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Ye Olde Caves of Nottingham – Guest Post by Sharon Ledwith

Ye Olde Caves of Nottingham… (The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis)

nottingham castle rock caves

In my middle-grade/young adult time travel book, The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis, my feisty group of adolescent characters’ first mission lands then in England in 1214 where they must find a young Robin Hood and his merry band of teens. Legend has it that one of Robin Hood’s haunts (besides the famous Sherwood Forest) was the village of Nottingham. When I undertook the meticulous research needed to craft my novel, I came across an interesting fact about Nottingham I had never known: beneath the houses, shops, and offices of Nottingham are hundreds of caves. My eyes bugged and imagination went into overdrive, while I gathered fact after fact about the Nottingham caves. In truth, it was similar to panning for gold nuggets.

The end result of the information I gleaned is woven into my story, but I’d like to share some other interesting facts about these not-so-famous caves:

  • The earliest written record of Nottingham’s caves comes from a Welsh monk called Asser who when writing about Nottingham in 868 referred to the town as Tig Guocobauc, meaning house or place of caves in British.
  • Nottingham has more man-made caves than anywhere else in Britain.
  • The exposed cliff of the sandstone outcrop made this an obvious place for the early citizens of Nottingham to make their home. The occupants of these cave houses were generally poor and the caves were known as pauper holes.
  • Each cave is unique and created for a specific purpose; some even have elaborate carvings, pillars and staircases.
  • The softness of Nottingham’s sandstone makes it easy to excavate with hand tools, and the structural stability means that excavated caves are safe to use, even with buildings above them.
  • Throughout the medieval period Nottingham continued to grow and prosper becoming a center for trades such as wool manufacture, tanning, malting, alabaster carving and pottery production.  A number of these activities were undertaken in Nottingham’s caves.
  • Sandstone caves maintain a constant temperature of around 14 degrees Celsius/ 57.2 Fahrenheit and therefore made excellent cellars for the storage of ale.
  • At the start of the Second World War new caves were excavated and old ones reused to act as Air Raid shelters.

Believe it or not, few people in Nottingham are aware of this labyrinth, and fewer still have visited them. Unfortunately, in these modern times, a significant number of caves has been filled in with cement or bricked up, with others disappearing through natural collapse. There’s a special project underway called the Nottingham Caves Survey which hopes to survey and document all the caves under Nottingham, and bring awareness to this unique historical resource. I invite you to find out more about the caves HERE.

In celebration of Sharon Ledwith’s birthday, all of her books are on tour, on sale, and ready for you to discover. Make sure to follow the tour and enter the giveaway for two signed books, open internationally!!
Tour Schedule:

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About the Books:
Legend of the Timekeepers (Book 0.5):
There is no moving forward without first going back.
 
Lilith was a young girl with dreams and a family before the final destruction of Atlantis shattered those dreams and tore her family apart. Now refugees, Lilith and her father make their home in the Black Land. This strange, new country has no place in Lilith’s heart until a beloved high priestess introduces Lilith to her life purpose—to be a Timekeeper and keep time safe.
Summoned through the seventh arch of Atlantis by the Children of the Law of One, Lilith and her newfound friends are sent into Atlantis’s past, and given a task that will ultimately test their courage and try their faith in each other. Can the Timekeepers stop the dark magus Belial before he changes the seers’ prophecy? If they fail, then their future and the earth’s fate will be altered forever.
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The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis (Book 1):
Children are the keys to our future. And now, children are the only hope for our past.
 
When 13-year-old Amanda Sault and her annoying classmates are caught in a food fight at school, they’re given a choice: suspension or yard duty. The decision is a no-brainer. Their two-week crash course in landscaping leads to the discovery of a weathered stone arch in the overgrown back yard. The arch isn’t a forgotten lawn ornament but an ancient time portal from the lost continent of Atlantis.
Chosen by an Atlantean Magus to be Timekeepers–legendary time travelers sworn to keep history safe from the evil Belial–Amanda and her classmates are sent on an adventure of a lifetime. Can they find the young Robin Hood and his merry band of teens? If they don’t, then history itself may be turned upside down.
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The Last Timekeepers and the Dark Secret (Book 2):
Only a true hero can shine the light in humanity’s darkest time.
 
