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Scottish Witchfinder-Historical Fiction
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Best in Fact and Fiction Category

AUDIOBOOK EDITION AVAILABLE HERE

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THE TWO SEEINGS

IN THE       FAMILY WAY

THE SCOTTISH  WITCHFINDER

SLAVES OF MEN

& GODS

INSPIRATION FROM THE COMMON WEALTH OF WRITERS

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FRAGILITY
Collected Poems
2006-2021
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ESSENTIAL EXPRESSIONS OF THE VITAL FORCE

MOSAIC
Prose & Poetry

 
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IN REVIEW

     On Inspiration from the Common Wealth of Writers -

"Jacqueline Smith has worked professionally and creatively to compile this collection of material which will be inspirational and supportive to any writers seeking insight into the writing process." LIZ NIVEN -Author of 'The Shard Box'

On The Two Seeings -

"Fabulous story and really well written.  I enjoyed it. It really is brilliant. "

RUBY MCCANN Author of Duke Street Rhapsody & other poems

I enjoyed the descriptions of places and of the people’s experiences….really uplifting and mesmerising. The characters and settings are very convincing and believable, and the descriptive language is memorable …lovely.” Carol McKay, author of Ordinary Domestic

On Slaves of Men and Gods

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Chick Lit Café Review:

In Slaves of Men and Gods, Jacqueline Smith explores Ghanaian culture through the eyes of Krisi Bodan, a headstrong fifteen-year-old. Containing important themes, unique characters and a compelling storyline, I found this story to be an incredible, well-written and captivating read! Slaves of Men and Gods: Obroni Tales – Book One by Jacqueline Smith is an arresting, enlightening novel. It weaves urgent themes into its compelling plot and comes highly recommended by Chick Lit Café.

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“Smith’s writing is smooth, flawless...captivating…caught my attention in the first few lines and ends brilliantly.” BRIAN LUIGI ‘Time for Sale’

 I really enjoyed the book…Krisi is a good mix of feisty and vulnerable. There was intrigue from the start…I was kept guessing…interesting twist and reprise of danger towards the end.” CAROL McKAY 'Incunabulum’

 “A gripping story with beautiful interweaving of Ghanaian culture and homeopathy anecdotes”

LOUISE AINSWORTH

 “Smith carefully weaves similar issues across continents.’’ GRACE RHOOMES

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IN REVIEW

     On Inspiration from the Common Wealth of Writers -

"Jacqueline Smith has worked professionally and creatively to compile this collection of material which will be inspirational and supportive to any writers seeking insight into the writing process." LIZ NIVEN -Author of 'The Shard Box'

On Slaves of Men and Gods

Obroni Tales - Book 1

Chick Lit Café Review:

In Slaves of Men and Gods, Jacqueline Smith explores Ghanaian culture through the eyes of Krisi Bodan, a headstrong fifteen-year-old. Containing important themes, unique characters and a compelling storyline, I found this story to be an incredible, well-written and captivating read! Slaves of Men and Gods: Obroni Tales – Book One by Jacqueline Smith is an arresting, enlightening novel. It weaves urgent themes into its compelling plot and comes highly recommended by Chick Lit Café.

With vivid characters and vulnerably emotional writing, this tale about cultivating new roots is an authentic and wholly unique read." Full review at:

Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★

On The Two Seeings -

"Fabulous story and really well written.  I enjoyed it. It really is brilliant. "

RUBY MCCANN Author of Duke Street Rhapsody & other poems

“I enjoyed the descriptions of places and of the people’s experiences….really uplifting and mesmerising. The characters and settings are very convincing and believable, and the descriptive language is memorable …lovely.” Carol McKay, author of Ordinary Domestic

"The story of Morag's past lives was fascinating and had cultural significance. What I loved most about the book were the descriptions. The author described details stylistically and vividly. It was almost as if I was standing in the past and observing everything that was going on.  The transition from Morag's present story to the first, second, and third chronicle was well-paced.
The book was very thrilling and I enjoyed every...aspect. The characters were well-developed. The storyline was compelling and enlightening. The book also had action and the elements of surprise and suspense.
The book was professionally edited. It was unique and engaging. I'm therefore rating this book 4 out of 4 stars."

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THE SCOTTISH WITCHFINDER

The Scottish Witchfinder has a strong narrative line with moments of tension which keep the reader interested. It has a fascinating glimpse into 17th century Scotland and its struggle with witchcraft, Covenanters, slavery and people-trafficking. All of these topics and themes are realised in the 21st century story also. I like the way the similar themes cross the centuries and are examined in their own time frame.’

