My Review of Hunters Moon by Lynda Renham

My Review of

Hunters Moon by Lynda Renham

Hunters Moon is an eerie story from start to finish. I found the twists and turn interesting and enjoyed meeting the residents of the village. I also loved the spooky happenings in the house. I could just picture a huge old house with lots of history.

This book does contain adult themes, such as miscarriages and sex scenes.

The story itself follows Adam and his wife Flora as they look into buying a house called Hunters Moon. But from the moment they view the house Adams’ wife feels a spooky presence that makes her uneasy about buying the place. However, Adam doesn’t take a breath and snapped up the house there and then. Did something more sinister happen there before they arrived? Will something terrible happen to the couple once they start living there? Read this story to find out.

I found the villagers to be really interesting and engaging characters, especially Seth and Art Mitchell. I think both characters added something different to this story amidst the other characters that lived in the village.

Seth is a mute who the villagers look at as a bit backwards, but to him, this has its advantages because they say things around him and he gets to hear many of the secrets and going on. Is he the key to what happened in Hunters moon?

Art Mitchell is a farmer. He has a cute dog and is a down to earth guy. Flora becomes his friend very easily and he tries to help her uncover the mystery of Hunters Moon.

Hunters Moon reminded me a bit of the movie Hush or TheUninvited because the book has a very similar feel to it and the ending is rather surprising.

Hunters Moon has a lot to offer to readers who enjoys thrillers with a supernatural feel. This book takes you on a twisted journey with lots of spookiness goings on and some emotional scenes in which you won’t know who is doing right and who is doing wrong.  I would say this is a good book to read over Halloween, so why not move into Hunters Moon, follow the characters in the village and discover exactly what dark deeds really happened inside that house.

Blurb

Hunters Moon, set in the little English village of Penlyn, promises to be the dream home for Flora and Adam McIntosh. Adam’s career in politics has taken a turn for the better and the only thing left to complete the couple’s happiness is a baby. Flora believes the new home will help her overcome a recent miscarriage but she soon realises the house is not all it seems. What are the villagers of Penlyn hiding and does Hunters Moon hold a dark secret? Flora soon finds herself entrapped in a web of deceit with no one to turn to. Her dream home becomes her nightmare as Flora fears for her life.

Buy Links.

Amazon UK link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B075G318Y4

Amazon USA Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075G318Y4

The paperback will be available on 30th September.

 

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Giveaway: Finding Destiny… Giveaway Winner announced.

Giveaway: Finding Destiny  

Come Join in and Enter.

Giveaway starts 12th September and ends 27th September.

 Finding Destiny is my first published novel. It was my first experience of what it was like to not only write a book that captured my imagination, but also publish a book, get it out into the reading world. I’ve learnt a lot since publishing this novel and met some really creative authors and editors along the way.

I remember when I started writing Finding Destiny it felt like slipping into a whole new world that felt magical and enchanting to me. I had learnt a skill that I could keep working on along the way.

To celebrate Finding Destiny and the journey to finally getting published into paperback not so long ago, I have put together a give away to share on my blog. I’ve been trying to think of an interesting way for people to enter the giveaway for a little while now. But tonight I finally decided. So to enter to win the giveaway, I’m turning you all into goodness fairies. In the comment box, you can share your favourite book and tell us why you loved it. Also, share your favourite blog and tell us why you love the blog you follow. Add links to those if you’d like. Or share some lovely encouraging words for people to read. Names of all the participants will go into my magic cup and I’ll pick the winner at random. Please leave your Email address so I can contact the winner for details of where to send the giveaway things.

Thank you all who entered the giveaway. All your names were put into my magic cup and my niece who turns 3 tomorrow picked one out at random. Watch the video below.

All Names Entered…

The Winner Picked by lovely Roseanna.

Congratulations to Linda. Your Name was Chosen by Roseanna.

What the Winner Will Receive.

1) A signed copy of Finding Destiny.

2) A4 note book with Missy Talk Alot on the cover.

3) Mug with Dragonstar and Destiny printed on it. (The different side to the mug)

4) An attractive Finding Destiny Pen.

5) Three keyrings of my book covers and characters.

6) An enchanting necklace made by talented Hayley at The Crafty Mare.

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7) Packets of Hot chocolate.

So come and join in and spread some goodness along the way.

Click Play to Hear Finding Destiny’s Prologue.

Finding Destiny Blurb.

