Newsletter number 45 and here we are at last - the final book in the
Stonewylde Series about to be published. And what a journey it’s been!
It’s now four weeks until Shaman of Stonewylde is out! I hope so much
that you all enjoy the last Stonewylde book. I promise that all will be
resolved, no loose ends, and the story will be done. And I do hope that
many of my Dorset readers will be able to come along to Waterstones in
Dorchester for the book launch on October 20th!
Win a signed and dedicated copy of Shaman! We’re running
a little competition, and all entries must be in by October 5th. I need to
find a name for my puppy - he’s a Golden Doodle, which is a Golden
Retriever/Standard Poodle cross, and I’m collecting him on Oct 7th when
he’ll be eight weeks old. Please come up with a good name for him, and if
I choose yours, you’ll be contacted and I’ll send you the hardback book as
soon as it’s published (or maybe a day or so before!). Winning name,
more than one contender - name out of hat. Apparently he’s going to be a
big, chunky dog and he’s very naughty already! He was my birthday
present this week from Mr B - the best present in the world, I reckon!
Entries before Oct 5th please, emailed to email@example.com,
putting “Puppy Name” in the subject.
New version - please read! I know many of you who receive this
newsletter have been with me from the start, and have the original self-
published versions of the first three books. If possible, please do beg,
borrow or steal (well, perhaps not steal) a copy of the new Solstice at
Stonewylde if you haven’t yet read the version published by Gollancz last
summer. There are a few extra details I put in it that will be very relevant
to your understanding of Shaman of Stonewylde!
Promo films at last. Last summer when we launched Shadows at
Stonewylde at Avebury, Gollancz sent a film crew to make some
promotional films. I felt awful leaving everyone in the Village Hall whilst I
was taken all around the stones to be filmed and interviewed! And none of
the microphones would work near the stones, which baffled the camera
woman! But now, at last, the films are ready to be released, one a week
until Shaman is published - please do share it.
Thank you for your help! I really cannot thank everyone for all the
help you’ve given me now, and over the years, in telling the world about
Stonewylde. Without your help, the books would never have reached
such a huge audience. There’s been such an enormous swell of support
and kindness, and I’m so very grateful. And it’s not over! I hope that once
the series is complete, sales will continue to increase until the whole world
knows of Stonewylde! Please do add your reviews to Amazon,
Goodreads, etc (but you must, must, must resist putting in spoilers
PLEASE!). Any more reviews for the other books would be great,
especially poor Shadows which hasn’t had that many yet. Please click
here to leave a review on Amazon.
Other news ... I spent a great weekend recently at the Society of
Authors’ conference, for the Childrens’ Writers and Illustrators Group. It
was wonderful to meet up with so many other authors, including Kevin
Crossley-Holland who originally endorsed Stonewylde with the immortal
words, “Allow this story to grab hold, and it may not let you go!” You can
read about the weekend on my Moongazy Girl blog here.
We spent a wonderful night at the Blue Moon in August with a group of
Stonewylders at a very magical place. We camped near to an ancient
circle and although the moon decided not to show her face, it was an
amazing experience that I shall never forget.
Mr B is busy organising some lovely new things for the Stonewylde shop
(yes, some do call him Harold!), and these will be announced in the
Samhain newsletter. In the last section below, there’s a very special offer
on silver jewellery! In the meantime, enjoy the final Stonewylde book, and
I hope to see you at a book signing event this year, or maybe next year.
I’ll be giving out badges and bookmarks at all the events, so please come
along and get your book signed.
Bright blessings to you and happy reading!
Breaking Stonewylde news
Stonewylde Newsletter 45
September 21st 2012
Bright blessings at
to all Stonewylders
This is it, folks ...
The Autumn Equinox is one
of the four Fire Festivals.
Like the Spring Equinox, it's a
time when days and nights are
of equal length, so it’s a time of
balance and equilibrium. In some
pagan calendars it's called Mabon.
The Autumn Equinox
is also the time of
Harvest Home, when
Mother Earth is
thanked for her
bounty. This is the
time of the second harvest - fruits, nuts, berries and
the last of the crops. Lammas is the first harvest,
when the cereal crops are harvested, and Mabon is
the harvest of fruits, trees and the hedgerows
In Cornwall an ancient
ceremony called "Crying the
Neck" is still performed
around this time, when the
last handful of cereal crops is
harvested. This is called the
Neck, and local people get
together each year to
perform the ritual.
