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Fantasy Trilogy, The Morrow Secrets, like Tolkien’s Middle Earth: Dark and Supernatural

May 16th, 2015


 Bone Room 1-0015 Stars! A Great Story!

Tallitha Mouldson dreams of escaping her domineering Great Aunt and the confines of the east wing of Winderling Spires, a huge sprawling house in a land called Wycham Elva. She longs to explore the rest of the weird old house and uncover its secrets.

Then circumstances give her the chance, not only explore the house, but to go on a quest through dark mysterious places that will test her resolve to its limits.

I loved reading this story, loved Winderling Spires and its cast of dark characters.I also enjoyed the journey to the even darker Hellstone Tors. The plot is good, the characters are great. The world that Susan McNally has created is comparable to Tolkien’s Middle Earth in its depth and imagination. In fact this could well be Susan McNally’s ‘Hobbit’ that I can see leading on to much larger works. Five stars for this book. You will not want to put this book down and you will not want it to end.

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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

Book Fairmarketing morrow secret with illustrationshound_200w

Caedryl, Lapis & Muprid

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Gothic Trilogy

January 3rd, 2013

The Black Hound in Ragging Brows Forest



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

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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Ghostly Paranormal Experiences in Strange Secret Houses…

August 13th, 2012

So why did I begin writing stories about gothic houses and strange unexplained occurrences? Because odd things happened to me. Perhaps as children we are in touch with inexplicable outside forces before we cross the threshold into adulthood… sensations and experiences that adults can no longer access.

Thinking about some of the great children’s fiction, Peter Pan by JM Barrie, the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis and The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner, children in these wonderful stories accessed worlds where the grown-ups could not enter. Adults no longer believed in the possibility of magic or worlds beyond their own experience…. these worlds have always fascinated me, hence the creation of The Morrow Secrets.

Some of my early history is a little strange….

The Old House of Secrets at Winderling Spires

My mother had an aunt, who we called Auntie Annie and she would suddenly go into a trance without any warning. She was my grandmother’s closest friend and my mother called her my fairy godmother. The reason for this was that it took my mother many years to get pregnant with me, her only child and the strange woman had something to do with this, according to my mother. One day Annie was sitting in my grandmother’s house, her head fell backwards and she began to speak with someone else’s voice. She told my mother after 12 years of marriage that she could hear the feet of a small child running beside her… the next month my mother discovered she was pregnant with me.

My mother said that Annie used to frighten her when she went into trances, mostly because of her strange sounding voice and the fact she seemed to become someone else during the time she was in a trance. These stories influenced my creation of the character, Tallitha who is able to enter a trance-like state. Both Annie and Tallitha have clairvoyant powers…. the trance-like journey is explored in The Morrow Secrets

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Top 10 Children’s Books of all time

August 5th, 2012

Winderling Spires

I spoke to a number of 10 to 14 year olds about their favourite books of all time and this is what they came up with ( in no particular order):   Then you can tell me which books you have loved the most! Just blog me here…

The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe by CS Lewis

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner

Charlotte’s Web by EB White

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

The Hobbit JRR Tolkein

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

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