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City of Secrets (Adventures of Letty Parker) by Misha Herwin @MishaHerwin #BookReview @penkhullpress

via City of Secrets (Adventures of Letty Parker) by Misha Herwin @MishaHerwin #BookReview @penkhullpress

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Readings from Winter Downs at Chester Litfest 27th November #readings #literaturefestivals #Chesterlitfest

Having been in Chester for Fantasycon in October I am thrilled to announce that I am returning to the city to take part in the Chester Literature Festival.

The Chester Literary Festival takes place between 10th November and 1st December and has a huge line-up of authors!

I shall be a participant in the ‘Elevenses’ stream of readings at the Storyhouse in Chester.  Local authors are  being given the opportunity to read from their latest work, answer questions and sell their wares as a part of the larger event and I am very much looking forward to it! (Albeit with some nerves!).

I shall be reading from Winter Downs at 11am on 27th November – so if you are in Chester that day please do come and listen! (It is free!)

Now to go and start practising!

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Misha Herwin’s #Friday Favourites: War of the Wolf by Bernard Cornwell

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Into The Night Eternal has landed! #horror #books #janedwards #folkhorror

My contributor’s copy of Into The Night Eternal has just arrived!

“Inspired by a country thriving with folklore and folktales come four novellas by award-nominated and award-winning authors heralding from both sides of La Manche, Lycopolis Press presents – INTO THE NIGHT ETERNAL: TALES OF FRENCH FOLK HORROR.

 

 

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Misha Herwin : City of Secrets #Q&A #booklaunch #cityofsecrets #childrensfiction

Misha Herwin is a writer of books for children and adults and lives in Staffordshire, in a house with a dragon in the garden. She has been writing for as long as she can remember and in her own words – has always been fascinated by the magical and supernatural, which makes this time of year, when the nights have drawn in, the pumpkins have been carved and ghosts summoned, or scared away, the perfect moment to launch City of Secrets, a fantasy adventure for 8-12 year olds.

Tell us about the City of Secrets
The Bristol of “City of Secrets” is a dark and sinister place. Making a living selling pies is not easy, but Letty Parker is a resourceful girl who has learned to tread her way carefully through areas ruled by rival gangs and to avoid the Barbary eels who lurk in shadowy corners. Her business is going well − until the street children, who are her friends and customers, start to go missing.

Letty is determined to find out what has happened to them and when the authorities prove less than helpful, for who cares about children who are poor, she gets together with her friends, Jebediah Hill, the leader of a gang of pickpockets, and the mysterious Gabriel and they hatch a plan… Continue reading

Fetch the Bat Biscuit mobile for the Book of Horrors! #fantasycon #cooking #alchemypressbookofhorrors

20181018_105215Bat biscuits are a thing in this house or have been today and yesterday.  An assembly line process that can be messy.

Fortunately I have elves to clear up. (Well maybe make that one grumpy troll but we can’t be picky)

And the process in detail?

  • First make your biscuits: Spelt flour, sugar, butter, egg, syrup and sweet spices.  (I made 80 in all!)
  • Coat the tops in dark chocolate (fair trade variety – no palm oil!)
  • Add sprinkles
  • Bag up and apply appropriate branding

Why have I slaved in the kitchen for two mornings running you may ask?

61uxuJqR9CL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Jan’s artisan Bat Biscuits are destined for The Alchemy Press Book of Horror launch at Fantasycon in Chester. The only way to get you hands on one of these fabulous goodies is to buy the even more fabulous book!

Nanna Barrows #shortfiction #janedwards #ghoststories #leinstergardens&othersubtelties

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We all had fun at the Ghosts at the Gladstone event on Saturday.

 

 

It is always a fun afternoon but this year, due to time constraints (editing book two of Bunch Courtney and writing book 3) I looked through my back catalogue of supernatural fiction for something suitable. But my trouble is that I am somewhat verbose!

The majority of my short stories are at least 4,000 words long, with most topping 5 or 6k. So I turned to an old story, ‘Nanna Barrows’,  which first saw publication in the BFS magazine, New Horizons #54, way back in 2009!  Continue reading