Sunday Book #Review and Book Launch #Promotion – Do What You Love by Marjorie Mallon – #NewRelease on Pre-Order now

Welcome to my Sunday Book Review. Today I’d like to share my early review for Marjorie Mallon’s new release – Do What You Love. This short book is a beautiful book written as reflective gratitude about Marje’s life, including other fictional lyrical prose, poetry, and flash fiction.

Marjorie Mallon author

About Marjorie:

M J Mallon was born in Lion city Singapore, a passionate Scorpio with the Chinese Zodiac sign of a lucky rabbit. She spent her early childhood in Hong Kong. During her teen years, she returned to her father’s childhood home, Edinburgh where she spent many happy years, entertained and enthralled by her parents’ vivid stories of living and working abroad. Perhaps it was during these formative years that her love of storytelling began bolstered by these vivid raconteurs. She counts herself lucky to have travelled to many far-flung destinations and this early wanderlust has fuelled her present desire to emigrate abroad. Until that wondrous moment, it’s rumoured that she lives sometimes in the UK, and often times in Portugal.. Her two enchanting daughters have flown the nest but often return with a cheery smile to greet her. Her motto is to always do what you love, stay true to your heart’s desires, and inspire others to do so too.


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Do What You Love is a personal poetry collection celebrating how the fates may have a part in all that we do.

With special poems and short reflective moments inspired by family, flowers and nature, love, scrumptious morsels, places I’ve visited, lived and intend to live in, the friendships and hopes I have for the future.

The overarching theme is to live a life well lived… And to do what you love.

float along with me
create clouds of sweetest joy
to do what you love
hold fate’s hand as we venture
near and far on life’s journey

Inspirations For Do What You Love Fragility of Your Flame Poems, Photography & Flash Fiction

For me midlife and beyond is a time of change. My daughters are grown up, living happy, fulfilling, and independent lives. So, now it is time for hubby and I to go on an adventure, to travel, to do all the things we love, to make new friends, and to embrace the old ones too. Before we are too old to do so! Life is short! Hence the poem Fragility of Your Flame.

hibiscus flower
fragility of your flame
memories not lost
recalled by rain drops falling
caressing tender petals

© M J Mallon

From Marje:

And we have many plans, we intend to… spend time with family (we travel to and fro from UK to Portugal regularly,) and embrace creativity, whether that happens to be writing, poetry, music, art, dance, drama, or photography…

So, I chat with the fates, in Do What You Love, I share my memories, and a variety of experiences with my photos, and poetry from many years ago until the present day. Even though, it is a personal collection, I hope that it will strike a chord with many, be relatable, bring back memories, hopes and dreams. Perhaps you have felt emotional turmoil as a child leaves home and travelled far away? Perhaps you have been to the Edinburgh International Festival and seen some amazing sights. Maybe the trees whisper their magic to you? And maybe, you have a desire to live abroad, to travel? But you fear you might miss your old friends in the UK?

I hope that this little book will inspire others to embrace life, to do what you love, to take fates hand and go on an adventure, to travel and to explore.

When we travel we open up possibilities, we gain a greater understanding of cultures and other peoples’ lives and this is so beneficial for everyone, but especially for writers. With brexit and covid this freedom to explore without restrictions, to live without fear was taken away from us… So, we try to overcome obstacles, we aim to achieve freedom of movement. It won’t be easy but we’ll get there. Hubby and I are Europeans at heart and want dual nationality!

It isn’t easy to embrace change… especially if you are an introvert! Lol. But… whatever makes you happy, whatever you love to do, wherever you love to be, hold those precious experiences close to your heart.

Keep on writing, creating, living, and go on a marvellous adventure! Make your family and your friends proud.

My 5 Star Review:

MJ Mallon has written a heartfelt book with memories, prose, and poetry, incorporated with stories of life, love, family, and nature. In some of her stories, she is in conversation with the fates: Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos, the three Moirai representing the cycle of life – birth, life and death, past, present and future. We will read shared conversations about meeting her husband, her homeland of Scotland, stories about children that grow up and leave the nest, and nostalgic stories of growing up with her parents. There are many beautiful images MJ intersperes amid her stories.

Stories from the heart is what I would classify this book – poignant moments that left indelible imprints on the author and will touch the reader, a reminiscing through life and new adventures. This book is a wonderful slice of life celebrated and spoken by the author through beautiful written words.

