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Contact Form – to send me an email

Here is my contact form if you would like to send me an email.

Let me know if you would like to be kept informed about my future book releases. Your details will be kept in the strictest confidence and I do look forward to hearing from you. Continue reading “Contact Form – to send me an email”

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Where you can find my books

Here is a list of where you can find my books. The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series includes The Magus Covenant, The Rock of Magus, and The Magus Epiphany.

I have also  released 100 Secrets to Love, Health and Wealth – a short guide to finding a job and creating a life that you love.

Continue reading “Where you can find my books”

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I’d love to hear your opinion

If you’ve read a book in The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series or 100 Secrets to Love, Health and Wealth, I’d love to hear your opinion or get your feedback. It would be wonderful if you could help spread the word by leaving a brief review on Amazon or telling your friends. You could also leave a rating in Goodreads, or at other online bookstores. Continue reading “I’d love to hear your opinion”

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Just Released: 100 Secrets to Love, Health and Wealth

I’m proud to announce that 100 Secrets to Love, Health and Wealth  is now available on Amazon, and will soon be released at other online outlets. Subtitled Line up your ducks and achieve your dreamsthis short book reveals my 100 secrets to help you to find a career and create a life that you love.

It is for anyone who would like to increase their wealth, improve their health and find that dream job. Learn how to live life to the full – and it will only take you a couple of hours to read! Continue reading “Just Released: 100 Secrets to Love, Health and Wealth”

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Toni Pike, Andrew Joyce and Hilary Custance Green

Many thanks to Sally Cronin for including “The Magus Epiphany” in her latest Author Update, alongside great writers Andrew Joyce and Hilary Custance Green. I’m very lucky to be included in “Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore” where you can find an excellent and wide-ranging selection of authors and their books.

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Welcome to the first of the March Cafe and Bookstore updates. The first author to be updated today is Toni Pike who has released the third book in the Jotham Fletcher Mystery series, The Magus Epiphany

519coziozel-_uy250_About The Magus Epiphany

ONLY ONE MAN CAN STOP THE REVELATION THAT WILL SHATTER THE WORLD.
Jotham Fletcher returns in a deadly quest to save his own family and unravel the mystery behind two ancient relics, the murder of a young woman and a shocking series of messages about an epiphany.

Jotham and Madena have dedicated their lives to stopping the work of the long-hidden Simonian Sect and the Brotherhood who will commit any crime to achieve the same goal. Their belated honeymoon in Italy is interrupted when they cross paths with the sect and hear news of a mysterious object left at the spot where Simon Magus died in Rome two thousand years…

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“The Magus Epiphany” featured on The Story Reading Ape Blog

I was thrilled to have “The Magus Epiphany” featured on The Story Reading Ape Blog. Many thanks to Chris Graham for his wonderful support and inspirational website.

Here is a link to that article:    New Release: “The Magus Epiphany”

Just Released: THE MAGUS EPIPHANY

The Magus Epiphany is the third book in The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series, and I’m excited to announce that it has just been released! Continue reading “Just Released: THE MAGUS EPIPHANY”

How to Recognise a Thriller

I was delighted to have an article published on Chris the Story Reading Ape’s Blog about the characteristics of a thriller. Continue reading “How to Recognise a Thriller”

Cover Reveal: THE MAGUS EPIPHANY (now released – see announcement above)

Now just released and available here:

Amazon: USAUKAustraliaCanadaFranceGermanyItalyNetherlandsSpain – and other Amazon outlets

SmashwordsBarnes & NobleKobo – and also iBooks

The Magus Epiphany will be the third book in The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series, and I’m excited to reveal the cover for the first time!

