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HywelaLyn
June 16th, 2010, 09:19 AM
503
Good morning folks!
:welcome1: to my June Jubilee Day here. I''m so excited.
For those of you who don't know me, I'm a UK author published in the US with The Wild Rose Press. I write mainly fantasy and futuristic romance but love to read a wide variety of genres, including Western historical and romantic suspense.

My other loves include all animals especially horses (I'm chatting about them all month in special interests
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and I also have a rescued dog and two ferrel cats and they're mentioned there as well.

My website is www.hywelalyn.co.uk
(http://www.hywelalyn.co.uk/)
My Blog is www.hywelalyn.blogspot.com
(http://www.hywelalyn.blogspot.com/)
and I also run a 'fun' blog with two friends, Sharon Donovan and Mary Ricksen, on Fridays, to help other authors promote their books at www.authorroastandtoast.blogspot.com (http://www.authorroastandtoast.blogspot.com/)

Please feel free to call in here today, and chat and ask any questions you wish about me and my writing and animals or whatever you fancy chatting about. I'll hold a draw of everyone who comments and one winner will receive a download of one of my books. I'll be back in a little while. Meanwhile help yourselves to virtual chocolate and tea, coffee, or iced fruit juice.






(http://www.hywelalyn.blogspot.com/)

Miss Mae
June 16th, 2010, 10:26 AM
Congrats on your Jubilee day, Lyn. Have loads of fun, and I'll try to pop in as often as I can. :punk:

HywelaLyn
June 16th, 2010, 10:52 AM
Hi Lula,

Thanks so much Great to see you.!

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Sharon Donovan
June 16th, 2010, 10:56 AM
Hi Lyn. Welcome to your June Jubilee Day! I love your books and the inspiration behind the stories you write. Your Starquest books take me to another place and time where I get lost in all your amazing descriptions. You have a lyrical voice and I wish you continued success in all that you do!
Sharon

Sharon Donovan
Romantic Suspense with a Twist of Faith
www.sharonadonovan.com (http://www.sharonadonovan.com)

Mask of the Betrayer
Whimsical Publications
www.whimsicalpublications.com (http://www.whimsicalpublications.com)

Dawn Chartier
June 16th, 2010, 11:05 AM
Hi Lyn,

Fellow Wild Rose Press author. It's nice to see you here...I too love animals, although I don't have very many...just the two goldens, and they are a handful. I didn't realize you were a part of the authorroastandtoast? Thats great.

Goin' now to enjoy the chocolate...

Dawn Chartier

bncaudill
June 16th, 2010, 11:06 AM
Hey Lyn. Hope things are good for you today in England.

HywelaLyn
June 16th, 2010, 11:10 AM
Hi Dawn, thanks so much for stopping by - there's an endless supply of virtual chocolate! LOL

I can imagine two goldens would be quite a handful - but so rewarding, I bet!

HywelaLyn
June 16th, 2010, 11:12 AM
Thanks Beth - yes it's a good day today, the sun's out over most of the UK although it's quite chilly!

HywelaLyn
June 16th, 2010, 11:16 AM
Hi Sharon

Thank you SO much for your lovely words, especially coming from such a talented and inspiring lady as yourself. I hope things are going well for you today. I really enjoyed your own Jubilee day yesterday!

Sharon Donovan
June 16th, 2010, 11:20 AM
Hi Lyn, dear friend and sister hostess! Wishing you a smashing day and a ton of cyber hugs! Your books are fabulous, and with a wee bit of Wild Wales blood in me, I can well appreciate the inspiration behind your heart-warming and enchanting stories. As you know, I adore horses and animals too. Now about that coffee, dearheart?
Sharon

Sharon Donovan
Romantic Suspense with a Twist of Faith
www.sharonadonovan.com (http://www.sharonadonovan.com)
sharonad@comcast.net

Mask of the Betrayer
Whimsical Publications
www.whimsicalpublications.com (http://www.whimsicalpublications.com)

503
Good morning folks!
:welcome1: to my June Jubilee Day here. I''m so excited.
For those of you who don't know me, I'm a UK author published in the US with The Wild Rose Press. I write mainly fantasy and futuristic romance but love to read a wide variety of genres, including Western historical and romantic suspense.

My other loves include all animals especially horses (I'm chatting about them all month in special interests
<LINK href="file:///C:%5CDOCUME%7E1%5CLYNN%5CLOCALS%7E1%5CTemp%5Cmsoht ml1%5C01%5Cclip_filelist.xml" rel=File-List><STYLE> <!-- /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} --> </STYLE>http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/board/forumdisplay.php?f=1307 (http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/board/forumdisplay.php?f=1307) )
and I also have a rescued dog and two ferrel cats and they're mentioned there as well.

My website is www.hywelalyn.co.uk
(http://www.hywelalyn.co.uk/)
My Blog is www.hywelalyn.blogspot.com
(http://www.hywelalyn.blogspot.com/)
and I also run a 'fun' blog with two friends, Sharon Donovan and Mary Ricksen, on Fridays, to help other authors promote their books at www.authorroastandtoast.blogspot.com (http://www.authorroastandtoast.blogspot.com/)

Please feel free to call in here today, and chat and ask any questions you wish about me and my writing and animals or whatever you fancy chatting about. I'll hold a draw of everyone who comments and one winner will receive a download of one of my books. I'll be back in a little while. Meanwhile help yourselves to virtual chocolate and tea, coffee, or iced fruit juice.






