Monday, August 28, 2017

Virtual Tour + #Giveaway: The Chronicles of Alcinia by Miriam Newman @miriamnewman @GoddessFish



The Chronicles of Alcinia
by Miriam Newman
GENRE: Historical fantasy


BLURB:


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.


Excerpt:

There is a place between death and life where the souls of our loved ones dwell, trapped or perhaps assigned.  I know, for I have seen it.

There was much left unsaid between us and perhaps that is why I first saw the shade of my father.  What can be said between a King who barters his daughter and a daughter who seeks to overthrow her father?  It was the same with us in that place as it had been in life and the ghost of my father did not speak.

Mother was there, too, a pale remnant of the Queen whose poor tortured heart failed her on the night Tumagis defeated the men of Alcinia at Landsfel.

The one person I did not see was Sergius.  Of course, my husband had not worshipped the Goddess of Alcinia but his own Omani gods, yet I do not think that was the reason.  In my heart, I believe he had gone to Arianya.  I was the wife of his middle years and the one who gave him children.  She was the wife of his youth…his first love.  Even at his graveside, I had whispered to her spirit to care for him, and I think that she came to Sergius Magistri.


Interview with Miriam Newman


What inspired you to write The Chronicles of Alcinia?

The first book of my trilogy, titled The King’s Daughter, literally came to me in a dream.  It was such a persistent dream that I knew it had to come out on paper, and so it did.  The vivid scene I had envisioned on so many nights became the focal point of the first part of the story.  One dream is all it took.  That’s a commentary on life.


Can you tell us a little bit about the next books in The Chronicles of Alcinia or what you have planned for the future? 

The Chronicles of Alcinia already contains my first three historical fantasies:  The King’s Daughter, Heart of the Earth and Ice Maiden.  My next work, which isn’t a part of this series, is Dark Child, a Bardic-style retelling of the old Irish legend called Deirdre of the Sorrows.


Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in The Chronicles of Alcinia? 

There are many in the series—it’s an epic work.  But everything begins with Tia of Alcinia, the  King’s daughter who is sold into slavery from her native land.  She is frankly a spoiled brat at the beginning of the series, but you can see her potential as a woman deeply in service to her country and determined to save it by whatever means.  The means to that end is Sergius Magistri, a reputedly mad general who nevertheless rescues her from a savage beating .  Discovering a genuine nobility in him, Tia is hard put the maintain the hatred she initially feels for him and ultimately the deep love he has for Tia is the salvation of her land.


You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why? 

T.H. White who wrote The Once and Future King is an absolute genius of fantasy and whimsy.  He was very much an influence on my writing. 


If you could time-travel would you travel to the future or the past? Where would you like to go and why would you like to visit this particular time period? 

Oh, the past, the past.  Although I have written science fiction and enjoy it, I feel my roots in the history of this planet.  I would love to travel in time to the era when Vikings were contributing to what would become the very early Medieval Era in England.  It was a time of high drama, intrigue and political maneuvering that set the stage for much of our current Western civilization.


Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?

Too many!  I have been involved for many years in animal rescue and have fostered and adopted out numerous dogs and cats and the occasional horse.  Right now I have two hounds, a Border Collie mix, a shepherd mix and a pit bull, as well as a cat someone dumped here in the middle of winter.  I found her in my barn about to have kittens (which unfortunately did not survive) and she is still here.  My last horse just died at the ripe old age of thirty-three.  Right now I am taking a break from barn work, which I’ve been doing for fifty years.


Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit with us today.

Thank you for asking me.


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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Giveaway:

$20 Amazon or B/N GC




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29 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Unknown said...

Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

Miriam Newman said...

Good morning and thank you, Avid Reader, for hosting my new release. I am really excited about this book, which contains all three of The Chronicles of Alcinia in one book. Although I work an evil day job, I will be checking in and happy to chat with readers. Good luck winning in the giveaway and I look forward to meeting new friends.

Kemberlee said...

Miriam has a wonderful voice. I always enjoy her work.

James Robert said...

Congrats on the tour and thank you for the excerpt and giveaway.

Mitzi said...

I just got my Kindle edition of the trilogy. I can't wait to start it.

Miriam Newman said...

Thanks, everyone, for visiting and for your comments. Mitzi, so glad to hear you got your copy. Knowing how much you love the history of Roman Britain, I think this one was made for you!

Victoria Alexander said...

Great post, I love the cover! Thanks for sharing :)

Rita Wray said...

I liked the blurb. Sounds like a great read.

Dale Wilken said...

I enjoyed the excerpt very much thank you.

Pat McDermott said...

Wonderful interview, Miriam. I thoroughly enjoy your writing, and I'm delighted to see your "Chronicles" trilogy bundled together. Best of the best.

Miriam Newman said...

Thanks to everyone who has visited and commented. Yes, I was beyond thrilled with that cover. This one is my "book of the heart" and it reflected my feelings perfectly. Although I created my own world, it draws on the history of Roman Britain, Viking history and Celtic myths and legends. History freak that I am, I had an absolutely wonderful time writing it!

Bernie Wallace said...

Who is your favorite literary character. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

Pamela Seres said...

Thank you for hosting best selling DCL author Miriam Newman. Her novels are enthralling and everyone at the castle enjoys working with her. She also donates her time and money to a NJ animal shelter. He DCL novel RESCUE has all the royalties to the shelter. Great writer and one of the most generous loving people I know.

Cali W. said...

Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. :)

Miriam Newman said...

Nice to see some familiar faces and thanks for the kind words. As far as my favorite literary character, I have to admit I am a King Arthur devotee. From my first reading of The Once and Future King, I think I have read most literary works about Arthur and a great deal of history and archeology as well. It's a fascinating period.

Miriam Newman said...

It was great seeing old friends and new faces, this is what blog tours should be! You are appreciated, Avid Reader, for your beautiful presentation. Calling it a night now and hoping everyone has a good one.

James Robert said...

Here I am again, back to say thanks for the chance at winning.Have a great day!

Mary Preston said...

This sounds like an interesting world.

James Robert said...

Happy Hump Day! I sure appreciate you offering us such great giveaways to win. Thanks for all you do!

Gwendolyn Jordan said...

Congrats

James Robert said...

Another week going by so quickly. Enjoy your day, make it special and thank you for the giveaway.

James Robert said...

TGIF, have yourself an awesome day! Thanks again for the giveaway and opportunity to win it.

James Robert said...

Hello and Happy Saturday. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this giveaway.

James Robert said...

Have a fun and relaxing Sunday and thanks for bringing us this giveaway.

James Robert said...

Hello and Happy Monday! Hope it's a great one and thanks for the chance at winning.

James Robert said...

Hope you're having an amazing day and anyone that will be in the track of Hurricane Irma, stay safe. Thanks for the giveaway and chance at winning.

James Robert said...

I am back to once again say thank you for the chance at winning. I sure appreciate it.

James Robert said...

Happy Friday! Have a good one and thanks for the chance at winning.

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