The Island of Missing Trees Elif Shafak

Today I’m celebrating the Cheltenham Literature festival by being part of this amazing blog tour reviewing The Island of Missing Trees by the fabulous author Elif Shafak.



It is 1974 on the island of Cyprus. Two teenagers, from opposite sides of a divided land, meet at a tavern in the city they both call home. The tavern is the only place that Kostas, who is Greek and Christian, and Defne, who is Turkish and Muslim, can meet, in secret, hidden beneath the blackened beams from which hang garlands of garlic, chilli peppers and wild herbs. This is where one can find the best food in town, the best music, the best wine. But there is something else to the place: it makes one forget, even if for just a few hours, the world outside and its immoderate sorrows.

In the centre of the tavern, growing through a cavity in the roof, is a fig tree. This tree will witness their hushed, happy meetings, their silent, surreptitious departures; and the tree will be there when the war breaks out, when the capital is reduced to rubble, when the teenagers vanish and break apart.

Decades later in north London, sixteen-year-old Ada Kazantzakis has never visited the island where her parents were born. Desperate for answers, she seeks to untangle years of secrets, separation and silence. The only connection she has to the land of her ancestors is a Ficus Carica growing in the back garden of their home.

In The Island of Missing Trees, prizewinning author Elif Shafak brings us a rich, magical tale of belonging and identity, love and trauma, memory and amnesia, human-induced destruction of nature, and, finally, renewal.


The Island of Missing Trees, is from the author Booker shortlisted author of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World.

Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist whose work has been translated into 54 languages and is the top 10 Sunday Times Bestseller. All of the six chapters are beautiful written.

Prologue Island

PART ONE How to Bury a Tree



PART FOUR Branches

PART FIVE Ecosystem

PART SIX How to unbury a Tree

I loved all of the chapters, where there was plenty that amazed me about the literature fiction.

In the chapter Fig Tree there was something that really grabbed my attention as this kind of thing really does happen in real life.

Extract from The Island of Missing Trees: chapter Fig Tree

It was he, after all, who had brought me to this sunless country from Cyprus, hidden inside a black leather suitcase. I was, if truth be told, smuggled on to the European continent.

At Heathrow airport, as Kostas pulled the suitcase past the gaze of a burly custom officer, I tensed, expecting him to be stopped and searched any second. His wife meanwhile, walked ahead of us, her stride brisk, purposeful and impatient as always. Define was pregnant with Ada at the time, though they did not yet know it. They thought they were bringing only me into England, unaware that they were also bringing their unborn child.

When the arrivals doors opened wide, Kostas exclaimed, unable to control the excitement in his voice. “We’re here, we made it, we made it! Welcome to your new home.

Was he talking to his wife or was he talking to me? I’d like to think it was the latter. Either way, that was more than sixteen years ago. I have never been back to Cyprus since.

I still carry the Island with me, though. The places where we were born are the shape of our lives, even when we are away from them.


Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist. She has published 19 books, 12 of which are novels. She is a bestselling author in many countries around the world and her work has been translated into 55 languages. Her latest novel 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and RSL Ondaatje Prize; and was Blackwell’s Book of the Year. The Forty Rules of Love was chosen by BBC among the 100 Novels that Shaped Our World. The Architect’s Apprentice was chosen for the Duchess of Cornwall’s inaugural book club, The Reading Room.


A Discovery Disappears Pip Murphy blog tour


Book 1 in the 1920’s detective series


ISBN 9781782268147



It’s not easy growing up in the 1920s. While Christie can usually be found up a tree or trying a spot of amateur engineering, her shy twin Agatha buries her nose in books and dreams of being a writer. The pair couldn’t be more different. But when a scientific discovery goes missing, they find that together they can make a winning combination.

Whoever gave you that sandwich did it deliberately. They wanted to sabotage Fleming’s research.

When Agatha accidentally eats a major scientific discovery hidden in a sandwich it’s a race against time for the twins Christie and Agatha to find out who’s trying to ruin physician Sir Alexander Fleming reputation.


I’m very excited to be part of the Christie and Agatha blog tour for book 1 of the new Christie and Agatha detective agency book, which is book 1 from an exciting new book series.

