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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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Recommendation for The Morrow Secrets on Amazon in the Fantasy Genre Section…

August 22nd, 2012

I woke up this morning, turned on my emails and did a double-take…. My book title was staring me back in the face… It was there in my In Box as an Amazon recommendation for my book in the fantasy and science fiction genres.

Is this a good thing? Well I guess it isn’t bad… but those of you out there who this has happened to, can you please answer these questions for me:

Does this happen to all books on a rotation so to speak? So does every new author get a recommendation?

The Old Dark House of Secrets at Winderling Spires

If it isn’t all books, then how does Amazon decide which books to choose?

Does this mean it goes to lots of other people who have bought books in these genres?

How often does it happen ( per book)?

Does it result in more visibility?

Does it translate into people actually reading/ buying your book?

Sorry I’m asking all these questions but I just don’t know….

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How to Write a Great Children’s Novel for 9 to 14 Year Olds

July 16th, 2012

Be ever alert, collecting snippets of random information from people, the TV and newspaper articles.

So always carry a note book, or a phone so you can make a note of these ideas.
The Morrow Sisters, Edwina & Sybilla experimenting with their perfumes.

The Morrow Sisters, Edwina & Sybilla

Believe me, if you don’t do it there and then you will have forgotten that magical moment by the time you find a pen!

I find art a great inspiration for vignettes in my book, particularly gothic art from the Macarbre and the Beautifully Grotesque. These paitings lead me on a thought journey, moving from one idea to the next until suddenly the solution comes to me.

Always be alert, listening for words that inspire you and that will work in your book so listen to what people are saying. This will help with your dialogue too.

Keep lists of inspirational ideas, words, thoughts. At some point they will be useful.

If someone or something catches your eye, make a note of it. How someone wears their hair, their expression, even if you don’t like them! It can be a resource for your wicked characters.

You have to be a bit of a magpie! Collect all sorts of things…



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