Category Archives: Secret History

Facets of Chloe: a Pinterest collage

Chloe is the heroine of the new, short tale, Squire Chloe’s Demon.

I’m collecting a Pinterest board together for “Facets of Chloe“. As for my other “facets” boards, this isn’t how Chloe actually looked, but I think each of these pictures captures a little bit of how she looked – a facet.

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Factes of Alia – Alia in armor: a Pinterest collage

Alia, is the heroine of the new, novel-length tale, My Joy Charm. I recently made a Pinterest collage of ‘facets’ of her look (“off-duty” Alia). Now I’ve added one for her “on-duty” look. It’s been more difficult to find pictures that have Alia’s on-duty look. The armor she wore was made up of a shirt and leggings of leather scales, over a felt under-layer (made from compressed wool), with accessories of knee boots, bracers (like large, leather wrist bands), finger-less gloves, and then her weapons and charms. Easy to find pictures like this? Well, if a woman’s skin could be armor, then I’d have had no trouble 🙂 , and there are a lot of pictures of chain mail bikinis; that or armor for women, with holes in very strange places, like directly above the heart. Reading what modern day armor-makers say – because armor is still made, for example, for re-enactment societies – it would be hard to tell the difference between armor made for a man or a woman. This is because armor is worn in layers, so the force of a blow doesn’t transmit through to your body, bruise you ,and break your bones. So authentic women’s armor is not exactly form fitting – sorry guys :). Probably the most practically attired ‘fighting woman’ on the Internet is Brienne of Tarth from the Game of Thrones series. But Brienne is wearing plate metal armor (and even that has ridges on it – which seem to be a ‘no no’ in reality – weapons catch too easily on them). No one in Alia’s time wore armor like this, for the good reason that  it didn’t exist 🙂 . The other thing I can’t find – but  didn’t expect to because it’s completely out of fashion – is anything like pictures of armor with charms tied onto it. Alia and her fellow pages tied charms to the outside of their armor to protect their armor from harm, and so themselves inside it. Charm bracelets and necklaces are in fashion now, but that is how Alia and her friends wore their body charms (the charms that directly protect their bodies from, or warned of, harm). So, as before, here are ‘Facets of Alia‘ in armor. As with my other ‘facets’ boards, this isn’t how Alia actually looked, but I think each of these pictures captures a little bit of how she looked – a facet. I hope you enjoy it.

Facets of Alia: a Pinterest collage

Alia, is the heroine of the new, novel-length tale, My Joy Charm. I think of her as having two looks: the on-duty look, and off-duty, casual Alia. Though, of course, both Alia’s are always wearing charms.

I’ve collected a couple of Pinterest boards together for “Facets of Alia”. As for my other “facets” boards, this isn’t how Alia actually looked, but I think each of these pictures captures a little bit of how she looked – a facet.

The first one is for “off-duty” Alia. I hope you enjoy it.

My Joy Charm – an Amazon Kindle Serial – Complete

My Joy Charm: a short, novel-length tale (90 pages) is now complete. It’s available from Amazon: US, UK, CA, and AU. It’ll come to other platforms shortly.

Well, I say complete, but I always find something about it to fiddle with 🙂 . Perhaps a story teller/ translator’s  work is never done.

I hope you enjoy it.

My Joy Charm: A tale of charms and wishes, swords and desires

Alia wants to fashion her joy charm, but something has returned to the city, something not seen for many years, and Alia’s joy is not what it wants.

Facets of charms: a Pinterest collage (and Rene Lalique)

To celebrate Another Side of Destiny being available for free, I thought I’d link to the little Pinterest page I’ve made for myself, to collect charms.

I don’t know whether it’s because I love them, but what looks most like the charms of the Lands to me are pieces of Art Nouveau jewelry, and Rene Lalique jewelry in particular.

I think it’s because the jewelry is so often beautiful versions of natural things, like flowers and leaves and butterfly wings.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy my virtual collection. I’ll be adding to it over time.

“Another Side of Destiny” free on Apple iTunes (iBooks)

The short tale, Another Side of Destiny, is now free on Apple ITunes (iBooks) worldwide.  Some links are below:

Apple iBooks USiBooks UKiBooks Canada and iBooks Australia

I hope you enjoy it, and if you do please review it! 🙂

P.S. Oh and about to be free on  Amazon UK. It’s hard to keep up today 🙂 .

“Another Side of Destiny” free on Amazon US and Nook

The short tale, Another Side of Destiny, is now free on Amazon US, and also on the Barnes and Noble Nook worldwide.

Some reviews below:

  • Beautifully written.” “More and more curious about this fascinating world.” [From an Amazon review]
  • Short, sweet and interesting.” [From an Amazon review]
  • A beautiful story about love and choices.” “Thanks.” [From a Smashwords review]

I hope you enjoy it, and if you do please review it! 🙂

Also downloadable from Amazon UKCanada and Australia.