New Release of Oron Amular by Michael Harvey

Synopsis of Oron Amular

The Mountain has finally broken its long silence. The invitations have gone out, spreading the word far and wide: Kulothiel, the Mage-lord, is holding a tournament. Kings, knights and champions from all the lands of Astrom are all beckoned to compete at the Mountain of High Magic, Oron Amular. The prize held before them is ‘Power Unimaginable’.

Nothing like it has ever been heard of. Oron Amular is the stuff of legend, hidden somewhere in the Black Mountains of ancient Kalimar. Since the demise of the fabled League of Wizardry the Mountain has passed out of the knowledge of mortals, a mysterious place of power whose secrets are known now only by a privileged few.

Curillian, king of Maristonia, is among those invited, and he is only too glad to leave behind the dull officialdom of his capital and relive the adventures of his youth. He takes with him a cohort of Royal Guards under the command of the redoubtable Lancoir, but they won’t get far without someone to show them the way…

Roujeark the wandering conjuror receives a different kind of summons. Turned away from the Mountain long ago after a harrowing tragedy, he has endured years of waiting as an appointed time gradually drew nearer. Now, as the invites hasten out, he gets ready to resume an old journey and fulfil his long-postponed destiny.

All down the length and breadth of Astrom, lords and heroes are embarking on similar quests, all keen to prove their prowess and win the great prize. From north, south and west they set out, employing fair means and foul to find a way to the lost Mountain. Little do they suspect what they are letting themselves in for.

Obstacles and difficulties of many kinds stand between the contestants and their destination, and only through great adventure and dire peril will they even be able to compete. Roujeark must retrace painful steps to bring Curillian’s company safe to the journey’s end, not knowing what might be waiting for him at the Mountain.

But just as the prize offered is beyond their wildest dreams, so the greatest challenges await within the Mountain itself, where the contestants must enter into an ancient world of magic, a haunt of wizards and sorcery.

Treachery, valour and luck will all play their part, and no little dogged endurance. The tournament will test each entrant to the limit of themselves and open mortal eyes to a world far greater and deeper than they had ever imagined.

Who will prevail? And who will live long enough to discover Kulothiel’s true purpose? As storm-clouds gather in the north the leaders of the free world find themselves confronted with hard questions. They went to compete with each other for a chance of winning power over their rivals, but the last of the wizards is poised to interrupt their petty agendas and upend their worldviews. More is at stake than any of them could have guessed, and the greatest test of all is waiting for them once the tournament is over.

Blurb

The news goes far and wide. The Keeper of the Mountain has broken his long silence. Oron Amular, home of the fabled League of Wizardry, had been lost to mortal memory, but suddenly the legends are awakening again. Lords and princes, heroes and wanderers, all have felt the call of the Mountain. Curillian, the restless king of Maristonia, receives an invitation that cannot be ignored, knowing that invitations have also gone to his allies and adversaries alike. A Tournament is to be held, the like of which has never been heard of. The contestants can only guess at the purposes of the Keeper; all they know is that the prize on offer is Power Unimaginable. All are eager to claim the riches of a lost ancient world, but who can even find the Mountain, let alone survive what awaits them there? When the maps are blank and the loremasters at a loss, another way must be found. Such is the hour when a mysterious stranger crosses the threshold of Maristonia’s capital, someone with a call of their own to answer.

Author Bio

Michael Harvey is a fantasy novelist with a degree in Ancient & Modern History from the University of Leicester and a Masters in Medieval History from the University of Cambridge. A blogger, adventurer and traveller, his foremost passion is writing. In Oron Amular, his debut novel, he invites us into his epic world of Astrom and the great adventures that await there. Michael lives in Cambridge with his wife Lucy and two sons Ethan and Luke.

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Are we ever truly equal? by Rosemary J. Kind

Are we ever truly equal?

Unequal By Birth is a story about the fight for recognition and equality. Primarily, it is Molly Flynn’s struggle, as a young woman in the 1860s, to be taken seriously in running a large farm. However, with a farmhand called Ben playing a key role, it is also about the attitude to the black American population at that time.