Continue reading “Cover Reveal: THE MAGUS EPIPHANY (now released – see announcement above)”

The Theme of a Novel

The theme of a novel is the major issue that underlies the story, and is the lesson or message that it conveys. It is one of the most important factors to think about when planning and writing a work of fiction. When you studied literature at school, the theme of a novel was always an important point for discussion. Now that you’re a writer, don’t forget to give your own story’s theme the same careful consideration. Continue reading “The Theme of a Novel”

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore

Be sure to check out Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore for a great list of authors and their books (with the links to Amazon). Sally Cronin has a wonderful blog called Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life, that presents a view on books, musics, humour and health. Continue reading “Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore”

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Christmas Update – Susan M. Toy, Marcia Meara and Toni Pike

So honoured to be a featured writer on Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore this week – along with wonderful writers Marcia Meara and Susan M. Troy. Don’t miss their books for those last-minute Christmas gifts this week.

 

 

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Many of us have reached a crisis point in our lives and run for the hills. We seek somewhere to lick our wounds away from those who know us and also hope that we can break the cycle in new surroundings and with new friends. However, what rarely changes is our basic nature, and in the case of Mariana her warm and caring approach to people is the cause of more challenges in her life. I also know, having lived as an expat in several countries, that appearances can be deceptive and it takes time and understanding of the ‘local’ culture to be accepted.Mariana wants to be involved in the lives and activities of those she meets whilst still enjoying her hideaway on the island of Bequia. Her attempts are not always successful and speaking her mind does not help the situation. But she is a passionate woman and is…

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Blame our Ancestors for our Weight Gain

Have you ever wondered why you gain weight so easily, and why your body stores fat so easily? It isn’t just your fault or the fault of your parents. And it isn’t just because you have a sweet tooth or eat too much each day. Continue reading “Blame our Ancestors for our Weight Gain”

Why Authors Need a Business Card

 

Business cards can be an important weapon in the arsenal of any writer wanting to promote their work. Many thanks to Chris from the Story Reading Ape Blog for publishing my article about business cards for authors. Continue reading “Why Authors Need a Business Card”

THE ROCK OF MAGUS – now released (Book 2 in the series)

A Religious Conspiracy Thriller – Code Red in the Vatican

I’m excited to announce that The Rock of Magus has now been released. It is Book 2 in the Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series, and this time Jotham heads to the Vatican. There are plenty of twists and turns as he tries to foil the Simonian Sect and the Brotherhood with the help of his new partner, Madena Sutcliffe. Continue reading “THE ROCK OF MAGUS – now released (Book 2 in the series)”

The Benefits of Reading Ebooks

I was delighted once again to have a guest post on Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog. Continue reading “The Benefits of Reading Ebooks”

You need mini-goals to write your novel

Many thanks to Chris from The Story Reading Ape Blog for posting my article about having mini-goals. Continue reading “You need mini-goals to write your novel”

Read Chapter One of THE MAGUS COVENANT

Here is the first chapter of The Magus Covenant – Book 1 in The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series. It is available at most major online book outlets. Book 2, The Rock of Magus and Book 3, The Magus Epiphany, have already been released.

Continue reading “Read Chapter One of THE MAGUS COVENANT”

The Health Benefits of Reading Fiction

Reading fiction is great for your health. On 6th September 2016, I was thrilled to have  an article published on Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog. Continue reading “The Health Benefits of Reading Fiction”

Launch of my Facebook Page: Toni Pike – Author

I’m pleased to announce the launch of my Facebook Page. The Author App on the left hand side is a great way to get in touch and access my books. Here is the link, and I’d be delighted to hear if you like it. Continue reading “Launch of my Facebook Page: Toni Pike – Author”

The Mood of a Novel

We all know what it means when someone says that they are in a good or bad mood. Every one of us has a range of moods, that cover the spectrum from deliriously happy to gloomy or sad, and that is a sure sign of our humanity. Continue reading “The Mood of a Novel”

Reviews of THE MAGUS COVENANT

Here are some excerpts from reviews of The Magus Covenant – Book 1 in The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series.

“Exciting new series that leaves you wanting more immediately!” – Review on Amazon Continue reading “Reviews of THE MAGUS COVENANT”

Reviews of THE ROCK OF MAGUS

Here are some excerpts from reviews of The Rock of Magus – Book 2 in The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series.

