New Submission Form for Colleen’s 2019 Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge

Poetry has been a passion of mine since I was a teenager. Those of you who started this challenge with me over two years ago, and those new poets who recently joined, deserve a huge hug for all your hard work and dedication. So, thanks for sharing your poetry with the world!

I know the last few years, we’ve struggled with ping-backs and the myriads of other submission issues. So, I have a solution.

I’ve update the submission rules for the Tanka Tuesday syllabic poetry challenge. Everything remains the same as far as the types of poems that you can write.

However, I have “borrowed” the submission form idea from the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge run by Charli Mills, and I would like to thank her for the inspiration. ❤

New Submission Rules – Please read carefully:

After you have written your poem and published it on your blog, (and instead of doing ping-backs and all that nonsense) I created a form for you to cut and paste your poem into on my challenge post. The form generates an email to me. Your submission will allow me to cut and paste your poem and information from the email into the weekly recap, and then into the PDF Poet of the Week collection that you will be able to grab for free in 2020.

I’m limited in what I can change on the form, so I’ve included a key, so you understand the titles. This is what you’ll see on the Tanka Tuesday Challenge posts:

After you’ve published your poem on your own blog, copy and paste your poem into the form below. Then, click the SUBMIT button. (WordPress limits on the titles, so use the key below to know what to fill in the blanks). This form generates an email to me.

  • Name = Your Name
  • Name = Title of Poem & Type of Poem ex: “Starlight,” #Haiku
  • Website = HTTPS:// address of your post
  • Message = Your Poem

By participating in this challenge, you agree to allow me to publish your poem in a 2019 PDF collection of poetry if you are selected as the Poet of the Week. This collection will be available in January 2020 as a free download from my site.

Please do not submit anything to this form. This is just an example so you know what to expect tomorrow. Thank you.

The Poetry Challenge Recap published on Monday will now contain your poem, name, and a link to your blog. I am doing this as a courtesy to you for your participation in the challenge.

In exchange, PLEASE support the other poets by re-blogging the Weekly Recap, sharing it on social media, & commenting on the poet’s blogs.

Subscribe to my newsletter below to receive your FREE Poetry Form Cheatsheet!

If you subscribe to my weekly blog update newsletter, you will receive as a thank you, a Poetry Form Cheatsheet that is perfect for use in the weekly challenge. Click HERE to subscribe.

Here’s to another fabulous year of syllabic poetry!


Book Review – Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration by Colleen Chesebro

Dorinda Duclos of Night Owl Poetry has written a marvelous review of my newest book. (Don’t forget this book is still on sale until December 31st, 2018). Many thanks to Dorinda. ❤


As a follower of all things magical and mythical, Colleen Chesebro had me at the title. “Fairies, Myths & Magic” is a wonder-filled collection of poetry and prose, ending with the Summer Solsti…

Source: Book Review – Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration by Colleen Chesebro

Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, Marie Lavender

Conversations with ColleenThe December Edition

Hello everyone! This week I’m happy to bring you an author I’ve seen throughout social media but didn’t know. I love meeting new people so, when I asked her to pick three or four questions from my huge list HERE, she jumped right in! We all aspire to be successful authors and the best way to learn some of the tricks of the trade is to ask questions.

First, please welcome my guest, Marie Lavender.

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Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for a little over twenty-five years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published 24 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, dramatic fiction, fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. She has also contributed to several anthologies.

Her current published series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Eternal Hearts Series, The Magick Series, The Code of Endhivar Series and The Blood at First Sight Series.

Hi, Colleen. Thanks so much for this interview. I’m really looking forward to our chat.

Hi, Marie. You’re a new author for me. I can’t believe all the books you’ve written. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Both, actually. When I’m in the real flow of writing a scene, it is exhilarating. Afterward, and especially if I choose to type it all up right away, I can feel drained mentally. The real job of writing a book, though, takes its toll. Some of my books take up to a year to write, and it is hard work. Getting each chapter written, the subtle nuances of dialogue, exploring a character’s background – all of that takes time.

