Monday, July 12, 2010

BOOK GIVEAWAY: Seasons in the Mist

Please welcome DEB KINNARD! If you leave a comment, you'll be entered to WIN a SIGNED COPY of Deb's book SEASONS IN THE MIST! If you become a follower, or are already a follower, I'll enter your name in TWICE! Be sure to leave your email address so I can let you know if you win!

I had the pleasure of reading SEASONS IN THE MIST, and it's a book you won't want to mist . . . er . . . I mean--MISS! Deb has a wonderful imagination, and this book was an exciting read. I mean, it's not everyday one gets to travel back in time. I've often imagined what it might be like, and Deb does a wonderful job at portraying this in her latest release. From Bethany's funny, modern quips to the dashing Sir Michael Veryan, you'll be swept away into dangerous intrigues of King Edward's court. I have to say, Deb did an awesome job on her research, not to mention, on telling a great story!

Deb, I'm so glad you stopped by! So, tell us, how long have you been writing? How did you get your start? I started at age 10, due to the TV show “Bonanza.” I decided there should be a ten year old long-lost-and-now-found sister with her own pony. She had plenty of adventures on the Ponderosa!

What made you decide to write fiction? I never thought much about writing anything else. I did do a brief and inglorious stint as the self-help columnist in the elementary school paper.

What made you choose this particular genre? I love historical fic set in the middle ages, particularly in England. Years ago I read Anya Seton’s superb novels, and they caught my heart. The interest she inspired in the medieval period is with me still. And don’t ask how many volumes comprise my medieval nonfic research collection!

How did things change once you became a published author? Did you lose friends? Make friends? How did it affect your family? My immediate family’s really good at eating carryout pizza. Thank heaven they love it! But they’ve been eating it for a long time, so getting published didn’t really change that much. My extended family is a mixed bag. I can say with some certainty that I’ve got close family members who’ve never read my work. Blame differences in spiritual outlook.

Where do you spend your time writing? Do you have a favorite place? A favorite time of day? I have a computer/printer/file cabinet in a corner of the front room, because that’s where it fits. Favorite time of day is morning, particularly this summer, before it gets warm outside.

How did you come up with the story for SEASONS IN THE MIST? Some years ago I vacationed in England, and spent a week in Cornwall. Its ambiance captured me, so I wandered from place to place and dreamed. One such place was a disused well with a ruined stone building nearby. It became a holy well in the 14th century, and of course two lovers appeared nearby. I knew that scene right from the start, and it formed the kernel of the time-travel romance that resulted.

What are you working on now? Edits to the second book in the “Seasons of Destiny” series, and typing furiously on the third book, so the ideas don’t escape the sieve that is my brain.

What is your favorite scene in the whole book? If it's a reasonable length (not an entire chapter), feel free to share an excerpt! The “holy well” scene (I’ve edited the excerpt for length). Here it is – Lord Michael de Veryan and his time traveling houseguest, Bethany Lindstrom, have ridden out in a fair spring morning, and deliberately he shows her the holy well...

