Lost Valley of the Boardgames

From Ghost Castle to Hotel, via Cluedo, Ludo and pig-themed confusion, get your dice and chose your counter, because we’re taking out some classic board games. We’ll bowl you over with Test Match, get you in a tizz with Twister and try to find the Scalextric car that got lost behind the sofa. It’s game night for Gin & Gentlemen!

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“Self-love brings you back to life” – twin flames

A picture of Jessi. She has long ginger-brown hair and a smile.

Today we’re welcoming Jessi Hersey to the blog to tell us about her children’s books, explaining the concept of twin flames.

The series Twin Flames JayJ was inspired by meeting my own Twin in 2017 at a grocery store. A twin flame is another human being with your same soul, but you both express the same thing differently. This series teaches kids how to deal with their emotions and love themselves. It also shows them how to accept themselves just the way they are. There are three books out presently on Amazon.

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Delivering Papers with Arthur Morgan

In the latest, slightly delayed episode of Gin & Gentlemen, we’re living our Tron fantasy. From the Spectrum’s mighty 48k to the Atari ST via classics including Paperboy, Red Dead Redemption and a curious Tetris-led assault on the Top 40, join us for a (very) personal history of gaming…. with added Japanese Boy! And find out which of our novels we’d turn into games if we could. Plus we’ll open the inkwell and get our gin fizzed, only in Gin & Gentlemen.

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Films We Haven’t Seen

This week in Gin & Gentlemen, we’re counting down the films we haven’t seen that everybody says we should! From Citizen Kane to The Matrix, Sunset Boulevard to Titanic, join Catherine and Eleanor and their special guest, Rick (aka Mr Curzon) as they attempt to plug the gaps in their knowledge of the silver screen. Plus, who’s putting the fizz in our gin and what’s emerging from the Curzon/Harkstead inkwell, only on Gin & Gentlemen!

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The Ghost Garden

Join Catherine and Eleanor for the inside scoop on their new novel, The Ghost Garden. Find out what didn’t make the cut, how plans for a contemporary ghost story turned into a paranormal romance set in 1925 and get a few clues about the spooky mystery at the heart of the story. Plus, who’s putting the fizz in our gin and what horrors are climbing out of the inkwell, all in the latest episode of Gin and Gentlemen!

And don’t worry… there are no spoilers.

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The Ghost Garden: out now

Out now in paperback and ebook. 

Within the tangled vines of a forgotten garden, can a blossoming new love overcome an ancient evil that threatens both the living and the dead?

After losing her brother in the trenches of the Great War, Cecily James is a prisoner of Whitmore Hall, the respected but remote boys’ school where her brutish husband reigns as headmaster. With its forsaken walled garden, a hauntingly tragic past, and midnight footsteps heard from an unoccupied clocktower, Whitmore Hall is a place where the dead are rumored to walk. 

Whitmore Hall is a place filled with mysteries and as a ghost garden emerges from the sun-bleached soil, long-buried secrets cry out to be told. 

When new teacher Raf de Chastelaine blunders into an impromptu seance, Cecily finds an unlikely and eccentric ally. In a world of discipline and respectability, barefoot Raf is unlike any teacher Cecily has ever met. With his tales of the Carpathian mountains and a love of midnight gardening, he shakes Whitmore Hall to its foundations. Could there be more to Raf than meets the eye? And as he and Cecily realise that their feelings run deeper than friendship, dare they dream of a world beyond Whitmore Hall?

As Cecily and Raf team up to unite long-dead lovers and do battle with an ancient evil that has long haunted Whitmore Hall, Cecily finds her chance of happiness threatened by her tyrannical husband. But is the controlling headmaster acting of his own free will, or is he the puppet of a malevolent power from beyond the grave?

Excerpt

1925

The gap between each floorboard seemed to call to Cecily. Drop the ring. But she gripped it even tighter.

She’d cleaned off the dirt after finding the ring in the rose garden. No one ever went behind the ancient brick walls, and Cecily had only braved its thorns and twisted branches to rescue a cricket ball. The pupil who had accidentally knocked it in there had cried, frightened of a telling-off, and Cecily hadn’t had to go far into the overgrown garden to retrieve the ball.

And there had been the ring, half-hidden in the ground as if it had risen up through the drought-parched earth just for her.

Cecily glanced over her shoulder, along the length of the corridor, but Hugh, her husband, was nowhere to be seen. Busy in his study, Cecily supposed as she knocked on the Culpecks’ door.

The late summer sun was dying, throwing a blood-red tide over the floorboards of the masters’ quarters and she knocked again, keen to be in the cozy confines of the Culpecks’ rooms. Somewhere, someone was tuning a piano and she could hear the occasional sound of leather on willow from the playing fields outside, where school life went on as it ever did, as it ever had since she could remember. She was part of the fabric here, as constant as the buildings themselves.

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Ruby Scalera reviews The Ghost Garden

The setting of the old school and the ability with which the authors create a pathway between worlds is undeniable and striking in both its beauty and its sadness. While delving into serious, real-world problems, this story never loses sight of the good in the world, the magic in the air around us, and the joy of home, family, and love.

Read Ruby’s full review on Goodreads.

Dashing Down the Magic Aisle with Dale

In episode #5 of Gin &Gentlemen we’re taking you shopping! Don’t think Harrods and Harvey Nics though, because we’ll be your guide to such delights as Kwik Save, the dreaded A-Team font and some questionable oven chips. Which supermarket thinks petit pois are essential, and how can you combine a game show with a trolley dash? Plus, who’s putting the fizz in our gin and what terrifying beast’s climbing out of our inkwell this week?

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Seaside Strollings with the Brighton Beaux

Join Catherine and Eleanor for the fourth episode of Gin & Gentlemen, where they discuss the unique charms of the British seaside. Join Eleanor in Queen Victoria’s shower and gad about with Catherine to peep at a prince in his pavilion. Plus, find out who’s putting the fizz in our gin this week, only on Gin and Gentlemen!

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