“Dead of Winter” is here!

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Teagan Geneviene has a new book, well… a serial of monthly novelettes that will tell one epic story. And the first “journey” is now available on Amazon. I read it in one sitting and reviewed it below. But first, I had a few questions for Teagan. We didn’t spoil the read, I promise.

Dead of Winter Interview

Dead of Winter has been in the works for over a decade. Why did you wait so long to release it, and why are you publishing this story in monthly novelettes?

I had been researching and then writing Dead of Winter for a couple of years.  Then Game of Thrones premiered on HBO and used a tag-line that I had woven throughout my novel — Winter is coming!  (I talk about that nightmare in a blog post.)  That coincidence caused me to shelve my huge novel.  However, the characters and world stayed with me.  Over the next decade, I considered dividing it into a trilogy, or making it into a blog serial.  I even fantasized about it becoming an anime series.  Still, I couldn’t escape the fact that George R. R. Martin had used the phrase that was core to my story.

After his television show ended, I decided I had let that hold me back long enough.  If my phrase wasn’t new, then I would present the novel in a new way — by publishing a monthly series of novelettes, or journeys (the characters journey through their complex world).  The original manuscript is longer than 800 pages, so I think it will run for at least a year.

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The first novelette introduces the reader to Emlyn, her restrictive culture, her teacher, and her world. What aspects of the world were the most interesting for you to craft?

Emlyn’s world in Dead of Winter is not a historic fantasy.  Although it looks and sounds similar to pre-industrial Great Britain and Europe.  I also researched all the names of the many characters and places so they would be reminiscent of those places.  I’m a research geek, so I loved creating that part.  More than 200 places and characters are mentioned in the overall story.

Many of your books are fun and whimsical in nature. This one feels more serious and dangerous. Was that a deliberate decision?

There are two parts to that answer — yes and no.  The difference in style was an evolution, rather than a decision. Before I started publishing and blogging, I wrote “high fantasy” stories.  I wrote this novel back then.  During the years since, my style has progressed to the lighter things you’re used to seeing from me.  When I started writing blog serials, those brought out a strong sense of whimsy.  The whimsy was always there, but in the past, it was expressed in a more serious way.

Also, I started writing Dead of Winter in the winter of 2009 – 2010.  I had recently relocated to a place where both the climate and the culture were much colder than I had ever experienced.  A historically harsh winter, and a personal injury set the tone of Dead of Winter.

Emlyn has paranormal abilities that set her apart. Tell us a little about the magic in this world.

The “dead” are a fundamental part of Dead of Winter, but the story is more about Emlyn and her world than it is about ghosts.  How to say it?  It’s more of a story with ghosts than an actual ghost story — if that makes any sense.

As a reader who studies the work of successful mainstream authors, I learned the value of making gradual increases in magic and/or violence.  Emlyn’s ability to communicate with spirits is the main “magic” of this story, but the tale grows into other forms of magic as well.  There are also supernatural creatures and there is some “earth magic.”

Do you have a favorite character and why?

This story was in my head for years.  Many of the characters became real to me.  One favorite is Tajín, a companion for Zasha.  I definitely had a crush on Tajín.  You won’t meet him until Journey 2.  I love his personality.  His home, Bandihar, is inspired by ancient civilizations in Mexico.  I enjoyed shaping his culture and letting it help develop his personality, even his weapon.

Review of Dead of Winter, Journey One

This story will unfold in monthly installments (Journeys), and in this first novelette, the author introduces the reader to the fantasy world, to the main protagonist, Emlyn, and to a few secondary characters who impact her life. I read this Journey in about an hour.

Emlyn lives with her father and sister in a rural village where the culture is patriarchal and restrictive, with women bearing the brunt of the harsh control. This doesn’t bode well for Emlyn who has the ability to see ghosts. Osabide, Emlyn’s elderly teacher and a wise woman reminds her not to share knowledge of her gifts with anyone, because her strange skill could cost her everything, including her life.

