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DON’T MISS OUT! TEN DAYS TO GO TO WIN A SIGNED, FIRST EDITION, HARDBACK COPY OF OLD MAGIC!

I am giving away ONE Signed, Hardback, First Edition copy of OLD MAGIC. This book is one of only 500 printed in hardback and sold in the United Kingdom and Australia in the year 2000. Old Magic had many different covers, sold in many different languages, but it is now out of print. No more English-speaking copies will be produced, which makes this giveaway that much more special.

 Josie reading Old Magic 1aWith only ten days to go before this giveaway ends, do you have your entry in yet? This competition is open to anyone, anywhere in the world. It will run for three weeks from June 22, 2018, finishing at midnight on July 13, 2018.

To enter is simple. This is all you have to do:

  • Share this page on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Google, or any other social media site you like
  • Tag two people
  • Then send me an email at: marianne.curley7@gmail.com with the subject heading: Old Magic Competition, letting me know your name and that you have completed the task.

Your name will go into a barrel, and on the 13th of July, someone I trust will randomly select the winning entry. The winner will be notified by email and announced online. 

Good luck . . . Marianne

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Four Covers of Old Magic

A Scene Adapted from Old Magic by Marianne Curley

Hi Everyone

Some years ago, a producer named Sarah Usmen, a recent graduate at the time from a film school  in the US, approached me about making a film of Old Magic. She had very little financing to pull it off but she had enthusiasm and friends, mostly other graduates, who were happy to work on the movie just for the experience. They wrote a good script, held auditions for the roles of Kate and Jarrod, and with the idea of finding more funding, they filmed a scene.

The scene takes place after Jarrod is hurt in the classroom on his first day when a shard of jagged glass flies across the room and lodges in his arm. Kate volunteers to take him to Sick Bay but ends up taking him to her place.

Unfortunately the film didn’t go ahead and this clip is the only scene that was made. See what you think of it and feel free to let me know your thoughts. The Old Magic Adaptation Original Scene is on YouTube under the name of Queens of Waban.

There have been several offers to make my books into movies, and even a TV show, but unfortunately nothing has come of them yet. This scene is the closest any of my books have come to the silver screen.

Guardians of Time Book Four Notice

The Guardians of Time Book Four will be released within the next few months. A confirmed release date and the title will be announced very soon. Keep watching this space for more details.

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The Guardians of Time Original Covers

 

MARIANNE CURLEY DAILY, a Blog by Zuzana Citovská

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MARIANNE CURLEY DAILY 

As a writer for many years there have been times when I’ve been impressed and humbled by what a reader has told me, shown me, or created in regards to my books and the characters within. It’s an absolute thrill and a truly humbling experience to know that my books have helped people through difficult times in their lives, or started them on their reading journey, moved them to the point of making videos, playlists, designing new covers, writing sequels or scripts, and creating works of art. I’m even thrilled when I see someone who has dyed their hair blue, even though 99.9 percent of the time it wasn’t because they wanted to look like Arkarian in The Guardians of Time!

Zuzana Citovská’s dedicated website Marianne Curley Daily continues to grow and display Zuzana’s many talents. Her love of my books and her interpretation of them using the images she’s put together is a wonderful tribute.

I highlighted Marianne Curley Daily some months back, but when I visited it again recently I knew I had to give it another plug so Zuzaná’s imagery can be seen by many more, as it should be.

Thank you, Zuzaná. Your talent and dedication to my books inspires me.

 

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Three Editions of the Guardians of Time

 

 

 

 

What is Your All-Time Favourite Read? “Katherine” by Anya Seton

I have a collection on Google called “Young Adult Books You Can Read More Than Once”, and while writing a post for that the other day I remembered in one of my all-time favourite books, Katherine by Anya Seton, a book I’ve mentioned in interviews and  FAQs quite a few times before, and I thought everyone must have one or more, probably many more. So what is your (or one of your) favourite all-time reads?

Katherine by Anya Seton is a book I read – and wait for this – forty years ago. Yes, I am that old. I was in my teens when I first read this. I loved reading and couldn’t get my hands on enough books at the time. I particularly liked meaty sagas. You know the kind I mean, the book of substance, the book that had an important message to tell, of an event we should never forget, or a book that was based on a true story, or my favourite type – historical fiction. The longer the meaty saga, the more I loved to bury myself in it. A book of a thousand pages would not be daunting to me back then, but would excite me. And yes, I didn’t have many friends. I lived on a farm that was not within walking distance of my school, so it was hard to have anyone come over. I was too young to drive the family car, and my family had only one car at the time with three children older than me. Being shy and awkward didn’t help my social life either. Books were my constant companions. Books were my friends. The school library was one of my favourite places in the world.

I can’t recall how many times I read the true story of Katherine Swynford (Roet) and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, written by Anya Seton, but it was a substantial number. It had everything I loved, especially a to-die-for romance. You know the kind, the dangerous clandestine, cloak-and-dagger affair of a prince with the daughter of an obscure Picard herald who spent five years  in a nunnery and came to Medieval court at fifteen. There were castles and gallantry, knights, lords and ladies, kings and queens, battles and plagues. And though Anya Seton penned “Katherine” more than 60 years ago, other than a change in writing styles from then to nowadays, this novel hasn’t dated and likely never will.

Goodreads says it well: “This classic romance novel tells the true story of the love affair that changed history—that of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, the ancestors of most of the British royal family. Set in the vibrant 14th century of Chaucer and the Black Death, the story features knights fighting in battle, serfs struggling in poverty, and the magnificent Plantagenets—Edward III, the Black Prince, and Richard II—who ruled despotically over a court rotten with intrigue.

“Within this era of danger and romance, John of Gaunt, the king’s son, falls passionately in love with the already married Katherine. Their well-documented affair and love persist through decades of war, adultery, murder, loneliness, and redemption. This epic novel of conflict, cruelty, and untamable love has become a classic since its first publication in 1954.”

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Do you have an All-Time Favourite read?  Or have you read “Katherine” by Anya Seton? Love to hear your thoughts.