Writing Quest Week 14 – New Book in the works

As if writing two fantasy novels wasn’t enough I’m also now writing another book. This new one is something a lot different to my usual stuff as I am working on it with my fiance. All I can say so far is that it’s a mystery/thriller horror and is set in Cornwall where we both grew up. Cornwall is a great setting for a novel as it is a place steeped in legends and folklore, perfect for a spooky tale.

Here’s a sneaky peak –

The Cornish sun cast its warmth upon Morwenna’s face. She had just finished her shift at the beachside cafe where she had been working for the past four months and was waiting for her boyfriend to pick her up. She’s putting aside her wages to pay for a new car, a necessity for independence in Cornwall. She was lucky however as her boyfriend Daniel drove her everywhere in his beat-up BMW. Since being together she swore that he’d spent more time fixing it up then spending time with her. She checked her watch, it was already past six. Where was he? Normally he was five minutes early.

Morwenna sat on the grass verge of the dusty country lane, perhaps he had gotten stuck behind a tractor? The bane of all motorists in the county. She brushed a strand of her long brown hair behind her ear and took her phone out of her bag. As per usual there was no signal on her phone, one of the disadvantages of living in such a beautiful part of the world. She sighed and tilted her head back. The summer had been a hot one and the narrow lane was dusty due to the lack of rainfall, insects flitted to and fro . The shift had been a busy one, her feet ached and she was tired. Serving the influx of tourists that flooded the county every summer ensured she always had plenty of shifts at the cafe, her mother always told her off for complaining about the work, but it often felt that everyone else was having a good time while she spent her days running around serving other people’s needs.

She took out her ray band sunglasses from her bag and put them on. She rubbed her long tanned legs and lay back onto the soft grass. Before she knew it she was lying on her back and snoring softly, the warmth of the sun and the sounds of nature helping her to drift off.

Morwenna awoke with a start. The sun was now low in the sky and the light was fading. She scrambled to her feet. Where was Daniel? Checking her watch she saw that an hour had passed. Concern filled her. She tried her phone again but again was greeted with no signal. She swore under her breath, Daniel would get it in the neck for forgetting about her. She began to walk up the lane towards the village where she lived, on foot it would take her at least an hour. She had been walking for only a few minutes when she stopped dead in her tracks.

At the side of the road was Daniel’s car. The ‘I love Kernow’ sticker on the front bumper and the Cornish Pirates badge affixed to the inside of the windscreen on the passenger side confirmed it. The driver’s door was open, but of Daniel there was no sign. Cautiously she approached and called out his name. Only the sound of the breeze and the insects in the hedgerows greeted her. Reaching the car the sense of dread increased within her gut. One of Daniel’s shoes was lying on its side in the passenger foot-well and the driver’s seat was torn. She gasped. There was blood on the steering wheel. Now the fear really took a hold of her.

“Daniel!” She shouted.

Was he hurt? Had he been in an accident? Where was he?

More blood. She froze as she noticed it. This time, there was some on the road.

“Daniel!”

No response.

The blood had soaked into the tarmac. It led away from the car and across the road into a field. Slowly, she followed the trail her mind racing. She swore at her phone as it continued to tell her that it had no signal. The field had once been filled with long grass, but the combination of the withering summer sun and the cattle that regularly frequented it meant that it was dry and dusty.  The blood trail led Morwenna across the field and to the edge of a wood. The locals often ignored it, preferring to take the public trails to the coast. Morwenna called Daniel’s name again. She froze as the air was pierced by a high-pitched scream.

“Daniel!” she shouted as loud as she could.

She broke into a sprint and ploughed headlong into the wood, ignoring the branches and twigs that tried to impede her. The scream had come from somewhere ahead of her. Eventually, she burst through the undergrowth into a clearing. Her foot caught on a branch to send her crashing to the soft earth.

She scrambled back onto her feet. Her eyes were wet with tears. Her eyes darted around the clearing desperate for any trace of Daniel. Hanging from the trees were strange shapes made of what looked like straw and bracken. The whole clearing was filled with them, the objects were hanging from every branch. She cried out Daniel’s name again her voice breaking. Her eyes caught sight of something else in one of the trees. She stepped towards it and gasped. Hanging from the laces was Daniel’s other shoe, of Daniel himself there was no sign. 

Other work I’ve done this past week has been on Nightblade and of course book 3 in the Sundered Crown Saga.

There won’t be another update now for at least two weeks as next Saturday I am getting married! As you’d expect the next few weeks are going to be crazy busy and we will out of the country for some of that time.

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HEIR TO THE SUNDERED CROWN by M.S. Olney
The kingdom of Delfinnia is in chaos. After assassins kill the king and his family, greedy, self-serving men battle for the crown. Unknown to them, one heir yet lives, a baby boy now hidden and protected.

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A disinherited aristocrat, Halanya Thæc has been brought up in the confines of the imperial court, destined for a life of privilege and luxury. Yet Hal is happiest with a sword in her hand, and forsakes her status as ward to become a professional duellist, spending her days in training, her nights revelling, famed for her prowess in the capital’s duelling arena.

