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The lovely and very talented Sunila Sen Gupta (aka DragonLadych) is creating her first artbook


In Sunila's own words: "It's a collection of recent art based on the theme of archetypes. My own personal vision of very ancient themes."

I've been super lucky to see it as it has come together, and believe me, this book is a truly gorgeous treat. In fact, here's what I sent Sunila about it . . .

"Sunila Sen-Gupta gives us a stunning collection of her unique paintings, many of which offer homage to those artistes who speak to her soul, and unites her art with evocative prose as she reflects on how archetypes and myths inform and inspire our creativity. A book to treasure."

And I'm also super honoured to be Sunila's model for The Whispering Voice ~ "The little (or not so little voice) that always tells you you won't succeed and keeps you from following your dreams. Never listen to her!"

Sunila has a page over here at IndieGoGo to help fund Songs of Dreamtime with perks for contributors, so why not head over and have a look? :-)

Find Sunila on DeviantART

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Between Dreams and Reality + Fox Pic Spam!


I'm guest blogging over at the wonderful Between Dreams and Reality, in English and French*, no less! I'm chatting about Genny and what happens in the first three Spellcrackers books, so why not head over there and have a look! :-D

And if you missed my last post, I'm at the SFX Weekender in Prestatyn this weekend, where the fantastic Brian Blessed (OMG! Prince Vultan in FLASH GORDON*!!!) is a guest! And if you're going to be there, then I'd love it if you say Hi! I don't bite - truly - and I'm happy to sign anything (within reason - cheques, excepted, of course *g*). 

*The lovely Melliane is super awesome and has translated the post! Huge thanks and kudos to you, Melliane!

*This lucky girl got a DVD of Flash in her Xmas stocking! Yay!  And now you've all got the theme tune earworming it's way into your brains! *g*
Flash a-ah
Saviour of the Universe . . .


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Scottish Recipe - Clootie Dumpling!

It was Mr Mc's birthday last week, and I made him one* of these! I am now the BEST WIFE EVAH! *g*

Clootie Dumpling Recipe - Traditional Scottish Suet Fruit Pudding

This recipe is Mr Mc's gran's, so it makes a GIANT clootie, since his gran always made it for family get togethers and birthdays. It's easy to make, but you do have to keep an eye on it when it's boiling to make sure it doesn't boil dry. So it's not something you can ignore while it's cooking.

Clootie refers to the cloth/tea towel that the dumpling is made in.

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Rabid Reader Double Giveaway!

Hello 2012! I hope you all had a wonderful time ushering the New Year in? Mr Mc and I greeted it quietly with the requisite malt and shortbread while watching the spectacular fireworks at the London Eye on the TV :-D. Sadly, the excitement and late night (I'm such a lightweight :-D) must have been too much for me as the Migraine Monster attacked yesterday (not hangover related, more's the pity), but after crawling under the covers early afternoon and hiding until this morning, the MM is now only a tiny niggle and victory should be mine very soon. *relieved sigh* :-)

And so onto my first post this new year! Which is to give you the heads up that the fabulous Mardel at Rabid Reader has a giveaway for 'The Bitter Seed of Magic' (Out Now US *happy dance*, and UK!) and the amazing 'Doc Vampire Hunting Dog' by J.A. Campbell. So head over to there now and enter! (there's not a lot of entries, so the odds are good for winning :-)) Open to US only, I think, and ends Jan 15. So, go on, go enter! You know you want to *g*

Yay! Don't the black and red covers look purty together? Though I'm not sure my vamps would be too chuffed to bump into Doc, not with that stake of his! *G*

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Happy 2012!

Wishing you all Health, Happiness and Prosperity for 2012. 

May you leave the worries and disappointments of the past behind, carry the joys of your heart and those you love with you, and may the New Year bring all that is wonderful for you and yours. xxx


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Hello, my lovelies! Here's hoping you've all had a great Christmas, or great weekend if Christmas isn't your celebration, and that you're all still enjoying the winter holiday. And for those of you already back to work, an extra special hello!) :-D

I'm here to say Happy Book Birthday to ME! *G*

The Bitter Seed of Magic is out today in the US! Yay! 
Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, Chapters.ca, Powell's, Amazon.co.uk

On the surface, Genny's life seems ripple-free right now. Finn, her sexy boss and -- well, Genny's not sure what else she wants him to be -- has stopped pushing for a decision on their relationship. The seductive vampire Malik al-Khan has vanished back into the shadows. And the witches have declared her no longer a threat. But unless Genny can find a way to break the fertility curse afflicting London's fae, she knows this is just the lull before the magical storm.

