“Watch out, guys,” she warned. This thing could snap up pretty smartly.” As it had in The Gory Keep. They duly backed off and braced themselves. Meg reached up and pulled again. The hatch sank, some, into the floor then, with a jarring screech, slid aside to reveal a flight of steps leading down. Bonus item: Chart showing relative positions of 3 places in the story. SPOILER WARNING: do not open until there is an obvious prompt.

Meg couldn’t understand it. Gran was wise and sensible. So why was she letting (Gavin) loose like that? Coming in at all hours, up to goodness knows what? And what if one day he didn’t come in at all? Sighing, she turned on her heels and climbed back to bed. Bonus item: Barmouth Train Station circa 1988 Music for The Lost Legend composed and played by Michael Roberts-Tsoukkas Bonus material: Ancient Rubato played in full.

Meg is having nightmares – the same one only worse each time. She tries to stop them and finds herself once more in danger in another space and time.

Meg & Sue flee school Halloween party only to find themselves in a sinister wood and fleeing now for their lives from a dark witch queen.

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A few weeks ago, a friend suggested that I read my books aloud on the web. Seemed a good idea, and here we are, opening up my space–June 8th–for the first time. Starting with the 9-book Gom series, which begins with Gom on Windy Mountain, the chapters will be posted serially Mondays and Thursdays, together with great bonuses at the appropriate time: graphics, mp3 songs, song sheets, and text notes, all for easy download, then archi...

Chapters 13 & 14 – The Lost Legend
Bookreadings , The Lost Legend / October 11, 2018

In the middle of the bare stone floor had sprung a lick of flame. Before she could move, it swelled, surging to the cavern roof. There came a sound as from a furnace, swamping Meg’s ears in a terrifying roar. Bonus Item: map giving relative positions of main places in story.

Chapter 12 – The Lost Legend
Bookreadings , The Lost Legend / October 8, 2018

Having researched the proper Welsh words to use in direct quotes, I thought my task was done. I never expected to have to say them. Hurrah for Google! As for what the words mean, here is the text and translation. Pwy ydyth chi? –Who are you? Beth ydych chi’n ei wneud yma? — What are you doing here? Mordred fydd yn talu – Mordred will pay.

Chapters 10 & 11 – The Lost Legend
Bookreadings , The Lost Legend / October 4, 2018

All at once, a sound arose from somewhere in the cave: a low, slow drawn-out sound, a deep groan. The sound of human pain. A slight movement caught Meg’s eye. The arras was stirring, as from a draft. Then it moved aside, and— “Oh.”

Chapter 9 – The Lost Legend
Bookreadings , News , The Lost Legend / October 1, 2018

“Watch out, guys,” she warned. This thing could snap up pretty smartly.” As it had in The Gory Keep. They duly backed off and braced themselves. Meg reached up and pulled again. The hatch sank, some, into the floor then, with a jarring screech, slid aside to reveal a flight of steps leading down. Bonus item: Chart showing relative positions of 3 places in the story. SPOILER WARNING: do not open until there is an obvious prompt.

Chapter 8 – The Lost Legend
Bookreadings , The Lost Legend / September 27, 2018

“Gavin?” “I can’t do this.” Silence for quite a minute. “Okay,” Meg said. “I’ll do it for you. One minute it was all there, and the next . . . ” She looked to Sue. “It was gone and you were looking at a mansion.”

Chapter 7 – The Lost Legend
Bookreadings , The Lost Legend / September 24, 2018

“You are right, Sue. I’m always jumping to conclusions then regretting it afterwards.” When would she ever learn? “Isn’t it odd,” she added, “how things can shift in such a short time?” There was no reply. Sue was gone.

