Tuesday, 12 May 2020

New Release Spotlight: Always Been You by Lasairiona E. McMaster

Always Been You By Lasairiona E. McMaster

Five thousand miles from his ex, AJ is living with Lisa’s decision to call it quits and leave both him, and Alabama behind. Upon hearing that Lisa is moving forward from their engagement with a new (and handsome!) doctor-boyfriend, AJ is confused and broken at the idea of facing life without his soul mate. AJ finds himself at a cross roads, does he give up all hope of ever reconciling with Lisa and take a chance on love again with someone new? Or is his heart destined to be forever entwined with the beautiful Irish woman he met on the internet… who is now with another man?

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Lasairiona McMaster grew up dreaming of an exciting life abroad, and, after graduating from Queens University, Belfast, that is exactly what she did - with her then-boyfriend, now husband of almost ten years. Having recently repatriated to Northern Ireland after a decade abroad spanned over two countries (seven and a half years in America and eighteen months in India), she now finds herself 'home', with itchy feet and dreams of her next expatriation. With a penchant for both travelling, and writing, she started a blog during her first relocation to Houston, Texas and, since repatriating to Northern Ireland, has decided to do as everyone has been telling her to do for years, and finally pen a book (or two) and get published while she tries to adjust to the people and place she left ten years ago, where nothing looks the same as it did when she left.

A Two Books Blitz with an Extract: Josie James Children's Fantasy Books by Lily Mae Walters

Josie James and The Teardrops of Summer
Josie James is an ordinary 13 year old until something extraordinary happens during her summer holidays.Whilst staying at her Great Grandmother’s cottage in the country she finds herself swept into the cursed world of Suncroft where it is perpetual winter.Her new friends believe she could be the Chosen One who it is foretold will lift the curse, but there are more pressing matters.The Teardrops of Summer – magical crystals that render the owner immortal – have been stolen. Along with her telepathic husky-dog Protector Asher and her new friends, Josie must race to find the Teardrops and prevent catastrophe for their world.

Josie James and The Velvet Knife
“For you to find the Velvet Knife, you must solve the riddles thrice.” A mysterious hooded figure, known only as the Velvet Knife has appeared in the cursed village of Suncroft. No one knows who he is or what he wants but when he starts leaving riddles around the village, it is time for Josie to return to Suncroft for a second time.
With Asher, her faithful husky Protector by her side, Filan, a half elf, and her great grandad, will they be able to solve the clues in time and discover his identity? The Velvet Knife is not the only one causing problems for Josie. Her rival for the position of the ‘Chosen One’ continues to grow stronger, and now he has a Protector of his own.
What does all this mean for Josie? Is she destined to lift the wintery curse of Suncroft or will another take her place as the ‘Chosen One’?

Josie has somehow ended up being invited to dinner with The Dream Maker and gets snowed in and has to stay over the night. This is where Josie discovers that she is a witch.
You’re a witch!”  Josie took a step back as The Dream Maker floated a little higher above the floor, her cloak billowing behind her in the wind and snow.
How very observant of you Josie.”  She floated even further up and Josie could now see that she was standing on a broomstick with the bushiest sticks and longest handle Josie had ever seen.
And you’ve got a broomstick.”  Josie pointed.
Again, very observant.”  The Dream Maker stepped onto the floor and with a swish of her hand the broomstick flew to sit upright and proud on one side of the wall.
And a cloak.”  Josie pointed at the obvious, The Dream Maker and everyone else in Suncroft wore cloaks.  “And a hat.”
Are we going to stand here all day and remark on my attire?”  The Dream Maker dispensed of her cloak and hat on hooks beside the broomstick. 
But you’re a witch!”  Josie repeated again.
Yes, yes we’ve established that I’m a witch.”  Josie went to speak again but The Dream Maker interrupted.  “And I have a broomstick and a cloak and a hat, all very clich├ęd I know but the hat and cloak are more to keep out the cold.  It’s especially freezing when you’re flying through the sky on a broomstick you know.”  Josie started looking around the room.  “What are you doing?”
Where’s your cat?”  Josie felt sure that there must be a black cat roaming around the place.
Cat?”  The Dream Maker looked bemused.
Surely you have a cat.”  Josie asked, continuing to search the floor and even the ceiling.
Why would I have a cat?”  The Dream Maker followed her gaze.  “And if I did why on earth would it be on the ceiling?”
Because you’re a witch!”  Josie said matter of factly, she didn’t feel so afraid of The Dream Maker anymore.  “All witches have cats.”
Do they indeed?”  She clicked her fingers and instantly her black hawk flew into the room and perched itself gently on her hand.  “Well this witch doesn’t.”  Josie gulped at the sight of its piercing red eyes.

Lily Mae Walters chose her pen name in honour of her beloved grandparents who also stare in the Josie James series.

She is married with two teenage children, and two huskies that are the inspiration behind Murphy and Asher in the books.

Lily Mae lives in Nuneaton, England and finds herself using local  places and even her old school in her stories.

Family and friends mean the world to Lily Mae and many will find themselves popping up throughout the series.

Lily Mae also writes for adults under the name of Florence Keeling.