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Haunted: #Ghost by Helen Grant @helengrantsays @FledglingPress

2019 is treating me well. Thanks to Fledgling Press, I have discovered a fabulously talented author who destroyed all my preconceived ideas about ghosts and history…

ghostTitle: Ghost
Author: Helen Grant
Publisher: Fledgling Press
Date of publication: 2018
Format: ebook
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 416

“Langlands House is haunted, but not by the ghost you think.”

Augusta McAndrew lives on a remote Scottish estate with her grandmother, Rose. For her own safety, she hides from outsiders, as she has done her entire life. Visitors are few and far between – everyone knows that Langlands House is haunted.

One day Rose goes out and never returns, leaving Augusta utterly alone.Then Tom McAllister arrives – good-looking and fascinating, but dangerous. What he has to tell her could tear her whole world apart. As Tom and Augusta become ever closer, they must face the question: is love enough to overcome the ghosts of the past?

In the end, Langlands House and its inhabitants hold more secrets than they did in the beginning…

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The Sun Song Trilogy Book 1: Ways of the Doomed by @moiramcpartlin @FledglingPress #LoveBooksGroupTours

New week, new adventures! Welcome to the blog blitz for Ways of the Doomed!

I’d like to thank Kelly @LoveBooksGroupTours for inviting me to be part of this!

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Title: Ways of the Doomed
Publisher: Fledgling Press
Format: e-copy
Source: Publisher

Book 1 of The Sun Song Trilogy.

It’s the year 2089 and everything is altered. The revolutions of the early 21st century have created a world divided – between the Privileged few and the Native (Celtic) underclass. Sorlie is enjoying a typical carefree Privileged teenage life until it is smashed apart by the cruel death of his parents and he is spirited away to live with his ice-cold grandfather at a mysterious island penal colony. Sorlie’s discovery that the captives are being genetically altered to remove all trace of their Native origins triggers a chain of shocking events that reveal his grandfather’s terrible secrets and, ultimately, the truth about himself.  

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Once Upon A Time: Leo and the Lightning Dragons by @leolightdragons ‏@FledglingPress #Lovebooksgrouptours

This Friday is special to me. Today, I jump into the world of children books. Today, I share my thoughts, gingerly, carefully, and with hope, about a book that opened my eyes, moved me, and made me fall for the bravest knight of them all.

Thank you to Love Books Group, the lovely Kelly, for letting me be part of this journey, and this blog tour. 

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Title: Leo and the Lightning Dragons
Written by: Gill White
Illustrated by:
Gilli B
Publisher: Fledgling Press
Date of hardback publication: OUT NOW
Format: PDF

Everybody in the kingdom is supporting the brave knight Leo in his battle against his fearsome dragons. They try lots of different things to help him defeat them but eventually Leo realises that the most important thing to do is to believe in himself. This beautifully illustrated book with a poignant and uplifting rhyming story encourages children to persevere and find strength in the face of adversity, even when it seems that nothing is working. Written by Gill White for her son Leo who suffers from Ohtahara Syndrome, an extremely rare form of epilepsy, and beautifully illustrated by Fife artist Gilli B, this story has been positively received by parents of children with complex needs, by care workers and medical staff and by parents of healthy young children who love the book simply as an adventure story. All royalties from the sale of this book will go to CHAS (Children’s Hospices across Scotland).  

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One For The World: Start by Graham Morgan @GrahamM23694298 @FledglingPress @LoveBooksGroup #LoveBooksGroupTours

I will repeat this like a mantra until everyone sings it with me. Mental health day is every day. For this reason, and because I was invited to share my thoughts, I am making this Tuesday a special one.

Thank you very much to Kelly Lacey for inviting me to be part of the blog tour. Thank you to Fledgling Press for publishing this non-fiction. Thank you to Graham Morgan for writing it.
This review is unbiased.

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Title: Start
Author: Graham Morgan
Publisher: Fledgling Press
Date of publication: 2018
Format: digital ARC
Source: publisher

Graham Morgan has an MBE for services to mental health, and helped to write the Scottish Mental Health (2003) Care and Treatment Act. This is the Act under which he is now detained.
Graham’s story addresses key issues around mental illness, a topic which is very much in the public sphere at the moment. However, it addresses mental illness from a perspective that is not heard frequently: that of those whose illness is so severe that they are subject to the Mental Health Act.
Graham’s is a positive story rooted in the natural world that Graham values greatly, which shows that, even with considerable barriers, people can work and lead responsible and independent lives; albeit with support from friends and mental health professionals. Graham does not gloss over or glamorise mental illness, instead he tries to show, despite the devastating impact mental illness can have both on those with the illness and those that are close to them, that people can live full and positive lives. A final chapter, bringing the reader up to date some years after Graham has been detained again, shows him living a fulfilling and productive life with his new family, coping with the symptoms that he still struggles to accept are an illness, and preparing to address the United Nations later in the year in his new role working with the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland.  

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