Favorite Quote: Long lasting marriages must be friends…”

Buy Links Do What You Love:

Amazon UK:

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Amazon Canada:

I am thrilled to say that two of my poetry collections, (Mr. Sagittarius and Lockdown Innit,) have been requested by prestigious libraries in the UK: The British Library, The Bodleian Library Oxford University, the Cambridge University Library, National Library of Scotland, National Library of Wales and Trinity College Dublin for Legal Deposit.

The cover of the paperback and kindle have been designed by Colleen Chesebro who has a new service for authors which I can highly recommend. Colleen also designed the interior and cover of The Hedge Witch And The Musical Poet.

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New Book Promotion for Marjorie Mallon – The Hedge Witch and the Musical Poet – Poems and Flash Fiction

Today I’m happy to be sharing my friend, Fey sister, and author/poet, Marjorie Mallon’s new release – The Hedge Witch and the Musical Poet. This is a lovely book with a magical story, some flash fiction stories and some touching poetry. I’d also like to add that our other sister – Colleen Chesebro from Word Craft Poetry, has recently opened up shop with her Unicorn Cats Publishing, and she formatted Marje’s book and also created the beautiful cover. Check out Colleen’s publishing page if you’re looking for some help in your self-publishing.

About Marjorie:

MJ’s favourite genres to write are Fantasy YA, Paranormal, Ghost and Horror Stories, various forms of poetry and flash fiction. She celebrates the spiritual realm, love of nature and all things magical, mystical, and mysterious at her blog home: 

She is a reading, blogging and photography enthusiast!

M J Mallon was born in Lion city Singapore, a passionate Scorpio with the Chinese Zodiac sign of a lucky rabbit. She spent her early childhood in Hong Kong. During her teen years, she returned to her father’s childhood home, Edinburgh where she spent many happy years, entertained, and enthralled by her parents’ vivid stories of living and working abroad. Perhaps it was during these formative years that her love of storytelling began bolstered by these vivid raconteurs. She counts herself lucky to have travelled to many far-flung destinations and this early wanderlust has fuelled her present desire to emigrate abroad. Until that wondrous moment, it’s rumoured that she lives in the UK, in the Venice of Cambridge with her six-foot hunk of a rock god husband. Her two enchanting daughters have flown the nest but often return with a cheery smile.

MJ writes fantasy/magical realism because life should be sprinkled with a liberal dash of extraordinarily imaginative magic! Her motto is to always do what you love, stay true to your heart’s desires, and inspire others to do so too, even it if appears that the odds are stacked against you like black-hearted shadows.



The Hedge Witch & The Musical Poet is a collection of poetry and flash fiction celebrating the beautiful vulnerability of the forest kingdom. It begins with the poetic tale of the kind-hearted Hedge Witch, Fern, who discovers an injured stranger in desperate need of her woodland spells and magic.

The sweet pairing learn from each other and through Fern’s guidance, Devin embraces the power of magic to leave behind his trouble past to become The Musical Poet.

Poetry/flash fiction titles in section one of the collection include:

The Hedge Witch & The Musical Poet, Rain Forest Love, A Forest Baby Boy, A Forest Baby Girl, A Modern Witch, Rock of Mine, Chester Don & I, The Network of Trees, More Trees Not Less, Two Boys Watching War, Mum Climbing Trees, Let’s Play, The Scorched Tree, Owl’s Holiday Home, A Man’s Holiday Home, A Child’s Excitement, The Teddy In The Woods, Run! The Organutans, All Hallow’s Eve Candy Girl The Forest Bash, Dreaming At Halloween, A Face on Bark, Golden Willow Tree, Rainbow – Parasol of Light, Lollipop Sunshine Tree,

In Section two I pay tribute to the following poets: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline, Ruby Archer, King Forest, Bliss Carman, Woodland Rain, Emily Dickinson, Who Robbed the Woods, Rupert Blake, Stopping by The Woods on A Winter Evening,Oscar Wilde, In the Forest.

With my poetry:

The Forest Weeps, The Forest King, Raindrops and Childhood Dreams, The Woodland Treasures, Winter Woodland Moon, Child Me.


My 5 Star Review:

This is a lovely book by MJ Mallon. She brings to life stories of her loving family, in poetry and flash fiction stories. The Hedge Witch and the Magical Poet is a short story about Fern, who rescues a man she names Devin, distraught and parched, found under a tree. When he recites a poem to her in such lyrical fashion, he sounded like an instrument. We also find some touching poetry in mixed styles, reminding us of some yesteryears of the past – some spoken by the trees. These poems recall some of the easier days of the past when children played in nature and climbed trees – and not on their digital devices, as the trees lament.

