Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Tragic Silence by E.C. Hibbs Blog Tour - Tens List + Giveaways


Tragic Silence

Tragic Silence by E.C. Hibbs
NA Paranormal Suspense
Published: 19th November 2013

When tragedy strikes Bianka Farkas one night in her native Hungary, she loses more than a friend and her mobility. Some things are harder to understand. Waking up in a hospital, Bee struggles to remember exactly what happened the night she was attacked and witnessed a brutal murder. Memories of a mysterious figure plague her as well as bizarre and terrifying changes in her over the next few years. Facing this new horrifying reality with a surprising ally, Bee finally has the chance to take her revenge but at what cost?

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My Top Ten Places to Visit in England

This was quite a tough little challenge for me, because I’m very proud to be English and there are so many amazing places here. But I tried to keep it to my personal favourites and ones that can maybe be missed sometimes, so I’m probably going to be a bit biased with this list!

1. The Lake District, Cumbria
This is one of the most famous National Parks in the UK, and my favourite. I honestly have no words for how much I love this area of the country. It’s well-known for being the home of some renowned writers including William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, and you can still visit their old houses. I never get tired of it, taking trips across the Lakes, walking through the forests, and wandering around the little villages. One of my favourite places here, and in the whole world, is Castlerigg stone circle just outside Keswick. It’s a 4,000 year-old prehistoric site surrounded by some of the highest mountains in England, and on a clear day it’s a truly magical place!

2. Chester, Cheshire
This city has been ranked as one of the prettiest in Europe. It was originally founded in 79AD as a Roman fortress, and it still has the original walls that first encircled the city, an amphitheatre (like Chester’s version of the Coliseum in Rome), a castle built just after the Norman Conquest in the 11th century, a thousand year-old cathedral, and unique medieval shopping “Rows”. Plus it’s the most haunted city in England – and I used to live there!

3. Haworth, West Yorkshire – “Brontë Country”
It’s very well hidden in the miles of moorland, but Haworth is always a must on my list! It was the home of the Brontës, and the entire village is peppered with facts and homage to the family. It all still has the feel of being touched by the 19th century, right down to the original cobbled roads. The highlight is the Parsonage – the house where the family lived, which has been kept pretty much exactly as how it was when Charlotte, Emily and Anne were alive. You can see some of their old belongings – including portable writing desks! – and walk through the room where Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights were written. Needless to say, I was fangirling a lot!

4. Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
You might recognise this house as Pemberley from the 2005 Pride and Prejudice movie, and it’s been featured in The Wolfman and The Duchess as well. It’s the seat of the Duke of Devonshire, and it’s definitely one of the most beautiful stately homes in England. I love going through the gardens and the sculpture gallery, but one of the best parts of the whole building is a painting of a violin hanging on a door, but it looks absolutely real! I honestly couldn’t believe it when I realised what it was!

5. Blists Hill Victorian Town, Shropshire
This place is amazing. It’s an open air museum that completely recreates a Victorian town in practically every way. There are shops, a canal, an ironworks, a countryside with a fairground, and loads more! Walking through the streets, you really feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. And to make it even more authentic, you can exchange your modern money at the bank for farthings and pennies, as how they would have been used over a hundred years ago!

6. Hilbre Island, Cheshire
My nickname for this place is “little patch of heaven.” Hilbre is a tidal island that sits between England and Wales, and it’s very small, but I could happily spend days out there. It can be quite isolated, especially when the tide comes in and cuts off all access to the mainland, but it’s well worth it, because the neighbouring colony of grey seals will swim close to the island and stare up at you! It’s got quite a colourful history, its fair share of legends, and looks amazing in summer.

7. Kents Cavern, Torbay, Devon
This is a cave network that is really worth exploring! It was carved by underground rivers running through the rock, and some of the chambers that have been left are amazing! In some places, the walls have been carved into the shape of a man’s face, and a sleeping dragon!

8. Longleat, Wiltshire
This place is a cool mix of a stately home and a safari park! The 500 year-old house is the seat of the Marquesses of Bath, and you can take a tour through a huge part of it, exploring the halls and gardens. In the grounds is Longleat Safari Park, which was the first park of its kind outside of Africa, and houses over thirty species of animals from all over the world.

9. Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
This is a beautiful area of England, filled with all sorts of nods to Shakespeare. You can see the house where he was born, as well as Anne Hathaway’s cottage. And not too far away is Warwick Castle, home of ‘Warwick the Kingmaker’ during the Wars of the Roses in the 1400s.

10. London
This one was bound to show up at some point! I’ve only ever been to London once, and I didn’t get to do loads of sightseeing because I was there for a meeting. But I got to spend time exploring Covent Garden, Soho, and Westminster. There’s so much to see and do here; some of its more famous places are Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Westminster Palace, Piccadilly Circus, the London Eye, Hyde Park, St Paul’s Cathedral, and the West End. Plus there’s the Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221B Baker Street!


Thank you for the amazing list! I have always wanted to go to England and when I do eventually get there I will definitely check these places out!



Author Bio - E.C. Hibbs

E.C. HibbsE. C. Hibbs has lived all her life in Cheshire, north-west England. A lover of stories from an early age, she wrote her first ‘book’ when she was five, and throughout school was a frequent visitor to the younger classes to read her tales to the children.

Living so near the coast, she loves anything to do with the sea. She studied Animal Behaviour at university and longs to work with marine mammals in the future. As well as nature and animals, she also has a soft spot for history, and loves paying visits to castles, cathedrals and museums.

There are many things she could be without, but writing isn’t one of them. She carries a pen everywhere, in case an idea appears, and takes pride in still seeing the world as brimming with magic. Besides writing, she reads obsessively, her favourite genres being the classics and all kinds of fantasy. She also enjoys Disney and horror films, practising Shotokan karate, drawing, archery, and playing with her very cheeky kitten.

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5 comments:

  1. Omg I just want to visit England period!! Someday, I will! :D

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  2. I would love to visit England one day! Especially London, especially for all the museums...the Sherlock Holmes Museum in particular!!

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  3. Thanks so much, Myra!!! I'm glad you liked the sound of my top ten!

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  4. my dream is to do one big tour of england, scotland, wales, and ireland. our family is part irish and part scottish so i'd like to do genealogy research there too. (i'd live in ireland full-time if i could afford it!)

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  5. I'd love to visit Stratford-Upon-Avon in particular, I imagine it's even better than my high school English class book nerd self could ever imagine!!!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

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