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  1. How Alice Bailey entered my life

    I have been told many a time that when a seeker draws near to Alice Bailey, strange things happen and life seems to have a charge to it that it didn’t have before. Here is my story…
    Finding Astrology

    In 1990 I moved to Perth, Western Australia, and within a few weeks of my arrival I stumbled on astrology. I was staying in a cockroach-infested flat and one morning I decided to rid the place of the infestation by setting off an insecticide bomb. Only it meant I had to leave the flat for eight hours. It was summer, I had no money, so where would I go? I walked to the nearest library, and as I entered the air-conditioned cool, my eyes were drawn to some shelves ...
  2. #BookReview: Broken Heart Attack (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 2) by James J. Cudney #CreativiaPub

    I am delighted to share my review of Broken Heart Attack by James J. Cudney, a cozy mystery with a professor for a sleuth!

    About Broken Heart Attack 

    When an extra ticket becomes available to see the dress rehearsal of King Lear, Kellan tags along with Nana D and her buddies.
    When one of them dies of an apparent heart attack in the middle of second act, Nana D raises her suspicions and asks Kellan to investigate the death. With family members suddenly in debt and a secret rendezvous between an unlikely pair, Kellan learns that the Paddingtons might not be as clean-cut as everyone thinks.
    But can Kellan find the killer, or will he get ...
  3. Book review: The Good Messenger by John Simmons

    The Good Messenger is the second novel I have read by John Simmons and I have to say I am a fan of this author’s writing style. Here’s why…

    About The Good Messenger

    1912: Tom Shepherd reluctantly stays for two weeks at Hardinge Hall. Mr and Mrs Hardinge are trying to arrange a marriage for their son Teddy to Iris, daughter of a local businessman. Tommy becomes the innocent messenger who delivers the secret arrangements.
    Armistice Day 1918: The First World War has changed everything, especially the closeted world that Iris, Teddy and Tom existed in.
    1927. Tom is now a journalist investigating the discovery of a baby’s bones in the ...
  4. Clarissa’s Warning by Isobel Blackthorn

    How could I not re-blog a review as good as this! Clarissa’s Warning is already doing its job of entertaining and drawing attention to a serious cultural issue.

    Author Anthony Avina's Blog
    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.
    A woman’s good fortunes turn dire when her dreams of owning and restoring old ruins leads to a dangerous situation in author Isobel Blackthorn’s “Clarissa’s Warning”. Here is the synopsis.

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    The Synopsis

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  5. Don’t Let Them Fall! – a desert island protest

    The ancient ruins of one desert island paradise

    Photo by JF OlivaresDon’t Let Them Fall!

    I wasn’t planning on writing a novel set on the desert island idyll of Fuerteventura, the Canary Islands’ largest and driest island, with some of the world’s best beaches. Situated some 60 miles off the coast of southern Morocco, Fuerteventura really is an island of beaches. Then I met a photographer native to the island, a man with a grand passion. JF Olivares runs a Facebook group in which he posts his beautiful photos and also educates all who cross his path on the special heritage of Fuerteventura. He posts on the flora and fauna, the geology ...
  6. Novel release: The Unlikely Occultist: A biographical novel of Alice A. Bailey

    I am delighted to announce The Unlikely Occultist: A biographical novel of Alice A. Bailey, will be released by Creativia Publishing on December 4th! I will be writing a lot more about the story behind this novel in the coming weeks, and how it came to me to write it. Meanwhile, here is the cover.

    About The Unlikely Occultist

    Librarian Heather Brown discovers the fascinating life of Alice Bailey – a long forgotten occultist.
    Back in 1931, Alice is preparing to give a speech at a Swiss summer school. But how can she stave the tide of hatred and greed set to bring the world to its knees?
    Soon after, Alice is ...
  7. Cover reveal and pre-orders of Clarissa’s Warning

    I am delighted to announce Creativia publishing will be releasing Clarissa’s Warning on November 30th. 

    Clarissa’s Warning is a haunted-house mystery set on the desert island idyll of Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain.
    The cover blurb

    A lottery jackpot changes Claire Bennett’s life.
    She buys an ancient stone ruin on the island of her dreams. Her mystic aunt Clarissa warns her of danger, but Claire pays no heed.
    Soon after moving to the idyllic island, Claire is confronted by a mystery. As the sinister story of her home slowly uncovers, Claire enters a world of inexplicable events and ordeals. Someone or something ...
  8. Book review: A Very Mersey Murder by Brian L. Porter

    I am delighted to share my review of A Very Mersey Murder (Mersey Murder Mysteries Book 5) by Brian L. Porter