In other poems, like, ‘Let’s Play’, the author calls for reforestation to improve air quality and shade, as climate change is taking that away. The flash story of ‘The Network of Trees’ is another lament as the trees discuss among themselves what will become of them as they are cut down and are replaced with cement and buildings.

There are some wise words here from both Mallon and the trees about life in simpler times, stories about nature, childhood memories in snippets of flash fiction, as well as some whimsical Halloween tales. One of my favorites was ‘All Hallows Eve’ – Candy Girl, with rich magical descriptions.

Mallon’s love for trees and nature shine through all of her stories. If you love nature and enjoy lyrical prose and poetry, you will enjoy this book.

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Marjorie has also contributed to several anthologies:

Word Weaving #1: A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse
Moons of Autumn by Colleen Chesebro (Poetry,)

Poetry Treasures 2 Relationships compiled by Kaye Lynn Booth & Robbie Cheadle:

100 Ways To Write A Book Alex Pearl (proceeds to Pen International.)

Stay Home A year of writing through lockdown – Chantelle Atkins (Chasing
Driftwood Writers Group.)

Contributions to Best Selling Horror Anthologies:

Nightmareland compiled by Dan Alatorre
“Scrabble Boy” (Short Story)
Spellbound compiled by Dan Alatorre
“The Twisted Sisters“ (Short Story)
Wings of Fire compiled by Dan Alatorre
“The Great Pottoo” (Short Story)



Wings & Fire:

Contributions to Ghost Anthologies: 

Ghostly Rites 2019 compiled by Claire Plaisted “Dexter’s Creepy Caverns“ (Short

Ghostly Rites 2020 compiled by Claire Plaisted  “No. 1 Coven Lane” (Short


Find Marjorie on her Social Links:

Linktree: (all my links in one place.)

Author Blog:

Amazon Author Page: 

Twitter: @Marjorie_Mallon




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Q & A with D.G. Kaye, featuring Marjorie Mallon and Mr. Sagittarius

Welcome to my Q & A today where I’m featuring author/poet and one of my Sisters of the Fey – Marjorie Mallon. Besides her love for writing poetry and flash fiction, Marje writes in the YA and paranormal genres. You can also find some of Marje’s other contributions to several anthologies. Marje has been busy on an extensive blog tour promoting her new release – Mr. Sagittarius, and she’s going to share a bit about her book with us here today.


Marjorie Mallon


About Marje:

I write YA Fantasy/Paranormal novels, Horror/Ghost short stories and multi-genre flash fiction as well as micro poetry – haiku and Tanka. I share book reviews, poetry, flash fiction, photography and inspirational details of my writing journey at my lovely blog home:

I’m a member of two professional writing groups: The Society of Children’s Writers and Book Illustrators  and Cambridge Writers 

As well as this I run a supportive group with fellow Administrator D G Kaye on Facebook: Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club

I work as a Receptionist/Event organiser for an international sixth form and live in Cambridge, England. 


Mr. Sagittarius

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Mr. Sagittarius is a collection of poetry, prose and photographic images inspired by the botanical gardens in Cambridge. It features a variety of my photos including: trees, a robin and a dragonfly! As well as this there are several stories, and even some Halloween poems! 

I doubt I would have created Mr. Sagittarius if it wasn’t for these two amazing ladies: Colleen Chesebro (for her weekly poetry challenges and Charli Mills – Carrot Ranch (flash fiction challenges.) Both ladies have been a huge source of inspiration and encouragement. 

Mr. Sagittarius is a magical celebration of the natural world, a story about the circle of life, with an emphasis on the changing seasons of the year and sibling relationships.

Huge thanks to my amazing cover designer and formatter: Rachael Ritchey who has done an amazing job creating the ebook, paperback cover and graphics. 



Twin brothers Harold and William love the magic of the natural world.

When Harold dies he leaves a simple memorial request.

Will his brother William and his sister Annette honour it?

Or, will the garden work its magic to ensure that they do.

A magical story expressed via an original compilation of poetry and prose with photographic images.


Early review:

Colleen M. Chesebro
Format: Kindle Edition



Now, let’s get to know a little bit more about Marje.


What are your writing goals for this year?

My writing goals for this year are to:

Publish my first poetry/prose and photography collection which released on February 16 th : Mr. Sagittarius – Poetry and Prose with photography. I also plan to start drafting a second book of poetry/prose and photography with the following themes: family, places I love and inspiration. My biggest challenge this year will be to finish my second book in the YA fantasy series The Curse of Time Book 2 Golden Healer. This is currently with my greatest critic: my eldest daughter who is doing the final beta read.

