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Marion L Eaton ~ Author Guest Post #TheSnakingRiver @MarionEaton

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Marion Eaton, who writes as M.L. Eaton, qualified as a Solicitor way back in the 1970s. The legal firm which she started soon afterwards is now incorporated into one of the largest solicitors’ practices in England.

She is a professional aromatherapist and Reiki Master/Teacher and for several years ran a Complementary Health Centre alongside her legal work. Now retired from legal practice, she still teaches Reiki but her abiding passion is for writing. She has so many stories to tell that she has to write very fast.

Marion lives in the beautiful Sussex countryside with an understanding husband, a lazy saluki and a large rambling garden, all of which she attempts to keep in some semblance of order.

The 3 books in the Faraway Lands Series are fictional memoirs based on the childhood experiences of her brother and herself.

She has also written 3 legal mystery/thrillers with a touch of the supernatural (the Mysterious Marsh Series) and is working on a fourth.

A book of meditations, one on Reiki, a James Herriot style memoir of her early days as a solicitor, and a ghost story make up her other writings.

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BURMA 1934-41 Teeming with the joy and abundance of life, the great Irrawaddy river is the life-blood of Myanmar, the country once known as Burma. From its myriad of sources high in the jungle-clad slopes of the mountainous hills bordering China, the ‘River of Blessings’ winds a thousand miles South to its fertile delta that opens into the Bay of Bengal. To a little boy conceived in the Kachin Hills and living by the great river for his first five years, the country’s fascinating wildness, creatures, culture and essence burn deep into his character, shaping the whole of his life.

LOVING WRITING By Marion L Eaton

My brother smiled. Leaning on his stick, he seemed diminished somehow. His lion-like ebullience and strength just a shadow of what they used to be. In that moment, I knew that this was the last time I would see him alive and in the flesh. We hugged. Feeling the reality of him, and the warmth, I put the premonition behind me.

What, you may think, has this to do with writing and books? Please bear with me and you will see.

My only sibling, Richard was twelve years older than I. He had made his home in Australia while I stayed in England. Now after nearly 50 years apart, save for the occasional visit to the other’s country, we were about to realise a dream. We were taking a cruise to the South Seas from Sydney. Just Richard and me. No spouses. No children. Just us.

Sailing in a large ship took us back to our respective childhoods. Father was a civil engineer and his work took him all over the world. We children would follow, with our mother, once he had established a home for us. We always travelled by sea in those days, to and from England and school, although the age difference meant that we seldom travelled together. Both of us had grown to love the sea, its movement and moods, the smell of ports and seaboard life.

Once we were on board our cruise ship and underway, the premonition tugged at me. Gently, I talked to him about making a bucket list. In my heart, I felt that he had perhaps two or three years to live, and I wanted him to do all the things he had put on hold. With much laughter, we noted down everything he wanted to do, but there was nothing that involved me. Until he mentioned his book.

He’d written it a couple of years previously in response to requests from his clients. Not only was Richard a well-known and respected veterinary surgeon, he was also a maverick, using complementary and bush medicine as well as ‘traditional’ veterinary science and drugs. His particular blend of compassion, intuition and knowledge was rare then, and still is. The book, a manual entitled Do I call the Vet? and what to do in the meantime, had long languished on the hard drive of someone’s computer. Now, this was something with which I could help.

There was one other thing, he said. I’d written a novella, at the request of two Indian friends, about my time as a child in what was then Bombay. My brother loved the book. Would I write the story of his childhood in Burma? I said I would.

We had a wonderful time together sailing the South Seas and when the time came for me to fly back to England, we parted without too many tears.

Three months later Richard was suddenly taken seriously ill. After two major operations, he was diagnosed with four types of cancer and told that he had approximately two months to live.

I received the news just before Christmas, shortly after he’d sent me the manuscript of his book and a collection of photographs to insert in appropriate places. I spent the whole of the Christmas period formatting his book, designing the cover, and putting it up on Createspace and Lulu. I also made him a website. Of course, that was just the beginning, the whole process took a few months.

