A Thin Slice of Heaven, Cosy Chat with author, Patricia Terrell

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The castle in A Thin Slice of Heaven is fabulously atmospheric. As someone who picks up the energy of buildings, it really ‘felt’ like a real creepy castle. Is it based on a real place? And if so, how much did the place inspire your story?

Thank you for having me here today, Martha! I am a huge fan of your work. While researching my ancestry, I made several trips to my ancestral home at Glencull, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. The area inspired the village in A Thin Slice of Heaven as well as the castle. The potato famine was inspired by a visit to the Ulster American Folk Park and Museum at Omagh, County Tyrone. Whenever I visit Ireland, I feel the energy and history there almost as if I am being transported into the past. It is truly a magical and mystical country.

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Win a Signed copy of Award Winning Werewolf Novel, Oath Breaker

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Today we have our last giveaway, a signed copy (?) of award-winning Werewolf novel, Oathbreaker, from author Shelley Wilson. Shelley is a bit of a superwoman penning both exciting YA fiction and bestselling, motivational self-help books. She has also just landed a fabulous, 10 book publishing contract with ….. and an Apple fiction award. I really loved Oathbreaker and it flew onto my kindle just when it was needed, at a moment when I couldn’t find anything I liked.

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Gothic Fairytales Up For Grabs

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Today I have linked up with gothic author, editor and screenwriter, Kathryn Cottam, to give away two signed paperbacks. The first is The Shoemaker, a dark, gothic retelling of the Elves and the Shoemaker. As a bonus, Kathryn is also giving away Three Tales of Red, a short story collection that explores red riding hood from three perspectives, Red Riding Hood, the wolf and the huntsman. This is written by Kathryn, Roberta Cottam and Kate Tremills. Not all fairytales are cute and cuddly. Kathryn writes intense, gothic fairytales that are definitely for grown-ups.

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December Giveaway

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Christmas is a time for giving and connecting, so this week I have a wonderful Christmas giveaway for you, that spans both my Facebook Pages, The Story Cave and The Curious Mystic. For four days this week, I will offer one giveaway. On three of the days there will be a signed book from my wonderful collaborators, Kate Tremills, Kathryn Cottam, and Shelley Wilson, who recently won an Apple Award for her YA story, Oathbreaker. On the other day I will offer a free half hour tarot reading with me, which will be done over Zoom. If you would like to find out more about my Tarot readings, please do check out my Services section, and some of the general readings in my blog.

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Do you re-read books?

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There are certain books I love so much, I go back into them for a visit. The characters are like friends I want to see again. The places feel so real I’m sure I’ve been there before.
My favourites for rereading are The Catch Trap by Marian Zimmer Bradley, a love story about flyers in a circus, (trapeze artists, Twilight, and of course Harry Potter. As a child I read my copy of the BFG by Roald Dahl into tatters, and the beautiful A Little Princess by Frances Hodgeson. What was it about those books that I loved? Well the characters were the main thing. When I finished them I didn’t want to say goodbye. I have been known to restart a book immediately for that reason. The world and life they took me into was pure magic, enveloping me in a completely different reality.

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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 author, Kathryn Cottam: Fairytales

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Kathryn Cottam is the author of the Ferrybone fantasy series which includes The Shoemaker and the forthcoming The Queen’s Cage. She is currently writing a romantic comedy series with her sister Roberta which will launch in October 2017.

On amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/Kathryn-Cottam/e/B00F83PS6K
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KathrynAnneCottam?skip_nax_wizard=true
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kathryncottam/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KathrynCottam

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The Hidden Message in Fantasy Fiction

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Writing non-fiction is relatively straight forward, a bit like teaching a class only you aren’t sat in front of them. You have a skill or a talent for a specific topic, and it feels right to pass on your knowledge so that others can benefit from your expertise/experience. When I wrote my non-fiction titles, I created them purely for a handful of people who I thought might find them helpful. At that time, I didn’t think that people across the world might also find inspiration in my written words. My book, How I Changed My Life in a Year, became a bestseller in self-help, and women’s biographies, and it helped me realise just how important personal reflection can be. Alongside my non-fiction work, I’ve always harboured a selfish goal to write a book series dedicated to the make-believe characters that run amok in my brain at any given moment.

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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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Survey Results: How Psychics ‘See’

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The results from my survey into how psychics, intuitives, healers and empaths experiences their gifts, is now in. The results are fascinating, showing where the similarities lie, and some fascinating differences too. As a follow up. I would like to do a blog on clearing fear related to psychic gifts. If fear holds you back from intuitive development, please do tell me more, either in the comments, or by email.

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