Guest Author Julia Hughes

Julia Hughes:

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Today our guest is author Julia Hughes who wrote yesterday’s book “The Griffin’s Boy” here is a link to it if you missed it.

Julia Hughes

1) Where is your home town?

London, the most beautiful city in the world.

2) How long have you been writing?

Always, and I’ve always enjoyed writing, but … around six years or so, something clicked. I realised that the books I most enjoy reading are those that allow me as a reader to fill in the gaps. As a fledgling author, I tended to paint the entire picture, but now, I have enough confidence in my stories to allow my readers’ imagination to take flight.

3) Why did you decide to write The Griffin’s Boy?

In “The Griffin Cryer”, my main character, Frankie, is in a hopeless place. Her brother, Michael, is in a coma. He shows no signs of recovery, and has had…

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100 Little Words on Parenthood

100 Little Words on Parenthood

100 Little Words on Parenthood edited by Charlie Plunkett

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The Griffin’s Boy – Giveaway!


 ….He’ll risk his life, then his soul & finally his heart in his quest to be …


Julia Hughes, author “The Griffin Cryer” has written another thrilling adventure, this time set on Ella-Earth, which is our world’s twin in most respects. Except –both evolution and science have taken a different path, and an elite troop known as “The Griffin Riders” patrol the spiritual conduits known as ley-lines.



About the book: 

Neb, whose name translates as ‘Nobody’, has ambitions to become the equivalent of our world’s stable-lad – a griffin-boy. However, on recruitment day, his favourite griffin, Balkind, disgraces them both.  But Neb won’t take no for an answer. He steals Balkind, and flies off in pursuit of The Griffin Master, determined to change the cantankerous old warrior’s mind. What follows is a breath taking flight of imagination, as Neb risks first his life, then his soul and finally his heart in his quest to become a griffin boy.

About the author: 

As a Londoner, I’m enchanted by the legend that griffins are the guardians of this ancient city. In my mind, they combine the characteristics of two of our most beloved animal companions: Horses and dogs – with of course the added bonus that they have wings! As anyone who’s read “The Griffin Cryer” knows, I believe that if you only believe in yourself, against all odds, help arrives from (very!) unexpected sources.  If you have self belief, then you have the will to succeed – and you will succeed! So dream big and fly high – the only limits are the ones we place on our imaginations.

Join “THE GRIFFIN’S BOY” in the adventure of a lifetime – FREE!

Download from Amazon using this universal link:
but wait … there’s more!
SPECIAL BONUS OFFER: “THE GRIFFIN CRYER” – highly rated, award winning urban fantasy will be on offer for only 77p, or 99c through out this giveaway. Universal link: offers end on the 6th March, around GMT London. Until then, celebrate the season of Spring and new hope!


The Griffin’s Boy – free from lst March. Offer ends midnight EST time 5th March. (around GMT London).
On special @only 99c/77p March l – 5.
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A story set on Ella-Earth; our world’s twin in an alternative universe. Evolution has taken a different path and mythical beasts exist. Britain remains an island of mists, populated by Celtic tribes and governed by a strict feudal hierarchy. Only noblemen’s sons are recruited into an elite troop known as the Griffin Riders. The best a nameless nobody like Neb can hope for is to become a griffin’s lad. 

But then his fate becomes entwined with the mischievous grey griffin Balkind, who everyone knows is trouble…and sure enough, Balkind disgraces himself on recruitment day and is rejected by Griffin Master Romulus. But Neb is determined to change Romulus’ mind. Telling himself and anyone who will listen that Balkind deserves a second chance, Neb steals the beast and flies off on the adventure of a lifetime. He quickly realises: 

  • Riding griffins isn’t for the faint hearted.
  • Girls are complicated beings, and best treated with respect.

One single courageous act earns Neb his heart’s desire – but then he ruins everything: When Samara, his new friend, is abducted, Neb rushes to her rescue – with disastrous results. The young couple learn they are to be sacrificed in a macabre ceremony. Their only hope is Balkind. Although clever, Balkind has always been difficult to control. Will the griffin answer his boy’s summons?

The Griffin’s Boy will be available to download on kindle from 15th December:

The Griffin Cryer will be FREE:
8th – 15th December











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Cover Reveal for “The Griffin’s Boy” & how to win your own classic!


Adapted from the engraving “Gustave Doré’s illustration of Ludovico Ariosto’s “Orlando Furioso”.

New classical cover of “The Griffin’s Boy” adapted by Laura Wright LaRoche of, from an engraving (now in the public domain, see above license) by Gustave Dore.

Picture“Sleeping Gryphon” by John Tenniel

“The Griffin’s Boy” will be published on 15th December by 
The Flying Book Tour commences December 8th until the 22nd. 
Have a book blog? Want to host? I’d love to drop by your place!
There’s an out of this world unique prize giveaway for your readers, and a special prize draw for tour hosts only. In keeping with the classical theme, there are ten fridge magnets/pendants of Tenniel’sillustration of the gryphon from “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll, waiting to adorn your fridge! 
Shot an email across to Mervyn@talonpublishing[dot]com or comment to join in the fun, and for free entry into our Flying Book Tour host only contest.

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Book three in “The Celtic Cousins’ Adventures” and DI Crombie of the Met is hot on the trail of a disappearing elephant while trying to trace the owner of an illegal immigrant from Florida: Alfie the alligator. No surprise that the trail leads to the front door of the Celtic Cousins, who appear to be hell bent on making a career of being the collective bane of the grumpy fat detective’s life. 



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Free Christmas special adventure!

Crombie's Christmas

Detective Inspector Crombie finds himself spending Christmas in the Italian equivalent of the House of Usher. After picking a fight with the wrong cat, Crombie finds a poetic justice in having the very last word.

Detective Derek “Tigger” Crombie features in “A Raucous Time” has an honourable mention in “A Ripple in Time” and takes centre stage in “An Explosive Time”, in The Celtic Cousins’ Adventures.

Click here to download free from Smashwords in all formats. crombie's christmas cover

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