The story is told from Emlyn’s point of view, and the reader gets glimpses of her encounters with ghosts as well as a mysterious white wolf. The novelette raises questions, and there are teasers galore, including an underlying sense of danger. An excellent start to an epic tale, recommended to readers who enjoy fantasies and want to try a different sort of reading experience. I’m looking forward to the next Journey.

Teagan’s Links

Dead of Winter Global Link

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM
Twitter: https://twitter.com/teagangeneviene
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeagansBooks
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/teagangeneviene/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoM-z7_iH5t2_7aNpy3vG-Q
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/teagangeneviene/

Happy Reading!

178 thoughts on ““Dead of Winter” is here!

  1. My goodness! There is so much I want to read, when time becomes available. 🙂. Loved the interview and this enticement!

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  3. Great interview with one pf my favorite authors!! Love Teagans’s work!! I have Journey 1 dowloaded and look forward to reading it!! And to Teagan….love the cover!!

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  4. mydangblog says:

    What a great discussion! It’s always so hard for a writer when someone more famous puts something similar out first, but everyone knows that great minds think alike!

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  5. Resa says:

    Fab interview, Diana!
    Funny how something like a phrase can be so important to a flow of creativity. “Winter is coming”…. well, great minds think alike.
    Of course I would never have known, as I am probably one of the very few who never watched Game of Thrones. It never caught my fancy.
    One thing for sure, this blog book launch is a fun journey!
    Take care!

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  6. Sarah says:

    That’s too bad about “Winter is coming” but as they say: great minds think alike. 😉 Lovely interview and all the best to Teagan!

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  7. markbierman says:

    Nice to see Teagan’s newest release on you wonderful site,Diana. I wish you all the best Teagan!

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  8. An exciting interview. Lovely to learn more about Teagan.
    A beautiful review, Diana.

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  9. Teri Polen says:

    I’m so excited to start this series – even more after reading Teagan’s interview. Awesome review, Diana – thanks for featuring Teagan!

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  10. I love short stories, novellas, and novelettes, but what a rich history serial literature has! I’ve got two stories I planned to serialize but haven’t been able to write much lately. Congratulations, Teagan, on your first journey! (Great cover.) 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Diana. Hope you’re both well.

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  11. Sounds fascinating, Teagan! A great concept (Novelettes). Great review too! Sharing…

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  12. I enjoyed the informative interview questions and answers, Diana and Teagan. Looking forward to finishing the story. Nice review, Diana! Happy reading (and writing).

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  13. What a clever way to publish. It harks back to long ago when authors published in magazines, monthly. It sounds wonderful. Good luck with this, Teagan.

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  14. Fantastic book review, Diana and I loved the cover of the book and the name too. Congrats dear Teagan. A wonderful discussion too. Thanks a lot for this lovely share.

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  15. Just put Dead of Winter into my Kindle. Can’t wait to read it. Escapism is a necessity these days, and Teagan’s stories place us into a different place/time in wonderful ways. I love her writing! Thanks, Diana.

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    • So lovely to see your name pop up, Pam. I think you’ll enjoy the start to this serial. It’s a short read and will leave you wanting more. 🙂 Yes, we need the escapism and a way to enjoy our Dead of Winter! Stay well and full of hope, my friend. Happy Reading!

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    • Hi Pam! I’m so glad you could visit. I’m honored that you’ve gotten the first “Journey.” It’s a different sort of escape from the full-on whimsy I’ve written in recent years. However, I fell in love with this world and hope you’ll like being transported there. Happy New Year and hugs on the wing!

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  16. I remember reading Teagan’s blog post about Games of Thrones’ stealing her book’s thunder. I love her idea of releasing the book as a series of novelettes instead.

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  17. Brilliant review, D. I’m really keen to start Teagan’s series (you know how much I love my fantasy) 🙂
    I SO feel for you about the Game of Thrones thing. That’s happened to me before, and it’s crippling when someone else ‘gets there first’. Good on you for forging ahead anyway!

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  18. JT Twissel says:

    It’s too bad Game of Thrones stole your tagline Teagan! I hate it when that happens! Good luck with the series – sounds intriguing.