Understandably, I take a break away from work after writing a book, at least before I dive into the editing process. And that isn’t easy either. But when the muse finds me again, I feel blessed to be visited by it.

What are some common traps for aspiring writers that you’ve come across?

One that comes to mind for me, and probably many other writers, is the old adage that you should ‘write what you know’. I think the notion can be incredibly intimidating. But, really, why write what you know after all? It’s true that we come from different backgrounds and house so much life experience, thereby contributing to our own sense of the human condition. We should funnel all of that into our writing. But, beyond that? I think that researching a specific topic can open a world you never thought possible. Suddenly, it creates a spark, and you have something new to write about. Something you didn’t exactly ‘know’ beforehand. So no, I don’t believe we should always write what we know.

What a great point to make. Do you want each of your books to stand on their own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

A little of both, actually. Because I write in different genres, I do want them to stand on their own. To speak for themselves. At the heart of each book, I aim for the characters and the story to touch readers. With so many works in progress, there are going to be books that stand alone, and that’s okay.

However, if a book is part of a series, the novels are naturally interconnected. I often choose a family or friendship theme to each series. I’m also working on loosely connecting a few of my series, at least the ones with paranormal or fantasy elements.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning your writing process?

That depends on the project. I always use reputable online sources, and sometimes I fall back on nonfiction books that I own or buy for extra material. For my historical novels, it takes a lot of effort to find the right information. Especially to get a real sense of the scene. There are so many elements that comprise the whole picture – fashion of the time period, social events or activities, politics, locations to include, and the list goes on.

I take my time and study old-fashioned photos to paint the scene the right way. I imagine myself there, and how I might react to what’s going on. For more contemporary work, I just do enough research to set the scene and explain the character’s profession. The rest is creative license. But in most cases, I write some of the story first and add the finer details later.

Wow! I’m learning so much about how you approach your writing career. What was your hardest scene to write?

I think the emotional scenes are the hardest, whether that comes in the form of dramatic dialogue or a character’s internal dilemma. But I know I haven’t done my job unless I’m wiping tears away at the end of the writing process.

The hardest scenes I wrote were for Directions of the Heart, in the novella ‘A Touch of Dawn’ – those fragile moments experienced by Caitlyn and Jack, as they dealt with their past traumas, and how they could confront their fears well enough to create new lives for themselves. Every character touches my life in some way, but those two? Unforgettable for so many reasons.

Thanks, Marie. I will have to check out some of your books!

Thanks for the interview, Colleen. I’ll see you around.

What if you found out that you weren’t exactly…human?

Genre:  Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy (with a Slight Futuristic Angle)

Release Date:  May 30, 2018

Enter the Other World at your own risk…

What if you found out that you weren’t exactly…human?

Myah Sullivan is suddenly living that nightmare. There are Others in the world, dangerous, supernatural creatures that make her mind spin and cause her to question the reality she’s always known.

Oliver King is her savior, a vampire who tries to show her the way. Through her journey, she learns far more than she ever thought she would about herself, and about the past. Soon, she discovers that there is so much more to meeting Oliver than mere happenstance.

Can Myah accept her new reality, or will she retreat into that normal, safe world she once thought was her own?

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Marie Lavender: Multi-genre author of Victorian romance, UPON YOUR RETURN, and 23 other books. Reached the Top 10 Authors list on for the last 3 years. Voted TOP BLOGGER for August 2018 on the Romance Lives Forever Blog. TOP 20 Authors of 2018 on Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews blog. DIRECTIONS OF THE HEART was nominated and made it past the first round in the 2018 Author Academy Awards. UPON YOUR LOVE and THE MISSING PIECE placed in the TOP 10 on the 2017 P&E Readers’ Poll. DIRECTIONS OF THE HEART was nominated for the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards. The I Love Romance Blog became a finalist in StartDating DK’s Romance Blog Awards of 2017. ILRB landed on Feedspot’s 2017 TOP 100 Novel Blogs and TOP 100 Romance Blogs. DIRECTIONS OF THE HEART placed in the TOP 10 Books of 2017 on Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews blog. TOP 20 Authors of 2017 on Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews blog. Mystery Blogger Award for 2017. A to Z Blog Challenge Survivor in 2016. March 2016 Empress of the Universe title – winner of the “Broken Heart” themed contest and the “I Love You” themed contest on Poetry Universe. SECOND CHANCE HEART and A LITTLE MAGICK placed in the TOP 10 on the 2015 P&E Readers’ Poll. Nominated in the TRR Readers’ Choice Awards for Winter 2015. Poetry winner of the 2015 PnPAuthors Contest. The Versatile Blogger Award for 2015. Honorable Mention in the 2014 BTS Red Carpet Book Awards. Finalist and Runner-up in the 2014 MARSocial’s Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader’s Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013, 2014 and 2016. 2013 and 2014 Amazon Bestseller Ranking for UPON YOUR RETURN. Winner of the Great One-Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.

