Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, Adele Marie Park

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Hello everyone! This week I’m happy to share with you one of my dearest friends, Scottish author, Adele Marie Park. Over the years, Adele and I have formed a common interest in all things magical, and especially our love for the faerie craft.

When I asked Adele to pick three or four questions from my huge list HERE, she didn’t even blink! We all aspire to be successful authors and the best way to learn some of the tricks of the trade is to ask questions.

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Adele 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. Adele’s specialty is all things pagan. She shares tarot readings and even a few tried and tested spells! Check out this post HERE. ❤

Please meet my guest, Adele Marie Park.

Adele Marie Park
Scottish Author, Adele Marie Park

Scottish Author, Adele Marie Park was born in the north-east of Scotland, and at the age of six months, she moved to live with family on the Orcadian island of Rousay.

Her childhood was surrounded by the tales and legends of old, and these became the themes and beliefs she’s carried with her through life as they now emerge and live within the pages of her books.

Adele’s first published book is “Wisp,” a tale of murder, passion, and intrigue set in the mythical world of Edra.

She has won awards for her short stories and many have been published in successful anthologies.

Her writing crosses genres between fantasy and horror but is always character driven by transforming the pictures and characters in her head as if by magic onto the pages of her books. Her belief in magic, faeries and the paranormal has never wavered.

She connects with people through her writing, and her wish is for everyone to live every moment of the story and feel it as if they has been on the journey with the characters.

When not writing, she enjoys painting and playing music. Her preferred instrument is the guitar although she has been known to play the tin whistle.

Hi, Colleen. Thanks so much for the invitation to do this interview. What fun!

You’re welcome. Adele, you and I have crossed paths in the blogging world for about four years now, so I know how sensitive and kind you are. What was the first book you read that made you cry?

Although the book I’m going to talk about is not the first to make me cry it is the one which is most poignant. “Clan of The Cave Bear,” by Jean M Auel. For those who haven’t read the book here’s a synopsis:

“Leave 21st century London and go back to Ice Age Europe. Follow Ayla, a Cro-Magnon child who loses her parents in an earthquake and is adopted by a tribe of Neanderthal, the Clan. See how the Clan’s wary suspicion is gradually transformed into acceptance of this girl, so different from them, under the guidance of its medicine woman Iza and its wise holy man Creb. Immerse yourself in a world dictated by the demands of survival in a hostile environment, and be swept away in an epic tale of love, identity, and struggle.”

(Click HERE to find “Clan of the Cave Bear,” by Jean M. Auel on Amazon.com)

There are some terrible scenes in this book but the one which made me weep was the death of Ayla’s adoptive mother, Iza.

I was brought up by my aunt Adeline and uncle Tommy. As I read the paragraph, tears filled my eyes and for the first time, I thought about Adeline dying. I wept so loudly she came upstairs to my room to see what was wrong. When I told her she hugged me and told me that wasn’t going to happen. A few years later, cancer took her away from me.

I haven’t been able to read the book since.

I can tell you’re an empathic writer. Can you tell us how being empathic affects your writing?

I feel everything that my characters go through, every loss, pain or heartache. My characters are so close to me that I can not help but feel what they go through. I am an empath, having only found out in the last couple of years what that means. It has been an experience which has freed me. Now, I am able to say I am an empath and I’m not the only one.

 READ: What is an Empath

Does it lend a reality to my writing? Yes, I think it comes across. If I weep because one of my character’s experiences a loss of who they hold dear, I want my readers to do the same. I want my readers to become so engrossed in the story that it transports them into my world. That is what I aim for in my writing.

As a writer what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

I have several spirit animals. They make themselves known to me when I need them or when they sense that I need comfort. Years ago, when I first started writing again, it was a green dragon. He kept me sane in a very horrible chapter of my life.

Later Wolf came along and inspired me to trust others again and to make peace with myself. When I write now, Wolf is here, but so is otter when I need to lighten up and remember how to play.