Chapter 6 – The Lost Legend
Bookreadings , The Lost Legend / September 20, 2018

… the sky darkened and the air took on the eerie light that rides the edge of a thunderstorm. “Purkinje shift,” Sue cried. “And us out here!” “Perkenjy-what?” “Rods and cones,” Sue said. “It all looks greenish but it isn’t.” Green like in the horror movies. Meg felt an old familiar shiver. Something was about to happen, she just knew it, and it wasn’t good. Bonus item: View of Inn from top of hill

Chapter 5 – The Lost Legend
Bookreadings , The Lost Legend / September 17, 2018

“Hey, Gavin, Gran’s telling us a tale … about a castle near here.” (Sue) Gavin pulled up. “Castle?” He came back to the table. “Something weird happened in it…” “Like, what?” “There was a storm … and right in the middle of it the windows broke and stuff started flying through midair …” Gavin pulled out his chair and sat. Bonus Item: Chess

Chapter 4 – The Lost Legend
Bookreadings , The Lost Legend / September 13, 2018

Out on the porch, Sue was gazing up at letters carved over the doors. “Gran, what does ‘Ryferthwy’ mean?” “Um, a big storm, tempest. A cataclysm.” She started down the steps. “Oh, my word,” said Mother. “How would a house get a name like that?” If Gran heard, she didn’t answer. Bonus item:Ryferthwy House

Chapter 3 – The Lost Legend
Bookreadings , The Lost Legend / September 10, 2018

The kitchen door smacked back against the wall, wind and rain burst into the room. A figure stood in the doorway, clothes stuck to its body, rats tails plastered to its head. As they stood, it tottered forward to lie face down on the flagstones. But in the glow from the stove Meg had seen: Gavin. Bonus item: Source of the Storm over Castle Deeping

Chapter 2 – The Lost Legend
Bookreadings , The Lost Legend / September 6, 2018

(Gran) set down her mug. “I was saying,” she added as Mother hurried back in, “The tale is possibly about Gavin’s namesake. I’d had a mind he’d like to hear it and since he’s not here you’ll have to bring him up to speed as soon as you can. Now—shall I begin?” Bonus item: Picture of Gran’s stove

Chapter 1 – The Lost Legend
Bookreadings , News , The Lost Legend / September 3, 2018

Meg couldn’t understand it. Gran was wise and sensible. So why was she letting (Gavin) loose like that? Coming in at all hours, up to goodness knows what? And what if one day he didn’t come in at all? Sighing, she turned on her heels and climbed back to bed. Bonus item: Barmouth Train Station circa 1988 Music for The Lost Legend composed and played by Michael Roberts-Tsoukkas Bonus material: Ancient Rubato played in full.

The Lost Legend: A Pockets’ Corner Preview
Bookreadings , The Lost Legend / August 29, 2018

The Pockets (Left to Right) Fire, Jul and Rem,  young and avid readers with sharp and critical minds. Their avatars are created by artist and designer Yosua Wisnu for their coming animated review show which will include books, games, and movies. This is their first review.

Winds of Change
Bookreadings , The Lost Legend / August 26, 2018

“Arthur (if he existed at all) lived in the sixth century, long before the Middle Welsh period (c. 1150 onwards), so Middle Welsh phrases would also be anachronistic. We have no direct record of the language of the sixth century except some personal and place-names, but we can reconstruct the phonology up to a point. If I were you, I would use Modern Welsh as a proxy for sixth-century Primitive Brittonic. I would certainly not use Mi...

Epilogue
Bookreadings , Collidescope / August 23, 2018

Monday August 27th will feature the author’s comments on the Meg and Sue series, with special focus on The Lost Legend. There will be a review by The Pockets on Thursday August 30th. Podcasts begin with Chapter One on Monday, September 3rd.

Chapter 17 pt ii – Collidescope
Bookreadings , Collidescope / August 20, 2018

Thursday’s post carries the Epilogue. On Monday, August 27, I shall post an introduction to The Lost Legend, book 3 of the Meg & Sue trilogy, when it will be released as an Amazon Kindle book. The following Thursday, August 30th, will feature a review of the book by The Pockets’ Corner.

Chapter 16 pt i – Collidescope
Bookreadings , Collidescope / August 9, 2018

Pain rushed in, for Frankie, for Sky-Fire-Trail. For this small, evolving world. And for himself. Is this what humans felt when they said their hearts were breaking? If so, how did they bear it?…Hahn almost wished himself back the way he used to be.