This is a delightful book that follows the journey of Abigail Shepherd from unpublished writer to debut novelist, with the release of her YA book Victoria’s Victorian Victory.
In My Year of Stories, we follow Abigail’s journey with twelve stories to represent each month, preceded by an excerpt from her journal. I like the addition of this diary extract as it gives the reader an idea how each story was created and when.
This is a book you can read in one sitting or go to when you want to read another story for the first time or as a reread. You’ll find you’ll want to do that. I read the first story, The Dandelion Clock when it was first published in Whim online magazine but I enjoyed reading it again as January’s story in this book. There is also a prequel to Victoria’s Victorian Victory.
The stories are each different, some sweet and moving, others humorous and some a little dark.
I highly recommend My Year of Stories. You’ll enjoy the read.
Thornton Park is the Thornton family home and is where the mystery takes place in my book The Dragon Sleeps.
It’s a murder mystery set in the late 1920s.
A Dragon statue. An ancient sword. What treasure is worth killing for?
Alexandra Thornton is determined to discover how these things are connected to the antiques her great-grandfather brought with him from Hong Kong so many years ago. What secret has remained hidden for the last eighty years?
Top left is the main hall, the others are of the drawing room. Far right is my book.
These photos are of the real house that inspired me – Werribee Mansion in Victoria.
You can go through the mansion if you’re visiting Melbourne or Victoria. It’s definitely a worthwhile day.
I was so thrilled to receive this wonderful review. Please read on!
“A Dragon statue. An ancient sword. What treasure is worth killing for? It’s 1927 in Victoria, Australia. A hedonistic time after the Great War when young people knew they could enjoy life without the threat of war hanging over them. A time when women have more options opened to them. There is a weekend house…
I was so thrilled to receive this fantastic 5 Star Review on Amazon from Charlie Edwards.
Thank you so much.
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As a huge fan of Agatha Christie and the other masters of crime I went into this book with high expectations and I’m happy to say that those expectations were exceeded! Set in the grandiose estate of Thornton House and taking place in the heart of the antiques trade of the 1920s, The Dragon Sleeps is a clever little novel that keeps you guessing throughout and which is equal parts murder mystery as it is a charming look into the past.
One of the aspects that really stood out for me was Read’s use of music and other well researched parts of the history that brought the 20s setting to life. I found myself googling various pieces of music she mentioned, letting them play as I read the book so that I could fully plunge myself into the story and experience what her characters were enjoying at the same time, an interesting experience which really added to the charm of the book as a whole.
The characters are full of vitality and believable, and the relationship between Lexy and Edie in particular was really charming to experience, not to mention the smooth suave of the ever charming Benedict whom I’m sure is the sort of man that no woman could find fault with.
The mystery itself is well researched and cleverly put together, and of course I won’t spoil it but the solution is not as straightforward as you would initially presume – the twists and turns keep the novel going exactly as a murder mystery should.
An enchanting and engaging novel that sets the stage for murder and intrigue with aplomb, I can’t wait to read more of what Ellen Read has to offer – here’s hoping she is writing more!
Thank you so very much. Reviews are so important to writers, even just a word or two is sufficient to raise the book through the levels to best seller lists.
It was amazing
The Dragon Sleep is set in the 1920s – Australia.
Alexandra Thornton is 21 years old and loves historic objects, because of her passion, she is interested in working in her Dads antique shop – Thornton Antiques.
Alexandra lives in Thornton Park and lives on the family estate. A zoo is also attached to the estate with kangaroos, wallabies, etc.
A mystery murder takes place in Thornton Park and Alexandra takes it upon herself to try and solve it.
I was drawn to The Dragon Sleeps because of the beauty of the building on the book cover, which is an actual building in Victoria, Australia.
Ellen Read loves architure buildings and this was quite evident in her book as she describes the home layout. Her love of flowers which she has a passion for are also a feature in her book, names like, blue salvias, pink petunias, etc.
The mystery murder I touched on very briefly because – Ellen Read Author – has just launched her own – You Tube – channel, that will give you a clue on the mystery.
Thank you Ellen Read, for such a wonderful book, beautifully written, with such amazing details which I felt lost in.
I very much appreciate your hard work that went into making such a little beauty.
One week ago I hadn’t heard of Kindle Scout. As an author, that is probably remiss of me. When my friend and fellow author Diana Tyler said she had submitted a book to Kindle Scout, I had to find out more about it.
What was even more important, I wanted to vote for Diana’s book.
If you follow the link, you can nominate Diana Tyler’s book too. There’s an excerpt for you to read. Believe me, you’ll love it.
Age of the Ashers (The Petros Chronicles Book 1) By DIANA TYLER
What if all the ancient myths are true?
Eighteen-year-old Chloe Zacharias is perfectly content being an outsider. But an ancient prophecy has different plans, plans to catapult her into the middle of an ages-old war between beings she only thought were mythical. Filled with magic, mystery, and sprinklings of Greek mythology, Age of the Ashers is a powerful fantasy adventure for those who love to lose themselves in the world of make-believe.
There is one month, or 27 days left now, for you to nominate Age of the Ashers.
When the 30-day campaign ends, nominations are tallied and Diana will receive word if her book is to be published.
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As a thank you from Kindle Scout and Diana Tyler, you will receive a free copy of Age of the Ashers.
Even if Kindle Scout don’t pick up the book, Diana will send you a free copy to thank you for supporting her.
Diana has been writing all her life, starting with her own versions of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle comics when she was four. She’s always been fascinated with Greek mythology and comic book superheroes, all of which inspire her fantasy novels. She’s also a gym rat who loves to pretend she’s Wonder Woman while lifting heavy weights and swinging from rings and pull-up bars. She co-owns CrossFit 925 in San Antonio, Texas with her husband Ben.
Just the word ‘marketing’ sends nervous shivers down the backs of many authors. It’s something you know you need to do – something really quite vital to your book’s success – but chances are you’re putting it off. You might be procrastinating because you have no idea where to start, because you don’t think of…
Lifesong is a mixture of fantasy and science fiction, carrying with it an ecological message and a gentle love story.
It’s a beautiful story about a young woman who has an amazing ability to seek out the lifesong of others. This leads her to a wonderfully happy time in her life but it isn’t long before she finds that, after crossing the universe, she is trapped on our world. But what kind of a world is it that has no lifesong, and that seems determined on its own destruction?
Julia Blake’s thought-provoking and heart-warming story is perfect as a novella. The story is concise and fast flowing. It has a lyrical quality to it and is beautifully written.
I highly recommended Lifesong.
It’s a story you will want to read more than once.