Fantasy Dreaming!

Remembering dreams has never been a problem for me. At the age of 14 I taught myself the art of lucid dreaming. This came about after a few years of constant nightmares and a day off school watching TV, but I digress, that’s a story for another time. Over the past few months I’ve had, what I can only describe as, a voyeur of my dreams. I have become slowly aware of being watched! Too many Stephen King novels, I hear people say. You can never read too many Stephen King novels so I kicked that idea right out of the water.  Anyway, I’ve not had much time to read as of late so I know that wasn’t the answer.

Instead of being frightened of this visitor I was very curious. He became more visible over time or maybe my awareness of him gave him more substance? I can’t see his face yet I can feel the pull of his personality. At first I thought it was my husband as he shares personality traits with him, one of which is how he watches me, taking in what I do. It sometimes maddens me how I think he’s not paying attention but he is. It’s as if I’m the centre of his world and he needs every memory of me to store away for when we are not together. That’s how intently this figure watches me but he’s sad, disappointed and sometimes he walks away into the shadows of my subconscious.

This has gone on for over a month, not every night as a lot of the time I don’t dream. However, every time I do, he’s there. One day last week I noticed he wasn’t alone. Others had come along with him. I couldn’t make out who they were. Some were nothing more than dark shadows, some I could tell if they were a man or woman but never a face, only the feeling of loneliness and disappointment. They never conversed with each other, they simply watched. If I approached they would walk away and out of sight. Until the other night!

You know how odd dreams can be, flitting through one scene to another in the blink of an eye. Yep, the usual stuff. I couldn’t put my finger on anything specific until I found myself heading towards the people on the periphery of my mind. Their now familiar feelings stuck to me like mud, slowing my movements and collecting a heavy fog around me. I remember shaking my head and saying out loud “no”. The lucid dreaming trick I learned all those years ago began to work and my dream drifted back to the random flicking through my thoughts.

I must have gone into a deeper sleep because the next thing I was aware of was someone gripping my wrist! I was in a dense forest. The sun, somewhere up above gave a week glow through the trees and mist. The callused and weather worn hand gripped mine hard. For a fleeting moment I was afraid to look. His hold slackened and he stepped back. His dark clothes gave nothing away; I didn’t look up but followed his hand as he pointed to the trees. Amongst the spooky trunks and twisted branches I could see the people again. I felt I had been given an invitation to figure them out so I looked closer. I began to recognise them, not family as I had first supposed, no. Their clothing was straight out of a fantasy book! My fantasy books! I looked back at the man who had grabbed me. I knew only one such character who would have the audacity to do that to me.

He stood tall, over six feet, his wavy blond hair fell over his shoulders, his cloak hid his clothing but I could see the hilt of a sword, one I had written about many times. He said nothing as he stepped away towards the trees and waiting figures. It was Stewart, the warrior I had created to support Lynwen in Dark Magic Rising. His story was not yet compete. I looked closer at the figures in the trees. Sash’ha dropped her sword on the floor, her expression burning into me! I know her pain, I know the significance of the dropped sword and I knew the answers, they were written in pen, still waiting to be typed up! Faces of other characters drifted through my subconscious; Ayva, a young Clah’hen sister, Faith’hane of the Royal guard and Rosh’hane! The first figure I’d seen had been him, a key character in Your Embrace and the Alhanassa Chronicles. He tilted his head and pleaded with his eyes. His quiet but compelling personality once again hit me hard! I’d left his story half finished. I knew how his story panned out. I knew of his trials and his accomplishments, his joys and the heartache he so often felt. Just like Kohinora, I began to fall into the depths of his green eyes.

I woke with my heart pounding in my chest. I sat in the dark thinking of the people I’d created, their back stories and their future. I felt responsible for their well being! Turning the light on I sat and thought of what I’d seen and felt.

Since the release of Dark Magic Rising I’ve given my attention over to many other projects and only now and then choosing to visit the world I created. Why was I not writing? The main reason is simple. I had lost my voice! Or so I thought… But it’s not my voice I need to write about; it’s the characters I created and their lives, their future! I hope the next time I see them in my dream, they will be smiling.

Vamping up the Facebook page!

 

Yes, it’s that time again. The seasons are moving on and it always makes me want to change things. I’ve been busy with work and the family over the summer holidays and now it’s time to get back into my writer head!! Here is the link to Tales of Alhanassa facebook page, feel free to drop along and like it 😉

https://www.facebook.com/Alhanassa/

We have a great new banner on there that shows off the covers of my books. You may notice a change or two leading up to Christmas. I’m having both the covers looked at and revamped. I am aware the images look a little fuzzy on here but on facebook they look fine.

May Day Bank Holiday Sale. 

✨MAY DAY SALE PRICE OF £0.99/$1.27 TILL 7th MAY✨
☆‿➹⁀☆*Dark Magic Rising – The Sisterhood Trilogy – Book One*☆‿➹⁀☆

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Follow Lynwen and her colleagues as they try to unfold the mystery of the one who allegedly, will reunite the divided nations. They discover the fallen god who plans to wreak havoc on their world. Lynwen fast realises that magic is no match for this new foe and the reunifying of their people will have to wait. Romance flourishes amid a battle for their lives as the beasts created by the fallen god tear their newly formed trust apart and send them hurtling into a trap. Will this new found unity be enough to save them all?

