An Extract from The Importance of Being Aisling by Emer Mclysaght and Sarah Breen

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Having so enjoyed Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling, by Emer Mclysaght and Sarah Breen I am delighted to be part of the launch celebrations for the next of Asiling’s adventures in The Importance of Being Aisling by bringing you an extract today.

You can read my review of Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling here.

Published by Penguin imprint Michael Joseph on 15th November 2018, The Importance of Being Aisling is available for purchase through the links here.

The Importance of Being Aisling

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You can take the small-town girl out of the big city – but can you take the big city out of the girl?

Job. Flat. Boyfriend. Tick. Tick. Tick.

Aisling (seems) to be winning at life. But life has other ideas.

Fired. Homeless. Dumped. Tick. Tick. Tick.

When everything comes crashing down around her, moving back in with her mam seems like a disaster.

But might returning to her roots provide the answers Aisling’s looking for?

An Extract from The Importance of Being Aisling

You can read the extract here The Importance of Being Aisling extract (1).

About Emer Mclysaght and Sarah Breen

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Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen conceived the character of Aisling in their sitting room in 2008, when they began to observe the many traits, characteristics and quirks of a very particular type of Irish girl; one they identified around them and one they identified with.

Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling was an instant sensation in their native Ireland and the Number One bestselling adult fiction title of 2017.

Emer McLysaght is the former editor of The Daily Edge and has worked extensively in journalism and radio.

Sarah Breen is a journalist whose work has appeared in StellarImageU, the Irish Independent and The Gloss.

You can follow Emer on Twitter @EmerTheScreamer and Sarah @sarahjaybee.

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Memory and Invention: A Guest Post by Barbara L. Baer, Author of The Last Devadasi

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Having visited India earlier in the year, I’ve become slightly obsessed by that wonderful country so it gives me enormous pleasure to welcome back Barbara L. Baer to Linda’s Book Bag today with a fabulous guest post all about how memory and invention have created her Indian setting in celebration of her latest book The Last Devadasi. Barbara previously stayed in with me to tell me about another of her books, The Ballet Lover, in a post that you can read here.

Published by Open Books, The Last Devadasi is available for purchase on your local Amazon site and directly from the publisher.

The Last Devadasi

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Passionate and forbidden love clashes with tradition and caste in a changing India.

Kamala Kumari is more than a Gemini Studio starlet: she’s a classical dancer trained in the age-old line of Devadasis, a caste set in place a thousand years ago when girls were first dedicated in south Indian temples to serve the gods and men. From the promise of art and devotion, the sacred dancers fell into the hands of priests who both exalted and betrayed them. Beautiful, brilliant and proud, Kamala struggles to escape the old ways, entangling her Indian assistant, Dutch lover, and his young American wife.

With its turbulent passions amid social upheavals, The Last Devadasi takes readers on a sensual feast in the 1970s palm-shaded trading city of Madras.

Memory and Invention

A Guest Post by Barbara L. Baer

The Last Devadasi opens in January 1970 in a convent during a typhoon flooding the coastal town of Pondicherry, a French protectorate in Madras State. The novel then moves to a film set at Gemini Studios in the city of Madras (now Chennai); from there we go to the port area of Georgetown, the colonial-era hotel The Connemara, and an overgrown compound with cobras in the brush. I wrote Devadasi over several decades from memory and journal entries I kept during my three years living in South India. Where I needed to add to the places, people, music, street noises and smells I remembered, I did research but mostly the story of four people whose lives cross in Madras came from memory and invention.

When I lived in Madras, I taught English literature at a woman’s college, but as soon as classes ended, I bicycled to a thatched roof studio where I studied the traditional dance form of Bharatanatayam with the greatest South Indian artist of her time, Balaswaraswati. By the time I became her pupil, the majestic woman had been showered with awards in India and all over the world, but in her youth, she’d struggled against the stigma of her birth: Balasaraswati was born into the Devadasi caste.

At the time, I researched the Devadasi caste, that literally means the servant of the god, a caste that originated in its South Indian form a thousand years ago when devotees were married to a god and dedicated to serving him. Devadasis were often the only literate woman, schooled in sacred learning, singing and dancing, indispensible in ritual worship. The girls from a young age were also sexual servants, and today, an even more corrupted form of dedication happens every year when the poorest are brought to a goddess of fertility until a man claims them.