Abruptly the path widened into a leafy clearing. Vagrant shafts of sunlight shot through the branches overhead, creating a green and private space. She breathed deeply of its scents, redolent with damp life and springtime. It whispered welcome as she touched her mare with one heel, turning her three-sixty to take in the lush and tangled greenery, the wildness and the mossy trees.
Lord Michael dismounted and led Broc over to a chipped granite trough from which the horse drank. Bran slurped up water noisily. Caillin moved to follow suit before Michael lifted Beth from the saddle and looped both sets of reins around a dry branch.
“How beautiful. What is that building?”
At the end of the glade stood a tiny roofless chapel. Built of the ubiquitous gray Cornish stone, its windows gaped like vacant Norman eyes, round-arched and contemplative.
He answered without glancing at the structure. “St. Aldhem’s. Before that, who knows?”
He caught her fingers, causing that sneaky tingle in her skin, and tugged her over to a fallen log. On this he sat, urging her silently to sit at his side.
“Before the church, certes another building stood here. I daresay this place has been in use continually since the first sons of Adam came to this island. It is due to the water, you see. The horses know. Sweet water comes from that spring and fills their trough. Always clear, even in dry years it runs cold and fresh, never brackish, though we are so near the sea. It is an important place. The old ones built here because of the spring. First their places of worship, whatever they were, later the church.”
“Why does it then lie in ruins?”
“None knows. I have made inquiries, but the story of St. Aldhem’s has been lost. Only the older tales remain of what this place was before Christ-lore came to Cornwall.”
Oh, for a spiral notebook and a stub of pencil! All she had was her memory. She’d have to rely on it to recall the tale he would tell. Somehow, this day would linger in her mind once she returned home . . .
“The place has always been holy,” he was continuing. “The church in her wisdom assigned the spring to St. Aldhem, but we Cornish know better. St. Aldhem is but a nouveau arrivĂ©. This well was sacred long before we Christians changed its name.”
“Sacred to whom?”
He loves this place. And its legends.
He shrugged answer. “Who can say? The Cornish are good sons of the church in these modern times, of course, but we are an insular race. Too long separated from the rest of the realm, mayhap. We cling to our old beliefs, our ancient ways. Perhaps a water sprite made this her home. Perhaps not. The grannies claim piskies still dwell amongst us, causing mischief.”
He picked a long blade of grass and chewed reflectively. The gesture reminded her of neighborhood boys back home—boys in blue jeans and sneakers, not woolen hose and gold spurs. Despite his attire, somehow he had a familiar look.
“If the best milch cow fails or the cream turns or the barley beer goes sour, why that is the piskies’ work. The villeins leave small offerings at night—a crust of barley bread or a ripe apple—in hopes of placating them. Most unwise to allow the local piskie to feel neglected.”
Beth chuckled. Bran sidled over and collapsed into the long grass next to the log. Scratching the hound’s rough gray coat, she watched Lord Michael gnaw on his grass blade, lost obviously in childhood tales.
“Piskies? I had thought an educated man would not believe in them.”
“Here we believe. They live near such springs as these. Piskies and others.”
She leaned forward, fascinated. “What others?”
He threw the grass blade into the spring, watched as it spun on the unquiet surface. “Water sprites, of course. Spriggans, giants, and all manner of unholy creatures.”
She felt affronted. “You play with words.”
“What else are words good for?” He yanked at the edge of her wimple, making her giggle.
This was so wrong. Twenty-six year old doctoral candidate time travelers should not giggle.
He plucked a stem holding a fragile blue flower that looked something like lavender and tucked it under her wimple. She drew a long breath of delight, for the bloom smelled wonderful, and his touch felt even better.
He shifted position on the log, studying her face. With a swift gesture, he reclaimed the sprig of lavender from under her wimple and cast it into the spring.
“An old custom, and hardly Christian. Legend says if you offer the well a belonging, it creates a binding. We Cornish are a fanciful people.”
“I have bound you to the well.” His eyes glinted mischief, then sobered. “And to Cornwall. And in a very small manner, only as much as you yourself permit, to me. But lady, you should take care.”
“My lord?”
“We go to court. You must allow me to protect you while we are there.”
He ran a single finger from her temple to her chin, his expression lightening for a moment, then sobering once more. “I am only a man, not a saint, and a soldier at that. A man so long under arms sees danger behind every gorse bush. I cannot help fearing for you. So lovely, and no history. No father or brother to protect you. Other men may—nay, will—covet the beauty I now look upon freely. Strangeness attracts in its own manner. Some may try to use your extraordinary position for their own ends. Yet I will do my best to protect you, my lady. I swear it by whatever spirit still inhabits this well.”
She stared into his eyes, moved beyond words. “Whatever you can do, it will be enough.”

Okay folks! If you want a copy of this awesome book, leave a comment! Good luck, everyone!


  1. thanks for the chance to read this fabulous book :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  2. I've heard great things about this book! Please enter me. And I am a follower.

    Michelle V

  3. Sounds very interesting - I would love to read it. Thanks for the chance to win.


  4. Beautiful excerpt, I look forward to being drawn into Seasons in the Mist.
    I'm a follower.

  5. Yes, of course I want this book! I've been stalking Deb K on her blog travels...thanks for the opportunity, Sandi.

    I appreciate the sampling. Intriguing!

    debraemarvin (at) yahoo

  6. I'd love to read this book! Please add my name to the list for your giveaway. Thank you for the nice excerpt.

    I'm also a follower.



  7. Thanks for the interview with Deb. I look forward to reading this book!

  8. Cornwall is very inspiring, and so should your tale be.

    billd3 at

  9. It's on my birthday list! But I'd buy a different one of Deb's if I win :) I'm a FAN!


  10. Thanks for the interview. It's always fun to read the story behind the story. I've never read this time period, but the novel may make history fun.

  11. Thanks for the interview, Sandi. Deb, nice exerpt. Great way to get us all to buy it...

  12. I'd love to read this book. Sounds wonderful. I've never read any of Deb's books yet, but look forward to starting. Thanks for the opportunity.

    I'm a follower, Sandy.

  13. I love medieval tales and would love to read the book.

  14. This sounds really interesting. Thanks for the nice interview with Deb. This is a really pretty web site!

  15. I'm fascinated by time travel - enter my name in the drawing. How cool Deb that you wanted to be a long-lost sister on the Ponderosa! So did I!!

  16. Forgot to mention that I am already a follower.


  17. Wonderful excerpt! Now you have me wondering what happens next.

  18. What happens next? Well, first one of you wins the book...

    Second, I'm working on a sequel in which a very different traveler visits ancient Cornwall for a very different reason. We do re-meet Bethany and Michael, but that's about all I'm gonna say about that.