I can’t believe it’s almost here!

It’s the 29th of March already!! Where did the first three months of 2017 go? There’s only two days to go until Dark Magic Rising is released on Smashwords! We have a fantastic facebook party planned. PLEASE feel free to come and join us. We have some lovely prizes to give away and some awesome guests lined up.

Here’s the link 🙂  To our release party.

And the preorder links:-

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Dark Magic Rising – Available For Pre-order.

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☆‿➹⁀☆In the mean time, enjoy the introduction to the series with a FREE E-copy of Bodelia’s Anguish! It’s a short story containing a little over 4,000 words. It also contains a teaser for Dark Magic Rising. ☆‿➹⁀☆
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My Editor and I! An update on Dark Magic Rising.

We finally have a release date for Dark Magic Rising, which we will share with you very soon. My editor and I have been working very hard and now feel we can work to a deadline.

Dark Magic Rising’s original release date was back in November last year (2015). After undergoing surgery on my spine in May of that year, my editor and I decided to push the date back but never gave ourselves a new goal. This year my editor was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, which gave a reason to some of the health issues she couldn’t overcome. Things started to make sense, however, her health has not improved and due to fatigue and brain fog the editing was at times very slow.

Working alongside someone with fibromyalgia  has taught me patience and a little understanding into living with a chronic illness. I could have taken the work elsewhere for a quicker result. But it’s never been about the speed and is more about the relationship I have with my editor. She not only puts me right when I forget about punctuation or get the words to a sentence muddled up and so on, she injects something into my work that wasn’t there before. We are a team that works well, even if I nag her a little when she is having a low week.

We are planning on hosting a cover reveal within the next few weeks and have decided to put the book up for pre-order from the cover reveal event. This was a huge decision for us and in some sense is a little daunting. We aim to put our best foot forward and simply do the best we can because this is about supporting someone and not just looking them over because they don’t fit in with your time table.

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☆‿➹⁀☆COMING MARCH 2017
*Dark Magic Rising*, the first book in The Sisterhood Trilogy. ☆‿➹⁀☆

Follow Lynwen and her colleagues as they try to unfold the mystery of the one who allegedly, will reunite the divided nations. They discover the fallen god who plans to wreak havoc on their world. Lynwen fast realises that magic is no match for this new foe and the reunifying of their people will have to wait. Romance flourishes amid a battle for their lives as the beast created by the fallen god tear their newly formed trust apart and send them hurtling into a trap. Will this new found unity be enough to save them all?

☆‿➹⁀☆In the mean time, enjoy the introduction to the series with a FREE E-copy of Bodelia’s Anguish!
It’s a short story containing a little over 4,000 words. It also contains a teaser for Dark Magic Rising. ☆‿➹⁀☆

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Bamburgh Castle

One of the first tasks, wile holidaying with Mother, is a ‘mad mish’ to find out what is local to our location. Well, just think of my reaction when I cam across Bamburgh Castle! 

Many times I have imagined certain locations for Alhanassa. Inspiration has come, mostly from the Internet. There is one particular castle in Torlan that I have had in my head for a long time. Alha’enna is Torlan capital city and was once the seat of the Queen of Alhanassa, before the Great War and The Burning. (You will have to read the books when finished to find out about them). It’s majestic castle stand high on a hill and overlooks the city below but one side of the castle is facing the East Ocean. And today I found it! 

I possibly have images on my laptop of this castle, however, to see it for real was breathtaking! We approached it from Seahouses and had no clue it was there. I almost stopped the car just to look. It simply loomed from around five miles away. A beautiful stone castle surrounded by lush green fields, blue sea and whispy white clouds. 

We didn’t go in today, there was a triathlon going on and the place was far too busy for Mother’s wheelchair. BUT, we will be spending the day there. Hopefully the rain that started to pour down at 6pm tonight will head off and give us a reasonable day Tuesday or Thursday. (We have two weeks here). 

   
   

Where Did it all Begin?

Alhannasa, a land of beauty and diversity, created by the Most High Goddess, Bodelia. She planned that her ‘children’ those which will inhabit the world she’d made, would rule the land now the time had come for her to leave. The Immortal Council grew restless with her long absence, she knew her duty could be delayed no longer. Yet she wouldn’t completely abandon that which she had made. She would leave the Lesser Goddesses, her sisters, to watch over Alhanassa. With the aid of their magic, the mortals would surely flourish.

The inspiration for the magical world I called Alhanassa comes from my love of nature. I’m British and I love the British country side, this lush island which I have nowhere near finished exploring, inspires me to put my characters in the places I’ve visited and loved. When describing places I have tried to keep the location I have in mind out of the descriptions. My daughters will often say to me “Hey Mum is that (Insert location name here)?” It makes me smile when they figure it out too. However, the UK doesn’t have vast sand dunes and deserts or rain forests but we do have snow topped mountains, beautiful lakes and lochs, we have rolling hills and patchwork vales. (The featured image is from our holiday in 2013 to Scotland, it’s taken from the camper van window of (I think) the Isle of Sky.)

Another reason for Alhanassa and the Goddesses is our own disturbing history. Continue reading