Announcing — Dead of Winter: Journey 5, Llyn Pistyll Falls — and a Giveaway!

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Happy Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  Hello, everyone. Welcome to a celebration of synchronicity!  It’s May 5th, and today I announce the fifth Journey of “Dead of Winter.”  No I did not plan this in advance. 

Update! The paperback is now available too. Universal link:

When I realized the timing, I got all geeky-gishy-giddy. (That’s my Teaganese word, feel free to use it.)  I decided to add a giveaway to this announcement. I’m giving away five e-books of “Dead of Winter: Journey 5, Llyn Pistyll Falls.”  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment. The drawing closes at 5 p.m. Mountain Time (USA) Wednesday, May 5th. (That’s 7 p.m. Eastern.)  I’ll number the entries, and then use a random number generator to pick the winners.  (Unfortunately, if you are not in the USA, it will have to be a “mobi file” which can still be added to your e-reader, or a PDF.)

Announcing the May Issue

Dead of Winter: Journey 5, Llyn Pistyll Falls

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Dead of Winter: Journey-5 Llyn Pistyll Falls, by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

The Blurb

The titular dead of Winter begin this Journey in a collection of vignettes, before we move into the main story.  The Veil separating the world of the living and the Realm of the Dead has indeed become thin.  As feared the dead begin to enter the Realm of the Living.  Small outbreaks of chaos are scattered across the world as spirits try to resume their old lives.

Also in those shorts, two characters are introduced who will come back into the story in future Journeys — Gregorios, and Mairead who recalls the circumstance that brought Zasha and Tajín together.  The spirits also visit some characters from past Journeys.

Then Emlyn and company continue their travels.  Emlyn and Boabhan uncover a clue about the ancient staff, and that leads them to a new location.  They encounter the King of Hell, and this time, Arawn is not in a dream-like netherworld.


There’s More!

I haven’t shared many snippets from the Journeys of “Dead of Winter.”  That’s partly because the volumes are short, but I don’t want to give spoilers either.  However, today I have an excerpt that doesn’t give away any of the story.  It’s one of the vignettes I mentioned in the blurb above.  These illustrate the effect it has on Emlyn’s world, when the Veil separating the living from the dead becomes compromised. These vignettes also expand on the customs of the various countries in the story as well as the characters. Those of you who are already part of the Journeys, will enjoy this particular character’s misadventure more than those who do not know him.

A Dead of Winter Short

Horses pair tan pulling carriage dreamstime

The buggy rocked and bounced as Elder Pwyll drove leisurely along the road.  The ponies didn’t seem to have much fire, but he was in no hurry.  As he held the reigns, the noonday sun caught the facets of his ruby ring.  He gazed at the brightly glittering stone in admiration.  He wasn’t paying attention to the road until one of the other clerics nudged him.

A funeral procession blocked the way ahead.  There weren’t many mourners.  It looked more like a burial detail, grave diggers and the like.  A flat bed wagon bore the body, which was covered by a funeral sheet.  A strange symbol was painted on the shroud.

Elder Pwyll had never seen such, but his oldest companion remarked that in days long past, such symbols were used for murderers.  The symbol was meant to bind their evil.  It was buried with them, and the symbol marked their graves as well.

“Now we know that such a practice is an affront to Un’Naf.  Only He can bind the dead,” the old cleric commented with growing anger.

“How can this be?  I’m not aware of any deaths in the area,” Pwyll remarked, looking askance at the elders of Penllyn and Llyn Crag.

The clerics climbed down from the buggy as members of the procession approached.  Elder Pwyll buttoned his coat.  He suddenly felt cold.  A strangely dressed man walked up to the buggy and addressed Elder Pwyll.

“You should come,” the strange man told him.  “I don’t know you, but the family is not from these parts.  Besides, it’s clear that you are their kin.  You have their features.  You should come with us.”

The Swinford Funeral, Jack B Yeats 1918. Wikipedia
The Swinford Funeral, Jack B Yeats 1918. Wikipedia

At those words, Elder Pwyll’s companions stepped away from him.  Their faces were painted with contempt.  The oldest cleric drew a sharp breath.  He eyed Pwyll the way he might stare at a dung beetle.

Elder Pwyll looked again at the odd symbol covering the corpse.  He resembled a murderer?  Pwyll was offended.  Although he knew his family history was not without blemish, he would never admit as much.  Could the diseased be a distant relative?  If so, then how did he come to be in Llyn Crag — and dead?

The ponies nickered nervously.  The elder patted one of the animals absently.  A commotion began around the wagon that carried the body.  Had the corpse moved?  Elder Pwyll squinted and looked again.  Men and women in the group began to scream and run away.

“You should come with us,” the man repeated.  “It’s proper that the family attend the burial, even for one such as he,” the man said and firmly gripped Elder Pwyll’s arm.  “You should come.”

The man’s hand was so cold the elder could feel it through his coat sleeve.  Roughly, he pulled away.

The other clerics didn’t understand what was wrong, but none the less they hurriedly got back onto the buggy.  Before the men were well seated, the ponies bolted, making directly for the funeral wagon.