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k luv u bye Thanks for stopping by to meet Marie Lavender. ❤

Happy Boxing Day!

Boxing Day is a British tradition! The day after Christmas, December 26th, is called Boxing Day because:

It was a custom on that day for tradesmen to collect their “Christmas boxes,” gifts of money or goods in return for reliable service all year. Do you have any tradespeople who have been especially helpful this year—your postman, fix-it guy, city doorman? 

Read the link below to learn more…

“What is Boxing Day?” – The Old Farmers

So, I’d like to take this opportunity to share that both of my books are on sale at $.99 each. If your Amazon gift cards are burning a hole in your pocket, support your fellow authors and buy a book or two. I know I did. I found some great titles all on sale!

The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy

Fairies, Myths, & Magic – A Summer Celebration

I can’t say enough about reviews… Did you know that most authors can’t even pay for book advertising until they have a certain number of reviews? Even just a paragraph or two makes a difference. ❤

And, if fantasy isn’t your thing… here is a post from Sally Cronin that gives you access to books, music, authors, and reviews: smorgasbord blog magazine Christmas celebrations the weekly roundup.

Happy Boxing Day!

Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews – “Emerging from Shadows,” by Author, Balroop Singh

December is Poetry Book Review Month


From darkness into light, from despair onto the wider ways of hope… life oscillates between sunshine and shadows. Emerging from shadows is a choice, which lies dormant, which can be gently inspired by self-talk. Each poem in this book banks on the hope of emerging stronger, saner, positive and resilient. Each poem in this book would talk to you, revealing layers of enclosed emotions. Each poem would divulge a secret path that could lead you into the world of poise and serenity.

When turbulences hit, when shadows of life darken, when they come like unseen robbers, with muffled exterior, when they threaten to shatter your dreams, it is better to break free rather than get sucked by the vortex of emotions.

Title: Emerging from Shadows: Poetry by Balroop Singh

Amazon Author Page: Balroop Singh

Publication Date: July 21, 2017

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Poetry, Teen & Young Adult, Literature, Literature & Fiction



“Emerging from Shadows,” is filled with the prose of a woman who has broken free from the shackles of life. The majority of her writings are uplifting and positive illustrating the power of positive thinking.

Free verse poems do not follow the rules. They have no rhyme or rhythm but are still considered to be an artistic expression. Several of the author’s poems meet these criteria. Nevertheless, the messages are strong and true leading the reader to experience the world through her eyes.

The themes that circulate throughout this compilation are that of self-worth, healing, and letting go of the past. Several passages read like personal affirmations filled with hope to lead the reader from the darkness into the light. 


Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace:
Reader Engagement:
Reader Enrichment: 
Reader Enjoyment:
Overall Rate:
4 out of 5 Fairies

*I follow the Amazon Rating System*

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Author & Poet, Balroop Singh

About the Author:

Balroop Singh, is an educationalist, a poet, and an author always had a passion for writing. She would jot down her reflections on a piece of paper and forget about them till each drawer of her home started overflowing with poetic reminders, popping out at will!

The world of her imagination has a queer connection with realism. She could envision the images of her own poetry while teaching the poems. Her dreams saw the light of the day when she published her first poetry book: ‘Sublime Shadows Of Life.’

