My new novel Celtic Dreams of Glory is set in Wales. The early part of the story takes place near the town of Cardigan, and the village of St. Dogmaels, where I spent much of my childhood. I hope you will join me at the book launch in the reception lounge of Poets Cove Resort and Spa on Sunday June 30 from 1pm-2pm. Refreshments will be provided.
Below is a a brief overview of the novel:
From 1056-1063 Wales achieved greatness as a nation: during these seven years the country was ruled by King Gruffydd ap Llewelyn, the only Welsh King ever to be King of All Wales.
This unusual and satisfying novel focuses on his rise to kingship; the unwavering support of the Griffith family, and the constant betrayals of the Welsh nobles. Gruffydd’s journey begins with his great victory over the Saxons at the Battle of Rhyd-y-Groes and ends with his defeat at the hands of Lord Harold, the Saxon Earl of Wessex. His epic story forms the backdrop to the lives of Gwriad and Dafydd, the sons of the great General Cydweli, who become the King’s greatest supporters. It tells of their gradual rise to power, the women they love, and the dangers that beset them.
This is a fast-moving, insightful narrative that clearly depicts life in ancient Wales. It is a time, before the coming of the Normans, when the Celts were briefly unified, and when they could hope and dream. Then, came their unexpected defeat.
Here is the book cover of my fourth novel, which will be published at the end of June.
The story is set in Wales in pre-Norman times. This unusual and gripping novel deals with a time period that few writers have explored. In 1039 the Welsh defeated a huge Saxon army at the Battle of Rhyd-y-Groes. The Celtic forces were led by the charismatic Gruffyd ap Llewelyn, King of Powys and Gwynedd. The story follows the battles and personal triumphs of his gradual rise to become the first and only King of All Wales in 1057, and embraces the lives of his two greatest supporters, Gwriad and Dafydd, the sons of the famous General Cydweli.
The novel accurately portrays the poverty and aspirations of the Welsh people, the stark beauty of their landscape, and brings historical relevance to the rise and fall of Wales’ greatest King. Amid the plotting of the Welsh nobles and the bloody battles with Saxons, Gwriad and Dafydd remain loyal to their King. They marry unusual women, rise to great importance, but are unprepared for the sudden and awful reversal of their dreams.
The book launch will take place at the beautiful Poets Cove Resort and Spa on Sunday, June 30 from 1pm-3pm. Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.