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Sunday, 13 July 2014

I didn't want Stone Lord to be another "Mists of Avalon"

By The Historical Novel Society

"Stone Lord’s highly original premise takes the legend of King Arthur back into prehistory to the early Bronze Age. This inspired choice allows the author to place some of the anomalies of the legend, such as the reference to Merlin being responsible for the building of Stonehenge and the story of the sword in the stone, into a very plausible historical and archaeological context."


This is a Guest Post I did for Dennis's site awhile ago talking about how I came up with the Stone Lord series. 

"...Sadly, British prehistory is rather neglected as a fictional subject. Once the Romans come into the picture this changes and novels and movies abound, ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. But earlier periods–only a handful of novel exist. People seem afraid to write in this era, and when they do often seem to fall into the fantasy trap of fluffy mysticism, aliens, or Atlanteans..."

Full 'Eternal Idol' Guest Post HERE - http://www.eternalidol.com/?p=11794

At the Swallowhead Spring at WKLB, near Avebury. - J.P.R

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Friday, 4 July 2014

WIN A COPY OF MY BEST-SELLING STONEHENGE NOVEL.


In co-operation with GOODREADS, I am offering one lucky person in the U.K a chance to win a copy of MOON LORD, the sequel to the best-seller, STONE LORD.

GOOD LUCK! 




Wednesday, 2 July 2014

NEW KING RICHARD III NOVEL, "SACRED KING" - Black Annis / Thomas the Rhymer

Great news! I've now completed my Richard III fantasy novella, "Sacred King."

I have to do the editing, then the historical notes, but I plan to release it for the Anniversary of Bosworth Field.

I have decided to release this in paperback as well as e-book, available via Amazon and other stores.
The paperback might take a little longer to hit the shelves.

Sacred King takes place in the weeks approaching Bosworth and its aftermath, using folklore connected with the battle itself, the Prophecies of Thomas the Rhymer, and local Leicestershire folklore. Notably Black Annis.

It's a redemption tale, a modern version of Dante's Inferno, with a hint of Plowman and Pilgrim's Progress.

Loyaltie Me Lie!

J.P.R


SACRED KING - RICHARD III : Sinner, Sufferer, Scapegoat & Sacrifice 
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Saturday, 21 June 2014

Happy Summer Solstice, from Stonehenge

"... The warriors of Ardhu Pendraec rejoiced, and so did the people of God's Peak, the Spiralfort of the good God Dag and his Son. People danced around the stone circle through the day and night, and beakers were filled, drunk and smashed. Offerings were given in the pit circle and to the maiden of the Holy Chalice and her chosen one, Gal'havad, winner of the Cup of Gold.
The folk of Ibherna came from all around, climbing up the terraced hillside from the river, to gift them with fruit and wheatsheafs and to give Ivormyth ancestral gifts to take to her own home in Prydn, the Isle of the Mighty - Barrel shaped beads and schist plaques of jaedite, a miniature axehead pendant and two polished balls for fertility."

Extracts from "Moon Lord"

HAPPY SOLSTICE! 

Dan Rendell. Stonehenge Summer Solstice 2014


Sunday, 8 June 2014

New story for Midsummer!

" ... A short story set in the modern era, around the time of Midsummer. A young couple go on a tour of some ancient sites in the South West of Britain. All seems happy, communing with the spirits of those places, feeling the earth energies beneath their feet, but when the girl starts acting as if she's been there before but in another time, things take on a sinister turn."

A short sketch, very much in the style of Roald Dahl's "Tales of the Unexpected," and from the author of "The Stone Lord Saga, Dance of the Dead, and The Winter Witch and the Krampus."



NOW FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME HERE



Saturday, 7 June 2014

STONEHENGE SOLSTICE BOOK SIGNING


HAPPILY I WILL ONCE AGAIN BE SIGNING AT STONEHENGE VISITORS CENTRE GIFT SHOP, HOPEFULLY DISPLAYING REPLICA ARTEFACTS INCLUDING;
 SARSEN & BLUESTONE, JEWELRY, FLINT AND BRONZE WEAPONS, BEAKER POTS AND OTHER ARTEFACTS IMPORTANT AT THE TIME OF STONEHENGE. 

I'D LIKE TO THANK ENGLISH HERITAGE FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF MY WORK.

HAPPY SOLSTICE! 

J.P.R

Monday, 2 June 2014

NEW LOW PRICE FOR KINDLE EDITION


*** NEW***  LOW PRICE FOR KINDLE COPIES OF MOON LORD ... 

NOW JUST £2.15 IN THE U.K AND EQUIVALENT ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD!


"a prehistoric tour-de-force..."

"One of the best and most original Arthurian fiction books I've read in years..."



Wednesday, 14 May 2014

The Last Enchantment: R.I.P Mary Stewart


I was saddened to hear of the recent death of Arthurian novelist, Mary Stewart
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/obituaries/article4089900.ece

Though not a direct influence on my Arthurian series, I think any Arthurian reader won't have not read and found delight in her classic novels.
She was one of the original grand-mothers of modern Arthurian literature. Her books are among my top five, and possibly the first I'd read where you don't have a mock-medieval Arthur.

Instead, we have a gritty, Dark Age setting. In this respect, she would have been one of my very first inductions into the world of paganism, too. It was her vivid descriptions of The Shrine of Nodens that resonated with me, and indeed seems to be one of those magical places that seems to affect like-minded folk, including JRR Tolkien.

Mary also wrote the first book that had Mordred as a main, sympathetic character. Some will not find my Mordred very sympathetic, however I do hope that I have managed to create a character that one can have some sympathy for, despite his many failings.

Indirectly, the character can be traced back to Mary Stewart as there were very few portrayals depicting him as a main player, let alone any where he is anything more than the antithesis of evil, against Arthur's good.

J.P.R