Seventh Rainbow Publishing is an independent publisher based in London, England that specialises in producing high-quality e-books by UK authors for the world market. We’re fairly new, but both our author list and range of titles are growing. We’re not tied to any one genre so our catalogue is starting to become quite diverse, ranging from YA paranormal historical novels to non-fiction.
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Please introduce yourself…
My name is Michael Gallagher; I was born in New Zealand. I moved to London in my early twenties and it's now my home. Until quite recently I was a teacher by profession, but I’ve now retired to write full time. I used to be an avid reader but, with my writing now taking precedence, I'm lucky if I manage to fit in one book per month—usually for the Canada Water Crimes & Thrillers book group I attend, which you can find on Facebook.
You're a writer of historical fiction and more especially, with the Send for Octavius Guy series, of cozy thrillers. What inspired your latest book, Big Bona Ogles, Boy!?
The series employs a number of characters from the Wilkie Collins book The Moonstone, and the first few volumes are set in 1852, some three years after The Moonstone mystery concludes. Big Bona Ogles, Boy! (which roughly translates as “What great big eyes you’ve got there!”) is the last to be set in this year, a relatively quiet year in both Britain and abroad. It was, however, the year that a certain Mrs Maria B. Hayden arrived in London from Connecticut in late November to bring Spiritualism to these shores for the very first time. Her seances were actually quite staid affairs, unlike the ones my character Mrs Harmon presides over, but I think my readers will allow me an amount of literary licence as I ramp up the ghostly goings-on when the candles are extinguished. It’s up to my young detective, Gooseberry, to work out how the medium achieves her startling effects—which he does, though only with a little help from George Crump, the lad he is training up to be his assistant detective. As soon as he is able to prove it, however, someone makes use of the the pitch-black room to make an attempt on Mrs Harmon’s life. There are puzzles aplenty and clues abound as the pair set out to track down a ruthless murderer.
Octavius Guy and the Case of the Mendacious Medium. Join Gooseberry, the Victorian boy detective, in the lead-up to Christmas as he and his ragtag bunch of friends investigate a shadowy spiritualist medium recently arrived from Boston, Massachusetts, only to discover that somebody desperately wants her dead.
Octavius Guy and the Case of the Throttled Tragedienne. When the leading actress dies in mysterious circumstances on stage during a performance of The Duchess of Malfi at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Gooseberry, the fourteen-year-old Victorian boy detective, feels duty-bound to investigate.
Originally conceived as a blog to accompany Gallagher's Victorian novels, and freely available to read online, this guide provides a great introduction to the fascinating phenomenon of 19th Century spiritualism. If you can't tell your materializations from your Mumlers, or never realized just how physical ghost-grabbing could get, then this may well be the perfect book for you.
Egypt, 1885. Theft and murder are afoot at an archaeological dig in the Valley of the Kings. Lizzie Blaylock, a young materializing medium of some renown, and her mentor, Miss Otis, thought they were there to vacation, especially as Lizzie has decided she wants nothing more to do with her powers. Her powers, however, have other things in mind.
Murky Victorian London. Thirteen-year-old Lizzie Blaylock has done her best to fill her absconding mother’s shoes, but her father is lazy and feckless, and her little sister is riddled with tuberculosis. When Lizzie has a fit at school, for which she is expelled, she and those around her slowly begin to realize that she may have special powers…powers to communicate with the dead.