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Sunday 9 February 2020

#WeekendWritingWarriors #SnippetSunday - The Matchmaker's mare

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Hi folks, 

This is from the draft of my current 'work in progress' unpublished fantasy romance 'The Matchmaker's Mare' which takes place in Wales. The  story is told from three p.o.vs. and two time-lines. 

This snippet starts a few lines from the previous one. Megan and Glyn have become good friends, sharing a common love of animals.Glyn piques Megan's curiosity by hinting that the cottage might be haunted. As you see, if you've been following this from the start, we've sort of come full circle, so I'm going to leave it here - I may post a bit more if I ever get it finished and published.

 (This is only a rough draft to give the gist of the novel, and is subject to change and edits - and improvement on the creative punctuation which is needed  to adhere to the ten sentence rule!) Any feedback gratefully received.


 “As you must be aware, Wales is full of myths and legends, and this area has more than its fair share, and one old tale concerns a young woman called Rhiannon, who lived in this cottage long ago.”

“Go on,” she prompted, as he hesitated once more.

“Apparently, as well as being the village matchmaker, she also cared for all the sick and injured animals the villagers brought her. She loved animals and especially, her little mare, which the villagers whispered, had the power of flight; others said this was just a rumour put about by folk with an overactive imagination.
 “So what happened to her?” Megan asked.

“Sion Sienco, a local gypsy, was in love with Rhiannon and forever playing tricks on her to try to gain her attention, but to start with she would have nothing to do with him. Sion would do things like causing her milk cow to go dry, or spiriting away her beloved pony and hiding the animal in the woods.”

She grinned at him over the rim of her mug. “I’m not surprised she spurned his advances if he did things like that.”

He smiled ruefully. “I suppose men sometimes do silly things when they’re in love, and of course it was a very long time ago, and stories become distorted in the telling."

Show Australia Some Love

As I mentioned last week,  The Wild Rose Press, and 48 authors have published three volumes of short stories to raise funds to help those affected by the devastating wildfires. As of this moment, in the state of New South Wales alone, there are 60 separate bushfires burning, of which 20 are out of control. The weather forecast over the next few days is soul destroying as it's expected to be in the low 40's C - about 105 in F with strong winds. In some rural areas, those who have not left their homes have been told it is now too dangerous to move - there is no way out. They must stay and defend their houses.

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The ebooks  can be found on Amazon as well as any other distributor where you purchase ebooks. They're available now for pre-order and will be released on 14th February. Print  versions are also available from Amazon but Amazon will take their cut, whereas all of the money raised on the Wild Rose Press will go to the charity.

My contribution is in volume 1 and is an historical western - a change from my usual SF/Fantasy romances.

 Please, if you can, purchase at least 1 volume to help our Australian friends. Thank you

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  1. And yet, they haven't learned any better in all the centuries... lol Great snippet, Hywela.

  2. I'm not surprised she spurned his advance, either.

    I am really enjoying this tale, Lyn. I hope you continue writing it! :-)

    1. Thanks Teresa - hoping to finish and have it submitted in the next few months.

  3. Some would say men do stupid things even when they aren't in love, right?

  4. As always, I'm enjoying your snippet, my friend.

    1. Thanks Charmaine, your support means a lot! xx

  5. Intriguing insight into the earlier match. But Megan and Glyn are still only "good friends". What will bring them closer together?

  6. Ah, that's the big question, isn't it, Aurora! :)

  7. Love the blending timelines and the interplay between your characters. Ordered the Australian Burns Vol 1. Can't wait to read it and support this tragic cause.

  8. Hi Nancy, glad you enjoyed it - and hope you enjoy Australia Burns too,thanks for buying it, every purchase helps the cause!

  9. I loved the snippet as you tell the tale of legends.

  10. I'm not surprised she rejected him- I hope his interest in her didn't take a turn for the worse.

    1. No, she comes to realise his pranks are never meant to hurt or upset her, and always ends up forgiving him.

  11. Enjoyed the snippet and the legend, although there does seem to be more to be told, which I like.

    1. Thanks Veronica - yes there's a lot more to both the stories of Rhiannon and Sion and Megan and Glyn.

  12. Loved their teasing back and forth :)

    Keep smiling,

  13. Thanks so much, Yawatta. Glad you liked it.

  14. Sion reminds me of a young boy trying to get a girl's attention. lol Good snippet.

  15. Thanks Diane, yes, at the time Sion was a little immature (some lads never really grow up :) ) but he has a good heart.


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