Once his clients heard about it, his book became a considerable success, selling more than a thousand copies. Much to his doctors’ amazement, my brother slowly recovered. He gave veterinary advice over the phone, gave interviews and took several short holidays, mostly by the sea. And he received many accolades that are normally only given in obituaries. When Richard died in May this year, more than seventeen months from that dreadful diagnosis, he was in no doubt about how much he was loved and respected.

In the meantime, I’d been researching Burma in the 1930s. I’d never been there, but my research made me fall in love with the country and the people. I wove my understanding of the country, memories of my brother, and what I remembered of my parents’ anecdotes, into a short book entitled The Snaking River. I had a hardback copy produced for each member of our families. My brother loved it, and so did his children — so much so that my eldest nephew decided to take his family for a voyage along Burma’s sacred mother river, the Irrawaddy.

Both these projects brought me joy, as well as being incredibly rewarding.

I loved the whole process, which made me remember the main reason that we writers write. We write for the joy of the creative process, we write to inform, and to entertain. And yet we can become so bogged down in the selling process that writing itself loses its gloss, becomes a chore. We spend money on courses, on advertisements, on publicity, on editing, making covers, learning. We give all these things the time that we could be writing. More than that we literally give our books away for publicity and reviews. And we blame ourselves if our books don’t sell enough copies. We lose ourselves: the joy that makes us tick. We feel the rub of failure.

And yet what can be more joyous than helping others by using our gifts and skills?

My brother’s book is a treasure trove of information and good sense that will benefit both people and pets for years to come. I am proud to have been part of bringing it into being.

And the Snaking River tells a story of times long gone. It’s a story of love and adventure, of loss, and delight in Nature. It’s a real his-story and it’s brought pleasure to those I love most.

Best of all, I feel as though I have done something for my brother that no-one else could do, for through these two books his grandchildren have a memory of him that will not fade.

I wonder how many wonderful stories are hiding in the history of your family? Perhaps it’s time to write about them.

Just for the joy of it!

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DO I CALL THE VET? and WHAT TO DO IN THE MEANTIME … by Dr. R.H Chapman

This treasury of information, reassurance, tips, and first aid techniques for horses, dogs and cats is an invaluable resource for all who care for animals.

 Dr Chapman practises veterinary medicine in the old-fashioned way: feeling with his fingertips, using his eyes, ears, sense of smell and a large dose of intuition. He mixes experience with wisdom, combining old and new practices, techniques and technologies.

 In addition to cures and remedies for animal maladies, Do I Call the Vet? and what to do in the meantime also contains many well-proven and simple health-promoting practices for otherwise healthy animals, for those seeking preventative measures which help to maintain sustained animal well-being.

Do I Call the Vet? and what to do in the meantime was written in response to requests from many of his clients who have come to rely on his knowledge and understanding of animals and the illnesses, accidents and ailments which beset them.

 Maintaining the tone of the chatty and informal way he speaks to his clients, this book ensures that Dr Chapman’s words of wisdom are now accessible to all people in need of animal care advice.

You can purchase your copy here ~ Amazon UK

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Website is www.marioneaton.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/marioneaton

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/marioneatonwriter

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Peter May @edbookfest 2017 #Review @authorpetermay @QuercusBooks

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I had a fabulous first event of the day with the talented and fascinating Peter May, chaired by Brian Taylor.

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Although I was 40 minutes early the queue was winding its way amongst the tents till it met itself at the other end. The anticipation and chat amongst the crowd were infectious.

It was a brilliant hour that I didn’t want to end. Peter May was funny, interesting and very engaging with the audience. There were so many people who wanted to connect with Mr May by asking him a question.

Peter May told the audience that he had finished his much loved Enzo Macleod series. He felt that he liked to finish up whilst the characters still had their sparkle.  Peter’s next novel has three female protagonists and this was a different and refreshing challenge for him to write. Mr May expressed that when he has a good fit with a character he feels like a shorthand typist with the voice of the character dictating the story to him.