Oh dear ! At a tea party, Christie eats a sandwich that Mr Fleming a scientist had been keeping for his research. Now Agatha and Christie are on the case to find out how this could have possibly happened to Christie.

So who is it ?

Who’s been messing with Flemming’s discovery of mould juice? 🤷

A Discovery Disappears Christie and Agatha’s detective agency is a brilliant entertaining modern day story and provides beautiful modern illustrations.

I thought this book was wonderful with a special QR code to a free audiobook for every reader.

To help you on your way to discover what’s in store for twins Christie and Agatha I’m sharing with you a sneak preview from chapter one in what the book 1 looks like. I do hope you will enjoy it reading it to your children as much as I have reading it.



GenreChildren’s, Mystery, Young Adult

Pip Murphy is a British author who lived her early life in England on the Wirral. She has loved reading her whole life. She read every book in her primary school, some of them more than once!

Pip studied Classics at Edinburgh University, before relocating to Tokyo, Japan where she currently teaches English. She believes that humour and creativity are the best ways to learn.

Sweet Cherry Publishing 🍒 is an award-winning independent children’s book publisher based in Leicester. We believe that all children should have access to great stories and aim to make reading fun for children aged between 0 and 14.

Sweet Cherry Publishing 🍒 was awarded Small Press of the Year at The British Book Awards in 2021.

What Page Sir? Simon Pickering



What Page Sir ? The Joy of Text in a Secondary School Classroom

Not being on the same wavelength as your students is an occupational hazard for teachers. But for the English department, there’s the challenge of engaging a whole class in text they’re at best reluctant to read, and at worst loathe to.

What Page Sir ? records the hilarious and sometimes painful experience of secondary school English teacher as he struggles through some very familiar literary texts with some very unenthusiastic teenagers.

From the coalface of the education system. Simon Pickering serves up the comedy every teacher could do without, from rhyming couplets to re-sits. Ofsted to Covid and everything in between.

Featuring the unusual suspects Austen, Priestly, Golding, Waugh, Hemingway, Steinbeck, Greene, Conan Doyle, Orwell, Dickens, Shelly and of course, the Scottish Play this book provides a fresh and irreverent look at the stalwarts of the school curriculum and asks whether it is finally time for a change.

If Mr Pickering had done his job well and taught me right syllabus, maybe I would have studied English at university. Be didn’t and now I’m a full time drummer who loves Pride and Prejudice. I guess it worked out in the end.


What I liked about What Page Sir ? is that it discusses passages from books, that I haven’t read, leading me to actually learn a few things myself.

Until I read this book, I hadn’t quite realised how much teachers try to make a lesson an enjoyable one when it comes to reading a book that might appear boring to some in the classroom. As pupils in the class study a topic of a book they are encouraged make notes of characters.

All of these great writers are mentioned in all these chapters. Macbeth, Great Expectations, Pride and Prejudice, An Inspector Calls, Romeo and Juliet, Lord of the Flies, A Christmas Carol.

Simon Pickering a school teacher takes us through his journey of the schools he has filled in for just before lockdown and talks about after his first year of teaching in a boys comprehensive school.

I found this part very interesting in What Page Sir? Where it is explained all about it the 1990s and early 2000s, about year 9 third year pupils studying for their SATs Standard Assessment Tests.

In the book, what page Sir ? The most popular choice of Modern Text for GCSE is An Inspector Calls as it’s a much easier to read. However the teacher in year 10 finds that some of the boys are reluctant to find a given page or even open the book. With the teacher telling the class what page to turn to, one would ask What Page Sir ? then another in the class would say Sorry sir, what page was that ? Well actually I do remember that well, when someone in my class would ask my English teacher the same question.

There’s nothing wrong with reading Orwell, Dickens, Hemingway but I just personally feel that maybe pupils need a break from reading about past authors. This is clearly because times have changed.

Now days with so many authors producing engaging novels, some teenagers would rather read an up to date book than eighteenth century. And then you get some pupils that don’t mind reading books by past authors.

My heart goes out to all teachers who have to engage in the classroom to capture their attention, making a boring subject become more interesting.

