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Coda becomes book
Verses and Refain begin Jan-nell’s search for answers to who the Warrior Women are and how they came to find refuge for two hundred years high on a mountain. She and her companions follow whispers of clues found in the verses of a song.
The entire Bowdancer Saga has much song and dance, herb lore, and much foraging and feasting of wild edibles. There is a cast of characters, each rich in his or her own cultural practices (yes…more songs, dances, spiritual beliefs, food, and art).
Having a degree in anthropology, I’ve tried to create Jan-nell’s world as completely as possible. Lifeways---customs, beliefs, taboos, music and art, and food—flesh out any created world. I’ve tried to introduce herbs and foods that readers can recognize, though by other names. I’ve choreographed dances and written words to chants and tavern ditties. I’ve explored a wide range of belief in those that Jan-nell encounters that is quite different from her own. Yet, Jan-nell seems to find meaning in those differences as well as common ground for understanding.
The people Jan-nell meets are vastly different from the simpler folk on the horse plains where we first see her in The Bowdancer (Book 1 out early next year). I have loved and gritted my teeth at these characters. Sometimes I just want to knock one upside of the head because he or she just didn’t understand Jan-nell, and sometimes I wanted to sit Jan-nell down and give her a good talking to.
The whole Bowdancer Saga deals with difference, isolation and not being understood, a constant struggle for belonging, and the transformative power of faith and companionship—all seen through the eyes of a woman coming to understand herself and her purpose.
Step into Jan-nell’s world in Verses, book 1 of The Lost Song Trilogy. Her journey continues through Refrain, and Coda (which will be out in November).
See where it all began in The Bowdancer, The Wayfarer’s Road, and Warrior Women---all due in early 2014.