Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Join the Relaunch



Before I start, I'd like to thank Michael for inviting me here to his blog. I am relaunching my Artesans of Albia fantasy series now that the first trilogy is complete (yes, first - there are two more trilogies to come!) and I hope you will take advantage of the special offer prices that are available from 12 - 19 December, while this blog tour lasts. Links below! And don't forget the Giveaway - you could win all 3 of my books, both signed print copies and e-books, plus all the books in the BookBlast!

Where I Find Inspiration.

People are always asking where I find the inspiration for writing fantasy novels. I have mentioned many times in other blog posts how the initial idea for the series came about (if you don't know, it was from watching a kids' 1970s TV program called 'Tarot - Ace of Wands),  so I'm not going to ressurrect that theme here.  I always find it fascinating to read where other writers get their ideas, so here are a few of mine.

I own two rescue dogs, Milly and Milo. They are technically Lurchers. Milly, we believe, is Whippet/Border Collie cross (you can't see the Collie, it's in her brain - she looks like a golden Whippet) and we believe Milo to be a Short-Haired Saluki (according to a retired dog show judge who lives in our village). What has this to do with inspiration for writing, I hear you ask? Well, I find walking a great way to clear the mind, and when my mind is clear, all sorts of weird things pop into it. When I began writing my Artesans series, many of the ideas for the plot came to me while out walking in the woods. I found this extremely frustrating at first, until I learned to carry a notepad and pencil!  

We live in the North Hampshire countryside in southern UK. It is mainly farmland, with a few copses and small woods. There is plently of wildlife - pheasants and other game birds (put there for the farmers to shoot, poor little things), badgers, rabbits, deer, and foxes. In the winter, if we get snow, I love tracking these animals by their footprints. If you look with an artist's eye, you can see patterns and even messages written across the white pages that the snow creates out of the fields. How could you not be inspired by such sights? Sometimes I wish I were a poet - our landscape would have me writing endlessly.

My Artesans of Albia fantasy series has songs associated with it. There is a song for each of the books currently published, and I'm now working on the music for Book 4, which will be published in Spring 2014. Because the "magic" system in Artesans is nature-based (my Artesans channel the elements through their own souls and life forces), I found plenty of inspiration for these songs by walking around our local lanes, woods, and fields. Natural music is all around us, you simply need receptive eyes and hears to be aware of it. We are also on the top of a hill, and Nature's elements often make themselves felt - even when you wish they wouldn't!

Farmers are, by necessity, practical people, and I think it would be quite reasonable to view farmyards as generally lacking in inspiration for writers of fantasy. Yet round here, you'd be wrong. I remember the day I went for one of my normal walks, one that took me past the grain store sheds, the tractor with its covering of mud, and the long-forgotten, rusty farm implements. Not the kind of place you'd expect to be suddenly confronted by a stone circle. Yet that's exactly what happened. There, next to the track leading down to the sheds, stood a stone circle that definitely hadn't been there the week before.

And it was beautiful. Some of the stones were upright, some flat on the ground. Some had holes bored through them, some not. They were different kinds of stone too, and different colors. It was a wonderful experience, walking around the corner and seeing this ethereal sight. I remember being captivated by it, and wondering what had made the farmer do it? The stones were  large - they would not have been cheap to buy! There is no quarry nearby, so they had to be transported. I guess the farm tractors would have been used to 'plant' them, but I'm sure they cost our farmer a portion of his profits. And he's added to them lately as well - the circle still grows!

So as you can see, I find our beautiful local landscape a brimming rescource of ideas and images when I need inspiration.

Artesans of Albia series synopsis.

 On a foolhardy foray into a foreign realm, Taran Elijah is attacked by a terrible weapon known as the Staff. Killing its wielder, he escapes into Albia, inadvertantly carrying the Staff.

Concerned by the vicious raids that follow Taran's actions, Major Sullyan of the High King's forces crosses into Andaryon to seek diplomatic resolution to the crisis. She is captured and tortured by Lord Rykan, aspirant to the Andaryon throne.

Slowly dying, Sullyan escapes his clutches. She offers her skills to the Hierarch in defense of his throne, finally confronting Rykan on the field of battle.

Her handsome Captain and lover, Robin Tamsen, embarks on a desperate quest to recover the Staff. But Rykan's greedy General, Sonten, is two steps ahead of him. If Robin cannot lay hold of the weapon before Sonten does, Sullyan's life and the lives of all Artesans are forfeit.

The race for the Staff has begun.

Here is the YouTube link to the new Trilogy trailer:




“One of the best fantasy books I’ve ever read. The balance between background story and action is just perfect. I’m very glad I found this author. You won’t want to miss this series!” ~Denyse Cohen, author of Witch’s Soulmate, Book 1 of the Living Energy Trilogy


“Splendidly written in a wonderful voice, drew me in immediately. Ms. Peace’s imagination alone gets 5 stars. Spectacular worlds and enchanting scenes. Anyone who enjoys losing themselves in a world of a charming fantasy with plenty of layers and a host of intriguing characters won’t be disappointed!” ~Rosary McQuestion, author of Once Upon Another Time

“As soon as I finished this book I was eager to start the next. I highly recommend this book. Great Job!!” ~Janus Gangi, author of Elizabeth Rose and That Morning After


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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1 comment:

  1. Many thanks for hosting me, Michael! I really appreciate it.