I posted this poem once before, but have decided to post it again as it's 100 years since the Armistice on Sunday. I hope you enjoy it.
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.
I’ll never truly understand
How World War I began.
The death of Archduke Ferdinand
Started the deaths of many more,
The young, the old, the rich, the poor.
All died with guns in hand.
My Grandad went with Uncle Jim
And Our Poor Willie, too.
They sent them off, singing a hymn.
Grandad went to Gallipoli,
Uncle Jim left his love, Polly.
Gas in trenches did kill him.
I cannot see, in my mind’s eye
Grandad with gun in hand.
A peaceful man, sent out to die.
He fought for us, for you and me
So we can live and so that we
Safely in our beds may lie.
Grandad came home, and Willie too,
But millions more did not.
Their duty they all had to do.
They died in fear, in noise, in blood.
Everything was caked in mud.
Yet in those fields the poppies grew.
The War to end all wars, they said,
So terrible were the deaths.
The youth of Europe all lay dead.
Yet 21 short years to come
Another war. Once more a gun
In young men’s hands brought death.
One hundred years have passed since then.
What have we learned? Not much!
Too many men are killing men.
Wars still abound around the world.
Bombs and missiles still are hurled
At those who disagree with them.
I hope you liked this poem. Please leave a comment.
From tomorrow, Vengeance of a Slave will be free for just 5 days. Click HERE to get your copy.
Adelbehrt and his sister Avelina are just 6 and 3 years old when they are forced to witness the crucifixion of their father. Then the Roman soldiers take them as slaves for their ash blonde hair and pretty faces.
A Roman merchant living in Britain buys them and they find themselves transported to that mysterious island. Bereft of family and friends, Adelbehrt takes his sister's welfare upon himself, and he develops a hatred of the Romans, repeating a litany of hate every evening before going to sleep. He swears to Avelina that one day they will escape, and to himself that he will have revenge on the Romans.
But how can he escape? And if he does, how can he stay free and get his revenge on the Romans? Will his hatred eventually destroy him?
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I'm going to give you an update of my writing today.
I have been working on the next historical novel. I've completed the first draft, and it is currently undergoing some critiquing from a wonderful site I've found called Scribophile. I was hoping to get it out before Christmas, but it might be a bit longer than that.
It is called Jealousy of a Viking and is the story of a descendant of Adelbehrt from Vengeance of a Slave. She, Helgha, is a young Viking girl who falls in love with Erik, the son of a jarl from Jorvik, modern York.
Of course, true love does not run smoothly (no story if it does). They cannot marry because of the difference in their status. She becomes his mistress, but trouble starts when he marries to improve his family's standing.
Her rival for Erik's love has the advantage she is his legal wife and a feud begins between them. Which woman will win? Can Helgha find a way to be with Erik after all? Will her knowledge of herbs help her?
I've also been working on the next book in The Wolves of Vimar series. I lost a whole chunk of it somehow, and became a bit disheartened, then I found it. At least I thought I had, but a chunk from the middle is still missing and needs rewriting. Hey ho! That's life. I suppose.
This book has no title as yet. In it, the group known as Wolf travel to Bluehaven and hence Holy Isle for the wedding of one of their number, Randa, to Prince Almoro, brother to the king. Then revolts occur in several cities, and Erian, the land bordering them, marches in and takes over several dukedoms, capturing the Duke of Senndolina.
Several of Wolf travel to try to rescue him, and Rollo, Duke of Hambara, sets off for Erian to try to talk peace with The Master.
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It is only available for 5 days, until 22nd October, so hurry and get your copy.
Here is a bit about it.
After finding Sauvern's Sword, the companions set off to help a friend rescue his child from kidnappers. Instead, they stray into Erian and find preparations for war. They are drafted into the Erian army but are recognized by an old enemy, who arrests some of them and takes them to Frelli, the capital of Erian, where they are put in jail.
The Master of Erian frees them and offers them work. Meanwhile, Carthinal has to face some unpleasant truths about himself. Is his desire to further his magical career more important than his friends and country? After they discover terrible truths about the Master and his magical research, they will need to escape in order to tell the leaders of Grosmer about the plans for war.
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