Book Review: The Time Tider

From the publisher: Mara and her dad have lived in their van for as long as she can remember. Whatever her father does to scrape a living has kept them constantly moving and Mara has never questioned it. That is until she uncovers a collection of notes addressed to ‘the Tider’, an individual responsible for […]

Book Review: The Bookshop at the Back of Beyond

When I saw this title in Netgalley, I had to request it. Anything to do with bookshops is a must read, plus it looked magical too. Which it is! The Bookshop at the Back of Beyond is Book 3 in The House at the Edge of Magic series. Here’s what the publisher says about it: […]

Happy New Year & Classic Irish Childrens Fiction

Happy New Year! Yes, another year has arrived! Although I am not happy with how quickly 2022 came and left us (seriously, how did that happen so fast?), I am pleased with how my writing year went. My second book was published, I gave writing classes for kids, I did school visits, I was interviewed […]

Book Review: Emba Oak & the Terrible Tomorrows

Emba lives in a cave with Fred, the Wise Hermit of Witcherly Wood. Fred is the guardian and interpreter of the Tome of Terrible Tomorrows, a book of obscure prophecies, as well as the only mother Emba has ever known.  When Emba sees a dragon that no one else does, Fred decides come clean about […]

Book Review: Sky Born

This week, TOTP and Knitted TOTP take a look as SkyBorn by Sinead O’Hart. From the blurb: The circus has seen better days, but for Bastjan it’s home. He will do anything he can to save it, even if it means participating in a death-defying new act. But when that fails to draw in the […]

Book Review: The Sleeping Stones

From the publisher: Gruff and his new friend Matylda live on a small island off the Welsh coast, where legends are beginning to stir. Islanders find themselves irresistibly drawn to the Sleeping Stones, a line of rocks like stepping stones out to sea, and Gruff and Mat soon realise they must risk everything to save […]

Book Review: The Last Fallen Star

Riley Oh is super-excited that her sister Hattie is about to turn thirteen which means she will be fully initiated into the Gom clan, a Korean gifted clan of healing witches. Hattie will therefore be able to work her magic unsupervised as a fully fledged witch. Although Riley is only a month away from her […]

Book Review: Raggedy-Chan & Nine-Tail Fox

Raggedy-Chan, book 1 in the Chinese Heritage Tale series, is a charming, delightful, heart-warming, and imaginative story. Aunt Gracie wants to make sure her half-Chinese, half-American niece Emma knows her Chinese heritage, so she tells the story of Raggedy Chan, a Chinese Princess who travels to American to save her homeland of Kunlun. The story […]

Book Review: A Storm of Sisters

I really enjoyed A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison which I read in the summer, so when I saw another in the series, I happily bought it. I didn’t realise it was book 4, but it’s a standalone adventure so it didn’t matter that I had missed books 2 and 3. This time, Betty, […]

Happy Book Birthday – to The Lucky Diamond

3rd November 2021 saw the launch of The Lucky Diamond, my first middle grade children’s fantasy. It’s been a wonderful, exciting, stressful, and busy year! My dream of seeing my book on the shelf in bookshops was realised when The Lucky Diamond was stocked by the two largest bookstore chains in Ireland plus independent stores. […]