#YoungEbenezer Book release for Christmas

All Royalties to go to my local Hospital Charity

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Young Ebenezer
A New Christmas Carol

This story is a seasonal treat, a modern, lyrical re-telling of the Charles Dickens classic – ‘A Christmas Carol.’

The book is specially designed for families to share during the Holiday Season, or for young competent readers to try for themselves. This book is a beautiful gift to treasure, with full colour images on every page.

Eb is a spoilt child who really is not one for caring, and he certainly hates sharing. He is watched over by a very special guardian – the family’s ancient longcase clock, who is bestowed with magic. His name is Grandfather Time.

On Christmas Eve Grandfather Time decides he must teach the boy a lesson. So he calls upon his friends; the Ghosts of Past, Present and Future and with lessons to learn he brings forth the first tutor – a little golden-red King Charles spaniel, called Miss Ruby Heart.

Will this unlikely pair be able to teach the boy the error of his ways? Or will he be doomed to be a scruffy, lonely teenager stuck forever in his own little world?

It already has an Amazon 5* review

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The supernatural story of the Blue Men of the Scottish sea @MarieLaval1

I really love old folklore expecially selkies and merfolk, this is a wonderful blog I urge you go check it out 🙂

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It’s a great please to welcome romance author, friend and fellow Romantic Novelists’ Association member Marie Laval today. I got to know Marie through my first novel, The Silk Romance, which is set in Lyon, which is where Marie comes from. I first interviewed Marie here on my blog almost five years ago, and since then we have become good friends. 

Marie’s wonderful historical romance, Dancing for the Devil, has jut been re-released and she’s here today to tell us some of the supernatural history behind the Scottish setting.

Bienvenue, Marie!

The Blue Men of the Minch: Traditional Folk Tales from Scotland

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I really enjoyed reading tales and legends from Scotland whilst researching for my historical romance DANCING FOR THE DEVIL, which is mostly set in the far north of the Highlands, and which has just been re-released by Áccent Press.

My heroine’s first experience…

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#WorldBookovision Christmas Celebrations with Roses & Dreams

Christment Advent Calendar Coming Soon

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So it’s that time of year when we begin to gear up towards that wonderful month of sharing and caring and we Maria Gibbs and myself have something a little bit different for all you booklovers, authors poets and writers in general.

Roses & Dreams have teamed up again for a bonanza Christmas event. This year we will be running two author events on Facebook which will run from the 1st December to the 23rd December.

***Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Fill in the attached form and we will get back to you as soon as possible to confirm your place. ***

The first event will be a featured author each day.

We will need 23 authors in total (including ourselves) and you will get a slot where you can pimp yourself and your books. Competitions and giveaways at your discretion. These slots will last for 45 minutes and any winners should be notified the next day.
We will have these at a set time GMT and if you are in a different country and can’t make that time either Su or Maria can post on your behalf with the previously agreed information you will provide, then when you are able to get on for your time zone you can interact with your followers.

The second event will be our showcase

We are very excited to announce it. You’ve heard of the Eurovision Song Contest well now (drumroll) we’d like to present

#WorldBookovision

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How does it work?

Two weeks starting Monday 4th December (Monday to Friday)

Week one

A poll will be pinned with that week’s participating authors. Each day three authors will have a thousand words of one of their books posted (We will post it in the morning) and people get to vote on which ones they like. You can vote more than once. At the end of the week the two people with the highest votes will go through to the final.

Week two

Follows the same pattern and the two with the highest votes will go through to the final.

Week three

The week commencing 18th December the four finalists will showcase the next thousand words of the same book and a new poll will be posted. At the end of the week the poll will close and one author will win.

Winning Author

The author will receive two weeks’ worth of social media advertising from Rose and Maria.

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The winning author will provide a copy of the winning book as a prize (print or e-book) and this will be presented to the person who has participated most in voting. If there are more than one, then we will put them into a draw and the winner will be picked randomly.

We need 21 authors for the spotlight and 28 authors for #WorldBookovision. You can apply for both but we will choose on a first come first serve basis. Please fill out the form and return asap.

