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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'.

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Monday, 24 October 2016

ABA's Haunting Halloween Blog Hop

Haunting Halloween Hop

October 24-31

Come join our Halloween Brew
Prizes, Amazing Authors, Great Recipes, Free Books!

ABA’s Haunting Halloween Hop
Come join our Halloween Brew

Relax, fasten your safety belt, and visit a fall cyber party brimming with mythology, the supernatural, holiday traditions, autumn and holiday recipes, and short stories. Win free prizes as you hop around and pick up clues in the treasure hunt. Swags, gift cards, ebooks, signed paperbacks and some secret surprises too. So get your favorite Halloween brew from one of the servo-droids, sit back, and start clicking down the list. 
 (The Rafflecopter entry form and details of my own particular prize for this hop is at the end of this post,)

Most people know I am Welsh and although now living in England,my heart remains in my homeland.
Wales is a land of myths and legends, and some of them in have provided inspiration for scenes in my stories.

One of my favourite places is Nanteos Mansion, near where I used to live.

Nanteos  is  reputed to be home to a number of ghosts. These include the spirit of Elizabeth Powell, the late wife of William Powell, who wanders the hallways looking for her lost jewels; a phantom horse and carriage that pulls up to the front entrance in the middle of the night; and the ghost of harpist Gruffydd Evan, who played for the Powell family in the music room every Christmas for 69 years and whose music can still be heard in the woods around the house. My favourite story is a rather sad one. The lady of the house sat at one of the windows on the bottom storey, watching her husband ride up the drive towards her, when the horse spooked and threw him, killing him instantly. She ordered the window to be boarded up and it remained so until the mansion was sold to a large consortium and turned into a conference centre.

Another  Welsh legend is that of the Ellylldan, night demons with glowing eyes who lurked in the marshes and lured the unwary traveller to their doom, which I adapted in one of the scenes in my fantasy novella 'Dancing with Fate,  (I'll send you a free copy of Dancing With Fate as a Thank you if you join my mailing list) 
and it also inspired the following scene from the first book in the 'Destiny Trilogy', Starquest. (Each book is complete and can be read as a 'standalone.)

Dahll, the heroine's companion and owner of the ship she has chartered, has been badly wounded on an uninhabited, inhospitable planet...

excerpt from STARQUEST

I began to grow very tired. It was a few hours before dawn, and I’d had no sleep since the previous  evening. I slowly eased my aching limbs into a more comfortable position. As I did so, my eyes caught a flicker of light moving toward the entrance of the shelter.

I stiffened, suddenly alert again. Tiny, glowing tongues of flame danced in the darkness, writhing and twisting around themselves like miniature whirlpools of living fire.

At first, I thought it was a trick of my eyes, caused by fatigue. After a while I decided it was just marsh gas, but as I watched I became aware that the ‘flames’ were orderly. They moved in groups of threes and fours, gliding in straight lines and then circling to retrace their steps in what seemed to be a methodical fashion, as no Will o’ the Wisp ever did. I began to feel I was in the presence of something malevolent...evil.

Then I heard the voices. Strange, unearthly voices, which had nothing to do with flesh and blood.

“Take the male,” they hissed, “while he yet lives. Before the life-force within him dies and is of no use to us.”

“Wait. The female is stronger,” came another voice. “Stay until she sleeps. Then will be our chance, and we can take them both.”

I reached for my blaster, by now fully charged, and fired a steady beam in the direction of the ‘flames.’ When I laid down the gun there was nothing, only the darkness.
Had the voices been in my imagination, or was it a dream? But I knew I had not slept. Trying to recall the experience, as I record this, I realise they did not speak in words at all. Yet I had understood, like that time on Niflheim, with Gullin.

I’ve always loved the night, the beauty of the darkened, star-filled skies. Here, however, on this forsaken and perilous planet, it is menacing, with the sense of something lurking, lying in wait. Much as I dislike the idea, I have resorted to using a Phidian stimulant to stay awake. For Dahll’s sake as well as my own, I can’t allow myself to sleep until we’re once more on board the Quest.

You can purchase Starquest  as well as the other two books in the trilogy at my Wild Rose Press Author Page - where you can also read my FREE short story 'A Bargain With Death' which I think is just right for this time of year.


30  Casi McLean ~ A Haunting Halloween      29  Anna Durand ~ Spunk & Hunks  

28  Claire Gem                                                   27  Tena Stetler ~ Colorado Hauntings  

26  Sorchia DuBois                                            25  Tricia Schneider  

24  J. Rose Allister                                             23  Nell Castle  

22  Jana Richards                                              21  Linda Nightingale ~ Wordsmith  

20   Tartan Temptation                                      19   Holland Rae   

18   K.K. Weil                                                      17   Peggy Jaeger   

16   Maureen Bonatch                                        15   Jeannie Hall    

14   Beth Caudill                                                 13   Mary Morgan  

12   Karen Michelle Nutt                                    11   Hywela Lyn ~ Romance That's 'Out Of   This World’   

10   Whitney Cannavina                                      9   Devon McKay   

8   Starr Gardinier                                                7   Erin Bevan  

6   Nancy S Reece                                                5   Kathryn Knight ~The Haunted Jail Haunting Halloween   

2   Darlene Fredette                                              1   Linda Nightingale…Wordsmith  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Black cats are synonymous with Halloween, and while considered unlucky in the US. and some other countries, over here in Britain they are very lucky. so for my Halloween prize I'm offering a lucky back cat pendant that will change colour according to your mood.  I'll pick a winner from all those who comment on this blog,  after the Hop finishes. Subscribe to my occasional Newsletter for an additional chance to win this pendant, PLUS a free copy of my novella 'Dancing With Fate'.

