It’s taken quite a while, as I’m sure you know, but I’ve now finished and published the full-length sequel to Waif, Shun House. The original cast of Butler, Young Master and Cook are reprised but they are now more than just shallow titles. Butler is now Joseph Harrow, most senior servant at Benediction House (Great House). Cook is Mistress Hartley while Young Master has matured into the Marquis Raphael Álmos Vaskapu, still the last of his line, still seeking to preserve his lineage.
And in this tale, he may have found a salvation. Condesa Adelina Lupita Serpa Cantabria has crossed the sea to meet with him. What will she find when she arrives? Can she play the part that Raphael would have the Fates carve out for her? Or will she be one more patch of barren ground, one more unfulfilled promise to future’s hope?
In many ways Shun House is very different to Waif, which was an experimental work. Shun House is far more conventional in structure and delivery. The characters are more developed and the language used to describe them, their surroundings and the events that unfold speaks to us from a time when language was at least as important as the story itself.
The tale takes place some ten years on from Waif but is much colder and darker, and leads us down paths we may find uncomfortable and unpleasant. I won’t pretend that all my beta readers liked it; some found it difficult to read while others found it disturbing. Nevertheless, I present it here for you to consider.
Shun House will be available as a free Kindle download from March 30th through April 3rd (2016). I hope you will be able to take advantage of this, and I hope further that you will offer your comments in a Kindle review, good or ill.
Best Wishes to you All,