Today, I am thrilled to host talented author and lovely friend, M J Mallon. I have had the good fortune of meeting Marje several times, and she is as kind and as friendly as her smile attests.
Marje is on book tour for the launch of her latest release:
A magical story expressed via poetry and prose with photographic images
Intrigued from the moment I first saw the title and cover and read the blurb, I was hooked. Having pre-ordered it and read through it, I can tell you it is a beautifully created work and most delightful story.
So here it is…Mr Sagittarius!
Who Is Mr. Sagittarius?
And what is his connection to twin brothers, Harold and William?
When Harold dies, he leaves a simple memorial request
Will his sister Annette honour it?
Or, will the magic of the garden ensure that she does.
Mr. Sagittarius is a collection of poetry, prose and photographic images inspired by the botanical gardens in Cambridge. It features a variety of my photos including: trees, a robin and a dragonfly! As well as this there are several stories, and even some Halloween poems!
I doubt I would have created Mr. Sagittarius if it wasn’t for these two amazing ladies: Colleen Chesebro (for her weekly poetry challenges and Charli Mills – Carrot Ranch (flash fiction challenges.) Both ladies have been a huge source of inspiration and encouragement.
Mr. Sagittarius is a magical celebration of the natural world, a story about the circle of life, with an emphasis on the changing seasons of the year and sibling relationships.
Huge thanks to my amazing cover designer and formatter: Rachael Ritchey who has done an amazing job creating the ebook, paperback cover and graphics.
Mr Sagittarius is available for Kindle
with the paperback due for release shortly:
THE GOLDEN WEEPING WILLOW (story and poem plus photo of a dragonfly)
GOLDEN WILLOW TREE (poem and photo)
ROBIN: ETHEREE (poem and photo)
LIFE LESSONS FROM BUDDHA (poem)
LIFE LESSONS FROM CATS – poem – (photo image via Samantha Murdoch)
- FROWNING TREE (poem and photo)
RAINBOW CHILD – story – (image of Tourmaline crystal via Samantha Murdoch)
FRIENDS FOR TEA (poem)
THE CANDY CORN MONSTER (Halloween poem)
CANDYFLOSS CRITTER (Halloween poem)
MR GHOST WITH EASE (Halloween poem)
DREAMING AT HALLOWEEN (Halloween poem)
ODE TO LOVE –ETERNAL (Ghost/love poem)
LOVE TAKEN BY DEATH: DIAMANTE (poem)
GHOST: SEPTOLET (Ghost poem)
A FACE ON BARK: ETHEREE (poem)
LOLLIPOP SUNSHINE TREE (poem and photo)
FOR MR. SNOWMAN (poem)
SERENA’S CHRISTMAS BUBBLE MONSTER (humorous story and photo)
BUBBLY SNOWMAN KISSES (poem)
THAT TWINKLE IN HER EYES IS MAGIC (poem)
THE OLD MAN OF SNOW AND THE SNOW SNAKE (story)
MY HEART IS A CAVE (poem)
- SAGITTARIUS (story)
- SAGITTARIUS DIED THIS DAY IN THIS SNOW DROP GARDEN (poem/prose/photo of snow drops.)
I asked Marje if she would kindly share an excerpt for us, and she chose this
lovely snippet from the short story, Rainbow Child:
Aurora’s eyes gleamed with excitement. She didn’t hesitate; she pressed the nib of the pen to the paper, but no words came, not one. She frowned and tried again. But the pen drew no words forth. She knelt to the ground, dipped the nib of the pen in a puddle of a rainbow and pressed the anointed nib to the paper. At last the words flowed in a myriad of colours filling the white page with a colourful rainbow of verse.
Dear rainbow, so fine,
Your colours reversed,
Red on your inner side arc,
Double beauty, discovered.
Never leave me, dearest heart.
Parasol of light,
Rainbow of colours divine,
Warming my soul,
Sweet route to inspiration,
Hide me from pain and suffering.
Red, and yellow, blue,
Indigo and violet,
Many coloured dreams,
Such a beauty, shining joy,
Create with me, my rainbow friends.
She placed the pen down and felt an extraordinary lightness of spirit. She danced and danced, her skirt swirling around, unravelling and widening in an arc of spectacular colours as she moved. Soon, she had a curious crowd of onlookers. The shy hedgehog came out of his hiding place, followed by the birds, cats, butterflies, and even the reticent worms poked their heads out of the ground to join in with her happiness.
Such is the power of a double rainbow; it warms our hearts after the sky pours down its sadness in raindrops.
Marje’s book tour continues with more great exerpts, conversations and Q and A throughout the week.
Congratulations, Marje, it has been wonderful to host you today at The Summerhouse;
I wish you, and Mr Sagittarius, every success!
Author Bio for M J Mallon
I write YA Fantasy/Paranormal novels, Horror/Ghost short stories and multi-genre flash fiction as well as micro poetry – haiku and Tanka. I share book reviews, poetry, flash fiction, photography and inspirational details of my writing journey at my lovely blog home: https://mjmallon.com/
I’m a member of two professional writing groups: The Society of Children’s Writers and Book Illustrators and Cambridge Writers
As well as this I run a supportive group with fellow Administrator D G Kaye on Facebook: Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club
I work as a Receptionist/Event organiser for an international sixth form and live in Cambridge, England.
Other Books by M J Mallon:
Coming in 2020
The Curse of Time Book 2 Golden Healer.
Short Stories in Anthologies:
Bestselling horror compilation – edited by Dan Alatorre –
“Scrabble Boy” (Short Story)
“Dexter’s Creepy Caverns” (Short Story)
“Ghostly Goodbye” (Short Story)
Read more about M J Mallon and her other books
at her author page on Amazon.