Third extract of Foundation, the opening book of The Crossing Lives Trilogy. We started withย Keira and Liam meeting in Celtic Ireland before joining Kathleen and her friends for a contemporary Desperate Housewives evening. This week Keira and Liam are back…

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By the time Keira arrived at their meeting point she was slightly breathless. All was still, it was too early for the birds to be chirping and cooing. There was not even a hint of wind to shake branches and make leaves fall. Keira felt as if she was in a kind of parallel world, having left all she knew behind and not yet arrived at her destination. She realised this impression came from Liam’s absence. He was nowhere to be found and this made her feel uneasy. In all their secret encounters he had been the one who made it to the meeting point first. As she was about to turn around to check the surroundings once more, this time going a little bit further, hands covered her eyes. She had not heard a noise. Instantly recognizing the feel of his skin on hers, Keira relaxed. She could sense the smile on his face and turned towards him:

“I was about to get concerned, you’re always the first one to arrive!”
“I know, but one of the horses was very restless so I had to calm him down before I could leave. How are you feeling?”
“Excited, impatient to start, and hoping that I will be up to my tasks.”
“Fear not, my darling, I know that you’re more than ready. Everything will go well.”

That day would see Keira participate to her seventh ceremony and this time she would be the one assisting Liam. He had explained to Keira that he was first going to anoint her with oil scented with frankincense and clove to consecrate her as a priestess. The gathering today had two purposes: To acknowledge Keira’s new functions and to give thanks for the magnificent summer that had allowed bountiful crops. It was only late September and therefore not yet time for Samhain, one of the two biggest festivals of the year. Samhain was the doorway to the dark part of the year and was held on November Eve, October 31st. There was nothing sinister about it: It was simply a time of change and it offered humanity a chance to reflect. Beltane was the doorway to the light and was celebrated on May 1st. Its main symbol was fertility. These two important dates were a reminder that life is a constant circle; Keira had yet to participate to either one since she had met Liam in June.

When the man she loved had first told her that he was part of a congregation honouring the spirit of Mother Earth, Keira had not even been disconcerted. On the contrary it explained the deep respect he had of all living creatures and of nature in its various forms. Keira had witnessed on many occasions Liam gently picking up a ladybird or a spider that had ventured too close to a horse’s hooves and putting it out of harm’s way. He also loved the different smells flowers exuded or to caress the leaves of plants, marvelling at the different textures, shapes and shades. She had also noticed how peaceful and at home he looked when sitting by a tree, his eyes closed. If anything it made her feelings for him even deeper. He had explained to her that he and his fellow believers would gather about twice a month to celebrate various earth cycles or simply to give thanks for what they had been given. They would also ask for spirit protection and believed that men should respect and live in harmony with nature. He had told her how blessed they felt and how amazing the power of the energy their celebrations could muster was. His eyes were shining as he was sharing his experiences with her and somehow the ripples these journeys had imprinted upon him echoed in her. Liam had put no pressure on her to become one of them but Keira had rapidly understood that the ceremonies were the work he had been talking about the very first night they had spent together in the cluster of trees. She was not an introspective person, one who would always consider the pros and cons carefully before making a decision. She followed her instinct in all situations. In that instance the lapse of time had been even shorter than usual before telling Liam she would be joining him and his friends. He had been delighted but unsurprised that she had decided to become a member of their congregation; it was in fact obvious that he had never expected anything else.

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  1. Lovely. Very interesting. You write beautifully and very kindly! You must be a very kind person ๐Ÿ™‚
    Between the two eras is fascinating and I do want to read on. Your writing even suits the times in both cases. Looking forward to the next. Keep it up! xx

    1. So happy you are still “hooked”! ๐Ÿ™‚ I had not really noticed that my writing changes depending on the era until you and some others pointed it out.
      I guess the people around me should be asked whether I am kind, but I do try. It is good for the soul…
      Oh, and next week should be another surprise… ๐Ÿ˜‰ xx

    1. Thank you, Emma! Let’s hope I manage to get someone interested in publishing it… ๐Ÿ˜‰ xx

  2. I like how you write. That sounds good and it’s easy to read. Really good.

    I must say, I didn’t see the “fil rouge” of the book, the link between “today” and “yesterday”. I hope to have a clue of it.

