Saturday, July 4, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors: WHITE HART #5

Happy Independence Day! Hope you are enjoying a all the snippets before rushing off to see all the colorful explosions this day has to offer. Check out the rest of them here.

This week, Gawain is still on his way to Camelot.


Gawain had only just reached the stream when he saw the giant fall from halfway up the west-side cliff. Gringalet stepped back and tossed his long black mane. Stones rumbled and slid against the side of the ravine. Gawain closed his eyes, trying not to imagine Gaheris's body caught in the rock fall.
The ravine was too narrow and rocky for a gallop. Gawain dismounted and ran, allowing Gringalet and Culun's hounds to chase after him. He could hear hoof-beats and the pattering of paws against the stones and gravel as he raced toward the giant's body. His own footsteps couldn't keep up with the quickness of his heart, pulsing with dread. Cold unsteady blood vibrated through him despite the speed of his motion.




Here is the summary if you think you might be interested in reading more. WHITE HART is set to be released August 1st



Gawain of Orkney has not been to Camelot since before his father led a rebellion against King Arthur. Now that the war is over Gawain is sent to attend Arthur's wedding.

The night of the wedding Arthur bids Gawain to hunt a white hart -- a beautiful deer of unearthly purity. Gawain accepts the quest but the dangers of the wilderness become hard to battle when he is bound by Arthur's new ideals. Gawain realizes he may not be so different from the knights of the old, violent ways of as he had imagined.

Gawain does not have long to decide which life he wants to chase. Not all the rebels put down their swords when his father did. The knights of the old ways are planning an assassination and even King Arthur may not survive his own idealistic trust.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

SNOW ROSES giveaway!!!! Free to any same sex couple who gets married or engaged this week!

Because Snow and Rose would be particularly happy about his week's ruling I am offering a free copy of SNOW ROSES to any same sex couple who gets married or engaged this week. E-mail me at featherzines@yahoo.com before Sunday the fifth to claim your copy.


After her father's death Snow shuts herself away in her grief cluttered chambers but she is plagued by more than painful memories. She will never be safe unless she forgets how her father really died. At last she escapes into the woods with nothing but a small knife. Rose leaves the sleeping village she grew up in for the first time in search of her missing grandmother. Alone in the woods at night she finds ghosts, a rabid wolf, her grandmother's mangled corpse, and Snow. Snow and Rose thrive together in the wood but hiding will not keep them safe forever. It will take something stronger than walls to conquer the dangers that haunt them.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors: WHITE HART #4

Hello bloggers! Here's my snippet for the week. Don't forget to check out the rest of the writing weekend warriors.


Gawain quelled the panic and bile rising in his chest. He rose to his feet and looked around him in the darkness. Tree branches rocked with the gentle hiss of the wind like a ring of spirits in a ritual dance. He wouldn't be able to track the hunter until dawn. He looked up at the sky, hoping to see some hint of blue blanketing the stars but they glared back at him in a cloud of blackness. A low growl sounded from behind him.
Gawain turned. He recognized the deep, scraping baritone growl even before he saw the single gold-colored eye glaring at him from out of the darkness. Balor stepped closer. Even in the black of night Gawain could see the vicious shape of his snarl and the thick intensity of his limbs as he walked.



WHITE HART will be released August 1st. Here is the summery if you think you might be interested in reading more.


Gawain of Orkney has not been to Camelot since before his father led a rebellion against King Arthur. Now that the war is over Gawain is sent to attend Arthur's wedding.

The night of the wedding Arthur bids Gawain to hunt a white hart -- a beautiful deer of unearthly purity. Gawain accepts the quest but the dangers of the wilderness become hard to battle when he is bound by Arthur's new ideals. Gawain realizes he may not be so different from the knights of the old, violent ways of as he had imagined.

Gawain does not have long to decide which life he wants to chase. Not all the rebels put down their swords when his father did. The knights of the old ways are planning an assassination and even King Arthur may not survive his own idealistic trust.




AND if you want to be a part of the WHITE HART cover reveal on July 20 e-mail me at featherzines@yahoo.com

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Chasm

I don't usually post a lot of personal stuff but the last twelve months have been a really weird year for me and this is the most honest thing I've been able to write in a long time. So even though it's about my broken (working?) heart rather than my books I think sharing it might loosen up some of the writer's block that has kept me from any new creations since last June.


There was always a chasm between us, an ocean of distance, an ether of silence and unspoken resistance. Mine as much as yours even if I had never tried so hard to build a bridge, a raft, a word. Anything that could scratch through the surface, that would stop me from flailing and you from running.