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  19. Tara Sitser says:

    I will add my Hurrahs! and my delight in hearing about this very intruiging body of work! And I join in with the others here who have never seen Game of Thrones. Diana’s review holds much more appeal for me than any of the GOT promos ever did. As the icing on the cake, I am a big fan of the short story form. So your serial format is a gift! Looking forward to stepping into your world!

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    • I’m delighted to meet you here, Tara! Thanks for adding your non GoT voice, it’s really encouraging.
      There will be cliffhangers, although I’ll try not to leave anyone dangling *too* badly. The monthly serial/series will run for approximately a year, with volumes from 30 to 60 pages. People are reading this one so quickly, that I will aim for the higher end of that range on the future “Journeys.” Heartfelt thanks for commenting. Hugs on the wing!

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    • Thanks so much for the lovely comment, Tara, and for stopping by to cheer Teagan on. The short “journeys” sound perfect for your reading preferences, and Teagan tells a great tale. I hope that if you give the first installment a try, you enjoy it. ❤ Happy Reading!

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  20. Toni Pike says:

    Congratulations Teagan – your new book sounds fabulous and what a great review. Toni x

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  21. Super interview, Diana. So nice to see Teagan here. Excellent review too. Thanks for hosting Teagan today.

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  22. Clanmother says:

    Great book review and a most excellent follow-up discussion!

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  23. Jan Sikes says:

    What a wonderful post! I have picked up the novelette and this book is definitely on my radar, Teagan! I love the concept of it and the paranormal aspects! Thank you for hosting, Diana!

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  24. Hi Teagan, good to see you here. I took a two-week holiday break and have a slow start to come back. Your research on preindustrial Britain and Europe is fascinating and mentioned a couple hundred places and names in your first novella. Emlyn must be thrilled to find herself in your first book. Congratulations on your book launch and I just downloaded my copy.
    Thank you for hosting, Diana!

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    • Thanks so much for taking a break from your break, Miriam, and for downloading the first journey. Teagan’s research and worldbuilding is definitely impressive. I hope you enjoy the read. Now get back to relaxing. Stay well and Happy Reading. 😀

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      • You’re so good in making me laugh, Diana. It sounds like, “Go back to sleep!” I’m trying to wake up my lazy brain, started my walking yesterday, and learned a little on how to use Photoshop. The illustration of my children’s book should be done any days and I’m learning how to publish it so I could tell the formatting guy what I need from him. I pretty much know the Amazon guideline but I want to know the B&N guideline to do the hardcover. So today is studying day! 🙂
        The vaccines went off on a bumpy start. Hopefully the states put the act together to administer it. 🙂

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        • Good for you for teaching yourself the ropes, Miriam. Children’s books are a whole different animal! And yes, hopefully the vaccination procedures will start running more smoothly. I’m counting on the new administration to get take charge quickly. 🙂

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    • Miriam, it’s good to have you back in the blogosphere. Your break was well deserved and sounded lovely. Thanks so much for supporting this launch. I’m thrilled that you got the book.
      LOL, I misspoke when I said 200. When I went back to check, the overall manuscript has more than 300 names of characters and places. Ha! Not to worry, I added a list of those to the back of the book, and it will grow with each “Journey.”
      I appreciate you visiting both posts. Hugs on the wing!

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      • Your research was impressive, Teagan. Add a list to the neck of the book would be interesting. I remember reading Walter Isaacson’s book on Steve Jobs. He interviewed so many people before putting the book together, without giving the backgrounds of the people in the context which could be distracted the the flow of the biography, he listed them in the back of the book. The list in itself was an interesting read.

        Have a wonderful day!

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        • Character lists are not unheard of in high fantasy epics. Considering the monthly format I’m using I think it’s important. Since I’ll be adding to it with each “journey” (rather than publishing a master list), it won’t give any spoilers.
          Be good to you, my friend. Hugs.

