Pronouncing Celyn’s Name

Solstice Blade Trivia: Did you know that Celyn’s name is pronounced with a hard “C” as in Catherine not a soft “C” as in Cynthia? Celyn is the Welsh word for Holly. The Cornish equivalent is spelt with a “K” and is therefore spelt the same way as it is pronounced as “Kelyn”.

This subject is discussed by Evan and Travis in chapter 28 – Christmas Day, although they never talk about pronunciation.

Holyer An Gof Awards

On the recommendation of our printer, TJ International, The Solstice Blade has been entered into the Holyer An Gof writing competition. The Holyer An Gof awards are promoted by Cornish Gorsedh (Gorsedh Kernow)  are held each year and are open to any publications relating to Cornwall or which are written in the Cornish language. The Solstice Blade is set in the Cornish town of Liskeard, and features the local copper mining industry  in the Prologue. We have been entered into class 2 – Books for Young Adults. The closing date for entries is Tuesday 28th February 2017. The awards will be presented on Tuesday 11th July 2017 at Waterstones bookshop in Truro.

If we are fortunate enough to win, don’t worry, we’ll let you know!

Winter Solstice Treasure Hunt

To celebrate the print publication of The Solstice Blade, we hid three new copies of the book in and around the market town Liskeard in Cornwall: the setting of the story. We then announced that we would post clues to the locations on Facebook on 21st December 2016, the day of the winter solstice.

Photograph of the second hidden copy of The Solstice Blade where it was found in a hollow tree just outside Liskeard.
The second hidden copy of The Solstice Blade where it was found in a hollow tree just outside Liskeard.

The original announcement can be read on our Facebook page here.

At 10:44, the moment of the solstice, a scheduled Facebook post revealed the first three clues to the locations of the hidden books. The scheduled post can be read here.

The three clues were in increasing order of difficulty, but all required that the free preview chapter of the book available on Amazon had been read through.

The first clue referenced a location in “Rain”, the second chapter of the book and was found on the evening of the 21st of December in Liskeard town centre.

Photograph of the view from the location of the second hidden copy of The Solstice Blade
The view from the location of the second hidden copy of The Solstice Blade

The second clue involved deciphering a series of numbers that related to letters in the Amazon preview chapter, and  which spelled out the name of a road that led out of the town.  When used in conjunction with the remainder of the clue the exact location was revealed. The second book was found on 22nd December 2016.

The third clue indicated a location from the Prologue of The Solstice Blade, but gave very little other information, making this, we believed, the most difficult clue. Nevertheless, by the 3rd of January 2017, all three of the hidden books had been found.

We thoroughly enjoyed setting up The Solstice Blade

Photograph of the third hidden copy of The Solstice Blade at the location it was found near Minions.
The third hidden copy of The Solstice Blade at the location it was found near Minions.

Treasure Hunt, and hope that those of you who took part had as much fun as we did.