‘The Night River’ Blog Tour Part 2 with Guest E.C. Hibbs

Blog Tour

Day 01 Monday 7th December 2020

Day 02 Wednesday 9th December 2020

Day 03 Thursday 10th You Are Here

Day 04 Friday 11th December 2020

Day 05 Sunday 13th December 2020

Day 06 Monday 14th December 2020

Day 07 Tuesday 15th December 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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‘The Night River’ Blog Tour Day 3 Part 1

The Night River: The Foxfires Trilogy, Book Three

GENRE: YA fantasy adventure


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.

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“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.


Thank you for visiting. Later we will have a guest post from this talented Author E.C. Hibbs

Author Interview featuring T.G. Campbell by Fiona Mcvie

Congratulations to Bow Street Society and T.G. Campbell on the #NewRelease of Book 4 of the wonderful Victorian Murder Mystery Books

As a special celebration Book 3 is currently FREE to download

‘The Case of the Spectral Shot’

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Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

My full name is Tahnee Anne Georgina Campbell but I write under the pen amne of T.G. Campbell. Most people have difficulty pronouncing/spelling my first name. I therefore thought it would make my readers’ lives easier if I wrote under my initials. I’m thirty-four years old.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Milton Keynes, a large town located a half hour’s train ride from London. Aside from the three years I was at university in Winchester I’ve lived in Milton Keynes all my life. I was also born in Milton Keynes Hospital during its first year after opening.

 Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I write a series of crime fiction books set in Victorian…

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Case of the Toxic Tonic

The Case of The Toxic Tonic (Bow Street Society Mystery, #4)

Early November, 1896. When the Bow Street Society is called upon to assist the Women’s International Maybrick Association, it’s assumed the commission will be a short-lived one. Yet, a visit to the Walmsley Hotel in London’s prestigious west end only serves to deepen the Society’s involvement. In an establishment that offers exquisite surroundings, comfortable suites, and death, the Bow Street Society must work alongside Scotland Yard to expose a cold-blooded murderer. Meanwhile, two inspectors secretly work to solve the mystery of not only Miss Rebecca Trent’s past but the creation of the Society itself…

The Bow Street Society is a fictional group of amateur detectives created by award winning crime fiction author, T.G. Campbell. Each of its civilian members has been enlisted for their unique skill or exceptional knowledge in a particular field derived from their usual occupation. Members are assigned to cases by the Society’s clerk, Miss Trent, based upon these skills and fields of knowledge. This ensures the Society may work on the behalf of clients regardless of their social class or wealth; cases that the police either can’t or won’t investigate. From an artist to a doctor, from a solicitor to a journalist, the Bow Street Society’s aim is to provide justice by all and for all.

Set a month after the events of The Case of The Spectral Shot, The Case of The Toxic Tonic is the fourth instalment in the Bow Street Society Mystery series of novels. Yet, whilst The Case of The Spectral Shot focused on spiritualism, this new addition to the Bow Street Society canon looks at the luxuries enjoyed by upper-class hotel guests—specifically massages. In The Case of The Toxic Tonic, though, this service is provided with the utmost secrecy, discretion, and respectability at the Walmsley Hotel. Despite its plot being fictional, T.G. Campbell’s latest whodunnit is based on historical research.

An article was published in the British Medical Journal in November, 1894, entitled ‘THE SCANDALS OF MASSAGE.’ It had followed a similar article published in the same journal in the summer of 1894, entitled ‘Immoral “massage” establishments’. Both articles insinuated the act of massage was merely a euphemism for prostitution. The latter also depicted “massage shops” as thinly disguised brothels.

These articles, and others in the popular press which followed a similar vein, led to the formation of a council of trained masseuses that consisted of nine nurses and midwives. From October, 1894, a ‘Massage notes’ supplement was published monthly in Nursing Notes. Then, in February 1895, Rosalind Paget and Lucy Robinson formed The Society of Trained Masseuses. Known in modern times as The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, “The Society set examinations and education standards, inspected training schools, and quickly embraced wider methods of treatment, including medical gymnastics, hydrotherapy and electro-therapy.”

The act of massage had been given some credibility thanks to efforts of the Society of Trained Masseuses. Nonetheless, its scandalous reputation would’ve remained within the consciousness of polite society in 1896. Thus, despite making efforts to make its massage parlour respectable­—female masseuses treating female guests, male masseuses treating male guests, and masseuses’ bodies and hands kept covered at all times—the Walmsley Hotel must keep its existence a closely guarded secret. Only guests in need of massage for medicinal purposes are offered an appointment. The last thing Mr Marinus Walmsley wants is for his hotel to be likened to a brothel, after all.

Yet, it’s his determination to maintain the parlour as an exclusive luxury for the sickly rich that makes it the perfect setting for discreet—and cold-blooded—murder….

The Case of The Toxic Tonic is released on 31st August 2019:

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The Scandals of Massage article in the British Medical Journal (Published 24 November 1894) Br Med J 1894;2:1199

 Sex and the Society article by Lisa Wilde in Frontline: The Physiotherapy Magazine for CSP Members (Published 22 May 2006 in issue 10) (You may need to sign up to access this article)

 “Historical Background” sub-section of the Wellcome Library website’s entry for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy collection (reference: SA/CSP)

#NewRelease ‘The Other Side of the Streets’

The Other Side of the Streets

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?

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A Boy from the Streets

2018 Boy kindleTwo 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

2018 Sins kindleHaving 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

Maria PicI 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.


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New Release Sophie: Witch-Hunter

Sophie: Witch-Hunter

K.S. Marsden


Everyone will betray you…

Sophie has always had a high opinion of herself. She is smart, beautiful, and meant for something more than a mundane, human life.

From a young age she’s had to weigh duty against selfish desires. Her new friend Izzy starts to break down her carefully-constructed walls, and makes Sophie question everything she thought she knew.

With witch-hunters and witches vying for a place in her future, Sophie has to decide who she can trust.

This is a prequel to the Witch-Hunter trilogy, and contains spoilers from the very beginning.

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As stated, this is not intended to be a stand-alone, and relies on knowledge of  the Witch-Hunter world. If you have not yet read The Shadow Rises (Witch-Hunter #1), you can pick it up for FREE.

Goodreads Book Review

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 51 of my Goodreads Challenge 2019

***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 Izzy a 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.

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Release Day ‘Sins of the Father’ by Maria Gibbs

17th May 2018

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Sins of the Father


Maria Gibbs

Genre: Literary Fiction

Buy your copy of ‘Sins of the Father’ here



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.



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I write in many genres, my mind is alive with thoughts and ideas so I allow them free release on paper. Inspiration comes in many forms and I grab it with greedy hands. Writing has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. My most popular book so far is ‘A Boy from the Streets’ which is centred on twin babies orphaned at birth in Brazil, one baby is adopted into a life of luxury and the other abandoned into the poverty of the streets.

When I’m not writing, I like reading, listening to music or riding my motorbike.


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