29 Goodreads ‘A Treasury of British Folklore’

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A Treasury of British Folklore: Maypoles, Mandrakes & MistletoeA Treasury of British Folklore: Maypoles, Mandrakes & Mistletoe

by Dee Dee Chainey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book 29 of my Goodreads Challenge

This is a beautiful little treasure trove of a book, split into three parts giving a wonderful and varied selection of tales from British Folklore.

Part One: Of the Land, Plants and Animals

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An apt place to begin with short insights into the seasons and the folkloric year. For example did you know that

… a sneeze on Wednesday in Hertfordshire means a letter is coming.

Part Two: Witchcraft, Magic and Heroic Tales

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This section also includes several ghosts and hauntings along with various versions of stories of the hauntings of the Hell Hound

Part Three: The Milestones of Life

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This sections as expected covers births and deaths, love and marriage etc. One thing that interested me here was the prominent part that cheese seems to play in a birth ceremony often called ‘the groaning cheese’

In Oxfordshire, a ring was cut into the middle of the cheese, and the child would be passed through it for luck on their christening day.

Where to find Folklore
This wonderful list of festivals can be found at the end of the book. Each festival is listed under the month in which it is celebrated, and often includes a link for further information.

All in all a beautiful book with simple black and white illustrations dotted throughout. Great for dipping in and out of at your leisure.

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28 Goodreads ‘Underwater’

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I read this book as it is now titled ‘Underwater: The prequel stories to the novel ‘Thicker Than Water’ by Rachel McLean but it was originally called ‘The Flood’

The Flood: A Companion to the Novel 'Exile'The Flood: A Companion to the Novel ‘Exile’ by Rachel McCollin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book 28 of my Goodreads Challenge


This book is a very short story, teasing you into reading the full novel ‘Thicker Than Water’.

It is the beginning of the tale of a family having to leave their London home after a devastating storm floods the city. They are calling it ‘Hurricane Victoria’.

Jess her mother Sonia, brother Ben and his girlfriend Ruth all set out along with many others to leave the capital. The group with little food and few possessions set out walking north to seek out family in Leeds and hopefully find a safe haven. But they encounter several hardships along the way, will all the group be able to make it safe and sound?

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27 Goodreads ‘Wings of Defiance’

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Wings of Defiance: Book 3 of The Immortal Sorrows seriesWings of Defiance: Book 3 of The Immortal Sorrows series by Sherri A. Wingler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 27 of my Goodreads Challenge


This is Book 3 in the Immortal Sorrows Series, you really should read books 1 & 2 before this one though in order to understand what is happening.

The focus this time is on the Dark Reaper Grim (who by the way is sexy as hell) and his relationship with Gwen equally as gorgeous. She lost her best friend and is trying to come to terms with all that is happing in a world where paranormal is becoming a normal way of life for her.

I love the writing of this author so many memorable lines within each book, below is just one outstanding line I wil remember for a long time,

‘She lay the yellow rose between the graves with a heavy sigh, a splash of sunlight on the barren ground.’


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About the Author Sherri A. Wingler

Sherri Wingler is the author of Wings of Darkness, Book 1 of The Immortal Sorrows series. She lives and works (way more than full-time) in Indiana. She shares her home with her husband, Steve, way too many rescued kitty cats, two geriatric dogs, and a co-dependent Shih-Tzu named Spanky. (Without Spanky’s help, Wings of Darkness would have been finished much sooner!)

When she isn’t working in the real world, or writing stories to keep herself entertained, her spare time is spent raising money for her local Humane Society, in the hopes that she can save at least a few little critters.

Visit Sherri on WordPress by clicking HERE

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26 Goodreads ‘Acquainted with Butterflies

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Acquainted With Butterflies: A Collection of Short Stories, Personal Essays & PoetryAcquainted With Butterflies: A Collection of Short Stories, Personal Essays & Poetry by J.C. Wing

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book 26 of my Goodreads Challenge

I absolutely fell in love with the book cover, a beautiful butterfly that stretched over the front and back once the book was opened out.