The strapline for the book is ‘How far will Daniel and Molly go to fight injustice, and is it a price worth paying?’ I won’t tell you too much of the story as I don’t want to spoil it, but part of the land that Molly now owns used to belong to the Reese family. The Reese brothers are good-for-nothing wasters, who spend most of their time in Marsh’s bar. It was their father who lost the land to the bank for much the same behaviour as his sons. It was Molly’s guardian who bought it and then passed it to Molly. The Reese brothers start a campaign to destroy Molly’s farm and the book tells of how Molly and Daniel face what happens.

Unequal By Birth is the next in the Tales of Flynn and Reilly series and whilst readers may want to learn how Molly comes to be in Pierceton in the first place, reading the previous ones in the series is not essential to enjoy this story.

The original idea for the first book in the series came from a chance comment I heard about Charles Loring Brace and the Orphan Train movement. New York Orphan was always intended to be a one-off book. It was when my proofreader said, ‘I can’t wait to read the next one’ that I started thinking about the possibility of a series. I had grown really close to the characters and could really see their potential, almost as though they were real people, but I hadn’t intended to take it any further at that stage.

I was out walking the dogs that afternoon when a thought struck me. I did know where the story went next. I could see it all very clearly. Although I started writing Unequal By Birth immediately, I took some time out to go back and write a prequel to New York Orphan, which is available as a free download. That one is called The Blight and the Blarney and tells the story of how the main character from New York Orphan, Daniel Flynn, came to arrive in America in the first place.

It means that what was intended to be one book about these wonderful characters has already become three and the next one is already in the process of being written.

There are three main characters to the story. Each one will be the lead character in a different one of the books. New York Orphan essentially told Daniel’s story, from arriving on the dock of New York as an orphan to his early adult years. I’m not giving away too many secrets when I tell you that Unequal By Birth starts with him side by side with Molly, who is the main character for this book, working on Cochrane’s Farm. The next one will focus on Molly’s brother, William, and his fight for justice in the fields of law and politics.

Molly, who takes centre stage in this one, is loving, loyal, hard working and feisty, but with a gentle nature that makes her easy to warm to. If I were her guardian, Miss Ellie (and in many ways I probably am, as there’s much of Miss Ellie’s character that reminds me of me), I’d be incredibly proud to call Molly my ward, my daughter, however a guardian chooses to describe their charge. I hope that all of that will come across to the reader too.

I always hope that my stories will evoke an emotional response from the reader and, as with New York Orphan, it is wise to have a box of tissues to hand when you read this one.

Extract from the Book

As Molly paused, apparently ready to continue to berate his tardiness with the books, a scratching at the door caused them both to turn.

“Daphne? Gerty?” Daniel pushed his feet into his boots and opened the door to find, as he thought, the chickens strutting up and down the yard, pecking amongst the dust for any imagined nourishment.

“Oh my!” Molly jumped from her chair. “What are the chickens doing out? They should be safely away in the hen house. I’m quite certain I closed the coop after I fed them.”

Daniel stayed her arm as she reached the door. “You rest a while. I’ll go.”

Molly bristled beneath his touch. “You think I’m becoming as chicken-brained as Daphne, like any other woman with child might.”

Molly flushed, whether through annoyance or embarrassment, Daniel could not tell. He’d heard talk of how her condition might affect a woman, but he hadn’t been about to suggest that now. “I just meant you need to rest, for young Michael’s sake.”

“Oh, will you just stop with the Michael thing? I know I closed the coop. I’m going to get our hens in before darkness starts to fall.” And before Daniel could say another word, Molly marched past him into the yard.

He shook his head and followed. It would not be like Molly to leave the hen house open. He knew that. Pregnant or not, she was meticulous in her farm work. He went around the other side of the yard, driving the chickens ahead of him back in the direction of the coop. It would be dangerous for them to be out as evening fell. With foxes and coyotes about anything could happen. Quite apart from that, it was harder to find their eggs whenever they chose to lay them around the yard. He was looking down as he walked, carefully watching to ensure none of the hens doubled back and, at the same time, trying to count them as he went. He heard a shriek from Molly.

