Niamh Clune

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Magical Mystery Tour


Today I’m participating in the The Awesome Indies Magical Mystery Tour, hosted by the Awesome Indies. From the 27th to the 30th September you’ll have the chance to pick up some special offers or win some awesome prizes at all the blogs participating in the tour, including mine.

Why is it called the Magical Mystery Tour? Because it highlights the magical and mysterious qualities of some of the books listed on the Awesome Indies. Also, there’s a chapter of a mystery at each blog, and a tour for you to take to read the full story and find the key you need to enter the Giveaway for an Amazon gift card. (First prize is a $25 card, second prize is $15 and third prizes is a $10 card.)

All you have to do is start at the Awesome Indies, follow the links from blog to blog, read the story and pick up the clue to the mystery key to enter the draw when you get back to the Awesome Indies. While you’re at each blog, read about the authors book and enter their giveaway or pick up their special offer.

My entry in the Magical Mystery Tour is …

Orange Petals In A Storm: Part 1 of the SkylaMcFee Series.

Be transported into the hauntingly beautiful dream-world of the imagination in which we find shelter from every hazard and outlive the longest night.

Read what others say about this book: 

“…A delicate, luminous, mysterious book. I am not able to decide what the exact genre is – is it magical realism? Fantasy? Literary fiction? All of the above? It’s hard to define.”

“After reading the first paragraph, I knew I had picked a winner. The story instantly engages you, the words flowing elegantly and as magically as the story itself…”

“This is deeply soulful writing, pitch perfect for our fractured times.”

“Unputdownable…You will read and re-read.”

“Niamh Clune is, in the Irish tradition, a masterful wordsmith. The story is beautifully written, powerful, moving, original and believable.”

“…A female Pat Conroy. This Irish lassie has been kissed by the faeries in order to come up with such an outstanding work. Mystical writing at its best!”

Orange Petals In A Storm

Special Offer:


Click here to buy: On offer for 99cents.

Start the tour now by clicking HERE


If you’re on the tour already, the story continues below …

Ghost Town: Walter, Part Two.

Written by S.M. Boyce

Kevin continued staring at Walter, eyes locked but unblinking. The man still wouldn’t speak.

Walter frowned. “You’re driving me crazy, you know that? I’ve known you for decades, but I swear you get a little crazier every year. First you go running off behind those cabins, doing God knows what in the ruins. Then you’re talking to the wall when you think I’m not here. You sleep on a mattress outside, for God’s sake. If you know something about this comb, you tell me now!”

Kevin took a step back, eyes wide at Walter’s outburst. Even Walter cringed inwardly. He was letting this get to him. He needed to step back and relax.

“I don’t even know what you’re talking about,” Kevin said.

“A comb, little thing. Pam was talking about it. When was the last time you went into the station? What are you doing back there, Kevin?”

“Nothing. I work, take walks, and sleep. It’s all I do.”

“You’re lying to me.”

Kevin shrugged again and shook his head. “Can’t lie when I’m telling the truth. I didn’t do anything.”

Walter grunted in response and turned back toward his house. His gut twisted with nerves. Something here didn’t add up, and it hurt his brain the more he thought about it. Expensive combs didn’t just turn up in abandoned buildings.

He sighed. In all honesty, it was probably just a comb someone dropped on accident while breaking into the station. Visitors were drawn to the old building, just like the camper who found the hairpiece. Someone could have easily dropped it without realizing they’d done it.

But if that was true, why did every ounce of him scream that this thing was bad news? His bones ached. Tension pulled on his shoulders. He wanted to nap, to sleep it off, but he couldn’t ignore his intuition. Something bad was about to happen.

Now click through to the next blog 1:

Don’t forget to find what you need to work out the key to the big draw. Good luck!

Jack of spades

About Dr Niamh

When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down. One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.” Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!” I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I? I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.” Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books.

21 comments on “Magical Mystery Tour

  1. Jamie Dedes
    September 27, 2013

    What a fun and charming idea. I’ll check it all out when I’ve handled my responsibiliies for the day …

    Good luck with this, Niamh.


  2. Patricia Tilton
    September 27, 2013

    Have fun with this tour Niamh! I read Orange Petals in a Storm over a year ago. I should have given you feedback. It was memorable and I enjoyed how you created the starkness for Skyla and the problems she had to over come. Sad but joyful story in the end. Skyla was a strong, creative and spiritual character and I cheered for her.


    • ontheplumtree
      September 27, 2013

      Many thanks for your comments Patricia. I am very happy you enjoyed the story.


  3. Kate Policani
    September 27, 2013

    I’m visiting through the tour! I love your cover for Orange Petals in a Storm!


  4. dhallaj
    September 27, 2013

    I’m enjoying the story. I wish I could read faster–all the books are wonderful!


  5. Mary Maddox
    September 27, 2013

    I made a detour to read your excellent piece on metaphysical fiction. I recommend it.


  6. Tahlia Newland
    September 28, 2013

    It’s nice to be visiting your blog again Niamh. Thanks for being part of the tour.


  7. chrislon
    September 28, 2013

    I’m enjoying following the story. The tension is increasing and the plot is thickening!


    • ontheplumtree
      September 28, 2013

      Glad you are enjoying it. Welcome to the plum tree blog, chrision.


  8. thiskidreviewsbooks
    September 28, 2013

    Nice! I like the chapter! 😀


  9. Thanks for being part of this!


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