Legacy of the Mask – On Tour

Legacy of the Mask Schedule

Feb 11

kickoff at Silver Dagger Book Tours

A Pinch of Bookdust

Feb 12

Kayden McLeod, Author

All Things Dark & Dirty    

Feb 14

SE Lindberg  – GUEST POST

Feb 15

Bedazzled By Books

The Book Dragon

Feb 16

Insane Books

The Bookshelf Fairy

Feb 17

Musings From An Addicted Reader  

Twisted Book Ramblings

Feb 18

@theenchantedshelf

Westveil Publishing   

Feb 19

Scrupulous Dreams

Book Corner News and Reviews

Feb 20

R Tran Books – GUEST POST

A Wonderful World of Words – GUEST POST

Feb 21

Tina Donahue – Heat with Heart  

Feb 22

Sadie’s Spotlight

Literary Gold

Feb 23

Midnight Book Reader

Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

Feb 24

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Books, Authors, Blogs   

Feb 25

IndiePowerd by No Sweat Graphics

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Feb 26

Lady Hawkeye   

Feb 27

Writing Dreams

Feb 28

Drako’s Den

Mar 1

Books all things paranormal and romance

Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read   

Mar 2

Craving Lovely Books   

Why I Can’t Stop Reading  

Mar 3

Girl with Pen

Inside the Insanity – GUEST POST

Mar 4

Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’   

The Faerie Review

Mar 5

Sylv.net   

Teatime and Books  

Mar 8

eBook Addicts

The Sexy Nerd ‘Revue’

Mar 9

4covert2overt ☼ A Place In The Spotlight ☼ – GUEST POST

Chapters through life

Mar 10

Books A-Brewin’ – GUEST POST

❧Defining Ways❧

Mar 11

Valerie Ullmer | Romance Author

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2020 Writing Round-up

I had all sorts of plans in 2020. Didn’t everyone? 

Stress does not help with the writing process. Some people thrive on stress – I am not one of those people. I looked at my writing plan and knew I hadn’t fulfilled it. However when I investigated further – it was not as bad as I thought.

10 Bundles – not quite one a month 

Here Be Elves

Here Be Brave New Worlds

Here Be Aliens

Light Beyond the Storm Box Set 

Blood on the Cobbles

Angels and Demons

Rainbow Romance

Here Be Pirates 

Here Be Trolls

Here be Zombies

Also Heroika Skirmishers

Print edition of Dark Tales and Twisted Verses, several large print editions and many translation editions. 

I’ve finished a course on Editing and Proofreading, and 19 work-related courses.

Editing for Perseid Press and some freelance editing.

I now have a Fiverr profile.

All things considered, not too shoddy.

In 2021 I plan to finish a couple of novellas, get some more translations sorted, find more editing clients and continue learning Photoshop.

Tears and Crimson Velvet – Short Story winner 2020

Tears and Crimson Velvet has won best Short Story for 2020 on the NN Light Book Heaven reviewer site.

https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/post/2020-nnlight-book-award-winners 

See the comments from the site below

Tears and Crimson Velvet by A.L. Butcher

Someone haunts the Opera House and while Madam Giry tries to keep her distance when the hauntings turn to murder, she knows she must act. Will she finally break her silence about what is going on or will she do what is necessary to protect those she loves?

For fans of Phantom of the Opera, this is a must-read. A.L. Butcher weaves a masterful story filled with emotion, angst, mystery, and murder. I do believe Gaston Leroux would consider this variation on his immortal tale a wonderful addition to his work, The Phantom of the Opera.

In the original story, Madam Giry is a mysterious character and the reader is left wondering whose side she’s on. Christine’s? Erik’s? In this tale, Butcher takes us inside the mind of Madam Giry and what she knows about the hauntings and the Phantom himself.

A brilliant short story that tore my heart out. Highly recommend!

Madame Giry finds herself embroiled in the tragedy unfolding at the Opera house; mystery and murder stalk the corridors and, it is said, a ghost haunts the place. Giry knows the truth, for she recalls the caged man she met so many years ago. This is her story, their story.

When murder and mystery begin at the Opera House one woman knows who is behind it, and what really lies beneath the mask. Secrets, lies and tragedy sing a powerful song in this ‘might have been’ tale.

https://books2read.com/TearsandCrimson

Tears and Crimson Velvet – NN Light Awards – Finalist

Hurrah! I am delighted to announce Tears and Crimson Velvet is a finalist in the NN Light Book Heaven category for short stories in 2020

https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/post/2020-nnlight-book-awards-finalists

 

Madame Giry finds herself embroiled in the tragedy unfolding at the Opera house; mystery and murder stalk the corridors and, it is said, a ghost haunts the place. Giry knows the truth, for she recalls the caged man she met so many years ago. This is her story, their story.