For the novel, I created a central character, Kamala Kumari, young and beautiful, a cinema starlet at Gemini Studios, where, like Bollywood, low-budget musical films are churned out every year. Even as Kamala has her picture on movie magazine covers, she still feels compelled to hide her Devadasi caste origins. The characters she loves and envies, bewitches and betrays, are drawn into her deception. This is The Last Devadasi, drawn from experience, transformed in my imagination to emerge as fiction.

(I think The Last Devadasi sounds completely wonderful Barbara. Thanks so much for telling us more about how it came into being.)

About Barbara L. Baer

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Barbara grew up in California, got her BA and MA at Stanford University before going to South India to teach, study dance, and have experiences unlike anything in her American life. She taught in Madras (now Chennai) and Tashkent, Uzbekistan, then part of the USSR, which gave her the inspiration and voice for her novella, Grisha the Scrivener. After a decade of encounters and adventures, she returned to the US, taught at Dennison University in Granville, Ohio, worked for newspapers, and wrote fiction and travel pieces.

Barbara has lived many years in Sonoma County, California, where she writes, edits and teaches through the county jail program, tends a garden and an orchard of pomegranates and olives, and is active in environmental and political causes. She lives with her husband, Michael Morey, also a writer and bricoleur, jack of all trades, who keeps things going.

You can find Barbara on Twitter @pomegranatebarb and visit her website.

Staying in with Heleen Kist

Recently I’ve been hearing very good things about the writing of Heleen Kist from other bloggers so I had to invite Heleen onto Linda’s Book Bag to stay in and chat with me about it.

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Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag Heleen. Thank you so much for agreeing to stay in with me.

I‘m thrilled to be here for much needed change of scene and company. As I’m writing nearly full-time at the moment, I’ve hardly left the house!

(Blogging has the same effect on me. It takes about 4-5 hours a day which is why I’m cutting back in 2019!)

Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?

That’s a very easy decision, since In Servitude is the only book I’ve written so far. It’s the story of an ordinary woman, Grace, whose life gets thrown into chaos as a result of her sister’s death. That seemingly perfect sister was in fact laundering money for Glasgow gangsters, who are forcing Grace to take over.

(Ooo. That sounds really exciting.)

What can we expect from an evening in with In Servitude

If the reviews are anything to go by, expect a heavy dose of that ‘one more chapter feeling’ that will keep you reading late into the night.

I like to think of it as a gripping family drama wrapped around a twisty mystery that is likely to leave you with more questions than answers. You’d do anything for family… wouldn’t you?

(I frequently have to, whether I like it or not, Heleen! Another reason I’m cutting back the blogging in 2019… I must say, I really like the sound of In Servitude.)

What else have you brought along and why?

A bunch of tulips. Being Dutch, I wouldn’t dream of coming to someone’s house without bringing flowers! It’s a thank you for having me, and a thank you to the blogger community as a whole for embracing me as an Indie author.

(What a lovely surprise Heleen. I love flowers and am a keen gardener. Thank you so much – and for your kind words about bloggers. We do our best to support authors as much as we can.)

But as they are a traditional requirement, they also represent the theme of In Servitude: how we are shaped and burdened by the weight of others’expectations; be they moral, societal or familial. It’s the meaning behind the exploding tulip on the cover.

(Fabulous imagery and meaning Heleen.)

Thank you so much for the flowers and for staying in with me to tell me about In Servitude Heleen. I think it sounds an exciting and thought provoking read. I’ll have to add it to my TBR immediately!

In Servitude

Do you owe your family your life?

Grace thought her sister led a charmed existence.

She was wrong.

Now she has to pay the price.

When Grace’s beloved sister Glory dies in a car crash, her carefully planned life spirals out of control. She discovers Glory had been manipulated into illegal activities at her trendy vegan café. What’s worse, Grace finds herself an unwitting accomplice now forced to take over her sister’s shady dealings.

Determined to keep her fingers clean and protect those Glory left behind, Grace plots to escape the clutches of Glasgow’s criminal underworld. But her moral certainty is challenged when more family secrets emerge and her sister’s past intentions remain unclear.

Grace grows convinced Glory was murdered. Why won’t anyone listen?

Seeking justice, she finds betrayal…

In Servitude is available for purchase here. It’s free on Kindle Unlimited.

About Heleen Kist

Heleen Kist is a Dutch businesswoman who lived all over the world while growing up and for her career. Twenty years ago, she fell in love with a Scotsman and his country, and now writes about its (sometimes scary) people from her garden office in Glasgow.

She was selected as an ‘up and coming new writer’ and awarded a spotlight at Bloody Scotland 2018, the International crime writing festival.