When eighteen-year-old Alex’s little sister’s pony goes missing, he sets out to look for her and finds himself in a strange gypsy camp in the middle of a forest. The pony is being cared for by a young girl called Faith. When Alex accepts a drink from Faith’s grandmother, he wakes up later to find himself transported into 2038 to a technologically-advanced, very colourful world inhabited by humans and robots. Alex soon discovers that he is now twenty, married and has a magical little baby girl. A magic he only seems to notice. He soon finds out that he will have to defend his little girl from the half-breeds with everything he has. He travels back through the magic pages of books to try and save her before it is too late and she is lost from him forever.

 

 

I’d Like to Welcome Author Anne Hamilton to Tell us About Happy(ish) Ever After.

Happy(ish) Ever After

‘I can’t write a love story,’ I said. ‘I just can’t.’

Writing a cracking love story, both original and satisfying requires skills I don’t have; my best efforts would be saccharine-sweet, trite and clichéd. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good rom-com – it’s the humour that makes it – and whilst I’m not sure the label ‘chick-lit’ is complimentary, it’s a genre with some absolute gems; my weakness being the Irish authors whose work still reminds me of ‘home.’ Then there are the classic ‘romances’: Jane Eyre, Rebecca, Little Women … and also so much of what agents and publishers call contemporary women’s fiction …

It’s precisely at this point, I find myself teetering on the brink of a huge trap of ridiculous narrow-mindedness. I need to stop, look and listen – and re-evaluate.

Love is incredibly complex. We all have some notion about what it means to us individually, but ask us to define it ‘elevator pitch’ style, so it resonates across community and culture? Tricky. If I pick randomly from my groaning bookcases, the majority surely contain ‘love’ in some guise or other. And, this is even more telling, if I swivel my eyes to the (very, very much smaller) shelf that houses my own stories.

In 2008, my first published short fiction, Tasting the Apple, was a love story at heart. Others (tortuously slowly) followed: The Shining Girl, Twenty-Four Hour Promise, The Merry Dancers – not to mention the rest waiting in the wings. My travel memoir, A Blonde Bengali Wife, is about my love affair with the country of Bangladesh. My first (unpublished – yet!) novel, Chasing Elena, describes a woman seeking her childhood soulmate, and my second (in progress) another woman whose secret life has been shaped by three intense encounters with three significant people…

Probably everything I’ve ever written, then, actually has love at its core – if I take away the narrow parameters by which I initially defined the term. My mistake was thinking true love stories have to end Happy Ever After. Mine, at best, are Happy(ish) Ever After, or Hopeful Ever After. And that’s because I like bringing the story to a close with a sense of anticipation; no certainty, just the possibility that it will all come right one day. (I’ve also discovered how much I like my love to be unattainable – but that’s a story for another day!)

I can’t, now, remember how I found myself part of a Facebook group committed to publishing an anthology of stories about love, but in the light of the above, it seemed like a challenge. The essence of Love Unlimited: Anthology is exactly what I’m struggling to talk about here:

‘Exploring the unlimited nature of love and its many incarnations … featuring eleven short stories and novellas by women authors that cross generations, cultural backgrounds, and borders.’

My own story, The Shining Girl, which won the New Asian Writing fiction competition last year, is about the love of a place, a person, an encounter. It may be transient, it may last a lifetime. Either way it’s a significant connection. The same goes for the other ten stories. Each is unique, thought-provoking, sometimes funny, often challenging. What they have in common is a highly individual take on this thing we all call love.

Buy Link for Love Unlimited: Anthology 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B074W62L3X/

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Twitter @AnneHamilton7

 

My Review of Love Unlimited Anthology

My Review of

Love Unlimited Anthology

I enjoyed reading the many short stories from a variety of different authors in Love Unlimited Anthology. I think this book has something for everyone.  It has love, kindness and self discovery for some characters too.

I felt the anthology was well presented and easy to read in a short time. I loved all the stories for different reasons, but the three stories that stuck in my mind are In Her Space, The Shinning Girl and Love Letters to the Universe.

In Her Space by Geralyn Corcillo

In Her Space is about a sixty-four year old woman, who has become a bit of a recluse and live quite happily alone where she feels safe. However, she knows there is someone who sleeps under her house. Both are invisible to each other. Will they meet? Or will they remain like ships in the night that never crosses each other’s path Read this story to find out.

I found this story emotional and well written, but at the same time full of human kindness.

Love Letters to the Universe by Bryana Beecham.

