Saturday, 14 March 2015

The Meadowsweet Series.

I've spent most of the first three months hidden away in the writing cave, writing the sequel to 'Witchcraft' the first of a seven book series, called 'The Meadowsweet Chronicles'
'The Meadowsweet Chronicles' is a YA / NA paranormal, occult, horror series that combines my love of American and English witchlore. To be honest it's a complete personal indulgence, and plays with ideas, tropes and stories that I have loved for as long as I could read.
Blending the American Gothic with English Wiccan folklore, it is a rich mash up of ideas and characters, with a genre medley of romance, ghost-stories, good old fashioned horror and detective fiction; a collage of all the things I love to read.

Originally the title of the second book was always going to be 'Witch Hunter', but after the way that Book One ended, no matter how I tried to make the cover work, it didn't. I realised that it was because the title wasn't right.

So, after many sleepless nights, the new title of Book Two of The Meadowsweet Series is called 'Vengeance', which is far more fitting considering the terrible tragedies that befall the characters in Book One.
So, if you've missed the whole 'The Meadowsweet Chronicles', here is a little spotlight to help you get up to speed.
The second book, 'Vengeance' is due to be released at the beginning of May, just in time for my trip over to the States to attend UtopYA.

Ever since its earliest days, the small English village of Heargton has been steeped in the occult. Tales of witchcraft and paranormal activity have been part of the local folklore for generations. Some people blame the lay lines that intersect at the very centre of the village, others blame a terrible curse.

700 years on, Heargton Village still holds dark secrets, and when one of the village girls falls victim to a terrible ritual killing, the old superstitions resurface.

At the heart of these whispers are the Meadowsweet sisters. All beautiful, all charming, all eccentric, but it is the middle daughter, seventeen-year-old Fox, who captures the imagination of American newcomer Jeremiah Chase; a deviant New York playboy sent to live with his Aunt in the Chase ancestral home of Coldstone Hall. A place that has its own grisly history.

But, as Jeremiah discovers the history of the Meadowsweet Sisters, the Chase family history is also unearthed, leading Jeremiah to understand that good and evil are not always on opposing sides.

A tale of witchcraft, demons and ghosts, blending traditional English folklore with the American Gothic.
Jeremiah Chase?
The character of Jeremiah Chase is a playful deviation from the usual Paranormal Romance protagonist. An exiled New York playboy and deviant, he finds himself sent to his eccentric aunt in the village of Heargton. The juxtaposition between his old metropolitan Hampton's lifestyle, and the life he is cast into in the village of Heargton, couldn't be further apart. It is this contrast that makes Jeremiah so interesting to create.
Of course, it is no coincidence that his aunt is in Heargton and it isn't long before he comes to understand that his family's incredible wealth and power is as much to do with their blood legacy as it is to do with their capitalist appetites.
The story is essential about the awakening of the three Meadowsweet sisters, and so naturally there are elements of sexual and relationship discovery. Swan Meadowsweet is nearly nineteen, Fox is seventeen and Bunny is just about to turn sixteen. As such, they are emerging into the adult world, so although 'The Meadowsweet Chronicles' is not primarily a boy-girl kind of story, there are strong tensions, confusions and undercurrents of romance running through the storylines.
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