The second in the Riduna Series will be launched this Saturday 7th July 2012!
It seems fitting that the launch of my second novel should take place in Woolston, Southampton. In fact there will be a morning of events in Woolston and Bitterne, just over the River Itchen from Southampton.
10 am to 10.50 am Woolston Library
11 am to 11.50 am Bitterne Heritage Centre
12 noon to 1pm Bitterne Library
At each venue I will give a short talk and opportunities to answer questions and to sign copies of both books in the series.
Ancasta ~Guide me Swiftly Home is a historical saga of a family living in Woolston between 1910 and 1920. It was an era of contrasts, with the exciting birth of Supermarine and the development of flying boats and sea planes marred by the suffering each family faced through the Great War.
Ancasta was the Goddess of the River Itchen from which this novel flows, as family members and other key characters in the story journey to the Channel Islands, France, Turkey and even India. The Romans used to pray to Ancasta for the swift and safe return of travellers leaving the port of Southampton, in the same way as Harriet prayed for the swift and safe return of her family and loved ones.
The cover was designed by a local artist and historian, Colin van Geffen, a well known character in the area who gives talks on the Schneider Trophy and who very kindly supported me while checking the facts in my manuscript also writing a forward, a quote from which you can find on my Ancasta page on this blog.
Come and say hello to me in Woolston or Bitterne this Saturday if you are in the area, where I will be signing copies of Ancasta.
If you cannot make it this Saturday, then watch out for news of further opportunities during the summer and autumn or the novel can be pre ordered on Amazon.
Many thanks to Martyn in the Bitterne Heritage Centre for organising this morning of events!