Yorkshire Halloween Book Event

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Halloween Book Event (FREE for Booklovers)

Hello booklovers, for anyone in or around the Yorkshire / Bradford area there will be a FREE book event happening on Saturday 19th October 2019. Of course there will be Halloween Books but the event will be for books across ALL genre. The event will be held once again at the Kala sangam Arts Centre in Bradford, West Yorkshire UK.


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Indie Authors & Poets

If you are a writer and would like to join the event, there are both full and half tables still  available. It is first come first served. If tables become filled then the organisers can put you on the reserve list. Click the image below to go to the sign up page for more information.

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Follow This Publishing

Follow This Publishing are the masterminds behind the Indie Fest UK (Originally UK Indie Lit Fest) but they have come back bigger and better. The new events will now include Indie musicians, poets, artists and much more. More information can be found on their website.

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UK Indie Lit Fest Re-Branding 2019

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Last UK Indie Fest Before Re-Branding

I cannot believe it is just over one week, since the  UK Indie Lit Fest  FREE Book Event took place at Kala Sangam in Bradford. It turned out to be the last one under this name because the event is being re-branded and will be known henceforth as Indie Fest UK offering events featuring not only Indie Authors but a whole lot more. Details still being put together. One thing I can share with you is the brand new logo.

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The Roses & Dreams Team at the Lit Fest

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It was so lovely to meet up with my good friend Maria Gibbs for this annual event. The pair of us had a wonderful time catching up with friends both old and new. We sold a handful of books between us but personally I came away with more than I went with.

Book Haul from the 2019 UK Indie Lit Fest

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The Other Side of the Streets by Maria Gibbs

Sophie ~ Witch Hunter by K.S. Marsden

Moving Day by Pamela A. Pedder

M.I.C.E. and the Dragon Worm by William Coniston (Book 2)

M.I.C.E. and the Future by William Coniston (Book 3)

Bluetooth & the World Wide Web David Hardcastle & E. Rachael Hardcastle

Rosie and the Magical Maraca by Andrea Hornby

A Pocketful of Whispers by Michael Wombat

Red Christmas by Michael Wombat

Tooth and Claw: A short dragon tale  by Michael Wombat

Blood on the Ground: and other short stories by Michael Wombat

(A free copy from Michael, Thank you kind sir)

The Church of Freyr by Duncan Thompson

So as you can see I came home with a real mixed bag of books. We took absolutley loads of photographs and time permitting I hope to share more on the attending authors over the coming weeks.

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#CampNaNoWinner2019 Day 31

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Well I did not think I was going to make it this time but after a final rush when I got home after work I managed just shy of 1,000 words to enable me to reach my 15,000 word target. OK so it is not in the same league as the NaNoWriMo challenge of 50,000 words but it’s a good way to completing my new folklore story book.

The Great Selkie of Sule Skerry

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Congratulations to all who took part

I believe we are ALL Winners


A Favourite Selkie Teaser

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Camp NaNoWriMo Day 30 Part 15 #Selkie

Day 30 Camp NaNoWriMo

Well not long to go until the end of the writing challenge. Today I managed around 1,000 words in note form they simply need typing up. Hopefully I can do this tomorrow so I will be able to do a validation on the work. Fingers crossed.

Here once again is a small teaser.

The Great Selkie of Sule Skerry

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Múirne gave birth on a stormy spring night, as the winds battered the door and rattled the windows. She was fearful of the birthing, being closeted alone and unaided in the little cottage. But the actual event was fast. When her eyes lit upon the bairn she discovered Solas had been right it was a boy child. He was beautiful and perfectly formed, yet on closer inspection she noticed the whole of his tiny body was covered in a very fine white fur.

Lifting him to her, he let out a few tiny mewls and she laid him gently upon her chest where he could suckle at her breast. His tiny fist was clenched and as he latched upon the teat tiny fingers unfurled like the petals of a flower blooming, and she saw between each digit, very fine webbing.

‘‘Would she need to isolate this child from the eyes of others who might cast doubt and be afraid?’

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Camp NaNoWriMo Day 29 Part 14 #Selkie

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Too tired and achey to write today and my back is killing me after slipping on wet stones in Bradford. Therefore I am Just sharing a short teaser of 🙂

The Great Selkie of Sule Skerry

190729 Great Selkie TeaserThe wine had taken its toll and Múirne awoke in her own bed with a throbbing head. Had it all been a dream, was Solas real or just a figment of her loneliness. She spied the conch upon the table of the little cottage and knew beyond doubt that her lover was real.

A memory tapped at the corner of her mind, strong arms carrying her home and laying her upon the bed. Words were hazy but when she sat up suddenly they rushed forward like a wave pushed by a violent storm.

‘Goodbye my love, my fair maid. The tide is turning and I must away.’

He had kissed her forehead and placed his hand gently over her stomach.

‘Grow strong my bonnie wee lad, my son, my little Rònan. This is my final gift to you my beloved Múirne.’

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Camp NaNoWriMo Day 28 Part 13 #Selkie

Day 28 CampNaNoWriMo

Oh my goodness I cannot believe the UK Indie Lit Fest FREE Book Event in Bradford is over.  How slowly it came and then was gone my lovely friend Maria Gibbs is  back home in London and I’ finally back home. Well after a little mishap this morning when I slipped and ended up sitting in a couple of inches of rain water. 😦

It was an A~MAZ~ING event, great to catch up with friends both old and new. Plus I managed to bag myself some new reads. Now it will be finding time to finish this challenge and then read. As you can guess NO words written for the challenge this weekend. So I cut my goal down to 15,000 words which I should be able to achieve in the final couple of days. Wish me luck 🙂

The Great Selkie of Sule Skerry

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The conch whispered its hidden lullaby as the sun disappeared and seemed to melt into the salty sea leaving a pink tinged sky in its wake. As the world turned the colour leached away and the stars became visible as white dots in a dull grey sky.

Then before long they were sparkling upon black velvet, the moon climbing high into the atmosphere revealing the silvery path once more upon the water. For a moment she remembered the dream from the previous night. That of a sleek grey seal dipping and diving in the waves.

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