(http://www.hywelalyn.blogspot.com/)

HywelaLyn
June 16th, 2010, 11:29 AM
*Lyn runs over and hugs Sharon, fellow hostess of The Author Roast and Toast Blog.*

Of course Sharon, sweet sister hostess, make yourself at home, one coffee coming up. Thanks so much for your kind words. I'm inviting folks to chat about their own hobbies today, including pets of course, as well as talking a bit about my books and the inspiration behind them.

Oh there's a dish of virtual chocolate covered strawberries as well as other chocolate delights. Strawberries are very good for you!:wub:

Sharon Donovan
June 16th, 2010, 11:41 AM
Crushing bear hugs back atcha, girlfriend!Mmm...yes, I'll have some chocolate strawberries to go with my coffee. And how thoughtful for you to have one platter of sugar-free goodies for the diabetics! You are not only an awesome writer, but an awesome friend!

Sharon

Sharon Donovan
Romantic Suspense with a Twist of Faith
www.sharonadonovan.com (http://www.sharonadonovan.com)
sharonad@comcast.net

Mask of the Betrayer
Whimsical Publications
www.whimsicalpublications.com (http://www.whimsicalpublications.com)

*Lyn runs over and hugs Sharon, fellow hostess of The Author Roast and Toast Blog.*

Of course Sharon, sweet sister hostess, make yourself at home, one coffee coming up. Thanks so much for your kind words. I'm inviting folks to chat about their own hobbies today, including pets of course, as well as talking a bit about my books and the inspiration behind them.

Oh there's a dish of virtual chocolate covered strawberries as well as other chocolate delights. Strawberries are very good for you!:wub:

HywelaLyn
June 16th, 2010, 11:44 AM
505
'Romance That's Out Of This World'

That's my 'tagline'. It appears on my Blog, my website, My 'My Space' and in fact practically everywhere I appear on the web.

It was coined for my by Cindy Spencer Pape and I've used it ever since. For me it describes what I love to read and write perfectly. I've loved the stars for as long as I can rememember and wondered what it would be like to travel among them.
I love reading and writing SF and futuristic and guess my own work could be labelled as 'space opera'. I also ennjoy fantasy and escaping into the worlds created by authors such as Tolkein and Ursula Le Guin. Of course the term 'out of this world' can also be used to describe anything that takes the reader away from the mundane and humdrum, and I'm also an avid reader of Western historicals, which help me to escape to 'another world.'

If you've read my posts on the 'special interests' thead
http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/board/forumdisplay.php?f=1307 (Shameless plug) you'll know I have two horses, Harri and T'pau, and although I live in the UK, I now ride 'Western' which, apart from using a 'cowboy' saddle *Swoons at the mention of 'cowboy'* is also a very relaxed and gentle way of riding.

What things take you 'out of this world'?

Sharon Donovan
June 16th, 2010, 11:59 AM
Lyn, I love it, space operas! And that describes your Starquest books so very well. You ask what takes me out of this world? Reading a Hywela Lyn book, but of course! Other things are drifting away on a cloud of laughter with loved ones, writing in my world of inspiration and suspense, and hoping for a world where we can all live in peace and harmony.

Sharon

Sharon Donovan
Romantic Suspense with a Twist of Faith
www.sharonadonovan.com (http://www.sharonadonovan.com)
sharonad@comcast.net

Mask of the Betrayer
Whimsical Publications
www.whimsicalpublications.com (http://www.whimsicalpublications.com)

Touched by an Angel
The Claddagh Ring
Lasting Love
Available at White Rose Publishing
www.whiterosepublishing.com (http://www.whiterosepublishing.com)

505
'Romance That's Out Of This World'

That's my 'tagline'. It appears on my Blog, my website, My 'My Space' and in fact practically everywhere I appear on the web.

It was coined for my by Cindy Spencer Pape and I've used it ever since. For me it describes what I love to read and write perfectly. I've loved the stars for as long as I can rememember and wondered what it would be like to travel among them.
I love reading and writing SF and futuristic and guess my own work could be labelled as 'space opera'. I also ennjoy fantasy and escaping into the worlds created by authors such as Tolkein and Ursula Le Guin. Of course the term 'out of this world' can also be used to describe anything that takes the reader away from the mundane and humdrum, and I'm also an avid reader of Western historicals, which help me to escape to 'another world.'

If you've read my posts on the 'special interests' thead
http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/board/forumdisplay.php?f=1307 (Shameless plug) you'll know I have two horses, Harri and T'pau, and although I live in the UK, I now ride 'Western' which, apart from using a 'cowboy' saddle *Swoons at the mention of 'cowboy'* is also a very relaxed and gentle way of riding.

What things take you 'out of this world'?