To ensure that this event is well turned out with a good crowd make sure you invite your friends along to join in the fun and games. This is potentially a really good exposure tool for your work so let’s make this big and a great success for us all.

To take part click the sign up link via the image below

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Happy Reading

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#NaNoWriMo2017 Day 3

2,872 Words on Day 03

Hello friends well today I was on a bit of a roll. However, I completely changed the story I was working on. It is still the same book series but a totally different story.

Check my Author Page by clicking HERE

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Here is the very bare bones of the story my unedited version written this evening so please excuse any spelling mistakes and poor grammer

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Twins girls Sara & Mattie, only 8yrs old when Mattie disappears.

Throughout the passing seasons Sara has occasionally sensed Mattie’s presence in the loft library. Winter has wrapped Clement cottage in its glistening white gown. The powdered meadow rolls away from the house to the edge of the distant woods with its tall skeletal trees frosted in a sugar coating of snow. Father saved her from the snow storm last year she had been enticed outside into the chilling icy weather by the giggling laughter of Mattie. The same was happening again.

Grandfather time chimed and a few soft stray snowflakes found their way inside the loft. A little dance commenced and a gentle iced breeze brushed Sara’s cheek.

‘Woof, woof.’

Sara turned her head in the direction of the patio doors she thought she saw a glimpse of red golden fur. Was there a puppy out there, she pondered? Her book was put aside and she stood to go over and check it out for herself.

With her little button nose pressed to the cold glass, Sara’s eyes roamed over the pure undisturbed snow that lay like a thick fluffy blanket over their small garden. The glass barrier was clear hence her being able to see to the forest that was their homes boundary. There was no doggy in sight so Sara pulled her jumper back over her head and turned to face the inner sanctuary.

However, just as she was becoming settled the dogs barking began again, this time as she dashed over to the window she still saw no dog but what she did see were small doggie footprints. These she spied heading towards the wide open steps that led down to the side of the meadow. Because the girls had often used this entry outside when they wanted to go play, each had had a coat hung up on the hook by the side of the big glass doors.

Sara pulled down her thick red winter coat trimmed off with black fur; she slipped nimbly into it and put on black matching mittens and a small black furry hat along with her fur lined boots. The cold silver key was turned in the lock of the patio doors and she was free to step outside and try to find the stray dog, for what else could it be.

Closing the door behind her the cold chill hit instantly putting a rosy glow upon her cheeks.

‘Woof, Woof’ she heard not too far away.

Then when she had reached the top of the steps she glanced down and saw a flash of red golden fur excitedly running around in circles. Sara rushed to join the little dog in its play and as she stepped onto the top step she slipped and only saved herself by grabbing hold of the low rail father had fitted especially for tiny arms to reach easily.

A small giggle escaped her lips and with a little more ease she gently walked down the steps to the edge of the meadow.

‘Woof, woof.’ The little dog cried as it reached forward its head to be gently nuzzling into the leg of Sara.

After a short-time, the pup settled and Sara was able to catch it by the collar and read the heart shaped disc linked to the soft leather.

‘Miss Ruby Heart.’ Sara said picking out the letters. What a beautiful name it sounds rather posh. Where have you come from Miss Ruby Heart?

The little dog looked up at Sara then back toward the cottage, now over three times the size of the original, that is incorporated in the front of the house.

‘No silly puppy, you did not come from my house. Or are you trying to tell me you want to come live with me in the cottage?

She seemed to nod her head then turned it to look out toward the lake, which was frozen and glistened.

Wait; was someone out on the ice?

Sara petted the dog once more then addressing the creature said

‘Look Ruby Heart, someone is enjoying the ice-skating.’

A gentle slope meandered down along the bank to the lake. Before it was a bench shaded usually by a single cherry blossom tree, now its bare bones revealed its skeletal form. Sara could just about make out something upon the bench a hint of a silver blade but mostly white. As she got nearer she realised it was a pair of ice-skates. She scanned the area seeking out the owner; the only people in sight were a couple out on the very distant side of the frozen water.