D.G. – Sounds like you’re a busy gal. Good for you Marje, we need to keep busy.


How has writing changed your life?

I’d say it has changed me enormously and given me much more confidence! Also, it’s made me a much more fulfilled and happy person. I’m different! It has changed me in a fundamental way, and I doubt there is any going back! I observe the world in a more
perceptive, interested way.

D.G. – Mark of an observant writer. 🙂


Did you have a passion to write as a child? Do you remember the first thing you wrote?

Yes, as a child I wrote a book about my ginger tom cat, Chester, who was such a friendly,  adventurous fellow. He enjoyed getting up to all sorts of mischief! My brother Donald and I would rescue him from strange households. One day we hiked through our local forest to collect him from a house with 13 other cats! Sadly, even though he had a lot of adventures  his life was cut short. He was knocked down by a car. I was distraught. He was a very handsome ginger tom cat, we’d had from a kitten and I loved him to bits. So, its not surprising that one of the characters in my YA fantasy The Curse of Time is a cat: Shadow – a black cat – and in Mr. Sagittarius, a ginger tom cat plays a magical part, and there’s also a poem entitled: Life Lessons From Cats.

D.G. – It’s always interesting to learn tidbits about how characters were developed for our books.


Where do you believe your passion for storytelling originated from?

My passion for storytelling originated from my parents. Both of whom are fascinating
individuals. My father had an adventurous spirit and travelled all over the world.  His life story is so interesting that I recorded various aspects of his travelling stories which I have compiled together. My mother had a very unusual childhood in Malaysia, climbing trees, being free to do pretty much as she wished. Her mother disappeared when she was very young, (during the Japanese occupation,) and there is speculation about what happened to her. Certain shocking facts have come to light which would make an intriguing story. So, I’ve masses of material for future stories…

D.G. – Wow, surely your mother would have some incredible stories to share. I hope you do come out with a book of your parents’ memoirs.


Which author friends of yours inspire you by being supportive to your writing?

So many! Authors are such giving people. I’ve been very lucky in that respect. From the
wonderful SCBWI (Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators,) group to ‘online’ author friends: yourself, Colleen, Charli, Sally Cronin, Ritu, Ghostly Writers, and anthology pals, everyone on the blog tour for Mr. Sagittarius… all my beta readers, blogging and Bloggers Bash friends and of course the Spiritual Sisters, (or Sisters of The Fey.) You’re all so amazing. ♥

A shout out goes to all the dedicated authors and bloggers who host weekly poetry/writing and photography prompts to encourage writers to write and be creative: Colleen Chesebro, Charli Mills, Diana Wallace Peach, Rachael Ritchey, Hugh Roberts, Sue Vincent, and Ronovan Hester and many more besides. I am in awe of the time and enthusiasm that they give to enthuse and motivate others.

D.G. – That is so wonderful Marje. Thank you for including me. But I know well, like most things to succeed, it does take a village.


It was fun introducing Marje and her work here today. I hope you all enjoyed and will check out Marje’s books. You will find all her books on her Amazon Author Page.


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Guest Featured Author with a New Book – MJ Mallon – The Curse of Time

New book feature


Today I’m thrilled to have over, friend, author, and blogger, Marjorie Mallon with her debut book, The Curse of Time – Book 1 of the Bloodstone series, a YA Fantasy novel.


Marje writes at her blog Kyrosmagica  about writing, inspiration, photography, and magic Haiku. She also the founder of our Facebook group Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Group along with myself and Colleen Chesebro,   as fellow admins for that group. It’s a place for bloggers and writers to share all things writing and seek help with issues they may encounter with blogging and/or self publishing. Please feel free to come join us there!

Today, Marjorie is going to share all sorts of goodies with us about her debut book, The Curse of Time. The book  is in the YA/MG Fantasy genre and includes a smorgasbord of human elements and issues along with mystical magic.

Marjorie Mallon author

About Marje


I am a debut author who has been blogging for three years: My interests include writing, photography, poetry, and alternative therapies. I write Fantasy YA, middle grade fiction and micro poetry – haiku and tanka. I love to read and have written over 100 reviews:

My alter ego is MJ – Mary Jane from Spiderman. I love superheros! I was born on the 17th of November in Lion City: Singapore, (a passionate Scorpio, with the Chinese Zodiac sign a lucky rabbit,) second child and only daughter to my proud parents Paula and Ronald. I grew up in a mountainous court in the Peak District in Hong Kong with my elder brother Donald. My parents dragged me away from my exotic childhood and my much loved dog Topsy to the frozen wastelands of Scotland. In bonnie Edinburgh I mastered Scottish country dancing, and a whole new Och Aye lingo.

