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First Chapters – Daughter of Light & Dark by Ch’kara SilverWolf

Originally posted on Ch'kara SilverWolf:

As I haven’t got any other first chapters at the moment I’ve decided to give myself a plug for my novel Daughter of Light & Dark .

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This is the story of Montayna, a young woman born of both light and dark magik who never knew her parents. She earns her freedom with a bit of magik even she was hardly aware of, but her skill is growing and she needs to find answers. Who is she? Where did her powers come from?  To find those answers she sets out on a journey of discovery, both inward and outward, of dark mysteries as well as light. Will she master them, or they her?

Inexperienced and facing incredible dangers in the course of her quest to defeat the darkness that is spreading inexorably across her world, her journey takes her through a landscape of wizards, elves, faeries and wolves, as…

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First Chapters – The Lost by Holly Barbo

Originally posted on Ch'kara SilverWolf:

Another First Chapter.  This time from The Lost - book five of The Sage Seed Chronicles, by friend and fellow author Holly Barbo .  Also check out the beginning of the series The Founders .

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On the planet Ose, Erin and her sage companions have managed to stop their world’s destruction. Life is starting to return to normal. Or is it?

Artifacts that mysteriously disappeared five centuries before lure people from a lost population. That forgotten incident has unknowingly set in motion events that could mean the death of a sage.

With the blizzard of the century whipping through the realm, the dominoes are falling faster. Can the sages overcome deep set prejudices and distrust to prevent war?

CHAPTER ONE

Bure glared at the old man, his whole body vibrating with his effort to suppress his frustration and be civil. He wanted answers and would prefer not to beat…

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Author Interview – Jean Kilczer – Satan’s Forge

Originally posted on Ch'kara SilverWolf:

It is my pleasure to interview fellow author Jean Kilczer about her soon to be released book Satan’s Forge .

Short author bio: Thanks Ch’kara. Since I was a teenager, I’ve been intrigued by what’s out there. “Billions and billions,” as Carl Sagan used to say. Now we know it’s more like trillions and trillions of stars. The universe is incredible, mysterious, and majestic. It’s mind-bending just to think of the possibilities. Perhaps whatever a science fiction writer can possibly imagine, actually exists somewhere out there. So, when my mind was opened to the possibilities, it turned me to writing science fiction. I love to write, and I hope my readers also love what I have to offer them.

JEANContact information: jeankilczer@centurylink.net

Purchase link:

Website / Blog:http://jeankilczer.weebly.com/

Facebook: https: //www.facebook.com/jean.kilczer

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/jeankilczer

SATAN COV ERDescription: There must be forces at work that prevent our hero, appealing, nice guy, astrobiologist Jules…

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First Chapters – The Mystic Accountants by Will Macmillan Jones

Originally posted on Ch'kara SilverWolf:

Today I am beginning a new category called First Chapters, to help promote some wonderful authors.  Today’s is The Mystic Accountants by Will Macmillan Jones .

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The Mystic Accountants is the second outing for the dwarf rhythm-and-blues band and their jazz-loving, saxophone-playing bog troll leader. They are about to acquire a new band member too, but quite by accident. They needed a bass player, but will a rather chubby and frequently drunken Welsh Dragon fit in?

The Banned have been given a task – well, perhaps they were taken to task , but it wasn’t really their fault. After all, they hadn’t planned to demolish the mystical Throne of the Dwarf King under the Mountain during one of their gigs, had they? But the choice of punishment was easy: get locked up or go on a more-or-less paid-for Quest to find another Throne.

The Quest…

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Stealth Marketing in the Grand Tradition of the British Navy.

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Eyebombing… Got to start that!

