Title: Secret of the Manor
Author: Taylin Clavelli
Genre: Gay romance, mystery, paranormal, adventure
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
SynopsisWarren Blake is an accountant at the pinnacle of his career. After accepting a new position he decides to settle in the scenic Cotswold village of Walmsley Hackett. A village with a colourful history of myth, old wives tales and mystery.
One morning during his train ride into work, Warren notices a small quaint church which he becomes enchanted with. Curiousity compels him to find the church and when he finally does, he discovers an unmarked grave in the corner. Feeling sorry for its occupant, Warren becomes a frequent visitor.
Little does he know that the young man inside the coffin needs a champion and Warren is chosen.
What follows involves a ghostly medieval joust, witchcraft, love, and Warren risking his life.
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a patch of mist marred his path, and Warren shivered. It was as if the droplets
of water were crawling over his skin, tasting it, testing it. A sweet fragrance
filled his nostrils, and he was sure he could hear the vapour hiss as it delved
beneath his collar. A small branch came out of nowhere and thrashed Warren’s face,
but he kept going. The fog enveloped the scratch, which stung like tiny needles
plucking at his flesh before the pain disappeared, soothed into non-existence.
stopped, rigid, and puffed loud and deep, his ears twitching in all directions.
Warren could feel the rise and fall of his steed’s chest under his legs and was
afraid to urge the beast anywhere until he settled. Warren breathed deep, too.
Something was ahead and he had no idea what it was. His arms shook from
adrenaline, and a bead of sweat ran from his brow.
thump, thump. His heart stuttered, torn between turning tail and forging on.
Taylin Clavelli lives in the United Kingdom, about 15 miles south of Birmingham, and a short journey from the world famous Cadbury’s Chocolate factory. She’s married with children and loves her family with all her heart.
ears abruptly focussed forward. Then he snorted and surged ahead. Warren ceased
to be the master and became a passenger. Argo seemed to know where he was
going. It was as if Warren were on a train with a single-track line, and
someone had removed the brakes.
puffed in excitement and upped his pace. It was all Warren could do to hang on.
his skin, Warren leaned against Argo’s neck and put his trust in his charger.
All he could hear was the one-two-three, one-two-three thunderous beat of his
horse in canter. One-two-three, one-two-three. Argo’s thick black neck surged
forward in time with the beat. One-two-three, one-two-three. Long strands of
mane licked at Warren’s face, and he grabbed a handful to steady himself. He
almost lost his seat when Argo took off over a fallen tree and burst out of the
woods into a clearing.
whinny and a rear, Argo announced his presence. His front legs pawed the air.
Warren clung to the saddle and prayed.
About the author
Her love of books has been a long standing affair, with Taylin liking nothing better than to lose herself in an imaginary world.
Until she met Lily Velden, she never considered trying her hand at writing. However, after talking ideas, Lily encouraged her to put pen to paper—or rather, fingers to keyboard. Since, with a few virtual kicks in the right place, she hasn’t stopped. Her confidence eventually led to her writing an original work for submission.
Her first published work was Boys, Toys, and Carpet Fitters, developed for the Dreamspinner Press Anthology – Don’t Try This At Home.
Now she absolutely adores immersing herself into the characters she creates, and transferring the pictures in her brain to paper, finding it liberating, therapeutic, and wonderful.
Outside of writing, her interests include; martial arts (she’s a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-do), horse-riding, all of which facilitates her love of a wide variety of movies. Her action heroes include Jet Li and Tony Jaa—finding the dedication these men have for their art combined with their skill both amazing and a privilege to watch. If pressed, she’ll admit to thinking that the screen entrance of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl, and Shadowfax in LOTR, to be the greatest screen entrances ever. Her all-time favorite movies are Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.
The simple things in life that make her day, putting a smile on her face are:
Laughter – especially that of her children.
The smell of lasagna cooking – it makes her mouth salivate.
The dawn chorus – no symphony ever written can beat the waking greetings of the birds.