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Legion of Mono captures the resolve of a people’s last military leader in the hours before what he knows will be a final battle. His grief at leaving his partner and their child; his pride in his family’s honour; his strong bonds with his fellow soldiers: all are skillfully expressed. The author has created, in … More Legion of Mono, by C.D. Tavenor: A Mini-Review
A hard truth about being a writer is that we mine everything that happens in our lives, if not to recreate the actual event, then to use the emotions involved. My brother died last week, too young at sixty-four, taken by an aggressive cancer diagnosed too late, a lack of symptoms until it had spread … More A Writer’s Hard Truth
In the third book of my Empire’s Legacy trilogy, my protagonist Lena is thinking about language: “I tried to sort out the inchoate ideas forming in my mind. About language, and meaning, and if all concepts were universal, and could be translated. About the gap between intent and comprehension, between what was meant and what … More Language and Meaning
The newest review of one of the books in my Empire’s Legacy series says, in part, “I am amazed at the complexity of her world building…. ” It’s a common response from readers and reviewers. Without being too self-congratulatory (and because I am giving a talk on world-building for fantasy writers in the spring), I’m going … More Of Worlds in Words, part 1
This is a reflection about coincidence, or synchronicity, or possibly about me seeing connections where there are none, except in my mind. It doesn’t matter, really. I am, by training and education and part of my working life, a scientist; an applied geneticist, precisely, and that training and education spills over … More The Eagle and Child
If you are lucky enough to live in Guelph, Ontario, or nearby, your options to purchase any or all of the Empire’s Legacy trilogy, including the third book, Empire’s Exile, include: The Bookshelf – this would always be where I would direct purchasers first, as buying here supports both the business and myself or directly … More Guelph and Area Readers!
“Lena is many-sided—soldier, sailor, horsewoman, hunter, student of history. She is also appealingly complex—bisexual, willful, sensitive, caring…” Maria Luisa Lang “..a goldmine of anticipation, apprehension, joys and hardships, survival and all-consuming, accepting love.” Liis Scanlon, Cover to Cover 99 cent weekend continues on Amazon https://tinyurl.com/empireslegacy
Available Nov 29 – Dec 4 for 0.99 cents each on Amazon In a world reminiscent of northern Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire, this historical fantasy series explores the meaning of loyalty and love in a rapidly changing society. Following the protagonist, Lena, over a period of four years, from the … More $0.99 E-Book Weekend!
Since I wrote my last blog post on the quotes that kept me focused while writing Empire’s Exile, I’ve been noticing what else I use to keep to my themes and moods. Unsurprisingly, and especially for the work-in-progress, music is a large influence. In Exile, the ear-worm that both plagued and focused me throughout was … More Still Breaking the Heart