As a teenager I travelled to many far-flung destinations to visit my abacus wielding wayfarer dad. It’s rumoured that I now live in the Venice of Cambridge, with my six foot hunk of a Rock God husband, and my two enchanted daughters. After such an upbringing my author’s mind has taken total leave of its senses! When I’m not writing, I eat exotic delicacies while belly dancing, or surf to the far reaches of the moon. To chill out, I practise Tai Chi. If the mood takes me I snorkel with mermaids, or sign up for idyllic holidays with the Chinese Unicorn, whose magnificent voice sings like a thousand wind chimes.


Marjorie Mallon


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On Amelina Scott’s thirteenth birthday, her father disappears under mysterious circumstances. Saddened by this traumatic event, she pieces together details of a curse that has stricken the heart and soul of her family.

Amelina longs for someone to confide in. Her once carefree mother has become angry and despondent. One day a strange black cat and a young girl, named Esme appear. Immediately, Esme becomes the sister Amelina never had. The only catch is that Esme must remain a prisoner, living within the mirrors of Amelina’s house.

Dreams and a puzzling invitation convince Amelina the answer to her family’s troubles lies within the walls of the illusive Crystal Cottage. Undaunted by her mother’s warnings, Amelina searches for the cottage on an isolated Cambridgeshire pathway where she encounters a charismatic young man, named Ryder. At the right moment, he steps out of the shadows, rescuing her from the unwanted attention of two male troublemakers.

With the help of an enchanted paint set, Amelina meets the eccentric owner of the cottage, Leanne, who instructs her in the art of crystal magic. In time, she earns the right to use three wizard stones. The first awakens her spirit to discover a time of legends, and later, leads her to the Bloodstone, the supreme cleansing crystal which has the power to restore the balance of time. Will Amelina find the power to set her family free?

A YA/middle grade fantasy set in Cambridge, England exploring various themes/aspects: Light, darkness, time, shadows, a curse, magic, deception, crystals, art, poetry, friendships, teen relationships, eating disorders, self-harm, anxiety, depression, family, puzzles, mystery, a black cat, music, a mix of sadness, counterbalanced by a touch of humour.


Now, let’s get to know a bit more about Marje and her book.


Please share with us how you came up with the name Kyrosmagica for your blog?


The Kyros derives from the Greek – Kyros (KIRos) meaning power that is legitimate, but limited and compassionate.

In Ancient Greek it means κρύσταλλος (krustallos, “clear ice”), from κρύος  (kruos, “frost”)

Magica sounded magical so I combined them together to make my interpretation of the word – Kyrosmagica, a powerful, compassionate, magical crystal!


I love all the beautiful quotes from famous writers you’ve posted on your blog’s about page. Which one resonates with you most and why?


Oh, that’s so difficult to answer but if I had to pick one it would be this:

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.” Maya Angelou.


I know you believe in magic. What realm of magic fascinates you most?


I’ve always loved legends and wanted to explore the interaction between the realm of magic and myths. So with this in mind I created a main character, Amelina who could spirit walk to a time of legends. I had fun dreaming up a new King Arthur passage and Amelina chatted to Merlin to get grandfatherly advice. I introduced Greek myths into the story via the mysterious Crystal Cottage. I’d better not say too much about that, for fear of spoiling the story! Myths and Legends play a part in Book one The Curse of Time and this concept is further developed in Book two.


So, you love superheroes? Can you please share with us how you came up with your alter ego ‘Mary Jane’?


I wanted an author name but thought my name Marjorie Mallon sounded long-winded and boring. So I considered my options, I could have a pseudonym, but that didn’t appeal, so I decided on my initials and my author name became M J Mallon. My alter ego MJ became my fitting tribute to Spider man’s Mary Jane. Spider Man is my favourite super hero! I love romance so I embrace the thought of being MJ, tiptoeing up to kiss spiderman!


The Bloodstone is key to solving mystery in your book, and you include a character who deals with crystals. Do you work with crystals yourself?


No, sadly I don’t work with crystals but I would love to! I collect crystals and find myself drawn to them. My first crystal purchase was Malachite, a stone of transformation!