Tara S Nichols
June 16th, 2010, 12:35 PM
Happy June Jubilee day! I'm off to the city, so I won't be around, but have a great time!

ealexis
June 16th, 2010, 12:45 PM
Congrats on your June Jubilee Day, Hywela. Hope it's a day filled with fun and that you're able to do lots of great promoting.

HywelaLyn
June 16th, 2010, 01:06 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Lyn32/HarryMay09.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Lyn32/?action=view&current=HarryMay09.jpg)

HARRI

508

SALLY AND ME

I've been crazy about horses for as long as I can remember. I saved up for five years to buy my first horse, Flikka. Horses, like writing, are a huge time suck, and for several years I was so involved with endurance riding in Wales, which demands training horse and rider every day to keep up the fitness, that my writing took a back seat. Since I moved from Wales to England, however, I don't have the same opportunities for endurance riding, and while the horses still need caring for and are unfortunately kept some miles away from where we live, I'm lucky enough to have an animal loving husband who helps me out with the heavier chores like the daily mucking out of the paddocks to keep them clean and healthy. Wales, where I was born and lived and worked most of my life, has been an inspiration for much of my writing, as have my horses. When I was contracted with eight other writers, to each write a story about a Greek Muse for the Wild Rose Press's 'Song Of The Muses' anthology, I chose to write about Terpsichore, and gave Hari and Sal, my old endurance mare, a part. Here's a picture of Terpsichore riding Sal, which fellow author and 'muse sister' Masha Holl designed for me. Isn't it lovely.

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And here's a couple of excerpts featuring the horses from 'Dancing With Fate.'

Mist drifted across the valley and the rays of the
afternoon sun stained the sky in vivid shades of vermilion and orange. A doe, her fawn at her heels, touched his hand with her nose and a family of squirrels played around his feet.

He moved forward slowly, gathering twigs for his fire pit, and glanced around every few moments. He must have imagined it, this sense of someone nearby. No sound disturbed the silence except the twittering of the birds, and the buzzing of tiny insects.

He turned to the doe. 'Time to take your baby
home now, little one. You too, squirrels.' The doe gave him one last affectionate nuzzle, then trotted into the forest, and the squirrels scampered up a nearby oak.

Myrddin walked over to his horse, a sturdy beast, black as a starless, moonless night; its long mane reached nearly to its knees. Surely, Harri would know if a stranger was nearby, and would have warned him? The handsome horse snorted, nodding his head and pawing the ground.

'Do you sense danger—has someone followed us?'

The horse merely gazed at him, with large, dark
brown eyes. "Well, you're don't seem worried, but I
suppose you're hungry," he said aloud. "Right then,
we'd better both have something to eat. This will be a good place to camp for the night. I think I must be in need of food and rest, myself, for I'm obviously imagining things."

***
In this excerpt Myrddin and Terpsichore have just met. Myrddin has no idea who Terpsichore is, and she's tgrying to pretend she's a mere mortal.

"Is your home far? It will be dark soon. It would
be unwise to travel in the dark."

"Then what should I do—stay with you?"

"If you wish. Robbers will be less likely to attack at night if there are more than one of us. Used though I am to solitude, I'd welcome a little company." He smiled again. "I've two good trout baking in my fire pit. "You're welcome to share."

She found it difficult to refuse when he looked at her like that. All at once, she had a deep desire to get to know him better.

"That sounds good," she said, "I am a little hungry."

"You have a horse?"

Before Terpsichore could answer, a soft whinny came from behind a clump of bushes. A pretty, creamy-gold mare, with a black mane and tail and four black stockings trotted up to her. A white star graced her forehead as she tossed back her forelock and stood with one foreleg raised. 'I am Sal.'

Well, it appeared she could still speak to animals, and understand when they spoke to her.'Hello!'

She took hold of the mare's bridle and nodded in Myrddin's direction. "Here she is. Her name's Sal."

Myrddin held out his hand and the mare stretched her neck to nuzzle him.

"A good simple name for a fine looking mare," he said.
"Come then, before our supper's baked away to
nothing."


Dancing with Fate, available from The Wild Rose Press (http://www.thewildrosepress.com/dancing-with-fate-song-of-the-muses-p-909.html)

HywelaLyn
June 16th, 2010, 01:10 PM
Aw, likewise Sharon, you're an amazing writer and I treasure your friendship. Yes, not only are these chocolate covered strawberries completely sugar-free and diabetic friendly, but everything is completely calorie free as well, all the taste and none of the drawbacks!





Crushing bear hugs back atcha, girlfriend!Mmm...yes, I'll have some chocolate strawberries to go with my coffee. And how thoughtful for you to have one platter of sugar-free goodies for the diabetics! You are not only an awesome writer, but an awesome friend!

Sharon

Sharon Donovan
Romantic Suspense with a Twist of Faith
www.sharonadonovan.com (http://www.sharonadonovan.com)
sharonad@comcast.net

Mask of the Betrayer
Whimsical Publications
www.whimsicalpublications.com (http://www.whimsicalpublications.com)

HywelaLyn
June 16th, 2010, 01:16 PM
What lovely sentiments, dear friend, and a world where we could all live in peace and harmony would surely be mankind's ultimate achievement.


