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Beloved Enemy joined Starquest and Children of the Mist to continue the Destiny Trilogy and I'm thrilled to announce was shortlisted for the R.N.A. RoNA Awards 2017, awarded 2nd Runner up in the RONE Awards 2017 and was the winner in the SF/Fantasy category of the 'Best Banter Contest'.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Interplanetary Summer - TWRP Summer Reads Blog Hop

I'm delighted to be part of The Wild Rose Press Authors Summer Treats and Reads Blog Hop. A bevy of WRP authors are taking part.  I hope you enjoy the blog hop. Please visit the various authors' blogs and if you can spare a few moments, leave a comment (we all love comments) Don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter contest for your chance to win a fabulous Kindle Fire donated by The Wild Rose Press.  

Many authors are offering additional prize on their own blogs. I'm thrilled to have published the third in my futuristic series  this year, so I am offering a free download of Starquest,  the first book in the series to a random commenter on this blog.

The theme of this blog hop, is of course, summer treats. I think most of us enjoy the lazy, hazy days of summer as it says in the popular song. Here in the UK, it usually falls on a Tuesday in July (only kidding). Although our summers are a bit 'hit and miss' over here, we usually have a few days during the summer months when the sun shines, the skies are blue and the countryside is full of summer scents and colour.

One of my favourite summer treats is spending time with my two horses, Harri and T'pau.  Sadly a hip injury means I can no longer ride, but there are still plenty of things to do with them, and we are all enjoying our 'retirement'.  I also like taking my little rescued dog for long walks in the countryside.

As I write science fiction romance, I started wondering what summer is like on some of my imaginary planets.  Osind, a planet featured in Starquest is, on the face of it, a beautiful place to spend the summer - but beware, it has hidden secrets, and the charismatic lord who lives in the castle on the clifftop is not all he seems either!
Niflheim, which is an important location in both Starquest and Children Of The Mist, the first two books in the Destiny trilogy, is a misty, icy planet, but parts of the planet are less hostile and the Earth colonists love their snowy home, which even in the summer looks more like a day in early spring on Earth, although the snow is not as thick as in the winter, and delicate flowers grow in the gardens of the settlements.

In contrast, Robigo, the main planet in my third book 'Beloved Enemy' is very hot and much of the landscape is covered in sand dunes and although there is plenty of sand, it's not the kind of landscape one would want to sunbathe on. In fact my two main characters, Cat and Kerry spend most of their time trying to get away from the planet - but it's not that easy!

So how do you imagine summer on other planets? Or do you prefer to stay on good old Earth? Don't forget to leave a comment and at the end of the Blog hop I'll draw a winner for 'Starquest'. The first book in the series.  

I'll leave you with a picture of Kerry Marchant,the lead character in 'Beloved Enemy' (as portrayed by the fantastic Jimmy Thomas  my favourite summer treat at the moment, LOL)

If you like the idea of spending a little summer time in a 'galaxy' far, far away, I invite you to check out
The Destiny Trilogy at my Wild Rose Press Author Page

(Each book is a complete story and can be read as a 'stand alone'.)

(If you fancy watching a trailer 'teaser' for Beloved Enemy,  just click on the video on the top of the right hand column)

Cat Kincaid is obsessed with killing the man she believes is responsible for the torture and death of her sister, but when she eventually catches up with him, survival becomes a greater priority than revenge.

Kerry Marchant, haunted by memories, regret, and self-blame, shields himself from the pain of the past by committing himself totally to the starship, Destiny, of which he is part owner. However, the beautiful, red-haired woman who reminds him of his lost love, and who he suspects is working for a corrupt regime, represents a possible threat not only to the ship, but to his heart.

Marooned on an inhospitable planet, they need to work together to stay alive, fighting not only unknown assailants, but their growing attraction. But how can they learn to trust each other when he has vowed never to get close to a woman again, and she made a solemn pledge to destroy him?

Remember to enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win a Kindle Fire donated by my wonderful publisher, and visit the other blogs participating in the hop for more Summer Treats and prizes!  If you leave a comment on this post I'll enter you in the draw to win a copy of 'Starquest'.

Enjoy your summer and take time to relax with a good book!