The noise was followed by the booming sound of Molly’s voice at full, but controlled, volume, “Jacob Reese! Reuben Reese! Never mind your poor mama, you might be a good deal older than me, but if I prove this was you, it will be me who tans your backsides.”

When Daniel caught up with his wife, she was holding aloft one of their chickens, its neck broken and the head hanging limply down.

“It might have been an accident. There’s many a hen has got her head trapped…”

“This! This was no accident, Daniel Flynn. This was those Reese boys again. Same as the hole in the bucket was the Reese boys and the well cover was the Reese boys. Miss Ellie bought their daddy’s land fair and square and now they don’t like that it’s me who’s farming it. They wouldn’t do anything while it was Miss Ellie here, except for name calling, but that didn’t get them far and neither will this.” She whirled around as she said that last part as if declaiming it to the brothers, wherever they were at that moment.

In truth, Daniel knew which place they were likely to be right then. The same place they spent most every evening and many days besides, with a pitcher of beer for company.

He took the dead chicken from his wife’s shaking hand, as, with the other hand she wiped a tear away from her eye.

“Now will you just look at that. I must have got some dust in my eyes as I came across the yard.” She sniffed, took a deep breath and marched across to the coop rounding up the remaining chickens as she went.

Unequal By Birth – Blurb

1866 – Daniel Flynn and Molly Reilly’s lives have been dogged by hardship since their orphan days on the streets of New York. Finally, the future is looking bright and Indiana is the place they call home. Now they can focus on making Cochrane’s Farm a success.

The Civil War might have ended but the battle for Cochrane’s Farm has only just begun. The Reese brothers are incensed that land, once part of their family farm, has been transferred to the ownership of young Molly. No matter that their Daddy had sold it years previously, jealousy and revenge have no regard for right. Women should know their place and this one clearly doesn’t.

Times are changing and a woman’s place is changing with it. How far will Daniel and Molly go to fight injustice and is it a price worth paying?

Rosemary J. Kind

Rosemary J Kind writes because she has to. You could take almost anything away from her except her pen and paper. Failing to stop after the book that everyone has in them, she has gone on to publish books in both non-fiction and fiction, the latter including novels, humour, short stories and poetry. She also regularly produces magazine articles in a number of areas and writes regularly for the dog press.

As a child she was desolate when at the age of 10 her then teacher would not believe that her poem based on ‘Stig of the Dump’ was her own work and she stopped writing poetry for several years as a result. She was persuaded to continue by the invitation to earn a little extra pocket money by ‘assisting’ others to produce the required poems for English homework!

Always one to spot an opportunity, she started school newspapers and went on to begin providing paid copy to her local newspaper at the age of 16.

For twenty years she followed a traditional business career, before seeing the error of her ways and leaving it all behind to pursue her writing full-time.

She spends her life discussing her plots with the characters in her head and her faithful dogs, who always put the opposing arguments when there are choices to be made.

Always willing to take on challenges that sensible people regard as impossible, she established and ran the short story download site Alfie Dog Fiction for six years building it to become one of the largest in the world, representing over 300 authors and carrying over 1600 short stories. She closed it in order to focus on her own writing.

Her hobby is developing the Entlebucher Mountain Dog in the UK and when she brought her beloved Alfie back from Belgium he was only the tenth in the country.

She started writing Alfie’s Diary as an Internet blog the day Alfie arrived to live with her, intending to continue for a year or two. Thirteen years later it goes from strength to strength and has been repeatedly named as one of the top ten pet blogs in the UK.