The elegant buggy sideswiped the wagon, overturning both conveyances.  The elders fell from their rig as it overturned.

The wrapped corpse tumbled from the flat bed wagon, struggling as it fell.  Elder Pwyll watched in horrified fascination as the corpse shrugged out of the burial shroud.

The other two clerics cried out and ran away as fast as their feet would carry them.  The corpse stood and leered at him.  The dead murderer’s face looked just like his own.

“Yes,” repeated the corpse, “by all means, come with us.”

Elder Pwyll screamed.  The pealing laughter of the dead man and the phrase “Come with us” rang in his ears.  He ran, and did not stop screaming until after he overtook his companions and left them behind.


Remember, leave a comment to be entered in the drawing for a free e-book of  Dead of Winter: Journey 5, Llyn Pistyll Falls.  Also, click the link below to see an exquisite review of the previous issue, Journey 4

Dead of Winter — The Other Journeys

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Image collage by Teagan Geneviene

If you haven’t already joined the journey, you’re just in time to curl up with a comfortably sized amount of reading.  

Journey 4, The Old Road has a new review from author and translator Olga Núñez Miret,  You can learn more about Olga here.

Journey 5, Llyn Pistyll Falls



Journey 4, The Old Road



Journey 3, the Fever Field



Kobo:  Dead of Winter: Journey 3, the Fever Field eBook by Teagan Riordain Geneviene – 1230004609599 | Rakuten Kobo United States

Journey 2, Penllyn




Journey 1, Forlorn Peak



Kobo:  Dead of Winter: Journey 1, Forlorn Peak eBook by Teagan Geneviene – 1230004446033 | Rakuten Kobo United States



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 © 2010 and 2021 by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

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57 thoughts on “Announcing — Dead of Winter: Journey 5, Llyn Pistyll Falls — and a Giveaway!

  1. I see some new fascinating pieces of your artistic talent. And, you continue to write, I just finished #3. Wishing you success as you continue, you gave a great imagination and talent! ! !

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    1. Dear Ms. Frances, I’m so happy you have finished Journey 3. That big scene with Emlyn is one of my favorites in the overall novel. I appreciate all your encouragement. Heartfelt thanks for visiting today. Hugs on the wing!


  2. Happy Cinco de Mayo! A great follow up, Teagan! I am currently stuck with the second part, because at the moment an important matter is preventing me from reading undisturbed. I hope you will have a nice rest of the week! Best wishes, Michael

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    1. No worries, and no rush, Michael. I just hope you enjoy the Journeys any time you get time to read them. I hope all is well. And that the important matter is not something bad. I’m having a lot of “BS” to contend with, so I do understand. Take good care of you, my friend. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. Thanks for everything Robbie, including the sharing. I’m happy you like that cover. Considering the different elements I put in it, especially the ghosts, I was surprise that it came together as quickly as it did. LOL, not nearly as much agonizing on my part with deciding about perspectives and such. I’m so happy you are part of these Journeys. Hugs on the wing.

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  3. How exciting! I love your Teaganese word. 😉 I have the first three parts of this series on my Kindle patiently waiting. They are coming up soon! What an amazing project, Teagan1 Congrats!

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  4. I love this example of .poetic justice and hope it has other implications today. Can’t wait to read the rest of this scintillating chapter. You continue your reign as Queen of the Cliffhangers.

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  5. ¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo! And congratulations on Journey 5, Teagan. I love the short, as I have no sympathy for the character and love him having his comeuppance. Good luck, and I’m looking forward to this journey. It’s coming up on my Kindle very soon! ♥

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  6. Oh my, Teagan. I’ve been reading these journeys before going to bed. I may want to change that schedule a bit for this one. Or sleep with a light on. That “short” is so well written, so tight and gripping.

    5th Journey, Cinco de Mayo, good reasons to celebrate. I think Ill have to crack open a Corona as I start reading.

    I hope you enjoy the journey over this week’s hump and start an easy slide into the weekend. Warm hugs.

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    1. LOL. That might be a wise idea, Dan — at least for those first 2 chapters. I even scared myself with a couple of those slices-of-Dead-of-Winter-life. The rest of the journey goes back to “normal.” My world is almost back to normal after last weekend’s plumbing crisis. Stay safe and well. Hugs on the wing!

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  7. God yes! Cinco de Mayo. I couldn’t really exist without Latin American people who have helped me all my life. They made the place I love bicultural, and encouraged me to learn Spanish. They make my life, and my children, and grandchildren’s life better . “geeky-gishy-giddy.” If someone steals this from you, I will be happy. It means other people need to steal from you because they can’t do what you do.

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    1. That is so true, Cindy. I love the particular mix of cultures here in NM. Plus just the “energy” of the place is amazing to me. It’s something in the air. It’s lovely to see you. Stay happy and sassy. Hugs on the wing!


        1. Yes, thanks. It’s “good enough.” I keep telling myself that the main thing is I was able to get someone out here on a Saturday, regardless of anything else. Just one more thing on the list of setbacks. Moving on. I know it could have been a lot worse. On a brighter note, the new cacti are doing well. Cheers.

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