Bear is one animal who has been with me since childhood and she brings in the peace of the great mother. Owl and eagle bring me clarity and dreams.

I thought over this question and realised that in every short story or novel that I’ve written, there is usually an animal featured as a prominent character. I can’t choose just one, I can’t.

Do it(CLICK HERE to learn more about how to find your own spirit animal. 

You are so receptive to the vibrations of the universe, Adele. How do you use that superpower to select the names of your characters?

The characters arrive in my head with their names already picked by themselves. My head resembles Grand Central Station at times. All these characters wandering about waiting for me to write about them. It’s quite magical.

Sometimes the idea for a story arrives first. After that, the characters show up. It’s interesting, but they always choose their own names. I don’t think I’ve ever had to change a character’s name. Although, I have changed details about the character, with their permission, of course.

Writers often believe in their writing muse, which is separate from a spirit animal. Do you believe in the muse?

I definitely believe in the muse. I sense mine is female and recently I feel there are two. The old tales warn you never to anger your muse lest she leaves you, so I keep mine as sweet as I can.

People might laugh at these old beliefs today but, what if they are true? Better to pay your respects to the old beliefs than to have your muse turn away from you. Did you know that even Tesla is reported to have credited some otherworldly presence in helping with his inventions? I think that’s fascinating!

There are times when I suffer from writer’s block.  That’s when I call on the muse to help me. I think with everything in life if you are respectful and remember your manners you can’t go wrong.

I read and reviewed Adele’s book, “Wisp.” You can read that review HERE.

Thanks, Colleen for the great discussion. ❤

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The FIRST PLACE WINNER in the July 2018 Word Weaver Writing Contest: Adele Marie Park,“Devil’s Hollow Holy Water”

I’m proud to announce that my Sister of the Fey, Adele Marie Park, won first place in Dan Alatorre’s Word Weaver Writing Contest! Congratulations, Adele! ❤

#Fairies, #Myths, & #Magic Author Spotlight Guest Post – “The Spark of the Fey,” by Adele Marie Park

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Welcome to my Author Spotlight Guest Posts

“I have started a new feature on my blog, called Author Spotlight – Guest Posts. As you can see from the image above, I am looking for themed posts about fairies, myths, and magic. If you are an interested author and would like to be featured on my blog, please click HERE to find out more.” ~Colleen~

Something magical happens when you contemplate the writing of a fantasy story. Your mind expands and the possibilities of ‘what if’ somehow become real, if only in your mind. Other fantasy authors recognize that enchanted streak of genius that runs through our creative minds. We wear it like a badge of honor as if we share a deep connection to nature and all things miraculous. That’s just it… We do!

That’s how it was for me when I was introduced to the mystical writings of Adele Marie Park. Not long ago, I read her book called, Wisp and wrote a review. You can read the review HERE.

Adele and I share a love for the elementals and especially, the fey. We’ve both had experiences of the fairy kind. Unbeknownst to each other, we both published books at the same time – Her’s about Marsh fairies and mine about a Swamp fairy. Coincidence? I think not, but you can be the judge of that. 😀

The Spark of The Fey

by Adele Marie Park

The world we live in is alive.

Every animal and insect.

From the highest mountain to the smallest pebble on the beach.

They all have a spark of creation inside them.

Humans included and the fey.

This spark connects us all and if we stop running on the treadmill for a second and be still: breathe in the magic and listen. You can hear the earth beat as it travels up through the soles of your feet and into your heart. Now look with your heart and see the magic that surrounds us every second of the day.

The fey are there just out of reach, for now.

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When I was a child, growing up on Rousay, the fey folk were everywhere. They were respected and lived side by side with humans.

The knowe-faery hill in the field beside our house that my uncle never ploughed over or planted on.

The bridge across the river to my uncle Willie’s cottage the trow-troll lived under.

