Warrior Princess Book 4/Destiny’s Path: Caradoc of the North Wind - COMPETITION!

By Allan | Saturday, 7 April 2012 at 09:13
Category: Writing

First of all, let me apologise for not blogging recently. I’ve been crazy busy with new projects and there wasn’t a whole lot of new stuff to tell you about Faerie Path and Warrior Princess/Destiny’s Path.

As most of you will already know, the American Publishers decided they did not want to publish the 4th Warrior Princess book. The series was bought by a British publisher, and they decided to publish all four books - under the new series title of Destiny’s Path. The 4th book is called Destiny’s Path: Caradoc of the North Wind, and it was released in the UK and Canada and Australia and New Zealand etc on the 5th April 2012. I’m really pleased about this, as you can imagine, because at one point I thought this book might never see the light of day.

I’ve been told my copies of the new book are in the mail, so it’s time for me to set up the competition to allow a few of you to win signed copies. I’ve been getting regular mails about this for a while now, so I know people are eager to get their hands on a copy. With that in mind, I’m going to work the competition so that the winners will need to have read the first three books quite carefully.

As always with my competitions, there is no specific closing date, and I will send copies to winners in the order that the correct answers arrive with me - so, first come, first served, and I’ll blog to let you know when all my spare copies are gone.

Also, as before, don’t respond in the comments section of this blog - go to the contact page and write to me from there. Any answers given as comments will be ignored. So, write to me with your answers and I will get straight back to you to let you know if you’ve won. Then I’ll be asking for your home address. If you are under 14 years of age, you should really ask your parents or guardians before giving out your home address, although once I have sent the book, I will not be keeping the information.

So, here are the questions I’d like you to answer.

1. When Branwen arrives at Doeth Palas in book 1, she is given two servant women to help her get ready for the welcoming feast. (Chapter 13). What are the names of these two servants?

2. What is the full name of Iwan’s father?

3. When Branwen and Blodwedd enter Chester in disguise in Chapter 15 of The Emerald Flame/Merion of the Stones, they encounter a fishmonger. Name the six fish he tells them he sells.

There you are - as I told you, first come first served!

Good luck.

DESTINY’S PATH COMPETITION

By Allan | Monday, 23 January 2012 at 09:54
Category: Writing

I have received a box of copies of the third book in the Destiny’s Path series: Merion of the Stones, which has just been published.

Just to recap for those who may not know, Destiny’s Path is the British title for the series published in America as Warrior Princess. So, Merion of the Stones is a reprint of The Emerald Flame.

If you would like to own a signed copy of this book, all you have to do is to write to me and give me the full names of the four Shining Ones - and you’ve already got one right here!

Don’t send your replies as comments to this blog - send them via my Contacts page. The first ten people who write in with the correct answer will get a copy of the book.

On the Faerie Path front, things have not changed since last I posted - I’m going to chase up information about the audio version soon, and I’ll let you know as soon as there are any developments.

I’m still working on my new spy-boy series, Codename Quicksilver, the first two books of which are due to be published in the UK in July this year.

Happy New Year - Happy New(ish) Book

By Allan | Thursday, 5 January 2012 at 20:18
Category: Writing

Sorry it’s a bit late - but I’d like to wish a Happy New Year to you all.

This is quite a busy year for me so far. Today in the UK, Australia, Canada, new Zealand, etc. the third book of the Destiny’s Path Series is coming out.

For those who don’t know, Destiny’s Path is the UK version of the Warrior Princess series - with a few small edits (by me - just to put a few little things right) and a slightly different cover. But readers of Warrior Princess will know it by its American title: Warrior Princess: The Emerald Flame.

Well, now it’s called Destiny’s Path: Merion Of The Stones. Pretty much the same book, except with a new title.

The really exiting thing about these new editions is that it will finally allow the fourth book in the Warrior Princess series to see the light of day. This will be in April - just four months away. This 4th book has never been published in America - the American publishers of Warrior Princess decided three books about Branwen and co was enough. Emails I’ve received from many readers suggest they don’t necessarily agree with that opinion - so they will be delighted, I hope, to finally get their hands on this 4th book - almost 20 months after its original publication date. I will definitely be posting a competition when this book comes out - the lucky winners will get signed copies of the book, hot off the presses - so that’s worth looking out for.

Also in april, the third of The Six Crowns books will be coming out in America - it’s called Fire Over Swallowhaven, and anyone wanting to know more, can check it out at www.thesixcrowns.com.

I’m still busy with my new spy-boy series: Codename Quicksilver. I’m in the middle of book four right now, and the hero Zak Archer has just been fighting some spies on top of the Eiffel Tower, which was good fun to write. He has now arrived in venice on the Orient Express, but his enemies are closing in on him. I’m a real sucker for old James Bond movies, so this series has been great fun to write.

