for Alexis’s age, I would say that children would really enjoy this from being around 2 yrs old. Sue has a lovely way of writing for children. We cannot see what else Sue brings out over the course of her career.

 

Thank you to Sue for this opportunity and thanks to all of you for reading.

Emma-Louise x

The Andrew McMeel Posh Planner {Review}

Hey Everyone,

I was browsing my local bookshop and of course that meant stumbling along to the academic planners which had just been released (Yes, I know this post is 2 months late, opps). I saw one which stood out to me, it was so very pretty and had lovely golden detailing.

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I had a flick through and loved the layout of it. On the back was all the brand details which I had never heard of before. I can’t believe as a planner girl I have never before seen these. This one is part of the Organised Living Range

When you open the front cover there is a wallet section to pop stickers/notes/letters. Not only does it have little bits but the top opens for larger documents as well. There are pages showing all the 2018 and 2019 holidays, a monthy tracker, monthly overview and then a weekly diary section. At the back there is a section for emergency numbers, notes and planning for 2020 as well as 2 sheets of stickers.

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For me the best part of this planner is the weekly overview. Each day is split into a writing part and a part with checkboxes for things such as to-do lists. There is also a section at the bottom for notes or has a pre-written quote. This allows so much flexibility for planning my days.

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For a link to this planner click here. The planner was £16.99 which I thought was fab value for money.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Preptober Resources

Hey Guys and Gals,

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am sharing with you a list of resources which I have been using for NaNoWriMo preptober.

I’ve made some of my own little autumn themed images which I will also share, feel free to take from them anything you want:)

Megg Geri – Lost of helpful blog posts and printable resources. Her book How To Write A Novel in 30 Days is fantastic.

Eva Deverell – There are a million and one printable worksheets and bits of advice on Eva’s site.

Natalia Leigh – Natalia has created a fantastic Preptober workbook which is available for a donation of your chosing.

Writer’s Digest – A hubub of advice and printable worksheets and advice sheets.

Goinswriter – A blog with helpful advice

Pinterest – A link to my Pinterest board. Pinterest is a fantastic place to find information

Other Links

Rock Your Writing

Ari Meghlen

The Writer’s Craft

The Novel Factory

ReadWriteThink

Annie Neugebauer

Tricia Goyer

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If you have any helpful resources I’ve not mentioned please feel free to drop them in a comment below.

Emma-Louise x