Legends and Reality
by Chris Quinton
One of the fascinating things about myths and legends is the way that sometimes they’re based on fact. The legends of Lyonesse are firmly lodged in the hearts of the people of the UK’s West Country, and the stories of Ys are remembered by the people of Brittany across the English Channel. Both of them have similarities with the stories of Atlantis, rich lands destroyed by the folly of those who lived there.
The facts that gave birth to these stories? In the West Country it’s the remnants of old stone field walls that march down some beaches to disappear into the sea. It’s the Isles of Scilly off the toe of Cornwall’s Land’s End, which once were part of a much larger landmass. And before that, underwater archaeology has shown us that Mesolithic and Neolithic hunters lived and hunted the low-lying land that is now the North Sea. Doggerland, the archaeologists have called it, after the Dogger Bank, a shallow area of sea over a treacherous sand bank about sixty miles off the east coast.
Even more telling is Google Earth. Pull the image right back, and you can clearly see the shape of the ancient continent that once existed above the waves. With the melting of the great ice sheets, slowly and inexorably the sea levels rose. Ten thousand years ago [give or take a few thousands] the islands that now form Eire, the British Isles and the politically attached Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are all that survived the inundation.
The legends tell of church bells ringing beneath the storm-wracked sea, of lights burning in drowned houses, the cries of the people as the sea destroyed their land, are the window-dressing, of course. But beneath them are the deep-seated racial memories of hunting grounds slowly washed away, of marshes becoming standing water that gradually formed the ever-widening river that is now the English Channel.
The erosion is still happening. The storms that recently battered England’s coasts have eaten away at cliffs and beaches alike. In a couple of hundred years, despite the factual archives stored of the drama and damage, what new legends will have evolved?
About Greymalkin (Melusine’s Cats #1)
The mutual attraction between Jesse and Will is a bonus for Melusine when her enemies close in and she needs to rebuild her war band—starting with Jesse, Will, and Greymalkin.
Jesse Adams is an ex-rugby player who’s gone into seclusion to avoid the media following a guilty verdict in a court case. Jesse has come to live for a year in Greenlynn, where he is supposed to be writing his biography.
Will Blake is an out and proud policeman, respected and liked by the community he helps to protect from rural crime.
When the two men meet their attraction is instant, but they have no idea their love will draw them into a centuries’ old conflict.
Melusine, a deity of rivers and seas, long ago lost the Battle of the Betrayal and is imprisoned in a nexus centred on the source of the Lynn River. She can only travel in the flowing water of her river, and cannot set foot on her banks. Her cats are not so bound. Neither pets nor familiars, they move freely between the realities, her agents among the humans who live along the Lynn.
When Melusine’s enemies come to the valley in search of revenge, Jesse and Will discover they have a part to play in the ancient feud. Do they commit to becoming part of a mythical triad, or leave the valley and forget they ever knew that magic exists?
About Chris Quinton
Chris started creating stories not long after she mastered joined-up writing, somewhat to the bemusement of her parents and her English teachers. But she received plenty of encouragement. Her dad gave her an already old Everest typewriter when she was ten, and it was probably the best gift she’d ever received – until the inventions of the home-computer and the worldwide web.
Chris’s reading and writing interests range from historical, mystery, and paranormal, to science-fiction and fantasy, writing mostly in the male/male genre. She refuses to be pigeon-holed and intends to uphold the long and honourable tradition of the Eccentric Brit to the best of her ability. In her spare time [hah!] she reads, embroiders, quilts and knits. Over the years she has been a stable lad [briefly] in a local racing stable and stud, a part-time and unpaid amateur archaeologist, a civilian clerk at her local police station and a 15th century re-enactor.
She lives in a small and ancient city in the south-west of the United Kingdom, sharing her usually chaotic home with an extended family, three dogs, a frilled dragon [lizard] and sundry goldfish.
Chris is kindly giving away an eBook copy of Greymalkin to one luck winner! The giveaway starts now and ends September 7, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. To enter, just click the link below!
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Don’t forget to check out Gyn’s review of Greymalkin to see what she thought of it!