She has always lived through her heart. She is a great nature lover; she loves to watch birds flying home. The sunsets allure her with their varied hues that they lend to the sky. She can spend endless hours listening to the rustling of leaves and the sound of waterfalls.

She lives in San Ramon California. You can visit her blog at

How to Connect with the Author:



Twitter: Balroop Singh @BalroopShado


 If you have your book listed on BookBub, I will add my review there also! ❤ Click HERE to follow me! (Colleen M. Chesebro) Let me know in the comments.

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Goodbye 2018 – Hello, New Opportunities in 2019

Colleen’s 2019 Goal Planning

Each year I like to reflect on the highlights from the previous year as I move forward into the new year. 2019 is on the horizon. Are you ready?

On, it was a fabulous year. Here are a few of my accomplishments:

Book Reviews

I read and reviewed 49 books in 2018. I don’t know about you, but that number blew me away! I added each review to Amazon, Goodreads, and many to Bookbub. I can’t tell you how many of the reviews were shared to social media but I know the numbers are staggering.

Check out: Colleen’s 2018 Book Reviews

Today, I would like everyone to gather their thoughts about book reviews. Do you buy a book based on a review from someone’s blog, or do you buy it from an author’s facebook page? Do you find a link on another social media platform which directs you back to their blog post where you end up buying the book?

Please participate in my poll. I want to examine if social media helps us sell books compared to the reviews we post on our blogs.

Book Review Goals for 2019

Starting January 1, 2019, my book reviews will be bi-monthly (only two a month). That is a change from the weekly reviews that I’ve done for the past four years.

As writers, we must also be readers who support other authors in our community. Without reviews, we are lost. The plethora of books for sale on is staggering. However, I can’t extol the virtues of writing a review enough.

Be truthful and share what you liked about the book in your review. Remember, these reviews are based on your feelings and viewpoint.

I do not support reviews that tear down another author’s style of writing. We’re all different and our likes and dislikes are subjective. If you dislike a book that much, skip the review. There are nice ways to say you didn’t connect with the writing or the theme.

I once read a review that excoriated the author because they were not someone famous! The reader bought the book in good faith and then proceded to rip the book apart because the writer’s advice was no better than what this person perceived she would have received from a neighbor. They left a one-star review, among the other twenty reviews that rated the same book, four or five stars. I must ask… what good did this review serve?

I’ve spoken to numerous authors who have confirmed that their books sales dropped in 2018. There are multiple reasons for this. Personally, I believe there is a glut of books on the market. I know I’m overwhelmed at the selection.

“I’ll leave you with this question… If you are an author, and if book reviews help to sell books, why aren’t you writing more reviews?”

~Colleen M. Chesebro~

Conversations with Colleen

I started a new author interview feature in the middle of September which has offered a weekly discussion with an author about everything under the sun. This has been a fun way to get to know more about the other authors in our community.

Browse: Conversations with Colleen

Through January and February of 2019, I will continue to host an author each week. Starting in March 2019, Conversations with Colleen will become a monthly feature.

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge

2018 saw the expansion of my weekly poetry challenge (using synonyms only for the two words I suggest), both in the number of participants and in the number of syllabic forms. The acceptable syllabic forms are:

  • Haiku
  • Senryu
  • Tanka
  • Haibun
  • Cinquain
  • Nonet
  • Etheree
  • Shadorma

This challenge is one of my passions. I love the energy from the participating poets and have loved watching us all blossom and grow.

This year, I will compile a PDF of the poems and the poets I selected for recognition as my Poet of the Week. I will make this available to the participants of the challenge for free at the beginning of 2020 as a download from my site.

Check out the Weekly Poetry Challenge Recaps from 2018

I would like to host a Syllabic Poetry Contest this year around June to celebrate our love of poetry with the theme of the Summer Solstice. I will be looking for judges and for poetry book prize donations. Fill out the contact form on the top menu if you are interested. I will update you with more details at a later date.

Last Thoughts is my author blog. I’ve cut back on some of the features to free up more time for my own writing. I have three books that I’m currently working on, two of which I will publish this year.

