Blog Tour: The Curse of Time by M J Mallon

14 Apr

Hello, everyone! 


So, I had surgery on Monday––nothing life-threatening, but surgery nonetheless. Therefore, I’ve been a bit off my game this week. I apologize for the lack of ‘Haiku Friday’ this week, I will try to make up for it next Friday.

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I have a special treat for you today. Author, M J Mallon recently released the paperback version of her book, ‘The Curse of Time’ and it is my pleasure to feature her and her book. I’ll turn it over to her now. Please give her a warm welcome.

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In Her Words . . . 

I am a debut author who has been blogging for three years at my lovely blog home Kyrosmagica: My interests include writing, photography, poetry, and alternative therapies. I write Fantasy YA, middle grade fiction and micro poetry – haiku and Tanka. I love to read and have written over 100 reviews:

My alter ego is MJ – Mary Jane from Spiderman. I love superheroes! I was born on the 17th of November in Lion City: Singapore, (a passionate Scorpio, with the Chinese Zodiac sign a lucky rabbit,) second child and only daughter to my proud parents Paula and Ronald. I grew up in a mountainous court in the Peak District in Hong Kong with my elder brother Donald. My parents dragged me away from my exotic childhood and my much loved dog Topsy to the frozen wastelands of Scotland. In bonnie Edinburgh I mastered Scottish country dancing, and a whole new Och Aye lingo.

As a teenager I travelled to many far-flung destinations to visit my abacus wielding wayfarer dad. It’s rumoured that I now live in the Venice of Cambridge, with my six foot hunk of a Rock God husband, and my two enchanted daughters. After such an upbringing my author’s mind has taken total leave of its senses! When I’m not writing, I eat exotic delicacies while belly dancing, or surf to the far reaches of the moon. To chill out, I practise Tai Chi. If the mood takes me I snorkel with mermaids, or sign up for idyllic holidays with the Chinese Unicorn, whose magnificent voice sings like a thousand wind chimes.

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Fifteen-year-old Amelina Scott lives in Cambridge with her dysfunctional family, a mysterious black cat, and an unusual girl who’s imprisoned within the mirrors located in her house. When an unexpected message arrives inviting her to visit the Crystal Cottage, she sets off on a forbidden pathway where she encounters Ryder, a charismatic, but perplexing stranger.

With the help of a magical paint set, and some crystal wizard stones she discovers the truth about a shocking curse that has destroyed her family’s happiness.

Q & A with Marje

1/ Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they are inspired?

When I have an inspiring idea I am driven by a demonic desire to write! With The Curse of Time, a flood of possibilities kept bouncing around in my brain and I could hardly keep up! Last week, I had a similar eureka moment. I was driving on my way to work and an idea for a ghost story hit me (fortunately no cars were damaged in the production of this story.) When this happens I get very excited and I am compelled by a sense of urgency to write my thoughts down. That’s a dangerous process when you’re driving!

2/ Do you prefer writing over reviewing the work of others.

It depends. I’d say I love both. When I read an exceptionally well-written book that stirs my deepest emotions I adore that feeling. I often cry. My tears might be tears of sadness triggered by a sad passage but sometimes I’m crying because I’m immersed in a book that speaks to me through the author’s voice. Equally, when I write a powerful paragraph I have the same depth of feeling. There is nothing like the power of words, words can thrill, shock and transport you to places you have never been before.

3/ How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

It has been such a phenomenal experience. It will be interesting to see how my writing process will change with book two –The Curse of Time is a series. The next book’s framework has already been written. Recently, I had the idea of incorporating the Midsummer Chronopage (which features a mythological fly,) into book two so I will be adding some extra passages/chapters to the narrative and looking at how this fits with the plot as a whole. Also I will be paying attention to constructive, well-written reviews to see how my readership responds to my book.

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4/ Do you base your characters on real people?

Some of my characters are based on facets of one or two people amalgamated together! I love observing people’s idiosyncrasies; listening to conversations, seeing how people dress, walk, move… From these impressions I create a character bank in my mind for future projects.

5/ What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?

I’d like to give up full-time work! Working part-time would be ideal; I’d still have lots of anecdotes from my working life to inspire me to create characters. I currently work as a receptionist and I meet lots of visitors from different backgrounds and cultures. This is a perfect job for a nosy writer!

6/ Does a bad review affect your writing?