“If you have read Toni Pike’s first Jotham Fletcher adventure The Magus Covenant and really enjoyed the read like I did, you are going to like book two The Rock of Magus even more.” Continue reading “Reviews of THE ROCK OF MAGUS”

One Lovely Blog Award Nomination

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3 Steps to Achieving Your Dream

On 31 December 2105, I was delighted to be a guest on the Sizzling Towards Sixty website, talking about three steps to achieving your dream. Mine was to become an author, and it was just after I published my first novel. I would love to hear what you think. Here is the link to that article:

3 Steps to Achieving Your Dream

Continue reading “3 Steps to Achieving Your Dream”

Author Spotlight on Writer’s Treasure Chest

I was fortunate enough to be featured in an interview on  Writer’s Treasure Chest. Continue reading “Author Spotlight on Writer’s Treasure Chest”

THE ROCK OF MAGUS – featured on Smorgasbord Summer Reading

I felt very honoured to have The Rock of Magus included in the Smorgasbord Summer Reading series, presented by the wonderful Sally Cronin. Continue reading “THE ROCK OF MAGUS – featured on Smorgasbord Summer Reading”

Guest Post on Sizzling Towards Sixty: How to Become an Author in Midlife

I was thrilled to be a guest on the inspirational Sizzling Towards Sixty website. Continue reading “Guest Post on Sizzling Towards Sixty: How to Become an Author in Midlife”

The Setting of a Novel

The setting of your novel is a critical element that needs careful consideration and planning. It is the backdrop to your story, and requires as much thought as you give to the characters and storyline. There are several aspects that you need to take into account, including the time period, the location, the mood to be evoked and the level of detail to be used in your descriptions. Continue reading “The Setting of a Novel”

Fiction Genres

Defining Genres

Fiction is normally divided into a range of categories that are referred to as genres. It will be the first way for readers and publishers to judge your novel, and every writer needs to select the genre of their own work. Despite that, many writers find it difficult to make that decision, even after completing the first draft. Many stories seem to fit into more than one category, making the choice even more difficult. This is a brief guideline to help you make that decision. Continue reading “Fiction Genres”

The Role of Chapters

Chapters are a wonderful invention that help to compartmentalise a novel, breaking it up into sections that are easily read in one sitting. Continue reading “The Role of Chapters”

The Length of a Novel

Standard Word Counts

You are about to embark on a long and challenging journey and so far you have only stared at a blank sheet of paper or a computer screen in the search for inspiration. It might seem too early too worry about the length of your novel, but I consider that some forward planning is essential. You will know where you are headed and the size of the task you are about to undertake. Continue reading “The Length of a Novel”

Learn the difference between these words and you will never get them confused again.
Continue reading “Toni’s Writing Tips – complement & compliment”

The words there, their and they’re  are the source of endless confusion. Continue reading “Toni’s Writing Tips – their, there and they’re”

One of the most common mistakes in writing is the misuse of either its or it’s. Continue reading “Toni’s Writing Tips – its and it’s”

How to Write Dates – Guest Post…

I was delighted to have an article posted on Chris the Story Reading Ape’s Blog – about How to Write Dates in fiction.

 

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Your mind is on fire as you type out your latest story at super-fast speed when, all of a sudden, you come to a halt. You want to include a date or a time period, and you’re not sure of the best way to express it.

Here are some easy guidelines to help you get started.

Dates

There are two simple ways to write a date but in fiction you should try to write the words out in full:

Thursday 9 June 2016 – with no comma and no “th”

or

Ninth of June

Always write dialogue the way your character would say it:

She’ll be here on April the tenth,” said Mary.

Years

Write a single year in numerals:

2014

For a range of years, you can write the numerals:

1998-99 or 2002-2006

But for fiction, you should try to write the phrase in full:

She died sometime…

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A Visit to Haddon Hall

In my first thriller The Magus Covenant, billionaire Iago Visser lives in a remote part of Derbyshire’s Peak District in a walled medieval manor house. In the second book of the series, recently released, hero Jotham Fletcher is now the owner. What better way, then, to feed my muse on a recent trip to England than to visit enchanting Haddon Hall? Continue reading “A Visit to Haddon Hall”

Review of THE MAGUS COVENANT on the Pick of the Literate blog

A review of the Magus Covenant was recently posted on the Pick of the Literate blog. Here’s a link to that review:

Review of The Magus Covenant on the Pick of the Literate Blog

Continue reading “Review of THE MAGUS COVENANT on the Pick of the Literate blog”

5 Star Review: THE MAGUS COVENANT

The Magus Covenant recently received a 5 star rating on Reviews by Karen.

