Dorking, Surrey, UK, 6 June 2008
Gabrielle Staples publishes her long awaited second volume in the Pelarian Multiverse Chronicle
Following the success of ‘Situation Vacant’, her first book in the Pelarian Multiverse Chronicle, fantasy author Gabrielle Staples has just published volume two, ‘The Dreamwood War’.
This second volume charts the continuing story of Ruth Watson, the Mage Prime of the Multiverse, as she battles to keep the Balance between positive and negative and thus maintain the stability of all the Mulitverse’s worlds. At the same time she has to find a cure for her emotionally injured son, damaged in the final magical battle with the Selador Sorceresses, in ‘Situation Vacant’.
A new threat to the Balance has arisen – a fundamentalist movement determined to destroy those with magical abilities throughout the Multiverse. When they get access to the fabulous, magical dreamwood they have the power they need to rid the worlds of all magic users. Ruth and the Guardians have to use every weapon at their disposal and magic is not enough.
The Dreamwood war is published by Lulu, the on line publisher, and can be purchased directly from them using this link [insert link], or from July 2008, from Amazon, Barnes and Noble online and all major on-line booksellers.
Gabrielle will signing copies of ‘The Dreamwood war’, at a number of bookstores in the South of England from August onwards. Details of her book signing schedule will be available shortly here on the website and on her publisher’s storefront http://stores.lulu.com/gabriellestaples
The Dreamwood War
Published by Lulu
Ghosts of writers
Set on the outskirts of Dorking, in the heart of the Surrey Hills, is a Victorian mansion, which is now home to three families including mine. My first fantasy novel – ‘Situation Vacant' – has just been published with Lulu the on-line publishing company
Getting a book written is not easy, even harder is getting it published but I believe that perhaps the house I live in has something to do with my success.
The house, once known as ‘Lotus' was built in the late 1800s and in 1897 a man named Stanley Webb and his wife lived here. With them was one Charlotte Payne-Townsend who would become secretary to George Bernard Shaw and later his wife. Shaw was a regular visitor to the house. A 1942 biography of Shaw quotes him as saying that the Webbs were also writing: “our mornings of dogged writing, all in separate rooms”. According to Michael Holroyd's recent biography, “she (Charlotte Payne-Townsend) was typing ‘Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant' while he (GBS) was mooning about in the garden worrying about plays he was working on including ‘You Never Can Tell' and ‘The Devil's Disciple'.”
In 1901 the Ward family moved in. Father Wilfred was a biographer with a Catholic bias being the son of William George Ward of ‘Oxford Movement' fame. His most notable book was the ‘ The Life of Cardinal Newman published in 1912. When he died in 1916, an obituary called him one of the most distinguished of contemporary authors. Mrs Ward was a novelist and wrote ‘One Poor Scruple' and ‘Out of Due Time', while one of the daughters, Maisie, was the biographer of G.K. Chesterton as well as writing her own autobiography ‘Unfinished Business'.
Stuart Collingwood, nephew of Lewis Carroll, catalogued the library at Lotus and prominent weekenders during its literary heyday were Chesterton, and Hilaire Belloc “reciting his ‘Cautionary Tales' before they were published.”
As well being my home, the house is also now home to Grant Eustace, a writer of radio plays, the definitive text on writing for video, and his first published novel ‘Absolute Discretion'. His first screenplay, a film set in the American Civil War, is in pre-production.
My book is the first volume of a fantasy series about a ‘multiverse' where both physical laws and the laws of magic operate and of which our own world is very much a part. The central character of the book is a woman who unwillingly takes on the role of dealing with a magical threat to very existence of the multiverse and become the most powerful magical being in it's history. Without giving too much away this is a book which will appeal to those who read The Hobbit, and C S Lewis' Narnia Tales as children and who enjoy the books of stalwarts of the fantasy genre like Stephen Donaldson, David Eddings, Terry Brooks, and science fantasy writers such as Anne McCaffrey.
Perhaps the house’s literary heritage
has imbued its very bricks with the magic needed to turn
an idea into a book! Publication details HERE
Gabrielle Staples - August 2006