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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Book Fun Friday Welcomes Guest Author Laura Strickland



 Continuing with ...the Month of Love

Book Fun Friday Welcomes Returning Guest Author, Laura Strickland.

Bio:

Laura Strickland has pursued lifelong interests in lore, legend, magic and music, all reflected in her writing. Though her imagination frequently takes her to far off places, she is usually happiest at home not far from Lake Ontario with her husband and her "fur" child, a rescue dog.
Today We're Featuring 2 Books from Laura's Series:
Secrets of Sherwood Background:

There are places that, I believe, loom large in the collective, historical memory: Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, the library at Alexandria, Machu Picchu, Holy Tibet, Easter Island, and Stonehenge, to name but a few.  Speak one of these names, and your listener has an immediate sense of identification, wonder, and mystery.  Myth and legends abound in such places, endemic as the beginning of time.  Our ancestors knew of them, and we will never forget.
Such locations often hide secrets, which is part of what makes them so endlessly fascinating.  Who can’t imagine finding an as-yet-undiscovered tomb full of treasures at Giza, or a buried relic at Stonehenge that explains the builders’ intentions?  Were those stones truly raised by Merlin, as many insist?  Was magic involved?
When I began writing my Guardians of Sherwood Trilogy, I realized Sherwood Forest surely qualified as one of these special places full of legend and invested with romance.  I knew I wanted the Sherwood I presented to be a magical world containing the spirits of those who had lived, fought and loved there–including Robin Hood, himself.  The first book of the Trilogy, Daughter of Sherwood, introduced Wren–raised never knowing she was Robin’s daughter–to the deep sentient magic of the place, and she claimed it for her own.
But when it came time to begin work on book two, Champion of Sherwood, I wondered just how far I could extend the magic.  What if I introduced a character not of Robin’s blood or related to any of his men–would he, too, be able to sense the enchantment that dwelt in the greenwood?  And so was created Gareth de Vavasour, a young knight newly proven, nephew to the Sheriff of Nottingham, and born enemy to the outlaws who carried the fight against Norman tyranny. 
One of the secrets of my Sherwood is that what’s loved can never be lost.  It is love that nurtures, grows and fortifies the magic that dwells there, and it’s by love that it endures.  When Gareth comes to Sherwood and gives his heart to Robin’s granddaughter, Linnet, love becomes his strength.  When he’s asked to give his life for her also, he doesn’t hesitate.  What true champion would?
In book three of the Trilogy, Lord of Sherwood, we meet Robin’s great-grandson, Curlew, and find the circle of magic becoming complete with old promises kept and old wounds healed. I won’t give away any secrets here, except to say that Robin and those who fought with him so valiantly do at last attain the justice they deserve.
I hope you’ll decide to take a walk with Robin’s descendants in Sherwood and discover a place that may long live on in your memory.  I assure you, enchantment still lingers there!

Today's Two Book Features:
Champion of Sherwood: The Guardians of Sherwood Trilogy Book Two. (Historical Romance)
Lord of Sherwood: The Guardians of Sherwood Trilogy Book Three. (Historical Romance)

Log Line Champion of Sherwood: The circle strengthens and the magic deepens.   

 

Log Line Lord of Sherwood: The ancient magic circle becomes complete.



Book Blurbs:

Champion of Sherwood: 

When Gareth de Vavasour, nephew of the Sheriff of Nottingham, is captured by the outlaws of Sherwood Forest and held for ransom, he knows he will be fortunate to escape with his life.  Amid the magic and danger that surround him, he soon realizes his true peril lies in the beautiful dark eyes of Linnet, the Saxon healer sent to tend his wounds.
Granddaughter of Robin Hood, Linnet has always known she is destined to become a guardian of Sherwood Forest, along with her sister and a close childhood companion.  She believes her life well settled until the arrival of Gareth. Then all her loyalties are tested even as her heart is forced to choose between love and the ties of duty, while Sherwood declares its own champion.


Lord of Sherwood:

Curlew Champion, master archer, has always known his destiny.  With his cousin, Heron Scarlet, he will become a guardian of Sherwood Forest and further his people’s fight against Norman Tyranny.  But the third member of the triad is still to be revealed, the woman who will complete the magical circle and, perhaps, answer the longing in Curlew’s heart.
Anwyn Montfort has fled disgrace in Shrewsbury and come to Nottingham at her father’s bidding.  He wishes her to make a good marriage and settle down.  But the wildness that possesses her refuses to quiet.  She knows she’s been searching for something all her life, but not until she glimpses Curlew does her spirit begin to hope it has found its home.
Only the magic of Sherwood can bring them together, and only their union can complete the spell woven so long ago …


Question for you Dear Reader:
Have you ever visited a place that felt magical to you? Leave your comment in this blog.

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Book Trailer: The Guardians of Sherwood Trilogy:


7 comments:

  1. I would have to say Savannah Georgia....more than spooky, I felt a ethereal overall experience!

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    1. Places definitely have "vibes", for better or worse ...

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  2. We visited Parkstien castle remains in Germany a few years back. It was almost as if you could hear history whispering in your ear. Yep, pretty magical. BTW, love the book covers!

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    1. Thank you, Lilly! Both covers were created by Diana Carlile, a very talented lady.

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  3. I loved this series by Laura! There is magic in Sherwood Forest. I was fortunate to visit in 2009, and I can still recall those feelings when I wondered the grounds. Another magical place--the Isle of Skye and Newgrange. Very mystical.

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    1. Thank you, Mary! So glad you enjoyed the series.

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  4. Thank you, Celia, for hosting me today! I appreciate it!

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