Toni Pike is the author of The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series – conspiracy thrillers about a secret sect, a deadly Brotherhood and a man on a mission to stop them both.

Book 1 is The Magus CovenantThe secret that will change the world

Book 2 is The Rock of Magus   – Code Red in the Vatican

Book 3 is The Magus EpiphanyAncient treasures and a new revelation

Pike set out to write a thriller of epic proportions and she knocked it out of the park!

Read more about these action-packed thrillers here: About The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series

Available at these online stores:

Amazon:   USAUK Australia CanadaFranceGermanyItalyNetherlandsSpain – and other Amazon outlets

SmashwordsKoboBarnes & Noble and also iBooks

Follow Toni Pike online at:

Website: http://www.tonipike.com

Facebook: Toni Pike – Author

Goodreads

Twitter: @piketoni1

My email list: Please sign up here

Reviews By Karen

MagusThe Magus Covenant

Written by Toni Pike

Published by Chapman Reid Publications, 2015

ASIN: B018X2GRTH

Sold on Amazon 

I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Father Jonathan Fletcher, an Anglican priest, travels to Italy to give a lecture about the thesis he wrote regarding Simon Magus.

On the eve of his lecture, an elderly leader of the church is found dead in the courtyard of the church where the lecture is to take place.  The exact spot where Simon Magus fell to his death during a demonstration of his “levitation” powers, about two thousand years prior.

As Father Fletcher is en route to his lecture, they come upon a scene of confusion and emergency vehicles.  The scene is at the church and his car is escorted by police to the court yard.  When he asks to see the deceased, he is shocked to…

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Avebury Stone Circle

Avebury Stone Circle is the largest neolithic stone circle in Europe. It is seventeen miles from Stonehenge in the beautiful Wiltshire Plain but in so many ways it far exceeds its more famous cousin as a source of inspiration and delight. Continue reading “Avebury Stone Circle”

How to Build a Story in 20 Easy Steps (Guest Post )

Chris from the Story Reading Ape Blog kindly posted my simple guide to building a story. Continue reading “How to Build a Story in 20 Easy Steps (Guest Post )”

Interview on Smorgasbord Open House

On 3 May 2016, I was thrilled and honoured to be interviewed by Sally Cronin as part of her new Sunday Show called Smorgasbord Open House. It will feature a series of authors, blog writers, poets, artists and musicians. Continue reading “Interview on Smorgasbord Open House”

THE MAGUS COVENANT now listed in Booklife

The Magus Covenant is now listed on Booklife, a new Publisher’s Weekly website.

Many thanks for their support.

Here is the link to that listing:

http://booklife.com/project/the-magus-covenant-13669

 

THE MAGUS COVENANT now listed on Goodkindles

The Magus Covenant is now included on Goodkindles, a website that helps readers to discover the best ebooks. All books listed there must have at least ten Amazon reviews with an average rating of at least 4 stars.

Here is the link to that listing:

http://www.goodkindles.net/2016/03/the-magus-covenant-action-thriller.html

Author Interview on Beach Bound Books

I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Stacie from the BeachBoundBooks Blog. I think you’ll agree that The Magus Covenant would be ideal reading for a beach holiday. Continue reading “Author Interview on Beach Bound Books”

The Moment of Clarity (Guest Post by #Author Toni Pike)

Chris from The Story Reading Ape Blog was kind enough to post my article about the moment we decide to achieve our dreams.

 

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The Moment of Clarity

The moment when we decide to achieve a dream

The moment of clarity is the most mysterious part of achieving a dream. It is that one lucid moment before you start to follow a plan and achieve a goal. No one can explain why, after years of longing and setting targets that were never met, everything changes. It is a magic moment when the fog in your mind lifts and your purpose becomes clear.

