Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Beyond the Pyre by Steve Costello

Time to welcome another author to the bookstore… Steve Costello with his recently published Beyond the Pyre.


About Beyond the Pyre

When Catharine and Ben go to their French home in Carcassonne, they meet a woman who looks just like Catharine, with whom she shares an instant affinity. Catharine’s spirit guide, Michael, connects her to ancient Carcassonne and the spirit of Elionor, whose thirteenth-century life entwines with Catharine’s modern one.

Ben is concerned, but a journey of his own leads him to realise that not only Elionor’s and Catharine’s lives are interlinked, but his own and those of a whole group of people they know in the present world.

A terrifying encounter with two false friends from the past – centuries past – and meetings with their age-old selves pull Ben and Catharine into the ancient crusades against the Cathar faith, to unearth a long-hidden secret. Can they defeat the evil twins, Les Deux, rewrite history and save their present, or will history repeat itself, 800 years in the future?

Available in print and ebook formats, buy the book:

Also by Steve Costello

About Horando ‘Going Home’

It is written in the stars. . .
Four children will help a herd of special horses to return from our world to Horando, their land of magic and peace.

Banished, Carter and his allies want to rule Horando. Carter kidnaps the horses from their homeland and escapes to our world through a cave that opens every eight years. He imprisons the horses in a paddock with just enough food and water to keep them alive.
The children live in the foothills of a mountain range with their parents and baby sister. Saffron, the eldest of the children has a passion for horses and yearns to care for them. Standing on the paddock fence watching them, she is sure that she hears the stallion speak first to one of the mares and then to her. Speaking directly to her mind, he tells her that she and her siblings are to help them get back to Horando where he and his herd are a crucial part of the Horando community.

Saffron’s two younger brothers and sister discover that they too have a role to play and soon find themselves working toward the goal of reaching Horando. They have two weeks to learn all they need to know. If they are not successful, peace will not return, good magic will fail and Carter and his evil allies will rule.

There are three worlds in this story. The earth as we know it today, a world between earth and Horando where fairies live and of course Horando, where if the balance is correct a beautiful utopia exists.

Well-known fairy tale characters such as, a Christmas Tree Fairy and a leprechaun, complete with a pot of gold with unicorns, dragons, and some characters perhaps never met before join the quest for peace. A challenging journey where the children must learn how to use the magic that they didn’t know they had against the terrible magic that their enemies unleash.

Through action-packed, humorous and sometimes emotional scenes, golden

Two of the reviews for the book

A fantastic bit of clean children’s fantasy. The style is closer to Narnia, with a touch of George Macdonald thrown in. The author handled all three worlds well, and there was much humor mixed in with the seriousness. Highly recommended.

Definitely a 4th-5th grade story, similar to Secret Garden in your enjoying the young people involved, and the grown up problems they have to conquer. Lots of fairy world people and folklore, but I am 59 and I read it to see if my granddaughter would enjoy it, and I found I did, for an escape from pre election garbage on TV. Suspense, mystery and surprises. What could be better??

Buy Horando ‘Going Home’ :

About Steve Costello

Steve was born in the north-west of England in the early summer of 1959. He remembers nothing of the swinging sixties except wondering what he was doing in a buggy one day amidst thousands of screaming people and rather a lot of fuss about a group called The Beatles.

He is a double degree graduate with a string of post-graduate qualifications who enjoyed his work until an accident forced him to retire prematurely. With outstanding support from his family, his first book, ‘Horando,’ grew from the ashes of that broken career when all felt lost.

Steve lives quietly (ha, ha) with his partner and their six children in the south of France where he writes mostly fiction.

When asked, ‘Will there be more from Horando?’ Steve said that he was already working on other stories and didn’t plan on a follow-up to Horando unless demand sent him back to that particular keyboard!

On June 30th, 2017, Steve’s latest novel, Beyond The Pyre was published in paper and digital formats by Austin Macauley. He has almost finished the novel to follow BTP. Both novels follow a historical fiction thread with aspects of Spirit and the tenacity of humanity to make sense from chaos.

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Thanks for stopping by today and it would be great if you could share the news of Steve’s latest book. thanks Sally

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