The book consists of a collection of short stories, personal essays and poetry some of which I absolutely loved. ‘Cold Feet’ was a great read something unique I had not come across before a tale of a wedding from different points of view.

I loved the poem:-

‘The Color of the Ocean’

The rays of sun, so warm and bright
a shiny ribbon of gold.
The water caresses the wet sand below
and the waves tell tales untold.

There is probably something here for everyone a light read that can be picked up and read in small snippets. From the funny short story ‘Letters to the Couch’ to stories full of suspense and horror such as ‘The Surprise Getaway’.

For me the personal essays were not really my thing, perhaps a little too intimate. But many did bring back memories of songs that were mentioned throughout. The author’s only real link with her father was their great love of music.

Worth checking out but to find out more visit JC’s blog spot http://jcwingandthegoddess.blogspot.com/

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Plaisted Publishing House

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Plaisted Publishing House produces a FREE Marketing Magazine for Indie Authors and those who support them – aka Editors, Graphic Designers, Illustrators, Marketers etc.  This magazine celebrated it’s second year in Feb 2018.  We have 526 members in the GROUP

We have 370 signed up to receive and share this magazine which widened the social media marketing for all participants. The problem is…Group Members are not participating enough to put out a monthly magazine. Yes I have my regulars though it would be lovely to see more group members join in.  If this doesn’t happen the magazine will dwingle until is it no more. I can’t push much harder than I already am. I have other work to do as well.  As an author we all belong to groups where we can share links to this magazine, we can encourage other authors to join the group and sign up for the…

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25 Goodreads The Island Dog Squad

The Island Dog Squad by Deb McEwan

This has to be one of my favourite books of the year, I even took a couple along to this year’s UK Indie Lit Fest to display on the International Table. Deb very kindly donated some prizes in the form of the wonderful one of a kind caps as seen in the picture below.

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The Island Dog Squad: (Book 1: Sandy's Story)

The Island Dog Squad: by Deb McEwan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Book 25 of my Goodreads Challenge

This is a story for dog lovers both young and old. But be warned as well as it being comical, at times it is also rather heart-wrenching too. Probably advisable for readers 10+

The author’s own dog Sandy is a rescued dog, and the inspiration behind the book. The tale is told from the dog’s point of view.

After almost drowning as a pup, Sandy is initially rescued by military personnel. She proves to be a very intelligent little dog and undergoes training on the base. Sadly the poor dog ends up having some horrendous experiences. Sandy ends up on the streets almost at deaths door; she has no memory of who she is or where she came from.

Luckily Sandy is found and taken to a rescue shelter, and from there she is adopted by Ellie and Ben. She loves her people parents and just wants to settle into a new life with them. However, she begins to suffer nightmares and slowly her memories begin to return but they are not pleasant.

I love how the author interweaves mystery and intrigue into a captivating tale, along with a dog’s eye view of the world. Sandy’s thoughts on her people parents are simply adorable, particularly when she begins to learn more about them. Here is just one of her thoughts:-

‘I was to discover Ellie was a vegivore and a chocivore.’

Such great fun and very highly recommended.

As a special treat I recommend you visit Deb’s website and check out the real Sandy’s Dog Blog



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Northern Witch Book Series by K.S. Marsden

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WOW Book 2 in the Northern Witch Series is about to be released and to celebrate K.S. Marsden has made Book 1 available for FREE DOWNLOAD. Check out my little review of the first book which you really must read before dipping in to book two.

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Winter Trials (Northern Witch, #1)

Winter Trials by K.S. Marsden

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


WOW This book had me hooked from the start, only a short story but packs so much in.

Mark is a Year 11 student one of the few pupils openly gay, and to top it all his Nanna is a witch. With the Winter solstice fast approaching she will be teaching him about his heritage. Mark has a very loyal friend in Harry but he now has Sarah with whom he is very much in love. Mark dreams of having someone to love for himself.

Suddenly in walks Damian new boy golden haired from London, sadly he has lost both his parents and has come to live with his aunt in Yorkshire. All the school are swooning over him including Mark. But there is a darkness that surrounds him will Mark get to find out what that is. I urge you to read this book for yourself.

Very Highly Recommended and I for one definitely want to read more.

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