By: Cas PeacePublished by: Albia PublishingRelease Date: April 19, 2014Pages: 426
Friend against friend, lover against lover, ally against ally.
Conflict is coming …
Nine months have passed since Brynne Sullyan helped forge an alliance between the realms of Albia and Andaryon. A fragile peace reigns as both sides recover from the events of the previous year. Then mysterious raiders strike Andaryon villages. Attempts are made on the life of Albia’s High King.
As Sullyan scrambles to find those responsible, unseen enemies threaten to pull apart everything she has worked for, including her marriage.
To betray either one would break her heart, but if conflict is inevitable, she must make a choice …
The alliance begins to crumble, and Sullyan finds herself caught between two monarchs: the king she’s sworn allegiance to, and the man she loves as a father.
• Please tell me about yourself.
I’m Cas Peace, a fantasy and non-fiction author from the UK. I live in Hampshire, in the south of England. I’ve been married to my lovely husband Dave for 24 years, and we live in a 1900s cottage in a delightful, small village. We have two rescue dogs, Milly and Milo. I love singing, and as well as writing and recording the folk-style songs and music for my books, I also sing in our local church choir. My hobbies include playing the bodhran (Irish drum), gardening, and caring for my large collection of cacti. I also used to work in stained glass, but don’t get the time for that now.
• What is something about you that no one knows?
This is a bit embarrassing really, but I must have been a bit of a whiney child because my father’s nickname for me was “Grizelda Pugh”. I hated it!
• What is your workspace and writing routine like? Share a pic of your workspace if you like.
I have two workspaces, depending on the time of year. When the weather’s good, I love to work outdoors. I take a small table outside and sit so I can overlook my garden. Because we’re in a small village, and we live down a single-track, dead-end lane, it’s often really quiet apart from birdsong. In the colder weather I work in my study, which also doubles as a music room. As for my routine, I rise around 7.15 a.m., have breakfast, and then walk the dogs for an hour. After that I answer emails, and then get down to work – either writing or editing (I’m a freelance editor and proofreader). Lunch is usually at 12.15 p.m. for an hour, and then I work on until 3 p.m. when the dogs get their second walk. I finish work around 5, or 5.30 p.m., and then either relax, practice some music, or do whatever Dave and I have planned for the evening.
• What are you reading now?
At the moments I’m reading “I, the Sun” by Janet E. Morris. Janet is a best-selling, highly-acclaimed US fantasy, sci-fi and non-fiction author, and I particularly love her Sacred Band of Stepsons novels. I was fortunate enough to be introduced to her a while back and was thrilled when she read and thoroughly enjoyed my own novels. She likes them so much that she has endorsed them. I can’t tell you how much that means to me!
• Some favorite books and authors?
I particularly love Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series; I avidly read Stephen Donaldson’s Chronicles of Thomas Covenant; I loved C J Cherryh’s Chronicles of Morgaine (the heroine of my own novels owes much to Morgaine); I really enjoy Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels; the Lord of the Rings is a favorite, as is author Barbara Hambly. There are many more!
• Animals are a huge part of your life. Are they good company when writing as well?
They certainly are! I often get lost in my writing when I’m actively working on a book and I have sometimes been known to forget to eat. Milly and Milo aren’t too keen on foregoing their dinner, or their walks, so I can rely on them to let me know what the time is. I’m always amazed at how accurate they are regarding dinnertime, or walkies time. They are often within a minute of the time I usually take them. Also, if I get a bit stuck on something, or if my writing doesn’t feel like it’s flowing right, I will stop and play with the dogs. They are great at knowing if I need distracting, and walking them can both soothe me if I’m feeling frustrated, or help kickstart the ceative juices once more. I wouldn’t be without my precious dogs. I’d love to own a horse again, too (it would have to be a Friesian, like Sullyan’s Drum) but it’s one of the most annoying paradoxes of my life so far that although I could now afford to buy and keep the kind of horse I’ve always wanted, I have neither the time to dedicate to one nor the physical strength to look after it properly. I guess nothing’s perfect!
• Do you prefer human or animal company?
Depends on the human! I’d prefer to share the company of those humans I love the best with the animals that are dearest to my heart. But if we’re talking in general terms, and en masse, then I’d have to choose animals. Humans have grown too arrogant, too grasping, too uncaring of others or the world about them for their own good. Animals only take what they need to survive – they rarely massacre their own kind or seek to destroy their environment. We, as humans, need to remember where we came from, and realize that this earth, this Universe, wasn’t put here simply for us to rip apart as we please.
• Please share about your latest book, The Challenge.
The Challenge begins the second Artesans trilogy, Circle of Conspiracy. In it, the reader will learn much more about the plans and nature of the Baron – the person trying to destroy Artesans by eradicating the craft. Wheels that were set in motion in the first trilogy, Artesans of Albia, now start to bear fruit, and in the worst of ways. The Baron’s machinations have far-reaching and disastrous consequences; consequences that might prove too far along to prevent.What do readers have to look forward to next? The next book in the series, The Circle, will be published very soon – maybe even in time for the second half of this blog/review tour. Buying links will be included if this is the case. And the final book in the second trilogy, Full Circle, should be available around April 2015. Then the final trilogy, the cataclysmic Master of Malice, will be published during 2015 and 2016. I can guarantee it will be both shocking and packed full of action and suspense! Please do keep an eye on my website for details. You can also hear and download (free) the songs and music associated with my Artesans of Albia series, and also find information on my editing and proofreading services for writers. See www.caspeace.com
Cas Peace was born in Hampshire UK, in 1957, and has lived there most of her life. Her first career was as a horse-riding instructor, and horses remain very close to her heart. She then spent 13 years working for the British Civil Service before leaving the UK to live in Italy for three years, 1991-1994. She speaks passable but by no means perfect Italian, and loves to return to Italy whenever she can.
Cas’s other great loves are anything to do with animals, especially dogs and horses, (she supports many animal charities) and also singing.
Cas loves folk songs and along with her husband, who plays guitar, has performed in many a Southern England folk club. Sometimes they even asked her back! She writes folk songs to accompany her fantasy novels, and offers them as free downloads from her website.
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