The Excalibur Parchment * The Lucifer Scroll * The Prince Madoc Secret
It’s been a busy Fall, finalizing the writing (and rewriting), editing, proofreading, dealing with the publisher, graphics and assorted other matters for The Prince Madoc Secret, while still marketing the first two books in the series.
The big news is that I have finalized the front cover of The Prince Madoc Secret. It (and the previous two book covers) was designed by Ross Lawhead, a novelist in his own right as well as graphic designer. I like the ominous nature of the storm about to descend on the tiny ships; and implicit is the clouds is the dark threat of the Druids. Take a look at the covers of the other two books later in this newsletter and see the ‘family look’.
This story explores the legend that the Welsh Prince Madoc spurned his heritage (and the resulting wars of succession) under King Owain Gwynedd. Instead, he sailed the Atlantic Ocean to North America some three hundred years before Columbus, landing eventually in Mobile Bay. Alabama. He never returned to Wales, but disappeared on the vast continent. The legend grew. Forts and buildings, allegedly built to a Welsh or European design, were found on native lands. Stories abounded that a tribe of Indians was ‘Welsh-speaking’. US President Thomas Jefferson reportedly assigned Merriweather Lewis to privately investigate this while he conducted his famous Lewis and Clarke Expedition. The story convinced a lot of people, including a Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) who placed a plaque commemorating Madoc’s arrival. For years it was at Fort Morgan on one of the barrier islands protecting Mobile Bay.
As we explore the legend in this story, our protagonists Stone Wallace and Mandy (Myfanwy) Griffiths are caught up again in Druid machinations and terrorism both in Britain and in the United States. This time, there’s a discovery that Madoc was transporting a secret to the Americas on behalf of the mysterious Knights Templar. Stone and Mandy are intrigued; the Druids are convinced it is an icon that, once in their hands, will destroy the church and therefore the roots of western democracy. A new Dragon Master, beset by opponents internally, has only tentative control. He needs a victory. At the same time, the Druid movement in America is in turmoil, bedeviled by murder and infighting but planning a massive terrorist incident that will set the country ablaze.
University of Wales, Aberystwyth
When in Wales writing and researching Prince Madoc this year, I was invited on a private tour of the University’s historic Old College on the seafront. After all, my Welsh professor Huw Griffiths and his daughter Mandy, would have to utilize the University’s resources as well as the National Library of Wales, also in the seaside town.
We had a wonderful visit. Thanks to the Alumni Director Louise Perkins. What a quirky, unusual and totally fascinating place!
And yes, it does play a prominent part in the the third book
Events and videos
We’re already planning the launch for the third book. More details soon, but expect it to be in the Spring 2018.On December 7, Barrie will be speaking at a writer’s conference, discussing his stories and career and also participating in a Q&A with budding writers. It will be held at the Barrie Public Library in Downtown Barrie.
In January we will be listing our 2018 schedule but already are anticipating appearances in Kingston ON, Washington DC and possibly an event in Florida. Stay tuned.
Check out our video channels on both Youtube and Vimeo for background on the stories, how I wrote the books, how much research into places and history was done to support the books as well as other nuggets of information.
We are currently revising our website www.barriedoyle.com and it will have a new look and feel. We will relaunch the new site soon. But in the meantime, the current site is still active. Check it out for more details about the books, my schedule, reviews and ordering information.
Here are the other two covers. Which one do you like best? Which one best illustrates the story, in your opinion