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
In war there are no unwounded soldiers. This quote from José Narosky is written in large letters on the whiteboard in my study. Its purpose is to focus me on the main theme of my work-in-progress. In all the books in the Empire’s Legacy series, the titles reflect the main themes of the book. In … More No Unwounded Soldiers
Another teaser for Empire’s Reckoning…which won’t be out for another year or so, but perhaps it might tease you into reading the first series, Empire’s Legacy! Paths Untrodden My true love’s eyes are darkly gleaming In candlelight and music’s lure; One night alone, at spring’s fair dawning, To keep me longing through the years, To leave … More Paths Untrodden: Sorley’s Song for Cillian
Here’s just a smidgen of Empire’s Reckoning, the current work-in-progress, to whet appetites! Lost. I wrapped my cloak around me a little tighter, shivering in the night and fog. Lost, and cold, and in true mortal danger, from both the elements and men, and within a day’s travel from Gundarstorp. My father’s lands, which … More Empire’s Reckoning – just a taste!