Love Letters to the Universe is about Ursla, who falls in love with a work colleague and begins to write letters and leave them secretly. She fantasizes about them meeting for a date, about what their life might be like. But will her letters ever get to her secret crush? Will he fall for her heart-felt letters and agree to take her on a date? Follow this story to find out.

I thought this was a lovely story with a fantasy feel to it. I think anyone who has ever written a love letter to someone they feel strongly for will connect to this story.

The Shining Girl by Anne Hamilton    

The Shining Girl is about Caroline, who made it through a cyclone and goes in search for the man she once loved. But on her way she meets a man who come across like a guide in a time when she felt as though she’s going crazy. Will she find the man she once loved? Or does fate have something different in store for her? Give this story a read to find out.

I really enjoyed this story because in some ways it feels magical when Caroline is talking to the man she meets in India. He in himself is kind of worldly and mystical and shows his kindness and helps her find the right path.

There are many other great must read stories in this book. So if you like stories full of love, hope and kindness, you’ll enjoy this anthology.

Link

 https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B074W62L3X/

 

 

Welcome Michael Tyne To My Blog To Give Us A Peep Into The World from His Books The Shattered Land.

Feature post: Enchanting other worlds.

The Shattered Land by Michael Tyne 

I’m fascinated by secret worlds. Not the other worlds of “true” fantasy, but those which might exist on the fringes of our own society; hidden, but interacting with it, yet still with their own laws, their own history, their own public figures and ways of doing things.

Imagine if, living among the mundane millions of Great Britain, there were a few folk who were different; who had been touched by a great secret. One they didn’t ask for, but can’t escape. Imagine a hidden society of people who do not age.

That’s the world I imagined at the start of my trilogy, The Shattered Land. A small, scattered, hidden community, no more than a few thousand strong, who have been touched by the greatest secret of all.

They’re terrified. Wouldn’t you be? Immortality is something of which humans have secretly dreamed since they first became consciously aware of death. The threat of discovery, particularly by the powerful and unscrupulous, hangs over them, always. A loose tongue in a public house, an untoward remark, a foolish soul bragging or gossiping about their special status…

So, when someone took charge of this world, one of the first things they did was to employ someone to look after security, and secrecy. His name is Patrick Given, and he is an assassin. A former Colour-Sergeant from 45 Commando of the Royal Marines, he was touched by the Secret on Mount Longdon in the Falklands in 1982 – in fact, according to the official records, he died there. Since then, he has been the ‘enforcer’ of the secret world; the man who silences those who talk. He’s an unusual assassin in the sense that he hasn’t actually killed anyone yet; he’s reluctant to do so. A big, clever, capable man, a Geordie with a surprisingly soft heart, but one who is committed to his own survival and that of the so-called ‘Gifted’; those who have been touched by the secret.

Another problem is identity. In a modern society, you’re identified by computer records, databases, by the internet and the Cloud. If you’ve been the same person for over a hundred years and you haven’t died yet, eventually someone is going to start asking questions. Then there’s money. You have to earn a dollar. But in order to do that, again, you need the paperwork, the passport, the bank accounts. So we have the Identity Man. Step forward, Aengus MacLenaghan, manager of the Manchester branch of a rather secret Merchant Bank, owned by an oblivious billionaire named Thompson. For decades, MacLenaghan has been manipulating the records, both official and financial, providing the Gifted with new identities at periodic intervals, while at the same time laundering their funds. He’s old, now, very old. He, himself, isn’t Gifted. He’s doing this out of loyalty alone, loyalty to the one person who knows the whole truth about this world. Also, he has his own secret. He is not just a bank manager; he is also the last surviving male member of Clan MacLenaghan, who had their hearts torn out by the English on the bitter field of Culloden in the rising of 1745. And, after years of searching, he has finally found his ancestral home…

It’s about immortality. Eternal youth? Well, no. This thing can touch you at random, no matter what your age or circumstances. Consider Freda Moore, originally from Kingston, Jamaica. She was in her seventies in 1941 when the bomb fell in her back yard in Swinton, and an unseen presence touched her and stopped the little clock within. She was ready to die. Only one thing has kept her going for all these years, and that is friendship; the friendship of Jim Wilcox, an Army Padre, who took his wound in the Bocage of Normandy, three years later. They’ve been friends ever since; a kind of love. Jim’s had so many ministries since then that, in the end, he had to retire, because even the Church of England was getting suspicious. His friends had started calling him the Recurring Vicar. But, by then, he was ready to quit; modern society had worn him down. Jim, a tumbling, happy little man, is struggling even to believe in God nowadays. He’s seen far too much sadness.

