Good to see everyone, and welcome to new joiners. Some of you are here because you downloaded a copy of Keepers in a recent promotion - I do hope you're enjoying Raine, Teddy and Alf's story, and thank you for reading. Other newbies are old friends from the history society, and a warm welcome to you also.
The very big news is that I have, with much help and support, met my target of releasing the prequel to Guardians of the Forest with this newsletter.
Legend of the Winged Lion is available on Amazon here .
To give it a healthy start, I've set the ebook at 99c/p through to March 11. The paperback is very reasonable too, in all markets.
Thank yous are due to so many people and they are listed in the acknowledgements. But I'm going to single out my brother Justin, who sculpted the gryphon design on the cover. Check out Serpent Forge to see why I asked him to do this. Treat yourself!
And may I please ask that when you have read the book, you spend five minutes leaving a review? A sentence is all that's needed! Thank you so much.
A diamond tumbles into a chasm. Lightning arcs across a starlit sky. A forgotten Evil wakes.
Ilesse’s destiny is to be a powerful Sleih seer. But when the Evil touches her, she must battle its whispered promises – or see her world destroyed by her own hand.
In her village, Gweyr scrubs pots and dreams of her mother’s wistful stories of wise beings and magical flying beasts. But when the Evil threatens her people, she discovers dreams can hold the key to victory.
Will Ilesse accept Gweyr’s budding magic? Can they be allies in the fight against evil?
Yes, other things have still been happening. One is a group promotion I'm part of to celebrate the romance of February.
Follow this link or click on the image to browse a range of books on the theme of ... you guessed it! Love.
St John's C of E school
Meeting the 'reluctant' readers
On 17 January I visited local school St John's to chat to a group of 10 yr olds who loved Guardians, despite not being enthusiastic readers. We had a wonderful hour together. One child read out a favourite passage and others chose bits for me to read to them. While I was reading, they drew pictures of scenes from the books, including Lucy's first - disastrous - meeting with Prince Elrane. The teacher had warned me they might get restless, but this wasn't the case at all. It was this group which awarded the prologue to Legend of the Winged Lion 500/10 - can't argue with that! I've promised them copies hot off the press!
Nina Romano is a prolific author, as you can see below. History is her great love, as is travelling. American by birth, she lived in Italy for 20 years and speaks fluent Italian and Spanish. Nina is an avid supporter of Twitter's #writingcommunity and it's with great pleasure that I introduce you to her here.
WRITERS ARE READERS TOO
Cloud Cuckoo Land
What an extraordinary and brilliant book. On my To Read Again list, if I ever get through my TBR pile. Read my thoughts here.
Most of my indie author friends find writing their book blurb - that short piece which makes readers want to dive into your book and travel the pages with your characters - harder than writing the book itself. It certainly causes me anguish. So in writing the blurb for Legend of the Winged Lion, I did some (more) research. What I found sounds easy - and very very hard! More art than science for sure, but I hope these tips help you out when writing your own blurb.
A progress report on my next project, my magical realism novel set here in the Forest of Dean and on the Severn. Definitely one for the grownups this time. There's a little about it on my historical fiction page.
And another author you'll enjoy meeting and learning about her books, and more of course.
Thank you for reading!
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