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5* Review for The Shadow of the Swarm (Book 2 The Morrow Secrets Trilogy)

May 2nd, 2014

5* Review for The Shadow of the Swarm on Amazon Caedryl, Lapis & Muprid

   5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant sequel!, 2 May 2014
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This review is from: The Shadow of the Swarm (Book 2: The Morrow Secrets  Trilogy) (Hardcover)
This is the second of Susan McNally’s Morrow Secrets books – the first one came out last year – and it’s just as good as the first one. It’s centred around the same main character and she’s joined not only by lots of the other characters from the first book but by new ones too. They’re all brought brilliantly to life and have more fantastic adventures. I don’t want to give anything anyway but there are some new locations which are unlike anything I’ve encountered before – spooky gothic indeed. Read it!The Shadow of the Swarm CoverThe Shadow and the Swarm Jacket

 

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The Morrow Secrets at The London Book Fair

April 8th, 2014

The Morrow Secrets, books 1 & 2 are at The London Book Fair this week with Sweet Cherry Publishing… and so am I.

Creative Writing Workshops, Children’s Books, YA Fiction, Authors talking about their craft and many publishers.

The Cat, Slynose in PursuitThe Spider's TurretWinderling SpiresCave

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Gothic Fantasy The Morrow Secrets! Download for Free On Kindle!

October 30th, 2013

2 Days Left! FREE Gothic fantasy novel! To celebrate Halloween we will be giving away the Kindle edition of The Morrow Secrets by Susan McNally on UK and USA Amazon all week. This is the first spooky gothic novel in a new trilogy! Perfect for the scary season. With 12 5* Amazon reviews!

Head over to the Amazon.co.uk page from today and just download your copy.

The Black Hound in Ragging Brows Forest

The Black Hound in Ragging Brows Forest

UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Morrow-Secrets-Book-Trilogy/dp/1782260358/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378477202&sr=8-1&keywords=the+morrow+secrets

USA

http://www.amazon.com/Morrow-Secrets-Trilogy-ebook-ebook/dp/B00FDT0RAG/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382978018&sr=1-1&keywords=the+morrow+secrets

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Halloween Delight! The Morrow Secrets – 13 5* Reviews

October 29th, 2013

 

New 5* Review on AmazonThe Morrow Secrets

I read The Morrow Secrets for the first time last month, thinking that it would be a little time pass read on my daily commute to work. I couldn’t have been more mistaken. I spent hours reading this at every possible opportunity I could find until I finished. It really needed to be several chapters longer; it was entertaining to no end.

It was extremely refreshing to read about the trials and challenges a young girl, like Tallitha, faces throughout the story, and how she stands up to them and overcomes these anomalies – finding the answers to her questions with wit and clever perception.

The story is overflowing with such imaginative description that you almost feel like you are physically inside of Winderling Spires, watching secret after secret unravel in front of you – it’s just that gripping!

Susan McNally has a terrific sense of timing, which she perfectly utilises to enhance the twist and turns of this remarkable, thrilling mystery – it’s hard to believe she’s a new author! I advise everyone, adults included, to take a chance on this book because I can guarantee that it will not disappoint. I failed to put this book down, even at work – I was cheekily trying to read it under my desk at one point! It will no doubt leave you in a similar state of suspense.

Though a story for teenagers, The Morrow Secrets is nothing short of a mystery marvel! The second book, The Shadow of the Swarm is soon to be released and I, for one, cannot wait and have already pre-ordered it!

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The Morrow Secrets: Spooky New YA Thriller for Halloween! Magic and Mystery!

October 21st, 2013

Thanks to all who entered The Morrow Secrets Give-away. And to those who won one of the 5 free copies, ‘may the odds be ever in your favour!’

Don’t miss out – get a copy of The Morrow Secrets ‪#MorrowSecrets for Halloween! Hardback, paperback or e-book published by Sweet Cherry Publishing a specialist in YA and children’s book series.

 

Also for those of you who read my YA trilogy of darkness, secrets, spooky houses and evil beings I would really love to hear from you on twitter, FB or my blog. All links below.

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Spooky with Thrilling Twists and Turns! Gothic Fantasy The Morrow Secrets

October 15th, 2013

Great Review on Amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing addictive and thrilling, October 14, 2013
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Not since Harry Potter have I been unable to put a book down. Talitha is a wonderful heroine, strong, willful and adventurous. I loved the twists and turns in the plot, but it is the world of wild and wonderful creatures that Mcnally conjures that thrill the most. When do you publish the next one?

The Black Hound in Ragging Brows Forest

The Black Hound in Ragging Brows Forest

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Gothic Fantasy Novel, The Morrow Secrets is Published! Perfect Spooky Thriller for Halloween

October 6th, 2013

The Morrow SecretsSusan McNally – The debut Gothic author

A childhood spent roaming the rugged landscapes of the Lake District and theYorkshire Dales, exploring the castles of Northumberland and investigating the wonderfully secluded island of Lindisfarne clearly left a lasting impression on author Susan McNally. Her debut novel, The Morrow Secrets, invites readers into an alternative world,

depicted with a spellbinding vibrancy and inspired by the many pretty landscapes and peculiar quirks from her happy upbringing. But she hadn’t always wanted to be a children’s author. “I always wanted to write a novel but couldn’t find my genre until I began The Morrow Secrets,” she states.

