I posted on my previous website last August about the Lady Celie e-short story Ferragost which belongs to the world of The Lumatere Chronicles. For anyone who doesn’t know about Ferragost (my mother!!) it’s a 15,000 short story that takes place at the same time as Quintana of Charyn. Ferragost is a stand alone story, although what Lady Celie gets up to in Belegonia is mentioned more than once in Quintana of Charyn because Celie helps solve a crucial Quintana story strand. Don’t worry, If you haven’t read Quintana of Charyn yet, Ferragost gives nothing away. If you’re searching for something to read about this world before Quintana of Charyn is released overseas, or if you’ve never read any of my fantasy work, Ferragost may work for you.
Here’s where you can buy Ferragost as well as Kirsty Eagar’s Molasses.
Lady Celie – Number Two
I’ll be working on another Lady Celie and Banyon mystery this year and am hoping to have it online by July. The Lady Celie short stories allow me to indulge in my love for crime and mystery and location and politics and romance, of course, and best of all, I get to include in the next one, beloved cameos and incidents that have been vaguely referred to in the first three novels.
I have a feeling that the next instalment will have Castellan Banyon’s point of view. There’s a line in Ferragost where Celie questions what goes on in his head and Banyon’s response is, “I don’t allow people inside my head, Lady Celie. The moment I do, it will be a weakness and I don’t have time for those in my life.’ Well anyone who’s read Ferragost, knows that I ended the short story with the reader getting inside Banyon’s head so I suppose, in a way, the dam has burst and I have dual narrators.
So here is my first attempt at a synopsis of the next Lady Celie and Banyon story.
A disgruntled Castellan Valentien Banyon is called to the Belegonian capital as a favour to the King to solve a crime. A gold necklace heirloom, that for centuries every Princess of Belegonia has worn on her 16th birthday, has gone missing. The King is determined to find the thief to appease his Queen and daughters.
Castellan Banyon’s irritation quickly turns to intrigue when he discovers that at the same time of the robbery, Belegonia’s secret prisoner disappeared from the palace dungeons…and that coincidentally, Lady Celina May of the Lumateran Flatlands arrived at the palace on the very same night.