Very nearly ready with “From My Cold Undead Hand”

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“From my Cold Undead Hand” by Marie Marshall

is a short, fast-paced YA novel.  The story sprang forth from the writer’s (totally not cold or undead) hand as a result of a challenge set to her by yours truly.  We were commenting on the “Twilight” series (who doesn’t) and both of us were convinced each could write something faster, pithier, something with more gusto than the epic teen/vampire romance series.

The result of this challenge is this story.

Better hold on, crawl in under the blankets and put the Kindle light on.  Don’t read it while you’re alone.  The story is set a few decades in the future, with the protagonist a young girl in high school who does martial arts and knows how to “dock” a vampire.   Her feisty warfare is backed by a “cell” of vampire hunters, and opposed by other young people who seem to be more of the “Twilight” persuasion, idolizing the vampires.

But Chevonne Kusnetsov has more than vampires to fight.  Teenage mood swings, uncertainty about friendships and a very remote relationship to her mother give an ominous background to the plot.  Throughout the book she is in fact discovering herself and her own family’s history, as well as having to get behind what the vampires are planning.  They are organized, far too organized to be mere mindless predators…

You readers, safely under your blankets reading with the Kindle light on – be afraid.  Be very afraid.

For those of you who loved the “Everywhen Angels”:  This one is even better, and the best news is that there may be sequels.

Well done, Marie!

And another review!

The Mystery of the Solar Wind – Lyz Russo

 June 16, 2014  BestChickLit  Book Reviews  0

12876378What they say:
‘The year is 2116. Captain Radomir Lascek sails his pirate ship, the Solar wind, around the oceans, collecting outlaws and fugitives and dodging the authorities. But then he hires three young musicians in Dublin – the Donegal Troubles. Radomir Lascek, with all his wily schemes, is about to learn the real meaning of “trouble”.’
What we say – review by Nikki Mason:
I know I’ve mentioned before that I love all things pirate (and a yo ho ho and a bottle of rum) so imagine my delight on startingThe Mystery of the Solar Wind: pirates, with gypsy magic, set in the future??? Yes please!And this is a truly exciting and engrossing YA novel. It might take the reader  [CLICK HERE TO READ MORE]


Lyz Russo

Thank you Nikki Mason for these super reviews!  🙂

I thought this is a good moment to revisit the sweet review “Lupa” got from “BestChickLit” a while back:


Lupa – Marie Marshall

 August 26, 2013  BestChickLit  Book Reviews  4

Lupa cover © P'Kaboo Publishers2What they say:
‘What is reality, what is illusion? A lost circus girl in late 20th century Rome; a female gladiator in ancient Rome. What connects these two very different women over two millennia? In her riveting novel, “Lupa”, Marie Marshall takes us through two contrasting versions of Rome and shows masterfully how people tend to see only what they want to see.’
What we say – review by Nikki Mason:
In Lupa, Marie Marshall has created a poetic and intriguing novella that gives us a glimpse into the lives of two women from different eras. Marshall constantly asks the question: what connects these lives?In the present day Jelena, an injured Serbian circus performer, is struggling with life in Rome. When she meets handsome native Vittorio, she cannot help [CLICK HERE TO READ MORE]
Marie Marshall is such a private person that the best shot we have of her is this one, when she was a child. 😉 Don’t ask for her photo, ask for her poetry!


Nikki Mason also did this author interview with Marie Marshall:

Interview with Marie Marshall

 September 6, 2013  BestChickLit  Author Interviews  3

After reading Marie Marshall’s book Lupa, BCL reviewer, Nikki Mason, decided to put the multi-talented author through her paces with an author intervie [Click the heading to read.]

Thank you, Nikki:  P’kaboo seriously appreciates your effort & input, and your boundless enthusiasm and vibe!


Ducky Award for P’kaboo!

We got a “Ducky Award”!!


Webutation has a page on us.  (People talk, hey?)

Now:  You all have noticed the little yellow duck that denotes us as [G] – general:  all ages, child-safe.  True true!

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We have the gorgeous “Immy” series, by Les Noble, for youngsters bordering on reading age (3-5).  And the “Violin Tunes 1″ for young beginners.  (Note to self:  So Lyz, when t.h. will VT 2 come out??)

We have Tabika 1 and 2 for fluent young readers. (Les Noble, again.)