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  25. Gwen M. Plano says:

    Lovely review, Diana, and equally wonderful post. I really enjoyed the interview. I finished the novella a few days ago, and now I eagerly await the next journey. Congratulations, Teagan! I’m so happy for you. 💗

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  26. I just picked up the Kindle. 🙂 I like the idea of a new, short journey each month. Hopefully I’ll find time between my writing sessions for reading! Again, wishing you success on this new release. And congrats on this new phase in your rather long journey to get this story to us!

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  27. L.K. Latham says:

    Good interview. I will be adding this series to my reading list.

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  28. balroop2013 says:

    A story that took ten years to see the limelight must have evolved well. I am intrigued by it. Thank you for sharing this Diana. Wishing you great Teagan.

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  29. Such a wonderful interview Diana. Thank you for sharing.
    xoxo

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  30. Nice interview Diana and thanks for the insights and background Teagan. Best wishes on your launch!

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  31. Thank you for sharing this wonderful review, Diana. I have this lined up to read this weekend.

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  32. Lavinia Ross says:

    A great interview of Teagan, Diane! Teagan, I wouldn’t worry about the coincidental tag line from Game of Thrones (I have not seen GoT myself, and probably won’t, too many other things to catch up on). Winter is a season that is always coming, somewhere, and is quite a reasonable and not a unique idea for anyone to work into a movie, novel or other piece of writing. Your story is what is unique, and it is very good. That is the important thing.

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  33. Such a great interview and insights! Congrats to both of you! Great interview and Great writer!👏👏 Love to see that timing is everything. Now here’s to a great launch and book sales!! ❤️🤗

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  34. Amethyst says:

    Wow. This sounds awesome. What an intriguing concept. I’m glad the author finally gets to share this story with the world.

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    • Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment. Teagan is creative on so many levels. It is wonderful that she finally gets to share the story, and we get to read it. Have a wonderful day and stay safe. Happy Reading!

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    • Thanks so much for commenting, Amethyst. I’m partial to gemstone names, and it’s lovely to meet you through Diana. Ha! It took me long enough, but “Winter” is finally here. Hugs on the wing!

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      • Amethyst says:

        Hi. Nice to meet you too. Love that name too but it’s not my real name sadly. Maybe I’ll add it in someday. I’m Adanna. I can’t wait to get the opportunity to read your work. Sounds right up my alley. Lol. Winter is finally here indeed.

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        • Yes… Diana’s title, “Lords of Chaos” came at an apt moment, sadly.
          I’ve been called a “collector of names.” Names are part of the core of our identities and influence the things we manifest in life. There’s certainly nothing wrong with adding to, altering, or completely changing one’s name. Amethyst as a gemstone is said to bring peace of mind and alleviate stress and headaches. Although, Adanna is a lovely name too! 🙂

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          • Amethyst says:

            Lol. Thank you. I just think that name is a part of me. You’re absolutely right, there is nothing wrong with altering my name. Peace of mind and alleviating stress is definitely part of my mission in life. Plus, purple is my favourite colour. 💜

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  35. Terrific review, Diana! I loved reading the interview. Great questions and answers, ladies! I’m embarrassed to say, Annika isn’t the only person who hasn’t watched Game of Thrones. I love that you wrote the story after having it whirling around in your head for so many years, Teagan. Those are often the most fun to tell!

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    • No embarrassment, Jill. And it wouldn’t matter anyway since Teagan’s story is completely different. I’m glad you enjoyed the interview and review. Thanks so much for visiting, my friend, and have a lovely day. ❤

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    • I enjoyed answering Diana’s questions, Jill — I’m delighted you enjoyed the result. Yay! Another person who didn’t watch Game of Thrones — there are many more than I ever expected! 😀 Anyhow that series finally ended, and my novel had sat on the shelf long enough. These monthly installments were how I thought it best to share it. LOL, short of some big anime producer turning it into an anime TV series. One still dreams. Hugs on the wing!

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  36. Good morning, Diana! Thanks so very much for hosting me. Your questions were fun to answer, and brought out the right things about the story. I’m honored that you added this lovely review. It helps so much that you took the extra time to post this review! Thanks for beginning my new year on a high note. Hugs on the wing!