There are others; Ronnie and Albert Clamp, for instance; wide-boys from North London, who have been permanently middle-aged since the 1960’s, when they were touched by a beam of light from the sky in a wood just off the Retford junction of the A1. They’ve been scraping a living ever since, selling burgers and bacon butties from the back of a van at rock festivals.

Then there’s Joseph Ackerman. He’s the anomaly, because he isn’t British; he’s American. He was wounded on Omaha Beach on D-Day, and has done bugger all of any use since. He’s now hanging round a not-very-good pub in the North of England, and he’s made a mistake. He’s made friends with the head barmaid there, a tough, uncompromising young woman from Oldham named Alison MacGuire who quite likes him, but doesn’t show it, and is about to get the shock of her short life when she finds out the truth…

A world like this needs something – someone – to hold it all together. Someone who sees it as a whole, sees the implications, the dangers and has to plan for the worst. It’s the loneliest job in any world, and this person is lonely. Driven, sometimes ruthless, but never heartless, always afraid, always sad at what she has had to give up, always vulnerable. She is the centre of it all; and she is in the most danger of all.

Because the worst is about to happen. The secret is out….

 

To learn more about Michael Tyne and his book check out his webside at: http://mtynebooks.wixsite.com/mtyne/books

Amzon link to The Last Five Days: The Shattered Land book1 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Five-Days-Shattered-Land-ebook/dp/B018ZLK6AO/ref=pd_sim_351_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=G9CM5GVTJWPZS13EV8SX

Amazon link to The Falling Fire: The Shattered Land book 2 https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01LHE67UO/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_uk-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738

Amazon link to Jerusalem The Shattered Land book 3https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jerusalem-Shattered-Land-Book-3-ebook/dp/B071177ZTQ/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

Two year old Roseanna and My Thoughts on The Fox in the Box by Amanda Gee

Two year old Roseanna and My thoughts on 

The Fox in the Box by Amanda Gee

I read The Fox in the box to my 2 year old niece Roseanna, who really enjoyed the images of the fox and other animals. She loved the rhyme running through the book about how the fox went in search of his missing mummy and daddy.

This was her thoughts on the book.  ”The fox was really cute. Roseanna liked the big house the fox went into. The fox hides in his box house so it doesn’t rain on him. Rosanna said she was sad he lost his mommy and daddy.”

I think this book is lovely for adults and young children to read together, with beautiful images for children to look at and express their feelings over and it is a nice read for a bedtime story.

If you and your little ones want to find out if Mr Fox found his family, read this book together with your little ones.

Link.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fox-Box-Amanda-Gee-ebook/dp/B073CPZVTL/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1503863513&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Fox+in+the+Box+by+Amanda+Gee

My Review of The Rashade’ (Chronicles of the Coranydas Book 1) Author R. Tran

My Review of

The Rashade’ (Chronicles of the Coranydas Book 1)

Author R. Tran

This is a great epic fantasy novel with lots of twist and turns. I loved the magic and sword fighting wielded by the strong Mara as she leaves her mother and sister to take vengeance on the mage who murdered her father when she was just a child. I also loved following some of the mystical creatures throughout the book.

The book itself follows Mara and Kess and some of their friends as they go in search of the magic that will bring Mara sword to life and help her kill the mage. However the journey is long and there are revelations along the way. Will Mara gets her revenge? Will she finds the strength and magic to become an unstoppable force? Read this book to find out.

I also loved the friendship between Kess and Mara as it blossomed into an interesting partnership. I thought the author did a great job in portraying their emotions towards each other and some scenes especially towards the end were so beautiful. But there are so many wonderful and magical characters in this book that are enjoyable to get to know along the way.

I found Mara’s connection with her mum  interesting after Mara finds out she won’t be getting her birth right, after an incident deemed her unfit for the position. Instead her sister will someday for full the role.  This was cruel and I really felt for her in that moment.

I would highly recommend this book if you love fantasy and strong female characters as well as magic and adventure with scenes that are easy to imagine and emotionally charged at times. This is one for the must read pile.

Amazon Link

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rashade-Chronicles-Coranydas-Book-ebook/dp/B01N211HHR/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502678732&sr=8-1&keywords=The+rashade