23 April 2020

Special Guest Post By Mary Anne Yarde, Author of The Du Lac Curse

New on Amazon UK and Amazon US

God against Gods. King against King. Brother against Brother.
Mordred Pendragon had once said that the sons of Lancelot 
would eventually destroy each other, 
it seemed he was right all along.

From the breathtaking beauty of the Cornish coast to the city of Jerusalem, The Du Lac Chronicles has taken me on a journey of historical discovery and writing achievements. For those not yet acquainted with The Du Lac Chronicles, it begins with a conquered king waiting for his execution, and it ends — as if I was going to tell you how it ends! 

As an author, I now have an appreciation for patience, especially for days when those words won't come. Not to mention an overflowing sense of gratitude for authors who write non-fiction history books, Google, documentaries, and seminars. I am also lucky that my family allow me to drag them around the country while I research remote locations I may want to include in my books. I do apologise to my children who can't understand why we have to drive three and a half hours to go and look at some standing stones when Stonehenge is only one hour away (it is not the right stones)!

I have also discovered a world that I only ever dreamt about. I now know what it is to write a book, to publish it and to receive recognition for my writing, to win awards and to become an Amazon bestseller. It is, I guess, a dream come true.

The Du Lac Chronicles was meant to be an Arthurian romance, and it was meant to be a trilogy. It still has an Arthurian theme, but it is no longer a trilogy. I have in one of my many folders on my computer the first-drafts of the first three manuscripts of The Du Lac Chronicles that I had written over ten years ago — I never realised that two of them would never see the light of day.

The joy of being an indie author is that you are allowed to change your mind, and I can remember reading over what was meant to be Book 2 of The Du Lac Chronicles and screwing up my nose with the realisation that this wasn't the story I wanted to tell. So, I rewrote it, and I concluded that there was no way I was going to be able to tell this story in three books, and with that realisation, I felt free to indulge in my imagination and write the story that was begging to be written.

I have just pressed publish on The Du Lac Curse: Book 5 of The Du Lac Chronicles. I know my readers have been waiting a while for this book and I do apologise for the slight delay. I hope that it is everything they wanted it to be, and I do apologise in advance if I have killed off your favourite character but in all honestly, the characters made me do it.

So, what next? I am currently writing a second edition of The Pitchfork Rebellion which is the novella that slots in between Book 1 and Books 2 and tells the story of, funnily enough, The Pitchfork Rebellion which is often alluded to in the later books. I am also just beginning the research for book six, which has a working title of The Du Lac Enemy, but that title is not set in stone, I may well change my mind before it is published!

Mary Anne Yarde

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About the Author

Mary Anne Yarde is the multi award-winning author of the International Bestselling Series — The Du Lac Chronicles. Born in Bath, England, Mary Anne Yarde grew up in the southwest of England, surrounded and influenced by centuries of history and mythology. Glastonbury — the fabled Isle of Avalon — was a mere fifteen-minute drive from her home, and tales of King Arthur and his knights were part of her childhood. Find out more at her website www.coffeepotbookclub.com/ and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @maryanneyarde

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