For an extra entry into my draw (and a free  copy of my fantasy novella) please join my occasional newsletter email list. I promise no spams!

You can catch up with the other blogs taking part in the Blog Hop HERE:
Sorchias Wild Rose Summer Treats Post | Visit blog
RV Memory | Visit blog
Tricia Schneider | Visit blog
Anna Durands Spunk & Hunks | Visit blog
Judy Ann Davis Summer Treats and Reads Blog Hop | Visit blog
Spicy Summer Treats with Mia Downing | Visit blog
Linda Nightingale. . . Wordsmith | Visit blog
Jana Richards - Journeys with Jana | Visit blog
Summer Memories of books well read @ Peggy jaeger. com | Visit blog
Summer on Cape Cod ~ Kathryn Knight books | Visit blog
Summer Fun at the Beach, with Katie OSullivan | Visit blog
I Believe Ill Go Canoeing - C. B. Clark | Visit blog
Summertime Love is Sweeter with. . . Frozen Mango? @ Kimberly Keyes blog | Visit blog
Wild Rose Summer Treats Blog Hop @ Brendas Blog | Visit blog
Summer Treats and Reads Blog Hop | Visit blog
Midsummer Magic on the Isle of Skye! | Visit blog
My Guilty Summer Treats from Lori Sizemore | Visit blog
Interplanetary Summer - Hywela Lyn | Visit blog
Wild Rose Press Summer Treats & Reads | Visit blog
Camping is a Recipe for Summer Treats and Reads | Visit blog
The Snarkology | Visit blog
Summer Survival Tips @ Nitty Gritty Romance | Visit blog
Wild Rose Press Summer Treats and Reads Blog Hop | Visit blog
Nell Castle - Summer of the Sweat Lodge | Visit blog
Myth, Magic & Wonder Susan Edwards, Breathing Life into the Past |Visit blog
Romance with Spice, Sydney St. Claire | Visit blog
Author Kat de Falla | Visit blog
Anni Fife. Exciting new author of Steamy Romance with Irresistible Heroes | Visit blog
Summer Vacation, Victorian-Style, AND a Giveaway | Visit blog
Wildfires, Monsoons, and Mojitos - Author Susabelle Kelmer shares how she keeps cool in a climate that is on fire! | Visit blog
Casi McLeans recipe for Hot Reads and Cool Treats | Visit blog
Cool Summer Reads: Jeannie Halls Romantic Suspense Blog - Where Hearts Tremble From More Than Attraction | Visit blog
Summer treat - Adult Slushie | Visit blog
How to Rediscover the Magic of Bicycling | Visit blog
Charlottes Tips on How to Stay Cool in HOT New York City | Visit blog
Caryn McGill | Visit blog
Charlottes Tips on how to stay cool in HOT New York City | Visit blog
Charlottes Tips on How to Stay Cool in HOT New York City | Visit blog


  1. I love Sci-fi romance--so many possibilities. Your books sound wonderful and are now on my list. summer on another planet--all depends doesn't it. I like the idea of pink seas or green skies--something not earthly.

    1. Thanks so much for your kind comment, Sorcha - There is actually pink snow on Niflheim - I forgot to mention that! You're righ, SF gives us so many possibilities and we can let our imagination run riot!

  2. Beautiful pictures. The ones of the imaginary planet are way too cool. Good luck with "Beloved Enemy."

    1. Hello Judy, thanks so much, so glad you like the pictures, and thanks for the good wishes!

  3. Love your pictures and your books sound like great reads.Horses are such beautiful creatures.

    1. Hello Jean, thank you for your kind words, glad you liked the pictures, and I couldn't agree more about horses being beautiful, I've loved them all my life!

  4. Beautiful horses and a cute dog. Nice post 😊
    Have a wonderful summer!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Lori, so glad you enjoyed the posts, you have a wonderful summer too!

  5. OH, Lyn, I love your horses and the country side is beautiful. Your imagined summers on other planets are intriguing. Truly enjoyed your blog! Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Thanks so much Tena, so glad you enjoyed seeing the horses and other pics. Have a wonderful weekend yourself! x

  6. interesting setting

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting

  7. mmmm...Summer on another planet, huh? I've always loved that opening scene of Star Wars when Luke looks up and see multiple moons. That's how I imagine summer on another world - a whole different view of the sky. More than one moon - that's what I would want to see :)

    1. Hi - thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I agree, more than one moon would be a wonderful sight. I love that scene from star wars too!