Then a faeling -- a teenage girl -- is fished out of the River Thames, dead and bound with magic, and Genny is called into investigate. As she digs through the clues, her search takes a sinister and dangerous turn, exposing age-old secrets that might be better left buried. Then another faeling disappears, and Genny finds herself in a race against time to save the faeling and stop the curse from claiming its next victim -- herself!

Read Chapter One here!

And it shares a Book Birthday with these wonderful books by my writerly pals! Plus there's many others! So if you were given any of those handy book vouchers as pressies, then you've got plenty of fabulous new books to choose from! (Including mine! *g*)


A totally AWESOME book by my fab crit partner! A MUST read!

Now that the threat of war has passed, Sabina Kane is ready to focus on the future. Her relationship with Adam Lazarus is getting stronger and she's helping her sister, Maisie, overcome the trauma of her captivity in New Orleans. Even Giguhl is managing to stay out of trouble thanks to the arrival of Pussy Willow and his new roller derby team. But as much as Sabina wants to feel hopeful about the future, part of her doesn't believe that peace is possible.

Her suspicions are confirmed when a string of sadistic murders threatens to stall treaty negotiations between the mages and the vampires. Sabina pitches in to find the killer, but her investigation soon leads her down dark paths that have her questioning everyone she thought she could trust. And the closer she gets to the killer, the more Sabina begins to suspect this is one foe she may not be able to kill.

So looking forward to reading this! I know it's going to be great!

The world is falling apart. The magical apocalypse has come. Now is the time to guard the covenstead against both raiders and refugees. But Max has been stolen by a powerful demi-god who is determined to force her to find a way to use a magical power she never knew she had—even if it kills her. Meanwhile, back in Horngate, a Fury is birthing. When the creature breaks free of the fragile bonds that enclose her, her rage will scour the covenstead from the earth.

Max finds herself in the Shadow City, a place of mysteries and magic, where she must battle for her freedom or become a slave to creatures of dreadful greed and power. Back in Horngate, Alexander must swallow his anger and pride if he hopes to defeat the Fury, a creature that no one has ever successfully fought before.

In the end, it will be courage, friendship, faith and loyalty that win the day. Or else so one will live to see tomorrow.

Oh, my, sexy selkies! What's not to love? *fins, err, sorry, fans herself!* Giveaway here!

A lonely widow and a handsome artist have a chance for happiness…with the help of a sexy selkie, that is.

After the death of Meredith’s husband many years before, she allowed his legacy to take over her life. A shell of a woman, she finds little joy in her day-to-day tasks. Drawn to her pain, the empathic selkie Dylan knows she’s ready to live and love again, and he knows that he’s just the man for the job.

As Dylan draws Meredith out of her shell, he realizes that to truly free her, he needs to help her accept her budding love for Alexander, an artist who challenges Meredith on every level: intellectually, emotionally and sexually. To achieve a true happy ending, Dylan must help his chosen humans break down their emotional barriers in order to grab the happiness they so deserve.

Warning: This book features a lonely widow, a hot artist waiting in the wings, and the sexy selkie who brings them together…in every possible way.

Last one! *sad face* But can't wait to find out what happens!

Shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham strives to keep the mortal realm safe from trespassing entities. But as the Thorn Land's prophecy-haunted queen, there's no refuge for her and her soon-to-be-born-children when a mysterious blight begins to devastate the Otherworld. . .

The spell-driven source of the blight isn't the only challenge to Eugenie's instincts. Fairy king Dorian is sacrificing everything to help, but Eugenie can't trust the synergy drawing them back together. The uneasy truce between her and her shape shifter ex-lover Kiyo is endangered by secrets he can't--or won't--reveal. And as a formidable force rises to also threaten the human world, Eugenie must use her own cursed fate as a weapon--and risk the ultimate sacrifice.