Mr May touched briefly on the translations differences of his books after a question from the audience.  We learnt that he has two, one of which makes the sentences longer and more ‘French’. whereas the other really keeps to Mr May’s style of writing.

A very entertaining hour, a new author for my TBR. I cannot wait to dive into the Lewis trilogy.

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Book Jacket 

THE GIRL IN THE LAKE

In 1989, a killer dumped the body of twenty-year-old Lucie Martin into a picturesque lake in the West of France. Fourteen years later, during a summer heatwave, a drought exposed her remains – bleached bones amid the scorched mud and slime.

THE MAN ON THE CASE

No one was ever convicted of her murder. But now, forensic expert Enzo Macleod is reviewing this stone-cold case – the toughest of those he has been challenged to solve.

THE SKELETON IN THE CLOSET

Yet when Enzo finds a flaw in the original evidence surrounding Lucie’s murder, he opens a Pandora’s box that not only raises old ghosts but endangers his entire family.

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The Heart’s Invisible Furies @john_boyne @DoubledayUK @edbookfest #EventReview

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Day 2 at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017, the highlight of the day for me was the John Boyne event, chaired by Janet Ellis.

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Held in the Spiegeltent the event was sold out and I felt incredibly blessed to be attending. Joanne Baird from Portobello Book Blog was the first person to introduce me to The Heart’s Invisible Furies. It was one of Joanne’s top reads of 2017.

John Boyne has a fascinating stage presence and with inciteful and probing question from Janet Ellis, it made for an interesting and engaging hour.  Mr Boyne was there to talk about his new book The Heart’s Invisible Furies. Which centres around the main character Cyril and his life in Dublin. The book is written in seven-year increments.  John Boyne explained that he writes his books from the start to finish and that he needs that process.  Where as his friend and fellow Author John Irving starts his novels by writing the final sentence first.  The book covers many hard hitting topics such as adoption, identity, the Catholic church, honesty and being a gay man growing up in Dublin.

John Boyne said that although he has had some cracking opportunities such as being on the movie set for The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas his passion and excitement truly is embedded in his love of writing and having that first box of books of arriving is a pure joy and delight.

John Boyne is a truly fascinating gentleman with a genuine love and passion for all things bookish which shines through in abundance.

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Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from – and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more.

In this, Boyne’s most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart’s Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit.

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A Country Road, A Tree By Jo Baker ~ @Edbookfest #Review

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Jo Baker was this afternoons event for us at The Edinburgh International Festival 2017. Chaired by Alexandria Lawrie.

A Country Road, A Tree by Jo Baker is nominated for a James Tait Black Fiction 2017 award.

A fascinating insight into why Ms. Baker chose the theme of Samuel Beckett.  It turns out Ms Baker is a huge fangirl of Mr. Becketts work and the man himself.

The novel is set when Beckett returns to Paris to be with his partner and what happens when he joins the resistance. Ms. Baker said that she didn’t include Mr. Becketts name in the book as it hindered her writing process.

A very inciteful hour and not a book I would have thought to review but now one that I am very eager indeed to read.

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Book Jacket 

Paris, 1939: The pavement rumbles with the footfall of Nazi soldiers marching along the Champs Elysees. A young writer, recently arrived from Ireland to make his mark, smokes one last cigarette with his lover before the city they know is torn apart. Soon, he will put is own life and those of his loved ones in mortal danger by joining the Resistance…

Spies, artists, deprivation, danger and passion: this is a story of life at the edges of human experience, and of how one man came to translate it all into art.

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The Fact Of Body @alexandriaml @valmcdermid @edbookfest #Review

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Alexandria Marzano ~ Lesnevich was inspired to write her book after viewing a video tape of Rick Langley confessing to the murder of a six-year-old boy and having an overwhelming feeling of wanting him to die for his crime.

Val McDermid chaired the event which I surprisingly found to be very emotional. Val was the perfect person for this event. Fully informed and with cracking questions. Alexandria Marzano ~ Lesnevich and Val McDermid were the perfect fit.