For more details about the author please visit her website at www.rjkind.com For more details about her dog then you’re better visiting www.alfiedog.me.uk

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Integrating Zeitgeist and Relationships in Fiction by Kate Murdoch

Integrating Zeitgeist and Relationships in Fiction

by Kate Murdoch

In The Orange Grove, my love of French language and culture and my fascination with the complexities of relationships and power dynamics came together. I have a particular interest in the period of Louis XIV’s rule and so set the story towards the end of his reign, in 1705. The relentless striving for status inherent in the French court at the time gave me plenty to work with in terms of conflict. I was curious about how people thrived or suffered in this environment, and how this atmosphere impacted relationships.

In the story, a mistress to a duc is forced to choose between her values and maintaining her position. Henriette is the moral heart of the narrative, a steady presence amongst the other characters. When a new mistress arrives at the chateau, the duchesse is consumed by jealousy. As senior mistress, Henriette enjoys privileges and the friendship of the duchesse. But when she realises the duchesse plans to undermine the new girl in increasingly unpleasant ways, Henriette is conflicted, knowing her refusal to help could cost her everything.

France during this time was strictly divided into three classes: the first estate of the clergy, the second estate of nobles and the third estate of peasants and bourgeoisie. The king was outside this system, more akin to a god.

The nobles lived a life of extreme decadence and did not pay taxes. They collected manorial dues from the peasants who worked their land. Yet the gains of the peasants were pitiful and the parcels of land were often too small for them to be able to produce surplus food for their families. This inequality laid the foundation for the revolution that followed.

Competition amongst the nobles was fierce—to live at court was the pinnacle, but to associate with the king and be wealthy was also highly regarded. The duc in my story flaunts his wealth by having five mistresses. My initial thought was: how would these mistresses have related to one another? To what extent would rivalry have poisoned their interactions? These questions formed the narrative and a theme of morality underpinned it all. I wanted to show that negative actions didn’t emerge from a vacuum and were often caused by childhood trauma or other factors. I wanted to show peoples’ humanity, in positive actions, negative actions and everything in between. To examine the fact that all these points on the spectrum of morality are what make us human.

Writing novels present different areas of challenge, whether it’s discovering who your characters are, chasing a thread of important research or simply getting words onto the page. This book flowed the most easily of the stories I’ve written and I enjoyed the characters coming to life and telling me what they would be doing. In the process, I learnt so much about the period of Louis XIV’s reign and the social conditions of the time. To integrate this research with the plight of my characters and my themes took time, but was a great pleasure. I’m so excited to finally share The Orange Grove with readers.

 

When status is survival, every choice has
its consequence.

Blois, 1705. The chateau of Duc Hugo d’Amboise simmers with rivalry and intrigue.

Henriette d’Augustin, one of five mistresses of the duc, lives at the chateau with her daughter. When the duc’s wife, Duchesse Charlotte, maliciously undermines a new mistress, Letitia, Henriette is forced to choose between position and morality. She fights to maintain her status whilst targeted by the duchesse who will do anything to harm her enemies.

The arrival of charismatic tarot reader, Romain de Villiers, further escalates tensions as rivals in domestic politics and love strive for supremacy.

In a society where status is a matter of life and death, Henriette must stay true to herself, her daughter, and her heart, all the while hiding a painful secret of her own.

Bio: 

Kate Murdoch is the author of Stone CircleShe exhibited widely as a painter both in Australia and internationally before turning her hand to writing.

Her short-form fiction has been published in various literary journals in Australia, UK, US and Canada.

Stone Circle is a historical fantasy novel set in Renaissance Italy. It was released by Fireship Press December 1st 2017. Stone Circle was a First in Category winner in the Chaucer Awards 2018 for pre-1750’s historical fiction.

Kate was awarded a KSP Fellowship at the KSP Writers’ Centre in 2019 to develop her third novel, The Glasshouse.

Her novel, The Orange Grove, about the passions and intrigues of court mistresses in 18th century France, will be published by Regal House Publishing in 2019.

