It's my turn to blog today and I'm so happy to be here.
I love all aspects of the 'paranormal' genre, including fantasy, science fiction, and of course ghost stories and the 'unexplained.' I have two stories released with The Wild Rose Press at the moment. My fantasy story 'Dancing With Fate' is one of nine stories in the 'Song Of The Muses' series, and features Terpsichore, the Muse of Dance, who I sent to 5th Century Wales, where her destiny becomes involved with that of another legendary character.
My other book, 'Starquest' is a futuristic romanctic novel and the 'book of my heart' to use a cliche. I was thrilled that it was 'Book Of The Week' at LASR last week. Thank you so much if you voted. Here's the blurb:
'When Jestine Darnell is rescued from her sabotaged starship by the crew of the Destiny her only objective is to complete her mission and keep her promise to save a world from slavery. Love is the last thing on her mind. However, she has not counted on losing her heart to Kerry Marchant the ship’s second in command, who makes his distrust of her painfully obvious, despite the chemistry between them. The completion of her mission has consequences neither of them could have foreseen.
Enter Dahll Tarron, who becomes involved in a long and dangerous quest to find the Destiny. Fates become intertwined, perils shared, culminating in the realization that sometimes love may be so close there is a danger it will not be recognized until it is too late…'
Starquest is a tender love story, but it is also an adventure story, set in the future and on a variety of planets, with plenty of action. The main character does not have it easy, almost losing her life and her sanity, and suffering at the hands of a vicious slaver who enjoys inflicting pain. Threads of friendship and enduring love run through the story, but is she in danger of losing both?
If you'd like to read excerpts from these you can find them on my website WWW.HYWELALYN.CO.UK . There's a trailer for Starquest in my earlier post here.
I also have a 'freeread' with the Wild Rose Press which you can find HERE.
As well as being fascinated by the 'paranormal' I am also keenly interested in the stars and the wonders of space. One of my favourite constelations is 'Orion' the Hunter. I love to look at him in the night sky, with his famous three star sword in his belt. I named the space academy where Jess, in 'Starquest' learnt to fly a starship, after Orion. There are several charming legends about him, including one in which it is said Artemis loved Orion and was seriously considering giving up her vows of chastity to marry him. As the greatest male and female hunters they would have made a formidable couple. But Apollo, twin brother of Artemis, was against the match. One day, while Orion was swimming, Apollo challenged Artemis to demonstrate her skill at archery by hitting a small black object that he pointed out bobbing among the waves. Artemis pierced it with one shot – and was horrified to find that she had killed Orion. Grieving, she placed him among theconstellations where he shines to this day.
To celebrate the print release of Starquest yesterday, I'm holding a contest to win:
1. An autographed copy of 'Starquest'
2. A special 'Starquest' Teeshirt with the cover printed on the front. Large or Medium - winer's choice
3. A handy Desk calendar for 2009
4. A pair of tiny 'blue rose' earrings'. (To see find out the significance of the blue rose you need to read the story)
To enter - just go to my WEBSITE and read the first chapter of Starquest to find the answer to this question -
What is the name of the DESTINY'S computer? Be careful because there are two ships and two computers in this chapter - I want the second one. When you've found it, email me at Contest@hywelalyn .co.uk before 27th December, making sure I have your email address. I'll get the prizewinner's pack out to them early in the New Year.
Don't forget, books make wonderful presents and if you'd like an autographed copy for a Christmas gift, just email me at Lyn@hywelalyn.co.uk or go to my website http://www.hywelalyn.co.uk/where there's a purchase link.