Monday, May 25, 2009

Monday's Special Is...Children of the Mist!


CHILDREN OF THE MIST by Hywela Lyn




Two minds united against a common foe. Two hearts afraid to show their love: Long ago Tamarith fell in love with a man she can never have, and is convinced she will never love another. However, she cannot help but be intrigued by a handsome stranger whose psychic powers exceed even her own. Vidarh seeks only to find his true purpose in life and to win the regard of his father, who eschews his son’s psychic abilities. Thrown together by a common threat to their planet, then torn apart by an evil greater than any they could have imagined, can Vidarh save the lovely Nifl woman who has captivated him, before it is too late? Will Tamarith and Vidarh overcome the deadly enemy who threatens to destroy all they know and love? Will they find the happiness they both seek? Or are they fated to live their lives alone?



Hywela Lyn (usually known by her second name ‘Lyn’, which is easier to pronounce, is intensely proud of being Welsh, although she currently lives in England with her husband Dave and rescued Jack Russell, Bouncer. She has made up stories in her head for as long as she can remember, inspired by the beautiful Welsh scenery and its legends, and acting out her characters' roles in her mind. She is passionately fond of all animals and the outdoors. She has two horses, Harry and T’pau and usually manages to have a horse somewhere in her stories.



CHILDREN OF THE MIST will be released on June 19, and can be purchased here.


Visit Hywela here.



Excerpt from CHILDREN OF THE MIST


With a resolute set to his shoulders, Vidarh retrieved his torch and made his way into the cave. Just inside the mouth, he found a hollow behind a rock in which to hide the saddle and bridle. At least it would be safe and dry there, so long as no hungry rodent decided to nibble at it. He strapped on his pack, containing a change of clothing and a few personal items, and set off along a narrow passageway at the back of the cavern.


Tamarith directed him along the various twists and turns of the labyrinth. At first, the going was easy. The walls of rock gave off a soft, diffuse luminescence, augmenting the light from his torch. After walking for so long he began to think the tunnel he followed led nowhere, the luminosity grew stronger, and the passage opened out into a large amphitheatre. The light reflected back from the walls revealed seats, formed out of pale green stone, arranged in tiers forming a semi-circle. At one end was a pool, shimmering in the soft light. Multi- colored stalactites glistened like jewelled candelabra from the roof of the cave. At the far end was a high dais flanked on each side by another passage.


Vidarh paused for only a moment to take in the beauty around him. He was familiar with the Conference Chamber of the community of Gladsheim. His mind had been there many times but this was the first time he had physically entered the place.


Instructed to take the left fork, he progressed along the labyrinths, noting the downward slope of the passage. Occasionally, when he came to a branch in the tunnel, he would stop and listen to Tamarith's voice in his mind as it guided him along the right path.


You don't have far to go. I will keep sending you the directions. You should be near the river now.


Yes. I hear it up ahead.


Be careful. We had heavier than usual snowstorms last winter. With the coming of spring, the melting snow and ice has swelled the volume of water.


Vidarh made his way along the tunnel, partly guided by his telepathic link with Tamarith, and partly by his own senses. Eventually widened out into a large cave, through which the underground river roared as it cut its way through the mountain.


On the shingle of the boulder-strewn shore, several small boats bobbed against their moorings. After ensuring his pack was securely fastened around his waist, he climbed into one, and lashed the torch to the prow. He cast off, and took up the paddle. The river bore the craft along at a tremendous rate and it needed all his skill and attention to save the craft from dashing against the rocks. He'd heard about the fabled river of Mimir, but this was not the tranquil stream of his imagination.


The walls still reflected a phosphorescent glow. Vidarh noticed several gigantic, human-like statues on the banks as he passed, but had no time to contemplate or admire them. Rounding a bend, he came upon a wall of water ahead, cascading from the roof in a fury of white froth. The torrent boiled and raced. He gritted his teeth as he headed into the maelstrom.


There was no way he could control the boat's frantic motions as it heaved and bucked like an unbroken colt. He threw down the paddle, gripped the sides of the vessel, and sent a desperate message through the ether.


