Greetings, Traveler.

Merry meet and welcome to the new home of Tanyth Fairport and the stories from the Lammas Wood.

Most of you know me from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, but this foray into fantasy represents a new direction in my writing. My goal was to take the standard ideas in fantasy literature and give them my own twist. The result is the first book in what I anticipate will be an ongoing series of adventures with my heroine Tanyth Fairport.

The text itself was completed during the NaNoWriMo 2009 event and for the month of December I’m polishing and getting it ready for podcasting. Watch for the release on January 4th, 2010 and come back to visit occasionally. I’ll be adding new pages and supplemental content here as time allows. I’ve got maps, lists of the characters, and other background information that I used to create these stories and I’ll be adding here so you can pull back the curtain a bit and take a peek behind the scenes of Lammas Wood.

41 Responses to “Greetings, Traveler.”

  1. 1

    Here’s hoping for prominent links to the forum. Is Durandus the parent site, or are you intending to keep the forums integrated?

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    Durandus *is* the parent site and I’ve just been so busy getting the novel ready to podcast, that I’ve neglected some basic housekeeping. I’ve added links to the forum and I’ll be adding new pages with background, pictures, and maps eventually. Book first is my priority. I’ve got a drop date in little more than a week! 🙂

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    Nathan, your rate of production astonishes me! You’re an inspiration, and I love your work. Captain’s Share was so much fun, as it was the first book of yours I’ve listened to as it came out, and listenening back through the old ones up to it was a blast. I look forward to 2010, South Coast was different and I loved it, I can’t wait to see what you do in the fantasy genre!

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    Wonderful Nathan, you have such a way with knowing women (in your writing, at least). I’m so delighted with this new herbalist, wiccan/pagan, magic-woman on the brink of cronehood, that I’ve already listened to the available chapters twice.

    Amazing that you did that during Nanowrimo ’09. I stopped at 18K, stumped, needing a different subject. Tanyth seems like a heroine one might have met in a dream – and you are spinning her out very well.

    I’m on your solar clipper email list and just by accident found this on Podiobooks. You might want to blow your horn a bit on this wonderful story and reading, and send notice to all your fans.

    Blessed Be!

  5. 5

    Thanks! I’m glad you’re liking it.

    And I’ll do a little more promotion when it’s completed later this week 🙂

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    Loving the new stuff!!! Somehow I still picture this set in the age of the golden clipper set on some distant planet that has yet to be touched by data cubes and industrial trading, a place where the stone necklaces and beefallo rugs would be found. Can’t wait to hear the ready of the tale!

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    Dan J

    I really like all your Golden Age stuff, both the writing and the narration, especially South Coast and have eagerly been awaiting Cape Grace but was disappointed to hear that it was going to be delayed and that you were instead going to try to set the Fantasy genre on its head and in record time. I just finished the first 9 episodes of Ravenwood and so far I think it is great — reminiscent to my mind of your Shaman’s Tale — I just hope you can deliver on the high expectations I have from your other books in one that you wrote so quickly.

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    Ravenwood has taken longer than most of my works. Quarter Share was done in under 20 days. South Coast was my NaNoWriMo project in 2007 and I completed it by Christmas. Ravenwood had about 3 more weeks worth of editing than South Coast so it’s probably a bit more polished. I think it’s at least as good a story.

    I chose to go in this direction because NaNoWriMo is a risk. If I failed to make the deadline, the risk to that particular work is quite significant. I didn’t want to take a chance with one of the established arcs so postponed them until I could focus on them in an environment of less pressure. That probably sounds weird, but that’s my rationale.

    Thanks for listening and I hope you continue to enjoy the work.

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    I just wanted to let you know what a huge fan I am of your work. I love the style and pace of your writing. There is something so satisfying and wholesome about your stories. I’ve listened to all your podcast, from quarter to captain share to Southcoast and am now enjoying Ravenwood. Thank you again for all the great work. P.s. Ravenwood is my favorite so far.

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    Dear Nathan,

    I wanted to thank you for your audio books. I’m about half way through Ravenwood and have listened to all the others so many times that I finally ended up putting them on CDs instead of downloading, deleting and downloading again.

    I love them all and would be hard pressed to put one forward above all others.

    Thank you again for livening up my work days and keeping me sane!

    I would love to own them all in print, is there any chance of this in the future perhaps?

    my thanks again. Christina

  11. 11

    You missed the big news.

    I signed with Ridan Publishing to produce all the books in print. The first one should be out in a few weeks with subsequent volumes to follow as fast as I can edit them.

  12. 12

    amazing — can’t wait for the next adventure in this new series …. i’m hooked !!! such a great writer

  13. 13

    Excellant work ,I discovered your works at Podiobooks and have eagerly awaited each new book. and you have never disappointed me in any of them ,you are truly a very good story teller. Thankyou and I hope you can continue in your brilliance. Brilliant Jamie.

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    Dear Mr. Lowell,

    Are any of your books available in print. I would realty like to read them via dead tree format. My wife does not do audiobooks and I want to share your universe with her. My two favorite books of your are Southcoast and Ravenwood. Thank you again


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    I just signed a deal to produce the works in non-refreshable cellulose display versions.

    Watch for news here and on the Trader’s Diary 🙂

  16. 16

    I was hooked on your solor clipper series and listened to them over and over and still go back to them now. I loved South Coast as well. Now I am hooked on Raven Wood and have listened to it about 20 times already! Your telling is so life like I can almost picture it in my mind. Is there going to be a follow up? I hope so, you are a fantastic author and am looking forward to future books!

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    Oh, yes. There will be a sequel 🙂 at least one.