Her second novel is in the works, so watch this space.

You can follow Heleen on Twitter @hkist and Facebook. Or sign up to her newsletter on her website here.

Discussing Within the Silence with Nicola Avery

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In the new year I am stepping back from blogging on a daily basis in order to read some of the wonderful books that have been sent to me so that I can concentrate on reviews. I’m enormously grateful to Alice Geary at Midas PR for providing a copy of Within the Silence by Nicola Avery for me to review in the future and for organising for me to stay in with Nicola to chat about the book.

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Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag Nicola.

My pleasure and thank you for inviting me.

I rather think I know the answer to this question but tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?

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I’ve brought a copy of my latest book – Within the Silence, chosen because it has just has its debut, and again because it highlights something we still need to be aware of; the vulnerability of our young, and the dangers, not just from strangers…Also, because I hope readers will enjoy the writing and catch the essential threads of endearing hope, the power of love, redemption, forgiveness and justifiable retribution amongst the storyline.

(If that beautiful cover is anything to go by Nicola, readers are in for a real treat. I can’t wait to read Within the Silence.)

What can we expect from an evening in with Within the Silence?

I hope that you as a reader of Within the Silence will also keep turning the pages right to the end.  Parts should make you shudder, make you smile with the black humour, but make you genuinely feel the pain, fear and frustrations of the characters I created, and their daunting pursuit of truth and justice.  Be prepared, because it crosses a number of genres (I’m a publisher’s nightmare) as it tells the tale of a family and its hidden secrets, some sad, some dark and others darker still. There is a loving father, Jon Stone, a revered psychiatrist and doting husband.  His daughter Maddy, who has secrets she cannot tell anyone and Zara, the stepdaughter and best friend to Maddy, that must unearth these unspoken secrets before a tragic history repeats itself. And fast! There’s only one problem … but I can’t tell you that, as it will spoil the plot!

(It sounds brilliant. I love cross genre books – in fact I really don’t like the fact we are supposed to categorise books into genres at all even if it does help readers choose!)

Oh – and it has a paranormal twist!

(Well of course!)

What else have you brought along and why? 

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A cold bottle of Albarino – because it’s one of my favourite Spanish wines, lovely to sip curled up with a book.  A mixed tray of tapas – can’t visit Majorca without tasting some of their tapas.  And a mix of coastal photos of Majorca, an Island with its ever-changing coastline, sea and skies.  Hauntingly beautiful colours and scenes, with seas that can change in colours, depth and temperament – just ask a sailor…

I love Majorca though I haven’t been for years. That tapas takes me right back. Thanks so much for staying in with me Nicola, and telling us all about Within The Silence. It sounds as if I’m in for a reading treat!

Within the Silence

Within the Silence

Jon Stone is a revered psychiatrist, doting husband, loving father. But he has many secrets.

Maddy Stone, Jon’s daughter, has her own secrets. But she can’t tell anyone.

Zara, Maddy’s stepsister and best friend, faces a race against time. Can she unearth the family’s dark secrets before a tragic history repeats itself?

Two girls: one living and lost, the other scarred and silent, must join forces to prevent the unspeakable…

Published by Browne Raven Within the Silence is available for purchase here.

About Nicola Avery

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With an artist and writer for a father and ballet dancer for a mother, Nicola was destined to go back to her creative roots. Having spent a decade in Australia, she returned to her birthplace, Surrey, to raise her family. Fascinated with the concept that she had lived before, Nicola studied and qualified as a hypnotherapist and past life therapist, using her personal insight and experiences to create the controversial plots for her thrillers. Within the Silence is her second novel.

You can find out more by visiting Nicola’s website and following her on Twitter @NicolaAveryAuth.

Staying in with Linda Taimre

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It seems a long while since I traveled around Australia, and one of the places I didn’t actually get to was Brisbane so I’m delighted to have the chance to go there with Linda Taimre today!

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Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag, Linda – and it does seem weird saying that! Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.

Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it? 

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I’ve brought along my debut book The Fading because it’s just been released this November!

(A slightly belated Happy Publication Day Linda!)

I’m so excited to share this story with you all – especially because it’s set in Brisbane, Australia, where I’m from.  Rarely do I find Brisbane-based books, so I was keen to bring a bit of Australiana to my novel… though perhaps not in the way you would expect!

(Hmm – sounds intriguing!)

What can we expect from an evening in with The Fading?