Tamarith, I'm in trouble. Please—send me images of your location, quickly I need to know what it looks like where you are.

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Please answer the following question for a chance to win a free copy of CHILDREN OF THE MIST:


Do you like boats? (Any boating stories you'd like to share?)

60 comments:

Chris Eldin said...

Good Morning everyone!!

Hope you're having a great holiday weekend!!

Grab a cup of coffee (or tea!) and let's get started!!
:-)

Miss Mae said...

Good morning, Book Roast, and everyone!

Our lovely Welsh author has escaped the trappings of England for a holiday in her beloved homeland of Wales. I've agreed to step in and be hostess today.

So fire away with all your boating stories. I'll pick a winner at the end of the day and Lyn has several fabulous gifts to hand out. You don't want to miss that!

So, enjoy the fun!

Llehn said...

I'm not a big fan of boats because I get seasick. But boats do look very romantic in movies.

Miss Mae said...

I understand about getting seasick, Llehn, because I have a very healthy respect for water myself! A cruise does NOT interest me! LOL

But yes, the movies make boating, especially to see a young couple drifting by with the man lazily rowing a boat, to appear very romantic, don't they?

Thanks for dropping by. I hope your Memorial Day is going well. :)

Larry Hammersley said...

I'm not a big fan of boats because I can't swim even after two swimming courses. However, in 1949 my mother had a restaurant on White River in our hometown of Williams in southern Indiana. I dared to go with a fisherman in a row boat a few times. No incident occurred but he lived on Mom's coffee. I bet him I could eat more hamburgers than he could drink cups of coffee. Foolish bet. I ate six of Mom's hamburgers and he drank seventeen cups of coffee. I never ate another hamburger for several years. Larry

Miss Mae said...

Oh, I love that, Larry! LOLOL Though you might've felt like you dragged around a rock boulder in your stomach, can you imagine how he felt after 17 cups of coffee? Boy, I bet he didn't sleep for a week! LOL

Thanks for coming over and sharing. :)

lastnerve said...

Wow, the book looks awesome!

I love boats but ..........

I remember my moms boyfriend owned a boat and was showing off his boating skills (he needn't have done that, my whole family gets seasick) anyway, I looked at my mom (I was about 10) and said "Mom, I don't feel very well" She said "Go down in the sleeping area so you don't have to see the waves" So I did and not long after all you could hear was blahhhhhhhhh, blahhhhhhhhh, blahhhhhhhhhh! Well, hey, I warned them. I heard a long spurt of infanities followed by a "You better get us to the shore and RIGHT NOW!" That was the last time my mom dated him and he had to clean the boat! lol I know it is not funny but he had it coming. He was such a nasty man!

Other than that, I LOVE BOATS AND BOATING, if they are going SLOW! They can go fast if I'm on a pair of skies traveling behind though!

Ha ha Larry, good story! Hey, want a hamburger and a cup of coffee? LOL

Chris Eldin said...

Good Morning Miss Mae!! And thanks for helping out today!!
:-)

Wow, we need some sailor-folk over here.
;-)


(I have to take the kids to the pool in a bit, but I'll return later. Have fun, everyone!!!)

Miss Mae said...

Oh Val, poor you! I can just imagine...and yeah, I don't like to ride in boats either, fast or slow, and no, I don't ski either. This gal is a land lover, with capital L's!! LOL

Hywela Lyn said...

Hello Chris, Miss Mae and everyone.

I'm just popping in for a while from the depths of deepest. darkest Wales. Appropriately enough, there's a thick mist driving in from the sea. although I'm acually up in the mountains, but we just drove along the coast and there's a real pea souper. The weather was absolutely beautiful yesterday though, scorching!

Thank you so much Miss Mae, for being such a superb hostess, I owe you one!

And thanks Llehn, Larry and Val for popping in and commenting. Great to see you here.

Right, I'll leave you in the capable hands of Miss Mae and hope you're all having a lovely holiday weekend and not getting seasick!

Beth Trissel said...

Hey everyone. I love looking at boats, especially clipper ships.
Our lovely Welsh author is a talented wordsmith.

Beth Caudill said...

