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Blog Tour ‘Beyond Death’ by Deb McEwan

Beyond Death

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Blog Tour ~ Beyond Death
Author: Deb McEwan 
Genre: Supernatural/Suspense 
Dates: 22nd of May ~ 2nd of June 
Hosted by: Ultimate Fantasy Book Tours
Beyond Death
Blurb:

What really happens when we die? Twenty-something Claire Sylvester is about to find out. The morning after the best night of her life she is taken before her time. Claire is suspended in her mysterious new world. She watches as the secret lives of those she loves unravels, and sadistic villains are punished on the road to their own personal hell. All the while a higher authority ponders her ultimate fate. More than Claire knows depends on her actions and those of the unlikely partner who accompanied her on her journey. What will be her final destination? Beyond Death – a supernatural thriller of love and loss, deceit and revenge, with a little romance and humour.

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Buy Link:
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Author Bio:

Following thirty odd years in the British Army, Deb and her husband Allan decided to become weather refugees and settle in Cyprus. Throughout her life Deb has dabbled with writing. Her first book was ‘Reindeer Dreams’ – a quirky rhyming Christmas story for children featuring Barry the reindeer and his family. Her first grown-up books about aliens and unearthly spiders could be explained as off the wall. The Afterlife trilogy came next with a few ‘Jason the Penguin’ books in between. The first book in the current series ‘Unlikely Soldiers’, is set in 1970s Britain, with others to follow through the decades. Deb now spends her time writing, working part-time, avoiding housework and playing tour guide along with Allan. She tries to keep the pounds off by playing netball and long-distance walking.

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#ChillWithABookAward Winner author Maria Gibbs talks all things bookish

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My lovely friend Maria Gibbs won a special Readers Chill with a Book Award and now she features in this wonderful interview below go check it out 🙂

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Grab these novelettes now before the price increase

So disheartening at times for Indie Authors, costs are barely covered for books that are  self-published. Check out this blog by Maria Gibbs. Prices of her phenomenal novelettes are having to increase this weekend so grab copies before that then.

I have decided to increase the kindle price for all my novelettes this weekend from £0.99/$0.99 to £1.99/£$1.99 If you’ve been meaning to pick up a copy and haven’t done so yet then you have the chance to do so before the increase. The reason I have decided to do this is two-fold. One is […]

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‘Lost Love In Spring ~ Hawthorn’

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So to celebrate May Day I am sharing a section from my book ‘Lost Love in Spring’

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‘Going A-Maying’ by John Ingram

Oh, we will go a-Maying, love,
A-Maying we will go.
Beneath the branches swaying, love,
With weight of scented snow.
Laburnum’s golden tresses, love.
Float in the perfumed air;
Which heedless their caresses, love.
Seeks violets in their lair;
And with their scents a-playing, love.
It gambols to and fro,—
Where we will go a-Maying, love,
Where we will Maying go.

The bees are busy humming, love,
Amid the opening blooms.
Foretelling Summer’s coming, love,
Farewell to wintry glooms.
The primrose pale, from crinkly sheen.
Up from the ground now speeds;
And cowslips slim, ‘mid leafy green,
Else in the unknown meads.
And buttercups are weighing, love,
The gold they soon -must strow,—
Where we will go a-Maying, love,
‘Where we will Maying go.

The hawthorn’s bloom is falling, love,
We must no longer wait;
Each bird is blithely calling, love.
Unto his chosen mate;
Each bud unblown is swelling, love.
Green grow the vernal fields;
Each insect leaves its dwelling, love,
And all to Summer yields:
The mowers are out haying, love,
Woodbine is in full blow,—
Where we will go a-Maying, love,
Where we will Maying go.

(Featured in Mrs Kirtland Poetry of Flowers 1800)

History

The hawthorn is known by many names one of the most popular being The May Bush or May Blossom but it is also known as Quickthorn.

Country folk used to take themselves to the woods on May Day and snip branches off the flowering hawthorn hence the old custom of ‘Going – A – Maying’. They did this in order to celebrate the Goddess of Flowers – Flora.

Plant Features

Hawthorn is a fast growing plant and often used as cheap hedging. It can grow into a tree of around thirty feet. When the plant is young its twigs are a reddish colour with small leaves. Flowering in late spring the hawthorn produces white flowers each having five petals with reddish centres.

Berries also grow on the hawthorn tree but are not ripe until the autumn.

Ancient Medicinal Use

The flowers were distilled and if applied to areas on the skin that may have been pierced by thorns or splinters then the liquid would draw them out.

Any inward pains were eased by bruising the seeds and boiling them in wine.

Modern Medicinal Use

The hawthorn is more popular today than ever, as the berries are found to increase the muscle action of the heart. A tonic is made using two tablespoons of berries to one cup of boiling water. For a mild tonic the flower buds may be used again – two tablespoons of buds to one cup of boiling water taken twice a day.

Alternatively tinctures are available from herbalists and used as preventative treatment for many diseases connected with the heart: angina, palpitations, poor circulation and atherosclerosis or fatty degeneration.

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I hope you enjoyed this little snippet from ‘Lost Love in Spring’

To take a peek inside the book visit Amazon by clicking the image

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Cover Wars Vote ‘A Boy From the Streets’ by Maria Gibbs

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This wonderful book cover by JC Clarke is currently in a ‘Cover Wars Battle’

To vote click the image link below and vote ‘A Boy From The Streets’ by Maria Gibbscover wars

It is not only a Beautiful Cover but also a truly gripping tale

Very Highly Recommended

Just take a look at the teasers below along with the inspiration behind the story

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Thank you for dropping by we sure would love if you could vote for Maria’s book

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#IndieFriends on #IndieBookBanter

Introducing J.S. Burke #IndieBookBanter today welcomes one of our #IndieFriends an International Indie Author from the other side of the world J.S. Burke. Please tell us a little bit about yourself, and the best place for us to find out more. I’m J.S. Burke, author of the ‘Dragon Dreamer Series’ and other books. I live […]

via 09 Book Banter with J.S. Burke — Indie Book Banter