Dear mary by karina kantas

We pulled alongside the ship. Its ancient sails still blowing although torn and ragged. The sails were still strong enough to push the ship through the cold and murky sea.

Our crew have been looking for this ship for a very long time. We are a team of investigators that hunt for strange and unexplained happenings on the sea.

There have been so many sighting of ghosts ships but none more than The Mary Celeste, a French clipper that disappeared in the 19th century but had been sighted many times in the distance, but then vanished through a misty haze of fog.

We were the first to have boarded the ghost ship, at least to our knowledge. You could feel the history, the creeks of the wood as we stepped on the bridge and went below to the Galley.

Whispers and ghostly voices followed us. But this wasn’t our first rodeo and anticipation and not fear, drove us on as we travelled through the empty ship.

It wasn’t until we entered the Keel that we first smelt the odour of burnt wood, but then we felt the blazing heat. We ran through to the middle of the ship, pushing the now closed hatches that were stuck solid from age, but we knew differently.

We choked on the smoke as it reached our lungs before the whole ship caught on fire. It was then we heard the ghostly laughter as we all realized that we had not boarded a ghost ship but a Fire Ship. Our screams echoed as the blaze burnt through our clothes and melted our skin. All that was left were ashes that blew away as the ship sailed off into the misty fog.

Karina Kantas © 2021

Karina is a prolific author of 14 fiction novels. She’s also a podcaster, radio host, BookTuber, and a multi-award-winning filmmaker.
You can find all her links and online presence on LinkTree.

Kagan Turns Four, Festive Blog hop

This is for my grandson, Kagan.

Dinosaurs galore

T-Rex romping

Triceratops chomping

Pterodactyl flying

Busha buying

More, more, more . . .

Don’t let Kagan

in the Dollar store!

And then

Dragons descended

Fire breathing

Prey seeking

Fierce and loyal

Ruled the skies

In colors splendid.



Godzilla challenges

All who came before

Godzilla parts

On every floor.



Welcome to four

Can’t wait to see

What’s next in store

Oh no!

Christmas is here

And now


The Jurassic years.

Win a copy of Patchman by collecting all the words, including the one below on each of the blogs in the hop.

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Jump right over to the blog of Stephen Simpson to collect the next word in the search.

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One Christmas, An Anglesey Story

From awarding winning Electric Eclectic author Karen J Mossman, comes a heart-warming Christmas tale.

Tina tells the story of what happened one Christmas time.

Who knew life could change so drastically from one heartbeat to the next. One second, you’re full of wonderous joy, the next …

The holidays are a festive time. For Tina and her family, Christmas is the most magical of all. The tastes, smells, laughter – even the complaints are a part of the traditions and vital to the memories. But one Christmas, tragedy struck and changed everything…

Will Tina be able to rediscover the magic, or has her joy been lost forever?

One Christmas has been rewritten and published by Norns Triad Publications with a beautiful new cover. Available as an eBook and paperback.

At 54 pages long it’s a perfect story to sit beside the Christmas tree with and read over a weekend.

A rollercoaster of emotion, Tina’s tale will melt your heart and take you on a journey as she learns to live and love again.

Karen believes in the happy ever after and wants you to close the last page with a warm glow in your heart.

If you preorder, the eBook will land on your kindle on the 5th of December. Alternatively, order a paperback on publication day. It will make a beautiful gift for your friends and family.

This is a taster of what you will find inside.


So, there we were – Elis and I – sitting together. Elis chatted about his job as a pilot trainer at RAF Valley. I enjoyed the stories he told of the new candidates who took to the skies for the first time. As he spoke, we held hands across the table. The way his fingers felt gave me a connection that excluded everyone else as I listened. 

“You’re exquisite when you look at me like that,” he said, interrupting his story. 

I continued to stare into his eyes, losing myself in their depths. “That’s because I’m listening to every word. You don’t know how sexy your voice sounds.” 

Elis grinned, and my heart fluttered. His eyes flicked right.  

I glanced to see what caught his attention.  There was a woman walking through the room, watching us. 


I spun around and gave her a death glare.  

My sister froze, throwing me a sheepish grin.  ‘Going to the toilet,’ she mouthed and pointed in that direction. 

Leaning back in the chair, I let out a loud sigh. “Elis, meet my sister, Dawn.” 

Karen J Mossman based the book on the area she lives. Anglesey is an island off the north Wales coast.

Published by Norns Triad Publications

Victory 75, Wartime Stories

By Karen J Mossman

I loved being involved in this anthology. Having such great writers Jane Risdon and Julia Blake join us in this collection, really makes it outstanding.

My story gave me an opportunity to write about my grandfather’s wartime experiences. Audrina Lane did the same with hers and we both shared them on this blog when the book first came out.