Hey Lyn. (or Miss Mae in her stead)

I've never really been on a boat and I don't tend to read about them that much.

One good story was "Love Floats" by Stacy Dawn from The Wild Rose Press. It's about a gardener who has to plan flowers for a wedding aboard a houseboat.

The only other story I remember with boats was "Killashandra" by Anne McCaffrey. This was the middle story in the Crystal Singer series. The action took place on a different world with Polynesian type islands.

Danielle Thorne said...

Boats? Why of course? I'm an Age of Sail nut. I love learning about the men-o-war used in the British Navy during the Napoleonic Wars.

I haven't read a lot of Welsh history which is sad--being as one whole line of my ancestry is from Llanelly, Carmarthen (sp?), Wales. This sounds like it would be a very interesting novel to me.

Good luck with your new release, Lyn!

Miss Mae said...

Greetings, my wonderful friend, Lyn. So happy you could be here for a cuppa. :) Have the scones ready, I'll join you shortly in all that pea soup. :)

Miss Mae said...

Hi, Beth Trissel. Thanks for coming by. Yes, our Welsh author is exceptional, isn't she? I love her descriptive prose. :)

Miss Mae said...

Hi Beth Caudill! So happy to see you. :) You sound like a land lover, same as me, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that! LOL Folks can always rightly say we have "our feet planted firmly on the ground"...LOL

Miss Mae said...

Oh yes, my friend, Danielle Thorne, is a true "boating"/"sailing" ace. As author of "The Privateer", you bet your sweet oars she knows the difference between a bow and a stern!

Great to see you, Dani. :)

Hywela Lyn said...

Hello Miss Mae, my dear friend, yes join me in a Welsh scones and a cuppa! Thanks again for taking over for me.

Hi Beth and Danielle, thanks so much for calling in. Beth - I love Killashandra - in fact I love all Anne McCaffrey's novels, I'm a great admirer of hers. Thanks for your kind words (blush) it means a lot coming from such a talented writer as yourself.

Danielle, how interesting you have Welsh heritage, and yes you got the spellings of both places perfectly! Many thanks for the good wishes.

Right I'm off again. I'm glad I was able to drop in for a fleeting visit,

Miss Mae is a fantastic hostess, as well as a very talented and original author, so Im leaving you in very good hands. I wonder who she'll pick as prizewinner tonight, I think she has a tough task!

Susan Macatee said...

Hmmm, can't really say I'm a big fan of boats, but my husband and I did have a great time taking our boys on tours of boats when they were young. We visited a modern battleship in Norfolf, Virginia and a clipper ship. I also took a week long cruise to Bermuda when I was young and single. That was a lot of fun.

Charles Gramlich said...

My favorite boating story happened off the water. My brother is on the free way pulling his boat, when he has to hit his brakes hard because of someone in front of him. In the next instant he notices a boat pulling up along side his truck in the other lane. In the next instant he realizes it's 'his' boat.

Sandra Kay said...

Hi Lyn and Miss Mae. "Children of the Mist" sounds like a fabulous book. You have a special talent for describing your character's surroundings, Lyn.

As for boats...I love them. Speed boats, sail boats, cruise ships--I've experienced all of them.

Speed boats, with a skier towed behind, hull slapping against the water, spray cooling your face--exhilerating!

Sail boats. Not a sound but the sails snapping in the breeze, water gently lapping at the sides of the boat--peaceful!

Cruise ships--luxurious, good food, shows. I recently attending the FRW "Cruise with your Muse" conference out of Ft. Lauderdale aboard the Navigator of the Seas. A beautiful ship! Had a great time.

I could go on and on. Bottom line, though, is I'd rather be on land when a storm blows through. lol

Miss Mae said...

Hi Susan,

I think touring a battleship would be interesting...as long as it stays at dry dock! Or I'd even consider Hawaii where it's still possible to view all the ships the Japanese sank in the bombing of Pearl Harbor. That'd be sad, but a bit of history to observe, and to make one think.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Miss Mae said...

Oh Charles, your experience with your brother's boat made me squeal! Not a good day for him, was it? One doesn't want to see their boat heading any place other the water!

Thank you so much for sharing that. :)

Miss Mae said...