I haven’t had a really bad review and I hope this continues. My reviews range in star rating, some reviewers have ratedThe Curse of Time #1 Bloodstone five stars, some four and a few have rated it three stars. I think this demonstrates the authenticity of my reviewers. If I had all five star reviews I’d be suspicious! I do believe that reading a book is and should be a very subjective experience. Some people might not like my book, I get that, I just hope that the majority do!

7/ What’s next? Are you working on another book?

I am working on the second book in The Curse of Time series which I have entitled, The Curse of Time Book 2 – Golden Healer. In the second book in the series expect the growing friction between the protagonist Amelina and the antagonist Ryder to escalate. Ryder will introduce the reader to his birthplace, a place you would never want to visit and he will reveal aspects of his darker, shadowy side which have been partially hidden by his hypnotic personality. Be prepared to fly away with The Grasshopper to meet the most twisted rollercoaster you have ever imagined.

Beware-Time is indeed a cruel, relentless monster.

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Illustrations by Carolina Russo


Fun facts about Marje:

  1. I wish I could be wonder woman or MJ from Spiderman.
  2. I adore crystals, alternative therapies, the unusual and the strange. I’m a qualified Aromatherapist, Reflexologist, (I no longer work as a therapist instead I devote my spare time to reading, writing, blogging and reviewing.)
  3. Some say that I am a white witch…my blogging friends confer and have included me in the Sisters of The Fey, a writerly collaboration.
  4. My husband can’t remember asking me to marry him and neither can I. He suspects I cast a spell on him!
  5. I have travelled to many foreign destinations, including: Papua New Guinea, Fiji, the Caribbean, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Rome, Venice, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium and Portugal. I would love the funds to travel some more!
  6. I currently work as a receptionist in a massive building, home to twenty companies. In quiet moments I observe peoples’ mannerisms, listen to snippets of gossip and dream up new story ideas.
  7. I love food! Asian food and anything spicy, yum…My mother is Malaysian and my father is Scottish so I grew up with a very varied diet.
  8. My motto is to do what you love! Stay true to your heart’s desires, remain young at heart, and inspire others to do so, even if the odds are stacked against you like black-hearted shadows.
  9. I studied Communication Studies at University, (marketing, media studies, public relations, etc.) My degree is coming in mighty handy now.
  10. I love cats but don’t own one (my husband and daughter are allergic,) so I adopted a virtual black cat called Lily who looks like my black cat character Shadow in my book:


Social Media:

Authors Website:

Collaborative blog:

Twitter: @Marjorie_Mallon and @curseof_time

My Facebook Authors/Bloggers Support Group:





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40 Responses to “Blog Tour: The Curse of Time by M J Mallon”

  1. mihrank at 11:31 pm #

    Vashti – hope all is well with you and welcome back…In regard your treat, indeed its excellent gift for the weekend and enjoy all her presentation, well done and great work for both of you!!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q at 11:41 pm #

      Hi Mino! I am feeling better today. The last few days were kind of a blur. Thank you very much for visiting and for your wonderful comment. I’m happy you enjoyed the feature. 😀 xx

      Liked by 3 people

    • Marje @ Kyrosmagica at 2:32 am #

      Hi Mihran I am blessed by having such lovely friends. Vashti is a treasure. Hope she is relaxing and getting well after her surgery. Thank you for your kind interest in The Curse of Time and so glad you enjoyed the presentation. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • mihrank at 2:34 am #

        Marjie – I am simply humbled and grateful for you lines and beautiful words. I consider both of you a talent of excellence and elite.

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      • Marje @ Kyrosmagica at 2:40 am #

        Ahh, I’m speechless Mihran, wow what a lovely comment. You are so talented. Happy Sunday to you! 🙂

        Liked by 2 people

  2. Soooz at 11:33 pm #

    What a great post! I’m delighted to meet author M J Mallon! “There is nothing like the power of words, words can thrill, shock and transport you to places you have never been before.” Therein lay the reason for the passion we all put into our writing. I do hope that you will include Australia in your travel bucket list. Congratulations. Thanks so much for the post and the introduction to a new author on my horizon, Vashti. 🦋

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q at 11:46 pm #

      Hi Soooz! I am thrilled that you enjoyed meeting, Marje. She’s not only a talented writer, but also a kind, fun and quirky person. It’s been a pleasure getting to know her. I’m so happy you liked the post. 😀 xx

      Liked by 2 people

      • Soooz at 1:04 am #

        My pleasure, Vashti! I look forward to learning more about Marje and her work.🦋

        Liked by 2 people

    • Marje @ Kyrosmagica at 2:44 am #

      Hi Sooz so lovely to connect with you. I have relatives in Perth Western Australia and visited there when I was just a tender young thing! Would love to go back and see more of Australia one day. Thank you for your sweet comment and encouragement. 🙂

