Christmas Book Offers, Paperback Book Launch News and What's Santa Up To?
Happy holidays everyone. Hope you are all well and coping with this strange old reality.
Now, let's start this December Newsletter with a walk in nature and see
what Santa has been up to!
Santa! Get down from that chimney...
I have been busy too Santa! Proof reading through the paperback copy of This Is Lockdown and feeling so connected to all the personal stories and poems from the authors and contributors. What an emotional rollercoaster 2020 has been!
As Christmas is fast approaching I thought I'd give my dear readers some sale offers!
Kindle Countdown Deals for:
This Is Lockdown and Mr Sagittarius, beginning on the 13th of December!
There is a kindle countdown deal on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com beginning on the 13th of December - with the lowest prices for the kindle/s on that day, this will rise in increments until 20th December. So move quick to bag a good price!
There's also a Paperback Deal for my poetry, prose and photography collection, Mr. Sagittarius - price dropped on 13th December to £6.99 (from £9.00) until 20th December!
News on This Is Lockdown.
I'm thrilled to announce that the paperback version of This Is Lockdown is due for release imminently. More about that here: https://mjmallon.com/2020/12/13/this-is-lockdown-paperback-cover-teaser-and-christmas-sale/
It is a shorter black and white version of the original kindle with contributions from 29 international authors including yours truly and a piece from the fundraising creative team of Jane Horwood and Melissa Santiago-Val. The writing within focuses on our experiences and feelings during covid19, with poems, flash fiction and writings too and a few black and white photography images to add an extra dimension to the book.
Please note: There are no diaries in this collection these may be released at a later date in a separate companion paperback.
Here’s the blurb of This Is Lockdown:
"A Piece of Living History!”
An anthology and compilation of short stories, flash fiction, contributions from the 'isolation writers,' plus poetry written during the time of lockdown in the UK. This Is Lockdown is written from a writer's perspective highlighting the simple pleasures of day-to-day life during such an uncertain and frightening time. It also gives a glimpse of the blogging, writing world. The book showcases several authors and their thoughts on what it is like to experience 'isolation' as a writer. In the final part of the book I include my latest short story idea: a YA romance and various short pieces of poetry, and flash fiction inspired by the pandemic.
News on Reviews! Happy Dance!
Latest 5 star review for Mr. Sagittariius:
I'm thrilled to announce there have been two new reviews for Mr. Sagittarius, my poetry and prose book.
And they are both five stars!
Here is one from James Cudney:
"Mr. Sagittarius is a collection of poems, short stories, and charming moments from a group of memorable characters. Written by M.J. Mallon, it's not the first I've read from her collection, but it was time to pick up another this weekend. If you're searching for a lovely intro to an author's writing style and the type of stories and tales she writes, this is a great way to discover more. Mallon's contributed to several anthologies in the past, including one she coordinated and edited herself, but this time it's all hers!
Two brothers, twins. A sister. Relationships wrought with love, pain, concern, frustration, anger, sadness, and hope. Interspersed with lyrical poems are short, three-to-four page scenes between the family members, others who see them, and lots of beauty focused on nature and the elements. Picture a gorgeous tree in different seasons, a park bench, memories of the family members who once sat on it, and thoughts about the passing of loved ones. That's what you'll find here, and it'll make you treasure your own relationships.
I most enjoyed the autumn and Halloween moments in this collection, as it's so timely. Mallon has a wonderful way with words, and while I'm not a big reader of poetry, it's comforting to dive into it on occasion so you can see the beautiful images around you, that you might often look too far past."
And one from Diana Peach:
I didn’t know what to expect when I opened this book, and must have been in just the right mood, because it was charming and poignant and very sweet. The book offers a glimpse of three elderly siblings - William, Harold, and Annette - one already passed on at the books opening. The intermittent visits with these characters, a paragraph or two here and there, form the thread that holds the book’s narrative together. The memories and grief are touching, and it isn’t long before Annette is on her own.
Between the story’s visits with the siblings are loosely related sections of prose and syllabic poetry. Some pieces touch on the seasons. Others are fantastical tales about bubble monsters and snow snakes. Most of them are about nature and flowers which are tied to the garden bench where the siblings enjoyed their days. I especially enjoyed a chain cinquain titled That Twinkle in her Eye is Magic. This book is less than an hour’s read, and I recommend it to readers who enjoy a fanciful and touching foray into poetry and short prose selections.
Thanks so much to these wonderful authors who I so admire for taking the time to read and review my work.
I am currently audio listening to Didi Oviatt's Search For Maylee and reading Ruchira Khanna's Bowled But Not Out. Reviews to follow...
What else have I been up to?
I shared an excerpt from my current WIP which I will release in 2021.
The opening chapter features Leanne and The Creature who are sharing some tea. All of my writing includes poetry so with this in mind I contributed the poem and excerpt to Colleen Chesebro's poetry challenge: https://mjmallon.com/2020/12/06/tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-205-poetschoice-tanka-poem-excerpt-ya-fantasy/
Also I shared these helpful and informative interviews at Huma Zuellah Ahmed's blog which you can read and enjoy here:
Huma is looking for authors who may be interested in being interviewed for her series.
So, please do get in touch via her blog by commenting if you are interested in being interviewed.
Kaye Lynn Booth is looking for submissions to her short story fiction contest and anthology:
And best-selling romance author Jacquie Biggar has written an interesting article about the benefits of Newsletters. https://jacqbiggar.com/2020/12/04/the-benefit-of-writing-newsletters-writingcommunity-readers-amwriting/
Jacquie is bringing out her next newsletter on December 18th with news about a free offer on her holiday romance, Silver Bells. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N58D23M
I believe It’ll be free Dec 16-20, but double check by signing up to her newsletter:
And I won a new book by an author Chantelle Atkins, a new author I am very interested in reading. Chantelle Atkins is a contributor to This Is Lockdown. It was difficult to pick just one of her books! I chose The Tree of Rebels as my prize.
The botanical gardens in Cambridge have been very Christmassy recently. I often take a mindful walk there.
Shall we sail away? Santa's elves have been very imaginative this year...
This is my last newsletter before Christmas so I wish you all a safe, healthy and very Happy Christmas and a Joyful New Year.