Saturday, November 28, 2020

Morgan Le Fay: Small Things and Great by Jo-Anne Blanco - Book Tour

Morgan Le Fay: Small Things and Great (Fata Morgana Series Book 1) by Jo-Anne Blanco  @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours 

The series is for readers of all ages (as Rosemary Sutcliff once said of her own work, “for readers aged nine to ninety.”) The books follow Morgan from her early childhood in post-Roman Dark Ages Britain and through her teenage years to adulthood. Elements of Celtic folklore, fairy tales, and mythologies of diverse cultures are woven throughout the books, but each novel is an original adventure story that can be read either as a standalone or as part of the ongoing series.

Morgan Le Fay: Small Things and Great (Fata Morgana Series Book 1)


Morgan is a little girl who lives in Tintagel Castle by the sea, loved and sheltered by her noble parents, the Duke and Duchess of Belerion. An extraordinarily clever child, extremely sharp-eyed, exceptionally curious. A little girl unlike other children.

One stormy night a ship is wrecked off the coast, bringing with it new friends – Fleur the princess from a far-off land, Safir the stowaway with a secret, and the mysterious twins Merlin and Ganieda. Morgan’s visions of another world awaken her to the realisation that she can see things others cannot. That she has powers other people do not possess.

Not long afterwards, Morgan encounters Diana, the Moon Huntress, who charges her with a dangerous mission that only she can accomplish. With Merlin by her side and unsure if he is friend or foe, Morgan must venture far from home to enter the realms of the Piskies and the Muryans, warring tribes of faeries who vie for the souls of lost children. There she must summon her magic to fight the most ancient powers in the world, to rescue a young soul destined to be reborn …

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Morgan woke with a start. She lay in bed, her heart racing, trying to make sense of the dream. She’d had bad dreams before, but nothing like this. Everything had felt so real – the cold, the wind, the burning angels, the drowning people, her terror.

Why had she dreamed such a horrible thing? She had certainly never seen anything like it in real life. As the eldest daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Belerion, and the apple of her father’s eyes, the precocious five-year-old Morgan had always led a cosseted existence, safe behind the walls of Tintagel Castle. She was only allowed to venture out accompanied, either on a horseback ride with her father, Gorlois, or on walks with her tutor, Sebile. Her mother, Igraine, preferred to stay inside the castle walls or within the courtyard, and she liked it when her young daughter would stay in with her and show off her ever-improving reading and learning skills.

As Morgan lay in the darkness waiting for her heartbeat to return to normal, she became aware of a strange noise. It sounded like a ferocious beating and pummelling on the roof of the castle. She sat up. Listening closely, she realised it was water. Rain was beating down loudly and fiercely upon Tintagel. She could see it lashing against the window, blown savagely by a strong wind. With a twinge of fear and still reeling from the intensity of her dream, Morgan got up and ran to the door. “Arcile!” she called, hoping to see her young maid at the door with a candle and her reassuring presence.

There was no one in the passage. A few of the torches were burning, but the light was dim. The noise of the rain on the roof seemed to be getting louder. Frowning, Morgan reached for a woollen wrap to cover her nightgown. She slipped into her shoes and ventured out into the deserted corridor.

“Morgan?” A small, scared voice made her turn and she saw her younger sister Blasine standing behind her in the passage. “Morgan, what is it?” Blasine asked her nervously. “Where is everyone?”

“I don’t know,” Morgan said. “There’s a bad storm outside. Maybe they went to help the people in the village.”

“Or maybe they all went to bed,” another voice chimed in. Just behind Blasine stood her twin sister Anna. Anna and Blasine were a year younger than Morgan, but while Morgan loved Blasine, Anna annoyed her. Only when they were with their parents was Anna ever nice to Morgan. On those occasions Morgan tried to be nice back because she knew she should love her sister, but Anna made that very difficult.

“Not all of them went to bed,” Morgan pointed out. “There’s always a guard here at night. Something must have happened. I’m going to find out.”

“Can we come?” asked Blasine timidly.

“No, you stay here,” Morgan said. Out of the corner of her eye she saw Anna scowl.

Morgan ran down the passage to the stairwell. The noise of the wind and rain was becoming deafening. She went downstairs, running through the main corridor. The castle door was open and she felt powerful gusts of wind coursing through the building. At the door she stopped and looked out upon an astonishing sight.

Author Bio

Jo-Anne Blanco was born in Brazil to an English mother and Spanish father. She has spent much of her life travelling around the world as a teacher. Her travels, together with her lifelong passion for reading, writing and storytelling, inspired her to embark upon her Fata Morgana epic fantasy series, about the life and adventures of Morgan le Fay. Mythology, fairy tales and Arthurian legend are all major influences on her work, and her ongoing journeys to countries of great landscapes and folklore are never-ending sources of inspiration.

She is the author of Morgan Le Fay: Small Things and Great and Morgan Le Fay: Children of This World. These novels are the first two books in the Fata Morgana series.

Morgan Le Fay: Giants in the Earth, the third novel in the series, will be published in 2020.

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