Saturday, January 12, 2013

5 Star Review for Moragh, Holly's Ghost

            Review: Moragh Holly's Ghost                
Maggie Tideswell

All Holly ever wanted was to be married and have children. She thought she had her life's dream with Donald, her now husband and father of their two beautiful boys, and she thought he wanted the same. Why then did he find it necessary to cheat on her with his new assistant Gwen? She thought he loved her as much as she loved him. And now, why does he feel he has to be so cruel by keeping the boys away from her? What desperate measures will she resort to in order to be with her children and how many lives will it affect?  Follow Holly in her quest to answer all of the questions haunting her life and find out how magic and the supernatural play a huge role in it. The tortured spirit of Moragh, who wanted her story told in death because her life, her very existence, was taken from her and thrown aside like yesterday's garbage.

Cape Town, South Africa
In Moragh, Holly's Ghost, Maggie once again shows brilliance in breathing life into her characters, allowing them to crossover into the reader's reality. As a reviewer and fan of Maggie's, I was excited when asked to review Moragh, Holly's Ghost not knowing anything about the subject matter, which peaked my imagination. I walked with Holly as she encountered love, disappointment, betrayal, magic and a bit of ghostliness. My heart was into this book from the beginning to the end.
Moragh, Holly's Ghost is not your typical love story. It is a well written story by an author who puts all of her creativity, imagination, talent, heart and soul into her work. You as the reader will not be disappointed, and I encourage you to take a chance and get your copy today!

I give Moragh, Holly's Ghost five stars *****
                                   Reviewed by  Nora Chipley Barteau
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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Next Big Thing

Many thanks to Delinda McCann for inviting me to be a part of this week’s The Next Big Thing blog posting group. Read what Delinda says about her book, Something About Maudy 

The Next Big Thing is a meme that is creating an ever-growing wave through the blogs of authors who write in a variety of genres, with each participant answering the same questions about either a work in progress or a work currently being marketed. Each author then chooses five other authors to keep the chain going. The following is my contribution:

What is the title of your book?

Moragh, Holly's Ghost

How did you come by the idea?

The idea of a marriage of convenience has always intrigued me, especially when the couple doesn't know each other before the wedding ceremony. That was the original idea. The ghost inserted herself, so to speak, although ghosts and things unexplained have always intrigued me.

What genre does your book fall under?

Moragh, Holly's Ghost is a paranormal romance. Owls feature quite prominently, which to me hightens the paranormal elements (ghosty and witchy) in the novel. The owl is deeply connected with magick, and it’s gift of heightened senses enables one to see through deception, external appearances and illusion, and to discover hidden truths. It is also a symbol of protection, though in some cultures owls are seen as harbringers of death.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters if it were a movie?

Holly will be played by Kirsten Dunns. She has that fragile look that I saw in Holly while writing her character. Holly is strawberry blond and unaware of her beauty. She is down to earth and wholesome, just like Kristen.
Moragh will have to be Lily Cole. She has that ethereal beauty and wild red hair, just as I saw Moragh while writing the ghost. Picture this girl in a misty setting wearing a long, flowing white dress...
Joshua looks like Matt Bomer, strong,
dependable, sinfully sexy. Add rich landowner, businessman, dying to have children of his own - oh boy. Matt and Kirsten would make a lovely couple.                    

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Helpful friends, a marriage of convenience and an interfering ghost, will Holly find love before an old muder is resolved?

Will your book be self-published or traditional?

Traditional. It will be published by All Things That Matter Press, a small press in Maine, USA

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

The first draft of Moragh, Holly's Ghost probably took me about 4 months, though the story as it will be published grew over several years and many rewrites. Mind you, I did write 6 other novels in between. The first, Dark Moon, was published in 2011. At first I couldn't decide which genre suited me best, but once Dark Moon fell into place, there was no question about genre anymore.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Barbara Irskine's Daughters of Fire. Just like in Moragh, Holly's Ghost, the past interferes in the present in Daughters of Fire with chilling effect.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Ghosts. I love the theme that nothing is as it seems.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Moragh, Holly's Ghost is set in Cape Town, South Africa and the surrounding winelands of the Cape. There is an element of the craft that runs throughout the book with the tarot spread (right) threading through the novel, providing clues and red herrings. And of course, as the title implies, there is a ghost who cannot rest until she had been avenged.

The authors I’ve chosen to continue the chain are:

2) Agy Wilson 
4) Roxanne Bland