Your evening would fly by!  The Fading is fast-moving, peppered with moments that question the nature of humanity.  It’s quasi-dystopic speculative fiction, so be prepared for a different, darker world.  Shortlisted for Viva la Novella 2018, the panel noted:

The Fading is an insightful and intriguing work of speculative fiction. [Linda Taimre’s] original characters and fresh take on the plague apocalypse narrative make it a great read.” (Alice Grundy, Seizure).

(You must be delighted both with the comment and the short listing Linda. Congratulations.)

What else have you brought along and why? 

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I’ve brought a map of Brisbane with its brilliantly bendy river that features in The Fading.  I’ve always loved this river, it’s such an integral feature of Brisbane.  While it is beautiful, it is also dangerous, as the floods can cause havoc in the city. That twist of darkness and danger is definitely present in my novel as well.

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And to soothe any anxieties – I’ve brought a packet of Tim Tams, original flavour, of course.  These are quintessentially Australian chocolate biscuits, and a perfect accompaniment to a night in with any book.  The packet never seems to be big enough…

(Ha! I’ve never heard of Tim Tams but you’re right. The packets are very small!)

Thanks so much for staying in with me Linda and transporting me to Brisbane. At lest I can visit through The Fading, even if I don’t get there in person.

The Fading

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Something is awake.

An evolving virus threatens humanity. Insidious, unknown, ever-changing.

Katherine is sick, and her wife Harriet is searching desperately for a way to save her. But what chance does Harriet have against a virus she cannot see and does not understand? Nonetheless, she strives to find a cure for this virus, no matter the cost.

A cost that Lady Trinh, head of the Australian government, cannot bear. From her seat in Brisbane’s protectorate, a pollution-free haven for the lucky few, Lady Trinh will go to any lengths to protect her people from the virus. For her, failure is not an option, and loose threads must be quickly cut.

Something is awake. And it wants to feed…

The Fading is available for purchase here.

About Linda Taimre

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Linda Taimre is an Australian author who writes speculative fiction – anything supernatural, fantastical, or futuristic.

In the past, she’s been an actor, corporate improvement analyst, teacher, producer, and operations manager.  Nowadays, Linda is also interested in neuropsychology, though she still loves the occasional theatrical stint.

To find out more, follow Linda on Twitter @lindataimre, find her on Facebook or visit her website.

An Extract from The Long Shadow by Celia Fremlin

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I’m delighted to be part of the launch celebrations for The Long Shadow by Celia Fremlin with an extract for you today. I’d like to thank Joanna Lee at Faber and Faber for inviting me to be part of this re-release and for sending me a copy of The Long Shadow.

Published by Faber and Faber on 1st November 2018, The Long Shadow is available for purchase directly from the publisher as well as here.

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Jolted from sleep by the ringing of the telephone, Imogen stumbles through the dark, empty house to answer it. At first, she can’t quite understand the man on the other end of the line. Surely he can’t honestly be accusing her of killing her husband, Ivor, who died in a car crash barely two months ago.

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No, he died two months ago,’ she said; ‘I’m a widow,’ and she waited for the tiny recoil behind his eyes, the twitch of unease, as he adjusted himself to the embar­rassment of it. What do you say to middle-aged widows who turn up at parties so indecently soon? What do you talk to them about? Is the weather a safe topic? Or the state of the country?

I don’t know either, Imogen wanted to scream at him. I don’t know what you’re supposed to say to me, or what I’m supposed to answer—or anything. This is the first time I’ve been anywhere since Ivor died, and I wish I’d never come, I wish I was safe at home being miserable. What a fool I was to let Myrtle persuade me, I might have known it would be like this . . . .

Myrtle wasn’t really to blame, of course. Her intentions had been of the kindliest.

‘It’ll take you out of yourself, darling,’ she’d insisted. ‘After all, Ivor wouldn’t have wanted you to go on grieving for ever . . . .’

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Like hell he wouldn’t! To Ivor’s vast, irrepressible ego, for ever would have been all too short a tribute. He’d have loved to imagine that Imogen would grieve for him for ever, miss him for ever—indeed, that everyone else would, too: pupils, colleagues,neighbours; even his former wives and mistresses. All of them, all tearing their hair, rending their garments, flinging themselves on his pyre in an abandonment of grief. That’s what Ivor would have liked, and Myrtle, of all people, must know it.

But of course, you couldn’t expect her to mention it, any more than Imogen herself was mentioning it: and so, ‘No, I suppose he wouldn’t,’ she’d lied, and had begun worrying about what to wear.