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  37. […] I’m also visiting with the amazing Diana Wallace Peach at her blog, Myths of the Mirror.  Diana is interviewing me, and we’re having a […]

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  38. Annika Perry says:

    Diana, I’m loving your interview & review style of posts … a winning formula! 😀 Brilliant questions and review! Teagan I’m fascinated to learn about the decade long development of ‘Dead of Winter’. As for the phrase ‘winter is coming’ I must be one of the few people who has never seen The Game of Thrones so it would be new to me! What a unique way to present your book and I can see you starting a new trend within publishing! Best of luck!

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    • Thanks for stopping by Annika. I like this format too… a lot! I wish I had the time to do it with every review. Teagan has an interesting story behind this story! Lol. And I’m so glad she took the leap. It will be interesting to learn how it works. Have a lovely day, my friend, and Happy Reading. ❤

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    • Hello, Annika. I’m so excited that Diana took time to do this kind of post for me. Happily, you are one of several people who have told me that they never watched Game of Thrones. It helps me a lot to know that. I worked on developing and writing Dead of Winter for a few years. After that it sat on the shelf for the rest of a decade. Thanks for taking time to visit. Hugs on the wing!

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  39. Tessa says:

    This sounds wonderful. I can totally understand being into research ❤️. Wishing Teagan much success!

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  40. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for the review, Diana. I have the Kindle version, but a hard copy is supposed to be delivered today, so I’m waiting until I can hold it and read it after I turn all the electronics off. I have been looking forward to this first journey, and each support post makes that anticipation grow,

    I hope your year is off to a great start!

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    • I’m glad you’re getting all these teasers, Dan. You’ll enjoy the read, and then you’ll have to wait for the next! Such torture. Lol. I also enjoy Teagan’s work and wish her the best of luck with her new venture. Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

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    • Hi, Dan. Happy hump day. You are so kind about getting both versions. With people who love a paper copy in mind, I decided to make sure the “journeys” are long enough to meet the page requirement for paperbacks. This one is really slim… But I researched newsstand magazine prices, and the minimum I can charge for it, is in line with a magazine price. So that made me feel better about it. Thanks for bringing this up, so I could mention it. I appreciate you taking time to comment. Hugs on the wing!

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  41. Darlene says:

    A great interview and review of Teagan’s newest book. I am impressed with her diverse writing. Well done, Teagan.

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  42. equipsblog says:

    I love your sensitive review of Dead of Winter, Journey 1. Your questions are wonderful too. Teagan, thank you for the great answers and for fleshing out Taijin a bit more. Can’t wait to read meet him in Journey 2.

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    • Thanks so much for stopping by and continuing to support Teagan with her new venture. She does a great job of presenting her book without dropping spoilers. I’m waiting for the next journey too 🙂 Have a lovely day and Happy Reading.

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    • Good morning, Pat! Thanks for hosting me at your place, and for visiting here. That means a lot to me. What I love is that everyone is asking me different interview questions — without any prompting from me.
      Thanks for mentioning Journey 2. It goes to a neighboring village called Penllyn. Emlyn’s danger begins to escalate. So does the danger to the “society” of women who have come to the area. Have a wonderful Wednesday. Hugs on the wing!

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  43. Sounds really good, but how disappointing about “Winter is coming.” On the other hand, great minds think alike?

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    • I can understand Teagan’s mortification, Laurie, but I’m glad she sucked it up and published. Lol. This is a great start of the serial, full of hooks. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your winter! ❤

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    • Hi Laurie. I can’t describe the sensation in my head, heart, and stomach when I heard that first HBO promo for Game of Thrones. The fact that my story is completely different didn’t change a thing. A friend of mine called that kind of coincidence “the Creative One-Mind.” Thanks for taking a moment to comment. Happy New Year!

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  44. Mae Clair says:

    It’s wonderful when characters and a story have been with an author for so long and they finally get their story told. Emlyn’s encounters with ghosts–and the white wolf–sound intriguing.
    Great interview, ladies (and review). Wishing Teagan all the best!

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