"It starts when a clue inscribed on a Half-Heart Locket leads Bree and her best friends Sandy and Honey to an ancient, magical book. With it they can freeze time, fly and shrink to the size of ants.

But they soon discover the book has a long history of destruction and death. And it's being sought by the monstrous Thalofedril, who will stop at nothing to get it. Using its incredible powers, he could turn the world into a wasteland.

Bree, Sandy and Honey go on the run-hurtling off city rooftops, down neck-breaking ravines, and through night-black underground tunnels-to keep the book out of his lethal hands. Little do they know that the greatest danger of all lies ahead, in the heart of his deadly lair...

Can Bree find the courage to face this terrifying evil, and to confront the secrets of her tragic past?"

Punchy and exciting, this is a thrilling page-turner from a dazzling new talent.


"Eight months after her death-defying escape from Castle Zarcalat, Bree McCready thinks she’s seen the last of the half-heart locket and the dangerous magical book that goes with it... until Honey’s kid sister Mimi disappears.

Suddenly, the locket and the book plunge Bree, Sandy and Honey into a world divided by the mysterious Flame of Irenus. Burning in a secret part of the castle, some think the Flame is the source of peace and light. Others say it brings bloodshed and must be extinguished.

Faced with a bone-crunching race against time to rescue Mimi and find the hidden chamber, Bree must rely on her friends more than ever. But a new boy at school has caught her eye and brought unexpected jealousy... She saved the world once before. Saving her friendships might not be as easy"

The explosive sequel to Bree McCready and the Half-Heart Locket is packed with action, secrets and heartbreak.


"Who would have guessed it? A shy swat, a psycho rebel and a lanky nerd try to save the world...for a third time!

Strange things start to happen at the Halloween funfair, and fourteen year old Bree McCready immediately suspects they have something to do with the half-heart locket.

Sensing trouble, Bree, and her friends Sandy and Honey, seek out the magical book, despite knowing it will take them on yet another terrifying adventure. They embark on an epic journey, which takes them to the Realm of the Lost - a place where normal rules do not apply.

Armed only with The Book and a map, the trio negotiate unknown territory, discovering strange creatures, deadly traps and new friends...only to end up in the darkest place imaginable.

Friendships and loyalties are tested to the extreme as Bree, Sandy and Honey try to fulfil their promise to keep The Book safe from the clutches of evil. Will they finally be able to put their demons to rest?

The third book in the Bree McCready series is another action-packed page-turner, full of surprises, and the darkest of revelations.

"A terrific story that had me hooked from beginning to end. I loved it!" D.A Nelson, author of the award-winning DarkIsle

"Bree McCready and the Half Heart Locket was a superb fantasy adventure but I think Flame of Irenus may be even better" Our Book Reviews Online

"..a good balance of adventure, puzzles, friendship and humour. The action simply doesn't stop so it's very hard to put the book down at the end of a chapter" The Bookbag

"Good friends, actions and thrills, oh my! Bree had all of it" The Book Owl

"5 stars! A marvelous read. Snappier and more action packed than Harry Potter" Our Book Reviews Online

"This tale will have children eagerly flipping the pages to see what comes next and how the story ends" The Supermom

Friday, 26 February 2010

Try this recipe for Zarcalat Scones!

"Don approached a small table in the middle of the room upon which was a large goblet and a platter piled high with hot scones..
An aroma of cinnamon wafted across the room, filling their nostrils and teasing their grumbling bellies.
Don picked up a scone from the pile and broke it in half, to reveal a fluffy, steaming centre..."

Zarcalat Scones (Chapter 15 of "Bree McCready and the Half Heart Locket")

Pre-heat oven to 220C/ 425F or Gas Mark 7

175g/6oz self-raising flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
75g/3oz butter, cut into small pieces
75g/3oz caster sugar
50g/2oz oatmeal
75g/3oz dried cranberries
5-6 tablespoons milk
Beaten egg to glaze

Grease a baking sheet.
Place the flour, baking powder and cinnamon in a bowl.
Add the butter and mix with fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Add the sugar and oatmeal and stir with a big spoon.
Add the cranberries and milk and blend until the mixture forms soft dough. (You might have to get your hands in there so check they’re clean!)
Turn out dough onto a floured surface and roll out to ¼ inch thickness.
Cut out rounds using a 2” cutter (or heart shaped like the photograph)
Transfer the dough circles/hearts to the greased baking tray and brush with the beaten egg - this recipe should make around 10 scones.
Sprinkle some additional oatmeal over the top.
Bake for 10-12 minutes until risen and golden.
The scrumptious scent of cinnamon should fill the house!
Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly, but best served still warm.

Serve split and buttered - delicious!

There are plenty other recipes from the book, just email me at for more ; )

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