    I was worried to read your book in English (even if it isn’t the first), but now I’m ready to do it ! ๐Ÿ˜›

    1. Glad to read you would not wait for the French translation to come out!! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      As for the link, I know, not easy with extracts only…
      Happy you like my writing! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  3. I’m even more intrigued now Katia. I really do like where this book is going and I always look forward to your Thursday extracts now. Keep them coming pleeeeease ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Good. You should be intrigued!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ There will be at least another extract next week, then I am not sure… xx

  4. I agree with Anya, your style adapts to the era. Interesting new developments with Liam’s spiritual side.

    1. I can see that now too! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Glad you find the new events interesting. ๐Ÿ˜€ xx

  5. Your words are painting a mysteriously beautiful picture in my mind. Would love to know your vision for the Priestess – I do hope some wickedness doesn’t happen to her.
    Have you thought about self-publishing?

    1. You cannot imagine how happy I am reading “Your words are painting a mysteriously beautiful picture in my mind”. That is exactly what a book has to do for me.
      I am very traditional when it comes to books and would love for the “agent/publishing house” path to happen…
      Working on it so that you can find out what happens to Keira! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  6. Hi Katia,

    now i`ve read all 3 extracts! Very interesting – i don`t read very often in english, but it was very easy to understand with some support from ๐Ÿ™‚ Just one point was irritating me: Is Keira not very old for an unmarried daughter of a “powerful”-men in this era? i read a lot of historical stuff in the past (follett, gable …)

    maybe you`ll explain it later… ๐Ÿ™‚

    p.s. i do apologize for my english, it`s a bit rusty since i don`t work any longer for UK-Companies … ๐Ÿ™‚

    cheers, alex

    1. Hi Alex,
      Thanks a lot for reading and very happy you find the story interesting! ๐Ÿ˜€
      You made a very good point… and yes, this comes up in the book. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Your English is fine, by the way!
      Cheers. xx

  7. I’m loving this – can’t wait to read the whole book and see how everything links up! I wish I had a publishing house so I could publish it for you. I will be waiting for this one.

    1. Thanks so much, Rachael!
      I wish you had a publishing house too… ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  8. The links with nature and the explanations and descriptions of the ceremonies are very vivid and I can see them as two children of the forest, enjoying each other.

    I was slightly confused by the middle paragraph which began with her seventh ceremony but then mentioned that it was her first ceremony in the last sentence. I think I may have misread something and it all got a bit confused.

    Nevertheless, your excerpt is well-written as ever, and I would love to read the piece in its entirety x

    Thank you for linking to #whatimwriting again. It’s always a treat to read (and be invited to comment on) an active WIP. x

    1. Hi Chrissie, thank you for your comments and glad to read you would like to see more. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I re-read the paragraph you mentioned and I am not sure what could have caused the confusion.
      I very much appreciate that other writers take the time to comment and give me a detailed feedback. ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

      1. Ah ha. RE-read and found where I was getting confused – I was relating Samhain to the ceremonies when the two are unrelated. (I told you it was likely me getting all muddled!)


  9. I’m becoming fond of Liam, he sounds very in tune with himself and with nature. Having read the earlier extract I’m definitely intrigued as to where the story is going. Would the reader have met Keira and Liam again since the first extract you shared or is this extract the second time we get to meet them? (does that make sense?)

    Thanks for linking to #whatImwriting I’d love to hear an update on where you are with this book now (have just noticed this post is from over a year ago) – come along and share! xx

    1. Hi Maddy, the “contemporary” extract you read last week is part of this book. I am completely re-writing only one half – although I am sure the story of Keira and Liam needs more editing… ๐Ÿ˜‰
      And yes, the reader would have met them again before that extract. Glad you said you are fond of Liam. ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  10. Interesting characters and I like how you are bringing in the ancient traditions. Pardon my ignorance but are they real?

    In the first paragraph, from the sentence that starts ‘As she was about to…’ I was wondering if you could work this in to the dialogue that follows somehow?

  11. I’m also enjoying the switches in time frame-i don’t think it’s easy to write and keep it interweaved in a natural way. But you do that. And I agree, your writing is subtly different when you’re writing in the different time zones which works.

    1. Thank you Iona, I thought the switches worked but it is great to get confirmation from readers! ๐Ÿ™‚
      It is funny, I had not realised my writing was adjusting to the various time zones until someone pointed it out! xx

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