Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Wicked Haunt-o-ween with Cheryl Pierson and the Wizard Merlin

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KAREN: Cheryl Pierson is a multi-published author of historical, western and paranormal tales that come straight from the heart. You don't want to miss falling in love with her wounded heroes and her feisty heroines. Today she's sharing a sneak peek at her upcoming release Six Guns and Slay Bells: A Creepy Cowboy Christmas, featuring her tale: The Keepers of Camelot.

***CONTEST: CHERYL will be giving away one Ebook copy of SIX GUNS AND SLAY BELLS: A CREEPY COWBOY CHRISTMAS, to one lucky trick or treater! Read on and and find out how you may add this treat to your goodie bag. CONTEST ENDS NOV. 2ND AT MIDNIGHT PST.

Take it away, Cheryl...

THE KEEPERS OF CAMELOT BY CHERYL PIERSON 

Who likes the stories of King Arthur and his knights? I do! I have been fascinated with the entire legend of Camelot since I was a child. The Sword In the Stone, the Disney cartoon movie, was a favorite when I was young.

As I got older, I couldn’t get enough of the movie musical, Camelot, with Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero, and Richard Harris in the starring roles. I valiantly tried to struggle through T. H. White’s “The Once and Future King” but finally had to admit, it was too heavy for a twelve-year-old. As an adult, I enjoyed it, along with Mary Stewart’s series of the Arthurian legend as told from Merlin’s POV—a “must read” set if you’re a Camelot fan.

So,the story I wrote for the “Six Guns and Slay Bells: A Creepy Cowboy Christmas” anthology is one that is dear to my heart in many ways. Even the title, “The Keepers of Camelot”, was not something I had to think about for long.

Legend says that Arthur will rise once more when the world needs him the most. But in my story, something goes awry, and Arthur has returned in many times, many places, throughout the centuries since his final battle.

The story opens with Arthur on a stagecoach in the American west—Indian Territory—of the 1880’s. But in this life, he comes across two people he’d never thought to see again—Lancelot and Guinevere. Why are they here—and how will it all end…

The stage is attacked by Apaches minutes before the driver gets the passengers to the safety of the next stage station. Though they’re safe for the time being, a nerve-wracking Christmas Eve is in store as the Apaches wait for them outside.

Arthur has a plan. He’s seen the fearless leader of the Apache—the man they call “Sky Eyes”, a man he knew as Lancelot du Lac a hundred lifetimes ago.

Will Lance’s prowess as a warrior combine with his legendary arrogance to seal the fate of the people inside the station—including Guinevere, the woman he gave up everything for in the past?

One young boy in the group unknowingly holds the key to Lance’s decision. But will the glorious legend of Camelot be remembered?

There are some excellent stories in this book by many great western writers, including Troy Smith, Courtney Joyner, Robert Randisi, L.J. Washburn, James Reasoner, and many more. They’re all paranormal in some way, and they all take place in a western setting.

This makes a great gift for others—or for yourself! It should be available tomorrow in print and e-book format. Let me know if you’re interested, and I will be glad to forward the links to you as soon as I get them. You can e-mail me at or leave your e-mail address in the comments section here. All my other short stories, anthologies, novels and novellas can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/author/cherylpierson

***CONTEST: I will be giving away one e-copy of SIX GUNS AND SLAY BELLS: A CREEPY COWBOY CHRISTMAS, to one lucky commenter! CONTEST ENDS NOV. 2ND AT MIDNIGHT PST. (Don't forget to leave your email)


Individual blurb for my story:
In my story, The Keepers of Camelot, Arthur and Guinevere have reappeared during the 1880's to the western frontier. Under an Apache attack, Arthur and the other stagecoach occupants are forced to take shelter at a nearby stage station where he discovers Guinever living her new life as the wife of the station proprietor. As the Apaches attack once more, Arthur recognizes their leader as none other than Lancelot du Lac. He knows that Guinevere has recognized him, as well. They've each lived a thousand lives since that last fateful day they spent together, when Lance rescued Ginny and fought with Arthur, but has their dream of Camelot faded completely? One of the occupants of the stagecoach, a young boy, touches the forgotten vision within Arthur, centuries after Camelot's loss. The prophecy says Arthur will return when the world needs him most--but why are Lance and Ginny here? And can the steadfast belief of one homeless boy rekindle the glorious hope of the greatest legend of all time?