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Merry Christmas with Pic Spam!

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate*! 

Wishing you all a wonderful day and hope Santa was good to you!


And now I shall inflict upon you some vaguely appropriate Pic Spam! *g*

A snowy scene from the garden (taken last year - no snow this year)

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Friday Five and a half!

1. Supernatural Capital Tours are back with their new Troll Trail. Check it out over here at Falcata Times!

2. Lisa Ryans has a giveaway here for The Cold Kiss of Death. Ends Dec 31st (not sure if it's international).

3. Romantic Times Magazine has a great review of The Bitter Seed of Magic. Yay! Thank you! And they even have a picture of the cover! *g*

by Suzanne McLeod

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
  RT Rating

Fertility, a curse and the survival of various fae races are at the heart of what haunts gutsy Sidhe heroine Genny Taylor. McLeod uses her gift for storytelling to deliver a truly terrific read that is certain to keep you perched on the edge of your seat until the very last page.  Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Warning: Shameless Self-Promo Below:
The Bitter Seed of Magic is out now UK
The Bitter Seed of Magic is out Dec 27 in the US
and Jan 16 in German - Bittersüße Nacht 

 4. Argh! My TBR is out of control!

84 books in my kindle TBR file.
35 in the print TBR.
8 on my laptop.

Given that I've read around 80 books this year, it's going to take me most of next year to catch up. O_O

Saying that . . .

5. Book Tease Time

5 * + Books I've read that I think you're going to want to! *g*
Silver-Tongued Devil (Sabina Kane) Jaye Wells (12/27/11)
Blue-Blooded Vamp (Sabina Kane) Jaye Wells (5/22/12)
Devil's Punch: (Corine Solomon) Ann Aguirre (4/312)
  (Sept 2012)
 Sept 2012)
Shadow's Bloom by Tammy Moore (Date TBC)
Summoning the Night: (Arcadia Bell) Jenn Bennett (4/24/12)

5 1/2. Some books I'm itching to read
Deadlocked: (Sookie Stackhouse) Charlaine Harris (5/1/12)
Gunmetal Magic  Ilona Andrews (7/31/12)
Full Blooded (Jessica McClain) Amanda Carlson (9/1/12)

So, what books are you all itching to read in 2012?

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Taming Your Plot Bunnies Writers' Workshop

I'm doing a writers' workshop on Taming Your Plot Bunnies at the fabulous

Get Writing 2012 The Annual Conference of Verulam Writers' Circle

The conference will feature an array of influential and creative people* in the UK publishing business, offering talks, workshops, seminars and a lot of networking
Returning for their 4th year are our hugely popular 3 and 5 minute pitches direct to leading agents and editors.
More details here

Taming Your Plot Bunnies workshop details here.

When and where?

11th Feb 2012

Noon - 1pm - Writer's Workshop - Taming Your Plot Bunnies

de Havilland Campus
University of Hertfordshire
AL10 9AB

*And me!! :-D

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Book Lovers Inc. Advent Calendar Giveaway!


Christmas is getting nearer every day!

*panics and rushes round like a headless turkey*

And the fabulous ladies over at Book Lovers Inc. have a Book'y Advent Calendar going on. Yay! The giveaway behind today's door is The Bitter Seed of Magic (or winner's choice of one of my books :-D). So why not head on over there and join in the holiday fun!!

Giveaway ends Dec 17 and is INT.. where Book Depository ships.
*inserts shameless self-promo*

The Bitter Seed of Magic is out now in the UK and Auz.
The Bitter Seed of Magic releases US on Dec 27; the perfect time to buy it with your Christmas Book Vouchers! *hint hint* :-D
Bittersüße Nacht is out Jan 16 in German.

*Toots Book's own Horn*

Here's what the lovely Caroline* of Book Lovers Inc. said about The Bitter Seed of Magic!

"This book was fantastic. It’s even better than the 2nd book. The story has so many twists and turns, it was a ‘OMG’-fest in my house. (Suzanne you’re still EVIL!) I just didn’t see any of these events coming. Suzanne McLeod created a very fascinating and complex world. I didn’t want the book to end. Fanta-bulous."

Read the full review here!

I HEART Caroline! *g*

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