The whispering wind playing in my hair and tickling my skin.

Blades of grass that held so many secrets as I lay gazing into them.

The faeries who let me know when it was time to go home for tea.

Stones that told stories and selkies who loved music.

The tall ones who soothed me to sleep and brushed the tears of fright from my face.

Traditions we upheld, and I brought them with me when I travelled to the mainland of Scotland, leaving behind my island home with a heart that has never recovered from that wrench.

Every Halloween, Midsummer, and Beltaine we would leave a dish of food outside the door for the faeries. Bread soaked in milk with honey was a favourite.

Tommy’s father blessing the four corners of the field and asking for the faeries protection.

Respecting the guardians of the bridges and asking their permission to travel across them.

Thanking the flowers for their beauty and taking care of them.

We lived side by side with these wonderful beings, and life was good.

My influence for the fey of Edra, in Wisp, came from my childhood and also from experiences later on in my life. I’ve listed the types of fey that you can read about in the pages of Wisp.

  1. Marsh Faerie – Wisp is a marsh faerie. They live so close to their environment that to be taken away from it, sometimes kills them. They have magic inside them that is coveted by unscrupulous elves and humans.
  2. Dryads – Finn has dryad blood. The dryads of Edra are everywhere there are trees. They stay with their tree in spirit but have a hierarchy which extends to the great mother dryad. Their magic is deep and ancient like the forests which once covered Edra.
  3. Woodland Faerie – These are believed to be the offspring of dryads. They live in the tree tops of their forests and are rarely seen. Their magic is illusion and camouflage.
  4. Goblins – They are the creators of Edra. Their minds are adept at creating machines and gadgets that forge magic and metal together. They are the driving force behind most mechanical devices on Edra.
  5. Pookies – These folk are seldom seen even by other fey. They live in tribes that inhabit the tall mountains of Edra. Their magic is powerful. The storm, the winter, and the frost are theirs to call on.
  6. Mermaids – Mostly keeping apart from other fey on land these sea people are dangerous and yet, contact with other fey of Edra has been known.
  7. The Wulden – Not much are known about these reclusive beings who live in the mountain caves and rarely have contact with anyone. Some tales mention that they are one of the first races of Edra.

    These are just a few, but as you can see, they are all nature based.

    I live in Britain which is divided into Scotland, England, and Wales on the main island. The energy and power of our land know no such division. The magical ley lines that run from top to bottom, over and under the sea know no division. They are the blood of our land, our mother who nurtures us and feeds us all.

    Our ancestors respected the land and her blood. Traditions were kept, and everything was valued.

    The only divisions are in men’s minds.

    © 2017 Adele Marie Park

    MEET AUTHOR, ADELE MARIE PARK

Writing stories is a passion which has been with me for as long as I can remember.

Brought up on the small Orcadian island of Rousay, I was fed tales of myth and magical beings in my everyday life.

My first expedition into world building came about when I was ten.

Ithlian and its magical dragons soaring the skies possessed me, and I spent many hours drawing maps and creating the characters and the lands they lived in.

My mother was Irish, and through her and my family, I learnt the tales of the Tuatha De Dannan and the heroes of old sagas.

This heritage plus the Orcadian heritage gave my imagination and open mind enough fodder to keep me going through some of the blackest times.

Wisp is my first published novel. Self-published last year, it was an experience that I had not been prepared for even though I read up on self-publishing. The reality is different for everyone.

Wisp 2 “Spells of Sea Dragons” has been completed and set aside for now. The editing will begin soon, then the beta readers and then the formal editing. I am hoping to self-publish it before Christmas 2017.

I have entered numerous short story competitions and find them beneficial for the learning curve they have.

I will never stop learning my craft and improving on my work.

My wish is for readers to love the stories I bring them. The memorable characters and the messages that some of my work carries.

Oh, and eventually, I want an eco built house by the sea with a round window to gaze out of. Returning to the place where all my senses come alive. The sea.

