If you had three words, how would you describe 2019?
Eventful, Stressful, Hopeful
It’s certainly been eventful and often stressful (especially on the world stage and also locally). Here in Australia the unprecedented bushfires, the smoke haze in many of our major cities but especially Sydney, and the drought has dominated the news. And of course, then there is Brexit, Trump and the revival of old political rivalries to keep us on our toes. So many issues to face and to take a stand on (whichever way that might be), that sometimes the good news can become lost in all the furore.
But if it all gets too much, why not escape into another world with a good book (or movie) to replenish and revision for a more positive future? With that in mind – how was your 2019 for books read, books written?
Recap of my 2019 literary adventures.
New Books and Stories
Under the Mountain Series complete
With the publication of Shadows Crystals & Shadows of the Deep – the Under the Mountain series is now complete. Currently, the first four novellas are available in print, and fifth soon will be.
Four my short stories & a poem have been published in five anthologies in 2019
Jeanette: Zadeki, Welcome. We’re chuffed you could take
time to fly into today to enlighten us a bit more about yourself. We’ve been
following your adventures Under the Mountain and also across the ocean in the
Lonely Isles. It hasn’t all been smooth sailing (sorry, couldn’t resist the
pun). Coughs Please, please pull up a seat and make yourself welcome.
Zadeki: My thanks,
daughter of the pen. (Brushes a small feather from his hair, and jumps up onto a
tree branch.) I’m glad you decided to have the interview outside. Sometimes I
think I’ve been in more tunnels than anyone should in a life time.
Jeanette: I can understand
that. The last few days most have been particularly harrowing. Can you tell us
a bit about how your association with the twins, Delvina and Retza, came about?
Zadeki: Ah, well, that’s a bit embarrassing. I wanted to
prove to the Kinleader that I was ready to be a Pathfinder. So I decided to fly
over the mountains to show my skill at shape-shifting. Instead, I ended up being
caught in a snow storm and colliding with a mountain and breaking a wing … er
arm. That’s when the twins found me and took me into the mountain caverns.
Jeanette: Your time with the twins and their people has
been fraught with danger and difficulties. Even now things are in the balance,
yet I’m sure the twins have been very glad of your help and that of your Kin.
Jeanette: Lets talk a bit more about you. In our world,
people are often divided between ‘cat’ people and ‘dog’ people. Do you have a particular preference between
What a month February has been – a month of extremes of weather for one thing. I’m glad to escaped the worst of it here in steaming hot Brisbane, but feel for everyone who has suffered loss from bushfires or wildfires, the Sahara-dessert levels of heat south of the border or Antarctic cold of the polar vortex across the Pacific, from earthquakes, storms, drought and other disasters.
It’s been something of a deluge on the publishing scene for me in much more pleasant ways – frantic, crazy and fantastic -with four new books due for release in February-March, several events both online and in person, and two promotions.
Shadow Crystals – Book 4 in the Under the Mountain series
She will do anything to save her people.
Delvina, Zadeki and the delegation lead by Danel must seek answers from the haughty Vaane, but they find the Lonely Isles in turmoil. Will Delvina find the way to open the Gate in time to prevent her people from starving? Will she be reunited with her twin, Retza? And why are the Forest Folk so secretive? As tensions increase, Delvina must discern friend from foe and defeat the shadows in her own heart.
Join Delvina and her friends on their quest to save the Glittering Realm under the mountain.
Set in the world of Nardva, Shadow Crystals is the fourth and penultimate novella in the Under the Mountain series.
Stone of the Sea
Have you been wondering what the young shapeshifter, Zadeki, and the twins, Delvina and Retza are up to? At the end of October I released the next instalment, novella 3 of the Under the Mountain series. The Crystal Heart may be saved but the people under the mountain are running out of food, while strife and disaster bubble beneath the surface.
A desperate journey into the unknown
Food is scarce, the Glittering realms in chaos and solutions fast disappearing. Twins Delvina and Retza have always stood shoulder to shoulder. Will new challenges pull the twins apart? Will they, and their shapeshifter friend, Zadeki, find food before the people under the mountain starve?
Join Delvina, Retza and Zadeki as once again they face their fears and rescue a realm.
Stone of the Sea is the third novella in the Under the Mountain series. It is set in the world of Nardva.
Start reading it today. Available at Amazon and other retailers.