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This adventure is better when shared

Howdy, Friends!

It feels like such a long while since I’ve checked in with you lot, the lovely Brewhaha Book Café community. But don’t think I’ve forgotten you!

On the contrary, I’ve been dying to share my latest writing adventures with you. And on that note, I would like to invite you to visit me at my new author page,! You can find out what I’ve been up to in my blog, get the latest scoop on my book releases, and sign up for my VIP Readers’ Club to get my newsletter (with regular freebies;-))

Speaking of freebies, right now I’m giving away my time-travel mystery adventure, Katie Watson and the Painter’s Plotaudiobook. It’s worth $18, but it’s yours to download and listen to today!

In other news, if you’d like to join my Facebook group and keep up at that way, I’ll be sharing news & writing adventures there too! Here’s the latest update…

I’m so grateful for you Brewhaha bunch. You are where this journey started, and I look forward to our adventures in store together!


P.S. — Don’t forget to snatch up your FREE AUDIOBOOK while it’s available! Happy Listening!

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Big News: Book Launch + Giveaway!

Well, Friends, it’s really happening.

Katie Watson and the Painter’s Plot launches this Sunday,

December 10th! 

For those of you who haven’t heard, this is my debut MG novel, written last year during NaNo. Now, over a year later, it’s finally making its way out into the world with River Otter Books.

(You can find out more about the book on my website:

You will find the book on Amazon & in all good bookshops in both print and digital, and as a little bonus, I’ve included a link inside the book to download a free audiobook version. *(hint: look in the inside cover of the ebook!).

And speaking of FREE…

I’m so eager to share this story, I’ve decided to run a 5 DAY FREE PROMO!

That means from 10 – 15 December, you can download the ebook absolutely free.

**So, basically, that picture of the cosy Kindle-reader by the fire could be YOU this 10 December!** 😉

Now for the Contest. drum roll, please …

I’m giving away free signed copies of the book to 2 winners, announced on Dec. 11th. Here’s how to enter for a chance to win one:

  • Visit Amazon (in the site for whichever country you live) on 10 Dec. and download the FREE Kindle version of Katie Waston and the Painter’s Plot
  • Return to this post and leave a comment to say you’ve downloaded!

For a second entry:

  • Share this page on your own site, or post this banner (below) on Social Media
  • Return to this post and leave a comment to say you’ve shared

Need a little mystery this Christmas? Sherlock meets Shakespeare in...-2

I’m truly proud of this book, and I’d love to see it in the hands of folks like you — fellow readers, writers & tea-drinkers!

And of course, please leave me a review on Amazon after you’ve read it. I’d love to know what you thought!

Thank you for all the support, and GOOD LUCK!

Mez Blume


PS. Don’t worry if you don’t have a Kindle. Amazon provides an e-reader download for your device.

PPS. If you’re a reviewer and interested in receiving an advance copy for review, please do get in touch!


Book Review: Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson

Maia is just an ordinary London school girl…until she is orphaned and her only living relatives are discovered to be living in the deepest, darkest Amazon. Yet Maia faces her new life with optimism, willing her newfound cousins to become her best friends, and her new exotic surroundings to yield wonderful adventures.

But despite her positive approach, Maia is drastically disappointed when she meets her new family. Her aunt is a germophobe who prefers to eat canned beets rather than risk a fly on the local fresh fruits; her uncle is a scam artist whose greatest passion is his glass eye collection; and as for the much anticipated cousins… they are spoiled, selfish, disdainful and downright horrid towards Maia whom they see as no better than the native pests they are so eager to avoid.

But all is not lost. Thanks to a kind and loyal heart, Maia manages to find friendship in unexpected places….and with it, an adventure beyond any she could have dreamed up.

Journey to the River Sea is a quest not only for adventure, but for home. And we find, along with Maia, that sometimes the adventures we don’t look for but find ourselves in for the sake of friendship, are the very best kind.

Eva Ibbotson has a special knack for creating  adventure stories with a lot of heart, as meaningful as they are exiting. I found myself rooting for Maia – a lead role who is strong in herself but also deeply caring of others – as she tries to keep her chin up & stay resourceful when facing disappointments. The other characters, both the good and the nasty, are interesting and 3-dimensional, and the plot keeps readers guessing to the very end. I highly recommend picking up this book & taking the journey… to the river sea.

Genre: middle grade adventure

Recommended tea: vanilla Rooibus

New book review: Mystery of Pheasant Cottage (by Patricia St.John)

The Mystery of Pheasant Cottage

By Patricia M. St.John St.John

Lucy Martin leads a simple but happy life with grandparents at Pheasant Cottage. But one question lies dormant in Lucy’s heart and occasionally erupts to upset her quiet life: Why doesn’t she have a father?

Her grandparents are all too happy to speak about their daughter, Lucy’s mother who died when she was born, but when the topic of her father comes up, lips are sealed. With the encouragement of her rash new friend Don, Lucy determines to find her father and reconnect the broken pieces of her family. The quest does not go as planned. For the first time, Lucy find herself literally caught up in an adventure that is over her head. One thing becomes clear: she cannot reconcile her family on her own. Only when Lucy comes to grips with the true meaning behind the old Bible she’s long considered a boring old book, and the Friend within its living pages does she truly come to understand the meaning of forgiveness, love and life beyond death.

Originally published in 1978, The Mystery of Pheasant Cottage is now it its 3rd edition in 2015. St. John writes with a bygone poetic charm, but the story is as relevant as ever. Readers will be drawn into Lucy’s life and longings on a deep level. Be prepared to rejoice and cry with her, right to the last page. An absolutely profound and beautiful story, up there with the classics!

Genre: Middle Grade

Tea: classic English Breakfast

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