Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves – The Curse of Time by M. J. Mallon


Delighted to showcase the debut novel by author and book reviewer M.J. Mallon. The Curse of Time: Book One – Bloodstone is a YA fantasy and science fiction adventure, which is on pre-order with delivery for August 26th.

About The Curse of Time

On Amelina Scott’s thirteenth birthday, her father disappears under mysterious circumstances. Saddened by this traumatic event, she pieces together details of a curse that has stricken the heart and soul of her family.

Amelina longs for someone to confide in. Her once carefree mother has become angry and despondent. One day a strange black cat and a young girl, named Esme appear. Immediately, Esme becomes the sister Amelina never had. The only catch is that Esme must remain a prisoner, living within the mirrors of Amelina’s house.

Dreams and a puzzling invitation convince Amelina the answer to her family’s troubles lies within the walls of the illusive Crystal Cottage. Undaunted by her mother’s warnings, Amelina searches for the cottage on an isolated Cambridgeshire pathway where she encounters a charismatic young man, named Ryder. At the right moment, he steps out of the shadows, rescuing her from the unwanted attention of two male troublemakers.

With the help of an enchanted paint set, Amelina meets the eccentric owner of the cottage, Leanne, who instructs her in the art of crystal magic. In time, she earns the right to use three wizard stones. The first awakens her spirit to discover a time of legends, and later, leads her to the Bloodstone, the supreme cleansing crystal which has the power to restore the balance of time. Will Amelina find the power to set her family free?

A YA/middle grade fantasy set in Cambridge, England exploring various themes/aspects: Light, darkness, time, shadows, a curse, magic, deception, crystals, art, poetry, friendships, teen relationships, eating disorders, self-harm, anxiety, depression, family, puzzles, mystery, a black cat, music, a mix of sadness, counterbalanced by a touch of humour.

Pre-order The Curse of Time: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B074CDJPY9

About M. J. Mallon

I am a debut author who has been blogging for three years:  My interests include writing, photography, poetry, and alternative therapies. I write Fantasy YA, and middle grade fiction as well as micropoetry – haiku and tanka. I love to read and have written over 100 reviews: https://mjmallon.com/category/a-z-book-reviews/

My alter ego is MJ – Mary Jane from Spiderman. I love superheros! I was born on the 17th of November in Lion City: Singapore, (a passionate Scorpio, with the Chinese Zodiac sign a lucky rabbit,) second child and only daughter to my proud parents Paula and Ronald. I grew up in a mountainous court in the Peak District in Hong Kong with my elder brother Donald. My parents dragged me away from my exotic childhood and my much loved dog Topsy to the frozen wastelands of Scotland. In bonnie Edinburgh I mastered Scottish country dancing, and a whole new Och Aye lingo.

As a teenager I travelled to many far-flung destinations to visit my abacus wielding wayfarer dad. It’s rumoured that I now live in the Venice of Cambridge, with my six foot hunk of a Rock God husband, and my two enchanted daughters.

After such an upbringing my author’s mind has taken total leave of its senses! When I’m not writing, I eat exotic delicacies while belly dancing, or surf to the far reaches of the moon. To chill out, I practise Tai Chi. If the mood takes me I snorkel with mermaids, or sign up for idyllic holidays with the Chinese Unicorn, whose magnificent voice sings like a thousand wind chimes.
Connect with M.J. Mallon

Website: https://mjmallon.com/
Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/M-J-Mallon/e/B074CGNK4L/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17063622.M_J_Mallon
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Marjorie_Mallon
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marjorie.mallon

Thank you very much for dropping by and it would be great if you could share the news of Marjorie’s debut novel. thanks Sally

Dog and Cats of the week – Muses of author Joelle LeGendre


Welcome to Dog (cats, parrots or spouses) of the Week. An opportunity for the pets of authors, bloggers and artists to promote their owners as well as enjoy a few minutes in the limelight (rightly deserved according to many of them!)

For those of you that are managed by some form of fur or feathered family, please send their photos and your links to sally.cronin@moyhill.com. I have had a number of entries and the weekly slots are filling up fast… get your muse to me….

Meet Fat White Dog, Coon cat and Other Brother Coon Cat.

Fat White Dog loves to steal Joelle’s Pillow and enjoy an afternoon nap.
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Other Brother Coon Cat demands more than equal desk space.

OBCC takes over desk

About Joelle LeGendre

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Joelle LeGendre is author of Atto Run – The First Level of Hell. The first thing that hits you when you read Joelle’s bio is that she has tackled a number of challenges with humour. As she says since she was born, she has viewed the world through her own rose colored filter of dyslexia, Tourette’s Syndrome, insomnia, almost-blindness and ‘ain’t quite right’.

She has a B.S in Rehabilitation Psychology and has worked in the field of developmental disabilities since 1993 assisting people with Mental Retardation, Autism, Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.

Joelle considers writing to be a form of therapy and one that benefits all of us. Since 1999 she has been writing the Atto Run series and there are 15 books in various stages of development. The first Atto Run – The First Level of Hell is now available and has received great reviews. The second in the series is in the final stages of editing.

51SIqIb3wvL._UY250_One of the reviews for the book.

As a scifi fan, I found the novel, “Atto Run, The First Level of Hell,” an intriguing and fun read. If, like me, you enjoy tales of space travel, advanced technology, exotic other-world settings, and whole planets that just might not make it, you’ll likely enjoy this book too. But author, Joelle LeGendre, goes way beyond a traditional space-opera, and delivers what is ultimately a fine novel of ideas. Most good speculative fiction (or any good fiction) does transcend category, but Atto Run somehow personalizes its theme in ways I’ve not seen before.

The universe-threatening concerns of the intergalactic goddesses get squeezed down to the very small, human concerns of a central character who’s not so much an anti-hero as a non-hero. It’s through her “every-woman” eyes, we earthlings meet our first alien. And it’s not like anything you’d expect. It’s at the heart of the delightful comic sense running through this book and what makes it so much fun. I highly recommend it. You’ll expand your mind and laugh while doing it.

Buy the Book: http://www.amazon.com/Joelle-LeGendre/e/B00JBQDHWM

Her writing is not just confimed to books as Joelle has written articles for newspapers and has an impressive number of blog entries on Ranting Along

You will find some delightful observations on life, and yes you may find the occasional rant, but all with an element of humour that draws you in. I used to read the Tarot cards too.. Tarot Humour

When asked about being an author she said, “Being a writer is something you can’t NOT be if that’s what you are. It’s worse than opium, alcohol, cigarettes and crack. I MUST have my writing fix each and every day whether it’s writing in a blog or a book.

Joelle lives in North Florida with her husband and a substantial fur family.

Connect to Joelle on her blog and social media.

Blog: https://rantingalong.wordpress.com/
Website: http://www.attorun.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoelleLeGendre
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JoelleLeGendreattorun/

Thank you for dropping in and always enjoy your feedback.  I hope you have enjoyed this slightly different way to promote your books, blog or art.. If you are currently without animal management then you might consider sending a photo and bio of your partner!