What's in store for our young band of archers next? That would be telling. But the year is 1347. That's when the Black Death hit Belgium. This second volume in the series will be going into production as soon as JOURNEYS hits the market.
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The plot thickens, new characters join the mix, and a few old ones return when they're least expected! Join the Journeys as they head back into another year of competitions. This volume is still being written, but it's nearing completion!
Saint Sebastian by Gerrit van Hornthorst, 1623, in the National Gallery, London. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.
The exciting (hopefully!) conclusion to the Archers of Saint Sebastian series. Will there be a happy ending? If you ask Gilles, I'm sure he'll say "I positively guarantee it!" This one's all plotted, and ready to be put to paper once MASTERS is completed.
These are all ideas for my next project, once I've finished off ARCHERS.
Set in 15th century Tuscany, this one will be about rival fencing schools whose members duel after dusk to defend their masters' honor. Think ARCHERS, but with swords and Renaissance Italy.
She writes romances. He writes whodunits. They both love opera; in fact, they're both writing books in which all the incidents follow the plots of operas. So it's ironic that as they are thrown together in a series of escapades neither of them recognizes that their story together follows all the great operas much more closely than anything either of them is writing.
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Chloe's Classicist/ archaeologist father drowned in a mysterious accident. What's strange about it is that he washed up on shore wearing nothing but a bathrobe. Chloe's mother is a scholar of Greek religion who specializes in reconstructing the rites of Dionysus - when she's not seducing her graduate students, who all seem to be gorgeous. If you know your Greek mythology, you can guess what happens next... this is a modern Oresteia, with a maenadic twist.
Lily's taking a college-credit plus class in ancient magic. So everyone already knows she's a nerd, even before her humiliating oral book report, in which she confesses to the whole class that she's a hopeless romantic. But her problems only really start when someone leaves a copy of Strassburg's Tristan on her desk, no doubt as a joke - and she accidently casts a dream-sending spell that makes her wake up each morning as Isolde, back in medieval Ireland....
What's so bad about that? Well, the dream is amazingly realistic, and she's about to be married to king Mark of Cornwall. He's unlikely to care that she's a virginal high school student. And then there's that other part of the story - about the love potion-induced passion for his nephew, Tristan. Lily's got to figure out how to stop the dream before she's trapped in the past forever. To do that, she's got to figure out which of her classmates by day is Tristan by night.
I'm dabbling with the idea of dipping into my own field and writing something set in the world of Greek myth and magic. One possibility would be follow Kallisto, Orestes, and Hippolytus, as they travel to the big 3 Greek necromantic sanctuaries, to try to lift curses hanging over them by facing the furies of those wronged by them or their families. I might need to throw in one more, just to disprove Vergil's phrase facilis descensus Averno. Who knows? Perhaps Orpheus will make a cameo.