Name – Val Tobin
Age – Fifty-three
Where are you from – Ontario, Canada
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
A Canadian who hates winters, I muddle through by spending as much time as possible snuggled up with a book.
I studied literature and philosophy at the University of Waterloo, then switched to computers and got a diploma in Computer Information Systems from DeVry. While I worked in the computer industry, I received a Bachelor of Science in Parapsychic Science from The American Institute of Holistic Theology (AIHT). I’m currently working on a thesis for a master’s in Parapsychology from AIHT.
During those years, I also became a Reiki Master/Teacher and an Angel Therapy Practitioner® with Advanced Standing trained by Doreen Virtue, PhD in Kona, Hawaii.
I have two kids and three grandkids, and live with my husband and cat.
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An informative and enlightening compendium from published authors – and all for less than the price of an average coffee. Brilliant fun. I was entertained by the stories and anecdotes in each of the authors’ publishing journeys, and it was interesting to see the various walks of life that culminated with the same thing: writing.
This book is not a manual of how to write; more of an informal chat between friends. Reading it felt heart-warming, like a twenty-six person group hug. If you feel lonely on your writing journey, or simply wonder ‘how it is’ for someone else, read it. You’ll be glad you did.
Book review By Ella Medler. Author/Editor
The book is written in casual manner, from the heart, by authors as if they were sitting with you in conversation sharing their personal thoughts. It should not be taken as a college textbook nor searched for typos. I believe that defeats the book’s overall intent.
Many of these authors are friends and I enjoyed reading their views to questions and learning from their experiences. The publishing industry is swiftly changing and I find that all information about the writing world is beneficial.
“TV series” length episodes in a book…. A whimsical series for Teens, YA, and all those young at heart… There is something very evil lurking in the woods surrounding Witchwood Estate…
Book 1 on Goodreads HERE
Witchwood Estate blog HERE
– Includes spells –
Alexandria Santorini learns as a child that she comes from a long line of Harvey witches. Now, as a teenager, Alexandria must say goodbye to Catnip Cottage and the Barnabys, her loving guardians for the last twelve years, and go home to Ferntree Falls to claim her inheritance. Witchwood Estate. The home where she was born and her parents were murdered. Her journey home becomes even more sinister, however, when she discovers that there are those who have other plans for her and her new friends…
What a delightfully magical read! For the young at heart or others who don’t fear to dream. I enjoyed it so much! The wonderfully created world that you have so vividly written is easily envisaged! Katrina Whittaker
Book 2 in the Witchwood Series, Ferntree Falls, is due out in April. The print version of book one and two combined in May 2013.
I hope you will try Witchwood Estate, and enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing !
Where you can download:
Available from all online stores soon. Or you can buy it right now from Smashwords
Book 2 on Goodreads HERE
Book also includes witchcraft terminology at the end of the book.
Goodreads listing HERE
Book also includes spells and witchcraft terminology at the end of the book.
Book 1 and 2 Double Print Edition
Book 3 release July 2013
Further details HERE
Book 4 due for release early 2014
Episodic, TV series length episodes from 99c
5.0 out of 5 stars SPELLBINDING!!!!
You see, the book is truly a work of genius!!!
The main character is a young girl by the name of Alexandria, by she goes by Alex. And after many years of being of being away from her home ; she is finally going home. She is going to claim her birth right. Witchwood Estate. a long her journey other she meets a young man by the name of Andrew(who is a ghost).
Now the estate has always belonged to her and is the home of all her family ‘s spirits.
The plot is pure captivating and imitative!!! The way that the author works the magic spells into the story is so awesome. The scenes and the characters come alive right before your eyes.
This book is totally Genius!!! And it is a MUST read for ya and even adults. I give this book a total of 20 stars even though I can only put 5 stars . Patti Roberts you are awesome and Genius and your imagination is truly amazing.
Edited by Tabitha Ormiston-Smith & Ella Medler
Web page HERE
Book 1 currently free from all online stores.
Book 5 due out late 2015
For those that love Witches, Ghosts and other enchanting characters, I am in the process of writing a book just for you.
Alexandria Santorini must say goodbye to Catnip Cottage and the Barnabys, her
loving guardians for the past twelve years,
and go home to Ferntree Falls
to claim her inheritance
— Witchwood Estate —
before it is too late.
On her journey, however, things take an
unexpected turn when Alexandria befriends
Andrew, a ghosts on a quest to find his
one true love.
A story about witches, ghosts and other creatures — that are only supposed to exist
in story books.
“Every time I read another book from Patti Roberts her imagination amazes me.”