The Fact of a Body takes us on a journey over many years with Alexandria Marzano ~ Lesnevich as she tries to discover the person behind Rick Langley and the slow realisation that her own childhood abuse at the hands of her grandfather was an actual crime.

Alexandria Marzano ~ Lesnevich is truly fascinating to listen to and I didn’t want the event to end. I had so many questions to ask. But I guess I will just have to read the book to get my own answers.

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I’ve never left a book event teary eyed before and with a heavy heart. I was truly inspired by Alexandria Marzano ~ Lesnevich and her story. The message I guess is that everyone’s story is important and you should never hide from it or keep it a secret. But truly it’s having the courage to tell it. Much praise to Alexandria Marzano ~ Lesnevich for telling hers.

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Paula Hawkins @Edbookfest #IntoTheWater @randallwrites #Review

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Paula Hawkins was at the festival to talk about her new book Into The Water. Lee Randall was chairing the event which I was extremely excited about as I love Ms Randalls interviewing style, with her passion and knowledge for all things bookish Ms Randall really get’s to the core and heart of the story with authors, in this case, Paula Hawkins.

Did you know that Girl On A Train sold over 5 million copies in forty different languages and was selling 30,000 copies a week?  That’s very impressive and Paul Hawkins said that as a person the fame has not changed her. Indeed it has given her the ability to travel more and to buy a nicer apartment.

Into  The Water is set in a fictitious town loosely based on Northumberland. With eleven narrators the novel tackles various topics including dark secrets, unreliable memory and suicide.

Paula Hawkins thoughts on the editing process were that she has a ‘day of rage’ when they first come through but in the end, she appreciates that they do make the book better.

Into The Water is one we shall be adding to our TBR for sure.

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Reading The City @Edbookfest @RonButlinMakar @oldnorthroad @fivekingdoms #Review

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READING THE CITY ~ BOSCO THEATRE ~ 12/08/2017

IMG_9179Kick starting my  Edinburgh Book Festival 2017 was an amazing event with James Loxley, Ron Butlin and Vivian French.  The event focused on the influence the New Town has had on Authors and Poets.

A fully packed Bosco Theatre and I were entranced as James Loxley told us a little history of the New Town, regaling us with fascinating tales of its previous inhabitants.

Vivian French read from A Song For Little Toad which was inspired after a walk at the water of Leith.  Ms French also enlightened us with tales from Catherine Sinclair who lived in Edinburgh in the 1800’s and was one of 13 children.  In fact, her home is now Browns Resturant on George Street.  The readings from Ms French were fascinating as we learnt of Lady Howard.

Ron Butlin read from Billionaires Banquet, Trainspotting and also the poem The Lamplighter by Robert Louis Stevenson which I really enjoyed.  Hearing and watching Mr Butlin read is a magical experience.  He has the audience in the palm of his hand. If you get the chance to see Mr Butlin perform then do jump a the chance you will not be disappointed.

The Lamplighter 

My tea is nearly ready and the sun has left the sky.
It’s time to take the window to see Leerie going by;
For every night at teatime and before you take your seat,
With lantern and with ladder he comes posting up the street.

Now Tom would be a driver and Maria go to sea,
And my papa’s a banker and as rich as he can be;
But I, when I am stronger and can choose what I’m to do,
O Leerie, I’ll go round at night and light the lamps with you!

For we are very lucky, with a lamp before the door,
And Leerie stops to light it as he lights so many more;
And oh! before you hurry by with ladder and with light;
O Leerie, see a little child and nod to him to-night!

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A brilliant start to our Edinburgh Book Festival 2017.

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A Book Bloggers Dream Come True @Edbookfest #Authors #Bloggers

On the 12th of August 2017 the Edinburgh International Book Festival kicked off and there was I with my official press pass in hand.  It really was a dream come true. I had butterflies upon butterflies. Ready to immerse my mind fully into the world of books, find new adventures, make new friends and savour every moment. Bring on the books!

