Here we go again!! Launch time for book two in the Sword of Rhiannon series is coming up quick!
Raven Darkwater leaves the comfort and protection of the hidden village of Ghroc deep within the Alba Forest. Seeking excitement in her life she travels to the capitol city of Sona Tuath and takes a job in the castle’s kitchen. Soon she is noticed by the handsome, young man, Eric and they fall deeply in love. When Eric’s secret comes out the lovers are torn from each other’s lives and Raven is forced to survive on her own.
This is the prequel to the stunning epic fantasy series: The Sword of Rhiannon.
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Please feel free to let me know what you think of Raven and Eric’s story. I hope you’ll pick up a copy of The Sword of Rhiannon after reading this exciting prequel to the Sword of Rhiannon Series.
This week I am so excited to announce that both my Author Interview and my Character Interviews were published on Meeting With The Muse. I had so much fun being interviewed by Kelly Blanchard. I was so nervous for my very first ever interview but Kelly calmed me down and after a while, I was able to relax.
Kelly takes an interesting and very creative approach to her interviews. They read like little stories. I highly recommend you go and check them out.
You can find Kelly here:
You can read my Author Interview here:
You can read my Character Interview with my main character, Rhiannon Kossi, here:
Many thanks to Kelly Blanchard for inviting me to be interviewed by The Muse. I had a wonderful time.
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I read this book a few months ago but I so thoroughly enjoyed it, I want to post my review here. This is a must read, for sure!
Libbie Hawker is now one of my most favorite authors.
Review for Tidewater
This haunting tale of the life of Pocahontas will stay with you for a long time to come.
Tidewater is skillfully written and expertly researched. Hawker is a master at gently weaving beautiful prose into an elaborate, sweeping tapestry of a compelling story. You, as the reader, are transported to 17th century Virginia and you get to immerse yourself into the rich, bold lives of Pocahontas and her family and the hard choices that she ultimately has to make.
Libbie Hawker is one of those writers that can capture you from the first few words of a book and hold your attention and loyalty until the end…then you desperately go looking for her next book to read. Her prose is so lyrical and poetic, her words almost read themselves, giving you bright, deep worlds that you luxuriate to live in for a while.
I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves an exceptional story. Especially a story with a strong female character.
Here is a link to her website: http://libbiehawker.com/
Here’s where to buy it:
I just finished Juliet Marillier’s Den of Wolves. I have been a huge fan of Marillier’s for a while now. I just love her style of writing and re-telling of Celtic myths. She has such a natural flow to her stories and they truly are a treasure to read. Here is my review and a link to buy her book.
Book Review for Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier
An exceptionally well-written, spell-binding journey through myth and fairy tales
Den of Wolves is the third (and last?) in Juliet Marillier’s Blackthorn and Grim series. The first two books are Dreamers Pool and Tower of Thorns.
Like all Marillier’s books, Den of Wolves is exceptionally well written, evocative, and has an interesting story that pulls you in. In this book, Blackthorn and Grim help a young girl who has some strange abilities and a tedious home life. Together, they help this girl gain self-confidence and discover things about herself and her past that change her life forever. Things also change for Blackthorn and Grim!
The story arc finally comes to an end in this third book of the series but the end of the story leaves tantalizing openings for much more to happen in Blackthorn and Grim’s world. I, for one, hope Marillier continues to write more in this great series.
If you haven’t given Juliet Marillier a try I highly recommend starting today! You won’t be disappointed. If you love Irish myths, retold tales, or anything Celtic, you must read Juliet Marillier and you will be an instant fan!
Here is her website, go check it out: http://www.julietmarillier.com/
Here is where you can purchase Den of Wolves:
The Empress of Ventra Launch Party was a great success thanks to the hard work and skill of Courtney Cannon at http://www.Fiction-Atlas.com
If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, you can buy it here:
Please remember to leave a review, I appreciate each and every one.
I would like to thank all the authors who lent their support to making the 3-day event a huge success. Within the Indie comunity, the friendliness and willingness to help each other out continues to surprise me.
Thank you all, again!
She had questions about her past. The answers she received took her to another world and changed her life forever.
Suffering from vivid nightmares, Rhiannon Kossi is sure that she’s been lied to about her childhood. Seeking the answers to long forgotten questions, she is mysteriously taken from her quiet, simple life on a Montana cattle ranch and thrust into a new, violent world where she is forced to either fight or die. In her quest for answers to her past Rhiannon must accept hard truths that will forever change the course of her life…that is, if she can stay alive.
You will get lost in this spell-binding journey through a breathtaking world of legendary battles, dangerous quests, an ancient prophecy, forbidden love, and brutal self-discovery in book one of the new page-turning epic fantasy series, The Sword of Rhiannon: The Empress of Ventra. Buy The Empress of Ventra today.
Here’s what people are saying about The Empress of Ventra:
“Easily the richest novel I’ve read in a long time.”
“Wonderfully descriptive work that transports you to another world.”
Q & A With The Author, Melissa E. Beckwith:
Q: Your writing is very descriptive and flowing. Who were some authors that inspired your work?