Facebook Page – HERE
Goodreads Page – HERE
Official Editors: Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
Brainstorming: Leslie Hansford
Poet: Chris Taylor
“The daylight now faded from within my heart,
A veil now between us that keeps us apart,
You’re gone from this realm, but you’re still in my soul,
As I lay on this ground, where you rest still and cold,
If tears could bring you, back here to my arms,
I’d cry out an ocean, of moist crystal charms,
Child of the moon, who brought light to my world,
Here in this place, on your tomb I lie curled.”
The Pagan Wildwood – Facebook
Witchwood Estate Characters
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As readers of Ms Roberts’ work will be aware, this is the third book in a series about fallen angels, and a love that transcends space and time.
My remarks are primarily about Bound by Blood, but in a more general way can be taken to apply to the series as a whole as published to date, comprising the first three books.
The story is gripping and well told, and it seems clear that Ms Roberts has carefully planned out the whole series before starting. The world in which the action takes place is convincing and believable, provided that one can accept the idea of fallen angels as vampires. Some readers may find this theologically questionable, but in a work of fantasy fiction these things are perfectly allowable. With all of the vampire fiction that is constantly spawning these days, it was refreshing to find a genuinely original take on the subject.
The action moves swiftly and the book is a real page turner. The characters are beautifully drawn and quite believable. I was quite delighted with it, and will certainly look forward with pleasure to the advent of further books in the series. This is in spite of the fact that in general I find vampires appallingly tedious.
In the few places where sexual activity is depicted, it is treated with delicacy and restraint. I wish more modern writers would exert such control.
Ms Roberts is a seasoned writer and has quite obviously spent many years developing her craft. To me, this book is like a richly embroidered sampler, demonstrating her mastery of many techniques.
The voices of the different characters use different language and are most believable. The tone of the writing varies according to the subject matter, and at different times we are treated to low comedy, spine-chilling horror, romance and at times the true Gothic tone. Ms Roberts’ descriptions of scenes are a particular treat, and in my opinion her ability in this area stands with that of Dickens. At different times we see used past tense, present tense, first and third persons, all with equal facility, and, which is even more rare, used appropriately to further the impact of the work. I was glad to see no instances of the egregious second person narrative.
I have only one serious criticism to make of this work, and that is that the suspense ending prevents the book from standing alone, as a truly perfect novel must be able to do.
Overall, I was delighted with the book, and its preceding books, and I believe that in this writer we have a truly major talent.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Bound By Blood is the third instalment in the Paradox series, and what a sweet treat it is! If book one – The Angels Are Here – was a promising beginning and book two – Progeny Of Innocence – a tantalizing dip into this gloomy and mysterious realm ruled by the Grigori, the Fallen Dark Angels, Bound By Blood connects the dots and gives depth and understanding to how this whole world came to be.
“The world, and heaven, are a little off-balance at the moment,” Patti Roberts says through the mouth of little Tia Lilly, the Angel of Death. How true. Events, characters and emotions have the ring of authenticity. Patti is very generous in her descriptions and she has the gift of being an incredible storyteller. The ultimate Scheherazade, Patti layers story over story, and nestles myth and legend into each other, so that at every step you’re tempted to wonder – Ah! Is that what happened? Take the legend of St. Valentine, for example.
But I don’t want to give you spoilers. I will say only that the characters are beautiful, very well developed. There is no question in my mind when I read the dialogue as to whose words they are. The storyline takes us back in time and explains in intricate detail the cause and effect, taking the reader full circle, and at the same time Patti continues to develop current events and takes the story forward. The style is smooth and trance-like in places, sharp and dramatic in the battle scenes, enigmatic and sly when Weasel goes about his business, and back to normal contemporary conversation in the human world. Don’t try to guess the outcome – you’ll get it wrong. I’ve never met an author so able to send me on a wild-goose chase, only to make it perfectly clear I should be looking elsewhere for my answers.
I wholeheartedly recommend reading the first two books in the series, if you haven’t already done it. Read them all back to back, but take your time. This is one of those stories you could lose yourself into, a tale to savour and dream about, not something you could cram in a hurry. There is a lot of hidden wisdom in Patti’s words, and it would be a pity to miss it. You never know, you might find in there the odd question you haven’t yet thought to ask, or even the odd answer.
I love this world, I love the characters, I love the entire concept. There is a lot to love in Paradox, and the picture is vivid and real. I would like to point you in the direction of the Paradox site, where you can see the map of Altair, the sigils of the six tribes, family trees, characters, answers to frequently asked questions, and much more:[…] This alone is huge proof of the author’s dedication to her work and also her readers.
This book, and indeed the whole series, is fully deserving of the five stars I’m giving it, and well worth spending some time immersed in its magic. Well done, Patti Roberts.