Hi Sandra!

Now here is a gal who is obviously mad about boats. I will confess that my hubby has paddled me in his canoe. Very silent, peaceful...though I was extremely tensed and apprehensive about being surrounded by all that water! :)

I agree, Sandra, when a storm comes...head for the high ground! LOL

Tabitha Shay said...

Hi Miss Mae and Lyn,
Children of the Mist sounds great. I'm not a big fan of boating either. I don't get seasick, but I can't swim very well. My worst boating incident however involved my hubby and me. One day after boating on the river, we'd loaded the boat and were headed home. While crossing a bridge, the boat suddenly came off the trailer and dropped in the middle of the highway...a single lane highway at the time, I was scared to death someone would come zooming over the top of the hill and hit the boat, hit us, and we'd all sail over the rails and into the powerful Arkansas River. I never went boating again...Tabs

Miss Mae said...

Oooh, Tabs...*shivers*...I can well understand that! You and me both, gal!

Thanks for relating that to us. It seems we all have some kind of experiences to share, don't we? :)

Judith Leger said...

Hi Miss Mae! Hey, you're a doll to lend Lyn a hand! I know she really looks forward to those trips home. Couldn't resist stopping by to show some love and support for her!!

Humm, boats? I don't really like riding on a boat. Use to go fishing with my hubby alot when we younger, but I don't now. I do have one boat story. My husband took me trolling (for shrimp) in the lake where we live (SW Louisiana). He grew up in a family of shrimpers (fishermen). Well, I'd never been. He took me one time and that was enough for me. He pulled up the nets and there was mud, gunk, trash and...insert drum beat... two whole shrimp.

I looked at him. His eyes widened a bit then he calmly informed me we were going to the dock. LOL! He knew those looks. I never went trolling again. Have fun, everyone!+

Cate Masters said...

Great excerpt, Lyn! And I've said it before, but I'll say it again - that cover is just gorgeous.
I like my brother's pontoon boat - makes for a nice easy ride up the river, especially beautiful after sundown. And the glassbottom boat in the Florida Keys, too - it was amazing to get so close to the undersea creatures.
Best of luck with your release, Lyn! Can't wait to read it! Hope you're enjoying your vacation.

Miss Mae said...

Hi Judith!

Yep, I'm familiar with shrimpers and trolling. I used to live close to coastal Georgia, saw those boats out on the Atlantic all the time...and the smell...yeeew, how can anyone stand it?

Never have liked shrimp, and never will. Seafood is NOT for me! LOL

Thanks for coming by. :)

Miss Mae said...

Hi Cate!

I haven't ridden the glassbottom boats in Florida, but I have in the Lost Sea in Tennessee. That's a really big lake inside a cave. (I won't say it's huge, because it's not, but not small either.) Fish are in the waters and it's fun to watch them swim by.

I bet it's beautiful to watch those ocean fish in the Florida waters. They're so colorful! :)

Lindsay Townsend said...

Excellent, nail-biting excerpt, Lyn! Super blog post. I wish you all the very best with 'Children of the Mist': it sounds a gripping read.

Hi Miss Mae!
I'm afraid I have no real boating stories. I read '3 Men in a Boat' and thoroughly enjoyed it but have little boating experience.

Happy Memorial Day to those in the USA and Happy Bank Holiday Monday to those in the UK.

Miss Mae said...

Hi Lindsay,

No problem about the boating stories. I wish there were some of mine I didn't have! LOL

Hope you're having a great day! :)

Mary Ricksen said...

Yeah Lyn! Gotta buy this book!
Hope you are having the time of your life on vacation.

Larry Hammersley said...

HI Miss Mae: May I include a second story, this time involving water instead of burgers and coffee? Mom told me when she was a girl that her and one of her many brothers went over the dam in a row boat in White River. The river was swollen from rains and the dam was not visible but its presence was known from this big stretched out wave. Needless to say, Grandma Beasley was not happy when she learned her youngest daughter had done that. At age fourteen Mom knew more about how to navigate the waters around the dam than any fisherman.

Miss Mae said...

Hi Mary!

