Skip to main content

Author Sarah Painter and THE LANGUAGE OF SPELLS - GIVEAWAY

ANNOUNCEMENT:  The winner of Sarah's giveaway is Desere Congratulations Desere.

I'm happy to welcome Sarah Painter to MBB today.  Sarah writes women's fiction and has just released her debut novel THE LANGUAGE OF SPELLS with Carina Press UK.  She  has worked as a freelance magazine journalist, blogger and editor for the last thirteen years, combining this career with motherhood.  Sarah lives in rural Scotland with her children, husband, and two enormous cats.  Today, she stops here  on her blog tour....


SARAH ON THE WEB:


What made you decide to become a writer?
I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember, but by the time I went to university, I’d decided that writing fiction was an unrealistic dream and so I went into magazine journalism instead. It was still in my heart, though, and I kept saying that I’d write fiction ‘one day’. After I’d had my second child something clicked and I realised that ‘one day’ was never going to come if I didn’t sit down and begin.

Do you write to a daily target or do you write only when the mood strikes?
When I’m working on a book, I aim to write 1000 words every day.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I’m a complete pantser. Realising that was the key to finishing my first book… Previously, I’d thought I didn’t have enough ideas, but when I just started forcing a word count every day, the ideas turned up as I wrote…


Can you sum up your book in a Tweet sized sentence?
Gwen Harper inherits more than just a house when her mysterious aunt dies. Soon, she is struggling with her long-suppressed magic, family secrets and an old flame.


What's next for you?
I’m under contract for the follow-up to THE LANGUAGE OF SPELLS.

That's wonderful Sarah.  After that, we shall see.

Readers, Sarah has agreed to give a copy of the book to one lucky commenter, so please leave a comment before you go!  If you're interested in following Sarah's blog tour, she'll be at the Carina UK website tomorrow, June 4th, so you can stop by and say hi there too...




THE LANGUAGE OF SPELLS


When you are ready, seek, and you shall find. It is your gift. Gwen Harper left Pendleford thirteen years ago and hasn’t looked back. Until an inheritance throws her into the mystical world she thought she’d escaped. Confronted with her great-aunt’s legacy Gwen must finally face up to her past. The magic she has long tried to suppress is back with a vengeance but gift or burden, for Gwen, it always spells trouble. She has to stay – she has nowhere else to go – but how can she find her place in the town that drove her out after branding her a 
witch…?

Comments

  1. Congratulations on the release of THE LANGUAGE OF SPELLS Sarah! It sounds intriguing.

    And I loved reading this interview.

    Thanks Maria!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Nas,

      I have the book in my TBR pile and can't wait to start reading it. Lovely to see you here Nas, thanks for stopping by.

      Delete
  2. Ooooh lovely to see you over here, Sarah. Isn't Maria fab?! :-D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. She certainly is - thank you again for having me, Maria! :-)

      Delete
    2. Aw, Aurelia, thanks so much. It's my pleasure to host Sarah today. You're welcome Sarah.

      Delete
  3. Congratulations on the release of THE LANGUAGE OF SPELLS Sarah! It sounds intriguing.

    ReplyDelete
  4. The book sounds fab! I love stories about magic, spells etc. Congratulations on the release, hope it does really well :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Tina K, great to see you over here. Yes, I also love a magic theme in a story. I'll choose it over many another genre any day.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Delete
  5. I like the sound of this one.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Sounds like a great story - lots of fun elements woven in! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Jemi - I'm so glad you like the sound of it!

      Delete
    2. Hi Jemi, lovely to see you over here again. Thanks for stopping by.

      Delete
  7. Fascinating - as a witch I'd love to hear how you did your research, or are you from a witch family yourself too?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Ailsa. I'm not, but I've long been fascinated by it. I did a fair amount of research using books - and Google, of course - and have always loved literature that mixes magic with the every day world. I also spoke to a herbalist for advice about that element of the book.

      Delete
    2. Hi Ailsa, thank you for coming to my blog today to support Sarah. You're very welcome.

      Delete
  8. Look forward to reading 'The Language of Spells'. Sounds really interesting. I bet reasearching was allot of fun. Meeting some rather interesting people. Best of Luck! ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Robin,

      thanks for coming by to read about Sarah's new release. Nice to see you over here.

      Delete
  9. I love the sound of The Language of Spells - what a wonderful idea! Congratulations and good luck :-) x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Teresa, thanks for stopping by. Lovely to see you over here.