The Story Behind The Dome of St Paul’s

The Story Behind the 99th Squadron

Stone Cold, a creepy story for Halloween

YA Horror

‘Karina draws a thin line between FACT & FICTION.’

If being bullied through every school Billy went to wasn’t enough, being attacked in her own home just pushed her over the edge.

Now severely depressed and suicidal, Billy takes matters into her own hands and sees a counsellor. After just one session, she’s now on her way to Scotland as a volunteer to help the Professor of Edinburgh university, dig and clean up an archaeological site that has just been discovered.

Although she tries to shy away from the others, not wanting them to find a reason to dislike her, she’s soon accepted as one of them. Without realising it’s happening, she becomes closer to Shane, a motocross enthusiast who has taken her under his wing.

However, whilst working at the site, Billy comes across an unusual stone. She takes it to the Professor to be looked at, but he dismisses it as a pendant probably dropped by a hiker and so threads the stone with a black leather cord and gives it back to Billy.

Only the peace they once had, the friendships they had all formed, get tested as bodies start to pile up.

“A suspenseful short supernatural horror that kept me hooked right up to the last page – I loved the twist at the end.”

A Brand New Addition to Our Electric Eclectic Family

Introducing an exciting new novella by Tony McManus.

Set in Manchester, England and Chiang Mai, Thailand, Ray is a powerful story of abandonment, rejection and betrayal. But also a story of fulfillment, enduring love, an unquenchable friendship and a paradise found.

The author does an excellent job of adding mystery and all the while drawing you into the characters. It may only be small, but this book pulls no punches. It takes you on a journey, from Manchester, via the Isle of Man, over to Bangkok where it finishes up.

Read the full review

To learn more about Tony and his books visit his website. You will also find some short stories to read too.

Don’t Drive By Without Stopping

A Short Hot Romantic Read


Cara had been writing romance since before the break-up of her relationship at college. Although only fairly successful, a chance encounter on her way home from a Book Signing was just what she needed.

Ewan had seen the blond beauty in her red Jaguar F-Type as he drove home from what had turned out to be a career changing day. He could still scarcely believe that he was the Super Bike World Champion but all that fled from his mind when he spotted her. He tried to forget her as they parted ways on the road, but it didn’t work and he had turned around hoping to chase her down. Seeing her parked in a lay-by was just the opportunity he needed to take the plunge.

However, both Cara and Ewan left their lay-by liaison only knowing each other’s first name. The next morning Cara had the advantage of seeing the sports news, but could she take the risk of getting back in touch with him? Would her fears from the past come back to haunt her? Was she just a brief distraction after an adrenaline fuelled day?
Find out how things play out between Cara and Ewan, with a little help from both of their friends Tania and Grayson.

‘I really enjoyed this short book. I love the cover because it depicts the story perfectly. Hot guy, pretty girl. Great romance read, and steamy too!’

Amazon Reviewer

Dare you Venture into The Dark Valley?

‘I would describe this story as a grown up fairy tale. It has dark depths but presented in such a way that it isn’t scary. A magical world where there are evil Crones, old women who are witches and the Trolls, described as ‘A nasty looking creature with green skin and sprouts of black hair sticking up off its head. Its body is round and short, ending with stubby legs and large feet.’

Karen J Mossman


The Dark Valley is a YA Fantasy portraying a strong woman and a start to a romance.

A dark fairy tale with some not very likeable creatures called Trolls who run mines to source precious gems. 

The Crones are witch-like characters who want what every older woman wants – to be young and pretty. They also have magical powers, and they take the soul of the young people to help them achieve this. That is until along came Clarissa who is determined to break the curse on their valley.

I hope you enjoy the story, written in British English, and if you do, why not seek out some of my other work, too?

Claire is a multi genre author and has many books to her name.

Left Wanton in Bangkok? Not for long!

‘In his latest Mike Villiers novella, Tony McManus gets down and dirty on the seamy, corrupt side of life in the Land of Lawless Smiles. In this tale of retribution, Villiers engages ex veteran Jack Miner to help take down those responsible for the death of a Phuket-based American – including the Chalern crime family.
The narrative is fast and relentless: Tony McManus is not one for wasting words.
An excellent, quick read; and highly recommended for fans of a good action yarn (with a lovely twist at the end).’

Writer of Thrillers and Crime Fiction


Crime pays in Thailand. Big time.
Corruption and graft is rampant among its power elites.
It’s mafias, and family crime clans rule. Thai politicians, police, courts and military brass are in their pockets.
Preying on foreigners and ripping off their property is one of the lucrative games they play. And if the
victim fights back, unpleasant things including serious violence, and death befall them.

For Ray Coombs the island of Phuket was paradise. He .married a beautiful girl. He built a beautiful home.
Life was perfect. Then the bad men came and took it from him. He fought back. What followed wasn’t nice.
Then Mike Villiers got involved.

Download Bangkok Wanton Here

Tony McManus