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More 5* for Fantasy Trilogy, The Morrow Secrets

January 5th, 2015

5* for The Shadow of the Swarm, book 2 in The Morrow Secrets Trilogy

The Shadow of the Swarm CoverWith more twists and turns than the River Ganges, 4 Jan 2015

I read this with a degree of cynicism. Could Susan McNally really do it again? My scepticism was misplaced because YES, absolutely, this work represents a seamless transition from the first fantastic installment in this riveting tale !!!!

 

Aside from Susan’s wonderful imagination and the strange lands and characters she has somehow made accessible to the reader, she has also (in Tallitha) created a protagonist adept in viewing the malignancy of the ‘swarm’ with childlike innocence.

Tallitha personifies all that we strove to be as children; driven, caring, resolute and with lodestars to ensure that justice prevails. It is her capacity to take the reader back to their own childhood and idealistic principles which is in my opinion Susan’s greatest success.

Roll on the concluding chapter of this fantastic trilogy!

 

Caedryl, Lapis & Muprid5.0 out of 5 stars

The Shadow of the Swarm – Brilliant!

The Shadow of the Swarm begins just where The Morrow Secrets ends and Tallitha learns what her fate will be. There are more character introductions in this book, some nice some not so nice but all play an important part in the story. We discover many more Morrow Secrets and throughout this book things start slotting into place. I think Tallitha is a very brave girl and she is an amazing character.

 

Susan McNally has penned a fantastic read, I enjoyed it even more than the first book in the series.

 

There are still loose ends to tie up and I really want to know what happens next. I am looking forward to returning to this series when book three is released.

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5* Reviews for Supernatural Gothic Fantasy Trilogy

December 20th, 2014

The Shadow of the Swarm Cover 5* What a Fantastic Start to a Fantasy Series! 

The Morrow Secrets was not a predictable book to read at all, whenever I thought I knew what was going to happen there was a twist and I was left shocked. There are a few shocks to this book too.

 

It was a great read for teens, young adults and adults and I would definitely recommend it.

 

I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

haunted-cemetery-hd-wallpaperThe Shadow of the Swarm – 5* Brilliant!

The Shadow of the Swarm begins just where The Morrow Secrets ends and Tallitha learns what her fate will be. There are more character introductions in this book, some nice some not so nice but all play an important part in the story. We discover many more Morrow Secrets and throughout this book things start slotting into place. I think Tallitha is a very brave girl and she is an amazing character.

Susan McNally has penned a fantastic read, I enjoyed it even more than the first book in the series.

There are still loose ends to tie up and I really want to know what happens next. I am looking forward to returning to this series when book three is released.

Caedryl, Lapis & Muprid

5 stars  – Again, Susan McNally’s, outstanding series exceeds expectation

What a fantastic start to a series!

The Morrow Secrets was not a predictable book to read at all, whenever I thought I knew what was going to happen there was a twist and I was left shocked. There are a few shocks to this book too.

It was a great read for teens, young adults and adults and I would definitely recommend it.

I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

 

 

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Magic and the Occult! The Shadow of the Swarm out now in e-book format!

July 24th, 2014

The second book in the magical Morrow Secrets trilogy – The Shadow of the Swarm is now available in e-book on Amazon

Some 5 star reviews…

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5 Stars! Another cracking story from Susan (Amazon)

…I loved the first book and couldn’t wait for this one, I was not disappointed. It is just as intriguing, sinister and riveting as it’s predecessor. The characters are excellent. I like the way Tallitha is plucky but can also feel nervous…it’s much more real than a hero who is all gung-ho and brave. The shroves repulse me….can’t imagine why anyone would have them in the same house…I can smell them from the description….yuck! It is well written and holds ones interest all the time.

As with the prequel Susan leaves us with a cliff hanger of an ending…now we have a year to wait for the final book….that is my only criticism!….


The Cat, Slynose in Pursuit5 Stars! A brilliant sequel! (Amazon)

…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!..

