Ghosts & Exiles by Sandra Unerman #BlogTour with #ExclusiveExcerpt

Spellhaven is no more, but its spirits remain.




About the Book:
Tilda Gray hates Spellhaven, the city where her husband was born, even though she has never set foot in the place, and she does not believe in the magic it’s supposed to have held. Now her husband is dead, she would rather avoid any mention of the city. But her sons, Nicholas and James, have befriended Hugo, a young boy threatened by forces none of them understand. When Hugo's uncle and guardian, Stephen Cole, visits the Gray family to ask for help, Tilda agrees against her better judgement. Between them, as they search for ways to banish or at least help Hugo cope with the ghosts that are driving him mad, they seek out the dubious aid of the exiles from Spellhaven. In doing so they must face new dangers and unknown magic, unlike anything Tilda could have believed possible.
Book Details:
Print Length: 300 pages
Publication Date: April 17, 2018
ASIN: B07B24HY9Z
Genre(s): Magical Realism, Historical Fantasy
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Exclusive Excerpt
‘I didn’t know you ever went there.’ Tilda kept her voice neutral. She had been grateful that Rowan never spoke about Spellhaven, the strange island from which the Gray family had fled many years ago. When she had come to London, Rowan had cut her hair, changed her name from the sentimental Rowena to the enigmatic Rowan and thrown herself into the life of a modern art student. Family history or history of any other kind never seemed to interest her.
Now she said, ‘Their painting techniques are hopelessly old-fashioned, but I drop in to the Club now and then to catch up with the gossip. Although not so much lately, because the talk is gloomier every time I go. The place is full of people who have given up life in Germany or Italy and are afraid of what could happen here.’
‘They’re lucky to have somewhere to go.’
‘They know that, in a way, but coming back here makes them think of Spellhaven more than ever, even the ones who scarcely remember the city.’
‘London is full of people trying to help friends on the Continent who can’t get away, or working to prevent the whole of civilization collapsing in another war. Wouldn’t the Exiles be less miserable if they joined in with something real?’
‘Spellhaven is real to them, more real than anything else.’ Rowan put down her sketchpad and looked Tilda in the face. ‘I see Alick’s friends at the Club sometimes. They would like to get to know his sons.’
Tilda turned towards the window, though she could see nothing but reflections of the lamps in the room.
‘Did your mother tell you what happened after Alick died?’
‘When you stayed with my parents in the country? I remember feeling a brute because I bolted back to town after a few days. I couldn’t bear to stay any longer.’
‘I didn’t know what to say to your parents or how to comfort them. So when your mother asked me to visit the Exiles’ Club with her, I agreed. We came up to spend the day there. Only I couldn’t endure it. I ran away.’
‘Hadn’t you been there before?’
‘Alick took me once or twice when we first married. I never liked it much and he was happier going on his own. I didn’t mind. He needed to talk sometimes about the place where he grew up. But I never understood – I never realised what went on there until I met those men who said they were his friends.’
Praise:
‘...Spellhaven is an intriguing novel with no easy answers or way out, which means you can keep rereading it and drawing different conclusions every time. Jane is never going to be entirely happy and settled in life – but would she ever have been, even without her magical summons? 
Refreshingly, it does not appear to be part of a series: that ending ambiguity is all you’re getting and it will keep buzzing at the back of your mind for days.’ ~ Ben Jeapes, author of Phoenicia’s Worlds and other SF novels, from the BSFA review

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Sandra Unerman lives in London in the UK. When she retired from a career as a Government lawyer, she undertook an MA in Creative Writing at Middlesex University, specialising in science fiction and fantasy, and graduated in 2013. Since then, she has had a number of short stories published. Her latest stories are in Sword and Sorcery magazine, June 2017, and Fall into Fantasy, an anthology from Cloaked Press. She writes reviews and articles for the British Science Fiction Association and the British Fantasy Society. She is a member of London Clockhouse writers and other writing groups. Her interests include history, folklore and medieval literature.
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