Maybe some of the trouble that teenagers may not be paying attention these days when reading for a GCSE is that too many teenagers are more programmed into playing games on their phone and Xbox, rather than read.

My thirteen year old grandson will not read anything, all he does is play on his Xbox. I do worry as in a few years time he will have to read a book for his GCSE, or simply fail his English exam. He is the only one in our family who doesn’t read.

I blame the technology of today that teenagers which just aren’t reading enough.

In our days we read more because we didn’t have all this technology to distract us.

Here on the plus side of reading about Austen, Macbeth, An Inspector Calls , Orwell, Hemingway, Dickens Waugh and Steinbeck, there are always questions coming up on quiz shows etc about them and for those who have read or had to study them for an exam will know the answers.

The question has been raised is it time for a change ? With the studies of Austen, Priestley, Golding, Waugh, Hemingway, Steinbeck, Greene, Conan Doyle, Orwell, Dickens, Shelley, and the Scottish Play. I think this comes down to personal opinion on the reader within themselves. Austen is my top favourite author.

With my curiosity about what pupils are studying these days for GCSE, I decided to look it up on the internet and indeed it looks like times have changed with some Modern Prose Text, being available with the likes of books that we can all recognise, with, To kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee, Boys Don’t Cry, Malorie Blackman, women in Black, Susan Hill, Never Let Me Go , Kazuo Ishiguro, and About A Boy, Nick Hornby. These are just a few of Modern Prose Text for GCSE, there are quite a few more really good books available for teenagers studying for their exams.

Back to the point of all past authors, set for GCSE, why are GCSE about nineteenth century? Well did you know Michael Gove is the one who made it compulsory for all pupils to sit final exams on a nineteenth century novel which therefore it’s unfortunate for teachers who are responsible for some of the most boring lessons in a students life.

I personally loved reading What Page Sir ? The Joy of Text in a Secondary School Classroom, as it taught me a lot about books that I haven’t even read, and with the hilarious scenes in a classroom, and recommend it .


What Page Sir ? Is Simon Pickerings fifth book. He began writing in 2016 and as a form of therapy, on the train home from his job as a school teacher an antidote to difficult teenagers and pointless government and Senior Leadership initiatives. These are both explored in Ambassadors and Zombies A Teacher’s Guide to Schools and teaching. As Adam Tangent, his alter ego, he has published Those Who Can’t, A Teacher’s Gap Years, based on his two years pretending to be a university lecturer in post-communist Poland at the start of the 1990s. In the last year he has also published Living With Jos Buttler six weeks in English cricket’s summer of love and Gaza On My Mind conversations with my brother-in-law and other Gazans. Simon is still a school teacher and lives in Hertford with his wife and two children.

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Primary Obsessions Charles Demers blog tour



The endearing and unflappable Dr. Annick Boudreau regularly confronts a myriad of mental health issues in her psychiatric practice at the West Coast Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Clinic. But even Annick is stunned when Sanjay, a young patient who suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, is arrested for the brutal murder of his roommate.

While Sanjay is tortured by repeated violent thoughts, he is horrified by them and Annick is convinced that he would never enact one of them in real life. But the police and prosecutor are convinced that they have caught the perpetrator and aren’t interested in looking very hard.


I am pleased to let you all know that the novel Primary Obsessions by Charles Demers is shortlisted for the 2021 Bill Duthie Booksellers Choice Award.

The story starts off a bit creepy, that grabbed my attention from the first page. The chapters certainly made me go weak at the knees.

I totally agree with Nathan Ripley author of Find You in the Dark what he says about Primary Obsessions. Delivers a nuanced portrayal of stigmatization of mental illness in collision with crime.

Here is an extract from Primary Obsessions to show you just what I’m talking about in how creepy it is.

Do you want me to keep going.

I want you to move at whatever pace makes you feel comfortable. Don’t worry about time.

Okay. Well, like I go to pull out the knife, but she’s still breathing. And then every, like, breath she takes is it’s like of gasping? And it spatters, everywhere, blood. All over me, all over her.

It’s really important for me that you know that me asking this, it’s not about judgment.

No I know.

I’m just trying to get a fuller picture.