This also means that I will be cutting back on my social media time. My greatest desire is to totally delete Facebook because of security issues and time constraints. And, yes… I’m serious. I spend three hours a day, sharing, reading, and commenting on Facebook. That’s time I could use for writing.

Can I survive without Facebook? Would you miss me or my posts? Probably not. There is no way I can read all of the posts that show up in the groups and on the hundreds of author pages I follow. People only read the headlines. How many times have you shared an article without reading it? It makes you think doesn’t it?

Besides the security issues, it might be too late to leave Facebook. They’ve already sold my information. The ads that hover on my wall are scary. They know what I’m writing, buying, and sharing. At least on Twitter, I’m not inundated with ads every other post. Since the November election, I feel like it has gotten worse. I want to leave Facebook. Can I do it? I’ll keep you posted…

Besides being chased by Facebook ads, I do hope to write more articles on my Sisters of the Fey blog, which is co-written with seven other lovely authors. I hope you’ll stop by there more often to say hello.

Thanks for all of your love and support this year. 2019 will become our best year yet!


Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Christmas – The Eleventh Day of Christmas with guests Colleen Chesebro and Anne Goodwin.

Anne Goodwin and I were lucky enough to be featured on Sally Cronin’s 11th day of Christmas celebration. There’s food, great memories, drink (a little too much), and great friends. Happy Yule and Merry Christmas. ❤

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Just two more parties to go before the big day and for this celebration I am delighted to welcome writers Colleen Chesebro and Anne Goodwin, both of whom will be sharing their most precious Christmas memories.

I thought that we could not talk about Christmas without preparing something for the pets in the family. In the old days, and that was in fact only about 30 years ago, pets were fed on scraps as they had been for the thousands of years as our companions.  I appreciate that most of the animal foods available today may be rich in nutrients and full of vitality but I am afraid that I steer clear of dried food and prefer to go the natural route.

It is tempting to give pets the same treats that we enjoy but I am afraid that at Christmas treats like human chocolate are extremely dangerous. Chocolate

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Colleen’s 2018 #Poetry #Book #Reviews – “Passages and Paths: A Journey of Life through Poetry,” by Author, Dorinda Duclos

December is Poetry Book Review Month


In ‘A Journey of Life through Poetry’, Dorinda invites you to join her, as the wonder and awe of the Earth inspire her, bringing her visions to you through her poetry. Experience the setting sun, share in the challenges and victories of life, await the new day, and find yourself lost in the lush forest trees, as you join her on her journey, through Passages and Paths.


“Passages & Paths – A Journey of Life through Poetry,” is filled with the prose and poetry of Dorinda Duclos whose love of nature and of the world of make-believe makes this collection shine. 

Nature poetry is my favorite. If an author can make me see the world from their perspective, my poetic reading experience is greatly enhanced. The author accomplishes that and more. Her cadenced prose often rhymes in just the right spot, allowing the reader to sense a more profound meaning by the encounter with the verse.

I found many of these poems were filled with the word images and magic of dragons, fair maidens, and things that have no earthly explanation. I also sensed that this anthology of poems brings the reader closer to the places the author holds dear. 

My favorite poem, “The Enchanted Spell,” read like a fairy tale. This poem shares the story of a young woman searching the woods at night for her lost love with the help of her lantern and her owl. The flow of the writing is magical and ethereal. There’s a great twist at the ending, which made this poem a real stunner.

I received this collection as a gift from the author. My reading experience was so enjoyable, I had to share my thoughts. There’s a gentleness in this author’s writing that beckons the reader to slip into her world if only to stay for a little while. By the end, I was sorry to go!


Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

5 fairies

*I follow the Amazon Rating System*

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Author, Dorinda Duclos

About the Author:

Dorinda Duclos is a writer of poetry, sharing her life experiences in verse. She is also the author of the blog, Night Owl Poetry, and has amassed a following of fellow poets, writers, and artists, and is highly recognized in social media. She is a member of the Poetry Society of America and the Academy of American Poets, as well as a guest writer on 

She was also involved in “Poets for Peace”, a collaboration of poems from poets around the world. This collaboration is now archived in the ‘Stanford University Archive’ of the ‘100,000 Poets for Change’ collection!

