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Book Review – Avalon Hall by Ruth Miranda

Congratulations to Ruth Miranda on the release of her new fantasy novel, Avalon Hall. I was lucky to have had an ARC edition. Avalon Hall is available to purchase Kindle or Paperback at Amazon.

Avalon Hall by Ruth Miranda – this is Ruth doing what she does best. A story of vampires, witches, fantasy and magic. This is a book of two halves, both as important as the other, coming together just enough at the end, but most certainly leaving you craving more.

Modern-day Scotland. We are introduced to a cast of contemporary characters, all well-crafted and intriguing with their own backstories. Set against the magnificent architecture of Avalon Hall, a modern-day school for adult preternatural, a place to nurture their new magical talents that manifest in their late teens or early twenties. This is no Hogwarts; there is more lurking the rooms and halls than just magic; and beyond the Hall, the vast grounds hold their own secrets. There is one student with her own damaged past that has the talent to step beyond the ‘now’ into the ‘then’. She has a vital role to play, unravelling the past mysteries and miseries of Avalon Hall’s hidden resident.

Just as your heartbeat starts racing, the author halts, whipping you off to the past. A place home to myth and Arthurian legend. But don’t think for one second you are about to receive a run of the mill story of King Arthur. Avalon Hall offers so much more. Instead of the general, the author gives us her own interpretations and thoughts, taking you across the lake at Avalon, delving into the history, the ancestry of who we know to be King Arthur, weaving us a tale that is so in-depth you feel kin to it. This second part of the book is so painstakingly meticulous, a richly woven tapestry of characters, each playing their role in carving the future of who will be known as King Arthur.

I’m now eagerly, and not so patiently, waiting for the second book in this series. Avalon Hall offers so much for those who adore fantasy, those stories abundant with witches and magic, but also those like me, who adore the mysteries that surround Arthurian legend.

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Review – My Year of Stories

Book Review – My Year of Stories by Abigail ShepherdIMG_20171208_160909

5 Sparkling Stars!

A fantastic collection of stories, all tied into a year of the author’s life. These are so very cleverly interspersed with diary entries and a little explanation of each. Along with details of publication, these all map the authors journey to becoming a published writer.

The stories themselves all have the authors distinct twist of the unexpected, sometimes light but sometimes a little unnerving… brilliantly written, even the shortest delivers a punch.

Uplifting, inspiring and empowering. We travel through the year with the author, proving that steadfast dedication and motivation, can really pay off.

This book, although a quick read, is a great credit to the writer and a great addition to any bookshelf. A must for any aspiring writer.

Abigail Shepherd’s books are available from Amazon. You can find out more about Abigail’s on her Website. You can also follow her on social media Twitter  Facebook  Instagram

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Kindle Book SALE

Mark your diaries.

This weekend only… Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd December. Kindle downloads of both titles, Remember to Love Me and Daughters of the Oak with be on sale at ONLY 99 from Amazon.co.uk  and Amazon.com

A little Christmas gift from me to you. If either of these have been on your to-read-list, now’s the time to grab them!

All my books are available to read FREE on Kindle Unlimited for a limited time only! Enjoy!

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Happy Anniversary

It’s been an amazing 12 months! Today marks the first year anniversary of the release of my debut novel Remember to Love Me. Now with two books under my belt, and another dark creation in the pipeline, it’s set to be another busy year ahead. IMG_20171101_132147_906

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Review – Lost & Found

Post & Found by Julia Blake
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Book Review – Lost & Found by Julia Blake 

5 STARS! – Wonderful! Edge-of-your-seat gripping, brilliantly written, a sublime heart-pounding read!

Lost & Found, is best devoured quickly, in a few sittings, to really benefit from its perfect, fast paced, action packed rhythm. With a healthy dose of romance to soften and give it true depth…what more could you want?

Arianna is a single mother, self-sufficient, single minded, self-guarded…but then she meets Luke, and her well-organised life is thrown into a whirlwind, and she begins to let down her walls. He’s handsome, tall, rugged, gorgeous, what woman wouldn’t be seduced by his gentle nature?

But Luke has a secret. A secret that most other women would welcome, but, for Arianna, it’s a secret of the worst kind, that due to her pig-headed belief, she will not forgive. So Luke is banished from her life after a swift affair. Then the unspeakable happens, the worse fear for any parent, but who can she turn to….

Julia Blake has an innate ability to create intricate relationships between believable characters, with a sense of true emotional integrity. I always love her gentle description, never too much, but just enough to allow the reader to create their own vision of locations and settings. Allowing, the reader to fall in love with each character, no matter what their flaws.

Being a thriller, Lost & Found is a slight shift in genre for Julia Blake, but as it still contains her signature romance and complex relationships it’s an obvious move and a welcome addition to her collection of books. I can’t wait to read what’s next.

All Julia Blake’s books are available from Amazon. You can also follow her on social media Facebook and Instagram