After all, it might be fun. It might, for a few hours, make her feel like a whole person again instead of the broken half of a couple.

It didn’t, though; and it wasn’t fun. By now, after nearly two hours of it, she felt not merely like a half person, but a half person who has been bisected vertically for an anatomical demonstration . . . all the raw, bleeding ends on display as the audience files past, each in turn peering with fascinated horror.

Over the rim of her glass, Imogen stole a look at her compan­ion. Short, bearded, ten years younger than herself (as most men seemed to be these days)—already she could see the ‘Let-me-out-of-this’ signals flashing behind his horn-rimmed glasses. Any minute now. Myrtle (attentive hostess that she was) would be undulating along, all smiles, to mount yet another rescue operation. The fourth.

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How long would it go on being like this? How long would the people she was introduced to stand in twitching silence, gulp­ing back their opening gambits, washing their minds clear of funny stories? How long would she go on being an embarrass­ment and an obscenity wherever she went?

Embarrassment. Looking back over these past awful weeks, Imogen sometimes felt that the embarrassment had been worse than the grief: and there was no outlet for it in tears.

The hushed voices. The laughter that died as you drew near. The careful topics of conversation, picked clean of all reference to husbands, funerals, car accidents, professorships, love, happiness, unhappiness, men, women, life . . . . It didn’t leave much.

(What a taster! I’m so pleased I have The Long Shadow on my TBR!)

About Celia Fremlin

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Celia Fremlin (1914-2009) was born in Kent and educated at Berkhamsted School for Girls and Somerville College, Oxford, where she read classics and philosophy. During the Second World War she worked for the Mass Observation project, an experience that resulted in her first published book, War Factory (1943, available in Faber Finds), which recorded the experiences and attitudes of women war workers in a radar equipment factory outside Malmesbury, Wiltshire. Her first published novel of suspense was The Hours Before Dawn (1958), which went on to win the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe award for best crime novel in 1960. Over the next 35 years Fremlin published a further eighteen titles, including three collections of stories.

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Staying in with KT King

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It’s been a real pleasure finding new authors and being a very small part of their publishing journey here on Linda’s Book Bag this year. I’m delighted to welcome KT King today to tell me all about her debut novel.

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Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag KT.

Thank you for inviting me to stay in with you!

My pleasure! Tell me, which of your books have you brought to tell us about this evening?

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Staying in sounds such a cosy and lovely idea so I have chosen to bring my debut novel Little Eden ~ A Magic Book because it’s cosy and quirky and it’s packed full of tea and cakes too!

(Now that sounds perfect. A book, tea and cakes. It’s difficult to think of anything better! Tell me a bit more.)

Little Eden is thrilling, cosy, exciting, comforting and enlightening but what makes it a Magic Book? Because a magic book opens the heart and expands the mind! I wanted to write a novel that was interactive, that the reader could feel part of and make friends with. I also aimed to create a space in which they would feel safe to explore their sense of self, their spirituality and faith (or lack of it). I feel Little Eden is a literary sanctuary of fun, friends, enlightenment and healing, and so far my readers seem to have fallen in love with it, just as I had hoped they would!

(Little Eden sounds really interesting.)

What readers are saying:

I want to live in Little Eden! I loved the characters even just after reading the first few pages and wanted to know what would happen to them. AK, Health Visitor

I’m so in love with Robert! Great cliff hangers and plot twists and I love all the spiritual stuff too but most of all it’s a great story set in a really beautiful place. LM, Beauty Therapist 

I love the fact you can listen to the music, bake the cakes and be part of Little Eden. The story is full of unexpected moments and at the end of each chapter I just wanted to read another. KE, Shop Assistant

I would recommend this book to anyone, spiritual or not because although it has a lot of true spiritual knowledge in it, it’s also a great read. I could feel the energy vibrating as I read it. Roll on Book 2. AP Author

All  my reviews can be found on www.troubador.com

(This is lovely feedback. You must be delighted.) 

It’s quirky because I have included wiki-links so that readers can find out more about things like past-lives, auras, star children and other spiritual ideas. I have also included recipes, a meditation, prayers, and quotes from literature and some footnotes. There is even a soundtrack, including quoted song lyrics from Tim Rice and Julie Gold, as well as an original poem by Andrea Perry. Readers can also buy the crystals and jewellery mentioned in the book at my Etsy shop, KTKingShop.

(I’ve had a look at your Etsy shop and you’ve some beautiful items there KT.)

