Choose Your Own Adventure: You Are a Bear

This is a fun website and very innovative idea…

Hello, I am a bear

You are a bear. You wake up in a dimly lit cave. Your eyes are adjusted to the low light, so you are able to see the textures of your surroundings. You are about to begin a new day as a bear. There will be many obstacles, mental and physical, for you to overcome. You might find something important. You might meet someone important. You might get hurt. You might eat something. It is up to you. As a bear.

Your fur is warm but dirty.

The cave floor is soothing. Cool.

Your surroundings motivate you to…

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New Publication – Playing the Great Game of Life

Playing the Great Game of Life

by Richard Cawte

is now live on Kindle


For the Law of Attraction to work you need to know about the other secret laws. Inspired by the teachings of Florence Scovel Shinn and many others, as well as his own extensive experience as an intuitive mentor for corporate and individual clients, Richard Cawte takes readers through the secret mystery teachings and ancient laws and makes them accessible for modern 21st century living. This indispensable guide book is a course on how to apply the laws of the Great Game of Life to enjoy success, personal happiness and fulfillment in all areas of your life.

Kindle UK            

Sneak Preview: Tilly Greenway series Book Two – The Hidden Hand

We apologise for the delay in publishing book two of this series. Unfortunately the book was delayed due to illness and move of residence on the author’s part.

The book is almost ready however and we are aiming for a release on kindle in December this year and a print version after that.

We are really sorry for the inconvenience caused by the delay but we hope that Book 2 will be worth the wait and the author has promised that Book 3 will follow very quickly as he is working on both at the same time.

Thank you for your patience.

Release date….

December 2016

Cover illustration: The Rowan Tree by Laura Tolton

Danger grows. Disorder rules…

As the mysterious tree on Glastonbury Tor exerts its powerful effects on the world, it buys time for Tilly and Zack to disappear.

Back in the world of power and politics, the layers of hidden history begin to unpeel and the most powerful and dangerous force of all begins to reveal itself.

Meanwhile, Tilly and Zack are on the move. They are working fast to uncover the second key. But what they have to learn in order to succeed, might just be as dangerous as failing…

If you haven’t read Watchers – Book One in the Tilly Greenway series – yet then there’s still time to catch up before this exciting sequel is released in 2015!


Cover Art: The cover image is from a painting called The Rowan Tree by Laura Tolton. The see more of Laura’s art visit her site at

Available for Pre-order from Amazon

Bookshops can order via Central Books London Ltd

Orders can also be placed via Gardners and Bertrams.

Waterstone’s Autumn Schedule for Essi Tolling

This is the current Autumn/Winter schedule for Essi Tolling’s appearances at Waterstones.

He will be signing copies of Tilly Greenway and the Secrets of the Ancient Keys – Book One – Watchers and chatting and answering any questions that interested readers may wish to put to him!

Please feel free to come along and say hello..


Sept 15th Waterstones Yeovil

Sept 29th Waterstone’s Cardiff the Hayes 

October 6th  Waterstone’s  Swansea

October 20th Waterstone’s Salisbury

October 27th Waterstone’s Woking

November 3rd Waterstones Trowbridge 

November 10th Waterstone’s Bristol

November 17th Waterstone’s Hereford

November 25th Waterstones Southampton West Quay

December 15th Waterstones Swindon

Essi Tolling - Author

This autumn I’m doing a tour of Waterstones Bookstores, signing copies of Watchers. I started off as soon as I got back from Ireland with a visit to Wells Waterstones on Saturday 18th August.

It was the hottest day of the year, which normally means fewer folks are out buying books, but we had a really excellent day with a steady stream of people coming to the desk. Thanks to Sarah and all her staff for helping to organise everything. I really enjoyed my visit with you.

Wells is a beautiful city, full of higgledy-piggledy side streets and wonderful medieaval nooks and crannies. The Cathedral is one of the most spectacular in the country (amazing to have such a vast building in such a small place) and is definitely worth a visit if you haven’t been already (or perhaps another visit, if you have!).

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Book Signings – Cork, Ireland

Organico Cafe, Bantry, Co Cork

Organico Cafe – Serving delicious (mainly vegetarian) organic food.  Fair trade coffees and tasty cakes…

During the West Cork Literary Festival and at certain times during the summer, both Essi Tolling and J.M. Hurley will be doing pop-up lunch time book signings at the lovely Organico Cafe in Bantry.





Whyte Books, Schull, Co Cork

On July 19th Essi Tolling will be doing a reading and book signing at Whyte Books in Schull. He may even read a short extract from the forthcoming Book Two – The Hidden Hand!

Whyte Books is an oasis of calm and beauty for book lovers. A trip to Schull is worth the effort. You can see the seals that hang around the harbour hoping that you’ll give them a nice fresh fish or eat french crepes in the creperie, (where they also do gluten free crepes!) or just enjoy the ambiance of this lovely seaside town.

Waterstone’s, Cork

Waterstone’s Cork
Click this pic for a map

On August 9th, Essi Tolling will be in Waterstone’s, Patrick Street, Cork signing copies of Watchers and generally interacting and chatting with customers. Come and say hello!

