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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'.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Weekend Writing Warriors Snippet Sunday - The Matchmaker's Mare - Sion's Camp

Continuing snippets from my fantasy novel 'The Matchmaker's Mare which takes place in Wales. The  story is told from three p.o.vs. and two time-lines. Today's excerpt is again from Rhiannon's p.o.v. and takes place in the distant past, a few chapters along from the last one.Some very creative punctuation to comply with the ten sentence rule.
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Snippet:

 At last, with only a few hours left before daylight, Rhiannon reached the clearing where Sion had made his camp. A glowing fire still burned outside the caravan, she heard the chomping of a horse, and just made out Sion’s black and white cob grazing nearby. Then she spotted Sion, lying on a blanket near the fire, he never did like sleeping indoors, not even in his wagon. He preferred to sleep under the stars whenever the weather permitted, even now in early winter. She leapt from the pony and knelt beside the young man, shaking his shoulder, “Sion, Sion wake up—for goodness sake, I need you to wake up, I don’t know what to do.”

Sion raised himself on one elbow, blinking, before sitting bolt upright, “Rhiannon. Rhiannon, cariad, what are you doing here? Shouldn’t you be tucked up in your own bed fast asleep, what’s wrong?”

"Sion, listen to me, my father has arranged for me to marry Gwynfor Pryce in a week’s time, what am I to do, Sion, I can’t marry him, I won’t.” She lowered her voice to a whisper, “you know it’s you I want, and only you.”

Sion threw off his blanket and jumped to his feet,“Rhiannon, my love, I will never let another man have you, not if you love me. We must get away—ride, as swiftly as our horses can carry us, we’ll find a preacher to marry us, in a town where no-one knows us and we’ll settle down somewhere far away and no-one will ever find us.”



 

I now have some audio codes for each of the three books in the Destiny Trilogy. If you would like one, or all three, just let me know with your email address at Lyn@hywelalyn.co.uk and I'll send you the ones you request, (Each book has its own code). If could manage to post a short review after you've listened, that would be greatly appreciated. 😍




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Saturday, 10 August 2019

Weekend Writing Warriors Snippet Sunday - The Matchmaker's Mare ..the love of her life and her greatest aggravation.

Continuing snippets from my fantasy novel 'The Matchmaker's Mare which takes place in Wales. The  story is told from three p.o.vs. and two time-lines. Today's excerpt is again from Rhiannon's p.o.v. and takes place in the distant past, a few paragraphs along from the last one.

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Snippet:

The last time Rhiannon and Sion met, he told her he had Romani family business to attend to on the English border, but he would see her in three weeks. Having consulted her scrying bowl in secret, before she left the cottage, she knew he was now on his way back, but still some distance away.


Sion Sienco—both the love of her life and her greatest aggravation. When she first met the young gypsy lad, he first teased her, and then wooed her. When she feigned disinterest, he took to playing
tricks on her, causing her milk cow to go dry, or her hens to take to the water, as if they were ducks. As it dawned on her he too had a little white magic, she scolded him until she was hoarse and ran out of words. Then he took her in his arms and kissed her until she was breathless and told her how sorry he was for causing her so much trouble. 

As exasperating as he could be, she knew he loved her and would never let any harm befall her. As she bent over the mare’s neck, feeling the powerful muscles beneath her, she prayed she would find him before her father noticed her absence.



I now have some audio codes for each of the three books in the Destiny Trilogy. If you would like one, or all three, just let me know with your email address at Lyn@hywelalyn.co.uk and I'll send you the ones you request, (Each book has its own code). If could manage to post a short review after you've listened, that would be greatly appreciated. 😍



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Sunday, 4 August 2019

Weekend Writing Warriors Snippet Sunday - The Matchmaker's Mare "- there will be no more argument'

Continuing snippets from my fantasy novel 'The Matchmaker's Mare. This story is told from three p.o.vs. and two time-lines. Today's excerpt is again from Rhiannon's p.o.v. and takes place in the distant past, a few paragraphs along from the last one. I forgot to say last week that it takes place in rural West Wales (where I grew up) so some of the names may be very unfamiliar.


 (As usual, creative punctuation to comply with the 8 sentence rule.)

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Her father’s voice rang in her ears.


“It is all arranged. You will marry Gwynfor Pryce, we have already agreed on the marriage settlement and the wedding is arranged for a week today - there will be no more argument.” 


