Starting at the Musings home base, rather appropriately on Beltain and from here in my own rather-wet forest. For the Summerwode Book Tour kick-off, not only do I have a May Day sale (woot!) to share, but two things of Beauty.
First, a spoken poem by Damh the Bard. Even as Robyn dared his god to let his Summerlord be Lover instead of Enemy, in this lovely ballad the Oak and Holly choose words as their weaponry, not steel.
Beltane by Natasa Ilincic
And in tribute to the meeting of Oak and the Devine Feminine beside the Summering fires, I want to share the beautiful work of Natasa Ilincic, entitled, appropriately, Beltane. Please visit her site and check out the rest of her work at: natasailincic.com.
For details about the May Day Sale, please go HERE.
For dates, and stops for the Summerwode Book Tour, please go HERE.
How apropos is this for May Day/Beltain?
In bed with Amazing Spouse, watching ‘Captain Blood’:
Spouse: This is so CHEESY
Me: But! Basil Rathbone! Fencing! With Errol Flynn!
Spouse: The Robin Hood movie is better. And they both fence there, too. Robin and Guy
(as a certain Robyn and Guy snort at the idea of… and I quote… ‘poncy’ fencing technique)
Mr. Rathbone: (in uber-French accent, brandishing rope) “You know, you can screw a man’s eyeballs out of his head with one of these…”
Me: Now, my Robyn would appreciate that.
Spouse: More like your Guy would.
And that, my friends, is when you realise that Mr. Rathbone needs to be “cast”, somehow, as one of the Wode villains.
Care to guess who?
And I have to share this cover! It is gorgeous, isn’t it?
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The Summer King has come to the Wode…
Yet to which oath, head or heart, shall he hold?
Once known as the Templar assassin Guy de Gisbourne, dispossessed noble Gamelyn Boundys has come to Sherwood Forest with conflicting oaths. One is of duty: demanding he tame the forest’s druidic secrets and bring them back to his Templar Masters. The other is of heat and heart: given to the outlaw Robyn Hood, avatar of the Horned Lord, and the Maiden Marion, embodiment of the Lady Huntress. The three of them—Summerlord, Winter King, and Maiden of the Spring—are bound by yet another promise, that of fate: to wield the covenant of the Shire Wode and the power of the Ceugant, the magical trine of all worlds. In this last, also, is Gamelyn conflicted; spectres of sacrifice and death haunt him.
Uneasy oaths begin a collision course when not only Gamelyn, but Robyn and Marion are summoned to the siege of Nottingham by the Queen. Her promise is that Gamelyn will regain his noble family’s honour of Tickhill, and the outlaws of the Shire Wode will have a royal pardon.
But King Richard has returned to England, and the price of his mercy might well be more than any of them can afford…
A early preview for my newsletter subscribers. 🐣 Is this cover not a thing of purest beauty? Bob outdid herself… again.
Summerwode is now available for pre-order!
And some thoughtful questions were asked regarding the Wode’s particular take on Robin Hood:
Many thanks to my gracious host, N. B. Dixon, who has just released her own addition to the legend.
The #HistoricalFantasy duology Greenwode & Shirewode!
Catch up on this unique take on the #RobinHood legend just in time for the upcoming release of the 4th book Summerwode.
Meanwhile, I’m working on the next book. 🙂
Bendith, my friends, as we welcome back the light!
We can always learn something from Robin Hood!
Follow the link for SUMMERWODE’s fresh new page with a fresh new excerpt. And enjoy!