You know our Lyn, she's loving every minute of that raw Welsh wind, and walking around her homeland with Bouncer. Wish I could be with her, she and I wouldn't stop talking! :)

Miss Mae said...

Hi again Larry!

Ouch, I can whole-heartedly agree with Grandma. I wouldn't be too pleased if my daughter decided to do that either! Wow, what an adventuress she was! :)

Thanks for that, Larry. Loved hearing it. :)

Heidiwriter said...

Ooooh, you left us at a cliffhanger! Very intriguing excerpt, good writing, sounds like a great story!

I've loved sailing on a catamaran a couple of times. Love the water!

Heidi
http://heidiwriter.wordpress.com

laughingwolf said...

welcome back, hywela :)

great excerpt, chris... got my heart racing....

yup, am a boat lover... the 20' canoe i had was so stable i could stand and cast out fishing lures, without tipping... at one time i wasn't paying attention to the weather while fishing, but when the canoe began to rock, i quickly reeled in the line and kneeled, paddle in hand... only then did i realize the lake had developed 8 - 12 foot waves... quite the harrowing time for the next hour, but i got back to shore, wet but happy :)

laughingwolf said...

ooops! sorry miss mae... welcome to you!

just shows to go... i shoulda read other posts first ;)

Miss Mae said...

Hello, Heidiwriter!

Hmm, sailing. Now that's what my hubby always had a hankering for. He even bought a small sail boat. Atlas, for 2 years, it set in the yard and he never once took it out. Wound up having to sell it, and he went back to canoes. :)

Thanks for coming by. :)

Miss Mae said...

Hi LW!

Eeek, nope, not for me to be in any canoe with 8 - 12 ft. waves! You can have it! LOLOL

MJ said...

I was 81/2 months pregnant when we bought our first boat..a cute little 15 footer with a cuddy cabin for Pudge when he/she got here. Of course we just had to take her out. After cruising the Intercoastal waterway for a couple of hours, it was time to head in. I dropped hubby at the boat ramp to retrieve the truck and was cruising on my own when BAM!!, I hit a sandbar and was completely stuck.
I was completely hysterical -hormones. I was too far to call hubby...this was 23 years ago - before cell phones!!!!

Hubby kept waiting and waiting and FINALLY got another boater to take him out where they found me a mile downstream with a broken rudder and rivers of tears. All I was worried about was tearing up hubby's new toy!!!


mj.coward[at]gmail.com

Rebecca J Vickery said...

Hi Lyn and Miss Mae,
Children of the Mist sounds like a fantastic read. I love psychics and their stories. And the cover is a definite WOW.

As for boating I am a fisherwoman and love the smaller bass boats and pontoons on a peaceful lake. Drifting along with my hook in the water waiting for a bite is a great way to dream up new plots. LOL Big boats make me seasick so I definitely am not interested in a cruise.

Best of luck with your June release.

Miss Mae said...

Oh, MJ, I can definitely sympathesize! Of course it wasn't amusing at the time, but I'm afraid I did get a good chuckle upon reading your misadventure today. :)

Thanks for stopping by. :)

Miss Mae said...

Hi Becca!

So good to see you! :)

Yes, but while you're there lazing away with your hook in the water, aren't you busy swatting mosquitoes, buzzing flies, and trying to not pass out from sun stroke????

(you can see I am NOT a fisher person!) LOL

Yes, Lyn's cover is gorgeous, isn't it, and it really captures the world she's created in her story. :)

Sarah Laurenson said...

My wife's into sailboats. Me? I like British Man o' Wars circa 1890's (I think). Been a long time since I read about two of my favorite Captains - Horatio Hornblower and Richard Bolitho.

Laurean Brooks said...

Lyn,

I loved that excerpt. It set my teeth on edge. Had to get into the bag of special dark chocolate to soothe my nerves. (I guess that excuse is as good as any, to indulge. LOL)

My dream vacation is a cruise. Don't know when or where? Is that the prize for the winner of this contest? Woo-hoo!

The only boats I've been on are those "three hour tours" in Branson. Does that surface a memory the haunting melody from Gilligan's Isle? "They've got to make the most of it...here on Gilligan's Isle."