Rhiannon knew then she must leave the little cottage where she had lived with her father since her mother died seven years before. It pained her to leave the dwelling where she’d lived her whole life, the only home she’d known. However, she would not marry a man she hated, a man who she knew to be cruel to his servants and animals. A man she suspected might be a master of the dark arts. 


Along the edge of the forest and past the foot of craggy Bryn Glas, Rhiannon then turned southeast to follow the drover route she knew Sion would be taking on his return journey. “Faster, Seren, faster,” she whispered again, and the tiny bells she wore around her belt jingled as she urged the pony on. She clutched her hand to her breast to feel the reassuring bulk of the kerchief, holding the only wealth she possessed, and a fragrant sprig of lavender Sion had given her before he left…


 By the way, I now have some audio codes for each of the three books in the Destiny Trilogy. If you would like one, or all three, just let me know with your email address at Lyn@hywelalyn.co.uk and I'll send you the ones you request, (Each book has its own code). If could manage to post a short review after you've listened, that would be greatly appreciated. 😍



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Sunday, 28 July 2019

Weekend Writing Warriors Snippet Sunday - The Matchmaker's Mare

Apologies - it's been a long time since I posted - but I've been busy with my current WIP - a fantasy romance entitled 'The Matchmaker's mare.

I'm going to use it for to my Weekend Warriors post, after quite a while away. This story is told from three p.o.vs. and two time-lines. Today's excerpt is from Rhiannon's p.o.v. and takes place in the distant past. (As usual, cretive punctuation to comply with the 8 sentence rule.)

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Faster Seren, faster.” Leaning low over the pony’s neck the young woman urged her into a mile eating gallop, the mare’s hooves scarcely touching the ground as she appeared to fly across the rugged landscape. If only the pony could really fly, sometimes it felt as if she truly galloped through the air. There was something very special about the filly she’d found as a motherless foal in the mountains and cared for until it was fully grown. She’d named her for the perfect diamond shaped star on her face. Seren needed no breaking in or training, but allowed Rhiannon to sit on her back as soon as she was mature enough to take a rider, although no-one else could ride her, not even Sion Sienco.

“Oh Sion,” she whispered silently. “Sion, where are you when I need you?”

She cast one last swift look over her shoulder at the only home she had known, as the cottage, rapidly receded into the distance,  it melted into the shadows, appearing forlorn in the soft moonlight, almost as if it knew she would never return.


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Wednesday, 26 June 2019

King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court by Kim Iverson Headlee - Spotlight and #Giveaway



King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court
by
Kim Iverson Headlee
Genre: SF Time Travel Fantasy

How sick are you of US politics? How doomed is the world because of who has claimed the Oval Office throne—er, chair?

Refresh your spirit by laughing along with what Mark Twain might have written about today’s political falderal.

Solidly entertaining.” —Publishers Weekly

WINNER 2016 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal for Science Fiction & Fantasy.

Morgan le Fay, sixth-century Queen of Gore and the only major character not killed off by Mark Twain in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, vows revenge upon the Yankee Hank Morgan. She casts a spell to take her to 1879 Connecticut so she may waylay Sir Boss before he can travel back in time to destroy her world. But the spell misses by 300 miles and 200 years, landing her in the Washington, D.C., of 2079, replete with flying limousines, hovering office buildings, virtual reality television, and sundry other technological marvels.

Whatever is a time-displaced queen of magic and minions to do? Why, rebuild her kingdom, of course—two kingdoms, in fact: as Campaign Boss for the reelection of American President MaloryBeckham Hinton, and as owner of the London Knights world-champion baseball franchise.
Written as though by the old master himself, King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court by Mark Twain as channeled by Kim Iverson Headlee offers laughs, love, and a candid look at American society, popular culture, politics, baseball… and the human heart.

Mark Twain began work on A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court in 1879—the same year the Yankee Hank Morgan departed for his sojourn in sixth-century Britain. The first edition was published in 1889 and features more than 200 illustrations by the man who later would become founder of the Boy Scouts of America, Daniel Carter Beard. These illustrations are now in the public domain, and a handful have been incorporated into King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court as
an artistic homage to this classic edition of the first time travel story in all literature.

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Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted wildlife.
People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins--the latter having been occupied as recently as the mid-twentieth century--seem to be sticking around for a while yet.

Kim has been a published novelist since 1999 with the first edition of Dawnflight (Sonnet Books, Simon & Schuster) and has been studying the Arthurian legends for nigh on half a century.







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