No I know, I know, he said, and was beginning to cry now, ignoring the box of tissues on the stand next to him, and instead wiping his eyes, his nose all of it with the heel of his palm. I just don’t even like to say it out loud. Because it feels more real?

Yeah, he said, she wa es breaking over the shore, his cheeks flooding with salty rivulets dully reflecting the soft lamplight in the room. The overhead fluorescent were off. They were always off. I keep stabbing her and stabbing her, her eyes, her like her front. Like her, her down.

Her genitals ?

The young man sobbed nodded and sobbed.

It’s okay.

It’s not okay, he screamed quietly, grinding his teeth. She’s my mother.

She’s helpless. What kind of person does that to their own mother?

During sessions like these, Dr Annick Boudreau wished she still had her hair.


Charles Demers (born 1980) is a Canadian writer, comedian and political activist. He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is a lecturer at the University of British Columbia, where he teaches a Creative Writing course about writing comedy.

Demers has published three books: a novel and two collections of essays. His first essay collection, Vancouver Special, was nominated for a Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. He also frequently performs comedy at live venues across Canada and on the CBC Radio One, where he often appears on the show The Debaters. Demers was one of the hosts of the CityNews show The List. He used to be the membership secretary for the Coalition of Progressive Electors.

He is the voice of Walter from Beat Bugs.

Jack in the Box @AngelaCNurse @lovebooktours


Published by F and J publishing 8th June 2021

326 pages

ISBN: 9781914597015

Who do you trust when everyone has a secret?

When single mother Rowan joins her Uncle Jack’s detective agency she doesn’t expect his murder to be her first case. To find out who is responsible for his death she will need to solve another mystery, the disappearance of Jack’s best friend 30 years earlier.

Someone doesn’t want Rowan digging up the past and they’re prepared to go to any lengths to keep their secrets hidden. Can she stand up to the danger, protect her daughter and bring a murderer to justice?


I’m really pleased to find a new crime author Angela C Nurse to follow, who has written this amazing book 1 Jack in a box a Rowan McFarlane mystery and I’m delighted to inform you all that author Angela C Nurse also has published on the 23rd August 2021 the paperback book 2 Sally in the Woods the Rowan McFarlane mystery

I loved reading Jack in a Box, it was full of heartbreak and a murder mystery.

Pregnant 15 year old Rowan’s strict parents gave her the choice, if she wanted to carry on living at home she would have to get rid of her baby or leave their house, cutting her off from any support. I couldn’t believe how Rowan’s own parents wouldn’t give their love and support to their own daughter.

In need of somewhere to stay she called on her uncle Jack a private investigator and had lived with him since a young age of fifteen. Jack had gone into partnership with Mark an ex-police officer. Rowan begins to join her uncle Jack’s detective agency.

When Jack dies, Rowan is distraught, he was her rock, Jack encouraged her to do so many things and always gave his full support to Rowan.

Now Jack is dead Rowan has to be brave enough to identify him. Rowan had been left everything by Jack, but now she won’t stop until she solves who is responsible for the death of her uncle Jack. The story of Jack a private investigator being murdered leaded me to be glued to the story to find out if Rowan will solve the case who killed Jack and why? And then there’s another mystery case for Rowan to solve.

My heart went out to Rowan and her daughter, specifically as Rowan has to break the sad news that her brother is dead.

Jack in a box made my tummy flutter as the police issue a statement that human remains have been discovered.

I strongly recommend The book Jack in a Box as it is really is a fabulous thriller, one to get very excited about.




Born in the Kingdom of Fife, Angela spent her teenage years in Penzance before returning to Scotland. She has had a varied career from Nursery Nurse to Bank Manager before becoming a full-time writer. Her Rowan McFarlane Mysteries are set in the fictional town of Cuddieford, which lies somewhere between Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy.
 Angela now lives with her husband in Fife looking out on the River Forth where she can easily see her favourite bridge, the Forth Rail Bridge. When she is not writing she can be found walking the coast or touring the countryside in her campervan.
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I would like to thank Kelly @lovebooktours for sending me the paperback and for very kindly inviting me to take part in this brilliant book tour.

@snezanawrites @sandyillustrates @HappyPandaBooks @lovebooksgroup @lovebookstours



Paperback published 5th April 2021

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Yoga makes children happy, healthy and strong!

