I’d not noticed this tree changing until one beautiful day last week. How quickly Autumn brings the seasons changes never ceases to amaze me.
The sun has given us, not just fabulous sunny days but breathtaking mornings too.
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Source: Robin Hobb
A year ago today Bodelia’s Anguish was published via smashwords. It has had an average of 37 downloads a month. I know that would look a little different if they were sales. However, I am more than pleased with its performance and I now have higher hopes for Dark Magic Rising.
If you’re interested in fantasy, it’s a short story of a little over 4,000 words. It also included a small first draft of the prologue and chapter one of Dark Magic Rising, that has a proposed publish date for this November.
Bodelia’s Anguish – The fury of a goddess betrayed is about to be unleashed on those she once loved. Will Alhanassa, the world she created, survive? Will the Immortal Council be able to sway her desire for revenge? The exciting prologue to a gripping new series.
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.
But even the plans of a Goddess are no match for evil. When an act of betrayal shatters Bodelia’s heart, will she be able to control the need for revenge? Or will the inhabitants of Alhanassa suffer the dire consequences of her wrath. An enthralling new series filled with action, magic, lust and love!
A huge thanks to everyone that has helped promote Bodelia’s Anguish.
A beautiful day and a beautiful setting. Northumberland National Park to our left and the arch of the Holy Islands and the North Sea to our right. But all that pales in comparison to Bamburgh Castle as you leave Seahouses. Today, the sun brightened the stonework and gave it a backdrop of deep blue, from the sea.
With building excitement we parked the car and begun the climb to the ticket office that was once the location of the dungeon! We followed the timeline to find the castle was built in 473(apx) and was an essential part of Northumbria’s history. From Anglo-Saxon and King Oswald to the modern day the castle had had a few owners.
It has been used as a sanctuary for the poor, a school for girls who would go into service and even a conversant for the rich and privileged who have lost their money! It was one of the first places in the UK to offer free medical care to the poor and needy, think that was Lord Crewe. Lord Armstrong and his descendants owned the castle for some years. The first Lord Armstrong was a bit of an inventor and was responsible for the hydraulics that work Tower Bridge in London.
Also, in the 18th century, Dr John Sharp, due to the many boats and ships lost on the rocks of the Holy Islands and surrounding area, set up the very first coast gaurds. They were deployed on hoses back to warn ships. A series of flags and lanterns were also used.
One note to anyone wanting to visit, it’s not every wheelchair friendly, however, the staff are friendly and the help they offered us with Mother was touching. The people of Northumbria are wonderfully friendly and keen to help.
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).
So much for setting off at the crack of dawn! We overslept and didn’t leave intil 9am. Thing is, we were supposed to be meeting my brother, the top side of Newcastle at 9. I thought he said set off then!! He wasn’t too pleased when I phoned at 11am to say we were at Stutton Bank!
Well he arrived at about 12:30 and had the touring caravan set up for us. We rolled up at 4:30. The journey was horrible. The traffic on the A1 around Newcastle was down to one lane and moving slowly.
I must say, the drive was worth it. The scenery is a lot different to what I’m used to. This is very flat but still stunning. It’s very lush and the little villages are beautifully kept.
We’ve had a little walk around our small but very well kept camp site (camping and caravaning club) and then on to the beach and now we are all tucked up in bed. I’m the designated driver so I’m knackered!! Here are a few photos of our location at Beadnall.
Yesterday we headed out from our hometown in West Yorkshire for the first leg of our journey – Bridlington. Stopping over at Mother’s for the night then setting off about 8:30am.
I am so looking forward to this holiday. I enjoy spending time with my elderly Mother. Watch for lots of photos and comments on our location.
I haven’t put a video up for a good few days. I thought I would share this cover, a couple of my kids have gone mad for this one and I’ve heard it a fare few times over the past week. I remember the original by Thin Lizzy, not that I’m that old, my brother was in to them big time during the 70’s.
Pizza Hut with my family… Sharing ideas with the grand kids and my daughters has to be one of my favourite pass times I am blessed to have such talented people around me.
More inspiration has come my way wile sharing a pizza than I would want to admit. Over the years we have righted worlds wrongs and planned the future!!
I’m not 100% sure what woke me up last night, whole upstairs been plunged into daylight for a few seconds or the sound of the thunder? I lay there in bed for what seemed like ten minutes then got up when I heard the dog crying in the kitchen. I opened the back door and watched the rain pelt the canvas on the gazebo. It bounced off the path and ran like tiny rivers down towards the grass. The dog sat at my feet unwilling to venture passed the open door. When the whole sky lit up again my cowered German Sheppard ran for cover under my desk.
The air was finally breathable as it breezed into the house and down the hall way. I got a hot drink and ventured into the darkened living room and dining room. There, with curtains open, from one end of the house to the other and a big shaking dog curled up on the sofa next to me, we watched the storm. After one flash that lit every window up and the following thunder shook the glass, I heard foot steps coming down the stairs. It was my youngest son, the only other person in the house. Like my dog, youngest son (who is 16 and 6″ 4′) was a little shaken. We sat and talked in the dark and watched natures light show before heading back to bed once we could count over ten between lightening and the thunder.
Needless to say, this morning my son and I are a little on the grumpy side due to lack of sleep. However, no rest for the tired because today we have a family BBQ and have to get ready for that. I will leave you with a song/track for today, which was chosen by my son and I thought fit perfectly! Enjoy your weekend 🙂