The Dark Place by Stephanie Rogers #BookReview #BlogTour

When you look at those you love, what do you see?

When Issy, young mother and beloved daughter, seemingly kills herself her family is devastated.

Believing she would never leave son Noah willingly, Jon and Mel determine to discover what really happened to Issy. As they and the rest of the family struggle to come to terms with tragedy, Jon and Mel start to realise Issy’s secrets come from a very dark place…

It's my pleasure to be hosting the blog tour for The Dark Place by Stephanie Rogers today. Many thanks to the author, Manatee Books and Tracy Fenton for inviting me and for my digital copy of the novel.

The opening chapter of The Dark Place briefly introduces the reader to Issy as she returns home following her first year at university. We learn very little about her here, other than she is the mother of a young son, Noah who is cared for by her parents and she seems to struggle to know how to relate to him. The moment when her life comes to a sudden and violent end is a shocking …

Angels & Magic Collection - #GuestPost by Amanda J. Evans


These Aren’t Your Typical Angels

Angels aren’t defined by good works. Demons aren’t defined by darkness. In the world of Angels & Magic, all bets are off. This is a world of fantasy and magic, a place where angels are struggling lost souls just like you or I. They’re in need of help and guidance and it’ll take the unlikely soul to set things right.

I'm delighted to tell you about three fabulous box sets featuring stories about angels and the angelic world on Hair Past A Freckle today; and to welcome one of the contributing authors, Amanda J. Evans who has very kindly written a guest post about her story. First though, let's have a closer look at the collections.


This Angels & Magic limited edition collection  is a starter box set of urban and epic fantasy full novels written by the following eleven bestselling and award-winning authors who give you a look at what it means to be a hero, wings or not.

Melinda Kucsera
L.C. Ireland
C.L. Coffey
Aldrea Alien
Zara Hoffman
R.M. Gauthier
Carissa Andrews
Amanda J Evans
Lexi C. Foss
Emily Martha Sorensen
A.J. Flowers

This box set is widely available and can be purchased from various retailers here. It's currently for sale at a special introductory price but only until 9th June so don't miss your chance to grab a brilliant bargain!


The free Angels & Magic Bonus Collection of urban and epic fantasy short stories from seven bestselling and award-winning authors is only available for a limited time. It can be ordered from various stores here.


Wings & Wonder is an additional collection, exclusive to Kindle and currently available at a special introductory price of just 99p on Amazon UK and 99¢ on Amazon US. This box set of urban and epic fantasy NEW novels is available for a limited time and features four stories from these best selling and award-winning authors;

Joynell Schultz
Ono Ekeh
Mary Ting
Emily Martha Sorensen

If that's not enough to tempt you then it's my pleasure now to introduce Amanda J. Evans to the blog with a guest post about her story, The Cursed Angels which features in the full box set of eleven novels.

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The Cursed Angels

When I saw the submission call for an Angels & Magic themed boxset I immediately jumped at the chance to be involved. The theme itself conjured up so many different story ideas and excitement. My fingers twitched to start writing. 

After being approved, the writing began and at first, I wasn’t sure what I was going to write, but sitting with a cup of tea, characters and ideas began to form. I don’t plan what I’m going to write and instead pick up my pen and start writing. I did the same for this book and the first couple of sentences set up the rest of the book. The Cursed Angels begins with one of my main characters, Clara, talking about her grandma and the visions she has. Clara believes that the magic gene skipped her and instead died with her sister Sarah. That is until she has a vision of her own where she sees two people; one surrounded in light, the other in dark shadows. She rushes to tell her grandma and finds out about the ancient curse and the angel brothers. 

Chapter 2 introduces readers to Flynn, one of the cursed angels. I immediately fell in love with his character as I wrote him. He’s genuine, sincere, and very much a lost soul. Flynn was born resembling a dark angel and the curse that was placed on him and his twin brother keeps his light soul hidden. He is an outcast and wants nothing more than to find a way to remove the curse so others will see the real him. His brother Jonathan is truly evil. Born to look like a light angel he enjoys playing the part and causing destruction and despair. 

This book is very much a YA novel. Clara is just turning eighteen and Flynn and Jonathan appear eighteen although they have been around for lot longer than this. I love writing YA as there are so many avenues to explore. In this book, we have Clara who feels jealous of her dead sister and the guilt eats at her. We also have Flynn who struggles with outside appearances and wants nothing more than for people to see who he truly is inside. Jonathan is the opposite and wants to keep his truth hidden at all costs. 

There’s magic, mystery, mayhem, and lots of danger as the story unfolds and Clara has to come to terms with some family secrets that soon come to light. She soon discovers the reality of having magic and the danger she is placed in. 

This book will probably best suit readers who enjoyed Fallen by Lauren Kate and Josephine Angelini’s books. It will also appeal to readers who enjoy magic and first love. You can read The Cursed Angels as part of the Angels & Magic boxset and if you want to learn more about Flynn and Jonathan and how their curse came to be, The Cursed Angels Prequel short story is included in the Angels & Magic Bonus Collection which is now free on all platforms. 

About the Author
Amanda J Evans is an award-winning writer of paranormal and fantasy novels as well as children’s stories. Amanda lives in Oldcastle, Co. Meath, Ireland with her husband and two children. She was published in several journals and anthologies in 2016 and 2017. Her first novel Finding Forever won Best Thriller in the 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards and her second novel Save Her Soul won Silver for Best Paranormal in the Virtual Fantasy Con Awards 2017. Amanda has a publishing deal with Handersen Publishing and her first children’s book, “Nightmare Realities” was released on the 25th of September 2017. Her latest story, Hear Me Cry, a fantasy romance telling of the old Irish myth of the banshee released as a standalone novella on the 16th May 2018. Amanda is also the author of Surviving Suicide: A Memoir from Those Death Left Behind, published in 2012.  You can find out more on her website www.amandajevans.com or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/amandajevanswriter

Thank you so much, Amanda, I love the sound of The Cursed Angels. Many thanks also to C.L. Coffey for contacting me about these intriguing sounding collections, I think they sound brilliant, particularly at the current introductory prices!

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