A few years ago the purchase of a children’s illustration
by the artist Edward Ardizzone rekindled memories of her favourite childhood authors and her favourite childhood day. “We’d been to a place called Brimham Rocks in North Yorkshire for a picnic,” she says. “Later I went home, jumped in bed and I started reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I look back now and think life doesn’t get any better than that.”

Her early imagination was nourished by her parents and ignited her life-long love of fantasy and mystery genres. “My father told me many made up fairy stories about a princess that I named Varnaseen,” she tells us. This, along with a childhood love of literature, helped spark her vivid imagination. As a child she was surrounded by weird and wonderful characters. “My grandmother used to have a friend who would go into a trance and two or three times she predicted my mother’s future,” she laughs. “My mother liked having her fortune told too so I think my family was into spooky things.” Despite this decidedly eerie influence, Susan didn’t initially set out to write a work of Gothic

‘I ADMIRE WOMEN WHO ARE COMPELLED TO DO THINGS THAT ARE OUTSIDE THE NORM’

fiction. However, setting main character, Tallitha’s story in Winderling Spires, a “strange rambling house where you are never quite sure where the staircases might lead,” meant that “the Gothic atmosphere just fell into place.”

At the heart of her book lies the heroine, Tallitha Mouldson, a headstrong girl caught up in the sinister web of her eccentric family. Susan may have based aspects of Tallitha on a long tradition of inspiring females. “Women who defy convention, who are brave enough to step outside the confines

that society places on them, women who do rare and extraordinary things,” as she puts it. “I admire the musician Joni Mitchell, the Brontë Sisters, the suffragettes Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst, and in literature, Catherine Earnshaw in Wuthering Heights and Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games for contemporary readers. These are women who are compelled to do things that are outside the norm, challenging society.”

Susan wanted to defy the norms of literary convention too by focusing on strong female characters. “It is often boys in literature who get the adventurous plot lines and lead the story forwards. I wanted to challenge that stereotype.” However, in other respects she is very much your classic writer. This includes an almost fanatical love of writing. “I find writing quite compulsive at times. If I’m particularly gripped by a scene then I’ll get up at 2 o’clock in the morning and carry on writing”.

This passion for literature is something she thinks is important to share with the younger generation. “I think reading develops their inner world and their imagination
and helps children see the world from many different perspectives. Keen readers develop into clever articulate children. It also helps children empathise with the characters and their plight.” Susan sees the importance of reading, not just as escapism, but also as a tool for learning. The Morrow Secrets is “written in a way that will stretch children’s comprehension in relation to use of vocabulary.”

So what tips does she give to young aspiring writers?
“You have to write the book that you want to read,” says
Susan. “There is no point struggling to write something just
because it’s in vogue”. Equally, she says that there’s no point
labouring over something like some writers who have to sit
at their computer until they’ve written 1000 words a day,
however, “The more you write the more it flows… Get the
plot down on paper and even if the writing is not fantastic
first time round just keep on going because you can go back
and revise it”.

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The Morrow Secrets is published: First Instalment of Spooky Gothic Trilogy

September 27th, 2013
The Morrow Secrets is published

The Morrow Secrets is published

The day has arrived and The Morrow Secrets is finally published.

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Happy ‪#bookbirthday to us! Our hardback is out today! Get ready to be spooked, its a ‪#gothic ‪#thriller! Get yours at ‪http://ow.ly/pebze 

Also on Bangzo.co.uk for £1.99!

 

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Gothic Fantasy of Mysterious Castles, Dark Creepy Corridors: A Spooky Delight!

September 24th, 2013

5.0 out of 5 stars A ROLLICKING READ FULL OF WIT AND WONDER!!!

Marlin Creeping on the Dark Stairs

By

Richard S. Friedman “Rick Friedman”  – See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)

This review is from: The Morrow Secrets (The Morrow Trilogy Plus) (Kindle Edition)

“The Morrow Secrets’ is a high-fantasy gothic adventure story written for children in the 10 to 14 year age group but also enjoyed by adults who love delving into the world of mystery, suspense, imagination and make-believe. It is the first book in a series about Tallitha Mouldson, a headstrong girl caught up in the sinister web of her eccentric family”

A most magical and wonderful fantasy- while geared towards the YA crowd-The Morrow Secrets makes for a splendid read for all ages!
I was entranced from the very first page- the imaginary prowess of Susan McNally is to be greatly admired!

Characters and locations burst off the page with lusterous gusto- the prose is finely tuned and fast paced- and the plot never slows- Highly recommended for many reasons- wonderful writings style, unique characters and most certainly the first in what promises to be a most remarkable new Fantasy series!! Bravo Susan McNally!!

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A Gothic Fantasy of Spooky Delights!

September 3rd, 2013
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