A time for candy and costumes, pumpkins and ‘Trick or Treat’. But beware of the bully lurking just down the street.
Ebenezer is really excited! It’s his first Halloween to go out ‘Trick or Treating’. Jacob Marley is excited too, but this school bully plans to steal all the kids’ sweets.Can Eb and his friends, along with the magical clock Grandfather Time teach Jacob the error of his ways? Or is the boy doomed to a life of crime, just like his wicked father?
The story of ‘Ebenezer and the Bully’ is a magical rhyming tale of behaviour matters, and the importance of being kind. It’s a treat for families to share or for reading alone, aimed at children aged 8-12 years old. With characters loosely based around the Charles Dickens classic ‘A Christmas Carol’, you’ll meet the Ghost of Christmas Past – a golden red puppy named Miss Ruby Heart – along with the Grim Reaper who will surprise Jacob by revealing his future self.
YouTube Teaser for Young Ebenezer 2
Book 1 ‘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 is a beautiful ebook 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?
E-BOOK AND PAPERBACK RELEASE DATE: SATURDAY DECEMBER 19TH 2020
Welcome E.C. Hibbs
We are so happy to welcome the very talented award-winning author, artist and ‘Santa’s’ Little Helper’. To our book blog today.
Emma is often found lost in the woods or in her own imagination. She adores nature, fantasy, and anything to do with winter. She also hosts a YouTube channel, discussing writing tips and the real-world origins of fairy tales. She lives with her family in Cheshire, England.
Emma went to university – not to read English, but to study animal behaviour. She loves nature just as much as creating, and she decided to train in a science so she would have multiple strings to her bow. Emma specialised in marine and polar ethology and ecology, has worked with over 80 species of animals – everything from rabbits to rhinos – and carried on scribbling her stories. Once she finished her degree she jumped a plane to Finland which has become her second home. Her favourite season is winter and she adores snow. One of her nicknames is Lumi: the Finnish word for snow.
A Heartwarming Tale from Lapland
It’s amazing, how inspiration can sometimes strike twice from the same lightning bolt – or aurora, in this case. A huge chunk of the Foxfires Trilogy comes from the five winters I have spent in Finnish Lapland. While there, alongside experiencing the frozen north in every aspect I could, I worked as a live storyteller, bringing traditional fairy tales and arctic legends to life. Side note: some of the people I performed for included comedian Ed Byrne and actor James McAvoy! But out of all the stories and people, there is one which holds a special place in my heart, because of the circumstances which brought it about.
December, 2015: my first winter in Finland. As I did on any other morning, I got up, left my cabin and went to work. It was a bitterly cold day: there were no clouds to hold in the heat, and the mercury didn’t climb above -20°C. In order to keep warm, everyone dressed in insulated snowsuits, which essentially looked like a cross between a boiler suit and the Michelin Man. As the first coachload of guests arrived, I greeted and played with the kids in the snow, but then I was approached by the guide. He told me that a little girl named Maddie was still on board with her family, but she couldn’t come outside because she didn’t have a suit in her size. I went up to meet them and keep them company.
Maddie looked about nine or ten years old, and as soon as I saw her, I knew she had been through a lot. All her hair was gone as a consequence of treatment, and her skin was heavily marked. When she saw me coming, whether through shyness or embarrassment, she tried to hide her face.
Uh-uh, I said to myself. We can’t have this.
I thought quickly, sat down, and made up a story for her on the spot. I told her that a long time ago, a little fox had been pushed out of his burrow by his siblings, because his fur was white while theirs was red. He wandered all about the forest, looking for anyone who would accept him for who he was. He went to some reindeer, but they thought he was a ghost and ran away. Eventually, he gave up and thought he would be alone forever, until he was approached by a magical being who had been watching. To warm him, they ran a race, and the fox was so overjoyed to have a friend at last, he swept the snow with his tail. It rose above the trees, transformed all different colours, and created the northern lights.
This story came from the same common root as The Foxfires Trilogy. In Finland, legend says that the aurora borealis is created by a magical fox which sweeps snow into the sky; and the modern Finnish word for the northern lights is revontulet, literally meaning fox fires. My larger series was already beginning to form in my mind, but the myth had touched me so deeply that I knew I had to use it a second time. As I told it to Maddie, her eyes lit up and she listened to me in wonder. By the time I was finished, a suit had been brought to her, and she went out to play.