❤ CONNECT WITH ADELE MARIE PARK ❤

Blog – Website: Firefly465.wordpress.com

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Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “Wisp,” by Author, Adele Marie Park

  • Title:  Wisp, Volume I
  • Author: Adele Marie Park
  • File Size: 840 KB
  • Print Length: 218 Pages
  • Publisher: Author Self Published
  • Publication Date: 12/14/2016
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MXYQ2E4
  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Fantasy, Magical Realism, Teen & Young Adult

IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

“Edra; a world where magic flourishes and where dark secrets are concealed by those who rule. Secrets which can get the innocent killed without a thought.

When the body of an elf is discovered in a treacherous area of the city, Wisp, a young Law Enforcer is assigned the case. He soon realises the case is far from simple. As soon as he finds one thread, another one leads him to unravel a tapestry woven from lies, secrets, corruption and evil. When friendship turns to love, Wisp`s life, as he knew it will completely change.

What started out as a murder case ends in a grisly battle which Wisp and his companions seem to have no chance of winning.”

MY RECOMMENDATION:

Meet Wisp, a law enforcer in the land of Edra, where magic is encouraged to flourish and is often needed for sheer survival. A mages council rules Edra compared to the neighboring area of Finah, who prefers humans to control their resources. After a bloody civil war, many years ago, the two lands exist beside each other in a fragile peace.

Wisp is a marsh fairy (YES! Can you believe it?) with raven hair and pointy ears pierced with silver earrings. Marsh fairies are rare and possess special powers. Wisp keeps his real identity under wraps, known only to his superiors. Abandoned as a child, the “Senior” Law enforcement officer raised him ensuring his survival.

In a desolate area filled with putrefying rubbish, Wisp comes across the body of a High Elf, a member of the Thorns, who was a high-ranking council member found murdered in the circle. The elf’s throat had been brutally cut. Wisp sets out to solve the murder not realizing he is to play an integral part in solving the mystery.

Wisp meets Finn Redhaven, the lover of the murdered elf, Sammiel Thorn, and feels an immediate attraction to him. Wisp and Finn fall in love and discover a wealth of magical abilities enabled by their relationship. And, they are going to need all the help they can get to battle the evil that has descended on Edra.

As fantasy novels go, Wisp stands out to me in its originality and political intrigue. Ms. Park creates a world where love is considered to be one of the greatest powers of all. I enjoyed that the two main characters were male and embraced their love and desire for each other, which was a refreshing approach to solving a mystery in a magical land. The reader discovers along with Wisp the extent of his abilities which I anticipate will increase over time.

I’ve added Wisp to my Me Time category for Fantasy. I loved the story and the characters. The ending is a cliffhanger, and I can’t wait for the next volume to find out what happens to Wisp and Finn. Hopefully, Ms. Park won’t keep us in suspense for long.

MY RATING:

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



Author, Adele Marie Park

About the Author

I was born in the north-east of Scotland, at the age of six months I moved with family to live on the Orcadian island of Rousay. My childhood was surrounded by tales and legends of old, these themes and beliefs I have carried all my life. They now emerge and live within the pages of my books.

My most major work and my life’s passion is a series of tales regarding humans and selkies. The Suleskerry Saga portrays tales of merging worlds and peoples, delving into the battles, and loves therein.

I am a writer.  I connect with people through the art of transformation.  The magic of words which transform into pictures.  This magic touches the heart of the one who reads my words.

Read more about Adele on Chris the Story Reading Ape’s blog where she gave an interview.

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Author contacts:

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Facebook – Twitter

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See you at the next review!

Colleen’s Coming Attractions – “Wisp,” by Adele Marie Park

One of the best things about blogging is all the people you meet along the way. Today, I am proud to introduce to a new author, Adele Marie Park. Her debut novel, “Wisp” was just published. Are you looking for an exciting and magical read?

