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Bloggers PhotoHi it is time i introduced myself, I was born in Skipton Yorkshire, England, and still have a accent belonging to my birth place. in 1966 my wife Elaine and i and our two sons moved to New Zealand, where the boys were raised. then we  moved on to the city of Perth  in Western Australia.
After 45 years away we both decided to have a move back to the yorkshire dales where we were raised. leaving our children and grandchildren in what i consider the best places on the planet. (NZ-OZ)
Our reason for the move back to the uk was to be able to discover our back yard so to speak, and we have a desire to go to europe, especially scandinavia and germany.
 I would like to say how much i'm enjoying my trip here on soup, and really loved the poems posted, my bigest problem being time, i always seem to be catching up, being able only to spend two to three days on here, even then with limited hours, so please forgive me if my comments seem later than most.  I also love football (soccer) Newcastle United in England being my team, then music, all kinds but mainly Rock 'n' Roll, i'm  a avid record collector, especially old vinyl LP's of the Fifties. my favourite poet is W. H Davies, along with a few on soup here, I do not get a lot of time to read these days, but my favourite Author is Dennis Wheatley, also i love  the the Bronte Sisters, being raised only 10 miles from Haworth, one gets a real feel for their literature, when one visits the area.   Harry

Amanda Tams(The golden girl of poetry soup)

Blog Posted:8/4/2017 3:14:00 PM

NINE STEPS FROM THE TREE by [TAMS, AMANDA]Hi just like to tell you one of our members first book is now out in paper back and kindle,,have a read you certainly will be surprised, so far getting wonderful reviews and feedback....Harry

Here is the synopis


Are you sure about unravelling your family tree?

The friendship between the two main characters is obvious. Kate’s best friend Pam suffers a breakdown after her parent’s deaths and Kate looks after her. Many years on, while clearing out her parents belongings ready for renovation, in the attic discover a family tree, a diary revealing a mysterious story of witchcraft, a generation’s old curse to trap people inside a magical tree and a wand. Pam discovers she is a descendant of a witch, rumoured to have burnt to death after casting a spell on her village after her lover deserts her. Her curse was, if she cannot have her true love no one else will have him, nor any of the villagers have theirs neither and for all eternity.

At first the friends find it amusing being so far back in history considering it foolish or a story, until things start to go wrong.

Pam becomes obsessed with the diary and a Witch girl named Martha, who trapped her lover in a tree. One day in a playful mood Kate asks if Pam fancies her husband Jack, also Jack the same question it’s asked in fun, but this lighting a fuse in both. One day Jack, compelled to follow Pam into the wood where at the old oak, and in a moment of madness they make love with Jack instantly rejecting her, afraid of repercussions. Pam, her hurt compounded when Amy, Jack’s daughter accuses her of having a thing with her dad. Pam is horrified and retaliates, making her aware she has seen her with men other than her fiancé. In her despair of betrayal to Kate, Pam’s madness takes hold. Recalling the story of the witch who cast spells to capture her lover and hold him in the tree. Pam, so desperate recites the same ones to trap Kate, believing she is his first and true love, thus leaving him free. Four days later, on the last night of April, Pam is discovered unconscious and dangerously ill. The same night, Jack and Kate’s daughter Amy, after a row with her fiancé, runs into the wood and is never seen again.

While in the psychiatric unit, they discover Pam is pregnant with a daughter, Kate has no idea Jack may be the father believing Pam suffered an attack. Soon after the birth, Kate discovers she is pregnant with a son.

Holding her daughter, Pam in a brief spell of sanity, is haunted by a recollection of a dark terrible secret she never divulged. Leaving a letter explaining Jack is not her baby’s father she reveals the secret, making provision for the child well away from Jack before taking her own life at the oak tree. The story unravels some eighteen years later, the letter is sent by the solicitors to Pam’s daughter. Pam’s daughter and Kate’s son meet, Jack soon discovers her identity revealing his true character. He tells her he wants to teach how to love him like his daughter Amy did because she is also his daughter but his attempt at rape fails.  On that night, Jack disappears, the last night of April and Amy’s presence is apparent, she is a vengeful part of the oak. Kate, confronted with the truth, spirals into a breakdown. Months later an invitation to her son’s wedding to Pam’s daughter rouses Kate. They marry understanding from the letter they are not related. On the night of their wedding they find a wand. Does the curse live on?