      Delete
    2. Thanks for coming over, Teresa. Lovely to see you.

      Delete
  10. What a gorgeous title for a novel! Just the sound of the words is enough to make me want to pick it up and read your book! I love stories with a touch of magic, something we could all do with a little bit more of in our lives. Interesting also to hear your approach to writing. Best of luck with your novel! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks very much, Edith - so glad you like the sound of it!

      Delete
    2. Hi Edith,

      Not only the title, the cover is lovely too, I think.

      Delete
  11. Love the title! Very nice! I will be keeping an eye out for this one!

    ReplyDelete
  12. This sounds intriguing

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  13. I love books about magic and spells! Will most certainly put THE LANGUAGE OF SPELLS, on my 'to be read' list.

    All the best Sarah!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Rural Scotland sounds magical in itself, Sarah, and maybe provides inspiration?
    Wishing you many sales with this popular genre.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Cherie, I thought you were gone away on your holidays. Good to see you.

      Delete
  15. Oooh, I live in Scotland, too (waves madly).

    Love the sound of this book. Fab interview, Maria and Sarah.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ooh, Suz, how are you? Delighted to see you here, it's been a while....you have a release coming up that I want to talk to you about...

      Delete
  16. Oh this book sounds really good. Congrats on release ;)

    ReplyDelete
  17. Hi Sarah and Maria! Sarah, I enjoyed reading about you; congrats on your new release. Sounds like there's going to be trouble when Gwen's magic is unleashed!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Maria. Thanks for stopping by. With your upcoming release for MASQUERADE, I know how busy you are!

      Delete
  18. Oooh, sounds intriguing! Will add this to my TBR list!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

It's great to get your visit. Please let me know what you think of the post.....

Popular posts from this blog

Readers Beware! 5 Reasons Not To Read 'Behind Our Lives' by Charlene Carr

Our MBB guest poster today, author Charlene Carr, is hella talented, but you won't find her begging you to buy her new book anytime soon. In fact, if you're not the type of reader who would appreciate her, she'll happily advise you to take your business elsewhere - in the nicest possible way, of course. In this guest post, she gives you five reasons not to buy her book.



Charlene Carr on the Web:

Website FacebookTwitterPinterestGoodreadsInstagram

Author Bio:  Charlene Carr is a lover of words. After travelling the globe for several years and working as a freelance writer, editor, and facilitator, she decided the time had come to focus on her true love—novel writing.  Charlene writes fiction full of thought and heart. Her endings may not always be 'happy', but she always ends with hope. She is the author of seven novels and one novella. She lives in St. John's, Newfoundland and loves exploring the amazing coastline of her harbour town, dancing up a storm, and strivi…

New Release: Throwing The Light by KA Servian

MBB welcomes the exciting new author KA Servian to the blog today. After a twenty-plus-year career in the applied arts industry, including owning her own fashion and jewellery labels, this author, who is otherwise known as Kathy, decided to turn her creative skills to writing fiction. Her first novel, Peak Hill, was a finalist in the Romance Writers of New Zealand Pacific Hearts Full Manuscript contest in 2016. She now squeezes full-time study for an advanced diploma in applied writing in around writing novels and short stories, teaching sewing and pattern making and being a wife and mother.

K A Servian on the web:
WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagramAuthor Page
Join K A Servian’s Newsletter and get a free copy of: Missing the Obvious.


Keeping the pages turning..........
To create and maintain suspense and tension in a story, Try taking the complete plot outline, breaking it into pieces which hold the main plot points and then drip feeding those pieces to the reader. It's vital to never gi…

Review - 1857 Dust of Ages - The Forgotten Tale by Vandana Shanker

This has to be the first review on MBB in a very long time and it was well worth the wait. Anyone who likes Indian historical fiction is going to adore this beautiful read.

Maria Perry Mohan's Review of 1857 Dust of AgesVolume I -  A Forgotten Tale by Vandana Shankar


As historical fiction goes, this is first class. We’re literally getting glimpses of a fascinating story as seen through the eyes of today. Can it really be that an Indian royal family gave their daughter in marriage to a British Army officer?  Some say it could be impossible, but has the truth been covered up? And why?
Those glances back in time show teasing glimpses of a royal family at a crossroads. The queen’s consternation when a male hair has not been born and her greedy sister-in-law, the one who has a son, eyes up the kingdom. Would such a queen mother be good for a kingdom? Probably not.

The princess’s character comes through as a girl who has been born to lead her kingdom. The 19th century produced one of the gr…