February 24

SUMMERWODE is available for pre-order!

And I have to share this cover! It is gorgeous, isn’t it?

Visit https://tinyurl.com/z5gsgfl to pre-order Summerwode through DSPP Publications.

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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…

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June 15

Finis!

The Ungodly Tome what ate my year, a.k.a.
The Turn and 2nd of a trilogy, a.k.a
Gamelyn’s story (just like Winterwode was Marion’s, and the 5th book Robyn’s) , a.k.a.
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has been turned in to the publisher!

*throws confetti*
*has a drink… erm, several*

I think a bender is in order. Anyone care to join in?

October 30

Off To World Fantasy Con!

WinterwodeCover-webNext week I will be in Saratoga Springs, NY with a whole host of companions from the SF/F not-so-hive mind, attending the World Fantasy Convention.

Special note: WINTERWODE will be having its official release party at the convention on Saturday (07 Nov.) at 6:00 p.m., with snacks, drinks, door prizes, the lot… and I will be signing copies of this newest Book of the Wode. Stay tuned for more info and, if you can, come say hullo!

#TheWode #WFC2015

July 10

Winterwode! Cover!!!

WinterwodeCover-webWinterwode is available for pre-order with DSP Publications!

I’m sharing the news and the cover goodness not only online, but this weekend as a guest author at BritishFest 2 in Council Bluffs Iowa. Pics to come later. Because, cover. ——>>

It is beautiful, isn’t it?
Shobana Appavu is a goddess of all things art.

You can find more info on Winterwode by clicking on the amazing cover art —–>>>>

August 30

Re-release!–The Legend Begins Again

In late October, the Legend begins again…RobynIcon

DSP Productions and J Tullos Hennig present the re-release of Greenwode, to be followed by the re-release of Shirewode, and–

In Autumn of 2015, the Robyn Hode legend continues with the release of WINTERWODE, the anticipated third book of The Wode!

Greenwode and Shirewode will be re-released with new material, and shall be temporarily off-market in preparation for the event.  The audio books will continue to be available through Audible.

September 9

It’s In The Water…

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It’s humbling–staggering, actually–the way creativity channels itself; not only in our hearts and minds and consciousness, but in that undeniable cogency oft known as the ‘collective unconscious’.  Things really do bide in the ether, and surface in the water.

And right now, a certain Notorious Outlaw is making the rounds again.

Thankfully, that Notorious Outlaw makes those rounds on a regular basis.  You can peer back through history and see nice, fat clusters of storytelling.  It’s brilliant, in every sense of the word.  Because those of us who are fascinated by something, who study it and obsess over it, love, live, and breathe it, are always willing for more.  People who crave a well-told story will visit–and revisit–that story again and again.  Each incarnation gives us new cause for either shattering insight or groans of utter dismay, brings new adventures and causes… all with which we can ponder the outlaw Robin Hood.

And there is so much to ponder.  So much to explore and discover.  He’s in the water, all right: a water horse, a kelpie who’ll cozen you to back him then throw you in to drown.  Or, even better a pwca, a trickster who’ll give you that wild ride but perhaps relent, share some advice and goodwill to see you back home on wobbly legs.

You see, it was nearly thirty years ago when I wrote and nearly published my own first invocation and incarnation of Robin (or Robyn, even as the first book has always been called Greenwode).  England’s greatest archer was popping his wolfish head above the water then, too.  Some amazing novels came from that particular surge–Parke Godwin’s retelling being amongst my all-time favourites of any genre.  There were also movies: one so-so, one not-so.  A man who was to become my friend was, unknown to me and across the pond, working on a very magical Robin Hood at nearly the same time as I was working on mine.  Both of these were (and are) akin in their mix of historical tradition, high romance, and old magic.  His went on to be an award-winning (and breathtaking) television series; mine was not so fortunate, though it did nearly go to contract twice before ending up in a file drawer as the cycle waned.

Such are the hazards of publishing.  Of course, it was terribly disappointing at the time.  Yet bad luck can hold its own share of fortune.  Those books that almost were, now are–and all the better for it.  Even more, several years ago when I dusted off an old manuscript and decided to totally rewrite and structure it, it seems Robin was also dusting off the old longbow and taking aim back into the collective mainstream.  For now, nearly a year after Greenwode released (and just in time for today’s release of Shirewode), it’s happening again: new tales and retellings, little wildfires popping up here and there… quite apropos to a firebrand archer.  I’m sure the signs have been there for a while, but admittedly I’ve been spending more time larking my own ‘swete greenwode’.  Amidst my larking I’ve shaped a story which is beginning to garner some critical acclaim; a satisfying debut for a story that has been poking at my back brain for… well, for much of my life, really.  A strange thought, perhaps, to spend so much time in creation when our modern existence extols “hurry, put it out there, now!”  But I don’t find it strange, not at all, and it is my sincere hope many others will find my books, sit back… breathe… and enjoy the ride as much as I have.

Robin Hood–aka Robyn Hode–more than perhaps any other figure from myth or history, is discontent to merely bide in the depths of history.  In a very real sense he challenges it, both flaunts and mirrors what changes history and society would choose to reveal.  How fitting that a figure often connected with the Green Man would be so wrapped up in the spiral of the Eternal Return, both mythic and prosaic.  For someone whose historical existence is ever in doubt, Robin has the ultimate extant power: he sparks stories in those of us who are compelled to tell them.

He’s a pwca, all right.

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Yes, SHIREWODE is now available!!SWSmall150res
Both in e-book and trade paper!
*throws confetti*

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AMAZON
POWELL’S BOOKS
OMNILIT

And of course, through my verra own author page at Dreamspinner Press:
JTH at DsP