This scene came out of nowhere, and apparently, I had to jot it down. And… it’s in Alrik’s POV. #Interesting
Could this be the beginning of Avelynn 3?
Alrik ran his hand along the worn rail, the wood cool and wet, the mist blanketing the hull in a shroud of silence. They’d all know of his betrayal and exile. Raven’s Blood skulked like a wounded dog, her numbers greatly reduced from her altercations in Wales, though no one would be fool enough to think her crippled. At close to fifty crew, she was still formidable, but dissent and bitterness trailed the aft like a festering dung heap. Those looking would smell it a hundred knots away.
“How much longer?” Tollak leaned his hip against the steering board—the rudder as useless as the compass stone since the fog descended and they’d dropped anchor.
Alrik ran a hand through his hair. There was no splitting the veil. “Another day, perhaps?”
At the least the sea rolled quiet. Despite the otherworldly chill, he’d gladly take fog over a tempest. He glanced around the crew. “How many?”
Tollak frowned. “At least half.”
Alrik nodded. That was to be expected. At least twenty men would stand by him, offering protection for the ship and Avelynn. It would be a good number to present to his uncle Rurik in Novgorod, if he accepted them. Only the Gods knew their fate. The rest of the men would return home to Gotland and Sweden. They owed him nothing.
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. 😀
Are you guys ready for your first sneak peek at a TINY section of the cover for Avelynn2? 😀 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 email@example.com to qualify for the draw for a FREE eBook of Avelynn2! Good luck. 😀 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. 😀
Up for grabs… A signed copy of the original manuscript, a limited edition promotional poster, and a $25 Amazon Gift Card! Get those entries in by July 30th! *If no title is picked, a random draw will be made from all entries. 😀 Good Luck <3 xo
I was fortunate enough to visit Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge, Ontario this past Thursday, June 23rd for their annual event Babes Shop Brock. What a hoot that was! I signed copies with my amazing Viking guests and chatted with all the wonderful shoppers strolling along Brock St. If you haven’t had a chance to check out this quaint bookseller (voted number #1 Independent Bookseller in Canada) you’re missing out! Tell them Marissa sent you. 😀
Here’s some photos from the event.
And always, don’t forget to support your local independent booksellers!
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!
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:
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?
Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Contest closes July 30th, 2016. If no title is picked, all entries will be entered into a random drawing for the prizes listed above.