[quote=Sharon Donovan;126781]Lyn, I love it, space operas! And that describes your Starquest books so very well. You ask what takes me out of this world? Reading a Hywela Lyn book, but of course! Other things are drifting away on a cloud of laughter with loved ones, writing in my world of inspiration and suspense, and hoping for a world where we can all live in peace and harmony.

Sharon

HywelaLyn
June 16th, 2010, 01:17 PM
Hello Tara, thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy your day in the city!



Happy June Jubilee day! I'm off to the city, so I won't be around, but have a great time!

HywelaLyn
June 16th, 2010, 01:20 PM
Hi Evie

Thanks so much for stopping by. Lovely to see you here, I'm having a great day and seeing lots of familiar faces!:thewave:

Deanna Jewel
June 16th, 2010, 01:20 PM
Good morning all! At least in my little part of the world it's morning...Bouncy Icon Smilie

Lyn - congrats on your Jubilee day, here's wishing you lots of visitors today. Thanks for the wonderful coffee and especially the chocolate strawberries, they so melt on the tongue...mmm

Hi ladies, it nice to share space with so many others and enjoy the conversations here. Sharon, I apologize for missing you yesterday on your day *hugs* but its great to see you here today. I'll be surfing thru the other logs also.

Have a great day and enjoy! Looks like a rain day on its way again. Last week was nice so I suppose we do need a gentle rain again but not another five in a row like two weeks ago. Happy day all! *waving*

:stretching1:

Sky Purington
June 16th, 2010, 01:25 PM
Hi Lyn, sorry I'm a bit late. Great post! I can't wait to join you at the Roast on Friday. Woo hoo!

Hugs,
~Sky

Sharon Donovan
June 16th, 2010, 01:26 PM
Harri and Sally are real gems, Lyn. As you know, horseback riding was once a huge part of my life. I am in awe of you and all the stanima it surely must have taken to do endurance riding. Amazing. Your love of horses and the great outdoors comes through in your excerpts and books. Terpichore must be smiling down on you and dancing a happy dance for all your success and all yet to come.
Sharon

Sharon Donovan
Romantic Suspense with a Twist of Faith
www.sharonadonovan.com (http://www.sharonadonovan.com)
sharonad@comcast.net

Mask of the Betrayer
Whimsical Publications
www.whimsicalpublications.com (http://www.whimsicalpublications.com)

Touched by an Angel
The Claddagh Ring
Lasting Love
Available at White Rose Publishing
www.whiterosepublishing.com (http://www.whiterosepublishing.com)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Lyn32/HarryMay09.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Lyn32/?action=view&current=HarryMay09.jpg)

HARRI

508

SALLY AND ME

I've been crazy about horses for as long as I can remember. I saved up for five years to buy my first horse, Flikka. Horses, like writing, are a huge time suck, and for several years I was so involved with endurance riding in Wales, which demands training horse and rider every day to keep up the fitness, that my writing took a back seat. Since I moved from Wales to England, however, I don't have the same opportunities for endurance riding, and while the horses still need caring for and are unfortunately kept some miles away from where we live, I'm lucky enough to have an animal loving husband who helps me out with the heavier chores like the daily mucking out of the paddocks to keep them clean and healthy. Wales, where I was born and lived and worked most of my life, has been an inspiration for much of my writing, as have my horses. When I was contracted with eight other writers, to each write a story about a Greek Muse for the Wild Rose Press's 'Song Of The Muses' anthology, I chose to write about Terpsichore, and gave Hari and Sal, my old endurance mare, a part. Here's a picture of Terpsichore riding Sal, which fellow author and 'muse sister' Masha Holl designed for me. Isn't it lovely.

506

And here's a couple of excerpts featuring the horses from 'Dancing With Fate.'

Mist drifted across the valley and the rays of the
afternoon sun stained the sky in vivid shades of vermilion and orange. A doe, her fawn at her heels, touched his hand with her nose and a family of squirrels played around his feet.

He moved forward slowly, gathering twigs for his fire pit, and glanced around every few moments. He must have imagined it, this sense of someone nearby. No sound disturbed the silence except the twittering of the birds, and the buzzing of tiny insects.

He turned to the doe. 'Time to take your baby
home now, little one. You too, squirrels.' The doe gave him one last affectionate nuzzle, then trotted into the forest, and the squirrels scampered up a nearby oak.

Myrddin walked over to his horse, a sturdy beast, black as a starless, moonless night; its long mane reached nearly to its knees. Surely, Harri would know if a stranger was nearby, and would have warned him? The handsome horse snorted, nodding his head and pawing the ground.

'Do you sense danger—has someone followed us?'

The horse merely gazed at him, with large, dark
brown eyes. "Well, you're don't seem worried, but I
suppose you're hungry," he said aloud. "Right then,
we'd better both have something to eat. This will be a good place to camp for the night. I think I must be in need of food and rest, myself, for I'm obviously imagining things."

***
In this excerpt Myrddin and Terpsichore have just met. Myrddin has no idea who Terpsichore is, and she's tgrying to pretend she's a mere mortal.

