Wednesday, November 09, 2011

WEdnesday Guest- Nikki Broadwell

My college education centered on English and Art and by the time I graduated I had basically a B.A. in both. By that time I was married with two children.  During my two girl’s middle grade years, I started a greeting card business and then later, when they were out of the house I began a silk painting business, continuing for over twenty years. But writing was always at the back of my mind and I finally had to allow the stories onto paper. Now it is a full-time pursuit, sometimes taking up ten to twelve hours of the day.
 Wolf Moon Trilogy has been percolating since I was a young girl wandering the dappled light of the hardwood forests of East Virginia. The Blue Ridge Mountains, always in the distance, bear an uncanny resemblance to the mountains in the book.
The three books span three generations of strong women, taking us from Scotland in 1983 to New England, 2009 and then back to Scotland. Not only t is a coming of age story, with several love-stories woven through it, it is also an epic battle between the forces of dark and light.
 Blurb for The Moonstone:

Finna’s mother is dead. So why is this woman standing on her stoop claiming to be just that? Catriona arrives bearing a gift—a luminous moonstone that holds the secrets to Finna’s heritage. What heritage?  Before Finna can form a question, Catriona is telling her all about a journey the two of them must make to the castle of the Celtic moon goddess, Arianrhod.

Moon goddess?

The story Catriona weaves is preposterous. A parallel reality, known as the ‘Otherworld’, exists right next to this one. According to the woman’s description, this place is stuck somewhere in the past, with no electricity, cars or any other modern conveniences.

“The moonstone will show the way,” Catriona intones cryptically.

Newly pregnant Finna is naturally skeptical. Where has this woman been for the past eighteen years? And why would her father lie about her mother’s death? All her instincts tell her to stay put during this critical time. But Catriona is uncannily persuasive, convincing her despite all of Finna’s misgivings.

What a trip through this alternate reality really means, and the secrets Catriona reveals as they travel, have Finna questioning everything she has ever known. With her life and that of her unborn child in jeopardy, Finna must find a way to survive.

Set in a parallel reality in Scotland, The Moonstone takes the reader on a magical journey through a world filled with uncanny beings and landscapes filled with light. But darkness approaches, a malevolence has broken the protections and threatens the innocent beings who live here in harmony. 
Finna carries the key but will she make it safely to her destination? The moon goddess, Arianrhod waits in her castle, unable to change the course of events.

As Finna’s fingers closed around the stone she thought she felt a slight pulse coming from it. Light played across the surface in amber lines that moved and changed. She placed it on the table.
 “Look into the stone, Finna. As ye can see, ‘tis nae large enough to show an entire map but it can show small sections in its reflective surface; ‘tis how they managed to find their way.”
Finna hesitated for a second before she picked it up again. As she peered into the milky surface a tiny line began to emerge.
“Ye see?  ‘Tis the trail we must follow.”
The line meandered across the stone’s surface like a fissure. Finna dropped it on the table with a shudder. “That is just creepy.” Was Catriona asking her to go on some sort of pilgrimage? The little lines were gone now. She must have imagined them.

The book will be coming to Amazon and Kindle very soon.

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