great way to start the morning is to receive an email containing this quote from Simon de Deney, who has done a fantastic job narrating the audiobook version of this series. “Wow. It’s such a beautifully structured piece of writing. It has that quality of surprising you while feeling inevitable.” I reached out to connect with Simon on LinkedIn and got this back: “And I ought to thank you as the series is one of the highlights of each year for me.”
The Querency—beginning at midnight on 24 October—is when Witches and Cats seek to bond with each other. It lasts until sundown on Hallowe’en, when the Choosing—the selection period—begins and lasts until midnight [11:59:59pm]. ~Ordinatio pro Felis Silvestris Catus [Regulations for Woodland Cats]
The dead woman’s head rested on sheet music and a keyboard. Someone had arranged her long hair and swept it back from her face. The flower over her left ear… maybe was already there. The open eyes were sea green. When she was alive, they had depth and probably changed shade with shifting sunlight. Now, they were shallows, as still as shoal water over coastal muck. Her face… smooth, unlined. Not a hint of a life lived badly… but one that seemed hardly lived at all. “She wanted to sin, but she was too shy.”
he stories are tales of what once was—what is now—and what might become ‘Good or Evil.’ The future is in flux and depends on people shaped by their past and the decisions they make in the present. Will Good triumph over Evil?
Born in 1959, and growing up with a love of reading and history, I watched epic movies. Historical sagas like Ben-Hur, Spartacus, The Ten Commandments, The Robe, Quo Vadis, Julius Caesar, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Cleopatra, and others. The mellifluous eloquence of actors like Richard Burton, Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Charles Laughton, Stephen Boyd (who was Irish), Peter Ustinov came to me as Roman voices.