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Book Launch for Golden Healer

Posted on: February 5, 2022

Today I am pleased to be part of the virtual book launch for author MJ Mallon’s book, Golden Healer. I have been waiting for this, the second book in her YA series- The Curse of Time, and it proves to be as intriguing as her first book, Bloodstone.


Dedicated to the one and only rollercoaster that I ever rode. It was in Portugal, and I was on holiday with my young family. I’ll never forget that day, I overcame my fears and rode a rollercoaster with the encouragement of my much-loved family, my husband, David, and daughters Natasha and Georgina. So, it’s time to ride another rollercoaster… I hope you will come along with me for this crazy ride! Let’s meet our fears together…

Blurb – Golden Healer

Golden Healer is The 2nd in The YA Paranormal Adventure Series – The Curse of Time.

I didn’t think my life could get any weirder, until the dreaded rollercoaster…

Amelina Scott’s destiny is to be a Krystallos: a magician of light, chosen to learn the ways of crystal magic on her 16th birthday. Located on a river pathway in a mysterious part of Cambridge, the Crystal Cottage is guarded by mythical beings.

Unfortunately, there are those who seek to harm this haven of light. Learning of Ryder – a Shadow Sorcerer with hypnotic powers – Amelina discovers that her own magic is now threatened and that the Curse of Time might be unleashed again.

As secrets abound and the creatures of the Chronophage come alive, can Amelina become the true magician she needs to be?

A unique, imaginative mystery full of magic-wielding and dark elements, Bloodstone is a riveting adventure for anyone interested in fantasy, mythology or the world of the paranormal.

NOTE: This book contains mention of self-harm, mental health issues and alludes to the potential dangers of sexual attraction, which may trigger younger/sensitive readers.

My alter ego is MJ – Mary Jane from Spiderman. I love superheroes!


M J Mallon was born in Lion city Singapore, a passionate Scorpio with the Chinese Zodiac sign of a lucky rabbit. She spent her early childhood in Hong Kong. During her teen years, she returned to her father’s childhood home, Edinburgh where she spent many happy years, entertained and enthralled by her parents’ vivid stories of living and working abroad. Perhaps it was during these formative years that her love of storytelling began bolstered by these two vivid raconteurs. She counts herself lucky to have travelled to many far-flung destinations and this early wanderlust has fuelled her present desire to emigrate abroad. Until that wondrous moment, it’s rumoured that she lives in the UK, in the Venice of Cambridge with her six-foot hunk of a rock god husband. Her two enchanting daughters have flown the nest but often return with a cheery smile.

Her motto is to Do what Your Heart Desires.

And her favourite genre to write is fantasy/magical realism because life should always be sprinkled with a liberal dash of extraordinarily imaginative magic!

Accolades: M J is a finalist in the Fantasy category of N. N. Light’s Book Award for her novel Bloodstone and a finalist in the International author award. She has also contributed best-selling short stories to Dan Alatorre’s Box Under The Bed anthologies.

Authors Links:

Authors Website: https://mjmallon.com
Authors Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/M-J-Mallon/e/B074CGNK4L

Buy Link Bloodstone (multiple platforms): https://books2read.com/u/bOyrgW

Next Chapter Publishing Author Page:https://www.nextchapter.pub/authors/mj-mallon
Twitter: @Marjorie_Mallon – https://twitter.com/Marjorie_Mallon 

Authors Bloggers Rainbow Support Club on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/1829166787333493/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17064826.M_J_Mallon

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/m-j-mallon 

Author Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjmallonauthor/

Bookstagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjm_reviews/

My review of Bloodstone

For someone who doesn’t usually read fantasy, this YA novel caught my interest. The teenage characters in the book are very real with typical issues such as lack of confidence, jealousy, confusion, parental disagreements, and volatile friendships. Amelina comes from a dysfunctional family with a paranormal twist. If she can figure out the curse, perhaps her family could be happy once more. In her quest, she meets a self-harming girl locked in a mirror, a heartthrob boy with a mean side, a cottage full of amazing crystals and an old woman with sage advice. I like that the story is based on a real clock, the Corpus Chronophage clock, in Cambridge, England. (Chronophage means time-eater). There is some time travel in the story, which I love. There’s a lot happening in this very descriptive book and not everything is explained. But that is because it is the first book in a series. I look forward to reading more about Amelina and her quirky friends. 5-star review on Goodreads by Darlene Foster

I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Other books by MJ Mallon

60 Responses to "Book Launch for Golden Healer"

Thank you so much Darlene and for including your review for Book 1. <3. Happy Saturday! x

My pleasure, Marje. I hope you sell tons of books. xo

Thank you Darlene. I hope so! X

Thanks for the information, and the introduction to M. J.’s new book, Darlene! Bloodstone is a very interesting read, a real page turner. But i have not finished yet, as i found a lot of new vocables for me. I am a little word grabber. Lol Congratulations to M. J., and to both of you best wishes for the weekend! xx Michael

Thanks for the reblog, Micheal. I love that you are a word grabber. Have a great weekend yourself! xo

Thank you, Darlene! 🙂 xx Michael

I love the idea of being “a little word grabber,” Michael!

