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Gift of Music – Listen to the Songs of Artesans of Albia by @CasPeace1

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First, I’d like to say a big Thank You to Kriss for inviting me on to her blog. May you all you enjoy this post! (From Kriss — Of course Cas! Welcome! I am really excited to have you here today!)

Readers often ask me about the songs that accompany my fantasy books. Why did I write them, how did they come about? Well, not many people know that before I was a writer, I was a singer. Singing has been a major part of my life since I was a young child. I have an older brother who was also interested in music, and as we grew up, I would often hear the records he played in his bedroom, and try to sing along.

                Then I got interested in folk music. My favorite bands were Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention. My singing idols were Sandy Denny (Fairport) and Maddy Prior (Steeleye).  I learned to sing by copying them on the songs I liked best. I also saved up enough money to buy a Spanish guitar, and had lessons at school. Trying to play the folk songs I loved naturally progessed into trying to write my own.

                My fantasy series is set in a medieval-style world, where singing and music would have been common forms of entertainment. So references to music were already there in the books. And my main female lead, Sullyan, is a singer and musician, so it was inevitable that she would eventually sing.

                The first song, ‘The Wheel Will Turn,’ from King’s Envoy, exists in its entirety in Chapter 14. Sullyan uses it to help her and Robin reconcile after an unpleasant incident. The song itself is an ode to Robin’s sister, Jessy, who died young of an incurable disease. Sullyan wrote it out of her sorrow and love for Jessy, and her desire to comfort Robin. It’s a song of hope, related to Albia’s Faith of the Wheel, a belief that all things return, and we will eventually meet lost oved ones again.

                The second song, ‘The Ballad of Tallimore’, from King’s Champion, is quite different. This song is a sea shanty, a working song sung by sailors to help them manage a powerful sailing vessel. In the book, Sullyan uses it to gain the attention of a rough band of ‘free traders’ (pirates!) who she hopes will help her in her fight against Lord Rykan. Her knowledge of their customs and beliefs stops them from refusing her right from the start. I had great fun with this song, and was ably assisted by my husband, my brother, and a musician friend of his – they became the ‘manly crew’ you can hear on the song!

                The third song, ‘Morgan’s Song (All That We Are’) comes from King’s Artesan. This song also appears in many references throughout the triple trilogy, as it is Sullyan’s soul song. When I first wrote King’s Artesan, the words of the song didn’t actually exist. This was before I hit on the idea of recording and producing the songs from the books. But while I was doing a rewrite of the end of King’s Artesan, I realized how I could use the song, and so it became an integral part of the story.

                Now I am working on music for my fourth book, The Challenge, due out in Spring 2014. This will be an instrumental, but it will have some form of vocals. I’m currently in talks with a fellow musician who is an ace fiddle-player. If I can get him on board, ‘Larksong’ ought to be awesome!

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                In the meantime, you can hear and download for FREE the three songs from this first trilogy. Just visit my website,, and click on the Songs and Music tab. The lyrics are there too, for your enjoyment. Why not read the three books while listening to the songs?

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On a foolhardy foray into a foreign realm, Taran Elijah is attacked by a terrible weapon known as the Staff. Killing its wielder, he escapes into Albia, inadvertently carrying the Staff.

Concerned by the vicious raids that follow Taran’s actions, Major Sullyan of the High King’s forces crosses into Andaryon to seek diplomatic resolution to the crisis. She is captured and tortured by Lord Rykan, aspirant to the Andaryon throne.

Slowly dying, Sullyan escapes his clutches. She offers her skills to the Hierarch in defense of his throne, finally confronting Rykan on the field of battle.Her handsome Captain and lover, Robin Tamsen, embarks on a desperate quest to recover the Staff. But Rykan’s greedy General, Sonten, is two steps ahead of him. If Robin cannot lay hold of the weapon before Sonten does, Sullyan’s life and the lives of all Artesans are forfeit.

The race for the Staff has begun.

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cas-peaceCas Peace was born in Hampshire UK, in 1957, and has lived there most of her life. Her first career was as a horse-riding instructor, and horses remain very close to her heart. She then spent 13 years working for the British Civil Service before leaving the UK to live in Italy for three years, 1991-1994. She speaks passable but by no means perfect Italian, and loves to return to Italy whenever she can.
 Cas’s other great loves are anything to do with animals, especially dogs and horses, (she supports many animal charities) and also singing. Cas loves folk songs and along with her husband, who plays guitar, has performed in many a Southern England folk club. Sometimes they even asked her back! She writes folk songs to accompany her fantasy novels, and offers them as free downloads from her website.

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