Jacqueline Beard Writer

Lawrence Harpham Murder Mysteries

Nightslade hares come out at night and feast on the nyam nyam root.  They are several times bigger than normal Calorean hares, have pointed fangs, red eyes and a bad attitude towards intruders. Through almost closed eyelids he saw a rapid movement in the grass ahead and the biggest hare he had ever seen lurched suddenly through the …

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Mothmen are usually found in the Nightslade forest on the edge of Snaggletown.  Renowned for the excessive amount of time they spend on personal grooming, mothmen are impossibly vain, selfish to the core and have few redeeming qualities. “It’s all right for you,” she said to Arnold. “There seems to be no limit to the amount of preening you do. Don’t you ever …

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So, you’ve carefully crafted your plot, nurtured your creation and developed a story.  But what do you call your characters?  Perhaps a name evolves along the way, but if not, where do you turn for inspiration? Sometimes luck strikes and a name appears out of the blue. In Beau Garnie & the Invisimin Mine, Beau’s …

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I bought a hare at the weekend. Not a real one, of course – just a garden ornament.  I particularly wanted a hare because my children’s book Beau Garnie & the Invisimin Mine features hares throughout. I hoped it might bring inspiration when writing the next book in the trilogy. My son wanted to call the hare Septima after Beau’s hare …

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In Calorean, the main mode of transport is hare back riding. Not only does Beau get about the realm by hare, but he is also an accomplished jockey and regular competitor in the annual Calorean hare hurdles. Calorean hares Septima and Bluebell are similar to Lepus Europaeus, the native brown hare of England. This species was …

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Seebling babies do not have unity symbols on their palms, but as they grow to adulthood symbols emerge. The colour of the symbol determines the tribe from which their life partner will come and the shape of the symbol will be identical to that of their future partner. When they discover a Seebling with an identical symbol, they will eventually unite.

 

“Skyle uncurled her hand. The green fern was well established and sat clearly in the centre of her palm”

Green fern

 

May 4, 2014

Mushmers

The behaviour of fungi in Calorean varies from village to village.  In the dwarf realm and in Skyle’s village, fungi grows in the ground.  But the fungi in Beau’s village of Lochnar Common moves around freely.

“Skyle felt something move against her leg & looked down to see a collection of tawny coloured mushmers milling around near an old log”

Mushrooms

 

April 28, 2014