Read about that here:

My lovely friend Samantha Murdoch has a wonderful blog celebrating her love of crystals and cats. Here’s the bloodstone she kindly permitted me to use on the spine of my book. It’s a photo taken by her son Alex Marlowe.

Bloodstone - Marjorie Mallon



Your book sounds like an eclectic mix of magic, fantasy, mystery, and teenage struggles, what a fascinating combination. Can you please tell us a bit about what inspired you to write this book?


Oh, there are so many inspirations that have shaped my writing…

Crystals – in particular The Crystal Grotto that I visited in Juniper Artland – The Light Pours Out of Me – by Anya Gallaccio.  Here’s my photo of it…

Marjorie Mallon Crystal Grotto


I wrote this poem inspired by the grotto a long time ago:


Clocks/Time – The extraordinary Corpus Chronopage and Grasshopper on King’s Parade Cambridge invented by Dr John C Taylor OBE. I had the incredible fortune to meet with him in person on the 11th of September, 2017. He is an extraordinary man; it is a day I will not forget. His beautiful chronopage clock features on my book cover. I owe him a huge thank you for permission to use his images on my book cover, marketing, and blog.

Marjorie Mallon

This lovely man is an inventor, adventurous spirit, philanthropist, pilot, and photographer.


Art/Beauty/Youth/Mirrors – The concept of art coming alive fascinated me particularly after reading Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray. Time is indiscriminate and cruel. We age and loose our youthful beauty, mirrors capture this momentary beauty but they also capture our decline.

Shadows/Light and Yin/Yang. Life is balanced if there is equilibrium but what if our senses trick us and we are unable to determine good from evil?

Black Cats. In the early stages of writing my manuscript a strange black appeared in our garden. He was sleek, panther like, and so beautiful that I swear a witch had cast a spell on him to make me love him! He became my muse – Shadow the black cat in the Curse of Time. When he disappeared I had to find a black cat supermodel to portray him and I did. The lovely Samantha Murdoch had such a wonderful cat, Lily and here she is cuddling Buddha! Isn’t she exquisite?


Lily with Buddha


Please tell us a bit about your book and share an excerpt with us.


The Curse of Time #1 Bloodstone is a YA/MG fantasy set in the UK, in the beautiful university city of Cambridge which I call home. It is Book one in a series, book two is partially written and entitled The Curse of Time #2 Golden Healer. Both books will feature the three central themes: time, shadows and crystals.




Puzzle Piece 1: The Invitation



An unexpected invite,

Such a mystery,

To explore and discover,

A hidden cottage of light.


I found it to be a mystifying situation. An unnatural stillness seemed to linger after many days of storms. Today, the sky reminded me of a painting. It appeared too perfect, too bright, too still, a picture landscape with no beginning or end. Instead, the vault of heaven spread out toward an endless grey forever, as if seeping around the edges of an untamed watercolour bleeding into the rest of the day. Even so, the sight filled my heart with promise, a ray of hope in an otherwise dull morning.

The quietness of my contemplation came to an abrupt end. I heard the sound of an envelope crashing through the mail box. I jumped at the clatter. The letter landed on the floor as the sound of a thousand crystal chandeliers echoed throughout the house. I rushed to retrieve the envelope and turned it this way and that. I couldn’t find an address label and wondered if the note had been hand-delivered. Who could this message be for?

I stood puzzling over this peculiar circumstance when out of nowhere my name: Amelina Scott appeared in bold writing. I watched wide-eyed as the final character of my surname was spelled out in a delicate font. I tore the dispatch open and inside I discovered a card printed on the finest paper with gilt edges and embossed calligraphy. There were few details, just an instruction to visit:

Crystal Cottage, River Walk, Cambridge, and the following added at the bottom as an afterthought: R.S.V.P – Not required. We promise to be welcoming when you arrive. When you’re ready, you’ll discover us…..


I shook my head in disbelief.  Nothing good ever happens to the Scott’s so this invitation might look magical, but surely it must be nonsense. Weird messages from unknown sources count as dubious junk mail, the way I look at it.

I grabbed the envelope and attempted to rip it into pieces, but it wouldn’t tear. With a mind of its own the envelope curled its edges in protest. I searched in a drawer until I found scissors and tried to cut the invite. That didn’t work either. My hand ached, but the invitation endured intact as if mocking me.

Frustrated, I tried to cut the invitation again. A sputtered cursing sound filled the room even though I was alone. On my third attempt, I tore into the card with success. (I think it let me.) And once again, I perceived a noise, an angry murmur, and then nothing. Quiet descended in the room, so I threw the torn parts into the bin.

