New Series Launch — Dead of Winter: Journey 1, Forlorn Peak

Saturday, January 2, 2021 

(All new video trailer for Journey-1)

Happy New Year, one and all! 

For weeks I’ve been giving hints and making little shout-outs for a new serial/series, but uncertain of when I would be ready.  The day is finally here.  Presenting Dead of Winter: Journey 1, Forlorn Peak!

Dead of Winter: Journey 1, Forlorn Peak
Dead of Winter: Journey 1, Forlorn Peak

Dead of Winter will be a serial/series available through Amazon. (Maybe other sites as well, for the anti-Amazon among us.  If those sites cooperate, that is.  I have little patience for their shenanigans). 

I call the installments Journeys, because the characters travel across the complex world I built, experiencing new cultures and meeting new people. These journeys will publish approximately monthly.  Length will range from 30 to 60 pages, or so.

Here’s the Blurb

Dead of Winter takes place in a fantasy world that resembles some countries in the past of our own world.  In this monthly series we travel through many lands, each with a distinct culture.  The series begins in the Flowing Lands at Forlorn Peak (Journey 1).

The Brethren are fanatics who gradually took over the Flowing Lands.  They say all beliefs but theirs are heresy.  Women are little more than property.  Emlyn is only twelve, but to the Brethren she is an abomination.  Why?  She can see ghosts and other entities.  That’s a secret she can admit only to her teacher, Osabide.

The stronger Emlyn’s ability gets, the harder it is for her to hide it.  Now she has also gotten a supernatural warning that she knows is not about the weather, “Winter is coming!

As the veil separating the world of the living from the realm of the dead deteriorates, the danger accelerates.  Journey with Emlyn as she explores her world and its many cultures in Dead of Winter.

Universal Purchase Links

Kindle:  relinks.me/B08RBBVRGX

Paperback:  relinks.me/B08R7RH4F5

Some of you have seen this video with me narrating the prologue, and thank you so much for listening.  It took half a bottle of throat spray, but I did it.  The recording lasts fewer than three minutes and there are lovely images to entertain you. If you haven’t already, then I hope you will stop to listen.

Saddle Up & Name Your Horse!

High fantasy novels tend to be filled with names — names for characters, countries, traditions, even the horses have names!  Dead of Winter is no exception.  What would you name your fantasy horse?  Leave a comment and introduce your brilliant steed. 

My fantasy horse is a Clydesdale named Raspberry.  No, she is not in the story.  The name isn’t for fanciful coloring, it’s because she has a bad attitude, and tends to blow a raspberry when she doesn’t want to do something.  Although Raspberry weighs-in at 1,900 pounds, so she’s able to carry me.  Raspberry has an inner-compass.  We won’t stay lost for long, because she can always manage to find the nearest tavern.  The horse has a distinct fondness for ale.  She has a secret crush on a horse named, of course, Clyde.

Although the horses don’t come into the series until after Journey 1, Forlorn Peak, I invite you to saddle up and visit the wonderful author/bloggers who generously volunteered to help with the launch.  You’ll see posts from them at various times during this month.  Giddy-up — let’s go!  New journeys await.

Wendy Corniquet at Pixabay
Wendy Corniquet at Pixabay

Pat Alderman at e-Quips — January 2nd. Thank you Pat.

D. Wallace Peach at Myths of the Mirror  January 6th

Gwen Plano at Blog Reflections… From the Desk of Gwen Plano  January 8th

Robbie Cheadle at Roberta Writes

Dan Antion at No Facilities  January 14th

Olga Núñez Miret at Author Translator Olga  January 12th

John W. Howell at Fiction Favorites

Mark Bierman at Adventures on Writing  January 12th

“The Delta Pearl” is on a brief break, but the steampunk riverboat will return!

2021 has barely begun, so I bid you Happy New Year!

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This is a work of fiction.  Characters, names, places, and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, locales, or events is entirely coincidental.

Copyright © 2020 by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

All rights reserved. 

