Upcoming Novel - Memories of the Night Sky

 

Synopsis

 

I am part of this sacred land. I do not think I could bear to leave it for I feel a belonging that surpasses my understanding. I find peace and contentment in honouring the seasons, the gods and the ancestors. It is the only path I know.

I write historical novels which, I am told, are read by many people. I was once asked where I get my ideas. I answered that I love Scotland’s ancient history and writing of the people who made it.

 

No-one would believe the truth.

I was happy sharing a solitary life with my beautiful Corann.  But then I met the child. She made me face my demons and showed me who I am and where I came from.

Prologue

 

 

Where there is a cow there is a woman, and where there is a woman there is mischief.”

St. Columba, Iona

 

The rope tears at the skin around my wrists, my blood staining it and the tree to which I am bound.

When will it end? I would rather die now than listen to one more word from this man, this liar, this monk who betrays his god.

His leader, Columba, does not want our land or our cattle and crops; he wants our souls. They talk of love and kindness, of understanding and tolerance, but I do not see that in Brother Flynn. He believes his god will imprison me in hell for eternity.

But I know my gods will not allow that.

He limps closer and smiles. What teeth he has left are black and his breath foul. His body smells of fish that have lain dead on the shore for many days.

‘You still cling to life, witch. I did not want you to leave this world without accepting Christ as your saviour and master, but I can wait no longer.’

I hold my breath and wait for him to plunge his fist into my stomach. The blow does not come and I open my eyes.

‘I am interested, witch. Which of your pagan gods do you expect to save you from death?’ He grabs my face. ‘Nothing to say? I have been trying to understand why you persist in clinging to your evil ways. I offered you a chance of redemption but you will not accept it. No matter, your time has come. I will return to Iona knowing I have served God well.

There is anger in his eyes when I smile.

‘I have a parting gift for you, Brother Flynn. You are right. I am a witch, and I have dreamt of the future. Your Columba, and Iona, will become known in all the lands. You will be surrounded by wealth and be visited by lords and kings.’

He stared at me and licked his lips. 

‘But one day strangers will come and they will destroy all you have built. By that time you will be long dead and your god will have decided whether you are worthy of his heaven or his hell. But I will not see you in either place, for I will be reborn in a time when my gods will live alongside your one god. I hope at the moment of your death you remember my words and know you failed.’

Available 2020

 

 

Book Signing in Scotland - May 2017

VisitScotland, Scotland's National Tourist Board, invited me to have a book signing  at their Trossachs Discovery Centre in Main Street, Aberfoyle.  I had a lovely, productive day. My thanks to Colette Richardson and the staff at the centre for their kindness and assistance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inchmahome - May 2017

THERE IS A PLACE   is set mostly on the beautiful island of Inchmahome on the Lake of Menteith. I took these photos from the shore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

There is a Place - Alloa Tower

Because many of the scenes in THERE IS A PLACE are set at Alloa Tower, which was built in 1368 by the Erskine family, I contacted the National Trust for Scotland who take care of the Tower, to ask if they would be willing to stock my book there. I was over the moon when they agreed and THERE IS A PLACE is now available at Alloa Tower.

26 July 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Signing in Scotland - May 2017

VisitScotland, Scotland's National Tourist Board, invited me to have a book signing  at their Trossachs Discovery Centre in Main Street, Aberfoyle.  I had a lovely, productive day. My thanks to Colette Richardson and the staff at the centre for their kindness and assistance.

Inchmahome - May 2017

THERE IS A PLACE is set mostly on the beautiful island of Inchmahome on the Lake of Menteith. I took these photos from the shore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Novel - Memories of the Night Sky

 

I am working on my new Scottish historical novel which I hope to publish in early 2018.

 

 

 

 

Synopsis

I am part of this sacred land. I do not think I could bear to leave it for I feel a belonging that surpasses my understanding. I find peace and contentment in honouring the seasons, the gods and the ancestors. It is the only path I know.

I write historical novels which, I am told, are read by many people. I was once asked where I get my ideas. I answered that I love Scotland’s ancient history and writing of the people who made it. No-one would believe the truth. My stories come to me in dreams so real that when I wake I can still feel their intense pain, love and emptiness.

I was happy sharing a solitary life with my beautiful Bera.  But then I met the child. She made me face my demons and showed me who I am and where I came from.

 

 

 

There is a Place - Review by the Historical Novel Society

https://historicalnovelsociety.org/reviews/there-is-a-place/.

3 August 2016

 

        

There is a Place - Alloa Tower

Because many of the scenes in THERE IS A PLACE are set at Alloa Tower, which was built in 1368 by the Erskine family, I contacted the National Trust for Scotland who take care of the Tower, to ask if they would be willing to stock my book there. I was over the moon when they agreed and THERE IS A PLACE is now available at Alloa Tower.

26 July 2016

 

Hawk Chronicles

 

I am working on a series of stories based on Hawk, one of the characters featured in Distant Whispers.

 

Expected publish date - 2017

 

 

 

 

 

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