Today I welcome author Beth Webb to the blog to help me spread a little more #booklove. I’ll be letting you know Beth’s first book love in just a mo but first let’s all get to know her a little better.
I’m the author of fourteen much-loved titles for children and teenagers. You can read the opening chapters here.
My home is near Taunton in Somerset (UK) with two disreputable moggies who rule my life. My four grown-up children are often around, demanding home-made bread and cats to cuddle.
I’m an author and a storyteller, an illustrator and a workshop leader. I visit schools, universities, festivals and events, and I’m happy to craft a day, a weekend or even something longer to suit you.
Travel is no problem: I’ve run a writing holiday in Sicily, and events and workshops for the British Council in Cameroon. I’ve done storytelling in Orkney, Cork and Younde, and knee-deep in Glastonbury Festival mud.
I like a challenge!
Beth has released some 15 books, all of which can be found on her website here.
Fleabag & the Ring Fire
When Queen Sophia dies, the magic flame in her opal ring is given to The Fire Wielder, and the ring itself is hidden, to be found by the next worthy successors. Loyal Kitchen-maid Gemma and the haughty Lady Knight, Rowanne de Montiland, go on a year long quest to find it, guided by a clowning and unpredictable talking cat, Fleabag. The trio experience many perils as they travel ‘north by northwest,’ not least facing hunger, cold, robbers, wolves and marriage proposals.
Gemma is a girl who gets cold and faint and worried and yet she demonstrates her real qualities when she saves the life of the robber, Phelan, and insists on going back for Rowanne, when she is ensnared in the sumptuous palace of a cruel prince. Phelan too, is a lad who is frequently sad, full of self- doubt, and sometimes all to ready to end his life, or run away, so as not to be a burden, but by the end of the book he uses his wit and sheer bravery to overcome the most deadly of foes, proving his worth and sealing his future.
Fleabag weaves in and out of the story, lacing it with humour, dead rodents and deep love for Gemma. He’s got three legs, millions of fleas and serious cattitude. He’s FLEABAG the alley cat who lives in the palace. And he talks! His favourite humans are Gemma the kitchen maid and the queen – who is dying.
The royal Ring with its strange Fire has been hidden. Gemma and Fleabag are sent on the dangerous quest to find it, protected by a cat-hating knight. They’re ambushed by Phelan the thief – who gives what can never be stolen.
Fleabag & the Fire Cat
He’s got three legs, millions of fleas and serious cattitude. Fleabag the alley cat must save King Phelan’s realm.
Domnall, Chancellor of all Wizards has kidnapped Gemma, the young Fire Wielder who protects the land, and set her adrift in a small boat. Washed ashore, she’s rescued and set to work mending fishing nets. Gemma has forgotten who she is – and what she should be doing!
Meanwhile, Domnall is closing in with his deadly tendrils of Blue Magic. He’s about to bring the Ring Fire under his sway and be master of all.
But Fleabag and his daughter Cleo have other ideas.
Fleabag & the Rings End
He’s got three legs, millions of fleas and serious cattitude. He’s FLEABAG whose wit, wisdom and love of naps save the day – again.
The evil wizards of Porthwain issue the Great Challenge to win the crown and the Ring Fire for themselves, but Rowanne, bodyguard to Gemma Fire Wielder and King Phelan, deserts her post and flees to Porthwain. There, she becomes the most powerful wizard of all. She says she’s doing it all for the Ring Fire, but is she? Can she be trusted? And who is Kern, the penniless fiddle-player whose music can send even wizards to sleep?
It’s for Fleabag to know and the others to find out! But first, the friends must find the Ring’s End.