Marina Finlayson

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Marina Finlayson is a reformed wedding organist who now writes fantasy. She is married and shares her Sydney home with three kids, a large collection of dragon statues and one very stupid dog with a death wish.

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Marina Finlayson I'm always super clean when a story's not behaving, because my go-to cure for writer's block is to have a long, soaky bath. There's something about…moreI'm always super clean when a story's not behaving, because my go-to cure for writer's block is to have a long, soaky bath. There's something about being trapped in one spot with no distractions that really helps to wake up the creative side of my brain. It may take an hour, but I usually end up leaping out of the bath all pruney and wrinkled, but raring to go on the writing again.

And even if it doesn't work, hey, I got to lie in the bath for an hour! (less)
Marina Finlayson Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings, but there are currently no plans to bring out books 4 and 5 of the Shadows of the Immortals series on audio. My…moreSorry to be the bearer of bad tidings, but there are currently no plans to bring out books 4 and 5 of the Shadows of the Immortals series on audio. My audio publisher didn't pick them up and I'm not able to produce them myself since that option is only available to US authors.(less)
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Lucky number 13

Changeling Illusion is out, and it’s my thirteenth novel. Feels good to have another trilogy finished–even more so because I finally got to reveal the big twist in Allegra’s story that I’ve been hugging to myself since I first envisioned this series!









How do you bring down one of the most powerful fae in all the Realms?







That’s the question Allegra has to answer in this final adventure. Kellith,...

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This book caught me by surprise. From the description, I was expecting your standard epic fantasy where farm boy discovers he has magic and goes off to save the world. But this was very different: a much deeper and slower story of first love and prej ...more
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I've read a LOT of books on overcoming procrastination, but none have helped me as much as this one. It felt as though the author was describing me and my problems exactly in his descriptions of what procrastination is and why we engage in it. That g ...more
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Inventive retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Looking forward to the sequel!
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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
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Full of good old commonsense, seasoned with a liberal dose of snark and humour. So if you like self-help books, this one could be for you.
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Loved the Russian flavour to this very enjoyable fantasy.
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If someone set out to design the perfect book for me, they would probably come up with this one. The characters are so real and adorable they feel like old friends. The quotes from the "fanfic" book are so good I'd love to read that book too, and it' ...more
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“Throw the word “bargain” around a few times, and people will swarm the tiredest old dreck like bees in search of a new hive. Or maybe locusts, ready to strip the place bare. They even buzzed like swarming insects. Voices raised in conversation and laughter, plus the occasional shrieks of a tired child, formed a background roar that still failed to drown out the tired tinkle of Christmas music piped over the top. I’d only been here ten minutes and already I’d heard White Christmas twice. Two times too many in my book.”
Marina Finlayson, Twiceborn

“Bet Boss wouldn’t be pleased about the sunnies thing. Making yourself look like a tosser was a personal choice, of course, but it meant Sunnies Dude stood out from the crowd. Despite the heat and glare outside, no one else in here wore sunglasses. What did they teach these guys in spy school? Didn’t he know he should be trying to blend in?”
Marina Finlayson, Twiceborn

“So I had a look, in case it was full of white powder, or hundred dollar bills, or something equally dodgy. I may not care about much any more but no money on earth would get me to deliver drugs. But I couldn’t even tell what it was—a roughly disk-shaped piece of shiny hard something. It didn’t look like any plastic I’d ever seen, and there was nothing written on it, nothing to explain why anyone would give a toss who received such a thing. But clearly someone did.”
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Marina Finlayson They were very yummy! I see you're a quilter too -- there's a lot of us about!


Carolyn Thanks for the friend request Marina. Looking forward to seeing what you like to read. Love the strawberry Santas!


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