But my touch was a shove. Yours was a slither. My words were a scream. Yours were a writhe. Every movement took you further away from me.

Was there ever a moment when you didn't want to go? When --maybe --you wanted to close the gap as much as I did? Or will there ever be enough distance --enough apathy --to satisfy you?

Did I have claws I didn't know about? Were there teeth I didn't see? I would have ripped them off if you had told me where they were. I wouldn't have cared about the blood or the infection that follows. I wouldn't have cared if you had been the one with the claws and teeth. I would have been your prey as readily as I was your huntress.

But you had no taste for me.

I feign no innocence. I have no self-less desires, least of all for you. But tell me you are happy in the ether you live in, your private void of protection. How many faces must you wear to convince yourself that you don't exist?

There is nothing in the abyss.

My words are a slather of mortar, thickening the space between us. Each syllable is another stack of straw just when I thought there was nowhere for the rejection to expand. I have lost more pieces of myself than I thought I had trying to close the chasm. It is an open wound, a gash in my flesh that refuses to be cauterized.

How many masks have I worn, searching like a ravaged child for the cure to this hunger? More than I thought existed and each one I thought was real.

Some deceases have no medicine. Some questions have no answers, no end, only echoes of themselves as they cut deeper and deeper into the silence.

What are words anyways? Sounds we invented so we can pretend that we are not alone, so we can imagine that any of us understand each other. We are all locked in our own ethers, our own private voids, the grotesque ocean of our own masks.

The chasm cannot be breached.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Character Interview with Cait Weerd from Simon Kewin's HEDGE WITCH

Hi everybody! Happy tuesday. Today we have fiftteen year old Cait Weerd from Simon Kewin's book HEDGE WITCH, the first in his Cloven Land Trylogy.


Hi Cait! Welcome to Taliesin.

Cait: Hey. Thanks for having me. This is kinda weird. Not sure why you're talking to me. I'm not special or anything.

Tell me about your connections to Manchester Central library.

Cait: So, my gran works there and I go and see her after school some times. My gran's cool. Nothing fazes her. She's always happy to see me. It can be a bit strange at the library sometimes though. There's a deep basement only staff are allowed into and there are all these old books down there, like they're being kept locked away. It's sort of spooky.

Are you much of a reader?

Cait: Uh huh, sure. I like reading. My gran's always suggesting books I might like. She tends to suggest books with strong female characters like I'm not going to notice what she's up to, trying to tell me I can do anything if I put my mind to it and all that blah blah. I quite like books with real people in, you know, set in the real world and that. I'm not really one for scifi and that.

Do you believe in witches?

Cait: Like, cackling crones on broomsticks? Er, no, don't think so. Although, like, who knows? Sometimes strange things do happen to me. It's crazy, I know, but occasionally I feel like I'm making things happen, if you know what I mean. Things that I can't possibly be making happen. Things that make no sense. I'm obviously just imagining it, I'm sure.

Tell me about your family.

Cait: So apart from my gran there's just my mum and me. My dad, well, he died in a fire a few years back. It was pretty grim. Still is, I guess. We were close and my mum, well, she's never really got over it. I still miss him. It's like I keep thinking of things I want to tell him or show him but I can't because he's not there any more. It's hard to get your head round.

What do you know about your ancestors?

Cait: My mum's family are from Chorley in Lancashire, which isn't too far away. Don't know much more than that. Except, from what I can gather, we're not from there originally. We're from somewhere else completely. Somewhere a long way away, but I don't actually know where. I should find out. My surname is Weerd which is pretty, well, weird I guess. And yes, I have heard all the jokes. Trust me.

If you could change the fate of the world, would you?

Cait: Sure, who wouldn't? But I'm not going to be able to am I? I'm just a schoolgirl. I don't have any superpowers. No one pays much attention to anything I do or say.

Do you have any conspiracy theories or do you believe the world is exactly as it seems?

Cait: You should speak to Danny. Danny's this boy I hang out with. He's always talking about conspiracy theories. Like, dark forces secretly running the world and that. He's OK, though. He's not crazy or anything.

What is your favorite flavor of jelly bean?

Cait: Lemon or lime or something like that. Nothing too sweet.

One last question. Who's this Danny fellow you've been spending so much time with?

Cait: So, like I say, he's this boy. We hang out together. We like the same bands. He's not my boyfriend, he's a boy friend. With a space. A space makes all the difference. Danny's fun. We're mates. That's all.