EXCERPT:
“Come now, Ginny. Let’s have done with this pretense, shall we? We both know Lance is leading that band of savages.”
Her gaze faltered, and she looked away from him, not answering.
“Do you really believe he’ll harm you?” The note of gentleness crept into his tone, in spite of his resolve not to care.
“I—I don’t know, truly. He was—so angry when we last spoke. When I told him I’d made my decision to go to the convent—”
“You haven’t seen him since—since we fought?”
She shook her head. “Not really…Oh, I’ve seen him, during these attacks, but never spoken to him. Arthur, I’ve lived a thousand lives, but not fully. I seem to just wake up in another time, another place. Somehow, I—” She stopped herself, then went on in a controlled tone. “I believe it must be the same for you. And for Lancelot. We’re all trapped in this circle.”
“How do we end it, Ginny?”
She moistened her lips in the nervous gesture he recalled so well. “I’m not sure. But I—I wonder if maybe it’s not somehow connected to…forgiveness.”
Anger flared quickly in Arthur’s heart. She dared ask him to forgive? Forgive her treachery? Forgive Lance’s betrayal? Forgive her causing the death of the dream he’d held so dear? A cold smile touched his lips.
“You ask much, my lady. Especially after all you’ve taken.”
She nodded, the stricken look in her eyes almost too much for him. Even in the near darkness, he could see the pallor of her flawless skin.
“Yes. You were always a much better person than I, Arthur. You had a generous heart. A loving soul.”
“Make no mistake, Ginny—I am first a warrior. A ruler.”
In the gathering darkness, she laid a hand on his. “No, Arthur. You are first a man. And a good one.” The softness of her skin on his in the shadows brought a flood of memories that he’d thought were carefully locked away.
“You know Lance won’t attack now.” His lips curved caustically. “He loved Christmas-tide more than the rest of us put together.” It had always been Lance who suggested they find the biggest Yule log in the forest, spearheading the effort to organize the men and making it a festive occasion. It had been Lance who sang the Yule songs with such fervor, his deep baritone booming through the stone hallways of the castle.
Ginny’s eyes filled with sudden tears. “Arthur—when I see him as he was today…I wonder if he even recalls the things we remember. It seems he’s become absorbed in the ways of the Apache. The look on his face is so intent, so—cruel. I don’t believe he’s the person we knew.”
“He was never the person I thought I knew, Ginny. Never.” At her quick look, he smiled. “Yet, there’s a part of me that, even now, wants to call him my brother, as I did before—before everything fell apart.”
Ginny nodded. “I hope that same part of you remembers me in another light as well, Arthur,” she whispered.

Release date: October 31, 2012
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28 comments:

Troy D. Smith said... Best Blogger Tips

Y'all will love Cheryl's story in this anthology- and the others are pretty good too!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Cheryl,

Thanks so much for being a part of Wicked Haunt-o-ween! This collection of stories sound fantastic!

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Troy, thanks so much for your support--I really enjoyed your story, too, BITTER MOUNTAIN. It's really an unusual collection and one I'm proud to be a part of!
Cheryl

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Karen, thanks so much for having me today. This contest is really a great opportunity for people to check out different authors and win something. (That's always a good thing!)Happy Halloween!
Cheryl

katsrus said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like a neat book. I love books that have differant stories. I always find new authors. Cheryl your story sounds wonderful. Camelot and the west. Going to make a interesting story.
Sue B
katsrus(at)gmail(dot)com

Barbara Edwards said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice twist on an old legend. I liked the excerpt.
Barbara.edwards1@yahoo.com

Sarah J. McNeal said... Best Blogger Tips

What an innovative idea to have Author appear as a time traveling savior into the wild west. I love it. I always love your heroes, though usually have dead from some inflicted wound or other. LOL And your heroines are the kind to fry up some bacon while they change the baby and tend to their man all at the same time. LOL
I read all of Mary Stuart's Merlin series and loved them.
Loved your excerpt and have to read this story as soon as I get my hands on it.
All the very best to you, Cheryl.