But if you are a clumsy yak, with wobbly hooves, who has never done yoga before, it can be tricky. Join Yak in her first Happy Panda class and see how she discovers the power and playfulness of yoga.

Eight yoga poses and their benefits are clearly explained and illustrated at the back of the book so young children can easily do them at home or in the classroom.

Yoga is for everyone! Adorable, engaging characters and humorous story draw in young children and get them hooked on yoga, creating healthy mind-body habits to last a lifetime.

Mindfulness and meditation are lots and fun! The story’s humorous, creative visualisation exercises tap into young children’s innate imagination, facilitating a deeper understanding of their emotions and developing confidence and resilience.


Yaks Can Do Yoga is superb paperback is suitable for 3 8 year olds. Happy Panda says yoga is for EVERYONE!

But . . .

STE-T-CH . . . oops! BALANCE . . . oh, no! Yak is finding it tricky.

BREATHE Yaks can do yoga and . . . make friends

Snezana Danilovic has made yoga really fun by using animals doing easy simple movements of yoga, and breathing exercises that any child can take part in, plus the whole family could join in too. And The illustrations by Sandy Thornton the children are going just going to adore them!

The step by step guide for children to do yoga, with Yaks can do Yoga is one I recommend because this book shows an easy way for children to understand and practice doing yoga themselves.

It also shows children a relaxation pose that should always be done, after doing yoga, with relaxing on a yoga mat for at least five minutes after doing yoga.

It also gives children advice that when they learning yoga, that it’s best to a grown-up help. And what I thought was a really good piece advice is that yoga should be about having fun, but if something hurts, it’s time to stop. Yaks Can Do Yoga is fun book, with at the same time helping children to become more active.

Thank you so much Snezana Danilovic for sending me my lovely copy of Yaks Can Do Yoga and thank you so much Kelly at love books tours for letting me take part in this exciting blog tour. I have had so much fun reading it and doing the yoga myself.


Author and experienced children’s yoga teacher Snezana Danilovic and illustrator Sandy Thornton team up to create the Happy Panda Children’s Yoga picture book series of heart-warming stories full of gentle humour, aimed at encouraging even very young children to get hooked on yoga. Parents, teachers and educators don’t need to be experienced yogis – they can learn and enjoy yoga alongside young readers, too!

Yaks Can Do Yoga! is the first book in the series

Snezana Danilovic is a children’s author and an experienced children’s yoga teacher. Her mission is to bring yoga to children through her passion for storytelling. She has spent the last 30 years writing and working in theatre and children’s TV, creating an array of characters for pre-school and early years. Snezana lives in Windsor with her husband, two children and a hamster. She loves hugging trees and her house is full of balloons and musical instruments.


Sandy Thornton is a picture book maker with over 20 years experience in early years creative play, running her own children’s art & craft classes, whilst providing creative ideas and content for children’s TV, including Cbeebies Mr Maker. From an early age, Sandy snipped, sketched, glued and stapled her own little books and magazines, influenced at the time by Herge’s Tintin and Jansson’s Moomins. Sandy lives in North London, with her family, their dog Winston and cat Rocky.

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The Island of Palm Trees Michael Walsh -Rose @theislandofpalmtrees #michealwalshrose @instabooktours


Independently published 1st July 2021

402 Pages

ISBN 9788526925075



With dreams of writing his first novel, Tom travels to the Scarlett Grove Hotel in Roquetas De Mar. His writing progresses steadily, aided by the interesting and unusual people he meets beneath the Spanish Sun. People unlike anyone he’s ever met before.

A young thief hiding from her haunted past.

A grieving mother mourning the loss of her child.

An abusive husband fuelled by alcohol and rage.

A lonely woman desperate to keep hold of her families business.

A spoilt millionaire who’s never been told no.

An ego-driven drug dealer who controls the town.

With blood spilt and more danger looming just ahead, Tom forgets about his novel entirely. Now the only thing that matters is escaping with his life. 


I loved reading The Island of Palm Trees as it is very unpredictable, not knowing what is going to happen next at the Scarlett Grove Hotel and Spa!

