Today I welcome another special guest, talented author , friend, and fellow Rose from The Wild Rose Press Jennifer Ivy Walker. Jennifer is known for the first two books in her medieval fantasy romance trilogy that reimagines the legend of Tristan and Isolde. And tomorrow her third and final book in that series releases. Already raking in the five star reviews is The Emerald Fairy and the Dragon Knight. Also a devotee of Celtic lore, Jennifer has promised us a special look at the Summer Solstice which this year falls on June 21.
The Summer Solstice marks the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, with the maximum peak of light from the sun. Because the word solstice means “sun standing still”, mysticism and magic were believed to be strongest at this time. For ancient Celtic tribes, the summer solstice was a period of celebration, to honor the light and our connection to the Sun and the Earth.
The pagan holiday of Litha, also known as Midsummer, saw numerous festivals during the summer solstice, when fairies and spirits crossed more easily into the human world. To welcome the blessing of benevolent fairies and banish evil spirits that might harm their crops, our ancestors would light fires where they would sing, dance and feast.
Fascinating! Now tell us a little about why the Summer Solstice is important in your new book
June 21st–the summer solstice– also marks the release of my novel, The Emerald Fairy and the Dragon Knight, the dramatic conclusion to The Wild Rose and the Sea Raven trilogy,a fated mates paranormal fantasy adaptation of the medieval Celtic legend of Tristan et Yseult (Tristan and Isolde in English).
In The Emerald Fairy and the Dragon Knight, the summer and winter solstices allow the sinister Shadow Fairy to cross a portal from the Otherworld, enter the realm of humans, and unleash untold evil upon Celtic kingdoms. The two protagonists– the Emerald Fairy Issylte and the Dragon Knight Tristan– must wield enchanted Elven weapons and perform Druidic magic to defeat the malevolent fairy Malfleur.
Wielding a trio of enchanted Elven weapons to battle a dark wizard and a legion of diabolical dwarves, Tristan is faced with the impossible choice between saving the woman he loves or defending his endangered kingdom. Inexplicably compelled to remain in the sacred forest where he hears the voice of her heart, the heir to the throne of Cornwall incurs the wrath and scorn of his army when he decides to hunt for his captive mate.
Her verdant magic greatly enhanced by the mystical Morgane la Fée, Issylte must summon a coalition of Naiad nymphs and celestial fairies to destroy a nascent evil as she fights to reclaim her rightful crown.
When the Black Widow Queen unites with a malignant menace and a ghost from Tristan’s haunted past, the Emerald Fairy and the Dragon Knight must ally with a triad of shapeshifting warrior tribes to defeat a Viking Trident and defend their trinity of Celtic kingdoms.
Interwoven fates. Otherworldly mates. Destiny awaits.
About the Author
Enthralled with legends of medieval knights and ladies, dark fairy tales and fantasies about Druids, wizards and magic, Jennifer Ivy Walker always dreamed of becoming a writer. She fell in love with French in junior high school, continuing her study of the language throughout college, eventually becoming a high school teacher and college professor of French.
As a high school teacher, she took her students every year to the annual French competition, where they performed a play she had writer, “Yseult la Belle et Tristan la Bête”—an imaginative blend of the medieval French of “Tristan et Yseult” and the fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast,” enhanced with fantasy elements of a Celtic fairy and a wicked witch.
“The Emerald Fairy and the Dragon Knight” –book 3 and the conclusion of “The Wild Rose and the Sea Raven” trilogy—is a blend of her love for Celtic legends, the romantic French language, and epic fantasy. It is a paranormal fated match adaptation of the medieval legend of ‘Tristan et Yseult” (Tristan and Isolde), interwoven with Arthurian myth, dark fairy tales from the enchanted Forest of Broceliande, and otherworldy elements such an Avalonian Elves, Druids, forest fairies, and magic.
Explore her realm of Medieval French Fantasy. She hopes her novels with enchant you.
Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Emerald-Fairy-Dragon-Knight-Raven-ebook/dp/B0C28XRHR2/ref=sr_1_1?crid=WC4MNXW6LNY2&keywords=the+emerald+fairy+and+the+dragon+knight+jennifer+ivy+walker&qid=1683425307&sprefix=the+emerald+fairy%2Caps%2C125&sr=8-1
My fellow Medieval Monday Ladies Mary Morgan and Anastasia Abboud and I are taking a summer break, except for special appearances. We’ll see you back in a few weeks. Have a safe and fun summer.