Thank you Cait for coming by. It was great talking to you :-)

Cait: No problem. Great to talk to you, too. Still don't know hy though? Like I say, nothing unusual ever happens to me...




Two worlds, one nightmare...

Fifteen year-old Cait Weerd has no idea she's being sought by the undain: sorcerous creatures that feed off the spirit of the living. She doesn't know they need her blood to survive. She doesn't even know she's a witch, descended from a long line of witches. Cait Weerd doesn't know a lot, really, but all that's about to change.

At Manchester Central Library she's caught up in sudden violence. In the chaos she's given an old book that's been hidden there. Given it and told to run. Hide the book or destroy it. The book contains all the secrets of the undains' existence. They and their human servants want to find it as much as they want to find her.

Cait learns the fates of two worlds are at stake. Just what she needs. Along with definitely-not-a-boyfriend Danny, she has to decide what the hell to do. Run, fight or hope it all goes away.

It's only then she learns who she really is, along with the terrible truth of what the undain have been doing in our world all this time...


You can check HEDGE WITCH out here on amazon!

The second part of the trilogy - WORM LORD - will be out this year, with the final part hopefully next year. Simon Kewin is also just finishing off a prequel novella that will be available for free later this year...

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors: WHITE HART #3

Greetings fellow weekend writers! I hope you are all enjoying the snippets (I know I am!). Here's mine for this week. The continuing adventures of Gawain on his way to Camelot.


Gawain dreamt of a white hart. At first he saw only moonlight, making its way through a course copse of trees. Then he saw a pair of brown-black eyes and the gentle curve of an animal's back. The deer dropped its head near the ground. Prickly pieces of grass grazed over his mouse soft muzzle.
The night seemed to stand still, fading into an unearthly hush. A brook rushed by, void of sound. Falcon wings beat overhead, sending a gust through Gawain's hair, but still he heard nothing. He gazed at the ghostly form of the deer, drinking in the fermented honey scent hovering in the air. An acidic light glided over the glade.




Gawain of Orkney has not been to Camelot since before his father led a rebellion against King Arthur. Now that the war is over Gawain is sent to attend Arthur's wedding.

The night of the wedding Arthur bids Gawain to hunt a white hart -- a beautiful deer of unearthly purity. Gawain accepts the quest but the dangers of the wilderness become hard to battle when he is bound by Arthur's new ideals. Gawain realizes he may not be so different from the knights of the old, violent ways of as he had imagined.

Gawain does not have long to decide which life he wants to chase. Not all the rebels put down their swords when his father did. The knights of the old ways are planning an assassination and even King Arthur may not survive his own idealistic trust.



Don't forget to check out the rest of the snippets here!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Finally! WHITE HART release date announcement!

Hello all!
Today is an exciting day because I get to announce, finally and officially the release date for my next book WHITE HART.

Are you ready?

*drum roll*

But before I tell you when you can get your hands on it I should probably tell you a little of what the book is about.


Gawain of Orkney has not been to Camelot since before his father led a rebellion against King Arthur. Now that the war is over Gawain is sent to attend Arthur's wedding as a token of peace.

The night of the wedding Arthur bids Gawain to hunt a white hart -- a beautiful deer of unearthly purity. Gawain accepts the quest but the dangers of the wilderness become hard to battle when he is bound by Arthur's new ideals of peace and trust. Gawain realizes he may not be so different from the knights of the old, violent ways of as he would like to imagine.

Gawain does not have long to decide which life he wants to chase. Not all of the rebels put down their swords when his father did. The knights of the old ways are planning an assassination and even King Arthur may not survive this new idealistic trust.



So now that you know some of what is in the book . . .

*longer, more suspenseful drum roll*

The release date is . . .


Hardly more than a month away. I’m so excited!

But I don’t want to celebrate alone. I would like all of you to join me in a four week blog tour, starting July 20th with the cover reveal.

If you would like to be a part of the cover reveal add your name and blog to the link list below and I will send you all the relevant information by the 19th of July. (My cover artist is AMAZING by the way. He painted exactly what I asked him to up to the Celtic stylization)


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But I want to celebrate much more than that! Also e-mail me at featherzines@yahoo.com if you would care to host an author interview, character interview (my characters love to be interviewed!), book giveaway (only given to the first ten who volunteer) or book review on your blog anytime between July 21st and August 16th. We’ll schedule it around whatever day works best for your blog. I hope to hear from you all :-)