A wife and mother of two, Dorinda makes her home in northern New Jersey, surrounded by wildlife, and nature’s beauty, all inspiration for her poetry.

Her books include: #Seasons – Autumn Haiku Book One”, “Dark is the night – A Poetry Chapbook”, “Passages and Paths – A Journey of Life through Poetry” – “How Shall I Dream – A Collection of Poetic Musings” – “A Flight of Imagination” (Realm of Fantasy) – “A Flight of Imagination (Illusion of Fantasy) -“A Flight of Imagination” (Spirit of Fantasy) – “Pieces of Life – A Poetry Collection” – “Marrow of the Soul” and “Night Owl Poetry”.

How to Connect with the Author:

Blog: ~ Night Owl Poetry

Facebook: Dorinda Duclos

Twitter: @DorindaDuclos

Poetry puts you in touch with the magic you find within…


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#Poetryreadathon #Bookreview – Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration by Colleen M. Chesebro

I’ve received a stunning review from Robbie Cheadle. It makes my heart sing. ❤

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I purchased and reviewed Fairies, Myths & Magic by Colleen M. Chesebro as part of the Poetry Readathon and Poetry Blog Promotion series I am currently hosting.

I follow the author’s blog and find her poetry to be beautifully written, diverse and intriguing. My enjoyment of the author’s blog led me to purchase her poetry book, released earlier this year.

Colleen runs a weekly poetry challenge where poets are encouraged to express themselves using different poetry forms such as haikus, tankas and cinquains. Colleen proves so excellent instruction on how to writes these poetic variations. You can experience Colleen’s blog here:

What Amazon says

Step into a world where fairies, dragons, and other magical beings converge in a collection of poetry and short stories inspired by the celebration of Litha, the Summer Solstice.

Meet Drac, a dragon cursed by his own poisonous deeds, and two pixies who help an…

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Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, MJ Mallon

Conversations with ColleenThe December Edition

Hello everyone! This week I’m happy to share with you another of my dearest friends, British author, Marjorie (Marje, or MJ) Mallon. Over the years, Marje and I bonded over our love of all things magical, and especially our love for crystals. 

Bloodstone or Heliotrope

So, when I asked Marje to pick three or four questions from my huge list HERE she said she was happy to. We all aspire to be successful authors and the best way to learn some of the tricks of the trade is to ask questions from those who are traveling that path.

 Marje is also a member of the Sisters of the Fey blog, a group of eight authors who came together to share their love of all things magical. As I mentioned, Marje loves crystals. All this research on the Sisters of the Fey blog goes to good use. Much of this information finds its way into Marje’s books. Check out this post HERE, about the Bloodstone crystal which is also the featured gem in “The Curse of Time.” 

Everybody, please meet Marjorie Mallon. 

I am a debut author who has been blogging for many moons at my lovely blog home Kyrosmagica: My interests include writing, photography, poetry, and alternative therapies. I write Fantasy/paranormal, YA, middle grade fiction, and micro poetry – haiku and Tanka. I love to read and have written over 100 reviews:
My alter ego is MJ – Mary Jane from Spiderman. I love superheroes! I was born on the 17th of November in Lion City: Singapore, (a passionate Scorpio, with my Chinese Zodiac, sign a lucky rabbit,) second child, and only daughter to my proud parents Paula and Ronald. I grew up in a mountainous court in the Peak District in Hong Kong with my elder brother Donald.
As a teenager, I travelled to many far-flung destinations to visit my abacus-wielding wayfarer dad. It’s rumoured that I now live in the Venice of Cambridge, with my six-foot hunk of a Rock God husband, and my two enchanted daughters.
After such an upbringing my author’s mind has taken total leave of its senses! WhenI’m not writing, I eat exotic delicacies while belly dancing, or surf to the far reaches of the moon. To chill out, I practise Tai Chi. If the mood takes me, I snorkel with mermaids or sign up for idyllic holidays with the Chinese Unicorn, whose magnificent voice sings like a thousand wind chimes.