Keith Souter said... Best Blogger Tips

I think that Cheryl's story has really caught the essence of the relationship between Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot, and ingeniously woven it into a karmic tale. The other stories will also take you to the Old West, with its countless ghost towns where ghouls and zombies were just waiting for an unsuspecting traveller to push open those bat wing doors and...

Hope you all enjoy the read.

Keith

Keith Souter said... Best Blogger Tips
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Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, katsrus! I loved the idea, too. I hope everyone else does. And there are so many good stories in this book it's hard to pick a favorite.
Cheryl

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Barbara! It really was something I enjoyed trying to work out. I hope I did it justice.
Cheryl

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Sarah, thanks for coming by--you are always so supportive, and I can't tell you how I appreciate you!You always make me laugh. I loved the Mary Stuart books.
Cheryl

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Keith, those very kind comments mean a lot coming from someone who is an expert on King Arthur such as yourself. Give us a little info about your story, if you can, without giving away any spoilers.
Cheryl

Keith Souter said... Best Blogger Tips

Cheryl, that is kind of you to describe me as an 'expert.' In fact, I am a mere Arthurian enthusiast.

As for my story, it is entitled Snake Oil, written by my alter ego, Clay More. It is about what happens when the phrenological snake oil salesman, Professor Thaddeus G Saxpuddle comes to town a little before Christmas. The local kids love the idea of a medicine show, but it is a view not shared by the local sheriff, who has three pet hates - kids, Christmas and snake oil salesmen.

Thanks for asking.

Keith

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Keith, anyone who can write an publish a book on King Arthur lore and legend is an expert to my way of thinking, for sure. I can't wait to get my hands on your book! As for this story in Six Guns, I'm looking forward to reading it very soon. The more I hear about it the "curious-er" I get.
Cheryl

Maggie Toussaint said... Best Blogger Tips

What a cool concept, Cheryl. I've always been a sucker for all things Arthurian. And I always knew that I could've pulled that sword out of the stone.

I think at heart we all want to believe in a perfect world, in heaven on earth, and that's why King Arthur speaks to us.

Best wishes! Maggie

bn100 said... Best Blogger Tips

Very nice excerpt. The book sounds intriguing.

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Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Maggie, that cracks me up. I thought the same thing about the sword and the stone. I remember thinking, "I bet I could do that!" Yes, you're right--we all want "might to make right" yet, with all the issues of bullying and so forth in the world today, it's far from a perfect world--a hero such as Arthur, who had a vision and acted on it, is someone we can all look up to.
Thanks so much for coming by!
Cheryl

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you bn100! I'm so glad you stopped by today! I've got you entered in the drawing.
Cheryl

Katrina Gillian said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds so good. I love the legend. I love the book cover, too!!

Katrina Gillian said... Best Blogger Tips

oops-I forgot to leave my email.

katrinagillian at yahoo dot com

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Katrina, I do, too. That's a legend that stays with you all through the growing up years into adulthood. And it's one of those stories that is so tragic, yet, leaves us with hope that one day, Arthur will come again.
Cheryl

Jean MP said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great sounding book, a new take on a old legend. Loved the excerpt.
skpetal at hotmail dot com

Ilona Fridl said... Best Blogger Tips

Cheryl, I'm a big Artherian fan and this story is so intreging.

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Jean, that anthology has got some of the best, most unusual stories in it. I'm so glad to be a part of it!
Cheryl

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Ilona,
I love Arthur, too--though I'm anything but an expert on him. (Though my pal Keith Souter says he's not, don't let him fool you!)LOL I really enjoyed writing this story.
Cheryl

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

My winner is: katsrus!
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I will be in touch with you soon!
Cheryl

katsrus said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome! Thank you so much. I had so much fun on all the Wicked Haunt O Ween posts.
Sue B