The Charmed Return - The Original Ending

By Allan | Wednesday, 10 October 2012 at 07:37
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I have now posted the final scene of the final chapter of The Charmed Return - with the extra page that shows how I originally intended to end the book. You’ll find it if you go the the BOOKS page, click on The Faerie Path, then click on The Charmed Return. A link at the bottom of that page will take you to the missing page.

At the time, I was hopeful that the publishers might ask for one more book where I could wrap up the story of Tania and her two families and bring the series to a satisfying conclusion. Alas, that didn’t happen - the books sold well, but not quite well enough to survive the economic troubles. Publishers all over were cutting back, abandoning books and holding off on publishing anything that wasn’t almost certain to make big money, and any hope of a 7th Faerie Path book cot caught up in the austerity. (Things were so bad, as you know, that the publishers never even released The Charmed Return in paperback form - I think we should all feel really lucky that all six books exist at all!)

Anyway, this small addition will answer one of the many questions that I have been asked by readers hungry for more. The publishers asked me to take the original ending out becasue they thought it made for a too ‘downbeat’ conclusion.

I suppose I could have added a kind of epilogue chapter showing Tania and Edric’s wedding - but then I’d have run into the problem of the book being too long, and the publishers would have wanted me to cut something in the book to bring the page-count down - and I really didn’t want to do that.

It’s a shame, because I did have a few thoughts about how a 7th book would go - and I’m still hopeful that I might get the time to write a short story that will answer all your outstanding questions - or at least, most of them. But you see, I need to keep working - I make my living from writing - so I’m in a Catch 22 situation in a way. I’m always looking for new work - and that fills up my time - but I’d like to write a short Faerie story - which I currently don’t have the time to do. Tricky, but I haven’t abandoned the idea altogether.

Anyway, as I think I mentioned before, when I submitted The Immortal Realm to the publishers, it was too long for them and they asked me to cut a couple of scenes. I did so, but I still have those scenes on file. Anyone interested?

The Emerald Flame: Browse Inside

By Allan | Monday, 25 October 2010 at 14:06
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Browse Inside this book
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Hey, everyone! There’s even more of The 3rd Warrior Princess book to see if you follow the above link!

Warrior Princess 3: The Emerald Flame - sneak-peeks

By Allan | Saturday, 2 October 2010 at 07:48
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For all of you who have been asking me about the sneak-peek chapters of the forthcoming 3rd Warrior Princess book - good news! I have now posted two and a half chapters for you to take a look at. Those who have Warrior Princess 2: Destiny’s Path in hardback will recognise the first chapter from the back of that book, but the rest will be new to you.

You can access the chapters by going to the BOOKS page and then clicking on the appropriate links on the sidebar on the right hand side. Or you can go into the Warrior Princess page, then to The Emerald Flame page and link through from the bottom of that page.

In the next few days I will post some information about the live chat hour I am involved in later this month.

The Enchanted Quest - Chapter Two

By Allan | Monday, 30 November 2009 at 10:52
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I know the wait has been driving some of you crazy, and I know the new chapter I’ve just posted won’t make you any less impatient for the new Faerie Path book to come out…but here it is at last: Chapter Two of The Enchanted Quest.

I suppose the best thing about this new post is that it marks the point where I can tell you: Only Two Months To Go! The Enchanted Quest is due to hit the bookstores on 1st February 2010.

So, what else can I tell you about this new book without giving the game away entirely? Well…I think that by the end of the book the question of Tania/Connor or Tania/Edric will probably have been answered one way or the other. Also answered will be the question as to whether Tania will ever be able to get back to the Mortal World again. The Dream Weaver will make her presence known again. In the course of the journey, Tania, Rathina and Connor will encounter some dangerous enemies and some unexpected friendships, as well as being confronted by people they already know but whose allegiances are uncertain.

I think that’s about it for now.

Other news. The Charmed Return has now been through its UK edit and has been sent to the Publishers in New York for their verdict. I don’t imagine I’ll be hearing back from them before the end of the Year - but I’ll keep you in the loop regarding progress on the final book of this second Faerie Path trilogy.

Warrior Princess. I’m getting some very positive feedback about the new Warrior Princess book: Destiny’s Path. It’s great to know people are enjoying this new series as much as The Faerie Path.