What’s the s-TOR-y? A scene from Watchers appears in the Olympics Opening Ceremony!

One of the key scenes of the rural England centerpiece of Danny Boyle’s 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony is said to be that of Glastonbury Tor with a tree emerging where the iconic tower now stands.

Glastonbury Tor is a well-known landmark of the British countryside, a place of pilgrimage for hundreds of years. But the Tor is famous not just for the hill itself, but for the striking silhouette of St. Michael’s Tower on its peak. This is the image that everyone is familiar with. The Olympic Opening Ceremony, however, apparently will feature the Tor with the tower replaced by a fully-grown tree: an image that has never been seen before, or has it?

Actually, a magical tree emerging on Glastonbury Tor is exactly the key closing scene of the 2011 young adult fantasy novel Watchers by Essi Tolling.

According to this report in the Daily Mail:

The set will include a recreation of the Glastonbury Thor [sic] and an enormous fake tree, which will appear in the first scene, entitled ‘green and pleasant land’

Illustration from Watchers – Glastonbury Tor by Meraylah Allwood

In addition, the book opens with London in the grip of an emergency evacuation brought on by a fake flood warning made believable by heavy downpours coming from man-made rain clouds!

Also according to the Daily Mail: “Boyle, who directed the multi-Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, said the aim of the ceremony was to create ‘a picture of ourselves as a nation’, and to ensure it is authentic there will even be giant fake clouds which will pour with rain.”  Read more

Like Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, Watchers blends fact with fiction and uncovers dark secrets and hidden histories that have huge contemporary relevance. The magical history of the British countryside features prominently in the story.

Without giving too much away for those of you who have not yet read the book, here is the paragraph that describes the event:

“Up thrust the tree in a mass of flickering silver and grey. At first its slender trunk grew inside the walls of the tower, but as it got taller its branches pushed outwards, cracking the tower to pieces. The top stones fell first, cascading away down the Tor. Then the rest gave way until even the foundation stones, deep-set and strong, fractured and crumbled to dust.

“In an instant the tower had gone and there in its place stood a majestic tree.” (Watchers p. 528)

Tolling would not be drawn further on the significance of the tree’s appearance on the famous landmark. “I don’t want to spoil the surprise for the thousands of readers who are buying the book, but it’s fair to say that the scene where a tree grows on the Tor is pivotal to the plot, not just for book one but for the whole series.”

Maybe Danny Boyle or someone working with him read Watchers and was inspired by elements of the story or perhaps it’s just a case of wonderful synchronicity. In either case we are delighted, as it affirms that the great response we are getting from readers may be in part because the book is capturing a new and emerging zeitgeist; one which is leaning towards beauty, nature and the desire for unity in the face of world policies that seem hell bent on destruction, control and decay.

Essi Tolling comments: “To say it is Glastonbury Tor and then replace the tower with a tree is interesting to say the least.  Why not use just a regular hill and tree surrounded by England’s green and pleasant fields? Maybe Danny Boyle is tapping in to a deeper mystery; the same mystery that inspired me to take up the pen in an effort to expose hidden truths? I would be fascinated to find out!”

Watchers, the first book in the Tilly Greenway and the Secrets of the Ancient Keys series, was published in 2011 and is available in most Waterstone’s bookstores and from amazon, as well as from several outlets in Glastonbury and Avebury. Book two The Hidden Hand will be released in spring 2013.

Essi Tolling: Book Signings & Store Visits 2012 UPDATED

May 27th Waterstone’s Cribbs Causeway  11am, – 3pm

June 2nd Waterstone’s Southampton (West Quay)  11am – 3pm

June 9th Waterstone’s  Swindon  11am – 2pm

August 18th Waterstone’s Wells   11am – 3pm

August 25th Waterstone’s Camberley   11am – 3pm

Sept 1st  Waterstone’s Haywards Heath 11am-3pm

October 6th  Waterstone’s  Swansea 11am-3pm

October 20th Waterstone’s Salisbury 11am -3pm

October 27th Waterstone’s Woking 11am – 3pm

November 3rd Waterstones Trowbridge   11am – 3pm

November 10th Waterstone’s Bristol Galleries 11am – 3pm

An update on our author Essi Tolling’s latest book signings and school visits…

Essi Tolling - Author

It’s been a really busy time recently, including a trip across the country to Suffolk to visit some schools and do another book-signing event.

Both legs of the car-ride were through torrential rain: the kind when you can hardly see the car right in front of you. In fact, as I drove around London, the weather reminded me of the beginning of Watchers.

When we first meet Tilly she is woken by rain hammering on the roof of the Greenway’s apartment. It is the fortieth straight day of downpours and clouds hang ominously over the capital. Tilly has no idea that the rain is all part of a devious plot to microchip the population, nor that London is about to be evacuated…

I won’t spoil the story for those of you who haven’t read it yet. Let’s just say that sometimes fact and fiction shake hands and as I drove…

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