Blank bookcover with clipping path

For more fluent young readers, we have the prolific Leslie Hyla Winton Noble’s Magic Circle sagas:

Regina, Baa Baa Black Belt, and Forest Circle Quest.   Also for young adults, the Solar Wind series (Lyz Russo) and, newly releasedThe Everywhen Angels  (Marie Marshall).


For adults, but not exclusively (if you are YA you’ll still be able to read these safely), we have the humorous Almost Dead in Suburbia (Douglas Pearce) and the rather deep Lupa by Marie Marshall.

Add a few more music books, some short-stories, some poetry – truly something for everyone (and Marie, your Everywhen Angels brings our IP tally to 30).

Focus on the Duck

I’m still thinking what we ought to do in celebration of our little yellow duck.  (What?  You’re not excited about a duck?  Haven’t you heard Ernie the Muppet sing:  “Rubber Ducky, you’re so fine…” ?)

We’ve got a subscribe option now, & subscribers get a pretty sweet deal, go check it out on the P’KABOO HOME PAGE.

The Everywhen Angels: NEW RELEASE AT P”KABOO

NEW RELEASE: The Everywhen Angels


Late last night we completed everything for the first release of

The Everywhen Angels.

Another intriguing novel by our talented Marie Marshall!

Below an introduction to the YA novel by our partners in Scotland, the Bookseeker Agency.
This precedes another YA novel from the same author, for lovers of paranormal and vampire fiction; we are hoping to bring out “From My Cold Dead Hand” early next year.
Read and enjoy:

News, 10th December 2013

December 10, 2013 by

everywhen_angelsWith a fanfare, we can announce that Marie Marshall‘s new novel aimed at older children and teenagers, The Everywhen Angels, is now published. It tells a story of kids in a comprehensive school on the outskirts of London, who find themselves with strange powers. Perhaps they are the first skirmishers in the great battle of Armageddon – but how would they know?

Despite their visions and their adventures, they have to deal with the normal stuff of teenage life – homework, parents, bullying, dating, not talking to strangers, bereavement and so on. But do they really know what is going on?
Angela, the poet with the questioning mind believes they don’t; hers is the first pair of eyes through which we see the story. Charlie, her boyfriend, is a young man with a vision – but does he really appreciate the trouble he’s in? He tells his story backwards, from the last scene to the first and makes the reader question what is good and what is evil. Ashe is the youngest and smallest of the group – diagnosed with Asperger’s, he is in fact the key to everything. But that isn’t to say his path is easy.
The novel is not just a fantasy adventure. It’s action breaks the rules of time, encompassing murder, a bomb outrage, a flood which engulfs London, and the Battle of Waterloo; it’s themes include guilt, courage, cowardice, and delusion. The author says of it: “I believe children can handle difficult philosophical questions. They can handle stories told in a strange way. Young readers are much more intelligent than adults give them credit for.”
The Everywhen Angels is available direct from P’kaboo publishers in eBook form, with possibly more formats becoming available in due course.

(… Excerpt from the Bookseeker Blog)

The Everywhen Angels is available at the P’kaboo shop in epub and pdf ebook format, and will also be available on Amazon shortly, in Kindle and paperback.

– See more at:

Share Contest Round 2


With the 1st of October, Round 1 of the Facebook Share contest has closed and Round 2 opened.

Now there are 4 books available for a limited number of free downloads:


Lupa by Marie MArshall

The Mystery of the Solar Wind

The Mystery of the Solar Wind by Lyz Russo

Almost Dead in Suburbia

Almost Dead in Suburbia by Douglas Pearce


Tabika by Leslie Hyla Winton Noble


In the second round, you can win a P’kaboo paperback (any one of your choice) by submitting a review of a book from the 4 that you have read.  The paperback doesn’t have to be the same as the book you reviewed or even downloaded.  Write a good review or bad – the 3 winners are determined by lucky draw.  Certain standards will be applied though – reviews must not be shorter than a paragraph to qualify, and pls no sms lngage.


Naked in the Sea (and various other places)

Remember the sand at Shelley Beach (and other places on the South Coast)?  You sit between the rocks with the warm waves pushing against you, and as they recede (with a noteworthy pull)  you dig a handful of sand up and look at it closely…  (see above).

I have various cooldrink bottles with “shelly sand” standing around my house.  Exiled from the sea, I love keeping one near the head of my bed, and one on the bathroom windowsill, and a couple randomly around the living room area.  It helps me remember that wonderful salty, foamy living water around me, tugging at me, lifting me up and depositing me like a piece of driftwood on the tide line.  (“UP we go!”)

