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Author Spotlight: Susan Toy

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Waaay back in April, 2015, I hosted a guest blog by Susan M. Toy, a multi-published and talented writer (if you’d like to read the post, you can find it here).

Susan is back today, this time answering my questions about her writing and her lifestyle, which consists of dividing her time between Canada and the Island of Bequia, which is a Caribbean island and part of the Grenadines (pronounced “Bek-way”). Susan is the author of Islands in the Clouds: A Bequia Perspectives Novel 1; One Woman’s Island: A Bequia Perspectives Novel 2; and That Last Summer: An IslandShorts ebook.

Welcome, Susan!

I know I’m not the only person who’s envious of your lifestyle- dividing your time between your home in Canada and your home in Bequia. I’d never heard of Bequia before I started reading your blog. Tell me about the first time you visited the island.

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New Release: From Canaan With Love


Hi everyone.

Today’s returning guest on my blog is Melanie Dent who has just published a book written in collaboration with her Spirit Guide Canaan.

I thought it would be nice to catch up with Melanie and find out more about this book and the way in which it came together.

Hi Melanie, welcome back. I had heard a disturbing rumor that you had quit writing altogether so it’s good to know that’s not true.

MELANIE: Well it is and it isn’t. I got so sick of the Indie fiction thing, all that effort for little reward, never having the money to pay for promotion things and knowing that your books, which you spent hours researching and writing, are mired in the several million rankings on Amazon,  From Canaan with love is different; being able to work with my guide on something that renews me spiritually and is meant to be shared brings a sense of personal achievement which I imagine far surpasses being in the Amazon Top 100.

I don’t know a lot about Spiritualism or spirit guides. Can you give my readers an idea of how it works?

MELANIE:   A lot of more well-known Spirit guides, such as Silver Birch, had their teachings written down by people who were witnesses to them being spoken through a trance medium.  I’m not entirely comfortable with trance mediumship, so Canaan has used my natural ability of writing what comes into my head by delivering the messages clairaudiently. I hear them with my psychic sense of hearing (my physical hearing isn’t great although has improved since I started using hearing aids last year). Spirit work with the raw materials that you give them.

Can you give us a flavor of the book?

MELANIE: Not really, because every section is on a different subject.  I have shared some of the passages on Facebook recently and I have also had the privilege of reading some of them out at Divine Services at church.

Each message from Canaan is followed by my own writings on the same subject.  A medium gave me a message recently about putting words from Canaan and my own words side by side so that is what I have done.

I understand that you are giving some of the royalties from book sales to your church. Why is that?

MELANIE: Why not? Reading Spiritualist church is a wonderful place with lovely people and I have already gained and learned so much from being there. I want to give something back.

I understand that the paperback version of From Canaan with Love is already out. Normally authors release both on the same day or the paperback comes later?

MELANIE: That’s because I published the paperback through KDP for the first time and they don’t seem to offer a pre-order function for paperbacks. The ebook launch is scheduled for 23rd September because that’s the 9th anniversary of my boyfriend, David’s, passing to spirit and I need something to take the edge off as I still find that week difficult emotionally. I now understand that he is always with me, but I mourn his physical presence.

What do you plan to do to make the anniversary easier?

MELANIE: I will take some memory flowers to the Thursday service at church and post in the Facebook Launch event. I really hope that Canaan’s words will help bring a few people out of a dark place.

Where can my readers buy/pre-order From Canaan with Love?

MELANIE:   Here are the links where you can pre-order/buy From Canaan with Love. There are also links where your readers can learn more about Reading National Spiritualist church. 

Facebook Launch Event

Amazon UK


Barnes & Noble (Nook)


Reading National Spiritualist church – Facebook

Reading National Spiritualist church website

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Here is my interview with Seumas Gallacher


Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.


Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

Hello, Fiona. First of all, many thanks for letting me revisit. I normally don’t get asked back a second time anywhere.

I’m Seumas Gallacher, self-named ‘ol’Scots Jurassic scribbler’ which puts me certainly above the legal age to be a writer.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Born in Docklands, Govan in Glasgow

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

Government junior school until age 12. Then won a scholarship to a fee-paying school, which meant the fees were taken care of. Almost never went, ‘coz my Ma told the headmaster of the primary school we couldn’t afford the school uniforms. The headmaster paid for it for three years from his own pocket. Won a second three–year…

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First 5* review for “A Pocketful of Stories”


Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

Having read and thoroughly enjoyed the Silver Flute trilogy I looked forward to reading some short fiction by the same author. I was not disappointed. Katrina Jack delivers a collection of wonderful fantasy stories that have an immediate impact on the reader. It is not easy to write engaging short stories but she has brought together a very satisfying collection of quite different tales, some lighter, some quite dark. A personal favourite was A dream of thorn and bramble, and I found Starlight, starbright very moving.
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Beldren on Amazon

Amaranthine by Joleene Naylor

BELDREN.pngBeldren: What We Deserve is now available FREE on Amazon & Google Play, as well as Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Apple iBooks.