Book four of the Warrior Princess series has been plotted out, thanks to a couple of long sessions with my friend and collaborator James. This week, the full storyline will be sent off to the New York publishers for their opinion. Hopefully, they’ll like it as much as I do. I plan on starting writing it early in the new year.

I have also been sent early copies of the UK editions of the first two Warrior Princess books. The covers are similar to the American ones, but with a different typeface - and on the cover my name is Allan Frewin Jones - not Frewin Jones as it is in America. Also, the first book is called Warrior Princess: Rhiannon of the Spring. This is the original title of the book. The American Publishers weren’t keen on it, so they dropped the “Rhiannon” stuff - but the UK publishers think it’s great.

These UK editions are not officially due out in England till October 2010, but they will be available in Australia before that date.

Other stuff? Well, I’ve been invited to a Christmas Party at the UK Publishers on December 2nd - Gary Chalk, the guy I’m writing Sundered Lands with is coming over from France (tomorrow!) and staying with me for a few days, so we can both go to the party. We’re planning on hinting to the important people at the party about a few new ideas we’re working on together. A new series or two, hopefully.

Well, that’s about it for now - hope you like the new chapter - and I hope it will keep you going till the book comes out on the 1st February 2010.

The Enchanted Quest - Chapter One

By Allan | Friday, 2 October 2009 at 09:16
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The eagle-eyed among you may have already noticed that I have posted Chapter One of The Enchanted Quest here.

Now then, a couple of things.

Thing One is that if you haven’t yet read The Immortal Realm, you really should NOT be reading the first chapter of The Enchanted Quest - it includes some really big spoilers. You’ve been warned, and now if you spoil The Immortal Realm for yourself, you have no one else to blame!

Thing Two is for those of you who have read The Immortal Realm. You will remember that the book ends with a brief “epilogue” that has Tania, Rathina and Connor on a boat.  Well, the posted chapter covers things that happen before they get on that boat. It starts pretty much where the main story of The Immortal Realm leaves off. As promised, I will be posting the next chapter at the start of December. In Chapter 2 they enter the town of…hey! Wait a minute! I’m not telling you that yet.

Anyway, as I’ve said before, you get the first chapter now, the second chapter in December, and the book itself hits the stores on the 1st February next year.

I know for many of you, this is too little and too long between, and next February is a million years away - but if I show you more or tell you more before February 2010, the publishers have threatened to beat me to death with a shovel…in a manner of speaking…and you wouldn’t want that happening, would you?

Warrior Princess 2: Destiny’s Path

By Allan | Sunday, 2 August 2009 at 10:38
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Hello there.

I know that most of the mail coming to this site concerns The Faerie Path series - but from what you’re telling me, plenty of you have also read and enjoyed the first Warrior Princess book.

Well, as you probably know, the second book in this series is due out 1st October 2009 - only a couple of months away. To give you a taster of what is to come, I’ve just posted up the second chapter of the new book Destiny’s Path on this site.

It shows our hero Branwen losing faith in her Destiny and deciding she wants to go home…or at least, to go back to her mother whom she left in the burning ruins of her home at the end of book one.

But she finds out that the gods who told her of her destiny - the mysterious Shining Ones - are not so easily put off. Branwen is destiny girl whether she likes it or not.

For me, one of the most exciting elements of the whole series comes to the fore at the start of chapter three - when the Shining Ones send Branwen a supernatural companion to help her on the path to her destiny. For Branwen, the big problem with this new ally is trying to figure out whose side she’s on. Is Blodwedd there to help Branwen, or is her loyalty really to the great antlered man-god Govannon of the Wood? Either way, Blodwedd is a strange and dangerous person to travel with…if she’s even a real person at all.

I hope you enjoy these sneak peek chapters, and that it inspires you to check out Warrior Princess book two: Destiny’s Path.

Warrior Princess 2: Destiny’s Path Preview

By Allan | Wednesday, 24 June 2009 at 08:09
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I have just posted on-line the first chapter of the second book in the Warrior Princess series: Destiny’s Path! To find and read it, go into Books, then Warrior Princess - Destiny’s Path, and you will find it on a link called “sneak peek…”

Hope you enjoy it! I will post another chapter in August.

The book is due out in October.