#IndieAuthorWeekUK 9th to 16th June 2018

Oh I am just loving celebrating the books of Indie Authors around the UK I have already added so many fabulous books to my reading list. How about you? You can find out what others have been doing on the Indie Author Week UK page over on Facebook click the image below

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I’ve been helping to #SpreadTheWord and I am going to do that here also, with the images borrowed from UK Indie Lit Fest.

I myself will be taking part in the Indie Lit Fest event with my lovely author friend Maria Gibbs we share a table at Book Events as Roses & Dreams click HERE to read more about the pair of us working together.

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You can visit the UK Indie Lit Fest website for more info on the FREE Book Event taking place at Kala Sangam in Bradford Yorkshire on Saturday 28/07/2018 Click the logo to find out more

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Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled all week, you may find yourself a couple of new favourite authors to follow. I have already and we are just over halfway through the week.

Happy Reading one and all




19 Goodreads ‘Heart & Mind’ Poetry

Heart and MindHeart and Mind by D.G. Torrens

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book 19 of my Goodreads Challenge 2018

A beautiful collection of poetry many seem very personal to the author who appears to be sharing some of her most intimate thoughts and memories.

Part One – For the Mind

Part Two – For the Heart

Part Three – For the Soul

There are some wonderful lines within this little treasure trove of a book

‘Memories trail down my face
Like rain on a bleak winter’s day.’

Well worth checking out.

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18 Goodreads ‘Mary’s Monster’

Mary's Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created FrankensteinMary’s Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein by Lita Judge

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Book 18 of my Goodreads Challenge 2018

A very enjoyable read, a graphic novel with a lyrical undertone. A true work of art with all the beautiful illustrations a real treasure to possess.

So many beautiful passages but this one has got to be one of my favourites

‘She conceived me
I took shape like an infant
not in her body, but in her heart,
growing from her imagination
till I was bold enough to climb out of the page
and into your mind.’


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Very highly recommended.

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The Healing Paths of Fife by Diana Jackson

I LOVE this book by Diana Jackson very highly recommended

Rainne's Ramblings

The Healing Paths of Fife_Diana walked along the Fife Coastal Path from North Queensferry – beneath the famous Forth Rail Bridge – to St Andrews. On her way she ‘met’ some fascinating characters – from St Margaret in Dunfermline to the real Robinson Crusoe, Alexander Selkirk, in Lower Largo.

9780993260810.jpgAs she paused to have a ‘wee blether’ with those she ‘met,’ she learnt a new way of looking at her world, finding values which gave her a way forward for the next stage in her life.

The further Diana travelled the more she became absorbed in the history of Fife and her affinity for the area grew.

As you read ‘The Healing Paths of Fife’ you may find yourself ‘walking beside Diana’ along this beautiful coast of East Scotland. Her experiences might help you with some of the challenges you face in your own life, or they may inspire you to visit this region…

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11 Roses in Literature (Shakespeare)

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Happy Sunday and today once again I am partnering Roses in Literature with #ShakespeareSunday. This weeks theme was set by NYC Central Park on Twitter. Click the image to visit their page.

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Shakespeare Garden Central Park Conservancy

Listen to how the Shakespeare garden came into being after a Black Mulberry from Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford-upon-Avon was planted in the park way back in 1880.

To find out more about Central Park’s Shakespeare Garden click HERE.

Secrets of Shakespeare’s Graden in Central Park

To delve into a few of the secrets of the garden click the image below


Roses in Shakespeare Hamlet ~ Laertes to Ophelia.

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Read the quote from Hamlet (Act 4 Scene 5 Line 155)

This is a rather sad scene Laertes is home, he is brother to Ophelia. When he sees her he becomes angry, for she has been driven to insanity. She is in love with Hamlet but, earlier in the play, he not only spurns her, but murders her father. At the end of the famous ‘mad’ scene; she hands out flowers with telling messages. This is a very strong and powerful scene and has to be one of my favourites of the play.


How now, what noise is that?

Enter Ophelia

O heat, dry up my brains! Tears seven times salt
Burn out the sense and virtue of mine eye!
By heaven, thy madness shall be paid with weight
Till our scale turn the beam. O rose of May!
Dear maid, kind sister, sweet Ophelia!
O heavens, is’t possible a young maid’s wits
Should be as mortal as an old man’s life?
Nature is fine in love, and where ’tis fine,
It sends some precious instance of itself
After the thing it loves.

Ophelia Sings.

“They bore him barefac’d on the bier,
Hey non nonny, nonny, hey nonny,
And in his grave rain’d many a tear”—
Fare you well, my dove!


Hadst thou thy wits and didst persuade revenge,
It could not move thus.


You must sing, “A-down, a-down,”
And you call him a-down-a.
O how the wheel becomes it!
It is the false steward,
that stole his master’s daughter.


This nothing’s more than matter.


There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance;
pray you, love, remember.
And there is pansies, that’s for thoughts.


A document in madness, thoughts and remembrance fitted.

Ophelia To Claudius.

There’s fennel for you, and columbines.

To Gertrude.

There’s rue for you, and here’s some for me;
we may call it herb of grace a’ Sundays.
You may wear your rue with a difference.
There’s a daisy. I would give you some violets,
but they wither’d all when my father died.
They say ’a made a good end—

My favourite Rose image

Now here is one of my favourite rose images, I took it in the garden of a book festival in Leominster, West Midlands UK back in 2015.

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Thank you for visiting, I hope you enjoyed this weeks theme.



Father’s Day

The Magic of Stories

Open to Everybody.

Father’s Day is in June and here at Magic of Stories, we would like your ‘Dad Stories’.

For the whole of the month, we shall publish different stories about different dads.

We all have many memories about our father’s and I would like just one or two contained in 500-700 words. It can be anything, funny or sad things, wishful things, or just something about your dad you would really like to share.

You can include up to three photographs and also a link back to yourself, if you wish, such as a web or Facebook page.

If you are interested, send your story in an emailand I’ll let you know the day yours will be featured and give you a link when it is written.

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