I am delighted to be sharing a guest post today from Helen T Norwood, author of Nature of The Witch. I am gutted that I didn’t have enough time to read this for the blog tour, especially as it is set in my neck of the woods, Cornwall. My thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for a spot on this tour.
Many years ago, magic prevailed in Britain. It was a time when chosen women followed a path forged by Mother Nature herself; a time of witchcraft, of the brotherhood of the Gwithiaz and of the terrifying Creatures.
This has all passed from memory a long time ago. But now, magic has returned. Kiera is the first witch the world has seen in centuries, while Jack must learn the ways of the Gwithiaz. They must not only master their crafts, but also overcome their differences and work together if they are to survive the dark enemy that lurks in the shadows.
In the rugged Cornish landscape where it first began, the two face the dreaded Kasadow: an ancient evil that has awakened and is ready to destroy them, and their magic, once and for all.
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Guest Post by Helen T. Norwood.
5 Things I Discovered when I Joined my Local Book-Club
It was 2016 and I’d been thinking about joining a book-club for a while. However, there were different reasons as to why I hadn’t looked into it seriously. The main reason being that I just didn’t feel I had the time to commit to reading.
I love reading and I always have. At that time though, amongst working, having my first child and trying to write my first novel, my ‘to be read’ pile was steadily growing sky high.
Then I saw that a local book-club was looking for new members and I decided to join. At the time I had just given birth to my second child. I wasn’t sure how I was going to read regularly with two children, when I’d struggled to find the time with just one! But I turned up with my newborn baby in tow and here are 5 things I discovered.
1) I do have the time
The club isn’t so intimidating that if I turned up one month without finishing the book I’d find myself ex-communicated. The whole point of the group is that it’s a friendly and sociable experience where we can chat about a topic we all love- books!
However, my worry that I’d be searching for excuses each month for never finishing the books was unfounded. Sometimes now I can read a couple of books or more a month. Where have I found all those extra moments? They were there all along, I just hadn’t spotted them before. I read on my lunch break or briefly before I turn the lights out. Book-club encouraged me to be more organised and make time for books (and I managed to write my novel too; hence the blog tour!).
2) At any stage of life it’s good to make new friends
There are a variety of ages, backgrounds, interests etc. but we all have one thing in common- we enjoy reading. I think at any point in our lives it has a positive impact to keep meeting new people and enlarging our circle of friends. At that time of my life, in-between the feeds, the nappies and sleepless nights, it was great to get out the house and talk to other adults about a topic other than babies.
3) It’s fun to leave my comfort zone sometimes
It’s not just the fact that I have made time for reading, it’s also that I am reading books I would never have picked for myself. I often have a favourite author or genre or a certain type of book that I’m drawn to when choosing what to read. The wonderful thing about joining a book-club is that I can try books that would never have caught my attention otherwise. It’s a pleasant surprise to discover and fall in love with new authors, to learn things I never knew before or to realise that a genre I had previously dismissed is enjoyable. That is certainly one of the best things about book-club; it widens my reading horizons and there are always new books to discover, and maybe I won’t like all of them, but I’m always glad I’ve read something new.
4) It adds to stories when I can look at it from different perspectives
I always feel slightly shocked when I arrive at book-club having absolutely loved a book, only to find the person next to me absolutely hated it. Sometimes they pick up on things that I hadn’t noticed. Sometimes I disagree with what they are saying or sometimes I see where they’re coming from, even if I don’t feel the same. No matter what their opinion is, it’s always interesting to hear it and it allows me to look at the book again through a different pair of eyes.
5) Makes me think deeper about a story
When I have to verbalise my feelings about a book, it makes me look more deeply at it once I’ve finished reading. I love a story that plays on my mind afterwards. A good story doesn’t end straight away on the last page; it lingers and plays over again after I’ve closed the book. However, when I know I will be discussing a book with others I want to be clear in my mind the views I want to share. Therefore, it makes me look even more closely at what I liked and disliked, how the book made me feel; did I like any of the characters? How did I feel about the ending?
So, if you’ve been debating whether to join a book-club, but haven’t gotten round to it yet, my advice is to give it a go. Thanks so much to Yvonne for letting me stop off here on my blog tour.
About the Author:
Helen lives in the UK with her husband, two children and one diva-like cat called Tiger. Helen, like many others, was captivated in her childhood by books from the likes of Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton and any books which took her to new worlds and showed her places of magic and mystery. She has enjoyed writing and creating her own magical worlds from a young age. She is currently writing the second book in the ‘Nature of the Witch’ trilogy which will be out soon.
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