#ThrowbackThursday ~ Taming the Highlander (Scottish Relic Trilogy #2) by May McGoldrick #HistoricalFiction #Fantasy

Taming the Highlander is the second book in a trilogy I enjoyed listening to a few years ago.

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My Thoughts

Fifty years previously four small pieces of a stone relic, the Wheel of Lugh, were brought to Scotland. Each fragment held a special gift but together, the four pieces would hold a terrible power if they were to fall into the wrong hands. The bearers of the tablets had sworn an oath, to travel to the farthest reaches of Scotland to keep the pieces of the relic separate.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Sealskin by Su Bristow #MagicalRealism #Selkies

 Sealskin was released as an audiobook in Februaury 2017 and performed extremely well by Angus King. 

My Thoughts

Based on the selkie myths, this is a wonderfully original debut novel. An extraordinary tale with dark undercurrents, it’s about the power of love, magic, forgiveness and conversely violence, loss and atonement. It explores the meaning of community, the story giving the impression of being set in times gone by, which combined with the complexities of living in a small fishing village, intensifies the atmosphere. When life could be extremely harsh, villagers didn’t stray far from home and weather and sea dictated their way of life. 

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#Spotlight on forthcoming #debutnovel The Reincarnationist Papers by @EricMaikranz #TheReincarnationistPapers #TuesdayBookBlog

The Reincarnationist Papers, with elements of thriller, mystery, fantasy, crime and historical fiction, is due for publication later this year. It’s also being turned into a movie, releasing this summer by Paramount Pictures under title of “Infinite,” starring Mark Wahlberg and Chiwetel Ejoifor.  

About the Book

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The Journey of Joseph Winter: A Christmas Fairy Tale by @JAnthonywrites #Fantasy #FeelGood #Fiction #FridayReads

Author: John Anthony

Published: November 2014

Category: Fantasy, Feel Good Fiction, Festive, Book Review

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Joseph Winter is a good and gentle man, but he carries with him the pain and regret of a childhood mistake.

When a package mysteriously arrives on his doorstep, he is invited on a trek that defies logic. Traveling far from his quaint home in St. Paul into the snowy landscapes of the Arctic, the journey takes him in search of the one man who may be able to help him find peace—Santa Claus.

Geraldine and her husband Tom were having a family Christmas with their children and grandchildren. It’s the Christmas Geraldine had been looking forward to for a long time. She was going to tell everyone about her younger brother, Joseph.

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#Promo ~ Frank Penny and the Last Black Stag by Jeremy Elson @elsonauthor @frankpennybooks #YAFantasy @rararesources

Today I have a promo post for my stop on the blog tour for Frank Penny and the Last Black Stag, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

About the Book

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#Extract from The Piper and The Fairy by Carole Bulewski #Fantasy #Folklore #Mystery @carolebulewski #JustJane

I’m excited to share an extract from The Piper and The Fairy with you today. It’s the first in a trilogy of fantasy/folklore/mystery novels in which Carole Bulewski explores how the supernatural can creep into the most mundane of situations. The Water of Life and The Little God of Queen’s Park are the concluding titles, available soon, from Dream’s Edge Publishing, to whom Carole signed in 2020.

Before we get to the extract, here’s what the book is about…

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#Extract from King of the Asphodels by David Jordan #Fantasy @daverayjord

Today I have an extract from King of the Asphodels, a fantasy novella written by David Jordan.

When she had hung up, he sighed with relief. It was good to know that he wasn’t alone. But when he looked around him, he was suddenly struck by how empty the apartment was. He began to feel himself being pulled down into the void again. Julia was gone. Without a trace. Not even a whisper.

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#Extract from Celts and the Mad Goddess: The Deathless Chronicle 1 by P.C. Darkcliff #Historical #Fantasy @P_C_Darkcliff

Today I’m sharing an extract from Celts and the Mad Goddess, courtesy of P.C. Darkcliff. First of all, let’s see what the book is about…

When the raiders chase her into a swamp, Rawena falls into the furry claws of Goddess Pandemia. Despite her murderous instincts, Pandemia lets Rawena live—and turns her into a pawn in a mad game.

Only Garux, a warrior who has rejected Rawena for her younger sister, knows how deadly the game is. With the cards stacked against him, he must defeat the jealous Rawena and the cunning Pandemia… while fighting foreign invaders and traitors within his tribe.

Will Garux and his allies prevent a disaster that could wipe out everyone in Bohemia and perhaps the whole world? Purchase Celts and the Mad Goddess now to find out.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Homecoming by Alan Russell #Audiobook #Fantasy #Review

Another audiobook for this week’s Throwback Thursday. The Homecoming was released in June 2017 by Brilliance Audio and is performed by Luke Daniels.

My Thoughts

Set in California, Alan Russell opens the story with several couples and their children having a Valentine’s Day BBQ at the beach. A ghost story told by the fire, sworn to be true by the teller, fascinates Stella but makes the adults uncomfortable. Introducing Jason’s story lays the groundwork for what was to come.

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#Extract from Empire’s Reckoning by @marianlthorpe #Fantasy @rararesources

For my stop on the blog tour for Empire’s Reckoning, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources, I have an extract from the book.

Sorley, the protagonist and narrator of Empire’s Reckoning, is a musician as well as a toscaire, an envoy. He is awaiting an examination to allow him to join the ranks of the scáeli’en – the bards. In this scene, he is preparing for part of that examination.

I wrote notes on the meeting, and ate a solitary meal. Then I crossed the fort to a long, low building, the scent of wood shavings rich in my nostrils as soon as I opened the door. A man looked up from the bench where he was planing a board. “Lord Sorley. I just checked that yew I offered you. It’s ready. Do you remember where it is?”

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