Guest Post by Katie M. John
A little bit about my series, The Knight Trilogy.
Published in 2011, this is the first series I wrote and it was a labour of love and years of dedicated research into the Arthurian legends of both England and France, of the Golden Thread theory, of all the Holy Grail and bloodline theories and studies, of The Knights Templar and of European folklore - I grew up with an obsession for all things Arthurian, and all the different versions there have been throughout the centuries, and interpretations there have been in various art forms.
My YA series explores the idea that the Arthurian Realm still exists, just beyond the forest; and that King Arthur's knights still play a part in 21st century English political life. It's written in the form of YA Paranormal Romance, but behind that, it's a dedicated reworking and exploration of the Arthurian legends.
I have spent many summer camping vacations in the Forest of Broceliande in France as part of researching the mythology - and dragging my kids and hubby around all the various 'sites'; the tomb of Merlin, the Knight Templar chapel, Vivien's lake, the fountain of eternal Youth - it never fails to fill me with magic and inspiration.
The book is essentially a love story - but it also deals with issues about friendship, loyalty, being individual, daring to do right, and making sacrifices.
Mina Singer is seventeen years old and attending college in Cornwall. When the mysterious Blake Beldevier arrives, he catapults her into a world she only thought existed in fairy tales.
However, like all good fairytales, there is a wicked witch - and Morgan Le Fay is the wickedest witch of all.
It is essentially a coming of age story, a story of true love and emerging responsibilities.
Book 1 of the series if FREE on all ebook sites. You can learn more about this series and my other works over at my official website www.katiemjohn.com
Our author Martin Ferguson has been out at The Imperial War Museum researching for Book 3 of Relic Hunters. I guess that's a pretty big clue about what Book 3 is going to be about....
To catch up with Martin, be sure to visit his Facebook page here www.facebook.com/1640518916209057/photos/a.1640522556208693.1073741828.1640518916209057/1746956698898611/?type=3&theater
You can now find Jill Turner on Literature Works, and keep up to date with her appearances and events.
"An urban 'Lord of The Flies' for our times." In post-millennial England, the next generation are falling through the gaps of a very broken society. In the wasteland of a English sink-estate, where the adults are lost to drink, drugs, poverty and destructive relationships, the next generation run feral, surviving day to day by any means possible. Starved of food, love and affection, the children face a bleak future following in the crime-riddled footsteps of their parents, and their parents’ parents before them.
However, when the middle-class dreamer, drop-out, and revolutionary teen, Albion makes camp in one of the derelict houses, an unlikely friendship is struck between him and Robbie, a boy born of the estate who desperately longs for things to be different. With dreams of establishing a modern-day Camelot, and refuge for those children let down by society, Albie and Robbie attempt to create a new and better world, but they soon discover the weight of a crown is a very heavy burden to bear, and the legacy of the last generation is a terrifying and consuming beast.
EDITORIAL REVIEW In this real-life 'dystopian' novel, Jill Turner uses her extensive experience gained as a Fleet Street journalist (at The Sunday Times, Daily Mail, The Guardian and Daily Mirror) to shine a light into the shadowy corners of a sector of English society far removed from the Great British ideal. With a great sensitivity, and passionate desire for social change and intervention, Jill explores a narrative often ignored in English literature, giving a voice to a generation and social-group whose voice is so often ignored. In a country that boasts some of the most educated and richest citizens in the world, tens of thousands of British children are facing the challenge of simply surviving, of growing themselves up with very little love, affection or nurture; facing little alternative but to either sell themselves or turn to a life of violent crime just in order to live. 'The Children of Albion' is a stark observation through the eyes of the children, and offers a fascinating and eye-opening read.
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Melora's whole life had been orchestrated for the moment she would emerge as Defender of Stargor, only Melora had no idea - and this real-world girl is having a hard time accepting her rather fantastical heritage, not alone the strange, and annoyingly attractive, fae warrior who keeps appearing when she's least expecting, and who has annoying habit of making her face up to her destiny. With the death of her mother, Melora's heritage is unveiled to her through a series of strange and wondrous events that see her return home to a world far away from the 'real' human world she has believed to have been her home. Discovering she is part of an ancient prophesy, destined to save her world and her people, Melora must find the courage to accept her true identity.
This is me for the rest of the day in my writing cave. Synopsis writing is definitely the hardest part for me. Have a great Sunday
We are super proud of our author McCallum J. Morgan who has had his Jazz story accepted for an anthology.
Here is the post from his timeline... Way to go, McCallum. We can't wait to share news of this with our followers in the autumn.
AND...The exciting news is: My jazz story was accepted by the 'All That Weird Jazz' anthology!!! 🙌🙌🙌🎺🎷🎼
The story is called 'Jazz Juice,' and according to the theme of the anthology, it has jazz music AND the paranormal as its foundation! The anthology is coming out in August and I'll keep you updated.
Follow McCallum over at https://www.facebook.com/mccallumjmorgan/?fref=ts
Yes, actually writing like this today. In my #handmade #dressinggown drinking #twiningsteaand no I haven't brushed my hair. More important things to do.
I met with a fan this week, which gave me hope, hope that the world can be better with acts of kindness, as well as creating art. This reader told me that my book helped her get through a major physical illness. That my words guided her through, was an impetus for her to keep going, to persevere, and come out the other side. This meant a lot to me.
When you're writing, you don't know how it will be perceived, what kind of response you will get. You have an idea, but you really don't know. And so, when you hear from a reader about how your work impacted her, it is an inspiration, a motivation to continue writing. It wasn't something I expected. I will keep writing no matter what. But, it's nice to hear from others about how your work impacted them.
This artistic journey can be a lonely one, but when some beautiful souls tell you that you are on the right track, it is worth it. It does give me hope, and encourages me to continue.
Thank you, Vee Jul, for being The Lamp Post. You are an Inspiration, and a Delight. Keep Emanating Joy, Creativity, And Positivity. Your crocheted gifts, as well as your humour, authenticity, and wonderful conversation, made my day. Keep Forging The Path. Bye for now.
February 4th saw Katie M. John signing at Telford, West Midland's Valentine's Signing. There was a great turn out of readers and authors, and Katie got to meet one her most loyal and supportive readers, Isabelle, which made the event extra special.
Keep visiting the blog for more of our authors' appearances.
Last week, our authors Katie M. John and Helen Whapshott attended a signing in Glasgow, called 'Winter Wonderland'. It was a great event, organised by Suzie Cairney, bringing together thirty indie and hybrid authors, and connecting them with readers.
"It was great to get out and meet readers," says Katie. "It's one of the very best things about being an author; there's a connection between a reader and an author that is really special. Meeting somebody who has stepped into your imagination and lived a story with you, is really intimate; a special bond is made."
Both Helen and Katie were on panel, fielding a range of Q&A from the floor.
The day was a great success and we look forward to many more events where our Little Bird authors get to get out from behind their keyboards.
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