Many people of all
religions and traditions
hold a Harvest
churches can be
particularly beautiful at
this time with their piles
of fruit and vegetables.
Pagans of course
Visit the Stonewylde Website
Dates for your diary ...
Do come along and collect a bookmark and badge. And if you own a Stonewylde T-shirt - please wear it!
Book launch for Shaman of Stonewylde at Waterstone’s in Dorchester
Saturday October 20th from 11.00am till 2pm. All five books will be available! At the last book launch
in Dorchester, we sold out of copies of Shadows. There’ll be plenty of copies of Shaman available at
this launch, but if you know you’ll definitely be coming, you may like to reserve one to make sure of
getting it. And if you can’t make it on the day, they can reserve one and I can still sign it for you.
Waterstone’s Book Events
Saturday October 20th - Dorchester, Dorset *Book Launch Event*
Saturday November 3rd - West Quay, Southampton,
Saturday November 17th - Swindon, Wilts
Saturday November 24th - The Oracle, Reading, Berks
Friday December 7th - Camberley, Surrey
The times for my Waterstones signings vary -
please check the website here for full details.
* Independent Book Shop Events *
Saturday October 27th - Cat & Cauldron, Glastonbury, Somerset 2 - 5pm (Avalon Faerie Ball after)
More events will be added - latest information and details can be found on the
Stonewylde website here
celebrate the fecundity of the Earth Goddess, and all
the gifts she bestows upon us. This is the time of
rejoicing in the abundance of nature. The light is
different at this time of year, a rich golden colour
compared to the brightness of summer. There’s a
smell of woodsmoke in the air, with the nights growing
At Stonewylde, it's the time of the
great apple harvest, and in the
second book this is described at
length, along with the traditional
cider making process.
The symbol of this festival is
the acorn, representing the
fruits of the land, with the
potential for new life stored
within. The symbols
decorating the Great Barn
and the painted on the
stones at the Stone Circle
are the acorn, conker, corn
cob, dormouse, squirrel and
of course the cornucopia, an ancient emblem of
harvest and plenty.
If your birthday's around
this time (mine is!) or you
feel an affinity with this
festival, you can buy a
silver acorn as a charm
or to wear as a pendant
from "Where the Wild
Roses Grow", our
She’s recently created a stunning range of silver
Ogham charms, and to celebrate the launch of
Shaman of Stonewylde, she’s very kindly offering 10%
off everything for sale on her website! Just enter the
discount code SHAMAN when placing your order. Do
take a look at her beautiful silver jewellery here.
In case you’ve missed it since we made the announcement at
Lammas, here’s the cover of the fifth and final book in the
Stonewylde series - Shaman of Stonewylde! I’m delighted with
the cover, designed by Larry Rostant and the wonderful Art
Dept at Orion/Gollancz. Many thanks to all of them for doing
us proud again.
Here is the back cover copy for the book - beware spoilers if
you haven’t already read the other four books:
In the final book of the series, the future of
Stonewylde teeters on the cliff-edge.
The Outside World clamours at the wrought iron gates,
and the evil alliance within Stonewylde
threatens to destroy everything.
With the new business and their relationship in tatters,
Yul and Sylvie find their once-beautiful world
has been desecrated by the dark forces.
But Stonewylde is as old as the hills themselves,
and the landscape endures.
Leveret has discovered her true calling and is determined
to lead the community back to
the golden age of magic and prosperity.
As the enchanting tale of Stonewylde draws to its end,
Sylvie finally realises why she was brought here
and Yul understands his true destiny.
Whilst Leveret sees exactly what lies ahead
for Stonewylde …
Please follow us on Twitter - there’s a Kit Berry profile and a
Stonewylde one. We also now have a brand new Stonewylde
page on Facebook which will have competitions, giveaways
and event notifications, so please help spread the word by
“Liking” and sharing the page.
Next week we hope
to be putting up
the first chapter of
Shaman of Stonewylde
on the website!
Do check - the link will be
on the front page!!!
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