Liz Niven, award winning author of ‘The Shard Box’

"Some absolutely lovely descriptive writing. I was on that ship that rolled and crashed near Orkney. And there are a couple of beautifully written passages about the island of Davaar and Janet's first impression of Jamaica. Really high quality, literary work." Carol MacKay - Author of 'Incunabulum'

Janet Douglas’s 17th century voice sings while her 21st century counterpart, Mercy, dances as only Caribbean’s can do. With rhythm and flow, the language and detail   carries convincingly across time and place”  William Letford (Poet) author of ‘Dirt’

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"A powerful read that’s both engaging and poignant. In Slaves of Men and Gods, Smith provides a gem of a page-turner and a fine start to (her) Obroni Tales series."

Full review at Book Viral.com

"Slaves of Men and Gods is well-written and fast-paced. The compelling plot and lively characters are well thought out and the story moves quickly, keeping the reader interested from beginning to end. This exciting novel is filled with interwoven twists, turns, and intrigue. I enjoyed the smooth flow of the story as it makes for a relaxing read, also learning about the culture of the people living in Ghana and their way of life – both of which are well described and informative."

 Full Review at Readers' Favourite

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Best in Fact and Fiction Category

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The Two Seeings by Jacqueline Smith In this charming, witty, and endearing paranormal drama, we follow the events of Morag MacAuley, a woman who seems to be cursed wherever she goes and by whoever she meets. As Morag explores her past lives and a mysterious gift that allows a guiding (but sometimes deeply interfering) voice into her head, she is all the more determined to get to the root of her issues. Will her bizarre dreams and the many ghosts of her past ever make sense?
Author Jacqueline Smith has crafted a highly enjoyable work that seamlessly blends paranormal elements into a speculative and believable drama about influences from other planes, past and present, living and beyond. One of the standout features for me was the work that Smith puts into character and dialogue, as Morag leaps off the page immediately and inserts herself into your life like a lifelong friend who is dying to tell you her business. This is instantly warming and opens the gates to getting to know so many other people that Morag meets (or experiences again from past lives) on her journey. I found the dialogue work was especially helpful in distinguishing these different characters as well as moving the plot forward smoothly. Fans of metaphysical work mixed with witty modern drama are sure to adore The Two Seeings, and I would highly recommend it as an engrossing novel that’s sure to put a smile on your face.

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite  See the ReadersFavourite review HERE

     In the Family Way

“Lots of interesting historical events there and Smith's given a real sense of a family’s continuous struggle over several generations.” Lesley Bathgate

“So much empathy in Smith's writing...” Carol McKay

“I thoroughly enjoyed Smith’s book. It was fantastic! It was so well written. I was immensely impressed with her historical research and the characters created.” Chelsea Burdock -

“Smith’s writing is smooth, flawless...captivating…caught my attention in the first few lines and ends brilliantly.” BRIAN LUIGI ‘Time for Sale’

 I really enjoyed the book…Krisi is a good mix of feisty and vulnerable. There was intrigue from the start…I was kept guessing…interesting twist and reprise of danger towards the end."                                      CAROL McKAY 'Incunabulum’

 “A gripping story with beautiful interweaving of Ghanaian culture and homeopathy anecdotes”

LOUISE AINSWORTH

 “Smith carefully weaves similar issues across continents.’’ GRACE RHOOMES

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BIO

Having published several poems and short stories in previous years and a poetry collection, ‘Muted Hellion’ in 2007,Jacqueline began  'The Two Seeings' novel in 2008. She also embarked on the Creative Writing MLitt at Glasgow University in 2009. In 2010 she ran Poetry@The Ivory and was later Chair of the Scottish Writers Centre. In January 2012, she had a Scots ballad published in the Long Poem Magazine entitled ‘Dumbie & the Devil’, which tells the true story of Janet Douglas, a Scottish witchfinder. Later that year Jacqueline graduated from the MLitt.

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Jacqueline also runs a private practice as an health & wellbeing consultant and certified professional homeopath for over twenty years. She was coordinator for the Ghana Homeopathy Project from 2014-17.

In 2013, Pothole Press published ‘Inspiration from the Common Wealth of Writers’ based on Ivory author interviews as an e-book, and in 2015 it was published in print by Fleming Publications, as was The Scottish Witchfinder in 2018.

Also that year 'The Two Seeings' was published with the Independent Publishing Network (IPN).

Jacqueline has before and since had several articles published in various mag and e-zines including Hpathy.com 

In April 2020, 'Slaves of Men and Gods', the first novel in the YA Obroni Tales Trilogy.

A year later in 2021 Jacqueline also published 'Fragility - Collected Poems 2006-2021' and 'Mosaic-Prose & Poetry', also with IPN.

Contact

CONTACT

For any inquiries, please contact Jacqueline Smith:

Tel: +44(0)7901147702  wordsmith.jacqueline(at)gmail.com

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