"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

Stories & Poems

Wednesday 2nd November 2011

Sometimes if we arrive early at school we wait in the car until the bell rings. Quite often we have a game of "I Spy" although this has evolved in recent weeks to Wotsit - a game Junior is really good at.

This morning we were discussing homework. The current class topic is The Fairground and there has been some interesting and creative work to be getting on with. Last night Junior designed a board game with a funfair theme and he did a smashing job.

Another piece of homework requires him to write a poem about the fairground. This is less appealing to him since it requires a fair amount of writing. In an attempt encourage him I explained that as a little girl this would have been my dream homework. Being asked to write a story or poem was far from a chore for me. In fact I would often choose to immerse myself in writing during my spare time. I didn’t need to be asked!

“But it’s hard” groaned Junior.
“Not really” I replied chirpily “I could probably knock up an acrostic poem in two minutes”
“Go on then” challenged Junior, pulling back his sleeve to look at his watch.

Rising to the challenge I grabbed a scrap of paper and pen and set to work.   
This is what I came up with (in just under two minutes much to the annoyance/delight of Junior)

The Roller Coaster

Rattling along
On metal tracks
Everyone screaming
Regretting getting on.

Come to the Funfair
Over by the pier
And if you buy a ticket
Someone will let you ride
The Roller Coaster
Exciting and Scary
Ride of your life!
©Hazel Allan 2011

The Ghost Train

Gruesome, ghastly
Haunted House
Orange lights
Screams and shouts
Terrify me!

Through a tunnel
Round a bend
A ghost jumps out
I grab my friend
Never again the Nightmare Express.
©Hazel Allan 2011