Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Welcome to my sanctuary. A place where all are safe from the anxiety tied to religion, politics, and other things that get in the way of friendship. Lest I seem insensitive, my only remark to that, is that I’m writing this post in advance, and I’m terrified of what might happen on the 20th (Inauguration Day in the USA). Now all political remarks are done. Come on in and we’ll bask in one another’s positive “light” and spirits.
This may not be much of a cover reveal, since I’ve already shared it with a few of the people who hosted the launch of Dead of Winter. With the first Journey, Emlyn had her back to us, facing the unknown. With Journey 2, Penllyn, she turns to face us.
Emlyn’s family never strays far from the apple orchard that is their home. Occasionally they go to their village, Llyn Coombe. The next village, Penllyn, is a long walk from home, and Emlyn has only been there a couple of times. She’s eager to face that adventure. Little does she know how much lies ahead.
The second “journey” if Dead of Winter gets us better acquainted with Zasha, a character who was briefly mentioned in Journey 1, Forlorn Peak. The image below represents Zasha and her white mare, Kiska. Yes, there’s even a story behind the horse’s name… They didn’t call me the Keeper of Names for nothin’.
By and large, Dead of Winter is told from Emlyn’s point of view. However, there are occasions when we will hear from another major character, or from a “watcher” who is introduced in Journey 2. This vignette is in Zasha’s point of view. She and a swordsman, sworn to protect her, are on their way to rejoin the rest of their group. However, they have stopped at a lake — or a llyn as they are called in this story.
From Dead of Winter: Journey 2, Penllyn
Snippet — Zasha
“The water of the llyn smells odd too, but lake water always does. A good word never broke a tooth, but name them llyns or lakes, they aren’t as clean or as lively as a running stream, and they’re nothing compared to the sea,” Zasha thought.
Something about that particular llyn was even more unappealing than most. That it was deserted was no surprise. The only evidence of anyone or anything having been there in recent days were animal tracks. She dismounted Kiska, her pure white mare, and stooped to examine the tracks. It was a wolf, but just one, not a pack. However, it would have been a remarkably large wolf.
The horse seemed to catch a remnant of wolf scent from the tracks. She snorted, shook her head, and stamped a hoof.
“It’s alright, Kiska. The beastie is long gone,” Zasha soothed the mare.
It nagged at her. There was something off about the place — something otherworldly that encouraged sadness. It bred the kind of uncertainty that made her itch to look over her shoulder.
Tajín, the swordsman who traveled with her, seemed to feel it too. He was sworn to protect the Society of Deae Matres in general, and her in particular. She had seen his intent gaze search from horizon to horizon more than once since they stopped. His muscles rippled as he reached for his weapon, making sure it was at hand. Tajín’s name meant lightning bolt, and his speed with a weapon lived up to the name.
The Deae Matres party was supposed to have met in the village of Llyn Crag. Tajín went there ahead of Zasha while she made the brief visit to her aunt, Osabide.
It was concerning that the swordsman found no word indicating that the Deae Matres had been there. He also searched the few spots that would have made good campsites. Tajín found no remains of recent campfires or of protection circles drawn into the ground. There was no evidence that the group had stopped nearby.
Even more troubling, he said that when he went into Llyn Crag village, women had been strangely absent from the market and streets. However, he had seen some in their houses taking furtive looks from between their curtains as he passed through the streets.
A wolf howled in the distance, a sad, lonely call. Perhaps it was the same huge beast that made the tracks. Zasha turned toward the sound.
The rest of Journey 2, Penllyn will release in early February — I’m sorry I can’t be exact about the date. If you follow my Amazon Author Page (click here) you should get an email whenever a new Journey is published.
Thanks for visiting my sanctuary. I hope you’ll leave a comment to say hello. Hugs on the wing!
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The Tour for Journey 1 Continues
Pat Alderman at e-Quips — January 2nd
D. Wallace Peach at Myths of the Mirror January 6th review
Gwen Plano at Blog Reflections… From the Desk of Gwen Plano January 8th review
Olga Núñez Miret at Author Translator Olga January 12th review
Mark Bierman at Adventures on Writing January 12th
Robbie Cheadle at Roberta Writes January 13th review
Dan Antion at No Facilities January 14th — special Doors
John W. Howell at Fiction Favorites January 21st — a visit with Lucy & Twiggy
Miriam Hurdle at Showers of Blessings for Journey 2, coming soon
Anita Dawes & Jaye Marie review
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