I’m happy to be here, Anna.
For centuries, stone circles, burial mounds and cairns, dolmen tombs, henges and standing menhirs have dotted the landscapes of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Most were built during the Neolithic or early Bronze age.
Some began with wooden poles and then were replaced, enlarged or added to with stone columns. Probably the most familiar of these stone monuments is Stonehenge in southwestern England. And in the Orkney Islands, north of Scotland, the Ring of Brodgar and the Ness of Brodgar excavation area are part of the impressive Neolithic Orkney area where archeological artifacts and buildings are being uncovered.
What were these stones and circles and mounds used for? Why were they built?
Some seem to be places of worship or gathering by Neolithic peoples, places where they would gather at the change of seasons. Due to the alignment of the stones and henges, these monuments are tied to solstices and equinoxes, positioning of the moon and sun during the year. The discovery of graves around and in various circles also give rise to the theory that these places were for rituals of death and burial including sacrifices of animals and humans.
But what if there was another reason for these circles and stones?
When looking at a map while researching for a new story idea, I realized that there are several areas in Great Britain and Ireland that have a high concentration of stone circles. And that led me to another question—a favorite process that writers use when creating stories!—what if. . . what if?
What if these stone circles were used for another reason? What if many of them were simply diversions, hiding a few important circles that served as gateways to another world? What if an immortal and evil being was being held prisoner, held back by these gateways and protected by spells and by descendants of the ancient gods who empowered them?
In my new series, The Novels of the Stone Circles, this ancient evil one is now attempting to return to this world and to destroy humanity and the world.
Each story follows the quest of the Warriors of Destiny as they attempt to defeat evil and save the world. . . and as they find the love of a worthy hero or heroine!
The most fun thing about my series is that I’ve had the chance to visit some of the circles I chose as the settings of these stories. . . or I will visit them soon! During my visits to Stonehenge, the Ring of Brodgar, Standing Stones of Stenness and others, I found them to be haunting, mysterious places filled with a strange sound that sent chills through me as I walked them. I’m not sure why they were built but I know that there is some otherworldly connection to the past and to things yet to be discovered. I hope you get a chance to explore standing stones sometimes and if you do, stop and listen for sounds and signs of the distant past.
RISING FIRE is the March 2015 release from USA Today bestselling author Terri Brisbin and is available in digital and print formats from all retailers – see http://terribrisbin.com/books/risingfire.php for more info. To learn more about Terri’s books and events, visit her website at www.terribrisbin.com or visit her FB page at www.facebook.com/terribrisbinauthor
Thanks for being my guest, Terri. I’ve long been fascinated by these phenomena and feature standing stones in several of my books. Best of luck with the book. Love the cover.