Caedryl, Lapis & Muprid Goodreads 5* Review

…’This is an amazing second book in The Morrow Secrets story and I loved it. It is even more sinister than the first with witches, ghouls and the occult. Tallitha’s adventures continue in the strange land of Breedoor. More characters, more twists and turns plus the supernatural abounds. A cracking good read!’…

 

Find out what happens to Tallitha and Tyaas in the next instalment of their spellbinding adventure..

Trapped in the dark castle at Hellstone Tors… surrounded by witches and shroves, trapped by the Morrow Swarm, Tallitha and Tyaas are determined to find out what lurks in the Bone Room…

Buy from Amazon Click on the amazon icon to buy The Shadow of the Swarm, Book 2

Click here to buy Book 1  The Morrow Secrets

 

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The Morrow Secrets is Compared to Tolkien’s Middle Earth

July 14th, 2014

 

Winderling Spires       5 Stars! A Great Story!13 July 2014 on Amazon UK

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 to not only explore the house, but to go on a quest through dark mysterious places that will test her resolve to its limits.
Cave 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 Tolkiens 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, I do feel the story could have been longer, but that may be because I enjoyed it so much. Also I am not sure about the title, When thinking back to this story I think of Winderling Spires and If I had written it that would have been the title.

You will not want to put this book down and you will not want it to end.

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Paranormal Delights! The Shadow of the Swarm: Book 2 in The Morrow Secrets Trilogy

July 8th, 2014
The Shadow of the Swarm

The Shadow of the Swarm

5 Stars! Another cracking story from Susan (Amazon)

I loved the first book and couldn’t wait for this one, I was not disappointed. It is just as intriguing, sinister and riveting as it’s predecessor. The characters are excellent. I like the way Tallitha is plucky but can also feel nervous…it’s much more real than a hero who is all gung-ho and brave. The shroves repulse me….can’t imagine why anyone would have them in the same house…I can smell them from the description….yuck! It is well written and holds ones interest all the time.

As with the prequel Susan leaves us with a cliff hanger of an ending…now we have a year to wait for the final book….that is my only criticism!

 

Caedryl, Lapis & Muprid5 Stars! A brilliant sequel! (Amazon)

…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!..

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The Shadow of the Swarm: Book 2 in The Morrow Secrets Trilogy

July 6th, 2014
The Shadow of the Swarm

The Shadow of the Swarm

5 Stars! Another cracking story from Susan, (Amazon)

I loved the first book and couldn’t wait for this one, I was not disappointed. It is just as intriguing, sinister and riveting as it’s predecessor. The characters are excellent. I like the way Tallitha is plucky but can also feel nervous…it’s much more real than a hero who is all gung-ho and brave. The shroves repulse me….can’t imagine why anyone would have them in the same house…I can smell them from the description….yuck! It is well written and holds ones interest all the time.

As with the prequel Susan leaves us with a cliff hanger of an ending…now we have a year to wait for the final book….that is my only criticism!

 

Caedryl, Lapis & Muprid5 Stars! A brilliant sequel! (Amazon)

…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!..

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Another Great 5 Star Review for The Morrow Secrets Trilogy

July 5th, 2014
Winderling Spires5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and imaginative YA Gothic adventure!
Tallitha Mouldson is a girl that lives in the very strange and secretive Morrow household. She finds
that she is the heir to this menagerie of creatures, rooms, and relatives, and she wants nothing to do with it. This leads her on a search for a more deserving heir in which she finds out about her Great Aunt. Thus the adventure begins. Over, under, and through the most fascinating places Tallitha and her comrades experience intense, gripping and highly nerve racking situations. Put these together with some imaginatively evil creatures and you have a great YA fantasy adventure that you can’t put down.

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Writing Book 3 in The Morrow Secrets Trilogy, “The Dark Spell”

July 1st, 2014

8741_495390240481323_579824652_nWhen I began writing The Morrow Secrets I didn’t have a plan and hadn’t decided that it would be a trilogy but as the story evolved I knew that Tallitha and Tyaas were destined for many more adventures after they reached the dark castle at Hellstone Tors.

