Under an Evil Star: A Cosy Chat with Author, Jane Holland

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Under an Evil Star is a thriller based on horary astrology. What led you to choose this as a topic?

Since astrology is such a big part of my daily life, I wanted to extend that into my fiction. But how? Last year, eager to write for radio, I listened to Alastair Jessiman’s great radio plays about a Scottish psychic, The Sensitive, and kept thinking throughout, I need to use my esoteric knowledge in my fiction in the same way. Then I hit on the idea of making an astrologer my main character. But obviously, you need to know who the villain is to study their birth chart. But with horary, a much wider field of possibilities becomes open to you.

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Cosy Chat with “Britain’s Leading Crystal Expert”, Philip Permutt

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Philip Permutt “Britain’s leading crystal expert” (Daily Mail) “Bonafide crystal expert” (Daily Express), author The Crystal Healer, crystal and meditation teacher. Latest book The Crystal Healer:Volume 2 Philip Permutt’s other books include The Complete Guide to Crystal Chakra Healing, The Book of Crystal Grids,The Little Pocket Book of Crystal Tips & Cures, The Crystal Tarot, The Little Pocket Book of Crystal Healing, Sacred Stones and Crystals (with Lyn Palmer).  Philip Permutt’s Audio recordings include Meditation Workshop, The Little Meditation Album, The Little Chakra Meditation Album, The Little Reiki Meditation Album, The Little Sleep Meditation Album, The Little Crystal Meditation Album, The Little Spirit Guide Meditation Album, Meditation Nights – Angels of the Rainbow Waterfall, Crystal Workshop, Reiki Workshop Watch my cosy chat with leading crystal expert Philip Permutt and find out why crystals can be described as living beings, what drew a scientist to the world of crystals and healing, and which crystals might help you alleviate stress, panic attacks and chronic pain. Philip sells some amazing crystals in his shop and online, offers healing sessions, runs training courses and workshops, and has a number of books and meditation CDs. Philips latest release, The Crystal Healer volume 2 is available now. Do visit his website, or find him on Facebook or Amazon.   Photographs are copyright of Philip Permutt.  Video is copyright of Martha Dunlop.  The books and crystals, (where available) can be purchased at www.thecrystalhealer.co.uk.  

Cosy Chat with fantasy author Sandra Hurst: Yketa

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A mythmaker at heart, Sandra Hurst has been writing poetry, fantasy and science fiction since her school days in England. Hurst moved to Canada in 1980 and was deeply influenced by the wild lands and the indigenous cultures that surrounded her. Y’keta, her first full length novel, is set in a mythical land reminiscent of pre-historic earth. An ancient world where legends walk and the Sky Road offers a way to the stars. A member of the Alexandra Writers Centre Society, the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, and The Mythopoeic Society, Hurst works to build fantasy worlds that allow her readers to join her in exploring the depths of human interaction in a mythical game of ‘what if.’ Her first novel, Y’keta is long-listed for the prestigious Aurora Award, for best Canadian fantasy novel (Young Adult) and the American based RONE award for break out fantasy novel. She now lives in Calgary, Alberta with her husband and son, both of whom she loves dearly, and has put up for sale on e-bay when their behaviour demanded it.

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Neverland, A Cosy Chat with Romance Author Anna Katmore

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In Neverland you look at the story of Peter Pan, from a very different perspective, casting Captain Hook, or Jamie, as the romantic lead. What gave you the idea?

Martha, you know me. 😉 Nothing gave me the idea, actually. In fact, it was someone. Jamie Hook himself. I’m telling you and your reader this, because I know you’ve got experience with energies and will understand when I tell you that I sort of channelled the story. The idea, the characters, the book. And it wasn’t on purpose, either. It was in a moment when I watched Peter Pan with my son a long time ago that suddenly one very charismatic and insisting energy tapped on my shoulder.

Writing always happens like that for me. I don’t just invent stories. I always wait for the moment when a great energy out there stops by and says hi. They feel almost as real to me, as the person next to you feels to you. I get their thoughts and intentions in form of emotions and images in my head. James Hook—the one I wrote about—is a character in a different dimension, if you like to look at it that way. And he broadcasted his story on a frequency that connected with my reception. I was a tremendously lucky girl that he chose me to tell his story.

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Win a Signed Paperback of Fantasy Novel, Messenger

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Today I have linked up with fantasy author and inspirational speaker Kate Tremills to offer a signed copy of Messenger, the first book in her Great Lands Series. Kate Tremills writes beautiful and spiritual novels that explore far-off worlds, mythology, and even modern day Manhattan. But now she is also traveling in a new direction and bringing us wonderful inspirational ideas and teachings on creativity. Creativity is something Kate knows a lot about, from her novel writing, to her time as magazine writer, to her L.A. screenwriting career. She has approached the process from every angle and has a wealth of information and encouragement to share.

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Werewolves, Vampires and Teenage Crushes, A Cosy Chat with Fantasy Author Shelley Wilson

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I’m so pleased to welcome Shelley Wilson to the Curious Mystic to talk about her new book, Oath Breaker. I was on a reading slump, and this is the book that finally broke it. It’s a great story, with werewolves, hunters, romance and lots of action. And I’m not the only one who enjoyed it. Today Shelley announced that Oath Breaker was an Official Winner in the New Apple E-Book Summer Awards 2017. I had a lovely chat and lots of laughs with Shelley, as she told me what inspired Oath Breaker, revealed insider secrets, and gave me an inkling of what’s coming next. Do click on the video below for the full chat.

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Cosy Chat with Fantasy Author, Kate Tremills

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Kate Tremills
‘I am a purveyor of stories. I dive into the mysteries of life, into the magic of our journey, and the playfulness of the human spirit. I seek the wisdom of goddesses, animals, angels, natural oracles, crows, and humans, too.

‘My stories touch the edge of tenderness and courage.

‘I invite you to discover the vast world of the Great Lands, the Fated, my retelling of fairy tales & myths, and my original fables. I promise to explore further, deeper, wider — with a brave heart, guiding you to the edge of experience.’

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Book Giveaway – Messenger by Kate Tremills

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This is a big week for The Curious Mystic. One year ago, on the 24 December, I launched my new blog, excited about my new adventure. Kate is offering two copies of Messenger, the first book in her Great Lands series. The giveaway is live from Friday 23 to Saturday 31 December. It is open to everyone from the UK, Europe, North America and Canada. Please do click on the links to enter, and for full terms and conditions. Messenger is a really beautiful book.

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Guest Blog: MODERN VERSUS MEDIEVAL MAGIC in the Tudor Witch Trilogy

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Historical novelist Victoria Lamb also writes bestselling contemporary thrillers as Jane Holland, historical romance as Elizabeth Moss, and romcoms as Beth Good. New for 2016 is her pen-name Hannah Coates, with a feel-good Christmas novel BERTIE’S GIFT out October 20th. Her novel WITCHSTRUCK won YA Romantic Novel of the Year 2013. She lives with her family near the Devon/Cornwall border, and loves photography and growing her own vegetables!

WITCHSTRUCK, the first book in my award-winning Tudor trilogy about Meg, a teen witch in the service of the disgraced princess Elizabeth Tudor, came out in 2012. Four years later, I’m turning my trilogy into a TV drama series, and looking at Meg’s story again has reminded me of my early love of magic.

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