THE CALL OF THE CROWN by T.J. Garrett
In an isolated corner of Moyathair, Gialyn Re’adh knows nothing of witches, kings or dragons. However, a simple journey will see Gialyn and his friends caught up in evil plans. Their path leads to many adventures in an epic journey that threatens to change them as much as it changes their world.

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HEIR TO THE SUNDERED CROWN: The kingdom of Delfinnia is in chaos. After assassins kill the king and his family, greedy self-serving men battle one another for the crown. Unknown to them is that one heir yet lives, a baby boy now hidden and protected.

HAL: A disinherited aristocrat, Halanya Thæc has been brought up in the confines of the imperial court, destined for a life of privilege and luxury. Yet Hal is happiest with a sword in her hand, and forsakes her status as ward to become a professional duellist, spending her days in training, her nights revelling, famed for her prowess in the capital’s duelling arena.

THE CALL OF THE CROWN: In an isolated corner of Moyathair, Gialyn Re’adh knows nothing of witches, kings or dragons. However, a simple journey will see Gialyn and his friends caught up in evil plans. Their path leads to many adventures in an epic journey that threatens to change them as much as it changes their world.

 

Monsters, Guilds and Beasts – The Guilds & Factions – The King’s Legion

Monsters, Guilds and Beasts – The Guilds & Factions – The King’s Legion

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This series of blog posts will focus on the various creatures, heroes and guilds that inhabit the world of Esperia and in particular the Kingdom of Delfinnia. This second part will be split into multiple posts. This one will focus on the King’s Legion.

‘Becoming a Legionnaire is an honour. You get to see the world and get paid doing it. The food isn’t too bad either,’ – Commander Stalvos of the Westerland Legion

The King’s Legion was formed shortly after the Magic Wars to restore order to a land which had been ripped apart by over ten years of conflict. The successful invasion of the Golden Empire by King Marcus of the Delfin tribe and his subsequent assassination led to a period of instability as the tribes and Free-fighters that aided in the downfall of the dark mages turned on one another. Markus’s brother, Riis restored order and took the crown for himself.

In a bid to end the strife he had forged a symbol of the broken alliance of the tribes and freedom fighters, the Sundered Crown. Upon placing the crown on his head, Riis reminded them of all they had achieved together. On the same day he announced the creation of the King’s legion, an army that would answer only to the monarch and no other.

Prior to the Magic Wars, the Golden Empire had been defended by multiple different armies which had loyalties to their respective lords. In theory, the Emperor was to have overall control but by the end of the Empire, the influence of the Emperors and Empresses had waned to such an extent that Wizard lordlings often used their troops to take lands from other lords and force the common folk to serve their will.

The early King’s Legion was a cobbled together bunch of warriors from the various tribes and volunteers; it was far from the elite force it would eventually evolve into. King Riis drilled the new legion himself and led campaigns against the followers of the N’gist that had held out in the east. Over time successive Delfinnian Kings, with the aid of the legions conquered the entire continent which was renamed Delfinnia.

Over the next centuries, the legion grew in size and began to exert its influence over the monarchy itself. There were now ten legions, each designated its own region to defend. Several King’s were assassinated and replaced by legion generals which had realised that they now wielded more might than the king. Their power was brought back under control by King Riis the third after he brutally purged the legion of potential traitors. With assistance from the Knight’s of Niveren and the Mages of Caldaria he brought the legions to heel. From that day on the legion knew who was boss and would never threaten their masters again.

The biggest test for the legion came in the year 620 AGE when the Yundol’s launched their massive invasion of Delfinnia. A brutal, warlike race, the Yundol’s raided the Marble Shore. Under the reign of King Ermin, a vast fleet of Yundol ships landed on the southern shore of Delfinnia. What Delfinnian ships were sent against them were destroyed and the King’s Legion was bested at Plock. The Yundols pillaged without challenge.

Disaster struck at the battle of the Retbit valley. King Ermin was slain battling the invaders in the Valley and the legion was put to flight. The legions failure led to the sacking of the sacred isle of Zahnia and saw the ancient city there reduced to ashes. As Ermin had no heir of age to ascend to the throne, the Diasect took up the regency. With the Legion battered and broken, the Diasect devised a plan. It divided the realm into the baronies of Champia, Bison, Robinta, Retbit, Eclin, Stormglade and Sunguard. Each lord of those territories was granted permission to raise their own armies and so ease the burden on the crown. The Legion meanwhile was restored by General Taman the Blade. Under his leadership, he restored the legions pride and led it to many victories against the invaders. Eventually, the Legion united with the Baronies armies and together launched a massive counter attack. The plan worked and together the barons and King’s Legion drove the Yundol’s back into the sea.

For a hundred years, the realm prospered once more. That was until the king and his heirs were assassinated by an unknown foe and the events of the Saga of the Sundered Crown began.

 

Heir to the Sundered Crown Is Now Available for Kobo and NOOK E-Readers!

Heir to the Sundered Crown Is Now Available for Kobo and NOOK E-Readers!

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