I am still really hoping to write that Faerie Path short story I’ve been talking about for months. Please bear with me on this - I’m just waiting for the work-load to go down a bit so that I have time to  get it written. There’s no more news yet on the audio versions of the Faerie Path books, but I’ll let you know as soon as I hear of any movement on that.

I hope you all have a great year in 2012 - I certainly intend to!

The Faerie Path - NEWS!

By Allan | Wednesday, 23 November 2011 at 11:41
Category: Writing

I have some very interesting news on the Faerie Path series.

This just in from the publishers Harper Collins New York - they are planning on releasing an audio version of the series.

Cover of Book 6 of Faerie Path Audio Versions.

Cover of Book 6 of Faerie Path Audio Versions.

I have only limited information so far, so bear with me while I wait for the Publishers to give me more!

Here’s the audio version of the cover of The Charmed Return. As you will see, the audio has been performed by Khristine Vhan. Khristine is a well-known audio artist, who has worked in TV, Radio and Audio Books, and who is based in New York. She sounds like a good choice. (Bear in mind I haven’t actually hard these audio versions yet - I was only told they exist a few hours ago).

I don’t as yet have any dates for release of these versions, nor do I know anything apart from what I have just told you, but I’m hoping to be able to tell you more soon.

As someone who really likes audio versions of books, I’m very pleased about this. I love the idea of sitting audio versions of The Faerie Path books alongside my audio versions of Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter and other favourite books.

As I said, as soon as I know more, I’ll post about it right here.

Competitions & Kittens etc.

By Allan | Sunday, 2 October 2011 at 11:56
Category: Writing

The really big news here is that we have a new kitten. Claudia discovered it running wild where she works - it had been out there on its own for at least 3 weeks. She asked a local Cat’s Home to let her use their humane trap to catch it - and then we brought it home. That was just over 2 weeks ago. As a feral kitten, it was quite wild and frightened, but it is gradually coming around to us and getting more adventurous every day. We haven’t been to the vet yet, but Claudia is pretty sure it’s a boy. If so, we’re giving it the full name of Maximilian de Winter - but we’ll be calling him Maxim or Max for short. (Maxim de Winter is a character out of a really famous old book called Rebecca - some of you may know the movie?) For more pictures of the kitten, check out the Facebook page via the link on the right side of the Home Page here.

The New Kitten

The New Kitten

Other news - the two big summer giveaway competitions are now over. I’ve been running one here and Arya has been running another on mysticrealms.co.nr. All the winners are in and many signed books have already been sent out - but if you took part in Arya’s competition and haven’t yet sent in your address, you should do that soon so I can sign your book and send it off.

Winners include: Christina from Farmington, Valerie from Salida, Sarah from Saratoga Springs, Autumn from Hawaii, Kayla from Tuscon, Laura from Ontario, Brittany from Manitoba, Celine from St Charles, Megan from West Seneca, Maddie from Beverley Hills, Alexandra from South Bend, Dawnmarie from Grand Island, Cheyenne from Culver, Ashely from Woodstock and Ingrid from Champaign.

If you have not yet received your book, you should get it soon.

Other news is that the first The Six Crowns book “Trundle’s Quest” is now out in the USA in paperback, and that the 2nd book in the series, “Fair Wind To Widdershins” is due out any day now in Hardback. To find out more about this great adventure series, check out www.thesixcrowns.com.

Book two of Destiny’s Path is out in the UK and Canada and Australia and New Zealand: Destiny’s Path: Govannon of the Wood. Remember, this is virtually the same book as book 2 of the Warrior Princess series, with a change of title and a few very minor edits.

I’m still working on the brand new adventure series for boys (mostly) which will start coming out in the UK next summer. It’s called Codename Quicksilver and is a series of 6 books (so far) about a 14 year old orphan boy from London, England, who becomes a spy for the British Secret Services.

Apart from that, I am working on something new with an illustrator pal of mine, Gary Chalk. Here’s an early picture from the planned book series. It’s an evil Russian Vampire soldier - one of the hero’s worst enemies! Let me know what you think.

A Russian Vampire Soldier

A Russian Vampire Soldier

Competition Closed - New Competition Soon.

By Allan | Tuesday, 20 September 2011 at 07:42
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I was really amazed at how quickly the replies came in for my competition. All the books have now been won, so I’m afraid the competition is now closed.

However - I will hold another similar competition at the end of September, so keep your eyes open for news about that.

…and thank you to everyone who wrote in.

The No-Summer in London Update + Competitions!

By Allan | Friday, 16 September 2011 at 09:32
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sorry for not posting anything recently - but I’ve been busy on various projects and time flew away with me.