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  3. Marje @ Kyrosmagica at 2:22 am #

    Oh Vashti I hope you are ok after your surgery. You did me proud what a beautiful presentation. Love it. Thank you so much for being such a kind, lovely friend. I am so happy I connected with you via blogging. You are a treasure. Hugs. Much love Marje xxx

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q at 3:23 pm #

      I’m doing much better, especially after getting off the pain meds. They’re the worse and I couldn’t wait to get off them, even if that meant suffering a little pain.
      Yay! I’m so happy you like your feature, Marje! It was a pleasure doing it for you and introducing you. I’m happy we’ve met and became friends too. ❤ Hugs & Kisses ❤

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      • Marje @ Kyrosmagica at 2:39 am #

        I’m so glad you’re doing better Vashti. I remember what it was like after I had my gallbladder surgery and like you I couldn’t wait to get off the pain meds. Take care. Xxx

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  4. olganm at 5:20 am #

    Good luck to Marjie and I hope you recover quickly, Vashti. Take care!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q at 3:26 pm #

      Thank you, Olga! I’m feeling much better. I’m sure Marje will be grateful for the good luck wish. 😀


    • Marje @ Kyrosmagica at 4:09 pm #

      Hi Olga. Thank you so much and wishing Vashti a speedy recovery. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Kester James Finley at 11:11 am #

    Oh, noes about the surgery! I hope you get back to awesome soon! Sending you well wishes and positive energy. 😀 Thanks so much for hosting, Marje, the book sounds amazing and I loved hearing about her process and fun facts!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q at 3:30 pm #

      Hi Kester! Your well wishes mean a lot. I’m recovering quickly according to my doc and feeling much better. Thank you for being such a sweet friend. It is a pleasure hosting, Marje. I’m happy you enjoyed her feature. ❤ xx

      Liked by 1 person

    • Marje @ Kyrosmagica at 4:11 pm #

      Hi Kester. Thank you for your kind words and interest in my book. 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

  6. Kester James Finley at 11:12 am #

    Reblogged this on The Angry Scribbler.

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  7. watchingthedaisies at 1:15 pm #

    Thank you for a lovely interview Marje. Best wishes with your second book. Vashti I hope you feel better soon. 🌼

    Liked by 2 people

  8. D.L Finn, Author at 12:03 pm #

    Enjoyed learning about you Marje! Congrats on your debut…sounds like a fascinating read. Great cover!

    Hope you are recovering Vashti! Sorry to hear that you have been not feeling well.

    Liked by 2 people

  9. robbiesinspiration at 1:41 pm #

    I hope you are feeling better, Vashti. Lovely to see Marje over here. I would also prefer to work part time. I am looking into that option and have some interviews set up.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q at 1:52 pm #

      It’s been lovely having Marje on the blog. 🙂 Good luck with your interviews, Robbie. I hope you get a great part-time job. I am feeling much better. Thank you! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

    • Marje @ Kyrosmagica at 6:39 am #

      Hi Robbie. Good luck with your interviews and thank you for popping by to support me on Vashti’s lovely blog home. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Tina Frisco at 9:52 pm #

    Lovely of you to host, Marje, Vashti, and nice to learn more about her. Wishing you a speedy recovery, and don’t worry about us. We’re not going anywhere 🙂 ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q at 10:43 pm #

      Aw, that’s so sweet, Tina! Thank you for the support and well wishes. ❤ Marje is a talented and lovely person, so it's my pleasure. 😀

      Liked by 2 people

    • Marje @ Kyrosmagica at 6:41 am #

      Thank you Tina. Glad you enjoyed my visit to Vashti’s. She did me proud even though she’s been poorly. Vashti’s a gem. 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

  11. Sorry to hear you’ve had to have surgery, Vashti. I hope you’re on the mend now and making a speedy recovery?
    I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Marje, in person, a few times. A lovely lady who is very kind and supports many of her fellow writers and authors. I’m looking forward to seeing her at The Bloggers Bash next month.
    Take care.

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    • Vashti Q at 12:33 pm #

      Hello Hugh! I am recovering quickly and feeling so much better. Thank you very much for the well wishes. The Bloggers Bash is such a wonderful event! I’m hoping to make it over there some day. I’d love to meet you, Marje and so many others in person. That would be a thrilling experience. Thanks again and have a great weekend! 😀 xx

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