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2017 Book 01 ‘The Girl Who Saved Christmas’

2017 Goodreads Challenge 01


‘The Girl Who Saved Christmas’ by Matt Haig

Illustrated by Chris Mould

I bought this on amazon as a little Christmas Treat to myself, but was really surprised when it arrived as it turned out to be a Signed First Edition. Whoop whoo lucky me.


This book is the second seasonal read from Matt Haig it follows on from ‘A Boy Called Christmas’. Although you may be glad to know it is a book that could easily be read as a standalone, as there are lots of references to the story of Father Christmas from Book 1.


The story is set in the mid 1800’s and after one disastrous year when there was no Christmas at all, this time Father Christmas is determined it will go ahead. HOPE is what makes the magic come alive and so the big jolly man in red seeks out the first child ever to receive a gift from him, the child who had the most hope in the world Amelia Wishart.


Amelia unfortunately this year is not so full of hope, and as you can see in the wonderful illustration above is having problems of her own.

A magical seasonal read, that will keep the whole family on the edge of their seat hoping that all will be well. If you have read the first book you will be reunited with old friends like Noosh the elf and introduced to new ones such as Little Nim her son. Some characters are good and some downright creepy. Look out for the wonderful Mary in the workhouse, and be careful you do not bump into Mr Creeper, or any of the Trolls.


Click HERE for amazon.com

A Boy Called Christmas



Click HERE for amazon.com


So there you have it my last read of 2016 and my first read of 2017

Seasonal modern classics from Matt Haig


Love these books so they get a 3 Rose Rating

3 Rose Rating

Happy Reading 2017



It’s Here Roses & Dreams Christmas Party

‘Celebrate Christmas with Roses & Dreams’


Sunday 18th December 2016 from 15:00hrs (GMT)

So the day has finally arrived when my lovely author friend Maria Gibbs and I find out if we are ready to host our 2nd Online Facebook Christmas Party. Why not come and say Hi all from the comfort of your own home (Or where ever you may be?) Eat, drink and be Merry.

There will be lots of fun, games and giveaways. A great many number of our Indie Author Friends will be joining us and lots of them have very kindly donated FREE eBooks for you to win.

Maria will be doing a special ‘Cover Reveal’ for a wonderful new book that I have had the great pleasure of reading as an ARC or Advance Reading Copy. If you want to know more get yourself over to Facebook no time like the present (even if it is before or after the party event). There are lots of things for you to check out especially a whole host of #BooksWeLove. Below are just a small selection. To join the party click below

Join the Party HERE

Thanks for dropping by, do call again and tell your book reader friends.

Thank you



Roses & Dreams online Christmas Party — gibbsdream

Roses & Dreams Christmas

My lovely Indie Author Friend just posted our exciting Facebook Party on her blog check it out below to join us at the party Click HERE

Rose English (Aka Su Echo Falls S’ari) and Maria Gibbs (me) are hosting an online book party on Sunday 18th December from 15:00 to 22:00 from the comfort of your own home. Su will be showcasing her three beautiful books ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time’, ‘Rainbows & Roses’ and ‘Love Lost’ and I have it on […]

via Roses & Dreams online Christmas Party — gibbsdream

Celebrate Christmas with Roses & Dreams

Roses & Dreams Christmas

Roses & Dreams Christmas Party Sunday 18th December 2016

From the comfort or your home via Facebook

Click HERE to go to the page

Maria Gibbs & myself invite you along to our online book party, celebrating the books we love, introducing you to new Indie Authors and sharing teasers of our own work. Below are some of our favourite books why not check them out?







Call back to see more books we love or visit the Facebook Party on Sunday for Fun, Games & Giveaways.

Facebook Party HERE

Thanks for Visiting

Happy Reading

Pink Rose

Day 26 #CampNaNoWriMo 1st Printed Draft

Well Happy Sunday Everyone

So today I am awake early and having completed my Camp NaNo target I have now printed off my two short stories and will start the editing process. Both stories are currently around 7,000 words but I feel I need to cut them down to around half that amount.

1s Printed Draft

So now they are all hole punched and neatly separated and popped into my lovely rose binder.


Thanks for dropping by. Happy Reading 🙂

#IndieRoar Challenge


Well I signed up to show some support for #IndieBooksBeSeen and in doing so am supporting #Indie #authors in general.

Today’s challenge is easy just to name the Indie Book you are currently reading. Easy Peasy as they said.

At the weekend I was involved in a special promo for #MerseyComicCon supported very strongly by Jason Pinnington for #IndieBooksBeSeen. We were pushing forward a NEW EVENT UK Indie Literary Festival 2016 to be held in West Yorkshire. So there were FREEBIES to be had and yes of course I took advantage to help a fellow author or two or three …

So #IndieRoar Challenge 1 I am #reading today ‘The Shadow Rises -Witch-Hunter Series’ by KS Marsden still FREE to download.

KS Marsden


For my .com friends


Happy Reading :-0

‘Rainbows & Roses – Poetry & Prose’

Helloooo dear followers

I have decided to put my full length novel ‘Coldest Winter – A Magic of Grandfather Time’ novel on hold on account that I broke my right wrist and getting frustrated because I cannot write or type well left handed. 😦

My new project is to create & publish, in paperback ‘Rainbows & Roses – Poetry & Prose’ to feature my kindle short ‘One Breath’. I am going to post here & on my website.


Today (it took me hours) I created a little video of one of the poems I will feature. Any comments or suggestions greatly appreciated 🙂


Well I’ve been playing with different websites again and found this great little site ideal for book launching and all FREE. Highly recommended for all authors out there. Here is the link to my new page. Check it out if you get a moment.



This is the header for my new BookLaunch Webpage

This is the header for my new BookLaunch Webpage

Goodreads Page

Whoop whoo just got myself  connected to my Goodreads page and am now listed as an author, I have to keep pinching myself to know it is real.

Drop by to check out what I am reading, whats on my TBR list and a couple of reviews I might have left. All exciting new stuff.

Happy Reading


Debut by Maria Gibbs

As Dreams Are Made On


Product Description

Matty Taylor: a beautiful young woman is starting out in her new life with her husband. Plagued by visions that seem all too real she seeks advice from the Gypsy at the local fair.
Donald Taylor: cannot believe his luck when Matty agrees to marry him. A methodical, down to earth, man who requires irrefutable evidence to believe in the existence of anything.
Thomas Trevelyan: Enigmatic and exciting but with an agenda of his own.
Matty is pulled from her life in the 21st Century into a frightening dream world where Thomas Trevelyan rescues her from a crowd of angry peasants and spirits her off to his secluded house in the woods.
Frightened when he cannot wake Matty from her sleep Donald has to start challenging the way he thinks in order to get her back.
If Thomas can win her heart, he will be a step closer to obtaining the ultimate prize but he has to contend with the echoes of her real life endeavouring to lure her back.
Two men lay claim to her affections but who will be the victor?