When murder and mystery begin at the Opera House one woman knows who is behind it, and what really lies beneath the mask. Secrets, lies and tragedy sing a powerful song in this ‘might have been’ tale.

A short, tragic tale based on characters from Phantom of the Opera.


A Legacy of the Mask Tale.

https://books2read.com/TearsandCrimson

Dirty Dozen Author Interview – L. J. Kerry – Dystopian/New Adult

Author name: L.J. Kerry

Are you a ‘pantser’ or a ‘plotter’? I’m definitely a ‘pantser’

What piece of advice do you wish you’d had when you started your publishing journey? Don’t give up, self-publishing is an option if no literary agents want you.

What are your views on authors offering free books? Do you believe, as some do, that it demeans an author and his or her work? To each their own to be honest. I don’t think it demeans an author’s work, I find this can entice somebody to actually purchase a book and some do see it as a marketing magnet.

How do you deal with bad reviews? It depends on the review’s content. If it is a critical review that can help me grow as a writer, I will take those comments on board and implement them into future work. However, if it doesn’t help me as an author I ignore it.

How much research do you do for your work? What’s the wildest subject you’ve looked at? I do a lot of research for my books, it takes a huge majority of my time. The wildest subject I’ve looked at is how much weight a bird’s nest can hold before it breaks, turns out not that much.

What’s the best advice you’ve received about writing/publishing? Just write. Ignore it if it’s bad you’ll clean it up later.

What’s the worst piece of advice you’ve received about writing/publishing? Don’t pay for an editor.

Tell us about your latest piece? My debut novel LISTED is a New Adult Dystopian novel about Judas Wells defying his country’s ruthless regime to rescue Nadine Ellis from her execution. This leads them both into a desperate situation and a fight for their survival.

What’s your next writing adventure? My next writing adventure is LISTED’s sequel REBOUND. Following on from the events of book one, my main characters are finding the past repeating itself but with a much more sinister twist.

With the influx of indie authors do you think this is the future of storytelling? Definitely, especially with the recent loss of publishing houses making competition in the traditional world even more difficult. Hopefully in the future we can see more indie authors in bookstores.

Are indie/self published authors viewed with scepticism or wariness by readers? Why is this? Yes self/published authors are viewed with a lot of skepticism and I think that is because of the stereotype that we publish poor-quality books that are either cheesy, and riddled with errors. I know there is a large majority of the poor-quality work in the self-publishing world but there are some self-published works which challenge traditional publishing.

Is there a message in your books? There is light in a dark time

Links

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram – @ljkerrybooks

Website: www.ljkerrybooks.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20632594.L_J_Kerry

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/l-j-kerry

Bio

L.J. Kerry was born and raised in Sheffield, England. She has always loved to read and write from a young age, some of her favourite genres are Urban Fantasy and Dystopia.

Now living in Derbyshire, England. L.J. Kerry likes to spend her free time (aside from reading or writing) playing video games, travelling and learning new languages/cultures.

The Light Beyond the Storm – Large Print Edition

The Third Edition Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles Book I is now available in Large Print format – currently on Amazon only – but should aggregate to the Barnes and Noble online store in a few weeks.

In a dark world where magic is illegal, and elves are enslaved a young elven sorceress runs for her life from the house of her evil Keeper. Pursued by his men and the corrupt Order of Witch-Hunters she must find sanctuary. As the slavers roll across the lands stealing elves from what remains of their ancestral home the Witch-Hunters turn a blind eye to the tragedy and a story of power, love and a terrible revenge unfolds.

18 rated. Amazon, Audible, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and more on the link below.

In a dark world beset by tyranny and lies can love and magic entwined bring freedom? A dark adult fantasy with sizzling sorcery, romance and revenge.

Amazon.Com Large print
Amazon UK large print

L’ULTIMA FORESTA – Last Forest Italian Edition

Quando gli umani arrivano per abbattere l’ultima foresta, hanno una brutta sorpresa

Un racconto sull’ira della natura

Tweets: #Fantasy #Darkfantasy #distopico #racconto

https://books2read.com/LultimaForesta-LastForestItalian

Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08L7ZCMTG

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08L7ZCMTG

British Legends – Goram and Vincent #Giants #Bristol Myth

The South West of Britain has many striking geological features – The rivers Severn and Avon, the Avon Gorge not least among them. As with many of such wonders there are myths aplenty surrounding their creation (nothing as mundane as ice – ages, glacial flow and tectonic movement). Giants were a common creature often blamed of tasked with the creation of these natural phenomena, and if the amount of myths about them are anything to go by the giants were plentiful, drunken and of a mind to fighting.

Here is the tale of Goram and Ghyston-Vincent – two brother giants who have left their legacy in the culture of Bristol, if not, in fact the scenery.

