Monday, August 31, 2015

What Light Breaks at the End of the Tunnel?

During the reigns of Queen Elizabeth the First and King James the First, (of England, of course) it was a punishable offence to celebrate the Catholic Mass. It was dangerous to be known to do so, both for the Priest and the worshippers. So strong were those of the Catholic Faith, and so determined to continue to worship in that Faith, that they built “Priest’s Holes” into their homes (at least, those who could afford to)—secret hidey-holes where a Priest could be hidden away from the authorities. Some were so small a man couldn’t turn around—and sometimes a Priest would have to “lay low” for several days in such a hole while authorities conducted a search.

Passages, also secret, lead from some of these homes to neighboring houses, allowing a Priest access to other devout families. It was a dangerous time for Catholics.

Like Alice falling down the rabbit hole, Sarah and her friend Elijah accidentally fall into the hollow of an ancient oak tree while trying to retrieve the medallion stolen by a mischievous crow. This hollow tunnel deposits them in a passage man-made with rough-hewn stone blocks.

But the passage doesn’t lead to another house—so where do Sarah and Elijah find themselves? And to whom do the angry voices belong? Will they be involved in a fight—prevent a killing—form a friendship? And what happened to that medallion? Hmm, I shall have to keep writing to find out :-)

Is he good or is he bad?
Ooh, that Herne is quite a lad!

Herne the Hunter--Helpful, or Harmful?

There are many legends surrounding Herne; some depict him as good, a protector of the forests and the hunt. Some say is he a representation of the Devil--the mythical Horned God.  Others  describe him as simply another version of the Green Man.

In THE RAVENWOOD PORTAL, Sarah Jane Bulcock will encounter both. Which will she trust? Who will she follow? What will she discover in this Alternate Universe--a universe that holds the answer to a secret, a secret that will guide Sarah to her future--if she can get find her way back to the present.

What is the significance of the White Raven--and what powers does she  have? Can she and Sarah help each other find the peace they both yearn for?

Please keep following my journey in Ravenwood--I'd like to tell you more about the human characters who journey with me.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The White Raven--Princess, Goddess, Witch?

I am fascinated by rarities. My Ravenwood harbors a rare white raven. Sarah catches glimpses of it as she explores the woods around Ravenwood Hall. Her aunt is horrified when asked about it--the locals say such a bird is an omen of doom and death.

In fact, it is the black members of the Corvus Corax family--ravens, crows, etc., that are feared as being connected with evil. That is probably because of their fondness for carrion--and for mischief. They will steal anything bright, shiny, and round--even polished pebbles.

More fact: it is the opinion of those who haven't seen one up close, that the white ravens are merely albino versions of the bird; however, albino birds would have pink eyes and a pink beak. A true white raven has blue eyes, and a thick, white, beak--no trace whatsoever of pink among its feathers.

Why does Sarah think this White Raven of Ravenwood is stalking her? Why do three crows always seem to be in attendance when the white bird is seen? When will Sarah meet the legendary Green Man--and will he be able to answer her questions?

I won't tell you the answers to those questions--I will give you clues as my work in progress, um, progresses. Stay tuned, friends.

Monday, August 17, 2015

More facts, and a lot of fiction

In the shadow of Pendle Hill lie many small towns and villages, all with centuries-old houses, farms, barns, and buildings. They have names--Clitheroe, Roughlee, Trawden, Wycoller, Colne, Burnley, and Barley--and Cowark.

My Ravenwood Hall and Estate is located among them--fictional, of course. The inspiration for Ravenwood is historical Browsholme Hall, at least five hundred years old, and owned since the beginning by the Parker family.

My fictional family and its descendants, the Bulcocks, have owned Ravenwood since the 1600's. John Bulcock and his pregnant wife, Jane, were among the party of alleged witches sent to Lancaster for trial in 1612. In fact, however, the couple sent for trial was a Jane Bulcock and her son John--I changed the relationship for the sake of my story!

Browsholme has a ghost, and my Ravenwood has one. You will have to read the book to find out what it does, and who it might be. That area abounds with stories and myths of hauntings and surely descendants of the Lancashire Witches could be up to mischief to this very day.

And here's another Green Man...ooh, I wonder what he wants?

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Why the three crows?

Crows and their larger cousins, ravens, show up in my Work-in-Progress (hereinafter known as my WiP) THE RAVENWOOD PORTAL. A novel of the paranormal for young adults--and I mean young adults, not "old teens".

A mixture of mystery and myth, witchcraft and war, and yes Good versus Evil. Involving Sarah, a Texan who's English father has just died leaving her his English estate, Ravenwood Hall, and a young man she thinks she dislikes (because she forms an impression before she knows who he is.)

They fall, like Alice in Wonderland, into a parallel universe--a universe that shows Sarah where her future lies, and it's not where she originally wanted or planned.

A mysterious shape-shifting white raven, three golden medallions, a witch (who turns out to be Sarah's ever-so-many greats, grandmother) a hidden hoard of stolen Church plate, all come together to guide Sarah into making the right decision.

Come back often to see how the story progresses.

And, who knows--The Green Man himself might appear...