The Branson Showboat Belle is our favorite show in Branson. We endure those 90 minute (actually 120-minute) timeshare spiels just to get free ticket to that show.

The Branson Showboat Belle puts on a great show as it sails across Taneycomo Lake. Before the show and meal of prime rib and Chicken Kiev with sides and a delectable dessert, everyone is encouraged to climb to the top deck and enjoy the view of the sunset. (Very romantic.)

Afterward we are seated, some in the balconies, some on the floor directly in front of the stage to enjoy a scrumptious dinner, complete with waiters in tuxes, and Vaudeville-style musical that takes you from the gay '90's up to the present.

Interesting history on the Branson Showboat Belle's launching. Can't remember the exact year. Mid- 80's I think--at the time Kenny Rogers was in his prime. (The boat was originally called "Kenny Roger's Showboat Belle." It was built on Lake Tamecomo's shore, but had to be pushed into the lake. And the locals had to come up with something eco-friendly to slide that big baby into the lake. Finally someone had a brilliant idea. So, they ordered a tone or so bananas, peeled them, greased the lower sides of the boat with the bananas, threw the peelings in front and along the side of the boat, then slid that baby off into the lake.

We been on the Branson Belle four times and look forward to it again.

You have to take this cruise, if for nothing else to see the ventriloquist "Todd" with his live, talking dogs. He and the dogs are hilarious. And don't be surprised if you are pulled from the audience to participate in his ventriloquist antics. You will be the laughing stock as he throws his comical lines through you, while everyone in the audience holds onto their tables while they laugh, to keep from falling out on the floor.

Hint: Don't sit down on the floor in front of the stage if you don't want to be part of the show. It could easily happen.

Can you tell that I'm homesick for Branson? We try to go at least once during the summer. After I sell a million copies of my book, we will purchase a place up there. Terry and I will pack up our dogs, Yipper and Riley, and head that way. Hey, what's a dream if it isn't a big one?

Laurean Brooks said...

Lyn,

I loved that excerpt. It set my teeth on edge. Had to get into the bag of special dark chocolate to soothe my nerves. (I guess that excuse is as good as any, to indulge. LOL)

My dream vacation is a cruise. Don't know when or where? Is that the prize for the winner of this contest? Woo-hoo!

The only boats I've been on are those "three hour tours" in Branson. Does that surface a memory of the haunting melody from Gilligan's Isle? "They've got to make the most of it...here on Gilligan's Isle."

The Branson Showboat Belle is our favorite show in Branson. We endure those 90 minute (actually 120-minute) timeshare spiels just to get free ticket to that show.

The Branson Showboat Belle puts on a great show as it sails across Taneycomo Lake. Before the show and meal of prime rib and Chicken Kiev with sides and a delectable dessert, everyone is encouraged to climb to the top deck and enjoy the view of the sunset. (Very romantic.)

Afterward we are seated, some in the balconies, some on the floor directly in front of the stage to enjoy a scrumptious dinner, complete with waiters in tuxes, and Vaudeville-style musical that takes you from the gay '90's up to the present.

Interesting history on the Branson Showboat Belle's launching. Can't remember the exact year. Mid-80's at the time Kenny Rogers was in his prime. (The boat was originally called "Kenny Roger's Showboat Belle.") It was built on Lake Tamecomo's shore, but had to be lauched into the water. And the locals had to come up with something eco-friendly (something besides oil) to slide that big baby into the lake. Soon someone came up with a brilliant idea. Bananas! They ordered a ton or so, peeled them, greased the lower sides of the boat with the bananas, threw the peelings in front and along the sides of the boat, then slid that baby off into the water.

We've been on the Branson Belle four times and look forward to taking that short cruise again.

You have to do this if you visit Branson, if for nothing else to see the ventriloquist "Todd" with his live, talking dogs. He and the dogs are hilarious. And don't be surprised if you are pulled from the audience to participate in his ventriloquistic antics. You will be the laughing stock as he throws his comical lines through you, while everyone in the audience holds onto their tables while they laugh, to keep from hitting the floor.

Hint: Don't get tickets on the floor in front of the stage if you don't want to be part of the show. It could easily happen.

