Author: Cas Peace
Narrator: Rebecca McKernan
Length: 11 hours 15 minutes
Publisher: Albia Publishing
Released: August 1, 2018
Genre: Epic Fantasy, Swords & Sorcery, Action & Adventure
Taran Elijah’s quest for knowledge uncovers a plot that threatens the world….
In Albia, the fourth realm, the precious Artesan gift is dying. Although born to the craft, Taran is struggling to achieve his potential. Against his friends’ advice, he embarks on a foolhardy plan to acquire the teaching he craves. Alone, he crosses into Andaryon, the fifth realm, but instead of finding a mentor, he stumbles upon a treacherous plot.
In the wake of Taran’s actions, Albia suffers a series of vicious raids, and Major Sullyan of the High King’s forces is sent to oppose them. But a dark and treacherous force is moving through the realms, and both Taran and Sullyan will feel its power. Their craft, the lives of their friends, the very existence of their realm are under threat unless they expose and oppose the evil.
- If you could go out to lunch with any literary character, which would it be? It would have to be Richard Sharpe from the Bernard Cornwell “Sharpe” series. Not only is Sean Bean (who plays Sharpe) extremely handsome, but I also based my High King Elias Rovannon on Sean’s portrayal of Richard Sharpe. I would love to find out what he thought of Elias!
- Which of your personality traits did you write into your characters? (Deliberately or accidentally) I wish I could say that Major Sullyan displays my best character traits, but if I’m honest, I will admit that those traits are the ones I WISH I possessed. Taran’s lack of confidence and tendency to put himself down are characteristics I most recognize within myself.
- Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? One of my earliest childhood memories is of going to my local library, choosing a book, and coming home to read it curled up in a chair before the fire with a few chocolates. Since then, books have always conjured feelings of security, comfort and pleasant escapism for me, and I think that’s why I first started writing – to try to recreate those feelings in books I would love to read and live through.
- Give us an insight into how your writing day/time is structured? I’m usually up around 7 a.m., have breakfast and walk the dogs. Then I sit at my laptop and read/answer emails. Because I’m also a freelance editor, if I have a client I will start on editing their work first. I have coffee midmorning, and break for lunch around 12 p.m. Then I’ll have another 2 hours or so of editing before the dogs have their second walk. More coffee follows, and then I’ll close the day by concentrating on my own writing. If I don’t have a current client, I will attend to my own writing all day.
- Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? Wow – yes! I learned what fun it is to be completely in control of your own world. That’s why I love fantasy so much – ANYTHING can happen! But I love making my worlds and characters feel as credible as possible; I want readers to imagine my characters could walk into a room at any second and be as real as you or me – only maybe more so!
- Do you have any advice for other writers? I have a panel stuck to the wall above my laptop. I can’t remember its author now, but the advice it shows has served me well. It says: “If you ever suffer moments of self-doubt, remember that every successful writer was once where you are now. Nothing is wasted. Every word you write, every page, every chapter, holds a lesson. Success may be just around the next corner, and you may be closer to it than you think. Hold the faith – you just have to keep going, keep growing, keep writing fresh words.”
Cas lives in the lovely county of Hampshire, southern UK, where she was born. On leaving school she trained for two years before qualifying as horse-riding instructor. During this time she also learned to carriage-drive. She spent thirteen years in the British Civil Service before moving to Rome, Italy, where she and her husband, Dave, lived for three years. They enjoy returning whenever they can. Cas supports many animal charities and owns two rescue dogs. She has a large collection of cacti and loves gardening. She is also a folk singer/songwriter and is currently writing and recording nine folk-style songs to accompany each of her fantasy books. You can listen to and download all the songs from her website: www.caspeace.com. See the video of her performing live at the King’s Envoy book launch here: http://www.caspeace.com/cas-peace/the-wheel-will-turn.
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Born in the eighties, her formative years in the nineties, Rebecca’s taste in music and fashion never really had a chance. Fortunately, you can’t tell these things from her writing or voice over work. Her first novel, Trespasser, is as dark as her neon is bright, and you’d never guess from hearing her that she’s narrating science fiction in nothing but unicorn pants. Currently residing in London, Rebecca is passionate about travel, and has a good- albeit sometimes dubious- ear for accents. She graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with a degree in something or other, has a background in musical theatre, a past career in burlesque, and is a classically trained opera singer. Oh, and she likes greyhounds. And wine.
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