Adele and I share the love of fairies and all things magical. Wisp sounds like the perfect book to curl up with on a snowy afternoon with a cup of tea. Here is the blurb to interest you even further:

You can find “Wisp,” on Amazon.

Twitter @Binky567

Facebook at Adele Marie Park

Her blog: firefly465.wordpress.com

Thanks for stopping by to meet Adele.

Books make great Christmas Presents! Put a little magic in your life! ❤

Silver’s Tea Party – Let’s Celebrate National Fairy Day!

Hello, and good day! Welcome to my June Tea Party! Much like the weekend coffee sharing event from Part-Time Monster, my monthly tea party is where I like to catch up with friends, old and new! This is also a way for me to introduce you to some great new blogs and people that I have virtually met along the way! In addition, I want to share my great love of tea, and all things TEA!

I have a special celebration this month! Today, June 24, 2016, is National
Fairy Day
!

Days of the Year.com shares:

“Whether you see them as small winged tenders of the deep natural places of the earth, or as tall stately figures with fair skin and hair, there’s one thing for certain. The world has been absolutely captured by the Fairy Craze. These creatures appear on everything from mugs to t-shirts and have been the subject of children’s fairy tales and even supernatural romances. Fairy Day celebrates these incredible mythological creatures that have captured the imagination of people everywhere and their diverse history.”

The History of Fairy Day

Did you know that fairies of one kind or another exist in just about every culture in the world? The only difference is that their names have changed with their geographical locations. The name, faerie actually originates from the Old French.

The word that best describes these tiny supernatural beings is the Greek word – daimon, which means spirit.

Fairyname.net gives a list of “human” names that originated from some of the names fairies have been called: gnome, brownie, gremlin, puck, goblin, elf, hob, siren, imp, enchanter, mermaid, spirit, leprechaun, fay, nymph, sprite, bogie, genie, pixie, sylph and nissie. Check it out and see if your name is on the list!

If you don’t believe in fairies… then check out this list of names from the United Kingdom for the word “fairy”courtesy of timelessmyths.com: (IF they aren’t real… why are there so many names for them?)

Name
Faerie, Færie, Faery, Fairy.
Faeries (plural).Irish: sidheog (unreformed); síóg (reformed); sheogue (anglicised).
daoine maithe (“good people”), daoine sidhe;
áes sidhe (“people of the mound”);
daoine uaisle (“the noble people”);
bunadh na cro, bunadh na gcnoc (“host of the hills”);
bunadh beag na farraige (“wee folk of the sea”).Scottish Gaelic: boctogaí, s’thiche.
daoine s’th (“people of the mound”).

Manx: ferrish.
ny guillyn beggey (“the little boys”);
ny mooinjer veggey (“the little kindred”);
ny sleih veggey (“the little people”).

Welsh: y tylwyth teg (the fair folk).
bendith y mamau (“mother’s blessing”).

Cornish: spyrys.
an bobel vyghan (“the little people”).

Breton: korriganez, boudig.

By now, you should have a great visual in your mind of a fairy with the delicate wings of a butterfly flying around the countryside like the image above. In fact, the fairies of long ago were once thought to be angelic in nature. Not all fairies had wings, even though their magic allowed them to fly. Many fairies were known to fly on the backs of birds, great transportation if you get it. Fairies and birds are connected in many of the old and new myths. **Wait until you read my novel, The Swamp Fairy! 😉

Much of the lore that surrounds fairies is shrouded in darkness. Fairies were thought to be demons or spirits of those who were trapped in the earthly realm. It was thought they could not pass into the next life or into heaven as if trapped by their earthly deeds. This thought process led to the belief that humans needed to be protected from the fairies. It was believed that metals, like iron, were deadly to fairies.