Goram and Ghyston (Vincent)

The most widespread version of this myth claims the Giant brothers Goram and Ghyston (later known as Vincent) were both enamoured of the lady Avona (who bears the name of the local river – the Avon – which is a story in itself). Avona offered herself to whichever one could drain the lake which once existed between Bradford-on-Avon (neighbouring county of Wiltshire), and Bristol.

Taking up the challenge Goram decided to dig a channel through the limestone hills via Henbury, and Vincent opted for a route just south of Clifton.

Goram, (in one version) finding the work hard and hot downed prediguos quantities of ale (did he take it with him? Do Giants have public houses or make their own?) and fell asleep in his favourite stone chair.

Ghyston-Vincent – the better planner – paced himself and completed his channel – leaving is with the narrow gorge at Hazel Brook, and the Avon Gorge, through which the River Avon now flows. On completion the waters roared into the Severn, leaving only a trickle for the Hazel Brook.

Upon waking the Giant Goram, was upset at losing the affections of the Lady Avona, and stamped his foot in a pit – leaving the Giant’s Footprint in the woodland above the Henbury Gorge, in what is now the Blaise Estate. He was so upset he threw himself into the Severn Estuary, leaving behind Steep Holm island (his head) and Flat Holm island (his shoulder).

Goram’s lake, near Henbury, was supposedly created when Goram stamped his giant foot, and the smaller lake is Goram’s Soapdish. Goram’s Chair is comprised of two flat topped walls of solid rock sticking out from the cliff-face – they look a lot like the arms of a comfy chair.

It’s not surprising he lost – it sounds like he’d been busy creating these other features as well as wooing the ladies.

Ghyston-Vincent wed Avona and named the gorge after her.

In some versions Goram was lazy and stopped for drinkies…

Other versions of the tale

A second version of the legend says the brothers were working together and Goram fell asleep and was felled by an accident blow from Ghyston-Vincent’s pickaxe. A variation of this says the giants were sharing a pickaxe for the work, and Goram was slain when he was resting when his brother threw him the axe. Giants throwing tools and rocks to or at one another are common British myths to explain monoliths.

Ghyston-Vincent then completed the work alone, going on to complete other stone-works such as the Stanton Drew Stone Circles in remorse and later returned to his cave and died from grief and exhaustion.

Yet another version states only Goram built the Gorge and there is no mention of Vincent. Goram, having completed the work fell over an iron-age barrow and plunged into the Severn Estuary.

A similar legend tells of a giant named Gorm threw rocks at his rival, and one particularly large one fell short, thus becoming Druid Stoke.

Goram was buried beneath the barrow tumulus at Charnborough Hill – although there is not much left of the barrow now.

Transmission of the legend

The oldest version known is found in Britannia (1586) by William Camden, later reworked by Thomas Chatterton writing as Rowley the monk. Another version appears in Robert Atkyns History of Gloucestershire) in 1712.

The name Vincent may reflect that at the narrowest point of the Avon Gorge there was an ancient hermitage and chapel dedicated to St Vincent. In another version of the story Vincent is known as Ghyston, which is the name of the whole cliff-face of the Avon Gorge from at least the mid-fifteenth century. Vincent’s cave is also known as Ghyston Cave, or the Giant’s Hole.

The name Goram may have come from Iseult’s father, the King of Ireland, in the early romance of Tristran and Iseult. ‘Gorm’ is Irish for blue or ‘dark-skinned.

‘Vincent’ as a first name arrived in about the 13th Century, and became popular as a result of St Vincent the Deacon, however it is unclear whether the Clifton hermit was called Vincent and became associated with the saint, or that St Vincent became known in Bristol due to trading links with Portugal and Spain (St Vincent is the patron saint of Lisbon and vintners).

Legacy of the Legend

Blaise Castle and Estate use the legend of Goram widely, including hosting a funfair bearing Goram’s name. There is a Giant Goram pub in the area, a smokehouse restaurant called the Goram and Vincent, and even an Enterprise level E-commerce company bearing the name.

There is also a website and collection of kids’ books about Goram and Vincent/Ghyston.

There are walking tours and other tourist attractions based on the myth.

There is a carved Giant’s head at Ashton Gate, and in the Middle Ages a turfwork portrayed Ghyston’s head. Ghyston’s Cliff is in Avon Gorge.

A bit about the area

The Avon Gorge is a mile and half long and runs through a limestone ridge about 1.5 miles west of the centre of Bristol. It’s been used in the defence of the city. It is spanned by the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The gorge spanned 700 feet wide and 300 feet deep.

The gorge is mainly limestone and sandstone – it is believed to have been caused by glaciation during the Anglian Ice Age, and the limestone carries fossils from the Carboniferous Age 350m years ago. The Iron Age Dobunni tribe are believed to have dwelled in the area and there are the remains of three Iron-Age hill forts. (A variation of the myth held that the Giant Ghyst built the forts).

