Welcome to my latest newsletter
Thank you so much for continuing to subscribe to my newsletter and to new friends for joining us!
It's been super busy of late in the Mallon household as we have been doing a massive decluttering with a view to selling our house in the New Year. Plans are afoot for a major life change! So, I have been juggling lots of activities.
I'm been thrilled by the support of the writing community with wonderful reviews of Bloodstone and support from fellow authors.
Author A. J Griffiths has kindly created these wonderful images of Bloodstone for me. All images of Bloodstone in this newsletter apart from the cat from BlackThorn Tours are her creation! A.J. has a wonderful book club on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1629584244023081/
which I was recently featured in. I am currently waiting on tender hooks for some new reviews... for this baby!
Bloodstone (The Curse Of Time Book 1) - YA Fantasy
Review copies are available to request in two places at the moment - via Book Sirens and also you can sign up to my book tour which is happening in November organised by PR and Blog Tour company Blackberry Book Tours.
To sign up for the tour: https://henryroipr.com/bloodstone/
Blurb - Bloodstone (The Curse of Time - Book 1)
I didn’t think my life could get weirder, but I was wrong…
Fifteen-year-old Amelina Scott lives in Cambridge with her dysfunctional family, a mysterious black cat, and an unusual girl who is 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 path where she encounters Ryder: a charismatic, perplexing stranger.
With the help of a magical paint set and some crystal wizard stones, can Amelina discover the truth about her family?
A unique, imaginative mystery full of magic-wielding and dark elements, Bloodstone is a riveting adventure for anyone interested in fantasy, mythology or the world of the paranormal.
TRIGGER WARNING: this book contains mention of self-harm, mental health issues and alludes to the potential dangers of sexual attraction, which may trigger younger/sensitive readers.
The second in the series, The Curse of Time #2 Golden Healer, ... is getting closer to the final edit stage... so the Book Sirens sign up, or blog tour is an ideal opportunity to get your copy of the first book before the second comes out!
Thank you to author and designer Valentina Cirasola
for this wonderful feature on her blog. Valentina is featuring authors in her new autumn with an author series: https://valentinaexpressions.com/2021/09/07/autumn-with-an-author-marjorie-mallon/
Also, I've had a request from The British Library for a copy of my poetry and prose collection Mr. Sagittarius which I have recently updated. It's a long time since I have formatted anything and it took me an age to do this! Dear Mr. Sagittarius will be winging its way to The British Library soon. It's a popular little book, I love it and so do many people who have read it but like all indie books it needs more eyes on it, so I'm pleased it will soon be in The British Library!
In the meantime, if you would like to read a copy please do!
It is available in Amazon (kindle unlimited,) kindle and in full colour paperback with my own photography.
A recent review of Mr. Sagittarius:
5.0 out of 5 stars A gorgeous book full of delightfully depictive poems and short stories
Reviewed in the United States on May 9, 2021
Mr Sagittarius is a beautiful collection of poems and short stories, set in the lovely gardens of Cambridge and linked by the visits and experiences of a family of twin brothers and their younger sister.
The story starts with William visiting the weeping willow tree in the garden, a place that was special to his twin brother, Harold, who has recently passed away. William sees Harold's spirit in a dragonfly that he chats to and finds solace in their one-sided communication.
This is a few lines from a poem about the dragonfly:
"Ancient, sweet fellow
Sacred magic bestower,
Change tumbling on fragile wings."
When William returns home, he has an altercation with his sister, Annette. During their spat Annette reveals that she has always felt left out and overlooked by her twin brothers. This revelation leads to William and Annette becoming closer and visiting the garden together. Not long after, William passes on and Annette is left alone. She visits the garden and communicates with the spirits of both her brothers over the course of the rest of her long life.
The visits of the siblings to the garden are captured in lovely verse. This is an example I really enjoyed:
"I dream in colour
But now everything is dark
Where has the light gone?
Oh, cruel leafy canopy,
No green meadow, just blue thoughts."
My favourite of the short stories was The Old Man of Snow and The Snow Snake. This is a story about making good choices in life and rejecting greed. I enjoyed the tale and the descriptive writing.
Mr Sagittarius is a gorgeous book full of delightfully depictive poems and short stories and decorated with striking photographs. This is a book that lovers of poetry, mystery, and wonder will love.
Available on Amazon Kindle and free on Amazon Kindle Unlimited and full colour paperback with photography.
Buying Link: http://mybook.to/MrSagittarius
Media kit: https://mjmallon.com/2020/03/01/media-kit-mr-sagittarius-poetry-prose-photography/
WordCraft Prose and Poetry - Colleen Chesebro
I'd like also to give a shout out to the wonderful poetry resource guide written by Colleen Chesebro, which I have poem in! I'm thrilled that my piece - a Garland cinquain entitled "A copse of trees" is included. This wee book is choc-a-bloc full of wonderful contributions of poems as examples of how to write short form poetry from the writing community.
To buy Word Craft Prose and Poetry:
Due to my busy schedule I am focusing on reading and writing book reviews.
Audiobook: Isobel BlackThorn Emma's Tapestry - Historical Fiction
Kindle: D. L. Finn Tree Fairies and Their Stories
And I am also planning to read:
The Black Fire Chronicles by Kim Rigby - I've had a sneak peak and this looks fun!
Recent reviews I have written, both of which are new authors to me... (I review on my blog, Amazon and Goodreads)
Blog Tour for BlackThorn Tours Fractured Lives by Russ Colchamiro: https://mjmallon.com/2021/09/11/blog-tour-book-review-fractured-lives-authorduderuss-blackthorntours-bookreview-sci-fi-mystery-metaphysical/
A lovely romance from Sarah Lithgow: https://mjmallon.com/2021/09/04/book-review-when-the-time-feels-right-by-sarah-lithgow-authorlithgow/
Wishing you many happy days of reading and writing!
And Thank you for subscribing to my blog and following my journey.