My first novel…

May 30, 2013 at 9:12 pm (Magic, News and updates, Publishing) (, , , , , )

Cover_Mists_smallOn May 11 I released my first novel, Into the Mists, with an awesome online launch with amazing artist and author Selina Fenech, who was releasing her new book Hope’s Reign, the sequel to Memory’s Wake.

Despite my computer meltdown we had a wonderful time chatting to people from around the world, and giving away lots of beautiful prizes.

In the weeks since, I’ve been so blown away by the amazing response to Into the Mists – so much so that perhaps I’ll put my next non-fiction book on hold to write the sequel… Things to ponder!

About the book: Enter the swirling mists of an enchanted land, andopen your heart to the mystery…

Carlie has the perfect life. A wonderful family and a best friend she adores. A house by the beach so she can go surfing after school. A clever, rational mind and big dreams of becoming a lawyer. A future she’s excited about and can’t wait to begin.

But in a split second her perfect life shatters, and she is sent to the other side of the world to live with a stranger. In this mystical, mist-drenched new land, she is faced with a mystery that will make her question everything she’s ever known about her parents, her life and her very self. A dark secret that made her mother run away from home as a teenager. An old family friend who is not what he seems. A woman in blue who she’s not convinced is real. A shadowy black cat that she’d swear is reading her mind. A deserted old cottage she can’t always find. And a circle of wild-haired witches who want her to join their ranks.

Will she have the courage to journey into the mists, and into her own heart, to discover the truth? And can she somehow weave together a life that she’ll want to live – or will she give up and allow despair to sweep her away from the world forever?

The book will be distributed nationally, and is also available from Amazon and other international retailers, as a paperback and an ebook, and from SereneConneeley.com.

“Cannot put down Serene Conneeley’s novel, Into the Mists… It’s so compelling and beautifully realised – so much magic – absolutely recommended!”
Lucy Cavendish, author

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Mermaid Magic in Japan

May 30, 2013 at 8:48 pm (News and updates, Publishing)

954742_418254358271897_910794995_nLucy and I are so excited that our book Mermaid Magic: Connecting With the Energy of the Ocean and the Healing Power of Water is coming out in Japan! This is the cover, which is so different to the Australian/US/UK cover, but equally beautiful… I’m so grateful to our wonderful translator, Ryoko, who took on the massive task of translating it all into Japanese. Ocean conservation is particularly close to my and Lucy’s hearts, and we hope it’s embraced by a whole new audience of people who love the sea, dolphins, whales and dugongs, the healing power of sacred springs and the magic, myth and mystery of mermaids. The Japanese-language version will be out on June 8, and I can’t wait to see a copy! xx

About the book: Dive into the inspirational realm of water, and discover the healing powers of mermaids, magic and the marine environment…

MermaidMagiccoverFrom the authors of The Book of Faery Magic comes an enchanting new adventure into the power and beauty of water and the oceanic realm. Brimming with sea magic, inner journeys, fun recipes and rich research, Mermaid Magic will help you develop your own deep connection to the element of water. Work with the ocean and its creatures, learn about tides and lunar phases, divine your future with sea oracles, absorb the healing energies of sacred wells and springs, become an eco warrior, and discover the beauty of mermaid lore and legends – and how to call on the mermaids for love and transformation.

Whether you believe mermaids are living beings or a beautiful myth, they have long reflected our greatest hopes and embodied our deepest fears. They have been cast as helpful sea beings, innocents prepared to sacrifice all for a human soul, and sirens intent on luring men into temptation. Today they are stronger, kinder and more powerful than ever – and are inspiring a new wave of ocean guardians to care for our fragile planet and its sacred bodies of water.

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A beautiful book that brings history to life

May 29, 2013 at 8:49 pm (Book reviews, Favourite books)

felicitycoverWhen a young girl moves from Sydney to Norfolk Island with her parents, they are all eager to learn more about their illustrious ancestor, a governor of the island from convict times. On her first day at her new school, sixteen-year-old Allie proudly announces her family connection to her classmates – and is hurt and angry when they inform her that he was a brutal tyrant. Vowing to prove the other students wrong, especially the boy she feels so drawn to, she sets off on a journey of discovery – and uncovers a haunting love story, a terrible secret, a mysterious ghost, an old diary that draws her into the past, a chapter of island history that still echoes through many of the current residents, and a lot about herself as well.

This is a gorgeous book and a wonderful story, full of mystery and intrigue that kept me up late into the night, desperate to know what happened. The slipping between past and present is well structured, and the two intertwining storylines are equally compelling. It covers a dark period of this country’s history, which makes for slightly uncomfortable reading, but it also emphasises the strength of those who have acted out against tyranny, now and in the past, and how their lives and choices continue to inspire, and affect people long after they are gone.

Capturing the spirit of teenagers and their voice can be difficult – not all YA authors are able to pull it off, but these characters, both the modern ones and those who leap from the page from the past, are fully realised and complex, at times as stubborn and rigid in their views as they are charming and charismatic, and always believable. The journey of the heroine, Allie, is beautifully written, her sense of isolation is tangible, and her realisations about life, love and friendship through discovering long-ago Alice’s story is really touching. It complements and contrasts well with the life of Alice, the brave daughter of the governor, who must choose between love and family. Both girls grow up a lot throughout the book, and a few of their experiences made me teary.

The author has an amazing ability to bring history to life and make it fascinating, and to weave into her stories all the small details of long-ago periods that draw you into the past and add an incredible richness to the well-researched facts. This is a captivating story for all ages, and would certainly brighten up school history lessons. I have long loved Felicity Pulman’s books, especially her enchanting Janna Mysteries series, and A Ring Through Time totally lives up to expectations.

For more on Felicity and her books, visit www.felicitypulman.com.au

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