There are over twenty rare plant species that grow in the gorge and two unique species of trees, the rare peregrine falcons have returned to nest there since the 1990s. Much of it is a Site of Scientific Special Interest.

Check out the post from Anthony Adolph – broadcaster who gives a wonderful account of the stories. https://anthonyadolph.co.uk/somerset-giants/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goram_and_Vincent

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/leigh-woods/features/the-avon-gorge-in-medieval-mythology

Lágrimas y terciopelo carmesí

Madam Giry se ve envuelta en la tragedia desarrollándose en la Casa de la Ópera; misterio y asesinato acechan los corredores y, se dice, que un fantasma embruja el lugar. Giry sabe la verdad, pues recuerda al joven enjaulado que conoció tantos años atrás. Esta es su historia, la historia de ambos.
Cuando misterios y asesinatos comienzan a ocurrir en la Casa de la Ópera, una mujer sabe quién está detrás de todo, y lo que realmente hay detrás de la máscara. Secretos, mentiras y tragedia cantan una poderosa canción en esta reimaginación de la mítica historia.
Una corta y trágica historia basada en los personajes del Fantasma de La Ópera.

https://books2read.com/TCVSpanishTCV Spanish front

¡Bienvenido al blog de la Biblioteca de Erana!

¡Bienvenido al blog de la Biblioteca de Erana! Este es el blog del autor británico de fantasía y fantasía histórica A. L. Butcher.

Aquí encontrarás detalles de mis títulos actualmente disponibles en el idioma español. Todos los títulos están disponibles en inglés y muchos de ellos en otros idiomas, incluyendo italiano, portugués y francés. Si estás interesado en un título en particular que no está disponible en tu idioma, por favor, no dudes en enviarme un mensaje y me encargaré de hacerte saber si este libro es posible que sea traducido.

Todos los libros están disponibles como libros electrónicos en el enlace universal – que le llevará a su tienda preferida y algunos están disponibles como copias impresas.

Gracias por su interés y espero que disfrutes de las historias.

KitchenImps cover - Spanish Edition

Los diablillos de la cocina y otras historias lúgubres

Una colección de historias cortas y oscuras

Diablillos traviesos, calcetines extraviados, ladrones astutos, y dioses sorprendidos integran esta colección de cuentos cortos de ficción fantástica. Seis historias cortas llenas de travesuras y caos.

#ficción, #diablillo, #imp, #ficcion, #imps, #diablillos,  #cuentos cortos, #historias cortas,

https://books2read.com/KI-Spanish-Los-diablillos-de-la-cocina

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/los-diablillos-de-la-cocina-y-otras-historias-l-gubres-a-l-butcher/1137219697

https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1520012989

https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/los-diablillos-de-la-cocina-y-otras-historias-lugubres

Last Forest Spanish Cover

Cuando los humanos vienen a talar el último bosque, se llevan una desagradable sorpresa.
Un corto y oscuro cuento de fantasía sobre la ira de la naturaleza.

https://books2read.com/ElUltimoBosque

TalesErana cover SpanishPB front

 

https://books2read.com/Cuentos-de-Erana-mitos-y-leyendas-Spanish

En un mundo donde la magia es ilegal y los elfos son esclavos, ¿te atreverás a escuchar los cuentos de antaño? Cinco cuentos místicos, de magia y monstruos.

La luna sobre el agua: la historia de amor entre una diosa y un guerrero y la terrible maldición que trajo.

El cuento de Treyna, la amada: cuando dos dioses rivales ansían a la misma mortal, hasta los cielos se retuercen de magia.

El hijo de la tormenta: un solitario mago encuentra compañía en una criatura de la tormenta, pero la magia cuesta un precio, ¿cuál será?

El frasco azul: una lección que hay que escuchar atentamente porque, de lo contrario, se cometerá un error embarazoso.

La leyenda de Oeliana: la historia de una ninfa y un sapo, magia invocada por celos y deudas pagadas.

 

Watcher SPANISH COVER

https://books2read.com/el-observador

Es el año 1888 y el lugar es Whitechapel, en el corazón de Londres. Un corazón que sangra. Un misterioso asesino acecha a las mujeres de la calle, su verdadero nombre es desconocido pero su leyenda pasará a la historia. Este es un relato acerca de Jack el Destripador.

Outside the Walls SPANISH FRONT

https://books2read.com/Fuera-de-los-Muros-Spanish

Cuando la guerra llegue a sus puertas, ¿quiénes sucumbirán ante la catástrofe? Una historia corta sobre la determinación de una mujer durante tiempos de guerra

Ganadora del premio “Chill with a Book” otorgado por Chill Awards.