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130 thoughts on “New Series Launch — Dead of Winter: Journey 1, Forlorn Peak

    1. Dear Valentina, no worries. You need to be taking care of you. The big launch was with the first “Journey” (that’s what I’m calling the monthly installments — Journeys). Maybe you can help keep the interest going by sharing the second Journey. Or the third. This will go on for about a year. But only if you’re ready to get back into the swing of things.
      Hugs on the wing.

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  1. Reblogged this on Books and Such and commented:
    I’m a long time fan of Teagan Riordain Geneviene’s books and blog. She’s known for her whimsical imagination and creativity when fashioning a story around random items named by readers and her UF Atonement, Tennessee series (Lilith!). She has a new release of monthly serial novelettes featuring a blend of fantasy and magic that I can’t wait to dive into!

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  2. Congratulations, Teagan on your new release. Sorry for missing to sign up to host your launch tour. I was on a long break and a slow start to get back to my blog. I loved the images and the voice of your narration. I would name my fantasy horse Black Velvet. I just downloaded your book. I will hop on to Diana’s post soon!

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    1. Oooh Black Velvet makes me think of an old favorite song, Miriam. 🙂
      I hope you had a good break. I’m happy to see so many friends taking time to relax.
      I won’t be doing launches for each monthly installment, but maybe you can help me with something for Journey-2, if you want. That would be lovely.
      You are so kind to get the first Journey. I hope you enjoy it. The story is very different from the full-on whimsy I usually write. Happy New Year, and hugs on the wing!

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      1. Certainly, Teagan. Please email me for Journey-2. It would be lovely to have you on my blog.

        I was so lazy during my break, but had a wonderful small outdoor party for my husband’s birthday on Sunday. People lingered for four and a half hours as if the thirsty travelers found fresh water after a long journey.
        Happy and joyful new year to you!

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        1. I’m sure that’s exactly how they felt too, Miriam. It’s wonderful that all of you could safely get together.
          Yay! I can’t wait to visit with you. I’ll email you after I get more work done on Journey-2. You can decide what kind of post you want to do. More hugs!

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    1. Oh! It really is a happy New Year. I really hope you enjoy it, Kirt. This story (as Diana Peach put it) “feels darker and dangerous” compared to the full-on whimsy of my recent books and serials. The whimsy is still there… it’s just presented in a more serious way. 🙂
      Heartfelt thanks for your support. Hugs on the wing!

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  3. Yay! I’m always happy for anyone who makes their dream come to fruition. We can all appreciate how much work goes into a project. Then to see it finally happen is so exciting. Congrats, Teagan!

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    1. Teri, I haven’t heard the name Stormbreaker before. I love it. I didn’t know anything about horses. Then I came to a future “journey” of Dead of Winter where I needed Emlyn to learn about them. Of course I did volumes of research, but I was glad that a coworker had horses (and a daughter who rode in competitions), so I could get some confirmation on details. Thanks so much for all your support and for coming out to play. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. Your Facebook posts have been amazing, Robbie! I hope you’re having a wonderful time. I’m delighted that you’re helping with the launch, but please don’t feel any rush. I’m fine with it being spread out. I’d rather know that you’re having fun and relaxing. Hugs on the wing!

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  4. Yay! Congratulations on your release! I’m so interested in following your journey (pun intended) with these serials, as I think it’s such a unique way to tell a story. You have to keep us all updated how you find the experience!
    As for fantasy horse, well, I’d have to go with one of the horses I named in my weird western – Crowbait, Uzeblikblik, Onyx, or Lumiere.

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    1. Hi Jessica. The monthly installments seem to fit well with this particular story. And the prospect of editing segments rather than 800+ pages is not nearly as daunting! LOL. Anyway, I thought I’d try it and see how it goes.
      Terrific horses in your books, of course. Crowbait — what a fabulous name! 😀 As readers of The Delta Pearl will guess, I’m very partial to Onyx as a name too. Happy New Year, and hugs on the wing!

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  5. My fantasy horse is a HUGE (8 foot high) Welsh Cob, amber in colour and sporting a lush lion’s mane and furry feet. His name is Sombra, the Shadow.
    Like the legendary sword, Excalibur, Sombra can only be paired with the right hero or heroine. Nobody else can form a bond with him. Who will that hero or heroine be? All we know is the name: Elo. Until Elo was united with this magnificent beast, thy had no self confidence. Once mounted, they know a new strength.
    Sombra has one more surprising, powerful attribute. His hooves are cloven into two, retractable talons. His talons are of a material that is harder than diamond, so can cut through absolutely anything. Do NOT get on the wrong side of this horse or his rider!

