Summer Solstice as seen at Stonehenge

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.

Website:  https://jenniferivywalker.com/

Goodreads Author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/22671046.Jennifer_Ivy_Walker

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/the-emerald-fairy-and-the-dragon-knight-the-wild-rose-and-the-sea-raven-book-3-by-jennifer-ivy-walker

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JenniferIvyWalker

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/bohemienneivy

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/jenniferivywalkerauthor/

Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@jenniferivywalker

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

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-emerald-fairy-and-the-dragon-knight-jennifer-ivy-walker/1143179531?ean=2940161094518

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.





I am honored and very happy to host the talented and lovely Mary Morgan to Medieval Monday. A dear friend and fellow Rose, Mary is celebrating her tenth anniversary with The Wild Rose Press AND she’s celebrating the anniversary of the first book in her exciting series, the Order of the Dragon Knights. If you haven’t read that first book, Dragon Knight’s Sword, set your fingers flying to pick it up. It’s on sale for a limited time for only 99 cents.

Not only does she write like a dream, when you consider the number of books she’s published in this last decade, you’ll be convinced she also writes in her sleep! To tell us all about her first book and her first series, here’s the Amazing Mary Morgan.

Hello, Barbara! I’m delighted to be on your lovely blog to celebrate my 10-year anniversary with The Wild Rose Press! What an epic adventure it has been since I signed my first contract for Dragon Knight’s Sword (Order of the Dragon Knights, Book 1).

The Evolution of the Order of the Dragon Knights

The spark of inspiration and time-period for the Dragon Knights developed years ago. I’ve constantly had a fascination with medieval history, but I didn’t realize I would venture so far back in time with these stories.

Let me start from the beginning with a land that called out to me…

My love affair with Scotland and Ireland began decades ago. I blame it on my own bloodline—a yearning to return to the land of my ancestors. The land called out to me within the stories of Irish mythology and Scottish history. I’d close my eyes and imagine I was there.

When I finally took my first trip to Scotland twenty-three years ago, the birth of a series—the Dragon Knights—was born. While sitting on a boulder in the Highlands, I became mesmerized by the surrounding magic, and the mists of the land. However, on the second half of my trip I visited Ireland. As I wandered the soft rolling hills in various shades of green, the land spoke to my soul and urged me to place the Dragon Knights here, too. Though it would take several years before I decided to incorporate both countries (Scotland and Ireland) into the stories. A perfect solution to a problem I had been debating on for the Dragon Knights.

Obviously, there must be a castle in any medieval story, right? It doesn’t matter whether it’s real or one we’ve created either. I’ve always been drawn to Urquhart Castle and envisioned this as the home for my knights. It’s ancient, mystical, and where the Loch Ness Monster dwells within the loch. This site first appeared in historical records in the 6th century. Yet in researching the ownership of the castle, I eventually choose a time when there was a “gray” area of possession—the early 13th century. I finally had a chance to visit the ruins in 2017 and spent over four hours running my hands over the rough edges of stone, dirt, and the ground. I had returned home to where the stories began.

For a few brief moments during my time roaming the ancient ruins, I could hear the whispers of the Dragon Knights arguing, laughing, and questioning who’s next for an adventure. The knights are definitely not finished. In truth, they’re demanding more tales to be written.

Order of the Dragon Knights ~

They were an ancient order, descended from the great Tuatha Dé Danann, the Sidhe, or in simpler terms: the Fae. Half-human and half-fae, each knight blessed with mystical powers. Given to them were holy relics from the Fae and guardianship over their Dragons.

They were known as the Dragon Knights.

However, some believed the Order had too much power and they tried to possess it for themselves. They were evil and twisted, and their plan succeeded one fateful night. The brothers of the Clan MacKay—Dragon Knights, fought a battle. Blood spilled onto holy ground, bringing forth the wrath of the Fae. Their relics were taken, and the Order was banished—each name stricken from the hallowed halls of the Fae.

The Clan MacKay is no longer.

The Dragon Knights have scattered across the land.

Yet out of the darkness, they will each fight for redemption, and the women they love.

For a limited time, Dragon Knight’s Sword is on sale for 99¢ from Amazon. Grab your copy today or collect them all! Available at Amazon..

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Book Trailer for Dragon Knights: https://youtu.be/iEruV9P6PtU

About the Author:

Multi award-winning romance author, Mary Morgan resides in Northern California with her own knight in shining armor. However, during her travels to Scotland, England, and Ireland, she left a part of her soul in one of these countries and vows to return.

Mary’s passion for books started at an early age along with an overactive imagination. Inspired by her love for history and ancient Celtic and Norse mythology, her tales are filled with powerful warriors, brave women, magic, and romance. Now, the worlds she created in her mind are coming to life within her stories.

If you enjoy history, tortured heroes, and a wee bit of fantasy, then travel back in time within the pages of her books.

Connect with Mary here ~ Website/Blog:  https://www.marymorganauthor.com/

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Today I’m celebrating the cover reveal for The Right Knight, my upcoming release from The Wild Rose Press. It’s a short novella, an extension of a short story that appeared a few years ago in a mixed anthology. I loved Hugh and Annis so much, I couldn’t let them languish, so I enlarged the story and TWRP is releasing the now-novella. Please pop over to N.N. Light’s Book Haven here for a glimpse of the yummy cover. https://www.nnlightsbookheave.com/post/the-right-knight-cr

Here’s the blurb:

Marry the new lord or become the king’s ward; Annis wants a third choice.

After her father dies, Annis of Roxley fears King John will award her home to one of his pet mercenaries. Still, she’s unprepared for the knight who arrives carrying John’s order: Wed the new lord or become the king’s ward. If the new lord is anything like his disheveled representative, she’s better off –elsewhere.

Rushing to claim the castle John’s finally granted him, Sir Hugh reaches Roxley looking so unkempt, Annis takes him for a servant. Before he can reveal his identity, she disappears with her cousin. Hugh knows John rejected the cousin’s claim to Roxley. Will the knight defy royal decree and force Annis to marry? Not if Hugh can help it.

More to come as soon as a release date is secured.


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