"Is your home far? It will be dark soon. It would
be unwise to travel in the dark."

"Then what should I do—stay with you?"

"If you wish. Robbers will be less likely to attack at night if there are more than one of us. Used though I am to solitude, I'd welcome a little company." He smiled again. "I've two good trout baking in my fire pit. "You're welcome to share."

She found it difficult to refuse when he looked at her like that. All at once, she had a deep desire to get to know him better.

"That sounds good," she said, "I am a little hungry."

"You have a horse?"

Before Terpsichore could answer, a soft whinny came from behind a clump of bushes. A pretty, creamy-gold mare, with a black mane and tail and four black stockings trotted up to her. A white star graced her forehead as she tossed back her forelock and stood with one foreleg raised. 'I am Sal.'

Well, it appeared she could still speak to animals, and understand when they spoke to her.'Hello!'

She took hold of the mare's bridle and nodded in Myrddin's direction. "Here she is. Her name's Sal."

Myrddin held out his hand and the mare stretched her neck to nuzzle him.

"A good simple name for a fine looking mare," he said.
"Come then, before our supper's baked away to
nothing."


Dancing with Fate, available from The Wild Rose Press (http://www.thewildrosepress.com/dancing-with-fate-song-of-the-muses-p-909.html)

HywelaLyn
June 16th, 2010, 01:28 PM
Hi Deanna

Thanks so much for stopping by and for the good wishes.

Glad you're enjoying the refreshments. My little unicorn, cuddles is being very busy dashing too and fro keeping them topped up!:unicorn:

It's sunny here but windy and chilly. Well, I guess that's the British summer for you, LOL! :whistling:



Good morning all! At least in my little part of the world it's morning...Bouncy Icon Smilie

Lyn - congrats on your Jubilee day, here's wishing you lots of visitors today. Thanks for the wonderful coffee and especially the chocolate strawberries, they so melt on the tongue...mmm

Hi ladies, it nice to share space with so many others and enjoy the conversations here. Sharon, I apologize for missing you yesterday on your day *hugs* but its great to see you here today. I'll be surfing thru the other logs also.

Have a great day and enjoy! Looks like a rain day on its way again. Last week was nice so I suppose we do need a gentle rain again but not another five in a row like two weeks ago. Happy day all! *waving*

:stretching1:

HywelaLyn
June 16th, 2010, 01:34 PM
Hello Sky! Thanks so much for stopping by - not late at all, I'll be here for a while yet, and posting some more excerpts.
Can't wait to have you at our 'Roast' on Friday and so looking forward to the release of 'Sylvan Mist'! :huepfen017:

Sharon Donovan
June 16th, 2010, 01:45 PM
Hi again, Lyn. I'm back for more sugar-free chocolates and a cup of delicious coffee. Mmm. Oh, waving to Deanna as she darts out! Once more Lyn, have a fun day and wishing you tons of success. Now, Cuddles, wave your horn over this and make them calorie free. LOL

Sharon
Sharon Donovan
Romantic Suspense with a Twist of Faith
www.sharonadonovan.com (http://www.sharonadonovan.com)
sharonad@comcast.net

Mask of the Betrayer
www.whimsicalpublications.com (http://www.whimsicalpublications.com)

Touched by an Angel
The Claddagh Ring
Lasting Love
Available at White Rose Publishing
www.whiterosepublishing.com (http://www.whiterosepublishing.com)

Good morning all! At least in my little part of the world it's morning...Bouncy Icon Smilie

Lyn - congrats on your Jubilee day, here's wishing you lots of visitors today. Thanks for the wonderful coffee and especially the chocolate strawberries, they so melt on the tongue...mmm

Hi ladies, it nice to share space with so many others and enjoy the conversations here. Sharon, I apologize for missing you yesterday on your day *hugs* but its great to see you here today. I'll be surfing thru the other logs also.

Have a great day and enjoy! Looks like a rain day on its way again. Last week was nice so I suppose we do need a gentle rain again but not another five in a row like two weeks ago. Happy day all! *waving*

:stretching1:

yadkny
June 16th, 2010, 02:59 PM
:helloooo:Lyn,
What a beautiful name you have. I will definitely be checking out your work. I love stories that incorporate an 'other world'. Is there a particular Welsh myth or legend that you can tell us about? I have always been fascinated by that kind of thing because there are just so many different ones out there yet it's interesting to see how similar some can be regardless of the culture.

HAPPY JUNE JUBILEE DAY!!!smilies/beer1.gif

HywelaLyn
June 16th, 2010, 03:02 PM
Hi again, Sharon,

Oh Cuddles has had a great time, touching everything with his enchanted horn making it all calorie free. 'course he's had to sample everything as well, just to make sure it tastes good enough for the visitors!::)

HywelaLyn
June 16th, 2010, 03:19 PM
Hi there Yadkny

Thanks so much - Hywela is Welsh, I've always been known by my second name, 'Lyn' so thought I'd combine them for my pen name. Yes, I've been intrigued by the similarity in legends from different parts of the world too. The 'Ellylldan' or fire goblins are fairly widespread, and I think they're found in many places in the world, including Louisiana. I have a Chapter in 'Dancing With Fate'which features the Ellylldan.