Just pretend for a moment that you want to go on a holiday. Not just a few days by the beach, but an overseas trip that you have been thinking about for a long time. There is a vague idea in your mind that you would love to see a certain part of the world.

When and why did you decide that you would love to see Scandinavia or Asia or…

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Adrenaline – A Simple Guide for Writers (Guest Post by Toni Pike)

Chris from The Story Reading Ape Blog was kind enough to post my article about the effects of adrenaline.

Toni Pike is the author of The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series – conspiracy thrillers about a secret sect, a deadly Brotherhood and a man on a mission to stop them both.

Book 1 is The Magus CovenantThe secret that will change the world

Book 2 is The Rock of Magus   – Code Red in the Vatican

Book 3 is The Magus EpiphanyAncient treasures and a new revelation

Pike set out to write a thriller of epic proportions and she knocked it out of the park!

Read more about these action-packed thrillers here: About The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series

Available at these online stores:

Amazon:   USAUK Australia CanadaFranceGermanyItalyNetherlandsSpain – and other Amazon outlets

SmashwordsKoboBarnes & Noble and also iBooks

Follow Toni Pike online at:

Website: http://www.tonipike.com

Facebook: Toni Pike – Author

Goodreads

Twitter: @piketoni1

My email list: Please sign up here

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

This is a simple guide to adrenaline and its effects on the human body. An adrenaline rush is often referred to as the flight or fight response. You, the writer, put your characters into the most incredible situations and then decide if they will confront the enemy or run away – or do something completely unexpected. But what really happens when a person confronts an assailant or has a panic attack?

Adrenaline is a hormone that is sometimes referred to as epinephrine, but only in American medical circles – and that word may be slowly dying out. Adrenaline is the word of choice in all popular media and around the world.

Your characters are likely to have more than one adrenaline rush on their way to the exciting climax in your story. It happens in response to trauma, shock or a sudden fright. The hormone bursts out of…

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Review of THE MAGUS COVENANT

Sarah from bytheletterbookreviews has posted a review of The Magus Covenant.   Continue reading “Review of THE MAGUS COVENANT”

Eat Pizza the Roman Way

Pizza has become a favourite meal around the world, one that has been popular for decades. Australians love to go to an Italian restaurant with family and friends, choose several different varieties laden with all sorts of toppings and then share slices around the table. And they usually eat it with a knife and fork. Continue reading “Eat Pizza the Roman Way”

3 Steps to Achieving Your Dream

I was delighted when Sue Loncaric from Sizzling Towards Sixty invited me to write about achieving my dream of becoming an author.

Sue’s website is an inspiration for anyone who wants to reach their full potential and live their life to the full. Continue reading “3 Steps to Achieving Your Dream”

Tarquinia – a brief guide

A hilltop town with Etruscan tombs near Rome

Tarquinia is an enchanting walled town with an Etruscan necropolis and impressive museum. For cruise passengers visiting Civitavecchia, it’s a delightful alternative to a day in Rome. Continue reading “Tarquinia – a brief guide”

Guest Author on Chris the Story Reading Ape’s Blog

 

On 18 December 2015, I was fortunate enough to be the Guest Author on Chris the Story Reading Ape’s Blog. Here the link to that article:

Guest Author Toni Pike Continue reading “Guest Author on Chris the Story Reading Ape’s Blog”

How to write a book review

A very simple but effective guide

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Car Chases

In The Magus Covenant, Jotham Fletcher is involved in at least two dramatic car chases, not to mention other characters such as Nathan and Antonella who also engage in some wild driving. Continue reading “Car Chases”

Who was Simon Magus?

Simon Magus is a character mentioned in the New Testament, who was reviled by early members of the Christian church. This strange figure from two thousand years ago plays an important part in my thrillers, The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series. Continue reading “Who was Simon Magus?”

The Stockholm Archipelago

It takes two hours to pass through the Archipelago as you sail into Stockholm Harbour in the warmth of summer. That’s the way I first saw it on board  a  cruise ship, and it was a wonderful experience. Continue reading “The Stockholm Archipelago”

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