Monthly Archives: April 2011

Wonderful cover art from the award-winning Reese Dante graces the cover of this book. I am amazed and in awe every time she produces these pedigree rabbits out of her artistic hat *g*.

 

The Psychic’s Tale

 

“I curse you and your children’s children, that you shall all live out your allotted years, and that those years shall be filled with grief and loss and betrayal, even as you have betrayed and bereaved me.”


Four hundred years ago in rural England, a mob burned two men to death, but not before one of the victims, Jonathan Curtess, hurled a dreadful curse at the mob’s leader, Sir Belvedere Fitzwarren. The curse has followed the family through the centuries, bringing grief and loss to each generation.

 

Mark  Renfrew is a closeted psychic and openly gay. When his grandmother discovers a family link to a 17th century feud and a still-potent curse, she insists he investigates and do his best to end it. He travels to the village of Steeple Westford, and meets and falls for Jack Faulkner, an archaeologist. He also meets the Fitzwarrens, who are facing yet another tragedy.

 

Then Mark learns that the man who cursed them had twisted the knife by leaving three cryptic conditions that would lift the curse, and he knows he has to try to break the curse his ancestor had set.

 

Release Date – June 4th 2011

 

 

I’m turning cartwheels again – virtual ones, because I don’t want to put my back out again – Silver has accepted Game On Game Over! I can’t tell you what a relief this is. By design, GOGO is in two parts, radically different from each other in pace and setting, and I was very afraid they’d turn it down – they didn’t, and I’m celebrating!

 

What a great way to start the day – Tea, buttered toast, and an acceptance!! YAY!!

Handsome, isn’t he? And I’ll bet he’ll turn into an equally handsome hunk *g*.

 

BUT.

 

I have a problem with were-beasts, and given the proliferation of shifter stories out there, for me it’s a big problem. So far, the stories I’ve read haven’t managed to keep my disbelief airborne.

 

Size is the problem.

 

As in body-mass. I can accept that a 170 lb man will change into a 170 lb wolf or cougar, that being within the weight range of the beasties involved. But into a smaller or larger animal? To paraphrase the immortal words of Mr Spock, it does not compute.
Where does the extra body mass come from and where does it go? And I don’t/can’t accept the ‘it’s magic’ cop-out. Most shifter stories are in contemporary, often urban settings. No magic, just the reality of the condition and how it’s passed on. And even if the change is the result of a spell, the problem is still there.

 

This is an issue I failed to tackle in my own one and only shifter story, but back then I was coming at it from a slightly different angle. My shifter was a water-horse, not human at all but one of the Sidhe and a creature of Highland legend. Yet it was still a cop-out, and sooner or later I know I will have to address it in a story.

 

There are a few theories fermenting away on the backburner of my hindbrain and I’m going to stay away from shifter tales for the time being, until the ideas have gelled and I can incorporate them into a plot I can believe in.

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