Thanks, Liz! Lets hope all the words will feel well, in my brain. Lol Have a nice weekend! xx Michael

You’re welcome, Michael! I’m sure all the new words will feel happy and appreciated in your brain.

Thank you so much Michael, for the reblog and for reading Bloodstone and word grabbing! Hope you are enjoying. 🙂

Thank you as well for writing such wonderful books, Marje! Oh yes, its a wonderful read. I am so sorry for my slow reading. Have a nice weekend! xx Michael

Take your time Michael. 🙂 Happy weekend to you too. x

All the best to Marje for a successful launch of Golden Healer!

Thank you so much Liz. Its been quite a challenge so glad it’s here now!

What a fabulous review, Darlene! I am going to read Bloodstone before I open this one, but I am intrigued by the series! Thank you for sharing and congrats to Marje!!

I would definitely read Bloodstone first. Enjoy!

Jan, thank you would definitely read Bloodstone first. Many thanks. 🙂

What beautiful covers, Marje. I haven’t read these yet, but time is fascinating. there is so much mystery around. I’ve developed into it myself in my early books and really enjoyed the research. Best of luck with this launch!

Thank you Jacqui yes I agree, time, crystals and magic fascinate me.

The covers are fabulous!

HI Darlene, thanks for hosting Marje with her new book. It sounds like a good one.

Marje worked long and hard to get this one out. Happy to help her with the launch.

Thank you Robbie. So kind of Darlene a real treat to be on her blog! X

You are the perfect supporter, Darlene: Book promotion is a two-way street and your have done justice to Golden Healer. She is a “lucky rabbit” to have your endorsement. :-d

Thanks, Marian. With in-person events limited, we all need an extra hand at promoting our books.

Absolutely I am a lucky rabbit! Thanks to Darlene x thanks Marian x

Thank you for another awesome review, Darlene. I especially love the book’s dedication — how cool is that??!!

I thought the dedication was very clever.

I thought about this just as a last minute thing but I love it!

Thanks Darlene for the introduction!

Thank you for the introduction to Marje. Heading over to Amazon.ca now!!

Always glad to introduce new authors to readers.

Thank you Rebecca. That’s awesome and thank you Darlene. ❤

Yes, to roller coasters! I may be a wimp when it comes to handling snakes, but I’ll take the thrill of a coaster any day. I also don’t read fantasy much, but I’ve read more in the last year than any year prior.

I’ve started to read more fantasy lately too. Is that indicative of the times, perhaps?

Yes definitely! Escape reality… x

Ah, good to know! Lol. Thanks for chatting Pete. 🙂

Hi Darlene, this sounds like a great start to a series. I haven’t read a lot of books with a paranormal element, but I like how you say that the characters in this story have real teenage problems. I think that is the kind of thing that connects with readers Thanks for sharing!

The teenagers are very real, even if they have some magical qualities.

Thank you and to Darlene. I’m the oldest teenager in town! Lol

Thanks Darlene for the introduction to M. J. Mallon. I have been looking for books that might interest Lucas and I think this fits the niche.

If he likes fantasy, he’ll like this series.

Thank you Bernadette. Hope he enjoys!

It’s wonderful to see Marje’s book getting so much press, Darlene. Congrats to Marje on the release. And what a gorgeous cover!

The cover is great! They make a wonderful set.

Darlene, a lovely introduction to Golden Healer and good luck to Marje on its release. It sounds like a fascinating second book in the series and I like how she drew on her rollercoaster experience to begin the book! I loved learning more about Marje and totally agree that ‘life should always be sprinkled with a liberal dash of extraordinarily imaginative magic’!

Extraordinary imaginative magic can get us through a lot!!

Yes magic is a must Annika and Darlene! x

Congratulations on your new release, Marje! How wonderful that you included your book review for Bloodstone, Darlene. Thank you for hosting!

It’s so lovely to see Marje’s new book here, Darlene, she is having a wonderful blog tour. Congratulations to her! Toni x

Yes, she is getting the word out!

tx for introducing us to another interesting author, Darlene!

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