Ruby Heart headed in front of Sara almost seemingly leading her to the bench. When she got there she sat down in the snowy powder which littered the ground. Her little head a golden halo of red fur she turned her eyes upon Sara.

With her gloved hand Sara brushed the loose snow from the seat, and then gently placed her bottom down. Her eyes took in the beautiful antique ice-skates, she took off one damp mit to stroke the  soft white leather and slipped her finger over the sharp shiny new silver blade.

Without warning a figure appeared and seated herself down on the bench next to her.  Sara’s breath caught in her mouth and she reached out and took hold of her sister. Sara had no thought for the attire Mattie was dressed in, which happened to be dungarees, the precise same ones she had disappeared in.

‘Oh Mattie I have missed you so much.’

A happy tear slipped over her bottom lash, and gently slipped down her cheek. It seemed an age since they clung to each other. If not for a persistent little dog they may have sat together like this for the rest of the day. But Sara knew how easily her sister was distracted and they moved on.

Happy Reading & Writing

Ruby Heart

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#NaNoWriMo2017 Day 01

You can check my progress on the NaNoWriMo Author Page (Stats) click HERE

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So it has finally arrived, that time of year when many mad crazy writers try to get down the bare bones of a new novel. Writing 50,000 word in just 30 Days. National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo. Blimey where has the year gone?

So this year I am focusing on another book in my ‘Magic of Grandfather Time Series’  this time its the Summer Book ‘Blown in on a Summer Breeze.’

I already paid for my cover about a year ago or maybe even longer?

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Blown in on a Summer Breeze ~ The Magic of Grandfather Time Series

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Synopsis

The child arrived, blown in on a summer breeze, in the year of our Lord 1846.

‘Under the shadow of darkness the coach reached its destination, at this point the child was ensconced in its mother’s large, aching belly. She was a nameless, pretty yet pale red head, dosed up with laudanum to prevent her screaming out, announcing her mysterious arrival. No one saw or heard the carriage rumble into the village along the dry dusty, rutted road.’

This is the story of Albert Breeze, an orphan watched over by a most unlikely guardian ‘Grandfather Time Himself’. This is a stand alone story but is very loosely connected to ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time’ which is a heartfelt story of love, loss and a touch of magic. Click the image below for my 1st Day’s word count.

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I would really love to share my updates daily but I do not think there will be the time. I just entered a competition on Amazon and if I don’t win I want to publish the story for myself so watch this space.

 

Happy Writing to all my Fellow Participants

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#WIP ‘Seal Mother’ December 2016

I have been working on this little tale for years I really need to try harder and get it published. It is a matter of finding the right images to go inside.

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‘Seal Mother’ by Rose English

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The beautiful illustration on the cover was penned by the wonderful artist Abigail Ryder

called ‘Daughter of the Selkies’

The text and background cover done by the wonderful JC Clarke visit her Etsy store

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I thought this little folktale finished, yet I find myself expanding the book so people will hopefully get their money’s worth. I have done this by adding a further story this time of a handsome selkie male. An old folktale from the Shetland Isles check the tune below on the video.

‘The Great Selkie of Sule Skerry’

Here now follows a small teaser of ‘Seal Mother’ followed by my own little video from YouTube

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I do hope you enjoyed these little treats, I would love to read your thoughts please do drop me a line in the comments below.

Thank You

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2017 Book 23 ‘Sealskin’

2017 Goodreads Challenge 23

To check out my reading progress visit my Goodreads page click HERE

Book 23

‘Sealskin’

by Su Bristow

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AmazonTo buy on Amazon.com click HERE

Rose Reviews ‘Sealskin’

I absolutely love all the old folktales and my favourites of all are the Selkie folk the seals who can come upon the land at certain times of the year, shed their skin and become human.

This story was no exception with beautiful words woven throughout the pages. However, it does touch on some rather upsetting subjects and will most certainly pull on the heartstrings of those sensitive souls.

Well worth checking out.

I give it a 3 Rose Rating

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Happy Reading

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