Tag Archives: Historical Fiction

A Villain – Cathbad

 

Every good novel needs a powerful villain. I think I found mine for The First High Priestess. Meet Cathbad, a druid priest with lofty ambitions and a dark malevolent side.

Here’s an excerpt I’ve been working on today:

Cathbad emerged from the darkness of tree cover into the grove. A towering goose-feathered headdress plumed from his forehead, the fringe alternating between vanes of black and grey. Red deer antlers sprouting from either side of his head, the polished spread seven-hands wide, cast a terrifying image in the shadow lurking behind him. Draped in a mantle of wolf pelts, he carried a golden sceptre, pitted with divots that sparkled like starlight in the glow of the torches. Tonight, he channelled The Horned One, Cernunnos, a god of infinite power who ruled over beasts and man from his palace in the Otherworld.

A slight tilt of his head brought his gaze to bore through mine. A shiver ran down my spine as a curl raised his lip. The ritual provided Cathbad a gateway into the realm of the ancestors and access to immeasurable power.

In gratitude,

Marissa xo

Reading Chapter One from Avelynn: The Edge of Faith

Hey, everyone!

On Thursday, October 6th, 2016, I held the launch of Avelynn: The Edge of Faith at Coffee Culture in my hometown. It was an awesome night. I had so many friends and fans come out to support the second book in the Avelynn series, I was blown away. Honestly, I am still in shock and so incredibly grateful. <3

I know some people wanted to hear a reading from the book, but it was a very busy night, and I just didn’t get the chance. So, I decided to record one instead. That way, even those who couldn’t make the launch could still enjoy listening to/watching me read the first chapter!

Here, for your viewing pleasure, is a reading from Avelynn: The Edge of Faith! Enjoy. πŸ˜€

In gratitude,

Marissa xo

Avelynn: The Edge of Faith Pre-Orders 4 Kindle

So…. this happened. πŸ˜€

Pre-order for Kindle… yep, she’s ready.
Avelynn: The Edge of Faith on Amazon.com

Here’s the link for my Canadian Peeps!
Avelynn: The Edge of Faith on Amazon.ca

Print book pre-orders will be available soon… πŸ™‚

Avelynn Edge of Faith

In gratitude,
Marissa xo

Avelynn: The Edge of Faith

I am thrilled to share the brand new cover design for the highly anticipated sequel to Avelynn!

In a struggle that forces Avelynn to question her faith, her hope, and her future, Avelynn and Alrik are thrust into the world of ninth century Wales and must navigate magic, greed, and betrayal while the iron hands of fate threaten to tear them apart.

Pre-orders available soon! Stay tuned to www.marissacampbell.com for the latest updates.

Cover design by the incomparable Jenny Q at http://historicaleditorial.blogspot.ca/

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you….

Avelynn Edge of Faith

In gratitude,

Marissa xo

Cover & Title Reveal for Avelynn2

IT’S CONTEST TIME!

Are you guys ready for your first sneak peek at a TINY section of the cover for Avelynn2? πŸ˜€ I played this game last time with Avelynn…

For the next 10 days over in the Facebook Event’s Page (see link below for details), I’m going to post a photo with a word hidden somewhere in the image. Collect all 10 words and then PM me your list or email to info@marissacampbell.com to qualify for the draw for a FREE eBook of Avelynn2! Good luck. πŸ˜€ xo

For all the party details, pop into the Facebook Event! There will be ten days of contests, fun, and shenanigans all leading up to the official reveal of the title and cover for Avelynn2!

Here’s the first contest image, to whet your appetite for more. πŸ˜€

A2 CR Day One

In gratitude,

Marissa xo

Breaking Avelynn2 News!

BREAKING NEWS!

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you a fall 2016 release date for Avelynn 2!

St. Martin’s Press has opted not to exercise their first rights of refusal on the second book in the Avelynn series, and rather than shopping it out to smaller presses, I have decided to self publish the remaining titles in the series!

The publication team is full steam ahead, and we are working towards cover design and final edits to get Avelynn 2 out this fall! BUT I don’t have a title!

CONTEST ALERT!

I’m giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card, a signed copy of the original manuscript, and an awesome printed poster to the winning entry (picked by moi). So, get those ideas jumping.

Up for grabs! A signed copy of the original manuscript!

To help you in your quest for the best new title in the Avelynn series, here for the first time ever is the thrilling cover copy for this exciting new book:

EXCLUSIVE TEASER!

It’s the year 871. Charges of treason, murder, and witchcraft follow Avelynn into exile as she flees England with Alrik. Arriving in Wales, they find refuge among Alrik’s friends in the Welsh nobility. Cast out by his half-brothers, Alrik seeks to regain his honor and earn favor with the gods. When war threatens, Alrik embraces gold and the opportunity for his crew to become mercenaries, aiding the Southern Welsh kings in their fight against Rhodri the Great.

Desperate to return home, Avelynn seeks to find a way to prove her innocence, pitting her against Alrik as their desires for the future clash. With battle looming, Avelynn’s faith in their relationship is further tested through a bitter struggle with Marared, a jealous lover from Alrik’s past. Marared’s threats turn deadly, and Avelynn runs afoul of magic and sorcery, causing her to question her beliefs and role as priestess.

When the very friends Avelynn and Alrik had come to trust betray them, Avelynn is captured and Alrik is charged with regicide. The two become separated, a chasm of greed, deceit, and ambition driving them apart. In an act of harrowing faith, Avelynn will stop at nothing to find her way back to Alrik and break them both free from Wales’ bloodthirsty grasp.

 

Ready to give me your title ideas?Β 
Send them to info@marissacampbell.com!
Contest closes July 30th, 2016. If no title is picked, all entries will be entered into a random drawing for the prizes listed above.

Good luck!

Avelynn2 Coming Fall 2016

Viking Scissors

Did #Vikings have scissors? Why, yes. Yes, they did.

Viking Scissors

An excerpt from #Avelynn2

β€œTell me what to do.” Angharad surveyed the room.

I pulled out the vellum and, using a pair of scissors, cut two small sections away. I handed her one, kept the other piece, and placed the rest back in my satchel.

My photo from the #Viking Exhibit at the Canadian Museum of History #Ottawa

In gratitude,

Marissa xo