Tilly Greenway series Book Two – The Hidden Hand

We apologise for the delay in publishing book two of this series.

Thank you all for your emails and messages requesting Book 2 The Hidden Hand. We are delighted that you are sticking with the world of Tilly, Zack and the Guardians and we do so apologise for the continuing delays.

As you all may or may not know, the book has been delayed to date due to illness and move of residence on the author’s part.

The book is now ready. We are waiting for a funding grant decision and we hoped this would be in place for December, unfortunately it is not and the book cannot be released in advance of this decision.

Tilly as you know is a beautiful production and so is time and cost intensive. If we can secure this grant it will enable us to produce the print version more quickly. The terms of the grant do not allow publication in any form before a decision is made.

We feel it is worth the wait and we still plan to release the kindle version earlier than the print version so the wait should not be too much longer.

We are really sorry for the inconvenience caused by this further delay but 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.

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.

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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!).

One of the pleasures of being…

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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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Essi Tolling - Author

In my last post I talked about how I mix fact and fiction in the Tilly Greenway books and how much I love going to the various “sacred sites” and places of historic interest that pop up in our tale. There’s so much to see and learn in any country, but England, Wales and Ireland certainly have their share of wonderful places to visit.

It’s often easy to overlook what’s right under our noses – to take for granted things that others will travel hundreds or thousands of miles to see. With this in mind, I took the wiggly route on my way back from a recent book-signing at Hereford Waterstones so that I could spend some time in one of the most important places that Tilly and Zack visit during book one: Skenfrith Castle.

Sitting on the border between Wales and England, this is one of many castles built…

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Essi Tolling - Author

When I write, I walk through each scene from the perspective of every character, like a movie-director walking around a set. I find this helps to get a picture of what they all experience. On top of that, I’ll often have in mind a real actor or actress as I build their history and create their dialogue.

The exception to this rule was with both Tilly and Zack, the main protagonists of our tale. At twelve and thirteen respectively, I didn’t know any particular actress/actor who would fit the bill. I guess I just haven’t seen many movies with children of their age and description in. All this changed, so far as Tilly goes, a week ago.

In my penultimate post I spoke of a young girl with long red hair who approached my table when I was doing a book-signing at the Cribbs Causeway Waterstones. I couldn’t say more…

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Essi Tolling - Author

I’m just back from a week-end away, including a book-signing at the Cribbs Causeway Waterstone’s (that’s me having just got set up at the table). It was very busy, with lots of people stopping to chat and many to buy (always good!).

One of the things I love about the Tilly series is that, because it ranges so widely over different topics, folks of all ages and descriptions are interested in it.

One minute I’m chatting to a middle-aged man who is a John Grisham fan about conspiracy theories; the next an eleven-year-old girl comes to my table, clutching Tilly to her chest with a dreamy look in her eyes. She’s seen the picture of Tia and Kama, two of the dragons in the tale and already feels the magic. I tell her she would make a perfect Tilly if the film is ever made and her eyes light up…

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Author Essi Tolling shares his thoughts on the shy and elusive hare..

Essi Tolling - Author

If I were to choose an animal totem, it would be the wild, shy, magical creature that we know as the hare.

As a boy I used to see a lot of hares, especially in Spring, when they come out to “box”. There is something truly fey about them. Is it the fact that they seem to be able to disappear in the twinkling of an eye, or that they dance under the full moon? Is it their elusive shyness, or the vulnerability with which they nest in “forms” in the grass? Whatever the reason, hares hold a special place not just in my heart, but in cultures all over the world.

In the East, the hare is sacred to Buddha. One tale tells of a time when Buddha asked all the animals to bring him some food for a feast that would be held later that day. That night…

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