#ShareAReviewDay – The Prince’s Man by Deborah Jay

As no one else seems to have claimed today, I thought I would share a short review for the first in my Five Kingdoms series – short, but lovely.


What if the magic that can save your loved ones also condemns you to death_ (2)

This is the most recent review of 48 on Amazon UK, with an average star rating of 4.6*

5 stars

“I’m a great fan of a fantasy novel and this book is such a gripping read that I could hardly put it down. I thought the plot and unfolding of each character very imaginative and the authors writing style really allows you to visualise each character and draws you in to the story.

I bought the 2nd book immediately and hoping a 3rd book is on its way.”


What if the magic that could save your loved ones condemns you to death?
Rakish royal spy, Rustam Chalice, loves his life the way it is, so when the kingdom he serves is threatened from within, he leaps into action. To his dismay the spymaster prince teams him up with an untouchable aristocratic assassin. And to make matters worse, she’s the most beautiful woman in the Five Kingdoms.
Plunged into a desperate journey over the mountains, the mismatched pair struggle to survive deadly wildlife, the machinations of a spiteful god—and each other. When Rustam discovers he has magic of his own, he is forced to question his identity, his sanity, and his loyalty to his prince. For in Tyr-en, all magic users are put to death.
The Prince’s Man is the first book in The Five Kingdoms epic fantasy series. If you like action, intrigue, and magic, spiced with a touch of romance, then you’ll love Deborah Jay’s vividly realised characters.


Deborah Jay

Deborah Jay writes fantasy and urban fantasy featuring complex, quirky characters and multi-layered plots – just what she likes to read.
Living mostly on the UK South coast, she has already invested in her ultimate retirement plan – a farmhouse in the majestic, mystery-filled Scottish Highlands where she retreats to write when she has time. Her taste for the good things in life is kept in check by the expense of keeping too many horses, and her complete inability to cook.
She has a dream day job riding, training and judging competition dressage horses and riders, and also writes books and magazine features on the subject under her professional name of Debby Lush.
A lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy, she started writing her first novel aged eight, and has never stopped. Her first published novel is epic fantasy, THE PRINCE’S MAN, first in the Five Kingdoms series, and winner of a UK Arts Board award. #2, THE PRINCE’S SON is also available with THE PRINCE’S PROTEGE due soon.
Her first urban fantasy, DESPRITE MEASURES, about a Scottish water sprite, is the opening novel of the CALEDONIAN SPRITE SERIES. The companion short story, SPRITE NIGHT is available FREE on most ebook retailers.

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Looking For a Few Kind Bloggers – Cover Reveal – #Paranormal #UrbanFantasy #Angels

I’m pretty excited to be doing my very first cover reveal as part of a book launch for The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody. I’m hoping some of you would like to share my beautiful new cover on Thursday, September 27. If you have a spot available on that day and would like to to help me share, please email me at marciameara16@gmail.com

I’ll be setting the posts up in HTML format to speed the process up for you. All you have to do is open the file, then  copy and  paste into your WordPress text editor. Easy-peasey! Hope some of you will be interested in participating.

The Emissary 2: To Love Sombody is my second spinoff novella from my Riverbend series, and picks up the story right where The Emissary 1 leaves off. Lots of fun and adventures with Jake, Dodger, and their boss, the archangel Azrael. The first book in the series has gotten some lovely reviews, and I hope the second one will do so, as well. When I have the third Emissary novella written, I’ll combine the three so I can also offer them in print format.

I’d love to give your readers a first peek at this gorgeous cover, by Nicki Forde Graphic Design,  and I thank you for any help you can offer.

Update#2 on My Family – #HurricaneFlorence

Now THIS is the way to ride out a hurricane! First you find a place where the beaches are calm and sunny, and you can stay in a condo with a gorgeous pool. Of course, it must be well out of the dreaded Cone of Uncertainty predicted for any hurricane that happens to be threatening a given area.

Then you take your boogie board to the beach in the morning, before the temperatures reach brain-baking levels, and later, head back to your air-conditioned quarters until it cools off enough for a lazy afternoon dip in the pool.

When the all clear sounds, you return to your home with your fingers crossed that your neighbor (who chose not to leave) has been truthful when she said there are no ugly surprises awaiting you.

Yep. The evacuation orders for Charleston have been lifted, and as far as we know, all is well with my daughter’s house. This isn’t the way they prefer to plan a vacation, but they made the best of it, enjoyed the infamous Emerald Coast of the Florida panhandle for a few days, and will soon be home again.

