Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Chronicles of Alcinia VBT

Available for the first time as an e-book bundle, the award-winning historical fantasy series The Chronicles of Alcinia weaves a tale of war, history, passion and romance.   In Book I, The King’s Daughter, Tarabenthia of Alcinia should grow to inherit her father’s throne by the rocky cliffs of the sea.  When invaders seize her land, what will she sacrifice in the name of love?  In Book II, Heart of the Earth, the Northern Prince who has always wanted Tia saves her life.  But will the price of his protection be too high?  And finally in Book III, Ice Maiden, readers who wondered about the fate of Tia’s oldest son have their answer.  Sometimes heart-wrenching, always powerful, this is a tale of heroes and the women who loved them.

I was the King's daughter once, so many years ago that sometimes now it is hard to remember. Before the tide of time carried away so many things, so many people, it was worth something to be the daughter of a King.

Our little island nation of Alcinia was not rich, except for tin mines honeycombing the south. It wasn't even hospitable. Summer was a brief affair and fall was only a short time of muted colors on the northernmost coast where my father sat his throne at the ancient Keep of Landsfel. Winter was the killing time and spring was hardly better, with frosts that could last into Fifth- Month. But from the south, where men cut thatch in a pattern like the bones of fish, to the north where rock roses spilled down cliffs to the sea, it was my own.

One thinks such things will never change, yet all things do.

Miriam, thanks so much for stopping by. So, how did you get started writing? 
My mother’s love of poetry and literature was undoubtedly the single most deciding factor in my writing career.  She read extensively to me from my earliest years and not just Dick-and-Jane stuff, either.  Mom had a love for the Medieval, the ghostly, the occasionally ghastly, too!   

My childhood was populated by spectral knights in armor clanking around castles looking for lost loves, unicorns, troll bridges, haunted shipwrecks, fairies, elves and the Russian witch Baba Yaga, who lived in a house that danced around on chicken legs.  It was not your standard childhood fare. And, on the other end, my Irish grandmother stuffed me full of the myths and legends of her native country.  All of this produced a writer—to no one’s surprise.

What was the inspiration for your book? 
It literally came from a dream.  I kept dreaming the same scene which now occurs in the first third of The King’s Daughter, and after that the rest of the book virtually wrote itself.

What’s the one genre you haven’t written in yet that you’d like to? 
I would love to write a romance set in the Victorian era, but haven’t yet mastered that era.  It’s very demanding and I greatly admire the writers who can pull it off.

Are there any genres you won’t read or write in? Why? 
I really don’t care for mysteries or, as a rule, contemporaries.  When I write—and when I read, for that matter—I really want to be transported to another time and place. 

What are you up to now? Do you have any releases planned, or are you still writing?
  A new release, Dark Child, is coming out right now.  It’s a Bardic-style novella based on my grandmother’s retelling of the ancient Irish story Deirdre of the Sorrows.  Many versions of that story have been written, but I have told hers.

Alright, now for some random, fun questions. Favorite color? 
Favorite movie?   
Lord of the Rings
Book that inspired you to become an author? 
The Once and Future King

You have one superpower. What is it? 

You can have dinner with any 3 people, dead, alive, fictitious, etc. Who are they? 
Cleopatra.  Imagine the strength it took to live her life and die her death.  Einstein.  I’d like to see if I understood a single word he said.  And Aragorn from Lord of the Rings.  Self-evident to anyone who has seen the movie!

Last question: Which of your characters are you most like and how/why? 
Queen Tia from The King’s Daughter.  She is a spoiled brat at the beginning of the book, but you can see her potential for growth as a woman and a ruler.  She overcomes great adversity, serves the people of two lands, loves well if not always wisely, and ultimately finds peace.

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Author Bio and Links:
Beginning a prize-winning career in poetry, Miriam carried her love of the written word into seventeen novels to date.  Her offerings range from contemporary and historical fantasy to science fiction and historical fiction, always with a romantic flavoring.  Her original novel The King’s Daughter—now part of The Chronicles of Alcinia—was written in Ireland, her second home.  When in the U.S., she resides on a small horse farm in Pennsylvania with a collection of rescue animals.

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  1. Thanks for hosting, welcome to visitors and good luck in the drawing! I am taking my poor dog for orthopedic surgery in an hour or so (sniff!), so I will not be checking in frequently, but I will get back and hope to meet some new people then.

  2. Why is this not a movie? It should be. I really enjoyed all I read. (

  3. Misty, I've wondered the exact same thing! I even have my theme music picked out. LOL.

  4. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  5. Thank you for the chance to win and good luck with the tour!

  6. Well, dog lovers may be pleased to hear my pup came through her surgery and will be coming home tonight. As indicated in part of the post, I live on a small horse farm with rescue animals and am heavily involved in animal rescue. Some of my animal buddies make barely-disguised appearances in my books!

  7. If anyone would like a free copy of my Nook book Rescued, the true story of how I became involved in rescue, here is the link:;jsessionid=80E3FEE4A0C0C35719C12981A140A871.prodny_store02-atgap09?ean=2940151178716

  8. Great excerpt & interview, I enjoyed reading them.