Finally satisfied that the annoying issue with the strange invite would no longer plague me, I brushed my hands together, and picked an apple out of the bowl on the kitchen counter, polished it on my jumper and then took a bite. In no time my hunger had abated, and as I chucked the core towards the bin, I registered a chuckle. I stopped, my feet rooted to the ground as a feeling of certainty filled my soul. I knew what to expect. I have no idea how I did, but I could see the image in my mind, the invitation had reformed. The invitation was playing games with me! I peered in the rubbish, and there I saw the envelope, connected in one perfect, unblemished piece. What the heck?


Thanks so much for visiting with us today Marje, and sharing your work with us. I love all the elements that comprise your book and look forward to reading it. ❤




Photo Credits:

Book cover photography – Dr John C Taylor, OBE. Corpus Chronopage and Grasshopper

Black cat – Shadow modelled by Lily – via Samantha Murdoch, photographed by her son Alex Marlowe.


Connect with Marje:

My Amazon UK Author Page

My Amazon US Author Page

My Amazon Canada Author Page


My blog – for information about new releases, photos of main characters/character interviews, book reviews and inspiration:

My New Facebook Group #ABRSC: Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club on Facebook


Instagram: Instagram

Twitter: @Marjorie_Mallon and Twitter: @curseof_time

Facebook: Facebook: m j mallon author

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I have devoted the past few years to writing over 100 reviews on My Goodreads Review Account, and on my blog to help support traditional and indie writers.





The #Writer Q and A tag. | shehanne moore/Kyrosmagica

blog challenge

Okay, okay, okay! I know I haven’t participated in so many of the wonderful blog challenges that so many of you share on your pages. And I promised myself (and others) that I would make it a point to join in more often.


I was recently invited by Marje of Kyrosmagica to participate in the Writers Q & A Tag. And then surprised to find that Shey from Smexy Historical Romance tagged me after being tagged as well from Marje’s blog. So I’ve decided to merge both invites and answer the questions from both of them in their ‘Tag’ Challenge.



“What’s this tag about? Its a fun tag celebrating books, and writing. Also it’s a way to discover and make new blogging friends. So that can’t be bad can it? . . .” Read more about the challenge and Marje’s wonderful post HERE



1. If you met a sexy vampire what would you do? Hook up, get the garlic and crosses out or run a mile?

Oh ya, I’m definitely going with run a mile!

2. What’s your favourite genre of book and why?

I love reading memoirs and biographies. I just think there is something to take from everyone’s life.

3. Who is/are your favourite author (s) , poet (s)? What is it about them that inspires you?

I can’t say that I have one favourite author, but I do enjoy reading books about problem solving on life, hence my interest in columnists like Erma Bombeck, Ann Landers, and other authors like Cheryl Strayed and Norah Ephron. My great escape books of the past were from authors Barbara Taylor Bradford, Joan Collins, Jacqueline Suzanne and Erica Jong.

4. If you had to control a classroom of year 6 kids would you bale, or enjoy the challenge? Would you be (a.)  too undisciplined to do so, you’d just join in the general mayhem, (b.) enjoy bossy them around, or (c.) pray in a corner for the bell to sound. Guess which one would be my reply, winners will be mentioned on my blog!

I would enjoy the challenge. I get on well with kids. I’d probably call ‘storytime’ and make up some fascinating story to keep their interest to avoid chaos.

5. What made you become a writer/blogger? Do your family support you or do they think you’re crazy, bored,  attention seeking, or all of these? Tell us a bit about your current WIP and/or books…

I’m not sure what exactly made me become a writer, only that I found myself writing little stories, notes and Hallmark – like cards for friends and family when I was quite young. I always wrote, with no real intention of doing anything with it until I turned 40. That was when I began telling people that I was going to write a book someday. Okay, so it took me another 10 years or so. I don’t actually have much writing support or interest from my real life world. When I first began writing books I was miffed at the fact that everyone I knew wouldn’t find it so fascinating. I’ve learned through the years that many writers are in the same boat as I am. So I am grateful for all the friends I now have in the writing world. No matter how you slice it, only a writer can understand another writer’s world.

6. What is the most awful job and/or experience you’ve ever done/had?

Well, I’ve had plenty of awful experiences in my life, and plenty of jobs as well. But when I was younger and in between jobs, I went to help my dad out in the retail store part of his wholesale Fish company. I had to pick up the fish and weigh and bag them for customers. I picked up a slimy feeling Pike and got so grossed out I quit.

