Roses and Dreams Christmas 2017

Oh how exciting Diana Jackson our lovely Indie Author friend is offereing her beautiful book as a giveaway The Healing Paths of Fife is VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED visit the original post on Diana’s blog


A Selection of Recollections

As part of the Roses and Dreams Christmas 2017 events I would like to offer a signed copy of

The Healing Paths of Fife


to the best imaginary question asked of a famous person in history and their possible reply. This is in the spirit of The Healing Paths of Fife when Diana (I) met various folks from the past as I walked along the Fife Coastal Path including Robert Louis Stevenson, St Margaret and even Alexander Selkirk, the real Robinson Crusoe of Lower Largo.

Please send your questions and replies to by 31st December 2017.

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Trust and Give Thanks

This is a beautiful saying and I just had to share. Happy Thanksgiving Day to all who celebrate it. 🙂

An ordinary favor we do for someone or any compassionate reaching out may seem to be going nowhere at first, but may be planting a seed we can’t see right now. Sometimes we need to just do the best we can and then trust in an unfolding we can’t design or ordain.”  ~ Sharon Salzberg

Wishing you a harvest of blessings, good health and good times. Happy Thanksgiving day America.

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The supernatural story of the Blue Men of the Scottish sea @MarieLaval1

I really love old folklore expecially selkies and merfolk, this is a wonderful blog I urge you go check it out 🙂

Helena Fairfax

It’s a great please to welcome romance author, friend and fellow Romantic Novelists’ Association member Marie Laval today. I got to know Marie through my first novel, The Silk Romance, which is set in Lyon, which is where Marie comes from. I first interviewed Marie here on my blog almost five years ago, and since then we have become good friends. 

Marie’s wonderful historical romance, Dancing for the Devil, has jut been re-released and she’s here today to tell us some of the supernatural history behind the Scottish setting.

Bienvenue, Marie!

The Blue Men of the Minch: Traditional Folk Tales from Scotland

Photo courtesy of Pixabay

I really enjoyed reading tales and legends from Scotland whilst researching for my historical romance DANCING FOR THE DEVIL, which is mostly set in the far north of the Highlands, and which has just been re-released by Áccent Press.

My heroine’s first experience…

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#WIP ‘Seal Mother’ December 2016

I have been working on this little tale for years I really need to try harder and get it published. It is a matter of finding the right images to go inside.

Rose English UK

‘Seal Mother’ by Rose English


The beautiful illustration on the cover was penned by the wonderful artist Abigail Ryder

called ‘Daughter of the Selkies’

The text and background cover done by the wonderful JC Clarke visit her Etsy store

Click HERE

I thought this little folktale finished, yet I find myself expanding the book so people will hopefully get their money’s worth. I have done this by adding a further story this time of a handsome selkie male. An old folktale from the Shetland Isles check the tune below on the video.

‘The Great Selkie of Sule Skerry’

Here now follows a small teaser of ‘Seal Mother’ followed by my own little video from YouTube


I do hope you enjoyed these little treats, I would love to read your thoughts please do drop me a line in the comments below.

Thank You


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UK Indie Lit Fest 2018 is underway…

So excited the date has been set for the 3rd Annual UK Indie Lit Fest I’m all signed up check out the post on Indie Book Banter 🙂

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Yes folks it has been confirmed the 3rd UK Indie Lit Fest is underway

Click on the logo to visit our main website for more info

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Applications are invited from UK Indie Authors & Poets

You may NOW register your interest for this event by clicking the image

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Applications are already mounting, so DO NOT delay.

Visit the webpage TODAY!

Not a writer or poet but want to be involved?

Then join our #IndieArmy

The UK Indie Lit Fest don’t just have volunteers, they have an army. The fantastic #IndieArmy are at the heart and soul of who the UK Indie Lit Fest are. Their recruits are avid readers of all ages from teens to the more mature members. They support the event and authors and have a blast along the way. Many of the recruits loved the 2016 event they returned in 2017 along with some new faces. UK…

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950: 1066 Remembered, Interview: Glynn Holloway

I absolutely loved ‘1066: What Fates Impose’ by Glynn Holloway and this is a wonderful blog to check out and find out about his reasons behind writing the book.

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1066: What Fates Impose is a recipient of The Wishing Shelf Book Awards Gold Medal 2014 (click image for more about the author)

Nearly a thousand years ago today—951, to be exact—a battle took place at Stamford Bridge at East Riding of Yorkshire, between the English King Harold Godwinson and Norwegian Harald Hardrada. Though the Norwegian was aided by the English king’s brother Tostig, the victory went to Harold. Icelandic historian, mythologist, poet and politician Snorri Sturluson writes that before the battle a lone man rides up to Harald and Tostig with a message that the latter could re-gain his lost earldom if he turns against Hardrada. Tostig asks what King Harald would gain from this. “Seven feet of English ground, as he is taller than other men,” comes the reply. Impressed by the now-departed rider’s fearlessness, Hardrada asks Tostig who the man was. Tostig tells him this was Harold…

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