But I am no poet.   So when “Naked in the Sea” was presented to me for partial publication (Masque has already part-published, P’kaboo got the ebook though), and by P’kaboo author Marie Marshall, I was intrigued.

The theme of the poetry…  best I give you a preview rather than a review.

Pearl 2:
you secret
in salt-flesh
in a sea
of love-songs

It seems as though someone has already written a long review for the collection.  At any rate the ebook is available on Amazon at, but of course also at P’kaboo Publishers!

Naked in the Sea

by Marie Marshall

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(available directly from P’kaboo, also Amazon)

On reading Naked in the Sea, I found myself feeling naked, minuscule, swept away in the all but unfathomable sea, real or imaginary. Marie Marshall’s poetry is, to my mind, a revelation sans pareil. Mysteriously, Marie’s poetry leaves me with the uncanny impression which the finest of poets invariably experience, “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1 Corinthians: 13:12). I say this because, as a poet myself, I am never quite sure whether I write my poems or they, as it were, write me. The best of poetry seems to come unbidden to the poet, who is quite impotent in the face of the powers of imagination, the source and fountain of all that is finest in the endeavours of humankind. As if in echo of Percy Bysshe Shelley, in his A Defence of Poetry (1821), where he so eloquently affirms:

§6 Poetry, in a general sense, may be defined to be “the expression of the imagination”: and poetry is connate with the origin of man. §7 Man is an instrument over which a series of external and internal impressions are driven, like the alternations of an ever-changing wind over an Æolian lyre, which move it by their motion to ever-changing melody.

And this is just how Marie Marshall’s Naked in the Sea strikes me. Here we’ve come face to face with a poetess who defies comparison, the hapless devotée, not merely of her own mortal inspiration, but of the all-embracing immortal spirit of Poetry itself.

Yes, Marie Marshall’s Naked in the Sea leaves me naked, body, mind and soul… As Marie herself recently wrote, “To describe is to destroy. Décrire, c’est détruire.” Marie never meanly describes; she sublimely pens soul to soul. In her own striking rhythms we may find traces of those of Gerard Manley-Hopkins (1844-1889). And that is not all. Like Gerard Manley-Hopkins before her, she often resorts to mystifying hyphenated turns of phrase. In Hopkins we find such constructs as “wind-wandering weed-winding bank” (Binsey Poplars) and “skies of couple-colour” (Pied Beauty). Likewise, in “Naked in the Sea” [the title poem of the collection] we find, “true-cross of sea-nails”, and “later, later still, star-late,…” strikingly reminiscent of Hopkins. On the surface perhaps; in the depths, far from it. Marie Marshall’s elocution is far afield from Hopkin’s. Given the remarkable sensibility of her poetry… I find myself all but speechless at the sweeping genius that so often informs Naked in the Sea.

This being said, I defy any critic to do justice to her luminous creativity, the soul of her heart’s aspirations and desires so eloquently transformed into poetry, in the truest sense of the word. If asked to assign her a place along with the finest poets of the twentieth century, I find that I must rank her with the likes of William Butler Yeats and Edna Saint-Vincent Millay, however much her style and disposition as a poet diverge from theirs, as indeed it does. Marie Marshall shines as a beacon amongst early twenty-first century poets, all too many of whom are mediocre wordsmiths, merely regurgitating the rigidity that characterised so much of the poetry of the twentieth century, a century in which the vast preponderance of poetry seemed sadly oblivious of the halcyon heights of the best of English poetry of the past…

Marie Marshall’s poetry is irradiated with the very soul and spirit of rhythm, assonance, alliteration and rhyme that is the hallmark of the most prized of English poetry, past or present. We are somehow aware that she, among a few select contemporary poets, has re-entered the Elysium of historic English poetry, with unique qualities which speak, not for the past, but for the emotional and spiritual needs and aspirations of poetry readers today, in our world of the early third millennium, and on such a scale that she shall, I am sure, endure.

Richard Vallance,
Editor-in-Chief, Describe Adonis Press,
Ottawa, Canada.

Postcript: If this book is out-of-stock at Amazon it may be purchased direct from Masque Publishing.

Postscript from gipsika:  And the Ebook, which will not be out of stock, from P’kaboo or Amazon.