Originally posted on M T McGuire Authorholic:

OK, I’ll admit, it’s a tenuous connection, especially in the extremely likely event I’ve got my facts wrong, but there is this lovely story about Admiral Rodney; that he was concerned that the demand of the British Navy for oak trees to make ships was outstripping British supply. He therefore carried acorns in his pockets and dropped them wherever he went. Actually, it may not even have been Rodney who dropped acorns wherever he went… thinking about it, I have a vague recollection that it was some Elizabethan dude…

Sadly I haven’t been able to get a sniff of conformation on this story in connection  with Admiral Rodney or anyone else. The internet, usually a rich source of substantiation for such bollocks, is disturbingly mute on the topic. Then again, it might have been invented in Britain but it’s definitely American and the demand for trivia pertaining to European history…

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It’s a long way, from Tipperary

Today we should all welcome Maggie Plummer, who has leapt at the opportunity (all right, I prodded her with a sharp stick until she agreed) to come onto my blog and tell us all a little about herself.

She confesses her all (oo er):

Maggie Plummer is a writer and editor who lives in northwest Montana. Along the winding trail to becoming a novelist, she has worked as a journalist, book editor, book publicist, census enumerator, school bus driver, field interviewer, waitress, post office clerk, fish processor, library clerk, retail salesperson, Good Humor (ice cream) girl, fishing boat first mate, race horse hot walker, apple picker, and bus girl. (Yes, she realizes this wild and woolly variety of experiences would make a great memoir or novel. She declines to divulge the title she has already dreamed up.)

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And as you are here, I presume you have a book out?

I do, indeed, Will. SPIRITED AWAY – A NOVEL OF THE STOLEN IRISH is a 60,000-word historical novel that paints an intimate portrait of 1650s Irish slavery in the Caribbean.

Here is a summary of the novel’s plot:

In May 1653, young Frederica (Freddy) O’Brennan and her sister Aileen trust a stranger on an empty beach in western Ireland, inadvertently placing themselves in the crosshairs of Cromwell’s notorious Reign of Terror.

Freddy awakens in the crammed hold of a slave ship bound for Barbados. Ripped from their loved ones, she and Aileen endure the voyage – only to be wrenched apart when purchased at auction by sugar plantation owners from different islands. Freddy faces the brutal realities of life as a female Irish slave on a seventeenth century Barbados sugar plantation. Amidst the island’s treacherous beauty, she must find a way to bear her cruel, drunken Master’s abuse.

Heartsick with yearning for her family, Freddy must reach deep inside herself for the strength she needs to protect her young spirit from being broken. As she struggles to survive rape, degradation, beatings, and the harrowing spectacle of her Irish countrymen being flogged and starved to death, she is buoyed by powerful friendships with her fellow slaves – especially the Native American kitchen slave with whom she works long hours in the plantation cookhouse. The two women risk severe punishment by sneaking food and medicine to the suffering Irish and African field slaves.

Eventually Freddy braves much more for the sake of love and loyal friendship.

Sales link: To sample or purchase the novel: http://www.amazon.com/Spirited-Away-Novel-Stolen-Irish/dp/1478140267

Other books in the series?
I am currently at work on this novel’s sequel, which I hope to finish writing this year.

What made you start writing?
I have been dabbling at creative writing since the 1970s.

What made me start writing this novel in particular was stumbling across this information: During Oliver Cromwell’s Reign of Terror in the 1650s, a majority of Ireland’s Catholic population was either slaughtered, exiled to the west, or sold into slavery in the Caribbean. When I read that, I did a triple-take, amazed. How could it be that I’d never heard of that? Friends I asked hadn’t heard of this history either. The more I read about Cromwell’s Reign of Terror in books and Internet articles, the hotter my Irish-American blood boiled. I had to write something about this obscure yet pivotal period of Irish history.

That is how the novel’s main character, Freddy O’Brennan, came to be. With the exception of Cromwell, all of the characters in the novel are fictional. The story, however, is based on historical accounts of events that took place.

One of my favorite, and most intriguing, characters in this novel is Birdie Moss. In my writer’s mind, Birdie takes the image of a classic indian lady.