A: There have been many throughout the years, to be sure. It was after reading Diana Gabaldon and her Outlander series that I really started to get serious about writing. Then I discovered my love for fantasy and started to read everything from Robin Hobb and Jennifer Roberson. I’m also captivated by Juliet Marillier, Katherine Hurley, Jeff Wheeler and George R. R. Martin, of course. Historical fantasy is also another genre that I love, especially writers like Naomi Novik and Libbie Hawker.
Q: How long did it take you to write The Empress of Ventra?
A: Well, the idea for the Sword of Rhiannon series has been rolling around in my head for probably twenty years. Then I studied the craft of writing for many years. So the writing, editing and learning process has been going on over the last sixteen years, I’d say.
Q: What kind of readers do you think your book will appeal to?
A: I think anyone that loves a good epic fantasy story with some romance, sword and sorcery, myth and legends and fairy tale stuff with some time travel thrown in will love The Empress of Ventra.
Q: What is the name of the next book in the series and when will that be out?
A: The next book in the series is called “The War of the Gypsy” and it will be out in February of 2017.
Q: Where can people find you on the internet?
A: People can go to MelissaEBeckwith.com and find out more about me and my books and even sign up for my email list to receive exclusive offers and free books. I’m also on Twitter @M_E_Beckwith, on Facebook @AuthorMelissaEBeckwith, and Melissa E Beckwith on Goodreads. Come find me!
Get lost in a captivating new world today and buy The Empress of Ventra.
Our launch party over on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/367359033613339/ will be going on from January 3rd through the 5th. We have dozens of authors that will be attending and loads of free books will be up for grabs. Many thanks to all the authors who will be attending and giving way copies of their books and a special thank you to Courtney Cannon at http://www.Fiction-Atlas.com for all her hard work on not only this book but helping me with this event!!
I hope to see you all at the event where I will be giving away FREE copies of The Empress of Ventra. There will be loads of other FREE books available to win also. So stop by, I’d love to hear from you.
The Empress of Ventra will be up for pre-order this week!!! Yay! It’s been a long, long journey but we are almost there. I will be putting up a link as soon as TEoV is listed for pre-order so check back here often or sign up to get an email alert.
Of course, I could not have made it this far without the talent, skills, and knowledge of Courtney Cannon over at Fiction-Atlas. I can personally recommend all of her services. She is professional and really goes the extra mile to help out. You can find her here: www.Fiction-Atlas.com
I am currently working on The Flight of the Raven, a novella, which is a prequel to the Sword of Rhiannon series. I will be offering this novella for FREE, exclusively to my email list, as a gift for subscribing to my occasional newsletters, so sign up to get your free book as soon as it is ready.
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I hope everyone is having a wonderful winter so far.
Excerpt from THE EMPRESS OF VENTRA:
A familiar smell started to fill the air. Rhiannon stopped and closed her eyes tight. The smell of earth and roots and blood wafted across the opening. She opened her eyes and stared at what lay before her: her nightmares realized. The huge tree began to whisper. It was such a faint hum that she was not certain it was there at all. Slowly it became more evident. As if her dreams had been mere rehearsals, her body answered to the call of the tree as it had hundreds of times before.
Slowly she stood before the tree, her eyes were wide, and she began to tremble. She felt Zellan’s hot breath on her shoulder and without looking away, reached behind, grabbing tightly onto the reigns in a desperate attempt to deny the call she was forced to answer. The stallion proved to be an unwise choice for an anchor for he moved with her, almost pushing her, as they were drawn closer.
The twisted trunk sat in its place as if to mock her and an amber glow started to burn within the tree. The light grew brighter, and a golden mist crawled across the muddy forest floor. Luna pinned her ears back and growled, long, sharp fangs framing a feral smile.
The tree began to burn brighter, and she became afraid, but could not move away. Curiosity bade her stay as a familiar feeling sprinkled her soul like an old childhood memory now long forgotten. A heady, dull scent hung in the damp mountain air becoming overpowering as it coated her skin and tongue.
Fear began to recede, replaced by a feeling that this was something she should know, like the words to a well-known song whose name she could not recall. An overwhelming urge to touch the light clawed through her being. Slowly she edged forward, ignoring all rational thought. Like the bitter cold wind calls the winter to come along, Rhiannon continued her path toward an intimate, well-known course.
As though lightning had struck again, she was blinded by a searing light, and a low rumble battered her ears. In an instant, thousands of memories of her life on a Montana cattle ranch exploded in her mind leaving a jumble of brightly colored images swimming within her. Time had stopped, and as each image grew old, she knew they were gone forever.
When all the images were gone, she quietly left that place and flew over the Earth. She was awestruck by its raw beauty and perfectly round shape. As it, too, faded from sight, she drifted farther and farther away into a darkness that could not be explained. She felt as though she were being pulled towards something. A place she could not resist, nor did she wish to.
Onward it drew her into its bosom. And then she saw her: the woman who danced in her dreams. The woman she was convinced was the image of her long dead mother. “You’re almost home, my love,” the woman whispered, and then her world went black.