Fourteen year-old Jordan Jensen always considered himself a team player on and off the field, until the second Timekeeper mission lands him in Amsterdam during World War Two. Pulled into the world of espionage, torture, and intolerance, Jordan and the rest of the Timekeepers have no choice but to do whatever they can to stay one step ahead of the Nazis in order to find and protect a mysterious book.
With the help of the Dutch Resistance, an eccentric baron, Nordic runes, and an ancient volume originating from Atlantis, Jordan must learn that it takes true teamwork, trust, and sacrifice to keep time safe from the evils of fascism. Can Jordan find the hero within to conquer the darkness surrounding the Timekeepers? If he doesn’t, then the terrible truth of what the Nazis did will never see the light of day.
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Lost and Found: Mysterious Tales from Fairy FallsThe Fairy Falls:
Fairy Falls was bores-ville from the get-go. Then the animals started talking…
 
Animal Shelter is in trouble. Money trouble. It’s up to an old calico cat named Whiskey—a shelter cat who has mastered the skill of observation—to find a new human pack leader so that their home will be saved. With the help of Nobel, the leader of the shelter dogs, the animals set out to use the ancient skill of telepathy to contact any human who bothers to listen to them. Unfortunately for fifteen-year-old Meagan Walsh, she hears them, loud and clear.
Forced to live with her Aunt Izzy in the safe and quiet town of Fairy Falls, Meagan is caught stealing and is sentenced to do community hours at the animal shelter where her aunt works. Realizing Meagan can hear her, Whiskey realizes that Meagan just might have the pack leader qualities necessary to save the animals. Avoiding Whiskey and the rest of shelter animals becomes impossible for Meagan, so she finally gives in and promises to help them. Meagan, along with her newfound friends, Reid Robertson and Natalie Knight, discover that someone in Fairy Falls is not only out to destroy the shelter, but the animals as well. Can Meagan convince her aunt and co-workers that the animals are in danger? If she fails, then all the animals’ voices will be silenced forever.
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Meet the Author:
Escape to the past
and have a blast.
Sharon
Ledwith

is the author of the middle-grade/young adult time travel adventure series, THE
LAST TIMEKEEPERS, and the teen psychic mystery series, MYSTERIOUS TALES FROM
FAIRY FALLS. When not writing, researching, or revising, she enjoys reading,
exercising, anything arcane, and an occasional dram of scotch. Sharon lives a
serene, yet busy life in a southern tourist region of Ontario, Canada, with her
hubby, one spoiled yellow Labrador and a moody calico cat.
Learn more about Sharon Ledwith on her WEBSITE and BLOG. Look up her AMAZON AUTHOR page for a list of current books. Stay connected on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, PINTEREST, LINKEDIN, INSTAGRAM, and GOODREADS. Check out THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS TIME TRAVEL SERIES Facebook page.
 
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The books are only on sale through Mirror World Publishing, however, they can be purchase on other platforms:
 
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Giveaway Details and Entry Form:
One winner will received 1 signed paperback copy of The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis, and 1 signed paperback copy of Lost and Found. This giveaway is international!!

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Why I Love Young Adult Fiction

I chose to write a young adult novella, The Charm, because YA is what I like to read. And no, I’m not a teenager anymore but I like to think the young in young adult can mean young in mind and spirit, not just in body.

Let’s face it, real life in the adult world can be dull and dreary at times but books written from a young person’s perspective offer energy, hope and wonder. And I think reading books written for teens or about teen characters helps readers keep a youthful outlook on life.

Magical things can happen in YA fiction. Spells can be cast, potions can be brewed, vampires and werewolves can fight together to beat the real bad guys. YA stories can take you to new worlds. Take, for example, the Glade, where the characters live in Maze Runner by James Dashner, or the maze itself with its moving walls and terrifying inhabitants.  Even settings in this world can be interesting and have a slightly different take, like the dilapidated future Chicago in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth.

YA can ignite your imagination. What if everyone could hear the thoughts of all men and animals as in Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking trilogy? What if you had the kill gene like Davy in Uninvited by Sophie Jordan?

YA isn’t just fantasy and avoiding real life though. Difficult issues have been tackled, but it’s usually done in a fast paced, entertaining manner. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green deals with the issue of cancer using wit and humour as well as tragedy. And the coming of age story, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, takes an honest look at a whole host of challenging issues including sex, drugs, child abuse, homosexuality and suicide through the eyes of the awkward, introverted narrator Charlie.

Mostly I like YA because it gives readers hope and the belief that adversity can be overcome. In the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Katniss defies the odds to not only survive the games but to find a loophole and save Peeta too.  And in The Giver by Lois Lowry, Jonas discovers the truth about his community and manages to escape from the Sameness.

Whatever the situation, whether it’s fantasy, romance, dystopia or real life, YA books move fast. They are immediate and action packed with no time to get bored.

Happy reading!