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Magic, Witches and the Supernatural

May 10th, 2015

The castle at Hellstone Tors5* Imaginative and Exciting Gothic Tale 

Wow, what a surprise! I found this little gothic gem via Twitter and didn’t know what to expect when I started reading.

First off, I love when fantasy books have maps and illustrations to give you a sense of the surroundings, a feel for a strange new world. And strange, but wonderful it is!

CaveThe author of THE MORROW SECRETS created a wicked and creepy mystery with well-developed and bizarre characters and a fantastic, richly detailed world. The novel takes you on an adventurous journey starting at the protagonists’ eerie home of Winderling Spires and continuing across the fantastic lands of Wicham Elva all the way beyond the borders of dark and looming Breedoor. Susan McNally kept me in suspense throughout the book all the way to the very last sentence. I’m anxious to find out how the journey continues!


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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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Five Star Review for YA Fantasy Adventure

January 31st, 2014

The Morrow Secrets      Shrove Hole

***** 5.0 out of 5 stars

Great adventure




I loved this book from start to finish. It had everything, action, adventure, suspense and a great cliff hanger that has me eager for the book 2.

You are thrown in to the action from the start of the book and it flows continuaslly through the entire book.

The story mainly centers round young Tallitha who is heirbto the Morrow legacy and she don’t want to be and sets out for the true heir. She takes her younger brother along and meets a whole host of interesting and frightening creatures.

The world building was good and I could visualize the world perfectally.

There were some pleasant twists and the cliffhanger at the end keeps you wanting more.

This is a great book for adults as well as children who are looking for a little adventure.

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Magical 5 Star Reviews for The Morrow Secrets on Amazon and Goodreads!

November 20th, 2013


Here are some excerpts:

Can’t Wait For The Next Sequel!!!!!!!!!! …I could not stop reading it when I started, it should be made into a film, it would be great!

Thoroughly enjoyable, Drew me in from the beginning. Was unable to put it down as I wanted to see what was going to happen next.

A wonderful Gothic delight for all readers!

Book of the Year!!

Gothic Fun…I could not put the book down, I highly recommend people reading this!!!!…

Spectacular Fantasy – I could not put this book down, it was very consumable. It is Gorgmenghast meets Harry Potter, with a female heroine! McNally conjurs a beguiling world of marvellous characters and interesting lands. I recommend this book to any parents of preteens or young teens as a great addition to a christmas stocking. I bought the Kindle version and read it on my morning train ride, then walking down the street and I would find excuses to leave my desk to keep reading. I am excited to read what happens to Talitha next.

…A rip-roaring page-turner. Destined to be a modern classic from a brilliant new author. Can’t wait for the next instalment!…

…Susan McNally led me into a world of mystery and intrigue . The Characters came to life both in Susan’s description and the wonderful illustration’s. I couldn’t put the book down . Each Chapter led me into a unique adventure , and my only complaint was that it finished ! hurry up with the next book , I feel like someone has pressed the paused button on this adventure, which I want to fast forward at double speed !!..

Delightful Epic Fantasy/Alternate World for YA and Older – Author Susan McNally has an incredible imagination and has populated this alternate world with wonderful characters, not just the human ones, but all of the other species and creatures involved. Aimed at YA readers, older adult readers will enjoy it just as much, and I predict and recommend a wide audience…

…What a great story! The plot leading you on a dark and dangerous adventure full of intrigue, betrayal and magic…

A ROLLICKING READ FULL OF WIT AND WONDER!!!, 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!

…The attention to detail is amazing, as well-imagined and developed as anything in the Harry Potter series…

…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!!…

 Gripping Adventure Story! ….I loved this story from beginning to end! …Can’t wait for the second book!

Marlin on the dark stairs

A Dark Treat! – You know you’re onto a good book when you start reading …and find it’s been 4 hours since you did anything except read and you have work in the morning. This book is a hugely important addition to that genre and I honestly can’t wait to see what comes next in what looks set to be an epic series.                                   

The Black Hound from Ragging Brows Forest

A Thrilling & Gripping Read!   

Brilliant – I liked this a lot! It’s set in a strange land – a bit gothic – with lots of weird creatures for the main characters to meet and overcome. Susan McNally’s a really good writer and the story’s full of fantasy, including a twist at the end which I did not see coming. The pictures are good too – they matched up with how I was imagining the characters. A really exciting read!

A Fantastic Gothic Story! 21 July 2012

I loved this story from the very beginning to the cliff hanging end. Great characters, a rambling spooky house and a plot with many twists and turns in a make believe world. Wonderful to have a strong heroine who fearlessly embarks on a gripping adventure, braving the unknown lands of Breedoor to unearth the dark family secrets. On the way she encounters many terrifying challenges and strange creatures. A great gothic tale that will appeal to older children and adults who enjoy fantasy and make believe.

Officially stolen from my brother! A cracking read. When I found my little brother reading this and had a look I had to get my own copy. Really well written and readable for the kids whilst still keeping me hanging on every word. Highly recommended!

A fantastic fable ...The novel scares, excites and challenges the reader and there are as many twists and turns in the novel as there are in the dark house, Winderling Spires. I can’t wait for the next episode.

 compelling and gripping Beautifully written with great attention to all the details which enable the reader to easily and completely imagine the house, its inhabitants and the world of the adventure that ensues. I found it compelling and gripping – and I’m an adult. Great fantasy adventure, wonderfully imaginative and a great plot. Like the Potter books this is an excellent read for children but also for adults. I can’t wait for the next one in the trilogy.

A thrilling read – A thrilling and original read, easily as good or better than other children’s novels of its genre. Would highly recommend for children (particularly girls) aged 9 to 13. Perfect those craving a magical read in place of Harry Potter. Can’t wait for the next read.



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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 page from today and just download your copy.

The Black Hound in Ragging Brows Forest

The Black Hound in Ragging Brows Forest



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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.

Spooky new ‪#YA ‪#gothic trilogy! ‪@morrowsecrets

The Castle at Hellstone Tors

The Castle at Hellstone Tors




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A Gothic Fantasy of Spooky Delights!

September 3rd, 2013
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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, 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 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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Macabre Gothic Inspiration

August 28th, 2012


When I need inspiration I look at photos from this site “The Macabre and the Beautifully Grotesque”

The Old Dark House of Secrets at Winderling Spires

Recently I visited the Western section of Highgate Cemetary in leafy North London  to do research for the next book in The Morrow Secrets series. Oh what a fantastic gothic haven! The cemetary is packed with ideas – the amazing Egyptian Avenue filled with family vaults leading to the a circle of gothic catacombs.

The Egyptian Avenue

It has the most amazing gothic illustrations and photographs from across the world

Many famous people are buried there: three women authors, George Eliot ( “Middlemarch”) d.1880; Radclyffe-Hall d.1943 who wrote “The Well of Loneliness” and Stella Webb d. 1989 better known as Stella Gibbons who wrote “Cold Comfort Farm” –

On the tour we heard about supernatural writers and films. Dracula has been filmed there and A Picture of Dorian Gray with Colin Firth.

As a writer I always take a camera and something to jot down ideas. In the late Victorian era families would often visit their dearly departed and take tea with them in the vaults!

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