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Joanne Baird from Portobello Book Blog had kindly organised the summer get together for Authors and Bloggers in the Spiegeltent.

It was lovely to see everyone and meet with new Authors that I haven’t connected with previously.

Here is a selection of photographs from the event.

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Catherine Simpson

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Lesley Kelly ~ Jackie Baldwin
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Elle Turner
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Esme ~ Annemarie Allan ~ Barbara Henderson
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Joanne Baird ~ Emma Salisbury ~ Rebecca McKinney ~ Toni Jenkins
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Joanne Baird ~ Kelly Lacey

Such a special event, I look forward to seeing everyone again at the November event.

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Little Forevers By Kate Kaleski @XpressoTours #YA #Review

Hello Lovelies,
Today it is my stop on the Little Forevers blog tour. It is a Young Adult contemporary romance novel by Kate Kaleski. I hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by.

Kelly xoxo

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Phoebe likes Gage, but there’s a problem—he’s her brother’s best friend.

As the result of an extra-marital affair, Phoebe Bautista has had little contact with her dad, none with her step-mum, and her siblings have just recently learned of her of her existence. Now she goes to stay with them while her mom is on assignment in The Yukon for three months. As she tries to find her place and navigate the developing and rocky relationship with her temporary family, she begins to spend time playing music with her brother, Oliver, along with his best friend, Gage.

Gage is cute, smart, has selective mutism, and makes Phoebe’s heart skip a beat, but she knows she has to fight her feelings for him, so she doesn’t ruin her growing bond with Oliver. But the more time the three of them spend together, the harder it becomes to ignore what she feels for Gage, especially when she learns he might like her too.

And with her dad pretending everything’s fine, the fact that she might never belong anywhere, and knowing that she only has so much time with her new family, Phoebe might not make it out with her heart intact.

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This was my first experience of Kate Kaleski’s writing and I really enjoyed her style. The story was well written with lot’s of awkward moments for Phoebe as she tries to fit in with her new step family.

Teen romance novels can go to the level of cheesy by not in the case of Little Forevers, it was funny and kept me engrossed till the end. Phoebe is a very matter of fact character which was endearing.

It was a refreshing storyline that I haven’t come across before. Covering topics such as family connections, drug use reference, marital affairs, teen love, step families and most of all finding that sense of belonging.

A great read and I look forward to diving into more Kate Kaleski books.

 

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The Little Cottage In The Country @writercharlie @HQDigitalUK

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It’s my wee stop on the blog tour for The Little Cottage In The Country by @writercharlie. Happy weekend, enjoy.

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A delightfully uplifting romantic comedy to get you in the mood for summer!

Escape to the country!

Anna Compton thought that moving to the countryside, leaving London and her past firmly behind her was the perfect solution. Goodbye life of thirty-something, crazed single mum of two, hello country glamour queen, domestic goddess and yummy-mummy extraordinaire.

But her new life at Primrose Cottage isn’t quite what she expected! Very soon she’s chasing pork pies down hills, disguising her shop-bought cakes at the school bake sale – and trying to resist oh-so-handsome Horatio Spencerville, who just so happens to be the Lord of the Manor…

Could moving to the country be the biggest mistake she’s ever made?

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Charlie Phillips, writing under the pseudonym Lottie Phillips, worked as a teacher before turning her hand to fiction. She was brought up in Africa and the Middle East and then – as an adult – travelled extensively before moving to London and finally settling in the Cotswolds with her partner and toddler. When she’s not writing, you will find her scouring interior design magazines and shops, striving toward the distant dream of being a domestic goddess or having a glass of wine with country music turned up loud. As a child, she always had her nose in a book and, in particular, Nancy Drew.

The Little Cottage in the Country is Charlie’s debut romantic comedy. She is very excited to be sharing Anna Compton’s hilarious story with you! She also writes psychological thrillers under the pseudonym Louise Stone, including the best selling novel, S is for Stranger.

Readers can find Charlie Phillips on Twitter @writercharlie or at http://www.writercharlie.com or www.writerlottiephillips.com.

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