The next evening, I attended a party. All the proceedings paused when it was announced that the northern lights were beginning to appear. Everyone rushed outside, including me, and I cried with happiness. It was the first time I had ever seen the aurora with my own eyes. And as I watched it, I felt a hand tugging on my sleeve. I turned around and found Maddie next to me.
“Is that the fox running?” she asked excitedly.
I nodded. “Yes, it is,” I said.
After the lights had faded, Maddie and her parents sought me out. She gave me a massive hug, and said something to me which broke my heart.
“I just wanted to thank you for the nice story, and wish you a Merry Christmas, because I’m going to be spending next Christmas in heaven.”
To this day, I don’t know how I didn’t crumble. She spoke so nonchalantly, as though heaven was just somewhere down the road. Afterwards, I learned that a couple of months later, Maddie sadly passed away.
In the years since, I’ve performed the fox story thousands of times, to people from all over the world. I even wrote it down, under the title Talvi and the Stars, which went on to win the 2019 Fairytalez Award for Best New Fairy Tale. But to me, it is always simply called Maddie’s Story, and I can still picture her face whenever I tell it live.
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Enter a frozen world of brutal beauty, where Spirits roam, nights last for months, and magic is wrought by the beat of a drum…
As the light returns, darkness will fall…
Spring is coming to the Northlands, but even as winter fades, an icy terror spreads. The three Worlds are on the brink of collapse, and ancient monsters rise from the earth, their wicked eyes set firmly on the mages.
Tuomas, still reeling from his defiance of the Great Bear Spirit, must finally face the reality of who he is. Mihka is furious with him, Elin refuses to speak to him, and the people do not trust him. As the villagers drive the reindeer back into the south to safety, he must set out with Lumi one final time to right his wrongs and keep the Worlds from falling apart.
But this quest shall bring the greatest test of all, for it will take him into the Deathlands: a place where no living person has ever stood…
Beginning December 19th (and including pre-orders of The Night River) 10% of royalties from the sale of each book in the Foxfires Trilogy will be donated to Adopt a Reindeer Foundation, to support the indigenous Arctic Sami people and help their traditional way of life to thrive.
“Do not fear for my safety or comfort,” said Lumi. “I will be in no immediate danger unless the Sunlight touches me.”
Tuomas sighed. “That’s another thing which is my fault, isn’t it? I put you in this body in the first place.”
“Yes, you did,” Lumi admitted, a touch of ice at the edge of her voice. “But not this time, and you know that. And I can hardly remain stoic where you are concerned. I thought that would be evident by now.”
“But you won’t fade?”
“No. Though I will ask you to allow me to keep my distance. The people must not know me as you do.”
“Why? Don’t you think it will be good for them, to see they don’t have to be terrified of you?”
“They should respect me.”
“Fear is different to respect,” Tuomas insisted. “Please don’t let pride get the better of you again.”
“Get the better of me?” she repeated pointedly. “We are both guilty of that. It is what we are: to be proud, and powerful. In all my thousands of years of existence, Tuomas, I could count on these fingers you gave me, how often I have terrorised them. The same can even be said for my mother, and for all the Spirits. Nature will be nature. Stories will do what they will with our natures. Do you not remember, when you came to me in the World Above, how the souls held no fear of me?”
Tuomas hesitated. She was right. The way they had danced around her, revelled in her Lights as she swept the aurora through the sky… it was as though they had come home.
“Until recently, when the abilities were cut off, only mages possessed the power to commune with Spirits,” Lumi said. “And out of all the mages who have ever lived, only you know the absolute truth of what we are. The people have spun their own fear and stories by themselves, and I respond in kind. Let it continue, if that is where they may draw their own power. They shall need strength, as much as you will.”
Tuomas swallowed. “I’d never thought of it like that before.”
“Well, you have had other matters to think on since this all began,” said Lumi. “And I dare say there is a limit to what a human mind is able to take, even if it is given life by a Spirit.”
He shrugged. “Fair point.”
Lumi put her hands on his shoulders. It was so light, he barely felt it through the thick fur of his coat.
“Now, go and eat. I will remain out here.”
Tuomas shot her a hopeful glance. “Won’t you come over with me? Please?”
With that, she turned around and walked away.