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  6. Yay. I’m looking forward to hosting you, Teagan, and sharing your newest creation.
    I had a lot of horses in one of my books. Two of the most memorable were Plain Dumb and Stewpot. 🙂
    Have fun this week as your tour kicks off!

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    1. LOL, of course you’ve had lots of horses in your fantasies. But you get extra credit for those names! 😀
      I’m very excited about visiting at your blog on the 6th.
      Thanks so much for taking time away from your break to visit here, Diana. Happy New Year and hugs on the wing!

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    1. Thanks so much, Andrea! After the COVID Apocalypse, and now going into the uncertainty of 2021, it seems oddly fitting that this journey is both new and old for me. I expect a rather weird year — but that would still be a huge improvement. And sometimes weird turns out pretty good. 😉 Happy New Year and hugs on the wing!

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  7. Wonderful prologue, Teagan, and what a way to start this new year! I look forward to reading more from you! My horse would be a Morgan and his name would be Sunny for his sunny and loyal disposition. 🙂 Happy New Year! 💗🎉🥂

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  8. Best of luck with the launch, and Happy New Year, Teagan!

    My horse would be a Blue Morgan male named Tycho. He’d be fast, strong, sure-footed, gentle, loyal, and he too would be able to find his way home, and keep me on his back even if I was dozing on long journeys. 😀

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  9. Wishing you much success on your new release, Teagan! My fantasy horse would be Shêtân, named after his famous sire, The Black Stallion. He would fly like the wind and protect me from danger.
    Happy New Year!

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  10. I loved your video, Teagan and picked uo the first installment:)
    I would have to have a gray quarter horse named Wolfe. He would be a bit surley, but a fantastic jumper. A protective side with a natural instinct of which humans are good or bad.

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    1. Ah, a reliable and trusty steed, Denise. I love the idea of a horse named Wolfe. 😀 Thanks so much for coming out to play. I hope you enjoy Journey 1. It’s very different from the stories you’re used to seeing from me. Happy New Year and hugs on the wing!

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  11. I will be purchasing today, Teagan. It all sounds too wonderful to resist! My horse is named Mystique said to be one of the original horses from which the horses of Assateague Island descend. Bold and beautiful, she belongs to the place where the ocean and sea clash, never to perish.

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    1. What a beautiful horse name and backstory and description, Maggie! I see your imagination is in full bloom despite the season.
      The horses won’t come into the “journey” until the next one, but when this idea popped into my head I thought it would add fun to the launch. Thank you for coming out to play.
      I fell in love with the world of this story. I hope you enjoy it. Hugs on the wing!

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  12. What better way to start off 2021!! I sure can’t think of a better way that a new series. I loved the prologue!! Now I’m off to Amazon to load up my Kindle. Yep I sold my soul the the devil in 2017 when the lure of Prime was too much to bear.

    My fantasy horse is named Zeus. Why not name the horse after the god who stabled him? Such fun!

    Happiest of Happy New Years to you!!!

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    1. Jill, that’s music to my ears. I appreciate your feedback. I promise Journey 2 will be ready in about a month. I’m already working on edits.
      Oh! Zeus is a fabulous name for a horse — love it. Thanks for coming out to play.
      Happy New Year and hugs on the wing!

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  13. best of luck with this Teagan, it sounds chilling. Fantasy horse? Hmm, since I think all horses are dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle, mine would be called Glue because that’s all their good for…

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    1. Ha! You slay me with “dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle,” Geoff. I had a friend who tried to start a self-sustaining lifestyle. Glue… When the children wanted to name her two pigs, she told them the only names they could have were Ham and Bacon. Happy New Year and hugs on the wing!

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  14. Another wonderful project from Teagan, the masterful author! I’d join you in your anti-Amazon sentiments except that they have provided excellent customer service since I bough my Kindle in September and have had two major issues with it. We’ll see how it goes moving forward.