My writing style has evolved from those first rough drafts. I am a writer who naturally lets things develop from inside the plot and the characters. Initially I had an idea for a girl trapped in a sinister family, desperate to escape from her strange relations, to unearth the family secrets and to leave the eerie house of Winderling Spires behind … but to go where? Curiosity got the cat… so to speak ( or rather Tallitha) and so the story developed and the characters took over. The whole experience has been a roller coaster journey that I have loved.

I created over 50 characters in Book 1 and this number grew significantly in Book 2, The Shadow of the Swarm. But what would Book 3 be like? What would the characters do, where would they take me? Believe me, I let them have their head and the third book evolved in the same way.

ghostsThe Dark Spell has been more difficult to write than the first two with many changes, tweaks and rewrites. There have been periods of procrastination when the task ahead felt daunting. Magically however whenever I sat at my computer and re-read the last chapter, off I would go, back into Tallitha’s world and the realm of magic and make-believe.

I ask myself, how does this process happen? Where does my inspiration come from? Quite honestly I have no idea other than I love my characters, am inspired by old film stills and my Gothic, fantasy setting.

Perhaps the final book in a trilogy is always difficult to write, or perhaps it’s because I don’t want to end my time with Tallitha and Tyaas, Sybilla, Ruker, Snowdroppe and Marlin to name but a few.

I would love to know what other writers think. I know that G.R.R. Martin has spoken of his mammoth task in bringing The Game of Thrones to a conclusion and he has many more characters than I do.

the-woman-in-black-review-e1353327177531During this process I have written into the wee small hours often obsessing about my characters as I fall asleep. They lead me here and there, down a number of dead ends; plot lines that don’t work; having to rewrite scenes and kill off a ‘number of my favourite darlings’. That was painful and oddly it took a long time to get there but I did it in the end and they have been exercised.

The Dark Spell is almost, almost finished.

My second edit has been gruelling.

The story is dark and creepy; a Gothic fantasy with a smattering of the supernatural, paranormal and the occult; witches and more, ghouls and ghosts and a few tears.

time-of-their-lives-seanceFor those of you who loved the first 2 books in The Morrow Secrets, hold on for book 3.

I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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5 Star Reviews for The Morrow Secrets YA Gothic Fantasy, Book 2 The Shadow of The Swarm

June 13th, 2014
The Shadow of the Swarm

The Shadow of the Swarm

5 Stars! Another cracking story from Susan, 13th June 2014

I loved the first book and couldn’t wait for this one, I was not disappointed. It is just as intriguing, sinister and riveting as it’s predecessor. The characters are excellent. I like the way Tallitha is plucky but can also feel nervous…it’s much more real than a hero who is all gung-ho and brave. The shroves repulse me….can’t imagine why anyone would have them in the same house…I can smell them from the description….yuck! It is well written and holds ones interest all the time.

As with the prequel Susan leaves us with a cliff hanger of an ending…now we have a year to wait for the final book….that is my only criticism!

 

The Cat, Slynose in Pursuit5 Stars A brilliant sequel!,

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!

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Witches & Ghosts: Writing Book 3 in the Morrow Secrets Trilogy

May 31st, 2014

Dracula's castle  I’ve been busy writing book 3 in the Morrow Secrets trilogy and it seems like it has taken a long time- much longer than books 1 and 2. Is it because I don’t want the adventure to stop? Anyway the plot lines are all coming together and I only have a few more puzzles to resolve, about witches and their spells mostly… these mythical beings are taking over my writing!

Some of you will know from reading my other posts and looking at the website that I’m an organic writer, like GRR Martin – I don’t plot everything from the beginning, rather I have a germ of an idea and I let it grow, develop my characters and I let them rip through the story, leading me on their journey. It’s so much more fun and creative to write like this, anyway I couldn’t do it any other way.

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Yes there are ghosts and ghouls, witches and warlocks and a host of strange beings in book 3. Of course I have a title and Luke, my illustrator has designed an exciting new cover, using yet another one of my curious buildings but this time it is a tall, eerie tower, perched on a remote island in the Viridian Sea..

Book Three is titled – ‘The Dark Spell’ – so you can imagine, just like the first two books it is awash with magic and mayhem!

 

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