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‘Young Ebenezer ~ Confronts the School Bully’ by Rose English
So quite recently some of my lovely Indie Author friends and I went to Silsden in Yorkshire to a Children’s Halloween Spooktacular hosted by Many Hands and David Driver from Drystone Radio. There were writers workshops, crafts to create Hallowen spooky paintings, creatures and stories. Several of the stories were shared on the local radio and a fun day was had by all.
#RubyTubeDay Halloween Spooktacular video on YouTube
Here is my interview sharing a teaser from Young Ebenezer Book 2.
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New Release ‘Young Ebenezer ~ Confronts the School Bully’
We are so excited, and we hope you will be too when you hear our news?‘Young Ebenezer ~ Confronts the School Bully’by Rose English is to be released on Tuesday 1st October 2019. This is plenty of time for a #Halloween treat much better than sweets! Plus in plenty of time for #NationalPoetryDay on Thursday 3rd October 2019.
To celebrate Rose is doing a special promotion of Book 1 in the series‘Young Ebenezer ~ A New Christmas Carol’ think modern children’s classic reminiscent of Charles Dickens and T’was the Night Before Christmas.
For the days leading up to the release Book 1 will be on an amazon Kindle Countdown and the book will be reduced from £2.99 to just 99p or 99c for our dot com friends. The book is also available as an audio book narrated in the style of a Charles Dickens classic by Bill Schafer check it out on YouTube.
Young Ebenezer Teaser from YouTube
chimes out loud and clear,
he’s telling us all,
Christmas soon will be here.
The fire is burning;
the room’s all aglow,
outside the snow’s falling,
so gentle and slow.
Many young boys and girls
are on their Playstations,
throughout all the nation.
Yet one little fellow
is still not content,
to get even more presents,
is his main intent.
Now young Ebenezer,
is a naughty young lad,
not sharing with others,
he really is bad.
So Grandfather Time has
been watching him grow,
with a feeling of sadness
that is making him low.
It is time for the boy,
a lesson to learn,
that he has to be good,
for the presents to earn.
He must learn to share,
with the girls and the boys
and learn how to give
and not take others’ toys.
Introducing Rose English
Living on ‘England’s Green & Pleasant Land’, among the gentle rolling hills of the Herefordshire Countryside, Rose’s house is wall to wall books. She even has a ‘Leaning Tower of Paperbacks‘.
Rose is a dreamer, preferring a simple & quiet life. Often spending time alone, although never lonely, being ever surrounded by great characters when lost in a good book. She loves theatre and the arts, adoring live performances on stage. Rose has very eclectic tastes.
Working as a school librarian, and sharing her love of books with children, was the best job she ever had. However, life moves on and another chapter was only a page turn away.
Now working in an entirely different library, in Hereford’s Wye Valley NHS Trust Hospital, Rose spends her day issuing ‘Medical Equipment’.
Rose also has a little friend called Miss Ruby Heart a ruby King Charles Spaniel who reviews Children’s Books.
Rio, Brasil has always been split in half. Marcos Martinez is from the half where homelessness and poverty is the norm. The son of a man who lived on the streets until he was adopted at the age of twelve, Marcos has made it his mission to defy the norm and make something of his life.
Gio Silvas knows only the lifestyle of the other side. A billionaire’s son, he’s a selfish, weak, narcissistic bully who thrives on hedonism, vibrant carnivals, and untold wealth—a lifestyle where the word “no” is not part of his vocabulary. When Gio falls for Marcos’ twin sister Caro, a hard life lesson is heading his way. Will he see the error of his ways and change, or will his love for Caro push him and her family past the point of no return?
Familiar characters await, along with new, to both entrance and appal in this third instalment of the Children from the Streets series. Come. It’s time. Carnival is upon us. Are you ready to return to the streets?
If you haven’t read the first two books in the series, you can pick them up below:
A Boy from the Streets
Two babies abandoned at birth—one grows up in a life of privilege, the other in poverty.
On the 12th of September, 1981, twin boys are born in a Brasilian hospital and left to their fate as orphans. Jose is adopted by a couple who takes him to England, but the other isn’t so lucky. Pedro ends up on the streets of Rio, left to fend for himself in a harsh and unforgiving world.
Love and betrayal.
Twelve years later Jose’s family returns to Brasil, where he learns the truth about his adoption and his twin. Thinking his adoptive parents no longer want him, he runs away to find his brother. What follows will shake Jose to the core and shape the rest of his life—if he can survive.