Another myth mentioned in the book is the sunken town of Cantre'r Gwaelod, which is very similar to the legend of Atlantis. Another legend I'm very fond of is that of Devil's Bridge (Pont yr Fynarch) not far from where I used to live in Wales, and which was the inspiration for another scene in Dancing With fate. It's really three bridges above each other over a very steep waterfall. The legend tells that many hundreds of years ago an old woman's cow strayed over the river.

Distraught she called upon the Devil who promised to build her a bridge over the falls to the other side of the river, in return for the soul of the first living creature to cross the bridge, thinking she'd have to cross it herself, to fetch back her cow, but the wily old woman threw a crust of bread onto the bridge and her little dog immediately ran across after it.
The devil realising he'd been defeated, disappeared in a cloud of smoke and the old lady, her dog and the cow lived happily ever after!
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:helloooo:Lyn,
What a beautiful name you have. I will definitely be checking out your work. I love stories that incorporate an 'other world'. Is there a particular Welsh myth or legend that you can tell us about? I have always been fascinated by that kind of thing because there are just so many different ones out there yet it's interesting to see how similar some can be regardless of the culture.

HAPPY JUNE JUBILEE DAY!!!smilies/beer1.gif

Sharon Donovan
June 16th, 2010, 03:44 PM
Hi again Lyn and big wave to Yadira! I just had to throw in my two pennies worth since legends are so near and dear to my heart. Lyn, you weave such beautiful history into your tales and make them magical reads for us to enjoy. I am still in awe of Starquest and the sequel Children of the Mist. Awesome reads, my friend. I can't wait for book three. As they say, three is a charm and that is just what we will be! Charmed.
Sharon
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Hi there Yadkny

Thanks so much - Hywela is Welsh, I've always been known by my second name, 'Lyn' so thought I'd combine them for my pen name. Yes, I've been intrigued by the similarity in legends from different parts of the world too. The 'Ellylldan' or fire goblins are fairly widespread, and I think they're found in many places in the world, including Louisiana. I have a Chapter in 'Dancing With Fate'which features the Ellylldan.

Another myth mentioned in the book is the sunken town of Cantre'r Gwaelod, which is very similar to the legend of Atlantis. Another legend I'm very fond of is that of Devil's Bridge (Pont yr Fynarch) not far from where I used to live in Wales, and which was the inspiration for another scene in Dancing With fate. It's really three bridges above each other over a very steep waterfall. The legend tells that many hundreds of years ago an old woman's cow strayed over the river.

Distraught she called upon the Devil who promised to build her a bridge over the falls to the other side of the river, in return for the soul of the first living creature to cross the bridge, thinking she'd have to cross it herself, to fetch back her cow, but the wily old woman threw a crust of bread onto the bridge and her little dog immediately ran across after it.
The devil realising he'd been defeated, disappeared in a cloud of smoke and the old lady, her dog and the cow lived happily ever after!
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HywelaLyn
June 16th, 2010, 04:03 PM
Sharron, thank you again, so much. You are always so sweet and supportive and I'm honoured that you enjoy my writing, as you know I'm a huge fan of yours as well.

I love the falls of Devil's Bridge and the legend that goes through it. The original bridge is medieval, the second one is Victorian, and the third is relatively recent, early Twentieth Century. I didn't use any of this actual legend in 'Dancing With Fate', but the water fall, whic tumbles hundreds of feet into a deep pool known as 'The Devil's Punchbowl' is aweinspiring to watch, and I could imagine Terpsichore, who was of course, like her sisters, a water nymph, bathing in the foaming water.

yadkny
June 16th, 2010, 04:25 PM
goodpostsmilies Lyn, thanks for sharing the Ellylldan myth. See, I knew I would learn something new today.

:unicorn: Cuddles the enchanted unicorn, I love it!!! Now if he only he could come to my house to make all the food calorie free and maybe while he is at it make it so I don't have to excercise anymore.

bhowdysmilie.gif Hey Sharon, big wave to you too!

HywelaLyn
June 16th, 2010, 04:55 PM
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My heroine in 'Starquest' relates a journal as she searches the galaxy for her lost love. In this short excerpt, she and her companion, Dahll, whose ship she has chartered, have reached the icy planet of Niflheim (named after the Norse land of ice and mist.) They have been befriended by Tamarith and her brother Gullin, who lead them through the caves leading to the city of Gladsheim.

As I said earlier, I'm a keen horse lover and usually manage to work a horse or two into most of my stories. Although 'Starquest' is set largely on board a starship and various alien planets, it's no exception. In keeping with my entries in the 'hobbies' section, here's a 'horsey' excerpt:

EXCERPT FROM STARQUEST
Another turn in the passage and we were out in the open once more. While we were in the caves, night had fallen and the mountains were in darkness. Near to the entrance of the cave from which we'd just emerged stood a young boy. He held the reins of several large, sturdy-looking, sandy- coloured ponies. Tamarith told us they were descended from genetically engineered Fjord and Icelandic stock brought with the first settlers in cryogenic suspension.

