Post-apocalyptic paranormal romantic fantasy
30th April 2019
Well, it's the end of April and the beginning of May brings the publication of Thread of Hope! I can't believe I have a second book about to be published. There's a blog tour for Thread of Hope which you can follow - find all the links here. And do follow along - there will be extracts, guest blogs and Q&A sessions to keep you entertained.
I've found it tricky to keep up with a weekly blog, so I've decided to amalgamate my personal blog and my blog of the week on this page. If you want to see previous blogs, you can find them here. I'm going to aim to blog every couple of weeks and send my blog out to my newsletter subscribers. If you'd like to have this delivered to your inbox, you can subscribe here.
My busy-ness is at least partly self inflicted. I mean, I chose to launch Thread of Hope just after Easter, which is our busiest time of year anyway. And I chose to take on two new contracts in my day job (but they looked so interesting, and so much fun...) Of course, I didn't choose for my car to break down. We were on holiday (lovely week in Yorkshire, by the way) and it started displaying warning lights. The RAC told us we were safe enough to keep on driving for now but to take it to the garage when we got home. So we did. We took it in one Monday. It took the garage until Tuesday to confirm what was wrong, Wednesday to wait for the parts, all of Thursday and some of Friday to fix it. It rather threw me to be without a car for the best part of a week, especially as public transport is a little limited round here. But it's back now, and driving much better - and at 120,000 miles I suppose I should expect some trouble.
But I'm really excited about the busy-ness that will follow along with the publication of Thread of Hope. To celebrate, I've set the ebook price for Strand of Faith at 99p/99c for the whole of May, so if you haven't got it for your Kindle or other ebook reader already, grab it now. You can find all the purchase links here.
Blog of the Week 15th April 2019
The past week has been very busy and it really hasn't gone to plan! I'm reviewing what I'm going to do with my blog so check back regularly for more news!
Blog of the Week 10th April 2019
Yes, I missed putting up my blog of the week for 8th April, for which I'm sorry. I'm still catching up from being on holiday and Monday was all about my car breaking down - more of that next week. In the meantime, enjoy this blog which was first published as part of the Strand of Faith publication blog tour.
The Political World of Strand of Faith - first published on Dash Fan Book Reviews
Strand of Faith is set far into our future, after the world has suffered through war, disease and natural disaster and the population has been reduced to a small fraction of what it is today. Much of the land is still uninhabitable – the Badlands. The world is feudal and hierarchical. There are a number of independent ‘kingdoms’ known as Great Houses, each ruled by a High Lord, a title which applies whether they are male or female. Succession varies depending on the Great House. It might be hereditary, by challenge, democratic or just at the whim of the current High Lord – or some combination.
Each Great House has a number of High Houses who pledge their allegiance to it, and in turn, Low Houses pledge to High Houses, and individual establishments pledge to Low Houses. That’s usually on a geographical basis, because that’s easier with limited transport options, but it doesn’t have to be.
The High Lords meet from time to time in Council to discuss matters that affect them all but they don’t normally interfere in the workings of another Great House. That doesn’t mean they get on, far from it. Several Great Houses are at war with each other. Council disapproves but doesn’t act unless the impact of the war spreads widely outside the Great Houses concerned.
There are three main types of Great House. The phrase Great House refers to the residence of the High Lord, and also formally to the territory as a whole. In practice people tend to drop the word ‘Great’ if they are talking about the territory.
Strand of Faith takes place in the Great House St Peter. House St Peter is a Religious House, which means its ruling principles are founded on a specific religion. It doesn’t mean that all residents follow that religion by any means, but if they weren’t sympathetic to it, they probably wouldn’t find it a comfortable place to live. The Great House is also a dual monastery – both monks and nuns – and runs a hospital and a college. House St Peter is both the largest and the oldest Religious House and most of the other Religious Houses tend to follow its lead.
The second type are Sanctuary Houses which provide a safe haven to anyone who is running away from anything, whether they are guilty or innocent, and gives them a fresh start. Any pursuers who come onto the House’s territory will be severely dealt with, but everyone is expected to contribute to the extent that they can. If someone is escaping injustice they’ll be protected, but if they are escaping justice then the moment they break the Sanctuary House’s laws or try to freeload, they can be handed back to where they came from. Sanctuary Houses are neutral in any war or dispute and often act as mediators. House Tennant is the largest of the Sanctuary Houses.
The final type are Secular Houses, basically any Houses which aren’t either Religious or Sanctuary. The largest two are House Chisholm and House Lindum. They’ve been at war as far back as anyone can remember and no-one can remember the original reason. They are neighbours so the war mostly takes the form of border skirmishes rather than all-out battle. Things have been fairly quiet for the last fifty years or so, apart from a brief flare up about twenty years ago. Many of the other Secular Houses side with one or other of these two.
There’s also a nomadic Clan, the Traders. They travel in groups of horse drawn caravans from House to House, selling goods and providing transport. Each caravan is led by a Headwoman and a Merchant, and the caravans all meet up at the Gathering once every five years. One Headwoman and one Merchant represent the Traders at the Council. Settlers are Traders who have decided to stop travelling and stay in one place.
Each Great House has its own logo, signature colour and signature gem stone. For House St Peter, the logo is the crossed keys of St Peter, the colour is blue and the gem stone is sapphire.
I’ve very much enjoyed creating and writing about this world – I hope you enjoy reading about it too. If you do, let me know on Twitter or Facebook, or leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads – or both. Thank you.