The Bridge Between Yesterday and Tomorrow – Release Day!

Today my first short story will see the light of day. The Bridge Between Yesterday and Tomorrow.

Pianist Donna Verdell kindly provided the music for this book trailer. When it’s Raining – from the collection Songs of Summer.

The Bridge is inspired on my time in Sweden. I visit regularly as my family-in-law lives there. The Dalarna area is just so beautiful, so magical, it’s not hard to imagine a world beyond our vision, our knowledge. A world of trolls. Not scary looking trolls, but different. From us, anyway.
Eydis is such a troll. She’s a girl who falls in love with a human boy. As we’re not supposed to know trolls exist, you can see how this is going to be a problem.

Writing a short-story has been a real challenge for me. How to create a whole world and fascinating characters with just a few words? Jack Croxall has been a true inspiration. His short stories X and Dylan blew me away! They are so well-written and captivating, you just want to know more!

I wanted to create that same feeling. Of wanting more. At least it worked for me. I got so sucked into the world of Eydis, I think there’s definitely a larger story to be told. I’m not done with her world. Not saying there’s a Lord of the Rings in there, but definitely more, yes.

I truly hope you will feel the same. A big thank you goes out to my editor for The Bridge, the amazing Pam Elise Harris, you totally rock! If you have a minute, be sure to check out her own works. 

This book is also something of a family effort. I’m very proud of the cover, which was drawn by my own cousin Trudy v/d Bosch-Veldkamp. The poem featuring in The Bridge was made by my other cousin Tom van der Vlies. He just nailed the feeling I wanted to describe in the book. What was really special is that he wrote about a heart-shaped emerald in his poem without even knowing I’d actually written something along those lines in the book! How’s that for magic! The poem in Midwinter under the Bridge was created by me. Last but not least, my own husband, Maarten Bastiaan – a goldsmith – created the ring Eydis receives from her father. The emerald ring.


You can order The Bridge here from Amazon. UK or US in paperback or e-book.

And without further ado, here’s the cover! Yule blessings, happy holidays and a magical new year! X

Blurb

“Hello human child. My name is Eydis. I’m a troll-girl who’s in big trouble. You see, I’ve fallen for one of your kind. A human boy. Talib. He’s just so nice – I can’t stay away from him. If my father finds out though, I don’t know what will happen. Humans are not supposed to know we exist and I just broke the rules. Oh, did I mention he’s also the king and I’m heir to the throne? Yes – like I said. Big trouble.” 

Deep in the woods, below the rocks and in the caves, there lies a world unknown to us. They are part of our stories though. Part of our heritage, our legends and myths. Trolls. However, they might not be what you expect them to be. What if you meet one of them? Would you believe your eyes? Would you be brave enough to follow them? To go on an adventure?

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The Work-In-Progress Blog Tour

My lovely and talented author friend D.M. Cain nominated me for this work-in-progress blog challenge. The idea is that we reveal something about our work-in-progress, link back to the person who nominated us and in turn nominate a further four people to continue the chain.

D.M. Cain is the author of The Phoenix Project and the upcoming A Chronicle of Chaos. I wrote the following about The Phoenix Project:

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The Phoenix Project by D.M. Cain has caught me by surprise. While one might argue there are elements in the book not unknown to us and may remind the reader of The Hunger Games or a really depressing episode of Prison Break, The Phoenix Project brings us political and religious views that are new and refreshing.

We follow Raven as he deals with life in prison, the dreadful Phoenix Project. He lives in a society where religion is outlawed and criminals are put away in a prison to fight to the death, fights that are broadcasted live, for all our nation to see. Raven is filled with self-loathing and you can’t help but wonder what it is that got him landed there in the first place. He wants to die, but doesn’t feel he deserves to, either. Whether or not Raven gets his secret wish, you’ll just have to wait and see.

What interested me most though, is that Cain is able to create a world where you actually understand how it got this far. Our Big Brother society, combined with our ‘hunger’ for reality-tv garbage could potentially lead us to a scenario, so vividly brought to life by Cain. A not-so-gentle reminder to check our own morals, our beliefs and our system of justice. To repeatedly ask ourselves, am I okay with what I see in the mirror?

As for my work-in-progress, I am currently writing part two of The Fire Trilogy, The Empath. Release date will be early next year or maybe, maybe just before Christmas if everything goes smoothly. The Empath is basically the same storyline as The Elemental, only from Tristan’s and Alan’s point of view instead of Catherine’s. It has a much darker feel as we learn more about the mysterious The Company Tristan works for.

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Below, I have included the first part of chapters 1 – 3 of The Empath.

PROLOGUE

It was deadly quiet in the corridors of the mental hospital. A woman walked purposefully towards her destination, room 6.12. Sixth floor, sixth door on her left. Two men were walking behind her, keeping a respectful distance.

A MONTH LATER

Tristan looked out of his window. He was back in London, Shoreditch to be exact. He didn’t mind, he actually liked London. It was the reason why he was here he didn’t like.

SUNDAY

Tristan woke up with a start. After a few seconds of disorientation he remembered where he was and heard sounds coming from the kitchen and the smell of eggs and bacon. He had had a weird dream about the people in the coffin-like tubes at The Company.

These are my nominees to carry the challenge onwards:

Mark Shaw, author, The Keeper of the Wind
Holly Martin, best selling author, The Guestbook, One Hundred Proposals, The Sentinel
Mikey Campling, author, The Darkening Stone saga, Changes
Jack Croxall, best selling author, The Tethers Trilogy, X

Ramblings of a modern druidess

Today I received a link to a youtube film from an author friend, Mark Shaw.

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He put a lot of energy in promoting indie authors with the #indiebooksbeseen campaign and I really loved his idea.

He made a little, physical, teaser book of his book The Keeper of the Wind. So just one chapter. Depending on the length of your chapters you could choose two or three, but no more than that. That would defeat the point. His teaser book has a nice full colour cover, a synopsis, one chapter and something about the author. On the backcover there’s a bit of information and the #indiebooksbeseen hashtag logo to show his support. Choose the chapter you think will entice your audience the most.

Now the idea is to leave these little gems in public places. Libraries, cafè’s, reception desk of a hotel, swimming pool, doctor’s office, anywhere you can think of where people would have time to read just one chapter. You give people a chance to do something other than play with their smartphone and people might be so intrigued by your one chapter they decide to buy your book. It’s a win-win situation.

Yes, you would have to invest a little bit of money to print the teaser-books. It’s up to you of course how many you print and there are several good and relatively cheap options to print a teaser-book.

I’m definitely going to look into this and maybe try it myself. It sounds like a really nice idea to spread the word, give something for free to the people and raise their interest.

Mark’s idea is to create a shelf with teaser books in each genre. Wouldn’t that be great? To go visit your dentist and while you wait you browse the shelf and pick a nice teaser book to fill the time? You might discover something you normally would never think to read!

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