As soon as we were mounted, Gullin led the way and we set off on the final stage of our journey. The ponies picked their way delicately down the narrow trail, which zigzagged down the mountainside. Niflheim's moon and the countless stars shed a silvery light over the snow-covered landscape. I was grateful for the sure-footedness of the ponies, which never once missed a step or stumbled on the slippery track. As we reached the foot of the mountain, they sprang into a gallop that ate up the metres. I have not had the opportunity to ride a horse since I left Earth, but it felt good to be in the saddle again.

The saddles themselves were deep and comfortable, the seats covered with soft fleeces, woven, I'm told, from the fur shorn from the ice cats. The gelding I rode was very responsive, moving low to the ground, with steady, rhythmic strides. I found the ride across the snow-covered plain exhilarating, dispelling my earlier weariness.

I wasn't sure if Dahll was used to horseback riding, but he seemed to handle his own mount well enough. I was almost sorry when Gullin reined in his pony at last and announced we'd reached the city of Gladsheim.

A minor shift of my weight and a slight tightening of my fingers on the reins was enough to make my pony slow down and stand obediently for me to dismount. I patted him gently by way of thanks, and stared around, marvelling at the beauty of the scene before me.

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HywelaLyn
June 16th, 2010, 05:06 PM
So glad you liked the Ellylldan myth. Wales is a treasure house of myths and legends.

Cuddles is cute but he can be very naughty. Sometimes the mischief he and Junior, Mary's dog, get up to together at the Author Roast (http://www.authorroastandtoast.blogspot.com)is amazing. He's on his best behaviour today though!Innocent?

MariaD.
June 16th, 2010, 05:34 PM
Hi Hywela- love your web site and banner!

MariaD.
June 16th, 2010, 05:37 PM
I like to read science fiction romance and alot of urban fantasy/paranormal books. I'm also really into Steampunk right now- it does take you to not only a different place but also a different time

HywelaLyn
June 16th, 2010, 05:38 PM
Hi Maria

thanks so much - and thanks for calling by and for visiting my website. Glad you like the bannerm, though I can't take the credit for making it! :balloon:

MariaD.
June 16th, 2010, 05:51 PM
Wow- your horse pictures are really lovely! Horses take a tremendous amount of time and committment....my sister was really into horses for a while and my aunt and uncle had a horse for my cousin who did dresage for a while but and it was really expensive.
Loved the excerpts!

HywelaLyn
June 16th, 2010, 05:51 PM
Hi Maria - I'm not all that familiar with steampunk, although from what I've heard of it, the only thing I don't like about it is the name! I think it's what used to be called - in the UK anyway - 'alternative history' and I love the idea of it! Perhaps I need to look into it and think about writing some!

HywelaLyn
June 16th, 2010, 05:58 PM
Hi again Maria

Thanks so much - yes I agree, horses are a lot of work and very expensive, I don't have anything over to spend on holidays or luxuries but they're worth it all as far as I'm concerned - horseyitis can be terminal! LOL! They're so intelligent and such characters, and there's no better way to see the countryside than from the back of a horse. I've more pictures in the 'special interests' (http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/board/forumdisplay.php?f=1307)section

HywelaLyn
June 16th, 2010, 06:37 PM
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'Children Of The Mist' is a sequel to Starquest, although it can be read independently. I fell in love with the planet Niflheim and some of the characters who lived there - one of whom demanded her own 'happy ending'.

Continuing the 'horsey' theme, here's an excerpt:

CHILDREN OF THE MIST - EXCERPT

The snow lay in drifts of pink and white, unmarked by even the footprints of a small bird or mammal, as if a huge, irregularly chequered blanket had been laid over the land.

Vidarh studied the sky. Both suns were clearly visible, the golden G-type's rays warm and reassuring. After the snowfall, the land was clear of the mist, which frequently covered even this oasis in the desert of snow and ice that was Niflheim. With luck, they would be able to commence their journey in clear conditions.

He glanced behind, to see the diminutive Melind struggling almost up to her knees as she tried to keep up with him. He shortened his stride and slowed down enough for her to reach his side. Together they covered the short distance to the barn that housed the ponies. When they reached it, a snowdrift piled high against the door barred their way. They looked at each other for a moment, then applied their telekinetic powers to shift away enough of the snow to enable them to open the door.

The ponies, snug in their stalls, turned as they entered, their breath forming clouds in the cold air, which accompanied Melind and Vidarh through the doorway. Vidarh inhaled the familiar smell of hay and horses and straw damp with fresh droppings.

*Dunno where Helva and Narvi are,* Melind telepathed, walking to the end of the stable area. She opened another door that led into a room with saddles and bridles neatly arranged on racks on the walls. Each set had a small wooden plaque above it inscribed with the name of the pony it
fitted. *There are some more ponies in the pasture by the river. They've probably gone to check on them. We could ask them to come back, I suppose...d'you think?* She took down a bridle, and shook out the reins before looping them over her arm, looking up into his eyes as she asked her question.