After the death of Gabriella Glover’s father she instantly became manager of the Scarlett Grove and Hotel and Spa.

Over one hundred and thirty six guest we’re staying at the Scarlett Grove Hotel. But while most of the hotel was empty there were still a few guest in some rooms. The guests were treated to a forty thousand pounds firework display on a small private beach.

Tom wants to write a book. I loved the fact that Tom had read the famous author Stephen King books which Tom takes his inspiration from with Stephen Kings famous well-know words of advice, write what you know.

With not knowing at his home what to write Tom decided to get a job at the Scarlett Grove Hotel and Spa that has a five star rating and has been awarded the Diamond Hotel award for excellence. There he is given the job to rent out sun loungers on the beach. Soon a novel begins to trigger inside of tom’s head. But nothing is going to run smoothly at the Scarlett Grove Hotel and Spa.

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The Christmas Wedding Guest Susan Mallery blog tour



It’s the season to fall in love


A year since she was dumped by her fiancé, the last thing Reggie Somerville wants is to come back home for Christmas. But when her parents announce their plans for a lavish Christmas wedding she has no choice. She expects to face town gossip, she does not expect to run into her first love Toby, or deal with the feelings he stirs in her…

Dena Somerville is single and pregnant-on purpose. Wanting a family her way she’s determined to do it alone. She didn’t expect the distraction of a handsome musician checking into her inn-and one snow-kissed moment-to make her question what she really wants this Christmas…
As the Christmas wedding draws closer, these two sisters may just find the most unexpected gift of all―love.

Fall in love with this sparkling festive romance from international bestselling author Susan Mallery


The Christmas Wedding Guest is my top favourite book by Susan Mallery. I love reading about weddings at the magical time of year at Christmas, it sounds so romantic.

The Somerville sisters Reggie and single pregnant Dena are quite shocked when their mother and father who are already married and are about to celebrate their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary tell their daughters they are getting married. Reggie is quite confused as her parents are already married. Their mother has been quite upset for a whooping thirty five years as regrets not having a big wedding. So now the Somerville sisters parents are going to renew their vows with a big wedding reception the Wednesday before Christmas. I could feel the excitement with their mother’s final dreams coming true.

The story is a beautiful page turner with lots going on.

Pregnant Dena is running a B and B with feeling tired and suffering from sickness, but her mother’s pregnancies were easy. And then there’s excitement with a knitting project.

I do hope if any readers buy this book that you will enjoy it as much as I have.


Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of books about the relationships that define women’s lives—romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humor, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, Susan’s books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list, thanks to her ever growing legions of fans.

Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, two ragdoll cats and a tattletale toy poodle. Animals play a big role in her books, as well as she believes they’re an integral component to a happy life.

You can find the talented author Susan Mallery on

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The children of Moonstone Beach blog tour



Age 9 – 12

Genre MG

Pages 190

Do you have a moonstone tucked away at the back of a drawer? If you do, then dig it out, hold it close and read this heartfelt adventure, because you are invited to dive wholeheartedly into the magical world of Moontide, where almost anything can happen with a moonstone in your hand.

Join four unlikely friends as they are thrown together on a beach far away from their homes in London amidst the chaos of the Covid pandemic as it hits the UK. 

Troubled, lost, sad and with hearts searching for more, they unknowingly kickstart a chain of events which sees them swept up into a new and spellbinding world; one that has been waiting patiently for their arrival for a very long time. 

With royal dragons, howling wolves, evil magic-maker pirates, a sea nymph, a bog monster, flying cats and a war to wage, the children must find out who they really are before they can embrace the magic they hold within.


I absolutely adore this front cover and I’m sure it’s going to catch the attraction of the young children. Everyone loves a bit of fantasy where it allows the mind to create bright pictures connecting magical adventure.

The Children of Moonstone Beach is aimed at children ages of nine to twelve. This is the first book in the series of five. The author has created a magical world that all children are going to love reading, with its traditional and classic fantasy books. There is an air of nostalgia and romanticism in this highly imaginative story I could feel it was almost a poetic novel.

I loved this story as it’s full of imagination. I adored it as it’s full of the imaginary mermaids, fairies and a dragon.