Everyone knows about fairies… but did you know that Dwarves and Gnomes are part of the fairy lineage on their tree of life? Dwarves and Gnomes were known to live amongst the Germanic folk for centuries and still do. Some of these gnomes resided deep inside caves where the human workers mined. There were even fairies called, “knockers,” who lived within the mines and knocked on the walls to alert the miners of danger.

The fat jolly looking gnomes who wear red hats are gentle folk. These unassuming beings come from the forests in lands far to the north and love living in our gardens. They are not afraid of human contact and will gladly help if they can…

Many more stories exist of the goodness that fairies bring to those who believe.

How to Celebrate Fairy Day
There are many ways to celebrate Fairy Day! You could even participate in one of the festivals held around the world. You can always have your own festival and celebrate the magic in your own backyard! Just remember to honor the fairies by leaving out a plate of cookies and some milk. Your blessings will multiply tenfold!

Fairy Day in the UK is celebrated on July 9th. Check out this link to the festival in Cumbria!

The irishfairydoorcompany.com
will let you register and name your house fairy. Once registered, you will immediately receive an email with your Official Fairy Lease Agreement and household rules for your fairy and little human friend to follow!

Remember… in all of the ancient stories and legends, fairies and mythological creatures are portrayed as smart, mischievous and magical! They can cast spells and have the ability to fly and even shapeshift into other creatures.

You can see fairies early in the morning when the dew is still fresh and at twilight just before the sun sets. Not to be forgotten, the summer Solstice, Halloween, and the winter Solstice have all been celebrations when fairy magic is found to be afoot.

Punchbowl.com shares:

“In his 1904 play Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie wrote that when the first baby laughed, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and that was the beginning of fairies. International Fairy Day is the perfect opportunity to relive your childhood fantasies and celebrate the joy and magic of the fairy world. Read a classic fairy tale, build a fairy house, or take a stroll through the woods. You never know when you might stumble across something magical!”

Since I have been granted the title of “Fairy Whisperer,” my writing has undergone a miraculous change. Words flow easier as the messages of the nymphs are whispered into my ears. My fingers fly over the keys and happiness fills my heart. I hope to delight young and old with the tales of the fairy nymphs through my books, The Heart Stone Chronicles. Book One is called “The Swamp Fairy.” Stay tuned… there will be other stories to follow.

Guess what? My dear friend Wendy Anne Darling from The Dragon’s Lair has written a special poem for us today! The best part is… it’s about my book, The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy!

A graphic artist, Wendy has also been working hard designing an image of the swamp fairy for my book cover. I am telling you, Wendy’s fairy magic is strong!

WAITING…

From our tiny shelters, we hear them come,

Their feet stamp earthquakes on the marshy ground

And every bird and creature hides away.

Fleeing cacophony…

Long years on years I search

To no avail

It is not time

Yet time is growing short.

Is there yet one?

Just one, alone

In whom I can confide?

Perhaps there’s one who tiptoes, softly,

Who listens, silently?

Who feels the magic of this place inside her soul?

Then suddenly, one breathless morning,

There’s a presence;

A sweet voice whispering songs of hope.

Feet that softly touch the soil

And hope ignites within our hearts.

I fly towards her

And she blinks… Seeing a bird yet sensing a friend

And the long years dissipate into magic.

She has come home!

Wendy Anne Darling

~*~

BOOKS

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I have had several more friends publish books this month or the last couple of months. How exciting! Many congratulations to all of you!

Firefly465, Adele Ulnais mentioned in the comments of my May Tea Party that the Fantasy Writers Anthology called “Betrayals of Another Kind,” is now out. Click the link to find the book on Amazon.

No one pays attention to the sidekicks, the apprentices, the stable boys, the second class characters, and they’re tired of it. Now the ones considered the heroes will become the victims of betrayal; whether deliberate or accidental, it makes no difference. 

See the products of these betrayals in stories by
Joann M. Shevock, R. Judas Brown, Angel Blackwood, Melissa Robitille, Daniel Eastman, Layne Calry, Gary Lee Webb, Sydnie Beaupre, Adele Marie Park, Kyle Della-Rocco, Michael R. Baker, and Victoria Harrison.