I can now breathe easy knowing I have fulfilled my sacred duty as a mom to issue hour-by-hour updates and warnings throughout the entire ordeal. 😀

On a serious note, as rivers continue to rise, especially throughout a wide swath of North Carolina (where many people no longer have homes to return to), the danger of record-breaking floods is still a huge problem. Please keep those good folks in your thoughts and prayers. And thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your thoughts and prayers for Erin, Myres, Kaelen, and Reya. It meant a great deal to me to know so many people were thinking of them throughout this ordeal. THANKS! 🙂 ❤

Maybe We DO All Live in a Yellow Submarine…

A post sure to bring a smile (and maybe a tear) to those of a certain age (like myself) who remember every one of these songs, each from the day it hit the airwaves. Made me smile all over to read it, and after the ongoing drama of this past week, I need all the smiles I can get. How about you? Check it out and pass it along. After all, all you need is love! 😉


pixabay, yello submarineWhen I saw him standing there, I was transported immediately to Yesterday.

Somewhereon Penny Lanewhere blackbirds sing, I fell in love with him.  I promised to be true, just as he asked, even though I was just 17 and not yet a paperback writer.

Now, in a vast concert hall where everyone was twisting and shouting, my best friend, Eleanor Rigby, began to scream.

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Update on My Family in Destin, FL #HurricaneFlorence

When you have no control over what might be coming your way, and you’ve done everything you can to be prepared, this is what you do: take your children somewhere safe and live in the moment with them. Be joyous for the time together. Be hopeful for the future. Trust that things will work out as they should. And send pictures like this to your worrywart mom.

Tomorrow will be here soon enough.

#HurricaneFlorence & Family Update

Just want to thank everyone who has sent their well wishes and prayers out to those in harm’s way from this potentially devastating storm, including my daughter and her family. After changing their plans several times yesterday, they decided to head farther west instead of south, and left for the panhandle last night. I think it was the right decision. Florence has seemingly turned to the south, now, and might make a direct hit on Charleston, instead of North Carolina. In fact, the last image I saw projected it spreading completely through Georgia and into northeast Florida, around Jacksonville.

Destin is way to the west of those areas, and after spending last night in Tallahassee, Erin called to say they  arrived there an hour or so ago. The latest on the storm also said it may not make landfall until Saturday morning, which could mean they’ll be staying over there an extra couple of days, until the all clear has been given. They should be able to ride out the storm there in safety, and that’s the most important thing. I do hope their home is spared any serious damage, flooding being the biggest risk right now. But I can breathe easier knowing they are many miles away from the area.

Thanks again for all your thoughts and prayers. They have been greatly appreciated!


I May be MIA For a Few Days – #HurricaneFlorence

My daughter and her family live in Charleston, on James Island. As you can see from the latest map above, they are in what Erin is calling “the zone of certainty,” and have been given orders to evacuate by noon today. They are still deciding whether to head to the panhandle (they have access to a family condo there) or come here to stay with us. A lot depends on the weather conditions along each route, and the traffic tie-ups with something like a million people being evacuated.

Needless to say, if they decide to come here, I’ll be away from the computer for several days, but I hope you’ll carry on without me. Those of you who are set up as contributors, please feel free to share any news or promos you’d like folks to see and pass along. I’ll be back as soon as Florence trundles off to DIE somewhere.

And btw,  just as an added touch of irony, it was one year ago today that Irma was pounding Florida. At 10:00 last night, Mark and I held a memorial service for our old garage, which ceased to exist at that point in time.

Please keep everyone in Florence’s path in your thoughts and prayers. Hurricanes.  Don’tcha just hate ’em? I know *I* do!

#ShareAReviewDay – The Heart of Applebutter Hill by Donna W. Hill

This morning, please help me welcome author Donna Hill to The Write Stuff. Donna is sharing a review of her book, The Heart of Applebutter Hill, and I know you’ll enjoy learning about his one. And about Donna, as well. Hope you’ll share Donna’s review far and wide! Thanks!


Book Review: The Heart of Applebutter Hill (Donna Hill)
Reviewed by Kristen Witucki

Have you ever read a book containing a blind girl who works on mysteries, with her brain, her heart and her senses, rather than unknowable, unattainable psychic powers? Have you read a book which combines protecting the gem with magical powers, a guide dog and improving braille skills? Have you wanted to read a positive but complex portrayal of blindness, a gripping adventure, or a book to help to feel less alone in a situation of bullying? If you haven’t, now you can. Buy a copy of The Heart of Applebutter Hill, know that your proceeds will help blind children read, and prepare to be transformed and transfixed by Donna Hill’s self-published novel. It is five years old; yet it is both young and timeless.   Continue reading