    My fantasy horse is a unicorn (I collected unicorn figurines and trinkets for many years) and I will name him Plenty.

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    1. Oh, I am not anti-Amazon at all, Mary J. But I have a few blog readers who have complained that they boycott Amazon, so would not be getting the story. Although, I begin to think that’s a ploy to get free books…
      I agree about Amazon’s good customer service. I hope they get a permanent fix for your Kindle.
      Plenty! What a wonderful name! What better fantasy horse than a unicorn? Thanks for playing along with this. Happy New Year and hugs on the wing!

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        1. Excellent. With my “issues” I already relied on Amazon deliveries (even before the COVID Apocalypse). Even with all my orders, I’ve only had one negative customer service experience with them. (A broken set of glasses the rep in India wouldn’t accept that I didn’t want to ship back.) Otherwise, wherever the rep has been, they’ve been great.

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  15. Best wishes on the serial, Teagan. My fantasy horse’s name is Calvin. He is named after the wonderful show jumping horse that carried my daughter safely through hair raising 1.5-meter competitions. He is smart, quick, and can leap tall buildings with a single bound. Also, he doesn’t like arrogant boys. Your narration is sublime, and I loved the prologue.

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    1. Tee-hee! I love hearing about Calvin — and the relationship to a real horse from your life! Emlyn could use a Calvin. However, the horse she eventually gets is called Blossom.
      Thank you so much for your feedback about the prologue narration. I blush. ^^’ Happy New Year and hugs on the wing!

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  16. I like the prologue and the comments to your new book. My fantasy horse would be named Megan. She can fly like Pegasus and talk like Mr. Ed. She is former plow horse and has more horse sense than I would ever be accused of having. Although her head has been in the clouds, her four hooves are firmly planted in the ground when it comes to knowing what’s what. It’s not where we start but where are our abilities take us that define who we are.

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    1. Tee-hee! I love the horse, Pat. A female hybrid of Pegasus and Mr. Ed? What’s not to love? You’re so right about “It’s not where we start but where are our abilities take us that define who we are.” That is truly beautiful. Thanks again for hosting me today. The interview questions were great. Hugs on the wing!

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  17. I love the narration! I heard it before, but I listened again. I’ll be reading this first journey before nightfall. By the way, my horse’s is Nightmare, and he always gets me home when I stay out too late.

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    1. Ah, Nightmare — a devoted dependable steed, fit for the grandest of high fantasy adventures.
      Thank you so much Dan. I’m happy you liked the prologue narration. Dead of Winter is a different tone than you’re used to reading from me. I really hope you enjoy it. Happy New Year and hugs on the wing!

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  18. Congratulations, Teagan, what a wonderful start to the year! The narration, the story blurb, and the images build excitement. I know what I’ll be reading tonight. 💗

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    1. Thank you kindly for your feedback, Gwen. ❤ I do hope you enjoy the first installment. I am looking forward to visiting your blog. I'm working on your interview questions. A couple of them were a good push for me to get busy preparing the second "Journey" too! 😀 Happy New Year and hugs on the wing!

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  19. Great videos, yes very good for drawing us into this incredible but dangerous world. I used to call my fantasy race horse, Glendalough. I don’t approve of racing now but used to love watching the beautiful forms of horses at speed. Don’t put me on on though!

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    1. It’s lovely to see you, Georgina. Ah, Glendalough can be a happily retired racer now. Thanks for telling us about her. When Emlyn eventually gets a horse in this series, her reaction will be about like mine would be. She’s never ridden one. 🙂 Happy New Year and hugs on the wing!

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        1. Giving her a horse also served to let me develop a relationship between her and another character who comes into the story later. (Not a love interest — she’s barely 12.) One change in the original manuscript that I might be tempted to change is to further develop that character’s personal story. This monthly novelette format might let me do that, while it didn’t really work with the single book.
          But that’s farther away than even Journey 2.

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          1. Girls that age are often horse mad so that should be a fun relationship. I’m glad you don’t feel the need to have your young heroines behaving like Lolitas. When will the next chapter come out?

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  20. Great narration, Teagan, and I love the new video as well. I love horses but never had much contact with them and have no favourites. I hope to read and review the first journey very soon!

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