One of my projects - nothing to do with my writing - is I’m currently listening to audio versions of all 7 Harry Potter books. I know I’ve arrived rather late to the party with this, but I thought I’d wait till the hullabaloo died down. What I really like about the books so far is that they ignore all the editorial rules I have been told about over the past 20 years. Rowling just did what she wanted to do, and everyone loved it.

Anyway, we’re fresh back from a glorious holiday in Greece - I just have to set a book on a Greek Island. For any of you people with Facebook access, I’ve posted a few pictures up - under the name Allan Frewin. If people are interested, let me know, and I’ll post some on this site, too. The weather was fabulous in Greece so at least Claudia and I got two wonderful weeks of Summer this year, which is more than everyone who stayed in London, England did! Rain, rain rain. Grey, grey, grey. Yuck!

A while ago I promised some giveaways in competitions. Here they are at last. First come, first served, no reply by date - but in both cases, I have 5 signed copies of books to give away, and they will be sent out in the order in which I get correct responses.

THE FAERIE PATH COMPETITION

5 signed Hardback Copies of THE CHARMED RETURN as prizes.

All you need to do to win is to tell me the last 6 words spoken by Tania/Anita at the very end of The Enchanted Quest.

Please do not give your answer as a comment on this blog - I’ll ignore it. You should go to the Contact page and write me from there.

THE DESTINY’S PATH (Warrior Princess) COMPETITION

5 signed paperback copies of the UK edition of Destiny’s Path: Govannon of the Spring (Published previously in America as Warrior Princess: Destiny’s Path).

Please remember that this is the British edition of the 2nd Warrior Princess book - with a different title and a slightly different cover and a few small editorial corrections.

All you need to do to win is to tell me the name of the Owl Girl who becomes Branwen’s companion in this book.

As with the other competition, please don’t respond as a comment on this blog - go to the Contact page and write me from there with your answer. First come first served!

I hope you all had a good summer - and don’t forget, for Warrior Princess readers, the 4th Warrior Princess book that was not published in America will be released in the UK and Canada in April 2012 - I’ll be giving some away as prizes next spring, so if you want to know how Branwen’s adventures continue - watch this space.

Faerie Path - The Latest

By Allan | Monday, 25 July 2011 at 09:00
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For several months now I have been getting mail from readers of the Faerie Path series, asking me whether there will be a 7th book. I now have the final answer. I’m afraid there is no chance of another full Faerie Path book.

I don’t want you to think the publishers are at fault here - the people at Harper Collins have been really great! Let me walk you through this. When the idea of The Faerie Path first came, I thought it would only be one book - a single story that ended with the downfall of Gabriel Drake and the reconciliation of Tania and Edric. When the people at Harper Collins came on board, they asked if this could be stretched to a trilogy of books. A Fantasy Trilogy! My ambition for years and years - ever since I started writing - was to publish a fantasy trilogy - and now they were giving me the chance! I said yes! Of course I did.

At that time, I had no idea of what would happen in books 2 and 3. Actually, book 2 wasn’t such a problem - the Queen of Faerie was missing - book 2 could tell the story of Tania and Edric finding her and bringing her back. (I’m hoping everyone reading this will have read the first books, so no spoilers! If you haven’t read them, stop now, or plots are going to be given away!)  The plot of book 3 came about quite by accident. I wanted a scene where Tania would meet Princess Sancha in her library, reading a book. When I started writing the scene, I had no idea what Sancha would be reading - and I just wrote the first thing that popped into my head - a tale of an ancient war with the Sorcerer King of Lyonesse. I had no idea then who the Sorcerer King was, nor what had happened to him. It was just something for Sancha to be reading.

But as most of you will know, that little incident gave me the basis for the whole of the 3rd book. So, there I was, with a Fantasy Trilogy!

I thought that would be the end of the adventures of Princess Tania in Faerie, and Harper Collins asked what Frewin Jones could do next - which is how the Warrior Princess series got started. I was actually in a meeting with some editors, discussing the plot of Warrior Princess book 2, when the Office Manager strolled in. “Did you enjoy writing the Faerie Path books?” he asked. I told him I had enjoyed it very much. “Good, then,” he said. “How would you like to write three more?”

I jumped at the chance - and rushed off to come up with some thoughts for three more books. Again, the plot for this 2nd trilogy came from something that I had written near the end of book three, never thinking it would lead anywhere. It was the scene where Tania asks Titania about Faerie wings, and Titania mentions the lands of Alba and Erin and speaks of the Divine Harper. At the time, I had no idea what any of that meant! But now I had three more books, I decided it would be fun to find out, and I’m eternally grateful to the good people at Harper Collins for giving me the opportunity to do so. But things are very tough in the publishing world now - and getting tougher! A seventh Faerie Path book is not an option right now, and - as someone who makes their living from writing - I have moved on to other projects.