Colour changing mood cat pendant

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  1. I absolutely love old castles and the idea of ghosts wandering the halls. Thanks for your tour. What a cute giveaway too! Happy Halloween!

  2. Hi Casi. I'm so excited to be part of this blog hop - what fun! I kept my horses in the stables at Nanteos until it was sold, and although I heard some creepy sounds late at night, I never actually saw a ghost and I never felt nervous, the mansion had a lovely, welcoming feel about it!

  3. That Castle sounds spooky and wonderful at the same time.
    Sue B

  4. Hi Sue

    It wasn't really a castle - just an old mansion, but it was an amazing place. I remember it before it was sold and restored. It had fallen into disrepair but was still habitable and it was quite spooky to be there on a dark evening. The horses were turned out in the 'Park' at the front, and the stables were just around the corner pat the trees in the second picture, so I was often there in the dark,but it never bothered me.I think they were all quite friendly ghosts!

  5. Loved your post. I recently did my DNA at Ancestry and found out I have some Welsh in me as well- among other things. Who knew? Thought my Dad was only Irish and German. lol Love cats- though I don't have a black cat, I have three sweet kitties (14 and 15yrs old). Ghost and Castles are another favorite of mine, too. Visit a few in Ireland. I may have to visit Nanteos Mansion in the future. I'm intrigued. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Hi Karen, so glad you enjoyed the post. How fascinating to find you have Welsh blood! If you come to Wales, Nanteos Mnsion, Near Aberystwyth is well worth a visit. Form me, it's lost a little of its character having been restored, but it was in a bad way before, and the restoration has been very much in keeping with the original house, and the inside is beautiful and reflects the grandeur it must have had in earlier times. The stables, unfortunately, have been turned into self catering accommodation - no horses any more! I still have fond memories of walking across the cobbled yard in the mornings, and seeing my three in the corner boxes, waiting for me to turn them out for the day! I believe they do afternoon teas in the mansion itself - I attended a family wedding reception there last year and it was delightful.

  7. Great post! Happy halloween. I'd love to go visit some spooky old castles!
    meredithfl at gmail dot com
    newsletter subscriber

    1. Hi Meredith, thanks so much for stopping by - Happy Halloween to you too!

  8. I did not know that black cats were lucky in Britain. It's funny how one can learn something new everyday. Great post. Have a wonderful Halloween.

    1. Isn't it strange how superstitions vary from country to country! Happy Halloween!

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    1. Thanks Mary, I'm so glad you enjoyed the post have a good Halloween!

  10. Lyn, I loved this post and the photos. There's a similar story in my family, but sadder. My great-great-grandmother watched her abusive husband ride off on a horse and said, "I pray God he'll never treat me that way again." At that instant, his horse stumbled and he fell off, hit his head on a stone, and died instantly. After that, she carried great guilt because she thought her prayer had killed him. I think him riding drunk was more likely the problem, but then....

    1. Isn't that a coincidence - but how sad that your great great grandmother was treated so badly and then had to live with the guilt - although personally I don't think God would have answered her prayer in that way as you say, it was more likely he was drunk!

  11. Wow. You were so lucky to have lived in a mansion like that. So many potential stories.Years ago my mother did some research and found one of our ancestors was a king. Unfortunately he was beheaded the same day he was crowned.

    1. Hi Devon. Sadly I never lived in Nanteos - just in a small cottage about ten minutes walk away - but I feel very privileged to have been able to keep my horses there, and to have been inside the mansion when it ws in its original state before it was restored, as well as after restoration, which was, I have to say, done very sympathetically and much as I imagine it would have been when it was at it's best before it fell into disrepair. How fascinating that one of your ancestors was a king, but rather sad he was beheaded. History has some very cruel episodes!

  12. Awesome post, Lyn. And the mood pendant is beautiful.

  13. Thanks so much Darlene, glad you enjoyed it - and like the pendant, I thought it was appropriate for Halloween!

  14. I learned something! Your post was great. Thank you for participating in the hop!

    1. Hi Bonnie, thank you so much for visiting, glad you enjoyed the post.

  15. nice post


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  16. Loved the spooky castle.signed up for newsletter.Thanks!

  17. Thanks for the chance to win a beautiful necklace.

  18. Hi Jeanna. Thanks for stopping by - and good luck. I'll be announcing the winner on Tuesday!


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