Hi, Colleen. Thanks so much for this interview. I’m really looking forward to our chat.

Hi, Marje. Thanks for stopping by. So, as a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

Oh, I am greedy I have two! Myths and Legends intrigue me, so I’d have to pick a fire-breathing dragon and a snowy-white unicorn, twirling together in a divine never-ending whirlwind of good-versus-evil.

With that in mind, I had a logo created which I use on my blog. Isn’t it lovely?

Do it

CLICK HERE to find your own spirit animal.

I have a fascination with yin and yang, darkness and light and this is evident in much of my writing. I’m drawn to creating dark, thoughtful stories, such as my fantasy debut novel The Curse of Time # 1 Bloodstone but I let off steam by adopting a multi-genre approach when writing flash fiction and poetry.

I enjoy writing light-hearted flash and was surprised and delighted to win first prize in The Bloggers Bash Blog Post Writing competition with The Queen’s DressDown Day:

I’ve even been known to dabble in a little murder from time to time! Winning the first prize in the Carrot Ranch flash community’s Flash Fiction Contest #7 with Mr Blamey:

Wow, Marje. That’s fabulous. With all your great successes, what do you think is the most important thing about a book in your opinion?

A book should evoke a powerful emotional response in the reader. It should take us on a magnificent journey, transport us to a time and place that is so fascinating that we can’t bear to leave, not even for a second.  If a book makes me cry, fills my heart with excitement, or makes me cheer, I am truly happy. Nothing makes my day more perfect than weeping in public whilst reading a fantastic book! Yes, I have been known to do this…

For me, the most important element has to be the characters within the narrative. They should be so well-developed, that they acquire the attributes of real people – potential heroes, heroines and villains. People that we can relate to, detest, fear and care about. For me the characters are paramount. I have to be able to hear, see, and imagine them in a complete, totally satisfying way.

Do your novels carry a message?

My debut YA fantasy novel is quite a philosophical, poetic read. There are hidden messages in the narrative. One device I employ is the use of mirrors as a metaphor for entrapment/mental health.

The characters themselves reflect light and darkness in the form of shadow/lies, (Ryder: Hero/Shadow Demon,) crystals representing truth/light. (Amelina: Heroine/Krystallos magician.)

I like to entice the reader to look beyond the ordinary to see what lies within. Beauty can be a mask of deception, a creature can be ugly but does that mean he is bad?

We all feel invincible when we are young but youth is fleeting. All humans are vulnerable. We all face the same fate, time is the grim reaper and we must snatch what happiness we can. That is my message – live life to the fullest, treasure each and every moment, be happy and learn who to trust and love.

Thanks so much for the visit, Colleen. I had a great time. 

Thanks for stopping by, Marje. Next time bring some British Tea. ❤

Fifteen-year-old Amelina Scott lives in Cambridge with her dysfunctional family, a mysterious black cat, and an unusual girl who imprisoned within the mirrors located in her house. When an unexpected message arrives inviting her to visit the Crystal Cottage, she sets off on a forbidden pathway where she encounters Ryder, a charismatic, but perplexing stranger.

With the help of a magical paint set, and some crystal wizard stones she discovers the truth about a shocking curse that has destroyed her family happiness. 

Unique Selling Point: Unique, Imaginative, ‘Charming, enchanting and richly layered this is purely delightful.’

This delightful book will appeal to teens and young adults who love stories filled with magical crystals, dark family curses, and mysteries waiting to be solved around every corner. Each chapter leads you on a journey of discovery where Amelina earns the right to use three wizard stones to reset the balance of time and finally break the curse that holds her family hostage.

A captivating tale!” -Colleen M. Chesebro (Editor)

MJ Mallon is a contributing author in the Plaisted Publishing House Ghostly Writes Anthology 2018.

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The Ghostly Goodbye is a paranormal love story about a young woman called Iris who can’t get over her husband’s death. She is mourning him so much that she feels dead inside. Her husband Ed sends her a ghostly message from beyond the grave via an old forgotten garment in her wardrobe. She responds by dragging herself from her tomb-like bed and he draws back the curtain of death to visit her in a most unusual way.

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