Jose isn’t the only one whose life will change. Pedro is offered an opportunity beyond any of his wildest dreams, but to keep it will mean the betrayal of someone he loves. This proves to be a far greater challenge than he anticipated when the orphan finds himself suddenly surrounded by family who, unfortunately, don’t all have good intentions.
Hopes and dreams.
A Boy from the Streets will tug at your heart-strings and have you rooting for the little guy as you follow the twists and turns this multi-continental tale takes.
Sins of the Father
Having seen first-hand the results of starvation, abuse, and murder, Carlos Suarez knows all too well that the streets of Rio are no place for a child to grow up.
Because of his own history and subsequent rescue from that poverty at the age of fifteen, he makes it his life’s work to ensure opportunities are available to the future generations of Brasil’s homeless children—but no matter how many kids Carlos saves, it’s never enough for him.
Almost to the point of obsession.
Dedicated to his work, and haunted by his past, Carlos has never considered an intimate relationship with anyone, let alone another man, especially after that night. But when Fate throws him a curve ball, and his past comes screaming back threatening to destroy his future, Carlos will discover that redemption can be found in the most unexpected of places.
Guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings, Sins of the Father is a story you won’t be able to put down.
About the Author Maria Gibbs
I started reading and writing from an early age, it has always been my passion and my escape. There are so many worlds out there to discover and to create. I write in many genres, my mind is alive with thoughts and ideas so I allow them free release on paper. If I were to sum up what the common denominator is between my books, I would have to say they tug at the heartstrings – in the main. My reader’s tell me I’ve reduced them to tears. Inspiration comes in many forms and I grab it with greedy hands. I am predominantly a pantser, planning only when needed.
I work full-time but my dream is to be able to make a living from writing and be able to give my undivided time to releasing all the books that are floating around in my over-active brain.
When I’m not writing, I like reading, crafting, running, listening to music or riding my motorbike.
***Warning this book contains some horrific scenes, so beware!***
I absolutely LOVE this book series and want to thank the author for my advanced reading copy. This is the second prequel to the Witch-Hunter Trilogy and does contain spoilers from the trilogy so it is highly recommended that you read The Shadow Rises, before finding out more about everybody’s favourite cold-hearted bitch SOPHIE.
Teenager Sophie Murphy is beautiful, arrogant and cocky. She is something very special amongst the witch community, although as yet she has not come into her full power being so young and still in training.
The witch council are trying to find the tool or key to unlock Sophie’s full potential but who can she trust? She has no friends, but does become close with Izzya Wiccan who is in many of the same classes as Sophie at school. Izzy begs often to go to the events hosted by the witch’s community but Sophie always refuses. Wiccans are not seen in a favourable light by true witches.
Sadly Izzy sneaks to one of the events, and this will be her undoing. Sophie and her aunt have to give Izzy a potion to make her forget all she has seen. However, will the spell last or will there be dire consequences? Check out the story for yourself.
This is a wonderful addition to the Witch-Hunter Series I cannot wait to get my hands on a print copy to sit on my Book Shelf of Favourites.
The Shadow Rises (Witch-Hunter #1)
When a new witch threat rises, only Hunter Astley can stop them…
In the face of dark magic and evil witches, a secret witch-hunting society works tirelessly to keep them at bay. The Malleus Maleficarum Council have strict rules and practises for eradicating magic.
Due to their work, witches have been almost forgotten, relegated to myth; but rumours are starting to emerge of a new power that will throw the world into chaos.
As the only 7th generation witch-hunter, Hunter Astley is the best the MMC has to offer. With the help of his colleagues, it’s a race to track down this new threat and stop them… in any way he can.
Part one of the Witch-Hunter trilogy is Free to download from most ebook retailers.
About the author
My name is Kelly Sarah Marsden.
In the last ten years I have lived all over the UK; in London; Wales; Ireland. But now I’m settled in my hometown of Doncaster, Yorkshire.
My first book: The Shadow Rises was published in January 2013.
The complete Witch-Hunter series is now available in ebook and paperback from Amazon and other online stores.
I currently work at a horse feed company; and train horses and riders in my spare time.
I’ve had a very interesting, changeable career to date. I have been a horse-riding instructor; a cocktail waitress; and a professional stallion handler; amongst other things!
In my spare time, I enjoy horse riding, reading and writing… oh wait, that’s work again.