Can you tell that I'm homesick for Branson? We try to go at least once during the summer.

After I sell a million copies of my book, we will purchase a cabin up there. Terry and I then will pack up our dogs, Yipper and Riley, and head that way.

Hey, what's a dream if it isn't a big one?

nightdweller20 said...

Sadly, I've never been on a boat, although I'd love to.

Miss Mae said...

Hey Sarah,

Another sail boat person. That plum looks like too much work for me! LOL

Miss Mae said...

Hi Laurie,

I've been to Branson, but didn't get on one of the boats, or even take in a show. But the talking dogs sound like a hoot! I'd love that act! :)

Chris Eldin said...

Wow!!! Lots of new faces!
Happy faces, but looking like seasick faces...
;-)

Thank you, Miss Mae, for being a most wonderful hostess today!!!

It's about 8:30 pm New York time. We have half an hour before closing time, for those folks who may be dropping by!!!
:-)

Miss Mae said...

Hi nightdweller20,

Don't feel bad about being a landlover. Join the crowd with me! LOL

Sarah Laurenson said...

I did one cruise once - inside passage of Alaska. Took along a bottle of ginger pills for any potential seasickness. Loved cruising! Loved Alaska!

Miss Mae said...

Well, it's about that time. Thanks to everyone who came over and participated and left a comment. It was a terrific roast, and I'm so happy at all the answers!

To tell you the truth, I couldn't pick a winner because I wanted everyone to win! So I put everyone's name on a slip of paper and dropped them in a hat. Hubby drew the winning name.

Before I announce that lucky person, I'd like to mention the gifts Lyn is giving. Wow, it's awesome!

A download of COTM as soon as it releases, a signed cover flat of COTM along with one of her first novel, StarQuest, and a COTM tee-shirt. How's that for prizes?? Whoo--hoo!

Okay, now the winner...*drum roll, please*...!!! It is...

VAL, the last nerve!!

Congratulations, Val!! (just don't get sick, okay? hee hee)

If you will please send your email AND your home address to Lyn at hywelalyn AT hywelalyn.co.uk, she'll send your gifts right along.

Thank you, Book Roast, and Chris Eldin, for allowing me to step in for Lyn today. You were fantastic!

Good night, everyone, and don't forget your marshmallows. :)

McKoala said...

Wow, Miss Mae, great job representing Lyn!

I love boats! They're just a bit hard to launch from the eucalypt.

Chris Eldin said...

Thanks everyone!
And truly a special thanks to Miss Mae for helping out her friend!!!
:-)

Hywela Lyn said...

Hi folks, so happy to be able to pop back in here today and read all those exciting and amusing boating stories! Well, just to prove it doesn't always rain in Wales, it was a scorcher on Sunday, misty yesterday, and it's bright and breezy today! Keeps us on our toes wondering what to wear!

Wow! What a great turnout! Thank you SO much everyone I've already mentioned Lleyn, Larry, Val and Beth Trissell, and today I have to add Beth Caudil, Susan, Charles, Sandra, Tabitha, Judith, Lindsay, Cate, Mary, Heidiwriter, Laughing Wolf, MJ, Rebecca, Sarah, Laurean, Nightdweller and McKoala - had to chuckle at that last remark!

I've enjoyed reading all your posts so much. What a fntastic collection of thoughts and anecdotes - hey folks, we ought to put these together and bring out a book! LOL I really do appreciate each and every one of your messages and good wishes, thank you so much. And thanks to Chris for being a great roastmaster.

Congratulations to Val - as soon as I have your snailmail addy I'll get your prizes off to you and of coure you'll be one of the first to read 'Children Of The Mist'. I do hope you enjoy it.

Finally - Miss Mae. What can I say, my dear friend. You are amazing - not only a wonderfully talented writer in your own right, but always so encouraging and supportive to other writers, especially 'the Welsh one'! Thank you so, so much for stepping in to stand in for me while I'm away, you've done a fantastic job and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I've enjoyed being able to read all the comments.

laughingwolf said...

grats val... and thank you hywela and miss mae :)

lastnerve said...

thank you thank you thank you!