Book News! #fantasy #indieauthor #IARTG #ibelieveinbookfairies

My big news is that Visions of Zarua is about to get some publicity via The Book Fairies.

On Tuesday 2nd May 2017 they will be hiding 20 copies in public places and posting about it on twitter and instagram. It follows on from the initiative of Books on the Underground, which I’m sure many of you will be aware of Emma Watson (Harry Potter star) supporting.

The Book Fairies are all over the world, currently 25 countries are involved. Check out their website ibelieveinbookfairies for more information.

So if you’re out and about in the UK on Tuesday 2nd May, keep a look out for this book with a white and green Book Fairies sticker on it;

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I believe this book drop will be nationwide, so who knows who will pick up a copy! Hopefully, lots of book lovers will find Visions of Zarua, take a picture and tweet about it. Then they can take it home to read, before returning it to any public place for another book lover to find. If you find it, let me know what you think. I love hearing from my readers.

Amazon book link – If you’re not lucky enough to find a copy, it’s free to read through Kindle Unlimited.


My other big news is that I’m almost ready to set up the Amazon pre-order for The Lost Sentinel!

I still have a couple of minor details to work through, but it is almost there and I’m so excited. I hope to reveal the book cover to the world next week.

I’ll also be looking to send ARC’s to book reviewers, but I’ll post more about that once the changes are done.

Here’s a taste of what The Lost Sentinel is about.

The magical island of Kalaya is dying, along with its Sentinel. With the Kalayan people turning their back on magic, can Tei help the exiles find their new Sentinel before it’s too late?

Cover reveal, excerpt and a beta reader’s review will follow in the coming weeks.


If you’d like to review either The Lost Sentinel or Visions of Zarua please get in touch.

#Tuesdaybookblog Book Tag: The Coffee book tag!

Here’s a great book tag challenge for you to have a go at. I must try it out soon, but in the meantime check out Sissy Lu’s take on the challenge. My book features in her list so I’m feeling rather chuffed!


So, I went out and I search for a book tag to do because I was bored and making myself some tea because I’ve already had my cut off amount of coffee for the day [Ugh, it’s sad I have to…

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July Read-A-Thon book challenge #booksavvyreaders #somethingolde

Sissy Lu is hosting a July Read-A-Thon over on booksavvyreviews.

The idea is to read 5 books in a month and the theme is the wedding rhyme #somethingolde

My books for this July challenge will be;

Somethingold – ‘Children of Hurin – J R R Tolkien’


Somethingnew – ‘The Wedding Proposal – Sue Moorcroft’ desperate to read as I’m going to Malta soon.


Somethingborrowed – ‘The Devil’s Detective – Simon Kurt Unsworth’ Book group’s choice


Somethingblue – ‘The Blue Ridge Project – Neil Rochford’ Review book for Rosie Amber’s book review team.


Sixpenceina shoe – ‘Rise of the Sparrows by Sarina Langer’ a paperback I won recently in a blog tour competition, which happens to be the 6th novel on my shelf.


It’s already day 4 of July and I’ve only just started the challenge. Along with my blog tour, finishing a novel, preparing for the kids to break up from school etc, I may not complete the challenge, but I’ll give it a go.

Why don’t you join us?

#Fridaybookshare – The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price C.L. Schneider #Fantasy

Friday Book Share is created by Shelley Wilson. Check out her site for the rules. Join in and have fun discovering new books to read.


Another Friday as crept up on me and this week I would like to recommend a book that has been on my Goodreads currently reading shelf since March. As soon as I finish last week’s recommended book Thief’s Magic, I will be starting on this one.

First line of the book.

Bodies pressed in on me from all sides.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Ian Troy is one of the Shinree, a fallen people with an inherent addiction to magic. Scorned and reviled for the deadly side of their spells, the Shinree are bred as slaves. Their magic is suppressed by drugs and used only as it serves the purposes of the other races. Descended from a long line of soldiers, Ian is conscripted into the Rellan army and made to fight in their longstanding conflict against the ruthless Langorian invaders. The downfall of Rella imminent, Ian goes against orders and turns to the Crown of Stones, an ancient Shinree relic of untold power. Ignorant of its true purpose, Ian uses the crown to end the war, and pays a terrible price. A decade later, still tortured by the aftermath of that day, Ian lives as a bounty hunter in self-imposed exile. Having renounced his magical heritage, he curbs his obsession with a steady stream of wine and regret. He struggles to put it all behind him, until a fateful encounter with a pretty assassin brings Ian’s past crashing into the present. Targeted by a rogue Shinree, and a ruthless old enemy, Ian is forced to use magic again. His deadly addiction is rekindled and his life of isolation is brought to a swift end. With the land he gave up everything to protect once more in jeopardy, and his people’s future at stake, Ian becomes embroiled in a violent race for control of the Crown of Stones. To save the realms and those he cares for, Ian must embrace the thing he fears most: his own power.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

(I have to confess I don’t know him well enough yet to comment)

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).


Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Fantasy fans

Your favourite line/scene.

The urgency in her voice tore at me. Aylagar was my Queen. She was my commander and my lover. The ground had settled all across the field. Weary bodies were rising up, raising their weapons to resume the killing. She could be in trouble.

But as I stared at the ring of vibrating, coloured stones in my grip, I knew what I had. And I realised I had no choice but to betray her.

Check it out on Goodreads

Have a great weekend everyone!

Stacking the Shelves 1 – May Summary #Tuesdaybookblog


This is my first time of joining in the Stacking the Shelves meme tynga’s Reviews. I hope to take part at the end of each month and share all the books I have won, bought and downloaded for free. May has been a good month for books;

I’ve won 4 books in competitions!

Caramel Hearts recipe book – Elizabeth Rose Murray  – ebook


The Wrong Kind of Clouds – Amanda Fleet – signed paperback


Rise of the Sparrows – Sarina Langa – Signed paperback


Eligible – Curtis Sittenfeld – paperback (won via Sun Perks)



I’ve also had a book buying spree on the kindle over the last week or so.

Hills and Valleys Bk3 Ambeth Chronicles – Helen Jones


The Runaway Bridesmaid – Daisy James

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Rise of the Sparrows – Sarina Langer (still happy to have won a signed paperback as well!)


The Sapphire Lengend: Part II – E.L. Tenenbaum (See my review of bk 1 here)


Wildflowerbay: Part One – Rachel Lucas

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Summer at Rose Island (bk 3) – Holly Martin


Distress Signals – Catherine Ryan Howard (See her guest post here)

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Mud Maid – Sandra Horn & Karen Popham



I downloaded a couple of free ebooks

The Cutting Room – Julliane Hoffman


Flawless – Jan Moran



There is a perfect mix of fantasy, thrillers and romance in this selection. I still have a big TBR pile and don’t know when I’ll get a chance to read all these fantastic books. But I will review them when I can, so watch this space.

Have you read any of these books, would you recommend any of them? Or has my list inspired you to purchase any new books?