"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

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Annie's Banannie Muffins

"Annie clicked her fingers together as if suddenly remembering something important.
‘Ooh! And switch the oven off while you’re in there—those banana muffins should be ready by now!’
Annie’s words coincided with a strong waft of fresh baking and Bree felt a hollow grumble in the pit of her stomach. Annie Hooten made the best banana muffins within a hundred miles. People came from far and wide for them"

Annie’s Banana Muffins (Chapter 4 ~ Annie Helps Out)

Makes approximately 15 yummy muffins

1oz/25g caster sugar
12oz/340g self-raising flour
Half a teaspoon of salt
12floz/340ml milk
1 egg
2oz/55g butter or margarine
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
2 medium bananas (mashed)

Pre-heat the oven to 400F/200C (Gas Mark 6)
Lay 15 muffin cases out onto a baking tray
Place the sugar, flour and salt into a mixing bowl
In a separate bowl beat the egg, milk and vanilla essence together
Make a hole at the centre of the dry mixture, and then pour the wet mixture into it
Stir briefly (do not beat all the air out of the mixture though!)
Melt the butter in a small saucepan then add it to the batter. Stir well and don’t worry if it all looks a little bit lumpy, it’s supposed to!
Add the mashed bananas to the sticky mixture and stir again (Annie sometimes adds broken walnuts too for extra crunch!)
Spoon the batter into the muffin cases and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until golden on the top
Remove carefully from the hot oven and leave to cool before tucking in (if you can wait that long!)

Delicious for breakfast served warm with runny honey or creme fraicheMmm!