Saturday, 24 March 2012

Please welcome Pauline Holyoak to my blog.

 From: Award  – Winning, Canadian Author, Pauline Holyoak..      
Comes a Spine-Chilling trilogy, inspired by her own experiences at a remote little cottage near Stonehenge. Merryweather Lodge – Malevolent Spirit book 2, now available.



“This author paints each page with fantasy, colorful characters, and haunting events that would light up a movie screen.”
 I grew in Southeast England, in a coal mining village lovingly nicknamed, “The place that time forgot.” Go to my website, click on ‘Articles’ and find out why.  I immigrated to Canada when I was 21 in search of adventure and a new life.  I currently live in Alberta with my sports crazy husband, adorable sheltie dog and cantankerous ginger cat. I am the proud mother of two grown children.   
The first book in my Merryweather Lodge trilogy Merryweather Lodge – Ancient Revenge, was the Readers Favorite 2011 Silver Award Winner for paranormal fiction. I have also written two children’s books and had twenty five articles published.

I often get asked. “What inspired you to write this trilogy?”…
Every summer, when I was a child, we would visit my aunt and uncle at their quaint little cottage on Salisbury Plain. It was called Scotland Lodge and was situated not far from the historical Stonehenge. My uncle worked as a farm hand for the local squire. My aunt tended the manor house. It was there as I roamed free, deep within the English countryside, that I experienced joy, enchantment and some very strange and frightening occurrences. It was like a fairytale kingdom with a sinister twist. The memories of my summers at Scotland Lodge stayed with me, as a sort of nagging unsolved mystery all my life. A few years ago I revisited my childhood wonderland (the old place still emanates a strange and eerie essence) and was led by some mysterious force into concocting this story and writing this trilogy. It is from my mystifying experiences at Scotland Lodge that this story has emerged.

Blurb: It’s Christmastime at Merryweather Lodge. Emily has returned to the old cottage from her home in Canada; after the untimely death of someone she loved. Will she be able to celebrate a traditional English Christmas in her aunts enchanting little cottage or will she be tormented by the hideous creature, again? Was Emily’s attempt to banish her unearthly adversary successful? Will her aunt disclose the secrets she has been concealing for so many years? What will happen when Emily’s best friend comes to visit her? What secrets will she reveal? Will Emily ever get to make love to the man of her dreams?  A chilling tale of love, passion, sorcery and sacrifice; laced with mystery and tied with humor.

 Excerpt: I heard voices, lots of voices, some in a language I didn’t understand. “Find her you imbeciles. She has come back and she cannot escape. There is nowhere for her to go.” I recognized that voice but - could be - ? Shadows of screaming vultures circled overhead. The air was crisp and biting.  I moved back from the stone and gazed around the area. The ancient monoliths were smooth and uniform, in a perfect circle. Fires inside the circle lit the sky and the air reeked of wood smoke, sweet herbs, and death. I rose from the ground and peeked around the blue stone. There were clusters of people - some in long white robes, others wore dark hooded cloaks.  One of the groups closest to me was performing some sort of slaughtering ceremony. I cringed at the gruesome site. 

            Merryweather Lodge – A quaint little cottage, steeped in history, shrouded in secrets, its aura a paradoxical essence of heaven and hell. Come with me to the West Country in England and experience my protagonist’s strange and eerie journey there.
Merryweather Lodge – Ancient Revenge and Merryweather Lodge – Malevolent Spirit
Visit Pauline at her website    

Also, Pauline will be giving away two ebook prizes of her first novel. All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below.


  1. Thank you for having me Lindsay. I forgot to mention...I will be giving away two free copies of book one (in eBook format). For those people who leave me a comment. Thanks again.

  2. I look forward to reading it

  3. I love the fact that your childhood experiences left such a deep impression on your mind. Stonehenge is indeed a strange place. I first visited it before it became as 'commercialised' as it is today. We just parked up by the roadside and walked across to it. No fence around it then, we could wander around the stones as we wanted. Amazing place which is actually quite mind-blowing when you think how long those stones have been there!

  4. Just finished book two. Oh I soooooo loved it. Im so happy we found each other. Hugs to you Pauline from Farmington Utah

  5. Thank you Paula. Thank you Brandy. I love my readers!!

  6. Sounds very interesting! I loved the excerpt; very visual, nice flow to the words. Will be placing this on my to-read list! Best to you ~ Dawn

  7. Sorry for the delay, the two winners of the ebooks have been chosen at random... the winners are...... (drum roll please....) Dawn Jayne and Grace. If you could send me your email addresses I will get the books sent over to you.

    Can I just say thanks again to Pauline Holyoak and I wish you all the very best with your writing!