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      The Autumn Supporter Giveaway!       Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway!     The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere .   and...   A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop:       The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White   The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.   I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…     
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I like Whispers in the Sand, though it didn`t have a conclusive ending.  :smile:

 

Sands of Time seems to pick up the storyline again in a short story, so I might try that one. Eventually. 

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I'm a huge fan of BE and have read most of her work.  I did enjoy Darkest Hour but I don't think it's her best book, I think her characterisation was better than it usually yes (they tend to be a bit two-dimensional) and as usual, the atmosphere was very evocative, but my favourites so far are House of Echoes (my first BE book), Midnight is a Lonely Place, and Hiding from the Light, and I also liked River of Destiny and Whispers In the Sand, and the short story collections are worth a read too.

 

I wasn't keen of Daughters of Fire, which is probably why I still haven't read Warrior's Princess, and I've still got Time's Legacy on the tbr pile too - I'm now worried about those dogs though!  I do like the sound of it, as well as the setting.

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Hi gang - it's been a while since I dropped by, so good to catch up with a few other Erskine fans, again.

 

So - we're on the run up to Sleepers Castle at the end of June!

 

This next BE is set in Hay, full circle from Lady of Hay which is thirty this year ... scary isn't it?!

 

Noting that, I'm a bit concerned. Could it be that this might be the last novel in the Erskine library?

 

Of course we hope not, but 30 years+ is a good "innings" for a second career, including all the promotional work too.

 

OK, let's not get depressed over possibilities - just look forward to the summer treat ahead.

 

I'm already planning a lovely break in the routine to relax and really get into the book.

 

Keep the faith gang, and maybe read a few of our favourites, meantime. They never get "old" do they?

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Hi gang - it's been a while since I dropped by, so good to catch up with a few other Erskine fans, again.

 

So - we're on the run up to Sleepers Castle at the end of June!

 

This next BE is set in Hay, full circle from Lady of Hay which is thirty this year ... scary isn't it?!

 

Noting that, I'm a bit concerned. Could it be that this might be the last novel in the Erskine library?

 

Of course we hope not, but 30 years+ is a good "innings" for a second career, including all the promotional work too.

 

OK, let's not get depressed over possibilities - just look forward to the summer treat ahead.

 

I'm already planning a lovely break in the routine to relax and really get into the book.

 

Keep the faith gang, and maybe read a few of our favourites, meantime. They never get "old" do they?

I see you're reading 'Demelza' - loved it.

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 I did see somewhere on BE's website a while ago that she might revisit the character Kate Kennedy from "Midnight is..." so I don't think she's done writing yet, hope not anyway!  Looking forward to Sleeper's Castle (great title).

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I picked up Hiding from the light ; no idea when I`ll get round to reading it ( I really need to be in a particular mood to tackle 700+pages ;) )

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"Sleepers Castle" anyone?

 

Really enjoyed this latest Erskine where we're led a bit further into spiritual type stuff, and fascinating it is too.

 

Silly to think that I'd never before considered that as we can look back to meet past life people in spirit, so they can look forward to see us too!

Imagine living in a long term family home where your great grandparents are still capable of keeping an eye on the younger generations! A bit spooky, but also comforting, too.

 

Love to hear from others who liked the novel, too - ?

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Anyone else read Sleepers Castle yet? Don't want to give too much away but there's quite a scary villain in this Erskine - really adds to the enjoyment!

 

Gather in your books my friends, as the Starks of Winterfell say "winter is coming!"

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Still haven't got round to it yet, but definitely a wintry read.

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I'm now reading Sleeper's Castle, enjoying it so far but finding the storyline with Rowan a bit silly, love the setting, and Catrin's story is also fascinating.

 

I've also read Time's Legacy, and thoroughly enjoyed that one, even though the villain was so two-dimensional I wanted to start booing him!

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Times Legacy is my own 2nd favourite, at last! Up till then every new Erskine novel I read was the new 2nd "favourite"(:rolleyes:), and Child of the Phoenix is in first, first p!ace! 

 

Anyone else reading or read " Sleepers Castle"?

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I've got just over 200 pages to go now, and although I'm still enjoying it, I'm getting a slight feeling that it might be one of those books which goes on a bit too long.

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I enjoyed the length, Madeleine, but then the story quite fascinated me. We stepped a little further along the spiritual path this time - I've fol!owed that particular thread with interest right from Lady of Hay. 

 

What's your final verdict then?

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I've recently learned that Barbara's next book is to be called "The Ghost Tree". (Unfortunately not due till late June 2018 :o)

 

I do wonder if this is a tree where ghosts will meet, as the only other option is that the tree 

is deceased and the "ghost" itself?

We do get in ridiculous conversations about the english language and its meanings, don't we?

 

Either way it'll be another good 'un from our favourite wordsmith.

Looking forward to sitting down with it! 

 

Happy New reading year to All. :D

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Will look forward to that one, I enjoyed Sleeper's Castle in the end, I think it has it's own discussion thread.

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Have just spotted another novel entitled "The Ghost Tree" by Sara Gain. Frankly, it sounds like something much too scary for little me. The mystery may be solved though, as it appeared that the Ghost Tree in that novel was a defense against a poltergeist.

 

So the next "Erskine" seems likely to be a real hide-under-the-covers one.

Ooh heck :o, just remember to take a torch, or buy an e-reader version!:D

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