Buy links:

Regal House Publishing: https://regalhousepublishing.com/product/the-orange-grove/

Booktopia: https://www.booktopia.com.au/the-orange-grove-kate-murdoch/book/9781947548220.html

Angus & Robertson: http://bit.ly/2LmLy2U

Amazon: mybook.to/TheOrangeGrove

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Orange-Grove-Kate-Murdoch/9781947548220

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/nz/en/ebook/the-orange-grove-5

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-orange-grove-kate-murdoch/1132202645?ean=9781947548220

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-orange-grove/kate-murdoch//9781947548220

Foyles: https://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/the-orange-grove,kate-murdoch-9781947548220

Blackwells: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/The-Orange-Grove-by-Kate-Murdoch-author/9781947548220

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Meet Holly Tierney-Bedord, author of Murder at Mistletoe Manor

Meet Holly Tierney-Bedord, author of Murder at Mistletoe Manor

First of all, Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Katrina!

I’m Holly Tierney-Bedord, author of over twenty books in a variety of genres. I write everything from romantic comedies and chick lit to cozy mysteries, domestic thrillers, and women’s fiction. That sounds like a lot of different kinds of stories, but they actually all have quite a bit in common. There’s usually (but not always) a female protagonist, quirky characters, lots of humor, a little romance, some dark twists and turns, and at least one scene you (hopefully) did not see coming. I love to highlight the crazy, ridiculous moments of life. Sometimes I branch out and do something completely different. My novella Dogged by Love, for instance, is told from the point of view of a scrappy little terrier. I’ve been dreaming of writing a book from the point of view of a fifteenth-century rat, but it might require more research than I can commit to.

My cozy mystery Murder at Mistletoe Manor takes place in the fictional town of Windy Pines, Idaho. Who hasn’t dreamed of escaping the daily grind and buying a beautiful, historic inn? Everyone has had the dream, right?

The main character is Klarinda Snow, a woman in her thirties who traded in her corporate lifestyle in favor of what she thought would be an easier life in the mountains. Of course, running an inn is actually a lot of work and can be very expensive, and it doesn’t provide the guaranteed income her former job did. In short, it’s not nearly as easy or relaxing as she’d hoped!

One night in December, the inn inexplicably gets fully booked. This never happens. In fact, one of the guest rooms has had a non-functioning bathroom for months and it hasn’t even mattered because they’re never fully booked. She ought to be excited about all the income this is going to generate, but she has her suspicions about her inn’s sudden popularity. And, as it turns out, with good reason.

What happens next? I guess you’re going to have to read it to find out!

Or, listen to it. Narrator Christopher Lane has done a fabulous job of presenting this story in an old-fashioned storyteller style that fits it perfectly. Lane has narrated books by authors like Daniel Silva and Dean Koontz. I’m so excited that he decided to take on this project for me.

I live in Madison, Wisconsin and I’m currently a full-time writer. Everything inspires me. I rarely have writers’ block. If anything, I have too many ideas. I’ve started writing so many books that I’ll never be able to finish them all, yet I just keep starting more. When I’m not writing, I love to travel, invent salad dressings, watch TV, read, and hike. There are LOTS of ways to keep up with me, including blogs, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is my Linktree to all of them: https://linktr.ee/hollytierneybedord

 

My Review of Murder at Mistletoe Manor by Holly Tierney-Bedord

My Review of Murder at Mistletoe Manor

by Holly Tierney-Bedord

Murder at Mistletoe Manor is a great and entertaining audible book. I enjoyed how the narrator brought out the interesting and funny personalities of each guest that arrived at the inn for a night’s stay. I must admit I did find myself giggling at the lady who was talking to her dog. Then I thought to myself I hope I don’t sound like that when talking to my cats. The author did a great job of weaving the mystery of why the guests were there with a little festive touch. I also loved imagining the snow outside the inn and how this impacted the guests’ stay.

The story itself follows Klarinda Snow and her friends as they get the inn ready of an unusual number of guests. Klarinda Snow receives a package with money and a note that has her worried as the guests arrive. Later as one of the guests is found dead, she fears the worst and tries to get the police to uncover the mystery. Which one of the guests committed murdered? Was it someone she worked with before or is it the mystery package sender? You’ll have to read this funny mystery story to find out.