The year is 1687 in the fourth Tale of the Executioners. Beldren, a former indentured servant, suffers the same fate as many others of his kind – the promised land and money never materialized, despite having done their time. When Matthias suggest they take their due, Beldren is skeptical, but what else does he have to do? It’s a choice he may live to regret.


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Anatomy of Love Cover Reveal

Amaranthine by Joleene Naylor


ANATOMY OF LOVE by Kitty Berry will be live on August 14th on Amazon.
The Anatomy of Love Trilogy by Kitty Berry (The Stone Series) centers around three physicians and longtime friends who practice medicine together at a world renown New York City hospital.
The first book (Anatomy of Love) focuses on the wealthy and handsome Dr. Wilson Anderson, the infamous Damian Stone’s (The Stone Series) unlucky in love neurosurgeon.
Dr. Wilson Anderson is in control in the operating room, but when it comes to his love life, he’s a mess. Will didn’t plan to be a single father, but that’s been his reality since his college sweetheart walked out of the hospital hours after giving birth to their daughter. Since then, Will has focused on his role career and his role as a father, pushing aside his own desires as a man.
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The Missing Baby Star: A Review

Hollywood Hearsay 1: The Missing Baby Star

By Barbara Morgenroth


It’s 1933. America is in the Great Depression. Prohibition is still the law of the land.
When hard news reporter, Caro James, reveals the secret life of a politician in New York City, much to her dismay, The New York Sentinel newspaper sets out to teach her a lesson about the rules of journalism. They send her to Los Angles to write fluff pieces on the film industry.

The contact in Hollywood who is supposed to guide her for the week of punishment, is the handsome and unpredictable movie director, Sugar McLaughlin. Now, with a young, beautiful starlet missing for two weeks and in great danger, Caro and Sugar must find June Fowler before she is lost forever. When the one person who knows what happened to June is murdered, Caro and Sugar can’t help but think they’ve reached a dead end. As Sugar knows, every story has an Act III and Caro is in for the ride of her life as they race to find the starlet.

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My Review: When New York City reporter Caro James is sent to Los Angeles to cover the glitz and glam of Hollywood, she braces herself for an unpleasant week. As a reporter of serious news, she doesn’t relish the idea of writing articles about starlets and hairstyle tips. When she comes upon a story involving a possible missing actress, she suddenly finds that a week in Hollywood isn’t quite long enough – not if she’s going to get to the bottom of a mystery and help uncover the truth about the missing Baby Star. With Sugar McLaughlin by her side, she bravely navigates the glamorous world of Hollywood (and the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles) while maintaining her sense of humor and passion for finding the truth.

The Missing Baby Star is a historical mystery set in Great Depression-era Hollywood. With a fast-paced plot, atmospheric setting, and clever dialogue, this story is a page-turner. Caro is a witty, quick-thinking reporter who makes smart, logical decisions. Her Hollywood contact, Sugar McLaughlin, a highly respected director, has great chemistry with Caro. Their clever banter is one of the great highlights of this book. It’s rare to find a book that makes you laugh and grip the edge of your seat, all in the same chapter.

Overall, this story is a fine gem. It’s well-written with brilliantly-crafted characters. I certainly hope the author plans to write additional books featuring Caro and Sugar. The Missing Baby Star is a winner!

My Rating:

5 star


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Get a free e-copy of this phenomenal book! It’s a must-read for fantasy lovers.

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Guest author: Mary Smith – No More Mulberries is FREE

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I’m very grateful to Sue for allowing me to guest on her blog to share the news that my novel, No More Mulberries is FREE between now and Sunday 9th July.

No More Mulberries is set in Afghanistan. Scottish-born midwife, Miriam loves working at a health clinic in rural Afghanistan but she can no longer ignore the cracks appearing in her marriage. Her doctor husband has changed from the loving, easy-going man she married. When Miriam acts as translator at a medical teaching camp she hopes time apart might help her understand the cause of their problems. An old friend appears, urging her to visit the village where once she and her first husband had been so happy. Miriam finds herself travelling on a journey into her past, searching for answers to why her marriage is going so horribly wrong.

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Smorgasbord Reblog – Where do you go to (now) my lovely by Paul Andruss

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Thomas the Rhymer Paul Andruss

Last week Paul Andruss posted a companion piece to Kevin Morris’s article on swearing in public which includes blogging..  Here is an extract and if you would like to know origins of the words you might sometimes let slip… head over and read the whole post.

Thanks to Kevin Morris of New Author Online for excellent his post ‘It’s my blog and I’ll swear if I like’.

And Chris The Story Reading Ape for reblogging Kevin.

Together they got me off my sorry slothful behind to put virtual pen to virtual paper. Something I’ve been meaning to do since watching Big Brother UK a week or so ago.

Watching Big Brother, now there’s a ‘Crossing the Rubicon’ moment. The phrase signifying a point of irrevocable change: from which there’s no way back.

In the show, two women (one about 40, the other 20ish) were arguing. The 40 year old…

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