Into the Mists book club reviews…

September 30, 2014 at 12:49 pm (Book reviews, News and updates, Publishing) (, , )

Cover_Mists_smallI was so touched to discover that a book club was reading Into the Mists, and blown away when they sent me their beautiful reviews with their orders for Into the Dark… xx
Natasha: We just loved the book as a group, and the general feeling was that it was such a lovely story and it also inspired our love of the sacred arts by reawakening it all. Thank you.
Catherine: Dear Serene, I really enjoyed reading “Into the Mists”. The language that you used in the book made both the story and the larger concepts accessible for the young teenage bracket. It really was wonderful to see a book that looks at the craft as a day to day way of living rather something that is relegated to ritual alone. As an adult well out of my teens it reminded me just how important it is to live life consciously and with awareness. This is definitely a message that I want to pass down to my children.
Your description of a Book of Shadows and its use is one of the best I have come across and truly demystifies the process for those starting out, and for those a little further along the path it is a reminder of the importance of recording the journey so that the same mistakes aren’t made again and so that future generations can benefit from the knowledge and mistakes contained within its pages.
In terms of how you treated the subject of grief, I felt it was handled with delicacy and understanding. I look forward to finding out more as to how the Blue Lady and the tower on the hill factor into the unfolding story.
This is a book that I will be handing to my Daughter in a couple of years time as its introduction to the craft is gentle and not too confronting.
The most important message I took away from this book was that the craft is something we live every day. It is living and breathing and as individual as a fingerprint, while at the same time being about community and belonging.  It was lovely to see it portrayed outside the typical “coven” stereotype.
Thank you for writing this book. I hope it is another step closer to breaking down some of the fear people have about the Craft due to their lack of understanding. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series as you write them and watching your skills as a writer continue to grow. Blessed be.
Christine: I thought it was fun and light and depicted a story line i am sure i have lived before… I connected most to the Grandmothers journey. Looking forward to the next book we read from Serene…..Thank you.
Jodie: I thoroughly enjoyed reading Into The Mist, it reignited the witchy part of myself that had been lying dormant for a few years! The storyline kept my attention and I became emotionally invested in the characters. It was a clear, easy read – simultaneously perfect for teenagers who are taking their first steps into the world of magic as well as more…. mature women such as myself (hahaha!) who have this knowledge but have let it slide a little under the demands and pressures of “real life” (whatever THAT is!). Thank you Serene, for reminding me of who my true, authentic self really is! I look forward to reading the next part of the trilogy!

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An Article on Indie Publishing from Writers Weekly

September 28, 2014 at 10:26 am (Interesting stories, Publishing) (, , )

Traditional Publishers Have Let Me Down For The Last Time…  Tom Douglas

Traditional publishing? Been there, done that, got the heartache!

I started my book publishing career a dozen years ago at, which is not a traditional publisher. So successful was Some Sunny Day – an account of family life when my father returned from overseas after the Second World War – that it led to a multi-book contract with a traditional publisher.

And, that’s where the heartache began…

Read the article (and many more) here

And another one…

DO THEY WANT MY BOOK TO FAIL?!When Traditional Publishers Treat New Authors Like (Bleep) By Anonymous

As I look back, I am stunned that the ignorant inquiries I made to my traditional publisher and literary agent did not create waves of guffaws and rollicking cackles. Upon the release of my first book by a traditional publisher, during a conference call, I queried the publisher and her henchmen about their promotional plans. Would there be some sort of tour maybe? A round of book signings in a few large cities perhaps? A few flights and hotel stays, at the publisher’s expense, of course, in the pursuit of boosting book sales? Silly me. The nerve! A publisher spending money promoting a new author’s book? Ha! Now that I recall the episode, perhaps they reveled in a rousing round of derision and ribaldry at my expense.

Read the article here


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An Article on Indie Publishing from Publishers Weekly

September 28, 2014 at 10:17 am (Interesting stories, Publishing) (, )

Reinventing Publishing – PW Talks with Author Claire Cook.

Claire Cook, bestselling author of Must Love Dogs, recently made the transition from traditional publishing to self-publishing, choosing to leave her big-five house and agent. Her new self-published book, Never Too Late: Your Roadmap to Reinvention, is a candid and humorous look at Cook’s journey in publishing so far, along with the reasons she’s chosen to strike out on her own. Cook spoke to PW about what surprised her most about becoming an indie author, the advice she has for new indie authors, and what readers can expect next from her new venture.

Read the article here

Thanks to Anne Rice for posting it 🙂 xx

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