Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Taking offence!


It’s time for another group posting of the 

founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh, and the prompt is 
'have you ever been conflicted about writing a story?'

As we all write from our own experience, consciously or subconsciously, there is bound to be conflict, especially if it is a first novel, which is usually autobiographal in some way. I have shied clear of that for a long time, opting to write for children, and relying on my classroom experience over many years. However, at the age I am now, I know that I could write fiction that tells the story of what is now 'history'. Many people attempt this, people who have to do a great deal of research, or talk to older people to be sure of their facts. I have lived what is now 'history', and yet I don't turn those first hand experiences into fiction, afraid that I might offend relatives who have similar memories. So yes, I am conflicted about writing a story. 



Friday, 25 February 2022

from First Wolf, a children’s book for 9 to 12 year olds

 


From First Wolf, An Adventure Story For 9 To 12-Year-Olds, Imprint, Available Next Tuesday As An  Amazon Paperback In Many Parts Of The World. 

The wolf was creeping along the ground, snarling, and flattening its ears. I thrust Rinan behind me, unable to look away from those fierce yellow eyes, and my chest so tight I hardly breathed.

    With trembling hands, I felt for Father’s hunting knife and dragged it from my belt. Why didn’t the wolf attack? What was it waiting for? It was so close I could see every coarse hair on its forehead, the dark flecks in its eyes, and the softer hair along its ears. Its nose wrinkled and the black lips parted. Saliva dripped from its open mouth. It was bunching its hindquarters, ready to spring.

    ‘Run, Rinan!’ I yelled, pushing him away.

     As I moved the beast leapt at me. I lurched sideways, tumbled down the bank, and crashed onto the bed of the stream, banging my head on a boulder. The shock of icy water brought me to my senses, and I staggered to my feet, frantic to save Rinan.

    The wolf was above me, watching me from the path. Its head was lowered, and it held one front paw clear of the ground. The animal was injured. That’s why its leap had been so clumsy, why it looked so thin. It was hurt, I had a chance to kill it, and I was about to scramble up the bank when I realised to my horror that I’d dropped my knife.

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Wednesday, 23 February 2022

Available in all Amazon stores and as a Kindle in many online stores.   

River Dark - Book Two - Ironbridge Gorge Series Paperback, Kindle and Nook format. 

Joshua's one chance of finding work at the stables comes to a horrible end when the head groom at the hall accuses him of causing the riding accident to Sir Edmund Atterley. Unable to prove his innocence, Joshua runs away and searches for the one person who might be able to save him from prison, his best friend Sam, first mate on the Severn trow, the Emily Grey. Accompanied by Matt the stable lad, a servant girl Daisy, a small boy he thinks is a ghost, and a runaway dog called Rags, Joshua must make a decision that will change his life forever. 

      


Sunday, 20 February 2022

Kendra



I've begun the first draft of Kendra, the sequel to First Wolf, my Viking/Anglo-Saxon children's story, at long last! Although it is the first draft, I think I'll add snippets for those people who, despite not being children, have read the first book 😊 By the way, I am slowly re-publishing my backlist on Amazon as paperbacks and Kindles, and they will be available, once republished by Amazon, in various parts of the world.

rough draft beginning... Kendra is a character from First Wolf...

It was in my eleventh year of life that a raiding party, on their way back from attacking a coastal hillfort, lost their way in our mountains and ended our peaceful existence in such a violent way.


Saturday, 27 November 2021

Greetings, good to be back again!

Such a long time, struggling in lockdown as a sole carer for my disabled husband. Interesting, how we have managed, isolated in a top floor flat for such a long time, but still talking, still happy together. 

After his many health scares during the almost two years of this strange world, I am now returning to writing, working on my books for adults, and making my paperbacks available in other parts of the world. 

The first book to be available in this way is Candle Dark, and I shall have River Dark, the sequel, as an eBook next week. I've entered the eBook version of River Dark into Kindle Select. 

Now to read your posts and find out what has happened to you all.


Sunday, 7 March 2021

Spring in the air...

