I write. I read. I review. #FridayReads #NonFiction #YA

Reading is a favourite hobby of mine, not just as a way to escape the daily grind but it also helps evolve my skills as a writer. It was Stephen King who told us “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others. Read a lot and write a lot.”

Losing yourself in a good book is the perfect way to relax and unwind. It’s thought that reading for just six minutes a day can reduce stress levels by 68%.

Sharing the wonderful books I’ve read and reviewed is the highlight of my blogging life. When a book touches my heart or reduces me to tears, makes me laugh out loud, or shudder with fear, then I know I’ve found a masterpiece. Continue reading “I write. I read. I review. #FridayReads #NonFiction #YA”

It’s Here! #CoverReveal of Guardians of the Lost Lands #YA #Fantasy

It’s here!

I am beyond excited to share the cover for my new release, Guardians of the Lost Lands, the third and final book in my Guardians young adult trilogy.

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The book launches on Friday 11th November and will be available as eBook and paperback.

I’ve loved every second of writing these books. Amber, Connor, and Redka have become a huge part of my life, and although I’ll be sad to see them go, they’ll always hold a very special place in my heart. I’ve been able to explore so many elements with these characters, incorporating many of my ‘day job’ skills such as meditation, energy healing, and my love of dragons! Continue reading “It’s Here! #CoverReveal of Guardians of the Lost Lands #YA #Fantasy”

#FridayBookShare Guardians of the Dead by S L Wilson #IndiePrideDay #YA

Friday Book Share

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With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so I’ve created a Friday Book Share game to help search for that ideal novel.

Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you are currently reading/finished reading this week and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare Continue reading “#FridayBookShare Guardians of the Dead by S L Wilson #IndiePrideDay #YA”

Happy Release Day – Guardians of the Sky #YA #Fantasy by S L Wilson

I’d be interested to know if every writer feels this way, but when I release a new book I have a giddy moment of hysteria followed by a desire to shovel copious amounts of cake!  Giving up alcohol two years ago put the kibosh on swigging a gallon of celebratory bubbles, but a large mug of Tetley tea certainly helps the cake crumbs to digest.

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Guardians of the Sky is the second book in my young adult trilogy and follows our heroine, Amber Noble, as she helps a fae queen to reclaim her throne from an evil force.

I loved writing Amber’s character as she is so similar to me in her desire to keep her family close and her friends safe.  Her sassy and feisty nature remind me of my daughter, so there are overlapping elements of both of us in her.

In book one, Amber discovers she is supernatural and finds a way to cope with her blossoming powers.  As we continue her adventure in book two, Amber is growing into those powers but still struggles to make decisions that affect her head and heart.  It’s a classic coming of age story, with a handsome love interest, developing friendships, and tough choices.  Our teenagers face these topics on a daily basis.  Okay, so they might not have to battle an evil General or run from a lava hog eating demon, but double science followed by maths is roughly the same on the stress scale in my opinion! Continue reading “Happy Release Day – Guardians of the Sky #YA #Fantasy by S L Wilson”

Cover Reveal – Guardians of the Sky by @ShelleyWilson72 #YA #Fantasy

I am so happy to share the cover reveal for Guardians of the Sky, the second book in my Guardian Series.  Due for release on Friday 22nd January 2016 and available as eBook and paperback via Amazon.

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Blurb for Guardians of the Sky (book two)

Can one girl sacrifice herself to save the one she loves…

Following their daring escape from the demon realm, Amber and her friends become caught up in a war between good and evil.  They must join forces with the Queen’s warriors to overthrow a malevolent force that has spread across Avaveil, the land of the Fae.

Her powers grow, Amber is faced with the real possibility that she is a danger to the ones she loves.  Her full strength is yet to be tested in a way she can’t comprehend.

Dragons, faeries and humans stand side-by-side as they are drawn into a battle of cunning, magic and surprising revelations.  Can Amber survive long enough to see her dreams fulfilled? Continue reading “Cover Reveal – Guardians of the Sky by @ShelleyWilson72 #YA #Fantasy”

Reader’s Spot – Meet Gloria, a fan of #Mystery and #Humour Novels

Here on the ‘Reader’s Spot’ I share the bookish love of our readers, from young adult to romance, chick-lit to murder mystery.  Whether you are a reader looking for new books, or a writer wondering what your readers want, I hope you find this series enjoyable.

Next up to the Reader’s Spot is holistic therapy tutor, Gloria.

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  1. What genre do you enjoy reading?

I enjoy several different genres. It depends on my mood and the time of year. I like fun and humour during the summer months and I’m inclined to veer towards stories of mystery & suspense coming into the dark winter evenings. I love to be kept guessing and to be thrown off with unexpected twists and turns. This is what keeps me glued to a book. Although I don’t read romantic novels as often as I did in my younger years, I do like when a story includes a little bit of romance. I also enjoy some contemporary fiction. I never read young adult fantasy because I’m definitely not a young adult, but I did read Guardians of the Dead to support Shelley. I really enjoyed it and I will of course read the sequel. [Aww, thanks, Gloria x]

  1. Do you have a favourite author in this genre?

Continue reading “Reader’s Spot – Meet Gloria, a fan of #Mystery and #Humour Novels”

Have Fun With Your Research #amwriting

 

The beauty of writing fantasy is that the majority of it comes from deep within my soul.  Demons, realms and objects of sorcery are all figments of my warped imagination. There are no limits to what the mind can conjure.

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When it comes to witchcraft and spells, or herbs and lotions, even battles and weaponry, then I need to turn to research materials. As I’m sure many of my writer friends will confess, research can be distracting. It is, therefore, better to write as much as you can and return to fill in the blanks later.

As I write for a teen audience, I often include facts or tips within my stories. I am a trained crystal healer and use gem stones in a variety of ways. In my latest YA book, Guardians of the Dead, I integrated the chakras and was able to weave their meanings, benefits, and colour therapy into the story. Continue reading “Have Fun With Your Research #amwriting”