In 2020, I published my first novel, Castles of Steel and Thunder, a tale of faeries and folklore inspired by the legends of Caithness. The book went on to become a bestseller across several Amazon categories, and following a successful paperback release, proved popular with readers from Caithness and further afield. But the story didn’t end there, as you’ll know if you’ve read the novel, which ends with the words ‘To be Continued ‘ (To be Continued in Pieces of Sky and Stone, to be accurate). A year on, and I’m almost ready to release the conclusion to my heroine Sysa Steel’s story. But first, the book’s cover, and a bit more detail on the plotline (if you want to read book one, and haven’t yet done so, you may want to look away).
From a writing point of view, I’m very proud of this book, and feel that over the last year I’ve matured alongside my characters. They are all a bit older, and book two is slightly darker and more mature than the original (although I hope it retains some of the sentiment and warmth that COSAT readers seemed to enjoy). Like its predecessor, Pieces of Sky and Stone sits in the young adult genre, but is wholly suitable for an older audience. I’ve already had some lovely feedback on the book from early readers, and from my editor Jen, who has given me permission to share this quote:
Wow. Just wow! I loved it. The pace, the twists, the beauty, the emotion, it was a thrilling read.Jen Parker
I’ll be sharing more about the launch of Pieces of Sky and Stone (POSAS) on social media over the coming days, so feel free to follow me on Instagram or Facebook for details. As an added bonus, POSAS includes a section outlining some of the Caithness folklore that inspired both books. If you’d like to be the first to know about the novel’s release you are welcome to sign up to my newsletter at the end of this article. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with the front cover design and the back cover teaser.
I can’t wait to share Pieces of Sky and Stone with you very soon.
In the fae kingdom of Fyrish, Sysa Steel is known as the light-bringer after stopping a giant’s reign of darkness.
But the past casts a long shadow, and Sysa is still healing from a broken heart.
The strange pull that once drew Sysa towards Brodie now forces her closer to Lavellan, and an uneasy alliance with her old enemy. A new threat sees them return to Caithness, where Sysa finds herself searching for a healing stone – and making a surprising discovery about her family’s past.
Things are never quite as they seem, though, and Sysa is soon caught in a web of betrayal and deceit when she is forced to fight for the future of her kingdom against an unexpected challenger.
Can Sysa unlock the secrets of an old prophecy in time to save Fyrish?
She’s about to find out that the giant Rogart was only just the start…
ooh that is great news and I can’t wait to hear more about it xxx
Thank you Susan, exciting times! x
Well done you. Glad to hear that your voice continues, stronger than ever
Thank you so much!