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Date: 8/7/2017 6:44:00 PM
I am not sure when your nick was given to you, but I would guess it predates some of us in this blog, thus, it should be respected. You handled the situation below with class. Congrats on your book Amanda.
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Mandy Tams The Golden Girl
Date: 8/8/2017 3:51:00 AM
Thank you Rob, yes it does predate most lol x
Date: 8/7/2017 2:28:00 AM Kindle version open tomorrow free for anyone that would like to read it, if you do please leave a review that's all I ask. You can read it on an app phone, pc or pad just go to
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Date: 8/6/2017 2:44:00 PM
Congratulations, Mandy Tams the Golden Girl! This is awesome news.
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Mandy Tams The Golden Girl
Date: 8/7/2017 2:23:00 AM
Thank you so much Becca xx
Date: 8/5/2017 6:57:00 PM
That is one complicated plot, Harry! I bet she had to put a lot of thought and dedication into writing her book. My congrats to Mandy. Amanda is one of my favorite names. About the phrase Golden Girl, thanks to the popular US sitcom, it now has a meaning that I am sadly now fitting into. haha (OLD). But for the meaning YOU are implying, may Mandy reign as the Golden Girl and be able to age gracefully into those golden years!
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 8/6/2017 7:46:00 PM
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Mandy Tams The Golden Girl
Date: 8/6/2017 10:19:00 AM
Ha ha , hi Andrea, again such a wonderful and kind person, not it my 60's yet lol xx
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 8/5/2017 6:58:00 PM
Hopefully Mandy is not into her 60's yet. Ugggg. Too many changes going on after 60!!
Date: 8/5/2017 3:50:00 PM
Wonderful Mandy and yes, you've earned "Golden Girl" years ago just like Linda-Marie earned "The Sweetheart", rest her lovely soul but some will earn their own and not by insistence. The best of luck to you Dear Mandy.
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Mandy Tams The Golden Girl
Date: 8/6/2017 10:17:00 AM
Thank you Craig, another kind soul xx
Date: 8/5/2017 10:34:00 AM
Hi Harry :)!! This is so sweet of you to showcase Mandy's book and I am really happy for Mandy for pursuing in having a book published. It sounds intriguing and I wish her the best with it :) I am so sorry, I just had to comment below. I haven't been active here, but I couldn't just be quiet. Like what I said below, Mandy will always be the Golden Girl of Soup for me (and I think for so many others as well). I think it fits her well, since her personality shines and makes so many of us smile :)
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Mandy Tams The Golden Girl
Date: 8/6/2017 10:17:00 AM
Bless you , you are such a lovely person xx
Date: 8/5/2017 1:31:00 AM
All women on this site are "Golden Girls", Harry.
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Mandy Tams The Golden Girl
Date: 8/5/2017 6:19:00 AM
Hi Julie and harry, please don't squabble this is one of the reasons I rarely come to soup now. Julia, Harry didn't give me the name of the Golden Girl,it came about a long time ago on the soup due to a poem, It was not I or Harry that gave me the nickname. Thanks Harry for your support, you always have and continue to support me and I love you for it. Anyone who wold like to read the ebook if they contact the blog I will try to open it for free if you promise to put a review on for me.
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Julia Ward
Date: 8/5/2017 5:07:00 AM
Poetry Soup give us the right not to have comments on our Blogs. I haven't singled you out, in the same way as you should not have singled one of us out as "The Golden Girl of Poetry Soup", as if it is definitive!
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harry horsman
Date: 8/5/2017 2:35:00 AM
Julia i'm not going to block you from comments on my blog, as i believe everyone has a right to their own opinion: Pity you don't

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