  8. I love your summer treat, Jimmy Thomas! Summer in faraway lands ... mmmm ... cool breezes, rainbow skies, clean waters, pink elephants. Purple cocktails served by Jimmy Thomas in a thong. xx

    1. Hi - yes Jimmy is a lovely guy, looks and personality to match from what I hear, though I've never been lucky enough to meet him in person, but I know he's an animal lover and that's a huge plus in my book! Talking about my book, as soon as I saw that picture of Jimmy I could hardly believe it, he was the exact image of Kerry that I had in my mind!

  9. Hywela, Thank you for sharing snipets about the worlds you have created. I can tell by your descriptions you really know these planets and that makes for great reading. I love good world building in novels--it's half the fun of fantasy/sci-fi. Your man-treat was an added plus!
    I'm enjoying the blog hop. Thanks for your post!
    Kimberly Keyes

    1. Hi Kimberly, you're so right, it's so much fun imagining and building strange new worlds, it's one of my favourite things about writing Fantasy/SF. *Sigh* that Jimmy Thomas certainly is a treat for sore eyes, isn't he!

  10. Beautiful pictures. How I envy your having horses. Miss them muchly. I need to read your books! They are just my type of novel.

  11. Love the idea of exploring summer on other planets. Such a fresh perspective.

  12. Summer on another planet is a fun concept, as long as there's a beach. It can't be summer without a beach involved.

    Great post, and thanks for sharing the correct link so I could fix my own post in the hop! Happy Summer Reading!

    1. Hi Katie. Well, Osind, as you see from the picture, has a beach. I'm not really that much of a beach person myself, as I prefer the open countryside. I love water though as in lakes and rivers, and I actually grew up by the sea! I know lots of people love to spend the summer on the beach, so I can see where you're coming from! Thanks for stopping by, and for correcting my link. x

  13. I enjoyed your horse pictures, Hywelan. So impressed by the breadth of your imagination, to imagine whole new planets for your stories.

    1. Hi Nell, thanks, glad you like the pictures of my horse-babies. So glad you liked the post.

  14. So enjoyable to see your vision of the Planets. Makes me want to explore the spaces I'm in everyday. Best of luck with all your writing!

  15. Hello Dee Dee, so glad you enjoyed the post, thanks for your good wishes.

  16. I'm pretty happy here on Earth, but I enjoy reading about other worlds. Have a great summer!

    1. Thanks Jana - yes I love the idea of travelling in space but not sure I'd have the courage to do it for real. Never mind, I get to do it vicariously through my characters. You have a lovely summer too!

  17. Hello Hywela Lyn, I like your pictures of what you imagine summer to be like on other planets ♡ I never really thought about it, i would hope it would be that beautiful. Thank you

    1. Hi Linda, thanks for stopping by - so glad you like the pictures, I really enjoyed working on them to make them fit my imaginary planets!

  18. Oh my gosh, how did I miss that your series was called Destiny? Great minds... or maybe great dreamers :-)
    I love horseback riding. I just got back from my vacation, and that was the best part. Your landscape is gorgeous!

    1. Hi Casi - yes, the series is named after the starship which has a spot in all three books - as you say, great dreamers think alike! :) Yes, there's nothing quite like being on the back of a horse, it's a lovely way to see the countryside. Thanks so much for your kind comments.

  19. Great blog hop! To think I almost missed it. I gotta get my mail caught up. :)

    1. Hi Sandra, thanks for stopping by, so glad you enjoyed the Blog Hop. I do know what you mean about mail - my inbox is overflowing! :)

  20. I love SciFi! I'll have to check these out, Hywela! 😃

    1. Thanks so much Jeannie, I do hope you enjoy them if you do - let me know" xx

  21. I love SciFi! I'll have to check these out, Hywela! 😃

  22. Great cover on Beloved Enemy. Love Jimmy!! Happy sales!

    1. Thanks Sharon - I love Jimmy too - I especially asked for him for this cover and my lovely cover artist Rae Monet obliged and gave me the perfect cover - just as I imagined only better!


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