I felt for Klarinda Snow as her guests were very demanding considering someone invited them for a free night. But being an accommodating host,  she did her best to please her guests with everything falling apart around her.  Pierre the cook was one of my favourite characters as I could imagine him as a crazy funny cook, but also standoffish and likes his own routine.

If you like audible books with funny characters, a mystery to solve and a slightly emotional ending, you’ll love to curl up with this audible book on a cold winter night.

Link: 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Murder-Mistletoe-Manor-Mystery-Novella/dp/B07YN74NF9/

Cover Reveal of Words of Alchemy Poems by Camilla Downs

Cover Reveal of Words of Alchemy Poems by Camilla Downs

Today we are revealing the book cover for, Words of Alchemy, a heartfelt free-verse poetry collection from Camilla Downs. You can pre-order a signed copy of Words of Alchemy using this link … WordsofAlchemy.com. The book debuts near the end of October, at which time it will be available on Amazon, and the signed pre-ordered books will ship as well.

Book Blurb:

In Words of Alchemy, Camilla Downs invites you to walk with her to share her love of Nature through a heartfelt free-verse poetry collection.

During her daily strolls she is mindfully present as she delves into life in the raw and experiences her heart’s observations.

Camilla embraces what happens when she opens her heart and invites the written words to flow. The Alchemy of Love and Healing is what happens.

Advance Praise for Words of Alchemy

“Words of Alchemy, Camilla Downs heartfelt new collection, lives up to its namesake in numerous ways. Downs spans the broad range of nature, healing, love, and parenting, while making sure we have a little fun along the way. And the bridge she creates from the mindfulness of how we see the world at large to the poetry of everyday life is certainly worth a stroll or two across its borders.” – Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Award-winning author of Painted Oxen

“This poetry collection offers contemplative words, soothing thoughts and peace to the reader.” Sue Bentley, Bestselling author of Second Skin

“Camilla Downs shares truth, vulnerability and wisdom in her Words of Alchemy collection, inviting readers to be inspired, contemplate and dive into her world of self-awareness and growth.” G. Brian Benson – Award-winning author, actor and spoken word artist

“These poems take you on a calm and loving walk through the verses of the author’s thoughts. Alchemy is a perfect word for the title as Camilla Downs understands nature; connecting with its magical, medicinal qualities and beauty which she conveys throughout her poetry.”Ailsa Craig, Author of The Sand Between My Toes

“Words of Alchemy is a chronicle of hope. Camilla Downs poetry is an encouragement, especially when we are feeling at our lowest, to keep seeking the light that is our way forward, and focus on the real. This collection is a walk through the positive nature of life. Camilla Downs is to be commended.”Frank Prem, Author of free-verse memoir Small Town Kid

 

Two Poems from Words of Alchemy:

 

The Lure of Words

A love of reading

A love of books

A love of the written word

She has always had.

 

Devouring one

book after another

after another.

Books here.

Books there.

Books everywhere.

Oh, the sight, the feel,

the sound, the smell.

Intoxicating to even imagine.

Deliberately walking the aisle

of the library,

of the book store,

she feels at home.

Perusing the titles,

gently taking hold of a book

by the spine,

sliding it from the shelf,

slowly running her

fingertips across

the book’s title,

opening the book,

lifting the opened book

to her nose and

inhaling the unique

scent only a book can radiate.

Simply holding, feeling, and

smelling a book

sends here straight away

to other worlds, lands,

and journeys.

When finally opening

the book to begin

the adventure,

a palpable,

stomach tingling

Excitement lures her

to the pages.

This has been the way.

A beautiful way.

A way that led her

to know she was to

write, she was to let

black words flow forth

and fill the white pages,

one after another

after another.

She laughs words

She exhales words

She cries words

She bleeds words

She dances words.

She swallows the words

of life to be mixed and

meshed with her essence.