However, some of you have told me that the 2nd trilogy feels “unfinished” - as if there is more to tell. In a way, I can see why you would think so, although I am not going to talk about this in detail here, because there will be a lot of people reading this who have not necessarily read the Charmed Return, and I don’t want to spoil the end for them.

Here’s the thing. Although there will definitely not be a 7th book, I am considering writing an extended short story - or novella - which I would make available free online from this website to anyone who would like to read it. If it gets written, this short story would - hopefully - wrap up all the loose ends and answer most of the questions that readers have been asking me. Again, I’m not going to go into details - I don’t want potential readers to be put off by telling then what happens in The Charmed Return before they have had the chance to read it.

I am very busy now with other writing, so if I do write the ‘tying-up-loose-ends” story, it won’t be until next year now - although, of course, as it will be directly from me to you readers, as soon as it is written, I will make it available on this website.

so - there you have it, not the news many of your were hoping for, but maybe not entirely without hope! Let me know what you think - if I wrote the short story, would you want to read it?

If you want to write to me with ideas or specific thoughts about what you’d want to see in the potential short story, please do it via the Contact page and not as a comment here. Remember there are plenty of people out there who have not yet read The Charmed Return, and I won’t be posting any comments that give the story away!

The Faerie Path - a fan’s thoughts

By Allan | Sunday, 17 July 2011 at 15:36
Category: Writing

I received the following email from a Faerie Path series reader the other day, and I thought I would share it with the rest of you.

Hello, my name is Lily and I am currently in the process of writing Harper-Collins a letter suggesting a seventh book…I would love if I could get any input from fans or even you, but I see that the blog concerning the seventh book is closed…so any info you could give me to add into my letter would be great. I have put in it to if they want to look at the blog for the faerie path and read the comments because most of them crave for a seventh book. Please any comments you have regarding this topic I will gladly appreciate it!

I have already made my feelings on this clear - I’d be happy to write a 7th book if I was certain of it being published, although, that being said, I am really busy with other things right now. So, if any of you would like to comment on Lily’s idea, or suggest any other ways of making your wishes heard, please feel free to do so - but if you do decide to address any mails or comments to Harper Collins, please always be polite and bear in mind they’ve already done great by giving me the chance to write 6 books in the Series! My Great Ambition as a writer was to get a fantasy trilogy published - and Harper Collins let me write TWO Fantasy Trilogies - they’re good people!

Oh, while I’m here - I now have a twitter account - I’m working on getting a direct link from the Home Page - meanwhile you can follow me on twitter as: @A_Frewin_Jones. Bear in mind, it won’t all be about writing, though - I also tweet with my wife Claudia and my pals about all kinds of strange and obscure things!

Faerie Path 7 - The “no news” News

By Allan | Monday, 4 July 2011 at 08:27
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I am still getting regular mail from readers of The Faerie Path series asking for more books after The Charmed Return.

I’d be happy to write more books, but the cold truth at the moment is that the Publishers do not want any more books in this series. There are only two ways that I can think of to get them to change their minds.

The first and best would be for the sales of the existing books to go through the roof! I do what I can to publicise these books, but word of mouth by existing readers is a far more effective way of alerting people to the existence of the books - and of getting them to buy them! If you would like to see more Faerie Path books, and you have a Facebook account, or Twitter, or any other Social Network access, then spread the word. If you know people who run book-review websites, or even if you know of such websites from your browsing online, make contact and tell them about the series. If you have a local library, speak to the librarian and ask if they will buy the books for their shelves. If you have a school library, find out if they would be able to buy copies. If you have friends or family who you think might enjoy the books, tell them about them - maybe even buy a book as a gift?

The other potential way of getting the Publishers Harper Collins to change their mind is to make direct contact with them - they have a Facebook page HarperTeen where you can post comments - perhaps if you write a polite message to them telling them how much you are enjoying the Faerie Path series and would like to see more, that might make a difference - if enough of you do it. If you do decide you’d like to contact the publishers directly, please remember always to be polite to them and to keep your mails short and to the point.

If you have an online account with Amazon or a similar book-selling store, perhaps you could consider writing a review of the books for other people to read?

If you have any other ideas for publicising the series and spreading the word, please post a comment here.

Meanwhile, don’t forget you can chat with other readers of the series on the Fan Forum and in the Fan Club - links on the right hand side of my website Home page. Arya, who runs these sites, has also set up a big Summer Giveaway of books signed by me - so please do check this out if you have the time.

Of course, if I do hear anything from the Publishers - I’ll post it here immediately.

Meanwhile…the ball is in your court!