Birdie is a Monacan Indian from the Piedmont area of what was then called the Virginia Colony. A key figure in the novel, she ended up in Barbados after being sold into slavery by an enemy tribe of her people. The Monacan are considered an “eastern Sioux” tribe. Since the 1600s, they have been pushed further and further west, up into the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

In the novel, here is how my main character, Freddy O’Brennan, sees Birdie for the first time:

“Next to the pallet a petite dark woman squatted, one finger pressed to her lips, her wide-set brown eyes pleading for silence. Freddy froze. She’d never seen anyone like her. The curve of the woman’s eyebrows arched into a long, prominent nose. With her high cheekbones, it gave her the look of an exotic eagle. Her single black rope of a braid curled over her shoulder and hung down to the dirt floor. The white gown tucked up between her legs revealed bare feet that in the dwindling light were a rich, chocolate color…”

I hope those who read my novel will fall in love with Birdie Moss, as I have!

SPIRITED AWAY – A NOVEL OF THE STOLEN IRISH is my first published novel. I am also the author of PASSING IT ON: VOICES FROM THE FLATHEAD INDIAN RESERVATION, published in 2008 by Salish Kootenai College Press (Pablo, Montana).

My author page: http://www.amazon.com/author/maggieplummer

(some other things you might be interested in mentioning: SPIRITED AWAY is…
“Best Author” Winner, Missoula’s Choice Awards 2014
2nd Place, Best Historical Fiction of 2013, The Paranormal Romance Guild (PRG)
2013 Finalist, Best Indie Book Awards)

Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/Dl-XDBBy0BE

Actually, Maggie’s story drove me to pick up a life of Cromwell from my bookshelf for the first time. Written by John Buchan (the famous novelist The 39 Steps, Greenmantle etc) it isn’t a period of history much taught in schools in England and Wales. I knew of Cromwell’s famous sacking of Drogheda, but against the background of warfare at the time the behaviour of the troops -awful to our modern eyes- was normal for any army that had been forced by the defenders to fight with heavy losses through a defended breach in the walls. A largely Irish army under Wellesley was to behave much worse in Spain at Cuidad Rodrigo and Badajoz a hundred and fifty years later, for example. But otherwise I read of a hard and ruthless man, a religious fundamentalist who liked to use the Bible to justify his every action. We decried personal ambition as a sin, but arranged to be paid a salary of thirteen thousand pounds a year during his time in Ireland.* When recalled by Parliament from Ireland, he simply ignored the order for five months, and continued drawing his salary. In England, he once put down a ‘disturbance’ in his troops by seizing the three ringleaders, and making them throw dice for their lives in front of him. The loser was dragged outside and shot out of hand. When the twenty thousand Irish women Maggie alludes to reached the slave fields of Barbados, the first people they would have met in the fields were thousands of English slaves, deported there by Cromwell for the crime of being his political opponents (or supporters of the King) or of being poor or untrained levies in the King’s army. The trained soldiers he captured who would not swear allegiance to him, Cromwell sold overseas into the service of a foreign country – commonly the army of Republic of Venice who would pay well and were far enough away to prevent the deportees returning alive… Cromwell financed his army and later his political administration by exiling rich political opponents, seizing their wealth and selling their land and houses to the highest bidder. Starting as a minor politician at the start of the Civil War, he ended as the most important Parliamentary General and went on to use his army to enforce his personal political power, in effect running a military dictatorship for ten years. All this from a biographer who clearly liked the man as well. I didn’t. So not the nicest figure in history and perhaps it is no wonder that much of that period is kept out of the schools.

*In modern comparison, that is about thirteen times the salary of the Prime Minister of the UK, and maybe seven times the salary of the President of the USA. However you look at it, it was a frankly enormous sum, equivalent to over two million pounds a year. Paid for by taxation and land seizures.

You who? You what? You where? You… eh?

Originally posted on M T McGuire Authorholic:

Ladies and gentlemen, I have been nominated by the peerless Irish Farmarette a.k.a. Lorna Sixsmith, author of Would You Marry a Farmer , and general Irish mover and shaker, to answer four questions and introduce you to three more authors you might like. I have chosen people with new books due out or out not so long ago. I am particularly impressed that I have managed to pick an Englishman, a Welshman and a Scotsman after being nominated by an Irish woman. There has to be a good joke in there somewhere – but I’ve also added Yorkshire woman to liven things up. Kath won’t be able to answer the questions – because hers isn’t that kind of blog – but as I loved her book she gets a mention anyway. We go from rookie author to seasoned best seller and the stages in between with this lot via four…

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