Magically, as if under a spell,

she releases the words

from her mind’s eye

fast as lightning through

her fingertips onto the screen.

Books, books, books.

Words, words, words.

Words are oxygen

Words are food

Words are water

Words are shelter

Words are life.

Her teacher

Her friend

Her lover

Her mentor

Books are these,

and more,

to she.

A love of reading

A love of books

A love of the written word

She has always had.

Devouring one

book after another

after another.

All the while

the words,

the books,

devoured she.

©2018 Camilla Downs

 

The Space Within

There is a space within

A space occupied, it was.

Occupied with judgment

Occupied with harshness

Occupied with unkind thoughts

towards others.

There is a space within

where the darkness

of judgment used to live.

Judgment lives

here no more.

Evicted.

It has been.

There is a space within.

A soft space of love

of compassion

of empathy

of understanding.

For a journey

of a thousand miles has

been lived with

the understanding

that each one of us

has traveled a similar journey.

To be sure,

not the same journey.

No, not the same.

That matters not.

Each has traveled a journey

of a thousand miles.

And each viewed not

according to their journey,

yet viewed with eyes

that flow from the heart.

A heart that knows the two

are connected,

viewed with eyes flowing

from the heart that only

knows unconditional love.

Eyes wide open to

the Truth of each one’s journey.

The Truth that judgment of another is

simply a reflection of judgment

held within one towards oneself.

There is a space within,

a space that was once filled with

the darkness of judgment.

A space that is now

available for compassion

and love for one self and others.

Space to breath easier

Space to live easier

space to live peacefully

Space to allow all to BE

and travel the paths chosen.

There’s a space within.

A Beautiful Space.

May we all release

and expose this space within

for the Beauty it reveals.

©2018 Camilla Downs

About Camilla:

I am mom to Lillian and Thomas Darnell, bestselling author, writer, blogger, poet, and nature photographer. I’m also the founder, host and facilitator of MeetingtheAuthors.com; a website that hosts fun and quirky author interviews with authors around the world.

I spend my time writing, reading, online networking, walking, swimming, being with my two kids, and addressing all that parenting and advocating entail.

My first book, D iz for Different – One Woman’s Journey to Acceptance, published in 2012 reached #1 in Special Needs Parenting and #2 in Self-Help on Amazon.

 

 

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Words of Alchemy book – WordsofAlchemy.com

My Review of Rosa by Jeanette Taylor Ford

My Review of

Rosa by Jeanette Taylor Ford

I found Rosa both terrifying and emotional. The bond between Elizabeth and her grandfather spoke of love and how far one would go for those they love to save them from hurt and pain. I thought the author did a great job of keeping me as a reader on my toes. I couldn’t work out if the violence bestrode on Elizabeth with really the spirit of Rosa trying to find peace, or something more human and dark assaulting her in her sleep. Either way this book was very well written and I didn’t expect to have tears in my eyes by the end of the story.

The story itself follows Elizabeth as she leaves her job in the city and moves in with her grandad. However, soon she becomes a curios young lady and asks her grandad about a secret room in his home. This becomes the room where nightmare happens. But is it the ghost of Rosa making Elizabeth shiver at night? Or is there more to the people living around her than she could have ever imagined? You’ll have to read this spooky, gripping and heartbreaking story to find out.

I really like Elizabeth’s character, although not perfect she had a big heart and believed in the power of tree-hugging. Daniel was also a very interesting character and one that I imagined as a creepy all see gates keeper at first, but he grew throughout the story.

I also liked the setting in this book and the visits the characters took to Norwich my hometown.  I recognised some of the places referenced which made this story more realistic for me and rather creepy as I’ve not read many books with Cromer and Norwich location settings and the author did describe them very well.

The end pulls my heart more than I expected from this story and I think other readers will also find the end most unexpected and emotional too.

This is a book with great and mysterious characters, realistic setting and an ending that will not only surprise you but tuck your heartstrings.

Link

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rosa-Jeanette-Taylor-Ford-ebook/dp/B00LEZR2F6/