My favourite imaginary friend in the book The Children of Moonstone Beach is the fairie as I collect fairie figurines.

During the coronavirus pandemic the Cameron family including their beautiful soft and snuggly dog, Jessica, pack up and leave to go to Rose Cottage, in Devon, that had once been Claire’s mother’s. Liberty and her sister Katerina are so excited being at the cottage, where magical things can happen. when the rain and thunder showers came, the sisters chanted a special song that sun should appear and just by magic it really worked.

With the Covid virus on the news, there’s something about Devon Moonstone Beach by the sea being the perfect holiday destination for another family with brothers Jack and Henry five.

There seems to be magic in the sea as Libby is sure she has seen a mermaid. But there’s nothing like it when your mother doesn’t believe you and says it’s something else.

Friendship blooms when sisters Libby and Katherina meet up with Jack and Henry.

A little magic is going to take you a long way through the magical land of Moonstone beach.

Here is an extract from The Children of Moonstone Beach

Wiltshire based author Faye Miller grew up spending every holiday, as well S countless weekends at her grandmother’s cottage in the heart of the Blackdown Hills. She was lucky to be only a ( moon) stone’s throw away from many of the beautiful beaches in East Devon and Dorset and her first ever poem entitled ‘Devon is a place in Heaven,’ was written when she was just six years old.

The Children Of Moonstone Beach



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The Ghostlights Grainne Murphy blog tour

The Ghostlights By GRAINNE MURPHY

Paperback published by Legend Press

Can anyone really choose to be forgotten?

An elderly gentleman checks into a B&B in a small village in rural Ireland where he knows nobody. Four days later, his body is found in the lake.

The identity of their unknown guest raises questions for one family in particular, twin sisters Liv and Marianne, and their mother Ethel, each of whom is searching for her own place in the world.


Fred Stiller books into a b&b in Ireland without booking ahead. He requested a room for five nights, paying in cash. He is a mystery man as he takes all his label out of his clothes, hides his glasses so no traces of his real identity can be found he then takes his own life by walking into a lake and drowning.

The Ghostlights is based on a true story, from June 2009, when a man’s body was found on the beach in Co. Sligo. Despite checking into a local hotel under the name Peter Bergmann, that did not appear to be his real name and his identity remains unknown. The Ghostlights was inspired by the story of Peter Bergmann but the characters, and Fred Stiller and the location and circumstances in this story are entirely fictional.

Part of chapter 1 from The Ghostlights

At the marshy corner where the tadpoles went about their mysterious transformation, he would have released the tags, watching them flutter in the lift of the breeze and scatter like starlings from the eaves.

He could have continued on his way. Followed the path all the way around the lake watching the swan in its solitary majesty. Then back to the house with the primroses around the door. Instead, he left the path and stepped towards the water. His glasses he might have put in the bin, or more likely, placed with careful habit on one of the rocks that hid among the reeds on the edge of the lake. Without them, everything was less distinct, but he could see well enough for today.

At first the water would have been a cold approach. Welcome in its way. An initial tightening, then loosening the sadness. Allowing a roll-call of his life, maybe. Of people and places and moments. With his eyes on the horizon, he saw low lights dancing. Sunrise his brain told him, but his heart said they were the ghostlights. Like the girl said, lighting his way home.

The breakdown of the body is the most private thing. He persisted, and who knew but there was one final miraculous pleasure to be found in his own resolve. Deeper and deeper he went until he lost his footing and descended, clotted in the very lake itself.

I would like to thank Legend Press for sending me this book and for inviting me to take in the blog tour.

About the author Grainne Murphy

Gráinne Murphy grew up in rural west Cork, Ireland. At university she studied Applied Psychology and forensic research, then worked for a number of years in Human Resources. In 2011 she moved with her family to Brussels, where she lived for 5 years. She has now returned to West Cork, working as a self-employed language editor specialising in human rights and environmental issues.  Gráinne has received a number of award shortlistings and longlistings for her writing including the Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair Award 2019, Blue Pencil Agency First Novel Award 2019, Caledonia Novel Award 2019, Virginia Prize for Fiction 2013 and the Bath Novel Award 2015.


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