He was struck by how much like her sister she looked, especially now, when her dark eyes wore the same sad expression that had been in Tamarith's the last time he'd seen her. Why did Tamarith keep troubling him so much? He'd only known her a short while. It wasn't as if she were the only one the kidnappers had taken. He was concerned about the others just as much...wasn't he?

He brought his mind back to the task in hand. *Not a lot of point in bothering them. We can manage ourselves, I'm sure. I'm a fair judge of horses myself,* Vidarh commented.

*And I know the ponies just as well as Helva and Narvi do. You take Dancer's tack and I'll show you which is his stall. We'd best get a move on before Dahll and Jess get back.*

'Children Of The Mist' available HERE (http://www.thewildrosepress.com/hywela-lyn-m-138.html?zenid=e04f5ed10d8e5a97d8c2568ac6c3187b)

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HywelaLyn
June 16th, 2010, 07:24 PM
smilies/catmoon.gifWell, over here it's way past midnight and time for me to say 'Goodnight'. If you'd like to leave more comments, you're more than welcome and I'll pop back tomorrow and let you know who the winner of my download is.

In the meantime, for all you fantasy lovers, I'll leave you with a gift - my free short story at the Wild Rose Press. It's a medieval romantic fantasy and only a couple of thousand words long. I hope you enjoy it. You can download it HERE (http://www.thewildrosepress.com/a-bargain-with-death-p-1003.html?zenid=e04f5ed10d8e5a97d8c2568ac6c3187b)

(And yes, it has horses in it too! LOL) :horse:

Here's the Blurb:

Miranda’s true love lies dying. To save him, she goes in search of Death himself, putting her very soul in danger. Will she save the life of her beloved? Or will her sacrifice be in vain? And what if her surrender is more than she bargained for?

Excerpt from 'A Bargain With Death'.

It was early morning when Miranda spotted Death’s pale horse tethered outside a dark cave in the mountains, exactly where the Jade Witch had said she would find him.

For long, it had been whispered in the outlying villages that the Jade Witch was the only mortal who dared have dealings with Death. When she heard the outcome of the duel, Miranda had sought the witch’s cottage in the thick of the forest, and paid the price she asked. It cost her a diamond necklace, a golden girdle and ten gold coins, but Miranda was willing to pay any price to learn where Death might be found, and how to reach him.

For three days and nights she rode, through the mountains and forests, and across rivers, barely stopping to rest or eat the meagre provisions she had brought with her. She had two good horses, and changed mounts when one was exhausted, leading the other. Now, sweat lathered both animals, their flanks heaved, but desperately she urged them on the last few yards to the cave.

Swiftly dismounting, she tied them to a bush at a suitable distance from Death’s stallion, and cautiously made her way into the darkness of the cave. She lit a burning stick so that she could see the way, but although she had great courage, she could not help but feel a little nervous. No-one she knew had ever followed Death to the Styx before, but this was an emergency. Did not the life of her beloved depend on her powers of persuasion?

Goodnight and thanks to everyone who stopped by and commented - as I said, I'll be back tomorrow to answer any more comments and post the winner!

Mary Ricksen
June 16th, 2010, 08:31 PM
I have not a clue if I made it to the right place. But if so!! It's a miracle and I'm not that clueless?
Love you Lyn!

Mary Ricksen
June 16th, 2010, 08:33 PM
Ah here's another place. Is this where I should be?
What the hey?! Who made this so difficult? Or are they just a lot smarter than me? LOL

Caffey
June 16th, 2010, 09:09 PM
Hi Hywela! Love the fantasy romance too!!! Great to visit you! You said you enjoy reading historical romances. You ever think of writing them?

brandyzbooks
June 17th, 2010, 12:01 AM
Hi, I'm kinda late today but Happy June Jubilee... I like a variety of books as well right now I'm trying to find hist/para...

HywelaLyn
June 17th, 2010, 03:22 AM
Hi Brandy, thanks for the good wishes.

HywelaLyn
June 17th, 2010, 03:29 AM
Hi Caffey,thanks for calling in.

Well, I guess you could call me 'freeread' a medieval historical fantasy, and I actually started out writing historical Westerns. In fact I have one on th back burner right now. I'll get back to it just a soon as I finish what will be no. 3 in the 'Starquest' series.

I suppose I enjoy historicals for the same reason I love fantasy. Sparsely populated settings, more courtesy and respect than generally found in the modern world, and no modern technology - so I can write about horses!

HywelaLyn
June 17th, 2010, 03:45 AM
Hi Mary!
Yes, you made it! Bouncy Icon Smilie Thanks so much for negotiating all the twists and turns on this site, I know it can be a bit daunting when you're not used to it (and even when you are sometimes, LOL!):headscratch:

Love ya too, sweet hostess sister!:dog2:

HywelaLyn
June 17th, 2010, 04:09 AM
I forgot to mention that I have a trailer for each of my books.

They can all be found HERE (http://www.blazingtrailers.com/browse.php?txt=Hywela%20Lyn) Enjoy!

I'll be back later today when I've drawn the winner of my download. (Or got hubby to do it!)