Sunday, 24 May 2015

Another great 5***** review, and Book of the Week, for The Monk who Cast a Spell


My Author copies arrived from Motivational Press, and I held the paperback version of my novel for the first time. It was an amazing feeling...

I also received another great 5***** review on Amazon from Jennie Baron, a reader: 

"This book is a fascinating glimpse into a bygone time, an engaging adventure, and a sweet affirmation of love. The conflict between Durstan's genuine dedication to God and romantic love with Ailan is a major theme. Also, he lives in a time when Christianity exists side by side with ancient Pagan traditions that celebrate fertility and physical love. 

Sharon Bradshaw is a gifted writer whose words tie all the elements together."

And I discovered then that... I had been awarded Book of the Week by Universal-Books-Australia 


The Monk who Cast a Spell is available now from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and in other places USA UK

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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Magic... and The Monk who Cast a Spell


Magical spells were written on curse scrolls and tablets, used by the ancient Romans during their occupation of the British Isles from AD 43 to around AD 410. They were an attempt to exact revenge for misdeeds, often thefts of money, clothing or animals and could even ask for the death of a wrongdoer.

A curse scroll illustrates the importance ordinary people placed in "magic", and the trust they had in their Gods to protect them. It's an important theme in my debut novel about Durstan, The Monk who Cast a Spell.


(A curse scroll from John Willetts' collection of Roman artifacts, and posted here with his kind permission.)

Although Durstan's story is set in 794 AD, I found from my research that many people still believed in the power of the Old Gods...

The Monk who Cast a Spell is available now from Amazon, UK USA Barnes and Noble and in other places.



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Saturday, 9 May 2015

Be true to yourself ~ and your dreams


Success for a writer can mean finishing a first story or poem, having the courage to submit this for publication, and using the acceptance to inspire the next piece of work. 

A writer's voice happens with perseverance; a novel too, an anthology of short stories or poems, a piece of prose... 



and always more words if you want there to be, but never enough time to write them. Discovering what motivates you and having a realistic plan, then becomes a necessity. 

It's helpful to ask:
What is your writing goal?
How will you achieve it?
How long will it take?
Why are you pursuing it?
How will your life have changed when your goal has been reached?




If words are the fire in your blood, so that like myself you want to write as a career, it can become a small business. The product is books and there's marketing, time management, more which leads to a brand...



I am still building mine, but it's... 

Sharon Bradshaw, Historical Novelist, Inspirational Writer and Speaker 

My debut novel, The Monk who Cast a Spell, was published by Motivational Press on 16th March. It's available now from Amazon UK USA Barnes and Noble, and in other places 




In Hamlet Act 1 Scene 3 Polonius says to his son, Laertes:

"This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewell, my blessing season this in thee."
William Shakespeare




Don't lose sight of your dreams. They belong to you! 

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