7. Are you a plotter or a pantser? Does this spill out onto other parts of your life? Are you generally organised/disorganised? Can you guess what I am?

I am, what I call a plotser. I will begin with a faint outline of things I want to include in my book by writing down temporary chapter titles and adding ‘chicken scratch’ notations under the headings as they come to me while I’m writing from the seat of my pants. And I’m guessing you are a plotter Marje. Speaking of chicken scratch, does every writer, like most doctors, have atrocious handwriting like I do?

8. Do you believe in Ghosts? Fate? Love at First Sight? Fairies? Psychic happenings?Numerology, Mermaids, The Loch Ness Monster, Demons…etc…Make your own observations …. and let me know..

I most certainly believe in ghosts. I’ve had quite a few encounters with lost loved ones. This would include many psychic experiences. I was born, gifted with a sixth sense.I believe in lust at first sight possibly, but there is far too much encompassed in love to feel upon a first meeting. Stories about devils and demons scare me (alright, let’s include the Loch Ness Monster too), I can’t say I don’t believe in any of them, but I have no desire to delve deeper into any of them. Let’s just leave it at a few scary experiences with the Ouija Board when I was younger.

9. What is the worst haircut/clothes/hats you’ve ever had/worn? Photos please, or describe in vivid detail…

Lol, thanks for bringing up terrible memories. When I was young, I had a thing about having long hair, but when I was 8, my mother had other ideas. She took me to the hair salon and had ordered up the stylist to give me the ‘what was in fashion look’ – a pixie cut, as it was called. I was mortified and cried for days. I also wore a hat for many months after.

10. Please finish this sentence with more than three extra words: Life is one foot in and one foot out, you ….

Don’t be afraid to pull the other one out.




Read on to find Shey’s answers to Marje’s questions too. And for those of you who’ve never visited her blog, don’t be alarmed by the unfiltered mouths of her Hamster Dudes who like to steal the show with all of her blogs. Click Here 



1. What is your favourite line of poetry about a hamster? Oh okay, we mean a small furry creature, or animal.
Well I’m going to stick with all the satire from your own blog Shey. That would mean all the blabby comments from your own Hamster Dudes!
2. What was your favourite children’s book if it was not Mrs Tiggywinkle?
I loved Cinderalla, possibly because it resonated with me so much as a child growing up taking care of my siblings and doing chores my mother passed on to me. I was secretly hoping a prince would find me someday and take me away.
3. You’re in the forest, it’s dark, it’s cold, it’s mysterious, suddenly the bushes part and there snarling before your is  a savage, giant hamster. What happens next?
Nothing. Because there’s not a shot in hell you’d find me in the forest in the first place.
4. Is there any place in the world you would like to set a book or poem and why?
Being a nonfiction writer, the stories I tell already have their settings in place.
5.  You can have dinner with your favourite book hamster, character. Who is it and what will the first course be? Recipes are welcome. Of course if you can’t find a hamster, just choose another animal.
Well that’s easy. I’d love to have a meal with your Hammies. I should think they would eat almost anything. But I know I certainly won’t be bringing along any manuscripts because I know darned well they love eating those! LOL
6. Tell us a bit about what you are working on now.
I’m currently working on putting together my rough, messy, handwritten, chicken scratched draft of the sequel to my first book Conflicted Hearts. It’s an aftermath story of finding an understanding and resolve with my life dealing with a narcissitic mother after she passed away.
7. What was the last book you read?
Not By Design, by Carol Balawyder, a wonderful writer and friend.
8. How much of you is in your characters or your poetry?
It’s all me baby! All my stories are about my life experiences, lessons and about overcoming.
9. Forget all this hero stuff. You’re being cast as the villain and it’s your choice who you pick so long as they are from a book.
Now that’s a toughy, as I’d never have a desire to play a villain. But I might say that going back to the old Cinderalla story and putting myself in as the wicked step-mother might give me some insight as to what inspires a maternal figure to inflict unhappiness to a child.
10. Who or what inspires your writing?
That is difficult to pinpoint. My mind is always wandering. I could be driving in the car, watching a movie, or just listening to music, and something will pop into my head. I grab a notepad and pen and write down something I feel about the topic. Many times the topic will turn into a blog post, and sometimes it will turn into a book.

Source: If you met a sexy vampire…. The writer Q and A tag. | shehanne moore 

Source: The Writer Q & A Tag/ Kirosmagica