Freda WarringtonAuthor of A Taste of Blood Wine, Grail of the Summer Stars, Elfland, The Court of the Midnight King, Dracula the Undead, A Blackbird in Silver Darkness... and many more fantasy novels.
Welcome to my author site!
This is the previous version of my home page for 2013. Scroll down for links to 2013 Blog Tours, interviews and so on.
*COVER REVEALS!* New for October - the long-awaited second book in my Blood Wine vampire series - A DANCE IN BLOOD VELVET from Titan Books (Due April/ May 2014 in USA).
And for April/ May 2014 - October 2014 in the USA - the stunning cover of Book Three, THE DARK BLOOD OF POPPIES.
"Step forward Charlotte and Karl, a magnificent pairing, and a timeless couple that deserve a place up there with the very best of genre lovers." - British Fantasy Society.
I'm thrilled that my "Blood Wine" vampire sequence is being republished by Titan Books - they're making a beautiful job of the cover designs -
For further news, watch this space (and Facebook). Scroll down for further details of the novels, and follow the Bookseller links bar below to buy or preorder.
These novels were first published in the 1990s, long before more recent vampire crazes. Many people have emailed me over the years asking for them to be reissued. Thank you for your patience - it's happening!
My third novel for Tor, GRAIL OF THE SUMMER STARS, also came out in April. It's a contemporary fantasy with lots of adventure, mystery and... well, see for yourself!
"If you like your fantasy deeply layered, sparkling and ethereal, do I have a book for you!" - LitStackBLOG TOURS!
For A Taste of Blood Wine, A Dance in Blood Velvet and Grail of the Summer Stars I'm writing guest posts and interviews for various websites, to go with their reviews. Some sites have GIVEAWAYS and/ or short story extracts. Here are the links - I'm adding new ones as they come in. Scroll down for further news and info... and thank you, website masters!
Note - the excellent Upcoming4me site has compiled its "Story behind..." feature into an ebook where you can read many essays by well-known authors about their inspiration. Links below - it's a fascinating read.
And in view of recent excitement over Richard III, I'm working on reissuing THE COURT OF THE MIDNIGHT KING... To keep things simple, here's the schedule:
Currently I'm working on several books at the same time - edits on my vampire series and on my Richard III novel, The Court of the Midnight King, plus writing the new one, The Dark Arts of Blood. It's good to be busy, but this is getting crazy!
You'll mostly find me on Facebook and also on my LiveJournal blog. Please come and chat - scroll down for more links. For my contact details and links to other sites, click on Contacts at top of page. Follow Novels for info on all my work to date. There's also a link to buy my books just below.
"So are your books any good, then?"Yes, I have been asked this very question by a slightly squiffy convention member. Well... most people seem to like them, once they actually read them. Go on, give them a try!
If you love the 1920s, a period of change and decadence... If you prefer your vampires passionate, sexy, grown-up - and not afraid to be vampires...A TASTE OF BLOOD WINE: 1918: Amid the horrors of a First World War battlefield, vampire Karl fights to be free of his monstrous creator, the tyrannical Kristian.
1923: Charlotte Neville, the shy daughter of a scientist, develops a feverish obsession with her father's enigmatic new assistant, Karl. But is their passion worth any sacrifice? For Kristian intends to teach Karl a lesson in power... by devouring Charlotte.
"Throbs with lush romanticism" - The Times
A DANCE IN BLOOD VELVET: 1925: Charlotte thought her bond with her vampire lover, Karl, would last for eternity - until Karl's former flame, the seductively beautiful Katerina, reappears. Now she wants to reclaim her life... and Karl.
In despair, Charlotte turns to a prima ballerina, the spell-binding ice maiden Violette. But Charlotte's obsession with the dancer unleashes a far darker threat than the vampires could have imagined...
"The true Queen of the vampire novel" - Black Tears Magazine
THE DARK BLOOD OF POPPIES: 1926: The ballerina Violette Lenoir has undergone a terrifying tranformation into Lilith, demon mother of all vampires. Haunted by her dark sensuality, Charlotte and her immortal lover Karl are drawn to the dancer - both to protect her, and to shield others from her savage nature.
For Violette has enemies, and the heirs of Kristian are out to destroy her. Innocently embroiled in the endgame, courtesan extraordinaire Robyn finally meets her match as she is torn between the two ultimate lovers: the sinister Sebastian Pierse - and Violette herself.
"A gorgeous grave-throbber" - Time Out
Award-winning AETHERIAL TALES from Tor USContemporary fantasies with lots of mystery, character interaction and Otherworldly adventure, not to mention a dash of sex, love, jealousy, conflict and magic. Each novel can be enjoyed on its own. However, the brand new third book, GRAIL OF THE SUMMER STARS, completes a larger story arc across the three books that I hope you won't want to miss!
ELFLAND won the 2009 Romantic Times Award for Best Fantasy Novel
Young Aetherial Rosie Fox grows up to learn many difficult lessons about life and love - but while the Great Gates to the Otherworld remain sealed by a malevolent force, the whole Aetherial race is under threat.
"Sensuous and intense - buy it, read it, love it!" - Melanie Rawn
MIDSUMMER NIGHT made the Booklist Online (American Library Association)
Top Ten SF/ Fantasy Novels of 2010
Renowned sculptor Dame Juliana Flagg little knows what she's unleashing when she creates a disturbing group of statues... but when visitors Gill and Peta discover long-lost Aetherial paths, they unlock more dark dangerous secrets than Juliana could ever have feared.
"Exquisite sense of wonder that makes the heart of this old reader sing" - Charles de Lint
*NEW* GRAIL OF THE SUMMER STARS April 2013
A visionary painting brings Stevie Silverwood into contact with a stranger, the gorgeous Mistangamesh. But her artist friend Daniel has gone missing, and Mist has troubles of his own. For thirty thousand years, Mist has been doomed to pursue his treacherous brother Rufus to avenge the destruction of a legendary Aetherial city, Azantios. Daniel may hold the clue to Rufus's hiding place - if only Stevie and Mist can find him before his visions of apocalypse come true...
"A classy, beautifully rendered tale... a complex enterprise with real heft, a rich back story and characters that grow with the narrative... A must for existing fans, while being easily accessible to newcomers." - Kirkus Book Reviews
As for me...I've been writing since I was five years old. Writers such as CS Lewis, Tolkien, Tanith Lee and Michael Moorcock captured my imagination... and in 1986 my first novel A BLACKBIRD IN SILVER was published by NEL
Since then I've had twenty novels published (to date) all of varying types of fantasy - sword n' sorcery, contemporary, vampire/ gothic romance, supernatural, alternative history, epic... For lots more information, and a full bibliography of my work with my notes and thoughts.... just follow the links. To cut down on spam, the email link isn't live - you'll need to copy it and remove the spaces. Thank you!