Yes, leaving the flat, a rare occurrence, and having the second vaccine,  has had an uplifting effect. It helped that despite the cold wind the sun was shining. And our 
open plan flat has two seating areas, one we designate ‘Winter’ the other ‘Summer’. For a brief time this afternoon we have moved into ‘Summer’.


In the local park, Soon be there again! 

Saturday, 6 March 2021

Wonder if it will make a mental difference to us both?

Taking husband and myself to hospital tomorrow for our second injection. Three months since the first, which didn’t alter our lives. We had been nearly a year in lockdown and the whole of England had been in lockdown in one form or the other. However I am wondering if after the second injection we shall feel different, safer. It will be interesting if our present very subdued existence will take on a much brighter hue.

Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Reading Habits

 

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March 3 question - Everyone has a favorite genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) you create stories for? What motivates your reading choice?

Sometime I read ‘comfort’ books, I’ve read quite a few in the past year! But the most exciting experience is to read books that are written so well that it takes the breath away, no matter what genre. 

Lockdown for nearly a year...

I read on my blog that we had been in lockdown for a week in 16th March, 2020. So in seven days time we will have been isolated, my disabled husband and I, for a complete year. We have our second virus vaccination on this Sunday, and hopefully things will slowly return to normal. It has been a difficult year for everyone. On the plus side, I now realise I would make an excellent men's hairdresser 😊.

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Rituals

  

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May 6 question - Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE? Care to share?

Nothing very special, I believe. Just lots of re-reading previous work, and it helps if I read a writing style I am presently trying to produce. If I am attempting post-modernism, then I search for books of similar styles and speed-read on Kindle, listen on Audible, and search for my printed copy. Then what I produce is nothing like I'd intended! 🤗

Oh, finally published River Dark as a Kindle (sequel to Candle Dark) and hope to have a paperback available on Amazon soon. 


River Dark - Book Two - Ironbridge Gorge Series: The River Severn Adventure

"Chapter One A Terrible Enemy 
If I’d known they would hunt me down like a criminal, I’d have turned away from Atterley Hall the moment I heard that horrible screaming. But this was the first day of my new life. I wasn’t giving up now. As the pale autumn sunlight broke through the early mist over the parkland, I ran along the gravel path beside the brick wall around the stables. Then taking a deep breath, I charged through the archway into the yard and had to jump back from the sweating body of a huge black stallion, rearing up and thrashing the air with his hooves. With an angry shriek, the horse began a furious dance, swinging his body from side to side and trying to shake off the groom clinging to his lead rope. The small, grizzled-haired man, with thickset shoulders and enormous fists, was no match for the angry beast. Dragged across the yard, he punched the stallion’s neck, making him wilder than ever. Bellowing with rage, the horse gave a violent twist of his spine, and I watched in horror as the man flew into the air and landed on the yard with a sickening thud. Wild and snorting with anger, the stallion reared again, about to bring his enormous weight smashing down on his tormentor, and I yelled, ‘Thunder, don’t.’ At the sound of my voice, the horse seemed frozen in time. He hung motionless in the air, balanced on his hind legs, the muscles in his haunches rippling under the skin. I thought he would topple backwards, and I foolishly flung out my arms as if to save him. But with a tremendous effort, he heaved his body forward, his hooves clattered the cobbles, and the groom scrambled to safety. Wound up like an enormous watch spring, the stallion trotted towards me. With a few strides of his long, powerful legs he’d be on top of me, and it took all my courage to stand my ground. For one dreadful moment I thought I’d be trampled, but he sidestepped and came to a bouncing halt, his chest towering over me. In the sharp morning air, I felt the heat of his silky body. His damp breath formed white clouds around his muzzle, wetting my face. He dipped his head, stared at me with large, liquid eyes, and nipped my shoulder. He had not forgotten me."
― from "River Dark - Book Two - Ironbridge Gorge Series: The River Severn Adventure"

     


Taking offence!

I t’s time for another group posting of the  Insecure Writer’s Support Group   founded by  Alex J. Cavanaugh , and the prompt is  'have ...