Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Chronicles of Alcinia by Miriam Newman (VBT, guest post, excerpt, and GIVEAWAY) GFT

I have the pleasure of sharing a guest post from author Miriam Newman, who ansers my question...

 ELF: What is one of your hobbies and how has it enriched your writing?

One of the things about which I am most passionate is my love of horses.  It has influenced every area of life from my earliest years.  I even met my husband in a barn!  But long before that, a love of all things equine led me into exploration of old myths and legends in which horses were featured.  Even today, I find those influences cropping up in my work.  Studying the uses of war horses took me back in history, to ancient lands and civilizations whose rich panorama helps create the fantasy world in many of my books—and also their wars.  Additionally, there are the books that are not fantasy.  My novel The Comet, set in 1066, is a story of the Norman conquest of England in which the use of cavalry helped decide the fate of nations.  The Saxons who depended upon their time-honored shield wall comprised of men were, in the end, overcome in part by the modern-for-its-time use of cavalry by the invading Normans.  Another novel, Spirit Awakened, drew much of its inspiration from the famed cavalry of the Mongol Golden Horde.  I am fascinated by the battle tactics of ancient warriors from the first Irish chariots to the U.S. Cavalry, which lend themselves to tales of heroes and the women who love them.  Anyone who has read my books, with the exception of the science fiction novella Peace on New Earth, knows there will be a horse here and there.  I have not yet transported any of them into space, but it might happen!

by Miriam Newman


GENRE: Historical fantasy



Available for the first time as an e-book bundle, the award-winning historical fantasy series The Chronicles of Alcinia weaves a tale of war, history, passion and romance.   In Book I, The King’s Daughter, Tarabenthia of Alcinia should grow to inherit her father’s throne by the rocky cliffs of the sea.  When invaders seize her land, what will she sacrifice in the name of love?  In Book II, Heart of the Earth, the Northern Prince who has always wanted Tia saves her life.  But will the price of his protection be too high?  And finally in Book III, Ice Maiden, readers who wondered about the fate of Tia’s oldest son have their answer.  Sometimes heart-wrenching, always powerful, this is a tale of heroes and the women who loved them.



I was the King's daughter once, so many years ago that sometimes now it is hard to remember. Before the tide of time carried away so many things, so many people, it was worth something to be the daughter of a King.

Our little island nation of Alcinia was not rich, except for tin mines honeycombing the south. It wasn't even hospitable. Summer was a brief affair and fall was only a short time of muted colors on the northernmost coast where my father sat his throne at the ancient Keep of Landsfel. Winter was the killing time and spring was hardly better, with frosts that could last into Fifth- Month. But from the south, where men cut thatch in a pattern like the bones of fish, to the north where rock roses spilled down cliffs to the sea, it was my own.

One thinks such things will never change, yet all things do.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Beginning a prize-winning career in poetry, Miriam carried her love of the written word into seventeen novels to date.  Her offerings range from contemporary and historical fantasy to science fiction and historical fiction, always with a romantic flavoring.  Her original novel The King’s Daughter—now part of The Chronicles of Alcinia—was written in Ireland, her second home.  When in the U.S., she resides on a small horse farm in Pennsylvania with a collection of rescue animals.




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  1. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. Thanks for sharing the great post, I enjoyed reading it!

  3. Thanks for hosting, Reading Addict! Good luck to those who entered the drawing and thanks for coming by.

  4. I really enjoyed reading the entire post, thank you!