Soul & Shadow

Posted Saturday, 11/21/20

I was going to try to take a break from writing until January 2021, but it's not working out that way. In fact, I'm pecking away on two books now: Blood & Soul, and In the Shadow of the King.

 So much for a restful holiday season.

While I hope to finish Blood & Soul in April 2021, it will likely take me more than a year to complete In the Shadow of the King. As it stands now, I have roughly 80 pages of the book written.

Current manuscript for "In the Shadow of the King" by Deborah O'Toole. Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

However, the storyline - which has injections of fictional characters with real figures from history - requires copious research and will probably take me into 2022.

A new excerpt from In the Shadow of the King:

The grave next to that of old Thomas Bryan had been there for some time, but attentive care of the marker had left it visible and standing erect. Not large by any means, it was impressive nonetheless with its faded carvings of the Bryan coat of arms.

The design had been intricate in its day, but the many years had worn the surface smooth, leaving a telltale visual of the original workmanship. The arms held three upright swords – which were fairly visible – but the carvings of the Lion of Judah had faded somewhat with the weather of time. The misty rain now swept across the marker like a fine sheen, sending rivulets running along the carving and off onto the ground. The drops also swirled in the name carved in the stone, which was still visible as well.

It was a simple headstone in truth, but enhanced by the exquisite carving of the coat of arms. The marker read:

Sir Francis Bryan 1490-1550

The fine mist of rain had become a torrent, creating small rivers of water that scurried around the two graves side by side, joining the patterns of earth as if they were one.

"In the Shadow of the King" by Deborah O'Toole. Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

ESTIMATED RELEASE: Christmas 2022. Storyline and estimated release date may be subject to change. Check back for updates.

Irish Eyes: In the Shadow of the King

Tags: Bloodline Trilogy; In the Shadow of the King