My dear friend, Eloise De Susa, will be releasing her new thriller, “The Iron Pendulum.” You can still view her books on at http://eloisedesousa.wordpress.com or http://amazon.com/author/eloisedesousa. I will update you when the book is available to the public! I was a BETA reader and I can tell you, it is a juicy mystery! COMING SOON!

Julia Webster and Hugo del Fuego are missing from their third-floor apartment in Bagley. The grisly display discovered in their home leaves Detectives Perkins and Jones with little evidence to follow and, as more remains turn up, the pressure mounts to find the killer.  Time is the key element in solving a case riddled with dead ends and a strange family hiding its true evil behind the façade of money and power.
Can they unravel the secrets hidden behind the closed doors and will it be enough to solve the case and rescue the couple in time?

Author, Eloise De Susa

Eloise has written over ten books in the past few years, most of them personalized stories for younger children. She loves creating magical worlds where a child can be the hero, using their natural talents and abilities to overcome obstacles.

Eloise has also published an adult crime romance called Deception and is currently working on her new book, The Iron Pendulum.

Her children’s books, Spoilt Miranda, and Scat the Black Cat, have been enjoyed by children everywhere and is a current favorite at her local school. More projects are being finalized, including a collection of fun poems and short stories called Children’s Shorts! Look out for her next book in the Spoilt Miranda series called Cecil the Bully.

For more information on her work and weekly updates, follow her blog at http://www.eloisedesousa.wordpress.com and at www.facebook.com/eloisebookcorner. A full list of Eloise De Sousa’s books and ebooks can be found at www.lulu.com/spotlight/eloisedesousa.

Another dear friend, Ritu Bhathal from But I Smile Anyway… has released her new book, Poetic RITUals. Click the link to connect to Amazon.

Delve into a book of verse exploring different topics and different genres, all with a RITUal twist. A collection of poetry drawing on the experiences of the writer, ranging from matters of the heart, love for the family, situations in life and some verses written with a humorous twist.

Author, Ritu Bhathal

Ritu Bhathal was born in Birmingham, UK, in the mid-1970’s to migrant parents, hailing from Kenya but with Indian origins. This colorful background has been a constant source of inspiration to her. From childhood, she always enjoyed reading. This love of books is mostly credited to her mother. The joy of reading spurred her on to become creative in her own writing, from fiction to poetry.
Winning little writing competitions at school and locally gave her the encouragement to continue writing.
As a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and teacher, she has drawn on inspiration from many avenues to create the poems that she writes.

A qualified teacher, having studied at Kingston University, she now deals with classes of children as a sideline to her writing!
Ritu also writes a blog, a mixture of life and creativity, thoughts and opinions, which recently was awarded second place in the Best Overall Blog Category at the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards.

Ritu is happily married, and living in Kent, with her Hubby Dearest, and two children, not forgetting the furbaby Sonu Singh.
She is currently working on some short stories, and a novel, to be published in the near future.

Two other friends are offering their books for free right now. Hurry up and claim your copy!

First, is Amber Wake, by P. S. Bartlett and Ronovan Hester. HURRY! Today is the last day to claim your free copy!

Click here to get your copy NOW!

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Second is Eccentric Odds and Ends, by Regina Puckett. Her free book promotion starts today. Don’t delay!

Regina Puckett – My collection of short stories is free to download on 6/24-28. In it, you’ll find a little horror, romance, Sci-Fi and a few true tales. What’s not to love? There’s something for everyone.
Free 6/24-28 – Eccentric Odds and Ends

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Universal link – smarturl.it/eccentricoddsandends

Click here to grab your copy!

That’s it for this month! HAPPY NATIONAL FAIRY DAY! Make sure to let me know how you celebrated the day. I can’t wait to hear!

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