10/10/15
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New York Comic Con 2015 (with pics!)

Hey everyone. My blogging has been pathetic as of late. I am going to make an effort to get on here more. Promise. And, what better way to usher in this new era of more consistent blogging than with a photo gallery from New York Comic Con, 2015.

I didn’t have a signing there this year, but my publisher was kind enough to send me a badge (two badges, actually, but that is another story…) and I attended as a spectator and lover of all things beautiful and bizarre.

I also attended a fantastic cocktail hour arranged by Amazon Publishing and got the honor of hanging out with authors like Marko Kloos (and his lovely wife Robin) who writes awesome military sci-fi, the incomparable Amy Bartol (who writes enormously popular paranormal romance), J.D. Horn (renowned for his Witching Savannah series and a fellow Westmarch publishee), Jeff Wheeler (amazingly successful fantasy author of Muirwood fame(who once hosted a guest post from me)), Dana Cameron (who writes award-winning crime and sci-fi),  Robert Masello (a veteran writer of novels and scripts with an amazing breadth of knowledge and humor), and Evan Currie (author of dozens of brilliant sci-fi novels).

There were other writers, and I apologize for missing you in this post. But I had a great time with all of you. And I must mention the awesome staff of 47North who put this all together and kept us laughing and without thirst all night: Britt, Jason, Ben, Courtney, Kim and all the others… thank you!

And now, without further delay, the pictures from New York Comic Con 2015 (apologies, in advance, for the crappy quality of my phone’s camera…)(And, yes, that actually was a delay, but there won’t be any further delays). (Except for this one). (And maybe this one). (But that’s it.). (I swear).

12/10/12

The Scourge – Episode 3

Episode 3 comes out tomorrow. It’s a good one, I think. In which Edward leads his army into battle and then faces execution by a mad king. In the spirit of Episode 3, here are some images from modern-day Hadleigh, Leigh (Lighe), and Rayleigh.

What’s left of Hadleigh Castle

Pictured above are the ruins of Hadleigh Castle. The castle is perched on a hill overlooking Old Leigh, and has such a wonderful feel to it. A feeling of power and tranquility and invulnerability. You can just imagine how magnificent it once was.

Hadleigh Castle, as it once was.

That’s what the castle would have looked like in Edward’s day, after an extensive renovation project by Henry III.

The Great Hall

That square area in the mid-ground is the remains of the Great Hall where Edward’s imaginary meeting with Sir John would have taken place. Just beyond the tower, in the distance, is a view of Old Leigh (Lighe).

The Thames Estuary at low tide, at Old Leigh.

This is the Thames at low tide, just off the shore of Old Leigh. The French ships in my story landed here. I’m fairly confident these three ships aren’t French.

Hadleigh Castle, with Old Leigh in the distance.

This is Old Leigh today, at low tide. It’s come a long way from the sleepy little village it was in Sir Edward’s day.

Moving on to Rayleigh. This is Rayleigh Motte, the hill where the tower once stood. During Sir Edward’s days, there probably wouldn’t have been much left of the castle. I chose to extend Rayleigh’s life a few decades in the story, although it was nothing but a “dung-pit” when Edward finds it.

Motte and Bailey

Motte to the left, bailey to the right. You can still walk the entire castle grounds at Rayleigh Mount, although nothing is left of the stone tower or the buildings.

Rayleigh Castle, how it was

That was how the castle would have looked in its prime.

 

Church on the hill

St. Clement’s church sits on a hill in Leigh-on-Sea. It is the church that Edward talks about and that he and his knights ride onto. There is a rumor that this church was built using stones from Hadleigh Castle, but I doubt it. King Edward III had made major renovations to Hadleigh in the late 14th century and the castle wasn’t sold for building materials until the mid-16th century. St. Clement’s was built sometime circa 1400, but I don’t think it’s a stretch to say it might have been around in 1385, when Sir Edward came by.

If you are reading The Scourge, I hope enjoy this episode. It’s one of my favorites. And I hope these photos help flesh out the world that Edward and his knights are traveling through.

 

 

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