    About A Very Mersey Murder

    1966. England wins the soccer World Cup. Same night, the body of a barmaid is discovered close to an abandoned lighthouse. Two more murders follow; all remain unsolved.
    2005. D.I. Andy Ross is called in when a disturbingly similar series of murders begins in the same location.
    If their estimates are correct, Ross and his team have one week to solve the case before the next Lighthouse Murder takes place.
    In A Very Mersey Murder, D.I. Ross and Sergeant Izzie Drake return in a race against time, as they ...
  9. Book review: Egyptian Enigma by L.J.M. Owen

    I am delighted to share my review of Egyptian Enigma by L.J.M. Owen, Book 3 of her Dr Pimms’ Intermillennial Sleuth series

    About Egyptian Enigma

    Dr Elizabeth Pimms, enthusiastic archaeologist and reluctant librarian, has returned to Egypt.
    Among the treasures of the Cairo museum she spies cryptic symbols in the corner of an ancient papyrus. Curiosity leads Elizabeth and her gang of sleuths to investigate a cache of mummies hidden in the Golden Tomb.
    What is the connection between the Tomb and Tausret, female Pharaoh and last ruler of Egypt’s Nineteenth Dynasty? How did the mummies end up scattered across the globe? And is Elizabeth’s ...
  10. Book review: Graveyard Girls edited by Gerri R Gray

    Graveyard Girls is a gripping anthology of short stories edited by Gerry R Gray

    About Graveyard Girls

    A delicious collection of horrific tales and darkest poetry in one big, fat horror anthology from the cream of the crop; all lovingly compiled by the incomparable Gerri R. Gray! Nestling between the covers of this formidable tome are twenty-five of the very best lady authors writing on the horror scene today!
    These tales of terror are guaranteed to chill your very soul and awaken you in the dead of the night with fear-sweat clinging to your every pore and your heart pounding hard and heavy in your labored breast…
    Featuring stories from: ...
  11. Book review: Essence Asunder by Feind Gottes

    Essence Asunder by Feind Gottes –  welcome to body horror!

    About Essence Asunder

    A gut-wrenching, stomach-churning journey into one man’s private hell – Essence Asunder is one brutal novella!
    One man. Two fiends. A cold, dark basement. A table of torture devices. A garrote chair. Jacob Falgoust has woken into his own private Hell where Pain and Misery greet him with open arms. A reason wrapped in riddles of beauty and pain may be his only chance to escape the suffering. Jacob must find the answer before his very essence is torn asunder.
    My thoughts:

    The horror in Essence Asunder grabs you from the first sentence and does not let go. This novella ...
  12. Announcing the release of The Cabin Sessions audiobook!

    The Cabin Sessions audiobook is now available at Audible

    What a fabulous thing to have happen to your book! I have listened to the whole narration by Kristin Price and it is sensational. I think The Cabin Sessions was made for audio and if I were forced to choose, it would be my preferred format. The dramatisation is just perfect. Kristin Price really gets into my characters’ heads. If you want to read more about my book, there are a bunch of reviews on Amazon, or go to my book’s page on this site.
    I am indebted to my publisher, HellBound Books for making this happen. They have not been around ...
  13. Book review: The Hangman’s Hitch by Donna Maria McCarthy

    I am delighted to share my review of The Hangman’s Hitch by Donna Maria McCarthy, a dark and brooding gothic novel from the mistress of 18th century horror. 

    About The Hangman’s Hitch

    If on some cold dark despairing eve, you found yourself far from hope and far from salvation – would you take the hand of the Devil if he offered it?
    Would you know it was his?
    Frederick Abbotsby Feltsham has just this quandary, yet the path he chooses is one of depravity, devilment and debauchery
    Will he survive the immutable Joseph Black?
    Or will he find himself despairing, like so many of his past conquests did ?
    One heaven, ...
  14. Three books signed to Creativia!

    I am thrilled to announce I have just signed a three-book contract with Creativia!

    Creativia will be releasing A Matter of Latitude – a gripping mystery/thriller set on Lanzarote (Canary Islands, Spain) and featuring one of the characters from The Drago Tree; The Partition – a delightful gothic mystery set on Fuerteventura (Canary Islands, Spain); and A Point of Principle – a work of biographical fiction based on the life of occultist Alice A Bailey.
    A Point of Principle is special; Alice Bailey has been a part of my life for twenty-five years. I have read and studied her texts, applied her principles, written a PhD on her work and ...
  15. Twerk by Isobel Blackthorn

    Twerk – A dark psychological thriller laced with steamy romance

    “Twerk is a page-turning rollercoaster of a ride.”
    “Addictive and thoroughly entertaining, Twerk sizzles on every page!”
    Desire, a spark, a decision made too fast (in haste), and a Las Vegas stripper is plunged into the depraved world of a psychopath. But is she the only target of his twisted desires?
    A regular Sunday night in a Las Vegas strip club is rocked when a local oddball dies mysteriously, during a private dance.
    Amber falls immediately in lust with the hot paramedic who arrives, and follows him outside, anticipating sizzling romance. But, her casual encounter ...