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    Greetings Nathan,

    I found your podcast for Quarter Share a couple of months ago on iTunes under the Podiobooks section while looking for something new to satisfy my listening desires. To be honest up until then I had been listening to greatly different choices from the likes of Scott Sigler, Phil Rossi, J. C. Hutchins, Greg Crites, and the like so your narrations are a bit off the normal track for me. To be honest if someone had given me a synopsis of these stories I would have thought they were mundane and would not hold my interest. Nothing could have been farther from the reality.

    That being said I felt I needed to let you know after finishing them all, I just finished Ravenwood mere minutes ago, that the mix of your tales and your wonderful rendering of them has enthralled me during my listening time and made me feel more for fictional characters then I have since my youth. Your choice of words paint a riveting collection of people and locations that is a true pleasure to listen to. I do not find words that will truly convey how much I have enjoyed your stories.

    I see above that there are plans to continue Tanyth’s tale. Can we also look forward to more on Otto’s and Ishmael’s journeys?

    I look forward to all you write in the future.

    Best regards.

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    This is the first of the Tanyth Fairport Adventures and I’m planning on at least two more. There may be many more set in this world. I’m just not sure yet.

    There’s a sequel in the mix for South Coast as well and there is one more book in the Share series — Owner’s Share — which is the next work on deck (after getting Quarter Share ready for print).

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    Fabulous to hear. I hope you enjoy creating these tales as much as we do in listening to them. Glad to hear you will be publishing them all soon and I wish you great success with them.

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    Ronnie Standridge

    I simply love all of your books! I listen to the golden clipper sieries at least twice through so far and I am just finishing Ravenwood! It sounds so GREAT! Keep up the great work! Will love to listen to all you produce!!

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    Thanks, Ronnie!

    I like to think I’m getting better as I go. 🙂

  23. 23

    I’ve just finished listening to Ravenwood. Thoroughly enjoyed it hope you write more of Tanyth Fairport. I need to go find the golden clipper series now.

  24. 24

    There’s more Tanyth coming 🙂

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    I’ve nearly finished listening to Ravenwood and have enjoyed it so much that I can’t bear the thought of it ending – so much so that I’ve started re-listening to earlier chapters to avoid being without it!

    I really enjoyed the setting and pace of the story and your use of language paints such beautiful mental pictures that I feel totally immersed in the village and its characters. I also love the tone of your voice – this is the first full audibook I’ve listened to and I feel a bit addicted!

    Ditto Janice – I will also be looking forward to Tanyth’s return and will be searching out The Golden Clipper in the meantime!

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    Tanyth has accompanied my dog, Holly and I on walks through the English Countryside. She has been a very welcome companion.

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    You set a high standard for all other podiobooks. I think my husband & I have listened to all your works at least twice. Our adult daughter is now hooked as well. I do hope to see more of the Ravenwood stories. I love the writing, the story & the end production. I can’t get enough.
    Thank you for sharing these remarkable characters with us.

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    There will be more Tanyth.

    I entered this world on a dare, but I’ll be staying because I like it.

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    Teri Humphries

    I have always been an avid reader and a few years ago I started listening to audiobooks (on cassettes) to improve my audio comprihension. It was rough going at first with lots of rewinds but now I am completely hooked and upgraded to an ipod touch. I was purchasing the books and just ran across the free podcast and luckily chose Quarter Share for my first one. I was complete hooked and have listend to them all and I am eagerly waiting on you next one and checking out lots of others and highly recommend yours to all my friends. Keep up all the great work.

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    I read “maps”. As a map junky, I can hardly wait for Lammas Wood maps from my favorite author. So can we see them. Please. I know Ravenwood only had one location, but MAPS.

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    I have some — they’re not “ready” yet — but I’ll post them 🙂

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    deborah royce

    What an excellent piece of literature. I came to the internet in search of more Tanyth Fairport adventures and am sadly disappointed to see there are none. I will be waiting to see if more are in the future. Bravo

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    there will be.

    this is just the first of what I suspect will be many 🙂

  34. 34

    All I can say is that I am jealous. I took part in NaNoWriMo 2009 and only made it to 35K, blasted job got in the way!

    Loved the book. Going to give it a positive review on iTunes and most likely say something about it on my blog.

    Keep up the good work.

    Blessed Be

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    Thanks, Henry.

    I had serious DayJob interfliction in the 2008 NaNoWriMo myself so I know how frustrating it can be.

    Keep writing. NaNoWriMo may be over, but the book is still there.

  36. 36

    Nathan, I understand your work is in audio book format only. However I would love a copy of the prayers and invocations Tanyth makes to the old mother through out the story. Is there anywhere I can get them or will I need to copy them myself by relistening to the books? Thank you.

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    The book will be out in print later this year (I hope) .. but let me see what I can do about pulling the prayers out of the scripts.

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    Frank Pont

    I found the story rich in setting. I liked the people (well the good guys.) The combinations of trying to fight the elements, some bandits and a womans change of life (and magic) makes an interesting tale.

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    Love your work. I’d purchased Quarter Share from Kindle before stumbling across Podio. There I listened to Half Share and Ravenwood. I donated for each to show my appreciation for your wonderful gifts of story.

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    Thanks! I’m always grateful for the generosity of my listeners.

    And I’m really glad you’ve enjoyed the audio books. I’m hoping to get Ravenwood into print later this year.

  41. 41

    Thanks for podcasting Ravenwood, I really enjoyed it and appreciate being able to enjoy the fruits of your talent. I’m now starting your Trader Tales series and look forward to the next Tanyth Fairport book.

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