It’s got a serious side to it too though. I have suffered with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for over 25 years and my heroine, Sophie Lawrence has CFS. I wanted to create a heroine who had CFS/M.E to show sufferers and the general public that we are still valid human beings and can contribute to society if given the proper understanding, care and support. Sufferers are often ridiculed, ignored and accused of making it all up or being lazy. Suicide rates are high as are deaths due to neglect and homelessness. This is a real disease which needs to be recognised and researched properly. Over 250 thousand people suffer with it in the U.K alone. I am hoping my heroine, SOPHIE, can help to raise the profile of this devastating illness in the hearts and minds of the public.

(I love that about books KT. They can raise awareness of so many issues and surprise people.)

In 2012 I lost my home and my Reflexology business due to a severe bout of CFS. My elderly parents provide food and shelter for me as I can only work a few hours a month and sometimes not at all. I spent my savings on producing the e-book and get no state aid so I am hoping that I can provide for myself again through Little Eden and the support of my readers. Little Eden has given me a reason to live and I hope it can help others to find some hope, joy and self-confidence again.

(I hope so too. It sounds as if you’re due some positivity.)

What else have I brought and why have you brought it?

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Being such a massive fan of afternoon tea, I had to bring Mrs B’s scrumptious scones. The recipe was inspired by scones I had at a hotel in London a few years ago, for that extra melt in the mouth sensation! The Daisy Place Cafe-Bookshop in Little Eden serves afternoon tea all day long so I put five of Mrs B’s recipes in the back of the novel for my readers to try. After all, a book with a cuppa and a slice of cake is the best night in!

(Oh my goodness. Scones are one of my favourite treats. You’ll be welcome back any time if you bring lovely food like this!)

And we can listen to the soundtrack of Little Eden which is an eclectic mix of disco, ballad and gospel songs.  My favourite song is From a Distance by Julie Gold, because it inspired the novel in the first place and she kindly let me quote her lyrics at the end of the novel, plus Julie herself is an amazingly kind soul, she has been so encouraging to me personally and yet we have never met in person. She reached out to help me, a total stranger! (ITunes links to all the songs are on my blog).

The kindness of strangers is a wonderful thing KT. It’s been lovely staying in with you to hear about Little Eden. I do hope it all works out for you. Good luck!

Little Eden – A Magic Book

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Little Eden, London, England

2012. The ancient sanctuary town of Little Eden is under threat. Human greed, selfishness and disregard are about to turn the last 1,000 years to dust.

Robert Bartlett-Hart must make a choice.

With the help of his friends (plus plenty of tea and cake), Robert learns that there is more at stake than just Little Eden. Something lies at the heart of Abbey; something that stands between mankind and Armageddon.

Robert and the residents of Little Eden must navigate past lives, other dimensions, and even Heaven itself, to find a way to save Little Eden and themselves.

Will Little Eden survive to usher in a New Age, or will Humanity perish along with it?

Little Eden is available for purchase from your local Amazon site, iBooks, Kobo and Googleplay.

About KT King

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KT King was born in 1973, East Yorkshire, England. She attended university in Lancaster and Cambridge but in her early twenties found that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, along with congenital spinal problems (causing severe chronic pain), prevented her from working full-time.

She began re-training as a healer to help with her own health issues and in 2000 trained as a Reiki healer. Over the course of several years she went onto train as a Hypnotherapist, Counsellor and Reflexologist. She became a teacher and a spiritual guide to other healers.

Since 2012, KT has been too ill to work more than a few days a month and so has dedicated the time she can to her lifelong ambition of becoming a writer.

KT says “Several years ago I bumped into a childhood friend who, when she found out I was writing a book, reminded me that we used to play The Famous Five together but I didn’t want to be one of the characters, I wanted to be Enid Blyton! So, it’s only taken 40 years to realise my dream! I wanted to create a novel in which my friends, who are healers and light workers, would see ourselves portrayed in reality rather than pushed into fantasy or ridiculed. A novel in which we could say – that really happens to me!”

Due to ill health and (as many CFS sufferers find) she is not entitled to any disability or state benefits of any kind and is reliant on the charity of her family to provide food and shelter. Having lost her home and her business in 2012, she hopes to make enough money from her series of Little Eden books to have one day have a home again.

KT Loves to hear from her readers.

You can find out more by visiting KT’s blog, finding her on Facebook or following her on Twitter @KTKINGbooks. You might like to visit her Etsy shop too!