Blog Tour Review & Giveaway – Secret of the Manor by Taylin Clavelli

Title:Secret of the Manor

Author:Taylin Clavelli

Genre:Paranormal, Mystery, Gay Romance, Adventure, Historical


Publisher:Wayward Ink Publishing


Warren Blake is an accountant at the pinnacle of his career. After accepting a new position he decides to settle in the scenic Cotswold village of Walmsley Hackett.  A village with a colourful history of myth, old wives tales and mystery.

One morning during his train ride into work, Warren notices a small quaint church which he becomes enchanted with. Curiousity compels him to find the church and when he finally does, he discovers an unmarked grave in the corner. Feeling sorry for its occupant, Warren becomes a frequent visitor.

Little does he know that the young man inside the coffin needs a champion and Warren is chosen.

What follows involves a ghostly medieval joust, witchcraft, love, and Warren risking his life.

Secret of the Manor Cover


Secret of the Manor is a beautiful blend of contemporary romance, paranormal mystery, and historical adventures. If that’s not enough to intrigue you, I don’t know what is! I fell in love with Warren early on, when he attempted to build a quiet life for himself in a little Cotswold village, and just continued to root for him as peace and quiet for not even close to what he found. Through jousting, talking to ghosts, trying to untangle mysteries, and falling in love with Alex, Warren keeps revealing more of himself to the reader.

Carl and his wife, James who is Alex’ brother, the vicar from the church Warren often visits, the ghost he tries to communicate, as well as the territorial Salem, and Argo, Warren’s beloved horse will just make the story better for you. There’s not one character like the other, and each plays a key role in the story. The twists are not predictable, the setting is breathtaking, the secrets about to be exposed rock the characters’ lives. There’s no way you can get sucked in into this story and not regret having to do something other than continue reading till the end.

I have to confess to having a different experience than most readers when it comes to Secret of the Manor. During my trip to Birmingham in July, I also stopped by Taylin’s and she was kind enough to show me the old church that inspired the story. I was even shown Salem’s domain. It gave me a feeling of being part of the ‘in’ crowd, and only made the story more personal. With or without Taylin’s tour, this is one tale you really must enjoy for yourselves.

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About the author

Taylin Clavelli lives in the United Kingdom, about 15 miles south of Birmingham, and a short journey from the world famous Cadbury’s Chocolate factory. She’s married with children and loves her family with all her heart.

Her love of books has been a long standing affair, with Taylin liking nothing better than to lose herself in an imaginary world.

Until she met Lily Velden, she never considered trying her hand at writing. However, after talking ideas, Lily encouraged her to put pen to paper—or rather, fingers to keyboard. Since, with a few virtual kicks in the right place, she hasn’t stopped. Her confidence eventually led to her writing an original work for submission.

Her first published work was Boys, Toys, and Carpet Fitters, developed for the Dreamspinner Press Anthology – Don’t Try This At Home.

Now she absolutely adores immersing herself into the characters she creates, and transferring the pictures in her brain to paper, finding it liberating, therapeutic, and wonderful.

Outside of writing, her interests include; martial arts (she’s a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-do), horse-riding, all of which facilitates her love of a wide variety of movies. Her action heroes include Jet Li and Tony Jaa—finding the dedication these men have for their art combined with their skill both amazing and a privilege to watch. If pressed, she’ll admit to thinking that the screen entrance of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl, and Shadowfax in LOTR, to be the greatest screen entrances ever. Her all-time favorite movies are Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.

The simple things in life that make her day, putting a smile on her face are:

Laughter – especially that of her children.

The smell of lasagna cooking – it makes her mouth salivate.

The dawn chorus – no symphony ever written can beat the waking greetings of the birds.

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Writer, traveler, coffee and book addict, and also founder of EyesOnBooks. I've loved books all my life and now they are a huge part of my work. I have been blogging for about twelve years and have worked as a PR and marketing consultant in the IT&C field before shifting all my focus to books and authors.

2 Responses to “Blog Tour Review & Giveaway – Secret of the Manor by Taylin Clavelli”

  1. Oh bless you Alina. This is the second time today that I’ve been blown away by a review on SOM. Thank you doesn’t seem to cover it. What a totally awesome end to a fantastic tour. Heartfelt hugs and cyber kisses. xx

  2. Hehe, thought you might enjoy this last day! Dawn has been gushing about SotM for a while now. I kind of envied her because I couldn’t wait to FINALLY get sucked into it 😀 You don’t need to thank anyone, just write more, that’s all we require.

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