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Fantasy, Secrets, Mystery and Magic! Another 5* Review for The Morrow Secrets.

February 26th, 2014

Another 5 Star Review for The Morrow Secrets

I’ve waited so long to for a book that could take me back to the intricacies of my childhood. My prayers were answered when my daughter brought home ‘the Morrow Secrets’ from school… She told me it reminded her of the ‘his dark materials’ trilogy, while somewhat dismissive, I thought it was definitely worth a read… My thoughts?? I cannot recommend this book enough… absolutely gripping… Susan McNally has the ability to catapult the reader into the depths of their imagination… Can’t wait for book 2 and for those of you asking about a possible film… all I can say is I hope you’re right, a film adaptation of this, like the book, would be GREAT :))))The castle at Hellstone Tors

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The Second Book in The Morrow Secrets Trilogy – The Shadow of the Swarm

December 10th, 2013

The Shadow of the Swarm is the second book in The Morrow Secrets Trilogy to be published in March 2014.

Available to pre-order on Amazon

What will Tallitha do next?

How will she escape from the sinister castle at Hellstone Tors and free herself from the grip of the Morrow Swarm?

Will she ever see Winderling Spires again?

Grand Witches, Hellstone Shroves, evil relatives, strange creatures abound in the second book in Tallitha Mouldson’s exciting adventures.

The Shadow of the Swarm

The Shadow of the Swarm

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The Morrow Secrets – With New Spooky Gothic Illustrations

August 29th, 2013

The Morrow Secrets out on Amazon

Order your copy at http://tinyurl.com/ohwg393
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The Morrow Secrets Trilogy: Book One – Out in Paperback

August 22nd, 2013

The Morrow Secrets

First Book in the Gothic TrilogyThe Morrow Secrets

4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

The Morrow Secrets is out in paperback on 3rd October 2013 on Amazon with 20 fabulous illustrations.

To pre-order your copy click below:

The Morrow Secrets

ISBN-13: 978-1782260356

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Paranormal Experiences; Secret Rooms in Gothic Houses

August 4th, 2013

So why did I begin writing stories about gothic houses, dark secret rooms and strange unexplained occurrences? Because odd things happened to me when I was younger. 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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._M._Barrie, the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._S._Lewis and The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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 Dark 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 and this strange woman predicted this. 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 and the trance-like journey is explored in The Morrow Secrets as Tallitha struggles to understand her destiny.

 

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Gothic Fantasy – A Supernatural Saga

July 7th, 2013

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

The Black Hound in Ragging Brows Forest

The Black Hound in Ragging Brows Forest

Richard S. Friedman “Rick Friedman” 

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!!

AN OFFICIAL JAMES MASON COMMUNIT

Y BOOK CLUB MUST READ

RICK FRIEDMAN
FOUNDER
THE JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOKCLUB

 

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On Writing The Morrow Secrets

May 26th, 2013

This interview includes my experience of the creative writing process and my favourite writing tips for new and aspiring authors.

This is an excerpt from the broadcast including clips from the Gothic illustrations in the book

The Black Hound in Ragging Brows Forest

 

http://youtu.be/9ZJt4hlNX3w

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008CE93AY

 

http://themorrowsecrets.com/

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A Rollicking Read Full of Wit and Wonder!!!

January 27th, 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” (florida) – 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!!

AN OFFICIAL JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB MUST READ

RICK FRIEDMAN
FOUNDER
THE JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOKCLUB

 

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Gothic Trilogy

January 3rd, 2013

The Black Hound in Ragging Brows Forest

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

By

Richard S. Friedman “Rick Friedman” (florida) – 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!!

AN OFFICIAL JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB MUST READ

RICK FRIEDMAN
FOUNDER
THE JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOKCLUB

 

 

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A Scary Gothic Treat for Halloween

October 6th, 2012

Things that go bump in the night, scary old shroves that spy on Tallitha and follow her through the rambling house, a clutch of weird sisters and dark family secrets to be unearthed: that’s the backdrop to The Morrow Secrets.

A head-strong girl, a strange awkward cousin and a mother who has a heart of stone… As the pages turn the secrets begin to be revealed, drawing Tallitha further into the dark old house, up the winding staircases and then down the corridors, untrodden for many years.

Marlin on the Twisting Stairs

Magical make-believe and all things paranormal, a haunting forest, grotesque creatures, deep dark caves in the land of Breedoor where the dismal castle of Hellstone Tors looms above the crashing waves…

I love Halloween, when the days are short and the crisp morning air takes your breath away. Leaves turn russet and yellow, shops sell creepy bats, witches hats and fangs and all my favourite movies appear on television and I can watch Dracula or Friday the 13th.

If I were to sum up what makes me tick and gets my heart racing it’s mystery stories, Gothic houses, weird architecture, gargoyles, velvets of all colours, strange characters in a spooky novel, dark twists and turns leading you further and further into the depths of a sinister tale.

 

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