The Elusive Interview with Cappy

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I asked what character interviews readers were still craving after I had done the other four. Several readers said they wanted to read more about Cappy. I thought this would be a fun time to track down the mighty warrior and gather his thoughts. Enjoy!

I was born into a large family as the 5th out of 7 children, I was the second son with five sisters. My homeland was beautiful, the highland areas far north from Cliffehaven. Our meager croft sat close to the sea among the black cliffs. I can still remember the smell of the salty brine melded with the sweetness of the long green grass and the earthy scent of the animals on our land. 

 

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My brother and I fought with each other early on. Never did we see eye to eye. My sisters were always about the domestic chores of keeping house. I was a misfit and I knew it. Life changed drastically for me when a foreign man killed my mother and tried to take my sisters with him. My father was sowing seeds that day and I was playing out in the dirt with my slingshot. My brother was chopping wood for the fire. He just screamed and cried as our mother was attached, her throat slit from ear to ear. I was perhaps a lad of eight years.

Seeing my brother react the way he did made a fire burn inside of me. I shot my dear mother’s attacker square between the eyes and dropped him to his knees and it took him a moment to shake off the effects of that pebble. He looked around, not sure where it came from, I’m sure. One look at my angry, ruddy face gave me away. I ran to the barn. I ran faster than I ever had in my life and the man followed me. 

I knew right where my father kept a sword buried in the hay. The man burst in behind me, his forehead showing a berry red mark where I’d hit him. He cursed me and spat on the ground in his fury. I placed the loft ladder between him and I. He reached between the rungs and grabbed my tunic…a whole fistful. I bent backward to free myself and my hand reached for the hay. He jerked me hard against the ladder and I stuck him in the gut with my poorly crafted weapon.

I knew in that moment that I would protect people from men like that. In the night, once we had buried my mother, I left my home by the sea and wandered. 

I learned a whole new book of wisdom in my years of living off the land to survive and avoiding the evil that plagues the world. I happened upon the tired village of Cliffehaven and I inquired of a position in the guard under the Earl Devlin Darktower. 

 

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Quickly, I rose in the ranks and became the captain just months before Rosehill attacked. All the memories of the death of my mother flooded me and I was angry that kin was advancing on kin. But I failed to protect my lord and he perished needlessly. 

It was a miracle that young Thorne survived. He had always held a special place in my heart. Never could he say my given name correctly and it’s not important what that name even is. He called me Cappy out of affection and so that’s what I became.

However, after the trauma of the boy’s family dying in that battle, he grew violent and angry. I suppose I saw myself mirrored in his actions. Having grown and matured some, I tried to pull him under my wing. But he was insistent that he needed to be as his father had been…or his perception of how Devlin had lived. It wasn’t right. 

It took many years for an angel to be sent to his lordship. She was as precious and beautiful as Thorne was dark and terrible. And with all things, there can be no darkness in the presence of light. And it was no different for Thorne. She blinded him with her goodness while others plotted against her to remove the lady from Thorne’s company. 

I’d like to feel that one day my death would mean something. That I would leave behind enough of myself to matter and make a difference in such turbulent times.


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Duchess of Cliffehaven: Lady Aspen Darktower

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Aspen is such an amazing woman. She starts her journey as the girl I used to be…shy, backward, and submissive. And as my mind opened up, she grew wings and emerged from her cocoon as the leader I wish I was. But what makes her all the better is that she has faults and makes mistakes…just like you and I. She is real. She is very tangible. She will be your best friend. She will always be mine.

Here’s the interview of Aspen Darktower…Have fun with this read!

Oh boy…gotta love it when you mess up!!

  

Okay, so this is a special day to me for more than one reason. But I was trying to make it special for all of you too! Noble Courage was supposed to be set to go on sale today for #free but when I checked it out this morning, my promo did not save for whatever reason!

So my mistake is your gain! I reset the promo to go for TWO days instead of one and will begin tomorrow 6/1. However, the rest of the series is currently .99 so grab those today! Then download Noble Courage tomorrow for nothing. Cheapest vacation you will take all year!

Christmas Traditions from Another Time in History!

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For those of you who might follow my Aspen Series, you know that Thorne and Aspen are very relatable people! Well, they have been haunting my mind as of late. So several weeks ago, I decided to bring them out in a Christmas story.

In preparing to create the plot and characters to bring in, I researched the medieval Christmas traditions. Here’s is a few things that stood out to me and how certain ones had spoken to me even before I knew about them!

* Christmas carols were frowned upon by the church. People were not allowed to sing them in churches and were in trouble if caught singing them in their own homes.

* Holly was used in decoration, usually on the front doors of homes. The green leaves that are thorny symbolize eternal life and the crown of thorns Christ wore. The berries start out white and turn red symbolizing the blood shed by the crown of thorns.

* Christmas Eve was called Adam and Eve Day. This was a day that everyone would hang apples in the trees outdoors. There were no indoor Christmas trees.

* Christmas Day was a somber day, not really a fun day. Mass concentrated on the death and resurrection of Christ, not His birth.

* The day after Christmas was Boxing Day, a day that nobility would give clay jars called “piggies” to peasants. We get the term piggy bank from that tradition.

* The 28th of December was a day where children would be beaten. This symbolized the murder of all the children killed under King Herod’s orders after Jesus was born. Bad day to be a kid!!

* The Twelve Days of Christmas was celebrated after Christmas Day.

* The song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was actually a game played at celebrations. It was a memory game. People would sit around and say a gift that could be given and repeat the gifts from everyone before them. So every time you played, it was different.

There are many, many more traditions! These were just some that I hadn’t known much, if at all.

The Christmas Spirits will be available on Amazon for download this week! Keep watching for it!