Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Mysterious Druids

by Kerry Adrienne

   Anya’s wish for a normal date—away from the old man she is caretaker for—comes true in unexpected ways when she finds herself whisked to an ancient Irish stone circle on solstice eve. 
   Carrick’s decision to follow the path to become an Ovate druid has not come lightly, and he plans to spend the solstice eve in meditation unless fairies or evil spirits disrupt the circle. When a feisty girl walks right up to the fire, more than sparks fly. 
   They each seek healing and a connection, but the darkness of summer is short, and once the solstice sun breaks through the circle at dawn, the magic of the night will be over. Even Madame Eve can’t stop the day from rising.

My second 1NS in the All Mine series releases this week is Druid, Mine, a time travel that takes place in ancient Ireland when Druids thrived. Much of our knowledge about these Druids is sketchy. There are plenty of different opinions on how the Druids lived, worked, and communed with nature. To write about the ancient Druid, I had to take some of the current scholarly research plus the writings from classical times and just go with it.

When I started writing, I didn’t really know about the different classes of Druids. An Ovate is a healer, herbalist, and diviner. Imagine my surprise when I found out that Ovates were time travelers! They were believed to be able to communicate with the ancestors both in the past and future (as past, future, and present are merged where the ancestors exist).

I wanted to bring in some elements of Druid life—the solstice fire, the herbs, the ritualism—without bringing in too much history.

I also wanted to bring in a bit of fairy lore. Aine (her name meaning brightness) is the queen of the fairies—and summer is her time of splendor. Her greatest feast day is summer solstice and she is known to be a helper to men. Another fairy/goddess in the story is Danu. She is a water goddess (the river Danube is named after her).

The hero, Carrick, in Druid, Mine is an initiate Ovate—and he is struggling with whether it is his true path. At the time, Ireland was besieged with skirmishes and violence, and he has lost his entire family to the bloodshed. Anya is likewise lost—working as a caretaker to an older man and having no real life of her own. She lives in modern times in the mountains of North Carolina (the mountains of NC have a rich Scotch-Irish heritage). To bring Carrick and Anya together, Madame Eve enlists the help of Danu. When Carrick and Anya meet, he believes she is Aine, the fairy queen.

I just love writing time travel stories—I get to oblige my love of history and research while also writing about love. A third book in the All Mine series will release in the fall—Pharaoh, Mine. The first book in the series, Senator, Mine, is already available.

I’ll be giving away a copy of Druid, Mine to one person who comments on this blog. What place and time in history is your favorite to read and or write about?

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  1. I love anything set in Ireland or Scotland back in the 1800's or so, yummy highlanders, druids, and fae back then are a huge draw. Prob why that is the setting for my book as well :)

  2. Oh, man ... you're one day early for this year's Summer Solstice (after which the days begin getting shorter, which I find to be especially sad). Congratulations, all the same! I love to read about the East India Trading Company, and find its history to be so exciting. Though, in all honesty, there's no way I'd ever want to have actually been on those long shipping routes, dirty and nasty and seasick. But it's great real life adventure. And I also love Greek, Roman and Egyptian mythology. During my years as a senior docent at the NC Museum of Art, my speciality was ancient cultures. Those stories just draw me right in.

  3. Becky--the story takes place on Solstice Eve...tonight...! :)

  4. Sounds like a wonderful romantic story! Love anything to do with the paranormal, Mythical and of course love the Cover. The Scottish and Irish men are very nice, especially in those Kilts!

  5. I like all of the time periods of romance books but if I had to pick I'd say highlander 1600 to 1800's. I've also read some great paranormal highlander books. There's just something really hot about men in kilts.

  6. Sounds wonderful! I don't have a particular time frame I like best - am fascinated with history.

  7. I love any stories about the druids and with the solstice tomorrow night...what timely reading!

  8. I do love higlander stories. Mainly around the 1800's. I also love colonial American.
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  9. Just getting into it ,but medeivel times are best for me ,demon's and dragon's jose luis ( facebook(

  10. The story sounds so wonderful - big congrats! Cannot wait to read it!

  11. Thanks so much, everyone! The winner is lorimeehan--I'll contact you to find out which format you need. Happy Solstice, everyone!

  12. I like to read about a lot of time periods.If the story sounds interesting I'll read it. But to pick one I'd say Medieval times.
    this sounds like a good book.Looking forward to reading it.