Introducing Miss Ruby Heart

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Miss Ruby Heart is a main character from the book ‘Young Ebenezer ~ A New Christmas Carol’ by Rose English.

We are setting up a new blog page to share a love of Children’s Books. We would love it if you could please #SpreadTheWord. Thank You

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Halloween Teaser from Young Ebenezer

Young Eb Bully Teaser

Happy Halloween

Were you out trick or treating? No me neither, and with the weather so damp the kids stayed away this evening too. More sweets for me whoop whoo.

I do however have a treat for you. I am working on a new ‘Young Ebenezer’ story and below is a little teaser. I hope you enjoy it, I would love to know your thoughts leave me a comment below. Happy Reading.

Young Ebenezer ~ Confronts the School Bully

I bring you a treat,
a Halloween story.
Of young Ebenezer
and his best friend young Rory.
I watch over the boys,
I am Grandfather Time,
and I’ll tell you this tale
in rhythm and rhyme.

It is All Hallows Eve,
and the kids in the schools
are getting excited
to go home, dress as ghouls.
There’ll be vampires and ghosts
with monsters galore,
stepping out on the streets,
to knock on your door.

‘Boing, Boing.’ I chime out
as Eb reaches our door.
‘Boing, Boing.’ Once again
as my hands have reached four.
The house it smells yummy,
Mum’s made a great feast
and like the Grinch in the film
Dad will carve the roast beast.

School bag and blazer
are thrown without care,
and land in a heap
at the base of the stair.
‘Go back, pick them up.’
His Dad’s strict command,
‘Or no treats for you,
no matter how much, you demand.’

Eb does as he’s told
so he won’t miss the treats.
Or his first Halloween,
with his mates on the streets.
Dinner is rushed
and fills up his tummy.
But there is still room for sweets
and all things that are yummy.

Now two streets away,
Halloween started early
for a naughty young lad,
his name – Jacob Marley.
He’s the naughtiest boy,
in the whole of the school,
and is often caught out,
breaking every rule.

Jacob Marley thinks nothing,
of stealing kids treats.
He’s an absolute terror,
when out on the streets.
A boy who is bad,
and never plays nice.
Of tormenting a child,
he never thinks twice.

His plot for the day,
to steal all the treats
that others collected
after walking the streets.
But today I am watching,
And he’s in for a surprise
let us hope we can change,
his ways by sunrise.

I am Grandfather Time
With magical powers
I can enter a clock
as it chimes out the hours.
My friend is a puppy
named Miss Ruby Heart,
and together we help
children make a new start.

To be continued…

Thank you for visiting.

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Ghostly Writes writers write together again…2018 Anthology coming soon

A Halloween Treat that won’t rot your teeth

Jane Risdon

Ghostly Writes Anthology Writers

are back

with their 2018 Anthology

to be published by Plaisted Publishing House

in time for Halloween.

Paperback and E-book

Watch out for buy links later this month.

GHOSTLY WRITES ANTHOLOGY 2018

23 fabulously spooky and discombobulating stories from around the world.

Including my own spooky crime story THE GIFT.

Pop over to enjoy blog posts about our writers:

Here is mine: 

https://www.kmmcfarland.com/blog/author-spotlight-jane-risdon

The Gift by Jane Risdon

and here are some others for you to enjoy:

https://www.kmmcfarland.com/blog/author-spotlight-wendy-steele-contributing-author-ghostly-writes-anthology-2018

https://www.kmmcfarland.com/blog/october-04th-2018

https://www.kmmcfarland.com/blog/author-spotlight-m-j-mallon-contributing-author-ghostly-writes-anthology-2018

Keep ’em peeled for more blog spots.

Here is our YouTube video presentation – I hope you enjoy it.

https://youtu.be/4W2t9sLhW0A

https://www.facebook.com/PlaistedPublishing

Four Anthologies and one more to come in October 2018

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Craggle Hill by E.A. Belle New Release

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Craggle Hill by E.A. Belle

Ebook: getbook.at/CraggleHill

Paperback: getbook.at/CraggleHillPaperback

Children’s Book age 7 – 12 years

At the top of Craggle Hill, in a village named Appleworth, there lived a woman called Eartha and her two cats, Hazel and Wart.

Now, it was no secret to the community of Appleworth that Eartha practiced herbal medicine. The fact that she could actually do real magic was always kept secret from the world and only ever practiced behind closed doors. She was what you would call a natural witch. And natural witches, like Eartha, used the earth’s resources and energy to help people who needed it. All that Appleworth knew, was that Eartha provided people with cures and remedies she’d made from the herbs and plants in her garden. You could always catch her tending to her luscious herb beds or boiling up some new concoction in her cauldron. Her door was always open to help anyone who needed it. Or at least, that’s how it used to be.

One day, after a series of vandalism and taunting towards her craft, Eartha decided to close her doors to the village. They’d taken her well-meaning practice and twisted it into being dark and evil. She wasn’t sure what had happened, or why the town had suddenly turned against her, but there was nothing she could do or say.

As the months passed by and the villagers’ disapproval towards her skills became worse, so did the taunting. And one night, after a second fire attack, Eartha decided to take serious measures and took to the garden with a spade and began to dig.

Three and a half weeks later, after endless mud flinging and hours and hours of back-breaking hard work, she stood back and observed. She smiled. She was safe. Surrounding her property now was a twelve-foot deep and wide ditch. The only way in or out was via broom… Or so she thought.

On All Hallows’ Eve, Eartha’s broom is stolen right from under her nose. Who did it and how she doesn’t know. But the one thing she does know is she is furious and finally ready to teach the people of Appleworth a lesson in manners.

For a witch without her broom, is a very mad witch indeed.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42110360-craggle-hill

Halloween Treats

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat: 50 Spooktacular Halloween Poems for Kids by E.A. Belle

Trick or Treat is a pick ‘n’ mix of sweet, funny, scary, and gross poems that are sure to get you in the mood for Halloween. So, open if you dare and see if you get a trick or a treat.


 

Spooky Stories & Terrifying Tales Spooky Storiesby E.A. Belle

Are you afraid of the dark? Do you shiver at the mere mention of ghosts? Do you hide behind your pillow when you watch a scary movie? If so, this book is NOT for you.

Inside the pages of this book, you will find five stories that are sure to leave you creeped out and sleeping with the light on for at least a week and a day. With stories of night stalkers in the woods, possessed puppets and scary babysitters, this is sure to get your blood pumping and every hair on your body standing to attention.

The decision to read on is yours. But remember… you’ve been warned.

Stories included:

The Clown with the Angry Face
The Tale of Timothy Thatcher
The Babysitter
Breakdown on Horton Hill
The Puppet from Aunt Patricia


Children’s Author E. A. Belle

E.A.Belle

E.A.Belle is a children’s author and poet who believes that reading to and with your kids is one of the best bonding moments in life.

Belle lives in the rural county of Shropshire, England, and spends her days looking after her children and writing. 

 She is a wife, mother, wicked step-mother, lover of all things Halloween and a wannabe witch. 

 

Visit the website of E.A. Belle by clicking HERE

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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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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 27 of my Goodreads Challenge

WOW I REALLY LOVE THIS SERIES

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.’

This series is VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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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

Wings of Darkness

Wings of Shadow

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